I work with beginners, Michael Aaron method and/or John Thompson.
Stephen made his operatic debut in the title role of Gluck's Orfeo in Santa Barbara, CA. Other roles performed in the United States have been Oberon in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, the title role in John Eccles' The Judgement of Paris and Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito by Mozart. Among the roles sung in Europe were Orlolsky in Fledermaus, Bertarido in Rodelinda and Oberon in Sommernachtstraum. He has been a soloist in many Churches and Synagogues in the United States and Europe. Highlights have been Messiah, Elijah, St. Mathew Passion and Cantorial soloist for the Jewish High Holidays. He appeared in Summer Stock and played the guitar in a number of bands. Reviewers have cited Stephen's naturally full and warm timbre and his unforced agility.
Stephen has a strong interest and knowledge in vocal technique and maintains a s
tudio in Manhattan. He has given many workshops on vocal technique and had a large studio in Amsterdam, Holland, where lived for six years. He taught music at the International School of Amsterdam and has taught voice, piano and guitar privately for more than twenty years. He has a master's degree from Manhattan School of Music and presently teaches voice, piano and guitar and also works with learning challenged adults and children in the Music School in New York City. He can coach broadway songs and diction for Opera arias in Italian, French and German!
*** Lesson Details *** I'm pretty laid back and try to inspire my students to enjoy practicing and get excited about their progress. I tailor the lessons to the individual students interests and desires.
*** Studio Equipment *** He has a piano, and guitar of course for guitar lessons.
*** Travel Equipment *** small traveling keyboard available for voice lessons
*** Specialties *** music, voice, Opera, piano, guitar All levels, Really enjoy working with Beginners ...guitar, piano, singing classical, opera, Broadway, pop, jazz, I'm a good voice builder! and motivator.
My 10 year old son has no musical knowledge what-so-ever. We wanted him to have some basics, and he was curious about the guitar. Sadly our family isn't musical and it's hard to know where to start. We were lucky to have engaged Stephen. His calm, patient, encouraging approach has been the perfect complement to my son's temperament.
When I overhear snippets of exchanges during their lesson I am excited that my son is making connections and having a conversation about what he's learning. I can't support his instruction because of my complete inability to read sheet music—so I am particularly pleased that he seems to be making observations and taking small steps towards understanding something that confounds me.
My son looks forward to his time with teacher and (so far) is interested in practicing too. Of course we'd recommend Stephen!
February 28, 2018
Stephen is great!!!
January 6, 2018
My first session with Stephen was both technically and emotionally rewarding. He was both able to pass-on his musical expertise (his tips) and patiently encouraging my understanding of vocal technique.
I've studied classical, jazz and rock piano with the finest teachers in the world, and bring that perspective and experience to each lesson. Learning music should be FUN, which is emphasized particularly with younger students. What do YOU want to be able to do on the piano? I can help get you there!
Hailing from New York City, Steven W. has been involved in the performing arts his entire life, which began as he received his training from a number prestigious arts institutions...Julliard (where he studied piano), New York University (where he studied music education), and the Katie Agresta Vocal Studio (whose other students include Sting, Bon Jovi, Cyndi Lauper, Annie Lenox and many more, including the casts of numerous Broadway shows).
Steven is currently an indie rock solo singer/musician/producer with a number of albums in release (on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and more); recently spent two months as NY's #1 indie artist on Reverbnation's charts, and continues to perform all over the country. Steven also records and tours with other artists, playing huge festivals all over the world.
Having performed on small cabaret stages fo
r just a few people, and in stadiums for 60,000, he believes in not only teaching technique, but also how to tailor a performance for the appropriate situation. It's this combination of technical training, and performance experience, that Steven brings to his classes as a teacher.
*** Lesson Details *** Voice - emphasizing proper breathing techniques, vocal exercise for improving tone and range, while working on songs (both traditional and popular).
Piano - proper technique, music reading, exercises, basic music theory, and material including popular songs.
Guitar - technique, reading (either standard musical notation and/or tabs), understanding chord charts, finger exercises, while working on learning new songs.
