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About Jordan M.

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Seattle, WA

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Singing/Audition and Resume Coach:

Lessons begin with stretching, vocal warm ups, scales, and extensive breath work, as well as resolving any tensions that may be hindering your vocal production. I then through collaboration with the student, work on beginning repertoire that is suited for the voice, and challenging at the same time. I record all lessons, and email them to the student so that one has the opportunity to review the warm ups, and hear the improvement in the voice, I also write a review of every lesson, with notated warm-ups and a list of "To Do's" for the week so that the student will have a structured practice week. I provide music, and if needed recordings of the pieces so that the student can take the materials back to their homes and practice them on their own.

I track the range of
the voice, and usually within a month it will have improved by at least 4 notes either higher or lower.

It is important to note that learning voice is a highly individualized journey, each person will have their own set of strengths and weaknesses, as a teacher it is my job to asses this in a person and craft a curriculum, and style that will fit those individual needs.

I am also adept at navigating local opportunities for students in the Seattle Theater world. I have had students receive callbacks at 5th avenue, perform for Seattle Childrens Theater. Young Actors Institute, Driftwood Players, win multiple pageants and score high in talent as well as acting opportunities in movies and modeling. I am a performer as well and had to navigate through the college system as well as the Seattle theater system and can provide much guidance to those interested with resume, repertoire and audition coaching.

There is no feeling in the world than the freedom and beauty of singing, it is a joy to hear in my students, and very fulfilling to teach this kind of wonderfully positive experience to people of all ages!

I received my B.A. in vocal performance from San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2009. I am a classically trained singer, however I enjoy all genre’s of music and firmly believe having a classical base in a singing technique will enrich any style of music you wish to work toward. I am devoted to healthy singing, and unlocking your true timbre and voice with extensive breath, and vowel work. As a graduate from a highly competitive music institution I can help in guiding students along the right path of pursuing this art form at a collegiate level.

Theory/Song Writing techniques:

For some students learning music is just as much a part of the lesson as learning to sing. I love teaching people of all ages how to read music, so that the student can be an independent teacher for themselves and learn music on their own at home, this I think is very important in order to improve skills for singing, the faster the student can learn music, the more time can be spent working on technique and improving the sound of the voice.

I graduated from a prestigious Conservatory and had to take very advanced theory classes in order to receive my degree. I also played flute and oboe in orchestra for 10 years, and taught myself how to play piano. I have assisted some of my students interested in writing their own music on chord progressions, and have offered my musical expertise on their compositions. There is nothing like being involved in the creative process of composing and I love supporting my students that decide to explore this art form.

Speaking Lessons:

I have a studio in Bellevue where I work closely with the transgender community as a vocal coach to feminize my clients voices transitioning from male to female. It is a wonderful process and anyone interested please do contact me!

I also teach language diction classes. I am fluent in IPA (international phonetics alphabet) in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. I can help with accent reduction in English or pronunciation in any of the above languages.

A little bit about me:

“Playing alongside Drumheller were a number of young performers like Jordan M., who appeared as Cousin Hebe. A past member of Tacoma Opera's Young Artist Program, she is an emerging artist with a beautiful voice and very appealing stage presence who is slated to appear in several shows in the region this year.” whereissandy.com, Sandy McDade Chair of the ArtsFund Board, 2015

Soprano Jordan M. kicked off 2015 with a role debut of Nancy In Albert Herring with Vashon Opera. She was thrilled to make her 5th Avenue Main Stage debut in The Sound of Music, and to sing in Cry To Heaven part of 5th Avenue's New Works Department, which was a collaboration with writer Anne Rice and academy award nominated composer Matthew Wilder (whose credits include the music of Mulan).  She joined Tyrolean Opera this last summer on a full Scholarship in Maurach, Austria on Lake Achen (Achensee), in a role debut of Gretel in Humperdincks Hansel und Gretel. 

In 2014 she was excited to be in the world premiere of Yoshinaka, by Garrett Fisher with the Fisher Ensemble as Tomoe.  It was an adaptation of the traditional Japanese Tales of Ise, which made it’s world premiere at Seattle’s ACT Theater “Central Heating Lab Series”.  It was a noteworthy collaboration with Munenori Takeda, and The Takeda Noh troupe which consists of members who are Living National Treasures in Japan for their Noh artistry, this collaboration was featured on the front page of The Arts section of the Seattle Times.  

