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About Makala W.

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Seattle, WA
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The main thing that I like to remind students of, when they take lessons with me, is that music is FUN! A lot of hard work goes into it, but the end result is always rewarding! I am a pretty laid back teacher, yet I still work to inspire my students to try their hardest and to be the best that they can be at what they do. It is very important to me that my students get their musical wants AND needs fulfilled.

In my singing lessons we will work on a variety of topics, including:

-Gaining a feel and command for your own instrument.

-Finding your SOUND: Making sure that you are singing the right music for your vocal style and also that connects directly to you, the vocalist.

-EXERCISES: Breathing and vocalization that will lessen fatigue and enhance the strength, endurance, and quality of your voice.

-Music Theory and Ear-Training

-Building your repertoire, which is necessary for performance.

-Arranging and Communication with your accompanying musicians or band.

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About Makala
I have loved music as long as I can remember. I know its cliche© to say so, but it's true! :)

For me, having parents of different ethnicity and siblings that were much older than me, I was heavily impacted by the wide variety of music to which my family members listened. The force of this crayon box of rhythms and sounds captivated and affected me so much that it is the key experience that I draw from in making my own music today.

I grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska (a small town in the center of the state) so my only option for entertainment and fun was getting involved in the arts! I started performing at a very young age as both a dancer and a musician. I studied classical ballet, modern dance, hip hop and street dance, and world dance traditions throughout my formative years, which helped me to gain rhythmical fluency. I started my
formal music training when I began to play the cello. From then on, I was hooked on the sound and I immersed myself in music as much as I could; performing, competing, working in as many musical groups and productions as possible (as both a vocalist and cellist), and even teaching.

I moved to Seattle in 2003 to study opera at Cornish College of the arts, only to later change my major to Jazz, and then again to Latin music studies. Since graduating from Cornish in 2007, with my Bachelor of Music degree, I have been actively and diligently working in the local music scene; performing and recording with artists and groups of many different styles. Everything from various Latin genres, to Rock, to R&B/Soul, to Hip Hop, and Jazz. Through my music, I aim to reach out to people of all cultures. I also aim to teach my own students with the hope that they too can discover the same continuous love of music that I have grown to feel (and still am growing to feel) over the years. :)

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88 key piano, cello, various percussion instruments, guitars, ukulele, library, computer, lessons are given in a private studio.

*** Specialties ***
As far as voice goes, I teach all genres and styles but I personally specialize in the Latin genres. I teach all aspects of the music; rhythm, harmony, theory. I even teach performance; how to work with a band in real-time communication, song communication (or story telling as I like to call it), and developing ones own personal style. I believe that there is much more to singing than just vocal technique alone, so I believe in teaching musical fundamentals and functions so that my students will not only be considered vocalists, but competent musicians.
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Kayla March 25, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Makala was very friendl, personable, knowledgeable, professional and FUN,
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Joshua N. January 7, 2018
· Cello · In studio
Makala hit it off with our third-grader right off the bat, and she was a great sport about meeting the whole family at the first lesson. She put Josh at ease, evaluated what he already knew without making him uncomfortable, and got right to work improving his fundamentals in a way that seemed to get him really motivated. We're extending our series - thanks Makala!
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Jaaziq April 12, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Makala is very seasoned at teaching music. I love that fact that she's patient but at the same time persistent. My daughter has grown tremendously from being under Makala's structured music teachings. Makala is very versatile and has a really open of mind with music. She can sing like an angel and her personality is warm and friendly. You can't go wrong with choosing her to help you with your music.
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Makala W.

Makala W.

Mercer Island, WA 98040
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About Serena E.

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Students will learn how to present their repertoire with healthy technique, appropriate stylizing, and intentional dramatic choices. Students will also get practice performing in front of others

*all lessons are always taylored to be appropriate vocally and dramatically for age, voice type, and ability

About Serena
Hello! My name is Serena!

Music shapes my life and has made me the person I am today. My experience in training in opera, musical theatre, jazz, and pop has expanded my musical skills and knowledge. Not only have I been trained in performance, but I have also studied music history, music theory, conducting, movement training, ballet, Alexander Technique, acting, yoga, stage craft, improvisation, other languages, diction and the International Phonetic Alphabet, voice science and anatomy, and vocal pedagogy. I have completed my Bachelor of Music in Operatic Vocal Performance from the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University under the tutelage of the legendary Carol Vaness. I have also studied with acclaimed teachers and coaches around the world including Dr. Kari Ragan and Maestro Dean Williamson.

