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About Michael Douglas J.

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Patchogue, NY

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About Michael Douglas
I maintain very active performing and teaching careers. I have private voice studios on Long Island and in Manhattan and have taught singers and pianists in every genre of music for the last 27 years. I was on the faculty of New York University in the Music and Music Professions Department for 5 years. I was a coach in the Banff Centre's 'Voice through body and movement' workshop. Throughout my career as a vocal coach, I have worked with many cabaret artists as musical director, arranger and accompanist. Most notably, Debbie Boily's "Thank You for the Music"a one woman show with me at the piano, recorded live at Ovations in June 2004 Houston, Texas and subsequently performed in France, England and New York. Most recently, I recorded an opera with Jazz legend Anthony Braxton and a Jazz CD with Fred Ho. I have recorded operas in progress fo
r Atlantic Records and new works of composers on the BMI label. As a performer I won the prestigious Jessie award for "outstanding performance by an actor in a leading role" for my creation of the Marquis in "120 Songs for the Marquis de Sade" in the world premiere co-produced by Modern Baroque Opera and Vancouver New Music. My international debut was in Sweden, singing the lead role of Director in "Kafka's Chimp" by Welsh composer, John Metcalf. Originally from Hawaii I now reside in New York where I garden and raise chickens. Experience
Fall 2000-2006 New York University NY, NY
Vocal Instructor for undergraduate and graduate students in the Music and Music Professions degree programs.
Instructor of Italian Diction
Music Director/Vocal Coach for ODIN, a new rap opera.

Spring 2003-present State University of New York at Stony Brook Stony Brook, NY
Vocal Coach for chamber groups for performances, which begins with selection of repertoire and continues to final dress.

Summer 2002-2004 Banff Centre for the Arts Banff, Alberta
Guest Lecturer/Vocal Instructor working with each singer individually for festival opera productions as well as attended rehearsals and production meetings.

*** Lesson Details ***
I endeavor to teach you a natural and easy vocal production; to teach you a good solid technique of singing and to help you develop confidence and a polished delivery as a singing artist on and off the stage.

Our work together is an intuitive journey of discovery. Your participation in giving feedback about what you are experiencing during our sessions together as well as what happens in your practice sessions and in your performances is an invaluable tool for us to discover and develop your voice.

Practice: I encourage you to practice 20 minutes a day. An hour is ideal. Singing is like anything that you want to master: it improves with work and investigation. The voice is a curiously individual element of each person and aside from the basics of technique no two voices work the same. Our work together is to develop your unique voice and to discover how it works. Working outside our sessions on a regular basis will help you take ownership of your voice and technique.

Auditions/Performances: Please bring all music that you plan to sing in public to your sessions well in advance of the performance. We need time to investigate the music and its demands together; it will make you more confident and polished in your presentation.

In our Vocal sessions you will learn…
…how to use and blend the entire range of your voice.
… a healthy and free voice management.
1) You want to know what to expect from your vocal instrument on any given note and on any given word.
2) Training makes singing technique second nature; training relieves struggling to get the sound out and allows more focus on the performance.
3) Training allows for more tone coloration, a wider dynamic range, a full use and blending of the registers and greater stamina.
4) Extensive training and practical voice work gives a singer with long-range career aspirations the tools necessary to succeed in an incredibly competitive business. Whether the music is rock, pop, jazz, rhythm and blues, country, musical theater or classical, the trained singer can better meet the demands of a life on the stage as a singer.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Dedicated Music Space, music stand, grand piano, three windows

*** Specialties ***
Onstage singing: I have 29 years experience on the operatic, music theater and cabaret theatre stages.
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Don D August 24, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Micheal is very passionate about his work . His passion comes across while teaching piano to me. I am an adult who decided to take up piano at a later age so it can be challenging but Michael encourages me to practice correctly and take my time to learn this new language of reading music so that I can move forward. Micheal makes it easy!
If you are looking for someone who loves his music and loves to teach Michael Douglas is the person for you. I highly recommend him to anyone seeking a professional teacher.
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Angelica March 28, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Great first lesson!
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Chris D. July 5, 2016
· Singing · In studio
i haven't sung in 10 years, Michael gave me faith in myself and encouragement to get back into it which was great. Very personable lessons made it feel like it was catered to me and not a cookie cutter lesson, he knew what to focus on with me and how to work with me.
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About Lela G.

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Deland, FL

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About Lela
I teach all lesson either in my home or online using the online takelessons platform (preferred) or through Skype or FaceTime.
I do not travel for in home lessons.

I am very passionate about music and believe it can serve as a gateway for many areas in life. It provides and assists with growth in many areas including: structure, motivation, creativity, communication, endurance, focus, and so much more!!
Learning an instrument is a priceless investment and is something that stays with you for life.

