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A versatile musician and teacher, Nashville-born musician James is dedicated to music through education, performance and personal growth. James has a diverse background in the musical arts. He has served as violinist and principal violist in many orchestras and ensembles. As a vocalist, James has sung in opera, oratorio, master-classes and recitals as a countertenor soloist. He has served as director of the Clarksville Youth Orchestra at Austin Peay State University and currently serves as the Director of Music Ministries for a local Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN. He maintains a private studio in Nashville, TN and is on the faculty of the Allegro School of Music.
James has studied with many experts in vocal science and pedagogy and has had the wonderful opportunity to study with Linda Ferrara, D. Lance Respess, Richard Miller, world-class early music expert Nancy Zylstra and twentieth-century vocal music expert Sharon Mabry. He has had masterclasses with the Metropolitan Opera's Bodo Igesz, Metropolitan Opera Singers Daniel Taylor, Jennifer Lane, leading French-diction coach Elvia Pucinelli, vocal pedagogue Richard Miller, and Thomas King, director of the AIMS Gratz program. As a violinist and violist, James has studied with music-education specialist Sara Johnson, Francis Elliot, Nashville Recording-Artist Randall Olson, and concert violinist Stefan Petrescu.
As an educator, he has served on the faculties of the Cumberland Arts Institute, W.O. Smith School of Music, Murfreesboro City School System, School of the Arts at Austin Peay State University and the East Nashville School of Music. He has taught hundreds of students in various formats ranging from one-on-one studio settings to entire youth symphony orchestras. He has been active as an adjudicator, participant, and member of various competitions and education-related conventions. He also maintains membership with various educational organizations such as the American String Teacher‚¬Ä¬ôs Association, Music Educator‚¬Ä¬ôs National Conference, and Early Music America.
In addition to working with and coaching Grammy award-winning artists, Mr. W's students have auditioned, been selected and have performed in the Tennessee Mid-State and All-State Choir and Orchestra Festivals. His students have also performed in several professional and amateur performances across the Southeast. They have also gone on to major in music earning tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships from prestigious conservatories and colleges across the country. Many of his students have become professional musicians across many genres, educators themselves, or satisfied amateur hobbyists.
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As a teacher many have described my style as nurturing-but-firm. When I see a student's potential, I make sure that student can attain it. I expect a willingness to learn, a desire to succeed, and a want for excellence. In return, I offer the tools to get you or your child there!
I know that not every student benefits best from only one method. As such, I employ a variety of teaching tools and methods to best suit each student. Strings students can expect to see a little bit of traditional training, a little bit of Suzuki and little bit of contemporary training. Voice students can see some Sieber vocalizes, some Vaccai, classical, jazz, and musical theater training built on an old-world teaching technique. It's all about giving the student the tools to do whatever he/she wants with his/her music of choice!
On your first lesson, I'll go over the materials needed, what you need to work on, and the very basics so you can immediately get to enjoying your new craft. In a few months, you'll be confident making new music or making better music. Within a year, you should be well prepared for one of my studio recitals!
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I have a commercial music teaching studio used solely for the purposes of teaching. In the studio there is a piano, my music library, photo copier, computer, audio equipment, stereo, music stands, standing mirror, and various teaching tools. There is a waiting area for parents, siblings and other visitors.
*** Specialties ***
Voice: All Genres -- child-adult, all levels (beginning through advanced).
Violin: All Styles -- all levels (beginning through advanced).
Viola: All Styles -- all levels (beginning through advanced).
Cello: All Styles -- beginning through intermediate.
I love teaching! ¬†How incredible it is to aid people in the joy of music, build their confidence, and help them sing with ease and comfort! I ‚¬Ä¬ôm a classical vocal performance graduate from Belmont University. I have sung all over the world, as a soloist with a mission‚¬Ä¬ôs organization The New America Singers. We sang in Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Philippines, South Korea, Russia and Germany, with our largest audience being over 6,000 people. I have performed several solo concerts in Germany, directed Children's Musicals, and have been teaching private voice at home studio, the YMCA in Brentwood, as well as at Ezell Harding. Teaching voice is something that I am passionate about. I had some vocal health issues when I was younger, but thankfully I had an incredible teacher who not only helped me fix them but also taught me how to help others. I do not teach children under the age of 12 because their voices are not developed enough, and so it can cause them more harm as they get older. Many of my vocal issues that I had to work though was because I started to young, and I do not want your kids to have to go through that. I have been teaching the past few years, and have enjoyed every minute of it. I am excited to be able to help students who wish to improve their vocal abilities. Whether it is for the pursuit of a singing career, correction of vocal issues, if you have always wanted to sing on key, or you just want to sound better, I can help you accomplish your goals.