This year has been w
onderfully packed with performance for Seattle Opera. I just closed out a 78 performance run of CINDERELLA IN SPAIN where I sang the role of CINDERELLA and was even on the poster! I also performed the roles for the Seattle Opera preview performances of GRETEL in HANSEL UND GRETEL, VIOLETTA in LA TRAVIATA, KATYA in KATYA KABANOVA, and QUEEN OF THE NIGHT in MAGIC FLUTE. I made my Seattle Opera debut singing ALITSA and RACCOON in their touring production of "OUR EARTH", as well as performing on the mainstage in many productions. My upcoming performances include singing in the Seattle Opera kick off to the season SUMMERFEST in July; and OLYMPIA in LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN with Pacific Northwest Opera. My other roles include ALKANDRE in PENELOPE with Vespertine Opera in Seattle, WA; FRASQUITA in CARMEN with OperaBend in Bend, Oregon and Pacific Northwest Opera; and SUSANNA in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO with the Seattle Opera Guild. I also made my international debut in December 2014 singing GRETEL in HANSEL UND GRETEL with Opera Mariposa in Vancouver, BC. I have also been the featured soloist as "Christine" in Ten Grand's Phantom of the Opera at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, WA, and many lead roles in both opera and musical theatre: such as Semele (Semele), Marie (La Fille du Regiment), Gretel (Hansel und Gretel), Countess Ceprano and Gilda (Rigoletto), Blondchen (Die Entfuehrung aus dem Serail), Maria (West Side Story), La Fee (Cendrillon), Sarah Brown (Guys and Dolls), Cathy (The Last 5 Years), Rosina (Barber of Seville), and more! I have also been part of jazz ensembles, and won the Battle of the Bands at Indiana University with a rock group! I am proud to have won the Seattle Opera Guild/Opera Plus Young Artist Scholarship Award for the 2015/2016 season, the Encouragement Award in the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions, First Place in the National Classical Singers Competition, the C.M. Gerber Scholarship, Music Dean's Scholarship, Music Faculty Award, First Place at Washington State Solo and Ensemble Competitions, First Place in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) National Competitions, and many more!

Teaching brings me such joy! To share the love of music and to educate the musicians of tomorrow is both gratifying and inspiring. I have been teaching since 2005 and provide a fun and focused learning experience where there are no "wrong" questions, and everybody's unique voice is celebrated! Many of my students have gone on to study music in college, and have landed lead roles in musical theatre, choir solos, All State and All Northwest choirs, and won awards in Classical competitions.

In my spare time, I like to hike, eat good food, and spend time with family and friends!

*** Lesson Details ***
My studio provides musical knowledge through private lessons including healthy vocal technique, basic understanding of music theory, and basic piano skills. I encourage a fun and focused environment. Come ready to learn, and let's make music!

A typical lesson will include vocalises that detail proper technique, some ear training work, some music theory training, and will be followed by repertoire. During this time, students will learn how to produce clear and authentic diction (English and other languages), breath management, phrase shaping, smooth transitions between higher and lower pitches, stylistic ornamentation, as well as dramatic involvement of the piece.

Students will learn the importance of the foundations of breath support, and how to create a healthy sound for any genre while keeping the unique qualities of their own voice-- no cookie-cutter singers here! Students will also learn how to read music, practice effectively, perform authentically, and take care of their delicate instrument for a lifetime of singing!

While Skype is a marvelous tool that has revolutionized the world of teaching, nothing can replicate natural acoustics. In-studio lessons are suggested for a clearer and more personable lesson.
**Skype lessons are reserved for long distance students only**

STUDIO ABSENCE and CANCELLATION POLICIES:
Regularly scheduled and attended lessons are the best way to see positive changes in your voice! The smooth running of the Studio Schedule helps make that happen. Therefore, missing lessons is discouraged and make up lessons/cancellations are not given in the Studio unless:
- I have had a performance or rehearsal that conflicts with our lesson time and cannot have the lesson as scheduled. If this occurs, I will inform you of the event as soon as possible and give you the option of a make up lesson or cancelling the lesson.
- Notices of foreseen cancellations (family vacations, religious holidays, school functions, special occasions etc.) are eligible for rescheduling or cancellation if given before the first lesson of the month.
- Of course, life can throw us for a loop! Illness, emergencies, and unforeseen events may possibly be given make ups or cancellations and will be determined at the Studio's discretion. (In the matter of illness: standard procedure is that if the student can attend work/school, they should come to their lesson. A cold can easily be worked around. If the voice is affected (for singing students), Studio time can still be used to work on ear training, music theory, music history, etc.)