Other notable credits from 2014 include 2nd Lady in The Magic Flute,  Rosina, in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Tacoma Opera and a recording for Kakitsubata, with The Garrett Fisher Ensemble for Jack Straw Production Studios.  In spring of 2014 Ms. McClellan sang Papagena and 2nd Lady with Skagit Opera, and  N.O.I.S.E. (Northwest opera in schools) for their Washington tour, as well as various Rossini arias with Bremerton Symphony, and two solo recitals with Second-City Chamber Series, and Music Northwest.  She also continues to be involved in recording sessions for Hollywood’s top video game soundtracks, including Starcraft and World of Warcraft.

Jordan is equally at home singing song repertoire as well as early music. She was chosen to participate in Lieder Alive! Singers Studio with Håkan Hagegård in San Francisco, CA where she delved deeper into lieder classics, culminating in a public masterclass.  Ms. McClellan has since been invited to sing several recitals with, Second City Chamber Series, in Lakewood, WA, Music Northwest, in Seattle, Wa, Hearthstone Chapel Recital Series, in Seattle, WA, Skagit Opera, at Lairmont Manor, as well as with Tacoma Opera.  Her recital repertoire varies from Italian Art Song, to Fauré Chanson, Lieder, American Songbook Classics, as well as Irish Folk Songs.  She has particpiated in Accademia D’amore, a summer program lead by Grammy Award winner Stephen Stubbs who is  devoted to educating singers about early music, baroque dance and rhetoric.  Most recently she participated in Bach Meisterkurs, in Leipzig Germany (Bach’s hometown) to learn the art of stylistically singing Bach’s passions.  

Past credits include a 3 month tour with Portland opera singing Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Phylo in the West Coast premier of Pénélope by Fauré with Vespertine Opera, and her Italian concert debut in Urbania, Italy at the Teatro Bramante.  

Her upcoming engagements include, starring in a local independent film as an opera singer, a role debut of Adalgisa in Skagit Opera’s Norma, singing a solo recital with Music Northwest, a performance with the Fisher Ensemble at Folklife Festival, as well as a performer at the Sankt Goar International Music Festival in Germany.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a recording device, a piano and keyboard, a music stand, lots of music of all genres, a copier/printer, as well as access to making recordings of pieces so that the student can take it home (whether that is CD's or Mp3's).

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a recording device, piano, keyboard, piano accompaniment (usually a recording), as well as copies of music.

If I travel to a lesson they would have to have a piano or keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in unlocking an individuals true singing voice,

I do have a 48 hour cancellation policy, I will allow one missed lesson to be reschedule but after that I will have to charge you if you continually miss lessons without letting me know.
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Evelyn H. October 13, 2016
· Singing · In studio
My name is Evelyn and I'm 33 yo. I'm also transgender MTF and have always wanted to sing with my new voice. Jordan is incredibly patient and shows a lot of care for what I have tried to accomplish. Without her I would have been too afraid the let my singing voice be heard. I'm so lucky to have found a professional like her to help me find my singing voice during the journey of my transition. I highly recommend her to anyone who is new to singing or wants to improve their existing voice. She's worth every minute.
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Evelyn September 4, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Each lesson gets better every time I go there :)
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Evelyn August 21, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Meeting Jordan for the first time was awesome! She's very professional and was so patient with me during my first singing lesson. I can't wait to see her for more lessons!
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About Dominick C.

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I have eight years teaching experience. Of those seven, five of them have been in music stores wherein I taught students of all ages, musical interests and skill levels. My students have gone on to form rock bands of their own, compete in singer/songwriter contests and pick up other musical instruments all because of the musical interest/passion I have helped develop.

I am very involved in the local music scene. I have written, produced, engineered and played on many recordings ranging in genre from folk to metal and classical to jazz. My band, Oceanborn, will be releasing our debut album in two weeks (10/1/2013) wherein I wrote, produced, engineered and tracked guitar. I have a modest, but very high quality studio setup and a lot of versatile gear to help me get the job done.

Please be sure to check out my blog "SCALES and CHO
RDS and STRINGS, OH MY!!" it is a one-stop place for getting guitar insight and pointers.

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching style has three major areas: technique, theory and composition. I try to motivate students to write their own music and by doing this I establish a need for theory and technique to accomplish what it is they may feel or hear in their heads.

