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Passionately devoted to helping students succeed in the arts and related academic subjects, I believe learning can be exciting, challenging and fun.
Since 1990, I've taught students from ages 8 years old to 70 years old, in America and overseas. Students benefit from my experience working in different cultures and schools, holistic teaching methods and sensitivity to each student's unique personality.
I was on the voice faculty of the Levinksy Teacher's College, Tel Aviv, Israel, Barry University, Miami, and at the New World School of the Arts (both High School and College Divisions), Miami, Florida.
I hold a Master's degree in Opera Stage direction, and a Bachelor's degree in Opera, Voice Performance from the Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana, and have performed internationally with major opera companies. As as Jewish music expert, I've served several congregations as soloist and teacher.
To prepare for my former career as an international opera soloist and stage director, I took courses in a variety of musical and non-musical subjects. I also developed a deep knowledge of European history, English language arts, and other subjects.
As a free-lance classical music journalist with over 100 articles, review and interviews with prestigious Los Angeles music organizations for a global magazine, I know what it means to write original yet informative articles.
As a voice and singing specialist with over 18+ years of international teaching experience, I've prepared elementary, middle school, high school, and college students for musicals, choir solos, voice auditions, talent shows, opera productions, choirs, bat/bat mitzvahs, voice competitions and more.
For public speaking, I've coached adult speakers for business presentations and international conferences and other speaking engagements. I've also helped singers and speakers re-condition and resolve on-going vocal problems.
After a short time training with my holistic methods, many students experience a rapid and dramatic improvement in the way they sing or speak, performing better than ever.
For the past twenty five years, as a Cantorial Soloist with major American Synagagues, study of the Jewish Bible has been part of my life. In addition, I have attended weekly bible class at my temple, with a renowned Rabbi, and can help young students with preparations for Bar/Bat Mitzvah, and or Jewish high school Bible classes and interpretations.
As an online classical music journalist, my editors demand an excellent command of English grammar, spelling, editing and style, along with timely delivery of material.
English students also benefit from my professional background as an international performer in classical music, and my 18 years experience as a teacher of vocal and performing arts, with a love and ability to relate to children, teens and adults from different cultures.
Adapting to the learning styles of each student, I focus on determining the needs and goals of each student. Along with ensuring a solid foundation in English mechanics, we'll explore a variety of teaching materials and methods including interactive dialogue and analysis.
My educational background includes both independent and classroom studies in European history, during high school, college, and graduate school. As an opera stage director, I had to have a deep knowledge of historical events in Europe that often are portrayed in the librettos and background stories of the opera's in which I performed.
As a tutor, I aim to give students a variety of study skills and a multi-level approach to learning European history, including how to memorize certain important dates. I will patiently guide the student to understand and make connections between the social, economic, religious, philosophical, and technological developments in each time period. While helping students analyze and absorb what they learn from school materials, I encourage independent research into original source materials, viewing art and listening to music from that era, reading firsthand accounts, along with historical films, operas and plays depicting that era.
I've been a musician all my life, and began my musical career with piano and violin. As a former international opera singer, I've worked with some of the best opera companies. As a private voice teacher, I prepare teens and young adults to acquire a flexible vocal technique to sing a variety of musical styles, auditions, recitals, general music skills, performing roles in musicals, school shows, and more.
I can help prepare young people for the bat and bar mitzvah speeches, reading and chanting from Torah and other religious duties. In addition, I can work on Hebrew idiomatic expressions, conversational Hebrew, and basic reading and writing.
As a native born Israeli, I grew up in Los Angeles, but spent many years living in Israel as an adult, performing with the New Israeli Opera and teaching music and singing at the Levinksy Teacher's College.
I have have a passion for great literature and poetry from the early Greek and Roman times to modern day. Though I'm continually updating my familiarity with new authors of today, I have a special love and knowledge of Russian and French authors from the 19th to mid-20th century.
For the past five years, along with my work as a private classical performing arts specialist, I have informally tutored several young students (8 years old to High School age) in literature and poetry.
Whether working with young or adult students, I bring patience and humor to each session, and adjust to the different learning styles of each student.
I was required in graduate school to have a comprehensive understanding of great literature from Europe and America as preparation for my career as an opera singer and opera stage director. It was necessary as a professional opera singer to be well versed with the great authors and poets of Western culture, since many operas are based on their works.
As a former classically trained violinist, and as an international opera singer, my musical knowledge of western music spans 2,000 years, including modal and sacred music of various traditions. I have a Master's degree in Opera from the Indiana University School of Music, Bloomington, IN, and am well versed in Baroque, Renaissance, Classical, Romantic, Post Modern, and Modern repertoire. In addition, I have experience with pop and folk music of the past 80 years in America, including some of the French Chansons era of the 1950's and specialized knowledge of Israeli Art and Folk Song.
