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Victoria F.

La Vergne, TN

About Victoria

I love teaching! How incredible it is to aid people in the joy of music, build their confidence, and help them sing with ease and comfort! I am a classical vocal performance graduate from Belmont University. I have sung all over the world, as a soloist with a missions organization The New America Singers. We sang in Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Philippines, South Korea, Russia and Germany, with our largest audience being over 6,000 people. I have performed several solo concerts in Germany, directed Children's Musicals, and have been teaching private voice at my home studio, the YMCA in
Brentwood, as well as Rock Springs Middle school. Teaching voice is something that I am passionate about. I had some vocal health issues when I was younger, but thankfully I had an incredible teacher who not only helped me fix them but also taught me how to help others. I do not teach children under the age of 12 because their voices are not developed enough, and so it can cause them more harm as they get older. Many of my vocal issues that I had to work though was because I started to young, and I do not want your kids to have to go through that. I have been teaching the past few years, and have enjoyed every minute of it. I am excited to be able to help students who wish to improve their vocal abilities. Whether it is for the pursuit of a singing career, correction of vocal issues, if you have always wanted to sing on key, or you just want to sound better, I can help you accomplish your goals.

*** Lesson Details ***
Healthy singing is key.
- Proper breath support is the first key to singing well.
-We do an assortment of vocal exercises picked for the individual voice. These exercises help correct various vocal issues, strengthen quality of tone, widen your vocal range, and help warm up the voice as to not hurt anything when singing a song.
-I also have a Zoom H4 voice recorder to make high quality recordings of your voice, so you can learn from hearing yourself as well as having the exercises recorded for listening at home.
-I also teach sight singing to those who would like to learn.
-I will help you learn new songs, teach musical techniques, as well as stage presence.

The lessons are for you, if you want to work on something specific that is what we will do. I always have a plan for want to work on but I am flexible. The more work you do at home, the more work we can accomplish in our lesson. Most of all you need to have fun singing!

*** Studio Equipment ***
-Piano
-Music Stand
-CD Player
-Zoom H4 voice recorder
-Sound Level Meter

I have SD cards available to purchase, as well as SD card readers. If you would like to buy it somewhere else the SD card must be a 2GB card, as my recorder does not take anything higher.

*** Specialties ***
I originally pursued opera, so I enjoy classical voice technique. It has taught me how to use one's own body to amplify the voice. I enjoy working with people with vocal issues, such as vibrato problems, tension etc. I also love the theatrical side that Broadway brings, as well as opera. There are so many elements that makes a singer good.
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Lizzie K. February 7, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Great Teacher!

My son has really enjoyed his lessons with Victoria. She is enthusiastic and knowledgeable, and makes the lessons fun. I can already hear his making progress in just four lessons, and he looks forward to each class. We'll be signing up for more lessons!
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Jack S. March 15, 2013
Singing
Excellent Teaching

I feel like Ms. Victoria is a great teacher. In just seven months she has transformed me into a completely different singer. My range is now greater than ever and my roles in musicals have increased significantly. Her skills have given me newfound courage and I would highly recommended her to anyone interested in vocal lessons.
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Victoria F.

Victoria F.

La Vergne, TN 37086
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Shane S.

Nashville, TN

About Shane

I began piano lessons at age 6. At age 9 my mom allowed me to take guitar lessons provided I continued with piano. By 12 it was just me and the six-string.

The first time I learned how to play guitar with one hand was from a hippie guitarist who sewed colored patches into his leather pants. One week’s lesson when I was 13 consisted of going into the teaching room, pressing play on the VCR and watching a video of Stevie Ray Vaughn live. That changed everything for me.

I founded various bands in my hometown and started teaching guitar lessons when I was 17. I taught all styles, ages, and
levels. After high school I received training in jazz guitar theory and performance at the Player’s School of Music in Clearwater, Florida and later studied guitar theory under a jazz guitar guru in Portland, OR.

After acquiring a business degree from Central Washington University and working a few years in global logistics I left the United States for missionary work and held several odd jobs including being a chauffeur, milking cows, and of course; teaching guitar lessons. While overseas I started a Guitar Club in the Maori village of Waharoa, NZ, performed for troops at Yokota U.S. Air Force Base in Fussa, Japan, and recorded music in Auckland, NZ for a YWAM compilation album.

Upon returning stateside I worked on a salmon fishing tender in the Bering Sea, and the skipper, a retired Nashville songwriter encouraged me to make the move to music city.

Since moving here I've recorded the Genrelicious EP, released several singles including 'Just Friends' and 'Blood on the Floor', (the latter for which I also released an official music video).

