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Broadway Singing, Cello, Fiddle, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Viola, Violin
A versatile musician and teacher, Nashville-born musician James is dedicated to music through education, performance and personal growth. James has a diverse background in the musical arts. He has served as violinist and principal violist in many orchestras and ensembles. As a vocalist, James has sung in opera, oratorio, master-classes and recitals as a countertenor soloist. He has served as director of the Clarksville Youth Orchestra at Austin Peay State University and currently serves as the Director of Music Ministries for Cloyd's Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Mt. Juliet, TN. He maintains a private studio in Nashville, TN and is on the faculty of the Allegro School of Music.
James has studied with many experts in vocal science and pedagogy and has had the wonderful opportunity to study with Linda Ferrara, D. Lance Respess, Richard Miller, world-class early music expert Nancy Zylstra and twentieth-century vocal music expert Sharon Mabry. He has had masterclasses with the Metropolitan Opera's Bodo Igesz, leading French-diction coach Elvia Pucinelli, vocal pedagogue Richard Miller, and Thomas King, director of the AIMS Gratz program. As a violinist and violist, James has studied with music-education specialist Sara Johnson, Francis Elliot, Nashville Recording-Artist Randall Olson, and concert violinist Stefan Petrescu.
As an educator, he has served on the faculties of the Cumberland Arts Institute, W.O. Smith School of Music, Murfreesboro City School System, School of the Arts at Austin Peay State University and the East Nashville School of Music. He has taught hundreds of students in various formats ranging from one-on-one studio settings to entire youth symphony orchestras. He has been active as an adjudicator, participant, and member of various competitions and education-related conventions. He also maintains membership with various educational organizations such as the American String Teacher’s Association, Music Educator’s National Conference, and Early Music America.
In addition to working with and coaching Grammy award-winning artists, Mr. W's students have auditioned, been selected and have performed in the Tennessee Mid-State and All-State Choir and Orchestra Festivals. His students have also performed in several professional and amateur performances across the Southeast. They have also gone on to major in music earning tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships from prestigious conservatories and colleges across the country. Many of his students have become professional musicians across many genres, educators themselves, or satisfied amateur hobbyists.
*** Lesson Details ***
As a teacher many have described my style as nurturing-but-firm. When I see a student's potential, I make sure that student can attain it. I expect a willingness to learn, a desire to succeed, and a want for excellence. In return, I offer the tools to get you or your child there!
I know that not every student benefits best from only one method. As such, I employ a variety of teaching tools and methods to best suit each student. Strings students can expect to see a little bit of traditional training, a little bit of Suzuki and little bit of contemporary training. Voice students can see some Sieber vocalizes, some Vaccai, classical, jazz, and musical theater training built on an old-world teaching technique. It's all about giving the student the tools to do whatever he/she wants with his/her music of choice!
On your first lesson, I'll go over the materials needed, what you need to work on, and the very basics so you can immediately get to enjoying your new craft. In a few months, you'll be confident making new music or making better music. Within a year, you should be well prepared for one of my studio recitals!
*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a commercial music teaching studio used solely for the purposes of teaching. In the studio there is a piano, my music library, photo copier, computer, audio equipment, stereo, music stands, standing mirror, and various teaching tools. There is a waiting area for parents, siblings and other visitors.
*** Specialties ***
Voice: All Genres -- child-adult, all levels (beginning through advanced).
Violin: All Styles -- all levels (beginning through advanced).
Viola: All Styles -- all levels (beginning through advanced).
Cello: All Styles -- beginning through intermediate.
Acting, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Opera Voice, Singing, Speaking Voice
Stephanie J. graduated with a Masters of Art in Teaching in Music Education from Indiana University in 2002. She also has a Bachelor‚¬Ä¬ôs Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of West Florida. Stephanie enjoyed singing with The Indiana University Opera and The African American Choral Ensemble, during her graduate work. She has performed the role of Gretel in the opera Hansel and Gretel and has performed Mendelssohn‚¬Ä¬ôs Elijah at Carnegie Hall with vocal solos under the direction of world renowned baritone Sherill Milnes. Stephanie has performed in such musicals as Sweeney Todd, Hello Dolly, Showboat, Lil' Abner and many more. Her current students can be seen in lead roles in their high school productions, as well as in community theatre.
