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Honors Recital 2011
Honors Recital 2017
Lisa Mennerink Performance Award
I am a very passionate and creative Voice Teacher! I have been singing since 2002 and professionally since 2005. I studied at Grand Rapids Community College for Music Education and completed my Voice Section and have an extensive performance background in both classical and rock as well as a business and acting and management background. I have trained with Met Opera coaches to famous rock coaches and I take the best of what they taught me, while incorporating my own style of teaching to you. Each student is different, and the way you learn may not be the way another learns. I have been all around the world and met all sorts of different types of people and because of this, I can pick up on insecurities and help build confidence while helping you build stamina, technique and confidence to become the singer you dream of being. I love showing my students how to achieve their singing goals and I love what I do. Singing is a journey, enjoy it!
PROFESSIONAL VOICE TEACHER AND TALENT COACH: Singing allows kids to learn discipline, confidence and structure, plus it is fun! It helps adults build the same and fulfill childhood dreams! It is never too late to learn to sing! Whether for fun or as a career, I am certain I can help you!
Who am I? I am an international performing singer and voice instructor who has toured Europe, trained with Met Opera, Opera Grand Rapids, Musical Theater, and well known Rock coaches (Pamela Moore of Queensryche) and many, many more! I am known to have extreme breath control and can teach you to have the same in how I learned it! I have auditioned for grants in college for singing and been in honors recitals. I also have a completion in Voice in Music. I started out with low self-esteem and grew as my voice progressed and confidence in it. I also have a background in theater and film and use to be a talent manager! Therefore, I am a great coach to anyone who desires a career in singing and musical theater or who just wants to do it for fun! I also teach you how to audition and how to act if desired plus I educate you on the music business. Lessons are catered to your preferences. Music is a great way to keep kids and adults minds active and it also makes you happier as it raises your endorphin levels.
With children, I usually recommend easy to sing along songs that they have heard growing up like "Silent Night" etc, and I usually pick their songs unless they like songs that are in their vocal range and not difficult on the voice. I want them to enjoy singing and stick with it, instead of getting frustrated and not liking the music. If they mix it up with my choices and some of their choices that i approve of, then they are more likely to stick with it. Singing helps build structure and it helps with discipline as well while being full filling and enjoyable to children.
With adults, I do the same with song choices and allow them to select songs that are in their range, as I select songs that will help expand their range, stamina and push them a little without straining. i have students from ages 6 and up. Right now, 60% of my students are adults and 40% are children 15 and younger. I have rock singers, classical singers to gospel and R&B. I am very diverse in my teachings and adapt to each students level, ability, and style.
I have been teaching for over five years and do not have a high turnover! My students and I form a close working relationship! I love seeing them grow and achieve their dreams. I have seen them start out with low self esteem to confidence which then helps secure themselves in their singing! Teaching brings me fulfillment and seeing my students grow and appreciate my lessons, warms my heart and makes me realize I chose the right profession. I believe in the power of the mind. If you are passionate about singing, want it bad enough, and want to succeed, you will if you put in the work, are determined, and have the ability to learn new things. Everyone's goals are different. You can sing for hobby and personal enjoyment, to fulfill a childhood dream or want to sing professionally, I am certain I can help you.
Knowledgable instructor and great coach. I highly recommend her for beginners and advanced students alike.
If there were more stars to give, I'd be more than happy to select them :) Just over a year ago, I was looking for the right vocal tutor for my needs & wants and came across Aziza. I sent her an email asking about her services and if she was taking on any new students. Much to me delight, I got a quick reply and was told yes :) Since then, I have been attending lessons via Skype (and then Facebook video as we found the quality was better. This could be as I stay overseas in Scotland.) Aziza has helped me in so many ways..I don't know where to begin! There was a time I couldn't bring myself to perform, but Aziza has given me a lot of confidence and I have since done two shows at my work. Every lesson holds something new and the learning is very in depth and fun. I have enjoyed every single lesson. Aziza has helped me come through leaps & bounds and has been so amazing, patient and kind from day one. I truly feel blessed to have Aziza. She is one in a million and has such an incredible voice. Thank you for everything, you are a star x
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