what they are saying...
"Diane has been our daughter's voice teacher for the past six years, and my voice teacher for the past five. Her skill in coaching students to achieve the highest and best use of their voices is remarkable. She employs a wide range of methods to put students in touch with their breathing, focus, body awareness and many other elements that comprise a healthy, strong and vibrant singing voice. Often I feel that my voice lessons are a study in breathing and relaxation as much as any focus on sound and color, and Diane is always conscious of students keeping their voices tension free and healthy.
Although she is a magnificent voice teacher, Diane is much more than that to her students. She is a wonderful mentor, and this is what both my daughter and I find most rewarding about our lessons with her. She has a multitude of life experience in the professional world of stage performance, and she draws from those experiences to impart wisdom to her students. Diane has mentored our daughter through the trials and tribulations of middle school, high school, the dreaded college search and now her freshman year of college as a theater student. she has taught me so much about healthy living and the need for some relaxation in my frenzied life as a mom of three. No matter how crazy my schedule gets, I always look forward to my weekly voice lessons with Diane and I always leave feeling somehow relaxed and uplifted at the same time. Diane is truly a treasure."
~E. Bosworth, Coronado, CA
"When my daughter was eight years old she started taking voice lessons with Diane Alexander. Now at ten years old it is obvious the personal transformation that my daughter has undergone. From a shy, timid voice, my daughter was able to develop polished, strong singing skills, and most importantly, she was able to access her inner voice and develop self confidence, and transfer these skills to other areas of her life. Including school presentations, social gatherings and even gymnastics. It is clear that Diane is truly passionate about singing and is an accomplished opera singer as well. By combining mature professional skills with the ability to make heartfelt connections with students, she creates a safe environment for my daughter to explore, make mistakes and direct her own learning. Diane is a mentor, who is passionate about serving others and thrives in seeing people become their full selves, using a wise dose of encouragement while challenging student's thinking to find their inner strength to better themselves."
~F. Lee, Coronado, CA
"Diane Alexander has been coaching our 16-year-old, Parker, in voice for several years. She has a unique way of understanding how to motivate him and bring out the best in all areas of his performance. First and foremost, her incredible talent has broadened his vocal range and technique. With careful attention to proper warm ups, enunciation, breath and tone, Diane stretches Parker at every lesson. She is always positive in her instruction, even when there is hard work to be done. She is understanding of family and school demands, personal stresses and typical teen issues. Since beginning vocal coaching with Diane, Parker has landed not just "a part" but his desired role in every audition he attempts. She works tirelessly with him on song selection, physical delivery, breath and emotion. Her coaching goes deeper than just voice lessons. As we look ahead to the next steps for college and beyond we are so grateful to have Diane on our team, advising Parker about goals, programs, opportunities and strategy - both on and off the stage. We found a perfect match in Diane Alexander.
~L. Gates, Phoenix, AZ
"I have had the pleasure of knowing Diane for over ten years. During this time, I have observed Diane as a National Opera Star and acclaimed voice teacher in Southern California. Diane has a unique charisma that shines from the stage and glows from her personality off the stage.
Diane has a sincere interest in pleasing others and being sensitive to their needs. As a performer, she focused on her audience unlike many Diva's that seem to be preoccupied with their own performance. As a voice teacher, she is devoted to the success of her students. Many have accomplished their musical goals and they are always quick to phone Diane at every competitive event. She has become their mentor and their loving friend.
Diane is not only a beautiful image of success but she is totally committed to the success of others. She's a role model with a great sense of humor, a grounded personality and an unending amount of positive energy. People love to be around Diane. I would trust her with anyone I know that needs special care along with inspiration. She has treated people with respect and kindness in all of her career positions. She wins affection in every city she has performed or taught in and is a uniquely gifted woman with both charm and charisma.
~M. Bukatz, Honolulu, HI
"I started working with Diane about four years ago after realizing that I was not getting joy out of my singing as a professional and my fear of performing was off the charts. I left my voice coach at that time and was referred by a friend that had coached with Diane. I called and had a coaching with Diane and the rest is history. I knew that she was the right coach for me because of her warmth, her concern for my vocal health, and me as a person. She worked to help me with my confidence and performance concerns and little by little my confidence returned and I was able to continue performing at a level that was absolutely glorious. Her teaching technique is one that utilizes vocal exercises that strengthen and increase the vocal range and agility. I am 75 years old and still performing at a very high level. My voice is strong and healthy because of the expert and sensitive teaching of Diane Alexander."
~B. McGowan, San Diego, CA
"I have been a singer most of my life, most of those years without benefit of vocal training. I spent much of my career teaching young physicians about human needs and necessary connections with their patients in order to produce that rare, extremely important bedrock that is the highly desirable partnership I call the therapeutic alliance.
Diane immediately adapted her teaching to my core abilities in song. My passions for singing and their emotional roots within me became the connecting thread which she grasped to impart a thrill that gives vibrant life to the learning process.
A reliable bond developed which we use every week to advance my progress while steadily advancing the knowledge that I can now use to infuse lyric, beat and rhythm into song. Yes, this does produce the feeling, the passion that is not found in many types of teaching. I am a lifelong student, Diane has nurtured my learning into the emotional joyous connection that I now feel every time I sing.
I can think of no other endorsement that contains that kind of enduring thrill of the soul."
~R. Schweitzer, Coronado, CA
"No professional aspirations prompted my decision to study vocal music, simply an enjoyment of singing. However, my personal philosophy in whatever I do is to learn from the best. Diane Alexander has not disappointed. While she knows I don't plan on making this a career, she treats each lesson as if I were. We actually had to work on therapy for my speaking voice first, which benefited me tremendously. And, It's not just singing: her lessons incorporate the total package of learning the songs' origins; acting the part; breath control; and vocal flexibility, all presented in easy to understand chunks, and all fun. If you've ever wanted to learn to sing, either professionally or purely for the joy, do it! Life is short. Just be sure you learn from the best."
~D. Richards, Coronado, CA