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I use a variety of method books, selecting the best book for each students that is conducive to their learning style. My goals are for the student to be successful and enjoy the process of achieving this success.
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!
After I graduated college, I taught music at an elementary school for 3 years. I worked with individual students to prepare for auditions, in and outside of school. I have worked individually with middle school students preparing for competitions. I think it is important as a teacher to help build the student's confidence as a performer, as well as their skills as a musician.
I have a very fun and unique way of teaching children. This makes it very easy for them to catch on quick and not lose interest. For adults, I jump right into the essentials of learning. I go over scales, and timing. I introduce solo techniques and I always review to keep the student on top of their game.
I am a passionate, professional conductor, baritone, and educator with extensive experience teaching and inspiring students, singers, and pianist in schools, camps, private studios, community organizations, and churches. I currently serve as the Director of Choral Music at Nichols School where I conduct the Concert Choir and teach voice lessons and vocal technique. In the community, I am the Bass Section Leader for the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus and the Music Director at Kenmore Baptist Church. Prior to my move to Buffalo, I maintained a full voice and piano studio at the Rochester Academy of Music & Arts. In the summers of 2015 and 2016 at the Eastman School of Music, I was selected to be a Choral Fellow in the Advanced Conducting Workshops as well as the baritone soloist in choral performances of Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem. As a young baritone, I have enjoyed professional memberships in over 15 choral organizations, most notably with the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, the Chicago Choral Artists, VOICES, First Inversion, the Eastman Chorale, and the Eastman-Rochester Chorus, in which I was selected for solos in Vaughn Williams’ A Sea Symphony, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, and Dominick Argento’s Four Seascapes. I was also a member of the Summer Fest Choir and Festival Chamber Choir in the 2013 Summer Choral Festival and Competition in Lisbon, Portugal. In Chicago, I served as the Bass Section Leader in the Moody Oratorio Chorus, and the Moody Chorale, with which I traveled extensively throughout four continents. I also played the role of Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro in the Moody Bible Institute Opera Workshop. I hold the MM degree in conducting from the Eastman School of Music and the BM degree in voice from the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. I have studied voice with Robert Swensen at the Eastman School of Music, Dr. Terry Strandt at the Moody Bible Institute, and Dr. Kyle Ferrill at Interlochen Arts Camp. I have also studied piano with Juilliard trained, Dr. Brian Lee.
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Keeping your voice healthy starts with keeping your entire body healthy. Eating a balanced diet, getting adequate sleep, and reducing stress are all keys to keeping your body, and voice, healthy. Singers should avoid excess caffeine, smoking, consumption of alcohol and drugs. Excessive screaming, speaking or singing for long periods of time, and performing in loud or crowded places without proper amplification should be avoided. Singers should always stay hydrated by drinking purified water, and try to stay away from sugary drinks and colas.
In-home voice lessons are the perfect gift for budding singers. Talented kids and adults appreciate the instructors in Musika's network who know how to coax the right notes out of any musician. Whether your child is into hip-hop or prefers classical music, the experienced instructors in our network provide guidance on music selection and vocal care. Your singer simply walks into the music room when it's time for lessons and prepares to sing. Give the budding singers in your life a chance to explore their talent. You never know, in-home voice lessons may be just what you need as you nurture America's next great recording artist.
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.
If singing is your passion, you need adult voice lessons. Trained and experienced instructors come to your home or invite you into their studio for regular lessons. Learn how to project your voice, control your breathing, and improve your range. You can also prepare for reality singing competitions like X-Factor and The Voice. We teach you how to choose songs that match your tone and range, and we can train you to sing any genre or style. No matter why you want to sing, improve your natural vocal talent and enjoy your passion when you take adult voice lessons.
Students will learn and develop good, safe, and modern vocal technique during their vocal lessons. The aim is to get students to be able to sing without strain, discomfort, or constriction throughout the whole of their range, in key, and in a clean, full sounding tone, and then apply these techniques to singing songs in various genres. Students will learn how to bridge and connect their vocal registers in order to expand their vocal range, add vibrato to their singing, and learn how to properly support the voice in order to sing long passages and create a strong, full sounding vocal tone. The teachers in our network can also help students who have tuning problems by conducting exercises that work on their pitch. Lessons can also cover musical theory, performance tips, and vocal effects such as safe vibrato and developing vocal agility through runs and fills. Students can also learn vocal physiology.
Review by Jeremy
Dr. Nedra C is incredible. She knows her craft in and out, it truly shows in her teaching. As well, she cares a great deal about the student, and preps plenty of material outside of the lesson for those that she teaches. I've had many different music teachers and am aware who's talented and cares, and who isn't. Dr. Nedra C is true phenomenal, and any student would be lucky to have her.
Review by Brooklyn
Laura is a fabulous teacher. She explains concepts to me using concrete examples so that I can understand changes that I need to make to my posture, breathing, phrasing, etc. She makes warm-up exercises fun, and she's got a great sense of humor over all. Her teaching style is collaborative, more egalitarian (she respects what I already know and meets me at my level), tailored to my particular interests and strengths, and I always look forward to our lessons!
Review by Roberta
My 4 year old son is quite energetic. Another piano teacher tried to teach him before Peter and could not get my son to listen to him at all. That teacher told me that my son had no interest and that we needed to wait before having my son take lessons. Peter started teaching my son a few weeks later. He quickly developed a great rapport with my son. I was astounded when my son sat down and listened to Peter during the first lesson. Peter has remarkable patience and is a natural working with children. He knows when to follow the child's lead. My son is very interested in how the piano works, so Peter takes the time to teach him about this. He is able to use my son's interests (superheroes, Lego, Star Wars, etc.) to refocus him back to playing the piano. Between lessons, he brainstorms on how he can teach my son better. For example, my son was playing the notes, but not understanding rhythm, so Peter looked into it and came back the next week with a new plan which helped. My son looks forward to his lesson every week. When he hears the doorbell ring on lesson day, he exclaims, "Yay! Peter's here!"
Review by Marcia Hecht
Karleen has really turned it around for me. My previous teacher (not from Musika) had me feeling anxious, upset, and incapable...NOT the desired result! Karleen's method is clear, appropriate for my beginning level, and (best of all) actually lets me achieve some progress! I'm actually looking forward to my lessons now!
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 Svea Bryan
Brett is an accomplished musician, who shared his knowledge at a level that my five year old understands. He is polite and relaxed in his mannerisms but take a serious approach to focusing on the lesson. He is very patient and engaging with the attention span you'd expect from a kindergartener. His motto ever is "sometime you learn faster by going slow"
Review by Nicole V.
"My daughter is 10 years old and has been taking piano lessons with Mr. Dale J. for almost 4 years now. She is progressing nicely. His kind and gentle way make for a very positive learning experience. Mr. Dale J. is encouraging without being harsh or belittling. He is patient and the ideal instructor for my daughter."
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 Wilma
Gina is very supportive and encouraging. Even though I get frustrated with my progress, she can tell that I've been practicing and reminds me of how far I've come. She challenges me to learn new skills without giving me a piece that I cannot master (with practice). I'm happy that she is my music teacher and look forward to many more lessons in the future.
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