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Seattle Vocalists Sing More than Songs
By David M. - Seattle Singing Teacher
The term “song,” according to the Encarta World English Dictionary is “a usually relatively short musical composition consisting of words set to music and the music itself.” Words are the common thread in songs, which differentiates them from “pieces” or “tunes” in music terminology. But what happens when words go out the window?
Seattle has vocalists that explore that realm, and welcome you to come along on the journey. On the first and third Sunday of each month, Studio VOX! presents “Sundays at LUCID,” a vocal improvisation group. This gathering is open to vocalists of all levels of experience who wish to explore group improvisations, and is led by the wonderfully knowledgeable and lighthearted Debby Watt. Singers are guided with exercises in rhythm melody, and spoken word. It is s safe and exciting adventure for any singer I have highly enjoyed several times. If you are taking singing lessons in Seattle, I would highly recommend joining in.
The next artist that stretches the boundaries of what we expect to hear from a vocalist is a solo project by Seattle multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and composer Beth Fleenor. In this project, “Crystal Beth,” she utilizes loop pedals, effects processors, clarinet, and an expansive vocal vocabulary, weaving unique sonic tapestries that break the preconceptions of how much sound can come from one person alone. With influences ranging from contemporary classical, jazz, rock, tribal, Ukrainian, and countless other styles she has under her impressive musical belt, this powerhouse of an artist delivers a sonic experience you will not soon forget.
While we will always love songs, I invite singers to see the powerful things a voice can do without saying a word. Check out some of these talented performers and let them influence your own techniques when you take singing lessons in Seattle.
I have been teaching voice lessons in the Seattle area for ten years. I teach students how to strengthen and develop their natural gifts to free the voice within. Singing is a skill, just like riding a bicycle and I believe anyone can learn to sing!
I start with warm-ups to target specific technical issues with singers. I teach singers proper breath management, legato, interpretation, tone colors, passion, dramatic truth, etc.
I am a huge believer in being a lifelong student! I have continued my music education throughout my adult life and have studied Jazz, Classical, Opera, Pop, Rock, Reggae, Blues, Soul, Gospel, and Folk. As a p
I began singing and playing piano at age five. I have been involved in school and community choirs including The Total Experience Gospel Choir, Seattle Pacific University Women's Choir, and The Spokane Area Children's Chorus. Musical productions including Grease, Once Upon a Mattress, Chicago, and Les Miserables. I have been a featured soloist in ensembles throughout my life. I also performed in the Jazz Ensemble at Seattle Central Community College for three years as a vocalist and pianist.
I have an extensive background as a performer in small and large bands in the Seattle area. I have played in various venues throughout the area including Key Arena, Benaroya Hall, McCall Hall, Folk Life Festival, Marymoor Park, Highway 99 Blues Club, Tula's Nightclub, and the Nectar Lounge to name a few. I have also worked as a studio musician with various funk, soul, and electronic music producers and bands.
I study African dance and other forms of dance including hip-hop, house, and have traveled to Guinea, Conakry to study dance and music with Les Ballets African a premier African dance ensemble that tours the world. I also spent the summer of 2012 working with a non-profit organization in Chiapas, Mexico teaching music and dance to kids k-12 in the Indigenous Village of Ignacio Allende. More recently I have been studying and performing with Pat Wright and The Total Experience Gospel Choir since 2014.
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As your teacher I can help you thrive in music. I promise to provide a fun learning experience with lots of laughs and smiles. My number one goal is to help build a love and passion for music and boost student's confidence. I understand and appreciate different levels of experience and make sure to cater the lesson to the individual. Whether my students are young or old; whether they view voice or piano lessons as a just-for-fun hobby; or whether they wish to pursue a serious music career - I am happy to facilitate all of this and more, as we work together to reach their goals.
My musical foundation is one built on proper technique and strong musicianship skills. Students will learn proper posturing, breathing, and vocal production- in addition to reading and music notation, music theory and more. As students master these techniques I will work to help them bring out their own voice and creative expression. We will explore music from a variety of genres including Jazz, Classical, Pop/Rock, and more. Each of my students will be able to perform in ways that are not only healthy and technically sound but unique to them.
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In the studio I have an acoustic upright piano, shakers, tambourines, and a library of music books. The studio is also used for dance lessons and has hardwood floors and mirrors. There is also a waiting room area for parents to sit and listen in during lessons.
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I provide books, metronome, and keyboard stand. Students are expected to have a piano or keyboard.
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I specialize in Jazz, Classical, Pop, Rock, RnB, and Broadway style singing. I use an eclectic approach to teaching.
· Piano · In home
Also she knows the subject very well and appeared ready to help me out because I am brand new.
