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Instruments: Voice
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Musical Theater, Opera, Latin, Showtunes, Latin Jazz, Swing

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Melanie G In Studio
Instruments: Voice
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Musical Theater, Opera, Latin, Showtunes, Latin Jazz, Swing

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In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 10-60
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
MM, The University of Southern Mississippi, Vocal Performance
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Oct. 2014 - Performed in Voodoo Fest with St. Cecilia's Asylum Chorus

July 2014 - Semifinalist for National WWII Museum "Stage Door Idol" Competition

June 2014 - World premiere of opera "Alex in Transition" with New Fangled Opera Festival

May 2014 - Semifinalist for National Classical Singer Competition

March 2014 - Alternate for Shreveport Opera Singer of the Year Competition 

 

 

Overview:
I am a classically trained singer with a Master's Degree in Vocal Performance who lives, performs, and teaches in New Orleans. I frequently perform professionally in several genres of music, including opera, jazz, musical theatre, and pop. I also have several years of experience teaching in all of these genres. I sing with the New Orleans Opera and St. Cecilia's Asylum Chorus, in addition to fronting my jazz band, the Melanie Gardner Quintet, which performs regularly on Frenchmen Street and around the city. This past year I performed in French Quarter Fest, Voodoo Fest, and premiered a new opera with the New Fangled Opera Festival. In addition to teaching in my private home studio, I also work at Encore Studio of Dance, Music and Theatre in Harahan, LA, and have taught voice lessons at Creating U Modeling and Talent Agency in Covington, LA. 
EXPERIENCE
I began teaching private voice lessons as a graduate student in college, and have now been teaching for about 5 years. I always try to bring my own performing experiences into the studio, as I believe this is beneficial to my students. I am still an active professional performer, so I'm always learning on the job and bringing new ideas into the studio. I am very passionate and energetic about singing and performing, and I encourage my students to bring passion and energy to their own singing. Because I learn a lot by performing, I also encourage my students to perform as often as possible, in whatever capacity they feel comfortable - auditions, recitals, musicals, gigs, concerts, karaoke, you name it! I believe it is really important to hone your craft on stage, in addition to constant practice in the studio and at home. I love teaching students of all ages, but am especially experienced with students ages 10-30s. 
METHODS USED
I always talk to my students about the physical function of the vocal instrument in the first few lessons, especially if the student has not had voice lessons in the past. My goal is to uncover each student's natural voice, as free from strain and technical difficulties as possible. I do this through a number of different methods, depending on the age and learning style of the student, but my goal is always the same - a free and easy voice! I am very proud to say that my students are not "cookie cutter" versions of my own singing, but rather each student is unique and individual in their sound.  It is also very important to me that students immediately bring acting and performing into their singing, so I start this even with the very first song we work on. Performing/acting helps the vocal technique fall into place more easily, and always provides a more interesting result. If a student does not read music, I also begin to teach sight singing and ear training from the beginning - I have needed to do this more often with children, but I am happy to help adults learn to read music as well! In terms of the music we sing, I try to let each student's tastes and interests guide the repertoire we work on in the studio. 
LESSON STYLE
I have been told that I am a very energetic and encouraging teacher - I want my students to succeed and to be happy in their singing! I defintely will not stay seated behind the piano for the entire lesson. I like to get up and get involved! I won't ask students to try anything that I won't demonstrate myself first, which I have found usually puts them at ease (this is especially true with children and teens.) I have been a voice student myself for many years, so I know how it feels to be in their shoes, and I try to be as constructive and encouraging as possible while helping them discover their voice. We usually have a lot of fun in the process! 
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