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Jonathan L.

New York, NY

Lessons are very often tailor-made for each individual singer. No two voices are the same, and everyone learns differently. I believe it is more efficient, creative and fun for everyone to teach in a way that is free from a rigid vocal methodology, but that does not abandon universal truths about vocal technique. Every student will learn the concepts that I teach, but with an approach that I will develop with each individual student to help them achieve their goals the fastest.

About Jonathan B.

Originally from the Kansas City area, I studied Vocal Performance, Choral Conducting and Music Education at the renowned Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

I have performed a wide variety of leading roles in everything from opera and operetta to musical comedy. I have been a featured performer with organizations such as Music Theatre for the People of Kansas City, The Kansas City Symphony, The Kansas City Lyric Opera, Indiana University Opera & Ballet Theatre, 13th Street Repertory, La Muse Venale Acting Troupe, and the Bloomington Playwrights Project.

I have directed and music d
irected productions at the collegiate and professional levels. Recent credits include: Indiana Memorial Union Board's production of Godspell, in Bloomington, Indiana, the Hoosier Musical Productions of The Fantasticks and Tick, tick...BOOM!, also in Bloomington, Indiana, and the off-Broadway production of Honestly Abe, a new musical about Abraham Lincoln.

*** Lesson Details ***
All lessons begin with vocal warm-ups and breathing exercises. These get the student loosened up and serve as an excellent way for Jon to gauge progress and vocal health.

After warm-ups comes song study. Students and I work together to pick out songs that best fit their voice and range.

The ultimate goal is to get students singing healthily on a consistent basis. Once they're able to do that, they'll be able to sing anything.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, music library

*** Specialties ***
Audition prep, vocal health, breath control, public speaking, musicianship training
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Alan K. March 3, 2014
Singing
The Best!

Jon helped me do exactly what I'd been trying to do for years: increase vocal stamina, produce a fuller sound, and improve my overall vocal health. He also helped me find great audition rep for my voice. I can't say enough good things about him!
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Kelly B. March 20, 2013
Singing
Has helped me tremendously.

I've taken lessons with Jon for almost 3 years. He's so much fun, and has helped me enormously. Couldn't be happier.
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Jonathan L.

Jonathan L.

New York, NY 10018
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Rachel H.

Jersey City, NJ

As a professional actor on stage and screen, I can help you prepare for auditions. We will go over sides or monologues.

About Rachel

I have performed at multiple venues in New York City, including Carnegie Hall and Off-Broadway. I studied opera performance and musical theater at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and acting at Primary Stages. Along with these qualifications, my positive spirit and belief in my students has yielded outstanding results in their musical accomplishments.

I've been teaching voice, guitar, and piano lessons for the past four years, as well as coaching students for specific auditions (school plays, national tours, honors choir auditions). Let me aid you in achieving your dreams!

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Lesson Details ***
As a performer, I have learned that "learning" is never done in this field. Even as a professional, I still take private voice lessons, dance classes, and acting classes. As well as the occasional piano, guitar, and dialect coaching.

My teaching style is based off of my many years of being a student to some of the finest performers in the world. I am direct and focused, but like to keep my students relaxed. My key to teaching success is adapting to each student's specific needs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
At my home studio in Jersey City, NJ and at my studio in midtown Manhattan I have a: Keyboard (piano at studio in Manhattan); Guitar; Pitch Pipe; Laptop with speakers; Mirror

*** Travel Equipment ***
If travelling to your home, I would require you have a keyboard. I can bring my guitar and pitch pipe.

*** Specialties ***
Classical Music (art songs, opera)
Traditional Broadway (Rodgers and Hammerstein...)
Contemporary Broadway (Stephen Schwartz...)
Disney Music
Pop Music
Country Music
Beginner Piano
Beginner Guitar
Music Theory
Public Speaking
Audition Technique
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Nikki R. May 12, 2013
Singing
My first vocal teacher and the best!

Ms. Rachel was an amazing vocal teacher! We would always start off with simple and fun warm-ups, breathing techniques, and would practice singing songs from musicals. My first couple lessons she taught me how to sing I Feel Pretty from West Side Story and we both had so much fun with it! After a little while we learned Cups from Pitch Perfect and then we got into the Vaccai book and I learned a couple songs from there. Overall Ms. Rachel was the best! She even offered to Skype a lesson with me since she moved. She cared about me and always helped me improve my voice in every way she could. I love her!
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Rachel H.

Rachel H.

New York, NY 10018
(1)
starting at
$60 / 30-min
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Monica S.

