Welcome to

MUSIC AS LANGUAGE

 

Boost your musical resume!

Explore the music industry and expand your portfolio with:

  • Branding

  • Recording

  • Competitions

  • Certifications, and more! 

We provide 1-on-1 online music coaching, exam preparation, competitions, and music publishing for budding musicians.

We fully believe that music should help you excel not only in performance and musical practice, but also in education, goal-setting, and confidence.

 

Ready to take your music to the next level? Dig in!

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Majhon Phillips

Founder, President

The Story:

 

Majhon Phillips was always torn by her passions for language and music. As a student, she double-majored in languages and music and traveled extensively studying both fields. After she earned her undergraduate degrees, she undertook a Masters program in International Education and Music, which allowed her to combine all of her interests. This work created the foundation for Music as Language. 

 

Majhon began teaching music in 2003, and has continued to grow in students since that time. Upon moving to the Bay Area, Majhon also began working in communications and consulted major Silicon Valley technology organizations in public speaking, media briefings, social media best practices and general communications. During this time, she realized that many well-educated people had little knowledge in communication and listening. 

 

It was with all of these experiences that Majhon started Music as Language. Music is a great tool for learning about listening, being able to communicate effectively, and have fun in the process - all while learning an invaluable skill set! 

 

Now in New York City, Majhon continues to grow Music As Language and its programs, as well as consulting teachers and students.

Wes Smith

Secretary

Wes Smith is a media and publishing professional with a passion for engaging the arts. An English graduate of Southeast Missouri State University, his past experience includes work at Warner Bros. and the Annenberg Foundation along with his own projects at Dreamwire Press. He believes in the affirming power of music and is dedicated to providing opportunities to those wanting to build on their talent in a competitive field. When he is not working on a new novel or crafting digital media strategies, he can be found playing his various guitars at his home in Missouri.

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Lindsey Voelkerding

Treasurer

Lindsey Voelkerding is a professional in the Optical Industry. While she’s making sure patients can see, she’s also passionate about what people can hear. Music and the arts have always maintained a special place in her heart, from high school choir to studying piano and vocal performance with Southeast Missouri State University. After high school, she toured in Europe with the group Sound of America. The experience left a lasting impression on her of how music bridges gaps across cultures and language. A devoted advocate for musical education, she is committed to helping those who want to learn and teach music. During her off hours, in her home in Missouri, she plays piano and sings for her husband and their pets.

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Nicole S.

Majhon is one of those special and incredible talents that you may have the opportunity to meet and share the pure love for music as a language!!!! She is wonderful and has a beautiful and blessed soul

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Amie R.

Since starting at MaL last July my daughter has sung with a live band behind her and won a radio contest where she was able to sing the star Spangled Banner at a San Jose Giants game. The support and encouragement from these ladies has done wonders for her confidence! I highly recommend Music as Language.

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Shankari Panchapakesan

Board Member

Shankari Panchapakesan is a Product Leader at Adobe, digital experience and media giant that helps build stronger customer relationships and new revenue streams.

 

Previously,  Shankari held senior roles where she drove the Product Management agenda including the design and development of leading-edge Enterprise, SaaS solutions.

 

She has contributed to three patents and is excited about new technologies and innovative solutions that can significantly impact productivity and creativity.

Outside of work, Shankari is passionate about supporting causes that promote learning through the arts and aim to bridge the gap for disadvantaged or minority communities. 

 

She and her husband have made music and performance a pillar in their two daughters' education and are grateful for the way it has shaped their personalities and direction. She is eager to support causes that can amplify the impact of musical education to more children around the world.