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I am a full-time pedagogue/performer with ten years' experience teaching private lessons in voice and piano to a range of ages and levels of students. Although the majority of my students are young adults, I have worked successfully with children, teenagers, and adult students (twenties to senior citizens) of both genders; I tailor my approach specifically to the goals and interests of each student. No two people are alike, no two people learn the same way. As a teaching artist, I am a firm advocate of remaining active as both a musician and a teacher.
I have two years experience teaching private music lessons out of students homes. The music and instruments I have taught in private lessons include general music, voice, piano, guitar, and violin. I really enjoy getting the opportunity to work individually with students to help them achieve what they are hoping to with their music lessons and to make the experience enjoyable for them. I also have experience teaching in public elementary, middle, and high schools. At the elementary level I helped teach general music, chorus, and band. In the middle school setting I taught general music, chorus, special needs classes, and small group lessons. For high school I helped teach music theory, chorus, select chorus, small group and individual lessons.
My teaching experience dates back to my undergraduate studies at Berklee College of Music. Since, 2008 I have worked many singers, flutists, and beginning pianists and have been consistently teaching ever since. I like to have fun in my music lessons and strive to set up a supportive environment where my students can feel comfortable to play with music but learn in the process. I place a large emphasis on technique in my lessons within the chosen genre of the student. Whether you want to sing or play pop, rock, classical, or jazz... technique is important and I like to show students that working on technique can be fun and exciting! It is my belief that if a student is enjoying their lessons and seeing their own improvement, they will be motivated to keep up the practice. My favorite part of being a teacher is seeing a student's individual growth on his or her instrument and having them realize how much their efforts are paying off!
One of my biggest philosophies is helping my students find their "truest" voice. Often as singers we mimic sounds and sing how we hear others sing. While immitation is a great tool for learning new things - we have to be careful to always stay true to our own sound. From the beginning - whether child or adult - I will help you find your voice. We will do excercises and work through music that fits your sound and helps you reach your vocal goals.
Piano: I am very much classically based, but am able to branch out to styles of students choice. I believe that no matter what, classical is the bases for everything, so the student will be learning more of this before moving onto contemporary works. Violin: I grew up studying the Suzuki method and found that this is the most affective for my students as well. Voice: Again, classical is the bases for voice as well. We will study some classical music and may be singing in different languages to help us when approaching contemporary, musical theatre, pop, etc.
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Invest in your body to maintain your healthy voice. That might sound strange, but a healthy voice requires a healthy body. Your investment starts with a diet that's rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and water. You'll want to limit sweets and preservatives. Next, stop smoking, limit alcohol, and avoid illegal drugs. They damage your body and your voice. Every day, exercise. Improved health and fitness improves your ability to fight illness and project your voice. Finally, rest. Go to bed on time at night, and avoid yelling, cheering, or singing for extended times. With a healthy body, you maintain a healthy voice.
Students can have fun learning how to sing from as young as 11 or 12 years old. As students of this age are approaching puberty, their voices are not fully matured, so care must be taken not to place too much pressure or strain on the voice for fear of risking injury. That said, through lessons and practice, students can learn safe vocal techniques, how to look after their voices, develop their ability to hear and recreate pitch, and work on their musical theory. Students can also improve their concentration levels, confidence, and self-esteem.
Students will learn and develop good, safe and effective vocal technique during their vocal lessons. The best way to build a strong, powerful voice is to learn the techniques and practice the exercises covered in lessons. The essence of good vocal technique is centered around being able to successfully bridge from the chest voice to the head voice, with no vocal breaks or noticeable change in tonality. To do this successfully requires strength, timing, and coordination of the intrinsic muscles of the larynx, the ability to maintain good vocal fold closure, and to tilt the thyroid cartilage. To do these things successfully students will also learn how to support their singing with breath management, as it is important that the air pressure above and below the vocal folds is balanced. During lessons, students will be taught the exercises in order to successfully master these skills. They will also learn about performance, stylistic and interpretive techniques, and how to apply them to singing songs.
Our lessons for adults are focused around teaching vocal technique with the specific aims of the student in mind. Many adults are just looking to improve their singing for their own enjoyment.We also teach students who are auditioning for talent shows such as American Idol, or who are preparing for exams, recording sessions, or gigs. Adult students may want an honest, professional assessment of their voices since family or friends, well-meaning as they may be, are often not objective judges. Learning to sing can be a good boost to confidence, develops all-round musicianship, and is open to adults of all ages.
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 Karl B
“My son and I have been taking lessons with Lynn for 5 or 6 years now. She is very patient with younger students (& older students having "senior moments"). She is also flexible in her lessons in that if we want to work on theory, jazz, rock, blues, she will cater to our requests.” – Karl B., C.P.A., Aug 2015
Review by Claudiaaustin
Our kids love Mr. Lynwood. Mr. Lynwood is very patient and skillful teaching our kids both music theory and guitar/piano. He keeps them engaged and motivated during their lessons and we are seeing -or rather hearing- fast improvement in the kids' dexterity playing their respective instruments. We would recommend this good natured instructor to anybody.
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.
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 Brenda Duffey-jepsen
Omar is a great teacher as he provides expert instruction AND the right amount of encouragement. He is a professional musician on several instruments, yet he is patient with beginners! He also has gone out of his way to purchase an appropriate book for me, strings to re-string the cello, and extra attention to tuning. I appreciate how he explains and demonstrates exactly what a beginning cello student needs to know.
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 Joshua Thompson
I have known Erin since I attended graduate school at the Hartt School in Connecticut. Last year she came to the college I teach at to give a master class and talk about her experiences as a musician abroad. She has proven that she is a capable and wonderful musician and educator. I highly recommend studying with her if you're lucky enough to have the opportunity!
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 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.
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