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About Rene T.

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I have been teaching voice for over 25 yrs.
I try to get the student to understand the strengths and limitations of their voice and how to expose them to help create the strongest performance.
I work on exercises and techniques that help draw out the best to offer in a unique Individual.

About Rene
Knowing at the age of 5 that music was my life, by being brought up surrounded by praise music and gospel, my early exposure to music helped me to find every Instrument and style just my thing! I wanted to play everything and learn all aspects of music. I started with singing in the children's choir and then developed into piano and music theory. At the age of 12 I began to learn classical guitar, and at 15 took on various styles like Flamenco, Jazz and Rock. I graduated from High School having played in the school band achieving recognition In national Institutions Like IAJE (International Association for Jazz Education) and state band finals. I was also composing from a very early age, and at 18 released my first album (self-titled) which can still be heard and purchased today through various music outlets, since i have released over 15
albums with various ensembles and bands. In college I already knew from my previous experience that I wanted to teach and pass on the joy that music brought to my life. I studied Music Theory and Jazz and finished my degree in Music Education. I have been teaching all in all for about 14 yrs. And I have enjoyed every minute I have spent with my students learning as much from them, as them from me. I am looking forward to meeting new and eager students who really want to bring their inner music out to share with the rest of us music aficionados! and develop their skills to the peak of their abilities.

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My teaching method ranges depending on the student. I believe in my experience that everyone learns differently, therefore everyone develops at their own pace. I try to find key strengths in each student and expose this to their advantage, using their abilities to further develop their skills, this method has shown the most promising results and students usually find themselves playing and performing just a couple of months after their first lessons. Part of my method involves a lot of performance and recital opportunities to help break any fears and inhibitions a student may bring with them. Music is about sharing, so an early exposure to this method helps to strengthen and stabilize a core acceptance of a students style and path, giving them and those close to them a very clear picture of their development and achievements.

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Has all instruments at both his home and college studio

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I provide lesson material, song charts and a progression scale. I require student to have an Instrument and recommended technique literature.

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My classical training began in High School with Influences in Segovia, and Romero I studied classical for 4 yrs. and trained in Jazz and Improvisation with performances In Big Band and group ensemble. Also sang and played in the school gospel choir.

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If you needed a reason

There is no question that music touches us instantly and activates images, emotions and memories that linger with us throughout our lives. As a casual listener or an obsessive music elitist, there are times in our lives when we get blown away by a sound so unique our entire body vibrates and resonates with the touch of something out of this world. I can honestly say when this happens to me I feel as close to a spiritual connection than anything I have experienced otherwise. I believe it is these exact events that have triggered my need to be completely involved in the making, performing and consuming of music. The creative process, to me, is the single obvious reason we exist in this world. We create and share, learn and interpret, build on previous ideas and inspire others to perfect upon this process. It is no doubt a very humbling experience to realize you are part of it all. During this process you come to realize how important you are as an Individual, how there is no other vessel like you in this world, nor has there ever been or ever will. You are here now and your voice, your talent, your gift is an instrument to the great choir of the human spirit. No one but you can relate this, a reason to be, to create, to give.
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Roxy T. April 30, 2017
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Rene is a fantastic teacher! Always patient and great with my 9 year old. He understands my child and always goes the extra mile. Rene is an excellent teacher.
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Jose R. April 1, 2017
· Flamenco Guitar · In studio
Very Knowledgeable about the guitar... Shows great interest in what I want to learn.
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Miguel J. November 14, 2016
· Guitar · Online
Very good.
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About Indigo S.

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Establish healthy technique, undo bad habits, and free your natural voice, enabling you to sing in the style of your choice.

About Indigo
Indigo has been working in the performing arts since she was biting ankles, first as a dancer and vocalist, and later as a guitarist. She's composed music for and/or sung dozens of international television commercials, spots on Law and Order and songs in Films premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and as a lead guitarist and vocalist, toured the US, Canada, Europe and Iceland, extensively, performing in hundreds of theaters and rock clubs around the world, including-- Madison Square Garden, BAM, The Beacon Theater, Music Hall Of Williamsburg, The Bowery Ballroom, Club Nokia (LA), The Santa Barbara Bowl, The Chicago Theater, Baby's All Right, The Mercury Lounge, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass (SF), Pickathon (Portland)

As a teacher, Indigo's method has, at it's core, a commitment to the idea of teaching a man to fish rather than giving hi
m a fish, and every student, regardless of age or experience will be taught to understand, first and foremost, how music works, so that he or she comes away, not only with the skills to play the material covered in the lessons, but, eventually, the ability to teach themselves any other material they're interested in.