· Speaking Voice · In home
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Master Your Vocal, Emotional, and Presentation Techniques and Material
Become the masterful Singer that you really ARE! Learn to bring out the natural beauty and power of your Voice, and to match your own unique personality and vocal qualities to complementing repertoire in order to show your voice and talents in their best light. We'll develop the repertoire that fits YOU. You'll learn how the Voice works and where it really comes from, and probably be amazed at the almost immediate widening of your vocal range and increased ability to sing long phrases.
We'll polish your audition pieces, and then video them to allow you to see what the judges will be seeing. Then we'll polish them some more as needed!
We'll work on stage appearance, and even on maintaining your "cool" under pressure.
You will learn to overcome self-imposed limitations, and to bring out all those vocal treasures that have been poking at you to let them out for a long time!
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Trained by one of the Metropolitan Opera's most beloved Voice Coaches, Vanessa brings to the world of music a wonderfully varied Performing and
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The atmosphere is relaxed in our comfortable professional studio. We work hard, and enjoy the journey as we develop your voice and repertoire with a focus on whatever style of singing you choose. It won't be long until you will see that songs that were previously too high or too low are now comfortably within your grasp. And, you will be able to sing for longer periods of time without getting tired or injuring your voice. You might also want the experience of practicing stage presence, working with trax, learning how to relate to an audience, and learning microphone technique, all of which will add to the professionalism of your most excellent and enjoyable career.
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Music studio room w/ piano and seating for parents
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I specialize in finding the student's unique voice, and helping them to understand its natural operation in order to set it free to be used in any style they choose to sing. The Italian Bel Canto method describes the basic singing technique, and is the foundation from which a healthy and versatile voice can be developed. My upcoming book, "All God's Chillun' Got A Voice" How To Find It, and Release It As A Creative Toolâ, discusses both the technical and esoteric sides of the singing voice, its operation and purposes.
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My daughter has grown musically and personally by leaps and bounds.
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Courteous, friendly, knowledgeable professional.
Pleasure to work with and to learn from.
Vanessa is an exceptional vocal instructor with an amazing ability to connect with my daughter Cameron and elevate her skill level as a vocalist. Her commitment to supporting the needs and requests from the student is fantastic and I appreciate her dedication to the Arts and her ability to communicate the language of music with such vigor and clarity. Thank you so much Vanessa!
Experienced voice teacher available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation o vocal skills. I specialize in a classical operatic style and musical theater style. I also recommend bringing a recorder (there is one on most phones) and a pencil. I will also suggest song book based on their level and voice type.
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98% of the gigs I play in the Seattle music area are accompanying jazz vocalists. I am on faculty at Cornish College of the Arts as a vocal jazz accompanist where I accompany students in their lessons and classes. I was in Kathleen Grace's vocal jazz combo at USC for 3 years and took voice lessons from her for 1 semester and 1 semester of lessons to get a vocalist's perspective how to be a better accompanist. With my years of experience in vocal jazz accompaniment, and the basics I know about voice technique like proper breath support, I have a lot of offer as an accompanist in terms of vocal coaching and how a vocal can be better in terms of phrasing, leading a band, conveying emotion through their singing, and writing proper charts for other accompanists not just in the realm of jazz, but in other contemporary genres of music as well.
I began teaching beginning guitar lessons to friends and classmates in high school. Ever since I picked up the guitar, I knew it was something that I wanted to pursue professionally because of the joy that it brought me. Being able to share that with other people is
Jazz is a style of music I specialize in and I teach it like teaching a language as I firmly believe that jazz is a language. I teach improvisation to not only guitar, but to all instruments as the concepts are the same. Improvisation lessons are fun and interactive and challenge you to be creative, which is what art is all about!
My teaching method is very flexible, as I am very aware that students learning styles and goals vary greatly. I am a patient teacher who will work to help put a student in a position to be successful and achieve his or her goals through lesson plans and teaching methods tailored to meet the student's learning style. Seeing students succeed and have fun making progress and improving as a musician brings me a lot of joy!
There is nothing more frustrating for a student than feeling like they're treading water trying to teach themselves. My goal is to make the learning process as fun as possible! One of the ways I do that is giving the student the opportunity to experiment with improvisation and explore the instrument during lessons and for when they practice at home to supplement the more formal training. This helps students develop their own individual sound on the instrument from day one, is fun and interactive, and gives the student the chance to be creative when learning a new instrument.
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In our first lesson together, we'll discuss your goals, potential repertoire, and studio policies. After some warm ups, I'll go over what I hear in your voice and set forth a plan of action for our lessons together. After the first lesson, lessons will consist of a brief discussion of what your practice times looked like, warm ups, and working together on your songs. I teach by working through the five systems of the voice (articulation, phonation, resonance, respiration, and registration) with a mix of kinesthetic tools, imagery, and a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology.
· Singing · In home
· Musical Theater · In studio
· Vocal Training · In home
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