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I attended Berklee College of Music in Boston prior to moving to Los Angeles. There, I would work with some industry greats like Richard Druz, Lenny Greene and Frank Zappa. I absorbed their skills, talents and techniques. After singing with many bands in the area, I found gospel music and joined a church with Pastor Rowena Frisco in Inglewood. Frisco taught me what gospel music was all about and I have carried it with me ever since. I returned to the East Coast to complete my formal education at New York University where I received my BA in music performance. I formed a self titled band and toured the mid-Atlantic region performing a mixture of blues, rock, rnb, soul, gospel and jazz. Hoping to reach a larger audience, I wrote, arranged, and produced my solo debut, What I Got To Say. I am as dedicated to teaching as I am to performance. I create an environment of support and encouragement allowing artists to feel nurtured. I have a holistic approach to singing; it encompasses the mind, body and soul. I welcome student participation and input during a lesson. Instead of holding every student to the same measure, I chart success on attainment of your goals. I recognize that every artist is an individual so success is dependent on individual goals challenged and attained.
I have traveled all over the Continental U.S, Germany, Switzerland and Africa as a featured vocalist and workshop clinician. Classically trained and raised in the church, I draw from these different points of reference to add flavor and spice to my performances. My wide range, clear tone, professionalism and modesty set me apart from other vocalists. I have been professionally teaching both individual and group voice lessons for over 13 years, having successfully trained in the 5 year Music Therapy and Vocal Performance Dual Degree program at Berklee College of Music, I look forward to a promising career equipping and educating the next stars of the music industry!
For all of my students, I typically start with teaching (for more advanced students at least reviewing) the fundamentals of breathing for singing. From there I move on to phonation: how to produce a healthy sound, in coordination with and supported by the breath. After the student has begun to grasp these fundamentals, I begin to introduce solo repertoire based on the where the student is developmentally and their goals. No matter the age of the student, I work to find music to which the student can connect both musically and psychologically, which is important in keeping the student engaged and motivated. I don't use a particular teaching methodology or repertoire series, but instead pull from a variety of pedagogical techniques and song anthologies, tailoring each lesson to the student, where they are in their vocal development and on that particular day. Leveraging my network of colleagues, memberships in various professional voice organizations, and my own research, I am continually learning and developing new exercises and techniques to help my students as well as working to expand the song repertoire I use in the studio.
My very first voice student ever is still very near and dear to my heart... he was not born with this supposed magic singing gene that often mystifies singing as some exclusive bloodline art form. He sang in a couple choirs but canonical pedagogy never taught him melisma like Stevie Wonder, use the brassy aryepiglottic sphincter posturing of Amy Winehouse, or how to use whistle tones after puberty like Mariah Carey.... just the standard posture and diction. By learning the anatomical mechanics of these understudied techniques and tonal modifications, along with patiently catering to his individual learning style, he learned how to do these things and more. Having no natural background in singing, this student himself actually taught me how to teach from the ground up. I have carried this insight from private lessons at my alma mater in 2011 to my present studio position, which is open to ALL genres as I have taught this student the elasticity to handle the vocal demands of just about every genre I have ever experienced. I take great pride in this, but I knew things would only get better from that first student.... seeing as he is me.
I always start with what type of music the learner is interested in. This helps engage the learner so that the student comes from a comfortable place, and then we use the lessons from that music to apply and expand to other genres.
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In home voice lessons are a convenient way to learn the art of singing! The instructors in our network are qualified to teach a variety of styles ranging from Opera to R&B. If you are interested in auditioning for local competitions or even reality TV shows like American Idol or The Voice, the instructors in our network can definitely help you prepare. Most voice lesson music and materials can be purchased online or at a local music store.
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 is the only instrument which actively requires the use of your entire body for its function. This is why maintaining the health of your body in general is crucial to maintaining the health of your voice. Smoking, excessive drinking of alcohol, caffeine, and the use of illegal drugs or certain medications is strongly discouraged. Singers are encouraged to drink room temperature water to promote the hydration of their vocal chords. Excessive screaming, loud singing, or singing for long amounts of time without a rest can cause damage to your voice, and should be avoided. It is important to eat a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins to keep your whole body and voice healthy. Daily exercise is strongly encouraged, especially activities that require the use of your lungs such as swimming, running, cycling, or aerobics classes, all of which will increase your breath control capacity when singing.
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.
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.
Review by Ashley S.
Ali was an amazing voice coach! She taught in a way that made sense to me, and helped me find the voice placements I needed. I didn't know I could sound like that! My development with her was leaps and bounds rather than tiny dreadful steps that happen when you don't know what's going on! Ali was dedicated to helping me work on an audition for a music scholarship and I nailed it all thanks to her, seriously. I can't thank her enough! She helped me with the tools and confidence I needed to sing in the real world alone rather than just back row in a large choir.
Review by Wilma
Gina is very supportive and encouraging. Even though I get frustrated with my progress, she can tell that I've been practicing and reminds me of how far I've come. She challenges me to learn new skills without giving me a piece that I cannot master (with practice). I'm happy that she is my music teacher and look forward to many more lessons in the future.
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 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 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 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.
Review by Jennifer
Lindsey has been coming to our house to give saxophone lessons to our 12 year old daughter for about a month. She is an absolute joy. She is extremely knowledgeable, flexible with her schedule, and my daughter thinks she is "fun" and "cool". We would highly recommend her to anyone wanting music lessons. A+
Review by Robert Stallone
I am in my 60s and decided to get back into playing my guitar. I thought taking lessons would be a good way to formalize the endeavor. I did have some concern about whether working with a teacher would work out as I've behave only played for my own enjoyment for a long time. Peter and I have had a few lessons together and I am truly enjoying the experience. He is very supportive and flexible. We arrived at a three gold approach that is really working for me. We focus on developing a playlist, learning some of the more iconic tunes from leading artist that I would have a hard time learning on my own and developing some technical skills related to style and music theory. Now I look forward to my next lesson and am already playing better and enjoying the journey. Peter is a great teacher I'm lucky to have the opportunity to work with him.
Review by Ruslan
She is the most amazing teacher ever. She is not only w great teacher but she's so fun to work with. She has taught me so many things in such little amount of time things I didn't even know I could do. I recommend Andrea to everyone. She is an amazing singer and cares a lot about her students. She's the best!!
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