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Matthew V.

Bridgeport, CT

About Matthew

Heralded as "œa smart, tasteful, and genuine singer" and "a consummate multi-instrumentalist," Matthew continues to perform and broaden his range of musical experiences through diverse engagement in both the classical and non-conventional realms. Matthew has had the great privilege of performing around the world and working with some of today's brightest and most acclaimed singers, ensembles, and conductors such as Leon Botstein, Dale Duesing, Karen Brunssen, James Hall, Warren Jones, Phyllis Hoffman, Pro Arte, Canticum Scholare, and VOCES8.

As an educator, Matthew's 10+ years of teaching e
xperience in voice and drums has brought him to work with young musicians of all ages and skill types. Matthew's approach is technique driven, while at the same time, expressive, musically sensitive, and fun! Matthew's voice students will learn English and foreign language diction, ear training and sight-singing, proper posture, stage presence, confidence, and healthy vocal production suitable for all styles of singing. Drum students will learn the importance of snare drum rudiments, how to read drum charts, the nuances of various styles, as well as, develop dexterity and increase muscular function and independence. Matthew currently teaches at Wyoming Seminary Institute in Wilkes-Barre, PA during the Summer and is an Adjunct Professor of Music and Composition at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, CT.

Voice Teaching and Performing - 11 years
Drum Teaching, Performing and Recording - 16 years
Music Theory & Composition Professor and Private Tutor - 8 years

Owner and operator of Mother Brother Studios - Full production & recording facility servicing all genres and styles.

*** Lesson Details ***
Being a musician is exciting, challenging, and of course, rewarding. Musicians are communicators; instruments of expression. I'm a firm believer in diligent practice habits and learning the fundamentals of one's craft. From there, the music can happen.

I offer a relaxed, comfortable learning environment that is both fun and productive. A stuffy, tense atmosphere promotes timidness, and insecurity, the opposite of the environment I foster in my studio.

Whether you're a beginner with a passion, or a professional looking to fine tune your proficiency, I can help you get to where you want to be. Diligent, concise, uncomplicated, and fun! That's how I teach.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Various keyboards, full 5 piece drum set, full production and recording facility, music scores/sheet music

*** Specialties ***
Classically trained vocalist, but can teach all styles and genres of voice. Recording engineer & producer. Versed in many styles of composition. Session drummer.
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William P. August 26, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
So let me tell you about Matthew. I came into his lessons with some weird songs that originated from Japan and when we went over them, the songs were so fast that he could hardly believe that people sang them. But even so, he took on the challenge of something he hadn't heard of before and worked with me to improve what I needed to in order to take on the challenges I wanted to face. I feel within the past 12 weeks I've improved so much on breath control, posture, confidence, mixing my music, overall singing with chest, full voice and even in my falsetto. He'll teach you how to keep your voice nice and open, pays close attention to your movements so he can correct you, and is overall just so very knowledgable about the world of singing and more.

He's even agreed to take it to the next level with some research on how to do some dangerous sounding screaming. This guy takes any challenge you throw at him, makes sure you are informed about how each skill/warm-up/style is completed and if you practice, with his help, you'll be sounding so much better and stronger in no time. I'd hire him if I were you. He's a great teacher, a great guy, very flexible and a joy to learn from.
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Miles D. May 26, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
I have wanted to sing since I was a kid, but never got around to taking lessons in high school or college. I signed up for Matt's weekly lessons on a whim and saw he had some good reviews. His students were right on.

Matt is very knowledgeable about different areas of music and in addition to teaching me how to sing, taught me how to tune my bass guitar and the basics of drumming at my request.

His practice room is nice, and its easy to find of 95. He's also a really chill guy and easy to take instruction from.

Highly recommend to everyone.
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Abigail F. April 28, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Matt was amazing! These lessons were a first for my 10 year old daughter, and Matt's style and demeanor were perfect! He's very knowledgeable, kind and patient - characteristics I was looking for in a vocal coach. I would highly recommend him to anyone who has a child with a passion for singing and wants to develop it.
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Matthew V.

Bridgeport, CT 06605
(10)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Bryan B.

Shelton, CT

About Bryan

I have enjoyed music as long as I can remember! Whether listening, playing, writing, or teaching…I find great pleasure in the creative outlet that music provides.

At the age of five I began studying classical piano, in elementary school I studied trumpet, in middle school I picked up the guitar and bass, and in high school these experiences collided as I began to write and arrange for various ensembles. Playing in a rock band all through high school and college, I've had opportunity to record two albums and to tour regionally in the North East.

Receiving a Bachelor of Music in Music Ed
ucation at Gordon College in Wenham, MA, I studied classical guitar with David Patterson for four years while I gained much experience in various areas of classroom education (band, choir, theory, general music) with students grades K-12. I developed a great love for teaching students music (emphasis on the students), learning that music education is not an end in itself. The primary focus of music education must be on the development of the student, not on the production of the music.

