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Stephanie B

Stephanie B

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For piano lessons, I always start with scales. Even if a student knows their scales well, it is important to start with a warm-up, just as it is important to stretch before exercise. I use flash cards to help the student learn how to read music, and I explain basic music theory as we continue through exercise books. For voice lessons, I also always start with a warm-up. This includes stretching, getting breath flowing and making sure that posture and breathing are in order for proper tone production. With voice especially, it is important to feel settled before making any sound because the instrument is inside of us, not external. Many techniques are best explained through imagery, but depending on the student, a more literal, anatomical approach to the mechanics of the voice is more appropriate. It all depends on the student's learning style, and I make sure to pinpoint what that learning style is so that I may work with a student accordingly. For both voice and piano, I like to make sure the student feels comfortable and relaxed, not only to ensure that lessons are enjoyable but to ensure good technique that is not hindered by intimidation. 

Michelle P

Michelle P

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With all my students, I emphasize good technique. No matter what the genre or age, singing in a healthful and fun way includes great posture, good breath management, and producing a free and easy sound. I use a variety of different music formats, from classical and musical theater collections, to sheet music of contemporary songs. 

Colin J

Colin J

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I have taught students of all ages.  I do my best to help my students find repertoire that suits their voice as well as their personality.  I am very comfortable teaching classical as well as contemporary commercial music which includes musical theatre, jazz, and pop.  I have extensive experience with German, French and Italian languages.

Brittany C

Brittany C

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I have been teaching for about 6 years and I enjoy it immensely. I began teaching private lessons in college. I encourage regular practice so that the student can foster their own love of singing and so that they can also improve more quickly and steadily. I am a very caring and kind teacher who always encourages my students on even the smallest accomplishments. I have performed in all genres, so I therefore teach all genres and I enjoy teaching a variety of genres. I tend to encourage a classical technique will all students, just so that they can learn to sing healthily. This often helps my contemporary students to sing whatever they want, without hurting themselves. I encourage all students to perform regularly so that they build their confidence and so that they can enjoy singing even more! My lessons are fun and I teach singers of all ages!

Alex A

Alex A

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I adjust my teaching based on each student's abilities to maintain a relaxed, fun, and engaging atmosphere. For younger students, I typically start with Music for Little Mozarts, which includes a variety of activities in addition to the exploration of music. For older or more intermediate students, I recommend Faber & Faber's Piano Adventures, which incorporates not only interesting musical selections, but also introduces music theory and analysis. For advanced students, I prefer to piece together selected repertoires based on music relevant to their interests; this typically includes a selection of classical and contemporary compositions with some discussion of the pieces' context within a greater scope of music history and theory. 

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