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Nancy R. Irvington, NY

About Nancy

Hi, everyone -- Whether you want to be a professional singer, audition for your school musical, NYSSMA, All-State chorus, college and conservatory, or whether you just want to have fun and hit those high notes in the shower, I would love to teach you. Your voice deserves to be heard! I'm a classically trained soprano with undergraduate and master's degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, Mannes School of Music and Brown University. I've been teaching privately for seven years. I've sung leading roles with the Caramoor Music Festival, Glimmerglass Opera and the Aspen Music Festival. I studied voice with Uta Graf at the Manhattan School of Music and then privately with Amy Zorn of the Westminster Choir College. My classical background gives me a sound grounding in vocal technique,

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Cleo D. August 18, 2014
Singing · In studio
Nancy is awesome! I'm so happy I have this opportunity to tell everyone what a really great person and teacher she is. She's really demanding (but in a nice way) and knows her stuff technically, but she's also really encouraging and kind and I feel like she "gets" her students.

I'm going into my junior year at Cornell where I'm studying pre-med, and believe it or not I really feel like voice lessons with Nancy helped me get here. I love singing, but never had much confidence. I started taking lessons with Nancy my senior year in high school and she helped me sing so much better than I ever thought i could. She was really supportive of my song-writing too. I ended up getting a good part in the school musical (I went to a super competitive high school too) and performing my own songs at a couple of local venues.

Then as part of my college applications she suggested that I include a recording of me performing some French art songs by Claude Debussy. Not that I was a classical singer or was even going to study music seriously in college, but my family is French and I really like the poetry of Paul Verlaine. Nancy introduced me to some cool Debussy settings of Verlaine poems. I thought the songs would be way too hard for me, but with Nancy's help I actually sang them really well and did a good recording that I think helped set me apart in my college applications.

Now when I come back home I always have a few lessons with Nancy. (I still compose and perform my own songs) And don't tell anyone, but she's a lot better than any of the voice teachers at Cornell! Not naming names of course.
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amal M. July 26, 2014
Singing · In studio
I have been taking singing lessons from Nancy for about 3 months now.
Nancy's approach to teaching is very different. She does not try to fit you in a syllabus. She patiently understands what areas you need to focus on singing and where you are in singing and works with you towards achieving your singing goals.

with Me, I am OK in identifying pitch, but had trouble calming my nerves, and that came in the way of singing my high range notes.

Nancy helped Me on this area. She always spends time in making me relax with breathing exercises before singing. I cant believe how much progress i have made in three months.

would definitely recommend for any body who is at any level of singing and would like to sing better
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Chrissy C. February 5, 2014
Singing
Excellent Voice Teacher

My teenage daughter has been taking voice lessons with Nancy for over a year. We have seen such great improvement in her technique as well as in her confidence. Nancy is very patient and provides constructive feedback which has enabled my daughter to grow vocally. I am so pleased with Nancy as a voice instructor that I now have my other daughter beginning vocal lessons with her.
Jillian V. Dobbs Ferry, NY

About Jillian

I am a certified music therapist (MT-BC); vocal instructor (BS in Classical Voice); certified yoga instructor (200+); certified and attuned Reiki master; professional freelance editor; meditation guide. I am a person who finds joy in a variety of places, and I truly love what I do. Music therapy has afforded me a great deal of experience working with children, teens, and adults with special needs including, autism, Down's syndrome, cerebral palsy, emotional disturbances and developmental delays. As a voice teacher, I want to help my students settle comfortably into their own musicality by showing them the building blocks of a solid technique, drawing particularly from the things that helped me grow as a vocalist. I want my students to feel strong in their body, comfortable and ...

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Gillian B. March 6, 2014
Verified Student
Wonderful Teacher

My son loves working with Jillian. He has never been exposed to singing before but wanted to give it a try and so far he is enjoying it.
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Eugene P. February 14, 2013
Music Theory
Jillian's really smart and nice

I started taking lessons with Jillian around when i started high school a couple years ago. I play french horn in school, and I'm considering studying music in college, so I definitely needed to know more music theory. I play guitar too, so we started studying songwriting, too, so that I can write some songs with my band. Jillian's so nice, and really smart, so she makes it really easy to learn! I really like classes with her.
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Bridget M. February 12, 2013
Singing
One of the best teachers I have ever had

