Hello! Music is my life and my biggest passion. I've been a working musician and a teacher for several years and there's nothing more rewarding than sharing all I've learned so far with my students, to nurture their goals and aspirations and to make them aware of the great instrument they already possess. Every year I plan and host two wonderful recitals for my students, so that they can experience and share their progress with family and friends.
Here's more about me and my education: I was born and raised in Italy and have been singing since I was a child but started a formal training during my teenage years with a private coach. During college, while studying Psychology at the University of Florence, I attended 2 different private music schools in Florence and Bologna, since it was not possible at the time to study music in Colleg
e. There I kept studying vocal technique, solfege, classical guitar and music harmony. I moved to LA 11 years ago and attended Musician's Institute earning a diploma in Vocal Studies and Vocal Performance and then I attended a Composition & Songwriting Program at UCLA for 2 years. I refined my vocal technique studying at Berkley College of Music for a summertime in a special program for Jazz Vocalists and I have been an Alexander Technique's student for now 10+ years. I am a performing artist, I sing and teach privately for a living and, on the side, I help an Opera Touring company promote their tours. I have performed all over the country in some beautiful venues such as the Getty Center and Pantages Theater to name a few. Guitar is my second instrument but I accompany students with my piano during vocal exercises. My personal style of singing is modern, not operatic, I love many kinds of music but especially pop, jazz, and musical theater.
**Singing: Teaching Adults** There are two sides of singing that I like to work on with my students. The first is vocal technique, which is first and foremost the study of how to use our instrument, our whole body, in the best and most useful way to avoid strain ad create beautiful sounds. I believe that when we relax and use the right posture, meaning the most natural one, then our bodies and our breathing mechanisms act as they are supposed to, and singing magically happens at its best. When we learn to use our bodies without strain, the right "singing" muscles are automatically engaged and exercised and we feel at ease. So I try to encourage a non-forceful way to use diaphragmatic breathing, which I have learned by studying Alexander Technique, which is a technique that teaches people how to stop using unnecessary levels of muscular and mental tension during any activity, especially during an artistic performance of any kind. I try to notice bad singing habits the student may have formed throughout his/her life, (hopefully none!), and gently help them correct them. The vocal exercises I use are drawn from the Bel Canto tradition, a classical tradition, but I mix them with more modern vocal exercises to develop popular techniques like "belting" for example. The second side of singing is simply to pay attention to song interpretation, to convey the message we would like to convey. I encourage the student to choose songs to work on they truly love, and I welcome any style of music. I give the students vocal exercises CDs to help them practice at home.
**Singing: Teaching Children** What I described above is also true for teaching children, however I like to teach them "by ear" with simple vocal exercises and vocal games at the beginning of the lesson and try to ease them into the sound they naturally make. I like to create a positive environment in which the student can feel successful about even small achievements, whether it is standing in a relaxed way or having practiced the beginning of an exercise or part of a song. To help the student practice at home and keep the motivation alive without feeling overwhelmed I record each lesson (or let them record it) and give them the accompaniment for the song of their choice so they can have fun at home.
*** GUITAR *** I teach young children using fun songs, games and classical guitar technique. I also teach adults and specialize in contemporary guitar. I welcome many styles of music, pop, rock as well as folk genres of Latin America. I emphasize good posture, tone and musicality, and always a high level of enjoyment with the process!
*** RECITALS *** I plan and host 2 wonderful Recitals a year, one in January and one in June. I encourage all my students to participate, no matter how they may feel about their instrument level and preparation. Working towards a performance is one of the most effective ways to solidify your ever growing skill!
*** Studio Equipment *** For students who come to my home studio, there is private guest parking right outside my building, in a gated complex of buildings and in a safe neighborhood just north of the 101. My studio is conveniently located just a few blocks from the freeway entrance. I have a comfortable sofa for parents and siblings to attend the lessons and a keyboard to use for accompaniment. Also, I periodically offer my students the chance to record one song in my studio, equipped with nice microphones and a professional recording system.
*** Travel Equipment *** For singing lessons I bring my small and light master-keyboard and laptop or I can use the student piano/keyboard. For children's lesson I ask my students to bring a notebook to keep track of practice assignments.
