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Christine Padua

Alexandria, VA 22309 (map)


Lessons Offered

Music Theory, Piano, Singing

Where are Lessons Offered

In Teacher Studio


About Me

Intro:
Christine is a professional voice coach who has 5 years of experience in helping beginning to expert level students develop the proper intonation and vocal technique within all legitimate styles of singing. She offers voice lessons that are based on the assessment of the student’s individual structure and voice type. She received her music education in classical vocal performance from George Mason University.
 
As another reference you may find me on Takelessons where I am a student favorite. 
 
Bio:
First and foremost thank you for taking the time to look at my profile and I look forward to helping you work toward your musical aspirations. 
 
Professional recording artist with two U.S. Billboards (2014) in the popular adult contemporary and an E.P. (3 singles) currently playing on radio in the U.K. You may find my music on iTunes and other online distributors such as Spotify. I also have a profile on reverbnation.com.
 
Education:
Received music education from George Mason University in classical vocal performance.
 
I have continued my vocal studies with the incomparable Fabiana Bravo, who studied under Luciano Pavarotti. From her I have learned the true Italian tradition of Bel canto and Verismo in opera. This differs from the American interpretation of the art. 
 
Voice type:
I am a true dramatic soprano. I sit between mezzo and soprano. Having a rare and large instrument has given me invaluable insight and a wider perspective on all other voice types because of it. 
 
Specialization:
I specialize in the intonation of the voice. Students learn specific vocal techniques and how to properly approach the voice in a natural and relaxed manner. 
 
From doing such, students will be able to create appropriate colors for their instrument to then genuinely achieve different styles of music.
 
Exercises will also encourage range, breath support, placement, dynamics, proper resonance, blending of registers and most importantly flexibility in order to sing with freedom.
 
The technique will never lose sight of the integrity and authenticity of the voice. It in fact enhances and supports this concept. Singers will learn how to hear their true voice in a way that they have yet to experience fully.
 
We will have very clear and relevant discussions on how the voice works. This is absolutely vital to finding true successful in your studies. It should be noted that one cannot learn without comprehension first. 
 
More importantly from our discussions, the voice will no longer feel like such a mystery. 
 
My approach will help solidify things you continue to struggle with. I have had many, many students agree and come to this conclusion. 
 
This especially includes students who have already studied voice seriously, but are struggling to grasp concepts and or technique.
 
More times than not, it is the instruction you have received that is inaccurate and ineffective for your voice.
 
Some of the styles I offer are jazz, popular adult contemporary, classical, opera, R&B, traditional pop, gospel, spiritual, hymnal, musical theater, big ballad, country and any variation of these styles.
 
What to expect during lessons:
 
I base lessons on the assessment of the student's individual structure and voice type, much like the true Italian style. Students will develop their technique through very clear and specific vocal exercises. They will put this into practical use through their rep.
 
Beyond this objective we will cover other artistic and technical aspects including musically interpretation, diction, phrasing, timing, and performance.  
 
We will also discuss the mentality of singing. This approach helps students learn their instrument immensely better than without it.
 
Piano:
I also teach piano in the European route. I specialize in proper reading skills and developing good technique. I show students how to use strategies to sight read music on their own and develop interpretive skills. 
 
I have developed a method of teaching that helps students systematically identify pitches and counting with accuracy. 
 
Mission:
My goal is to help become students independent musicians. I have worked with many children with disabilities as well. Please ask me how.
 
Who I am:
I love music, I love life, I love my family, I love my dogs, I love my coffee and I love to laugh a lot (I'm very Italian in that way). :D
 
I always say to people that are considering taking voice lessons to just come as they are. Leave your worries at the door:) I understand that a person's voice is a very personally extension of who they are and it can be intimidating to sing in front of a professional.
 
I have taught hundreds of students and am well versed in seeing many different vocal issues. 
 
I want to assure any potential students that the space I provide is professional, safe, encouraging, friendly and welcoming. 
 
Age and advancement:
Voice begins at age 12 and piano at age 5.
I teach beginner to expert level advancement in voice and beginner to intermediate advancement in piano. 
 
How I developed my own studio:
I started my teaching career at Lorton music full time as a vocal and piano instructor and have over five years experience. At Lorton Music I was so highly recommended and referred to by other clients that I was required to put students on a wait-list to work with me. My success in teaching has allowed me to open up my own private studio from home, which has been such a blessing:)
 
A little bit about the types of students I have in my studio. I have a diverse range of students in terms of age and interest for their musically aspirations. It can be for personal reasons such as simply wanting to improve for yourself or for professional such as getting into a music program for voice or preparing for auditions.

 

 

My Musical Education Background

Bachelors in classical vocal performance from George Mason University.

Currently I am studying under the incomparable Fabiana Brava who studied under arguably the past greatest tenor of this century Luciano Pavorotti and the great Renata Scotto.

Professional recording artist with 2 singles on top 40 adult contemporary billboards (2014) and currently have an EP playing U.K. Radio station.

Teaching for over 6 plus years.

Background check over three time. Last current update in November 2015.

Genres and Subjects Taught

I teach all forms of legitimate vocal styles including but not limited to classical, sacred, jazz, traditional pop, musical theatre, R&B, gospel, county and big pop ballades. My training stems from the true Italian tradition of bel canto and verismo.

I teach piano in the traditional European route. I also make connections between classical music and other popular styles of music through music theory.

Lesson Rates

Vocal lessons are $75 (per hour)

Piano is $35 per half hour and $70 per hour.

Ages / Skill Levels Taught

I teach beginner to expert advancement in voice and beginner to late intermediate advancement in piano.

Voice begins at 12 and piano at 5.

My Musical Influences

David Foster, Celine Dion, Lara Fabian, Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Rene Fleming, Sumi Jo, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, Harry Connick Jr, Brian McKnight.


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