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First, some exciting news! I just became a part of takelessons online lesson program, and now I can teach students from anywhere in the country! But I digress...
Let's see, first and foremost I'm a music lover of the highest order. Whether it's jazz, rock, indie, classical, hip-hop or country, if it's good music, I love it.
I grew up obsessively listening to everything i could get my hands on, and began playing guitar at the age of 11. That was cut short, though, when the next year I almost lost my middle finger on my left hand in an ice skating incident. It took 5 years for me to regain the strength and motion, during which time I was forced to give up guitar playing altogether. I never lost my passion for music, though, and in my heart i never stopped dreaming about what it would be like to be a professional musician. When I went away to college, I studied political science, but I also brought an acoustic guitar with me, and soon I was spending every free minute I could spare playing that guitar. I didn’t begin seriously studying music, though, until I was almost 20 yrs old and in my 3rd year of college, and for years I was kicking myself for waiting so long. However, getting a bit of a late start motivated me to practice twice as hard, and now thirteen years later, I look at what happened as a total blessing. Having been deprived of playing music for so long, I truly appreciate and am thankful for every day that I get to make my living in music. It's something that I will never take for granted and it keeps me from ever getting bitter or jaded. As a teacher, my experiences have given me a unique perspective which allows me to really connect with my students. I vividly remember the difficulties and challenges I faced as a beginner, and that allows me to be proactive in helping my students avoid some of the pitfalls that I had to go through.
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I try to take into account each student’s specific goals and musical tastes to design a course of study that will both challenge them and keep them motivated and excited about what they’re learning. I believe that, even when working on challenging, difficult material, students should enjoy themselves, and that it’s the teacher’s responsibility to present the material in a way that will facilitate that for the student. I have a genuine respect for every student, regardless of their ability level, goals, musical tastes, age or gender, and I always take the time to get to know my students and adapt their lessons to best suit their individual learning styles.
I also try as often as possible to take advantage of the fact that I teach out of a fully functional recording studio, with amps, mics, my guitars, bass, mandolin, drum set and my midi keyboard which is connected to my computer which serves as the studio's hub. This allows me to record video and audio of lessons to let the students see and hear themselves and monitor they’re progress. I can record video and audio examples of warm-ups and exercises, create backing tracks for students to practice with, even record demos for those students interested in writing original music.
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coffee table, couch, instruments(guitars, bass, mandolin, drums), amplifiers(guitar and bass) , 64 key keyboard to accompany, imac/recording equipment, parents can sit in on lesson
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Music - Rock, Folk, Jazz, Musical Theatre
Acting, Arithmetic, Basic Math, Broadway Singing, Clarinet, Elementary Math, English, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Saxophone, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Theater Acting
BIOGRAPHY AND GENERAL OVERVIEW
With a nationally known reputation as a Pop Music Producer, Voice and Piano Teacher, Voice Therapist and Vocal Rehabilitation Specialist and Woodwind expert with over 30 years of Teaching Experience, Jimi Z. will connect with you or your child's needs at their very first lesson. Jimi Z. teaches Singing, Pop Piano, Saxophone, Clarinet and Songwriting being qualified in all of those instruments and subjects.
A CUSTOMIZED PERSONAL APPROACH THAT IS NOT "ONE SIZE FITS ALL"
Whether you or your child is taking lessons for fun or perhaps a possible music career, Jimi Z. has what it takes to give his students the optimum plan and environment to work with each student's schedule. His experience has allowed to him to guide his students locally and nationally.
CAREER PATH DEVELOPMENT AND GETTING SCHOLARSHIP MONEY AND GRANTS
Jimi has prepared and developed his students for college preparation and has not only helped them get into the colleges of their choice, but has helped them to get substantial scholarships. In this day and age of high tuition, this is a tremendous help for parents financing their children through college as well as outlining a wonderful life that will allow the student to not have the pressure of paying loans off after they complete college. Jimi has also developed and prepared his students for major auditions in Boston, New York and Los Angeles including some students who placed high in American Idol as high as Top 24 Nationally and "The Voice" on NBC TV.
