Want to sing that Broadway tune but just can't get that note to sound like the pro? Do you have an audition or performance coming up for a competition, scholarship, school, etc? I specialize in helping you find your voice and gain access to parts of your voice you may not even know you have yet. Come here to learn how to make the difference between all of the different qualities your voice is capable of. Let me help you find and improve your voice!
I grew up in a household of 9 where music was always center stage. We would sing as a family in different venues and were often called the VonTrapp family. I have enjoyed singing and performing from a young age. I began studying flute at age 8, after scoring highest in the harmony listening exam and began formal violin lessons at the age of 9. I studied all genres including, fiddle, classical, musical theater and 20th century. I have continued to study violin since then and have performed in many orchestras and small groups, such as Honor Orchestra, the Paradise Symphony, the Yuba College Orchestra, Yuba-Sutter Oratorio Society Orchestra and more. I have been concert master and first stand in many of these. I have also soloed in many and have been the first violinist in quartets for countless weddings and other events. I have also played
in numerous pit orchestras for musicals. I have been in choirs and soloing since I can remember. I have performed and soloed in choirs such as the Yuba-Sutter Oratorio Society, CSUS Chamber Choir, the CSUS Women's Choir and more. I have toured to Victoria, Montreal, Ottowa, Oregon and Washington. I have also been in opera productions such as The Magic Flute, Peleas and Melisande and Die Fledermaus (The Bat) with CSUS Opera. I am a recent recipient of the Saturday Club Scholarship, a prestigious award, and have won many competitions (some repeatedly) both vocally and with violin, such as the Tri-County Competition, Young Artist Competitions, and the California Soloist and Ensemble Competitions. Additionally, I have performed musical theater repertoire and have performed as lead in musicals such as Beauty and the Beast and Into the Woods. I have also soloed repeatedly with the Yuba College jazz band and at churches all around. I have earned my Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from CSU Sacramento. I have my Associates Degrees in both Music and Early Childhood Education from Yuba College. Additionally, I have obtained my certificate of completion of training from Music Together, an organization which trains teachers to teach Basic Music Competence (both in tonality and meter), and am currently teaching this curriculum. I have been teaching music privately for over ten years to all ages, genders and abilities. Additionally, I have taught ages 0-5 years in a preschool setting for 7 years and am extremely familiar with developmentally appropriate practices for both preschool and school age, as I am a site supervisor at a child development center with a preschool and after school program. I have had many adult students as well and encourage adults to enrich their lives with music at any age! Additionally, I have experience teaching parent child classes and am familiar with how to teach to the particular needs of each family and student. I'm extremely excited and looking forward to growing as a professional, both teaching and performing, in both the areas of violin and voice and to be instrumental in your musical growth too; I can't wait to share my passion with you and to ignite your passion for music too!
*** Lesson Details *** I have been teaching since 2002 and have loved every minute of it! I teach all ages. I tailor my style of teaching to each student's goals and to what works for you. If you want to learn Taylor Swift music, I won't be giving you arias. On the other hand, if you wish to study classically, I have repertoire appropriate for you. I teach fiddle, classical, orchestral, 20th century and more for violin students and have experience with jazz, classical, musical theater, pop, religious, spiritual, choral, 20th century and more vocally. For violin students, I use the Suzuki method as a pushing off point, a tried and true method used in many countries across the world, though I have other repertoire including fiddle, orchestra, small ensemble, solo, concertos, Christmas, and more. For vocalist, I start with the book, Adventures in Singing. I also have warm ups and exercises to keep you vocally healthy. I will teach you anything you want to learn! I also teach how to read music, theory and harmony, depending on your interest and tailored to your current skill level. I am encouraging and knowledgeable. I will meet you at your current level, be that beginner, intermediate, or advanced. My students can look forward to being encouraged and growing through their time with me. I don't have preset ideas about where you should be in 3-6 months, nor do I have a one size fits all teaching style. Instead, I will work with you individually so that you will become the best musician you can be, meet your goals, and increase your enjoyment and appreciation for music.
*** Studio Equipment *** Lessons in open space, upright piano, digital piano, music stands, metronome, violins available for rent, music, staff paper and computer
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect my students to provide the instrument with all of it's accessories (ie shoulder rest, rosin, bow and case) along with the appropriate level Suzuki book. I have instruments available for rent. My voice students should bring their own music also. I have a piano in my studio along with music stands. Of course, every student must have a pencil and come ready to have fun learning! :)
*** Specialties *** Suzuki, solfege, art songs and arias, reading music, fiddle, classical, healthy vocal technique and musical theater. I am very good at working with any age.
