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I began studying voice prior to college with world renowned teacher, Helen Boatwright in Syracuse, NY. This training was classical. Loving jazz, I started also to sing with Dianna Spradling at Syracuse University. Soon after, I decided to go to college for musical theatre at The Boston Conservatory where I continued my studies with Walter Boyce and Robert Honeysucker, both of whom used a more classical technique. Through the years as a performer, I have worked with many coaches and teachers short term in NY and LA. About 10 years a go, I began teaching on the side. I now have 30+ students. Some come to my home and some at a studio in St. Clair Shores. My goal is to get my singers performing as much a s possible. We have a standing performance at a local coffee house every month as well as an annual recital. I also encourage my students to audition for shows and scholarships by providing them with opportunities.
Over 13 years of teaching experience. I do travel for piano lessons only to your home. All other instrumnets must be at my studio in Westland MI.
I am an enthusiastic and caring teacher who wants to give back to the community as my mentors and teachers gave to me. A love of music and performance from my younger days motivated me to enroll in choir and seek experiences outside of school that would give me the education I sought. My involvement with a show choir and extensive solo work led to a pursuit of studies in jazz and classical literature. I graduated with honors from Oakland University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education. I performed in local bands and recorded professionally in the studio after college. Today, I am still a working performer in a vocal/guitar duo.
I love music and I love working with students of all ages. I studied piano from the age of 4, played euphonium in school band, sang in choir, and graduated from Michigan State University with honors in 2005 with a degree in music education. My teaching has taken me from inner-city Chicago, to Bay City, to South Lyon MI. I am looking to spend more time teaching one-on-one, as I feel that creates the most positive experiences for student and teacher.
Every student learns at their own pace. Though I do believe in setting goals and structure for lessons, I know that each student will learn at their own pace and goals may need to be tweaked as the lessons go on. My goal is to help the student grow and become for confident in themselves. I would rather focus on a student becoming a stronger musician and grow a passion for music rather than sticking to a schedule. Goals for lessons also change as lessons go on. At the very beginning, I like to sit down with my students and discuss what their goals are for these lessons. Once a month, at the end of a lesson, we will sit down and talk about if these goals are the same, do they feel they are reaching these goals and tweak anything for the next month. I encourage students to always be honest with me. I would rather hear that they are unhappy with their lessons or do not understand the principle I am teaching. Having an honest atmosphere allows us (the student and teacher) to talk openly and trust one another. This will have the student feel safe which is important for growth in any student.
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With a healthy body, you sing clearly and protect your vocal cords. Maintain a healthy body by eating a balanced diet, exercising, and resting. Start with balanced meals. They should include whole grains, vegetables, and fruits. Avoid sugary foods and drinks, and choose water instead. Exercise every day. Aerobic sports increase your body's fitness levels and improve your ability control your voice as you sing. Every night, sleep soundly when you stick to a relaxing bedtime routine and limit distractions. Finally, rest your voice. Speak softly and limit yelling. With these tips, you'll be able to maintain a healthy body and sing clearly.
Musika offers customized one-on-one music lessons at your home - a time saving solution for busy parents and students. The convenience of in-home voice lessons allows you to save time without having to transport your child to class, allows your child to maximize their busy schedule, and provides a safe and familiar environment in which to learn.
Taking voice lessons is the best way to improve your singing ability, and they allow you to express your passion for music. From trained instructors in Musika's network, learn how to expand your vocal range and projection as well as how to read and interpret music. These experienced voice teachers can teach you any genre or style you want to sing. Master Opera, Country, Pop, or R&B. With your selected genre, discover the songs that best fit your voice, and learn how to express emotion that fits the lyrics and phrases. In addition to regular lessons, practice every day. Your teacher will assign homework based on method books you can buy at local or online music stores or other exercises they may prepare for you. Preparing for auditions, managing stage fright, and perfecting performances are also part of a voice instructor's skills. If you want to be a better singer, commit to voice lessons today.
Musika students who take adult voice lessons study many different genres of music. We have instructors in our network who specialize in Pop, Country, Classical, Gospel, Musical Theater, Jazz, and more. Do you want to audition for The Voice, American Idol or X-Factor? We've successfully helped contestants prepare for these contest auditions. Do you want to win a spot on Broadway or sing better at church? Our instructors provide in-studio or in-home lessons that help you hone your musical skill, choose songs that fit your voice, and practice every day. Reach for the stars and achieve your musical goals with adult voice lessons in any genre.
Many young children want to sing like their musical heroes and icons. Musika, however, recommends that kids wait until puberty to start voice lessons. After age 11 or 12, kids are physically and emotionally mature enough to handle the rigors of regular voice lessons. Starting lessons sooner could cause permanent vocal strain or damage. Wait until your children start puberty and reach the recommended age. Then provide in-home or in-studio lessons that teach them how to sing without harming their voice.
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 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 Chad H.
"Mr. Richard has been absolutely perfect for our very active two boys. He has been an excellent fit for gauging and keeping their interest far beyond what we had imagined. Our boys actually argue over who gets to go first. Mr. Richard knocks it out of the park when it comes to exceeding our expectations"
Review by Dylan Jacinto
Jessie is the finest musician I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I find her overall concept of approaching an instrument to be both comprehensive and effective. Each technique she has acquired has made it possible for her to tailor her method to a variety of ages and individuals. I cannot speak more highly of Miss Jessie's abilities. Her lengthy and impressive cradecials speak for themselves. I recommend no hesitation in seeking her services!
Review by Nicole V.
"My daughter is 10 years old and has been taking piano lessons with Mr. Dale J. for almost 4 years now. She is progressing nicely. His kind and gentle way make for a very positive learning experience. Mr. Dale J. is encouraging without being harsh or belittling. He is patient and the ideal instructor for my daughter."
Review by Robert Stallone
I am in my 60s and decided to get back into playing my guitar. I thought taking lessons would be a good way to formalize the endeavor. I did have some concern about whether working with a teacher would work out as I've behave only played for my own enjoyment for a long time. Peter and I have had a few lessons together and I am truly enjoying the experience. He is very supportive and flexible. We arrived at a three gold approach that is really working for me. We focus on developing a playlist, learning some of the more iconic tunes from leading artist that I would have a hard time learning on my own and developing some technical skills related to style and music theory. Now I look forward to my next lesson and am already playing better and enjoying the journey. Peter is a great teacher I'm lucky to have the opportunity to work with him.
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.
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 Maria
My daughter has been taking piano lessons through her school district program for the last two years. She had learned a lot in that class but I noticed that she needed advanced classes at this point. After reviewing several websites I decided to enroll my daughter for the trial at MUSIKA. We got Mrs. Veronica B., and I am more than happy we got her as my daughter's teacher. Mrs. Veronica B. was very professional and very knowledgeable at the trial day. She was able to assess my daughter skill's level, and then she was able to give suggestions about how to improve those skills. My daughter has taken 5 classes with Mrs. Barker, and I can see she enjoys each class and she's improved a lot since day one. I can picture my daughter playing her favorites songs on the piano very soon!!! :-)
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