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I teach singers basic music theory. How to understand keys and how to find the key they need their songs in. How to know their vocal range- How theory and chord structure relates to sing harmony.

About Michael
Michael is an artist/songwriter with a broad background of
experience from live performances and studio work across the US and
Europe. He has sung for many labels, publishers, and on jingles. As a
songwriter, he has songs recorded internationally by other artists and
in film. He has a Bachelors of Music in Commercial Vocal Performance
from Belmont University (Nashville, TN). As a vocal instructor, he held
a Masterclass of commercial Voice for the Royal Academy of Music in
London in. Michael works with singers of all levels from beginners to professionals.

*** Lesson Details ***
Michael covers all modern styles of music; pop, soul, jazz,
r&b, country, rock, and on and on. Michael works with all levels
of singers, from beginners to professionals, who want to work on
specific areas.

Michael will help you improve your...


Technique- We will help you improve breathing, phrasing, improving tone, projection and develop range.

Artistry- Some singers already have a sense of "who they are" and
have found their "sound" as artists, and others need help refining it.
We'll look at what songs are great for you, (maybe you write your own)
how to style songs and make them your own and even experiment with
different genres.

Performance skills- It's one thing to sing in a room one on one
with a vocal instructor and quite another to be onstage with an
audience with all eyes on you as you stand in front of the mic. How do
you connect with your audience? How do you handle nerves? How do you
talk between songs? Some of these things are learned best from
experience. Most singers are working on their voice because they want
to perform. Michael will provide opportunities for performance
experience for each artist when each individual is ready.

Be an Intelligent singer- Learn how to be ready for an audition.
How to communicate with a band /accompanists. How to know what keys you
need your songs in. Learn about singing harmonies/backing vocals. Learn
about recording vocals in the studio.

This is what one new student had to say about their first lesson with Michael...

"I had SO much fun
this past Sunday, Michael. I already feel like I learned a great deal. You are
such a fun and easy going teacher. Can't wait for the next one. Thanks!"

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring a keyboard and a laptop. It would be nice if they could provide a CD player, but not necessary.

*** Specialties ***
pop, soul, r&b, rock, country, any commercial styles. Performance coaching, Songwriting
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Insung H. June 16, 2016
· Singing · Online
Michael is the best singing teacher I've ever had. He has done a wonderful job of helping me to reach the potential that I knew I had as a singer.

His unique and innovative approach to vocal warm ups has helped me to find and define my vocal range.

He also happens to be an excellent vocal arranger, having helped me to add vocal accents to my songs that have given them new life.

Thank you for everything Michael!
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Lissy N. April 10, 2015
· Singing · Online
Michael has been a savior for me, both in terms of expanding my vocal capacity and helping me develop my artistry and songwriting! He is encouraging, kind, fun, motivating and professional. He has truly been a caring teacher, mentor, and guide for me as I move forward in my music career, and has gone above and beyond his job as a vocal coach, taking the time and energy to invest in understanding my artistic vision, and helping me articulate and execute each step along the way. I would recommend him to anyone looking for guidance in a talented vocal coach and all around professional music mentor!Thank you Michael!
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Insung H. October 18, 2014
· Singing · Online
Michael is the best! Right from the start he picked up on the weak areas of my voice and we've been working on it since. He goes through the exercises such that I'm singing the way I wanted without even thinking about it. And he doesn't miss a thing. If I miss a note he's right there having me do it over again until I get it right.

He also explained in detail what the problem areas were and how to fix them. Describing with words how to use the human voice is no easy task, but he knows exactly how to get the point across.

I was originally pessimistic about online lessons, but I thought I'd try it since I couldn't find anyone with credentials and experience like Michael's in Atlanta for less than a gajillion an hour. I was pleasantly surprised. I can sing in the comfort of my own home, and it's just like he's right there with me.

Thanks Michael!
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Bronx, NY 10451
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About Summer L.

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Brooklyn, NY

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In music theory lessons, we will focus on theory that is relevant to the your musical interests while building a solid foundation in understanding universal music theory concepts.

We will relate these concepts to a variety of genres, whether that may be jazz, classical, pop, rock, or folk through analysis and musical examples.