I have been working with Kim for a few weeks and I have learned a tremendous amount and can hear the difference every week as I progress. I enjoy the process she applies to keep it positive and fun yet learn the proper fundamentals required to perform well. I actually tried a few vocal teachers and Kim with her wisdom and experience made it simple who to go with!!
August 3, 2018
Ensures one has a strong foundation of violin knowledge. Patient and kind. Love this instructor!
January 15, 2018
Kim can teach you or your child, no matter where you are!
I was 30 when I decided to rekindle my love for the violin. I hadn’t played since before YouTube was invented, and I was skeptical about learning violin online. By the first lesson, Kim had already corrected poor habits I didn’t know I had, just after hearing me play a few scales. She adjusted her teaching style to my personality so seamlessly that I felt I was just getting pointers from a dear violinist friend whose advice is always spot-on. Weekly practice never felt like work, because Kim tailored my assignments to my goals. Before I knew it, I was playing complex concertos I could never do in high school. I started out being able to play just one major scale. Within 10 months, I was in Suzuki Book 4!
I can’t say enough about Kim’s expert teaching skills. During a sight-reading of a very difficult piece, I became so frustrated that I wanted to stop the lesson and try again later. Kim encouraged me until I had gotten all the way through, and pointed out what I could learn from my performance. When I had time to calm down, I realized that Kim can do this for any student; adults, children, and adults whose inner child throws a tantrum when they’re frustrated by a musical challenge. :-)
Teachers like Kim are rare, and worth their weight in gold. I learned so much more than violin fundamentals through my lessons with her. I’m convinced Kim can teach anyone, of any age—even through an online platform.
My pre-teen and teen students are singing and have sung leading roles in musical theater production at Harris Center, Elk Grove and Music Circus. In addition to the basics of how to produce a strong singing tone using belt, mixed and legit (head) voices, you will learn how to sing musically with meaning and drama. You will learn the key elements of various styles, including traditional, jazz, swing, pop, rock and folk style and how to incorporate them into your singing. I'll work with you to develop the strong chest, mixed and head voice, the abilities to sing loud and soft and to modulate from bright to mellow that you will need. To help you accomplish this, I will help you become very familiar with your physical instrument - how it functions and how to make it work safely, reliably and with good results.
I will help you understand and hear the underlying harmonic structure of your songs and how to sing with a variety of accompaniments, including karaoke, live piano ...
Your lessons are designed to help you develop the skills and confidence you need to successfully perform in public. I work hard to prepare your lessons and I ask my students to invest daily time working on skills studied at their lessons. Performing music requires the patient integration of multiple skills over time, however, the rewards are BIG.
During your lessons you will receive instruction in skills needed to sing or play the cello as well as musical skills including rhythm, melody, harmony and style. Because there is a lot to learn, I encourage you to consider 45 or 60 minute lessons, which I offer at substantially reduced rates to make them more affordable for you.
I continually update my teaching methods by attending workshops and master classes and I incorporate my knowledge of human anatomy and function, to help you
perform with minimal strain. Also, I incorporate internet resources in your lessons to keep them interesting and up to date.
What will your lessons be like? At your first lesson we will explore and name the parts of your instrument (voice or cello). We'll talk about what you would like to learn, set attainable goals and select songs that you will be successful learning.
In subsequent lessons you will warm up with scales and exercises, using common intervals with basic rhythms to improve your technical abilities and gain musical skills and knowledge, such as hearing pitches and intervals and keeping with the beat. This will also help you learn to read music.
Singers will learn to use breathing to coordinate with your vocal folds to make a beautiful tone and sing on pitch, relax your throat and tongue to create resonant chambers, shape your mouth and tongue to color the tone, and use your tongue and lips to form the words.
Cellists will learn to transfer your body weight into your cello to produce a mellow tone, placing your hands and arms on the cello and bow in a relaxed and balanced manner to allow you to play smoothly and in tune and to prepare you to produce a lovely vibrato. Since cellos don't have frets, you will also learn to locate each note on the cello but just a few notes at a time - until you know them all.
You will learn to use your technical skills and knowledge to create musical phrases that sound beautiful and authentic and are fun to perform and listen to. You will need to practice simple skills and phrases repeatedly until they become habit. I will lend you my kind and patient support to help you through the bumps in the road.
