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I am a graduate of Cal Poly Ponoma University with a BA degree in voice. I have 20+ year experience teaching voice and piano. Building people is my passion and commitment. My students learn by doing and I love the growth each student takes from their lessons as well as their performances. I am a working artist in the music field as a vocalist, conductor, and motivating speaker.
*** Lesson Details ***
Students in a 30min, 45min, or 60min lesson will experience technique which will be translated to songs that will give students a great opportunity to put the technique they learn and practiced to good use. In 3 to 6 months of lessons students will begin to see themselves growing and getting more control of their instrument, more confident, and wanting to start performing what they are learning.
*** Studio Equipment ***
The teacher's home studio is in a room with a piano and musical books. The room is large with a grand piano and keyboard.
*** Travel Equipment ***
Students need to provide piano though I am willing to work with students in getting equipment.
*** Specialties ***
In voice I have used the Alexander tech.
I fully enjoy teaching music and theater to others and spreading the art of performance, reaching out to all generations. I believe in customizing every lesson to be unique for my students in a way that will serve their individual needs. I teach with patience and encouragement and believe that students prosper and improve much more from a positive experience. My lessons are intended to be fun and influential in a positive light that can lead to a rewarding career, hobby, or just for personal enjoyment!
Every since I was a little girl, I have been devoted to the arts. When I began college, I knew that music was my path. As a music major I developed a deeper understanding of music theory, piano, voice, and theater. I received my A.A. in Music at College of the Desert and my Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Redlands- which I attended on a music scholarship. I have played leading roles in several operas and musicals in Southern California, including Gianni Schicchi, Die Fledermaus, La Boheme (DTL nominee), The Impresario, The Grand Duke, Patience (DTL award), Cosi fan tutte, Little Women the Musical, Seussical the Musical, and many more. I have also appeared in several concerts, opera scenes, competitions (winning music scholarships and theater awards), and worked as a singer at churches, restaurants, and in pop bands. I continue to perform and study music because performing is a part of who I am and I could never live without it.
With this experience under my belt, I feel a desire to pass on my knowledge to students. I carry a strong passion to help people develop their abilities and make them their own. I truly believe that if someone wants something out of life then they WILL achieve it with dedication, perseverance, confidence, and by having FUN doing it!
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MFA Music (UC Irvine), BA Music (UC San Diego).
I am a composer and pianist who works throughout southern California as an educator, producer, and performer. I've been playing the piano since I was 12 years old, from classical to jazz and pop, and I've been teaching private lessons since I was a teenager. In graduate school, I taught college level music courses including Music Theory, Music Analysis, Music Fundamentals, Intro to Music, and Jazz History. My most popular private lessons are in piano performance and instruction, which can include fundamentals leading up to classical, jazz, and or pop/rock. Additionally, I am often requested to teach electronic music production (in Ableton Live or Logic Pro) and composition. I also enjoy teaching music theory, history, notation, songwriting, and other related subjects. Lessons can range from covering piano technique, exercises, repertoire, to concepts for composing, or music production. Feel free to inquire!
Students who sign up for lessons with me can expect to study out of required reading materials, and may also be given worksheets with musical assignments. Because there are so many materials we can study from, I encourage students to take notes and prepare questions for our lessons. Homework usually consists of performance practice and technique, but may also include watching educational online videos, or listening to important musical recordings. I give my students assignments that greatly facilitate and benefit their musical growth. I enjoy working with students and showing them how they can reach their own musical goals.
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
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"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."