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My passion for performing and teaching brought me to TakeLessons as a way to enrich my immediate community (and beyond through Skype lessons!) and help individual students perform at their best. As an operatic performer, I thoroughly understand the importance of building a strong technical background for any level of singing or professional speaking. My other skills, like instrumental instruction, studying skills, accent reduction, and academic preparation are all offered through TakeLessons as well. As a teacher, I love having fun in lessons and building strong connections with my students at absolutely any level. My personal musical performing experiences span opera,
A native of Charlotte, NC, Zachary began his musical career as a tuba player and jazz bass guitarist. While attending The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Zachary began singing in various vocal groups on campus and developed his love for the singing voice. With encouragement from the music faculty, Zachary began training as an operatic baritone while at UNC. While attending UNC, Zachary was awarded both the Fischer Scholarship in Voice and the Tony McDowell Voice Scholarship. His singing brought him to Boston in the summer of 2010 to begin study at The Boston Conservatory. While performing various opera roles and attending summer programs, Zachary also opened his private studio and taught at a local music academy.
Baritone Zachary B. is quickly establishing himself as an active operatic performer. Equally at home on the recital stage, his versatile lyric baritone voice fits a wide range of repertoire and styles. A graduate of The Boston Conservatory, Zachary has performed roles like the titular role in Don Giovanni, Ramiro in L'Heure Espagnole, L'horloge comtoise in L'Enfant et les sortileges, Pooh-Bah in The Mikado, and Bob in The Old Maid and the Thief.
Starting in February 2013, Zachary will also be available through TakeLessons for online instruction. Lessons will still focus on energy, breath, and solid technique, so please contact him if you think this venue of instruction will be a good fit!
*** Lesson Details ***
Regardless of your background, I believe in making lessons fun, encouraging, and accessible. This means that my work with you will, by nature, be incredibly personal and always formulated for your specific musical goals. I will constantly strive to make sure you are comfortable in our work together as we explore singing, speaking, and music theory.
I believe every singing or speaking voice can benefit from a foundation in classical vocal technique. Whether you prefer to learn through singing songs or through various exercises, I can customize our lesson plan to fit your needs. Therefore, I provide a fun and engaging lesson atmosphere, but you need to bring your best as well! We will both be happier with the process if we are equally invested in your growth. We will start with something you already know (an aria, vocal exercise, or excerpt from a song) and work toward singing in your preferred vocal style. For example, classical singers will build their knowledge of English, German, Italian, and French diction and song styles. Additionally, I will always respect and include my student's musical interests.
Along the way, I am happy to address basic music theory ideas. If you prefer, we can also spend additional time reviewing and learning those principles to enrich your musical experience. I will always provide different exercises and ideas to keep your brain active in the singing process.
I believe in whole body, whole spirit singing. As a performer, I employ a variety of holistic exercises and theories to develop my own voice, such as basic Alexander Technique principles, voice therapy techniques, a variety of pedagogical palates, and energy work. If these sorts of things interest you, I am more than happy to incorporate them into our lessons. My personal results with those practices have been incredible, so I am always eager to share.
My personality is outgoing and energetic, so I bring that sort of atmosphere to a lesson. I expect preparedness and readiness on your part to maximize our work together. My greatest desire in teaching is to see you grow! So, if a challenging, yet comforting, work environment sounds like something you would like to try, consider scheduling a trial lesson with me. I am always happy to hear from new students!
*** Studio Equipment ***
Open area between the living room and the dining room, seating available, piano to accompany the voice lesson, garage/driveway/street parking.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I prefer for my students to have a keyboard or piano, and if possible, a music stand. We can always make a situation work if the student does not have access to these tools. I provide music, pencils, etc.
*** Specialties ***
I am an opera singer, and specialize in classical singing. However, I apply similar vocal technique to all genres of music, and focus on breathing technique, body and energy awareness, and discuss a holistic approach to singing with all students.
· Speaking Voice · In studio
· Singing · In studio
· Singing · In home
After teaching music for such an extensive period of time I have come to understand what students need more than anything: Personalized lessons and material and a fun, caring, experienced instructor that will give them the right motivation and inspiration to succeed musically.
If you decide to give me the honor of teaching you piano or voice I promise I will be that motivator and your music partner. It will be my pleasure to share all my knowledge with you in the most professional and efective way.
For beginner to intermediate students of all ages, I enjoy helping them explore classical music and improvisation, while working with the student to see what other styles might interest them. I can teach students to read music, and work music theory into our lessons to build a solid foundation for success. From audition preparation and NYSSMA o
I believe in helping students to build confidence in their playing. Whether they want to pursue music as a career or are just looking to learn, students will see, and hear, themselves improving every week. I love seeing students develop a passion for music and playing, and I enjoy being able to give them the tools they will need to continue to flourish.
