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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!
Everything I know about singing is breathing
I teach Beginner, intermediate and advanced students - all levels of singing
In English, Español ou Português! This is the time to practice jazz, pop, Brazilian tunes, as well as African and Latin ones. The training includes related technique to the style, pronunciation and melodic interpretation. We use the ipad/tablet to plan a special program of practice for you. Music and fun!
PROGRAM: Using vocal exercises from Natural Technique (Linklater Method), you will work on connecting your voice, breath and body movements. Practicing rhythms, melodies, harmonies, chords, you will develop your musicality and apply everything in your chosen repertoire. (Special call for Brazilian methods used to develop rhythm and musicality!) Using apps, videos, tracks, you will have amazing material to follow along, read lyrics, watch references and read your special instructions. Choose to add music theory and harmony, reading scores to your program if you wish. Special projects in seasons cycle will happen to motivate your study and give you opportunities to show your songs. ...
Carolyn is a true triple threat teacher. She began working professionally at 8 years old and has since appeared on stage, in national commercials, recorded voiceovers, and booked principal roles in both film and television. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2011 from the Boston Conservatory, where she majored in musical theater with an emphasis in directing. She is currently in the hit Off-Broadway shows “My Big Gay Italian Wedding” and “My Big Gay Italian Funeral”. In her spare time, Carolyn has always loved working with people who have a passion for the arts. Whether it’s in a classroom, at a dance studio, or sitting at the piano, Carolyn has worn the many hats of acting coach, voice teacher, dance instructor, music theory tutor, piano teacher, and college audition coach to name a few. Her masterclasses have been given throughout Long Island and New York City, with students ranging in age from 5-55! Winning first place in national dance competitions, receiving perfect scores ...
I've been teaching voice for eight years and my students have gone on to study at CalArts, La Guardia, The New School, and more. I encourage students to bring in songs they've written themselves! I specialize in Jazz, Pop/Contemporary, Broadway and Choral styles, and have the following tools available: microphones, keyboard, Logic Pro, Spotify for karaoke backing tracks, sheet music.
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