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Hi, I'm Edelweiss, an experienced and passionate voice teacher who had helped young and adult people reaching their vocal goals through proper techniques and love for singing. My classes are tailored according to everyone talents and goals. My commitment with you is to help you get the best of your voice, sing with ease, and enjoy what you do. Should you need to prepare for auditions, improve your natural talent, develop the skills you already have, do contact me. All levels and ages are welcomed to my studio.
I enjoy teaching! It gives me a lots of rewards seeing the progress and enthusiasm of my students. I prepare recitals for them to be exposed to the performance experience, and for them to be aware they have a talent to share with their loved ones and the society they live in.
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Basic training and solid foundation are priorities. Exploration of standard repertoire.
Originally from Mexico, Patricia F. has toured all over the world. These tours included performances with renowned symphony orchestras and ensembles. She has also received numerous awards. Patricia’s constant search for freedom in her musical expression led her to find her voice through the vibraphone and other mallet percussion in improvisational music and composition.
Patricia performs with Grammy nominated group The John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble along with musicians such as saxophonist Tony Malaby and vocalist Theo Bleckmann. Patricia is also a member of bassist Michael Formanek's Ensemble Kolossus, a large jazz ensemble featuring brilliant improvisers and instrumentalists. Patricia has performed in venues and festivals such as Newport Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall, and The Jazz Stand
Patricia holds a Bachelor of Music from the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music and a Master of Music from New York University.
*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are completely customized and personalized. It is my goal to guide each of my students through their own musical path.
Each of the teaching methods and techniques are adapted to the level and ability of each individual student. These methods and techniques are adapted to the individual needs of each student.
*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a professional keyboard. I also have basic drums and drum pads for drum students. I have mallet percussion instruments such as a vibraphone, sticks and mallets. It is also equipped with all the basics such as music stands and educational material. The studio is set up for the student to feel comfortable.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide sticks and mallets as well as drum pads. I also provide pedagogical material. Piano students must have some kind of keyboard.
*** Specialties ***
I specialize in jazz, other American styles of music such as blues, rock and pop, improvisational music and western classical music. I also have expertise in Latin American music such as salsa, Cuban son, and other specific styles from Latin American cultures. I teach my students the basics of Western Music in general as well as encourage improvisation in any style either jazz, classical music or other.
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· Singing · In studio
Personality: She is very welcoming, warm, funny and just a positive person to be around which bodes very well when it comes to learning and stepping outside of your comfort zone.
Knowledge: Just by looking at her credentials you know that she has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to music. However, her greatest gift is being able to relay all of that information to someone who may not have a very strong musical background. She is also very adept at making connections making the learning process fun and understandable.
Lessons: I have been taking lessons with Patricia for months now for voice. The greatest part of the lessons are that she does not only focus on improving your voice on a technical level. She helps with mental preparation, ear training, music theory and great deal of other things which helps students to become more well rounded. I believe this also helps students to grow in their area of study much faster.
Misc: Patricia greatly encourages her students to perform. If you are not comfortable going to an open mic, Patricia hosts a performance event for her students. This provides a safe and secure environment for students to express themselves an apply what they have learned in lessons.
I recently performed and while nervous the mental preparation that I described above helped me to "put on a show". I will continue taking lessons with Patricia and I am grateful for everything I have learned and experience in my time.
If you can talk, you can sing! And even if you can't talk - there may be hope still! Singing should always be a rewarding experience for the singer. The freer the voice is, the better the singing feels, and the more we can express ourselves through singing. But how do we find vocal freedom? Self-knowledge, technique, practice habits, and attitude, for starters...
Some of the areas of singing we'll work on are
- body awareness
- basic music theory
- ear training
We'll use exercises from my background in general music and studies of the "Italian School" of classical singing. We'll also draw from the Feldenkrais Method, yoga, acting and theater techniques, and what I've learned as a certified Music Together teacher.
Other topics we can cover are:
- basics of Italian, German and French language, and lyric diction for these languages and English
- concentration and ...
As a teacher, I draw on my professional experience as an actor and singer, my teaching background in myriad subjects (Feldenkrais, Music Together, general music, theatre, yoga, fitness, literature, etc.), and my eclectic training in acting, classical voice, musical theatre, various methods of body work, and healing.
I strive to create a working environment where students feel safe to take risks, learn to challenge themselves, and find increased joy and freedom in expression. Self-awareness/body
Though I have a long background in performing arts and performing arts education, my teaching philosophies and techniques draw primarily from my study of movement and mindfulness through disciplines such as yoga, and especially the Feldenkrais Method, "a remarkable approach to human movement, learning and change... based on sound principles of physics, neurology and physiology, and the conditions under which the nervous system learns best." (The Feldenkrais Institute, NY, NY, 2013).
- Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Teacher
- Feldenkrais Practitioner Training Program certification in process
- Bachelor of Music, Highest Honors, SUNY Binghamton
- Professional singing in the US and Europe
- Professional acting throughout the US, theater and film (member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA)
- 100+ hours of YA approved yoga teacher training
- Eclectic studies in voice and body work (Linklater, Sound Healing, various dance styles, Kinetic Awareness, Tai Chi, Beijing Opera techniques)
- Kids/family music teacher certified by Music Together (an amazing, international, research-based program)
- Teaching artist (opera, chorus, musical theater, acting/improv, mindfulness) at schools around NYC - Bronx High School for Law and Finanace, PS 129, Yorkville East MS, Baruch MS, Anderson MS, PS 3
- Former fitness instructor
Finding mastery in practices of music, acting, and mindfulness have core similarities - when you find your flow, it feels like flying. But we have to start from the ground up. The stronger the foundation, the higher you fly. Let's get started!
Notes on teaching locations:
- HOME STUDIO: For a number of reasons, I prefer to teach at my home studio whenever possible. I have two friendly cats - hope you aren't allergic!
- ONLINE: For some students, online lessons are very effective, but for others, it is imperative to meet in person. So if you would like to try online lessons, please message me first to discuss,
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Learn healthy singing technique that will allow you to sing opera and all other forms of music. You will gain range, power, flexibility, tone quality, consistency, and more. Will be asked to learn other genres besides opera.
Rachel's private studio is where you not only learn healthy technique, but how to become a self-sufficient artist. Professional training and customized programs in singing and acting technique. All learning styles, all ages, and all levels. Private lessons and group classes.
We prepare our students for the real world with up to date training (singing and acting) and both performance opportunities and showcases in front of industry professionals when students are ready.
Students come from all walks of life. All voice types, all ages, all levels, all mediums (TV-film-theatre), all character - ingenue actors, and ALL genres (Rock, Pop, Alternative, Funk, Soul, Musical Theater, R&B, Jazz, Opera) welcome!
Rachel's students have gone on nati
Owner/Teacher: Rachel M.
SAG-AFTRA, VASTA, NATS (certified), NARAS, NAMTA, BMI, MAC, NJMEA, NAfME. NJ Theatre Alliance, & Certified Artist Developer with Conquer Entertainment,
16+ years of teaching to children - teens - adults (Ages 6+ group classes, 8+ private lessons)
RACHEL M.'S BIO:
Rachel is a member of SAG-AFTRA, The National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS certified), VASTA (Voice And Speech Trainers Association), NARAS (The Grammy Awards), NAMTA, NJMEA (New Jersey Music Educators Association), NAfME (National Association of Music Education), NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association,) MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs), The NJ Theatre Alliance, NSA (Nashville Songwriting Association International), and BMI (Broadcast Music Inc). She has been teaching Bel Canto singing technique for the modern singer and Stella Adler-Stanislavsky-Chekhov-Meisner acting technique for all mediums for 15+ years to children, teens, and adults.
Rachel has trained at The Hages Music Studio under a master teacher for 22+ years in the Bel Canto singing technique for all genres, studied at The Stella Adler Studio of Acting in NYC as well as recorded and released her first album called "Just Meant To Be". Other credits include commercials, films, TV shows (One Tree Hill, AMC, Food Network), music videos (including Rachel's singles "Don't Even Try", "You Will Love On"), & numerous stage credits (Off-Broadway/NYC Theatre). Rachel most recently was seen in the reading of a new play "Vanishing Son" by Peter Gil-Sheridan performed in NYC. She is also a songwriter (16+ years), scriptwriter (10+ years), director (14+ years), and an international recording artist (10+ years).
Rachel has been performing for 20+ years, has performed in front of sold out crowds, and has been honored with many standing ovations. Other honors include magazine covers, featured articles, singing to thousands of people, studio recordings/albums, originated the role of "Antigone" in "Oedipus: The Musical", 2002 Helen Hayes Nomination for" Outstanding Vocal Performance in a Musical" ("Miss Adelaide" in "Guys And Dolls"), & 2008 finalist for NYC Singing Idol Competition. Rachel has also been fortunate to have worked & performed with many people in the business including Grammy-Tony-Emmy Award Winners/Nominees.
Whether you are a parent looking for instruction for your child, or for yourself, Rachel can customize the right program that best suits your needs. Her students come from all walks of life and have different goals, but they all have one thing in common. They love performing and have the desire to be the best at their chosen craft (singing/acting).