All other absences will result in the lesson being marked as "missed". A hard copy of the Studio Policies and further details will be given to the student at the first lesson. Please feel free to ask any questions or clarifications.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The studio lessons take place in a designated area of my home. The room includes seating for parents to observe lessons as well as a weighted keyboard (88 keys), music stand, desk, and materials. No pets. Lots of street parking is available. Shopping and coffee/food located within walking distance.

*** Specialties ***
Specialties: Classical/Opera
Other styles and genres: Musical Theatre, Jazz, Pop, and Rock.
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Daniel March 25, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Amazing instructor. I have never taken a singing lesson, but she was extremely patient with me. She really helps you build a foundation for singing and explains the reasoning behind what she teaches very well. I would highly recommend her!
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Chuck June 17, 2017
· Opera Voice · In studio
My daughter has been taking lessons from Serena for more than two years. We are very happy with her and plan to continue. Training is for classical opera and focus is on basic technique.
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Alaka June 17, 2017
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Serena has taught me so much about music and performing. She's a wonderful teacher and friend, and she is very professional; there is no one I'd rather be learning music from!
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Serena E.

Issaquah, WA 98029
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About Dan H.

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Some of Dan’s past students have been finalists in televised talent shows and now enjoy professional music careers. For example, Sofia Olsson, (”True Talent" Finalist, Sweden), Feridah Rose ("Denmark's Got Talent" Semi-Finalist), and Rasma Freimane ("Top Overall Vocalist", Tech Music School, London) —see videos.

Now you have an opportunity to learn from acclaimed producer, composer, pianist, and vocal coach, Dan whose resume includes studio recordings, Radio- and TV broadcasts, and concerts in venues such as the Presidential Palace of Ukraine, the Latvian Cabinet, the nationally televised talent show, ‘Clash Of The Choirs’, Christmas Spectacular, Coca-Cola Holiday Caravan, Northwest Folklife Festival, and Leavenworth’s 50th Anniversary Christmas Lighting Festival. Dan has performed in 30+ countries on four continents, and his music is available on Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, etc.

Dan holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science from Uppsala University (Sweden). With ...

About Dan
Some of Dan’s past students have been finalists in televised talent shows and now enjoy professional music careers. For example, Sofia Olsson, (”True Talent" Finalist, Sweden), Feridah Rose ("Denmark's Got Talent" Semi-Finalist), and Rasma Freimane ("Top Overall Vocalist", Tech Music School, London) —see videos.

Now you have an opportunity to learn from acclaimed producer, composer, pianist, and vocal coach, Dan whose resume includes studio recordings, Radio- and TV broadcasts, and concerts in venues such as the Presidential Palace of Ukraine, the Latvian Cabinet, the nationally televised talent show, ‘Clash Of The Choirs’, Christmas Spectacular, Coca-Cola Holiday Caravan, Northwest Folklife Festival, and Leavenworth’s 50th Anniversary Christmas Lighting Festival. Dan has performed in 30+ countries on four continents, and his music i
s available on Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, etc.

Dan holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science from Uppsala University (Sweden). With Dan, you will receive unparalleled, professional, and masterful classes. Do not miss this opportunity to learn from an award-winning expert in his field. Allow me to take you to the next level, whether you are a beginner or an experienced virtuoso.

I look forward to guiding you on your educational journey! Lessons are offered either in my home studio in Kent, WA, *or* I can teach you through live, online private video lessons.
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Emiliya July 6, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Very kind, and intuitive , knows how to approach working with children . Pleasant , funny and inspiring at the same time .
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Paul May 24, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Although Dan has extensive experience with professional singers as well as choir, he is a great teacher for beginners as well. I am learning a lot and enjoying every lesson.
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Stephanie May 16, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Dan is a fantastic teacher. He listens to my questions and answers them clearly. Dan is very patient while I learn and challenges me to keep advancing. I would highly recommend Dan.
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Dan H.

Kent, WA 98042
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About Rachelle M.

