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Judy T.

Astoria, NY

About Judy

First of all, leave any fear or doubt at the door! We will work together to help you build and develop your voice for whatever your need. Whether you are a beginner just realizing you can sing, a high school student needing to prepare for your college auditions or a professional singer getting ready for an upcoming audition, I can get you where you need to be! My philosophy of voice instruction, developed over twenty-five years of teaching experience, personal vocal study and professional singing, focuses on three primary areas:
- Proper singing technique
- Key principles of voice
training
- Breath development as a foundation for singing
- Care of the voice
- Varied and appropriate repertoire
In addition, voice training demands an exceptional ability to connect with the student on a personal level. Vocal instruction is a highly individualized art. The melding of both the technical and the personal aspects of singing is the dynamic that creates an effective and successful teaching/learning experience. Augmenting my teaching experience, I have been heavily involved in productions with children and young adults, using my musical knowledge, vocal expertise and skill in dance and choreography.

I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance from Carnegie Mellon University. I am a professional singer and actress and a member of Equity and SAG-AFTRA.

*** Lesson Details ***
I find that when a student arrives for their lesson, they usually are a bit tense, either because they were stuck in traffic, had a bad day at work, did poorly on a test at school, etc. So we always start with some stretches to loosen up and clear the mind. For voice students, we'll move on to technique building, working with breathing exercises, learning about good support and placement. Next, we'll continue the warm up with a series of varied exercises-think "Do-Re-Mi" from The Sound of Music-and then move on to songs. Your repertoire will be varied. You'll be singing classical music (really helps to build and strengthen the voice), music theater, pop, country and anything you may be interested in singing! That being said, since this is your lesson time, you may need to prepare for an audition, a solo at church or some other performance and may need to devote your entire lesson to that preparation. And that's fine with me. We need to be flexible to help you get the most from your time with me!

Whatever you are studying, always know that my primary goal is your growth as a musician and performer.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Open loft area with a black grand piano. Music. Cabinets. Seating for parents. Street parking available for those who are driving. 5 minute walk to subway. 1 small dog and one cat.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a digital recorder & cassette recorder. I find it is better for my students to have their own voice recorder but I can record for them.

*** Specialties ***
My experience as a performer has been varied, ranging from fronting a rock band in the 80's to cantoring for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to music theater (I am a member of Equity & SAG) to jingle & commercial work. I specialize in music theater and classical but am very comfortable working with pop & rock.
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Ellie M. March 16, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I always leave singing lessons with Judy with a huge smile on my face and even more inspiration to sing and get better and better. She is so down to earth and fun as well, and I felt comfortable in the first lesson.
I was nervous that it would be difficult for me to take singing lesson being unable to read music, and not playing an instrument, but that was not the case. Judy's helping me get a feel for reading music and is really patient and encouraging. So much energy flowing during lesson time! I love it. Great instructor and person.
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Emma Z. March 12, 2015
Broadway Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Where should I start...

Judy is so nice and sweet! The moment I walked in her place, I felt warm and welcomed. It is a perfect place to practice singing. Judy definitely knows her thing, and knows how to teach according to students' needs. She's inspiring, and always encourages me to do the best I can. In her classes, I feel I'm making progress every week. It's been a great learning experience! :D
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Josephine A. February 10, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Judy is very compassionate, kind, and talented. She has such a positive way of uplifting and instilling confidence in her students. My daughter recently started taking lessons with Judy and is always so excited to see her. She is always looking forward to her next singing lesson. We are both very happy :)
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Judy T.

Judy T.

Astoria, NY 11102
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starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Joshua M. - FLEX LESSONS ONLY!

