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About

Rachel Eisenstat is a Denver-based musician splitting her time between teaching, songwriting, recording, and performing. Vocal coaching and longer-term voice lessons with Rachel are shaped by her ongoing work as a professional singer. She shares up-to-date information in vocal pedagogy and the music industry with each client.

 

Rachel has been gigging since she was ten years old. Long before her first voice lesson, she was a kid in a Led Zeppelin cover band. Since then, she has moved on from the tiny stage at the St. Anne’s Coffee House in her small Appalachian hometown to perform at Colorado venues such as Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, the Fox Theatre, and Red Rocks. 

 

Rachel has recorded two studio albums (under the moniker Raven Jane) and fronts the Janis Joplin tribute band Flower in the Sun. She has recorded session vocals and has been a guest performer with numerous local and national acts. She sings at weddings and other special events with the Diamond Empire Band and the Spotlight Band

 

Rachel studies commercial contemporary music (CCM) with Kate Emerich, B.M., M.S., CCC-SLP. She previously studied classical and jazz voice under Dr. Debra Detwiler at Goshen College, where she also trained in music theory and classical guitar. Rachel teaches at Performance High in Denver, CO, and previously taught at the Loveland Academy of Music in Loveland, CO, and the T.G. School of Music in Goshen, IN.

My Favorite Songs to sing

Go-to karaoke jam: Chain of Fools (Aretha Franklin)
Most fun Janis cover: Get It While You Can
Favorite original song: The Hunted 

FAQs

Who should take voice lessons with Stage Native?


Adults and teens who are at least 14 years old of any experience level (I am happy to refer younger singers to my colleagues who specialize in young voices). Both experienced and new singers are an integral part of the Stage Native community! Many Stage Native voice clients work with me because I am a working musician myself, and I have experienced all the challenges that come up outside of lessons and practice time when you're actually on the road gigging or getting through long days of recording. It is my passion to help tie together what you learn in your lessons with what you experience on the stage or in the studio. New singers often tell me they love singing around the house but clam up around friends or family members, and they want to grow in confidence to sing freely in casual environments, join a community choir, do some songwriting, or just crush at karaoke. I believe singing is your birthright. You were born with a unique instrument, and it is one of my greatest joys to help new singers discover, claim, and love that inner voice.




How long do people usually take voice lessons?


Some work with me on an ongoing basis for a variety of longer-term goals: expanding vocal range, increasing vocal endurance to get through tours with their voice in tact, or as a hobby to get their voice to a place they feel great about. Others work with me for as little as 2 or 3 months to work toward a specific goal: a performance at a friend’s wedding, an upcoming audition, or working through challenging material for a choir concert. More experienced singers might drop in for a lesson here and there to address a very specific goal.




What are your rates?


Intro Session: Complimentary Drop-In Lessons: 1 Hour: $85 45 Min: $65 4 Lesson Packages: 1 Hour: $75/lesson 45 Min: $60/lesson Stage Native Members: 1 Hour: $70/lesson 45 Min: $55/lesson Group or Band Coaching: Rates are dependent on specific needs. Contact me to discuss your needs and what you're looking for! Master Classes: Free for Stage Native Members $15 for non-members




What's your cancellation policy?


Once you book a lesson, you are reserving time in my studio that is no longer available to another client, and that I prepare for with your individual singing goals in mind. Therefore, all bookings at Stage Native Voice Studio are non-refundable. You may reschedule your lesson(s) 24 hours or more in advance. Lessons that are cancelled less than 24 hours in advance as well as no-shows (arriving 15 minutes or more past lesson start time) will be billed at full price and not refunded.




What does a typical band coaching session look like?


Stage Native band coaching works best for groups that have multiple singers (a lead vocalist and backup singers, or a group where various members trade verses, for example). You might be a bass player with a nice voice, and you’re adding harmonies in your band but get vocally tired after a short set. Or you’re recording a new EP, but you’re having trouble getting your voices to blend well. Maybe you want some input on more creative endeavors, like writing harmonies that are dynamic and avoid the cliché. Band coaching with Stage Native is unique to your group’s specific goals, which I can help you develop if needed. Rates vary depending on your needs.




What does a typical voice lesson look like?


Lessons are 45 minutes or an hour, beginning with a vocal warm up for about 10 to 15 minutes. Then we typically run through a piece of music you are working on and work through any challenges that come up. From there, lessons vary depending on your goals. Have a big gig coming up? Working on writing a song? Auditioning for a choir? Working on playing an instrument while singing? That’s where lessons become highly individualized! I love teaching because I get to embark on a unique journey with each of my students. For online clients, I use Zoom, which is free for you. You simply need a good internet connection and ideally two devices: a phone, tablet, or computer to run the Zoom session, and a second device to play any backing tracks.




Do you offer virtual lessons?


Yes! In fact, ALL lessons are virtual until it is safe to resume in-person lessons again. Here are some of the reasons many of my clients actually prefer online lessons: - they are not local to Denver - they avoid cross-town traffic - it's more comfortable to sing at home All that is required for students is an internet connection and ideally 2 devices (such as a laptop and a smartphone) - 1 to run the session through and 1 to play warm-up and backing tracks. Once it is safe to resume in-person singing, clients will have the option to meet with me online or at my studio in Denver.