QUALIFICATIONS:
MUSIC AND EDUCATION:
I am 25 years old and have recently finished school for my degree in Music Therapy and completed my 900 hour (6 month) internship at a behavioral health hospital. I am currently in graduate school for mental health counseling.
I have been musically involved for thirteen years, gaining experien
ce from many avenues including band, private lessons, choirs, and musical gigs. I taught music theory and ear training at an after school music and arts business for 1.5 years and worked with a variety of students ranging from 6 years old to twenty years old. As a music therapist, I am required to be proficient on my main instrument (flute) plus on guitar and piano. I am also required to be proficient in the creation and implementation of goals and objectives, people skills, and to have an empathetic, understanding, and positive approach in all I do. I believe these skills contribute greatly to the effectiveness of my teaching. I am also qualified and willing to teach adaptive lessons for students with all types of disabilities. This includes mental and physical.

PSYCHOLOGY:
I am currently pursuing a masters in mental health counseling and have a minor in psychology. I have completed a practicum at a behavioral health hospital and an internship at another behavioral health hospital.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:
Education experience: I taught music theory for 1.5 years in Tallahassee, Florida. I am currently a certified substitute teacher in Volusia county Florida for elementary through high school and I teach flute sectionals at local middle schools and high schools. I have also been a teachers aide in two kindergarten classrooms. This job required me to teach students individually and in small groups. I also provided music groups with the kindergarteners once a week. Prior to this I have been a regular dividend in a kindergarten classroom for a semester, have lead flute choir and flute sectionals, and have volunteered often in an elementary art classroom.

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY:
My teaching style is organized yet laid-back. I am sympathetic and positive in my approach. I am understanding of your busy schedules so am very flexible although my schedule is quite limited and it may be difficult to reschedule lessons.
I have access to lesson books/textbooks and can make suggestions for you based on your needs and desires. If you are a beginning piano student you will need to purchase your own book. (It's about $6.00 on Amazon.)
Our first lessons will be based around assessing your strengths and weaknesses. From there I will create a schedule customized to your specific needs. Your input is important to me as I am always willing to be flexible based on your personal needs and preferences.
Learning music is FUN so I will make sure you are enjoying the lessons as well as getting the most out of them that you can!

PRICING INFO:
Flute, piano, and guitar lessons are $25/30 minutes and ukulele is $20/30 minutes. This is a set price. I do not haggle. I do provide sibling discounts!
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Mondo February 1, 2017
· Ukulele · Online
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Maya January 18, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Very patient with my shy daughter.
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Audrey August 23, 2016
· Piano · In home
Great first lesson! My 9 year old daughter is looking forward to the next lesson with Lela and I am going to start my 5 year old.
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About Miranda B.

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Prescott Valley, AZ
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I've been teaching piano lessons online (through Skype) and also in person. I use both American and European teaching methods with my students, which means you're going to have the best results with your studying, improving skills and have fun too. So, if you have a good internet connection let's start lessons here at TL. Looking forward to hearing from you!

I am Miranda, classically trained pianist, and teacher- originally from country Georgia, Eastern Europe. Graduated Piano Performance/Piano Pedagogy class at Balanchivadze Music College of Kutaisi, Georgia.
After moving to the United States started experimenting with a digital piano, software programs, composing and recording compositions in classical and electronic genres and shared them on Soundcloud, CDBaby, iTunes, Youtube, Radio Pandora, Audiojungle...
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David July 1, 2016
· Classical Piano · Online
Even though I'm an older intermediate student, I feel I've made a lot of improvement over the last year of having lessons with Miranda. I feel more at home at the keyboard and things are coming easier that once were so difficult on my own. Miranda helps me bring out the best in the music, she has a very good sense of it, and also is a very positive influence and patient teacher. I look forward to my lessons with her, she is very pleasant and helpful.
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Milana July 1, 2016
· Piano · Online
I've known Miranda for several years. She is a wonderful performer and composer, knows well both classical and modern styles. She is great at creating melodies and great rhythms, and is also sensitive to your needs as a student, being a charming and wonderfully kind person...
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Nino July 1, 2016
· Piano · Online
First of all, Miranda is the greatest pianist I have ever met, really talented and hard-working at the same time. I remember first time when I got to the piano lessons to her studio and the sounds getting from the piano I still hear on my mind. She has a good experience of teaching music and Of course Miranda is really able to make her students love music.
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About Brian O.

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New York, NY

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About Brian
Hi, there! My name is Brian and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2001 and have loved helping my students learn how to play music purely by ear, improve their ability to think instinctively on their instruments, and to develop their individual unique style on their instrument. My teaching style is fun and interactive, engaging, and lets you explore the best musical expression that suits you. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Brian O.

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About Diego H.

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Van Nuys, CA
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In addition to being responsible, reliable and patient. I’m a fanatic for teaching – particularly when it is about guiding children, adolescents, and adults in their love for learning music. As a music instructor with more than four years' experience, I have learned how to teach instruments such as guitar, bass, and piano in an efficient and enjoyable way, always looking for satisfying students' needs and their love for playing. I will apply my expertise to every single class in order to help you to accomplish your musical aims with the best outcomes. When do we start?
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Emily October 5, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
He is very patient and respectfull and did a great job encouraging my little girl. We are happy to have found him.
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Susie August 23, 2017
· Classical Guitar · In home
I actually got these lessons for my Mom who is 86 yrs young. After her list lesson she called me and said she was very glad I picked Diego for her instructor, he has the patience that she'd hope for. They both sang together in Spanish it was awesome and she is very excited to continue her classes with Diego.. So I'm going to bumper her up to 45 min. Instead of 30 min on her next set of classes. Thanks Diego for helping make my Mom's dreams of playing classical guitar come true.... her daughter...Susie
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About Rob C.

