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About Zachary B.

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As a singer, I pay special attention to accents and dialects of all types. My trained ear will help you sound more natural in conversation, improve speaking and/or singing voice, and your overall communication effectiveness. I operate these lessons a bit differently than other music instruction, but the main goal is still to be as holistic and fun as possible!

About Zachary
*UPDATE: I am moving to another neighborhood in New York as of 1/31. Please bear with me as I update location information. Thank you!*

Dear Students and Parents:

My passion for performing and teaching brought me to TakeLessons as a way to enrich my immediate community (and beyond through Skype lessons!) and help individual students perform at their best. As an operatic performer, I thoroughly understand the importance of building a strong technical background for any level of singing or professional speaking. My other skills, like instrumental instruction, studying skills, accent reduction, and academic preparation are all offered through TakeLessons as well. As a teacher, I love having fun in lessons and building strong connections with my students at absolutely any level. My personal musical performing experiences span opera,
musical theater, jazz, pop, and R&B. I am so excited to share my knowledge and passion for singing with you, as well as any other subject we find to explore! As of February 2013, I am also available through TakeLessons' online instruction program! Please find more information below and I hope to hear from you soon!

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Zachary B.

A native of Charlotte, NC, Zachary began his musical career as a tuba player and jazz bass guitarist. While attending The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Zachary began singing in various vocal groups on campus and developed his love for the singing voice. With encouragement from the music faculty, Zachary began training as an operatic baritone while at UNC. While attending UNC, Zachary was awarded both the Fischer Scholarship in Voice and the Tony McDowell Voice Scholarship. His singing brought him to Boston in the summer of 2010 to begin study at The Boston Conservatory. While performing various opera roles and attending summer programs, Zachary also opened his private studio and taught at a local music academy.

Baritone Zachary B. is quickly establishing himself as an active operatic performer. Equally at home on the recital stage, his versatile lyric baritone voice fits a wide range of repertoire and styles. A graduate of The Boston Conservatory, Zachary has performed roles like the titular role in Don Giovanni, Ramiro in L'Heure Espagnole, L'horloge comtoise in L'Enfant et les sortileges, Pooh-Bah in The Mikado, and Bob in The Old Maid and the Thief.

Starting in February 2013, Zachary will also be available through TakeLessons for online instruction. Lessons will still focus on energy, breath, and solid technique, so please contact him if you think this venue of instruction will be a good fit!

*** Lesson Details ***
Regardless of your background, I believe in making lessons fun, encouraging, and accessible. This means that my work with you will, by nature, be incredibly personal and always formulated for your specific musical goals. I will constantly strive to make sure you are comfortable in our work together as we explore singing, speaking, and music theory.

I believe every singing or speaking voice can benefit from a foundation in classical vocal technique. Whether you prefer to learn through singing songs or through various exercises, I can customize our lesson plan to fit your needs. Therefore, I provide a fun and engaging lesson atmosphere, but you need to bring your best as well! We will both be happier with the process if we are equally invested in your growth. We will start with something you already know (an aria, vocal exercise, or excerpt from a song) and work toward singing in your preferred vocal style. For example, classical singers will build their knowledge of English, German, Italian, and French diction and song styles. Additionally, I will always respect and include my student's musical interests.

Along the way, I am happy to address basic music theory ideas. If you prefer, we can also spend additional time reviewing and learning those principles to enrich your musical experience. I will always provide different exercises and ideas to keep your brain active in the singing process.

I believe in whole body, whole spirit singing. As a performer, I employ a variety of holistic exercises and theories to develop my own voice, such as basic Alexander Technique principles, voice therapy techniques, a variety of pedagogical palates, and energy work. If these sorts of things interest you, I am more than happy to incorporate them into our lessons. My personal results with those practices have been incredible, so I am always eager to share.

My personality is outgoing and energetic, so I bring that sort of atmosphere to a lesson. I expect preparedness and readiness on your part to maximize our work together. My greatest desire in teaching is to see you grow! So, if a challenging, yet comforting, work environment sounds like something you would like to try, consider scheduling a trial lesson with me. I am always happy to hear from new students!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Open area between the living room and the dining room, seating available, piano to accompany the voice lesson, garage/driveway/street parking.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I prefer for my students to have a keyboard or piano, and if possible, a music stand. We can always make a situation work if the student does not have access to these tools. I provide music, pencils, etc.

*** Specialties ***
I am an opera singer, and specialize in classical singing. However, I apply similar vocal technique to all genres of music, and focus on breathing technique, body and energy awareness, and discuss a holistic approach to singing with all students.
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Susan Y. September 14, 2015
· Speaking Voice · In studio
Zachary is a wonderful teacher. He is very patient and really understands what he student want and need. Highly recommend him for a teacher
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wynoka J. August 8, 2015
· Singing · In studio
Knowledgeable patient encouraging and kind! I learned some new things that help! Looking forward to next lesson!
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Draaco A. May 19, 2015
· Singing · In home
Great instructor, natural gifted at communicating the body mechanics, breathing, and finer points of singing.
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About Isabelle S.

