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Popular Singing Teachers Near Santa Fe

Marlon L.

Spring, TX
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Charles D.

Houston, TX
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Octavio M.

Houston, TX
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Marlon L. Spring, TX

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Blues Guitar, Classical Piano, Composition, Drum, Ear Training, Gaming, Guitar, Music Theory, Piano, Singing

About Me

Thank you for visiting my profile! I'm confident you will find me a more than able teacher for your musical needs! To start things off, I'll tell you a bit about myself.

After moving here in 2000, I began taking piano lessons at the age of 10. I was classically trained and progressed quite quickly, tackling many challenging pieces in the years to follow. In my time training on piano, I was taught college level music theory while I was 16 years old, and completed 2 Texas State Theory Tests with a perfect score, making me the highest scoring student in both exams. During high school I found I had a passion for jazz, and so, in years to follow I took my already strong foundation in classical piano, and used it to teach myself about jazz and blues. This has become one of my greatest passions! I now am proud to show off my improvisation skills, as well as some jazz/blues songs I've spent time writing on the piano! If you're looking for a strong background in piano, ranging in genre styles from classical, to pop, to blues and jazz, then you've found the right teacher for you! Additionally, the passion I found for music on the piano, quickly drove me to learn other instruments as well.

Right around the time I began exploring the realms of jazz, I also began teaching myself guitar. I had some help from a local guitar teacher at first, but quickly found that my background on the piano was providing me an excellent foundation for guitar as well! I've explored an extremely wide range of guitar genres including rock and roll, blues, classical, pop, metal, and many more. I spent much of my time on guitar learning theory and exercises that not only propelled my efficiency on the instrument at great velocity, but also enabled me to pass my knowledge onto other like-minded music lovers! After spending a few years learning every facet of guitar I could, I began writing my own music, and have loved every bit of it.I have the knowledge and tools that will help turn you into a capable and talented guitarist. If you want to learn how to rock out on the guitar, I can help make you great! But finally, what would a piano and guitar player be without a little background in voice?

When I was young and learning piano and guitar, I was always a little shy about my singing voice. I had not the control nor the courage to sing in front of people, and it began limiting the types of music I played. This is when I found a local voice teacher to help me out! I spent some years with this man learning the in's and out's of vocal instrumentation, and found that my already strong background in muscle memory, pitch and ear training, and music theory, made it quite easy for me to start singing loud and proud! My teacher noticed this, and commented frequently that he was impressed with how quickly my voice became stable and gained range. After some time he made an offer to me: "You've learned quite well how to sing, but to teach is a different story. Would you care to learn how to pass this gift onto other people?" To this I responded with a resounding Yes! I spent the next year not only practicing my own techniques, but learning different ways you can help unlock another persons voice so that they can learn to sing with a stable, balanced, and clean quality. Eventually he cut me loose and said I was ready to begin teaching other students. If you want a powerful voice, a larger range, and the confidence to sing loud and proud, then you have the right man for the job!

With this, I would like to say thank you very much for reading my profile, and I hope to hear from you very soon! I can discuss materials for lessons with you when I contact you. Have an excellent day!

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching style is flexibly structured and laid-back. I want my students to relax and enjoy their lessons and learn at the best pace for them. Not all students are the same, and I enjoy tailoring lessons to meet the needs of each individual.During my lessons, a number of topics or exercises will be covered. Students will learn extensive musical theory along side their regular pieces of music. Many manners of technique or play-style will also be described, as well as occasional ear training to let the students develop a 'feel' for the music as well.

Most lessons will follow a basic guideline. In a one hour lesson, we will start with 20-30 minutes of music theory. This will develop a strong foundation for students and a thorough understanding of music across all planes. This will also allow for branching out and expansion in the future, and will allow students to explore their musical impulses at their own pace. After the theory portion of the lesson, the majority of left over time will be dedicated to listening to assigned music the student has worked on the previous week. Depending on progress, we will also assign and analyze additional pieces of music to continue the growth of the students comprehension and muscle memory. Finally, depending on left over time, we will spend the last portion of the lesson on listening exercises. These are specifically designed to teach students to eventually play by ear, and will make it easier for students to compose as they can identify intervals and chords that were once just 'feelings.'