Currently I play for and write with several Nashville artists, play every second Saturday at Merridee's in Franklin, TN, and headline my 'Genrelicious Showcase' in various cities featuring artists of all styles and backgrounds.

*** Lesson Details ***
In the first lesson we will determine your current level, establish your desired goals, and then formulate a plan to get to where you want to go with guitar. There is one specific book that I use for almost all students which covers a broad spectrum of styles at all levels, and the rest of the material will vary depending on the goals we establish in the beginning, and your individual learning style.

I like to root a very solid foundation in basic music principles early on and then expand from there as this allows you to go as far as you desire with guitar music.

And while I don't employ the teaching method I do dig that old Suzuki philosophy, "Only practice on the days you eat."

*** Studio Equipment ***
Acoustic Guitars, Electric Guitars, Amps, Keyboard, Music Stands, Chairs, oh my!

*** Specialties ***
Acoustic, Electric, Rhythm, Lead, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Country; CAGED Method, Modal Theory
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Amy D. January 8, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · Online
Verified Student
My 9 yr. old son Will has enjoyed his guitar lessons with Shane. He looks forward to the lesson every week! Shane has done a great job teaching Will, and Will liked him right away!
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Amy D. January 8, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Shane has been a great guitar teacher for my 9 yr. old son Will....He looks forward to the lesson every week, and he has learned so much from Shane! Will liked him right away
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Melissa G. June 2, 2014
Electric Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Things have started off wonderfully with Shane. He's a patient teacher and my daughter truly enjoys her lessons!
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Shane S.

Nashville, TN 37211
(5)
starting at
$29 / 30-min
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Erica S.

Nashville, TN

About Erica

As a professional singer and actor, I perform all over the United States. I act and sing on many stages, including: opera houses, theme parks, theaters, convention centers, and film. From opera to pop music, I have pretty much performed it all. My collegiate training is from Samford University, where I received a Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre. For two years after college, I lived in NYC and trained with Broadway's best. I just recently relocated to the Nashville area, and cannot wait to train my students with the most up-to-date and current audition techniques, as well as new singing an
d acting material. As an active performer in the Nashville area, I have strong knowledge of what is required in auditions today. I have an ardent passion to share with my students what my teachers and life experiences have shared with me.

*** Lesson Details ***
The lessons I teach are centered around a laid back, positive, and encouraging atmosphere. I believe that anyone can achieve his or her goals with confidence and belief in themselves. Because of my diverse background and performing experience, my specialties are the musical genres of Broadway, Rock, Pop, Jazz, and Country, all rooted in the Bel Canto style of singing. My acting emphasis is on techniques from Uta Hagen and Konstantin Stanislavski.

My lessons are meant to be fun, yet simultaneously instructive. I want my students to be able to leave their cares at the door, and jump into a creative and inspiring atmosphere. Lessons are unique to each individual, and based on his or her goals.

Vocal Instruction Includes:

Breathing Techniques
Vowel Production
Diction
Blending Voice Registers
Expanding Vocal Range
Ear Training and Sightreading
An Understanding of the Keyboard
Song interpretation
Audition Preparation
Performance Skills

Acting Instruction Includes:

Breathing/Finding Center
Stage Diction and Projection
Character Research
Improvisation Exercises
Scene/Partner Work
Monologue Practice
Cold Reading
Acting Through Song
Audition Preparation
Performance Skills

I look forward to being a part of your artistic journey!

*** Studio Equipment ***
keyboard, music stands

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will bring a laptop with CD player for quickly finding pdf music and recording lessons. I would like my students to provide the sheet music/monologues (etc) they would like to learn if they have a specific song/piece they want to work on, a way to record their lesson, a bottle of water, and a willingness to have some fun.

*** Specialties ***
For acting lessons, I specialize in techniques of Konstantin Stanislavski and Uta Hagen. For singing lessons, I specialize in the genres of Rock, Pop, Country, Belting, and Legit styles. Your lesson will be tailored specifically to the genres you would like to learn. Your goals are my goals!
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Victoria C. June 15, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Erica is very easy to understand. She is engaged with her student on a personal level.
Victoria was nervous about the class since this was her first lesson. However, after meeting Mrs Erica she became engaged in the class. She enjoyed the time and walked away feeling like I can do this.
Mrs Erica has energy and enthusiasm that shines. She will be helpful in molding Victoria's desire to move forward in acting and modeling and singing .
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Victoria C. June 15, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Erica is very easy to understand. She is engaged with her student on a personal level.
Victoria was nervous about the class since this was her first lesson. However, after meeting Mrs Erica she became engaged in the class. She enjoyed the time and walked away feeling like I can do this.
Mrs Erica has energy and enthusiasm that shines. She will be helpful in molding Victoria's desire to move forward in acting and modeling and singing .
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Billy G. November 4, 2012
Singing
She knows how to help you sell yourself in an audition!!

