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 community choir rehearsals, build confidence in your singing 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 sheet music and practice tracks
Studio warm-up tracks to use for practicing
All required sheet music
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 2019-2020 academic year are $214 for weekly 45-minute lessons and $282 for weekly 60-minute lessons.
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.
Are Lessons With Ellen Right For You?
You are aged twelve or older. I absolutely support vocal training for students younger than twelve, but my technique-focused approach works best with older students.
You are able to attend weekly lessons and practice 4-5 times per week.
You are open to singing both classical and musical theater repertoire. We may choose to focus primarily on one or the other, but we will absolutely incorporate both.
You have specific goals for your voice lessons. 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 perform. Yes, performing can be nerve-wracking, but it is an important part of the music-study process. All students are required to perform in at least one studio event per year.
You are willing to keep an open mind about your singing and try new things with your voice!
Lessons With Ellen Could Be Right For You If:
Lessons With Ellen May Not Be Right For You If:
You will consistently prioritize other activities over your voice lessons. Private lessons of any nature require consistency to see real results. I understand that everyone has occasional conflicts with their lessons, but if you think you will frequently have to cancel your lessons or put them on hold in favor of other activities, please seek out a teacher who will be able to accommodate these situations.
You will be unable to set aside 4-5 times throughout your week to practice.
You just want to sing “for fun.” Don’t get me wrong - lessons can be fun! But simply wanting to have a good time is not going to give much direction or focus to your voice study. You must have a specific goal(s) to work toward.
You do not yet know how to sing on key consistently. The occasional pitch-matching issue is totally normal, but if we are spending the majority of your lessons just trying to find the right notes, you will be unable to fully reap the benefits of any technical instruction. If you struggle to match pitch consistently, I encourage you to seek out an ear-training program or instructor who can help you build this skill.
You want to sing contemporary (i.e., pop) music. I have great respect for singers of this genre, but it is not the style I specialize in. We may choose to incorporate a song or two from this genre once your technique is established, but it will not be our genre of focus.
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!
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2019-2020 Studio Policies
Studio Practice Expectations
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