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Weehawken, NJ

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I help people find creative ways to unleash their unique abilities.

About Amy
I have been a voice, acting, and teacher of creative arts for over 25 years. My background includes ten years of classical voice training with Maestro Julio Berrocal, as well as vocal training through the Feldenkrais approach with Marcy Lindhiemer. In acting, I have studied with renowned Stanislavsky scholar Sonia Moore and Master acting teacher of the Strasberg Method, Marcia Haufrecht. I received a B.A. For comparative literature and creative writing at the State University of New York at Purchase and have recently completed my Master's degree in social work at Walden University.
I believe, within all of us, Is the ability to express something distinctive and original. I work to help students discover their unique voice, whether it be through singing, acting, or writing. I share with my student'an array of tool to gain the ability a
nd confidence to achieve their goals. I empathize deeply with the challenges students may face when pursuing a life in the creative and performing arts, having worked professionally in those areas for most of my adult life. I believe, it is the teacher's job to respect each student's individual process of learning.
My students have gone on to become recording artists, Broadway performers, movie actors, Blues and cabaret artists, and published writers.

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Voice
I am an empathetic teacher, sensitive to the student's individual process of learning. My singing lessons usually start with breathing and relaxation exercises. Vocal technique exercises come next. When the student is fully warmed up, we will begin to work on songs. It is important that students be a part of the process of picking material since the more personally they respond to the material the more apt they are to become engaged in their lessons. After three to six months beginning students will have gained an understanding of the fundamentals of breathing, relaxation, and basic performance skills. With more advanced students the focus will be on range extension and the on-going development of vocal style through song interpretation and performance related exercises.
Acting
As an acting teacher and coach, I tailor my classes to the needs of each student. I utilize improvisatory and sensory techniques to help unleash spontaneity. I also encourage the students to use their personal experiences as a way to access a full range of emotions. I enjoy working with the student on script analysis, so as to discover the underlying motivations of the character the student is working on.
Creative and Lyric Writing
I use prompts as a way to get the student writing. Often, I will ask the student to write for stretches of time without editing themselves. It is important to unleash imagination before beginning the process of editing. Many times it is the unexpected that is the most compelling.

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home- 10 minutes away from Manhattan with piano, seating for parents
-practice studio seating for parents

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I provide a piano, cd/mp3 player and an large library of songbooks to work from. The student should bring sheet music of songs they want to work on and a recording device.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching how to sing rock, pop, musical theater, jazz, and blues without hurting the voice as well as method acting instruction.
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Bob S. May 3, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Amy is a true professional at both the art of singing and teaching. A pleasure to work with!
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Jennie A. April 28, 2018
· Acting · Online
Amy was wonderful! She made me feel so comfortable and gave me many points to help me be successful in my new career!
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Lydia O. March 21, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
Amy is amazing
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Amy C.

Amy C.

Weehawken, NJ 07086
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About Matthew K.

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New York, NY
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About Matthew
I have been playing professionally for over 30 years and have taught for over 10. I am proficient on keyboards, guitar, bass, ukelele, as well as lead and harmony vocals and songwriting. My focus is on developing your musical intuition through ear training, and accessing the music within. I have a home recording studio to help with the learning process. I provide a fun, safe, non-critical environment where you can access your inner musician in the most enjoyable way possible.

Many of my students have gone onto become prolific songwriters and musicians and have recorded albums. Even beginners can learn quickly from my method which emphasizes techniques for keeping learning music fun.

My 10th CD was released last year on Sojourn Records and was featured as NPR song of the day. Over the years my music has received much critical accl
aim as I have continued to tour the world. I have opened for legends such as David Bowie, Ron Sexsmith, Robyn Hitchcock, Morphine, Bob Mould, Freedy Johnston, among many others. I have produced over a dozen albums by other artists and songwriters, and composed for major motion pictures including last years film, WON’T BACK DOWN starring Maggie Gyllenhaal.

“In a career spanning more than 20 years, he has established himself as one of America's great under-the-radar songwriters. Had he emerged five decades back, he might have been a Tin Pan Alley stalwart, turning out intelligent, accessible songwriting with the clockwork genius of and Gary Goffin. His work is rife with the clever, incisive tunefulness that marked that era.”-- National Public Radio

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Students can expect to discover or re-discover their love for music and and their own natural musical inclinations. Many students report an increased sense of joy and possibility in their own lives. Curriculum depends on level of student, but is focused on being able to play favorite songs, develop comfort and ease in playing style, and accessing creativity and originality in approach. After 3 to 6 months working with me, most students can feel comfortable calling themselves a musician!

