Versatile singer and voice artist. Studied Broadway, Opera and Pop for 6 years. Sang with entertainment groups in Utah, and was a previous member of Salt Lake City's Mountain Jubilee Chorus. Is also a voice actor, and has voiced various commercial work for radio and television, all types of narration, and character work for animation. Helping you to use your voice to its best potential!
*** Lesson Details *** For both Voice Over work and singing: General breath work, vowel enunciation, making the most of diaphragm control. Also, how genres vary in pop, jazz and Broadway.
*** Studio Equipment *** Light use of Piano, or keyboards Backtrack Music
If recording - Atlas Mic and M - box audio interface (Pro - tools SE) Focusrite Interface and adobe Audition.
*** Travel Equipment *** n/a at the present time.
*** Specialties *
** Singing: Pop, soul, jazz Voice over/acting narration, commercial, and character development
Brenda has been a great instructor, she is always very understanding when things come up and she definitely knows what she is doing. If you want to get into voice acting she is a wonderful teacher for beginners and she gives sound advice and instruction, will definitely be taking more lessons in the future!
December 4, 2014
Wonderful teacher. Brenda really knows how to get her students relaxed and ready to sing. Her experience is unlike anything I have seen. My daughter really enjoyed her.
November 10, 2014
Brenda did a great job helping me to progress in my singing. I really appreciate her service!!!
Welcome to my profile! I provide a warm and encouraging environment for students to make the mistakes necessary for learning an instrument and exploring their musical creativity. My passion for music has inspired me to pursue teaching and performance professionally in order to help others achieve their musical dreams.
My ultimate goal is for my students to gain all the skills necessary for creating meaningful musical experiences for themselves. Specifically I try to help them gain clean technique, a pleasing and expressive tone, basic understanding of music theory, and enough knowledge of music history to play with appropriate expression. I try to accomplish these goals by clearly explaining careful and deliberate practice techniques that remove the stress often associated with daily practice. Students will reap the benefits if they a
re committed to a daily practice schedule, are attentive during lessons, ask questions, and are honest with themselves about what is and is not working.
I began my teaching career in college while earning a Bachelor's in Music from Southwestern University (magna cum laude). I currently play as a soloist and with groups including AURORA: Trio for Flute, Harp, and Cello, the Shimmer Flute Choir, and Sounds of Silver Flute Quartet. I am also an active member of the Music Teacher's National Association and volunteer coordinator of the Houston Flute Club.
I love performing and I share my passion for music with my students.
*** Lesson Details ***
***I only teach lessons in my studio or online for certain subjects. I DO NOT TRAVEL TO STUDENTS' HOMES.***
I offer lessons that cover just about every aspect of playing the Western concert flute. Students can expect to become well-rounded musicians who are knowledgeable about flute technique, tone, music theory and history. I use a combination of the Rubank Method and Flute 101 books with handout supplements.
The biggest changes I've seen in my students after a few months is a better understanding of how to practice efficiently as well as improved tone. Furthermore, every year many of my students earn superior ratings of 1 on their UIL solos.
Every Spring my students and I participate in Flute Fest, a day-long celebration of all things flute, including concerts, masterclasses, and a solo and ensemble contest. A few weeks later we have our annual studio recital where everyone shows off their hard work.
A NOTE ABOUT WOODEN FLUTES
Occasionally I am asked to help students play wooden, non-western flutes. Although the very basic fundamentals are the same, I do not play these flutes and do not teach them.
Piano is not only fun to play for its own sake, but provides a foundation for all music making. Students will learn about proper posture and hand-positioning, note-reading, rhythm, and a little history as well, using the Piano Pronto book series.
Music Theory Lessons:
I can help students of any instrument better understand the fundamental concepts of music theory: scales, intervals, chords, part-writing, etc. Theory lessons take place at the piano to demonstrate concepts. However, students do not have to play piano to take theory lessons. I typically use a combination of the Master Theory curriculum and other handouts, unless the student is already working out of another textbook.
**Online theory lessons** use the same curriculum, but with the screen share feature to help my demonstrations.
During the summer I offer additional group classes on different subjects, including theory and ear-training. I try something new every year to provide a variety of opportunities for students to learn and grow in their musicianship.
***Tuition Packages*** I have combined my own policies with TakeLessons'. I consider the Recurring Schedule a Subscription Package, where clients pay the same amount every month, equal to the value of four lessons, regardless of the number of lessons attended. This guarantees a permanent reservation of your time slot. I only allow Schedule-As-You-Go under special circumstances. Please send me a message first if you are unsure about committing to a regular time. I am happy to answer questions about tuition through the Ask A Question feature!
*** Studio Equipment *** My studio is located in the front room of my home and includes a music stand, piano, and comfortable chairs in case parents would like to stay for the lesson.