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Healthy singing is key.
- Proper breath support is the first key to singing well.
-We do an assortment of vocal exercises picked for the individual voice. These exercises help correct various vocal issues, strengthen quality of tone, widen your vocal range, and help warm up the voice as to not hurt anything when singing a song.
-I also have a Zoom H4 voice recorder to make high quality recordings of your voice, so you can learn from hearing yourself as well as having the exercises recorded for listening at home.
-I also teach sight singing to those who would like to learn.
-I will help you learn new songs, teach musical techniques, as well as stage presence.
The lessons are for you, if you want to work on something specific that is what we will do. I always have a plan for want to work on but I am flexible. The more work you do at home, the more work we can accomplish in our lesson. Most of all you need to have fun singing!
*** Studio Equipment ***
-Zoom H4 voice recorder
-Sound Level Meter
I have SD cards available to purchase, as well as SD card readers. If you would like to buy it somewhere else the SD card must be a 2GB card, as my recorder does not take anything higher.
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I originally pursued opera, so I enjoy classical voice technique. It has taught me how to use one's own body to amplify the voice. I enjoy working with people with vocal issues, such as vibrato problems, tension etc. I also love the theatrical side that Broadway brings, as well as opera. There are so many elements that makes a singer good.
Stephanie J. graduated with a Masters of Art in Teaching in Music Education from Indiana University in 2002. She also has a Bachelor‚¬Ä¬ôs Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of West Florida. Stephanie enjoyed singing with The Indiana University Opera and The African American Choral Ensemble, during her graduate work. She has performed the role of Gretel in the opera Hansel and Gretel and has performed Mendelssohn‚¬Ä¬ôs Elijah at Carnegie Hall with vocal solos under the direction of world renowned baritone Sherill Milnes. Stephanie has performed in such musicals as Sweeney Todd, Hello Dolly, Showboat, Lil' Abner and many more. Her current students can be seen in lead roles in their high school productions, as well as in community theatre.
Stephanie is currently an adjunct professor in the Voice Department at the School of Music at Middle Tennessee State University and on the Voice Faculty at Cumberland University. She is a former music educator in Murfreesboro City Schools and Rutherford County Schools. Stephanie maintains a voice studio of 30 students year round in Murfreesboro, TN. She is a member and section leader in the International award-winning TuneTown Show Chorus, and a member of NATS the National Association of Teachers of Singing. She has taught all ages, from babies in Music with Mommie classes to the maturing voice. Stephanie feels blessed to be able to do what she loves on a daily basis as a profession. Her passion and joy is teaching her students how to properly use their voices so they can find the artist within.
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My approach to lessons is simple. Tension in the body equals tension in the voice and If you can speak it, you can sing it!
In voice lessons students learn to base singing not on what they hear, but on what they feel in the vocal tract and body. We cannot see this instrument, like we can a piano, or trumpet and so the technique must be based on what it feels like.
Why Should I Take Lessons from Stephanie?
Are you wanting to improve your vocal range? 100% of my students have gained up to an octave of range through lessons with me.
How about agility? The exercises I give my students will improve your agility to handle difficult vocal passages.
Freeing those notes in your upper register a problem? I know how to help "let go" of those notes that you avoid.
Do you have a noticeable "break"? The break or passaggio is the weakest part of the voice. I teach my students how to approach and sing through the passaggio by using mixed voice.
Whatever your "vocal issues" may be, I have the knowledge and experience to help you gain the voice you knew was already in you.
Other Benefits for taking lessons with Stephanie: You will come away with a knowledge of not only how to sing your exercises, that are tailored just for you but the reason why we sing them. This is not a studio where you will learn a bunch of songs. Yes, of course you will learn appropriate repertoire for your voice but you will learn to sing this repertoire correctly. We break it down and work it out! Learning is Messy! Convenience of paying for lessons online and being sent lesson notes to your email each week are just a few of the other benefits of lessons with Stephanie.
Students will also learn:
Technique: Body Alignment, Proper Breathing, Resonance, Placement, varied singing styles and the technique for each style from classical, musical theatre, or pop.
Musicianship: Music literary through music reading, sight singing, and aural skills, phrasing, creative music exploration.
