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About Melissa J.

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About Melissa
I am dedicated to helping you to feel comfortable singing, performing and even auditioning. Teaching healthy techniques to free up your voice and give you the confidence to sing what you want.

I have recently finished a Master's of Music degree from Brigham Young University (BYU) in vocal performance. I have taught private and group voice lessons since 2011, and have developed effective ways of communicating to students. I am trained to help students get to know their voices and how to use them effectively.

I have performed major operatic roles for BYU, and am currently performing with the Utah Opera Chorus in Salt Lake City. I have performed in many venues and in front of hundreds of people. My background in performance allows me to teach my students necessary techniques to conquer stage fright and enjoy singing in front of people.


*** Lesson Details ***
My first priority is making the student feel comfortable, we will move only as fast as the student wants to move. We will start by setting some goals- what the student is hoping to get out of voice lessons. Be it "learn how to sing/speak better" or to prepare for up-coming auditions, I will keep your goals in mind when teaching.

Learning how to sing can be a slow process, but after 3-6 months of studying, you will be able to notice many improvements in your vocal tone, breath management, overall posture and self confidence. Remember that, with any type of study, the more consistently you practice, the more consistent your progress.

Students will be asked to find or purchase their own music (average of $10-$30). Please let me know if this is going to be an issue, there are sometimes free publications online that we can look into.

Also, if you do not find the time you were hoping for on my availability calendar go ahead and contact me, we can discuss the options!

Lastly, I do have cats. While I keep my studio space cleaned and dusted please be aware if you are concerned about allergies!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I can provide a piano, music stand and CD player as well as books to reference. Students must buy or find their own music- I am happy to assist in finding the least expensive option.

*** Specialties ***
I believe that classical voice training is a solid foundation to build any voice style upon, from opera to musical theater and jazz. I work on techniques that fit the students goals and individual vocal needs as well as acting and performance techniques, including how to read and interpret music notation, audition preparation, and proper vocal care. My goal is to help the student gain confidence though singing and performing- any age, any style.
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Debra B. February 16, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Melissa uses great imagery in helping get your needed airflow, vowel formation, tongue placement , etc. I've learned a lot, and have a new friend!
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Gerardo B. October 10, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Melissa is very knowledgeable, and, more important, knows how to explain things so they are easily understood.
She uses times judiciously and is very friendly and patient.
I wholeheartedly recommend her.
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Misha Biggs December 3, 2015
· Singing · In studio
I had an amazing time at my lesson with Melissa. She helped me see that my goals were possible. She is happy, talented and knowledgeable.
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Melissa J.

Orem, UT 84057
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About Kevin S.

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Salt Lake City, UT

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About Kevin
Experienced bassist/pianist available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I started playing piano as a young child, and bass while in high school. I have been unable to put down either since! I structure my lessons around what students want to, while also helping them build a strong musical foundation. I teach electric bass, upright bass, piano, and other keyboard instruments (organ, synthesizer, etc.). The main genres I cover are rock, blues, pop, funk, and jazz, but am also capable of teaching classical, latin, folk, country, and many other styles. I utilize a number of texts in my lessons, including, but not limited to, method books by Simandl, Ray Brown, and Rufus Reid, an etude collection by John Pattitucci, and a latin method by Oscar Stagnaro. The following materials are available at my studio: amp, basses, cables
, effect pedals, recording equipment, manuscript paper, and more. Piano lessons are conducted at the student's home.

I picked up the bass during high school, and performed in the school's jazz ensemble, guitar ensemble, orchestra, symphonic band, and percussion ensemble. These groups help me establish foundational skills on both bass guitar and upright bass, and provided me with an understanding of the prevalence and diversity of bass in many types of music. In 2011, I began studying music at the University of Utah, and graduated in December 2014 with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance. During that time, I was able to study under the best musicians in Utah, exploring numerous areas of music, including theory, history, composition, recording, performance technique, and many more. It was during this time that I established my private studio, as well as began teaching at the Granger School of Music in Park City, where I also help develop music courses for high school credit.