We will also cover arrangement and composition techniques, harmonic and melodic analysis, ear training, and practical application.

About Summer
I believe that the most important aspect of teaching music is creating an environment that is positive and individualized for each student while simultaneously providing the necessary tools to learn music both successfully and confidently, such as theory, technique, sight-reading, and ear training.

I have 9 years of experience teaching piano, theory, and guitar to students of all ages and musical background, including students with special needs.

Above all, our lessons will be about learning music that interests you and reaching your musical goals. Curriculum for our lessons will draw from variety of methods and aspects of music education. These include music theory, ear training, sight-reading, body mapping, technique, improvisation skills, arranging, and composition.

Students who are interested in doing so will have the opport
unity to perform at spring and winter recitals.

I am currently an active performer and music educator in New York City. I graduated with honors from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA with degrees in Performance and Audio Engineering, where I 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 about lessons or scheduling!
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Alex R. September 29, 2017
· Piano · In home
She is great with my special needs son very patient and laid back. Which is what he needs. Highly recommend her.
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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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Summer L.

Brooklyn, NY 11216
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About Barbee M.

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Enhance your singing, playing, or songwriting skills with an understanding of how music works! Music theory lessons can help you learn and memorize music faster, perform with more confidence, and add variety to the music you write.

About Barbee
Welcome to my teacher profile! My name is Barbee and I am an active professional singer with over ten years of piano and voice teaching experience. I enjoy teaching both children and adults. Check out my specialities and see if you think we'd be a good fit! Then, feel free to click "Ask Barbee a Question" if you'd like more information from me!

Both voice and piano lessons are based on a foundation of healthy technique while incorporating musicianship skills and encouraging the student to develop their own creativity. While my focus as a performer is opera and other classical music, I am experienced in teaching Broadway/musical theater, pop, rock, R&B, folk, and other styles and genres. I encourage my students to explore new styles and apply good technique to any style they may choose to sing or play.

I also specialize in helping p
repare singers for auditions for college, performing arts schools, choirs, musicals, and competitions. As an active performer myself I have auditioned many, MANY times for different organizations. I have also been on "the other side of the table" and I know what qualities audition panels are looking for. Several of my current and former students have been accepted to college music programs, performing arts magnet schools, audition-only choirs, and theater programs to continue their studies. Let me help you show your best qualities at your audition!

As a member of both NATS (National Association for Teachers of Singing) and ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) I am constantly working to improve my teaching skills by keeping up with the latest pedagogical research. I love sharing new tips and techniques with my students!

I strive to create a lesson environment that is open and honest, where my students are never afraid to ask questions or try something new. I am always happy to explain concepts in a different way and I encourage improvisation and creativity in addition to healthy technique and strong musicianship.

In-home lesson equipment requirements:
Voice: Piano (preferred) or keyboard; music stand(s); full-length mirror (preferred).
Piano: Piano (preferred) or keyboard; desk or table nearby for written assignments and assessments.
Music theory: Piano (preferred) or keyboard; music stand(s) (preferred); desk or table nearby for written assignments and assessments.

Note: Students are expected to purchase all music, curriculum, and other materials as appropriate. In many cases I can obtain the necessary materials prior to the first lesson and the student/parent can reimburse me at the lesson.
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Isa R. August 29, 2017
· Opera Voice · In home
Barbee is fantastic! My daughter had a great time and learned a lot!
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Samira N. July 6, 2016
· Singing · Online
great lesson
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Frey R. June 29, 2016
· Piano · In home
I have no words to described what amazing time my Dauther is having with her teacher Barbee has being not just a teacher she is a model for her to follow she takes everything so personal trying to teach my Dauther and so patien is incredible how she finds a way for my Dauther to listen and pay attention, to be really honest with respect to other teachers at take lesson I wouldn't take the time to search any other place Barbee is just amazing, Thank you, Thank you so much
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West New York, NJ 07093
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About Emil V.

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Theory is essential if you want to understand what you're doing!

I have been teaching piano for over 40 years, full-time for the past 13. Besides the actual repertoire, technique and theory are always included in my lessons because they are essential. Sight reading and ear training are also included in some lessons.

