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About Melissa M.

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About Melissa
WHAT TO EXPECT
When meeting with a student for the first time we always discuss his or her needs or goals. After that, we get into the foundation of building technique, starting with posture. Next, the student is assigned breathing exercises to practice. These exercises are structured to energize the body and manage the breath. Every single student learns about appoggio. This is the term used for the process of suspending exhalation while keeping the torso in the position of inhalation by using the transverse abdominis and obliques. Students also learn that the action of the diaphragm is involuntary, therefore the exercises in which we engage are in place to have command over physical activity that we can control.

A TYPICAL VOICE LESSON
After posture and breathing are addressed the students begin to learn how to produce tone,
which encompasses the vocal onset and the closure of the vocal folds. Students realize that proper breath management and producing tone go hand in hand. The ideal that the student and I work towards is a balance between superfluous air flow and and pressed pressure. This concept leads to a clean onset in which the edges of the vocal folds cleanly come together and stay closed during singing.

Students also learn how to negotiate and coordinate the vocal registers. This means that every student who walks into my studio learns where and what the larynx is. It is my job to be a second set of ears to help the student optimize his or her tone quality by maximizing vocal resonance. This concept may be different across genres, however every student learns how to begin coordinating the vocal process.

HOW I TEACH
My aim as a teacher of voice is to be flexible and innovative, and provide students with a clear and honest assessment. I strive to explain to each singer exactly how to complete a task, whether maintaining the position of inhalation or correcting posture. In lessons, I refrain from being demonstrative so that the student can find his or her own unique sound without attempting to copy my sound. I use this method so that the student learns how to be her own teacher. This way, the student will be able to identify and correct her own vocal problems. When I am not present, the student will have confidence in her skills and can make educated corrections in practice, rehearsals, and in performances.

TECHNIQUE
Throughout the course of lessons, it is my job to identify the most effective resonating space for the student and give her the skills to maintain that space. It is through the combination of effective breath management using appoggio and flow-phonation that the student becomes most efficient. Finding the most efficient technique for the student involves discovering the proper laryngeal position for the student’s voice type and by practicing continuity through all of the registers.

As all of the aspects of technique are being built in the studio, it is my job to ensure that I am building a musician. This means that I go over how the student needs to learn a piece and how to perform a piece. Often times with young students, they do not have the musical skills to teach themselves the pieces assigned. Sometimes the voice teacher’s job is to “plunk out the notes.” I highly encourage my students to take piano lessons and to use technology resources to aid them in building musicianship so they feel confident reading music. This process takes time, but it is the first step in building a competent performer.

MY GOALS
I always cater to the students tastes while still meeting requirements, if any. I believe that this fosters joy and excitement in music. My goal as a voice teacher not only involves building a good singer, but creating a performer. I make sure that I not only find performing opportunities for my students, but also I create them. Every semester I hold a studio recital for my students to perform their repertoire in front of an audience. In the Fall of 2015 I founded a local opera company in order to bring classical music to the community. My students made up the chorus of Handel’s Messiah that we performed that December. In addition, I have invited my students to participate in the church choir I direct every week. I believe that learning how to sing must take place in the studio, but the most important thing that I can do as a teacher is to make sure that the student knows how to transfer the skills learned in the classroom to real-world performing experiences.

APPROACH
I believe in a holistic approach to teaching, which involves connection to the text and acting. Though I cover many of these aspects in the studio, it is extremely beneficial for students to go outside of the studio and engage in physical courses such as yoga, Alexander technique, acting and dance. I personally engage in these activities to relate to my students and to be able to explain how we need to engage the body in singing. I also encourage my students to have coachings with other professionals to gain more insight into their repertoire.

Not every student who comes to my studio wants to sing opera. Many students want to sing in choir, in church, or just for fun. Overall, I always come from a place of acceptance and non judgement. Every voice is unique and I strive to help my students not only reach their goals, but surpass them.

ABOUT ME
I have been teaching voice and piano since 2010. Not only an avid teacher, I have performed in music festivals all over the world including The American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, Accademia Europa dell’Opera in Lucca, Italy, Angel Vocal Art in Los Angeles, CA, Russian Opera Workshop in Philadelphia, PA, and Highlands Opera Studio in Haliburton, Ontario. I have also performed with companies including Opera San Jose, The Napa Valley Music Association, The San Francisco Youth Chamber Orchestra, Opera on the Spot, and The Solano Chamber Society.