One of my biggest goals in each lesson is to insure a student enjoys him/herself during my time there. Once a student enjoys the instrument, and feels eager to show me their progress during the week, they will begin to practice on their own and can accelerate at an exponential rate compared to a student who feels unexcited about each lesson. I encourage fun in my lessons so long as it does not hinder progress. On this note, I expect a few things from my students.

1. A commitment to practice. I'm not asking for much of your day. A beginner student can practice only 30 minutes a day and still see drastic improvement from week to week.

2. Communication. This includes informing me about scheduling conflicts as well as explaining problems you may be having during the lessons. I promise I have the tools to help you, all you have to do is communicate with me.

3. Stay open to enjoy yourself! I understand that sometimes a parent might be a little more eager for music lessons than their child. When I was starting, I didn't even want to learn piano, but my mother asked me to try it, and now it is my greatest passion! Keep open-minded and I promise this will be something that you enjoy!

Finally, I have a few things that I like to promise to my students and/or parents.

1. Professionalism. I will arrive on time and well presented every week at the given time. If there is a conflict, I will inform the student/parents as soon as possible to insure a trusting relationship.

2. Adaptability. I will develop lesson plans according to the needs of my students, and will learn to guide them on the path that suits them best.

3. Fun! I will do everything I can to share my passion for music with my students, and will attempt to inspire them to feel the same!

Thank you so much for your time! I can discuss book curriculum and needed materials whenever I contact you! I hope to see you soon, have a wonderful day!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Digital keyboard, stereo sound hand recorder, direct microphones, boom stands, 2 user interfaces, protools 9, acoustic hole pick-up.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Travel equipment, when needed, includes guitar tuner, metronome, guitar (electric, or acoustic), amplifier, some piano exercise books, and sheet musics that may be needed.

*** Specialties ***
I am mostly classically trained in piano, with some newer work on jazz and blues.

Charles D. Houston, TX

Subjects Taught

Music Performance, Singing

About Me

Charles, a self described spiritual vocal artist whose repertoire offers songs of faith, healing, hope, love, peace, harmony, and enlightenment. He has a flair for infusing familiar and beloved inspirational and spiritual songs with a fresh, smooth, and distinctive sensibility entirely his own. His self-confidence is projected with warmth, charm, and genuine love for his music.

He captures the essence and spirit of those classic singers that have gone before him and established a tradition of great singing€.Johnny Mathis, Nat King Cole, and Harry Belafonte, as well as the more contemporary sounds of Peabo Bryson, Wintley Phipps, Luther Vandross, Jeffrey Osborne.

He is in his element singing as a soloist for spiritual ceremonies, concerts, conferences, services and related events. His musical accomplishments extend to include performances at the Carlyle Hotel in New York City, The Jazz and Blues Company in Carmel, California, Houston Grand Opera, Opera Omaha, and the Houston Symphony as well as roles in musical theater with "Showboat" and "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat". Most recently, he performed for former first lady, Laura Bush and Peter Buffett, son of investment mogul, Warren Buffett.

As a singing teacher, Charles has taught voice both privately and within the public school sector for over 18 years. He received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Houston System and has studied extensively with operatic tenor, Joseph Frank and well known Houston vocal coach, Tom Mckinney. He has also taken masterclasses with world renowned teachers including Hollywood vocal coach, Seth Riggs.

Charles has served as a preliminary vocal judge for the popular "Gimme the Mike" singing talent tv show on NBC Houston, 97.9 The Box "Hatta's Idol", coached 2 American Idol Finalists, one Xfactor top 10 contestant season 1, and 2 semifinalists for the "Voice". He also served as a vocal coach for Beyonce's Music World Entertainment's Project Popstar, under the direction of Matthew Knowles.

