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Michael Douglas J.

Patchogue, NY
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Oceanside, CA
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Phoenix, AZ
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Michael Douglas J. Patchogue, NY

About Michael Douglas

I maintain very active performing and teaching careers. I have private voice studios on Long Island and in Manhattan and have taught singers and pianists in every genre of music for the last 24 years. I was on the faculty of New York University in the Music and Music Professions Department for 5 years and was Music Director and Vocal Coach for an innovative new rap opera, "Odin" in Spring 2006 at the Fred Lowe Theatre. I was a coach in the Banff Centre's 'Voice through body and movement' workshop with international artist, Richard Armstrong and served two years as a voice instructor and guest lecturer at the Banff Centre for their young artist training program entitled 'Opera as Theatre'. Throughout my career as a vocal coach, I have worked with many cabaret artists as musical director, ...

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Darlene S. October 21, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Michael is very knowledgeable and my son enjoys going to lessons each week!
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Chihwei L. August 11, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
As a choir conductor and church musician, I encountered all kinds vocal challenges from classical style to contemporary one. I'm very happy that Dr. Douglas is able to answer every question I brought to him. His experience and knowledge directly helped me toward my own breakthrough in vocal performance. I highly recommend Dr. Michael Douglas!
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Lorraine M. February 22, 2014
Singing
Extraordinary, perceptive instruction

Michael is my first and only voice teacher. I came to him because I wanted a more comfortable and confident singing experience. With kind and patient guidance, I am learning to sing like myself and not copy the performance of professional singers on each song. Michael coaxes your personal sound right out of you! I am finally free to sing like me.....
Carol F. Oceanside, CA

About Carol

I've sung most of my life. I've been teaching since 1991. I listen to a lot of different singers but my real passion is jazz, Brazilian music and blues. I've performed in the US as well as England and Scotland. I also have recorded 2 Cd's. I teach many different styles of music and work with beginners to advanced. Both of my teaching studios are equipped with a P.A. system so that students can also work on their performance skills. What's the first lesson like? When I first meet a new student I ask about what experience they've had singing. Even beginners sing in the shower or along with their favorite CD's. Finding out what kind of music the student listens to and wants to sing is also a big part of the first lesson. I find that it is more motivating and fun to work on ...

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Azima J. March 14, 2015
Music Theory · In studio
Verified Student
Fun, and open to new ways to teach.
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susan G. December 31, 2014
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Carol taught me a lot of techniques in singing that made me more confident when performing. She cares about improvement and not just teaching lessons.. I would highly recommend her.
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Lee J. November 21, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Just before I met Carol for my first singing lesson, I expected to feel embarrassed to sing in front of her. I was quite nervous, actually. But Carol's professional yet fun, laid back manner disintegrated all my trepidation and I left giddy and excited for the next lesson. She is a very encouraging and supportive instructor, and I feel so lucky to have found her!
Al P. Phoenix, AZ

About Al

Al P. (Powerman 5000-Martin Sexton-Cypress Hill-Everlast-Lance Lopez-DYS) is a multi instrumentalist, educator, composer, producer, drummer-music director. Widely known as co founder-drummer for DreamWorks recording artist and multi platinum selling rock group Powerman 5000 (1990-02). His rock solid beats are deeply rooted in the long history of the art of drumming. Bio: Hailing from Pittsburgh, Pa. and educated by the prestigious Trinity College of Music, London Program (Pgh. center), Al served as external examiner teaching music theory and drums in private and ensemble settings at the U.S. center in Pittsburgh, Pa. from 1984-86 and further studies at Boston's Berklee College of Music, receiving a BM in Percussion Performance in 1992. Al is also a graduate of The Recording Workshop,

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Debbie R. April 17, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
WE LOVE OUR DRUM INSTRUCTOR! My son was an extremely high energy very distracted five year old when we started lessons with Mr. Al. Let's just say that my son is not an easy student, but our son had already developed an obsessive attachment to music, most intensely to drums. We expected someone would be able to teach him drums, but we also got someone who is patient, flexible, understanding, and always respectful and kind to our son. We see Mr. Al in his home studio, and at now at seven years old, Joey's skill has definitely progressed. In fact, his learning has a momentum that our entire family can see. But Mr. Al has given Joey so much more than just that. Joey's love of music has flourished beyond measure. Joey now tells Mr. Al that he loves him after every lesson, WOW! We have been so pleased that my seventeen year old daughter now also takes lessons with Mr. Al too. Mr. Al is the perfect instructor for us. My kids think he's cool, and we think he's just fantastic all the way around!
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RJ G May 14, 2014
One of the Best

I have studied with several instructors, and I found Al to be the best. He not only knows his craft and takes pride in it, but he has a unique way of connecting with his students.

He listens, observes, and then starts to create a curriculum that is specific to the student. He can then convey this material in a manner that is fun, easily understood, and constructive.

I would highly recommend Al as an instructor.
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Rob S. January 17, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
MY daughter loves playing!!

I tried to teach my daughter, Rose, how to play the guitar and I couldn't get her to follow through with her lessons. Al has made the guitar fun for her. She'll play AT LEAST an hour a day now, learning songs given to her and playing warm-ups like scales.

Al also teaches music theory so Rose understands music more. Any teacher that gets a student that excited is doing something right.