Not sure how to practice at home? To support your practice at home you will: Receive a recording of each of your lessons to practice with; Learn simple exercises you can do at home; Learn to create and use simple backup tracks of your songs to learn to hear rhythm and harmony; Learn how to use your computer at home to get feedback for pitch, and tone quality.
Nervous about performing? When you are comfortable I will provide opportunities to perform in student programs performing for friends and families.
You will have opportunities to participate and perform in workshops which include performance opportunities, lectures, demonstrations and Master Classes with nationally recognized teachers and performers.
I received about 10 lessons from JoAnn and feel very good with the results. I started playing guitar and singing in a small band and knew that I needed help. Joann educated me with many warm up lessons, a good start on reading music, and numerous exercises towards reaching pitch that will also save my vocal chords from harm. It's up to me to practice and use the available tools that JoAnn has introduced me to while I take a break from lessons while traveling. JoAnn is a professional singing teacher.
May 14, 2018
She is great! My daughter really enjoys her lessons and we appreciate how thorough JoAnn is.
January 23, 2018
JoAnn is a very patient and kind teacher. In the last few lessons I've had, she has taught me more than Ive learned with my previous teacher of 8 years. She is very understanding and teaches her students everything we need to know to be a good vocalist. I would highly recommend her.
I have been teaching for over 20 years in my personal studio as well as a college professor. My students learn a great deal of repertoire, technique with an emphasis on audition and performance preparation. We spend a lot of time staging, interpreting and acting!
I am a singer-pianist-actor Or a pianist-singer-actor. :-) I have a bachelors degree in voice performance and a minor in piano and theater. I have a masters degree in voice as well as a second masters in piano literature. i have a certificate in comedy improvisation from Second City and am a professional actor. I am the owner and senior talent agent of a large talent agency in the DFW area. My post graduate work is in vocal pedagogy. I have been a professional teacher and performer for over 20 years. I own and manage a professional talent agency in the DFW area. My students come in every model imaginable - and I wouldn't have it any other way. Raw beginner or veteran actor or musician, professional recording artist, College music major or American Idol wannabe.
The arts are such a great language for communicating. I grew up
with two parents who were professional musicians (mom is a concert pianist) and I also raised 3 children who are professional musicians. We made music our native language in our home. We all have the ability to speak music when it is spoken to us. I don’t ever remember not playing the piano. I started winning piano competitions in high school. I minored in piano, and then did additional post graduate work in piano. I “speak” piano. It has served me so well as a teacher, composer, opera coach. It is really a gateway to understanding all other instruments. The same scenario with my singing.
I began my professional career as an opera singer which has taken me around the world. I have premiered works by Leonard Bernstein and Samuel Adler in addition to principal roles and concert work with Pittsburgh Opera, The Pittsburgh Symphony, Dayton Opera, the Tuscia Opera Festival and hundreds of professional engagements. I have also had the wonderful opportunity to belt the National Anthem for several major league teams in a television appearance- and has done so on multiple occasions. (Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Reds) I am passionate about vocal jazz and musical theater and am frequently found as a performer in various national and regional venues. Feature concert works include PBS (Gershwin in Concert) as well as featured solo concert works (Pergolesi Stabat Mater) on Italian Public TV.
My approach to music has always been to do what you love. I have never limited myself as a performer to a genre or an instrument. I have explored, applied myself to and enjoyed a very diverse musical career. If you have a passion for an instrument or style of music let's start there first... and then let's discover together all the things you do that uniquely define your musicianship style.
*** Lesson Details *** Your lessons will always be engaging, challenging and fun!
I am very consistent in my approach to technique, my focus on goals and my demand for excellence. I constantly am working to access with you what your goals are and to provide feedback and support to help you achieve them.
I am very flexible in utilizing a wide variety of repertoire, resources etc. Your lessons are personalized to your skill set and your musical interests. I utilize audio and video recordings almost every week for all my students. I routinely promote and encourage my students to participate in a wide variety of competitions, recitals, workshops and master classes.
I have a very low turnover rate for students and a very high rate of students who have progressed to professional full time careers in music. Students like being a part of my studio and really like the confidence they have in their music abilities in a very short period of time.
I do not use the same curriculum for all students, in face, each curriculum is customized for that student. The components are similar: technique, repertoire, theory, listening, composing, recording and performing.
