VOCAL COACHING WITH AUDREY BERNSTEIN
"I wish I could sing..."
I've heard this sentence many times from people all over; friends, family, fans, acquaintances, and people inquiring about voice lessons-
Guess what? I think you most likely CAN sing, & I can help you!
So if you've been dreaming about singing, let's work together to make your dreams come true...
For more information on Vocal Coaching contact Audrey Bernstein
Voice Lesson rates are $55 for 55 minutes, at my studio locations.
Skype & Face time lessons are also available and becoming more and more popular with everyone's busy schedules.
Please let me know what times/days/& location that might work for you, and can schedule our first lesson.
Burlington: Mondays 9-2 Thursdays 9-2 and Saturdays 9-1
Underhill: Weekday afternoons and early evenings.
Waterbury: Fridays 11-3pm
Skype/Face time: Weekdays & Evenings
Audrey Bernstein Interviews Lynn Noble, MT-BC
Lynn Noble is a Music Therapist and Yoga Instructor in Northern Vermont. She is a student of Audrey Bernstein Vocal Studios.
AB: Hello Lynn! I love learning about my students and what brought them to vocal lessons. Your work is fascinating to me, and I'd love to share what you do with the Vermont community. Please tell us a bit about yourself, what you do, and how you ended up in Vermont.
LN: Thanks, Audrey! Well, my husband and I recently moved back to Vermont after years living in San Francisco, CA. We met in Middlebury VT over 10 years ago, and our families are from the East Coast. We have always loved Vermont and knew we would make it back eventually. My private healing practice, Sound Roots, mindfully offers Music Therapy, Yoga, and Sound Healing to clients in Northern Vermont. I also love cooking, hiking, community, and singing jazz!
AB: Singing Jazz... YAY! Can you tell me more about your music therapy work?
LN: Absolutely! I am passionate about the practice and also about education and advocacy for my field. Music therapy is a clinical and evidence-based health profession that uses music as a therapeutic tool to support a variety of populations in achieving individualized goals through a relationship with a credentialed professional. The therapist must employ skill and knowledge of diagnoses in addition to tested theories of practice in music and therapy techniques.
AB: Excellent - and all with music?
LN: Yes! All of our interventions use music in some form, whether it be interactive music making, receptive listening and relaxation, movement with music, lyric discussion, or a host of other musical manifestations. We use scientific research to inform clinical decision-making, and keep up with new evidence as it is published to determine the appropriate musical intervention.
AB: Who do music therapists usually work with? And what kinds of things can you treat when working with your clients?
LN: We work with clients of all ages and abilities. Some populations that I have worked with include individuals experiencing mental health needs, developmental disabilities, neurological disorders, physical difficulties, dementia, and those enrolled in early intervention programs, as well as palliative and hospice care. Music therapists also work in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, various hospital programs, schools, and community centers, just to name a few. Our practice is client-centered, which means that we are there to support whatever goals the individual is working towards. We often support goals that are being jointly targeted by other interdisciplinary health care providers, and also use assessments and interviews to determine appropriate objectives. Some goals may include managing stress, relaxation, decreasing perception of pain, enhancing emotional expression and processing, supporting communication, promoting physical rehabilitation, enhancing social skills, assisting coping mechanisms, and improving quality of life.
AB: Wow, that's inspiring! How did you learn to do all of this? Do you have a primary performance instrument?
LN: Becoming a Music Therapist is a rigorous training process. We are required to complete course work in music, psychology, and music therapy, as well as a 1200 hour clinical internship. Following this, we are certified through a National Board Examination and receive the credential Music Therapist - Board Certified (MT-BC). As music therapists, we are required to be proficient on guitar, piano, and percussion, but my primary instrument is voice!
AB: Ah-ha! That brings us to vocal coaching - can you talk about why you started taking voice lessons with me, and how it has affected you?
LN: In both my music therapy and yoga practice, voice is one of the most important tools that I have. Using breath support, articulation, projection, and vocal care are integral to my profession. I sought out vocal coaching as a self-care tactic; to make sure that I am remembering to properly care for my voice, and to continue to build confidence. I would also love to get back in to performing jazz. These lessons have reawakened techniques that I had learned years ago. I am now back to fully warming up before sessions, and have really noticed that my voice is not as fatigued after a day of singing for hours on end. I have felt a general ease in my clinical improvisation, and noticed that my breath is even more fluid in my yoga practice. It is a great reminder to always keep practicing. It also helps me to build skills and and learn new ways to share breath support and warm-up exercises with my clients!
AB: It's great to hear that vocal coaching can be applied in such a unique and helpful way. I love it! One more question: Can you define your mission for us, and share where we can find you?
LN: Sound Roots exists to share the power of music in support of individual and community health and wellness. Fusing art and science, I hope to kindle expression, relaxation, cognition, communication, movement, social skill, coping, self-regulation, awareness, and insight. I aspire to meet the needs of our community, and to integrate the modalities of Music Therapy and yoga technique so that we may all find our voices and thrive. You can contact me through my website. Please reach out with any questions!
You can learn more about Lynn and her offerings at:
Your Voice is a truly amazing instrument!!
Learning any instrument is a process.
We start each lesson with exercises to warm up the body, relax the face, neck, shoulders, and voice.
Just as dance class, learning the guitar, practicing yoga, horseback riding, tennis, skiing, painting, and most things we do; we learn and practice the correct body positions and techniques, and grow from there.
I am accepting students in my Underhill, Burlington, and Waterbury Studios.
