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I started teaching voice and drums in the mid-1990s, and piano in 2009. In addition to my private studio, I taught voice at The Boston Conservatory. I enjoy teaching, and view it as making music together in a learning environment. Lessons are both disciplined and fun.
My teaching style is customized to the student. I encourge working with scales, rhythms, solfedge (do, re, mi, fa) improvisation, ear-training and also working with and learning songs. Depending on the needs of the student I then move into more advance techniques such as intonation, phrasing, and sight reading.
I consider myself to be a positive person who loves to laugh. I feel that music is an expression of oneself, so learning should be fun and be full of success. For beginners, I set small goals to start then add on more as I see thae student can handle more. For intermediate and Advanced students, I challenge them, but also make sure they are playing/singing things they like. I hope to foster a love in music, and bring out the musician in all of them.
My teaching experience began in high school, when I started teaching small classes of children ages 3-13 at my church. I continued to develop my teaching abilities in college, when I directed a small choir. My favorite part of directing that choir was the one-on-one sessions (fun on ones, as my singers called them). These one on ones were dedicated to developing each member's individual voice and grasp of vocal technique, so that I could be certain that all of the singers were singing healthily. With my students I like to tackle some classical repertoire in order to hone technique and some modern or musical theater repertoire to be sure my students are having fun learning music!
I started teaching voice because I love to sing, and I enjoy sharing my love of music with others. An important part of my early professional experience has been teaching performing arts enrichment classes (voice, acting, creative writing, spoken word, visual arts, etc.). In addition to private and group instruction for students of all ages and various genres, my work as an educator also includes: · designing courses and conducting workshops and panel discussions in the fields of arts, education, and business/ entrepreneurship · training teachers in writing and implementing academic and recreational arts lesson plans · managing, directing, and producing educational, cultural, and arts performances and special events My voice students (at all levels of development) engage in learning about: Vocal Anatomy and Voice Health, Respiration and Breath Control, Sound Waves and Vibrational Energy, Rhythm, Pitch, Tone, Melody, Harmony, Timing/Phrasing, Posture and Presence, History and Culture, and more!
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Singing is a physical endeavor that requires effort, strength, and coordination. The musculature of the voice is very delicate so it is important to sing using safe techniques. Forcing or pushing the voice is a common cause of vocal fatigue and should be avoided. Check for tension or constriction in the throat, as this is sign of bad technique. The extrinsic muscles of the voice (neck, jaw, and cheeks) should be relaxed and there should be no discomfort of pain when singing. The best way to avoid vocal fatigue or injury is through warm ups, sleep, and hydration
Singing is a fun activity kids enjoy doing in front of their mirror as they dream of becoming the next great talent. Their voice must be protected, though, from damage and strain. That's why we recommend that kids wait until puberty to start formal voice lessons. Around the age of 11 or 12, a child's voice is mature enough to participate in regular vocal lessons. The instructors in our network teach students of all ages, but we recommend waiting until a child's voice has matured. By waiting, the risk of damage or strain is minimized so a child can successfully perform in front of the mirror or on a national stage.
When you want to sing better but don't have hours of extra time each week, you need in-home voice lessons. They're convenient and practical. A trained and professional instructor from Musika's network comes to your home and uses your keyboard or piano to teach you how to sing better. Your instructor can help you choose a song that fits your voice or supervise your efforts to learn voice control. Don't let your busy schedule and to-do list keep you from improving your singing ability. Sign up for in-home voice lessons, and become the singer you want to be.
When you want to learn how to become a better singer, you need voice lessons. The instructors in Musika's network are trained in every genre and style, including Classical, Country, and R&B. We can help you prepare for national auditions or local competitions. You will receive customized lesson plans based on your musical goals and previous experience. As part of your lessons, you will learn how to protect and project your voice. You'll learn how to interpret songs, add emotion, and read music. Before you audition or perform, we'll teach you how to manage stage fright. In addition to these topics, learn: how to enjoy and express yourself with singing, breath control techniques, vocal cord protection, voice projection techniques, vocal volume improvement, how to read music, genre and style interpretation, and how to add emotion to songs, lyrics, and phrases.
You no longer have an excuse to put off your musical dreams. Audition for singing competitions or perform in front of a crowd when you take adult voice lessons. Trained instructors from Musika's network understand the industry, and can give you the tools you need to succeed. Start with your favorite genre, style, and songs that fit your voice. Then practice vocal control, breathing, and projection. In your home or a teacher's private studio, spend time perfecting your voice and preparing for any audition or performance. Adult voice lessons are exactly what you need to achieve your musical dreams today.
Review by Susan
My daughter is extremely happy and comfortable with Rachel, and looks forward to her piano lessons every week. She is a very kind and patient teacher, always using positive reenforcement with my daughter, which makes all the difference in the world to children. We definitely are looking forward to continued piano lessons with her. So glad we found her.
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 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 Roberta
My 4 year old son is quite energetic. Another piano teacher tried to teach him before Peter and could not get my son to listen to him at all. That teacher told me that my son had no interest and that we needed to wait before having my son take lessons. Peter started teaching my son a few weeks later. He quickly developed a great rapport with my son. I was astounded when my son sat down and listened to Peter during the first lesson. Peter has remarkable patience and is a natural working with children. He knows when to follow the child's lead. My son is very interested in how the piano works, so Peter takes the time to teach him about this. He is able to use my son's interests (superheroes, Lego, Star Wars, etc.) to refocus him back to playing the piano. Between lessons, he brainstorms on how he can teach my son better. For example, my son was playing the notes, but not understanding rhythm, so Peter looked into it and came back the next week with a new plan which helped. My son looks forward to his lesson every week. When he hears the doorbell ring on lesson day, he exclaims, "Yay! Peter's here!"
Review by Jon
Michael is exactly what I was looking for in a teacher. The first thing he did was to determine what I wanted to get out of lessons, and what my existing skill level is. He is now aiming me in the right direction - and he is clearly skilled, experienced and knowledgeable, in addition to being very easy to get along with. I'm very happy.
Review by Natalie Kretcher
I really like her. And as an adult student, a good teacher who keeps the pace up but still keeps it reasonable in terms of difficulty is really hard to find. She does a great job of explaining little detail things in terms I (as a musically challenged human) can understand. I'm having a blast! 10/10 would recommend!
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 Venessea Gilbert
Rebecca has been super with my son! He is 8yrs old and has mild aspergers. He has never played an instrument before but after one lesson with his teacher he could keep a beat on his drums. She is able to keep his attention and really makes it fun! She is flexible and easy going. I highly recommend her for any lessons. Very nice teacher! Thank you Rebecca for your outstanding service!!
Review by Jeff N.
Travis is an extremely knowledgeable guitarist and teacher. Travis is equally comfortable in playing/teaching jazz, rock, blues, or classical styles. I really like the way he explains things and he has the ability to make difficult material seem simpler. Travis is very likeable, enthusiastic, and always very professional. I think Travis would be great teaching either children or adults because he's very patient. My learning experience with Travis has been outstanding. He taught me some great techniques for chord substitution and for soloing. I'll continue to work with Travis because he inspires me to be a better guitarist. I think he could really help me with composing because he writes some great songs too! Thanks Travis!
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