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Acting, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Recording, Singing
I believe everyone has the ability to sing … some better than others, of course, -- but regardless, I believe every voice can make a beautiful sound. I believe learning to sing requires team work: with the proper instruction and learning tools from me, the instructor, and with the dedication (practice, practice, practice) from you, the student, a well-rounded singer can emerge.
I began singing when I was five years old in church. I continued singing exclusively inspirational music until I was a teenager. At that time, in addition to the second soprano part I sang in a five-part harmony
a Capella (without instrumental accompaniment) Gospel group, I also sang in a couple of bands (Rhythm and Blues, and Jazz). My undergraduate studies were completed at the American University, where I majored in Communications (B.A.), and minored in Music, voice being my instrument. During my undergraduate studies, I was recruited and performed as the lead female vocalist for a Rock band that a few fellow music students had formed. While in college, I was trained in classical voice, piano, music theory, musical theater performance, and vocal pedagogy (vocal training). My vocal pedagogy studies credentialed me to become a professional vocal instructor. I began teaching voice after I earned my degree, and have been teaching private voice lessons for over ten years.
Most of my present expertise in teaching voice grew from my vocal pedagogy studies, my teaching experience which has developed over time, my own personal vocal dedication, and my training and understanding of various genres of vocal performance. My present singing career is as an inspirational singer; my vocal students encompass various genres in which I have experience, including: Inspirational, Rhythm and Blues, Jazz, Rock and Classical.
*** Lesson Details ***
I teach students by using the tried and true techniques I have found to be successful, and allow the student to be my guide as to which direction to take with his or her vocal training. Whether the student is a novice, a professional, or somewhere in between, each student, after obtaining the basic singing knowledge and techniques, will have a vocal training schedule geared to his or her individual needs and development. Lessons are for the most part very casual in nature, and the student’s dedication (practice, practice, practice) will dictate whether or not the lessons become stricter. A few months into the vocal instruction, students will be given the opportunity to learn more about reading music and sight singing, if he or she so chooses, as well as vocal performance techniques for singing in front of an audience. Within one year, dedicated students may also have the opportunity to show off what they have learned, and perform in front of an audience at a recital with other vocal students. Please note that my preference is to work with teens age 13 through adults of any age. I believe that younger voices need more time to develop and stand to be damaged if too much stress is put on them too soon. However, exceptions for children under 13 may be made for gifted young singers.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Home studio- entry room of home, baby grand piano, seating area, dry erase board, mirrors
Music Studio- one recording studio, seating area, classroom
*** Travel Equipment ***
If needed, I provide a portable piano keyboard, microphone with amplifier, paper handouts of lessons, etc. The student needs to have paper to take notes and a writing instrument.
*** Specialties ***
Most of my voice lesson experience has been with adults, and contemporary popular and inspirational music.
Broadway Singing, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice
Hello! I am a graduate of Berklee College of Music, with a Bachelor’s degree in Writing and Production. I am attending NYU as a graduate student at Steinhardt. I have been teaching privately for over ten years, and performing for over 20!
My first love is piano, as I began lessons at age 7. I wrote my first song at age 8 and started playing guitar the next year. I am an accomplished songwriter, arranger, producer, performer, teacher and director. I recently moved here from Boston where I was the Music Director at All Souls Church in Braintree, MA and performed jazz/blues, funk, and kid's music. I love teaching and excel at finding unique ways to teach music and keep it interesting! I want you to have fun and learn what you find most interesting so we will work together to reach your goals.
Along with instrument and vocal lessons, I offer tutoring in all subjects of music and songwriting, and specialize in offering lessons tailored to each student’s needs. I refuse to hand out a book and go from front to back - expect handouts, impromptu lesson material to help you learn any specific concept you may be struggling with, CD’s with study material, exploratory homework, and thinking outside the box! We will do whatever it takes to get you wherever you want to be.
*** Lesson Details ***
I focus my curriculum on the goals of each student, their needs and their abilities. Everyone is different, so every student should have a different set of goals and a unique curriculum to reach them! I want to offer the most well-rounded education possible, so we will be regularly evaluating your goals and the materials you are using to reach them. I am easy-going and realistic - if you aren't interested in what you are learning then you aren't going to practice. So lets have some fun!
I work with every age group and integrate the following into all lessons: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Drums
• rhythm - sometimes we will use our hands or bodies, or the drums or tambourine
• contemporary styles and songs - all my students get to choose their songs from my music library or their own!
• ear training - I help students to hear major and minor as well as the different notes of a chord. My singers work with solfege (do re mi) to gain early sight-reading skills
• singing together on simple songs - especially for young students to put them at ease and express themselves through music with something they already know (aka Twinkle Twinkle)
• scale work - I start my student young with the C scale and progress as each student can handle
• music theory - you won't even know you are learning it! My extensive training in this area allows me to find simple ways to teach these skills
• Performance technique: my voice students get to sing with a microphone and PA system to their favorite karaoke tunes and learn performance aspects. I also work with piano, guitar, and drums on performance skills.
• SONGWRITING: optional. I like to spend a class time every several sessions to help my creative students write their own song from start to finish! We can even record it if you like!
I work with several instruments in order to help my students get the most well-rounded music education they can until they choose a specific direction of their own (such as classical piano or acoustic guitar).
If you would like to focus only on one area, that is never a problem! I simply offer a variety of music lessons so that I can tailor the lesson to each student's goals. I will work with you to create a lesson plan.