I stress accuracy in playing and attention to details! I also teach my students HOW to practice. Slow, accurate practice is the answer. Practicing takes patience!

Please note: Home lessons must be at a location that I can get to easily with public transportation. I do not have a car.

About Emil
I started to study the piano at the age of seven with Hrant Minassian in my hometown of Island Park, New York. During high school I continued my studies with Jack Chaikin , a graduate of the Juilliard School. I attended Hofstra University where I received a B.A. in Music in 1979. At Hofstra, my piano teachers were Blanche Abram and Morton Estrin.

After graduating from Hofstra, I moved into Manhattan and continued my piano studies with Elena Wolkonsky at the Juilliard School. I also took a few lessons from Adam Aleksander, concert pianist, in Miami. So all together, I took lessons for 20 years with six different teachers!

I started teaching piano when I was 18 years old and taught all throughout college. After enjoying a successful career in data processing for 22 years, I decided to go back to teaching piano in 2003.

I thoro
ughly enjoy what I am doing. It's a pleasure to pass on to my students everything that my great teachers taught me.
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Celia October 26, 2016
· Classical Piano · In studio
Emil is very easy to work with and is a fun and inspired teacher. My daughter loves taking lessons from him.
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LIYANG S. June 11, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Great teacher! Patient and nice to the kid beginner.
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Jorell October 26, 2015
· Classical Piano · In studio
Emil was the teacher I was looking for. I have tried to learn piano on my own for a while now, but most of the time it became overwhelming. I wasn't sure I was going in the right direction, or if I was learning what I should know in the right order. So far, what Emil had done for me was to take what I've known already and add much more to it. He also has started to correct some bad habits I became accustomed to, which I would have never picked up on my own.He's very knowledgeable, and ties in music theory during the lesson. He's down to earth, throws in some jokes to lighten the mood, and create an enjoyable learning experience.
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Emil V.

Bronx, NY 10463
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About Yoon Jae L.

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New York, NY
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As a graduate of the Mannes School of Music, I have an excellent background to teach and tutor all levels of theory from basic musicianship to advanced harmonic analysis and score reading. Students will receive on 1-on1 instruction in all aspects of tonal harmony and counterpoint.

About Yoon Jae
I am a highly-skilled professional musician certified as a certified Steinway education partner with over 14 years of teaching experience. I offer lessons in classical piano, violin, viola, conducting, arranging/orchestration as well as private tutoring in ear training and theory.

My main instrument is piano and I specialize in teaching students who already play the instrument and wish to get a more in-depth experience with piano literature by learning new repertoire and developing their technique. I also teach adult beginners and young beginners whose parents have a dedicated commitment to having their children make music an integral part of their education. For all my students, I emphasize the importance of practicing efficiently and developing critical listening skills. This encourages consistent improvement and whatever your perso
nal piano goals and skill levels are, I will help you improve and enjoy playing the piano more. I am very patient, encouraging and supportive of your desire to play the piano better. In addition to piano, I teach beginner and intermediate violin and viola students.

I encourage all my students to perform once or twice a year but this is entirely optional and based on the student's comfort level.

I am available and willing to travel to your home for an extra fee as long as public transportation is available.
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Carol L. August 19, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
Yoon Jae is a great instructor. He teaches me the proper way to practice and correct my bad habits. He is very patient and professional.
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Grant May 6, 2017
· Violin · In home
I'm so glad I ended up with Yoon Jae for my very first violin lesson. He took me through the first steps - as basic as holding the violin - really carefully and not at all condescendingly, even though I'm an adult who never even learned to read music. In fact, he couldn't have been more patient. I'd definitely recommend him to anyone who wants to learn violin in a supportive atmosphere!
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Carrie K. April 2, 2017
· Piano · In home
Yoon is engaging, motivating, kind and easy to work with. I'm an adult beginner and am enjoying the process of learning to read music, playing the instrument and gaining a greater appreciation for music generally. Highly recommend.
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Yoon Jae L.

