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About L'Marco S.

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About L'Marco
I am not just a teacher, having the experience of successfully launching a solo career in the pop markets and working with some of the best in the industry! Thus, not only do I give instruction on basic and intermediate singing technique(s), I also focuses heavily on the performance aspect of music.

"There is nothing greater to witness on stage, than a singer who both has the talent and the ability to captivate their audience's full attention." - L. S.

I studied for 5 years at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU, Long Beach. I studied everything from Classical to Jazz, so I'm knowledgeable on how to yield results in various genres. My musical education, however, dates far before my collegiate career, offering assurance to my students that they will, indeed, get the most from their lessons: the Ability, the Finesse (sharpenin
g of their natural talent), and the Confidence (which is one of the most vital elements of performance).

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I have a very unique teaching style most would say. I'm very real, honest, upfront, and approachable. My feedback is constructive and insightful. I focus on technical singing, initially, to really establish a solid foundation for musicality and health longevity, then as progression is made, I put emphasis on performance methods. Throughout my lessons, confidence building is my main focus! Most of my students can attest that if the work is put in, the best results are put out! I teach many genres: Classical, Pop/R&B, Rock, Country, and Musical Theatre!

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Piano

*** Specialties ***
Overcoming stage fright, Proper technique of vocalizing
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Jason Yang October 16, 2015
· Singing · In home
Excellent teacher, I just took a few classes with him, and I already feel like my singing has tremendously approved.
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Marcia H. May 12, 2014
· Singing ·
ALL IN ONE

L'Marco is providing my 8 year old son more than what I thought. He's teaching the things that go along with singing and the words and definition as well as having exams so he will really know what they mean. Diction, posture, diaghragm,larynax, glissando (?). He's teaching him pitch, performance and stage presence. Because of L'Marco and his wonderful teachings my son has song the lead to a song in church which he was very afraid before. Now he has many request to lead solos and perform at 2 separate banquets this year (2014). Several of my friends want to utilize L;Marco for their children... NO NO he's all mine. lol
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Sarah M. January 24, 2013
· Singing ·
L'Marco shares his soul/power through teaching!

I've been studying under L'Marco Smith for almost a year and can say not only has my singing ability improved but my confidence in myself and my voice as well. Not only does he focus on technique but is passionate about instilling the idea that music is all about the intention and message you want to leave your audience. I tend to put stress and pressure on myself being such a serious artist constantly looking for perfection but L'Marco has been there time after time reminding me with his enthusiasm, humor and supportive outlook to enjoy the journey. He has taught me to make bold mistakes, know you have been given a gift to share, and take responsibility don't be ashamed of your voice. I've never met such a teacher who would kill to see you succeed the way he does. I know working with him, I am becoming the confident/power/successful/artist I've always dreamed I could be.
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L'Marco S.

New York, NY 10034
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About Kolja G.

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Brooklyn, NY

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About Kolja
Kolja is a versatile drummer/percussionist that has been actively playing/teaching/recording for the last 20 years of his life.
He teaches at his studio in Williamsburg.
He has studied Jazz drumming at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Europe. Although trained as a western drummer, studying with the Indian master drummer Taalyogi Pandit Suresh Talwalkar, has given him insight how to teach rhythm and make it a fun process.
The joy and the excitement while playing is what Kolja focuses is on. How to groove effortless and with ease is what he teaches!
Lessons are customized to match students interest and abilities.
Jazz, Funk , Rock, Fusion, Latin , Odd meter, Middle Eastern drumming, Indian Rhythm (Konnakol)
All levels are welcome! From absolute beginners to professional musicians!