Some students want to sing/act for themselves, others want to sing/act for a hobby, and others want to be professional performers. That's where Rachel comes in. No matter what your goals are, she can help. Rachel teaches her students how to become true artists without tearing them down and without taking away the part of them that makes them unique. She teaches healthy technique that is based off of the human anatomy; the science of how the body/mind works and how the body/mind can work as efficiently as possible while singing or acting.
Learning how to sing/act is a process and doesn't happen overnight. Rachel's ultimate goal as a teacher is to not only make her students the best performers and singers they can be, but also give them all of the proper tools they need to have a more productive mind frame and become self-sufficient. Of course this can take years to master. It takes time and dedication.
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SINGING: Bel Canto singing technique for the modern singer is taught in private and group classes. No one sounds like old opera singers, even if the student wants to sing opera. Students are allowed to choose most of the material they learn in the lesson. There will be times when Rachel will suggest a song to a student but if the student doesn't enjoy the song, they will work as a team to find a song that does work for the student. Gain a better tone quality, complete control of your voice, bigger range, more flexibility, and confidence. Learn healthy voice technique, how to fully take care of your own voice so you can sing for the rest of your life (even after lessons), and become a self sufficient performer for life.
ACTING: Stella Adler, Stanislavsky, Chekhov, and Meisner Acting Technique for Theatre/Camera is taught in private and group classes. All students are exposed to each technique and Rachel sees which technique each student responds to the most. Once the student and Rachel are able to identify the technique, Rachel continues to use the terminology of that technique for the remainder of the time the student is in lessons. Students eventually are able to play roles truthfully and realistically, even if the roles are opposite of the student's own personality.
BY THE TIME STUDENTS GRADUATE FROM LESSONS:
1. Gain a lifelong, solid, consistent, and healthy technique that they can always count on in practice and performance.
2. Gain specific technical and personal notes in a notebook and/or computer file that is organized and always accessible for review.
3. Gain artistry, performance skills, and a strong voice that will look/sound authentic; Singers will sound appropriate to whatever style of music they are singing. (No fake sound or look.) Actors will just be in the moment and truthful whether they are on stage or in front of the camera.
4. Gain the confidence to always put on a great performance.
5. Gain focus and a more productive mind frame.
6. Become self-sufficient by knowing how to assess a problem and then fix it without creating a new issue.
*** Studio Equipment ***
PRIVATE HOME STUDIO: Keyboard, speakers (smartphone, iPod, iPad), CD player, tape recorder/player, digital recorder, music stand, mirror, laptop, sheet music selections, HD video camera, tripod, video editing software, audio editing software, USB microphone, and high speed WiFi internet. Full PA, two mixers (one mixer with 8 inputs and the other with 4), 8 Lavaliere microphones ("body mics"), multiple hand held microphones, laptop stand, and music stands.
**ASK ABOUT ON LOCATION TRAINING (ON SET, THEATER, PERFORMANCE EVENT, OR RECORDING STUDIO)!
**ONLINE LESSONS ALSO AVAILABLE!
*** Specialties ***
We specialize in Bel Canto voice technique for the modern singer. Each student can sing all genres without sounding too classical, "fake", and without losing their voice while singing for long periods of time.
Other Specialties: Teaching acting technique for theatre-TV-Film (Stella Adler, Stanislavsky, Chekhov, & Meisner), performance skills, songwriting, and creating self-sufficient singers-actors-performers (Artist Development).
24 hour lesson cancellation
MISSED LESSONS/MAKE UPS:
If the student needs to miss a lesson for sickness, they or their parent/ guardian, if the student is under 18, must let Rachel know at least 24 hours before their missed lesson. If they need to miss due to an other activity or vacation, they must contact Rachel at least a week from their next scheduled lesson in advance to prevent from forfeiting the lesson. All make ups will be scheduled within 4 weeks from the missed lesson. If rescheduled lesson or make up lesson is missed, no new make up will be given unless Rachel is not able to teach for some rare reason.
If a student is going to be late they need to contact Rachel as soon as possible, to let her know they will be late. Lessons will end on time unless she is able to extend the lesson due to a late student or her schedule allows for it though please understand, Rachel would be extending a courtesy and would not be obligated to do so. If on the rare occasion Rachel is running late, she will always make up the time.
SITTING IN: Parents/Guardians are ONLY permitted to stay for the first lesson and are NOT permitted to sit in for any other lesson/class unless invited. This is to promote good/strong teacher-student relationship quickly and easily. Also, many times students feel more comfortable when their parents/guardians leave.
