I love learning, and I love sharing and developing the tools for learning. I began as a self-taught pianist at age 12, and from ages 14 to the present I have had the experience of studying with some of the most phenomenal teachers of this generation. George Katz, former chair of the Drake University Piano Department and student of the legendary artists Alfred Cortot and Marguerite Long; Jerome Lowenthal, also a student of Cortot (and William Kapell) and former chair of the Julliard piano department, and Jose Feghali, winner of the 1985 Cliburn Gold Medal have been my most influential teache
rs. From them, I learned how to learn, how to teach, and how to teach learning, which I believe is the most important skill.
As a winner of the 2000 Interlochen Concerto Competition, I had my orchestral debut that year with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at 16. Following that, I have given concerts all over the U.S., some parts of Mexico, Malmo and Stockholm, Sweden, and in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Having become keenly interested in technology and recording engineering, I have produced many CD's for renowned artists, such as Joseph Banowetz, Jose Feghali, Mike Morey, Paul Tuntland Sanchez and Vladimir Ashkenazy. I also worked for two years as the recording engineer for the Fort Worth symphony, where I was exposed to dozens of symphonic scores and new works, and was able to study them while I was preparing the recordings for radio broadcast.
My interests expanded even further when I became interested in the study of memory. I felt that I was still a slower learner, and wanted to counteract this. Having taken up research into the functions of memory and retention, I became a student who, instead of spending 6 months perfecting a Haydn or Beethoven sonata, could learn a monster like the Ravel Trio and perform it in just over a week. It's these methods that I offer to my students, in full confidence that any one of them who applies themselves can, in time, equal and surpass my own efforts.
Anyone with an Xbox will quickly learn that I'm an avid gamer, and I am exploring using games in the fields of epistemology; i.e. using the naturally evolved need for socio-mental stimulation and the non-linear hypotheticals presented in games to affect the individual's study of rational and critical thinking.
*** Lesson Details *** Music is a tool for the discovery of critical thinking as well as art, i.e. an excellent way to ready your mind for nearly all problem solving and learning. Even if you have been a prior music student, I will be able to help you advance your practice technique far beyond its current potential; my methods are original, new, and can be empirically shown to work in no uncertain terms.
I am now a Steinway partner; my students will have twice-yearly opportunities to perform at Steinway Hall, Plano, should they feel ready. These recitals will usually be held during winter or spring breaks.
For younger students, I prefer parental involvement in the lessons. The parent of a student will have more influence on their progress on a weekly basis than I can. They will be asked not only to help the student practice, but to help them practice correctly. The results of this approach can be profound. For these reasons, I ask that the parents follow the student's progress so that they can provide support for the 6 days of the week that I do not get to see the student.
I tailor my curriculum to the student, and their learning habits and interests. I draw from a wide variety of curriculum, as well as sometimes writing original pieces that focus on weak areas that must be quickly developed.
Lastly, the student's input will ALWAYS be heard and carefully considered when choosing pieces for study. The most important part of studying music is the joy of music itself. I do my very best to make sure that lessons and practice are both fun and engaging, as well as productive.
Important Note: Right now I am only teaching classical music for voice. That doesn't mean that I am not willing to supplement lessons with other styles, but classical vocal training and technique is universally applicable and should be the pop or rock vocalist's foundation regardless. Please only sign up for voice with me if you are prepared to study primarily classical repertoire. Broadway songs are also acceptable.
*** Studio Equipment *** Steinway Concert Grand
*** Specialties *** I specialize in training memory, technique, artistic sensitivity and the development of a musical mind. I am familiar with many methods and use them where appropriate. I will observe you (the student) and find out how you learn best, and tailor lessons accordingly, thereby using your preferred method of learning (aural, visual, or kinesthetic) to strengthen any weaknesses. Lessons with me are very fun and challenging.
Alex W. March 12, 2014
Piano Verified Student
Great Instruction Technique
I've been working with Matt for a few months now and he has really helped me step up my understanding of best practices, chords / scales, music theory and improvisation techniques. I have been extremely impressed with the wealth of knowledge that he possesses. Definitely recommend him to anyone looking to enhance your piano playing abilities.
Colleen W. July 5, 2013
Singing Verified Student
Excellent Singing Coach
Matt is a wonderful singing coach. He has a great understanding of music theory. He made me feel comforable right from the beginning, and I had not had a lesson in over 15 years. I would highly recommend him to anyone.
Karen E. May 3, 2013
Piano Verified Student
Best teacher ever!