I earned my Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance, Pedagogy, and Literature from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA with Kevin McMillan. During my time in Harrisonburg, I founded Harrisonburg Opera Theatre and was the church choir director at Sunnyside Retirement Community Meredith Chapel.
I completed my Post-Graduate Artist Diploma in Voice at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of acclaimed opera singer, Deborah Voigt. While in San Francisco, I interned in the Education Department of San Francisco Opera and taught Kindergarten and First grade music with the San Francisco Conservatory in the Schools mentor-ship program. I also received a full scholarship to attend the Rubin Institute for Music Criticism.

I earned my Masters of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance from the University of California, Irvine at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts where she sang the National Anthem for President Barack Obama at the school’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. At UC Irvine, I received critical acclaim for my portrayal of Euridice in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, and as the Soprano in Pergolesi's Stabat Mater.

I specialize in the Alfred Series for piano and My First Piano Adventure for young students. This approach focuses on ear training and reading music. Custom exercises and choice of material is based on the student's level and field of study. Lessons are scheduled at the student's convenience as per availability. Frequency and length of lessons is based on the students needs.

Young voice students are taught general concepts, music theory, and ear training. After the voice is more mature, advanced and serious vocal study can be pursued. Melissa's students receive a well-rounded training in the style of their choice: Classical, Popular, Musical Theatre, and Jazz.

I emphasize solid technique, posture, breathing, and control, in addition to music fundamentals.
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Roger November 6, 2018
· Classical Voice · In studio
Love Dr. M! I've wanted to take voice lessons forever but I have been hesitant due to my lack of experience. Dr. M not only made me feel comfortable but also confident in the voice that I have. She's personal and warm but also very professional. She never gets frustrated with obstacles I face in my lessons; instead she helps ways to overcome them.

I've never left a lesson feeling disappointed with my ability, something I experienced with other voice teachers. I feel confident in my voice and I owe that all to Melissa. For instance, during one lessons I was feeling a little off. Rather than getting frustrated she helped me focus on great ways to approach singing when not feeling your best. Dr. McCann rocks!

If you are looking for a voice teacher new or experienced I would definitely recommend Dr. McCann. Top notch lessons and overall awesome woman!
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Kassondra November 5, 2018
· Classical Voice · Online
Dr. M. is a phenomenal teacher who does a great job customizing her lessons to the needs of the student. She has helped me make amazing progress with my voice, and just as importantly has helped me gain the confidence to be able to sign.

Her lessons are fun, effective, and very positive. All of which help the student learn more and get more out of the lesson. I highly recommend Dr. M. as a teacher to anyone (at any level) who is interested in becoming a better singer.
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Isabel November 5, 2018
· Classical Voice · In studio
I recommend Melissa as a voice teacher! She has a very easy going personality and gets along great with my 11 year old daughter. She got to know my daughter personally, and chooses music to fit her personality. She is very easy to work with and extremely knowledgeable as a voice teacher. My daughter has definitely made progress over the last two years!
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About Joe R.

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Glen Rock, PA

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Hello! I've been singing since before I can remember and playing instruments for almost as long. I have a passion for music. Whether it's being onstage at York Little Theatre, directing the church choir in Red Lion, or paying with one of several local and regional bands, I love music and performing. There's no rush like sharing your passion with an audience, and I believe that with practice comes confidence and with confidence comes a great performer. I'll make my schedule/rates as flexible as possible to accommodate anyone who wants to learn! Let's get started!
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Tess B. March 8, 2018
· Musical Theater · In studio
After only two lessons, I can tell he's an awesome guy with a ton of enthusiasm for music and teaching. He definitely knows what he's doing, wants to share that with his students, and took the time to learn about my goals and history with performing. Went above and beyond by sending recordings of exercises to work on at home. So excited to keep working with him.
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Michael January 15, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I had never had one-on-one singing lessons before, but Joe put me at ease immediately. He was able to pick up on my abilities within the course of the first lesson, and I appreciate how he took the time to get to know me and my singing interests.
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Nicole R. November 25, 2014
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Joe is a great teacher and a fun person to be around. I have worked with him on several projects and he is very patient, positive, and energetic.
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Glen Rock, PA 17327
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About Christine C.

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Camp Hill, PA

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Christine has been teaching private voice and piano lessons since 2005 and is currently available to teach lessons at Camp Hill Church of God. Christine has helped students of all ages pursue their love of music and develop their skills and education for many years. She loves teaching students in all music styles and finds that relating to them with the music that they love and incorporate it into what they are learning helps them understand and appreciate what they're learning even more.