FOR THE SINGING STUDENT
Jimi will create a customized plan for you or for your child that is reasonable and fun on any of the instruments and subjects listed above. With a fun voice and music studio that includes a professional PA System, each student will have a fun experience singing and playing with the songs they love to sing and play using microphones and singing and playing over song tracks that enable them to work on their feel, pitch and groove. Younger students have enjoyed this experience as it gives a Karaoke and jamning kind of setting that allows each student to sing or play with the original recording and then sing or play it by themselves allowing them to build their confidence using a microphone and professional sound equipment. Jimi's elaborate music library of over 80,000 songs is also available to each student as well. Because of his medical training as a licensed and certified voice therapist, each student can be assured of learning to sing correctly and technically by using proven voice techniques that will enable each singing student to sing with power and expanded range without the danger of hurting or damaging their voice.
FOR THE SAXOPHONE AND CLARINET STUDENT
For the Saxophone and Clarinet student, Jimi uses 21st Century method books as well as the traditional methods he's used to get his students jamning and playing. A lot of time is spent in early lessons on teaching the student the correct way to blow the instrument to get a great sound. Typically, students will want to practice more when they sound great and a lot of time is spent on making a great sound to build their confidence and motivation.
FOR THE POP/ROCK PIANO STUDENT
Pop and Rock Piano Students will enjoy a modern approach to Piano that is not the typical Classical Approach that some children are disagreeable to. Jimi gets his Piano students to play modern pop and rock songs and students will learn how to jamn and approach the piano with modern pop music instead of the old school classical approaches.
FOR THE SONG WRITING STUDENT AND SINGER/SONGWRITER CAREER PATH
Songwriting is approached with song analysis first and then song form models are then looked at in the Old Style from the early 20th Century to the New Style forms used today. Then meticulous time is spent on Melody writing, Chord Writing, Basic Harmony and Lyrics. Jimi uses an approach to songwriting that is unique in its methodology by having the student believe that it is a LOT easier than you think it is. This confidence building methodology will have students writing songs in rapid time.
BASIC PIANO/KEYBOARD FOR SINGERS AND SONGWRITERS
For those students who wish to use the Piano as learning tool to help their singing and pitch, as an option you can take Basic Piano with Jimi after your voice development has progressed. The Piano is an awesome tool for singers and learning to play simple vocal exercises, notes and chords on the Piano will truly enhance your singing experience. Songwriters who do not play a chordal instrument like Guitar and Piano will enjoy this because they need to be able to play chords to become the complete songwriter that can not only write melodies and lyrics, but chords as well.
AN OUTSTANDING REPUTATION TEACHING STUDENTS OF ALL AGES
Currently, Jimi leads a professional Original Country Music group that has released a full CD and plays around the New England area. Jimi teaches at three prestigious private schools and music schools in Boston teaching students between Age 6 and 18 at those schools. Jimi is also Lead Voice Faculty and runs the Voice Program at one of those schools. Jimi's versatility and background has allowed him to keep on top of the music scene providing him with an incredibly large wealth of music knowledge that dates back to the Jazz/Swing era all the way up to the pop music of today. Jimi Z. was born in New York City and grew up in Lynbrook, NY only 20 Miles from the Music and Arts Mecca of the world in New York City. He attended the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division in New York City from age 14 to 17. He attended Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1978-1979 and then transferred to New England Conservatory of Music and received his Bachelor of Music in Contemporary Improvisational Studies as a double major in Voice and Saxophone Studies from New England Conservatory of Music.
LICENSED VOICE THERAPIST AND VOCAL REHABILITATION SPECIALIST/VOCAL PHILOSOPHIES
Jimi is a Licensed Voice Therapist and has an incredible working knowledge of the Voice Anatomy and Physiology of the Voice. He has the ability to teach Speech, Acting and Singing. He also is networked well with some of the top Ear, Nose and Throat Doctors, Ornolaryngologists, and Speech Pathologists and works in tandem with them on Voice Rehabilitation cases. He is also aligned with top Ear Nose and Throat Hospitals including the Massachusetts, Eye and Ear Infirmary and St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Boston. While the average student will not need these services from a voice therapy perspective, Jimi teaches a preventative singing technique that allows his singing students to learn to sing with power without pressing, pushing or belting on the voice so that his students will never hurt their voice or lose their voice. Jimi is Certified to teach the McClosky Voice Technique and uses other techniques including Alexander and Bel Canto in addition to his own philosophies.