As a life coach, I provide personal coaching for singers and musicians. This process involves helping a singer to first and foremost identify and understand why he/she sings, and what is the message they want to deliver when they walk on stage. In other words, what do they have to say?? From this viewpoint, they can create educational and professional goals based on their highest truth and life purpose. and address any issues that might be blocking them from achieving those goals. One of the major challenges that singers face are making career and life choices that will balance with their artistic or musical goals. In addition, it is very important to know your true gifts, passions, motivations and intentions. Moreover, having a realistic view and understanding of the recording business vs. the music playing business is essential to your overall business plan and success. You must also find the time and energy to pursue your art while making a stable and rewarding living. Lastly, if you are a creative type who is struggling with two common life dilemmas: the "starving artist" who is tired of panicking every time the rent is due, and the " well paid professional" desiring the time to devote to his or her art, then life coaching is for you

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*** Lesson Details ***
I teach a vocal technique which is called singing on the speaking level, or "Singing with the ease of Speech". It provides the student with a systematic approach to link together all the registers of the voice-chest and head. The student and I work together to build a bridge between the low voice and high voice, (through the break) combining those parts in the middle creating "the mix" ( a blend of chest and head voice), that most singers struggle to master and the vast majority of teachers don't know how to teach or identify. This allows the singer to access all of his or her range without strain. A student would begin to experience positive results within a few weeks of study, both in the studio and with practice between lessons.

One of the best things about this technique is that it allows you to sing any style of music. Whether you sing Pop/R&B, Rock, country, musical theater, gospel, or opera, you can experience vocal freedom and confidence that every singer wants to have. As a singer, I have had much success with this method, and as a vocal coach, I have found that this technique meets the needs of any kind of vocalist and/or style.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Superscope Recording System, Microphones, keyboard, large CD collection

*** Travel Equipment ***
portable keyboard

*** Specialties ***
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I specialize in teaching the "Sing with the Ease of Speech" vocal technique which provides the students with a systematic approach to link together all registers of the voice-chest and head. Therefore, the students and I work together to build a bridge between the low and high voice, (through the break) combining those parts in the middle creating "the mix" that most singers struggle to master. This allows the singer to access all of his or her range without strain. The method can be applied to Pop/R&B, musical theater, opera, gospel, and any other contemporary singing style.

In addition, I provide life coaching for singers and musicians. This process involves helping you to identify your overall life goals and what might be blocking you from achieving those goals. Some of the major issues that singers face is making career and life choices that will balance with their artistic or musical goals, understanding their true motivations and intentions, having a realistic view and understanding of the recording business vs. the music playing business, and finding the time and energy to pursue your art while making a stable and rewarding living.

Octavio M. Houston, TX

Subjects Taught

Guitar, Opera Voice, Singing

About Me

I have been teaching voice for 5 years and my beginner students are already singing their own gigs. I have had only one advanced student in singing and in 2010 he got the zarzuela prize in the most prestigious opera competition in the world "Placido Domingos Operalia). I can teach in Spanish, English and Italian. and for voice I specialize in opera and mariachi music. In guitar I only do beginners.

*** Lesson Details ***
For voice I only take students from 17 years old and on. This is only because the childrens voice is very delicate and I think it requires a teacher who specializes in children for it is a big responsibility. Once the puberty voice change is gone: this is my field of expertise. with great discipline and a huge desire of success, a student could be singing in less than 6 months in a proper, healthy and beautiful way.

For guitar, since it is for beginners, is very simple and fast, and as well as singing, if you do your homework, then the achievements will come faster than you think!!!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I need from students to provide a piano or a keyboard for voice, I would provide the music to be copied, or they can buy their own music. For guitar they have to have a classical guitar and I would bring mine so that we both can use a guitar.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in opera (for voice), but it is adaptable to any kind of singing. In guitar is only for beginners.

Shakeatha D.

Houston, TX
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Monique V.

Friendswood, TX
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Jose A.

Cypress, TX
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Shakeatha D. Houston, TX

Subjects Taught

Basic Math, Broadway Singing, Choir, English, English Literature, Essay Writing, History, Literature, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Poetry, Reading, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Stage Performance, Vocal Training, Writing

About Me

I have sung for as long as I could speak! I hail from a family of recording artists and have graced the stage since the age of 4. During high school, I learned to read music and took piano lessons. This peaked my interest in wanting to learn the fundamentals of music so I decided to major in it in college.

