Methods ~ Details

Guitar/Bass:

Methods/areas covered: 

Mel Bay, Berklee Series, Ernie Ball

Various note and chord diagrams/charts 

Building repertoire 

Theory of chords, notes, and fingerboard 

Note reading 

Soloing and speed 

Strumming styles and rhythm patterns 

Two hand coordination

Palm muting techniques 

Walking Bass styles

Writing/creating parts

Piano: 

Methods/areas covered: 

Faber and Faber, Piano Adventures 

Note reading Rhythm 

Treble and Bass clefs 

Sight reading Speed and control 

Two hand coordination 

Building repertoire 

Styles: ALL 

Voice: 

Methods/areas covered: 

Emphasis on breathing, vowel shapes, 

Increasing range, power, strength, and stamina 

Development of four essential tone qualities. 

Improving Pitch 

Building Repertoire 

Styles: ALL except Classical.

Voice: 

Methods/areas covered: 

Emphasis on breathing, vowel shapes, 

Increasing range, power, strength, and stamina 

Development of four essential tone qualities. 

Improving Pitch 

Building Repertoire 

Styles: ALL except Classical.

Performance and Audition Coaching:

In preparation for a show, an audition, or as ongoing support. 

Areas improved: 

Stage fright 

Overall vocal and musical performance 

Audience interaction with small/large groups in any setting or situation 

Audition opportunities 

What to say, wear

How to look and act 

This coaching is also very effective for individuals who have a fear of public speaking. 

Songwriting Coaching:

Song evaluations from an award-winning songwriter. Kelly will analyze your lyrics and music with you and give you honest and constructive feedback on what's working, what's not, and why.

You will receive coaching on: 

Writing creative, effective, and emotive lyrics 

Composing unique and relevant melodies and chord progressions 

Phrase patterns

Song forms

Utilizing key elements of various genres and rhythmic styles 

You'll also receive effective exercises for getting through "writer's block".

 

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"Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul."

Lessons in:

Guitar, Piano, Voice, Bass, Songwriting, and Performance 

Kelly Riley is a Berklee College of Music Alum, a multi-instrumentalist, an award-winning

songwriter and performer, and an experienced, patient, and effective teacher.

Kelly offers private lessons to students of all ages and levels ~

via Skype, or in her home music studio, north of Boston.