Teacher Spotlight: Regina – Piano and Voice Teacher in Dallas, TX

It is our pleasure to introduce Regina, our spectacular piano and voice teacher in Dallas, TX!
Regina, Piano and Voice Teacher in Dallas, TX
Educational/Performance Background: Regina holds a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from Southern Methodist University, where she studied with Dale Dietert. Regina completed her undergraduate degree in Music Education from the University of Texas at San Antonio where she studied with soprano, Linda Poetschke. She started her musical journey at a young age, singing in the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio for 12 years. Regina has twice been a semi-finalist in the Texoma NATS competition and won first place in her division at the South Texas NATS competition. Regina has sung concerts with the Texas Baroque Ensemble around the state of Texas including Handel’s Messiah and Monteverdi’s Vespers. Regina was the 2017 recipient of the Roy and Sue Johnson Opera Theatre Award. In the summer of 2017, Regina traveled to Taos, New Mexico to perform the role of Susanna in the opera The Singing Violin for the Cultural Institute at SMU-in-Taos and most recently to South Africa to perform the opera Wading Home, a work she premiered in 2016.
Teaching Background:   Regina is very passionate about working with students of all ages. Regina’s teaching career began working with choirs and small ensembles, preparing them for contest and concert including internships with local choruses. During her student teaching, she discovered a love for working with students one on one and began tutoring students in music theory/sight-reading as well as preparing them for local and state competitions. Regina has taught private voice and piano lessons since 2014. Still fueled by a passion for working with groups and ensembles, Regina has taught musical theatre and piano group classes and camps as well as directed children’s musicals. In addition to musical theatre, Regina has also taught general music in private and charter schools.
Personality/Teaching Style:   Regina has a very bubbly and outgoing personality. Her students can oftentimes be found laughing in their lessons because she loves to make things fun and enjoyable. Throughout her training, Regina had many difficulties to overcome in her vocal technique. Her experiences have given her a unique perspective that has strengthen her ear to various vocal faults and in turn makes it possible for her to tailor lessons to individual students and truly improve each student’s unique voice.
Special Skills:   Although Regina is classically trained, she is able to teach various genres including opera, pop, jazz, and gospel. Regina has worked with ages 3-35 and prides herself in being adaptable. Regina will do anything in her power to help her students and if she doesn’t know an answer she will take every step to figure it out. Regina sees herself as a lifelong learner and believes she learns just as much from her students and they do from her. Regina currently maintains her personal musical expression by singing as a cantor at a catholic parish and in local cover bands.

What others are saying about Regina:

Regina utilizes healthy vocal technique, and she incorporates both her performance and education background to create a great teaching experience. – Dallas, TX
Regina is extremely professional, she is engaging and precise, and she has a great personality. – Dallas, TX

If you choose to invite Regina into your home for piano or voice lessons, you will not be disappointed! If you are ready to enroll, click here to fill out our quick enrollment form.
Click here if you have questions and would like to talk to us about scheduling a trial lesson with Regina. If you live in another city in DFW or would like to inquire about our other teachers, let us know! We will do everything we can to match you with your ideal teacher!
 
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Teacher Spotlight: Leeann – Voice, Guitar, and Piano Teacher in Denton

We’re thrilled to introduce Leeann, our voice, guitar, and piano teacher in Denton, TX!

Educational Background :

Leeann has been singing since she was able to talk. She was in choir at various ages with her school and church growing up. Leeann continued her love of music with private lessons in voice, piano, and guitar.  While developing her skills, Leeann performed anywhere she was able, including local coffee shops and worship services.

In 2016, Leeann chose to further her education in music at Texas Woman’s University, where she is currently studying music therapy.

Teaching Background :

Leeann has had the opportunity to teach English classes to children, ages ranging from four to eighteen years old, across the world. She is excited to begin teaching voice, piano, and guitar to students in Texas.

