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About Zachary B.

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About Zachary
Dear Students and Parents:

My passion for performing and teaching brought me to TakeLessons as a way to enrich my immediate community (and beyond through Skype lessons!) and help individual students perform at their best. As an operatic performer, I thoroughly understand the importance of building a strong technical background for any level of singing or professional speaking. My other skills, like instrumental instruction, studying skills, accent reduction, and academic preparation are all offered through TakeLessons as well. As a teacher, I love having fun in lessons and building strong connections with my students at absolutely any level. My personal musical performing experiences span opera, musical theater, jazz, pop, and R&B. I am so excited to share my knowledge and passion for singing with you, as well as any other subject
we find to explore! As of February 2013, I am also available through TakeLessons' online instruction program! Please find more information below and I hope to hear from you soon!

Thanks!

Zachary B.

A native of Charlotte, NC, Zachary began his musical career as a tuba player and jazz bass guitarist. While attending The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Zachary began singing in various vocal groups on campus and developed his love for the singing voice. With encouragement from the music faculty, Zachary began training as an operatic baritone while at UNC. While attending UNC, Zachary was awarded both the Fischer Scholarship in Voice and the Tony McDowell Voice Scholarship. His singing brought him to Boston in the summer of 2010 to begin study at The Boston Conservatory. While performing various opera roles and attending summer programs, Zachary also opened his private studio and taught at a local music academy.

Baritone Zachary B. is quickly establishing himself as an active operatic performer. Equally at home on the recital stage, his versatile lyric baritone voice fits a wide range of repertoire and styles. A graduate of The Boston Conservatory, Zachary has performed roles like the titular role in Don Giovanni, Ramiro in L'Heure Espagnole, L'horloge comtoise in L'Enfant et les sortileges, Pooh-Bah in The Mikado, and Bob in The Old Maid and the Thief.

Starting in February 2013, Zachary will also be available through TakeLessons for online instruction. Lessons will still focus on energy, breath, and solid technique, so please contact him if you think this venue of instruction will be a good fit!

*** Lesson Details ***
Regardless of your background, I believe in making lessons fun, encouraging, and accessible. This means that my work with you will, by nature, be incredibly personal and always formulated for your specific musical goals. I will constantly strive to make sure you are comfortable in our work together as we explore singing, speaking, and music theory.

I believe every singing or speaking voice can benefit from a foundation in classical vocal technique. Whether you prefer to learn through singing songs or through various exercises, I can customize our lesson plan to fit your needs. Therefore, I provide a fun and engaging lesson atmosphere, but you need to bring your best as well! We will both be happier with the process if we are equally invested in your growth. We will start with something you already know (an aria, vocal exercise, or excerpt from a song) and work toward singing in your preferred vocal style. For example, classical singers will build their knowledge of English, German, Italian, and French diction and song styles. Additionally, I will always respect and include my student's musical interests.

Along the way, I am happy to address basic music theory ideas. If you prefer, we can also spend additional time reviewing and learning those principles to enrich your musical experience. I will always provide different exercises and ideas to keep your brain active in the singing process.

I believe in whole body, whole spirit singing. As a performer, I employ a variety of holistic exercises and theories to develop my own voice, such as basic Alexander Technique principles, voice therapy techniques, a variety of pedagogical palates, and energy work. If these sorts of things interest you, I am more than happy to incorporate them into our lessons. My personal results with those practices have been incredible, so I am always eager to share.

My personality is outgoing and energetic, so I bring that sort of atmosphere to a lesson. I expect preparedness and readiness on your part to maximize our work together. My greatest desire in teaching is to see you grow! So, if a challenging, yet comforting, work environment sounds like something you would like to try, consider scheduling a trial lesson with me. I am always happy to hear from new students!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Open area between the living room and the dining room, seating available, piano to accompany the voice lesson, garage/driveway/street parking.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I prefer for my students to have a keyboard or piano, and if possible, a music stand. We can always make a situation work if the student does not have access to these tools. I provide music, pencils, etc.

*** Specialties ***
I am an opera singer, and specialize in classical singing. However, I apply similar vocal technique to all genres of music, and focus on breathing technique, body and energy awareness, and discuss a holistic approach to singing with all students.
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Susan Y. September 14, 2015
· Speaking Voice · In studio
Zachary is a wonderful teacher. He is very patient and really understands what he student want and need. Highly recommend him for a teacher
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wynoka J. August 8, 2015
· Singing · In studio
Knowledgeable patient encouraging and kind! I learned some new things that help! Looking forward to next lesson!
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Draaco A. May 19, 2015
· Singing · In home
Great instructor, natural gifted at communicating the body mechanics, breathing, and finer points of singing.
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Zachary B.

