Technique for your voice. Breathing. Placement. Articulation.
Athena has enjoyed tremendous success as a singer/songwriter, actress, musician and teacher. She is originally from Toronto, but is now based out of New York City.
Athena has released 5 CDs, toured North America (both as a singer/songwriter and as an actress), and taught voice, piano, guitar, songwriting and acting for the past 13 years. She has shared the stage Sarah McLachlan and Jim Carrey, and taught songwriting to girls with Lisa Loeb (the teaching project with Lisa Loeb was made into a documentary and premiered at Tribeca Cinemas). Her music videos LOVE IS LOVE and LOGICAL SONG cha
rged #1 on MTV's LOGO TV.
As a teacher, Athena has worked at numerous schools, organizations, and colleges across North America, including Oregon State University, Montcalm College, Manhattan New Music Project, TADA!, and The Ontario Science Center. She teaches privately (voice, piano, guitar, acting & songwriting), and facilitates workshops to kids and adults on topics ranging from "Vocal Technique", to "Booking Your Own Tour", to "Creating Original Musical Theater",She also conducts staff development workshops on "Communication and Socialization through the Arts for Autistic Populations" in New York City schools. Athena teaches all ages (age 4-99) and ability levels (gifted - special needs).
As a singer/songwriter, Athena has released 5 original CDs and numerous dance singles. Her latest full length album, "Little Girl Dreams", was produced by Emmy/Grammy Winning Producer Cynthia Daniels (Melissa Etheridge, Dave Mathews Band, "Producers" on Broadway). Athena's music is storytelling pop with a theatrical twist. She combines a dramatic 4 octave range voice with gorgeous piano and guitar arrangements. She performs regularly in the New York circuit, at notable clubs including the Knitting Factory, The Cutting Room, and Jacob Javitz Center. She has been featured in radio, TV, newspapers and magazines around the world.
As an actress, Athena has appeared in numerous commercials, Film, TV and Off-Broadway productions including Hush (Players Club in NYC and Hudson Theater in LA), Fran in The Day They Shot John Lennon (Redmill Theater), "Tina" in Love Sucks (NYMF Festival) and principle roles on the History Channel and CNN. She won Best Comedy at Canada's YTV Youth Achievement Awards (Judge Eugene Levy). She currently performs as a Lady Gaga Impersonator at corporate events across the country.
Athena's training began with classical piano at age 4, voice at age 8, acting at age 9, and guitar at 16. She began working as a professional actress in Film & TV at age 12, and recorded her first album at 20. She majored in Theater at Claude Watson School for the Arts in Toronto, and earned a BFA in Music from Concordia University in Montreal. She regularly attends master classes in New York, with internationally renowned teachers such as Neil Semer, Kimberly Vaughn, Garry Dial, Francine Kay, and Maggie Maes.
As a performer, Athena is bold, imaginative, and chilling. As a teacher, Athena is patient, creative, and inspiring.
*** Lesson Details *** Athena enjoys teaching all ages and abilities, from 4 year old beginners, to seasoned professionals, to adult hobbyists. She is a patient, fun, thorough, flexible, and imaginative teacher. She teaches most musical genres, from classical, to musical theater, to jazz, to pop. She can prepare you or your child for upcoming auditions (musical or theatrical) and provide valuable insight into the entertainment industry. Athena also does art therapy with all varieties of special needs, from Autistic to Alzheimer's. Whether you are an absolute beginner, a hobbyist, or a professional in need of a savvy coach, Athena will create a lesson plan suited to your individual learning style, interests and needs.
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano Acoustic & Electric Guitar Microphone & speaker Recording device
*** Specialties *** Piano, Voice, Guitar, Songwriting, Acting Bel Canto, Classical, Musical Theater (Legit & Belt), Pop, Rock, Jazz, Music Theory, Composition & Songwriting, Monologue Preparation, Acting Audition Preparation, Pop Singing, Rock Singing, R&B Signing, Songwriting, Guitar Accompaniment, Piano Accompaniment, Performance Confidence, Business of Music, Business of Acting.
Brandi B. November 20, 2014
In studio Verified Student
I don't know where to start! Athena is the absolute best! She is truly making my vision of song writing come true
SethJonas March 6, 2014
My daughter started taking lessons with Athena when she was 7. Within weeks she already was playing simple songs & loved practicing etc. Now 2 years later she has shown incredible improvements. Highly recommend Athena.
Rachel K. March 6, 2014
Athena is a super teacher - extremely knowledgeable and patient, and wonderful to work with!
