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John is a professional classical musician, vocalist and voice teacher with 15+ years experience. Effective speaker, trainer and spokesperson who draws on a unique blend of musical experience, training and ability to create excitement and enthusiasm using theatre background to educate. Performed professionally in church and on stage as music and stage director as well as baritone soloist in a wide variety of musical styles. Extensive music training including Master’s Degree Program in opera performance, church and classical music and music of all genres.
John is originally from Knoxville, Tennessee, played cello and sang with The Appalachian Singers folk group before studying music education at the University of Tennessee and vocal performance at Queens College in Charlotte, N.C. He was awarded full-scholarship to Carnegie-Mellon’s opera department, studied with Nell Rankin at Carnegie Hall and sang professionally while living in NYC. For eleven years, John was the purchasing director of audio, video and books for the Metropolitan Opera Guild and coordinated in store appearances at Lincoln Center for famous opera stars such as Luciano Pavarottii, Renata Tebaldi Joan Sutherland, Renée Fleming, Rïse Stevens, Thomas Hampson and many more. Operatic performances include the baritone leading roles in Cosi Fan Tutte, Marriage of Figaro, Don Pasquale, The Consul, Midsummer Night’s Dream, La Boheme and Carmen. Recently he was a soloist for Highland Presbyterian in Louisville, KY, Westminster Presbyterian in Knoxville and recitalist for WUOL Classical Radio and other various churches and organizations in Louisville and Knoxville. He is presently teaching at Westminster Presbyterian Church and sings with Knoxville Opera.
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If you are interested in improving your singing as a soloist in either popular or classical music, just looking to improve your hymn singing, or a complete beginner, I can help you. I can also coach you in a musical performance or help you to improve your speaking voice. I teach with enthusiasm and always find that encouragement and constructive criticism works best. A large part of a successful performance is confidence. I have found real joy in singing and in music and I like to share that through performing and teaching.
When we begin, I find it important to get to know each other and to spend some time talking about why you chose to study and what you hope to learn. Then we can vocalize and get a since of your voice. I’d also like you to bring a song you can sing for me. If you have a recording of the accompaniment, that would be preferable. I will provide a CD player and will use a piano or a keyboard to work with you. I stress the importance of practice in strengthening a person’s voice.
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I specialize in breath support, diction, easy production and beautiful tone.
I teach guitar, drums and vocals to an array of students ranging from 10 to 60. Not only do I teach but I also write songs for certain students who have a desire to perform their own music as well as learning and honing their craft on their instrument. I am currently helping a vocal student of mine write some songs after scales and warm-ups and am working with one of my top guitar students tomorrow on different scale techniques. I am also working with more and more students on songwriting and showing them different chords and ways to go about writing a song. I am currently getting two of my students ready for talent shows and I am working on a drum video with one of my drum students (of course). I would love to get started with you as soon as possible and we will get you where you want to be musically. I find that if a student has a particular song or a rhythm pattern they want to learn they learn more quickly. They're learning and having fun at the same time. We will find what you want to learn and we will learn it. Furthermore, it's your choice if you would rather come to my place as a lot of my students do or have me come to your place as a lot of them do. It matters not. I look forward to speaking with you! Have a great day! ps...oh be sure to check out my sample MP3s in the videos section for some examples of my work and work with other students. Cheers!
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I will get you started depending on your skill level. I usually, of course, see where we're at there and then decide what needs to be taught. With each respective student I usually make them a CDR the lessons for you so you can take them home and improve on what we've worked on.
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recording equipment; guitars (acoustic & electric); bass guitar (electric); upright bass; maracas; egg shaker; cowbell; tambourine; PSR 170 64-key digital keyboard for the voice lessons.Yamaha DT Explorer for drum lessons
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recording equipment; guitars (acoustic & electric); bass guitar (electric); upright bass; maracas; egg shaker; cowbell; tambourine; digital keyboard for the voice lessons
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Pop, Rock, Jazz.
Vocal Instructor- Julianne W. has trained in vocal performance with experience in Pop recording, jazz, opera and gospel. Ms. White completed her training at the University of TN in Vocal Performance. She has been in chorus, musicals and sings professionally. Ms. White teaches students to learn to sing with ease and power with vocal percision!
Piano Instructor- Julianne W. brings her extensive professional music background to bear as a piano instructor whose special gift for working with children and adults is impressive and unique. She is a dedicated mentor, displaying care and patience with the young beginner, as well as a passion for saturating her students with the love of music and the joy of learning to play the piano. She teaches beginning students of any age the basics of note reading, rhythm, hand placement, chords etc. Julianne teaches students in a relaxed, encouraging, fun way- with the structure many beginners need. Students will see themselves making progress and reaching set goals on their musical journey.
Group piano availability with 3 or more students!
"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."