Where to go for singing lessons?

microphone closeupJoanna emails:

I'm looking to get my husband singing lessons for Christmas. I have no clue where to go though -- do you or your readers have any suggestions?

Got suggestion for Joanna (and her husband)? Please share!

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Troy Music Academy

Troy Music Academy has a good vocal teacher, Elissa Premerlani, and I believe has another vocal teacher as well.

I've been taking lessons locally for four years. My voice teacher is Mimi O'Neill in Albany. She's magnificent. Her lessons are one hour in length. She's a pianist as well and accompanies her students during their lessons. Your husband could select his own songs or take suggestions from her. It truly is professional level training.
http://mimioneill.com/

I've also had lessons here and there with a few other teachers at some local music schools. Elissa Premerlani at Troy Music Academy is also great.
http://www.troymusicacademy.com/teachers/

One thing to consider (and I'll admit this is the first deal breaker for me) is whether or not the teacher plays piano. If the answer is "no" I don't take a lesson from them. I don't expect her to be proficient but to have your teacher be able to not only accompany your vocal warm ups but also your song is invaluable. Some of the teachers in the area will have you sing your song along with a karaoke track. I've never found this to be beneficial.

well, of course, there is The Vocal Studio of Lisa Franklin

Collette at Performance School of Music and the Arts in Clifton Park.

Blue Sky Music Studios in Delmar is a great place for lessons

http://www.blueskyrecording.com/lessons/

Add me to the Mimi O'Neill fans. I had originally found her name on this very page, and have been working with her for the past 5 months. She is a great professional and passionate about singing. I had no previous experience and learned a lot. We typically spend about half the time working on different types of scales (fear not, it's fun), and the rest on songs of my choosing -- she is open to any genre. Highly recommended.

I have been taking lessons with Margaret Lampasi for over a year, and she is wonderful! Margaret teaches at St. Rose and is classically trained. She offers customized lessons that are challenging, positive, and transporting. Here is her website for additional information: http://margaretlampasi.com/

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