Richard S. is a vocalist, songwriter, and graduate of New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He is a White House Presidential Scholar of the Arts, and was the youngest of 12 semifinalists to compete in the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition. Richard has performed as a featured soloist as part of the GRAMMY and Next Generation Jazz Ensembles. These and other opportunities have allowed him to perform at the Kennedy Center, North Sea, and Monterey jazz festivals. He has shared the stage with such notable performers as Christian McBride, James Moody, and Roberta Gamberini. As a high school senior, Richard released an EP of original soul/jazz compositions called "Urban Appeal." He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. *** Lesson Details *** A typical lesson begins with vocal warmups that help build range and strength. We then explore repertoire according to your unique preferences and goals. Songwriting instruction enables students to turn bits and pieces of melody into fully-harmonized musical works. Lessons can also focus on the use of multi-track recording software and piano as aids to the songwriting process. *** Travel Equipment *** I can bring a portable keyboard to voice students' homes if they do not own one of their own. I expect piano students to own a keyboard. *** Specialties *** I specialize in teaching contemporary and/or jazz voice. Lessons involve vocal warmups and exercises to build students' sound and range. We then listen to and analyze performances by students' favorite singers. A student works on either matching his or her favorite performers' idiosyncrasies, or integrates them into his or her personal style. For more advanced students, I have them spend each month studying a different professional singer. For piano students I work on technique and sight-reading ability with the help of books such as Alfred's Basic Piano Course. I have students work on scales and chords, then apply them to pop and/or jazz repertoire.