Technique for your voice. Breathing. Placement. Articulation.
Athena has enjoyed tremendous success as a singer/songwriter, actress, musician and teacher. She is originally from Toronto, but is now based out of New York City.
Athena has released 5 CDs, toured North America (both as a singer/songwriter and as an actress), and taught voice, piano, guitar, songwriting and acting for the past 13 years. She has shared the stage Sarah McLachlan and Jim Carrey, and taught songwriting to girls with Lisa Loeb (the teaching project with Lisa Loeb was made into a documentary and premiered at Tribeca Cinemas). Her music videos LOVE IS LOVE and LOGICAL SONG cha
rged #1 on MTV's LOGO TV.
As a teacher, Athena has worked at numerous schools, organizations, and colleges across North America, including Oregon State University, Montcalm College, Manhattan New Music Project, TADA!, and The Ontario Science Center. She teaches privately (voice, piano, guitar, acting & songwriting), and facilitates workshops to kids and adults on topics ranging from "Vocal Technique", to "Booking Your Own Tour", to "Creating Original Musical Theater",She also conducts staff development workshops on "Communication and Socialization through the Arts for Autistic Populations" in New York City schools. Athena teaches all ages (age 4-99) and ability levels (gifted - special needs).
As a singer/songwriter, Athena has released 5 original CDs and numerous dance singles. Her latest full length album, "Little Girl Dreams", was produced by Emmy/Grammy Winning Producer Cynthia Daniels (Melissa Etheridge, Dave Mathews Band, "Producers" on Broadway). Athena's music is storytelling pop with a theatrical twist. She combines a dramatic 4 octave range voice with gorgeous piano and guitar arrangements. She performs regularly in the New York circuit, at notable clubs including the Knitting Factory, The Cutting Room, and Jacob Javitz Center. She has been featured in radio, TV, newspapers and magazines around the world.
As an actress, Athena has appeared in numerous commercials, Film, TV and Off-Broadway productions including Hush (Players Club in NYC and Hudson Theater in LA), Fran in The Day They Shot John Lennon (Redmill Theater), "Tina" in Love Sucks (NYMF Festival) and principle roles on the History Channel and CNN. She won Best Comedy at Canada's YTV Youth Achievement Awards (Judge Eugene Levy). She currently performs as a Lady Gaga Impersonator at corporate events across the country.
Athena's training began with classical piano at age 4, voice at age 8, acting at age 9, and guitar at 16. She began working as a professional actress in Film & TV at age 12, and recorded her first album at 20. She majored in Theater at Claude Watson School for the Arts in Toronto, and earned a BFA in Music from Concordia University in Montreal. She regularly attends master classes in New York, with internationally renowned teachers such as Neil Semer, Kimberly Vaughn, Garry Dial, Francine Kay, and Maggie Maes.
As a performer, Athena is bold, imaginative, and chilling. As a teacher, Athena is patient, creative, and inspiring.
*** Lesson Details *** Athena enjoys teaching all ages and abilities, from 4 year old beginners, to seasoned professionals, to adult hobbyists. She is a patient, fun, thorough, flexible, and imaginative teacher. She teaches most musical genres, from classical, to musical theater, to jazz, to pop. She can prepare you or your child for upcoming auditions (musical or theatrical) and provide valuable insight into the entertainment industry. Athena also does art therapy with all varieties of special needs, from Autistic to Alzheimer's. Whether you are an absolute beginner, a hobbyist, or a professional in need of a savvy coach, Athena will create a lesson plan suited to your individual learning style, interests and needs.
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano Acoustic & Electric Guitar Microphone & speaker Recording device
*** Specialties *** Piano, Voice, Guitar, Songwriting, Acting Bel Canto, Classical, Musical Theater (Legit & Belt), Pop, Rock, Jazz, Music Theory, Composition & Songwriting, Monologue Preparation, Acting Audition Preparation, Pop Singing, Rock Singing, R&B Signing, Songwriting, Guitar Accompaniment, Piano Accompaniment, Performance Confidence, Business of Music, Business of Acting.
Brandi B. November 20, 2014
In studio Verified Student
I don't know where to start! Athena is the absolute best! She is truly making my vision of song writing come true
SethJonas March 6, 2014
My daughter started taking lessons with Athena when she was 7. Within weeks she already was playing simple songs & loved practicing etc. Now 2 years later she has shown incredible improvements. Highly recommend Athena.
Rachel K. March 6, 2014
Athena is a super teacher - extremely knowledgeable and patient, and wonderful to work with!
A professional voice teacher from The Boston Conservatory of Music, Dominic S. (lyric baritone) has years of experience teaching people of all ages, and in all styles of music. Professionally, he has performed in National Tours, Off Broadway, and in major films.