*** Specialties *** While I teach all aspects of music-making, I give particular focus on rhythmic accuracy (counting and reading rhythms). clean technique, and efficient practice strategies.
My goal is to help students ENJOY the piano by finding ways to make it easier and doable. I have a very useful approach in helping students become self sufficient to sight read very well, to see patterns, understand music theory to either help them play well, or to even create their own music(I compose a lot of great music as well)
I couldn't sight read very well until I was 16, but I had a great sight reading teacher that showed me how to develop it, and now I can say that I'm one of the best sight readers out there that I know. I was a ballet pianist at Brigham Young University for several years where all I did was sightread binders full of ballet/classical music. I play for choirs, church congregations, jazz bands, or musical jam sessions all the time, and I couldn't do that at all if I didn't learn how to sight read well.
I would love to help you learn the piano, and I will do my best to make learning as effective as possible. I especially enjoy teaching those who quit and would like to try again, because I know what that is like.
Concerning my musical background, I've played, arranged, and composed piano for choirs, bands, jazz combos, singers. I've been in bands all my life, and have composed for jazz bands, choirs, and orchestras at BYU and in Eastern Europe. I also play about 10 different instruments. I won two Student Emmys in Hollywood for my compositions to BYU's animations in 2010 & 2014.
Richard is an intelligent and gifted musician..
His music is very cool! His talk is interesting.
And he is good at teaching English logically.
Thanks to Richard, I could understand English pronunciation very well.
Grace has extensive experience teaching private and group lessons, including lessons in Piano, English Horn and reed making. Her students have gone on to win scholarships and place in honor orchestras. Currently, her students hold the top spots in nTyme's (North Torrance Youth Musicians Ensemble) Chamber Orchestra, as well as Honor Bands and Youth Orchestra across the country.
Locally, Grace has performed with the Dana Point Symphony, Symphony Irvine, as well as other groups around Southern California. Previously, she was a long time member of the Cheshire Symphony.
Whether you choose to take lessons online or in your home, I strive to make each lesson engaging, informative, and fun! Students are expected to practice in-between lessons and come to lessons prepared with their instrument and music. I also encourage students to bring
any music that they're interested in learning to their lessons.
**Every Other Week Lessons** Due to current lesson demand, I'm not able to accept new students interested in every other week lessons. The only exception will be if you are able to fill the off week of a current every other week student. Please contact me before booking lessons for a current list of available spots. Spots are available on a first come, first come basis, and are subject to change at any time. This applies to requests for both online and in-person lessons.
**Group Lessons** I don't offer traditional group lessons, as I've found they slow down the progress of both students and therefore aren't cost effective. Arrangements can be made for back to back lessons instead. Please contact me before booking lessons.
Please feel free to ask me any questions you may have, and I can't wait to meet you!
If you are under the age of 18, please have a parent or guardian book the lessons for you.
My name is Tanesha. I have been playing guitar for a little over 9 years. I am a self taught guitarist. Guitars have always been a passion of mine, ever since I could remember. I was always drawn to learn more on guitars and one day decided to teach myself. I wanted to teach myself to play so that I can develop my own teaching style, as well as my own methods of teaching. When you are an absolute beginner and you look to learn from other people, their way of teaching can be a little challenging. But with my teaching style it is more broken down. I understand the struggles and difficulties that comes with learning guitar, that's; why I am here to break it down and teach as clearly as possible. I am a very caring pers
on, I love to help others and love to see them improve daily. My main goal is for all of my students to learn and benefit from my teaching. I love when students are excited and eager to learn more. Putting effort is very important in order to succeed. if you don't put effort, it will not work.
You can expect to learn the following things: -Parts of the Guitar -Song Tutorials -Picking Patterns -Strumming Patterns -Notes on the Guitar -Chords -Tablature -Pentatonic Scales and Much More!
Today was day 1 of my lessons!! Tanesha was sheer joy. I put the "B" in beginner!! She was so very patient and personable. She made me feel comfortable. She kept making me smile. Almost 7 hrs later...I'm still smiling. I am looking forward to my next lesson. She postures her students to succeed. I HIGHLY recommend Tanesha!! :-)
I began playing violin in elementary school, and immediately knew this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. My first words as a baby were lyrics because I sang before I spoke. I played violin until 11th grade when I fell in love with the sound of the viola. I studied music performance and music education in college and I have a bachelors degree in both. I have played professionally in orchestras, quartets, as a soloist, and in many rock and folk settings. I have even put my violin and viola through a distortion pedal and a wah wah pedal in heavy metal/punk music. I have over 17 years of teaching experience and am a licensed teacher in the state of virginia. I have taught in a classroom as well as privately, and have also taught students with autism. As a student of mine you can expect to improve your playing skills week
to week. I can teach from the very first lesson on. Students will learn techniques to improve their playing and will play fun music. If you are interested in learning improvisation, I can help with that, too. I enjoy teaching violin, viola and cello. I am most passionate about teaching students to become independent, critical thinking musicians who will be able to rely on their own knowledge to learn new music as they go along. I stress music reading, ear training, and strong fundamentals in playing. I am very encouraging, love spreading my love of music. Just a quick note: I do like to do my business through this website. If you send me an email trying to get me to personally write to your email, I will not respond.
