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I began teaching private instruction part time in 2001. I have taught in my home, as well as in local music stores. I have been teaching full time as of 2007. I thoroughly enjoy teaching and have watched some of my students go on to great accomplishments in their music careers. Sharing my passion of music with everyone has been an encouraging and uplifting factor in my life and has encouraged many of my students to receive top honors in the music community. My students range in age; I started at the age of 4 myself, and retained a lot of information at that age. I feel if you are passionate about something you can accomplish anything!
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 the Artistic Director at a music school where I direct and teach Beginning to Professional Level Voice and Beginning to Advanced Piano. I hold over twenty years of professional music teaching experience and have acted as professional Singer, Pianist, Music Director, Choral Director, Choral Accompanist, Instrumental/Vocal Accompanist, Voice and Piano Instructor, and College Piano/Theory/Voice Tutor. I hold a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Voice Performance and hold twenty-one Graduate Degree credits in Voice and Piano Performance beyond my undergraduate degree. I hold a K-12 Music Education Teaching Certification and a K-6 Elementary Education Teaching Certification both from the Florida Department of Education. I have taught extensively in private, public and in ensembles throughout Northern California, Southern California, Texas, Seattle Metro Area-Washington State, Central Florida and now in the Greater Tampa Bay Area, Florida. I am background checked, certificated and am a highly experienced voice technician that specializes in opera, classical music for voice, and musical theatre. I have trained pianist and singers of all ages and levels and has successfully prepared students for college entrance auditions and exams. I have had former students go onto to become professional singers, actors, music teachers, voice and piano instructors, drama teachers and great lovers of music.
I really don't follow a specific book or tool. As I wrote before, every person is different and I always try to empathize with my students. With the Internet, the tools are almost infinite. I focus on breathing and comfort singing. I use different warming up exercises for every person, depending on their needs. I am always excited when one of my student make progress, wheter is big or small. I am very flexible and respectful with the music styles and always trying to teach healthy singing.
I have been passionate about music since my early years. In 4th grade I picked up the Cello and then in 5th grade we were allowed to try band instruments and I never looked back. I chose the Baritone Horn and played all through elementary, junior and high school as well as it was my major instrument in college. As a junior in high school I taught myself to play both the trombone and guitar. Trombone became my minor instrument and expand my playing to orchestras and Jazz ensembles. I college I tried out for my first show as a performer on stage and have been doing ever since and continue to this day. I love the spotlights. I love sharing my enjoyment with students both as a teacher in the public schools and privately in a lesson environment. I enjoy writing music and have many songs in my portfolio over the years.
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We teach singing to adults of all ages, each of whom have different aims and goals in mind. For many adults, they want to learn how to sing simply for fun or for their karaoke nights. For others, they may want to develop their voices with the goal of becoming a professional vocalist in mind. Advanced students often want to learn a few specific techniques or work on some exercises, such as increasing their range, improving their support, singing with distortion, vibrato, etc. We have a range of experienced teachers in our network who can help with your specific goals.
Musika vocal lessons are based on teaching students good, safe vocal technique that can be applied to a wide range of musical genres and singing styles. Students of all abilities and experience will be catered to, as lessons are devised to suit the requirements of each individual student. Beginner students will work on their pitch, tone, and vocal range by doing various exercises such as sirens, singing different vowels along a scale, and learning how to properly support the voice through breath management. These exercises are designed to build strength, timing, and coordination in order to traverse the passagio, allowing students to sing notes in their head voice register, thus extending their range. Students can also develop their song interpretation skills, performance techniques, and style development. As students advance, they can learn techniques and skills such as messa di voce, runs and fills, vibrato, and genre-specific techniques like distortion in Rock singing or covering the voice for Musical Theatre or Classical singing.
Maintaining good vocal health is crucial for people wanting to learn how to sing. Misuse of voice can lead to vocal problems that can either prevent students from fulfilling their potential or irreparably damage the voice. There are several simple methods for helping to maintain good vocal health. It is important to remain hydrated by drinking plenty of water, as this will stop the voice drying out, which can irritate the vocal folds and cause soreness and discomfort. It is also important to properly warm up the voice before or at the start of lessons, practice, or a performance.
Taking vocal lessons from the comfort of your own home is the most convenient way of learning how to sing with good technique. Finding the additional time out of a busy schedule to transport your child to and from their lessons can be difficult, making home lessons a convenient, time and money saving option. The only thing necessary for home lessons is a quiet room in which to sing and a keyboard! There is no difference between the lesson content of studio or home lessons, only the location is different. Home lessons help provide a safe, familiar, and comfortable learning environment for students.
Students who take vocal lessons from a young age will learn safe, effective vocal techniques that are suited to the current level of ability and vocal maturity. Learning good vocal habits early on prevents the risk of injury or fatigue or possible misuse of the voice in the future. Students will also be exposed to a creative, fun, musical environment which can be good for their overall development and can help instill a positive attitude and hard working ethics through regular practice and lessons. Students of this age (11-12 years old) will generally work on pitch, basic techniques, and music theory.
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 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 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 Christopher Perrone
Mike has been working with my son Robert for over a year and has just started working with my daughter Kate. Mike is both a great musician and a good teacher. He connects with the kids and keeps them engaged. He is able to tailor the lesson to focus on music that is interesting to each child. He also encourages the students to participate in a public setting which is great. I would highly recommend Mike.
Review by Tuvana
He is incredibly patient and really customizes his teaching style to the child. Both of my children are learning piano with him; they have learned so much and really enjoy the lessons. In fact, my daughter asked to learn another instrument (guitar) with him and is making great progress with that, too.
Review by Maria
My daughter has been taking piano lessons through her school district program for the last two years. She had learned a lot in that class but I noticed that she needed advanced classes at this point. After reviewing several websites I decided to enroll my daughter for the trial at MUSIKA. We got Mrs. Veronica B., and I am more than happy we got her as my daughter's teacher. Mrs. Veronica B. was very professional and very knowledgeable at the trial day. She was able to assess my daughter skill's level, and then she was able to give suggestions about how to improve those skills. My daughter has taken 5 classes with Mrs. Barker, and I can see she enjoys each class and she's improved a lot since day one. I can picture my daughter playing her favorites songs on the piano very soon!!! :-)
Review by Brad Schimmer
I have been playing the drums for about 5 years and I have to say that Alvaro is very patient. He has opened me up to new styles of music and I can now play a Songo groove! What I liked most was that he was flexible in what I wanted him to teach me and would also bring in new material specifically to what I wanted him to show me. Overall, great patient teacher and would highly recommend! Thanks Alvaro!
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 Alex A.
Travis rocks. My 7-year-old son and I both take lessons with him. Travis has moved me off the plateau I was on with lessons that focus on theory and technique. And for my son, he's been able to instill a desire and interest that were missing when he previously took piano lessons. With Travis teaching us, the limits are the ones we impose on ourselves. Needless to say, Travis himself plays a mean guitar to boot!
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