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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!
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Multimedia Home Studio; Keyboard, Classical Guitar, Electric Guitar with Amp
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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 was born and raised in Yucaipa, CA and I have a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from the University of Redlands. I have been performing for 12 years. Some of my favorite roles include Penny (Hairspray), Tessie Tura (Gypsy), The Baker's Wife (Into the Woods), Joy (Rogers and Hammerstein's Cinderella), Jenny (Company), Joanne (RENT), Jan (Grease), Milly (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers), Abigail Adams (1776), and Despina (Cosi Fan Tutte). I was artistic director for the University of Redlands Musical Theatre Company for two years and sang for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Arts Festival. I am also an alumni of The American Theatre Wing's SpringboardNYC program.
"There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique.
And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable it is nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.
You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you.
Keep the channel open. No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive."
-Martha Graham to Agnes de Mille
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As a teacher, I am very positive, patient, and I work hard to understand and cater to a student's taste in music, theatre, art, and information. I focus 50% of my performance lessons on physical and vocal warm-ups and 50% on the student's chosen repertoire. I believe in working towards a goal, so I always push my students to perform. I keep a calendar of auditions that I encourage my students to attend.
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Private room with a baby grand piano, full length mirror, other various instruments, and a waiting room with comfy couches. I have two cats and a dog who never go in the music room, but I make no promises for the waiting area.
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I specialize in dramatic, comedic, and musical theatre, opera, jazz, pop, drawing, writing/grammar, and reading comprehension.
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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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), Redlands Opera Theatre, and Songfest 2014 at the Colburn School.
I am here to help beginner-intermediate singers of all ages to improve their technique, to learn new repertoire, and to learn or improve their music-reading skills. I can also assist with English, Spanish, Italian, and German diction if singing in various languages is desired. Most importantly, I want students to have FUN and to learn to love their voice!
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.
I teach classical vocal technique with the goal of creating independent vocalists with the skills to succeed in any genre.
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