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All my lessons are online now and children must be at least 8 years old. If this interests you, check below under VOICE LESSONS or PIANO LESSONS for more details.
The first step is a free 30-min lesson and from that, I will know what to focus on and you will know what to expect.
Once you have signed up, you will have access to the vocal exercises and breathing exercises videos which will be made just for you to practice at home. We will also work on the songs that you love and start to build your confidence by making sure that you are choosing the best songs for your voice and singing them in the right key (not too low or too high).
I can create an accompaniment for you on piano or guitar when you don't want to sing to a commercial backing track.
Some singers also learn how to accompany themselves on piano with me.
If confidence is an issue, then you will learn how to project your voice as a singer and out in life so you are heard and understood. Stage presence is also covered.
For the future:
When things open up again we will go back to having
End of Semester Concerts twice a year in Clearwater and
recording in my studio (very popular with all my students)
As with voice, the first step is a free 30-min lesson.
I want to know what you really want to play. Pop? Mozart? Jazz? A bit of everything? I want to know what you can already do and we will build on that (or start from scratch and get you playing immediately).
Most of my students play by ear and read music.
Our End of Semester Concerts will be back at some point and you will get to meet the other students and join in the fun!
For full details of my qualifications and experience please go to:
www.verasmusicacademy.com. (the About Vera Section)
Here's a summary:
Graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music in UK
Licentiate of The London Royal Academy of Music in UK
Courses in songwriting and electronic music at UCLA
Professional singer for 15 years
Signed to Warner Bros as a singer/songwriter
Two hits in Europe
Session singer in London singing back-ups on TV, Radio, Top Studio Recording sessions and Commercial Music.
Had my own band for 2 years - voice/keybords/guitar.
Founded The Solo School of Singing just South of London in the UK and ran it for 15 years. Very successful with classes in 3 towns, 153 students and commendations from the 2 top Music Institutions.
Vera's Music Academy is a private teaching studio with limited places available. Once accepted and on the roster you will receive complete commitment from me and I will work hard to make sure you move forward quickly and enjoy the journey.
Now, let's make some music! Vera
I enjoy seeing the breakthroughs in my students.
Here are some examples:
1. Children who had never sung in front of their parents getting up and performing in a concert. (Parents amazed! "We had no idea!").
2. Piano students realizing they can play by ear!
3. Singers who come and tell me they would never want to record their singing as it would never be good enough. Then I watch them listen to their first recording and I usually see tears of joy. Then I reach for the Kleenex for them (and for me)
4. Teenagers who become relaxed enough around me to share the music they love and let me know exactly what they would like to learn.
5. Parents telling me that there has been a noticeable increase of confidence in their child with the lessons.
6. Older students where I manage to convince them that it is not too late and they just need to focus and they'll do it. Then seeing them master a song or piece of music that they have always wanted to do.
Well there's a few. The list is endless. I love my students!
Vera takes the time to understand what your goals are, and creates and personalizes your lessons just for you. She is excellent at hearing what can be improved with your voice as well as what can work best for you. I noticed a difference in my sound and range within just a couple of lessons.
Our daughter, Katie, is 13 years old and has been attending Vera’s Music Academy for over two years. My husband and I have found Vera to be an excellent role model for her. Katie’s confidence as a singer and performer has greatly improved. She can perform in concerts and videos with excellent stage presence and steps up to the microphone like a little professional. Vera has given her many experiences, like taking her into a large recording studio, including her in a performance to the general public in Macey’s Department Store and creating a girl band with 2 other singers and have them perform at the end of semester concert. Katie always looks forward to her lessons and we have some beautiful recordings of songs she has learned.
I am in my 70's and learning a musical instrument (keyboard) for the first time in my life. So I was nervous when going for my first lesson with Vera but she was able to put me at my ease. She was kind, empathetic and patient. She is an encourager and always positive. She has found innovative ways to help me learn using tunes I enjoy and she has inspired me to attempt pieces I once thought I would never be able to play. All in all she is an excellent teacher. I thoroughly enjoy every lesson and I have learnt faster and progressed further than I thought possible.
“In just 10 lessons I have strengthened my voice, identified the best style of music for my voice, recorded 2 songs and made a video. Vera’s lessons really are fun and she can accompany you on piano or guitar meaning you don’t have to sing to backing tracks all the time. Her studio is gorgeous with all the latest equipment. She makes you feel relaxed and knows how to get the best out of you. I love going to see her too just because of how she is. I highly recommend Vera as a vocal coach. I also love the view of the water from her studio. An added bonus!”
I start with an assessment for one hour.
For singing, I find their range, where the voice changes register, pitching ability, ability to dulicate a tune, breathing capacity and posture. That's the technical stuff.
We also talk about any singing they've done in the past and how it went, what they want to improve and what their musical goals are. Then I write a program based on that info.
I use recording so they can hear themselves and do their own evaluation of progress. I use video to show them how their stage presence is improving.We do vocal and breathing exercises at the beginning of every lesson. Then songs.
For piano there is also an assessment where I can discover what they do and do not know. This covers knowledge of the keyboard, scales, chords, sight-reading. Once I know the starting point, then I find out what music do they really want to play and write a program from there.
Graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester UK. This is a full music teaching qualification.
Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music in London, UK.
This is an additional qualification specifically as a voice teacher.
I also studied songwriting and electronic music for a summer at UCLA in California.