• I specialize in teaching individual, private, one-on-one lessons in Piano, Voice, Music Theory, Music History, Music Composition, Music Improvisation, Opera, Rhythm Training, Piano Pedagogy, Sight-Reading, Technique, Ear Training, Poise, Vocal Breath Control, Singing and Public Musical Performance.
• Students are required to take a 30 minute lesson each week. I generally, as a rule, do not teach 60 minute lessons except for intermediate and advanced students who have previously studied music and for beginner music students who have proven themselves throughout their time spent in my studio that they are serious, dedicated and diligent enough in their musical studies to warrant the additional lesson time. 60 minute lessons will be allowed on a limited basis, when available, at my discretion.
• All different styles, techniques and genres of music are taught from Classical to Modern. Learning piano/music/voice requires much more than just being able to grab a microphone and sing a couple of songs or belt out a few simple tunes on the keyboard. If you are going to carry any skills over to other music, no matter the type, you will need to learn how to: read music, understand timing and key signatures, learn major and minor scales, adopt basic posture and technique, follow melodic and harmonic lines in each hand simultaneously, finger chords, apply proper breath and voice control, sing in tune, use correct rhythm and synchronization, play and/or sing with correct articulation, proficiency, musical accent, dynamics and syncopation, practice properly, efficiently and much, much more. Most people take lessons to help them learn to play most anything that might come along, (whether it be classical music, contemporary, country, broadway show tunes, movie soundtrack musical themes, pop, sacred, the latest top 40 hits, rhythm and blues, jazz, rock and roll, etc.) not because they are interested in a particular genre. Would you be happy if, after taking lessons, you could only play a few basic songs from one given type of music?
• When deciding on what type of instrument to begin with for learning to play piano (acoustic piano or digital keyboard/piano) digital keyboards, especially top-of-the-line ones, have become remarkably good at reproducing much of the sound and some of the feel of the acoustic piano. Although individual teachers have their own, often strong, feelings on this subject, it's fair to say that most feel that a good digital keyboard is fine to start lessons on. Indeed, digital keyboards now outsell acoustic pianos by a substantial margin worldwide and especially in the U.S. That said, no knowledgeable pianist would argue that a digital keyboard is the best way of learning to play the acoustic piano. Probably no later than the end of the first year of lessons, you should plan on getting an acoustic piano or at least having access to one on a regular basis. The digital keyboard is best seen as a separate instrument with different capabilities, which, by good fortune, can serve as a stand-in for a short period of time for an acoustic piano. Students should learn how to play both instruments for their own separate qualities and attributes.
*** ADDITIONAL NOTE / LESSON REQUIREMENT ***
• All music students are required to have either an acoustic piano or (at least) an electric digital piano that has 88 weighted keys before they start taking lessons.
• It is imperative that children should already know their alphabet and be able to read, write, count and perform basic math (addition, subtraction) at least at an elementary level before considering taking music lessons. While it can be a mistake to start children on piano/music/voice lessons at too young of an age to gain maximum results, most children can benefit from taking lessons at reasonably early ages. Older students, on the other hand, have some considerable advantages over children in terms of both focus and motivation, even if they have lost some of the flexibility that they had in their younger years. As long as an older student has the time, desire and dedication to learn, he or she can start at just about any age.
• All voice students will be required to audition in person before being admitted into the studio. They also need to have taken (at least) one prior year of piano, band classes in school or other music lessons. Traditional voice/singing lessons include technique, piano accompaniment, vocal exercises, music reading skills and studying specific songs. Voice students need to already know and be familiar with the music notes in both the treble and bass clef, musical terminology and music sight reading or (at the very least) be willing to take piano lessons in conjunction with their voice lessons in order for them to meet the necessary requirements and (realistically) make any progress.
• Voice students will work mostly on a variety of singing techniques such as breath control, vocal warm-ups, exercises, range, poise, inflection, diction, public performance, etc. Students that cannot already play the piano to accompany themselves while singing along with written sheet music will need to have Karaoke CDs and a CD player at home in order to practice and sing along with the background song recordings.
• A lot of people think that when it comes to singing, playing the piano, learning other instruments, mastering certain skills or excelling at sports, everything revolves around "talent"; either you have it or you don't. "Talent" is real, but, as in so many other areas of human endeavor, it can be greatly overrated. Any and everyone who is seriously committed to learning how to sing and play piano and willing to do the regular (i.e. daily) practice that building such a skill requires, will learn to play and sing to a considerable degree, irrespective of the level of their "native" talent. As with so many other skills, both singing and playing the piano requires hard work and inspiration in about a ten to one (or higher) ratio, respectively.
• I am here to teach, instill knowledge, provide helpful information, proper guidance and positively encourage each and every individual student who has a real interest and a genuine desire to learn, comprehend and understand, progress and perform music to their highest potential. Those who are truly willing to seriously apply themselves (study, practice) and adhere to the guidelines and policies listed herein, with persistence and determination, coupled with my one-on-one specialized instruction, as a result, will become accomplished musicians!
Take a Look at What Several of My Students Have to Say About Me!
Thanks to Suzanne's quality coaching, my singing voice has become a lot stronger and more sustained. My phrasing and breath control is better too. I don't suffer from my voice giving out and dropping off half way through a song any more like I used to. I highly recommend her to anybody in need of a good voice teacher!
Being an elderly adult without any prior music training or background, I figured it was too late to teach an old dog like myself any new tricks. Thank Miss Brittania at Infinity Music Studio for proving me wrong. She has taught me so much more than I ever imagined was possible and helped build confidence in myself and bring out the inner musician in me that I never even realized I had.