Claim Your Voice TEACHING AGES 14+ IN NJ or ONLINE
Claim Your Voice TEACHING AGES 14+ IN NJ or ONLINE

Claim Your Voice TEACHING AGES 14+ IN NJ or ONLINE

Offers remote services
Discounts available
Offers remote services
Discounts available
$40
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Introduction: ATTENTION: SING SAFELY - FOR NOW ALL LESSONS ARE ONLINE. IF YOU'RE NOT GOING OUT, I'M OFFERING A SPECIAL: 4 ONLINE 1/2 HOUR LESSONS FOR 1/2 PRICE $20 EACH. WHAT WOULD NORMALLY BE $160 IS NOW $80. LEARN TO SING IN THE COMFORT OF YOUR HOME. BE SAFE AND HAVE FUN. People want to study singing for so many reasons. You've sung all your life and want to sing better. You'd like to be able to audition for a better chorus or a part. You were told you were tone-deaf when you were 5, and haven't dared make a sound since, or if you have, people have laughed at you. Those are all good reasons. My job is to take you wherever you are, whatever you hope to achieve, and help you sing better whatever that is. The lessons themselves can be done online, or in person within New Jersey only. New Yorkers usually don't want to come to NJ, but you could take lessons online. If you're apprehensive doing lessons online, please read my reviews. Quite a few of them are from online students. There's never a contract. You can try one lesson and see what you think. Your health is the most important thing to address in lessons. People come to me with chronic sore throats from strain, limited ranges, breaks. We fix these things, and you sound great and have fun. I don't let 12-year-olds sound like they're 30. I care, and I'm good. The human voice is the most wonderful toy I can imagine. As a teacher, I get to play in everyone's toy box. It's all fun. I love helping someone who thinks they can't sing on pitch sing on pitch. I love working with people who've sung all their lives and just hope people won't laugh at them. I show members of the chorus that they're soloists, and no one's laughing. I love working with beautiful, strong, healthy voices that just need a little help to fly. I love it all.
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Hired 162 times

Serves Caldwell, NJ

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48 years in business

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Shana S.

Singing Lessons

What a delight it has been working with Rae. She is patient and explains things in detail to help me understand what she is teaching me. I had zero experience in singing or comprehension and now after just a few lessons I feel more balanced and confident in my ability to learn new things and be a singer. Thank you so much Rae.
Claim Your Voice TEACHING AGES 14+ IN NJ or ONLINE's reply
Shana, Thank you. I'm so glad to have had the chance to work with you. It's really been a pleasure. I hope you'll keep singing and maybe even be able to take some more lessons in the future. Don't hesitate to call me, even if it's just for a question. Rae
Mar 30, 2021
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Christopher C.

Singing Lessons

AMAZING EXPERIENCE! Rae is an outstanding vocal teacher and makes the lessons fun as well as informative. I feel completely comfortable singing in front of her and she makes it feel like a judgement free zone at all time. She is very quick with finding your flaws and starting the process to cor
Claim Your Voice TEACHING AGES 14+ IN NJ or ONLINE's reply
Christopher, Thank you! A judgement free zone where I quickly find your flaws is something I aim for, but I never about in those terms. I'm having fun, too.
Jan 19, 2021
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Angela D.

Singing Lessons

I love working with Rae. She is very knowledgeable and likes to have fun. The price for lessons is very reasonable, and they are offered virtually. I hope to continue with lessons, because I get so much enjoyment out of it. Singing lessons are different from anything I've done before. Thanks Rae! Ang D
Claim Your Voice TEACHING AGES 14+ IN NJ or ONLINE's reply
Thank you, Ang. I'm so glad you're having fun. I am, too.
Dec 9, 2020
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Cheryl A.

