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Experienced piano teacher available for eager beginning students of all ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of skills and technique. I tailor the lessons based on the student's learning style so concepts can be grasped quickly and be a fun experience while becoming more confident with their piano playing. Music theory, note reading, and posture will be incorporated in the lessons. I have a piano for playing as well as sheet music of various styles available.
Heather made her solo debut at the Kennedy Center in April 2011 singing for the Karen Reedy Dance Company along with singing for the GMU Dance Company.
Heather has been studying voice for over 10 years emphasizing on pop and musical theatre style
· Vocal Training · In studio
· Singing · In studio
· Singing · In studio
I'm a music teacher in DC and also case manage special needs students.
My life of music started knee high at the age of 4 playing drums and piano. At the age of 15 I gave my first musical performance, from that stage on I knew my talent had found a home.
In the 11th grade I toured with a local funk group in Washington DC through 26 cities learning music and the life of travel at an early age. During my last high school and college years I performed extensively playing classical, jazz, rock, funk, go-go, gospel, marching band, R&B, and with local
Recording credits and highlights include work with Def Jam artist Steady Eddy, recording go-go Mario with Double Agent Rock, and recordings with Little Benny and the Masters.
My other musical passion is teaching. Throughout my college years and beyond I served as a percussion instructor and assistant band director at Morgan State University. As part of the Morgan State University Magnificent Marching Machine I served as a instructional leader in music and performance mentor for the team. I taught part time as a percussion instructor at Milford Mill High School giving individual lessons for over 10 years.
Musical inspiration is an important element to the refinement of my craft. A few personal musical influences are Buddy Rich, Max Roach, Neil Peart (Rush), Dennis Chambers, (Santana), George Gray (Roberta Flack), Ricky Wellman (Miles Davis), Quinton Mack-Davis (Rare Essence) and Michael Bland (Prince).
*** Lesson Details ***
Within the first three months of lessons student will gain a strong foundation of sight reading and basic drum techniques in both rudiment studies and playing the drum set. My style of teaching music consist of breaking each skill down into chunks and allowing students to learn using their individual learning styles. I utilize rewards for perfect practice and each lesson contains a safe, fun learning atmosphere with students exhibiting in their best behavior.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in store front studio, drum kit provided
*** Travel Equipment ***
I will bring a practice pad. Students should have a drum set.
*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Funk, pop, and classical.
· Drum · In home
· Drum · In studio
· Drum · In home
Highly qualified, engaging, experienced piano teacher. Member of MTNA, VMTA, NVMTA. Former member of CAPMT, MTAC, NGPT. All ages, levels, and abilities welcome. Lesson curriculum customized to individual needs and goals.
For those with pre-K children, I also offer:
Private Lessons: the WunderKeys program for a head start in music, math, and life!
Group Music Lessons: KiddyKeys - Make Every Child A Star!
*** About the Instructor ***
Tasha graduated from the University of California, Irvine
She has been a member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers, the California Association of Professional Music Teachers, and served on her local Long Beach branch's board for the Music Teachers Association of California as 2nd Vice President in charge of professional development and programming. She regularly attends annual teaching conferences to continue to improve and enhance her teaching.
Tasha is currently writing her thesis to complete her Master of Arts degree in Musicology from California State University, Long Beach, focusing on female French Baroque composers.
In addition to almost ten years as a private music instructor, her teaching experience includes lecturer for college theory courses and studies in early childhood development at Long Beach City College, where she also holds an Associate of Arts degree in classical saxophone. Though her passion is classical music, she encourages her students to explore all styles and creative interests, and most importantly to develop a love for music.
· Piano · In studio
· Piano · In studio
· Piano · In studio
I specialize in reading skills and establishing exceptional foundations in beginners.
Focus will be set on fundamentals in reading, music theory, counting, interpretation, technique and reasoning.
I teach students how to simplify music, even students who have struggled significantly in the past with their reading comprehension.
I have developed a very clear and unique methodology that leads to student success and further gain in musical independence.
I teach in the traditional route, which can lead into other styles by understanding music theory.
I work with many client's with impairments that have found success in my methods. Please ask me how if you have any questions.
Piano begins at age 5.
Christine is a professional vocal coach and piano instructor with an exceptional reputation. She is the owner of The Exquisite Voice, Inc. and resides in Old Town Alexandria.
She has over seven years of teaching experience and has taught hundreds of students, including the full spectrum of learning needs during this time (both vocal and piano throughout the DMV area). She is considered an expert in her field and maintains a very active studio.
Christine's unique approach to voice has allowed her to continue to help beginning to expert level students advance
Christine is a master of vocal technique and specializes in vocal intonation. She teaches how the voice should perform from a wholistic approach by integrating the body to support the voice.
Although her methods are placed firmly in the true Italian traditions of bel canto, due to her extensive experience and knowledge in various styles, she has her own unique approach to all legitimate styles of singing that is beyond comparison, nor can her teaching style be matched.
She has a phenomenal ear and knows what to listen for and then how to direct students during the process.
