St. Francis Chinese teacher also private voice instructorWritten by Chase Will | | firstname.lastname@example.org
When she’s not teaching Chinese at St. Francis de Sales High School, Paulita Fernandez offers private voice lessons out of her home.
These lessons are for clients of all ages. Unlike typical voice coaches, Fernandez focuses primarily on psychology.
“There’s a method called the Alexander Technique, which was developed in 1890, and that’s what I teach my students,” Fernandez said.
“Lots of music schools are doing this now, like Juilliard,” she said. “When a person sings, I can tell the person where they should release tension and how they should reposition themselves to make their voice sound better. It’s an energy that flows through the body.”
According to Fernandez, an important aspect of a performer’s career is learning to handle stress.
“The parents see the difference,” Fernandez said. “One daughter who came to me started out with low self-confidence, and after a few years of training when she’s reached her senior year, her mother told me I’d created a prima donna. I don’t give the children their voice; they have a voice. I only help them bring it out.”
Maddie Lewandowski, 17, has been Fernandez’s student for five years and said there’s no teacher comparable to her.
“The more I train with her, the more invested I see her becoming. She sees me blossoming, and just recently she helped me record and win a competition internationally,” Lewandowski said. “There’s not one lesson where she doesn’t give me a piece of life advice, and I always carry it with me. I hope I’ll have a growing friendship with her the rest of my life.”
Fernandez claims anyone can sing as long as they’re not tone-deaf.
“You have the instrument God gave you. My method is to teach students to understand the instrument they naturally own,” she said.
Fernandez said her lessons have become so popular that time slots are always filled. When one student graduates, a parent or relative typically reserves their spot.
The main techniques taught by Fernandez are visualization and faith. She helps her students imagine themselves at an audition and to hear their ideal voice before producing it.
Fernandez’s motto is “You reproduce what you imagine,” which she embraced while performing at voice competitions worldwide prior to becoming a teacher.
“Whatever you need, you already have,” Fernandez said. “Be good, work hard and everything will fall into place.”
Although Fernandez works with students of all ages, she said she has a particular affinity toward high school students.
“It’s one of the reasons I love being a teacher, having the opportunity to watch a 14- to 15-year-old transform into an adult,” Fernandez said.
Fernandez added she maintains a mentorship with several students following graduation.
On top of offering voice lessons and teaching foreign languages, Fernandez offers piano lessons. She attributes much of her success to reading constantly and avoiding television.
Anyone interested in scheduling private lessons with Fernandez may contact her at email@example.com.