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Ree B.

Phoenix, AZ
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Al P.

Glendale, AZ
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Karen R.

Mesa, AZ
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Ree B. Phoenix, AZ

Subjects Taught

Music Performance, Singing, Songwriting

About Me

Hey there!

No matter what stage you are at in your singing exploration, I can help empower you to let your voice be heard and have FUN in the process. :o)

--- What do I bring to the table, you ask? Well....

As an experienced singer songwriter and current front woman of an indie rock band, I bring a lot of real world vocal and performance experience to my students. Having a diverse musical history ranging from pop, r&b, punk, emo, 80's soft rock, to big band, classical, musical theater, and black gospel, I am able to understand and teach students within the style that they feel most passionate about.

I'm a huge believer in directly applying the techniques taught, so our lessons will consist of scales and understanding of the voice, but will always include song application on songs of your choice. I mean, after all, if you don't like the songs you're working on, you will have less motivation to practice and get better!!

--- What is my educational background?

I studied voice for four years at Grand Canyon University, graduating with a B.A. in Creative Arts with a Vocal Emphasis. But to be honest, I gained most of my vocal power and control after graduating by studying with vocal coaches of artists such as Natasha Bedingfield, Hayley Williams of Paramore, and Taylor Swift. Because of this personal experience, I incorporate many of the Speech Level Singing techniques, and have taught students from ages 4-52 over the last 10 years.

--- Nervous or struggling with stage fright?

I feel you and can help you with this! I battled stage fright for what seemed like forever, so I have a close understanding of students dealing with the frustrations of stage fright.

--- Looking for performance help?

Yep, I can help with that. I've been performing locally, nationally, and some internationally for many years. I've helped many students come out of their shell on stage!

--- What else am I about?

Well, along with teaching voice and playing gigs under my solo project and with my band Dearspeak, I'm also an instructor at The School of Rock, a singing princess character for kids birthday parties, a mentor and advocate for abuse recovery, and an occasional music substitute teacher for the Scottsdale district.

I absolutely love being able to inspire people to sing and give voice to the unique sound that we all have within us. It's a personal passion of mine to help others find their voice and the inner strength to let it be heard!

See you soon!
Ree

*** Lesson Details ***
I have a laid back and fun approach in lessons. High focus on applying techniques to songs, mainly of the students choosing. Techniques shared are mainly from the Speech Level Singing school of thought. Performance skills and songwriting assistance if needed. Students are encouraged to bring their phones or iPod's to record lessons!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano
Guitar
Microphone & PA equipment

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Pop, Rock, R & B, and Musical Theater. Many of my techniques come from Speech Level Singing, though I borrow from the classical approach as well. I also specialize in helping students with performing and overcoming stage fright.

Al P. Glendale, AZ

Subjects Taught

Drum, Guitar, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Songwriting

About Me

Al P. (Powerman 5000-Martin Sexton-Cypress Hill-Everlast-Lance Lopez-DYS) is a multi instrumentalist, educator, composer, producer, drummer-music director. Widely known as co founder-drummer for DreamWorks recording artist and multi platinum selling rock group Powerman 5000 (1990-02). His rock solid beats are deeply rooted in the long history of the art of drumming.

Bio:
Hailing from Pittsburgh, Pa. and educated at the prestigious Trinity College of Music, London (Pgh. center), Al served as external examiner teaching music theory and drums in private and ensemble settings at the U.S. center in Pittsburgh, Pa. from 1984-86 and further studies at Boston's Berklee College of Music, receiving a BM in Percussion Performance in 1992. Al is also a graduate of The Recording Workshop, Chillicothe, Ohio (music production & engineering program) Protools, Cubase, Reason, analog/digital recording techniques, editing, mixing, programming and sound design.

Al has performed or recorded with John Zorn, Cypress Hill, Soul Assassins, Martin Sexton, Zora Young, Everlast, MC RAI, Screaming Headless Torsos, the Warm Gunns, Zayra Alvarez (Rockstar: Supernova), Avenged Sevenfold, Lance Lopez, Cycle of pain...