*** Travel Equipment *** Acoustic and/or electric guitar(s) Small portable keyboard
He is the best teacher for my 10 years old son.
Steven is a great teacher and very nice person.
My son like him very much.
My son took lesson from few other guitar teachers, but he said Steven is the best teacher ever !
August 1, 2018
Steven was great with my 8 year old daughter. He got her excited about learning guitar, so much so that her 6 year old brother begged us to take lessons as well. He was also very responsive to my questions and made some very helpful suggestions about how to enhance the experience for her. We were so sad that he moved away!
November 13, 2013
A great teacher.
Steven is professional, fun to work with, and gets great results.
I incorporate a lot of technology into my lessons. Students have multiple performance opportunities. I often host piano parties as well as field trips to piano factories. Most students say I am lots of fun, and silly, but also train pianists really well.
I have a great sense of humor and have 30 years of experience. I am a college professor as well as a faulty member of the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Division.
Over 30 years teaching students of all levels: children, adults, professionals/teacher training. Professor at Hunter College and on faculty at Manhattan School of Music Pre-college.
I feel responsible to get my students excited about classical music and pique their curiosity about contemporary music. These students are the future of our art, if not as performers, then definitely as audiences, patrons and administrators. It is our mandate to guide these students to appreciate and understand how the study of music will enhance their lives, no matter what field they choose.
Music is an essential aspect of who we are as human beings. My goal, then, is to develop in students a love of music, and an enjoyment of learning how to play the piano. I host performance opportunities for students to perform on stage, as well as piano parties an
d piano 4-hands group-a-thons. I use technology when appropriate to help kids get excited about learning.
I’m often asked whether I enjoy starting young children at the piano. My answer is always the same: give me a student, and I will be thrilled to guide my pupil and get him or her excited about studying. The age is unimportant. The challenge is keeping a student engaged and enthusiastic along with the hard work that goes into training. No matter the student’s age or level, educators have an enormous responsibility to create and nurture life learners, and to ignite a curiosity and passion for the arts.
What matters, then, is to develop the skills inherent to studying music: discipline, inquisitiveness, problem-solving, and, most importantly, active and acute listening.
Claudia Knafo is a master — a master teacher, a master performer. I cannot recommend her highly enough. She has an extensive background in piano pedagogy and works superbly with students of all ages and levels. She is warm, compassionate and beloved by all. She runs a very professional studio and provides her students with countless learning and performing opportunities. She is a magnificent player and is able to provide magnificent guidance and inspiration. Lucky are those who have the opportunity to study with Claudia Knafo.
August 19, 2018
Our 10 year old son began learning from Claudia nearly 3 years ago. We all love her! We weren't sure if he would enjoy learning the piano, but Claudia ignited his interest and he has been very engaged ever since. The hour that he spends with her each week is rigorous, yet it passes quickly and he always leaves with a smile. His level of playing far surpasses our expectations. Each week, she emails us a custom practice log with notes about which pieces he should study. She is thoughtful about making sure that he has a grounding in the mechanics, while enabling his talent and natural feel for music. Each piece that he is assigned to play is purposeful and he really enjoys his repertoire. We are due to purchase a piano and Claudia is giving us tips in that process as well. We feel so lucky to have found Claudia!
Laura's lessons are fun, high-energy, and tailored to meet every student's goals, whether it is to become a concert pianist, Broadway star, or living room diva (or divo). The lessons focus on building a strong foundation of technique and theory which gives students the freedom to explore their creativity and musicality. Students will set a regular practice schedule that they can adhere to, and they will be given specific instructions each week on how to practice effectively, so that they will be playing Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms (or the Beatles) in no time!
Hello! I am a NYC-based singer, pianist, actress, and animal-lover. Born and raised in Los Angeles, my artistic career began as a classical pianist, performing in venues across California, Japan, and Austria from a very young age. As a singer, I performed around the world with the Broadway tour of Avenue Q, and I've been seen in dozens of musical theatre and Shakespeare productions throughout the U.S. and even in Russia!
