fundamentals of singing, Italian diction, Spanish diction, German diction, English diction, Latin diction, Russian diction, basic to advanced operatic repertoire, character development, character study, acting, movement
Heralded as "a 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 e
xperience 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, and fun! Matthew's voice students will learn English and foreign language diction, ear training and sight-singing, proper posture, stage presence, confidence, and healthy vocal production suitable for all styles of singing. Drum students will learn the importance of snare drum rudiments, how to read drum charts, the nuances of various styles, as well as, develop dexterity and increase muscular function and independence. Matthew currently teaches at Wyoming Seminary Institute in Wilkes-Barre, PA during the Summer and is an Adjunct Professor of Music and Composition at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, CT.
Voice Teaching and Performing - 11 years Drum Teaching, Performing and Recording - 16 years Music Theory & Composition Professor and Private Tutor - 8 years
Owner and operator of Mother Brother Studios - Full production & recording facility servicing all genres and styles.
*** Lesson Details *** Being a musician is exciting, challenging, and of course, rewarding. Musicians are communicators; instruments of expression. I'm a firm believer in diligent practice habits and learning the fundamentals of one's craft. From there, the music can happen.
I offer a relaxed, comfortable learning environment that is both fun and productive. A stuffy, tense atmosphere promotes timidness, and insecurity, the opposite of the environment I foster in my studio.
Whether you're a beginner with a passion, or a professional looking to fine tune your proficiency, I can help you get to where you want to be. Diligent, concise, uncomplicated, and fun! That's how I teach.
*** Studio Equipment *** Various keyboards, full 5 piece drum set, full production and recording facility, music scores/sheet music
*** Specialties *** Classically trained vocalist, but can teach all styles and genres of voice. Recording engineer & producer. Versed in many styles of composition. Session drummer.
William P. August 26, 2015
In home Verified Student
So let me tell you about Matthew. I came into his lessons with some weird songs that originated from Japan and when we went over them, the songs were so fast that he could hardly believe that people sang them. But even so, he took on the challenge of something he hadn't heard of before and worked with me to improve what I needed to in order to take on the challenges I wanted to face. I feel within the past 12 weeks I've improved so much on breath control, posture, confidence, mixing my music, overall singing with chest, full voice and even in my falsetto. He'll teach you how to keep your voice nice and open, pays close attention to your movements so he can correct you, and is overall just so very knowledgable about the world of singing and more.
He's even agreed to take it to the next level with some research on how to do some dangerous sounding screaming. This guy takes any challenge you throw at him, makes sure you are informed about how each skill/warm-up/style is completed and if you practice, with his help, you'll be sounding so much better and stronger in no time. I'd hire him if I were you. He's a great teacher, a great guy, very flexible and a joy to learn from.
Miles D. May 26, 2015
In home Verified Student
I have wanted to sing since I was a kid, but never got around to taking lessons in high school or college. I signed up for Matt's weekly lessons on a whim and saw he had some good reviews. His students were right on.
Matt is very knowledgeable about different areas of music and in addition to teaching me how to sing, taught me how to tune my bass guitar and the basics of drumming at my request.
His practice room is nice, and its easy to find of 95. He's also a really chill guy and easy to take instruction from.
Highly recommend to everyone.
Abigail F. April 28, 2015
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.
I offer vocal coaching on operatic repertoire. I accompany on the piano, so you will not need to bring a pianist to your lessons.
Welcome! Voice lessons are fun, exciting, and effective!
I work with students of all levels, from complete beginners through advanced young professionals. I work on all styles of music, with an emphasis on a healthy, free technique that helps each student find his or her own natural voice. As with any athletic activity, lessons will increase power, flexibility, agility and skill, regardless of your level when you begin.
Soprano Rachel has been capturing audiences with her warm soaring tone, dynamic stage presence, and earnest performances. A native of Stockton, California, Rachel was born into a musical family and quickly developed an affinity for the performing arts. She first fell in love with classical music as an oboist and gradually found her niche as a singer through her passion for languages, literature, and theater. In the fall of 2012, she relocated to Connecticut where she continues to be an active performer of opera, oratorio, art song, crossover, and new music. She holds a Master of Music degree
from the University of Northern Colorado and a Bachelor of Music degree from San Jose State University.