I've been taking lessons from Matt for a couple of years now and have performed in 2 recitals. The recitals Matt offers are an excellent motivator for reaching goals and growing my skill level. I'm very pleased with my progress and so appreciate Matt's attention to detail and his encouragement.
I have a diverse, mixed-up, wonderful background. I have wanted to do something with music and performance since I was 3-years-old. I have been able to foster that goal through work in the professional film and television industry as well as professional theater (and no, the word is not misspelled despite what spell-check would have you believe and I would love to explain why.). However, my greatest love has always been teaching. My education includes training in theater, film, television, music, voice, and communication. I received my BA in Fine Arts and Humanities from the University of
Nebraska at Kearney and my MS in Communication Studies at Texas Christian University. Most recently I worked as the director of the performance studies program at a local charter school, using music and theater to reduce communication anxiety in students. I am a member of the the Texas Music Teachers Association and attend frequent training and events to keep my skills current. My greatest teachers, however, have always been my students!
*** Lesson Details *** My lessons are as various as the students who take them. Just like no two students are alike no two lessons are either. My lessons are designed around the students goals and desires. I use modern technology as well as classical training techniques to help my students become the best that they can be. I use a variety of different curriculum depending on what best meets the needs of the individual student. Growth is a constant goal as we work together, student and teacher, to take the student from where they are to where they want to be. Lessons are full of "aha" moments as we work to not only understand the how but also the why behind everything that we learn.
*** Studio Equipment *** Small room(10X12), piano and electric keyboard, computer, iPad, mirror, iGallop, CD/iPod Player.
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect music students to have a keyboard/piano for home use as well as purchase their own books and/or sheet music. I provide computer equipment when applicable and other outreach tools.
*** Specialties *** I use the classical approach for singing. I teach quasi-method acting.
Jennifer P. May 17, 2013
Broadway Singing Verified Student
Sharon is awesome!
I can't say enough great things about Sharon. Her teaching style is great and she gets through to my daughter like no other instructor ever has. Emma has landed more call backs than ever before. She also had her first ever principal role with a solo singing part using an audition piece that Sharon chose and helped her prepare. Emma has improved vastly and she really enjoys her lessons with Sharon. We give her an A +++.
Belle S. August 24, 2012
Ms. Sharon is an AMAZING teacher!!!
My younger siblings and I have been taking lessons with Ms. Sharon for 8 years in vocal, piano, acting, and speech. With Ms. Sharon's aid I qualified to nationals in speech, and have been in numerous plays. Ms. Sharon pushs all her students hard so they can accomplish their goals and achieve their dreams. Sometimes it we have to do some hard things but, In the end it is worth every drop of hard work! My siblings and I love Ms. Sharon and will take lessons from her for as long as we can!
Proper pronunciation, inflection and projection of the English language will be explored.
Hello! I am Aaron, a fun, energetic veteran teacher who loves to teach music to people of all ages! I have taught high school choir and music theory, as well as taught privately for over 15 years!
In my career, I have conducted church and community choirs, participated in numerous small groups, entertained at hotels and directed musical reviews. I have accompanied several instrumental and vocal soloists on the state and national levels, and have performed solo work in several venues in the greater Houston area.
I have a true passion for sharing my knowledge and experience with anyone
who is willing to learn this wonderful art!
I have a B.S. in Bible and Music Education from Dallas Christian College and a M.A. in Music Education from Stephen F. Austin State University. I've studied piano under Ms. Bonnie Graem and Dr. Brad Beckman, voice and choral conducting with Dr. Dana Ihm, Saxophone with Dr. Aaron Lington and Music Theory and pedagogical techniques with Dr. Stephen Lias and Dr. Mark Turner.
*** Lesson Details *** I am laid back and flexible, and I think you will find my teaching style fun and engaging. While I have methods that I choose to use, the personal goals of the student are of utmost importance.
I teach piano, voice, saxophone and music theory. My preferred methods consist of the following:
Piano: John Thompson Voice: Bel Canto: A Theoretical and Practical Method (varies with voice type/experience, etc.) Saxophone: Rubank Music Theory: Harmony in Context (Roig-Francoli); Tonal Harmony (Koska/Payne)
*** Studio Equipment *** The studio lessons are taught in a family room/office which includes an 88 keyboard, mirrors, and seating. Parking is on the street.
