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If You Can Talk, You Can Sing - NYC Voice Lessons

By Marjorie K. - New York City Singing Teacher

As a singing instructor based in NYC, I have always felt that there is no such thing as a bad student, only bad teachers. If you have a good teacher then you will in turn become a good student.

When a new student comes to me, I begin the lesson by telling the student right away that my motto is “If you can talk you can sing, and I guarantee it” - therefore the responsibility to get this student to sing well is mine, not theirs since they are paying me to help them find their best voice.

Once this is understood, the student can then relax, begin the process of trusting me and open up for the experience of learning to sing. I also make sure the student thinks of the lesson as a mini vacation from everything that has happened before the lesson and anything that will happen after. This allows for complete concentration during each session.

In addition to teaching private singing lessons in New York City, I give performance classes once a month. These singing classes address the elements of stage fright and performance anxiety which can’t be addressed in private voice lessons. Only in a class with other singing students will the student be able to learn skills to combat the nervousness that comes from the fear of singing in front of others.

I also present my students in local recitals twice a year to give them a performing goal to work towards. There is no better way to jump start the improvement of the voice than to have a performance you are preparing for. I teach all styles of singing and work from a classically trained throat, which is the basis of all correct singing. The only thing that changes is the style of music that one is singing.

In closing, the most important thing is that my students have fun in their lessons. After all, singing is a joyous experience and that is the reason we do it. One always has to remember that we sing because of the pleasure it brings to ourselves and others. Take New York City vocal lessons with me and experience this joy for yourself!


Athena R.

New York, NY

Discover your true voice! Breathing, placement, resonance and articulation. Show tunes, Broadway, Jazz, Pop, Folk, Rock, Punk, Classical and more.

About Athena

Athena has enjoyed tremendous success as a singer/songwriter, actress, musician and teacher. She is originally from Toronto, but is now based out of New York City.

Athena has released 5 CDs, toured North America (both as a singer/songwriter and as an actress), and taught voice, piano, guitar, songwriting and acting for the past 13 years. She has shared the stage Sarah McLachlan and Jim Carrey, and taught songwriting to girls with Lisa Loeb (the teaching project with Lisa Loeb was made into a documentary and premiered at Tribeca Cinemas). Her music videos LOVE IS LOVE and LOGICAL SONG cha
rged #1 on MTV's LOGO TV.

As a teacher, Athena has worked at numerous schools, organizations, and colleges across North America, including Oregon State University, Montcalm College, Manhattan New Music Project, TADA!, and The Ontario Science Center. She teaches privately (voice, piano, guitar, acting & songwriting), and facilitates workshops to kids and adults on topics ranging from "Vocal Technique", to "Booking Your Own Tour", to "Creating Original Musical Theater",She also conducts staff development workshops on "Communication and Socialization through the Arts for Autistic Populations" in New York City schools. Athena teaches all ages (age 4-99) and ability levels (gifted - special needs).

As a singer/songwriter, Athena has released 5 original CDs and numerous dance singles. Her latest full length album, "Little Girl Dreams", was produced by Emmy/Grammy Winning Producer Cynthia Daniels (Melissa Etheridge, Dave Mathews Band, "Producers" on Broadway). Athena's music is storytelling pop with a theatrical twist. She combines a dramatic 4 octave range voice with gorgeous piano and guitar arrangements. She performs regularly in the New York circuit, at notable clubs including the Knitting Factory, The Cutting Room, and Jacob Javitz Center. She has been featured in radio, TV, newspapers and magazines around the world.

As an actress, Athena has appeared in numerous commercials, Film, TV and Off-Broadway productions including Hush (Players Club in NYC and Hudson Theater in LA), Fran in The Day They Shot John Lennon (Redmill Theater), "Tina" in Love Sucks (NYMF Festival) and principle roles on the History Channel and CNN. She won Best Comedy at Canada's YTV Youth Achievement Awards (Judge Eugene Levy). She currently performs as a Lady Gaga Impersonator at corporate events across the country.

Athena's training began with classical piano at age 4, voice at age 8, acting at age 9, and guitar at 16. She began working as a professional actress in Film & TV at age 12, and recorded her first album at 20. She majored in Theater at Claude Watson School for the Arts in Toronto, and earned a BFA in Music from Concordia University in Montreal. She regularly attends master classes in New York, with internationally renowned teachers such as Neil Semer, Kimberly Vaughn, Garry Dial, Francine Kay, and Maggie Maes.

