Teaching philosophy

Teaching philosophy
Erica Lazerow

I've been teaching voice since 1994, and I specialize in classical music and musical theater. Whether you’re a beginner or have sung for many years, I can help you find your healthiest, most beautiful voice. My teaching focuses on relaxed but efficient breathing, finding the most resonance with the least amount of effort, and creating a sound produced and supported by the whole body. For classical singers, in addition to technique, I have an excellent background in languages (fluent in French and extremely proficient in Italian and German languages and diction). I have an extensive knowledge of repertoire and a good idea of what college voice departments are looking for in an audition song or aria. For musical theater singers, I can help with presentation for performances and auditions. I can help you find the best 16 bars of your song and target your best assets to get a role or an acceptance letter. For all singers, I will teach you how to rely on a solid technique, how to create a complete performance, how to deal with performance anxiety, and how to get the most out of your instrument.

My studio features the opportunity for solo recitals. As a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, I give my students the advantage of attending and participating in NATS workshops and competing in the NATS Student Evaluation Program.

In the summer of 2007 I participated in the NATS Intern Program, one of only 12 teachers selected from applicants throughout the United States. It was an intensive two weeks that required me to teach, perform, receive criticism, and challenge myself. As a teacher and performer, this sort of experience allows me to improve all my skills and share my most effective teaching with my students.

I have bachelor's degrees from Princeton University and the Boston Conservatory and a master's from the University of Southern California. I teach at CSU Northridge and the College of the Canyons.






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