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I began taking piano lessons when I was about four years old and voice lessons when I was seven. I was involved in Certificate of Merit for voice and for piano. I studied music at UC Santa Cruz and graduated in 2012. I was exposed to many contemporary pieces and had a wonderful experience in a small but strong department. I have continued singing since graduating and love sharing music and the vocal technique I learned in my undergrad.
My teaching experience started about 10 years ago when I was in Guitar Center looking at keyboards and someone asked me for lessons... I still have that student and many more now and have a very high retention rate and am an upbeat, positive teacher that students enjoy coming back to. The fact that I also play live gigs about 4 nights a week gives my students a chance to see me play live and get inspired, something that is really necessary to keep a student motivated for years.
I listen to my students' goals, learning style, and abilities, and tailor my teaching to best suit the individual and help them achieve the results they want. For singers, technique (coordinating breathing, jaw, tongue, lips, diction, and expression) is the tool that empowers them to suceed in whatever style they prefer. With young singers, I balance sight singing (Solfege with Kodaly hand shapes), theory, easy classical, popular and musical theatre style pieces that are appropriate for children. I am open to student selection of pieces with teacher approval for students of all ages. For teen and adult singers, I work more intensely on vocal technique. I try to find out their interests and goals, and provide instruction that is designed to help them achieve this. I have studied intensely with several of the greatest teachers of classical and popular style singing. This has given both me ability and flexibility in my teaching. As a performer, I know what a singer needs as they are preparing for performances and auditions. I work with beginning to intermediate piano students. For children I use the Faber and Faber, Adventures in Piano Series, and for children under 7, I begin with My First Adventures in Piano. For beginning adults, I usually use Faber and Faber's Adult Adventures in Piano. As early as possible, I try to incoroporate supplementary repertoire that provides students with the style that excites them most, to keep their practice and lessons satisfying and fun. As students approach the intermediate level, we leave the method books behind to pursue the repertoire that inspires the student the most. For theory, I use Regina Roper's "Just the Facts" Music Theory series.
I like to assess where the student is before I make assignments. I also try to find out what is of interest to the student and try to tailor rep assignments to their wants and needs.
In my studio I treat the voice as a reflection of the soul. Each person has beautiful soul, each voice can, and should be beautiful, and strong. No matter what style of music my students are interested in the most, in the 1st place comes strong vocal technique. It opens new horizons for creativity and self expression as a musician and as an artist. Development of musical taste is also very important.
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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.
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.
We advise that young students looking to take singing lessons do so at no younger than 11 years old, as they have yet to reach 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 benefit from learning key skills like proper breathing techniques, hearing and recreating pitch, and performance techniques. They can also prepare for exams, rehearsals, and competitions. Learning how to sing is also good for children's overall development, as they will improve their concentration skills, raise their self-esteem and confidence, and develop a positive, hard-working attitude as well as a habit of self-discipline through regular practice and lessons.
If you've always wanted to learn how to sing, contact Musika for in-home voice lessons. The professional and experienced instructors in our network provide the practical skills you need as you learn how to sing. Start with a music genre. We offer professional teaching in everything from modern pop to classical. Next, provide a piano or keyboard for accompaniment during your lessons. Finally, enjoy learning how to sing from the comfort of your home. You don't need to arrange transportation to a studio or waste time in traffic. Schedule voice lessons at home, and learn to sing while saving time and staying comfortable.
Learn to sing your favorite songs with adult voice lessons. Instructors in Musika's network are skilled in every genre and musical style. Whether you want to master Opera classics, ace modern Pop, or specialize in Country, we can help you improve your skills and abilities. Start by learning vocal exercises and breathing techniques that improve your skill. Then choose songs that fit your vocal tone and range. Finally, learn to project your voice, control your breathing, and show emotions while you sing. As your singing skill increases, enter national or regional competitions and feel more confident on stage while singing your favorite songs.
Review by Steven G.
Laura is the kind of teacher you wish you had in all your studies: gracious, easy-going, light-hearted, yet behind the easy going exterior is an excellent musical mind with everything at her fingertips. I've had about 5 teachers in my life who count as really influential people, and Laura easily fits that category. She lets you be yourself so that you are fully present rather than old-school doctrinaire style, what I call "stiff as a German, sig-heil" teachers. She's the polar opposite. Brava, Laura! Thank you so much!
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 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 Jeff N.
Travis is an extremely knowledgeable guitarist and teacher. Travis is equally comfortable in playing/teaching jazz, rock, blues, or classical styles. I really like the way he explains things and he has the ability to make difficult material seem simpler. Travis is very likeable, enthusiastic, and always very professional. I think Travis would be great teaching either children or adults because he's very patient. My learning experience with Travis has been outstanding. He taught me some great techniques for chord substitution and for soloing. I'll continue to work with Travis because he inspires me to be a better guitarist. I think he could really help me with composing because he writes some great songs too! Thanks Travis!
Review by Ryan Piveteau
Amber is personal and cares about her students. She is flexible in her schedule and maintains a professional attitude in her lessons. Her want for her students to succeed makes her excel as a teacher. She is very knowledgeable about music and extremely experienced. Additionally, she includes external activities aside from lessons for the students who wish to advance themselves externally. Really a great teacher who offers great opportunity.
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."
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.
Review by Pat
Henry has been a great piano teacher since I started lessons about a month ago, and he is helping me realize a lifelong dream. He is patient, plays beautifully, is easy to learn from and a very nice person. I took lessons as a child for a year or so, but never followed up over the years. I always said that I would once I retired and found the right instructor. That time is now. Thank you Henry and Musika!
Review by Natalie Kretcher
I really like her. And as an adult student, a good teacher who keeps the pace up but still keeps it reasonable in terms of difficulty is really hard to find. She does a great job of explaining little detail things in terms I (as a musically challenged human) can understand. I'm having a blast! 10/10 would recommend!
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