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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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Tanaya R. August 22, 2015
Flute · In studio
Verified Student
Matt's a wonderful teacher. He's extremely patient, and takes his time explaining concepts in different ways to help you understand the topic fully. He's also very flexible which really helps those of us with crazy schedules. If you wish, class time can focus on music theory along with the actual playing of the flute which is very valuable (in my opinion). He's given me great tips with regards to embouchure and tone, not to mention with reading music and applying them to my playing. His instruction has really helped me improve my playing overall. I highly recommend Matt.
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Tal V. August 20, 2015
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
Matt is an awesome teacher. I have been taking lessons with Matt for about 18 months now. Even though I haven't picked up a horn since high school, Matt's patience and methodology has given me the confidence to pursue this hobby further.
Highly recommended!
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Dina Z. August 17, 2015
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
Matt is a great teacher. He's flexible and patient and really knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend!
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Matt L.

New York, NY 10031
(30)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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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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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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