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Kissimmee, FL

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Rob received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Musical Theatre from Emerson College in Boston.

He has performed in Theme Parks, Summer Stock, Regional Theaters and Dinner Theaters through the United States.

For the past 13 years Rob has performed at Walt Disney World with The Voices of Liberty, The Dapper Dans, and Finding Nemo the Musical. He has also performed in various stage shows and vocal groups at Hong Kong Disneyland and The Tokyo Disney Resort.

As well as his work on stage, Rob has also been a Musical Director and Vocal Coach at Emerson College, Staples High School and The Fiddlehead Theater Company in Boston.

He is a proud member of Actor's Equity Association.
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Rob C.

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About Colleen S.

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Knoxville, TN
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Greetings! My name is Colleen Angela. I am a graduate of Thomas Edison State University, and my area of expertise is piano hymn-playing and classical music.

Since I've been teaching I have brought over 50 students from beginner level to Chopin and Beethoven.

I have been playing, performing, and composing choir and congregational music in Churches for 10 years now. Sacred music is my first love, and this includes hymn improvisation. Not only is it extremely rewarding, but the theory transfers to Jazz music and composition quite smoothly.

I teach all ages. Beginner students I enjoy in particular; as it's always a fun experience to learn and grow together.

I look forward to meeting you and teaching you the joys of piano!
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Colleen S.

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About Christopher N.

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Kennesaw, GA

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Chris is an award winning theatrical performer, musician, vocalist and sought after performance coach in the Atlanta area. Under Chris’ influence as a gifted piano instructor, vocal teacher and performance coach, his clients have gone on to appear on stage and screen globally with credits given to performances at Carnegie Hall, The White House and The Walt Disney Company just to name a few.

Chris has served as chief music director across the east coast in musicals such as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Sound of Music, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and just recently is credited to the role of Neville Craven in Lucy Simon’s Tony Award Winning musical, The Secret Garden.

In his spare time Chris contributes back to the arts community by serving in local churches as a musician, gifted speaker and vocalist. Chri
s attended Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia where he studied music and vocal performance and continues to devote his energy to training and coaching people of all ages in the field of music.

Voice students can expect to improve week to week in their vocal technique. Every voice has a unique timbre; I teach students to release built up tension and apply foundational techniques in order to unlock their own individual sound. I can help any student to sing with freedom, confidence, and expression.

I teach piano students of all different ages and experience levels. I can teach students to read music and pursue musical excellence, to learn how to play classical and contemporary music using a variety of sheet music, chord charts and more!
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John August 23, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Chris is a true professional with an easy-going teaching style and fun to be with. I am a bass/baritone and he helped me increase my range beyond what I thought I could do and improve my breathing which has really helped me as a choir member. I'd definitely take more classes from him again.
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Kailee-Grace August 18, 2017
· Singing · In home
There are so many things I could say about my experience with Christopher Nanny, but the best thing about working with Christopher is the fact that every lesson is catered to the individual student. My lessons were always focused and fun, I left every lesson knowing I was prepared for my next performance. If you are a adult, teenager, or child who wants to receive excellent teaching and coaching, I would highly recommend taking lessons with Christopher Nanny.
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Samantha August 18, 2017
· Piano · In home
SO. MUCH. FUN! My daughter had given up on piano until we met Chris last year! He makes learning fun and is GREAT with our little girl!
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About Toni D.

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Largo, FL
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I am a professional Double Bass player with a Bachelor's Degree in Music from Florida State University. As a proficient multi-instrumentalist, I am able to teach all stringed instruments, such as the violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar, mandolin, and ukulele. With experience coaching and mentoring students who have a passion for songwriting, it has helped them become effective, dynamic, and knowledgeable songwriters.*

I teach strings to students of all different ages and proficiency levels. I am a classically trained musician with 19 years experience, with 11 of those years as a member of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra. My competency and versatility as a musician has given me the opportunity to work with children in the public school systems, after school programs, recreational centers, local events, and statewide competitions
and conventions.

Every instrument has a unique timbre, so I teach students what their chosen instrument's role is and what it's specific sound is used for. I believe that "practice makes progress," so I encourage each student to practice consistently and efficiently. By applying foundational techniques during practice and performance, it will aid in their continual growth and progress as a musician.

Depending on the goals and preference of the student - no matter the instrument - I highly encourage each of my students to learn to read music/chord sheets, understand and maneuver their instruments fluidly, and challenge themselves to pursue music in any and every way they can.

I firmly believe that learning technique and theoretical knowledge is essential to learning any instrument and any style. Focused practice sessions and learning how to listen actively instead of passively will shape a well-rounded musician, and as the teacher, achieving this with every student is my goal and my passion.

I very much look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!

"Music is the silence between the notes." ~ Claude Debussy
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