Washington, DC

About Joshua

As an actor, Joshua graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Judith Blazer’s 2005/2007 company of the Artist’s Crossing.
Performance credits include roles in The Trojan Women, Godspell, Burn This, Comedy of Errors, Children of Eden, Othello, Show Boat, Sunday in the Park with George, The Chosen, Sweeney Todd..., The Laramie Project, and Les Miserables to name a few.
As a director, Joshua directed three sold out productions of Hedwig and the Angry Inch in NC and DC, received rave reviews for his work with Neil
LaBute’s Some Girl(s), and just completed production for a series on the making of Oklahoma!. Other sporadic credits include Duets for the DC Fringe Festival, a number of independent films and countless readings, workshops and concerts.
Joshua has worked as a Musical Director for many shows within the NY/NJ/DC tri-state area and coaches a handful of select students. The musical play, Definition of a Housewife, conceived and written by himself and Jeffery Self had a workshop production in the summer of 2006 at Columbia University.
Most recently he appeared in Arena Stage’s production of Fiddler on the Roof, directed the DC premiere of Madhuri Shekar’s In Love and Warcraft and will next be appearing in Signature Theatre’s production of Soon by Nick Blaemire. He is also attached to a new musical (A House of Glass) about Tennessee Williams in which Joshua will be playing the prolific writer.
Joshua is the Artistic Director of No Rules Theatre Company based out of Washington, DC and Winston-Salem, NC and sits on the board of the Artists Crossing in NY, NY.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that all singing comes from the same place, technically (Opera, Musical Theatre, Pop, etc.). I work more on building a strong foundation from which everything else comes. That includes breath, placement and the stripping away of bad vocal habits that inhibit us from making healthy productive sounds. A strong foundation does usually mean having a stronger sense of your "legit" voice because it takes more work to involve your palate and breath which makes Musical Theatre/Pop seem like a piece of cake. I like to work with dedicated students who are open to challenging themselves and exploring other schools of thought in order to take themselves to the next level.

With my actors, I start from building a foundation of a sense of truth which is inherent in all of us. We talk through/explore a number of "approaches", in order to find the individuals process. From there, we begin work on how to approach text (actions, objectives, targets, meanings, etc.)

**Prospective students should be aware that lessons for speaking voice are geared more toward theatre training, rather than speech therapy. **

*** Studio Equipment ***
A space for lessons with a large library of music/plays. An upright piano.

*** Specialties ***
I only work on a flex schedule with my students, so when booking lessons- rather than selecting a specific day and time for lessons, we schedule each lesson from week to week as we go. I have lots of open hours for teaching, though they are not reflected on my calendar, as my schedule tends to fluctuate.

I have a strong background in musical theatre but believe that it all comes from the same place. Good technique is good technique which stems from more of a "classical" background. Bel canto, if you will. It's like dancing. Dancers who study ballet are much better dancers than those who don't because they have a strong foundation from which to work.
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Logan C. July 27, 2015
Broadway Singing · In studio
Verified Student
He is very detailed in getting to know what makes you what you are and where you come from. There is an established unconditional comfortability and confidence that he brings when talking to about your history and future goals, and unquestionable intrigue of interest that helps him figure out what it is you want out of a lesson, critique, or and experience.
Overall he is very involved in actually helping you developed yourself and your craft towards what ever direction you wish to take it. Highly recommend one of his lessons and experience as a mentor
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Amelia N. July 20, 2015
Shakespearean Acting · In studio
Verified Student
Joshua is an awesome teacher. He will go out of his way to help you however he can. I have a masters in acting and wanted to find someone that was both knowledgable and encouraging. He is both! He has helped me think about my goals...and have fun. This guy rocks.
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Bianca M. June 4, 2015
Acting · In studio
Verified Student
Joshua Morgan is an extroadinary teacher! He knows what he's talking about; very knowledgeable about the business. He gave me tips and pointers of things that I needed to know. He will also tell you the absolute truth because he wants you to succeed, which I love. He expands your mind and helps you be prepared before heading into the industry because its no piece of cake, but he encourages you every step of the way. He also made me feel comfortable and he's very patient. I'm very glad to have met him. Its not the end, but only the beginning with him.
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Joshua M. - FLEX LESSONS ONLY!

Astoria, NY 11102
(21)
starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Monica S.

