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Dominic S.

New York, NY

I've written 50 songs in the past 4 years
Come in, and I'll help you with yours as well

About Dominic

A professional voice teacher from The Boston Conservatory of Music, Dominic S. (lyric baritone) has years of experience teaching people of all ages, and in all styles of music. Professionally, he has performed in National Tours, Off Broadway, and in major films.

"Music has always been my absolute favorite thing in the world, and so to teach it to others through singing really is special."

Currently Dominic's studio consists of -
An Academy Award winner
A Tony Award nominee
One student is working with Lady Gaga's producer
One student is signed with Akon
Four students are currently p
erforming on Broadway

BFA The Boston Conservatory of Music

Performed in two national tours and off Broadway
Has a speaking role in the films "Milk" and "The Dropout"

List of notable students:

Constantine Maroulis
Jessica Stam
Jennifer Babiak
Jason Jurman
Mitchell Jarvis
Spencer Plachy
Jenn Marie Hertel
Brendan Washington
Kasey Marino
Jordana Marcus
Krisztina Soltesz

References:

Victor Jannett
Sheri Greenawald
James Javore

Lead singer of the bands Air For Ants and Dead Body
Music Director and House Pianist of The Vaudeville Villianettes Burlesque

Notable Quotes about S.:

Ken Nelson (Coldplay) - "Fantastic voice"
Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds - "Really cool songs"
Dan Grigsby (Keith Richards' Engineer) - "Genius"

*** Lesson Details ***
Music is fun.

My personality is laid back, but I would never say that I teach that way.
There is a delicate balance between learning, fun, and concentration.

I have watched my students (especially the beginners) grow as people as well as musicians over the course of a few months. It's really amazing to watch someone do things they never thought they would do, sing or play something they thought was beyond them.
That alone makes what I do really special to me.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha U1 Upright Piano, MIDI Keyboard, Akai Miniak, Gibson Les Paul Electric Guitar, Fender Squire Electric Guitar, Takamine Acoustic 3F30CE, Pearl Drum Kit

*** Travel Equipment ***
Both the teacher and student should have sheet music

*** Specialties ***
Vocal Lessons - Diaphragmatic breathing, relaxation techniques
Scales, solfeggio, vocal tricks, tongue stretches
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Cathy M. February 2, 2016
Piano · Online
Verified Student
Dominic is really easy to work with. He is very patient, talented and can work will all levels of learning. Absolutely recommend!
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Corey Birtles January 29, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Dominic has been an excellent voice coach. Each week he uses appropriate techniques tailored for the unique challenges that I've been having and genuinely shows an interest in my progress. He's always pleasant to be with and continues to be punctual. On the weeks where my work schedule affects our slot, he's been more than obliging in finding another appropriate slot. Before each session, Dominic makes a point of reaching out to me to confirm all is ok. I would definitely recommend him to anyone who is looking for coaching at any level.
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Cathy M. January 28, 2016
Piano · Online
Verified Student
Always fun and challenging. Thanks, Dominic!
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Dominic S.

Dominic S.

New York, NY 10019
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starting at
$60 / 30-min
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Antoinette A.

New York, NY

About Antoinette

The best violin teacher in Manhattan. I pride myself on my long years of experience, friendly attitude, never-ending patience but mostly my ability to get along with others while still be an exacting, effective teacher. I work based on results, which is exactly what you will experience after Lesson 1.

*** Lesson Details ***
By the first lesson, you will be playing the violin. By the end of the second lesson, you will usually be playing a song. By the end of the second month, you will be comfortable reading and playing easy music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
4/4 Violin for rental
3/4 Viol
in for rental
1/2 Violin for rental
1/4 Violin for rental
1/8 Violin for rental

Violin method books used in class, for sale

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to have their own instrument (violin and bow) and the essential accessories: rosin and preferably a shoulder rest. They will also need to purchase their method books as assigned, though I will provide sheet music for songs outside of the books.

*** Specialties ***
I am currently composing a beginner's guide to the violin. I currently start students off with Violin Book 1 of Strictly Strings and have them learn the theory and do the exercises one by one and give them any assignments to study at home. If they are having trouble with a particular point, I have them drill it till they get it (then I have them practice it at home to make sure it sticks.)
Sometimes a student needs more practice in a certain technique, so I will make up an exercise on the spot which will help them with it.
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Diane M. January 31, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Antoinette is a gifted teacher. I learned so much in my first lesson with her! She explains everything so clearly. It'll be easy to remember her words and imagery as I practice during the week.
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Edward M. January 10, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Really great first lesson with my (somewhat experienced) son last night and looking forward to more.
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Jim Ingram November 17, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Very happy with my first lesson. Antionette was very patient and encouraging. I actually left wishing I had started lessons years earlier.
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Antoinette A.

New York, NY 10036
(6)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Jessica L.

Brooklyn, NY

From beginners to advanced students we will craft and refine your original songs and prepare them for performance and recording.

About Jessica

The most important part of lessons with me is having fun! I am a nationally touring singer songwriter and I specialize in teaching kids and adults of all ages guitar, piano, voice and songwriting. I also have experience with very young children in a preschool and music therapy environment.

I teach guitar, piano, voice and songwriting with the intention of enabling students to create their own songs and performances whether it be to pursue a professional career as a musician or as a creative hobby.

I have years of experience teaching beginner to intermediate students. I have worked wi
th children as young as three up to adults. Whether you're just starting out or you are an expert that would like to write or perfect your own songs we will make a fun and original lesson plan just for you!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have an acoustic guitar I could provide.