Since music is a means by which students can learn to excel and achieve, music education must be tailored to each student individually. Private teaching provides me with an opportunity to do what I love: to be intentionally involved in the development of well-rounded music students. I look forward to making music with you, and helping you grow as a music-loving musician!

*** Lesson Details ***
In lessons you can expect to have fun, work hard, and make progress! Through a laid back yet challenging teaching style, I will help you deepen your love for music and grow in your ability to practice hard, play for fun, and perform well. I will tailor my instruction to you—who you are, how you learn, your preferred style, and future goals. And will encourage you when you’re frustrated and commend you when you excel!

Lessons will consist of (1) learning to play by ear songs you enjoy, (2) working through a guitar/bass method book, (3) developing technical skills through various exercises.

I look forward to meeting you and helping you grow as a well-rounded musician!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Very simple setup with two chairs and music stand.

*** Specialties ***
I enjoy teaching rhythm/strumming on steel string guitar and pima finger picking on nylon string.
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JoeL January 28, 2012
Great teacher. Patient. He takes time with student to make sure everything is understood.
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KarenH2 September 10, 2011
Bryan is great. He is always on time. He provides very good instructions and lessons for my son to work on. My son, Garrett that is 15 has only positive things to say about Bryan. He looks forward to his lessons every week. This has been a worthwile experience.
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FrancineH August 7, 2011
Fantastic Instructor

In just a few weeks, my daughter has learned how to play 3 of her favorite songs! We are absolutely amazed with her progress and commend Bryan with his excellent teaching!
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Bryan B.

Bryan B.

Shelton, CT 06484
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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John A.

New Milford, CT

About John

My job is to get your child crazy about the piano. If you have to nag your child to play, something is wrong. The basics are, of course, important, but until you have gotten the child to accept and love the piano as an object of enjoyment, all that practicing will go nowhere.

How do I do it?

I think it's easier to learn the piano if you are having fun, and that means playing music that you like.

You can always choose what you will play in lessons, and lessons are designed around your preferences, and move at a pace comfortable to you. The basics are still taught, but at a pace that yo
ur child finds comfortable. The result of this is that I will get your child to go the piano and play by themselves with no nagging.

I have had the complete classical conservatory experience, yet that doesn't mean I expect that of you in any way, especially kids.

For children, the best start involves games and immediate playing to give the child a taste of the real joy of making music. Reading exercises have their place, but not at the very beginning.

I want you to play a song you know and enjoy your first lesson, and I can easily help you do that.

It's in your interest to play meaningful music, (to you) right away. It is possible for anyone can play music far more complex than what they can read on a page, so my first goal is to get you started playing real songs on your first lesson.

Education: BA University of California, Berkeley. Graduate work at University of Southern California Film School, Trinity College of Music, London.
Emmy Award winner, music direction. Broadway veteran. Recordings with American Symphony Orchestra released Sterling Records.
Advanced Piano lessons using the European tradition, pupil of Tobias Matthay School (London) and Denise Lassimone (Paris)

*** Lesson Details ***
If you're a beginner, I want you to start playing right away, with less emphasis on deciphering sheet music and more on the immediate physical sense of the keyboard. You have to enjoy playing by any means before you are inundated with the page. Reading music follows soon, but not before you can play music you like.
If you're more advanced, I can help you with technical development, and begin to widen your musical senses.

*** Studio Equipment ***
1926 Steinway A

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide Books and Musical Literature. Students must have instrument, electronic or acoustic.

*** Specialties ***
I teach any style of music that you prefer. I also accept students with disabilities and special needs.
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Andrew R. December 31, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
John has been teaching my 6 year old daughter for 3 months now and not only has he done a tremendous job gauging her abilities and teaching her but he has made it so much fun she wants to play the piano all the time.
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Janet S. July 23, 2014
Piano · In home
John's biggest strengths are his patience, understanding and seeming endless facility with music. I read music but not fast enough to allow me to play good pieces, so John translates everything into physical movements. This makes it very easy to play interesting music, which makes me want to play more. I think he has shown me how learn, how to refine things so they are satisfying. I highly recommend him as a teacher, for beginners or advanced.
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Heather S. July 22, 2014
Piano · In home
My son is six years old and has been taking piano lessons with John for six months. John is a unique and engaging teacher. His extensive knowledge of music and skill at the keyboard were apparent from the beginning. He can easily demonstrate a multitude of songs and then teach them on the spot. My son is excited to play a "whole song," be it Sponge Bob or Beethoven. John's teach-by-numbers technique appeals to my son's love of numbers and patterns yet he is also quickly learning how to read sheet music. John really is skilled at disguising a lesson on technique or theory as a game. He is goofy while at the same time encouraging and supportive of my son. He keeps it light, fun, and skill appropriate. Since he comes to our home, I also appreciate John's focus on the lesson - he arrives and departs in a timely manner. I highly recommend John as a piano teacher.
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John A.

