Singing Training for Musical Theater

If you or your child are involved in musical theater and are seeking professional voice training, NHTunes voice instructor Valentina Bashindzhagyan has years of experience with singing training for musical theater, and is an EXCELLENT choice. Professional voice lessons will give your child the edge, and will help them to develop a strong, healthy, and versatile singing voice. Many of Valentina’s students have gone on to attend Berkeley and other distinguished music programs.

Valentina’s area of specialty includes:

  • Classical repertoire, Opera, Broadway, Disney, classical jazz, etc.
  • Audition and performance preparation, including college audition prep.
  • Breathing and warm up exercises (especially critical before that big audition!)
  • Sight reading
  • Vocalise (vocal exercises)
Valentina graduated from the Music Concentration School, located in Baku, Azerbaijan for musically gifted youths, as a pianist. She continued her musical education at the Azerbaijan State Conservatory receiving a bachelor’s and master’s degree in operatic singing. She has worked as a soloist in both the Baku State Academic Opera Theater and the Moscow State Academic Russian Chorus. She also formed and directed the children’s chorus Vasilyek in Moscow.
You see Valentina’s schedule or book a lesson here:

See Valentina’s Schedule / Schedule Appointment

Our private half-hour lessons are just $29.50, and you can try a single lesson before deciding whether to continue with regular weekly lessons. If you have questions regarding singing training for musical theater, feel free to call the studio at 603-660-2208, or contact us HERE.

Located in Manchester’s mill yard, NHTunes is a professional 1800 sq ft music studio with a dozen professional music teachers, offering instruction on guitar, voice, piano, ukulele, drums, brass, and more! Our newly renovated studio features a large, comfortable waiting area, A/C, and security cameras in each of our six lessons rooms.

What to Consider When Selecting a Vocal Coach

Are you interested in singing lessons for you or your child? If so, there are many things to consider when selecting a vocal coach, and we’ve listed what we feel are the most important considerations below. You can read more about our singing lessons HERE.
Vocal Coach in Manchester NH

One of our six lesson rooms in our Manchester NH music studio.

– The Instructor’s Education and Experience Level

  • To insure the instructor is qualified to teach, at a minimum look for a BA (or higher) in music education, preferably with a concentration in voice. Instructors with less experience tend to be younger, and may be a great fit for younger students. Adult students (or those with prior lesson and singing experience) may want to consider an instructor with several years of experience. You can see our instructor’s education level and experience HERE.
The Instructor’s Flexibility
  • Flexibility comes in two parts: teaching and scheduling.
    • Teaching flexibility: can your instructor teach you the vocal style (and musical interests) you want to learn, while teaching and reinforcing correct singing technique?
    • Scheduling flexibility: life happens, and it makes sense that you’ll have an occasional reschedule. Many of our instructors teach multiple nights and with a notice are able to accommodate these scheduling changes.
The Studio Itself & Opportunities
  • Is the studio professional and maintained well? Are the lesson rooms well-equipped? Are there security cameras in each room?
  • Does the studio offer performance opportunities? (don’t underestimate the value of performance skill, a critical component of overall musicianship).
  • Is the cost of the lessons reasonable and competitive?

If you’re looking for a vocal coach in the Manchester NH area, we hope these considerations help you in making a decision that you’ll be happy with! You can read more about our voice lessons, or schedule a lesson below.

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Five Things To Consider When Selecting A Music Lesson Studio

If you’re considering music or voice lessons, you already know that lessons can be quite an investment, so you’ll want to do some research beforehand to insure that the studio is a good fit, and a good value. We’ve put together a list of what we feel are the top 5 things to consider when selecting a music studio.

The Instructor Team

How is the instructor team? What are their backgrounds?

