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Coming from a large extended family in Hawaii, I was surrounded by luau music, kachi-kachi dancing, Japanese bon dances, handsome local guys singing and playing their guitars and my aunties strumming their ukes and singing old songs. I reveled in walking alone in Nature or playing piano and singing in empty, stain-glassed churches – just wailing in the dark and colored light!

I studied: classical piano, organ, oboe, clarinet, violin, voice, and guitar. I sang in jazz trios and pop bands, earned income as a church organist/choir accompanist, and spent 15 years teaching private piano lessons to students of all ages.
I studied drawing and painting, I drew trees, animals, the ocean, sky and mountains, still life, and the people around me.

Upon arriving in New York City, I entered into a journey of playing at a Washington Heights gos
pel church, living in a building filled with musicians, accompanying vocal master classes, studying Sanskrit, Indian raga, world percussion, creative arts therapy and performance wellness.

I now compose and sing my songs - interweaving voice with keyboard or guitar. Besides teaching privately, I can be found performing my songs in clubs, outdoor festivals, coffee houses, and poetry/healing events. I currently attended a certificate program in sound & music healing and the focus of my music rests here. I incorporate many techniques to aid students in relaxation, breath awareness, and de-stressing.

Using traditional teaching methods, I create meaningful experiences for students by:
- being patient, flexible and creative in approach
- using visual, aural, and tactile teaching tools

*** Lesson Details ***
After 3 to 6 Months OF Lessons, you can use the important music fundamentals you've learned to create music you love.
After about a year, you are invited to share your music with others in an intimate family recital or a performance for charity in service to your community!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright piano, piano synthesizer, guitar, percussion instruments

*** Travel Equipment ***
Carolyn carries her own guitar, teaching aids, manuscript paper, pen/pencils, and handouts.

Recommended for students:
KEYBOARD - ideally, have your own keyboard/piano, piano books, staff paper
ACOUSTIC UKULELE/GUITAR - your own guitar, capo, tuner, staff & TAB paper (you can wait for teacher to help you choose)
VOICE - have sheet music, lyrics or charts of your songs
SONGWRITING - have manuscript paper, recording device and journal/tablets to record their ideas
ALL STUDENTS - small tablet for notes & keeping track of assignments and a recording device to hear your playing/singing/compositions (optional)

*** Specialties ***
Performing Singer-Songwriter specializing in improvisation and Sound & Music Healing.
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Rachel M. April 10, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Very nice and welcoming, I learned a lot a few sessions and enjoyed them.
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Sophie D. August 3, 2016
· Ukulele · In studio
One day, I decided to learn ukulele by myself but I became quickly stuck. I found Carolyn on this website and then went to her place to take my first lesson. Carolyn is super sweet; very welcoming, smiling, fun to work with. She is very positive and gives great feedbacks all the time! I learnt a lot during our session!! At some point, we sat at her piano to talk about notes and keys: it was very interesting to switch to another instrument. In addition, her place has very harmonious vibes: when I left I felt so much better!!! I definitely recommend Carolyn for music lessons! And I look forward to our next ukulele lesson!
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Carolyn turned out to be the perfect piano instructor for my teenage niece who is a slow learner. Carolyn is enthusiastic, supportive, patient, and fun. My niece especially loves getting to sing together with Carolyn as an added bonus!
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About Rachel M.

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Bel Canto singing technique for the modern singer is taught in private and group classes. No one sounds like old opera singers, even if the student wants to sing opera. Students are allowed to choose most of the material they learn in the lesson. There will be times when Rachel will suggest a song to a student but if the student doesn't enjoy the song, they will work as a team to find a song that does work for the student. Gain a better tone quality, complete control of your voice, bigger range, more flexibility, and confidence. Learn healthy voice technique, how to fully take care of your own voice so you can sing for the rest of your life (even after lessons), and eventually become a self sufficient performer for life.

About Rachel
Rachel fully background checked by three different companies and is also fingerprinted.