I have had the pleasure of playing in many different bands and ensembles for over 10 years. During this time, I have played throughout Utah and surrounding states, embarked on a handful of tours, appeared on TV and radio, and participated in multiple recording projects. Recent projects include Hot House West, Crook & The Bluff, and Charles Ellsworth.
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BriAnna February 21, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Kevin is amazing and will focus your lessons on your goals and musical interests. At the end of every lesson I feel like I have things to discover and explore, not things to repeat and memorize.
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Tami July 30, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
My 8 year old daughter has been taking lessons with Kevin for almost a year. She likes that the lessons are fun, Kevin taught her the Super Mario Brothers theme song, and I like that she is being challenged while also developing an appreciation for all types of music. Even though my daughter is taking guitar lessons, Kevin occasionally incorporates other instruments (piano, mandolin, ukulele) into her lessons. We both love this! Kevin is always on time and comes to each lesson with a planned agenda. He is also great to work with when rescheduling. We hope to continue our lessons with Kevin! He is awesome!
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Becky July 30, 2015
· Mandolin · In studio
Kevin Schultz is an extremely qualified teacher of many instruments. I have taken Mandolin and Piano from him and is able to match his instruction to my way of learning. I have seen him perform with his band Electric Cathedral as well and was
amazed at their talent.
I would highly recommend lessons from Kevin Schultz.
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Kevin S.

Kevin S.

Salt Lake City, UT 84115
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$30 / 30-min

About Caitlin A.

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About Caitlin
I am a life-long musician and active performer that moved to Salt Lake City in the summer of 2015 from Chicago, IL. I've been playing music since age 5 and have variously studied piano, cello, and percussion. As a double major in Anthropology and Music at Lawrence University (Appleton, WI), I am drawn to music as a creative cultural phenomenon that resonates between all people and it is for this reason that I love to share, teach, and learn music with others. As I build a studio here in SLC I am excited to share my love of cello and piano and my commitment to making music fun as I work to build students into life-long musicians.

My primary instrument is the cello and I have performance experience as a soloist, as well as orchestral and chamber musician. Upon arriving in Chicago in 2010, I served as Principal Cellist with the Universit
y of Chicago Symphony Orchestra for two years and took gigs as a classical and improvisational chamber musician throughout the city. In addition to my private studio, I was the primary cello instructor at Musical Chairs Studio, Inc. and Ortegan School of Music in Chicago.

I am also a percussionist and teacher with Salt Lake City's Samba Fogo, an afro-Brazilian music and cultural organization. I have studied Brazilian music with some of the major musicians and scholars in the field at California Brazil Camp in Cazadero, California. My training in percussion has brought an entirely new perspective to my musical practice that highlights rhythmic fluency and precision as a foundational element for both left and right hand stringed instrument technique.

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I am excited to offer lessons to people of all ages and ability levels and have experience teaching within and beyond the Suzuki Method approach.

Lessons are tailored to each student’s experience, individual needs, and most importantly, their goals! Lesson plans will combine interactive rhythmic, singing and listening exercises away from the instrument with music theory and technique-building exercises. The aim is to cultivate musicians with strong rhythmic, aural, and technical foundations and great problem solving skills that will open many doors as you or your child grow into your talent.

I aim to develop well-rounded musicians and performers by focusing on these 5 teaching priorities:
1. Balanced posture of body including instrument and bow hold
2. Balanced tone production or "tonalization"
3. A system of "perfect" or excellent intonation
4. Artistic musicianship in performance
5. Learning notes and bowings to new pieces

While learning notes and bowings is lowest on the priority list; it must be taught first! Fun listening games aid in the development of aural memory as I help students acquire listening skills that will stay with them for years to come and allow them learn to play any tune they can imagine. Once my students can do the note choosing on their own we are free to focus on the other teaching priorities during lesson time.

I also focus on teaching my students how to practice efficiently and use excellent problem solving skills! We want to get the MOST improvement with the LEAST amount of practice time. I like to combine practice at the instrument with games and exercises that can be done away from the instrument to give each student a degree of flexibility for those busy weeks when it's hard to find time to sit down and play. Students leave each lesson with a detailed practice plan that breaks down the difficult question of "what" and "how" to practice into a clear, concise checklist of familiar exercises. Students will also have suggested YouTube videos to watch some of the best musicians of all time and learn from their mastery of technique and musicality!

*** Additional Information***

I also have experience with extended and amplified cello techniques using loop and distortion pedals to layer and explore the variety and versatility of the cello.

