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I've been studying music for more than 18 years and have recently relocated to Denver after teaching Piano and Voice in Hollywood, CA for the past 7 years. I graduated from Berklee College of Music and have studied many musical styles including Pop /Rock, Jazz, and Musical Theatre and Classical music. At a young age I always had a passion for music; I started with the piano, sang in numerous choirs and musicals, and played the clarinet and oboe. Currently, I am a member of an A Capella group, “The Last Note Singers”.
I've never limited myself to any particular musical genre, because I've found that passion for music can be obtained by incorporating new styles into the ones you already love. I feel that the gift of music is shared and enjoyed the most when you have a deep connection to it. That is only possible if you are able to apply the fundamentals to the musical styles that you love most.
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My goal as a teacher is to help students learn music through the musical genres that they love. The fundamentals are applied through the music that my students like. I encourage the use of technology including background music (CDs, Mp3) to help supplement other conventional music materials. My lessons are tailored to the student’s goals: whether they want to perform solo, record, sing/play in a choir or band, or just learn music for themselves; I help them address the different challenges to reach their goals.
I expect a lot out of all of my students, but I provide this in a fun yet professional atmosphere. For nearly all my students music isn't the only activity in their lives. Practicing therefore, has to be fun, and meaningful. To encourage students with a serious dedication to learning, I accept only students ages 5 - 18.
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Music Lesson Room: off of living room, piano digital, recording equipment, speakers, software for recording, mp3 for playback, seating for parents either in room or next door in living room, seating for student and teacher on benches and chairs, music stand
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I will provide books and sheet music and any background music relevant to current lesson. The student must provide a piano or any playback devices necessary to play background music (CD player, or iPod with speakers). A music stand is recommended for all vocal students.
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I specialize in Pop/Rock, Music Theatre, and Contemporary Music. My teaching style is a laid-back approach based on the age, instrument and genre of the student. For singers I use pre-recorded background music and piano accompaniment to help students learn songs in the genres that they choose. I use warm-up exercises that focus on common vocal problems including breathing, flexibility and range, and pronunciation. I provide age appropriate games and activities for piano students to enforce the different skills and techniques. Music theory, method, and technique aren't boring because my student chosen music appropriate to their level is used.