Knoxville Voice Lessons
My name is Alexandra, and I believe singing shouldn't hurt. Read my teaching philosophy...
The physical, mental, and emotional processes of singing are multi-faceted: I'm here to help you find what works for you. Read about lesson features...
I work collaboratively as a diagnostician: helping you figure out what's up with your voice -- and as a technician: giving you the tools to get your voice what it needs. Read my biography...
My students are adults and young people thirteen and older. Read testimonials...
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I believe singing shouldn't hurt.
Singing shouldn't hurt...
This seems like it should be a given, right?
But I have singers in my studio every day who are struggling with tension, pressure, vocal fatigue, and an all-around sense that they should be able to reach that note/sing that phrase/nail that run and somehow, it's just not happening.
You've been getting by despite that discomfort, but you know there's got to be a better way.
I get it.
I've been there.
And when I realized that I was going to keep running up against those same difficulties in my own singing unless I took radical action, that's what I did -- I tightened up my finances (and racked up the frequent flier miles) seeking out the best teachers I could find.
These master teachers, scientists, and doctors of voice supplemented the knowledge I had already gained achieving my master's and bachelor's degrees in voice performance. I built up my toolkit, my diagnostic ear, and my performing experience -- and continue to do so, bringing it home for my studio!
See if this sounds familiar...
When I first started teaching, I discovered I wasn't the only singer who sometimes felt like #thestruggleisreal. I started working with:
- music theater performers who needed to thrive in six shows a week
- working opera singers who were ready to hit the high notes and get paid
- a pop-rock singer whose range was decimated by years of vocal misuse and sheer exhaustion, who was ready to rebuild
- an aspiring singer-songwriter whose choir director told her, simply, that she couldn't and shouldn't sing -- but wanted to keep her songs alive
Plus high-achieving high schoolers, pageant competitors, church cantors, and choir directors who wants to give more to their audiences and congregations.
What makes the difference...
What I learned working with these singers -- some "beginners," some working professionals -- is that when YOU the singer have the drive, the work ethic, and the proper guide?
Transformation is possible. Singing gets easy. Singing doesn't hurt.
If you've got everything else you need but you haven't yet found the right vocal guide, let's find a time to talk.
One-on-one lesson time for focused instruction and instant feedback. Recorded for your review, too!
Customized rehearsal tracks of your chosen repertoire.
Music Books and Sheets
No nickel-and-dime invoices, just the music you need, when you need it.
Monthly Studio Coffeehouse
An opportunity to get together and sing with other students. Includes live pianist, food, and friendly feedback.
Personalized piano tracks to guide your practice and accelerate growth.
Participate in the end-of-semester recital -- show off!
"I sing with Nashville Opera, and have had a regular church job since 2007. We had a big service coming up, and I thought that would be a great opportunity to work on music.
Phenomenal. Alexandra actually knows this stuff. She's a very talented musician, a very knowledgeable musician, a wonderful person, and I cannot recommend her highly enough to everyone."
“An analytical mind and a keen aptitude for the processes involved in healthy vocal technique. [...] She has an excellent ear and a passion for teaching. She is a responsible and mature individual with a strong character and a great sense of humor as well. I recommend her without reservation to work with young singers as well as adults..."
Lorraine DiSimone, MezzoSoprano
University of Tennessee
Professor of Voice
I received the Master of Music degree in Voice from the University of Tennessee, and Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Vocal Performance from Belmont University.
I teach function first -- you will learn how to have a healthy, stable singing voice, physical ease, and stage presence that will aid you in whatever style you choose. I have also studied fearless performance techniques with professional sport psychologists.
I have appeared onstage with Opera Carolina, the Charlotte Symphony, Marble City Opera, Toledo Baroque Opera Workshop, UT Knoxville Opera Theatre, Resonanz Opera Company, the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival in Italy. I have been a featured soloist with Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Oak Ridge Civic Music Association, Church Street UMC's "Rejoice!" television programming, and more.
Recent Continuing Education
and Professional Memberships include:
- Member, National Association of Teachers of Singing
- Member, Speak-Easy Cooperative
- 2019 Vocal Acoustic Pedagogy Conference, New England Conservatory
- David Jones Masterclass (voiceteacher.com)