I have been a voice, acting, and teacher of creative arts for over 25 years. My background includes ten years of classical training with Maestro Julio Berrocal, as well as vocal training through the Feldekrais approach with Marcy Lindhiemer. In acting I have studied with renowned Stanislavsky scholar Sonia Moore and Master acting teacher of the Strasberg Method, Marcia Haufrecht. I received a B.A. For comparative literature and creative writing at the State University of New York at Purchase and I am currently studying for a masters in social work at Walden University. I believe, within al
l of us, Is the ability to express something distinctive and original. I work to help the student discover their individual and unique voice, weather it be through singing, acting or writing. I share with my students tools to gain the ability and confidence to achieve their goals. I empathize deeply with the challenges students may face when pursuing a life in the creative and performing arts, having worked professionally in those arena's for most of my adult life. I believe, it is the teachers job to respect each students individual process of learning. My students have gone on to become recording artists, Broadway performers, movie actors, blues and cabaret artists and published writers.
*** Lesson Details *** Voice I am an empathetic teacher, sensitive to the students individual process of learning. My singing lessons usually start with breathing and relaxation exercises. Vocal exercise come next, then when the student is fully warmed up, we will begin to work on songs. It is important that the student be part of the process of picking material since the more they personally respond to the material the more apt they are to be engaged in their lessons and the more quickly they will learn. After three to six months they will understand the fundamentals of breathing and relaxation and its importance to proper vocal training. They will have begun the process of extending their range and will understand the principles of performance in song. Acting As an acting teacher and coach, I tailor my classes to the needs of each student. I utilize improvisatory and sensory techniques to help unleash spontaneity. I also encourage the students to use their personal experiences as a way to access a full range of emotions. I enjoy working with the student on script analysis, so as to discover the underlying motivations of the character the student is working on. Creative and Lyric Writing I use prompts as a way to get the student writing. Often, I will ask the student to write for stretches of time without editing themselves. It is important to unleash imagination before beginning the process of editing. Many times it is the unexpected that is the must compelling.
*** Studio Equipment *** home- 10 minutes away from Manhattan with piano, seating for parents -practice studio seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide a piano, cd/mp3 player and an large library of songbooks to work from. The student should bring sheet music of songs they want to work on and a recording device.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in teaching how to sing rock, pop, musical theater, jazz, and blues without hurting the voice as well as method acting instruction.
Emma R. August 13, 2015
In home Verified Student
Great teacher! Amy is very experienced with kids and knows how to interact very well with my five year old. She has control of the lesson and most importantly my daughter loves going to her class.
Richard G. October 7, 2014
I just want to say that you are one of the most distinguished teachers with TAKELESSONS! - I read your bio and I was very impressed. I would recommend you to any musically inclined student! Keep up the good work!
PaulG1 May 13, 2012
i could not have BUILT a better teacher/coach. Intuitive, intelligent, knows her subject & knows how to share what she knows.
I believe that good singing and healthy speech are related. It is essential for an actor to be comfortable with vocal production from speech into to singing. I have been able to help non-performer, business types feel more confident in speaking situations.
Peter Van D. began teaching in New York City in the early 1990’s. In 1994, he was invited to join the faculty of New York University’s Collaborative Arts Project 21. Van D. has taught private voice and vocal technique classes during both the Academic year and for the Musical Theatre Summer Intensive. He has been a guest for the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston and presented master classes at BYU-Idaho. For several years, Van D. has served as a judge for local NATS auditions and presented lecture demonstrations for NYSTA(New York Singing Teachers Association). His NYU stude
nts have been featured in productions at CAP 21 and Tisch School of the Arts Main Stage. His private students have appeared in Broadway productions of RAGTIME, MAN OF LA MANCHA, THE FULL MONTY, FOLLIES, BOMBAY DREAMS, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, and THE PRODUCERS.
Van D. made his Metropolitan Opera debut in April 1995 in John Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles, and returned for five seasons to sing roles in Die Zauberflöte, Salome, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Capriccio and Andrea Chenier. In March 1997 he portrayed the title role in Gianni Schicchi with the Metropolitan Opera Guild.
*** Specialties *** Former opera singer, I have been teaching musical theatre for 15 years. I am skilled in both styles. I teach a physical technique that will serve the health and longevity of the student. Certified in hypnosis and Reiki, both of which are useful in overcoming Performance Anxiety.
Robby D. March 27, 2014
Amazing Voice Teacher!
Peter really opened up my voice and really helped me grow into my voice as a singer. It was night and day and his technique is easy to learn and adapt. He works with your voice and helps it become better overall and is really supportive. I'm grateful for what I learned from him and I still use his techniques everyday!
Nick R. March 26, 2014
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 still 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!!!
Jimi H. March 25, 2014
A Superb and Supportive Teacher!
Peter is by far the best voice teacher I ever had. I have a very multi-faceted personality and very multi-faceted voice. I was struggling to find my true voice after being told I was everything from a mezzo to a coloratura soprano. Unlike some teachers who heard a certain part of my voice and were determined to place me in a box based only that one part, Peter would always tell me to let my voice do what it wants to do. I have never felt like he ever took offense if I decided something I was working on was not right for me. He has only ever been completely open and supportive if I wanted to try something. He is the first teacher who let me go to my extremes, just to touch upon all the colors of my voice, and then he helps me find balance and settle into my true voice.
