Hello!


Music is my life and my biggest passion. I've been a working musician and a teacher for many years and there's nothing more rewarding than sharing all I've learned so far with my students, to nurture their goals and aspirations and to make them aware of the great instrument they already possess. Every year I plan and host two wonderful recitals for my students, so that they can experience and share their progress with family and friends.

I offer a trial lesson, single lessons and lessons packages for children and adults. You can easily book a lesson following the “Calendly” links on this page.

Drop me a line HERE if you have any questions before booking a lesson.

I look forward to meeting you! 

Elena

 

Here's more about me:
I was born and raised in Florence, Italy and have been singing since I was a child but started a formal training during my teenage years with a private coach. During college, while studying Psychology at the University of Florence, I attended 2 private music schools in Florence and Bologna. There I kept studying vocal technique, solfège, classical guitar and music harmony. 


I moved to Los Angeles in 2003 and attended Musician's Institute earning a diploma in Vocal Studies and Vocal Performance and then a Certificate in Composition & Songwriting from UCLA (University of California Los Angeles). I refined my vocal technique studying at Berkley College of Music for a summertime in a special program for Jazz Vocalists and I have been an Alexander Technique's student for now 15+ years. 

I am currently:

  • In the process of earning a Voice Pedagogy Master's Degree from the University of Wales Trinity St. David.
  • Teaching Group-Voice Classes at the Williamson County Enrichment Center in Franklin, TN.
  • Teaching numerous online private lessons to students all over the world.


I am also a performing artist, a singer, guitarist and songwriter.  I have performed all over the country and abroad in some of the most beautiful venues, such as the Pantages Theater and the Getty Center, and many iconic ones such as The Whiskey a Go Go, The Troubadour to name a few. I have released 4 original albums and some of my songs have earned recognition from International competitions and have been placed in movies and TV shows. My personal style of singing is modern, not operatic, I love many kinds of music but especially pop, jazz, and musical theater. 

 

***Lessons Details***

**Teaching Adults**
There are two sides of singing that I like to work on with my students. 
The first is vocal technique, which is first and foremost the study of how to use our instrument, our whole body, in the best and most useful way to avoid strain and create beautiful sounds. I believe that when we move towards the most natural body posture, then our bodies and our breathing mechanisms act as they are supposed to, and singing happens at its best. When we learn to use our bodies without strain, the singing muscles are automatically engaged and exercised and we feel at ease. So I try to encourage a non-forceful way to use diaphragmatic breathing, which I have learned over years of studying and especially supported by the Alexander Technique, (which is a technique that teaches people how to stop using unnecessary levels of muscular and mental tension during any activity, especially during an artistic performance of any kind). 
I try to notice harmful singing habits the student may have formed throughout their life, (hopefully none!), and gently help them correct them. The vocal exercises I use are drawn from the Bel Canto tradition, a classical tradition, but I mix them with more modern vocal exercises to develop popular singing styles.
The second side of singing is performance: developing mental and physical freedom while performing or auditioning, developing our own unique style and paying attention to song interpretation, what we convey to an audience. I encourage the student to choose songs to work on they truly love, and I welcome any style of music. I give the students vocal exercises/tracks to help them practice at home.

**Teaching Children**
What I described above is also true for teaching children, however I focus on fun vocal games and let them experience the sound they naturally make before giving any direction. I like to create a positive environment in which the student can feel successful about even small achievements, whether it is standing in a relaxed way or having practiced the beginning of an exercise or part of a song. To help slightly older students (pre-teen/teens) practice at home and keep the motivation alive without feeling overwhelmed I record each lesson (or let them record it) and give them the accompaniment for the song of their choice so they can have fun at home. 

*** RECITALS ***
I plan and host 2 wonderful Recitals a year.  I encourage all my students to participate, no matter how they may feel about their instrument level and preparation. Working towards a performance is one of the most effective ways to solidify your ever growing skill!