"You are such a great teacher, and have such an amazing ear and intuitive sense for knowing exactly what is going on with my voice... and for using the right words to get me to know what you mean by the input you are giving. You really have such a great talent as a musician, artist, singer, and teacher... and that's not easily found!!"
Peter Carl Brandt, Professional actor/singer (recently in final company of original Broadway production of Les Miserables), writer.
"As a performer in Fleetwood Mask (a local band who pays tribute to Fleetwood Mac) I needed a voice teacher to help me emulate the vocal sound and style of Christine McVie. I came to Jeannette who was able to creatively help me to achieve this goal! My band mates are happier, our fans are happier and I'm so much happier! Thank you Jeannette!"
Barbara Martin (lead performer Fleetwood Mask-The Ultimate Tribute to Fleetwood Mac www.fleetwoodmask.com)
Jeannette, I wanted to thank you for all that you have done for Amy this past year. She just finished three performances of Rent and blew everybody away. She has so much more control over her voice now. She used to always belt and at times it sounded like shouting. Now she has this sweet tone to her voice and is able to control her belts and switch to head voice or a mix of head and chest. People were amazed that she is only 14. It has been so exciting to hear her progression and we look forward to what you are able to help her develop with her voice in the future. I am so happy that Pierce recommended you. It is so hard to find a good vocal teacher and you are an amazing one. Thank you again-Linda
Linda Semelmayer of Pleasanton, CA
"It has been almost a year now since you have become my vocal coach. I want to thank you for all you have done for me. I really appreciate your "user-friendly" way of teaching! I was not sure what to expect when I first met you, and I came to you with a lot of bad vocal habits. You have refined my voice and given me a technique that will help me to continue my success as a worship leader. I really appreciate the time you take with me and how you always make me feel like I am special and important. You have given me so much confidence that now I know I can do anything! You have given me the tools to become a true professional. Thank you for helping me find my true voice."
Marnée Kaufman Praise and Worship singer in Pleasanton, CA
"I've studied with several voice instructors over the last 10 years. No other vocal instructor I've had compares in their ability to truly understand each student's needs. Jeannette doesn't use a "cookie cutter" method. Instead, she dives in with the student and addresses their needs with specific instruction tailored to that student. My range has grown by an octave. My ease of singing has dramatically improved. She has exposed me to a variety of different styles of music so every lesson is exciting. My one year with Jeannette has been a transformation".
Samantha Achuff of Pleasanton, CA
"As an accomplished symphonic musician, I have always had a secret desire to sing. I knew this would be a challenge with my thin, raspy, crackling voice, but wanted to try. After taking lessons from a popularized pyramid-schemed singing coach, I was achieving limited results and soon became discouraged. I almost gave up when thankfully, I found Jeannette. Wow! What a difference! Within two months, Jeannette helped me improve the quality of my voice to the point where I actually enjoy it when I sing and play guitar, and I am even planning to audition for leading choruses in the area! Jeannette simplifies complex techniques, challenges me at my own pace and has an overall supportive instructive style. She teaches sound, time-tested procedures that can create a solid foundation for any singer. I highly recommend her!"
Shelly Kobb, San Jose
"I have been a professional guitarist for ten years in both the Los Angeles and San Francisco metropolitan areas. Over the years I have also studied privately and in group settings with many esteemed vocal instructors including the Seth Riggs protégé John Scott. Given all of my experience, I can say with confidence that Jeannette is a fabulous voice instructor. Under her guidance I have dramatically improved all of the major areas of my voice including range, tone, and control. Jeannette is also very easy to work with. I highly recommend her coaching to singers of all types and abilities."
Jeff Weinstein, guitarist/vocalist/songwriter
"Jeannette Smith has been my vocal teacher and coach for nearly two years and I have loved and appreciated every minute of it. She creates an experience that is unmatched by any teacher with whom I've ever worked. Her combination of flawless technique and nurturing environment make lessons something that I look forward to every week. She embodies a natural approach to singing; unlike so many teachers that have taught me in the past. Simply stated, my voice doesn't hurt when I sing. I have one person to thank for that...Jeannette Smith!"
Lauren Gatzka, College Student
"Hi, Jeannette. I just wanted to add my "voice" to the "chorus" of kudos that you've undoubtedly received from your legion of appreciative parents and students. Sunday's recital was a wonderful event -- what a range of delightful voices of every age, shape and size! The quality of the performances, and the warm and loving spirit that took hold of the church as we came together to celebrate your work, are testament to your skills and spirit. Congratulations on a very successful and enjoyable event, and many thanks from my daughter and me for all of the hard work and love that you've put into her lessons. Best regards, Michael"
Michael J. Shpizner
Vice President and General Counsel
Fujitsu America, Inc.
"I perform with a group of ladies who sing 1940's- 60's songs. Though I could carry a tune, I had the "weakest" voice in the group. Jeannette helped me to start breathing correctly, taught me where to "place" the sound and understand about chest voice and head voice. It has made a dramatic improvement in what I can sing and the quality of the sound. Plus, I feel a lot more confident about it. She is very knowledgeable and always positive and encouraging. I lucked out when I found her!"
Cindy Shon, The Swingin' Blue Stars of the USS Hornet
"I had never had any voice training when I came to Jeannette's studio. With her patience, experience, and guidance, I have made amazing progress in just a few months and it's exhilarating! Jeannette truly has a gift for teaching, motivating, and encouraging her students in a relaxed environment. Her holistic techniques and exercises are very effective. Our sessions are like a combination of meditation and therapy! Jeannette is helping me to find my true, natural voice, and she is inspiring me to take it places I never thought I could go. Thank you, Jeannette, for helping me to make my dreams come true!"
Anne Timberlake of San Ramon, CA
JS Vocal Studio ~ Voice Lessons in Pleasanton
Barbara Martin in Fleetwood Mask