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My vocal teaching method focuses on correct breathing and resonance and is based on the Italian bel canto school of classical singing; I also incorporate some activities from Barry Green's "Inner Game of Music" technique. Although my teaching is grounded in a scientific approach to the process of phonation, I also believe singing should be a fun experience for the student. We sing to communicate! My piano teaching method incorporates repertoire study, technical exercises, and strength-building work. I use a variety of method books (including Schaum, Alfred, and Bastien) as well as supplemental theory workbooks; the specific materials are chosen based on the student's abilities and learning style. Advanced piano students are assigned repertoire from a variety of major composers from a range of time periods, scales, arpeggios, octaves, and technical exercises by Hanon and Czerny. As an organ teacher, I use both the Leupold and Davis method books, as well as hymn and/or performance repertoire tailored to the student's interests and abilities.
While in Augusta, I had the fortune to play the violin with a Beatles Tribute Band called Number 9. I return to Augusta every August to play with them for a combined audience of 1700 people per weekend. During my career in Augusta, I also regularly played on violin and viola in the pit orchestra for the Augusta Players, Augusta's premier professional theatre company. I taught for seven years in the Richmond County Public Schools, two as a choral director, and five of which were with the Orchestra Program. I've also taught privately and coached ensembles for the last decade. Since my move to Pittsburgh, I have performed with the Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Savoyards, the Pittsburgh Philharmonic, and the String Ensemble of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Tuesday Musical Club. I'll also be featured as a guest artist on viola on the 2012 Pittsburgh Singer-Songwriters CD. I am currently pursuing performances with a guitarist. We are Midnight Vinyl Duet and play everything from Classical to 60s/70s music. Check us out on YouTube! I Am the Walrus, arranged by Midnight Vinyl Duet for guitar, violin, and vocals: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQXHnb1rFPA Samples of classical music (Wedding-specific): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqQ2lGIZz8s
I work with students to move at their pace while still challenging them with engaging material that they are insterested in and that will help them improve and grow musically.
Setting goals and making plans to reach them is a huge part of my teaching style. Singing is just as much a discipline as any other skill. Let's meet, set up some short and long time goals, and then begin working together to reach those goals!
I am a young but very experienced instructor and vocalist. I am currently completing my vocal performance degree at Duquesne University. When not teaching, I perform with the Mt. Lebanon United Lutheran Chancel Choir, and I cantor Mass at St. Benedict the Abbot in Peters Township and St. Louise de Marillac in Bethel Park. I have been teaching privately for three years, and have worked with David's Music House and Accelerando Music Conservatory.
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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 modern vocal technique during their vocal lessons. The aim is to get students to be able to sing without strain, discomfort, or constriction throughout the whole of their range, in key, and in a clean, full sounding tone, and then apply these techniques to singing songs in various genres. Students will learn how to bridge and connect their vocal registers in order to expand their vocal range, add vibrato to their singing, and learn how to properly support the voice in order to sing long passages and create a strong, full sounding vocal tone. The teachers in our network can also help students who have tuning problems by conducting exercises that work on their pitch. Lessons can also cover musical theory, performance tips, and vocal effects such as safe vibrato and developing vocal agility through runs and fills. Students can also learn vocal physiology.
Your voice is the only instrument that functions best when your entire body functions properly. Improve your voice health when you take care of your body's health. That includes eating a nutritious diet that's filled with vegetables, fruit, and protein. You'll also want to drink water instead of alcohol, sugary drinks, or caffeine. Exercise plays an important role in your overall health too. Spend time each day exercising and working out. Daily, rest your body. Sleep well at night and don't over use your voice. By taking steps to ensure your body functions properly, you also help your voice function at its best.
With in-home voice lessons, discover the depth of your singing talent. A professional from Musika's network will offer personalized instruction in the comfort of your home. Learn to sing R&B, master Opera, or prepare for a competition. All you need is the desire to learn, an effort to practice and a piano or keyboard. The instructor helps you find songs that fit your voice, and you can learn better control and projection. It doesn't matter if you're a professional or a novice singer. You will learn something new each time without leaving the house when you participate in voice lessons at home.
Learning how to sing can be highly rewarding, enjoyable, and carries many other benefits. Learning correct vocal technique and singing can keep your voice healthy, relieve stress, and have positive social impacts - such as joining a choir group, band, or participating in karaoke nights! Taking lessons with the experienced teachers in our network can also be beneficial for those who would like a professional, objective assessment of their voices or for those who would like to learn or work on a specific vocal technique. Students can also be prepared for exams, gigs, and auditions.
Review by Brianne Hancock
Martina has been teaching our daughter violin since early 2015. Every time our daughter has a lesson she comes away in such a great mood - she really enjoys her lessons! Martina is positive and encouraging and adjusts her teaching to help our daughter learn the best way for her learning needs. We were curious about how online lessons would work, and it turns out that they work really well. The 1:1 time and ability to teach from a distance make it work just as well as in person. We've had moves and schedule changes and Martina has been very flexible for us - which made such a big difference in making violin lessons accessible. Absolutely recommend her!
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 Jonathan
Angela is a phenomenal teacher. She is full of charisma and is a joy to work with. Most of my experience with her has been focused on working in the Alexander Technique and she seems very knowledgeable in this study. I would highly recommend her to any prospective student. I have seen myself improve dramatically in a few short weeks with her guidance (and much practice of course!)
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!
Review by Maurice Romero
This is the 1st time I've ever taken lessons, and Robert has been a pleasure to work with. I've made quick progress and have enjoyed the process. I'm always listening for those tips that you can't find in a book. I can count on Robert to be strict on the fundamentals and am clear it will make a difference in the long run.
Review by Steve Newman
My daughter began learning sax in her school band, but she didn't begin PLAYING sax until she started lessons with Debra. From scales and exercises to actual pieces, Debra coached my daughter with real insight, sensitivity, and patience. Her knowledge of the instrument and feeling for music - along with her easy-going,"kid friendly" personality - make Debra the ideal teacher and musical mentor.
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.
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 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 :)
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