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Baier Voice, Piano & Music Instructor
Baier Voice, Piano & Music Instructor

Baier Voice, Piano & Music Instructor

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Introduction: I began teaching back in college during my sophomore year teaching young students about the world of musical theatre. At the end of the course my colleagues and myself put on a short production of scenes from the musical Annie with the students starring in the production. After receiving my undergraduate degree I began to teach at a local studio teaching mostly young students from the age of 5-11. I focused mainly on proper technique since most of the students I had were young. I also focused on teaching them some music theory so they could read music properly. Breathing was another component I focused on so that students could breath correctly between phrases. Most of the students I had performed in a recital to showcase the work we had done during our time together. One particular student performed in numerous musicals with a local children's theatre company! For beginning students who are children, I like to focus on proper technique such as posture and breathing. I also like to use flashcards to help learn basic music theory so that they can read music. I also like to work on songs that peak their interest and songs that are appropriate for their age. For adults, I like to find out what you would like to gain from taking voice lessons, what genre you are most fond of, and instruct you in a way that's fun and engaging, no matter your ability level. Normally the first few lessons I try to get to know the student and determine the best instruction according to their needs. I love seeing a student succeed and develop a passion for music! I set goals depending on the level for students to work on in the lesson and at home. I also like the student to have some form of recording device so that they can go home and listen to their session and practice effectively at home. I encourage my students to audition for competitions, local theaters and more to develop their self-confidence and get feedback on their progress. I also like to acknowledge accomplishments to help students desire to progress and make them eager to learn more!
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6 years in business

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Customers rated this pro highly for work quality, responsiveness, and professionalism.

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Amanda Z.

Piano Lessons

Ms. Gwen has been a wonderful teacher for my daughter. She is already learning how to read music after just a few lessons and loves practicing what they worked on. Ms. Gwen is kind, compassionate, understanding, and a naturally gifted music teacher. :)
Mar 10, 2021
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Colleen H.

Singing Lessons

Gwen is a wonderful teacher!! She really knows all About music! She had incredible patience!!! I have leaned so much from our lessons!!
Sep 1, 2020
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Angelica S.

Singing Lessons

I am very happy to have found a singing teacher with whom I can learn each session and learn more about music. The personality and charisma that she has to teach in each session is very pleasant.
May 24, 2020
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Amy C.

Gwen is a friendly and passionate teacher! She's easy to follow and I like that I can ask questions as we go. I would definitely recommend her as a music teacher. (This is written by my son, Nate)
Jan 17, 2021
Isabella G.

Singing Lessons

I enjoy working with Gwen. She is so kind and has helped me improve my confidence in singing from the very beginning. Gwen responds very quickly to my messages and questions, which is much appreciated by me. My favorite part of each lesson is doing vocal warm-ups; sometimes, when I messed up, she supported me along the way. I try again and push myself to do the best that I can do.  I never felt embarrassed or shy about singing because she is friendly and non-judgemental. I am so glad that I have Gwen as my vocal teacher.  May, I also mention that the price and value of the vocal lessons are fantastic. Singing has been a great coping mechanism during these difficult times. I couldn't ask for a better teacher and coach. Thank you, Gwen, for all the support.
Baier Voice, Piano & Music Instructor's reply
Isabella it is such a pleasure having you in my studio! I am so grateful to be able to give my students the joy of singing during this time of uncertainty. I am so blessed to have students who desire to learn and grow in their art such as yourself. Keep on singing and making beautiful music! 🥰
Nov 22, 2020
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Payment: I prefer to be paid monthly and I send out invoices at the beginning of the month through Quickbooks to remind you of payment. If it is not paid by the end of the 1st week of the month I will not hold your time slot because there are other clientele who are interested. Cancellation Policies: Non-emergency cancellations: (vacations, parties, etc) - 48-hour minimum notice. Please let me know of any future absences so that time your can be made available to other students. Sudden cancellations: (sickness, car problems, family/friend emergencies) by 8PM the night before your lesson. Emergencies may be considered at the discretion of the teacher. Emergency, weather: If schools are closed or I am traveling to you for your lesson please assume that I am not teaching. If you feel nervous about incoming weather, please keep in touch and we will determine if the conditions are safe to travel in. Light weather conditions, such as moderate rain or light snow, do not constitute a weather emergency. Emergency, fever: Please do not come to a lesson if you have had a fever in the last 24 hours. If you do have a fever, please let me know by the standard sudden cancellation time (8PM the night before). Lesson canceled by teacher: If for any reason I must cancel a lesson, a make-up lesson will be offered at the earliest possible time. In the event of a missed lesson: If procedure is followed a make-up lesson will be scheduled when possible. If not (for example forgetting a lesson or failing to cancel a lesson in advance) the lesson will be considered forfeit, no make-up will be offered, and payment will be due for the missed lesson at the start of the next scheduled lesson. Failure to produce proper payment at the next lesson will result in dismissal from the lesson. Make-up lessons: You may elect to schedule a make-up lesson that will work for both our schedules in the events mentioned above. No-show lesson: If you forget about your lesson you will pay the full price of the lesson. Habitual cancellations: Please understand that teaching voice is a full time career. A great deal of preparation goes into creating a specialized curriculum for every student, preparing practice tracks, lesson materials, and maintaining my own continuing education. As such, frequent cancellations may result in a student losing their weekly time slot. In this case, individual lessons may be scheduled up to 2 weeks in advance and these lessons must be prepaid at the time of booking. All prepaid lessons follow the same make-up policies as outlined above. This ensures that you are not paying for missed lessons and also prevents my time from being wasted. Thank you for your understanding.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    Normally the first few lessons I try to get to know the student and determine the best instruction according to their needs. I love seeing a student succeed and develop a passion for music! I set goals depending on the level for students to work on in the lesson and at home. I also like the student to have some form of recording device so that they can go home and listen to their session and practice effectively at home. I encourage my students to audition for competitions, local theaters and more to develop their self-confidence and get feedback on their progress. I also like to acknowledge accomplishments to help students desire to progress and make them eager to learn more!

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I have a Bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance with a minor in theater and a Master's in Music Performance with a concentration in Vocal Pedagogy.

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