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Bachelor Degree - Business Administration/Theatre. Sawyer College, San Jose, California
My name is Thulani, and I am a motivated and passionate instructor with over 15 years experience as an instructor. I have been performing and touring all over the world for the last 20 years with some of the baddest musicians in the world. One of the greatest experience has been for me is to finish our debut album after 8 years that I produced, written and performed on.
My teaching experience dates back over twenty years where I started teaching students privately and then on to Dun Levy Milbank where I had a formal class. Encouraging regular practice, confidence while performaning and learning the clinical aspects of singing are the key points that I emphasize as a vocal coach. I also do various fun but thought provoking games to make it interesting to the student to motivate them to practice and to learn. If a student isnt having fun in their lessons, then you lose them right off the bat and there will be no profress. I am always looking to bring on students of all ages!
For beginning students with the following: Cognitive: includes the recall of specific facts, procedural patterns and concepts that serve in the development of intellectual abilities and skills. (identify, explain, describe, discuss, list) 1. Students will learn the Rib Cage Technique (Phase I-V) -- Hand outs are given in class with demonstration from the teacher on the Rib Cage Technique - Students then practice what they have been taught 2. Outstanding students are assigned as class leaders to lead the class on the Wing Cage Technique Phases I-V and Warmup which helps reinforce what they have learned. 3. Two students are assigned to lead the Warm UP and “LA Gah, lip trills and EeeYahh Technique Affective: includes the manner in which we deal with things emotionally, such as feelings, values, appreciation, enthusiasm, motivations and attitudes. (value, appreciate) 1. Students will learn self confidence 2. Students will be taught the following: Can do it, Will do it, Mission Accomplished! 3. Students are given Thulani Questionnaire asking them certain questions regarding music (attached in email) Psychomotor:Includes physical movement, coordination and the use of motor skill areas. (demonstrate, perform, exhibit) 1. Dance steps Choreography taught with songs for performance 2. 3. Skills: with possible progressions 1. Students will be able to sing on key 2. Students will be able to sing with confidence 3. Students will master Rib Cage Technique Phases I-V 4. Students will master Warm up 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Vocabulary: 1. Inter coastal muscles 2. Verse 3. Chorus 4. Lip Trills 5. Diaphram 6. Vocal Chords 7. Flat notes 8. Sharp notes 9. Ad libs 10. Projection Resources:list all music, books, articles, equipment, and other references. 1. Tapes 2. The Jeanne Deva Method 3. American Idol (Singers Advantage) 4. Music videos (need jack) 5. Ipod 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Connections:list any apparent connections and assignments to ELA. Math, Science, History… if any 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. FOR ADULTS: Thulani! Vocal Technique 101 with Thulani is an introductory course designed to teach you how to makeyour voice sound more powerful, how to use vocal technique to expand your range andexpression, and how to become more confident in vocal performances. This course is a fantasticstarting point for anyone wanting to make the most of their voice. Thulani has worked andtrained children to adults this method. Thulani has taught at the following institutions: DunLeavyMilbank, August Aichorn Children School, Queens College, Hunter College, NYU University,UCLA and presently on tour teaching @ East New York Family Academy.Through guided study using the course explores how to sing with more freedom, sing simpleharmonies, have better breath control, and understand how to take care of your voice. Eachweek, you will work with melody prep tracks designed to teach you melodic independence aswell as sing-along tracks with rhythm section accompaniment. Building "from the ground up"you will learn the clinical aspects of the voices:The student will learn the clinical aspects of the following:What are the "inter-coastal muscles" and how they relate to singing?Where is the "real location" of the diaphragm and how it relates to singing?You'll learn effective warm-up and practice routines, and ways to address performance anxiety,move on stage, and use microphones. As the course progresses, you'll gain the skills to sing invarious styles with greater facility and awareness.By the end of these courses, you will be able to:Sing with consistent, accurate intonationDevelop coordinated breath support to help stamina and increase controlDemonstrate a free-tone quality with minimum tensionEstablish beneficial practices and habits to help growth and developmentHow to properly take care of your voiceLearning to sing in harmoniesHear harmoniesWarmups and exercises to develop vocal technique and improve breath controlVocal health, vocal anatomy and caring for the voiceLearning how the voice works (anatomy)Lyric interpretation and song personalizationVocal improvisation, learning how to "riff"Song/lyrical writing basicsMicrophone techniquePerformance techniquePerforming and stage presence skills
I understand that every student is different so I treat them accordingly. I recognize that children will progress at their own pace. I acknowlege accomplishments by helping and giving students the tools that they need to be a successful vocalist and performer. By finding out what kind of music that they like, what are their goals I tailor the lesson according to their wants and needs.
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