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Nikole W.

New York, NY

Hi! Welcome to my TakeLessons page, where I provide information about my background and teaching services.

I am a working actress who has performed in New York and in regional theaters and films. My roles reflect versatility: classical (i.e. Shakespeare, Moliere) and contemporary works and ingenue, dark, and quirky characters. Favorite roles include Beneatha (A Raisin in the Sun), Miranda (Tempest), Celimene (The Misanthrope), and Rita Azaria (September Twelfth). I attended Barnard College and Columbia University and completed acting conservatory training at the Maggie Flanigan Studio, where I studied Meisner Technique with Maggie Flanigan and Charlie Sandlan. In addition to acting, I was trained in music, including classical piano and voice, and dance.

30 minute-lessons are available for children aged 5-6 only while 60-minute lessons are available for students above the age of 6. Topics that may be covered include audition preparation and technique, cold reading, scene study, ...

About Nikole

Hi! I appreciate you taking the time to learn more about how I can help you as a teacher.

What is my background?
I am an experienced performing artist and teacher that works in New York and regionally. I have developed a keen ability to assess and shape talent from years of training, teaching, performing, and working with the head of Arts programs to conduct admissions interviews, student evaluations, and performances. I attended Barnard College, Columbia University, and Maggie Flanigan's acting conservatory program. My training at Columbia University and privately with notable musicians f
ocused on classical repertoire and theory, but I also work with students on popular music (i.e. Pop, R&B, Electronica, and Folk).

What material is covered during lessons?
Music theory (i.e. sight reading, chord progressions) as well as posture, artistic expression, interpretation, breathing, and finger and pitch placement techniques are incorporated into my music instruction. Cold reading, audition preparation and technique, Shakespeare, scene analysis, and business strategies are examples of topics that may be covered in acting instruction. Linklater (voice), Alexander, Williamson (movement), and Art of Practicing (piano) methods are also employed.

What are the profiles of my students?
My students come from different walks of life: children coming from school who bound excitedly to my lesson door; teenage artists who have the passion and vision but lack the technique; working adults who seek reprieve from the stress of work by singing/ learning an instrument that they've always wanted to play; and seniors who want a fun hobby to keep active. I enjoy teaching them and watching them master the fundamentals while developing their own performance style (or even composing their own music)!

What is my teaching style?
Based on feedback, students appreciate that I am a teacher with a warm personality whose supportive, passionate, and fun approach and effective techniques help them attain the following: 1) a firm understanding of the fundamentals of music theory or acting technique; 2) an ability to effectively learn how to perform and practice singing/playing/acting a piece; and 3) a style of performing that minimizes tension, produces beautiful sound or a dynamic character, and/or allows them to fully express themselves. After a few months, students should have sound knowledge of all three.

My students and I connect, in part, because I remember being like them. On stage, I started out dancing and acting; I delved into singing and songwriting and then fell in love with playing the piano. The day that I learned how to merge those passions (i.e. singing while playing the piano) was one of the happiest days of my life! Now, whether I'm performing Shakespeare on stage, playing Chopin and Beethoven, or singing while playing tunes by Whitney Houston, I still get excited. Hopefully, I fuel that excitement in you, too!

What is the lesson structure?
Due to the comprehensive nature of my teaching style and structure, students above the age of 6 take lessons for 60 minutes; 30-minute lessons are only available for children aged 5-6. If a student wants to learn how to play while singing, I am happy to help him/her do so!

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio location in Manhattan is conveniently near Midtown, Chelsea, Flat Iron, Murray Hill, Union Square, Tribeca, and the Financial District in particular and is easily accessible via public transportation. It houses an upright piano and seating for parents.