You can expect the following:You will feel very encouraged and supported in your talent. You will have measurable improvement in your skills. You will have a personal advocate to encourage and direct you in finding and creating opportunities to succeed in your music personally, academically and professionally.
I can't wait to get started!
*** Studio Equipment *** Professional studio with 6' Pramberger Grand Piano, recording and video equipment, and a music library including instruments and books w/ seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** Digital music library, digital recorder, iPad
*** Specialties *** Classical, musical theater, jazz and pop.
Currently Offering Group Master Classes for Vocal Training.
~2 hour group class for $40.00~
Feel free to reach out regarding dates and give Takelessons a call to book the lessons.
Learn how to sing and perform in the musical theater style!
I have been studying and performing music for the majority of my life, starting with piano in the third grade. I started singing in choirs in high school and continued studying voice throughout college. I have a classical background and moved to jazz voice as an undergraduate at California State University of Sacramento. I recently completed my Masters Degree in Vocal Performance in 2015!
*** Lesson Details *** Teaching music gives me joy! I create a positive and encouraging environment for students to gain confidence in their performance abilities. Every student is different and I approach each lesson accordingly in order to accommodate each student's needs and expectations.
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano, microphone, sound system, music stand, sitting area for parent(s) when needed. Students are expected to purchase their own b
ooks which are required for piano lessons. I can supply photo copies for the first couple of lessons until books are delivered.
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide a metronome for lessons, but each student should acquire their own for practicing purposes. Students should provide a stereo, preferably with an iPod adapter, to listen to musical examples, and a piano for voice or their own instrument for instrumental lessons. I can provide an extra ukulele for lessons, but students should have their own for practicing purposes.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in jazz voice, teaching students jazz theory and improvisation as well as stylistic techniques.
This is mine and my daughters first time taking music lessons. Melissa is patient with my daughter and very knowledgeable. After five lessons with Melissa I feel we are on the right track to accomplishing our ukulele goals.
January 14, 2019
My wife enjoyed her first ukulele lesson and is looking forward to going again next week.
October 18, 2016
Melissa seems knowledgeable. She makes the lesson productive and fun!
Ever since starting to do music theatre in Sacramento, I've really made a splash! I know a lot of the directors in Sacramento and the kind of sound they are looking for. I can teach you to low larynx belt just like the pros: Idina Menzel, Jeremy Jordan, etc.
I've been teaching private lessons for the past year and am very passionate about my students - making you succeed is my life's blood and whatever your goal is, that's my goal too! I've performed in many different musicals and operas in Sacramento, and been hired to sing professionally both as a soloist and a chorus singer. I went to California State University, Sacramento and earned my Bachelor of Arts in Music in 2015. I've since been very active in the music theatre scene in Sacramento, and my music theatre students love me! I'd love to see what we can do to make you a great singer!
Kevin is an excellent Teacher and i would recommend him to anyone.
January 12, 2018
He makes you feel welcome and free at the same time as keeping you leveled
October 2, 2017
I came to Kevin because I needed a refresher course. I had taken piano lessons as a child, but I'd lost a lot of it over the years. Kevin is very knowledgeable and patient and he explains things very well. I would recommend him wholeheartedly.
Broadway singing is a great dream career for many! Get started training the best way to have a natural tone and strong voice. Learn how to turn your notes instead of pushing them out.
Voice and Piano Lessons with Keith Anthony Gray
Offering classical voice lessons for students all ages. I teach bel canto "Beautiful Singing" (Italian classical) voice technique for beginners. This is the fundamental technique to develop proper voice health, pitch, natural tone, strength, range, quality and breath control.
Offering classical piano lessons for students all ages. Piano lessons focus on basic music theory, scales and exercises. Step-by- step method emphasizes correct playing habits and note reading through interval recognition.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Sacramento City College, Sacramento, CA - Music Performance, Theater Arts Acting & Dance Emphasis
Sung at Carnegie Hall, State Capital and World Cup Sacramento International House Show
Music & Theater Skills
studied voice from Jacqueline Victorino 2012-Present
Vocal/Performing Arts Instructor for Capital Innovations Academy 2016-Present
Vocal Instructor for The Silver Orange (Teen Center) 2017-Present
Extensive educational and professional background in music performance (voice, piano, upright bass, guitar, bass guitar), production (pro audio, recording, live sound engineer, producer), songwriting, and composing.
Classes and performances in musical theater, choir, theater movement, advanced acting theory and techniques, stagecraft, dance and choreography.
