Patten University

Basic Information

Address: 1086 N. Thompson Rd., Lafayette, CA
Phone Number: 925-283-3259
Person of Contact: Lucy Beck

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Additional Information

Voice Type: I am a soprano, and teach all voice types
Musical Styles: Classical, Musical Theatre, Pop, Belt
Hours: by appointment
Ages: 10 up
Capacity: 20 students
Pricing: $80/hour
Payment Methods: cash, check, credit card
Setting/Location(s): home studio in Lafayette, CA
Program Highlights:

I am trained primarily as a classical singer and teacher. In the last 12 years, I have taken extensive workshops in all other styles. My focus is on heathy vocal production, whatever your style.

Recitals: There will be opportunities for recitals with my private students, and also through the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing ( SFBAC NATS) of which I am a long standing member.
Education/Awards: BS, MS, BM, and additional training in vocal disorders.
Academic Teaching Experience: Voice teacher at Patten University, Oakland, CA for 10 years. I also created and ran an innovative comprehensive training program for talented young singers for 14 years. Many students who participated in those summer workshops are now professional singers, performers. I was program co-chair for the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing for 4 years.
Private Teaching Experience: Private Studio for more than 20 years
Publications/Media: I published a book on singing, The Magic of Singing, Tips and Tricks for Developing Your Singing Voice. There is more information about the book at
Performance Credentials: Soloist for Choruses for 25 years, Soloist for Orchestra, Berkeley CA, Sang with Pocket Opera, San Francisco, for 10 years. Annual recitals for Contra Costa Performing Arts Society for 20 years.

I have prepared many students for various competitions, and many have won.


I have received many personal "thank you" letters about how I've affected a students life, by not just teaching them to sing but also how they have more confidence in themselves. If you are invested in what voice lessons offer, you will improve, whether you are naturally gifted singer or someone who is struggling to carry a tune.

Mission Statement:

My mission is to help you discover your best voice, by careful training and feedback from you, the student. My job is to help you in your goals.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

I believe that singing is a gift. There is a real joy in learning how to sing well, and a joy in sharing that with others. I believe that voice teachers have an awesome responsibility with students, and I take that very seriously.
I also believe that lessons should be fun, with goals that are discussed and reviewed with each student.


BS, Guilford College

MS, Catholic University of America

BM, Holy Names College

Vocal Disorders Training, Hayward State

Voiceworks, Lisa Popeil Extensive Vocal Styles Workshops

Ongoing Education through the National Association of Teachers of Singing

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