Teaching Philosophy


Erin works with students of all backgrounds and skill levels.  She specializes in classical voice technique and is also adept at working with students in other genres of music including musical theatre and jazz. She is particularly effective in creating a non-threatening learning environment for young students and keeping the music FUN while maintaining standards of excellence. She teaches her students that the accomplished musician captures the “spirit” of music in addition to demonstrating technical proficiency.

Erin is dedicated to helping her voice students develop healthy singing habits that will enable the student to develop confidence in their wonderful gift. Erin’s voice students develop solid, healthy vocal technique, eliminating any strain or tension in the voice.  She gives her students an all-encompassing musical foundation beyond technical skill.  Her students gain an understanding of the voice and gain exposure to a variety of vocal literature and musical styles. Along with fundamental voice technique, Erin’s instruction includes correct language diction, performance skills and interpretation of the music.  Erin’s teaching approach creates skilled artists rather than mere singers.

Erin also specializes in college preparation for young vocal students, providing them with the tools necessary to prepare themselves for the collegiate level of musical study. College Preparation may include application and audition preparation, aural skills and sight reading, the study of basic music theory, beginning piano skills, and language diction. See College Preparation page on this site please.

Piano lessons will consist of technique, repertoire, sight-reading, and theory assignments. Students will be challenged based on their goals, progress, and comfort level. Lessons are taught using a traditional, classical method. My ultimate goal is to provide my students with the tools and confidence they need to strengthen their love of music, as well as become literate, lifelong musicians.


Erin Hackett • (619)537-9337 • erinhackettstudio@gmail.com