Our music lesson students will have the opportunity to take lessons from the comfort of their own home or in one of the teachers studios. Careful attention is placed on each student to ensure a custom lesson plan. Our music teachers understand that every student has different needs and abilities and therefore the lessons will be planned with that knowledge in mind.
lessons are available in the following areas:
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Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Keyboard, Djembe, Acoustic Guitar
As a singer who has already experienced some of the traumatic effects of misuse and overuse of singing, I believe that health comes first. Anyone can learn to sing but there are so many significant factors that most teachers forget to include in their training. I believe that any one can have or learn to have talent, but the singer who has the awarness and understanding of taking care of that talent will benefit more than they can imagine. I have experience with speech and voice therapy, as well as training in voice pedagogy, Alexander's Technique, and Body Mapping which I feel is important to include when teaching voice. Also, I believe it is up to the student or the student's parent(s) if lesson plans should be actively persued, and if they are then each student would be analyzed and have a unique plan that includes a combination of my experiences and training.
First and foremost, having fun is the most important aspect of these lessons. If the student really enjoys singing, learning, and developing their gift, we will have a ball. I am mostly self-taught when it comes to singing, and in my lessons I strictly enforce the use of the student's ears. I found that the ears are a VERY important factor when it comes to music in general. When your ears make that initial connection to music, and then the rest to follow will positively set the students well on their way for musical greatness. For all my students, in order to get a sense of where they are musically, I ask for a performance of a song that best showcases their abilities. From there, I will know exactly what needs work, what their strengths are, and what to introduce to their repertoire. From the first encounter, I will then develop a lesson plan that will ensure success from the willing student.
Several of my students have gone on to have careers in the music industry. One of my students is Candi Lynn who was kind enough to give me a "shout out " on the sleeve notes of her first CD. http://www.candilynn.com/ I set realistic goals for my students and I'm always honest. Success is 90 percent perspiration and 10 percent inspiration. Hard work always pays off. I work to find out what a student's strengths are and help develop them. My lessons are fun, but you won't get an easy ride. If I feel you have potential I will push you. I am only as succesful as a coach as my students are as vocalists.
Instruments: Piano, Voice
Teaching Methods: I use exercises from "How to Train Singers" by Larra Browning Henderson. I studied with her personally.
For the piano, I use the Alfred books. They offer a variety of books for students of all ages.
Regardless of instrument, I place a strong emphasis on technique and can also offer training in theory.
Teaching Styles: I spend half the lesson doing exercises, including breathing, humming. These help to develop the muscles for proper singing techniques. The singer is not singing fully at the start of the lessons, these exercises are like calistenics for the muscles. These have amazing results - students who begin without any singing voice can bloom using these.
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