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Nancy R. Irvington, NY

About Nancy

Hi, everyone -- Whether you want to be a professional singer, audition for your school musical, NYSSMA, All-State chorus, college and conservatory, or whether you just want to have fun and hit those high notes in the shower, I would love to teach you. Your voice deserves to be heard! I'm a classically trained soprano with undergraduate and master's degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, Mannes School of Music and Brown University. I've been teaching privately for seven years. I've sung leading roles with the Caramoor Music Festival, Glimmerglass Opera and the Aspen Music Festival. I studied voice with Uta Graf at the Manhattan School of Music and then privately with Amy Zorn of the Westminster Choir College. My classical background gives me a sound grounding in vocal technique,

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Cleo D. August 18, 2014
Singing · In studio
Nancy is awesome! I'm so happy I have this opportunity to tell everyone what a really great person and teacher she is. She's really demanding (but in a nice way) and knows her stuff technically, but she's also really encouraging and kind and I feel like she "gets" her students.

I'm going into my junior year at Cornell where I'm studying pre-med, and believe it or not I really feel like voice lessons with Nancy helped me get here. I love singing, but never had much confidence. I started taking lessons with Nancy my senior year in high school and she helped me sing so much better than I ever thought i could. She was really supportive of my song-writing too. I ended up getting a good part in the school musical (I went to a super competitive high school too) and performing my own songs at a couple of local venues.

Then as part of my college applications she suggested that I include a recording of me performing some French art songs by Claude Debussy. Not that I was a classical singer or was even going to study music seriously in college, but my family is French and I really like the poetry of Paul Verlaine. Nancy introduced me to some cool Debussy settings of Verlaine poems. I thought the songs would be way too hard for me, but with Nancy's help I actually sang them really well and did a good recording that I think helped set me apart in my college applications.

Now when I come back home I always have a few lessons with Nancy. (I still compose and perform my own songs) And don't tell anyone, but she's a lot better than any of the voice teachers at Cornell! Not naming names of course.
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amal M. July 26, 2014
Singing · In studio
I have been taking singing lessons from Nancy for about 3 months now.
Nancy's approach to teaching is very different. She does not try to fit you in a syllabus. She patiently understands what areas you need to focus on singing and where you are in singing and works with you towards achieving your singing goals.

with Me, I am OK in identifying pitch, but had trouble calming my nerves, and that came in the way of singing my high range notes.

Nancy helped Me on this area. She always spends time in making me relax with breathing exercises before singing. I cant believe how much progress i have made in three months.

would definitely recommend for any body who is at any level of singing and would like to sing better
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Chrissy C. February 5, 2014
Singing
Excellent Voice Teacher

My teenage daughter has been taking voice lessons with Nancy for over a year. We have seen such great improvement in her technique as well as in her confidence. Nancy is very patient and provides constructive feedback which has enabled my daughter to grow vocally. I am so pleased with Nancy as a voice instructor that I now have my other daughter beginning vocal lessons with her.
Matthew V. Bridgeport, CT

About Matthew

Heralded as "œa smart, tasteful, and genuine singer" and "a consummate multi-instrumentalist," Matthew continues to perform and broaden his range of musical experiences through diverse engagement in both the classical and non-conventional realms. Matthew has had the great privilege of performing around the world and working with some of today's brightest and most acclaimed singers, ensembles, and conductors such as Leon Botstein, Dale Duesing, Karen Brunssen, James Hall, Warren Jones, Phyllis Hoffman, Pro Arte, Canticum Scholare, and VOCES8. As an educator, Matthew's 10+ years of teaching experience in voice and drums has brought him to work with young musicians of all ages and skill types. Matthew's approach is technique driven, while at the same time, expressive, musically sensitive,

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Abigail F. April 28, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Matt was amazing! These lessons were a first for my 10 year old daughter, and Matt's style and demeanor were perfect! He's very knowledgeable, kind and patient - characteristics I was looking for in a vocal coach. I would highly recommend him to anyone who has a child with a passion for singing and wants to develop it.
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Nicole S. March 13, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Mathew is an awesome singing instructor. He is able to describe how you should sound vocally as well as describe what you should be feeling (physically) while you practice. He incorporates a variety of different exercises that help significantly to produce a great sound.

I've noticed that my voice has improved significantly over the last couple of months. The sound is clearer, more powerful, and my range has improved a lot.

I would highly recommend Matthew as your next singing instructor!
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Tesha H. March 4, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Matthew is a great, patient teacher and he's very thorough!
Matthew M. Huntington Station, NY

About Matthew

From the time I was five, I would go on almost every gig my father played and sit right behind his floor tom. I began sitting in as much as possible and played my first paying job at nine years old. I received full scholarships to Berklee in Boston, North Texas State and Miami University. I chose to attend North Texas. After school, I began studying in New York with Robbie Ameen, I later took lessons with Kenwood Dennard which was a priceless experience. I studied with many of the greats in New York, including Joe Ascione, Joel Rosenblatt, John Rielly, Kim Plainfield, Chris Parker, Jim Chapin, and, of course, my dad. I have made a living playing various original, cover gigs and club-dates (Weddings) and in 1996 I joined Blood, Sweat and Tears and toured the U.S., Canada and South ...

