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About Mary P.

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Croton on Hudson, NY
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Mary is a Tony nominated writer, actress, and teacher whose Broadway credits include Martha Jefferson in "1776" and Grace Farrell in "Annie". She was a starring soloist In Leonard Bernstein's "Mass" at the Kennedy Center and the Metropolitan Opera and toured as featured vocal with Michel LeGand in concerts including Carnegie Hall. Off Broadway credits include her own musical, "Cradle Song". She studied voice with the great Sue Seton and later with opera star and tenor coach at the Metropolitan Opera, Felix Knight. She teaches a combination of both their legendary techniques. As an actor, she studied acting with Sanford Meisner in NYC, the Rheinhardt Seminar in Vienna, Austria and has been teaching and directing beginning, intermediate and professionsl singers and actors for over fifteen years. Former students have appeared on "Thirt
y Rock", Gilmore Girls", "Law and Order" and others. Her goal in working with her students is not only to teach healthy vocal technique, but in keeping with her theatre background, her strong belief that "Every song is a scene or monoglogue" leads her to make sure the student know what they are singing or speaking about, and can do so with a clarity of emotion and dramatic intent.
She has a BA in theatre/voice from the University of Kansas where she serves on the Advisory Board For the Department of Theatre and Film and has an MFA from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU Tisch School of the Arts where she is a guest lecturer. She is a member of AEA, SAG/AFTRA, AGMA and The Dramatists Guild.
"Mary is able to reach not only those students who are already excited about theater but inspire those who have no previous knowledge of it. To watch these young men and women become more and more accomplished is a marvelous thing. She inspired them all."...Mark St. Germain, Obie winning playwright.

*** Lesson Details ***
In a one hour lesson, we will spend twenty five minutes on vocal exercises designed to teach support and placement. Having performed leads on and Off Broadway, I know that without good technique you can't do eight shows a week, do back to back sets in a nightclub or cabaret or tour as a pop or rock singer. The second half of the lesson is spent on songs. As an acting as well as vocal coach, I focus on dramatics as well as musical interpretation. A singer must be connected to the words as well as the music. I hope to teach you to love singing as much as I do.

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casio keyboard, speakers, desk, extensive library of scripts and sheet music, internet

*** Specialties ***
pop and musical theatre singing
college and theatre auditions/monologues and song performance
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Amy March 14, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Mary is a lively, voluble person with enormous experience particularly in musical theater who enjoys working with students.
Initially and as the student moves along, Mary assesses talent and abilities and then continues to periodically reassess the learning in a manner that never ceases to amaze me. I have been working with Mary for six months and found her evaluations of my strengths and what I need to work on to be spot on every time.
What I esteem most is Mary's technical acumen, the techniques she learned from her teachers and mentors and her experience as a performer. Her keen ear and eye immediately pick out every nuance being sung that needs work. She answers questions about where "to go" in throat, mouth, tongue, torso, etc., demonstrating how to correctly produce the sounds, tones, and supported breathing in question. Voice teachers, of course, are supposed to do this. Mary does this superbly.
If you are seeking a teacher who knows her technique, especially in musical theater, I highly recommend Mary.
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Jason February 7, 2018
· Acting · In studio
Hi Mary,
In my opinion, our session last night wasn't productive. My opinion is, you weren't really interested in teaching me. Out of the 60 minute session. I only did about 3 to 5 minutes of exercises. You spent 55 minutes talking about your past and present students, professional actors you know, show business, acting techniques and your accomplishments. You did talk about about the script that i would read and the emotion behind it, but that lead into more about your students and professional actors you know. it took you 30 minutes in your office to find that script, (which should have been done a head of time) then we went downstairs and another 25 minutes of talking before i could read it to you.

Towards the end when i finally spoke up about so much time being passed and nothing being done. You said you needed to see my personality so you can know where to start with me. That made no sense to me, how are you seeing my personality if you are the one mostly talking about your accomplishments and who you know and what you've done?
Why not pick a point and start there and see what my weak and strong points are? You also asked me the same questions you asked me on the phone, have you ever taken lessons before, why do you want to act, what do you do for work which to me just consumed more time.