With an emphasis on ear training, her natural approach to learning theory, makes even the most wary or challenged student understand with ease, and find pleasure in the process of learning. Rote memorization is eliminated and replaced by a deep understanding, which grows naturally, while technique improves alongside it. Students quickly find themselves able to play, sing and understand things previously only dreamed of.

These universal building blocks of music apply across all genres. Technique will be tailored to your specific interests, and from the start, a portion of each lesson will be devoted to learning the material of your choice.

Indigo also specializes in coaching songwriters, and can, in a gentle and non-invasive way, help to guide you through the process of both mastering craft, and establishing your own individual voice as a writer.
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michael graham February 3, 2018
· Guitar · Online
Indigo is an amazing teacher. While she is a professional musician with a deep understanding of music theory, I am an intermediate guitar player and don’t spend much time on theory - i mostly want to work on playing songs and singing, and she jumps right into what i am working on with enthusiasm and an open mind. She is good at explaining things and she is also always smiling and super nice. Can’t say enough good things.
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Daniel September 17, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Indigo is able to break down the guitar in a way that is clear and empowering, and very musical. You will be a better musician if you follow through on her revelations.
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Jeff August 16, 2017
· Songwriting · Online
Indigo is a fabulous and diverse teacher! I've been taking lessons with her for about 9 months. Although my lessons are "officially" for songwriting, we divide our time among that, guitar technique, and music theory. I've experienced so much progress and fun in several areas, and I attribute that to Indigo's teaching and guidance. I even wrote and produced my first solo song! Don't miss the chance to work with a great musician and teacher!
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About Melissa M.

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Harrisonburg, VA

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When meeting with a student for the first time we always discuss his or her needs or goals. After that, we get into the foundation of building technique, starting with posture. Next, the student is assigned breathing exercises to practice.

About Melissa
American Soprano, Melissa McCann is working towards her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance, Pedagogy, and Literature from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA with Kevin McMillan. Melissa completed her Post-Graduate Artist Diploma in Voice  at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of acclaimed opera singer, Deborah Voigt. While in San Francisco, Melissa interned in the Education Department of San Francisco Opera and taught Kindergarten and First grade music with the San Francisco Conservatory in the Schools mentor-ship program.
Melissa earned her Masters of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance from the University of California, Irvine at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts and performed in music festivals all over the world including The American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, Accademia
Europa dell’Opera in Lucca, Italy, Angel Vocal Art in Los Angeles, CA and Russian Opera Workshop in Philadelphia, PA.  Melissa covered Musetta with Opera San Jose and appeared as Mimi in La Boheme, Mary in Highway 1, USA, Euridice in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice,  Soprano in Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, and as Lucy in the Three-Penny Opera. Melissa is an Advocate of the Arts scholar, and a Redlands Bowl Young Artist. Melissa earned her Bachelor's of Music from University of the Pacific with vocal instructor Dr. Lynelle Wiens, and piano with Dr. John Cozza.

Melissa specializes in the Alfred Series for piano and My First Piano Adventure for young students. This approach focuses on ear training and reading music. Custom exercises and choice of material is based on the student's level and field of study. Lessons are scheduled at the student's convenience as per availability. Frequency and length of lessons is based on the students needs.

Young voice students are taught general concepts, music theory, and ear training. After the voice is more mature, advanced and serious vocal study can be pursued. Melissa's students receive a well-rounded training in the style of their choice: Classical, Popular, Musical Theatre, and Jazz.
Melissa emphasizes on solid technique, posture, breathing, and control, in addition to music fundamentals.
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Miranda G. July 2, 2015
· Singing · In home
Really helpful and nice!
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Jennifer June 29, 2015
· Music Performance · In studio
We just wanted to thank you so much for all your help over the last few months in preparing Sara for her recitals. Her talent show at school was last night and she did fabulously and projected for all to hear and she couldn’t have done it without your teaching!
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Nikki June 29, 2015
· Vocal Training · In studio
Melissa was my first voice teacher, and I was so fortunate to have her. She was very patient with me because I was very shy and self conscious when it came to vocal lessons. She help me find my voice, and started crafting it using many different tools to help me understand the different elements that allows one to register sound. She is a joy to learn from, and I recommend any beginner to learn from her.
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About Keith K.