Stephanie is currently an adjunct professor in the Voice Department at the School of Music at Middle Tennessee State University and on the Voice Faculty at Cumberland University. She is a former music educator in Murfreesboro City Schools and Rutherford County Schools. Stephanie maintains a voice studio of 30 students year round in Murfreesboro, TN. She is a member and section leader in the International award-winning TuneTown Show Chorus, and a member of NATS the National Association of Teachers of Singing. She has taught all ages, from babies in Music with Mommie classes to the maturing voice. Stephanie feels blessed to be able to do what she loves on a daily basis as a profession. Her passion and joy is teaching her students how to properly use their voices so they can find the artist within.
*** Lesson Details ***
My approach to lessons is simple. Tension in the body equals tension in the voice and If you can speak it, you can sing it!
In voice lessons students learn to base singing not on what they hear, but on what they feel in the vocal tract and body. We cannot see this instrument, like we can a piano, or trumpet and so the technique must be based on what it feels like.
Why Should I Take Lessons from Stephanie?
Are you wanting to improve your vocal range? 100% of my students have gained up to an octave of range through lessons with me.
How about agility? The exercises I give my students will improve your agility to handle difficult vocal passages.
Freeing those notes in your upper register a problem? I know how to help "let go" of those notes that you avoid.
Do you have a noticeable "break"? The break or passaggio is the weakest part of the voice. I teach my students how to approach and sing through the passaggio by using mixed voice.
Whatever your "vocal issues" may be, I have the knowledge and experience to help you gain the voice you knew was already in you.
Other Benefits for taking lessons with Stephanie: You will come away with a knowledge of not only how to sing your exercises, that are tailored just for you but the reason why we sing them. This is not a studio where you will learn a bunch of songs. Yes, of course you will learn appropriate repertoire for your voice but you will learn to sing this repertoire correctly. We break it down and work it out! Learning is Messy! Convenience of paying for lessons online and being sent lesson notes to your email each week are just a few of the other benefits of lessons with Stephanie.
Students will also learn:
Technique: Body Alignment, Proper Breathing, Resonance, Placement, varied singing styles and the technique for each style from classical, musical theatre, or pop.
Musicianship: Music literary through music reading, sight singing, and aural skills, phrasing, creative music exploration.
Repertoire: Students will learn a broad selection of repertoire, Art Songs, Classical Pieces, Musical Theatre, and Foreign Language Songs.
Students are required to attend Studio Class.
Students will learn in a positive atmosphere with other students from my studio in Studio Classes. These classes will be once a quarter. There will be a fee for studio class. These classes are workshops for the students to become more prepared in performance for their current repertoire. At times I will bring in an outside coach/clinician to work with the students during studio classes.
Students participate in a Spring Recital.
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Specializing in musical theatre, classical voice using Italian methods of singing, such as bel canto style. Speech level singing, singing based on the speaking voice. A Capella styles, such as barbershop singing, and contemporary styles used in pop, rock, and Christian music.
Broadway Singing, Classical Voice, Country Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Singing, Songwriting
*** About Me ***
My name is Courtney O., and I love to teach music.
I started playing piano in the second grade and began taking private voice lessons when I was 12. I focused on music and music business all the way through my BM degree at Minnesota State University Moorhead. I have been involved in private lessons, musical theater, choirs, vocal jazz, and so many other things in between. I am a self-taught songwriter, and moved to Nashville in 2009 to pursue music. I spent my first year in Tennessee teaching privately at the high school level, which I loved! I spent the next four years in Corporate America, but have found how profoundly I miss teaching. I have recently returned to my own personal vocal study with a wonderful studio in Nashville, and am reopening my teaching schedule! I am currently accepting any age and level for voice coaching, basic music theory and basic songwriting. I am available in person in Nashville, or over Skype anywhere in the world!
*** Specialties ***
I believe in a strong basis in music theory and music literacy, no matter what. I believe in teaching traditional technique and taking it to every genre. For example, use of proper breath support and posture can be translated from Opera to country music. I teach classical, broadway, jazz and pop styles for voice, and classical and pop in composing and songwriting. I coach all levels of voice students, and beginning Composition and songwriting students.