As a performer/ writer/ actor, Al has appeared in numerous films, soundtracks and TV shows (B.H. 90210, Zoolander, Girl, Titan A.E., Bride of Chucky, Excess Baggage, Squeeze, Sex and the City, VIP, Daria, Late Nite w/ Conan O'Brien, Pepsi Musica, MTV's 120 minutes (co host), MuchMusic Live, Little Nicky, LATV Live, Loveline (co host).

As a touring musician, Al has shared the stage with Kiss, Ozzy Osbourne/ Black Sabbath, Anthrax, Metallica, Pantera, Cypress Hill, Kid Rock, Pharcyde, Korn, G Love/ Special Sauce, Marilyn Manson, Method Man, Slipknot, Henry Rollins, Snoop Dogg, N.W.A., Limp Bizkit, Primus, Everclear, Slayer, Filter, Static-X, Ozomatli, Juanes, Julieta Venegas, Charo, Los Lonely Boys, Rob Zombie, Incubus, Stone Temple Pilots and tours of North America, Canada, Europe and Japan with Powerman 5000.

I have just completed five years at the School of Rock in North Hollywood, teaching drums and musical direction for show ensembles. Prior to SOR I was Dean of Curriculum and drum teacher for the percussion department at The M. Gray Music Academy, a state of the art facility founded by Grammy Award winning artist Macy Gray located in North Hollywood Ca.

August 2011:
I have relocated to Phoenix, Arizona and am currently available for lessons.
On the recording and show front you will find me on the new "Snakefarm" release and doing live shows with Boston hardcore legends DYS.

*** Lesson Details ***
WELCOME TO YOUR LESSON...

Through my work with the M Gray Music Academy (Macy Gray) and my tenure at the Hollywood School of Rock as teacher and musical director, I have developed successful programs for students ranging in age from 5 years old and beyond. I have mentored numerous young musical groups in beneficial rehearsal techniques, live performance and basically all the things you need to know about being in a band that wants to be great!

As we explore the exciting world of music, guitars, drums and percussion, we will cover all aspects of music theory, music history and ear training through video, audio and text examples.

Students will be provided with all the necessary tools to fully understand musical concepts and have the ability to play for recreation or at a professional level.

You won't need any books to start but i do suggest a small 3 ring binder for notes, literature, weekly hand outs and homework .

For drum students: we will start by evaluating your current level of ability and then create a practice plan that works best for you. Basic hand and foot techniques and I will also incorporate grooves and beats from your favorite songs.

Future texts may include: Syncopation, Stick Control, Drum Wisdom, Patterns, Even and the odds and various snare drum sight reading examples. I will also make available notes and exercises from my exclusive personal archives (not available in any book).

Course topics for drums include:
rhythm and meter, rudiments, reading and writing music notation, stick control, single and double foot technique, four way coordination, soloing concepts, improvisation, stylistic playing, brush and mallet technique, working with metronomes, playing with electronic loops, beneficial practice methods, tuning and drum maintenance..."I can help prepare you for further education for music schools and auditions such as (Berklee College of Music, N.E. Conservatory, Musician's Institute/ PIT)

For beginner guitar 101 students, we will start with basic chord shapes, scales and common rock and blues forms. I also like to incorporate songs that students want to learn so it's not just a bunch of boring exercises.

Course topics for guitar 101 (beginner to intermediate) include:
Scales, modes, chord shapes and positions, rock and blues forms, arpeggios and learning you favorite songs!

"The primary goal is to educate students in the art of music, have a general understanding and be able to create your own grooves, songs and develop your musical voice"

Product Endorsements:
TAMA drums/hardware, Zildjian cymbals,Vater Percussion(sticks/tape), Remo drum heads, E-Pad practice pads /accessories and Rhythmtec percussion.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Vintage Ludwig club date series kit with double pedal, Tama Starclassic maple kit, Brady, Ludwig, Slingerland and Tama snares, additional practice pads, various zildjian cymbals, metronomes, music and video examples. Protools recording capable.
Various electric and acoustic guitars and basses available as well.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Me: music materials, practice pad, sticks. metronome
Drum students: sticks, pad, 3 ring binder for notes, headphones and or drum set and the will to learn something new, fun and exciting!
Guitar students: guitar, picks, cable (for electric) 3 ring binder and you will eventually need a tuner.

