I teach mainly the legit Broadway singing style and touch on the basics of belting.
I am a performer and teacher residing in Brooklyn, NY. Although I am classically trained, my unique methods apply to all kinds of singing styles--even to speaking! I believe that music lessons should be fun and flexible. I work with my students to find exercises and songs that are most suited for their learning styles and tastes.
*** Lesson Details *** My approach begins and ends with the breath. Breath creates pitch, rhythm, musicality, and emotion. If you think about it, each way we show our emotions begins with breath--laughing, crying, sighing, etc. I use a very natural approach to sin
ging, exaggerating the noises we and the animal kingdom already make every day to sing in a very healthy, sustainable way. Have you ever wondered why a dog can bark for hours without tiring? Why a baby can cry forever? They are using their air and resonance efficiently! We all know how to do this instinctively--we just need to become aware of how we do it, and how to use this knowledge to inform healthy singing.
Through unique breathing and vocal exercises, I will help you to become a confident and consistent singer and artist. The end goal is that you can become your own teacher, diagnosing and fixing your own difficulties.
*** Studio Equipment *** I teach in my home and have an upright piano. There is street parking available.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in classical training. I can teach Italian, French, German, and English diction.
Mill J. May 6, 2014
Classical Voice Verified Student
The perfect teacher
Sarah G. has been my voice teacher for some months now. She has had only my untrained, rusty soprano to work with. But with patience and an expert knowledge of the way the body works to produce sound, she is retooling my voice into something that resembles a musical instrument. She knows both the limits and potential of my voice, pushes me into places I didnât think I could go, and supports my attempts to go there. In other words, the perfect teacher. She is pleasant, prompt and professional, while being warm and encouraging. Her own beautiful voice is almost motivation enough for a student like me; if only I could sound like that.... Some day. Maybe.
Sarahâs own training has been exemplary. Julie Simson was her teacher at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where Sarah earned her bachelorâs degree in vocal performance. Moving on the McGill University, she received her masterâs degree in opera performance under the tutelage of Aline Kutan. With her current coach, Gary Norden, Sarah is extending her training not only to create a singing career for herself, but to rebuild and refine voices like mine. I am lucky to have found her.
Sheena R. April 29, 2014
Singing Verified Student
Knowledgeable and Patient!
I have been working with Sarah for almost 6 months and every time we meet I learn something new. She is extremely patient and knowledgeable and has a way of explaining techniques that make it understandable to someone with minor knowledge. I always look forward to our lessons because I always leave with a positive experience. I'm so thankful I found her because she truly is a wonderful teacher!
Fabs P. November 15, 2013
I just stated pursing my career in singing and only wanted the best voice teacher. My search led me to Sarah. She is amazingly talented and super patient. I was worried at first because I knew I had a lot to learn. Especially being that I spent years singing in my room and acquired many bad habits. Sarah is helping me through this and I'm so greatful. I am learning notes, piano, and everything else that will help me excel in singing. Anyone would be lucky to have her. She is not only a great teacher but a great person as well. I look forward to more times with her.
Teach singing to all ages, all styles. No matter your preference of genre, we will apply the technique of good singing and make you sing like you've never thought possible!
After graduating from Ithaca College with degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Education I spent three years teaching music in public schools. During that time I taught Kindergarten - 4th grade, as a long term substitute, and then 6th - 8th Grade Chorus to 430 students. During my time teaching my program grew at a rate of 30% annually compared to the band and orchestra who struggled to gain 5%. I attribute this success to my style of teaching which is accessible to everyone.
No matter the age, I will find out about what you are interested in besides music and use that as a hook to he
lp you understand what's going on in our lessons. Although I am tough, because I want you to get the most out of your time, I am positive and love to laugh.
Besides teaching in the public schools, I have also taught members of my own private studio from ages 10 - 60, and worked as an Associate Director of Music for a church in North Carolina.
I recently graduated from the Manhattan School of Music and am pursuing my dream of becoming a professional singer. While auditioning, I work as a Real Estate Broker in NYC.
*** Lesson Details *** During the first lesson we will talk about why you are coming and what you want to learn. Once I have a sense of what direction you'd like to go, I'll come up with a plan to take us to your goal. We will work on basic fundamentals both by themselves and through the music that we choose for you to work on.
