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Justin S.

Saint Paul, MN

About Justin

Hello! I'm Justin, a classically trained Baritone with an emphasis in opera and art song. I have earned my Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point, and my Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Minnesota. In Stevens Point I sang the roles of Papageno in The Magic Flute, Marcello in La Boheme, Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd, and Marco in Gianni Schicchi. As part of the University of Minnesota Opera Theater I have covered Ford in Falstaff, and performed Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. My recital appearances most r
ecently include Robert Schumann’s Liederkreis Op. 24, Modest Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death, and multiple performances of Franz Schubert’s Die Winterreise in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. I have been a Studio Artist for the critically acclaimed Mill City Summer Opera for two consecutive seasons. My responsibilities as an SA include covering roles, singing in the chorus, participation in an opera scenes program, and leading a series of Opera Enrichment classes at the Lundstrum Center for Performing Arts. I am a member of the Minnesota Opera Chorus, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Chorale.

Alongside my passion for singing, I am an avid composer. I have completed a wide variety of pieces, from full orchestral works to string quartets, from 12-part choral pieces to art songs. Notable compositions include: Joys and Woes, a song cycle for Soprano; Charlotte, a song cycle for Soprano; Canticle No.1 for SATB chorus, which was marked for consideration at the UW-Stevens Point Choral Composition Competition; and the in-progress work for ensemble and voice titled “Sketches”.

I have been teaching voice for 5 years now, and have taught students ages 7-70, so I know first hand that it is never too early or too late to start singing! I have prepared students for auditions, recitals, and for just plain fun. I teach with confidence so you can sing with confidence, and I have found that it works wonders.

*** Lesson Details ***
I have been teaching private voice for five years, and have been successful in teaching a variety of students and musical styles. Though my singing background is predominantly classical, I use that training to nurture healthy, strong, and organic voices. I do this by teaching both the fundamentals of singing technique (breathing, support, resonance, anatomy), and the art of musicianship, which is essential to every style of singing. I approach my personal understanding of the voice from the angle of knowing it as an instrument, as opposed to a source of sound that can easily be taken for granted. This allows for an even mix of understanding the voice organically, and understanding how the different parts of the instrument can be manipulated. No two voices are the same, and likewise, no two students are the same. Because of this, I do not teach a pre-structured technique, but rather take the time with each student to understand their instrument and craft a technique that will work most healthily and efficiently for them.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, access to a large quantity of classical and pop sheet music, spacious studio space, performance space, the occasional puppy, tea, music stands, and a cool fish.

*** Specialties ***
I am a trained classical baritone, and have experience in the musical theater genre as well. I teach all genres according to the Italian school of singing, which focuses on breathing and the minimization of stress while singing. As I say: classical training is only the approach, the style is up to the singer. I have been successful in teaching all types of genres through this approach. I am also an avid composer and songwriter, and regularly teach theory in my lessons.
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John H. March 8, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I've had 3 lessons with Justin. Justin has a great knowledge of the voice and the breathing required for good singing. Justin has been great at helping me with my pre-stated goals, as well as pointing out other opportunities for improving my singing. The exercises he has prescribed have been very helpful. At our most recent lesson, Justin suggested a song for me to begin working on. It's a beautiful song, and I am looking forward to working on it with Justin's insightful guidance.
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Anisha C. May 7, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Just the teacher I was looking for

I have been a student of Justin since November 2012 and the journey so far has been incredible. I have learnt valuable techniques that make all the difference in my singing performance. I have learnt how to comfortably hit the high notes, breathe correctly and project my voice better.
Justin pays attention to every detail(like Sherlock Holmes) during practice.Yes!! He can also figure out if you did not complete your homework for the week. He always knows just the right vocal, breathing or warm up exercise to help me perform better.
He is very patient and encouraging. I remember being very nervous the first class but he made me feel at ease. He took time to understand the goals I wanted to accomplish and the areas I wanted to improve. After the half hour,I knew I found the teacher I was looking for.
Every class I get to learn something new about music, performance or my capabilities and I have never been this excited about any class ever. All thanks to Justin. He's the best!!
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Joe D. January 10, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
I couldn't ask for more

Justin has been twice the teacher I hoped for. Not only does he have an incredible and comprehensive understanding of the anatomy of the voice, but he can explain concepts in simple and relatable terms. He is also great at diagnosing the causes of weaknesses, and being a couple steps ahead when progressing through them. And, best of all, he is receptive to the student, always asking for feedback about the lesson or exercises. Being 23 and just starting singing lessons, I was a little hesitant to begin, but working with Justin has been great.
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Justin S.