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.All styles

Karen R. Mesa, AZ

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, Classical Guitar, Cosmetology, English, Guitar, Language, Makeup, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Phonics, Piano, Reading, Singing, Songwriting

About Me

Karen R. was born and raised in a musical family in Lindstrom, Minnesota. Karen has loved to sing and play instruments almost all of her life, and became passionate about music early in her childhood. She has played 7 instruments proficiently including piano, bass guitar, acoustic guitar, ukulele, trombone, recorder, and voice (also an instrument). As a child, Karen took private instruction in piano and classical guitar. She sang and played guitar in her first band in the fifth grade! In high school she played trombone in band, bass guitar in stage band, and sang in the high school choir and stage chorus. In high school, she also sang and played acoustic and bass guitar in a rock band called the 6 pack, which performed for school dances and community events. Karen was also the singer and guitarist, leading the Young Life group. Even though Karen has had training in many instruments, she has had the most training in voice.

As an adult, Karen has sung extensively in church choirs, women’s ensembles, and has been a featured vocal soloist at church services, Christian retreats, and women’s ministry events. She was extensively involved in vocal music at Grace Community Christian Church, where she was the singer and guitarist leading and teaching songs to women’s Bible study groups, preschoolers at vacation Bible school, and Kids Praise Club for elementary aged children. For Kids Praise Club, she also taught the children the choreography for the performances. Presently, Karen is a Choir Director for the Choristers at First Presbyterian Church (FPC) in Mesa, AZ., and also taught singing and choreography to the children at VBS at FPC. Karen also had a main role as Mrs. Paroo in The Music Man in April of 2013, performed by the First Players at FPC. Additionally. Karen is presently a substitute elementary school teacher at Grace Community Christian School, and recently taught class guitar to students at East Valley Educational Program.

During Karen’s college career, she was a voice major at Mesa Community College (MCC) and Grand Canyon University (GCU). At MCC, she performed in the Sun Valley Chorale (SVC) and Cadence Women’s vocal jazz ensemble. SVC performed classical songs at the Mesa Arts Center, and Cadence performed jazz songs for MCC events. Karen was also involved in musical theater at MCC. Karen was an opera singer at “Night at the Opera” and a Broadway singer at “Broadway Bound”, both at MCC. At GCU, Karen has been in the President Singers, Canyon Singers, Canyon Chorale, and Union Choirs. Canyon Singers were the honor students and ambassadors for GCU and traveled locally and out of state to recruit students for GCU. As a voice major, Karen has had 9 semesters (4 ½ years) of private voice instruction under the tuteladge of Dr. Cathy Hauan at MCC, and Dr. Sheila Corley at GCU. Karen has three degrees from GCU: A Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a Minor in Music, a Master’s of Education in Reading and Curriculum, and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Music Education. Music is Karen’s passion and she desires to teach it to all ages and stages of people. Music is the universal language and creates joy and healing in the soul.

Presently, Karen owns her own home music studio called Starshine School of Music in which she teaches piano, voice, and guitar. Karen also teaches Take Lessons music students (an online music student placement company) piano, voice, and guitar in her home. Karen is also an active Mary Kay Consultant.

*** Lesson Details ***
Karen’s teaching style is very patient, nurturing, encouraging, and fun-loving. Karen is a  teacher who sets loving but firm boundaries and guidelines. She implements structure and organization, but is not overly strict and harsh. She believes in encouraging, loving, and imparting knowledge with her students so that they will maximize their potentiality and their inner musical stars will shine.
Karen teaches piano, voice, guitar, and music theory for beginning through intermediate (for voice she teaches beginning through advanced). The curriculum that Karen uses is varied according to the student's personality and learning level. She uses her vast knowledge and information from her education and past experiences, and also Alfred Essentials of Music Theory, Alfred's Instructional books, Hal Leonard Pro-vocal Series, Faber Piano Adventures for all levels, and other resources. She also uses an assignment lesson plan book so that each student will know her clear objectives, what is expected of them and so that communication is established with the student's parents if the student is under 18. Additionally, Karen uses incentives, a point system, and rewards for self-discipline, consistent practicing, musical accomplishment and growth, and a good attitude.
Karen's students learn and perform remarkably well because of her very loving, organized, and comprehensive teaching style. They progress in amazing ways on a weekly and monthly basis. They look forward to coming to their lessons because they are treated with such respect and care. They know that Karen has such a passion and love for music, which is so contagious and is passed on to them. Therefore, these music lessons are enjoyable and enriching for the teacher and student alike.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitar, Kimball piano, CD and cassette players, extensive music literature, Demo and Karaoke CD's.