Ms. Abrams has been featured by Hartford Opera Theater as Mrs. Nordstrom in A Little Night Music, A Woman in the world premiere of scenes from Christopher McCormick’s opera In a Grove, Emma in Rachel Peters’ Mermaid in the Jar, Ms. Romano in the world premiere of Jeremy Beck’s I Can Hardly Wait!, the Sandman in Hansel and Gretel with Revolution Opera Alliance, and Peep Bo in The Mikado with the Simsbury Light Opera Company.
Prior to moving to Connecticut, Rachel lived in St. Louis, Missouri, where she performed frequently with the esteemed St. Louis Symphony Chorus, Winter Opera St. Louis, Union Avenue Opera, and the Southern Illinois Music Festival. In 2012, Ms. Abrams had the opportunity to be a sponsored young artist with Winter Opera St. Louis where she performed the role of Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos, covered Musetta in La Bohème, and performed in the Rogers and Hammerstein musical review: A Grand Night for Singing. Ms. Abrams has also performed with Opera Fort Collins, Loveland Opera Theater, the Victorian Lyric Opera Company, and Opera Classica Europa in Bad Schwalbach, Germany as an apprentice artist. Additional operatic credits include: Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte, Giannetta in L’Elisir d’Amore, Susanna and Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro, and Fanny in Rossini’s La cambiale di matrimonio.
No stranger to the concert stage, Ms. Abrams has performed in numerous concerts, oratorios, and recitals throughout the United States. She has performed as the soprano soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Haydn’s Coronation Mass, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore. A passionate performer of Jewish music, Ms. Abrams had the unique opportunity to sing the soprano solo in Martin Bresnick’s puppet opera, Der Signál, with the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra during the 10th Annual Celebration of Jewish Arts and Culture at Charter Oak Cultural Center in October of 2014.
As an active performer of art song, Ms. Abrams has collaborated with various musicians throughout the New England region to create diverse and accessible art song recitals. In August, Rachel and pianist Andrew King performed an art song recital, titled Songs of Land and Sea, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Williamstown, Massachusetts. This recital contains works by Schubert, Fauré, Rorem, and Rachmaninoff, and was received with great acclaim. Songs of Land and Sea will continue to be performed throughout 2014-2015 at multiple venues throughout New England.
Upcoming engagements include a lecture recital featuring German-Jewish Refugee Composers with the Jewish Studies Department at the University of Hartford and Mabel in Pirates of Penzance with the Greater Meriden Concert Chorale and Orchestra. This summer, Ms. Abrams will be joining Madison Lyric Stage as a member of their inaugural Meistersinger Apprentice Artist Program where she will perform the role of Mrs. Nordstrom in A Little Night Music and cover the First Niece in Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes.
In addition to being a passionate performer and collaborator, Rachel is a private music educator dedicated to the success of her students. Ms. Abrams maintains a private studio of voice students out of her home in West Hartford, Connecticut. In addition to her private teaching studio, Ms. Abrams teaches Musical Discovery courses at the Farmington Valley Academy Montessori in Avon, CT.
Before opening her own private studio in Connecticut, Ms. Abrams lived in St. Louis, Missouri where she taught throughout the region. While in Missouri, she served as an Adjunct Voice Instructor/Lecture Professor at East Central College and a Private Voice and Music Instructor at St. John's School of the Arts.
In addition to her teaching experience in the Missouri area, Rachel was a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Northern Colorado where she was an assistant instructor for Music Survey and Music and World Cultures classes.
*** Specialties *** I teach classical technique, specially focusing on proper resonance and breath control. This method can be highly useful to broadway, jazz, popular or any other style of singing.
I have enjoyed the stage and the thrill of entertaining since I was a child. I have been in numerous productions, including Las Vegas Academy's Sweeney Todd starring as Mrs. Lovett, which was selected as a highlighted show at the National Thespian Conference, Cats as Pouncival, Little Women as Marmee, National Thespians Hairspray as Prudy, Super Summer Theatres Annie as Pepper, and many more! I have also done work as a recording studio vocalist and corporate performer on the Las Vegas Strip. I have been studying voice with the famed Jeffrey Skouson for the past decade and continu
e to study teaching with him as well. I have received performance training from many different sources including Professional Broadway Performers, Famed Acting Coaches, Vocal Stylizing Coaches to the Stars, and Master Vocal Teachers. My love of performing transformed into a new love for teaching people to sing and act so that they too can experience the same joy I feel when I'm on the stage. Because of this love I studied music education at Brigham Young University ID and became a certified Vocal Instructor in the Institute for Vocal Advancement (previously a certified Speech Level Singing Instructor) in an extensive program where I must complete education and testing each year. I focus on building a singers range and strength in healthy ways in all genres of music. I work with all types of performers from recording studios to the stage. During your first lesson, I will assess your voice to determine your tendencies and weak spots. In each lesson we will begin with a series of exercises that will turn your weaknesses into strengths. We will then apply these techniques to songs of your choice. During each lesson, we can work on performance, styling and any areas you may need instruction in. If you would like to sing from the bottom to the top of your voice with strength and ease, I am the teacher for you!
