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Popular Songwriting Teachers Near Pittsburgh

Louise C.

West Mifflin, PA
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Melody M.

Valencia, PA
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Sam K.

Oakdale, PA
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Louise C. West Mifflin, PA

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Recording, Piano, Singing, Songwriting

About Me

Attended CCAC for music, Alto Soloist in Mozart's Requiem, studied with Bernie Tavis and Thomas Caruso
Carlow College, scholarship for Voice and Piano, studied with Claudia Pinza and Lynn Beckstrom
Released Recordings under CBS label "Make the Right Move" Video airplay on Nite Traks, pre-MTV, 1980's release, Pro Sound Music Magazine interview, Working with songwriters "C.- Manns" and Band named "Eros" concerning release of "The Voice of Melody" recording released for benefit, performed by national recording artist band "Scene 14" who produced Scene 14, at Beechwood Studios, James Carraccio, producer of the Dazz band with famed, award winning song "Whip it". Appeared as opening act for Rod Stewart and Atlanta Rhythm Section in various concert settings.
University of Phoenix and Almeda College for Business, Bachelor of Science Degree, 2002

Teacher of Voice (and Beginner Piano required for voice students) and Voice coaching in Recording studio. Recording objectives through a respectful, forward thinking and motivational style. Set up relevant interviews, speaking engagements, and managing opportunities for teaching and company staff developing Podcast, compact disc and DVD releases.Director of Teachers for WPCC/Internet Radio Station, board of Directors and staff of The Melody Shop, promoting community involvement and culture.
I have several small children now ages 5,6, and 7 and they are amazing...One 6 year old in book 2 and accompanies his older brother! We have recitals in May and around Holidays...You are invited! Come and witness!

*** Lesson Details ***
Teacher of Music, Vocal and Recording objectives through a respectful, forward thinking and motivational style. Piano, (Schaum Pre A thru C), Chord and playing styles and chord structures for vocalists. Voice (music theory, music history, language and diction study, vocal and opera literature, vocal pedagogy, conducting, and opera training.
Piano; After 3 to six months if student practices on there own time, they will develop in piano to book A or B, depending on individual ability.
Voice;After 3-6 mos. singers should be able to play and sing 1 or 2 popular tunes! Exciting! also as you progress we will record you on Pro tools 10 and you will receive a CD copy when you are ready for this! (Decision is based on progress of student and my opinion)
Ages 5,6 and 7 who love music have progressed into the second book within a couple months. I always reward with stickers and a juice box!
Act Clearances

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, recording studio, practice rooms, (if available) before and after lesson.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student needs Piano or keyboard and isolated, quiet area for lesson.

*** Specialties ***
Piano mostly to sing and play...all ages.
Children to 12 yrs. use Schaum Piano method.
Voice Coaching; Adults/teens only...Contemporary methods for voice control, breathing for duration, no strain/no pain, singing to record (mic techniques) and performing live! Vocal students must learn piano! Record your original music at your lesson...help with copyright...help with most internet promo!

Melody M. Valencia, PA

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, Guitar, Music Theory, Singing, Songwriting

About Me

*For a personal message from Melody and more information on SKYPE lessons, please read the "lesson details" section.

What do Prince, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Aerosmith have in common? They have all studied Speech Level Singing!!
Melody is a certified Speech Level Singing Instructor. She maintains this certification through the continuous rigorous training and evaluation program created by celebrity vocal instructor Seth Riggs whose students include Michael Jackson, Kelly Clarkson, Stevie Wonder, Josh Groban, and many more. Seth Riggs is considered by many to be the best and most successful vocal instructor in the world. As his student and a certified SLS instructor, Melody utilizes over 10 years of vocal study to help her students connect head and chest voice, create a strong mix voice, and extend their ranges.

She creates a fun and relaxed atmosphere where mistakes are considered part of the learning process, and thus encouraged. She has studied with Greg Enriquez (SLS), Kathy Kennedy (SLS), Virginia Norwood (SLS), Guy Babusek (SLS), Charlene Chi (PHD. Voice UCSB), Dr. Randal Wagner, and Steve Mortier.