As a performer, Athena is bold, imaginative, and chilling. As a teacher, Athena is patient, creative, and inspiring.

*** Lesson Details ***
Athena enjoys teaching all ages and abilities, from 4 year old beginners, to seasoned professionals, to adult hobbyists. She is a patient, fun, thorough, flexible, and imaginative teacher. She teaches most musical genres, from classical, to musical theater, to jazz, to pop. She can prepare you or your child for upcoming auditions (musical or theatrical) and provide valuable insight into the entertainment industry. Athena also does art therapy with all varieties of special needs, from Autistic to Alzheimer's. Whether you are an absolute beginner, a hobbyist, or a professional in need of a savvy coach, Athena will create a lesson plan suited to your individual learning style, interests and needs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Acoustic & Electric Guitar
Microphone & speaker
Recording device

*** Specialties ***
Piano, Voice, Guitar, Songwriting, Acting
Bel Canto, Classical, Musical Theater (Legit & Belt), Pop, Rock, Jazz, Music Theory, Composition & Songwriting, Monologue Preparation, Acting Audition Preparation, Pop Singing, Rock Singing, R&B Signing, Songwriting, Guitar Accompaniment, Piano Accompaniment, Performance Confidence, Business of Music, Business of Acting.


Brandi B. November 20, 2014
Songwriting · In studio
Verified Student
I don't know where to start! Athena is the absolute best! She is truly making my vision of song writing come true
SethJonas March 6, 2014
Excellent Teacher

My daughter started taking lessons with Athena when she was 7. Within weeks she already was playing simple songs & loved practicing etc. Now 2 years later she has shown incredible improvements. Highly recommend Athena.
Rachel K. March 6, 2014
Great teacher!

Athena is a super teacher - extremely knowledgeable and patient, and wonderful to work with!
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Athena R.

Athena R.

New York, NY 10036
starting at
$50 / 30-min

Dominic S.

New York, NY

Everything I know about singing is breathing

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


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


Carlton May 14, 2014
Great intro to singing. I have never taken singing lessons because I never thought I could have a singing voice, but after taking this intro course with Dominic it made me realize that I could develop my voice into something good. Dominic is very knowledgeable and very patient. I recommend using headphones so you can hear the piano as you are going through breathing exercises.
Wendell May 14, 2014
Dominic is terrific! I haven't been this close to a piano or keyboard in probably 30 years. He was very patient and kept me focused.It's amazing how things come back to you. I will definitely keep him as my teacher. Thank you Dominic!

Deeann May 14, 2014
Other than a technical difficulty, the instructor was fantastic. I learned a lot, and look forward to learning more!
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Dominic S.

Dominic S.

New York, NY 10019
starting at
$45 / 30-min

Elliott A.

New York, NY

For students with a pop or r&b influence, I like to keep things simple; Building an understanding of legato line and freedom from tension through technical exercises that then translate directly into songs.

About Elliott

I am a classically trained singer living, working, and teaching in NYC. I have a degree in vocal performance from The University of Maryland at College Park. While in the D.C. Metro area I performed as a chorister and soloist at The National Shrine, Metropolitan A.M.E Church, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. My exposure to a wide range of music, from baroque to contemporary gospel and musical theater, has strongly influenced my teaching. My goal is always to help a student develop their own understanding and experience of singing in a way that is fun, interactive, and personal
while also progressively building a strong technique.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are generally split between technical work/ warm-ups and repertoire. I like to adapt my concepts to a students individual personality and capability, in that sense I am flexible about the approach taken achieve optimal results. Every singer thinks and communicates differently and I see it as my job to figure out what will work best for you. I think that a foundation in a classical approach gives students the biggest tool kit with which to work. Once the fundamentals are firmly established, that singer then has the ability to approach any style of music in a way that is healthy and secure.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Programmable Digital Piano and Recording Equipment.

*** Specialties ***
The approach I take to the voice is based in the tradition of classical bel canto singing. It is always my goal to help students understand how to use their breath and body to produce sound that is free of tension and, therefore, beautiful.


Walker T. September 7, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Elliot is an amazing instructor.
Marlon D. March 19, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
In need of a vocal coach, I searched the Takelessons website and by what I call devine guidance I selected Elliott A. He has been my coach for a little over a year now and I would highly recommend him for his qualifications, passion for singing and his incredible teaching gift. Elliott provides a comfortable environment and really goes extra miles to ensure that concepts he teaches are practically understood. I started with many bad singing habits and poor technique and now I can definitely see great improvement in my technique and vocal freedom. I look forward to continue working with him until and beyond reaching my goal of greatness. In my opinion he's simply the BEST.
Gabrielle S. March 15, 2013
Elliot is a gem! He is everything I wanted in an instructor!

