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Chris A.

Austin, TX

About Chris

I hold my B.A in Voice from the University of North Texas. I was a member of UNT’s A Capella Choir, ranked among the top five undergraduate choirs in the nation. I have worked with a range of vocal teachers from many backgrounds, from a metropolitan opera star to voice science academics to professional singer-songwriters. This breadth of experience and research over the last 11 years has enabled me to refine the art of teaching someone how to sing so that it is effective and feels good for the singer to do, no matter where they start. For me, seeing the joy on a student’s face when they ar
e able to stay in tune for the first time, or hearing their excitement on the phone when they tell me they've won a $20,0000 college vocal scholarship, makes it easy for me to say that I really love what I do!

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach adults beginner to advanced, and teens who are committed to developing their vocal skill.

It is critically important to me that I give honest feedback, but not by judgement. I will never say to you "That sounds bad" for two reasons:

1) No one feels better and more motivated to practice when they are given a judgement over their singing.

2) The phrase or message of "that sounds bad" is completely useless for learning how to sing, because it doesn't describe what is happening. You can have perfectly healthy singing be categorized as "bad" simply because the listener doesn't like that genre!

I give feedback through details. So if you don't sound "good" to yourself, I will help you figure out whether you are making that sound in a healthy way. Assuming that the singing is already in tune, we make sounds we don't like when we are tightening our throat. This is about half the time. The other half of the time, we are simply singing in a sound color/genre that we don't like that we picked up in our singing for whatever reason, and it's fairly simple to change that.

Because I'm only going to teach you what works for you, we may have to try a lot of things to help you find the coordinations involved in singing, but you'll never be stuck with the same exercises that don't seem to help!

I work with the students that have tried other teachers but felt that the instructions weren't clear enough to apply, and had no explanation as to why they have to do a particular exercise.

I explain every exercise that I give in detail and I make sure that every exercise will work towards your vocal goals. I will explain what habits apply to ALL vocal sounds and what habits only apply to some, why some people can belt and why others strain immediately when they try, and help give you a map to navigate through all the sounds that your voice can make.

Confidence on Stage

Some of my students are perfectly happy with their technique but fear singing in front of other people.

Technique can be helpful for confidence on stage because you can remember what to do with all the nervous energy rather than just try to hold it back. Technique alone, doesn't equal confidence.

In lessons, we learn what it takes to develop your confidence on stage, and many times this has to do with building a solid memory of your song.

If you know your song backwards and forwards, every note you sing is memorized and 100% comfortable, and your mind and heart are on a mission to express the message of the song, nervous energy is just extra fuel to the fire on stage. This is good!

As a singer, one of the toughest things for me was memorizing my song and figuring out when a song was performance ready. Between my college experience with voice professors, professional singers of multiple genres, acting experience, and my own research, I was able to develop ways to both quickly and solidly learn a song.

During lessons we will take efficient routes to show you what parts of the song are the easiest to remember, which ones need more repetitions to remember, and how to get them solidly memorized so you feel ready to perform them.

Another block to confidence on stage, besides technique and memorization, is knowing where to direct your thoughts and focus when you're singing. If your song is memorized and practiced, we'll work on how express the message using concrete, specific ways to make your expression of a song come alive on stage.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano and Voice Recorder.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Here are your supplies you will want for every lesson:

-CDs and/or MP3s of your songs
-Notebook paper
-Recording device of some kind
-List of songs you would like to sing
-Pencil
-Sheet Music we are working on

*** Specialties ***
I teach vocal habits that make all genres to sing easier in every way.

I also teach:

Sight-Reading
Singing Harmony
Speaking Technique
Music Theory for Singers
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Mele A. November 14, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter has been taking voice lessons for a few years and is fairly advanced in her ability and technique. We were crushed when her voice teacher (a sought after University vocal Director) moved out of state, and we found ourselves in the market for a new teacher. We were beyond pleased to find Chris as her new vocal coach. He has helped my daughter fine-tune her vocal tone quality, expand her musicality, and overall take her singing ability to a new level. His professionalism is a breath of fresh air; he's always on time and has a fantastic demeanor. We would highly recommend!
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Nazira S. October 26, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I've really enjoyed taking singing lessons from Chris. He's got very cheerful personality and excellent teaching qualities. Coming from no Voice training what so ever, I can carry on a song without hesitation. I totally recommend Chris as a professional Voice instructor without any doubt! Thank you, Chris!
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Hemal S. June 6, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Chris is amazing with my daughter. She has been taking lessons with Chris for past 6 months and her singing technique has improved exponentially. He lets her pick the songs and works at her pace. He is very adjusting of any schedule change (even if it is last minute). My daughter always looks forward to her singing lesson with Chris.

Chris is patient, well rounded in different genre's of music, fun to work with, and an experienced professional. I would highly recommend him.
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Chris A.

Chris A.

Austin, TX 78729
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starting at
$39 / 30-min
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Raymond C.

Austin, TX

About Raymond

My name is Ray and I teach piano and organ. I've just moved to Austin with my family from San Jose, California where I directed music at churches for over 10 years, served as pianist and organist, and conducted several choirs and music groups. I also started teaching private piano lessons after graduating from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California with a degree in Music Education.
I consider myself an organist, before pianist, because the organ is my first love! The organ is so similar to the piano, yet it is vastly different and comes with it its own unique excitement!
As a teacher, I enjoy watching young musicians discover their abilities. I look forward to helping you get excited about the piano or organ and making music!

