Modern Voice Lessons with Ajda

~ A Unique Experience ~
Since 2009, Ajda has offered voice lessons working with singers of all ages and levels on contemporary styles such as rock, pop, jazz, blues, country, r&b, folk and more.

-What to Expect
The general goal is improving overall technique, strengthening one's entire range, improving breath support, increasing artistic interpretive ability, reducing physical tension and mental interference, and learning about vocal health and the mechanics of singing - all while having fun.

-All Welcome Here
Ajda has taught thousands of lessons to students from all walks of life, including ages 7-75 and LGBTQ. She specializes in teaching adult beginners, and her lessons are appropriate for anyone looking to explore, develop and build the voice, or to create a stronger and more dynamic image.

What students are saying...
"ATTENTION musicians, actors, singers, linguistic artists, motivational speakers, chatty cathys, casual merrymakers: preserve those precious pipes! Check out Ajda, my talented and fantastic voice teacher and try out a lesson (or a dozen). Each of her lessons are worth every (totally affordable) penny." - Tara Purasson

"Ajda helped me immensely in getting control over my voice and breathing, relaxation, exercises. She is that perfect combination of a classically trained musician who also is in the local rock/pop scene. No matter what your level of proficiency is, she can help you to the next level. Ajda puts a lot of work into creating individual lessons for each person/lesson. I highly recommend her as a vocal instructor!" - Kim Ackland, vocalist for The Black Souls

"Well, I wasn't sure what to expect, but after one lesson, I can say without reservation that, if you're looking for a voice teacher, Ajda Snyder is one hell of a good place to start. A fountain of knowledge, that one." - Rishava Green, vocalist for The Lights Out

"I am primarily a visual artist, but Ajda has helped me develop a sense of myself as a musician with her patience, enthusiasm and dedication to her craft. Each lesson I have taken with her has been carefully tailored to suit my abilities and needs. It is clear from the wealth of useful and witty tips that her guidance is tempered with years of experience in the music business and extensive training in the field. It has been a joy working with Ajda. She is a delightful individual and sure to inspire artists of all stripes." - Giuliana Funkhouser

"I came to Ajda a few years ago, when I started a gender transition. I'd been a singer most of my life, but had fallen out of practice for nearly a decade, and reclaiming my voice was incredibly important to me. It can be difficult to find vocal instructors who understand the needs of a trans singer, but Ajda wasn't fazed. She helped me not only find strength in my voice again, but helped me expand my upper range a few steps. Ajda is always bringing new techniques to lessons and encouraging me to expand my horizons musically. She's consistently able to identify areas where I struggle and offer a new way of approaching the situation to help me overcome those obstacles. We not only cover vocal technique, but work toward my personal goals - stage presence, leading a band, and finding a space as a performer in Boston. I'm ecstatic to work with her." - Hannah R.

"I found out about Ajda's vocal training lessons through a mutual friend and simply couldn't be happier about it. My vocal prowess has improved exponentially under Ajda's tutelage over the past year. Thanks to her instruction, I have better vocal tone, greater control, and a better understanding of proper technique. Her thoughtful, professional, and fun lessons are worth every penny and I HIGHLY recommend her to anyone who wants to become a stronger vocalist." - Mark Zero, vocalist for zeroNegative

"Before my lessons with Ajda, I knew that I had the potential to be a singer but was unaware of how to go about doing it properly or how to open my heart to the notes inside of me. Since my lessons with Ajda, my voice has improved in ways that I never thought imaginable. I would recommend her as a teacher who cares about her students and the outcome of her students' work. She is a mindful and wonderful person with an excellent ear in music and what talent she has! 10/10!" - Larry Owens, vocalist for The Owens

"Ajda has undoubtedly helped me to reconnect to my voice. While I expected for Ajda to assist me with vocal technique (since she came so highly recommended), I did not expect to find such tranquility, confidence and support during her coaching sessions. Ajda is patient, professional, organized, supportive and skillful. She clearly has a mastery of her craft that she passes on to her students with lots of care and enthusiasm." - Annery Miranda

Teaching / Instructional:
SAT / Test Prep
Artist Bio: A Portrait... Ajda the Turkish Queen is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and voice teacher operating out of the Boston area since 1996, though she is originally from Houston, Texas. A founder of original music bands such as Black Fortress of Opium, Turkish Queen, and the Ronnie James Dio tribute AjDIO, her current focus is with her group Ajda the Turkish Queen Band. Whether performing solo or as part of a band or ensemble, Ajda has appeared on bills with acts such as The Dresden Dolls, Franz Ferdinand, Thalia Zedek, His Name is Alive & Serena Maneesh (4AD), The Fiery Furnaces, Andrew Bird, Gary Lucas (Captain Beefheart), Bill Laswell, John Zorn, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, and many more. She has been a collaborator in numerous groups of various styles such as alternative rock, indie/experimental, goth, metal, jazz, blues, gospel, cabaret, and psychedelic pop. She has performed extensively in a live setting from clubs to galleries to churches and beyond for over 20 years, including touring nationally. Ajda's recorded output includes several recordings of her original material, as well as with artists and composers of diverse styles. She has also contributed to soundtracks for various independent films. Ajda began her lifelong love affair with music as a child, performing as Judy Garland singing a love song to Clark Gable in a Texas public elementary school show. In middle school, she began playing and formally studying the flute, which she continued in high school as a part of marching and concert band, all the way through to graduation from Berklee College of Music and beyond to the current day. As a teenager, Ajda began playing her father's classical guitar that had been living in a back closet and a tenor banjo some kind soul donated to her high school, aiding her nascent attempts at songwriting. She later additionally gravitated towards the mandolin and keyboards, and became more serious about voice. A curious nature and unconventional approach to writing and playing music initially led Ajda to experimental improvisation and a desire to collect an arsenal of numerous instruments that would afford her inspiration with each new sound, tone, texture, and timbre. Many of her instruments were gifts, or somehow randomly appeared in her life. For a few years preceding and following her time at Berklee, she was more of a side person in groups, adding whatever auxiliary instrumentation was needed, but eventually the need to write, perform, and record her own material and song ideas compelled her to step out as a front woman. Ajda's serious foray into vocal performance began in 2002 through her involvement with the independent film Neovoxer by director Michael Pope, for which she provided vocals during a live accompaniment of the film's screening. This momentous event helped her to realize a true calling. For her, vocalizing serves as a very direct method of expression - straight from the soul. She has been inspired by the vocals of such artists as Little Jimmy Scott, Natacha Atlas, Elizabeth Fraser, PJ Harvey, Ronnie James Dio, Nico, Ute Lemper, Siouxsie Sioux, Ella Fitzgerald, Kristin Hersh, and more, as well as the lonesome voices of Turkish muezzins.

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