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Tara Rose Davison is been involved in music her whole life. Her father is a professional composer and her mom is a professional dancer. Thus she was lucky enough to be surrounded by the arts since infancy. She began her piano studies at age 5 and knew she would be a musician from the very beginning. Tara has garnered much success as an opera singer, performing throughout the United States and Internationally in roles such as Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte, Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, Sister Rose in Dead Man Walking and Giannetta in L’Elisir d’Amore. By the age of 21, she was the youngest finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Western Region Auditions. In the same year, Tara was introduced to the under-recognized genre of art songs with classical guitar accompaniment. From that moment on she was hooked. In September of 2006, during her first year of graduate school, Tara began her classical guitar studies with Masakazu Ito of the Lamont School of Music. Ever since her first lesson she has been passionate about classical guitar and has shifted her focus from opera by devoting herself to the study of music for classical guitar and soprano. Less than three years after taking her first classical guitar lesson, Tara gave her debut recital of art songs for soprano and classical guitar, performing both a singer and classical guitarist. She has since made an annotated bibliography of all works for voice and guitar and in 2010 released her first album, Love Songs & Lullabies from Spain and South America for Soprano & Classical guitar. Tara has received scholarships from the Metropolitan Opera National Council, Society of Singers, Phi-Beta, Palisades Symphony and Westside Junior Philharmonic. She has performed in master classes with William Vendice, John Hall and Blanche Thebom. She received a Bachelors of Music from California State University at Northridge in 2006 and a Masters of Music from University of Colorado at Boulder in 2009. While studying at University of Colorado, Tara was the sole recipient of the Berton Coffin scholarship, the highest honor for any music major. Tara Rose currently performs recitals of music for classical guitar and voice around Southen California and studies classical guitar with Matt Greif and Scott Morris at Cal-State University Dominguez Hills. She is also working on a second album, Ariette Italiane, which will be released in 2013.
I am very passionate and have a deep appreciation for every aspect of music. I have been a musician for a little over 20 years, and like many others, I have grown up surrounded by music. I have been singing for 21 years, playing piano for 18 years, and playing percussion for 15 years. I have been in various choirs (concert, gospel, symphonic, and jazz), and bands (concert, symphonic, jazz, orchestra, percussion ensemble, rock/folk). I graduated from North Central College with a BA in Music with an emphasis on percussion performance and music composition. While there, I performed in various venues with various ensembles. I performed and lectured during my senior composition recital; and I also governed over VOP Gospel Choir as the President for 4 years. Music is my life, and I am thrilled that I am able to share my love of music with others and help them make it a part of their world.
I believe that music can truly heal the soul. Growing up I come from a family that loves music, and I embraced it cherish it as a pure element. I am studying for my Master's in Education and have a background teaching and coaching sports, as well as giving music lessons. I am finger-printed backgrounded checked to educate pre-school age and K-12 children and have a long history doing so. I have worked professionally with children in every age group including age 2, and adults of elderly age. I also have worked with those with ADHD, post stroke, type 1 diabetes ect so I am very comfortable and sympathetic to adjustments whenever necessary. I'm a yoga instructor, and have a very easy going vibe, though I am surprisingly organized and believe in always finding creative techniques to surpass our goals sooner than thought possible. I know whatever your goals are we can work to get you there, and I will always be here for support during and after private lessons with me.
I am an open-minded, versatile, patient, and outgoing teacher who loves seeing students improve and get more comfortable with their own style. In 2011, I graduated from Berklee College of Music in Professional Music for Voice. Growing up on a sailboat in the Caribbean gave me exposure to a lot of genres of music and many languages. Both of my parents are musicians, and music has always been part of our lives. I started taking piano and guitar lessons at age 13. Since then, I have been exposed to even more styles and cultures by performing and travelling internationally (Middle East, Asia, Europe, USA, Caribbean). Two years ago, Daisy Rock Guitars (my favorite guitar brand since I was 16), gave me a full endorsement deal.
I am a local musician and music teacher. I graduated from Long Beach State University in 2015. I studied there with Dr. David Garrett and Mark Uranker. I have a wide range of experience in multiple instruments as well as multiple styles of music. My teaching style focuses on inspiring the student to want to see how well they can do. My philosophy of teaching is that if the student doesn't want to learn, it is my job to get them to want to do so. I am excited to be doing music, because it's been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember. I look forward to meeting you!
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Students can have fun learning how to sing from as young as 11 or 12 years old. As students of this age are approaching puberty, their voices are not fully matured, so care must be taken not to place too much pressure or strain on the voice for fear of risking injury. That said, through lessons and practice, students can learn safe vocal techniques, how to look after their voices, develop their ability to hear and recreate pitch, and work on their musical theory. Students can also improve their concentration levels, confidence, and self-esteem.
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.
Mastering the art of singing can be a long and strenuous process, but taking lessons in your home offers a very convenient way to learn! In-home lessons require a piano or keyboard so your teacher can lead you to success. Adult voice lessons will be tailored to your own individual needs and musical preferences.
During voice lessons students will begin the wonderful journey into music interpretation and performance. To begin, students will focus on learning to read music, using breath control to support singing, and enhancing performance through the emotional interpretation of lyrics.
You no longer have an excuse to put off your musical dreams. Audition for singing competitions or perform in front of a crowd when you take adult voice lessons. Trained instructors from Musika's network understand the industry, and can give you the tools you need to succeed. Start with your favorite genre, style, and songs that fit your voice. Then practice vocal control, breathing, and projection. In your home or a teacher's private studio, spend time perfecting your voice and preparing for any audition or performance. Adult voice lessons are exactly what you need to achieve your musical dreams today.
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 Heather Berest
I started my 5 yr old daughter with Karleen this Fall. Karleen has a calm and honest disposition. My daughter adores her and cannot wait for her arrival. I was concerned because my daughter is not so willing to "practice" during the week. Karleen advised me to allow her habits of practicing to evolve naturally as her love and understanding of piano increases. She emphasized how nurturing my daughter's love of music is most important. This was music to my ears :)
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 Bradford Putt
Angela has been a perfect match-up for me. She is warm and welcoming, and also serious about teaching - she keeps our time focused and on track. What I truly appreciate, as a new singer anxiously preparing for an event, is the confidence she gives me. Angela is very encouraging. I enjoy coming to class.
Review by Violetking
Bill has been a great teacher for both my 6 yr. old and my 8 yr. old. He is always on time, keeps them engaged, and gives them just enough of a challenge for the next week. They are both beginners, but I am surprised by how much they already know after just a month or so of lessons. Both kids are practicing willingly and look forward to lesson.
Review by Shilpa
"Richard is a very talented and a patient teacher. He teaches my 6 year old daughter in the comfort of our home and he is very regular. He follows a learning book and mixes his lessons to bring difficulty and technicality while keeping it interesting for my daughter. My daughter was difficult to work with at the beginning but he was able motivate her in every possible way. As a parent I make an effort to learn with my daughter so that when my daughter practices I am able to guide and correct her and Richard is very generous to take the time to give provide me concepts. I am extremely happy with Richard and his ability to teach children."
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 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.
Review by Marlo
Danette is a delightful instructor. She always brings a wealth of knowledge, excitement, and enthusiasm to piano lessons with my daughter. She is not only skilled at piano, but she has a wonderful voice quality that she uses to help convey certain techniques and to highlight various points where she intends to draw the students attention.
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