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Method/Material choice is highly dependent upon the age, goals, instrument, and personality/temperament of the student. PIANO: Generally speaking, for a child beginner student, I'm using either Bastien or Faber and Faber. For 12+ year old piano students, beginner through intermediate, I often work from Alfred's All-In-One piano instruction book, supplementing with appropriate pop, classical, and theory work as the student progresses. I have found Practical Theory Complete, by Sandy Feldstein, to be an invaluable resource for both piano and vocal students. I often teach adults who are beginning students or are coming back to piano after an absence. We work together to tailor the repertoire to their desires, which are often just personal fulfillment. Coming back to or being introduced to musical study as an adult is immensely rewarding, and it is a great joy of mine to be able to correlate the life experience they have with the study of the arts. For more advanced students, teenage to adult, I develop an individual curriculum/repertoire plan based on need. If I am preparing middle or high school students for conservatory or university entrance, we study a rigorous blend of scales/technic work, music history and theory, and a balance of difficulty-appropriate classical pieces from all time periods. We study on the semester program, in preparation for their university schedule. I often work with older students on the development of playing by ear - understanding enough music theory to learn basic chording patterns, and then growing into skilled performers of popular music or their own arrangements. VOICE: For students from 8-13, vocal instruction is focused on confidence building and a proper foundation for singing. I use a combination of well-known children's songs, such as in Hal Leonard's Essential Songs series, the children's book, and songs from their favorite artists. Through these songs, students learn to sing out strongly without shouting, form their vowels correctly, hold out the vowels of each word and create long vocal lines, and communicate emotion through song. These basic studies prepare the student for a future in voice without the technic work and more rigorous study that they aren't ready for physically. I try to expose each student to styles of music they might not be familiar with. For teenage to adult students, as with piano, the approach is tailored to individual need. Many teenage students are looking to express themselves and better their "instrument", but are not focusing on university level music work. We still focus on a well-rounded approach to music and the arts, but with a less rigorous plan that seeks to discover their vocal strengths and feed the musical itch within them. Often adult voice students are looking to fulfill a desire to study voice that has been in the back of their minds for years. I work to explore and fulfill that desire through whatever genres of music make sense for their lives. Many times, I see adult students with significant natural gifts that need my help refining their sound for performance. I have taught many worship leaders, professional performers, teachers, and local singers who are looking to branch into national work or simply learn correct vocal technique to protect their voice from its daily abuse.
I use an integrated style of lesson that is custom-made to each individual student regarding his/her voice type and needs, as well as different areas of music language that need more studying, like theory, music notation, solfege, rhythm, basic piano technique, ear training. When a student is ready,subjects like stage presence and audition technique become part of our lessons. But first and foremost rule in my studio is to have fun while learning.My studio is a no-judgement zone, where I encourage my students to be free, to express themselves. We all can learn from children, to be able to absorb new information, adopt and use it without being self-conscious. My utmost goal is to unleash my students' musical potential while providing the very best and complex music education.
I have over 13 years of performance experience as a violinist and violist. I attended performing arts high school in MD, then attended Ithaca College for Viola Performance and Music Education where I also studied piano and voice. At the Ithaca College Suzuki Institute, I gained a great deal of experience working with smaller children to create a fun and productive environment. Students feel very proud of their accomplishments and learn more quickly by being relaxed rather than nervous or anxious about making a mistake. I have had the opportunity to perform with orchestras in Moscow, Russia and in Austria as well as many states in North America. Most recently, I performed at the Lincoln Center in NYC. I love to play chamber music, especially in string quartets, but my true passion is teacing! I will prepare you for all-state/all-county auditions, college/conservatory auditions and guarantee your child will move up in the school orchestra this fall. We will work together to analyze individual strengths in focus and learning, to ensure that each student experiences their full potential. while having fun and developing a love for music of all genres. By working to discover each student's learning styles, I can make sure that each concept is adaptable so that our lessons are as efficient as possible. Whether your child learns better by hearing a demonstration of the music to be learned, having specific notes written out separate from the sheet music, or by recording the full lesson to have a resource to check their technique progress between lessons, we will work together to find the best way to help your child achieve their musical goals!
I want my students to succeed in their studies with me. I will reflect and make accommodations so that my students will understand the concepts I am teaching.
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As an adult voice student, you'll learn more than proper breathing techniques. You can also improve your vocal range, prepare for reality singing competitions, and improve your vocal stage performance. Start with your favorite genre. After choosing Opera, Country, R&B, or any other genre, decide along with your instructor which style and songs fit your voice the best. Then practice the exercises your trained instructor from Musika's network assigns you each week. Whether you choose in-home or in-studio lessons, adult voice lessons teach you a variety of skills that help you succeed as a vocal musician on and off the stage.
