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My vocal studio focuses on honing technique, projection and stamina, breath and body coordination, dramatization and stage presence, as well as learning and applying concepts in music theory and appreciation. I help develop technique and restoring voices of all genres, and specialize in crossover and contemporary talent. Students will also receive advice and holistic resources on nutrition and diet, maintaining vocal and physical health, ways to relieve vocal strain, muscle tension and anxiety, artist development, and lyrical analysis of songs. Voice Lessons and Coaching: Ages 10 - Adult Beginning Piano Lessons include concepts of fingering, keys, scales, chord structures, sightreading and theory, and how to play by ear! Lessons aren't always taught in a book -for instance with the younger students I step outside the box with songs and activities to make piano fun to learn. Piano Lessons: Ages 4 and up Students will receive strategic lessons intended to help achieve personal goals through technical development while honing your craft with focus and confidence, key to attaining peak performance and receiving fulfillment in sharing your talents with others.
Beginner students of any age will be playing music with the band during the first lesson! Although my curriculum is deep-seated in good technique, I believe it is important for students to develop fluidity and expressiveness from the very beginning. I am an accomplished keyboard player and utilize this skill to accompany my drum set students while they play grooves and lesson exercises so they can understand how it all "goes together". Piano students will also learn basic rhythm comping skills and learn what it's like to play in a rhythm section while I accompany them on drum set. I have my lesson booklet available for purchase in which each student can design their own curriculum to meet their goals. I also recommend additional books for each student as they develop more specific interests and needs. Piano/keyboard students will learn all scales/ chord progressions, soloing ideas and work out of a fake book. If the student desires to stick to classical or is just beginning, we will choose a lesson program that best suits their needs.
I am a professional musician, actor, and puppeteer based in the Atlanta area and have served on the artistic staffs of over forty musicals and operettas. I have had the distinct pleasure of collaborating with many performers over the years, ranging from young beginners to Broadway professionals. During the summers, I serve as Music Director for elite summer programs for young theatrical artists, such as Stagedoor Manor and Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts. As an actor I have been featured in productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, La Cage Aux Folles, Anything Goes, and various commercials and film projects.
Watching a student develop a true love and passion for music is the driving force behind my desire to teach. Being a great teacher is about understanding that every student is different and the pace in which they progress and learn is completely unique. Attainable and tangible goals are what I am all about and that is what I design my lesson plan to accomplish. We will make a list of objectives and inspirations at our first lesson. As we progress, I will make sure you are seeing the progress you are making and encourage you the whole way. I will help you to develop a proper practice regimen that is essentially fail proof. Sometimes it is hard to see the strides you are making from week to week but that is what I am here for, to encourage and inspire!
For beginning students under age 10, I typically use Alfred's piano books series so they can learn songs they know as they are grasping the fundamentals. Shortly after, I introduce them to other sheet music and repertoire outside of the method books so they are exposed to more styles of music. With older students and adults, I ask them what they are interested in and plan lessons for them accordingly. Each student is given composition assignments, which reinforces concepts they're learning and lets them stretch themselves in a creative way. I also use boomwhackers to reinforce concepts like pitch and rhythm and I love to play reveiw games.
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Taking piano lessons from the comfort of your own home is the most convenient way of learning to the play the instrument. All you need for your lessons is a piano or keyboard to play on! Home lessons remove the hassle of transporting your child to and from their lessons, and can be fitted around busy work schedules more readily. Whether the lesson takes place in-home or in the studio, the content remains the same. Home piano lessons are a particularly good option for younger students. It is a big advantage for young students to learn in a familiar, comfortable, and supportive environment.
For students just starting out, a keyboard or digital piano is a great entry level alternative to a real acoustic piano. We suggest trying to buy a keyboard with 88 keys. Keyboards with a weighted hammer action are recommended as their touch response and general feel will be most similar to that of an acoustic piano as this will provide students with a greater level of satisfaction during their practice time. Popular keyboard brands include Yamaha, Casio and Roland. If it is at all possible, consider buying an acoustic piano. Upright models are less space consuming, while a grand piano will provide the best sound.
