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It's very important to me that the student progresses at their own pace while still being presented with new challenges along the way. I believe in a well-rounded music education, by teaching music theory from the very beginning along with private instruction, supplemented by listening/analyzing music, ensemble playing, performance opportunities, and using the best of new music technology software to increase one's overall musicianship.
I'm a guitarist, pianist, flutist, singer, song writer, composer, music director and a full time music instructor for piano, guitar, flute and voice. I've been teaching for more than 17 years now. My students have professionally performed, gone to music college, won singing contests, and landed lead roles in musicals.
My teaching experience dates back to 2012, when I began teaching voice and piano privately. I found my passion for teaching came naturally as I experienced the beauty that comes with sharing a love for music and sparking that same enthusiasm in others. I encourage my students to explore different styles and to always strive to achieve to their full potential. My students are always encouraged to perform in recitals and competitions and I urge them to try their hand at composing original material as well! The sky is the limit in what they can achieve and I love exploring their talents as much as they do!
I was born in Brazil and from a young age, like many others, had shown an interest for music and singing. I've since then lived in several countries where I've further developed and honed my skills in singing, music theory and piano, as well as having the ability to speak Portuguese, Spanish, Korean and German. After attending an International School in Germany, where I would often perform as part of the School Choir and taking part in musicals, and taking private lessons with classically trained and professional German-Australian Soprano Mary-Jane Martin, I then moved to England where I attended the Academy of Contemporary Music majoring in Music Business and in Vocals and later on moved here, to Los Angeles, where I attended the Musicians Institute majoring in Vocal Performance. While attending the Musicians Insitute, I entered a K-pop Singing Competition and won second place, amongst other learning opportunities like singing back-ground vocals for a few of my colleagues and teaching singing. I've discovered a passion for teaching as I started learning more and more about the technical aspects of singing and how I would see that any and everyone can learn how to sing well if instructored to do so with the help of the right instructor.
Each student's talent is very unique, and so is their learning style: some people are more visual learners, some are kinesthetic, while others prefer to learn by ear. I make a point to insure that every single student "gets it," no matter what their favorite method is. I always incorporate music they love into the lessons, so I can teach them general music concepts through what they already know and have an interest in. I find that it helps triggering inspiration. Working with realistic short and long-term goals is a technique I use to encouage and motivate my students to practice, and incorporate
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If you want a healthy voice, you need a healthy body. That means eating a balanced diet, exercising every day, resting properly, and reducing stress. Start with meals and snacks that include fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Drink plenty of water, not beverages loaded with sugar or caffeine. Stop smoking, and spend time each day doing exercises that expand your lung capacity and keep your body fit. Set and keep a regular bedtime, and reduce stress through meditation or by perhaps practicing yoga every day. Rest your voice too instead of screaming or yelling. With your healthy body, enjoy a healthy voice.
Voice students are suggested to start lessons at age 12 or older. This is due to the vocal development of the student's voice as they move from childhood to adulthood. Beginning to study voice earlier can sometimes lead to decreased vocal production later. We encourage students who are younger than age 12 to study another instrument like piano, which will allow instructors to incorporate vocal elements while they learn musical fundamentals without the risk of vocal strain.
As an adult voice student, you'll learn more than proper breathing techniques. You can also improve your vocal range, prepare for reality singing competitions, and improve your vocal stage performance. Start with your favorite genre. After choosing Opera, Country, R&B, or any other genre, decide along with your instructor which style and songs fit your voice the best. Then practice the exercises your trained instructor from Musika's network assigns you each week. Whether you choose in-home or in-studio lessons, adult voice lessons teach you a variety of skills that help you succeed as a vocal musician on and off the stage.
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.
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.
Review by Stevengournay
There are only a handful of people I count in my life who were great teachers, and Laura is one of them. Her musicianship is so secure as are her technique and personality that she zeros in on my weaknesses and devises exercises to strengthen them, and during the lesson it is not "Do this, no, do that" which is unnerving to a novice. She understands the most important part of study is relaxation, so that is easy to achieve with such a confident and compassionate human. Music is her life and she is eager to share her talent with everyone. A rare find, indeed!
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 James F.
After my first piano lesson, Polina is easily the best teacher I could have hoped for. Extremely charismatic and excited to help YOU learn the piano. She puts a lot of effort into evaluation your learning style and will no doubt help you make tremendous strides! I'm stoked to continue taking lessons!
Review by Kaleen Todoroff
Noel is amazing. She is helping me to work toward my vocal goals for auditions to several musical theaters. She has helped me choose strong audition pieces and is teaching excellent ways to get the sound I need in a safe and healthy way. She works outside our lessons on new warm ups and new music pieces. She is the best.
Review by Lucinda
Melissa is very encouraging, positive, supportive and patient. She knows how to explain the technical details of flute and music notation to kids in a way that makes sense to them. She has been reliable so far turning up on time and calling if there is a need to reschedule. I would definitely recommend her to others.
Review by Ashley S.
Ali was an amazing voice coach! She taught in a way that made sense to me, and helped me find the voice placements I needed. I didn't know I could sound like that! My development with her was leaps and bounds rather than tiny dreadful steps that happen when you don't know what's going on! Ali was dedicated to helping me work on an audition for a music scholarship and I nailed it all thanks to her, seriously. I can't thank her enough! She helped me with the tools and confidence I needed to sing in the real world alone rather than just back row in a large choir.
Review by Clinton Poskozim
Martina has been a great teacher. Our son is 8 and had taken some piano lessons before starting with Martina. She came right in and got him to improve. She does a great job of giving him just enough of a challenge to make him work and learn but not any pieces that are so overwhelming he can't get them. She has helped him through a lot of early music theory so that he not only can play the piano but understands the music he is reading in all of its complexity.
Review by La from Issaquah
thank you musika and ed. I never thought of looking for an in-home lesson until I found musika. I have absolutely no hesitation that Ed is beyond capable. He's even offered to meet us at a music store to purchase the correct fitting instrument. how fabulous is that! We've also decided to extend the lesson time from 30 to 45 minutes. All this and just one lesson under our belt. He quickly understood where my daughter is at in level and her style of music. I'm thrilled as can be.
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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