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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
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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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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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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
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starting at
$33 / 30-min
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Luis R.

New York, NY

About Luis

I have been teaching privately for twelve years. I enjoy teaching students of all ages. My school-aged students have earned awards pertaining to their instrument at school and district music competitions. Lessons are normally once per week for one hour. My time in music school has given me the skills and confidence to teach so many musical subjects. I like to inspire students to achieve their goals by giving them the tools to succeed. There is a lot of hard work, but most importantly, we have lots of fun. Please send me message if you have any questions. Thanks!
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Theresa Veltri August 20, 2015
Upright Bass · In studio
Luis was a wonderful colleague to have. As music education majors we both had to learn multiple instruments. Luis took the time to teach my bass and helped me practice for performance exams. He would break down lessons to a beginner's level for me and always remained patient during my lesson.

As a colleague I feel that Luis's strongest point is his clear communication skills. I was constantly impressed with how well able he was to communicate his thoughts and feelings openly and forwardly to other. He was clearly able to do this without feeling vulnerable and while maintaining respect for himself others. I highly recommend him for teaching based on his interpersonal skills and musical knowledge.
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Alex August 6, 2015
Upright Bass · In home
Luis is an amazing bass player and more importantly an even better teacher. He not only will improve your techincal skills but will also make playing way more fun and he spreads his enthusiasm.
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Luis R.

Luis R.

New York, NY 10032
(2)
starting at
$50 / 60-min

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