Voice Lessons, Basking Ridge NJ Vocal Studio
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The technique is based on a natural approach to singing and focuses on the proper function of the vocal cords throughout the range of the voice, enabling freedom and connection through the bridges of the voice. When the vocal cords and body/breath are functioning ideally singing feels effortless. Strengthening of mix voice for pop/rock and Broadway "belt" styles. Development and connection of head, mix and chest registers - taking into account singer's style of interest and natural tendencies. Jennifer has both a sensitive ear and a gift of intuition and can readily recognize any vocal issues or imbalances in the individual singer and address them immediately with specific exercises that target vocal cord function for that singer and/or by altering or changing specific vocal exercise in use or approach in song. Her teaching style is both intuitive and technical, taking into account the uniqueness of each voice, personality, and individual's goals. The ultimate goal is to free the voice so that it can serve the song and emotion. Magic happens when we sing on the waves of emotion.
Benefits to young singers include getting comfortable singing in all registers of the voice, learning how to navigate through the bridges, ear-training, self-confidence, self-expression, freedom and joy of singing our favorite songs, discipline of focused work and practice. Jennifer's easy-going manner puts the beginning student at ease. She believes in instilling confidence and guiding the singer to discover their unique singing voice.
Jennifer has studied voice with master teachers in New York City and Los Angeles, and teaches a professional technique designed to give the individual singer freedom - whether singing pop, rock, jazz, Broadway or classical style. Jennifer believes in the uniqueness of each singer/voice and loves sharing this innovative technique with her students who range in age from 7 - 70. A singer and award-winning songwriter, coming from an eclectic background studying and performing in multiple genres from opera, Broadway/cabaret, pop, folk, Celtic/Irish to jazz/folk in New York City and Los Angeles, Jennifer knew from the beginning of her private vocal studies over 20 years ago that she wanted a vocal technique that would enable her to sing in any style. Finding the Seth Riggs technique of speech level singing while living in LA in 1999 and having the privilege of studying with some of his very first associate teachers enabled her to do this.
Since leaving Los Angeles in 2001 and moving back home to NYC Jennifer continued to use the Seth Riggs technique as she found it to be the most useful and effective technique in both her own singing and with her students.
Her voice teachers have included Marko Lampas (Juilliard School, Operatic Tenor NYC), Mary Saunders (Bel Canto/canBelto (“mixed belt” and legit Broadway), NYC), Michael Goodrich (Seth Riggs Technique, Master Teacher, Los Angeles, CA) and Badine Magaziner (Juilliard School Faculty, Seth Riggs Technique Master Teacher, New York, NY).
Jennifer grew up in Madison NJ, she trained originally as a dancer in ballet (NJ School of Ballet, Skidmore College) and modern dance (Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, New York NY). She has also studied percussive dance (tap, Irish step-dance, and Cape Breton step-dance), Irish and Cape Breton fiddle, yoga (anti-gravity yoga, hatha yoga certified teacher), Reiki and massage therapy (Swedish Institute Massage Therapy NY, NY). Acting/musical performance teachers have included James Price, Sande Shurin and Elynn Diamond, New York NY. She studied songwriting and music theory with Berklee College of Music, and jazz piano with Dave Frank School of Jazz NYC. Many of her songs have placed in songwriting contests and her songwriting has been featured by national wild horse advocacy non-profit organizations, Horse News, News12 NJ, Horse Collaborative, and Horses Help Kids Canadian organization. When not teaching or singing, Jennifer “moonlights” (or rather “daylights”) as an equine massage therapist in Somerset County NJ.
Jennifer continues to consult with master voice teachers so that she can continue to learn and grow as an artist and teacher, and aims to bring her students the highest quality and most effective vocal technique.