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I love seeing my students begin to understand how their mind and body can work together to sing beautifully. It's a treat when a student can begin to execute the necessary actions for singing with a degree of confidence and reliability that they at one point believed was beyond them. My style is one that fosters a student's abilities and is encouraging in their efforts. I make a point to be very thorough and analytical when it comes to how physiological events and mental focus are key to building a framework for this expressive artform. I believe that creating a system for singing that instills confidence in how a person presents themself vocally, offers a framework by which a person can simultaneously express themselves through the music. By focusing on the current challenges to function and expression for a student, as well as learning how they learn and work, I am better able to tailor my plans to their specific needs.
I help students to progress at their own pace. Little by little, we build upon what we learned in the previous lesson. In the first lesson, I make sure to establish goals that we can always work to achieve.
PERFORMING EXPERIENCE : Carmen Habenera (Bizet) - Head Dramatic Soprano Play at Süreyya Opera Hall with Borusan Quartet. (2000) Sebben Crudele - (Antonio Caldara) Head Dramatic Role in Ataturk Cultural Center Opera and Ballet Hall (2000) 3rd prize in Chopin Etude Recital Istanbul University State Conservatory. (1999). 2nd prize in Chopin Etudes Competition Pera Fine Arts School. (Music Department) (1997). 3rd prize in Chopin Waltzs Competition Pera Fine Arts School. (Music Department) (1996). Participant in Istanbul Borusan Music Competition Winter. (1995) MASTERCLASSES: Rafael Gasimov, professor in Russia / Pianist. Dr. Liliana Bakir.Pera Fine Arts School / Pianist. Serpil Gunseli, Istanbul University State Conservatory. (Musical composer, awards winner, piano teacher, pianist.) Kaan Sezerler Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra / Violinist Ani Inci Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra / Violinist Mine Mucur Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra / Pianist ACCOMPANYING: Accompanying various instrumentalists and vocalists for RCM exams Various duets with piano Accompanying Istanbul University State Conservatory ballet. Occasional pianist at College Street United Church in Toronto. Accompanied children for RCM exams.
For piano lessons I generally prefer to use the Alfred curriculum, but am well versed in other options should the student already be accustomed to certain styles. I have assisted students with their Certificate of Merit completion, and worked several students through the entire Alfred curriculum, till they went on to achieve collegiate scholarship opportunities. As a voice teacher, I employ a Bel Canto technique, and specialize in a Musical Theater Style and Classical Background. Vocal health and proper technique are essential to my teaching methods, and of course, having fun!
I am creative and motivted singer and songwriter. I can sing all in multiple musical style and genre. I also can write songs and play piano. I have graduated two music schools, majored in vocal and developed singing techniques and performance skills. I have extensive knowledge of theory, ear-training, sight reading and how to play piano and tutored in these subjects when I was at one of the school. I am now teaching outside of MUSIKA. I love both performing and teaching because both of them allow me to develop my skills and expend my imagination!
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Maintaining a healthy voice is essential for singers. Invest in your instrument when you keep your body healthy. First, drink plenty of water. It keeps you hydrated and helps your body function properly. Next, eat a balanced diet that's heavy with whole grains, produce, and lean proteins. Then perform aerobic exercises every day. They expand your lung capacity and keep your body strong. You must stop smoking, and avoid taking illegal drugs. Finally, get plenty of physical rest, and rest your voice. You may want to sing all day, but that hurts your voice over time. Keep your voice healthy when you invest in your physical health.
Regardless of whether you want to sing Rock, Pop, Folk, or Musical Theatre, our vocal lessons can develop your singing technique in a safe, effective way that can be applied to all of the above genres and many more. Students will learn a whole host of fun exercises that are designed to develop your vocal technique and build strength, endurance, and vocal power. Through a good understanding of how the voice works and by practicing the exercises taught during lessons, you can improve your vocal tonality, develop skills such as vibrato, pitch, and harmony, and increase your vocal range; usually by at least one full octave. You will learn how to connect the chest and head registers, maintain steady air pressure and vocal fold closure, tilting of the thyroid cartilage (to switch registers) and how to build these techniques until you can apply them to your favorite songs.
