Frank Ryken

Frank R.

Concord, CA

About Frank R.

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Frank teaches: Ages 8 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: January 1978
Last sign in: Today

Overview

Frank is passionate about sharing the natural method of singing with students of all ages.

Frank teaches students at all stages of development, beginning through advanced.


Frank received a Bachelor of Music in Voice performance from Indiana University, and is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique (Posture Awareness in Action).



He has taught vocal music at Elementary, Intermediate, High School and College levels.



His students have won college scholarships and music awards.



Frank has performed leading roles in Broadway shows, Light Opera and Opera.



His experience as a vocal musical specialist in schools has helped to shape of method of instruction that is fun, easy and yields amazing results.

*** Lesson Details ***
Frank's lessons are focused on achieving the students goals.



Students choose songs meaningful to them along with songs the teacher recommends to broaden their muscial appreciation and vocal skill. Styles of music include: folk, show, pop, classical.



Interpretation and acting skills are developed.



Students learn the language of music (rhythm, pitch, symbols ) through games and activities.



Students will find their voices getting stronger and more beautiful through increased awareness of posture, diaphragmatic breathing, and vitality of jaw movement. This creates a wonderful sensation of freedom and relaxation. In 3-6 months time the student will experience an increase in range, beauty and power. I can guarantee your most beautiful and powerful voice with perfect high notes in 3-5 years of regular lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano and Keyboard

*** Specialties ***
All styles of music except woman's chest voice (belting).
very strong with children's voice training and classical ,especially
opera. Natural method of singing using awareness of posture.

Education

Bachelor of Music in voice performance

Jun 1971 - Jun 1973
Indiana University

Certifications

Alexander Technique

May 1981
American Center for the Alexander Technique

Alexander Technique is taught at Julliard, the Royal Conservatory in
London and at many other performing arts schools.
It is the re-education of the way we move and react to situations in
our life and is helpful in maintaining a relaxed state in stressful
circumstances (performing)

Affiliations

National Association of Teachers of Singing

Sep 2011
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.

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6 Reviews on Frank R.

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Katherine Jun 23, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter is thrilled and looking forward to more lessons with Frank
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Elaine M. Jun 13, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I went in never having had a voice lesson. He took me through the basics in a wonderfully welcoming and creative way. I know I will be much the better singer after his classes!
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Jessa M. Dec 8, 2014
Broadway Singing · In studio
Verified Student
It was a great joy learning from Frank for the several weeks I had him as instructor. He has his own little studio at home, with his piano, so you can enjoy and be comfortable singing out loud without other disruptions. His method is very simple and effective. It's all about energy, posture, and jaw movement! I definitely saw a change in my singing after only two lessons of learning from Frank.

He is also friendly, smiling, and courteous! He'll start you with warm-ups and then end with songs/pieces to practically implement the movements you've learned during warm-ups. Try a lesson with Frank! You'll not regret it!
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Diana D. May 17, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter has been taking singing lessons with Frank for 2 years. She started lessons when she was only four and a half years old. She is now 9 years old and Frank is one of the best vocal teachers she has ever had. Frank is amazing with kids. He keeps my daughter focused and has fun with her at the same time. My daughter looks forward to her class every week. We've seen great improvement in her singing as well as her confidence. I have been extremely happy with Frank and would highly recommend him to anyone looking for vocal lessons--young and old.
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MaElenaL Nov 17, 2011
An amazing vocal teacher and very encouraging to continue to discover the beautiful voice within you. Still taking lessons from him and he always sets good examples and good positivity for his students.
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DawnS1 Dec 5, 2009
Current Student

Frank is an excellent teacher and really helps you get a sense of your true voice and where it comes from. He is positive and professional as well as encouraging. He knows his stuff.
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