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I teach mainly guitar, keyboards, ukelele, and voice from beginning up to intermediate. I try to incorporate songwriting into the process as i find that it speeds up the process and helps to encourage enthusiasm and a more focused effort and better results. I am fluent in most styles but come from a folk, rock, country, pop background. I also have a home studio and use recording techniques to develop style and vocal ability.
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herb .. May 9, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
The first lesson was excellent! Matthew makes learning the guitar very enjoyable and uncomplicated.
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Joey Binns October 11, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Matt has gotten me to do something no other piano teacher in the past has-stick with piano! A few months in I can say he is the best teacher I have had, very talented and I have been very happy with my progress. Would recommend Matt to anybody looking to learn piano, or any other instrument.
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Sandra August 9, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Matt is an awesome teacher. He quickly assessed my skill level and met me there with new song covers, new strum patterns, and finger picking tutorials. As an intermediate ukulele-ist who's beginning to explore songwriting, I feel very fortunate to have crossed paths with Matt. He encourages me to share my work, and jams along, opening up rhythmic and harmonic possibilities I wouldn't think of on my own. In home recording technology is also a huge perk!
Very fun teacher, highly recommended!
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Matthew K.

Matthew K.

New York, NY 10014
(18)
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About Rob H.

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Brooklyn, NY
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These lessons are meant to impart the basic concepts used in the rich American songwriting tradition. Prior knowledge of music is not required but helpful.

About Rob
I have over 18 years of professional teaching experience on drum set, snare drum and percussion (timpani, two- & four-mallets, accessory percussion and hand drums), guitar, piano, electric bass and ukulele. I have been playing music since the age of two.

Some of my most noteworthy performances have included Late Show with David Letterman (Justin Townes Earle and Allison Moorer), Tonight Show with Jay Leno (Allison Moorer), Levon Helm'™s Midnight Ramble (Allison Moorer), The Conan O'™Brien Show (Julia Nunes) and Budokan in Tokyo, Japan (Jim Campilongo Trio).

My Bachelor of Music is from Capital University where I studied with three great teachers:
Robert Breithaupt - Classical percussion and jazz drum set
Jim Ed Cobbs - Drum set, tabla and frame drums
Eric Paton - Taiko, samba, Afro-Cuban drums

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I treat
each student individually, catering to specific goals and needs that we will decide upon and plan together. Some students want to seriously study a craft. Others want a hobby that will be fun and interesting. I have had success teaching to both, and will impart basic fundamentals and musicianship to all types of students.

I see my primary job as keeping the student inspired, intellectually fed and sprinting in the right direction. The student's job is to do the work. Daily practice is essential to move forward in any craft.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My Brooklyn studio is a dedicated music space with two drum sets, PA, amplifiers and recording capabilities.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide books, a drum pad, sticks or mallets, an iPod with two sets of headphones, and a metronome. Additionally, I can bring small hand drums, special instruments and percussion that might be needed for specialty lessons. I expect students to have some sort of pad or drum to practice on at home; a full drum set is not necessary.

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Drum set (rock, jazz, R&B, folk, pop, electro, Afro-Cuban)
Snare drum
Timpani
Two- and four-mallets (marimba, vibraphone, xylophone)
Accessory percussion
Frame drums
Traditional samba
Afro-Cuban hand drums
Japanese taiko
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Rachel M. June 12, 2015
· Drum · In studio
Rob is an exceptionally kind person and easygoing and laid back. He has a very good approach to teaching. I had a wonderful experience and would recommend him to anyone wanting to learn music.
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David R. March 3, 2015
· Ukulele · Online
Rob has been patient, easy to work with, accommodating to schedule changes, accessible and an overall joy to work with! I was a bit leery about a web based program, but is has been great, and most importantly I am progressing well.
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Ryan F. August 21, 2014
· Drum · In studio
Rob was an awesome teacher and even better guy. The lesson environment was comfortable, but always focused and professional. He's clearly a hugely talented musician and has a ton to offer in the way of teaching; perhaps more importantly though, his love of music inspires the student to practice and learn. Very highly recommended.
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Rob H.

Brooklyn, NY 11206
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About Amanda T.

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New York, NY
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Songwriter working with multi platinum, grammy, and Oscar winning composers on a regular basis since 2004.

About Amanda
Love training vocalists & artists! Juilliard trained, AADA, Actor's Equity Member, under development by major label CEO's & Executives, Grammy & Oscar winning producers. Serving Manhattan, Rockland County NY, & BERGEN COUNTY, NJ.

