Before I could talk, my mother found me singing along to the “Meow Mix” jingle in the car and by the age of 3 I was harmonizing to country tunes. My father is a classical guitarist, my grandfather a cellist, and my mother and grandmother classical vocalists so you could say music runs through my blood. In middle school I began taking private piano and voice lessons, became very involved in choir and band (trombone!) at my school, and fiddled around on the guitar with my dad. In high-school I became the president of our schools show choir and was very involved with the ballroom dance and drama
programs at my school. I was awarded “Superior” awards in vocal competitions, including solo, duet, trio, small and large group numbers, student conducting, and was also voted “Most Talented” by the senior class. After receiving featured roles in the Broadway shows “Oliver” and “Grease” I decided that performing is what I wanted to pursue in my future at Florida State University.
I began my studies at FSU as a Vocal Performance major specializing in classical voice. My teachers pushed me to sing Opera and though I found success in that genera, my true love was with my acapella group, “All-Night Yahtzee”. I was one of 3 to join the ensemble during my freshman year (of over 100 to audition). That year, I had the chance to perform at ICCA finals in New York City – Lincoln Center and won 2nd place worldwide. I became an officer and judge for the group and performed with “Yahtzee” for the next 3 years.
During studies in classical voice at FSU, I loved to perform, but felt a desire to use my abilities to do something outside of myself. Junior year I switched my major to Music Therapy where I learned to use music as a motivator to help children excel in cognitive, social, developmental, and academic areas of their lives. Now I am working towards pairing my music therapy degree with a masters in Music Education from Aquinas College. I love children so much and I enjoy coming up with creative ways to help them learn and progress. Music is a universal language and is enjoyed by every age group which is why I find my passion in using music to reach students of all ages!
*** Lesson Details *** No matter what your age and skill level, my goal is to help you succeed and to have a good time along the way! In my view, the most interesting thing about performing music is that it is one of the few activities that engages both the left and the right brain at the same time. With that in mind, my teaching places equal importance on developing strong technique, and developing creativity. Students learn all the basics of music and also spend time developing strong ensemble skills and background knowledge of style and repertoire, so that they can enjoy music in all kinds of settings, all their lives.
Children: (guitar, piano, or general music) I approach teaching music by knowing and understanding the student's musical goals and teaching the basics of music theory and technique through the style(s) of music that the student wants to learn. For beginners, I tend to teach basic techniques and chords through simple songs to get the student playing music as quickly as possible and enjoying themselves...because hearing yourself make a good musical sound is he best motivator!
Voice Students (starting in 6th grade): Weather you would like voice lessons to prepare you for that big audition or would just like to learn to sing for your own enjoyment, you are in the right place. No matter what skill level the student, I find it important as a teacher to be encouraging and constructive, always doing my best to point out good sound in my students while taking note of areas of need and teaching important techniques to develop skills as performers and musicians. I also find that my students excel most when singing music that they enjoy, so I make a strong point to incorporate many genera's of music including my choice of repertoire for the student's musical growth and the student's personal choice for increase of energy and enjoyment!
*** Studio Equipment *** Living room studio with piano, guitars, and seating for parents.
*** Travel Equipment *** I have guitars, a keyboard, music stand, and a library of sheet music available for my students although I do require students to practice at home on their own personal guitar or keyboard/piano. Students will also be required to purchase necessary piano/guitar/voice books/music needed for lessons.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in teaching children's guitar, piano, and general music (adapted for special needs if needed), and classical voice (6th grade and up).
Beth H. February 19, 2013
Singing Verified Student
My lessons experience was very helpful and fun.
I am SO glad that Kameri was the teacher I chose to take voice lessons with. She was incredibly kind, encouraging, and helpful as she taught me the aspects of singing that I wanted to learn. She always stayed in communication with me, making sure that we were still able to meet for lessons and being willing to switch practice days if needed. The lessons were a ton of fun and we laughed a lot when something "embarrassing" or weird happened. I felt very comfortable with her and would recommend her to anyone else looking to take lessons in the music fields she teaches. I wish I could afford to take more lessons because it was very enjoyable! Thanks Kameri for a great couple of months of voice lessons and for all your great advice! I definitely needed the push and encouragement. (:
Sheri L. November 20, 2012 Verified Student
Wonderful training for beginners21
Kameri has been such a positive role model for Ella. She knows how to keep a 4 year old entertained while learning. She has creative ideas and Ella loves them all. She sees the strengths in Ella and brings them out. We will continue with lessons ,thanks to Kameri .
