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I love being a singer and a musician. Plain and simple, I consider it a privilege to share what I've learned from others, and teaching avails me that opportunity. Singing and playing has been a big part of my life since I was six years old (I come from a musical family). Hailing originally from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and now living here in Calgary, Alberta, with my (absolutely first love) 10-year-old son, Nathan, I've been in the music business for over 25 years. By any musical account, I have extensive background and training in vocal, piano and music theory as well as years of first hand experience with live performance. This solid on-stage and training background has enabled me to segue easily into the teaching realm. All in all, there's nothing more fulfilling for me now than to proudly watch one of my students approach his or her musical dream.
Corinne Plomish - Piano and Vocal Training in Calgary at its Finest
I've studied classical piano with the Royal Conservatory of Toronto (Performance Studies - Grades 9 & 10) under the direction of June Caskey, and subsequently continued my studies in contemporary piano with various professional teachers in the Toronto area. For 5 years, I also studied voice with noted Toronto vocal coach, Edward Johnson.
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My stage experience is very extensive. I toured with singer/songwriter Dan Hill (Sometimes When We Touch - Photos above & right) for over 10 years.
I have also worked with the following artists: Bryan Adams, Billy Preston, Martin Short, Daniel Lanois, Kim Mitchell, Deborah Cox, The Beach Boys, Alfie Zappacosta, Dick Clark, Dwight Yoakham, Arsenio Hall, Murray McLauchlin, Eddie Schwartz, Keifer Sutherland, The Oakridge Boys, Air Supply, Tommy Banks
... to name a few.
My voice has been heard on literally hundreds of radio and television jingles:
7-up, Kellogg's Corn Flakes, Starburst Candies, Mountain Dew, Sealtest Ice Cream, Cantel, Taco time, Safeway, Bell Canada, Molson Ex, Canada Trust, Royal Bank of Canada, Calgary Co-op, Edmonton Power, Parkland Mall (Edmonton), Toronto Eaton Centre, Soundsaround
... again, just to name a few.
Further, in 1997, I was hired to be the Project Vocal Arranger for the Police and Fire Games' " Heart of a Champion" theme song in which I conducted the "Calgary Girl's Choir." I continue to sing jingles here in Calgary.
Some of my television credits include:
The Arsenio Hall Show ( Los Angeles),
American Bandstand (with Dick Clark - Los Angeles), Solid Gold (Los Angeles),
Cityline (Toronto), Right On (with Martin Short),
The Tommy Banks Show, as
well as a Royal Command Performance
for Prince Andrew
Duchess of York (Sarah Ferguson) at the "Ontario Place Forum"
(Toronto) with Dan Hill.
Michael McDonald (formerly of the Doobie Brothers - photo left), Brian McKnight, Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Take 6, Carole King, India Arie, Babyface, Christina Aguilera, Lou Gramm (Foreigner), Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, Keith Urban, Toto, Joe Cocker, Luther VanDross, Marc Jordan, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Jars of Clay, James Taylor, Don Henley (Eagles), Ray Charles, Nancy Wilson, Bonnie Raitt, Dionne Farris, Patti LaBelle, Joe Zawinul (Weather Report), Dave Grusin, Barbra Streisand, Joe Sample (Crusaders), Greg Phillinganes, Kenny Lattimore, Alfie Zappacosta, Brenda Russell, George Duke, Patrice Rushen, Anointed, The Gatlin Brothers, Patti Austin, Martina McBride, James Ingram, Rascal Flatts, Bebe and Cece Winans, Billy Joel, Vince Gill, Diane Reeves, Whitney Houston, Diana Krall, Kirk Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Darryl Hall, Ashford and Simpson, Quincy Jones, Burt Bacharach, The Carpenters, Trisha Yearwood, Prince, Laura Nyro, Chicago, Bill Champlain, Phil Vassar, Al Jarreau, The Yellowjackets, The Brecker Brothers, Clint Black, David Sanborn, Alison Krauss, Peter Gabriel, Bill Withers, Earth, Wind and Fire, Kenny Loggins, Sting, The Police, Little Feat, Anita Baker...
My approach to teaching music is simple. Other than slowly beginning to develop in the inexperienced student the necessary skills of rhythm, melody, harmony, theory and emotional connection required for personal/professional success in the business,
I teach my students how to listen.
Pop, R&B, jazz, folk, hip-hop, gospel and classical genres are available to choose from. But no matter what the style of music chosen, the simple truth never changes. One of the key factors in becoming a great musician is the ability to "hear" what's happening inside and around the music. Without this "listening" skill, any hope for success is simply not reality-based.
Having great ears is indeed the much sought after "golden fleece" of old in music. Every professional reading this will know exactly what I mean. Over my many years in the music business, I've had the privilege of working with a multitude of famous and talented people and have acquired great insight and experience in this specialized area of "listening." In fact, professionally I'm known for having this highly developed skill, and it's always served me well. As a singer and a player, listening has indeed been my main sensory beacon during any kind of professional performance. No question, you've gotta have "chops," but the "ears" thing is the ultimate tool I've clung to and have come to realize, that if carefully studied - as well as lovingly nurtured - never fails. I bring that understanding of how to develop this ability to every lesson.
As a teacher, I allow each student the opportunity to grow as an artist. Although rudiments are necessarily taught, there is freedom to stretch improvisationally, as structure and expression go hand-in-hand in music. Moreover, I share my experiences with my students (concerts, television, studio or "session work" and the rigors-of-the-road: touring) -- be they good or bad and try to direct them in the appropriate manner. I also know that each student is unique in his/her own right and I encourage them to nurture that.
As an experienced vocalist, I work from a personal perspective directly from the trenches. Vocal stress from nervous tension (performance anxiety), vocal fatigue (overuse of the voice/singing improperly) and the overall elements that affect each of us as singers (smoke, colds, weather, etc.) is discussed at length along with solutions to these very common concerns. How to work the upper range without straining, endurance techniques, warm-ups that really work, proper positioning and placement, select breathing exercises, falsetto and full voice ranges and an overall sense of what I've learned from these processes is stressed. Coming to terms with how I sound, and how much I can improve as a singer, recognizing my strengths instead of what I feel I can't do, is something I strive for personally as a vocalist, and I bring that to each lesson I teach.
I try to instill in my students, moreover, that a sense of challenge - which brings much growth and
accomplishment - is a good thing and not something to be afraid of. As well, included in
all vocal lessons, each student is encouraged to learn music theory as a background, which can only enhance a vocalist's listening and singing chops. The student becomes versed in "chart" reading
(identifying keys, time signatures, arrangement structures) and the language of
music (i.e. musical terminology) which equips the student with the proper communication skills needed in various situations that they may find themselves, be that of a "band" nature or otherwise.
As a piano teacher, I combine classical, jazz and pop methodologies (scales, time, harmony, reading, dexterity exercises) and introduce the student to different musical stylings which will be an asset to them as future players. Simple "accompanying" techniques can be taught as well, to enable the student to learn to play with other singers and/or to enhance his/her ability to compose or accompany themselves as singers if they so choose.
Musicianship is paramount. What does that mean? Well ... it's what makes and creates great music. Listening, hearing, playing, practicing, learning how to read and write music, all of this encompasses the heartbeat of that statement. And as a teacher, I see to it that every one of my students gets a shot at this.
I am privileged to have worked in music and continue to hone my craft. No matter where you may find yourself, you can always take music with you. I know I have.
And please don't forget one more thing: Practice makes "perfect."
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