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About Brenda B.

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Franklin Lakes, NJ

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About Brenda
Hello, my name is Brenda! It is nice to meet you.

I have been teaching private lessons for over a decade, and have my B.M. in Music Education from William Paterson University. I was a voice major and flute/piano double minor, and I just completed my Masters of Music in Performance with the Opera Institute at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.

Although I do work with students of all ages, I specialize in working with younger children and retired adults!

I primarily teach voice, flute, piano, music theory and history and have over 10 years of experience teaching in both individual and group settings. I also work on audition and performance preparation, do speech/accent work and more. I am constantly studying different teaching methods so I can develop a custom program that best fits your learning styles and inco
rporates what you already know, with what you will need to learn in order to achieve your goals.

*** Lesson Details ***
Whether you want to play flute, clarinet, sing, act, or learn to play piano, I am here to help you become the best musician you can be. Classically trained, I also work with the styles of musical theatre, pop, rock, and jazz. I can teach you the proper techniques, posture, and breathing necessary to perform to the best of your ability and teach you how to utilize your full lung capacity to extend phrasing length and dynamic range. I will also help you learn to read and write music. Together, we will keep a log to track your progress lesson to lesson. This will also help you keep a record of the steps you are taking to obtain and achieve your goals and dreams.

*** Specialties ***
Young and beginner students.
Senior & Retired students
Students with special needs.
Performance techniques.
Audition preparation
Speech techniques (public speaking/voice-overs, etc.)
Bel Canto technique.
Performance anxiety
Life coaching!

"I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for in the patterns of music and all the arts are the keys of learning" ~Plato

**if you need a particular time slot or one not listed on my availability I will do my best to accommodate your needs**

**All lessons will be scheduled in advance with confirmation of both the student and instructor. If cancellation is necessary, a written notice 48 hour cancellation policy is in effect or you forfeit the lesson credit. For lessons scheduled outside of the areas provided, a surcharge for travel will be added.**
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Ellen S. November 14, 2017
· Flute · Online
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Judy October 9, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
Branda is a great teacher for daughter. She is always on time and patience! We love her!
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Wendy October 9, 2017
· Piano · In home
My daughter is really enjoying her lessons. Brenda is very encouraging and directs her lessons in a very positive manner. She takes the time to explain everything they are doing and why and is constantly praising my daughter which is very uplifting and encouraging for her to stay on track.
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Brenda B.

Brenda B.

Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417
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About Sue Anne G.

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Yonkers, NY

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About Sue Anne
Sue Anne offers classical structural work on the elements of the voice combined with a holistic approach to the individual needs of each student. The goal is a natural unaffected sound for effortless vocal communication in any singing arena. Ms. Gershenzon. has 35 years of experience in Broadway and Opera, and can help you with any aspect of vocal performance and technical mastery. Singers who are committed to vocal development on any and all levels are welcome.

There is nothing more exhilarating than beautiful sound soaring fully and freely out of your body. This achievement is a process!

I try to guide each student to the essence of his or her unique sound, and that is accessed through a clear and open instrument. This requires fundamental work on the elements of the voice. There are many technical steps to this process.

Freeing the head and neck of constriction
Balancing and integrating the head and chest registers
Vowel purification
Addressing Resonance and the 6 areas of relaxation
Coordination of and strengthening of the breathing body
Body awareness and relaxation
Mind Body Spirit integration

Each individual has unique challenges that can block the voice on many levels. My approach is a holistic one. When your instrument is in a healthy balance you can sing in any forum.

The goal is effortless voice

AEA SAG AFTRA
BROADWAY
SUNDAY IN THE PARK W/GEORGE Frieda Booth Theatre
LA VIE PARISIENNE Gabrielle Circle in the Square

OFF-BROADWAY
THE ROTHCHILDS Gutele Circle in the Square
STREET SCENE Rose Maurrant ELT
CARNIVAL Lili ELT
THE MIKADO Yum Yum Amas Rep
A SONG AT LAST Solo Act NYC &Tour

REGIONAL
AMARANTHA Amarantha The Kennedy Center
ADVENTURES OF FRIAR TUCK Maid Marian Lake George Opera
THE IMMIGRANT Leah Sacramento Theatre Company
DRAGONS Elsa Eugene O’Neill Theatre Conference
GIFT OF THE MAGI Della Actor’s Theatre of Louisville
TARANTARA Sybil Grey Actor’s Theatre of Louisville
THE FANTASTICKS Luisa John Drew Theatre, LI Tom Jones dir.
SOMETHING’S AFOOT Hope Langdon Alaska Repertory
FEATHERTOP Polly Penn Stage, Allentown, PA
OKLAHOMA Laurie Theatre by the Sea, Portsmouth, NH
GUYS AND DOLLS Sarah Brown Theatre by the Sea, Portsmouth, NH

