is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist and an active performer and music educator formerly based in New York City. She holds a Master of Music in jazz performance from Manhattan School of Music as well as a Bachelor of Music in jazz studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Bachelor of Science in fisheries, wildlife and conservation biology from North Carolina State University.
During her time in graduate school, Lauren studied vocal jazz with Grammy-nominated vocalist Kate McGarry and double bass with Harvie S and Jay Anderson. In her home state of North Carolina, Lauren gained recognition for her eclectic musical style, her unique voice and her ability to play and sing simultaneously in the jazz idiom. She was lauded as a “revelation” in Triad City Beat for her vocal and bass performance in the 2015 Miles Davis Jazz Festival at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Prior to her recent move to Atlanta, Lauren was an avid performer in the New York jazz scene and appeared at venues such as the legendary 55 Bar, Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cosmopolitan Club, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, Zinc Bar, Club Bonafide, Swing 46, Cornelia St. Café as well as other venues in the city. In addition to playing bass and singing, Lauren plays piano, clarinet, electric guitar, electric bass, acoustic guitar and ukulele.
Lauren believes strongly in tailoring her teaching to the unique needs of each individual. Her dynamic and creative teaching style allows her to nurture well-rounded growth in each of her students. Lauren enjoys sharing her love of music with her students, and her positive and uplifting teaching approach enables her students to take joy in all aspects of improvement on their instrument. Her goal is for all of her students to reach new heights and understanding in music while having fun!
Band Coaching, Electric Bass, Upright Bass, Clarinet, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Piano, Songwriting, Ukulele, Voice
Pop, Rock, Jazz, Funk, R&B, Soul, Folk, Classical, Latin
Ages 5 and Up: All abilities welcome!
"We are very happy having Lauren as Max's music teacher. Max likes her and we appreciate her positive and cheerful style of teaching. Max always looks forward to going to his music class."
-Patricia and Deepak, Parents of voice and piano student Max, age 8
"Lauren is amazing and so patient. She is also awesome at making concepts real to an adult beginner like me. I am so happy to be working with her!"
-Sree, Adult bass student
"Lauren is a great teacher. Her lessons are comprehensive but easy to learn, if that makes sense. She is very patient and kind. I am glad she is my teacher. I really feel like I am learning and advancing."
-Annette, Adult guitar student