Private Vocal Lessons

Find Your Unique Voice

With Bettina Sheppard

Lesson Length:  1 hour recommended; (½ hour lessons available)
Hourly Fee:  $160
Level:  All Levels
Teacher:  Bettina Sheppard

All artists need a solid foundation of technique, even if blessed with natural talent.  Your voice is an instrument that CAN be learned with the right training.  At some point in your singing studies, you will need to deepen your understanding of your own voice with personalized lessons.  In private lessons you will develop a specialized warm up routine, address any unique issues, and work on repertoire suited to your specific goals.

Bettina has taught singers in all genres for over 20 years, and has students on Broadway, concert work, recording artists, and singer/songwriters, as well as beginners on a professional track and singers in need of vocal rehabilitation.   With a strong focus on vocal health and performance requirements, you will also receive coaching for acting and musical expression and musicianship training necessary to study your repertoire.

“I can absolutely say that working with Bettina has not only changed my voice,
but my entire outlook on vocal training. She is a true gem.”

Kathy VanDereedt, Beauty and the Beast Tour

Just as in Vocal Technique classes, but tailored to fit your needs, you will learn exercises for:

  • Proper posture, alignment, and body support
  • Breath management
  • Resonance and proper placement
  • Building strength, flexibility, and range
  • Diction, articulation, and musical phrasing
  • Vocal freedom and individuality

Bettina’s vocal technique is a synthesis of over twenty years of study, investigation, and trial and error of the many confusing, and often conflicting, methods of teaching.

Find Your Unique Voice

With Misa Ogasawara

Lesson Length:  1 hour recommended; (½ hour lessons available)
Hourly Fee:  $100
Level:  Beginner, Intermediate
Teacher:  Misa Ogasawara

Misa has been teaching Vocal Technique for over 15 years.  She began as a student of Bettina Sheppard in 1998 and, after dramatic changes in her own voice and approach to singing, started teaching Sheppard’s technique in both group classes and private lessons.
Misa loves working with beginning level singers and has helped many students “find their voice.”  Her specialty is pitch accuracy and ear training.  Fluent languages include English and Japanese.

“Misa is tough, but so patient, kind, and supportive
that you don’t even know you’re working hard.”

Student

  • Music in the soul can be heard by the universe

    Lao Tzu
  • The only thing better than singing is more singing.

    Ella Fitzgerald
  • I don’t sing because I’m happy; I’m happy because I sing.

    William James
  • And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.

    Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Ah, music! A magic far beyond all we do here!

    J.K. Rowling
  • If I cannot fly, let me sing.

    Stephen Sondheim
  • The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between.

    Mozart
  • You can’t stay the same. If you’re a musician and a singer, you have to change. That’s the way it works.

    Van Morrison
  • People who make music together cannot be enemies, at least while the music lasts.

    Paul Hindemith
  • The only escapes from the miseries of life are music and cats.

    Albert Schweitzer