A DEDICATED PHILOSOPHY THAT STRESSES WORK AND FUN
Jimi has dedicated himself to teaching music to young talent for over 30 years professionally. He has taught and performed all over the world in major music groups as a player and a band leader. Because of his many years of teaching children and adults of all ages, Jimi has an uncanny ability to focus on each student's needs. Whether the student is a child that wants to take lessons for fun and recreation or whether the student is considering music as possible career or part time career,
SETTING REALISTIC GOALS
Jimi focuses on getting to understand each student's needs so that he and the student can agree on a realistic lesson plan with realistic goals. He focuses on asking each student exactly what they want to do in their first lesson and then sets up a realistic practice schedule with each student so that they can meet the goals they agree on. For the "doing it for fun" younger student, Jimi uses a philosophy that motivates the student to practice by using a work/fun balance that stresses working towards public performance when possible.
GET READY TO JAMN
One thing that Jimi thrives on as a teacher is to get each student to jam with the music. Whether it means that they sing or play along with the original version using CDs or with an IPOD or having his students play by ear, the student can sing and play using Karaoke or original recorded Versions in his studio, Jimi stresses the need to jam to give the feeling of performing to students as soon as possible. Without question, jamming, singing and playing with the song is the ultimate training for a musician.
MICROPHONES, TECHNOLOGIES AND GADGETS
One other important thing involved in Jimi's lessons is to get the student comfortable and effective with using a microphone for his singing students. Jimi has a complete professional PA system in his Metro Boston Studio to allow the student to work on microphone technique and monitoring techniques as well. Whether you or your child wants a casual "for fun" philosophy or you or your child are career minded about music, Jimi will find a fun philosophy for each student that is not necessarily a "one size fits all" approach. The cool resources and gadgets in Jimi's Music Studio include a state of the art PA System complete with Pro Equipment that will simulate Stage Performance for students. It allows the students at any level to sing with Produced Tracks or Basic Karaoke with Microphones as well as Pro Settings. The studio will give students the ability to perform in a private setting so that they can develop the skills to perform in public. Microphone and Monitoring Techniques are also worked on and Jimi also uses all of the Vocal Technology Products he endorses to make the student's voices even better with these awesome enhancements. The philosophy is to learn to sing without all of these enhancement products first and then put the student's voice over the top with them later. Jimi wants to get the students ready as fast as possible technically and then bring songs into the mix quickly as well.
PERSONAL STYLE DEVELOPMENT
While the student works on their songs, Jimi focuses on what kind of songs the student does exceptionally well and then builds on those strengths while working on the student's own unique personal style. If the Voice/Singing student is looking to be a Singer/Songwriter, Jimi also teaches Songwriting and Personal Style Development to enable each student to develop their own unique style through Artist Development practices that his company works on. Whether you're a Solo Artist or you're part of a band or group, Jimi will help you find your own personal style so that you are unique and not a copy of another artist .
While Jimi has no children of his own, his "kids" are his music students and he takes a lot of pride in watching them grow as musicians as well as in life.
NETWORKING AND KNOWING PEOPLE IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY AND JIMI'S PRODUCTION COMPANY
Jimi plays a wide variety of instruments and is a Songwriter, Record Producer, Studio Musician, Promoter and Talent Scout. His talent development company has existed since 1991 and has produced many shows in the New England area since then. In 2002, the company expanded and started to help musicians to expand their music careers and in 2009 Jimi's dream of having a recording studio was then realized. It enabled his voice students and talent clients to fully expand their careers by not only coaching with Jimi, but being produced and recorded in his company's studio.Jimi has produced demos and full CDs for his students and Talent Clients and has helped them to get their music careers going.
