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For beggining students who are children, I typically start with Alfred's Basic books. Once they progress, I will introduce them to a solo repertoire appropriate for first recital performances.I also like to use Leila Fletcher books and do a parallel program with students using intermediate to advanced technique, folk and classical pieces.
I love to watch singers reach their full potential by helping them find their true singing voice and perform with confidence and freedom! I began performing at age three and have sung and played different styles and genres for different audiences ever since. My foundational training is in classical voice, earning my Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Mississippi in 1991. I was then awarded an Apprenticeship with the Knoxville Opera and a Graduate Teaching Assistantship at the University of Tennessee, where I earned my Masters of Music in Vocal Performance in 1993. Over the years I have studied different voice teaching techniques so that I can sing and help singers perform any style with a healthy, free sound. I have performed Opera, Musical Theater, Art Song, Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Contemporary Christian, Rock, Pop, Country and R&B and can help you do the same!
Taught school for 16 years, Played and traveled for a living.
For vocal students, I spend much time discussing and working on technique and style but focus most heavily on execution, as a student may well understand a concept and yet lack the ability to execute. I will send a student home with a particular song by a particular artist, adhering to the student's preferred genre, and ask that he/she not only memorize the lyrics and melody, but also make an attempt at executing/performing the song as the original or assigned artist did, afterward discussing the various factors that this might entail, such as inflection, the use of falsetto, etc. I also point the student toward what I refer to as "rabbit holes," opportunities for the student to delve beyond the assigned artist/song and explore other similar artists, thereby expanding their knowledge and understanding of the music as well as their repertoire. My method is similar with instrumental students. I often direct them toward recordings of an assigned piece, if possible, so that they may hear how the piece should sound in its entirety before attempting to put the puzzle together on their own, so to speak. For beginner piano students, I prefer to use John W Schaum's Note Speller books, moving on to more advanced material as the student progresses.
Just like homeschooling, students will learn individually at their own pace. Students must enjoy their lesson. Sometimes the students may find it discouraging but it is my mission to give them acknowledgment in their accomplishments and nurturing so they can continue to flourish and be the best musicians they can be.
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Taking vocal lessons at any age can be highly rewarding and great fun. Students often take lessons with various aims and goals in mind. Some students want to learn how to increase their vocal range and will have lessons and exercises planned to achieve that particular goal. Some students would like to improve their singing ability in order to feel confident enough to audition for talent shows, competitions, or to join a band or choir. It is quite common for students to take vocal lessons purely because they love to sing and want to improve for their own enjoyment.
There are a number of things to consider for vocalists who wish to keep their voices healthy and in top shape. First, there is no substitute for good vocal technique. Shouting, forcing, pushing, and straining the voice represent bad technique and will likely lead to fatigue or injury. Developing a great singing voice requires strengthening and coordinating the small intrinsic muscles of the larynx, and largely de-activating the muscles that cause constriction and tension. This can be done through specific exercises targeted at developing the necessary coordination and muscular strength. Warm ups and plenty of water should be taken before singing.
Voice lessons focus on development of vocal skills and breathing techniques. They also help you increase you voice's projection and range. Vocal method books and lesson materials can be purchased from a local music store. You can study a variety of vocal styles ranging from classical and opera to jazz and pop. With help from the trained instructors in Musika's network, learn how to read music and how to interpret lyrics and melodies with emotion during your auditions and performances. Other topics generally included in lessons are how to enjoy music and express yourself with singing, proper breath control, vocal cord protection, vocal projection techniques, how to improve vocal volume, how to read musical notations, interpretation of various singing styles including classical, jazz, country, pop, and opera, how to interpret songs, lyrics, and phrases with the proper emotion, and performance techniques and tips, including how to manage stage fright.
Students can have fun learning how to sing from as young as 11 or 12 years old. As students of this age are approaching puberty, their voices are not fully matured, so care must be taken not to place too much pressure or strain on the voice for fear of risking injury. That said, through lessons and practice, students can learn safe vocal techniques, how to look after their voices, develop their ability to hear and recreate pitch, and work on their musical theory. Students can also improve their concentration levels, confidence, and self-esteem.
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.
Review by Olivia
Andrew is very encouraging and uplifting, but also isn't afraid to tell you your weaknesses. Andrew also is super awesome with scheduling. Fits around your schedule all the time. He really knows what he is doing and can help you reach your goal in the time you would like to. Couldn't have gotten a better teacher, who continually helps me grow and pushes me.
Review by Kaleen Todoroff
Noel is amazing. She is helping me to work toward my vocal goals for auditions to several musical theaters. She has helped me choose strong audition pieces and is teaching excellent ways to get the sound I need in a safe and healthy way. She works outside our lessons on new warm ups and new music pieces. She is the best.
Review by Maurice Romero
This is the 1st time I've ever taken lessons, and Robert has been a pleasure to work with. I've made quick progress and have enjoyed the process. I'm always listening for those tips that you can't find in a book. I can count on Robert to be strict on the fundamentals and am clear it will make a difference in the long run.
Review by Lucinda
Melissa is very encouraging, positive, supportive and patient. She knows how to explain the technical details of flute and music notation to kids in a way that makes sense to them. She has been reliable so far turning up on time and calling if there is a need to reschedule. I would definitely recommend her to others.
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 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 Jaima Woodiwiss
Having taken 6 years of piano lessons myself when I was young, I am very happy with Osmond teaching my daughter. He is very personable and helping her to enjoy piano. My daughter loves the fun songs she gets to play and I really appreciate how he is integrating even in the first month fingering, chords, beats, and hearing the music. She's getting a very well rounded training and she's loving it!
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 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.
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