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I have been lucky to be exposed to a ton of different styles of music early on in my professional study. As a teenager I toured and sang a lot of pop, R&B, and gospel music. Moving into college I was able to study Opera and Musical Theatre on a whole different level that included professional level productions and working with top notch teachers. These experiences have helped me realize that so few musicians sing just one style of music anymore. We have to have the skill and technique to sing many styles - potentially in the same gig! Let's work together to make that happen for you!
I graduated from Duquesne University with my BA in Vocal Performance. My concentrations were in Classical and Jazz. I have been teaching private and group voice lessons for 5 years. I graduated from Duquesne University with my BA in Vocal Performance. My concentrations were in Classical and Jazz. I have been teaching private and group voice lessons for 5 years. I took vocal pedagogy classes and started with my first student in 2011. From there, I have had many students of various ages in my private studio, online, and at larger schools.
I am a driven player who believes ardently in the practice of fundamentals and the accuracy of intonation. I auditioned for the U.S Army Band in 2004 and spent 10 years traveling with the group. During this time, I played venues all over the world, including Japan, Korea, Germany, and Iraq among others, and learned to play many different styles of music. Since then, I have been studying with several esteemed musicians from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and I hope to impart the lessons I have learned upon my students.
As a teacher, my teaching is very heavily based off of the students needs. I find that many need example and learn small things off of imitation, therefore I am able to provide examples. I have also had students who recieve information better if explained verbally. Overall, I begin with a set warmup each lesson and we then get right to work on repertoire the student is working on or that I have given them to work on. I expect my students to be prepared, ready to learn, and always open to new ideas!
I’m an active opera singer also passionate teacher who loves to teach students and sharing the heathy singing techniques. I studied voice since I was a little and attended to the top 3 conservatory to finish my Bachelor’s degree in China, and came to United States to accomplish my Master’s degree in vocal performance in 2012, currently getting my Doctral degree in vocal performance at University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. And held many solo voice recitals and performed major roles in Verdi and Puccini’s operas, etc. I would like to share all my experiences with young singers to help their singing life start to blossom!
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Your voice is the only instrument that requires your entire body to be healthy. Maintain a healthy body and voice when you exercise every day. Any form of aerobic exercise increases your body's health and fitness, a necessity for a healthy voice. Additionally, eat a balanced diet that's low in sugar and processed foods. Drink plenty of water too. Avoid alcohol, stop smoking and don't take illegal drugs. Rest is also important. Get plenty of sleep every night, and try to reduce stress during the day. Limit yelling and screaming when possible as well. When you care for your entire body, you take care of your voice too.
Musika offers personalized and customized one-on-one voice lessons in your home. The convenience of at home lessons saves you time. Instead of driving to a studio, fighting traffic, or putting off other important activities, stay home and let an instructor from Musika's network come to you. They can offer instruction in every musical genre. Learn classical for theater performances or master R&B for a reality TV audition. You only need a piano and sheet music, and then you are set to learn how to sing from the comfort of your home.
Learning voice as an adult can be a very fun experience. If you have never studied music before, it is never too late to start! Voice lessons will focus on vocal, breathing, performance techniques in order to help you to achieve your own personal musical goals. No matter your reason for studying voice- studying classical music, singing in a community or church chorus, auditioning for musical theatre, or just taking lessons for fun- our teachers are here to help you reach your goals.
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.
During voice lessons students will begin the wonderful journey into music interpretation and performance. To begin, students will focus on learning to read music, using breath control to support singing, and enhancing performance through the emotional interpretation of lyrics.
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 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.
Review by Paula Chacon
I've always said, "It's all about the teacher." That skillful, effective teacher who can reach that child and ignite her passion, is truly a gift. Ric does that for my daughter. As a former music teacher myself, the most challenging thing in working with children is how to build their fundamental musical skills while letting them have fun and be expressive. The teacher must create a safe, supportive environment, and Ric does that. Ric immediately focuses on fundamentals of tone and technique, giving my daughter succinct instruction on how to improve, thus she can sense the improvement immediately. Ric seems extremely easy going; even when lighting a fire under her sometimes under-achieving butt, Ric never criticizes, judges or blames. He works with my child, understanding her, helping her problem solve, and even giving her the quick answer sometimes so she can move quickly and stay motivated. Ric balances fundamentals with fun and expressiveness, so my child feels as though she can 'play' and they truly make music in every lesson. I am thankful we found a good match with Ric.
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 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 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 Chrystal
I was skeptical at first not knowing what I was getting my self into.. I am very happy that I forced myself to get into voice lessons because Eli is an awsome voice coach.. Very skillful and he helps you reach the goal you are trying to reach.. He is also very helpful with getting you to open up and come out of your shell and being heard.. I would and I already have recommended friends and family to sign up with Eli if they're serious about singing..
Review by Elsahatzipavlou
Erin has been a wonderful voice/piano teacher for our 7 year old daughter. She is talented, patient, and has a wonderful demeanor. She has been consistent with her teaching in piano and voice. She keeps record of where the students leave off so that they know what to expect the following week. I would definitely recommend Erin to anyone looking for a skilled piano/voice teacher.
Review by Ashley S.
Ali was an amazing voice coach! She taught in a way that made sense to me, and helped me find the voice placements I needed. I didn't know I could sound like that! My development with her was leaps and bounds rather than tiny dreadful steps that happen when you don't know what's going on! Ali was dedicated to helping me work on an audition for a music scholarship and I nailed it all thanks to her, seriously. I can't thank her enough! She helped me with the tools and confidence I needed to sing in the real world alone rather than just back row in a large choir.
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