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About Briana S.

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New York, NY

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If you can talk, you can sing! And even if you can't talk - there may be hope still! Singing should always be a rewarding experience for the singer. The freer the voice is, the better the singing feels, and the more we can express ourselves through singing. But how do we find vocal freedom? Self-knowledge, technique, practice habits, and attitude, for starters...

Some of the areas of singing we'll work on are
- relaxation
- body awareness
- breathing
- resonance
- articulation
- intonation
- rhythm
- style
- stagecraft
- basic music theory
- ear training

We'll use exercises from my background in general music and studies of the "Italian School" of classical singing. We'll also draw from the Feldenkrais Method, yoga, acting and theater techniques, and what I've learned as a certified Music Together teacher.

Other topics we can cover are:
- basics of Italian, German and French language, and lyric diction for these languages and English
- concentration and ...

About Briana
My teaching style is student-centric and organic. I draw from a wide-ranging toolbox of techniques to find the approach that will work for you. What is most enjoyable and interesting for you usually points to the most efficient and effective path for learning, because your nervous system thrives and builds best when you feel open and engaged.

As a teacher, I draw on my professional experience as an actor and singer, my teaching background in myriad subjects (Feldenkrais, Music Together, general music, theatre, yoga, fitness, literature, etc.), and my eclectic training in acting, classical voice, musical theatre, various methods of body work, and healing.

I strive to create a working environment where students feel safe to 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.

Though I have a long background in performing arts and performing arts education, my teaching philosophies 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:

- Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Teacher
- Feldenkrais Practitioner Training Program certification in process
- 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)
- 100+ hours of YA approved yoga teacher training
- Eclectic studies in voice and body work (Linklater, Sound Healing, various dance styles, Kinetic Awareness, Tai Chi, Beijing Opera techniques)
- Kids/family music teacher certified by Music Together (an amazing, international, research-based program)
- Teaching artist (opera, chorus, musical theater, acting/improv, mindfulness) at schools around NYC - Bronx High School for Law and Finanace, PS 129, Yorkville East MS, Baruch MS, Anderson MS, PS 3
- Former fitness instructor

Finding mastery in practices of music, acting, and mindfulness have core similarities - when you find your flow, it feels like flying. But we have to start from the ground up. The stronger the foundation, the higher you fly. Let's get started!

Notes on teaching locations:

- HOME STUDIO: For a number of reasons, I prefer to teach at my home studio whenever possible. I have two friendly cats - hope you aren't allergic!

- ONLINE: For some students, online lessons are very effective, but for others, it is imperative to meet in person. So if you would like to try online lessons, please message me first to discuss,

Peace,
Briana
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Jack May 26, 2017
· Meditation · In studio
She deserves an award... AAA++
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Rosvita R. April 17, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Briana is a very perceptive and effective teacher who adapts easily to the needs of the student. Highly recommendable.
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scott December 14, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Briana was prepared and helped me in our first lesson.
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About Madeline H.

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Baltimore, MD

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I am a classically trained singer, and I prioritize health above all else when teaching voice. As a soloist, I work with students to improve their abilities to sing confidently and technically efficient by themselves. I teach everything from standard operatic repertoire, musical theater (helping them get roles like Cinderella from "Into the Woods" and Gabriella from "High School Musical"), popular music, and much more. I love learning from my students and their interests.

About Madeline
Hello! I'm Madeline, and I'm a vocal performance and music theory pedagogy major at Peabody Institute. I've been a music theory tutor since Fall 2014, and teaching private voice lessons since January 2015. I love introducing students to new repertoire, showing them a different way of looking at concepts, and helping students realize how smart and talented they are. I want my students to feel prepared for where their love of music takes them, and we are absolutely going to have fun while learning. I'm excited that you are interested in learning, too, and I cannot wait to hear from you.
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Elizabeth September 18, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I have been taking singing lessons with Madeline for a while now, and I couldn’t have asked for a better teacher! Her personality can make anyone feel welcome. I am very shy but she manages to get me out of my shell. I have definitely felt that my confidence has improved tremendously since I started my lessons. Madeline is also extremely talented, patient, flexible, and helpful. She can very easily explain a concept or a technique by creating an image in your head, which I find immensely useful.

I have recommended her to all my friends that are interested in taking singing lessons and plan on continue to do so, because she really is a great teacher! I am very thankful to her and always look forward to my next lesson 😊
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Meghan September 16, 2017
· Opera Voice · In studio
Madeline is sweet and so knowledgeable. She is one of the greatest teachers I have ever worked with. She can help with anything from the basics and fine tuning to the most complicated of pieces. She makes the lessons fun and educational. In only a few weeks I feel I've learned more then I ever did in school music classes.
100% recommend.
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Coreen May 30, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Madeline was fantastic! She has great knowledge and passion for voice, and in our short time together I have learned so much and found this new confidence in myself when it comes to singing. Thank you so much Madeline! It has been a pleasure working with you!
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About Deanna D.

