Lesson Feesfrom $55.00 / 60 Minutes
I’m a very experienced teacher. I have been teaching singing for about 30 years. I studied jazz at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, graduated in 1992 and in 2005 I became Certified Master of Estill Voice Training (EVT). I’ve studied with Kerrie Obert (Ohio) and Steven Chicurel (Orlando) who are both professors in speech therapy and also founders of the Estill Voice Training Method.
I’ve been teaching at a musical academy DAPA (Dutch Academy of Performing Arts) for 10 years where I learned a lot about the musical theatre repertoire. I’ve also taught at the famous musical Tarzan (Stage Entertainment Productions, Joop van den Ende) where I was the vocal coach of the boys who played the little Tarzan. I’ve always been an entrepreneur, working at several music schools but also at my home where I have a studio. At this moment I’m also teaching at a music school close to Rotterdam, it’s called “To Be”. Regularly I visit Curacao (Caribbean) where I also have a lot of students.
Since 12 years I own a foundation called “Kidsbizz” which supports very talented children doing professional performances, we support the children with professional material (wireless microphones and such) and professional vocal coaching and lessons in performance skills.
I also have been teaching piano for 15 years because I gained a lot of experience as a singing piano player for more than 20 years in the entertainment industry mostly in pop and South American music. As a singer I performed merely with orchestra’s (musical orchestras like “Timbre Divers and Musical Souvenir) and jazz/Latin bands (Saskia Laroo, Caribbean Express).
I’m also a singer/songwriter and I’ve recorded some own compositions on CD. And one of my songs is on Spotify, and other songs are going to be uploaded soon. You can find me when you search for “Monica Millar”.
Estill Voice Training is a very Physical approach and you could compare it a little bit with physiotherapy in which you learn which muscles to engage to make a certain movement. I can help you with quick and easy tools which are directly applicable! So in this method you’ll learn exactly what you are doing to create a specific sound and that sound could be very different from the sound you’ll use in another song. I love teaching beginners and pro’s and I’m extremely patient!
I also teach piano to singers who want to learn to accompany themselves. No need to read notes unless You want it! After about 10 piano lessons You will understand the theory of music and that’s very helpful with learning ANY other musical instrument, piano is the best instrument to understand the logic of music!
I’m also an experienced songwriter. Do you write your own lyrics or would you like to start doing it, I can help you!
Last but not least....I write vocal arrangements on request, so if you sing in a small vocal group I can help you with harmonizing.