Personality and Teaching Style :

Leeann is eager to share her passion for music with students. It is her goal to inspire her students by showing them that the more they learn and dig into music, the more beautiful and amazing music will be to them. Leeann does not have a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching. She sees each of her students as an individual, and her teaching style varies based on the student and what goals and desires they have for their lessons. She wants each one of her students to see progression, but feels it is important to have fun in the process. Leeann loves getting to know her students and finding out what exactly they are passionate about and how that can connect with music.

Special Skills:

Leeann has copious experience with performance and song writing. She loves helping her students discover how to incorporate their own uniqueness and creativity into what they are singing or playing, and she is passionate about teaching kids how to broaden and challenge their mind by creating and writing music.

If you are looking for voice, guitar, or piano lessons in Denton, look no further! Fill out our enrollment form and request Leeann!

Teacher Spotlight: Sidney – Violin and Piano Teacher in Midlothian

We are so pleased to introduce Sidney, our talented violin and piano teacher in Midlothian , TX!

Educational Background:

Sidney began her musical career at the age of six when she first started learning to play the violin. In the following years, she joined various youth orchestras, participated annually in summer music camps, and learned to play the piano. She graduated from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, TX and studied Music Performance at Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi.

Teaching Background:

Although Sidney has only been teaching music lessons since early 2017, she is very passionate about working with children and is excited to combine her love of music and teaching. She has experience teaching students of all ages and abilities.

Personality/Teaching Style:

Sidney’s goal is to spread her love of music to her students. She knows that students will learn and perform best when they are actively engaged and interested in what they are learning. As a result, she strives to teach each student according to their interests, while still providing them a solid fundamental education.

Special Skills:

Sidney loves teaching music to students of all ages and abilities. She is also very successful at teaching mathematics and music theory. She is very active in her local church where she teaches children’s classes and accompanies hymns during the services.

Sidney is a wonderful teacher. If you choose to have her come to your home for violin or piano lessons, you will not be disappointed! If you are ready to enroll, click here to fill out our quick enrollment form.

Click here to contact us about scheduling a trial lesson with Sidney. If you live in another city or would like to inquire about our other teachers, let us know! We will do everything we can to match you with your ideal teacher!

Benefits of Having a Music Tutor

We live in an age where unlimited information is at our fingertips. With YouTube videos, articles, and blogs galore, has the need for a music tutor disappeared? If you are considering learning an instrument, read on to discover why having a music tutor is still important.

We all know that a music tutor is a person who teaches others how to play a musical instrument. What we all may not recognize is that music tutors serve other important purposes besides simply relaying musical information.

Music tutors help the learner follow an instructional path that is known to be efficient and produce the desired results. A person can search the internet all day long for instructions and learn different tidbits here and there, but if the music education comes out of order, much confusion and educational gaps are to be expected. The trained music tutor knows how to provide important information in a structured, easy-to-understand way that involves presenting concepts in meaningful order. Think of it like this: A fence-builder can’t go out and simply begin hammering boards together. The professional fence-builder knows to first dig the post-holes, then set the posts, and then attach the cross-bars, and so on. An amateur may go out there into the backyard and put a fence together, but it will not be as stable or beautiful as if it had been created by a professional. It is likewise with music education. One can piece a music education together, but it will take much more time, there will be gaps in the “musical fence,” and the final product won’t be as stable or beautiful as if the education had been achieved through a trained professional.

The trained music tutor knows how to ensure the student’s education does not have any gaps. Music tutors know how to ongoingly assess a student’s progress and teach on subjects that are needed to progress. Many self-taught musicians figure out how to get it done, but the final product is often not as pleasurable or effective due to the fact that many steps have been unknowingly missed in the learning process. Here are some examples of how a person can learn to play on their own, contrasted with what music tutors are able to bring:

 

A self-taught musician might learn individual chords to play a song or songs.

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The music tutor will teach his students how chords are structured so the student is not limited by memorizing specific chords.

A self-taught musician will learn how to play a song by ear.

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The music tutor will teach her student theory so playing by ear becomes an easier and quicker (therefore more enjoyable) process.

A self-taught music student will hammer out a song, without giving thought to proper or most-efficient fingering. This may lead to awkward hand positions and in worst cases long-term damage such as carpal tunnel or tendinitis.

