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Joshua is a Filipino-American composer and classical guitarist from North Carolina. He is currently a graduate student at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro pursuing his Masters in Music Composition and studying under Dr. Mark Engebretson and Dr. Alejandro Rutty. Joshua graduated from Campbell University in 2011, completing his undergraduate studies in three years (2008-2011), with a B.A. Music Composition and B.A. in Guitar Performance. In his three years at Campbell he has studied Composition and Orchestration with Dr. Howard Moran Whitley and Dr. William Pruett, Guitar with Dr. Milen Parashkevov, and Conducting with Dr. Charles Dwayne Wilson. While studying at Campbell, Joshua served as the Principle Bassoonist in the Cape Fear Symphony and Principle Trombone in the Campbell University Wind Ensemble. He was also a member of the Campbell University Percussion Ensemble, Campbell University Guitar Ensemble, Campbell University Jazz Band, Campbell University Pep Band (playing Mellophone), and served as a Student Conductor and Student Composer/Arranger for multiple Campbell and community ensembles. Outside of school, Joshua has also received the rank of Eagle Scout in 2006 and the title of Master Mason in 2010. He currently resides in Greensboro, North Carolina with his wife, Erin Marquez, and cat, Smudge.
I've been performing for over 15 years as a musician and composer. A Baritone, I studied vocal performance, under Glenn Siebert, at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. I've performed with the Piedmont Opera, and composed works for the stage, feature length film, and short film. I began my musical career in Raleigh, NC, where I took the stage as a show choir performer, before becoming a member of the Sanderson High School Sandpipers. I helped lead under Director Marshall Butler to win national competitions in Orlando and New Orleans, and also sang as a soloist at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City. At UNCSA I performed the title role of Signor Deluso in 2010, and also learned the roles of Count Almaviva in Le Nozze Di Figaro, and Guglielmo in Cosi Fan Tutte. I've also played in productions such as Street Scene, Dont Drink the Water, The Devil and Kate, Il Mondo Della Luna, L'elisir D'amore, Maria Stuarda, and Turandot. I have been living and working in Winston-Salem for 6 years.
I am an aspiring trumpet performer looking to continue my education in this field through private study and teaching. In May, 2015, I graduated from Furman University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance. Since then I have been performing in weddings and local performances as I temporarily settle in Durham, NC. My goal is to become a professor of music with a focus in classical trumpet performance. I've had the opportunity to perform with many ensembles in the past four years in varying capacities and difficulties.
I grew up surrounded by music, theatre, sports and teaching; Mom was a music major, her instrument was piano, and Dad was a theatre major (who went to college on a football scholarship) and he played the drums. My earliest memories are of Mom playing the piano, Dad drumming, and me dancing all over the living room. I have been singing since I could talk and I started taking piano lessons around the age of 6. I was in choir and band all throughout middle/high school and went to college unsure if I wanted to focus on music or theatre. I was very active in both departments and continued to take private piano and voice lessons but theatre won out and my primary focus changed to scenic painting. However, music remains a huge part of my life. I love that no matter where I am or who I am with music brings people together in a way that nothing else can. I have seen that first hand on mission trips, in the classroom, and in my daily life.
I love teaching private lessons! I have taught elementary music in the public school system for many years, and find that many techniques and strategies I use in a group setting are also wonderful to use in the individual private lesson. I am dynamic and energetic - my philosophy is that learning should be FUN! In addition to teaching elementary music, I am also a church choir director, While most of my time and energy is related to teaching and sharing music, I also find time to work out, hike, and cook.
