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Mrs. Brenner offers voice lessons (singing lessons) from her home studio in Powell. She has been teaching since 1992, and has taught all styles from opera to country. Her extensive background in several genres -- including opera, musical theatre / Broadway, choral, country, R&B / pop and even jazz -- means that she works with a variety of students with varying goals and interests.
Voice Lessons / Singing Lessons
With Mrs. Brenner, lessons are positive, and students leave encouraged. She has found a way to strike a balance between fun and high quality -- lessons are fun, but the instruction is still of high quality so that every student is learning all that he or she can. Technology is utilized in her studio, and students have a say in what pieces are being worked on in lessons. Proper vocal technique, musicality (ear training, sight singing, music fundamentals, etc.) and performance are all components of Mrs. Brenner's lessons with vocalists of any age. In addition, if a student is preparing for an audition or a performance, please tell Mrs. Brenner and we will be sure to work on this during the lessons.
Young children (PreK thru early elementary grades) are invited to take 15 minute voice lessons attached to 15 minute piano lessons. This way, the child learns to read music and understand the fundamentals of music. In addition, lengthy voice lessons for young children can actually be harmful to the voice; therefore, shorter voice lessons are best with songs that fit the young voice. Basic singing techniques such as pitch matching, breathing, performing, posture, etc. are taught with this age group.
Older children (late elementary grades through middle) are invited to take 30-45 minute lessons. Musicality is included in the lessons so that students understand how to read music, and we also work on training the singer's ear. Basic singing techniques such as pitch matching, breathing, performing, posture, etc. are taught with this age group, as well as additional instruction based on each student's needs.
Teenagers and adults are invited to take 45-60 minute lessons. Everything that is taught to young children and older children will be included as needed, but these older students also have more say in how the lessons are structured.
In addition, Mrs. Brenner handles every student differently. No two are alike, and so a concept will be taught to one student in one way and then to another in another way. This is important because it means that the lessons are tailored to the student. With patience and a calm persistence, Mrs. Brenner is able to work productively with students who enjoy their lessons and love music for a lifetime.
About Mrs. Brenner
Sara Marie Brenner has been teaching since 1992. She began teaching private piano, voice, flute, violin and guitar lessons in her parents' living room -- piano lessons were taught on the grand piano she now has in her home today. As a talented child musician, her parents gave up their home for 30-40 hours each week as Mrs. Brenner grew her studio to 60-70 weekly students during her high school years. Following high school, Mrs. Brenner launched, grew, operated and later sold a music lessons company that employed dozens of teachers. She taught lessons herself, trained teachers, wrote curriculum, and also tutored academic subjects. After selling the company in 2012, Mrs. Brenner began a home music and academics studio. Now, she is completing a post-masters degree as an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Curriculum & Instruction, secondary education, with a music endorsement at Liberty University. After truly missing teaching and feeling called to resume working with students, she has re-opened her music and academics studio, and is building her clientele once again. Teaching has been Mrs. Brenner's life's work, and what she loves to do. Mrs. Brenner has earned Kodaly 1 certification at the Capital University Conservatory of Music, and has trained in Suzuki piano with Mary Craig Powell through the Suzuki Association of the Americas. From ages 3-8, Mrs. Brenner began her piano studies in a strictly Suzuki-based piano studio. As a young child and teenager, she studied voice, was in numerous choirs and showchoirs, held lead roles in musicals and plays, recorded an entire album that she wrote and arranged herself, and traveled professionally throughout the midwest. From ages 8-19, she studied piano with Professor JoAnn Hopper at Ohio Wesleyan University, then Dr. Gren at The Ohio State University. She has accompanied for countless soloists, choirs, musicals and stage productions, including in schools, churches and with professional orchestras. She studied voice at The Ohio State University, Capital University and Belmont University, as well as songwriting in Nashville.
Schedule a Meet & Greet!
Schedule a Meet & Greet with Mrs. Brenner! This is a wonderful opportunity to see whether this is a good fit. Simply register the student online (no obligation) to begin the process. Please also ask your student to begin practicing a song or two to perform for Mrs. Brenner, and to bring all of his/her current and pertinent music books along to the Meet & Greet.