Neal F.

Neal F.

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Decatur, GA

About Neal F.

Neal teaches: Males 7 and up
Females 7 and up
Teaching since: April 2002
Last sign in: Within two months

Overview

Neal is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University. He has served on the artistic staffs of over forty musicals and light operas, including holding positions of Associate Conductor for the College Light Opera Company, Music Director at Stagedoor Manor, and a Music Director for Tennessee's Governor's School for the Arts. Neal has had the distinct pleasure of collaborating with many talented vocalists, ensembles and instrumentalists over the years ranging from high-schoolers to broadway veterans.

*** Lesson Details ***
Hello!

I'm very excited about your interest in furthering yourself a musician! For beginners or advanced students, it is a process that is not always easy, sometimes frustrating, but always rewarding. In studying music, process is everything-- the journey is just as important as the destination.

The music studio should be a safe-haven for students. A place for learning, experimentation, failures and successes. A positive, constructive environment is important for this the learning processes. I emphasize the importance of process over product and treat all of my students as professionals. Lessons move very quickly, but I will never leave you behind! I am very patient and understanding, but will push you and expand your comfort zone.

In voice, we will begin with the basics: posture, breathing, relaxation, and healthy use of your instrument. How you sing is just as important as what you sing. You will learn warm-ups and practice techniques, and about vocal placement and projection.

For my advanced vocal students, we will work on diction, interpretation, character development, audition books and advanced music theory. We will work on audition materials and making strong 16 or 32-bar cuts that really sell you as a performer.

If you're interested in piano, I teach a classically-based curriculum. This is a great starting point for all instruments, especially piano! As you progress, we can easily work on other styles in which you're interested.

When it comes to the pieces we will work on, you may have input, but it is my job as an educator to broaden your horizons and prepare you to be a well-rounded performer.That being said, we will work on repertory from classical to musical theatre, jazz, or pop if you so desire. You are encouraged to bring in pieces that will compliment what we are covering in lessons. We will also learn music theory and work on music reading skills, as literacy is very important for your growth as an artist.

Sign up for a trial lesson. I'd love to work with you!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home studio, piano, high-definition audio/ video recording equipment

*** Specialties ***
Musical Theatre, Light Opera, Art Song, Pop, Belting

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Experience

Director of Music Aug 2013 - Present
Rehoboth Presbyterian Church

Music Director Jul 2013 - Present
Off-Broadway Dance

Music Director Jan 2002 - Present
Various

Served on the artistic staffs of over 44 musicals and light operas

Pianist Oct 2012 - Jun 2013
UU Fellowship of Murfreesboro

Music Director Jun 2011 - Jul 2012
Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts

Musician Sep 2008 - May 2012
Holland America Line

Education/ Outreach Coordinator Jan 2010 - May 2011
Theatre Memphis

Education

Theatre Education/ Child Drama + Music Sep 2002 - May 2008
Middle Tennessee State University

Languages Spoken

English Fluent / Native Proficiency
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2 Reviews on Neal F.

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Christina A. May 8, 2013
Singing
Works wonders

I have been studying with Neal for six or seven months, and am more than pleased with the results I've gotten. With his help, my voice has improved significantly. He is excellent at finding ways to help improve vocal quality and can spot and fix any technique issues that one may have. He has helped me improve my range, strengthen my voice, learn proper breathing strategies, and so much more. I am definitely glad I chose to work with him, his friendliness and relaxed attitude helps to ease any anxieties I may have; because I'm not afraid of being "judged" for any weaknesses or mistakes, substantial improvement can be made to the weaknesses or issues I may have. I definitely recommend Neal.
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Jimmy W. May 8, 2013
Singing
Great experience

Neal has been great from the very first lesson. He is very knowledgeable and conveys his knowledge in a way that is easy to understand. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is wanting to start singing or to someone who has been singing for years and just wants to sharpen their skills. Neal does a great job no matter what your skill level.