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By Liz T. - Brooklyn Singing Teacher

Hello, I’m Liz, and I teach singing lessons in Brooklyn, New York! Brooklyn is home to one of the most vibrant arts and cultural communities in the world. In this great city, you can hear live music at BAM, take in some dance with the Mark Morris Troupe, view the beautiful nature at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, see artists creating their own open studios to display their artwork, and watch a local filmmaker shoot a movie on the streets. Brooklyn is truly a great city to foster your creative expression!

Brooklyn is comprised of several different neighborhoods, including Williamsburg, Park Slope, Brooklyn Heights/Dumbo, Bed-Stuy, Bushwick, Flatbush, and Greenpoint/Fort Greene, just to name a few. Each trendy neighborhood has its own unique cultural identity. In this article, I will give you an overview of some of the most prominent neighborhoods to give you an insight on all the wonderful opportunities a singer can take advantage of!

Williamsburg Williamsburg is a very hip part of town and is home to many local indie artists. The neighborhood is known for having many live music venues and coffeehouses that foster original music, including The Knitting Factory, Williamsburg Music Hall, and Muchmore’s. Many venues host their own open mics, which are great opportunities to get comfortable presenting your own original material to a very supportive indie music audience. The Knitting Factory: http://www.knittingfactory.com/ Williamsburg Music Hall: http://www.musichallofwilliamsburg.com/ Muchmore’s: http://muchmoresnyc.com/

Park Slope A quiet and cozy neighborhood known for its diversity and for being family-friendly, Park Slope is a great place to find inspiration. Many local businesses thrive here, and I find it to be a relaxed environment to get some songwriting done, whether that be spending time in a local coffee shop or sitting in the park. It’s also a short walk to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, Prospect Park, and world-class music institutions, such as the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.

Brooklyn Heights/Dumbo In Brooklyn Heights/Dumbo, be sure to check out some outdoor festivals and fairs that take place here, including Make Music Festival, Folk Music Festival, Jam Music Festival, New York’s Festival of Light, and many others. Mark these on your calendar; you won’t want to miss them!

Bed-Stuy Bed-Stuy is a very diverse section and home to many young people in their twenties and thirties. With affordable rent prices, many residents here have opened up their own private recording studios, as well as set up their own rehearsal space or studio - something very appealing to singers!

Bushwick This area is known for its “hipster” community with many visual artists, actors, dancers, and filmmakers, all collaborating to create meaningful art that will make an impression on New York society. If you are really looking to network with other performers and to be a part of the community, this is the place to be. There are many workshops, open houses, jams, and art presentations here on the streets. In the neighborhood’s industrial lofts, you can showcase your work, which is great for a singer/songwriter who is just starting out, looking to meet people in the indie music scene!

Flatbush Flatbush is truly a blend of all different cultures, which contributes to a very inspiring neighborhood for musicians! Singers can take in the sights and sounds of all the different cultures here to help shape and find their own cultural identity and sound. Flatbush is also home to many students, as Brooklyn College is located here, which has a great classical voice and jazz department, as well!

Greenpoint/Fort Greene A cultural oasis of Brooklyn, Greenpoint/Fort Green is home to the BRIC Arts Media Center and many other nonprofit organizations that will help you with your singing and performing career. Many performers have decided to call this place home in recent years, including Branford Marsalis, Chris Rock, Erykah Badu, and Keri Russell, to name a few. This quiet area really lets you focus on your artwork while still surrounded by such a creative atmosphere. BRIC Arts Media Center: http://bricartsmedia.org/

So, if you are a singer and are looking to hone your craft while taking singing lessons in Brooklyn, I highly recommend spending some time in each of the different neighborhoods that this city has to offer. Explore performing and writing opportunities while networking and collaborating with other musicians in Brooklyn. It is truly the ideal place to foster your creativity and grow as a singer.

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Liza M.

New York, NY

Voice Lessons
Any style - music theatre, jazz, pop/rock, folk, r&b, or your own music!

About Liza

I have been professionally singing and taking voice lessons since the age of 9! I went through various styles in my love and performance of music, starting with the Beatles, Aretha Franklin and all of Motown, Jazz (Ella Fitzgerald), R&B, and Classical/Opera (starting when I was in high school and attending Interlochen Arts Camp)...