I met Elliot through a friend who is also taking lessons from him. As a beginner I was very specific in what I wanted in a teacher--someone who is patient, kind, structured and has no problem starting with the very basic fundamentals in singing. Elliot took me on as a student and has proven to be everything I could have hoped to find in a teacher! Lesson after lesson I feel more confident and capable. I feel stronger in my voice and become more and more excited for singing. Elliot's knowledge of singing technique are showcased throughout the lesson as he explains exactly what is needed to be adjusted in your technique and his patience is key to a full understanding of what is needed to be done. I highly recommend Elliot to any singer looking to train their voice, maintain technique, or broaden their range!
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Elliott A.

Elliott A.

New York, NY 10019
starting at
$37.50 / 30-min

Marjorie K.

New York, NY

I teach Beginner, intermediate and advanced students - all levels of singing

About Marjorie

Marjorie has taught beginners to advanced students of all ages in every vocal style including Opera, Classical, Musical Theatre, Pop, Jazz, Folk, Rock, R&B and Gospel at Hunter College, New York University, La Guardia Community College, The Learning Annex as well as her private vocal studio in NYC for the past 25 years.

Marjorie received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Georgia and a Special Studies Award in Voice and Opera from the Eastman School of Music. Marjorie has sung at Venice's Grand Teatro La Fenice, Carnegie Hall in NY, Rome's Teatro dell'Opera, Cagliari's
Teatro Lirico and the New York Grand Opera.

She was the winner of the Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition and a finalist in both the Enrico Caruso Voice Competition and McAllister Opera Awards Competitions. Recently she was featured on Channel 5 Good Day New York morning news program.

~~Teaching Philosophy~~

IF YOU CAN TALK YOU CAN SING and I guarantee it!!!!!

I teach beginners and advanced of all ages as well as all styles of music:

Opera - Classical - Musical Theatre - Pop - Jazz - Folk - Rock - R&B - Gospel

*I teach the freedom of the jaw, neck and shoulders to allow the breath to connect without tension allowing the production of a free vocal tone.

*Singing on the vowels with clean articulated consonants before and after the vowel is sung.

*Correct understanding and pronunciation of French, Italian, German and English languages

*Musicianship, theory, piano, all musical styles and song writing

*Performance and acting skills

*Audition techniques

*Career guidance

*Annual Student Recitals in professional New York City Venues

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons take place at my home studio. Lessons may be recorded on my professional recording equipment or you may bring your own recording devices. This is an excellent learning tool. I teach my students how to extend their range, increase breath control and the freedom of their body in order to enable a free and easy produced vocal tone. I teach song repertoire to the student's particular musical style choices. I also work with students that wish to write their own songs so that their musical ideas can be heard clearly and precisely. A guitar is available for students if they wish to use it to accompany themselves. I teach my students how to deal with performance anxiety . Students are presented in recitals twice a year and performance classes are held once a month in addition to the private lessons.

IF you can talk you can sing and I guarantee it!!!! I teach beginners to advanced of all ages.

*** Specialties ***
Voice, Piano
I teach the freedom of the jaw, neck and shoulders to allow the breath to come without tension allowing the production of a free vocal tone.

Beginners and advanced of all ages. "If you can Talk you can Sing and I guarantee it!!!! Opera - Classical - Musical Theater - Jazz - Folk - R&B - Gospel - Country - Rock -


Angela W. August 14, 2015
Opera Voice · In studio
Verified Student
no stress, no fear, relax
good way to learn something new for me
very much enjoyable the whole time
you will feel good about yourself too after the lesson
Laurie S. May 12, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Marjorie is an amazing teacher!! She's very supportive and inspiring to the point that now I've started to get into songwriting. She even teaches me relaxation exercises to help nudge the creative spirit! I always leave her studio feeling enthusiastic, full of energy and looking forward to the next lesson!
Chloe D. April 27, 2015
Singing · In studio
When I first came to Marjorie it was to see if I could start to work on adding some natural vibrato after years of straight-tone choral singing. I was feeling very discouraged and worried that maybe I just didn't have any natural vibrato at all.

When the lesson started, one of the first things Marjorie said to me was, "You're not singing straight-tone. I can hear your vibrato in there, but we need to set it free." In just a few more lessons we were already stripping away years of bad habits from choral blending, and I was thrilled to start to feel my vocal chords phonating easily and naturally.

