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Matt L.

Brooklyn, NY

About Matt

Matt 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 saxoph
ones, 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 to intermediate studies on the flute and the clarinet, music theory, and jazz improvisation for any instrument. Whether he is teaching saxophone, flute, or clarinet, his teaching approach places emphasis on giving the student an in depth understanding of his or her instrument. He puts the utmost importance on explaining advanced concepts in the simplest of terms in order to insure that the student fully comprehends the objectives of each lesson. Such concepts that he covers regularly and places importance on are sight-reading, ear-training, and creativity.

As a regularly performing musician in New York City, Matt can be seen every Sunday night at Ba'sik (a new and very popular bar in Williamsburg Brooklyn) where he leads the open jazz jam session. A few of his adult students have even been able to reach a level in jazz improvisation that they've been able to come out and sit in with the band.

In addition to teaching woodwind instruments and jazz improvisation, Matt also has experience teaching Sibelius music writing software, and audio engineering with Pro-tools LE and Logic Pro.

PLEASE NOTE: Because the NYC area is very different geographically from other parts of the country, especially in terms of transportation, I may appear outside of your area in terms of where I am available to travel. If you are very interested in taking lessons with me, but you are outside of my travel zone, please feel free to follow up with a Takelessons counselor and have them contact me personally to see if we might make an exception. I am available to travel to virtually all areas of Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan as well as Jersey City and Hoboken. if my location in Williamsburg Brooklyn is not convenient for you, and you are unable to have lessons in your home, then there is also an option where I can most likely find a very affordable teaching studio in an area that is more convenient for you that we may rent by the hour and split the cost for your lesson.

*** Lesson Details ***
Matt believes that any student, regardless of age or experience level, learns best when engaged in an activity that he or she understands and enjoys. Part of his success as a teacher can be attributed to his willingness to take into account every student's particular musical interests and strengths, and in tern, he teaches directly to those areas. For instance, in the initial stages of developing a student and teacher relationship, Matt requests that the student compile a "wish list" of approximately ten pieces of music that he or she would like to be able to play. This list may include pieces in such genres as classical, jazz, and popular music, just to name a few. It is through this list that the student can begin almost immediately learning exactly what he or she likes, and by default, Matt can then teach the student all of the technical components needed to perform on his or her instrument, as well as determine the specific areas where the student needs to receive more focused instruction. More importantly, this "thinking outside of the box," customized approach provides a fun atmosphere and enables the student to enjoy learning the art of playing music by not being solely dependent on instructional booklets which many students, regardless of age and experience, find boring and tedious.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Additional saxophones for students who do not currently have a saxophone to use during a lesson. Recording equipment, including software and microphones. Mac book pro with music writing and recording software. Full 88 key keyboard.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Additional saxophones. Macbook pro with recording and music writing software

*** Specialties ***
music, music theory, home recording, saxophone, clarinet, flute,
all styles
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Andre F. July 2, 2015
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
A lot of Windows was open as of understanding the horn and music theory in just three lessons.I look forward to continuing my learning with Matt
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Alan L. April 2, 2015
Flute · In studio
Verified Student
Matt was very helpful in teaching basic fundamentals and giving suggestions for making a better tone. Looking forward to continuing with my lessons!
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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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Matt L.

New York, NY 10031
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Nina R.

New York, NY

About Nina

Soprano, Nina received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in vocal performance at the Manhattan School of Music. She has been an active teacher and performer in the New York area for nearly 10 years. Nina has also been a guest Artist at both the Yokohama International School and the Sacred Heart International School in Japan where she gave a master class to their Show Choir and High School Choir. Nina has had the honor of performing the National Anthem for the Memorial Day Parade in Chappaqua. She has had students of all ages in voice and piano, and has a passion for teaching. Voi
ce students have ranged from beginners, to advanced classical, musical theater, r&b and rock singers looking to learn how to sing with a healthy technique.
To learn more of Nina's performing experiences please visit her website at ninarileysoprano.com

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons vary from student to student depending on age and level, and interest of repertoire.
Ages 6- 12 voice lessons are kept fun but also with a firmness with pitch, breathing, and rhythm and vowel usage details.
The older the student, the more detail on technique.
The start of all lessons begin with warm ups, and afterward we will sing an appropriate song and learn how to apply the warm ups to the song.
After 3-6 months, voice students will sing songs easier with a freer sound, knowing better how to approach high notes, and building their repertoire. If the first lesson was starting from scratch and learning simply to sing in tune, the student will be able to sing a song in tune within a year.
For piano students there would be the same steady progress. A little more homework to practice but an understanding and flexibility with different practice situations.

*** Studio Equipment ***
weighted keyboard, sustain pedal, music stand

*** Specialties ***
Classical voice, Broadway, Pop, R&B. There is a focus on healthy technique that will apply to any style. Ear training is also a focus.
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Sakura S. September 21, 2014
Opera Voice · In studio
Nina is fun and professional. She is also very patient and encouraging. She continuously pushes for the best results. The lessons are productive and I made great improvement in a few months. She is an excellent teacher.
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Robert D. April 7, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Beginner Adult

Nina is an ideal teacher. She undoubtedly loves to teach/sing, and was very patient with me as a beginner, she has a great ear and her enthusiasm is motivating.
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Achourg December 5, 2011
hey

I'm really glad to work with Nina she really makes me sing very good after each lesson , i started with her a month ago and now i really feel a big different between my singing now and before
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Nina R.

Nina R.

New York, NY 10032
(4)
starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Chelsea F.

