Students are raving about their Performing Arts instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Erik
"I enjoyed the start of my vocal lesson and am looking forward to next week."
Akron, OH teacher:
R. ROBIN G.
Review by Lilian
"Sara is amazing, gorgeous and professional. Definitely the best choice!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Matt
"Briana was a very enthusiastic teacher and had very interesting lesson plans. She strives for student improvement and always keeps class fun. I would defi
nitely recommend her as a dance instructor!"
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Steve
"Kelsey is a great teacher!"
Saint Louis, MO teacher:
Review by Elaine
"He's very intuitive. He is good at explaining and teaching in such a detailed, fun way. I learned alot from him and would recommend him to anyone who is l
ooking for an instructor who can teach you the best information and techniques."
Nashville, TN teacher:
Review by Joseph
"Cyndi was absolutely great. She really works with a person to try to bring out the best in them. I'm very fortunate to have picked her for my lessons,"
Las Vegas, NV teacher:
Review by Logan
"My son is asperger, they got along great , he loves it"
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by KellyAnne
"Sofia is a great teacher and awesome person to work with! She is very knowledgeable about the industry and certainly increased my knowledge and skills!"
San Diego, CA teacher:
Sofia A Z.
Review by lisa
"I've watched Connie mentor and instruct children and young adults on three different film sets, and it's always been right on target. If in the middle of
a hectic shoot (when many directors are pulling out their hair and screaming), she can reach and teach (the kids are totally receptive to her instruction), I can only imagine what she can do with a student in a one-on-one session. I highly recommend her."
Are you a singer or speaker who would like a more powerful, authentic voice? My focus is to assist you in finding an easier way to sustain your best posture, breath support, resonance and pitch control by bringing awareness to existing vocal habits while providing a hands-on experience adjusting those habits. My mission is to help you find your most relaxed & elongated posture, breath support, full resonance and best pitch control.
My specialty as a professional voice teacher is Contemporary Commercial Music [CCM] which encompasses genres & sub-genres from Pop, Country, Hip/Hop, Folk, Rock,
R&B, Soul, Gospel, EDM [electronic dance music], etc.
I grew up singing freely and naturally until I destroyed my voice thru improper, frequent overuse. I believed my career was over, but it was just starting. Private lessons with vocal professionals coupled with academic studies rebuilt my perception of how I was generating sound and their training gave me back MY VOICE, for which I am forever grateful. I combine knowledge from these studies and my own vocal exploration to re-build my voice in exercises that I share with students of voice.
I CAN HELP YOU REACH YOUR GOALS: My cross-training in dance, yoga, Tai Chi, commercial & improvisational acting provides a well-rounded platform from which to deliver information, guide vocal explorers and also help develop talent.
EXPERIENCE: * 18 years teaching experience * 12 years living & working in Los Angeles * A lifetime of performing experience * 12 years personal private vocal studies master teachers of bel canto & contemporary singing techniques.
LIFE SKILLS: No matter the subject, my focus is also teach skills that can be extrapolated into any area of your life. Life Skills focuses on eradicating negative self-talk and expanding communication skills that help develop confidence, enhancing daily life.
Between performing and my own artistic studies, I have been taking the occasional private voice student since 1997, mostly via referrals from friends and other students. While living in California, one of my voice teachers requested me as her regular substitute at Culver City and Santa Monica Music Schools from 2008-2012, which I felt deeply honored. She said she trusted me with their voices, which encouraged me into full-time voice teaching practice. In June 2012, I returned to Minneapolis and began teaching in my home studio through music services like Take Lessons. Past projects include producing a vocal showcase at The Ritz Theater, musical direction & choreography for a school's 2016 production of the Wizard of Oz; assisting students to prepare for local & national auditions like La Banda, The Voice & American Idol; prepping singers for studio recordings and congratulating a new student who's stepped out of the chorus to land her first lead role!
I am forever grateful to all of my teachers, past and present, for their valuable gifts of knowledge, skill, grace and compassion.
ENJOY LIFE MORE! Singing & dancing improves our quality of life.
*** STUDIO EQUIPMENT ***
EDEN PRAIRIE: Lessons in separate "studio" room, electric piano, mirror, music stands, table for your water, chair. Parents/loved ones can lounge in the large comfortable lobby area, drink free coffee/hot chocolate, read, use the free Wi-Fi, or watch TV [see photos below].
