"My name is Katie Leenig. I am a Junior at Binghamton University studying Industrial and Systems Engineering and was a vocal student of Emily Hardman's for the past two years. Before coming to Binghamton, I had taken voice lessons for six years, participated in NYSSMA and the New York State All State Music festival, and took part in multiple community and school musical productions. As as an incoming freshman engineering student, I feared that I would no longer be able to take voice lessons or be apart of the music program within the school. Emily was eager to help me continue my training regardless of my major and work with me each week to completely transform my vocal technique. After years of training with other coaches, I had never found a teacher more educated and aware my specific singing ability. She taught me how to correctly train so that I may sing multiple styles of music, broaden my range to become a true soprano, and learn to sing by the way it "felt" more so than by the way I "sounded". I greatly appreciate all that she has taught me and miss her terribly as a teacher, but I know that she is moving on to great things!"
-Katie Leenig, Binghamton University '16
"When my daughter decided that she wanted to start private singing lessons we researched local teachers in the area. Emily's enthusiasm, knowledge and commitment was evident from our first phone conversation. After our first trial lesson there was no doubt that we wanted to keep her as our teacher. She is a true professional who always puts her students first. In the two years that my daughter has studied with her she's made All County twice and scored consistently high at her NYSSMA auditions. If you are looking for a skilled teacher and singer then I highly recommend Emily Hardman."
- Sandy Werny, East Williston, NY
"I highly recommend studying voice with Emily. You will get a lot better at singing and musicianship. Ms. Hardman is a great teacher because she knows exactly how to help you improve, with techniques and other wisdom that she uses to take the guesswork out of progressing for you as an unique individual."
- Scott Hurwitz, Chappaqua, NY
"My name is Lexi Bruck. I am a junior at Binghamton University and I took voice lessons with Emily Hardman during my sophomore year at Binghamton. I had taken voice lessons before working with Emily, but no teacher compares to her. She is not only extremely professional, but she treats everyone as a individual and truly cares about their progress. Emily works to strengthen the voice and uses different techniques in hopes of gaining the best and most clear sound from her students voices. I have been able to take her advice into the practice room and have seen such great results since working with her. Emily has an unbelievable passion for music and I would definitely work with her again!"
- Lexi Bruck, Binghamton University '16
My name is Rachel Graham and I am a biochemistry and music double major at Binghamton University. I had been studying flute since I was in fourth grade, but also had a strong passion for singing. So when I came to college, I knew I wanted to do more with my voice. When I started lessons, I realized just how much I didn't know about the voice and what it takes to be a good singer. However, in just three short semesters, lessons have helped me expand my range, increase the power in my voice, and have improved my breathing and lung capacity. I am also learning just how important the text is in music and the differences between the languages I am singing in. The control I have over my voice has vastly improved even over this current semester alone. I don't know why I didn't start voice lessons sooner!
- Rachel Graham, Binghamton University '16
"Emily Hardman and I met during our Freshman year of college at New England Conservatory of Music. It was a true pleasure to sing with her, and to witness the noticeable progress that she made as a classical singer throughout her college career. Currently, I am a music teacher at a private high school. I teach private voice lessons, conduct t a choral ensemble, and teach general music and theater courses. Over the years, I have continued to be impressed by Emily's gifts not only as an opera singer, but also as a talented teacher. Emily has a solid technique, phenomenal interpersonal skills, a good musical ear, and a genuine love of music and singing. I highly recommend her as a private voice teacher. "
-Rachel Norton, Soprano/Music Department Chair at The White Mountain School- BM New England Conservatory of Music- MM University of Massachusetts Amherst
"After seeing Emily Hardman's students perform a number of times I've found them always to be a cut above the rest. Their voices are polished, they present themselves professionally, they're acting abilities have been heightened, and they exude confidence. That's the complete package! I took it upon myself to sit in on her lessons and have had the opportunity to coach her students privately on foreign languages, and I've discovered that these qualities are a result of Emily's guidance. She presents her students with challenges that push them to the next level, and she helps to guide them through it all with support and a sense of humor. The students are proof enough for me that Emily Hardman's approach to teaching can do nothing but succeed."
-Jake Stamatis, bass-baritone/voice teacher- Bachelor of Music- Vocal Performance: Susquehanna University, Master of Music- Opera: Binghamton University
"I want to call this recommendation a success story. In Fall 2013, I started taking private singing lessons with Emily Hardman at Binghamton University. I presented her with a challenge because I had very little singing experience and I had never sang in public before. Regardless, she was able to tailor each lesson accordingly--she introduced me to proper technique, terminology, and music theory. Hence, I highly valued her teaching style. Lessons were progressive to encourage personal growth and the content varied on a bi-weekly basis to make singing intellectually stimulating.
I do not know anyone else who is as dedicated as Emily in helping students become better singers. Her personality exudes enthusiasm and an eagerness to see students reach their potential. Thanks to Emily, I have become more confident in my abilities. This newly found confidence led me to participate in a musical titled "How Sweet It Is" at the Endicott Perfoming Arts Center in October 2014. The directors chose me to sing in an ensemble and I felt absolutely thrilled to apply what I had learned in front of friends and family!"