Voice/Vocal Coaching/Guitar Lessons
Libby Johnson Music & Voice Studio, New York, NY
Hello, and welcome to my studio page.
I offer voice lessons/vocal coaching to students of all levels and ages. My experience is that through voice work and coaching we are able to achieve freedom as singers in both the physical and emotional ranges. Our sessions will help you uncover your true voice to sing with ease, confidence, and greater expression. I believe that singing is natural and fundamental for all of us, and can be not only a joyful mode of self expression, but can impact our lives in unexpected ways as we literally ‘find’ our voices. I work with students of all levels, from beginners to professional artists, developing vocal skills and repertoire, as well as on specific goals such as audition preparation/training for the NYC specialized arts programs including Fiorello LaGuardia High School, PPAS and Frank Sinatra.
My method of voice pedagogy combines solid vocal technique, ear training and coaching on student material. I hold a Bachelor of Music from Berklee College of Music with a focus on jazz vocal performance, arranging, piano and composition, and have studied privately with several teachers in New York who greatly influenced my approach and understanding of singing and teaching. I attended Shenandoah Conservatory for Level III Certification in Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method, a body-based method of vocal training based upon voice science and medicine as well as traditional Bel Canto vocal training, and complementary modalities such as yoga, movement, dance, acting, and speech training, and various bodywork approaches. Fundamental to my teaching practice are the years I've spent writing and recording my own music and touring -- a school unto itself!
I teach beginner to intermediate guitar, working mainly with rock, folk and blues and pop. I generally work with acoustic guitar. The lessons include learning basic guitar technique, rhythm and fingerstyle, finger-picking techniques, music theory, notation, and mastering a variety of material. For students who sing, the lesson can be a combination of voice and guitar, and includes coaching on movement, performance and singing and playing simultaneously. I’m really interested in helping students and artists become great at what they do while developing their own sense of musicality, enjoyment, and self-expression.
Contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. For students outside the NYC area or outside the country, I am available to do sessions online.
Currently working with everyone on Zoom!
2020 is off to a great start. Vocal coaching and prep for the 2020 year auditions for Fiorello LaGuardia, Frank Sinatra, PPAS now underway!
This has been an exciting year in my teaching studio, I've enjoyed working with so many new students! I continue to train voice students for the special New York arts programs such as Fiorello LaGuardia, and wishing much success to my students who were admitted to LaGuardia as Voice majors for the 2019-2020 school year. I can't wait to see what you'll do!
This has been an incredibly busy fall, with returning and new students, and lots of great forward motion. This fall there were quite a few students training for the NYC Arts programs (Frank Sinatra, Fiorello LaGuardia, PPAS), and it was exciting to work in this concentrated way towards the goal of auditioning. Wishing everyone good luck!
September 26, 2017
Fall classes are heating up and I've been happy to see so many students who have been away for the summer, as well as to welcome new friends into my studio for voice training and guitar. I will be hosting a recital for all students to perform in in late fall, more details to come! - Libby
With my sister, Carrie Johnson, a few weeks back!
June 3, 2016
Summer is almost here and I want to express gratitude for another great year of teaching. This Spring I held my first evening workshop for adult guitar students, it was so much fun to share what we've been working on together, and we will be continuing on a monthly basis going forward.