*** STUDIO POLICIES ***
STUDIO HOURS: EDEN PRAIRIE Central Standard Time Sun: 6:00pm-9:00pm Mon: 10:00am-1:00pm Tues-Thurs: 10:00am-9:00pm Fri: 10:00am-5:00pm
MINNEAPOLIS Mon: 3pm-9pm
PHONE CALLS, EMAILS & TEXT WILL BE REPLIED TO DURING STUDIO HOURS.
TRAVEL: Cost for travel is charged at the same rate per hour, as the lesson itself since I am unable to teach other students when in transit. Exception: Travel is included for In-Studio Coaching to Success sessions
CANCELLATIONS Mutual 24-hour advance notice agreement states both parties will respect the difficulty of planning schedules by providing 24-hour notice to change a reserved lesson time.
* Cancellations within 24-hours of lesson require a phone call or text - Lessons not cancelled w/24-hour notice are the responsibility of the cancelling party to makeup - True emergencies are exempt
Paula D. February 20, 2017
Classical Voice ·
Online Verified Student
Very helpful, and the added benefit of the opportunity to learn about how to use Audacity. We found a good vocal exercise for me to use.
Paula D. February 13, 2017
Classical Voice ·
Online Verified Student
Very helpful, Arlys knows how to start where I am at and what exercises and throat remedies I should use.
I feel a lot more hope about my voice and singing improving!
Sheena February 1, 2017
This was my first lesson ever, and Arlys made me feel more than comfortable. Great lesson!
Hey, my name is Alex. I'm a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, bass, keyboards, voice, drums, flute, etc.), composer, performer, recording artist, arranger/orchestrator/transcriber, recording engineer/producer & music educator.
I graduated from the University of St. Thomas "Cum Laude" in 2011 with a Bachelor's Degree in Guitar Performance, with minors in Music Production & Composition. While attending St. Thomas I served as the Music Theory tutor, as well as the live sound/stage/light/recording technician for student & faculty recitals.
I have been playing professionally & teaching for over
a decade. My passion for music is something that I love to share with anyone else who feels inclined to make music. My goal is to share the skills & knowledge I've acquired throughout my experiences with those willing to learn & dedicate themselves to the craft of making music.
*** Lesson Details *** I am experienced in most major genres of music: classical, jazz, blues, rock, funk, folk, metal, acoustic fingerstyle/slap, instrumental rock, "shred," pop, world music, electronica, etc. & feel comfortable conveying the techniques, approaches & idioms to a student by breaking them down into digestible components, while making these new ideas relatable to material they are already familiar with.
In the end, I want the student to learn what they're most interested in learning. I'm here to answer any questions they may have & with my experiences, I feel confident that I will be able to either answer these questions or point them in the right direction. Some topics covered:
Scales/modes Ear training Instrument-specific techniques (ie bending, tapping, sweep picking, etc.) Songwriting & Composition Arranging & Orchestrating Sight-reading Improvisation Chordal theory & how to read charts Practice routines & approaches Instrument maintenance Instrument-based gear (guitars, amplifiers, effects, picks, slides, capos, etc.)
The student will learn at the pace they set for themselves & can only get out of it the amount of effort they put forth. I expect my students to practice on a regular basis (however brief each session may be). Consistency is key for progress to be made, & if they hold up their end of the bargain, the payoffs will be quite substantial!
*** Studio Equipment *** Practice amplifier, tuner, music stand(s), guitar picks & cables.
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide guitar neck paper. I expect the students to have their own instrument & any materials they may need to achieve the goals they've set for themselves (such as a weekly notebook).
*** Specialties *** Progressive rock, classic rock, blues, jazz, funk, disco, classical, acoustic fingerstyle/slap, flamenco guitar; music theory, sight-reading, composition, songwriting, film scoring, music production.
Kyle November 4, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Very knowledgeable! Look forward to the next lesson!
Anne June 28, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Really enjoyed meeting -- and starting lessons -- with Alex. Looking forward to learning a lot from him.
Izzy G. February 24, 2016
Bass Guitar ·
Online Verified Student
My daughter loves it! He goes at a pace that keeps her engaged and challenges.
