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I have never liked the dreaded term "homework". So what I like to tell my students to encourage them to achieve the most success they can, is to simply go home and "practice" because practice makes perfect. I feel that learning any instrument is similar to learning a foreign language. You have to start with baby steps before you can carry on a conversation. Just as learning to read and play/sing the notes with your instrument will get through to the listener more clearly.
I began my musical journey at a very young age. I would sit and play on my Grandmother’s organ at the age of 5 learning songs by ear. In grade school I was introduced to the theory of music playing violin and later in high school playing clarinet in the school band. I was accepted into the Music Program at The University of Tampa after receiving piano instruction from local musician Florence Tillman. At The University of Tampa I studied piano, vocals, and guitar. I received private piano instruction with Professor Linda Rodriguez and was graded before a jury where I received an A for my efforts. I also received private piano instruction with Professor Kenneth Hanks of Hillsborough Community College. I received private vocal instruction at the University of Tampa with Dr. Yvonne Rene Dechance, Dawne Wisner Eubanks of Hillsborough Community College, and Margaret Lampasi of SUNY Adirondack in Upstate New York. In 2010 I graduated SUNY Adirondack with an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts & Social Sciences with honors as an inductee of Phi Theta Kappa. Currently, I am studying for a Bachelor of Arts at SUNY Empire with concentrations in Performing Arts and Literature. I love to learn and I am eager to teach to share my knowledge, experience, and love for music in the community.
I am a passionate and motivated voice teacher who loves working with students and sharing my love for music. After receiving my Master degree from Louisiana State University, I went to Germany to audition. Within three weeks I got my first 'gig' in Stuttgart, Germany. Since then I have been performing nationally and internationally in opera, musical theatre and as a recitalist. For over 10 years, no matter where I live I always maintain a private studio. 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. If you would like to sing as freely as you speak then contact me and let's get to work.
Though I feel it is important that each student progress at a pace that it is comfortable for them, I expect each student to put forth the effort. The lesson should not be the only practicing that the student accomplishes during the week. It is important to practice daily. The lessons should be a place to show off your hard work. I stress slowing music down to assure the proper understanding of the rhythm and intonation of the music. I stress scales, theory, technique building as well as sight reading to help build the overall abilities of each student. The age and goal of each student determines the path we takes with each method.
I'm a very passionate and caring teacher who loves nothing more than to share my love for music. I've had sixteen years of formal professional training in piano starting at the age of four, as well as six years of cello which I played in the ASYO for four years. I also was the middle and high school pianist, church and choral accompanist from grades 6-12. I was pointed towards being a concert pianist had I continued in performance. I became a mother shortly after college to two beautiful children and have been able to impart the gift of music to them. I've played and sang vocals with professional bands and shared stages with some amazing musicians, even traveling the nation for a few years with a praise and worship team. I also play several other instruments and still perform regularly for events and with bands for fun!
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For vocalists of all abilities, it is important to keep the voice healthy. Before singing, whether it be a live performance, a lesson, or practice, vocalists should be sure to do a good warm up, which can last anywhere from 15 minutes to 45 minutes depending on the singer or type of singing about to be performed. All singers should make sure they consume plenty of water throughout the day in order to keep the voice hydrated. A dry throat, along with things such as allergies, coughing, alcohol, and tobacco, can irritate the vocal folds and hinder performance levels.
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.
Age 11 or 12 is the best time to begin voice lessons when they are emotionally and physically mature enough to begin to learn various vocal techniques. Starting voice lessons younger than age 12 can be very demanding on an untrained voice and can cause damage if the student is not vocally ready. Students that have studied another instrument prior to beginning voice lessons are at a distinct advantage, because they will know how to read music and will be able to apply their previous years of experience to their new instrument.
Learning voice as an adult can be a very fun experience. If you have never studied music before, it is never too late to start! Voice lessons will focus on vocal, breathing, performance techniques in order to help you to achieve your own personal musical goals. No matter your reason for studying voice- studying classical music, singing in a community or church chorus, auditioning for musical theatre, or just taking lessons for fun- our teachers are here to help you reach your goals.
Convenient and comfortable, in-home voice lessons prepare you to master the only instrument you carry with you everywhere you go. Professional instructors in Musika's network employ time-tested methods to teach you how to operate your voice to maximum capacity. With the piano you have in your home and music you can purchase from almost any musical store, learn to sing Opera, R&B, Country music, or anything else. Simply schedule lessons and avoid the hassle of traveling to a studio across town. With professional voice lessons, learn how to care for your voice as you use it to make beautiful music.
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 Chad H.
"Mr. Richard has been absolutely perfect for our very active two boys. He has been an excellent fit for gauging and keeping their interest far beyond what we had imagined. Our boys actually argue over who gets to go first. Mr. Richard knocks it out of the park when it comes to exceeding our expectations"
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 Ro J.
“My son has been instructed by Mark for almost four years. Mark is an outstanding teacher. His credentials are by themselves impressive, but his ability to relate his knowledge to kids is even more so. Connor's ability to understand and read music is fantastic. Mark also knows the performance side of playing drums and has encouraged Connor to actually incorporate his knowledge to play alone and in a band. He is patient and encouraging which is what motivates Connor to work and practice. He is a mentor as well as a teacher. He is superior at what he does and we highly recommend him.” Ro J.
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 Dylan Jacinto
Jessie is the finest musician I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I find her overall concept of approaching an instrument to be both comprehensive and effective. Each technique she has acquired has made it possible for her to tailor her method to a variety of ages and individuals. I cannot speak more highly of Miss Jessie's abilities. Her lengthy and impressive cradecials speak for themselves. I recommend no hesitation in seeking her services!
Review by Travis Dalenberg
Travis is the greatest. He knows his music and how to teach it. He gives you time to learn, but will not allow student time to get lazy. I know he teaches all age groups. Young pre-teens to us old folks 78 years young. I have been taking lessons from him since early December 2014. He is a true professional. You can't go wrong with him.
Review by Timothyfullard
We've only had a few lessons with Elisa, but so far we really like her. She has a lot of great suggestions for solo pieces as well as orchestral music that involves all 3 of my boys, while also including some Christian music that we can play at church. She is very patient in explaining the lessons and encouraging!
Review by Vanessa
Eduard is an amazing teacher. (Coming from someone who previously knew the basics of playing and music.) He is not to harsh with his words and is extremely nice. Eduard has a great amout of experience and displays it through his teachings. Specifically by making it easy to follow along with his words to actions. As a person with a wondering mind whom is distracted easily, it is easy to pay attention.
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