Tracey Lee McKenna Voice-Piano-Acting Instructor/Owner
I am a veteran vocalist of the United States Air “Force Band of Flight.”Iperformed in over 1000 live concerts for Stage, Television, and the American public at large. I had the privilege of performing for foreign dignitaries, Heads of State, and Presidents. I also need recorded four nationally claimed albumswith the United States Air Force Band.
After my career in United States Air Force I opened a Performing Arts school in Rockford Michigan. “Rockridge Performing Art” was a Musical Theatre Studio which taught Music, Theatre, and Dance. Ideveloped an inter-disciplinary curriculum where performing arts were taught simultaneously in workshops setting, performed in yearly showcases.
I have extensive training in Theatre, Dance, and Music (Opera Pop-Rock and Musical Theatre) Like those teachers before her, the tradition of teaching the performing arts was passed down from teacher to student and so forth. It was done empirically based. Whatever techniques worked for the teacher she would have worked for the student. the student. Howeverthere is not a one size fits-all prescription for teaching voice. Just as there is not merely one technique for acting, dance, or dance. Just as the technique used for ballet does not prepare you for hip-hop singing opera does not prepare you to sing rock/pop.
Though I had taught hundreds of students Pop-Rock, Musical theatre, and classical repertoire, I needed to know more. Before the science of vocal anatomy, teachers taught experientially based on what worked individually for them. I wanted a deeper understanding of vocal function and how to specifically teach popular music in a healthy way. So I went back to school to receive an Associates, Bachelors, and Masters of Music.
My Masters degree is in Vocal pedagogy from the prestigious Shenandoah Conservatory, 2018. At Shenandoah I learned laryngeal anatomy, physiology, and function giving me a deeper understanding of what is happening at the vocal fold level and taking much of the guess work out of teaching. Shenandoah Conservatory is the fist University in the Nation to offer a Masters degree in Contemporary Vocal Pedagogy.I became one of twenty pedagogues in the world to hold a Masters in music pedagogy in Pop/Rock vocal. After I graduated from schoolImoved to the Washington D.C. area. While in Washington I worked with the Gay Mens Chorus, several voice and piano schools, a preschool music program, and a secondary Private Academy, all teaching music. Though Washington DC was an amazing city I longed for warmer weather and bigger opportunities so I moved to Los Angeles. I wanted to share my talents with a bigger audience and pursue my passion for teaching music in the most beautiful city in the Nation. I am excited to get the chance to work with you and help you reach your musical goals. Set up a lesson today. Call 310-770-5683 to see if HighNotes is the place for you. Let us help you become an artist on your own terms!
Taylor Shaine Riggle Vocal Instructor/Producer
Hi, My name is Taylor Riggle and I am a vocal instructor, producer, and vocalist. I was exposed to the performing arts at an early age.I come from a musical family, my mother is a vocal pedagogue and my father a country artist and writer. Observing professional musicians is second nature to me. I watched what they did, how they interacted with the audience, and how they improvised. I started writing and enjoyed singing my songs for others. I realized that in order to have my works heard by an audience I would need to learn sound engineering. I poured myself into it, learning to use an industry standard software. I also learned to play various instruments and to understand music theory in order to be an effective sound engineer. My teaching career began through mentoring. As I studied with different teachers, I observed what worked with students and what didn’t. I started learning laryngeal anatomy, physiology and function which allowed me to have a deeper understanding of the vocal process. I opened a Voice and Recording studio in Grand Rapids In Grand Rapids I performed for festivals, concerts and the occasional pub. I was honored to be selected on America’s Got Talent two times. It was an amazing experience.. I moved to Los Angeles to perform and teach for a larger audience. As well as my talents in music I am also skilled actor and I am signed with sovereign talent group. I moved to Los Angeles to perform for a bigger audience. As well as being a talented vocalist and performer and teacher and producer, I am signed with sovereign talent group. I am a performer, teacher, and producer. I am excited to be here in West Hollywood and can’t wait to work with you I want to give you the confidence and skills you need to achieve your musical goals! Set up your lesson today!
Tracey Lee McKenna and Taylor Shaineo Riggle Highnotes Pop/Rock Instructors
We are Pop-Rock Voice teachers in West Hollywood California. We are a Mother and Son team and we can help you find your voice and become an artist on your own terms. Whether you want to record, write your own original songs, or sing karaoke, we can help you achieve your goals! Sign up for a lesson today! 310-770-5683