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Music is my passion, and I want to share it with others. I believe music makes us better, smarter. There are proven studies that show that children who study music are smarter, happier and more successful in life. Regardless of age, studying and making music gives us cognitive, physiological, emotional and behavioral benefits. It is an effective tool for keeping our brain young and sharp, and out heart happy!
I have an extensive ensemble background including choir, wind band, marching band, horn quartet, competitive drum and bugle corps, and I have also had a few solo guitar, voice, and horn performances. I am a general music teacher in public schools in Union County, and have been loving my job here for the last 4 years. at my current school, I have established and direct my own student chorus, and I have happily held individual lessons for my chorus and band students after school. Before this, I taught elementary school-age children in summer camp, was a lead teacher at a preschool for children ages 1-5, and taught solo French horn students from local high schools throughout my college career. I have not yet had the opportunity to teach adults, although I think I would enjoy it, using my skills to break down the toughest musical passages into simple and easy-to-understand instruction. I have a wonderful, supportive fiance' and a beautiful, talented daughter who turned a year old in February, and we are expecting our second child in August 2014. We have two dogs and a cat, who all enjoy spending their days out in the sunshine.
I am a violin/viola and voice teacher in Carolina Beach. I also teach Introduction to Music classes for young children, designed to be taken with a Iparent. Your child will beer introduced to singing, piano, violin, and guitar as well as rhythm and reading music through games and activities. Voice lessons include basic piano/keyboard skills with music theory, and all of my lessons incorporate music history, sight-reading, and ear-training.
I'm an operatically trained tenor who sings frequently with Opera Carolina in Charlotte, NC where I sing in many outreach performances, the opera chorus and in mainstage roles. I made my European debut in Verdi's "Otello" in 2012 with the Lyrique-en-Mer festival in Belle-Ile, France, where I returned in the summer of 2014 to perform in Puccini's "Gianni Schicchi." I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Voice Performance from Carnegie Mellon University, which is now the exclusive educational partner with the Tony Awards. I've had the opportunity to sing at New York's Carnegie Hall in 2012 and I have many valuable resources and contacts both in the Charlotte, NC area as well as in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New York and Paris. I am a passionate teacher looking for equally passionate students in search of a sound technique, good musicianship and excellent language skills, all of which I can share with you. I am fluent in French, and proficient in Italian and German.
I love to sing and a passion for music. I have been performing since I could walk. In the fall of 2013 I receive my degree from you in UNCG in music education. There I studied private voice for 3 years with Dr. Nancy Walker, former vice president of National Association of Teachers of singing.I also had the opportunity to seeing with the University choirs, and also UNCG's all-male a capella group, Spartones. My secondary instrument is piano, of which I have studied 14 years. I also have been apart of musical theater productions, my most recent was the role of Peter in Jesus Christ Superstar. I am currently a part of the Gaston Choral Society, as well I do vocals for an up-and-coming Jam Band.
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Using your voice as an instrument actively requires the use of your entire body for its function. This is why maintaining the health of your body in general is crucial to maintaining the health of your voice. Smoking, excessive drinking of alcohol, caffeine, and the use of illegal drugs or certain medications is strongly discouraged. Singers are encouraged to drink room temperature water to promote the hydration of their vocal chords. Excessive screaming, loud singing, or singing for long periods of time without a rest can cause damage to your voice, and should be avoided. It is important to eat a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins to keep your whole body and voice healthy. Daily exercise is strongly encouraged, especially activities that require the use of your lungs such as swimming, running, cycling, or aerobics classes, all of which will increase your breath control capacity when singing.
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.
Taking voice lessons is the best way to improve your singing ability, and they allow you to express your passion for music. From trained instructors in Musika's network, learn how to expand your vocal range and projection as well as how to read and interpret music. These experienced voice teachers can teach you any genre or style you want to sing. Master Opera, Country, Pop, or R&B. With your selected genre, discover the songs that best fit your voice, and learn how to express emotion that fits the lyrics and phrases. In addition to regular lessons, practice every day. Your teacher will assign homework based on method books you can buy at local or online music stores or other exercises they may prepare for you. Preparing for auditions, managing stage fright, and perfecting performances are also part of a voice instructor's skills. If you want to be a better singer, commit to voice lessons today.
