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Elise J.

New York, NY

About Elise

Hello! Thank you for stumbling across my profile. I offer voice lessons in multiple genres to students of all ages! In addition to teaching privately, I have worked on developing curriculum for and teaching an after school music and theater class for under-served high school students in the Bronx. As an experienced nanny, I am very comfortable with and love working with young children!

As a soprano trained at the Manhattan School of Music and McGill University, I have had the great pleasure of working with leading teachers and directors in the opera world. I have performed in various venue
s on the east coast including NYC's Lincoln Center, and the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina.

Throughout my performance career, teaching has always brought me great joy! I look forward to meeting you and getting started!

*** Lesson Details ***
Whatever your goals may be, I am here to help you reach them and have a great time along the way! I believe that with a solid and healthy vocal technique, the sky is the limit! My lessons are highly individualized. At our first meeting, we will discuss what you would like to accomplish in the coming months. Maybe you want to land the lead in your school musical, maybe you want to get accepted into your dream conservatory, or maybe you simply want to learn more about the art of singing!

With a strong background in opera, I will spend a lot of time teaching the importance of breath support and proper placement of the voice. Together, we will choose appropriate repertoire that will help you grow as a singer, and that you love! There is such a wealth of vocal music in this world, there is no reason to sing any piece that you don't absolutely love!

I am also available to teach basic sight singing and music theory, and for audition consultation.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright piano in living room

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching classical voice, as my primary training is in opera. I have spent two summers studying the Bel Canto method in Italy and use this as I teach.
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Amanda R. January 25, 2014
Broadway Singing
Verified Student
She is a joy to work with

I started taking voice lessons with Elise in August 2013 and she has just been an absolute joy to work with! I learned so much from her and she is friendly, positive and encouraging me when I was worried about one thing or another! I will continue to work with her for as long as I need to. She's great!
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Marlies D. November 27, 2013
Acting
Verified Student
Builds my 6-year-old's confidence and celebrates her imagination

On a whim, I signed my daughter up for private acting lessons with Elise. I had and still have no intention of turning my child into an actor--no performance goals at all. I just wanted to give Sophie an outlet to express her imaginative self and to show her that creativity and storytelling bring life-long joy.

Elise is as pleasant as her picture. She has a natural warmth and 'speaks kid.' She is highly receptive to ideas and we are able to reinforce what Sophie is learning in school, like identifying the beginning, middle, and end of stories.

I highly recommend Elise for anyone who wants to give their child a unique, confidence-building experience.
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Andrea L. August 7, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Elise is so supportive and positive! She puts you at ease!

I am new to take lessons, and one main reason I wanted to start was to get my courage to sing in front of others and find out professional feedback if I had any talent. Elise was so warm, and positive. She gave me honest feedback. She is so bubbly and kind and really knows what she is talking about! She's honest with her comments. She also gave me great breathing tips and helped me warm up with singing techniques that really helped me!! She put things in terms I could understand. She was also very understanding when I had to reschedule an appointment and was running late. I am grateful to God for her help with my singing and I hope to capitalize on what she has told me so I can achieve my singing dream. She is wonderful! I highly recommend her, you won't regret it!!!!
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Elise J.

Elise J.

New York, NY 10040
(5)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Laura K.

New York, NY

About Laura

Music is definitely the universal language, and there isn't a genre I don't love; it's important to me that that aspect be brought to lessons, as well! From humble New Jersey beginnings to an opera career, I've seen the power of what music can do!

Whether it's opera, musical theater, folk, rock, or just public speaking, anything YOU love to do, I would love to teach you! Having taught all ages and levels, from first graders to adults, from someone who's never sung a note in his or her life to semi-professionals, I cater my lessons to what YOU as a student need and are interested in.

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ons shouldn't be a chore - I like to foster an environment you look forward to being a part of! I also think that music, like any sport, is hard work, and takes seriously practice; even hobbies take concentration and application! I understand and can work with many schedules and work loads, but I expect my students to put at least half the effort into their lessons that I do!
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BarbaraR July 4, 2011
Awesome teacher! patient, knowledgeable, & creative

I'm a complete beginner, could barely sing in tune. I decided to take lessons for fun. but whoa was i surprised at the progress I've made with Laura in just a few short months. She has catered to my individual needs, and has made my learning experience fun. She works at my pace so i never feel rushed or bored. She teaches singing lessons in a way anyone can understand. Her background in opera means she can sing and teach her students amazing vocal range. She taught me anything is possible with hard work and dedication! I've learned so much with her, it's hard to put it all in a short review. Pick her and you won't be disappointed! Thank you Laura!
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HelenL1 September 30, 2010
Great teacher

Laura is a really good and nice teacher. She is patient to answer all of my questions.I improved a lot in a short period of time with her tips on singing. She's not only just teach you how to sing, she also talks some histories of music and different examples or even her experiences to me. She can make an exercise into a fun way to do. I learned a lot from her and I gain more confident on singing. I'm always looking forward to take lessons with her. She's such a great singer and vocal coach!! Laura is a great choice for those of you who want to learn singing in a comfortable, no pressure and fun environment. ^_^
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RajeshN September 22, 2010
Good teacher. Nice person. Very busy lady.
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Laura K.

Laura K.

New York, NY 10033
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Gio A.

New York, NY

About Gio

I studied music at UCF (Orlando), focusing on classical and jazz guitar, but I also have years of experience playing rock, blues, folk, hip-hop, and musical theater on both guitar and drums.