*** Lesson Details *** During your first lesson, I will assess your voice to determine your tendencies and weak spots. In each lesson we will begin with a series of exercises that will turn your weaknesses into strengths. We will then apply these techniques to songs of your choice. During each lesson, we can work on performance, styling and any areas you may need instruction in. Each lesson you will receive a CD of your vocal exercises and song to practice during the week. You will be amazed at the progression you will make in just one week of practice!
*** Studio Equipment *** I use garageband to record our lessons and any parts you may need me to record of a song to better learn notes. I also use garageband to edit and cut karaoke tracks for your performances.
*** Specialties *** Vocal Instruction in all genres of music by understanding the voice and how it functions and knowing what tools to use to achieve the most success in any voice.
Any type of acting whether it be on the stage or on screen by using Acting techniques that help the actor connect to their character on a more personal level providing for honest, real acting.
Ryan N. July 17, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Very nice, my sons learns a lot from her.
Mayya M. June 26, 2015
Online Verified Student
Becca is nice ,my daughter is excited
Honia J. June 5, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Becca is GREAT!!! Her ideas and ability to teach to your skill level is one of the best I have experienced. I trust her suggestion and notes that is has given to me to better my skill. She make the session easy to comprehend and fun to have. Her session remind me why I decided to come back to my passion. If you are on the fence, then search no more because she is what you are look for in a teacher. I am more then happy to have chosen her as my acting coach.
Barbara A. is a certified music teacher of 20 years in both the public and private school system. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Music Education from Jackson State University, and is the owner of Performing Arts Academy of CT LLC and Tutors 4 Teachers.Ms. A. is an accomplished opera singer and Broadway star. She has performed in 30 states and 4 countries, sings in 5 different languages, and has featured in notable plays, major films, and commercials. She enjoys the challenge of teaching and training her clients, and has developed her talents as the City Choir Director in Lehigh Acres, Fl, the
National Tri-State Choir Director of the Youth Choir in St. Petersburg, FL for COGIC Eastern Jurisdiction, the Youth Choir Director for Kingdom Love Center, and the Show Choir Director for various choirs throughout FL, NY, and CT. She has also worked as a clinician for many church and civic organizations.Barbara continues to perform while transforming the lives of her students all over the world. She is proud of the many artists and musicians she has helped to reach their dreams at the Apollo, Broadway, National and International Stages. Ms. A. is a member of The National Association for Music Education (MENC/NAFME) and the National Teachers of Singing (NATS).
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agnose my problems, gives me different techniques to relax and reach higher or lower notes with ease. She also teaches all genre of music and not just concentrate on opera voice.I like to sing pop music,find her lessons very fun, enjoyable,very helpful. I highly recommend anyone who like to learn how to sing to take lesson with her."
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Jordan is an amazing teacher. I have never worked with someone so patient. When we began working together it took me the
entire hour before I could understand each new idea of her technique. She would never grow angry or frustrated with me. Before I began taking lessons from Jordan I had terrible habits and my voice was never consistent. Some days I sounded decent and others I could barely phonate. Because of Jordan I can go into an audition or performance and successfully sing even thought I am shaking with nerves She has taught me a technique that always works whether it's that time of the month or I am especially tired. Jordan has opened up my voice to what it should be and has taught me how to tap into my resonance to create a larger, more natural sound that allows me to be heard over a piano and or small orchestra. I highly recommend Jordan as a teacher. It only takes one hour to hear improvement."
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Katie
"I studied with Angela for a year when I lived in NYC. She was a fantastic teacher! I took lessons to improve the quality of my voice, especially my higher
range. I only stopped because I moved, but I would have continued. Angela really gave me confidence while improving my overall technique! I would recommend her to ANYONE!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Steven
"Nothing escapes Mr. Stapp's ears. He not only fixed intonation and diction problems but worked to have me produce the best sound possible to reach the fur
thest seat in the house. He has to be the best vocal coach I've ever had with extensive knowledge of the opera literature and a patient, positive and precise approach to teaching voice."