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Laura Shepherd is the sole reason I attended the New England Conservatory of Music. When I was 12, she became my first voice teacher and the first person to encourage my passion for music. With her careful guidance and incredible tutelage, I found my voice and what I love doing most. Not only is she an amazing teacher, but she is also a tremendous person, mentor, and friend.
I trained with Laura for five years before leaving for college, and we still get together over breaks to catch up. She is one of the most caring teachers I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. She is incredibly knowledgeable about vocal training and placement, and was wonderful at finding music to fit my vocal abilities. She also records each voice lesson, so I was able to listen and evaluate myself between sessions. Her laugh is also contagious. Highly recommend!
~ Lauren S
Before I started private voice lessons with Laura, I was nervous and lacked confidence every time I sang - I dreaded it in auditions. But after a couple of weeks working with her, I could hear my voice improving by leaps and bounds and became both a better and more confident singer. I learned so much from her about voice technique, placement and my voice in particular, and had a great time doing it. Her sweet, lovely presence creates a great environment for her students and we can all tell she loves what she does. We still meet up when I am in town and she is still a great mentor and friend to me and all her students.
~ Lindsey F
Laura’s great talent comes from helping students of any skill level reach their goals. Our son had a goal of being cast for a specific character in a musical theatre show. With limited training, he expressed his interest to Laura. With that interest, Laura was able to help him select a song and prepare for the audition which led to his getting called back and ultimately being offered the role he wanted! Her support, kindness, and generosity - sharing her talents and knowledge - are unparalleled and my son looks forward to continuing his vocal lessons with her guidance.
~ Kelly H (parent)
What I like the most is that Laura teaches my girls that what really matters is how you feel about yourself, not whether you have pleased others. Teaching kids to love and value themselves and the uniqueness of others is her greatest skill. Two of my daughters have taken voice lessons with Laura, and they have thrived under her guidance. She is both professional and fun! I greatly appreciate her flexibility in working with their individual voices, personalities, and goals. I also appreciate that she is always prepared for the lesson, keeping notes and providing detailed assessments. My girls have each been fortunate enough to have roles in professional theatre productions and Laura has helped them not only through the audition process, but also has helped them prepare challenging pieces prior to the rehearsal process beginning so they arrived feeling confident and prepared. Laura is reliable, kind, organized and a very gifted singer herself.
~ Sara C (parent)
Laura is a wonderful person and teacher. She has such a positive attitude that it uplifts her students. She is very conscientious about finding the best material to suit her students’ needs and she always works hard to give them the best voice lesson experience. As a teacher she goes above and beyond to help her students grow in terms of vocal development. Whatever their vocal needs are, whatever they are preparing for, whether it’s an audition, callback or vocal competition, Laura is always prepared.
~ Paula R (parent)
Laura is amazing and, without a doubt, the best voice teacher I have ever had. She is both fun and focused, she is flexible with her teaching style so that people of all learning styles can flourish, and she listens and adjusts if you tell her something isn't working. She has been both teacher and mentor to me, and I'm thankful every day that I had the opportunity to learn from her.
~ Kim M
I took private voice lessons with Laura during Junior High and High School and it was so worth it. She is really great at knowing how to tackle your voice and what pieces and warm ups will help you the most. She also was wonderful at helping me get ready for any auditions I had coming up with theatre, choir, and college! Best of all, she is generous and makes you feel comfortable, knowing that voice lessons can be a scary thing! I am currently in my fifth year in college and still to this day she is very helpful whenever I need her. I know I can contact her about needing some sheet music or tracks or anything else. She is stuck being my voice teacher forever!
~ Megan C