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Arrangement and Composition, Classical Guitar, Composition, Ear Training, Guitar, Italian, Logic Pro Software, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Spanish, Viola, Violin
My philosophy is to make sure that the student is having fun while staying engaged and progressing at their own pace.
Italian, Jazz Voice
Learn how to phrase, scat, and tell a story through jazz music!
Irene has been teaching professionally since 2009 and has a natural feeling for it. She has a strong bebop language and is a natural improviser who loves to share the spirit of jazz to others.
She loves helping aspiring vocalists to learn how to use and improve their jazz language, phrasing, vocabulary, scat singing, and musicianship, all of this with a fun and easy approach because this music can be fun and easy to perform, especially when mastered.
She also helps to build up self-esteem and stage presence, which are fundamental elements for a successful performance.
'Her warmth and strong stage presence allow her to communicate the essence, power and importance of jazz,' says Sonny Rollins' bassist, Bob Cranshaw about Irene, jazz vocalist who brought her European flavor to Baltimore in 2010 and has become one of the most requested performers in the area.
Having grown up in an Italian family of musicians, her deep tone has been compared to icons such as Nina Simone, Cassandra Wilson and Betty Carter.
She has traveled and performed throughout Italy, France and United States. Recently, Irene has moved to Maryland to perfect her musicianship at the Peabody Conservatory of Music with vocalist, Jay Clayton and saxophonist, Gary Thomas.
Irene has experienced melding the worlds of jazz, gospel, and soul in performance seamlessly. Performing professionally since 1996, she has a special feeling for the stage where her main goal is to share not only the essence of a tune but also her soulful individuality, spirituality and life experiences.
You can see her perform in major jazz clubs of Washington DC, like Bohemian Caverns, Twins, and Blues Alley.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Electric piano, microphone and PA system
**Please note I have 2 cats in the home**
*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Blues, Soul, Pop.
Italian, Italian Cooking
My name is Massimo, I was born and I spent all my life in Italy since I moved, three year ago in US with my family for a new great adventure. I am so enthusiastic to be able to share with you the knowledge of the language of the greatest poets and writers, knowledge of one of the most beautiful country in the world, rich of history and art, and why not share "in Italian" some of the most terrific recipes for the most refined palate.
The classes in Italian cuisine are tailored to your interests and your skill level. I can teach you how to prepare a "quick win" dinner for all the family or to prepare "single size" amazing meals ready for all the week. I can teach how to make handmade pasta with semolina or with whole wheat. Have you ever tasted a terrific Tiramisu...with strawberries?
How I understand I can be a good Italian tutor, patient, helpful and always ready to arouse the attention of my students? My youngest son, Vietnamese, is the best proof of my skill. He was able to speak a really good Italian in less than three months. Then I found to be "good" with adults as well. I started to teach Italian to some friends and after to friends of friends .... and it worked again!
Key word? Talk, watch, read, listen and talk again!
I am aware the Italian has one of the most complex grammars, but I also know that speaking and reading and watching Italian movies, soccer game or Television News makes automatic to learn the basic rules useful for a good conversation. We can use a really simple grammar book to support with the basic rules up to more advanced grammar books if we may need.
My tutoring approach is focus on student's weaknesses and strengths: use the seconds to correct the firsts. What it is important is to work on what you really like (movie, politics, receipts, actors, history, vacations, ...) and I promise it works. I already experienced this approach with a lot of students and friends who want to speak Italian and know Italy ...waiting for a great vacation "nel Bel Paese".
I try to be flexible with time and I offer makeup classes in case of 24 hours cancellation. I have an quite full equipped office at home but I am available to travel if it is more convenient for the students.
I hope see you soon.. A presto!!
"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."