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Music tutors teach students how to achieve best fingering practices when playing their instruments. This will result smoother music, improved speed or skill, and injury-prevention.

And we could list many more examples…

Music tutors become accountability partners. It is always encouraged for people seeking to succeed at challenging endeavors to have accountability partners. The music tutor will be this to his students from the start, encouraging them to achieve their best and reach their goals. We all set goals of accomplishing things, but when life gets busy, often we fall off the horse or give up altogether. When you know you have that music lesson coming up and your teacher will know whether you practiced, that provides often much-needed motivation for you to get on your instrument and practice!

Your music tutor provides a friend/cheerleader during your musical journey. Learning an instrument is tough work! It is possible to learn an instrument on your own, but the journey is so much more enjoyable when you have a caring partner working with you to achieve your goals!

Starlight Music Lessons offers many music tutors throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. If you have been considering learning an instrument, contact us today! Our music tutors come to you so you can still learn in the comfort of your own home. Contact us today to set up a trial lesson with one of our many excellent music tutors.

 

Learn How to Play Piano

Why is it helpful and beneficial for any aspiring musician to learn how to play the piano?

kidFor the beginner, the piano is a perfect instrument for so many reasons. For one, the piano is one of the easiest instruments to quickly gain success. Piano students do not need to focus on breath support as is the case with wind instruments. Guitar students need advanced dexterity and must push past the pain and develop callouses on their fingers in order to play comfortably. Not so with the piano. String students must struggle for weeks or months to train their ears to coordinate with their fingers. In contrast, the piano has specific keys. A student doesn’t need a trained ear to learn to hit the right notes to play music. And unlike drummers, those learning the piano learn so much more than simply rhythm.

A student who wishes to learn to play the piano is able to face the piano keys while learning to play. Many instruments require the fingers to be down, facing the audience,  which is more difficult to master. A well-trained pianist will be able to play without looking at the keys, but the beginner is able to gain more immediate success by being able to see the keys they need to play.

Visually the piano is laid out in such a way to make musical concepts and theory straight-forward and much easier to understand. Many musical concepts such as scales, chords, half and whole steps, are very abstract and difficult to explain on many instruments. Concepts such as these are easy to demonstrate and for the beginner to visualize on a piano.

For these reasons those who desire to join most high school and university music programs will be required to first learn how to play the piano before they are able to continue with other musical instruments. In addition to what has been previously mentioned, playing the piano involves the use of both the treble clef and the base clef. Those who wish to compose music will find great benefit in being able to create music on the piano so they can hear all the parts together instead of waiting for each individual instrument to come together in order to hear their musical creation.

We are not saying that playing the piano is a superior skill to playing other instruments, it simply lays a wonderful foundation to enhance any musician’s skills. First learning how to play the piano enable a smooth and easy transition to any instrument. For this reason, if you are looking to ignite a life-long love of music, learning to play the piano is a fantastic place to start.

Starlight Music Lessons has wonderfully skilled and engaging teachers throughout the DFW metroplex. If you or your child would like to learn how to play the piano, our teachers would love to help you get started. We offer in-home piano lessons, as well as lessons on almost any instrument. Our teachers come to you! Click here to enroll in music lessons today! If you have questions and would like to speak with one of our office staff (who are also private music teachers) feel free to contact us.

Teacher Spotlight: Jeremiah – Piano Teacher in Dallas

pic.jeremiah evansWe are so pleased to introduce Jeremiah, our fabulous piano teacher in Dallas, TX!

Education Background:

  • Jeremiah graduated from the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.
  • He is an alumni of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute (Piano Program).
  • He attended Texas Tech University as a piano performance major.
  • Jeremiah also studied piano privately for four years at Southern Methodist University.

Teaching Background:

Jeremiah began teaching piano lessons while he was a music major at Texas Tech University. He has been teaching private piano lessons in Dallas since 2003.

