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Popular Music Teachers Near Cliffside Park

Valerie C.

New York, NY
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Frederic R.

New York, NY
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Matt L.

Brooklyn, NY
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Valerie C. New York, NY

About Valerie

As a student, you will benefit from my 20+ years of teaching experience, and if you are also performer, I can help you from that perspective as well. I have taught private and class voice for children, teens and adults at the Brooklyn College Preparatory Center for the Performing Arts, the Music Conservatory of Westchester, the Bronx House and Greenwich House and currently maintain a private home studio. I am a member of the New York Singing Teachers Association. I sing professionally in NYC as soloist and chorister throughout the tristate area and in New York City. *** Lesson Details *** I accept private students ages 11 through adult for regular weekly lessons only. Each week, students are guided through a vocal exercise routine, some basic music reading instruction (as ...

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Alex O. October 7, 2013
Singing
Wonderful to work with!

I've been taking lessons from Valerie for a little over a year now, and she really knows what she is talking about. She is very professional, and I always leave the lesson feeling that I'm making progress.
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Denise K. August 19, 2013
Singing
Valerie Coates has a comprehensive knowledge of vocal technique.

As a professional singer I value the attention to detail, acute focus on healthy production of sound and positive reinforcement during my lessons with Valerie Coates. The written exercises for daily practice are drawn from Ms. Coates vast experiences with what works for specific areas - placement of vowels, breath control, pitch placement and interpretation of each aria. I feel such a difference in the short time we have been working together.
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Catherine A. July 25, 2013
Opera Voice
Valerie is the best voice lesson coach!

I started to take voice lessons when I was 53 years old. I hadn't sang since my childhood except humming songs in the bath tub, and was a total beginnerLéValerie taught me not only how to sing but how to read music and basic music theory, and gave me practical exercises to develop muscles which are required for singing also. 1 year later, I joined a choir. Choir music is in Latin, Italian, French, German, Spanish, old English and so forth and I have trouble pronouncing those words. Valerie checks each of my pronunciations carefully and gives me accurate sounds and meanings of words as well. She is a skilled teacher with a great deal of knowledge and patience. When I faced a very fast, up-tempo, tongue twisting difficult Bach piece in German last winter, I was desperate and almost gave up the music, but she broke it down into small sections and made it easier for my practice. It was a big challenge but with her help I mastered the music and sang in front of people which gave me confidence and a great deal of pleasure. I am a soprano and my mid-voice range is weak. She picked out some exercises to develop this weakness and I have definitely improved. She knows all sorts of techniques for particular problems. Now I am focusing on the resonate sound of my voice. Of course she gave me special exercises to develop the quality of my voice and I have started to hear the improvement. She is a great teacher and I respect and appreciate her very much.
Frederic R. New York, NY

About Frederic

Fred holds a bachelors degree in Music Education from Westminster Choir College, one of the nations most prestigious music schools, and a masters degree in Vocal Performance from East Carolina University. He has ten years of experience teaching voice and piano, and is certified in Dalcrose, Orff, 4-MAT and Kodaly teaching methods. His teaching experience includes running a studio of 20 students in Chapel Hill, NC, and as a faculty voice teacher at The Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, NC. He enjoys working with students of all ages to help them develop a love of music while reaching their full potential. In addition to being an experienced teacher, Fred is also an accomplished performer, and he uses his experience to help his students achieve their goals. In his home state of North ...

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Camille J. April 11, 2013
Singing
Fred is a top notch teacher

I took voice lessons with Fred for about 2 years when I was 11 years old. I remember always looking forward to my lessons with him. He was not only a great voice teacher, but such a kind soul. He always knew what I needed on any given day, and would tailor my lessons for that. Lessons with him were always a highlight of my week. Aside from his kindness and relaxed energy, he has a unique creativity in teaching voice. He is extremely keyed in to each individual's vocal quality and tailors his exercises for them. I would highly recommend taking lessons with Fred.
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Beau S. April 9, 2013
Singing
Deep understanding of singing

I took lessons with Fred Rice for one year, and it was perfect for a beginning vocalist. I could tell that Fred understood every aspect of what he taught me, and communicated those ideas in an accessible fashion. I highly recommend Fred for vocalists at any level; I personally guarantee that you will learn from him and get more than your money's worth.
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Grace A. April 1, 2013
Singing
Working with Fred was truly rewarding.

I was a student of Fred's for a year and I found it to be a truly wonderful, positive experience.
Fred learned what was important for me as a singer and focused on my voice as an individual.
More importantly, working with Fred was a joy. We had fun and I never stopped learning.
Matt L. Brooklyn, NY

About Matt

Matt, 36 years old, has enjoyed working and teaching as a professional musician for at least 15 years. He began studying music and playing the saxophone at age 11. He currently lives and works in the New York City area after moving there from Philadelphia in early 2001, after graduating from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 1999 with a Bachelors in Music. Throughout his musical career, Matt has performed and worked in a variety of capacities including as a composer and recording studio engineer. His main area of expertise is performing as a jazz saxophonist on alto, tenor, and soprano saxophones, and he regularly plays throughout New York City in restaurants and jazz clubs. Matt's area of expertise in teaching is beginner to advanced studies on the saxophone, beginner ...

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Mariko Y. December 11, 2014
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
He is a great teacher! He is patient and calm. His lesson is easy to understand. I enjoy a lesson every time. Thank you!
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yossi G. June 17, 2014
Flute · In home
Verified Student
Just wanted to tell everyone out there how wonderful Matt is as a flute Teacher, I'm a self taught flute beginner, and just after the 3rd lesson with Matt, I can't believe how much i advanced with just these 3 lessons! Matt is wonderful, friendly, and knows the flute so well, I'm definitely going to continue on a weekly basis with him! with Matt I'm convinced I'll become a Professional Flutist in no time.
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Michael S. January 23, 2013
Verified Student
Excellence!