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Stockbridge, GA

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Working on your voice with musical theater, country, christian, pop, I can help you bring out your entire performance. Make each song tell a story with interpretation and quality. Especially song choices to fit your voice.

About Keith
I have been a professional performance coach and actor in Hollywood for the past 11 years. I coach and inspire the next generation of performers for stage and screen. My company is a performance arts company dedicated to educating and inspiring performers of all ages, including adults. Our lessons are offered both in person and via Skype. We provide instruction in all areas from comedy to drama, musical theater and straight stage. We are committed to producing our own cabarets, musicals, and cutting edge dramas as we are performance based. We believe you learn best by doing! In addition to expert coaching, we at times, share the stage with our students and give them the chance to shine with us in Broadway Cabarets and Musicals. With over 10 years of real-life experience as a working actor in Los Angeles and NYC, I have a wealth of knowl
edge in performing plus, almost more importantly, the business of acting. One wanting to become a professional performer must always keep in mind, acting is a business and an investment! Passion for the arts fills me, and I treasure the opportunity to spread that joy to all searching for solid coaching and instruction. Feel free to contact me at anytime. Just keep singing, just keep singing.
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Laura May 2, 2017
· Singing · In home
Keith is fantastic! He expects the highest level of preparation and performance from me at all my lessons and thus pushes me to be a better performer every time. He tailors my lessons to exactly what I need - specific work for upcoming auditions as well as more general work to expand my repertoire. His lessons are also not not limited singing coaching - he also provides coaching in acting and movement. I feel like I have presented some of my best work to auditors as a result of working with Keith! And he does all this in the friendliest manner possible so that my lessons are always a great combination of fun, hard work, and inspiration.
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Yi April 6, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Keith is a knowledgeable and great teacher. He will let you feel comfortable at singing and doing all the practices and make you realize what the correct postures and things needed to make you feel confident. Also, he is pretty easy-going with scheduling and just let him know in advance and he will reschedule the class for you. Definitely recommended.
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Andrunette/ Harvetta J D. March 3, 2017
· Acting · In studio
I loved it!!
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About Emilie C.

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Professional singer, songwriter and performer who is passionate about helping new vocalists find freedom, confidence and a sense of self in their singing!

Singing is a special type of music, with your body as the instrument and your heart laid out for all to see. As your teacher, I will help you build a solid foundation in technique and music theory while tailoring lessons to your personal aims and goals.

For those interested in songwriting/recording as well, my lesson plan can include me recording, mixing and producing a song that you compose.

About Emilie
I am a professional musician, composer and artist with over 12 years background in classical piano. I also specialize in songwriting and singing, and have performed my original music at venues and events ranging from the House of Blues to 626 Night Market to the METRO Golden Streets Festival! Music has been a gift to me, and I consider it a blessing to be able to share it with others.
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About Carla S.

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Former Elphaba in Broadway's "Wicked", Carla knows her way around the singing voice. Whether you are working towards a career in performing or just want to sing for fun, Carla works with all levels of singers as young as 9. She'll help you find your mix, belt, falsetto, twang and everything in between!

About Carla
I am a professional Broadway actress, having performed the role of Elphaba in the hit musical "Wicked" on Broadway and throughout the United States. I have been fortunate to have traveled the United States, Canada and Asia with multiple touring productions as well. I perform as a guest entertainer singing my own show on board major Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Lines and Disney Cruise Lines most recently.

I began my studies in voice as a young girl in my Grandmother's voice studio in Chicago. I went on to focus on classical music at Interlochen Arts Academy and then Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. I finished my Bachelors Degree at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, choosing to switch my focus from classical music to musical theatre. I also hold a Masters Degree in Theatre Education from NYU's Steinhardt School of Education. I have a 4
0 hour voice teaching certification through New York Vocal Coaching.

