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My private lesson experience dates back to after I graduated high school, where I would give lessons and sectionals to students in the town marching band. While I was in college, I continued to give private lessons to college students taking instrumental methods classes. These students were mostly singers who needed to learn wind instruments as part of the music education curriculum. I also taught private brass lessons at the Cambridge School, a private school for students with language disabilities. My goal as a private lesson instructor is to facilitate music making and let the students make the music personable and meaningful to them.
I am a passionate young instructor who loves to share music with new students. I graduated from West Chester University in 2014 with a BA in Musical Theatre and a Minor in Music. After graduating, I moved to Center City, Philadelphia - where I continue to teach students today. I have sang all over the world, whether it be through choirs or theatre, and I know the opportunities and the job that musicianship can bring to people. My focus is very much on performing the song with acting as much as it is singing, to create a fully realized performance - this helps musicians better connect with their audience, and strengthens multiple areas of performance.
I always love to see improvement in my students. I encourage my students to progress at their own pace and have the students create goals for themselves, while I advise them through their creative process. When a student follows their own progress and expects more of his/herself, they remain inspired and excited to make music. I try to figure out how my students are inspired and work with that to ensure success in the future. As a teacher, I have found it's incredibly important to help student's develop confidence in themselves!
I studied transverse flute at Moravian College with Robin Kani from 1985-1992. From March 1996 to May 1997, I studied with Brooks De-Wetter Smith at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I studied recorder for two semesters at Moravian College with professors Dr. Paul Larson and Dr. Larry Lipkis, composer in residence and performer with the Baltimore Consort. 1994 I began to teach privately. I have taught Suzuki flute Book one to beginners,from 1996-1997 in Chapel Hill, NC, and also at the Lehigh Conservatory from 1998-2002 I also teach intermediate to advanced level in flute and baroque recorder. I have much experience teaching youngsters and am currently the Music Specialist at Lehigh University Child Care Center, where I have been teaching preschool music since 2006. I have also taught Kindermusik from 1996-2008. Along with flute and recorder, I play and teach piano to those at a beginner and intermediate level. My experience dates back to 1994. I began teaching private lessons.
I am a fun but tough teacher that holds high expectations for the learner as well as myself. My goal is to make sure the learner is exceeding his/her goals as a musician. I graduated from Westminster Choir College with a BM in Music Education, a minor in Musical Theater, and a Masters of Arts in Teaching. I am in my 4th year teaching, and currently work as a middle school band director. I've sang in various choirs, performing Mahler's 7th Symphony at Carnegie Hall as well as Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein.
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Adults of all ages and abilities are welcome to start taking singing lessons. Learning to sing is a great way to develop your musicianship, confidence, and self-esteem, and is a fun and rewarding skill to learn. Students who have specific goals in mind such as range extension, learning to correct pitch problems, or to correct bad vocal habits and technique, can achieve these goals with the expert vocal coaches in our network. Many students just want to learn to sing for their own enjoyment and love of singing, or would like to join a band or singing group. All lessons are customized with these goals in mind.
Musika vocal lessons are based on teaching students good, safe vocal technique that can be applied to a wide range of musical genres and singing styles. Students of all abilities and experience will be catered to, as lessons are devised to suit the requirements of each individual student. Beginner students will work on their pitch, tone, and vocal range by doing various exercises such as sirens, singing different vowels along a scale, and learning how to properly support the voice through breath management. These exercises are designed to build strength, timing, and coordination in order to traverse the passagio, allowing students to sing notes in their head voice register, thus extending their range. Students can also develop their song interpretation skills, performance techniques, and style development. As students advance, they can learn techniques and skills such as messa di voce, runs and fills, vibrato, and genre-specific techniques like distortion in Rock singing or covering the voice for Musical Theatre or Classical singing.
If singing is your passion, consider in-home voice lessons. The instructors in Musika's network provide individualized and customized lessons based on your needs and wants. Instead of wasting time driving to lessons, dust off your piano, buy affordable sheet music, and welcome an instructor into your home. He or she can teach you how to project, control, and protect your voice, and our network has teachers experienced in teaching any type of music, from classical to modern. Prepare for professional competitions or improve your vocal abilities for recreational singing with in-home voice lessons. Then enjoy exercising your musical passion, and sing!
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.
Children who want to take voice lessons should wait until they're at least 11 or 12 years old. At that time, their voice is maturing, and they are emotionally ready to practice regularly and apply themselves. Starting voice lessons before puberty could cause vocal cord damage and strain. That damage potentially jeopardizes future vocal performances. By waiting a few years, children protect their voice. Then they can start lessons and prepare to audition for local, regional, and national competitions or performances in their teen and adult years.
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 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 Richardpoplawski
I feel she is a very professional teacher and I have already recommended your company and her to my friends who have children that play musical instruments. My 8 year old son has never been so enthusiastic to play his violin. His skills have improved almost exponentially since we have began lessons with Lauren. Your company has exceeded my expectations and I am very happy to have found it online.
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 Chrystal
I was skeptical at first not knowing what I was getting my self into.. I am very happy that I forced myself to get into voice lessons because Eli is an awsome voice coach.. Very skillful and he helps you reach the goal you are trying to reach.. He is also very helpful with getting you to open up and come out of your shell and being heard.. I would and I already have recommended friends and family to sign up with Eli if they're serious about singing..
Review by Leslyn
Steve is an excellent instructor. My son has really connected with him and he is learning the guitar quickly. Steve is patient and never rushes through a lesson in order to make it fit within the session time limit. In addition, before he leaves, he writes notes and instructions for my son to follow. By the next lesson, my son is confident in what Steve has taught him. Most importantly, Steve builds my son's confidence in his own own ability and progress after each lesson.
Review by Kate Thomas
My son enjoys his viola lesson each week with Martina. She is disciplined in her approach to teaching but always makes my son's learning experience enjoyable. She knows how to challenge him and develop excellent form. Martina is always punctual and professional. We both highly recommend her as an instructor.
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 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."
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