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Hi! Welcome to my TakeLessons page, where I provide information about my background and teaching services.

I am an experienced performing artist and teacher that works in New York and regionally. My music students include children, working professionals, performing artists, and seniors. I attended Barnard College, Columbia University, and Maggie Flanigan's acting conservatory program. My training at Columbia University and with private instructors focused on classical repertoire and theory, but I also work with students on popular music (i.e.Pop, R&B, Electronica, and Folk). Music theory (i.e. sight reading, chord progressions) and practices from Linklater, Alexander, Williamson movement, and Art of Practicing techniques are incorporated into my music instruction.

30 minute-lessons are available for children aged 5-6 only while 60-minute lessons are available for students above the age of 6. Prospective students may sign up to take a trial lesson with me at first to see if we ...

About Nikole
Hi! I appreciate you taking the time to learn more about how I can help you as a teacher.

What is my background?
I am an experienced performing artist and teacher that works in New York and regionally. I have developed a keen ability to assess and shape talent from years of training, teaching, performing, and working with the head of Arts programs to conduct admissions interviews, student evaluations, and performances. I attended Barnard College, Columbia University, and Maggie Flanigan's acting conservatory program. My training at Columbia University and privately with notable musicians focused on classical repertoire and theory, but I also work with students on popular music (i.e. Pop, R&B, Electronica, and Folk).

What material is covered during lessons?
Music theory (i.e. sight reading, chord progressions) as well as posture,
artistic expression, interpretation, breathing, and finger and pitch placement techniques are incorporated into my music instruction. Cold reading, audition preparation and technique, Shakespeare, scene analysis, and business strategies are examples of topics that may be covered in acting instruction. Linklater (voice), Alexander, Williamson (movement), and Art of Practicing (piano) methods are also employed.

What are the profiles of my students?
My students come from different walks of life: children coming from school who bound excitedly to my lesson door; teenage artists who have the passion and vision but lack the technique; working adults who seek reprieve from the stress of work by singing/ learning an instrument that they've always wanted to play; and seniors who want a fun hobby to keep active. I enjoy teaching them and watching them master the fundamentals while developing their own performance style (or even composing their own music)!

What is my teaching style?
Based on feedback, students appreciate that I am a teacher with a warm personality whose supportive, passionate, and fun approach and effective techniques help them attain the following: 1) a firm understanding of the fundamentals of music theory or acting technique; 2) an ability to effectively learn how to perform and practice singing/playing/acting a piece; and 3) a style of performing that minimizes tension, produces beautiful sound or a dynamic character, and/or allows them to fully express themselves. After a few months, students should have sound knowledge of all three.

My students and I connect, in part, because I remember being like them. On stage, I started out dancing and acting; I delved into singing and songwriting and then fell in love with playing the piano. The day that I learned how to merge those passions (i.e. singing while playing the piano) was one of the happiest days of my life! Now, whether I'm performing Shakespeare on stage, playing Chopin and Beethoven, or singing while playing tunes by Whitney Houston, I still get excited. Hopefully, I fuel that excitement in you, too!

What is the lesson structure?
Due to the comprehensive nature of my teaching style and structure, students above the age of 6 take lessons for 60 minutes; 30-minute lessons are only available for children aged 5-6. If a student wants to learn how to play while singing, I am happy to help him/her do so!

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio location in Manhattan is conveniently near Midtown, Chelsea, Flat Iron, Murray Hill, Union Square, Tribeca, and the Financial District in particular and is easily accessible via public transportation. It houses an upright piano and seating for parents.

*** Specialties ***
Acting: Meisner Acting; Theater Acting; Shakespearean Acting
Music: Classical Piano; Contemporary R&B & Pop Piano; Singing; Theory; Playing Whie Singing; Songwriting

***Pricing***

Thirty minute rates are for younger students only. Adult students are required to book 60 minute lessons.
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Ebony November 2, 2017
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Nikole is phenomenal. Great spirit, incredibly welcoming. I feel a lot more confident in public speaking.
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Ashley A. January 24, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Nikole, is very warm and professional. I have never continued with voice lessons, I enjoyed the experience so much that I'm going to kick the bad habit of smoking and sit down and seriously figure my finances out to continue being taught by her. I cannot express enough how much fun I had...no pressure Nikole if you read this...lol
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Marilyn T. October 10, 2016
· Acting · In studio
Easy to work with and understood what I needed to work on almost immediately.
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About Keith D.

