The human voice is the most natural musical instrument. One who sings is called a singer or vocalist.
Singing is a skill that requires highly developed muscle reflexes. Individuals can develop their voices further through the careful and systematic practice of both songs and vocal exercises. Singing does not require much muscle strength but it does require a high degree of muscle coordination.
Excellence in singing may require time, dedication, instruction, and regular practice.
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Kana Shumanuki, voice and piano teacher, earned her degrees in Ethnomusicology and Jazz Studies from UCLA is specialized in Brazilian Jazz and has recorded albums and tours Europe every year. She started playing piano when she was 4, and years later decided to pursue voice as her main instrument. Kana teaches voice and beginning to intermediate piano and is happy to be continuing her teaching career at Santa Monica Conservatory of Music.
Tomas Juarez Jr, also known as Tommy, voice teacher, is an operatic tenor and will be continuing his studies at UCLA. He has performed in Il
Campanello & Aneas while studying with Janelle Destefano. Tommy enjoys teaching very
much, helping students find their correct singing posture and understanding how the voice works. He is a successful teacher at the Santa Monica Conservatory of Music.
Jasmine Daboul, voice and piano teacher, earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Cal State Northridge. She has recently performed as Gherardina in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Papagena in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, and in Mozart’s Requiem at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Jasmine teaches many young students voice and piano lessons at the Santa Monica Conservatory of Music.
Emily Gilbertson, voice and piano teacher, earned a master’s degree in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma. She began piano when she was 5 years, and studied with Bernadene Blaha from USC. She participated in the Colburn Concert Choir, the Colburn Chamber Singers, and sang with the Honors Choir Performance Series at Carnegie Hall, New York. She also studied and performed opera in Urbino, Italy and performed there as Tisbe in Cenerentola. Emily teaches voice and piano at the Santa Monica Conservatory of Music