Fast-forward several months and my confidence -- and love for singing -- continue to grow. I'm so amazed with Marjorie's patience and faith in me and just thrilled that she was able to break through 10 years of bad habits and set free my natural sound!
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Marjorie K.

Marjorie K.

New York, NY 10024
starting at
$60 / 30-min

Kathryn Z.

New York, NY

All levels of voice are taught, geared to whatever is your musical specialty but using a technique stemming from classical voice.

About Kathryn

Kathy believes that variety is the spice of not only life, but also music. Raised singing folk music with a musical family (think accordions, guitars and lots of vocal harmonies), she learned guitar and piano at an early age, but began singing even earlier.

Her quest to give the world the best her vocal cords could offer led her to obtain an undergraduate degree in vocal performance from the University of Nebraska (where she graduated honorable mention, named with the vocal department's Outstanding Senior in Music award, and also obtained a minor in theatre) and a master's degree in musi
c from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Both of these degrees emphasized classical singing technique, and through this study Kathy gained a solid foundation for her musical craft.

Once out of school, Kathy then sought to begin creating HER music and HER sound, a challenge which continues to manifest itself even today in a variety of ways. Kathy is now a singer/songwriter and performs often with her own band in which she sings, plays guitar, writes her own songs and arranges them for intricate backup harmonies and multiple instrumentation. A variety of influences are apparent in her music, including the musical genres of folk, pop, jazz, and yes, even hip hop. She has recorded three albums of her music and all have been received to critical acclaim.

She sings as a professional cantor at St. John the Baptist Church in Manhattan, and teaches private voice, guitar and piano lessons throughout the city of New York. She served for a time as the general music teacher for St. Dominic's School in the Bronx, where she was responsible for Pre-K through 8th grade music classes, and, true to form, she is often called upon in a multitude of situations to perform in a variety of musical genres. She is always pleased with the ever-changing musical scenery around her.

*** Lesson Details ***
A lesson with Kathy equals half of the allotted time being used to learn good technique (i.e., learning healthy vocal habits, singing vocalizes, learning to read music, playing scales, etc.) and the other half of the time singing and playing repertoire. The repertoire includes both pieces chosen by Kathy (always approved by the student) which excite and inspire the student's particular musical tastes while providing a new challenge in technique to be conquered, and also pieces brought in by the student; for example, if a student is working on music for a specific performance, etc., or if they just really like a piece and want to learn how to play or sing it, Kathy is always ready and willing to lend a hand and an ear!

Vocally, Kathy believes good basic technique is the same for every genre of music. Therefore, great emphasis is placed on learning to breathe and support your sound correctly as well as maintain good posture, rid your body of unwanted tensions, etc.; musical styles beyond that basic technique change only in small stylistic ways, and Kathy is knowledgeable in quiet a variety of most musical styles.

With guitar, Kathy focuses on learning to read and play musical notation and chords without using guitar tablature. Again, a variety of musical styles are used for instruction, including everything from classical to punk!

And with piano, Kathy focuses on learning to read and play musical notation as well as mastering scales and chord progressions, inversions, etc. She loves opportunities to combine voice lessons with guitar lessons, or voice lessons with piano lessons, as one instrument feeds into the other in interesting and helpful ways.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I travel with my travel guitar and music for lessons. I expect guitar students to have their own guitar, and piano or voice students to have some sort of keyboard, even a small one.

*** Specialties ***
all-levels voice, beginning guitar, beginning piano
I specialize in a classical voice method, which I believe is a good foundation for all styles of singing. I have experience with classical singing, music theatre (I have a minor from my undergraduate education in Theatre) and folk. I'm an experienced songwriter and am able to guide students in that area.

I teach notes and chords for my guitar students. I don't teach guitar tablature; instead, I teach basic guitar music on the staff.

Also, I teach beginning piano, including basic music theory, note spelling, etc.


Keri B. September 17, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Kathy has been wonderful, she's a great teacher and a lot of fun.
Megan K. September 9, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
She is a fantastic teacher. Recommend!
HsiaoLin C. March 20, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Had been with Kathy for 4 years, I enjoyed every lesson with her. She is knowledgeable and inspiring. I was a totally beginner and she guided me through each step with patience. She not only taught me the piano skill but also how to appreciate music and how to observe the music integrated in everyday life.
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Kathryn Z.

Kathryn Z.

New York, NY 10001
starting at
$40 / 30-min

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