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I'm your friendly neighborhood nerd whose geekbait of choice happens to be the linguistic, psychoacoustic, anatomical, sociological (the list goes on) workings of the human voice. My academic background in music and voice (9 years classical piano, BA in Linguistics and Biology with a premed concentration, various choirs, Arabic Music Ensemble, Self Study with interviews with top voice researchers) is as unique as my custom catered curriculum will be to YOU. I apply CONCRETE research from any and ALL fields of study concerning vocal production to ensure efficacy in my curricula towards the end goal of making you sound as close to the singing voice you hear in your head as is SCIENTIFICALLY possible.
I am very passionate about music, and I try to motivate my students towards a similar love of music of all styles and genres. In 2014, I have completed my studies at Boston University, where I completed a PhD in Musicology with a focus on jazz of the 1930s and 1940s. I have performed at such venues as the Kennedy Center, the Boston Symphony Hall, the Taylor House, and the Kreeger Museum as a solo and ensemble musician. Currently, I am the pianist and managing director of the traditional jazz band, the Butler Parks Hot Serenaders, and am the artistic director of Baltimore-based cabaret ensemble, Ghosts of Weimar. I am also an experienced composer and arranger, having written children's musical shows for D.C.'s Imagination Stage, and arranged the cabaret song repertoire of William Bolcom.
I am an enthusiatic teacher/performer who comes from a family of trained musicians. I enjoy sharing my real world and professional experience in music with the students i instruct. I began my training at an early age bring apprenticed in voice and learning the basics of teaching music in a classroom enviornment. after many years of study, I graduated from Carirn University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Bible and Music Education. While in university my main focus was on vocal training, but I never gave up my love for woddwinds and brass instruments either. In the last 25 years I've had the priviledge of performing all over the US and Europe as a soloist and in numerous groups.
I'm a professional, patient, full-time musician. I've been performing for over 30 years, and teaching music privately for over 10 years. As a teacher, my primary goal is to pass on love of music by helping my students learn whichever instrument they choose.
I am a fun but tough teacher that holds high expectations for the learner as well as myself. My goal is to make sure the learner is exceeding his/her goals as a musician. I graduated from Westminster Choir College with a BM in Music Education, a minor in Musical Theater, and a Masters of Arts in Teaching. I am in my 4th year teaching, and currently work as a middle school band director. I've sang in various choirs, performing Mahler's 7th Symphony at Carnegie Hall as well as Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein.
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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.
For children who enjoy singing and want to improve their singing ability, we recommend delaying voice lessons until after age 11 or 12. The vocal instrument is a sensitive one that can be easily damaged or strained. By delaying lessons until the voice is mature, kids protect their voice. While the expert instructors in our network are able to teach students of all ages, we highly recommend young children wait until their voice is able to handle the workload required for voice lesson success. After puberty, kids and their voices are mature enough for the daily exercises and regular lessons provided by the professional and trained teachers in our network.
Voice lessons focus on the development of tone, range and volume through the use of breathing techniques and vocal exercises. Students will learn how to read music and also learn to emotionally interpret lyrics and melodies during their performance. Vocal method books and lesson materials can be purchased from a local music store. You can study a variety of vocal styles in your lessons ranging from classical and opera to jazz and pop.
Learning how to sing can be a great musical endeavor for adults of all ages. Lessons are customized with the specific goals of the student in mind, and focus around learning safe, effective, and contemporary vocal techniques. For many students, taking lessons is about finding a new hobby or getting to practice something they have always enjoyed doing. Others may wish to join a choir or band, or maybe would like to prepare for an audition. We have trained students to sing at auditions for American Idol, The Voice, and The X Factor.
In order to make the most of singing lessons, it is important that students feel comfortable and not self-conscious. As such, the best environment for learning is the home, as it is a familiar environment in which they can feel more confident. If students are comfortable and relaxed, they can focus and concentrate on the lessons more. Lesson content is the same whether at home or in the studio, but singing in an unfamiliar environment can be daunting and create nervousness for students. Taking lessons from home is also the most convenient way to learn, as it negates having to travel to and from the lesson.
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.
Review by Steven G.
Laura is the kind of teacher you wish you had in all your studies: gracious, easy-going, light-hearted, yet behind the easy going exterior is an excellent musical mind with everything at her fingertips. I've had about 5 teachers in my life who count as really influential people, and Laura easily fits that category. She lets you be yourself so that you are fully present rather than old-school doctrinaire style, what I call "stiff as a German, sig-heil" teachers. She's the polar opposite. Brava, Laura! Thank you so much!
Review by Timothyfullard
We've only had a few lessons with Elisa, but so far we really like her. She has a lot of great suggestions for solo pieces as well as orchestral music that involves all 3 of my boys, while also including some Christian music that we can play at church. She is very patient in explaining the lessons and encouraging!
Review by Jonathan
Angela is a phenomenal teacher. She is full of charisma and is a joy to work with. Most of my experience with her has been focused on working in the Alexander Technique and she seems very knowledgeable in this study. I would highly recommend her to any prospective student. I have seen myself improve dramatically in a few short weeks with her guidance (and much practice of course!)
Review by Leslyn
Steve is an excellent instructor. My son has really connected with him and he is learning the guitar quickly. Steve is patient and never rushes through a lesson in order to make it fit within the session time limit. In addition, before he leaves, he writes notes and instructions for my son to follow. By the next lesson, my son is confident in what Steve has taught him. Most importantly, Steve builds my son's confidence in his own own ability and progress after each lesson.
Review by Elsahatzipavlou
Erin has been a wonderful voice/piano teacher for our 7 year old daughter. She is talented, patient, and has a wonderful demeanor. She has been consistent with her teaching in piano and voice. She keeps record of where the students leave off so that they know what to expect the following week. I would definitely recommend Erin to anyone looking for a skilled piano/voice teacher.
Review by Olivia
Andrew is very encouraging and uplifting, but also isn't afraid to tell you your weaknesses. Andrew also is super awesome with scheduling. Fits around your schedule all the time. He really knows what he is doing and can help you reach your goal in the time you would like to. Couldn't have gotten a better teacher, who continually helps me grow and pushes me.
Review by Andy Snyder
Giorgi has made learning cello even more fun. From the sympathetic, "It is hard" to the precise, "Be careful about the curve of the thumb" he has strengthened learning in every lesson, without being overwhelming. He started playing a little duet on only the 3rd lesson or so, which made me feel, even as a beginner, that I'm already starting to make (occasionally screachy) music. He has suggested a variety of drills and practice techniques which have also sped up the process a lot. And he has a good sense of humor and surprising amount of patience.
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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