David F.

Nashville, TN
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Jihye L.

Arcadia, CA
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Chicago, IL
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David F. Nashville, TN

About David

Since beginning his teaching career in 1974 David has taught 7000 people how to play guitar! Some aspiring only to play at home for fun and others to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. David F. has also taught advanced guitar and music theory to several professional musicians who already play other instruments fluently including Oscar nominee Scott Rogness, who co-wrote and performed the songs featured in the movie That Thing You Do. Scott had this to say about his study with David: "I studied with David for about 8 months. Although proficient on keyboards, a singer and songwriter; I had never learned the guitar. I knew a lot about the guitar by osmosis, but technically was green. David let me look at the guitar in a whole new way, using infinite variations on basic

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Mike L. December 8, 2014
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
I have increased my lesson frequency to two one-hour sessions per week simply because of my progress under David's direction. After only three months of weekly lessons, I can now read music and play while reading. David has introduced me to effective melodic soloing, has significantly improved my understanding of barre chords up and down the fretboard, and has convinced me to abandon "guitaristic" thinking in favor of really understanding the potential of the guitar beyond shape memorization.
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Mike L. September 23, 2014
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
For those players serious about music, who are willing to devote the time and attention required to improve, and who appreciate not only learning to play guitar but the theory and history behind the music, David is your man. I have taken lessons in the past, usually consisting of a teacher asking what riffs I wanted to work on that day. Sound familiar? Not David. Within the first two weeks, he has me focused on plucking the strings with more feel, using a pick and fingers simultaneously with my right hand, practicing scales to the tempo of a metronome while using the forwards and backwards technique, etc. He has convinced me that I can become as accomplished a player as I put my mind and heart to. His mantra is to work towards playing at the speed of thought, which, for the first time in my life, looks to be a possibility with time. Thank you, David.
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Lewis G. May 15, 2014
Classical Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Just had my first lesson with David. Gave a wealth of info now it's up to me but with his approach I know it will be all good. Have had other teachers but David is not only an accomplished player he is also is able to instruct and teach. Will write again after a few more lessons.
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Jihye L. Arcadia, CA

About Jihye

Education: Hold MFA degree at California Institute of the Arts. Studied with Vicki Ray and Lisa Sylvester. Focused on Performing arts,Accompanying. Experience: More than 15 years of teaching experiences including High school, College, Academy, Kindergarten. Member of MTNA. All ages welcome! *** Lesson Details *** - Use various kind of books. -Lesson include theory, sight reading, Technic.... - Participate in recitals, competitions, festivals... - Use English and Korean. *** Studio Equipment *** KAWAI piano in studio room. Waiting area for parent. *** Specialties *** Focus on classic, pop and chamber music. Many experiences with young beginners.

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Jung K. September 25, 2014
Piano · In studio
Jihye is a nice teacher. She work with my kids over a year now.
My kids always love to work with her.
I will highly recommend Jihye to other students who like to learn piano!
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Mayra H. February 20, 2014
Piano
Wonderful teacher!

Jihye taught piano to our children for 4 years. She is organized, reliable and flexible. She takes pride on her students' success and encourages progress in a fun way. With her teaching, she helped our son to be fully prepared to transition into playing percussion at school.
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oh K. February 15, 2014
Piano
great music experiences

Jihye is a great teacher. I have been studied with her 3years.
She has a passion through her entire teaching.
I am a lucky student who have a teacher like her.
Val K. Chicago, IL

About Val

Whether you are an experienced musician or just in the beginning of your educational journey, I perhaps, can help you to advance you potentials and bring your skills to the next level. First and foremost I am an expert in teaching voice. Not many teachers in Chicago have clients that are currently topping Billboard charts and get signed by major record labels. I do!!! I taught in Paris, Barcelona, Dubai and New York and have an extensive experience in working with a wide variety of musical genres including Pop, R&B, JAZZ, Rock, Country, Musical Theatre, Gospel and last but not least Classical, which I can proudly can call my background. Not only I have been continually developing my own art of coaching and excellence of teaching music to others, but also making much needed ...

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frank M. April 1, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
We're searching for our own voice, for the greatest version of ourselves. With lifelong experience and his own personal library of exercises hardwired into his brain, Val is the perfect instructor to lead us to the promise land. His ability to dissect what is happening inside our vocal instrument is uncanny, and he packs the ability to translate this to the student effectively. Each lesson is customized to the needs of the student, and he also involves music theory when necessary to better help us understand and visualize the task at hand.

In my time spent with Val, I have seen week to week improvements both as a singer and as a song writer. I am grateful to have connected with Val as I am excelling in my craft each day and taking the steps to reach the potential he sees in me as a vocalist and musician.
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Michael C. August 28, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I started just about 3 months ago. I'm 53 and never sang before. (Mouthed the words when the nuns made the class sing in grade school). I always thought that being a singer was an instinctive talent. Now I believe that with Val's help and guidance I can become a singer. I can feel and hear my voice developing. It will take time, but I have the confidence that it can happen based upon my progress so far.
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Rob C. August 26, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Val is all you can ask for from a teacher. He challenges you, but still supports you as you learn. It was difficult for me to step in front of someone to sing, but Val has helped me sing more freely. I have been doing lessons for half a year and look forward to improving at each one.

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