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There is no such thing as speaking a language with the right accent. I am happy to help you with this.

About Isabelle
I am a native French speaker born in France; I have lived in the USA since 2000 and speak English fluently. I teach both French and English as a Second Language (ESL). I am used to teaching/ coaching/ interacting with students of all ages (9-80+) and with professionals in a corporate environment. In fact I have worked in-countries and remotely with people located in France, Poland, India, Canada, Guatemala and Brazil. I speak some Spanish and German, and that might help you as well, depending on your background. I am happy to add a cultural dimension to the language support. For Life Coaching lessons, I draw from my experience and best practices. I will share simple yet highly effective tips and approaches to help you meet your needs.

For best results; I recommend a minimum of 2 (two) 45-minute sessions per week. I look for students
sincerely interested in making great strides and committed.

Happy to start any time soon. THX for visiting my profile. Questions welcome!
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Karen December 17, 2017
· French · Online
Once we returned to the US after living in France for several years, we knew we needed a tutor for our young daughter to maintain and expand her hard-earned proficiency in French. We have been with Isabelle for three years now. She continues to teach and challenge our growing daughter. One of positive aspects of the online environment is that oftentimes the lessons can continue when we travel. Merci Isabelle! xx
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Patty December 16, 2017
· French · Online
I highly recommend Isabelle as an expert in teaching French. She has great fluency in both French and English. Isabelle is from France and she regularly visits family there. Here in the United States, she and her husband have raised a family while she worked as an executive for an international company. These skills come forth beautifully in her style of teaching. For me, after one month of French lessons with Isabelle, I am much more comfortable with daily conversation, pronunciation, and verb conjugation. I enjoy our rapport and look forward to deepening my conversation skills with her.
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Christine S. November 22, 2016
· French · Online
Isabelle is very friendly, knowledgeable and easy to work with!
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About Anosh O.

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I can help in making the accent sound more native.

About Anosh
I am currently a math major and I have finished math classes all the way to transformation geometry (proof-based). Currently, I'm enrolled in number theory. I have gotten mostly A's and B's in my math classes. I am able to help out students of any age up to Multivariable Calculus 2. I am also able to travel at most 15 miles out of my city (Rancho Cucamonga and San Bernardino) and am very patient when it comes to teaching math, as I understand it can be a difficult and frustrating subject.
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Karina D. February 13, 2016
· Basic Math · In home
Explains really well, very patient and knowledgable
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About Erol G.

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Panorama City, CA

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*****Each Online Lesson with Free Video & MP3 Recording*****

Carefully following Burrkowsky's (1969) multi-media method, I have taught this subject for over five years for public and private causes, such as library, individuals, and language schools. My emphasis for pronunciation is a scientific, comprehensive overview and treatment of the various sounds, rhythms, inflections, and patterns the spoken language integrates. I encourage practicing and mastering both the sounds themselves, as well as how the sounds are connected and contextualized. I use contemporary sound recording and .wav editing software to involve audio feedback and self-monitoring.

Sources: Burrkowsky, Mitchess (1969) Teaching American Pronunciation to Foreign Students. New York: Warren Green, 1969.

About Erol
***AREAS NORTH OF CENTRAL SANTA CLARITA ARE DIFFICULT TO SERVICE PHYSICALLY/ ADDRESSES WITHIN REMOTE AREAS (no public transit or bicycle access) DIFFICULT TO SERVICE PHYSICALLY***

My style and attitude toward teaching is a balance between subject delivery and reflective, supportive interaction. I seek to enable current research on education for busy, yet goal-driven student interests. This is done through customized online lessons coordinating the experience with optimal resources and tools. Examples are helping ESL students to monitor their own phonic issues with dedicated software/feedback, guiding German students through conversational dialogues, and tailoring Excel and related productivity lessons for particular prerequisites.

Due to my limited funds, I do not have direct experience with the Adobe suite, but I have extensive k
nowledge of related, free distributions that are transferable. I also have formal education in the field of English, innovative leadership, and Education. My current level is ABD or PhD candidate for the terminal degree in Education. I am member of the Association for Language Learning, located in Leicester, UK.
My most popular subjects are as follows:

North American English Pronunciation Practice for ESL (NAEPP-ESL) or Accent-Reduction:
*****Each Online Lesson with Free Video & MP3 recordings, and about 50 GB onedrive folder for lesson files*****

Carefully following Burkkowsky's (1969) multi-media method, I have taught this subject for over five years for public and private causes, such as library, individuals, and language schools. My emphasis for pronunciation is a scientific, comprehensive overview and treatment of the various sounds, rhythms, inflections, and patterns the spoken language integrates. I encourage practicing and mastering both the sounds themselves, as well as how the sounds are connected and contextualized. I use contemporary sound recording and .wav editing software to involve audio feedback and self-monitoring.