New York, NY

About Chelsea

Check out Chelsea's article's featured on Take Lessons Blog: http://takelessons.com/blog/what-to-wear-to-an-audition
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Chelsea, soprano, a native of New Jersey, holds a Bachelor of Music from Cleveland Institute of Music and a Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music. Her most recent performance was singing the role of Nannetta in Falstaff with Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance Program in New York City at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College. Chelsea was described as “an excellent Nannetta.” Partial roles include Marie in L
a Fille du Régiment, Sophie in Werther, and the Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel. Recently Chelsea sang the roles of Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance and Adele in Die Fledermaus with Ridge Light Opera Company of New Jersey. Last summer, she was an Apprentice Artist at Opera in the Ozarks and sang the role of Adele in Die Fledermaus.

In February of 2011 Chelsea had the privilege of singing for renowned American Baritone, Thomas Hampson, in a select vocal Master Class that was performed before a live audience and was live streamed on the internet at Manhattan School of Music. She has sung in Masterclasses for Paul Gemignani, Lauren Flanigan, John Fisher, and Martina Arroyo at Manhattan School of Music.

In the spring of 2011 Chelsea sang the role of Papagena in The Magic Flute with Manhattan School of Music’s Opera Studio Outreach program affiliated with Tony Amato. In November 2011, Chelsea was awarded with an Encouragement award at the Metropolitan Opera Competition at the Connecticut District. Chelsea sang with Grumbling Gryphons in their children’s opera Esther singing the lead role of Esther music by Donald Sosin. Chelsea was also an original member of Dances Patrelles World Premiere: Gilbert and Sullivan the Ballet! (2011) where she sang selections from The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado and H.M.S Pinafore. This performance was revived in May 2012 at DiCapo Opera Theatre.

In addition Chelsea won Second Place in the 2010 Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition and Honorable Mention in the 2010 Irma M. Cooper Opera Columbus International Vocal Competition.

*** Lesson Details ***
My students can expect an outgoing, safe and positive environment where they can nurture and grow with their vocal abilities. My students will learn the fundamentals of vocal technique so they feel comfortable and secure singing in whatever style of music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons will take place in my apartment on a keyboard.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Recorder for voice lessons and note book!

*** Specialties ***
Classical voice is really my strongest suit.
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Mark W. October 13, 2014
Opera Voice · In home
Chelsea aside from her amazing operatic voice, happens to be an excellent teacher. She has studied and trained with some of the top names in the business and has been able to incorporate these various professional coaching techniques into her own style. Chelsea has performed, soloed and auditioned and knows the drill. She is patient and offers excellent and professional guidance. I would recommend her to anyone considering voice lessons for the first time, or looking for a new teacher.
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Barbara M. February 16, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
fabulous teacher

Chelsea has a beautiful voice, she is highly talented, highly trained, highly skilled, and is an excellent teacher. She is very patient and encouraging, and she knows how to keep me moving ahead without feeling overwhelmed.
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Chelsea F.

Chelsea F.

New York, NY 10031
(2)
starting at
$45 / 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
$35 / 30-min
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Sara S.

New York, NY

About Sara

Sara is a musical theater performer AND a teacher. You get the teacher part and the experience advice from an actress that still works in the theater world as a performer.

Sara S has been trained by many vocal teachers throughout the years. Starting private voice lessons at age seven, she took lessons from Kristy Wisso, and Bruce Messer at the beginning, winning talent contests like The Minnesota State Fair Talent contest, all over the state of Minnesota even as young as ten years old. She started taking voice from Shannon Unger at MacPhail Center of Music in Minneapolis in high school a
nd then took lessons from resident artists at The Minnesota Opera Company during her year long internship there in 2004. She then took private lessons during college in New York City from well-known opera singer Catherine Christensen. She currently is taking voice lessons from singer/teacher/director Courtney Crouse, who recently moved to Oklahoma to become assistant professor of voice at the prestigious Oklahoma City University. She now Skype's their lessons over the internet.

Other than her private studio, Sara also teaches musical theater classes and private voice lessons at The Studio Performing Arts School in New Canaan, CT.

Sara's teaching includes all types of music; musical theater, opera, classical, pop, and folk. Any gender and any age are welcome to sing with Ms. S. She likes to focus on making the singer feel comfortable and confident in their own unique voice. She emphasizes breathing skills and getting back to the basics of filling the room with sound in a healthy way. Her way of reaching freedom in someones specific sound is by using physical and mental exercises to get sound fluid and moving breath through the body, and then working on a song, of the singer's or Sara's choice. She can also help with learning rhythm, sight reading, and harmony.
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Karina D. February 24, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Sara's experience in vocal training allows her to identify what would benefit your voice. She has different warm ups and techniques that will aid you not just in the sound you are looking for but prepare you for all types of singing. What I really like about these lessons is that I have pinpointed the weaknesses in my technique, that I myself could not identify, and that I leave with the ability to work on those weaknesses . Sara is really cool and down to earth making it it a comfortable environment to work in. Lastly, she has a singing cat which you need to see...I kid you not.
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Alexis R. December 16, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Sara's a great teacher! The potential in me is being awakened, guided and nurtured. And she encourages you to dream big! Exactly what I want from my teacher!
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yuda M. October 13, 2014
Vocal Training · In studio
Verified Student
If you're looking to enhance all your singing skills look no further, Sara in the one who will undoubtedly be able to help as she helped me see magnificent progress as soon as we started,
Thank you Sara for continuing to bring out the best of me!!
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Sara S.

Sara S.

New York, NY 10032
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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