Having received a Bachelor's of Music in Voice (Music Theatre Performance) from NYU, I stayed in NYC after graduation performing in musical theatre and theatre, mostly in the city.

In 2009, I decided to apply to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts,
with the intent to broaden my range of skill and opportunity as a performer, but also with the intention to teach, with the higher degree strengthening this possibility. I began to teach voice lessons to fellow students while at LAMDA. When I returned to NYC, I began to build my own voice studio in of post-graduate students and adults looking to further develop their vocal practice or begin a vocal practice. I found that in my vocal lessons, I was using physical exercises as for the actor, to incorporate in my private teaching method. I believe in doing, not only watching and observing. This, in conjunction with movement and full-body execution, opens the student vocally and emotionally. I chose to go to LAMDA because the classical training and approach to theatre training in England is extremely physical. They work from the outside in, and I find that the language of the body is universal to students of any intellectual capacity, and I strive to bring this into my approach in any type of teaching format!

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach voice lessons to adults and young students who are beginning their vocal training practice, as well as those who are accomplished singers and performers and want to take their singing and performance to the next level! I use my skills as an accomplished vocalist and teacher to empower my students to find their own voice and learn to express a story through song. I enable my students to hone their craft and find their own style of expression through the exploration of music in a multitude of genres and cultures.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a Stuyvesant style piano in my home studio. I also have a vast collection of repertoire.

*** Specialties ***
Singing for Music Theatre
Singing Jazz
Singing Pop/Rock/R&B
Acting: Audition Coaching / Performance
Speech & Dialects
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Alyssa B. June 28, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Liza is an amazing teacher! My fiance bought me singing lessons for my birthday with Liza and I was a complete beginner. She made me feel so comfortable and made our lessons so much fun. I feel like I learned so much and improved in only 5 lessons. I would absolutely recommend her - she is very talented and knowledgeable. Thank you Liza!
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Emily A. December 2, 2014
Acting · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter had a wonderful experience working with Liza. At 10 years old, with no prior acting experience, Liza helped her prepare for a monologue for a school audition. She was patient and fun and exposed her to a variety of great monologue options. Liza has a really sweet way of making kids feel special and proud and I would highly recommend her as an acting/singing coach!
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Alyssa P. August 15, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Liza is a fantastic teacher! I hadn't sung in a long time and was nervous to get back into it. Liza not only made me feel very comfortable at my first lesson, but also made it a ton of fun! During future sessions she was also very good at helping me develop goals and determine what I wanted to accomplish during my lessons. When I had a chance to sing in front of people, Liza was incredibly supportive and quick to respond to any questions I had over email to help me prepare outside of lessons as well.

Liza is an incredibly dedicated voice teacher and is extremely knowledgeable. In just the first few lessons, the corrections she gave me helped me improve my vocal range, strength, and technique. I would definitely recommend Liza as a teacher!
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Liza M.

Liza M.

New York, NY 10009
(5)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Rachel C.

New York, NY

We'll start off by talking through your goals for your voice and what you want to achieve from taking lessons. We will work on different techniques that make up a great voice and then apply what you learned to the music you love. Lessons are fun and we will work hard to bring out your best voice and create a sound you love!

About Rachel

There are lots of reasons people take singing lessons...a dream of performing for crowds, wanting to melt faces at karaoke, not being embarrassed when singing in the shower... But the common goal is finding your voice and creating a sound you love. My studio is designed to create a space where that process is comfortable and fun! Lessons will start wherever you’re at and go at your own pace towards your specific goals.

I was trained at the School of Creative Arts in Sydney, Australia and specialize in pop, rock and indie rock vocal technique. I work with a lot of beginners as well as peopl
e in bands and songwriters.

I'm from an extremely musical family and have always loved singing. (I almost pushed my parents over the edge as a kid because I would hum CONSTANTLY...) I lived in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and the US of A growing up and then moved to Sydney, Australia after high school to study music. I've been running a vocal studio in San Diego for the past few years and have now relocated to NYC.

If you don't see a time available in my schedule that works for you please feel free to contact me. Things are always moving and changing!
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Monique B. June 3, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
She's awesome! She's great!
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nikki sun May 15, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Wonderful time!
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Clarissa D. April 20, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
She is super good!! I am honored to be working with her =)
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Rachel C.

Rachel C.

