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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 am a music teacher who enjoys working with all age levels. I trained extensively in voice in college at the University of Oklahoma, and I love to share my knowledge and skills with my students. I am a positive and encouraging teacher who helps her students achieve their personal musical goals.
I am a very motivated instructor who really loves helping students of all ages. I am orginally from the Midwest and moved to New York City to persue opera performing. Recently, my family and I relocated to the Buffalo area and I am looking forward to working with some of the local musicians. This past year I debuted with Buffalo's Opera Sacra for their production of Maria Stuarda. I had the honor of holding the title role and I am currently working with them on other projects. I have also worked all over the United States and I have also sung internationally in Germany.
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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Your voice is the one instrument that accompanies you wherever you go. Polish it with in-home voice lessons. Professional instructors in Musika's network arrive at your home ready to teach you how to choose songs that fit your voice, maximize your singing performance, and care for your instrument. All you need is a piano or keyboard, music, and your willingness to work. Whether you sing classical, country, or R&B, we can help you polish your voice. Prepare for a professional performance, an appearance on a reality singing competition, or a solo at a local event when you take in-home voice lessons.
With a healthy voice, you sing clearly and stay on pitch. You keep your voice healthy when you take care of your entire body. That means getting enough sleep every night and reducing stress. You also must eat a balanced diet that limits sugars and is rich in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Choose water instead of caffeinated or sugary drinks. Additionally, quit smoking since it harms your vocal cords, but aerobic exercises strengthen your lungs and voice. Finally, rest your voice. Don't yell, scream or cheer, and try to sing for limited rather than unlimited amounts of time. With these tips, your voice remains strong and healthy.
Whether you're a first time voice student or have been taking lessons for years, adult voice lessons can help you reach your musical goals. Instructors from Musika's network can come into your house, or you can go to their studio. Each lesson is packed with practical singing tips geared specifically to you and your needs. You can learn how to care for your voice, control your breathing, and choose songs that fit your voice. We even prepare you for local performances or reality show auditions. Your singing will improve, and you will feel more confident when you take adult voice lessons.
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.
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.
Review by Emily
Steve gets you started right away with songs but also goes into music theory and reading music which adds to understanding and appreciation of the music. He is very approachable and you can tell that he absolutely loves music and teaching. It is hard not to be excited about the process of learning with Steve. If you are considering lessons I highly recommend Steve for any level of student.
Review by Mythili Lahiri
My son is truly enjoying his lessons with Chris. He looks forward to them and is motivated to practice. Chris is conscientious and shows up on time and whenever he is supposed to. He communicates clearly if rescheduling is ever required and is accommodating when we need to change the day. I would recommend Chris to anyone.
Review by Heather Berest
I started my 5 yr old daughter with Karleen this Fall. Karleen has a calm and honest disposition. My daughter adores her and cannot wait for her arrival. I was concerned because my daughter is not so willing to "practice" during the week. Karleen advised me to allow her habits of practicing to evolve naturally as her love and understanding of piano increases. She emphasized how nurturing my daughter's love of music is most important. This was music to my ears :)
Review by Kristin
Ted S. is teaching clarinet to one of my children, and piano to two others. He is extremely knowledgeable, and very encouraging. His teaching methods are keeping my children enthused about their lessons, and without that, you have nothing. Two of my children were taking piano lesson from another teacher for the past year, and not progressing. Ted has been able to evaluate their skills individually, determine what was missing in their music education, and begin again with some early basics they seem to have missed. I am convinced we are finally moving forward, and am very happy about that. I wish I would have made this change much earlier.
Review by Blaine Vaz
“I took drum lessons from Mark for about 7 months. I have been playing for 38 years but always thrive to learn more. He was able to provide me alternative exercises and help me gain a better understanding of my opportunities. I have been able to take my playing to another level. His approach to teaching is perfect for any level of student, beginner or advanced. He is a true professional and an outstanding person. You won't go wrong with Mark!” Blaine Vaz
Review by Jane A.
I started taking voice lessons from Ali when I was 19 and a sophomore in college. Though I was hesitant to be starting "late", I felt very comfortable with Ali and her teaching style. We identified several key issues that really made a difference and improved my voice technique. It was fun to sing popular, beautiful songs in our recital! If only I lived in Los Angeles, I would still be a student. Highly recommended!
Review by Roselynbrown
After moving from NY and parting from our amazing piano instructor, we thought we couldn't find a piano teacher close to what we knew. We are happy to say Musika matched us up with someone professional and friendly who enjoys teaching younger students. Thank you! We definitely recommend Kuan as a piano instructor :)
Review by Gisellesoldati
Cory is simply the greatest instructor ever! His 30 year plus teaching experience along with his knowledge of ever longer in music composition and performance make a real difference if you're in for learning the right way. Thank you Cory for teaching me not only the chords but also the history behind it and awesome tricks on getting better faster ;)
Review by Maureen Young
“Lynn has taught my daughter guitar for 9 years. She has always managed to keep her engaged and provide an exceptional learning experience. She tailors the lesson specifically to the student’s interests and abilities. She provides many opportunities for students to showcase their talents outside of lessons. We love working with Lynn.” Maureen Young, Dir. of Finance, Aug 2015
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