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Rachel F In HomeHome
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Instruments: Guitar, Voice
Styles: Classical, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Musical Theater, Opera

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Rachel F In Home
Instruments: Guitar, Voice
Styles: Classical, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Musical Theater, Opera

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 10-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:

AA, Saint Paul College, Child Development/ American Sign Language Degree

Awards:

2019-Current. Performing as a member of Calliope Chorus.

2017-18 Performed under the band Le Lunez

2016 12/15/16:Just for fun I scored 100% not tone-deaf" on this test: http://tonedeaftest.com/results?r=P166FD79 2016-Performed in Classical-Style Concert at the University of Wisconsin RiverFalls 2016-Obtained Child Development/American Sign Language Degree from Saint Paul College 2015-Took a Songwriting Course with Berklee School of Music 2010-Highly Scored on a judged singing event 2007-2010 Performed in Chanteuse Choir and Concert Choir 2004-2007 Participated in Choir and Gospel Choir, also attended "Choir Camp" at University of WI Madison 2005-Attended Choir Camp and Performed Multi-Cultural Music 2000-2002 Participated in Church Musicals.

Throughout the years I had various opportunities to observe music teachers working at different schools and centers. I was able to incorporate strategies I learned from observing them.

Overview:
Hello! I go by my stage name Zia! I am passionate about singing as well as teaching this specialized skill and beautifully unique art form. I have known that singing was my destiny since age 5. I have been singing for as long as I can remember and taking voice lessons professionally for over 5 years now. Singing has allowed me the opportunity to communicate creatively with others on a deeper level. It also allowed me the opportunity to perform in famous cathedrals throughout Europe in my Senior Year of High School. The ability to inspire others is what motivates me most in this profession and in life in general! I define the art of singing as "Vocal Gymnastics" and focus on exercises that teach the techniques needed for creating optimal sounds. The other part of the fun involves applying the new mastered technique to the context of a specific song. However, there are many more fascinating details to this process and I cannot wait to empower you with the tools I have been given from the most experienced professionals in the field.
EXPERIENCE
I have been working and teaching kids since I was a kid myself. Upon graduating High School, I began attending Saint Paul College with the loose plan of becoming a "Sign Language Interpreter". I took American Sign Language Classes Level 1-4 and Deaf Culture, all of which worked to sharpen my already-clear communication skills. I discovered that becoming an interpreter was not exactly "my calling" and began expanding my degree to study Child Development and work with children. I worked in a pre-school for over three years before I decided to pursue music fully. I began by establishing my own band with our own unique musical style that incorporates influences from cultures through out the world! Working with my band, I would sometimes give them singing lessons with the information I had learned from my own (exceptional) Voice Teacher. It was by applying my teaching skills to teach the singing techniques/ abilities that I had acquired through my own lessons and self-study, that I discovered that I can teach voice lessons! By hearing the proof of my teaching through the improved singing of my friends and students, I discovered that this is a career that comes naturally to me because it is fueled by Pure Passion for me! :)
METHODS USED
For "pop-style" singing I tend to borrow some useful vocal warm-ups from Roger Love's "Singing with the Stars",but most of them are modified or tailored versions of scale warm-ups. For structuring lessons I follow the structure of the book "Singing for Dummies" because I have found it to go through the modules of learning to sing in an order that makes a lot of sense and it is a good foundation to refer to. I tailor my lessons to each individual student and go from where they are at to build off of that and expand their skill set. For more advanced students I encourage them to keep themselves challenged by choosing to learn songs that are of increasing levels of difficulty as they advance. This often includes songs that are in other languages. Another challenge opportunity I encourage them with is to learn a song that pushes their boundaries and is different in some way from songs that they typically perform.
LESSON STYLE
The Human Voice is an Extremely Unique, Complex and Fascinating instrument! Learning to sing with technique is to FEEL muscles movement and develop an acute awareness of them in order to control the aspects that influence the production of your sound. This way, you develop strength, flexibility and release tension as you gain more freedom in your range to express with Confidence! =] I will work with you to grow and develop your skills from wherever you are at! As an experienced teacher, I know that the more senses you involve in learning, the greater your grasp on that concept will be. So, I guide students through the exercises with hand gestures and some interesting visualizations (After All Voice is the Instrument that is unseen!) Together, I encourage my students develop their own visualizations & methods to help them train their muscle memory to fall in to place with less effort each time until it becomes natural. I try to find out what inspires students most to learn singing. This gives me a clearer picture of what skills they wish to attain and I can gently push them toward their goals. I give positive encouragement and clear constructive feedback, so that my students can develop their ear and abilities to self-correct as time goes by. Many things go un-noticed until a voice specialist can point it out. An Example of this may be "You are hitting the correct note and pitch but your jaw is tight and it is getting in the way of your ease to sing higher". or "You may be singing the correct note but your throat is going up and it is causing your voice to strain and "level off". The best teachers (and performers!) are Life-Long Learners and therefore, I plan to continue taking lessons my entire life. (;
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Christina Snead

5

Rachel has been awesome with my 5 1/2 year old son! My expectations have been exceeded... we love the weekly notes and audio that she sends so that we can go over it during the week before her next visit. She makes learning guitar fun!

Review posted on Feb 24, 2017

Julie Simacek

5

Rachel has a good knowledge of voice expression, works well with my daughter and has helped her with her confidence.

Review posted on Feb 21, 2017
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