*** Specialties ***
I have been classically trained as a voice major at college level. However, I have had so much musical experience (singing, and playing guitar and piano) in varied genres including rock and roll, broadway and theatrical music, country western, Christian contemporary, folk songs, and children's music. I am very familiar with all kinds of music.

Ken E.

Phoenix, AZ
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Merrill L.

Scottsdale, AZ
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Phoenix, AZ
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Ken E. Phoenix, AZ

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Songwriting

About Me

I grew up in Los Angeles studying with that town’s finest instructors. My first teacher Kay Carlson taught me how to play a variety of styles through being able to read various types of written drum music. As I was growing up my sister learned guitar, and became fairly good. She soon had a boyfriend on bass, & I was in the band!! We played all the “big Hair band” hits of the eighties, every David Bowie, Rolling Stones, & Cat Stevens song ever written. I needed this repertoire off the top of my head!
When I got to college, I was able to put my years of studying jazz to use. Those years of reading big band charts gave me valuable insights into how to capture the instinct needed to perform on drums.
I then studied with Buddy Rich’s good friend Richard Wilson. Known internationally as the Moeller Technique guru, I was able to study under him for a number of years. His instruction gave me the knowledge to increase my speed and power. This combined with the styles learned from Kay allows me to instruct from the full range of instructional techniques.
Over the years I've performed with a number of rock & roll, original, jazz, top forty, orchestras, & even a country western band! One original rock band was the top drawing band at most of the venues we performed throughout L.A. We recorded an EP & were ready to promote it when a tiff between the singer & sax player broke up the band.
I've since been teaching & performing. Composing curriculum to instruct students in a number of styles, requires knowledge of; books available for that style, common performances of said style, and how & where the “feel” comes from.
Having also worked and studied child development, enables me to accurately pinpoint a student’s development; musically.

*** Lesson Details **
Lessons are formatted as a model of "correct" practice sessions: Warm ups are how lessons are always began. We then trade weeks between snare days & drum set days. On snare days, we'll cover rudiments, technical snare readings (marching!?!). Moeller technique of holding the sticks is taught for speed, control, & power. Exercises will be assigned to boost the students skills & confidence. Rudimental instructions will be taught through individual technicalities of each rudiment. Applying students to appropriate rudimental compositions that will challenge their abilities will be assigned. Instruction on the drum set will range from studying various styles of music, independence between limbs, different fills & set-up for punches, as well as rudimental exercises for the set.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Office/Music Room: drum set, desk, couch, parents can sit in on lesson. Recording of students performing with pre-programmed music available.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Expect student to have, at least a practice pad, a metronome, & sticks. If I travel, I can have metronome sticks pad, paper, pens, necessary books, & a band in a box.

*** Specialties ***
Moeller drumming technique. Performance experience for students through performing with my band in box!

Merrill L. Scottsdale, AZ

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, Classical Voice, Country Singing, Jazz Voice, Musical Theater, Singing, Songwriting

About Me

The first voice lessons I took were ineffectual (didn't help much) or bad (made things worse). I was taught genres I did not want to learn (learn this first to learn that later), poor placement, distorted vowels, poor support, a strained or affected sound, and so on. There was a complacency of mediocre teaching that is, to some extent, changing today.

I then studied for many years with vocal Masters - people who know how to free and enhance each individual voice at a rapid pace. (See Musical Training below.) I have taken their lessons onto the stage and into my own teaching studio and used my experiences of what does and does not work - and what is most effective in the least amount of time - to benefit my students.

