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I am a very motivated instructor who loves sharing my love and passion for music. I graduated from Glenwood High School in 2004. I then went on to Western Illinois University where I studied jazz on trumpet. I also went to Lincoln Land Community College with a Jazz performance major on trumpet and piano. I taught choir at Lanphier High School during the main choir teacher's medical leave. I played at Walt Disney World in 2005 as a fill-in on trumpet. I have traveled across the country and internationally as well. I have opened for and performed in major national acts across the country. My teaching career started in early 2001, including private instruction in piano, trumpet, and voice.
Music is my life, I love to perform, teach, and write music. It gives me great pleasure to share my gift with my students and to be able to know that I was there to help lead them in the right direction towards thier musical goals and acheivments. I am a seasoned musician with a background in muisc starting at the age of 10 when I learned to play the guitar. At the same time I was learning percussion and drums in grade school. Two years later, I started singing and piano lessons from my musical mentor and friend Margery Heinz. I started my musical studies at a summer workshop coarse athe the University of Southern California where I studied Jazz performance. Then I attended a local community college in New England where I received my certificate of music and from there I went on to the University of Massachusettes where I received my associates of music education degree. Later I would attend Berkley college of music for a summer program where I studied compostion and jazz.
For piano study I use traditional book methods. The books I teach from are Bastien Levels Primer to Adult Beginner. My vocal methods are taught using interactive multi-media and traditional methods combined building a repetoire of songs while focusing on technique.
I am a teacher of functional singing which main purpose is to achieve healthy singing by improving vocal range, stamina, endurance and flexibility. Singers learn to embrace their own voice, not one that is formed through imitation or poor concepts. You will be taught as an individual not "one-size-fits-all" approach.
For beginning students I use instrument appropriate lesson books that teach the fundamentals of music, the instrument and progressively allows the student to feel comfortable with the sound and feel of the instrument. As they progress I begin introducing solo pieces and instruction to strengthen techniques, embouchure, sight reading, and theory abilities. For my older students I first see what their current level is and learn what their goals are. At this time I plan my lessons to meet their goals for the present and future.
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Singing for pleasure or as a profession is one fantasy many kids have. To be successful, they need voice lessons, but a child's voice isn't ready for vocal training until the child has reached puberty. At that time, the voice is mature enough to undergo regular singing, vocal exercises, and other rigors associated with voice lessons. We recommend kids wait until they are at least 11 or 12 before they start voice lessons. The instructors in our network can then provide the personalized instruction your child needs while he or she pursues the possibility of a profession in voice performance.
Our lessons for adults are focused around teaching vocal technique with the specific aims of the student in mind. Many adults are just looking to improve their singing for their own enjoyment.We also teach students who are auditioning for talent shows such as American Idol, or who are preparing for exams, recording sessions, or gigs. Adult students may want an honest, professional assessment of their voices since family or friends, well-meaning as they may be, are often not objective judges. Learning to sing can be a good boost to confidence, develops all-round musicianship, and is open to adults of all ages.
Musika offers personalized and customized one-on-one voice lessons in your home. The convenience of at home lessons saves you time. Instead of driving to a studio, fighting traffic, or putting off other important activities, stay home and let an instructor from Musika's network come to you. They can offer instruction in every musical genre. Learn classical for theater performances or master R&B for a reality TV audition. You only need a piano and sheet music, and then you are set to learn how to sing from the comfort of your home.
Using your voice as an instrument 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 periods 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.
Students will learn and develop good, safe and effective vocal technique during their vocal lessons. The best way to build a strong, powerful voice is to learn the techniques and practice the exercises covered in lessons. The essence of good vocal technique is centered around being able to successfully bridge from the chest voice to the head voice, with no vocal breaks or noticeable change in tonality. To do this successfully requires strength, timing, and coordination of the intrinsic muscles of the larynx, the ability to maintain good vocal fold closure, and to tilt the thyroid cartilage. To do these things successfully students will also learn how to support their singing with breath management, as it is important that the air pressure above and below the vocal folds is balanced. During lessons, students will be taught the exercises in order to successfully master these skills. They will also learn about performance, stylistic and interpretive techniques, and how to apply them to singing songs.
Review by Kaleen Todoroff
Noel is amazing. She is helping me to work toward my vocal goals for auditions to several musical theaters. She has helped me choose strong audition pieces and is teaching excellent ways to get the sound I need in a safe and healthy way. She works outside our lessons on new warm ups and new music pieces. She is the best.
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 Wendy
Bill has been great with my 2 young children (age 3 & 6). He has integrated games into the lessons - they have enjoyed showing us how to play the games when it is time to practice piano. Bill has been easy to contact and rescheduling has not been a problem if we have a conflict at our regular lesson time.
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 John
When I started with Darrell, I didn't know anything bout music. Nothing. We started with basic music theory & moved into scales and reading. It hasn't been very long at all, but my confidence is growing quickly. He does ask a lot from you and he expects you to keep up. But I can honestly say that if you are willing to work hard and spend the time at home doing what he asks, you will see the results. He wants you to succeed and takes pride in watching you grow. If you want it as bad as he does, you will see the result very quickly.
Review by Al
Pavel is doing a great job with my 6 year old son. Pavel is doing a great job helping my son focus on technique and rhythm, which is something previous instructors weren't so successful with. Pavel is organized / structured / systematic, which is what my son needs now, but I hope he relaxes a bit as the lessons continue so that more "joy" comes through.
Review by Jaima Woodiwiss
Having taken 6 years of piano lessons myself when I was young, I am very happy with Osmond teaching my daughter. He is very personable and helping her to enjoy piano. My daughter loves the fun songs she gets to play and I really appreciate how he is integrating even in the first month fingering, chords, beats, and hearing the music. She's getting a very well rounded training and she's loving it!
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 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!
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