Rachel's private studio is where you not only learn healthy technique, but how to become a self-sufficient artist. Professional training and customized programs in singing and acting technique. All learning styles, all ages, and all levels. Private lessons and group classes.

We prepare our students for the real world with up to date training (singing and acting) and both performance opportunities and showcases in front of industry professionals when students are ready.

Students come from all walks of life. All voice types, all ages, all levels, all mediums (TV-film-theatre), all character - ingenue actors, and ALL genres (Rock, Pop, Alternative, Funk, Soul, Musical Theater, R&B, Jazz, Opera) welcome!

Rachel's students have gone on nati
onal tours, released albums, are in bands, have been accepted into performing arts schools (high schools and colleges), have been cast in regional/Off-Off-Broadway/Off-Broadway Theatre, movies (Noah, The Wolf Of Wall Street, Finally Famous), music videos, and on TV (Royal Pains, Smash, 30 Rock, The Good Wife, Law and Order: SVU, & NBC's The Voice competition).

Owner/Teacher: Rachel M.
SAG-AFTRA, VASTA, NATS (certified), NARAS, NAMTA, BMI, MAC, NJMEA, NAfME. NJ Theatre Alliance, & Certified Artist Developer with Conquer Entertainment,
15+ years of teaching to children - teens - adults (Ages 6+ group classes, 8+ private lessons)

RACHEL M.'S BIO:

Rachel is a member of SAG-AFTRA, The National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS certified), VASTA (Voice And Speech Trainers Association), NARAS (The Grammy Awards), NAMTA, NJMEA (New Jersey Music Educators Association), NAfME (National Association of Music Education), NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association,) MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs), The NJ Theatre Alliance, NSA (Nashville Songwriting Association International), and BMI (Broadcast Music Inc). She has been teaching Bel Canto singing technique for the modern singer and Stella Adler-Stanislavsky-Chekhov-Meisner acting technique for all mediums for 15+ years to children, teens, and adults.

Rachel has trained at The Hages Music Studio under a master teacher for 22+ years in the Bel Canto singing technique for all genres, studied at The Stella Adler Studio of Acting in NYC as well as recorded and released her first album called "Just Meant To Be". Other credits include commercials, films, TV shows (One Tree Hill, AMC, Food Network), music videos (including Rachel's singles "Don't Even Try", "You Will Love On"), & numerous stage credits (Off-Broadway/NYC Theatre). Rachel most recently was seen in the reading of a new play "Vanishing Son" by Peter Gil-Sheridan performed in NYC. She is also a songwriter (16+ years), scriptwriter (10+ years), director (14+ years), and an international recording artist (10+ years).

Rachel has been performing for 20+ years, has performed in front of sold out crowds, and has been honored with many standing ovations. Other honors include magazine covers, featured articles, singing to thousands of people, studio recordings/albums, originated the role of "Antigone" in "Oedipus: The Musical", 2002 Helen Hayes Nomination for" Outstanding Vocal Performance in a Musical" ("Miss Adelaide" in "Guys And Dolls"), & 2008 finalist for NYC Singing Idol Competition. Rachel has also been fortunate to have worked & performed with many people in the business including Grammy-Tony-Emmy Award Winners/Nominees.

LESSON DETAILS

Whether you are a parent looking for instruction for your child, or for yourself, Rachel can customize the right program that best suits your needs. Her students come from all walks of life and have different goals, but they all have one thing in common. They love performing and have the desire to be the best at their chosen craft (singing/acting).

Some students want to sing/act for themselves, others want to sing/act for a hobby, and others want to be professional performers. That's where Rachel comes in. No matter what your goals are, she can help. Rachel teaches her students how to become true artists without tearing them down and without taking away the part of them that makes them unique. She teaches healthy technique that is based off of the human anatomy; the science of how the body/mind works and how the body/mind can work as efficiently as possible while singing or acting.

Learning how to sing/act is a process and doesn't happen overnight. Rachel's ultimate goal as a teacher is to not only make her students the best performers and singers they can be, but also give them all of the proper tools they need to have a more productive mind frame and become self-sufficient. Of course this can take years to master. It takes time and dedication.