I excel at mending breaks, achieving tonal accuracy from 'sloppy' or 'off-pitch' singers, strengthening the voice where it is weak and sweetening it where it is harsh, expanding range toward its physical possibilities, focusing the voice, bringing ease and confidence where there was strain and worry. In short, I teach students how to remove the obstacles that block us from joyfully expressing our hearts in song.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are filled with laughing and learning. You open your mouth and whatever comes out, we enjoy it and work with it, and watch it blossom.

Most voices have various interferences restricting their expression. Like untying a knot, I guide you through freeing these interferences. To this end, we work on songs in the genre(s) of your choosing, and exercises specifically selected to release your voice. Lessons are recorded on CD for home study and practice. When work requires visual feedback, sections of the lesson are video-taped for immediate viewing.

The exercise I use are culled from Speech Level Singing, from Ann Thornton, from Edward Sayegh (Garcia Marchesi method), and from my own inventions thought up in a moment of need for a student. The Speech Level Singing exercises are marvelous for helping easy production, chord coordination, and range. I am not a Speech Level Singing instructor, as I do not want to be limited to only this technique. Ann Thornton concepts deliver remarkable clarity, ease, and focus, as well as further refinement of chord coordination. Those exercises that I use from Edward Sayegh increase body engagement and the power of the sound.

Most students bring a notebook to lessons to record those especially helpful pearls of wisdom that make home practice more effective.
Depending on the student and the work, students sing without accompaniment, with myself accompanying simple chord arrangements, with karaoke CDs or with CDs that I will remove most of the voice from while it is playing. We change the key and pitch of songs as needed, and students go home with a recording of their karaoke or CD in the key which best expresses their voice.

I expect students to make solid - often very rapid - progress. And all students who practice meet this expectation.

*** Specialties ***
My specialties are starting voices and easing vocal difficulties. My passion is enabling the technical side of the voice the express what the spirit of the voice wants.

Children, teens, adults, no matter what the age, I know how to start you off into or return you to - a world of song.

Whatever your age or level, if your voice breaks or is uneven ... or you struggle with limited range... or you are straining... or if you have trouble with pitch accuracy ... or your voice sounds fuzzy or nasal or harsh - I specialize in guiding you to vocal ease.

I do not specialize in the finished package getting that record deal or concert tour signed. I send students to an expert in this when they want it.

Music Training
Anne Thornton, 2002- present (cabaret/pop/country/jazz)
Dave Stroud, 2004 (lessons during visits for Speech Level
Singing)
Edward Sayegh, 1996-1999 (opera/musical theater)
Masters in Voice, San Jose State University, 1996
(opera/art song)
Ray Brown, 1980s (jazz piano and arrangement)
Classical piano, 1970's and 1980's

Music Experience
Merrill currently performs one-woman cabarets consisting of various genres and has recently completed her third CD
Vocal Concerts (solo cabaret, personalized floor shows, salon)
Musical Theater (legitimate, straight, belt)
Opera (lyric soprano and mezzo supporting roles and chorus)
Club Jazz and Studio Work

Voice Teacher Training and Experience
Owner-Operated Vocal Studio in AZ, 2000-present
Owner-Operated Vocal Studio in CA, 1993-1999
Participant of Week-long Seminar with VoiceCare Network (2000)
Ongoing Music and Teacher Training

Other Skills and Training
Songwriting, script writing, theory, German fluency, Italian studies, transcription and arranging skills

Derick H. Phoenix, AZ

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe Flash, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Algebra, Alternative Medicine, Audio Engineering, Basic Math, Bass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Chess, Classical Guitar, Cooking, Country Guitar, Drawing, Dreamweaver, Elementary Math, Gaming, Gardening, GED Test Prep, Geometry, Graphic Design, Guitar, Knife Skills, Linux, Math, Music Recording, Painting, Pre Algebra, SAT, Science, Sculpture, Songwriting, Spelling, Study Skills, Test Prep, Watercolor Painting, Web Design

About Me

I'm open to teaching students of all ages and genders. I have also worked with people with disabilities in the past, and am completely able to teach disabled students as well.

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