Our Approach to Voice Lessons
Our voice department is equipped to serve students with collegiate and professional ambitions, and we invite you to see our reviews page for a selection of Dana V. Music success stories. We are equally delighted to work with students of all abilities seeking to enrich their lives through music. Regardless of ability or prior experience, our teachers take an individualized approach to each of our students – underpinned by detailed individual assessments, a personalized learning plan, and one-to-one guidance throughout your musical journey. Many of our teachers have memberships and openings for numerous performance and competitive opportunities, but these are always optional.
Voice Lessons Should Be Fun!
Finding your own voice is one of life’s great pleasures – and learning how to use it makes that feeling even sweeter! At Dana V, we want every student to LOVE their music lessons and find fulfillment in learning how to sing.
Our voice teachers create a positive and supportive learning environment where you can succeed, no matter your starting point or level of experience. Whether you are singing in a choir, a musical theatre ensemble, as a soloist, or just in the car, our experienced teachers can help you build confidence and have fun, while working on music you enjoy.
We Emphasize Healthy Technique
Singing may look simple enough, but the voice is a complex series of systems that form an expressive and delicate living instrument inside of each of us. Perhaps more than any other musical discipline, having an experienced voice teacher to assist you in training these processes to work together is key to healthy, lifelong enjoyment of singing.
Dana V’s highly-trained instructors will assist you in learning strong fundamentals including proper breathing, diction, resonance, stage presence, and non-verbal expression. We strive to ensure that our voice students become literate musicians, so lessons will also include discussions of music theory, history, and rhythm. Mastering these technical basics will broaden your horizons and allow you to explore many different styles and genres of music in the future!
We Care About Your Musical Interests & Goals
We teach all styles of singing, including musical theatre, classical, contemporary/pop, jazz, country, and folk. Your voice is unique – and therefore, your instruction should be, too. Whether you are a beginner, have some experience, or are an accomplished performer with a desire to further develop your skills, our teachers will provide customized guidance designed to advance your individual goals.
Learn from our experienced staff of professional singers and graduates from several prestigious musical programs. At Dana V, we approach each lesson with a goal of inspiring creativity, instilling confidence, and exploring the dimensions of what your special voice can do.
At Dana V Music, voice students receive personalized instruction from highly qualified professionals in a positive and supportive learning environment. Our first priority is teaching healthy vocal technique, and we take a holistic approach to student development through care and attention to the voice, body, and mind. We teach all styles of singing, including Musical Theatre, Classical, Contemporary/Pop, Jazz, Country, and Folk. Instruction is always driven by a student’s interests and abilities. We strive to ensure that our voice students acquire the fundamentals necessary to become literate musicians, meaning that singers not only perform but know how to speak their music and study. Some extras in lessons include discussions of music theory, history, and rhythm.
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Our Voice Teachers
Here at Dana V Music, our seasoned staff of voice instructors thrives on creating a fun, engaging, and well-rounded experience for each student. Many of our teachers are also vocalists in their own right who have performed in a range of venues locally, regionally and even nationally. Their experience enables them to customize their instruction for each student, covering areas including technique, fundamentals and expression.
Luisa Marie Rodriguez is a performer, a teacher, a conductor, and a very passionate vocal pedagogue. Always interested in growing and refining her teaching skills, Luisa has recently attended the Acoustic Vocal
Paige Sentianin, soprano, is a professional classical singer and voice teacher. In her performance career, she has been praised for her clear sound and “coquettish vivacity both in her acting and singing.”
So, What Are You Waiting For?
We invite you to contact us to learn more about our voice program and to help you find a good match for yourself or your child among our wonderful voice faculty. We typically work with voice students aged 8-Adult, but will admit younger singers on a case-by-case basis after an evaluation. We recommend that younger students try one of our Children’s Choirs first! If you are unsure whether your child is ready for private lessons, we also offer a number of choirs and group classes for beginner and intermediate students during the spring, summer, and fall. We would be delighted to help you find a good fit.
