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Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Opera Voice, Singing, Speaking Voice
Faculty Member at The University of Tampa, FL
Member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Trained in Alexander Technique, Estill Method, Voice Science.
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Voice lessons addressing the personal needs of each student.
Well versed in contemporary styles - music theater, belt and pop.
My focus is to get you comfortable with your voice and producing a sound that you think is beautiful.
From foundation building for beginners to the diagnosis and correction of vocal faults in advanced singers, my goal is to strengthen and improve the student's understanding of 'the voice' and ensure safe and consistent technical growth.
I encourage students 14-16 to start with 1/2 hour lessons. Please, no students under 14.
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Music Studio with piano and seating for parents or guests. Plenty of free parking. Both the downtown studio and home studio are convenient locations near cafes and shops.
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*** Specialties ***
Correction of Vocal Faults for Professional and Amateur Singers (I clean up what other teachers don't know how to fix).
Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Songwriting
About You for Take Lessons
Teaching music students for over 30 years has enriched my life. My relationship with my students is a two-way street. I create a course of study to fit their individual interests and needs and often learn from them as we explore their interest in God's wonderful gift of music!
After teaching elementary music in public schools for 10 years and training university interns, it was a thrill to become a vocal graduate assistant at the University of South Florida where I earned both a B.A.in Music Education and an M.A. in Vocal Performance with Voice, Choral, Music Education and Piano Pedagogy emphasis.
My classical training is also enhanced by participation in Broadway, contemporary, folk, pop music and sacred music styles.
Teaching at various private schools¬¬ô, including theater school and directing both contemporary praise bands and traditional church choirs has provided enjoyable contrasts for me.
I have adjudicated for the Florida Vocal Association Solo and Ensemble Festivals and the National Association of Teachers of Singing Student Auditions. Former students are pursuing careers as performers, composers, music teachers and music ministers ..........and singing to their babies!
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For Piano: I prefer to teach students ages 7 & up.
I can provide a variety of instruction: Classical, Traditional or
Chord Chart/Worship Chords approach with Improvisation.
For Voice I prefer to teach lessons to age 11 & up but will work with younger students if they are ready.
Vocal students of all levels, beginning to advanced, are welcome.
Vocal students can choose a single style to study or a mix of Classical, Broadway, Pop, Folk, Traditional Sacred or Contemporary Christian Styles.
I teach the foundations for a physiologically correct technique that enhances every style. This has helped all singers, including those who are experiencing discomfort when they sing.
During our initial session, I am interested in learning about each student's personal tastes, and any past experiences and goals. Then we will proceed to explore their instrument, whether it is their own voice or the piano.
I love helping students expand their ability, whatever their starting point. Musicality is even more important than a display of difficult music, so I take time to encourage expressiveness.
A student's goals and resources will influence my choices from a wide variety of curriculum that are beneficial for steady progress. o I will collaborate with them to choose musical selections, incorporating their goals and tastes.
Enjoying the ability to express oneself through music is of primary importance. While challenging my students to steadily grow in their capability, their appreciation of compositions and ability to communicate them; I also welcome their feedback. I think I provide a good blend of relaxed acceptance and encouragement with an expectation for growth because I want students to feel safe, encouraged and comfortably challenged, all at the same time!
Older students need to be able to focus on developing technique and accept the home practice involved to learn ( and in the case of piano "read" ) and expressively sing/ play their selections. Mature students are self directed and I accept their desired pacing for home practice. But where parents are involved, I discuss a practice plan and encourage it. However, a student should never skip a lesson because they didn't practice. We all need a jump start sometimes.
Vocal students can receive music reading training if they desire it, but since 30 minutes is a minimum for developing physical foundational techniques and music selections, lessons would need to be 45 minutes or an hour to include vocal sight reading.
For Younger Students: I offer Music Enrichment Piano lessons with a more play-like approach to music readiness activities; such as movement songs developing steady beat, rhythm awareness, finger dexterity and form.
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I have a roomy studio with 2 keyboards to play duets with a student on piano. The different voices on the keyboards can provide a reward to young students who learn their pieces well. I have a separate adjoining room parents can wait in or a public library extremely close by.
I also like to offer children incentives: a star chart for practice record, chords and scales, lots of stickers, a treasure chest for young children. I have loads of music to loan or try out on students before they have to purchase materials. A digital recorder, Karaoke and CD player is available for voice students.
*** Specialties ***
In addition to Broadway and Opera singing, I am experienced in teaching Contemporary Christian voice and chords on the keyboard/piano
Audition Prep, Choir, Classical Voice, Conducting, Ear Training, Jazz Voice, Musical Theater, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Vocal Training
I currently serve as the Bonita L. Bass Memorial Assistant Conductor to the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay (through the Chorale's Graduate Assistantship program with the University of South Florida). At USF, I also assist in rehearsing and preparing the University choirs for performances throughout the year. I am also the founder Cincinnati based vocal ensemble, ascend.
Previously, I was the Director of Music at Mt. Washington Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati, OH. At Mt. Washington I directed five vocal choirs; the Chancel Choir, Sacre Voci (adult chamber choir), Celebration Choir (youth choir) and two Children's Choirs. I helped lead the adult choirs and orchestra in performances of Haydn's Nelsonmesse, Rutter's Requiem, Faure's Requiem, Bach's Christ Lag in Todesbanden, and Handel‚¬Ä¬ôs Messiah-Part the First. I also led Sacre Voci in performances of Britten‚¬Ä¬ôs Rejoice in the Lamb and Vasks‚¬Ä¬ô Dona Nobis Pacem. In 2010, the MWPC Chancel Choir was invited and sang in Carnegie Hall, New York, NY under the direction of Dr. Earl Rivers.
Before Mt. Washington I taught in the public schools, teaching vocal music to students from the elementary school level through high school.
In the summer of 2012, I was one of eight conductors chosen to participate in the Professional Choral Institute - Conducting Program sponsored by USF and the GRAMMY nominated ensemble, Seraphic Fire. At the Institute, I led rehearsals with the Professional Institute Chorus and Seraphic Fire. I also participated in masterclasses with Dr. James Bass and Patrick Dupr√© Quigley.
In January 2014 I was chosen as one of five conductors to lead the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the GRAMMY nominated Elora Festival Singers as a part of their Choral Conducting Symposium. At the Symposium, I rehearsed and performed with those two ensembles and participated in classes with director Noel Edison.
In June 2014, I was one of three chosen from a national pool to participate in Chorus America‚¬Ä¬ôs Emerging Conductor Masterclass. The masterclass was led by Dr. Anton Armstrong of St. Olaf College and John Alexander of the Pacific Chorale. I directed the United States Air Force Singing Sergeants.
I am currently pursuing a Master of Music in Choral Conducting at the University of South Florida under the guidance of Dr. James Bass. I received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN where I studied with Dr. Ren√© Clausen and Dr. Paul Nesheim.
"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."