Hello, I am Amanda Austin, a Sing! Collective instructor for Lessonface.
I am a professional operatic soprano and voice instructor sharing the knowledge that I have acquired in 20 years of training, performance, and pedagogy.
The Sing! Collective is a virtual collection of classically trained professional vocalists collaborating to help you meet your goals. Sing!'s instructors, masterclasses, group classes, and subscription packages establish healthy and beautiful singing technique, develop confidence, and share your voice. For more information visit: https://www.lessonface.com/sing-collective
My students have included opera, musical theatre, jazz, folk, pop, and rock vocalists with ages ranging from 6-75 years old. I am currently based in Asbury Park, NJ where I work with predominantly rock and folk singers at The Lakehouse Music Academy.
I have taught at The Manhattan School of Music, Harlem School of the Arts, Chautauqua Voice Institute, Opus Dance and Theatre Inc. etc. in both group and private lessons. I cater all of my lessons to each student's individual needs and build technique that establishes healthy singing across all musical genres.
In lessons, I focus on vocal production and maintenance (resonance, breath support/control, registration), musicianship, storytelling, and cultivating a love for music-making. My goal as your teacher is to give you as many skills as you need to develop independently and sing with confidence.
I work with all of my students to create individually designed lesson plans working towards your long and short term goals. As classically trained vocalist, I particularly enjoy teaching the amazing ways our bodies resonate (unamplified!) and how to use that awareness to create a wide vocal range and palette of expression.
Diction lessons are available for vocalists who wish to sing in English, French, German, Italian, and learn about the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).
My teaching style is a combination of...
- Bel Canto Singing ("Beautiful Singing"): Breath Technique (Breath Support/Control), Legato, and Pure Vowels
- Storytelling: Communication (Diction, IPA), Imagination, Movement, Memorization/Internalization of Text, Performance
- Musicianship: Ear training, Music Theory, Solfegge, Piano Fundamentals, Sight Reading
- Singing your Skeleton: Head/Chest voice (decrescendo/crescendo)
I specialize in building voices with beautiful, supported tone, and technique that can translate to all styles of singing.
I believe in building all of the skills listed above over time and working with you to achieve your immediate and long-term goals. Each lesson is a combination of physical stretching, warm-up, technique building, and repertoire development.