*** Specialties ***
Acting: Meisner Acting; Theater Acting; Shakespearean Acting
Music: Classical Piano; Contemporary R&B & Pop Piano; Singing; Theory; Playing Whie Singing; Songwriting
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Ashley A. January 24, 2017
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Nikole, is very warm and professional. I have never continued with voice lessons, I enjoyed the experience so much that I'm going to kick the bad habit of smoking and sit down and seriously figure my finances out to continue being taught by her. I cannot express enough how much fun I had...no pressure Nikole if you read this...lol
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Marilyn T. October 10, 2016
Acting · In studio
Verified Student
Easy to work with and understood what I needed to work on almost immediately.
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Vanda W. June 30, 2016
Public Speaking · In studio
Verified Student
Very helpful
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Nikole W.

Nikole W.

New York, NY 10011
(3)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Stephen H.

New York, NY

All levels welcome.
Can work on both theatre sides/monologues and film scenes/cold reads.
Focus is on consistency, spontaneity, character work, emotional connection, and use of frame for tv/film work.

About Stephen

Hi, I'm Stephen. I am an Actor, Recording Artist, and Career Consultant.

As a vocal technician/trainer I've been teaching/training for 15 years and my specialty is building, strengthening, and conditioning voices to unleash your authentic vocal timbre.

I have been singing since I was 3, anything and everything from Michael Jackson to Elvis Presley to Luciano Pavarotti. Originally from Colorado, I studied music/theatre, as well as vocal pedagogy at The University of Colorado at Boulder, where I graduated with highest honors. I made my Broadway debut in The Phantom of the Opera at age 24.
I also performed in Chess in concert as a featured rock tenor soloist at the New Amsterdam Theatre on Broadway with Josh Groban. I have understudied and performed lead roles in the first AEA National Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Whistle Down the Wind. Regionally, I have played many lead roles all over the United States in productions including Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, The Wild Party, and She Loves Me.

As an ASCAP recording artist, currently I am working in the studio with a full production team on my first pop/rock/neo-soul album. I also often sing on demos for producers and write songs for other artists in many different genres.

As a TV/Film actor, I have booked lead roles in 4 SAG-AFTRA short films, as well as the comedic lead in a SAG-AFTRA Web-series. I was called back for producers as a Series Regular for "The Knick," an episodic series produced and directed by Steven Soderbergh.

My TIYA clients range from Broadway and aspiring Broadway performers, Film and TV actors, singer-songwriters, news anchors, dancers, comedians, CEO's, as well as karaoke enthusiasts, and songwriting hobbyists.

They have performed on television in Smash, Glee, and venues around NYC ranging from The Underground, Le Poisson Rouge, Drom, Cornelia Street Cafe, Arlene’s Grocery, to the Broadway productions of Ghost, Sister Act, Evita, Wicked, West Side Story, South Pacific, The Phantom of the Opera, and Rent to name a few.

I was a "belter" when I was a kid, trained classically for 6 years, and my journey has led me to create my own unique method combining speech level singing with bel canto techniques. You will see/hear/feel immediate results.

My passion is storytelling: ACTing (on camera), and songwriting, especially pop/rock.

*** Lesson Details ***
We will always work on whatever you want.

For Singing, as a vocal technician/trainer I am like going to the gym for your voice. My exercises are safe, simple, and most importantly, I teach you how to practice correctly.

For ACTing, we can explore both the foundation itself with monologues and scenes, as well as the tricks of the trade mastering the camera frame and how to create memorable auditions for TV/Film.

For Songwriting, we can explore the fundamentals of both lyrics and music, as well as catchy hooks, production, and song structure.

You may use my time however you wish (Voice, Acting, Songwriting, or Artistic/Career guidance).

Most vocal sessions will usually be a combination of strengthening/ conditioning exercises, and then exploring/performing a song.

Most ACTing sessions will be theatre monologues and On camera auditioning.

