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Student Testimonials

"During the height of the pandemic, I decided I wanted to pursue an idea I’ve had for a long time: embark on my vocal journey. When I first saw Helena’s post about offering vocal lessons, I impulsively reached out. It was truly the best decision I’ve ever made. It’s been a few years now, which really demonstrates how much I love working with them.  While I’ve taken piano and flute lessons for a few years in childhood, I didn’t have any recollection. So basically, I started from scratch.

 

From my initial lesson, Helena had me do some warmups. I heard music notes go higher or lower in pitch, but it didn’t occur to me that it meant I needed to also change my pitch to follow it. It was also through our warm up that I learned that for a few notes, I struggled with discerning whether if the pitch is higher or lower. 

 

There are several reasons why I’m so thankful I chose Helena as my vocal coach and educator. 

 

Environment: Helena is a professional singer and vocal educator, who prioritizes fostering an inclusive, encouraging environment. Their approachability and friendliness makes me look forward to each lesson, because I know I’ll never be judged for where I am in my journey. 

 

Accessibility: As someone that’s neurodivergent, I really appreciate Helena’s compassion, warmth, and thoughtfulness. They make sure to check in with me on any auditory processing issues I may be experiencing. Aside from that, I don’t know of any other vocal educator that offers lessons on a sliding scale for those who are in a position where their financial situation would be a deterrent from pursuing lessons. 

 

Approach: Helena is excellent at tailoring their approach in a way that meets your individual needs, which also includes troubleshooting in the moment. For instance, visuals, gestures, and analogies are extremely helpful for me. They encourage me to use my hands when doing exercises. They’ve made analogies on what to think about as I’m approaching something. They’ve even diagrammed where words in a song are in relation to each other, so I can better understand which words should be sung as a higher note, versus a lower note. 

 

Goal setting: Helena sets you up for success. An hour long session flies by so quickly because you easily get immersed into the process. The exercises have been challenging for me, but that’s how I’ll improve. From Day 1, I’ve trusted the process. I knew that I could trust Helena to help me reach my goals. I initially wanted to get to a place where I could feel empowered and confident enough to sing in front of my friends. I’ve surpassed that. I can now sing in front of my coworkers, and they’re complimented my singing voice!!! I had another goal of wanting to sing a Whitney Houston song. We did that, and hitting the high notes were doable!!! I can actually see my progress from the inside out, and I’m so thankful for them!! My next goal is to feel confident enough to take a TikTok or IG video of myself singing and post it. I know with Helena, it’ll happen soon enough!!!

 

Thank you, Helena!!!"

-Rachel 

"Helena is an amazing singing instructor who brings so much energy and knowledge into their lessons. What I love about my lessons with Helena is how patiently they explain every vocal exercise and how it applies to the songs we are working on. 

I had some experience singing in high school choir before my lessons and asked Helena to teach me how to belt and sing more powerfully. After a few months of lessons, I literally felt my voice transform as I went from being a soft singer to someone singing Beyonce songs and runs confidently.

 

The lessons challenged me but never felt impossible for me to do, and I appreciated how proud and excited Helena was whenever I nailed something I couldn’t before. 

 

tldr: If you’re looking for a knowledgable, talented, and nurturing singing instructor, I totally recommend Helena".

-Teresa 

"I came into singing lessons with Helena with minimal experience. Like, I had a music background but no real idea how to sing properly, meaning proper posture and use of facial muscles (or lack thereof).

They started with the basics, which I appreciated not knowing much, then went into singing songs once the basics were down. Even after several songs, I was always learning more technique and warm up exercises to really build on the basics. Great for beginners and experts alike".

-Lalo O

"I came to Helena after a long gap in singing. For a long time, I'd thought about returning, but the last experience I'd had was so harmful, I didn't know if I'd ever sing in front of anyone again.

I'm disabled and low-income, and I have struggled to find people who can be flexible with my needs. Right from the start, Helena has been supportive, patient, and completely non-judgmental about my journey and my voice.

Their teaching persona is upbeat and fun while also being precise and challenging. Our lessons are filled with laughter and joy.

Helena is a wonderful teacher and guide--they're always considering my voice as well as my body and spirit. Because I can tell they care about me as a person, my confidence is never shaken when they gently correct my techniques. It feels like we're working on a goal together.

I've already learned so much from Helena, and I'm very grateful that they are sharing their gifts with me. I highly recommend taking lessons with Helena!"

- Natalie  

"Helena is a compassionate, adaptable, and extremely-knowledgable educator, skilled in both vocal work, and communicating the nuance of controlling such a personal instrument. Their style focuses on the needs of the individual, and they are quick to tailor their lessons and content to make even the most daunting of concepts approachable.

Helena combines with this educational acumen with an engaged and enthusiastic relationally, working with the learner to fully express both their goals-and their personality. I cannot give a higher recommendation for their services, which helped me to gain a confidence and control over my own voice, and a better awareness of my how my whole body imbues my voice with presence and soul."

-Lennox

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