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Alison has played the piano and keyboard since 1981, at the age of six. She grew up studying classically in West Virginia, working with renowned instructors and performers in the state and competing in concerto and other competitions. She began to understand playing by ear as she studied theory in high school and then at university, and now is proficient at playing by ear, accompanying, and transposing, as well as having significant experience as a professional accompanist in many venues. Her bachelor's degree is from Indiana University. She has been a professional musician since 1999, working as a choral composer, instrumental arranger, performer, accompanist, teacher, and worship director. Alison's musical pursuits have been focused on performing and teaching as a pianist and vocalist for the last five years. She has been the rehearsal accompanist and orchestra pianist for professional theater companies in the Midwest. She has provided event music for such varied clients as the Alzheimer's Association, Atos Origin, Inc., and Fidelity Insurance. She has performed at the Cincinnati Music Hall and the Aronoff, art museums, and prestigious restaurants and conference centers. She has also been recognized by clients and online for her ability to create the perfect atmosphere for a wedding ceremony. She also has had a thriving studio of piano and voice students of all ages.
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".
I am a caring and passionate voice teacher who loves teaching what I've learned, as well as the passion and love I have for music, to students. I graduated from Austin Peay State University in 2013 with a BS in Vocal Performance. I was in a world renowned children's choir back home in PR, called San Juan Children's Choir, for 10 years. With them I got to travel the world performing. That was one of the most enriching experiences ever. I have performed several operas with the Opera workshop at Austin Peay State University. I love to perform on stage.
I am a passionate, out going, realistic and motivational instructor. I adore working with children and sharing my love for music and music history. I graduated from RI College in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Arts and Sciences with a focus on Voice Performance. I have had opportunities to perform with the Opera Workshop of RI College, and some small opera groups and organizations in Massachusets, New York, Connecticut and Texas. I had the honor of performing for the Chaminade Club in Providence RI, as well as the opportunity to perform at the Annual "Bach Fest" in Poughkeepsie NY. I have also had the pleasure of taking part in a tour with the RI College Chorus to Austria, Slovakia and Czech Republic.
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.
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Adult students often have a specific singing goal in mind when starting their lessons. For example, many singers who enjoy rock music want to increase their vocal ranges so they can sing along on pitch with their favorite vocalists. Increasing the range of the voice requires a few fairly simple techniques, but they take time to master and apply to songs. Other students may want to learn to sing just for fun, to join a band, or to prepare for auditions, such as The X Factor, The Voice, American Idol, or a music college.
The voice can become easily fatigued through misuse or overuse. The best way to avoid vocal fatigue is to avoid shouting or screaming, get plenty of rest, and drink plenty of water. For voices that are already fatigued, warm ups and exercises performed lightly and at low volume levels can help to reinvigorate the voice and balance the air pressure above and below the vocal folds. The voice can also become irritated by things such as mucus, often a result of allergies or illness, sugary foods, and alcohol. If ill, either avoid singing altogether or keep to short, light sessions.
Young children who have not reached vocal maturity must be careful when considering taking singing lessons. Over working the voice at such a young age risks causing strain and damage to the vocal folds, which are very delicate. As such, we recommend students start lessons at no younger than 12 years old. Students at this age can learn safe, effective vocal techniques that will prevent learning and developing bad singing habits in the future. They can also develop their critical hearing, music theory knowledge, and understanding of techniques such as supporting the voice with good breath management and skills like vibrato.
If you've always wanted to learn how to sing, contact Musika for in-home voice lessons. The professional and experienced instructors in our network provide the practical skills you need as you learn how to sing. Start with a music genre. We offer professional teaching in everything from modern pop to classical. Next, provide a piano or keyboard for accompaniment during your lessons. Finally, enjoy learning how to sing from the comfort of your home. You don't need to arrange transportation to a studio or waste time in traffic. Schedule voice lessons at home, and learn to sing while saving time and staying comfortable.
Voice lessons will focus on developing proper breathing and vocal technique to improve your singing. You will learn how to support and project your voice even as you learn to read music. You will also learn how to interpret different styles of music, develop performance techniques, and emotionally interpret song lyrics and phrases. The most important thing you will learn in voice lessons is how to express yourself through singing!
Review by Paula Chacon
I've always said, "It's all about the teacher." That skillful, effective teacher who can reach that child and ignite her passion, is truly a gift. Ric does that for my daughter. As a former music teacher myself, the most challenging thing in working with children is how to build their fundamental musical skills while letting them have fun and be expressive. The teacher must create a safe, supportive environment, and Ric does that. Ric immediately focuses on fundamentals of tone and technique, giving my daughter succinct instruction on how to improve, thus she can sense the improvement immediately. Ric seems extremely easy going; even when lighting a fire under her sometimes under-achieving butt, Ric never criticizes, judges or blames. He works with my child, understanding her, helping her problem solve, and even giving her the quick answer sometimes so she can move quickly and stay motivated. Ric balances fundamentals with fun and expressiveness, so my child feels as though she can 'play' and they truly make music in every lesson. I am thankful we found a good match with Ric.
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 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 Nancy
Darrell is A-Maz-Ing! He demands results from his students and therefore results come quickly. The time he spends teaching is intense and packed with great instruction. He is a tough teacher but offers lots of valuable instruction that is applicable for music as well as life in general. I highly recommend Darrell if you are ready for results!
Review by Gillian
Vince is a great drum teacher for my 8 year old son. We go to his house where he has a studio setup with a huge drum set. He has been very patient but really holds my son responsible for learning the right way to play. After about 5 lessons, my son is playing some rhythms on the drums and reading music. He looks forward to his lessons with Vince.
Review by Wendy
Bill has been great with my 2 young children (age 3 & 6). He has integrated games into the lessons - they have enjoyed showing us how to play the games when it is time to practice piano. Bill has been easy to contact and rescheduling has not been a problem if we have a conflict at our regular lesson time.
Review by Shelonda
Henry is teaching my daughter how to play piano. Henry is an excellent teacher, we really like and appreciate him. His teaching style works very well for my daughter, she is comfortable which makes learning enjoyable. Henry is very patient and I can see that he is passionate about teaching music. Great teacher for sure.
Review by Chad H.
"Mr. Richard has been absolutely perfect for our very active two boys. He has been an excellent fit for gauging and keeping their interest far beyond what we had imagined. Our boys actually argue over who gets to go first. Mr. Richard knocks it out of the park when it comes to exceeding our expectations"
Review by Tuvana
He is incredibly patient and really customizes his teaching style to the child. Both of my children are learning piano with him; they have learned so much and really enjoy the lessons. In fact, my daughter asked to learn another instrument (guitar) with him and is making great progress with that, too.
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