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I have successfully brought begining singers that had trouble matching pitch to competition-level singing abillity within a year. I have also worked with more advanced singers who could sing well in one genre but wanted to learn a new one.
I've been teaching voice and piano, both privately and in public schools, for 12 years in the Austin area. I have taught all ages and styles and am open to any kind of music. I believe in practice and routine as a foundation to learning, but also improvisation and experimentation. I learn best across multiple media and I LOVE using the internet and a variety of applications to supplement my student's studies. My goal for all students is a very rounded music education, with great fundamental techniques and practice habits for their instrument.
I instruct students by drawing upon practical teaching experience in both the public education and private settings. These experiences total fifteen plus years and enable me to draw students out and adapt to their learning styles quickly. Some things I love most about teaching are helping students develop their voice, their confidence, and seeing them experience personal growth. I make time to play briefly during students' lessons as an example of my own practicing. I also make sure I perform at recitals in order to motivate them to continue learning piano and/or vocal repertoire. I think sharing my own experiences during my childhood and college instruction is an important part of letting students know I have been where they are in their own studies. I love sharing the finest points of music compositions and helping students develop tools that will enable them to learn to become strong pianists or vocalists. Generally, I teach only one area, however, I have learned to develop an approach for teaching piano and voice concurrently for both children and adults who have goals of learning both instruments. I have recently begun to develop singing materials for very young students aged five through ten so they can enjoy choir and/or transition to actual vocal technique beginning at age eleven. I strive to balance between nurturing and holding students to a standard of excellence. I make sure to provide a focused lesson in a friendly and supportive manner.
The first thing I like to do is get to know you, the music you enjoy and your goals. I always come prepared to lead, but in a way, I like to begin by following the student's lead. In addition to learning from you, I intend to present you with new information, to try and broaden your musical tastes and teach you how to be an active listener.
I started teaching voice part-time in college, and once I graduated took on a full time position teaching privately in my home studio, student’s homes, and in schools in Round Rock. Implementing the motivation and lesson plan to practice regularly is an important skill that can be learned while still having fun. I provide students the tools to help overcome stage fright, gain confidence, integrate performance technique, and feel better about singing while learning their favorite music! Students of mine have made the All-Region choir, All District auditions, choir solos, musical roles, and sang the national anthem for organizations. I am obtaining my master's in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy, where I am taking classes specifically designed for teaching private voice lessons.
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Musika vocal lessons are based on teaching students good, safe vocal technique that can be applied to a wide range of musical genres and singing styles. Students of all abilities and experience will be catered to, as lessons are devised to suit the requirements of each individual student. Beginner students will work on their pitch, tone, and vocal range by doing various exercises such as sirens, singing different vowels along a scale, and learning how to properly support the voice through breath management. These exercises are designed to build strength, timing, and coordination in order to traverse the passagio, allowing students to sing notes in their head voice register, thus extending their range. Students can also develop their song interpretation skills, performance techniques, and style development. As students advance, they can learn techniques and skills such as messa di voce, runs and fills, vibrato, and genre-specific techniques like distortion in Rock singing or covering the voice for Musical Theatre or Classical singing.
Voice lessons prepare your child for vocal auditions, competitions, and performances. Young children, however, are not physically prepared for formal voice training. Vocal cord damage or strain is a potential risk that comes with starting voice lessons too soon. For vocal protection and the best results, we recommend kids wait and take voice lessons after they reach puberty, or around 11 or 12 years of age. The vocal cords are more mature at that time, and kids minimize the risks of prolonged damage when they wait until after puberty to take voice lessons from the professional instructors in our network.
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.
Keeping your voice healthy starts with keeping your entire body healthy. The voice is contained within the body, so following a balanced diet, getting adequate sleep, and reducing stress are all keys to keeping your body and voice healthy. Singers should avoid excess caffeine, smoking, and consumption of alcohol and drugs. Excessive screaming, speaking, performing in loud or crowded places without proper amplification, and singing for a prolonged amount of time without rest should all be avoided. Singers should always stay hydrated by drinking purified water, and try to stay away from sugary drinks and colas.
Voice lessons in your home offer a convenient and practical way to master the art of singing. Voice lessons in your home require a piano or keyboard for a teacher to utilize throughout your lesson. Whether you want to learn classical voice, jazz, pop, or musical theatre styles, our instructors can direct you to songs that suit your voice best.
Review by Jacob Solomon
Ileen is a very attentive instuctor. she is patient and works hard to see her student succeed. if a concept is unclear she expains it in other ways to ensure understanding. I would highly recommend ileen to students of all levels who want to learn guitar and music theory to thoroughly enjoy the instrument and music
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 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 Anita
Our daughter has only been playing the piano since March. Tony replaced our other teacher who had a job transfer and could no longer teach. Tony is fun and encouraging. My daughter is playing Taylor Swift and Christmas songs and is playing the piano more than ever before. Very happy so far with Mr Tony
Review by Stan
My two daughters wanted to study piano fore some time now and just recently I found Musikalessons website and teacher Milica. I can only say that my daughters are very happy with their piano lessons and simply adore Milica. They already made a great progress and we're all happy with what they learned in this short period. Thank you Musikalessons and Milica.
Review by Ginger
Unbelievably Awesome. My daughter is a beginner and has some special needs. Justin is more than patient and helpful while being completely thorough and pushing her (in a good way) to try harder. He is encouraging and teaches effectively. I am very pleased. More important, so is my daughter. Thank you Musika! So grateful we found your service and connected with Justin. We highly recommend him.
Review by Jermain
Mrs. Regnarene is an awesome teacher!!! She found musical aids that appealed to my 5 year old daughter and used them to help teach her piano. She has a lot of patience and I could tell she puts in the work before class to have a lesson ready for my daughter. She is always punctual, friendly and respectful. I would recommend her to any parents who want to start their kids off with a good foundation in piano. Jermain T. Riverview, FL
Review by Brad Schimmer
I have been playing the drums for about 5 years and I have to say that Alvaro is very patient. He has opened me up to new styles of music and I can now play a Songo groove! What I liked most was that he was flexible in what I wanted him to teach me and would also bring in new material specifically to what I wanted him to show me. Overall, great patient teacher and would highly recommend! Thanks Alvaro!
Review by Wilma
Gina is very supportive and encouraging. Even though I get frustrated with my progress, she can tell that I've been practicing and reminds me of how far I've come. She challenges me to learn new skills without giving me a piece that I cannot master (with practice). I'm happy that she is my music teacher and look forward to many more lessons in the future.
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