About Judy Fine
I grew up in Croton-on-Hudson, NY, the youngest of four kids raised by a single mom. This was back in the 70’s and 80’s, when single-mom-hood wasn’t so trendy.
When I was five, I started trombone lessons at Bennett Conservatory. If you’re imagining a little girl playing out of the side of her mouth and still not able to reach all the positions on a trombone slide, yeah, that was me.
I went on to study singing and piano when I was older, going as far as obtaining a Master of Music in Composition from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1996. I’d thought I might teach at the university level but quickly learned that academia wasn’t for me. So, I spent the next decade working part-time jobs so I could gig, and make a CD, and occasionally teach private music lessons for extra cash.
In 2007, after completing a certification course in modern vocal technique, I hung out my first private lessons shingle. In 2008, I opened the Singers and Musicians Studio, a performance-based, pop music school in Keene, NH. Did I mention that was in 2008? You know, when the housing crash happened. We managed to stay open for five years, and had some INCREDIBLE student performances.
In 2016, I moved to Southwest Florida. With the awesome opportunities the online world presents, I’ve moved most of my business to the internet. And I love it, because I can still be me while doing what I love to do for a larger audience!
Why Don't I Teach In A Formal School Environment?
The short answer is, I’m not a formal person. There is certainly a place for traditional music lessons, but it’s not in my teaching studio. I want the student to be more important than the tradition. I don’t want to tell you how to pronounce your words or that you can never put your thumb on a black key. I want to help you find who you are, and then bring that person out of you and into your music. I’ve never met a formal teaching environment that allowed the time, space, and freedom to be that kind of music teacher.
More than anything, though, I want to give you the permission, the inspiration, and the tools to follow your passion.
Call me a Debbie Downer, but we’re all going to die one day. The people who are telling you you’re not good enough, you shouldn’t, you can’t, you’re wasting your money, etc… will all be gone too. Having once pleased them by holding yourself back will be completely irrelevant at that point. You have this life now. Live it in a way that fulfills you!