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Stephen M.
Peachtree Corners, Georgia
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Learn classical technique with a professional singer, teacher with 11 years experience.
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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I like to teach each lesson, for both voice and piano, by spending equal time on ear-training/sight-reading (sight-singing), technique, and repertoire. For singers used to singing along with their favorite recordings, matching sounds coming from the piano can be quite a challenge. Luckily, we live in an age of smartphones and tablets. I say this because if you go to iTunes or the Google Play store and search “intonation,” there are many apps that will help you learn to sing in tune (on the correct pitch). I’m new to using these apps, but I plan to use these in lessons regularly. Aside from counting steady rhythms, the ability to sing in tune is one of the most important skills for any aspiring singer. And while I’m thinking about it, download a metronome too. (I’ll explain how to use this after you book a lesson..he he :) Also, training singers can be difficult because they can't see their instrument, and often singers don’t practice because they can’t see their instrument (you know who you are…). For this reason, I prefer not to teach students younger than middle school age, but I do make exceptions, especially if the student has been singing in choirs or played a musical instrument for some time. As for vocal technique, this involves correcting the student’s posture, releasing muscular tension in the upper body (chest, upper back, shoulders, neck, and everything above), deep breathing, and the list goes on. However, I can sum up vocal technique simply as bodily adjustments that release muscular tension surrounding the vocal cords. No matter the musical style, all singers must learn to close their vocal cords correctly and retrain certain muscles not to get involved. Concerning repertoire, I don't use method books, but I insist that students learn one traditional classical song (like a simple musical theatre tune or an art song) along with any song they wish (if I deem it appropriate). Some singers might think this is unfair, but I find it necessary. A lot of great pop songs are tailored to the individual gifts of specific pop stars and those songs can be very difficult. Also, you must never forget that great singers have worked for years to become great, and they did not start by singing showstopper songs. That being said, new students: please be patient. If you work hard and are patient, I can help you bring down the house.
About Stephen M.

Studio Overview Stephen M’s lessons are ideal for the amateur musician looking for a solid foundation in classical vocal techniques (classical music, choral, and musical theater) and piano students looking to hone their skills reading a printed piano score (piano sheet music). These voice lessons ARE NOT for students wishing to sing popular music - rock, pop, jazz, country, etc...- or styles requiring non-classical vocal techniques. Also, prospective piano students should know Mr. McCool does not have advanced, specialized training in baroque, classical, or romantic music styles. These lessons are strictly geared towards non-professionals wanting an exceedingly strong ability to quickly and accurately read printed music. Accomplished voice and piano professional with 11 years experience cultivating high-achieving, talented music students and preparing them for ABRSM exams, National Piano Guild Auditions, NFMC Jr. festivals, twice-a-year recitals, and numerous local competitions. Experienced in creating fun, engaging lessons that inspire students. Strong communication skills with colleagues, parents, and students. Passionate about teaching and sharing his love of music. FAQ: Why choose Stephen M's voice lessons? For one, he sings regularly in both the Cathedral Choir and the world-famous Cathedral Schola at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta, GA. So any singer wishing to impress their school's chorus director will greatly benefit from Mr. McCool's voice lessons. In addition, Stephen's former voice students are performing at top universities like NYU. Why choose his piano lessons? As of 2021, Stephen's piano students are earning the highest grade of "Distinction" in the ABRSM performance assessments -- ABRSM is the world leader in music examinations. In addition, Stephen's piano students regularly rank among the top award winners in the local NFMC Jr. festivals and National Piano Guild Auditions.

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Stephen M.
Peachtree Corners, Georgia
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Learn classical technique with a professional singer, teacher with 11 years experience.
Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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I like to teach each lesson, for both voice and piano, by spending equal time on ear-training/sight-reading (sight-singing), technique, and repertoire. For singers used to singing along with their favorite recordings, matching sounds coming from the piano can be quite a challenge. Luckily, we live in an age of smartphones and tablets. I say this because if you go to iTunes or the Google Play store and search “intonation,” there are many apps that will help you learn to sing in tune (on the correct pitch). I’m new to using these apps, but I plan to use these in lessons regularly. Aside from counting steady rhythms, the ability to sing in tune is one of the most important skills for any aspiring singer. And while I’m thinking about it, download a metronome too. (I’ll explain how to use this after you book a lesson..he he :) Also, training singers can be difficult because they can't see their instrument, and often singers don’t practice because they can’t see their instrument (you know who you are…). For this reason, I prefer not to teach students younger than middle school age, but I do make exceptions, especially if the student has been singing in choirs or played a musical instrument for some time. As for vocal technique, this involves correcting the student’s posture, releasing muscular tension in the upper body (chest, upper back, shoulders, neck, and everything above), deep breathing, and the list goes on. However, I can sum up vocal technique simply as bodily adjustments that release muscular tension surrounding the vocal cords. No matter the musical style, all singers must learn to close their vocal cords correctly and retrain certain muscles not to get involved. Concerning repertoire, I don't use method books, but I insist that students learn one traditional classical song (like a simple musical theatre tune or an art song) along with any song they wish (if I deem it appropriate). Some singers might think this is unfair, but I find it necessary. A lot of great pop songs are tailored to the individual gifts of specific pop stars and those songs can be very difficult. Also, you must never forget that great singers have worked for years to become great, and they did not start by singing showstopper songs. That being said, new students: please be patient. If you work hard and are patient, I can help you bring down the house.
About Stephen M.

Studio Overview Stephen M’s lessons are ideal for the amateur musician looking for a solid foundation in classical vocal techniques (classical music, choral, and musical theater) and piano students looking to hone their skills reading a printed piano score (piano sheet music). These voice lessons ARE NOT for students wishing to sing popular music - rock, pop, jazz, country, etc...- or styles requiring non-classical vocal techniques. Also, prospective piano students should know Mr. McCool does not have advanced, specialized training in baroque, classical, or romantic music styles. These lessons are strictly geared towards non-professionals wanting an exceedingly strong ability to quickly and accurately read printed music. Accomplished voice and piano professional with 11 years experience cultivating high-achieving, talented music students and preparing them for ABRSM exams, National Piano Guild Auditions, NFMC Jr. festivals, twice-a-year recitals, and numerous local competitions. Experienced in creating fun, engaging lessons that inspire students. Strong communication skills with colleagues, parents, and students. Passionate about teaching and sharing his love of music. FAQ: Why choose Stephen M's voice lessons? For one, he sings regularly in both the Cathedral Choir and the world-famous Cathedral Schola at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta, GA. So any singer wishing to impress their school's chorus director will greatly benefit from Mr. McCool's voice lessons. In addition, Stephen's former voice students are performing at top universities like NYU. Why choose his piano lessons? As of 2021, Stephen's piano students are earning the highest grade of "Distinction" in the ABRSM performance assessments -- ABRSM is the world leader in music examinations. In addition, Stephen's piano students regularly rank among the top award winners in the local NFMC Jr. festivals and National Piano Guild Auditions.

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Stephen is very a very articulate, knowledgeable mindful fun teacher. He continues to explore various techniques to teach people. Not everyone learns the same way and he is keen to identify the method each student can better grasp and understand concepts. He is very talented musician

Posted Apr 27, 2022
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Unique approach which works well for the littlest ones ... the idea is to keep them interested in the Music and in the instrument so they WANT to “play” but they’re really practicing all week on their own. Great dude ...

Posted May 13, 2021