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I come from a musical family. my father is a pianist,composer,arranger,performer,producer. My uncle is also a pianist.I learned music at the age of 5 when my father taught me how to play the piano.I then wanted to play lots of different instruments. At the age of 8 i learned to play the bass guitar from my cousin and soon after i learned to play the guitar. While in junior high i learned to play the recorder and harmonica as well as percussion instruments. In high school i learned to play the saxophone and i won a battle of the bands contest playing bass guitar for a band called the milk dudes. Also in high school i took several music theory classes and other music related classes. I then went on to college to take more music related courses and eventually started performing with a greater consistancy than ever before. i honestly on took a couple of months of bass guitar lessons. I mostly learned on my own asking questions to my father or digging up info in books or watching dvds,etc.. i took it very seriously and knew that this was what i wanted to do.
My musical education began at a very young age, amidst the folk music traditions of the Allegheny Mountains in western NY. I never had access to private instruction, though, so I have always been passionate about sharing my knowledge with students. I was self-taught as a kid, and eventually received a scholarship to attend the Berklee College of Music, and later a graduate fellowship from the University of Oregon, where I received my Master of Music in Jazz Studies. I have followed a career across the country, working as a freelance instrumentalist and educator from coast to coast, as well as internationally.
Vocal studies are so specific to the individual student. I work first in accessing the instrument and build the concepts of breath and pitch into their voice before moving into more advanced technique. Since voice is an internal instrument repertoire choices are at first basic in complexity and chosen by me. Eventually I will allow the student to offer selections and work on music they can really enjoy and have fun with. I want to impart good healthy vocalisms so that the progress and development will be as productive as possible. I take a very technical approach to singing, and can convey that information in a multitude of ways so as to meet my student's learning style. For beginning piano students we start with the Faber piano method books, working through the lessons to best coordinate their skills before introducing more complicated music. It is an excellent way for students to discover how to read and understand music.
Though I have taught on and off for the last fifteen years, my most formative experience as a teacher was my time teaching at School of Rock in 2015. I taught bass, guitar, keyboards, vocals, and ensemble musicianship to students ranging in age from 6 to 60. I enjoyed using the music they loved in order to teach the fundamentals of music, just as I learned the fundamentals from the music I love.
I started teaching music lessons in high school, when I gave private lessons to a beginning flute player. In college I took two years of music education classes, including classes on instruction, philosophy, and teaching different instruments. These classes went out to elementary, middle and high schools, and I observed some of the best classroom teachers in the Chicagoland area. During this time I taught ear-training lessons (working with intervals and chords), and gave several individual coachings to students who wanted to work on particular songs or just learn more about their musical abilities. Since graduation, I've taught through Musika, as well as through my own studio. I currently have a flute student and two voice students, all of whom are different ages and have different goals for their lessons.
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Your voice is the one instrument that accompanies you wherever you go. Polish it with in-home voice lessons. Professional instructors in Musika's network arrive at your home ready to teach you how to choose songs that fit your voice, maximize your singing performance, and care for your instrument. All you need is a piano or keyboard, music, and your willingness to work. Whether you sing classical, country, or R&B, we can help you polish your voice. Prepare for a professional performance, an appearance on a reality singing competition, or a solo at a local event when you take in-home voice lessons.
Students studying voice for the first time as an adult can look forward learning vocal exercises and breathing techniques, which can help improve their range and tone. Adult students may be interested in studying primarily classical vocal technique, or they may want to focus on different styles like pop or jazz. Our network of instructors can help you reach your musical goals!
The teachers in our network create a customized lesson plan for every student, so no two students' lesson plans will be identical. Topics covered during Musika's voice lessons may include, but are not limited to: proper breath control technique, how to support your voice, how to read music, how to interpret various styles of singing (classical, jazz, pop, etc.), performance tips and techniques, how to overcome stage fright, and most importantly, learning to enjoy music and express yourself through singing!
Your voice is the only instrument that functions best when your entire body functions properly. Improve your voice health when you take care of your body's health. That includes eating a nutritious diet that's filled with vegetables, fruit, and protein. You'll also want to drink water instead of alcohol, sugary drinks, or caffeine. Exercise plays an important role in your overall health too. Spend time each day exercising and working out. Daily, rest your body. Sleep well at night and don't over use your voice. By taking steps to ensure your body functions properly, you also help your voice function at its best.
Children who want to take voice lessons should wait until they're at least 11 or 12 years old. At that time, their voice is maturing, and they are emotionally ready to practice regularly and apply themselves. Starting voice lessons before puberty could cause vocal cord damage and strain. That damage potentially jeopardizes future vocal performances. By waiting a few years, children protect their voice. Then they can start lessons and prepare to audition for local, regional, and national competitions or performances in their teen and adult years.
Review by Nicole V.
"My daughter is 10 years old and has been taking piano lessons with Mr. Dale J. for almost 4 years now. She is progressing nicely. His kind and gentle way make for a very positive learning experience. Mr. Dale J. is encouraging without being harsh or belittling. He is patient and the ideal instructor for my daughter."
Review by Bradford Putt
Angela has been a perfect match-up for me. She is warm and welcoming, and also serious about teaching - she keeps our time focused and on track. What I truly appreciate, as a new singer anxiously preparing for an event, is the confidence she gives me. Angela is very encouraging. I enjoy coming to class.
Review by Stan
My two daughters wanted to study piano fore some time now and just recently I found Musikalessons website and teacher Milica. I can only say that my daughters are very happy with their piano lessons and simply adore Milica. They already made a great progress and we're all happy with what they learned in this short period. Thank you Musikalessons and Milica.
Review by Jon
Michael is exactly what I was looking for in a teacher. The first thing he did was to determine what I wanted to get out of lessons, and what my existing skill level is. He is now aiming me in the right direction - and he is clearly skilled, experienced and knowledgeable, in addition to being very easy to get along with. I'm very happy.
Review by Claudiaaustin
Our kids love Mr. Lynwood. Mr. Lynwood is very patient and skillful teaching our kids both music theory and guitar/piano. He keeps them engaged and motivated during their lessons and we are seeing -or rather hearing- fast improvement in the kids' dexterity playing their respective instruments. We would recommend this good natured instructor to anybody.
Review by Nancy
Darrell is A-Maz-Ing! He demands results from his students and therefore results come quickly. The time he spends teaching is intense and packed with great instruction. He is a tough teacher but offers lots of valuable instruction that is applicable for music as well as life in general. I highly recommend Darrell if you are ready for results!
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 Shilpa
"Richard is a very talented and a patient teacher. He teaches my 6 year old daughter in the comfort of our home and he is very regular. He follows a learning book and mixes his lessons to bring difficulty and technicality while keeping it interesting for my daughter. My daughter was difficult to work with at the beginning but he was able motivate her in every possible way. As a parent I make an effort to learn with my daughter so that when my daughter practices I am able to guide and correct her and Richard is very generous to take the time to give provide me concepts. I am extremely happy with Richard and his ability to teach children."
Review by Julie Buranelli
My daughter really enjoys her lessons with Pavel. She is an absolute beginner and Pavel is right with her as she learns the basics. She is completely engaged and always looks forward to her lesson. He packs a lot of learning into their 30 minute time slot - he gets right to it as soon as he walks in the door! He is a great teacher - we highly recommend!
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