John A.

New Milford, CT 06776
(7)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Kristian R.

Waterbury, CT

About Kristian

How far are you looking to go with your vocal talent? Let's get there together, lesson by lesson. Develop your sound, expand your range, learn to harmonize, become a riff machine, whatever direction you want to go in, let's take the vocal journey together. I have over a decade of experience and have trained all sorts of people. You can travel to me or I'll come where you are. Rates are affordable and discounts are available for lessons scheduled in a block of multiple sessions. Currently serving the CT area.

Born on Christmas Day 1980, Kristian R. has been writing songs for over a decade,
his first composition coming at the age of 15. Kristian grew up in a small church in Harlem NYC, where he nurtured and developed his talents for singing, song writing, keyboarding, and production.
Over the years Kristian has written over 200 songs, directed numerous choirs, trained countless soloist, and produced for many up and coming Gospel and R&B acts. Kristian has shared the stage with the likes of Brian McKnight, Carl Thomas, and Mary Mary, and his songs have garnered praise from the legendary Roberta Flack and Ron Grant (Sony A R and host of the world famous Sunday Open Mic Night at the Village Under Ground featured on MTV's Making of the Band). Kristian was also recently featured in the "98.7 Kiss FM presents Gospel Under the Big Top" pre-show for the Universoul Circus, which had a sold out crowd of over 2500 that night. Kristian is also a winner of the 1190 WLIB "Play them or Pray for them" contest.
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Manna B. November 6, 2014
Christian Gospel · Online
Verified Student
Kristian is a great instructor! Very patient, encouraging and knowledgeable about singing. I've learned a lot in a very short time and have heard improvements in my voice already. I would definitely recommend Kristian as an instructor.
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Kert C. July 23, 2014
Singing · Online
Verified Student
Kristian is patient and thorough with his training. I am still taking lessons from him. At the rate we are going, I see myself developing my vocal abilities significantly. He can help build confidence and vocal strength. Great teacher!
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Elissa F. July 21, 2014
Christian Gospel · In studio
Verified Student
Kristian is a great teacher. Very professional. He does an assessment of where you are and then helps you to get to where you want to be. The whole time assuring that you are having fun doing so. I appreciate his expertise and the fact that he is willing to push me beyond what I think I am capable of.
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Kristian R.

Kristian R.

Waterbury, CT 06710
(6)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Sabrina L.

Cross River, NY

About Sabrina

I have been a professional singer for 20 years and started studying singing when I was 12 years old. I have always been passionate about singing and teaching people how to sing with ease. I maintain that singing should feel good and never hurt, if you get a sore throat, something is wrong! My teaching style is supportive and encouraging, I like to focus on the positive and encourage my students to record their lessons so that they can remember all of the technical instruction I give. I was fortunate to have learned from wonderful teachers and studying at The Juilliard School helped to foster m
y love for music and my desire to share my knowledge. I have a yearly recital in my home where my students benefit from watching each other. I look forward to helping you be the best singer you can be!
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Faith August 10, 2015
Classical Voice · In studio
I have been working with Sabrina for seven years and have seen my voice grow and develop. I have always loved to sing and I went to Sabrina in order to learn how to sing correctly. Sabrina has turned me into a musician! Her way of training in technique is so skilled and kind; I never feel "on the spot" or self-conscious. She is never negative. The most she says is "We'll work on this." I have learned how to use my whole body to support my voice. She has brought my range up beyond anything I ever thought I could do. I can work on a passage over and over and she never tires of it, never loses patience, is always present for support as a teacher and a friend, We are so lucky to have her here. She's rare!
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Merryl August 8, 2015
Classical Voice · In studio
Sabrina puts her heart and energy into teaching classical voice to my daughter. She is knowledgeable and very supportive and her expertise has been key to helping my daughter develop her passion and talent. I recommend Sabrina with highest regard!
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Elisa August 8, 2015
Classical Voice · In studio
Sabrina is an exceptionally supportive and effective teacher. She makes me feel good about the instrument I have, my voice, and focuses on helping me to master my control of it, as opposed to making me feel like my voice itself is lacking in any way. No matter your voice type, she understands your challenges and issues. Under her tutelage I have progressed enormously and have been able to perform pieces I never thought possible. Listeners have noticed huge changes and ask me all the time what I have done to gain such improvement.
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Sabrina L.

Sabrina L.

Cross River, NY 10518
(5)
starting at
$30 / 20-min

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