Rebecca Richardson (she/her) has been singing for as long as she’s been speaking. She grew up taking voice lessons and performing in musicals and choral ensembles. She’s spent the past several years performing as a professional classical singer in LA, Boston, and New York with a Masters in Vocal Performance from The Boston Conservatory. Rebecca has been teaching singing lessons for over 10 years. She’s had the pleasure of working with students of all ages and covering a wide variety of musical styles, including classical, musical theater, pop, rock, jazz, folk, and R&B.
Rebecca adamantly believes that learning to sing directly corresponds to building self-confidence, learning to communicate more effectively, and adding an immense amount of joy to everyday life. She also runs a blog whose goal is to help bridge the gap between classical music lovers and those less familiar with the art form, offer insight into the everyday life of a professional in the classical music industry, and provide resources for creatives of all kinds. When she’s not teaching or performing, you can typically find Rebecca horseback riding, reading a super dense historical biography, or napping.
- What age were you when you first started taking music lessons?
I can’t remember for certain, but it was either preschool choir/music class or piano lessons with Junior Music Academy. So probably around the age of 4 or 5.
- Tell us about an early music lessons experience that helped shape you as a musician or teacher.
My first voice teacher encouraged me to audition to sing the national anthem at the Girl Scout Olympics when I was 7 or 8 years old, something I would have never thought about doing. He taped my audition on a cassette and helped me navigate a world utterly unknown to me at the time. I ended up getting the gig and sang one of my first solo public performances EVER in front of hundreds of people. It was incredibly nerve-wracking but such an invaluable lesson in the benefits of pushing past your comfort zone and seeking opportunities that might otherwise seem out of reach.
- What are your favorite bands or musicians?
My go-to’s are almost always Beyonce or Beethoven.
- Do you have a highlight of your music career so far that you would like to share?
While I was living in New York, I had the immense privilege of performing in several world premiere operas with some of my closest friends and colleagues. There’s nothing like bringing an amazing musical creation to life for the first time.
- Describe your ideal student.
My ideal student is proactive and vocal about their needs or desires, open to trying new things, and most importantly, curious about the subject matter.
- Describe what your students should expect in their first few music lessons with you?
Students should expect a bit of getting-to-know-each-other
- Why did you want to become a music teacher?
After spending over half of my life thus far immersed in the world of music (both as a performer and educator), I’ve realized that teaching is my life’s passion. I initially taught music as a way to supplement my performance income. However, as I’ve grown older, I’ve realized that education has become a much more fulfilling and empowering career path for me. I love nothing more than helping others discover their love of music as well as the benefits that music education will undoubtedly unfold in all areas of their life.