Are you looking to sing or play keyboard, work on material for your band, build your repertoire, sing or play in the church choir/band, audition for a production, become a better lead singer in your rock or pop band, overcome stage-fright or wanting to get to the next level? You have come to the right place!
My lessons provide students with an opportunity to deeply explore the voice, build confidence, and to develop healthy and effective singing practices, which can be applied to any style of musical singing and playing.
A well-rounded music education is very important and I have fun an
d educational resources for learning vocal technique, ear training, harmony, pitch matching and music theory.
I am very fortunate to have performed and studied Classical and Opera, musical theater productions, have sang in Rock, Pop, Country, R&B bands and can bring that real-world experience into the lesson. The student will receive real hands-on knowledge about singing in a variety of environments and how to manage his/her vocal goals!
In addition to being vocally healthy, I encourage self-expression and enhance self-esteem in my students: singers of all ages, skill levels and styles. Plus, it has to be fun, otherwise why do it? Singing is a process and less about the end goal and we train the body, mind and use imagination and it's a very exciting process!
***My students regularly receive scholarships and placement in music schools and programs around the U.S., have won competitions, do well in auditions, are performing in successful bands and/or recording artists.
I am energetic and enthusiastic; actively promote values and traditional teaching practices coupled with the introduction of technology into the lesson. My experience as an educator is to share passion and talent for music with the next generation of musicians and outstanding communication skills. I really care about my students and provide the tools to help them reach their goals!
Degrees: Bachelor of Music, minor in Psychology from Michigan State University Master of Vocal Pedagogy from Oakland University
Here is some of my experience as a performer: I have sung Internationally at the renowned Eisteffodd Music Festival in Wales, toured through Britain and performed at the Laupin Agile Cabaret in Paris. I was honored with a nomination to attend the prestigious Yale Cabaret Conference and worked with cabaret legend Julie Wilson and Manhattan Transfer founder Laurel Masse. Sung and performed roles with the Mid-Michigan and Detroit Opera Companies. Performed a production of Sleepwalkers with the Kari Margolis Brown Company at the O'Shaughnessy Theatre. I currently perform all over the Twin Cities with my own R&B/Soul Band, Melody and The Dramatics! Plus, I am a contract vocalist and perform in a variety of other projects, so needless to say, it is all a very awesome ride!
*** Lesson Details *** My laid-back and fun approach allows for versatility and is tailored to meet the needs of the individual student. When studying the art of singing you are gaining skills, which build confidence.
When you understand what you're doing and why, you bring more confidence to your performance. Progress is made with regular practice outside of lessons. Voice students record each private lesson through their devices and take notes in their own notebooks.
I have "warm-up" tracks which you can use in your car or at home and you will notice significant improvement once you start your routine.
Practicing is very important and I have great methods to teach students how to maximize their time and get the best results! I am privileged to have an opportunity to teach and very passionate about coaching a student to meet his or her musical goals!
Also, I have a Beagle named "Bacon" and he will always be very excited to see you, however he does calm down when you're in the studio. In addition, I have two cats, so please let me know if you have allergies or any special recommendations.
Thanks so much! Melody
*** Studio Equipment *** Lessons in the music room, PA system, piano, keyboard, laptop, recording microphone, microphone, mirror.
The house is in a cul-de-sac and there is ample street parking. Also, in the case of a snow emergency, you will be able to park in the driveway.
*** Specialties *** I teach in a variety of vocal styles including, rock, pop, jazz, country and classical, keyboard and music theory. I have been trained by some of the best instructors in the country and strive for my students to be vocally healthy, so they'll have long careers. I also perform in professional bands, orchestras and can bring that experience into the lesson. Energetic and enthusiastic; actively promote values and traditional teaching practices coupled with the introduction of technology into the lesson. Experienced educator eager to share passion and talent for music with the next generation of musicians and outstanding communication skills.
Diana February 10, 2017
Melody is great! I think she is a fantastic teacher and I would highly recommend her.
Manty May 26, 2016
In studio Verified Student
My kids loved her! She was fun and knowledgeable. Both of them wished they had more than 1/2 an hour!
