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Hi and thanks for visiting! My name is Laura, and I am a certified "Vocal Styles" specialist by Berklee College of Music, located in New York. My goal is to help artists and vocalists of all styles by instilling proper vocal technique as well as providing guidance in the music business. Together, we can map out a strategy, goal-set, and help you find your STRONGEST & TRUEST VOICE. Reviews:"Laura is wonderful on so many levels. She has incredible talent, and a love for her craft that she passes on to her students. She is always professional, friendly, and fun. She relates to her students on their level, while always trying to bring them up to the next level. As an artist, a person, and a teacher, she deserves the highest praise there is."-Parent of Student"Laura is in my opinion, the best at what she does! I've been training with her for over a year and I as well as others around me have seen a tremendous improvement in my voice. She's extremely patient and makes the learning process fun and stress free :o) Her discipline and dedication are sure to rub off on you, making you a better artist and person. Anyone who is in search of a great vocal coach needs to look no further, Laura Monaco is definitely the one to see!!!"-Student
I am an active educator and performer in the North Jersey area. I teach K-6 elementary general music in Midland Park, NJ, which was recently recognized by NAMM as one of the "Best Communities for Music Education 2014." Although I am a classically trained soprano, I work on a variety of different literature with my voice and piano students, including folk songs, pop music, musical theater and of course, classical. I believe that well-rounded musicians make good musicians! I have been singing as a solo church cantor since the age of 12, and it has given me the opportunity to perform a wide range of sacred and classical repertoire in a variety of occasions, including weddings, masses and funerals. I love to play the piano, and the majority of my piano playing happens in classroom rehearsals and school performances.
For all my students I design a fun atmosphere where they feel comfortable, stimulated and encouraged to absorb musical knowledge. Depending on their musical backgrounds and their ability I discuss with my students and their parents(depending on student's age) what is their primary goal to achieve during the lesson, what style they want to concentrate on. When we get to know each other I assign my student with Vaccai classical tune (practices vocal technique) and two songs in style preferred, when a student learns and masters these we move on, with more difficult tunes each time. Before we start with tunes, we first warm up with breathing and great vocal exercises I create for my students depending on what they need to improve.
I've been a musician from a young age, with a focus on the keyboard, voice, and songwriting and composition. A graduate of renowed Westminster Choir College as a pipe organist focusing on classical and choral music for the church, I also have experience conducting choirs and leading worship services. I have a wide variety of interests, but one of my greatest joys is to teach music to students of all ages. I do not believe talent is necessary to learn the art of music, it takes discipline and dedication and a lot of love. Developing a love of music, means developing a love of practice too! I love helping people realize the skills they already have, by giving them a chance to develop. If you have fingers, you can learn!
I Beleve in teaching through exploration in a joyous, supportive environment! Whether you're starting at the very beginning or brushing up on skills learned long ago, I will guide you through exercises to free your voice. My studio is a place of positivity.
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As an adult, singing involves more than proper breathing and vocal control. It also includes choosing songs that compliment your voice and taking care of your vocal cords. Learn how to sing any musical genre with adult voice lessons. The professional instructors in Musika's network are skilled in helping adult students succeed. We give you the tools you need to succeed while performing or during auditions. Choose your favorite genre, then get ready to sing. We come to your home, or you can travel to our studio. With adult voice lessons, learn techniques that help you sing better today and into the future.
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.
Singing is a fun activity kids enjoy doing in front of their mirror as they dream of becoming the next great talent. Their voice must be protected, though, from damage and strain. That's why we recommend that kids wait until puberty to start formal voice lessons. Around the age of 11 or 12, a child's voice is mature enough to participate in regular vocal lessons. The instructors in our network teach students of all ages, but we recommend waiting until a child's voice has matured. By waiting, the risk of damage or strain is minimized so a child can successfully perform in front of the mirror or on a national stage.
Invest in your body to maintain your healthy voice. That might sound strange, but a healthy voice requires a healthy body. Your investment starts with a diet that's rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and water. You'll want to limit sweets and preservatives. Next, stop smoking, limit alcohol, and avoid illegal drugs. They damage your body and your voice. Every day, exercise. Improved health and fitness improves your ability to fight illness and project your voice. Finally, rest. Go to bed on time at night, and avoid yelling, cheering, or singing for extended times. With a healthy body, you maintain a healthy voice.
Voice lessons focus on developing performing techniques, vocal techniques and breath control. You will learn how to read and interpret music; how to bring your own emotions to your performances; and how to enhance the quality of your singing in preparation for auditions.
Review by Marcia Hecht
Karleen has really turned it around for me. My previous teacher (not from Musika) had me feeling anxious, upset, and incapable...NOT the desired result! Karleen's method is clear, appropriate for my beginning level, and (best of all) actually lets me achieve some progress! I'm actually looking forward to my lessons now!
Review by Roselynbrown
After moving from NY and parting from our amazing piano instructor, we thought we couldn't find a piano teacher close to what we knew. We are happy to say Musika matched us up with someone professional and friendly who enjoys teaching younger students. Thank you! We definitely recommend Kuan as a piano instructor :)
Review by Svea Bryan
Brett is an accomplished musician, who shared his knowledge at a level that my five year old understands. He is polite and relaxed in his mannerisms but take a serious approach to focusing on the lesson. He is very patient and engaging with the attention span you'd expect from a kindergartener. His motto ever is "sometime you learn faster by going slow"
Review by Suzette
She is amazing! My daughter, Isabella (7 yrs) is totally engaged in the lesson. Lilly's definitely has a gift with teaching young children!!! A great talent of hers is making the content interesting, current to today's music and most of all fun! She has a knack for taking the material and translating it in a way that is relatable to Isabella. My daughter really enjoys her lesson's and has moved along rather quickly with the material. Thanks Lilly!
Review by Emily
Steve gets you started right away with songs but also goes into music theory and reading music which adds to understanding and appreciation of the music. He is very approachable and you can tell that he absolutely loves music and teaching. It is hard not to be excited about the process of learning with Steve. If you are considering lessons I highly recommend Steve for any level of student.
Review by Ro J.
“My son has been instructed by Mark for almost four years. Mark is an outstanding teacher. His credentials are by themselves impressive, but his ability to relate his knowledge to kids is even more so. Connor's ability to understand and read music is fantastic. Mark also knows the performance side of playing drums and has encouraged Connor to actually incorporate his knowledge to play alone and in a band. He is patient and encouraging which is what motivates Connor to work and practice. He is a mentor as well as a teacher. He is superior at what he does and we highly recommend him.” Ro J.
Review by Jermain
Mrs. Regnarene is an awesome teacher!!! She found musical aids that appealed to my 5 year old daughter and used them to help teach her piano. She has a lot of patience and I could tell she puts in the work before class to have a lesson ready for my daughter. She is always punctual, friendly and respectful. I would recommend her to any parents who want to start their kids off with a good foundation in piano. Jermain T. Riverview, FL
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 Nancy Fritsch
I honestly cannot say enough positive things about Rachel. We met her through CYT where my daughter took theater classes from Rachel and was directed by Rachel in several musicals. Because Rachel was so wonderful to work with and so clearly talented at teaching and directing, several years ago, my daughter started private vocal lesson with her and I have seen my daughter's vocal abilities grow in leaps and bounds. Rachel is an ace at picking music to work on that stretches abilities while at the same time, keeps vocal lessons fun. I highly recommend her as a voice and theater coach.
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