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Alignment is the basis a great technique. Each person is different, and knowing how to help them release unwanted tension is critical.

The vocal folds are the core of the sound, and must be given the utmost care and consideration. Proper hydration is essential. They are also muscles, that need strengthening exercises and time for them to change. This will improve your vocal endurance and range. As a highly trained voice teacher, I can hear if the vocal folds are behaving in a healthy and efficient manner. It is essential that your teacher understand how to care for these delicate components of the human voice.

Vocal resonance is how opera singers are heard without amplification. It can be enhanced through awareness and coordination of the various portions of the vocal tract. There are two main components that help magnify the sound. The pharynx, also known as the throat, and the soft palate. Having an open throat and lift soft palate not only help your boost the ...

About Rachelle
I have extensive training in music and vocal pedagogy that gives me the ability to teach both voice and piano. I hold a Masters in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from the University of North Texas.

Whether you want to have more confidence singing karaoke or play Beethoven. I can help you reach those goals. We will build a repertoire that is appropriate for your age and ability. Over time you will gain greater control, endurance, and confidence.
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Robin H. May 30, 2018
· Singing · Online
She was awesome!
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Trong January 10, 2018
· Singing · In studio
She’s a good teacher. My voice had improved a lot, and I feel really comfortable learning with her. Also, I love cat ❤️
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Eric January 6, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I found Rachelle to be very knowledgeable and was able to gage my voice almost immediately. She explains techniques in a very understandable way and makes it quite easy to understand. I will definitely be continuing my lessons with Rachelle and I highly recommend her.
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Rachelle M.

Rachelle M.

Auburn, WA 98001
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About Gio X.

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My vocal training is derived from various vocal instructors. It is grounded in the Bel Canto tradition. I use movement exercises and individualized vocalises to help a singer grow his/her voice.

About Gio
A native New Yorker, Giovanni began his musical studies at the age of six and soon enrolled at The Lawrence Eisman Center for Prepatory Studies in Music at Queens College. He is from Manhattan School of Music where he studies under the tutelage of Cynthia Hoffmann. He studied at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artist Vocal Program. In 2015, he was named a New York Lyric Opera Theatre National Finalist. He has attended Classic Lyric Arts: La Lingua Della Lirica in Novafeltria, Italy where he worked with Glenn Morton. An avid chorister, he recently performed Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé with the Manhattan School of Music Symphonic Chorus and the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Vladimir Jurowski. He has participated in productions under the direction of Michael Capasso and Benjamin Spiermann. He has participated in the
Academie Internationale D’Été Nice in France where he will work under the guidance of Lorraine Nubar and Dalton Baldwin. He has also studied with Terence Goff, Catherine Green, and Sandia Ang. He currently teaches at The Great Neck Summer School Musical Theatre Program where he assists Dr. Pamela Levy. He has performed in masterclasses with Jane Marsh (Metropolitan Opera Guild) and Donata D’Annunzio Lombardi (CLA). He is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

He recently joined the Music Faculty at Joyce Music Center. Gio X maintains a private studio in NYC/Long Island.
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Maia J. June 30, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Such a great voice teacher! He knows what he wants and doesn't stop until he gets it from me! He has high expectations but is really encouraging. My lesson is an hour long, but he always makes himself available! I have an audition next week for a musical in my summer program and I feel confident and prepared because of Gio's attention to detail during my lessons. Thanks for everything Mr. X! I'll make sure I remember to "Hear it. Breathe it. Say it!"
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Mitchell D. June 28, 2018
· Vocal Training · Online
Gio went above and beyond in teaching my son Romie. My son studied with him privately to prepare for NYSSMA and got a perfect score. His first few lessons were via Skype and then we decided to switch to in person lessons. Both were great. We are so glad to have found a patient and diligent teacher in Gio. Our daughter Maia will be starting lessons with him soon and we look forward to watching her growth with Gio.
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Jeremy June 15, 2018
· Vocal Training · In home
Gio’s technique has been so easy to understand. He’s very patient and works very well with beginners. He really talks a lot about breath support, which helped m do well on NYSSMA!
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About Alina T.

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Whether you're a beginner and want to learn the building blocks of singing and vocal technique, or if you're more advanced and want to focus on phrasing, improvising, and stage presence, I'd love to help you achieve your goals.

I look forward to hearing from you!

