Versatile Voice Academy provides instruction for ages 10 and up in singing techniques for classical, Broadway, pop and country music, in a positive, artist-focused environment. We offer private voice instruction, group lessons, and audition coaching.
Dear Music Lover
I am Jennifer Shanin, voice teacher and owner at Versatile Voice Academy. I was born and raised in Janesville before I moved to pursue my music education. I performed professionally as an opera singer and church musician for 15 years in the Milwaukee/Chicago area before returning to my hometown.
While studying for my Master of Music degree in vocal performance at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, I was introduced to the concept of “versatile voice.” Previously, I had only received classical conservatory-style training with hints of musical theatre. UWM exposed me to science-based vocal pedagogy for contemporary and classical styles, opening up my world to building a voice that can maneuver all styles of music.
My approach for nurturing the artist is holistic, guided by exploration of the full body, not just the voice. Play-based learning is my jam for all ages, whether 9 or 99 years old. When a student feels free to play, their true artistry comes through and they are able to trust their own instincts and impulses that add such dimension to their performances. I am a huge fan of improvisation for both releasing self-doubt and also reinforcing the artist’s belief in their own ability to create. Nothing brings me more joy than watching my students evolve, grow, and flourish.
In addition to passionately running Versatile Voice Academy, I currently work as a Professor of Voice at both the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Beloit College. I live in Janesville with my husband Serge, our child Lucas, Dexter the dog, and George the cat. I would love to speak more with you about how you can build a more versatile voice and cultivate your artistry.
Work with Jennifer
Learn how the pros prepare roles through concise song preparation, detailed character development, and refined artistic choices. Packages start at $55 per lesson.
Private Voice Instruction
One-on-one lessons with Jennifer teach individualized vocal techniques, musicianship, and tailored repertoire while honoring student’s pace.
Weekly Lesson Rates
$50 for 45 minutes
$60 for 60 minutes
Drop-in Lesson Rates
$75 for 60 minute lesson.
Group Lesson Rates
$40 per singer
Win more auditions through song readiness, dramatic coaching, and mock auditions.
Audition package includes 2 voice lessons and one mock audition for $125.
“One of the best places to be for vocal coaching! Jen is one of the sweetest people to work with and one of the best coaches I’ve had! She taught me how to expand my range and use different techniques to show off my vocal abilities in a safe and healthy way! Would fully recommend!”
Lola R. Diamond
Voice Studio Member