Shawn Malaney receives ZVA’s Student Of the Month Award, (Pro Singer of 50 Years Regains His Voice! Performs Friday With “The Earl Trio” at “Pompano Under The Stars”, Pompano Beach, FL)

Shawn Malaney of South Florida has officially accepted Zagaria Vocal Academy’s, “Student Of the Month” award for July 2015.  ZVA is proud to present the award due to the remarkable improvement of Shawn’s vocal performance ability after losing his voice.

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Shawn Malaney: Professional vocalist who recently regained his voice through vocal coaching and therapy wins monthly award and performs this Friday night with The Earl Trio at “Pompano Under The Stars”, Pompano Beach, FL

After fifty years of professional and semi-professional singing, Malaney lost his singing voice due to both vocal strain and a long bout with Sinusitis.  Shawn came to ZVA for vocal therapy to help him restore his voice.  Malaney’s voice came back strong, after several weekly lessons and the help of Zagaria’s book and video tutorials.  In Malaney’s words, “Earlier this year I basically “lost” my singing voice due to 4-5 months of Sinusitis, and vocal strain.”  – quote from Shawn Malaney’s post on the “Know Your Voice”, Video tutorial Lessons on demand page, https://vimeo.com/ondemand/kyv

Shawn came to ZVA with the hopes of healing and strengthening his voice to perform summer concerts that he and his band had committed to, as well as in the hopes that he could continue to sing professionally for many years.  We at the ZVA are extremely proud of his accomplishment and are grateful that his voice is both healthy and robust in professional tone.

Malaney is a talented lead vocalist and lead guitarist.  He headlines the classic rock band, Malaney concert“The Earl Trio”.  Malaney also performs professional as a soloist and is diversely trained both in opera/classical as well as popular singing.  “Music Under The Stars” is presented by “Vista Motor Company” and is a free concert this Friday evening at 7:00 on the Pompano Beach Great Lawn.  Get there early, the event is known to attract approximately six hundred people.  A concert event promo is included in this article below and to the right for further details.

Congratulations to Shawn.  Please consider the Pompano outdoor free concert this Friday  I personally plan to be at the show Friday night with my lawn chair!

You can also find information about Shawn Malaney and The Earl Trio in the links below.

Shawn Malaney’s Personal Info:
Website: http://www.shawnmalaney.com
FB Page: http://www.facebook.com/smalaney
Reverbnation: https://www.reverbnation.com/musician/shawnmalaney

Shawn Malaney’s Band Sites:
http://www.earltrio.com
http://www.facebook.com/earltrio
https://www.reverbnation.com/theearltrio

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Sarah Gibson receives ZVA’s Student Of the Month Award – (Receives Big Time Music Contract, Offered Co-Writing Agreement With Rihanna)

Sarah Gibson of Boca Raton FL has officially accepted Zagaria Vocal Academy’s, “Student Of the Month” award for June 2015.

Zagaria Vocal Academy student, Sarah Gibson, had an exciting June when she was “discovered” by an event specialist and talent scout through Sarah’s Youtube video.

Sarah Gibson - ZVA's Student Of The Month for June 2015

Sarah Gibson – ZVA’s Student Of The Month for June 2015

Word reached Bu Thiam (Rihanna, Chris Brown, Lady Gaga, and brother of Akron) who then flew to Boca Raton from L.A. for a dinner meeting to meet with Gibson.  Sarah and her mom invited me to sit in on the meeting.  Thiam was so impressed he expressed immediate interest in signing Gibson.  Thiam delivered Gibson a contract to record her albums within a couple of days of our meeting.  Part of the agreement was to immediately begin co-writing with Rihanna.

As her personal teacher, I was very impressed with Sarah’s handling of the pressure of meeting with a big time music personality, Thiam, who has a clear track record of success in the industry.  After much consideration, Sarah decided to pursue her dreams as an independent artist and not sign with Thiam.

Sarah is a sixteen year old singer/songwriter.  She has an amazing ability to write music, an incredible voice, and very good skills on both piano and guitar.  Gibson recently won first place in her school’s talent show a few months ago (Boca Community High School).  You can catch Sarah in South Florida, as she sings locally in Boca Raton, at various clubs that have open mic night, (The Grind Cafe and The Seed).

We look forward to hearing new releases as she gears up for her independent record and video releases.  You can view Sarah Gibson’s official Youtube video channel at this link: Sarah’s Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/user/sargibson .

