Proper technique, warm ups, exercises, theory, ear training, proper repertoire based on age, ability and voice part. Preparation to audition for and perform in opera or for school.
My name is Jennifer. I got my degree in vocal performance and minored in Jazz. I began voice lessons myself when I was eight. I am a mezzo soprano, and can teach both female and male voices. I have performed in several opera productions including but not limited to The Marriage of Figaro, Dido and Aeneus, Tenderland, and Hand of Bridge. I have worked and performed in masterworks by Brahms, Chopin, Mozart to name a few. I studied in French, English, Spanish, Italian, and German. I studied diction, ear training, piano, music history, pedagogy, and music theory. I have also performed with artists
such as New York Voices, Bobby Mcferrin and Kurt Elling. I was blessed with many learning opportunities to grow in my passion and I would love to pass that knowledge and passion to anyone who wants to learn.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons are designed around the needs of each student. The first lessons is always spent testing range, knowledge and abilities already known by the student. Then the student weighs in on what kind of music they would like to learn and what they hope to gain from the lessons. Theory and ear training are incorporated into the lessons. We work on breathing, technique and style. Generally we start with English or Italian. We work on vocal performance from a classical standpoint but Jazz and Broadway can also be taught if desired by the student. Scales and exercises are given each week to be worked on until the next lesson. A recording device is encouraged if the student cannot play the piano. Also, a voice note book to take notes during the lesson to be used during practice during the week.
*** Travel Equipment *** I have a keyboard and books
*** Specialties *** classical voice and jazz voice.
Kelly L. August 21, 2015
In home Verified Student
Jenn has been working with my daughter for about 18 months. She was a complete beginner when she started, outside of singing in the chorus at school. My daughter very much enjoys working with Jenn and they have fun while still getting the job done. Jenn is soft spoken and kind which is what I wanted. She is great about letting the kids work often on songs they like which makes it more interesting for the student. My daughter loves musical theater and Jenn has helped her with some audition pieces as well. And having the lessons at home is such a help to me! Give her a try! You won't be disappointed!
Bjorn S. June 10, 2015
In home Verified Student
Very professional. I could tell quite a difference after 5 lessons.
Steve G. April 29, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I really liked Jennifer. I had a very specific reason why I wanted to take lessons. I wanted to sing a specific song at a memorial service for my mother. I have always been self conscious about my singing voice . After the very first lesson I started feeling better about being able to pull this off. She is very supportive and a really compassionate person. She actually agreed to go to the service to play the panino so I could more comfortably sing this song....need I say more about Jennifer?
DRAMA! Yes this is all about drama while you sing. Beginners must learn the technique to project the voice in large spaces. Demanding style of singing. You must know your voice to begin to learn operatic roles for you.This is a highly specialized art-form.
History of composers and their Operas. How to tell a story through the beauty of song. No compromise.
Raycurt J. aka "Fiddla", Violin-Viola-Voice-Piano-Rhythm-Dance and Event Productions.
Music is the universal communicator, educator, healer, and conflict mediator. We naturally expose our children to music and ignite their awareness to stimulate learning practices within. As a hobby or passion we discover the connections to all the similar disciplines, such as, science and mathematics.
How to keep time, the ruler of motion in music. Learn the basics of the music language and idioms of Jazz. How to create melody, the syntax of song. inspiration of effective practice. Basics of
Improvisation or Composition.
It is well documented that exposing children to music and the creative arts is important for the fundamental elements toward logical thought processes and schematic reasoning. Music is organic FUN for kids and ages, altogether! ************************************************************
Native of Washington, D.C. began at the age of seven on the piano. Singing in family church choirs and training with the D.C. Youth Chorale. Began instruction on the Viola in the D.C. Youth Orchestra program. Attended the Duke Ellington Performing Arts High School in it's inaugural year.
Recordings with artists throughout the U.S. and Europe. Presentations of jazz and classical ensembles with rotating artists for hire. With a variety of genres of music a formidable Violinist and Singer/Entertainer.
He has performed with notables such as Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, Bette Midler, and Carmen Mac Cray. Akademisches Festival Orchestra, Leipzig, Kammerorchester de St. Laurentius, in Dessau, Germany. National Gallery of Art Orchestra, and the American University Symphony. Howard University Community Orchestra La Fete Musique. MTA-Music Under New York
Paul M. June 24, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Mr. Raycurt is encouraging and patient. He has made learning piano exciting for me!
Dana R. April 7, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Mr. Johnson is a FABULOUS violin instructor. I haven't played in 20 years, and after a few lessons my technique is coming back. His teaching style is one where he pushes you beyond your expectations. He's an excellent teacher for beginners and experienced violinists. I also love that he is so talented in many genres of music...such a gifted violinist. Hope to play like him again soon. I highly recommend this teacher.
