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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!
I have performed in National Tours and Off Broadway The focus of most lessons is half on technique, half on songs
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
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.
Wendell May 14, 2014
Dominic is terrific! I haven't been this close to a piano or keyboard in probably 30 years. He was very patient and kept me focused.It's amazing how things come back to you. I will definitely keep him as my teacher. Thank you Dominic!
Deeann May 14, 2014
Other than a technical difficulty, the instructor was fantastic. I learned a lot, and look forward to learning more!
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.
Broadway! With musical theater there is a particular focus on building a strong core into the voice so that the singer is versatile and able to negotiate the particular challenges of this repertoire in a way that is healthy and sustainable.
I am a classically trained singer living, working, and teaching in NYC. I have a degree in vocal performance from The University of Maryland at College Park. While in the D.C. Metro area I performed as a chorister and soloist at The National Shrine, Metropolitan A.M.E Church, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. My exposure to a wide range of music, from baroque to contemporary gospel and musical theater, has strongly influenced my teaching. My goal is always to help a student develop their own understanding and experience of singing in a way that is fun, interactive, and personal
while also progressively building a strong technique.
*** Lesson Details *** My lessons are generally split between technical work/ warm-ups and repertoire. I like to adapt my concepts to a students individual personality and capability, in that sense I am flexible about the approach taken achieve optimal results. Every singer thinks and communicates differently and I see it as my job to figure out what will work best for you. I think that a foundation in a classical approach gives students the biggest tool kit with which to work. Once the fundamentals are firmly established, that singer then has the ability to approach any style of music in a way that is healthy and secure.
*** Studio Equipment *** Programmable Digital Piano and Recording Equipment.
*** Specialties *** The approach I take to the voice is based in the tradition of classical bel canto singing. It is always my goal to help students understand how to use their breath and body to produce sound that is free of tension and, therefore, beautiful.
Walker T. September 7, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Elliot is an amazing instructor.
Marlon D. March 19, 2015
In studio Verified Student
In need of a vocal coach, I searched the Takelessons website and by what I call devine guidance I selected Elliott A. He has been my coach for a little over a year now and I would highly recommend him for his qualifications, passion for singing and his incredible teaching gift. Elliott provides a comfortable environment and really goes extra miles to ensure that concepts he teaches are practically understood. I started with many bad singing habits and poor technique and now I can definitely see great improvement in my technique and vocal freedom. I look forward to continue working with him until and beyond reaching my goal of greatness. In my opinion he's simply the BEST.
Gabrielle S. March 15, 2013
Elliot is a gem! He is everything I wanted in an instructor!
I met Elliot through a friend who is also taking lessons from him. As a beginner I was very specific in what I wanted in a teacher--someone who is patient, kind, structured and has no problem starting with the very basic fundamentals in singing. Elliot took me on as a student and has proven to be everything I could have hoped to find in a teacher! Lesson after lesson I feel more confident and capable. I feel stronger in my voice and become more and more excited for singing. Elliot's knowledge of singing technique are showcased throughout the lesson as he explains exactly what is needed to be adjusted in your technique and his patience is key to a full understanding of what is needed to be done. I highly recommend Elliot to any singer looking to train their voice, maintain technique, or broaden their range!
I teach all styles of music including Opera, Classical, Broadway, Pop, R&B, Gospel, Folk, Jazz, Country and Rock. I work with all levels of students, beginners, intermediate and advanced.
Marjorie has taught beginners to advanced students of all ages in every vocal style including Opera, Classical, Musical Theatre, Pop, Jazz, Folk, Rock, R&B and Gospel at Hunter College, New York University, La Guardia Community College, The Learning Annex as well as her private vocal studio in NYC for the past 25 years.
Marjorie received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Georgia and a Special Studies Award in Voice and Opera from the Eastman School of Music. Marjorie has sung at Venice's Grand Teatro La Fenice, Carnegie Hall in NY, Rome's Teatro dell'Opera, Cagliari's
Teatro Lirico and the New York Grand Opera.
She was the winner of the Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition and a finalist in both the Enrico Caruso Voice Competition and McAllister Opera Awards Competitions. Recently she was featured on Channel 5 Good Day New York morning news program.
IF YOU CAN TALK YOU CAN SING and I guarantee it!!!!!
I teach beginners and advanced of all ages as well as all styles of music:
Opera - Classical - Musical Theatre - Pop - Jazz - Folk - Rock - R&B - Gospel
*I teach the freedom of the jaw, neck and shoulders to allow the breath to connect without tension allowing the production of a free vocal tone.
*Singing on the vowels with clean articulated consonants before and after the vowel is sung.
