I teach all levels from beginners to intermediate to advanced. I teach body alignment which enables you support your entire voice. Also how to become performance ready physically, mentally and emotionally.
Marjorie has taught beginners to advanced students of all ages in every vocal style including Opera, Classical, Musical Theatre, Pop, Jazz, Folk, Rock, R&B and Gospel at Hunter College, New York University, La Guardia Community College, The Learning Annex as well as her private vocal studio in NYC for the past 25 years.
Marjorie received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Georgia and a Special Studies Award in Voice and Opera from the Eastman School of Music. Marjorie has sung at Venice's Grand Teatro La Fenice, Carnegie Hall in NY, Rome's Teatro dell'Opera, Cagliari's Teatro Lirico and the New York Grand Opera.
She was the winner of the Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition and a finalist in both the Enrico Caruso Voice Competition and McAllister Opera Awards Competitions. Recently she was featu
red on Channel 5 Good Day New York morning news program.
IF YOU CAN TALK YOU CAN SING and I guarantee it!!!!!
I teach beginners and advanced of all ages as well as all styles of music:
Opera - Classical - Musical Theatre - Pop - Jazz - Folk - Rock - R&B - Gospel
*I teach the freedom of the jaw, neck and shoulders to allow the breath to connect without tension allowing the production of a free vocal tone.
*Singing on the vowels with clean articulated consonants before and after the vowel is sung.
*Correct understanding and pronunciation of French, Italian, German and English languages
*Musicianship, theory, piano, all musical styles and song writing
*Performance and acting skills
*Annual Student Recitals in professional New York City Venues
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons take place at my home studio. Lessons may be recorded on my professional recording equipment or you may bring your own recording devices. This is an excellent learning tool. I teach my students how to extend their range, increase breath control and the freedom of their body in order to enable a free and easy produced vocal tone. I teach song repertoire to the student's particular musical style choices. I also work with students that wish to write their own songs so that their musical ideas can be heard clearly and precisely. A guitar is available for students if they wish to use it to accompany themselves. I teach my students how to deal with performance anxiety . Students are presented in recitals twice a year and performance classes are held once a month in addition to the private lessons.
IF you can talk you can sing and I guarantee it!!!! I teach beginners to advanced of all ages.
*** Specialties *** Voice, Piano I teach the freedom of the jaw, neck and shoulders to allow the breath to come without tension allowing the production of a free vocal tone.
Beginners and advanced of all ages. "If you can Talk you can Sing and I guarantee it!!!! Opera - Classical - Musical Theater - Jazz - Folk - R&B - Gospel - Country - Rock -
During my time with students, I strive to assist them in taking risks, discovering the joy of music, and making progress with their singing. No matter what their goals are- All-State Choir, opera, musical theatre, or just having fun, I love helping them reach them. By looking at different genres of vocal music, we will focus on many different aspects of singing, from music theory, to expressive performance, to the foundation of healthy singing. I believe that every student is unique and learns in his or her own way. Therefore, I tailor the pace and focus of lessons on each student’s interests and abilities. I believe it is integral for all students to have an understanding of music theory and therefore, work on theory and sight-reading. In addition, I think a well-rounded musical education is key, and work on an array of genres with my students including folk songs, art songs, and musical theatre. Students will work on 2-5 songs at once, and will consider a song "learned" once ...
At the age of 4 I began producing musicals in my basement with my sister. This progressed to acting classes, piano lessons, and eventually the school musical in sixth grade. I began taking voice lessons when I was in eighth grade and have never looked back. Through high school, I focused on both classical and musical theatre genres, having leads in high school and community musicals and operettas. While attending the University of Delaware for my Bachelor of Music, I majored in Applied Music: Voice and had the privilege of performing lead roles in Sweeney Todd, The Pirates of Penzance, The Marriage of Figaro, and Die Fledermaus. In addition, I performed two recitals. I was also fortunate enough to be a member of the University of Delaware Chorale, traveling to both China and Spain for tours and competitions. I then attended UD for my Mast
er of Music in Vocal Performance where I maintained a full studio of undergraduate voice minors as a Graduate Teaching assistant.