Minneapolis, MN 55405
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starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Arlys A.

Minneapolis, MN

About Arlys

I help singers and speakers develop powerful, authentic voices

If you want to sing with more ease and freedom, deepen your understanding of your vocal instrument and learn tools to help you become more confident performing in public whether it be singing or speaking, THIS is for you!

Safely explore your vocal sound to deliver outstanding auditions and performances:

* Increase your range
* Broaden vocal tone tone
* Explore dynamics
* Cultivate calm energy
* Feel better about your voice

Our voice is the most personal expression we can share. I feel very passionate about helping o
thers create a personalized 'toolkit' of exercises designed to promote proper posture, ease of breath support and help guide the vocal explorer in developing their most perfect resonance and pitch control. I incorporate my experience with dance, Pilates, Yoga, Tai Chi and other forms of physical exercise with bel canto vocal training to help you reach your vocal goals.

* 18 years teaching experience
* 12 years personal private vocal studies
* 12 years living & working in Los Angeles
* A lifetime of performing experience

All classes include techniques to help cultivate a calmly energized physical demeanor to help you enjoy singing, speaking publicly, auditioning, dancing, acting & performing. I use multifaceted exercises to help you find and feel the difference in sound immediately, and we follow-up by with learning daily exercise protocols that help develop the muscular structure to create an easily sustainable vocal resonance.

My teaching style is infused with the knowledge that students of voice must be treated with great care and encouragement.

Let me help you release your authentic voice!

[I work with children under 9 by audition, only]

*** Studio Equipment ***
EDEN PRAIRIE: Lessons in separate "studio" room, electric piano, mirror, music stands, table for your water, chair.

Waiting Room: Parents/loved ones can lounge in the large comfortable lobby area, drink free coffee/hot chocolate, read, or watch TV.

MINNEAPOLIS: Lessons in private home, upstairs in music rehearsal space on 3rd floor, couch, music stand [piano will be added by 8/15/15].

CRYSTAL: Private home, open spacious living room, upright acoustic piano, wireless speaker

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Arlys also spent many years in the Information Technology industry, specializing as a software application trainer, computer technician and project manager. [Resume available upon request]
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Clara R. August 17, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Very knowledgeable, and a wonderful person. I felt the difference in my control and range after just a few lessons with her.
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Scott T. June 16, 2015
Speaking Voice · In home
Verified Student
Arlys has given me valuable insights into developing my speaking voice and helping me to find a comfortable pitch and rate. After only 3 lessons I have improved dramatically. I recommend her highly. Very sincere and professional.
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Raji T. May 11, 2015
Singing · Online
Verified Student
A great teacher for my teenage daughter.
Arlys, I am so glad I found you through takelessons website.

Thanks.
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Arlys A.

Arlys A.

Eden Prairie, MN 55344
(18)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Melody M.

Minneapolis, MN

About Melody

Are you looking to sing or play keyboard, work on material for your band, build your repertoire, sing or play in the church choir/band, audition for a production, become a better lead singer in your rock or pop band, overcome stage-fright or wanting to get to the next level? You have come to the right place!

My lessons provide students with an opportunity to deeply explore the voice, build confidence, and to develop healthy and effective singing practices, which can be applied to any style of musical singing and playing.

A well-rounded music education is very important and I have fun an
d educational resources for learning vocal technique, ear training, harmony, pitch matching and music theory.

I am very fortunate to have performed and studied Classical and Opera, musical theater productions, have sang in Rock, Pop, Country, R&B bands and can bring that real-world experience into the lesson. The student will receive real hands-on knowledge about singing in a variety of environments and how to manage his/her vocal goals!

In addition to being vocally healthy, I encourage self-expression and enhance self-esteem in my students: singers of all ages, skill levels and styles. Plus, it has to be fun, otherwise why do it? Singing is a process and less about the end goal and we train the body, mind and use imagination and it's a very exciting process!