STOCK AND DINNER THEATRE
CARNIVAL Lili Pittsburgh Civic Lt. Opera Heinz Hall
THE MUSIC MAN Marian Saddleback Theatre, Laguna Beach, CA
GIGI Gigi Darien Dinner Theatre, CT
THE SOUND OF MUSIC Maria Carousel Dinner Theatre, Ravenna, OH
MY FAIR LADY Eliza Lakewood Playhouse, Skowhegan, ME
CAMELOT Guinevere Lakewood Playhouse, Skowhegan, ME
AUNTIE MAME Gloria Upson Lakewood Playhouse, Skowhegan, ME
THE TEMPEST Miranda Steamboat Cabin Theatre, IN
TOYS IN THE ATTIC Lili Steamboat Cabin Theatre, IN
A THOUSAND CLOWNS Sandra Tin Tree Theatre, MI
BAREFOOT IN THE PARK Corie Bratter Tin Tree Theatre, MI

TELEVISION
SQUARE ONE TV (MATHNET THE UNKIDNAPPING) Eve Adams PBS Children’s Television Workshop

TRAINING

Voice: Eileen Farrell Classical/Jazz at Indiana University; Conrad L. Osborne/Classical New York City; Bobby McFerrin jazz/Improv; Rhiannon jazz/Improv; Kirk Nurock Jazz; Maria Argyros McClosky Technique

College: Indiana U. School of Music, Bloomington, IN BS Music/Theatre
Hunter College NYC Masters Music Ed coursework
Molloy College Music Therapy
Certification Level 2 Somatic Voicework Contemporary Commercial Music
Certification McClosky Institute of Voice
Certification Energy Healer IM School of Healing Arts

Memberships:

New York Singing Teacher's Association,
National Association of Teachers of Singing
AEA, SAG, AFTRA

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are taught very close to Grand Central Station convenient for commuters from Connecticut or Westchester. Not to worry, there is no judgement in my studio, in fact, that is my one rule! The studio is a safe place to take risks and explore with our voices. We will work on the proper breathing for power and control, smoothly singing from the highest to the lowest notes in your range, and extending beyond what you never dreamed possible, how all the muscles in your body affect the sound that comes out of you and how to gently optimize your sound, and how you affect your sound by your thoughts feelings and emotions. You are your instrument! In three months you will feel you have a voice you never dreamed you could have.

*** Specialties ***
I have over 20 years of professional experience and training with masters. Eileen Farrell, who was one of the greatest voices of the 20th century. Conrad L. Osborne, Opera Critic for world renown musical publications such as Opera News and High Fidelity.

Somatic Voicework The LoVetri Method takes registration understanding to another level and combined with resonance work to take the chest voice up into the head voice fo a healthy Broadway sound.

The McClosky Technique offers the anatomical understanding and affect of the extrinsic muscles of the face, jaw, throat, neck, tongue and alignment, and how these elements affect the smooth functioning inside the larynx.

I incorporate these styles into my own method of approaching the voice by equally addressing Breathing/Registration/Resonance/ Relaxation, and Mind/Body/Emotion.

I am a certified Energy Healer with over 10 years of study and practice in this area. I am very aware of the energetic aspects of an individual, and utilize that knowledge to enhance the learning process.
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Maya C. October 1, 2014
· Singing · In studio
Sue Anne is truly an incredible teacher; she focuses on you holistically, and works thoroughly from the ground up, in the most optimistic, encouraging and comforting manner I could possibly dream of. Her shining personality and laughter are also contagious. I'd definitely recommend her to everyone and anyone looking for voice lessons.
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Shana C. February 25, 2014
· Singing ·
Great Teacher!

Although I've only been a student of Sue Anne's for a short time, she has already helped me so much to let go of bad habits and develop proper technique. She is very patient and at the same time, she is enthusiastic and genuinely invested in helping me reach my potential. I highly recommend her.
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Catherine M. February 9, 2014
· Singing ·
Sue Anne is wonderful!

I came to New York for school and to further my training and aspiration to pursue musical theatre. I saw Sue Anne's ad in Hunter College. Her work focuses on how to sing naturally, something I have always tended to struggle with. I often found myself losing my voice the night before my musical's opening night, because of my constant belting and lack of a balanced relationship between my head voice and chest voice. After being with Sue Anne for a few months, my voice has felt and sounded much healthier! I have gained knowledge of the parts of the body involved in singing and especially breathing, and now instead of wailing away at any high note, I am singing with more ease. Sue Anne is an amazingly talented, knowledgeable and lovely teacher and person. I am ecstatic to have met her, and look forward to hopefully what will be many more months of lessons!
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Sue Anne G.

