What does a voice lesson include?
Your investment in voice lessons is much more than just the scheduled lesson time! Below is a short list of what goes into each voice lesson time slot:
-a pre-arranged lesson time each week
-many years of training and experience as both a performer and teacher
-administrative duties such as scheduling, sending lesson reminders, providing studio updates, and creating invoices and reports
-access to Jackie’s extensive library of sheet music
-access to Sight Reading Factory, a premiere sight-reading tool that allows students to build their sight-reading skills during lessons and at home
-the use of technology in Jackie’s home studio
-transposition of songs to the appropriate key for your singer
-personalized tracks of melodies and/or accompaniments recorded by Jackie as needed
-time spent researching songs, shows and singers
-performance opportunities including local events and an annual Showcase
What age is best to begin voice lessons? Does Jackie work with adults?
Jackie offers voice lessons to students of all ages and experience levels, though young people are best suited to begin lessons in or after middle school.
What are Jackie's rates?
Current lesson rates are available upon request and are subject to change. Payment is accepted by cash, check, venmo or paypal.
Are lessons in-person or virtual?
Jackie teaches in-person lessons primarily at her home in Perkasie and once a week in Souderton. Virtual lessons are always an option and can be arranged via zoom or FaceTime.
What is Jackie’s background and training?
Jackie is a graduate of New York University/Tisch School of the Arts (Bachelor of Fine Arts, Musical Theater) and is currently attending Rider University Westminster Choir College in pursuit of a Masters of Voice Pedagogy (graduation Spring 2024). Jackie spent 12 years working as a musical theater performer in New York City and continues to work professionally in the Philadelphia area. Jackie has also worked extensively with composers on new musicals and has participated in many readings, workshops, and recordings. While living in NYC Jackie taught with the Little Maestros music program for young children and began teaching privately in 2017.
Jackie trained classically in piano from a young age with Cindy Borowski-Burns of Souderton and competed in piano competitions throughout high school. Jackie has also trained extensively with voice teacher Dr. Neal Tracy and studied vocal pedagogy with Broadway’s Amanda Flynn.
What is the difference between a voice teacher and a vocal coach?
A voice teacher is trained in vocal technique, while a vocal coach is experienced with style and performance. Jackie’s background and training as both a performer and teacher has provided her with wide-ranging skill set, allowing her to work with singers on healthy vocal techniques, breath support and control, music theory/sight-singing, appropriate stylistic elements, acting, and performance.
What type of music does Jackie teach?
Jackie is happy to work with students on any style of music but specializes in musical theater and contemporary singing.
Does Jackie teach piano?
Supplementary piano lessons are available for voice students interested in broadening their musical skills, and can be arranged with the student and their families.
What is the cancellation/make-up policy?
If you need to reschedule or cancel a lesson, please give 24-hour’s notice via text or email so that lesson spot can be made available to other students and your payment can be rolled over. Missed lessons without prior communication may be subject to payment and counted as a “no-show”.
What are some of Jackie’s students’ accomplishments?
-acceptance into theater programs at DeSales University, University of the Arts, and Point Park University
-participation in PA District, Regional, and All-State choir competitions
-participation in the NAfME National Choir
-selection for audition-based groups in school
-lead roles in camp, school, and local productions
-released professionally recorded albums