*** Travel Equipment ***
2015 Subaru Forester that will get me to your lesson with all my instruments and any other equipment each and every time!

I travel to lessons with a music stand, metronome, and all teaching materials that would be present at a lesson taught in my home or studio.
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Christian N. December 9, 2016
· Cello · In home
Wonderful! I haven't seen my son this excited about the future of his music in a very long time. She helped him correct a few issues and listened to what was important to him in continuing his musical journey then made a bit of a plan to continue forward. She even stayed a little longer to help with a piece he will be performing in a couple of weeks. She seems to have a very strong classical base but has expanded into other areas, which is exactly what my son needs at this time.
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Tara A October 5, 2016
· Cello · In home
Caitlin is a committed teacher and life-long learner. Having experienced Caitlin's passion for music through her riveting performances and devoted teaching, I cannot recommend her more. She is a sensitive, communicative and passionate teacher and musician, and one of the best teachers you will find.

From first hand experience of observing her teaching, she masterfully matches the energy of her students. She is able to effectively direct and keep their focus, while fueling their enthusiasm through encouragement. She takes the time to tailor each lesson for each individual, helping them (for example) notate the melody of the Star Wars theme. She's a trained and experience pedagogue, and has attended Suzuki and other teacher trainings.

Caitlin's dedication to her own musical learning is impressive-- she attends and teaches workshops for percussion often, and is actively involved in the SLC music and arts community.
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Anna C. September 22, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Caitlin is absolutely amazing!! My 6 year old is super excited to attend every lesson with her. She is the best instructor we've had. She knows how to encourage her students and help them fall in love with the instrument. We enjoy her friendliness and professionalism. Also she is great at working with special needs kids. Thanks Caitlin for all you do!! I highly recommend her.
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Caitlin A.

Caitlin A.

Salt Lake City, UT 84106
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About JoAnne H.

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About JoAnne
B Mus from U of U 1975. M Mus Ed from Boston U 2008. Retired Orchestra Director and teacher (grades 5 - 12) Tooele HS & Jr HS + elementary program. Former Utah State Fiddle Champion. Past affiliation with Utah Oldtime Fiddlers.
I still love helping students reach their musical potential. I am currently directing the Salt Lake Valley New Horizons Orchestra (a group dedicated to helping older beginners and intermediates have fun while improving their music skills).
I offer a personalized approach, and I am able to tailor materials to best serve an individual student's needs. I am experienced at starting beginners, and also adept with intermediate students.
For special needs students I would need someone familiar with the student's needs to attend lessons with the student.
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Esther P. March 17, 2017
· Violin · In studio
JoAnne is easy going. She has lots of experience, and resources. She is very encouraging, and works with me at my level and interest. Makes my efforts more fun!
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Debbie F. January 13, 2017
· Violin · In studio
First lesson was awesome ..clear and relax information. Was spot on wonderful ..im so excited for the next lesson ...D Ferrell
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Rebeca September 16, 2016
· Violin · In studio
JoAnne was really nice and patient to my daughter and we can't wait to start playing beautiful music with her!
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JoAnne H.

West Valley City, UT 84120
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$20 / 30-min

About Kait K.

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Salt Lake City, UT

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About Kait
Kait K. has been teaching singers of all ages and abilities since 1997. She has taught in public schools, colleges and universities and privately in San Diego & Los Angeles, CA and Salt Lake City, UT. She has owned and operated The Performer Studio (a production company for high quality vocal productions) since 1997 and is the director of Salt Lake Singers Academy.

As a teacher, Kait's focus with each student is to help them understand both the anatomy and health of their vocal instrument and to help them tap into their very best sound in an engaging and fun way.

Kait: "Every singer has stumbling blocks. It is my passion to help them identify those, understand them and then...shatter them. Singers are complex people with complex instruments, and no matter what our expertise level, the DESIRE to sing is something to be protected an
d nurtured. I value honesty, discipline and detail work in the singing studio. I find those three things, meshed always with a genuine sense of FUN, are the keys to helping singers unlock and develop what makes them unique artists with something to say."