Learning to play the piano as a child is fun, rewarding, and vastly beneficial to their overall development. Children can develop their motor-skills, dexterity, and coordination through technical piano playing such as learning scales, chords, and correct fingering. Young students can also develop their concentration, listening skills, and ability to master complex thought processes through theory, repertoire, and student-teacher feedback. Learning to play the piano can also be character building by instilling a hard-working attitude, developing self-discipline and confidence through practice, taking exams, entering competitions or performing recitals.
Piano lessons are usually structured around a series of method books which are recommended by the teacher, and can be purchased at a local music store or online. Lessons for a beginner usually start with familiarizing the student with the piano as well as beginner level technique. This can include learning the notes on the piano, and learning basic scales, like major and minor scales. Beginners may start by learning how to play scales using the correct finger techniques with both hands until they develop their speed and co-ordination. Eventually students will start playing simple melodies, often nursery rhymes, that put the fingering techniques into practice. Students will also learn the various types of chord, from simple major and minor chords, through to 7th chords, slash chords, and diminished chords. Students will also develop their sight reading and music theory knowledge throughout their lessons.
The piano is a great instrument for beginners of all ages. We have adults who are novices, some who haven't played their instrument in 10 years, and some who are more advanced students looking to take their skills to the next level. The teachers in our network have proven methods to get you the results you desire.
Review by Marcia Hecht
Karleen has really turned it around for me. My previous teacher (not from Musika) had me feeling anxious, upset, and incapable...NOT the desired result! Karleen's method is clear, appropriate for my beginning level, and (best of all) actually lets me achieve some progress! I'm actually looking forward to my lessons now!
Review by Anita
Our daughter has only been playing the piano since March. Tony replaced our other teacher who had a job transfer and could no longer teach. Tony is fun and encouraging. My daughter is playing Taylor Swift and Christmas songs and is playing the piano more than ever before. Very happy so far with Mr Tony
Review by Thomas Pickens
"I've been taking lessons with Richard for just a little over six months now and all I can say is that he is an amazing instructor. He hasn't followed a set one size fits all script in his lessons but has instead worked with my musical interests and at my pace in a way that is truly valuable. He has also kept things fun, interesting, and engaging even at times when I've felt overwhelmed and discouraged. This is an instructor that is truly adaptable to his students and will make sure that they get the most out of their lessons. I would definitely recommend him to anybody that truly wants to unlock their musical potential."
Review by Jeremy
Dr. Nedra C is incredible. She knows her craft in and out, it truly shows in her teaching. As well, she cares a great deal about the student, and preps plenty of material outside of the lesson for those that she teaches. I've had many different music teachers and am aware who's talented and cares, and who isn't. Dr. Nedra C is true phenomenal, and any student would be lucky to have her.
Review by Jennifer
Dave is a fantastic teacher. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to students that I think is invaluable. At the same time, this does not limit him from working with beginning students. He is very communicative with the parents as far as schedule changes. We are so grateful to have found him!!
Review by Brad Schimmer
I have been playing the drums for about 5 years and I have to say that Alvaro is very patient. He has opened me up to new styles of music and I can now play a Songo groove! What I liked most was that he was flexible in what I wanted him to teach me and would also bring in new material specifically to what I wanted him to show me. Overall, great patient teacher and would highly recommend! Thanks Alvaro!
Review by Teri Romano
Being I'm a woman, I was a little apprehensive having a male teacher (he knew this), however, after my trial lesson I realized he knows what he's doing and I had nothing to worry about!! He is very knowledgable on the piano and vocal techniques. He has a big vocal range so he is able to hit the high notes to be able to show me how I need to sing it. He is also phenomenal on the piano. I would highly recommend him for vocal and piano. Also, I don't know how to sight read music and he is teaching how to. I've been taking lessons with him for a month (my trial lesson was on 1/11) and I have already seen a huge improvement. I am an intermediate level singer looking to improve my vocal technique, breathing and improve my confidence in my singing abilities, Alex is definitely helping me do that.
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 Steve Newman
My daughter began learning sax in her school band, but she didn't begin PLAYING sax until she started lessons with Debra. From scales and exercises to actual pieces, Debra coached my daughter with real insight, sensitivity, and patience. Her knowledge of the instrument and feeling for music - along with her easy-going,"kid friendly" personality - make Debra the ideal teacher and musical mentor.
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