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Acting, Broadway Singing, Classical Guitar, Film Acting, Guitar, Improv Acting, Method Acting, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Shakespearean Acting, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Theater Acting
Music is the means to create a portal into our souls, so that we may see each other for who and what we are, not merely as what we do. I want to help foster those young, middle-aged, and not-as-young how to tap into their own soul portals through music so that they may find others' as well. I believe that in order to entertain others with your voice or your instrument playing, one must first be able to entertain oneself - all the while having fun doing it! As a recent graduate of the University of California, Davis with a double major in Music History & Ethnomusicology and African-American & African Studies; a former co-host of the popular hip-hop radio show ATF Radio: All Things Fresh on KDVS 90.3 FM; a former Music Director of The Afterglow of UC Davis; and a current Vocal Music Performance graduate student at the University of Redlands, I have come in contact and learned from a vast amount of different musicians and professionals. A classically-trained bass-baritone with roots in R&B, Soul, Rock, Pop, and Jazz, I have aspirations to help each and every student realize their full musical potential.
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My teaching style is very friendly, inviting, and audience-driven. In the beginning, I strive to refer to my presence in the lessons as a fly-on-the-wall, so to speak, in order for my students to get out of their own way and sing as if no one's watching. From there, I apply the audience aspect - singing not only for enjoyment, but for entertainment for yourself and for others as well. If one is able to build that frame of mind in their lessons, their actual performances will not be too far from what they've already dealt with before.
I provide teaching and repertoire books, as well as instrumentation for myself (i.e. guitar, misc. tools for specific lessons). I expect my students to provide a piano (or keyboard equivalent), pitch pipe, and instrument if applicable (i.e. guitar), and, of course, themselves!
*** Studio Equipment ***
Vocal Room with Piano; Keyboard, Classical Guitar, Electric Guitar with Amp (for in-home lessons)
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I can provide teaching and repertoire books, as well as instrumentation for myself (i.e. guitar, misc. tools for specific lessons). I expect students to provide a piano (or keyboard equivalent), pitch pipe, and instrument if applicable (i.e. guitar).
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I utilize the Kodaly method for vocal performance, starting at the basic level of tonal scales (major, minor, harmonic, melodic, etc.) and Solfege application to serve as a foundational base; rhythm syllables such as "ta" and "doo". Additionally, foundational breath control is applied, as it is very important for the singer to learn how to control their breath and support their sound. From there, repertoire mimicry is applied, or what I call "phrase building," as it is important for any singer to be able to effectively create vocal phrases.
I utilize guitar repertory books such as Mel Bay's Children's Guitar Chord Book and Modern Classical Guitar Method books for guitar pedagogy. These allow the student to learn chords, picking and fingering techniques in a academic lesson while also learning performance techniques with an one-on-one instructor.
For piano, I use the publication A New Approach to Keyboard Harmony to learn chord progressions, sequences, modulations, realization of both figured and un-figured basses, improvisation, and score reading. Learning these techniques will help transition students seamlessly to various styles and genres that incorporate the piano, helping you learn and love the piano without frustrating stoppages that often lead us away from lesson continuity.
I specialize in Classical, R&B, Soul, Pop, Rock, Jazz and Opera styles.
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, English, Film Acting, Film and TV Acting, Geometry, Gospel Singing, History, Improv Acting, Jazz Voice, Language, Math, Meisner Technique, Method Acting, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Pre Algebra, Reading, Shakespearean Acting, Singing, Speaking Voice, Stage Performance, Theater Acting, Vocal Training, Voice Acting
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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Broadway Singing, Opera Voice, Singing
I am President of Southland Opera, a growing and flourishing arts organization that specializes in education outreach and commissioning new works. I also tour nationally as a solo/principal soprano and have worked locally with companies like Los Angeles Opera, Opera Pacific, Opera a la Carte and many other Southern California performing arts organizations. I have a BA in vocal performance from Cal Poly Pomona and have worked as a professional singer and teaching artist for the last twenty-five years. In addition to teaching voice in my studio, I am currently working as a teaching artist with Music Center on Tour, Arts and Services for Disabled and Shakespeare Festival LA. I love to teach, I love when students make breakthroughs, and I love overcoming challenges and solving problems. I specialize in light opera and musical theater. My philosophy is that if a student develops good singing technique, they can sing in any style, from pop music to opera, and keep their voice healthy. No two voices are the same and each of us has our own unique instrument, with the right training that instrument can grow and work at it's optimum. I approach my lessons with humor, putting the student at ease, if the student is comfortable and relaxed, they are more open to learning and their voice will sound much more free and beautiful.