New York, NY 10036
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I have training in classes such as orchestration, arranging, jazz theory and musicianship all daringly undergrad and masters at university of the arts. I also have studied composition privately for the past 4 years with great composers such as David Bennett Thomas, Norman David and Evan Solot. I've written all kinds of works, big band, classical, funk, you name it! I also freelance as a horn chart writer for many of the local wedding bands and cover bands. I've tutored all kinds of students in theory, transcription, composition, ear training and musicianship at a high school and collegiate level

About Michael
Hello there! My name is Michael, I am a trombonist/arranger/educator in the PA/NJ area. I love music and I love teaching even more. In 2015, I graduated from the University of the Arts with a degree in Jazz Performance and a Masters in music education and in 2016

As a musician, I've toured the U.S a good amount, playing in New York City, Syracuse, Rochester, Burlington, Boston, Delaware, Washington D.C, sharing the stage with all kinds of acts, including Banda Magda, Sophistifunk, Shuggie Otis, Lettuce, Soulive, High and Mighty Brass Band, and many more.

I can be seen regularly playing with EBE LA Starz, Swift Technique, The Phonies, Whoaphat BrassBand, Mad Feather Group and many more. I also perform with my own original jazz group in the Philadelphia/South Jersey area. I also write quite a bit which keeps me busy. I think teachin
g is what motivates me to do all this, so that I can be the best teacher I possibly can!
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Evan April 14, 2017
· Trombone · Online
Tailors lessons and learning to what I need!
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· Trombone · Online
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Michael R.

Nutley, NJ 07110
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About Rafael P.

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Jersey City, NJ

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I'm a DOCTOR OF MUSICAL ARTS in Composition from University of Miami with a research in the relationship of classical music, jazz and popular music. I'm well versed in all those music fields.

About Rafael
Nominated for the Latin Grammy as a classical composer at the age of 27 and a current member of the Grammy Academy, I teach lessons and classes on topics related to my areas of expertise: music theory, composition, arrangement, orchestration, harmony, conducting and music production.

My teaching experience includes 5 years as a Teaching Assistant at Frost School of Music (University of Miami) leading 4 graduate and undergraduate school ensembles to win DOWNBEAT magazine awards.

As a composer and arranger I had works premiered and recorded by artists and ensembles such as the jazz legends Terence Blanchard, Chick Corea and Brian Lynch, Orquestra Jazz Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo (Brazil), Metropole Orkest (Netherlands), Camerata Latino Americana (Brazil) and Costa Rica National Orchestra.

My academic background includes a dua
l BACHELOR degree in Brazilian Jazz Studies and Classical Composition from UNICAMP (2004-2011, Campinas - SP, Brazil), a MASTER OF MUSIC degree in Studio Jazz Writing from the Frost School of Music - University of Miami (2011-2013), and a DOCTORATE OF MUSICAL ARTS degree in Jazz Composition also from University of Miami (2013-2016).
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Vitor April 18, 2017
· Audio Engineering · In studio
Besides being an incredibly talented composer, arranger, and sound engineer, Rafael is a great teacher. He's clear and well rounded in a variety of subjects. I studied music theory with Rafael and was exposed to a wealth of information at a very comfortable pace.
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Lorenzo March 16, 2017
· Composition ·
Rafael is a formidable teacher, very attentive to the student's needs and always willing to share the details of his work flow. He's also a very talented composer, which of course helps his students finding their own musical voice. He's the best!
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Jay March 16, 2017
· Arrangement and Composition · In home
Rafael is a fantastic teacher – extremely professional and caring, and SO knowledgeable in many musical areas! You will learn so much from Rafael about theory, arranging and composition, recording... Excellent teacher.
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Rafael P.

Jersey City, NJ 07311
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About Lyle M.

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I have had a very solid foundation in Music Theory. If you would like to better your understanding of the function of music, or if you are enrolled in a Music Theory course and need tutoring, I would be happy to help.

About Lyle
I am a professional singer, pianist, and teacher of the two. I have a Bachelor of Music degree from California State University Long Beach, and a Master of Music degree from University of California Los Angeles. During my study of those two degrees, I had marvelous teaching from some of the finest pianists, coaches, and voice teachers around. I can teach you how to sing with true passion, ease, and intent.