Five Things To Consider When Selecting A Music Lesson Studio

NHTunes has twelve qualified music and voice instructors

First off, you want to make sure your instructors carry the music education necessary to properly teach lessons. At the very least, a formal music education insures that music fundamentals are understood by the instructor, and are taught properly to the student. At NHTunes, our instructors have, at a minimum, a BA in music, with some a Master’s in Music Education.
You’ll also want to check on an instructor’s teaching and performing experience. While a new instructor can do a great job teaching, an instructor that has both taught and performed for years can be an incredible asset for the student. All of NHTunes’ instructors come to us with prior teaching experience, and most have performed for many years. You can learn more about our team HERE, and simply e-mail us if you’d like to meet with a particular instructor before setting up a lesson.
Other Opportunities For Students

Outside of your lessons, what else can your music studio offer you to help with your musical development? Are there performance or other opportunities?Can I network with other students?

Five Things To Consider When Selecting A Music Lesson Studio

NHTunes offers many opportunities for students to build valuable performance experience

NHTunes offers their students several options that are at no additional charge to the student. We run monthly offsite recitals to build a student’s performance experience (these recitals are held mainly at nursing homes and similar venues, and are free for both the homes and students – a great community service!). We run a monthly ‘adult jam’ in our recording studio for adult players to jam and network. We also run a formal Holiday Recital each December. This is a formal recital in a rented church, and is open to students, their families, and friends. It’s an event that is guaranteed to get everyone in the holiday spirit!!
See more on our performance opportunities and training HERE.
The Studio 

Is the studio itself clean, comfortable, and professionally equipped? Is it in an easy-to-reach location, with parking available? Is it handicapped accessible?

Five Things To Consider When Selecting A Music Lesson Studio

Our clean and comfortable professional music studio is located in Manchester’s historic mill yard

NHTunes prides itself on it’s recently renovated 1800+ sq ft. professional music studio, located in the Waumbec Mill in Manchester’s mill yard. The building itself is handicapped accessible, featuring ramp and elevator access, along with free parking. Our studio has six fully equipped lesson rooms, complete with security cameras and A/C feeds in each room. The lesson rooms are treated for sound isolation, and four of the six feature full sized student pianos. We have a large and comfortable waiting/reception area, and free water. You can walk through our studio online HERE.
Costs
How much do the lessons cost? Are there any up-front fees? Do you have any ways to save on lessons? Do you accept auto-pay?
Of course, you’ll want to know the cost of lessons up front, and if there are any registration fees. You’ll also want to know if the studio offers any money-saving options, like bulk purchases. And of course, how does the studio accept payment?
NHTunes is one of the best values in Manchester for music or voice lessons. Our half hour private lessons are very competitively priced at just $29.50. You can purchase a single lesson HERE, with no additional commitment.  And, there is NO registration or other fees! Continue to take lessons as-needed, or if you decide that you want regular weekly lessons, monthly tuition is just $118. We offer a 10% discount for families, or students taking hour long lessons. You can pay for your lessons with cash, personal checks, or any major credit card. We also offer convenient auto-pay.
You can get started with a money-saving gift certificate HERE. A three-lesson package is just $68!

 

The OwnershipFive Things To Consider When Selecting A Music Lesson Studio

Why should it matter to me if the studio is locally owned? 
Who owns the studio should matter to you. Why? Because locally businesses better serve your community, and supporting your local businesses will benefit you and your community. For example, when you shop local, for every $100 spent, roughly $68 to $73 of it returns to local activity (compared that to about $43 from chain stores). When you shop local, you are stimulating the local economy with your support and in turn, helping shape your community’s unique character and personality. With your support we are able to keep our teachers, who live locally, teaching! We also pay our taxes back to the community, not to some corporate office in another state. And, smaller locally-owned business offer you more accessibility should you need it. Do you want to speak with the owner of NHTunes? Call Bob at 603-660-2208. Try getting that level of accessibility at a major chain music store!
Please consider shopping local when products or services that you need are available from a locally-owned business.
So, those are five things to consider when selecting a music lesson studio. We hope that this will help you when selecting your music studio! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out by calling the studio at 603-660-2208, or you can contact us HERE.

