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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.
My singing students learn to sing the songs they love while I instruct them in proper/healthy technique -to keep them singing!
∙ proper breathing & breath support
∙ vocal placement / resonance
∙ diction / vowel modification
∙ bridging registers & 'the high note'
∙ mixed voice
∙ vocal health/maintaining your voice
∙ touring, recording, performing
∙ rhythmic singing
∙ writing songs/melodies/lyrics to suit your vocal strengths
All my students learn:
∙ sight reading
∙ ear training
∙ music theory
Vocal projection, breath control, dynamic singing and audience connection. I seek to help my students overcome their nerves and engage with the music!
Yun started recording as a singer at a very young age. She has recorded and released 9 albums as a member of “Green Swallows” from 1999 to 2005 and two solo albums in 2004 and 2005. To further broaden her musicianship, she studied composition, arranging and performance at the Berklee College of Music, and completed a Performance Degree. She teaches singing in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. Her students Jia Wei Zhao(2016 spring) and You Zi(2016 summer) were admitted by Berklee College of Music.
Carolyn is a true triple threat teacher. She began working professionally at 8 years old and has since appeared on stage, in national commercials, recorded voiceovers, and booked principal roles in both film and television. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2011 from the Boston Conservatory, where she majored in musical theater with an emphasis in directing. She is currently in the hit Off-Broadway shows “My Big Gay Italian Wedding” and “My Big Gay Italian Funeral”. In her spare time, Carolyn has always loved working with people who have a passion for the arts. Whether it’s in a classroom, at a dance studio, or sitting at the piano, Carolyn has worn the many hats of acting coach, voice teacher, dance instructor, music theory tutor, piano teacher, and college audition coach to name a few. Her masterclasses have been given throughout Long Island and New York City, with students ranging in age from 5-55! Winning first place in national dance competitions, receiving perfect scores ...
I've been teaching voice for eight years and my students have gone on to study at CalArts, La Guardia, The New School, and more. I encourage students to bring in songs they've written themselves! I specialize in Jazz, Pop/Contemporary, Broadway and Choral styles, and have the following tools available: microphones, keyboard, Logic Pro, Spotify for karaoke backing tracks, sheet music.
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