Elyssa Vulpes Collective - Music Tuition
Hi from Elyssa, a Performing Musician and Music Tutor.
I have set up this collective with my friends Devyn and Utt to teach you to sing, play piano, guitar, drums and violin
and even write your own songs in no time!
Revolutionary Music Tuition in Wellington
Traditional music education can overcomplicate things and demoralise a beginner. Our aim is to make revolutionary courses that simplify music, removing all complexity and confusion, and making it possible for ANYONE to become artists in their own right, and experience the same incredible joy, freedom and spiritual nourishment that music continues to give us.
Who we are:
We are a collective of performing musicians and teachers who have chosen to work together rather than join a faceless school. This is because we share a philosophy of ethical treatment of teachers and we think people should come before profit. Our focus is on being professional, friendly and focussed on students' happiness. We are based in Kelburn, Wellington, New Zealand
Voice, Piano, Guitar, Drums
Elyssa is a multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter, recording artist and producer with a background in performing. Under the moniker Elyssa Vulpes, she has produced 12 albums of original compositions. She has a mix of traditional and nontraditional music education and assists her students in becoming their true selves as artists. She is also the author of Dare to Be Seen, a series of books and online courses to help musicians overcome performance anxiety.
Graduate Diploma Electronic Music Composition and Performance by Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand)
Graduate of The Ridley Academy (piano and vocal studies)
Currently studying for an Advanced Professional Certificate in Music Studies with Berklee School of Music .
If you are looking for a traditional music teacher, you can stop reading now.
Traditional teaching methods have their place. They aim to produce robot-like players who are great at following instructions but do not feel confident with composing their own songs and cannot improvise on anything without a music sheet. This is because traditional music teaching was invented in the eras of classical composers who needed orchestras to play their pieces flawlessly.
Don't get me wrong, if that's what you want to do, it's perfectly ok with me but that's not what I do.
Today, anyone has access to an instrument and can compose their own music. Although music is no longer only an elite practice for the upper classes, a lot of us are still taught obsoletely with a method that does not foster creativity, composition, or improvisation. A lot of music teachers also complicate things so much that as a beginner you can feel put off and end up giving up.
It's like this: if you wanted to be a great chef, would it be better for you to only follow recipes hoping that through this practice you could eventually understand how to cook, or wouldn't it be better for you to understand the fundamentals of cooking first, so that you could not only follow recipes but actually be able to make up your own dishes?
Devyn began playing the violin at age 13, taking after her Dad, who is a rock musician. She is currently studying at the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington, studying Classical Music Performance. Her most notable work includes performing in shows with Michael Buble and the Auckland Philharmonic
Orchestra. Watch Devyn in action here!
Specialising in Classical Guitar, and originally from Bangkok, Utt is currently studying for a BA of music Sonic art and Music technologies at New Zealand School of Music.
Ba Mus Performance Victoria University Wellington
As a music teacher, my aim is to help students unlock the meaning and message of any piece of music. Personally, teaching and learning are both exploration, inquiry and experimentation. My aim is for every lesson to trigger a student's imagination and musical understanding.
Seeing the progression of students' skill and being able to guide their steps brings me joy.
Together we will discover a wide range of genres, according to the student's interests.
I equip students with the skills of TAB and sheet reading, teaching them accompaniment and imrpovisation so they can take their creativity and love of music in many directions.
My goal is more than just teaching how to play guitar. I help students become problem solvers and independent learners, as they find their own artistic style.
I have taught students aged 12 to 60 and I have found that at every age the discovery how music can connect people is very rewarding.
My teaching style is informed by my students interests and ideas. and tailored to their specific skills so that tehy can enjoy a supportive learning environment.
Originally from Colorado (USA) Rachel has been calling Aotearoa home since 2017,
Over 15 years of teaching, she has taught a wide variety of ages, from 5 years old to adults and has played rhythm and lead guitar in Balkan, Jazz, Blues and Indie / psychedelic bands.
Her first instrument is the guitar, but she a passion for dabbling in lots of other instruments, such as piano, drums/percussion, accordion, bass guitar, cello, harmonica, jaw harp, etc…
Each student is unique in what they are interested in and how they learn. Some are more keen on reading sheet music than others, some want to learn pop songs while others find theory to be quite interesting.
Regardless, I strive to meet the student where they are at and gently nudge them in the directions that would be helpful for their learning.
My mission is to make learning fun and to take things that seem complicated and break them into easily achievable steps.
Why Work With Us:
Our aim is for you to be able to play songs and sing as fast as possible. We will only teach you what is relevant to this goal and halve your learning time by teaching how to practice for results.
Do you dream of being able to just pick up your instrument or to sing with a bunch of other musicians easily and confidently without thinking twice? We will teach you to do exactly that.
Composition and Songs
Do you wish you could write your own songs? Or do you wish you could learn songs quickly, perhaps even adding your own flavour to them so you can make them your own? You are in the right place.
Music Tuition for Voice, Piano, Guitar, Drums, Violin, Songwriting, Theory and Performance,
Offering both beginner music lessons and advanced music lessons in Wellington.
One-on-one music tuition for adults, kids and adolescents in Kelburn, Wellington
In our teaching methods, we unlock what we have learned, not just from our extensive training, but from our experience traveling around the world singing and playing for our supper!
We will take you on a journey into not just the technical aspects of singing and playing your instrument but the mental factors necessary to build a relationship with your voice and your instrument, to develop and grow your sound, so you can make that first step to becoming an artist today!
Songwriting courses at Wellington High School
Whether you’ve got a few songs under your belt or you’re a complete beginner, take a song idea through to a finished song you can be proud of. Split into easy-to-follow steps, Elyssa will walk you through everything from finding titles to writing chord progressions and ensuring your lyrics and melodies fit together. You’ll share your creations with fellow songwriters and get personalised feedback. You’ll see exactly how to turn theory into practice and write your best songs yet.
Performance Anxiety Workshops and Courses Online and In Person
As well as a music tutor, Elyssa Vulpes is a mindset, performance and confidence coach, as well as a hypnotherapist. She runs group courses, an online course and 1-1 sessions under her birth name Elisa Di Napoli.
Where to find us
94a Upland rd, Kelburn, Wellington, 6012, New Zealand
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