My students range from passionate beginners to signed major artists (SONY, UNIVERSAL, & their subsidiaries) multi Grammy winners, professional theater singers (B'WAY & OFF B'WAY), major label executives, and artists in development. Recording studio also available.
ALL AGES & ALL LEVELS.

I combine traditional vocal technique from studies with Juilliard vocalists and professors w/ contemporary techniques; Alexander Technique & phonetics, vocal anatomy learned at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts Conservatory, SLS (Speech Level Singing), the physics and science of sound, recording technique, building up
the vocal mechanism and repertoire & artistry based on each of your unique physiology & desires as an artist.

Covering ALL genres from Pop, R&B, Theater, Jazz, Soul, Classical / Opera and all voice types.

I LOVE working with all types of singers. I'm young, heavy in all areas of the entertainment business, and Highly experienced in helping people achieve their artistic goals :).

Also available for in studio sessions.

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I work with everyone from beginners to multi Grammy winners, professional theater singers, major label executives, and major record label artists in development. Recording studio also available.

Juilliard trained, AADA trained, Actor's Equity Member, currently signed under major management myself and owrking with Grammy & Oscar winning producers and executives.

Covering ALL genres from Pop, R&B, Theater, Jazz, Soul, Classical / Opera and all voice types.

If you are a beginner, I am open - provided you are serious about training your mechanism :)

*** Studio Equipment ***
RECORDING STUDIO ACCESS, HOME STUDIO, MACBOOK PRO

*** Travel Equipment ***
Macbook
Focusrite
Sterling Studio Mic
SHURE SM57, SM58 MIC

*** Specialties ***

ALL AGES, ALL LEVELS FROM BEGINNER TO MULTI-GRAMMY WINNING, ALL GENRES
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Christina C. March 27, 2014
· Singing ·
Amazing teacher!

Amanda has one of the most beautiful voices I have ever heard. She knows what she is doing and tells me all the "secrets" to singing correctly. She makes learning fun and pushes me to reach my full potential at every lesson. Just when I think I have reached my limit, she shows me that I can do even better. I love taking lessons with Amanda. She is the best teacher I have ever had and I recommend her to anyone who is serious about learning how to sing.
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Amanda T.

New York, NY 10023
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About Carla U.

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Somerset, NJ
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Want to learn to write songs? I can help!
Got songs that need editing? I can help!
Got a set of lyrics that need accompaniment? I can help.
Want to learn about song structures? I can help.

I have released 5 indie CDs, and my songs are played on numerous stations, large and small, including Dr. Demento and Sirius XM's Laugh USA. I've taught songwriting seminars, and have taught individual lessons on songwriting. I've won songwriting. I can help get you from "here" to "there."

About Carla
Music is my LIFE!

After more than 25 years of teaching at music camps, music stores, 3 colleges and my home, I completely understand that the lessons are all about YOU, the student: what you want to learn, taught to you in a way that works for your brain and personality.

And if you don't know exactly what you want to learn, that's OK. We can figure that out together as we go along learning the basics.

I help students learn to play songs by artists they like.

I also help students write songs, or put chords to their existing lyrics.

For those who are interested, I teach note-reading (not required) and theory (not required) and ear training (not required).

The lessons are always tailored towards your (the student's) goals.

I also teach classical and fingerstyle guitar for the occasional person who specifically wants
either of those styles.

My purpose as a teacher: help people have a fun experience, learning in an organized way, adapted to your learning style and goals, while learning to do exactly what you wanted to do when you decided you wanted to play the guitar.

In 1994, I was let go from my job at a music store because I was sick. Which sounds awful, but was the best thing to ever happen to me- it was then I got over my fears and became a full-time musician, teaching and writing and performing. I have never looked back! I may not be a household name, but I am living the dream.

Whether you want to sing to your kids or play for an audience of 50,000, or just play guitar for yourself, you first have to get started.

Wait no longer! The guitar is calling!
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Bill C. May 29, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
First lesson went well, played some blues, received some lessons to practice. Carla is a competent teacher and I am looking forward to future lessons.
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John January 18, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Superb!!! Patient!! Helpful,

First Guitar Instructor ever & deservedly gets 5 Stars!!!
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Dennis May 30, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Carla is a fantastic teacher! She keeps the lesson lively and interesting, pushes you along but not too much.
In just the handful of lessons I have had so far my level has jumped further than expected.
Carla has been very helpful with the "tricky-bits" that have caused me issues. Helped to remedy them and move on.
Look no further for a great teacher, better yet I'll keep her to myself.
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Carla U.

