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I attended Berklee College of Music in Boston prior to moving to Los Angeles. There, I would work with some industry greats like Richard Druz, Lenny Greene and Frank Zappa. I absorbed their skills, talents and techniques. After singing with many bands in the area, I found gospel music and joined a church with Pastor Rowena Frisco in Inglewood. Frisco taught me what gospel music was all about and I have carried it with me ever since. I returned to the East Coast to complete my formal education at New York University where I received my BA in music performance. I formed a self titled band and toured the mid-Atlantic region performing a mixture of blues, rock, rnb, soul, gospel and jazz. Hoping to reach a larger audience, I wrote, arranged, and produced my solo debut, What I Got To Say. I am as dedicated to teaching as I am to performance. I create an environment of support and encouragement allowing artists to feel nurtured. I have a holistic approach to singing; it encompasses the mind, body and soul. I welcome student participation and input during a lesson. Instead of holding every student to the same measure, I chart success on attainment of your goals. I recognize that every artist is an individual so success is dependent on individual goals challenged and attained.
Michael's approach to voice training is grounded in physiological and developmentally appropriate techniques. While this does not necessarily preclude any particular style of music, he believes very strongly that vocal health and well-being should take precedence in one's study of singing and that it is good for students to gain a diverse musical experience.
I have been teaching private and group music lessons in voice, piano, and guitar since 2012. Lessons were typically held at the students home, various schools, and other rehearsal spaces. I have taught individuals from the age of 3 and up, as well as skill levels from beginner to more advanced skills.
For beginning students I try to start with the essentials. It is important for young children to become familiar with the instrument, the proper way to hold an instrument. The proper way to sit when playing or stand while singing. Fundamentals at the earliest ages are essential. Practicing the fundamentals leads to success which leads to a desire to learn more about the instrument.
Should you decide that a beginner level is more your speed, I like to start off with the fundamentals (vocalists are taught about their muscles and are given accurate tests of their range, breaks, belts and so forth, pianists are taught the note names, structures, placements, fingerings, and scales, and trumpet players are taught valve and holding positions, breath control, and basic mechanics, to name a few). From there, we would start to meld into styles that the student deems interesting and take it from there.For those who are starting at a more advanced level, I always begin with a clear outline of the goals that the student wants from my instruction. Whether they are looking to nail an audition, fine-tune their craft, or are simply looking for a creative outlet, it is important to me that my students and myself are on the same page. Music is, after all, a collaborative effort.
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Your child may beg for voice lessons so he or she can sing like a professional, but waiting is the best option for your child's future musical career. Before puberty, the voice is not physically prepared for extended vocal training or performance. It could suffer damage or strain if you pursue children's voice lessons before your child is ready. Protect your child's vocal cords by starting voice lessons after he or she is 11 or 12 years old. You both will be glad you waited to give your child voice lessons after he or she matures.
Students studying voice for the first time as an adult can look forward to working on vocal exercises and breathing techniques which can help improve their range and tone. Adult students may be interested in studying primarily classical vocal technique, or they may want to focus on different styles like pop or jazz. The instructors in our network can help you reach your musical and stylistic goals!
Whilst singing is certainly a physical endeavor that requires effort, it should always be performed safely and with comfort. If there is any pain or discomfort when singing, you should stop immediately. If such problems persist after resting the voice for a few days, then singers are advised to visit a doctor as continuous soreness could be a sign of a serious vocal problem such as nodules. The biggest culprit of vocal health problems is singing with bad technique. This can include shouting, straining when singing, or attempting advanced techniques such as distortion without qualified instruction. To help prevent the risk of injury or fatigue, singers should warmup before vocalizing and remain hydrated.
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.
Musika deals primarily with home lessons for students. The location is the only difference between our in-home lessons and our studio lessons. As they do not have to travel to their lessons, home singing lessons can be highly convenient for those parents and students with a busy schedule. For younger students in particular, having vocal lessons in the comfort of their own home can be of great benefit. They will feel more safe and relaxed in familiar surroundings, allowing them to focus on learning and enjoying their singing.
Review by Kate Thomas
My son enjoys his viola lesson each week with Martina. She is disciplined in her approach to teaching but always makes my son's learning experience enjoyable. She knows how to challenge him and develop excellent form. Martina is always punctual and professional. We both highly recommend her as an instructor.
Review by Ericcharlton
Rahsaan is an extremely talented player who relates really well with my teenagers. He has them both interested in learning. Given Rahsaan's expertise, it's clear that even though they are beginners now, they can learn from him for a long time to come. He's a real nice laid-back guy and both the boys really enjoy their time with him. I've been very impressed and pleased with the experience.
Review by Pat
Henry has been a great piano teacher since I started lessons about a month ago, and he is helping me realize a lifelong dream. He is patient, plays beautifully, is easy to learn from and a very nice person. I took lessons as a child for a year or so, but never followed up over the years. I always said that I would once I retired and found the right instructor. That time is now. Thank you Henry and Musika!
Review by Linda
I am a beginning guitar player that has now taken five lessons with Jeff. I cannot speak highly enough of Jeff has a guitar teacher! I have learned more in five lessons than the months I spent trying to learn on my own. Jeff has introduced me to music apps that I can use during my practice sessions, followed up our lessons with comments and/or music, is very encouraging - yet holds high standards. During my lessons I feel that Jeff is very observant and tuned in to your positioning when playing - whether it be your wrist, your arm, or your fingers. He always offers recommendations on ways to try to fix something that I might be struggling with. He really pays attention. As an aside, Jeff is a very talented songwriter and musician. Check him out on YouTube. His songs are very beautiful and inspirational. I'm honored to be his student! - Linda
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 Roselynbrown
After moving from NY and parting from our amazing piano instructor, we thought we couldn't find a piano teacher close to what we knew. We are happy to say Musika matched us up with someone professional and friendly who enjoys teaching younger students. Thank you! We definitely recommend Kuan as a piano instructor :)
Review by Kaleen Todoroff
Noel is amazing. She is helping me to work toward my vocal goals for auditions to several musical theaters. She has helped me choose strong audition pieces and is teaching excellent ways to get the sound I need in a safe and healthy way. She works outside our lessons on new warm ups and new music pieces. She is the best.
Review by Thomas Pickens
"I've been taking lessons with Richard for just a little over six months now and all I can say is that he is an amazing instructor. He hasn't followed a set one size fits all script in his lessons but has instead worked with my musical interests and at my pace in a way that is truly valuable. He has also kept things fun, interesting, and engaging even at times when I've felt overwhelmed and discouraged. This is an instructor that is truly adaptable to his students and will make sure that they get the most out of their lessons. I would definitely recommend him to anybody that truly wants to unlock their musical potential."
Review by Kristin
Ted S. is teaching clarinet to one of my children, and piano to two others. He is extremely knowledgeable, and very encouraging. His teaching methods are keeping my children enthused about their lessons, and without that, you have nothing. Two of my children were taking piano lesson from another teacher for the past year, and not progressing. Ted has been able to evaluate their skills individually, determine what was missing in their music education, and begin again with some early basics they seem to have missed. I am convinced we are finally moving forward, and am very happy about that. I wish I would have made this change much earlier.
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