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I began teaching privately ten years ago and have had a varried studio with voice, violin and beginning piano students. I have had students ranging in age from three years to mature adult, all at very different levels of musical ability, and I have taught in the classroom in rural, urban and suburban settings. From these experiences I have learned productive practicing is key, along with self-motivating strategies, to grow as a musician. My studnts have fun while learning proper musical technique in student-tailored approaches. I have had opportunities to create curriculum for beginning musician programs and therefore am apt to help grow a student to where he or she wants. I focus on collaboration and on partnership to develop musically!
For beginning singers, I prefer to use Folk Songs for Solo Singers and G. Schirmer's Easy Songs for the Beginning (Soprano) series, as well as Hal Leonard's The Teen's Musical Theatre Collection. For intermediate and advanced singers, I also like to use Schirmer's Twenty-Four Italian Songs and Arias, and G. Schirmer's First Book of (Soprano) Solos series. We will start off lessons with warmups to prepare the body and voice, as well as to extend the vocal range and practice specific skills. Then we will work on the student's chosen solo pieces, learning notes and building musicality.
I taught a few students here and there but my x22realx22 teaching experience began in 2006 working for a music store in Buffalo, New York. I had over 45 weekly students and learned what it meant to teach. I learned that each student is quite different and unique. Some are more hands-on, some mathematical, and some mechanical. A pre-determined style or method of teaching may not always work, so one has be flexible, and mold the lessons to the students tendencies. In order to make a well-rounded musician, I always make it a point to incorporate all styles into the lessons to complement what they like personally. I teach the concept that the x22workx22 aspect of music will always be present, but, hey, Why can't we have fun while working?
I have taught voice lessons for 5 years and piano lessons for 3 years. These experiences have enabled me to develop consistent, effective teaching styles focusing on teamwork, motivation, tools for self-evaluation, and encouragement for my students to take ownership of the music-making process. When modeling for my students, I do not expect my students to imitate my sound. Instead, I encourage them to imitate my musicality, phrasing, articulation, breath support, and rich tone while maintaining the integrity of their own voices. My efforts have impressed the families of my students with their progress and growth, thereby keeping students in my studio and eliciting a demand for my teaching from new students. All of my students have seen progress and growth not only as musicians but also as valued members of society and I have found it very rewarding to be a part of their development. My goal is that they would leave my studio or rehearsals finding value in their own artistic achievements and self-worth in working towards a greater goal alongside their peers. I also aim to be a professional resource to my students whether it be in advising, listening, or in figuring out the inevitable difficulties of life. I am deeply passionate about cultivating a high-level of musicianship and mentoring students in all areas of life.
My passion is music and spreading that joy to others. Each student is different and special. I find ways to tap into the potential of all students (of any age), and assist them in goal setting, using music as a tool in many ways, and building the confidence to continue adding music- performance or not- into their lives. I took a very non-traditional path into music as a career, but I love guiding others in their musical pursuits from a viewpoint of someone who made missteps along my journey, and strive to be the best musician and teacher I can be.
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When you want to learn how to become a better singer, you need voice lessons. The instructors in Musika's network are trained in every genre and style, including Classical, Country, and R&B. We can help you prepare for national auditions or local competitions. You will receive customized lesson plans based on your musical goals and previous experience. As part of your lessons, you will learn how to protect and project your voice. You'll learn how to interpret songs, add emotion, and read music. Before you audition or perform, we'll teach you how to manage stage fright. In addition to these topics, learn: how to enjoy and express yourself with singing, breath control techniques, vocal cord protection, voice projection techniques, vocal volume improvement, how to read music, genre and style interpretation, and how to add emotion to songs, lyrics, and phrases.