TEEN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM AND MORE ON GETTING SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS
Jimi is also responsible for preparing Teens for Colleges and University Programs that know they want to pursue music as a career. Jimi has not only been successful in getting his teen students into the college or university of their choice, but has also put his students in a position to get them substantial grants and full college and university scholarships. Jimi has also created a successful TEEN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM (T.D.P.) for young teens who know that they want a music career.
The T.D.P. is designed so that if a young adult works with Jimi for numerous years that they can pick a career path suitable for them. The T.D.P. can have a student with any one of three career paths 1) College/University Path where a large repertoire and portfolio is created for presentation to Colleges and Universities to not only allow a student to get into the Higher Education Institution of their choice, but to get them the scholarships and grants that they deserve so that they and their parents are not shelling out as much as $300,000 for those costs. The Higher Education Plan is built on a the development of an impressive portfolio of hundreds of songs, Demo CD, Demo DVD, Original Songs and the building of a Performance Resume in the student's teen years.
This Portfolio is then presented to Higher Education Institutions to allow a realistic chance of getting into the college of their choice and getting substantial scholarship and grant money. The success of the T.D.P. is amazing as many of Jimi's students have been accepted into colleges and universities and received scholarships. 2) The second T.D.P. is for those students and parents who simply want to learn what they need to move their music careers by doing complete development with Jimi directly. While Jimi is a graduate of New England Conservatory of Music and stresses a college education, sometimes it isn't possible or sometimes career minded musicians simply want a teacher to guide them in their career path without going to college or a university. Some musicians who have a higher caliber of talent will take this path knowing that they or their parents might want to pay for the financing of a recording a professional CD with a modest budget compared to the potential $300,000 budget Higher Education Institutions charge.
If your child is considering a music career, whatever career path he or she decides, Jimi is more than qualified to help plan that path. Some of Jimi's students entering the T.D.P. Program have had Portfolios of over 500 songs in different genres of music, have impressive resumes, go out on acting auditions, have formed their own groups or developed themselves as solo artists and have also studied song writing with Jimi to realize their own dream of writing their own songs as well as recording them in his studio. The T.D.P is not for the casual student taking lessons for fun, but it is there if the student needs it. The resources that Jimi has to help his students and the network of musicians and music business people he knows is an incredible asset. 3) The Third Career Path of Jimi's T.D.P. is for the student to pursue both Career Paths 1 and 2). This can be accomplished by the talented and elite students that study with Jimi
ADULT CAREER MARKETING AND SOCIAL MEDIA
Jimi can help you with the marketing part of your career. The resources of his company allow his talent clients to develop websites, Press Kits, Electronic Press Kits, Produce Demos, CDs as well as develop a live show if your act is a solo artist or group. The phenomenon of Social Media which has blown up the past 18 months is staggering and music artists need to use that technology in promoting their careers. Studying with Jimi opens the door to all of the marketing things that his company does to promote his artists. There is nothing more gratifying to Jimi than seeing his students succeed. With the ever changing aspects of the business side of the music business, Jimi and his company have their hands on pulse of the future as well as the changes that happen daily.
Whatever walk of life you or your child come from, Jimi Z. will help you to become the singer and performer you want to be. Jimi can help you find your voice, make you sound and play great on your instrument or teach you musicianship skills that are essential to a successful music career. Or if you're taking lessons for fun, Jimi will teach you to love playing and have a fun and pleasurable experience.
Jimi takes pride in being a great and experienced teacher of over 30 years, but he is still an active performer and principal songwriter. Nothing makes Jimi happier than a student who grows as a musician in his studio that loves to play music and have fun.
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TYPICAL LESSON PLAN FOR THE SINGING STUDENT:
THERE IS A SHORTER LEARNING CURVE FOR SINGERS (MONTHS NOT YEARS!!!)
One important thing to consider about taking Singing Lessons or Voice Lessons is that The Learning Curve is much quicker for both Adults and Children compared to the Learning Curve of other instruments like Guitar, Piano or Drums. There are certain aspects of learning to sing that make the learning curve happen within months and not years. This makes singing so much easier for everyone to learn in a timely manner. This can help with younger students who might be less patient and might have lower attention spans.
