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Joyce L In HomeHome
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Instruments: Voice
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, R&b, Gospel, Musical Theater, Opera, Latin, Showtunes, Spirituals, Swing, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul

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Joyce L In Home
Instruments: Voice
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, R&b, Gospel, Musical Theater, Opera, Latin, Showtunes, Spirituals, Swing, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 13-80
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ABOUT
Awards:

2000 Solo at Carnegie Hall 2001 Solo at Columbia University (George Perle, composer) 2014 Duo concert at UCSD Music of Duke Ellington/Billie Strayhorn 2013 SDSU taught classes on Louis Armstrong through Frank Sinatra

1999 Recorded with the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Overview:
I love sharing what I've learned about singing through my decades as a Professor at Berklee College of Music, Boston. Berklee is the #1 college that teaches Commercial Music (mostly Jazz and Pop). Currently I sing a combination of pop and classical in church as well as teach fitness in Encinitas. I have written books on singing and American diction as well as having recorded with symphonies and jazz bands. My studio includes a computer, printer, BOSE P.A. as well as capability for playing CD's or cassette tapes, and of course, my piano.
EXPERIENCE
I began teaching voice students after grad school. I soon learned that students progress more quickly and with more confidence if they're given a program that was constructed just for THEM; so I teach each student with specific tasks and interests depending on their unique background. At the end of each lesson, I type out a summary of what we covered in the lesson, then some specifics about what to practice, for how long, and why. Lessons include several sections: physical warmup; vocal warmup; listening ideas; singing with piano and/or backing track, and most importantly going over song form and lyrics!
METHODS USED
There are two major philosophies I've uncovered when teaching lessons. 1. The use of descending lines to erase the "break" in ones voice. Early while studying, myself, I was taught to sing ascending, trying to maintain the same sound - this is defeating. Rather, bringing the top down is the "way to go." 2. Keeping the sound forward makes changing from one vowel to another quite easy and palpable. We generally begin by humming, getting vibrations away from the throat and into the front of the mouth. Once this has been accomplished on a single note, next we do descending lines this way, and finally, the tune of your choice! 3. Your body remains relaxed with your brain (and abdomen) doing all the work!
LESSON STYLE
We all want to SING. But preparing for this act, there are lots of things one needs to do. I believe that a voice is a composite of everything you've ever read and done. Lessons begin by my getting all contact info from students; as well as giving them ways to call or email me. Asking how much time they want to devote to developing this skill; and what their ultimate goal is. I try to find out what physical things they've done: sports/aerobics/boxing.... What they've read; and what they like to listen to. I ask what singers they admire and why. Likewise, who DON'T they like and why... And we're on our way.
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