Learning music for a church solo? Need help tackling ISSMA pieces in a foreign language? I can help you with that and more.
Learn to sing comfortably and beautifully in choir AND at karaoke night! I teach voice at the the Purdue School of Music in Fort Wayne and sing professionally throughout the Midwest. I have considerable experience teaching students of all ages, and I love helping singers of all experience levels find joy through singing.
I have Master of Music from the University of Michigan, and I consider myself a crossover artist. Singing music of all genres, including pop, jazz, Celtic, folk, and musical theater, has given me respect and appreciation for music of all kinds. As an active performer, I understand many aspects of singing (including stage fright) and am happy to assist my through those challenges as well as the mechanics of the voice.
Whether you are considering a career in music or just want to brush up your shower singing, I'm gam
e! To find out more about me and my teaching style, search for me on the TakeLessons blog, for which I've written extensively.
*** Lesson Details *** 30, 45, and 60-minute lessons available; 30-minute lessons recommended for children below the age of 14. Lessons begin with vocalization with specialized warm-ups targeting technique (proper breath control, vowel clarity, and relaxed singing), while the second half of lessons is spent on music. You may choose your own music or ask for suggestions.
Three items to bring to lessons:
A three-ring binder with loose leaf paper OR an electronic tablet for notes and music A pencil Water
*** Travel Equipment *** A keyboard or piano must be available for in-home lessons. Students should also keep a lesson binder, notebook, or tablet for music and note-taking. Some music may have to be purchased, but I can supply some, especially in classical/musical theater genres.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in classical singing, musical theater, jazz, and pop genres.
When I started singing in junior high, I accompanied myself with the guitar. Then I went on to study voice privately and learned correct Classical and Belle Canto styles of singing. I've studied for many years and continue to sing and learn, using the best techniques of singing Classical as well as every other style of music. Currently I have a student who has gone on to study to be an Opera Singer and she is doing splendidly!
My primary focus is teaching the best and most effective Vocal Techniques to students of all ages and backgrounds. I also teach Acoustic Guitar and finger picking. My teaching includes the Orff and Suzuki methods of music for Children. My primary focus is on teaching singing and I have been teaching beginning to advanced Voice, as well as beginning to intermediate acoustic guitar privately for over 25 years. My students perform in recitals at least twice a year. They also participate in local Broadway productions and Musicals for C.Y.T., Coast Kids, Moonlight Theatre, Escondido Center for The Arts, J Company, and Star Theatre Productions. Students also are involved with Classical, Choral, Gospel, Pop and Rock performing. Along with these venues, students perform for talent shows at their schools, sing in bands, and perform locally at thei
r favorite venues. Many of my students have gone on to sing professionally and I currently teach Artists with ongoing careers.
My motto is learn to sing the "Easy, Natural Way". I teach the very best techniques, so vocalizing is not strained or difficult. My main focus is on teaching good "placement" of the sound, using the best ways to secure breath support and control, as well as good stage presence. Dealing with stage fright is always addressed, whether the singer wants to sing just for themselves, or audition for Musical Theatre productions. Styles range from pop to rock and opera. I teach students of ALL AGES and work with every style or genre of music. Having spearheaded the Music program at the local YMCA has been a special treat in my teaching career!
*** Studio Equipment *** I teach using a piano for learning vocal exercises and good techniques. I also have an acoustic Guitar that I use to teach my students how to play and learn good finger picking and strumming techniques. Using a computer is always employed, to pull up songs on YouTube, so students can choose what they would like to work on. Karaoke versions are used as well, for further training purposes.
*** Travel Equipment *** When I teach at a student's home, I bring my Guitar with me, if they're studying this instrument. It is helpful for a student to have a piano or keyboard for me to teach voice, but I do have a keyboard I can bring if none is available. Having a computer close by is very helpful, to get the most out of the lesson as is possible.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in helping people who have created possible "bad habits" in their singing techniques. "Placement" and breathing, or "support", are of key importance. When good techniques are used, just about anyone can learn to sing beautifully. I also work with all ages, having background with Children, as well as teens, middle age, and elderly vocalists. Singing is universal, so every ethnicity is included in my student roster. If someone wants to learn to play the acoustic Guitar, this is always a plus, to accompany ones-self, or to focus on the instrument on it's own. Singing and playing should be "easy" and this is the approach I take in teaching.
Private coaching, emphasizing classical technique and art song literature; breath-work, posture, intonation/pitch, artistic interpretation. Also specializing in counter-tenor voice.
Hi, my name is Andy, and I am a countertenor, composer, and teacher!
