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Piano, Singing, Violin, Cello, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting, Upright Bass, Viola
I began piano lessons at age 8, and joined choir at age 10. I have played orchestral instruments since the age of 11, and have continued my musical education for over 20 years. I have had a lot of performing experience, as well as teaching experience. After playing with my collegiate symphonies and bands, I taught in the public school system for 7 years. I have continued to teach music lessons from 2000.
As a former public school orchestra teacher, I specialize in public school methods, and the repertoire associated with progressing in in the school system. This includes classical music, Jazz, Rock, and Pop. While I follow the Bastien method for beginner piano students, and Essential Elements 2000 for beginner string students, I am creative with expanding repertoire based on student desires and needs and am able to help students excel in other genres as well.
Julie holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Pennsylvania State University with a focus on contemporary and musical theatre vocal technique. She has been a sought after performer both in the studio and on stage recording and performing from New York to Austin. Julie opened her studio Vocyl Studios in Austin in 2010 and has become the vocal go for the performers in the Live Music Capital. She is passionate about teaching the healthiest technique to give singers the stamina to not only sing for hours but sing for life as well. She is passionate about teaching the healthiest technique to give singers the stamina to not only sing for hours but sing for life as well. My technique builds voices to last throughout the demands of a professional career.
Acting, Singing, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Speaking Voice
I graduated from University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA! I received a BFA in Musical Theatre. What a change that was to go from Texas to Philly! I auditioned for many different schools, and know what it takes to get there. I then moved to New York City 2 days after graduating, on my 22nd birthday! I had 13 wonderful, and also challenging, years in NYC. Lots and lots of auditions, of every kind! Broadway, Off-Broadway, TV, Soaps, Film, Commercials, Concerts, Readings, Showcases, etc. I have sung for ABBA (Mama Mia), Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), Hal Prince (Gypsy). I was also up for leads in Mama Mia, Wicked, Rent, Hairspray. So, I definitely have a lot of versatility, and knowledge of what they're looking for! I did a Eugene O'Neil play called "Ah Wilderness" at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, MN. We opened there, and then toured it all over the Midwest for 6 months. I did appear on NBC's Law & Order as a featured role, with the late Jerry Orbach. Lot's of experience, lot's of knowledge, and I'm excited to share it with you!
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting, Ukulele
I am a certified State of Texas Elementary Educator, has led ukulele workshops internationally, teaches private and group music lessons to all ages and levels in Austin, TX . I have launched a ukulele-based music education charity which brings lessons and instruments to schools and students with limited resources. Equally passionate about music, education and ukulele, I seek to inspire and empower students to exercise their birthright of making music. I am currently in the second year of course study in Canadian virtuoso James Hill’s Ukulele Initiative teacher training program. My scope of teaching includes Texas-based music, blues, soul, funk, slide ukulele, family music facilitation, ukulele ensembles, and beginners of all ages. I specialize in ukulele and also teach most styles of guitar, music theory, bass, voice and family music facilitation.
I have been a resident of Austin, TX for over 20 years where I have played guitar and toured across the globe with Americana artists such as the Flatlanders (Joe Ely, Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore), Jimmy LaFave, Alejandro Escovedo, Robyn Ludwick , Charlie and Bruce Robison and many others. In addition to leading my own groups as a singer-songwriter, I have produced albums and written songs for several Austin artists.
Students have used the words patient, wise, organized, skillful, funny, laid-back, and committed to describe my teaching.
What all this translates to is that I have a lifetime of experience in the music world that I'd love to share with those interested in learning more. My specialties include teaching music theory, working with groups, exploring songwriting, intermediate and advanced guitar study, and working with youngsters. Deeper exploration into music history as it applies to the lessons and the more detailed aspects of musical gear are also avenues of possible study. I've become recently certified as an elementary educator in the state of Texas and have gained valuable training and experience working with youngsters. I strive to discover each student's goals and interests and design an approach to best lead each student where they want to go, and beyond! I also want to understand how my students think, work and learn best.