Christine received a degree in Honors Vocal Performance in 2005. As an expert in her field, Christine looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals.Christine's teaching style is fun, educational and stress-free. She finds that students learn the best when they feel comfortable and are able to experiment with music in a relaxed environm
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Rick G. October 4, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
Christine made recommendations that were immediately realized. She was a joy to work with and I would recommend her with anyone looking to improve their voice.
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Lilly H. September 20, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Great first lesson for Lilly!
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Rachel B. September 7, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Christine is lovely and very patient.
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Christine C.

Christine C.

Camp Hill, PA 17011
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About Brenda G.

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Reading, PA
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I'm very passionate about the benefits of piano lessons and do my best to make it fun and exciting and rewarding. You will learn on my digital piano with weekly lessons and expectation of you practicing every day for at least 20 minutes. Points are given for your accomplishments with prizes for all at the end of the month. Holiday and fun music is learned along with Two recitals a year should you choose to participate. Expression and enthusiasm, and building confidence is what I'm all about. I'm friendly and outgoing, and allow flexibility in my schedule to reschedule lessons if we must. So come and let your light shine with me!
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Lonnie April 16, 2018
· Piano · Online
Mrs. G has been a terrific piano teacher for my son. He has been engaged and encouraged while working with her. I highly recommend her as a children's piano teacher.
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Ella H. August 26, 2017
· Piano · In home
My daughter loves going to piano with Brenda. She is an excellent teacher!
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Bridget June 18, 2016
· Piano · In studio
My daughter has been taking lessons for 9 months and just did a 4 page duet with Mrs. 'G " at a recital. She is very energetic; she encourages and gives awards which the young kids respond to; sometimes her cat comes to listen. No pressure and the kids can pick some of the advance books of songs they like. We go in person but she is now open to Face Time lessons. She is also very flexible for sick days; snow days, and the typical crazy kid activity schedule. If you like personal, friendly postitive energy...Mrs. "G" is your teacher!
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Brenda G.

Brenda G.

Reading, PA 19608
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About Anna L.

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Lancaster, PA
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About Anna
Hi there! I'm Anna, and I'm looking forward to meeting you. I've been offering private piano lessons since 2009 and offer foundations in music theory, technique, sight-reading and classic piano repertoire.

I begin most students in Faber method books, before branching into classical repertoire including selections from Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary time periods. My teaching style is flexible though, so I'll be happy to adapt to your individual liking and needs.

In 2012 I graduated from Thomas Edison State College with a degree in music and in 2017 I completed my Master's in Education from Post University. Today I enjoy teaching music to students ranging from six years old through adult.

I believe quality practice and motivation are key to success, and I'm looking forward to helping you succeed!
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Justine October 1, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Fantastic teacher. 100% recommend.
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Gina February 19, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Anna is an extremely knowledgeable and skilled musician, which inspires her students to want to excel themselves! My 7year old son has been taking lessons from Anna for about 2 years. He is excited to go to his lesson each week! Although my son struggles with some dyslexia, Anna is extremely patient with him and makes him feel like he is valuable and capable. She has adjusted the method and curriculum to find something that works well for him. She carefully explains the lessons, makes my son feel so special, and inspires him to want to learn.
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Marlena February 12, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Anna is a truly talented pianist and I’m lucky to have had the opportunity to be a student of hers for over five years. She has an incredible talent for teaching music to all ages and I’ve learned so much from her.
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Anna L.

Lancaster, PA 17602
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About Brittany D.

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Lancaster, PA

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Brittany is an accomplished soprano vocalist with much experience in performing.Brittany has two years of college vocal training as well as 2 years of college studio piano training.

Brittany has many years of performance experience including musicals, solo performance, and featured solos in oratorio and chamber works such as Jephte by Carissimi, Gloria by Vivaldi, and Mass in G minor by Ralph Vaughn Williams. She has also placed 2nd at the Shepherd University junior vocal competition.
Brittany currently sing in a local chamber choir and has been a soloist in their Spring, 2017 season, and sings in the Allegro Christmas Choir. She also loves to lead worship at the local church she attends.
She loves working with students to help them gain confidence in performing in auditions, concerts, and musicals. Brittany focuses on each students
unique voice and desires out of their lessons.