Career consultations usually include how to get an agent, headshots, branding, marketing to align your artistic dreams with a strategy for success.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha PSR 950 61-key arranger keyboard
Sony Handycam DCR-SR 100
Fovitec Studio PRO - 5' x 6.5' Gray/Blue screen
MacBook Pro 13-inch: 2.4GHz
with Retina display
Yamaha FG700S Acoustic Guitar
Bose Wave Music System
iPhone 6S plus

*** Specialties ***
SINGING ACTING SONGWRITING CONSULTING

The vocal training method is uniquely my own as it combines both Bel Canto and Speech Level Singing. Emphasis is on developing a relaxed, released, authentic vocal timbre to sing in any style. Concepts explained and explored in my masterclasses and private lessons include utilizing the mask, developing resonance, 2 instruments in 1, posture, breath management, vocal cord adduction, trigger phrases, vocal placement, ring, consistency, and much more. 
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Ian November 15, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I had been singing for over a decade before taking my first lesson with Stephen. I had never had a singing lesson before and was unsure how they would go or even how much they would help me. Within the first five minutes I knew I had made the correct decision to go with Stephen. He broke the voice down in a way that made total sense to me, and allowed me to focus on the individual parts of the voice before putting them all together. After just 3 lessons, I am already starting to feel a difference in breath support and confidence in hitting softer notes, two things I have always struggled with. I fully intend to continue working with Stephen to grow as both a singer and an actor. Would highly recommend to anyone from beginner to professional.
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Nelson V. October 2, 2016
Songwriting · In studio
Verified Student
I learned alot on the first hour lesson. Stephen made it easy for me to grasp the basic fundamental of song writting.
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Korinne A. May 7, 2016
Broadway Singing · In home
Verified Student
Wish I met Stephen sooner. Can't wait to see him again!
His lesson proved valuable, and I look forward to his teachings.
Korinne
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Stephen H.

Stephen H.

New York, NY 10024
(9)
starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Marjorie K.

New York, NY

I teach actors, speakers and singers how to up their performance level by completely wiping out stage fright and performance anxiety. This is a learned skill that is guaranteed to bring your performances to the highest level. I teach audition and performance preparation. What needs to be practiced a head of time before you get to your audition or performance. These preparation skills will give you the confidence to be your absolute best for all of your performances and auditions!

About Marjorie

Marjorie has taught beginners to advanced students of all ages in every vocal style including Opera, Classical, Musical Theatre, Pop, Jazz, Folk, Rock, R&B and Gospel at Hunter College, New York University, La Guardia Community College, The Learning Annex as well as her private vocal studio in NYC for the past 25 years.

Marjorie received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Georgia and a Special Studies Award in Voice and Opera from the Eastman School of Music. Marjorie has sung at Venice's Grand Teatro La Fenice, Carnegie Hall in NY, Rome's Teatro dell'Opera, Cagliari's
Teatro Lirico and the New York Grand Opera.

She was the winner of the Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition and a finalist in both the Enrico Caruso Voice Competition and McAllister Opera Awards Competitions. Recently she was featured on Channel 5 Good Day New York morning news program.

~~Teaching Philosophy~~

IF YOU CAN TALK YOU CAN SING and I guarantee it!!!!!

I teach beginners and advanced of all ages as well as all styles of music:

Opera - Classical - Musical Theatre - Pop - Jazz - Folk - Rock - R&B - Gospel

*I teach the freedom of the jaw, neck and shoulders to allow the breath to connect without tension allowing the production of a free vocal tone.

*Singing on the vowels with clean articulated consonants before and after the vowel is sung.

*Correct understanding and pronunciation of French, Italian, German and English languages

*Musicianship, theory, piano, all musical styles and song writing

*Performance and acting skills

*Audition techniques

*Career guidance

*Annual Student Recitals in professional New York City Venues

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons take place at my home studio. Lessons may be recorded on my professional recording equipment or you may bring your own recording devices. This is an excellent learning tool. I teach my students how to extend their range, increase breath control and the freedom of their body in order to enable a free and easy produced vocal tone. I teach song repertoire to the student's particular musical style choices. I also work with students that wish to write their own songs so that their musical ideas can be heard clearly and precisely. A guitar is available for students if they wish to use it to accompany themselves. I teach my students how to deal with performance anxiety . Students are presented in recitals twice a year and performance classes are held once a month in addition to the private lessons.