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rums, PA, percussion (bongo, cajon, udu, davul)

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Patience
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Ethan I. August 18, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Kolja is a wonderful teacher. He's very laid-back and easy-going and all around a very pleasant guy to get along with. He is also very willing to work with people in whatever desires they have for the drums. Don't get me wrong though, you're not goofing off during the lesson. He's very focused on teaching the drums well and wants to make sure you're solid in whatever it is you're learning. He has a good balance between patience and making sure you're not falling into bad habits by using poor technique repeatedly. No matter what skill level you're at, I'm positive that you have something to learn from Kolja.
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Skylar July 6, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Kolja is great! I've taken lessons for various instruments since I was young and never had as much fun as I do in drum lessons. He has a great energy and gives positive, constructive feedback. His years of experience as a drummer and instructor were immediately evident. I felt improvement even after the first week of practice! I appreciated that he took time to understand what I wanted out of drum lessons and how I prefer to learn. I have been wanting to start drumming for years and am so glad that I found Kolja!
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Tanya May 30, 2016
· Drum · In studio
I studied drums when I was younger and wanted to reacquaint myself with my long lost art. I am so happy I chose Kolja, He has this amazing joyful energy. He's an amazing drummer and can explain how to do it. Wow! He made me feel really comfortable from the get go. He was very thorough assessing my skill level, my goals and how much time I actually have to give to practicing. He is teaching me how to reread drum notation and really making sure I have the proper posture and holding the sticks correctly. I am very interested in jazz drumming and poly-rhythm. I think with him I will reach my goals. I'm slowly getting there. He is really good at explaining and showing. I think I really lucked out.
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Kolja G.

Kolja G.

Brooklyn, NY 11211
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About Summer L.

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About Summer
Our lessons will be laid-back, encouraging, and productive. We will work together to help you achieve your goals and gain a well-rounded music education, regardless of age or musical background.

I am passionate about sharing musical knowledge with others and believe that the most important aspect of teaching music is creating an environment that is encouraging, fun, and individualized for each student. I have over 8 years of experience teaching piano, theory, and guitar to students of all ages and musical backgrounds.

Above all, our lessons will be about learning what you want to learn, no matter the genre. Curriculum for our lessons will draw from variety of methods. These include theory, ear training, sight-reading exercises, body mapping, technique, improvisation skills, composition, and songbooks.

Students who are intereste
d to do so will have the opportunity to perform at spring and winter recitals.

I graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston with degrees in Performance and Audio Engineering. I have studied with extraordinary musicians and teachers such as Ray Santisi, Jennifer Elowsky-Fox, Doug Johnson, Yakov Gubanov, Tibor Putszai and Suzanna Sifter.

Please note that my exact availability for in-home lessons is dependent on your location.

Feel free to send me a message if you have any questions or if you don't see a time slot available that works for you! My schedule is often flexible, so we can try to find a mutually beneficial time for your lessons.
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Heidi September 15, 2017
· Piano · In home
Summer is a wonderful teacher. She has all the necessary attributes...so pleasant and patient, very kind and thoughtful, explains points with clarity, offered helpful ideas to assist me in overcoming my stumbling blocks. All in all, I am so happy to have her as my teacher, and I know I will reach my goal with her at my side.
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motherless July 10, 2017
· Music Recording · In home
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Naomi May 8, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Summer was a well organized instructor, highly skilled at adapting a lesson to the level of the student, which in my case was very low. She was thorough in her instructions, and provided detailed explanations as well as suggestions to increase the ability to grasp and retain the material. The material she crafted to leave behind for practice seems appropriate to build skills and confidence. Overall, an excellent instructor.
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Summer L.

New York, NY 10011
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About Robert H.