Brass, Strings, and Woodwind Lessons in Manchester NH

Do you want your child to excel in school band? Sign them up for private lessons at Manchester’s NHTunes, and watch them rise to the top of the class! We offer instruction in nearly all band instruments: flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet:, trombone, tuba, percussion, violin, viola, cello and more! Our instructors are full time school music teachers, with the education and skills needed to help your child succeed.
Our private half hour lessons are just $29.50, and you can schedule a lesson below with our convenient online scheduler!
We teach lessons year-round, and can work with the student on techniques of difficult pieces that they may be struggling with, complimenting their in-school studies, making them a more competent and confident player.
Is it summer time? Keep your child moving forward with their school music studies through the summer! Not only will they have a great summer activity, they’ll be at the top of their game when they return to school in the fall! Summer is the perfect season for musical growth and focused study. Give your child the edge with our summer music lessons!
Included with your student’s tuition are free monthly recitals – great for building a student’s performing experience!

Are Pre-Taped Video Lessons a Good Replacement for Traditional Lessons?

Search on YouTube for ‘guitar lessons’ and you’ll see thousands of videos offering free beginner to advanced lessons. Many offer new students an opportunity to learn their favorite songs, techniques, or even classic rock solos. But are these pre-taped video lessons a viable option for new players?

Are Video Lessons a Good Replacement for Traditional Lessons?

Are pre-taped online lessons a viable option for new players?

Our take on it is this: YouTube lessons are great for someone who has some experience playing their instrument (I’ll admit that I use it all the time), but can be discouraging and even a show-stopper for new players. That being said, there IS a place for them. Let’s look at some of the benefits and drawbacks of pre-taped video lessons, and how they can both fit in with, and be a compliment to your learning program.

  • YouTube lessons are free: Here’s the most obvious benefit – if you have an internet connection, you have access to thousands of music lessons on YouTube and other sites for no additional cost.
    You can take your lessons when it’s convenient for you: Unlike traditional lessons, whether in the morning, after work, or at 2am, your lessons are there – you’re no longer on a set schedule.
  • Some lessons can be very good: There are some players that offer great lessons which will save experienced players the time it would take to figure our songs on their own (I use it often for this purpose).

So there are definitely some benefits to pre-taped lessons: they’re free, convenient, and are (sometimes) very good. What are the drawbacks?

  • YouTube lessons are not adaptive: A pre-taped video does not, for example, discern between a 7 and 70-year old learner. As you may have guessed, private lessons are adapted to many learning aspects of the student, and are therefore (in theory) more effective and encouraging.

    Are Video Lessons a Good Replacement for Traditional Lessons?

    Feedback is an important component of in-studio lessons

  • YouTube lessons do not provide feedback: Feedback during lessons is such an important element of the learning process. A video won’t tell you if you’re doing something wrong… or right. Bad habits, which can stall a musician’s progress, can be very hard to break. Positive feedback can be encouraging and inspiring to a student, and in part can keep them motivated and learning.
  • There are no performance opportunities with YouTube: Music should be shared, and performance skills are such an important part of overall musicianship that many studios (ours included) offer their students regular performance opportunities and encourage their students to participate.
  • There are no guarantees that YouTube lessons are correct: Yes,there are some great lessons on YouTube, but there are many that are just plain wrong on so many levels that it can be discouraging to new players.

There you have it; the main pluses and minuses of pre-taped video lessons. Can they be helpful? Sure! Can they be unhelpful and even discouraging? Definitely.

How can they compliment your learning plan? In our opinion, pre-taped video lessons can be helpful to those with some playing experience under their belt. Someone who knows the basics can filter the lessons and learn a lot from them. I use them all the time to quickly learn new songs (I, however, often go through 2 or three videos before I fine one that’s ‘right’ – and this is where experience is crucial). Pre-taped lessons can be great for someone with some skills and experience, but can be discouraging for new players.

Unfortunately one of the biggest concerns about pre-taped video lessons, with the lack of feedback, is that it can be discouraging to new learner – perhaps so much that it will eventually stifle their desire to play. We hear it all the time from new students – “I tried to learn online but got nowhere”. Those same students usually become successful learning at our studio with traditional private lessons.

So some advice to new learners: take traditional lessons out of the gate, develop a level of proficiency, then incorporate YouTube lessons into your learning to expand your skill set and repertoire. With some experience you’ll see that YouTube lessons can be a valuable part of, and compliment to, your ongoing learning plan.

