Guitar, Piano, Singing, Acting, Broadway Singing, Cello, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Percussion, Phonics, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Harp
I have a bachelors in Music Education, two years as a worship pastor and four as a middle and high school choir teacher. Let me help you with anything musical you want to get better in. I have made my own album being sold now on ITunes and love to inspire young singers and musicians!
Bass Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Piano, Singing, Violin, Broadway Singing, Cello, Clarinet, Classical Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, Flute, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Oboe, Opera Voice, Percussion, Saxophone, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Trumpet, Ukulele, Accordion, Banjo, Bassoon, Fiddle, French Horn, Harmonica, Harp, Organ, Trombone, Tuba, Upright Bass, Viola
It all started out in a small town called Chatham, NJ where I spent the first thirteen years of my life. I remember loving music as early as I could walk and talk. I started taking guitar lessons when I was seven years old. Along with the guitar, came a love for singing and writing my own songs. When we moved to Pennsylvania the guitar came with me. Throughout my high school years, I spent hours playing with teachers, fellow students and at parties.
When I was sixteen every week for three years I would drive an hour into Philadelphia, by myself, to study with world famous Artie Singer. HIs students include such names as Chubby Checker, Frankie Avalon, Al Martino, and Bobby Rydel. Artie co-wrote and produced two massive hit records “At the Hop” and “Rock ‘n Roll is Here to Stay,” both recorded by Danny and the Juniors. Artie was personal friends with Dick Clark and would bring him acts for his show.
While going to a Community College in Philadelphia the music teacher there took notice of me, pulled me aside, and told me about a great music school I should attend. He then sent away for the application and helped me fill it out. The next thing I knew I was in Boston attending Berklee School of Music! I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Jazz and Rock Composition, Arranging, and Guitar.
I had originally gone to Berklee intending to major in voice, however I had no luck with the vocal department there and ended up with nodules on my vocal cords. The damage was so significant that I had to stop singing during my four years at Berklee and turned to studying Guitar and Composition.
I tried every vocal teacher in town wanting more than anything to be a singer. What I found was no teacher could help me and it seemed obvious that even though they had the “big name” they didn’t know what they wt. I was losing hope. The combination of this roadblock and my persistence led me to the greatest thing that ever happened in my life....... I met Dante Pavone!
I kept hearing about a singing teacher named Dante Pavone. Since I had already tried everyone else, I decided to give him a shot. On my first lesson with Dante I noticed a big difference. My throat didn't hurt at all and a real voice was coming out of me. I was cured!
Dante’s studies were extensive and he had doctorates in voice, music history, psychology and many other subjects. He was the most intelligent; insightful person I have ever met in my life and not only taught me about voice but taught me many things about life. He one time told me that he had a more profound knowledge of all the fine singing muscles than anyone else.
Dante was the first; a “pioneer” in popular singing, breaking from the traditional operatic style. He taught, or was contacted by, such singers as John Lennon and Paul McCartney (Beatles), Mick Jagger (Rolling Stones), Aretha Franklin, Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane), Steve Tyler (Aerosmith), Peter Wolf (JGiles Band), James and Livingston Taylor, Faye Dunaway, Tom Jones, Donna Summers, Jonathan Richman, Julianna Hatfield, Andy Pratt, at their prime and the list goes on and on. Once John Lennon and Paul McCartney showed up unannounced at his door handing him a blank check! Singers from New York City Opera Company used to sneak away from their teachers and come to Boston to study with Dante who would cure their wrecked voices from their famous opera teachers they had in NY. Best Singing Teacher in the World!
I studied with Dante every day for the first couple of years and then two or three times a week after that for fifteen years until his demise in 1998. I never missed a lesson! He gave me over a four-octave range where I started with only a five-note one. Not only did he improve my pitch and tone, but I can now sing and scream all night, if I want to, and never have a single vocal problem. In fact the more I sing the better my voice feels!