Astoria, NY

I've been teaching acting for 10 years and my students have gone on to perform on Broadway and professionally all over the world. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to recite a monologue and as time goes on you'll be able to feel comfortable on stage and connect to your character. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About Monica

I completed my Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance with a certificate in Music in Education from the New England Conservatory of music and completed a Master of Music in Opera Performance from the University of Maryland Opera Studio. I have 
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ition to maintaining an active private teaching studio and a busy international performing schedule.
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Mary C. March 17, 2015
Singing · In studio
Monica is an outstanding voice teacher. She customized each lesson, from warm ups to repertoire choices, to fit the age, skill level, vocal strengths, and interests of each singer. Watching her work with high school age students is a joy--she loves what she does and the students respond very well to her. They are enthusiastic about going to their lessons and beaming when the lessons are over. Monica brings her strong vocal pedagogy knowledge, along with her own talent and passion for teaching to the voice lesson. She is a wonderful instructor. Highly recommend!
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Rob O. December 14, 2014
Vocal Training · In home
Besides being a fantastic vocalist, Monica is also a great teacher. She is very creative, patient and calm (no drama), but is still disciplined and persistent. She managed to get basic music theory into my thick skull and help me with sight reading, and did not yell at me when I didn't do my homework! The only downside is that she is so talented and well trained that she makes singing look effortless.
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Jason L. December 11, 2014
Singing
Monica is such a fantastic teacher. She is one of those people who really listens to the needs of the student, and gives her all at every lesson. Through her knowledge and experience, Monica has rebuilt my voice and my confidence from the bottom up. I highly recommend working with her!
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Monica S.

Monica S.

New York, NY 10001
(5)
starting at
$50 / 30-min
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Amy C.

Weehawken, NJ

I am a professional actress/ singer/ songwriter and directer. I employ my many years of experience as a performing artist, to help my students develop what is unique and compelling with in them. I believe that everyone has something of value to express. The key is finding creative ways to unleash it.

About Amy

I have been a voice, acting, and teacher of creative arts for over 25 years. My background includes ten years of classical training with Maestro Julio Berrocal, as well as vocal training through the Feldekrais approach with Marcy Lindhiemer. In acting I have studied with renowned Stanislavsky scholar Sonia Moore and Master acting teacher of the Strasberg Method, Marcia Haufrecht. I received a B.A. For comparative literature and creative writing at the State University of New York at Purchase and I am currently studying for a masters in social work at Walden University.
I believe, within al
l of us, Is the ability to express something distinctive and original. I work to help the student discover their individual and unique voice, weather it be through singing, acting or writing. I share with my students tools to gain the ability and confidence to achieve their goals. I empathize deeply with the challenges students may face when pursuing a life in the creative and performing arts, having worked professionally in those arena's for most of my adult life. I believe, it is the teachers job to respect each students individual process of learning.
My students have gone on to become recording artists, Broadway performers, movie actors, blues and cabaret artists and published writers.

*** Lesson Details ***
Voice
I am an empathetic teacher, sensitive to the students individual process of learning. My singing lessons usually start with breathing and relaxation exercises. Vocal exercise come next, then when the student is fully warmed up, we will begin to work on songs. It is important that the student be part of the process of picking material since the more they personally respond to the material the more apt they are to be engaged in their lessons and the more quickly they will learn. After three to six months they will understand the fundamentals of breathing and relaxation and its importance to proper vocal training. They will have begun the process of extending their range and will understand the principles of performance in song.
Acting
As an acting teacher and coach, I tailor my classes to the needs of each student. I utilize improvisatory and sensory techniques to help unleash spontaneity. I also encourage the students to use their personal experiences as a way to access a full range of emotions. I enjoy working with the student on script analysis, so as to discover the underlying motivations of the character the student is working on.
Creative and Lyric Writing
I use prompts as a way to get the student writing. Often, I will ask the student to write for stretches of time without editing themselves. It is important to unleash imagination before beginning the process of editing. Many times it is the unexpected that is the must compelling.

*** Studio Equipment ***
home- 10 minutes away from Manhattan with piano, seating for parents
-practice studio seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a piano, cd/mp3 player and an large library of songbooks to work from. The student should bring sheet music of songs they want to work on and a recording device.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching how to sing rock, pop, musical theater, jazz, and blues without hurting the voice as well as method acting instruction.
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Richard G. October 7, 2014
Singing · In studio
I just want to say that you are one of the most distinguished teachers with TAKELESSONS! - I read your bio and I was very impressed. I would recommend you to any musically inclined student! Keep up the good work!
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PaulG1 May 13, 2012
i could not have BUILT a better teacher/coach. Intuitive, intelligent, knows her subject & knows how to share what she knows.
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DeniseM5 May 6, 2012
Terrific teacher, learning a lot quickly and in an open, creative environment...and Amy makes it all fun!
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Amy C.

Amy C.

New York, NY 10036
(4)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Rebecca L.

