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Michael Douglas J.

Patchogue, NY
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Al P.

Phoenix, AZ
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Denver, CO
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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.....
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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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.
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Timothy C. December 15, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
Excellent Instructor!!

Our son has been working with Al for nearly a year and we are very pleased with the growth we have seen in our son’s drumming ability!
Al seeks my son’s input when selecting songs to teach him and encourages my son to apply his knowledge to learn new songs on his own. They go over what he taught himself and then he gives him new beats to incorporate to what he knows. My son truly enjoys learning from a skilled professional like Al. He is an awesome instructor!!!
S. Parker G. Denver, CO

About S. Parker

Music became my life when I found a dusty guitar in the storage room at age 10. I owe a lot of really cool experiences to the guitar and so many of them center around learning. Teaching is fun and rewarding, but it is also my way of thanking the great teachers I've had. -Studied Music Theory/Composition at Metropolitan State College of Denver -Won a scholarship to the 2001 Summer Guitar Program at Berklee College of Music in Boston -Frequent substitute at Arapahoe Community College (2004-2005) -Teacher at St. Mary's Academy Middle School (2008-2013) -Active member of Onsombley guitar ensemble -Songwriter, Vocalist, Guitarist in The Penny Dreadfuls -Creator of "Strum by Strum" -Takelessons teacher since 2008 *** Lesson Details *** The ...

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Eli M. December 1, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · Online
Verified Student
I have only had three lessons so far, but Parker has been very easy to work with. I am sure that I present a challenge as far as structuring a lesson program. I am an older student (late 60's), I had some formal music training learning to play the accordion when I was young, but I am entirely self taught on guitar. I played guitar for several years when I was in my late teens, & picked it up again about 8 or nine months ago.
Consequently, I am all over the map in terms of my capabilities. Advanced beginner or intermediate in some technical areas, but with major gaps in my understanding of both theory and technique, Parker has done a nice job initially of not spending too much time on things I already know, but still covering enough of the basics with me to identify gaps in my abilities that need to be strengthened. I have enjoyed my sessions, and the pace has been about right so far.
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Anthony G. July 8, 2014
Music Theory · In studio
Verified Student
Extremely knowledgeable, and best of all: he knows good tricks to teach you the content. He's done this for years and will serve you well. He can occasionally get sidetracked/off-topic, but it serves to provide insight into other aspects of the lesson and doesn't detract from the content. Overall, I'm very happy continuing lessons with him! :)
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Chip M. June 2, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Enjoying my lessons and teaching style a lot. Parker has given me a new way to look at the guitar.

Jihye L.

Arcadia, CA
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Val K.

Chicago, IL
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Dvora K.

Clifton, NJ
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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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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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Dana K. January 26, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Supportive and Patient, Challenging and Fun!

In just the few months I have been taking lessons with Val, my voice has opened up to a whole other level. His exercises are challenging and, yes, some of his instructions make me giggle, but they work! He challenges me to explore just above my comfort zone and is patient and supportive. I am discovering new areas of my vocal chords and mouth I didn't even know existed, and I can tell it's only just the beginning. I have grown so much with Val I upped my lessons to twice a week because I just can't get enough! You think your voice is done and is what it is? It's not. Go to Val and he'll prove you otherwise! lol
Dvora K. Clifton, NJ

About Dvora

Providing professional instruction for children and adults seeking to learn to play piano/keyboard/guitar and read music, or to train their voice to speak or sing with tonal clarity and ease. PIANO/KEYBOARD/GUITAR - The goal is to become, as quickly as possible, independently capable of playing any type of music and to use the instrument as a means of self-expression. Depending entirely on the person's interest, the skills I foster include sight-reading, improvisation, composition, music theory and an increased awareness of the full spectrum of sound. VOICE COACH -- The body is a living instrument. It personifies everything needed to emit sound -- a soundboard, an equalizer, bellows, pipes and power source. But there are critical skills one must learn to realize the full range and ...

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Sarita C. June 20, 2014
Piano
Taking lessons with Dvora has been a wonderful, esteem-building experience for my children that I highly recommend. Dvora is more than a music teacher. With her gentle and spirited guidance, Dvora teaches how to unlock the music of the soul and allow it to flow through. My son is becoming his own musical genius as Dvora expertly guides him to resonate with the sounds within his heart. At the same time, he is learning to play piano, read notes, and enjoy himself. Every time I walk in to pick him up, he is "performing" in front of an imaginary audience and having a ball. He is free, happy, and totally himself. Amazingly, Dvora is able to tap into every child's unique song and enable them to dance to it. She is a brilliant Light, intuitive, healing, and joyful. Now my other kids are begging to take guitar with her. They think it is just because they want to play guitar. But it is their inner wisdom that is drawing them to her to benefit from her
Presence. And yes, they will also learn to play guitar and feel great about their abilities.
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Paula G. June 20, 2014
Piano
Dvora is a very patient and insightful woman. She worked with my daughter for 1 year and was able to bring out in her some ability to play piano that has stayed with her for many years. Thank you Dvora!
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Jorge L. June 20, 2014
Piano
Dvora is very patient and knowledgeable. I recommend her Music Instruction with confidence.

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