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I am a guitarist, songwriter, vocalist, and a producer. I have three cds out and one in Germany with my own rock band at www.Vitalpointmusic.com, myspace.com, and facebook under “Vitalpoint Rocks” I've obtained two master degrees one in music and in education, as well as a PhD in Music education I've had my music produced by Badfingers Joey molland, which was the first band signed to The Beatles' Apple Records recording lable, and have also performed with the Del Vikings, Ben E. king, The Mamas and papas, and recorded with Al Greenwood from Foreigner in addition to many local groups. I've written two instructional books for both guitar and vocals, and I'm currently writing a third. I also have plans to record another cd
I feel like music is our greatest form of self expression. The voice is the most intimate instrument, because it is a physical part of you and each voice is as unique as the student's fingerprint. Teaching voice, to me, is like helping a student to unwrap a beautiful gift they have been given. It is imperative that the voice student and teacher trust one another, for without a relationship of trust the student will not fully be able to open the gift and see what's inside themselves. Piano is easier, in that it is outside of the body, but I do try to help the student think of it as an extension of self. In all my teaching, I encourage the student to express the music for which they have the greatest passion. Allowing the student to progress at his or her own pace, I help shepherd the musical discoveries by setting realistic goals for each lesson. If the student is young, the parent is a welcome addition to the musical discovery process, and I educate the parent and the student so they can best help each other during practice at home. Whatever the age, I always praise a student's hard work and the courage it takes to open themselves up to success at developing musicianship.
I currently teach voice, piano, and music theory lessons at three music schools in New York City: 1. Two Bridges Music School 2. Little Chopins Inc. 3. Bronx House
My approach to lessons differs significantly from student to student. After initial skills and vocal health assessments, I choose repertoire for them bases upon their abillities, age, and musical interests. While I think that vocalises and technical exercises are important to the learning process, I believe it is essential for students to be singing music that they are passionate about at all times. In this way, they can learn to love the process of improving. I supplement lessons with vocalises, either taught to me through previous teachers or from books by pedagogues such as Vaccai, Siebel, Marchesi, etc., as I see necessary.
With over ten years of experience as a songwriter, performer, teacher, and recording artist, I have harnessed my passion for music, using it as an effective tool in empowering youth and adults from all over the world to build self-confidence through self-expression. Most recently, I developed a community music learning program which serves to give back to the community through music lessons and workshops that create accessibility and opportunity for beginners to pick up an instrument or write a song, to build upon musical self-expression. As a singer/songwriter, I have released several albums, teaming up with producer James Sabella (Marcy Playground, Nine Days), vocalist Angela Workman (Stevie Wonder) and percussionist Steve Holly (Paul McCartney).Additionally, I have successfully funded and organized several US tours garnering support from national press and college radio stations. Additionally, I have organized and performed at various fundraising events, raising money for children affected by life threatening illnesses as well as communities affected by natural disasters
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Take adult voice lessons, and sing your best whether you perform for your pets or for a national audience. Voice lessons taught by trained instructors in Musika's network teach you breathing control and voice projection as well as vocal care. We walk with you every step of the way whether you sing Classical, Opera, Country, or another musical style. The teachers in our network can also help you pick songs that match your vocal tone. With practical exercises to do at home, master the art of singing for auditions, performances, or fun. You can sing your best every day when you take adult voice lessons.
Most kids don't like waiting for anything, but they should wait until after puberty to take voice lessons. Their vocal cords aren't mature enough for voice training until puberty hits. We recommend kids wait until they are 11 or 12 years old to start voice lessons. By waiting, the risks of vocal strain and damage are reduced. Your child's voice will be physically prepared to handle the training exercises and professional instruction the experienced instructors in our network can provide at that time. Your kids may not want to wait until they reach puberty, but they will benefit from delaying voice lessons until their vocal cords mature.
Singing is a physical endeavor that requires effort, strength, and coordination. The musculature of the voice is very delicate so it is important to sing using safe techniques. Forcing or pushing the voice is a common cause of vocal fatigue and should be avoided. Check for tension or constriction in the throat, as this is sign of bad technique. The extrinsic muscles of the voice (neck, jaw, and cheeks) should be relaxed and there should be no discomfort of pain when singing. The best way to avoid vocal fatigue or injury is through warm ups, sleep, and hydration
When you want to learn how to sing or when you desire to perfect your vocal ability, contact Musika for in-home voice lessons. The experienced vocal instructors in our network are skilled in teaching students of all ages and every genre, from Opera to Rock. Simply provide a keyboard and sheet music, then prepare to master singing from the comfort of home. If you're not sure what you need to learn or what you should sing, the instructors in our network can give you practical advice based on your voice. With in-home voice lessons, prepare to master the art of singing for recreation or professional performance.
Developing your vocal skills and controlling your breathing are key components of voice lessons. With in-home or in-studio lessons, learn these disciplines and perfect your passion for singing. Professional instructors in Musika's network help you learn how to project your voice, control the volume, and improve your lung capacity. Regular practice can also expand your vocal range and singing strength. We can work with any genre or musical style. Choose songs that fit your voice, and then learn how to read the music and express emotion as you sing. Other topics you may learn during voice lessons include how to express yourself and show emotion while singing, how to control your breath and care for your vocal cords, how to project your voice and improve vocal volume, how to read music, how to interpret a variety of musical genres and styles, and how to prepare for auditions and performances.
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.
Review by Mythili Lahiri
My son is truly enjoying his lessons with Chris. He looks forward to them and is motivated to practice. Chris is conscientious and shows up on time and whenever he is supposed to. He communicates clearly if rescheduling is ever required and is accommodating when we need to change the day. I would recommend Chris to anyone.
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 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.
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 Natalie Kretcher
I really like her. And as an adult student, a good teacher who keeps the pace up but still keeps it reasonable in terms of difficulty is really hard to find. She does a great job of explaining little detail things in terms I (as a musically challenged human) can understand. I'm having a blast! 10/10 would recommend!
Review by Maurice Romero
This is the 1st time I've ever taken lessons, and Robert has been a pleasure to work with. I've made quick progress and have enjoyed the process. I'm always listening for those tips that you can't find in a book. I can count on Robert to be strict on the fundamentals and am clear it will make a difference in the long run.
Review by Howard
We value Chelsea for the quality of her lessons, but also for the flexibility of her schedule. She has worked around family vacations, impromptu summer camps and the upcoming school year. Emily is better prepared to start middle school band this year due to flute lessons from Chelsea and we plan to continue the lessons for the foreseeable future.
Review by Jeff N.
Travis is an extremely knowledgeable guitarist and teacher. Travis is equally comfortable in playing/teaching jazz, rock, blues, or classical styles. I really like the way he explains things and he has the ability to make difficult material seem simpler. Travis is very likeable, enthusiastic, and always very professional. I think Travis would be great teaching either children or adults because he's very patient. My learning experience with Travis has been outstanding. He taught me some great techniques for chord substitution and for soloing. I'll continue to work with Travis because he inspires me to be a better guitarist. I think he could really help me with composing because he writes some great songs too! Thanks Travis!
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