I began my music career in Bloomington, Indiana. After receiving my B.A. in Music from Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, I earned two Master of Music degrees at Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. Luminaries I have worked with include Vernon Hartman, James Caraher, Lorenzo Malfatti, Shirlee Emmons, Mary Sue Hyatt, John Sikora, David Jones, David Britton, and Carol Smith.
I offer private, one-on-one weekly or twice-weekly instruction to students of all ages. I am also Adjunct Voice Faculty at Grand Canyon University, and am beginning the pursuit of my DMA at Arizona State University. I accompany my students on piano as much as possible, and I encourage healthy singing, coupled with a working knowledge of the voice. My goal as a teacher is to give my students a “toolbox” for their vocal technique, so that they can work towards a healthy, free and easy production. My students should be able to sing for a lifetime of enjoyment. Singing is, above all, FUN. If you love it, you can learn it.
See other posts by Rachel Velarde
- Annual Teacher-Student Check-up List
- Do not…or do? Advice to Music Teachers
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- I don’t care what you DON’T want.
- Questions to Ask Ourselves…
- Book Review: The World in Six Songs by Daniel J. Levitin
- The Body IS the Instrument
- It’s all about the student…
- What you as a teacher can do for your students….
- Making the decision to go back to school…
- Teacher, Know your Instrument
- Questions I have been asking myself:
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- Where to start when searching for Repertoire for Young Students
- Copyright and the Private Studio Teacher
- Camera Review “Zoom Q3” for the Voice Studio
- Round-up: 51st NATS Conference in Salt Lake City – “Echoes of Song”
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