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Matthew V.

Bridgeport, CT

structural analysis, listening exercises, analysis of classical, contemporary, pop, rock and folk music, basic music theory, basic harmonic analysis, collaborative songwriting, recording, lyrical structure

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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Dale B.

Wallingford, CT

As a private teacher, Dale strives to ignite a passion for classical and instrumental music regardless of the instrument, and firmly believes that the art of making music is both satisfying and rewarding for both the short and the long-term. Because there are so many different types and genres out there, he knows that music is something every person can enjoy regardless of their differences, and so his ultimate goal for each and every pupil is to inspire and cultivate a newfound appreciation for the musical world.

About Dale

Dale R. B. is a private teacher, musician, conductor, clinician, and rising composer for video games from West Hartford, Connecticut. He is currently accepting new students and teaching private lessons in piano, guitar, percussion, and composition for students of all ages in both Hartford and New Haven counties.

Dale received his Bachelor of Arts in Percussion degree from the University of Connecticut in May of 2012 and was an active member of both the university's Winds and Percussion Ensembles. In his studies, he has taken advanced courses in composition, orchestration, conducting, percu
ssion technique, and brass technique. He has 13 years experience in percussion, 15 years experience in guitar, and 22 years experience in piano. Dale's teachers include Nancy Campagnola, Ronald Blouin, Jacqueline Rodriguez, Peter Coutsouridis, JC Caillouette, acclaimed marimbist Haruka Fujii, American Symphony Orchestra percussionist Javier Diaz, and orchestral composer Kenneth Fuchs, who has twice been nominated for a Grammy award.

Dale once held a freelance instrumental composer for Ear Goo Inc. in New York City, Here Dale wrote multi-genre works for film, television, promotional trailers, and advertisements. His vast clientele included household names such as Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures, MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, Sony, Revlon, and Coca-Cola. Dale is currently represented by Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), a world-renowned performing rights organization that also represents artists such as Eminem, Shakira, and Maroon 5. His original music for marching band was performed on a weekly basis during the 2012 competitive season in USSBA Class III competitions around Connecticut by the Trojan Marching Band at Lyman Hall High School, where he held a position as their percussion instructor.

As a clinician, Dale has been asked on an annual basis to judge timpani, mallet percussion, and snare drum at several Regional and All-State Music Festivals around the state since 2009. He has also given presentations on the importance of installing/maintaining a music and arts curriculum in the Connecticut public school system as well as the history and proper care of mallet percussion instruments.

As a performing musician, Dale has appeared in several venues across the state, most recently at the storied Shubert Theater in New Haven, which hosted the world premiere of Dale's "Les Reves de Jeunesse Oubliée," an original piano solo that was well-received. He hosted his first Composition Recital on April 3, 2012 at the Von Der Mehden Recital Hall, where Dale showcased six live, original works, including a piano solo, a euphonium solo, a woodwind sextet, and a percussion quartet. Dale has played in live productions and musicals with both the Connecticut Repertory Theater and the Church of the Resurrection Youth Group, while winning numerous awards for his musicianship, including Lyman Hall’s “Outstanding Musician Award” for three consecutive years. Among numerous charitable events he has partaken in, Dale performed selected works by marimbist Daniel Berg on the piano as part of the Hamden Academy’s annual canned food drive, where together they raised over 500 cans of food for those without homes. Outside of music, Dale’s interests include baseball, video games, creative writing, jogging, and the ocean.

As a private teacher, Dale strives to ignite a passion for classical and instrumental music regardless of the instrument, and firmly believes that the art of making music is both satisfying and rewarding for both the short and the long-term. Because there are so many different types and genres out there, he knows that music is something every person can enjoy regardless of their differences, and so his ultimate goal for each and every pupil is to inspire and cultivate a newfound appreciation for the musical world.
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Nicole W. March 18, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Dale has been very patient with our son. He went from not being able to play at all to playing full rhythms. Jack has learned a lot from Dale and really enjoys working with him.
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Gail G. August 16, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My son seems to be picking up learning quickly from Dale
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Dale B.