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My students get so much more than JUST Voice lessons. They will have a full resource from a professional still working in the entertainment field. I share everything I have learned and am still learning with my students. Besides learning an incredible vocal technique that will help avoid vocal blow out, I teach emotional connection to your songs, on stage performance, mic technique, studio performance and work with song selection. I share my whole self with every student whether they are a beginner or a pro.

About Deanna
A full scholarship recipient and graduated of the prestigious, Berklee College of Music Boston, Deanna has made a full career in the entertainment business. She was a Semi finalist on Season 8 of America's Got Talent, Spokes singer and actress for retail giant BIG LOTS national holiday commercials and has sung background vocals for Nick Jonas, Justin Bieber, and Celine Dion, to name a few. Her voice can be heard on countless radio & tv commercials as well as in film, tv and radio.
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Elizabeth Blake August 26, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Deanna is a wonderful, passionate instructor who radiates positivity. I have only been working with her for 2 months but I can tell my confidence with singing (and life, too) has increased, more so than with 3 years of classical training with a different teacher. I am finally able to get the help I need with the genre I want to sing in. She is an inspiration, and she definitely pushes you to go a little farther. I am so grateful to have found her.
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Matthew June 17, 2017
· Singing · In studio
*Gasp*

Where do I begin?...

I am a musician of 15 years – with a background in composition, vocal performance, piano technic, percussion, production, etc. I have worked with several different vocal instructors throughout my lifetime. I have been a solo artist for 2 years at Pledge Empire Records while studying at McNally Smith College of Music for 2+ years before moving to Los Angeles, CA.

To say the least,
the day I started working with Deanna is the day I became a REAL musician.

Looking back at my previous experiences as a musician, pianist and especially a vocalist; I am disappointed that I didn't know Deanna sooner!

I've taken lessons from so many teachers over the years but Deanna was the only one that worked for me. She will tell you the truth, she will motivate you and guide you through it all. Being a performer for years, I have always struggled understanding my voice. Deanna explained the technicalities to me so I could understand what I was doing wrong.
She is simply wonderful! I can’t emphasize enough on how much she has helped me develop my skills in singing and as a musician. She’s not only a great teacher, but she is incredibly knowledgeable, talented and humble given the incredible accomplishments she has achieved in the past! Given her experiences, she does so much more than teach you vocal lessons; she shows interest in the type of musician YOU want to become so she can help you reach your own personal goals as an artist. I have never had a teacher (vocal, piano, percussion, etc.) that has ever executed that type of behavior. That alone makes her different from the rest.

What I love (and I mean LOVE) the most about Deanna is that she really listens. She can hear problems so well that her corrections help you get better quickly but also make it very clear for you. She is the most gifted vocal coach I have every had the pleasure working with. I have never met anyone who blends expertise, sensitivity, instinct, and compassion into her students as well as Deanna. It is safe to say, without a teacher like Deanna – I would’ve probably given up my singer career and headed back to my hometown in Minnesota.

Deanna is much more than a vocal teacher… She has been a motivation to me as a musician, such an amazing mentor and I am incredibly proud to say that I have a fantastic relationship with her.

She is flat out, the best vocal coach I’ve ever worked with!

Thank you for everything, Deanna!!

- Matthew
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Shahab Qadir April 9, 2017
· Vocal Training ·
Very knowledgeable and inspiring
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About Samuel W.

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My lessons are productive, intuitive, and fun! My goal is to take the best qualities of your voice and incorporate them into your entire range. My method of teaching is to build upon that which is known and apply it to the unknown in the singing voice. My method is custom built for your unique voice. Above all, I want my students to feel comfortable and confident in my lessons. I have two degrees in Vocal Performance: a Bachelor's from Florida State University and a Master's from Ohio State University.

About Samuel
I am an opera singer currently pursuing a Professional Studies Certificate at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. I have sung with Opera Columbus, Opera Project Columbus, Ohio State University Opera and Lyric Theatre, Opera in the Ozarks, The Sankt Goar International Music Festival, and Florida State Opera. This August, I will be singing in a production of Mozart's The Magic Flute at the National Opera Center.

At Opera Columbus, I sang in the “Opera for the Young” version of Jules Massenet’s Cinderella in which I played Prince Charming. This version was in English and was toured to underprivileged schools all throughout the central Ohio area. It was an eye-opening and rewarding experience. I am passionate about Opera and sharing that passion with the next generation will aid in their appreciation of music and culture.