Specializes in vocal technique and an ability to take complex tasks and explain them in easy-to-digest ways.
A versatile musician and teacher, Nashville-born musician James is dedicated to music through education, performance and personal growth. James has a diverse background in the musical arts. He has served as violinist and principal violist in many orchestras and ensembles. As a vocalist, James has sung in opera, oratorio, master-classes and recitals as a countertenor soloist. He has served as director of the Clarksville Youth Orchestra at Austin Peay State University and currently serves as the Director of Music Ministries and choirs for a local Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN. He maint
ains a private studio in Nashville, TN and is on the faculty of the Allegro School of Music.
James has studied with many experts in vocal science and pedagogy and has had the wonderful opportunity to study with Linda Ferrara, D. Lance Respess, Richard Miller, world-class early music expert Nancy Zylstra and twentieth-century vocal music expert Sharon Mabry. He has had masterclasses with the Metropolitan Opera's Bodo Igesz, Metropolitan Opera Singers Daniel Taylor, Jennifer Lane (with whom he still studies), French-diction coach Elvia Pucinelli, vocal pedagogue Richard Miller, and Thomas King, director of the AIMS Gratz program. As a violinist and violist, James has studied with music-education specialist Sara Johnson, Francis Elliot, Nashville Recording-Artist Randall Olson, and concert violinist Stefan Petrescu.
As an educator, he has served on the faculties of the Cumberland Arts Institute, W.O. Smith School of Music, Murfreesboro City School System, School of the Arts at Austin Peay State University, Allegro School of Music and the East Nashville School of Music. He has taught hundreds of students in various formats ranging from one-on-one studio settings to entire youth symphony orchestras and choirs. He has been active as an adjudicator, participant, and member of various competitions and education-related conventions. He also maintains membership with various educational organizations such as the American String Teacher's Association, Music Educator's National Conference, and Early Music America.
In addition to working with and coaching Grammy award-winning and nominated artists, Mr. W's students have auditioned, been selected and have performed in the Tennessee Mid-State and All-State Choir (principal positions) and Orchestra Festivals (violin and cello, in addition to being members of the Curb Youth Orchestra and Philharmonia at the Blair School of Music.
His students have also performed in several professional and amateur performances across the Southeast. They have also gone on to major in music earning tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships from prestigious conservatories and colleges across the country. Many of his students have become professional musicians across many genres, educators themselves, or satisfied amateur hobbyists.
*** Lesson Details *** As a teacher many have described my style as nurturing-but-firm. When I see a student's potential, I make sure that student can attain it. I expect a willingness to learn, a desire to succeed, and a want for excellence. In return, I offer the tools to get the student there!
I know that not every student benefits best from only one method. As such, I employ a variety of teaching tools and methods to best suit each student. Strings students can expect to see a little bit of traditional training, a little bit of Suzuki and little bit of contemporary training. Voice students can see some Sieber vocalizes, some Vaccai, classical, jazz, and musical theater training built on an old-world teaching technique. It's all about giving the student the tools to do whatever he/she wants with his/her music of choice!
On your first lesson, I'll go over the materials needed, what you need to work on, and the very basics so you can immediately get to enjoying your new craft. In a few months, you'll be confident making new music or making better music. Within a year, you should be well prepared for one of my studio recitals!
*** Studio Equipment *** I have a commercial music teaching studio used solely for the purposes of teaching. In the studio there is a piano, my music library, photo copier, computer, audio equipment, stereo, music stands, standing mirror, and various teaching tools. There is a waiting area for parents, siblings and other visitors.
*** Specialties *** Voice: All Genres -- child-adult, all levels (beginning through advanced). Violin: All Styles -- all levels (beginning through advanced). Viola: All Styles -- all levels (beginning through advanced). Cello: All Styles -- beginning through intermediate.
Madison January 10, 2016
In studio Verified Student
James was great. He realized very quickly my daughter was nervous and took the time to help her calm down before continuing with the lesson.
Alex December 15, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Great instructor. James' teaching technique is very motivational and fun!
