Voice Lessons with Ellen
Ellen Allen Music Studio
1480 Main St., Reading, MA 01867
Even when I was a young musician, I knew I wanted to teach. Growing up, my parents and musical mentors instilled a deep love of music within me that I felt, even early on, I wanted and needed to share with others. To this day, I feel that teaching is where I best accomplish that mission.
My approach to voice teaching is rooted in classical principles, but is very student-focused. My knowledge of vocal pedagogy enables me to teach the foundations of posture, breathing and resonance to my students; my experience as a performer enables me to coach and prepare students for their own performances, auditions, and competitions; and my experience as a teacher enables me to work with the "whole student" - not just their voice, but their goals, desires, and experiences.
The result of this multi-faceted approach is lessons that are tailored to meet the needs of each student. I take great care to choose both technical exercises and repertoire that fits the student's vocal needs, goals, and yes, personality!
Complete Studio Policies, 2019-2020
I am a conservatory-educated, life-long musician living in the greater Boston area. I have over a decade of private voice-teaching experience, as well as a wealth of performance experience. I grew up in a musical family and studied violin from age four through my teenage years, the last few of which were at a conservatory preparatory program. At that point, I decided to "become a singer" instead, and went to college for voice performance. A few years after that, I went on to earn a Master's degree in Voice from the Longy School of Music of Bard College.
Over the course of my teaching career, I've been privileged to work with students of nearly every age, level, and musical background. I believe that anyone can become a musician with enough patience, practice, and dedication. My job as a teacher is not just to teach you how to sing - it's to teach you how to harness and synthesize your innate talents, your work ethic, and your goals into something that is rewarding and beautiful for you and for others.
I offer private voice lessons, vocal coaching, and audition preparation for students ages 10+. I teach both classical and musical theater styles of singing. Whether your goal is to land a lead role in the school musical, get into select chorus, apply to college music programs, or just to sing for enjoyment, you've come to the right place!
When you join my studio, you are more than just a student - you become a member of a community of musicians who support and root for each other!
Your monthly studio membership covers not only your lessons, but participation in two recitals per year, all required sheet music, and support, resources, and assistance from me outside of your lesson time.
Lessons are weekly and run through the entire calendar year, if you so choose. During the fall and spring semesters, monthly rates for lessons are $145 for weekly 30-minute lessons, $214 for weekly 45-minute lessons, and $282 for weekly 60-minute lessons. Lessons during the summer months are structured a bit differently; please see the policy document below for details.