Whether you sing for pleasure or sing professionally, you need voice lessons. They help you learn everything you need to know about using your singing instrument. From caring for your voice to selecting music, a voice instructor teaches you want you need to know. Yet you don't need to travel to a professional studio to learn how to sing. Instructors from Musika's network come to your home. They use your piano or keyboard to share their professional and experienced instruction. With in-home voice lessons, prepare for performances or practice projection while saving time and staying comfortable. Then practice everything you learned for a living or for fun.
Your voice is only as healthy as your body. That's because you can't sing your best if your body is unhealthy, sick, tired, or stressed. Improve your vocal performance by caring for your physical health. Eat a balanced diet, and drink plenty of water. Quit smoking, don't take illegal drugs, and limit alcohol. Strengthen your core, including your lungs, by performing aerobic exercises every day. Rest your body with a good nights sleep, and reduce stress during the day. You'll also want to rest your voice, which means limiting yelling, cheering, or screaming. To keep you voice healthy, keep your body health.
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.
Students can have fun learning how to sing from as young as 11 or 12 years old. As students of this age are approaching puberty, their voices are not fully matured, so care must be taken not to place too much pressure or strain on the voice for fear of risking injury. That said, through lessons and practice, students can learn safe vocal techniques, how to look after their voices, develop their ability to hear and recreate pitch, and work on their musical theory. Students can also improve their concentration levels, confidence, and self-esteem.
Review by PJ Williams
My daughter, Valarie is one of the original members of the Enrichment Center Percussion Ensemble under the guidance of Aaron. He patiently worked with Valarie as well as the other five members individually and as a group to produce music that has been shared and enjoyed locally as well as nationally. He has the ability to seek out the strengths of each student while building confidence. Through his teachings, not only had Valarie learned how to produce and enjoy music, but also responsibility and so many life skills for everyday living.
Review by Brianne Hancock
Martina has been teaching our daughter violin since early 2015. Every time our daughter has a lesson she comes away in such a great mood - she really enjoys her lessons! Martina is positive and encouraging and adjusts her teaching to help our daughter learn the best way for her learning needs. We were curious about how online lessons would work, and it turns out that they work really well. The 1:1 time and ability to teach from a distance make it work just as well as in person. We've had moves and schedule changes and Martina has been very flexible for us - which made such a big difference in making violin lessons accessible. Absolutely recommend her!
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 Stevengournay
There are only a handful of people I count in my life who were great teachers, and Laura is one of them. Her musicianship is so secure as are her technique and personality that she zeros in on my weaknesses and devises exercises to strengthen them, and during the lesson it is not "Do this, no, do that" which is unnerving to a novice. She understands the most important part of study is relaxation, so that is easy to achieve with such a confident and compassionate human. Music is her life and she is eager to share her talent with everyone. A rare find, indeed!
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 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 Terri
Caitlyn is friendly, helpful and still holds my high-school aged daughter accountable for practicing. She also makes sure the music technique is mastered correctly during the lessons - they work hard and still have a good time together. I can highly recommend her as a flute teacher. My daughter is very happy & grateful to have found Caitlyn as a teacher.
Review by Scott
David is not only a great musician and educator but also a delightful human. We began using David six years ago as a piano teacher for my two boys. Since then my eldest moved on to acoustic and electric guitar and my youngest electric and stand up bass. Somewhere along the way I began to take guitar lessons also (I was David's most bearded student at age 48). David always came prepared to lead but also to follow, he often asked what we were listening to and taught us how to play it. His ability to listen to a piece of music and transcribe it always left me amazed, we have several notebooks full of songs we learned individually or played as a group. After a shoulder injury David continued to impress by teaching me music theory instead of our usual lesson. I could go on forever, David made a positive impact on my family and feel fortunate to have met him.
Review by Maureen Young
“Lynn has taught my daughter guitar for 9 years. She has always managed to keep her engaged and provide an exceptional learning experience. She tailors the lesson specifically to the student’s interests and abilities. She provides many opportunities for students to showcase their talents outside of lessons. We love working with Lynn.” Maureen Young, Dir. of Finance, Aug 2015
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