Voice Lesson

About Me

My name is Bernadette Mondok, and I am the vocal instructor at Music Stream Center.  I earned my double Bachelor of Arts at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in Vocal Music Performance and in Music Education in 2014, and I earned my Masters in Music from the conservatory at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) in 2016. Although most of my degrees are in music performance, I am most fulfilled when I can pass the music, knowledge, and experiences I acquired in all my years of study to the next generation of singers. I am a member of the Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC), the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), and the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).

 

 

Private Lessons

I currently reside in the city of Talent in Oregon but have successfully been teaching my private and group piano and voice lessons online since COVID-19 closures in March 2020.  Private lessons are conducted on Skype, and my username will be shared with you via email upon your registration.  Please have the following items for every lesson.

 

  • Water= extremely important for health, let alone healthy vocal production
  • Binder= for all PDF vocal scores emailed to you, to be taped back-to-back and hole punched to be stored and easily viewed
  • Smartphone= for the clock app to time breathing exercises, as well as for playback of any mp3s I make and email to accompany PDF vocal scores
  • Piano/keyboard= the voice is a non-tactile instrument, and I believe a singer retains and comprehends what they learn with the use of a tactile instrument

 

Teaching Philosophy

I believe strongly that voice lessons are for all students of all ages.  No student is too young, and children will sing anyway.  Youth is on a child’s side when learning the following skills:

  • Responsibility for one’s body= A singer’s body is their instrument, so to take care of one’s voice is to care for one’s overall health.  One of our first topics in our first lesson will be proper posture and hydration, but I continually check in on my students’ sleep habits, food nutrition, allergies, emotional health, and stress levels, as these all contribute to vocal health.  We learn most importantly that the voice is a wind instrument, and an important chunk of every lesson is devoted to my checking in on my student’s breath stamina and power.
  • Classical vocal pedagogy= My degrees in Vocal Performance were focused on operatic singing.  This method of vocal production is based on time-tested and science supported.  While not all students will be interested in operatic singing (at first), it is important to learn a healthy approach to singing, especially in the face of so many unhealthy examples in popular media.  Students learn how to adjust their embouchure for each vowel in different parts of their vocal range.
  • Self-esteem= As a singer (in times outside of global pandemics), one performs facing and maintaining eye contact with one’s audience.  The younger a student starts, and with frequent exposure, they will gain stage presence and valuable communication skills.  Music Stream Center has 5 recitals a year, and Music from Home (for which I am the Community Service Chairperson) has a recital almost every month.  I also direct the Music Stream Center Vocal Ensemble (MSC Sings) assembled with members of my vocal studio.  Preparation for these performances requires time management, diligence, and consistency.
  • Musicality= my students' first approach singing with solfege exercises.  I prefer solfege because the vowels are pure and are a good teaching aid.  Using solfege, we begin sight singing with the aid of the piano.  From there, my students learn to accompany themselves with bass notes to give themselves the harmonic context, and some even extend their lesson length to focus fully on piano skills as their secondary instrument.  I believe Music Theory is vital for singers, to truly understand the music they sing, and I assign weekly homework out of theory books appropriate to the student’s level.
  • Language= My vocal students will be exposed to and even sing songs in Latin, English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, and Filipino.  As soon as a student is old enough to discuss intricacies in language, I introduce them to the International Phonetic Alphabet.
  • Exposure to different styles of vocal music= It is my job to support a child in what they desire to sing, given that it is a healthy choice for that student.  It is also my job to introduce songs of different styles and broaden my students’ musical horizons.  In Musicianship Classes, I have been known to introduce music from different time periods and from different countries.

 

Further opportunities

I am constantly seeking out opportunities for my students.  Based on my students’ readiness and eagerness to face a challenge, I may give them a choral solo in an MSC Sings number, enter them into local auditions and competitions (such as Go for the Gold or Fall Festival), recommend they audition for a local musical theater show, or encourage them to take the Certificate of Merit exam (a yearly program to evaluate progress, in theory, music history, ear training, vocal technique, sight-reading, and adjudicated performance).  See below for a list of my students’ accomplishments:

 

Student Accomplishments

  • 2020 DMTC YPT: Schoolhouse Rock
    • Matthew Vallero= Soloist
    • Chloe Aldrete= Soloist
    • Ella Lim= Soloist
    • Henry Krug-Lee= Ensemble
  • 2020 Holiday Showcase
    • Amy Lai, Chloe Aldrete, Juliet King, Christine Zhang, Lydia Jeng, Ella Lim, Mathew Vallero, Emberley Entao, Maya Rogalski, Ivan Li, Henry Krug-Lee, & Katherine Berdovskiy= Soloists
    • Linden Tan & Sophia Farwell= Ensemble

 

  • 2020 December MFH & MSC Winter Recital: Music Stream Center Vocal Ensemble
    • Chloe Aldrete, Matthew Vallero, Katherine Berdovskiy, & Ivan Li= Soloists
    • Henry Krug-Lee, Sophia Farwell, Maya Rogalski, Emberley Entao, Amy Lai, & Christine Zhang= Ensemble

