- song selection - key choice - breath control - solfege - increasing throat space by lowering the larynx - developing controlled muscular adduction in the vocal tract - developing more effortless projection through tonal focus - phrasing - understanding and hearing the difference between basic vowel categories.
Lucian W is an alumnus of Berklee College of Music in Boston and former faculty member of the Hartford Conservatory. His vocal studies have been with Jacqueline Jarrett and David Baker in Connecticut, Jane Ellison at Loyola University in Montreal, noted operatic tenor Carmine Gagliardi in New York City, and Gina Moretta (whose students have included Gloria Estefan and Jon Secada) in Miami. He studied privately with world famous jazz guitarists George Benson and Chuck Wayne and has had a full time performing career of several decades as a guitarist, pianist, vocalist, bassist, arranger and orchestra leader. Lucian believes that by sharing his enjoyment of making music with his students, he can give them confidence in other areas. That is because, in order to make music, they must go through a process of physical discovery through pr
actice. They are then empowered by experiencing the connections between inspiration, work, and pleasure. He performs, as a solo entertainer, an unusually wide ranging repertoire because of his versatility on guitar, piano, and vocals. Being an accomplished arranger with a vast library of charts also allows him to lead a ten piece orchestra as competently as a trio or quartet. He has performed extensively in New York, Chicago, Cape Cod, and Florida.
*** Lesson Details *** I always try to make lessons as comfortable and enjoyable as possible yet challenging enough to maintain interest. I build lessons around the student's individual interests (specific songs or styles) so that he or she can learn the technical fundamentals in a relevant context. My own curriculum is supplemented by the following: Guitar: Hal Leonard Guitar Method, Aaron Shearer Classical Guitar Method Piano: Alfred's Basic Piano Course , John W. Schaum Piano Course Voice: Jeffrey Allen's Secrets of Singing, Nicola Vaccai Practical Method
*** Studio Equipment *** Hardman baby grand acoustic piano OptimusMD1600 electronic keyboard Crate TX50D guitar amplifer
*** Specialties *** - Singing lesson time is generally divided 50/50 between voice building and repertoire. I accompany vocalists on both piano and guitar, teaching the melody notes as they are sung along with the piano. Then, once the melody is learned, I often switch to the guitar with just chordal backing. The acoustic guitar is also softer than the piano and lets the singer hear their own voice better. For voice building, I use my own concepts plus approaches of famous voice teachers like Jeffrey Allen, Seth Riggs, and Anthony Frissel. - I am very experienced performing all styles of guitar and can cater to the student's specific area of interest, whether it be rock, folk, classical, or jazz. - With piano, I work on fundamentals of reading and technique. Learning basic harmony and chord construction starting with triads (3 note chords), the student can soon read single stave lead sheets (a form of music notation widely utilized by professional musicians) as well as the grand staff. This approach trains the ear and makes learning how to play popular songs much easier.
Private lessons will tackle character & musical interpretation, creating strong choices, musicality/phrasing, as well as stage blocking if the song is for a theater audition or performance. Classes will always be tailored to the student's needs and goals.
VOCAL COACH Rehabilitating and strengthening voices are two of my top specialties, and each lesson will have specific exercises tailored to helping you transform your voice into the highest and best version of your instrument. I work with singers signed to labels as well as the indie artist just starting to find his/her voice, style, and signature sound. My coaching approach incorporates some of the newest technologies that have shown extraordinary results in breaking down the inner blocks of each artist. It is a tremendously joyful and fulfilling experience to watch as my students really let their instrument shine brightly, boldly, and with an aboslutely stunning groundedness as they discover how powerful they truly are.
Poised, energized, and armed with unforgettable performance ability, Michelle G
. is a firework in the artistic arena. Her training began at the young age of 3 with the violin, and a few years later received classes for piano and voice. Excelling in all three, Michelle developed a very passionate and dramatic personality that eventually led her to more dramatic genres such as opera and stage acting. Her aptitude to understand human emotions and relationships gives her a wide spectrum to play in as an actress. There is an organic flow to her interpretations both as an actress and musician that leads the audience to feel her emotional current. Her honest characterizations introduce deeper perspectives on what seems like the ordinary roles and storylines. Amongst the many other leads that she has played, her participation in roles like “Susanna” in The Marriage of Figaro, or “Donna Elvira” in Don Giovanni embody much vibrancy and integrity. Through the development of her voice as a singer and actress, she has crossed over into other media such as voice over commercial work and vocals for pop/main stream music productions. She has recently participated as a vocalist and violinist in the albums of artists such as international jazz pop artist David Longoria, Latin pop singer Erick Bolivar, Grammy-nominated percussionist Souhail Kaspar, and American Idol’s Seysha. Over the last few years she has unraveled her musical skills as a songwriter/composer/arranger and has even had some small victories acquiring music placements on TV shows (NCIS, short film “Sumtin’ Like Dat”, The Dictator) for herself and some of her colleagues. Her singing can also be heard on the hit tv show "Jane The Virgin", "Castle" and "Shameless" amongst others.