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Theory is standard with all lessons. It is a requirement for good musicianship.

About Keith
I teach students from beginners to advanced & aspiring professional "musicians,singers,songwriters. Each program is tailored to the individual involving all styles of music as per your preference. Theory & reading notated music is taught & required. I am a master guitar teacher/music producer for recordings/published, author of guitar instruction books. I WILL TRAVEL WITHIN MANHATTAN EAST & WEST FROM THE 30'S TO THE 80'S FOR MY CLIENTS TO THEIR HOMES TO GIVE LESSONS/or MY MIDTOWN STUDIO FOR MUSIC INSTRUCTION & RECORDING.

*** Lesson Details ***
A thorough lesson plan is created for each student according to their individual goals & types of music. They will be proficient readers of notes so they can play whatever they desire. I'm a patient teacher who can reach all student levels; beginners to advanced.

*** Studio Equipment ***
365 Track Pro recording studio
Demos to completed CD's.

GUITAR & PIANO

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar & Keyboard

*** Specialties ***
All styles from blues to classical
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Bhavin June 16, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Keith is a great instructor.
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Brea J. May 2, 2017
· Piano · In home
Keith is wonderfully patient and truly gifted at teaching young children. My 6-year-old can't wait to have her piano lesson every week!
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Jee Hee June 20, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
I really love his guitar lesson. I am a beginner and needed professional's help to improve and Keith taught me step by step from the basic and I was able to understand a guitar better and enjoyed playing a guitar more. From every lesson, I learnt new things. I really recommend his guitar class.
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New York, NY 10017
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About Christopher G.

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Can teach theory at both the beginner and college level, covering a range of subjects such as :
-Learning to read music
-Key Signatures/Functional Harmony
-Baroque Counterpoint
-Twentieth Century Music Theory
-Advanced Jazz Harmony

About Christopher
In my many years of teaching and being taught I have realized that the best teachers are those who really focus on the needs of the student and help them realize their passion for playing music. This usually involves a lesson plan which combines both technical aspects and working on songs, so that the student is both working and having fun at the same time!

My experience is varied: I have a Bachelor's of Music from New York University, have taught masterclasses at the Costa Rica International Jazz Festival and an event sponsored by the the Thelonious Monk Institute's International Jazz day, as well as taught at music camps (all ages) and at an orphanage in Ghana.

I can travel to Brooklyn and Manhattan to give lessons, I can teach kids as well as adults.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide music, music stand, amp, etc at my
studio. I expect a student to have their own instrument, although I can supply one of my instruments for lessons at my studio.

*** Specialties ***
I can teach from beginner to very advanced on guitar, bass guitar and upright bass in the styles of Rock, Jazz, Blues, Pop, R&B, Hip-Hop etc. I also have experience in other subjects such as Logic Pro, Composition, Music Theory, Djembe. My focus is usually on performance for guitar/bass and composition/production for the other fields.
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Marshall M. September 30, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Chris was on time and well prepared. He spent time understanding where my 11-year old son was in terms of skills, experience and interests, and tailored the lesson accordingly. My son thinks Chris is "awesome", and is looking forward to the next lesson!
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Nick A. May 4, 2015
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I've really enjoyed taking lessons from Chris. He is knowledgable and able to articulate intricate musical concepts while presenting a casual, welcoming vibe. He honed in quickly on where I was in my training and steered the lessons to what I needed most to learn at that moment. I've progressed quite a bit since taking lessons with Chris. I'm playing more and better and I can't think of any higher praise for a teacher.
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Elizabeth M. April 22, 2015
· Bass Guitar · In home
It was always a lifelong dream of mine to play the bass and Chris has made that a reality by providing affordable lessons and taking a slow, hands on approach to teaching me the bass. He is also such a nice guy so that makes the whole experience that much better. I am forever thankful that I met Chris and look forward to working with him more!
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Brooklyn, NY 11225
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About Anthea W.

