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JoAnn R.
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
In today’s world singers need to know how to perform many styles of music. Many opera singers also sing Broadway and jazz, and all Broadway singers need to sing traditional, jazz, swing, pop, and maybe rock and folk styles. To do this, you need strong physical skills to sing belt, mixed and legit voice. You need strong high, middle and low notes and the ability to sing loud and soft and to modulate from bright to mellow. You need to know your instrument inside and out - how it functions and how to make it work safely, reliably and with good results. I am unique because of my combined musical and medical backgrounds. In addition to my graduate and undergraduate musical training and extensive musical experience, I was a surgeon and taught anatomy and physiology. Part of my medical training included studying the mechanics of how the body works and its application. In addition to the traditional methods such as imagery and mimicry that all singing teachers use, I will help you understand your body - precisely how to produce and resonate your tone, and how your breathing really works in conjunction with tone production and resonance, not in an isolated way as is commonly taught. Also, I will work with you on all the musicianship skills you need: Singing with correct rhythmic style and phrasing, on pitch and with the existing harmony; reading music; and a knowledge of the history of musical styles and how they developed. And, we will work on performance skills to convey the meaning and beauty of a song to your audience. As a professional musician I bring you my extensive experience singing Broadway, opera, jazz, and choral music, and playing various instruments in dance bands, chamber groups, and orchestras. I am well prepared to teach you the skills you need to meet your goals. I keep my knowledge and skills up to date by studying the latest journals and books, attending workshops and master classes, listening to recordings, attending live performances, participating in music associations and taking private lessons. I search out and use the latest computer-based and internet resources to help you learn faster and support your home practice. Many of my students have previously studied with other teachers and they have volunteered that what they learn in my studio far exceeds what they learned elsewhere - that they are thrilled. So I encourage you to sign up for lessons and see for yourself. To help you make faster progress, I offer 45 or 60 minute lessons at substantially reduced rates that are more affordable for you.
About JoAnn R.

Your lessons are designed to help you develop the skills and confidence you need to successfully perform in public. I work hard to prepare your lessons and I ask my students to invest daily time working on skills studied at their lessons. Performing music requires the patient integration of multiple skills over time, however, the rewards are BIG. During your lessons you will receive instruction in skills needed to sing or play the cello as well as musical skills including rhythm, melody, harmony and style. Because there is a lot to learn, I encourage you to consider 45 or 60 minute lessons, which I offer at substantially reduced rates to make them more affordable for you. I continually update my teaching methods by attending workshops and master classes and I incorporate my knowledge of human anatomy and function, to help you perform with minimal strain. Also, I incorporate internet resources in your lessons to keep them interesting and up to date. What will your lessons be like? At your first lesson we will explore and name the parts of your instrument (voice or cello). We'll talk about what you would like to learn, set attainable goals and select songs that you will be successful learning. In subsequent lessons you will warm up with scales and exercises, using common intervals with basic rhythms to improve your technical abilities and gain musical skills and knowledge, such as hearing pitches and intervals and keeping with the beat. This will also help you learn to read music. Singers will learn to use breathing to coordinate with your vocal folds to make a beautiful tone and sing on pitch, relax your throat and tongue to create resonant chambers, shape your mouth and tongue to color the tone, and use your tongue and lips to form the words. Cellists will learn to transfer your body weight into your cello to produce a mellow tone, placing your hands and arms on the cello and bow in a relaxed and balanced manner to allow you to play smoothly and in tune and to prepare you to produce a lovely vibrato. Since cellos don't have frets, you will also learn to locate each note on the cello but just a few notes at a time - until you know them all. You will learn to use your technical skills and knowledge to create musical phrases that sound beautiful and authentic and are fun to perform and listen to. You will need to practice simple skills and phrases repeatedly until they become habit. I will lend you my kind and patient support to help you through the bumps in the road. Not sure how to practice at home? To support your practice at home you will: Receive a recording of each of your lessons to practice with; Learn simple exercises you can do at home; Learn to create and use simple backup tracks of your songs to learn to hear rhythm and harmony; Learn how to use your computer at home to get feedback for pitch, and tone quality. Nervous about performing? When you are comfortable I will provide opportunities to perform in student programs performing for friends and families. You will have opportunities to participate and perform in workshops which include performance opportunities, lectures, demonstrations and Master Classes with nationally recognized teachers and performers.


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Really patient and knowledgeable.

