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Popular Online Meditation Teachers

Teresa S.

Austin, TX
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Ian S.

Jersey City, NJ
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Jonathan S.

New York, NY
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Teresa S. Austin, TX

About Me

I grew up performing and singing. My family loved music and the arts and we went to the theater, ballet and symphony all the time in Houston Texas. My mother used to play music to get me to sleep when I was very young. She played opera by the famous Italian tenor Caruso and symphonic music by the French Impressionist composer Debussy. As a teenager I played the guitar and sang folk and pop songs with my friends. When I became an adult my interest turned back to classical music and opera as I had heard as a toddler. Eventually I found myself on stage singing opera in New York City and classical chamber music at Tanglewood in the Berkshires.

I began teaching voice while I was getting a Bachelor's Degree in Music at the University of Texas. When I came to New York City I opened the Vocal & Dramatic Arts Studio in 1996. Since that time I have kept up a studio teaching voice and acting to people of all ages: 6 to 86! I love the variety and feel everyone can sing and act. In honor of my high school choir director, I created an a cappella vocal improvisation method called "lavocezensing" using the Do scale as a frame to become comfortable harmonizing and improvising vocally.

Education is one of my passions. Working for Lincoln Center and other arts presenters in New York City between 1996 and 2012, I created curriculum on music and art in public and private schools and have trained educators nationally and internationally on using music and art in their classroom lessons. I found that song writing and musical improvisation are great ways to integrate music with other curriculum within the Humanities.

Today in Austin, TX, part of my work is in not-for-profit settings as a Sound Yoga Therapy instructor using yoga, music and sound healing practices as tools to learn meditation and reduce stress in environments such as hospices and centers that help mothers, children and families that are challenged by economic hardship.

Over the years, I have performed many styles of music: standard opera, contemporary opera and chamber opera, classical chamber music, musical theater and cabaret. Now I am exploring the ragas of India and Nada (Sound) Yoga practices and have developed a sound based mindfulness meditation practice called Sound Yoga Therapy™ or SYT. SYT sessions combine North Indian Classical vocal music with Western vocal pedagogy to elicit a relaxation response and then to focus the mind in order to activate the higher levels of the brain.

As a music, voice, yoga and acting teacher, I offer traditional and non-traditional methods using multi-sensory approaches to help students realize their goals. In addition to developing vocal, musical and theatrical skills, the tools and techniques offered aid students in relaxation, breath awareness, and stress reduction as a part of our lessons together. It is a creative, fun and student-centered learning environment for students of all ages!

*** Lesson Details ***
AFTER 3 TO 6 MONTHS OF WEEKLY LESSONS you will be able to use the basic knowledge, tools and techniques you have learned to perform a song, a monologue or begin to create your own lyrics or song.

AFTER ONE YEAR you are ready to share the art you have created in an intimate gathering with family and friends.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Room w/ piano; video recording available

*** Travel Equipment ***
Studio & Skype lessons only

*** Specialties ***
Classical and musical theater singing styles; extended vocal techniques; Indian ragas using Saregam scales; exploring the voice in songs, chants and toning as an approach to increased well-being; European, American and Indigenous repertoire from many cultures

Ian S. Jersey City, NJ

About Me

A lifelong musician and songwriter, Ian S. has extensive experience teaching guitar and piano to students age 3 and up both as a private music instructor and as a teacher at the Institute of Music for Children in New Jersey. With 26 years experience in guitar and 30 years in piano, Ian has studied and performed with several award-winning music artists, and has written and recorded over one hundred songs. He plays and teaches a variety of styles on both the guitar and the piano, from classical to jazz to rock. Ian is patient, friendly, and loves sharing the gift of music.

Ian was the guitarist in the Princeton University Jazz Ensemble for 3 seasons, was selected from a nationwide pool of musicians to perform at a special music event at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and was the recipient of the New Jersey Governor's Award in Arts Education for the category of Instrumental Music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am very laid back and friendly, and I want you or your child to be as comfortable as possible during our lessons. You or your child will develop confidence and musical intelligence. I will make your lessons fun, enjoyable, and effective. Boredom is not an option! Music is fun... let's keep it that way.

The teaching methods I use will be custom-tailored to your individual needs, personality and specific musical goals. If it's guitar or piano you want to learn, I want to get you playing exactly what you want to be playing as soon as possible. That's what you're here for, and that's what I'm here for. I will make it happen. If it's songwriting that you want to learn, I will help you access that place inside of you that is dying to express itself creatively, and will teach you techniques to harness that energy and translate it successfully into musical expression.