I encourage all of my students to be actively picking music that they would like to sing and I will supplement that with pieces I think you should have in your repertoire. We will work hard to reach your goals while enjoying the process. No matter the venue, you will see success as long as you are present in our lesson time and put forth effort outside of the lesson as well.
*** Studio Equipment *** Living Room with piano
*** Specialties *** I am most at home with Classical Vocal music but have also sung as a lead Cantor at a church, in musicals, and operas. I also play piano.
LuigieN February 22, 2012
Guides me through everything step by step. Wouldn't want a different teacher.
KamilahB January 25, 2012
Andrew is an extraordinary teacher. In the first couple of weeks, he immediately identified my strengths and weaknesses and crafted individualized lessons to strengthen my piano skills. I can see an enormous difference already; he's taught me skills I could never have learned on my own. He's personable, has a good sense of humor, and holds me accountable for weekly lessons without being a taskmaster. I recommend him highly and I'm incredibly grateful for his patience, high energy, and commitment to his students.
KarimS May 26, 2011
Andrew is patient friendly and knows his technique. I was able to feel and hear growth within a few lessons.
The goal I have for my students is I want my students to really understand why they are doing a particular thing with music, where it being why do we play scales, why is it this key signature, vocal technique, warm ups, etc. I feel what my student is doing internally,and can quickly help them with fixing or adjusting their technique. I want the best for them. Always!
*** Lesson Details *** Bring your music books, a pencil, and a something to record your lessons with.
I am a very fun person, really energetic, and nice. If my students do what I ask them too, they will see that side of
me. If they don't, I tend to be a little strict and firm, mostly because when I was learning piano as a kid, I used every excuse in the book...I was an excellent pianist but bad student, and so now I understand what my teacher went through when my students don't behave or do what I ask. If you do things on time, it will benefit you!!! I am there to help :) Theory is very important to master, because it is the fundamentals of learning music. If you are learning how to sing a piece or play a piece but don't know why you are doing something in the music, then what is the point? Theory will help you understand all of that. I have been a music theory tutor at my university for the past 3 years and am very patient with my students and they all get A's! I once gave my sister a 4 hour crash course on theory for the Certificate of Merit Exam, and she literally didn't know anything because she put it off for the last minute. After the crash course, she got an 88 percent!! I am very good at what I do and love doing it.
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano
*** Travel Equipment *** Piano, staff paper I expect my students to have a notebook for me to write their homework in, music, and a piano or keyboard (if they can, but for sure piano students).
*** Specialties *** Opera, musical theater, music theory, audition prep, audition techniques. I specialize in vocal pedagogue, and my goal for my students is to have them learn and sing any genre of music they would like, as long as they do it in a healthy way. You only have one voice, one unique voice that is yours, so like they always say...treat your body...(voice) like a temple!
**TESTIMONIALS FROM PARENTS** To prospective parents looking for a voice teacher:
I would highly recommend Neda Lahidji as a voice teacher for children. Neda is a gifted singer with an amazing voice and she carries this special gift into her vocal lessons.
I first met Neda in 2013 when she was the Vocal Director for the Children's Musical Theater's Wizard of Oz. Neda was very friendly, positive, and passionate about the vocal rehearsals. She showed the kids respect, was patient when she needed to be, firm when necessary and provided the kids with the necessary tools for them to succeed in their singing. Neda's passion for singing and her excellent teaching skills made the show fun and a huge success.
My daughter was then extremely fortunate to have had Neda as her vocal teacher following the end of the show. Neda's passion for music and for teaching kids is evident in every lesson she has given my daughter. She is enthusiastic, energetic and uses many positive teaching techniques. Neda's lessons also address performance techniques, which are particularly helpful to my daughter.
I would highly recommend Neda as a vocal teacher. I am tremendously grateful to her for everything she has taught my daughter.
Both of my daughters are already missing Neda Lahidji, their vocal coach from San Jose, CA, although they feel incredibly fortunate to have worked so closely with her. And, as a mother who sat and listened on the sidelines, I wholeheartedly agree. From the start, we found Neda to be patient, encouraging, and extremely knowledgeable.
Neda always made herself available when my girls called her with a new challenge. When one of my daughters needed to find and perfect an audition song in only four weeks, Neda provided a variety of choices, helping her hone in on the best selection and work on it note-by-note. With her in-depth understanding of and experience in musical theater, Neda quickly assessed my daughter’s situation and skills, guiding her toward her audition and the lead in her school’s upcoming musical.