"Music has always been my absolute favorite thing in the world, and so to teach it to others through singing really is special."
Currently Dominic's studio consists of - An Academy Award winner A Tony Award nominee One student is working with Lady Gaga's producer One student is signed with Akon Four students are currently p
erforming on Broadway
BFA The Boston Conservatory of Music
Performed in two national tours and off Broadway Has a speaking role in the films "Milk" and "The Dropout"
List of notable students:
Constantine Maroulis Jessica Stam Jennifer Babiak Jason Jurman Mitchell Jarvis Spencer Plachy Jenn Marie Hertel Brendan Washington Kasey Marino Jordana Marcus Krisztina Soltesz
Victor Jannett Sheri Greenawald James Javore
Lead singer of the bands Air For Ants and Dead Body Music Director and House Pianist of The Vaudeville Villianettes Burlesque
Notable Quotes about S.:
Ken Nelson (Coldplay) - "Fantastic voice" Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds - "Really cool songs" Dan Grigsby (Keith Richards' Engineer) - "Genius"
*** Lesson Details *** Music is fun.
My personality is laid back, but I would never say that I teach that way. There is a delicate balance between learning, fun, and concentration.
I have watched my students (especially the beginners) grow as people as well as musicians over the course of a few months. It's really amazing to watch someone do things they never thought they would do, sing or play something they thought was beyond them. That alone makes what I do really special to me.
*** Studio Equipment *** Yamaha U1 Upright Piano, MIDI Keyboard, Akai Miniak, Gibson Les Paul Electric Guitar, Fender Squire Electric Guitar, Takamine Acoustic 3F30CE, Pearl Drum Kit
*** Travel Equipment *** Both the teacher and student should have sheet music
Dominic is a real blessing, after I master the piano I will be moving on to guitar, God is amazing.
Alex October 26, 2015
Carlton May 14, 2014
Great intro to singing. I have never taken singing lessons because I never thought I could have a singing voice, but after taking this intro course with Dominic it made me realize that I could develop my voice into something good. Dominic is very knowledgeable and very patient. I recommend using headphones so you can hear the piano as you are going through breathing exercises.
I have been a voice, acting, and teacher of creative arts for over 25 years. My background includes ten years of classical training with Maestro Julio Berrocal, as well as vocal training through the Feldekrais approach with Marcy Lindhiemer. In acting I have studied with renowned Stanislavsky scholar Sonia Moore and Master acting teacher of the Strasberg Method, Marcia Haufrecht. I received a B.A. For comparative literature and creative writing at the State University of New York at Purchase and I am currently studying for a masters in social work at Walden University. I believe, within al
l of us, Is the ability to express something distinctive and original. I work to help the student discover their individual and unique voice, weather it be through singing, acting or writing. I share with my students tools to gain the ability and confidence to achieve their goals. I empathize deeply with the challenges students may face when pursuing a life in the creative and performing arts, having worked professionally in those arena's for most of my adult life. I believe, it is the teachers job to respect each students individual process of learning. My students have gone on to become recording artists, Broadway performers, movie actors, blues and cabaret artists and published writers.
*** Lesson Details *** Voice I am an empathetic teacher, sensitive to the students individual process of learning. My singing lessons usually start with breathing and relaxation exercises. Vocal exercise come next, then when the student is fully warmed up, we will begin to work on songs. It is important that the student be part of the process of picking material since the more they personally respond to the material the more apt they are to be engaged in their lessons and the more quickly they will learn. After three to six months they will understand the fundamentals of breathing and relaxation and its importance to proper vocal training. They will have begun the process of extending their range and will understand the principles of performance in song. Acting As an acting teacher and coach, I tailor my classes to the needs of each student. I utilize improvisatory and sensory techniques to help unleash spontaneity. I also encourage the students to use their personal experiences as a way to access a full range of emotions. I enjoy working with the student on script analysis, so as to discover the underlying motivations of the character the student is working on. Creative and Lyric Writing I use prompts as a way to get the student writing. Often, I will ask the student to write for stretches of time without editing themselves. It is important to unleash imagination before beginning the process of editing. Many times it is the unexpected that is the must compelling.
*** Studio Equipment *** home- 10 minutes away from Manhattan with piano, seating for parents -practice studio seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide a piano, cd/mp3 player and an large library of songbooks to work from. The student should bring sheet music of songs they want to work on and a recording device.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in teaching how to sing rock, pop, musical theater, jazz, and blues without hurting the voice as well as method acting instruction.
Emma R. August 13, 2015
In home Verified Student
Great teacher! Amy is very experienced with kids and knows how to interact very well with my five year old. She has control of the lesson and most importantly my daughter loves going to her class.
