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I'm an extremely positive and motivated person who thoroughly enjoys sharing her gift and knowledge with other people. I have a Performer's Certificate, a Masters of Music and a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance. I have been teaching voice lessons for seven years and currently run a private studio out of my home in Forney, TX. As much as I love teaching, I also truly enjoy performing on stage. I have performed the professional role of Lady Ella/Chorus with Cimarron Opera in their performance of Patience. I was previously a member of the Wichita Grand Opera Chorus, and recently performed in their productions of Turandot, Don Carlo, Tosca, Guillaume Tell, Otello and Le Nozze di Figaro. I have also performed other professional roles such as a Belle/Chorus in The Forum Theater's production of A Christmas Carol. Throughout my various degrees, I have also performed roles in Hansel and Gretel, Bastien und Bastienne, Dido and Aeneas, Die Zauberflote, The Lonley Empress, Les Contes d'Hoffman, Dangerous Liasons, Ariadne auf Naxos and Eric Hermansen's Soul.
My teaching experience is :I have taught piano on and off since my early 20's to begginer-Advanced stage students, mostly children 6-12. I am 41 years old and teach in a Early Childhood Center in the morning. I am from Brazil and got my B.A. Degree in Arts in 1998. Have worked in other fields here in the USA, but have maintained my private piano students in my house/studio throughout the years. Now I am fully committed to the Education field again, enroled in the Texas Teacher Certification program for the ISD, to be finished this fall/winter.
I began teaching during college when I taught the music class at a local early learning center. While I have not had any private students as of yet, I am ready to get started! I do have experience teaching others about the voice while I was in my college choir. Since I was the only music major in my section, if anyone required help they would come to me.
I began teaching voice as an independent contractor in 2010 at Joshua High School and Middle School. In 2012, I was hired as a piano and vocal instructor at Stage Notes School of Music in North Richland Hills as well as at the Neighborhood Arts and Music School (NAMS) in Frisco and also began teaching students in my home studio. I insist upon regular, consistent practice which true musical development demands and without which not only progress but also passion and enthusiasm for the music will suffer. I encourage my students to seek live performance opportunities in order to build their confidence and to overcome the potential for such things as stage fright, timidity, etc. and to attend as many live musical performances as possible for observation and enjoyment purposes.
My musical experiences started at church in the 80's when I discovered that I could sing really high notes imitating Christian artists like Sandy Patty and the late puertorican soprano Yolanda Vadiz. Those experiences motivated me to consider studying music seriously not just like another hobby. I started studying voice techniques at the age of 20 at the Sacred Music Institute in the Methodist Church in Hato Rey, PR. There I took classes with tenor Jose Torres and baritone Rafael Cotto who prepared me for the audition at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico. Immediately accepted at the audition, I went on to begin my musical journey singing professionaly in choirs and as a soloist in different concert halls. Fine Arts of Puerto Rico, Carnegie Hall at NY, Episcopal Churches, Methodist Churches and also University Halls like the Interamerican University of PR and the Conservatory of Music of PR. I took master classes with tenor Alfredo Krauss, bass Justino Diaz and other famous opera singers. Later during my studies, I decided to change my main studies to Voice Education to fulfill the void of helping other singing aspirers to perfectionate their abilities mainly in music ministries at church.
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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.
Before age 11 or 12, a child's voice is under development. He or she may want to sing in a local competition or national audition, but the vocal cords are not yet mature enough to handle intense musical training. Lessons for kids should start after they begin puberty, when they are physically and emotionally mature. Otherwise, your child's voice could be damaged or strained. To protect your child's voice for future musical performances, wait until they start puberty. Then begin voice lessons that train your child for singing competitions, auditions, and recreation.
Taking voice lessons in your home is a great way to enhance your musical skills without ever leaving your living room! As long as you have a piano or keyboard available, we can arrange for a teacher to come directly to you. Our professional network of teachers will help you learn the songs you want while you enhance your range and tone of voice.
Your voice is the only instrument that requires your entire body to be healthy. Maintain a healthy body and voice when you exercise every day. Any form of aerobic exercise increases your body's health and fitness, a necessity for a healthy voice. Additionally, eat a balanced diet that's low in sugar and processed foods. Drink plenty of water too. Avoid alcohol, stop smoking and don't take illegal drugs. Rest is also important. Get plenty of sleep every night, and try to reduce stress during the day. Limit yelling and screaming when possible as well. When you care for your entire body, you take care of your voice too.
