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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 have been teaching for several years beginning as a peer tutor during my time at The University of the Arts. I tutored voice and piano, music theory, musicianship and music history. I also have experience teaching private voice and piano lessons at two different schools and out of my home. I specialize in classical technique in both voice and piano and have expertise in crossing over between classical, jazz, popular and musical theater styles. I always make sure my students are enjoying themselves while consistently getting the foundation they need to be successful singers and pianists. I encourage my students to perform, go to auditions and have fun while they are making music!
Both piano and voice students are required to become familiar with basic music theory. No worries if you are not proficient! We will get you there within the first few lessons. For piano students, I will start them with basic scales and the Hanon exercises. After the student masters a few of the beginning exercises, we will slowly begin to add repertoire that solidifies proper technique. I tend to only work with beginning piano students, as it is not my primary instrument. Students will be encouraged to bring in pieces that they are interested in learning. For voice students, I will require them to not only learn theory, but they will be required to study piano for a short period of their lesson. This is meant to help boost their understanding of musicality, theory, and aural training. We will also begin with simple vocalizes that are catered to their style of singing. If they are preparing for an audition or role, we will slowly, but effectively incorporate proper/healthy technique into their repertoire. Once a certain level of mastery is achieved, I will begin to assign repertoire to help encourage the solidification of technique. Students will be encouraged to bring in pieces that they are interested in learning.
My favorite piano curriculum is Faber & Faber. Once the students have learned the basic technique, I provide them with supplemantary repertoire which will be suitable for their recital performance. I make sure that my students always are working on one repertoire that they are excited about.
My number one goal is to see music change the lives of my students as much as it has for me. Singing has proven to increase cognitive awareness and reduce stress. I'm a very positive person and I believe in encouraging my students while also achieving work! Music is a universal language and will be such a good thing to have in your life! I can't wait to sing with you!
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Convenient and comfortable, in-home voice lessons prepare you to master the only instrument you carry with you everywhere you go. Professional instructors in Musika's network employ time-tested methods to teach you how to operate your voice to maximum capacity. With the piano you have in your home and music you can purchase from almost any musical store, learn to sing Opera, R&B, Country music, or anything else. Simply schedule lessons and avoid the hassle of traveling to a studio across town. With professional voice lessons, learn how to care for your voice as you use it to make beautiful music.
Keeping your voice healthy starts with keeping your entire body healthy. The voice is contained within the body, so following 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, and consumption of alcohol and drugs. Excessive screaming, speaking, performing in loud or crowded places without proper amplification, and singing for a prolonged amount of time without rest should all be avoided. Singers should always stay hydrated by drinking purified water, and try to stay away from sugary drinks and colas.
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.
As an adult voice student, you'll learn more than proper breathing techniques. You can also improve your vocal range, prepare for reality singing competitions, and improve your vocal stage performance. Start with your favorite genre. After choosing Opera, Country, R&B, or any other genre, decide along with your instructor which style and songs fit your voice the best. Then practice the exercises your trained instructor from Musika's network assigns you each week. Whether you choose in-home or in-studio lessons, adult voice lessons teach you a variety of skills that help you succeed as a vocal musician on and off the stage.
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.
Review by Gisellesoldati
Cory is simply the greatest instructor ever! His 30 year plus teaching experience along with his knowledge of ever longer in music composition and performance make a real difference if you're in for learning the right way. Thank you Cory for teaching me not only the chords but also the history behind it and awesome tricks on getting better faster ;)
Review by Suzette
She is amazing! My daughter, Isabella (7 yrs) is totally engaged in the lesson. Lilly's definitely has a gift with teaching young children!!! A great talent of hers is making the content interesting, current to today's music and most of all fun! She has a knack for taking the material and translating it in a way that is relatable to Isabella. My daughter really enjoys her lesson's and has moved along rather quickly with the material. Thanks Lilly!
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 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 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 Roselynbrown
After moving from NY and parting from our amazing piano instructor, we thought we couldn't find a piano teacher close to what we knew. We are happy to say Musika matched us up with someone professional and friendly who enjoys teaching younger students. Thank you! We definitely recommend Kuan as a piano instructor :)
Review by Yury
I would like to thank Polina for the series of classical piano lessons I've taken recently. Polina is a fantastic teacher and a high class performer, and I'm really happy I had a chance to meet her! I believe anyone can benefit from the teaching method Polina is practicing regardless of the student proficiency - from beginners to advanced performers. It was a pleasure for me to study classical piano courses under the guidance of such an intelligent & professional teacher! Without doubt, my playing technique has improved a lot and I have signed up for the new classes online already.
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 Stan
My two daughters wanted to study piano fore some time now and just recently I found Musikalessons website and teacher Milica. I can only say that my daughters are very happy with their piano lessons and simply adore Milica. They already made a great progress and we're all happy with what they learned in this short period. Thank you Musikalessons and Milica.
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