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Music Performance, Music Theory, Violin
I have studied with Wanchi Huang at James Madison University for six years. At JMU, I earned a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music, both in violin performance. I am currently working on a doctoral degree at Catholic University of America, studying with Jody Gatwood. When I was a student at JMU, I taught several students privately. The students ranged from retirees to JMU faculty and students to adolescents. I am now teaching at Baltimore Talent Education Center, where I teach violin in small groups and individual lessons. The students at BTEC range from pre- kindergarden through high school. I also have festival experience. I have been a student at Brevard Music Center, Heifetz International Music Institute, BayView Music Festival, and I was a Teaching Fellow at Interlochen Arts Camp. Through my experiences both as a student and as a teacher, I understand that every student is a little bit different. Every student has different strengths and weaknesses. Every student has a different learning style. Every student has a different way of understanding things, a different way of processing information, and a different personality all together. It will be my job as a teacher to get to know each student individually and use my teaching methods to teach the student how to play the violin and help him or her to reach his or her goals.
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I am a laid-back person. I am easy-going, enthusiastic about violin playing and about teaching and learning music, and I am very patient with my students as well. However, I am also very demanding. I explain and demonstrate objectives in a very precise way, and I demand a lot of detailed work from my students, inside and outside the lesson. I explain specifically what I want the student to do. By the end of every lesson, the student will have specific things to work on for next time. I expect each student to make practicing a habit, and practice regularly what has been discussed in the lesson. I try to make the lessons as pleasant and as laid-back as possible. But I become more firm, serious, and strict when a student either is not making an effort or does not practice enough outside the lesson.
I start students off with the Suzuki method. We work on techniques to hold the violin properly, hold the bow properly, and get a decent sound out of the violin, without too much physical tension. A student begins by learning to play by ear. After he or she is comfortable playing by ear, we associate the notes that the student hears and plays on the violin with written notes on a page.
We also work with the Paul Roland methods so that the student can learn the violin in a basic, rudimentary way. It involves a lot of repetitive patterns, back and forth motions that are slow and round, and avoiding excessive tension. This will give the student the tools that he or she needs to learn how to play the violin in a short period of time.
In three to six months, a student who is a beginner will be able to hold the violin and bow comfortably, create a decent sound on the violin, and play the Twinkle Variations, and maybe a few other songs.
If the student has played violin before, then in three to six months, he or she will have had some rehabilitation to get rid of tension and force, overcome some bad habits he or she may have developed, and review the fundamentals of violin playing. I will improve the student's approach to the violin, and by the end of the three to six months, he or she will have a better idea on how to practice and play the violin.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, seating for parents in the living room,
*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide a stand.
I will expect the student to have a violin, rosin, and a pencil.
*** Specialties ***
Suzuki Method- a starting point, particularly for kids, but for people of all ages. It is a good way to begin learning the violin by playing by ear, developing a strong, clear tone, and bringing out one's individuality through his/her musical development and his/her ability to be expressive.
In a matter of time, I want the student to get used to reading music, in addition to playing by ear. This can be done through the pieces in the Suzuki method or through other music.
Eventually, I take the student off of the Suzuki method and work with him or her on classical repertoire.
Broadway Singing, Classical Voice, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Singing, Speaking Voice, Vocal Training
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NOTE: I prefer to teach students ages 11 & up.† I will accommodate younger students, but as vocal development is a direct reflection of physical development (the instrument is the body), we will be unable to delve deeply into technique.† Instead, the curriculum for younger students will include musicianship and piano skills; they will be more of music lessons that incorporate singing rather than "vocal" lessons.† My current studio consists of all sorts of singers including classical, musical theater, R&B, and pop.† In classical voice lessons, we will be learning songs not only in English, but also Italian, German, and French. Classical voice lessons may not be for everyone, however, and we will learn repertoire that suits the interests of each student.
I emphasize a basic knowledge of music theory, because it's important for a singer to not only know how to sing, but to also understand the music he or she is singing. I will incorporate music theory into the lessons, starting with basics such as learning how to read notes.
I believe in making sure the singer is comfortable and confident.† The environment you will be learning in is open and non-threatening because a singer needs a place to explore his or her voice.† I encourage my students to make mistakes and to keep the lines of communication as open as possible.† Singers are perfectionists, and we're constantly telling ourselves what we do wrong- we don't need someone else enforcing that negativity.