About Alina
I've been involved in everything art-related as long as I can remember myself, whether it was music, dance, or theater.
I performed on any occasion, and at every opportunity. I always noticed how much joy it brought to people. That notion stuck with me to this day.

Music plays a big role in our lives. It is therapeutic, helps build self-confidence, and is a great way to express your individuality.

I consider myself a laid back teacher, and focus on instilling a long-term love and appreciation for music and performance.
My approach to music education is holistic. I incorporate all musical aspects during lessons -- rhythm, ear training, sight reading, theory, and technique.
I believe that anyone can learn music, and I enjoy empowering students by helping them achieve their goals.

Come, learn in a fun and professional environme
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Ido August 23, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Alina is a very detailed and very patient teacher.
She is making sure that my kids are having the right material to take home, and to practice. She is very kind and easy to work with.
I would recommend Alina to any parent that is looking for Piano lessons for their kids or themselves.
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Brittani August 23, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Alina is an amazing teacher for my 9 and 7 year old, she is very patient caring, and constructive.
I recommend any parent to have their kids taught by Alina.
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Va August 21, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Alina is attentive and patient. She seems knowledgeable and makes sure the concepts get across in various ways.
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Alina T.

Seattle, WA 98116
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About Leota T.

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Let's get you prepped for that audition or ready to kill it at karaoke next weekend! I have been singing, acting, and playing music (violin, viola) for over 18 years. My teaching technique focuses on musicality with an emphasis on healthy and safe vocal training. I have a degree in Theatre, so students have the option of working on character and acting moments with me. I'm able to teach music notation and additional music theory for those who want it, and I provide a safe space for both beginning and intermediate students who want to further themselves and take their voices higher!

About Leota
I'm a working actor, singer, and teacher in Los Angeles. I have a bachelor's degree in Theater from The University of California, Irvine, with an emphasis in Musical Theater.

While film is the focus in the city of angels, my passion for musical theater is still alive! I've performed in theater and musical theater shows across the globe, including Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. I have also trained in music improv at UCB in Los Angeles.

No matter the level, I can teach any student to be more expressive and comfortable with their voice. Each week we will work on techniques to improve voice placement, as well as proper breathing so you don't hurt your voice even when you're sick! Whether you want to improve your high range into the classical soprano or coloratura or find
your big belt, I will get you there in a healthy and safe way! (Don't worry Gentlemen, I can get you to sing high too!).

I work with students of all ages, backgrounds and levels. Many of my students are actors with no vocal background, and some of my students are classical or operatic singers who want to work on acting and expressing themselves musically for a better overall performance. Whatever your goals are, we will accomplish them!
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Sarah T. February 5, 2018
· Singing · Online
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Katie January 30, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Leota is very experienced with vocal training and performing. She knows a lot of helpful vocal techniques and is super friendly. She's a great voice teacher!
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Laura December 5, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Leota knows the tricks to enhance your vocal technique to it's fullest...less than a minute into our first session she was already making me sound better, and it went on from there. She has a grounded honest professional approach to voice coaching, and can help you achieve both classical and modern sounds. She will find different ways of explaining what to go for if you are having trouble picking up a concept. I had taken regular of voice lessons years ago, and a session with Leota, was teaching me new things, reinforcing proper techniques, and remembering my voice's potential.
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About Megan M.

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I don't believe anyone is really tone deaf and I'm more than happy to teach anyone from people who just want to learn how to sing for fun to people prepping for college auditions to people who are seasoned performers and want to take their skills to the next level.

My name is Megan and I've been singing for 20 years, performing for 17 years and took piano and vocal instruction for several years. All of this has prepped me with the skills and experience to show others how to really sing and perform like a pro.

I have been teaching ages 10 years to 60 years old and have performed several genres and instructed others on these genres including musical theater, jazz, pop, punk, rock, soul and classical. I have been singing choirs and vocal jazz groups for 18 years, am the lead singer of a pop punk band, and perform jazz and pop all over the greater Seattle area and have done choral ensemble work as well.

I am super confident that no matter where you're at musically or what style

About Megan
There's a couple things I'm really good at and that's helping people find their UNIQUE voice and how to break out of their comfort zones and take their performing and singing to the next level. Singing WELL is about so much more than technique. While I teach technique and all the basics, the really fun part is discovering what you're made of and what your unique voice can do. Together we can discover what it means to not just sound good, but to WOW people and more importantly, wow yourself.

