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James H. - Voice Teacher
$50per hour

Voice Lessons

James's lessons:

Voice

Voice Lessons

James believes that every individuals’ voice is unique to them, and will carefully analyze how he he can aid them in improving their technique as a singer. From a technical standpoint, James will focus on giving students an understanding of each musical phrase through teaching a strong breath support. James will also focus on the accurate declamation of text within the repertoire each student works on.

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Beg
Int
Adv
Ages
6 and Up

Overview

James has been studying music for over 10 years. He is a current student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he is pursuing a degree in Vocal Performance. Since moving to the Bay Area in 2013, James has appeared in many conservatory concerts including Monteverdi’s L’incornazione di Poppea, Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor, and the workshop of Jake Heggie’s new opera, The Great Scott. In March of 2015, James made his debut with the opera company Ars Minerva in their production of Castrovillari’s La Cleopatrai. In February of 2016, James sang the title role in Carl Mara von Weber’s opera Abu Hassan at the Mondavi center in Davis, CA. Coming up in May, James will sing the role of Mr. Rushworth in San Francisco Conservatory’s production of Johnathan Dove’s Mansfield Park. Before moving to the Bay Area, James sat on the board of directors for a theatre company in Colorado. During his time on the board James aided in founding and directing an education outreach program for Elementary school children to introduce them to the performing arts. James also appeared in several company productions including The Sound of Music, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Les Miserables.

Questions and Answers

What experience do you have teaching kids?

Before moving to San Francisco I directed a children's theatre program. The program was centered around a small musical that the kids would perform in front of an audience. Aside from working with kids in a large group setting, I also met one on one with soloists to help prepare their music.

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How do your lessons for adults differ from lessons for children?

Lessons for children are slightly more focused on teaching basic musicianship skills and preventing unhealthy vocal habits from developing. This is due to the fact that children's voices change when they enter puberty. Lessons for adults are much more focused on technique building and repertoire building because their voice change has already occurred.

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Why are you a music teacher?

I am a music teacher because of my passion for music itself. I had the privilege of growing up in a musical family, and I want to do my part in bringing music to everyone I possibly can.

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What do you do during the first lesson?

The first 5-10 minutes of a first lesson are a chance to talk about what the student's goals are in taking voice lessons. Afterwards, I will vocalise the student to familiarize myself with their instrument, and end the lesson by discussing possible repertoire options.

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Education

Bachelor of Music-Vocal Performance

Aug 2013 - The San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Awards

Classical Voice- 3rd Place Winner

Western Regional NATS Competition

Classical Voice- 1st Place Winner

CO/WY District NATS Competition

Musical Theatre- 1st Place Winner

CO/WY District NATS Competition

Classical Voice- 2nd Place Winner

CO/WY District NATS Competition

Musical Theatre- 1st Place Winner

CO/WY District NATS Competition

Languages Spoken

  • English Fluent/Native Proficiency
  • FrenchLimited Proficiency
  • ItalianLimited Proficiency
  • GermanLimited Proficiency

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San Francisco, CA
Near 19th Avenue and Taraval St.
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