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Popular Music Teachers Near New Orleans

Daniel S.

New Orleans, LA
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Maria T.

Westwego, LA
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Denise B.

New Orleans, LA
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Daniel S. New Orleans, LA

Subjects Taught

Classical Guitar, Guitar, Music Theory

About Me

I began playing guitar when I was 13, and have loved every minute! After studying privately for a few years, I started gigging in local bars and coffee shops during high school in my hometown of Ocean Springs, MS. During high school I studied classical and jazz guitar in preparation for a college degree in music. I enrolled at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) in 2004 to study classical and jazz guitar; during which time I played in many festivals, masterclasses, and concerts throughout the southeast. While a student at USM, I put myself through school by teaching private lessons and by gigging at private parties, weddings, churches, festivals, and in local bars. A few times a year I also play in the pit orchestra of various theater productions. Upon finishing my undergraduate degree in 2008 in Jazz Studies, I continued to perform in jazz, classical, and pop groups as both a leader and a sideman while pursuing a Master’s degree in Music Theory, which I finished in the Fall of 2011. Now living in New Orleans, I regularly perform in the city and throughout the southeast as both a sideman and a leader. I have taught privately and in the university setting for the past 9 years, and many of my more than 300 students have gone on to become successful performers, college music majors, or just hobbyists who love to play. As a professional gigging guitarist in a diverse array of genres, I can provide the insight and experience that are essential to fostering the talent of any developing guitarist.

*** Lesson Details ***
Students can expect to improve their skills while studying with me, whatever their level upon beginning lessons. I am strict about practicing and fundamentals, but do not force students to work at something that is not pleasing to them. I always find a way to incorporate any technical or theoretical concepts we are working on into learning tunes, that way we don't get bogged down working on details while never learning actual music. I do not use a set curriculum for my general guitar students, but jazz and classical students are asked to purchase certain method books and sheet music as needed.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room/Designated Music Room: Piano, guitars, seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have everything they would need for the first lesson or so, but I do expect them to own their own guitar, picks, tuner, and capo(if needed) by the second month of lessons.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Jazz guitar, but am comfortable teaching in any style including Classical. As far as music theory is concerned, I can tutor at any level, and also am able to give instruction in beginning composition.

Maria T. Westwego, LA

Subjects Taught

Music Performance, Singing, Speaking Voice

About Me

Maria Elise T. is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. She completed her Bachelor of Music degree while on music scholarship at Baylor University, and received a Master of Music in Vocal Performance at Louisiana State University, also with the reward of a music scholarship. While at Baylor, she studied with renowned voice teacher and pedagogue Dr. John Van Cura. She learned much of her teaching style during her time spent with Dr. Van Cura. She teaches a very thorough base for singing incorporating efficient, healthy breathing and posture. Maria uses her artistry and creativity to cater to the specific needs and learning specifications of each student, vocalists and pianists alike.

Maria spent 2 consecutive summers with Des Moines Metro Opera. She has performed many roles, most recently the Miss Dara with the Ninth Ward Opera. She has also performed Mimi in La Boheme, the title role in Vanessa, La Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro, and the title roles in both Floyd‚¬Ä¬ôs Susannah and Puccini‚¬Ä¬ôs Suor Angelica.

Maria won 2nd Place at the Gulf Coast Regional Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in January 2010. Called by critics a ‚¬Ä¬úthoughtful, powerful and thrilling‚¬Ä¬Ě singer, she has been awarded prizes in other competitions, including the Lois Alba Competition, NATS, Entergy Young Texas Artists‚¬Ä¬ô Music Competition and Festival Note d‚¬Ä¬ôestate a Campolieto.

*** Lesson Details ***
Student can expect a calm, intelligent approach to healthy singing, basic piano, and musicianship. After 6 months, a diligent student should have a solid foundation of the basics of technique, breathing, vocalizes, and posture.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Computer, Keyboard, Full Length Mirror!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect my students to provide their own voice recorders, so that they can listen to their lessons. It would be nice to have a piano or keyboard, but they are not necessary.

*** Specialties ***
I have sung and taught both classical voice and jazz/pop voice.

Denise B. New Orleans, LA

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Speaking Voice

About Me

I hold a Master's in Voice Performance degree from University of New Orleans and Bachelor of Science degree in Voice Performance from State Music Academy, Sofia, Bulgaria.
In 2001, I toured with International European Opera Company which performed numerous times in Denmark, France, Italy and USA.
I currently perform and teach in the New Orleans area and love to share my knowledge and experience with my students. There is so much more to performance then just beautiful vocalizing.....

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching is based on my own personal, classical training from Europe and North America. Whether it's opera, oratorio, musical theater or pop-style singing that is desired, I believe that classical technique is an essential source of proper singing that can be used to train singers of all genres.
Lessons are tailored to the student's individual goals and abilities. Music history and theory, as well as vocalization, posture, breathing, diction, tone production, and general technique are incorporated into each lesson.
In addition, the students also participate in performance master classes and recitals, learning stage presence and concert etiquette.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music studio room, 2 full size keyboards, music stands, book shelf, desk, parking lots (free).

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Music Theater, Jazz

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