Education Michelle completed her Associates of Arts for Music/Music Education at the age of 18, and got later graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Miami with a Bachelor's of Arts for Musical Theater and Music Business, as well as from Florida International University with a Master's of Music in Vocal Performance.
*** Lesson Details *** I tailor my lessons to my student's needs, style, abilities, and goals. Learning is truly a fun and passionate adventure for me, and my enthusiasm has consistently been a contagious quality :) I love to challenge myself & my students to discover how immense their true potential is, and I create a safe and fun environment to explore such facets.
My curriculum is combination of solid tradition (Suzuki method for piano & violin, and Bel Canto technique for singing) interwoven with pop-culture, and modern influences. Within the first 3-6 months, my students will know the basic building blocks of music - which includes scales, arpeggios, triads, intervals, technique, and performance repertoire; and for my singers this will include proper breath technique, tone placement, support, very often increased vocal range (both high and low), and will feel significantly stronger vocally and more confident getting up to sing.
*** Studio Equipment *** Full size Keyboard, mics, pro tools, Violin (electric, acoustic, and Chinese Ehru)
It's been a great experience to have lessons online. Although it lasted 45 minutes, I have seen that these types of lessons are very useful and practical. Thank you for providing these lessons!
February 19, 2018
Michelle is so patient and kind. She gives me help with my accent and the way I pronounce the words so that I sound more like a native speaker. I love her. She is so much fun. I'd recommend her to anybody.
January 29, 2018
Michelle is awesome!!! She is so sweet and a very good and encouraging instructor. She inspires me to be a better teacher. She helped me with where I was weak and gave me homework. I will definitely be working with her for EVERYTHING that I want to learn.
Beginning vocal training is one of this most exciting adventures you can take! My own musical journey has taken me performing from DC to Europe and Asia, to Princeton and NYC, and now back to the DC area! Having completed a Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Voice Teaching at the Westminster Choir College, I would love to take part in your vocal training! Learning how to sing Broadway style is a must have skill for anyone interested in singing musical theatre. This includes everything from classical technique to belt technique. In lessons for Broadway Singing, we can create the perfect program for your needs. Whether your goal is to sing professionally, or to learn how to sing in tune, I am your gal!
Thank you so much and I look forward to teaching you!
*Note* I'm only able to travel to give in-home lessons when the lesson duration is 45 mins or more.
Hi there! My name's Grace and I'm a voice teacher and a classically trained performer. I’ve been in the DC area for about 2 years now and am delighted to grow my voice studio! If you or your child loves to sing and would like to take your singing to the next level, feel confident as a soloist, or prepare for an audition, give yourself or your child a classical basis for how to healthfully sing. Now is the time! I have a varied background: I started out in musical theatre and choirs and now sing with orchestras, opera companies, and churches. I began teaching privately in college, then taught private lessons, before proceeding to the Westminster Choir College, where I received a Master of Music in Voice and Voice Teaching (formally Vocal Performance and Pedagogy.) Hope to meet you soon!
*Note* Due to the number of students I currently t
each, I no longer travel to student’s houses. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Grace is an amazing instructor. She has an expertise in singing and can guide your voice in the right direction, especially with her patient and positive way of teaching. She also personalizes the lessons very well and has you singing what you would like to sing and reach your goals!
December 13, 2017
Grace G. is always well prepared for lessons with my 10 year daughter. My daughter is in special education at school and Grace relates very well with her and has helped her focus and stay interested during her lessons. I would recommend Grace for childrens singing lessons.
