Vocal Technique : How the voice works, vocal maintenance, vocalizing, vocal stamina, speech level singing,
Musicianship: Music history, theory-chords, scales, harmony , etc
Style & Interpretation : Building Repertoire, Studying other vocalist, Song Construction, Basic Arranging.
Performance Techniques: Facial & Body Expressions, Audition Tips, Microphone Technique, Stage Freight, Preparing for a live show.
I am proud to say that I have been with Takelessons for over 5 years and have TAUGHT OVER 2500 LESSONS!
With studies at Queens College NYC, the Juilliard School and the Brooklyn Conservatory Of Music, you are assured of a first class educational experience. When you couple that with someone that has been on the road with some of the top names in the music business and knows their way around a high tech recording studio environment, you get a very unique and exciting lesson experience. Kenny Keys , a name given to him by one of his former employers rap mogul Russell Simmons, is a dynamic, creative and well rounded professional musician with over 20 years of teaching experience. Growing in Queens NYC and later moving to VA Beach VA and now a resident in the ATL area, Kenny Keys has work in almost every genre of the music industry from
Gospel, R&B, Jazz to Hip Hop. "I am well versed in Music Theory and Sight reading. "
*** Lesson Details *** You expect to have loads of fun in my state-of-the-art recording and teaching facility. there's never a dull moment. The student is constantly moving from computers instructional programs to acoustic instruments and synthesizers. We teach the full range of musical styles from POP, Gospel, Jazz and R&B and some lite classics too.
*** Studio Equipment *** Waiting room, teaching studio, piano, teaching studio seating for parents
*** Specialties *** I have a fully equipped state of the art digital recording and teaching facility in my home. My two car garage area has been professionally convert and treated for sound. I employ full use of the available music high tech equipment and learning programs including MUSIC ACE, Seth Riggs's The art of speech Level singing. i have both acoustic piano and an array of electric keyboards and virtual instruments stored in my IMAC 24 computer.
This was my first lesson so we were really just getting to know each other but I can already tell Kenneth is Amazing and he is so knowledgeable! I'm looking forward to great things in our upcoming sessions!!
August 6, 2019
Kenneth is excellent and thorough. Been seeing really good improvements in projecting and performance. Thnaks!
May 10, 2019
Very Detail. Oriented and attentive. Listens to help you find your voice. Patient and supportive. Really enjoyed my First lesson and look forward to working and learning more. He and his wife are very professional yt make you feel comfortable while learning.
I focus lessons highlighting any genre around technique. Cultivating one's technique establishes good habits regarding things like breath, and posture, which will help maintain a singers overall vocal health. In addition to classical repertoire I have experience working with musical theater, pop, jazz, soul, and country.
Let's make some music!!!
“Music can change the world because it can change people.” ―Bono
“Where words fail, music speaks.” ―Hans Christian Andersen
Here's the why and how: As an educator, I've had experience teaching both young children and adults in many settings, whether it be in a classroom, small group lesson, or one-on-one. I pride myself on providing lessons that are uniquely individual and foster a students strengths while also building on their weaknesses. The best part about being a music educator is that I get to share my love of music with all of my students. With that said, whether you are a beginner who's interest has been sparked, or you have aspirations of becoming a professional musician I can help you there!
Lessons are catered to each student and are conducted in a supportive environment where students ar
e encouraged to take risks, try new things, make mistakes, and most importantly be themselves.
I value the time I have with my students and expect each student to come prepared to each lesson with an open mind and willingness to work. With music, the best results come to those who put in 100% both during lessons and during individual practice time. This is key in any musical pursuit. Overall, I want lessons to be enjoyable while still maintaining a sense of progress for the student.
Here's a little more about me: In 2005 I made my operatic debut in Italy with Operafestival di Roma in their main stage production of Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro. While in Rome, I was also featured in Pergolesi's Stabat Mater. Over the years I've been featured as a soloist in other concert and oratorio works such as Villa-Lobos's Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, Rutter's Requiem, and Mozart's Requiem.
Along with my classical training, I've taken on several roles in musicals such as, The King and I, Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma, and The Boyfriend. I am an honored NATS (National Association for the Teachers of Singing) competitor, Peabody Scholarship recipient, and Bland Music Scholarship recipient. Recently, I had the opportunity to work with the Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra on their spring and summer concert series and was asked to perform the National Anthem and God Bless America at Game 2 of the ALDS during one of the MLB's 2014 postseason games (Baltimore Orioles vs. Detroit Tigers). When I'm not singing, you may find me enjoying a run through the neighborhood, or enjoying some time with my cat CJ.