I then went on to Xavier University, where I received a Bachelor of Arts in Music. While at Xavier I participated in many productions. I also received a Xavier University Music Scholarship for four years. I have noted my experience in detail: Xavier University of Louisiana-Senior Recital; Xavier University Student Recital – “Opera under the Stars”, April 2008; Xavier University Concert Choir Midwest Tour – Soloist for “Amazing Grace”, April 2008; Xavier University of Louisiana Student Productions - Treemonisha (2004), Purlie (2005); Xavier University University Chorus; 2004-2009; Xavier Concert Choir; 2004-2009; Vocalist with Recording Artist: Josh Jones Nu Horizon, New Orleans, Louisiana; Vocalist with Recording Artist: Bishop Alvin Davis & Company, Baldwin, LA; Greater St. Stephan Gospel Choir and Praise Team; Background Studio Vocalist for Ebony Lockett (2009), Community of Faith Praise Team, 2012-2013

Currently, I sing at many venues and with various groups throughout Houston area. In addition to all of this, I also perform a great deal of gospel music on the praise team at the Community of Faith.

As you can see I have a great deal of experience and expertise different genres, and I look forward to sharing my knowledge with my students.

*** Lesson Details ***
To my future students:

I sit down at our first lesson to make a Custom Lesson Plan for what you want to study and goals you want to achieve.

I want to help you reach your goals and make you happy as a singer, so I am open to teach you anything no matter how little/much experience you have.

Next, we will pick a fun area to work on, and a challenging area to conquer. For example: we will work on a fun song then we will work on reading and/or rudiments.
I am also very patient and flexible to those students whom have special needs, or need to accelerate at a slower pace.

“Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought.”- E.Y. Harburg

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room: keyboard, stands, music books, additional seating for parents.

Vocal Studio: Practice room, piano/keyboard, music stands, chairs; waiting area with television for parents/guests; security system; recording equipment

*** Specialties ***
CLASSICAL MUSICAL, GOSPEL, NEO-SOUL, JAZZ

Monique V. Friendswood, TX

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Opera Voice, Singing

About Me

I have a degree in Music (Vocal Performance) and Psychology from Mt. St. Mary's College in Los Angeles, Ca. After taking a break to have 5 of my own children, I now teach children and adults how to make the most out of their voice. I still perform on stage locally. I just finished the role of "Kala" in "Tarzan the Stage Musical" and just before that "Judy" in "9 to 5 the musical". I have been directing choir and also performing solos for the last 20 years in my local church. I currently have 30 plus private students ages 4-59! My area of concentration is musical theater, but I can teach all genres.

*** Lesson Details ***
During a typical lesson we cover relaxation and practice proper breathing, breath control, vocalization techniques, pronunciation and finally application of technique to approved song of choice.
If you love to sing, or have always wanted to learn sing, or improve your singing, or even get ready for that all important audition....then lets get started today! Remember, "as long as we live there is never enough singing"! Don't wait!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room studio with piano. When lesson given at Lord of Life Lutheran church it is a grand piano inside the sanctuary (great acoustics!)

*** Travel Equipment ***
Recording device needed. Can bring my own laptop to record, but prefer if the student provides his/her own device to record lesson. In order for me to travel to students home, the student will need to have a piano or keyboard in their home, and provide a device or a cd for recording their lesson

*** Specialties ***
I make house calls! Will drive up to 15 miles from my home to teach lesson if you have a piano or keyboard. Musical focus is on Musical theater also can do pop, country, Disney, jazz, traditional Italian songs and arias

Jose A. Cypress, TX

Subjects Taught

Opera Voice, Singing

About Me

With a bachelors degree from Sam Houston, 3 years of teaching experience and currently still performing in the Houston area my students will benefit from a wide variety of creative teaching styles that will engage your visual, aural and kinesthetic needs.

*** Lesson Details ***
I will give each of my students exercises and practice material and I expect them to follow a practice log if they want to get the most bang for their buck

*** Studio Equipment ***
good old piano and singing material

*** Specialties ***
teaching voice to teenagers and adults

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