Mary Jane Claassen has been teaching private voice and piano lessons and coaching singers for over seventeen years. Her vocal students have studied Musical Theatre, Classical, Folk, Country, and Pop styles and have received roles both professional and educational, gotten top ratings in competitions, become All-State Choir members, recorded albums, and earned music scholarships for collegiate music study.
Ms. Claassen coaches children, teenagers and adults as well as professional singers, and has a great deal of experience playing and coaching Musical Theatre. She was an Adjunct Professor of Voice in the Theatre Department at the University of Memphis where she taught Musical Theatre Majors Voice. She has also taught voice at Kirkwood College. She has experience teaching belt and the wide array of musical theatre styles and song interpretation. Her piano skills are especially helpful if a singer is interested in preparing for auditions etc. as she is able to play the full accompaniments with singers. She offers single or short term sessions. If preparing for an audition she can make audition accompaniment recordings, practice tracks and help student select and prepare 16/32 bar cuts.
Ms. Claassen teaches from her home studio in the Manville Heights neighborhood in Iowa City just north of the University. Please contact Ms. Claassen if you are interested in finding out about her rates and policies. A free 30 minute introductory lesson is available.
See below a sample video of a lesson with Angela Billman in two parts: