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Troy W.

Houston, TX

I have been teaching this subject for over 13 years. There is no specific curriculum as each student will come to lessons with their own unique skills, needs, and goals. Lessons are tailored to those specifics. It is not necessary to know how to read music at the first lesson for beginners. However, learning to read is required for subsequent lessons and will be a large focus for all non-readers. Music is not learned "by ear." A certain amount of theory will be a part of every lesson just as technique and repertoire. Concerning repertoire, it may be selected from the western classical, musical theatre, and popular rep based on the student's goals and learning needs with their input. The main emphasis on performance lessons, however, will be technique and reading. Students should come to the first lesson prepared to discuss their background & goals and the plan of their course of study.

About Troy

Composer Troy W. graduated from the New England Conservatory, earning his Bachelors, Masters (cum laude) and Graduate Diploma while studying with mentor Malcolm Peyton. After spending a year studying with Lukas Foss in Boston, Mr. W. moved to Houston in 2001 where he continued graduate studies at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music.

During his time as a teacher with the Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, Troy taught classes in music fundamentals and music theory for pre-college students. He has also served on the faculty of the Summ
er Institute for Piano teaching courses in Form & Analysis for pre-college students.

Troy also has maintained a private studio, tutoring and teaching private lessons in composition, ear training, voice, piano, literature, and history for over ten years. Students who have studied with him come from a wide range of backgrounds with different goals. Those who have continued with musical studies in college have consistently placed out of at least the first two semesters of music theory and achieved advanced placement in their chosen fields of study. Those who chose a different path continue to benefit from the education and training they received from taking music lessons.

*** Lesson Details ***
There is no "standard formula" to lessons. Each student has their own unique background, needs, and goals. Lessons tend to be somewhat casual but are structured in such a way as to meet the unique requirements of the student.

To accomplish your goals, there are a few requirements and basic expectations that the student and parent must meet.
The first is practice. Students are expected to practice daily for at least the length of their lesson time. This, above all else, is essential to progress. It is also expected that a parent will attend lessons for students who are too young to drive themselves here. It's important for a parent to guide the student's practice time (particularly for younger students) to ensure that the most is gained from it. This is why I ask that a parent observe lessons.
Each student or parent should bring to each lesson a notebook, pencils (with erasers). The notebook will be used to record notes about each lesson, homework, practice advice, etc. Pencils (not pens...nobody's perfect!) are used by composers to record their creations and performers to mark their music. Both of these essential practices are subject to changing thought and must be open to change. So no ink, please!

Performers: It is not necessary to know how to read music at the first lesson for beginners. However, learning to read is required for subsequent lessons and will be a large focus for all non-readers. Lessons are not learned "by ear." A certain amount of theory will be a part of every lesson just as technique and repertoire. Concerning repertoire, it will be selected based on the student's learning needs but also with their input. The main emphasis on performance lessons, however, will be technique and reading. Students should come to the first lesson prepared to discuss their background & goals and the plan of their course of study.
Note: Voice students must be at least 16 years of age.

Composers: Just as with performers, it is not necessary to know how to read music at the first lesson. However, learning to read is required for subsequent lessons. Many young composers have great ideas but can only hear them in their heads or play them on an instrument. Lessons will allow you to obtain the skills to write them down with greater speed, accuracy, and clarity. More advance students will also include exploring a wider range of harmonic languages, advanced notation, instrumentation, orchestration, and aural skills. Students should come to the first lesson with examples of their work, either written, notated, or recorded in a digital format. They should be prepared to discuss their background & goals and the plan of their course of study.

IMPORTANT NOTES:
• To reschedule a lesson, more than one day notice is required.

• Make up lessons must be scheduled before the next regular lesson.

• A make up lesson cannot be scheduled in place of a regular lesson.

• If, for any reason, two 30-minute lessons are scheduled one right after the other, they will be charged as two 30-minute lessons, not one 60 minute lesson which is a different rate.

• If, for any reason, two 45-minute lessons are scheduled one right after the other, they will be charged as two 45-minute lessons, not one 90 minute lesson which is a different rate.

• the studio space is also inhabited by two lovely cats. Do consider this when signing up for lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha DGX-650 weighted 88 keys full sized keyboard
area for parents to sit and observe lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Main area is in classical music and media scoring with secondary focus on musical theatre vocal performance and composing/arranging.
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Rebecca Girardet September 8, 2016
Opera Voice · In studio
Verified Student
Troy is a terrific teacher. He's helped me address breath and diction issues that have plagued me for years. I can't recommend him highly enough!
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Landon T. March 8, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Great teacher
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Mary Ann H. February 26, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Excellent teacher. Very patient even with Senior Citizens. Great credentials as well.
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Troy W.

Troy W.

Houston, TX 77006
(40)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Sarah W.

Friendswood, TX

Learn how to sing - whether you want to learn how to sing on pitch for karaoke night or whether you are wanting to improve your technique and artistry for auditions and performances, I work with all levels and genres.

About Sarah

Ms. W has been teaching for 8 years in various settings across the country. She currently teaches high school IB music in Houston and has taught privately in Boston, Indianapolis, and Houston.

Ms. W holds a masters degree in Opera from the Longy School of Music as well as Bachelors in Vocal Performance from Gordon College. Ms. W has also studied at IU's Jacobs School of Music and participated in the Summer Opera Workshops at BU.

Ms. W is a versatile performer whose experience includes opera, musical theatre, recital performances, and choral music. She has performed with various companie
s across the Northeast, Midwest and South in a wide range of operatic and musical theatre roles. Ms. W. has also toured North America, Canada, and Italy singing in choirs under the direction of Derrick Johnson (Walt Disney Music Orchestrator, Voices of Liberty) and C. Thomas Brooks. She worked from 2011-2015 with the Houston Symphony Chorus. Ms. W is the 2011 Encore winner for the category of "Best Singer in a Musical" for her role as Laurey in Oklahoma!

Past teachers and mentors have included Karol Bennett, Lois Alba, Patricia Wise, Robert Honeysucker, Tom Enman, and Donna Roll. She has participated in masterclasses with Broadway singer Darius de Haas and Opera directors Ron Luchsinger and Louis Burkot.

Currently, Ms. W is an active performer in and around Houston, Texas.

*** Lesson Details ***

Voice:
I use the first 1/3 of the lesson to warm up and teach technique using specific vocal excercises. The last 2/3 of the lesson are focused on the songs that you are working on - both learning the music as well as applying the techniques that we are learning. It's very important to me that you, as the student, understand WHY you do what you do and HOW the mechanics of singing work. It's also very important to me that you enjoy the music you are singing! I will always give my students a say in what they sing! I think communication during a lesson is paramount - I want to make sure that you understand what you are learning so that you can progress! However, I am a laidback person, who loves to laugh and get to know her students - the rapport between a teacher and student can be a great direct factor in progress, so having fun is always a goal!

*** Specialties ***
classical voice/opera, musical theatre, performance
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Sarah W.

Sarah W.

Friendswood, TX 77546
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Katie L.

Houston, TX

With 3 degrees in vocal performance, appearing in regional houses across the United States, and performing Internationally, not only do I have the experience to guide my students to success in singing, but I bring a fun, light attitude to to my lessons. Students always leave my lessons happy and eager to learn more!

About Katie

Becoming a teacher is a special honor. As a teacher, sharing knowledge becomes an important part of life; not because you have to, but because you want to. I feel that I have great qualities that will enable me to be successful in this field. I have a Bachelor's and Master's Degree, and an Artist Diploma in Vocal Performance. I want to teach because I want to make a difference. I want to spark students’ interests; I want to challenge students to discover new things about themselves that they may not have otherwise known. I want to impart my fascination about music and love for singing with my
students, so they too can enjoy a life filled with the arts and come to appreciate it on a whole new level. I strongly believe that when you love to do something, it shows, and because I am so passionate about music, my teaching will be that much more effective; I believe music will help make each individual a well-rounded human being and ready to face the challenges of everyday life.
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Kho August 20, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Katie was great! Took away any anxiousness I felt and tailored things to my goals and abilities. Looking forward to future lessons.
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Allison June 24, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Katie really made me feel relaxed by explaining the theory behind the music. She is terrific. I am so glad I have finally found a teacher like her!
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Lidia O. June 21, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
This was my first singing lesson ever and I have to say I love her so far. She had so much patience with me and she listens. So far so goo!!!
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Katie L.

Katie L.

Houston, TX 77019
(10)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Elyse K.

Pearland, TX

I have taken vocal lessons and participated in multiple choirs since I was in middle school. I have also taught choirs, so I have been on both ends. You will not only learn to sing correctly, but you will learn about keeping your voice healthy. :)

About Elyse

Hi, Everyone! Thank you so much for taking a moment to read my blurb! My name is Elyse Kehe, and I can't wait to meet you! I've taught music in small ensembles since July, 2007 by helping out marching bands. It was so much fun! I have been classroom teaching since 2010 - General Music and Choir. I have been teaching private lessons since 2014, and I have absolutely loved helping my students read music, excel at playing or singing songs that they enjoy, and seeing their happiness and excitement when they realize how much they have achieved. In 2009, I graduated from Kent State University, locat
ed in Kent, OH, and I earned a degree in Music Education. I'm definitely a fun-loving, outgoing person, and my teaching style is tailored to my students, a think-outside-the-box style, and hands-on. I am willing to help you with other things listed, also! :) Let's get together, reach for those stars, and grab your goals!
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Alex September 19, 2016
Trombone · In home
Verified Student
Great and very flexible with days and times.
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Johanna B. August 23, 2016
Music Theory · In home
Verified Student
Elyse was very helpful, encouraged my own brainstorming through concepts and recommended great resources.
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Eva A. August 18, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Elyse is quick to point out useful techniques to improve my singing. She is easy going, complimentary and keeps thing challenging. I'm really liking my lessons-recommend her.
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Elyse K.

Elyse K.

Pearland, TX 77584
(5)
starting at
$28 / 30-min
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Zachary B.

Houston, TX

My Doctorate is from LSU and my Master's from Rice's Shepherd School. Among my teachers are members of the Metropolitan Opera. My students have been winners of competitions as well as scholarships to conservatories such as CCM. At one institution I've produced two NATS winners in consecutive years, when that school had had no winner for 18 years. I have a record of taking even those with pitch problems and procuring an "A" for them. The techniques I teach are adaptable to any style of music.

About Zachary

I have 20 years experience teaching privately and at the university level. I've worked with classical opera singers, musical theatre, and pop singers. I can help you find the basis of healthy technique and adapt it to the stylistic needs of whatever you want to sing.Because of my conservatory training and performance experience, I can teach you the basis of solid technique which will allow you to sing well, no matter the style, and avoid the vocal injuries which have become so common among popular singers. My training and stage experience in acting will afford you the opportunity to become a c
omplete performer.
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Zachary B.

Zachary B.

Houston, TX 77062
starting at
$45 / 30-min

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