Mayumi G.

Mayumi G.

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Hyattsville, MD

About Mayumi G.

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Mayumi teaches: Males 6 and up
Females 6 and up
Teaching since: February 2005
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Average response time: 17 hours

Overview

American jazz saxophonist and composer Charlie Parker said, Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. This sentiment shaped my views on music and its performance. One of my great pleasures in life is sharing an appreciation of music.

I had always been a part of music. My father played trumpet, my mother could play guitar and carry a tune. They believed music was an important part of life so they started me on piano at 5 years old. And I've been playing that ever since. I started learning to sing in my middle school chorus when I was 11 years old. I really liked it and I liked it more when I would sing my mother and father'€™s favorite songs and see them smile. So I listened to a lot of singers and vocalists that they liked and learned by emulating them and applying what I was learning in chorus. My piano lessons helped grasp the theory behind music and gave me a good ear for pitches.

I studied voice at the University of Maryland College Park School of Music. In their chorus I had the pleasure of learning and performing many wonderful pieces such as Verdi€™s Requiem and St. Matthew'€™s Passion. During that time I had chance of playing with the University Jazz Band as both their pianist and as their jazz singer. I even arranged my own version of Too Darn Hot by Cole Porter that was performed by the band in 2007.

I also work a lot with musical theatre. I've been in a number of shows in Maryland including Rent and Hairspray, and Into the Woods. I also free lance as a music director in the area. I've been a music director for 10 years and I love every minute of it. My music director credits include Children of Eden, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Annie, Grease, My Fair Lady, A Chorus Line, 42nd Street, And the World Goes Round, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Wizard of Oz, Jekyll & Hyde for which I was nominated for Outstanding Musical Direction in 2011 and Ragtime for which I was named one of the "Best of 2013: Favorite Musical Direction" by DC Metro Arts and won WATCH Award for Outstanding Musical Direction.

I believe that to get as good as you want to be, of course you have to work at it, but there'€™s no reason that you can'€™t enjoy learning it.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope to be able to teach you soon.
Mayumi G.

*** Lesson Details ***
Practice makes perfunk. This is a saying that was always hanging on my band teacher's door in high school. It was a reminder that it requires work to get something right, but you need to take breaks and relax a bit too. That's how I feel about teaching in general. Constantly working and being worried about getting it just right can lead to bad habits. So I make sure that the lesson is balanced between a relaxed atmosphere and an effective working environment.

I can teach a variety of styles. But I like to always make sure that the fundamentals of singing are solid regardless of whether you want to sing classical or jazz or pop. So I go into:
Proper techniques for breathing
Creating good tonal sounds
Diction

I believe that singers have a greater advantage if they are able to read music and understand theory. I believe that it makes learning music by oneself much easier as well. So I also have the option to go into basic music theory (i.e. reading music notation and rhythms) to advance music theory(i.e. roman numeral analysis, ear training, harmonic progression) if you choose to do so.

For intro to piano, I follow the same structure as beginning singers and also start with the fundamental basics that will help lead into whatever style you wish to play:
How to read music
Understanding basic music theory
how to play what you read
Finger strengthening

For both piano and singing: After some basic training, I start to give a variety of different style songs to work with. I do encourage student to bring songs they want to learn and tailor lessons around that particular song and style. I like them to learn 2 songs per lesson increasing to 3 or 4 depending on the pace of the student and the amount of workload they feel they are able to handle.

I do believe that listening to music is part of the learning process so every few weeks or so I like to give the student 1 or 2 YouTube clips I found and have them watch it then come in the next week and we discuss the video both good and bad and what they can learn from it.

As they progress the songs get more difficult and we start really honing in on the techniques of the production of sound as well as performance aesthetics, as in how to create a presence on stage, how to project the sound more, overall how to give a good performance.

Some of my past students would use the lesson time to learn about auditioning for musicals and stage productions. If the student has any such desire all they have to do is ask and I will set aside time to work on how to audition for shows and what most music directors look for when they hear you sing. For those who don'€™t, I like to give the option to give a recital if the student feels comfortable to do so. It would be held in a local studio, very casual affair just to give the student that experience of music as a performing art.

Note: I do teach at my home. I do have pets, 3 guinea pigs and a cat. If this is an issue, I can also travel to the student home.


*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room with keyboard and office equipment. Seating for parents.

**She has a cat, and some guinea pigs**

*** Travel Equipment ***
Teaching piano: I own a weighted keyboard suitable for instruction.
Teaching voice: I can accompany the student as they sing

*** Specialties ***
In piano I tend to teach classical, but I do move away from that after they've grasped the basic technique and theory to how to sight read and improvise, even play by ear.

In voice, I start with basic classical technique and after they've grasped the fundamentals of good vocal production, branch out into different styles of music from straight classical/opera to Broadway to jazz to pop and r&b.

Photos and Videos

A ballad from William Finn's "Elegies"

Experience

Voice teacher Feb 2014 - Present
Bravo

I teach fundamentals of singing and basic techniques to youths who can use it to practice for auditions, and rehearsals for musicals the theatre company puts up.

Education

Vocal Performance and Education Sep 2004 - May 2010
UMD School of Music

Languages Spoken

ASL Limited Proficiency

Awards

Outstanding Musical Direction Mar 2014
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4 Reviews on Mayumi G.

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Thomas B. October 16, 2014
Piano · In studio
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Mayumi is excellent, she is very professional ,she is very patient and is and explains everything so you can understand it. I fill encouraged when I complete my lessons.
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Shawday G. October 10, 2014
Broadway Singing · In studio
Thank you so Much Mayumi !!! You taught me so much about the Theatre Industry and my vocals. You inspired me to work hard in craft and made a huge impact on me getting into the school of my dreams. It has been amazing to work with you. I hope I can work with you again in future. I will keep you posted of my New York Adventure.

Anybody that is ready to take there singing to next level . Sign up for singing lesson with Mayumi she is the Best!!!
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Shawday G. November 18, 2013
Broadway Singing
Excellent Voice Teacher

Mayumi is such an AMAZING Voice teacher, I'm learning so much about my voice , things I didn't even recognize . She makes me feel so comfortable and I just enjoy coming to lesson every Thursday just so I can learn a new lesson and start practicing when I get home. She is definitely helping me prepare for my upcoming audition for a performing art college called American Musical Dramatics Academy in New York City and I can't Thank her enough for her help. She is the best Voice teacher !!!
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Robert G. May 6, 2013
Piano
Wonderful piano strategies and lesson plan

I enjoy our lessons. She teaches different ways of practicing finger exercising to strengthen your fingers. Especially fingers you wouldn't normally use like ring finger and pinky.
I look forward to the day, I can play an entire sheet of music.

With everything in life, it takes time, so over time I look forward to the growth in learning.

Our schedule is very reasonable and pricing is comfortable for me.