You can expect to learn all the basics of music theory, proper playing techniques, improvisation and spontaneous musical expression, and I will help you develop your "ear" so you can figure out songs you like just by listening to them. This is all about you and your goals, and I want you to achieve them in a fun and engaging way.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room: Upright piano, guitars, amps, keyboard, percussion

*** Travel Equipment ***
Note: Although I do not have a car, I live just outside of Manhattan, and therefore have reliable transportation methods to travel to students who are in NYC. I would expect the student to provide whatever instrument he/she is learning.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in pop, rock, jazz, blues, folk, and classical music. I also teach improvisation and songwriting, and try to develop the student's ear for figuring out songs they like on their own.

Jonathan S. New York, NY

About Me

Jonathan S., a native of Manhattan New York City, is an experienced and seasoned professional musician, trumpeter, and teacher. Over the past 14 years he has appeared on TV and radio broadcasts with his own quintet or with many other ethnically and culturally diverse artists and groups from around the globe. Jonathan has already been recognized as one of the best young jazz trumpet players in the United States, and the world, by not only securing first place in the International Trumpet Guild Jazz Improvisation Competition, but also by competing as one of 5 world-wide finalists in the Carmine Caruso Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition. Major jazz publications have compared S's music to that of Dave Douglas, Miles Davis, John Zorn and even "the Blue Note records of the early 1960's. Jonathan is also a dedicated and qualified educator, specializing in trumpet, composition, arranging, transcribing, ear training, piano/keyboard, music theory, and music history. He runs a private studio, and teaches on behalf of the Gramercy Brass Orchestra of New York, and the Afro-Latin Jazz Academy of Music.

*** Lesson Details ***
Philosophy:
Everyone is unique and will play a musical instrument differently and for different reasons, so I will cater what we work on, and what you will practice, based on YOUR individual curiosity, interests and personal goals. I will encourage and help you to discover your own musical voice, and at the same time make sure you develop the best physical and mental habits possible regarding playing an instrument. You will learn to develop deep control over the instrument, and discover why playing music is such a remarkable thing to be able to participate in.

Level:
Able to teach from beginner to advanced levels.

Experience:
Jonathan S. is a native of New York City. He is an experienced and seasoned professional musician, trumpeter, and teacher. Although Jazz is his main concentration, Jonathan has been playing many ethnically and culturally diverse musical styles from all over the world for over 14 years. He has extensive performance experience in a wide variety of environments, and by having studied with many of the world's best musicians, Jonathan's teaching methodologies, as well as his musical and technical abilities are well rounded, and shine with a high level of consistency. He won first place in the 2007 International Trumpet Guild Jazz Solo Competition, and competed as a finalist in the 2009 Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Competition. Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Music degree and a Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance.

With over 10 years of experience teaching in both private and classroom settings Jonathan has developed an efficiency in his lessons that lead to a student discovering their own potential.

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Jon Faddis, Laurie Frink, Ray Vega, Scott Wendholt, Jim Rotondi, Jeremy Pelt, Tony Kedleck, Mike Rodriguez, Joe Magnarelli, Wynton Marsalis, Walter White, Bill Dunn, John Lambert, Conrad Herwig, Ralph Bowen, Pete Malinverni, Charles Blenzig, Jimmy Greene, Todd Coolman, Steve Wilson, Jon Gordon, Hal Galper, and many more...

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have trumpet and piano method books that cover a wide range of techniques, styles, tempos, feels, keys, and almost all other aspects of western tertiary harmony and melody.

I also have an abundance of sheet music, which includes my own personal collective sheet-music library of jazz, classical, big band, and other world music genres. I also have an 80 GB library of audio recordings that span many genres, and time periods.

In addition, I possess improvised solo transcriptions for analysis and personal practice applications, as well as adequate musical inscription tools and recording/playback devices.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide manuscript paper, pencil, and music stand if necessary.

In addition I can provide a means to record the lesson.

*** Specialties ***
I have been studying, and performing as a trumpeter for for over 14 years, and have earned two degrees in the field of Jazz Studies/Trumpet Performance. I have extensive experience performing, both locally, world-wide, and on the road, as a touring musician.

The instrument I specialize in is the trumpet, which I have been playing for the past 14 years. I have also been working with the piano for the past 9 years, and can be of help to beginners, and anyone who is looking to understand music more in any capacity. I have 6 years of music conservatory training, and can assist people in just about every aspect of music. I have a special interest in improvisational music, but also have just as much experience with classical styles, as well as various world musics. I have been teaching and coaching individuals of all ages, skill levels, backgrounds, and goals since 2009.

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