Phoenix Area Voice Teachers
Lauren has been playing and performing for over 20 years. She began studying piano and voice at the age of 9 and has loved it ever since. While studying at Brigham Young University, Lauren toured with the prestigious International Folk Dance Ensemble as a musician with their band, Mountain Strings. She was the pianist and backup vocalist for the band and toured with them throughout the United States. Lauren is also an active performer in local community theaters and she is very involved with the music in her church community. She has experience performing in many capacities in front of audiences of all sizes and demographics.
She has always had a passion for music and she loves instilling that passion in others. She has taught piano and voice lessons on and off for the last 13 years, and it's truly a joy to see her students progress. Whether it's encouraging students to be creative and write their own songs, or weaving complicated theory into the pieces they're working on, Lauren strives to make learning music fun and enjoyable while still being productive. Her student's learning goals are the top priority in lessons. Rather than teaching her own objectives, she makes the lessons about the students. She loves teaching students of all ages and levels and is excited to get started with you!
Raised in the Driftless region of Wisconsin, Kiernan M. Steiner began singing in church at two years old and her love for music never ceased. At the age of three, Kiernan began her music education at Viterbo University studying the violin using the Suzuki method, and started piano at age eight. As she continued her music education in the Viroqua area, she began taking lessons in clarinet, mandolin, voice, and violin. At home, Kiernan self-taught herself guitar and began writing her own songs. Her experiences singing for weekly church services, weddings, and funerals, as well as success in State-wide contests only encouraged her to pursue higher education in Vocal Music.
In May of 2014, Kiernan completed her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Music Education at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. After graduation, Kiernan taught private voice, vocal directed the musical, and directed the choral program at Lakeland Union High School in Minocqua, Wisconsin. While studying at the University of Missouri - Columbia with Dr. R. Paul Crabb, she served as a Choral Teaching Assistant and directed the vocal jazz ensemble, Hitt Street Harmony. Meanwhile, she continued her music ministry at Centralia United Methodist Church and Missouri United Methodist Church. In May 2018, Kiernan received her Master's of Music in Choral Conducting. Throughout her teaching and performing experiences, she has worked with singers in all genres, including bluegrass/country, jazz, pop, R&B, gospel, musical theater, and classical music. Kiernan is now a teaching assistant and doctoral candidate at Arizona State University, advised by Dr. David Schildkret. Her research includes womanism, gender studies, and American music of the 20th century. Her mission is to inspire and encourage people all over the world to connect and communicate through music by engaging individuals through intentional and meaningful lessons and rehearsals.
Tina Packer is a music educator from Niagara Falls, NY. She received her BM in music education and trumpet performance from SUNY Potsdam and has begun working on her MM in music education at Arizona State University. She has taught general music, choir and band for 3 years in Phoenix, AZ.
Tina began playing piano at the age of 5, trumpet at 8 and bagpipes at 11 years old. In addition she's been a performing vocalist for 10 years. Throughout her career, Tina has performed with the Northern Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Potsdam Brass Quartet and has accompanied countless collegiate-level choirs, instrumentalists and vocalists.
Tina has been teaching privately on and off for the last 10 years. She focuses on experiential teaching, using her students' own desires and experiences to shape her curriculum. While learning music should be a structured discipline, it should also be fun and should cater to the learners' goals! She uses a variety of genres in her curriculum and also teaches theory, composition and music technology.
Ellie Bender is an experienced pianist and vocalist from Gilbert, AZ. She has loved music from a young age and classically trained in piano, guitar and vocal arts. Ellie participated in the Arizona Study Program for piano all of high school. ASP specializes in teaching classical music and theory to young musicians. Students are tested by written exam and playing test every year.
When not teaching music lessons, Ellie enjoys riding horses and is currently persuing her Bachelor's Degree in Health Care Administration at Grand Canyon University.
