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Drum, Guitar, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Vocal Training
I've been teaching in the Louisville area for nearly six years and have worked with over 100 clients for over 5,000 lessons. I've worked with students of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Whether you're looking to learn to play an instrument you've always wanted to play, learn how to play some of your favorite songs, or just want to learn for fun, I'm here to help you!
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I enjoy teaching all ages and abilities, from 5-year-old beginners to advanced students who'd like fine tuning. I'm relaxed and laid back while encouraging you to reach your potential. Whether you're an absolute beginner or a seasoned expert in need of some fine tuning, I'll carefully evaluate your strengths and weakness and create a lesson plan suited to your individual learning style, interests and needs. We'll discuss where you'd like to go with music, and I'll help you get there! After 3 or 6 months with me, you'll learn the musical foundations of rhythm, ear training, posture, technique, music theory and performance, and maybe a few of your favorite songs!
Opera Voice, Singing, Speaking Voice
Simply stated, music is my life! I began piano lessons at age 8, and voice lessons at age 12. I am a graduate of the Youth Performing Arts School in Louisville. While at Y.P.A.S. I majored in Voice, and traveled with the Concert Choir performing in Canada, Austria, Germany, and at the 2001 United States Presidential Inauguration in Washington D.C.
I then went on to the University of Louisville, where I received a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. While at U of L, I was awarded the Charme Von Bomhard Award for the most promising voice student in the area of opera. Also during my time at U of L I performed with the prestigious Cardinal Singers, with whom I toured extensively in Germany, and was featured at the World Symposium on Choral Music in Kyoto, Japan. I have also sang with the Kentucky Opera in performances of Puccini's Tosca and Madame Butterfly.
I have had the opportunity to sing at many venues and with various groups throughout the Louisville Metro area. I perform music in a wide variety of styles and genres, including rock, pop, classical, soul, musical theater, and jazz. I have been lucky enough to perform with local rock groups like Smooth Blvd. and The Deloreans, and I am also a regularly featured soloist with Louisville's own Derby City Brass Band, the Rascals of Ragtyme, and the Paul Davis Quartet.
As you can see I have a great deal of experience and expertise in many areas, and I look forward to sharing all of this and more with my students.
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As your private teacher, I can promise you a fun and very rewarding experience - smiles and laughter are guaranteed! My number one goal for each of my students is to foster confidence in one's self and one's abilities, and to grow one's skills in and passion for music. As I appreciate and expect that each student's goals and interests in music will be different, I approach each student and their lessons accordingly. Whether my students are young or old; whether they view voice lessons as a just-for-fun hobby; or whether they wish to pursue a serious music career - I am happy to facilitate all of this and more, as we work together to reach their goals.
My musical foundation is one based on proper vocal technique and strong musicianship skills. It is this firm foundation which has given me the ability to excel not only in opera, but in a variety of other genres. I bring this approach to my lessons with my students. I seek to give each student a firm technical foundation, in proper posture, breathing, vocal production, as well as in musicianship skills including music notation and reading, basic music theory, and more. As students master these techniques, I will also work to help them find their own voice and their own means of expression. We will explore standard classical vocal literature as well as music that fulfills the students interests and goals. Each of my students will be able to sing and perform in a way that is not only natural and unique to them, but in a way which is also healthy and technically sound.
Music Theory, Piano, Viola, Violin
Hello, I'm Alison and welcome to my page! I truly believe that music is a gift and I am passionate about sharing that gift through teaching and playing. I love music and I definitely love teaching private lessons, which I have been doing for about 7 years now! Every student brings new challenges of which I'm ready to tackle with them and help them grow.
I received my degree in viola performance from the University of Louisville School of Music in May 2010. I studied under Chien-Ju Liao along with many other great violists in the Louisville community. I've also had the pleasure of playing with many quartets, chamber ensembles and orchestras including Louisville Youth Orchestra, All-State, the UofL Symphony, and the Louisville Orchestra. Some of my greatest moments involve playing in Carnegie Hall and premiering a world-class ballet performance with the UofL Symphony Orchestra. Music has been a part of my life since I was little and I can't imagine life without it. Along with viola, I also study, play and teach piano and violin. I have been playing viola now for 14 years and piano for about 12!
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I'm not a really strict teacher but I do encourage my students to push themselves and really make the most of their practice time, especially if they have busy schedules. I believe in customizing my teaching style to my student's needs and desires. I also like to give tons of positive feedback, I love to praise my students on how far they have come and the techniques they are improving on, while never sacrificing constructive feedback.
After 3 months with a beginning Viola, Violin, or Piano student, I expect them to be able to read the notes (without having to write them all in), understand basic rhythms, learned how to play a scale (or more), and have completed a few of songs.
After 6 months, I expect that my students will have relative ease with reading their music, playing with hands together on piano, and starting to master basic bowing techniques and coordination on Violin and Viola.
Learning an instrument is so rewarding, and with the right teacher, can be a wonderful experience. I want my students to have that wonderful experience, I am encouraging, enthusiastic and I make my teaching style as comprehensive and interesting as possible!
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Living Room, grand piano, room for parents to wait on a couch or chair, music stand, metronome
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music, instrument, shoulder rest and rosin (violin and viola)
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I mainly focus on classical. As I teach, I incorporate music theory so that my students may have a better understanding of how the music is structured.
"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."