What i found surprising and discouraging was when you asked me why would I take acting classes up here when there are some of the best acting schools in the world just an hour away in New York City? I wish you had said that to me over the phone before our meeting, I would reconsider taking lessons from you and just spend the extra money and go down to the city. If i were an instructor i would be grateful for anyone who sacrificed their time and money to come see me, and never ask why they chose me when there is better not that far away. With that said I have decided to cancel my remaining lessons with you please do not bill me any further.

Jason

PS Telling a person of color that they are a weird fit as a real estate agent in Croton N.Y, and would be a better fit in Brooklyn N.Y was discriminatory and offensive to me.
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Griffin Scott November 17, 2017
· Acting · Online
I found Mary on my search for an acting coach pertaining mostly to my upcoming drama school auditions. Her vast knowledge of this business is evident as well as her ability to help ground and craft your work. Each and every lesson was applicable towards my artistic pursuit. I consistently recommend her as a leading instructor in this field!
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Mary P.

Croton on Hudson, NY 10520
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About Chloe H.

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New York, NY
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Highly acclaimed cellist Chloe H. made her debut at only age eleven as soloist with the South Coast Symphony. Her solo debut at the young age of eleven as the soloist with the South Coast Symphony launched an impressive solo career for the young cellist. Soon after her debut, she was featured as a soloist with the Torrance Symphony Orchestra, Peninsula Symphony Orchestra, and Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra. Her career as both a soloist and chamber musician has taken her to such distinguished venues such as The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, David Geffen Hall, among others.
An avid collaborator, she is actively involved in chamber and orchestral endeavors. Her chamber interests led her to study at the Colburn School as a cellist in the Ed and Mari Chamber Music Institute. She has performed several times for Juilliard’s
Chamberfest program in Alice Tully Hall, Peter Jay Sharp theatre, and Paul Hall. Chamber and orchestral studies have been with renowned artists Alan Gilbert, Maxim Eshkenazy, Peter Oundjian, Ida Kavafian, and Jerome Lowenthal. Chloe has been a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and New York String Seminar. She most recently received a fellowship for the Verbier Festival Orchestra where she served as principal under the baton of Esa Pekka Salonen.
Chloe has had the opportunity to work with renowned cellists such as Jean-Guihen Queyras, Janos Starker, Ralph Kirshbaum, Ronald Leonard, Johannes Moser, and Anthony Elliott. Chloe is currently a fourth year undergraduate student at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Joel Krosnick. She will soon be spending two more years at The Juilliard School, pursuing her Master’s degree.
Chloe upholds a philosophy of promoting potential and the best in everybody. She does not believe in working in the same exact way for each student, as she knows that each person is different. She upholds this belief firmly as she is a very versatile musician. She searches for both the strengths and weaknesses of each person, allowing there to be ample support in both areas. Ms. H believes in a fun and productive environment and looks forward to meeting each and every one of her students.
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Chloe H.

Chloe H.

New York, NY 10023
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$25 / 30-min

About Ilha Y.

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CV: docs.google.com/document/d/1K9CImENV-wG0bpEkqhNjSHMFNFj8nNlDzJlQGNbP6EA/edit?usp=sharing

Portfolio: soundcloud.com/ihyoun
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Ilha Y.

Ilha Y.

Jersey City, NJ 07302
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$30 / 30-min

About Marlene M.

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New York, NY

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About Marlene
I'm a professional pianist with my master's degree in piano performance from NYU. I'm also one half of an acoustic duo, where I write songs, play piano, and sing.

While I specialize in classical music, I enjoy teaching many genres, including jazz, pop, rock, and country. I also have extensive training in helping pianists who have injuries, who are struggling with tension, or lack coordination in their playing. I've been working with students from age 4-99 for over five years, and have taught complete beginners as well as budding professional pianists.

