I've got a unique and varied array of knowledge, and I'd love to get you started on learning or improving your ukulele, arranging, and singing skills!
I began playing uke in 2009 when I got my first yellow ukulele for Christmas. I was president of the ukulele club in high school and I got 50+ kids to join it. We got them all ukuleles, taught them chords & strumming patterns and performed together. Proud accomplishment! I have many videos of me doing covers with ukulele on my instagram @ursulasaur or my youtube @urseelala!
I've arranged custom a cappella sheet music for everyone from college groups, to high schoolers, to 8-year olds. I have 7+ years of practice. You'll learn to craft CREATIVE arrangements. Some topics include voice leading, voice part ranges, notation, using Noteflight or MuseScore, the brainstorming process, syllables, anything else you want to learn. You'll find my arrangements on my Noteflight profile (https://www.noteflight.com/profile/4d4b8569629df3ac7cfe869e5982f91aa4eadcfd#/public) for examples of what I can do. Learn how to edit or craft any arrangement to suit singers' skill level, group size, and vocal range. Applies to instrumental arrangements as well, though a cappella is my specialty!
Experienced vocalist with 4+ years of training through private voice at NYU Steinhardt. Especially with audition prep, I have studied and performed German, French, and Italian rep, art songs, musical theatre, pop, indie-folk, jazz... Improvisation. Vocal riffs. Extending your range. Vocal Warmups. I can assist. :)
Noteflight: See above
PLAYING MUSIC, OF COURSE!
Ursula is a professional who comes organized and prepared while also bringing her bright and fun-loving personality into the mix. Not to mention her insane talent in singing and classically trained ear! Combined with her composition skills, she is the best bet when looking for a teacher, writer, or coach!
Ursula is an incredible singer and musician! She is extremely talented and hardworking.
I would highly recommend Ursula. She is professional, easy to talk to, helpful, and incredibly talented. Working with her is an enjoyable and rewarding experience!
Ursula is a brilliant musician, extremely talented singer, and exceptional arranger! She is has a keen eye for detail, she is respectful & attentive, and she really helped me reach my full potential as a musician with her creativity and high expertise. I recommend Ursula 100% as she will bring out the best in you!
If the student comes to me with goals in mind, we will come up with the priorities for the lessons and structure based on that! Experience level is taken into consideration as well. I like to start with the basics, and if the student is progressing at a fast rate we can reassess and work on more advanced material.
Vocal Performance study at NYU Steinhardt; Bachelor of Music in Music Business degree. Ukulele Club president 2010-2012.
Assistant Music Director of competitive a cappella group the NYU Mixtapes. Created custom arrangements year-round. President/arranger for Foxappella (high school treble group).
I am in the $50/hour range for lessons. I always want to accommodate my students, so let me know what your price range looks like.
I have been a performer all my life, and I realized after getting out of college that I have many unique things to teach people from that experience!
8-year olds at an enrichment summer camp, Midde schoolers at Sing for Hope, High Schoolers in Pelham, New York, college students. Truly people of all ages and experience levels.
At International Ivy Enrichment Camp this past summer I was brought on to teach my own a cappella 101 course for kids! My 8-year old girls and I sang an arrangement of Don't Worry, Be Happy. It was very sweet and they had amazing pitch. We had a blast being silly and interpreting music through our bodies!
Hire someone fun. Looking forward to lessons gives you the boost you need to keep practicing and stick with it! Plus, don't you want to enjoy learning something that brings you joy without stress?!
P.S. I am fun.
Don't think too much. Talk it through with me and we'll figure out goals that work for you. :)