I try very hard to establish and maintain a comfortable environment with my students. In a comfortable place, someone will be open and not afraid to express themselves and make mistakes. Moreover, they will be able to recap the benefits of having a one-on-one musical instructor that can help them reach their goals.

I respond to passion very quickly. I can promise if the student is serious about learning guitar and passionate about music all together, then they will excel quickly with me and have much versatility to show for the hard work and practice.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Pro Tools, music workstation, keyboards, guitars, basses, amps, effects processing, microphones, stools, studio monitors all in a carpeted finished basement with good lighting. Also, I have a private (gated) parking space.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide instrument cables, tuner, music stand and practice amplifiers. I always expect a student to have his or her own guitar with a complete set of strings. However, I am always willing to let a student use one of my guitars for experimental purposes. Also, depending on the student and type of lesson, more may be required; such as: a computer with recording software, audio interface and a keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in music theory-based instruction, improvisational techniques, songwriting and instrumental versatility. It is my goal to produce musicians that are passionate about all three parts of music: creation, practice and performance.
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Andy J. September 16, 2013
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Dominick was nice, patient, and encouraging with my eleven-year-old daughter, which she needed. He was also responsive about rescheduling lessons by texting (which we both needed to do at times).
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About Karen S.

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La Porte, IN

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I have experience teaching both beginning and intermediate piano and beginning voice. I enjoy working with students of all ages and helping them develop as musicians. I am patient and understanding and believe that students need to feel comfortable with a teacher to optimize the learning experience.

I studied private piano into my high school years and studied organ and voice in college where I was a vocal soloist. I attended Concordia College, Ann Arbor, Mi and received my BA in Music Education from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa

I have accompanied both Middle School and High School Choirs and instrumentalists, played organ and directed church choirs. I currently am a substitute organist. I enjoy working with students one on one. I recently moved to La Porte so took a break from teaching for a few months but a
m ready to get back to work. Sharing music is a great joy.

I especially love playing keyboard because of its expressive nature, the soft and loud, the sweetly and the contemplative. It brings me pleasure especially when a challenging piece has been mastered.

*** Lesson Details ***
I attempt to adapt lessons so each student can be successful. A variety of curriculum is used based on student's needs and the basic curriculum is supplemented with additional material to reinforce the lessons being taught. Each piano lesson begins with reviewing material from the previous lesson and then learning new pieces, including technique and theory as appropriate to the music. Practicing is an essential part of the learning process. Students are given practical ideas on how to make practicing more effective and enjoyable.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room: piano, couches and chair, room for parents to wait for students in dining room or living room

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students need to provide a piano in a quiet place free of distractions.
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Szahara May 3, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Very nice and professional
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Elana February 17, 2016
· Singing · In studio
First lesson for 8 year old but she really liked Karen and felt comfortable with all they did. She cam home with confidence.
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Ashley T. September 9, 2015
· Singing · In studio
She has learned a lot from Karen and is looking forward to every lesson.
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La Porte, IN 46350
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About James N.

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Mishawaka, IN

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About James
Hello everyone! Please have a look around my profile and feel free to contact me. I have taught privately since 2009 and joined takelessons.com in 2014.

I strongly feel each student needs lesson goals tailored to what he or she wants to take away from music. Getting ready for a college performance degree, making it to state solo contest, surviving band music, or simply discovering the huge scope of music available to us these days are each worthy goals, but require different preparation. I will work with you to figure out where your interests lie and focus on those, first and foremost!

My education includes bachelor's and master's degrees in trumpet performance from Lawrence University and UW-Milwaukee, respectively. In addition to my private studio, I maintain an active teaching schedule with the Fairfield Jr/Sr High School marchin
g band and Oregon Crusaders drum and bugle corps, as well as freelancing throughout Michiana.

Thanks for your time, and happy practicing!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I can provide: music stand, method books during lessons, recording equipment for lessons, tuner, metronome

Students should provide: instrument/mouthpiece, any other music they would like to play

*** Specialties ***
I have spent most of my playing time on classical (orchestral, chamber, and solo music), but also welcome students interested in jazz up to an intermediate level, especially if they have an interest in playing lead trumpet.
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Jessica August 16, 2017
· Trumpet · Online
My daughter planned to join band at her high school for her junior year. She had not taken lessons in the past and we were concerned that she would be too far behind the other teens, and private lessons in the area were at inconvenient times.
Takelessons was the perfect solution for us. James was absolutely excellent as an instructor. He was patient, fun, talented, and inspiring. My daughter had never played trumpet before and in just 2 months she is able to play with the band and she is doing phenomenal! I highly recommend James!
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Hamid R. July 23, 2017
· Trumpet · Online
James is a wonderful teacher: patient knowledgeable and methodical. I gained tremendous amount of knowledge and hands on experience through his lessons. He is perfect for students of any age, highly recommended.
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Asmita T. July 17, 2017
· Trumpet · Online
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About Lydia H.

