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About Serena E.

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Students will learn how to read and interpret sheet music. They will also learn a foundational understanding of the piano to help play notes, and be taught to pitch match and understand intervals and scales aurally.

*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.

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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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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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Narcisa K. January 20, 2016
· Opera Voice · In studio
10 stars! She's very strict but in a good way. Keeps the students motivated! Recommend!
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About Tina D.

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About Tina
I've been teaching private lessons for over 10 years. I am a high school music teacher/band director and a freelance musician. I'm looking forward to making music with you!

Your lessons are up to you! If you know what you want to learn, I'll help get you there. If you don't know where to start, I can lead you through the fundamentals and help you set goals.

I like to keep things positive in music lessons. Music is, after all, for fun and enjoyment! I like to blend teaching technique and musicianship, while keeping things fun.

If you're a beginner, we'll get started with all the fundamentals you need to begin making music. If you've been playing for a while, I'll help you perfect things you've been working on, expand your musical experience, and help you reach your fullest potential as a musician.

My home studio has chairs, mus
ic stand, and areas for parents to sit in on lessons. Garage band is available for recording. Students need an instrument and books.
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Elisabeth M. Skaggs February 28, 2017
· Trumpet · Online
Tina is an amaziNguyen and patient teacher! My son has loved every minute of having her as a teacher!
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Jillian February 5, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
I learned a lot. It was ice to see someone enjoy playing the ukulele.
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Noelle September 27, 2016
· Trumpet · Online
Tina is an excellent instructor, she is very knowledgeable and professional.
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About Kay S.

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Avalon, WI
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About Katherine (Kay)
Taught 41 years as a band director
Principal Trumpet with Beloit/Janesville Symphony

I like to teach in a style that is functional and interesting. Students will be doing a variety of activities at each lesson. The focus will be determined by their needs.

As students become more proficient in music their enjoyment of musical activities will increase. The success of completing various levels of musical achievement will carry over to other lifetime skills.

*** Lesson Details ***
I will work with each student depending on their individual needs. We will strive to produce steady improvement in player proficiency.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student should have a music stand and instrument

*** Specialties ***
I like to teach based on the individual. I have taught group and private lessons. The materials I use are varied, with an emphas
is on scales, theory, and also some duet playing. I also like to incorporate some music history into each lesson. I feel that each student needs to work from known to the new areas. I often use supplementary materials (solos or small ensembles) to reinforce my teaching.
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VICTORIA June 22, 2016
· Drum · In home
Kay is awesome. My daughter loved her. She is very patience and kept Victoria engaged.
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Angelique B. June 7, 2015
· Saxophone · In studio
Kay is very knowledgeable, kind and accommodating. She is very encouraging and never makes me feel dumb when I hit a sour note. (As a beginning beginner, that happens a lot!) I am amazed at how much I have learned in such a short time!
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Clinton, WI 53525
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About Eric W.

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What separates my approach from that of other instructors is my commitment to bridge masters level knowledge to contemporary musical projects. Whether you're advanced or just starting out, let me put my education, training and over 20 years of teaching experience to work for you!

About Eric
For over 20 years I've helped students of all ages to maximize their vocal potential. Embracing a variety of vocal styles, from classical to contemporary, my students have excelled in musical theater, aced college auditions, traveled as lead singers with rock bands, recorded music videos and reached the higher levels of American Idol auditions.

I hold both Bachelors and Masters degrees in vocal music and have directed vocal groups traveling internationally to more than 20 countries on four continents. I've personally produced more than 20 full-scale musical/theatrical productions with casts of over 200 and ticketed audiences of up to 10,000. I've also promoted concert events for more than 40 nationally known artists including Randy Travis, Chris Tomlin, Aaron Schust, Jeremy Camp and Mercy Me.