Recitals are offered each Summer and Winter.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio: KORG weighted 88 key keyboard, acoustic and electric guitar and amp, PA system for performance in vocals, microphones. Parents may sit in on lessons or wait nearby. There is a library across the street, as well as a Dunkin Donuts.
For recording and production lessons, I use industry standards such as Logic Pro, Pro Tools, and Sonic. I give out weekly handouts and tailored homework assignments in most subjects. I can purchase books for students, or they can acquire the recommended books on their own.
*** Specialties ***
*Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.Young children music and piano 4 years and up; Piano; Voice - beginner and advanced; Musicality: can't decide what to study? I can work with you in a variety of areas including rhythm, percussion, songwriting, piano, guitar, singing, improvising, etc.
Choir, Classical Voice, Ear Training, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Vocal Training
A well-rounded and healthy individual will make the healthiest singer, with creative ideas for interpretation. The teaching of voice to integrate historical vocal pedagogy and newer, scientific methods of voice instruction is my preferred way to approach singing in the voice student. This next generation of singers in todayâÂ€Â™s conservatories are trained with the beauty of the Bel Canto technique and the knowledge of voice specialists, which is something truly remarkable. The tried and true methods of the Manuel Garcias and Mathilde Marchesi should be preserved for singers in a way that also acknowledges the growing field of laryngeal and voice science and pathology. Incorporating techniques of Yoga and Holistic Health practice into the voice studio can only help us to eliminate the bodily harm of regularly performing and the stressful lives that go into being a singer.
Holistic Health and Yoga studies were both integrated into my undergraduate curriculum at San Francisco State University, giving me a mere glimpse into the wealth of knowledge of these fields. Even a brief understanding of the improvements in posture you can gain from a regular yoga practice or integrating Alexander Techniques into the studio can not only extricate pain in the body, but allow for improvement of breath and vocal tone as a result.
My official bio:
Liesl is a coloratura soprano originally from Yuba City, California. She recently completed her Master of Music from Westminster Choir College in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy. She completed her undergraduate studies in 2011 at San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance.
In February, 2014 Liesl performed as a guest artist for the 50th Anniversary of the Frank V. de Bellis Collection at the J Paul Leonard Library at her Alma Mater, San Francisco State University, in San Francisco, CA. She sang the role of Abelle in a special presentation the Scarlatti Oratorio Il Primo Omicidio with other selected SF State alumni.
During her graduate studies, Liesl sang the roles of Madame Herz in Der Schauspieldirektor, Antonia in Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann, and Tytania in Britten's Midsummer Night's Dream with Westminster Opera Theater. Liesl was also an active participant in the opera workshop class taught by Nova Thomas, singing the roles of Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, and Konstanze in Die EntfĂĽhrung aus dem Serail. Liesl also enjoys work behind the curtain, and directed scenes from The Marriage of Figaro and The Merry Widow. In November, 2013, Liesl participated in a masterclass with soprano Dawn Upshaw. In Summer, 2013, Liesl was an Opera Fellow at Rider University's CoOPERAtive Program. There, she sang in masterclasses with Kathleen Kelly (University of Texas) and Pierre Vallet (Tokyo Opera, Metropolitan Opera). This program also offered the fantastic chance to receive private dramatic coaching with director Amy Hutchison (Chicago Lyric Opera).
In the first year at Westminster, graduate students participate in the Westminster Symphonic Choir, under the direction of Joe Miller. Here, Liesl was able to sing with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the direction of Yannick Nezet-Seguin, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra under the direction of Daniel Barenboim, and the Simon Bolivar orchestra under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel. This experience provided the chance to perform in such locations as the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia and Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Before beginning graduate studies, Liesl taught Vocal Techniques at Marysville Charter Academy for the Arts. There, she also served as the vocal coach & accompanist for the lead roles and chorus in the school's musical, She Loves Me. In Marysville and Yuba City she sang with Borgamaria Lyric Opera, Sutter Performing Arts Association, and was a soloist in Handel's Messiah with the Yuba-Sutter Oratorio Society.
In undergraduate studies at San Francisco State, she appeared as Esmeralda in The Bartered Bride, Flipote in Tartuffe, and in numerous scenes productions with the opera workshop. As a soloist, she sang excerpts from the role of Maria in a West Side Story vignette under the direction of Vance George, as well as singing as a soloist in Mendelssohn's Ave Maria. In April, 2011, she placed first in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Bay Area Chapter festival for Art Songs. Among her experiences, Liesl was a member of the San Francisco State Chamber Singers, University Chorus, Women's Chorus and Afro-Cuban Ensemble. Outside of school, she stayed active in the Bay Area performing arts community, singing chorus with the San Francisco Lyric Opera, Urban Opera, and Golden Gate Opera.
*** Travel Equipment ***
Student should have a piano or keyboard if they are doing in-home lessons. It's not required, but extremely helpful. If not, please have some sort of iPod speakers.
*** Specialties ***
I was trained in the classical Bel Canto style, but I am comfortable with many different genres, including jazz and musical theater.
I've performed in choirs from around the San Francisco, New York, and Philadelphia metro regions, in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Kimmel Center, and Davies Symphony Hall. I have also been part of numerous opera productions and I encourage my students to participate in community music groups. I have studied vocal pedagogy and worked in education for a while and I am flexible with all different learning styles and view music as part of the core curriculum.
"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."