Astoria, NY

Bring in your monologue, scnee and improvisational skills and we will get to work! I highly recommend all my musical theater and opera students to have a separate acting lesson with me to really bring your song to the professional level and make it come alive. I teach the VOTE method, to help you connect with the text and make you feel present, in the moment, and KNOW your surroundings. Techniques that I teach:
VOTE method
High Status vs. Low status
Tactics vs. playing emotions
Textual stylings and alternate rhythms
Moment before
Subtext vs. Literal
Focal points

About Rebecca

I have taught private voice, piano lessons and acting for over 10 years in Miami, Minneapolis and NYC. I have also taught group intermediate ballet and have worked professionally as a singer/actress for the past ten years. My professional experience consists of various opera and theater companies both domestically and internationally. As a classically trained dancer, I also have a thorough knowledge of anatomy and how the body works to best support the actor or singer.
My formal biography is listed below:

Rebecca received a Master of Music in Vocal Performance after a very
successful tw
o years at the New England Conservatory of Music. Rebecca was cast in
leading roles in every main-stage opera offered and was also chosen
among two students to represent New England Conservatory for the Marilyn Horne Foundation
competition her very first year.

Rebecca has performed for several companies both domestic and abroad, including the Florida Grand Opera, Opera festival di Roma, American Austrian Mozart Academy, Oberlin in Italy, the Minnesota Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera North, and the Chicago Opera Theater. Select operatic roles include the title role in Bizet’s Le Tragédie de Carmen, “Dinah” in Trouble in Tahiti, “Despina” in Cosi Fan Tutte, the "Widow" in The Boor, “Rosa Gonzales" in Summer and Smoke, "Clori" in L'Egisto, and “Marcellina” in Le Nozze di Figaro. Distinctions include merit vocal and dance scholarships from St. Olaf College, American Musical and Dramatic Academy and New England Conservatory for a Master of Music in Vocal Performance. Rebecca is also a two-time scholarship winner from the Society of Singers.

A native of Seattle, Washington, Rebecca owes much of her captivating stage presence
to her extensive training in classical ballet, and made her professional debut in the Pacific
Northwest Ballet’s The Nutcracker at the age of nine. Rebecca has also studied ballet, tap,
jazz, and musical theatre at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy
in New York City, and at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota from which she also
holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

As a versatile actress, Rebecca recently made her professional theatre debut at the
American Repertory Theatre of Cambridge, as “Simonetta,” a classically sung and spoken
role, in the world premiere of Stephen Greenblatt and Charles Mee’s Cardenio.

*** Lesson Details ***
It’s all about you!

I structure the lesson to fit your needs, whether you are looking to
sing professionally or just want to impress your friends! I love
teaching private lessons because I get to know the student individually and his/her best learning style. I will design the lesson to fit YOU and make the best use of your time!
I am passionate about the performing arts, so I love teaching and sharing what I have learned with others. I get excited when I see my students improve and love to have fun. I believe an encouraging environment is where most students excel. But, I also have the technical knowledge and experience to really push you if you ask!

WHAT I TEACH:
Beginning Piano (children + Adults)
Opera
Musical Theater/show tunes (Belt and legit voice types)
Art Song (expertise in French, Italian, and German diction. I also speak a little of each)
Oratorio
Acting for the stage
Ballet
Audition techniques (There’s a lot going on in those five minutes to get the job!)

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT:
•A thorough knowledge of repertoire, voice and acting techniques and the vocal pedagogy and reference tools to back it up! I will show you pictures and demonstrate etc.
•Enthusiasm and a positive attitude for teaching
•Professionalism
•Fun astmosphere for kids!

I can't wait to meet you!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room with piano and seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a keyboard at my home, but I prefer to teach at Ripley Grier Studios 520 8th Ave.

*** Specialties ***
Most of my expertise lie in ballet, opera and musical theater.
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Rayna July 21, 2015
Opera Voice · Online
I have greatly enjoyed having Rebecca as my teacher. She was very dedicated to helping me improve and genuinely cared about my success. Her breathing techniques were the best I have ever seen. She has also helped display my strengths and add to my love of singing. Her flexibility was also very helpful.
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lucia P. May 20, 2013
Opera Voice
Rebecca Luttio is an amazing voice teacher

Rebecca is an Incredible person to study voice with, She has and inspiringly beautiful sound, and she's really friendly, upbeat, positive, and always enthusiastic about what were doing. Every time I don't understand something, she finds a new way to explain it, and seems to have an infinite amount of patients. I feel like what has changed the most since I began taking lessons with Rebecca, Is the physical training that comes with singing opera, as well as learning how to use your air and broadening your range, which would have never crossed my mind before. I really like that she is a student as well as a teacher and comes to every lesson with new Ideas. For me the couple years we have worked together so far have really changed the way I sing with my whole body, I would recommend her to anyone who really loves to sing.
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Rebecca L.

Rebecca L.

New York, NY 10018
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starting at
$45 / 30-min

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