I earned both my undergraduate and graduate degrees form the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University.
*** Studio Equipment *** Family Room: seating for parents Studio space with keyboard, recording equipment, and parent seating available. **PLEASE NOTE I have a cat in the home** *** Specialties *** Voice and Piano Lessons Classical, Musical Theater, Pop, Jazz, Soul, and Country.
Chelsea is a tremendous teacher, with sympathy and patience for my absurd schedule and difficulty reading music.
March 25, 2019
I had a really great time and she explained so much to me that I wasn't really clear on.
February 27, 2019
I needed last minute coaching for an upcoming audition and was feeling unprepared and frazzled. Chelsea easily knew what I needed. She made recommendations, was wonderfully engaging, and her insight and ear highlighted some important tweaks that I would have overlooked in my haste to prepare. After just one session I felt clearer, calmer, and considerably more confident. Bonus: Chelsea is incredibly kind, fun to work with and makes you feel you already know one another. Chelsea has my highest recommendation
NEW 12 WEEK SHORT COURSES: --Piano for Song Writers --Piano for Worship Leaders --Piano for Band Leaders
NEW 24 WEEK SHORT COURSE: --Beginning Church Pianist I
*******PRIVATE, FAMILY AND GROUP CLASSES******* *HOMESCHOOLS*PRIVATE*PUBLIC & CHARTER SCHOOLS*
NOW ENROLLING FOR PHONICS, READING OR MATH TUTORING AND ENRICHMENT
PIANO, ORGAN AND SINGING CLASSES!!!
Reading and Phonics is a weekly or Bi-weekly Program. It can be taught as either a full learn to read program, homeshool course or as a tutoring program for problem or challenging areas.
Math learning i
s in attainable and non-stressful increments designed to foster a complete understanding of mathematical concepts and their relationships and to foster a "I CAN DO IT! ATTITUDE!
Do you want lessons that will cater to your needs or the needs of your child and not a book?
My Reading and Phonics lessons are made to dazzle and awe your child into an understanding of letters, sounds, and the written page with several learning enrichment programs as well as numerous supplemental material. I also love to work with teachers when possible and use placement tests to determine where to start and periodically to know how to continue. (The kids just think they are games).
All of my lessons are designed to foster a love for reading, math or music and focus on your reading and Phonics goals or your dream in the music world as well as build knowledge and expertise for all three!
Whether it be a specific genre, general, academic reading, computation, repertoire, not wanting to stumble over words or just wanting to play or sing the songs you enjoy, I have the curriculum and supplemental material to reach your reading, math or music goals!
Beginner? We can get you started on the right foot! I have experience with tweens, teens, adult beginners, seniors and children of all ages. I have special curriculum and activities that enhance interest, reduce stress and help you to maintain what you learn.
Pre-schoolers have a curriculum all their own that teaches phonics, reading or music through lovable animal characters with games on tablet, computer and other resources that teach, reinforce and excite their hearts to learn and retain what they learn.
Does your child have some knowledge but just has not excelled in math, phonics or reading? We can tailor lessons for just that.
Maybe you have some music knowledge but just can't play or sing that special song? We can tailor lessons for that, too!
Maybe your child knows letters and sounds but just hasn't made the leap to reading? We can tailor the lessons to get your child from point B to Z! Perhaps math is a dirty word or causes your child to cringe or have great anxiety! I would love to help them to enjoy math instead of feeling annoyed at math.
Can you read music but not play on your own? Can you play by ear and not read music? I have experience bridging the gaps.
Is your dream to become a Soloist, harmonizer or karaoke star? Accompany yourself or others or just play for fun? Then why not you and I embark on that exciting journey together!
Is your dream just for your child to be able to read at grade level or above? I will give it my all for them to do so.
Is your dream to become a church musician or play for a choir? or Are you already a church musician but need help with a particular song, program or musical?
Does your Church just sing Hymns? We can do Hymn Lessons.
Does your Church sing only Gospel? We can do Gospel Lessons?
Does your Church only do Contemporary Christian? We can do Contemporary Christian Lessons.
Want to learn it all?
Worship to Him and service to others is the reason that I do what I do!
Try us! You'll be glad you did!!!!
*** Lesson Details *** I am a very laid back instructor, though the classes are very well structured.
Usually, we progress with a chosen curriculum according to the student's or parent's vision and initial overview during the 1st few classes. However, all curriculums are supplemented to enhance student performance and comprehension. Our supplemental material is used to go swifter for material that you grasp well and understand, and slower with more repetition for that that you need more practice, without being monotonous. It is also used to provide appropriate but exciting reinforcement of all material to ensure that material is retained.
