Teaching

Amber deLaurentis teaches vocal jazz at University of Vermont and St. Michael’s College and directs the UVM Vocal Jazz Ensemble. She also maintains a private studio of voice and piano students and is always interested in working with new students.

Amber deLaurentis teaches vocal jazz at University of Vermont and St. Michael’s College and directs the UVM Vocal Jazz Ensemble. She also maintains a private studio of voice and piano students and is always interested in working with new students.

DeLaurentis specializes in working with self-accompanying vocalists (on piano), or vocalists who want develop that skill—in jazz, pop or rock. As a child, deLaurentis’ first experiences singing were while sitting at the piano and playing or when her dad, Jack, was playing guitar. For deLaurentis, singing has always felt more organic while playing piano, and she loves to teach the two simultaneously.

DeLaurentis highly encourages voice students to learn all of their chords, or what she refers to as “piano for singers.” Piano work starts with all of the major scales learned with right hand only, moving to root position triads, then seventh chords. Following that, students learn cadences and chord inversions, depending on their goals.

Vocally, deLaurentis incorporates technique as it applies to jazz, pop and rock. For instance, in jazz, learning when and how to use smears, scoops, and slides in your interpretation of a lyric. In pop and rock, how to do a melisma or prepare and support your voice for belting. DeLaurentis also works with students on ways of reinterpreting a standard, and should students have interest, improvisation with syllables (scatting) through listening, learning transcriptions, studying harmony and using various modes in scale outlines. DeLaurentis does not teach classical technique and musical theatre and is happy to recommend other teachers who specialize in that.

DeLaurentis is an accomplished classical pianist. Her most recent piece was the first movement of Beethoven’s Appassionata Sonata. She has also been working on some Chopin preludes. DeLaurentis likes to include technique in teaching, as long as there is some element of fun. With warming up, deLaurentis steers toward Czerny and scales, with a focus on the left hand. Now, if you are a student who wants to play Schubert and Elton John? And sing? No problem!

DeLaurentis, along with husband Tom Cleary, generally have a combined student recital in June which is recorded.

Amber gives 60, 45, and 30-min. lessons. If you are interested, please contact her at treesapper@hotmail.com.