Sue Anne G.

Yonkers, NY 10701
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About Mary P.

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Croton on Hudson, NY
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Mary is a Tony nominated writer, actress, and teacher whose Broadway credits include Martha Jefferson in "1776" and Grace Farrell in "Annie". She was a starring soloist In Leonard Bernstein's "Mass" at the Kennedy Center and the Metropolitan Opera and toured as featured vocal with Michel LeGand in concerts including Carnegie Hall. Off Broadway credits include her own musical, "Cradle Song". She studied voice with the great Sue Seton and later with opera star and tenor coach at the Metropolitan Opera, Felix Knight. She teaches a combination of both their legendary techniques. As an actor, she studied acting with Sanford Meisner in NYC, the Rheinhardt Seminar in Vienna, Austria and has been teaching and directing beginning, intermediate and professionsl singers and actors for over fifteen years. Former students have appeared on "Thirt
y Rock", Gilmore Girls", "Law and Order" and others. Her goal in working with her students is not only to teach healthy vocal technique, but in keeping with her theatre background, her strong belief that "Every song is a scene or monoglogue" leads her to make sure the student know what they are singing or speaking about, and can do so with a clarity of emotion and dramatic intent.
She has a BA in theatre/voice from the University of Kansas where she serves on the Advisory Board For the Department of Theatre and Film and has an MFA from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU Tisch School of the Arts where she is a guest lecturer. She is a member of AEA, SAG/AFTRA, AGMA and The Dramatists Guild.
"Mary is able to reach not only those students who are already excited about theater but inspire those who have no previous knowledge of it. To watch these young men and women become more and more accomplished is a marvelous thing. She inspired them all."...Mark St. Germain, Obie winning playwright.

*** Lesson Details ***
In a one hour lesson, we will spend twenty five minutes on vocal exercises designed to teach support and placement. Having performed leads on and Off Broadway, I know that without good technique you can't do eight shows a week, do back to back sets in a nightclub or cabaret or tour as a pop or rock singer. The second half of the lesson is spent on songs. As an acting as well as vocal coach, I focus on dramatics as well as musical interpretation. A singer must be connected to the words as well as the music. I hope to teach you to love singing as much as I do.

*** Studio Equipment ***
casio keyboard, speakers, desk, extensive library of scripts and sheet music, internet

*** Specialties ***
pop and musical theatre singing
college and theatre auditions/monologues and song performance
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Griffin Scott November 17, 2017
· Acting · Online
I found Mary on my search for an acting coach pertaining mostly to my upcoming drama school auditions. Her vast knowledge of this business is evident as well as her ability to help ground and craft your work. Each and every lesson was applicable towards my artistic pursuit. I consistently recommend her as a leading instructor in this field!
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Alexa W. June 22, 2016
· Singing · In home
Nice teacher, looking forward to the next lesson.
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Maggie June 16, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Mary Phillips is excellent! I highly recommend her. Her knowledge of technique and her ability to explain it's proper applications helped my daughter improve not only her vocal quality but her range. Mary also worked on building her self confidence and attitude. I've notice a significant improvement in her approach to auditions. She is less nervous and more confident in her skills. We had a hard time trying to find an instructor who values someone with a lower range. I wish we had found her earlier!
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Mary P.

Mary P.

Croton on Hudson, NY 10520
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About Lesley-Ann F.

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Yonkers, NY
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Highly motivated, energetic, hard-working, and always keen to learn. Good administrator and co-coordinator. Natural people person, equally happy working on own initiative, or as part of a team. Adopts a natural hands-on, can do attitude and is dedicated to timely task completion. Committed to her responsibilities and fulfills these in a manner that promotes both healthy working and personal relationships.
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Robert A. April 4, 2014
· Piano ·
I endorse this teacher highly!

I was having trouble finding a teacher by word-of-mouth - prospective teachers would not return phone calls and seems to have little interest in my son's musical education. Ever since Take Lessons contacted Lesley-Ann on my behalf, we have been in consistent contact. She has followed through on her promises, presented an appropriate enthusiasm for the job, and seems to have really inspired my teenage son to want to play the piano, and view this as a great opportunity. I look forward to working with her on his development, and I encourage other prospective students to employ her as a guide on their musical journey.
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Lesley-Ann F.

Lesley-Ann F.

Yonkers, NY 10701
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About Rob S.

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West Nyack, NY
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About Rob
I have over 50 years experience teaching guitar and bass.