Melody has been a professional musician, vocalist, and actress since she was 16 years old. She began her career in musical theatre and graduated to film and television, starring in the independent hit "Down and Out with the Dolls." Her rolls in theatrical productions include Ti Moune in Once on This Island, Rizzo in Grease and numerable others. She has enjoyed a career as a professional vocalist performing in nightclubs, music festivals, casino's, and as an opening act for many national and touring performers. As a teacher, Melody draws from her experiences on the road, in front of the camera, and in the studio. She currently holds a Bachelor's of Music Degree from San Diego State University's Don Powell school of Music and Dance, and is a Certified SLS Vocal Technique Instructor. She teaches all ages, from young children to seasoned adults.

Here are some nice things people have said about her:

"A rock chanteuse with a bold attitude and a set of seductive, versatile pipes. . "
-Anthony Davis Texarkana Gazette

The Forum Newsweekly
"Melody stands poised to take the national stage with a unique style and dynamic performing presence."

The Shreveport times
"She sat in for a set at the Noble Savage Tavern and as soon as she hit
that first chord and that first note, everybody stopped talking and
faces were pointed to the stage."

Dan Garner
Tipitina's

The Shreveport Times
"Whether she's playing solo shows or gigs with her band, [Melody] has a
keen ability to translate her emotions about dreams lost and chased
into bluesy, heartfelt, tumultuous vocals."

Michael Pickett
"Hey Melody! Thanks so much for jumping into the 2007 Lake Roosevelt
Musicfest. You were a huge hit up here!! The mayor was sitting around
with some of her volunteers and told me 'we think Melody takes
the prize this year'. It was just a great addition the event and you
made me look really good by just knocking everybody out like that! "

Personal thank you letter from Michael Pickett, promoter of annual Musicfest in Marcus, Washington.

*** Lesson Details ***
Learning how to sing is fun!! It is also a lot of work. =) My goal for each student in every lesson is that they EXPERIENCE something new and better when it comes to vocal technique, and that they EXPERIENCE what I like to call the "happy music feeling." The perfect hybrid is when vocal technique is no longer an issue, and singing songs becomes effortless, joyful, and ripe for self expression and passion. This does not happen overnight, but with practice, dedication, and a patient impatience that keeps the student striving for perfection while simultaneously enjoying the process.

I teach all ages and I don't require an audition like many other highly trained teachers. I understand that you are coming to me to learn HOW to sing, and this is why I love beginners so much! I have spent many years studying to become the best voice teacher I can because I find teaching others the joy of singing incredibly rewarding. I understand the demands of a rigorous performance schedule, and I love the opportunity to help fine tune a working singer's vocal technique. Whether you are a beginner, a professional, or somewhere in between, I can teach you to sing higher, stronger, and faster with more ease than you probably thought possible. I look forward to working with you and your voice!

SKYPE LESSONS: Since I moved to Pennsylvania from San Diego, I have begun taking all of my lessons from Seth Riggs via Skype. I also maintained almost my entire San Diego student base by teaching via Skype, and in addition starting accepting students from all over the country and the world. I now have a very busy studio with an over 70% Skype student base due to the high demand for SLS technique and a balanced approach to singing instruction.
My youngest Skype student is 4 years old, and I recently held my first Skype Student integrated recital where online students performed live on a big screen from the comfort of their own homes! I'm constantly thinking of new ways to engage students from all corners of the world, create an online studio community, and offer performance and learning opportunities. Skype lessons are a great option for those without access to good vocal technique instructors or those who have tight schedules and prefer not to battle traffic on the way to the voice studio.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Keyboard, piano, microphone,
Guitars.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Will travel for:
Studio coaching for artist recording. Please inquire for rates.

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25
lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.Voice:
I teach pop, musical theatre, Jazz, rock and blues styles.

Sam K. Oakdale, PA

Subjects Taught

Accordion, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Bass Guitar, Bluegrass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Classical Guitar, Country Guitar, Country Singing, Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Songwriting, Ukulele, Upright Bass, Violin

About Me

I play and teach Guitar (Electric/Acoustic), Bass (Electric/Upright), 5-String Banjo (Bluegrass and Old-timey), Violin/Fiddle, Mandolin, Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar and Lap Steel Guitar, Ukulele, Piano and Piano Accordion. Other teachers at my studio, teach guitar, bass, piano, clarinet, saxophone and flute. I have been teaching in the Pittsburgh area for over 20 years and owed my music studio/store for over 10 years. I have instructional book/cd(s) and instruments for purchase or rentals usually available on-site. Our teachers are experienced and friendly. Parking lot is free and off-street.

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