In-Home lessons available, pricing is variable
Skype lessons available
From vocal warm ups to correct posture, breath support, ear training, vocal range, dynamics, diction, stamina, confidence, and performance. I can help you with all aspects of voice training, tailoring each lesson to help you achieve the results you want with the songs you want. My goal is to help you build a healthy vocal technique that will allow you to find YOUR voice!
Singers young and old, beginner to advanced, are empowered by this coaching.
Coaching can be provided in an array of genres: Jazz, Pop, Folk, Choral, Rock, etc.
Private Voice Coaching Rates and information:
Studio lessons 55 minute $55.00, 45 minutes lessons are sometimes available for $45.00
In-Home lessons available - pricing is variable
Skype lessons 55 minute lesson $55.00, 45 minutes lessons are sometimes available for $45.00
For more info on Vocal Coaching please contact Audrey Bernstein
"Working with Audrey has been really wonderful. My voice has noticeably improved each week and my confidence has increased as well. Audrey is kind and honest and is always able to tell where we should be focusing our efforts. We sing while walking around her studio's AMAZING property in Underhill, through beautiful woods and on a path around a pond, stretching our voices to the mountains. Audrey is a fabulous singer and teacher and I am so grateful for the opportunity to learn from her and even sometimes glean some wisdom from her music career!" With love and gratitude, Hannah Hausman- Warm Waters
"In the short time that I've been working with Audrey she has helped me develop techniques that I had previously been lacking. My range has expanded, my breathing has improved, and I know how to prepare for a singing event - warm-ups are KEY! She helped me develop warm-up exercises to improve my skills. One of the best things I've learned from Audrey (besides the actual singing part) is how this music world works. She has shared many tips of the trade with me. I recently had a show and I woke up the day before with a cold. I didn't know what to do so I texted Audrey to ask her some questions. She responded promptly with many great ideas and she was on vacation! She is very devoted to her students and very fun to work with. I feel lucky to work with such a talented, amazing singer. Thanks Audrey!" Sara Whitehair, Singer and Vermont Food Bank Program, Duxbury Vermont 9/2017
"Working with Audrey has been just as fun as it has been educational. My first lesson was a gift from a friend, but I had to go back for more because I loved it so much! Audrey made me feel welcome in her studio as soon as I walked in and has never made me doubt myself. After only a few lessons, I feel much more confident in myself and more aware of how my voice works and how to apply what I've learned to my singing. Audrey is kind, funny, and a great teacher. I would recommend Audrey to anyone who dreams of singing!" Sara Cutler, Cupcake/Cookie Decorator, Burlington VT
We were recently at Spruce Mountain Performing Arts, and Abbie spotted Audrey’s poster among the various artists. Abbie couldn’t help but brag to all of her peers about having THE Audrey Bernstein as her singing teacher. Abbie told her peers how “cool” Audrey is, and how much she enjoys learning from a professional artist. We’ve also enjoyed listening to the “Audrey Bernstein” station we created on Pandora. This has opened Abbie up to a new genre of music and we see her exploring new choices around the type of music she wants to try with Audrey. Thank you, Audrey, for helping Abbie develop her singing abilities, and grow her interest in music!" M.C. Essex VT
"As a former shower-singer with no vocal training, I’m glad I took lessons with Audrey. Audrey is a great singer, of course, but she’s also a great teacher and just a fun person to be around. Based on my personal goals and my (lack of) singing experience, she knew what skills needed to be developed and how to develop them. Her friendliness and humor made lessons fun and relaxed so that it was easy to gain comfort in my singing and put newly developed skills in action. I feel like I’ve been able to learn better technique as well as make my shy voice more confident. In a short amount of time, Audrey has improved my singing and has made me love singing even more!" Teddy N. - Harvard Freshman
"What a treat to develop singing skills with Audrey! She has a beautiful voice and great strategies for helping learn how to awaken the throat and sing with more clarity and emotion." J. M. - Yoga Instructor, Stowe VT
"Our daughter has been asking for voice lessons for a long time; when we finally decided the time was right, we settled on Audrey as her teacher. In the short time since she’s been taking lessons, we’ve noticed a significant improvement in her singing and confidence. Audrey has taken the time to consider how to teach to a middle school aged child, and incorporates ways to make the learning fun for them. We very much recommend Audrey!" - J.& M. Bean, Underhill VT
"Audrey is a multi-talented dynamo, driven and focused in several disciplines and able to train and mentor a wide array of individuals. Excellent ability to adapt to changing situations and convey complicated concepts in a friendly manner. Everyone could benefit from having an Audrey on their team, highly recommended!" - S. Robbins, COO at Equine Adventures, Burlington VT
Please click on photos to learn more about ABVC Shining Star Students
March 2017 Carlo Rovetto
January 2017 Clara I.
November 2016 Susan Chinnock
September 2016 Hailey Moll
August 2016 - Owen Cayton
April 2016 - Sarah Cutler
March 2016 - Jada B.
Audrey Bernstein Vocal Studios Holiday Recording 2017
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Lyrics by Robert L. May, 1947, Music by Johnny Marks
Performed by Audrey Bernstein Vocal Studios 2017
Vocals: Audrey Bernstein Chorus Vocals: Cathy Plas, Ella Byers, Emma Racine, Hailey Moll, Hannah Hausman
Leah VanVoorhis, Lisa Walton, Lynn Nobel, Patience Getty, Sara Whitehair, Seth Cronin, Tahlia Zurit-Moore
Joe Capps – Guitar & Bells, Joey Sommerville – Piano, John Rivers – Bass, Geza Carr – Drums, Ray Vega – Trumpet\
Recorded by Joe Capps at UVM Recording Studio, Mastered by Mauricio Gargel, Produced by Audrey Bernstein and Joe Capps