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I have 10 years of experience I. Work with all ages all levels I will find a way to make the student comfortable. I use different methods and I work a lot with technique.
I am a spirited and passionate instructor who loves all things music. I studied Vocal music at Fisk University. I have performed with artists from many different genres, including Kid Rock and Mandisa Hundley. I have been blessed with the opportunity to perfom all over the country as well as internationally. I believe that music is the greatest language and that everyone should learn to speak it. I was born with music inside me. Music is one of my parts. It's no different than my lungs, feet, or my heart. It is just as necessary to me as food and water and was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. Music isn’t just what I do...it’s who I am. I hope to one day inspire those who have an appreciation and love for music to have the same appreciation and love for how it [music] works.
I love teaching people music, regardless of age or prior experience. I graduated from Arizona State University with Bchelor of Music degree in Theory/Composition, and from the University of Illinois witha Master of Music degree in Theory/Composition. I also completed course work on a DMA at the U of I. I have performed locally and nationally as a bassist for Alison Krauss, Vassar Clements, Harley Allen, and Charlie Sizemore. I've had my songs played on national TV and at awards shows. I currently teach music at a private Academy in Nashville during the morning and love working with the students to develope their technical as well as musical abilities. I have a home studio where I keep all my instruments, guitars, basses, piano, trumpet and percussion instruments. Having traveled and played extensively in both the US and Canada, I have been fortunate to meet many different people of various backgrounds, and cultures, and consequently share my music with them.
I'm all about getting a good laugh in here and there. MUSIC IS FUN, FOLKS! If it's taken too seriously, it can cause stress and stress leads to tensing the muscles. You can't get much work done with tense muscles or by overthinking now can you? I once heard a brilliant professor put it like this: "Good voice technique combines an understanding of what's going on in your body and also being really aware of your mental process." I think this is very important. I will push my singers to stand on their own two feet as musicians. Under my instruction, they will obtain the musical foundation necessary to make their lives easier when the gig comes along. They will have the sight reading, transcription, and ear training skills necessary to move foreward into professional settings. I want them to be confident in leading a band, counting off, reading the music in front of them, and picking up harmony on the spot. I am also looking to work with beginners on the instrument of voice and/or piano. I remember distinctly being facsinated with my vocal chords at a very early age. What am I doing? How can I sing that one low note? Why does it sound weird when I sing this way? Or at this time of day? Will I ever be able to belt that Eb!? I love discovering these new things with beginners and showing them the steps to exercise their curiosity in an effective way. I believe, with my experience in music, I can give students a unique look into the life of a professional musician that will hopefully not only mold them into the artist they can be, but inspire them to come back week after week ready to sharpen their creative minds and grow as individuals.
I started teaching in 2009 in Mississippi. I taught 6th grade band (beginner), 7th grade band, and high school. I taught in Mississippi for 5 years and just recently moved to Tennessee. While teaching, I've given private lessons to some of my students after school and to some students who did not attend my school. I always encourage doing a recital, entering competitions, and continuing on to college playing their instrument. I love motivating students and challenging them to be the best and nothing less.
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Review by Stevengournay
There are only a handful of people I count in my life who were great teachers, and Laura is one of them. Her musicianship is so secure as are her technique and personality that she zeros in on my weaknesses and devises exercises to strengthen them, and during the lesson it is not "Do this, no, do that" which is unnerving to a novice. She understands the most important part of study is relaxation, so that is easy to achieve with such a confident and compassionate human. Music is her life and she is eager to share her talent with everyone. A rare find, indeed!
Review by Lauren Segal
Ed is THE best instructor I've ever had and I've had many instructors over the years in various fields of study. Ed met us at a music store to help choose a guitar, this is after he first called and asked all the right questions. He's supplied my daughter with just the right amount of paper work and just the right amount of new techniques. By this I mean to say that Ed connects with the pace my daughter learns at. I highly recommend Ed AND Musika.
Review by Justin
I've been taking lessons from Michael once a week for eight weeks now, and with his help I have made dramatic improvements with my sax. Michael is a funny, nice, patient and all around great instructor. I'd recommend Michael, as an instructor, to anyone who wants to improve their skills and have fun while doing it.
Review by Blaine Vaz
“I took drum lessons from Mark for about 7 months. I have been playing for 38 years but always thrive to learn more. He was able to provide me alternative exercises and help me gain a better understanding of my opportunities. I have been able to take my playing to another level. His approach to teaching is perfect for any level of student, beginner or advanced. He is a true professional and an outstanding person. You won't go wrong with Mark!” Blaine Vaz
Review by Stan
My two daughters wanted to study piano fore some time now and just recently I found Musikalessons website and teacher Milica. I can only say that my daughters are very happy with their piano lessons and simply adore Milica. They already made a great progress and we're all happy with what they learned in this short period. Thank you Musikalessons and Milica.
Review by Heather Berest
I started my 5 yr old daughter with Karleen this Fall. Karleen has a calm and honest disposition. My daughter adores her and cannot wait for her arrival. I was concerned because my daughter is not so willing to "practice" during the week. Karleen advised me to allow her habits of practicing to evolve naturally as her love and understanding of piano increases. She emphasized how nurturing my daughter's love of music is most important. This was music to my ears :)
Review by Kristin
Ted S. is teaching clarinet to one of my children, and piano to two others. He is extremely knowledgeable, and very encouraging. His teaching methods are keeping my children enthused about their lessons, and without that, you have nothing. Two of my children were taking piano lesson from another teacher for the past year, and not progressing. Ted has been able to evaluate their skills individually, determine what was missing in their music education, and begin again with some early basics they seem to have missed. I am convinced we are finally moving forward, and am very happy about that. I wish I would have made this change much earlier.
Review by Alamu Vinai
Usually I don't write reviews. I am compelled to write for Feng. I've experience finding/working with many music teachers over the years for different instruments (piano, flute, sax) for kids. I think Feng is the best, he is so passionate about music, he encourages the kids. He teaches thoroughly - you can tell he knows lot about saxophone. I would definitely recommend Feng!!
Review by Angie Ignazzitto
Stephanie is an excellent voice teacher! Our 10-year-old daughter enjoys her lessons with Stephanie each week. She has an amazing way of connecting with our daughter through music. Stephanie knows how to offer constructive feedback in a positive way that keeps our daughter interested and wanting to learn more. I would recommend Stephanie without hesitation.
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