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Popular Singing Teachers Near Kemah

Laura R.

Houston, TX
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Shakeatha D.

Houston, TX
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Monique V.

Friendswood, TX
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Laura R. Houston, TX

About Me

I am a mezzo soprano with a bachelor and masters of music degree in vocal performance from the University of Houston. I am pursuing a career in opera while teaching private voice and piano lessons,
During my voice lessons I like to focus on developing the student's voice through a classical approach. By forming a strong foundation in healthy singing the student will be able to sing in various genres without strain to his/her voice.
In my piano lessons I use the series of method books, Piano Adventures, developed by Nancy and Randall Faber. Through these instructions the student will learn to read music as well as establish a proficiency for playing the piano.

*** Lesson Details ***
If you take lessons from me we will have fun while working hard. I develop my lessons around what I feel the student needs on that particular day.
In a voice lesson we might spend the entire time on technique exercises to strengthen the voice. We might also work on several songs with an emphasis on interpretation.
In regards my piano lessons, I generally stick to the curriculum, but will take the time to focus on the individual needs of the student.
I expect my students to practice at least 30 minutes a day for 5 days a week. Everyone learns at a different rate, but if the student practices regularly, he/she will see progress within a few months.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have an upright piano in my studio as well as several music books. I expect my students to bring their music as well as their assignment book to every lesson.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in a classical technique when it comes to teaching voice. I focus on proper breath support and a relaxed open larynx to produce a free, beautiful sound. I believe a classical foundation can be applied to any musical genre, with the result that you are singing in a healthy manner that will not damage your vocal chords, thus allowing for a longer singing career.

Shakeatha D. Houston, TX

About Me

I have sung for as long as I could speak! I hail from a family of recording artists and have graced the stage since the age of 4. During high school, I learned to read music and took piano lessons. This peaked my interest in wanting to learn the fundamentals of music so I decided to major in it in college.

I then went on to Xavier University, where I received a Bachelor of Arts in Music. While at Xavier I participated in many productions. I also received a Xavier University Music Scholarship for four years. I have noted my experience in detail: Xavier University of Louisiana-Senior Recital; Xavier University Student Recital – “Opera under the Stars”, April 2008; Xavier University Concert Choir Midwest Tour – Soloist for “Amazing Grace”, April 2008; Xavier University of Louisiana Student Productions - Treemonisha (2004), Purlie (2005); Xavier University University Chorus; 2004-2009; Xavier Concert Choir; 2004-2009; Vocalist with Recording Artist: Josh Jones Nu Horizon, New Orleans, Louisiana; Vocalist with Recording Artist: Bishop Alvin Davis & Company, Baldwin, LA; Greater St. Stephan Gospel Choir and Praise Team; Background Studio Vocalist for Ebony Lockett (2009), Community of Faith Praise Team, 2012-2013

Currently, I sing at many venues and with various groups throughout Houston area. In addition to all of this, I also perform a great deal of gospel music on the praise team at the Community of Faith.

As you can see I have a great deal of experience and expertise different genres, and I look forward to sharing my knowledge with my students.

*** Lesson Details ***
To my future students:

I sit down at our first lesson to make a Custom Lesson Plan for what you want to study and goals you want to achieve.

I want to help you reach your goals and make you happy as a singer, so I am open to teach you anything no matter how little/much experience you have.

Next, we will pick a fun area to work on, and a challenging area to conquer. For example: we will work on a fun song then we will work on reading and/or rudiments.
I am also very patient and flexible to those students whom have special needs, or need to accelerate at a slower pace.

“Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought.”- E.Y. Harburg

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room: keyboard, stands, music books, additional seating for parents.

Vocal Studio: Practice room, piano/keyboard, music stands, chairs; waiting area with television for parents/guests; security system; recording equipment

*** Specialties ***
CLASSICAL MUSICAL, GOSPEL, NEO-SOUL, JAZZ

Monique V. Friendswood, TX

About Me

I have a degree in Music (Vocal Performance) and Psychology from Mt. St. Mary's College in Los Angeles, Ca. After taking a break to have 5 of my own children, I now teach children and adults how to make the most out of their voice. I still perform on stage locally. I just finished the role of "Kala" in "Tarzan the Stage Musical" and just before that "Judy" in "9 to 5 the musical". I have been directing choir and also performing solos for the last 20 years in my local church. I currently have 30 plus private students ages 4-59! My area of concentration is musical theater, but I can teach all genres.