One day at my lesson Dante asked if he could pass his method down to me. This has been a great honor to me and although many teachers try to emulate his method I am the only one with a certificate as seen above. Not only was Dante my mentor, but still to this day he is the most important person I ever encountered in my life and was my best friend. We were very close and he would spend hours talking to me at lessons not only about music but about many fascinating subjects and opened my eyes to many incredible things.
Thirteen of my songs were chosen to be in one movie called Getting Personal and other songs in the movies Fillbilly and Dykeotomies. My band has won world contests.
I have also studied piano, guitar, and drums extensively and teach all instruments. I studied for years with late great world renowned Charlie Banacos and John Horrigan. Besides teaching I am a songwriter, dancer, actress, film maker, audio engineer and producer as well. I can help you record your songs!
Since 1982 I have written hundreds of songs and have been performing and recording my own music in major New England and New York venues. I've also won awards for my band "Girl on Top."
My voice lessons studio is in Somerville, Massachusetts (MA), but I teach online singing worldwide via webcam internet video calls such as Skype, IChat, Tiny Chat, AOL AIM, Google Talk, Face Time Warner, Snapyap, Imo.im, MSN Yahoo,Tokbox, Palbee, Vyew, Many singing students come from Somerville, Cambridge, Charlestown, Everett, Malden, Medford, Boston, , etc. I teach children and adults of all ages and levels. If you can’t come to my studio I can teach you anywhere in the world via Skype! Voice and vocal therapy are my specialties but I also specialize in and all instruments along with songwriting and arranging. There is no end to how good you can get! I am a vocal therapist. This vocal therapy method can cure vocal nodes and polyps almost immediately. Internet-based video. Intercontinental internet service. Video chat Greatest Online Singing Lessons in the World! On-Line-Singing Study Voice OnLine the conveinece, saftely, Save time and money. Global Worldwide. All styles Rock, Jazz, Country and Western, Broadway, Folk, Heavy Metal, Screaming with no damage, Yelling, Talking, Speeh, Speaking, Angst, Classical, Opera, Reggae, Singing course trainging
Piano, Music Performance, Music Theory, Harp
A concertizing musician since age 9, I hold a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music in instrumental performance from the California State University Los Angeles, where I was named the CSU system's youngest to receive a graduate degree. In 2005 I earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Arizona, where I was the Graduate Teaching Assistant. I have also been honored as the University of Arizona's youngest doctoral graduate, receiving my degree at age 19.
I have performed as a member and guest soloist with countless chamber ensembles, orchestras, and bands across the United States. Highlights of my international tours include concerts in Shanghai, Seoul, South Africa, Madrid and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In addition to playing for such notables as Oprah Winfrey, Maya Angelou, Tippi Hedren, Barbara Sinatra, and Florence Henderson, I have played as an honorary guest at UCLA, the Colburn School, UC Santa Cruz, for the Japanese Ambassador and Embassy, and appeared as guest artist with the Anderson String Quartet, Barry Manilow, and most recently with Il Divo, as well as made several television appearances. My extensive performing experience means that no matter your skill level, as my student I will have you performing, sharing your music with others, and becoming an artist.
I have been the recipient of numerous awards for both my musical and academic performance, including the Valeria Finzi Memorial Harp Competition two years consecutively, the Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, and have been named as a Medici Scholar and on the Who's Who Among American Women and National Dean's List. I am also active as a composer, arranger, and transcriber, and have taught for the past 16 years. Teaching has always been a special joy of mine, and I have experience teaching students of every age and skill level. I believe in an individualized approach for each student and love to inspire students with my own love of music and lifelong learning. I have worked as a teaching artist with the McCallum Theatre Institute (with elementary-age children) and an instructor for the Osher Institute (age 55+). With a solid background in Classical masterworks, my technical skill and artistic vision allows for interpretations of a variety of music spanning Celtic, Latin, pop, jazz, and rock genres. I teach piano, harp, music theory and musicianship at Mt. San Jacinto College, music history at College of the Desert and provide private instruction from my studio in Palm Springs.
