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Broadway Singing, Classical Voice, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Singing, Speaking Voice, Vocal Training
*** Lesson Details ***
NOTE: I prefer to teach students ages 11 & up. I will accommodate younger students, but as vocal development is a direct reflection of physical development (the instrument is the body), we will be unable to delve deeply into technique. Instead, the curriculum for younger students will include musicianship and piano skills; they will be more of music lessons that incorporate singing rather than "vocal" lessons. My current studio consists of all sorts of singers including classical, musical theater, R&B, and pop. In classical voice lessons, we will be learning songs not only in English, but also Italian, German, and French. Classical voice lessons may not be for everyone, however, and we will learn repertoire that suits the interests of each student.
I emphasize a basic knowledge of music theory, because it's important for a singer to not only know how to sing, but to also understand the music he or she is singing. I will incorporate music theory into the lessons, starting with basics such as learning how to read notes.
I believe in making sure the singer is comfortable and confident. The environment you will be learning in is open and non-threatening because a singer needs a place to explore his or her voice. I encourage my students to make mistakes and to keep the lines of communication as open as possible. Singers are perfectionists, and we're constantly telling ourselves what we do wrong- we don't need someone else enforcing that negativity.
I concentrate on a classical vocal technique, with proper posture, efficient breathing, lack of facial and body tension, and healthy vocal production. I believe that it is important to have a strong foundation of healthy technique no matter what style of singing. My teaching style and lesson focus will be different for each individual person, and I'm very flexible in adapting to each singer's needs and personality.
I am a very understanding teacher, and very patient, but I will push you to work to your potential! What you put into these lessons and your practicing is what you will get out of it. I am not strict, but I do expect dedication, passion, and respect. I am a very enthusiastic and energetic teacher, and lessons with me will be fun, productive, and encouraging.
If I sound like the right teacher for you, please arrange a trial lesson to see how well we work together!
*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room, piano, full-length mirror, comfortable seating for parents
*** Specialties ***
*Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students. I specialize in classical singing- applicable to any style of singing!
Accent Reduction, Algebra 1, Arithmetic, Basic Math, Broadway Singing, Creative Writing, Drum, Elementary Math, ESL, Grammar, Guitar, Humanities, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Pre Algebra, Public Speaking, Reading, Rock Climbing, Singing, Speaking Voice, Speech, Study Skills, Vocabulary, Writing
Dear Students and Parents:
My passion for performing and teaching brought me to TakeLessons as a way to enrich the Boston community and help individual students sing and perform at their best. As an operatic performer, I thoroughly understand the importance of building a strong technical background for any level of singing or professional speaking. As a teacher, I love having fun in lessons and building strong musical connections with my students at absolutely any level. My personal performing experiences span opera, musical theater, jazz, pop, and R&B. I am so excited to share my knowledge and passion for singing with you. As of February 2013, I am also available through TakeLessons' online instruction program! Please find more information below and I hope to hear from you soon!
A native of Charlotte, NC, Zachary began his musical career as a tuba player and jazz bass guitarist. While attending The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Zachary began singing in various vocal groups on campus and developed his love for the singing voice. With encouragement from the music faculty, Zachary began training as an operatic baritone while at UNC. While attending UNC, Zachary was awarded both the Fischer Scholarship in Voice and the Tony McDowell Voice Scholarship. His singing brought him to Boston in the summer of 2010 to begin study at The Boston Conservatory. While performing various opera roles and attending summer programs, Zachary also opened his private studio and taught at a local music academy. He will sing the role of Marcello in The Boston Conservatory's production of La Boheme in April 2013, as well as a February opera scenes program which will include Cosi fan tutte and The Pearl Fishers.
Baritone Zachary B. is quickly establishing himself as an active operatic performer. Equally at home on the recital stage, his versatile lyric baritone voice fits a wide range of repertoire and styles. A graduate of The Boston Conservatory, Zachary has performed roles like the titular role in Don Giovanni (2012), Ramiro in L'Heure Espagnole (2012), L'horloge comtoise in L'Enfant et les sortileges (2012), Pooh-Bah in The Mikado (2011), and Bob in The Old Maid and the Thief (2011). Most recently, Zachary performed Character #7 in the ensemble chamber opera Transformations (Conrad Susa). Zachary concurrently sings as a paid church soloist and performs a wide variety of solo and choir material in Boston.