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Theory is not always something us singers went to college for. I personally learned all my theory through private tuition and in the field (so to speak). We will learn fundamental theory, useful for writing charts for your band, communicating with your band, learning new repertoire, understanding chords. Of course, all this goes hand in hand with understanding your voice and confidence too!

About Anthea
Hi there,

Thank you for taking the time to look over my profile.

Learn to Sing. Continue singing. Master your voice, your skills and your vocal stamina. Stand out at auditions. Master your performance. Learn to harmonize. Learn vocal recording techniques.

My name is Anthea and I am a passionate teacher who would love to work with you to develop and fine tune your craft. As much a gift singing is, it is also something you need to work hard at to master and find vocal freedom.

You may be a beginner or a seasoned performer but my mission is the same, and that is to work with you to understand your vocal abilities and vocal health. We will work together set your goals and tailor each lesson to your needs.

I am currently teaching in Kingston, NY. Group lessons are also available.

Some testimonials from private students (m
ore available at voicebox-ny.com).

“I am not a trained singer but love to sing and use professional vocalists in my performative artwork. I wanted to see if i could go beyond the ‘singing in the shower stage’ as well as understand the voice as an expressive tool on a deeper level.
Anthea taught me how to strengthen and develop my voice in a series of well organized easy to follow lessons tailored specifically for my voice , musical tastes etc. She made each lesson both challenging and enjoyable. Anthea gave me the confidence to open my mouth and experience the joy of using ones voice in the fullest possible way!”
— Nene, Artist

“In the few lessons I’ve had with Anthea, I’ve felt my voice blossom and my ear begin to really tune. She fosters a very safe yet fun environment.” Jennifer, bass player

" I feel incredibly lucky to have met Anthea. Regular voice lessons with her have shifted my whole experience of making music and of what being a vocalist really means. She is warm, patient, encouraging, and intuitive with the challenges she gives me- always focusing on what is going to help me grow faster as a musician. I feel at home with her and I cherish our sessions together. ” Jessica, meditation & yoga instructor and singer in training

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I am a Bachelor degree graduate from Sydney, Australia and have studied voice through immense private tuition as well as short courses on Performance and Voice through the Conservatorium of Music, Sydney. Before moving to the US, I was the sole singing teacher at Canley Vale High School for 2 years. My students ranged from grade 7 -12 and were preparing for final year exams and performance, for which I coached them through. I took individual classes as well as small groups of 2-4.

*** Studio Equipment ***
House: Grand Piano, open space, parents can sit in on lesson, record lessons, singing into microphone and microphone techniques, singing into recording mic and recording mic techniques.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Keyboard

*** Specialties ***
Methods: Various techniques I have used and gained from ten years as a student and over fifteen years as a professional singer.
Styles/Genre: Contemporary, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Broadway.
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Anthea W.

Anthea W.

Brooklyn, NY 11222
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About Kate G.

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Theory and ear training lessons are great for instrumentalists - including voice - as well as those that have never played an instrument (spoiler alert: you'll end up learning a little piano or another instrument in the process!)

Anything that is learned "theoretically" is most useful if you understand it aurally - so that you you become free to improvise or compose with it - so every theory lesson is simultaneously an ear training lesson.

Beginners typically start with simple songs, basic tonality and chord functions/scales, basic rhythm/meter, and advanced students work on things like interval training, singing atonal melodies, hearing chords with 5 or more notes, advanced chord progressions, non-western music theory/aural skills, polyrhythms, analyzing any crazy music they are often interested in, etc. At every level, we connect what we're working on with music we're listening to and explore: what exactly is going on in this music?