I have spent my entire life figuring out how to sing with passion, with real emotion and rawness, how to write songs that paint a picture, how to go beyond my self limiting beliefs and reach goals I never thought I could. And in so discovering how to do this for myself I now teach others how to do it too.

If you're ready to go from good to great, o
r even if you're ready to just start for the first time I got you. You're capable of so much more than you think.
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Korina April 21, 2018
· Vocal Training · In home
I love Megan, she is amazing. She has helped me develop a lot since we started, and has managed to help me open up more. Her strategies are really helpful, and are worth working on with her.
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Allison February 23, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
Megan is very talented, so I was nervous about my first lesson. But she she immediately began to ease my fears and make me feel comfortable. After just three lessons, she’s already helping me to increase my confidence and expand my range. I appreciate that her goal is to help me reach MY goal and even beyond! I’m excited for what’s ahead!
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Anna February 20, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Megan has been patiently working with me, a true beginner. I have progressed from barely knowing how to sing on pitch to singing on pitch (mostly.. still working on doing it within songs) within months. She does the right amount of technique exercises along with singing songs to get you to have proper form to get those notes out correctly. You will not be disappointed.
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Megan M.

Issaquah, WA 98029
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Your musical goals are my number one concern by providing you with a solid foundation in which to grow in any direction of your choosing. I have been teaching and working in many facets of the music industry for over 45 years including which gives me a unique perspective in helping guide you to success. Your lessons are completely tailored to your individual needs utilizing established and customized content.

About Darren
Starting a professional career at age 15 and never looking back has taken me many places during my 45 years in the entertainment field. I have experienced many facets of the industry and continue to apply the highest degree of skill, professionalism and talent to my full time music career. With an unblemished history of thousands of performances, I have established a track record of outstanding proportion.

Starting at only eight years old, I studied classical and contemporary organ literature with acclaimed accordionist Daniel Desiderio. In high school, I studied voice and conducting with Dr. Harry Mechell and went on to major in Music Education with concentration in piano and voice at Temple University. After Temple, I began my studies in jazz, theory and composition with virtuoso guitarist William J. Walton and worked with him for e
ight years.

My professional affiliations have included membership in the National Association of Music Educators, board member with Atlanta based TORCH (Together Orchestras Revitalize Community Harmony), board member and music director with Florida based For-Kids-Only and music director with Atlanta based Yes You Can! Foundation. All three organizations work through music to benefit a wide range of needs for children and communities.

I have worked extensively as a pianist, multi- keyboardist, vocalist, soloist, group performer, accompanist, teacher, music director, conductor and arranger as well as being an international recording artist.

THE ACCOMPANIST ~~~
To be an accompanist is an art form that requires the ability to cross effortlessly between multiple styles. It also requires that the lead vocal or instrument is supported to the fullest degree that allows total freedom of expression while knowing each moment of a performance can be undertaken with complete confidence.
This is the art form that I have mastered and give total attention to detail in each performance.

THE TEACHER ~~~
Teaching is an area that I am passionate about. Working with young aspiring musicians as well as seasoned professionals and amateurs of all ages, I found many people lacking a well rounded understanding of theory and how music works in general. This prompted me to begin teaching many years ago. When I studied with William Walton who was a Dennis Sandole disciple, I was given full permission to teach the same method and expand upon it as it naturally evolved. My varied experience gives my a unique perspective on working with people who are truly interested in expanding their talents and musical understanding.

Highlights of my career include performances as conductor and pianist for the one-and-only Mickey Rooney and pianist for a series of teaching clinics with the most recorded guitarist in the world, Tommy Tedesco.

I have also appeared for or performed with: actress & singer - Susan Anton, R&B artist - Archie Bell, Mr. QVC - Bob Bowersox, jazz & classical guitarist - Charlie Byrd, jazz guitarist - Jerry Byrd, Oregon, Rochester and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra principal bassist - Colin Corner, the one-and-only - Rodney Dangerfield, NBC Today Show Superstar Vocal Winner - Dan Gardner, legendary big band vocalist - Connie Haynes, guitarist - Jef Lee Johnson, guitar superstar - Earl Klugh, R&B superstars - Blue Magic, sports legends - Mike Schmidt & Fran Tarkenton, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame members - The Shirelles, Broadway sensation Susan Stroman, legendary trumpeter & saxophonist - Glenn Zottola, governors, mayors, major political figures and prominent diplomats.
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