Repertoire: Students will learn a broad selection of repertoire, Art Songs, Classical Pieces, Musical Theatre, and Foreign Language Songs.
Students are required to attend Studio Class.
Students will learn in a positive atmosphere with other students from my studio in Studio Classes. These classes will be once a quarter. There will be a fee for studio class. These classes are workshops for the students to become more prepared in performance for their current repertoire. At times I will bring in an outside coach/clinician to work with the students during studio classes.
Students participate in a Spring Recital.
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Specializing in musical theatre, classical voice using Italian methods of singing, such as bel canto style. Speech level singing, singing based on the speaking voice. A Capella styles, such as barbershop singing, and contemporary styles used in pop, rock, and Christian music.
I am a working artist/songwriter with placements on Nickelodeon, NBC, Rockband and international radio airplay. I graduated from Belmont University in 2009 with a BA in Commercial Voice-emphasis in music business. I am currently the co-owner of The Recording Republic here in Nashville, TN where my partner and I write/produce music and help develop artists. I have been teaching voice, piano, theory, performance and songwriting on and off for the past 5 years and love every second of it. I Can't wait to meet you and see what goals we can reach together!
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The most important things I focus on in my lessons are positivity and building confidence. The confidence learned expressing yourself creatively is something that bleeds over into all aspects of life. It's so wonderful watching a kid (or an adult!) gradually come out of their shells during the process.
During the first lesson, I sit down with the student and talk to them about their dreams and goals. That way, I can build a curriculum that perfectly fits their needs. We can learn anything their heart desires-from classical Beethoven to writing their own music! For basic piano I love to use the "Bastien" and "Alfred" basic collections because they are what I grew up on.
Can't wait to meet you!
*** Studio Equipment ***
In my studio I have a weighted keyboard, mic, amp, mirror and video for recording performances. I also have a two camera shoot for online lessons... All vocal students are provided with an audio recording of the performances during the lesson and a water. Mic, amp and video recorder are portable. Student must provide piano for in home visits. And plus, you'll need one to practice!
*** Travel Equipment ***
Mic, amp and video recorder are portable. Student must provide piano for in home visits. And plus, you'll need one to practice!
*** Specialties ***
I specialize in beginner classical piano and improvisation, beginner-advanced voice, theory, performance and songwriting of all styles.
Vocalist/ Songwriter/Composer Angelia W. was born on July 18,1975 in Chicago, IL. By the early age of three, Angelia had already grown a love for music and loved to sing. However, it wouldn't be until a few years later that she would develop a sincere desire to become a serious musician. By the age of 9, Angelia was singing lead vocals with her local church choir, and by 14, she was touring already with the duet act “Tamara and Angie”.
While touring, Angelia became a well known mezzo- soprano whose broad vocal range also include alto and tenor. From 1992 until 2002, Angelia held the position of Praise and Worship Lead and Section Leader at one of the largest churches in the Greater Milwaukee area; Balm and Gilead For All People International Ministries. In concert with this experience, over the years she has also performed, toured and recorded with well know gospel groups such as The Enspired Chorale, The Voices of Praise, Shekinah, and the Minneapolis Gospel Sound. She has had the pleasure of performing in concert with some of the biggest names in gospel music such as Fred Hammond, The Men of Standard, Karen Clarke-Sheard, Detrick Haddon, and Kim Burrell just to name a few.
In the fall of 2002, Angelia decided that she didn't just want to perform, but rather teach music, and began her formal education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee majoring in Music with a concentration in voice, of which she now holds a Bachelors degree.
Angelia is well versed in many genres such as Gospel, Jazz, Classical, R&B, etc. and she brings her long history of performance and excellence to her private voice studio that is sure to enrich every student vocally and performance wise also.
I'm a Certified TN Teacher, with endorsements in Middle Grades and K-12 Theater, currently subbing in Williamson County Schools.
I'm available for academic tutoring, individual or small group.
Writing, (creative, technical, essay, screen/play writing, etc) and Study Skills for all ages.
If you have questions about specifics or areas not specified, please email me!
I'm also available for Acting, Forensics, Musical Theater, and Auditioning classes, individual or small group.
**Want to perform your dream role? Need to brush up your showcase skills? Looking for a Birthday Activity for your little one?** Email me and we can work out a customized experience for you!
paigeahall (at) yahoo . com
Resume and references available upon request.
"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."