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Review by Lauren
""Lauren is an excellent singer and performer. She is also a talented, gifted, first-rate coach. Lauren is a classically trained soprano who has performe
d throughout Europe and the United States. Lauren really cares about her students. She has a great talent at bringing out the best in her students as well as giving them confidence and focus. I give her a five star rating!" - Elizabeth UpdeGraff"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Josh
"I trained with Dan at the National Opera Center in Chelsea and can say nothing but great things. He created each new lesson to accomodate my strengths and
weaknesses, as well as my goals. He was always persistent and encouraging, helping me to sing with confidence as well as get my foot into the world of vocal technical prowess. He instantly spotted my faults, such as diction and vowel formation and always had exercises in mind to improve and overcome them. He has a massive knowledge of the repertoire from classical to contemporary and was open to whatever I wanted to sing, from Copland to Marvin Gaye. If I wasn't moving out of the city I'd continue training with Dan and recommend anyone serious about singing, or improving their vocal chops to study with him as well."
New York, NY teacher:
Dr. Daniel C.
Review by Adriane
"Helpful and encouraging
John is an excellent teacher. He is patient and very helpful with personal challenges. I am new to the ukulele and felt comfortab
le with John's teaching style. He tailors his lessons to meet your needs and ultimate goals with learning an instrument!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Alex
"He is excellent. goes above and beyond to make sure I'm learning and enjoying my lessons. I've noticed significant improvement already in only 3 lessons.
Will definitely continue and recommend him very highly!"
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Linda
Justin is a very reliable teacher. My children has been taking singing and piano lessons from him for about 6 months. Both kids improve
d a lot in skills, and they like him very very much!"
Louisville, KY teacher:
Review by Kristin
"Natalie is a superb teacher! We are thrilled to have found such a compassionate, dedicated, competent teacher. She provides my daughter with excellent l
essons of consistency, practice, review of previous lessons and introduction to new material. My daughter is so excited for her lessons because Natalie is so positive and enriching in her teaching style. Natalie exudes happiness, knowledge in the subject matter, and an overall engaging personality. My daughter has made leaps and bounds since starting lessons several months ago. We highly recommend Natalie as a singing teacher!!!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Nicole
"Diedrich makes you feel comfortable starting lessons at any age or skill level! He made learning guitar very enjoyable, and encouraged me to use my "inner
ear" when playing. Diedrich also encouraged me to practice singing along with playing guitar, something that I had not felt comfortable doing previous to taking lessons. He takes the time to tailor the lessons to your personal style and needs. Diedrich is a great teacher!"
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Jennie
"Anastasia is helping me prepare for a role in a German Operetta with spoken dialogue. She is assisting with the translation of the German libretto, pronun
ciation, and playing the score. She has been great to work with!"
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Kayla
"I enjoy working with Margo. She pulls me out of my comfort zone with ease. Margo's style of teaching makes it fun and interesting, yet I still feel that I
am learning. I have only taken three lessons so far, and personally I hear and feel the improvement in my overall performance. She is great, and I look forward to continuing my lessons with her."
As certified teacher in three states and over 30 years of music experience, I am comfortable with students of all ages in developing their musicianship and love of musical expression. Playing violin professionally since the age of 16, my performance background includes symphony orchestra, mariachi, acoustic rock, chorus (alto), and various small ensembles. In college, I studied piano and currently play keyboard with a classic rock group. My overarching goal is to share the benefit of a lifetime of experience with my students so that they will find their own 'voice' in the wide world of music
*** Lesson Details *** My approach to teaching is to customize lessons to meet the needs of individual learners and to make learning fun: It is always okay to make mistakes as long as you are willing to do the work to overcome them. I will be there every step of the way to help you meet your musical goals. The curriculum used will depend on your current level of playing and the particular style of music you are interested in. From that point, I can provide you with basic theory, techniques, and self-selected pieces to guide you towards your personal goal. It is my hope that our lessons will develop into a lifelong teacher/student relationship: There is nothing that brings me such joy as seeing my students move forward and develop their own independence as a musician.
