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The Music of Tampa Bay

By Lorraine M. - Tampa Voice Teacher

Welcome music lovers! Lorraine M. here and I teach piano, guitar and singing lessons in Tampa. I can say I am truly blessed to be part of such a diverse and wonderful community where we can share our passions and ambitions - especially when we can express ourselves through music.

One of the great things about teaching singing lessons in Tampa is the variety of cultures I encounter. I have taught students from all kinds of different backgrounds, and there is nothing more amazing than creating a bond through the universal language of music. Language and cultural gaps are bridged by a chord. Stress is strummed away as more and more people turn to music for new enrichment. Whether learning it, making it, listening to it, working out with it, or using it as ambient noise, people everywhere indulge in music to accompany and witness life. Music is expression to the highest degree and it deepens our already culturally rich pocket of Florida. Country, Cuban, Haitian, East Indian and more all come together in a cultural orchestra, and the symphony is like none other.

There are also tons of performance opportunities where I can easily make relationships and connect with people all around me through our common love for music. Of course there are the great concert venues that pack people in from Ocala, Orlando and even Naples, but even more intimate are the myriads of private venues giving performers like myself opportunities to really embrace those around us through music. Whether you love to listen to it or want to share your dreams with the world, music is the thread in the quilt of culture. Take singing lessons in Tampa and learn the language of the universe!

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Nicole C.

Clearwater, FL

We will cover vocal warm-ups, all necessary music theory for the genre that interests you, and any music performance needed. For students auditioning, we can have intensive rehearsal to prepare you before your audition date.

About Nicole

Nicole began her musical journey in Long Island, New York when she began piano lessons at age five. While receiving training on piano, she joined her elementary school orchestra in the 3rd grade and quickly soared with violin. During this period, Nicole began learning music theory and the art of reading music. As a fourth grader, Nicole would go on to conduct and tune every instrument in her orchestra during rehearsal. She always competed and won many NYSMA competitions for violin while attending music seminars and workshops. It was then that her teacher realized she had a gift. Nicole c
ontinued with piano lessons and began teaching herself guitar. Later, after college, she bought herself a drum set and began to teach herself drums.
As an adult, Nicole studied to become an elementary teacher and worked in the New York State School Districts for over five years. Shortly after receiving her master€™s degree for Literacy Education, Nicole decided to attempt to share her passion for music. In 2007, Nicole opened a music studio in Holbrook, New York. Here, she refined her music teaching skills while establishing Nicolex Inc. Music Island as a leading source of quality music education. Her summer traveling music program allowed her students to experience live performances as well as create music groups with peers with the same passion for music.
Nicole now resides in Clearwater, Florida with hopes to spread her business as well as the joy of music to children and adults. She currently is the drummer for a local original rock band. In this band, Nicole writes songs, sings, plays piano, and drums (not all at the same time). Needless to say, she understands the importance that music has had in her life and wishes to ignite that passion in other music lovers.

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching style is best labeled as kind but firm. I take my job very seriously and want wholeheartedly for my students to have music as a part of their life, not just a part of their day. I love to laugh and have fun but I will definitely expect my students to practice and complete any homework I assign and be prepared for the following lesson. Simply stated, music is fun and the love of my life, but if I still practice, you will as well. Otherwise, I always believe in teaching songs my students are interested in and will expand their musical skills. My experience as a public school teacher had enhanced my sense of finding individual needs of every student. Therefore, I always differentiate lessons to suit my students interest while teaching them the foundations every musician needs in order to be successful. My specialty is teaching a variety of instruments. I play drums, guitar, bass, piano, and sing as well. So, if one instrument is not for you, I can teach you something different without a problem. Long story short, friends, you are in good hands.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Full Service music room: Keyboard, Full drum kit, Electric Guitar with 30 watts Amp and Microphone/ vocal monitor.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring a 61 key Casio Keyboard for household to use for lessons for a small monthly rental fee. I have an Epiphone Electric Guitar with 30w amplifier. Can also bring microphone and monitor for vocal lessons.

*** Specialties ***
I have taught mostly Rock, Blues, and Classical genres for Piano, Guitar, Drums. Vocally, I specialize in R&B, Broadway, Pop, Top 100 and alternative/Hard Rock. I will adapt to your needs.
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Trisha September 15, 2016
Ukulele · In home
My daughter is 13 and recently started taking Ukulele lessons with Nicole. She just LOVES her. Nicole has a terrific connection with kids and is very patient, but at the same time is able to keep pushing them ahead and doesn't allow them to stagnate. We couldn't be more pleased with the training and guidance that she has provided. Also, she has been very flexible with us when we have had to change practice times due to hectic schedules and she has NEVER been late.
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Elizabeth September 12, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
She was very welcoming and my daughter really enjoyed the class.
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Angel W. July 27, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Angel enjoyed her first lesson. Is excited for more
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Nicole C.