Somerset, NJ 08873
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About Justin H.

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Highlands, NJ

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Songwriting is one of the best ways to express yourself musically. You may have ready been writing your own songs or you have no idea where to start. Whatever the situation is, you'll learn from start to finish what to do and multiple ways to do it! Jazz, classical, Broadway, theatre, pop, rock etc. Sky's the limit!

About Justin
Justin has been an in demand musician for well over a decade. He received his Bachelors Degree and Masters Degree from New Jersey City University. During his time in school, he studied with Bud Burridge (Currently playing on Broadway in the production of "If/Then with Idina Menzel), Saturday Night Live's Earl Gardner, Vincent Penzarella (Former NY Philharmonic Member),Joe Magnarelli, Richard Vitale, Grammy Nominee Pete McGuinness and Jazz Historian Bill Kirchner. Prior to studying music in college, Justin attended the Manhattan School of Music Prep Division, where he studied classical/jazz trumpet, theory, improvisation and ensemble performance. He had the opportunity to work with people such as Jeremy Manasia, Nathan Warner and Jacob Manricks. He has received numerous scholarships and played in the All-State Intercollegiate Jazz Ensemble
several times. Justin was also a part of the New York Youth Symphony Jazz Band, playing lead and the solo chair. He has performed nationwide and has had the opportunity to perform in clubs such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Blue Note, Birdland, Smoke, FatCat, Cleopatras Needle, Starland Ballroom, Highline Ballroom and Symphony Space. Justin has also toured with the International Vans Warped Tour all over the country and in parts of Canada. He has worked with people such as John Pattitucci, James Moody, Jimmy Heath, Randy Brecker, Charles McPherson, Arturo O'Farril, John Pizzarelli, Joe Lovano, Maria Schneider, Eddie Palmieri, Peter Erskine, Brian Lynch, Luis Bonilla, Jason Rigby, Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, Joe Magnarelli, Pete Mcguinness and Mike Holober.
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Christian D. December 29, 2014
· Jazz Improvisation · In home
I attended Graduate Studies with Justin and have played numerous shows with Justin. He is a high caliber player and his demeanor is always professional. He is enthusiastic to share his knowledge and would make a great teacher.
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Rob R. July 14, 2014
· Trumpet · In home
Justin showed my 10 year old son how to play the trumpet and did a great job. He was patient, made my son feel comfortable and was able to help him get a better sound by the end of the very first lesson. Jalen does not give high praise easily so we were impressed that he enjoyed learning from him. My mother listened in on some of the lessons and she also said Justin did a great job - friendly personality and great tips on how to play. We highly recommend him.
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Justin H.

Highlands, NJ 07732
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$75 / 30-min

About Arron K.

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10 year experienced music teacher for after school students and adult beginners.

Lesson materials will be provided or student brings a method that he/she wants to learn.

Recital opportunities.

About Arron
Jeonghun Arron K. is a composer, arranger and singer.

He started his career in music by performing in many local bands and also working for game companies and movie OST in South Korea, after he got a degree in Music Composition and Education from Baekseok Arts University in Seoul in 2005. He found ‘Let Us Music Inc.’ and had worked as a studio engineer and a co-producer from 2003 to 2008.

He is a scholarship winner of Nyack College School of Music in NYC, where he studied music composition and singing. He performed as a choir member in many classical concerts; New York Philharmonic: PHILHARMONIC 360 at Park Avenue Armory, Requiem (Bradley Ellingboe) at Carnegie Hall and Nyack College Concert at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center.

His band 'Almost an Orchestra', released an EP album in 2012. The band arranged performed music for Oc
cupy Olympus, performed by Magis Theatre Company at Flamboyan Theatre, New York International Fringe Festival in 2013.
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Brandon C. April 28, 2018
· Korean · Online
Andrew has been a great instructor. He's open accessible and patient. Stop evaluating different Korean Teachers immediately. Arron is your guy!
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Sharon P. April 19, 2018
· Korean · Online
Arron was incredibly patient and knowledgeable with great materials! I learned a lot!! thank you Arron!
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Brandon C. April 10, 2018
· Korean · Online
Awesome. Was very patient with me and made sure I understood completely.
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Arron K.

New York, NY 10004
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About Ben R.

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Jersey City, NJ

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I have written and recorded with a number of successful bands, including as the primary songwriter, and in collaborative arrangements. I believe equally in the importance of a strong theoretical background, and in the importance of subverting conventions.

