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Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Singing, Songwriting
My name is Zarni and I am a recent graduate from the Berklee College of Music with a Bachelors in Music Education and Songwriting. During my time at Berklee I received two scholarships, The Korg Endowed for Early Childhood Education and the Scott Benson Scholarship, the highest award given for Songwriting. Most recently I won Most Promising Music Educator Award in the Choral department, an award given by the Dean of the Berklee College of Music.
I am just as passionate about writing, listening to, learning and analyzing the popular music that you listen to!
I have taught in several different environments. I taught for two years at the West End Boys and Girls Club (an after school program for teens ages 10-18) as a vocal and piano teacher. I also started a songwriting program for students that were interested in writing. We rapped together, played pop tunes together, learned how to sing harmonies together and I became a tutor to many of these students wanting to learn songs that they loved. I was also the Berklee Summer Day Sessions Vocal instructor where I had a different group of vocalists every week and we prepared for a final performance. I have also traveled abroad to Cyprus (near Greece) to write, direct and choreograph a musical for students to help them with English language skills through music. Along with teaching, I am also an active writer and performer. I have been featured on several television series (WSKG TV, Newschannel34, Music Closet TV and the Steve Katsos Show) as well as performed on tour along the East coast (Chicago, NY, Philadelphia, Boston) as well as abroad in South Africa and Cyprus.
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My students have always had the opportunity to offer ideas on which songs they wanted to learn. I like to give my vocalists instruction on how to breathe properly, how to use the voice in various ways while always being healthy, and of course the important aspects of performance. I am an experienced performer but I know how intimidating it can be when you first get up in front of an audience. I have seen so many of my students become terrific performers using some basic techniques to understand how simple fixes can transform an entire performance. For my students that just love to play piano and sing, I make my lessons fun by making sure that my students always appreciate the music they are playing or singing. Lessons are a team work where the student says what they want to learn, I provide honest and patient feedback while teaching and I introduce new things and songs sometimes when the student seems ready to explore music in other ways! use a variety of method books (Hanon, Bastien, Belwin) for beginning students and a variety of pieces from different repertoire (Classical, Jazz, Pop) for more experienced students. I am classically trained in both voice and piano but I love singing and teaching all styles of music. I do expect that my students practice for their lessons, but also encourage students to explore on their instrument playing any style of music that they choose. I will always be there to help students make a connection between what they already know from listening to music and new musical concepts and techniques.
I work well with out going and shy students because I understand that music is easy in many ways but also difficult in other ways and I take a compassionate and caring approach to each of my students as we explore music together!
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f/w keyboard, small recording studio with speakers and audio tech mics, can record her vocal students nice clean space seating for parents
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I have a keyboard, mic and some recording equipment including laptop, Audiobox USB, Audiotech Mic, Logic
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I specialize in Classical, Pop, Jazz for piano and voice and all styles for Songwriting. I also have plenty of experience with stage performance both theatrical and contemporary.
Acting, Broadway Singing, Child Acting, Choir, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Speaking Voice, Stage Performance, Theater Acting
"Julia sings with the Seattle Women's Choir and hosts 2 annual studio recitals. In 2010 she received her Bachelor of Music from Washington State University. While attending University Julia was an avid performer of the WSU Atrium Recital Series, the School's Musicals, Operettas, and a member of the Cougar Marching Band."
***Lesson Details*** A personalized plan is made for each student depending on their goals and level of commitment. Intensity varies depending on what the student wants out of lessons. Some students are singing competitively, and some are just singing for fun!
At each lesson, the student plays or sings the songs they have been working on. The teacher (Julia) will congratulate the student on their improvements and address which goals they have reached. Next, Julia will identify the spots that weak spots and use a variety of methods to help the student improve.
"I believe learning a new instrument or learning to sing can be a great adventure. One of my favorite parts about teaching is watching my students grow and watching their skills evolve." ~Julia
Acting, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Opera Voice, Singing, Speaking Voice
Mezzo-Soprano Jordan M., will be making her Tacoma Opera role debut of Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia in February 2014. In the summer of 2013, she was accepted by Maestro Alberto Zedda for his Accademia Rossiniana program in Pesaro, Italy, and participated in Cincinnati Conservatory’s Realizing Rossini program as Berta in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Ms. M. is a recent graduate of San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and studies with Mezzo-Soprano Catherine Cook. While at the Conservatory she had the opportunity to sing Dorabella in Cosi Fan Tutte, Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro, Virtu in L’incoronazione di Poppea, and Beth in Little Women during her undergraduate and graduate studies.
Jordan made her professional debut with Kitsap opera in the role of Suzuki in Madama Butterfly in the Fall of 2011; shortly thereafter she sang the role of Hansel in Hansel and Gretel for a three-month tour for Portland Opera (Oregon). In the summer of 2012 Ms. M.attended Si Parla, si canta, a six week language intensive program in Urbania, Italy where she had the opportunity to study with Meastro Zedda, and Baritone Hakan Hagegard. She also participated in Stephen Stubbs’ baroque program Accademia d’amore where she delved into baroque rhetoric, dance, and collaborated with baroque instruments. In the Spring of 2013 she completed her residency at Tacoma Opera, where she covered Dorabella in Cosi Fan Tutte, Carmen in La Tradegie de Carmen, and performed the role of Annina in La Traviata. Equally at home in Lieder, and recital she was a participant in San Francisco’s Lieder Alive!, with Master teacher Hakan Hagegard, and has given two solo recitals in Seattle, and Tacoma with Second City Chamber Series, and Music Northwest.
