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Are You Looking For Something More?

-Maybe you’re here because you taught yourself how to play piano using YouTube, but you’re wondering, “what’s next?”-

-Maybe you’re here because you’ve taken some piano lessons, but your progress has plateaued-

-Maybe you’re here because you’re a singer and you’ve never really been able to connect to playing piano while you sing-

-Maybe you’re here because you know you want to be a Pianist for life, but need a guide to show you the way-

-Or maybe you’re here because you believe you’re ready to introduce yourself to the world as an artist-

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Artist Development Program For Pianists In Costa Mesa

Teaching Pianists How To Find Their True Voice & Sound

The VTMA Artist Development program is an all-encompassing music mentorship for musicians ages 11-adult who want to be more than piano players, they want to be Performing & Recording Artists.

Please Allow Me To Introduce Myself

My name is Ryan Van Tuyl, I founded Van Tuyl Music Academy in 2004 in Huntington Beach, Ca. I started my own music academy because, when I looked around at what was available for music education, all I saw was a crowd of teachers just teaching kids to re-create the notes already on a page. I believe that being a musician isn’t just about learning to make notes happen with your voice or an instrument. Being a musician gives you the chance to truly have a voice and identity in this world, and with that voice you can affect whatever change you so desire. The moment a musician steps into their destiny as an artist, they have the opportunity to greatly influence the community around them.

A little more about me and my school, VTMA:

  • We were the first school in Orange County to offer Performance Based Music Education
  • I’ve been playing, performing and recording guitar, piano, bass guitar and drums since 1998
  • I graduated from Musicians Institute in 2006
  • I’ve taught thousands of students of all ages and ability levels
  • I’ve been producing specialty concerts and events since 2000, including HB’s Annual 4th of July Music Festival
  • I am a contracted instructor for Piano & Guitar with the City of Newport Beach for all Community Center and ACE classes
  • I’m a specialty music instructor for music performance programs at APA (Huntington Beach HS), MIT (Sowers Middle School) and Commercial Music at Edison HS in Huntington Beach
  • I’ve sent students into the Music Performance degree programs at schools including USC, UCLA, UCI, Berklee College of Music, Musicians Institute & Chapman University 

What is Artist Development?

Ryan Van Tuyl takes each musician on a journey that explores everything including:

  • Artist-Specific, Studio-Ready Instrument Skill Development
  • Finding Your Voice & Sound
  • Elite Instrument Skill Development
  • Performing On Stage At Professionally Produced Concerts, Backed By A Professional Band
  • Recording & Filming Specially Arranged Cover Songs
  • Writing & Arranging Original Music with Legendary Industry Songwriters (writers for Katy Perry, Sheryl Crow, etc.)
  • Filming, Recording, Performing & Releasing Your Original Music

That Is Truly All-Encompassing, Do I Need All Of It?

Yes, you do. If you truly want to separate yourself from the crowd of everyday musicians, you need all of this. In a world dominated by screen time and online social judgment, it is imperative that people today learn how to anchor themselves to the discipline and strength required to become a true artist. It’s critical to understand that this metamorphosis doesn’t happen overnight. That is why it is called a journey. For that journey, Ryan lays out a step-by-step process for each artist and family to help them travel it in a smart, efficient way.

How is this different from regular piano lessons?

If the artist is already taking lessons in voice or piano, great! Those lessons will only serve to further aid the artist in his or her development and musical skill set. A significant part of this program will include invaluable, Artist-Specific, Studio-Ready piano lessons with Ryan, but the totality of the program is focused on introducing the artist to the world in a creative and relevant way. It is through this focus on the journey of becoming an artist that students of this program develop lifelong skills of understanding success and failure, and most importantly, discovering their self-identity and self-confidence.

Where is this program located?

This program is for people in Costa Mesa who want to become pianists and artists. We have a state-of-the-art music facility, located in Huntington Beach, where we conduct all recording and filming sessions. All piano lessons are conducted in-home in Costa Mesa.

What is the first step?

A complimentary, 30-minute evaluation.