Congratulations to Sarah!

– written by Jeffrey Zagaria,
Zagaria Vocal Academy LLC President

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Announcing Youtube Release “Know Your Voice” Vid Lesson 1

Genre
Instructional
Duration
4 hours 34 minutes
Availability
Worldwide

Would you like to sing better and healthier? Would you like to increase your voices range? Enrich your tone? Improve your vocal flexibility? Develop your vocal coordination? Increase your vocal power? Enhance KYV_Video_8disks_kit_Ad_smallyour singing dynamics? Grow your vocal endurance? Maintain good vocal health?

“Know Your Voice” is a teaching resource that addresses these and many other singers questions.

Most people learn to sing by imitation only. Most singers have never learned to develop their own natural voice and tone. Many vocal teachers teach how to imitate famous singers. The fact is top music producers and Record Labels know that the listening public are not looking for imitations, they are looking for uniqueness. If you want to be a great singer, your own natural voice is your greatest asset. “Know Your Voice” helps a person find, develop and maintain, their own natural tone to it’s fullest potential. The objective of “Know Your Voice” is immediate improvement of your voice, as well as a lifetime of vocal excellence, health, and uniqueness.

“Know Your Voice” Video Lesson 1 helps you to understand how to develop your natural voice. Lesson 1 is the first of a video tutorial system, that compliments a lesson book, work book, and exercise videos by voice teacher – Jeffrey Zagaria. Know Your Voice video snapshot.Click on this link to watch for free. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ws7yToS2Wgc

“Know Your Voice” – Lesson 1 contains these topics:

1. Vocalization
2. Singing
3. Uncontrolled Tension
4. Italian Vowel A
5. Pitch and tone.
6. Relaxation techniques
7. Vocal therapy
8. How to practice
9. Chest Voice
10. Head Voice
11. A 20 minute vocal exercise routine described and demonstrated.

Jeffrey Zagaria has been teaching voice and instruments for over 20 years, performed with Celine Dion, Reba McEntire,  Boston Pops Orchestra, Gospel’s Richard Smallwood, taught several signed clients, as well as several Grammy Award wining music and video producer’s clients.  Jeffrey is available and can be reached online at http://www.zagariavocalacademy.com

Please reach out to us.  We would love to help you find your own natural tone!
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“Know Your Voice” – Zagaria Vocal Method, The Foundation: is an online lesson and exercise tutorial resource provided by the Zagaria Vocal Academy LLC. For more information contact zagariavocalacademy.com

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How To Find A Fair Price For Used Instruments and Music Equipment

By Jeffrey Zagaria

Are you looking to sell a guitar or cello that is not being played?    Looking for a used piano?  Want to get a nice used P.A. system or microphone?

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People often ask me what an instrument is worth.  Price is subjective for any used instrument.  However, I would recommend looking on websites such as Ebay for comparable instruments and equipment and finding current asking prices.  Craigslist is also a great reference point on product availability and what others are asking.

A search for used instruments/music equipment for sale on the internet with the exact same model and year of the instrument in the search is valuable.  A search can bring up some instruments for sale that are the same model and close to the same year if not exact.  You will then begin to have a good basis for a fair price.

There are some guitar shops that will sell on consignment as well… they usually ask for some percentage of the selling price.  One looking for used instruments/equipment can see and play with them before making a decision.  This can be an advantage for both the buyer and seller.

( Voice lessons, Accent Reduction, Music Lessons, workshops, instructional videos, mp3’s books, music lessons can be found at: http://www.zagariavocalacademy.com )

It’s always a risk buying something used directly over the internet.  I prefer consignment shops and used gear in local stores.  In the perfect situation and with a little prayer I believe that it is possible to have success with used online purchases.  However, there is nothing like trying the item out for oneself before purchase.

Some people elect to pay a person with knowledge to take a look at the instrument/equipment. This is certainly an even safer method.  Sometimes it’s better to pay a little extra to make sure we are getting a fair deal.

Zagaria Music SignShopping for used gear has been a really fun passion and hobby of mine since I was a young teen.  It’s still like a treasure hunt for me to go into a local store or find something nice online and dream.  Sometimes the dream gear ends up in my studio, but most of the time it remains just a dream.

