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As a classically trained vocalist and graduate of Berklee College of Music, I specialize in utilizing contemporary repertoire as a vehicle for teaching solid technique. Depending on the individual goals of the student, lessons can consist of any combination of the following: technique, music theory, sight reading, vocal workouts, diction, interpretation, stage presence, leading a band, etc.
I consider myself to be very professional. I love to please my students in not only teaching the necessary skills to execute the instrument but also encouraging them to play the songs and genres of their choice when applicable. I am a Berklee College of Music Graduate with a Bachelor in Film Scoring Major and a Minor in Piano Performance and Vocal Technique. My experience lies as a piano and background vocal performer for many of the great Salsa and Latin Jazz artist as Luis Enrique, Gilberto Santarosa, Ismael Miranda, Andy Montanez, Tito Rojas, Frankie Negron, Issac Delgado, Michel Stuart, Melina Leon, N’KLABE, NG2, Chocolate Almenteros, Charlie Sepulveda, Humberto Ramirez, Elias Lopez, Luis Perico Ortiz, and many others.
Hello, I have several names to go by, choose one and I promise to respond--Rebecca, Becca, Bex-- take you pick! I am a graduate of Cal State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education, and have recently completed the teaching program to recieve my teaching credentials. I have an extreme passion for music and teaching and am anxious to share it with my students. Music has always been a part of my life. I have been singing in choirs since I was in the sixth grade. My high school and college choirs, under the direction of Robert Istad and John Tebay, have given me the opportunities to sing for performances at the Hollywood Bowl, Greek Theater, Staples Center, Nokia Theater, and the Honda Center. I have had the privilege to perform with a variety of artists such as Andrea Boccelli, Beck, John Williams, Grizzly Bear, and Eric Whitacre, as well as perform with the LA Philharmonic and the Pacific Symphony. International performances have given me the opportunity to study and sing around Italy, German, and Austria. I have been studying voice with the help of Katherin Rundus, and Linda Leyrer, and my professor Teri Watson has monitored my progress in piano. Music is what I live for each day and it is what has inspired me to continue to pursue a career in teaching. I cannot wait to share the joy that music brings with my students.
Hello future students, and thank you for considering me. I am an educated musician with a super track record for getting results from my students. My specialties are trumpet and jazz vocals. I can help you with everything from the technical aspects of music to the interpretation of the music you wish to learn. My lessons are tailored to each student. While I do use some method books, I also do a lot of writing for my students, because one method does not fit all. Your success is my success. I teach music because I absolutely love it! I also love teaching adults who wish that they had tried music as kids. I teach beginner piano, voice, composition or song writing, as well as all level trumpet skills. I can also transcribe your song ideas for you.
I teach piano, guitar, and voice. I teach students of all ages and all levels. Beginners are always welcome and encouraged. I have successfully taught hundreds of students. I'm a passionate and motivated teacher who loves working with students. Here is a little history for you. I started playing piano at the age of 17 and within a year I was doing eight hours a day. Within about three years, I started performing piano at private parties, cabarets, and hotels throughout the San Diego and Los Angeles areas. While performing, people would come up to me and ask me if I teach piano. I decided to begin teaching piano for a few students. Those students referred me to other potential piano students. Within a couple years I was teaching piano full time. A few years later, I began playing guitar and took lessons from many instructors. After playing guitar for a few years, as well as piano for 20 years, I considered those two instruments were the best two instruments in the world... That is, until I discovered voice. I studied voice with three different teachers over a period of ten years. Additionally, I have studied about every book on piano, guitar, and voice. Today I teach full time on all three instruments. Many of my students get lessons on two instruments, for example guitar-voice or piano-voice.
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Without leaving home, learn how to sing. In-home voice lessons are perfect if you're on a tight schedule or need personalized instruction. A professional teacher from Musika's network comes to your home and uses your piano or keyboard during each customized lessons. The instructor can teach you how to choose music that fits your individual voice, bring personality to a song, and project your voice during a performance. You can sing your favorite genre or learn a new musical style. Make voice lessons a priority and learn to sing to fun or to earn a living. All you need are in-home voice lessons.
To protect your voice and keep it healthy, protect your body. You'll want to start by getting enough rest. Rest your body by going to bed on time every night, and rest your voice by limiting the amount of singing and yelling you do. Next, eat a balanced diet. Vegetables, fruits, and whole grains fuel your body and improve your voice. Then exercise. Aerobic exercise is especially important because it improves your lung capacity and helps your body fight illness. Finally, stop smoking. This habit damages your voice and your lungs. With a focus on protecting your body, you also protect your voice and keep it healthy and strong.