IF you can talk you can sing and I guarantee it!!!! I teach beginners to advanced of all ages.

*** Specialties ***
Voice, Piano
I teach the freedom of the jaw, neck and shoulders to allow the breath to come without tension allowing the production of a free vocal tone.

Beginners and advanced of all ages. "If you can Talk you can Sing and I guarantee it!!!! Opera - Classical - Musical Theater - Jazz - Folk - R&B - Gospel - Country - Rock -
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Heidi February 10, 2017
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
As if I opened a new world of singing.
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Annick January 2, 2017
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Totally beyond all my expectations. I have learned so much already after just one lesson. Very professional and exellent teacher! I can't wait for my next lesson!
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Jasmine September 21, 2016
Broadway Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Marjorie is a wonderful teacher! I am so impressed after just one lesson.
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Marjorie K.

Marjorie K.

New York, NY 10024
(28)
starting at
$60 / 30-min
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Vianca P.

New York, NY

Students should be expected to be pushed passed their limits, to feel so uncomftorable it becomes natural. Acting is all about showing private moments in public, so be ready to do things you didnt even think acting involved. It is a sport so be prepared to work-out! physically, Vocally, and Emotionally.

About Vianca

I am an American Musical and Dramatic graduate from NY and Los Angeles. I've earned my conservatory program degree. In which I took vigourus classes in Film, Improv and Scene Study. I've been teaching since High School and there I tought Childrens theatre. Since then I've tought Private Monologue lessons with my peers in College. Im currently teaching students from ages 3-13 Theatre and Improv. Ive been acting for 12 years, I personally go on auditions weekly, and have booked a commercial agent. I have been submitting and learning this career path as I teach along the way. I love to share wha
t i've learned with other actors as myself.
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Mike R. June 11, 2016
Acting · In home
Verified Student
She is an amazing instructor. She always helped me with anything I asked. She taught me all the fundamentals of acting and how to get an acting gig. I recommend her to anyone who wants to learn to act or even sharpen up your acting skills.

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Adam R. December 7, 2015
Acting · In home
Verified Student
I was not in town but according to my son she was great.
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Vianca P.

Vianca P.

New York, NY 10075
(2)
starting at
$50 / 30-min
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Carolyn M.

New York, NY

Carolyn began working professionally at 8 years old and has since appeared on stage, in national commercials, recorded voiceovers, and booked principal roles in both film and television. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2011 from the Boston Conservatory, where she majored in musical theater with an emphasis in directing. She is currently in the hit Off-Broadway shows “My Big Gay Italian Wedding” and “My Big Gay Italian Funeral”. 

About Carolyn

Born and raised on Long Island, Carolyn began working professionally at 8 years old and has since appeared on stage, in national commercials, recorded voiceovers, and booked principal roles in both film and television. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2011 from the Boston Conservatory, where she majored in musical theater with an emphasis in directing. In her spare time, Carolyn has always loved working with people who have a passion for the arts. Whether it’s in a classroom, at a dance studio, or sitting at the piano, Carolyn has worn the many hats of acting coach, voice teacher, dance
instructor, music theory tutor, piano teacher, and college audition coach to name a few. Getting cast in Broadway shows, winning first place in national dance competitions, receiving perfect scores on vocal/piano NYSSMA solos, and being accepted to some of the most competitive college programs in the nation are just a few of her clients’ many accomplishments.
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Sydney February 7, 2017
Dance · Online
Verified Student
Great First Session. Looking forward to working with Carolyn!
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Anne Deidre December 21, 2016
Voice Acting · Online
Verified Student
Carolyn exceeded my expectations, she is an amazing coach!
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Mike October 20, 2016
Dance Choreography · Online
I didn't leave Carolyn much time, but she was able to come up with dance choreography video lessons for me and my wife to use for our first dance. It was exactly what I was asking. Great work!
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Carolyn M.

Carolyn M.

New York, NY 10018
(19)
starting at
$100 / 60-min

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