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Acoustic Guitar, Choir, Music Performance, Singing, Ukulele, Vocal Training
Whether you are just beginning your vocal journey or you are a busy performer who wants to improve healthy technique and sing with more confidence; perhaps you are a worship leader or backup singer struggling with vocal strain, my goal is to help you find vocal freedom and maintain an amazing, healthy voice that will confidently meet your expectations, year after year, in every situation, every time.
As an active performing vocalist, musician, songwriter, and worship leader, I understand the demands and challenges of a busy performance calendar, singing sets for back-to-back audiences day after day and week after week, and the need for a vocalist to find the vocal freedom that will produce confidence in their voice no matter what the venue.
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The first steps to mastering vocal freedom are the building blocks for vocal success. Whether the student is a child or an adult, with little or no training, it is my goal to make singing an enjoyable and freeing experience.
Singing with complete vocal freedom and confidence can seem very elusive. Surprisingly, it's not as elusive as one might think! Vocal freedom is within reach and most students experience a measure of it within the few first lessons, some even gaining a full octave in their range in their first lessons. Using a systematic method incorporating the study of good vocal technique and working on songs the student loves to sing makes learning more fun and gives the student a greater appreciation of music as a whole while encouraging a passion for music that lasts a lifetime. I encourage and teach sight reading, and theory basics especially for those students who are considering music as a profession.
NOTE: My teaching style is more structured therefore some young children may not be ready to take lessons with me.
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My home-studio is bright and open and set up with an upright piano, full length mirror, music stand, iPad with appropriate applications, guitar, mandolin, ukulele, and computer for recording and playback. Parents are welcome to sit in on lessons or wait for their children in the adjacent room. I also provide with each lesson a follow-up email which includes any recordings and lesson notes from the current lesson.
As the student progresses I also provide a PA system to teach mic technique and build performance confidence.
I ask that students come prepared with bottled water and a ring binder with zippered pouch for learning tools and handouts.
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I honestly love my clients and love teaching voice! It's such a privilege to be a part of their vocal journey. I specialize in church worship vocals, choir, a capella, show tunes and musicals. I teach free, healthy vocal technique which enables each student to explore and focus on different styles of singing. I also love teaching young voices especially teens who want to have a good time learning to sing.
My teaching style is more structured therefore some young children may not be ready to take lessons with me.
I also include the option of learning to play the guitar or ukulele to play along with a song a student may want to master. Not only is it fun but the music education that comes with it is highly valuable for future musicians.
Any student that prefers to learn only worship guitar or beginning ukulele is welcome too! I'd love to hear from you and set up a lesson.
Acting, Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Audition Prep, Basic Math, Broadway Singing, Child Acting, Choir, Christian Gospel, Classical Voice, Country Singing, Ear Training, Elementary Math, Film and TV Acting, Geometry, Gospel Singing, Jazz Voice, Math, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Pre Algebra, Singing, Speaking Voice, Stage Performance, Theater Acting, Vocal Training
I fully enjoy teaching music and theater to others and spreading the art of performance, reaching out to all generations. I believe in customizing every lesson to be unique for my students in a way that will serve their individual needs. I teach with patience and encouragement and believe that students prosper and improve much more from a positive experience. My lessons are intended to be fun and influential in a positive light that can lead to a rewarding career, hobby, or just for personal enjoyment!
Every since I was a little girl, I have been devoted to the arts. When I began college, I knew that music was my path. As a music major I developed a deeper understanding of music theory, piano, voice, and theater. I received my A.A. in Music at College of the Desert and my Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Redlands- which I attended on a music scholarship. I have played leading roles in several operas and musicals in Southern California, including Gianni Schicchi, Die Fledermaus, La Boheme (DTL nominee), The Impresario, The Grand Duke, Patience (DTL award), Cosi fan tutte, Little Women the Musical, Seussical the Musical, and many more. I have also appeared in several concerts, opera scenes, competitions (winning music scholarships and theater awards), and worked as a singer at churches, restaurants, and in pop bands. I continue to perform and study music because performing is a part of who I am and I could never live without it.
With this experience under my belt, I feel a desire to pass on my knowledge to students. I carry a strong passion to help people develop their abilities and make them their own. I truly believe that if someone wants something out of life then they WILL achieve it with dedication, perseverance, confidence, and by having FUN doing it!