*** Travel Equipment *** I have my own violin; students must have their own instrument. Violin students that have a piano in their home is preferred but not required.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in working with beginning students to develop basic techniques and notation skills.
Alison P. January 23, 2013
Mrs. Monica is a very happy and gifted teacher. She always greats her students with a smile and gives achievable goals to keep her students motivated to keep learning.
Open up to your own unique voice. Play piano with energy and freedom.
"With singing, your body is your instrument. Helping you become all you can be as a performer is my number one goal. Protecting your voice is a close second as we work to strengthen your vocal range and the quality of your sound. As well, piano students will learn techniques that will speed up their comprehension of sight reading and/or improvisation. Teaching gives me an opportunity to energize my students and share with them historically proven techniques - as well as new ways of practicing and performing." - Marty
Originally from Boulder, Colorado, Marty moved to the Phoenix, AZ area eight years ago. Marty has over 20 years of performing and teaching experience. She studied for three years at the School of Music, University of Colorado, Boulder. She has studied in the Masters program in vocal pedagogy and has performed in a variety of venues from blues to opera.
You will find her pedagogy technique to be respectful of the masters that have come before her. She is also open to new techniques from belting (in popular music), to microphone usage skills. As a student, you will be invited to perform in student recitals. You will be joining a team of dedicated, passionate performers who know the pleasure of performing.
As a beginning and intermediate piano instructor, Marty will guide you in the basics of sight reading. If you prefer, your piano classes will consist primarily of improvisation and chord progressions (you will also learn a little bit of sight reading which will help you 'flesh out' the melody). You will gain a solid foundation in music theory as well as an introduction into the vast world of music history. All age ranges are welcome, from the beginning elementary student, to the retiree just now finding the time to pursue their passion to perform.
I have authored a variety of music theory articles to assist you with your progress. We use these in the lessons to speed up your assimilation of the material. You will receive support via this literature and will quickly recognize how music theory supports your efforts with either singing or playing the piano.
*** Lesson Details *** Your voice is unique to you. How you currently sing and what you want to sing will be the foundation from which we work. We will explore your voice and strengthen it via breath and physical exercises and practice with a repertoire that suits your individual tastes. We will also prepare your mind for quick and fluid articulation of your musical sensitivities.
Music theory and various musical explorations will assist you in moving forward in the most rapid manner possible. Whether you are twelve years old or sixty-five, you will find fun as well as perceptive methods for strengthening your passion for musical performance.
Since your body is your instrument, I am very conscious of the need to assist you in waking your body up in order to perform most successfully. The warm-up exercises include not only traditional vocalizes, but also methods for stretching your body and strengthening your diaphragmatic breathing. My students become very aware of any residual tension in their bodies. Singing is a wonderful way to get in touch with - and expel - any way in which you might 'close down' or 'tense down' your physical body. By working with a caring professional, you will learn how to freely share your unique talent with the world.
As we progress through the series of classes, you will use breathing exercises to activate the thoracic (throat & chest) and visceral (stomach) cavities. Your lessons will continue into specific vocalization exercises; such as singing scales, triads and specific exercises to assist you with fluid musical expression. Traditional ear training will also be a part of the lessons for intermediate students.
Many of the lessons I teach include a theme of working on confidence, vocal projection, breath support, finding and releasing tension, vocal range expansion, audition preparation and stage performance. All singing includes a core of story-telling. You will be encouraged to 'deconstruct' a song and discover the story, along with the emotions that are found in the lyrics of the songs you will sing.
In a similar fashion, my piano students will work on exercises to establish kinesthetic learning or muscle-memory. I have a unique method for sharing chord-progressions and piano improvisation. You will learn to quickly share music in a satisfying and pleasing manner that will surprise you and the people who hear your music. From your unique 'ear,' and via your new-found understanding of music theory, music will pour out of your piano.