I took my first pedagogy class at UD and began teaching voice lessons at the Community Music School during my junior year. My experience as a teaching assistant shaped me into the teacher that I am today. I love teaching and helping students reach goals! With my thorough pedagogical training and varied performance experience, I have a great deal to offer my students.
*** Lesson Details *** I strive to help students find a sense of freedom in order to share their uniqueness.
During my time with you, I strive to assist you in taking risks, discovering the joy of music, and making progress with your singing. No matter what your goals are - All-State Choir, opera, musical theatre, or just having fun, I love helping you reach them. By looking at different genres of vocal music, we will focus on many different aspects of singing, from music theory, to expressive performance, to the foundation of healthy singing.
I believe that every student is unique and learns in his or her own way. Therefore, I tailor the pace and focus of lessons on your interests and abilities. I believe it is integral for all students to have an understanding of music theory and therefore, work on theory and sight-reading. In addition, I think a well-rounded musical education is key, and will work on an array of genres with you including folk songs, art songs, and musical theatre. We will work on 2-5 songs at once, and will consider a song "learned" once you can perform a song from memory.
Words are what separate the voice from any other instrument. Therefore, I will work with you on ways to examine the poetry and lyrics of each song in order to portray the message of the words.
*** Specialties *** I feel equally at home working on musical theatre and classical styles with students. I have experience working on both with students.
When meeting with a student for the first time we always discuss his or her needs or goals. After that, we get into the foundation of building technique, starting with posture. Next, the student is assigned breathing exercises to practice.
WHAT TO EXPECT When meeting with a student for the first time we always discuss his or her needs or goals. After that, we get into the foundation of building technique, starting with posture. Next, the student is assigned breathing exercises to practice. These exercises are structured to energize the body and manage the breath. Every single student learns about appoggio. This is the term used for the process of suspending exhalation while keeping the torso in the position of inhalation by using the transverse abdominis and obliques. Students also learn that the action of the diaphragm is involuntary, therefore the exercises in which we engage are in place to have command over physical activity that we can control.
A TYPICAL VOICE LESSON After posture and breathing are addressed the students begin to learn how to produce tone,
which encompasses the vocal onset and the closure of the vocal folds. Students realize that proper breath management and producing tone go hand in hand. The ideal that the student and I work towards is a balance between superfluous air flow and and pressed pressure. This concept leads to a clean onset in which the edges of the vocal folds cleanly come together and stay closed during singing.
Students also learn how to negotiate and coordinate the vocal registers. This means that every student who walks into my studio learns where and what the larynx is. It is my job to be a second set of ears to help the student optimize his or her tone quality by maximizing vocal resonance. This concept may be different across genres, however every student learns how to begin coordinating the vocal process.
HOW I TEACH My aim as a teacher of voice is to be flexible and innovative, and provide students with a clear and honest assessment. I strive to explain to each singer exactly how to complete a task, whether maintaining the position of inhalation or correcting posture. In lessons, I refrain from being demonstrative so that the student can find his or her own unique sound without attempting to copy my sound. I use this method so that the student learns how to be her own teacher. This way, the student will be able to identify and correct her own vocal problems. When I am not present, the student will have confidence in her skills and can make educated corrections in practice, rehearsals, and in performances.
TECHNIQUE Throughout the course of lessons, it is my job to identify the most effective resonating space for the student and give her the skills to maintain that space. It is through the combination of effective breath management using appoggio and flow-phonation that the student becomes most efficient. Finding the most efficient technique for the student involves discovering the proper laryngeal position for the student’s voice type and by practicing continuity through all of the registers.
As all of the aspects of technique are being built in the studio, it is my job to ensure that I am building a musician. This means that I go over how the student needs to learn a piece and how to perform a piece. Often times with young students, they do not have the musical skills to teach themselves the pieces assigned. Sometimes the voice teacher’s job is to “plunk out the notes.” I highly encourage my students to take piano lessons and to use technology resources to aid them in building musicianship so they feel confident reading music. This process takes time, but it is the first step in building a competent performer.
