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  • Viola
  • Classical Violin
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  • Broadway Voice

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    • Chamber Music Coaching
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    Ellen AllenOffering private lessons in
    Reading, Massachusetts
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    I am a life-long musician offering voice and violin/viola lessons in the greater Boston area. I have two music degrees, as well as a wealth of performing, teaching, and directing experience, and am a member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing). Just as importantly, I have a great love for music, and a passion for helping people of all ages and experience levels to reach their musical goals. Over my decade+ of teaching, I've been privileged to help my students grow in skill and confidence, and to help them make music a meaningful part of their lives. I believe that anyone can become a musician with enough patience, hard work, and dedication.

    My teaching style has two main facets. The first is skill-building. In order to make meaningful, rewarding music, you must build your skills and your confidence in those skills. Therefore, we focus on techniques that will do just that, as well as practice strategies that will help you re-create your lesson discoveries at home. My goal is to make you a better singer or violinist, and so my approach to technique is oriented toward that end.

    The second facet is an individualized approach. Students come in all varieties of ages, experience levels, and musical backgrounds, and no one approach fits all. I tailor the lessons to the student's needs, goals, and personality to ensure maximum engagement and progress.


    My approach to vocal technique is focused on healthy, beautiful singing, regardless of style. My students learn the mechanics of proper body alignment and breathing, as well as resonance to give the voice its necessary clarity and projection. As we progress, we apply these techniques to the songs we're learning, so that the student sees how technique is there to serve expression. We also discuss song interpretation: what a song is really about, the character's background, and how to convey these things to the audience using both the voice and the body.

    I am classically trained, so my approach to technique is largely rooted in that style. However, I also teach musical theater vocal technique. It's likely that the songs we sing in lessons will be drawn from both genres - I believe in building both "sides" of the voice (head voice and chest voice), and mixing them in different ratios as the music demands.


    Similarly, I believe that classically-grounded violin technique can be applied to any genre of playing. We learn how a strong, solid violin hold and a coordinated bow arm are the basis for virtually all violin technique, and use exercises and materials to build these aspects of your playing. We focus a good deal on intonation and awareness of the left hand through spatial relationships among the left hand fingers, as well as flexibility of the right wrist and fingers to produce a clear, strong tone. I typically use the Suzuki books, and supplement with other materials based on the student's needs and goals.


    I hold a Master of Music in Voice and a Teaching Artist Certificate from the Longy School of Music of Bard College, and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Gordon College. I am also a member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing).

    I began my musical studies at age 4 on violin, and have performed with numerous orchestras and chamber groups, including the MA Central District and All-State festivals, the Young Performers' Chamber Orchestra at the Longy School of Music, the Gordon Symphony Orchestra, and Calliope.

    My performance experience as a singer encompasses oratorio, opera, recital, and chamber works. I've appeared with many Boston-area groups as a soloist, singing works by Bach, Mozart, Rossini, Poulenc, and Faure, among others. My performing has taken me up and down the eastern seaboard, as well as to Finland and Italy.

    In addition to teaching, I am also the co-founder and music director of Rising Stars Productions, a theater company for youth based in Reading, MA, and the co-founder and director of Grace Notes, an all-girls' chamber choir based on the North Shore.


    I teach both at my home studio in Reading, MA, as well as at the Fabulous School of Music in Beverly, MA. Please inquire for specific availability.

    Studio membership rates are $136/month for weekly 30-minute lessons, $201.50/month for weekly 45-minute lessons, or $267/month for weekly 60-minute lessons. Rates are all-inclusive, and cover all lesson materials (other than your instrument), as well as recital fees.

    **Rates at the Fabulous School of Music are structure differently. Please inquire for specifics.

    Students are given the opportunity to perform in twice-yearly recitals, and voice students have access to the regional NATS auditions.

    When inquiring about lessons, please include the following information:

    - Your name
    - Student's name and age
    - Instrument you wish to study, and why
    - Any goals you have for your study
    - The student's musical background, including school shows/choirs, local ensembles, etc.
    - Any previous instruments studied (please indicate number of months or years of study)
    - A way to contact you (phone and/or email)

    I look forward to seeing you in the studio soon!
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