Each student usually has a specific goal in mind and it's my job to get to the heart of what that goal is. I customize each lesson and give detailed guidance for at home practice so that my students are consistently working toward their goals. I believe that studying music should be a fu
n and rewarding experience no matter the age or experience level of the student!
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Marlene M.

Marlene M.

New York, NY 10024
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$50 / 30-min

About Elia F.

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New York, NY

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About Elia
I am a professional clarinetist with experience in classical, contemporary, and jazz music. I graduated from New York University with a Bachelors of Music, specifically clarinet. I enjoy teaching clarinet students of all different ages and experience levels. I studied classical clarinet for 12 years and have taught for 3.

I tailor my lesson plans for each individual student, ensuring that students improve week to week. I believe tone and technique are equally important for clarinetists. I have students prepare scales and etudes for technique and start students with long-tone exercises to begin building the fundamentals to develop tone. I promise to help students discover the fun in music, while building their repertoire and skill.

Music has enriched every aspect of my life and I know it can do the same to yours! I look forward to teach
ing you and helping you to become a better musician!
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Neil April 13, 2018
· Clarinet · In studio
This was my first clarinet lesson for ten years, and I couldn't have asked for a better person to accompany me. Elia was friendly, enthusiastic, and quick to figure out what I need and understand what I want to achieve. I look forward to having a lot of fun rediscovering the clarinet in our subsequent lessons.
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Elia F.

Elia F.

New York, NY 10009
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About Jane P.

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Englewood, NJ

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About Jane
As well as extensive experience teaching students at all levels and ages from 6 to (well) over 60, I have a background in music theater, church music, film composition, choral conducting and accompaniment. I hold an MA in Music and Music Education from Columbia University's Teachers' College.
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Jane P.

Jane P.

Englewood, NJ 07631
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$42 / 30-min

About Lizzie K.

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Brooklyn, NY

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About Lizzie
Want to gain confidence as a singer?

In my studio you will learn how to:

*properly support your sound with breath
*release neck and jaw tension in order to free your sound
* unlock your unique sound so you can get your voice to that next level!

As my student, you will be in a safe and creative space. As a teacher, I will help you define your goals as a singer and tailor my approach to help you reach them.

Lizzie is a musical theater singer/actor who has appeared on Broadway (BRIGHT STAR by Steve Martin) and in National Tours (THE ADDAMS FAMILY, A CHRISTMAS STORY) for nearly a decade since graduating from the University of Michigan (BFA Musical Theatre) where she studied with late opera great Shirley Verrett. Her career has also included various concert appearances with orchestras across the US, as well as recording opportu
nities. She has appeared as a soloist on stage at the Kennedy Center, and at Lincoln Center. Most recently, Lizzie played the role of “Lily” in the Broadway bound production of THE SECRET GARDEN.

She grew in a classical music household before moving towards musical theater as a career. Having a mother who is an opera singer with an at home studio has shaped her approach to teaching because it demonstrated that the basics of singing are the same regardless of what style you are singing in.

She continues to perform and personally study voice with multiple teachers in order to learn and preserve her own instrument, which helps her to be the best teacher she can be.
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Jonathan April 4, 2018
· Broadway Singing · In home
I have know Lizzie for many years and have had the great pleasure of singing and working with her! Her incredible vocal talent is only solidified by her solid knowledge of vocal technique and healthy vocal production. She is a joy to work with, and I know you will benefit from her years of experience on and off Broadway! You won't regret it so book a lesson with her!
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Lizzie K.

Lizzie K.

Brooklyn, NY 11218
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About Charity F.

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Hackensack, NJ

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About Charity
Since 2012, I have been teaching students from age 8 to adults, helping them overcome their vocal challenges and improve stage performance. I focus on teaching vocal techniques that will help the student sing a specific song that they like or help them prepare for a singing competition. It is my passion and joy to have the opportunity to share my knowledge of 30 years of performance and the joy of singing. To see the progress in a student’s development is the most rewarding experience for me as a teacher.
Educational philosophy. My teaching originates from the Bel Canto Technique, which allows a singer to sing effortlessly any style of music from top 40 current to R & B to Rock to Classical.
I believe practice makes perfect. Hard work, consistency, diligence and dedication leads to results.
Taking small steps or even a half hour of pract
ice every day builds a strong foundation to becoming a confident and educated singer who can project and convey the vocal range and emotion of any song.
I help students develop healthy singing practice habits that will prepare their voice for every musical performance.
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Charity F.

