Introduction

Hello singers, welcome to my teaching website! You’ve come to the right place if you’re looking for a teacher with a proven record of success: I have 18+ years experience as a voice teacher in addition to my 25+ years of experience as a professional operatic soprano. I was trained at Manhattan School of Music, as well as numerous prestigious institutions such as the Santa Fe Opera, Tanglewood Music Center, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, among others.  I have performed nationally and internationally including Germany, the UK, France, Canada as well as the US.

My teaching focuses on the use of old-school classical exercises rooted in the Italian “bel canto” period, which is considered the golden age of singing.  These exercises, when worked on diligently and regularly, will give you the technical freedom to enable you to sing well in any style, whether it is opera, musical theater, jazz, pop, experimental, or basically anything that defines the verb “to sing”. The root of all good singing is classical technique, just as the root of great contemporary dance technique is ballet training. Once your voice grows and improves with these exercises, we move on to repertoire that suits you and that you like to sing.

I work with beginners, amateurs, and professionals of all ages and singing styles to improve tone, range (including developing the upper register), pitch, breath support, phrasing, and ultimately confidence.  The great French composer and teacher Nadia Boulanger once said – Technique equals freedom.  Truer words have never been spoken.

I am a graduate of Manhattan School of Music and I also studied at such institutions as the Tanglewood Music Center, the Mozarteum Summer Academy in Austria, the Britten-Pears school in the UK among others.  I have worked with many great teachers and singers over the years and know my craft well and am eager to pass that onto you.  Several of my students have been admitted to conservatories and performing arts high schools, such as Manhattan School of Music and LaGuardia High School (of the movie “Fame”). I was a voice faculty member of the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music for 14 years and was awarded Thumbtack’s Best of 2015 and 2016 Voice award.

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My Approach to Teaching

I am patient and encouraging, and work step by step with each student, based on his or her needs.  For the first two or three lessons we only do exercises.  As I mentioned previously, these exercises are based in classical Italian bel canto school and form the basis of the technique that will serve your repertoire.  After that, the lessons will consist of a combination of these exercises and repertoire that best fits your level as well as repertoire you enjoy to steady the vocal apparatus and get you on your way to solid progress.

I personally have learned from the best teachers, coaches, and conductors, having reworked and improved my own technique over the years, so I understand very well how the voice functions and how to prevent and fix potential problems.  And along with my native English, I am fluent in French, Italian and German, and proficient in Spanish so I can always clarify a concept in your native tongue.

Questions & Answers

Q. What is my typical process for working with a new student?

A. I begin with basic exercises both for the voice and with breathing for the first couple of lessons (no repertoire) to get the singer used to the basic technique. We then start on repertoire that is suitable for that singer’s level where he/she can apply the exercises to the arias or songs he/she is working on. You will work hard, but you will get results.

Q. What education and/or training do I have that relates to my work?

A. I went to a prestigious conservatory in Manhattan and was trained by some great teachers, coaches and conductors. I have a lot of experience onstage, so I know what pressures singers are under when they perform. I am constantly sitting in on coaching and voice lessons of colleagues and their students, and attend seminars and master classes regularly. And I listen a lot: recordings, online videos, etc. I learn a lot from that. On top of all of that, I learn from my students!

Q. Do I have a standard pricing system for my service?

A. It’s very straight-forward, the price you are charged is based on an hour, 45 minutes, or 30-minute lesson.  I also have package pricing.

Q. How did I get started doing this type of work?

A. I’ve sung since I was 5 years old, and still love it. My desire to go into classical singing came about naturally – my mother used to watch TV shows with classical music, and I fell in love with the music and wanted to sing it.  I also loved the technical challenge. After all these years, I’m still learning, and will learn the rest of my life even as I continue as a professional. And I learn so much about singing when I teach students like you.

Q. What types of students have I worked with?

A. I’ve worked with singers of all genres – opera, musical theater, pop, jazz, latin, rock (including heavy metal), experimental, and even middle eastern (arabic). The basic classical technique I teach will help you sing in any style. If you want to continue in opera and classical music, we can go there, or we can apply what you have learned to your genre.

Q. What advice do I give you, the student, in looking to hire a teacher?

A. Find the teacher that will get you technical results, not necessarily the one who has connections. Even if it takes you a couple of lessons with a few teachers, do it. Don’t just trust a teacher blindly. Hard work and focus is essential in getting anywhere in any creative field. “Luck” is created through hard work, improvement, and getting yourself out there when opportunities arise. Seizing opportunity is huge when you are ready, yet it’s important to know when you are ready and when you are not, and to be patient with yourself to get you to that place.

