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I have offered excellent interpersonal, communication and leadership skills throughout my career to people of all ages and different cultural and racial backgrounds. I have also worked as a piano teacher and ensemble teacher at Sociedad Latina a non-profit organization in Boston and JM Studio Production a Music School for adults and children. I am eager to bring the same dedication and level of engagement I have experienced and bring my experience as a professional piano performer to students.
My name is Annie Hoffman and I was born with an indescribable passion for music that I long to share with others who have a strong desire to learn! I have been playing violin for 14 years performing in the San Diego Civic Youth Orchestra from 2000-2009 and then continuing onto Azusa Pacific University Symphony Orchestra, various chamber string ensembles, as well as playing in the Azusa Pacific University Choir and Orchestra Ensemble. In college I also studied piano, voice, and dabbled in organ and guitar.
I have been passionate about music ever since I could remember. I have performed live on air on major radio stations and have toured nationally as a performer/songwriter earning highly acclaimed reviews. "His music will leave you with a smile" by People Magazine "Convincing Clairity" by The Citizen
I love teaching and connecting on a personal level with my students. My singing experience dates back to high school where I sang in concert choirs as well as an award winning jazz ensemble. From there I attended Orange Coast College, where I studied music theory, jazz and pop vocals. I trained privately for 5 years with the wonderful Nadia Smelser, and to this day impart to my students her techniques and methodologies. Currently, I sing in a big band swing trio called The Harmonettes. We perform locally and throughout the state of California. I perform with various musicians and ensembles, and have served for many years as part of the music ministry at my church. I've had the privilege of being part of the vocal teaching team for our gospel choir, as well as serving on the worship team, teaching introductory voice classes, conducting the children's Christmas choir, and other aspects of the arts ministry
As a professional Opera Singer and voice teacher, I get to combine my knowledge of teaching with my experience as a performer. In 2002, I graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy. I've had the honor of singing all over the world, including making my Carnegie Hall Debut as the Alto Soloist in Vivaldi's "Gloria." I maintain an active performing career as a mainstage artist. My joy is teaching, I love sharing my performance experiences and technique with my students.
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During voice lessons students will begin the wonderful journey into music interpretation and performance. To begin, students will focus on learning to read music, using breath control to support singing, and enhancing performance through the emotional interpretation of lyrics.
Adult voice students want to learn how to sing better. If that describes you, achieve your goal with instruction from experienced instructors from Musika's network. These instructors can teach proper breathing techniques, voice control, and vocal exercises. Additionally, the professional teachers in our network have experience in every musical genre. As an adult student, learn to sing Jazz, Pop, Country, Classical, and a variety of specific styles within each genre. Musical instructors help you choose songs that fit your voice and prepare for national competitions, regional auditions, or personal enjoyment. If learning how to sing better is one skill you want, adult voice lessons will help you reach that goal.
If you want a healthy voice, you need a healthy body. That means you need to watch what you eat and drink, spend time working out, and rest properly. Eat healthy meals and snacks when you load up on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Limit sugar and processed foods. Drink plenty of water rather than caffeine and sugar. When working out, choose activities that strengthen your lungs and heart, and try to do some type of exercise every day. Proper rest includes a good night's sleep. It also involves resting your voice. With your healthy body, enjoy a healthy voice.
Students who take vocal lessons from a young age will learn safe, effective vocal techniques that are suited to the current level of ability and vocal maturity. Learning good vocal habits early on prevents the risk of injury or fatigue or possible misuse of the voice in the future. Students will also be exposed to a creative, fun, musical environment which can be good for their overall development and can help instill a positive attitude and hard working ethics through regular practice and lessons. Students of this age (11-12 years old) will generally work on pitch, basic techniques, and music theory.
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.
Review by Al
Pavel is doing a great job with my 6 year old son. Pavel is doing a great job helping my son focus on technique and rhythm, which is something previous instructors weren't so successful with. Pavel is organized / structured / systematic, which is what my son needs now, but I hope he relaxes a bit as the lessons continue so that more "joy" comes through.
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 Travis Dalenberg
Travis is the greatest. He knows his music and how to teach it. He gives you time to learn, but will not allow student time to get lazy. I know he teaches all age groups. Young pre-teens to us old folks 78 years young. I have been taking lessons from him since early December 2014. He is a true professional. You can't go wrong with him.
Review by Howard
We value Chelsea for the quality of her lessons, but also for the flexibility of her schedule. She has worked around family vacations, impromptu summer camps and the upcoming school year. Emily is better prepared to start middle school band this year due to flute lessons from Chelsea and we plan to continue the lessons for the foreseeable future.
Review by Wendy
Bill has been great with my 2 young children (age 3 & 6). He has integrated games into the lessons - they have enjoyed showing us how to play the games when it is time to practice piano. Bill has been easy to contact and rescheduling has not been a problem if we have a conflict at our regular lesson time.
Review by Susan
My daughter is extremely happy and comfortable with Rachel, and looks forward to her piano lessons every week. She is a very kind and patient teacher, always using positive reenforcement with my daughter, which makes all the difference in the world to children. We definitely are looking forward to continued piano lessons with her. So glad we found her.
Review by Michelle S.
"My daughter has been a student with Mark for over a year. She has come so far and has learned so much in such a short time. Mark is extremely talented and knowledgeable. He is very serious, patient and super nice. If your child or if you really WANT to learn the drums, then I highly recommend Mark. He is our third instructor and the best one yet! You will not be disappointed." Michelle S.
Review by Kristin
Ted S. is teaching clarinet to one of my children, and piano to two others. He is extremely knowledgeable, and very encouraging. His teaching methods are keeping my children enthused about their lessons, and without that, you have nothing. Two of my children were taking piano lesson from another teacher for the past year, and not progressing. Ted has been able to evaluate their skills individually, determine what was missing in their music education, and begin again with some early basics they seem to have missed. I am convinced we are finally moving forward, and am very happy about that. I wish I would have made this change much earlier.
Review by Jon
Michael is exactly what I was looking for in a teacher. The first thing he did was to determine what I wanted to get out of lessons, and what my existing skill level is. He is now aiming me in the right direction - and he is clearly skilled, experienced and knowledgeable, in addition to being very easy to get along with. I'm very happy.
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