As a piano student, you will also be exposed to lessons of the masters who have taught for hundreds of years. Sight-reading at the piano is a very enjoyable skill. It is also a foundation from which we will work (while taking in mind your particular interests). Again, whether a pre-teen or a senior citizen (or anyone in between!) who has finally found the time to explore their musical talent - you will find classes uniquely suited to your musical trajectory.
Your lessons will proceed as you acquire the ability to successfully perform your exercises and musical literature. Playing the piano fluidly and sharing your abilities with others is an amazing experience! It is my intent to ensure that your progress is swift, enjoyable and based on the work of the masters who have come before us! See you soon... Cordially, Marty W.
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano, metronome, microphone and amp. I can provide supplemental piano music; in some cases, students will need to purchase their own music. I also have an area where parents can wait for lessons to end. We also have a market or restaurant close-by as well.
*** Travel Equipment *** When traveling to student's homes - they need to have a piano. In some cases, students also need to buy their own voice or piano books. In the event that a vocal student prefers in-home lessons and does not have a piano, I can bring an electric piano to the lessons (let's talk!).
*** Specialties *** Barbara Doscher method of Opera Voice and Singing Have experience with conducting choral music Piano - beginner and intermediate sight reading Piano - chord progression and music theory (some songwriting)
Hannah April 9, 2015
In home Verified Student
All I can say is, WOW! We are so happy that we made the switch to Ms. Marty!
JoAnn P. December 19, 2014
In studio Verified Student
We love Marty. My daughter has been with her 2 1/2 years. There is a special relationship with my daughter and Ms. Marty that I never hear from any other teacher. Respect! I'm speaking of the respect that Ms. Marty shows her students. When she speaks to my daughter she treats her with such respect and kindness. Francesca will always have the skills Marty has taught her and continues growing and blossoming under her tutelage.
Kathleen C. December 14, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Marty can guide you go down whatever musical path that interests you. She tells you what you need to do to achieve great quality, but never makes you feel bad if you don't make it.
Instruction is always individualized and positive. She always looks for what you do best and helps you develop your strengths. She works with you to overcome your weaknesses. Taking classes with her is a great pleasure.
Music has been my passion for the past 18 years. I started piano when I was 5 yrs old and the violin when I was 7 yrs old. I continued with lessons until I entered the Detroit High School for Performing Arts. During my sophomore year, I took additional classes at Wayne Sate University for music theory and in my senior year I took on my first piano students. I have been teaching piano, violin and music theory ever since. I have also choreographed and taught dance for many years as dancing has been with me since my first lessons at 4 yrs old. My focus is in ballet, tap and jazz. I am a gradua
te from Eastern Michigan University where I was actively a part of the music and dance program.
*** Lesson Details *** I remember my piano teacher and I try to keep her balance of fun and learning. I am a very fun teacher, but I do expect my students to work, and learn. I introduce learning games and have contests. I also regularly quiz my students. For the younger students I like to inform the parents about what they should be practicing and of any theory exercises they may have for the week. Music is a rewarding and enjoyable passion that I try to pass on to my students.
*** Travel Equipment *** Students should have their own instruments. I will provide the first books, but they will have to provide the books that come after and I will assist them with that.
*** Specialties *** I've been doing ballet, tap and jazz for 16 years and i taught all of them for about two years. I teach classical piano and violin.
Sarah I. March 25, 2015
In home Verified Student
We were disappointed when Alysia showed up late to our 8 year old daughters very first piano lesson (which was an 8th birthday gift.....she was very excited) And then to our surprise she leaves the lesson 5 full minutes early. We thought that maybe she was having a rough day and decided to give it a shot again next week. Well, this time, not to our surprise, after a suspiciously quite...piano lesson...our daughter confirmed what we had hoped was not going on....Ms. Alysia spent much of the lesson texting with "her parents". Just disappointing.