Piano, Violin, English, GRE, Harp
This was my first instrument and will always have a special place in my studio. I studied the Suzuki method but also fiddled around — to the delight of my grandfather, a lover of folk and fiddle music, who constantly requested that I play him the "Orange Blossom Special". (I believe a loving, listening ear can be important for any musician. As a performer, I still take requests.)
As a teacher, my appreciation of technique and some of my most powerful pedagogy methods came from my fabulous violin teacher Ruth Ann Bell.
After five years of begging my parents, I started playing the harp when I was 11. I started competing at 14, performing gigs at 16, and teaching at 17. I consider myself lucky because I found my passion early. I loved it from the beginning. But I also believe it doesn't matter when you find it: start from wherever you are and embrace it from there.
Also at 17, I played with a local city symphony — my first symphony experience! By the time I was entering college, I was drawn to Celtic music, a soothing, folky counterpoint to classical. I do both!
I began my piano studies at age 9. I love what piano does for ear training, for visualizing theory, and for all around musicianship! The piano is versatile and fundamental. Bach and Kabalevsky are my favorites for piano.
Piano, Music Theory, Harp
Alexandra received her Bachelor's Degree from DePauw University, majoring in Music and Anthropology as well as completing premedical studies, after having spent her junior year studying harp at the University of Oregon. She then received her Master's Degree from Roosevelt University in Orchestral Studies in 2002, and did post graduate work at the University of Southern California in Harp Performance and Anthropology.
During her years of study, Alexandra's harp teachers included: Sarah Bullen, Sally Maxwell, Edward Druzinsky, JoAnn Turovsky, Harriet Thompson Moore, Kara Bershad, Faye Seeman, Joy Andreasen, and Neva Lydiard. She has also performed in many master classes given by such internationally known harpists as Skaila Kanga, Jana Bouskova, Marie Pierre Langlamet, and Bryn Lewis.
She has performed extensively throughout the country as a soloist, with small ensembles, as an orchestral harpist, and has appeared on ABC. Alexandra's playing, "Is filled with care, artistry, and mature interpretation. She is a talented musician, well rounded in her knowledge of music, and has a healthy curiosity in areas beyond music." (Donald Chen, conductor, faculty Roosevelt University.) "Everything I heard was sensitive, artistic, and had beautiful intonation." (Richard Ferrin, violist emeritus, Chicago Symphony Orchestra).
In addition to playing, Alexandra has also given masterclasses and workshops in several areas from college planning/admissions to orchestral playing. Alexandra has been teaching harp for twelve years through her personal harp studio in Chicago, IL; at the University of Southern California as a Teaching Assistant, and now at her studios in Los Angeles at the Salvi Showroom, in Palos Verdes, Santa Ana and Foster City. Alexandra utilizes the ABRSM program in her teaching as well as molding programs to fit young adults and adult beginners. She emphasizes well rounded training that includes solo training with musicianship and orchestral/ensemble playing.
Apart from Harp Activities, Alexandra also enjoys coaching rowing and participating in sports and writing articles for various journals including: The Journal of the American Harp Society, Chicago Health Magazine, and Atlanta Health Magazine. Alexandra is a strong supporter of the American Harp Society through the competitions and local chapters. She is currently the Vice President of the Orange County Chapter of the American Harp Society as well as serving as a member of the board of the American Harp Foundation. She has also served as one of the main directors of the Anne Adams Awards Auditions for fifteen years, and has also helped to run the National Competitions.
Lydia Haywood is a full-time professional harpist and has been performing for special events since December 1999. Lydia has performed well over 800 times in Columbus and the surrounding areas and has recorded 3 CDs of her beautiful music. She is the principal harpist for the Cardinal Health Chamber Orchestra and also plays with the orchestra at Northwest Bible Church.
In addition to performing, she also enjoys teaching harp and piano lessons to students age 5 through adult. Lydia enjoys sharing the gift of music with others and seeing their joy from being able play for themselves.
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