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I am a second year MM student at Boston University studying Voice Performance. I graduated summa cum laude in 2011 from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.A. in Music. I am very passionate about free and healthy singing, and eager to teach students who share my love of music. I had a young involvement in music, starting the violin at the age of six before discovering singing in musicals in high school, and am adept at both musical theatre and operatic singing. Additionally, I have extensive experience in both solo and choral repertoire. While living in St. Louis, I was a member of the Bach Society of St. Louis and the St. Louis Symphony Chorus.
I have been teaching voice for over 7 years now. As Music Director of the Celebrity Cast on the Millennium, I instructed each of our professional vocalists onboard how to approach their parts, and gave weekly notes based on videos I had been provided of our previous shows. I also Music Director the Hyannis Sound, and not only instructed soloists on how to approach their songs, I guided each singer to achieve the best they could singing background parts in our a cappella ensemble. I believe that each singer should be equipped with many different disciples and styles within their voice. I can help a student concentrate on one particular style for their next upcoming audition or production. I can also help a student learn more about how to sing a different style a music they may not not tried yet with authenticity. I also enjoy teaching students elements of Sightreading, Music Theory, and Eartraining to assist with auditions or music ensembles they may be a part of.
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'm a passionate and motivated vocalist/guitarist/lyricist who is mostly new to teaching in the formal sense. I've spent time in the past teaching friends here and there, but never really setup a regular clientele due to family or work commitments etc. While I consider myself to be a versatile vocalist who can sing most styles of music I belive my greatest gift to be able to access the deep emotions that make a song stand out to the listener. Whenever someone talks to me about music I want to know what moves them and why? Most importantly I'm most excited about this opportunity to teach because I'd like to help my students find their own unique individual voice.
I like to inspire my students to listen, read, feel, create and interpret music. I encourage them to practice and perform at our bi-anual recitals and also motivate them to attend concerts on a regular basis. This will help them to succeed as students and musicians. I truly enjoy my profession and I'm always developing new musical teaching ideas.
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In order to maintain and develop singing ability, it is important to take care of the voice. To sing in a strong, full-sounding vocal tone through the whole range of the voice requires maintaining good vocal fold closure. Damaging or irritating the vocal folds can reduce their ability to close or compress and lead to problems. Mucus caused by allergies or illness can irritate the folds, as can sugary foods, smoking, alcohol, and dehydration. Water, rest, and avoiding problem substances or foods are the best ways to maintain vocal health. It is also important to warm up before singing.
We teach singing to adults of all ages, each of whom have different aims and goals in mind. For many adults, they want to learn how to sing simply for fun or for their karaoke nights. For others, they may want to develop their voices with the goal of becoming a professional vocalist in mind. Advanced students often want to learn a few specific techniques or work on some exercises, such as increasing their range, improving their support, singing with distortion, vibrato, etc. We have a range of experienced teachers in our network who can help with your specific goals.
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.
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.
Voice lessons focus on developing performing techniques, vocal techniques and breath control. You will learn how to read and interpret music; how to bring your own emotions to your performances; and how to enhance the quality of your singing in preparation for auditions.
Review by Alamu Vinai
Usually I don't write reviews. I am compelled to write for Feng. I've experience finding/working with many music teachers over the years for different instruments (piano, flute, sax) for kids. I think Feng is the best, he is so passionate about music, he encourages the kids. He teaches thoroughly - you can tell he knows lot about saxophone. I would definitely recommend Feng!!
Review by Angie Ignazzitto
Stephanie is an excellent voice teacher! Our 10-year-old daughter enjoys her lessons with Stephanie each week. She has an amazing way of connecting with our daughter through music. Stephanie knows how to offer constructive feedback in a positive way that keeps our daughter interested and wanting to learn more. I would recommend Stephanie without hesitation.
Review by Brooklyn
Laura is a fabulous teacher. She explains concepts to me using concrete examples so that I can understand changes that I need to make to my posture, breathing, phrasing, etc. She makes warm-up exercises fun, and she's got a great sense of humor over all. Her teaching style is collaborative, more egalitarian (she respects what I already know and meets me at my level), tailored to my particular interests and strengths, and I always look forward to our lessons!
Review by Debbie E.
I had always wanted to take vocal lessons, but was very nervous about it until I had the opportunity to have Ali as my instructor. She made me feel very comfortable and helped me realize my strengths while giving me other areas to work on and strengthen. I liked how Ali had me sing out of my "comfort" zone to realize my vocal range. It is obvious that Ali loves music and sharing that love with her students. She is very good at what she does and works well with both male and female voices. I highly recommend Ali and give her solid 5 stars
Review by Jenn
My son and I both take lessons with Micheal. My son started on the ukulele and recently started the guitar. He is excellent with children. Very patient and very intuitive to the child's ability. He is also an excellent teacher for adults. I had not touched my guitar in several years and in a couple months not only to I remember everything I forgot but I'm learning many new techniques and am a much better player than I've ever been.
Review by James F.
After my first piano lesson, Polina is easily the best teacher I could have hoped for. Extremely charismatic and excited to help YOU learn the piano. She puts a lot of effort into evaluation your learning style and will no doubt help you make tremendous strides! I'm stoked to continue taking lessons!
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 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 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.
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