About Ben
Hi, there! My name is Ben and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2012 and have taught students of all ages from 3 to adult. I have experience not just with teaching but also with writing, recording, and performing music in successful bands and on multiple instruments and in multiple genres. I am comfortable teaching piano, guitar, and bass guitar, ukulele, and I especially love teaching music theory. I have extensive theory training at the college level and have written and composed extensively in the classical, rock, jazz, and folk traditions. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to achieve your musical goals.
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Ben R.

Jersey City, NJ 07307
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$30 / 30-min

About Emily C.

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Astoria, NY

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Whether just starting out, or putting the finishing touches on your songs, I can guide you to your best possible outcome. Some students come to me having never written a song before, and some come wishing to add something new to their already established project. I can help you put music to your lyrics, lyrics to your music, or fill in the gaps. Meanwhile, I will walk you through every step of the process so you won't need me forever! I can help with the basics of song structure, chords progressions, rhyme schemes, accompaniment and more!

About Emily
Emily has been working professionally for over 15 years and teaching for nearly as long. Professionally, she has worked with labels like Universal and Sony, and with artists like Katy Perry and Billy Joel. Former students have gone on to perform on Broadway, national tours and American Idol.

Every student's individual voice and style is taken in to consideration when forming their training. No two voices are alike, and thus, no two lessons should be alike.

Emily will focus on helping you find the strengths in your voice and then finding and overcoming your weaknesses. Emily is a firm believer, that the voice is a muscle system that must be worked and strengthened, just like any other; and she will provide you with the proper strength training to achieve your artistic goals.

Emily also teaches songwriting and piano, tailored to c
ontemporary artists.
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Paytra January 4, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Emily has been a god send ! As a professional and working recording artist in NYC... I was in need of a vocal coach who catered to my style. She taught me control and changed my voice completely. The best teacher I've had by far!
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Stephanie January 4, 2017
· Songwriting · In studio
Emily isn't just a great singing teacher- she also gave me the support, confidence and knowledge I needed to turn my musical ideas into completed songs for the first time.
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Casey January 4, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Emily Carlstrom is a total badass. I've taken a handful of voice lessons with her. They were so simple, yet so extremely helpful and motivating. She really knows how to listen and that makes her a great friend, artist and teacher.
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Emily C.

Astoria, NY 11102
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I've co-written songs with Chris Eaton (Janet Jackson, Keith Urban, Amy Grant) and Jay Stolar. I can help you make the track and write the lyric.

About Christiaan
Christiaan is a multi-talented performer in theater, opera, and pop music. He played Gaston in the Broadway tour of Beauty and the Beast. Something of a bad boy, he was kicked out of Opera School for singing jazz, yet he went on to earn three music degrees, and work with opera legend Marilyn Horne and avant-garde composer Jake Heggie. Now he's in New York studying with Lady Gaga's teacher and singing his own arrangements of Ed Sheeran, Maroon 5, and John Mayer at Carnegie Hall while writing and recording pop songs in Nashville and the U.K. Look for his new single That's When You Know.

Christiaan enjoys seeing people succeed, so his approach to teaching is a combination of play and practice. Ultimately we sing because we want to bring people joy, yet to do so, we must hone our talents to perfection. By mixing the joy of music with disci
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Allana .. April 10, 2018
· Singing · In home
Best singing instructor I’ve ever had! Over the years it’s been hard to find a balance of a good learning experience and comfortability when taking lessons. One or the other was always lacking, but not with Christiaan! I learn so much AND have a good time. I feel myself improving and getting more confident each lesson.
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William March 25, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Great, thanks a lot! got somewhere!
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Elena Z. March 18, 2018
· Gospel Singing · Online
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Christiaan S.

New York, NY 10005
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Learning how to write a song is easier than you think! Greeley, CO teacher Andy W. outlines the steps here...  Don’t you wish you could write a song that tells your own story - whether it’s about love, hardships, or finding humor in life? There’s no reason that you can’t do that today! To help get you started, here are four easy steps to writing your own song: 1. Play chords or a riff. 2. Sing or hum over the harmony. 3. Repeat steps 1-2 to form a chorus and then a bridge. 4. Place
The Anatomy of a Hit Pop Song [Infographic]
When you're learning how to write a song, looking at how other songs are structured can be a great place to start. Like looking at a map before you go on a roadtrip, checking out the basic elements of songs you love gives you a sense of how they were written and what you need to do to write a song of your own. If analyzing all your favorite songs sounds like a daunting task (it is), you're in luck. The Billboard Experiment wanted to know if there was a formula that could determine which songs

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