Neda has also worked extensively with my other daughter to expand her range, gently teasing her out of her comfort zone. An extraordinary teacher, Neda excels at providing guidance and practical exercises to help her students find the all-important mix between head and chest voice. Most importantly, Neda’s passion for music and musical theater is contagious. Both of my girls always left their lessons feeling more confident and positive about whatever challenges they faced.
I recommend Neda without reservation to any parent looking for a voice coach who can help his or her child soar!
I highly recommend Neda Lahidji as a voice teacher for any child wanting to improve their singing/voice. My daughter (14 years old), took lessons with Neda for over 6 months (2014) and we were very impressed with her talents as a voice teacher. The only reason we stopped was because Neda left San Jose to continue her education in New York. During the time that Neda instructed our daughter she helped her decide on an audition song (for Children's Musical theater), and practiced with her. She worked on different voice technics and used visual examples which were helpful in developing my daughters voice. We were able to see an improvement in my daughters ability to carry notes. Overall, Neda is a responsible, caring, teacher that thinks about the whole child and what's the best way to bring out the talent in the child. On a more personal note, Neda is a great roll model for my daughter. Neda has taken the time to talk to my daughter about school and her career in musical theater. My daughter would also like to continue her education in theater.
Advanced Training: Summer 2010: Operafestival di Roma. Performed in the opera production of Die FledermausÂ and Suor Angelica. Summer 2009: Intense one week training with the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Summer 2008: Attended the Boston University's Tanglewood Institute young artist vocal program. Summer 2007: Vocal Academy for High School Students at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Summer 2006: Participated in ÃÂAmerican Musical Theater ConservatoryÃÂ for 5 weeks for acting, singing and different styles of dancing. Experience 2011: Musical Director for Chapman University's all women acapella group Simply Vocale. 2011: Founding member of Chapman University's musical theater club Chapman On Broadway 2008: Wrote an adaptation of Cinderella for my independent drama study senior year which was performed a year later by Notre Dame Students 2007: Choreographed an opera production of Hansel and GretelÃÂ at Bay Shore Lyric Opera 2007: Assistant Director/ Stage Manager for the musical ÂOOPS: the family musicalÃÂ with BeThatKid Productions 2004: Choreographed an opera production of ÃÂmahl and the Night Visitors ÃÂat Bay Shore Lyric Opera Theatre- Participated in total of 26 shows at Roberta Jones Junior Theater, Children'Âs Musical Theater of San Jose, Notre Dame High School, Saratoga Theater Arts Repertory, and at Chapman University Opera Chapman, with many lead roles. Training Acting- Commercial, Voice Diction, Improv Acting, Soap Sitcom, Cold Read, Monologue, Runway, and Auditioning Skills Dance- Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Hip-hop- 2 years at Dance Academy Music and Voice- Piano (16 years), Violin (7 years), Voice-(11 years), Choir (6 years) Special Skills- organizational skills, people skills, leadership, sings in 4 different languages (French, German, Italian, Spanish), fluent in speaking Farsi Awards- VOICE: Spring 2010: Finalist for Y.E.S. Foundation for the Arts in San Francisco Spring 2009: won 2nd place in Aria division and 3rd place in Musical Theater division at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Spring 2008: 1st place in Musical Theater division and 2nd place in Art Song division at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Spring 2007: 3rd place at the ÂOlympiad Competition. Fall 2006: Finalist for vocal competition and winner for Top Teen Actor in Las Vegas Spring 2004: 2nd place at Western Regional/California State Talent and Performing Arts Competition PIANO: Spring 2008: Graduated from the Certificate of Merit in Piano at Dr. Daniel Harrison Music Studio (President of Certificate of Merit) Spring 2004: Grand Champion at ÃÂWestern Regional/California State Talent and Performing Arts Competition Spring 2001, 2000: 4th place consecutively at U.S. Open Music Competition 1994-2004: studied at Thomsen Studio, gave numerous recitals
Janel M. January 5, 2015
I got to experience the joy of working with Neda last fall when I did a production of The Wizard of Oz in San Jose. As the vocal director, Neda took on the responsibility of teaching kids ages 8 to 14 the songs from the timeless classic. Not only did she succeed, but she did so wonderfully! The show turned out really really well! Behind the scenes though, Neda was able to teach the songs to everyone in a fun and unique way. She was able to relate to each and everyone of us, and she made the rehearsals so enjoyable. She was very patient, very kind, and very funny! She works very well with kids, and is a joy to be around.