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Ed P. April 24, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Met with Matthew at my home for my first lesson after an earlier phone chat to
discuss my background and goals.

Matthew is well spoken, motivated, friendly, and experienced in playing jazz, blues, and rock.

Lesson was a good sign of things to come. Matthew helped right away with a few tips on playing styles, kit setup, and hand grip to improve my speed and articulation.

Next few lessons will be addressing hand- foot independence and perhaps even a little jazz improve, or more advanced rock beats.

It was great to have a teacher like Matthew with both music education and field experience observe my playing and suggest improvements that work for max
effect! He's quite a drummer himself, and briefly sat on my set and illustrated a few concepts.
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Brian C. February 20, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
Exceptional Teacher

Often an accomplished musician might not make the best teacher. Matthew, however, is both an outstanding teacher and musician. The son of a well known drummer/teacher, Matt has clearly learned what it takes to be a successful teacher himself. Coupled with his personal accomplishments as a drummer, Matt has what it takes to teach drummers at any level...novice to expert. I really enjoy my lessons with Matt and know that if I stick with his instructions, I will reach my goals.
Jason J. Valhalla, NY

About Jason

Jason received his Bachelor of Music from UMKC Music Conservatory and went on to receive his Masters Degree in Music Performance at the Rudi E Scheidt School of Music where he studied with Lily Afshar. Jason has won several competitions including the "Brownsville Guitar Ensemble Competition" and has performed at various festivals including the Piccolo Spoleto festival in Charleston, South Carolina. He currently received an Artist Diploma from SUNY Purchase with Frederic Hand. Jason is passionate about teaching guitar to all ages. He has received Suzuki guitar training at the Frank Longay Conservatory of Guitar and is qualified to teach the method to children as young as three years old and older. Jason is equally as proficient in Rock/Metal as he is in Classical and World music ...

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ralph H. July 21, 2014
Classical Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Very knowledgeable, easy to talk to. He has helped me with my technique, hand positioning which is very important with classical guitar. I highly recommend Jason.
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Ernest S. March 11, 2014
Classical Guitar
Verified Student
1st Lesson

My 1st lesson with Jason was very relaxed & professional. I learned more in 45 minutes than the last 5 months on my own in regards to reading music, rhythm, timing and playing the notes on the staff. He is very patient and knowledgeable. His diversity in music provides an understanding of where you are at and where you want to go with music. I look forward to my next lesson with Jason.

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Kevin P. December 18, 2012
Verified Student
Jason knows the classical guitar.

I have been teaching myself for the past 1 1/2 year using an online course. Although it is a beginner course Jason has chosen to use the content of that course. He has been able to take the music and increase the skill level to an intermediate level. He has also introduce me to the modern guitar music that this course would not address. Lessons were so helpful I initially increased my sessions from 30 min. up to 45 and then up to the full hour.
Joe H. White Plains, NY

About Joe

Joe H. has been teaching private and group lessons at many schools and studios since 2009 and is currently available to teach lessons in the convenience of your home almost anywhere in Westchester County! Joe H. has helped students improve their music reading skills, truly learn the fretboard of the guitar, and apply all kinds of music theory to all different styles of music! Joe believes that all students learn music in different ways, and his teaching philosophy is to be as adaptable to the students interests and learning style as possible, while pushing the them to be the best musicians they can be! Joe H. Studied Jazz Guitar at the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music where he received a degree in Jazz Studies in 2013. His Jazz groups have played numerous events and Jazz series as ...

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Steve S. March 11, 2015
Guitar · In home
Joe is a great guitarist and teacher who can connect with students of all ages. Whether in a private or group lesson, Joe's knowledge and ability to play through multiple genres are a great help.
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Jillian V. January 31, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Joe is an amazing guitar player and a seriously nice guy. Creative, smart, and tremendously skilled. You will not be disappointed!
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Ben B. January 26, 2015
Guitar · In home
Excellent Teacher! Joe has helped me break through the issues that were holding me back a guitarist. He actively listens and gives great examples of what he is teaching. I would recommend him to anyone studying guitar.
Wendy K. Wilton, CT

About Wendy

Wendy has been teaching private harp lessons since she graduated Juilliard and currently teaches lessons at her studio in Wilton, CT, at Sacred Heart University, and online. Wendy has harps available for rent. She loves working with students of all ages and levels and enjoys finding music that matches each person's interest and level. She loves to see all the amazing accomplishments of her students – from playing for family and friends to CDs for college, touring with youth orchestras, winning competitions , and more. Wendy is a busy performer herself – playing solo performances, with orchestras, chamber groups, and for special events. She received Bachelor and Master Degrees in Harp Performance from Juilliard where she studied with Master teacher Susann McDonald. She enjoys sharing ...

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