Q. What questions should you think through before talking to a prospective voice teacher?

A.  You should ask yourself, “what do I want to accomplish with my lessons…do I just want to learn arias or songs, or do I want to improve my technique using well-established, thorough exercises that will get results quickly if I practice? Can this teacher help me accomplish both?”

Student Testimonials

Anonymous:  Christine is kind and encouraging while maintaining a clear focus on technique. Although I am a beginner, (who has always wanted to give singing a try) she has been a wonderful and patient teacher. (9/2017)

Amna A:  Christine is very kind, helpful, patient, and encouraging. I have never taken voice lessons before, and she has helped me feel confident with my voice in just a short time period. I couldn’t have asked for a better first instructor for my vocal training. (3/2017)

Carmen S:  Christine is a truly phenomenal teacher. If you have any hesitations about starting voice lessons because you are afraid of singing in front of other people, have no fear! Christine made me feel completely comfortable from the very first minute of our first lesson together. She is classically trained and extremely knowledgable about singing. I would recommend beginning lessons with her to get a solid technical foundation even if you eventually want to sing pop or R&B (i.e. she is not just for classical/opera singers!)…..(3/2017)

Alice B:  I first came to Christine with very little singing experience. As a dancer, I was looking to hone my skills to go out for musical theatre roles. Christine was very patient with me in the beginning, everything about proper singing technique was new to me, and she helped explain it in ways that I could grasp the concept. I was incredibly nervous about singing, but her encouragement and openness has made me feel so much more comfortable with it. (12/2016)

Raeesah K.:  Great voice teacher!  I came to Christine after not singing for 5 years. I had previously taken classical voice lessons in high school and singing in choir. She taught me basic singing technique by explaining why I needed the keep larynx down and demonstrating proper breathing. She is extremely kind, helpful and flexible and has empowered me to feel much more confident in my singing and also focus on important details such as phrasing, diction and pronunciation. She has also challenged me with repertoire that is fun to sing and appropriate for my voice and age. I am excited to see how my voice continues to improve with her guidance. (10/2016)

Alara L.:  Her exercises helped for breathing and relaxing enough to hit certain notes.

Marianne P.: After years of studying classical voice and still having technical difficulty, an accomplished singer suggested I study with Christine Moore, who is now teaching me to sing more fully and freely. While former voice teachers were well intentioned, professional, had good reputations, and taught me vocal concepts for over 35 years in weekly lessons, I continued to struggle with the passaggio and lowering my larynx in the higher range. Christine immediately understood my vocal issues and, most importantly, within a very short period of time was able to teach me techniques that have dramatically improved my vocal production. My husband and I are amazed at how much my voice has improved since I started studying with Christine only one and a half years ago. One important concept that Christine introduced me to that previous voice teachers didn’t explain is how to sing with proper vocal cord closure. Apparently, I was over-blowing breath through my vocal cords and wondering why I never had enough breath to sing a substantial aria. Christine also taught me the concept of “appoggio” (breath support) and I’m finally feeling a stronger foundation of lower body breath support that gives me the freedom to release my shoulders, head, and jaw to sing freely. Improved cord closure and breath control is helping me to produce a much larger voice than I ever thought I had. In fact, prior to learning these concepts I thought I was a mezzo-soprano and it is now very clear that I have a fairly large soprano voice. What I have learned about Christine is that she takes her work very seriously and expects her students to do the same. She has never canceled a lesson, chooses challenging and appropriate repertoire, arranges student recitals, teaches summer workshops in Italy, continues to sing professionally herself, and encourages her students to set goals and to perform. Additionally, she is a genuinely nice person, not the prima donna type you might expect of someone with so much talent and experience as a performer and a teacher. Honestly, I’m not someone that enjoys writing (I’d rather sing) but I wrote this review about Christine Moore because she really made a difference in my singing. I can only imagine how my voice would have developed if I had started training with a voice teacher like Christine earlier in my life. Maybe someone reading this will find out!

Raina W.:   Christine is an honest professional. Her passion for music is as evident as her expertise. Without a doubt, I will be going back to her for lessons. I presented her with a challenge for sure. I needed to learn three contrasting pieces of music for an audition within a week. Man, oh man. Christine is definitely a miracle woman. She corrected a lot of my poor habits in technique, gave me lots of insight for future reference, and helped me gain my confidence as a vocalist. Needless to say, I learned all three pieces. Aside from her very obvious superiority in knowledge, she is just the sweetest woman. Very fun, friendly, and welcoming. She always made sure to offer me water or ask how I’m feeling about my progress. She made sure to give honest critique as well as solutions for enhancement. She also always made a point to emphasize my progress as means of encouragement. I 100% recommend Christine without hesitation, no matter what your level or experience with music is. You’ll learn a lot for sure and you’re getting an absolutely excellent experience for such a great price! As a full-time university student, of course that’s something I always look out for. I’m so grateful that was able to get professional help on such short notice for a reasonable price per lesson. In short, the woman knows her stuff. Thanks for everything Christine, I’ll surely be coming back to you!