*Correct understanding and pronunciation of French, Italian, German and English languages
*Musicianship, theory, piano, all musical styles and song writing
*Performance and acting skills
*Annual Student Recitals in professional New York City Venues
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons take place at my home studio. Lessons may be recorded on my professional recording equipment or you may bring your own recording devices. This is an excellent learning tool. I teach my students how to extend their range, increase breath control and the freedom of their body in order to enable a free and easy produced vocal tone. I teach song repertoire to the student's particular musical style choices. I also work with students that wish to write their own songs so that their musical ideas can be heard clearly and precisely. A guitar is available for students if they wish to use it to accompany themselves. I teach my students how to deal with performance anxiety . Students are presented in recitals twice a year and performance classes are held once a month in addition to the private lessons.
IF you can talk you can sing and I guarantee it!!!! I teach beginners to advanced of all ages.
*** Specialties *** Voice, Piano I teach the freedom of the jaw, neck and shoulders to allow the breath to come without tension allowing the production of a free vocal tone.
Beginners and advanced of all ages. "If you can Talk you can Sing and I guarantee it!!!! Opera - Classical - Musical Theater - Jazz - Folk - R&B - Gospel - Country - Rock -
Angela W. August 14, 2015
Opera Voice ·
In studio Verified Student
no stress, no fear, relax
good way to learn something new for me
very much enjoyable the whole time
you will feel good about yourself too after the lesson
Laurie S. May 12, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Marjorie is an amazing teacher!! She's very supportive and inspiring to the point that now I've started to get into songwriting. She even teaches me relaxation exercises to help nudge the creative spirit! I always leave her studio feeling enthusiastic, full of energy and looking forward to the next lesson!
Chloe D. April 27, 2015
When I first came to Marjorie it was to see if I could start to work on adding some natural vibrato after years of straight-tone choral singing. I was feeling very discouraged and worried that maybe I just didn't have any natural vibrato at all.
When the lesson started, one of the first things Marjorie said to me was, "You're not singing straight-tone. I can hear your vibrato in there, but we need to set it free." In just a few more lessons we were already stripping away years of bad habits from choral blending, and I was thrilled to start to feel my vocal chords phonating easily and naturally.
Fast-forward several months and my confidence -- and love for singing -- continue to grow. I'm so amazed with Marjorie's patience and faith in me and just thrilled that she was able to break through 10 years of bad habits and set free my natural sound!
Students are raving about their Broadway Singing instructors on TakeLessons.
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"Daniel is a wonderful teacher with an incredible voice. His passion for voice is evident in his teaching. He gets quite excited when you hit a note correc
tly! I think that kind of positivity and energy inspires you to do better and work harder. I believe a teacher should be encouraging and his non-judgmenetal attitude helps foster the growth of learning. I definitely recommend him!"
New York, NY teacher:
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Review by Mike
"Everything you need and more...
One of my biggest issues with voice teachers is that they try to strip you of what makes you, you!
From day one, Peter g
ot to know me and works from the inside out to produce a sound that was not only connected to breath but emotionally invested and honest! So many actor's lack this nowadays. This is so valuable as a musical theatre actor. Also, he allows you to "go there" and provides a safe environment to do so.
Peter is willing to be patient and work with you long term. He was so invested in my work and reaching goals. He gives that extra bump of confidence I need and I always leave feeling great!
What is most profound... as a more classical musical theatre actor in a ever changing pop/rock world, I am able to confidently show up at an audition for a pop musical. He pulls this healthy pop/rock singing technique from the classical technique and it really works!
In terms of availability, he is flexible and worth every penny!"
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ught her how to emote when singing, how to control her expressions and how to sing with confidence. His care and commitment meant the world to my daughter - she had someone in her court that had a vested interest in her success. As a mother, that meant the world to me. Pierce is wonderful - he is upbeat, hugely talented, and a joy to work with. I would recommend him any and everyday."
San Francisco, CA teacher:
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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 Jenna
"Bryan is flexible with scheduling and makes sure that the lessons are specific to your needs."
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Review by Christina
"My daughter Caroline loves her lessons with Marcelle. Shes been studying with Marcelle for six years (since elemetary school) and has learned so much. we
get compliments on Caroline's progress all of the time. Marcelle helps Caroline with Nysma and helps her to work on music for any school performances she has. Caroline has also gotten very far on "The Voice".... hopefully the finals soon, thanks to Marcell's great teaching :) Marcelle has an awesome voice and is a great piano player. Her studio in Forest Hills is in a convenient location."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Shayleigh
"She's really incredible. It is abundantly clear in her work her depth of knowledge and experience. The lessons are always enjoyable and I've already learn
ed so much in just a few lessons."
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Belle
"Ms. Sharon is an AMAZING teacher!!!
My younger siblings and I have been taking lessons with Ms. Sharon for 8 years in vocal, piano, acting, and speech. W
ith Ms. Sharon's aid I qualified to nationals in speech, and have been in numerous plays. Ms. Sharon pushs all her students hard so they can accomplish their goals and achieve their dreams. Sometimes it we have to do some hard things but, In the end it is worth every drop of hard work! My siblings and I love Ms. Sharon and will take lessons from her for as long as we can!"
Dallas, TX 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!"