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Croton, OH

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Lydia started her musical journey at age 8 with piano and later adding harp when she was 12. She wanted to share her gift of music with others and started teaching piano and harp lessons when she was 17. Lydia was hired on as a teacher with a local professional music company and worked there for 4 years. During that time she continued her education and received the necessary training on how to effectively teach students of any age.

Currently Lydia is a full-time professional harpist and music teacher maintaining a studio of 40 students. Lydia has performed well over 800 times in Columbus and the surrounding areas and has recorded 3 CDs of her beautiful music. She is the principal harpist for the Cardinal Health Chamber Orchestra and also plays with the orchestra at Northwest Bible Church.

Lydia enjoys sharing the gift of mus
ic with others and seeing their joy from being able play for themselves.

*** Lesson Details ***

14 years experience

2 optional recitals per year (Spring and Christmas)

Ages 4 through adult
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Wolfgang August 30, 2017
· Harp · Online
First lesson went FAR better than I would have predicted. I needed help accessing Lydia, on line. She was helpful and patient. It worked! I look forward to being a harp candidate for a chair at the Boston Symphony Orchestra. There may be one open during my harp tutelage with Lydia.
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Jason G. July 28, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Lydia is super nice and knowledgeable. It's clear she knows exactly what she is doing and how to ensure the best results from her lessons. I'm really excited to continue learning from her.
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Wanda July 21, 2017
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We love how patient she is with our daughter. Our daughter looks forward to seeing Lydia and her lessons.
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Erika began violin lessons when she was 4 years old at Northwest Indiana Suzuki Studio. She began teaching in 2003 for this studio providing violin from years 2003-2007 and cello from years 2004-2007. Erika has also taught for Chantal's Music Institute for Children from 2007-2008, and for HGS music from 2013-2015

Erika is currently the Principle Second Violinist of the LaPorte Symphony Orchestra, and enjoys performing with numerous performance groups across the Northwest Indiana Area.

Erika attended Ball State University as a violin performance major, and has furthered her education with numerous business and administration degrees through a local school in Valparaiso.

Erika specializes in teaching beginner-intermediate students and believes that music should be fun, not a chore! Erika embraces the traditional Suzuki methodology,
and also incorporates sight reading training for all of her students.
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Erika M.

Valparaiso, IN 46383
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About Charissa S.

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NOTE: This is about you not me!!!!! DJ techniques including Turntables, CDJ’s, and everything you need to know about DJ'ing, from harmonic mixing to creating a real journey, what tracks to start/end with, how to beat match. What to expect and how to get booking...agents/managers. Now some of this can be done on-line but I normally teach DJ'ing privately, so lets have a discussion and see how I can help you.
All Ableton course are on-Line or you can choose private using go to meeting which is the platform I utilize to teach.

Charissa S. aka DJRAP has 25 years of experience in the entertainment industry. She began as a trailblazer in what is called today's 'EDM' in 1988 to become the worlds number one female DJ/Producer and label owner of two record labels: Propa Talent & Impropa Talent Alongside with Goldie,Roni Size and other bass le
gends she helped pioneer a style of music called Drum and Bass.
Skills:
Owner of Music Tech Collective Ableton DJ /Instructor Los Angeles.
Ableton levels 1-6 (beginner to advance)
DJ techniques including Turntables, CDJ’s, and Serrato Level 1-4 (beginner to advance).
One on one music instruction.
Full spectrum music production and performance.
Business course outlining label management, event design, artist and brand development.