Students can expect help with healthy singing technique suitable for Broadway-style singing, as well as learning performance practices and audition techniques (if applicable).
As a piano and voice instructor, I have taught individual lessons for the past 13 years to students from 5 to 85, beginners to advanced students. I hold Master of Fine Arts degrees in both Collaborative Piano Performance and Vocal Performance from Notre Dame de Namur University. In addition to my private students, I am the vocal coach and accompanist for the Sacramento City College Music Department, Choral Academy Coordinator and accompanist for the Sacramento Children's Chorus, and accompanist for Light Opera Theatre of Sacramento. I also am co-founder and artistic director of the Empire Arts Collective Pop Choir.
Lessons are taught at the Sacramento Preparatory Music Academy. Please note that while piano lessons are offered for students as young as 5, voice lessons are not offered until students are at least 13.
I am passionate about cultivating the "total package performer". I will help students build a solid foundation of music theory, sight reading, technique, and most importantly ear training while tailoring to your unique style and goals. Most importantly, part of my lesson plan includes allowing the student to discover their unique voice, be confident in performing, and most importantly enjoying every lesson performance.
I recently graduated from the Sacramento State School of Music (California State University of Sacramento) with a BM in Jazz Studies (Vocal Performance). I am a professional singer, piano player, and music director.
I love singing jazz, pop, musical theatre, broadway, CCM and RnB, but I can teach any student any style and I believe that great technique is essential to any and every style. Besides improving in vocal technique, building up confidence is the most important aspect of a performer's education. I am readily equipped to help you expand your range, strengthen your instrument and build your repertoire.
I also teach beginning piano and music theory. I can teach students to read with musical excellence, learn how to play and read contemporary music using chord sheets, or both depending on the goals and preference of the stud
I have a great passion to teach music and my goal in life is to cultivate a culture of authentic beauty through the arts.
"My husband has taken my daughter to her voice lessons these first three times, and I have heard great reviews from both my husband and daughter! I am so
pleased with what I've heard, I can't wait to meet Melissa myself!"
"My daughter had a great first online lesson with Jessie. It was well structured and she is looking forward to the next lesson. Even got some homework on w
hat to practice. Jessie is very professional in how she conducts the lesson inclusive using the online tool available."
"My experience with Stephanie has been exceptionally awesome and inspiring over the last year. She is sensitive, super positive, and full of light and ener
gy when it comes to guidance. I have never felt so confident as a singer, and though I still have a little bit to go before Broadway, I highly recommend her to anyone interested in rapidly developing or fine tuning their singing voice. She is also exceptionally talented as a singer herself and truly tailors sessions to really benefit your particular goals and vision for where you want to bloom as a singer."
"I have been taking lessons with Cara for two years now, and she is fantastic. Not only is her knowledge and technique very high-quality, but her manner is
very low-pressure and comfortable. She's friendly and encouraging, yet still honest and constructive in her teaching. She specializes her lessons for your individual voice and selects songs and exercises best suited for you, with the proper techniques to healthily use your chords and not damage them. If you want to learn a specific song or style, she will not only teach it to you, but she'll teach you other songs and styles that will better help you sing and understand it. My voice, as well as my overall understanding of singing and music, has improved greatly since I started my lessons with Cara! She's worth every penny!"
"Sandra is my 5 year old daughter's singing/acting/piano instructor. We have been going to Sandra for the past 6 months and I am astounded at my daughter's
progress! Sandra's level of patience and her ability to teach while making it fun has helped my daughter tremendously! She has more confidence and she is more controlled with her voice. She has also learned to express what she is singing about through facial expressions. Sandra's guidance has given my daughter an advantage in her endeavors. I would highly recommend Sandra to anyone!"
"My daughter absolutely loves working with Fawn! Fawn is encouraging and knows how to best help the students. I was apprehensive to do an online class like
this, but it has been FABULOUS! I bought 5 sessions and because it has worked so well we plan on continuing! Thank you Fawn!"
"Teri is very enthusiastic and encouraging in her lessons."
"I could not be happier with my decision to take voice lessons with Ben! These past couple of months have been more beneficial to me than any of my previou
s experience with other teachers. I have already seen improvement in my voice and there is still so much I can learn. Ben works to improve the voice as a whole, rather than limiting it to one specific area. I would highly recommend him to those who are ready to put in the work necessary to get great results."
"honestly one of the best technique professors I've ever had. In the course of two lessons she correct two things I've been doing wrong my whole life, whi
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