Thinking of taking the summer off from music lessons? You may want to think again.

Are you thinking of taking the summer off from your music or voice lessons? Here are a few good reasons why you should consider continuing your lessons year-round.
Many music students decide to take the summers off and resume their lessons in the fall when school restarts. While we all deserve to enjoy our summers, continuing your music education through the summer can add to the summer enjoyment, as well as to keep students moving in the right direction!
Summer music lessons

Which activity would you rather see your kids focus on this summer?

The number one reason we hear for stopping is that the students will be away for a few weeks. We have no problem accommodating make-up lessons for those away weeks, and if you’re serious about learning it’s much better in the long run to take a couple of weeks off rather than a few months.
Without the stress of school work, summers allow for more practice time, and can be a great daily activity for the student. With the additional time, our instructors can set specific music achievement goals with the student for the summer.
One benefit of continuing lessons through the summer is that students won’t need ‘catch up’ time in the fall. It often takes students a full month or more to get back to where they were before the break. That means that students who learn through the summer will be four or five months ahead of those who don’t!

Another reason to continue through the summer is that the student can continue to participate in our recitals, which we do run through the summer. It’s a great opportunity for the student to continue to build on their performance experience!

Summer music lessons

Our flexible scheduling makes continuing your lessons though the summer a breeze!

Lastly, over a third of the students that stop for the summer do not start back in the fall. Their original intention is to take a couple of months off, and in that time off interest is lost, and their original goals are somehow forgotten. It’s sad for some in that they’ve worked hard and come a long way in building a skill that would have been with them for life.
If you’re thinking of taking the summer off, please remember that there are so many reasons to continue throughout the summer, and very few good reasons not to!

Instructor Spotlight: Rebecca Tarling

Instructor Spotlight: Rebecca Tarling

NHTunes Flute & Piano Instructor Rebecca Tarling

Rebecca Tarling has been teaching flute and piano at NHTunes Music Studio since 2017. She began playing the flute when she was 10 years old, and began formal flute lessons at age 14. At 16 she also began taking piano lessons. She is currently studying Music Education at Plymouth State University and will be graduating in May 2019.

Rebecca’s performance experience includes college wind symphonies at Plymouth State University and SNHU, Orchestra at SNHU, flute choirs, New England Intercollegiate Band, Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra, Manchester Community Music School Performance Competiton, and her Irish Band. She won first place at the MCMS Performance Competition in 2016 and 2017. She has also been chosen to play at the New England Intercollegiate Band in 2017 and 2019.

Rebecca loves her chosen career of teaching music, and what she enjoys most about teaching is “seeing my students grow as musicians and start to show what interests them through their musical experience.”

“I help my students achieve their musical goals by incorporating their interests within their lessons. If a student enjoys a certain genre of music, I’ll do my best to find music in that genre and teach them all about that type of music while also incorporating basic musical skills. ”

We’re very fortunate to have Rebecca on our team of instructors, and are glad that she chose NHTunes to begin her teaching career! If you are interested in scheduling a lesson with Rebecca, you can do so below.

 

 

If I Want to Record, Mix And/Or Produce Music, Should I Learn an Instrument?

This question comes up all the time: “If I want to record, mix and/or produce music, should I learn an instrument?” The resounding answer is YES! There are so many invaluable benefits of musicianship that will help you to craft great sounding mixes. I’ll go on a limb and say that I don’t understand how someone, without this background, can create well balanced mixes (I am sure there are some examples, but I bet most mixing engineers are also musicians themselves).

Here are three important benefits of learning an instrument that will help those to record and produce better mixes:

If I Want to Record, Mix And/Or Produce Music, Should I Learn an Instrument?

Learning an instrument will help you immensely with your recording and mixing skills.

1) Ear Training
Training your ear to ‘hear’ music is a natural process that occurs as you become proficient at an instrument. It doesn’t happen overnight, but in time, and with steady practice and progress, it will. Your ability to discern different frequencies intensifies. You’re better able to isolate different elements of a mix. You’ll change from hearing music as coming from one big ‘pipe’, to all of the individual instruments.
I’ve listened to music that I hadn’t heard since before I started playing and I couldn’t believe it was the same song! I could literally hear everything! This ability to hear all elements of a mix will help you to place your instruments in a manner that will better support a well-balanced mix – both frequency and dynamic balance.

