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. Every student learns proper body alignment, breathing, resonance, and musicianship and performance skills; but my goal is really to work with each student's particular goals and desires, giving each one a holistic musical experience and a safe place to cultivate their true voice. I take great care to tailor the lessons and materials we study to the needs, goals, personality of each student.
It is my belief that, when a student chooses to enroll in private instrument study, he or she makes a commitment to learning an art form. Regular lesson attendance and frequent practice are required, and participation in studio events is expected and strongly encouraged.
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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 to "become a singer" 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.
I offer private voice lessons, vocal coaching, and audition preparation for students ages 10+. I teach both classical and musical theater styles of singing. Over the years, I have helped my students to land roles in their school and community productions, get into select choral ensembles, and earn acceptance to conservatory programs. Others have come just to learn to sing for fun, which is also an admirable goal!
When you inquire about lessons, please be mindful that any musical study requires a commitment on your part. I am here to support you in that commitment. Your monthly studio membership covers not only your lessons, but recital participation, most materials, and support, resources, and assistance from me outside your lesson time.
For rates, policies, and practice expectations, please download the documents below, or visit the registration page for more information.
I look forward to seeing you in the studio soon!