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About

Jacqueline Novikov has been teaching private voice lessons since 2006 and is a member of NATS and SAI. Her students have been accepted into vocal programs at colleges such as Hofstra University and UMass Amherst. Primary teaching influences are the Alexander Technique and Body Mapping, which both focus on teaching the singer to use his or her body (and mind) in a healthy and efficient way. Traditional voice pedagogy is also a large component of voice lessons.

Goals

The main goals of voice lessons with Forma Music are for students to:
  • have fun singing!
  • develop a healthy singing technique and musical skills
  • acquire enjoyable and age-appropriate solo repertoire
  • gain verbal and physical confidence through singing
  • increase physical coordination and body awareness

Why Voice Lessons?

Learning to sing incorporates many musical, physical and psychological aspects which can benefit children and adults who:

  • participate in school or community theater and chorus
  • want to audition for college music programs or professional gigs
  • sing in weekly church or synagogue services
  • perform in their own band
  • are self conscious about their singing voice
  • are shy or have low physical confidence
  • have been told they are tone deaf and want to improve their pitch
  • want to learn to read music
  • experience mild stuttering and seek a satisfying and confidence-building activity (Developing breathe control can aid stuttering. However, speech therapy is necessary to bridge the gap between singing and speech.)
  • experience pain or fatigue during or after singing

Testimonials

My lessons with Jacqueline helped me to prepare for a college music audition...

I chose voice lessons over other extra-curricular activities because music offered me a way to express myself in a different manner than other activities. With Jacqueline, I have been able reach a new level with my voice. When learning new pieces, I felt extremely relaxed and didn't worry about negative criticism. I knew that I would get the correct instruction to reach my potential. I had the freedom to select from repertoire that interests me. Jacqueline's extensive vocal and musical knowledge taught me how to warm-up, break down parts of songs, and increase my knowledge of vocal techniques. My lessons with Jacqueline helped me to prepare for a college music audition, which I would not have considered doing if it was not for the training that I received.

Maya, age 18

I learned how my brain and voice are connected...

A couple of years ago I was told that I had a good voice and that if I practiced and learned how to take care of my voice, I would be able to expand my musical repertoire. I started singing more and practicing breathing, but I wanted to do even more, so I tried to find a teacher. Now I am expanding my vocal range every couple of lessons and improving my core and support as I widen my range. I love singing. I love that I can now sing so many beautiful songs without feeling like somebody punched me in the stomach. With Mrs. Novikov, I learned how my brain and voice are connected, and that if I'm not afraid of the sounds that I make the whole world of music expands. I also learned that I can sing so many more classical song that sound like they belong in the opera, even though they're not. Thank You, Mrs. Novikov.

Adel, age 16

His confidence and understanding of music grew and his ability to use his voice greatly improved.

My son Simon loves his singing lessons! He's been taking voice lessons with Ms. Novikov for the last three years. Despite his voice change he's been able to still sing comfortably in Jazz Band. His confidence and understanding of music grew and his ability to use his voice greatly improved. I recommend Ms. Novikov because she is an excellent voice teacher, great singer and an enthusiast of voice development.

Alla, parent of Simon, age 13

Her warmth, genuine kindness and patience come through in every interaction she has with our daughter.

We have been so pleased having Jacqueline as our daughter's voice teacher. Her warmth, genuine kindness and patience come through in every interaction she has with our daughter. Jacqueline's beautiful voice and high level of skill, combined with her excellent teaching manner, work together to give our daughter a wonderful experience.

Ellen, parent of Penina, age 11

I love to sing and I feel that Jacqueline Novikov is a wonderful teacher!

I chose voice lessons because I want to become a singer when I grow up. I love to sing and I feel that Jacqueline Novikov is a wonderful teacher! I'm able to get along with her very well. Jacqueline has a very friendly personality and at the same time helps me to be a better singer. She has a lot of experience. I enjoy lessons with Jacqueline!

Masha, age 16
Jacqueline Novikov