Kathryn September 24, 2015
James was very patient with my daughter and found ways to motivate her to practice. He always commented on how she did and encouraged her when she was discouraged. He made the lessons fun, and I didn't have trouble getting her to go to the lessons, even when she hadn't practiced much.
Training for opera is the Olympic level of voice. It involves high skill and athletic training. An opera student should be prepared to practice daily and stay physically fit. Students of opera will learn art songs and arias and study the history of opera.
"Sarah's voice is rich, warm, expressive, and maintains a natural and authentic beauty." - Classical Singer Magazine.
Sarah has been teaching voice for the last 7 years in her studio.
Sarah sings professionally in musicals, operas, and records on music row.
Sarah writes and records her own music, singer/songwriter and christian music.
Sarah loves to perform opera and contemporary music in concert halls as well as public venues like art galleries and street festivals.
Olivia August 10, 2015
Sarah was a fantastic teacher!
I am 22 years old and have never had a singing lesson before, although I previously played the saxophone and piano and therefore had some musical background. During our 5 lessons I had more fun than I could have imagined while learning important skills regarding warming up, breath support, and stylistic choices while singing. She helped me get over my nerves and not feel so silly singing in front of others - something I've always felt self-conscious about. I would absolutely recommend Sarah to any adult wishing to learn how to sing!
Olivia K. August 24, 2014
What a talented performer and instructor! Combination of beauty and brains :)
I admire her approach and her education!
Alan P. March 11, 2014
Singing Verified Student
Daughter loved first lesson
I just had my 9 year old daughter take her first voice lesson from Sarah and it was GREAT!! My daughter loved her and learned so much the first lesson. Sarah was awesome with her approach and kind attitude yet got her lesson across so professionally. I would HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend Sarah!!!!
Singing is one of the most personal forms of musicianship because your instrument is a part of your body!
In our lessons we will learn how to keep that instrument safe while exploring all the different things you didn't even know it could do.
I am a working artist/songwriter with placements on Nickelodeon, NBC, Rockband, international radio airplay and was featured on "This Sing Off" 2014 Holiday Special with Timothy's Gift (video below). I graduated from Belmont University in 2009 with a BA in Commercial Voice-emphasis in music business. I am currently the co-owner of The Recording Republic here in Nashville, TN where my partner and I write/produce music and help develop artists. I have been teaching voice, piano, theory, performance and songwriting on and off for the past 5 years and love every second of it. I Can't wait to mee
t you and see what goals we can reach together!
*** Lesson Details *** The most important things I focus on in my lessons are positivity and building confidence. The confidence learned expressing yourself creatively is something that bleeds over into all aspects of life. It's so wonderful watching a kid (or an adult!) gradually come out of their shells during the process.
During the first lesson, I sit down with the student and talk to them about their dreams and goals. That way, I can build a curriculum that perfectly fits their needs. We can learn anything their heart desires-from classical Beethoven to writing their own music! For basic piano I love to use the "Bastien" and "Alfred" basic collections because they are what I grew up on.
Can't wait to meet you!
*** Studio Equipment *** In my studio I have a weighted keyboard, mic, amp, mirror and video for recording performances.
*** Travel Equipment *** Mic, amp and video recorder are portable. Student must provide piano for in home visits. And plus, you'll need one to practice!
*** Specialties *** I specialize in beginner classical piano and improvisation, beginner-advanced voice, theory, performance and songwriting of all styles.
Doug F. October 24, 2014
Online Verified Student
Brianne is working with my 11 year old daughter on basic vocal training. Brianne is an excellent instructor and vocalist. She has challenged my daughter and yet maintains a very positive attitude. We are thrilled with the lessons and plan to continue with Brianne.
Evan D. November 23, 2013
Piano Verified Student
Highly recommend Brianne!
I started taking piano lessons with Brianne a little over two months ago, and I have seen a huge improvement in my performance and confidence. Brianne is very professional and experienced, and she knows exactly what she's talking about. My favorite thing about the lessons is that she is takes time to get to know her students to find out exactly what their goals are and what they hope to get out of the lessons. I came in with some piano experience and an idea of what I wanted, and she was able to customize my lessons so that they perfectly fit me. Brianne is very encouraging and wants you to succeed. I would definitely recommend taking lessons from her!
kyle L. November 22, 2013
I've learned soo much in such a short time
i've always wanted to learn how to play the piano but I never could find the right teacher. Brianne has really helped me find my place as a budding piano player. She is very thorough and makes learning fun. She creates such a calm atmosphere with no judgment and i really enjoy that. Another thing that separates her from the other teachers i've had is that she doesn't teach based on her agenda she teaches me what i want to know. I can't wait fro my next lesson!