Vanessa Naghdi is a vocal teacher and performer originally from the Washington, D.C. area. Since the age of 2 she has been singing and performing for all audiences. Vanessa was in her first musical at age 9, started singing in choir and playing violin at 10 and started voice lessons at age 12. She began studying piano at age 15. Vanessa has been a part of countless musicals, operas, choirs and church choirs and earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Vocal Performance. She received her Master of Music degree from Arizona State University in Music Theatre/Opera Performance. Vanessa has been performing with Arizona Opera and Opera Colorado since then.
Highlights from Vanessa’s performing career have included an 8-month residency with Opera Colorado as a Young Artist performing in three mainstage productions at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver and two touring productions across Colorado with them. She is currently an Education Teaching Artist with Arizona Opera and has performed over 100 shows while on tour in Arizona with them. Vanessa has sung internationally in Germany where she performed in multiple operas as well as concerts across the US in venues such as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Vanessa has been teaching since 2013 and loves to share all that she has learned as an avid performer with her students. She teaches each student on an individual basis based on their needs. Vanessa’s teaching technique starts with a classical foundation, focusing on ear training, accurately learning pitches and rhythms and helping each student find their best vocal quality, all of which can then be applied to singing any genre of their choosing. She uses this technique as a stable base for singing classical, musical theatre/Broadway, jazz/American standards, pop, rock, country and Christian music. Vanessa has had language and diction training in multiple languages and can teach how to sing in Italian, French, German, Spanish, Latin and more. She has an extensive theatrical and audition background and can include audition and dramatic preparation if desired. Vanessa loves kids and teaching them and adults alike, as well as beginning through professional students.
Lisa has a Bachelors degree in Music Ministries from Southwestern Assemblies of God University and has been teaching since high school. Her passion for music began at age 5 when she began piano lessons and this love for music has never waned.
Lisa specializes in individualized music instruction that focuses on the student's specific learning style. While she has taught students of all ages, her special joy is teaching children. She employs a number of methods to appeal to the younger beginner. This includes theory games, positive reinforcement, stickers, incentive programs, etc... the goal is to make learning fun while striving for excellence! Older students generally have a specific goal in mind when seeking out music instruction, so Lisa designs a learning plan with those goals in mind.
Lisa teaches beginning to intermediate piano/keyboard, beginning voice, sight-singing, ear training, dictation, fundamental theory, play-by-ear and chording.
Katie Moore has been an active performer with the Phoenix Opera for several seasons. She sang the role of Mercedes in Carmen with the company in November 2009. More recently, she performed with Muddy River
Opera as Pitti-Sing in The Mikado--a work in which she also portrayed the character of Katisha--and Erika in Vanessa with Ethington Memorial Theatre. Miss Moore achieved her Regina Coeli, K. 276, with performances in
Prague, Ceske Budejovice and the historical Karlskirche Cathedral in Vienna, Austria. She was also featured for two seasons as soloist with the Flagstaff Symphony in a performance of Handel's Messiah and recently sang in concert at Symphony Space in New York City.
This vibrant mezzo-soprano's repertoire encompasses a stunning array of styles and languages. Her operatic portrayals include the title roles of Carmen in La Cenerentola, Charlotte in Werther, Adalgisa in Norma, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, The Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos, Suzuki in Madama Butterfl y and Leonora in La
Favorita. A Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions winner of the Arizona District, Miss Moore was heard as The Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas with Northern Arizona University Opera Theater. She obtained her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix.
Charity Johansen has been a part of the Phoenix Arts community for five years. She received a Masters of Music in Opera Performance from Arizona State University where she studied with Carole FitzPatrick and Dr. Stephanie Weiss.
Charity has a deep love and appreciation for vocal arts, especially in the classical and musical theater genres. She performs as frequently as she can with some of her favorite roles including Ludmilla in The Bartered Bride, 2ndLady in The Magic Flute (AriZoni Award Nomination), Maria Duchess of Dene in Me and My Girl (AriZoni Award Winner) and Gay Wellington/Duchess Olga Katarina in You Can't Take It With You. You can see Charity perform as Mrs. Pugh in the upcoming production of Annie at Hale Centre Theatre in Gilbert, AZ.
Charity has taught private voice lessons for just over two years and enjoys seeing her students grow both personally and professionally through out the learning process.