***My students regularly receive scholarships and placement in music schools and programs around the U.S., have won competitions, do well in auditions, are performing in successful bands and/or recording artists.

I am energetic and enthusiastic; actively promote values and traditional teaching practices coupled with the introduction of technology into the lesson. My experience as an educator is to share passion and talent for music with the next generation of musicians and outstanding communication skills. I really care about my students and provide the tools to help them reach their goals!

Degrees:
Bachelor of Music, minor in Psychology from Michigan State University
Master of Vocal Pedagogy from Oakland University

Here is some of my experience as a performer: I have sung Internationally at the renowned €œEisteffodd Music Festival€ in Wales, toured through Britain and performed at the Laupin Agile Cabaret in Paris. I was honored with a nomination to attend the prestigious Yale Cabaret Conference and worked with cabaret legend Julie Wilson and Manhattan Transfer founder Laurel Masse. Sung and performed roles with the Mid-Michigan and Detroit Opera Companies. Performed a production of Sleepwalkers€ with the Kari Margolis Brown Company at the O'Shaughnessy Theatre. I currently perform all over the Twin Cities with my own R&B/Soul Band, Melody and The Dramatics!€ Plus, I am a contract vocalist and perform in a variety of other projects, so needless to say, it is all a very awesome ride!

*** Lesson Details ***
My laid-back and fun approach allows for versatility and is tailored to meet the needs of the individual student. When studying the art of singing you are gaining skills, which build confidence.

When you understand what you'€™re doing and why, you bring more confidence to your performance. Progress is made with regular practice outside of lessons. Voice students record each private lesson on tape and take notes in their own notebooks.

I have "warm-up" tracks which you can use in your car or at home and you will notice significant improvement once you start your routine.

Practicing is very important and I have great methods to teach students how to maximize their time and get the best results! I am privileged to have an opportunity to teach and very passionate about coaching a student to meet his or her musical goals!

Also, I have a Beagle named "Bacon" and he will always be very excited to see you, however he does calm down when you're in the studio. In addition, I have two cats, so please let me know if you have allergies or any special recommendations.

Thanks so much!
Melody

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the music room, PA system, piano, keyboard, laptop, recording microphone, microphone, mirror

*** Travel Equipment ***
At my location, I provide a keyboard/piano, sound system, music stand, microphone and anything for non-classical. Otherwise, for acoustic, it's a keyboard, no PA equipment. If I go to a student's house, I need a keyboard or piano.

The house is in a cul-de-sac and there is ample street parking. Also, in the case of a snow emergency, you will be able to park in the driveway.

*** Specialties ***
I teach in a variety of vocal styles including, rock, pop, jazz, country and classical, keyboard and music theory. I have been trained by some of the best instructors in the country and strive for my students to be vocally healthy, so they'll have long careers. I also perform in professional bands, orchestras and can bring that experience into the lesson.
Energetic and enthusiastic; actively promote values and traditional teaching practices coupled with the introduction of technology into the lesson. Experienced educator eager to share passion and talent for music with the next generation of musicians and outstanding communication skills.
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Makenzie R. August 11, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
She is wonderful with my little girl. My daughter looks forward to her lesson every week. Thanks Melody!
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Ella August 5, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Wonderful lady. She was great with my daughter.
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Cathy P. July 23, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Nobody can get nervous around Melody! She's fun and full of really positive energy, and has lots of really basic, practical advice about how to make your singing sound better.
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Melody M.

Melody M.

Minneapolis, MN 55426
(24)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Don S.

Minneapolis, MN

About Don

Upbeat, fun and patient. Professional performer/teacher with a BA in music (with honors) and English from Wesleyan University, graduate study in music education from University of St. Thomas and film production/screenwriting with honors from Minneapolis College (MCTC). I specialize in helping you to unleash your creativity and self-expression. Guitar, songwriting, composition/music production (Garageband, etc), computer-based "beat-making", ensembles, and pop vocal coaching. Tutoring and computer help also offered. Many years experience in K-12 music and digital media technology (audio and vid
eo) working with gifted/talented and special needs students as well as in-school artist residencies. Adult students are a specialty of mine and are most welcome as well.