Jesse C. November 23, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Raycurt has developed and implemented a constructive way for beginners to understand the violin, comprehend music theory, and figure out how to make this instrument sound good!
My name is Aleksis B., but many of my students know me as Mr. B. I am a professional instructor and performing musician who combines a love of music with a desire to help others who want to achieve their highest musical potential. I try to make that passion show in everything I do.
My education includes classical voice training with Michele Howard Hansen, an opera singer that often performs at the Kennedy Center. I studied piano with Geoffrey Chappell, who writes for Jazz Times. I also received compositional training on multiple instruments from Stanley Cowell, who recorded and performed
with legends like Miles Davis.
I have been performing professionally since 1992. I studied education in college and did my student teaching in a music class at Goshen Elementary School in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
I have been teaching music professionally now for over twenty years. Some students want to take a few lessons to see if it is something they will enjoy, others have worked with me for over a decade. I have mentored several students who have gone on to professional careers. I have experienced a lot of success teaching young children and those with special needs. I have been blessed with a tremendous amount of patience and truly enjoy teaching anyone who wants to learn.
Whatever your goals or abilities, I look forward to working with you!
*** Lesson Details *** Experience fun based lessons as my teaching approach is relaxed and inspirational. I enjoy working with all ages, adjusting my teaching methods to accommodate your learning style and abilities. Learn to play the music you love! You learn best when you enjoy what you are playing, I can help you play along with your favorites or even write your own songs. I always ask my students at the beginning of a lesson "What would you like to do today?" Then structure the lesson accordingly into a routine that the student can practice on their own. Generally the time is divided into warm ups, learning new material, then picking a fun song the student choses. Whether your interest is Classical, Jazz, Rock, Pop music, etc... I'm here help you reach your goals so let's make your dreams come true with music together!
*** Studio Equipment *** basement, digital piano, acoustic/electric guitars, speakers, amps, microphones, recording equipment, seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** Books, Guitar, music stand, metronome, picks, tuner, page clips, capo, media player, laptop, Keyboard (on request), and recording equipment (on request)
*** Specialties *** With Voice I specialize in helping people prepare for auditions such as American Idol. I have students who simply want to be karaoke stars. I have several professional singers that hire me as a voice coach and producer for recording sessions. I have taught children as young as 2 and those that retired with a lifelong dream to sing. Though my training is classical, I can teach Jazz, Pop, Rock, Rap, R&B, etc...whatever is fun for the student. I highly recommend learning to read music but I do not push it unless parents want their child to.
With Piano I can teach traditionally from Alfred and Bastien Piano Courses depending if they are auditory or visual learners. For Kinesthetic learners I use Hanon scale exercises and Rothman Rhythm Exercises. For those that want to learn notation I introduce classical and Jazz composers unless there is a popular artist/band/movie theme etc...that they would like to learn. However I do not push students to read music unless their parents would prefer it. I tend to keep more students that want to learn to play by ear especially adults by using rhythm training and music theory exercises and then applying them to songs they love. For piano I haven't had much success with children younger than 3. I also have a lot experience working with special needs children.
For Guitar I teach Classical, Acoustic, and Electric all styles and genres. I encourage sight reading but don't mind using tabs. I use more exercises with these students, since the first month students have a hard time making a sound. I try to make the lessons fun by having students strum chords along with songs they chose. I teach lead and rhythm even songwriting and composition. Job satisfaction for me is seeing my students leave a lesson with a smile on their face so I make sure to be a fun based teacher that doesn't give the student a hard time about not practicing.
For Recording and Performance I use the knowledge I gained doing Pro Audio Sales for Guitar Center from 2000-2002 to help clients build their own home studio. I have lots of producers and engineers I work with on a regular basis to produce broadcast quality audio and video recordings and help my students use their lessons and pre-production for those opportunities. I can teach Garage Band or Pro Tools classes on navigating the software and utilizing all the commands. I can also teach room acoustics and using the right microphone and how to position them with the right equipment and the right acoustics to get the best possible tone that they are looking for. I can also teach editing, mixing, looping, sampling, midi, and mastering so that the student can eventually work on their own writing, performing, and recording their music.
Ethan G. June 11, 2015
In home Verified Student
Aless really seemed to connect with our son. Will be looking forward to see how continued lessons go.
Lethe L. May 14, 2015
In home Verified Student
Really great teacher! :)
Ramu G. May 7, 2015
In home Verified Student
Aleksis' lessons are very structured, he comes prepared and has a lesson plan ready which makes things much easier. He gives me practice sessions which are also very helpful.
My speciality is opera, this is my great passion. I perform in operas in DC regularly with Opera Camerata and Riverbend Opera. I focus on teaching healthy vocal technique which will free the voice so that you can explore a variety of operatic roles and styles.