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Randolph, NJ
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About Robert
I started playing guitar at age 11, taking lessons at the local music studio in Hackensack, NJ. I became heavily influenced by The Beatles after hearing their music and as a teenager played in local rock groups, having some success being in the bands Jona's Ark and The Yorkshire Pudding, opening for artists Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, John Mayall and backing up Gary U.S. Bonds. I started playing piano at 19 when I took a group piano class in college. I attended Berklee College of Music and studied guitar with Bill Leavitt and Pat Metheny. That's where I started learning about all the great jazz artists from Duke Ellington to Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and Wes Montgomery to name a few. While at Berklee I also developed a love of the classical guitar and it's repertoire. After Berklee, I became a freelance musician and played guitar for
The Drifters, Del Shannon, The Shirelles, The Marvelettes, The Crystals, Chuck Berry, Leslie Gore and believe it or not Tiny Tim. I played guitar, harmonica, mandolin and banjo in productions of: Hair, Tommy, Big River, Fiddler On The Roof and Grease. I composed my own music and performed and co-wrote with others who also wrote their own music. I have always taught private guitar lessons as far back as I can remember. One notable student was Stevie Wonder's son Keita who I taught for 2 years at Stevie's home in northern New Jersey as well as CBS News Anchor Charles Osgood's daughter Annie. Currently I teach 20 private guitar students a week.. From 1994 to 2000, I was the guitarist for The Royal Scam (a Steely Dan Tribute) and during that period I was hired by Hal Leonard Music Corp. to write a guitar transcription book called "The Best of Steely Dan". I was also hired by Brother International Corp. to compose and record a national radio jingle called "P-Touch", with Corey Glover from the rock band Living Colour doing the vocal tracks.
In 1996 I went to William Paterson University to obtain my teacher certification in music education. After the 9/11 attacks, I co-wrote and arranged "America Home Of The Free". The song was used to raise thousands of dollars for the victims of The World Trade Center attacks. Presently I divide my time between teaching, which I enjoy as much as performing and playing guitar with a jazz quartet called ....and All That Jazz, whose 2005 CD "Reflections" was recorded, mixed and mastered in my home based 24 track recording studio in northern NJ. I am also involved in a mandolin / classical guitar project called Music Of The Ages and perform with a 10 piece band called Epic Soul.
As a teacher I am very patient with students and enjoy helping them reach their own musical goals. I emphasize knowing the basics and encourage students to study music theory and basic reading of standard notation. I always ask my students to bring in songs they want to learn as a way to motivate them to practice more.

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GUITAR: I expect my students to practice at least 5 days a week for at least a 1/2 hour per day. I use the Suzuki method for young students ages 8 to10. We continue learning basic folk songs by ear and then start reading standard notation and basic theory within 6 to 8 months along with classical guitar duets. For older students I use the Hal Leonard guitar method. After 3 months of lessons students can expect to know the basic open position chords and strum patterns to some basic songs as well as some famous guitar riffs and also be able to read some basic melodies in standard notation. After 6 months students will be able to play a 12 bar blues and improvise with the pentatonic and blues scales as well as learn moveable scales and chords and apply these to songs.

PIANO: I also start young piano students with the Suzuki method so they can play some five finger familiar melodies in a short time period. Then we progress to reading notation and eventually adding chord accompaniment to melodies. I use the Faber piano method for reading standard notation.

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24 track recording studio, room for parents to sit 14' x 21'...completely furnished studio with guitars, amps, piano, drum machine, synthesizer, microphones...the works.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students need a good quality and proper size guitar (for very young students) a music stand (for their home use) a foot stool, a metronome and books I assign along with an 8 1/2" X 11" blank manuscript book and a folder with side pockets to hold handout sheets. Piano students need their own instrument and the above materials minus the foot stool.

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Suzuki classical guitar, classic rock, blues, jazz , popular, funk, country, folk, finger picking and pick style and piano.
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rein April 29, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
can set the foundation of the instrument while helping you apply the music to the songs that drive you.
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Terry S. April 29, 2016
· Guitar · In home
I've been taking lessons from Rob for 2 years now. He is a great teacher, classically trained, but very knowledgeable in all genres. I have learned a great deal and being taught the correct way. He pushes you to do better each and every week.
I would definitely recommend Rob for Guitar instructions
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Katherine M. April 29, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
I really enjoy learning guitar with Robert, I've been playing for a two years and a couple of months. He really motivates you to keep trying and play a music piece until it sounds great. He's patient and easy going and it's great and fun to learn guitar alongside Robert
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Robert H.