Charity F.

Hackensack, NJ 07601
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$50 / 30-min

About Alexandra F.

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New York, NY

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About Alexandra
I am a professional Classical Singer. I began my career in Europe with Sintra Estúdio de Opera (Portugal) performing in modern premieres of many Portuguese Baroque Masterpieces in renown Venues and Festivals. There I studied at ESML with Soprano Silvia Mateus and later came to the USA to obtain my Master’s Degree at Converse College studying with Dr. Beverly Hay.

Living in New York since 2011 I have been dedicated to premiering new operatic works and developing independent projects. Some of my past roles include 1st Which in Dido and Aeneas, Laurie in The Tenderland, Mimì in La Bohème, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Dina in Cries and Whispers, Mia in The Seventh Seal, Esther in Esther, Josie in Eintein's Dreams and recently Annina in La Traviata with both Regina Opera Company and Amore Opera of New York City.

I am also a Yoga Teacher, Ha
rmonyum and Sound Healing Practitioner.

I believe my work stands out in the sense that I am combining 3 different fields of knowledge (Psychology, Music and Yoga) which allow me see the student in different lights and teach the student and not the method.

I would love to have you in my studio!
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Rob May 4, 2018
· Classical Voice · In studio
I knew the moment I met Alexandra that she was an artist and teacher of the highest integrity. The way she spoke about singing even in conversation, the way she fine tunes every exercise for the matter at hand, her precise, colorful, creative descriptions, the ease, selectivity and discretion of her comments, her capacity to dispense the right information at the RIGHT TIME, and her ability to work collaboratively, make her the finest singing teacher I've ever known and a source of constant inspiration and motivation.
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Claire May 4, 2018
· Classical Voice · In studio
Alexandra is a fantastic teacher and I could not recommend her enough. She has excellent knowledge about the voice and helped me immensely with my technique and musicality. She helped me thoroughly prepare for my music conservatory auditions and I got the place! She arranged beautiful recitals for her students to share work and progress. Alexandra is a very generous teacher who love of singing transmits to her students. I am so grateful that I studied with her.
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Alexandra F.

Alexandra F.

New York, NY 10025
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About Stacey M.

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New York, NY
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Most students in my studio range from age 4 to 12 years old when they begin their piano studies. I also teach female adults with beginner to intermediate experience as well. To keep things fun in the lessons, I incorporate sight reading apps as well as listening exercises to develop both reading and listening skills. My piano teaching combines time efficiency with fun and teach my students how to practice at home with the same spirit we have in the lessons.

I hold a Master's Degree in Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor's Degree in Music from Millikin Univerisity where I completed two years in piano pedagogy courses. I am currently teaching 15 students at my studio in the UWS and would love to see if we are a good fit for each other as teacher and student.
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Victoria May 18, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Stacey is an incredibly patient teacher who taught my son to love piano and his lessons. We have noticed a significant improvement and gain in piano knowledge over the past year and a half. It takes a unique combination of skill and talent to teach children and she is a rare find in New York.
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Heather May 18, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Stacey taught all four of our children piano lessons weekly when she lived in the Midwest. She is great with the kids and is not only talented and knowledgeable about music, but also passionate about the art form. She was excellent about keeping them interested and excited about music and performance. I highly recommend her.
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Steve May 18, 2018
· Piano · In studio
My son had been playing piano casually for a couple of years and hadn't really seen very much improvement so I reached out to Stacey. Since then, we've been a lot happier with his progress and urge anyone else looking to improve to commit to lessons.
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Stacey M.

Stacey M.

New York, NY 10025
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