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I have always loved to sing and play guitar and piano starting from a young age, and I never gave up my determination and passion for performing. In middle and high school I did many musicals (Jekyll and Hyde, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Oliver, Miss Saigon, Little Shop of Horrors, Footloose, Kiss Me Kate, and Cats) and sang in the choir (including the California All State Honor Choir and Jazz Choir). I played guitar in the school Jazz Band and participated in many jam sessions out of school. I also participated in many piano competitions, including ones for my own composition (I received an honorable mention for one of my own piano works). In college, I received a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Redlands. I have performed many opera roles including the Queen of the Night in Mozart's The Magic Flute, Najade in Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos and Fiordiligi in Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte. I was also in the University Chapel Singers Choir, Madrigals Choir, and Treblemakers a cappella Jazz choir. I am currently pursuing my Master of Music in Vocal Performance.
It's very important to me that the student progresses at their own pace while still being presented with new challenges along the way. I believe in a well-rounded music education, by teaching music theory from the very beginning along with private instruction, supplemented by listening/analyzing music, ensemble playing, performance opportunities, and using the best of new music technology software to increase one's overall musicianship.
My teaching experience dates back to 2012, when I began teaching voice and piano privately. I found my passion for teaching came naturally as I experienced the beauty that comes with sharing a love for music and sparking that same enthusiasm in others. I encourage my students to explore different styles and to always strive to achieve to their full potential. My students are always encouraged to perform in recitals and competitions and I urge them to try their hand at composing original material as well! The sky is the limit in what they can achieve and I love exploring their talents as much as they do!
I love my profession very much , and try teaching my students to love , feeling and undertand the music like I love. In 1969 I graduated from College of music with a Bachelor of Choir director, and Piano teacher ,in 1976 I graduated from Kiev ( Ukraine ) National Conservanory with Master Degree in Voice performance and Voice teacher. During the 22 years I was Soloist Novosibirsk ( Russia) Opera and Balet House performing most beautiful scores in Opera Classical and Modern (Margarita,Fayst,Gounod, Mimi ,Boheme, -Buttefly- Puccini, Tatiana ,Eugeny Onegin, Tchaikovsky,-Marfa the Tsar's Bride,Rimsky-Korsakov, Madame Bouvary French Composer Boundeville and much more I have had experience and big opportunity to sing in different stages of the world and with greatest directore. When I was invited to work in Mexico, (Ensenada) I was musical Director of Musical assotiation-daring the 7 yeras I have had a sevberal and very nice performances with my big and chamber chorus in different cities of Mexico, San Diego (USA , International Festival " Cervantino " as Chorus Director, prepared two operas with children ,where my students sang opera score s as soloists.
I have done musical theatre professionally since I was 17 years old. I have musically directed over 80 productions working with people from 5-85 years of age. I have taught piano, French horn, and voice privately. I have done school productions, community theatre, and Equity productions. I have played in professional orchestras. I have taught choral music, Music Theory, AP Music Theory, IB Music, Music Appreciation, Drama, IB Theatre, IB CAS and IB Extended Essay. My favorite teaching is one-on-one teaching and coaching with interested students.
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When your child wants to learn how to sing, wait to begin voice lessons. The voice can be damaged or strained if you start lessons too soon because it is not physically ready to sing every day and undergo the rigorous training required during children's voice lessons. After puberty, or around age 11 or 12, most children are physically and emotionally ready for voice lessons. By following our recommendation and waiting, you protect your child's voice. He or she is then able to learn how to sing successfully for years to come.
The art of singing is a physical endeavor that requires fine muscular strength and coordination of the voice and respiratory mechanisms. As such, a good warm up is essential before a performance or at the start of a lesson or practice session, and will help to prevent injury. The vocal folds are very delicate and can be easily damaged through misuse, such as bad technique or shouting, or overuse, such as practicing for too long or generally using the voice for long periods at a time (such as public speaking), which can cause vocal fatigue. It is important to maintain good hydration levels and get plenty of sleep for vocal recovery.
In-home voice lessons are convenient and practical. One of the professional instructors in Musika's network comes to your home so you don't have to drive anywhere or schedule extra time into your busy schedule. You can choose any genre you want, and your teacher helps you choose songs that fit your voice and style. You even learn to protect your voice, control your projection, and show the right emotions as you master the art of singing. All you need is a piano or keyboard and sheet music. There's no better way to master singing than with convenient and practical in-home voice lessons.
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.
Regardless of whether you want to sing Rock, Pop, Folk, or Musical Theatre, our vocal lessons can develop your singing technique in a safe, effective way that can be applied to all of the above genres and many more. Students will learn a whole host of fun exercises that are designed to develop your vocal technique and build strength, endurance, and vocal power. Through a good understanding of how the voice works and by practicing the exercises taught during lessons, you can improve your vocal tonality, develop skills such as vibrato, pitch, and harmony, and increase your vocal range; usually by at least one full octave. You will learn how to connect the chest and head registers, maintain steady air pressure and vocal fold closure, tilting of the thyroid cartilage (to switch registers) and how to build these techniques until you can apply them to your favorite songs.
Review by Roselynbrown
After moving from NY and parting from our amazing piano instructor, we thought we couldn't find a piano teacher close to what we knew. We are happy to say Musika matched us up with someone professional and friendly who enjoys teaching younger students. Thank you! We definitely recommend Kuan as a piano instructor :)
Review by PJ Williams
My daughter, Valarie is one of the original members of the Enrichment Center Percussion Ensemble under the guidance of Aaron. He patiently worked with Valarie as well as the other five members individually and as a group to produce music that has been shared and enjoyed locally as well as nationally. He has the ability to seek out the strengths of each student while building confidence. Through his teachings, not only had Valarie learned how to produce and enjoy music, but also responsibility and so many life skills for everyday living.
Review by Teri Romano
Being I'm a woman, I was a little apprehensive having a male teacher (he knew this), however, after my trial lesson I realized he knows what he's doing and I had nothing to worry about!! He is very knowledgable on the piano and vocal techniques. He has a big vocal range so he is able to hit the high notes to be able to show me how I need to sing it. He is also phenomenal on the piano. I would highly recommend him for vocal and piano. Also, I don't know how to sight read music and he is teaching how to. I've been taking lessons with him for a month (my trial lesson was on 1/11) and I have already seen a huge improvement. I am an intermediate level singer looking to improve my vocal technique, breathing and improve my confidence in my singing abilities, Alex is definitely helping me do that.
Review by Jane A.
I started taking voice lessons from Ali when I was 19 and a sophomore in college. Though I was hesitant to be starting "late", I felt very comfortable with Ali and her teaching style. We identified several key issues that really made a difference and improved my voice technique. It was fun to sing popular, beautiful songs in our recital! If only I lived in Los Angeles, I would still be a student. Highly recommended!
Review by Ginger
Unbelievably Awesome. My daughter is a beginner and has some special needs. Justin is more than patient and helpful while being completely thorough and pushing her (in a good way) to try harder. He is encouraging and teaches effectively. I am very pleased. More important, so is my daughter. Thank you Musika! So grateful we found your service and connected with Justin. We highly recommend him.
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.
Review by Anita
Our daughter has only been playing the piano since March. Tony replaced our other teacher who had a job transfer and could no longer teach. Tony is fun and encouraging. My daughter is playing Taylor Swift and Christmas songs and is playing the piano more than ever before. Very happy so far with Mr Tony
Review by Jennifer
Dave is a fantastic teacher. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to students that I think is invaluable. At the same time, this does not limit him from working with beginning students. He is very communicative with the parents as far as schedule changes. We are so grateful to have found him!!
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.
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