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Michelle has been surrounded by music since her infancy, and since then has continuously branched out to learn new styles and genres of this universal art of entertainment. A violinist, pianist, singer, and songwriter, Michelle is a wonderful fury of energy to be reckoned with - and her professional experience is equally as diverse as her talent. She has performed as a guest artist with Riuniti Opera, Near East Music Ensemble, The Erick Bolivar Band, Luis Eric Gonzalez, world-reknown jazz/pop trumpet player David Longoria, and has recorded violin and vocals for many tv cues and jingles. Her most recent singing credits include "9 to 5" on the Soundtrack of The Dictator with Sasha Baron Cohen, as well as violin for latin pop artist Erick Bolivar's "Amar Solo es Amar" (music video is currently in production). A true firework on the stage, Michelle exudes a dynamism and flare that is uniquely hers, and is known to contribute an undeniable positivity to her music workshops, collaborations, and concerts. It is with much joy and enthusiasm that she shares her knowledge of music & performing arts with her fellow colleagues and students!
I believe the most important gifts I can give my students are building blocks toward an enlightened life. Music for me is a vital part of this process of personal growth, self-awareness, enhancement of character, and love of the creative process. In my classroom, as well as in one-on-one coaching/mentoring sessions, I strive for a student-focused approach, guided by mutual respect, constant support and encouragement, establishment of developmental goals, and awareness of the value of discipline as intrinsic to the refinement of artistic abilities as well as the development of individual maturity. I lead by example, and embody within myself the reverence for great music, both as a medium for self-expression, and a vehicle through which the souls of others can be touched and inspired.
I am a professional singer and educator committed to helping each student not only reach his/her full potential, but to find joy and inspiration in the process. Having started as an opera major at Shorter University, I later studied musical theatre. Since then, I have been lucky to perform all over the United States, singing a wide array of musical styles as the work required. These experiences have given me a broad range of strategies in helping students of all levels meet their goals as musicians and performers.
I'm a motivated music teacher who loves teaching and working with students who have a desire to learn more about the piano and teach vocal technique. In 2005, I earned my music degree from Cal State Los Angeles University,California. I had a opportunity to study under the great Gerald Wiggins,the renowned jazz pianist, in the Santa Monica College Music Mentor Program.
My musical career started years before I stepped foot into a classroom. After teaching myself guitar and ukulele at an early age, I was found performing all over my community. Encouraged to continue my pursuit, I picked up the saxaphone and began mastering it through structured education as well as countless exposure to real world gigs.You will find me dedicating my time to my private students, as well as performing with various groups around Los Angeles on Guitar and Sax and in the studio working new material.
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During their lessons, students will learn how to sing with good, safe, and effective vocal technique. Learning to sing with good technique is the cornerstone to improving the tone, range, and health of the voice during singing. Students will learn how to warm up properly, how to increase their vocal range, how to improve and strengthen their tone, performance techniques, how to accurately replicate pitch, how to support their singing with good breathing techniques, song interpretation and how to apply these techniques to singing their favorite songs. Vocal technique is not genre specific and the techniques taught can be applied to almost any genre of music. Students will develop these skills by vocalizing to piano scales. These vocal exercises are things such as singing different vowel sounds on different scales, sirens, lip rolls and trills, articulation exercises, and respiratory exercises. The exercises are tailored to the specific needs and ability levels of each individual student.
When your child wants to learn how to sing, wait to begin voice lessons. The voice can be damaged or strained if you start lessons too soon because it is not physically ready to sing every day and undergo the rigorous training required during children's voice lessons. After puberty, or around age 11 or 12, most children are physically and emotionally ready for voice lessons. By following our recommendation and waiting, you protect your child's voice. He or she is then able to learn how to sing successfully for years to come.
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.
In home voice lessons are a convenient way to learn the art of singing! Our instructors are qualified to teach a variety of styles ranging from Opera to R&B. If you are interested in auditioning for local competitions or even reality tv shows like American Idol or The Voice, our network of instructors can definitely help you prepare. Most voice lesson music and materials can be purchased online or at a local music store.
Taking vocal lessons at any age can be highly rewarding and great fun. Students often take lessons with various aims and goals in mind. Some students want to learn how to increase their vocal range and will have lessons and exercises planned to achieve that particular goal. Some students would like to improve their singing ability in order to feel confident enough to audition for talent shows, competitions, or to join a band or choir. It is quite common for students to take vocal lessons purely because they love to sing and want to improve for their own enjoyment.
Review by Sharon
My 4-year-old has had several lessons with Martina now, and he has learned a lot. Obviously, it is challenging to teach such a young child, and he has learned quite a lot in a short time, and is very excited to learn about violin and for his lessons. I think Martina is doing an excellent job, is quite patient, and is teaching him in such a way that he can really remember his new skills from week to week. We look forward to many more lessons with Ms. Martina!
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 Ginger
Unbelievably Awesome. My daughter is a beginner and has some special needs. Justin is more than patient and helpful while being completely thorough and pushing her (in a good way) to try harder. He is encouraging and teaches effectively. I am very pleased. More important, so is my daughter. Thank you Musika! So grateful we found your service and connected with Justin. We highly recommend him.
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!
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 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 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 Valerie Moore
Kevin is very friendly and professional trombone teacher. During the first session he assessed my 12 year old son's strengths and identified areas for development. He has helped him refine his technique which helps our son in band class but also has him working on duets that help him grow in new ways. He comes to our home and is always very punctual. I would highly recommend Kevin!
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