Richard G. October 7, 2014
I just want to say that you are one of the most distinguished teachers with TAKELESSONS! - I read your bio and I was very impressed. I would recommend you to any musically inclined student! Keep up the good work!
PaulG1 May 13, 2012
i could not have BUILT a better teacher/coach. Intuitive, intelligent, knows her subject & knows how to share what she knows.
My lessons are fun, engaging and productive. We will work together to improve your:
*breath support *passaggio (your "passage" to high notes and ability to regularly achieve them) *vowel formation *jaw, neck, shoulder and/or tongue tension *posture *pitch *dynamic range *musicality
About Dr. Daniel
Dr. C. was most recently described by Tim Page with the Washington Post as a “funny, exuberant and enormously likable” Papageno during Summer Opera Theater’s performance of The Magic Flute. Previously, the Post critiqued Daniel in Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia’s Barber of Seville as a “bright and bouncy” Figaro who delivered his lines with “aplomb.” Daniel has performed as a young artist in the Studio Programs of El Paso Opera, Kentucky Opera and Portland Opera. He has sung the roles of Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Sid in Albert Herring, Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro, Belcore in L’e
lisir d’amore, Jupiter in Orphée aux enfers, Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus, Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Masetto in Don Giovanni, Schaunard in La Boheme, the Clock in L’Enfant et les Sortileges, Mandarin in Turandot and Haushofmeister in a world premiere of Dorian Gray. Daniel has had the distinct pleasure of singing with The Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Kentucky Opera, Bel Cantanti Opera, Amarillo Opera, Crested Butte Opera, Opera Southwest, Waco Lyric Opera, Concert Royal, Ash Lawn Opera Festival and Seagle Music Colony. He was a finalist for Dallas and El Paso Opera Guild Competitions, the NATS Singer of the Year Competition and the NATSAA National Competition. Daniel resides in New York City.
Jack October 19, 2015
Vocal Training ·
Dan is truly the right type of teacher for anyone who is looking for a top-notch, well-rounded, nurturing, and strong pedagogue instructor. As a professional bassoonist who also loves to sing, I learned from his vocal training how to be a better bassoonist. For the longest time, I was suffering from physical aches and pains from playing my instrument without the proper air and oral cavity support, and Dan's training helped release a great deal of tension in my bassoon playing. I was ready to quit the bassoon, and he helped me love it again. Not to mention only just a couple of voice lessons improved my voice significantly. I highly recommend him!
Monica Jey October 7, 2015
Vocal Training ·
Dan is AWESOME! Made me feel comfortable and really helps me understand about my voice. Very patient and works well around my sporadic work schedule. I highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for an amazing and talented vocal coach
Rafael P. September 8, 2015
Opera Voice ·
I spent a few days in New York and I was lucky to meet Dr. Dan.
Dr. Dan allowed me to discover important espectos to improve my voice. Now I apply what I have learned with Dr. Dan and I feel a marked improvement.
Dr. Dan listens carefully and knows very well explain. Dr. Dan uses really good teaching resources. I have understood very well all the ideas to improve my voice.
Of course I'm going back to New York to take classes with Dr. Dan. I feel very happy.
Dr. Dan is an extraordinary teacher.
Are you working a job that requires you to talk all day? Do you lose your voice often? I can help you with speaking voice technique that will give you more vocal strength and stamina.
Regardless of where your musical interests lie, I can help you improve your skills! Growing up, I fell in love with playing and singing all styles of music! I've delved into classical, jazz, R&B, soul, gospel, reggae, soca, pop and musical theater, and I can teach you how to apply proper technique to the genre(s) of your choice!
If you're looking to become a better singer, we will focus on finding the beauty and power in your voice in a healthy manner. Vocal health is an important component of everything I teach, and I work to eliminate strain and vocal fatigue. We will work on balancing yo
ur vocal registers to give you control over the troublesome middle range. With a healthy foundation in place, we will fine tune your skills by addressing pitch accuracy, vocal control, phrasing, dynamics, expression and microphone technique.
If you're interested in playing piano, you will learn how to read music and/or play by ear. You'll learn scales, chords, arpeggios, sight-reading, and basic music theory. For singers who are interested in piano, I've developed a great technique to teach you how to accompany yourself.
For songwriters, I can help you write stronger lyrics and set them to music appropriately.
In general, I'm pretty upbeat and fun. However, I expect you to practice. When you practice, you hear and feel the difference and everyone's happy! If you don't practice, you'll remain in the same place, and it's frustrating for everyone. :( Please, please, please practice! :)
My degree in music education and wide range of experience allows me to accommodate different learning styles. I have a knack for breaking down seemingly difficult or mysterious concepts in a way that's easy to understand. I also understand the demands of being a full time musician, and can offer advice to students who are interested in going that route.
