Teaching & Vocal Coaching

Teaching & Vocal Coaching

        I have been teaching privately and coaching voices for over 25 years in the Central Massachusetts area in addition to serving on adjunct faculty/staff at Clark University and Assumption College. My students from around New England have been accepted to and have enrolled in undergraduate and graduate voice programs at the University of Connecticut, Eastman School of Music, Oberlin College, University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, The New England Conservatory, Catholic University of America, Temple University, The Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, Arizona State University School of Music, Emerson College, Belmont University, University of Minnesota, The Schulich School of Music at McGill University, The Boston Conservatory, Roosevelt University, Westminster Choir College, Plymouth State University, Harvard University, Manhattan School of Music, The Hartt School, University of Alabama, Carnegie Mellon University-College of Fine Arts, the School for the Arts at SUNY Purchase, The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, Boston University, St. Olaf College, Ithaca College of Music, University of Massachusetts (Amherst), The Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Rhode Island College, University of Tennessee, The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Columbia College Chicago, and the American Musical & Dramatic Academy in NYC. Summer programs for students have included Oberlin in Italy, V.O.I.C.Experience (Orlando & Tampa, Florida), The Tanglewood Institute, Total Interpretation Project (Tito Capobianco Opera Studio), Cannon Music Camp (Appalachian State University), Savannah Voice Festival, Boston Conservatory Summer Youth Vocal-Choral Intensive, SUNY Purchase Vocal Intensive, Syracuse University Acting & Musical Theater Program, The Hanover Theatre Summer Youth Program, Westminster Choir College Solo Vocal Intensive, and Boston University Summer Theatre Institute.

        Many of my students have performed leading roles with regional opera companies as well as with professional, community, and college theatre production companies across the U.S., in addition to high school and youth theatre programs. Several students continue to participate in critically-acclaimed professional choruses such as the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, New York Choral Society, St. Olaf Choir, and Concora, as well as semi-professional choruses, community and church choirs, and have been guest soloists with regional orchestras. High school-aged students have been accepted to and performed with the All-Eastern Choral Ensembles, Massachusetts and Rhode Island All-State Festival Choruses, ACDA Chorus, The New England Conservatory Youth Chorale, The New England Conservatory Youth Camerata Chorus, the Central Massachusetts District Senior & Junior Festival Choruses, the Worcester Children's Chorus, and the Händel & Haydn Society's Young Women's Chamber Chorus. Students have successfully represented our studio at regional and national level vocal competitions including the annual NYSSMA conference. Vocal master classes, workshops, and performance opportunities are available to my students annually. Please feel free to contact me via my Contact Page if you're interested in private lessons or vocal coachings.

"Jane is the most amazing voice teacher. She is firm yet nurturing, and understands her students both in and outside of their lessons. She knows how to take a voice to the next level, in a safe, healthy and age-appropriate way. In addition to being a wonderful voice teacher, her professional experience and network make her a tremendous resource and asset for students (and their parents) when applying to college and graduate voice programs. My child has been a student of Jane's for the last nine years and what she has taught her personally, vocally and professionally in that time is simply immeasurable."                         - Melissa C., Princeton, MA

"I am an adult student so I have a great appreciation for the quality of time Jane spends with her students. I am a visual learner, so whenever she requires correction, she gives insightful, thoughtful, and thorough direction I completely understand and then I incorporate into my practice. Over the years, she has helped me grow into an accomplished, grounded performer. Jane expects you to be prepared for your lesson as she works hard to teach and nurture her students. She has great compassion and love for the art of singing. Jane is highly educated and continues to perform and study voice herself, honing her skills and offering up what she learns to others. It is an honor to have her as my teacher. Every time she sits at the piano and begins a lesson she is always present to me. I have great respect for her and thoroughly enjoy every lesson I have with her." - Anita C., Rindge, NH

"I have been coached by Jane Shivick with notable progress and improvement in technique, core strength, resonance, and overall joy of singing. My confidence has soared under her instruction and influence. Her teaching technique has always encouraged and inspired hard work and dedication in bettering myself, without ever seeming nit-picky or hypercritical. Jane challenges with intent to improve, and knows precisely the right timing. I would recommend Jane to anyone with a love of music, looking to set personal goals for themselves. She helps make it possible." - Heather G., Spencer, MA

"Jane Shivick is an extraordinary voice teacher. What is especially remarkable about her is how excellent she is at diagnosing and then solving problems in vocal technique. She knows a lot about the physiology of singing and is able to communicate that so effectively. I continue to grow in feeling how to sing physically and in understanding good vocal technique in an intellectual way. Jane is also a master at carefully layering her teaching to deal with just one or two key issues at a time and then building to more sophisticated layers of study. She is an excellent role model, a consummate professional about how she studies music herself, and her expectations as a teacher are ambitious. Jane is sensitive to the individual needs and personalities of the students she teaches and seems to know when to push and when to praise." - Lee Ann H., Hardwick, MA

"There may not be enough superlatives to accurately describe Jane Shivick. She is a phenomenal artist, teacher, mentor and guide. A university music professor referred us to Jane, assuring us that, “Jane’s students are well prepared.” In truth, there is no detail that Jane doesn’t address. During lessons, each audition piece was taught and rehearsed with an emphasis on musicality, diction and poise. Most importantly, Jane has always been honest with my daughter. If something needs work, she states it directly and constructively, as only an exceptional teacher can do. Jane knowledgably discussed college programs with my daughter and helped her narrow down the programs that would benefit her the most. Under Jane’s guidance, she has become a better singer and more confident performer. Two college professors who knew my daughter from a summer camp and a private lesson, remarked on the incredible growth in her voice and technique in such a short time. Lessons with Jane require a weekly 100-mile round trip. But it is a trip we gladly make to work with such a kind and gifted teacher. And, yes, the vocal performance auditions have been very successful with acceptances at each of her top schools. Jane Shivick changed my daughter’s life." - Natalie T., Woonsocket, RI