· Flute · In studio
· Flute · In home
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Alicia received her Bachelor's of Music in Vocal Performance, summa cum laude and with University Honors, from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia and received her Master's of Music in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.
She also attended the Alexander Technique School of New England and graduated from the American Center for the Alexander Technique in 2000.
Alicia has written extensively on vocal technique, how singers can benefit from the Alexander Technique and a healthy psychological approach for singers. Her array of popular articles have helped thousands of singers across the world. She is currently working on a book of advice for s
Samples of student testimonials:
"I have been studying voice for well over 10 years now, and finding Alicia was the best thing to happen to my voice!"
"Alicia has been a godsend. She is able to dissect and diagnose technical issues and gives you the tools to be able to spot correct on your own... What's more, she is a lovely person."
"It took only a couple of lessons with Alicia for the missing pieces to come together and for me to experience a big difference in my singing."
"I never knew singing could be this easy! Alicia's articles brought me to her studio for help. Now I know I am a very talented singer, but just needed the right information to discover my whole voice. You're my vocal savior! "
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I am very versatile in my lessons and tailor material to students' needs and preferences. Whether we are reading a classical piece, learning a pop song by ear, or improvising, I encourage you to use your ears to develop your own style.
I believe composition is an important tool for student growth. I compose original exercises and pieces for my students that target specific areas of improvement. I also encourage students to compose themselves.
Whether you are playing the piano for the first time or already have a few years of experience, you can expect my lessons to yield weekly results and to gain skills that will maximize your potential.
· Piano · In home
My teaching technique focuses on giving my students the proper tools and techniques that they need in order to build their instrument and preserve their voice for longevity. I have a Bachelors degree in Music: Voice Performance and a Ma
In addition to singing I also teach beginning to intermediate piano lessons. I have been playing the piano for many years. In fact it was my first instrument! I find that the piano is a wonderful way for students of all ages to really understand music as a language while learning an instrument simultaneously. I have a wonderful method and book that I use which I have found to be incredibly effective. I also teach and work with my students on their aural skills, pitch development and recall, music theory, and diction.
I am excited to meet you future student! Please don't hesitate to drop me a line. I look forward to having you in my studio!
Best on your musical journey -Amanda
· Classical Voice · In home
· Classical Voice · In studio
I have given numerous masterclasses, workshops, lessons and group lessons in everything from classical trombone technique to jazz history. I offer fun, cohesive lessons catered to your ability in the following subjects:
--Trombone (jazz and/or classical, beginning to advanced)
--Jazz Harmony (any instrument [bass, piano, drums, guitar, etc.] beginning to advanced)
--Music Theory and/or AP Music Theory prep (any instrument, beginning to advanc
--Ear Training (any instrument, beginning to advanced)
--Arranging/Composition (any instrument, beginning to advanced
--Songwriting (any instrument, beginning to advanced)
--Piano lessons (beginning to intermediate)
*Since I charge the same rate for each of these subjects, many of my students request to split the lesson time into 2 or more subjects
*ASK ABOUT MY GROUP LESSON DISCOUNT, and call up a buddy!
If you have any questions about my specific lesson plans for a particular subject, please don't be afraid to shoot me an email!
I began teaching violin as a middle schooler and I have spent two decades mastering my skills and growing my love of teaching students of all ranges of age, and ability.
In 2009, I studied the Alexander Technique to address issues as a performer and use these skills and techniques to inform my teaching today.
Realizing the mental abilities it takes to play violin, I naturally found interest in meditation.
As a passionate mediator for 12 years, I began teaching all levels how to develop their mind for self-care, compassion, empathy, peace-of-mind and response awareness. I believe these traits are key for all people to live together in a chaotic and
I started meditation to develop my own self awareness, but these tools can help anyone to find their center, build confidence and gain energy for facing life's hyper-stimulation. My goal is to guide everyone into all levels of meditation, for students who are curious and have never meditated, to advanced meditators looking to take their understanding to the next level.
I teach Vipassana or Insight meditation. I am an affiliate of several meditation centers around the city.
I love teaching all people the ways of violin and meditation. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
Christian is a Classically trained Pianist and an experienced high school music teacher. He has completed a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Education majoring in piano at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Aswell as grade 8 classical piano through the AMEB (ABRSM Equivalent)
Catering to students of all ages and skill levels. The piano lessons that Christian offers are designed to be fun yet challenging. The element of fun is something that he highly values and aims to achieve with all of his students each lesson.
Christian teaches a variety of styles such as classical, pop, jazz and contemporary, with the option of taking students through exams with the ABRSM.
· Classical Piano · In studio
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