Astoria, NY

About Monica

I completed my Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance with a certificate in Music in Education from the New England Conservatory of music and completed a Master of Music in Opera Performance from the University of Maryland Opera Studio. I have 
performed
 in places such as the
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 the 
Academy
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 the
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 Center and the National Gallery of Art. I serve on the music teaching staff of both Highbridge Voices and the National Children's chorus in add
ition to maintaining an active private teaching studio and a busy international performing schedule.
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Mary C. March 17, 2015
Singing · In studio
Monica is an outstanding voice teacher. She customized each lesson, from warm ups to repertoire choices, to fit the age, skill level, vocal strengths, and interests of each singer. Watching her work with high school age students is a joy--she loves what she does and the students respond very well to her. They are enthusiastic about going to their lessons and beaming when the lessons are over. Monica brings her strong vocal pedagogy knowledge, along with her own talent and passion for teaching to the voice lesson. She is a wonderful instructor. Highly recommend!
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Rob O. December 14, 2014
Vocal Training · In home
Besides being a fantastic vocalist, Monica is also a great teacher. She is very creative, patient and calm (no drama), but is still disciplined and persistent. She managed to get basic music theory into my thick skull and help me with sight reading, and did not yell at me when I didn't do my homework! The only downside is that she is so talented and well trained that she makes singing look effortless.
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Jason L. December 11, 2014
Singing
Monica is such a fantastic teacher. She is one of those people who really listens to the needs of the student, and gives her all at every lesson. Through her knowledge and experience, Monica has rebuilt my voice and my confidence from the bottom up. I highly recommend working with her!
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Monica S.

Monica S.

Astoria, NY 11102
(5)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Michelle S.

Astoria, NY

About Michelle

Every student is unique, and I tailor my lessons to best meet their individual needs. It is important to me that students learn through lessons that are insightful, interactive and fun! :) I began teaching in 1999 and have students of all ages and experience levels. Most recently a student of mine booked a contract for the national tour of "A Christmas Story!"

In addition to being a voice and piano teacher, I am also a professional performing artist, singing on stages both in NYC and all over the world. I have a graduate degree in music from the Peabody Conservatory. My musical trainin
g began in 1982 and has encompassed voice, flute and piano.

I am happy to discuss pricing packages and the possibility of having lessons in your own home, as well as any additional scheduling options I may have available.
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Noreen H. March 11, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Great teacher, she's very patient and encouraging. Michelle helps instill confidence in her students. I had an awesome time relearning piano with her. Michelle is a great option for both children and adults
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Erin P. January 14, 2015
Classical Voice · In studio
I can't say enough good things about Michelle! I've taken voice lessons for years, but since graduating college any formal study had fallen by the wayside. Then a friend asked me to sing in her wedding and I needed help getting ready. In just two months, Michelle helped me get out of my head and into my body in a way that I hadn't been able to get to before. Even though Michelle was helping me prepare specific pieces, her strategies and insight helped me to re-solidify my foundation for how I sing. With Michelle, I've been able to find a freedom and ease in my voice that hadn't been able to achieve before. She's skilled and effective, and just a lovely person on top of it all!
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Ashley V. December 1, 2014
Michelle and I worked together on the National Tour of Oliver. When not on stage or traveling, we spent our hours talking vocal technique and working together on exercises conducted by Michelle. I was especially impressed by Michelle's ability to speak my language when it came to accessing my voice. She used her Alexander Technique training to get me out of my head allowing me to trust my own voice. The vocal freedom I was able to access with Michelle was so valuable and I am excited to work with her again.
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Michelle S.

Michelle S.

Astoria, NY 11105
(3)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Anthony Michael M.

Astoria, NY

About Anthony Michael

An actor’s journey is made up of many personal and professional discoveries on the way toward fulfilling our artistic goals. Whether you are beginning or have much experience, I will help you feel more confident, prepared, and excited about the work you create. We will work together to illuminate your natural talents, build a solid technique, and overcome the obstacles that stand in your way in the audition room, in rehearsal, and on stage.

My experience as a professional actor for the past decade, with
Off-Broadway, International, and Regional credits, enhances my ability to work with
actors in a unique and personal way.

I was recently accepted into the M.F.A Classical Acting program at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and I received my B.A. in Theatre & Mass Media Studies from Florida State University in 2007. In New York City, I have trained with the Pearl Theatre Company, Fiasco Theatre, Shakespeare Forum, and the Flea Theatre. I have studied with renowned classical teachers John Barton (LAMDA), Cicely Berry (RSC), and acclaimed actress, Claire Higgins (The Old Vic Theater).
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Diana D. May 29, 2015
Shakespearean Acting · In studio
Michael is a fantastic teacher! He helped me work on my Cleopatra among other great characters. He is focused, knowledgeable, passionate and has a profound manner in making the text accessible-current and personal. I used to have difficulty relating to a piece, the language intimidated me. Michael helped me to make the text my own, coming from my own heart. It changed how I worked on everything, both classical and modern.
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Anthony Michael M.

Anthony Michael M.

Astoria, NY 11106
(1)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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