I have been teaching guitar, drums, and piano for about eight years to students of all ages. Music is what I'm passionate about and it's what I enjoy. I want to inspire that same passion into the hearts and minds of others.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a laid-back teacher, fun, and I focus on the needs, abilities, and ambitions of the student. In turn, students must realize that learning an instrume
nt takes a lot of work and dedication. One can't expect to learn very much if s/he only practices or thinks about the instrument during the lesson. If the student is willing to put some time into practicing, then I will help them go far!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have several guitars, a drum kit, djembe, mandolin, clarinet and full-size keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
Guitar: Classical, jazz, American or Irish folk, rock and pop; lead or rhythm.
Drums & Percussion: All genres
Piano: Classical (includes sight reading)
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Desiree M. June 4, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Im really excited to learn more
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Rich P. March 20, 2015
Harmonica · Online
Verified Student
Gio is great. He knows his stuff and makes the lessons fun while teaching.
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Charles W. September 15, 2014
Clarinet · In studio
Verified Student
Gio has been wonderfully patient with my efforts as a total beginner. His instructions are clear and helpful, and he has provided a good mix of motivation and encouragement. Highly recommended!
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Gio A.

Gio A.

New York, NY 10040
(5)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Briana S.

New York, NY

About Briana

Welcome to my teaching page!

I draw on my experience as a professional opera singer and actor, my teaching background in various areas (certified Music Together teacher, general music, theatre, yoga, fitness, literature, etc.), and my training in classical singing, musical theater, acting, and various methods of body work. I strive to create a working environment where students can take risks, learn to challenge themselves, and find increased joy and freedom in expression. Self-awareness/body-awareness, relaxation, and nurturing of individuality are emphasized above all.

My teaching phil
osophies and techniques draw primarily from my study of movement and mindfulness through disciplines such as yoga, and especially the Feldenkrais Method, "a remarkable approach to human movement, learning and change... based on sound principles of physics, neurology and physiology, and the conditions under which the nervous system learns best." (The Feldenkrais Institute, NY, NY, 2013).

Training/experience:

- MA Vocal Performance degree in progress at Hunter College
- Bachelor of Music, Highest Honors, SUNY Binghamton
- Professional singing in the US and Europe
- Professional acting throughout the US, theater and film (member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA)
- Feldenkrais Practitioner Training Program certification in process
- Extensive yoga teacher training
- Eclectic studies in voice and body work (Linklater, various dance styles, Kinetic Awareness, Tai Chi, Beijing Opera techniques)
- Kids/family music teacher certified by Music Together (an amazing, international, research-based program)
- Guest teacher at the Bronx High School for Law and Finance (fundamentals of singing and stage performance)
- Former fitness instructor

Finding mastery and flow in playing music feels like flying. But we have to start from the ground up. The stronger the foundation, the higher you fly. Let's get started!

Peace,
Briana
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Elena B. November 8, 2014
Singing
In what is surely a testament to her teaching ability, Briana's passions for music and learning - independently or in combination - are infectious. Briana understands the importance of treating and training the complete singer, addressing both the student's both physical/technical and personal/artistic capacities. She is versatile, open-minded, empathetic, and always delightful. I am honored to be her colleague and happy to recommend her.
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Tomek R. November 7, 2014
Singing · In studio
Briana is an excellent and inspiring teacher to work with. In my experience, she brings a sense of excitement to the subject of singing that is contagious and motivated me to put my best foot forward not just in our meetings, but also in my practicing at home. Beyond repertoire and technique, her expertise extends into the physical and emotional aspects of singing. She is incredibly sensitive to where the student is coming from, and is able to meet him/her at that level. The ideas she shared have stuck with me and continue to help me as I develop further.
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Sarah K. September 14, 2014
Singing · In studio
Briana is a wonderful singer... she really brings out the best!! She is the kind of singer who lives and breathes music. She is a patient teacher who is able to clearly explain how to improve.
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Briana S.

Briana S.

New York, NY 10032
(4)
starting at
$33 / 30-min
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Emil V.

Bronx, NY

About Emil

I started to study the piano at the age of seven with Hrant Minassian in my hometown of Island Park, New York. During high school I continued my studies with Jack Chaikin , a graduate of the Juilliard School. I attended Hofstra University where I received a B.A. in Music in 1979. At Hofstra, my piano teachers were Blanche Abram and Morton Estrin.

After graduating from Hofstra, I moved into Manhattan and continued my piano studies with Elena Wolkonsky at the Juilliard School. I also took a few lessons from Adam Aleksander, concert pianist, in Miami. So all together, I took lessons for 20 yea
rs with six different teachers!

I started teaching piano when I was 18 years old and taught all throughout college. After enjoying a successful career in data processing for 22 years, I decided to go back to teaching piano in 2003.

I thoroughly enjoy what I am doing. It's a pleasure to pass on to my students everything that my great teachers taught me.
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Charles M. February 23, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Emil is a wonderful instructor. he's patient, knowledgeable of his work, flexible, funny, and he understands that we are all there to learn. i'm having a wonderful time learning from Emil.
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Neil F. February 4, 2015
Classical Piano · In studio
"As a teacher myself, I appreciate Emil's commitment to seeing his students progress and his obvious love for the piano and its literature."
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Mark R. February 2, 2015
Piano · In studio
I started learning from Emil three years ago. He makes learning the piano fun while still being educational. What started out as an interest in piano has grown to a passion because of Emil's guidance. I highly recommend you try. You will never find another teacher like him!
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Emil V.

Emil V.

Bronx, NY 10463
(5)
starting at
$60 / 45-min

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