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Hi! My name is Jessica and I would love to be your voice and/or piano teacher! I have been studying and performing classical music for 21 years. My relationship with music started at age 9 with the Contra Costa Children's Choir and I have maintained my classical vocal studies ever since. Along with my vocal studies, I studied classical piano privately with Keith Snell for 7 years, competing and achieving high marks in regional competitions. I went on to receive her Bachelor's degree in Music at Mannes College of Music in New York City and finished my education at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where I received my Masters, receiving training in vocal pedagogy and physiology, as well as vocal performance. I graduated from SFCM in 2009 and immediately began perusing both a teaching and performing career.
I have maintained an active voice and piano studio since 2011 and also teach with Village Center for the Arts, giving private lessons as well as working with their In School Outreach Programs, teaching Beginning Piano Class and Musical Theater Workshop. Other teaching opportunities include Vocal Master Class with Acalanes High School Women's Ensemble, voice instructor and Alto section leader for Occidental Choral Retreat with Volti SF, Music Instructor with Gymboree, and volunteer pre-school music instructor at Fairmount Elementary in SF.
I am an active performer in the Bay Area as well, performing with the new music ensemble Volti, Lyric Theatre San Jose, Opera on Tap San Francisco, Urban Opera, West Coast Opera Works, San Francisco Baroque Opera, and Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute (BASOTI). I have also been employed as a performer on the east coast, making my professional debut with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra in 2011 and singing the title role in Handel’s Radamisto with The Manhattan Opera Studio in August 2014.
During my many years studying music, I was inspired by several amazing teachers. They are responsible for making me the artist and musician I am today. My mission as a teacher is to pass on the wonderful knowledge and passion that was given to me onto a new group of eager young minds. I am truly a self proclaimed music dork and proud of it! I am a fun, patient, passionate teacher and am very excited to be a part of the TakeLessons team!
*** Lesson Details ***
In my lessons, I feel it is important for my students to have fun and to and enjoy the learning process. However I believe in order for both student and teacher to get the most out of the lesson, practicing at home is extremely important and I expect my students to do so. I will always send them home with a goal or assignment that should be reached or completed by the next lesson to the best of the students ability.
For my voice students, we always begin with breath. Proper breathing is the foundation for all good singing. Then we move on to warming up both the voice and the body. During warm-ups, we will focus technical concepts such as breath control and support, vowel placement, and optimum vocal production. In most lessons (time permitting) we will work through a piece of music, one of their choosing or, if needed, I will recommend a piece. We finish each lesson with a review of the concepts we discussed during the lesson and practice goals for the week.
For my piano students, I begin with finger placement and keyboard awareness. Depending on the students age and level, we will use both a music book and a music theory book (for very young students, I will hold off on the music theory and focus mostly on finger placement and keyboard awareness). Each week, I will assign two pieces of music and pages in the music theory book (again depending upon student's age and level). Students are expected to prepare the assignments by practicing at home and have them ready at the next lesson.
Communication is something very important to me as a teacher. I want my students to feel comfortable expressing their needs and/or concerns, musically or otherwise and hope they would appreciate me, as the teacher, to do the same.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright piano with seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide music and have a portable electronic keyboard.
*** Specialties ***
Classical voice is definitely my specialty. I believe good classical technique is the basis for all good singing and can be applied to genres such as musical theater and jazz. The only vocal styles I am NOT comfortable teaching are belting, pop or rock style vocal production.
I graduated from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
I have a Master's Degree (2013) in Education teaching various subjects and Masters in Biology (2013), both from Nova Southeastern University.
I teach various subjects for over 6 years using the traditional a methods.
I personalize every lesson, and always set goals for my students.
I teach any age and any level, and always stress that learning a new information needs a lot of patience, persistence and repetitions. My lessons are customized to my students needs, and are work in progress as they needs may change over time. I always encourage my students to tell me about their preferences, so I can incorporate them in their lessons.
*** Travel Equipment ***
The students needs to have their books & materials available as well as a pencil. I always stress with my students to be organized and prepared for their lesson, this way they will be able to focus better during the lesson. I also ask that the room where the lesson takes place to be free of any distractions, such other siblings or any other noise. The quiet environment helps in faster learning.
*** Lesson Details ***
30 minute lesson - Typically do 10 to 12 minutes of warm-up and the rest of the time is devoted to practical application of technique to your songs, as well as, performance aspects. I also offer hour lessons.
*** Specialties ***
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Health/Wellness & Fitness Professional with many years of experience. My approach incorporates many modalities such as Pilates, Yoga, strength training and of course, proper nutrition plays a Huge part. Looking to help as many as I can. All questions welcome!
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Hi, I'm Lauren. I am a mother of four (we welcomed our twins in August this year). I used to be a full time teacher but I decided that I needed more freedom and time off to spend and focus on my family. I have a Masters degree in Teaching with an emphasis in special education. I have a Bachelors Degree is in Social Science with an education concentration. I have taught kindergarten through post high school and have taught everything from math to reading, life skills, social skills, etc. (Although math has always been a favorite of mine!) In my personal life, I love to Zumba and I'm a certified Zumba instructor. I have taught in brick-and-mortar schools as well as online and in home. I have also worked for after school programs teaching the "fast" reading program. I have taught many different subjects during summer schools in the middle and high schools.
Hi! My name is Julie C. and I'm from Chesapeake,Va! I have been dancing and performing since the ripe age of three, and was trained at Denise Wall's Dance Energy in Virginia Beach, Va. I'm trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, and Tumbling. I teach Shag Dancing to couples and individuals and I was a Varsity cheerleader in High School and have helped many train for upcoming auditions/try-outs for squads/teams.In addition, I have done pageants in the past and offer pageantry coaching. In 2010, I auditioned for the Fox hit TV show "So You Think You Can Dance" and made it all the way to Las Vegas. In late 2010, I danced at Walt Disney World in the Magic Kingdom for "A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas" along-side my friends Buzz Lightyear, Mike Wazowski, and Stitch.I have appeared in "Another Cinderella Story:Once Upon A Song" starring Lucy Hale as a featured dancer.I am a certified Zumba Instructor as well as CPR and first Aid certified and I love what I do.
Hi there! I have been an athlete since I was 3yrs old. I have roller skated, played soccer, ran track, been a cheerleader, danced (tap, jazz, ballet, & swing), played rugby for a little bit, played roller derby for 3 years, & started teaching Zumba Fitness almost 2 years ago. I love being active & fit but hate working out unless I'm having fun. Zumba, roller skating, & cheerleading have always been super fun for me & I constantly find new ways of making it all encompassing for everyone who wants to try it. My passion is helping people be the best they can be with anything I may be able to help them with. I have won numerous MVP & All-Star awards with cheerleading & roller derby. I'd be happy to pass my "secrets" along to you!
"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."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"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."