Nicole C.

Clearwater, FL 33760
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Nicole E.

Tampa, FL

About Nicole

Voice & flute students age 10 and up
Piano students age 4 and up

(I've taught age 3 and up before, however the ages I've listed above for lessons is what I have found to be most effective. Group classes my be a good alternative for very young students seeking voice or band instruments.)

Hello, fellow music lovers! My name is Nicole and I would be honored to have the opportunity to help you take your music skills, whether beginning to advanced, to the next level! I am a singer with 25+ years of experience with solos, small ensemble groups, and large choirs. My singing styles range from
opera, musical theatre, jazz, gospel, and christian contemporary, just to name a few. : )  I am also an experienced flutist with 5 + years of study and an intermediate-level pianist with about 5 years of study in the classical technique, and playing chords to follow most any style. I also enjoy teaching some music theory (the rules of music) in written, sight singing, and piano chords, if requested. Music theory along with voice and instrument lessons can provide a further understanding of each musical concept.

My training first began in elementary school, in Virginia Beach, VA, when I took my first group voice lessons and concert band classes as a beginning flutist. I continued my study with a large home school band in the 7th grade. I was then chosen to play the flute in an All City Band in Virginia Beach, for excellence in my performance skills. From there I continued my study at a private school in Virginia Beach with many chorus, band, and youth band classes to further my music reading and improvisational performance skills. At age eighteen I moved to Tampa, FL and became a Liberal Arts major with a concentration in Music at Hillsborough Community College (HCC). I graduated from HCC with an AA in Liberal Arts/Music. I was then accepted to further my music study at the University of South Florida (USF). I studied voice and a sampling of other instruments in the Music Education program. I graduated with two and one-half years of music education training and another four years of voice training with a BA in Music Studies. Also, during my college years I participated in the elite USF Chamber Singers, the University Singers, the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, and many studio recitals. 

In 2013 I completed my fourth year of music teaching in a small private school in Tampa, FL. I have sang with Opera Tampa since their 2012-2013 season in the professional opera chorus for productions such as Carmen, The Magic Flute, and Madame Butterfly. I have continued to add new performance jobs with The Princeton Festival in Princeton, NJ (2014), St. Petersburg Opera in St Pete, FL , and the Tampa Spiritual Ensemble performing in the surrounding Tampa Bay areas. In addition, I continue my studies part time at the Patel Conservatory in downtown Tampa.  

I look forward to working with you to make all your music dreams come true! So, let's make beautiful music together very soon!  

*** Lesson Details ***
When taking lessons with me you can expect to learn in a very positive, encouraging, and laid back environment! I believe that learning is fun, very rewarding, and never stops. I plan to continue learning more about my craft for the rest of my life and I would encourage my students of all ages to adopt this mentality also. 

For voice lessons I like to begin with warm-ups and breathing exercises that can be modified to any style of songs. Then to song selections that will be enjoyable, yet helpful in making your voice better. For opera style I primarily use the G. Schirmer Opera Anthology books, and Hal Leonard published anthology series' for different art songs. For all other vocal styles I enjoy using various published individual-song sheet music or CDs and accompaniment tracks. Along the way giving all applicable tips for producing better sound, projection, breathing, phrasing, and musicality.

For flute lessons I would begin with scales or simple exercises. Then to specific pieces that you would want to work on or techniques from the Accent on Achievement or Standards of Excellence book series'.

For piano lessons I would begin with finger stretches, scale warm-ups and/or easy chords or pieces to get the fingers ready to practice. Then I would progress to your chosen pieces or a book from the Alfred or Bastien Piano Book series', which includes books for all levels and styles. 

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a keyboard for demos and use for students, a flute for demos, CDs, and some lesson books.

*** Specialties ***
Vocal: Up to advanced level Classical, Jazz, Musical Theatre, R&B, Pop, Gospel, Sight-reading
Flute: Up to Intermediate level Classical, Sight-reading
Piano: Beginner & Intermediate levels Classical, Chord Theory, Sight-reading
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Leah March 24, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Enjoyed Nicole and learned a lot!
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Vanessa G. July 14, 2014
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Nicole is a terrific instructor! This was my first time taking singing lessons, but Nicole was prepared to start from the beginning with me. She took the time to listen to what I was looking for out of these lessons and determine what my strengths and weaknesses were. Nicole allowed me to choose songs for us to work on, but was very willing to help me choose songs that suite my voice, challenged me, or were just fun songs to work on! I very much recommend taking lessons with Nicole if you're preparing for any performance or just want to develop your voice.
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Patricia R. January 21, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
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Nicole is an excellent teacher. She is very personable and has a lot of patience. She is very skilled at teaching.
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Nicole E.

