Voice Lessons (Ages 5+)
Rebecca Ballantyne - fully booked, wait list available
Rebecca has been very fortunate to study under the guidance of Theodore Baerg, Irena Welhasch, Kevin McMillan, and directors such as Michael Cavanagh, Carol Castel and Kelly Robinson. She has performed the roles of Dorabella in Cosi fan Tutte and Beatrice in Beatrice and Benedict with Opera Nuova. She also sang as the Fox in The Cunning Little Vixen with Banff Centre for the Arts and also worked with Opera Musica Lirica in Italy performing the role of Tisbe in La Cenerentola. This is her 9th year teaching voice lessons, Piano Lessons and theory lessons to all ages, abilities and styles.
Rachel graduated at the top of her class from the University of Windsor's Bachelor of Music program in classical voice with a minor in Italian language. In 2016 she studied French in a 5 week immersive course at the University of Moncton, NB. Rachel performs in classical, jazz and rock/pop genres as a soloist, instrumentalist, and chorus member. Since moving from Windsor to London, she has joined London Pro Musica choir as an alto, and volunteers as their social media manager. Rachel is passionate about teaching voice lessons and Piano Lessons in all genres to all ages. Her attention to detail helps students prepare for RCM exams, auditions and performances and her enthusiasm helps to foster a lifelong love of music.
Abigail has been a long-time musician, focusing on her classical voice when she moved to Canada at age 14. She is currently completing her Master's Degree at Western University under the tutelage of Brian McIntosh. This summer, she performed the role of The Witch in Sondheim's "Into The Woods" in Edmonton during Opera Nuova's 20th anniversary season. She performed as Lady Billows in Britten's "Albert Herring" (Halifax, NS) and Nettie Fowler in Rodger and Hammerstein's "Carousel" (Edmonton, AL) in 2017. She has also performed in many other operas and has been a featured soloist in concerts and galas. Before her career in classical music, she was involved in jazz bands, theatre and musical theatre. Abigail teaches voice lessons and Piano Lessons.
What Are Your Rates?
We've learned that every music teacher is different, and each has different skills. Some have Masters degrees, while others are still students themselves. For this reason, we've given the teachers the ability to set their own rates when they are hired based on their skills. The rate for voice lessons start at $23.00 for a 30 minute lesson.
Is 30 Minutes Enough?
For beginners the answer is definitely yes. When you are first learning, you're getting a lot of new, and in some cases, confusing information given to you. The amount of information given in one 30 minute lesson will give you a lot to work on as you practice throughout the week. Practicing is absolutely essential to learning music. As you get to more advanced skills, more time may be necessary if and when your teacher recommends it.
How Long Will It Take To Learn?
We get asked this question a lot. There is no specific date, or number of lessons. It depends on a few things including how often students practice. Although the songs may be very simple, we know we can have students playing at least one short song within 30 days. If you are hoping to play Mozart, it will take more time. But anyone can do it if they want it enough or work hard enough.
What Else Do I Need To Play?
It is recommended that you download any free keyboard app for smartphone or tablet, if you don't already have a piano or keyboard, which will help the singer to find their pitch when they practice. If desired, microphones, stands and other accessories are available. Also, as you progress, you will need new, more advanced method books so that you can continue to learn new songs and new techniques. We stock the basics to make sure every student has what they need to play, but other items can be specially ordered for you if needed or desired. For more information on product availability, please ask our administrative staff.