25 years of teaching voice has given me the joy of helping singers of all ages and abilities realize their full vocal potential. As a vocal technician, my approach to teaching is based on the principles of vocal science, as well as my own proven theories. My students not only increase their range, vocal strength and develop a better tone, many of them have gone on to perform in major theaters throughout the nation. Whether you are a musical theater, opera, rock, jazz or pop singer, my technique will help you trust your voice and free you to be creatively expressive.
Whether you sing musical theater, classical, pop. jazz, country or rock, you will learn how to use your voice well. It won't hurt, you won't get hoarse, and you'll create sounds you've only dreamed about.
Hi! I'm Lauren Sawyer. I am an internationally known singer and business owner who is passionate about vocal technique. Singing well is a SCIENCE. I have developed proven exercises that will make your voice resonant and strong. Singing is also a BELIEF. Our work together will give you the courage to release your voice from self doubt and help you experience the immense joy that comes from being creatively expressive with it! For over 25 years, this has been the essence of my teaching philosophy.
My students range from beginning singers who are curious about their vocal potential, to professionals who need a polished edge to their
audition repertoire. As Founder of Boulder Music Institute, a summer training program for artists, my work is all about empowering, guiding and creating jobs for the singer. My relationships with talent agencies in the United States and Europe have helped many performers launch their professional careers.
The BEST! Lauren is an impeccable musician, teacher, and vocal technician. I studied voice in college at Oklahoma City University and started taking lessons with Lauren after a 4-year break from singing. Since my first lesson, I have seen consistent improvement in my technique and confidence. My voice is the healthiest it has ever been! I am creating sounds that just BLOW ME AWAY!
Lauren has a wide range of students, from beginners to advanced. Opera to musical theater. One thing you can be certain about her is that she has a passion for teaching. The commitment to help you improve is there. In my opinion, that is what you want in a teacher. I have the utmost confidence in recommending Lauren to someone who is looking for a teacher.
May 6, 2018
Lauren is a great professional! When I started my singing lessons with her, I was not confident about my voice and I was not sure if I would be brave enough to audition for musical theater. She has been helping me to get over my fear and believe in myself more as well as she has taught me techniques that really improved my voice. Now I know that all of this is possible.
April 23, 2018
Lauren is just amazing; knowledgable, positive and encouraging. I have a vocal tremor meaning my voice shakes when speaking and I lost the ability to sing. With Lauren's help, I am strengthening my voice. I had voice therapy sessions with a medically trained therapist where I made no progress and was encouraged to accept my 'limitation'. With Lauren, I didn't have to settle for accepting my limitation. Rather, I am making huge progress, thanks to her technical expertise, knowledge and encouragement, My speaking tremor is nearly gone and I can sing again!
As a professional pop/rock singer songwriter and musical theatre performer, I love infusing my teaching with techniques, warm ups, and insights that I've learned over the past few years (and even use myself). I have a BFA in Musical Theatre and have taught beginning piano and voice for the past year. Whether you're interested in singing pop, rock, standards, or Broadway, I will tailor lessons to meet your needs. Shoot me a message if you're interested, and we can set something up!
*Background check documents available upon request*
I'm a vocalist, pianist, and songwriter with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre, and am currently teaching voice and piano to nearly 20 students, of all ages and backgrounds. My versatility, experience and formal training helps me to make the learning experience easy, stress free and fun. I love to gear lessons towards the specific strengths and goals of each student.
While obtaining my Bachelor's degree, I took regular voice lessons from one of the leading vocal pedagogy experts in the world: Mary Saunders Barton. I also studied various aspects of music and performance, such as the art of auditioning, and music theory. I have spent many years performing in professional, regional musical theater productions, and am happy to work on auditions with my students. Curre
ntly, I play gigs regularly in my local area (Philadelphia) and write and record regularly. My songs have been licensed for national/international TV (E!, MTV, PBS, Netflix, and more).
I typically teach my clients either in their own homes (if within 12 miles of me), or online. I can easily accommodate to teach in my own home as well. I have also had background checks completed for the various schools I teach with, and am happy show them to you upon request.
My daughter enjoyed working with Lia. She was patient, fun and helped build my daughter's confidence when she made mistakes and needed to try again. She was an absolute pleasure to work with!
February 24, 2019
LIa is the right fit for my high school student. My daughter has been taking classic piano lessons since 4 years old. She has been looking for an instructor who will allow her to develop her creative side.
Lia customizes her lessons and has reignited my daughters love of piano.