My lessons blend solid vocal technique,
while reflecting the unique needs and goals of each student. My passion is to enable those I work with, beginner to advanced, to maximize their vocal potential. I currently teach from my home studio in Rockford, Illinois.
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John T. January 20, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Good lesson I'm just starting out at 26 and so far lessons are going good
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Leah July 6, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Seriously such an incredible instructor. He understood where I was beginning from (the absolute minimum) and taught me accordingly. I still value everything I learned from him, and the techniques have come in handy in various areas of my life. As someone who officiates weddings, is an entrepreneur that predominately uses videos to share my business, as well as being a busy aunt of 4 incredible nieces and nephews and has to project my voice-I use gold nuggets of what Prof. Eric Walker taught me on a daily basis. I STRONGLY recommend him-even if it is for a short while! Note-I had him for one semester and grew so much.
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Emily February 13, 2016
· Classical Voice · In studio
For five semesters I studied voice with Eric Walker at Rock Valley Community College. He took the time to show me the basics of using your voice properly in singing. Mr. Walker was patient in teaching me how to breathe deeply which has helped me in my singing today. Also, he taught me how to have more forward resonance when singing. In addition, he prepared me well for my college auditions. I was able to walk into my auditions confidently and sing with clarity.
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Rockford, IL 61107
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About Steven F.

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About Steven
Steven F offers instruction for electric or acoustic bass guitar, upright bass, mandolin and ukulele as well as music theory.

Steven F., a professional musician and teacher for over fifteen years, graduated cum laude with a performance degree in the upright bass from The Ohio State University where he studied and performed everything from classical to classic rock. Indeed, from the blues to bluegrass, from rock to classical, he has done it all. He currently plays with The Spikedrivers, Fox ‘n’ Hounds Bluegrass Ensemble, and Neil Jacobs' American Gypsy. He recently performed with guitar legends GE Smith and Jorma Kaukonen and David Grier.

In addition, Fox is a gifted instructor with over twelve years of experience. He incorporates music theory and technique in lessons so his students are able to go farther than just readin
g music. They learn to create music, to play with other musicians, and to play by ear.

Although Fox is serious about music he is able to keep lessons entertaining for students, and offers instruction in many musical genres. Many of Fox’s students have gone on to study music in college and have started successful careers in the field.
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Tony P. October 21, 2016
· Ukulele · Online
I find Steven to be very encouraging, his explanations are clear and concise, and the lessons are a lot of fun. I am amazed at how much we're able to accomplish in a thirty minute lesson.
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About Sam M.

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I specialize in contemporary music theory and also have an intermediate knowledge of classical theory. Students will learn the basics such as roman numerals for chords, all the way to advanced concepts such as chord scales, modulation and chord substitution. Unless otherwise requested, all lessons will be taught using music notation.

About Sam
Hi!
I'm a recent graduate of Berklee College of music where I majored in professional music. This included music theory and guitar instruction, as well as reading and writing music notation and charts in different styles. I also play frequently around the DC area, including shows at The Howard Theater, Shamrockfest, The Black Cat, The Bullpen at Nats Park and Gaylord National resort.
For the past three years I have been teaching guitar lessons to student of all ages, with excellent results! I always keep the students interested by teaching songs they are excited to learn, while also making sure that they continue to grow as a guitarist and musician. Lessons can be in Rock, Jazz, or Pop styles, and on acoustic or electric guitar. Music theory is included to the extent that the student and/or parents are interested. Lessons can be at my h
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Sam
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Chris O. June 30, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Polite, knowledgeable, and flexible about scheduling!
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Nikhil May 7, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Sam has been awesome. He's very patient and encouraging, which fosters a great learning environment. It's also pretty clear that he's an experienced and knowledgable musician. I've learned quite a bit in my short time taking lessons with Sam, and I look forward to seeing how much I can progress. Good experience, all around.
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Rachel November 1, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Daughter thoroughly enjoyed her first lesson with Sam. Very patient with new guitarist.
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About Julie B.

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Learn to read music, understand harmony, and grasp the science behind the art of music! Concepts are taught through a variety of activities including games, worksheets, flashcards, and playing instruments (piano and drums).

About Julie
Does your piano sit silently collecting dust? Did you take piano lessons when you were a kid, but don't remember how to play? Would you like to play your favorite songs, but aren't sure how? Would you like to see your child beam with pride while playing a song with no help?
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, book with me today! I can't wait to help you or your child reach your musical goals!
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Alexis W. August 1, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Alexis really likes her piano lessons even though she gets fustrated. She looking forward to her next 5 lessons with you Julie B. She really likes you.
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Payton April 6, 2016
· Piano · In studio
I loved my first lesson!! As a beginner I was a little nervous walking in but Julie made me comfortable and didn't overwhelm me with too much. I actually learned more than I expected and can't wait for my second lesson!!!
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Terri August 13, 2015
· Piano · In studio
She is wonderful with my daughter!! She is very patient and very fun!
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Loves Park, IL 61111
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About Laurie B.