Posted Mar 27, 2021
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She is amazingly patient with me, a newbie, even though she is brilliant! and I am not!!! During this pandemic, she is teaching me outdoors in her lovely garden, practicing social distancing to reduce the risk of virus transfer. I am more than pleased and looking forward to learning much more from her !

Posted Feb 27, 2021
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My granddaughter (high-school age) loved the singing lessons with JoAnn and we would highly recommend her. She took both in-home and on-line lessons from here.

Posted Oct 29, 2020
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Nov 2015 - Present
I regularly sing classical, musical theater and jazz standards for the Dixon and Pioneer regional music series, and at Jim Jordan's piano bar.
Jul 2014 - Present
Cellist with Beethoven and Friends Chamber Music Ensemble
I regularly perform chamber music as part of the Dixon and Pioneer regional chamber music series, including sonatas, trios and quartets and folk music arrangements, by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Saint Saens, and Mendelssohn, Vaughan Williams and others.
Private Singing and Cello Instructor
Oct 1976 - Present
Private Studio and East Los Angeles Settlement House
Sacramento May, 2009-Present Private singing instruction ages 11-60+ Opera, Broadway, Jazz, Rock, Pop Private cello instruction ages 16-60+ San Francisco Oct 1966-June 1972 Private singing instruction ages 14-20 Choir, Broadway, Classical singing lessons East Los Angeles Settlement House Oct 1972-June 1976 Private singing and cello instruction ages 10-18 Classical, Opera and Broadway
Solist and Choir member
Feb 2014 - Jul 2015
Capella Antiqua
Member of, and soloist with, Capella Antiqua, a sixteen member elite choir which performed a range of choral music, including annual performances of Handel's Messiah with orchestra until the ill-health of its director caused it to disband.
Singing Teacher and Coach
Mar 2013 - Oct 2013
Miss Cynthia's Dance Studio
Taught singing and prepared students for roles in Annie and Wizard of Oz - ages 7-18
Choir - Professional Section Leader/Soloist
Sep 2011 - Feb 2014
Wilshire United Methodist Church, Glendale 7th Day Adventist Church, First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, Monterey Park Lutheran Church, and St Marks Methodist Church in Sacramento
Soloist and section leader Participated in weekly choir rehearsal with Sunday service, bi-monthly solo/duets, bi-yearly performances of choral works with professional orchestra - section leader and soloist, including works by Bach, Brahms, Saint-Saens, Mendelssohn, Haydn, Handel, Faure, Mozart Soloist at Bellflower, La Canada and San Mateo Christian Science Churches. Sang a contemplative solo at weekly services, led congregational hymns
Choir member
Sep 2003 - May 2013
University Choir
Sang a variety of choral music with the 50 member University Choir under the direction of Don Kendrick at CSUS. Included performing occasional solos. Professional choir section leader and soloist multiple churches. High school and college choirs.
Podiatrist/Anatomy Instructor
Jan 1993 - Aug 2013
Monrovia Podiatry Center, Mt.Sac Community College, ITT Tech
Podiatry services - including evaluation and treatment of chronic and acute injury Taught anatomy and physiology to pre-med and nursing students
Opera singer
Sep 1966 - Jun 1971
Pacific Opera, CSULA, Citrus College, Euterpe Opera, Pasadena Opera
Perform light jazz, folk and classical songs with Beethoven and Friends Chamber Ensemble. Performed leading roles in operas including Gianni Schicchi, Magic Flute, Sir John in Love, Orpheus in the Underworld, Hansel and Gretel, La Boheme, Romeo and Julliette with Pacific Opera, CSULA, Citrus College. Sang in Pasadena Opera chorus in productions with international stars including Placido Domingo and Richard Tucker.
Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
Feb 1977 - May 1980
California College of Podiatric Medicine
Bachelor of Arts Music
Sep 1964 - Jun 1970
California State University, Los Angeles
English - spoken
Professional Proficiency
Professional Proficiency
Professional Proficiency
Professional Proficiency
Spanish - sung
Professional Proficiency
Community College Teaching Credential Anatomy and Physiology
Sep 1984
State of California
Teaching Credential for Anatomy and Physiology
Winner ARC Annual Aria/Concerto Competition
May 2012
American River College
Outstanding Madrigal Singer
Jun 1968
California State University, Los Angeles
Outstanding Singer of the Year
Jun 1968
California State University, Los Angeles
National Association of Teachers of Singing
Apr 2012
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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