*** Lesson Details ***
During a typical lesson we cover relaxation and practice proper breathing, breath control, vocalization techniques, pronunciation and finally application of technique to approved song of choice.
If you love to sing, or have always wanted to learn sing, or improve your singing, or even get ready for that all important audition....then lets get started today! Remember, "as long as we live there is never enough singing"! Don't wait!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room studio with piano. When lesson given at Lord of Life Lutheran church it is a grand piano inside the sanctuary (great acoustics!)

*** Travel Equipment ***
Recording device needed. Can bring my own laptop to record, but prefer if the student provides his/her own device to record lesson. In order for me to travel to students home, the student will need to have a piano or keyboard in their home, and provide a device or a cd for recording their lesson

*** Specialties ***
I make house calls! Will drive up to 15 miles from my home to teach lesson if you have a piano or keyboard. Musical focus is on Musical theater also can do pop, country, Disney, jazz, traditional Italian songs and arias

Troy W.

Houston, TX
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Sarah B.

Houston, TX
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Zane W.

Houston, TX
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Troy W. Houston, TX

About Me

Composer Troy W. graduated from the New England Conservatory, earning his Bachelors, Masters (cum laude) and Graduate Diploma while studying with mentor Malcolm Peyton. After spending a year studying with Lukas Foss in Boston, Mr. W. moved to Houston in 2001 where he continued graduate studies at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music.

During his time as a teacher with the Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, Troy taught classes in music fundamentals and music theory for pre-college students. He has also served on the faculty of the Summer Institute for Piano teaching courses in Form & Analysis for pre-college students.

Troy also has maintained a private studio, tutoring and teaching private lessons in composition, ear training, voice, piano, literature, and history for over ten years. Students who have studied with him come from a wide range of backgrounds with different goals. Those who have continued with musical studies in college have consistently placed out of at least the first two semesters of music theory and achieved advanced placement in their chosen fields of study. Those who chose a different path continue to benefit from the education and training they received from taking music lessons.

*** Lesson Details ***
There is no "standard formula" to lessons. Each student has their own unique background, needs, and goals. Lessons tend to be somewhat casual but are structured in such a way as to meet the unique requirements of the student.

To accomplish your goals, there are a few requirements and basic expectations that the student and parent must meet.
The first is practice. Students are expected to practice daily for at least the length of their lesson time. This, above all else, is essential to progress. It is also expected that a parent will attend lessons for students who are too young to drive themselves here. It's important for a parent to guide the student's practice time (particularly for younger students) to ensure that the most is gained from it. This is why I ask that a parent observe lessons.
Each student or parent should bring to each lesson a notebook, pencils (with erasers). The notebook will be used to record notes about each lesson, homework, practice advice, etc. Pencils (not pens...nobody's perfect!) are used by composers to record their creations and performers to mark their music. Both of these essential practices are subject to changing thought and must be open to change. So no ink, please!

Performers: It is not necessary to know how to read music at the first lesson for beginners. However, learning to read is required for subsequent lessons and will be a large focus for all non-readers. Lessons are not learned "by ear." A certain amount of theory will be a part of every lesson just as technique and repertoire. Concerning repertoire, it will be selected based on the student's learning needs but also with their input. The main emphasis on performance lessons, however, will be technique and reading. Students should come to the first lesson prepared to discuss their background & goals and the plan of their course of study.
Note: Voice students must be at least 16 years of age.

Composers: Just as with performers, it is not necessary to know how to read music at the first lesson. However, learning to read is required for subsequent lessons. Many young composers have great ideas but can only hear them in their heads or play them on an instrument. Lessons will allow you to obtain the skills to write them down with greater speed, accuracy, and clarity. More advance students will also include exploring a wider range of harmonic languages, advanced notation, instrumentation, orchestration, and aural skills. Students should come to the first lesson with examples of their work, either written, notated, or recorded in a digital format. They should be prepared to discuss their background & goals and the plan of their course of study.