We are forever updating material and also incorporate games and enhanced activities to keep lessons interesting and refreshing as well!
I also have experience in teaching autistic, ADD, ADHD and those with varying degrees of brain damage.
*** Studio Equipment *** Organs Keyboards with midi/Earphones Karaoke Machines with microphones and stands/TV capability Amplifiers Tablets Computer with music/reading/phonics games and software/TV capability
*** Specialties *** Pre-school and Elementary Children through adults of any age especially for traditional theory, technique, performance creativity and all around fun lessons in phonics, reading, piano, singing, organ, music theory and keyboard.
Beginning Organ lessons for any age including beginning church organist training.
Also Children, Adults and Teenagers in ear training, chording song specific and church music.
The class was wonderful, my daughter loved it. She was so excited to get home to practice. I am so happy We found Barbara.
October 7, 2018
Ms. Barbara had a very positive attitude and worked well with my son. I would definitely recommend her if you need someone who gives good advice on song choices that match the singing style of the student.
Rock, Classical, Jazz, Blues, Gospel, March, Country, Folk, Bluegrass, Swing, Big Band, Theater, Symphonic, Pop, Metal, Punk, Americana, Avant-garde...
Why these lessons are different: - Formally trained conductor/composer/producer - Individual or group session options including full band production - A long roster of satisfied clients - Broad base of musical styles (rock, classical, jazz, blues, metal, bluegrass, folk, theater, big band, symphonic, pop, punk, country, march, gospel, avant-garde...) - Over 20 yrs teaching experience and work with recognized professionals including work in some of the top-rated private schools in the United States - Over 30 years performing experience
My process is based on (but does not adhere strictly to
) the Classical approach to Western tonal harmony and asks that the students develop certain fundamentals of technique and theory. In my experience, this structure creates the strongest foundation for pupils to build the rest of their musical lives on, whether professionally or solely for personal enjoyment. All of my students are on the fast track to studying music theory. Whatever level they are at when I start with them, I guide their efforts into bringing the students up to a certain level of comprehension regarding the mathematical aspects of music and how it relates to their instruments. This understanding of theoretical principles of sound allows the students to play any style of music they wish, no matter how their tastes may change throughout their lives.
Curriculum Gradation: Elements of rhythm Elements of pitch Elements of dynamics Elements of articulation Reading/Writing notation Tone development Finding/Expanding your range Dexterity, speed, and accuracy How to project How to advance to the next level Music theory Playing by ear Improvisational techniques Finding your signature style Expression/Lyricism Composition/Arrangement Project Management
Darrell helped me a lot to get a handle on my Ableton rig. I needed to set up midi tracks, locate presets to create cool sounds from plugins. Then I needed to export the audio of a couple of those tracks to import into a separate Pro Tools project. Lot of progress, thanks Darrell! -- Frank S
June 18, 2019
Absolutely loved the lesson and loved Darrell. He made me feel very comfortable and made the lesson fun. I learned a lot and really am looking forward to the next ones. Very excited to be embarking on this new venture in my life.
I have experience singing in choirs and with various groups throughout North Texas. I am currently teaching beginner to advanced voice lessons ages 4 and up.
I am a professional musician and educator. I have always enjoyed and been eager to share the musical knowledge that I learned from the very first music lesson I ever had; this feeling in me has never changed. I simply love to help people who want to learn new instruments. I am patient and encouraging, helping you to always believe in yourself and I believe and have the educational means to help you do it. Whether it is piano, guitar or some other instrument you want to learn, I can help you. I was became entirely dedicated to music when I was 14 years old. I learned Classical/Jazz/Pop Guitar, Piano and Flute/Recorder/Alto Sax. As soon as I started learning, I started teaching. In my church there were a lot of kids that didn't have the opportunity to learn music, so I volunteered and became their music teacher passing on to them whateve
r I learned myself. As I grew older, I kept on studying and teaching music as a church volunteer and noticed that my own skills would dramatically improve just because I was devoted to my student's learning. I pursued a degree in Music Education in New York City at the Aaron Copland School of Music. The education and experience I gained from college, drastically improved my teaching skills and I was able to work as a Music Teaching Assistant for a private school in NYC, a Senior Chess instructor for after school programs and a Private Music Studio teacher. Nowadays I am an active music teacher and performer, looking for new students and opportunities to share the love of music. I always reach out to people who have musical interests and want to further develop or experiment with music.