Jennifer is a versatile performer with extensive experience in several genres, including opera, and musical theatre. She graduated with a Bachelors of Music Degree from The Catholic University of America, as well as her Masters of Arts in Vocal Performance Degree from George Mason University.
Jennifer is also a vocal instructor in Montgomery County, Maryland, And an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). She has had a long teaching career which started during her studies at The Catholic University and continues today.
Jennifer is an operatic soprano, and
has performed with several companies, including as the Reunion Music Society, Summer Opera Theatre Company, Multimedia Performance Studio, Victorian Lyric Opera Company, and the Damascus Theatre Company. Her performances include the role of Kim in the east coast premiere of Opera.com.edy, Musetta in La Bohème, the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Carrie in Carousel, and Gianetta in The Gondoliers. She also created the role of Lust in The Blue Opera, and starred in that role for its world premiere. Recently she has been seen as the Bloodied Child in Riverbend Opera's MacBeth, and as Charlotte in A Little Night Music with DTC.
Jennifer has also served as music director for several productions, including Alice in Wonderland with Damascus Creative Stage, Sweeney Todd, The Mikado, Les Miserables, Into the Woods, and The Gondoliers with Montgomery Blair High School, a musical production of A Midsummer Night's Dream with DTC Kids, and Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr. and Disney’s Cinderella Jr with Ballet Petite.
Jennifer also has strong ties to the community and has served as the Co-Conductor of the Kentlands Children’s, Teen, Glee and Adult Choirs, in Gaithersburg, MD. She was also a board member of the Damascus Theatre Company in Maryland.
*** Lesson Details *** I encourage students to explore their voices in a safe and relaxed atmosphere. I focus on healthy singing technique, while still encouraging creativity and individual style. Good singing technique will work for any style - pop, rock, folk, country, musical theatre or classical - and I encourage all students to work on individual expression.
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano, Stereo, Computer, iPad, Sheet Music, Music Stand.
*** Travel Equipment *** I have an iPad and lots of sheet music. Students need to provide a keyboard and may need to purchase sheet music that I don't have.
*** Specialties *** Musical theatre, Classical, Opera
Karyn F. May 3, 2013
Opera Voice Verified Student
Helped me find my passion
In middle school, I really didn't have very much direction and I was afraid of going to high school. To make friends, I decided to go out for one of the high school's audition choirs, and though I didn't make it into the elite choir, I made the women's choir. I was happy, but I was afraid to sing out even in front of the other girls in the choir. I didn't have any confidence in my voice and most of them knew how to read music and sight-sing. I didn't. I started taking lessons with Ms. Jenni in the fall of my freshman year in the hopes of catching up with the other girls and eventually auditioning into the elite choir before my senior year.
That was three years ago. I now read music and sight sing and have much more confidence in my voice. I made the elite choir at my school in the spring of my sophomore year-- and in my junior year we performed at the White House! Jenni has encouraged me to participate in competitions and summer music programs that have helped me grow even more. I am seriously considering majoring in music in college after I graduate in 2014.
Jenni has been such a wonderful teacher. She really "gets me" and her encouragement has helped me find my passion. She's always positive and helpful and treats each student like they are her only one. I just love her and I will miss her when I go to college--because without her I really don't know where I would have ended up.
JyotsnaA April 24, 2011
My daughter Zoe loves Ms. Jenni and is enjoying her vocal lessons. She feels very comfortable with Ms. Jenni and feels she is learning a lot.
MaureenS February 22, 2011
I really appreciated the way Jenni made me feel welcome and comfortable through her outgoing attitude and encouragement. She also made a point to relate to me on a personal level which was very important to me as well and contributed to my comfortability and progress. I definitely plan on taking lessons from her again in the future!
No matter what kind of singing style you prefer, you need a classical technique foundation! With over 15 years experience, my instructional method can help you attain your goals, teach you how to use the diaphragm, show you how to release your vocal potential with the correct breathing and expression, and help with Italian and Russian diction. Adults and children are welcome. I teach in Rockville, MD, but have flexibility to work in alternate locations or online. Visit my website to know more about me: www.yuliapetrachuk.com
Born in Russia, I studied at Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Master of Arts/Voice) and am a graduate of Bern Opera Studio in Bern, Switzerland (Master of arts/Opera). For 3 years I worked in a children music school as a voice teacher and have taught privately. I am active performer. Mostly I am performing in New York City but also in Dc area and other countries. My performed roles include: Nedda (Leoncavallo's Pagliacci) and Iolanta (Tchaikovsky's Iolanta) with Vocal Productions NYC 2014; Fiordiligi (Cosi Fan Tutte) with Bethesda Summer Opera Festival 2014; Mimi (La Boheme), Adina (Elixir of
Love) and Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi) with Dicapo Opera NYC 2013-2014. First Lady (The Magic Flute) with Ash Lawn Opera; Nicolette with State Theatre Bern, Switzerland (Love for Three Oranges); Elisa (The Shepherd King) and Pergolesi's Flaminio (Il Flaminio) with State Theatre Biel, Switzerland; Kupava (The Snow Maiden) at Philharmonic Concert Hall, Lithuania; Mimi (La Boheme) with Opera Ischia, Italy; Euridice (Orfeo ed Euridice) in Moscow.In January 2014 I had my debut in The Carnegie Weill Recital Hall.
