"I have been singing my whole life and really needed a teacher when I moved out to LA last fall. I studied classically and primarily sang musical theater. My challenge was finding my own voice for my own songwriting music that was of a very different Genre.
Drea has taken my voice and worked miracles. Her teaching technique is VERY tangible and easy to understand and if you're willing to do the work, you'll DEFINITELY see results. Quickly. Each week, I hear my voice grasping new style techniques that give me the skills to find my own voice as a singer/songwriter while still utilizing my underlying classical technique for vocal health.
Each show I play, I'm complimented by my friends for how much my voice has grown over the past year, and I owe so much of that to Drea and Amber Light Studios!
If you're looking for a good voice teacher, this is the right place for you.
THANKS DREA!!" - Tom G
"I grew up singing in musical theatre and had some vocal training between the ages of 11-16 in that genre. So I know what it means to do full warm ups, to access my breath/ diaphragm /head and other more "formal" practical techniques. I am incredibly grateful for that training.
The trouble is, I haven't performed in musical theatre in over 15 years! What I DO do, is perform in bands and write my own music and I never felt like my voice fit the genre or could cut through over the drums or guitars. I would come out of rehearsals feeling a little defeated, like my voice was strained and just didnt know how to make my voice sound like a real rock/pop singer- even though everyone said I had a great voice.
I looked around before to find a good vocal studio, but in LA/ Hollywood (without a solid recommendation from someone I trust) I just didn't know who to trust wasn't going to scam me!
I decided to buy a Groupon at the end of last year on a whim and LUCKED OUT! I've now been taking lessons weekly with Ben. He quickly evaluated what I could do in our first lesson, he never skips warm ups (cuz that's the foundation) and he's always supportive and helpful.
And because of my background, he doesn't take it easy on me and continues to challenge me with songs that test my agility and stamina. He asks what I want to focus on and hones me in on those areas. And he puts his "money where his mouth is" demonstrating the techniques he's asking me to practice. Plus, he's been totally open to - and even encouraging me to - work on my original songs, helping me feel even more confident in my new set.
I am incredibly happy that I found Amber Light and can't recommend Ben more highly. THANK YOU, Ben and Drea!!" - Noelle A.
Back story: I've loved to sing since I was a little sprout. When my friends in elementary school started bands, I was always the designated lead singer/songwriter. In years of Catholic schooling, being coerced into choir was something I didn't mind. I'm a music junkie, but couldn't really play instruments (fun fact: I was in the xylaphone section of my middle school band for a year, and I regularly BUTCHERED our covers of Girls and Smoke on the Water). Singing was always my passion.
My mom was kind enough to start me with formal vocal training when I was about 14. She found me a wonderful, super wholesome, family-oriented lady who lived and breathed musical theater. She was a great fit at the time, but once I began college, I felt I had outgrown her. She didn't give me much creative freedom - my repetoire was filled to the brim with Le Mis and Wicked (which I liked, but didn't love). I once asked her if I could cover Hallelujah at one of our recitals, she actually rejected that idea on the grounds of it being inappropriate (due to that one sliiiightly sexual lyric that wasn't even remotely explicit - you all probably know the one). Due to this, I felt it was time to find a more creatively liberal teacher. I put a pin in that idea for several years (as we sadly tend to do with our creative hobbies) and resigned myself to singing karaoke on occasion and in my car. Finally, I called Amber Light Voice Studios, and began lesons with Cait.
In short, Cait is my purple-haired muse and I'm so glad to have found her. She's an extremely talented vocalist and an equally awesome teacher - patient, warm, always encouraging and positive (even when I completely screw up), and always down to let me do whatever in terms of songs I want to sing: Flyleaf, Krewella, LP, Regina Spektor, and Marina Diamandis are just a few examples. And I feel that my voice and confidence have improved tremendously (even after a very nasty, months-long bout with terrible asthma that arrived out of nowhere - the timing was awful, but Cait was so supportive and got my voice back in ship-shape). Andrea and Ben are awesome at arranging everything/running the studio, and their new location is top notch - in a lovely house in the heart of Hollywood.
To conclude: if you're into singing and seeking quality lessons/vocal improvements, I can't recommend Amber Light Voice Studios enough. It's the best!
- Natasha D
"I have worked with Ben for about 2 years now and I have nothing but great things to say! I have learned so much about my voice and about music from him. Ben is an excellent teacher. He is very patient but he is always challenging me in order to make me better. I feel that my vocal ablities and confidence have improved dramatically as a result of working with him. Not only has he helped me become a better singer, but he has also helped me reach a lot of my goals and has helped guide me in a direction that I want to go in for my music career. I see Andrea all the time as well when I am there for lessons and they are both always so nice and supportive. I would definitely recommend taking lessons here to anyone!!" - Rachael C.
Amber Light Voice Studios is exceptional!
The teachers are all very kind, helpful, and mad talented. My teacher Kyle is killer!!! She has helped me improve so much in a short time and has helped restore my confidence. She inspires me and encourages me to continue singing and challenging myself. I am beyond thankful for this experience and so happy I chose Amber Light (and Kyle) to help lead me on this new musical journey. - Jessy W
"I started taking lessons with Andrea back in Boston (and I am so lucky she moved to LA when I did, so we could continue lessons!). I hear a dramatic improvement in my voice during every single lesson - yes, every lesson over the last two years we've had together! She is not just an amazing singer herself, but a wonderful teacher. Whenever I struggle with a riff or a note, she pinpoints the issue and shows me a way to practice it. She guides our lessons, adjusting to the level I am ready for, so I have achievable goals every week. She also helped me break out of my shell - I am so much more confident in my voice, and it shows when I perform. I didn't even know I was capable of belting melodies, and now it is almost effortless.
If you have ever considered taking voice lessons, come see Andrea today (the sooner, the better). Whether you are an amateur or have even earned a degree in music (like me), you can certainly learn something from her, if not everything about your voice, and be more proud of your singing! Thank you, Drea!"
"My daughter started taking lessons with Andrea when she was 9. She is now 10 and the progress went from just a kid singing for fun to a real talent. We all know that working with children takes a special patience and caring that most people find taxing. Her training techniques, communication, and support have been invaluable to my daughter. Her encouragement and openness to all the different ways my daughter wants to explore her vocal capabilities is amazing. We couldn't love Andrea more and everyone should be taking lessons from her! We wish we could take lessons everyday! Each week my daughter gets better and better!" -R.W.
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