I had my very first lesson today with Sal, and I’m excited about some very cute things he taught me in just a short period of time. He is very talented, approachable, enjoyable to work with, and knows what he’s doing. I look forward to learning and growing with him.
February 26, 2019
This brief lesson was helpful, especially since its my first time learning. I learned a few chords and now have some homework to do. Very personable and straightforward! I just moved back to Dallas and needing some instructions to finally get started.
If you want to learn pop, I'll teach you the same techniques used by Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera, Bon Jovi, Mick Jagger, and more... because I study with their teacher!
If you want to learn Opera, learn to tackle any audition, gig, or recording session just like Marilyn Horne did. I've got exercises from teachers at the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, and from Marilyn Horne herself to get you right on top of your game!
I've been singing professionally for 16 years. I've sung my own show at Carnegie Hall. I was Gaston in the national tour of Beauty and the Beast and I never missed one of our 326 shows. I can get you on the Gaston regimen in as little as one lesson.
Please message me with your availability and describe your goals before you purchase a lesson.
Christiaan is a multi-talented performer in theater, opera, and pop music. He played Gaston in the Broadway tour of Beauty and the Beast. Something of a bad boy, he was kicked out of Opera School for singing jazz, yet he went on to earn three music degrees, and work with opera legend Marilyn Horne and avant-garde composer Jake Heggie. Now he's in New York studying with Lady Gaga's teacher and singing his own arrangements of Ed Sheeran, Maroon 5, and John Mayer at Carnegie Hall while writing and recording pop songs in Nashville and the U.K. Look for his new single That's When You Know.
Christiaan enjoys seeing people succeed, so his approach to teaching is a combination of play and practice. Ultimately we sing because we want to bring people joy, yet to do so, we must hone our talents to perfection. By mixing the joy of music with disci
I just had my first lesson with Christiaan. He was amazing. Gentle, very positive, and really good at observing and figuring out my strengths and weaknesses. He's also inspired me to learn with his love of music and thoughtful approach.
June 19, 2019
I was blown away by his knowledge and assessment of the skills I should prioritize. My mind was blown several times. Excellent pedagogy and very personable!
November 25, 2018
I've had a great experience taking lessons with Christiaan! I've had about 10 lessons total now. As someone who doesn't have a background singing, I was definitely a bit nervous going into it, but that didn't last long -- Christiaan's friendly and extremely talented. I especially appreciate that he provides context about posture, history, anatomy, etc. and that he took time early on to learn about my goals. Last but not least, I'm happy with my results so far!
I bring a passionate approach to help vocalists develop confidence in their singing!
I’m a conservatory trained musician, with years of professional experience. I enjoy the balance of my work as a singer/songwriter, performer, producer and vocal coach.
As your instructor, I will help you build a solid foundation in vocal technique through breathing and vocal exercises suited to your style and skill while tailoring to your personal goals. We will then apply the technique to songs.
For those interested in performance, I can help coach your performance skills to help you feel confident, about singing on stage!
For those interested in songwriting, my lesson plan can include learning foundations in songwriting to help you create your own original songs and melodies.
I am a professional singer, songwriter, pianist, recording artist and touring dancer. I was born and raised in Vancouver, BC, Canada and now reside in Nashville, Tennessee. I received my formal musical training with an ARCT in Teaching with the Royal Conservatory of Music. My performing experience plus the formal training, has awarded me the versatility to make learning stress free and fun.
With my move to Nashville, I have been doing more songwriting, recording and producing for myself and other artists. I have an exclusive production contract with a top producer/engineer in Nashville, Grammy nominated Joseph Magee (Pitch Perfect, Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers, Metallica, Whitney Houston, Etta James, Manhattan Transfer).
Unique for a young performing artist, I have enjoyed a balance in my life between science and the arts. At a
very young age, I received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Genetics from the University of British Columbia, while working as a professional Polynesian dancer crossing the Pacific for numerous performances.
In the beginning of my performance career, I appeared as a finalist in the Voice of the Philippines and Canadian Idol. I then performed on the road in China, Philippines, Japan, South Korea, UK, Ireland, Hawaii, Polynesia throughout Canada and the USA. In addition, my voice has appeared in TV & Film.
As an educator, I’m proud to say that many of my students have won the highest vocal awards at International Music Competitions, scored high on their music exams and progressed to acceptance at top music universities including NYU, Manhattan. I teach my clients in my creative and comfortable home teaching studio in Nashville and online. I work with singers, pianists, songwriters and young producers of all ages and experience levels. The instruction is tailored to the individual musical goals of each student across many different genres.
