Bryan E.

Bryan E.

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Oakley, CA

About Bryan E.

Background Check: Last verified 03/16/2014
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Male Ages Taught: 5 and up
Female Ages Taught: 5 and up

Overview

Hello! Music has consumed me from a very young age, and has been a defining force ever since. I started singing in Kindergarten, and began playing the viola, cello, and saxophone in middle school. During high school, while performing in every vocal and band solo and ensemble I could, it became very clear that I wanted to pursue music in college. I attended Hastings College, a private liberal arts college in the heart of Nebraska, where I received my Bachelor's of Music in Vocal Performance. During college, and since, I have had a private music studio teaching students piano, voice, and a little guitar from ages 5 to 87, so I have seen a great deal of talent over the years. I enjoy all ages and genders, but having been a male in music I am aware of the stigma young males face regarding music. Being a veteran and a musician has allowed me to incorporate characteristics from both in my approach to teaching, and in showing it is very cool to be a male in music!

Education:
Private Vocal Student 1994-2006
Bachelor's of Music in Vocal Performance, Hastings College 2000-2006 (interrupted due to military)

Areas of Instruction:
Piano-Beginner/Intermediate
Guitar-Beginner/Intermediate
Music Theory-General/Intermediate Voice-Beginner/Intermediate/Professional

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Lesson Details:
The first few lessons for instrumental instruction will be familiarization. The first several lessons, and throughout all lessons for voice, we will learn about the bodies connection to the voice and the mechanics behind it.

After we are familiar with each other and our instruments of choice, we will begin on some basic music knowledge (theory). Super beginning for the youngsters, and more formal if you are an older student.

After approximately 3-6 months, depending on how much you practice, we will begin working on actual songs, and plugging in what we have learned so far into the songs, and using that material to advance in our learning.

I am excited to work with you!! Thank you!

*** Studio Equipment ***
1888 Lester Upright piano

*** Specialties ***
Methods used for instruction depend on the student. I have found what works for one may not work for all. However, I approach the vocal process from the basics of breathing combined with resonation points, and the modifications of such points based off of pitch, tone, and volume requirements. I instruct on personal voice points, meaning identify those parts where resonation lacks, and finding the right modifiers to safely approach those points, in an attempt to create an effortless sound which is safe to recreate every time.

Beginning, should the student not have any music theory knowledge, basic instruction will be presented. It is my opinion that a foundation in theory knowledge must be present to fully comprehend and utilize the vocal instruction.

Photos and Videos

Performed by the Hastings College Choir, Baritone soloist Bryan D. Ellis

Education

Bachelors of Music Aug 2000 - May 2006
Hastings College

Certifications

Bachelor of Music w/ Emphasis in Vocal Performance May 2006
Hastings College

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4 Reviews on Bryan E.

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Dustin B. March 12, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
I've learned more than expected!

Bryan has been an amazing teacher for me as I'm learning to sing at the age of 36. I didn't realize how much was involved with all the technical aspects of singing. Thank you, Bryan, for showing me the way, and allowing me to reach a goal that I have for later this year!
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Janelle L. February 12, 2014
Music Performance
Larsen Family

Byran has been teaching all four of us as a family to sing together.

We really appreciate his efforts and hope to continue taking lessons with him for sometime.

We have already experienced improvement in our singing abilities.

We highly recommend his music services and will refer others as we continue music lessons with him.
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Janelle L. February 12, 2014
Guitar
Great teacher

Bryan is an excellent teacher who doesn't become frustrated when someone like me is easily distracted and lack focus due to everyday life and concerns.

He is patient and is a natural when it come to teaching. His love for music and what he does is contagious and has a tendency to rub-off on me.

I would recommend him for guitar, piano, voice and any other lessons he may offer.
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Tolu L. January 14, 2014
Singing
Great teacher

Bryan is a great voice teacher. I feel like he creates a comfortable environment to work in. I've been able to improve because I'm not only getting practice but now have a better understanding of what's going on with my voice when I sing. I don't feel any pressure during practice instead I feel encouraged along. It's been fun and I would definitely recommend him to anyone!