SINGERS ARE GUARANTEED TO EXPAND THEIR RANGE WITHOUT BELTING AND HURTING THEIR VOICE
Depending on whether the student is doing lessons for fun or for a possible career, Jimi Z.'s teaching philosophy stresses good vocal technique that allows the student to develop maximum vocal range to hit higher notes that they never could hit by relaxing the muscles in and around the larynx.
Students will learn good posture and breathing and learn how to execute singing by doing warmup/workouts that strengthen the correct muscles in the larynx and the abdominal muscles. The philosophy of execution on these exercises will seamlessly transcend into doing the same execution in songs.
Students will receive a WarmUp/Workout CD to practice to which is easy to follow. Songs will be introduced as soon as possible. Tone will improve as muscles strengthen. Students will later work on Microphone Technique, using Vocal Technologies,effects and really cool gadgets that are available in Jimi's studio via his product endorsements, Monitoring and the development of the student's own personal style are worked on by Pro Students.
Later in the curriculum, students can look forward to not only enjoying the benefits of range expansion and good tone because of the relaxed vocal technique, but then they'll be able to explore further range expansion through Passsagio Bridging to the Mix Voice and Falsetto register combined with microphone technique. Students will have the opportunity to use Karaoke CDs as well as a device which removes vocals off of conventional Music CDs so that they can sing in a Pro setting that is live and true.
Overall the methods Jimi Z. uses are The McClosky Technique(Jimi is Certified), Bel Canto Technique, The Alexander Technique for alignment and body mapping and The Jimi Z. Pop Vocal Approach to singing. Jimi Z. takes his approach with each student individually.
TYPICAL LESSON PLAN FOR THE POP PIANO STUDENT
Pop Piano Students can look forward to an unconventional approach not used by many classical piano teachers. This is a welcome idea that most younger students welcome with open arms because you don't need to play classical music or be trained classically to effectively play Pop or Rock as many people will misunderstand as being the norm. Pop/Rock Piano Students can look forward to learning basic fingerings to formulate melody on both hands. All students will learn major scales and then learn to finger 3 note chords on both hands. It is then that the students start to jamn to recorded CDs and keep up with the recorded version by playing simple chords and simple melodies. Later on in the development, if the student wants to take things to a higher level, improvisational studies can be introduced that are more difficult. A lot of time is spent learning things by ear and a lot of jamning is encouraged with simple songs first evolving into more challenging songs later on.
(FOR TYPICAL LESSON PLANS ON SAXOPHONE/CLARINET AND SONGWRITING PLEASE REFER TO THE ABOUT SECTION BELOW)
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COOL AMENITIES AND CONVENIENCES TO JIMI'S STUDENTS
Private entrance to the studio with a fantastic sitting and waiting area for parents with WiFi and DirectTV!
ACCESSIBLE BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION AND FREE AND EASY PARKING AVAILABLE
Studio is also very convenient and accessible to all MBTA Lines and there is also Free Parking Year Round in a very safe neighborhood.
PIANO, TECHNOLOGIES AND GADGETS
Studio has an electric piano/keyboard, full PA system, microphones and state of the art Vocal Technologies and cool gadgets professional singers use. Karaoke and Production Tracks can also be used and one of Jimi's really cool gadgets removes vocals off regular CDs if students can't find a Karaoke Version of song they're performing. This allows every student to sing with cool equipment in the best setting possible. Students may also play their songs through their IPODS and our WiFi capability allows us to download songs from YouTube as well as give us the lightning fast ability to download songs and Karaoke from the MP3 download service.
MUSIC LIBRARY OF OVER 80,000 SONGS
Jimi Z's complete Music Library which is updated monthly with 80 new songs per month has over 80,000 songs spanning from 1930's/1940's Swing/Big Band era through all decades into our current decade. Jimi's 30 Years of being a teacher since 1981 allows him to know a lot of songs from all eras. Jimi can accompany his student's lessons as well and help you with correct song choices from the enormous library of music available.