I studied Music Composition and Voice at American River College and CSU: Northridge, where I got my BM. I studied composition and jazz piano/improv with Joe Gilman, piano with Heidi VanRegenmorter and Gayle Kowalski, and voice with Art LaPierre, Catherine Fagiolo, Erica Davis and Dennis Parnell.
I have also sung various opera and musical theatre roles, both in Sacramento and LA. Recent roles include: Elviro in Handel's Serse (CSU: Northridge), Don Octave in P.D.Q. Bach's The Stoned Guest with Independent Opera, and Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd.
My teaching style is empathetic--my goal is to help you express your creativity and expand your musicianship and technique. I am very flexible with scheduling and encouraging of my students' succes-- no matter their lev
My experience with Andrew was great ! He was awaiting to receive us.
January 14, 2016
He is very patient and good with children.
September 2, 2015
I have played the piano in my younger years, and not playing it for a long time made me forget on how to read music sheets. It actually made me forget how awesome and fun it is to play the piano. And after a while, I decided I needed to get back on track. So, I checked out the list of instructors close to my home, and I found Andy. And yes, I made the right decision! HE IS THE BEST!!! I was so happy having him to teach and help me read music sheets and to play the piano again. He is funny and awesome! He makes it fun and easy for me to understand the lesson! He gives you pointers and he knows how to boost my self-esteem! I love the claps! <clap clap clap>. I cannot wait to do a gazillion more lessons with him! If you want to learn and have fun learning the piano, he is the one for you! Cheers to Andy! :)
I am an opera singer who has experience teaching multiple genres including pop, rock, jazz and classical. I create monthly plans for my students and teach them techniques to feel in control of their singing and confident.
I am an opera singer and pianist who studied at the Aaron Copland School of Music in NYC and I recently moved to Texas to further my studies in music education.
I started teaching piano and voice privately in New York City in 2012 and I continue to in North Texas. I have experience teaching ages 4 to 80 in both voice and piano. I started training in both singing and piano in 2001 and as result have performed from Carnegie Hall to the Vatican.
My daughter has been taking lessons for a few months now and the results have been amazing. Natasha has brought her out of her shell and helped her become confident in her singing abilities. She teaches such interesting details about vocal methods. She is amazing.
September 5, 2019
SUPER nice!!! Only had one lesson so far, but will back for sure!!
August 3, 2019
Natasha is amazing....she is very kind, positive, inspirational, and uses valid and easy to understand techniques that accelerate learning.
My focus is to help each student find the easiest and most comfortable sound they can produce, and my goal is to always be supportive of students' individual needs so they can be confident in their progress and artistry. As someone who started out with little singing ability (an octave range, difficulty matching pitch) and who ended attending college on a music scholarship and now sings professionally and competitively, I am a firm believer that anyone can be a singer if they have the right instruction and are willing to work.
Experienced teacher and performer from Austin, Texas. I am a UT Austin Graduate (BA English with honors, BM Voice Performance with honors; minor in Creative writing), receiving scholarships in both fields. I have taught private voice for 6 years and taught 8th Grade English for 2 years. Currently a freelance voice teacher and performer, singing bossa nova, opera, baroque music, and concert repertoire throughout Texas.
My son was excited to have a real singer as an instructor, and hasn't stopped bouncing and singing scales since! We're looking forward to growing with Mr. B's help!
October 21, 2018
I hired Bruno to help me comprehend my book for class. He showed up and genuinely cared that I was getting it. He showed me a note taking idea that to me seemed that if I just wrote a couple of ideas down I’d go back and know where I was as far as going back and studying. He asked if I needed to write this point down and basically showed how to do the job. Great work.
October 17, 2018
Mr. Barbosa is a very outgoing person who always checks in on his students before we begin the lesson. At the
beginning of the lesson, we start with warm-ups so our voice is
ready to sing high or low notes. When you first start with Mr. Bar-
bosa, he will have you sing multiple songs and scales so he can
learn your vocal range. Mr. Barbosa makes sure that you understand
the content and if you don't, he is helpful and explains it in a way we
can comprehend. Lessons are a great way to improve your singing.
I’m becoming more comfortable performing in front of my peers.
I will give my students/pupils, a realistic view of the operatic world and operatic career, though my own experience in the business, for over more than 30 years, based in a strong Bel Canto Technique.
Luiz-Ottavio, made his operatic debut in the title role of Tom, in Un Ballo in Maschera with the legendary tenor Carlo Bergonzi, Fernando Teixeira, and Stefka Evstatieva at Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro and the Theatro Municipal de Sao Paulo, directed by Maestro Isaac Karabtchevsky. Since his auspicious debut, the distinguished basso's career in concert and opera performances has take him around the globe, especially in Europe, USA, Canada, Mexico, and Brazil.
