Belmont University, Nashville, TN
Singers are musicians - Voice is their instrument
I spent years cold reading/singing in the studios of Hollywood. I work with vocal students primarily in the area of sight singing. I incorporate ear training, some theory and possibly some vocal technique, as they all are closely related. I also incorporate the vocabulary of music. You'll learn to speak the musical terms of traditional music as well as the terms of contemporary pop music. My goal is to bring you to a level of confidence for whatever musical situation you desire: church choir, jazz gig, symphony chorus, or recording session. You'll learn to read and transcribe music proficiently, and be able to discuss and communicate the music intelligently with other musicians, in musicians' terms.
In your first lesson I take you through a few simple exercises to determine your level, and we then build from there. Lessons can be done in person, or remotely through the WyzAnt platform or Skype.
My background is in recording, touring, performing and educating. I've done extensive film background music work in major movies and television shows, including: Happy Feet, Family Guy, Salt, A Thousand Words, and Glee. My performing work includes world tours singing backup with Natalie Cole and Don Henley, as well as a stint as a member of 7-time Grammy Award winners The 5th Dimension. I taught classes in the American Song Book repertoire at Los Angeles Music Academy (including pop, rock, R&B, jazz, country) as well as sight singing, which I continue to teach privately. I was educated in the commercial music program at Belmont University, as a voice principal with an emphasis in composition and arranging.
Let me take you to the next level! Singers are musicians - Voice is their instrument
I spent years cold reading/singing in the studios of Hollywood. I work with vocal students primarily in the area of sight singing. I incorporate ear training, some theory and possibly some vocal technique, as they all are closely related. I also incorporate the vocabulary of music.
Travel to student $50/hour Student travels to me $50/hr Travel to student past 20 miles $60/hour Online lesson (Skype/Wyzant) $50/hour
Michael is a fantastic tutor. He has been helping me with music theory and some voice training. Michael is very patient and fun to learn from.
Michael's got a lot of patience! He really listens to my concerns about music . He's taught me number one, how important breathing is to be able to sing proper. In the little time I've been coming to Michael I feel like I already learned so much! I definitely recommend Michael!
As a music major, I studied ear training for two years of my schooling at Belmont University. I am trained to recognize all intervals, triads, complex chords and their qualities (major, minor, tritone, etc.) as well as inversions, and to recognize complex rhythms and reproduce them instantly.
My training has been applied in numerous situations: recording sessions, workshops, rehearsals, live performances, working in vocal groups and choirs. Building vocal harmonies and chords from melodies is one of the many ways this training is applied. Teaching vocals parts by ear in addition to creating them is another application.
My three years of music theory studies at Belmont University trained me in analyzing and dissecting a piece of music, using the correct terminology. My students will learn to correctly identify chords, chord qualities and their function, chord inversion positions, pivot chords/pivot tones, passing tones, scale and mode usage, series, phrases, and all aspects of a given piece of music.
I bring to the lessons my years of experience in the Hollywood Film Chorale singing in major motion pictures and television shows (Happy Feet, Salt, Glee, Family Guy, The Matrix Reloaded, etc.) and in the Hollywood Bowl Pops Symphony Chorus under conductor John Williams.
In a typical 5 to 8 hour recording day, my work has required cold reading and interpretation of successive pieces of music on the spot, time being of the essence. Alert attentiveness, the ability to transcribe and the flexibility to sing notational changes quickly are additional assets called upon.
My goal is to bring students to this level, starting with fundamentals (clefs, staff, key signatures, time signatures, rhythm values, scale tones, tonic) and building through to advanced reading skills.
As a music major, I studied voice in two capacities with two separate voice teachers. I studied the classical repertoire, including German lieder, and Italian and French art songs. And I also studied through the American popular music repertoire (all styles: rock, jazz, blues, pop).
Over the years, I continued to study with various teachers in order to enhance and expand the knowledge I bring to students as well as stretch my own ability. They include Gary Catona-vocal coach of Whitney Houston, and Helen McComas.