Seattle Area Voice Teachers
Melanie is a classically-trained pianist, and a jazz-pop vocalist with a great love and passion for music. Her piano training started when she was four, and she has many four-year old students now through the academy.
She began singing and performing in musicals when she was twelve, and continued her music and theatrical training through college, receiving many awards and scholarships. After discovering a love for synthesizers, Mel became heavily involved with music production and technology – you can find her working in her studio often! Mel has performed both as a keyboardist and vocally with many bands, choirs and theatrical performances over the years ranging from cover bands, jazz and experimental percussion ensembles and many DJ/MC performances.
Mel uses the Bastien method for her beginning piano students. Mel’s vast knowledge of music theory, and wide range of musical tastes allows her an exceptional ability to tune in to a student’s level and bring excitement and enthusiasm to a lesson. She loves working with children just starting their music education, making lessons exciting and sharing the love of music. Vocal lessons focus on using the body as an instrument – posture, breathwork, and a variety of vocal exercises to strengthen the voice and promote self-confidence in singing. Students are encouraged to examine many styles and genres of music while learning piano or voice.
Danielle, who recently moved to Seattle from San Francisco, teaches piano and voice. She grew up singing in church choirs and accompanying her school music groups. She studied classical voice at the Lamont School of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and has made a career of performing baroque music. She performs regularly with early music ensembles in the area, and has collaborated with local composers and jazz musicians. Offstage, however, she loves to sing pop, rock, and blues. She is featured on Makeunder's Great Headless Blank EP.
Danielle teaches to share the pure joy of music. She helps her students to develop their ear, their sight-reading, and their comprehension. She works to create well-rounded students, sharpening their theory and expanding their musical palate. Her voice students are encouraged to accompany themselves, and she invites her piano students to sing. She aspires to cultivate empathy, love of learning, and compassion through music.
Wes Speight, a singer/songwriter originally from Tennessee, has played many of the venues in Seattle WA and Nashville TN and has toured to places such as Vancouver BC, Oregon, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Louisville KY, Manchester TN and Manhattan NY. His music varies widely from bluesy to tribal to acoustic rock.
Speight's music career began in his teens, dabbling at piano and drums. He bought his first guitar at 19 and "started writing bad songs right away." He has since become a bit of a musical virtuoso, adding harmonica, bass, synthesizer/keyboard, mandolin, and percussion to his list. He is also a creative film maker who aspires to compose the musical score for a film someday. Music, says Speight, "is my reason."
Speight's first album, Please EP, was released in 2008 under an independent label. Since then he has released 4 more full length albums independently: 2011's Lie & Wish, 2012's Hackneyed and 2014's Transmigration. In addition to teaching guitar, piano, and percussion, Wesley teaches songwriting through the University of Washington Experimental College.
Jeanie Marinella graduated from Western Washington University in December, 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Music/Vocal Performance. Jeanie studied opera and classical music at Western and is a classically trained Soprano. She is a versatile singer, as she equally enjoys singing and playing R&B and Jazz. Jeanie is currently inspired to continue performing with her band Mōtus, write music and advance as a percussionist in Seattle.
Over the past three years, teaching has become a passion for Jeanie. She just moved back to Seattle, her hometown but taught through Bellinghome School of Music and Bellingham Music Academy during this time. Jeanie works with her students on an individual basis and customizes a curriculum for each student, helping them achieve their goals as singers, musicians and performers. Before moving back to Seattle, she had about 35 students of different ages and backgrounds. Throughout her time teaching, Jeanie has had great student retention, as she is highly encouraging and challenges herself to be critical about teaching methods and curriculum. This is also a reflection of her ability to understand each student’s needs and learning style.
One of Jeanie’s strengths is her understanding of vocal pedagogy and diction. This enables her to teach healthy vocal production, as she prioritizes helping students develop a foundation that allows for a lifetime of singing. She enjoys teaching her students how to properly breathe and support, especially since this is an area that is often neglected or not explained sufficiently. Along with healthy technique, Jeanie loves teaching sight singing, ear training/solfege and different vocal styles. Jeanie is passionate about communication through singing and is inspired to help others discover how to sing with their most expressive voice, whatever the style is.
As for Jeanie’s experience, she sang with the Seattle Symphony on the Grammy nominated choral recording of Samuel Jones’ composition of “The Shoebird,” and at Benaroya Hall with The Northwest Choirs/Vocalpoint! Seattle. She also performed the role of the Sandman in Humperdinck’s “Hansel und Gretel,” with Vivace in Vancouver, BC and as Lauretta, one of the leading roles in Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi” at Western and was a frequent soloist in Western Washington University’s concert choir.
Gretchen Conrad graduated from Cornish College of the Arts in 2014 with a Bachelor of Music concentrated in classical voice and continues to study under the direction of Dr. Natalie Lerch. Contemporary opera roles include Laetitia in Menotti's The Old Maid & the Thief and 3rd Knitter in Barab's A Game of Chance.
Gretchen has performed under the direction of Stephen Stubbs in Francesca Caccini's La Liberazione di Ruggerio dall'Isola D'Alcina and John Blow's Venus & Adonis with James Darrah as director. In 2013 she premiered the duet "Wings" with Natalie Lerch for Tom Baker's upcoming opera, Holos. In 2015 she was a soloist at the Bach in the Cornish Way and Bach in the Subways. Gretchen is a founding member of Fine Rain Falling for which she has composed her own pieces. She is a member of Seirm, a Scottish Gaelic group and has recently performed with the Anúna International Summer School in Dublin, Ireland. She has taught music privately since 2013 and is a voracious reader always in search of a good book.
Nic Lefebvre is a multi instrumentalist, composer and singer-songwriter who has recently relocated to Seattle from New Orleans, Louisiana. Nic has been playing music since the age of five and throughout his life. His studies have ranged from formal classical piano lessons to a bass/nature camp in which music was taught through awareness and interaction with the natural elements. The comprehensive way that Nic learned music has inspired his teaching style. Nic believes in basing each student's studies in their specific musical interests and strengths, allowing passion to be a leading force in their growth.
After attaining a Bachelor's degree in both Jazz Studies and Music Composition from Loyola University New Orleans, Nic began teaching at one of New Orleans top schools, Isidore Newman School as well as at the Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts. He has performed and written professionally in many genres including jazz, folk, soul and rock. His greatest achievements to date are the studio albums he has created with his indie pop band and the awards he has won in various composition competitions. Nic's favorite instruments to play and teach include piano, bass (electric and upright), guitar and voice.
A native Washingtonian and multi-instrumentalist with formal study of piano, woodwinds, strings, voice pedagogy and composition, and with a Bachelor of Music degree earned from San Diego State University, Lenne has been teaching students of many levels, instruments and disciplines life-long. She uses a holistic approach to teaching that incorporates many methods, both music analysis and behavioral analysis, aiming for each student to acquire both skill and well-rounded musicality.
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.