Biography

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Ekanem Ebinne

Music begins inside human beings, and so must any instruction. Not at the instrument, not with the first finger, nor with the first position, not with this or that chord. The starting point is one’s own stillness, listening to oneself, the “being ready for music”, listening to one’s own heart-beat and breathing.
- Carl Orff

I am fiercely committed to guiding homeschooling moms who treasure their young child’s musical gift and want to help him contribute to cherished musical traditions, to help him connect with the flow of music, feel the inner light of music shining from him, and hear his inner music ring true with the outside world.

If you are looking for a proven musical mentor who can show you how to help your young gifted child measurably improve his musicianship skills; ensure your child’s lifelong freedom to excel at music without performance anxiety; and boost your own confidence in how you make music, then you’ve come to the right place. With 9 years of experience working with amazing clients with similar worries and concerns and guiding them to achieve remarkable success, my mission and commitment is to bring every preschool child the musical skills and inner confidence to sing, play, or compose any music he wishes with excellence and passion.

I’ve brought this transformation to caregivers and children from birth to age 5 in Texas and California, both in person and via online video.

My path to become a teaching musician became clear in kindergarten when I sang the lead part in the call-and-response Sandi Patti song, “And The Gift Goes On” at my church’s Christmas cantata. I heard my voice ring out sure and proud and clear and perfectly in tune. And I felt so close to everyone in the choir and congregation when they sang back to me. It felt like the spotlight was shining from inside me, not just on me.

The path became clearer the day I performed my first Bach violin solo, “Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring,” at age 10. I’d passionately devoted months of preparation to it. And that day, my recital began well. But as I approached the final section of my solo, I heard my piano accompanist stop suddenly. She had lost her place in the music and couldn’t find it again!

As she sat with a sheepish look and her hands folded in her lap, my arm kept moving the bow, my fingers kept pressing the strings, and I finished my solo without losing the beat nor skipping a note.

What hurt the most, more than the momentary confusion of hearing the pianist miss her part, was feeling I didn’t have her support. But what helped the most was my audiation, the true inner musical understanding that allowed me to stay in the music.  I knew this was a special thing to have. Now I’m giving the same foundational audiation skills to young children.

Clients say remarkable things about the impact my work has on their life.   Like:

The father of a 5 year old student who said he used his drumming skills from class to improvise in perfect timing with a professional band – to the amazement of the other musicians.

A mother, who after hearing her 6 year old daughter sing flawless 2-part harmony with her school choir after a year of lessons with me said it was the best show they’d ever had there.

The expat wife of a visiting medical scholar who told me that hearing her preschool girls sing my songs around the house was the highlight of her short time in town.

And more:

“Our 4 year old son just finished a week-long music course. He had a fantastic time and we couldn’t be happier with the teacher and the methodology. I learned a bit myself in those 5 days and I know I’ll be able to connect with our son musically in a more meaningful way. I wish every child could spend some time with Ekanem!” – Debra E., Houston TX

“You were doing great, important things. You made my grandson very happy” – Rita W, Houston, TX

“Our goal was to prepare our son for an audition with Houston Boy Choir – in a way that he would continue to enjoy singing. He loved the lessons. He was always so calm, happy and proud afterward. He told us that the teacher really made him feel special. He passed the audition to Houston Boy Choir and we had positive feedback from the audition. We can thoroughly recommend Ekanem Ebinne as a highly professional and dedicated music teacher for anyone wanting to do this course. ” Patrick And Malena F., Houston, TX

Similar benefits await when you decide to invite me to serve in the powerful ways that I can support your child’s success.

Over the years, my expertise has been honored with remarkable and notable accolades, including the Gordon Institute for Music Learning’s Mastership Certification for Early Childhood; teaching children hailing from over 15 different countries; guiding large and small groups of parents, teachers, and young children in schools, orchestras, studios, and churches in Texas and California; and authoring the multimedia guide “Musically Gifted Child.” My perspectives have also been featured on the Pan African Journal Show on KPFT radio in Houston, Texas.

Five silly things about me:

The first (but not the last!) time I ate a whole bag of Jelly Belly jellybeans was on a cross-country road trip from Missouri to Texas for a flute competition in high school.

I felt the two most exciting things about singing on the stage of Carnegie Hall with my children’s choir were taking my first plane trip and then going in the underwater tunnel from Newark to New York.

If I could be any cartoon character it would be Bugs Bunny – because he can wear, dance, sing, play, and say anything!

If I ranked the languages I’ve sung in from easiest (and favorite) to hardest, they would go: English, Italian, Spanish, French, Latin, German, Hebrew, Russian.

I enjoyed wearing the froofy wigs almost as much as singing the fabulous music in 3 recent seasons with my local opera chorus.