Christine is a dramatic soprano and is very confident and experienced with large instruments (that are more difficult to train for various reasons). Having an extremely rare and large voice herself has given her invaluable insight toward fully understanding all other voice types and the discipline necessary to achieve efficient technique.
Many teachers can be limited in their view and teach "their technique" as opposed to helping the student develop their own technique and what works best for them.
Developing technique in a complete and effective way leads toward discovering the full capacity of our instrument without compromise or compensation.
Students should expect to learn how to use breath direction that continues to connect and blend registers, modification of placement that creates cover, internal space with an open throat and sustained low larynx by using efficient breath and support from the body.
Her methods in vocal intonation translate directly and indirectly into all styles of legitimate singing, which she coaches many varying styles and will direct student toward appropriate rep. Students will learn the full potential of their instrument under her guidance. It is her belief that technique should lead toward one sounding natural, no matter the style.
Christine offers very traditional based vocal lessons with a focus on improving technique through practical exercises and song rep designed for each student's unique vocal needs. She will offer necessary guidance and adjustments to ensure the student's continuous development.
Her goal is for her vocal students to discover their authentic voice and to find freedom in their technique and most importantly their expression as artists.
Christine is also a highly sought out piano instructor for her ability to establish an exceptional foundation in beginning piano students and those who wish to continue their studies and build upon the fundamentals. She specializes in reading skills and excellent technique.
It is her belief that having a solid foundation sets the tone for determining if a student will continue with their studies and therefore this is the most vital part of a student's development and future progress.
She teaches Russian technique, which allows for flexibility, strength and tonal beauty of musical lines. This technique can be applied to all styles of playing piano such as pop, jazz and is not limited to just the classical repertoire.
Her goal is for all of her music students to become increasingly independent as musicians to where they feel confident to teach themselves and others and to ultimately find enjoyment in the process of learning music.
Her approach helps students advance their technique, reading proficiency, including music theory and expand their artistic capabilities.
She received her music education in classical vocal performance from George Mason University and has vigiourously continued her studies in opera with Mrs. Fabiana Bravo, who studied with Luciano Pavarotti and Renata Scotto. Christine specializes in Italian for classical rep.
General styles I coach:
Opera (bel canto and verismo) classical, sacred, hymnal, traditional, jazz, r&b, folk, among other popular styles.
Christine also has an international recording career as an adult contemporary artist.
Voice lessons begin at age 12 and piano at age five. Please no inquires about exceptions on age or travel, I will not respond. I teach from my home only, regardless of distance. I am worth waiting for and traveling to:)
What do I expect from students who are applying:
Those who are hard working, motivated, passionate, dedicated, responsible, considerate, humble and serious about lessons and greatly improving as musicians should apply only!
I strongly believe that music is a discipline and this is how it will be approached during lessons.
I am looking for potential long term students who are willing and ready to work hard in a practical and realistic manner, regardless of age, learning needs or proficiency.
I have limited availability and I am only seeking serious students who have a positive professional attitude and will value me as a teacher. Thank you.
· Piano · In home
· Piano · In home
I've always wished I had played an instrument growing up; now that I'm stable, I decided to go for it! However, I was very nervous, considering I had no musical experience. Christine has been nothing short of encouraging. In addition, my 8 year old son is taking lessons with her. It is evident that she has a gift when it comes to teaching. She has constructed her teaching methods in a way that is suitable for all ages. Although I'm learning to play at an accelerated pace compared to my son, we're able to communicate and play together because of Christine's consistency with her teaching methods.
Christine's goal for all of her students is that they will leave with the confidence and ability to go out and teach others how to play the piano. As a healthcare professional, I love knowing the rationale for things; that's what you're going to get with her. No memorization over here!! With each week, I'm getting better with reading music, understanding the WHY behind what I'm doing, and becoming more familiar with my instrument.
· · In studio
My students enjoy learning to read sheet music, play piano by ear, and to compose original music. $15/student for 2-/3-child lessons. $30 for single student lessons. 3-child lessons last 45 minutes. All others last 30 minutes.
I offer individual and discounted group piano lessons (to help parents afford lessons for 2 or three student lessons.) In my lessons students learn to play by ear, read music, compose original music, and even to improvise. I try to keep things fun, and children's lessons involve a lot of moving and interactive computer/tablet activities as well. These resources and activities are available for adult or teen lessons as well, but not required.
In terms of credentials I have a Master's of Arts in Teaching in Special Education (Trinity Washington University) and a Bachelor's of Science in Music (Temple University). I'm also a licensed Special Education Teacher for grades K-12 in Washington, DC. On the musical side, my musical credentials can be heard here: www.broadjam.co
A little about my experience as a teacher. I've spent the last 5 years working as an elementary Special Education Teacher. Before that I was a Music Production Teacher. Before that, I was a teacher's aide for a Special Education High School. a Substitute Teacher, and a Tutor. Overcoming challenges to show my students success is what I do!
I hope to work with you soon!
· Piano · In studio
· Poetry · In studio
· Piano · In home
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