Bella D. January 2, 2015
I had the pleasure of working with Neda in a youth production of The Wizard of Oz in San Jose. As the vocal directer, she carried the big responsibility of bringing the lovely music in this classic to life, which she certainly succeeded at doing. At every rehearsal, she was kind and patient, and she knew exactly how to uniquely communicate ways to improve the song in a way that everyone from 8-year-old to high-schoolers could understand. Her voice is beautiful and extremely versatile. Neda is a passionate, fun, understanding person with so much to offer to a young singer or actor/actress. :)
Lisa W. May 3, 2014
A blessing for my daughter
I put off looking for voice teachers fro my daughter until her voice matured a bit. About the time I felt she was ready, we met Neda, who was the vocal director for my daughter's show. Ashley immediately took to Neda, and began weekly vocal lessons.
Not only are her fees fairly priced, we wholly trust her. She is professional, kind, patient and honest. She has helped pick out appropriate songs for my daughter to use for auditions and to help train her voice for further growth.
I have seen such an improvement in my daughter's vocal abilities. Neda has been a blessing for us and I would highly recommend her for all ages.
All ages/levels, both male and female. Tailor lessons specifically to what student needs and wishes to work on.
In addition to developing proper vocal technique, stamina and musicality, a strong focus is placed on storytelling, and how to most effectively convey the backbone of a musical theatre piece through a rooted understanding of the lyrics.
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!
Austin August 21, 2015
So far my experience with Alex is going extremely well, within the past few months of taking vocal lessons for the first time Alex has given me a plethora of ways to view and appreciate music to help me grow as a singer. His insightful analogies will not only make you chuckle at times but will actually enhance your knowledge of music as well.
Kenneth J Bassett August 20, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I have truly enjoyed my guitar lessons with Alex. After only a handful of sessions with Alex I have been able to dramatically improve my guitar skills including both my technical approach as well as my music theory knowledge. I look forward to continuing my work with Alex and highly recommend him to anyone considering.
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.
Singing for stage requires a certain techniques that builds on the foundation of breath control, diction, and projection. With me kids can learn the basic foundation of singing with a healthy sound, and adults can advance these techniques. As a teacher I work with kids from 5-18 develop a healthy foundation for their sound.
Christina G has been studying voice for over 15 years. After graduating from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Ms. G worked as a performance artist in Musical Theater, Theater, Film, and Television in NYC and all over the country. In the past few years, Ms. G. started song-writing for what she thought would be a side project. Just a few years later she's now the lead singer/songwriter of the band Keekwyn & The Hackers. No matter what form it takes, singing has always been Ms. G greatest joy. The joy of singing is what she always leads with when she teaches. Ms. G. started teaching private voic
e three years ago in Park Slope, and is excited to join the TakeLessons Voice Department! Combining technical knowledge of the voice, professional experience of the music industry, and the desire to guide others to connect to their passion, Ms. G. developed a singing method that invites all levels of study to embrace the art of singing.
*** Lesson Details *** A one hour session includes (adults): • Vocal exercises to engage the body in remembering how to access an open sound (learning reflexive control, breath control, tone, and diction) • Working on a suggested song or a song of your choice
For Kids! 1) Vocal warm-ups and exercises for proper breath control, diction, and tone 2) Sing a suggested song or a song of your choice (learning how to perform the song and build a songbook) 3) Music and creativity focused check-in
*** Studio Equipment *** • Casio Keyboard 88-keys
• Yamaha studio monitors
• State of the art recording studio with professional microphones and Logic software
*** Travel Equipment *** • MacBook Air for background track access • No travel piano available
*** Specialties *** • Songwriting
• Find Your True Voice healing technique
• Musical Theater performance
Elisabeth T. January 17, 2014
Working with Christina can help you relax into your natural voice.
My experience working with Christina has been very satisfying, both in terms of increased technical ability and a greater sense of freedom , openness, and confidence. She skillfully speaks to the heart and gives useful and precise guidance along the way. Highly recommended!
Marisa V. January 4, 2014
Becoming One With My Voice
Having consistently misidentified with the sound or tone of my voice throughout my life, working with Christina has helped me to "Find My True Voice." Finding it in speaking, singing or through my creative process and embracing it to allow it to come through. Singing has become a JOYFUL expression of my spirit. Christina's teaching style is clear and simple so any age or any level of singer will be able to learn, understand and apply her work.
