Johnny was born and raised in Florence, South Carolina where at the young age of 16 made the most important decision of his life. He walked off of the baseball field and joined show choir. Since that day music has become a driving force in his life. He received his bachelors of music in classical voice performance from Belmont University in Nashville TN, and will be receiving his Masters of Fine Arts in Vocal Pedagogy and Classical Voice Performance from the prestigious Westminster choir college in Princeton NJ.
Johnny teaches singers from ages 10 to 94 whose aspirations range from perform
ing on Broadway, or just simply to sing better in the shower. Johnny believes that performing music should always be fun, because without fun music is just organized sound, not the language of the soul.
*** Lesson Details *** Patient and enthusiastic voice teacher, who takes a classical approach to finding your voice.
*** Studio Equipment *** Media Room, large room, office with some recording equipment
*** Travel Equipment *** If I go to a home all I expect that the students to have is a piano
*** Specialties *** I mainly teach Classical Voice and Musical Theatre, but I incorporate that technique into all styles of music to produce a strong healthy instrument without deviating from your style. I also have a great love of swing and Jazz music which I think can be greatly influenced by a great classical base.
TrevorC April 12, 2012
Informal, Relaxed and you get results
John is a very gifted teacher.He quickly hones in on what you need to do to make your voice become what it needs to be and treats you more like a buddy than a subordinate.Within the first 3 lessons I was sounding much better and more at ease with singing. You want to learn to sing? He'll teach you.
JenniI March 31, 2011
John is a great teacher, very understanding and very patient. He immediately picks up on a student's weakness and works hard to help them overcome their struggles. I am very happy as a student and always look forward to my next lesson
I specialize in vocal pedagogy and teaching people singing technique. I give you the technique and you use it how you see fit!
A versatile musician and teacher, Nashville-born musician James is dedicated to music through education, performance and personal growth. James has a diverse background in the musical arts. He has served as violinist and principal violist in many orchestras and ensembles. As a vocalist, James has sung in opera, oratorio, master-classes and recitals as a countertenor soloist. He has served as director of the Clarksville Youth Orchestra at Austin Peay State University and currently serves as the Director of Music Ministries and choirs for a local Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN. He maint
ains a private studio in Nashville, TN and is on the faculty of the Allegro School of Music.
James has studied with many experts in vocal science and pedagogy and has had the wonderful opportunity to study with Linda Ferrara, D. Lance Respess, Richard Miller, world-class early music expert Nancy Zylstra and twentieth-century vocal music expert Sharon Mabry. He has had masterclasses with the Metropolitan Opera's Bodo Igesz, Metropolitan Opera Singers Daniel Taylor, Jennifer Lane (with whom he still studies), French-diction coach Elvia Pucinelli, vocal pedagogue Richard Miller, and Thomas King, director of the AIMS Gratz program. As a violinist and violist, James has studied with music-education specialist Sara Johnson, Francis Elliot, Nashville Recording-Artist Randall Olson, and concert violinist Stefan Petrescu.
As an educator, he has served on the faculties of the Cumberland Arts Institute, W.O. Smith School of Music, Murfreesboro City School System, School of the Arts at Austin Peay State University, Allegro School of Music and the East Nashville School of Music. He has taught hundreds of students in various formats ranging from one-on-one studio settings to entire youth symphony orchestras and choirs. He has been active as an adjudicator, participant, and member of various competitions and education-related conventions. He also maintains membership with various educational organizations such as the American String Teacher's Association, Music Educator's National Conference, and Early Music America.
In addition to working with and coaching Grammy award-winning and nominated artists, Mr. W's students have auditioned, been selected and have performed in the Tennessee Mid-State and All-State Choir (principal positions) and Orchestra Festivals (violin and cello, in addition to being members of the Curb Youth Orchestra and Philharmonia at the Blair School of Music.
His students have also performed in several professional and amateur performances across the Southeast. They have also gone on to major in music earning tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships from prestigious conservatories and colleges across the country. Many of his students have become professional musicians across many genres, educators themselves, or satisfied amateur hobbyists.
*** Lesson Details *** As a teacher many have described my style as nurturing-but-firm. When I see a student's potential, I make sure that student can attain it. I expect a willingness to learn, a desire to succeed, and a want for excellence. In return, I offer the tools to get the student there!
I know that not every student benefits best from only one method. As such, I employ a variety of teaching tools and methods to best suit each student. Strings students can expect to see a little bit of traditional training, a little bit of Suzuki and little bit of contemporary training. Voice students can see some Sieber vocalizes, some Vaccai, classical, jazz, and musical theater training built on an old-world teaching technique. It's all about giving the student the tools to do whatever he/she wants with his/her music of choice!
On your first lesson, I'll go over the materials needed, what you need to work on, and the very basics so you can immediately get to enjoying your new craft. In a few months, you'll be confident making new music or making better music. Within a year, you should be well prepared for one of my studio recitals!
*** Studio Equipment *** I have a commercial music teaching studio used solely for the purposes of teaching. In the studio there is a piano, my music library, photo copier, computer, audio equipment, stereo, music stands, standing mirror, and various teaching tools. There is a waiting area for parents, siblings and other visitors.
*** Specialties *** Voice: All Genres -- child-adult, all levels (beginning through advanced). Violin: All Styles -- all levels (beginning through advanced). Viola: All Styles -- all levels (beginning through advanced). Cello: All Styles -- beginning through intermediate.
Kathryn September 24, 2015
James was very patient with my daughter and found ways to motivate her to practice. He always commented on how she did and encouraged her when she was discouraged. He made the lessons fun, and I didn't have trouble getting her to go to the lessons, even when she hadn't practiced much.