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Dance, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Singing
My name is Angel Vazquez, I am a Berklee College of Music graduate and School of Music of Puerto Rico Honor graduate as well as a former LA Phil Music and Dance instructor. I teach voice and piano in Palm Springs, CA. If you're looking for a teacher who will motivate and inspire you, I'd love to help you out. Learning music doesn't have to be difficult -- we'll work on getting you from point A to point B, and have fun along the way! You can be someone who has never sing or play an instrument in your life and have always want to or someone who is in search of a new voice or piano teacher.
I teach out of my own studio in Palm Springs, CA. I accept students from beginners to advance level ages 4 and up. I've been teaching for over 14 years, and have worked with more than 200 students of all ages privately and in group settings as well. Whether you want to learn Pop, Rock, Jazz or Classical Music, I'll personalize your private lessons based on your specific goals.
What to expect on your first lesson?
On your first lesson I will do a complete evaluation of your proficiency level on the instrument of choice. We will talk about what we will be working on for the first couple of weeks and how we will move forward at your own tempo. I like to tailor private lessons to each student individually as each of my student come from different backgrounds and at different levels.
How long before you see any progress?
It is my experience that in some cases people can notice progress during their first lesson. But if the student practice at least 45 minutes daily their instrument we should both, myself and the student, see progress within the first 2 to 3 lessons.
To learn more about me, view my availability, and book lessons, please visit my takelessons profile at http://takelessons.com/profile/avazqz
It's has never been a better time to sign up for voice and/or piano lessons!
I look forward to meeting you!
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Harp, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano
A concertizing musician since age 9, I hold a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music in instrumental performance from the California State University Los Angeles, where I was named the CSU system's youngest to receive a graduate degree. In 2005 I earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Arizona, where I was the Graduate Teaching Assistant. I have also been honored as the University of Arizona's youngest doctoral graduate, receiving my degree at age 19.
I have performed as a member and guest soloist with countless chamber ensembles, orchestras, and bands across the United States. Highlights of my international tours include concerts in Shanghai, Seoul, South Africa, Madrid and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In addition to playing for such notables as Oprah Winfrey, Maya Angelou, Tippi Hedren, Barbara Sinatra, and Florence Henderson, I have played as an honorary guest at UCLA, the Colburn School, UC Santa Cruz, for the Japanese Ambassador and Embassy, and appeared as guest artist with the Anderson String Quartet, Barry Manilow, and most recently with Il Divo, as well as made several television appearances. My extensive performing experience means that no matter your skill level, as my student I will have you performing, sharing your music with others, and becoming an artist.
I have been the recipient of numerous awards for both my musical and academic performance, including the Valeria Finzi Memorial Harp Competition two years consecutively, the Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, and have been named as a Medici Scholar and on the Who's Who Among American Women and National Dean's List. I am also active as a composer, arranger, and transcriber, and have taught for the past 16 years. Teaching has always been a special joy of mine, and I have experience teaching students of every age and skill level. I believe in an individualized approach for each student and love to inspire students with my own love of music and lifelong learning. I have worked as a teaching artist with the McCallum Theatre Institute (with elementary-age children) and an instructor for the Osher Institute (age 55+). With a solid background in Classical masterworks, my technical skill and artistic vision allows for interpretations of a variety of music spanning Celtic, Latin, pop, jazz, and rock genres. I teach piano, harp, music theory and musicianship at Mt. San Jacinto College, music history at College of the Desert and provide private instruction from my studio in Palm Springs.
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What do you want to learn? If you are passionate about music and interested in improving your skills I will mentor you to help you achieve your personal goals. I will personalize our curriculum depending on your experience level, needs, and desires. I believe in a well-rounded approach so we'll focus not only on leaning the notes, but the inflections and expressions of music, performance techniques, technical dexterity, music theory, and music history. In this way not only can you be a skilled performer, but an informed one as well, no matter what your age. My students are my highest priority- I love working with children, introducing them to music for the first time, as well as with the adult student who "always wanted to take lessons" but hasn't been able to yet. Furthering the talents of experienced musicians is also a pleasure. I will be honored to help you in your musical journey!
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Studio: quarter grand piano, pedal harp, Celtic harp, electroacoustic harp. There is an adjacent seating area so parents are always welcome to sit in on lessons.
