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My number one aim is to create independent musicians. Students will learn a variety of fun and engaging practice techniques that they can apply to learning any piece of music.
My approach to lesson planning is based on the needs of the student, creating customized approaches to new musical concepts and techniques. I focus on classical training that is age- and ability-appropriate. I incorporate ear training and theory seamlessly into lessons to provide a well rounded music education. My heart is truly in performance, and my goal as a music teacher is to work along with each student to meet his or her musical performance goals. Each lesson is motivating, fun, challenging and worthwhile!
Fortunately, while attending graduate school I was given the opportunity to teach as an associate professor of voice at the Conservatory level. I worked with many different age groups as well as vocal styles. I encouraged my students to perform in a recital at the end of the semester to help them strive for their personal best. It was so wonderful to see how improved everyone was at the end of the year. Although some were nervous my students always thanked me for the opportunity to get up infront of their family and peers to push themselves to the next level. I am hoping to grow a studio of eager individuals who are willing to try new things.
I started playing at the age of 16, teaching privately at 23, and have played in various kinds of musical outfits such as; Rock, Metal, Blues, Pop, to Jazz, Classical, and Country. In 2009, I achieved my Associates in Jazz Performance and in 2010, I graduated from Villa Maria College in Buffalo, New York with a Bachelor of Science degree in the Music Industry. Besides a cameo appearance on-stage with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, some of the greatest experiences as a musician have been touring the East Coast and being a frequent sub for many local acts in the Western New York area.
As a conductor and instructor of voice and piano, I especially strive to teach my students independence and self-sufficiency in music. I believe the student’s development should be the primary focus. As a teacher, this involves caring for the whole person and understanding the student’s personal and professional needs through kindness, respect, and genuine care. One of the most important things I believe I can do to help the student-teacher relationship is to add vulnerability, humor, and humility to my methodology. My teaching is based upon my hope that students will learn life lessons beyond the specific subject matter at hand. This includes relating my life experiences to theirs and cultivating a connection of trust that then allows for a much higher level of learning. I encourage a holistic approach to success that involves the values of musicianship, self-discipline, accountability, flexibility, and expressiveness. By incorporating many of these tenets into a daily routine, singers and instrumentalists become driven, motivated, and invigorated. I also expect that my students will arrive to each lesson with genuine intellectual curiosity, having thoroughly prepared, practiced, and researched their subject matter sufficiently in order to support a collaborative learning environment.
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If you want a healthy voice, you need a healthy body. That means you need to watch what you eat and drink, spend time working out, and rest properly. Eat healthy meals and snacks when you load up on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Limit sugar and processed foods. Drink plenty of water rather than caffeine and sugar. When working out, choose activities that strengthen your lungs and heart, and try to do some type of exercise every day. Proper rest includes a good night's sleep. It also involves resting your voice. With your healthy body, enjoy a healthy voice.
In order to make the most of singing lessons, it is important that students feel comfortable and not self-conscious. As such, the best environment for learning is the home, as it is a familiar environment in which they can feel more confident. If students are comfortable and relaxed, they can focus and concentrate on the lessons more. Lesson content is the same whether at home or in the studio, but singing in an unfamiliar environment can be daunting and create nervousness for students. Taking lessons from home is also the most convenient way to learn, as it negates having to travel to and from the lesson.
Adult students often have a specific singing goal in mind when starting their lessons. For example, many singers who enjoy rock music want to increase their vocal ranges so they can sing along on pitch with their favorite vocalists. Increasing the range of the voice requires a few fairly simple techniques, but they take time to master and apply to songs. Other students may want to learn to sing just for fun, to join a band, or to prepare for auditions, such as The X Factor, The Voice, American Idol, or a music college.
Singing for pleasure or as a profession is one fantasy many kids have. To be successful, they need voice lessons, but a child's voice isn't ready for vocal training until the child has reached puberty. At that time, the voice is mature enough to undergo regular singing, vocal exercises, and other rigors associated with voice lessons. We recommend kids wait until they are at least 11 or 12 before they start voice lessons. The instructors in our network can then provide the personalized instruction your child needs while he or she pursues the possibility of a profession in voice performance.
Voice lessons improve your singing ability and your vocal performance. Whether you want to audition for a national reality show or prepare for a theatrical performance, the instructors in Musika's network are here to help. These professional teachers create a customized lesson plan for each student that helps you meet your singing goals. We help you discover the best singing genre and style for your voice, and we can guide your song choice. Typically, your teacher will assign you an affordable method book or other supplemental materials for practice. You can find these books online or at local music stores. A partial list of topics you may learn during voice lessons includes, proper breathing control techniques, how to support your voice and increase volume, voice projection tips, how to read musical notation, how to interpret song lyrics and phrases with expression and emotion, and audition and performance tips and techniques, including overcoming stage fright.
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
Review by Jane A.
I started taking voice lessons from Ali when I was 19 and a sophomore in college. Though I was hesitant to be starting "late", I felt very comfortable with Ali and her teaching style. We identified several key issues that really made a difference and improved my voice technique. It was fun to sing popular, beautiful songs in our recital! If only I lived in Los Angeles, I would still be a student. Highly recommended!
Review by Jermain
Mrs. Regnarene is an awesome teacher!!! She found musical aids that appealed to my 5 year old daughter and used them to help teach her piano. She has a lot of patience and I could tell she puts in the work before class to have a lesson ready for my daughter. She is always punctual, friendly and respectful. I would recommend her to any parents who want to start their kids off with a good foundation in piano. Jermain T. Riverview, FL
Review by Wendy
Bill has been great with my 2 young children (age 3 & 6). He has integrated games into the lessons - they have enjoyed showing us how to play the games when it is time to practice piano. Bill has been easy to contact and rescheduling has not been a problem if we have a conflict at our regular lesson time.
Review by Jacob Solomon
Ileen is a very attentive instuctor. she is patient and works hard to see her student succeed. if a concept is unclear she expains it in other ways to ensure understanding. I would highly recommend ileen to students of all levels who want to learn guitar and music theory to thoroughly enjoy the instrument and music
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 Sarah M
Dan gave private clarinet lessons to my daughter, Annie, for two years. During that time, she excelled as a member of the middle school band, and maintained first-chair. Dan is an excellent teacher, and Annie looked forward to having one-on-one time with him. In addition to practicing pieces with her, he helped her with scales and greatly improved her tone quality.
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 Angie Ignazzitto
Stephanie is an excellent voice teacher! Our 10-year-old daughter enjoys her lessons with Stephanie each week. She has an amazing way of connecting with our daughter through music. Stephanie knows how to offer constructive feedback in a positive way that keeps our daughter interested and wanting to learn more. I would recommend Stephanie without hesitation.
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