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My specialty as a professional voice teacher is Contemporary Commercial Music [CCM] which encompasses genres & sub-genres from Pop, Country, Hip/Hop, Folk, Rock, R&B, Soul, Gospel, EDM [electronic dance music], etc.
I grew up singing freely and naturally until I destroyed my voice thru improper, frequent overuse. I believed my career was over, but it was just starting. Private lessons with vocal professio
I CAN HELP YOU REACH YOUR GOALS: My cross-training in dance, yoga, Tai Chi, commercial & improvisational acting provides a well-rounded platform from which to deliver information, guide vocal explorers and also help develop talent.
* 20 years teaching experience
* 12 years living & working in Los Angeles
* A lifetime of performing experience
* 12 years personal private vocal studies master teachers of bel canto & contemporary singing techniques.
LIFE SKILLS: No matter the subject, my focus is also teach skills that can be extrapolated into any area of your life. Life Skills focuses on eradicating negative self-talk and expanding communication skills that help develop confidence, enhancing daily life.
Between performing and my own artistic studies, I have been taking the occasional private voice student since 1997, mostly via referrals from friends and other students. While living in California, one of my voice teachers requested me as her regular substitute at Culver City and Santa Monica Music Schools from 2008-2012, which I felt deeply honored. She said she trusted me with their voices, which encouraged me into full-time voice teaching practice. In June 2012, I returned to Minneapolis and began teaching in my home studio through music services like Take Lessons. Past projects include producing a vocal showcase at The Ritz Theater, musical direction & choreography for a school's 2016 production of the Wizard of Oz; assisting students to prepare for local & national auditions like La Banda, The Voice & American Idol; prepping singers for studio recordings and congratulating a new student who's stepped out of the chorus to land her first lead role!
I am forever grateful to all of my teachers, past and present, for their valuable gifts of knowledge, skill, grace and compassion.
ENJOY LIFE MORE! Singing & dancing improves our quality of life.
*** STUDIO POLICIES ***
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STUDIO HOURS: EDEN PRAIRIE Central Standard Time
Cost for travel is $1 per minute.
Mutual 24-hour advance notice agreement states both parties will respect the difficulty of planning schedules by providing 24-hour notice to change a reserved lesson time.
* Cancellations within 24-hours of lesson require a phone call or text
- Lessons not cancelled w/24-hour notice are the responsibility of the cancelling party to makeup
*** STUDIO EQUIPMENT ***
EDEN PRAIRIE: Lessons in separate "studio" room, electric piano, mirror, music stands, table for your water, chair. Parents/loved ones can lounge in the large comfortable lobby area, drink free coffee/hot chocolate, read, use the free Wi-Fi, or watch TV [see photos below].
· Improv Acting · In home
· Vocal Training · In studio
· Singing · In studio
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*** Lesson Details ***
You will learn to play with ease and proficiency while learning the Music Theory that supports your playing. You will also receive ear training, which will make learning more rapid, and more thorough.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio with piano, organ, and sound system; parents can sit in on lessons.
*** Travel Equipment ***
When needed, I provide printed learning supplements or in e-mail.
*** Specialties ***
Gospel, Classical, Pop, Inspirational, Sacred, Wedding, etcetera
· Violin · In studio
· Singing · Online
· Organ · Online
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· Piano · In home
· Piano · In studio
· Piano · Online
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All of my students, meaning a perfect 100%, have improved their grades by at least one letter grade, if not more, and passed every one of their tests and exams. I help ALL my clients reach their goals!
A couple years ago, I returned to San Diego after living in Peru for several years where I taught English as a second language. My students ranged from adult business people and academicians to primary and secondary school students. I really needed to utilize different teaching methods depending on each student’s needs. Some students wanted more business-related conversation, so I had to be able to teach business principles in marketing, communication,
The feedback I often received from my Peruvian students, as well as my students in Mexico and the U.S., was that I made learning an enjoyable experience—they wanted to work harder to advance quickly in their classes. All of my students agree that I have a lot of patience and turn even the most challenging lessons into ones of positivity and encouragement. I provide critical feedback in the most constructive of ways that help the students reach conclusions on their own. I enjoy being there to support and guide their experience!
Before I left for Peru, I worked at St Vincent de Paul Village (part of Father Joe's Villages) in downtown San Diego. There I focused on Health Education. I built the Villages' first Health Education department and helped start its innovative Health & Wellness program. As part of these two programs, I taught homeless and low-income adults with and without learning disabilities, as well as children from preschoolers to high school students. Teaching such a wide variety of students how to improve their health while living in sometimes precarious situations without much income or stability pushed me to think creatively and come up with memorable ways to engage the students and help them apply what they had learned in their daily routine.
In high school, I took all AP and college prep classes. I went to a liberal arts college in Virginia where I focused on social studies and biology. I spent a few years training business people in Microsoft Office, Photoshop, InDesign, as well as presentation techniques. In grad school, I specialized in applied anthropology and public health. During that time, I tutored students in web design. In between, I've worked in Communications and Training in international health and development, so I have a lot of experience to bring to teaching.
Basically, I love teaching. I'm enthusiastic yet patient, and I absolutely adore helping kids and adults alike learn. It's such a sense of accomplishment when my students show off their terrific grades. I see the same look in my students’ eyes regardless of age—that pride that shines from within, that exuberant smile, like they can conquer anything. I want my students to keep that pride for a long, long time.
Right now, I'm writing two textbooks to be used in my Spanish classes. I've also written several academic articles published online. I love traveling, cats, and learning!
· English · Online
· English · Online
· Writing · Online
· Meditation · In studio
· Meditation · In home
· Life Coaching · Online
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I also have a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and a B.A. in Psychology from Wellesley College. As a licensed psychologist, I also practice psychotherapy (totally separate from my coaching practice).
In both coaching and psychotherapy, my approach is what is called "solution focused." That means that the focus is on helping people meet their goals by discovering and building on what's already working in their lives. With this approach, it isn't necessary to know everything about the past or even the problem to create solutions now.
I developed the "Doing What Works" and "Solution Focused Anxiety Management" programs and have facilitated them with hundred
I've had the privilege of teaching solution focused practice to many people. I've presented workshops on my “doing what works approach” to solution focused practice in the USA and abroad.
I am also an author. My most recent book, on decision making, is "How Do You Know When You Know?" A recent review of this book described it as "full of practical guidelines, relevant information, and examples written in an easy to read and engaging style... Ellen is a well-respected and revered giant in the field. Her brilliance extends to psychotherapy, coaching, writing and training."
I've also written books for professionals, "Solution Focused Anxiety Management," Doing What Works in Brief Therapy: A Strategic Solution Focused Approach" (1st and 2nd Editions), and "Core Competencies in the Solution Focused and Strategic Therapies." (The latter is part of a series on three primary approaches to practice, considered to be psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, and solution focused. I had the honor of being asked to author the volume on solution focused practice).
With these experiences, I'm ready to help you discover strategies for riding through and beyond rough patches and bumps in the road. It would be my privilege to accompany you on your journey.
· Life Coaching · In home
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My favorite part of tutoring is developing a rapport with my students. If you have fun, I have fun; if you learn, I learn. For me, tutoring is not just about reciting dates or definitions, but about thoroughly understanding the material so that you can navigate it on your own. And maybe you'll even grow to love a former problem area - who knows!
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