*** Travel Equipment ***
Under special circumstances I am happy to travel to students who have their instrument and related equipment.
*** Specialties ***
I teach both Classical and popular styles and can specialize according to my students' needs/interests.
Acting, Algebra, Arithmetic, Banjo, Basic Math, Bass Guitar, Broadway Singing, Classical Guitar, Elementary Math, English, Flamenco Guitar, French, Guitar, History, Improv Acting, Mandolin, Math, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Percussion, Piano, Pre Algebra, Reading, Shakespearean Acting, Singing, Songwriting, Spanish, Theater Acting, Ukulele
I am primarily a composer, guitarist, tenor, pianist and percussionist and I love sharing what I have learned with others and watching my students develop and grow. My goal is to teach my students until they are better than me, so I hold no secrets, tricks or techniques back and I devote my time and energy to help others become the best musicians, artists and people they can be.I have a BA in music composition and a BA in music history, both from California State University, San Bernardino. I play the guitar, bass, piano, drums, orchestral percussion, mandolin, ukulele, banjo, recorder, harmonica and didgeridoo with varying levels of proficiency and have experience in music theory, songwriting, recording, MIDI, arranging, singing (contemporary, broadway and opera), and acting/performing. I have performed in The United States, Austria, Spain, Australia and New Zealand and have 13 years of experience, development, mistakes and successes to offer my students. I love learning new things and have been teaching as a profession since 2007. I am also First Aid & CPR certified, Live Scan fingerprinted, FBI background checked, Safe Environment trained and a Child Abuse Mandated Reporter.
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I do not use a set curriculum. I prefer to discuss goals and music with my students and their parents to determine what genres, styles and techniques they are most interested in. I then use techniques I have gained through experience along with songs and classical exercises to develop strong technique, a developed ear and the ability to read music. I do expect students to be disciplined, practice regularly, and be prepared for lessons, enabling them to expect the same from me. Whether a student wants to be a classical virtuosi or learn how to play a song they heard on the radio, I will keep the lessons fun and interesting for anyone willing to practice and learn, and I will always to my best to cater to the student's individual needs and goals.
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I provide all copies of music, handouts, exercises, etc. Students are expected (when applicable) to have an instrument in good, working condition.
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*** Specialties ***
I form all of my lessons around being able to learn, memorize and play songs, read written musical notation (along with sight-reading & technical exercises), and improvisation (based on scales and exercises).
For guitar and it's relatives (bass, mandolin, ukulele, banjo) I can teach any style or genre of music, including modern tapping techniques, and I also teach TAB notation.
I teach both classical and popular piano, usually combining classical sight reading exercises while learning both classical and popular repertoire.
I have experience acting and singing on stage in both non-musical and musical productions, as well as five years of classical vocal experience singing in high school and collegiate ensembles. Being in these environments has equipped me with the tools and exercises to be able to teach everything from basic singing to fundamentals in broadway and opera.
I also have a small studio in my home where I write and record, providing me with the opportunity to also teach recording, songwriting and music theory.
Ableton, Arrangement and Composition, Classical Piano, Composition, Ear Training, Film Scoring, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Songwriting
MFA Music (UC Irvine), BA Music (UC San Diego).
I am a composer and pianist who works throughout southern California as an educator, producer, and performer. I've been playing the piano since I was 12 years old, from classical to jazz and pop, and I've been teaching private lessons since I was a teenager. In graduate school, I taught college level music courses including Music Theory, Music Analysis, Music Fundamentals, Intro to Music, and Jazz History. My most popular private lessons are in piano performance and instruction, which can include fundamentals leading up to classical, jazz, and or pop/rock. Additionally, I am often requested to teach electronic music production (in Ableton Live or Logic Pro) and composition. I also enjoy teaching music theory, history, notation, songwriting, and other related subjects. Lessons can range from covering piano technique, exercises, repertoire, to concepts for composing, or music production. Feel free to inquire!
Students who sign up for lessons with me can expect to study out of required reading materials, and may also be given worksheets with musical assignments. Because there are so many materials we can study from, I encourage students to take notes and prepare questions for our lessons. Homework usually consists of performance practice and technique, but may also include watching educational online videos, or listening to important musical recordings. I give my students assignments that greatly facilitate and benefit their musical growth. I enjoy working with students and showing them how they can reach their own musical goals.
"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."