*** Specialties ***
Singer/Songwriter, Musical Theater, Pop/Rock, Acoustic
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Katie D. January 6, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Excellent first lesson. Jess had my daughter playing songs within 20 minutes. She really enjoyed it. Looking forward to next week.
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Paul K. August 11, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My twin 12 year daughters love their lessons from Jessica in our home. She has been their favorite teacher so far. Jessica is kind and caring and makes the girls feel very comfortable. They look forward to seeing her. After having some strict classical style training with other teachers in the past, my daughters were losing interest in learning piano. I asked Jessica if she could focus on songs the kids wanted to learn (Taylor Swift, One Direction, etc.) Jessica was very flexible and able to continue working on note reading and technique while working on these songs. The kids began playing for enjoyment because they loved the songs and it pushed their skills to a new level.
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Debbie R. August 10, 2015
In home
Verified Student
Jessica was fun, patient and very willing to help my son in any way that he needed. Highly recommend!
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Jessica L.

Jessica L.

Brooklyn, NY 11221
(6)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Indigo S.

Brooklyn, NY

Find yourself through songwriting! Lessons cover everything from the basics of form, content and structure and tools to finding your own unique voice, to performance techniques and how to book your own gigs, record, tour and establish an online presence.

About Indigo

Indigo has been working in the performing arts since she was biting ankles, first as a dancer and vocalist, and later as a guitarist. She's composed music for and/or sung dozens of international television commercials, spots on Law and Order and songs in Films premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and as a lead guitarist and vocalist, toured the US, Canada, Europe and Iceland, extensively, performing in hundreds of theaters and rock clubs around the world, including-- Madison Square Garden, BAM, The Beacon Theater, Music Hall Of Williamsburg, The Bowery Ballroom, Club Nokia (LA), The Chicag
o Theater, Baby's All Right, The Mercury Lounge, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass (SF), Pickathon (Portland)

As a teacher, Indigo's method has, at it's core, a commitment to the idea of teaching a man to fish rather than giving him a fish, and every student, regardless of age or experience will be taught to understand, first and foremost, how music works, so that he or she comes away, not only with the skills to play the material covered in the lessons, but, eventually, the ability to teach themselves any other material they're interested in.

With an emphasis on ear training, her natural approach to learning theory, makes even the most wary or challenged student understand with ease, and find pleasure in the process of learning. Rote memorization is eliminated and replaced by a deep understanding, which grows naturally, while technique improves alongside it. Students quickly find themselves able to play, sing and understand things they'd only previously dreamed of.

These building blocks of music are the same regardless of the style of music you're interested in, but technique will be tailored to your specific interests and from the start, a portion of each lesson will be devoted to learning the material of your choice.

Indigo also specializes in coaching songwriters, and can, in a gentle and non-invasive way, help to guide you through the process of both mastering craft, and establishing your own individual voice as a writer.

Special for new students in 2016 - $5 discount for new Skype students!
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Beth H. January 21, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Indigo's the best! She's very perceptive to any problems going on in your voice and breaks it down so they're no longer issues. She's also very understanding to any scheduling changes and is so so easy to work with :)
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Louie December 26, 2015
Guitar · In studio
I wrote on the wall years ago that I want to be, "a working, living, joy," and know it is important to be around someone who is working, practicing, and living the subject matter of which you desire. For one can read, watch, visualize and theorize for a long time...and so much more. But being around someone is different.
Indigo has helped me across the board, directly and indirectly. Directly, in that she has shown me some fundamentals "I need" to work on in order to achieve and generate the ideas within the self. Indirectly, in so much that a student can see her familiarity with her instrument (instrument being guitar and self) and a more proper persona to take on in order to facilitate being musical.
Furthermore, I have been to some of her shows since taking lessons, and seen her play with different bands (as a leader) in a very short amount of time. Indigo is working, writing, practicing, breathing, and ultimately living that joy right in front of my face. And she shares it with a strong diligence and patience. I can go on and on...But I'm Ticking Like a Time Bomb! Louie
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Robin L. December 8, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Indigo is amazing! Extremely supportive, talented, and warm. As a super beginner, I noticed a dramatic change in just 5 lessons. She intuitively knows just what to do to open your voice and guide you. I felt immediately comfortable with her and she's very professional. She's a magic one! Couldn't recommend more highly.
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Indigo S.

Indigo S.

Brooklyn, NY 11222
(12)
starting at
$50 / 30-min
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Sami S.

Brooklyn, NY

Having written and collaborated on numerous projects spanning genres like jazz, pop, singer-songwriter, and chamber music, I would love to lend my knowledge in the world of songwriting to help your music grow.

About Sami

I am a professional vocalist with a bachelor's in jazz performance from the New England Conservatory and extensive experience in pop, musical theater, jazz, R&B and much more. I became a singer because there is nothing more satisfying than connecting with others through music. I take pride in helping my students to improve and in allowing music to better our lives.

As a performer, I have toured throughout the East Coast, recorded extensively, led my own projects, and studied with some of the best vocal teachers in the world. I have studied multiple vocal theories, including the LoVetri meth
od and bel canto, most recently returning from vocal jazz studies at Le CIM in Paris last fall. I have been teaching privately for 6 years now and am looking forward to working with new students in NY!
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Henrika S. July 7, 2015
Jazz Voice · Online
Verified Student
Sami is literally one of the best teachers I've ever had. I came to her not knowing much about singing, my voice or my potential vocal ability. After 4 lessons, I can hear the change in my own voice (those around me can too), but more importantly I understand why I struggled so much before. Her approach to teaching immediately puts you at ease and her style can help even the most challenging of cases. I'm so excited for each lesson and have no doubt that my own, unique sound is being cultivated, slowly but surely. Again, she's the best and I would suggest you catch her now before she gets her big record deal.
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Sami S.

Sami S.

Brooklyn, NY 11226
(1)
starting at
$70 / 60-min

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