I am a 15 years old and have been taking lessons with Jillian for about a year and a half. I started out as a beginner and she was so patient with me and encouraged me continuously so that I can feel confident in myself. She also made the experience so much fun, while other teachers I've had made it stressful. She is also so knowledgable and talented but never made me feel bad that i wasnt at her level. Jillian is also cares about all her students and their progress. I cant recommend her enough to everyone who wants to learn!!
Nelson R. Tenafly, NJ

About Nelson

I teach people to unlock their musical dreams and have fun playing the guitar PERFECT for beginners to advanced of all ages. Beginners, you'll learn the fundamentals of the guitar, how to tune, learn chords, strumming patterns, basic improvisation, to play your favorite songs. As well as, learning to play with others For more intermediate to advance players that like to take your skill to the next level, I teach more about Jazz and Blues, improve improvisation, learning new chords and the theory and scales to be able to move around the fretboard. I am a professional guitarist based in NYC/NJ who performs with my quartet , Latin and Brazilian Jazz type originals, in the Tri-State are. I teach at the 92Y School of Music, private lessons and groups classes, of all ages, since ...

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Bronwen S. August 5, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
My review is basically the same as the one below - my son is a little slow at guitar and Nelson is SO patient with him. You can tell he loves music and he really enjoys the teaching process. What a great find.
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Joel F. June 28, 2014
Music Performance · In studio
Verified Student
I have taken 8 lessons with Nelson and I'm very happy with him as my teacher. He is an accomplished guitarist, but more importantly, as a teacher he's very patient and allows me to learn at my own pace (which is slow). I would recommend him to anyone wishing to learn to play the guitar.
Regina Z. Yonkers, NY

About Regina

Dr. Regina Z. has held teaching positions at the University of Minnesota Duluth, Shorter College in Rome, GA, Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT and the Community Music School in Buffalo, NY as well as maintaining thriving private studios in Buffalo and Yonkers, NY and New York City. With over 25 years voice teaching experience, she gives her students a nurturing and growth-oriented environment at a most advanced level. With experience at all levels - from beginning to most advanced - she teaches a solid foundation of pedagogy that stresses a healthy, total-body approach to singing which is combined with a strong understanding of a variety of repertoire for all levels of singers including opera, lieder/art song, oratorio and musical theatre. With her extensive experience as an ...

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Dennis S. November 23, 2014
Opera Voice · In studio
Dr. Regina is an inspiration! I began studying with her in Georgia at Shorter College and eventually transferred to Minnesota to finish my undergraduate degree with her. She is truly passionate about music, and the energy creates an incredible atmosphere for learning! She challenged me as a singer and performer and helped me learn to breathe life into the music--while also transforming my voice. She is a wonderful teacher and I would highly recommend her to anyone. Even a Skype lesson if you can't make it to her in NY. They are quiet helpful! I only wish I lived in the NY area so I could take from her in person. She is wonderful and I hope to continue studying with her for years to come.
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Erin B. October 15, 2014
Singing · In studio
I have been studying Voice (mostly emphasized on Broadway Singing) with Regina for a few months now and I am loving the lessons! She has really helped me identify the strong parts of my voice and showcase them while also strengthening those that are not as strong. What sets Regina apart from other teachers I've had in the past is that she does a really excellent job catering to each student's individual needs instead of having a set teaching structure that you have to try to fit yourself into. I also especially like that she will take the time to talk through the technique in a way that makes total sense and even if it doesn't at first, she'll always find a way to explain it differently until you really grasp the concept. Regina is an amazing teacher and I would recommend her to anyone who wants to push their voice to the next level!
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Johanna D. October 15, 2014
Musical Theater
I had the fabulous opportunity to work with Dr. Regina during my four years of Undergraduate study at the University of Minnesota Duluth. While Dr. Regina's expertise and reputation are largely based in classical music, I found her to be a perfect match for my vocal studies in Musical Theater. Her teachings and training were extremely beneficial to me, not only as a vocalist, but as a performer.
What I love about Dr. Regina is that her lessons are very personal focusing as you the student, you the performer, and you the person. I truly felt that she cared about my overall vocal health and growth as a singer. She challenged me with classical repertoire that kept me on track for my juries and made me feel comfortable with all of my class and show material for my Musical Theater studies.
Dr. Regina is a well-rounded vocalist, teacher, performer, and woman. She feels passionately about her craft and her students. It is important to her that each student comes to the understanding of concepts and techniques. I always left my lessons feeling that I had accomplished something and had the tools I needed to put forth my best possible performance. Dr. Regina is a fabulous teacher, with a worldly knowledge of voice and a fantastic sense of humor! You will look forward to every one of your lessons with her!
Tara L. Hastings on Hudson, NY

