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Teaching Philosophy:Without discipline and technique, there is no possibility for art. At the same time, technique alone expresses very little. Rather, it serves as a tool that frees us to make music. I address the importance of both technique and artistry to my students of all levels. I like to encourage bold interpretive experimentation, and show students how I myself would experiment with phrasing, dynamics and rubato. I like to enliven my students' imagination, as well as tend to the important physical mechanics of playing the piano (your arms should not hurt).
I have been an enthusiastic musician since the time I began to sing at age 3. At 8 I began learning the piano and at 11 I began learning guitar. I graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelors Degree in writing, but my minor was in Music Performance. Inititally, I had planned to major in music but after some career changing decisitions I switched. I continued however, to continue taking music courses through the school. I also took many performance opportunities in the area through the school of music, through a student led A-Cappella group named Higher Ground (which I directed from 2010 to 2011), and through my own private gigging playing guitar and piano. I currently live in the Raleigh area and am employed part time as the Worship Music Director at Hope Presbyterian Church. I have been teaching privately since my time studying at Appalachian State, but I have just recently joined on with Musika. I offer instruction in guitar up to an advanced level, and I also offer instruction in voice, piano, and mandolin to an intermediate level.
Everyone learns differently, understanding that I approach each student with a different method. Everyone gets their own time and special work.
My experience in studying the trumpet began when I was 10 years old in middle school. I began to study privately in high school and continued to study the trumpet through my time at Furman University. In that time I took several opportunities to teach trumpet to students in the local middle and high schools. I regularly taught at high school band camps as a Trumpet/Field Tech. I taught trumpet privately to students participating in Furman University's Band & Orchestra Camp as well as students looking to grow as musicians in the local community. I have always had a passion to impart any knowledge I have of music as a performance practice. In my time at Furman I had the opportunity to study with many ensembles such as the following: The Furman University Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Brass Trio, Brass Quintet, The Twelve Peers Choir, Chamber Choir, Chancel Choir, and other small ensembles for the Department of Music.
I am a very creative musician and singer with an incredible passion for imparting wisdom to upcoming and improving musicians and singers. I've loved music ever since I could hum a tune and snap my fingers, and it has always been my greatest mode of expression. I started college majoring music composition and theory, but left after a year to join the Air Force. While serving, I traveled to many different countries performing and teaching around the world. I am a firm believer that your journey with your gift develops on its own, it only needs the steady guidance of someone who's walked the path.
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Whether you sing professionally or for fun, in-home voice lessons help you improve your craft. Choose any genre then allow experienced instructors from Musika's network to evaluate your voice and decide which songs are right for you. Accompanied by your piano and in the comfort of your home, warm up, practice, and cool down under the watchful eye of a professional voice instructor. Best of all, you don't have to worry about finding transportation to the studio or fitting lessons into your busy schedule. With in-home voice lessons, you maximize your natural talent and improve your singing ability whether you sing for fun or for a living.
Learning to sing as a child is fun, rewarding, and vastly beneficial to overall development. Children can develop their ability to accurately recreate pitch, theory knowledge, and singing technique. Young students can also develop their concentration, listening skills, and familiarity with different musical genres. Learning to sing can also be character building, such as instilling a hard-working attitude, developing self-discipline and confidence through practice, taking exams, entering competitions, or performing live. Students are advised to start their lessons no earlier than 12 years of age, as they have yet to reach vocal maturity before that age.
Whether you're a first time voice student or have been taking lessons for years, adult voice lessons can help you reach your musical goals. Instructors from Musika's network can come into your house, or you can go to their studio. Each lesson is packed with practical singing tips geared specifically to you and your needs. You can learn how to care for your voice, control your breathing, and choose songs that fit your voice. We even prepare you for local performances or reality show auditions. Your singing will improve, and you will feel more confident when you take adult voice lessons.
A healthy voice requires a healthy body. Start by exercising every day. Swimming, running, and playing sports improve your body, lungs, and heart health and lead to a healthy voice. Then eat a nutritious diet. Load up on vegetables, fruits and whole grains. Limit sugar, caffeine, and alcohol. You'll also want to stop smoking because it damages your voice. Rest is also important. Make time to get enough sleep every night, and try to reduce stress. Rest your voice too by avoiding yelling, screaming, or cheering. As you care for your body, you also care for your voice and keep it strong and healthy.
Voice lessons focus on the development of tone, range and volume through the use of breathing techniques and vocal exercises. Students will learn how to read music and also learn to emotionally interpret lyrics and melodies during their performance. Vocal method books and lesson materials can be purchased from a local music store. You can study a variety of vocal styles in your lessons ranging from classical and opera to jazz and pop.
Review by Justin
I've been taking lessons from Michael once a week for eight weeks now, and with his help I have made dramatic improvements with my sax. Michael is a funny, nice, patient and all around great instructor. I'd recommend Michael, as an instructor, to anyone who wants to improve their skills and have fun while doing it.
Review by Marcia Hecht
Karleen has really turned it around for me. My previous teacher (not from Musika) had me feeling anxious, upset, and incapable...NOT the desired result! Karleen's method is clear, appropriate for my beginning level, and (best of all) actually lets me achieve some progress! I'm actually looking forward to my lessons now!
Review by Cameron D.
After signing up for lessons with David L. I knew I made the right choice. Just after a couple of weeks I didn't see him as a teacher but as a best friend. There was always a relaxed atmosphere during the lessons. He was very easy to talk to and he really listen to you. If I ever had a question he would answer. He tailors to what ever you want to do in that lesson. David L. is a great teacher and a friend. I totally recommend him for anyone
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 Lea G
Kevin was such a fun, smart and innovative voice teacher to work with. I had the pleasure of taking lessons with him for over a year and I couldn’t have been more pleased with my time under his training. In just a few weeks I noticed my voice was stronger and I was able to apply his teaching and see the results. He explains his techniques in a way that the student is able to actually hear and feel the changes he is referring to. This allows the student to efficiently practice outside of lessons. Even further, he believed in me and truly cared about my progress. He was always energetic and focused in lessons and was continually surprised how far a song could come in just one hour of his time. Under his teaching I developed a stronger belt in my higher range, learned how to color my voice for different sounds and improved my stage presence. I wholeheartedly trust Kevin’s musical insight and was grateful that he challenged me with a wide variety of songs and styles that I hadn’t considered trying before.
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 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 Tuvana
He is incredibly patient and really customizes his teaching style to the child. Both of my children are learning piano with him; they have learned so much and really enjoy the lessons. In fact, my daughter asked to learn another instrument (guitar) with him and is making great progress with that, too.
Review by Alex A.
Travis rocks. My 7-year-old son and I both take lessons with him. Travis has moved me off the plateau I was on with lessons that focus on theory and technique. And for my son, he's been able to instill a desire and interest that were missing when he previously took piano lessons. With Travis teaching us, the limits are the ones we impose on ourselves. Needless to say, Travis himself plays a mean guitar to boot!
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