Nicole E.

Tampa, FL 33615
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starting at
$22 / 30-min
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Jennifer S.

Gibsonton, FL

I teach specific to the students needs. Each person learns at their own pace, so I will teach accordingly.

About Jennifer

I graduated with my associates degree from musicians institute in Hollywood, California for vocal performance. I have been singing since the young age of 4 and was always in the school choir. I have experience in singing, song writing, piano and studio recording. I have always believed that music is a great outlet to escape from life's everyday stresses or worries, therefor music should always remain fun.
They say home is where the heart is...well.music is my home!!!

*** Lesson Details ***
When taking lessons with me you can expect a laid back environment. I believe music should always re
main fun to keep a creative flow. You can expect to broaden your vocal range and and learn the creativity of music performance and writing.

"You know what what music is God's little reminder that there is something else in the universe besides us; harmonic connection between all living beings; everywhere, even the stars!" Robin williams

*** Studio Equipment ***
Electric piano, korgd1600 mixing station, microphone

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide music and keyboard. Student must just provide themselves

*** Specialties ***
Pop, folk..really I can conform to any style
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Destinee G. September 7, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
(This is Kari's daughter writing the review as I am the one receiving the lessons) Jennifer is honestly the best instructor I have ever had. She's so understanding about having to reschedule due to personal issues. She teaches in a way that's very focused for your individual learning style and she's also very honest which is always nice when you're learning a skill. I love Jennifer and I would definitely recommend using her for your child.
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Kyla T. August 21, 2014
I've know Jennifer for most of my life and music has always been one of her greatest passions. Her love of all types of genres of music allows her to be open to different styles and techniques. If your looking for a great music teacher, then she's your best pick! Talented with patience and a great musical ear! : )
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LaVonna R. August 12, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Jennifer worked hard with my daughter every minute. She worked on correcting her with positive feedback and encouraging words. She has been fantastic!
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Jennifer S.

Gibsonton, FL 33534
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Mary H.

Tampa, FL

Singing is as natural to me as speaking but I wasn't always this way. That's why I love to help anyone become comfortable or better at expressing themselves through singing. Singing is a very individual thing and I approach each student uniquely, depending on the present status and goals. I have multiple experience and styles to draw on but also understand we are beautifully and wonderfully made in such a way that certain foundational, physical aspects of singing will help everyone.

About Mary

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Teaching music students for over 30 years has enriched my life. My relationship with my students is a two-way street. I create a course of study to fit their individual interests and needs and often learn from them as we explore their interest in God's wonderful gift of music!

I help music students with ALL kinds of styles/literature/repertoire. Students are usually amazed that I can do this. My classical training is enhanced by my participation in Broadway, contemporary, folk, pop music and sacred music styles and love for jazz and gospel,too. Did I leave anyt
hing out?

Teaching at various private schools™, including theater school and directing both contemporary praise bands and traditional church choirs has provided enjoyable contrasts for me.

After teaching elementary music in public schools for 10 years and training university interns, it was a thrill to become a vocal graduate assistant at the University of South Florida where I earned both a B.A.in Music Education and an M.A. in Vocal Performance with Voice, Choral, Music Education and Piano Pedagogy emphasis.

I have adjudicated for the Florida Vocal Association Solo and Ensemble Festivals and the National Association of Teachers of Singing Student Auditions. Former students are pursuing careers as performers, composers, music teachers and music ministers ..........and singing to their babies!

*** Lesson Details ***

Piano Study

I provide a variety of instruction: Classical, Traditional and Worship Chords/Chord Chart approach with Improvisation.

Lessons and curriculum are tailored to the students abilities and interests.Note reading and/or chord chart playing, classical or popular music with beginning improvisation skills can be pursued.
However, beginners should understand that there are skills everyone needs to begin with to progress into any style.

I incorporate duet playing to enhance beginner songs and to teach ensemble playing at all levels.
Most of my students pursue piano for their own enjoyment or for ensemble,church and social gatherings. However, because of 2 years of piano study at the University level, I am very comfortable with those who wish to prepare for competition and advanced study.

I prefer to teach students ages 7 & up.
For Younger Students: I offer Music Enrichment Piano lessons in the summer, with a more play-like approach to music readiness activities; such as movement songs developing steady beat, rhythm awareness, finger dexterity and form.

