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Popular Music Teachers Near Soquel

Lori S.

Watsonville, CA
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John S.

Santa Cruz, CA
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Mike M.

Santa Cruz, CA
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Lori S. Watsonville, CA

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, Classical Voice, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing

About Me

I am a singer and performer, with a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from San Jose State University. I have been singing since I was 10 years old, beginning with musical theater and then training as an opera singer, and currently perform in operas, musicals, and as a concert soloist in the bay area.
I love teaching all levels and all ages, and I will cater your private lesson to your current skill level. In lessons, we will work on breathing and vocal exercises, good posture and support, and the singing and performance of songs. Voice lessons will help you with confidence, improve your range and posture, prepare you for auditions, solos, competitions, or even just for fun! Whether it is Broadway, classical, or folk singing, let me help you find your inner singer!

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are based on the classical technique of singing which focuses on breath support, and works for any style of singing you are interested in. In lessons we will begin with a few breathing exercises and then do some vocal exercises. After the warm-up portion of the lesson we will move on to repertoire. If there is a specific piece you want to work on with me I am happy to help you with it, and otherwise I will recommend a repertoire book for you to buy depending on the style you are interested in.
Singing is a lot of fun, and I always want my students to have fun. I have a lot of energy, am very supportive, and will create an environment in which you can grow as a singer, performer, and musician. But remember, it will take some work and practice on your part to become a better musician. The voice is like any other muscle, and you must practice in order for it to grow stronger. With regular practice outside of lessons, you will see in a matter of months that your range will begin to expand, you will have better posture and breath support, better musicianship and an easier time learning new music, and even more confidence.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to have a piano or keyboard. I can provide accompaniment cd's of songs if they do not already have them.

*** Specialties ***
I am a trained opera and classical singer, with a background in musical theater, so I am comfortable teaching either style. If I am teaching classical, I can help with the diction and pronunciation of Italian, German, and French, as well as English I teach the basic singing technique involving breath control, and resonance, and posture, but I also like to balance that with stage presence and the performance of the music. I am also proficient in music theory and can teach or tutor music theory for high school or college students.

John S. Santa Cruz, CA

Subjects Taught

Algebra, Arithmetic, Basic Math, Calculus, Cello, Elementary Math, English, Guitar, Math, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Physics, Piano, Pre Algebra, Singing, Songwriting, Viola, Violin

About Me

I'm classically trained as a singer, and currently sing with L'harmonia, a quartet of soloists focusing on renaissance polyphony.

I have broad experience singing, playing piano, guitar, and drums, Korean instruments, and programming beats using computers. I'™m well versed in classical, popular, and world styles. As well as teaching instrumental techniques, I teach music theory and analysis, and coach composition to budding songwriters and electronic music producers.

I have a doctorate in music composition from UCSC, and have written a lot of music for a wide variety of instrumental and vocal forces. I studied traditional music in Korea for one year on a research grant from the Korea Foundation. I also write songs in a pop/rock style, and compose electronic music for TV ads. I enjoy having a creative musical mind, and find great delight in the musical creativity of my students.

I'm a computer programmer in Python, Matlab, C, and other languages, having done back-end programming for a music app "JamBandit." I've put out my own music app, "œKey In" on Apple'™s app store, and will soon release a second, "Helixician."

Music is a great joy and pleasure in my life. It's very meaningful to me to help students gain skills and confidence so that they can realize their desire to be musical.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Logic
Reaktor
Reason
Audacity

Piano
Guitar
Drum set

*** Specialties ***
Music composition
Songwriting
Singing
Piano
Music Theory

Mike M. Santa Cruz, CA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Guitar, Music Theory, Songwriting

About Me

I have played the guitar and bass professionally for almost 50 years; performing, recording and writing with many well-known artists such as, John Lee Hooker, Albert King, Pat Simmons (Doobie Brothers), Larry Carlton, Bill Champlin and others. I started teaching 28 years ago and developed a method of learning how to play that's fun and really works. I have been teaching in the Santa Cruz area for over 20 years now. Music is my life and I love sharing what I've learned with creative people of all ages in this area. I believe we are all musicians. We just have to find our instrument.

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson is designed for the individual, depending on skill level, goals and learning abilities. The student is taught the songs he or she wants to learn. Emphasis is placed on how to practice. Through correct practice techniques the student sees results, wants to practice more and improves quickly. Progress is checked and all questions are answered. Video/audio recording of the lesson is recommended so the student may review at home.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Eight-track digital recorder, yamaha keyboard workstation, Yamaha multi-effects, too many guitars and basses.

*** Specialties ***
My specialties are:
The ability to instantly transcribe any song and teach it
Technique (essential scales, chords, etc.)
Sight-reading.
An endless repertoire (from Bach to Beck)
Music Theory (and how to use it)
Improvising solos
Songwriting
Performance (solo or in a band)
Recording
How to practice correctly
Rut-busting
Classic rock, modern rock, pop, blues, jazz, r&b, funk, reggae, metal, classical, folk, country, flatpicking, fingerpicking, slide guitar, slap bass, hot licks and cool riffs
Having as much fun as I can playing and teaching guitar and bass

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