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I have a master's degree in music education and have taught music theory for junior high and high school music students for 6 years. I enjoy music theory and have many ways to explains these concepts to students. I also like to teach theory through composition, which makes the whole process more creative and fun.

About Laurie
I have 9 years of teaching experience as a private teacher, a classroom music teacher, and a band director. I employ many different styles and methods while teaching, to ensure my students receive a well rounded music education, but also have fun. I love to use backing tracks, and I like to teach technique and important fundamentals through playing pieces of music in the styles my students love, while also introducing them to new styles and new pieces. I love music and what it does for the world, and I pass that love and passion on to my students. I am positive and encouraging, while still providing specific and structured feedback to students. I studied classical clarinet during my Bachelors of Music Education at the University of Illinois, taught as a high school band director, and went on to received a Master's in Music Education with
a jazz emphasis while playing jazz saxophone at Northwestern University. I have spent the last 4 years teaching at a British International School in China, and performing in orchestras, funk bands, and more around Beijing. This has given me the experience and knowledge base to teach students of all ages and backgrounds, as well as to teach many different instruments across a wide range of styles, including: clarinet, flute, saxophone, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, beginning piano, and rock bands.
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Aaron August 7, 2017
· Clarinet · In studio
Miss Bonner is a very patient and fun teacher, whose methods have boosted me from a beginner to playing college standard pieces by Mozart. She is great at playing clarinet. Classical, Jazzy; any genre you choose and Miss Bonner can teach you well. At the end of the school year, I won an award for being the best member in our school band. I could never have done it without Miss Bonner.
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Jason June 21, 2017
· Music Performance · In studio
Ms. Bonner has been such an inspirational teacher over all the years she has taught me. She has helped me improve my clarinet techniques by pushing me to join various bands and best of all, introduced me to Jazz. Also, she is a really fun teacher, always making her lessons fun and entertaining. Without her, I wouldn't have the enthusiasm I have now for music.
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About Marisa D.

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I can help students of all levels of experience in music theory, from just learning how to read music to preparing for the AP exam or a college course.

About Marisa
I have been singing and playing the piano since I was a young child. I have participated in Broadway trainings in New York, have done classical voice and opera training, and for the last four years in college have studied jazz voice. I am an arranger and teacher of music theory. I have experience working with children in music and theater programs. I also have worked as a cantor at a church where the congregation is primarily comprised of senior citizens.

Prior to my graduation, I was in the top two vocal ensembles at California State University, Long Beach. For the past two summers I had the honor of performing internationally with the CSULB Chamber Choir. We were invited to sing at the 2016 Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod. This experience culminated in my choir winning the esteemed title of Choir of the World. In the summ
er of 2017, we returned to Europe and won the prestigious choral competition in Spittal, Austria. As a jazz voice student I was a member of Pacific Standard Time, a vocal jazz ensemble, that has won student music awards from Down Beat Magazine for the past seven years in a row. In January 2016, I had the opportunity to sing with Kurt Elling at the Jazz Education Network Conference.

I feel that my calling is to use my musical gifts to help others. I am patient and want to encourage my students to do their very best, setting and meeting their own personal goals.
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I've been teaching lessons for about five years now. I have a bachelor's degree in music. My minor was education studies, which equipped me to teach in non-traditional settings such as private lessons and even work in music ministry leading others. The focus of our lessons will be learning to read and analyze music. We can choose to learn about more classical music, church music, or popular music. My passion is teaching and working with people one-on-one, and I hope to work with you soon!

About Emily
My passion is working with people one-on-one and in small groups to help them grow and become the best version of themselves. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Music with an Minor in Education Studies, and I'm working on a Master's in Organizational Leadership so I can one day move into a position as a worship pastor, music minister, or a leader in a wholesome organization. I dream of being able to impact the world one person at a time. I believe that all the skills and dedication music requires develop people mind, body, and spirit, and teaching music gives me a way to reach my dreams of helping others.

In lessons with me, I will always try to get to know you first so I can teach you in the way that works best for you. I try to teach life skills such as goal-setting that you can take with you even if you decide to end music lessons. I'm alw
ays open to changes in how I teach because I want to keep myself learning and growing along with my students.
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Rockford, IL 61107
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