Zachary B.

Brooklyn, NY 11205
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About Deirdre T.

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Languages have always fascinated me. Traveling a lot as a child, I studied French, German, and then Twi when I had a semester studying dance & music in Ghana. The other two constants have been piano and dance. Classical Spanish music is what originally hooked me on the piano and later the world of flamenco ensnared me. For 18 years, I produced the internationally touring Dance on Camera Festival, the oldest dance film festival in the world produced by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. As a writer, I have been published in over 15 publications, now writing for two on-line magazines. As a dancer/choreographer, I just participated in Soaking WET 2017 and my installation BELL 8 was just at Waterfront Museum in Red Hook, Brooklyn and is now at the Lilac on Pier 25 July-Sept 3, 2017.
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danila L. September 30, 2016
· Dance · In home
Excellent person and good teacher
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Peter B. August 4, 2016
· English · In studio
Fantastic!
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Vanessa H. February 28, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Very sweet and patient with kids
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Deirdre T.

Deirdre T.

New York, NY 10025
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About Zach M.

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Brooklyn, NY

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About Zach
Bonjour everyone , my name is Zach, I was born and raised in France in a small (tiny tiny) village called Galluis.

I have since then lived in Paris , Philadelphia and now New York.

He graduated from "Jean-Monnet European High-school" where I specialized in English and French Literature.

I have been teaching FRENCH and DRUMS for more than 12 years now.

About FRENCH LESSONS : ( section about DRUM LESSONS below )

Most people I've taught come to me saying "French is so hard , I will never be able to speak it" or "When I try to speak french, french people answer me in english"

--- THIS WILL NOT HAPPEN WITH ME :)

French is easy , you just need a good teacher who cares about you.
I do.

I can help you with :

• Pronunciation ( so that nobody will answer you in English )
• What to know if you go to France soon ( so
that you can know a little bit before you go )
• Basic to advanced conversation ( so you can make french friends and understand what they say )
• Train your ear
• Grammar / Vocabulary / Verbs

BUT DON'T WORRY , IT WILL BE FUN !

After the first lesson , ALL my students realize that learning french isn't scary anymore.

So : qui veut apprendre le français ?*

(*who wants to learn french?)

Section about DRUM LESSONS:

On the music side of my studies: I attended the American School of Modern Music of Paris for 3 years and moved to Philadelphia to study with Joe Morello's former student Sam Ruttenberg at the University of the Arts in 2012.

I perform as a professional jazz drummer between Europe and America.

~~Teaching Philosophy~~

IF YOU CAN SAY IT , YOU CAN PLAY IT !

•I teach beginners to advanced students , all ages and styles are welcome

I can teach you ( how to ) :

• read
• improvise
• play with other musicians
• the history of the drums
• your role as a drummer
• make music with an instrument that at first doesn't seem very musical
• swing
• latin / afro cuban grooves
• rock
• correct your grip on the sticks
and everything else you may ask... the possibilities and endless
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Matt September 1, 2017
· French · In studio
Zach is a fantastic teacher! He is very organized and patient, but he's also willing to push and encourage. I'm excited for the next one! Merci Zach
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SHUAI Z. December 19, 2016
· French · Online
Excellent teacher! Zach is wonderful. He is very knowledgable, patient and intelligent. I just moved from China to America, so my English is not so good. However, Zach is so kind and patient to encourage me to study French. I really enjoyed my first French lesson with Zach! And I am looking forward to continuing my lessons.
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Rajeev September 3, 2016
· French · In studio
Very good first lesson. Instructor is professional, helpful, and invested.
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Zach M.

Zach M.

Brooklyn, NY 11232
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About Elena D.

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Bayside, NY
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BIO: Elena started her musical studies at age 4, singing with the "New York City Opera Children Chorus". She studied at Manhattan School of Music. She studied in Hunter College and Queens College of the City University of New York and the Bejar Conservatory in Salamanca, Spain. She has performed in Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and throughout Europe as a soloist. She has participated in the Master Classes of Alfredo Kraus and Monserrat Caballé and David Jones. She is currently under the vocal direction of David Jones who is the foremost voice teacher pedagogue.
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Mason June 11, 2017
· Singing · In studio
My son enjoyed very much the singing lesson! He is already looking forward for the next lesson.
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Maria T. December 4, 2016
· Acting · In home
Elena was patience with my daughter and willing to work with her to accommodate Her needs acting and musical inner theater talents
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Anne Marie E. July 22, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Elena is a very warm and inviting teacher, she has the depth of knowledge in an array of different styles of music. Her own voice is remarkably powerful and beautiful.
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Elena D.

Elena D.

Bayside, NY 11360
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About Efrat B.

