Duane La Touche

Duane L.

Theresa, NY
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Duane delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 12 to 70

Teaching since:
February 2004

Duane is available for online lessons through this platform. Duane have been singing for the past 20 years, where he have taken numerous vocal instructions from both his home country in Trinidad and Tobago and in the United States. With the knowledge he has gained, he is well qualified to pass on those lessons to his students who are eager to learn, implement and apply what they have learnt.

Duane will train his students to have confidence in their abilities to sing, help them to find their voice, produce quality sound through diction, tonality and posture. For the most part, he wants to create an environment for his students to have fun with their musical selections. He loves teaching because he has a passion to see people who may have a fear in singing or who also have a desire to develop their singing abilities.

Duane’s goal is to focus on what the student wants to accomplish in singing, and develop techniques and skills to reach their goals.

Our exercises will comprise of vocal warm up, singing techniques, singing scales, arpeggios, breath controls, word pronunciations, rhythm and much more. To be successful as a student, Duane expects each student to come with an open mind even if they have prior experience singing, be willing to learn new things even if it seems strange.

After 3 or 6 months students will know how to breathe properly and effectively for singing support and endurance. I prefer to work with students at a beginner or intermediate level, as opposed to advanced students.

Duane specializes on teaching Folk songs, Oratorios, Arias, Gospel/Christian music, Soul/R&B, and Classical. Students will have the ability to choose the music that they will love to learn and a lesson will be planned around that genre.

Duane attended Andrews University, Berrien Springs Michigan, where acquired his degree in BA Music. During his studies there, he has been a part of a few groups such as the Andrews University Singers (Touring group), Men’s Chorus, Journey (acapella group), Quartets and Trio groups. Duane is also trained as a Baritone/ Bass singer. However, he has an excellent head voice for those students who sing in the higher registers.

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Experience

Music Minister
May 2016 - Present
Watertown Seventh Day Adventist Church

I am currently the music minister and choir director at my church where I prepare music for each service such as hymns, praise and worship, contemporary christian and gospel music. Music during the service, gets the heart, soul and mind in preparation for the spoken word.

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Choir Director
Jun 2010 - Feb 2014
New Hope Seventh Day Adventist Church

Choir director in gospel and christian contemporary music.
Prepares music throughout the church service.
Soloist.

Education

Masters in Public Health
Sep 2015 - Present
Capella University
BA Music
Aug 2001 - Jun 2005
Andrews Univerisity

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Welcome introduction.
" I will Praise the Lord"
Photo by Duane L.

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Some of my choir members were invited to sing at Emmanuel United Church of Christ for their church service in Watertown New York
Singing "How Deep the Father's Love for us" at Emmanuel Congregational Church in Watertown New York.
Getting ready to sing the Handel's Messiah.

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My Mentor, Pastor Wintley Phipps.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_7043fg1ag

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Serenading my wife with a song I wrote on our wedding day. 😘

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Participated in "The Voice" competition. Was a great experience.

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3 Reviews

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Timothy Aug 4, 2017
Vocal Training ·

You can't go wrong by choosing Duane as your instructor. He's patient and kind.

Shevonne Aug 3, 2017
Singing · In home

Mr. La Touche boosted my confidence as well as pushed me to explore different genres of music. His "warm up" or training exercises were very helpful for the care of my voice. I really enjoyed his tutelage and appreciated his diligence and commitment to my development.

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Sasha Aug 3, 2017
Vocal Training · Online

Duane is an excellent vocal instructor. I felt very comfortable with him and he helped me to confront my fears of singing in public. He was very patient with me as I developed my voice for solo singing.
I previously disliked hearing myself sing, but Duane has taught me a lot about intonation and pitch that when applied to my singing makes me appreciate my voice a lot more.
I would recommend him without hesitation for anyone wanting to get vocal training. Duane is a great teacher and you will not regret taking training from him.

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