Misha L. January 28, 2015
Opera Voice ·
Yulia is a very professional, capable, and patient teacher, who produces results. She has a deep knowledge of the fundamentals of singing and what is takes to build a solid foundation of a vocal technique. Furthermore, she is able to demonstrate and reinforce important points with her own voice and that helps a lot. I definitely recommend Yulia as a voice teacher!!
Students are raving about their Opera Voice instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Kristina
"I am more confident with my voice now than I have ever been, thanks to Chip. He's very systematic in his methods, focusing on different aspects of one's v
oice, which he uses to combine into something beautiful that you never would have believed would come out of your mouth. His patience and ridiculous analogies have greatly helped me and I thoroughly recommend him to anyone who wants a better, more comfortable singing voice."
Tampa, FL teacher:
Review by Queena
"I lovvvvve Tanisha. She has this upbeat and vibrant personality; she's super sweet and nice. When it comes to singing, she has you pick out your own song
that you would like to sing. She doesn't bombard you with songs and training that won't enhance your voice. I've already noticed changes to my voice and I'm only on my 6th lesson. Plus, she's not a teacher that watches the clock, so if she feels you need an extra 10 mins for vocal training, then you will exceed your time limit with no problem. She's there to help you and if I had to recommend a vocal coach, then of course it would be Tanisha Hall :)"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Hila
"She is an amazing Opera instructor and singer. We are very happy with her and highly recommend her !"
San Bernardino, CA teacher:
Review by George
"I had 3 lessons from her. She is a very patient teacher; her instruction is progressive and methodical. I really enjoy learning things I had no idea befor
e. Her instruction really has widen my breath of knowledge in voice."
Portland, OR teacher:
Review by Phia
"Sucessful Artists come from Amazing Teachers
A year ago I didn't even think I could sing but through weekly classes with Hillary, I am now singing arias
and broadway songs. I have also gained a confidence to perform that I would not have gotten from a teacher who does not invest time and effort to help their students grow. Hillary is the type of teacher that takes a vested interest in her students and their future, always there to lend support. She's a true teacher and I could not recommend her enough."
Asheville, NC teacher:
Review by Josephine Tsao
"Julia is amazing!!! During my two-week trip in Tucson, AZ, I needed a voice teacher to help me get ready for a performance at a recital three weeks later
in another state. I was so lucky and so blessed to have found Julia! Julia is an expert in classical and opera voice. She helped me with an Italian art song and a Chinese art song. She is always very encouraging, kind and patient. She knew my strengths and weaknesses right away, and taught me a variety of singing and breathing techniques to improve my voice. Julia is a treasure, and the best voice teacher I've ever met! I live in another state, but would like to go back to take lessons with her again in the future! Julia has years of experience in both performing and teaching. I highly recommend that students in the Tucson area have Julia for the voice lessons! Thank you Julia!"
Nogales, AZ teacher:
Review by Eika
"Mary is the kind of person that brings happiness to her surroundings. I have studied voice with many teachers, but Mary's coaching is the first time that
I really understand what I need to improve in my singing practices. Mary’s advice is very accurate and she pinpoints these flaws. Only half a year has passed since I started practicing singing with her; however, I can profess that she is the best teacher I have had so far. I thought my voice was becoming rusty as I aged, but it is a happy surprise that it is improving! I also feel healthier since I started to learn from Mary. Her voice training is good for anyone who wishes to improve her/his singing technique regardless of the genre of music/songs. I recommend her singing lessons for opera voice training, popular singing from the heart, or hobby singing and body conditioning. Mary's coverage is really wide."
Tampa, FL teacher:
Review by Angelyce
"Sara has a beautiful voice, knows what she is talking about and is great with my 9 year old! She is professional yet keeps the lesson fun and I would defi
nitely recommend her to others. Happy that we found her!"
Columbia, SC teacher:
Review by Misha
"Yulia is a very professional, capable, and patient teacher, who produces results. She has a deep knowledge of the fundamentals of singing and what is take
s to build a solid foundation of a vocal technique. Furthermore, she is able to demonstrate and reinforce important points with her own voice and that helps a lot. I definitely recommend Yulia as a voice teacher!!"