Studio Equipment includes a Full 16 Channel PA System with JBL Speakers, TC Helicon Voice Monitors, TC Helicon Voice Live, TC Helicon Voice Pedals, JBL Wedge Monitors, VAM Acoustic Monitors, MP3 Recorder, Cassette Recorder, 2 PC Computers and a Professional American DJ System.
VOCAL THERAPY PRACTICE IS AVAILABLE WHEN NEEDED FOR CLIENTS WITH VOICE DISORDERS OR VOCAL ISSUES
Jimi's Voice Therapy Practice allows recommendations for Vocal Health Products such as Vaporizers and other products to keep your voice healthy. Our direct affiliation with major Ear, Nose and Throat Hospitals and their associated physicians can make your vocal health experience not only better for your voice in general, but we have direct access to reputable Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists that we work with in tandem that are experts in every medical voice disorder if you have any complications with your voice or your larynx overall.
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*Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25
lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.McClosky Voice Technique, Alexander Voice Technique, Bel Canto Voice Technique, Jimi Z. Modern Voice Method. Being a voiceover actor and previous Broadway actor, I also use a lot of drama in performance styles.
Audition Prep, Broadway Singing, Choir, Classical Voice, Ear Training, Gospel Singing, Jazz Voice, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Singing, Vocal Training
Music has always been a large part of my life. I began piano lessons at age 5 and sang with my school, community, and church choirs growing up. I always enjoyed participating in school musicals, band concerts, and theatre. I began private voice study at age 16, and started my own student-run musical theatre company the same year. I strive to motivate my students to be unique musicians with the confidence to pursue their artistic passions!
Kaila F. is a versatile musician who enjoys performing classical, jazz, and musical theatre repertoire. She regularly performs with the Boston Symphony Orchestra as a member of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus under the direction of John Oliver, and has appeared in performance at Carnegie Hall with James Taylor, Sting, and Steve Martin. She has recently appeared in productions by New England Cabaret Theatre, Boston Metro Opera, Boston Opera Collaborative, MIT’s Gilbert & Sullivan Players (Boston), Theatre de la Jeune Lune (Mpls), Illusion Theatre (Mpls), and the Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company of Minnesota. Additionally, Kaila has performed scenes from The Marriage of Figaro (Susanna), Don Giovanni (Zerlina), Carmen (Micaela), and The Tender Land (Laurie).
In 2007, Kaila participated in a six-week music performance workshop in Vienna, Austria where she had the opportunity to study classical repertoire with renowned soprano Donna Robin. She has participated in Nautilus Music-Theater’s Wesley Balk Opera / Music-Theater Institute in Minneapolis, Cambridge Summer Opera, and several workshops with Tony-Award Winning Theatre de la Jeune Lune (Mpls). Kaila is an experienced teacher of voice and piano, and has directed three full-length musical theatre productions. She currently lives in Cambridge, MA where she studies with soprano Kathleen Flynn. Kaila received her B.M. in Vocal Performance from Augsburg College in Minneapolis.
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My promise to my students:
I will strive to provide musical instruction of the highest quality to the student by engineering a method specifically suited to their needs and aspirations. I will consistently search for new ways to challenge, enrich, and improve my students – providing them with the tools for a worthwhile musical experience.
My teaching style:
I have a passion for performing and teaching. I believe that music is an essential part of life, and that those who are involved in music find success in other areas of life as well. Music gives us energy and confidence!
It requires a lot of work and practice to become proficient on any instrument, but the work should be enjoyable – we make music because we love it! That said, it will not always be fun - every student runs into problems now and then that can be discouraging. The majority of musical practice is done at home, when the teacher is not there to assist the student. Therefore, it is important that students gather skills during lesson times that empower them to address difficult issues on their own.
What Happens In a Lesson:
The music lesson is an invaluable tool for musicians of any age and skill level. It is a time to reinforce fundamentals, learn new approaches to prepared material, learn new concepts, and receive the advice of a fellow musician. It is not a time to warm-up or practice materials assigned from a previous session.
