Oct 11

“Singing Lessons: Do it Right the First Time”

By Melanie Alpert | voice

Do you love to sing? Do you want to learn how to sing the very best you can? Then DO IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME!!!

Melanie Alpert, NATS, Teacher of Voice,

The Alpert Studio of Voice and Violin

I’m Melanie Alpert and I have been teaching voice for over 30 years. I have helped many of my students achieve their performing dreams. Whether it’s on the professional stage, in school and community productions or in choirs and various singing groups, my students have excelled. They have been winners of many prestigious vocal competitions and been accepted and graduated from the best performing arts schools in the country. They have one thing in common: they simply learned how to do it right the first time!
Actually, for several it wasn’t the first time. They had flip flopped from teacher to teacher and studio to studio not getting what they needed, or, as with so many young, even professional singers, getting vocally hurt in the process. By coming to my studio and going back to the basics, with my guidance they started over and accomplished their goals.

My first priority as a teacher is to give you the tools and techniques to sing well and healthily now and for the rest of your life. As a consequence you will sing the best you ever have in your life! And that’s really it. No mystery, no magic, just time honored tools, that with repetition and practice, will take you where you want to go. My system of teaching is clear, concise, STREAMLINED and will get you to your goal quickly.

Whether you are 9 or 49 come, let’s take this exciting musical journey together! DO IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME and come be a part of my studio. Your vocal dreams await!!!

Offering Classical, Musical Theater, Pop, Indie, and Contemporary singing programs.

suzuki violin lessons for ages 4 1/2 to adult in San Luis Obispo, Los Osos, Morro Bay, Cayucos and across the central coast.
Jan 08

The Ideal Age to Begin Violin Lessons

By billalpert | Bill Alpert Journal , music education is essential , violin

Thousands of students over many decades remove any doubt. Even at a tender 4 years old (or even earlier), kids can almost miraculously play a string instrument with beautiful posture and a rich, vibrant tone. So just what is the ideal age to begin violin lessons?

Violin Lessons for Kids and Teens
Of course your own family’s progress may vary, but it’s rarely a lack of natural talent that limits stellar results. Are you able to provide the kind of parental support that is needed to take a 4 year old from raw beginner to “polished performer?” Here are some clues to help you decide:

Over many years of teaching today’s super-busy Suzuki families, I’ve found the common bond between the most successful is a long standing, deep and abiding love of music. This is the one ingredient that seems to motivate kids to stick with the program over the long haul.

Let’s face it; learning to master a musical instrument is a long term project. The rewards are great; if you are willing to make a family commitment to the see it through.

Other important factors to success:
• One or both parents with at least a modest background in music
• No more than one or two other regular after school activities
• A reasonably calm and stable home atmosphere
• Especially for younger students: a parent who will be physically and mentally present for all lessons and practice sessions, who will take careful notes, and who will be support the practice process, no matter what is required.

What’s a good starting age for kids?

Taking the above factors into account, I’ve found that it is rare to find a modern family that can find the time to fully support a 3-4 year old Suzuki violin student. Still, a few super patient parents will find themselves with an unusually well-focussed four year old and the results look almost magical to someone on the outside.

If you have a five or six year old child and as a parent you’re willing to learn more than your ever dreamed of about the violin, success will almost surely be yours! Even 7-12 is an ideal age to begin violin lessons.

Adult Students: Violin Lessons for the Young at Heart

I’ve successfully started beginners at every stage of life. And I’ve rekindled violin journeys for many an adult whose instrument has been gathering dust in a closet for decades. As an adult student, you have many unique advantages, and you have the ability to leapfrog your progress very quickly, if you so desire.

The short answer: there is no “ideal” age to being violin lessons when you bring your curiosity, your patience, your love of music and a youthful can-do spirit to your violin journey.

