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My name is Zarni and I am a recent graduate from the Berklee College of Music with a Bachelors in Music Education and Songwriting. During my time at Berklee I received two scholarships, The Korg Endowed for Early Childhood Education and the Scott Benson Scholarship, the highest award given for Songwriting. Most recently I won Most Promising Music Educator Award in the Choral department, an award given by the Dean of the Berklee College of Music.
I am just as passionate about writing, listening to, learning and analyzing the popular music that you listen to!
I have taught in several different environments. I taught for two years at the West End Boys and Girls Club (an after school program for teens ages 10-18) as a vocal and piano teacher. I also started a songwriting program for students that were interested in writing. We rapped together, played pop tunes together, learned how to sing harmonies together and I became a tutor to many of these students wanting to learn songs that they loved. I was also the Berklee Summer Day Sessions Vocal instructor where I had a different group of vocalists every week and we prepared for a final performance. I have also traveled abroad to Cyprus (near Greece) to write, direct and choreograph a musical for students to help them with English language skills through music. Along with teaching, I am also an active writer and performer. I have been featured on several television series (WSKG TV, Newschannel34, Music Closet TV and the Steve Katsos Show) as well as performed on tour along the East coast (Chicago, NY, Philadelphia, Boston) as well as abroad in South Africa and Cyprus.
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My students have always had the opportunity to offer ideas on which songs they wanted to learn. I like to give my vocalists instruction on how to breathe properly, how to use the voice in various ways while always being healthy, and of course the important aspects of performance. I am an experienced performer but I know how intimidating it can be when you first get up in front of an audience. I have seen so many of my students become terrific performers using some basic techniques to understand how simple fixes can transform an entire performance. For my students that just love to play piano and sing, I make my lessons fun by making sure that my students always appreciate the music they are playing or singing. Lessons are a team work where the student says what they want to learn, I provide honest and patient feedback while teaching and I introduce new things and songs sometimes when the student seems ready to explore music in other ways! use a variety of method books (Hanon, Bastien, Belwin) for beginning students and a variety of pieces from different repertoire (Classical, Jazz, Pop) for more experienced students. I am classically trained in both voice and piano but I love singing and teaching all styles of music. I do expect that my students practice for their lessons, but also encourage students to explore on their instrument playing any style of music that they choose. I will always be there to help students make a connection between what they already know from listening to music and new musical concepts and techniques.
I work well with out going and shy students because I understand that music is easy in many ways but also difficult in other ways and I take a compassionate and caring approach to each of my students as we explore music together!
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f/w keyboard, small recording studio with speakers and audio tech mics, can record her vocal students nice clean space seating for parents
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I have a keyboard, mic and some recording equipment including laptop, Audiobox USB, Audiotech Mic, Logic
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I specialize in Classical, Pop, Jazz for piano and voice and all styles for Songwriting. I also have plenty of experience with stage performance both theatrical and contemporary.
With multiple years of teaching experience, I am also an accomplished performer of opera, musical theatre and other genres of music. I have performed around the United States and abroad and have professionally recorded with popular artists in reggae, gospel, and contemporary Christian music. A graduate of Boston University with a Master of Music degree, I also attended Fisk University for a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Let's work together to find your true voice for whatever type of music you love! Maybe you'll even discover a new talent for different styles of music!
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I foster an open and creative environment and specialize in teaching singers how to use their voice for just about every style of singing. My lessons usually begin with breathing and stretching exercises. Next, we'll develop and use a series of customized vocal warm ups. Following warm-ups, we will begin to work on music. It is important for students to be involved in the selection of music so that a personal connection is made. Some music may be selected solely to develop specific areas of musicianship and/or vocal technique. After 3-6 months of regular lessons, students should expect to be in the early stages of extending their range, developing solid vocal health and strength as well as breath connection and improved musicianship. PATIENCE is important. Good vocal technique takes time.
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Opera, Classical, Musical Theatre, Performance, Contemporary Music
I have loved music as long as I can remember. I know its cliché to say so, but it's true! :)
For me, having parents of different ethnicity and siblings that were much older than me, I was heavily impacted by the wide variety of music to which my family members listened. The force of this crayon box of rhythms and sounds captivated and affected me so much that it is the key experience that I draw from in making my own music today.
I grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska (a small town in the center of the state) so my only option for entertainment and fun was getting involved in the arts! I started performing at a very young age as both a dancer and a musician. I studied classical ballet, modern dance, hip hop and street dance, and world dance traditions throughout my formative years, which helped me to gain rhythmical fluency. I started my formal music training when I began to play the cello. From then on, I was hooked on the sound and I immersed myself in music as much as I could; performing, competing, working in as many musical groups and productions as possible (as both a vocalist and cellist), and even teaching.
I moved to Seattle in 2003 to study opera at Cornish College of the arts, only to later change my major to Jazz, and then again to Latin music studies. Since graduating from Cornish in 2007, with my Bachelor of Music degree, I have been actively and diligently working in the local music scene; performing and recording with artists and groups of many different styles. Everything from various Latin genres, to Rock, to R&B/Soul, to Hip Hop, and Jazz. Through my music, I aim to reach out to people of all cultures. I also aim to teach my own students with the hope that they too can discover the same continuous love of music that I have grown to feel (and still am growing to feel) over the years. :)
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88 key piano, (Yamaha keyboard), cello, various percussion instruments, guitars, library, computer, lessons are given in the living room.
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As far as voice goes, I teach all genres and styles but I personally specialize in the Latin genres. I teach all aspects of the music; rhythm, harmony, theory. I even teach performance; how to work with a band in real-time communication, song communication (or story telling as I like to call it), and developing ones own personal style. I believe that there is much more to singing than just vocal technique alone, so I believe in teaching musical fundamentals and functions so that my students will not only be considered vocalists, but competent musicians.
I have been teaching voice and music lessons for several years now to a wide range and variety of students. I have successfully helped individuals learn how to sing, speak, act, write songs, and play the piano. Some students come to me to build their confidence or skills. Other students come to me just to have a really great time. All my students grow from their experiences learning music with me. I use a variety of methods and it all depends on what you, as a student, are needing from your lessons.
My background is diverse. I have written and recorded dozens of musical albums over the last decade. I often perform for music and theater events in Seattle and Washington. I have a bachelor of science in contemporary vocal performance and a master of arts in information and learning technologies (educational psychology and online learning). I am very involved in the theater industry within Seattle and direct productions from time to time.
I work out of my apartment close to Capitol Hill in Seattle, Washington. I can also arrange online lessons. I am, however, not mobile.
Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you!
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Contemporary ear training, speech-level singing, songwriting, rock, r &b, soul, gospel, musical theatre, Beginning classical, Voice
I've been a professional singer and teacher for over 40 years with a B.M.E. degree in music education and a M.A. in Vocal Performance. A long-standing member of the Nat. Assn of Teachers of Singing. I work with a variety of styles from classical to pop, country, jazz, and Broadway. My students are currently performing in some major theatres and with top name musicians. I honestly believe "anyone can learn to sing" and take students from "pitch-challenged" to pros who want to tweak their voice. I have demo videos to show how my lessons work.
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