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For piano lessons, I always start with scales. Even if a student knows their scales well, it is important to start with a warm-up, just as it is important to stretch before exercise. I use flash cards to help the student learn how to read music, and I explain basic music theory as we continue through exercise books. For voice lessons, I also always start with a warm-up. This includes stretching, getting breath flowing and making sure that posture and breathing are in order for proper tone production. With voice especially, it is important to feel settled before making any sound because the instrument is inside of us, not external. Many techniques are best explained through imagery, but depending on the student, a more literal, anatomical approach to the mechanics of the voice is more appropriate. It all depends on the student's learning style, and I make sure to pinpoint what that learning style is so that I may work with a student accordingly. For both voice and piano, I like to make sure the student feels comfortable and relaxed, not only to ensure that lessons are enjoyable but to ensure good technique that is not hindered by intimidation.
I spend most of my time performing as an opera singer. I am currently working with Santa Fe Opera, but starting in the fall I will be a Domingo Cafritz Young Artist at Washington National Opera. I have sung with Wolf Trap Opera Company, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Boston, Juilliard Opera Center, Dayton Opera, and Boston Baroque. My favorite role to sing is Carmen...I have sung it 4 times!
I am a passionate lover of the technique and history of the voice and violin. I have worked extensively with both from a very young age. I will be graduating with honors from UNC Chapel Hill this upcoming spring and will be attending graduate school for my masters in music. I've worked as a teacher for five years. I have worked as a concertmistress of a 100 person orchestra, and I have played some of the longest roles in opera repertoire. I have a passion for these art forms and create a productive and nurturing atmosphere for my students that always yields extensive growth.
I am an experienced and effective instructor who loves working with students of all different backgrounds and sharing my knowledge of singing. I have trained with voice teachers including Marlena Malas (vocal coach of Luciano Pavarotti) and Gran Wilson. I have been able to perform recitals and operas throughout Lincoln Center including Alice Tully Hall and have sung with companies such as Chautauqua Opera, Maryland Opera Studio, Washington Arts Club, Aspen Opera Theatre Center, Encore Chorale Institute, and Manhattan School of Music. www.sammyhuh.com
I believe that music is a way for people to express themselves on a deep, energetic level; that it is Life expressing through us as well, and that it is an essential part of Life itself. My goal is to help each student not only learn the mechanics and fundamentals of their instrument, but to also be INSPIRED by the music they're making and sometimes creating. I want it to be a source of joy in their life!
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The teachers in our network create a customized lesson plan for every student, so no two students' lesson plans will be identical. Topics covered during Musika's voice lessons may include, but are not limited to: proper breath control technique, how to support your voice, how to read music, how to interpret various styles of singing (classical, jazz, pop, etc.), performance tips and techniques, how to overcome stage fright, and most importantly, learning to enjoy music and express yourself through singing!
Maintaining good vocal health is crucial for people wanting to learn how to sing. Misuse of voice can lead to vocal problems that can either prevent students from fulfilling their potential or irreparably damage the voice. There are several simple methods for helping to maintain good vocal health. It is important to remain hydrated by drinking plenty of water, as this will stop the voice drying out, which can irritate the vocal folds and cause soreness and discomfort. It is also important to properly warm up the voice before or at the start of lessons, practice, or a performance.
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.
Our students study many different genres of music in their voice lessons, including Pop, Country, Classical, Gospel, Musical Theater, Jazz, and more! For every genre, we have an instructors in our network who can specialize in that area, and help you achieve your musical goals. Our adult voice students actively pursue and are successful in auditions for major talent competitions such as the X-Factor, The Voice, and American Idol!
In home voice lessons are a convenient way to learn the art of singing! Our instructors are qualified to teach a variety of styles ranging from Opera to R&B. If you are interested in auditioning for local competitions or even reality tv shows like American Idol or The Voice, our network of instructors can definitely help you prepare. Most voice lesson music and materials can be purchased online or at a local music store.
Review by Anita
Our daughter has only been playing the piano since March. Tony replaced our other teacher who had a job transfer and could no longer teach. Tony is fun and encouraging. My daughter is playing Taylor Swift and Christmas songs and is playing the piano more than ever before. Very happy so far with Mr Tony
Review by Gisellesoldati
Cory is simply the greatest instructor ever! His 30 year plus teaching experience along with his knowledge of ever longer in music composition and performance make a real difference if you're in for learning the right way. Thank you Cory for teaching me not only the chords but also the history behind it and awesome tricks on getting better faster ;)
Review by Howard
We value Chelsea for the quality of her lessons, but also for the flexibility of her schedule. She has worked around family vacations, impromptu summer camps and the upcoming school year. Emily is better prepared to start middle school band this year due to flute lessons from Chelsea and we plan to continue the lessons for the foreseeable future.
Review by Lauren Segal
Ed is THE best instructor I've ever had and I've had many instructors over the years in various fields of study. Ed met us at a music store to help choose a guitar, this is after he first called and asked all the right questions. He's supplied my daughter with just the right amount of paper work and just the right amount of new techniques. By this I mean to say that Ed connects with the pace my daughter learns at. I highly recommend Ed AND Musika.
Review by Wilma
Gina is very supportive and encouraging. Even though I get frustrated with my progress, she can tell that I've been practicing and reminds me of how far I've come. She challenges me to learn new skills without giving me a piece that I cannot master (with practice). I'm happy that she is my music teacher and look forward to many more lessons in the future.
Review by Natalie Kretcher
I really like her. And as an adult student, a good teacher who keeps the pace up but still keeps it reasonable in terms of difficulty is really hard to find. She does a great job of explaining little detail things in terms I (as a musically challenged human) can understand. I'm having a blast! 10/10 would recommend!
Review by Richardpoplawski
I feel she is a very professional teacher and I have already recommended your company and her to my friends who have children that play musical instruments. My 8 year old son has never been so enthusiastic to play his violin. His skills have improved almost exponentially since we have began lessons with Lauren. Your company has exceeded my expectations and I am very happy to have found it online.
Review by Chad H.
"Mr. Richard has been absolutely perfect for our very active two boys. He has been an excellent fit for gauging and keeping their interest far beyond what we had imagined. Our boys actually argue over who gets to go first. Mr. Richard knocks it out of the park when it comes to exceeding our expectations"
Review by John
When I started with Darrell, I didn't know anything bout music. Nothing. We started with basic music theory & moved into scales and reading. It hasn't been very long at all, but my confidence is growing quickly. He does ask a lot from you and he expects you to keep up. But I can honestly say that if you are willing to work hard and spend the time at home doing what he asks, you will see the results. He wants you to succeed and takes pride in watching you grow. If you want it as bad as he does, you will see the result very quickly.
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