I would love to help you enhance your enjoyment of music by making it fun and easy for you to learn!
*** Studio Equipment *** Upright piano Yamaha keyboard Music Stand Full length mirror Library of great music Music theory workbooks Manuscript paper
*** Specialties *** Classical, Jazz, R&B, Musical Theater, Gospel, Pop
Renell B. October 9, 2015
In home Verified Student
Where do I start?.. First off, let my say that Cindy is my very first vocal coach..and the search stops with her. The teacher/student chemistry we had was great from the very first lesson. She is great at listening to your concerns and helping you come up with the appropriate solutions. Coming into my 1st lesson, my biggest challenge was with breathiness..and Cindy attacked that right away by teaching me the proper breathing and warm up techniques. I also learned the difference between head voice and chest voice and when it is necessary to use them. I highly recommend Cindy as a vocal coach and I'm looking forward to continuing my lessons with her in the future.
Linda J. April 24, 2015
My son has been taking private classes with Miss Cindy for a few months, first voice and then piano lessons. He has taken piano lessons before at another school, but he wasn't enthusiastic about it, he didn't look forward to taking class and it was a struggle to get him to practice.
The biggest compliment I can give Miss Cindy is that when I ask my son how his class went, he says "fun"!! He practices everyday . . . without prompting. He's always eager to play for anyone who'll listen. He really enjoys the piano and he especially enjoys taking lessons with Miss Cindy. If you're trying to find you're child's passion, Cindy's Music School is a good place to start.
Alex S. January 21, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Cindy has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to singing and teaching in various styles. She has really helped me improve in the specific areas that I wanted to work on. I've already recommended her to my friends!
Students are raving about their Speaking Voice instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Meggan
"Great instructor, I learned a lot in a short period. The exercises where fun and I became more aware of my speaking strengths and weaknesses. I would defi
nitely recommend Laurelanne!"
Atlanta, GA teacher:
Review by Pratibha
"I have had great experience learning from Cyndi!"
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Mary LeGrow
"Excellent first lesson that's convinced me to make a long-term investment in Corbin's coaching!"
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Ann
"Thank you, Vanessa Pace!
THANK YOU, VANESSA!
A year ago when I was shopping for a voice teacher, Take Lessons provided a wide selection of viable option
s. As a senior adult, I was feeling a need to clarify my "Call" in life, and to return to some of the personal strengths that I hope to continue using in the last 1/3 of my life. In my profile I indicted I was looking to maintain the voice that has been a part of every aspect of my life from theatre to singing, to preaching, to creating radio spots. When I mentioned that goal to Vanessa in our first meeting she countered: âWe wonât just maintain it, weâll restore it!â What a confidence booster that was!
Although my life work mostly involves speaking, I also have a love of singingâsomething I have participated in one way or another for the last 50 years. I wanted to overcome the âold ladyâ vibrato syndrome if possible and to be able to sing without concern that those within earshot would shudder.
In addition, I was looking for certain attributes in a teacher: â¢ A person who is at my stage of life or beyond. â¢ A person who is knowledgeable in both singing and speech. â¢ A person with a personal teaching style that is positive and encouraging.
ENTER VANESSA PACE!
Vanessa is confident and knowledgeable. In addition, she has customized my learning program to suit my current objectives, which have changed from one week to the next depending upon my professional assignments from work and my personal creative pursuits.
In this year Vanessa brought me to a point of âbreaking throughâ inhibitions and moving beyond what I thought Iâd be able to do. Her constant use of cues to put me on track with the use of my voice has been invaluable! She compared letting sound pass through the vocal cords (without strain) in the same way breath becomes music through a clarinet. Using words like âPull up your spineâyouâre two inches taller!â; and reminders to draw on the strength of (underused) larger muscles to support the efforts of diaphragm have been helpful in numerous practical matters of everyday life.
Vanessa is inspiring in that she is a life-long learner and passionate about things to the degree that she invests in them with intelligent research, attention to science, and a spiritual passion that drives her to draw out the best in her students in similar fashion.
If you are looking for a voice teacher, Vanessa will work with you where you are--and help you move toward the goal of where you are hoping to be.
I am thanking God this Thanksgiving Season for Vanessa Pace.
~ Ann Thomas"
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Scott
"Arlys has given me valuable insights into developing my speaking voice and helping me to find a comfortable pitch and rate. After only 3 lessons I have im
proved dramatically. I recommend her highly. Very sincere and professional."
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Gary
"Very talented, skilled and effective instructor. Taught through demonstration and coaching. Very effective."