By combining my two passions of singing and playing piano, I served as Artist-in-Residence for California Musical Theatre Company, Sacramento Theatre Company, and the cell theatre in NY.
I've been teaching in NYC for over a decade, and my passion is to inspire the next generation of creative people of all ages.
When it comes to music, there is a quote that I love: "Every expert was once a beginner." This quote reflect
s my philosophy on pursuing the arts: that it's never too late to start and that no matter where you are in your musical journey, practice is the key to success. Mastering a skill requires discipline and dedication, and my goal is to help you find joy and inspiration along the way.
My lessons focus on building a strong foundation of technique, which gives you the freedom to explore your creativity and musicality; it is very important for me that my students strive not only for technical precision but also for musical artistry. Together, we will set a practice schedule that you can adhere to regularly, and I'll make sure to send you away with specific instructions each week on how to practice effectively.
With my fun, high-energy approach to teaching, you are guaranteed to enjoy the journey as you take significant steps toward becoming an expert. I'm looking forward to meeting you and getting started soon!
Laura was wonderful with my 5 year old girl, she was patient, energetic and her love for music showed through! My daughter has been very motivated to practice her songs to show "Ms Laura" next week. We look forward to working much more with Laura.
December 3, 2018
Amazing! Talented vocalist and pianist that communicates very well. Has great advice and wonderful personality. Great with kids.
September 28, 2018
I met Laura at Harvard University when we were both doing our MFA degrees in acting. Since our program was not a Musical Theater one and I was not a singer, I started to take private lessons with her to compliment some of the training in singing we were getting there.
Laura is a fantastic singer and actor. She has an incredible ear as well as great knowledge and experience of what makes a singing performance pop. All this makes her an outstanding coach.
Even now after graduation, I am still training with her. Our focus now is on continuing the development of my singing voice. My goal is to reach a level where I have the skill and confidence to audition professionally for musicals, and I know I am in great hands.
Hi! My name is Lilla, I'm a Juilliard graduate (BM & MM) and Voice and Piano Teacher who specializes with all levels, ages and styles! I've performed at places like Carnegie Hall and have been featured in The New York Times, Business Insider, WQXR Radio, truTV, Alive Magazine, Opera Today, and Seen & Heard International.
- Increase Keyboard Skills & Technique - Learn about Notes & Fingering - Expand Your Repertoire - Write Your Own Music! - Learn about Time Signatures - Learn Music Theory - My Interval Training Technique - Learn about Dynamics & Symbols - Learn about Chords & Inversions - Learn about Proper Postures - Learn About the Different Key Signatures - Learn How to Accompany Yourself - Learn Different Scales - Learn Ear Training - Boost Musical Understanding
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Over 30,000+ lessons given in studio and online
Lilla's been featured in Business Insider, WQXR Radio, truTV, Alive Magazine, Opera Today, Seen & Heard International, and has won critical and international acclaim for her "appealing sound, agile coloratura and oversize wit." - The New York Times
Lilla holds her Master's and Bachelor's degrees from The Juilliard School, where she was winner of the Juilliard Honors Recital Competition and studied music pedagogy under Marlena Malas, vocal coach and mentor of Pavarotti.
She's performed on stage at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, and has traveled around the globe with the Saint Louis Symphony, Wallingford Symphony Orchestra, Juilliard Jazz Orchestra, Israeli Chamber Orchestra and Juilliard Orchestra led by Maestro Alan Gilbert to name a few.
She received Recognition of Excellence from the Tri-M Music Honors Society,
and has won the American Prize Competition (1st Prize), Joy in Singing Competition, Metropolitan Opera National Council Eastern District Competition, Giulio Gari International Competition, NJ Teachers Association Competition (1st Place), Music Teacher's National Association Competition (1st Place), among many others.
Previous roles include Lucinde in Gluck’s Armide in a Metropolitan Opera and Juilliard co-production, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro at Opera on the Avalon, Ella Burling in Tobias Picker’s Emmeline with the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Noémie in Cendrillon with Juilliard Opera under the baton of Emmanuel Villaume, Belinda in Dido and Aeneas, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief – all with Juilliard Opera. Additionally, she has covered Georgette in La Rondine and Costanza in Riccardo Primo (Opera Theatre of Saint Louis), Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier and Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore (Chautauqua), Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Zhou in Kommilitonen, and Drusilla in L’Incoronazione di Poppea (Juilliard).