2) Music Theory
As an engineer and producer, understanding music theory is invaluable. Starting with the basics, to provide any type of useful input when asked, you’ll need to understand song structure, keys, and progressions. Understanding keys and time signatures is also necessary to use many modern processing tools. For example, in order to use auto tune, you need to set the plug-in to the correct song key so it knows which notes to correct to (not doing so results in a very poor auto-tune job). In order to use the sync function on a digital delay, you need to understand the difference between music notes – whole, half, quarter, etc. Knowing music theory basics, and ‘speaking the language of music’ leads to both a smoother session, and better end results.

3) Respect
As the engineer, inevitably the band will ask for your input. Being a seasoned musician, I’m ready to give it – be it “it sounds great as is”, or “maybe try this”. If you expertly demonstrate to them a possible change, it builds an immediate level of respect. It’s not about “showing off”, it’s about competently demonstrating something that may make their song a better one. You’re working with them, and instantly become a valuable team member. And with that, the client now feels that “he knows what he’s doing” feeling, and hopefully rightly so. This respect only comes from being a competent musician.

So, if you’re looking to better your recording, mixing, and/or production skills, and don’t yet play an instrument, strongly consider learning to do so! Although it takes time, effort, and dedication, learning piano, guitar, or another instrument is without-a-doubt the BEST way to bring your recording, mixing, and production skills to the next level. Start your piano or guitar lessons today!

Instructor Spotlight: Matthew Hasty

Matthew Hasty has been teaching piano for over 15 years, and began teaching at NHTunes Music Studio about three years ago. Beginning piano at age 8, he continued playing all the way through High School, College and Grad school. He has a B.A. in Piano performance from Pensacola Christian College and an M.A. in Church Music with a Piano emphasis from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Matt has been leading worship from the piano for 15 years (piano & rhythm band in an improve style) for his church, and for several regional conferences.  He enjoys accompanying soloists and choirs, playing for weddings, funerals, & dinner parties.

Instructor Spotlight: Matthew Hasty

Matt has been leading worship teams for over 15 years!

“I enjoy helping students, both children and adults, fall in love with the art of making music, and seeing them flourish as a musician – hearing them begin to express emotion through their music.”
“I teach students to be relaxed as they learn proper technique.  I work music theory into each lesson to ensure they understand as much of the ‘how and why’ as they can.  I also encourage learning to play from chord charts and beginning improvisation.”
“Overall, my goal is to help inspire a love of music that will fuel a lifetime of musical activities.”
Matt has proven himself as a valuable member of the NHTunes instructor staff, and we’re extremely happy to have him on our team!
If you are interested in scheduling a lesson with Matt, you can do so below.

Instructor Spotlight: Samantha Tramack

Samantha Tramack teaches voice, piano, ukulele, and clarinet at NHTunes Music Studio, and has been doing so for just over a year.  She began singing in 2nd grade music, and began playing the clarinet in the 4th grade, beginning her formal music lessons in the 5th grade.  She began teaching private music and voice lessons about three years ago.

Instructor Spotlight: Samantha Tramack

NHTunes instructor Samantha Tramack

Samantha is currently enrolled at Plymouth State University as a Senior studying Music Education. She will be doing her student teaching in the fall of 2019.  Samantha’s performance experience includes singing in barbershop groups and performing all over the world. She is currently the assistant music director of the “Harmony, Incorporated” barbershop chorus and won the International Championship in her quartet, Taken 4 Granite, in 2016. Additionally, she has also done multiple solo recitals including her senior recital at Plymouth State University.

“I love watching people grow as musicians and as people, and I love helping people accomplish personal goals with music. I can best help students sing with their healthiest voice, learn technical musical skills, read music, and perform to the best of their ability.”

With her educational background, strong teaching skills, and her ability to connect well with students of all ages, we are thrilled to have Samantha as a valuable member of our instructor team!

If you are interested in scheduling a lesson with Samantha, you can do so below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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