~ Private Lessons (elementary, pre-teen, teenage adult)
~ Coachings
~ Audition Prep
~ Microphone Technique

A Word on Technique

Because it is very difficult to see the workings of the voice, I subscribe to a “sensation” approach with beginners. I place a lot of emphasis is placed on being relaxed, maintaining, proper postire to achieve maximum potential for your instrument. I incorporate a lot of movement and poses in warmups and as a way to overcome vocal obstacles. Your body is your voice, and with lessons I will help you align your posture and seat your breath, both great skills to carry with you outside the vocal studio! Once the breath is settled and your skeletal structure is aligned, you will notice more clarity and spin in your vocal tone and production.


  • 30 Minute No Obligation Consultation FREE
  • 45 Minute Session $60
  • 60 Minute Session $80
  • 5 45  Minute Sessions $250
  • 5 60 Minute Sesions $325
  • 10 45 Minute Sessions $500
  • 10 60 Minute Sessions $650

All lessons and coachings are recorded in mp3 format and e-mailed to you for practice at home.

Education and Experience

Masters of Music in Voice (M.M) Yale University, 2006

Bachelors of Music in Music Education, Voice (B.M.) Westminster Choir College, Princeton; 2001

Princeton Girl Choir Music Director September 2002-May 2004

Directed 80-voice choir of auditioned 5th and 6th grade girls. Supervised audition process, chose suitable age appropriate repertoire, reinforced aural and written theory skills and increased vocal range and healthy vocal production. Prepared girls for two large holiday concerts, two area festivals, a Good Morning America TV appearance, and assisted the artistic director with the 150-voice Concert Choir.

Princeton Waldorf School Music Director September 2002-May 2004

Supervisor for music program involving 125 children and three other staff members. Taught general music to 4th-8th graders, violin and viola lessons, orchestra and chorus, designed arts integrated curriculum for school that is still in use today, prepared student ensembles for festivals and competitions.

American Boychoir School Theory Instructor September 2001-May 2002

Created four-tiered theory program for world class singing school. Taught 150 boys written and aural theory skills, prepared works such as Carmina Burana, Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, Brahm’s Ein Deutches Requiem for ensembles such as the New York Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

2 responses to “Lessons

  1. Pingback: The Little Death: Vol.1, & A Voice Studio Opens in Brooklyn! « Mellissa Hughes – Soprano

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