Sources:
Burkkowsky, Mitchess. (1969). Teaching American Pronunciation to Foreign Students. New York: Warren Green, 1969.

Morton, H., Gunson, N., Jack, M. (2012). Interactive Language Learning through Speech-Enabled Virtual Scenarios. Advances in Human Computer Interaction. doi:10.1155/2012/389523.

German Language and Culture:
*****Each Online Lesson with Free Video & MP3 Recordings and about 50 GB onedrive folder for lesson files*****

I have grown up bilingual English and German, attending an international school from a very young age. I attended, also, a German public secondary school, where I earned a diploma, and I completed college-level German credits. I taught German in the language lab of a community college, for special needs students, and for private agencies, such as Tutor Doctor. My emphasis is on a comparative introduction of the language to draw out a common ground and familiarize possibly daunting differences. I also enjoy asserting that German is often underestimated as a rewarding second language to study.

Microsoft Excel:
***It is recommended students own or have regular access to a personal computer after 2002 in order to get the best benefit***

This spreadsheet and data management software program is of crucial, pivotal importance in any business and financial environment. The program enables efficient and prompt development of arithmetic and statistical calculations of vast data sets. It also helps to visualize and juxtapose related or even discrepant variables. My approach to teaching the program is cumulative and holistic, starting with an introduction to personal inventory management to the processing of large data sets using pivot tables, charts, and dashboards. My emphasis is on making the program as intelligible and transparent as possible to avoid frustration and intimidation. I use a lot of examples and visuals that are readily available.

Typing:
***It is recommended students own or have regular access to a personal computer after 2002 in order to get the best benefit***

I teach the touch-typing method that is the convention for most journalistic and input-intensive organizational settings. I teach the home row, proper finger and hand positions, proficiency with left and right hands, as well as posture and concentration methods. I enrich the teaching with resources from the web, such as speed-building and error reduction.
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Cindy B. February 16, 2018
· German · Online
Great lesson on the Dative case and how it can look in different sentences or and ways of being phrased, and the underlying theory of how it works. Learned new words and went over some dialogues. Erol is very professional, and his method is descriptive and calming. I appreciate he speaks in German and switches only when I need help understanding, because it helps train my listening skills. Looking forward the the next lesson.
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SAMMY February 12, 2018
· Accent Reduction · Online
Very scientific and easy to follow....
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Cindy B. February 8, 2018
· German · Online
Another great lesson. I really appreciate the files and vocabulary sent before the lessons. I can review the material at my own time beforehand which is so helpful. He is organized and the atmosphere is relaxed and informative. I never feel pressured or silly for not knowing something. His method of teaching and explaining concepts is exceptional.
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About Alexandra W.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I use a variety of tools for accent reduction, including but not limited to: IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet), visual and written notation, physical exercises, and recordings.

About Alexandra
Alexandra has a BA from the University of Southern California (Recipient of Doolittle Award: Outstanding Female Performer of graduating class) and an MFA from the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. Acting has taken her to Paris, London, and Moscow and has given her the opportunity to work with exceptional artists, such as Neil Patrick Harris, Neil Gaiman, Scott Zigler, and Kevin Bright. She coaches students privately and is currently teaching at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and The New York Film Academy. She is also a monthly column contributor to the popular online arts magazine, Bleep.
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Joy January 20, 2018
· Accent Reduction · Online
Alexandra is an inspiring and professional instructor!
She diagnose my pronunciation problems and provided very useful tips to improve my pronunciaiton accuracy. These tips are really good take-home toolkit because I can practice my pronunciations anytime.
I am more confident in speaking English. Thank you!
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Anastasia December 26, 2017
· Makeup · Online
This was bomb and she rules. 100 percent recommend her for make-up tips. :D
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Anastasia October 22, 2017
· Accent Reduction · Online
She is perfect! I made a mistake previously with my review!That was an issue with my laptop. She is very nice! She is very professional and knowledgeable.
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About Gabriel B.

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I have developed a proven, groundbreaking, unique, fun and interactive approach to reduce, and in some cases eliminate the foreign accent completely. How you ask? Being a singing teacher for over 15 years, I have always found it fascinating when my foreign students would be able to sing a standard American song with NO accent. Somehow, singing completely eliminated their accent. Since that discovery, I was determined to find out why and how. Based on my research, I have created a very easy to understand method that can dramatically reduce the foreign accent.

Coming from an immigrant family myself, and being fluent in three languages (English, Spanish, Italian), I can relate to the challenges foreigners face when attempting to speak in a neutralized American accent. This can be holding you back from advancing your career.