About Kate
Originally from Buffalo, drummer/composer/improviser Kate Gentile has played and recorded with a panoply of renowned musicians since moving to NYC in 2011.

Kate has played with Anthony Braxton, Dustin Carlson, Andrew D'Angelo, Kris Davis, Marty Ehrlich, Michael Formanek, Ben Gerstein, Jon Irabagon, Chris Lightcap, Terry McManus, Matt Mitchell, Helado Negro, Ted Reichman, Chris Speed, and the Asphalt Orchestra, and has recorded with Jasmine Lovell-Smith's Towering Poppies and David Aaron's Flip City.

"...[G.'s] inventive drumming...eads the listener into a gentle place." -Step Tempest

"[G.'s] drum work on this [Fortune Songs] is exquisite." -“Bird Is The Worm

In addition to being a frequently used sideman and collaborator, Kate also leads bands exploring her own music, which often tend towards dense, long-form compositions with
unconventional rhythms and harmony. Her music has been described as "...hyper-detailed...designed to spur multi-faceted improvisation". Her most recently formed trio with pianist Matt Mitchell deals with a new book of compositions containing varied forms and harmonic and rhythmic structures that demand a spectrum of improvisational creativity.

Kate holds a dual degree in Jazz Performance and Music Education from the Eastman School of Music. Kate has also studied independently with a host of great drummers, improvisers, and composers, including Dan Weiss, Tim Berne, Tony Malaby, Marc Ducret, Miles Okazaki, and John Riley.

Kate has enjoyed teaching drum lessons independently for 10 years and has taught at the NYSMF summer jazz program and several schools.
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Martin June 1, 2016
· Drum · In home
Terrific lesson. Kate is sensitive, talented and knows how to teach. A real pleasure to work with her.
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Maya October 12, 2015
· Drum · In studio
Kate Gentile was my drum instructor at a summer jazz program. She was a fantastic teacher with loads of helpful tips all geared towards improving my skills on the drum set. I would definitely recommend her to anyone look for a knowledgable and enthusiastic teacher!
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Tom August 25, 2015
· Drum · In home
Kate is an energetic and passionate educator and forward thinking musician. I greatly enjoyed the time I spent studying with her because it was obvious she cared about sharing her love for music and helping me on my personal path as an improviser. The drive and dedication she brings to her teaching is inspiring.
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Brooklyn, NY 11225
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Music Theory is the study of how music works. I enjoy helping students understand the elements of music theory including harmony, counterpoint and analysis.

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Devin A. has been teaching private lessons since 2002 and is currently available to teach lessons in NYC, at your home, at his home studio or online on Skype. Devin has worked with students of all ages and levels of playing ability from beginners to professionals.

He holds a Masters Degree in Music from McGill University and a Bachelors from The Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University, where he was a recipient of the Charlie Byrd Memorial Scholarship. He has extensive teaching experience in private lessons as well as group classes in guitar, music production and music ensembles. As an expert in his field, Devin looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals.
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Jacob W. September 6, 2017
· Guitar · Online
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Vanessa G. August 29, 2017
· Music Theory · In studio
Devin is so personable and easy-going! He was prepared for our lessons and helped me better understand the material. He's the best!
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Wayne S. April 8, 2017
· Blues Guitar · In studio
The lesson went very well. Devin was patient and answered all of my questions of which I had many. He was very thorough in teaching me hand placement and strumming technique. I was very happy with the lesson and feel I quickly gained confidence.
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Brooklyn, NY 11209
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About Carolyn M.

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A graduate of the Boston Conservatory, Carolyn has been teaching music for over 5 years. With music theory lessons, you can understand how to read music, succeed on your own, and not make the music on the page seem so SCARY. Sharpen your music skills as you learn the fundamentals music theory: terms, symbols, note naming, time signatures, note values, rhythm exercises, understanding key signatures, ledger lines, ear training, sight reading, and more!

