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I am a guitar instructor based in Los Angeles. I have more musical instruments than furniture in my house. I regularly perform in a number of ensembles in the area. I'm involved with a local gamelan ensemble (Indonesian percussion music), the Elizabeth Waldo Orchestra, and the Music Center of Los Angeles as an artist educator.
I'm a fun, enthusiastic music teacher who enjoys teaching students of all ages. With a degree in music performance and in acting, I bring a special skill set and experience level to my lessons. My passion is finding a way for each individual student to want to get the most out of their musical education.
I am an Egyptian composer based in Los Angeles. I specialize in music composition and sound editing for visual media, including movies, video games, music videos, and other projects. A composer and performer since childhood, I've toured the United States, Europe and the Middle East, singing opera and lending my immense talents as a pianist and violinist. I've sung opera with some of the most famous orchestras and opera houses, such as the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera Dubai, Cairo Opera House, as well as in one of the biggest opera festivals in Europe: Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finland. After winning a full scholarship to study with famed bass baritone, Tom Kruas, I immigrated to Colorado where I enrolled in Colorado State University at Boulder. During my time in Colorado I not only studied singing, but also branched out into other avenues of music, studying conducting with the famous Italian conductor, David Creshanzi, and music composition at various other schools. I've composed scores and edited sound for shorts, trailers, commercials and featurettes, and more, including music for Sitter, comedy short, What Future, Sci-fi short Mascatonic, horror sci-fi web series featurette, Through The Woods, and others. Among my awards include: “Best Horror Film” at the International Burbank Film Festival for Through the Woods, and “Best soundtrack at” 48 Hour Film Festival at Minnesota State University at Moorhead for Final Transmission.
I am a passionate instructor that has love and experience for music performance. In 2007, I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Music Performance degree. Shortly there after, I moved to Los Angeles and attended the LA music academy on a scholarship. Perfroming all over the country and the world has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. Opening up for Jason Mraz in front of twelve thousand people at the Olympic stadium in South Korea was incredible! If you love something enough and are willing to fight for it, anything is possible...
I am creative and motivted singer and songwriter. I can sing all in multiple musical style and genre. I also can write songs and play piano. I have graduated two music schools, majored in vocal and developed singing techniques and performance skills. I have extensive knowledge of theory, ear-training, sight reading and how to play piano and tutored in these subjects when I was at one of the school. I am now teaching outside of MUSIKA. I love both performing and teaching because both of them allow me to develop my skills and expend my imagination!
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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 focus on the development of tone, range and volume through the use of breathing techniques and vocal exercises. Students will learn how to read music and also learn to emotionally interpret lyrics and melodies during their performance. Vocal method books and lesson materials can be purchased from a local music store. You can study a variety of vocal styles in your lessons ranging from classical and opera to jazz and pop.
Mastering the art of singing can be a long and strenuous process, but taking lessons in your home offers a very convenient way to learn! In-home lessons require a piano or keyboard so your teacher can lead you to success. Adult voice lessons will be tailored to your own individual needs and musical preferences.
With a healthy voice, you sing clearly and stay on pitch. You keep your voice healthy when you take care of your entire body. That means getting enough sleep every night and reducing stress. You also must eat a balanced diet that limits sugars and is rich in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Choose water instead of caffeinated or sugary drinks. Additionally, quit smoking since it harms your vocal cords, but aerobic exercises strengthen your lungs and voice. Finally, rest your voice. Don't yell, scream or cheer, and try to sing for limited rather than unlimited amounts of time. With these tips, your voice remains strong and healthy.
Students studying voice for the first time as an adult can look forward learning vocal exercises and breathing techniques, which can help improve their range and tone. Adult students may be interested in studying primarily classical vocal technique, or they may want to focus on different styles like pop or jazz. Our network of instructors can help you reach your musical goals!
Review by Sharon
My 4-year-old has had several lessons with Martina now, and he has learned a lot. Obviously, it is challenging to teach such a young child, and he has learned quite a lot in a short time, and is very excited to learn about violin and for his lessons. I think Martina is doing an excellent job, is quite patient, and is teaching him in such a way that he can really remember his new skills from week to week. We look forward to many more lessons with Ms. Martina!
Review by John
When I started with Darrell, I didn't know anything bout music. Nothing. We started with basic music theory & moved into scales and reading. It hasn't been very long at all, but my confidence is growing quickly. He does ask a lot from you and he expects you to keep up. But I can honestly say that if you are willing to work hard and spend the time at home doing what he asks, you will see the results. He wants you to succeed and takes pride in watching you grow. If you want it as bad as he does, you will see the result very quickly.
Review by Ashley S.
Ali was an amazing voice coach! She taught in a way that made sense to me, and helped me find the voice placements I needed. I didn't know I could sound like that! My development with her was leaps and bounds rather than tiny dreadful steps that happen when you don't know what's going on! Ali was dedicated to helping me work on an audition for a music scholarship and I nailed it all thanks to her, seriously. I can't thank her enough! She helped me with the tools and confidence I needed to sing in the real world alone rather than just back row in a large choir.
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 Teri Romano
Being I'm a woman, I was a little apprehensive having a male teacher (he knew this), however, after my trial lesson I realized he knows what he's doing and I had nothing to worry about!! He is very knowledgable on the piano and vocal techniques. He has a big vocal range so he is able to hit the high notes to be able to show me how I need to sing it. He is also phenomenal on the piano. I would highly recommend him for vocal and piano. Also, I don't know how to sight read music and he is teaching how to. I've been taking lessons with him for a month (my trial lesson was on 1/11) and I have already seen a huge improvement. I am an intermediate level singer looking to improve my vocal technique, breathing and improve my confidence in my singing abilities, Alex is definitely helping me do that.
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 Jennifer
Dave is a fantastic teacher. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to students that I think is invaluable. At the same time, this does not limit him from working with beginning students. He is very communicative with the parents as far as schedule changes. We are so grateful to have found him!!
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 Ginger
Unbelievably Awesome. My daughter is a beginner and has some special needs. Justin is more than patient and helpful while being completely thorough and pushing her (in a good way) to try harder. He is encouraging and teaches effectively. I am very pleased. More important, so is my daughter. Thank you Musika! So grateful we found your service and connected with Justin. We highly recommend him.
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