OTHER MEDIA/MUSIC IN FILM
DJ Rap appeared in the video for BT's hit "Never Gonna Come Back Down", which featured lyrics about her, as well as the video for "Simply Being Loved".
The song "Drummin" & Bassin" appeared on the soundtrack for the video game, Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights.
The song "Good To Be Alive" appeared on the soundtrack for the 1999 movie Go.
"Good To Be Alive" appeared on the soundtrack for Rogue Trader.
"Bad Girl" appeared on the soundtrack for Jennifers Lopez's film Enough.
"F--k With Your Head" appeared on the soundtrack for Run Lola Run".
LMFAO Remix "Sine Language" appeared on the soundtrack for Skyline.
"Bad Girl" appeared in the movie Enough in 2002.
DJ Rap track on The Hills – "I Just Wanna Feel Good".
"I'm Ready" appeared on the soundtrack for Teenage Mums.
"Party Like A Rockstar" appeared on the commercials for American Idol.
Partially scored soundtrack with Hans Zimmer on "Mission Impossible".
DJ Rap's remix of The Crystal Method (feat. LMFAO) – "Side Chain The Bass" appeared on the soundtrack for Skyline.
"I'm Ready" appeared on the soundtrack for The Secret Life Of The American Teenager.

ARTISTS/COLLABORATIONS
DJ Rap has also written songs and performed her own vocals for several artists, including:

BT – "Giving Up The Ghost"
Art of Trance – "Madagascar - Domi Nation Remix"
DJ Hyper – "Dancing With The Lights Out" (awaiting release)
Erick Morrillo – "Happy"
Static Revenger – "Do It Again"
Steve Laroni – "OK Today", "Turn Around", "Sweet Surrender", "Return To Me", "Shattered", "This Is Me"
Fast Eddie – "Drummin" & Bassin"
Stan Walker – "Light It Up" (Sony Records About To Be Released - Australian Idol Winner)
DJ Tydi – "Talking To Myself"
Shelley Harland – "Only Human"
The Matrix – "Give It All Away", "Turning Me On", "Breathe"
Matthew Gerard – "Without You"
Starkillers – "Party Like A Rockstar"
Junior Sanchez – "Superstar"
Brain Matrix – "Lift Me Up", "Back To You"
Chevy Bhorntus – "Synthesis" (co-wrote album)
Ryu And Scoopdeville – "Party Like A DJ"
DJ Eve Falcon – "Good Times"
System 22 – "Good To Be Alive 2011 (Dubstep Mix)"
Aston Harvey And The Freestylers – "Spiritual Aura"
MC Navigator – "Good To Be Alive 2011"
Kenny Ken/G Squad – "Brave New World"

REMIXES
Katy Perry – "Teenage Dream" *
Metasyn – "Back To Life"
Erick Morillo – "Dancin'"
Top Cat – "Ruffest Gunark"
Sharon Forester – "Love Inside"
Da Boss (feat. Blu) – "I'm So"
Amazon 2 – "Deep In The Jungle"
Ferry Cortsen – "Indigo"
Posion Chang – "Love The Woman"
Dub War – "Million Dollar Love"
Dizzy Rascal – "Dance Wit Me" *
Tommy Lee – "Everyone Takes So Long" *
Filter – "Drink it, Snort it, Smoke it" *
Andy Caldwell – "Warrior" *
Blake Lewis – "Binary Love" *
Queen – "Bohemian Rap-sody" *
Nirvana – "Smells Like Teen Spirit" *
Crystal Method (feat. LMFAO) – "Side Chain The Bass" *
Olive – "You're Not Alone" *
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Nicole Schmitt February 18, 2016
· DJing · Online
super down to earth & genuinely interested in her students and the time she spends with them... I would highly recommend her :)
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sara November 16, 2015
· DJing · In studio
Charissa is an amazing one on one teacher. She goes at your own pace and makes sure you really know what's going on. I'm a slow learner so I love that I can ask her as many questions as I want and when I want! Not to mention, she is one of the coolest down to earth people I've ever met!
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Jenn November 13, 2015
· Ableton · In studio
Such a great teacher, and you can be sure that she knows her stuff. But what I appreciated the most was the fact that she always made sure that I understood the lesson before we moved on to the next. Teachers this great, that truly care about helping their students reach their dreams, are hard to come by these days!
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South Bend, IN

