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I have been teaching for 15 years. I am primarily a voice instructor as this is my principle instrument, but I do teach piano and guitar as well, with an emphasis on songwriting. I feel that my ability to teach is demonstrated in the performance and progress of my students. I have a passion to teach music as I believe that it is and amazing form of personal expression at any level.
My first teaching experience was part of a college class over 10 years ago when as part of the coursework we had to "student teach." Between the anatomy and physiology we were learning, an introduction to various vocal pedagogies, and gaining an understanding of the psychological components of voice study, I was hooked, and I haven't stopped. I taught voice at the university's community music school for a few years, while simultaneously teaching at Trinity University in Washington, DC, as well as at a girls' boarding school. About the time I started a family, I consolidated my teaching, opening a home studio while maintaining my position at the boarding school. Since 2006 I have taught every year in a summer arts program for gifted and talented youth, only taking off the summer of 2013 while on maternity leave. While I do recommend my beginning students start with a classical foundation, I also teach a variety of contemporary commercial music (CCM) styles including pop, Music Theatre, and country, among others. Students need to enjoy and connect with the music they are singing, and I work with my students to find music they enjoy that also meets their developmental goals. I also encourage my students to perform in recitals and competitions, if sharing their voice is part of their personal and/or professional goals. Finally, knowing how busy people are these days, I work with my students to find creative ways of fitting in their practice and I teach them HOW to practice, since consistent, quality practice is critical to achieving their goals.
For students eleven and up: I like to start off with a clean sample of my student's singing voice. This sample is preferentially analyzed before the bias of extensive student-teacher contact. My analysis dissects and profiles the voice for any damaging vocal behaviors which are addressed immediately through reconditioning, stylistic propensities and proficiencies, areas for growth, and affinity towards given genres. I explain this analysis to the student upon meeting, after which I inquire about their vocal history and goals. If timbre is among their initial salient vocal goals, I target this first so to increase compliance with drills for subsequent goals (if students like what they hear when they do drills, they are more likely to do them). In this event, I mitigate their current timbral propensities with that of the student's intially desired genre. The targets here include aryepiglottic sphincter contractility, ventricular fold contractility, velar closure, tongue posturing, as well as pharyngeal volume. After accomplishing this, we move on to ground work in technique and ornamentation, usually expanding and/or connecting ranges and registration and learning ornamentations (to include note attacks and offsets, vibrato, tremolo, flutter melisma, yodeled passagios) upon which the student helps decide. As the student establishes mastery with these principle timbral settings and techniques, new ones are introduced to the student and evaluated by them for entry into the curriculum. Through personal engagement and customization, I do my best to assure that each segment of curriculum I introduce feels relevant and exciting to each student. For younger students: The approach here varies more widely, but has a consistent basis on implicit learning. Through mimicry and discussion, students take a hands on exploratory approach to vocalization, challenging themselves to imitate increasingly difficult noises as I attempt to expanding their internal concept of how their voice works. In addition, I tend to like to do implicit work on scales and timing.
For all of my students, I use the Bel canto (beautiful singing) method.Bel Canto is a traditional method rooted in classical singing. I have found this method to work for all students of all levels of skill because it teaches a seamless blend of the vocal registers no matter the genre. It is a method that works most with the Mezzo de Voce (middle of the voice) which in return strengthens the passaggio ( the transition area between the vocal registers). I teach traditionally, but I like to have a lot of fun. I work with each student to show them that this can be a lot of fun .
I have taught one-on-one lessons for guitar, voice, piano, and trumpet for multiple years. My lessons are student-driven so that the learner can begin to critically think about and perform music on their own without the constant "need" for a teacher. I have taught a wide-range of learners of different ages and abilities. With the guidance from me, learners feel confident in their ability to successfully perform.
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Your voice is the only instrument you can carry with you at all times. Why not do everything you can to take advantage of it. Adult voice lessons are exactly what you need. Trained instructors from Musika's network come to your house or invite you into their studio for regular lessons. We teach you how to maximize your voice, projection, and breathing. If you want to compete in a local or even a national competition, we help you choose a song that's best for your voice. Sing any genre or musical style, and enjoy singing every day when you take adult voice lessons.
Taking voice lessons is one way your child can prepare for a reality singing show competition or a career as a vocal performer. Prematurely starting voice lesson could cause vocal damage or strain, though. We recommend children wait until they are 11 or 12 years old. At that time, a child is undergoing puberty, and his or her vocal cords are mature enough to handle the rigorous training involved in voice lessons. Waiting is difficult for kids, but the benefits include vocal protection. Your child is more likely to succeed at auditions and performances when he or she waits until puberty for formal vocal training.
A healthy body makes a healthy voice. Achieve both when you eat right, exercise, and rest. Your diet is one of the best things you can do for your voice. Try to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains, and limit sweets. Then drink plenty of water rather than sugary or caffeinated drinks. For exercise, perform aerobic activity every day. It builds your body's core and strengthens you for singing. Rest your body by sleeping enough at night. You'll also want to rest your voice so it remains strong. When your body is healthy, your voice is healthy too.
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.
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.
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 Valerie Moore
Kevin is very friendly and professional trombone teacher. During the first session he assessed my 12 year old son's strengths and identified areas for development. He has helped him refine his technique which helps our son in band class but also has him working on duets that help him grow in new ways. He comes to our home and is always very punctual. I would highly recommend Kevin!
Review by Brianne Hancock
Martina has been teaching our daughter violin since early 2015. Every time our daughter has a lesson she comes away in such a great mood - she really enjoys her lessons! Martina is positive and encouraging and adjusts her teaching to help our daughter learn the best way for her learning needs. We were curious about how online lessons would work, and it turns out that they work really well. The 1:1 time and ability to teach from a distance make it work just as well as in person. We've had moves and schedule changes and Martina has been very flexible for us - which made such a big difference in making violin lessons accessible. Absolutely recommend her!
Review by Lauren Segal
Ed is THE best instructor I've ever had and I've had many instructors over the years in various fields of study. Ed met us at a music store to help choose a guitar, this is after he first called and asked all the right questions. He's supplied my daughter with just the right amount of paper work and just the right amount of new techniques. By this I mean to say that Ed connects with the pace my daughter learns at. I highly recommend Ed AND Musika.
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 Christopher Perrone
Mike has been working with my son Robert for over a year and has just started working with my daughter Kate. Mike is both a great musician and a good teacher. He connects with the kids and keeps them engaged. He is able to tailor the lesson to focus on music that is interesting to each child. He also encourages the students to participate in a public setting which is great. I would highly recommend Mike.
Review by Jeremy
Dr. Nedra C is incredible. She knows her craft in and out, it truly shows in her teaching. As well, she cares a great deal about the student, and preps plenty of material outside of the lesson for those that she teaches. I've had many different music teachers and am aware who's talented and cares, and who isn't. Dr. Nedra C is true phenomenal, and any student would be lucky to have her.
Review by Joshua Thompson
I have known Erin since I attended graduate school at the Hartt School in Connecticut. Last year she came to the college I teach at to give a master class and talk about her experiences as a musician abroad. She has proven that she is a capable and wonderful musician and educator. I highly recommend studying with her if you're lucky enough to have the opportunity!
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 :)
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