Teaching

Rachel is the founder of a private voice and piano studio, where she has offered both in-home and in-studio lessons since 2008. Rachel is on the quest to help every student find his or her natural voice.  Confidence and excellent technique are the key points of singing, no matter the style. Rachel accepts students of all ages and experience levels.  All that is required is the desire to uncover your own greatness and vocal power.  Rachel helps her students explore all musical styles, from musical theatre to classical to pop.  Lessons are held weekly or bi-weekly, and range from 30-60 minutes in length.  Rachel works with her students to build a solid foundation of technique, while developing a diverse and functional musical repertoire.  Students put these lessons into practice in auditions and performances, as well as annual studio recitals.  Rachel also specializes in audition preparation.  Her students have been featured in national tours, professional Bay Area and New York theatre productions, and have gained admittance into some of the country’s most prestigious musical theatre colleges, such as Wagner College, UC Irvine, and New York University.

Rachel also accepts beginner to intermediate piano students.  Lessons focus on note-reading, music theory, development of repertoire, and (above all) how to play with great musicianship and feeling.

Please contact Rachel for information on availability and rates.

Rachel is a driven and committed teaching artist. From her early days as a Counselor-in-Training in the Drama department at Camp Rim Rock for girls, to her current career as a prominent Bay Area teaching artist, Rachel has always had a passion for teaching young people about the arts.  Rachel has worked as a Teaching Artist and Music Director at some of the country’s most highly regarded youth theatre programs.  These include Bay Area Children’s Theatre, Berkeley Playhouse (Berkeley, CA), Willows Theatre IMG_6417Company (Concord, CA), Stage Left Children’s Theater (Tappan, NY), Long Lake Camp for the Arts (Long Lake, NY), Acting Manitou (Waterville, ME), the First Stage program at the McCarter Theatre (Princeton, NJ), and Imagination Stage (Bethesda, MD). Additionally, Rachel has worked as a music instructor at ViBO music (San Francisco, CA), San Francisco Friends School (San Francisco, CA), and Village Music School (Pleasant Hill, CA).  For a complete resume, click here.

Rachel received a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from New York University.  She has studied voice with Erica Maier D’Ambrosio, Deborah Benner, Juliana Janes-Yaffe, Michael Ricciardone, and Justin Montigne.  She studied piano with Junko Takahashi.
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