During singing lessons, students of all abilities will learn and develop safe, effective vocal techniques that can be applied to a multitude of musical genres and styles. Students will learn how to properly warm their voices up by working through various exercises such as sirens, lip rolls and trills, and vocalizing various vowel sounds along to different scales. Lessons will cover topics such as vocal physiology and how the voice works so that students understand what a particular exercise achieves. Students will learn how to increase and strengthen their vocal range by learning how to bridge and connect their voices through the vocal break or passagio and into the head voice. Students can also work on their tone and breath support, and start applying these various techniques to singing actual songs. Students will also learn things such as music theory, song interpretation and style development, and can prepare for gigs and auditions.
Review by Joshua Thompson
I have known Erin since I attended graduate school at the Hartt School in Connecticut. Last year she came to the college I teach at to give a master class and talk about her experiences as a musician abroad. She has proven that she is a capable and wonderful musician and educator. I highly recommend studying with her if you're lucky enough to have the opportunity!
Review by Andy Snyder
Giorgi has made learning cello even more fun. From the sympathetic, "It is hard" to the precise, "Be careful about the curve of the thumb" he has strengthened learning in every lesson, without being overwhelming. He started playing a little duet on only the 3rd lesson or so, which made me feel, even as a beginner, that I'm already starting to make (occasionally screachy) music. He has suggested a variety of drills and practice techniques which have also sped up the process a lot. And he has a good sense of humor and surprising amount of patience.
Review by Chad H.
"Mr. Richard has been absolutely perfect for our very active two boys. He has been an excellent fit for gauging and keeping their interest far beyond what we had imagined. Our boys actually argue over who gets to go first. Mr. Richard knocks it out of the park when it comes to exceeding our expectations"
Review by Emily
Steve gets you started right away with songs but also goes into music theory and reading music which adds to understanding and appreciation of the music. He is very approachable and you can tell that he absolutely loves music and teaching. It is hard not to be excited about the process of learning with Steve. If you are considering lessons I highly recommend Steve for any level of student.
Review by Paula Chacon
I've always said, "It's all about the teacher." That skillful, effective teacher who can reach that child and ignite her passion, is truly a gift. Ric does that for my daughter. As a former music teacher myself, the most challenging thing in working with children is how to build their fundamental musical skills while letting them have fun and be expressive. The teacher must create a safe, supportive environment, and Ric does that. Ric immediately focuses on fundamentals of tone and technique, giving my daughter succinct instruction on how to improve, thus she can sense the improvement immediately. Ric seems extremely easy going; even when lighting a fire under her sometimes under-achieving butt, Ric never criticizes, judges or blames. He works with my child, understanding her, helping her problem solve, and even giving her the quick answer sometimes so she can move quickly and stay motivated. Ric balances fundamentals with fun and expressiveness, so my child feels as though she can 'play' and they truly make music in every lesson. I am thankful we found a good match with Ric.
Review by Julie Buranelli
My daughter really enjoys her lessons with Pavel. She is an absolute beginner and Pavel is right with her as she learns the basics. She is completely engaged and always looks forward to her lesson. He packs a lot of learning into their 30 minute time slot - he gets right to it as soon as he walks in the door! He is a great teacher - we highly recommend!
Review by Ruslan
She is the most amazing teacher ever. She is not only w great teacher but she's so fun to work with. She has taught me so many things in such little amount of time things I didn't even know I could do. I recommend Andrea to everyone. She is an amazing singer and cares a lot about her students. She's the best!!
Review by Karl B
“My son and I have been taking lessons with Lynn for 5 or 6 years now. She is very patient with younger students (& older students having "senior moments"). She is also flexible in her lessons in that if we want to work on theory, jazz, rock, blues, she will cater to our requests.” – Karl B., C.P.A., Aug 2015
Review by Nancy
Darrell is A-Maz-Ing! He demands results from his students and therefore results come quickly. The time he spends teaching is intense and packed with great instruction. He is a tough teacher but offers lots of valuable instruction that is applicable for music as well as life in general. I highly recommend Darrell if you are ready for results!
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