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    Janet SantmannOffering private lessons in
    Belle Mead, New Jersey
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    Hello and thank you for visiting my profile! I am currently accepting motivated students 14 years of age and older.

    Each voice is unique; each singer is unique. My specialty--and my passion--is helping singers develop their unique talents to their fullest potential. I love teaching voice, and am results-oriented; I am invested in the growth and success of each student.

    My teaching is grounded in the centuries-old traditions of the great Italian singing masters. This approach, known as "bel canto" (beautiful singing), emphasizes the development of all of the elements of voice production, resulting in a healthy, strong, free, and flexible vocal instrument, suited to classical and "legit" musical theater singing. I also work with other vocal styles in Contemporary Commercial Music (Pop, Rock, Broadway, Jazz). I am fully certified in Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method, a holistic, voice science-based approach to voice training, that is endorsed by renowned teachers, vocalists, voice scientists, physicians, and speech-language pathologists throughout the world. (See www.somaticvoicework.com for more information.) In any style of singing, a healthy technique ensures a longer singing career--my own vocal longevity attests to this!

    I have been teaching voice students since 1979, both privately and in academic institutions, as my own singing career and family obligations have permitted. My career as an operatic and concert soloist spanned over two decades and took me to some of the world's most interesting performing venues. I have appeared with the Vienna State Opera, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Santa Fe Opera, England's Kentish Opera, the Arizona Opera, the Virginia Opera, and numerous other opera companies, festivals, and orchestras across the United States and Europe. I have received critical acclaim, and won many awards and honors for my singing. It has been a grand adventure!* At this season in my life, however, my greatest joy comes through helping my students realize their vocal and artistic goals.

    *My full bio is available on request.

    My educational background includes a Bachelor of Music Education degree, and a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance. I also studied privately for years, both in the United States and Europe, honing my skills in this very competitive profession. Thanks to the guidance of some of the world's greatest voice teachers, I have been able to master my own singing technique. I am, however, a committed lifelong learner. I continue to study and to develop new skills, in order to keep growing as an artist and as a teacher.

    I am member of NATS, The National Association of Teachers of Singing, and the Somatic Voicework Teachers Association.

    Lessons are available Monday through Friday. My current fee for a 60-minute lesson is $50. This rate applies to regularly scheduled, weekly or bi-weekly lessons. An initial consultation is provided free of charge. Advanced or professional singers who wish to work on a short-term or intermittent basis can inquire about the fees for these types of lessons.

    My studio is located in Belle Mead, New Jersey, just off of US Highway 206. Belle Mead borders Hillsborough on the south, and is about 9 miles north of Princeton.