Jammin' With You is proud to now be offering voice lessons, piano lessons, guitar lessons, drum lessons, and flute lessons in the towns of Norwell, Cohasset, Weymouth, and Hingham in South Shore. JWY! has an all star list of new South Shore teachers, and it's time to introduce them. This week we get to know vocal teacher Allyson Lynch!
JWY!: How did you get started in music?
AL: I’ve been singing my whole life. My mom jokes that I learned to sing before I learned to talk. Growing up I was involved in music class and drama club, and got hardcore into it in high school. My South Shore
highschool had an amazing music program and that's where I decided I wanted to go to music school. I went to college at the Hartt School of Music, where I studied classical voice.
JWY!: What is your favorite show that you've been a part of?
AL: One of my favorite shows was when I played Jo March in Little Women. It's a powerful part, and was very meaningful to me at the point in my life when I played the part. I talk more about this role in my article How Theater Changed My Life.
JWY!: Can you talk more about being a "crossover singer"?
AL: I started out as musical theater singing, using very belting singing. As my voice matured and I sang more in chorus, I realized how much easier it was on my voice to sing classically. In my senior year of high school, I changed mind to study classical voice. Because I am still a young singer, the majority of professional work has been musical theater. As I get older I will take on more classical singing roles.
Having experience with musical theater and classical singing is very helpful in relating to my students. It has helped me connect with students, and find path to using excellent classical technique technique and applying it to popular styles.
JWY!: How do you approach vocal lessons with beginners?
AL: Many of my students are young singers under the age of 13. When I have a new singer, I ask a lot of questions, to figure out where they are and what their goals are. We study the difference between everyday breathing and low full breathing, body and vocal warm-ups, basic ear training, and solfege. As students advance, I introduce more complex warm-ups and difficult repertoire.
My lesson approach sets students up to be good auditioners. Many of my high school students are involved in multiple auditions throughout the year, and I want them be as successful as they can in every aspect of auditioning.
JWY!: What made you want to become a teacher?
AL: I was a performance major in college, I got engaged senior year of college, and my very first job was a teaching job 4-7 yr olds. I love working with singers individually on their voices and helping them get where the want to be and learns songs they love. Teaching has been the most amazing experience to connect students one on on and help them to reach their goals.