Generally a lesson will begin with five to fifteen minutes of “fundamentals” - including scales, and warm-ups. Next is the performance of pieces assigned from a previous session, working through each assignment, and an introduction of what should be worked on for the next lesson (this is the core of the lesson). New concepts and studies are also introduced at this time. The lesson schema will, of course, vary from student to student. I am open to suggestions from students regarding material they would like to work on, and enjoy working my own teachings into new material.
My teaching method focuses on proper breath control and relaxed yet energized singing. The breath is the foundation for everything we do as musicians, and it is important to be comfortable and familiar with one's own body when creating music of any kind.
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Private in-home studio with 88-key weighted keyboard, music stand, seating, and hot tea/water provided
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Classical, musical theatre, jazz, folk, pop
H. Wesley Balk - focusing on the complete-singer actor
Acting, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Singing, Speaking Voice, Theater Acting
If you are a seasoned performer, I will guide you in developing agility, musicality, range, dynamics, and phrase shape. If you are a first-time vocal student, I will provide an engaging, supportive environment to find your voice.
My instruction is based on professionalism, experience and range from more than 25 years of singing and 13 years of teaching. I have advanced education in vocal performance and am an AmSAT certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, which allow me to integrate the intellectual and physical aspects of singing. I use my energy, attentiveness and creativity to tailor lessons towards each student's unique needs.
I base my vocal technique on the Italianate tradition of operatic "bel canto," but also incorporate broad experience in musical theater, jazz, and early to contemporary classical music.
* Breath control
* Healthy vocal production "bel canto"
* Fach transition
* 20th Century music
Rodolfo, La Boheme
Count Almaviva, Barbiere di Siviglia
Goro, Madama Butterfly
Mr Splinters, The Tender Land
Don Basilio, Marriage of Figaro
Juror #3, Resurrection (Machover)
The Cowboy, The Blue Hotel (Hulse)
* Aspen Opera Theater Center
* Boston Lyric Opera
* Rome Opera Festival
* Austin Lyric Opera
* Amato Opera
* Dicapo Opera
* Bronx Opera
I have made demonstration tapes for new works (musical theater and opera) and know how to work a new piece into any voice.
In addition, I have worked with the Alexander Technique for over 15 years and integrate its principles into my lessons. My approach is creative, energetic and disciplined.
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Every student is different and every lesson will be different depending on the needs of the individual, and the demands of the day. I use the principles of the Alexander Technique to open up the student's mind and body to new experiences.
In general, lessons will start with a simple warm-up. Then scales and arpeggios to develop agility, musicality, range, dynamics, and phrase shape. Finally, the last part of the lesson I incorporate some of the new ideas that were communicated earlier into the student's repertoire.
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Piano, Alexander Technique table,
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*Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.
Teaches beginner through professional:
Singing, Voice Opera, Musical Theater, Jazz, Alexander Technique.
Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Singing, Speaking Voice
Dear Students and Parents:
My passion for performing and teaching brought me to TakeLessons as a way to enrich the Boston community and help individual students sing and perform at their best. As an operatic performer, I thoroughly understand the importance of building a strong technical background for any level of singing or professional speaking. As a teacher, I love having fun in lessons and building strong musical connections with my students at absolutely any level. My personal performing experiences span opera, musical theater, jazz, pop, and R&B. I am so excited to share my knowledge and passion for singing with you. As of February 2013, I am also available through TakeLessons' online instruction program! Please find more information below and I hope to hear from you soon!
A native of Charlotte, NC, Zachary began his musical career as a tuba player and jazz bass guitarist. While attending The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Zachary began singing in various vocal groups on campus and developed his love for the singing voice. With encouragement from the music faculty, Zachary began training as an operatic baritone while at UNC. While attending UNC, Zachary was awarded both the Fischer Scholarship in Voice and the Tony McDowell Voice Scholarship. His singing brought him to Boston in the summer of 2010 to begin study at The Boston Conservatory. While performing various opera roles and attending summer programs, Zachary also opened his private studio and taught at a local music academy. He will sing the role of Marcello in The Boston Conservatory's production of La Boheme in April 2013, as well as a February opera scenes program which will include Cosi fan tutte and The Pearl Fishers.