Professionally as a singer, Kait has headlined her own blues band, sung in several cover bands and also performed as a featured lead vocalist alongside John Lee Hooker Jr. (Blues Grammy artist nominee) on his western tour of the U.S. Kait was the lead singer and co-songwriter for the band Light Vizion and co-produced the band's debut album "Looking For An Angel" and can be heard as the solo vocalist on the album "True North" by Tristan Moore. She is currently a freelance vocalist in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has sung lead and solo in a large variety of venues, including Capitol Theatre, Abravanel Hall, Rose Wagner (Jeanne Wagner Stage) and several local clubs and restaurants as well as festivals and outdoor concerts including the annual Scarecrow Festival and the Brown Bag Concert Series and Furry Fiesta Fundraiser! While in Los Angeles, Kait performed in numerous clubs and blues music venues, including The Brown Derby, The Blue Cafe and BB Kings in Hollywood. She has also worked as a professional singer for several years in the Los Angeles Music Industry where she performed in several bands and worked as an in demand "session" singer (someone people hire to come in and quickly record vocals for various professional and experimental projects).

Kait's education as a singing performer includes a B.F.A. from the Actor Training Program at the University of Utah, an M.F.A. in Musical Theatre Performance from San Diego State University plus 5 years post-grad study in Los Angeles training in voice with world master voice teacher, Edward Sayegh.

In 2004 Kait returned to her roots in Salt Lake City, UT to continue both her singing and teaching career. She continues to write, arrange and record as a freelance singer, and has appeared as the featured vocalist with groups like Children's Dance Theatre and Ririe-Woodbury as well as other local blues and rock bands.

Kait: "My goal with each student is to help them to become the very best they can be as singing performers. But in addition, I aim to lift their spirit during the time they spend here, so that when they leave for the day, after the work they've done, they feel better, more inspired, more empowered and more confident and driven than they did when they arrived at my door. Teaching and watching my students evolve as both artists and people is thrilling! I have the honor of watching them find themselves through music while they build truly lifelong friendships with the performing peers they meet in the classes and performances they participate in here...they end up finding some of their 'kindred spirits' in life here, and that is something that is priceless as an artist."
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Carolee February 7, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I really enjoyed learning with Kait. She is fun and personable. She knows what she's doing, and I can see that working with her is going to give me the training that I'm looking for.
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Janene H. January 17, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Kait has helpedmy daughter find her confidence. She is so encouraging and customizes the lessons to fit my daughters needs.
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Jasmine K. October 15, 2015
· Singing · In studio
Professional, understanding, informative! A great experience!
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Kait K.

Kait K.

Salt Lake City, UT 84106
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About Gregory H.

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I help my students discover and develop their own sound and use their own natural voice. I show them ways of using the voice that are new, adding on to what they already know, to make confident musicians who sing with ease and power.

I love aiding in the discovery process and being a part of the journey of curiosity my students embark on to identify their own natural voice. Together we cultivate musical skills which uncover this hidden gem and transform it into an impressive instrument of expression.
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Elizabeth March 15, 2016
· Opera Voice · In studio
Great experience! Gregory was helpful, informative and very kind. Thank you!
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Londonrose H. March 15, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Horrible - he was so unprofessional - and to open up his home as a source for the lesson environment - at least clean your home. It was flthy - dress like you are ready for the day - not just out of bed - Horrible experience for my daughter!
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Kresta January 18, 2016
· Singing · In studio
I think he is going to really help my daughter she had a good experience.
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Gregory H.

Salt Lake City, UT 84107
(7)
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$22 / 30-min

About Ryan M.

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About Ryan
Ryan has studied guitar, piano and singing through S.L. Community College as well as privately with various professors from the University of Utah. Some of his mentors include Dean Kaelin, Pat Terry, Dan Waldis, Steve Lowry and MaryAnn Drescher.

As a guitar teacher, Ryan's goal is to help students be able to grow a deeper passion for music and attain the skills needed to express themselves musicially.

Lessons are designed to help students not only learn to play the songs they love, but learn how those songs were built and how they can pull the songs apart and create something of their own.

Ryan has experience teaching students ranging from ages 7-69!
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Cody P. July 14, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Ryan was a great instructor. Took time to teach and created an enthusiastic music student.
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Matt February 21, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Ryan cares to make the lessons personal for what I need in my learning of guitar. Other teachers just show up, open a book, and see what you got. I feel that Ryan prepares lessons so that I get the most out of them.
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Ryan M.