Her upcoming engagements include, singing Rosina with Tacoma Opera’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, with Tacoma Opera. Singing as principal soloist with Bremerton Symphony, in February 2014, and Singing the role of Junon in Charpentier’s Acteon with Queen City Musicians sponsored by the Early Music Guild of Seattle, in the spring of 2014.
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Lessons begin with stretching, vocal warm ups, scales, and extensive breath work, as well as resolving any tensions that may be hindering your vocal production. I then through collaboration with the student, work on beginning repertoire that is suited for the voice, and challenging at the same time. I record all lessons, and email them to the student so that one has the opportunity to review the warm ups, and hear the improvement in the voice, I also write a review of every lesson, with notated warm-ups and a list of "To Do's" for the week so that the student will have a structured practice week. I provide music, and if needed recordings of the pieces so that the student can take the materials back to their homes and practice them on their own.
I track the range of the voice, and usually within a month it will have improved by at least 4 notes either higher or lower.
For some students learning music is just as much a part of the lesson as learning to sing. I love teaching people of all ages how to read music, so that the student can be an independent teacher for themselves and learn music on their own at home, this I think is very important in order to improve skills for singing, the faster the student can learn music, the more time can be spent working on technique and improving the sound of the voice.
It is important to note that learning voice is a highly individualized journey, each person will have their own set of strengths and weaknesses, as a teacher it is my job to asses this in a person and craft a curriculum, and style that will fit those individual needs.
There is no feeling in the world than the freedom and beauty of singing, it is a joy to hear in my students, and very fulfilling to teach this kind of wonderfully positive experience to people of all ages!
I received my B.A. in vocal performance from San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2009. I am a classically trained singer, however I enjoy all genre’s of music and firmly believe having a classical base in a singing technique will enrich any style of music you wish to work toward. I am devoted to healthy singing, and unlocking your true timbre and voice with extensive breath, and vowel work. As a graduate from a highly competitive music institution I can help in guiding students along the right path of pursuing this art form at a collegiate level.
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I have a recording device, a piano and keyboard, a music stand, lots of music of all genres, a copier/printer, as well as access to making recordings of pieces so that the student can take it home (whether that is CD's or Mp3's).
*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a recording device, piano, keyboard, piano accompaniment (usually a recording), as well as copies of music.
If I travel to a lesson they would have to have a piano or keyboard.
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I specialize in unlocking an individuals true singing voice,
Acting, Audition Prep, Broadway Singing, Child Acting, Christian Gospel, Classical Voice, Ear Training, Film Acting, Film and TV Acting, Gospel Singing, Jazz Voice, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Singing, Speaking Voice, Speech, Theater Acting, Vocal Training
With multiple years of teaching experience, I am also an accomplished performer of opera, musical theatre and other genres of music. I have performed around the United States and abroad and have professionally recorded with popular artists in reggae, gospel, and contemporary Christian music. A graduate of Boston University with a Master of Music degree, I also attended Fisk University for a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Let's work together to find your true voice for whatever type of music you love! Maybe you'll even discover a new talent for different styles of music!
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I foster an open and creative environment and specialize in teaching singers how to use their voice for just about every style of singing. My lessons usually begin with breathing and stretching exercises. Next, we'll develop and use a series of customized vocal warm ups. Following warm-ups, we will begin to work on music. It is important for students to be involved in the selection of music so that a personal connection is made. Some music may be selected solely to develop specific areas of musicianship and/or vocal technique. After 3-6 months of regular lessons, students should expect to be in the early stages of extending their range, developing solid vocal health and strength as well as breath connection and improved musicianship. PATIENCE is important. Good vocal technique takes time.
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Opera, Classical, Musical Theatre, Performance, Contemporary Music
Acting, AP English, Arithmetic, Arrangement and Composition, Audio Engineering, Audition Prep, Basic Math, Broadway Singing, Composition, Creative Writing, Ear Training, English, Essay Writing, Film Acting, Film and TV Acting, Film Scoring, Improv Acting, Jazz Voice, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Music Therapy, Phonics, Piano, Rapping, Reading, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Spoken Word, Stage Performance, Synthesizer, Theater Acting, Vocabulary, Vocal Training, Voice Acting, Writing
I have been teaching voice and music lessons for several years now to a wide range and variety of students. I have successfully helped individuals learn how to sing, speak, act, write songs, and play the piano. Some students come to me to build their confidence or skills. Other students come to me just to have a really great time. All my students grow from their experiences learning music with me. I use a variety of methods and it all depends on what you, as a student, are needing from your lessons.
My background is diverse. I have written and recorded dozens of musical albums over the last decade. I often perform for music and theater events in Seattle and Washington. I have a bachelor of science in contemporary vocal performance and a master of arts in information and learning technologies (educational psychology and online learning). I am very involved in the theater industry within Seattle and direct productions from time to time.
I work out of my apartment close to Capitol Hill in Seattle, Washington. I can also arrange online lessons. I am, however, not mobile.
Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you!
Ableton, Acting, Arrangement and Composition, Audition Prep, Broadway Singing, Child Acting, Ear Training, Fashion Design, Film Production, Gospel Singing, Makeup, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Sewing, Singing, Songwriting, Stage Performance, Theater Acting, Violin, Vocal Training
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Contemporary ear training, speech-level singing, songwriting, rock, r &b, soul, gospel, musical theatre, Beginning classical, Voice
"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."