About Atalia M.

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Atalia teaches: Ages 3 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: February 2010
Last sign in: 2 days ago

Overview

Everyone has a beautiful voice. Let me teach you how to make it heard.

My passion for music is the most pervasive quality of my personality. Consequently, passing that passion on to others is what brings me the most joy in life. My goal is to spread the love and appreciation for this unique and transcending art form through guidance, performance, and instruction. As my student, you will receive exactly what you (or your child) want out of the lessons-you are the one controlling what you want from them (be it any style of music, professional track or just for fun, music theory, and performance) and I am there to provide it. Music is nothing short of extremely fun and completely liberating.

I have always loved to sing and play guitar and piano starting from a young age, and I never gave up my determination and passion for performing. In middle and high school I did many musicals (Jekyll and Hyde, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Oliver, Miss Saigon, Little Shop of Horrors, Footloose, Kiss Me Kate, and Cats) and sang in the choir (including the California All State Honor Choir and Jazz Choir). I played guitar in the school Jazz Band and participated in many jam sessions out of school. I also participated in many piano competitions, including ones for my own composition (I received an honorable mention for one of my own piano works). In college, I received a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Redlands. I have recently completed my Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Redlands. I have performed many opera roles including Suor Angelica in Puccini's Suor Angelica, Violetta in Verdi's La Traviata, the Queen of the Night in Mozart's The Magic Flute, and Fiordiligi in Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte, and Najade in Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos. I was also in the University Chapel Singers Choir, Madrigals Choir, and Treblemakers a Capella Jazz choir. I currently reside in Germany where I am teaching online lessons to students all over the world, teaching English, and pursuing an opera career. So far I have sung the role of the Queen of the Night in Weimar, Germany and have done a few concerts singing Christine from the Phantom of the Opera.

"Hard work beats talent if talent does not work hard." This is my favorite quote. I truly believe that hard work will take you anywhere, no matter where your starting point is. With hard work and determination, you can be anything you want to be. With motivation, anyone can be a beautiful singer, guitarist, and pianist. If I did not believe this with all my heart, I would not be where I am today. To me, every student has great potential. It is my job and joy to bring out that potential and cultivate it into talent, love, and passion.



LESSON DETAILS

My lessons are fun and rewarding. I do not believe that a critical environment is one that is healthy or pleasant to learn in. Therefore, I am a very encouraging, patient, and supportive teacher, and I will praise you for your improvements, as well as help you correct your difficulties. I like to think of my lessons as a team effort, with more emphasis on working together and having fun. With that being said, I believe that you get what you put in out of our lessons. The more you practice and the more you show me determination and motivation, the more we can have fun, improve technique, and really make music in our lessons.

I customize each lesson to my student, so you tell me what you want to sing or play and what your goals as a musician are, and I will instruct you (or your child) in the exact way that fits your goals and interests. After a couple months with me, you will have a new found passion for music, knowledge of proper technique, reading and diction, and the skills to perform and communicate pieces of music. Most importantly, you will have the time of your life!

My voice lessons consist of vocal warm-ups where you learn proper technique and posture, breathing exercises to expand your diaphragm and support when you sing, and Repertoire work where you apply the technique you learned, practice performance skills, and learn diction of English, Italian, German, Hebrew, or French.

My guitar and piano lessons start with learning how to read music (if you do not know already) and being familiar with the keys or frets and the notes on the staff. Then we work on pieces of music, paying attention to the key factors of musicianship including rhythm, interpretation, dynamics, composition, musicality, and performance practice. My music theory lessons are based on whatever the student wants to learn or needs instruction on. I teach anywhere from basic music notation to advanced harmonic and formal analysis.

My speaking and lessons are similar to my voice lessons, minus the singing aspect-the same technique we use for singing is the technique we must use for speaking if we want to be heard, be healthy, and not get tired or worse - lose our voice. We work on breathing and projection techniques and then practice on a reading sample or presentation.

My acting lessons consist of different improv-acting games, projection techniques, and monologue and role studies. You will learn how to communicate a message to the audience clearly and effectively while having a wonderful time!

My language and tutoring classes are focused on fluency-getting comfortable speaking in the target language. We go through chapters of a lesson plan I created myself-learning vocabulary and grammar by learning the functions of them and completing speaking goals. After just a few lessons, you will find that you will be able to converse in your target language. Your individual pace is the most important to me, so we learn at the speed that you are the most comfortable with.

