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45 minute - an hour long lesson: Warm up Work on an assigned piece or pieces Use assigned pieces to improve upon vocal or harp technique Learn how to best express the text and musical line of the piece For vocal music - create an interpretation unique to the student Work on pieces that stretch and challenge the student
Each student learns in a different way so I tailor each lesson plan for that individual. I do have a format with teaching voice that follows tradition - we work on voice exercises and then repetoire. I use Hal Leaonard, Alfred, and Mel Bay books for all instruments.
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!
The first thing I do with every student is observe them. I see how they set up their instrument, if they play or warm up in any way, or how they approach the waters, so to speak: do they dive in headfirst, or do they need me to splash them with some pool water. Next, I gauge what they already are aware of musically. If they know how to play three notes, I have them learn a song based on those notes. To do this I play a measure and then ask that they repeat me exactly in the following measure. This develops their ears and time. If they cannot yet produce sound on the instrument, I help them accomplish that. My teaching method functions exponentially, the more I meet with a student, the faster they will learn. My goal with every lesson is that by the end of our time together, they learn a specific exercise, approach, technique, song or piece of music. I then give them a task associated with that piece for the following lesson. The student will have their lesson plan and everything learned that day in their personal notebook, and, if they wish, an audio recording of the lesson.
I've been teaching since 2005: Privately with students in their home or my studio, with brick-and-mortar studios, and with online lessons services (like Musika). It's most important that my students have fun learning their instrument, but I also emphasize daily practice and work on the fundamentals of whichever instrument he or she is learning. After all, if you don't work on the fundamentals, then you won't be able to play your instrument any better. And if you're not getting better -- and able to play the songs you want -- then you're not having fun! I can also help with skills like reading music, performance, expression, and songwriting.
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First time and veteran adult voice students benefit from Musika lessons. The experienced instructors in our network train adult singers to breathe properly, project their voice, and protect their vocal cords. With regular lessons, you can improve your vocal range and tone. We also specialize in any genre. Learn classical vocal techniques or master all the modern pop styles. Use lessons to prepare for a competition or to sing better at home. You'll find exactly what you need when you take adult voice lessons in your home or in a teacher's studio. Then achieve your musical goals whether you've taken voice lessons for years or are a beginning student.
Regardless of whether you want to sing Rock, Pop, Folk, or Musical Theatre, our vocal lessons can develop your singing technique in a safe, effective way that can be applied to all of the above genres and many more. Students will learn a whole host of fun exercises that are designed to develop your vocal technique and build strength, endurance, and vocal power. Through a good understanding of how the voice works and by practicing the exercises taught during lessons, you can improve your vocal tonality, develop skills such as vibrato, pitch, and harmony, and increase your vocal range; usually by at least one full octave. You will learn how to connect the chest and head registers, maintain steady air pressure and vocal fold closure, tilting of the thyroid cartilage (to switch registers) and how to build these techniques until you can apply them to your favorite songs.
When your child asks for voice lessons, make sure he or she is emotionally and physically mature enough. Before puberty, a child's voice is not yet ready for the strain of prolonged and regular vocal training. The voice could undergo permanent damage if you start lessons too soon. Instead, wait until your child is at least 11 or 12 years old. Waiting until the recommended age to start voice lessons increases your child's ability to succeed while mastering the art of singing. It also protects your child's voice so he or she can perform in the future.
Convenient and comfortable, in-home voice lessons prepare you to master the only instrument you carry with you everywhere you go. Professional instructors in Musika's network employ time-tested methods to teach you how to operate your voice to maximum capacity. With the piano you have in your home and music you can purchase from almost any musical store, learn to sing Opera, R&B, Country music, or anything else. Simply schedule lessons and avoid the hassle of traveling to a studio across town. With professional voice lessons, learn how to care for your voice as you use it to make beautiful music.
To sing your best, focus on your body's health because you really can't sing your best when your body isn't functioning at its best. To improve your health, spend time resting every day. Get plenty of sleep, and protect your voice from overuse. Then eat food that fuels your body. The best diet includes fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein. Limit sweets, alcohol, and caffeine, and drink as much water as you can. Strengthen your core and lungs with daily aerobic exercise and physical activity. As you keep your body strong and healthy, your voice will be healthy too.
Review by Lucinda
Melissa is very encouraging, positive, supportive and patient. She knows how to explain the technical details of flute and music notation to kids in a way that makes sense to them. She has been reliable so far turning up on time and calling if there is a need to reschedule. I would definitely recommend her to others.
Review by Mythili Lahiri
My son is truly enjoying his lessons with Chris. He looks forward to them and is motivated to practice. Chris is conscientious and shows up on time and whenever he is supposed to. He communicates clearly if rescheduling is ever required and is accommodating when we need to change the day. I would recommend Chris to anyone.
Review by William Klepatsky
Very knowledgeable on every aspect of music theory. I listen to recording artists playing various classical pieces, Dan's playing is much like a recording artist's playing. Always on time. Winning happy personality, a great role model. Puts me at ease when I am playing. Have two friends who hold music degrees, I count him a third, something special about the minds and personalities of good pianists. Thanks Dan.
Review by Valerie Moore
Kevin is very friendly and professional trombone teacher. During the first session he assessed my 12 year old son's strengths and identified areas for development. He has helped him refine his technique which helps our son in band class but also has him working on duets that help him grow in new ways. He comes to our home and is always very punctual. I would highly recommend Kevin!
Review by Robert Stallone
I am in my 60s and decided to get back into playing my guitar. I thought taking lessons would be a good way to formalize the endeavor. I did have some concern about whether working with a teacher would work out as I've behave only played for my own enjoyment for a long time. Peter and I have had a few lessons together and I am truly enjoying the experience. He is very supportive and flexible. We arrived at a three gold approach that is really working for me. We focus on developing a playlist, learning some of the more iconic tunes from leading artist that I would have a hard time learning on my own and developing some technical skills related to style and music theory. Now I look forward to my next lesson and am already playing better and enjoying the journey. Peter is a great teacher I'm lucky to have the opportunity to work with him.
Review by Vanessa
Eduard is an amazing teacher. (Coming from someone who previously knew the basics of playing and music.) He is not to harsh with his words and is extremely nice. Eduard has a great amout of experience and displays it through his teachings. Specifically by making it easy to follow along with his words to actions. As a person with a wondering mind whom is distracted easily, it is easy to pay attention.
Review by Jennifer
Lindsey has been coming to our house to give saxophone lessons to our 12 year old daughter for about a month. She is an absolute joy. She is extremely knowledgeable, flexible with her schedule, and my daughter thinks she is "fun" and "cool". We would highly recommend her to anyone wanting music lessons. A+
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 Ruslan
She is the most amazing teacher ever. She is not only w great teacher but she's so fun to work with. She has taught me so many things in such little amount of time things I didn't even know I could do. I recommend Andrea to everyone. She is an amazing singer and cares a lot about her students. She's the best!!
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