 

 

  • 2020 Poison Apple Productions: Poison Idol Jr.
    • Matthew Vallero= 1st Place
  • 2020 DMTC Main Stage: The Sound of Music
    • Matthew Vallero= Kurt Von Trapp
  • 2020 DMTC YPT: Godspell
    • Matthew Vallero= Judas
    • Sage Sigmon= “Day by Day” soloist & ensemble
    • Chloe Aldrete= “All Good Gifts” soloist & ensemble
    • Henry Krug-Lee= Ensemble
  • 2020 American Protege International Vocal Competition Young Singers Category
    • Matthew Vallero= 1st Place in Musical Theater at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
    • Matthew Vallero= 2nd Place in Opera Aria at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
  • 2020 Hal Leonard Vocal Competition: Children's Art Song Category
    • Matthew Vallero= finalist
  • 2020 St. Francis High School: Music Man
    • Sophia Farwell= Ensemble
  • 2020 DMTC YPT: Junie B. Jones
    • Matthew Vallero= Herbert
    • Chloe Aldrete= Ensemble
  • 2020 DMTC Main Stage: Camelot
  • 2020 DMTC YPT: Addams Family
    • Matthew Vallero= Pugsley
    • Mez= Lurch
    • Ila Oakley Bremson= Alice
  • 2019 MFH December Recital: Music Stream Center Vocal Ensemble
    • Athena Kreylos, Chloe Aldrete, Emberley Entao, Jellina Yin, Jenny Yin, Katie Krasnansky, Linden Tan, Lydia Jeng, Matthew Vallero, Maya Rogalski, Sophia Farwell

 

 

  • 2019 SARTA Elly Awards
    • Matthew Vallero= nominee for best Supporting Male in a Youth Theater Production for Flounder in The Little Mermaid
  • 2019 MTAC Fall Festival
    • Matthew Vallero= Trophy
    • Maya Rogalski= Trophy
    • Emberley Entao= Medal
    • Farzaneh Tabnak= Medal
    • Linden Tan= Young Performer’s Ribbon
  • 2019 MSC Fall Recital: Music Stream Center Vocal Ensemble
    • Amy Lai, Athena Kreylos, Chloe Aldrete, Emberley Entao, Lydia Jeng, Matthew Vallero, Maya Rogalski, Mez, Sophia Farwell

 

 

  • 2019 DMTC YPT: Pirates of Penzance
    • Matthew Vallero= Major General
    • Chloe Aldrete= Pirate/Police
  • 2019 DSHS Jazz Choir
    • Maya Rogalski= Soprano II
  • 2019 DMTC YPT: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat 
    • Mez= Pharaoh/Dan
    • Matthew Vallero= Levi
    • Chloe Aldrete= Ensemble
  • 2019 MSC Senior Recital
    • Megan Abbanat= NYU
  • 2019 Studio 301: Addams Family
    • Katie Krasnansky= Ancestor
  • 2019 CAPMT Go For The Gold
    • Matthew Vallero= 2nd Place
    • Chloe Aldrete= 5th Place
  • 2019 DMTC YPT: The Little Mermaid
    • Matthew Vallero= Flounder
  • 2019 MTAC Certificate of Merit
    • Megan Abbanat= Level 10, +95% Theory
    • Farzaneh Tabnak= Level 7
    • Matthew Vallero= Level 2, Branch Honors, State Honors, Convention, 100% Theory
    • Emberley Entao= Level 1, Branch Honors, State Honors, Convention
    • Amy Lai= Level 1, Branch Honors, State Honors, +95% Theory
  • 2019 DSHS: Little Women
    • Megan Abbanat= Clarissa
  • 2019 DMTC YPT: Tom Sawyer
    • Matthew Vallero= Alfred
    • Mez= Judge Thatcher/Injun Joe/The Preacher
  • 2018 DMTC YPT: A Christmas Carol
    • Mez= Jacob Marley/Fred Anderson
  • 2018 DMTC Main Stage: Annie
    • Vivian Li= Duffy
  • 2018 MTAC Fall Festival
    • Matthew Vallero= Trophy
    • Farzaneh Tabnak= Medal
    • Emberley Entao= Young Performer’s Ribbon
  • 2018 DMTC YPT: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
    • Mez= Grandfather
  • 2018 DSHS Madrials
    • Megan Abbanat= Soprano II
  • 2018 DMTC YPT: The Wizard of Oz
    • Mez= The Wizard/Marvel/Guard
  • 2018 California State Summer School for the Arts
    • Megan Abbanat= Voice
  • 2018 CAPMT Go For the Gold
    • Matthew Vallero= 4th Place
  • 2018 MTAC Certificate of Merit
    • Megan Abbanat= Level 7, Branch Honors, +95% Theory
    • Matthew Vallero= Level 1, Branch Honors, +95% Theory
    • Lydia Jeng= Level 1, Branch Honors, 100% Theory
  • 2018 DSHS Idol
    • Megan Abbanat= Top 10