Vocal Study

Vocal students often come wanting to sing the current Pop or Rock songs they sing along wit . Although I will use these songs for competitions or fun pieces, these popular songs often don't lend themselves to vocal study very well. Even Pop and Rock singers study with the classics of Jazz, Pop and Broadway to develop their voice. I am best versed at literature from Classical, Broadway, Classic Pop and Jazz, Folk, Traditional Sacred and Contemporary Christian Styles.

We are beautifully and wonderfully made in such a way that certain foundational, physical aspects of singing will help everyone. I teach the foundations for a physiologically correct technique that enhances every style. This has helped all singers, including those who are experiencing discomfort when they sing.

Singing is as natural to me as speaking but I wasn't always this way. That's why I love to help anyone become comfortable or better at expressing themselves through singing. Vocal students of all levels, beginning to advanced, are welcome.

Singing is a very individual thing and I approach each student uniquely. I have multiple experiences and styles to draw from.

I prefer to teach lessons to age 11 & up but will work with younger students if they are ready.

Vocal students can receive music reading training if they desire it, but since 30 minutes is a minimum for developing physical foundational techniques and music selections, lessons would need to be 45 minutes or an hour to include vocal sight reading.
I love helping students expand their ability, whatever their starting point. Musicality is even more important than a display of difficult music, so I take time to encourage expressiveness.

Our initial session,
I am interested in learning about each student's personal tastes, and any past experiences and goals. Then we will proceed to explore their instrument, whether it is their own voice or the piano.
A student's goals and resources will influence my choices from a wide variety of curriculum that are beneficial for steady progress. I will collaborate with them to choose musical selections, incorporating their goals and tastes.

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Enjoying the ability to express oneself through music is of primary importance. While challenging my students to steadily grow in their capability, their appreciation of compositions and ability to communicate them; I also encourage their feedback to assess what works best for them.

I love helping students expand their ability, whatever their starting point. Musicality is even more important than a display of difficult music, so I take time to encourage expressiveness.

Older students need to be able to focus on developing technique and accept the home practice involved to learn ( and in the case of piano "read" ) and expressively sing/ play their selections.

Adult students are self directed and I accept their self pacing for home practice. But where parents are involved, I discuss a practice plan and encourage it. However, a student should never skip a lesson because they didn't practice. We all need a jump start sometimes.

Materials: I will discuss the need for curriculum with students before purchasing items.
Curriculum is chosen based on the students goals. There is a $2 monthly fee for piano students who will benefit from the sequential music games offered online through my teacher account.
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Abby H. September 9, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Mary is super. She made my daughter feel comfortable and welcome. She's very professional and sweet. My daughter can't wait for her next lesson.
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Peggy F. April 24, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My instructor is Joyful, kind and patient. She has a gift in teaching the piano and I feel lucky that I found her.
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Charlie B. April 11, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
This teacher is wonderful. My son had his very first ever lesson with Mary tonight. He was really nervous but her smiles and enthusiasm (plus her lovely singing voice) helped him feel at ease. He is 9 and I am sure her positive infulence will help shape his voice for a lifetime.
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Mary H.

Tampa, FL 33618
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Shannon F.

Lutz, FL

"Experienced voice teacher of 10 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages 13 and up. I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong vocal technique. I am a proponent of Functional Singing which focuses on how the vocal mechanism works. It allows both teacher and singer to explore the voice and its associated muscle systems. Singers learn to embrace their voice, not one that is falsified through imitation.
Want to sing as easy as you speak? Then contact me and let's get to work.

About Shannon

Shannon teaches functional singing which aims to improve vocal range, stamina, endurance, flexibility, and most importantly: healthy singing.

Shannon received her M.M. in Vocal Performance at Louisiana State University. She has performed extensively in Europe and the U.S. in opera, musical theater and concerts.

Before moving to Tampa, Florida, She lived in North Carolina where she taught as an adjunct voice professor for the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and Methodist University. She also maintained her own private studio where she coached students on audition preparation fo
r college and professional theater auditions.

Her students consists of actors, dancers, and singers of opera, musical theater, and pop. She teaches students of all ages, but tends to work mostly with adult and high school aged singers.
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Valeria Myrgorodska April 1, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
So far am very satisfied with my teacher choice.Love the way Mrs. Shannon teaches.
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Chantal March 1, 2016
Singing · In studio
Shannon is the best of both worlds when it comes to fun yet serious! I have had only one lesson so far which has already proved to be most helpful, and I will definitely continue!
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Christopher September 3, 2015
Singing · In studio
Ms. French was the best teacher ever. She has so much experience and is kind and friendly. She helped me improve my range and gave me confidence.
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Shannon F.

Lutz, FL 33558
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starting at
$30 / 30-min

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