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Clare McLeod

Associate Professor
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Clare McLeod, Ed.M. (Harvard), is an associate professor in the Voice Department at Berklee College of Music, where she is the principal author of the minor in teaching contemporary voice and Berklee Online’s Essentials of Teaching Contemporary Voice. A certified Estill master teacher, McLeod also trained at the National Center for Voice and Speech, and is a member of the Voice Foundation, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and the Pan American Vocology Association. In addition to teaching at Berklee, she presents voice clinics regularly around the world and continues to contribute to developments in voice research.

Career Highlights
  • Founder, CMC Music Productions
  • Performances with the Australian Opera, including Der Rosenkavalier, Hansel and Gretel, Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, and Turandot
  • Master Trainer, Estill Voice International
In Their Own Words

"I want to help singers close the gap between what they intend to do and what they are currently able to do; to help them understand the physical aspects of how their instrument works. The voice of the singer is like a race car, the singer is the driver and I’m in the pit, getting them road ready."

I began singing classical works quite young, and when I was a teenager my father brought home the Complete Ella Fitzgerald Songbooks. I started exploring jazz and dived into all kinds of genres, always curious about the variety of tones and colors in different voices—including my own. I started attending voice conferences and reading journals, asking ‘How does this work? What’s the science behind it?’ That curiosity has become one of my strengths as a teacher."

"I want my students to have a strong sense of the lyrics and what it is they are saying. Great singers have a connection not only with their instrument, but with their material and their audience. Once they have a vision and the training to produce a range of sounds freely and efficiently, they can express themselves with greater precision and emotion. Knowing the options they have removes some of the fear and guesswork from the process of singing. The answer to fear is knowledge. I live by that."

"One of the best parts about teaching private instruction is building a relationship in which students expand their awareness, are able ask questions, and learn to trust their bodies. There are moments in working with people, not necessarily when they have mastered a skill or completed a task, but when they see new possibilities and paths open for them. That’s when the lights go on."