I have been a percussionist for 13 years now. I began taking lessons for voice with Erica and within 2 months of lessons I booked a gig where I was singing and drumming. She is closely tied to the music industry and provides relevant lessons that are based on MY goals, and not a "cookie cutter" lesson. She knows what directors and casting agents are looking for in an audition and is a FANTASTIC teacher. My skills improved rapidly with just a few lessons! I highly recommend taking lessons with Erica!
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Erica S.

Nashville, TN 37211
(3)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Melanie A.

Nashville, TN

About Melanie

I have been giving voice lessons for the last 8 years. I have taught from elementary school students to adults, new/fresh beginners to intermediate. I am a great encourager and am eager to see you grow in your talents and abilities. I have been singing in church choirs and receiving private voice lessons since I was 6 yrs. old. With a BA in Music, I graduated from William Jessup University, emphasis in voice. From there I went on to teach at a Music Academy and then a music focused college known as "Instituto Canzion". I have received additional instruction from classes and private lessons at
Musician's Institute located in Hollywood, CA and continue to gain teaching techniques from their professors. One of my main goals as a teacher is to make sure you are constantly growing and being challenged. As a teacher I hope to provide specifically for each students need. I have experience with instructing for pop, rock, indie, country, musical theater, and contemporary christian genres. I have worked with choir pieces as well as solos and duets, and have spent some time in recording studios, Coaching vocalists as well as doing some recording of my own. My desire is that every student would feel comfortable sing/performing
in front of an audience while having fun, because that's what it's
about, after all, that feeling of accomplishment after you've worked so
hard. So let me help you to feel confident while performing and have a great time!

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching style is somewhat laid back. I always tell my students, "You will get out of these lessons only as much as you are willing to put in." I can be strict if that helps a student, but I try to work with each individual at a pace that works best for them. I do challenge my students to reach and push themselves to what I know they are capable of. One of the first things I will do in a lesson is to set a personal goal with the student. This helps to have something to work towards. In lessons I will focus on areas like correct breathing, posture, relaxing tension, vowels, pitch, pronunciation, performance, and others. These are some of the areas that should definitely show noticeable improvement after 3-6 months. Other things like vocal physiology and ear training will be implemented as well as some sight reading. In the end it's really all about what you want to learn. I don't claim to know it all, but I am a life long learner and am continuing to better myself through further education.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Keyboard, Mirror, Recorder, Music stand. The student needs to provide their own flash drive to download lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a keyboard and a recorder, but I need to be informed as to whether I need these items or not. The student needs to provide his or her own flash drive to download lessons.

*** Specialties ***
I mainly teach Pop, Country-pop, pop-rock, Musical theater, Christian and contemporary genres.
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Shane S. March 19, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Melanie is awesome! I need so much help with singing and she's great at explaining how to fix whatever is necessary to get the best sound.
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Bretta B. December 7, 2013
Singing
The coolest teacher evs.

She's my favorite teacher ever! She's so cool. I can talk to her about anything and I learn so much at every lesson.
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Michel B. December 7, 2013
Singing
Excellent choice

I have greatly enjoyed Melanie's investment with my child. She has loved taking lessons as well as learning the art of singing and songwriting. She has helped my daughter to grow greatly and I am so happy that we have found her! I would highly recommend her to anyone.
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Melanie A.

Melanie A.

Nashville, TN 37211
(19)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Jacob M.

Murfreesboro, TN

About Jacob

My name is Jake! I'm 26 and I've been playing guitar nearly everyday since I was 13 years old. I specialize in rock, metal, and acoustic finger picking. I have studied some classical, I have played in live bands, and I have composed. I've been giving lessons on and off since high school and I truly enjoy watching people grow as musicians. Hopefully TakeLessons can aid me in making that enjoyment full time! My primary focus as a teacher is to aid you in finding your style - your guitar voice, and provide you with the necessary tools and knowledge to develop that voice. I value honesty and openn
ess and I respect and encourage open criticism as it pertains to my methods if they are in conflict with the students desires, style, or learning curve. In that way, I am here to learn just the same as you, and my process is shaped by you.
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Jacob M.

Jacob M.

Murfreesboro, TN 37130
starting at
$15 / 30-min

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