Mark F. February 18, 2016
In home Verified Student
Excellent experience and Melody makes learning the piano very fun and enjoyable. Would highly recommend her,
Mark H. has been a professional teacher, musician, and singer for over 20 years. He has taught Voice, Guitar, Acting, Bass Guitar, & Music Theory to students of all ages in various settings ranging from private lessons to college classrooms. He is a fun, experienced, passionate teacher willing to work with students of all levels from beginners to professionals. Mark absolutely loves helping all his students achieve their individual goals.
Mark has performed in musical groups that have played locally and toured nationally. He has opened for national recording artists such as Eddie Money, B
lackfoot, Kenny Wayne Shepard, Molly Hatchet, and Shooting Star (to name just a few). He has extensive songwriting experience and has composed original songs for various local bands. He has also produced musical scores for theatrical productions at the University of Minnesota, Harmon Place Players, and the Rhombus Theater Company.
*** Lesson Details *** Students can expect lessons to be structured while being tailored to their desires and goals. Mark likes to focus on what students want to learn while pushing them to challenge themselves. His goal is to “bring out the artist” in his students but he also understands lessons should be fun.
*** Travel Equipment *** I will suggest necessary teaching materials/books. Students need their own instruments.
*** Specialties *** Rock, Jazz, Funk, Blues, Pop, etc
Erik K. February 8, 2017
In studio Verified Student
I found Mark through TakeLessons a little over a year ago when my dad and I were looking to start learning guitar. I could not have been more pleased with how accommodating Mark was with our schedules and different skill levels. Whether its reviewing what we learned the week prior or taking on something new we are being challenged every lesson. My dad and I have come a long way since we started last year and Mark is to thank for our success. I highly recommend Mark if you are just starting out or have a few years under your belt. He is crazy knowledgeable!
Mark January 11, 2017
In studio Verified Student
Really knows his stuff and is very patient. Cares about you wanting to play to the best of your ability and really stays on topic and down to business but at the same time makes you feel comfortable when talking about your influences.
Matt September 5, 2016
Mark is extremely knowledgeable, nice and willing to work on whatever you would like to improve upon. He adapts his lessons very well based on skill level and student interest. I highly recommend Mark for any level of guitarist.
Stanford Felix, D.M.A. has a national reputation as a bass-baritone singing classical and musical theater, and has been teaching private voice lessons since 1998. Stan is currently available to teach lessons at three locations in the Twin Cities area: his voice studio in downtown Minneapolis (see https://www.facebook.com/sfelixvoicestudio/), his home in Farmington, MN just south of St. Paul, The String Academy in Owatonna, MN, and online.
He works with all voice types, from beginning to professional. Here are a view things that will be emphasized in both styles:
Vocal Technique (Include
s breathing, resonance, agility, etc.) Stage Presence Pitch Correct Repertoire (Which songs work best in your voice) Thorough Knowledge of Notes and Rhythms How to Practice Efficiently A Definite Game Plan (exactly what you want to do with your singing, and how to get there).
Dr. Felix enjoys watching his singers grow stronger every week as they reach to obtain their optimum vocal range and brilliancy of sound. Please contact him today!
Bio: Stanford Felix is Founder and Executive/Artistic Director of Minnesota Concert Opera, based in Minneapolis, MN, and currently teaches voice and performs primarily in the Twin Cities area. Having earned his B.F.A. in Theater and Voice from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS, Mr. F. based his singing career in New York City for twelve years, received his M.M. in voice performance from the Manhattan School of Music in New York, was on the Voice Faculty of Texas A & M University, Kingsville where he ran the opera department for two years, and then returned to Lawrence, KS to get his D.M.A. in Voice Performance. He then taught as Assistant Professor at Emporia State University in Emporia, KS for five years. As a bass-baritone he has performed extensively through out the United States on the operatic, musical theater and concert stage.
Christine August 18, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Chad August 2, 2016
Classical Voice ·
Stan is an outstanding teacher and has an amazing understanding of the human voice. I am so much more comfortable and expressive with my voice since working with him over the past year and a half. I HIGHLY recommend him to anyone seeking to improve their abilities professionally.
Natalie July 31, 2016
Lessons with Dr. Felix have improved my solo and choral singing immensely. I would definitely recommend him for anyone looking to improve their singing confidence and vocal technique.
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