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Seattle Vocalists Sing More than Songs

By David M. - Seattle Singing Teacher

The term “song,” according to the Encarta World English Dictionary is “a usually relatively short musical composition consisting of words set to music and the music itself.” Words are the common thread in songs, which differentiates them from “pieces” or “tunes” in music terminology. But what happens when words go out the window?

Seattle has vocalists that explore that realm, and welcome you to come along on the journey. On the first and third Sunday of each month, Studio VOX! presents “Sundays a
t LUCID,” a vocal improvisation group. This gathering is open to vocalists of all levels of experience who wish to explore group improvisations, and is led by the wonderfully knowledgeable and lighthearted Debby Watt. Singers are guided with exercises in rhythm melody, and spoken word. It is s safe and exciting adventure for any singer I have highly enjoyed several times. If you are taking singing lessons in Seattle, I would highly recommend joining in.

The next artist that stretches the boundaries of what we expect to hear from a vocalist is a solo project by Seattle multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and composer Beth Fleenor. In this project, “Crystal Beth,” she utilizes loop pedals, effects processors, clarinet, and an expansive vocal vocabulary, weaving unique sonic tapestries that break the preconceptions of how much sound can come from one person alone. With influences ranging from contemporary classical, jazz, rock, tribal, Ukrainian, and countless other styles she has under her impressive musical belt, this powerhouse of an artist delivers a sonic experience you will not soon forget.

While we will always love songs, I invite singers to see the powerful things a voice can do without saying a word. Check out some of these talented performers and let them influence your own techniques when you take singing lessons in Seattle.
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Holly T.

Seattle, WA

I have been teaching voice lessons in the Seattle area for ten years. I teach students how to strengthen and develop their natural gifts to free the voice within. Singing is a skill, just like riding a bicycle and I believe anyone can learn to sing!

I start with warm-ups to target specific technical issues with singers. I teach singers proper breath management, legato, interpretation, tone colors, passion, dramatic truth, etc.

About Holly

I am an enthusiastic musician with a talent for teaching. I have worked as a voice and piano teacher in Seattle for eight years. I was employed at The West Side Music Academy for over three years and am currently working on a Bachelors in Music Education at Seattle Pacific University. I am a huge believer in being a lifelong student! I have continued my music education throughout my adult life and have studied Jazz, Opera, Pop, Rock, Reggae, Blues, Soul, and Folk. As a pianist I began individual instruction at age 14, and have studied Jazz with Darius Willrich, Ryan Burns, Dan Kramlich and Mark Samson. I began singing and playing piano at age 5. I have been involved in school and church choirs including The Total Experience Gospel Choir, Seattle Pacific University Women's Choir, and ...

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Mandy S. April 16, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
We love Holly's enthusiasm and skill as a teacher.
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Xing G. December 7, 2014
Singing · In home
As a student, I take vocal and piano lessons from Holly. I look forward to our lessons each week and I love the kind of flexibility she gives me. I often find myself motivated by her lessons to practice on my own.
She has introduced a lot of new music to me this year--some music which I didn't think I liked!
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Ly T. December 5, 2014
Singing · In studio
Best instructor ever, indeed!
My daughter takes lesson from Holly. My daughter who cried when I would sing to her as an infant, who begged me to stop singing when she was in elementary. My daughter who would not participate in annual caroling, who early on in her academic instructions learned to mouth "watermelon" to give the impression she sings along. Now in high school, she takes lessons from Holly. My daughter enthusiastically belts out the words to songs! Holly is helping her to find her voice- musically, and in life. My daughter will now let me sing!

THANKS HOLLY!
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Evan G.

Seattle, WA

Beginners-
It's time to find and strengthen the essential source of a strong voice, the diaphragm. We will accomplish this with a series of breathing exercises, stretches and stances that will contact the proper muscles and regions of the body required to produce a strong, controlled and healthy singing voice.
Then we will find your range; the span of notes in which you are most comfortable singing. Once established, we will strengthen and expand your range.

Intermediate-
If this is your category, you've sang in bands, choirs, open mics, you probably play an instrument(s) and you've maybe already taken a lesson or two.
First, we'll take a look at your strengths and weaknesses to weed out any bad habits. Then we'll talk about the style(s) you wish to sing; songs, artists, your own personal twist and build up from there.

Advanced-
You've taken lessons, you perform live, you've been singing for a long time and you need professional assistance to achieve your next goal as a ...

About Evan

Hello Students! My name is Evan G and I've been teaching for nearly 15 years. I was raised by music educators and began playing guitar at age six. I do it all; performing, writing, recording, building and teaching (guitar, voice, ukulele, music theory, live performance, etc). I have a Bachelors in Music from Cornish College of the Arts (2003-2007) and I've studied and performed with many great musicians from all over the world. My teaching methods begin with your goals and your needs as a musician. I will get you there. My main areas of expertise are Jazz, Latin, Blues, Funk and Rock. Guitar and bass students will begin with a fundamental foundation of scales, chords, rhythms and theory that will fully prepare them for whichever direction they choose to go. Advanced students will ...