Hi! My name is Alena and I'm studying music at New York University. I've been taking piano lessons for over 5 years, and have also taken additional piano proficiency classes in my studies. I work best with younger kids, elementary-to-middle school aged. I have lots of experience working with children, and I would love the opportunity to help your child take their music to a new level!
I've been playing the flute for 7 years, and have participated in many honors music ensembles including All-State Honor Band and Lamont Summer Musical Academy. I have lots of experience teaching lessons and I work to make music as fun as it is rewarding!
Playing piano is fun! Music is a part of each of us and we gain so much from music lessons. Beginners of all ages are welcomed and encouraged! I try to match music choices and teaching materials to each student because as an experienced teacher I know that we each have our own likes and learning styles. I include reading and theory in our lessons. Often with games! Ready to give piano a try?
I love teaching piano! I studied classical piano in college and have a degree in Music Education. I began teaching piano while I was in college. I have brought music to many homes and to a preschool too! Students of all ages are encouraged and welcome. Music is a language for us all. I try to match music choices and teaching materials to each student. I think music literacy is very important so my lessons include reading and theory, (often with games) and playing with expression. Playing piano is fun try it now!
"I love Fawn! She's a great piano and voice teacher. My daughter started piano with her at 5 1/2 years old, and I was so thrilled at how Fawn was patient
with my daughter's wandering interest. She works within my daughter's personality which makes it so much easier for my daughter. I feel Fawn really tries every angle to interest the kids, even using the iPad to guide kids through rhythmic games. My daughter also started improving immensely in her reading and writing at school once she had started piano lessons. It really was quite profound - and true what the studies say about music lessons improving academic performance! We just started doing vocal lessons and I love Fawn's individual approach. Speaking with Fawn, I can say I am completely taken with her enthusiasm and supportive attitude towards the kids and their musical development. I drive out of my way to take lessons at her studio, but she is worth it! On occasion we have done online, and that works fine too. Don't hesitate to go with Fawn! You'll be so happy you did!"
"It's been decades since I last took piano lessons, and Kelly has been great with working with and expanding my skills."
"Minoo is a wonderful instructor--II did not begin lessons until nearly 60 and was apprehensive about starting so late, but she has been extremely patient,
professional, and encouraging. She is passionate about teaching and is dedicated to her students. I highly recommend her!"
"Nathan told us he enjoyed his first lesson.
"Cheryl- Is a fantastic teacher! She has been teaching my 8 year old piano for over 6 months now and I could not be more pleased. She is very good with
kids. He is loving learning and she makes each lesson fun and keeps him motivated. I absolutely recommend her for lessons."
"very informative first lesson"
"Amber is an amazing music teacher! I've been taking lessons with her for a little over a month and am very happy with my progress. She is very approachabl
e, friendly, and is available practically whenever you need her! I couldn't be any happier with her."
"Calvin really cares about his students. He does everything he can to help you progress and reach your potential. Great teacher!"
"He had been my piano teacher and mentor for 5+years. Equipped with marvelous knowledge and meticulousness on music and piano performance, he is capable an
d willing to uphold his professionalism. He is not going to move on until you have mastered certain fundamental musical ideations or techniques. Mr. Brian is not the type of teacher who only talks in theory or with instructions, but he can actually perform what he demands from students. Hence, he is doubtlessly a marvelous piano performer, as well as instructor, where I am certain students can learn a lot from his lessons."
Is your child's piano practice falling by the wayside? Make sure he or she continues to get the most out of piano lessons with these practice scheduling tips from Saint Augustine, FL piano teacher Heather L...
The concern that I hear the most from my students' parents regarding their children's piano lessons is practicing and schedules. A parent will tell me, "She's just not practicing." The child then replies, "I had so much/many homework/sports games/club meetings that I forgot." …