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SINGING: Bel Canto singing technique for the modern singer is taught in private and group classes. No one sounds like old opera singers, even if the student wants to sing opera. Students are allowed to choose most of the material they learn in the lesson. There will be times when Rachel will suggest a song to a student but if the student doesn't enjoy the song, they will work as a team to find a song that does work for the student. Gain a better tone quality, complete control of your voice, bigger range, more flexibility, and confidence. Learn healthy voice technique, how to fully take care of your own voice so you can sing for the rest of your life (even after lessons), and become a self sufficient performer for life.

ACTING: Stella Adler, Stanislavsky, Chekhov, and Meisner Acting Technique for Theatre/Camera is taught in private and group classes. All students are exposed to each technique and Rachel sees which technique each student responds to the most. Once the student and Rachel are able to identify the technique, Rachel continues to use the terminology of that technique for the remainder of the time the student is in lessons. Students eventually are able to play roles truthfully and realistically, even if the roles are opposite of the student's own personality.

BY THE TIME STUDENTS GRADUATE FROM LESSONS:

1. Gain a lifelong, solid, consistent, and healthy technique that they can always count on in practice and performance.

2. Gain specific technical and personal notes in a notebook and/or computer file that is organized and always accessible for review.

3. Gain artistry, performance skills, and a strong voice that will look/sound authentic; Singers will sound appropriate to whatever style of music they are singing. (No fake sound or look.) Actors will just be in the moment and truthful whether they are on stage or in front of the camera.

4. Gain the confidence to always put on a great performance.

5. Gain focus and a more productive mind frame.

6. Become self-sufficient by knowing how to assess a problem and then fix it without creating a new issue.

*** Studio Equipment ***
PRIVATE HOME STUDIO: Keyboard, speakers (smartphone, iPod, iPad), CD player, tape recorder/player, digital recorder, music stand, mirror, laptop, sheet music selections, HD video camera, tripod, video editing software, audio editing software, USB microphone, and high speed WiFi internet. Full PA, two mixers (one mixer with 8 inputs and the other with 4), 8 Lavaliere microphones ("body mics"), multiple hand held microphones, laptop stand, and music stands.

**ASK ABOUT ON LOCATION TRAINING (ON SET, THEATER, PERFORMANCE EVENT, OR RECORDING STUDIO)!

**ONLINE LESSONS ALSO AVAILABLE!

*** Specialties ***
We specialize in Bel Canto voice technique for the modern singer. Each student can sing all genres without sounding too classical, "fake", and without losing their voice while singing for long periods of time.

Other Specialties: Teaching acting technique for theatre-TV-Film (Stella Adler, Stanislavsky, Chekhov, & Meisner), performance skills, songwriting, and creating self-sufficient singers-actors-performers (Artist Development).

STUDIO POLICIES-

CANCELLATION:
24 hour lesson cancellation

MISSED LESSONS/MAKE UPS:
If the student needs to miss a lesson for sickness, they or their parent/ guardian, if the student is under 18, must let Rachel know at least 24 hours before their missed lesson. If they need to miss due to an other activity or vacation, they must contact Rachel at least a week from their next scheduled lesson in advance to prevent from forfeiting the lesson. All make ups will be scheduled within 4 weeks from the missed lesson. If rescheduled lesson or make up lesson is missed, no new make up will be given unless Rachel is not able to teach for some rare reason.

LATENESS:
If a student is going to be late they need to contact Rachel as soon as possible, to let her know they will be late. Lessons will end on time unless she is able to extend the lesson due to a late student or her schedule allows for it though please understand, Rachel would be extending a courtesy and would not be obligated to do so. If on the rare occasion Rachel is running late, she will always make up the time.

SITTING IN: Parents/Guardians are ONLY permitted to stay for the first lesson and are NOT permitted to sit in for any other lesson/class unless invited. This is to promote good/strong teacher-student relationship quickly and easily. Also, many times students feel more comfortable when their parents/guardians leave.