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During their lessons, students will learn how to sing with good, safe, and effective vocal technique. Learning to sing with good technique is the cornerstone to improving the tone, range, and health of the voice during singing. Students will learn how to warm up properly, how to increase their vocal range, how to improve and strengthen their tone, performance techniques, how to accurately replicate pitch, how to support their singing with good breathing techniques, song interpretation and how to apply these techniques to singing their favorite songs. Vocal technique is not genre specific and the techniques taught can be applied to almost any genre of music. Students will develop these skills by vocalizing to piano scales. These vocal exercises are things such as singing different vowel sounds on different scales, sirens, lip rolls and trills, articulation exercises, and respiratory exercises. The exercises are tailored to the specific needs and ability levels of each individual student.
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.
Students who take vocal lessons from a young age will learn safe, effective vocal techniques that are suited to the current level of ability and vocal maturity. Learning good vocal habits early on prevents the risk of injury or fatigue or possible misuse of the voice in the future. Students will also be exposed to a creative, fun, musical environment which can be good for their overall development and can help instill a positive attitude and hard working ethics through regular practice and lessons. Students of this age (11-12 years old) will generally work on pitch, basic techniques, and music theory.
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.
You can achieve a healthy voice if you take care of your body. Start with a balanced diet. It includes whole grains, vegetables and fruits, not processed foods or sugar. Then drink water rather than caffeinated and sugary beverages. Limit alcohol, stop smoking, and don't take illegal drugs. Exercise every day for at least 20 minutes. As you run, bike, or swim, you increase your fitness level and your body's ability to fight illness. Finally, rest your voice and your body. Avoid yelling or cheering, get enough sleep at night and limit stress when possible. With your healthy body, you have a healthy voice.
Review by Yury
I would like to thank Polina for the series of classical piano lessons I've taken recently. Polina is a fantastic teacher and a high class performer, and I'm really happy I had a chance to meet her! I believe anyone can benefit from the teaching method Polina is practicing regardless of the student proficiency - from beginners to advanced performers. It was a pleasure for me to study classical piano courses under the guidance of such an intelligent & professional teacher! Without doubt, my playing technique has improved a lot and I have signed up for the new classes online already.
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 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 Linda
I am a beginning guitar player that has now taken five lessons with Jeff. I cannot speak highly enough of Jeff has a guitar teacher! I have learned more in five lessons than the months I spent trying to learn on my own. Jeff has introduced me to music apps that I can use during my practice sessions, followed up our lessons with comments and/or music, is very encouraging - yet holds high standards. During my lessons I feel that Jeff is very observant and tuned in to your positioning when playing - whether it be your wrist, your arm, or your fingers. He always offers recommendations on ways to try to fix something that I might be struggling with. He really pays attention. As an aside, Jeff is a very talented songwriter and musician. Check him out on YouTube. His songs are very beautiful and inspirational. I'm honored to be his student! - Linda
Review by Maureen Young
“Lynn has taught my daughter guitar for 9 years. She has always managed to keep her engaged and provide an exceptional learning experience. She tailors the lesson specifically to the student’s interests and abilities. She provides many opportunities for students to showcase their talents outside of lessons. We love working with Lynn.” Maureen Young, Dir. of Finance, Aug 2015
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 Angie Ignazzitto
Stephanie is an excellent voice teacher! Our 10-year-old daughter enjoys her lessons with Stephanie each week. She has an amazing way of connecting with our daughter through music. Stephanie knows how to offer constructive feedback in a positive way that keeps our daughter interested and wanting to learn more. I would recommend Stephanie without hesitation.
Review by Susan
My daughter is extremely happy and comfortable with Rachel, and looks forward to her piano lessons every week. She is a very kind and patient teacher, always using positive reenforcement with my daughter, which makes all the difference in the world to children. We definitely are looking forward to continued piano lessons with her. So glad we found her.
Review by Sharon
My 4-year-old has had several lessons with Martina now, and he has learned a lot. Obviously, it is challenging to teach such a young child, and he has learned quite a lot in a short time, and is very excited to learn about violin and for his lessons. I think Martina is doing an excellent job, is quite patient, and is teaching him in such a way that he can really remember his new skills from week to week. We look forward to many more lessons with Ms. Martina!
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