Personality and Teaching Style:

As a teacher Jeremiah enjoys catering each lesson to fit each student’s intent and specific goal(s). He understands that some students are very serious about their long-term musical goals and need assistance preparing for competitions and auditions. Many other students want to study the instrument for fun and leisure. Jeremiah seeks to understand which category his students fit into and works works diligently to meet each student’s individual musical needs.  

Feedback:

Jeremiah was knowledgeable, dependable and very patient while teaching my children. His passion for teaching became quite evident. – Dallas, TX

Jeremiah is very friendly, personable, and likable. He is a pleasure to work with and spreads joy everywhere he goes! – Dallas, TX

Special Skills:

Jeremiah is also a very accomplished concert composer. His music has been recently performed in London, New York and San Francisco. His music has also been heard in Europe and Asia.

Jeremiah teaches in: Dallas, Plano, Allen, Mesquite, Desoto, Lancaster and Duncanville

Jeremiah is a wonderful teacher. If you choose to have him come to your home for piano lessons, you will not be disappointed! If you are ready to enroll, click here to fill out our quick enrollment form.

Click here to contact us about scheduling a trial lesson with Jeremiah. If you live in another city in DFW or would like to inquire about our other teachers, let us know! We will do everything we can to match you with your ideal teacher!

Teacher Spotlight: Martha – Voice and Piano Teacher in Little Elm

It is our pleasure to introduce to you Martha, our wonderful voice and piano teacher in Little Elm, TX!

Little Elm Voice and Piano Teacher
Little Elm Voice and Piano Teacher

Martha holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music from The University of Texas at Tyler. Her primary focus was voice with a minor in piano. In addition to her degree in music she hold a master level III certificate in Orff Schulwerk Methodology and a Kindermusik certification.

Martha has extensive experience in the instruction setting, spanning 20 years. In addition to classroom teaching, she has offered private instruction to numerous students of all ages. Focus disciplines include piano and voice, along with technique and music theory. Her formal teaching locations include Texas public schools and church music education.

Martha’s style is best described as relaxed, energetic, and joyful. When studying with Martha, your lessons are about what you, the student, want to get out of them. Martha genuinely cares about your musical progress as well as getting to know you as a unique individual. Parents will appreciate her professionalism, reliability, and authentic teacher’s heart. Students will find her knowledgeable, relatable, and a compassionate teacher.

Styles & methods Martha can teach include: Beginner, Intermediate, Classical, Chord Approach, Hymns, Piano Accompaniment, Pre-School Group Piano Classes, College Audition Preparation, Competition Preparation, Classical Vocal (Ex: Opera, Art Songs, etc), Contemporary Vocal (Ex: Pop Style and songs)

“Martha is such a joy as a teacher! – She really wants her students to express themselves through the music. She is always engaging, thorough, and the students love her.” – Whitehouse, TX

“Martha is a gifted musician and she knows how to communicate to her students. She has a lot of musical experience and is a very creative dynamic teacher!” – Uvalde, TX

“We really liked Martha and would like to keep her as our piano teacher! What a difference!” – McKinney, TX

“Hi! This is Tessie (Martha’s student).  I am still here loving my lessons, and feel so lucky to have Martha as my teacher…” – McKinney, TX

Martha has had many personal performance and audition experiences throughout the US and performed in opera and musical theater. In addition, she has participated in NATS, Guild, Texas All-State Choir, UIL competitions, and sight singing/Solfeggio competitions. Martha teaches a variety of techniques in both piano and vocal study, including popular, and classical styles. She believes a well-rounded education includes knowledge and/or experience in all study and performance forms.

Martha is available to teach in Coppell, Carrollton, The Colony, Frisco, Little Elm, Lewisville, & McKinney.

If you are looking for a voice or piano teacher in Little Elm (or nearby), contact us today and ask about Martha! Starlight Music Lessons offers private music lessons on all instruments throughout the entire DFW metroplex. And our teachers come to you! We would love to get you started with music lessons! If you live in the DFW metroplex and would like to enroll in piano lesson, guitar lessons, voice lessons, or more, fill out our enrollment form here.