A healthy body makes a healthy voice. Achieve both when you eat right, exercise, and rest. Your diet is one of the best things you can do for your voice. Try to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains, and limit sweets. Then drink plenty of water rather than sugary or caffeinated drinks. For exercise, perform aerobic activity every day. It builds your body's core and strengthens you for singing. Rest your body by sleeping enough at night. You'll also want to rest your voice so it remains strong. When your body is healthy, your voice is healthy too.
Many young children want to sing like their musical heroes and icons. Musika, however, recommends that kids wait until puberty to start voice lessons. After age 11 or 12, kids are physically and emotionally mature enough to handle the rigors of regular voice lessons. Starting lessons sooner could cause permanent vocal strain or damage. Wait until your children start puberty and reach the recommended age. Then provide in-home or in-studio lessons that teach them how to sing without harming their voice.
During their lessons, students will learn how to sing with good, safe, and effective vocal technique. Learning to sing with good technique is the cornerstone to improving the tone, range, and health of the voice during singing. Students will learn how to warm up properly, how to increase their vocal range, how to improve and strengthen their tone, performance techniques, how to accurately replicate pitch, how to support their singing with good breathing techniques, song interpretation and how to apply these techniques to singing their favorite songs. Vocal technique is not genre specific and the techniques taught can be applied to almost any genre of music. Students will develop these skills by vocalizing to piano scales. These vocal exercises are things such as singing different vowel sounds on different scales, sirens, lip rolls and trills, articulation exercises, and respiratory exercises. The exercises are tailored to the specific needs and ability levels of each individual student.
Customized in-home voice lessons give you the personalized attention you need to succeed. The instructors in Musika's network come to your home and use your piano or keyboard. They help you learn to sing better, project your voice, or prepare for a competition. With one-on-one instruction, you don't have to compete with other students for your teacher's attention. Your teacher will professionally help you choose music that fits your voice whether you prefer singing Rock or Opera. Additionally, you avoid the hassle of fighting traffic on your way to regular lessons. Remain comfortable at home, and achieve your musical goals with customized voice lessons in your house.
Review by Brianne Hancock
Martina has been teaching our daughter violin since early 2015. Every time our daughter has a lesson she comes away in such a great mood - she really enjoys her lessons! Martina is positive and encouraging and adjusts her teaching to help our daughter learn the best way for her learning needs. We were curious about how online lessons would work, and it turns out that they work really well. The 1:1 time and ability to teach from a distance make it work just as well as in person. We've had moves and schedule changes and Martina has been very flexible for us - which made such a big difference in making violin lessons accessible. Absolutely recommend her!
Review by Lea G
Kevin was such a fun, smart and innovative voice teacher to work with. I had the pleasure of taking lessons with him for over a year and I couldn’t have been more pleased with my time under his training. In just a few weeks I noticed my voice was stronger and I was able to apply his teaching and see the results. He explains his techniques in a way that the student is able to actually hear and feel the changes he is referring to. This allows the student to efficiently practice outside of lessons. Even further, he believed in me and truly cared about my progress. He was always energetic and focused in lessons and was continually surprised how far a song could come in just one hour of his time. Under his teaching I developed a stronger belt in my higher range, learned how to color my voice for different sounds and improved my stage presence. I wholeheartedly trust Kevin’s musical insight and was grateful that he challenged me with a wide variety of songs and styles that I hadn’t considered trying before.
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 Vanessa
Eduard is an amazing teacher. (Coming from someone who previously knew the basics of playing and music.) He is not to harsh with his words and is extremely nice. Eduard has a great amout of experience and displays it through his teachings. Specifically by making it easy to follow along with his words to actions. As a person with a wondering mind whom is distracted easily, it is easy to pay attention.
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 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!
Review by Leslyn
Steve is an excellent instructor. My son has really connected with him and he is learning the guitar quickly. Steve is patient and never rushes through a lesson in order to make it fit within the session time limit. In addition, before he leaves, he writes notes and instructions for my son to follow. By the next lesson, my son is confident in what Steve has taught him. Most importantly, Steve builds my son's confidence in his own own ability and progress after each lesson.
Review by Cameron D.
After signing up for lessons with David L. I knew I made the right choice. Just after a couple of weeks I didn't see him as a teacher but as a best friend. There was always a relaxed atmosphere during the lessons. He was very easy to talk to and he really listen to you. If I ever had a question he would answer. He tailors to what ever you want to do in that lesson. David L. is a great teacher and a friend. I totally recommend him for anyone
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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