I am comfortable teaching many styles of music and singing, namely opera, music theatre, country, and gospel. I will fine-tune your voice to fit the style of singing. After all, technique only exists to serve the style of the music in a healthy and beautiful manner. I grew up on these types of music and I understand the vocal demands of each one of them very well. I sing them all the time!

I am an experienced singer and I know the voice well. I understand its potential and its limitations. If you take lessons with me I will not only improve your voice, but I will also improve your vocal intuition. I will give you the tools to self-diagnose your vocal problems with good technique. I understand that learning how to sing with good technique can be a difficult process, but I have had many teachers and perspectives on teaching voice. With this, I can teach you to sing in a way that you will understand and find fulfilling.
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Samuel W.

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About Zaray R.

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Newton, MA

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5 years of music teaching experience from grades k-6 classrooms, collegiate, and private studio ranging all ages. I am a professional musician with a background in classical voice and piano and equally skilled in contemporary and musical theater styles. While I am an avid performer, I enjoy teaching music, specifically piano and voice.

I enjoy giving my students the freedom to explore different genres of music, where in other studios they may only be focused on classical or pop. In my studio, I like offering a multi-colored palette of musical genres because I have experience in a variety of genres.

My studio has encompassed ages five to adulthood. It is never to early to form an appreciation of music and never to late to get started on a hobby that can bring you much joy! As a teacher I also have experience in the performing arts and can help any student who go into a serious study of music.

About Zaray
Hello there! I hope that in reading this you will find some valuable information in choosing the right teacher for you!

I am an opera singer by trade and I also have experience performing in contemporary bands, musical theater, solo piano concerts, as well as classical voice concerts.

I hold a Bachelor degree in piano and voice, a Master's degree in Vocal Performance, and an Artist Diploma in Opera.

I enjoy teaching as much as I enjoy performing because it's a way to share what I have learned and plant a seed in students who may want to take music seriously or just as a hobby.

I teach in a variety of styles pop, musical theater, and classical and I'm always open to what you as a student want to get from your lessons and tutoring. I've had a private studio for the past 5 years and have experience teaching in a grade sch
ool and collegiate levels of music. My students have ranged from 5 years old to Adult Senior age. All lessons and goals are targeted to your specific needs and desires and I'm always happy to be that guide who will help you perform in a healthy and enjoyable way.
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Grace July 7, 2017
· Classical Voice · In studio
Zaray has been my teacher for over 4 years and has been amazing! She taught me mostly everything about music and helped me get accepted into one of the best schools in Florida. I took singing lessons and piano lessons that helped me learn a lot, because of her I was able to preform in new York and attend the All-state elementary choir. Overall an excellent teacher, I really recommend!
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John July 7, 2017
· Classical Voice · In studio
Zaray has done such great work. She really takes the time to diagnose the problem with her stellar ear and to prescribe the best exercises to enhance the vocal mechanism. Not only does she have an abundant technical vocabulary, she really personalizes her style of teaching for each student. Apart from being technically a wizard, she is one of the most joyful people to be around. Her calm demeanor and easy going self really makes a student of every level comfortable. I highly recommend!!
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Experienced teacher of 9 years, specializing in a wide variety of vocal genres! All ages welcome. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs of each individual student. You will be singing your favorite songs in no time while building a strong foundation of music theory, ear training, sight singing, and much more! Let's get started today!

About Andrew
I am a professionally trained vocalist and have been singing for over 15 years. I attended school at Brigham Young University studying vocal music and music education. I am currently working as the Choral Director at Herriman High School and have previously taught private lessons and taught as the Music Teacher at Utah International Charter School.

I studied primarily classical voice but that created a strong foundation to sing all genres of music including pop, broadway, etc. I have performed in many musical theatre productions and operas as well as performed as a soloist for a variety of occasions. I also currently sing with Cantorum Chamber Singers, a group that performs a wide variety of music for many diverse audiences.

I have a strong foundation of music theory and music composition and can help fortify that area of music as w
ell as you ear training and sight reading on any instrument. I have arranged and composed many pieces both for soloist and choral groups.

I am a energetic instructor and will do everything I can to help you improve in the areas that you would like and make sure that you achieve your musical goals.
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Karissa August 13, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I am a musician, but have never been able to sing. I took basic voice lessons from Andrew for several months and would have continued except for a move. He helped me gain confidence in my singing voice and strengthen it by vocal exercises. He creates a comfortable atmosphere.
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About Candice S.

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I am a professional singer with ten years of private teaching experience. I have taught students interested in all types of genres. My background is in classical/operatic singing, but I also have extensive experience in choirs, gospel, musical theatre and jazz. I have a solid understanding of the vocal mechanism. We will work with the voice holistically, focusing on the body-mind-spirit connection.

