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I have been a professional voice, music theory and piano teacher for the last ten years, and have loved every minute of it. I am originally from Canada, and went to the University of Windsor to study vocal performance. I was given an opportunity to the study principals of classical singing and musical theater. From there, I began to work as a featured classical soloist and choral singer throughout Canada. I came to New York to continue my studies, and earned a Master of Music degree in Classical Voice from the Manhattan School of Music.
I believe that singing lessons should be a lot of fun. With good technique, my students and I can team up to accomplish anything from singing classical songs and even some opera arias to popular songs and musical theater. It is my goal to help you discover your own personal voice, and build confidence in your individual gifts. My students have gone on to study voice in college and university, perform in musical theater, sing in rock bands, children and adult choirs and even win a competition or two. I love hearing my students perform, and feel that an opportunity to sing in front of others builds confidence and ability. I take pride in arranging recitals for my students who would like this opportunity.
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My lessons with always begin with warm ups and technique. We'll also focus on an important principal topic, such as breath and support, vowel placement or expression. We'll use some exercises that I have already, or perhaps a new one just for your needs (once I get to know your voice) to help you achieve our goals. We'll then work on 1-2 songs. You'll probably have picked one, and I may have picked one. The concept that we worked on in our technique session will be applied directly to the songs you are working on. You can learn so many different things in each song, we may practice your songs, using a different goal in several different lessons.
All of my students get a chance to perform in occasional "vocal class" settings, where you can sing your favorite songs for one another, in a fun, laid back environment. All students are welcome to participate in an annual recital for their family and friends too! Piano lessons are designed to suit your needs. We can work on the basics for classical playing, read chords, jazz improv and more.
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I have my own music studio set up in my apartment. On teaching days, my living room can be a comfortable waiting room for parents/guardians. You are all most welcome to relax, have a cup of tea or coffee and listen to our lessons. I do ask that you do not sit inside the studio (at least not after the first lesson) as this can be distracting for your child. My studio is equipped with a music stand, upright piano, work sheets for theory, pencils and crayons. I also have a full Broadway and classical music library that students can borrow from, CD/DVD's that can be borrowed, and a New Grove Reference set.
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I bring some music, until we assess the student's needs, then they may buy some books, while I provide the rest. I bring theory worksheets, stickers, pencils etc. If a student would like to sing/play a particular song (Broadway/pop etc) I may have it in my music library.If I do not, the student will need to purchase the music they would like to sing. The student would need a keyboard/piano in their home should I travel. I have a piano in my home.
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Classical singing, Musical Theater, Jazz, music for young children, pop singing, audition preparation, beginning music for adults.
I am a freelance opera singer in New York City. I am a double Canadian-American citizen and I speak French and English fluently as well as being well versed in Italian and German. I have a B.F.A in music from Concordia University in Montreal, QC and have pursued diploma studies at Mannes College of Music in New York. I do not have a Masters degree, but my level of expertise is, in the least, matched, if not above a typical masters student in voice. I am happy to provide references of established musicians and teachers in the field that can attest to that. My own teacher, Metropolitan Mezzo Soprano, Heidi Skok, would certainly agree that I can really sing and I feel it is my responsibility to pass on the knowledge I have to others.
I am able to teach opera, classical, pop, jazz, musical theatre and rock. In addition to piano and voice, I play guitar.
In terms of teaching, I have taught mostly privately in Montreal and a little in New York City. I would like to teach for a school as it provides a little more stability. I am a people person and a natural teacher. Everyone in my family works or has worked in the Education field, so it runs "in my blood"- I am able to explain concepts in multiple ways and tailor explanations to the students needs, so they can understand and feel happy at the end of the lesson. I generally use a "praise-criticize-praise" approach in corrections, as I find this positive technique delivers the best results.
I also have a ton of experience with children and am excellent with them. I have worked in the past as a part time nanny while attending school.
I would be delighted to work for you.
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I am a pleasant, fun teacher with a great smile to offer my students plenty of encouragement!
I have helped people of all walks of life, young and old alike!
I can help the aspiring singer or pre-professional. I also teach beginner piano.
You won't be disappointed.
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The student is expected to provide a piano in the home.
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Patient, caring and dedicated NYS licensed teacher with a Master's degree and over 15 years of experience will tutor you at unbeatable price; at your place, a public library or mine. Lots of experience teaching in the city and in the suburb. I have taught French, Spanish and ESL as well as tutored Biology, chemistry and Math. I have helped with resume as well college essay writing. Call and you will see!
In addition to tutoring, I have been teaching French and other subjects in public schools for many years. I am certified to teach French in both New York and New Jersey schools. I have studied in France and visited many times.
I enjoy working with individual students in the tutoring environment. We always discuss what exactly what the areas are in which you need help.
French to me is much more than vocabulary and grammar. It is the essence of the cultures of the countries where it is spoken. I try to convey something of that fascinating culture as well.
I have studied various genres of music under amazing teachers from the University of Oklahoma, SWOSU, St.Olaf, Eastman and Northwestern. I have completed 2 Bachelors Degrees and a Master's Degree in Vocal Performance and Church Music. My work over the last 10 years has been focused on collaborative piano for singers, church music, vocal and piano pedagogy and performance. I coach modern language diction for singers, and help with style and interpretation. If I'm in a coach/accompanist situation I know how to aid in the development of proper vocal technique without infringing upon voice teacher boundaries. I'm seeking students who desire to take their skills to the next level. All that is required is a passion for music and a willingness to learn. I offer a fun process that gives results, catering to the needs of each individual student.
As a French expatriate in Manhattan and a former marketing and sales manager, I can help you to increase your French communication skills.
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."