I am extremely passionate about singing and have been teaching for almost 10 years. Having started in the world of classical music, my expertise is helping my students develop a solid foundation with which to sing any style of music from. I think it's important that students sing the music that brings them joy so we work on anything from pop/rock/country to jazz to musical theatre. Singing should be an enjoyable experience, therefore I encourage my students to be bold and fearless while we enter into the world of effortless singing! All sounds (cracking, quacking, laughing and crying) are welcome in my studio. Singing can be a huge emotional release at first and I am here to guide you through this journey. Beginners welcome.
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Lis December 29, 2017
· Singing · In home
I am an actress and martial artist but have been wanting to overcome performance anxiety, including singing in public that I have dreamed of adding to future performances. Carla is so wonderful to work with. She is very understanding, nurturing and is able to explain things in a way that help me understand how to create the right sound. I have been finding this has eased my anxiety in performing not only with singing but in acting and has helped improve my way of speaking. Carla has opened my eyes to how my head, voice, but more importantly breathing are all related. I'm finding myself becoming more self-aware and find it absolutely amazing! I am very grateful to have been referred to Carla and highly recommend working with her.
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Rachel December 20, 2017
· Musical Theater · In studio
Carla is a phenomenal voice teacher. Her extensive knowledge and her technical prowess make her an ideal teacher for anyone struggling with their technique. She takes the time each lesson to get to know you and what your voice needs. And perhaps most importantly, Carla makes voice lessons fun! From silly (and helpful) vocal exercises to new rep suggestions, learning from Carla has helped me find joy in singing again. Whether you are just starting out or a seasoned profession looking for a tune up, I highly recommend spending some time with Carla Stickler.
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Shifra Zuckerman December 15, 2017
· Vocal Training · Online
“Carla is not only incredibly talented, but such a fantastic voice coach. From my very first lesson and to this day, she continues to make my vocal training exhilarating, enlightening and delightful. She has given me the guidance and confidence to find my voice and I cannot thank her enough for that. Trust me, you’ll love her!”
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As someone who learns best by doing, I encourage my students to experiment while I guide them and help them to understand their instruments in a more organic, personal way than more "Old World" singers. I have a background in opera, musical theatre, and rock/pop vocals for 10+ years, so I can offer a broad perspective on singing that bridges these gaps on a technical level.

About Nick
I'm a tenor from the southwestern Virginia area with a passion for all things music. I've been in music for nearly two decades; I toured with a rock band along the east coast, I sang with Josh Groban, and I've been performing as a choir member and soloist regularly for years. Music is a tremendous source of joy in my life, so I make sure it is the same for my students; studying music can become a chore, but enjoying music never gets old.
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Harrisonburg, VA 22801
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About Mecca B.

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Vocal Technique
*For all ages and levels, groups orindividuals
*Emphasis on rock, blues, jazz, and R&B
*Discover and develop your own style
*Work on what you want to work on
*Learn to accompany yourself on piano/keyboard (optional!)
~Increase confidence and pleasure in singing
~Improve pitch, rhythm, tone, dynamics and phrasing
~Learn to sing harmony
~Develop mic technique
~Experience the thrill of vocal improvisation
~Receive coaching on songs you choose
~Use digital recording as a tool

About Mecca
Instruction in Vocal Technique for all ages and levels, groups and individuals.
Emphasis on rock, blues, jazz, R&B-- and developing your own unique style.

Would you like to~
~Increase confidence and pleasure in singing
~Improve pitch, rhythm, tone, dynamics and phrasing
~Receive coaching on songs YOU choose
~Learn simple arrangements to accompany yourself on keyboard without reading music
~Experience the thrill of vocal improvisation
~Learn to sing harmony
~Develop mic technique
~Use digital recording as a tool

The instructor is a Registered Drama Therapist and Certified Music Practitioner with a Master's Degree
in Performing Arts and Psychology. She has performed, recorded and taught voice for 25 years.

Location: Earlysville or Charlottesville, Virginia, or ONLINE
Cost: $45 for a one hour lesson, $75 for two lessons. (Negotiable)
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Earlysville, VA 22936
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