From The Studio to the Stage
About our Lessons!
As the biggest of the families of instruments, the percussion program provides opportunities for highly motivated students to work in many different percussion disciplines.
Opportunities will be available to learn percussion instruments like marimba, vibraphone, snare drum, congas, and drums. Will work on the specific techniques of each instruments, as well as reading and interpretation. You will learn and master each instrument as much as you want.
The marimba is a beautiful instrument and can be extremely fun to play. The marimba can achieve a large range of styles and can be played by anyone from beginner to expert. It's easier than you may think.
In this lesson, I will teach you the specific techniques and you will learn to use two and four mallets, granting you the ability to play chords or music with large interval skips more easily.
Dampening and pedaling, two and four mallets techniques, reading and interpretation.
Rudimental and concert techniques, reading and interpretation.
In this lesson, I will teach you the specific techniques and rhythms of playing Afro-Cuban style conga. Will work on one, two and three congas. You will also learn practical exercises that will help you to improve your technique.
You will learn rhythms such as Son (Marcha or Tumbao), Rumba, Cha-cha-cha, Mambo, Songo, Afro (6/8), Pilon and many more.
For beginners and intermediates. Independence and coordination exercises applied to many styles.
Percussion lessons are for all ages starting at age 6.
For all ages starting at age 6
"Areas of Study"
-Music theory is the study of the structure of music. Or more simply put, it’s the language used to talk about the music we hear and play. Learning music theory is one of the most important things a musician can do as it helps them to not only become better performers, but also have a better understanding of the music they are playing and hearing. It also makes musical activities such as performing, composing, improvising, arranging, teaching music, or getting a music degree much easier once one gains a basic understanding of music theory.
-Sight-reading by definition is the reading and performing of a piece of written music that the performer has not seen before. It is also referred to as prima vista, which translates to “at first sight,” which is exactly what we teach our students to master: the ability to read and play a piece of music upon first sight. Just like learning to read words, learning how to sight-read music takes a lot of practice and discipline until it eventually becomes second nature. In each of our piano lessons, students are given a range of different tasks and activities to help them increase their sight-reading ability. They not only become adept at playing the notes accurately, but also learn to read and anticipate the changing dynamics in speed and volume as written.
Our exercises focus on honing students’ short-term musical memories to allow them to read ahead while playing a piece so that they play it correctly when they get to that section. Often highly skilled musicians can sight-read silently, meaning they can look at printed music and hear it in their heads without playing or singing it. All musicians are required to have good sight-reading skills as this makes learning new pieces much easier and quicker. As a result students are more likely to try learning new pieces of music by themselves, making them stronger and more well-rounded performers.
Whilst music theory and sight-reading are all used to train a musician’s ears to recognize intervals and chord qualities, learn how to perform melodies and rhythms accurately at sight, and practice writing down musical examples upon hearing them, Musicianship is about training the student not just to be a player of piano, but to be a true musician.
Many pianists are great technically, but they lack that something special which usually separates the great from the average. Good musicianship involves not only understanding how to use the piano but how to convey your story or message to the audience using emotion, passion and flair, allowing you to interpret a piece of music in an original and inventive way while still remaining true to the written score. During each piano lesson students are encouraged to feel the music they are playing and to improvise rather than to simply follow what the teacher is reciting, helping them to develop their confidence and own unique identity as a musician.
Sound and movement, art and biology.
The song will be so artistic activity as you want, but it is unquestionably subject to physiological activities and some physical laws that we can not ignore.
Who should attend: This course is designed for singing students, soloists or choir members (professional or amateur), choir directors, actors and anyone interested in acquiring basic knowledge of vocal techniques as well as the rules to follow for better interpretation and security to any artistic challenge.
With focus on vocal health, breath control, blending the registers, flexibility, range, increasing resonance and projection. We listen to each voice and strive to bring out the innate vocal potential of every singer. Each voice will blossom forth freely with a safe and healthy vocal technique, which will ensure longevity.
Content (Theoretical and Practical):
Basic studies of vocal technique (theory).
Resonance, diction, articulation.