Adult voice lessons do more than teach you how to sing better. They also prepare you for performances, auditions, and competitions. Voice instructors in Musika's network have successfully taught and prepared students to audition for The Voice, American Idol, X-Factor, and other reality singing shows. Add your name to the list of success stories when you take voice lessons. Choose whichever genre you want, then allow instructors to help you choose the songs that are best for your voice. Voice lessons also teach you how to control your voice, perfect your breathing, and care for your vocal cords. Expand your singing ability and prepare for events when you take adult voice lessons.
We recommend beginning Voice lessons at age 11 or 12. The vocal instrument, unlike other instruments, is attached to the body. Starting voice lessons too young, or when the student is not emotionally ready or mature, can lead to vocal damage or straining. Many of the instructors in our network are capable of working with younger students under this age, but it is our opinion, and the opinion of many other Vocal Education professionals, that the student should wait until their body has begun the process of puberty before beginning voice lessons.
Review by Timothyfullard
We've only had a few lessons with Elisa, but so far we really like her. She has a lot of great suggestions for solo pieces as well as orchestral music that involves all 3 of my boys, while also including some Christian music that we can play at church. She is very patient in explaining the lessons and encouraging!
Review by Carol A
“Lynn is my music hero! She can listen to any song and write down the chords. She will adjust to make it easier or harder whatever your abilities. I have a busy schedule and often don't have time to practice between lessons and she is cool with that. She also will adjust lesson times when she is able which fits my hectic schedule. I'm glad my first guitar teacher "fired" me ....that allowed me to meet Lynn.” - Carol A., M.D., Aug 2015
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 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 Nancy Fritsch
I honestly cannot say enough positive things about Rachel. We met her through CYT where my daughter took theater classes from Rachel and was directed by Rachel in several musicals. Because Rachel was so wonderful to work with and so clearly talented at teaching and directing, several years ago, my daughter started private vocal lesson with her and I have seen my daughter's vocal abilities grow in leaps and bounds. Rachel is an ace at picking music to work on that stretches abilities while at the same time, keeps vocal lessons fun. I highly recommend her as a voice and theater coach.
Review by Ryan Piveteau
Amber is personal and cares about her students. She is flexible in her schedule and maintains a professional attitude in her lessons. Her want for her students to succeed makes her excel as a teacher. She is very knowledgeable about music and extremely experienced. Additionally, she includes external activities aside from lessons for the students who wish to advance themselves externally. Really a great teacher who offers great opportunity.
Review by Scott
David is not only a great musician and educator but also a delightful human. We began using David six years ago as a piano teacher for my two boys. Since then my eldest moved on to acoustic and electric guitar and my youngest electric and stand up bass. Somewhere along the way I began to take guitar lessons also (I was David's most bearded student at age 48). David always came prepared to lead but also to follow, he often asked what we were listening to and taught us how to play it. His ability to listen to a piece of music and transcribe it always left me amazed, we have several notebooks full of songs we learned individually or played as a group. After a shoulder injury David continued to impress by teaching me music theory instead of our usual lesson. I could go on forever, David made a positive impact on my family and feel fortunate to have met him.
Review by Steve Newman
My daughter began learning sax in her school band, but she didn't begin PLAYING sax until she started lessons with Debra. From scales and exercises to actual pieces, Debra coached my daughter with real insight, sensitivity, and patience. Her knowledge of the instrument and feeling for music - along with her easy-going,"kid friendly" personality - make Debra the ideal teacher and musical mentor.
Review by Ericcharlton
Rahsaan is an extremely talented player who relates really well with my teenagers. He has them both interested in learning. Given Rahsaan's expertise, it's clear that even though they are beginners now, they can learn from him for a long time to come. He's a real nice laid-back guy and both the boys really enjoy their time with him. I've been very impressed and pleased with the experience.