*** Lesson Details ***
My beginning piano students can expect to learn how to read music, use their fingers on the keys correctly, and play several songs or pieces in 3 to 4 months. I use piano method material from Alfred publisher, and also Bastien.
My organ students can expect to learn basic keyboard skills as in learning piano, but also specific organ techniques and gain the appreciation for the difference the organ is.
I believe that I am an enthusiastic teacher, gently encouraging, but firm and persistent as well. I want you to be excited about music, but I also want you to learn what you need to be able to make that music!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I don't have equipment, but I expect the student to have a piano at home. In the past when I have taught organ, I could teach at a church, or at my home, but I don't have an organ in my home (in Austin) anymore. We would have to make arrangements with a facility with an organ.

*** Specialties ***
General beginning piano, basic chord reading and improvisation, Classical organ.
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Bernadette L. May 20, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My 15 year old son, who has some experience with music through orchestra at school, began playing the piano on his own about two years ago. Although he has some skill, there are many areas where he still needs help. Ray is an excellent judge of Jack's ability and is able to guide him in fingering, sight reading and reading base clef. My son has found Ray very helpful because he picks up on what he needs and knows how to explain what to do to improve. He is learning something new with each lesson. Besides being knowledgeable, skilled and patient, Ray is also very personable! My son looks forward to his lesson each week!
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Liz P. June 23, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
very pleased

Ray is a great teacher. He is very patient and kind with our 6 yr old. She is progressing at a steady rate and having fun! Ray is always on time and provides excellent communication for each lesson.
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Raymond C.

Raymond C.

Austin, TX 78732
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starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Moses R.

Austin, TX

About Moses

Hello! My name is Moses. I have a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Texas. My main instrument is the guitar, and I specialize in teaching rock, blues, folk, and indie music. My strength is finding the strengths of my students and getting them off to a fast start. I have strong music theory skills, and my goal is to encourage my students to be as musically well-rounded as possible. I currently help lead the worship team at Austin Christian.
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Marshall A. June 14, 2015
Bass Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Moses made me feel comfortable. He spent lots of time preparing for the lessons and understood where I was coming from. Highly recommended!
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Kenneth S. May 19, 2015
Guitar · In home
I took lessons from Moses from the ground up. Starting in 8th grade. His lessons were structured to be simple, easy to grasp, songs that I like. So the practice was fun in the early stage and he helped me through every stage. I learned from him for over two years. As the music that I was playing became more complex and speedy (I am a metal player as well as others) he was teaching me theory so I understood why things sounded the way they did. He has a good understanding of multiple genres. He taught me songs and licks in other genres. Rock, blues, metal, jazz, and classical. I am currently pursuing a degree in music education for classical guitar. He first instilled the love of music that I have had in the guitar for over 6 years now. He is great for beginners, or experienced players to step up their game. Great teacher
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Moses R.

Moses R.

Austin, TX 78728
(2)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Ryan F.

Austin, TX

About Ryan

Greetings! My name is Ryan and I'd love to be a part of your journey in music! I have been a musician my whole life (I'm 33 yrs. old), coming from a very musical family, I've had some sort of sound making device at arms reach since I was a child. I've played in many bands, across all genres from Pop to Rock and Jazz, and studied Jazz Performance on Bass and Piano at the University of Colorado, Denver. I love teaching, and have a wealth of experience in creating a curriculum with students and parents which fits their specific aptitude, practice schedule, and desired results. Looking forward to
hearing from you!
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Paloma L. September 2, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Great instructor, specially for young kids. He is very friendly and has a lot of patience. Very good relationship since first moment.
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Darren A. July 13, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My lessons with Ryan have been fantastic. I have been playing the keyboard for a few years casually, and we have been studying both music theory and piano in parallel, which I would recommend for anyone looking to learn theory or piano. On the keyboard, Ryan's expertise shines through in his approach to technique and awareness of the mechanical skills necessary to play musically. Most importantly, he always places emphasis on leading me where I want to go. When I've had an insane week at work and can't put the pressure of practice on myself, he has always been willing to help me relax through jamming while still teaching me important theory and application lessons. I also want to mention how friendly and approachable Ryan is. If, like me, you want an understanding instructor who knows his craft (we're working up to the nuances of jazz) inside and out, I couldn't recommend Ryan more.
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Aimee F. June 5, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
He's the best! The kids have come very far ! They enjoy playing piano even outside of the lessons! He works with the kids and teaches to what they want to learn.
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Ryan F.

Ryan F.

Austin, TX 78759
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starting at
$25 / 30-min
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John S.

Round Rock, TX

About John

Hey! I'm a graduate from the music department of Abilene Christian University. I have much experience in performing guitar, including Rock, Metal, Pop, Jazz, Blues, and Classical styles of music. I like to personalize my lessons for every student depending on their musical tastes and interests. My personal favorite styles of music are Rock, Metal, and Classical.
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Steve July 23, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
John did a super job working with our 11 year old son. He made it fun and customized it to meet the needs and desire of my son. John was recommended by a music professor at a university and I was glad we used him.
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Cassie July 16, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
John is a great guitar instructor! He is patient, prepared, knowledgeable, and flexible. My daughter loved learning from him! I would recommend him to anyone!
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John S.

John S.

Round Rock, TX 78664
(2)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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