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I've been teaching singing and vocal performance for about four years. I utilize the Kodaly method for vocal performance, starting at the basic level of tonal scales (major, minor, harmonic, melodic, etc.) and Solfege application to serve as a foundational base; rhythm syllables such as "ta" and "doo". Additionally, foundational breath control is applied, as it is very important for the singer to learn how to control their breath and support their sound. From there, repertoire mimicry is applied, or what I call "phrase building," as it is important for any singer to be able to effectively create vocal phrases.
I've been teaching music for 15 yrs on guitar, piano, bass, cello and bass. My students have ranged from from 5yrs to 75yrs of age. I have seen many student go on to join orchestras, bands, broadway shows or simply continued their education to a university or college. Being able to read music profeciently has given me the opportunity to teach off many method books but like to use Alfred Method, Mel Bay and Frederick Noad Method books. I teach many styles ranging from classical, jazz & blues, rock, contemporary and pop. I do stress and recommend all my students to learn how to read music and usually by our second or third lesson they will playing simple songs. I am here to help you make music!
I have been coaching singers for over five years and many of my singers have gone on to perform solos at their community events. Within the first lesson, you will be able to breathe and phrase properly. After your second lesson, you will be able to vibrato and mix. The following lessons will address your wants and needs as singer because we all want different sounds. For a reference guide, I typically use The Singing Book by Dayme & Vaughn, Singing for the stars by Seth Riggs, and have the following tools for your lessons: a CD recorder and a Casio electronic keyboard. Each lesson will be recorded onto a CD so you do not have to take notes, you get to practice recommended scales and exercises, and critique your own voice. If you do not understand something then, you will might understand some key concepts later in your vocal journey. I love working with musicians of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you.
We will study proper breathing, placement, stretching your vocal range, posture, poise, vowels, stage presence, communicating the lyric of a song, connecting with your audience, song selection, voice type, ear training, confidence, mic technique, how to read music, music resources, building your repertoire, pitch, rhythm, how to choose a song, vocal exercises, proper technique, mouth placement, tone, and facial expressions amongst many others!
Lessons will consist primarily of building vocal technique. This will include exercises the student will need to practice, as it will improve their singing. Areas primarily addressed will include: breath support, developing of a tone, intonation, as well as learning songs too.
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