Our lessons for adults are focused around teaching vocal technique with the specific aims of the student in mind. Many adults are just looking to improve their singing for their own enjoyment.We also teach students who are auditioning for talent shows such as American Idol, or who are preparing for exams, recording sessions, or gigs. Adult students may want an honest, professional assessment of their voices since family or friends, well-meaning as they may be, are often not objective judges. Learning to sing can be a good boost to confidence, develops all-round musicianship, and is open to adults of all ages.
For children who want to learn how to sing, we recommend beginning voice lessons at age 11 or 12. The vocal instrument, unlike other instruments, is attached to the body. Starting voice lessons too young, or when the student is not emotionally ready or mature, can lead to vocal damage or strain. Many of the instructors in our network are capable of working with younger students under the recommended age, but it is our opinion, and the opinion of many other Vocal Education professionals, that the student should wait until their body has begun the process of puberty before beginning voice lessons.
When you want to learn how to become a better singer, you need voice lessons. The instructors in Musika's network are trained in every genre and style, including Classical, Country, and R&B. We can help you prepare for national auditions or local competitions. You will receive customized lesson plans based on your musical goals and previous experience. As part of your lessons, you will learn how to protect and project your voice. You'll learn how to interpret songs, add emotion, and read music. Before you audition or perform, we'll teach you how to manage stage fright. In addition to these topics, learn: how to enjoy and express yourself with singing, breath control techniques, vocal cord protection, voice projection techniques, vocal volume improvement, how to read music, genre and style interpretation, and how to add emotion to songs, lyrics, and phrases.
Review by Cameron D.
After signing up for lessons with David L. I knew I made the right choice. Just after a couple of weeks I didn't see him as a teacher but as a best friend. There was always a relaxed atmosphere during the lessons. He was very easy to talk to and he really listen to you. If I ever had a question he would answer. He tailors to what ever you want to do in that lesson. David L. is a great teacher and a friend. I totally recommend him for anyone
Review by Justin
I've been taking lessons from Michael once a week for eight weeks now, and with his help I have made dramatic improvements with my sax. Michael is a funny, nice, patient and all around great instructor. I'd recommend Michael, as an instructor, to anyone who wants to improve their skills and have fun while doing it.
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 Blaine Vaz
“I took drum lessons from Mark for about 7 months. I have been playing for 38 years but always thrive to learn more. He was able to provide me alternative exercises and help me gain a better understanding of my opportunities. I have been able to take my playing to another level. His approach to teaching is perfect for any level of student, beginner or advanced. He is a true professional and an outstanding person. You won't go wrong with Mark!” Blaine Vaz
Review by Christopher Perrone
Mike has been working with my son Robert for over a year and has just started working with my daughter Kate. Mike is both a great musician and a good teacher. He connects with the kids and keeps them engaged. He is able to tailor the lesson to focus on music that is interesting to each child. He also encourages the students to participate in a public setting which is great. I would highly recommend Mike.
Review by Bradford Putt
Angela has been a perfect match-up for me. She is warm and welcoming, and also serious about teaching - she keeps our time focused and on track. What I truly appreciate, as a new singer anxiously preparing for an event, is the confidence she gives me. Angela is very encouraging. I enjoy coming to class.
Review by Alamu Vinai
Usually I don't write reviews. I am compelled to write for Feng. I've experience finding/working with many music teachers over the years for different instruments (piano, flute, sax) for kids. I think Feng is the best, he is so passionate about music, he encourages the kids. He teaches thoroughly - you can tell he knows lot about saxophone. I would definitely recommend Feng!!
Review by Carol A
“Lynn is my music hero! She can listen to any song and write down the chords. She will adjust to make it easier or harder whatever your abilities. I have a busy schedule and often don't have time to practice between lessons and she is cool with that. She also will adjust lesson times when she is able which fits my hectic schedule. I'm glad my first guitar teacher "fired" me ....that allowed me to meet Lynn.” - Carol A., M.D., Aug 2015
Review by Brooklyn
Laura is a fabulous teacher. She explains concepts to me using concrete examples so that I can understand changes that I need to make to my posture, breathing, phrasing, etc. She makes warm-up exercises fun, and she's got a great sense of humor over all. Her teaching style is collaborative, more egalitarian (she respects what I already know and meets me at my level), tailored to my particular interests and strengths, and I always look forward to our lessons!