"I try to be as fair as possible to both parties when it comes to cancellations, rescheduling, lateness, and make ups. Have a concern or question? Just talk with me. I'm all about communication!" - Rachel
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Glenn March 26, 2017
· Film Acting · In studio
Taking lessons with Rachel has been one the best decisions I've ever made. She not only has helped me with acting but has helped me become a better person. I've grown to understand myself and I've learned and done things I would never have done. And would never have been able to do. Her lessons will not only help you perform, they will help you in your everyday life.
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Jacquelyn M. March 1, 2017
· Film and TV Acting · In home
Rachel was friendly and very welcoming. She encouraged my daughter to be relaxed and to focus on putting herself in character. My daughter had a great first experience!
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About Judy F.

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I've been coaching modern vocal technique and performance technique for a decade. I've helped students prepare for auditions with local bands, musical theater productions, and The Voice. Students learn to think of themselves as athletes, and to maintain a workout regimen that keeps their voices strong and agile. My goal is for each student to have fun while gaining skills and confidence.

All of my students have the option to customize their lessons by adding elements of music theory, keyboard skills, or songwriting to their singing lessons.

About Judy
My primary goal as a music educator is to encourage self-expression and individuality. I have a decade of experience helping modern singers young and old find their personal styles and voices, using science-backed vocal technique and a personal workout routine for every student. Singing is the ultimate form of self-expression and can be ground zero for finding confidence, fulfillment and adventure in life.

I also have 15+ years experience teaching music theory, keyboard skills and songwriting, and have been performing for two decades solo and in cover/function bands, as singer, keyboardist and even trombonist.

I hold a Master of Music in Composition from Virginia Commonwealth University and I am also a Certified Personal Coach.
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Diane June 6, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Judy has been my daughters coach for a few months. My daughter is 13 and not very confident in her skills but Judy has been working with her to boost her self esteem in singing. She has a great sense of humor and knows how to handle kids expertly, and as a result my daughter is gaining self confidence in order to sing in front of others. I highly recommend her!
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Lydia June 3, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I would highly recommend Judy to everyone! I've been through different vocal coaches but there's a reason why I've stuck with judy. She's encouraging but tells you the little tweaks you need to fix. She doesn't sugar coat anything but she always tell you in a nice way so no ones feelings get hurt. She encourages me to do better, she's there to talk about what's going on in my life, like she truly cares. She taught me how to acknowledge all the roles singing plays in. I've learned , and have truly become better because of Judy! Highly recommend her all the way!
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Rhonda June 2, 2017
· Vocal Training · In home
My 7 year old loves to sing and wanted to take voice lessons. She is very shy around strangers and has Selective Mutism, but by the 2nd lesson she didn't even want me in the room. She was comfortable and looks forward to the lesson every week. She has started moving to the music and listens to all instruction. She practices at home everyday. I noticed this week at her dance recital she has more confidence and it shows in all aspects. Best decision we have made!!
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About Liza W.

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I am a Classical, Jazz, and Folk singer. My vocal technique is based on relaxation and I strive to bring out and strengthen the unique quality of each student's voice. I focus on building up vocal strength to sustain performances, expanding vocal range, and learning new repertoire including music in Spanish, Italian, French, and German. I perform as a Jazz and Folk singer throughout the Los Angeles area and have performed leading operatic roles with companies in California and the Mid-West.

