Wallburg, NC Classical Voice Lessons
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I have been teaching classical repertoire such as Italian arias, vocal technique including diaphragmatic breathing, for over 20 years.
Books. Students must have their own instrument (keyboards are acceptable for taking piano lessons). I always council students on brand, quality of instrument they are purchasing before they buy it.
*** Specialties *** I have been a public school music educator for over 28 years, have taught private music lessons for over 30 years. I have taught band, orchestra, and choir which enables me to teach many instruments and voice. I also have been a language and reading tutor for over 6 years and have worked with students with special needs for over 10 years. I studied classical guitar with master guitarist, Christopher Parkening, at Montana State University where I graduated with a B.M.E. I also did graduate work at MSU in composition. I am completing a Masters Degree in Teacher Leadership currently at Gran
Online student requirements: A fast, reliable COMPUTER; HIGH SPEED INTERNET (at least 400 kbps); SKYPE software; WEBCAM (preferably HD); MICROPHONE (most laptops or tablets have mikes built in). Be sure your camera is focused on you and your instrument, if applicable.
· Piano · In home
· Organ · Online
The very first day,Angel,my 12 year old daughter said "Mom--I like her"---plus,look at her qualifications ---and you will know that we found a rare gem in her!
· Violin · Online
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I intensively studied vocal pedagogy at Illinois State University with an internationally-known dramatic coloratura soprano. I gave two hour-long solo voice recitals and have been asked to sing solos at Sangamon Auditorium in Springfield and the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, as well as for countless concerts at ISU's Center for the Performing Arts, Kemp Recital Hall, and various churches. My Bachelor's degree in Music Education has an emphasis on voice and I have taught countless voice lessons to students of all ages and levels. I am professionally licensed to teach music and classical voice lessons are my specialty!
· Piano · In home
She focus on the student’s goals.
We definitely recommend her!
· French · Online
· Singing · In home
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Each lessons consist of a short warm-up period, which focuses solely on technique, and then a longer period to work on your songs where we develop technique, expressivity, and overall performance. I have a strong classical background and familiarity with French, German, and Italian song literature. My lessons are tailored to your level whether are you a brand new beginner or a trained singer. I look forward to working with you!
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What is your availability?
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What do lessons cost?
30 minutes $25
45 minutes $35
60 minutes $45
I recommend lessons once per week. 30 minute lessons are good for beginning piano students. 45 minute lessons are ideal for singers and intermediate piano students. 60 minute lessons are appropriate for advanced students interested in studying lots of repertoire or for singers who are having a particularly difficult time with ear training.
What do you do in lessons?
To learn what you would be doing in a lesson just select a subject in blue under "Heather Teaches" at the top of this page for a description of how each lesson works in that subject.
I want to study piano, do I have to have a real piano?
No, you don't have to have a real piano but you do need at least a keyboard, preferably one that gets louder or softer depending how hard you hit a key, has at least 61 keys, and has a sustain pedal.
Do you help singers who want to learn rap, metal, or some other non-conventional style of singing?
Yes, I have actually worked with some metal bands before! Even if you are using something like screaming you can use it in a way that hurts your voice less. I love to apply good technique to styles like that.
If you choose to book through me here are the details of what you can expect from me and what I will expect from you.
STUDENT EXPECTATIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES
1: Schedule 10-30 minutes of practice each day for at least five days per week. Your teacher will give you a specific minutes goal based on your age and level of study.
2: Bring you assignment book to each lesson and complete all assignments.
3: Arrive promptly at your lesson time. You reserve the time slot, not the number of minutes.
4: Pianists’ fingernails should be kept trim. When playing with curved fingers, the nails should not click.
5: No gum, food, or drinks during lessons (water bottles are permitted).
6: Online students are responsible for printing assignments that your teacher sends you online. Online singers need to have a way to play karaoke tracks while being logged in to the TakeLessons classroom.
7: Please turn all cell phones to silent during the lesson. Online students are not allowed to surf the web during their lessons.
PARENT/GUARDIAN EXPECTATIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES
1: Support the fulfillment of your child’s responsibilities by consistently bringing your child to lessons, rehearsals, and performances and remind your child of daily practice and help them to schedule this practice time in their daily routine.
2: Communicate with the teacher about any questions or concerns you have. I want to meet your expectations, as well as your child’s, and I encourage feedback.
3: Provide an acceptable instrument for practice. Pianists: an acoustic piano is recommended, however, good electronic instruments that are full size, have a sustain pedal, and are capable of dynamics (the ability to control the volume of the sound through the touch of the performer) are also acceptable. Singers: a device for recording lessons (optional) and a keyboard, pitch pipe, or pitch pipe phone app.
4: Parents/guardians may sit-in on lessons only if they do not disturb them. Please, no talking at all. You may wait in the car or run an errand if you prefer. The teacher reserves the right to no longer allow a parent/guardian to sit in on a lesson should their behavior be deemed a habitual distraction for the student.
1: To provide a tailored curriculum to meet student’s individual needs and goals.
2: To clearly communicate short-term and long-term goals.
3: To encourage a feeling of success at each student’s individual rate of learning.