I concentrate on a classical vocal technique, with proper posture, efficient breathing, lack of facial and body tension, and healthy vocal production. I believe that it is important to have a strong foundation of healthy technique no matter what style of singing. My teaching style and lesson focus will be different for each individual person, and I'm very flexible in adapting to each singer's needs and personality.
I am a very understanding teacher, and very patient, but I will push you to work to your potential! What you put into these lessons and your practicing is what you will get out of it. I am not strict, but I do expect dedication, passion, and respect. I am a very enthusiastic and energetic teacher, and lessons with me will be fun, productive, and encouraging.
If I sound like the right teacher for you, please arrange a trial lesson to see how well we work together!
*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room, piano, full-length mirror, comfortable seating for parents
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*Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students. I specialize in classical singing- applicable to any style of singing!
Broadway Singing, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing
Soprano, Chelsea B. holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees form the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University.
She made her operatic debut in 2005 in Italy with Operafestival di Roma in their main stage production of Mozart's "Le nozze di Figaro."While in Rome Chelsea B. also was featured in Pergolesi's ¬¬ú"Stabat Mater.¬¬Ě" She has also been involved in other concert and oratorio works such as Villa-Lobos's "Bachianas Brasileiras No.5", Rutter's "Requiem" and Mozart's "Requiem."
Along with her classical training she has performed in many musicals such as The King and "Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma¬¬Ě, and ¬¬úThe Boyfriend. Chelsea B. is an honored NATS (National Association for the Teachers of Singing) competitor, Peabody Scholarship recipient, and Bland Music Scholarship recipient. Recently, Chelsea B. worked with the Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra on their spring and summer concert series. When she's not singing, you may find Chelsea B. enjoying a run through the neighborhood, or enjoying some time with her cats CJ and Skittles.
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Lessons are catered to each individual students needs and are conducted in a supportive environment where students are encouraged to take risks, try new things, make mistakes, and most importantly be themselves.
I generally focus voice lessons around classical vocal technique, which will develop good habits regarding... breathing... posture... body/facial tension...and overall good vocal health. Though I am classically trained, I am a firm believer in the idea that classical vocal techniques are carried over into any genre. In addition to classical repertoire I have experience working with musical theater, pop, jazz, soul, and country.
When teaching piano I often focus on building a good foundation. Lessons are centered on rudiments, basic music theory, and technique. A wide variety of repertoire will be available to each student and will cover many styles and genres.
I value the time I have with my students and expect each student to come prepared to each lesson with an open mind and willingness to work. With music, the best results only come to those who put in 100% both during lessons and during individual practice time. This is key in any musical pursuit. Overall, I want lessons to be enjoyable while still maintaining a sense of progress for the student.
As a teacher I have had experience teaching both young children and adults in many settings, whether it be in a classroom, small group lesson, or one-on one. I pride myself on providing lessons that are uniquely individual and foster a students strengths while also building on their weaknesses. The best part about being a music educator is that I get to share my love of music with all of my students. With that said, whether you are a beginner who's interest has been sparked, or you have aspirations of becoming a professional musician I can help you there.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Family Room: Piano, seating for parents.
**Please note I have 2 cats in the home**
*** Specialties ***
Voice and Piano Lessons
Classical, Musical Theater, Pop, Jazz, Soul, and Country.
Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Bluegrass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Classical Guitar, Country Guitar, Ear Training, Flamenco Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting
Tommy is the owner and founder of Treble Makers Guitar Lessons. Treble Makers is an innovative, interactive, and fun, way to learn guitar. Our instructors are young professional musicians with years of experience and are eager to share their knowledge, and we teach the songs that YOU want to learn. From beginners who are just learning how to form chords to experts learning modal interchanges, we gladly take all student of any age. Personal lessons can be scheduled with flexibility and ease by either contacting your instructor directly or using our online system. To Treble Makers you aren't just another student, you are the next great musician! Check us out at Treblemakersguitar.com
Accompaniment, Classical Piano, Ear Training, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano
Most children under 5 years of age do not have the attention span and reading skills needed to benefit from a 30 minute piano lesson. However, I love kids and am enthusiastic for them to experience and be exposed to music at any age. Therefore, I will consider children younger than 5, giving them a diagnostic lesson. If it is evident that they are interested and understand the information presented, then we can keep working!
As for the upper end of the age spectrum, it's never too late to learn! Adult beginner study is common and very rewarding!
Accompaniment, Audition Prep, Classical Guitar, Classical Piano, Ear Training, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Stage Performance
Taught in Public and Private Schools, involved in music therapy and teach special needs.
Students that are HOME SCHOOLED and Seniors are welcome. :-)
"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."