Singers are taught how to properly breathe, support sound, how to place sound, how to improve stage presence, proper diction and annunciation, etc.
Vocalist/ Songwriter/Composer Angelia W. was born on July 18,1975 in Chicago, IL. By the early age of three, Angelia had already grown a love for music and loved to sing. However, it wouldn't be until a few years later that she would develop a sincere desire to become a serious musician. By the age of 9, Angelia was singing lead vocals with her local church choir, and by 14, she was touring already with the duet act “Tamara and Angie”. While touring, Angelia became a well known mezzo- soprano whose broad vocal range also include alto and tenor. From 1992 until 2002, Angelia held the positio
n of Praise and Worship Lead and Section Leader at one of the largest churches in the Greater Milwaukee area; Balm and Gilead For All People International Ministries. In concert with this experience, over the years she has also performed, toured and recorded with well know gospel groups such as The Enspired Chorale, The Voices of Praise, Shekinah, and the Minneapolis Gospel Sound. She has had the pleasure of performing in concert with some of the biggest names in gospel music such as Fred Hammond, The Men of Standard, Karen Clarke-Sheard, Detrick Haddon, and Kim Burrell just to name a few.
In the fall of 2002, Angelia decided that she didn't just want to perform, but rather teach music, and began her formal education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee majoring in Music with a concentration in voice, of which she now holds a Bachelors degree.
Angelia is well versed in many genres such as Gospel, Jazz, Classical, R&B, etc. and she brings her long history of performance and excellence to her private voice studio that is sure to enrich every student vocally and performance wise also.
Students are raving about their Opera Voice instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Annah
"I was nervous at first, and love practicing the red leather tongue twister and learning new techniques. I highly recommend Adam!"
New York, NY teacher:
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 Carol
Tim is an excellent teacher. We were very impressed with his knowledge and my daughter showed tons of improvement in the past few months. T
his helped her confidence level and she sings more often. We highly recommend Tim as a voice teacher."
San Antonio, TX 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 Courtney
"Extremely talented and personable
I took lessons with Stacey during my senior year of high school. Studying voice with her improved not only my overall m
usicianship, but my confidence in what I specifically had to offer as a musician. Stacey helped prepare me for my college voice auditions. So, if you're looking for a teacher who is extremely talented, personable, and will push you to succeed, I highly recommend studying with Stacey."
Cincinnati, OH teacher:
Review by Marjorie
"Excellent teacher! She emphasizes the basics and the importance of breathing and proper technique in order to build a strong and healthy voice! Patient an
d knowledgeable, with her teaching, my voice improved more than it ever has with any other teaching :)"
Miami, FL teacher:
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Review by Samantha
"Great first lesson."
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Brent
"Mark is a gifted voice teacher and I would highly recommend him for singers of all ability levels. I am a baritone who has an undergraduate degree in voca
l performance and has been singing classical music, including opera roles, for 13 years. I am singing a couple solo pieces this summer (one English art song and one African-American spiritual) and was looking for a voice teacher to help me check-in on my technique. I took four lessons with Mark from June to July 2015.
Mark has an incredibly warm style. I immediately felt comfortable singing in front of him and hearing his feedback. He immediately zoned in on my “ah” vowel, which was too covered/dark. Over the next few lessons, we continued to improve the vowel and work to better release the breath. In my experience, modifying one aspect of the technique often reveals other areas than need work as well. Mark patiently helped me identify these areas and he provided some excellent tools and techniques to improve my overall sound. Mark’s instruction was consistently clear—he skillfully combined metaphors to describe how the voice works with explanations of vocal physiology. I definitely feel more prepared to sing these solo pieces next week!
I highly recommend Mark as a teacher for both new and experienced singers. It’s clear that Mark has a strong command of the fundamentals of singing and would be an excellent teacher for someone who wants to build a solid foundation. Furthermore, Mark would be a great teacher for more experienced singers that want to return to vocal training or fine-tune an established technique."
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Sarah
"Emily is knowledgable and sweet! Make sure you take lessons with her. I highly recommend"
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