4: To report the student’s progress to the parent/guardian if applicable and listen to any concerns and answer any questions of the parent/guardian and student if applicable.
5: To devote the entire lesson time to the student. I am a stay-at-home mom and occasionally I may need to attend to my child. In the rare circumstance that your lesson is interrupted, I will offer you make-up time at the end of the lesson or at a time that is most convenient for you.
STUDENT CANCELLATIONS OR ABSENCES: If given 24 hours notice, I will allow for a makeup lesson or cancellation. If I am not notified within 24 hours a lesson credit will be used regardless of whether or not the student attends.
TEACHER ABSENCES: All lessons missed as a result of the teacher canceling will be made up at a convenient time or credited to the next lesson.
TUITION: Lesson credits must be purchased through TakeLessons.com before the scheduled lesson can be taught.
PERSONAL LIABILITY: The teacher is not responsible for any injuries, loss or theft occurring on the teacher’s personal property. Children should not be left at the studio/home unattended. The teacher cannot be held responsible for the safety of the student outside of their lesson time, or the safety of any family members/friends that may accompany the student to lessons.
STUDENT TERMINATION: Students and parents are permitted five initial lessons to decide if the lessons are a good student-teacher fit. If more lessons are purchase after the initial five lessons, lessons should be seen as an on-going commitment. If a student chooses to terminate lessons (after the introductory five-lesson period), the parent/guardian or adult student must inform the studio with a 30-day notice. The student is responsible for purchasing the last month’s lessons whether they choose to use the lesson credits or not.
TEACHER-INITIATED TERMINATION: Lessons may be terminated for unpaid tuition, for repeated missed lessons, or for consistently late or unreturned phone calls, texts, or e-mails. The teacher reserves the right to terminate lessons at her own discretion.
· Singing · Online
· Singing · Online
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Music is a language. If you wish to improve your overall musical abilities, learn how to be more expressive, and become more fluent in the language of music, these lessons are for you. I have over 20 years of experience in music and 10+years in teaching at schools, privately, church teams, and traveling with recording artists. No matter your skill level or abilities, we can make progress together in your musical life.
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Students will learn how to sing or develop existing talent and skill such as : breath control, proper vocalization, proper placement, performance training, audition technique and music theory.
As your teacher, I will encourage you to hone your talent and instill confidence in your singing.
As teacher, Stephanie has taught all ages in music. She was a music teacher at a private elementary school in Miami and a professor at Barry University in Miami Shores. Stephanie also specializes in helping in competition training, helping many students place in the top music schools.
As a performer, Stephanie performs in opera and concert performances across the United States. This season, Stephanie debuted with the Klezmer Orchestra singing Hodel in their production of Fiddler on the Roof, was a soloist at Barry University in Rossini’s Stabat Mater, and will be performing
Featured roles in past seasons have included the Miami Summer Music festival, where she participated in the Wagner Institute concert, and as Elizabeth Proctor in the new opera production of The Crucible. The Palm Beach Arts Paper noted that she “sang impressively, handling the music with confidence and flair.” She also sang the title role in Pinocchio at Cedar Rapids Opera, as well as Flora in La Traviata, Carmen in Carmen, Giulietta in Les contes d’Hoffmann, Meg in Mark Adamo’s Little Women, Mrs. Herring in Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring and the Nurse in Michael Torke’s Strawberry Fields.
Stephanie placed 3rd nationally in the New York Lyric Opera Competition, where she made her Carnegie Hall debut. She was the winner of the Miami-Dade artist access grant award, and the Concerto Competition at New World School of the Arts. Stephanie has also placed in the semi-finals of the Florida Grand Opera/Young Patroness of the Arts competition, and the Palm Beach Opera Competition. She has participated in distinguished opera programs such as the Miami Music Festival, International Vocal Arts Institute, Opera Academy of California, and the Manhattan School of Music Summer Festival.
· Classical Voice · Online
Stephanie is patient beyond belief, but also incredibly driven and focused in her teaching technique. My range has expanded, my tone has become warmer, and I'm an all around better musician with her as my teacher. The way she approaches the voice is both confident and very professional, and I would happily recommend anybody to study with her; beginning, intermediate, or advanced. She is a gem!
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I have a specific teaching curriculum with an emphasis on proper breathing and vocal placement to ensure vocal improvement within two weeks of lessons! I believe singing and acting should be a joyful experience and one that will be a positive change in your life. I teach all genres of music and specialize in audition preparation and vocal dynamics. I want my students to reach their musical potential and aspirations while having a wonderful time!
Voice students can expect to improve week to week in their vocal technique. Every voice has a unique timbre; I teach students to release built up tension and apply foundational techniques in order to unlock their own individual sound. I can help any student to sing with freedom, confiden
My personal passion is contemporary music, but I firmly believe that great technique is essential to any and every style. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!
· Vocal Training · Online
· Classical Voice · In studio
· Vocal Training · In home
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I assist and train artists of all ages, levels, and musical interests to develop their vocal skills such as their stage presence and breathing technique to improve their performance and grow as a musician.
· Vocal Training · In studio
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