Everyone has heard the famous saying, when the student is ready, the teacher will arrive, and it couldn’t be more true for this journey.

The evaluation is very informal. The artist should prepare to play and/or sing one or two pieces that best showcase his or her skills and abilities, either with a track or self-accompaniment. From there, the artist, the family and Ryan will have a conversation about the artist’s experiences, interests and goals.

Ryan will give both the artist and the family an objective assessment of where the musician is at the end of the evaluation, which will include areas of strength, weakness and potential.

What happens next?

After the evaluation, Ryan will determine whether the artist is ready to be accepted into the program. If he or she is, Ryan will put together a detailed plan of action, centered around a time requirement from the artist and a financial commitment from the family.

What is the expected financial commitment for this program?

The financial commitment can vary greatly based upon all that needs to be accomplished, and how much time it will take to accomplish the entire plan of action. Comparable programs offered at universities and colleges nationwide can cost over $15,000 per year. We are not a university, but the results of this program are comparable to colleges like Musicians Institute’s Recording Artist Program and Berklee’s Professional Music degree. For most artists, this entire process can take many years to complete. Remember, this program is not just a piano lesson program, and it’s not just going into a studio and recording a few songs. When the process is complete, the artist will emerge as a seasoned stage performer both unplugged and backed by a live band. The artist will be a stage and studio-ready singer and pianist. The artist will have a repertoire of original and cover music, both in audio and video format. Most importantly, the artist will have a clear vision of who he or she is as an artist, singer, pianist and person.

Sound like something worth exploring?

Let’s schedule your complimentary, 30-minute evaluation.

We would love to speak with you further to determine if our Artist Development program is a fit for both your family and Ryan Van Tuyl.

Please fill out all information in the form below and our office manager will contact you within 24-48 hours.

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What Are Studio Ready Music Lessons?

Studio Ready Music Lessons are instrument and vocal lessons that begin with the end goal of possessing the skills necessary to record in a studio and on film. It is often said that the studio presents the most challenging environment for a musician to perform, and that is because most amateur musicians enter the studio either un-prepared, or without the skills necessary to produce a recording they can be proud of. Studio Ready Music Lessons focus a significant amount of time on performing with a metronome, gaining a deep understanding of the pocket, recording scratch tracks, and most importantly, the mental approach to recording. The Studio is a place that often breaks musicians down, and make them question their own abilities. Having the mental strength to record is a key component taught in Studio Ready Music Lessons.

What's The Difference Between A Regular Lesson and An Artist Specific Lesson?

Regular music lessons are without a doubt a vital aspect of becoming an artist. A good music lesson will give the musician the basic level of skills and understanding necessary to perform on stage or in a recital, play in front of friends and family, learn favorite songs and genuinely enjoy music. To take Artist Specific Lessons, a musician must first have a basic level of skill and understanding of the instrument he or she plays. From there, the lessons focus specifically on how to perform in a way that showcases the natural ability of the artist. For singing, this includes song selection, technique drills focused around the singer’s vocal timbre, and performance development. For instruments, this includes learning to play and sing as a self-accompanist, using the instrument to both support and highlight the artist’s voice, and developing the skills to perform with your voice, while also accompanying yourself on an instrument. Finally, combining the voice and the instrument to create unique, stylized arrangements of cover and original music that will showcase the artist as a unique and talented musician and performer.

What Instruments Should Every Artist Be Able To Play

In general, most artists have a basic ability to play guitar, piano or both instruments. However, singers almost always gravitate more towards one instrument than the other, which allows them to focus on both performing and writing in a style that makes sense for the instrument and the artist. If an artist gravitates more towards piano, we develop his or her understanding of not only how to play the piano, but where on the piano they can play that highlights and supports his or her voice. If an artist gravitates more towards guitar, we develop his or her understanding of not only how to play the guitar, but of how to use tools and tricks to perform songs in a key that suits his or her voice and is also easy to play. No matter which instrument a singer gravitates toward, he or she should possess a basic level of skill and understanding of both the guitar and the piano.

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