IMPORTANT NOTE: the studio space is also inhabited by two lovely cats. Do consider this when signing up for lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room: Yamaha weighted 88 keys full sized keyboard, area for parents to sit and observe lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Main area is in classical music and media scoring with secondary focus on musical theatre vocal performance and composing/arranging.

Sarah B. Houston, TX

About Me

Ms. B has been teaching for 8 years in various settings across the country. She has taught for summer programs, after school programs, and privately in Boston, Indianapolis, and Houston.

Ms. B holds a masters degree in Opera from the Longy School of Music as well as Bachelors in Vocal Performance from Gordon College. Ms. B has also studied at IU's Jacobs School of Music and participated in the Summer Opera Workshop at BU under the direction of Sandra Kelly and Michelle Alexander.

Ms. B is a versatile performer whose experience includes opera, musical theatre, recital performances, and choral music. She has performed with various companies across the Northeast and Midwest in a wide range of operatic and musical theatre roles.

Ms. B. has toured North America, Canada, and Italy singing in choirs under the direction of Derrick Johnson (Walt Disney Music Orchestrator, Voices of Liberty) and C. Thomas Brooks. She has appeared with the Essex Harmony, singing music of the late 18th century at Old South Meeting House (Boston, MA) and also with the Boston New Music Intiaitive, premiering a coloratura song cycle in their series featuring new composers.

She is the 2011 Encore winner for the category of "Best Singer in a Musical" for her role as Laurey in Oklahoma! She has also won first place in a singing competition at the Neverland Theatre singing excerpts from Die Fledermaus and My Fair Lady.

Past teachers and mentors have included Patricia Wise, Robert Honeysucker, Tom Enman, Donna Roll, and Mary Bulger. She has participated in masterclasses with Broadway singer Darius de Haas and Opera directors Ron Luchsinger and Louis Burkot.

Currently, Ms. B is an active performer in and around Houston, Texas.

*** Lesson Details ***

Voice:
I use the first 1/3 of the lesson to warm up and teach technique using specific vocal excercises. The last 2/3 of the lesson are focused on the songs that you are working on - both learning the music as well as applying the techniques that we are learning. It's very important to me that you, as the student, understand WHY you do what you do and HOW the mechanics of singing work. It's also very important to me that you enjoy the music you are singing! I will always give my students a say in what they sing! I think communication during a lesson is paramount - I want to make sure that you understand what you are learning so that you can progress! However, I am a laidback person, who loves to laugh and get to know her students - the rapport between a teacher and student can be a great direct factor in progress, so having fun is always a goal!

Piano:
In piano lessons, I use the Faber Method, which teaches technique, artistry, and performance in a fun way! They have books tailored to children and adults as well different genres of music. In piano, we focus on all the elements you need to play a piece - reading music (notes and rhythm), hand position and fingerings, articulations, and understanding the structure of music. It's always important to me that you enjoy what you are playing, so choosing music that both exciting for you and appropriate to your level is the utmost importance!

Theory:
In theory lessons, we use a work book to guide us through the elements of written music - reading notes and rhythm, understanding chord structure, key signatures, and intervals. This helpful for anyone wanting to compose music or music students wanting theory tutoring, or anyone who just wants to understand how music works!

*** Specialties ***
classical, musical theatre, piano, performance

Zane W. Houston, TX

About Me

Zane W. starting taking lessons from Guitar Institute of technology graduate, Charlie Lair at 12 years of age and studied with him for 6 years. Zane began serious classical voice lessons when he was 18 from Dr. Paul Busselburg, and is now currently taking speech level singing.
He has taken 8 music theory courses and 8 ear training courses. Also, he is a proficient song writer.
Zane has been teaching both singing and guitar lessons for 4 years.
***He recently lost touch with most of his previous students due to working with t.v. show "The Voice" but is passionate about sharing his gift with others now that he is back in Houston.

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