“Teaching singing is much more than just teaching ‘a voice’. Singing is the voice of the soul, and the spirit of the person must reflect through their singing.” - Alan Lindquest

What a wonderful description of singing and teaching singing! Music, like all works of art, is genuine and live. Our responsibility as performers and singers is to allow the true energy of music to flow through us to our audience, enhancing their artistic experiences and their lives.

How can that be done without a foundation of technique? Simply said, it cannot - at least, not well. No matter what style of singing, a solid technique is essential. Singing meaningfully and expressively is much like building a beautiful house: you need a solid foundation, whether you’re building a ranch home, a Victorian replica, or a geodesic dome.

How do we merge the creative and the technical?
We must teach and develop our artistry, not just the voice. Our desire to sing and to create inspires our technique, which in turn creates physical sensations; those physical sensations become our road map for singing. When the road map is clear, we achieve that wonderful state of vocalizing freely, which reduces our fear of failing and allows us to develop healthy, strong “vocal-esteem.” That solid “vocal esteem” enables us to attain our highest artistic potential.

An Associate Teacher of David Jones, Nancy teaches the concepts of the Swedish/Italian School of Singing as developed by him.  In addition to her degrees and practical experience, she invests in continuing training and education in New York City with David Jones (both private vocal training and Teacher Mentoring programs) as well as with several prominent vocal performance coaches.  These efforts provide a means for her to maintain, strengthen, and develop further her skills as both a teacher and a performer.

For more information about David Jones and to read his articles on The Swedish/Italian School of Singing, please visit  To find out more about the Swedish/Italian School of singing, you may refer to Lineage (PDF), Teachers (PDF), and David Jones’s article on Alan Lindquist and Historical Information on the Swedish/Italian School of singing (PDF).

To schedule a lesson with Nancy, please contact her at or 907-602-8228.

How Does a Voice Lesson Work?
We start with a series of exercises, which warm up the voice; find, solidify, and expand technique; and increase awareness of coordinating the entire body to work as a beautiful sound-producing instrument.  Breathing and posture are addressed at length.  We then apply these techniques and sensations to repertoire.  At any time during the lesson, questions about the exercises and how they work, as well as other vocal concepts, can be answered and explored.
The lesson is recorded on a CD for you to take with you to use as you continue your practice at home.  Doing so will develop your auditive awareness and increase your vocal development investment, as well as limit the time spent writing down the exercises and comments during the lesson.