Starting in February 2013, Zachary will also be available through TakeLessons for online instruction. Lessons will still focus on energy, breath, and solid technique, so please contact him if you think this venue of instruction will be a good fit!
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Regardless of your background, I believe in making lessons fun, encouraging, and accessible. This means that my work with you will, by nature, be incredibly personal and always formulated for your specific musical goals. I will constantly strive to make sure you are comfortable in our work together as we explore singing, speaking, and music theory.
I believe every singing or speaking voice can benefit from a foundation in classical vocal technique. Whether you prefer to learn through singing songs or through various exercises, I can customize our lesson plan to fit your needs. Therefore, I provide a fun and engaging lesson atmosphere, but you need to bring your best as well! We will both be happier with the process if we are equally invested in your growth. We will start with something you already know (an aria, vocal exercise, or excerpt from a song) and work toward singing in your preferred vocal style. For example, classical singers will build their knowledge of English, German, Italian, and French diction and song styles. Additionally, I will always respect and include my student's musical interests.
Along the way, I am happy to address basic music theory ideas. If you prefer, we can also spend additional time reviewing and learning those principles to enrich your musical experience. I will always provide different exercises and ideas to keep your brain active in the singing process.
I believe in whole body, whole spirit singing. As a performer, I employ a variety of holistic exercises and theories to develop my own voice, such as basic Alexander Technique principles, voice therapy techniques, a variety of pedagogical palates, and energy work. If these sorts of things interest you, I am more than happy to incorporate them into our lessons. My personal results with those practices have been incredible, so I am always eager to share.
My personality is outgoing and energetic, so I bring that sort of atmosphere to a lesson. I expect preparedness and readiness on your part to maximize our work together. My greatest desire in teaching is to see you grow! So, if a challenging, yet comforting, work environment sounds like something you would like to try, consider scheduling a trial lesson with me. I am always happy to hear from new students!
*** Studio Equipment ***
Open area between the living room and the dining room, seating available, piano to accompany the voice lesson, garage/driveway/street parking.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I prefer for my students to have a keyboard or piano, and if possible, a music stand. We can always make a situation work if the student does not have access to these tools. I provide music, pencils, etc.
*** Specialties ***
*Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25
lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.I am an opera singer, and specialize in classical singing. However, I apply similar vocal technique to all genres of music, and focus on breathing technique, body and energy awareness, and discuss a holistic approach to singing with all students.
Accompaniment, Acoustic Guitar, Acting, Bible Studies, Broadway Singing, Child Acting, Choir, Christian Gospel, College Admissions, Country Singing, Creative Writing, Ear Training, Elementary Math, English Literature, Essay Writing, Gospel Singing, Grammar, Guitar, Improv Acting, Jazz Voice, Literature, Microsoft Office, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Poetry, Psychology, Public Speaking, Reading, Religious Studies, Singing, Social Sciences, Social Studies, Sociology, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Speech, Spelling, Spoken Word, Stage Performance, Study Skills, Test Prep, Theatrical Dance, Vocabulary, Vocal Training, Voice Acting, Writing
Songwriter, Vocal Coach, Artist Development Specialist, Music Therapist, Business Manager and the list goes on and on! Dee L. has performed all over the Continental U.S, Germany, Switzerland and Africa since the age of 8. Classically trained and raised in the church, she draws from these different points of reference to add flavor and spice to her performances. Dubbed "the Background Queen," she has shared the stage with stars across the genres including Brenda Russell, Steven Tyler (of Aerosmith), Tramaine Hawkins, Kim Burrell, and David Foster to name a few. Her wide range, clear tone, professionalism and modesty set her apart from other vocalists. She has been professionally teaching both individual and group voice lessons for almost 15 years. Having successfully trained in the 5 year Music Therapy and Vocal Performance Dual Degree program at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Dee looks forward to a promising career in the music industry - educating and polishing tomorrow's stars!
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