You will see results instantly. Take the first step to propel your career to the next level!

About Gabriel
Two-Time Broadway Award Winning Actor/Singer Gabriel Burrafato has performed starring roles on Broadway, Las Vegas and International stages around the world. Known as the “Trilingual, Triple Threat”, this powerhouse of a performer has also appeared in hit shows like ABC’s “Switched at Birth”, CBS’s “Criminal Minds”, Nickelodeon and many other Principle leading roles in Feature Films and Television. His televised PBS concert “Live from the Venetian in Las Vegas”, has aired in over 350 PBS stations across North America. Most recently, Gabriel starred in his award winning portrayal of Dean Martin in the hottest show on the Las Vegas Strip called “Vegas! The Show” at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino.

Gabriel has studied voice at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and began his career as an Apprentice Actor at the prestigious Shaw
Festival of Canada. He made his Broadway debut in Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Bombay Dreams, under the direction of 2-time Academy Award winning composer A.R. Rahman. He also starred as Lancelot in the Broadway National Tour of Camelot and Magaldi in the Broadway National tour of Evita (Harold Prince Revival). Gabriel had the distinguished honor of originating the role of the elf archer Legolas in the $30 Million Dollar, world premier production of The Lord of The Rings, directed by Tony award winning director Matthew Warchus.
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Fernando S. January 24, 2018
· Accent Reduction · Online
Fantastic instructor!
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Stephanie Contreras January 22, 2018
· Singing · In studio
My skill improved every session! Gabriel is great because he focuses on really building a foundation for your voice! I highly recommend him!
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David D. January 18, 2018
· Singing · Online
I just completed my first lesson with Gabriel. I have taken lessons with other instructors but things became redundant. Gabriel gave me an incredible amount of new insights. He appears to have a very good system, even for people who have had prior lesson experiences. I am very excited to practice the new exercises he introduced to me. He is a great instructor. I am excited about practicing all that he has taught me already!
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About Sara Ann B.

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Quick analysis of how to make you more intelligible since VOICE was my reason for becoming a speech-language pathologist; customized sessions for your sound errors, how to improve your writing of short memos AND homework. Daily 30 minute practice is a necessity.

About Sara Ann
I pace our lessons andI over explain a technic to make certain the client gets the concept. Patiently and with a sense of humor we apply it to a song that is a target song the client really can "sell" and just wants the vocal know-how to do.
With two masters degrees in voice and speech-language pathology, with specializing in eliminating chronic hoarseness and giving you the perfect foreign accent, I am a premier singing teacher who still sings at jazz jams sessions. I previously was a full time professor of voice and music education, a Fulbright instrumental/vocal teacher at high school level, an elementary music supervisor. In recent years, I wrote a book & videos as a licensed speech language pathologist for those with chronic hoarseness, laryngitis, & vocal nodules. Clients love how I mold technique to a song the first lesson.
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Elvira January 14, 2018
· Speaking Voice · Online
I take speaking voice lessons from Sara Ann to reduce my Russian accent.
I just love our sessions. Sara Ann is a very experienced teacher and defines essential problems right away. I am amazed by her profound knowledge of subject, intelligence, creative teaching approach, charming style and genuine desire to help her students.
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Vicki June 29, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I signed up for singing lesson on a whim. Sara was great; very patience and knowledgeable. Please take in consideration, I have no music or instrument background so we worked on breathing and body position which she made fun then at the end of each lesson we sang a song or two. After each lesson, I left with new knowledge and one or two thing to work on that week. For a spur of a moment decision, I obtain a new understanding of music, singing, and met a wonderful creative lady. Good Experience all around.
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Tom August 21, 2016
· Vocal Training · In home
A wealth of knowledge. We got down to business right away. Positive experience.
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About Natalie A.

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With accent reduction lessons, I will help you increase your confidence in English by working on difficult sounds with you. I also teach you words and expressions that will help you in daily conversations, in e-mails, and in the workplace.

About Natalie
Hello, bonjour, hola! I'm Natalie and I've been tutoring for eight years and formally teaching for four years. I've loved helping students meet their goals in French, English, and Spanish, and I look forward to helping you.

I hold a B.A. in French and Chinese and an M.A. in French Linguistics, both from University of Florida. Currently, I am a first year PhD student in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching. As such, I am truly centered on helping you achieve your language goals from traveling abroad to passing a language test to communicating in your work or school environment. My flexibility and enthusiasm coupled with individualized lesson plans will help increase your confidence in communicating in other language(s).
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· French · Online
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Helene (. January 22, 2018
· English · Online
Great experience. Natalie is very good at getting the best out of her student.
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· French · Online
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The average cost of 60-minute Accent Reduction lessons in La Crescenta is $69. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $69 and $69 per hour.

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