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About Zachary B.

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Brooklyn, NY
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About Zachary
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!

Thanks!

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 Enrico C.

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Los Angeles, CA
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About ENRICO
I am a native Italian speaker with a several years of experience in teaching Italian and English. I am a very easy-going, open-minded, professional person. I like to teach because it gives me the opportunity to meet new students, share my knowledge as well as my culture and experience.

I started tutoring back when I was attending the university in Verona, Italy. I was tutoring English, Math and some other subjects. Later on, I continued teaching English while I was working in other fields. In 2009 I moved to Los Angeles. For a couple of years, I taught ESL in a college, and in the meantime I tutored Italian to private students. Since 2009 I have been tutoring students both on the English and Italian subjects.

I really believe that in teaching, a language a primary focus should be on life skills. Not being an English native-speaker,
I learned how important it is to be able to express basic needs and to perform primary activities. However, it is important to consider other points like grammar, reading, writing. I also think that no matter what a teacher should always take into account the needs of the students and subsequently I plan my classes reflecting on the student's demands.

As to the different approaches and materials that I use, I suppose that it is important to change them frequently in order to keep the classes more interesting. Of course, there are some exceptions. For instance, in the past I taught for a while TOEFL and for that type of classes I used more traditionalist and academic methods and materials.

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Customized lessons to the students' needs and goals.

*** Specialties ***
- T.E.F.L. Certificate for Teaching English as a Foreign Language

- Italian Native Speaker with a several year experience in teaching Italian

- M.A in Foreign Languages and Literature (English and French)

One of my greatest passion is to cook. I was extremely lucky to be taught and introduced to the art of cooking by my grandmother. She was born at the beginning of the previous century and she lived in different cities so she got accustomed to different traditions and shared them with me. I love to cook for smaller groups, using traditional Italian ingredients to prepare simple, but exquisite dishes that belong to the tradition of my native country. If you want to experience some real Italian food, you are definitely in the right hands. Just sit back, relax sip a glass of Italian wine while I cook for you and I share my art.
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Elvia G. September 23, 2016
· Italian · Online
Enrico is a fantastic professor of the Italian language, he's advanced in his teachings, if you like to cook Italian food Enrico shares that in common.
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Elvia G. March 22, 2016
· Italian · Online
From the get go I knew I had found the perfect teacher,
Enrico is a motivating teacher.
He challenges you to learn what you need by reading and discussing interesting materials he sends .it isn't just not doing verbs exercises and tenses but actually participating in actual situations as if you were in Italy .
Enrico quickly helps you get over the nervousness that students experience when reading out loud and discussing the meaning of words in sentences and their uses.
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Josepha Seletz January 16, 2016
· Italian · In studio
Studying Italian with Enrico for a little over 1 year. He is a fantastic teacher; carefully prepares special learning material each week to augment textbook and encourages conversation and culture. He has special talent for teaching that makes grammar and conversation easy to understand
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About Shahriyar F.

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Woodland Hills, CA

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About Shahriyar
Composer, language enthusiast, and teacher currently based in Los Angeles and Salzburg; studying music composition and Electronic music at Mozarteum University in Salzburg. My works include instrumental/vocal concert-music, music theater, live electronics, fixed media, installations, etc. My compositions and installations are regularly are regularly performed and exhibited at contemporary music festival and museums throughout the world.
I teach subjects such as Piano, Keyboard skills, harmony, counterpoint, instrumentation and orchestration, computer-assisted composition, musical analysis, and musical form.
I help students prepare for entrance and final exams at universities and colleges. I also teach people with passion and interest in understanding music.

I am currently residing in Los Angeles, however, I do visit Europe for my co
ncerts, festivals, masterclasses, and workshops regularly. So I hope you do not mind skipping a week or two In November and January.

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Anna August 24, 2017
· Piano · In home
Shahriyar is very kind and responsible. He makes the lessons so much fun and interesting, at the same time he is serious and demanding.We analyse pieces in class and we work on different ways of interpreting music. I also learn a lot about music history and music theory.
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About Johnathan A.

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Atlanta, GA
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I am a native French speaker. I am looking forward to helping my students improve their french in the best way for them. I am also tutoring all algebra classes. I happen to master them, and I will do my best to help my students master theirs!
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Johnathan A.

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About Rosalba Rocio V.

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West New York, NJ
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About Rosalba Rocio
My passion is to teach my native language as a second language. When it is well taught and learned, it sounds wonderful.
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About Gina R.

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Cocoa Beach, FL
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I learned ASL at the College of Staten Island, NY, where i resided. I went through the ASL 1-IV, and then the SIP (Sign Interpreter Program), graduating in 1984. I began interpreting for the Board of Education, working with deaf HS students until 1986. I began teaching ASL at the College of Staten Island until 1992. I moved to Nashville TN and began interpreting for the Board of Education in Nashville for 16 years. I also taught under Adult Education.
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· American Sign Language · Online
Gina is an accomplished American Sign Language Interpreter. She has interpreted in virtually every type of ASL environment. She is personable, encouraging, and inspiring. A great teacher!
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About Nancy C.

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La Quinta, CA
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About Nancy
Welcome! I'm Nancy and I am an English Language Coach. I coach skills in speaking, reading, writing, and any other skills tailored to my clients needs. I also specialize in Business English Coaching, and can bring you to the next level in your career by fine - tuning your English skills at the utmost professional level in a short amount of time. My classes are client specific, skills focused, and best of all....FUN! I look forward to meeting you, and assisting you in becoming a fluent English speaker!
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Nancy C.

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