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I hold a Master's degree in Piano Pedagogy and Music Theory and History. I established my own teaching method that is based on European classical teaching tradition. I am familiar with most of the American piano teaching methods and use their achievements in my teaching widely.
Personally, I am kind but demanding. My students thrive fast and steady.
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Sally October 10, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Our son began lessons in the spring and he has progressed rapidly under Anna's guidance. He looks forward to his lessons with her. She is very patient, but also challenges him. My husband and I are very pleased with her methods. We strongly recommend her.
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Natacha Rickenbacher April 29, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My son Jean-David, who was then 10 years old, took lessons with Anna during six months (the duration of our stay in South Bend) and he had much pleasure to follow these lessons and practise the piano every day. Anna made him play various styles of music and she corrected him well. Even if Jean-David knew only a few words in English (we are Swiss and he was used to speak French), he could understand what she explained. Anna had expactations, but she was also encouraging and friendly. I recommend her warmly.
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Terri April 20, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I'm learning a musical instrument for the first time ever, at the young age of 43! I love working with Anna, she has made this a wonderful experience for me. Very informative, learning to read music and positioning my hands correctly. I have been taking lessons with Anna for 3.5 months now, she gives me just enough push out of my comfort zone to expand my piano learning.
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South Bend, IN 46614
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My name is Aziza P. and I am a classically trained mezzo soprano singer from the Grand Rapids, MI area. I have been studying voice for over 18 years and am your classic, underdog who rose to the top by competing for grants in college for voice, performing in honors recitals, and now I have toured the country and Europe with my classical symphonic metal band Aria Flame.
I have studied with opera sensation Nicholas Loren (has performed at the Metropolitan Opera), Dr. Stephen Barton (head of GRCC music department), Bill Bokhout (Opera Grand Rapids), Diane Koperski (GRCC voice program), Mary Zimmer (international performer and teacher; vocalist of White Empress), Melissa Ferlaak (international performer and teacher), Pamela Moore (Queensryche), and many more. I know the fundamentals of breath support, technique, and can teach many different
styles. i am here to help you become the singer you dream of becoming. I also have an extensive theater and film background on top of being a former casting director's assistant. Therefore, I can also help you become not only a good singer, but a good performer!

NOTE: Right now, I am very booked up but have some slots open on Sundays. Im sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
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Aziza P.

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Are you ready to buy a guitar? Before you part with your hard-earned cash, find out how some minor adjustments can make a world of difference in this guest post by Perth Amboy, NJ guitar teacher Jeff S...   There's nothing like the thrill of picking out or buying a new guitar. But did you know that very few new guitars are set up for optimum playability? Well, it's true. It's a rare guitar indeed that plays with maximum ease, right off the rack at the music store. However, if you g … Read More

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Are you ready to buy a guitar? Before you part with your hard-earned cash, find out how some minor adjustments can make a world of difference in this guest post by Perth Amboy, NJ guitar teacher Jeff S...   There's nothing like the thrill of picking out or buying a new guitar. But did you know that very few new guitars are set up for optimum playability? Well, it's true. It's a rare guitar indeed that plays with maximum ease, right off the rack at the music store. However, if you g
6 Beautiful Songs for Piano and Voice
Sometimes, it's good to take your singing practice back to the basics, and just sing with a small ensemble. Most satisfying of all is working only with a good pianist - the level of detail just you and one other musician can achieve when working on material for piano and voice is very valuable to your development as a singer, no matter what stage you're at. If you're stuck for ideas of what to work on, the following six songs - one religious, two modern pop classics, one German-language lied, o
Get Your Breathing Right: The Foundation for Good Singing
Proper breathing is absolutely essential for vocalists. So, what are the best breathing exercises for singing? Read on as Glendale, CA voice teacher Ben M. share his singing tips...   In a previous blog post, we discussed the importance of preparing the body to sing with hydration and proper rest. We also discussed the importance of relieving tension in the body in order to give your voice as much space to build and create that rich, full sound you want. The next step in your vocal ma
The Spaghetti and Meatballs of Singing in Italian
As a singer, you'll come across songs in Italian or other languages that are great to practice and perform. Here, Pittsburgh, PA teacher Jennifer V. shares her tips for tackling songs as you learn to sing in a foreign language...   Imagine walking into a voice lesson and your teacher casually places a book on the table that reads “24 Art Songs”. You open the book to see where the pretty pictures of paintings are and… you see a bunch of unknown words. Your teacher gives you a big smile
How to Deal With the 6 Most Embarrassing Singing Mistakes
Do you get nervous when singing, or maybe right before a vocal performance? You're not alone. Thinking about all of the worst-case scenarios can be scary! Luckily, these situations aren't the end of the world. Read on as Austin, TX teacher Gfire M. shares how to deal...   If we lived in a perfect world, our voice would always sound 100% our best, the venues would always love our choice of material and provide the best sound reinforcement possible, and we'd never, ever, ever make any m

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