*** Lesson Details ***
In individual lessons, instruction will be tailored to the individual desires and needs of each student. Fun "family-style" lessons with parent(s) and young children are also a new option.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitars, ukuleles, bass guitars, strum-sticks, various percussion instruments, ProTools Digi002, Garageband, Kurzweil 2500, Mac Pro Desktop computers, various keyboards, synthesizers and music composition/production software and amps.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Teacher brings instruments/supplies/books as needed, and can arrange to provide instruments for students as well.

*** Specialties ***
Individual or group instruction in folk, jazz, blues, rock, guitar/vocal performance coaching, songwriting, lyric writing, instrumental improvisation, digital media production/composition, iMovie, Garageband, "beat-making" and therapeutic music for youth, adult and special needs students. Tutoring/homework help in English, mac computers and basic academic subjects for K-12 and adult students. Technology (geek) help/support with computers, digital gadgets (especially Apple) for "non-techies".
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Amanda J. July 19, 2015
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Don was a great instructor. I only had a limited amount of time to dedicate to learning the Ukulele during the summer, but he helped me meet and exceed my goals. He is very friendly and personable. I highly recommend anyone interested in lessons that they give Don a try.
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Lauren F. June 12, 2014
Guitar · In studio
This has been a truly enjoyable experience.

Don was teaching several of my charter high school students in guitar/vocal and music production. After a quick observation of his classes, I signed up for lessons as well. I am an adult student and have been taking guitar/vocal performance lessons with Don for three years. This has been a truly enjoyable experience. Don combines proper technique with enough creativity to make our lessons fun. Don is an inspirational teacher. He tuned into my musical tastes and tailored his lessons to my desires. I highly recommend Don to any adult or youth students interested in furthering their skills and enjoyment of music performance.
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Sage H. March 28, 2014
Ukulele
Family Fun on Ukelele and Strumstick

Don has been wonderful to work with as a Ukelele and Strumstick instructor. I had an idea to get music lessons for my husband and 5 year old daughter as a Christmas gift. The thought was to have special Daddy and daughter time; sharing something that my husband loves to do. Don has worked with us to create a whole experience for them around music lessons. Don has succeeded in building an environment for our daughter to enjoy the music lesson experience. The first time she played 'hot crossed buns' brought a tear of joy to my eyes. He has even included me in the group lessons on Strumstick. My husband has expanded his knowledge of musical instruments and enhanced his playing skills with Don's skillful instruction. Don has made the whole experience delightful for our family.
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Don S.

Don S.

Minneapolis, MN 55426
(3)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Candis P.

Minneapolis, MN

About Candis

Hello! I just moved to Minnesota and am excited for a new school year full of learning, laughing and growing! Before coming here, I spent 6 years teaching private and group string lessons (both traditional and Suzuki) to ages 4 and up, and 2 years in a formal classroom setting where I taught 1st grade and then a combination of general music education, and reading intervention for special needs students. I have a viola performance degree, a K-6 teaching license, and training in the Music Together program. My teaching philosophy is that every child can learn and that every child learns in hi
s or her own way. I also believe that music improves children's abilities in reading and math. Therefore, each of my students receives individualized lesson plans tailored to their needs and learning style. Parents and students have seen the difference that this data driven, holistic style makes. I can't wait to meet you and your child as we embark on a journey of learning and discovery!
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Samantha August 16, 2015
Violin · In studio
Candis was a music teacher at my school and was phenomenal. She has deep content knowledge in the music and created a K-4 program in our elementary school. She also is a great teammate and goes above and beyond. I wish she stayed in New Jersey!!
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Maren August 15, 2015
Violin · In studio
Candis was a phenomenal violin teacher for our daughter she has the patience of a saint, while still being strict in her teaching. She builds a very strong foundation by staying with the basics, until the student has a total grasp on the beginner level, before moving forward. My daughter benefitted greatly from her expertise.
We miss her being near for us to continue lessons! I would completely recommend her for any level of teaching.
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Maren August 15, 2015
Violin · In studio
Candis was a phenomenal violin teacher for our daughter she has the patience of a saint, while still being strict in her teaching. She builds a very strong foundation by staying with the basics, until the student has a total grasp on the beginner level, before moving forward. My daughter benefitted greatly from her expertise.
We miss her being near for us to continue lessons! I would completely recommend her for any level of teaching.
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Candis P.

Candis P.

Minneapolis, MN 55447
(9)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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