Malia K. September 23, 2015
In studio Verified Student
James is a great instructor. He not only knows how to get the most out of my voice but also, as a vocologist, he educates me about the voice and how the voice works, ensuring that I keep my voice healthy.
He knows I am just taking lessons for fun and lets me sing whatever songs I want. He's encouraging and supportive and I feel completely comfortable while at practice. Also, I leave feeling more relaxed and open!
Tim D. September 23, 2015
In studio Verified Student
James is a terrific instructor. He tailors his teaching method and style to the needs of the student. He is patient and can target trouble spots to help the student to excel.
Teaches technique, repertoire and staging for all ages. Classic and contemporary music theater.
MM Degree - University of Miami Frost School of Music BM Degree, Summa Cum Laude, Berklee College of Music University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
Katherine is an internationally-acclaimed, third-generation and award-winning artist who has appeared on Good Morning America, NBC 6, Telemundo and many other TV and radio shows. She has toured and performed throughout the US and abroad including top nightclubs in Los Angeles and NASCAR Vegas, Dallas and London. An inspiring and classically-trained musician/actor, she performs and teaches over 25 different genres. Down-to-earth
, funny and knowledgeable, she has taught students nationwide and is known for her ability to produce results.
Her ability to connect with students is matched by her impressive resume. Katherine has been performing as a soloist since age five. She studied music and stage performance with her mother, a concert pianist and composer and her father, a trombonist/arranger who toured with The Boston Pops and played under classical music legends Igor Stravinsky and Paul Hindemith.
She served for two consecutive years as Broadway Voice Adjudicator for the Los Angeles Music Center's Annual Spotlight Awards, alongside Original Cast members of Les Miserables. She has over a decades worth of teaching, directing and producing experience in classical and contemporary music, acting and musical theater. Katherine has taught music, voice and acting at fine schools throughout the nation and recently served as Emcee and Director for an international talent showcase in Nashville.
Katherine works with all levels. Her award-winning clients include Grammy Nominees, professional actors, corporate executives, busy moms, music teachers, children, gifted/magnet students, teens and many others. Her students have graduated from top conservatories, appeared with the Florida Grand Opera and regional theaters, performed on stage, in films and on major network television shows.
Katherine's students have enriched their lives and improved their health, posture, academic performance, communication skills and self-confidence. She's really looking forward to meeting you or your child and joining you on your exciting new journey!
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons are an exciting interplay between instructor and student. Pace is tailored to each individual, depending on age, interests and goals. The goal is to learn new things, expand your mind and have fun. Yoga and body stretches, posture and breathing, identifying your voice type, strengths and weaknesses, repertoire, self-analysis and more. Learn how to listen to your own voice, the inner voice within. Instrumental students learn from a variety of method books and by ear, depending on choice of style. Acting students learn from a variety of methods depending on age and experience. Classical and contemporary; stage and film. You'll end up stretching yourself with amazing new things!
Fluid combo of high-quality instruction, flexible approaches and firm, gentle discipline with lots of humor. Regular practice times are encouraged. The more you prepare, the more you get out of it.
*** Studio Equipment *** Beautiful Dedicated Music Room: Various Musical Instruments, Grand Acoustic Piano, Extensive Library of Repertoire and Books, Music Toys for kids, Copier for Sheet Music, Coffee/Tea/Water for Students, Chairs, Sofa.
*** Travel Equipment *** Music and acting books, staff paper, microphone, etc.
*** Specialties *** Online Training.
Rhonda P. April 6, 2013
I highly recommend
âKatherine is an excellent instructor. She teaches you new ways to go beyond your perceived potential. I highly recommend her.â - Rhon
Students develop their voices by improving their breathing quality, pitch, intonation, ear training and sight reading abilities. Recording is necessary to listen and improve quality of singing. Music will be distributed according to each performance goal.
With a Bachelor Degree with Music Education from Western Kentucky University in 2001, Alecia has over 15 years experience with piano instruction and brings a wealth of diverse range of education resources and fun!
Erica makes her home in Nashville after years of performing on the road with cruise ships, theme parks, and a Broadway tour. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor's of Music in Commercial Voice from Belmont University and is currently an adjunct professor for the university. Privately, she teaches pop, country, musical theatre, jazz, rock, and folk singing. She also works closely with the youth program at Street Theatre Company, producing and directing Class Act Dramatic musicals.
*** Lesson Details *** Erica works with students of all ages to study correct singing practices, inc
reasing range, tone quality, breath support, and a well rounded repertoire. She also concentrates on the performance side of singing. This builds confidence, poise, and self-esteem in any student as well as emphasizes the importance of the story-telling aspect of a singer.
She works with the student to create a curriculum that will keeps the student's goals in mind while creating an atmosphere that stimulates creativity in the teaching style that is most effective for the individual.
*** Studio Equipment *** Erica teaches out of the Rob H. home studio in Goodlettsville and out of her home studio in East Nashville.
*** Specialties *** All Styles: Jazz, Musical Theatre, Country, Rock, Pop, and Folk.
Tina S. March 6, 2014 Verified Student
Erica has been a great voice teacher for my daughter. My daughter has only been taking lessons since July and she has come a long way & really enjoys Erica & her lessons. Erica encouraged her to sing a solo in the Christmas Recital recently & over time, my daughter, felt confident enough to perform and she performed wonderfully. Erica has also been very flexible at switching our lesson days b/c my daughter is also involved in sports and have had many scheduling conflicts.
Tish R. September 6, 2012 Verified Student
My daughter LOVES Erica!!!!!
Erica is great, easy going and knows how to handle younger children. Aiden is so excited to go to see her!!!
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