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Brazilian Samba, Broadway Singing, Cello, Guitar, Makeup, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Spanish
I have loved music as long as I can remember. I know its cliché to say so, but it's true! :)
For me, having parents of different ethnicity and siblings that were much older than me, I was heavily impacted by the wide variety of music to which my family members listened. The force of this crayon box of rhythms and sounds captivated and affected me so much that it is the key experience that I draw from in making my own music today.
I grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska (a small town in the center of the state) so my only option for entertainment and fun was getting involved in the arts! I started performing at a very young age as both a dancer and a musician. I studied classical ballet, modern dance, hip hop and street dance, and world dance traditions throughout my formative years, which helped me to gain rhythmical fluency. I started my formal music training when I began to play the cello. From then on, I was hooked on the sound and I immersed myself in music as much as I could; performing, competing, working in as many musical groups and productions as possible (as both a vocalist and cellist), and even teaching.
I moved to Seattle in 2003 to study opera at Cornish College of the arts, only to later change my major to Jazz, and then again to Latin music studies. Since graduating from Cornish in 2007, with my Bachelor of Music degree, I have been actively and diligently working in the local music scene; performing and recording with artists and groups of many different styles. Everything from various Latin genres, to Rock, to R&B/Soul, to Hip Hop, and Jazz. Through my music, I aim to reach out to people of all cultures. I also aim to teach my own students with the hope that they too can discover the same continuous love of music that I have grown to feel (and still am growing to feel) over the years. :)
*** Studio Equipment ***
88 key piano, (Yamaha keyboard), cello, various percussion instruments, guitars, library, computer, lessons are given in the living room.
*** Specialties ***
As far as voice goes, I teach all genres and styles but I personally specialize in the Latin genres. I teach all aspects of the music; rhythm, harmony, theory. I even teach performance; how to work with a band in real-time communication, song communication (or story telling as I like to call it), and developing ones own personal style. I believe that there is much more to singing than just vocal technique alone, so I believe in teaching musical fundamentals and functions so that my students will not only be considered vocalists, but competent musicians.
-Can anyone learn to sing? Well, anyone can improve their voice and their ear, but if you have no musical background it takes a great deal of regular practice. You should also study music reading and listen to a variety of singing styles. If you do not have good technique, you'll be like the early departures on American Idol, who make fools of themselves because they just try to copy someone else's voice, not learn to use their own voices in the best way possible. Look at "The Voice" winner Chris Mann, who is extremely successful. His success is in great part due to his classical training.
-Since earning my Masters Degree from Pacific Lutheran University, I have performed and taught classical, Christian, Broadway, and jazz music, both at my home and as a professor at Trinity Lutheran College and Everett Community College. My stage experience includes numerous musical theatre productions, and performing as a soloist at Seattle's Benaroya hall.
*** Lesson Details ***
If you are unsure of what you want, just sign up for 1 lesson and see if it's what you want.
-Learn correct breathing, articulation, musicianship, self-confidence, control, range, and flexibility
-Sing more expressively in different styles and languages.
-Sing on stage; prepare an audition for a Broadway musical or other performance
-Sing with a teacher with knowledge of the vocal anatomy who teaches vocal technique and can accompany you on the piano.
College Credit is also available through Trinity Lutheran College and Everett Community College.
*** Studio Equipment ***
I teach private lessons out of my home, where I have a Steinway Grand Piano, and a comfortable setting for parents if they wish to observe their students' lessons.
*** Specialties ***
Classical, folk music, Broadway, Christian
Drum, English, Portuguese, Spanish
Many years of drum instruction with students who have learned best with alternative learner-centered approaches including: extreme patience, slow to fast repetition of patterns and exercises, focused breathing, as well as sight-reading, rhythm and ear training. Students with: Asperger's, Autism, Dyslexia and related states have benefited greatly.
Cello, Ear Training, Essay Writing, French, German, Grammar, GRE, Humanities, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Spanish, Viola, Violin, Writing
I have nearly thirty years of experience working with students of all ages, both in private and group settings. I have also taught in Latin America - in Spanish.
I have been teaching and tutoring Spanish for the last 13 years, I have found that as a native speaker it is very easy for me to understand the doubts of any potential speaker. I have been tutoring all levels, from kindergarten and elementary school to college level as well as professional adults who just want to learn the language. My style is a direct approach and I focus my lessons and practice on the student's weaknesses, making the most out of his/her abilities and understanding. I combine written exercises with oral practices from the very beginning. Learning a new language involves more than just the words, it is a cultural experience, so I include in my classes a huge range of cultural background, music, dancing, history, geography, etc. Dare to learn Spanish?
After 18 years in my hometown of Starkville, I moved to Hattiesburg to major in Psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi. By the end of Freshman year, I was sure that I needed a second major, and Spanish was the first subject to come to mind. I fell in love with the language as a high-schooler and eventually found myself in an exchange program in Spain for a semester during my Junior year.
Recently, I earned my TEFL/TESOL certificate (Teaching English as a Foreign Language/Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) through an intensive, four-week course in Costa Rica. As part of our final requirement, I was able to gain hands-on experience teaching one-hour classes to Costa Rican students.
I am open to tutoring in any particular sector of Spanish or English as a second language. I have completed classes on grammar, writing, cultures & civilizations, and even the culinary arts as part of my Spanish degree; my TEFL/TESOL program included modules covering lesson planning, class management, grammar, vocabulary, writing, test assessment, and other relevant language sectors.
I try to be flexible with time, and while I do have a 24-hour cancellation policy, the lesson for a cancelled class may be moved to the next meeting time. Class schedules are constructed around student's needs, but I will be unavailable until around 3:00 pm on weekdays starting Sept 15th.
I will tutor for specific struggles such as pronunciation or grammar-- if a student would like to bring his/her work with her we can work on those specific assignments. I can also design a series of lesson plans for those seeking to learn more generally over the course of designated days/weeks/months.
I look forward to hearing from you!
"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."