Voice Lessons with Ellen
Ellen Allen Music Studio
1480 Main St., Reading, MA 01867
Welcome to Ellen Allen Music Studio!
My goal as a voice teacher is to guide you on your vocal journey and help you discover your unique voice - in short, to help you sing better!
While all of my students learn proper alignment, the mechanics of breathing, and how to use vocal resonance to achieve the desired sound, the lessons are structured with your specific goals in mind! Whether you want to land a role in your school or community production, increase your range or vocal stamina for your choral singing, build your confidence for future auditions, or work toward college/conservatory program acceptance, you’ve come to the right place!
I believe that a singer produces their best sound when the body is properly aligned and the voice is free. This can be achieved in any style of singing. Rather than following a vocal “method” with my students, I shape each student’s lessons to their needs and goals, taking great care to choose exercises, resources, and repertoire that will help them grow.
When we sing, we are not just producing beautiful sound - we are communicating something. All of my students learn how to use their technique to express an emotion and connect with their audience.
Private music study of any kind requires a commitment. I am here to support you in your commitment by providing you with all the resources and materials you need to practice and improve. However, the rest is up to you. You must commit to attending weekly lessons and practicing 4-5 times per week. You will be unable to grow if you don’t take your voice study seriously.
The best way to get the most out of your lesson experience is to commit to a studio membership. Membership renews on a month-to-month basis, and includes the following:
A 45- or 60-minute weekly lesson time held specifically for you
A personally-curated digital folder containing all of your lesson materials, including sheet music and practice tracks
Studio warm-up videos to use for practicing
All single-song sheet music purchases
Two pre-performance dramatic coachings per year
Participation in two studio recitals per year
Eligibility to compete in the NATS Boston annual Student Auditions (ages 10 and up)
Other online resources on the studio blog and Facebook page
Outside-of-lesson support via email or phone
The option for virtual lessons on Zoom
Membership rates for the 2020-2021 academic year are $275 for weekly 45-minute lessons and $350 for weekly 60-minute lessons.
Are Lessons With Ellen Right For You?
I believe that anyone can learn to sing with enough practice, patience, and dedication. However, not every teacher is the right fit for every student. Please read on to see if my studio might be the right fit for you.
Lessons With Ellen Could Be Right For You If:
You are a high school, college, or adult singer with a love for singing and a serious desire to improve.
You are able to commit to weekly lessons and consistent, frequent practicing to build your vocal technique, musicianship skills, and dramatic skills.
You have specific goals for your voice lessons (other than "having fun," that is!). It can be a big, long-term goal, or something small and simple. Your goals will help us to shape the direction of your lessons.
You are willing to keep an open mind about your singing and try new things with your voice!
Get Started Today!
To inquire about a studio membership, click "Register for Lessons," and fill out the registration form. I will then contact you about your availability for an Initial Fit Lesson.
Initial Fit Lessons are 45 minutes, and are part consultation, part voice lesson. We will chat a little about your goals for lessons, sing a little bit, and get to know each other! The purpose of this lesson is to find out if we'll be a good fit to work with each other.
The price for Initial Fit Lesson is $65. If we decide to move forward with a full studio membership, the price of the Initial Fit Lesson will be deducted from your first month's tuition.
**At this time, due to COVID-19, all lessons are conducted virtually on Zoom Video Conferencing. Online lessons are different from in-person lessons, but nonetheless provide unique learning opportunities and are just as valuable as in-person lessons!
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.
I am a conservatory-educated, life-long musician with 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 I wanted to sing instead, and went on to earn both a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in voice performance.
My experience as both an instrumentalist and a singer lends a unique, blended perspective to my approach to vocal technique and music-learning not found in many voice studios. This has allowed me to work with students of nearly every age, level, musical background, and learning style.
My other passion, holistic health, also informs my teaching. In the face of challenges, I encourage my students to adopt an attitude of curiosity and discovery so that we can uncover and correct the root cause of an issue together. This process allows the student to build the confidence to self-assess and explore their own solutions in their practicing.
Master of Music, Longy School of Music of Bard College
Teaching Artist Certificate, Longy School of Music of Bard College
Bachelor of Music, Gordon College