Julie M. January 2, 2014
Christina is INCREDIBLE
My 9 year old daughter has been taking lessons with Christina all year. Christina is a highly gifted teacher. She is patient, kind, positive, creative, flexible, attentive, intuitive and oh so talented. Listening to the lessons always warms my heart. My daughter is elated after each one. The lessons are a mixture of technique, theory, and creativity.
What's more, Christina is very good at sensing just what my daughter needs and giving her exactly that each week.
Students are raving about their Broadway Singing instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Wendy
"Coren is amazing! She's thoughtful, kind and great at what she does. My daughter took singing lessons to prepare for an audition to go for the role of I
gor in Young Frankenstein- AND SHE GOT THE ROLE!!! Coren even called her on her way to the audition to do warm ups over the phone!!! We are so pleased with her progress under Coren's guidance!!! Thanks Coren!!!!!"
Las Vegas, NV teacher:
Review by Nick
"Best thing to happen to my voice
Peter has been the best thing to ever happen to my voice. I started studying with Peter freshman year of college and I s
till see him regularly 6 years later. He took my completely untrained voice and helped me find, not only technique but also confidence in myself and my abilities. If it weren't for him I would not be pursuing musical theatre as a career. I would also not be booking jobs professionally. I owe my current and future musical theatre career to him. GO SING WITH HIM!!!"
New York, NY teacher:
Peter Van D.
Review by Christian
"Bryan has a huge amount of knowledge that he successfully delivers to his students. He does this, not only with vocal training but also with, a personal e
xperience, of what it's like in the real world as a performer. I greatly appreciate everything he has done for me, and can't wait to continue learning."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Kelly
"I have had a life long love of singing, but always felt that I could be better. I was a little nervous taking my first lesson, but Amber made me feel rig
ht at ease. In the few months I have taken lessons with her, my voice improved so much I still can't believe it. Amber has so much life experience that she knows all the tricks to get you to where you want to go. When I started these lessons, my goal was just to feel better about my voice. Now I find myself thinking that I could perform, and I owe it all to Amber!"
Denver, CO teacher:
Review by Kevin
"So far with Barbee has been a fantastic experience, she is a really talented and patient teacher and performer, she is humorous which is good, you don't w
ant a teacher that is serious all the time, although she can get serious when needed. A really good person to work with, in general great! I truly love her teaching and her dedication to students."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Lary
"Jeffrey rocks! I'm 59 and after a lifetime of not properly singing, I'm finally learning how to correctly sing and protect my instrument. It has been ab
out three months and I've improved exponentially. Jeffrey accepts you at whatever level you are at and brings you along from there. He is knowledgable, patient, and always positive!"
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Anuja
"A Wonderful Teacher!
Jessie is an incredible person to work with. I went in looking to work on my range and songs for musical theatre and came out with a
better understanding of technique and intonation. She is always patient and understanding of her students and is always willing to help them any way she can. She helped me pick songs for my auditions and also informed me about other auditions in the area. I also learned basic piano from her awesome piano worksheet tutorials! Jessie not only is a great instructor, but a great performer as well . Although her voice is beautiful, she doesn't make me feel inadequate or intimidated. Her lessons are always fun to me because of her sense of humour and kindness. Overall, I've had a great experience with Jessie and can't wait to see her again!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Rachel
"I've been casually studying with Tina for the past two years. My former vocal teacher passed away and I was stranded without a trusted vocal teacher. Ti
na really understands how to utilize the voice without damaging it, or forcing it do what it was not designed to do. She is straight forward with her critiques and gives amazing feedback to better your overall performance. She has built up my technique and opened my mind to a wider range of styles and song choices. Before I met Tina, I would only sing legit musical theater but I've been able to branch out to belting and jazz standards. She even had me start learning the role of Evita! I highly recommend Tina to anyone (beginners to advanced students) who wants to develop their musical theater singing."
Saint Louis, MO teacher:
Review by Sue
"Alex is a wonderful teacher and has been so supportive of my daughter's passion for singing. Alex is a great singer himself and even though he sings mostl
y opera he knows all the ins and outs of broadway as well. My daughter loves taking lessons with him and she's improved tremendously over the past year. With his help she earned the lead role in her school production of The Sound of Music!"