I’m a former student of Melissa’s. She is very patient and I learned very quickly under her direction. I’m happy to see her teaching again. I’m anxious to continue learning the cello with Melissa.
August 9, 2019
I have been taking lessons with Melissa since the end of February. She is an excellent teacher and I have learned so much already! She is encouraging and makes me want to come back week after week to learn more!
I am a bassoonist from California living in New York City, and I am graduating with my Bachelor's degree in Bassoon Performance from New York University in May 2019. In addition to studying music, I also freelance in the New York area and enjoy performing a wide range of music with orchestras, wind ensembles, and chamber ensembles. Having studied music and music performance for many years, I am aware that not all students learn the same way. As such, I enjoy getting to know students and identifying the most efficient yet comfortable way for them to learn this instrument. I aim for students not just to gain knowledge about the instrument, but to become thoughtful and adventurous musicians as well. As such, I am excited about supplementing bassoon lessons with instruction in music theory, and I am able to teach a variety of music spanning d
ifferent styles and time periods according to each student's goals and interests. As part of playing the bassoon, I do make all my own reeds and offer high quality bassoon reeds to all my students at an affordable cost.
My name is Christina Bell and I have loved singing and music in general all of my life. I have traveled the world singing with and along side of some of your favorite gospel artists, such as Donnie McClurkin, Fred Hammond, Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin and so many more. I began vocal training in 2012 because i noticed a strong need for it in my hometown and also across the nation. I love tones, execution, rhythms, texture and how vocals can blend. I love training my students to broaden their vocal ability.
Christina is one of the best to ever do it. Christina is educated, passionate, and fun!
May 21, 2019
Christina REALLY pushes you to believe in yourself and your talent! I’m not that confident in my singing, but working with her helped boost my confidence in not just singing but singing in front of others. I’d recommend anyone trying to better their craft to connect with her!
May 21, 2019
Christina takes great concern with her students to 1st make them feel comfortable, and then she support her students with encouragement. I am proud to say that she has helped me tremendously with her teaching.
"Tomoko is a great teacher! she helped me via skype with clearing and understanding complex harmony concepts with patience and kindness and i would recomme
nd anyone to take lessons with her."
"Excellent and very patient and knowledgeable tutor."
Vir is beyond your typical vocal coach. He was a huge help on things like pitch accuracy and phrasing, but more than anything, his focus on gettin
g me to tap into and harness my inner power has already paid huge dividends in my recordings and performances. Further, Vir is an amazing person to know and his home-studio in Berkeley is magnificent!"
"Mandie is very accommodating and includes the parent in weekly conversations. She is very patient with my daughter who loves the piano but has ADHD. She h
as worked with my daughter for two years now and we just want her to enjoy music. Her recital duet was by far the best act! It was unique and captured my daughter love to be different! Mandie’s ability to engage and not discourage my daughter makes my heart happy. Mandie is very accommodating with scheduling and makeups. Whether you are interested in competition level piano or just the love of music Mandie is the right teacher for you."
"I know it's too early to write a review after the first lesson. However, I was surprised by the wonderful way Sergio handled the time and the introductio
n for such a hard instrument like the alto sax. My son Moneer is so excited to continue learning how to play alto sax with Sergio. In short Sergio is a very talented music instructor!"
Jessica had been wonderful teaching my 13 year old daughter. She was always patient and kind."
"Perhaps the best teacher I’ve ever had—in any discipline, at any age. When I first began two years ago, I couldn’t read a note of music and had never p
layed any instrument. Since then, thanks to Moran’s patience and guidance, I can play with confidence at a level I never imagined. Wonderful, kind, yet demanding teacher who enjoys teaching and takes great pride in the progress of her students"
"We are so very fortunate to have had Patricia work with our daughter. She was very helpful on many levels. Patricia was able to help my daughter decide
on what roles best suit her. She picked up on her strengths and motivated her to work on her weakness. My daughter was in awe with how much experience Patricia has in Broadway and truly enjoyed working her. Patricia was always prompt and really gave her all in each session. We really enjoyed having her around while working with our daughter. Thank you Patricia for all your help! Lauren had her audition tonight and she is very confident. We will let you know how she did next week!!"
"She is patient and tries to find new and creative ways to improve learning. She doesnt just teach to simply learn just enough to play an instrument but ra
ther to master not only the instrument but the whole philosophy and theory around music as well..Simply put her teaching style is that of attending a music college but much much less spent and more one on one instruction"
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