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Vocal instruction is available to children and adults of all experience levels‚ÄĒfrom beginners through the most advanced levels of study. Lessons are scheduled at our Downtown, Towson, Howard County, and Annapolis Peabody Preparatory locations on an individual basis and are contingent upon teacher availability.

Private Voice Lessons

All new students interested in private lessons must  schedule a placement audition by signing up here, or calling 667-208-6640. Registering online for private voice lessons alone without going through placement auditions will not guarantee you a spot.

The placement audition is a friendly opportunity for voice faculty to hear you and assess the best course of study for your age, stage, and goals.   Be prepared to sing at the audition and bring a music score for the pianist, if needed. You can also sing something unaccompanied (ex: a folk song, Happy Birthday, or America the Beautiful).   After the placement audition, students will either be placed with a private teacher (depending on availability of the faculty) or recommended for a group voice class.   

Our “Songbird” program has been specifically created to serve the needs of young singers 9-12 years old who wish to study voice.¬† Students will work on healthy and age-appropriate¬† skills through a curated song curriculum to prepare them for a lifetime of vocal and musical study.¬† Students will have the opportunity to perform at the end of each semester.

Chorus Plus lessons are exclusively for members of Peabody Children’s Chorus, ages 9 and older.

Our teen and adult Voice Lessons are best suited to students at least 13 years old who show vocal potential; already read music; play an instrument; or have had experience singing in choirs. The voice must be mature enough to respond to increasingly sophisticated vocal technique exercises; age exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis. Students have the opportunity to rehearse their songs with a staff pianist; to sing in Vocal Repertoire Classes (Master Classes with the voice faculty);  and to perform in Studio Recitals and Voice Department Recitals. Outstanding students will be selected to audition for and participate in the Performance Academy, or Honors or Vella Silver Recitals.

Classical voice students are expected to explore vocal literature in foreign languages as well as English, and students must be prepared not only to learn foreign language diction, but to translate and understand the words of the songs they are taught. Students are expected to arrive prepared each week with their music, a pencil, and a voice recorder so that they may retain the information from the lessons and practice at home between lessons.

Group Classes


Sight Reading for Singers

For the novice score-reader, or experienced reader in need of practice, this course will present techniques and drills to strengthen skills in reading music at sight. Geared towards singers and intended for practical application in learning music, rehearsal techniques and choral singing, the class will be tailored to the needs of students in attendance. Topics covered will include building blocks of rhythm and of melody; intervals; simple and compound meter; basics of harmony; keys and scales; and tips and tricks to put it all together. Students are expected to practice between sessions for maximum benefit. 

Acting for Singers (Fall & Spring)

Join Jason Hentrich for this fun exploration of singer-friendly acting  skills including stage movement and text analysis. More information  in our online catalog.  Open to all singers (you do not have to study with a Peabody Preparatory voice teacher to participate).

Audition Preparation & Techniques (Fall only)

Successful auditions begin with solid preparation. Students will have the opportunity to hone their skills and build confidence with mock auditions, feedback, and coaching. Discussion topics will include how to manage nerves, how to prepare music copies, what to wear, what to say, and other practical skills. This class is ideal for those preparing to audition for magnet schools or college as well as generally improving skills and confidence for  auditions for solos and shows.  Open to all singers (you do not have to study with a Peabody Preparatory voice teacher to participate).

Once you’re ready to register for classes and/or individual instruction, please visit our¬†registration page.¬†For a listing of all our voice classes and individual instruction opportunities, see our¬†Voice Department course offerings.

Basics of Singing

Basics of Singing group classes introduce age-appropriate fundamentals of vocal technique and build musical skills to enable a smooth transition into future private voice study.¬†These small, friendly classes¬†serve as an excellent starting point for those who have not sung before, or as a “refresher course” for those who may not have sung in several years.

Basics of Singing 1

This class is most appropriate for children ages 9 – 12 who are interested in singing. Children are grouped together with their peers in a semi-private environment. In this introductory class basic vocal fundamentals are taught. Children will learn about proper breathing and posture, support, projection; basic theory and sight singing; and will learn age appropriate vocal repertoire.

Basics of Singing 2

This class is most appropriate for teens ages 13 – 16 with little previous vocal experience who are interested in singing. Grouped together with their peers in a semi-private environment, students will be prepared for eventual private lessons. They will be introduced to the concepts of support, projection, resonance, articulation, theory, sight singing, foreign language diction, preparing a song (memorizing, translating, and interpreting), and performance practice and etiquette.

Basics of Singing 3

This is a small group class for adults who would like an introduction to proper vocal technique, sight singing, foreign language diction, and song preparation.


Additional Studies

Peabody Children's Chorus

The Peabody Children's Chorus has several different groups for students of different ages and capabilities selected by audition in June prior to each school year. For students who do not fit exactly into the requirements for Fundamentals Classes or Private Lessons, the Chorus is a wonderful alternative to learn about performing with a group, sight-singing, memorization, etc. Students who are enrolling in Group Classes or Private Lessons and who have time for extra commitments may also be interested in the Chorus.

Theory or Piano Lessons

Students who want to take Private Voice Lessons but have never learned to read music should consider theory or piano lessons to build the musical skills necessary for studying vocal repertoire. Private Voice Lesson time should not be filled by excessive repetition of notes to teach songs to students who cannot learn the music themselves; rather it should be spent on vocal technique. The theory department offers classes in sight-singing which would be particularly helpful for voice students.