Randolph, NJ 07869
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About Silvio V.

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I graduated from Berklee College of Music with a 2 year Performance certificate and have been performing and teaching ever since.

I perform regularly as a member of New York based Indie Pop group, Salt Cathedral (formerly il Abanico). Some highlights include official showcases at SXSW, NXNE, North Side, and Sony BMI summer nights, a music video on MTV, and features in CBC and the Los Angeles Times. In the last few years, I've played hundreds of shows across the U.S and Canada in locations such as New York, Los Angeles, Austin, Atlanta, Orlando, and Toronto and toured alongside bands including Hundred Waters (OWSLA), Freelance Whales (Mom+Pop) and Bomba Estereo (Sony).

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My lesson are personally customized to the students specific need. I have a vast collection of teaching material I've accumulated and created
myself along with the experience of teaching beginners to advanced players in many different styles to be able to design the perfect lesson plan for you!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fender Amplifiers
Fender Electric Guitars
A Francisco Manuel Diaz Flamenco guitar
Various Steel string acoustics
Various Recording equipment

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An electric, steel string acoustic, or nylon string guitar and a small amplifier if needed. as well as all necessary materials for the lesson.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching Rock, Jazz, Blues, Funk, and Pop music on both electric and acoustic guitar.
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Lucas S. October 24, 2014
· Guitar ·
I've known Silvio for many years and I always learn something new every time I hear him play. He is a very talented and dedicated musician/instructor with a broad knowledge of many different styles of music. You can't go wrong taking lessons with Silvio. Highly recommended!
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Kyle E. October 24, 2014
· Guitar · In home
Silvio is a long time friend and a great musician. He has a strong work ethic and is one of the most knowledgeable musicians I know. He has copious experience playing and teaching to all ages. If I ever wanted to learn guitar, I would choose Silvio.

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Nick L. September 26, 2014
· Guitar · In studio
Silvio was a co-worker of mine at a music school in Florida. I highly recommend Silvio as a guitar teacher. He is great with both children and adults. Extremely knowledgeable and also willing to work with all types of students. Cannot go wrong with this guy!
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Silvio V.

Brooklyn, NY 11207
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About Tara L.

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Hastings on Hudson, NY

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I have a Masters in Education as well as having spent many years performing, teaching in one on one and group settings both privately and at music camps and festivals. I play and teach bluegrass, old time, Irish, and swing jazz styles. I like my students to really enjoy playing music and their lessons as well as learning to become fluent in the language of music. It is not required that folks learn to read music necessarily, but it can be a part of the lessons if desired. I love to see my students able to continue learning and playing on their own, be able to hold their own at jams and on the stage is they so desire, or just enjoy making music for themselves. I have techniques that have proven effective to help get past jam phobia, that help folks learn to improvise who have not had any luck with doing so before, and help getting away fro
m sheet music addictions to be able to have fun and confidence out at jams. I also can give a good foundation in music theory as it applies to one's actual playing and have it be fun and make sense.
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Marcy March 15, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Tara is a wonderful teacher. She made me feel comfortable about my short fingers even before we met for my first guitar lesson. She said she was sure she'd get me playing and we'd have some fun, and she was right! She's patient and respectful for where I'm at musically and short fingers and all, I'm finally, after a couple failed attempts at teaching myself, making music with this guitar!
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Francine February 6, 2016
· Ukulele · In studio
Tara is very warm and patient. My 7-years old daughter (and I) really enjoyed her introduction lessons to Ukulele.
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Brad M. November 30, 2015
· Mandolin · In studio
Tara's very knowledgeable about the mandolin and thorough in her teaching. She's also patient and keeps the session light and fun. Looking forward to learning more with her.
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Tara L.

Tara L.

Hastings on Hudson, NY 10706
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About Liann C.