This knowledge is invaluable as a teacher. My lessons are typically filled with a mixture of exercises, video viewing, active listening, ear training, and playing together to ensure that material is being comprehended and brought to life for each student's learning style. We devise strategies together to meet the goals of the student.
Singing, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Speaking Voice
I am a classical and theatrical singer in the Austin area, and maintain a diverse private voice studio. I received my Masters of Music in Vocal Performance at UT Austin, and my BA from Duke University in Music with honors, and minored in Literature. I have danced, sung, and performed all my life, and I have enjoyed sharing my passion for performing arts as a teacher with Take Lessons.
Throughout high school, college, and my professional career, I have been in over 100 shows (including choral concerts, musicals, recitals, and operas). I have had challenging choral and musical theater directors, revered music professors, and world famous voice teachers. They have helped me build a strong technique for my crafts, an academic appreciation for music, and tools to interpret music on my own to present my pieces as an artist. The skills they have empowered me with have given me a strong urge to help other students grow, using techniques I have learned from my past teachers.
I feel comfortable teaching beginning to intermediate students in voice (both classical and musical theater). I have a knack for making students comfortable - I was and still am a student, and I understand what it is like to have moments of frustration and to have a difficult time practicing on my own. I believe that I have great tips to help students monitor their own progress, to grow, and to feel confident about the techniques they are learning. I can give students help with music theory, diction, and history to help them better understand the art they are learning. Most of all, students can see how passionate I am about singing, and I believe it encourages their own passions.
Guitar, Singing, Music Performance
I have lived in Austin since August of 2009, having moved down to Central Texas to pursue a Masters degree in Opera Performance at the University of Texas, a degree which I had completed last May. At UT, I have performed the roles of Don Alfonso in UT's Butler Opera Center production of Cosě fan tutte, as well as recently performing the role of Chip in a new work called New York Stories by Daron Hagen. I have also sung in the Austin Lyric Opera ensemble for their productions of Lucia di Lammermoor, The Magic Flute, La Traviata and La Bohčme, and will be performing in their upcoming production of Puccini's Turandot. I have also performed in the ensemble for the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Austin in their productions of The Mikado, as well as performing the role as the Second Yeoman in their production of The Yeomen of the Guard.
I first began studying voice at the Walnut Hill School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Natick, MA, and the Royal College of Music in London in the fall of 2007. In 2009, I received my BA from Boston University in Vocal Performance. During my studies I have had the privilege of studying under professors who have had and still have very successful performing careers, as well as singing with choirs who have performed at Carnegie Hall and Boston's Symphony Hall. I have also sung under the baton of John Williams, at an event titled "Film Night" at Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
In over 10 years of studying voice I have learned several great tools and strategies to use in order to improve my craft. I have obtained a good knowledge of a wide range of topics in regards to the voice. Whether it be proper breathing or posture, or how to learn repertoire so that not only do I have text, notes, and rhythms down pat, but I am also able to establish my artistic identity by adding my own interpretations to the pieces I learn. With my students I hope to share these experiences and strategies so that they can hone their craft, as well as gain the necessary tools to be able to better themselves independently. Most importantly, I hope to teach in a manner which motivates the student to continue learning. Singing, above all else, should be FUN!
Today I am still at UT, and am pursuing a Doctorate in Musical Arts in Voice Performance. I currently hold a position as the bass section leader at Lakeway Church in Lakeway, TX, as well as a section leader position in the Conspirare Symphonic Choir, a choral organization based in Austin, TX created by Craig Hella Johnson, which has been Grammy-nominated several times. Conspirare was recently were asked to sing as the supporting chorus for Andrea Bocelli for his concert at the Erwin Center last February.
*In regards to guitar, I have played for roughly five years. I am comfortable teaching beginning students as I feel that I can provide them with the basic tools necessary in order to play. I specialize in classic rock but am open to teaching other genres.
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."