George was so patient with me. I knew absolutely nothing about playing guitar and I learned exactly what I needed. He gave me the confidence I needed to learn the guitar.George is an amazing guitar player and I feel fortunate to have him as my instructor. I loved my lesson and can't wait for the next.
Soprano Jamie Balter most recently received recognition by both The American Prize in Voice and New York Lyric Opera Theatre Competition for her performance of works by Strauss, Mozart, and Wagner. A native of Baltimore, Ms. Balter earned her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music and is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Alabama under where she is a student of Dr. Paul Houghtaling. As a member of the University of Alabama Opera Theatre, Ms. Balter will sing the role of The Nurse in Philip Seward's Juliet in the 2019/20 season. In the 2018/19 season, Ms. Balter sang the roles of Consuelo in West Side Story and Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus. During the 2017/18 season, Ms. Balter appeared as a guest artist in Visions of Dreams, where she
performed selections by Duparc, Schubert, Mozart, and Lehár. In July 2017, she made her role debut as Donna Anna in Mozart's Don Giovanni at the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy. During the 2015/16 season, Ms. Balter returned to the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival as Marcellina in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, where she also covered Countess Almaviva under the baton of Maestro James Richman. In addition, she appeared as La Chatte/L’Écureuil in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges. Previously, Ms. Balter joined the roster of Russian Opera Workshop, where she covered Zemfira in Rachmaninoff’s Aleko and the title role in an abridged version of Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet. Balter began the 2016 season as a guest artist in From Heidelberg to Hanover, where she performed Strauss’ Four Last Songs in addition to selections from Lohengrin, Der Freischütz, and Tannhäuser with Lyric Opera Baltimore Artistic Director, James Harp. Highlights of the 2014/15 season included Second Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, Alice (cover) in Verdi’s Falstaff with Harrower Opera Workshop, and An Evening of Opera & Song with the McDonogh Guest Artist Series.
Jamie Balter maintains a private voice studio in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, previously having studios in Springfield, Illinois and Miami and Tallahassee, Florida. She has previously served as the head of the voice program at The Music Factory in Springfield, Illinois and served on the faculty at The Stubbs' Music Center in Tallahassee, Florida. This fall, Ms. Balter will be teaching a masterclass as part of a series at McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Maryland titled An Artist Works: Tools of the Trade where she will discuss vocal technique, the key elements to having a successful audition, and how to make a website and a résumé.
Teaching Philosophy: Singing is a process and a journey and every singer’s journey is different. My goal as a vocal pedagogue is to create a positive environment in my studio where my students can reach all of the goals that they set out to achieve. In addition, it is important for my students to feel a warm, welcoming atmosphere, where they can make mistakes, take big risks, and ask questions. The art of singing is a whole-body experience and it is essential for students to train and practice like an athlete would train for an Olympic event. I encourage my students to do some sort of physical activity that has an emphasis on the abdominal muscles (i.e. yoga, pilates, tai chi, weight routine), so that they feel what it is like to use the whole body as well as strengthen their core muscles, which directly relates to “appoggio” or breath support. I teach my students to use their entire body when they sing. I believe that students should practice with physicality gestures, so they can get connected to their whole body and feel a strong gravitational center. As a vocal pedagogue, I foster a healthy vocal technique and I believe that it is necessary for students to understand how the muscles work for inhalation and exhalation. In addition, I believe that it is important for students to have kinesthetic awareness of the process of singing. After a student has mastered the basic understanding of alignment, the body, and breathing, I then focus on phonation and having a clean onset after the inhalation. Singing is all muscle coordination, so careful practice and patience is needed. The process cannot be rushed. Students in my studio have a solid foundation, which can be applied to any style of music that they wish to sing. Every student has different needs and it is crucial to cater each lesson to the particular student.
Jamie's approachable and friendly personality is reflected in her teaching style - she is not afraid to have you try various unconventional techniques that turn out to be super effective and fun! In the year I've been taking lessons with her, my breath support, technique, and vocal range have all improved significantly - so much so that a high note that I found strenuous a year ago is now almost within my comfort range! She is very receptive to different styles of music, and her suggestions are always challenging, fun, and geared towards developing your voice.
August 19, 2019
Jamie is a fantastic voice teacher. She is extremely patient and encouraging with me as a beginner. I started with hardly any experience at all, and my singing has already improved significantly after only 8 weeks of lessons. She helped me with song choice and voice repertoire, but is also open to my suggestions. I can highly recommend her for anyone who has been thinking about voice lessons, but has not had the courage to start, even at an older age. Just give it a try!
August 7, 2019
Jamie is a great teacher. She helped me with my role for Ariel in the Little Mermaid. Not just the singing but also helped with staging and acting song out. shecheered me on and made me feel better about my voice. she is an amazing teacher.
I have been teaching lessons for 6 years and love to help people fall in love with music. I have a bachelors degree in music performance for harp from the University of North Alabama and have also played piano for twelve years.
I picked up music when I was very young and have never looked back. I started with the piano and then moved on to the violin, of which I competed regularly in up until high school. In high school I switched the viola and found it to me even more amazing. During high school I competed again in music between schools, the San Diego Youth Orchestra. I currently work with several students with special needs such as Autism and other Neurological delays. My son is Autistic and music was a great way for him to express himself. I found that the other children I work with on the spectrum have more abilities to express themselves through music then with words. I also work with students that are not yet comfortable with themselves and getting them to breath and enjoy the music helps bring them out of their shells.