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Singing and Vocalizing – The Difference

ZVM New Logo SINGING AND VOCALIZING From “KNOW YOUR VOICE– LEVEL 1A” By Jeffrey Zagaria Two definitions that are essential to comprehending beginning levels of vocal study are Singing and Vocalizing. The act of Singing specifically refers to the act of performing a song to the best of our ability. When we sing in our vocal studies, our objective is purely a performance one. When singing we must hit our pitch and sing with precise timing, diction, tone, volume, dynamics – performing both expressively and artistically.

* Are you in South Florida or interested in online lessons?  Jeffrey Zagaria is located in Boca Raton, FL www.ZagariaVocalAcademy.com

Vocalizing is different. Vocalizing is the practice of vocal specific exercises designed to improve one’s voice. Athletes lift weights, stretch, and practice drills that are designed to improve their ability in their respective sport. Similarly, vocalists use vocal exercises to improve skills such as strength, muscular coordination, flexibility, and vocal stamina. This book will teach you vocal exercises and insights that will help you improve your vocal athleticism. It will also provide you with therapeutic exercises which will teach you methods of maintaining good vocal health throughout your lifetime. As your vocal athleticism improves, your performances will improve. Often students make the error of Singing their vocal exercises and Vocalizing the songs that they are working on. Therefore, it is extremely important to understand and remember the difference between the two terms. For the best results I recommend the practice of vocalizing and singing separately. Allow yourself to make mistakes while vocalizing. If you are vocalizing properly you will be making unusual sounds. Remember, you are not performing. You are exercising and stretching muscles. Vocalizing is not designed to sound beautiful. I recommend working your voice out in a private setting. Resist the temptation to perform while exercising. zvalearn Most of my students are surprised when after one lesson of vocalizing they hear immediate results in their vocal abilities as performers. My objective in writing this book is to share with you the vocalizing tools that I use to improve my clients abilities. It is always my intention to help a client improve as quickly as possible. I am confident that with proper vocalizing, you will achieve great improvement in your vocal performance. If you are interested in working on specific singing and performance goals, you can reach us at www.ZagariaVocalAcademy.com and schedule a consultation. * This article is page four of my book which is available for purchase: http://stores.zagariavocalacademy.com/e-books/ Video and Audio Lessons and Exercises are available at our site for purchase as well: http://stores.zagariavocalacademy.com/video-lessons/ KYV_Video_8disks_kit_Ad_small

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Preparing Non-Native Singers To Sing Professionally In English

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 Preparing Non-Native Singers To Sing Professionally In English

By Jeffrey Zagaria

http://www.zagariavocalacademy.com

In my professional experience I have sung in approximately ten languages, studying the nuance of each native accent.  Furthermore, over the years I have had several clients who were non-native speakers who needed accent reduction for their performances and recording sessions in the USA.

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As I worked full-time in my private practice and with my company Zagaria Vocal Academy LLC, www.zagariavocalacademy.com  , my projects the Zagaria Vocal Method (ZVM), my teaching method, “Know Your Voice” (KYV) lesson books, workbooks, and KYV video series were in development. I recognized that non-native speakers of English had a diverse amount of vocal issues to overcome as well as striving to keep good vocal  habits. I had a now known Russian student who would later become a ZVM teacher in Moscow. She was working on her album in English.   At one point, when I had a too many students and not enough time, I recommended that she find an accent reduction specialist. I would have loved to continue to work with her but I didn’t have the time.  My student found a well known accent teacher in LA and began working with her.  I noticed that every time they worked together, my client would develop terrible vocal habits relating to singing.  The accent reduction specialist’s methodology was actually hurting my clients ability to sing and potentially damaging her voice.

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At that same time (approximately 3.5 years ago from the writing of this article), I had two clients who were degreed Speech Pathologists. I would ask them about ideas that I had pertaining to the singing and speaking voice as well as accent issues.  Jean Bachrach happened to be working on her singing voice with me for several years at that time and was one of the Speech Pathologists on my client roster.  I asked Jean to take on my Russian student and work with her issues with me as a team.  This was the beginning of the ZVA’s Accent Reduction Program.  We’ve come a long way since then, developing our methodology, co-authoring a first draft of our Accent Reduction Method Book, setting up group classes, reaching students online from the USA and several different countries.  It’s been a wonderful adventure!

