My students sing in a healthy way. They all make significant technical progress and are known for their expressive interpretive skills. They improve in terms of personal growth and development and are successful in choirs, on stage, and in other groups, as soloists and in leading roles, as educators and conductors, on tour and in the recording studio, when applying for entrance to university and conservatory training programs, in gaining acceptance to summer programs, in winning competitions, and in obtaining scholarship funding (including a recent high school senior who was awarded $20,000+ toward her vocal studies).
I love to help people to make the most beautiful music that they can in whatever style they want to express themselves.
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I ask the student about their goals and what they feel they can do well vs. what they feel is a struggle. I assess all aspects of their voice and look at their instrument as a whole, then we come up with a clear plan of what should be addressed first and tools to do so.
I have taught at American University, Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, Peabody Preparatory, University of Maryland Baltimore County, University of Maryland College Park, and most recently at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College as Assistant Professor of Voice and Coordinator of Voice/Opera, as well as privately. I have collaborated with the Seattle Voice Academy and other organizations. With twenty-five years of experience as an educator, I frequently give master classes, lectures, workshops, and performances at universities and schools across the U.S. and abroad. I have been a Fulbright fellow to Italy and have sung around the world at venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in NY, the Kennedy Center in DC, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, and Teatro La Fenice in Venice. I have a doctorate in Voice and significant additional training in a variety of areas: see mastrianstudio.com for more info.
Dr. Mastrian must receive payment in full before each lesson. An initial hourlong individual session is usually $130, currently with a limited-time offer of $100. After the first session, both parties can consider whether lessons seem like a good fit. If it is determined that working together would be productive, then regular lessons can commence. Packages are available at a significant discount. Additionally, there are a few spots available for those whose circumstances require special consideration -- talk with me. Many students also take lessons every other week or as their budgets allow. It is better to have high-quality lessons less frequently than to not get the level of training that would be the most productive and beneficial.
I started teaching other students when I was in middle school and continued in high school choir, at summer camps, and more. In college I taught on days when the professor was not feeling well, and I continued from there!
Professionals, advanced, intermediate, and serious beginners.
Principally classical technique but applied to and altered for a variety of styles, including classical/opera, MT, jazz, pop, metal, country, and more.
The lightbulb and the wave of relief when a new student clicks with what I am saying and releases tension in their sound!
Be polite. Be prepared. Spend time at home with the concepts; do not simply show up once a week and expect miracles. I can provide much information, but it must be integrated and become habit.
Goals, strengths, weaknesses, as well as what you love about singing or about music.