I regularly find myself jamming o
ut with another music instructor every chance we get. Music is a great relief and enjoyment that I want to share with as many people as I can. I am currently in college getting my Bachelors degree in History with a minor in Music.
You will never regret having voice lessons with a true professional. I've performed and taught across the US, Europe, and Australia. As a singer/stage director I've produced over fifty cabaret shows, musicals and operas. As a recording artist, I've released the CDs: "Music in Flight," endorsed by Doctors Without Borders and "Rosas de Pulpa," a digital album of Argentine music, which was recently nominated Classical Album of the Year by "Just Plain Folks." With years of university and community teaching experience, I am a member of National Association of Teachers of Singing, a vetting organization for teachers, which provides competition platforms for young singers. I have been awarded grants by the Alabama Council for the Arts and the Lowder Foundation. Though still an active performer in jazz and other genres, I love teaching and am c
ommitted to offering my students what music can do for our world. I am Diane M. and a Google search of my name will connect you to tracks, videos and much more history about my varied and wonderful life in the Arts! NOTE: There are performance opportunities available through study in my private studio. Ask me about them!
Diane is a very professional and classy person.
Emie loves her
February 10, 2019
My daughter said she felt very comfortable with Mrs. Diane and she can't wait for her next lesson.
August 24, 2018
It is a pleasure to provide a recommendation for Diane McNaron and her studio. My daughter has been taking private lessons for more than three years and we have been exceptionally pleased with the results. Ms. McNaron’s extensive background and experience in a wide variety of musical genres allows her to customize lessons around the student’s vocal strengths and interests rather than force a cookie cutter approach. Ms. McNaron has nurtured her talent in a positive, professional manner and I highly recommend her for those looking to improve, learn, or simply polish their current vocal skill set. You will not be disappointed.
Therese is a professional violinist originally from New Jersey. She received her bachelor's degree in music performance from The College of New Jersey, and is completing her master's in music performance at The Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University, where she is concertmaster of the Dana Symphony Orchestra. She has been studying classical violin repertoire for 20 years, but also enjoys playing contemporary music from various genres. She is an active chamber musician and currently plays in a string quartet and trio. While her training is in the classical tradition, she enjoys working with students who want to learn how to play music from other genres as well.
Therese has experience working with students of all levels of ability, including students with developmental disabilities. She has been teaching privately for 10 ye
ars, including one-on-one lessons, group lessons, and chamber group coaching.
I am a certified music teacher of 12 years. I currently teach guitar, piano, drum set, and songwriting at a Fine Arts Academy. I have experience teaching guitar both in a class setting and a one-on-one setting. I have also led children's music at Vacation Bible School.
Prior to teaching, I traveled as a singer/songwriter that played a variety of venues and festivals.
I love making music and sharing music with my students. I would love the opportunity to be a part of your musical journey.
"It was a good getting to know you lesson. Trvor's a good lislener. He has a good easy going style. I am looking forward to future lessons."
"My 14 year old son very much enjoys working with Michael. He is very nice, patient and punctual, and I love the fact that he teaches his lessons at our ho
use. I would recommend hiring Michael."
"You can not find a better guitar instructor!
I have had innumerable music instructors over the course of many years, including group and now individual g
uitar lessons with David. Without reservation, in all regards he is the best I have had. His knowledge of music and ability to teach, to all ages and levels, are extraordinary. I frequently recommend him to others with enthusiasm and without qualification. In a nutshell: You could not find a better guitar instructor."
"Lilly is clearly really talented and passionate about music. She is also a great teacher. After just 1 lesson my daughter already adores her. Would thorou
"She is awesome!"
"Great first session. Location was easy to find. Kids felt comfortable, and they enjoyed their lesson (despite being resistant in the beginning). Charlotte
was very friendly and warm with them, which helped a lot!"
"This first lesson was really solid. She helped us figure out the right size guitar and begin the basics. We are looking forward to more lessons."
"Elizabeth is a very nice and competent vocal trainer. She always encourages me to try new exercises that help me a lot to improve my singing skills. I als
o feel very comfortable taking classes with her, and I think that one of the basic things for me when it comes to learn how to sing, a nice atmosphere is necessary to grow faster. She is also helping me with my English pronunciation. I would definitely recommend her."
"When I first met Carl I told him I love to sing but couldn’t carry a tune. Well he changed that fast. My singing improved to a deeper and more vibrant
sound after only two lessons. I’ve now completed the 5 lesson package and the results are nothing short of amazing. Not only can I carry a tune but I do so with a powerful operatic style voice that I didn’t even know I could do. But Carl knew. He brings out the best in you.
Carl teaches you techniques that focus on the foundation of voice development. I learned how to increase singing range and to hold notes. Lessons and exercises are very effective. Carl is a professional singing instructor who is committed to his student’s success no matter what level or style of singing. Now I understand why Carl gets such consistently high ratings. Based on my experience it is very well deserved. I highly recommend Carl to help you achieve your singing goals."
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