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Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 12:07 PM


If you need help preparing for an audition, expanding your repertoire, learning about vocal health and technique, or just want to sing for fun then these lessons would work for you! My lessons are individually planned based on what each student would like to focus on. We usually start with basic vocal technique (breathing techniques, basic vocal exercises) and then after a good foundation of technique has been set the lessons can focus on any or all of the following: vocal technique for Jazz, R&B and Pop singers, exercises needed for jazz singing and improvisation, basic music theory, help with building repertoire, and applying vocal exercises to your own music!
The technique I teach incorporates various exercises to relax the much acquired tension that we all hold in our necks, face and shoulders, which affects our vocal abilities. The technique loosens the back of the tongue to allow for a larger range, accurate singing of pitches, and general healthy sound.
Aside from vocal technique, these vocal lessons can also help with choosing proper repertoire for a specific audition or event as well as working on original material written by the student. The vocal exercises can be applied to each song in different ways which can help you prepare for your big day!
I give lessons out of my home in Queens, but can also travel to students' homes.

A little information about me:

Thana Alexa is a graduate of the New School University where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jazz and Contemporary Music and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Thana studied for many years with renowned speech therapist and vocal coach, Kate Baker, and has learned many techniques necessary for the growth and strength of vocal development as well as for vocal health and care.

Thana Alexa has been an active bandleader and sideman in both New York and Europe's jazz circles. She has toured extensively in Croatia and it's neighboring countries with both Croatian and international groups as well as performed in New York City with her own quintet and as a sideman with other groups. When living in Croatia Thana gave private voice lessons to students in junior high school and elementary school and was also a teacher's aid at a jazz workshop. She has had the opportunity to record with Antonio Sanchez (Pat Metheny’s drummer of choice for the last 10 years), Bernard "Pretty" Purdie (known for his work with Aretha Franklin and James Brown among others), and has performed with renowned musicians such as Lenny White -- known for his work with Chick Corea -- Buster Williams -- a Miles Davis alumnus -- and George Colligan - known for his work with Cassandra Wilson. In July 2010 "Siena", one of Thana's original compositions, was nominated by the Croatian Music Academy, PORIN, for Best Jazz Composition, which appeared on the album nominated for Best Jazz Album. This nomination is an enormous honor given that these awards are considered the country's equivalent of the Grammy. In August 2011 Thana won the Jazzon Alpe-Adria International Competition for Composers for her composition, "Ode to Heroes". Thana will release her debut album entitled “Ode to Heroes” in the Fall 2013, which includes Antonio Sanchez, Donny McCaslin, Scott Colley, Sergio Salvatore and others.

• Location: Queens, Jackson Heights, NY

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