August 1, 2018
Both of my daughters love to sing. We signed up for lessons so they could learn their favorite pop songs; one of my daughters also took piano. They've learned how to hit notes easier and how to properly warm up; Lia is great at finding fun ways to keep them engaged while also still learning. The combination of piano and voice for my youngest has been really valuable. I highly recommend Lia for your lessons!
My musical career began when I was nine years old playing the flute and violin. I started singing in choir at 11 and started theatre at 13. I studied acting at the Actor Training Program, a subset of Solano Community College. I’ve also performed in professional shows around the Bay Area, with companies such as Contra Costa Civic Theatre, Missouri Street Theatre, and Lamplighters Music Theatre. I recently graduated from Circle in the Square Theatre School with a diploma in Musical Theatre. I’m now based in Brooklyn, ready to work with anyone within the five boroughs!
I’ve studied French on and off since I was 8 years old, continuing throughout high school and completing the major requirements for an associates degree in French, plus an extra semester. I also taught sixth and seventh graders an Intro to French class, where the goal was to make learning a new language fun. I am prepared to meet you at your level, and help you reach your goals. The lessons will be mostly in French, so you can get as much immersion as possible. Cultural experiences will also be a part of the lesson, including food, music, and history. I want to know what your objective is, so I can create a lesson plan tailored to your needs.
My musical career began when I was nine years old playing the flute and violin. I started singing in choir at 11 and started theatre at 13. I studied acting at the Actor Training Program, a subset
of Solano Community College. I’ve also performed in professional shows around the Bay Area, with companies such as Contra Costa Civic Theatre, Missouri Street Theatre, and Lamplighters Music Theatre. I recently graduated from Circle in the Square Theatre School with a diploma in Musical Theatre. I’m now based in Brooklyn, ready to work with anyone within the five boroughs!
I started cooking when I was nine years old. My mother was in the hospital for nine days, and I was left to my father’s care. He’s a great father, but an absent-minded man who only ate once a day, so I lived off of what I could make for myself-cereal and soy sauce top ramen. I vowed to never be dependent on someone else to cook for me, and I want to give that same independence to you! I’ll teach you how to make simple flavorful dishes on a budget, so that you can be in control of what you eat (and hopefully we wont make too big a mess in the process).
I’m a qualified Vocal Instructor with a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance from Capital University Conservatory of Music. I am a professional musical theatre performer in NYC and I am offering personalized lessons and instructive services to students in the New York City area OR over Skype! I love what I do and have been teaching children performance skills since 2010. I am committed to helping children (especially beginners) interested in the arts explore their musical and performing skills further and to help them reach their full potential.
I’m a qualified Vocal/Theatre Instructor with a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance from Capital University Conservatory of Music. I am a professional musical theatre performer in NYC and I am offering personalized lessons and instructive services to students in the New York City area OR over Skype! I love what I do and have been teaching children performance skills since 2010. I am committed to helping children (especially beginners) interested in the arts explore their musical and performing skills further and to help them reach their full potential.
Paula has been great working with my daughter via Skype and this week we were able to meet her in person in NYC. What a treat for my daughter!
March 21, 2019
Paula Shtein is a gem of a vocal coach for clients of all ages, experience levels and capabilities. She is always prepared, professional, flexible and able to assist with various genres of musical requirements the clients may need her help with at a moment’s notice. She doesn’t waste time at all with pre-class chatter. Paula gets right to work and is extremely efficient and effective. In just a few sessions, Paula was able to help all three of my daughters revamp their vocal and breathing techniques, compile an updated repertoire of songs for their upcoming auditions and refine their vocal presentation (aka vocal performance). With Paula’s help my middle daughter Melania booked a role in Matilda at the Walnut Street Theatre this past holiday season and gave a stellar performances during the entire run of the show. And this past winter, Victoria (10), Sophia (13) and Melania (12) were confident and actually placed at the top of their game among peers their age at a professional workshop in NY. As a parent and manager, I view Paula as a tremendous asset. She is a very hardworking, dedicated and determined vocal coach. Most importantly, she produces results…. consistently and solid results!