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Liza W. is a professional singer, harpist, and composer. As a soloist and ensemble musician, Liza brings a new dimension to the harp’s role in contemporary music, striving to expand the possibilities for this unique instrument in Jazz, Classical, Folk, Latin, and World music. She grew up immersed in the vibrant musical culture of the San Francisco Bay Area and now is based in Los Angeles. Liza began teaching in high school and loves to share her passion for music with her students. She teaches voice, harp, music theory and history, music composition and arranging, and world music genres including Celtic and Latin music. Liza hold a Master's in Music from USC Thornton School of Music and a Bachelor's in Music from IU Jacobs School of Music.
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Jesscia S. September 27, 2016
· Harp · In home
Liza is a wonderful and dedicated teacher. She his young, smart, patient and it is abvious to us that she cares and loves teaching harp. In the last few years, my daughter have had several teachers through out her piano and harp lessons, and I never seen her so excited before and after the her music lesson. She has been inspired and highly motivated from the first moment that she met Liza.
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There will be a big focus on good vocal control via control of the breath and using the breath to bring out your true tone. We will focus on letting go and letting your body do the work for you, instead of your throat. Once we get the fundamentals down we will focus on vocal technique, expanding your range and taking your voice to the next level :)

About Jiana
Hey there! My name is Jiana Wessel and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2014 and have loved helping my students sing comfortably, develop a beautiful tone, and expand their vocal ranges. I have studied voice at MDC college, FAU and New World School of the Arts. I earned a degree in Music in 2014 from MDC.

I have been singing and performing for over 8 years. I am also an Independent artist currently working on her debut E.P. I Welcome all ages, and all genres of music, and all styles of singing besides classical singing. I'm firm, friendly and a patient person and my teaching style is challenging, encouraging, and I will push you to your highest potential! I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Katie H. August 2, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Jiana is fabulously talented but also an extremely professional teacher. She helped me relax and put my nerves at ease because I am a complete beginner. She has a spacious home studio which is perfect for one on one attention. We did breathing exercises and she taught me many technical aspects of singing that I enjoyed. I'm looking forward to the rest of my lessons with Jiana, she is both challenging and kind with her instruction.
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Steve Paulachok January 29, 2017
· Singing · In home
Jiana is great! Very good with a beginner like myself!
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alexander R. October 10, 2016
· Singing · In home
Great lessons, recommend to others.
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I will take you out of your comfort zone. This is the only way to grow! It seems daunting, especially if you're shy. BUT most of these are simply mental blocks, so there is no reason to be afraid! "Only thing to fear is fear itself." - FDR

I can get you to sing 98% of whatever you want to sing! The only limits are physiological! Less than 2% keeps you from singing ANYTHING! The biggest difference is if you're male or female!

About Erickson
I have received classical music training since 1999. I graduated from UNLV with a music degree. I have performed professionally since 2004.

Singing is EASY! So easy in fact that I GUARANTEE to make you a better singer by the first lesson or your money back! Ask me for details!

We can go fast or slow.

If we go fast, YOU NEED TO LISTEN! I can quickly escalate you to new levels! You need to DO rather than QUESTION! OBVIOUSLY, I need you to understand what we're doing, but being able to do something consistently will answer most of your questions!

If you want to go slow, we will have SO MUCH FUN! Much less stress. You'll still be able to sing with as much accuracy, but the journey will be at your pace rather than mine!

Contact me! Let's get started!
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We will practice the most effective work in vocal health, development, restoration, performance, improvisation, arranging, composition, theory, and great works of all genre.

About elizabeth
If you give yourself time and space to improve, you will realize your goals.
Practice is a gift you give to your highest self; it is the entire body of improvement. Your desire to SING freely is the heart.
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I teach you healthy habits/technique so YOU can apply it to whatever style you wish! You pick a song, I pick a song, we work on both. I include ear training and can also include music theory in our lessons so you can be a well rounded musician. I plan our lessons according to what is best for you and what you'd like to accomplish. Because I graduated from a rigorous curriculum in college, I can prepare you for auditions for school if that is one of your goals.