Salt Lake City, UT 84106
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About Aubrey C.

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About Aubrey
I am 23 years old and have been married for almost a year now! I not only play piano but a little bit of guitar as well. I taught myself how to play guitar, leading to the fact that I play a lot by ear but also by sight. Of course, I play both ways. I am very empathetic and love serving and helping others!

I have been playing piano for 15 years now. It is my passion. During my learning as a student it wasn't too hard for me to learn piano because I absolutely loved it and practicing was something I looked forward to. But, there were definitely things about my learning that I wish were different that would have made learning even better! I have 15 years of experience as a student that helps me as a teacher relate. I am able to teach towards the students needs. I look back at my experience as a student and the things I wish were done di
fferently I am able to apply to my own teaching. This way the students get the absolute best learning with the time they are given. I don't just follow a lesson plan but I teach towards the students needs. I don't move on unless that student understands every aspect of the basics and what we are working on.
I absolutely love teaching and I look forward to what the future holds!
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Aubrey C.

Aubrey C.

Salt Lake City, UT 84103
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$34 / 30-min

About Elizabeth A.

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I have a BA in Classical Performance, a BA in Jazz Performance and a BA in Buisness. I had almost completed a Master’s Degree in Performance when a performance opportunity took me away from school and on the road tour the U.S. This is currently what I am and have been doing for the last 10 years. And it has been an amazing experience.
I currently play in several bands, Classic Swing Jazz, Avant Garde Jazz, Jam Band, 70’s Fusion, Cajun/Zydeco, Classical and last but not least Country.
The country project has had much success over the years performing for multiple 20,000 people concerts and touring the US. Their freshman single hit 50 on the Country radio charts and sophomore single that has just been released to much praise and is looking to climb even higher.
The original jazz project that is made up of members original comp
ositions has been very successful locally playing all of the largest city events such as The Utah Arts Festival for several years in a row.
Also performed in 4 musicals as a pit musician, recorded several albums and asked to do session work for studios nation wide. I compose my own classical and jazz music and regularly perform them.
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Hannah July 20, 2017
· Violin · In studio
I've been taking lessons with Liz for almost 10 years and have loved everything about it. I tried taking other music lessons over the years but nothing stuck quite like violin. Liz is a lot of fun, experienced, educated greatly in music, and most important for me, always constructive but never harsh. With Liz i've learned songs from a variety of genres and even learned to make arrangements of my own. Liz is great with all ages and all talent levels. 10/10 would recommend!
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Brenda July 20, 2017
· Violin · In studio
I have been taking lessons from Liz for over 10 years now. I have been learning classical and fiddle. I especially love how she keeps the songs we learn based on my personal interest as well as giving me those that challenge me. Liz is great with children, youth and adults and easily adapts to the learning needs of all ages.
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Kathryn July 19, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Liz is a wonderful music teacher who is able to teach classical and non-classical music in a way that makes it all fun. She teaches you not only how to play music, but also how to create and arrange it. She finds pieces she knows you'll be able to play, and pushes you to be a better musician.
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Elizabeth A.

Salt Lake City, UT 84106
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About Andrew H.

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I am a professionally trained vocalist and have been singing for over 15 years. I attended school at Brigham Young University studying vocal music and music education. I am currently working as the Choral Director at Herriman High School and have previously taught private lessons and taught as the Music Teacher at Utah International Charter School.

I studied primarily classical voice but that created a strong foundation to sing all genres of music including pop, broadway, etc. I have performed in many musical theatre productions and operas as well as performed as a soloist for a variety of occasions. I also currently sing with Cantorum Chamber Singers, a group that performs a wide variety of music for many diverse audiences.

I have a strong foundation of music theory and music composition and can help fortify that area of music as w
ell as you ear training and sight reading on any instrument. I have arranged and composed many pieces both for soloist and choral groups.

I am a energetic instructor and will do everything I can to help you improve in the areas that you would like and make sure that you achieve your musical goals.
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Karissa August 13, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I am a musician, but have never been able to sing. I took basic voice lessons from Andrew for several months and would have continued except for a move. He helped me gain confidence in my singing voice and strengthen it by vocal exercises. He creates a comfortable atmosphere.
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Andrew H.

Sandy, UT 84070
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