*** Requirements ***
Student must have his or her own instrument. Voice students should either play another instrument or have a recording device so they have a means of remembering and practicing the lesson during the week. For students without a piano, I have a keyboard I can bring with me if there is no piano or keyboard in the home. While I can provide some music, students should be expected to purchase their own. I will keep the demands on this stipulation reasonable.
Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Singing, Speaking Voice
Erica makes her home in Nashville after years of performing on the road with cruise ships, theme parks, and a Broadway tour. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor's of Music in Commercial Voice from Belmont University and is currently an adjunct professor for the university. Privately, she teaches pop, country, musical theatre, jazz, rock, and folk singing. She also works closely with the youth program at Street Theatre Company, producing and directing ClassAct Dramatic musicals.
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Erica works with students of all ages to study correct singing practices, increasing range, tone quality, breath support, and a well rounded repertoire. She also concentrates on the performance side of singing. This builds confidence, poise, and self-esteem in any student as well as emphasizes the importance of the story-telling aspect of a singer.
She works with the student to create a curriculum that will keeps the student's goals in mind while creating an atmosphere that stimulates creativity in the teaching style that is most effective for the individual.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Erica teaches out of the Rob H. home studio in Goodlettsville and out of her home studio in East Nashville.
*** Specialties ***
All Styles: Jazz, Musical Theatre, Country, Rock, Pop, and Folk.
Broadway Singing, Music Theory, Piano, Singing
I am a classically trained vocalist who started singing and playing piano at the age of 7. I have a background in music theater, opera and commercial voice. I studied piano through college and started teaching beginning piano and voice during my summer breaks. I attended Belmont University where I earned a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance and minor in music business.†I absolutely love teaching beginning voice and piano. This one of the most influential times during a student's study. I think we've all had a teacher at some time or another that made learning a negative experience. It's my job and goal to make your experience the complete opposite. I want you to have fun and be relaxed. Most of all, I want you to learn to love music and the possibilities it can bring you.
*** Lesson Details ***
When it comes to teaching, I work with beginner students in piano and voice, typically ages 6 to 18. I want to make students feel comfortable and excited for their lesson. Music should always be about having fun.For piano, I use the Bastien Piano Basics Series†along with supplemental material. My students learn basic technique, theory, music history and ear training. During music history and theory lessons, I like to use the computer and iPad as another resource to teach. Kids today are surrounded by technology so why not let technology also help them to fall in love with music?During voice lessons, each student will learn the basics of singing. I use a book I have used myself during my vocal studies, Releasing the Inner Voice: A Guide for Singers†by Marjorie Halbert, to help through the beginning stages. My main goal as a teacher is to show you how to sing properly and safely first, then, we can use that foundation as a sounding board to experiment in the different styles you want to sing.
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Beginning piano - basic technique and music theory. Beginning classical/opera, gospel, musical theater and pop voice.†
Broadway Singing, Christian Gospel, Classical Voice, Gospel Singing, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Opera Voice, Singing
Vocalist/ Songwriter/Composer Angelia W. was born on July 18,1975 in Chicago, IL. By the early age of three, Angelia had already grown a love for music and loved to sing. However, it wouldn't be until a few years later that she would develop a sincere desire to become a serious musician. By the age of 9, Angelia was singing lead vocals with her local church choir, and by 14, she was touring already with the duet act “Tamara and Angie”.
While touring, Angelia became a well known mezzo- soprano whose broad vocal range also include alto and tenor. From 1992 until 2002, Angelia held the position of Praise and Worship Lead and Section Leader at one of the largest churches in the Greater Milwaukee area; Balm and Gilead For All People International Ministries. In concert with this experience, over the years she has also performed, toured and recorded with well know gospel groups such as The Enspired Chorale, The Voices of Praise, Shekinah, and the Minneapolis Gospel Sound. She has had the pleasure of performing in concert with some of the biggest names in gospel music such as Fred Hammond, The Men of Standard, Karen Clarke-Sheard, Detrick Haddon, and Kim Burrell just to name a few.
In the fall of 2002, Angelia decided that she didn't just want to perform, but rather teach music, and began her formal education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee majoring in Music with a concentration in voice, of which she now holds a Bachelors degree.
Angelia is well versed in many genres such as Gospel, Jazz, Classical, R&B, etc. and she brings her long history of performance and excellence to her private voice studio that is sure to enrich every student vocally and performance wise also.
"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."