All I expect from you is to bring a pencil, a good attitude, and the willingness to practice and work hard in our lessons, and I will supply the rest! Looking forward to hearing your beautiful music or voice!

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Experience

English Teacher

Sep 2013 - Present
Berlitz

I teach private and group English lessons.

Voice, Piano, Guitar Teacher

Jan 2011 - Jul 2013
Musika Lessons

I taught private music lessons

Voice Teacher

Jan 2010 - May 2013
University of Redlands Community School of Music

I taught private voice lessons.

Caroler

Oct 2011 - Dec 2012
Desert Carolers

I performed Christmas Carols around Southern California

Soprano Section Leader

Oct 2010 - Oct 2012
Pilgrim Congregational Church

I sang solos and led the church choir.

Education

Master of Music - Vocal Performance

Sep 2010 - May 2013
University of Redlands

Bachelor of Arts - Psychology

Sep 2006 - May 2010
University of Redlands

Bachelor of Music - Vocal Performance

Sep 2006 - May 2010
University of Redlands

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

German

Limited Proficiency

Hebrew

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Teaching Knowledge Test Module 1

Sep 2014
Cambridge

QPR Suicide Prevention Certificate

May 2010
University of Redlands

Awards

Achievement Award and Presidential Scholar

May 2010
University of Redlands

Dean's List

May 2010
University of Redlands

Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges Honoree

May 2010
University of Redlands

Solo/Concerto Competition - Finalist

Nov 2009
University of Redlands

Affiliations

National Association of Teachers of Singing

Sep 2013
NATS

Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.

Sigma Alpha Iota (ΣΑΙ)

Nov 2010
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Sigma Alpha Iota is a professional International Music Fraternity for women. Formed to uphold the highest standards of music and to further the development of music in America and throughout the world, it continues to provide musical and educational resources to its members and the general public.Sigma Alpha Iota operates its own national philanthropy, Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies, Inc.

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64 Reviews on Atalia M.

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Ava H. Aug 4, 2016
Hebrew · Online
Verified Student
Atalia is perfect for teaching Hebrew and Singing
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Simcha Aug 4, 2016
Hebrew · Online
Verified Student
Exultant teacher!
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Essence W. Jun 17, 2016
Singing · Online
Verified Student
She is absolutely wonderful, and very patient. Can't wait for the next session!!
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Heather Jun 2, 2016
Hebrew · Online
Verified Student
Atalia is a great teacher. I've learned a ton in only 5 weeks. She is very patient and fun to work with!
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Nina May 28, 2016
Public Speaking · Online
Verified Student
I booked a series of lessons with Atalia 6 weeks before a public speaking engagement.

I didn't feel like Atalia prepared a long term plan towards my talk. It seemed like each lesson was winging it. I realize she's busy and has a lot of students, but I would have liked more personal attention. I enjoyed the work we did with breathing exercises and found them very helpful in keeping my voice loud and steady, but didn't gain a lot of insight into public speaking skills.

In addition, she was a no-show for our last scheduled lesson before my talk - the lesson that would have been most important. She asked to reschedule to accommodate her schedule, then wasn't online on Skype at our agreed upon time and didn't respond to my e-mails.

She may be better at lessons for voice or singing, but I would not recommend her services as a Public Speaking teacher.
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Michael L. Apr 20, 2016
Vocal Training · Online
Verified Student
Relaxed and instructive. I enjoyed the first session and look forward to the ne t
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Pam Mar 30, 2016
Hebrew · Online
My previous review was that I was not able to access my homework and have not gotten that straight. Italia is very pleasant and efficient with online classes.
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Pam Mar 30, 2016
Hebrew · Online
I loved the lesson but was not given the entire time. Atalia contacted me to let me know she just discovered that she had stopped 15 min earlier and will make it up. I also received homework from her but cannot get at it on my computer. Have asked for her to resend and have not received it yet.
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Amie H. Mar 25, 2016
Singing · Online
Verified Student
My 1st lesson was great, I learned so much in such a little time.. I can't wait until my next session!! Thank you so much Take lessons!!!
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Jayla Feb 17, 2016
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Very easy to follow and have learned more in three lessons online with her than 6 months with a local teacher. Will definitely continue the lessons.
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