As a professional voice coach for speakers and singers, I bring sensitivity to the unique personality and goals of each student. I've trained many adults to discover their optimum voice and give dynamic public speeches in a variety of venues including at international conferences.
For public speaking, I focus on helping you with vocal projection, flow, clarity and delivery of content rather than creating content. However, because of my background as an opera singer, stage director and writer, we'll work together to refine your speech, so that you'll appear natural and comfortable with your material.
Students also learn some of my holistic methods that dramatically improve vocal quality, posture and breath, poise and confidence.
Reading with skill, comprehension and analysis is closely related to writing cogently about any subject. As a published online music journalist, a professional opera singer and voice teacher, and avid reader of classic literature, I have the educational background and professional experience to help students develop great skills in reading.
When I coach students how to learn the words to an aria or song, or a speech from a play, we focus on really understanding what is being sung or acted.
As a tutor for reading, I can help students with these same skills when coaching for reading comprehension, plot and character analysis, poetic metaphors, and understanding of other literary devices.
Students would benefit from my sensitivity to their unique personalities and learning styles, years of experience as a private tutor, and ability to make difficult subjects fun and accessible. As a mom, I've helped my own child with Jewish Religious studies K - 8th grade and I speak Hebrew fluently.
I've had some experience as a religious school teacher for beginning Hebrew, Israeli History and Israeli Dance. In my independent religious studies, I've read many books on Jewish religious practices, studied Kabbalah with the late Rabbi Joseph Gelberman, New York,basic Jewish laws and Halacha, Liturgy and Prayers. I've also worked professionally as a Cantorial Soloist in many synagogues over the past 20 years.
Though I grew up in Reform Judaism, for the past 9 years, I've been attending a well-known Conservative Synagogue and study at a weekly Bible class with the Rabbi.
As a voice and singing expert, and with my background as an professional opera singer, I not only train people to sing and perform well, but also have twenty years experience helping young people and adults improve various speech / language problems. Though I don't have a degree in speech pathology, I have taken intensive training and special courses in vocal and hearing therapies that dramatically improve speech and language problems. My teaching style is nurturing, flexible, intuitive yet sequential.
With a Master's degree in Opera Stage Direction, and international credits as opera singer and voice teacher at the College and High School level, I delight in helping students discover their acting abilities and gain a solid understanding about stage, film and commercial technique.
I have experience assisting in directing and stage managing full opera productions, along with international experience as a soloist with major opera companies, and as an actor in film and theater.
As a successful online music journalist covering classical music in Los Angeles, my editors demand excellent English usage and vocabulary.
With over twenty years experience as a private classical voice teacher and performing arts specialist, I bring patience and humor to each session and can adapt to a student's learning style.
I help young students expand vocabulary through variety of teaching methods including creative writing and free-form poetry. I also encourage them to share what kinds of movies, songs, and books they are currently reading, and go from there.
For the past 25 years, I've been empowering and training children, teens and adult singers to have life long vocal skills for classical music/opera repertoire, musical theater, pop and folk music.
I prepare young and adult singers for opera and musical theater,choir auditions, solos, and competitions. I also prepare speakers and actors for various presentations.
I have a Master's Degree in Opera Stage Direction, and a Bachelors' Degree in Voice Performance from the Indiana University School of Music, Bloomington, IN. I have also performed internationally as a mezzo-soprano soloist singing a variety of roles with leading opera companies, such as the Zurich Opera, Switzerland, The New Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv, The Israel Philharmonic, Long Beach Opera, CA, and more.
Since 2011 I've been a free-lance music journalist, with over 100 published articles, reviews and interviews on a globally distributed online magazine.
I'm on the invited press list of many prestigious performing arts organizations, and usually cover classical music events in the Los Angeles area. In addition, I have co-written an unpublished feature-length screenplay, song lyrics and poetry, and several original scripts used for special music events.
As a tutor, I have several years of experience working with children and teens. I also help adults dramatically improve their written communication skills.
As a holistic teacher, I adjust to each student's learning styles and needs of the writing project. Students are encouraged to learn how to edit and revise, research, and use correct forms where needed.
After studying modern dance for many years, I studied Yoga and Tai Chi. As a student of meditation and sacred music, in respected Ashrams in America and India, I studied Hatha Yoga and Iyengar style Yoga (Anusara Yoga) in weekly classes, including taking several week long Yoga intensives.
My aim in teaching Yoga to Western students is how to be gentle in the poses. It's important that we know how to slow down, do less and move more deeply into the poses. I also share with students that Yoga is not only a physical science, but is an ancient path to self-realization, to recognize our divine essence and how to be happier leading our daily lives.
I'm comfortable teaching beginning Hatha Yoga, and also some gentle Pranayama (breathing) methods as well.
As a professional voice teacher and vocalist, I also incorporate elements of Yoga in my work with voice students.
The Real Deal — Ahdda is awesome. She knows her material deeply and has a lot of patience and makes the lessons fun. She's super professional and prompt. ...
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