Dale B.

Wallingford, CT 06492
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Kristian R.

Waterbury, CT

Training students of all ages, skill levels and genres for the past decade.

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.

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

Bristol, CT

I tell all of my students that songwriting isn't as difficult as it seems but is a lot more work than is recognized. The trick is writing a great song, something that stands out and is unique. I cover riffs, melodies, lyrics, verse, chorus, bridge, song structure, songwriting credits, song creation/construction, improvisational writing, etc.

About Jason

I provide private music lessons for guitar, bass, saxophone, music theory and songwriting. I have been teaching for over seven years. I combine my passion for teaching and music business expertise to help students achieve their goals. There are many lesson options available including at my studio in Bristol CT, online or at your location. I work with all of my students and parents to create customized teaching plans based on students learning styles, interests and goals. I am available to students outside of lesson time 7 days a week. I provide performance, writing, purchase and music recommen
dations and take an active interest in each of my students learning. Lesson times are exactly as stated. I allow extra time in between students so as to ensure no overlaps and everyone gets their allotted time.

I try to develop versatility and well rounded musicians no matter the skill or age level. Each student attends lessons for different reasons.Students are encouraged to explore all genres of music and I believe in exposing them to a wide variety of styles and methods. I also encourage students, if interested to write original material. There are no restrictions when it comes to music and I incorporate both old school and contemporary methods into my teaching. Students will learn first hand how what they are learning applies to the real world, including song performance from their favorite artists. I strongly encourage all students to develop an individual personal sense of style when it comes to music performance.
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Mason M. September 1, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Mason enjoyed Jason first visit, hoping 2nd one Mason will open up more so that Jason can play a song or two with him.
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Elisa F. October 2, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Performance anxiety has always prevented me from following through with lessons. Jason has been very patient and encouraging and I have been able to break through to a new level in just a few weeks. The pace he has set for me is perfect-challenging without being overwhelming.
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Jason L.

Jason L.

Bristol, CT 06010
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Chelsea C.

Wolcott, CT

Learn to express yourself and write your own songs! I have extensive experience writing, and have also co-written with many accomplished song-writers. Whether you are a complete beginner with just a few ideas, or an avid writer looking to hone your skills, I can help you make your message clear and compelling.

About Chelsea

Hello! I'm friendly, passionate, and very knowledgeable -
with plenty of experience on stage and in the recording studio.

I have studied voice with famous teachers like William Riley (known for teaching Whitney Houston and Celine Dion) , Jan Smith (known for teaching Usher, Justin Bieber, Rob Thomas, Jill Scott, Keyshia Cole, India Arie.. ) and Producer John Poppo (credits include NSync, Toni Braxton, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson), and am excited to share what I've learned along the way!

My Goal as a Teacher:
*To provide students with the knowledge and skill set necessary to proper
ly sing without injury or strain, and the confidence to perform without doubt or inhibition!
*To create well rounded vocalists with solid technical foundation, emotionally connected performances, and strong stage presence.
*To share my passion for the arts, and spark creativity and power in others through musical expression.

Let's get started!
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Sare A. July 19, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Chelsea is a very sweet and patient teacher. She is knowledgeable, experienced, and great at explaining and demonstrating concepts within singing
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Lauren July 7, 2015
Singing · In studio
Chelsea really helped my confidence. I started off shy and hesitant but she was very patient. I learn best by imitation and she teaches me alot by demonstrating it herself. She explains things in a way no other teacher has and it's helped so much! I would definitely recommend her!
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jordyn P. June 29, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Chelsea is a teacher who is there to help students who want to learn the basics for singing by helping you learn exercises of breathing and pitch and find songs to sing.She is very helpful and kind with her students helping them learn singing.She can also help you write songs if your interested in that.She's a great instructor!
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Chelsea C.

Chelsea C.

Wolcott, CT 06716
(11)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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