Singing Lessons

Forgive me in advance if this turns out to be very long. One of my main points is that Rae has far exceeded any/all previous expectations I had re: ideal voice instructor! She continues to amaze me more & more, as I am a current student (planning on continuing with her as long as she keeps doing her thing)! Also, since I had some training many years ago, I look back and can see the difference in what was lacking then, and the fact that I am actually learning and progressing now. It brings me inexplicable joy to have both “good singing days” AND days when I feel at first like I’m totally failing. It’s Rae’s encouraging and expert guidance that makes each and every lesson so productive and valuable. For example, if I express that I’m discouraged, Rae always finds ways to turn the moment into an educational, reassuring, inspiring shift in perspective and process. I’ve learned some of the most important things so far from her on the days I temporarily felt like I couldn’t sing anything even close to semi-decently. Side Note: The multiple choice question I was prompted by Thumbtack to answer only let me pick 3 out of 5 positive things about Rae. For the record, she IS also professional and punctual, in addition to possessing/practicing a delightfully positive & incredibly vast authentic, unwaivering array of praise-worthy personality traits, words, attitudes, and actions! There is not enough room to list all the positives here about Rae and her teaching, but I recommend her with great enthusiasm, and without the slightest hint of any misgivings. On a personal note, I have an anxiety disorder, and opening my mouth to sing in front of someone again after many many years was a HUGE leap of faith for me! Finding Rae felt like sticking the landing flawlessly — even if it was because of HER. My confidence is coming along throughout this singing journey, and Rae has proven herself safe and trustworthy the whole way. I can hardly wait for my next lesson! At the end of each one, I get a sense of awe/wonder at the adventure I just had. I imagine it’s what flying feels like. Rae is making my dream of singing again come true in the best possible way, with the best person! Deep Gratitude!
Claim Your Voice TEACHING AGES 14+ IN NJ or ONLINE's reply
Cheryl, Thank you very much for such a wonderful review. I appreciate it greatly, and I really enjoy working with you. I think you're wonderful. See you soon. Rae
Dec 3, 2020
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Annie W.

Singing Lessons

Rae is amazing! I had four lessons so far and she is a great teacher to help you understand the importance of posture and master of airflow in singing. After two lessons, she helped me to find my voice as soprano which I never thought I would be! I used to sing in chorus as a teenager and loved singing karaoke. But I was never formally trained. She helped me to expand my voice range in only two lessons. I am so happy. I am sure I will learn a lot more in the future.
Claim Your Voice TEACHING AGES 14+ IN NJ or ONLINE's reply
Thank you. I have a lot of fun working with you. Your voice is so much better than you realized. I'm looking forward to what we learn in the future, too.
Jul 3, 2020
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FAQs

  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    1/2-hour $40 45-minutes $70 1-hour $70 I accept cash, check, Paypal and Zelle (Bank-to-Bank transfer including Chase Quick Pay) I DON'T work with children. Students need a reasonably mature instrument to study singing. Before that, they can take general music, sing in school, in choir, study instruments. They can destroy themselves studying voice too young. It varies on physical maturity, but the youngest I'm comfortable with is about 13-14. This is in the student's best interest. I make my full-time living teaching singing. I lose money when I send people away. This is my ethics. 1-hour lessons are great, but if you can't afford that, 1/2-hour is all the same things, just less of everything. I don't give 45- minute lessons, but I want you to be able to see my profile and choose. Lessons are a luxury item. Get as much luxury as you can. I don't use contracts or package deals. Try a lesson. You have to pay for that one, but you don't have to come back.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    The lessons themselves can be done online or in person within New Jersey. I do not currently service New York. We start wherever you are. No matter how much training you've had, you're new to me, so we have to go back to the beginning. We always do basic vocalizes. We review posture, pitch, diction, how to evaluate what you're doing. If someone has a strong background, we can progress to songs quickly. If you don't, it takes longer, but the journey always travels the same path. After however long is appropriate, if you can't read music, we work on that. We always work on the entire voice, not just one aspect of it. As you sing better, you stop straining, your range increases, you gain dynamics. It's all a package. You can't work just one aspect. It all comes together.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I'm a graduate of Oberlin College, major in music, voice applied. Since then, I've taken private lessons for 30 years and am still in contact with my teacher.

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