"THE LEARNING IS HOLISTIC - EMMA INTERWEAVES EMBODIED EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING AND ACADEMIC CRITICAL THEORY IN A MASTERFUL WAY THAT PROVIDES STUDENTS WITH THE STRUCTURE AND SPACE TO TRANSFORM...ALL WITH DELIGHT, PLAY, AND GRATITUDE WOVEN THROUGHOUT THE LEARNING PROCESS."
- Geena Glaser, singer/songwriter
I'm so glad to have started up with voice lessons again! My experience working with Emma has been incredibly positive, and it's lovely to work with someone who enjoys teaching as much as she does. Emma runs a very professional and well organized studio. She's an effective communicator, with the ability to explain concepts and address issues in a variety of ways, versus one method that may or may not resonate with every student. I appreciate her attention to details while also maintaining the ability to provide perspective on the well-sung performance, overall. Lessons with her have been inspiring, enlightening, challenging, and always fun!
Eugene Opera Chorus Member, The Motets
"Emma teaches voice from a wellspring of knowledge and energy. She observes her students' responses and adapts the content and the style of her instruction to elicit their most musical performance. I have seen her move coherently from discussions of vocal anatomy and kinesthetics to questions of characterization, communication, and emotion. Her teaching style is bold, fast-paced, and (in group contexts) never fails to engage the whole class. She is unafraid to confront students about punctuality, inadequate work, and insincere performance, but her tone always remains inspiring; I come away from class and lesson infected by her dedication to music and eager to practice. As a graduate student I regularly interact with teachers of extraordinary brilliance and credential. Emma is one of the best."
Professional composer and vocalist
It is a delight and pleasure to be working with a skilled vocalist who is also an enthusiastic and effective teacher. Emma's approach is to carefully cultivate the sound of the individual's voice. Rather than presenting the student with a series of hurdles to jump, she carefully works to enhance all the techniques and approaches that lead to a more accomplished and pleasing sound. And she and her students have great fun while doing this!
--B. W. Bopp
Avocational singer and member of the Central Lutheran Choir
Alex (Emma's husband), and Marko (everyone's favorite dog) taking advantage of the studio space to get some good practice in!
"Emma does a fabulous job of working to figure out how students learn and what methods of teaching are best to use for each of her students. She honestly tries her best for each of us and that is apparent in lessons." --Lindy M.
"Emma's teaching style is incredible. I learned more from her in my 10 weeks of lessons than in 6 years in city choir." --Parker B.
"Emma is a wonderful voice teacher, who clearly knows what she is talking about. She individualizes the lessons for each student based on their skill level, while also keeping a general theme throughout all of her students, and talks about it during studio. Emma is excited about teaching, and loves seeing her students learn and grow as singers. She keeps studio a fun and energetic learning environment." -- Lauren H.
"Emma is great! She knows what she's doing and she is so understanding, comforting, and approachable. She focuses on the feeling of your voice, health, characterization, and delivery of your piece." --Paige F.