Anna M.:  Just for background information, I took lessons with Christine for about 4 years throughout high school with a focus in classical voice. I currently still study voice in college and I can honestly say I have the most helpful foundation I could have ever asked for for that. Christine instills a very strong vocal foundation both artistically and technically. She doesn’t dumb anything down, but is absolutely understandable even for beginners. She is also incredibly knowledgeable as a musician, which is enormously helpful because with each new piece she adds to your repertoire, she also builds theoretical and artistic knowledge which helps you be able to perform other pieces later on. So I went into a lot of later repertoire having a solid understanding of the purpose and context of the music I was singing. Also, she never loses sight of the artistic aspects of singing, never letting pronunciation, oddly placed breaths, facial expressions, body language, misunderstanding of text, etc, slide. This seems kind of standard, but it’s actually a really professional way of treating your students and made me personally, approach my music with as much professionalism as I had developed. I also found it extremely helpful that she explained why she did asked me to do certain things or ignore other things because, especially for beginners, classical training can seem like a black box and occasionally feels like it’s taking you backwards. Having those explanations assuaged a lot of that fear. In my experience, I felt a lot of changes both explicitly and implicitly. I felt my voice grow, in range and strength, and my technical foundation and knowledge are both fairly solid. I stopped fidgeting and found a tremendously improved focus and composure while performing (a big problem for me). My Italian pronunciation is actually quite good now. My ear and internal tempo are both MUCH better. My theoretical knowledge is a lot more in depth than it was, (kind of a bonus because that’s not her job). And my contextual knowledge of music is also at a much higher level than it would have been otherwise. Overall, Christine is a really talented teacher and musician who provides a lot of understandable but high level information, impeccable and PRECISE technique, and an artistic but academic approach to music and singing which lays a perfect philosophy in her students for continuing to grow as musicians.

Ksenia S.:  “Excellent teacher!”

Susan B.:  “She is really a wonderful teacher. She can listen to you and very easily pick out what is giving you trouble and where you can improve, and she has lots technique improving exercises. I didn’t think I would ever be comfortable with a private voice teacher, but Christine is perfect, she immediately made me feel right at home. She’s just a dream come true.”

Ax N.:  “Christine is an absolute wonder. She brings to our lessons an unqualified passion for music and vocal expression. She possesses the gift of seeing the level of the student and building on it little by little until you are doing things with your voice that you didn’t know you were capable of. Our lessons are fun and fulfilling. She has given me instruction and material that I use every day. From warmups to audition material to a thirst to learn more, do more, and expand my repertoire, my range, my goals. I highly recommend her to anyone and everyone. She’s the BEST!”

Natalie K.:  “Christine is a wonderful teacher. She is personable, knowledgeable, and really wants her students to succeed. I have improved my voice so much due to Christine’s tutelage.”

Rachel C.:  “Christine is personable, considerate, and talented. It had been years since I had taken a voice lesson, and Christine in just a few short months ensured I was singing with the proper technique and form. She has improved my upper range and provided me with more confidence in my singing skills than I have had in quite some time!”

Sarah B.:  “I highly recommend voice teacher Christine Moore to anyone who desires to have more power and control of their voice and singing. She has fine-tuned knowledge of vocal mechanics and most importantly, she knows how to share that information with her students in a focused and caring way. She is deeply interested in her students’ process and progress, and is also very skilled at tailoring lessons to her students’ particular musical goals. As someone who performs regularly in a jazz/experimental/rock setting, I have gained tremendously from working with Christine. Lessons consist of both classical vocal training and addressing the specific skills needed for non-classical singing. The work has been not just beneficial but crucial towards developing stamina and a healthy voice that I can count on in performance.”

Brandon W.:  “Christine is great! She is very easy and comfortable to work with and helps you feel confident and supported. Her approach to teaching clearly produces results as I feel as if I’ve improved even in a few short weeks.”

Lucia D.:  “I have been taking private singing lessons with Christine for about two years. During this time her coaching has opened up my voice both technically and in terms of emotional expression. We have worked together on a range of classical music, and she is a very hands-on, positive but also exacting teacher. In addition to helping build my repertoire and improve my technique, she also gives me advice about the performance business. I would recommend her 100% to anyone who loves to sing and wants to work on their technique and performance.”

Contact

I hope you will reach out if you have an interest in studying with me or if you just have questions.  You can reach me either by filling out the form below or by sending an email to:   info [at] christinemooresoprano [dot] com.  To see my performance website, click on www.christinemooresoprano.com.

Hope to hear from you soon!