What Our Students Say
Dana V Music is where I took voice lessons for ten years and every day since I feel so lucky to have worked with them. The more I learn in college, the more grateful I am that I have such a solid technique and healthy habits, which was all thanks to my wonderful teachers.Alei Russo | Alumni Student
I started taking lessons at DVM when I was 13 and that was probably one of the best decisions I could have made for my voice. I received a vocal education about my voice specifically, while also learning how to feel good and confident about myself in a performing context. I deeply love and appreciate the Dana V. Music school.Asha Romeo | Alumni Student
I started taking voice lessons with Dana when I was 14. Lessons with Dana were the highlight of my week. She started me off on a great track vocally, and inspired me to pursue a career in music. If it weren’t for her I wouldn’t be the musician and teacher I am today.Charlotte Haertling | Alumni Student
Dana V. Music gave me the opportunity to explore my music on a higher level. Though the schools innovated and compassionate teaching skills I could experience the joys of music. Dana V. Music not only challenges students to think creatively but they also support growth in developing skills. The most memorable thing about the music school is the professional and warm community they provide. The values and mission of Dana V. Music still make an impression on me today.Diana Lee | Alumni Student
I continue to be inspired by my mentors at Dana V. Music and am so thankful that Dana continuously takes time out of her schedule to check in with me to give excellent advice and be a sounding board for a young ambitious musician, even one who is no longer her student!Divya Maus | Alumni Student
Dana V music has been the cornerstone of every other voice class I take. I never feel as fulfilled working with any other voice coach because I loved working with the teachers at Dana V so much!Ellie Oliver | Alumni Student
During my undergraduate courses, I wanted to take music theory (because it is fascinating to me, and I was always too busy in high school to take it). One of the great things about going to a small liberal arts college is the music department didn’t require me to be a music major to take music theory. I had received a scholarship that covered the cost of lessons, and was involved with the choirs. After I finished the two year sequence of music theory, I realized that due to the credits from my lessons, ensembles, and music theory, I was four classes (music history and conducting) away from a music major, and so I declared. I did not intend to be a music major, I was just heavily involved with music because I loved it. Although career-wise I am using my physics degree, continuing to be involved with music through college has kept me grounded and has been a creative outlet for me. As I prepare to go to graduate school and narrow my focus on my studies to just physics, I am actively searching for ways to still be involved with music.
My lessons with Katie McClave and Alex Vital through high school were wonderful. I bonded with each in different ways, and I always look forward to catching up with them when I am in town. I can’t imagine what my high school experience would have been without their guidance.Grace Kerber | Alumni Student
I studied vocal music at Dana V for six years and throughout this time I grew immensely in both vocal technique and self confidence. Everyone at Dana V encouraged and supported me to push my limits and grow to my full potential. The friendships I formed and lesson I learned during my time at the studio will last a lifetime.Jennifer Concienne | Alumni Student
DVM was an integral part of my voice and theatre education. I was lucky enough to take voice lessons for about a year as well as participate in DVM’s production of A Little Princess. I worked with Dana herself as well as Cody Qualls, and they both gave me tools that I still use every time I sing. I was only with DVM for a short time, but in that time I experienced a huge amount of growth musically, and I am always grateful to Dana and Cody for their role in shaping the performer I am today. I still have some songs they introduced to me in my audition book too!Jenny McPherson | Alumni Student
While I have not pursued the arts as a career, I believe that DVM and other music/theatre training throughout my high school years gave me the skills and discipline needed to be successful in the careers and hobbies that I pursue. Dana was also more than a voice teacher to me; she often served as a mentor and friend in a supportive, knowledgeable environment. I am so proud to see DVM grow from a little corner room at The Dairy to what it is today!Jessica Harper | Alumni Student
Dana V has such a loving and supportive family of instructors and students! I really miss everyone from the studio.Jessie Bolger | Alumni Student
Dana V allowed me to explore my interest in music and theater. All the instructors have an amazing guiding hand which encourages every student to become their own artist. With their help, I was able to transition into the college process unafraid.Justin Pappas | Alumni Student
Although I am not pursuing a career in music, my time with DVM was an incredible way to learn about something I love as well as about myself. Going every week to voice lessons was always so exciting and I am so grateful for Katie and Dana for what they’ve brought to the Louisville community!Mason Noteboom | Alumni Student
Dana and Katie were two of the most influential teacher figures in my high school years. Being a young person is difficult as it is, but being a young person who wants to pursue performing arts professionally is even harder. Not only do Dana and Katie provide amazing and non-judgemental lessons, classes, and other resources at their studio, their warmth, kindness, and constant encouragement gave me the support I needed (and often struggled to find) to get into such a great collegiate theatre program. Dana and Katie are like artistic superheroes who truly go above and beyond for the sake of their students!Michelle Herring | Alumni Student
I have always loved Dana V Music particularly the Bring It To Broadway series. It’s incredible that Dana is able to consistently bring in Broadway veterans to help out young artists. The masterclasses have been very beneficial to my growth as a performer. I can still watch the videos years later and gain something from the artist’s perspective.Tanner Sands | Alumni Student
DVM has forged me into the musician I am today. DVM has also been my greatest source of inspiration as a musician and I am extremely thankful for everyone in the studio. Thank you for pointing me towards the values I hold today.Vidushi Goyal | Alumni Student
My experiences at DVM, and the confidence I gained while learning to sing and use my voice are applicable every day at my job when I’m speaking with and presenting to clients.Whitney Meer | Alumni Student
I knew next to nothing about the college audition process when I began looking for schools. The people at Dana V. were always receptive, supportive, and helpful in tackling each step of the admittedly arduous process. I sincerely believe I would not be studying at the program I’m in without the resources afforded to me at Dana V.Will Thames | Alumni Student
I am always inspired by the talented and vibrant community that Dana and Katie have created a space for at Dana V Music. I am lucky to have been influenced by such passionate, energetic, and accepting teachers, and even luckier that they continue to offer advice, and encouragement to their alumni.Zoe Benson | Alumni Student