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I started teaching voice and piano lessons while I was a student at Wartburg College. I continued teaching when I moved to New Mexico and I now have ten years of studio teaching experience. After completing my Master's Degree in Vocal Performance, I returned to UNM to attain a New Mexico Teaching License. I have been teaching elementary music in the public schools for five years since attaining that license. I have worked with students of all ages, although I would say I am particularly gifted at working with young children.
I have performed in all styles and genres of music including 13 years as a rock musician, 10 years as a opera singer, and 11 years as a church musician. I have two degrees from the University of Denver in Music Performance with an emphasis in Voice. I have played Guitar since I was eight and Piano since I was eighteen. I have taught privately since I was sixteen and I have taught two years at the college level. I have also taught Theory and Ear Training privately and at the college level, so I am very comfortable teaching many areas of music and enjoy teaching them as well.
I believe teaching music doesn’t just teach music—it teaches us life skills that are applicable to any field and any situation. My teaching philosophy is a mix of many ideas, and I believe it is more successful the more places I incorporate ideas from. --Capital High School Academy for the Performing Arts recipient of the "Music Legend" Award --New Mexico high School All-State trombonist, 2002, 2003 --New Mexico Inter-Collegiate Honor Band, 2006 --Fudung University, Shanghai, China certificate of appreciation for contributions to the performing festival at the 2010 World Expo Music Festival --Outstanding musicianship award, University of Nevada at Reno Jazz Festival, April of 2008, and 2011 for composition as well as outstanding soloist. --New Mexico State University Honors Recital performer, Fall 2007, Spring 2008 --Graduate Assistant to Athletic Bands, University of Utah, 2009-2011 --Performed with artists such as: John Fedchock, Steve Houghton, Byron Stripling, Doc Severinson, Jeff Nielsen, the Harry James Orchestra, Phil Campo and the "Loose Change" Jazz band, Five by Design, Gene Pokorney, and many others. --Current Middle and high school Choir/Band director with Albuquerque Public Schools --Clinician for various schools in area -Composer/Arranger
I'm a passionate musician who feel more than grateful with this art because it has given me the opportunity to travel around the world and get to know amazing people not only masters but also students that now I feel proud to call friends. I'm very concerned about my students learning process because if they love music as much as I and intend to learn it from me, is a huge compromise to me and I approach it in the most professional way possible. I've been playing, singing and performing more than 10 years. I honestly feel there is a lot for me to learn too, but also have a trustworthy experience on this, reason why I'm able to share a lot of knowledge with my students not only about music but life too since after all they are really close to each other. I currently play at the UNM top jazz big band, and in a few jazz combos within ABQ.
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Take adult voice lessons, and sing your best whether you perform for your pets or for a national audience. Voice lessons taught by trained instructors in Musika's network teach you breathing control and voice projection as well as vocal care. We walk with you every step of the way whether you sing Classical, Opera, Country, or another musical style. The teachers in our network can also help you pick songs that match your vocal tone. With practical exercises to do at home, master the art of singing for auditions, performances, or fun. You can sing your best every day when you take adult voice lessons.
Young children who have not reached vocal maturity must be careful when considering taking singing lessons. Over working the voice at such a young age risks causing strain and damage to the vocal folds, which are very delicate. As such, we recommend students start lessons at no younger than 12 years old. Students at this age can learn safe, effective vocal techniques that will prevent learning and developing bad singing habits in the future. They can also develop their critical hearing, music theory knowledge, and understanding of techniques such as supporting the voice with good breath management and skills like vibrato.
Musika offers personalized and customized one-on-one voice lessons in your home. The convenience of at home lessons saves you time. Instead of driving to a studio, fighting traffic, or putting off other important activities, stay home and let an instructor from Musika's network come to you. They can offer instruction in every musical genre. Learn classical for theater performances or master R&B for a reality TV audition. You only need a piano and sheet music, and then you are set to learn how to sing from the comfort of your home.
You can achieve a healthy voice if you take care of your body. Start with a balanced diet. It includes whole grains, vegetables and fruits, not processed foods or sugar. Then drink water rather than caffeinated and sugary beverages. Limit alcohol, stop smoking, and don't take illegal drugs. Exercise every day for at least 20 minutes. As you run, bike, or swim, you increase your fitness level and your body's ability to fight illness. Finally, rest your voice and your body. Avoid yelling or cheering, get enough sleep at night and limit stress when possible. With your healthy body, you have a healthy voice.
