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"Through sharing your great gift of music with joy, passion, fun, curiosity and love - you supported every person in the workshop to their most powerful and yet relaxed singing moments. You helped to turn the weakest into the strongest parts. I really enjoyed your gentle clarity in teaching and your great sense of humor. It was a real pleasure to experience the workshop and as well the concert! I am still inspired by that." (Workshop participant, Erlangen, Germany)
I honestly love to teach, and offer private singing lessons, coaching, clinics in essentials for jazz vocalists, and workshops on releasing music with freedom and spontaneity. If you'd like to schedule a lesson, or have questions about hours, location, or anything else, including workshops and coaching, please use the mail form here. It's important that you find not only a skilled teacher, but also one you feel comfortable with. You're welcome to schedule a first lesson without feeling any obligation to continue.
Private LessonsAndrea offers individualized instruction tailored to the specific needs and interests of each student. Lessons address vocal technique and principals of healthy singing with the goal of developing the voice, the individual sound, and the very joy of singing. Andrea also offers basic musicianship skills (including ear and rhythm training) and methods for developing ease, relaxation, and freer vocal expression. Beginners are warmly welcomed and encouraged. Andrea has experience working with adults and children (no younger than 12, please; very young children should not take voice lessons). It's important that you find not only a skilled teacher, but one you feel comfortable with. Email with any questions you may have; you can feel free to schedule a first lesson without any obligation to continue.
Andrea is a complete professional with the pipes to back it up. She has the gift of voice and a even greater gift for being able to share that gift with others through her teaching techniques. What a wonderful experience to work with her!!
J has done so well with you, and has developed a love for singing. She was accepted in [2 high school] performing arts program[s]. I know that your talent aided her greatly in these accomplishments. Her music teacher is very talented and is very impressed with J's musical knowledge. Due to a scheduling mix-up, J had to be placed in a class with all seniors, but the teacher said this worked out perfectly for her, because the freshmen were very behind compared to her. We owe a lot of thanks to you.
Parent of teenage student
Because I am a foreigner, I had one interesting lesson with Andrea while on vacation in NY in 2007. I want to say what a generous spirit she has! I emailed her last year, three years after that lesson because I was having problems with tight vocal chords singing in the dry winter weather in Japan. (I come from humid tropical Malaysia) and she bent over backwards in offering suggestions to help me solve the problem. Her advice to spend 15-20 mins in a steamed up shower room really worked like a charm! I was back to singing normally after taking her advice! Even though I had just one lesson with her, Andrea showed that she still genuinely cared for my welfare. She is a wonderful teacher!
June Tan Sooi Ee
photo by Michael Keel
Policies: Fees for private lessons are on a sliding scale: students may determine what they can manage within that scale. Because I will hold a scheduled lesson time and will not schedule another student in your spot, cancelations must be made with 24 hours of a scheduled lesson. Cancelations made less than 24 hours in advance must be paid for, and can be rescheduled.
WorkshopsAndrea has taught workshops and clinics at the University of Cape Town, South Africa; Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber, Dresden, Germany; Cal Poly, Pomona, CA; Main Street Music, Erlangen, Germany; International Women in Jazz, New York; and more. Workshops are entirely adaptable, and as such are appropriate and accessible for everyone from untrained musicians to advanced students. Andrea focuses on creating a safe, supportive environment in which people find they are able to tap into their "inner music" and express themselves more freely and joyously, all the while absorbing and building skills, knowledge, and awareness -- and having a great time!
Please contact Andrea if you're interested in having her teach at your institution, or if you'd like to organize a workshop; you can download workshop/clinic information here.
I just wanted to let you know that I got so much out of your workshop. It turned out to be a catalyst for me to do some digging about how I express myself as a singer or if I am even expressing "myself"...I don't have the answers for now but strangely enough, it feels liberating to be asking myself these questions. I also very much enjoyed your show at the Red Poppy, I am so inspired...so thanks again!
Participant, Berkeley, CA, 2012
Andrea Wolper’s musical and interpersonal skills are immense and I highly recommend her workshops. I make my living as a music educator and I’ve discovered that one of the biggest challenges is teaching a group of people who have different skill-sets and different expectations. My daughter and I signed up to do a Vocal Workshop with Andrea and having known her as a friend and colleague for over 10 years, I had no doubt that she would be nurturing, engaging and full of insight and useful information. All of this was predictably true. However, I was particularly impressed (and, I will admit, pleasantly surprised) by how gracefully she managed to juggle such disparate needs. The participants were varied in terms of experience, confidence, goals and musical literacy, yet Andrea managed to accommodate everybody without any perceptible compromise while creating a genuine and lovely sense of community.
NB, Pianist, music educator, New York 2012 workshop
This was my third session with Andrea Wolper. I'm amazed at how much I've learned in these workshops. I came to the first one very shy and hesitant but I'm gaining more and more confidence under Andrea's watchful eyes and ears. Her comments and suggestions are very inspirational. Don't know how she does it but she can "zero in" on some aspect of my performance and offer insight into what could make it more meaningful. Forget the saying "Those who can do; those who can't teach," as Andrea can do both and much, much more!
JR, New York, 2012
I just wanted to let you know how much I loved the workshop. I have such a clearer sense of what it is I need to work on now that I participated in it. Please put me on the early notification list for the next workshop because I'd love to do it!
Participant, New York, 2012
This workshop was a wonderful experience. Andrea is a wonderful leader/teacher. She has a warm, gentle manner and the skill to help each group member find a closer relationship to the music -- while also nourishing a strong group spirit. The workshop was challenging and supportive (and without pressure for us tentative types). And a lot of fun.
DL, voice, songwriter
A wonderfully supportive group experience for people wishing to sing. Andrea is informative, talented, patient, and fun to work with. It was a joy to see how individuals progressed not only with the song material but with their ability to interpret the song and feel comfortable doing so. Lots of smiling faces.
At the beginning I was rather blocked, but you encouraged me. . . you were so open and friendly that I could also open up, and try to make a voice from my voice. You quickly identified our weaknesses and challenged us to build on our strengths. . . Even now after a few weeks I’m still fascinated by how quickly we were able to make music together. The workshop gave me very much.
GG, voice, flute (Nuremberg workshop)
I want to say a big thank you for all you’ve brought to me and my school. These are the moments I’m working for and it is such a good feeling to have you as brothers and sisters in mind. Oh yes, music from the bottom of our souls and hearts will connect us over thousand of miles. Also a big thank you from all the pupils. I saw many of them in the last few days and I can truly say that you’ve touched them deeply.
Oliver Székely, owner, Main Street Music, Erlangen, Germany
A big thank you to you for providing us with excellent advice, instruction, sympathy, and a good natured "kick in the butt". The group dynamics were wonderful. It's amazing that so many of us could come together with such varied backgrounds and lifestyles and create such a fun-loving, caring group of people. This was the best fun I've had in ages! Laughs, learning and singing all rolled into one!
You were passionate about the subject matter, and you helped people relax. The exercises were all useful, and I’ll consciously include them in my practice.
I learned much more and a bigger variety of things than I expected. This was a great, comprehensive workshop.