About Carolyn
Born and raised on Long Island, Carolyn began working professionally at 8 years old and has since appeared on stage, in national commercials, recorded voiceovers, and booked principal roles in both film and television. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2011 from the Boston Conservatory, where she majored in musical theater with an emphasis in directing. In her spare time, Carolyn has always loved working with people who have a passion for the arts. Whether it’s in a classroom, at a dance studio, or sitting at the piano, Carolyn has worn the many hats of acting coach, voice teacher, dance instructor, music theory tutor, piano teacher, and college audition coach to name a few. Getting cast in Broadway shows, winning first place in national dance competitions, receiving perfect scores on vocal/piano NYSSMA solos, and being accepted to
some of the most competitive college programs in the nation are just a few of her clients’ many accomplishments.
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David November 21, 2017
· Voice Acting · Online
Very grateful for all the things I learned with Carolyn! I couldn't have asked for a better chance to learn voice-acting. Would recommend for those wanting to break into the voice-over business!
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Karen August 28, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I need help holding my notes and other area
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Diana C. August 22, 2017
· Speaking Voice · In studio
Carolyn is very dedicated and detailed with her teaching and exercises. She cares so much! She is sure to hit every question and concern and skillfully notices areas of improvement. I came out with way more than I expected!
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New York, NY 10018
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With B.A. and Master's degrees in music and many years as a working musician, music book author and teacher, I incorporate music theory and ear training into the lessons I give; the goal is to help you be more than just a guitar strummer, but a musician as well, to develop the skills to become your own teacher and to go as far as you want.

About Paul Jared
Hi, I am a native New Yorker and a guitar player since age 13. I played in blues/rock bands throughout my teens, getting to play the legendary clubs of my Greenwich Village neighborhood. My discovery of Spanish classical guitar music occurred in college at UC Berkeley, and I graduated with a BA in Music, then spent two years playing in Europe, before returning home and forming the band Not Heaven; we played the club circuit, Danceteria to CBGB.

I also began teaching at the American Institute of Guitar in NYC, and writing guitar instruction books (still in print!). Along the way I did a Master’s in Guitar Performance at Stony Brook, and have continued to publish, perform and teach the music which inspires me.

Classical and Flamenco music are my primary involvement, as a teacher, performer and composer.
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Elsie February 28, 2016
· Music Theory · In studio
I learned so much from this guy! Very articulate and funny.
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About Billy D.

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Music theory is an essential tool that every musician should possess. Many people struggle to understand music theory and are often intimidated by it, but I am here to tell you that you shouldn't. Through many years of study I have developed my own approach to music theory that others have found much simpler and more enjoyable.

About Billy
My name is Billy Duffy and I am a trombonist/guitarist currently living in New York City. I am studying Jazz Trombone at the New School For Jazz and Contemporary Music in Greenwhich Village. I have a lot performing and teaching experience, performing in venues such as Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium and Zankel Hall), Dizzy's Club Coca Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Jazz Standard, Smoke Jazz Club, and many other venues around the city. I have had several students for both trombone and guitar, and teach music theory, composition, and ear training as well. I have experience in a variety of different styles of music. I really enjoy sharing my love for music with my students and main priority is making sure that my students' learning experiences are as effective and enjoyable as possible.
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Rosey July 7, 2016
· Trombone · In home
Excellent with my 12-year old child, on-time, stays longer to finish lesson. Great communication skills, well rounded.
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New York, NY 10011
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Want to learn music theory? I can get you started, regardless of instrument! I can take you all the way from learning to read music through college-level analysis.

About Maayan
Hello! I'm an opera singer and director, but more importantly for you I have an innate ability to teach. I started with my younger sister and her friends when I was just a teenager, and have continued teaching on and off since then. You can expect age- and level-appropriate repertoire that will challenge you and help you grow. We will work together to find your true voice, and cultivate that to be as easy and consistent as possible.

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 have encountered or created helpful approaches to many vocal roadblocks, and I will share my expertise with you. Everyone learns differently and responds to different exercises and ideas; I will find the approach that works for you.

I look forward to helping you become the best singer you can be!
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Maayan V.

New York, NY 10055
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