One-on-one vocal lessons straight from the comfort of your own home are a great way to learn to how to sing. Most of our students choose to take lessons from home, mostly due to the convenience of not having to make travel arrangements both to and from their lessons. This is great for parents and students with busy schedules. The content of home lessons is exactly the same as studio lessons, where students will work on technique and exercises. Home lessons provide the best learning environment, as it is a comfortable, familiar surrounding for students to learn in.
Young children who have not reached vocal maturity must be careful when considering taking singing lessons. Over working the voice at such a young age risks causing strain and damage to the vocal folds, which are very delicate. As such, we recommend students start lessons at no younger than 12 years old. Students at this age can learn safe, effective vocal techniques that will prevent learning and developing bad singing habits in the future. They can also develop their critical hearing, music theory knowledge, and understanding of techniques such as supporting the voice with good breath management and skills like vibrato.
Adult students often have a specific singing goal in mind when starting their lessons. For example, many singers who enjoy rock music want to increase their vocal ranges so they can sing along on pitch with their favorite vocalists. Increasing the range of the voice requires a few fairly simple techniques, but they take time to master and apply to songs. Other students may want to learn to sing just for fun, to join a band, or to prepare for auditions, such as The X Factor, The Voice, American Idol, or a music college.
Review by Maureen Young
“Lynn has taught my daughter guitar for 9 years. She has always managed to keep her engaged and provide an exceptional learning experience. She tailors the lesson specifically to the student’s interests and abilities. She provides many opportunities for students to showcase their talents outside of lessons. We love working with Lynn.” Maureen Young, Dir. of Finance, Aug 2015
Review by Brenda Duffey-jepsen
Omar is a great teacher as he provides expert instruction AND the right amount of encouragement. He is a professional musician on several instruments, yet he is patient with beginners! He also has gone out of his way to purchase an appropriate book for me, strings to re-string the cello, and extra attention to tuning. I appreciate how he explains and demonstrates exactly what a beginning cello student needs to know.
Review by John
When I started with Darrell, I didn't know anything bout music. Nothing. We started with basic music theory & moved into scales and reading. It hasn't been very long at all, but my confidence is growing quickly. He does ask a lot from you and he expects you to keep up. But I can honestly say that if you are willing to work hard and spend the time at home doing what he asks, you will see the results. He wants you to succeed and takes pride in watching you grow. If you want it as bad as he does, you will see the result very quickly.
Review by Claudiaaustin
Our kids love Mr. Lynwood. Mr. Lynwood is very patient and skillful teaching our kids both music theory and guitar/piano. He keeps them engaged and motivated during their lessons and we are seeing -or rather hearing- fast improvement in the kids' dexterity playing their respective instruments. We would recommend this good natured instructor to anybody.
Review by Jaima Woodiwiss
Having taken 6 years of piano lessons myself when I was young, I am very happy with Osmond teaching my daughter. He is very personable and helping her to enjoy piano. My daughter loves the fun songs she gets to play and I really appreciate how he is integrating even in the first month fingering, chords, beats, and hearing the music. She's getting a very well rounded training and she's loving it!
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 Olivia
Andrew is very encouraging and uplifting, but also isn't afraid to tell you your weaknesses. Andrew also is super awesome with scheduling. Fits around your schedule all the time. He really knows what he is doing and can help you reach your goal in the time you would like to. Couldn't have gotten a better teacher, who continually helps me grow and pushes me.
Review by Anita
Our daughter has only been playing the piano since March. Tony replaced our other teacher who had a job transfer and could no longer teach. Tony is fun and encouraging. My daughter is playing Taylor Swift and Christmas songs and is playing the piano more than ever before. Very happy so far with Mr Tony
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!
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