I have devised many shortcuts and know every trick and method for instant results.

Sheet music and instructional cds are included in the tuition price.
I teach all styles, levels and genres.

Beginners will be playing songs as of their first lesson.
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Rob S.

Rob S.

West Nyack, NY 10994
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$50 / 45-min
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About Stephen D.

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Yonkers, NY
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I have been playing music on the violin since the age of 7, composing since I was 14, and playing and performing on the guitar since I was 18. I've written a lot of music, and this past spring had works performed in Virginia and two in Manhattan.

I have taught music for over 15 years, in colleges, music schools and privately. One thing that I have noticed is that, with more experience, I have a lot more fun--and so do my students.
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Sandra March 8, 2017
· Banjo · In home
Stephen is amazing and talented. He is very understanding of the initial frustration of learning a new instrument and makes it interesting and fun.
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Megan October 14, 2015
· Violin · In home
Mr. D is a very good teacher at violin. I give him 5 stars because he is nice and a good teacher.
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Eve September 29, 2015
· Classical Guitar · In studio
Stephen has been teaching my son Classical Guitar lessons for over four years now, and he is one of the best music instructors we've had. Stephen is a very motivated and inspiring teacher, my son absolutely loves his music classes. We are happy to have a truly dedicated teacher, who loves working with kids and is able to pass his genuine passion for music to others. Thank you, Stephen!
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Stephen D.

Stephen D.

Yonkers, NY 10705
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About Jane L.

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Briarcliff Manor, NY
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My goal of teaching is to help students discover their talent and love for music in a natural way. I began jamming music with my parents when I was 3 years old. I remember the feeling of joy and excitement when making music with them. Now as a teacher, I try to bring this enjoyment based approach to classes and teach my students to not think they are working and instead, enjoy the practice of making music. I believe that when a student is inspired and enjoys the learning process, they naturally strive to get better.

As I began playing piano at a very young age, I've developed an ability called absolute pitch. It is a rare auditory phenomenon that enabled me to play nearly any song I heard, without having a score. And this really help me to teach my students the songs they love as scores are not always readily available and I am abl
e to write out a customized score that suits their level.

My students will have covered different areas of music, including classical repertoire, jazz, rock, pop, composition and theory. I give private lessons for all ages and levels for piano in my technology integrated home studio in Briarcliff Manor, NY. I received my degree from Berklee College of Music and New York University. I'm also certified with the associated board of the Royal school of music and Trinity College of Music in London.

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Grand piano, full size electric keyboard, violin, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, amps, accordion, microphone, music computer games, recording and composing software, seating area for parents.
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Sebastian C. December 2, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Great instructor and very nice person!!!!
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Bruce July 19, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Jane is great. She was interested in what I wanted to get out of piano lessons and how I was comfortable approaching them. She is patient and helpful. During the lesson her focus is always on the student. I highly recommend Jane.
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Mike May 7, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Great first lesson with Jane. I've been playing for several years and she gave me some good direction for focus during my practice time. Looking forward to my next lesson.
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Jane L.

Jane L.

Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510
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About Monica B.

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New York, NY

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Monica B., hailed as an “excellent violinist” by the Washington Post, performs extensively in chamber music, orchestral and solo settings. Monica has studied and worked both in the United States and Europe. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the Conservatoire de Geneve, she has held positions with L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva, Switzerland, and the Esbjerg Ensemble-the national chamber ensemble in Denmark. She is presently coaching and performing at Siena Summer Music in Siena, Italy, and has performed as soloist with orchestras in Scandinavia, Central Europe, and the New York region. Her recordings are under the Philips and Albany labels.
Monica is the founder of the Manhattan chamber music series “Concerts in the Heights”. This series brings together world-class musicians for performances and educational proje
cts. She is also a founder and Artistic Director of the conductor-less String Orchestra of New York City- SONYC.
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Monica B.

Monica B.

New York, NY 10034
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About Beryl C.

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Wilton, CT
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I have loved playing the violin since I started playing at age 5! I continue to learn and grow on the violin every day and love to share what I have learned. I studied at Juilliard and love to teach as well as play.
Whether starting a beginner, erasing technical "black holes"in a continuing players journey or rebuilding a returning adult player, it's always fun!
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Beryl C.

Wilton, CT 06897
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About Jacquelyn

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Fairfield, CT
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Do you like music? How cool would it be to learn an instrument? I have played the cello for 11 years, and I can help you learn the cello, too! Using Suzuki string method books as well as some cool songs like Somewhere Over The Rainbow or The Lion King soundtrack, I can help you learn a lifelong talent!
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Jacquelyn

Jacquelyn

Fairfield, CT 06825
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