Sep 15

Featured Student: Jaime Martinez

By billalpert | Student Videos , Studio News

Jamie Martinez, at age 11 makes his first singing video after only six weeks of singing lessons at The Alpert Studio. Here he is performing “Waiting for the Light to Shine” by Roger Miller. Jaime is son of Delilah and Juan Martinez, Morro Bay, CA residents. Congratulations to the entire family for work well done! Look for some great singing in Jaime’s future!

Aug 29

In Memoriam: Roger Samuel

By billalpert | Studio News

The late conductor Roger Samuel leads the CYMO Intermezzo Orchestra in 2015 dress rehearsal with Alpert Studio student Jessica Chao as concertmaster.

We have just learned that well known Inland Empire conductor and music educator Roger Samuel has passed away after a long illness. He has influenced countless young musicians over decades, most famously as conductor of the CYMO and Intermezzo orchestras. Our condolences to his family and to the many students who have benefited from his kind leadership.

Jul 15

Beginning Violin 2015 Class

By billalpert | violin

Discover the Violin with Bill Alpert: The First Month

Are structured violin lessons right for you or your family? This series of one on one lessons you learn:

  • The physical and mental demands needed to succeed at violin
  • Our working method, based on the simple motions that lead to advanced playing
  • How the program is adapted to very young or older students
  • How our music program builds great habits, courage, leadership and many more powerful traits of success
  • Note: this is a required course to enter our full program.
    Availability:  ages 4 1/2 – Adult and new to our Studio.
    Call (909) 754-4015 to schedule. Tuition $150

“Courage. Confidence. Poise. Persistence. Determination. “

“Music definitely shaped who I am and how I think and approach things. SUCH valuable training in consistency, habits, determination, trusting process … and learning to compensate for weaknesses with knowing other strengths or through practice” – Michelle Schaeffer, Business Marketing Expert

“Thanks to Mr Alpert’s professional, patient, creative and passionate teaching method, Benjamin now performs proudly with a smile at every concert and is always anxious to learn new songs. Now seven years old, Ben can play numerous Suzuki Book one pieces by heart which is wonderful when called on to perform and lovingly appreciated by friends and family. Benjamin plays his violin with pride knowing one day he’ll be able to play the piece that will make mommy’s dream come true.” – Sylvia Tam, Studio Parent


Apr 12

Violin Practice as Simple as Copy and Paste

By billalpert | Bill Alpert Journal , violin

Recently I wrote about starting your daily violin practice with something dead simple. And that’s common sense.

But it also turns out that same idea also works for your most difficult songs, pieces or passages. In fact 90% of your practice problems can be solved in about 10% of the time you currently spend practicing! That’s great to know, when your available time on the violin is limited.

Begin by warming up for 5 or 10 minutes on a very simple song, or scale while you relax into the physical sensations of playing.

1. Find your target tough spot. Maybe a “tricky group” of 5 or 10 notes that you’d like to improve within 5 or 10 minutes.

Now, here’s the practice hack that actually uses your brain in a productive, positive way:

  1. “Copy and paste” the challenging aspect of your “tricky group” into your simple piece. For example, a rapid fire succession of hard to find notes could be pasted into a slow “scale.” This simplified version of your problem allows you to focus on the 10% of skills that will produce 90% of the results.
  2. Tune into any and all physical sensations during this process. Especially notice any tension or discomfort ANYWHERE in your body.
  3. Stop, and evaluate what you’re hearing, feeling and seeing. Frequently. Like every 15 or 30 seconds.
  4. Return to your original song, but with your new found skills. Use the copy/paste, feel, think pattern. Do this for no more than 5 or 10 minutes before moving on to a new challenge.

Copy and Paste practice is enjoyable, fast moving and effective

Using this practice system really works well because it honors your intellectual skills while at the same time honing your physical and motor skills.

Copy and paste practice is SO POWERFUL! It’s a staple of top professional musicians, yet it simple enough that even a beginner can take part. In fact, this idea is so powerful I surgically implant it (just kidding) into the brain of all my private studio students. And it’s also at the heart of my video training programs, like the 6 Week Ultimate Vibrato Workshop.

Until next time, enjoy your violin journey!

~Bill Alpert

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