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My number one aim is to create independent musicians. Students will learn a variety of fun and engaging practice techniques that they can apply to learning any piece of music.
I am a diligent and motivated musician, performer and educator who enjoys working with a variey of students looking to grow in musicianship. In 2010, I graduated with my degrees in Music Education and Applied Voice from Indiana Wesleyan University. During my undergraduate experience I had opportunities to perform throughout Europe, to hold the honor of student conductor of the Indiana Wesleyan University Chorale, to choregoraph stage productions including multiple operas and musicals and to premier the lead role in a new musical, Where Fortunes Lie. Since my schooling, I have had occasion to perform with Kathleen Battle, Ronan Tynan, Michele Ragusa and Mike McGowan, as well as sing under the batons of Dr. Todd Guy, Dr. Erin Freeman, Dr. JoAnn Falletta and Dr. Adam Luebke. My goal as a music educator is to encourage and develop my students' musical abilities and passions for performance.
I begin with the basics for beginning students. I believe it is essential to begin with honing each students musicianship. Once I feel they have a firm grasp of beginning musicianship, I introduce them to solo repertoire. For advanced students, I incorporate sight singing as well.
I am from a traditional classical singing background. I use vocal exercises to not only strenghen the voice but to build a strong singing foundation. Hopefully, by the end of the lessons there will be no need for a microphone. For young singers we will focus on classic tradional basic song literature as well as have fun with popular music. Adults can bet that I will help them fine tune and build a sound and secure vocal technique for what ever repertoire they are needing guidance on. Each voice is different so depending on your level and your skill I will figure out how to help you succeed.
I am a passionate, professional conductor, baritone, and educator with extensive experience teaching and inspiring students, singers, and pianist in schools, camps, private studios, community organizations, and churches. I currently serve as the Director of Choral Music at Nichols School where I conduct the Concert Choir and teach voice lessons and vocal technique. In the community, I am the Bass Section Leader for the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus and the Music Director at Kenmore Baptist Church. Prior to my move to Buffalo, I maintained a full voice and piano studio at the Rochester Academy of Music & Arts. In the summers of 2015 and 2016 at the Eastman School of Music, I was selected to be a Choral Fellow in the Advanced Conducting Workshops as well as the baritone soloist in choral performances of Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem. As a young baritone, I have enjoyed professional memberships in over 15 choral organizations, most notably with the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, the Chicago Choral Artists, VOICES, First Inversion, the Eastman Chorale, and the Eastman-Rochester Chorus, in which I was selected for solos in Vaughn Williams’ A Sea Symphony, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, and Dominick Argento’s Four Seascapes. I was also a member of the Summer Fest Choir and Festival Chamber Choir in the 2013 Summer Choral Festival and Competition in Lisbon, Portugal. In Chicago, I served as the Bass Section Leader in the Moody Oratorio Chorus, and the Moody Chorale, with which I traveled extensively throughout four continents. I also played the role of Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro in the Moody Bible Institute Opera Workshop. I hold the MM degree in conducting from the Eastman School of Music and the BM degree in voice from the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. I have studied voice with Robert Swensen at the Eastman School of Music, Dr. Terry Strandt at the Moody Bible Institute, and Dr. Kyle Ferrill at Interlochen Arts Camp. I have also studied piano with Juilliard trained, Dr. Brian Lee.
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As an adult, singing involves more than proper breathing and vocal control. It also includes choosing songs that compliment your voice and taking care of your vocal cords. Learn how to sing any musical genre with adult voice lessons. The professional instructors in Musika's network are skilled in helping adult students succeed. We give you the tools you need to succeed while performing or during auditions. Choose your favorite genre, then get ready to sing. We come to your home, or you can travel to our studio. With adult voice lessons, learn techniques that help you sing better today and into the future.
For vocalists of all abilities, it is important to keep the voice healthy. Before singing, whether it be a live performance, a lesson, or practice, vocalists should be sure to do a good warm up, which can last anywhere from 15 minutes to 45 minutes depending on the singer or type of singing about to be performed. All singers should make sure they consume plenty of water throughout the day in order to keep the voice hydrated. A dry throat, along with things such as allergies, coughing, alcohol, and tobacco, can irritate the vocal folds and hinder performance levels.
Musika offers personalized and customized one-on-one voice lessons in your home. The convenience of at home lessons saves you time. Instead of driving to a studio, fighting traffic, or putting off other important activities, stay home and let an instructor from Musika's network come to you. They can offer instruction in every musical genre. Learn classical for theater performances or master R&B for a reality TV audition. You only need a piano and sheet music, and then you are set to learn how to sing from the comfort of your home.
Voice lessons focus on development of vocal skills and breathing techniques to help increase projection of the voice and improve the range of the voice. Students will learn how to read music and also learn to emotionally interpret lyrics and melodies during their performance. Vocal method books and lesson materials can be purchased from a local music store. You can study a variety of vocal styles in your lessons ranging from classical and opera to jazz and pop.
Children who enjoy singing may benefit from voice lessons. Formal vocal training improves a child's singing ability and range. The ideal age to start voice lessons occurs sometime after age 11 or 12 and after a child reaches puberty. Vocal training before that age could damage or strain a child's voice. By waiting until puberty, children reduce their risk of suffering an injury, and they increase their chances of improved vocal performance. Many kids have fun singing, and they can receive all the benefits of voice lessons if they wait until they are physically mature enough.
Review by Andy Snyder
Giorgi has made learning cello even more fun. From the sympathetic, "It is hard" to the precise, "Be careful about the curve of the thumb" he has strengthened learning in every lesson, without being overwhelming. He started playing a little duet on only the 3rd lesson or so, which made me feel, even as a beginner, that I'm already starting to make (occasionally screachy) music. He has suggested a variety of drills and practice techniques which have also sped up the process a lot. And he has a good sense of humor and surprising amount of patience.
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 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 Karl B
“My son and I have been taking lessons with Lynn for 5 or 6 years now. She is very patient with younger students (& older students having "senior moments"). She is also flexible in her lessons in that if we want to work on theory, jazz, rock, blues, she will cater to our requests.” – Karl B., C.P.A., Aug 2015
Review by Thomas Pickens
"I've been taking lessons with Richard for just a little over six months now and all I can say is that he is an amazing instructor. He hasn't followed a set one size fits all script in his lessons but has instead worked with my musical interests and at my pace in a way that is truly valuable. He has also kept things fun, interesting, and engaging even at times when I've felt overwhelmed and discouraged. This is an instructor that is truly adaptable to his students and will make sure that they get the most out of their lessons. I would definitely recommend him to anybody that truly wants to unlock their musical potential."
Review by Travis Dalenberg
Travis is the greatest. He knows his music and how to teach it. He gives you time to learn, but will not allow student time to get lazy. I know he teaches all age groups. Young pre-teens to us old folks 78 years young. I have been taking lessons from him since early December 2014. He is a true professional. You can't go wrong with him.
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 Stevengournay
There are only a handful of people I count in my life who were great teachers, and Laura is one of them. Her musicianship is so secure as are her technique and personality that she zeros in on my weaknesses and devises exercises to strengthen them, and during the lesson it is not "Do this, no, do that" which is unnerving to a novice. She understands the most important part of study is relaxation, so that is easy to achieve with such a confident and compassionate human. Music is her life and she is eager to share her talent with everyone. A rare find, indeed!
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!
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