During their lessons, students will learn how to sing with good, safe, and effective vocal technique. Learning to sing with good technique is the cornerstone to improving the tone, range, and health of the voice during singing. Students will learn how to warm up properly, how to increase their vocal range, how to improve and strengthen their tone, performance techniques, how to accurately replicate pitch, how to support their singing with good breathing techniques, song interpretation and how to apply these techniques to singing their favorite songs. Vocal technique is not genre specific and the techniques taught can be applied to almost any genre of music. Students will develop these skills by vocalizing to piano scales. These vocal exercises are things such as singing different vowel sounds on different scales, sirens, lip rolls and trills, articulation exercises, and respiratory exercises. The exercises are tailored to the specific needs and ability levels of each individual student.
Review by Brooklyn
Laura is a fabulous teacher. She explains concepts to me using concrete examples so that I can understand changes that I need to make to my posture, breathing, phrasing, etc. She makes warm-up exercises fun, and she's got a great sense of humor over all. Her teaching style is collaborative, more egalitarian (she respects what I already know and meets me at my level), tailored to my particular interests and strengths, and I always look forward to our lessons!
Review by Jeff N.
Travis is an extremely knowledgeable guitarist and teacher. Travis is equally comfortable in playing/teaching jazz, rock, blues, or classical styles. I really like the way he explains things and he has the ability to make difficult material seem simpler. Travis is very likeable, enthusiastic, and always very professional. I think Travis would be great teaching either children or adults because he's very patient. My learning experience with Travis has been outstanding. He taught me some great techniques for chord substitution and for soloing. I'll continue to work with Travis because he inspires me to be a better guitarist. I think he could really help me with composing because he writes some great songs too! Thanks Travis!
Review by Jon
Michael is exactly what I was looking for in a teacher. The first thing he did was to determine what I wanted to get out of lessons, and what my existing skill level is. He is now aiming me in the right direction - and he is clearly skilled, experienced and knowledgeable, in addition to being very easy to get along with. I'm very happy.
Review by Heather Berest
I started my 5 yr old daughter with Karleen this Fall. Karleen has a calm and honest disposition. My daughter adores her and cannot wait for her arrival. I was concerned because my daughter is not so willing to "practice" during the week. Karleen advised me to allow her habits of practicing to evolve naturally as her love and understanding of piano increases. She emphasized how nurturing my daughter's love of music is most important. This was music to my ears :)
Review by Angie Ignazzitto
Stephanie is an excellent voice teacher! Our 10-year-old daughter enjoys her lessons with Stephanie each week. She has an amazing way of connecting with our daughter through music. Stephanie knows how to offer constructive feedback in a positive way that keeps our daughter interested and wanting to learn more. I would recommend Stephanie without hesitation.
Review by Ro J.
“My son has been instructed by Mark for almost four years. Mark is an outstanding teacher. His credentials are by themselves impressive, but his ability to relate his knowledge to kids is even more so. Connor's ability to understand and read music is fantastic. Mark also knows the performance side of playing drums and has encouraged Connor to actually incorporate his knowledge to play alone and in a band. He is patient and encouraging which is what motivates Connor to work and practice. He is a mentor as well as a teacher. He is superior at what he does and we highly recommend him.” Ro J.
Review by Christopher Perrone
Mike has been working with my son Robert for over a year and has just started working with my daughter Kate. Mike is both a great musician and a good teacher. He connects with the kids and keeps them engaged. He is able to tailor the lesson to focus on music that is interesting to each child. He also encourages the students to participate in a public setting which is great. I would highly recommend Mike.
Review by James F.
After my first piano lesson, Polina is easily the best teacher I could have hoped for. Extremely charismatic and excited to help YOU learn the piano. She puts a lot of effort into evaluation your learning style and will no doubt help you make tremendous strides! I'm stoked to continue taking lessons!
Review by Kristen Draughn
Mr. Lou M. is a God-send! With the various needs that our organization requires from our education partners in order to provide enrichment services to our students, Mr. Lou M. has always gone above and beyond in meeting all of those needs. Our students are learning, our caregivers are happy and satisfied, and we couldn't be more pleased with his performance.
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