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VOICE TEACHER BOSTON JAMAICA PLAIN

HARP TEACHER BOSTON

COMPOSITION TEACHER BOSTON

TEACHING

VOICE LESSONS
HARP LESSONS
COMPOSITION LESSONS
BOSTON, MA 
AND VIA SKYPE

Are you looking to find a voice teacher who can give you the tools to sing effortlessly and with full understanding of what's going on inside your body?

Are you looking for a harp teacher who can teach you how to play a beautiful, angelic instrument, and show you how to play jazz and pop and/or accompany yourself?

Or a composition teacher with a wide knowledge of styles, who can help you bring your compositional ideas to their full form as well as teach you skills like instrumentation and arranging?

Anna  Jalkéus

Bachelor of Music, Jazz Voice

Graduate Artist Certificate in Performance, Jazz Harp/Voice

Before re-locating to Boston, Anna was a faculty member at the University of North Texas College of Music. She has many years of experience teaching students from teenage years up to college and professional levels.

She now teaches private lessons from her home in Jamaica Plain, as well as in-home lessons in the Boston area.

Anna keeps a small studio roster to be able to give full attention to each student's progress. Lesson times are worked out directly between her and the student to accomodate both parties' needs.

Teaching Focus Areas

General Musicianship: time feel, ear training, expression, rhythm, tone production, individual artistry

Voice:

  • Fundamental understanding of breathing and support - the key to all healthy singing

  • Placement and register transitions

  • Mix voice - what is it, and how do I do it?

  • Being able to make many different sounds to get a wider range of artistic options

  • Improvisation in the jazz/modern idiom

  • Jazz style and the non-jazz stylings

  • Styles taught: jazz, musical theater, singer-songwriter style pop/folk.

Harp:

  • A strong technical foundation to obtain good sound production and agility

  • Supple and relaxed positioning at the harp

  • Pedal work and harmonic understanding

  • Building basic repertoire - for the joy of playing and for the technical tools

  • Comping patterns, chord structures

  • Improvisation

  • Self-accompanying (if the student so desires)

Composition:

  • Developing ideas

  • Tools for writing a strong melody, chord progression, or gesture

  • Writing lyrics

  • Tools for getting out of a rut

  • Music theory - harmonic/melodic understanding, notation, etc.

  • Instrumentation/orchestration

  • How to arrange what you wrote

Studio Policies
TO SCHEDULE A LESSON:
Please send an email to anna(at)annajalkeus.com briefly describing your experience in the lesson area, and she will get back to you to work out the details. No commitment necessary to schedule an initial lesson.
Rates 2020:
In studio:  $70/60min
In student's home:  $75-85/60min (depending on location)
Skype:  $65/60min
Cancellations must be done 24 hours in advance, except for extreme circumstances. Payment is due at the time of the lesson.

Anna's home studio is conveniently located in Jamaica Plain, 2 min walk from the Orange Line T and with free street parking around the neighborhood.

It is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible.

Disclaimer

Beginners as well as advanced students are accepted for harp and composition lessons. 

Ages 8 and above welcome.

For voice lessons, complete beginners are not accepted. Students who will benefit the most from Anna's teaching are those who already have some experience singing, but who want to be more technically efficient and/or gain more jazz knowledge.

Ages 13 and above welcome.

Please show up to your lesson right at the scheduled time or just a couple of minutes before. There is no waiting area inside and Anna usually has other things to do before your lesson.