Piano, Singing, Classical Guitar, Music Theory, Songwriting, Ukulele
I would first like to say that I was born into a musical family. My Dad (choir director) and five older brothers were not only the majority of the choir in our large Catholic church, but Dad had a "tame" Frank Sinatra singing style. My mother played harmonica and piano by ear so acquiring musical intellects spread quickly to all of us. Most of my siblings sang and played instruments as we had a piano, guitar, organ, harmonica, trumpet, clarinet and a recorder to use as we pleased, with or without a music teacher.
I started singing and playing the piano at age four, With consistent encouragement from my oldest sister (a professional organist for 40+ years), I learned piano and music theory while I was learning to read English, started guitar at eight. A natural born singer, I learned the basics of voice while in choir from middle school through high school while accompanying myself on piano or guitar when singing privately or for others. I wrote my first song at 17 and worked my way through college playing original music in coffee shops while earning my bachelors degree. After college, I started touring across the US (this was long before American Idol and the Internet when if you wanted to make it, you had to "pay your dues" on the road first). Working in the studio was always the most fun and challenging, my first original song got air play in 1990 (this was before CDs).
I received international distribution of my original music starting 2004; however, around that time I learned that performing was not my preferred way of providing service to others - teaching then become my passion. So while working for a local public school district as substitute teacher for general music classes (orchestra, band, choir as well), I was asked to write and teach a beginning songwriting class. From the very first day I had kids' attention wherever I went; and some of those students eventually recorded their own songs in studios.
After 30+ years of professional musicianship spanning across two continents (US and Germany) with originally produced music available on iTunes and two CDs on the market, I have found a unique way of teaching music to others. I most enjoy teaching families with two or more siblings (along with parents, grandparents, etc.) that want to learn to play a variety of instruments and music together.
Guitar, Piano, Singing, Broadway Singing, Music Theory
How I judge my success is by how well my students assimilate my pedagogy. I take complicated concepts and do my best to make them understandable. If you have performance fear, I want to en-courage you. If your technique will harm your product, I want to help you change your approach. If you get tangled up in the language of music, I smooth the confusion through a variety of different media. If you hunger for self-expression, I can put you in an environment which is limited only by the amount and the way that you practice.
I think really good teaching is a constant learning process. The best thing about my having taught for 15 years as a choir director and group/private piano teacher in the Texas public school system is this: if you, as my student, have a problem understanding something, odds are that I have found a way to explain it or a similar issue with one of the thousands of students I've taught over the years.
I have a Bachelor's in Music, Masters classes in Voice and am a Certified All -Level Music Teacher by the state. My hobby,though is how people think as they express music, how they feel, what the whole musical process is. - that's me. I truly love the teaching/learning experience.
Piano, Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory
Have you ever wondered if you could play the piano like the person you have heard of admired? The answer if Yes! As a private piano teacher for the past 20 years, I have had the pleasure of seeing students as young as 4 and as old as 70 enjoy seeing their talent become alive as we unlock what has been inside.
I began piano lessons at the age of six and continued for the next 14 years with private piano study. This gave me many levels of education about playing the piano, which I share with my 40 students each week. At the age of 13, I also began to realize that I could listen to a song, look at the chord and notes on the music, and put them together to make the song sound like it should. This was fantastic! I realized I could play by ear and read music, which is a strong focus of my teaching methods...to make sure a student is proficient in both areas.
While attending Oral Roberts University, I also studied music there. I am currently pursuing a plan for a Masters of Music degree.
I am currently serving as Minister of Music at a local church, where I attend with my wife of 18 years and three children.
Bass Guitar, Drum, Piano, Singing, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting, Organ
I started playing recognizable melodies on the piano at 18 months old. At that time I was told that I even had perfect pitch. By age 5, my mother started giving me classical, gospel, and improvisational lessons. I was one of her 50 students until my senior year in high school. Through elementary, junior high, and high school, I received a lot of performance experience from school marching/concert bands, choirs, church choirs, piano concerts, band/choral conducting, and composing.
I received my BBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Arlington; through college and to the present, I have received over 25 years of performing/directing experience from overseeing two mega-church music ministries. At these ministries, I served as the department head, responsible for lead piano, directing, arranging, worship leading, and departmental oversight.
I have produced 7 personal instrumental projects, and I have produced and recorded over 40 projects for other local, regional, and international artists. I currently travel with national, jazz, recording saxophonist, Joseph Vincelli, and my personal band Zamar. We have performed with a number of acts from Kirk Franklin, Kirk Whalum, Boney James, Fred Hammond, and many more.
As an instructor, I have been blessed with an ability to be relatable, relevant, musical, creative, fun, and engaging. I understand the language of music as a performer, and instructor, but most importantly, I value the ability to help the student find their own path of learning the joy of making music vocally and instrumentally. With over 10 years of private teaching experience and 25 years of group experience, I have gained a wealth of knowledge on how to be instructive and personal with the young or older beginner, intermediate and even advanced players. Let's grow together musically.
Piano, Singing, Music Theory, Opera Voice
With 35 years of music-related experience, Danaila is in her 15th year of working as a professional musician and teacher. She has experience teaching from 5-year-old to 55-year-old students, from the beginners to advanced students. Some of her advances students are winners of national competitions and now having a successful career as singers in Europe and America.
Born in Bulgaria, Danaila began her formal music studies at the age of 5 with piano and theory lessons. She won her first prize performing piano when she was 10 years old. Her passion for singing took her to participate actively at children’s and youth choirs. As a soloist singer for a National Choir she traveled all around Europe, performing in France, Holland, Germany, Hungary, Greece inter alia. Danaila earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and Master’s Degree in Voice Pedagogy in Bulgaria, both with honors, and received a special mention as outstanding student. She moved to South America where for over 10 years she was a full time College Professor teaching Voice, Piano, Voice Technique and Coaching, Music Theory, Ear Training and Choir Conducting. Danaila has been invited to be part of an international jury for Voice and Opera competitions. She has participated in numerous musical events as a pianist, singer, lector, clinician and conductor.
Danaila holds a Master’s Degree in Music from Texas Christian University. She awarded assistantship and worked as an Assistant Conductor at TCU Symphony Orchestra and Voice Coach at TCU Opera Studio. She has been nominated and initiated into the nationally recognized music honor society Pi Kappa Lambda. As a conductor she has been performing Operas, Choral-Orchestral, Symphonic, Chamber and A Capella repertoire in America and Europe.
Singing, Broadway Singing, French, Music Performance, Opera Voice
I am a Doctoral student at the University of North Texas with 3 years of experience teaching college level students as a Teaching Fellow in Voice at UNT. I currently work with HEB ISD and BISD teaching private lessons to Junior High age students. I enjoy working with a variety of age groups, styles and skill levels. I have extensive experience as a recitalist, church soloist and as an opera singer and I specialize in classical voice. I am a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) and the College Music Society (CMS).
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