Matt La Von is the epitome of a great teacher. He is patient, allowing you to understand things on your own time. His instruction is clear and easy to understand and his knowledge of music seems to be endless. Above all else he is an accomplished musician and I trust that under his watchful eye I will be able to improve and refine my own abilities.

Marni G.

Ridgefield, NJ
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Alessandro S.

Brooklyn, NY
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Gina P.

New York, NY
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Marni G. Ridgefield, NJ

About Marni

Hi! My name is Marni and I am an accomplished vocalist and Voice teacher who has traveled the world to perfect my craft. I have a Bachelors Degree in Vocal Performance along with a Master's Degree in Education and have performed on stages around the world including Carnegie Hall in NYC, Canterbury Cathedral an Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. For more than ten years, I have taught both in private voice studios and have instructed students in public schools as well and am a certified Educator in the state of New Jersey. I teach students of ALL AGES to sing with correct vocal technique including breath support, tone, pitch, posture and more! The "Bel Canto" style of singing is taught in all cases no matter what style of music. This means that the voice should be free from tension, stress

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Colleen M. February 9, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
A great experience!

I highly recommend Marni for voice lessons. She is an extremely talented teacher in both the mechanics and creative aspects of singing. Often, she explains concepts to me in a visual manner because it is familiar to me (I have experience in visual art). I'm amazed at how much I've improved my vocal range/quality in a short time, and how much more comfortable I feel when I sing (both physical comfort and improved confidence). Marni is a gifted artist who will help you find your unique singing voice.
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Sally G. February 6, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Great teacher!!!

Marni is a great teacher and helps you feel more comfortable with singing in front of people. She helps with cite reading and makes you feel at ease with new music. She always gives you various options of music to choose from and gives good advice and tips. Overall, Marni is a great teacher and makes you a better musician.
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Marni G. January 30, 2014
Singing
Great teacher

Loved working with Marni. She has been my voice teacher for years and i've learned so much, gained confidence and gotten roles in school plays and competitions.
Alessandro S. Brooklyn, NY

About Alessandro

From the age of 6, I received lessons in piano and music theory / ear training at the Brooklyn College Preparatory Center for the Performing Arts.  In the early 1990's, hearing legendary musicians on former radio station 104 WNCN made an indelible impression on me and inspired a long-term passion.  My sensibility for jazz and popular music also developed during this period, since 101.9, the "smooth jazz" station, was also listened to at home.  I accompanied the Stuyvesant High School choir until my graduation in 2000.   In January of that year, I performed the third movement of Sergei Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto with the school's symphony orchestra.  The then-president of the Stuyvesant Parents Association praised the "extraordinary performance" in an issue of the PA newsletter.  ...

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nathan W. September 8, 2014
Piano · In home
Alessandro is a great teacher and very thorough. He sincerely loves music and is very well rounded in his appreciation. He is not only a master pianist, but also a vocal coach and well versed organist. I myself went to four years of music school and can still learn so much from this Manhattan school of music alumni. I play live constantly and I use Alessandro to fine my set and craft. I plan on studying with Alessandro for many years to come. Highly recommended. Specifically i asked him to help with fingering, which he has a masters approach along with sight reading and rhythm.
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FelixM February 20, 2012
A wonderful, knowledgeable and above all patient teacher

I would wholeheartedly recommend Alessandro to any adult beginner student like myself without a doubt. He is so patient with his students, some times I think I would have killed myself if I were the teacher with all the mistakes and the lack of preparation but he is always encouraging, coming up with practice advise and tips and tricks that only the masters know. He is very knowledgeable, me being a physicist always throwing at him all shorts of odd questions about the structure of music and he always has good answers. Most teachers rarely know these details and they don't care to spend the time researching but due to his years of musical studies he knows it all. He is also very flexible, during our lessons my interest has shifted from pure piano lessons to music theory and the study of harmony. Alessandro devised a study plan and he prepared lectures starting from scratch. He is very polite and accommodating to my demanding schedule and that has worked great for me. I really recommend Alessandro to any adults who want to start learning music, it is never too late, trust me, as long as you choose the right teacher!
Gina P. New York, NY

About Gina

- Graduate of Manhattan School of Music (BM' 14) (MM' 16) - Certified in Italian language from L'Universita degli Studi di Siena in Siena, Italy - Knowledgable in classical and operatic repertoire and IPA (international phonetic alphabet) - Knowledgable in French, German, Italian, English, and Spanish language and diction - Knowledgable in audition/recital preparation I have full access to Manhattan Schoolof Music library. I teach all levels: whether you just want to try something new or are even preparing a recital, I would love to make music with you!

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Jonathan E. July 20, 2014
Classical Voice · In studio
Gina is a wonderful friend, but more importantly, a singer with a strong understanding of the principles behind healthy vocal production. Having known here for years and performed with her, I can attest to her enthusiasm, strong knowledge of the vocal arts and willingness to go the extra mile! If you're looking for a partner in crime for vocal study, Gina is most certainly worth a try!
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James S. May 22, 2014
Classical Voice
Gina is a bright young vocalist with teaching and performing experience beyond her years. She is fit to work with a wide age group and can work with many different voice types. This versatility makes her an extremely valuable mentor. Not to mention she is extremely kind and patient.
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Claudia C. May 20, 2014
Singing · In studio
Very Professional and FUN!

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