About Candice
Hello! My name is Candice and I am a vocalist and teacher living in New York, NY. I have extensive teaching and performing experience. My goal is to create holistic, independent musicians.

My experience includes:

* 10 years of private lesson teaching experience

* 4 years of school teaching experience

* Vocal director for multiple musicals

* 8 years of church music experience

* 1 year of continuing-education college teaching experience

* 7 years of choral directing experience

My goal is to make you the best musician you want to be. I'm excited to meet you and help you on your journey to becoming a musician!
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Richelle July 20, 2017
· Classical Voice · In studio
Candice was an awesome voice instructor! She helped me understand the craft better and was great at helping me choose songs for recitals, too. She challenged me but also knew what I could and could not handle. She also listened well and followed the style I liked. I definitely became a better singer because of her, and still use of some of her warm ups today when I get opportunities to sing. I miss having her around in Pittsburgh!
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About Victoria T.

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Casselberry, FL

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Victoria is a recent graduate of Belmont University's School of Music in Nashville, TN. Fresh out of Music City, USA, she has a passion for music and sharing it with others. She has recently relocated to Winter Springs, FL, where her husband also teaches voice lessons. Over the course of her formal musical training, Victoria has gained extensive experience with vocal technique, health, and performance. Her credits include over 12 years of vocal study, both classical and contemporary, over 17 years of classical and commercial piano study, and over 8 years experience playing saxophone in band and jazz ensembles. She also has 7 years' experience playing basic acoustic guitar and she enrolled in 2 years' worth of both guitar and songwriting lessons during her time at Belmont. Victoria has developed an advanced knowledge of music theory and ear training skills. She is also experienced in arranging, writing charts, and recording technology. As a teacher, she brings unique perspective and ...

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Victoria is a recent graduate of Belmont University's School of Music in Nashville, TN. Fresh out of Music City, USA, she has a passion for music and sharing it with others. She has recently relocated to Winter Springs, FL, where her husband also teaches voice lessons. Over the course of her formal musical training, Victoria has gained extensive experience with vocal technique, vocal health, and vocal performance. Her credits include over 12 years of vocal study, both classical and commercial (i.e. jazz, country, pop, rock, CCM, etc.), over 17 years of classical and commercial piano study, and over 8 years experience playing saxophone in band and jazz ensembles. She also has 7 years' experience playing basic acoustic guitar and she enrolled in 2 years' worth of both guitar and songwriting lessons during her time at Belmont. Victoria has d
eveloped an advanced knowledge of music theory and ear training skills. She is also experienced in arranging, writing charts, and transcribing. She is skilled with technology such as Finale, GarageBand, Melodyne, and general recording equipment. As a teacher, she brings unique perspective and experience from her training in both classical and popular music. She brings a wide variety of skill sets and experiences to the table, from her positions as a worship leader, to years of classical piano lessons, to recording in both professional and home studios. Victoria strives to motivate her students and kindle their musical passions by using both classical and commercial curricula. She is excited to use the knowledge and skills she has gained to spark a passion for music in others. Note: Availability subject to change according to my work schedule, which is different every week. I find out my schedule usually a week or so in advance, so we will know ahead of time if it affects any lesson times.
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I have experience teaching voice lessons for 3 years. I studied voice as my primary instrument at the University of Mobile. I am well versed in classical, jazz, pop, and contemporary Christian music. I am passionate about uncovering someone's natural talent by developing skills and proper technique that will keep you singing for many years to come.

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My name is Brooke. My husband, Nathan and I are pretty new to the area.
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About Natasha B.

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I am an opera singer who has experience teaching multiple genres including pop, rock, jazz and classical. I create monthly plans for my students and teach them techniques to feel in control of their singing and confident.

About Natasha
I am an opera singer and pianist who studied at the Aaron Copland School of Music in NYC and I recently moved to Texas to continue my studies in Music Education.

I started teaching piano and voice privately in New York City in 2012 and I continued in Texas. I have experience teaching ages 4 to 65 in both voice and piano.
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Craig Ongley June 6, 2017
· Opera Voice ·
Outstanding. I have had four lessons and I am very pleased with Natasha.
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Saha Reddy April 10, 2017
· Classical Piano ·
Great teacher.Knows very well how to teach to our rather shy daughter.
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Rob Cassidy March 9, 2017
· Piano ·
I'm new to piano and Natasha has been great! I've had 4 lessons with her as of this review, and I'm happy with my progress so far. Natasha explains technique, and musical theory in an easy to understand way. She's also really patient and encouraging.
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