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McKayla H. September 13, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In home
I'm brand new to guitar, and Evan was recommended by a friend. He came out to my house and gave me my very first lessons and they were great! I'm a slow learner, and he has been super supportive! I think I'm getting the hang of this...thanks Evan!!!
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Michael B. September 13, 2014
Guitar · In studio
I'm an intermediate guitar player looking to move forward, and with Evan, even after just a handful of lessons, I made serious strides with my playing. A very talented guitar player, an acute listener, and a very patient teacher. I highly recommend him.
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Hal S. August 22, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I have found /Evan to be very easy to relate to. He listens to what you have to say, and tailors his instruction to your level and your goals. He very obviously knows what he is doing and is able to relate that to his instruction.
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Marcus T.

Seattle, WA

Focused instruction designed to develop pitch, strength awareness and repertoire. Great for singers interested in popular music.

About Marcus

Experienced and highly qualified instrumental instructor. University credentials from programs that remain amongst the best in music performance and education in the nation. These credentials are matched by 10 years of performance and teaching experience - New York and Seattle. As an experienced soloist, orchestral and lead player, I have had the time to develop a deep physical connection to my instruments. This connection, gained after years of practice and performance, informs my approach to instruction. My goal is to impart technique and knowledge that assists the student to break through physical barriers and achieve maximum musical expression, no matter what the style. *** Lesson Details *** PIANO - As long as you love the sound the exercises will make sense. Great ...

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Tim/Teresa G. September 26, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Marcus has a gift for teaching children! He was able to take our inexperienced boys, and in only a short time, help them become strong, comfortable singers. That is great, but even better - our kids enjoyed every minute of their work with Marcus. His approach provides and excellent foundation. We are thrilled to recommend him with 5 Stars!
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Cori K. April 26, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Marcus' teaching technique works wonders with young children

My 5-year-old grandson has been taking piano lessons from Marcus since December, and I am thrilled -- and quite amazed -- with his progress. Marcus is unfailingly patient -- calmly encouraging and sensitive to just how much he can expect from a little boy who is being exposed to music education for the first time. Marcus' approach gives very young students an excellent foundation, and my grandson is eager to come to his lessons and stays focused the entire time. The results are exciting!
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Oscar M. March 6, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Great at what his doing

I agree that his good because he spend time watching you working on the keys and shared his skills.
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John Paul S.

Seattle, WA

I am very flexible with singing. I can help you develop techniques and skills related to a variety of styles.

About John Paul

I have been teaching voice and music lessons for several years now to a wide range and variety of students. I have successfully helped individuals learn how to sing, speak, act, write songs, and play the piano. Some students come to me to build their confidence or skills. Other students come to me just to have a really great time. All my students grow from their experiences learning music with me. I use a variety of methods and it all depends on what you, as a student, are needing from your lessons. My background is diverse. I have written and recorded dozens of musical albums over the last decade. I often perform for music and theater events in Seattle and Washington. I have a bachelor of science in contemporary vocal performance and a master of arts in information and learning ...

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Elyse N. December 12, 2014
Singing · In studio
John Paul is an amazingly talented artist (performer, writer, teacher, singer, producer, composer, director...the list is seriously too long). We have worked together as professional singers, and I have collaborated with him on an album that he wrote/produced/recorded/edited himself. He is a kind and inspiring person who LOVES music more than anything in the world. I wholeheartedly recommend him to students of all ages who want to find and express their creative voice in the world.
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RUTHI L. March 15, 2014
Singing
Best teacher ever

JP has been teaching Mya for almost 2 years (since she was 6 years old) and Mya has been loving each lesson, can't wait for the next one, and has grown in many ways, that have exceeded our expectations.
JP is extremely patient, always positive, and knows how to reinforce the confidence whenever needed, provide clues for improvement that are very useful and positive. JP is an outstanding teacher.
The lessons are always a good mix of warming up, theory, singing, expressing emotions, new creations and also recording.
JP brings the best out of Mya, and makes her feel that he is also enjoying it.
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Fukuda M.

Seattle, WA

For age 8-100.
Student will learn proper breathing technique, rhythm, body coordination, stage presence etc. I use different approach depending on each students' need, personality, and goal.
Half or more time will be focusing on vocal exercise to strengthen their vocal ability, then we will work on the student's favorite song.
I also cover how to work with other musicians and music theory for singers to those who wish to play with others or want to be a professional singer.

About Fukuda

Minami is an accomplished singer, songwriter, music instructor from She has taught 1000+ lessons to students of all age. She is especially passionate about early childhood education and work with children. She started a career as a musician and a voice teacher in Japan and had opportunities to share the stage with a pioneer of Japanese blues harp, Ryuichiro Senoh. Minami moved to Seattle pursuing her musical interests in 2009. She is currently playing in Charles Mack Band, The Highlife band, Charles Street Messengers. She also leads her own band, Minami and the Cyclophonics. They released their first EP " Sum of Us" in spring 2014. She went on Europe tour with the Highlife band in 2014 playing in 11 shows around France and Spain. Minami studied Popular Vocal with Andy Shaw, and ...

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Chisato W. December 1, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I really liked working out with her. She helps me figure out how to perform, where I was not really good at, really.
Also her vocal teaching in order to sing without hurting throat makes sense well for me.

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