Baritone Zachary B. is quickly establishing himself as an active operatic performer. Equally at home on the recital stage, his versatile lyric baritone voice fits a wide range of repertoire and styles. A graduate of The Boston Conservatory, Zachary has performed roles like the titular role in Don Giovanni (2012), Ramiro in L'Heure Espagnole (2012), L'horloge comtoise in L'Enfant et les sortileges (2012), Pooh-Bah in The Mikado (2011), and Bob in The Old Maid and the Thief (2011). Most recently, Zachary performed Character #7 in the ensemble chamber opera Transformations (Conrad Susa). Zachary concurrently sings as a paid church soloist and performs a wide variety of solo and choir material in Boston.
Starting in February 2013, Zachary will also be available through TakeLessons for online instruction. Lessons will still focus on energy, breath, and solid technique, so please contact him if you think this venue of instruction will be a good fit!
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Regardless of your background, I believe in making lessons fun, encouraging, and accessible. This means that my work with you will, by nature, be incredibly personal and always formulated for your specific musical goals. I will constantly strive to make sure you are comfortable in our work together as we explore singing, speaking, and music theory.
I believe every singing or speaking voice can benefit from a foundation in classical vocal technique. Whether you prefer to learn through singing songs or through various exercises, I can customize our lesson plan to fit your needs. Therefore, I provide a fun and engaging lesson atmosphere, but you need to bring your best as well! We will both be happier with the process if we are equally invested in your growth. We will start with something you already know (an aria, vocal exercise, or excerpt from a song) and work toward singing in your preferred vocal style. For example, classical singers will build their knowledge of English, German, Italian, and French diction and song styles. Additionally, I will always respect and include my student's musical interests.
Along the way, I am happy to address basic music theory ideas. If you prefer, we can also spend additional time reviewing and learning those principles to enrich your musical experience. I will always provide different exercises and ideas to keep your brain active in the singing process.
I believe in whole body, whole spirit singing. As a performer, I employ a variety of holistic exercises and theories to develop my own voice, such as basic Alexander Technique principles, voice therapy techniques, a variety of pedagogical palates, and energy work. If these sorts of things interest you, I am more than happy to incorporate them into our lessons. My personal results with those practices have been incredible, so I am always eager to share.
My personality is outgoing and energetic, so I bring that sort of atmosphere to a lesson. I expect preparedness and readiness on your part to maximize our work together. My greatest desire in teaching is to see you grow! So, if a challenging, yet comforting, work environment sounds like something you would like to try, consider scheduling a trial lesson with me. I am always happy to hear from new students!
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Open area between the living room and the dining room, seating available, piano to accompany the voice lesson, garage/driveway/street parking.
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I prefer for my students to have a keyboard or piano, and if possible, a music stand. We can always make a situation work if the student does not have access to these tools. I provide music, pencils, etc.
*** Specialties ***
*Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25
lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.I am an opera singer, and specialize in classical singing. However, I apply similar vocal technique to all genres of music, and focus on breathing technique, body and energy awareness, and discuss a holistic approach to singing with all students.
Acting, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Singing, Songwriting
I'm a Berklee educated musician with eight year experience teaching ages two and up in the Boston area. Over the years, I've taught private and group lessons, have been the music director for various musicals, choirs and handbell groups, and have also spent time as a tutor and preschool teacher!
My teaching philosophy is a simple one: I believe everyone has music in them. Growing up, I had a lot of teachers who were strict, stubborn, and unhelpful. It's easy to crush a person's spirit when they open up to you musically, and it's been my goal to only foster and encourage people who are ready to start their musical journey. I form the lesson around YOU: what songs you want to learn, what goals you have for your music, and what aspects you want to learn.
When I'm not teaching, I participate in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop in NYC, and I'm currently working on my sixth musical. I'm also a member of the Boston Association of Cabaret Artists, and am enrolled at the American School of Piano Tuning.
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*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect my students to provide their instruments when I go to their home. While I have copies of the books, they should have their own.
*** Specialties ***
Piano- jazz, improv, rock, classical
Voice- broadway, jazz, classical, pop, rock
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