I began my study of the piano at the age of 7, my mother being my first teacher. I started on Alfred Piano Books, and still strongly believe in that same curriculum. From there I began to study classical composers like Chopin, Beethoven, Clementi, and Mozart. Although my love of classical music runs deep to my core, I love jazz, pop, and gospel music. I am happy to assist the learning of any style, anything that YOU are passionate for
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With me, you can expect to make weekly progress in your instrument of choice. I am a dedicated performer and an even more dedicated teacher. To me, the two go hand in hand.

Please allow me the opportunity in teaching you and in turn I will give you all the knowledge I possess.
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Firdy A. August 5, 2017
· Singing · In home
Lyle has a singing voice that will stun and amaze you when he sings in front of you. That will immediately put you at ease and motivate you to sing better using his techniques. His classical training has proven to be a great foundation for teaching me effective ways to understand, use and improve my voice. After 2 lessons I can already see a big difference in my singing abilities and I always learn many new things at each lesson. Lyle has a really open, friendly and non judgemental demeanor and this helped a lot with my nervousness. I can't wait for my next private lesson and would encourage anyone to book him for Broadway, classical and pop singing lessons.
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Sharon August 1, 2017
· Singing · In home
Lyle taught my two kids for 3 years. They loved him! My son took piano and voice lessons each week, 30mins of the two, and my daughter took only piano lessons. I can't recommend him enough!
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New York, NY 10016
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Primarily versed in jazz theory, have studied with teachers such as Slide Hampton, Steve Turre, Conrad Herwig, Mulgrew Miller, and James Weidman.

About Peter
Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Taiwanese-American trombonist, Peter Lin, has been recently described by Downbeat Magazine as “solid, fluid, and smooth”. He received his B.A. Music from William Paterson University and MM for Jazz Trombone Studies at Rutgers University. He was involved with Jazz House Kids for over three years as both the Assistant Manager of the Summer Workshop as well as the Manager of the Emerging Musicians Program.

Deeply rooted in the trombone tradition, he has studied with jazz luminaries such as Slide Hampton, Curtis Fuller, Conrad Herwig, and Steve Turre. As a featured soloist and sideman, Peter has performed with world-class jazz artists including Slide Hampton, Steve Davis, Winard Harper, Charli Persip, Anthony Nelson Jr., Wayne Escoffery, Johnathan Blake, Josh Evans, Valarie Ponomarev, Jack Jeffers, Ke
nny Davis, Steve Williams, and Radam Schwartz. Most recently, Peter Lin performed at Slide Hampton's 85th Birthday with Steve Turre, Kenny Barron, Rufus Reid, and Victor Lewis. With various groups of all musical genres, he has performed at venues and festivals including The Clifford Brown Festival, The Riverview Jazz Festival, The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, the Blue Note, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Smalls, Duke's Southern Table, Zinc Bar, and Swing 46. He also leads his own jazz small group, The Lintet, which remains active in the tri-state area.

In addition to being an active performer, Peter Lin is a dedicated educator, teaching in both the private lesson setting as well as the classroom. His students have gone off to college such as Montclair State University for music. He also has worked at the Jazz House Summer Workshop, the Jazz Arts in Red Bank, Newark Academy's Summer Jazz Camp, and at Andy's Family Music Center. He also founded the “NJ Jazz Sessions” page on Facebook, which advertises all jazz jam sessions in New Jersey.
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Peter L.

Bloomfield, NJ 07003
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Understanding music theory is the pathway to musical success, whether you are a singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, or recording engineer. Zoe Vandermeer tailors her training to meet the individual needs of the student.

About Zoe
Zoe Vandermeer is a prize-winning graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, is on the Roster of the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, and has been a recipient of the MTNA Foundation Grant, Hartt School Faculty Development Fund, and the Dame Joan Sutherland Fund. She has been on the faculty of the Hartt School, Regional Arts Center in Trumbull, and has been music director for numerous musical theatre productions. She performs internationally, and is a recording artist. Ms. Vandermeer is dedicated to Arts Education for all ages.
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Zoe V.

New York, NY 10019
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