MY GOALS I always cater to the students tastes while still meeting requirements, if any. I believe that this fosters joy and excitement in music. My goal as a voice teacher not only involves building a good singer, but creating a performer. I make sure that I not only find performing opportunities for my students, but also I create them. Every semester I hold a studio recital for my students to perform their repertoire in front of an audience. In the Fall of 2015 I founded a local opera company in order to bring classical music to the community. My students made up the chorus of Handel’s Messiah that we performed that December. In addition, I have invited my students to participate in the church choir I direct every week. I believe that learning how to sing must take place in the studio, but the most important thing that I can do as a teacher is to make sure that the student knows how to transfer the skills learned in the classroom to real-world performing experiences.
APPROACH I believe in a holistic approach to teaching, which involves connection to the text and acting. Though I cover many of these aspects in the studio, it is extremely beneficial for students to go outside of the studio and engage in physical courses such as yoga, Alexander technique, acting and dance. I personally engage in these activities to relate to my students and to be able to explain how we need to engage the body in singing. I also encourage my students to have coachings with other professionals to gain more insight into their repertoire.
Not every student who comes to my studio wants to sing opera. Many students want to sing in choir, in church, or just for fun. Overall, I always come from a place of acceptance and non judgement. Every voice is unique and I strive to help my students not only reach their goals, but surpass them.
ABOUT ME I have been teaching voice and piano since 2010. Not only an avid teacher, I have performed in music festivals all over the world including The American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, Accademia Europa dell’Opera in Lucca, Italy, Angel Vocal Art in Los Angeles, CA, Russian Opera Workshop in Philadelphia, PA, and Highlands Opera Studio in Haliburton, Ontario. I have also performed with companies including Opera San Jose, The Napa Valley Music Association, The San Francisco Youth Chamber Orchestra, Opera on the Spot, and The Solano Chamber Society.
I earned my Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance, Pedagogy, and Literature from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA with Kevin McMillan. During my time in Harrisonburg, I founded Harrisonburg Opera Theatre and was the church choir director at Sunnyside Retirement Community Meredith Chapel. I completed my Post-Graduate Artist Diploma in Voice at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of acclaimed opera singer, Deborah Voigt. While in San Francisco, I interned in the Education Department of San Francisco Opera and taught Kindergarten and First grade music with the San Francisco Conservatory in the Schools mentor-ship program. I also received a full scholarship to attend the Rubin Institute for Music Criticism.
I earned my Masters of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance from the University of California, Irvine at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts where she sang the National Anthem for President Barack Obama at the school’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. At UC Irvine, I received critical acclaim for my portrayal of Euridice in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, and as the Soprano in Pergolesi's Stabat Mater.
I specialize in the Alfred Series for piano and My First Piano Adventure for young students. This approach focuses on ear training and reading music. Custom exercises and choice of material is based on the student's level and field of study. Lessons are scheduled at the student's convenience as per availability. Frequency and length of lessons is based on the students needs.
Young voice students are taught general concepts, music theory, and ear training. After the voice is more mature, advanced and serious vocal study can be pursued. Melissa's students receive a well-rounded training in the style of their choice: Classical, Popular, Musical Theatre, and Jazz.
I emphasize solid technique, posture, breathing, and control, in addition to music fundamentals.
Love Dr. M! I've wanted to take voice lessons forever but I have been hesitant due to my lack of experience. Dr. M not only made me feel comfortable but also confident in the voice that I have. She's personal and warm but also very professional. She never gets frustrated with obstacles I face in my lessons; instead she helps ways to overcome them.
I've never left a lesson feeling disappointed with my ability, something I experienced with other voice teachers. I feel confident in my voice and I owe that all to Melissa. For instance, during one lessons I was feeling a little off. Rather than getting frustrated she helped me focus on great ways to approach singing when not feeling your best. Dr. McCann rocks!
If you are looking for a voice teacher new or experienced I would definitely recommend Dr. McCann. Top notch lessons and overall awesome woman!
November 5, 2018
Dr. M. is a phenomenal teacher who does a great job customizing her lessons to the needs of the student. She has helped me make amazing progress with my voice, and just as importantly has helped me gain the confidence to be able to sign.