~ Christina Zalipsky (Mother, Manager of Professional Child Actresses Sophia, Melania and Victoria Zalipsky)
Hello! It's a pleasure to 'meet' you. I'm David and I've been teaching voice since 1988 from the college level all they way down to little kids! My main goal is to see you singing songs you love, using great vocal technique. I am very supportive and work with beginners through advanced students. Your outcome from lessons with me will be having vocal freedom and confidence in what you are doing. And it will be fun along the way.
Jazz is my specialty (I work constantly as a professional singer in this field), but I am comfortable in musical theatre, 'Classical' and pop/R&B. I am also an expert with young voices (and it's important, because they're different).
Ready to shine? Let's get started!
I love teaching! More than just someone to help students sing correctly, I really support and empower the people I work with. I want you to follow your dreams and if I can help by getting you singing better than ever before, that's great. I'm lucky in that I do what I love. I started as a choral conductor back in 1983 while in community college, then when to U.O.P. Conservatory of Music and got my bachelors in music education. Then I went to Northern Arizona University and got my masters in choral conducting. I have taught kindergarten through college, in public/private schools and colleges. I love working with all ages, seniors too.
Some of my students have gone on to successful careers on Broadway, as pop musicians, as award-winning teachers, or have been admitted to top music universities.
The jazz bug bit me hard in 1987, when I
was accepted to the Banff Summer Jazz Institute, where I studied with Dave Holland, Kenny Wheeler, and Julian Priester. Since then I have played with some of the world's best jazz artists, including Ari Roland, John Marshall, and Joe Farnsworth. I will tour Russia with my trio in September of 2019!
If you want to get your jazz chops to a higher level, we can definitely do that, including improvisation and theory in jazz.
I grew up listening to Stevie Wonder so R&B is in my soul. I'm also a pretty decent pop musician/pianist. I had many years of teaching 'Classical' voice also...and am comfortable teaching Italian art songs.
I'm a professional classical singer and I came to David to learn how to sing jazz. He changed my life: I use his vocal tips not only in jazz but also in my classical singing. I became more confident in my work and in my life in general. David is an experienced musican, singer, and teacher. He is a wonderful and responsive person.
May 3, 2019
David is an incredibly professional, kind and caring voice teacher. Just the first lesson with him helped me make a huge improvement in singing - he made me feel relaxed and finally break my inner blocks so I started to sing with much bigger confidence than before. David has a lot of valuable knowledge and techniques to share with his students. And what is also important he is an extremely friendly person, always willing to answer your questions and help you achieve your singing goals.
I took Serena's lessons via skype and I wasn't sure what it would be like at first, but I loved the experience. I didn't even hav
e to leave my house for voice classes. I really liked her because she really does try to help you out and makes the experience relaxing and fun. She has been in plenty of musicals herself and has lots of experience. I would definitely recommend her!!"
"Marjorie's lessons are like therapy for your voice. I started off shy and afraid of my voice, and now just after the third lesson I am understanding to lo
gistics of my voice as well as building confidence. Really looking forward to her lessons every week."
"Cheryl is wonderful performer and a beautiful person. As a former director during her elementary and middle school years, she has taught me many things t
hrough her preparation and performances. She is the epitome of hard work, dedication and striving to be the best that she can be. By the way, she also has a beautiful voice and a wonderful way with people."
"Erica's enthusiasm for show music is so contagious! I enjoy working with her so much, and I have learned so much from her. I recently attended one of her
performances, and she was dynamite!"
"i like berry alot and i want to continue singing with him"
"I have been taking piano lessons and singing lessons from Amber for about a year. I have had big music dreams for most of my life, but have just recently
found the courage to give it a try. I was an absolute beginner in singing and had a few months experience with the piano. In both aspects, Amber has completely changed my life. I am more confident in my skills, I enjoy practicing, and I am starting to see a HUGE difference in my vocals and piano from when I started.
Amber asks you to put in work in order to achieve your musical goals. Follow her advice, and I promise you will not be disappointed. Before you know it, you will have gained skills in sight-reading, in breath support, in playing through distraction, in singing and playing with correct form, and in building confidence in yourself and your abilities. I love Amber, and I would choose her again and again if I could."
"honestly one of the best technique professors I've ever had. In the course of two lessons she correct two things I've been doing wrong my whole life, whi
ch instantly improved my sound! Amazing!"
"Gabriel is an amazing teacher. He works well based on where the student is. I have been requesting help with my current musical and broadway singing in ge
neral, and Gabriel has helped me feel much more confident. The lessons are more than worth it."
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