My voice is still a work in progress, but he has helped me so much, with his expert knowledge of vocal production and how the body can affect the sound being produced, with his open, "let's try it" energy but also with the right amount of guidance so that I'm not just floating all over the place. He has guided me to quite a few of the best pieces I have ever sung because of his incredible intuition about what would suit my voice. He is well-versed in repertoire and he is a very strong pianist.
He's also been supportive in other ways, suggesting books on auditioning and breathing, and sharing articles about the voice and about physical health as well (the winter can be hard on a voice!). He's by far just the best teacher I have ever had, and worth every single penny! There aren't enough words to show how much I consider Peter to be an all-around amazing teacher.
My lessons are fun, engaging and productive. We will work together to improve your:
*breath support *passaggio (your "passage" to high notes and ability to regularly achieve them) *vowel formation *jaw, neck, shoulder and/or tongue tension *posture *pitch *dynamic range *musicality
About Dr. Daniel
Dr. C. was most recently described by Tim Page with the Washington Post as a “funny, exuberant and enormously likable” Papageno during Summer Opera Theater’s performance of The Magic Flute. Previously, the Post critiqued Daniel in Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia’s Barber of Seville as a “bright and bouncy” Figaro who delivered his lines with “aplomb.” Daniel has performed as a young artist in the Studio Programs of El Paso Opera, Kentucky Opera and Portland Opera. He has sung the roles of Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Sid in Albert Herring, Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro, Belcore in L’e
lisir d’amore, Jupiter in Orphée aux enfers, Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus, Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Masetto in Don Giovanni, Schaunard in La Boheme, the Clock in L’Enfant et les Sortileges, Mandarin in Turandot and Haushofmeister in a world premiere of Dorian Gray. Daniel has had the distinct pleasure of singing with The Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Kentucky Opera, Bel Cantanti Opera, Amarillo Opera, Crested Butte Opera, Opera Southwest, Waco Lyric Opera, Concert Royal, Ash Lawn Opera Festival and Seagle Music Colony. He was a finalist for Dallas and El Paso Opera Guild Competitions, the NATS Singer of the Year Competition and the NATSAA National Competition. Daniel resides in New York City.
Jack October 19, 2015
Vocal Training ·
Dan is truly the right type of teacher for anyone who is looking for a top-notch, well-rounded, nurturing, and strong pedagogue instructor. As a professional bassoonist who also loves to sing, I learned from his vocal training how to be a better bassoonist. For the longest time, I was suffering from physical aches and pains from playing my instrument without the proper air and oral cavity support, and Dan's training helped release a great deal of tension in my bassoon playing. I was ready to quit the bassoon, and he helped me love it again. Not to mention only just a couple of voice lessons improved my voice significantly. I highly recommend him!
Monica Jey October 7, 2015
Vocal Training ·
Dan is AWESOME! Made me feel comfortable and really helps me understand about my voice. Very patient and works well around my sporadic work schedule. I highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for an amazing and talented vocal coach
Rafael P. September 8, 2015
Opera Voice ·
I spent a few days in New York and I was lucky to meet Dr. Dan.
Dr. Dan allowed me to discover important espectos to improve my voice. Now I apply what I have learned with Dr. Dan and I feel a marked improvement.
Dr. Dan listens carefully and knows very well explain. Dr. Dan uses really good teaching resources. I have understood very well all the ideas to improve my voice.
Of course I'm going back to New York to take classes with Dr. Dan. I feel very happy.
Dr. Dan is an extraordinary teacher.
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Hello, I have taught as a guest teach at universities all over the United States. I'm currently, a private coach for Film/TV auditions. I am a classical trained actor of the stage, and a master of classical text. However, I have transitioned into Film/TV in the last several years. I'm an advanced, soon to be master-level, Film/TV actor and auditioner. I'm more then confident I can assist in any area dealing with either field. Whether you are: just getting into acting, auditioning for conservatory, a young filmmaker, taping with networks, or screen testing I and confident I can help.
My acting resume, and teaching resume are available upon request.
Rachel H. November 23, 2015
Film and TV Acting ·
Online Verified Student
Thank you Joe, for having such a HUGE role in my 7 year old daughter's winning 1st place for her two person scene 2 years in a row and for adding 1st place for her commercial and for her placing for best monologue to the list of successes. I see your instruction all over her phenomenal job and it is no wonder the casting director that judged her 2 person scene immediately impromptu auditioned her for a lead role in a movie! YOU ROCK JOE! You take acting and your instruction so seriously! AMAZED and THANKFUL that you're her coach!!
Mike R. October 30, 2015
In home Verified Student
joseph was a great teacher for the short time we had him. my son learned a great deal from him. we love to have back if his schedule allows it.
Jay G. March 21, 2015
Voice Acting ·
Online Verified Student
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