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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.
Robert is a classically trained singer and an actor. Growing up in North Carolina, he was active in a variety of musical styles since childhood. Robert studied theatre from a young age at Charlotte Children's Theatre and for a while at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, shortly after he received some vocal training at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. Robert was active as a professional singer, actor and vocal coach in the music community of ... Brazil from 2002-2008. Prior to Brazil, he spent several years in Germany singing opera in a Cabaret theatre, in Seattle singing, writing and recording a hybrid style of rock and country music, and in North Carolina directing young singers in a variety of opera performance pieces. He has sung and has appeared in concert as a soloist on several recordings with the Symphonic Orchestra of Minas Gerais. Robert lived and was a vocal coach in San Francisco from 2008 to 2012 at Blue Bear School of Music and was involved with several music projects in the Bay Area pursuing his passion for coaching, songwriting, singing, producing and recording. He recently moved back to Charlotte N.C. and is working as a soloist and singing instuctor. The core of his teaching deals with the singers process of presentings oneself wholly from a place of minimum effort. "Whatever you want to sing, posture, relaxation, diction and coordination are essential, and above all things a willingness to understand the language of music".
My teaching style will vary with the learning style of the student. If the student is a kinesthetic learner, we may get up from the keyboard and express the rhythm through motion. The important thing to keep in mind in any student's journey is that some days it is going to come easily and other times it will seem like your student is frustrated as he or she strives to master a new skill. These learning plateaus are all a part of what makes music so challenging and in the end, so rewarding.
I like to set attainable, yet challenging goals for each student. Ensuring that each student progresses at his or her own pace will encourage the development of a love for music. I try to acknoweldge a student's progress in order to inspire a desire to keep learning. Each lesson includes some technical exercises, a theory component, and other components pertinent to the specific instrument. For example, piano and organ students will learn scales and arpeggios, voice students will learn various breathing techniques. In addition to the fundamental elements, getting to know my students and their desires gives me the opportunity to develop lessons suited specifically to them.
There is nothing more rewarding than the moment where something "clicks" for a student! I believe in individually tailored lessons, exercersises and experiences. Every student is different and every student deserves a teacher that can adapt from one lesson with a 45 year old beginner to a lesson with a precocious youngster singing Disney tunes. The process of learning never ends for a singer (that is especially true for the voice teacher as well!). To reiterate, setting attainable, clear goals is of the most importance, as it gives us an idea of a route to follow! I believe in tough love when it is needed (don't skimp on your practice time!) but I believe positive reinforcement is the best tool a teacher has in his arsenal. I have studied and coached with some pretty tough cookies, and am a better musician for it, but that is not the case for all students and I understand that.
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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.
Your health is crucial factor in keeping your voice feeling and sounding great! Suggestions offered by professionals include eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep, practicing stress reduction techniques and getting regular exercise. It is important to drink enough water and to also avoid excessive amounts alcohol, taking antihistamines, and screaming or singing for an extended duration without rest, because this can damage your voice.
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.
Voice lessons in your home offer a convenient and practical way to master the art of singing. Voice lessons in your home require a piano or keyboard so that the teacher can use that to conduct your lessons. Whether you want to learn classical voice, jazz, pop, or musical theatre styles, the instructors in our network can provide you instruction on what songs would suit your voice best.
Most kids don't like waiting for anything, but they should wait until after puberty to take voice lessons. Their vocal cords aren't mature enough for voice training until puberty hits. We recommend kids wait until they are 11 or 12 years old to start voice lessons. By waiting, the risks of vocal strain and damage are reduced. Your child's voice will be physically prepared to handle the training exercises and professional instruction the experienced instructors in our network can provide at that time. Your kids may not want to wait until they reach puberty, but they will benefit from delaying voice lessons until their vocal cords mature.
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.
Review by Maria
My daughter has been taking piano lessons through her school district program for the last two years. She had learned a lot in that class but I noticed that she needed advanced classes at this point. After reviewing several websites I decided to enroll my daughter for the trial at MUSIKA. We got Mrs. Veronica B., and I am more than happy we got her as my daughter's teacher. Mrs. Veronica B. was very professional and very knowledgeable at the trial day. She was able to assess my daughter skill's level, and then she was able to give suggestions about how to improve those skills. My daughter has taken 5 classes with Mrs. Barker, and I can see she enjoys each class and she's improved a lot since day one. I can picture my daughter playing her favorites songs on the piano very soon!!! :-)
Review by Svea Bryan
Brett is an accomplished musician, who shared his knowledge at a level that my five year old understands. He is polite and relaxed in his mannerisms but take a serious approach to focusing on the lesson. He is very patient and engaging with the attention span you'd expect from a kindergartener. His motto ever is "sometime you learn faster by going slow"
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!
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 Natalie Kretcher
I really like her. And as an adult student, a good teacher who keeps the pace up but still keeps it reasonable in terms of difficulty is really hard to find. She does a great job of explaining little detail things in terms I (as a musically challenged human) can understand. I'm having a blast! 10/10 would recommend!
Review by John
When I started with Darrell, I didn't know anything bout music. Nothing. We started with basic music theory & moved into scales and reading. It hasn't been very long at all, but my confidence is growing quickly. He does ask a lot from you and he expects you to keep up. But I can honestly say that if you are willing to work hard and spend the time at home doing what he asks, you will see the results. He wants you to succeed and takes pride in watching you grow. If you want it as bad as he does, you will see the result very quickly.
Review by Queen Natalia
Lara is highly intelligent and knowledgeable in her profession. She is cheerful and personable, and has established a good rapport with students and staff alike. I have found Lara to be a highly competent, personable, patient, kind-hearted, and deeply caring person who is skilled professionally and interpersonally.
Review by La from Issaquah
thank you musika and ed. I never thought of looking for an in-home lesson until I found musika. I have absolutely no hesitation that Ed is beyond capable. He's even offered to meet us at a music store to purchase the correct fitting instrument. how fabulous is that! We've also decided to extend the lesson time from 30 to 45 minutes. All this and just one lesson under our belt. He quickly understood where my daughter is at in level and her style of music. I'm thrilled as can be.
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