*** Specialties *** Music theory and Songwriting. Stage performance and how to feel comfortable on stage. Additionally I teach vocal jazz improvisation, Broadway singing and Italian song repertoire.
Elena is an amazing teacher! She has taught my 9 year old both singing and ukelele, and inspired her to practice without me prompting her! She's flexible with scheduling changes, offers a wonderful experience for children learning to use a microphone, uses humor to make her students comfortable and offers participation in a biannual performance at a venue. This opportunity to perform in front of an audience with a professional multi-camera recording is such a plus! I can't say enough good things about her teaching style, and how quickly my daughter has gained confidence in singing and playing an instrument as a result. My daughter is inspired to play and sing as she sees quick results and enjoys her sessions. I highly recommend Elena as a music instructor for any age!
I sing and play guitar, piano, and bass. I hold two music degrees, one from Vancouver Island University with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies and another from California Institute of the Arts with a Master of Fine Arts in Music as a Performer-Composer.
Since my early life, I have had an immense passion for music that continues to thrive today. I have participated in some songwriting competitions including the Canada Music Week Writing Competition in which I achieved second place for one of my compositions. I write music from a variety of genres some of which include jazz, rock, metal, and experimental music.
I have a very good computer technology background since I used to be a computer technician. In addition to instrumental and voice lessons I can also help you with home recording and songwriting/composition.
I have been playing the violin for more than 20 years but my love for teaching started about 10 years ago! I became fascinated with teaching as not only I have learned so much about myself as a musician and person but most importantly I have learned how to help my students become better musicians. As we are all so different, I believe in exploring and experimenting with the way we learn. My approach to teaching the violin is based on the student's needs, desire, and, finding the best way to help them develop as musicians. I do not use a specific method of teaching as I believe one needs to be flexible and malleable with each individual student. I work with each student until we get the results desired.
Tania has been a great teacher for my son. He started learning violin with the Suzuki method and studied with a Suzuki teacher for about four years before stopping lessons. He became interested in violin again in middle school and decided he wanted to take private lessons while in 7th grade. Tania had no trouble getting him back on track, picking up with some Book 2 pieces and moving on to Book 3. She has helped him with his bowing, vibrato and shifting, and his sound has really improved. She also has helped him learn to read better and has introduced some basic music theory into lessons. My son really likes his lessons, and feels that he is learning what he needs. Overall, I like her approach, which I think works very well for this level. She is an excellent musician, and this comes through in her teaching.
June 7, 2016
My first lesson with Tania met my expectations. She did an assessment to determine where I am in my learning and what I know. She gave me great pointers and we worked on a short piece alone with a Major scale. I look forward to my next lesson and expect to progress tremendously under her instruction.
March 31, 2016
I had such a wonderful experience with Tania as my violin teacher. I minored in music at Florida State University and was lucky enough to be her violin student for two years (August 2013-May 2015). Tania was extremely patient and encouraging, and was very skilled in teaching me how to balance focus on technical details as well as on the "bigger picture" of emotion and musicality. In my opinion and experience, Tania's greatest strength as a teacher is being very adaptable to her students' needs. When I was preparing for an important audition, her expectations and demands were where they needed to be in order for me to succeed. Months later, when I was approaching exams and graduation, she recognized that practicing every day was not my priority at that time, and she adjusted her teaching style so that I could still improve and use music as a constructive and creative outlet during those stressful times so that I could excel in my examinations.
From lesson to lesson (and in-between!), she succeeded in her best efforts in connecting with me not only as my teacher and as a fellow musician, but also as a fellow human being, pushing me to fulfill my potential in each and all of these areas. I highly recommend her as a teacher!
Hi there! My name's Grace and I'm a voice teacher and a classically trained performer. I’ve been in the DC area for about 2 years now and am delighted to grow my voice studio! If you or your child loves to sing and would like to take your singing to the next level, feel confident as a soloist, or prepare for an audition, give yourself or your child a classical basis for how to healthfully sing. Now is the time! I have a varied background: I started out in musical theatre and choirs and now sing with orchestras, opera companies, and churches. I began teaching privately in college, then taught private lessons, before proceeding to the Westminster Choir College, where I received a Master of Music in Voice and Voice Teaching (formally Vocal Performance and Pedagogy.) Hope to meet you soon!
