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First off, I make sure that my student has a strong foundational understanding for the breathing mechanism and how it functions. I emphasize that singing is not that much different than speech, in that we never run out of air when we are talking, so why should it happen when we sing? My philosophy is that a healthy breath and body produces the healthiest sound, free of anything extraneous. Many students come to me with an upcoming audition, and so I like to explore performance techniques within the song, such as character development and acting/gestures to make for a well-rounded perfomance. I often "tie a bow" at the end of lessons, summarizing everything that was covered and asking the student to articulate a list of things they will work on for next time.
The method of teaching doesn't change for the age of the person I'm teaching. The method I use is this: 1) Assess where the student is in life 2) Assess where the student is musically 3) Assess the needs and desires of the student (and guardians, if applicable) 4) Review various in-print and self-made resources 5) Develop a flexible comprehensive cirriculumn 6) Encouage, encourage, encourage
I am a life-long musician [age 5 - present] from a family of musicians who have played with everyone from Fanny Brice (my grandfather) to Benny Goodman (my mother) to Steve Miller (myself). I attended Berklee College of Music in Boston , MA from 1975-1979 and left (5 weeks short of my degree) to perform in a rock band who toured for 5 years in the US and Canada. Having played everywhere from Red Rocks Ampitheatre in Colorado to Elkhorn Resort in Sun Valley, Idaho to Valdez, Alaska to Cobo Hall in Detroit,Michigan, I have lengthy performance credentials and even more varied experience in the styles and situations that I have performed in that include: rock band, orchestra, concert band, jazz combo, folk duo, Big Band, marching band, drum corps, celtic rock band, traditonal gaelic ceili, flute choir, pit band, church choir, chorus, show choir, vocal solo, commercial voice-overs, vocal duet, musical theatre, etc.
I strongly value theory and technical groundwork, but I also believe in guiding students toward the genres and compositions where they will find their own passion for music. With a solid foundation and an inner drive to keep playing, even beginner musicians can reach goals that may have previously seemed insurmountable.
My musical background includes over 35 years of experience as a singer and actor, performing for live audiences and appearing in independent audio/video recordings. I began ear and vocal training as a very young child enrolled in Suzuki style violin at the Montessori Educare school, and private piano and voice instruction at the Boston Conservatory of Music. As a young adult, I studied “Freeing the Natural Voice” with Professor Kristen Linklater while enrolled at Emerson College, and later had private jazz vocal instruction (at New England Conservatory of Music and Berklee College of Music). In 2010, I earned a BA in Entrepreneurship from Lesley University, and in 2011 received my M.Ed. in Education and Entrepreneurship from the Special Studies Program at Harvard University Graduate School of Education. The encouragement that I receive from my own mentors, and the success of former students, continues to inspire me to share my love of music with others. I love working with students of all ages, and skill levels, as they reach for, and achieve their goals. I am available to instruct students online, in their home, and/or at a reserved practice room or sound studio.
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Children who enjoy singing may benefit from voice lessons. Formal vocal training improves a child's singing ability and range. The ideal age to start voice lessons occurs sometime after age 11 or 12 and after a child reaches puberty. Vocal training before that age could damage or strain a child's voice. By waiting until puberty, children reduce their risk of suffering an injury, and they increase their chances of improved vocal performance. Many kids have fun singing, and they can receive all the benefits of voice lessons if they wait until they are physically mature enough.
You can achieve a healthy voice if you take care of your body. Start with a balanced diet. It includes whole grains, vegetables and fruits, not processed foods or sugar. Then drink water rather than caffeinated and sugary beverages. Limit alcohol, stop smoking, and don't take illegal drugs. Exercise every day for at least 20 minutes. As you run, bike, or swim, you increase your fitness level and your body's ability to fight illness. Finally, rest your voice and your body. Avoid yelling or cheering, get enough sleep at night and limit stress when possible. With your healthy body, you have a healthy voice.
One-on-one customized voice lessons in your home saves you time. Musika offers convenient lessons so you don't have to drive to a studio, fight traffic, or take valuable time away from other responsibilities. Simply provide a keyboard or piano, and buy sheet music from a music store. Then get ready to learn how to sing. Our network has experienced teachers of every musical genre. In the comfort and safety of your home, enjoy personalized voice lessons that teach you how to sing for pleasure or performance. Without wasting time, learn to sing with in-home voice lessons.
Learning how to sing can be highly rewarding, enjoyable, and carries many other benefits. Learning correct vocal technique and singing can keep your voice healthy, relieve stress, and have positive social impacts - such as joining a choir group, band, or participating in karaoke nights! Taking lessons with the experienced teachers in our network can also be beneficial for those who would like a professional, objective assessment of their voices or for those who would like to learn or work on a specific vocal technique. Students can also be prepared for exams, gigs, and auditions.
Students will learn and develop good, safe, and modern vocal technique during their vocal lessons. The aim is to get students to be able to sing without strain, discomfort, or constriction throughout the whole of their range, in key, and in a clean, full sounding tone, and then apply these techniques to singing songs in various genres. Students will learn how to bridge and connect their vocal registers in order to expand their vocal range, add vibrato to their singing, and learn how to properly support the voice in order to sing long passages and create a strong, full sounding vocal tone. The teachers in our network can also help students who have tuning problems by conducting exercises that work on their pitch. Lessons can also cover musical theory, performance tips, and vocal effects such as safe vibrato and developing vocal agility through runs and fills. Students can also learn vocal physiology.
Review by Susan
My daughter is extremely happy and comfortable with Rachel, and looks forward to her piano lessons every week. She is a very kind and patient teacher, always using positive reenforcement with my daughter, which makes all the difference in the world to children. We definitely are looking forward to continued piano lessons with her. So glad we found her.
Review by Gillian
Vince is a great drum teacher for my 8 year old son. We go to his house where he has a studio setup with a huge drum set. He has been very patient but really holds my son responsible for learning the right way to play. After about 5 lessons, my son is playing some rhythms on the drums and reading music. He looks forward to his lessons with Vince.
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 Lauren Segal
Ed is THE best instructor I've ever had and I've had many instructors over the years in various fields of study. Ed met us at a music store to help choose a guitar, this is after he first called and asked all the right questions. He's supplied my daughter with just the right amount of paper work and just the right amount of new techniques. By this I mean to say that Ed connects with the pace my daughter learns at. I highly recommend Ed AND Musika.
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 Wendy
Bill has been great with my 2 young children (age 3 & 6). He has integrated games into the lessons - they have enjoyed showing us how to play the games when it is time to practice piano. Bill has been easy to contact and rescheduling has not been a problem if we have a conflict at our regular lesson time.
Review by Shilpa
"Richard is a very talented and a patient teacher. He teaches my 6 year old daughter in the comfort of our home and he is very regular. He follows a learning book and mixes his lessons to bring difficulty and technicality while keeping it interesting for my daughter. My daughter was difficult to work with at the beginning but he was able motivate her in every possible way. As a parent I make an effort to learn with my daughter so that when my daughter practices I am able to guide and correct her and Richard is very generous to take the time to give provide me concepts. I am extremely happy with Richard and his ability to teach children."
Review by Kristen Draughn
Mr. Lou M. is a God-send! With the various needs that our organization requires from our education partners in order to provide enrichment services to our students, Mr. Lou M. has always gone above and beyond in meeting all of those needs. Our students are learning, our caregivers are happy and satisfied, and we couldn't be more pleased with his performance.
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.
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