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