Voice Lessons

Photo: Steve Wollkind
Since November of 2009, Ajda has been offering private voice lessons - specializing in adult beginners, and appropriate for anyone looking to develop and master a more perfect voice, or to create a stronger and more dynamic image.  Ajda's real world experience includes over 12 years of live performance singing and playing several instruments in bands of varying styles such as indie/experimental rock, Americana, goth, & cabaret.  She also has recording experience with different styles of music, primarily rock and a little country, as evidenced in her discography.  Currently, she fronts (and manages) the Boston-based band Black Fortress of Opium, who is currently mixing their second full-length album with famed producer Martin Bisi, and recently made a music video.  She is a songwriter and a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, & Publishers, and a 7-time winner of their ASCAPLUS musical achievement award. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music in 1999. She also has national touring experience singing both lead and back-up vocals.  She is classically trained on flute, as well.

To augment the knowledge gleaned from years of her own personal experience, Ajda incorporates techniques from great voice teachers such as Elisabeth Howard, Dena Murray, and David Blair McClosky.  In 2010, Ajda was a part of the first ever Girls Rock Camp Boston, where she served as a vocal instructor for girls ages 9-16.  Also in 2010, she attended the McClosky Institute for Voice's summer seminar at Endicott College in Beverly, MA.  In 2011, she instructed voice at the first ever Ladies Rock Camp Boston, and also served as a band coach for adult beginners.  Ajda is also a member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) and NYSTA (New York Singing Teachers' Association), by whom she was awarded the 2014 Janet Pranschke PDP scholarship. 

A note from Ajda...
"Knowledge is power, and together we will improve your existing vocal technique and increase your confidence.  I will help you learn how to quickly warm-up your voice, physiology of the vocal instrument, phrasing, rhythm, enunciation/articulation, breathing techniques, basic musical concepts, songwriting, the art of creating lead sheets & much, much more.  You will be able to move people when you sing songs you love, expressing yourself in front of friends and strangers."

All lessons are taught at Studio 44 of the Steinert Building, in the heart of Boston's Theatre District, and across from Boston Common.  It is conveniently located near the Boylston St stop on the Green Line, and has lovely Mason & Hamlin piano. 

"I came to Ajda as a beginning voice student, and I am consistently impressed with her dedication to teaching and her teaching style.  Every week, she has typed a specific, thoughtful lesson plan for my needs and interests, replete with information about the anatomy of the voice, the science of using the voice as an instrument, and exercises to improve my skill.  She also focuses on the artistic aspect during lessons, and has taught me a great deal about how one approaches a song.  Her experiences at the Berklee College of Music and performing in her band have served me well, as she has been able to pass along the technical theory as well as knowledge about performing.  Ajda is personable, professional, and fun.  Her genuine love and appreciation for music have motivated me to practice and become a better singer."  - Erin Walker

"Ajda!  My singing is better than ever thanks to you!" - Kim Ackland

“To learn how to sing and to improve my voice was something on my bucket list.  I literally had no experience, and I turned to Ajda to teach me the basics such as scales, runs, breathing techniques, etc.. She has great ability to teach a beginner like myself.  Her patient demeanor and ability to inspire one are so valuable, she’s simply an excellent teacher and I would recommend her to anyone.” - Denise Thayer

"Ajda is not only a powerful vocalist but also is a voice teacher of note." - Andrew Wilson, Boston Band Crush

"ATTENTION musicians, actors, singers, linguistic artists, motivational speakers, chatty cathys, casual merrymakers: preserve those precious pipes! Check out Ajda, my talented and fantastic voice teacher and try out a lesson (or a dozen). Each of her lessons are worth every (totally affordable) penny." - Tara Purasson

"I found out about Ajda's vocal training lessons through a mutual friend and simply couldn't be happier about it. My vocal prowess has improved exponentially under Ajda's tutelage over the past year. Thanks to her instruction, I have better vocal tone, greater control, and a better understanding of proper technique. Her thoughtful, professional, and fun lessons are worth every penny and I HIGHLY recommend her to anyone who wants to become a stronger vocalist."
- Mark Zero,
Vocalist for zeroNegative

And as mentioned on CBS Boston's Guide to Music Lessons and Secret Boston blog!

Ajda would like to thank Kathy McDougald, her piano teacher, who has been a huge support and an inspiration.  She would also like to thank her bandmate, guitar teacher and Sith Tony Savarino for his much valued advice and encouragement.

Ajda at the piano in Studio 44 photo © 2010 Karen Zanes  Ajda at Studio 44 photo © 2010 Karen Zanes
Photos: Karen Zanes

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