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I teach 1-on-1 with students in a personal, attentive environment. I try to provide a very professional, yet comfortable setting for my students to meet their needs. I have 5+ years of experience teaching private and group lessons and am capable of tailoring lesson plans to suit the student's needs. I am capable of traveling to the student's home, if necessary.
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 have been teaching privately for the past 5 years in the Greensboro area with students being admitted into special high school musical arts programs. I was also on faculty at the Chapel Hill School of Musical Arts for the 2013-2014 school year. I have experience teaching classical, musical theater, and contemprary styles of singing. As a teacher and mentor, I strive to teach each of my students to be a complete vocal musician. By this, I mean a vocal musician who has complete mastery of all aspects of a fully trained, confident, and competent musician. This includes knowlede of vocal production, musicianship, music history, and music theory. It is my job as a teacher to teach each student how to control their instrument and make the most beautiful sound. I also strive to engage each student in the history and theory of music. These tools are the fundamentals of music and therefore must be a component of a complete vocal musicians training. Musicianship is the creative aspect of each musical artist. It is developed and discovered through the training process. I believe that discovery is the greatest tool I have to help unlock the innate creativity in each student. Discovery is beneficial to both the student and teacher because through discover we can only continue to learn how to sing and how to teach! All of my students are encouraged to have fun, enter competitions and recitals, as well as work on any style of music they prefer to sing!
I have been around nearly every popular piano series and I think each one is has some solid areas. With beginners I like to pick and choose from different books, the primary lesson book being chosen once I meet the student and get a feel for how quickly they are going to progress. Reading music and counting are both so very important if you want to be a successful musician, which means they are the foundation of all my lessons. Also posture, breathing, and proper technique need to be taught from the beginning so you don't injure yourself.
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Children who enjoy singing may benefit from voice lessons. Formal vocal training improves a child's singing ability and range. The ideal age to start voice lessons occurs sometime after age 11 or 12 and after a child reaches puberty. Vocal training before that age could damage or strain a child's voice. By waiting until puberty, children reduce their risk of suffering an injury, and they increase their chances of improved vocal performance. Many kids have fun singing, and they can receive all the benefits of voice lessons if they wait until they are physically mature enough.
When you want to learn how to become a better singer, you need voice lessons. The instructors in Musika's network are trained in every genre and style, including Classical, Country, and R&B. We can help you prepare for national auditions or local competitions. You will receive customized lesson plans based on your musical goals and previous experience. As part of your lessons, you will learn how to protect and project your voice. You'll learn how to interpret songs, add emotion, and read music. Before you audition or perform, we'll teach you how to manage stage fright. In addition to these topics, learn: how to enjoy and express yourself with singing, breath control techniques, vocal cord protection, voice projection techniques, vocal volume improvement, how to read music, genre and style interpretation, and how to add emotion to songs, lyrics, and phrases.
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.
Voice lessons for adults focus enhancing technical execution and developing a musical repertoire. Lessons can be taught in various styles, and are tailor made to suit your tastes and skill level. If you are singing for the first time in your life, taking lessons as an adult is a great way to improve your vocal talents.
One-on-one customized voice lessons in your home saves you time. Musika offers convenient lessons so you don't have to drive to a studio, fight traffic, or take valuable time away from other responsibilities. Simply provide a keyboard or piano, and buy sheet music from a music store. Then get ready to learn how to sing. Our network has experienced teachers of every musical genre. In the comfort and safety of your home, enjoy personalized voice lessons that teach you how to sing for pleasure or performance. Without wasting time, learn to sing with in-home voice lessons.
Review by Jacob Solomon
Ileen is a very attentive instuctor. she is patient and works hard to see her student succeed. if a concept is unclear she expains it in other ways to ensure understanding. I would highly recommend ileen to students of all levels who want to learn guitar and music theory to thoroughly enjoy the instrument and music
Review by Steve Newman
My daughter began learning sax in her school band, but she didn't begin PLAYING sax until she started lessons with Debra. From scales and exercises to actual pieces, Debra coached my daughter with real insight, sensitivity, and patience. Her knowledge of the instrument and feeling for music - along with her easy-going,"kid friendly" personality - make Debra the ideal teacher and musical mentor.
Review by William Klepatsky
Very knowledgeable on every aspect of music theory. I listen to recording artists playing various classical pieces, Dan's playing is much like a recording artist's playing. Always on time. Winning happy personality, a great role model. Puts me at ease when I am playing. Have two friends who hold music degrees, I count him a third, something special about the minds and personalities of good pianists. Thanks Dan.
Review by Jenn
My son and I both take lessons with Micheal. My son started on the ukulele and recently started the guitar. He is excellent with children. Very patient and very intuitive to the child's ability. He is also an excellent teacher for adults. I had not touched my guitar in several years and in a couple months not only to I remember everything I forgot but I'm learning many new techniques and am a much better player than I've ever been.
Review by Svea Bryan
Brett is an accomplished musician, who shared his knowledge at a level that my five year old understands. He is polite and relaxed in his mannerisms but take a serious approach to focusing on the lesson. He is very patient and engaging with the attention span you'd expect from a kindergartener. His motto ever is "sometime you learn faster by going slow"
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 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 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 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.
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