*Note* Due to the number of students I currently t
each, I no longer travel to student’s houses. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Grace is an amazing instructor. She has an expertise in singing and can guide your voice in the right direction, especially with her patient and positive way of teaching. She also personalizes the lessons very well and has you singing what you would like to sing and reach your goals!
December 13, 2017
Grace G. is always well prepared for lessons with my 10 year daughter. My daughter is in special education at school and Grace relates very well with her and has helped her focus and stay interested during her lessons. I would recommend Grace for childrens singing lessons.
Hello, I have been studying and playing music since 2003 in and outside of a general school setting. I started on Alto saxophone and eventually moved to guitar and bass as my primary instrument. I have recently graduated from Cal State University of Long Beach in pursuance of a degree in musical performance with a specialization in jazz studies, which compiles teachings in classical technique and contemporary stylings.
I’m a professional actor currently living in New York, but originally I’m from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I got my BFA at Southern Methodist University, and before that, I studied theatre and teaching with the First Stage Theater Academy. All told, I have a little over a decade of teaching experience. I’m trained in voice and speech, piano, clowning, stage combat, and I can help you analyze text like no other, (I.e. - Shakespeare). I look forward to our first lesson together!
My name is Christina Bell and I have loved singing and music in general all of my life. I have traveled the world singing with and along side of some of your favorite gospel artists, such as Donnie McClurkin, Fred Hammond, Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin and so many more. I began vocal training in 2012 because i noticed a strong need for it in my hometown and also across the nation. I love tones, execution, rhythms, texture and how vocals can blend. I love training my students to broaden their vocal ability.
Christina is one of the best to ever do it. Christina is educated, passionate, and fun!
May 21, 2019
Christina REALLY pushes you to believe in yourself and your talent! I’m not that confident in my singing, but working with her helped boost my confidence in not just singing but singing in front of others. I’d recommend anyone trying to better their craft to connect with her!
May 21, 2019
Christina takes great concern with her students to 1st make them feel comfortable, and then she support her students with encouragement. I am proud to say that she has helped me tremendously with her teaching.
I am a professional Singer/Songwriter with over 15 years of experience in the music industry. I fell in love with music and especially guitar when I was in middle school and haven’t been able to put it down since then. During my high school career I was a member of a National Championship marching band, I played lead guitar for FCA, and jazz band, and even started my own band which toured all over the country. Since then I have worked with fellow musicians all over and I am currently residing in Cooperstown, New York and I work as a songwriter for a record label based out of Nashville, TN called Big Machine. My goal as a guitar teacher is to make sure you become the best musician and guitarist you can be. I can’t wait to get started with your lessons! Feel free to ask any questions you may have!
"Anthony's instruction has helped me to experience more vocal freedom because of his emphasis on using the natural use
of the breath in singing and has helped me through the story telling of the song as well. I no longer feel the need to rely on musculature to hit a note nor do I feel self-conscious about the quality of my voice. I have enjoyed a great deal of success through his teachings.""
"friendly, knowledgeable teacher
From musical theory to learning a tune by ear, Marc is a good teacher. Marc is knowledgeable, friendly, encouraging, flex
ible, and in my opinion has good taste in music."
"Very helpful and informative."
"So far so good. Knowledgable and accommodating."
"Ms. Marie is a great teacher. I highly recommend her.
Ms. Marie is really good at teaching me how to play the piano. I was a little nervous at my first f
ew lessons, but she made me feel very comfortable. She is always very patient and makes the lessons fun. I really like the pace she goes at. She knows when I am ready for new and more complicated chords, scales or pieces. She is a great teacher. If you want to play the piano, take lessons with her."
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"I started taking lessons with Aaron 3 months ago. He has helped me tremendously. Aaron is very helpful and patient and has a great overall knowledge of pi
ano and music theory. I am very grateful to have Aaron as my instructor."
"She is agreat teacher. I learnt a lot within one day. Her teaching way is easy to remember and learn."
"Dr. Kostritsa has been a wonderful teacher for my daughters. They have made excellent progress with him over the last two years. His flexibility in allo
wing my older daughter to select some of her own music really helped with motivation. It's also inspiring that he composes and performs his own music as well."
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