I am a firm believer that great technique is essential to every style. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!
Jerrica has been the most generous and attentive vocal instructor. Over the years of working with her, my skills in singing has definitely made a huge improvement and has given me so much more opportunities. I am extremely thankful I get to have lessons with her.
August 6, 2019
Although next week is my last class with her, Jerrica is very smart and intelligent. Whenever I come to lessons, I feel comfortable. I enjoy learning everything that she has taught me. I value not only her knowledge but her personality and patience. She encourages me to continue learning. She has a very positive attitude. Lastly, her studio is very nice and organized.
May 11, 2019
Jerrica is always supportive in my lessons, guiding me with technique to become a better singer. Plus, she helps me as a vocal coach with great tips for many different styles.
She is an accomplished musician, so we always have great guide tracks to work with.
Passionate about singing and its possibilities, Lara provides thoughtful lessons for all ages that encourage healthy vocal technique in all styles, inspiring fiery confidence and energizing individual artistry. Specializing in classical and jazz voice, she also has both personal and teaching experience with cross-training vocalists (vocalists who want to sing in several styles). Lara offers a wide range of experience, from bel canto, to mixed voice, and belting. She also offers catered training for all-ages, including children (ages 6+), young adolescents, teenagers, and those who begin their vocal training in adulthood. Beyond teaching, Lara is also an active performer in jazz, classical, and contemporary styles, offering not only technique but personal and career experience. She believes teaching voice continues outside of the classroom, and is available for messaging outside of weekly lessons to offer technical help, external resources, and practice support.
Passionate about singing and its possibilities, Lara provides thoughtful lessons for all ages that encourage healthy vocal technique in all styles, inspiring fiery confidence and energizing individual artistry. Specializing in classical and jazz voice, she also has both personal and teaching experience with cross-training vocalists (vocalists who want to sing in several styles). Lara offers a wide range of experience, from bel canto, to mixed voice, and belting. She also offers catered training for all-ages, including children (ages 6+), young adolescents, teenagers, and those who begin their vocal training in adulthood. Beyond teaching, Lara is also an active performer in jazz, classical, and contemporary styles, offering not only technique but personal and career experience. She believes teaching voice continues outside of the clas
sroom, and is available for messaging outside of weekly lessons to offer technical help, external resources, and practice support.
She helped me have huge breakthrougs in my singing. I had developed my voice well but wasnt abel to project it properly... She helped me find and release tension to let my best voice come through and so I can sing forever still healthy and no soreness. Makes singing way easier and fun!
July 4, 2019
July 2, 2019
Lara is seriously the best. Makes practicing fun and easy and makes things that seem really hard not so intimidating. I've only had her for a few months and already sound and feel so much better singing. I'm excited to learn more from her and recommend her to anyone else trying jazz or commercial singing.
"Michelle is super intelligent and an amazing teacher. Even though I took four semesters of sight singing in college, she was able to give me several eye o
pening techniques that I never learned or even considered previously. These techniques are a HUGE for improving my voice quickly and easily, and they are also a ton of fun! Very awesome teacher."
"My daughter had her first lesson with Hailey today and loved her!"
My son who is 7 yrs old now loves his teacher, Ms. Kristina. I see my son enjoying every lesson with her. He is learning correct breathing
exercises while doing vocalization. After, he sings a song that likes. Sometimes, it is difficult to teach children because of their moods but Ms. Kristina can make every lesson for my son fun and enriching. He's been doing great for a 7 yr old."
"My first day was awesome. Looking forward to more."
"Vandi has great technical skills and a wonderful ability to communicate clear goals and help the student achieve their aims. She was a great help in my da
ughters development as a singer."
"My daughter loves her singing lessons and looks forward to them every week. Thank you Vandi !"
"First lesson was amazing! I learned a lot!!!"
"Very dedicated teacher. Would recommend it highly."
"Mary is a great instructor. Super patient and mellow, she understands how to bring kids out of their shell and help to create a good experience with perfo
Love karaoke? And by that we mean... borderline obsessed? Is it your first suggestion for a birthday get-together? Do the karaoke hosts at your local bar know you by name... and get concerned when you don't show up? Are you first on stage, while your friends hide in the corner slowly sipping their liquid courage?
Yep, we know the feeling.
Even if it takes you forever to browse the book and pick the perfect song to sing, it's all worth it when you take the stage, grab the mic, and …