Breathing support projection relaxation awareness of our performance space.
Dysphonia and treatment.
Postural disorders and their consequence.
Posted voice (repertoire and study of the work to choose) - Technical and interpretive analysis of selected works.
Voice 4 kids
Singing lessons can be crucial in training a child's ear and vocal technique.
Children not exposed to singing can grow up tone deaf, and children who sing but were never taught proper technique often develop hard-to-break bad habits that can actually lead to vocal damage. It is important that the following steps be taken so that the child will learn actual vocal technique (as opposed to just learning songs) while doing nothing to damage their vocal instrument.
Parents interested in enrolling their children in voice lessons should find a voice teacher who has experience teaching children and who uses these methods.
1. Begin each lesson with some simple stretches and posture exercises.
Not only is this important to teach the child to sing with good posture, but it actually teaches them how to properly participate in a voice lesson by giving them simple, achievable tasks to succeed. Children are very kinesthetic and love to do physical activities.
2. Work on simple breathing technique: when breathing in, the stomach should bulge. When breathing out, the stomach should tighten. The shoulders and chest should never raise or drop. You can work on this standing, or lying with a book on their stomach. Then practice hissing, buzzing, humming and eventually singing "Ah" by preparing with a good deep breath and steadily supporting with the stomach. Focus on getting good, even sounds while exhaling that do not sputter or die off.
3. Introduce the registers. Practice long glissando "sirens," lifting up into the upper register (sometimes called falsetto or head voice) for high notes, rather than "belting" or straining in the speaking voice. Their high voice will probably be weak at first but insist on its use and it will grow stronger over time. Children should learn to recognize the sensation of vibration in their mouth and chest for low notes and in their head for high notes.
4. Begin ear-training. Teach them to match pitch and then to sing steps going higher and lower. Begin by having them sing "ah" and match their pitch with the piano.
Then explore a couple steps up and down. Since many children do not immediately understand the concept of raising and lowering pitch, it can be demonstrated by the raising and lowering of your hand. Be patient if they don't get it right away, they usually do soon.
5. Teach scales. Begin to practice 3 and 5 note major scales, using the solfege syllables Do Re Mi Fa Sol. Transpose the starting note up and down by half-steps as far as they can hold the pitch. Once they make good progress, try the whole scale (Do Re Mi Fa Sol La Si Do).
6. Teach intervals. Begin to work on major/perfect intervals beginning with seconds and progressing to octaves. Always use solfege syllables.
7. Begin working on vowels. Make sure the child sings each vowel with the proper mouth shape. Make sure they open their mouths enough for Ah and Oh and round enough for Oh and Oo.
8. Work on focused tone and open throat. Instruct them to "sing through a yawn" but with their tongue flat behind their bottom teeth. Work on tone by asking them to focus the vibration on the roof of their mouth. This is especially effective by having them hum and asking them to maximize the vibration on the roof of their mouth. Tones in the upper register will feel like they vibrate above the roof of the mouth, in the head and even above the head when high enough.
9. Begin learning songs. Practice sight reading by first singing in solfege while watching the contour of the notes. Begin teaching children to read music this way.
Then move on to holding the vowel sounds out to the length of the notes (rather than closing them off quickly as in normal speech) and singing with pure vowels.
10. Give performance opportunities. Learning to successfully perform is one of the indispensable experiences in voice lessons. Frequently conduct informal performances where the child will sing an entire song, facing you. Encourage students to sing for their parents and even friends, if they are comfortable with it. Finally, hold a recital every 6 months or so for which they can prepare 1-3 songs to perform for parents and other students.
Voice lessons are for all ages starting at age 6.
For all ages
starting at age 6
For all ages starting at age 6
1. They are unique because we specialize in creating custom lessons tailored specifically for each student.
2. We use games, technology, and movement activities to create fun and meaningful music lessons that everyone will love!!
3. We teach musical composition from day one, our programs are based on the foundation of creativity and imagination with a solid musical knowledge.
4. Our lessons will help our students understand the fundamentals of music in an interactive and fun way focused on technique and performance skills.