Following his studies at The Juilliard School of Music, he won several important national and international singing competition and musical Foundation awards, such as the 23rd national Carmen Gomes Competition (1988), prize Bass Guilherme Damiano, The Juilliard School Scholarship (1989), William Randolph Hearst Foundation, Die Meistersinger, (Aims), Austria (1994), Opera I
ndex, YWCA Vocal Competition and The Great Buffalo Opera Competition (1995), The New Jersey State Opera Vocal Singing Competition, Lola Hayes Vocal Competition (1996). He is also the recipient of the (1997) The William Matthews Sullivan Foundation grant.
Luiz-Ottavio recently made a triumphant debut and a critically acclaimed performance in the title role of Banquo in Macbeth at the Teatro Alla Scala di Milano and Marcel in Meyerbeer's Les Huguenots, at the Carnegie Hall with the Opera Orchestra of New York, where he first attracted the international attention and was admired equally for his real and majestic bass voice and for his acting ability.
Talvez a maior dificuldade que exista para um aluno é ter uma referência real de sua voz. Referência que engloba aspectos técnicos vocais; musicais; cênicos como também aspectos de posturas, compromisso com a carreira e com cada trabalho proposto. Hombridade. Tive a oportunidade de assim de conhecer uma das minhas melhoras referências: Luiz-Ottavio Faria. Em todas as aulas que tive pude receber um conteúdo técnico refinado, embasado e experiente pois não se tratava somente da postura vocal, da técnica ali trabalhada ou de notas certas e sim um contexto completo do que você está cantando como também interpretando. Toda aula com ele é aula para ser um artista em todos os sentidos. Grato professor e amigo. Bravíssimo por sua carreira e por sua conduta de sempre.
April 8, 2019
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr Faria in Brazilian Theaters where we song a few Óperas toghether. Now I´m living in NY and I am having the opportunity to improve my technique with this excelente teacher who gets with all his profissional experience and a lot of sensitivity, explain and identify the erros of the voice and posture of the body. I can say that Mr Faria is on of the best Bass currently, as well as one of the best teacher I met. Congratulation and a lot of successs in you profession.
April 5, 2019
is a complete opera singer, with a great background and stage experience. Is awesome the way he conducts the lesson, explaining all we need, how many times we need. When he gives an example, we can feel this solid technique, and art of singing.
Thank you Maestro
As a classically trained vocalist, I believe technique is imperative to vocal lessons. Learning the correct way to sing allows for the best tone quality and application to any genre of music.
As a passionate musician, I strive to find the gifts in all of my students by instilling a good relationship that fosters musical growth. Teaching piano and voice has been the most rewarding and integral part of my professional career. A graduate of Northwest Missouri State University, I was actively involved as a music major as I gained my bachelor of science in music education. I performed as a member of the Celebration show choir as well as the University Chorale. My piano training began at the age of six and continues today. I now enjoy singing with my church choir, and singing as a soloist at my church. One thing that has been important to me as I raised my children is that they were exposed to music and developed a true love of it. As young adults, we now enjoy as a family singing and playing instruments together to share our gi
I have been singing since I was a baby, according to my mother, my first music teacher. I thought it was mother's pride till I held a 10-month old baby, sang to her and she sang back to me. I have been teaching since the age of 14 and have over 40 years experience singing professionally. With my university chorus we traveled 2 months throughout the States and culminated with concerts at the Kennedy Ctr Washington D.C. & Lincoln Ctr, NY. I sing in 34 languages covering most genres from classical to musical theater, choral to folk-rock, Brasilian jazz & standards to alternative & world music. My approach is holistic, incorporating multidisciplinary subjects with lots of fun ways to learn, explore and express yourself. Tune in!
I am a singer-songwriter, arranger, guitarist, band/chorus/ensemble director, music teacher and consultant with over 50 years experience in the music business. With my university chorus, I sang at the Kennedy Ctr Washington DC & the Lincoln Ctr, NY. I have 3 sold out albums and new material for a triple album that I'm currently in the process of producing. My ensembles play for conventions, conferences, fairs, festivals, school assemblies, and special events. I also bring my music to assisted living, elder & memory care facilities, nursing homes & rehab centers, even prisons.
My style of teaching is holistic, multi-disciplinary, patient, inclusive & fun. I teach singing, guitar, hand drums (and small percussion instruments), ukulele. The practicum comes with theory.
Singing in 34 languages covers a variety of genres. Name it, we'll exp
All ages are welcome. Even old dogs can learn new tricks. :-) Shall we debunk this saying?
Looking forward to hearing from you. Let's dive in!