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect my students to provide their own instruments and books.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in Classical piano, primarily the Classical era I specialize in Contemporary Christian piano styles I specialize in Classical Alto Saxophone, especially early 2oth century French coposers (i.e. Ibert) I specialize in Classical vocal technique and Broadway Singing I specialize in both traditional and contemporary analytical techniques for music theory, including Schenkerian analysis
Miranda B. April 28, 2015
In studio Verified Student
My son is only on his third lesson with Aaron as his teacher. He leaves each lesson so happy and feeling accomplished. Aaron has patience, knowledge and personality that is refreshing. I look forward to watching my son learn from him.
Ian F. May 14, 2014 Verified Student
First time piano lessons
My son is liking his lessons with his piano teacher and is moving at the right pace. We will continue with the lessons.
Ian F. April 5, 2014
Piano Verified Student
My son always leaves with a smile
My son has a lot of confidence issues, but taking the lessons with Aaron has opened a whole new world of opportunity for him, and he always leaves his sessions encouraged with a smile. It's also great that he can play piano now beyond his own expectations. He is learning proper technique and theory as well.
I've taught voice to children, teens, and adults in the US and abroad since 2006 and my students are working! My Masters degree training has afforded me the opportunity to be well versed in effective vocal techniques. My main goal is to help you to develop your own set of tools, and better understand your unique voice. Make sure to wear clothing you can move in during our sessions, and, most importantly, explore and just have fun!
I have taught acting to small children, teens, and adults in community, private, and collegiate settings. I taught acting at the legendary Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York City. My love of the arts has enabled me to study and perform in various cities throughout the US; including Los Angeles, where I studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, to Europe, Mexico, South America; then back to New York City, where I earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting from the prestigious Actors Studio Drama School.
I currently work professionally as an actor, singer, and TV
and radio host. I've been fortunate enough to work in film, TV, theater, musical theater, hosting, commercials, improv, and voice-overs. I am also a vocally trained mezzo-soprano. Because I am still a working artist, I can not only teach you craft, but can assist you in making the right choices to navigate your own way in the business. I offer private coaching to actors in theater and film, and singers in the US and abroad. I would love to share my knowledge and experience with you.
*** Lesson Details *** I offer private coaching to children, teens, adults who have an interest in acting or singing performance, and for those who simply have an interest in performing or speaking in front of others. In addition to coaching those who wish to better their skills in acting, voice and speech, and singing, I also offer coaching for non-actors; i.e., attorneys, business professionals, teachers, politicians, pageant participants, and other creatives, who want to improve their public speaking and communication skills.
*** Studio Equipment *** High definition, quality camera for video and stills High quality lighting equipment and MAC monitor Ideal for video auditions and on-camera classes
*** Travel Equipment *** High definition, quality camera for video and stills High quality lighting equipment and MAC monitor Ideal for video auditions and on-camera classes
*** Specialties *** Acting for film, TV, theater, and commercials Audition Etiquette and Technique Light Career Coaching Agent Ready Coaching Voice and Speech Public Speaking Neutral American Speech Singing; including Musical Theater
Shera D. June 25, 2014
In studio Verified Student
I've been going to Toya for awhile she very nice. She knows exactly what she is doing. She helps me understand everything
I do. I would recommend her for anyone who is serious about acting.
Release your TRUE voice. Learn what is inhibiting you from being the effective person you can be. Through a series of simple exercises and approaches you will release your voice and learn a system to maintain and continue to develop your voice. Dialect work on a case by case basis.
The truth will always convey.
Acting is doing truthfully under imaginary circumstances...
I am gifted with the ability to coach you through a series of simple exercises that once mastered will provide you with the foundation you need.
*** Lesson Details *** ACTING Six Lessons on Objectives Three Lessons on Character Three Lessons on Text
*** Specialties *** Stanislavsky SYSTEM
Linklater technique for Freeing the Natural Voice
Neil R. June 14, 2015
Meisner Technique ·
The class taught by John was not only engaging but very helpful'. It has definitely helped me grow as an actor.
Molly B. June 10, 2015
Meisner Technique ·
John is a very grounded teacher. He helps you learn by doing, and gives you a sense of security in the process. He doesn't let your discomfort in learning cause him to stray from the purpose, and he challenges you to grow through it. He made me feel completely comfortable being myself and doing what I needed in order to learn the techniques he taught. I would highly recommend John as a teacher.
Larrah B. October 10, 2014
In home Verified Student
We are three lessons in, and I've come to understand more about acting and how I fit into it personally than I ever have even after several decades of participation. The lessons are useful and enjoyable, the homework is fair, and I think you should take advantage of the fact that you can just simply sign-up, pay a lil' money, and have access to such a great mentor/teacher!
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