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Maureen Murphy Joins Green Hills Guitar Studio

I am really proud and excited to announce that Maureen Murphy is joining Green Hills Guitar Studio as our new vocal instructor! Like everyone else in Nashville, I knew of and heard of Maureen before working with her. Maureen is known for being very versatile, professional and passionate about the music she is involved in. Whether it’s live or in the recording studio, Maureen is always a first call for Nashville’s producers and artists.

I have been fortunate to work with Maureen over the last few years in the recording studio on several projects. Recently, we have been performing live with the Amanda Broadway Band. When we spoke a few months ago at a rehearsal about her teaching voice lessons at Green Hills Guitar Studio, it was a no brainer for me. Along with a commitment of providing top quality and professional music lessons to our students, having the heart of a teacher and a deep care for people and their growth is very important to me.

Maureen is a very versatile and experienced vocalist and vocal coach. While on tour with the Zac Brown Band as a background  vocalist along with Jason Eskridge, Maureen was responsible with contracting, arranging and performing with a local  choir in every city they performed. Maureen’s passion for sharing music with others and helping them find and nurture their own voice is not only apparent on stage or in the studio, but also in her work with her students in vocal lessons.

One of Maureen’s most influential experiences was being part of the gospel choir at Berklee College of Music directed by Dennis Montgomery III. She worked with vocalists and musicians from all over the world. The music and absorption of the rich and diverse music became a life changing force. The depth of this study became part of her approach to life, performance and voice coaching.

Maureen has sung, performed and recorded just about every style of music.  She believes her students should study and perform numerous styles to not only help them grow as vocalists but also to prepare them for work as a professionals. The necessity to handle any situation in the studio or live performance is a skill Maureen has developed over years of being a professional vocalist.

In 2015, Maureen finally got to see her biggest vocal influence, Lisa Fisher, perform live. Lisa’s ability as one of the most in demand background vocalists in the world (25 has with the Rolling Stones!) coupled with her ability to be a front woman with her own authentic voice and approach to cover songs. Her presence, versatility and ease on stage, whether in a supportive role as a backup singer or out front as the lead, has been a powerful  influence on Maureen.

Along with all of the experience and professionalism, I am happy to have Maureen teaching voice with us because she cares for people. Music has long been an important part of her life and she loves the opportunity to share in that experience with others. Maureen is always excited and passionate about helping singers find their own voice, grow as singers  and musicians and work toward their own goals and aspirations.

Maureen has a handful of open spots available now. Give us a call and get signed up today!

See you soon,

Shane

 

 

Music Lessons: What You Truly Gain

Did you know that when you come to Green Hills Guitar Studio, you get way more than just a music lesson?

Most of us have heard about the benefits of learning an instrument at a young age. From increasing coordination and reading skills to boosting self-confidence and patience, the positive outcomes are truly endless. And while it’s true that there advantages to starting your musical journey in the early developmental years, there are certainly benefits for those learning to play the guitar as adults as well. Continue reading “Music Lessons: What You Truly Gain”

Aging and Music

We’ve all heard the phrase, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” but at Green Hills Guitar Studio, that’s exactly what we do.

The myth that older adults are incapable of learning new skills is just that…A MYTH. Although scientists once believed that after a certain age your brain was incapable of growing and absorbing new information, a new discovery called Neuroplasticity proves that adult brains are way more resilient and savvy than previously thought. Continue reading “Aging and Music”

The Benefits of Piano: A Starter Instrument

So, your child wants to start music lessons. Well, one of the very first steps is simply picking an instrument. While there’s no wrong choice when it comes to playing music, there are different advantages to playing various instruments, especially as a beginner. And if you aren’t quite sure where to start, the piano is a great first option. Continue reading “The Benefits of Piano: A Starter Instrument”

Hannah Lee Joins Green Hills Guitar Studio

Hello! Today, I would like to introduce you to Hannah. When Hannah and I first met, I had asked her if she would be willing to do some proofreading and editing for the website, along with some of my blog posts. I realized I kept stalling when it came time to share some new information.

It is fair to say I ain’t the grammar wizard or skilled writer I once was. All apologies to my 7th grade English teacher, Mr. Berg, who scared everyone in his classes with his enthusiasm and commitment to improving our sentence diagraming and grammar use. Mr. Berg, you did a great job, but it’s faded a bit. Continue reading “Hannah Lee Joins Green Hills Guitar Studio”

3 Qualities Singer-Songwriters Look for in a Vocal Coach

Hello everybody, and especially you singer-songwriters! Here is a new post from Nashville vocal coach and Green Hills Guitar Studio instructor, Jaime Babbitt.

It is full of love, non-judgement, compassion, empathy and NO PITY! That’s right, it’s time to own it! If you are a singer-songwriter, you know it’s important to work with a vocal instructor that not only understands the mechanics and ins-and-outs of the human voice, but also gets what it means to be a writer, performer and artist developing a style and a voice in many senses of the word. Continue reading “3 Qualities Singer-Songwriters Look for in a Vocal Coach”

Vocal Coach on Musical Self-Criticism and Judgement

voice instructor in Nashville

I am very excited to have Nashville vocal coach Jaime Babbitt joining us at Green Hills Guitar Studio.  Aside from being a really great human being, Jaime is a songwriter, a very experienced singer, an in-demand vocal instructor, speaker and recent author with her book, Working With Your Voice, published by Alfred in 2011. Continue reading “Vocal Coach on Musical Self-Criticism and Judgement”