New York, NY 10010
(43)
starting at
$49 / 30-min
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Stephanie G.

Brooklyn, NY

About Stephanie

I can help you make this most fascinating and mysterious instrument your own! When you feel comfortable playing, you practice more, learn more, and have more fun. Lessons focus on finding easy ways to get around a guitar, learning songs you like, and understanding music theory through familiar examples. I teach improvisation as a natural outcome of listening, singing and building a strong connection to melody.

I have studied and played guitar from the age of 8. My father was a professional bassist; in recent years I have followed his lead and now am playing jazz and orchestral double bass
(for which studying guitar was an excellent preparation.) I play and teach both acoustic and electric guitar in the following styles: Classical, folk, rock/blues, jazz, bossa nova. I studied classical harmony, music history and composition at Smith College, and continue to study guitar with private teachers. I am currently studying with the legendary jazz player Gene Bertoncini, and include some of his creative concepts in my teaching.

*** Studio Equipment ***
2 classical guitars, 2 electric guitars (Fender Telecaster, Gibson SG) a Godin fretless electric bass, an upright bass, a Steinway grand piano, a Fender Princeton amplifier, a Gallien-Krueger guitar-vocal amp, a Yorktown bass amp, a jazz drum set and several music stands.

*** Travel Equipment ***
When traveling, I take my guitar or electric bass, a tuner and printed handouts for reference.

*** Specialties ***
Physical freedom is essential to great playing. I give beginners a strong physical foundation using the "emotional rhythm" concept of Abby Whiteside and Sophia Rossoff to facilitate shifting, changing chords and sight-reading.

For intermediate to advanced students, I use Gene Bertoncini's "horizontal/vertical" approach to improvisation as a way to open up and demystify the guitar.
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Stacey G. October 28, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
As an adult learner, coming at this late in life, Stephanie has been the perfect instructor for me. First of all, I just love the way she talks about the instrument. It was kind of mesmerizing - at our first lesson, she picked up the old beat up guitar I had inherited from my father and accurately guessed it's origin based on the sound; "a lovely dry tone". She allowed me to choose the direction I wanted to go in and never made me feel like the rank beginner that I was. She challenges you while at the same time appreciating the depth of a simple strum. I'm learning to read music because of Stephanie! Not because she insisted, just because I thought I'd like to try. This is thrilling to me. I can't believe my good fortune that I came on this site and discovered her.
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Luis P. October 22, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
A great, patient and resourceful teacher. Has been teaching myself and my little daughter for about a month now and we love it! Thanks for everything, Nilah & Luis
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Stephanie G.

Stephanie G.

Brooklyn, NY 11201
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Kathryn Z.

New York, NY

All levels of voice are taught, geared to whatever is your musical specialty but using a technique stemming from classical voice.

About Kathryn

Kathy believes that variety is the spice of not only life, but also music. Raised singing folk music with a musical family (think accordions, guitars and lots of vocal harmonies), she learned guitar and piano at an early age, but began singing even earlier.

Her quest to give the world the best her vocal cords could offer led her to obtain an undergraduate degree in vocal performance from the University of Nebraska (where she graduated honorable mention, named with the vocal department's Outstanding Senior in Music award, and also obtained a minor in theatre) and a master's degree in musi
c from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Both of these degrees emphasized classical singing technique, and through this study Kathy gained a solid foundation for her musical craft.

Once out of school, Kathy then sought to begin creating HER music and HER sound, a challenge which continues to manifest itself even today in a variety of ways. Kathy is now a singer/songwriter and performs often with her own band in which she sings, plays guitar, writes her own songs and arranges them for intricate backup harmonies and multiple instrumentation. A variety of influences are apparent in her music, including the musical genres of folk, pop, jazz, and yes, even hip hop. She has recorded three albums of her music and all have been received to critical acclaim.

She sings as a professional cantor at St. John the Baptist Church in Manhattan, and teaches private voice, guitar and piano lessons throughout the city of New York. She served for a time as the general music teacher for St. Dominic's School in the Bronx, where she was responsible for Pre-K through 8th grade music classes, and, true to form, she is often called upon in a multitude of situations to perform in a variety of musical genres. She is always pleased with the ever-changing musical scenery around her.

