Hargis Voice And Piano Studio

Hargis Voice And Piano Studio

Houston, TX

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About Hargis Voice And Piano Studio

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I have taught piano and voice at the college level for 28 years. I work well with young people and adults, from beginners to professionals.

I love working with motivated students! I have been told that I am encouraging and respectful of my students.

My studio is classically oriented but I also teach Broadway, gospel and light pop. I stay active as an opera coach with Metropolitan opera singers and work with the Harrower Opera Festival sponsored by Georgia State University in Atlanta.

I teach at my home near I-10 and Beltway 8.


14357 Lost Meadow Lane
Houston, TX 77079

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  • 5/5 stars August 5, 2014

    Lucy is wonderful!

    She is very kind and patient and fun to get to know. She listens to find out what your experience level is and what type of music/singing you would like to become more proficient in, and then she shapes the lessons based on that. I think she's very reasonably priced for the quality of the lessons. You get all of her considerable experience and expertise and she helps you learn and progress at your own pace. I started taking voice lessons with her in late February and in August I am already noticing how much my vocal range has expanded and the quality of my voice has improved, and she gives me great advice for auditions and general knowledge for singing. She is a great teacher and a blessing!

  • 5/5 stars August 4, 2014

    Great teacher! Easy to learn with her, explains good! Highly recommend!

  • 5/5 stars February 24, 2014

    My daughter is taking voice lessons from Lucy Hargis. Lucy is knowledgeable, supportive and an experienced teacher. She seems to get genuine joy from teaching and seeing a student succeed. After only a few lessons, my daughter is already singing better and is more confident in her abilities. I would highly recommend Lucy Hargis.

  • 5/5 stars February 16, 2014

    Lucy is a friendly and patient teacher! I had absolutely no music experience prior to our lessons but that didn't bother her one bit! She is always so encouraging. I look forward to my piano lessons every week!

  • 5/5 stars February 12, 2014

    I have learned a great deal in my voice lessons after only three weeks. Lucy is easy to work with. She is very personable and can get her point across well. She knows her subject. I would highly recommend her as a voice teacher or coach.

  • 5/5 stars February 8, 2014

    Lucy is experienced and caring. Within the first two lessons she has given me techniques that have already improved my singing. I came to learn to sing opera, which is her specialty, and I am very satisfied so far. Since I already have some musical knowledge, Lucy is just the right instructor to take me to the next level. During my very first lesson, she was able to accurately asses my level and ability, and to give me just the right exercises and "homework" to improve my skills. I highly recommend Lucy to anyone who wants to train in opera or simply get better at singing!

Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. I take a student where he is and help him to improve and move forward. We prepare for upcoming performances and auditions, concentrating the most appropriate repertoire for each situation. This is true for piano and voice.

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. I have a unique crossover background, In having degrees and performance experience in both voice and piano. I have worked in the vocal studios of over thirty internationally known vocal teachers as an accompanist. This has given me a broad "bag of tricks" from which to draw to helps students. Furthermore I have friends across the opera world to call on for help in advancing my students' careers. My work with many opera companies also helps with this.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. I love people and enjoy seeing the progress a student makes as time goes by. It's very satisfying.

Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?

A. Music as a profession requires great commitment and time. It is important to "hone your craft" and not just take for granted that talent will always win out. There are many talented people who have fallen by the wayside because someone less talented worked harder and put in the necessary time to ensure success.

Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?

A. I was destined to be a musician from birth. My parents were both classically trained pianists and played two-piano arrangements around the state. In an opera rehearsal when I was assisting the conductor in the pit I realized that I could Not NOT do music for my life! It is a difficult career but so rewarding and FUN!

Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.

A. Last May I was one of three vocal coaches and pianists working at the Harrower Opera Festival at Georgia State University in Atlanta. We presented two productions in
three weeks: The Tales of Hoffmann and Street Scene. It is a program for young singers wanting experience in opera. I'll be returning 2014 for the upcoming season.

In September ,2014, I was in the HFAC production of NUNSENSE. I played piano in the onstage band and was Sister Lucy!! Much fun.

Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?

A. I continue to work professionally as a collaborative pianist and church musician. I'm active in various LinkedIn groups to keep abreast of new ideas. I'm also active in the NATS organization as both a voice teacher and collaborative pianist. I enjoy keeping up with several blogs of internationally renowned voice teacher colleagues for any new concepts or teaching theories.

Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.

A. I charge $50 an hour, $40 for 45 minutes, and $30 for half hour lessons.

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