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Classical Piano Lessons


Traditional Piano Pedagogy


When you take piano lessons with me, you or your child will gain the fundamentals of a music education that will last a lifetime.
   
As you learn to play the piano, you will learn music theory, learn about different rhythyms, learn to read musical notation, learn what scales are and what key signatures are.

You'll also learn to sight-read, and develop good piano playing technique, including posture, hand position, and how to move effortlessly across the piano keys.

Classical piano lessons lay the foundation for a lifelong enjoyment of music and can better prepare children to take on additional instruments as they grow up.
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Photo by Clark Young on Unsplash


Popular Style Piano Lessons


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Photo by João Silas on Unsplash

Learn to really PLAY the Piano!


Many people tell me that their goal in taking piano lessons is to be able to sit down at a piano and PLAY! I know exactly what they mean. So I've developed a teaching method that not only teaches classical piano pedagogy, including technique, theory, and sight-reading, but also teaches you very quickly how popular music is structured and how to play WITHOUT music in front of you.

In your first few weeks of lessons, you'll learn to play chords and make up your own bass line, to improvise a solo in the right hand, and to accompany your friends while they sing or accompany a soloist at your church.

I'll also teach you to make sense of sheet music without necessarily being bogged down by music that looks too complicated for you to play. You'll learn more about music more quickly than in most other teaching methods.

If you are an adult who took classical piano lessons as a child and never felt like you really learned to play, or if you want your child to have musical instruction that will be with her or him for a lifetime, call to set up your FREE INTRODUCTORY PIANO LESSON TODAY!



Voice Lessons


In my voice lessons, I teach the fundamentals of proper singing. You or your child will learn to sing without straining your voice, learn about vocal expression and inflection, and learn to sing both with accompaniment and without.

Along with vocal instruction, you can build a foundation of musical knowledge that will last you a lifetime, including learning musical notation and sight-reading skills.

Vocal instruction and learning to sing properly helps to build character by developing confidence, poise, and presence.

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Photo by Cody Schneider on Unsplash


Audition Coaching


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Want to set yourself apart from the other people auditioning? Want to make sure they remember YOU and not the 50 other people that came after you?
I've been doing theatre and musical performing since before I could read and write. I studied Theatre at Kent State University and was cast in every production I auditioned for.

Plus, I have coached others to do the same. How?
  • It's about stage presence.
  • It's about knowing where your body is in space.
  • It's about attitude.
  • It's about the song you select or the monologue you pick out.
  • It's about how you read the script.

There are lots of factors that go into a successful audition. And I can help you master those.

If you or your children want hands-on coaching from an experienced performer that can help you land the role or the gig you want, call 614-289-8645 to set up your FREE INTRODUCTORY LESSON.



10-Week Vocal Camp

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Photo credit: David Beale on Unsplash
The 10-Week Vocal Camp is appropriate for groups of 10 or more singers. I developed this 10-Week Vocal Camp because the foundation of a strong singing voice and singing group can be laid down in a short amount of time as long as the individuals are willing to take what they’ve learned and apply it. 

The Vocal Camp is great for small ensembles or community choirs, worship choirs, a cappella groups, or other similar groups that have been singing together but need to hone their skills and polish their sound. Also, new groups looking to form a choir or small ensemble and learn about proper vocal technique and ear-training for harmonization can also benefit from taking this course.

Here’s what you will learn in 10 one-hour sessions:

The Basics
You will learn about how posture influences the sound you can make. You’ll learn proper breathing technique and how to incorporate breathing exercises into your regular warm-ups. From there I will teach singers simple vocal warm-ups they can do anywhere, anytime, whether or not there is a piano handy.

The Tone
We’ll talk about vowel sounds and how to properly open up to sing in your roundest and fullest tone and you will be armed with vocal exercises that develop habits you can transfer to performances. Each week we will add more exercises that focus on the group’s challenges. Armed with a wide array of exercises, singers will learn to better manage their mid-range vocal “break” as well as strengthen both ends of their range. 

The Skills
You’ll spend some time listening—listening to yourself and listening to your neighbor—as we start to talk about what it means to sing in a group. Utilizing vocal exercises that develop your harmonization skills, your group will improve their overall sound and their understanding of richer, more complex harmonies.

The 10-Week Vocal Camp can take place in your space, or I can secure space for your group. 

In 10 one-hour sessions, your group can develop the necessary foundation for understanding and employing good vocal technique and set a course for developing good habits that will translate into a better unified sound.

Call me for pricing and availability!