Brittany is also available for beginner piano lessons. She has been playing piano since the age of 6, and has received formal training at the collegiate level. Brittany focuses on having fun, all the while training students to be excellent musicians.
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Nathanael S. September 28, 2018
· Piano · In home
She’s so knowledgeable about the subject, and makes my son very comfortable in learning.
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Esther July 10, 2018
· Classical Voice · In studio
I was pleased with the things that I learned with Brittany. She was very welcoming, and I wasn't intimidated to sing for her. She did a good job at seeing areas that needed improvement, yet was very kind in how she pointed them out.
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hayley June 26, 2018
· Singing · Online
Brittany is a wonderful teacher! She takes time to get to know you and determine what it is you want out of each lesson. I am so happy I found her! I feel improvements after each lesson.
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Brittany D.

Lancaster, PA 17602
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About Brett S.

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Denver, CO

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2 secrets to getting good;
1. Enjoy the sound of your instrument. 2. Play songs that you love.

I've been playing guitar for 20 long years! I specialize in classical and electric guitars.
I have extensive knowledge in extended range guitars (7 strings and 8 strings) and classical guitars as well.
The most important part of learning a new instrument is that it's fun and enjoyable. If it's not enjoyable you're guaranteed to quit, so it's paramount to make playing guitar a fun activity and not a chore. The key to achieving the balance between discipline and fun is making sure you enjoy the sound of your instrument, and playing songs that you love.
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Brett S.

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About Tommy Y.

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Mechanicsburg, PA
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Hello, my name is Thomas and I have been playing the ukulele for over 5 years now! I have taught my friends how to play the ukulele throughout the years and made it so enjoyable that they have went out to purchase a ukulele of their own. I think the world would be a better place if more people played the ukulele as it is perfect to relieve some stress.

I wouldn't say I am a "professional ukulele player" but not many can! I can, however, state that I can make very enjoyable lessons for you and can guarantee to get you to where you want to be. I can have you playing confidently in just a few lessons.

I have played in solo gigs as well as in a "band" and my biggest musical accomplishment was opening up for Mumford and Sons back in 2014.

I am excited to start a musical journey with anyone and look forward to seeing you progress :)
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Marissa September 24, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Seriously the best instructor I've ever had hands down. He made me laugh and made the first lesson I had with him so stressfree. It was as if i knew he forever. he checks in on me every once in a while and that goes a long way. i would recommend tommy to anyone and hes the best! cant do better!
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Julia September 24, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Really patient and fun teacher. I was really scared of reaching out but wanted to play the ukulele at my talent show. I only had 2 lessons with him but that was enough for him to give me the confidence I needed to play my piece flawlessly. He did a great job by being silly and bringing me out of my shell. Thank you for everything and I look forward to jamming with you soon
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Kat September 24, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Just like everyone has mentioned already, Tommy does a great job making an easygoing environment. I looked forward to each lesson and he did a fantastic job and helping me at my own speed. It was tons of fun and we still keep in contact just for fun. The highlight was having him play at an open mic night with me at our local coffee shop! YOU ROCK THOMAS
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Tommy Y.

Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
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Hello. I am 19 years old and have always had the desire to learn piano. I have recently decided to give piano in my home to teach others something they will love and enjoy for many years to come! I am an early advanced pianist and I play as a pianist in my church. I promise that if you decide to take lessons from me I will not waste your time and I hope you wouldn't waste mine.
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Caitlin H.

Harrisburg, PA 17111
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About Brandon R.

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Camp Hill, PA
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Brandon was born in Greensburg Pennsylvania, and began his piano studies at the age of six under the guidance of Dr. Douglas Pieper. He has received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in piano performance under Edward Kuhn of Seton Hill, and Dr. Robert Bedford of West Chester.
He has performed for a multitude of events all over the country, which include PMTA conferences, Friday evening music club, Rotary club of Harrisburg, Junior, Senior, and Graduate recital.
He has also participated in numerous master classes with Sofya Gulyak, Jeffery Biegel, Dr. Whittaker, and Dr. seems. Brandon has also placed in numerous piano competitions some of which include the Princeton Piano Festival, and the MTNA piano competitions. He has also been choir director and organist at Holy trinity lutheran Church and Shiremanstown United Methodist Church in Camp
hill PA. During graduate school, Brandon Discovered a love of teaching. A duty of passing down the knowledge to his students so that they may continue this great and noble pursuit of music.
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Brandon R.

Camp Hill, PA 17011
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