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Forest Hills, NY
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About Efrat
Shalom! My name is Efrat and I recently moved from Israel to New-York, I lived in Israel almost my hole life, Hebrew is my tongue language, I have a MA in Sociology from Tel-Aviv university, I have vast knowledge on Israeli society. I have been teaching different academic subject for a few years.
I am very passionate about teaching in my lesson you will also can have an added value of knowing Israeli culture and society if that interests you.
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Marcus R. November 4, 2016
· Hebrew · Online
Today was my second class with Efrat. I already feel I am learning a lot. I am enjoying my class time as Efrat is very friendly and easy to talk to. She takes the time to make sure I understand the lesson and answer my questions.
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Marcus R. November 4, 2016
· Hebrew · Online
Today was my second class with Efrat. I already feel I am learning a lot. I am enjoying my class time as Efrat is very friendly and easy to talk to. She takes the time to make sure I understand the lesson and answer my questions.
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Efrat B.

Efrat B.

Forest Hills, NY 11375
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About Eric M.

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Forest Hills, NY

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Hola, my name is Eric and I will take your Spanish to the next level. I specialize in understanding exactly what you need help with and working to develop and refine your Spanish skills. Whether you need to learn Spanish for school or pleasure, I have years of experience in teaching Spanish to people of various ages and backgrounds. I am a native Spanish speaker and I love watching my students improve their Spanish level.

I am teaching Spanish in New York since 2009, my work experience includes working for several well-known language Schools where I was consistently scored and appreciated as one of the best Spanish instructors. I have experience teaching at the University and I visited or lived in 14 of the 21 Spanish-speaking countries.

My methodology is focused on a learner's strengths, interest, and needs, using various technique
s. Many of my previous students make a tremendous progress up to the perfect score. So contact me and I will help you with your Spanish!
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Elena April 25, 2017
· Spanish · Online
Eric is a great teacher of Spanish. He is very professional and methodological in his classes. He uses a lot of different study materials, including online apps that are geared to the topic he is covering. He can switch gears and help in preparing our high school son for his school tests. Eric is very accommodating if it's necessary to move a lesson. Highly recommended!
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Ben December 1, 2016
· Spanish · In home
I have used Eric for about 5 years now, and he took me from speaking basic Spanish to exceeding more courses definition of Advanced quickly. His teaching background and patience make him an ideal teacher, and he is able to find material that pushes you to the next level well. Now my South American wife has to be polite about me when she speaks to her family about me!

I would highly recommend Eric as a tutor for any level of Spanish.
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Sophie November 27, 2016
· Spanish · In home
I have been taking Spanish lessons with Erich for about 4 years now. I can only praise him for the wonderful teacher that he is. I have improved my speaking skills a lot since I've been studying with Erich. He has not only catered his lessons to fit my personal needs but he also constantly finds new material for me to study on my own. He has endless ressources to work on whatever I need to. I highly recommend him. You will not find a better tutor.
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Eric M.

Eric M.

Forest Hills, NY 11375
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$30 / 30-min

About Fabio G.

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Brooklyn, NY
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About Fabio
My name is Fabio I'm a professional singer based in New York city.
I graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music with a bachelor degree in Jazz Vocal Performance.
I was awarded with the third prize from the Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition 2016
I tutor several students of all ages in singing technique, Jazz improv techniques and vocal health.
I focus on technique providing technique exercises from Berklee teachers and other techniques methods that I've been selecting in my experience as a student.
I stress a lot on breathing exercises and in the exploring each one's sound in order to achieve my student's goals.

Thank you for your time and consideration!
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Fabio G.

Fabio G.

Brooklyn, NY 11221
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About Esther D.

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Brooklyn, NY

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Educator with 9 years of experience, focused on providing personalized education and incorporating new technology into the teaching process, as well as fostering intellectual and personal growth and serving as a role model who instills a lifelong desire to learn.
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Esther D.

Esther D.

Brooklyn, NY 11226
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About Sheila H.

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New York, NY
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Hello and welcome! I would like to start of by saying I was a former Pastry Chef working in various cuisines; French, Italian and American are my top favorite. I was often pulled out of my work filed to help out with translating for those who were unable to communicate. This is why I would like to being in helping spread the Spanish language to those who want to liberally travel or come up to anybody and strike up a most engaging lovely conversation. Spanish is not complicated but in fact fun; it can take a little bit of getting used to but once you get the hang of it; there's no stopping you!
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Sheila H.

Sheila H.

New York, NY 10034
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$25 / 30-min

About Tslil T.

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Hi, I would love to help you improve your Hebrew!
I am very patient, and I will do my best to create for you the best Hebrew experience!
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Tslil T.

Tslil T.

New York, NY 10024
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$65 / 30-min

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