*** Lesson Details ***
A lesson with Kathy equals half of the allotted time being used to learn good technique (i.e., learning healthy vocal habits, singing vocalizes, learning to read music, playing scales, etc.) and the other half of the time singing and playing repertoire. The repertoire includes both pieces chosen by Kathy (always approved by the student) which excite and inspire the student's particular musical tastes while providing a new challenge in technique to be conquered, and also pieces brought in by the student; for example, if a student is working on music for a specific performance, etc., or if they just really like a piece and want to learn how to play or sing it, Kathy is always ready and willing to lend a hand and an ear!

Vocally, Kathy believes good basic technique is the same for every genre of music. Therefore, great emphasis is placed on learning to breathe and support your sound correctly as well as maintain good posture, rid your body of unwanted tensions, etc.; musical styles beyond that basic technique change only in small stylistic ways, and Kathy is knowledgeable in quiet a variety of most musical styles.

With guitar, Kathy focuses on learning to read and play musical notation and chords without using guitar tablature. Again, a variety of musical styles are used for instruction, including everything from classical to punk!

And with piano, Kathy focuses on learning to read and play musical notation as well as mastering scales and chord progressions, inversions, etc. She loves opportunities to combine voice lessons with guitar lessons, or voice lessons with piano lessons, as one instrument feeds into the other in interesting and helpful ways.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I travel with my travel guitar and music for lessons. I expect guitar students to have their own guitar, and piano or voice students to have some sort of keyboard, even a small one.

*** Specialties ***
all-levels voice, beginning guitar, beginning piano
I specialize in a classical voice method, which I believe is a good foundation for all styles of singing. I have experience with classical singing, music theatre (I have a minor from my undergraduate education in Theatre) and folk. I'm an experienced songwriter and am able to guide students in that area.

I teach notes and chords for my guitar students. I don't teach guitar tablature; instead, I teach basic guitar music on the staff.

Also, I teach beginning piano, including basic music theory, note spelling, etc.
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HsiaoLin C. March 20, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Had been with Kathy for 4 years, I enjoyed every lesson with her. She is knowledgeable and inspiring. I was a totally beginner and she guided me through each step with patience. She not only taught me the piano skill but also how to appreciate music and how to observe the music integrated in everyday life.
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Brian K. January 7, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Smart, enthusiastic, and has a great teaching style.
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Buffy B. November 5, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My son has been taking piano lessons from Kathy for almost three years now. He is a high functioning special needs child. Kathy has shown patience, understanding and wisdom that I myself find hard to dredge up sometimes.
Love her!!!
She's the best!!!
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Kathryn Z.

New York, NY 10001
(27)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Alex H.

Brooklyn, NY

About Alex

Having grown up with a father who ran a guitar shop and a professional singer for a mother, music was just another language to communicate with in our house. Learning to speak through music (and vice versa) taught me how to focus and develop new skills, which helped me in school with anything new that I have ever had to learn.

In 5th grade I started playing bass guitar at home, trombone in the school music program, and private lessons for piano.This got me exposed to a uniquely wide range of music very early on.

When I was a teenager, I was honored to be the youngest person to study a
t Victor Wooten's first bass/nature camp in 2000, a star-studded week long master class with some of the world's most decorated musicians in Montgomery Bell State Park outside of Nashville. I played in local bands in the Berkshires, wrote music for Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, and sang such roles as Valjean in Les Miserables and John Wilkes Booth in Assassins, as well played in orchestras across the county. I performed as both a bass player and a vocalist in the Massachusetts All-State Jazz Ensemble (separate years, of course!)

I moved to New York to get a degree in Theater as a singer and actor. Since then I've been fortunate enough to work in NY orchestras, cabarets, theater and national TV, tour the world with a variety of artists, work as a session musician and play with some of the best musicians in town.

Music has been a life-directing guide for me; from the wonder of discovery to the mastery of new and exciting techniques, music has always been a sort of way for us to communicate intimately, yet on a universal scale. To pass the same experience on to others is such a gift, and one I value greatly.

"When words fail, music speaks."

So, let's start talking!
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Michael S. May 19, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Enjoyable Learning Experience

Alex is not only a great teacher, he's a great musician. His ability to share any level of musicianship, playing, listening and learning made my time with him very well spent, My guitar playing has improved and I enjoy my guitar so much more since having worked with him. It's noticable.
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Alex H.

Alex H.

Brooklyn, NY 11201
(1)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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