About Valerie
Hello! My name is Valerie and I would love to talk with you about creating a lesson plan just right for you! I graduated from University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music in Vocal Jazz Performance. My teachers were incredible, some Grammy winners and nominees, and I would love to pass on their wisdom as well as impart my own knowledge and experience of 14+ years of singing professionally, songwriting, touring, recording etc. My songs have been featured in independent film and professional websites. I performed all over the U.S. west coast and NYC and have performed in Europe as well (super love that, can't wait to go back.) My next goal is to perform in Japan. I want to make each lesson interesting & fun but challenging! I expect each student to come prepared to lessons. I expect each student to try their best and to be res
pectful. Do you have what it takes to be the next student of Valerie? :) Feel free to message me with any questions and I will respond asap!
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Marisa June 19, 2017
· Music Performance · In home
Valerie taught my son over the course of a few years. Not only is she a talented vocalist but an excellent musician. He looked forward to the lessons every week! I would highly recommend her.
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Hyacinth west June 17, 2017
· Piano · In home
Valarie taught both of my daughters. and did vocal training with them. my youngest daughter continued with the piano and has included the violin .
Valarie has been amazing teacher.. She would present her lessons in an engaging manner which made my daughters eager to learn.She was calm ,patient and soft spoken. I high Valariely recommend
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Hyacinth west June 17, 2017
· Piano · In home
Valarie was patient with my daughters ,with each lesson that was taught Valarie made sure the girls were excited to learn. She taught both piano and vocal
training .My youngest daughter has gone on to playing both the violin and piano, and she plays on our church worship team.( issaquah wa)
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I have been an active opera singer and flutist for the past 10 years, and have extensive training and experience in a variety of musical styles (baroque, classical, romantic, modern, art song, chamber music). Because of that, I am especially well trained in breath management. The one thing you will take away from my lessons, is how to breath and sing comfortably, and naturally without tension.

About Natalie
My name's Natalie, and I'm a voice and flute teacher! I studied Vocal Performance and Flute Performance at the University of California Santa Cruz, and got my Masters of Music in Vocal Arts at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.

I specialize in classical voice and opera, though I believe a good vocal technical foundation is applicable to all musical styles. I also teach music theory, for those just getting into music, and for those who would appreciate a refresher. Since I studied both flute and voice, I am especially well trained in breath management and alignment. The breath is the most important thing in both flute and voice. It's what sends our sound out into the world!
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Students will learn singing through operatic and pop technique. We learn about the mechanisms of the throat and voice and how to effectively sing with comfort, ease, and proper technique.

About Lauren
I am a professional electric violinist and rock vocalist. I have been playing in touring bands for 8 years and have released over 5 albums. I play multiple crazy violins from traditional 4-string all the way up to a fretted 7-string! I am one of the few violinists in the world who sings and plays at the same time! I also am known for my highly complex live looping techniques which allow me to be a one woman band.

I teach contemporary violin, voice, and production. I can help with everything from songwriting all the way up to guiding you through producing and recording your music. I have a bachelors degree from Stanford University and a Masters Degree in Communication from the University of Washington.
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What makes a good public speaker? Whether you want to improve your communication skills or overcome a fear of speaking, you're already at an advantage if you have a background in singing (or music in general). Read on as San Diego, CA teacher Carl M. explains...   I could go on and on expounding on all the reasons singing lessons are a valuable tool for millions of individuals – whether or not a career in music is intended. However, the one that emerges foremost in my mind has very li
5 Best Websites for Finding Singing Gigs
Looking for singing gigs near you? Here are the best websites to check out, rounded up by Ann Arbor, MI voice teacher Elaina R..   Are you a professional singer in need of gigs? Or do you and your band have newly formed money-making aspirations? Whether you are a seasoned expert or just starting out, there are oodles of websites for finding singing gigs. Here are five good examples. GigSalad Best for: Local Gigs GigSalad is one of many pay-for-premium-service websites for finding
How to Belt Without Straining Your Voice
Curious about how to belt safely? Read on for tips from Ann Arbor, MI voice teacher Elaina R...   If you flip on Top-40 radio these days, you hear a lot of belting. But just because Ariana Grande and Bruno Mars sound great belting their lungs out doesn’t mean you know how to belt without straining your voice. In fact, if you’ve ever been to a karaoke bar, or seen a pop star live, you’ve probably heard how strained and painful belting can sound. So, what is belting anyway? And i

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