Suzannah B. November 27, 2013
Violin Verified Student
Solid, happy Teacher, quality instruction!
Aysia has been a fantastic teacher for my 13 year old daughter for violin. She has clear expectations and lessons. She is very competent with her skills and good at communicating her knowledge in an encouraging and constructive manner. She has been flexible with the schedule when necessary, due to life happening. I highly recommend her as a choice teacher.
KellyU May 15, 2012
Alysia is a great teacher I was a little nervous to use her because most of the reviews were written by parents whos kids are learning and I am an adult who just really wanted to learn the violin but after meeting Alysia she is not only patient but informative I think learning as an adult we or at least I tender to want to run before I can crawl like let's just learn this so I can get to the "good stuff." The way she explains stuff really lets you see there is method to the madness of trying to learn something so complicated? She is also easy to work with both in song selections (within abilities) and how she teaches. Learning the violin poster among a thousand other things is important and she has a way of correcting that doesn't make me feel stupid I know my husband has the nicest things to say. After a few lessons I am still on simple songs at only a few lessons and I still mess up but I have improved enough he doesn't run away or put in ear plugs anymore. Thank you Alysia!!!! I cant wait till I get a few more lessons in.... I am very excited!
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Lessons will be fun, inspirational, exciting, and educational. I am a patient and caring instructor who plays guitar, bass, piano, drums, harmonica, and KAZOO (LOL)
If you don't take lessons from me... Please just take lessons
*** Lesson Details *** Guitar - Beginning Through Intermedi
ate Bass - Beginning Through Intermediate Vocals - Beginning Through Advanced
*** Studio Equipment *** 5 Piece Drum Kit 88 Key Digital Piano Acoustic Guitars Electric Guitar Acoustic Bass Electric Bass Electric 12 String Guitar
*** Travel Equipment *** Truck Enclosed Trailer
*** Specialties *** Contemporary Christian, Rock, Jazz, Folk, Country
Playing and Singing at the same time: Drums, Guitar, piano, Bass
Music: Music is my favorite, favorite thing. If you want to learn to play your favorite pop/folk songs, I'd love to help you learn the tricks to make it easy and fun! Let's come up with some accompaniments that are inspired by your favorite songs but are still all your own. That is also the best way to became a songwriter. If you want to learn to write some songs that are true to you, I can help you do that, too.
Fitness: My degree is in Sport Science and I've been a happily employed master trainer and studio owner for 15 years. I sold my studio in Portland, so
my studio is sparse here, but I've got all that I need, including a Sunlighten Infrared sauna, and a chlorine-free, bromine-free pool. I love variety and even if you train with me for 5 years you won't repeat a workout. I still have clients on both coasts that I train over Skype so I am very experienced with that. Fitness should be fun and empowering.
Peter D. June 13, 2015
Sara is my favorite music teacher. She's always so much fun and is endlessly creative. She has helped me start recording some of my song ideas and fill out covers. She is so positive and encouraging in helping an individual realize his or her potential.
I've also had the opportunity to do workouts with Sara for many years now and she is an amazing trainer. Really smart, tough and creative. Her training style matches her artistic temperament so there is always a lot of variety. She believes I can do it and so I do! (She also tells great stories so my workouts go fast and have lots of laughter.)
I would recommend Sara to anyone looking to improve his or her music skills and/or health.
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Picking out the best song for a musical theater audition is one of the most crucial decisions youll make. Your selection must demonstrate not just what a great singer you are, but also your ability and appropriateness for the role you want, your professionalism, and your ability to follow direction. Of course, once you have your song, you will need to rehearse and coach it t …
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Preparing for an audition? Learn how to select your repertoire with these helpful tips from San Jose teacher Alison C.:
Picking out the best song for a musical theater audition is one of the most crucial decisions youll make. Your selection must demonstrate not just what a great singer you are, but also your ability and appropriateness for the role you want, your professionalism, and your ability to follow direction. Of course, once you have your song, you will need to rehearse and coach it t
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