"I try to be as fair as possible to both parties when it comes to cancellations, rescheduling, lateness, and make ups. Have a concern or question? Just talk with me. I'm all about communication!" - Rachel
· Acting · In studio
· Film Acting · In studio
· Film and TV Acting · In home
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· Broadway Singing · In studio
· Singing · In studio
· Acting · In home
My focus in lessons is on healthy vocal production with an emphasis on physiology. Because singing is very technical I want my students to feel comfortable in their understanding of their instrument. In this way, during performance situations they are able to let their musicality and acting shine without being hindered by vocal difficulty. Depending on the students need diction, music theory, and sight singing will be addressed.
Natalie 's focus in lessons is on both healthful and beautiful vocal production as well as musicality. Depending on student's needs sight singing, music theory, IPA and diction will be addressed. Audition and competition prep as well as recital opportunities are also available.
I am a professional singer with ten years of private teaching experience. I have taught students interested in all types of genres. My background is in classical/operatic singing, but I also have extensive experience in choirs, gospel, musical theatre and jazz. I have a solid understanding of the vocal mechanism. We will work with the voice holistically, focusing on the body-mind-spirit connection.
My experience includes:
* 10 years of private lesson teaching experience
* 4 years of school teaching experience
* Vocal director for multiple musicals
* 8 years of church music experience
* 1 year of continuing-education college teaching experience
* 7 years of choral directing experience
My goal is to make you the best musician you want to be. I'm excited to meet you and help you on your journey to becoming a musician!
· Classical Voice · In studio
Experienced teacher of 7 years with both a Bachelors and Masters in Music Education and Performance. Specializing in beginner/intermediate and advanced voice students! All ages welcome. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. You will be learning to sing with ease and vocal freedom. You will also be building a strong foundation of breath management and vocal technique, note reading, music theory, ear training, confidence building, and audition training and preparation. Let's get started!
I have been performing since the age of 5 and have sung with many regional and Off-Broadway companies since moving to NYC. I have a Bachelors Degree in Music Education and a Masters Degree from The Manhattan School of Music in Vocal Performance.
I specialize in teaching opera/classical, musical theatre, and pop/jazz acoustic.
I want to help you discover your singing voice and teach you how to sing with a healthy technique. Whether you are preparing for a big audition, or wanting to learn a song that you have always dreamed of singing, I will help you to learn it in a fun, exciting, and healthy way!
· Opera Voice · In home
I always was interested in learning to sing opera and was a complete beginner when I first starting taking lessons with her. We did our lessons at my house, which was always really helpful and convenient (she can also do online lessons, too!).
Stephanie was always so patient and encouraging, even when I had trouble with certain songs. She genuinely seemed happy for me whenever I made progress! She also helped me a lot with breathing techniques, which is something I always struggled with.
Stephanie is one of the best teachers I’ve ever had and would highly recommend her to anyone!
· Singing · In home
Learn technique with a supportive and knowledgeable teacher! Each voice is different, so I tailor every lesson to the individual. Whether you sing professionally or are just starting out, I can work with you to release your best, most free, voice.
For beginners, I also incorporate music theory and sight-singing, two essential building blocks of musicianship!
When I started singing, I had a very small voice. I could match pitch and sounded pretty, but I had no vibrato and freedom to my sound. I now sing opera professionally, and have no trouble cutting through an orchestra. That does not come from pushing, but from working through many tension and breath issues that were holding me back. Having built my technique through intense study and practice over many years
I look forward to helping you become the best singer you can be!
I am a professional opera singer and principal soprano at the Metropolitan Opera. I have dedicated my entire life to music and singing, and I truly understand all the twists and turns seeking a professional life as a classical singer involves. I am, at the same time, a firm believer than anyone can be taught how to sing if they are not tone deaf (and only less than 5 percent of our population is). Singing is physiologically proven to improve your health and well being, and I believe a lot of what is involved in singing has to do with the student's mindset and confidence. I am an extremely passionate, patient, and compassionate person, and I don't teach to make a living, I teach because I truly love learning from my students and imparting what I've learned with others. I love to share the gift of music!
I believe in healthy singing that starts with proper breath control and connection to the body. I also believe that technique should not be completely separate from musicality and the emotional connection to the music. I provide my students with the tools to warm up the voice in a way that allows the freedom of the voice to come out, while then using that freedom to creatively express whatever he/she wants with his/her voice. Students end up feeling a sense of release when singing in a way that I find healthy and not pushed
I also believe that singing has a much deeper psychological aspect to it, more so than other instruments, because the instrument is within you. As a teacher, I am extremely patient, compassionate, good-humored and like to really get to know my students because I think it helps bring out their expression and their voice.
Looking forward to hearing your voice in a lesson!
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