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The lessons are designed around each student's particular need, especially when it comes to how the student likes to learn, not every person learns the same way, so flexibility is key. The student will be given a solid concept of good breath support, work with matching pitches, singing with a line, producing good tone quality and singing with good diction and projection. The student is ultimately going to learn how to become their own voice teacher, they will learn how to listen to their voice and be able to identify warning signs of vocal trouble and how to prevent and solve problems. After about three months the student will be producing much prettier tone and begin to grasp the concept of breath support. As time moves on, they will build their ability to support their voice, open up their sound so they can get more volume without hurting their instrument and the student will develop a better endurance, being able to sing longer and not tire out too quickly. As the students technique develops and strengthens, they will become more confident. If the student is already performing or has worked to the point where they are ready to start performing, then we will spend more time on interpretation and acting as well as developing a confident stage presence.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room: piano, mirror
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I only teach from my house and do not travel.
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I am classically trained, have been singing professionally for over 20 years and I sing both Opera and Musical Theatre.
Acting, Audition Prep, Broadway Singing, Classical Voice, Ear Training, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Opera Voice, Singing, Vocal Training
I am a classically trained soprano who specializes in opera and art song. I also have experience with musical theatre technique, as I sang with a professional children's theatre for two years. I currently teach voice through TakeLessons and at the Community School of Music and the Arts in Redlands, CA.
In the past few years, I have participated in productions and concerts with Opera at USC (South Carolina), USC Concert Choir (South Carolina), Columbia Children's Theatre, the University of Redlands Opera Workshop, Madrigals choir (Redlands), and Songfest 2014 at the Colburn School.
Accompaniment, Arrangement and Composition, Broadway Singing, Choir, Classical Piano, Classical Voice, Composition, Jazz Voice, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Ukulele, Vocal Training
MaryLouise graduated Magna Cum Laude with her B.A. in music and received her M.A. in music composition from the University of California, Riverside. She also holds an A.A. in music from Riverside Community College where began her music teaching career as a student tutor helping follow music students in their studies. With 14 years of teaching experience, she specializes in teaching piano, voice, music fundamentals, music history, music composition and basic musicianship.
MaryLouise has experience as a private instructor at various music studios and has worked with a variety of ensembles and choirs. She has elementary and middle school classroom experience through the University of California, Riverside Gluck Program for the Arts. Also through the Gluck Program she organized an Andean Music Ensemble of high school students during their Gluck Summer Camp of 2009. MaryLouise was also the vocal coach for Landmark Middle School Gospel Choir. Furthermore, she also has undergraduate classroom experience teaching music fundamentals as a teaching assistant of which she has obtained the TA of the year award for 2008-2009 at UCR. In addition to her undergraduate classroom experience MaryLouise taught Music Appreciation, Songwriting and Class Piano at Norco College where she was also a substitute teacher for their college choir.
As a performer MaryLouise has been a member of various vocal groups such as the Riverside Master Chorale and UCR Chamber Singers ensemble. She was also a member of RCC's vocal jazz group, then called Riverside Jazz Showcase, and can be heard on their CD 'Groovin' Hard.' She can also be heard on a CD by the band Inner Prisms called 'Synchronicity.' As a graduate student at UCR MaryLouise was a member of the Andean Music ensemble called Mayupatapi. With a small group of members from Mayupatapi she organized her own Andean Music ensemble called Kusisqa. Currently MaryLouise is a vocalist and pianist for hire available for events such as weddings, private parties, etc. and as a sub for bands of various styles.
Acting, Broadway Singing, Classical Voice, Music Performance, Opera Voice, Public Speaking, Vocal Training
I teach classical vocal technique with the goal of creating independent vocalists with the skills to succeed in any genre.
"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."