About Tara

I have a Masters in Education as well as having spent many years performing, teaching in one on one and group settings both privately and at music camps and festivals. I play and teach bluegrass, old time, Irish, and swing jazz styles. I like my students to really enjoy playing music and their lessons as well as learning to become fluent in the language of music. It is not required that folks learn to read music necessarily, but it can be a part of the lessons if desired. I love to see my students able to continue learning and playing on their own, be able to hold their own at jams and on the stage is they so desire, or just enjoy making music for themselves. I have techniques that have proven effective to help get past jam phobia, that help folks learn to improvise who have not had any ...

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Kristin H. June 16, 2014
Mandolin · In studio
I took mandolin lessons from Tara for about a year and a half, and I can't say enough good things about her. I was a complete beginner when I started with her, and now I feel prepared and comfortable when I play at jams. Tara taught me a wide repertoire of tunes. She taught me ways to play different chords, how to move chords, how different players may use different chords in different styles, how to read guitar chords, how to adapt when guitars use capos, and how to simplify or add chords. She has really good insight on how to start improvising and taking breaks. I think she adapts her teaching to use the technique that will help make the concept make sense to you. She is a lot of fun to learn from, and it is super inspiring to watch her play. Tara is an awesome teacher, and I highly recommend her!
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Don D. June 7, 2014
Bluegrass Guitar · In studio
Tara has been teaching our 8 year old Evan Bluegrass guitar for a little over two years. He looked forward to his weekly opportunity to learn and play with Ms. Tara. To watch her interact - educate - and entertain Evan - was just a joy. We are sorry she has left Virginia - impossible to replace - if you get the chance - take it! She is an amazing teacher and a great friend of our Son.
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Al W. June 5, 2014
Mandolin · In studio
I've been taking lessons from Tara now for the better part of 4 years. She is talented, professional, engaging, knowledgeable, and most importantly, patient. She taught this old dog a lot of new tricks on the Mandolin. I still have a long way to go, but if you are looking for a Mando teacher, this lady is tops in my book. Sorry she left VA, but NY got themselves one good musician and teacher.
Alexander V. Tenafly, NJ

About Alexander

Both teaching and performing have always been a large part of my life. Even as early as high school (Kiev State R.M.Gliere Higher College of music), I was already conducting private lessons and directing the wind ensemble. And it was at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia, that I received my Masters Degree in Music Education, Performance and Conducting. During the period from 1977-89, I held the position of principal Clarinet in the St. Petersburg Symphony and Kiev State Opera orchestras. At the same time, I worked as a professor at the Kiev State Music Academy. When I immigrated to the US in 1989, I pursued various performance opportunities and was even offered a position in “The President’s Own” military band in Washington, DC. Unfortunately, due to extenuating ...

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Sada A. March 16, 2015
Clarinet · In studio
I have had plenty of lessons with Vengerov and he can make a young musician 100x better. He fixed a lot of the problems in regards to my bad habits on clarinet. After each lesson, I felt motivation and progress as a musician. My family, and I saw major improvement after taking lessons with Vengerov as well, and I have listened to multiple of his other students play and was always impressed at how amazing they sounded. He is a big help in my high school Wind Ensemble too.
Vengerov is helpful, professional, and is absolutely 1st rate.
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Sora B. March 3, 2015
Saxophone · In studio
My 11 years old loves Mr. Vengegrov.Not only is he a multi-instrumentalist, but he's also a very professional and hard working musician and is very knowledgeable on any area of the music field. He's always willing to go the extra mile to see that everyone with whom he works can work at their best potential. And he's funny!!!
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Rachel O. February 25, 2015
Flute · In studio
Mr. Vengerov is the epitome of a great teacher. When I first came to him, my skills were lacking in just all about major aspects- tone, finger/hand placement, breathing technique, music theory, etc.. After the first lesson, he had accurately identified everything that I needed to improve upon and started with the fundamentals to build a strong base; all the while keeping the ultimate goal of becoming a better player individually, and in an ensemble, in mind. At the end of each lesson I feel as if a significant amount of progress has been made and I know exactly what to work on and how to work on it. Mr. Vengerov is an extremely patient, knowledgeable, and passionate teacher that you can always count on to be reliable and accommodating. I highly recommend taking lessons with him to anyone who has an interest in advancing their skills, because nothing is better than a teacher that truly loves what they do.

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