I will be planning to write more about our unique ZVM accent reduction method more in future posts.  For more information please visit the accent reduction page of the ZVA.

http://www.zagariavocalacademy.com/Accent_Reduction.html

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Above you will find ZVA’s Accent Reduction brochure for two courses: ZVA”s “Sing Like An American”, and ZVA’s “Speak Like An American”.

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The Benefits of Early Childhood Music Education

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The Benefits of Early Childhood Music Education 

– By Jeffrey Zagaria

http://www.zagariavocalacademy.com

There are many benefits to early childhood music education.  In my twenty five plus years of music and voice teaching experience, I have witnessed many wonderful developments in our students.  Seeing peoples lives improve is the most rewarding part of my vocation.

In this short article, I hope to highlight a few important quotes of the many benefits of early childhood singing and music studies.

Develops Brain and improves SAT Scores and Grades

“Early musical training helps develop brain areas involved in language and reasoning.” (1) Furthermore, “Recent studies show that students who study the arts are more successful on standardized tests such as the SAT. They also achieve higher grades in high school.” (2) – according to Music Education Advocacy Resources.

Improves IQ

“A study by E. Glenn Schellenberg at the University of Toronto at Mississauga, as published in a 2004 issue of Psychological Science, found a small increase in the IQs of six-year-olds who were given weekly voice and piano lessons. Schellenberg provided nine months of piano and voice lessons to a dozen six-year-olds, drama lessons (to see if exposure to arts in general versus just music had an effect) to a second group of six-year-olds, and no lessons to a third group. The children’s IQs were tested before entering the first grade, then again before entering the second grade.” (3) – According to Laura Lewis Brown of PBS.org

Improves Sound Discrimination and Fine Motor Tasks

“In fact, a study led by Ellen Winner, professor of psychology at Boston College, and Gottfried Schlaug, professor of neurology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, found changes in the brain images of children who underwent 15 months of weekly music instruction and practice. The students in the study who received music instruction had improved sound discrimination and fine motor tasks, and brain imaging showed changes to the networks in the brain associated with those abilities, according to the Dana Foundation, a private philanthropic organization that supports brain research.” – (4) According to Laura Lewis Brown PBS.org

Enhances Health and Immunity

“Several studies have found that singing also enhances immunity and well-being. One, conducted at the University of Frankfurt in Germany, found that choral members had higher levels of immunoglobulin A and cortisol — markers of enhanced immunity — after they sang Mozart’s “Requiem” than before. Just listening to the music did not have this effect.” (5) according to SixWise.com

Improves Childs ability to express him/herself

“Using your voice to sing, rather than simply carry out a conversation, offers unique benefits. “When we sing instead of speak, we have intonation, melody line, and crescendo, which gives us a broader vocabulary to express ourselves,” says Suzanne Hanser, chair of the music therapy department at Berklee College of Music. “Because singing is visceral (relating to, or affecting, our bodies), it can’t help but effect change.” – (6) according to SixWise.com

Singing Songs helps With Memory and Teaching Social Skills

“You can even teach social skills, proper behavior, and many other skills through songs. Don’t forget nursery rhymes. Nursery rhymes put to music are fun for preschoolers, and they teach pre-reading skills too.” (7)  – Cheryl Gabbert of Bright Hub Education

The Most Important Benefit?
The above reasons may be enough for a person to enroll their child in a voice or music class.  However, perhaps the most important reason has been overlooked?  In my opinion the number one benefit to voice and music class is that it is fun!

Footnotes:

  1. Music Education Advocacy Resources, http://www.childrensmusicworkshop.com/advocacy/12benefits.html .
  2. Music Education Advocacy Resources, http://www.childrensmusicworkshop.com/advocacy/12benefits.html .
  3. The Benefits of Music Education By Laura Lewis Brown,  http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/music-arts/the-benefits-of-music-education/
  4. The Benefits of Music Education By Laura Lewis Brown,  http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/music-arts/the-benefits-of-music-education/
  5. http://www.sixwise.com/newsletters/06/06/07/how_singing_improves_your_health_even_if_other_people_shouldnt_hear_you_singing.htm
  6. http://www.sixwise.com/newsletters/06/06/07/how_singing_improves_your_health_even_if_other_people_shouldnt_hear_you_singing.htm
  7. Cheryl Gabbert, Bright Hub Education, http://www.brighthubeducation.com/teaching-preschool/50308-singing-as-a-tool-for-teaching-preschoolers/                                                                                                                                               

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