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Brooklyn, NY

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About Liann
Hi, there! My name is Liann and I've been teaching private lessons since 2014. I love sharing the joy of playing the harp with others. I received my Master of Music degree from Shenandoah Conservatory in 2015, and my Bachelor of Music degree from Ball State University in 2012. I'm a very warm and enthusiastic person and my teaching style is structured and supportive, which I think will be a great fit for you!
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Alfred June 10, 2017
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My lessons with Liann are very good. I believe she is definitely one of the best in my option, patient and is an excellent teacher. Although only 5 lessons with her so far, I was able to learn a lot, much more than with previous harp tutors I've had before, and I hope to have continued tutoring with her for a long time
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Alfred love May 15, 2017
· Harp ·
Lesson was excellent. I learn't a lot in 1 hour and I look for to many more lessons with Liann
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Liann C.

Brooklyn, NY 11215
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About Andrew M.

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Brooklyn, NY

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I've been a professional musician and songwriter for 25 years - playing piano, guitar, and drums. I can teach you jazz, rock, popular styles, and classical piano. I have a very diverse background and can be especially helpful in theory, composition, and improv. I have a Bachelors degree in Music Composition and I'm currently finishing a Masters degree. I look forward to working with you!
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Lucy June 4, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
Andy is a gem! I had been away from the piano for, oh, about 30 years. He made me feel comfortable diving back in and taught with patience and humor. I couldn't ask for a better instructor! His love of music is infectious.
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Sobina May 31, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Andy is very kind and friendly, learn a lot from him!
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Andrew M.

Brooklyn, NY 11230
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About Meghan L.

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Hawthorne, NJ
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Hi I'm Meghan! I'm a professional singer and vocal coach who has performed and taught professionally all over the country. I received a B.F.A. in Musical Theater from The Boston Conservatory with an emphasis in Vocal Repertory. I will provide detailed and constructive feedback on your vocal technique. I will break down the mechanics of singing in a way that is both fun and easy to understand. I am experienced in multiple vocal styles, including Pop, Broadway, Jazz, Country, Classical and more! I will help you sound amazing on all of your favorite songs.

As I always say, if you can learn to speak, you can learn to sing!
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Samuel July 24, 2017
· Broadway Singing · In studio
I was looking for a new teacher, ran into Meghan and I haven't looked back. honestly, i wish I had met her sooner! she is a rare find
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Todd July 24, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Meghan is truly a fantastic and patient instructor. As she is someone with much understanding and experience, she was more than equipped to read my abilities and gauge what was needed to be fixed/improved upon. Its easy to tell she loves teaching as much as I love performing. Recommend her any day!
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Sean July 24, 2017
· Singing · Online
She helped me pick the perfect audition song, and taught me exactly how to have a really good singing audition. I didn't feel as nervous for the audition, I would definitely work with her again.
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Meghan L.

Hawthorne, NJ 07506
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About Sabrina T.

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New York, NY
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I am a classically trained pianist, vocalist, and intermediate modern dancer. My entire life is engulfed in the arts as my family is filled with dancers, singers, entertainers, host etc.. Art is and always has been my life.

I graduated from one of the many City Universities in New York at 22 and have been teaching there ever since as an Adjunct Lecturer, specializing in drama history, speech and poetry. I am a true believer in enlightening myself on how things work in the arts to capitalize on the past and create an even better future.

I specialize in sharpening and enhancing vocal breaks and range of extensions. As well as coaching my clients to over come performance anxiety with breathing techniques also used to add resonance and power to their voice.

If you are a dancer, I work specifically with assisting in nailing a "singe
rs call". I am full of repertoire and can recommend songs specifically for your voice to help build your book.
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Loren September 6, 2017
· Vocal Training · Online
Honestly, it is always such a pleasure working with Sabrina She is fun, youthful, and extremely experienced. It makes me feel a lot better when you have someone relatable teaching.

Can't wait to sing with her again!!!
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Sabrina T.

New York, NY 10018
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