Her lessons are fun, effective, and very positive. All of which help the student learn more and get more out of the lesson. I highly recommend Dr. M. as a teacher to anyone (at any level) who is interested in becoming a better singer.
Classical singing/opera Singing Performance degree in XingHai Conservatory of Music GuangZhou
Learn singing in Mandarin/Cantonese/English with Yun!! Yun H started recording as a singer at a very young age. She has recorded and released 9 albums as a member of “Green Swallows” from 1999 to 2005 and two solo albums in 2004 and 2005. To further broaden her musicianship, she studied composition, arranging and performance at the Berklee College of Music, and completed a Performance Degree. As a versatile performer, she sings in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. Her sound is a blend traditional Chinese folk and contemporary jazz / soul music. Yun has performed in music events in New England and beyond, including “Roots and Gospel in Gardner Museum”, “2013 Lunar New Year Concert in Berklee Performance Center”,“Newport Folk Festival 2013”, “Newport Folk Festival 2014”, “Ivy League Spring Festival Gala 2014” and shared stage with Yo-Yo Ma
, Eugene Friesen (four-time Grammy Award-winner), Sandeep Das (two-time Grammy nominee), Mike Block, and Hozier (2015 Grammy Nominee).
I have sung professionally not only in the US but also in Europe. Let me help you navigate, network, and connect with the professional musical world.
Are you interested in exploring Voice? I believe that each student is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow. It is my desire as a educator to help students meet their fullest potential by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas. Together we will set long-term and short-term goals while enjoying all that music can bring. I hold an Artist Diploma and Masters of Music from The University of Michigan on full scholarship and a Bachelor of Science in Vocal Performance from Roberts Wesleyan College. Having performed both state-side and internationally I have the artistic depth and knowledge to help you achieve your goals.
I currently teach at my private studio in NYC Monday through Thursday. Professional
Tenor Steven T is distinguishing himself as a versatile leading man singing roles from Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Bohème to Argento’s The Man With A Paint Box in Postcard from Morocco. Known for his clear ringing top, OperaNews described his voice as possessing an “All-American sweetness… that blossomed heroically in the role’s highest phrases.”The Naples (Florida) Sun Times describes his voice as “fused with power and passion.”The Ann Arbor News simply calls his voice “outstanding.”
Mr T has performed extensively through out the United States and Europe singing the title roles of Faust, Fritz in L’amico Fritz, and Albert in Albert Herring. Other lead roles include Alfredo in La Traviata, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Jeník in Prodana Nevesta, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Macduff in Macbeth, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, and Don José in Peter Brook’s adaptation of Bizet’s Carmen. Noted venues include Carnegie Hall, Opera Santa Barbara, Fresno Grand Opera, Caramoor, Mercury Opera, Amore Opera, The Eastman Kodak Theater, The Sheen Center, WQXR The Green Space, Trealto Bramante, Opera in the Ozarks, The Connelly Theater, Teatro Caio Melisso, and The Garden State Opera.
Oratorio and Concert works include Handel’s Messiah, Beethoveen’s 9th Symphony, Bach’s St John’s Passion and Cantata No.4, and both Schütz and Dubois’s The Seven Last Words Of Christ with The International Symphony Orchestra, The Life Science Orchestra, and the Michigan Sinfonietta among others
Mr. T received his Masters of Music and Artist Diploma from the University of Michigan of full merit scholarship and his Bachelors of Science in Vocal Performance from Roberts Wesleyan College. As well as performing Mr. T maintains an active teaching studio in NYC, Long Island, and Berlin. Students with whom he has worked with have booked leads in Musical Theater and Opera both professionally and regionally as well as going on to conservatory
Steven is an amazing teacher, can’t wait for the next lesson !
March 18, 2019
Stephen was awesome! He created a light fun atmosphere that made me feel really comfortable being a beginner. and also is very truthful about my vocal potential which I really appreciated. I really enjoyed the space it was very peaceful. I would highly recommend Stephen to anyone who's interested in taking vocal lessons for the first time or someone who has tons of experienced. Steven is very attentive he really breaks down every detail about your voiceso you can recognize if there is a problem and correct it I really appreciated that.
February 26, 2018
Steven has everything possible going for him. He is amazingly talented in voice!
He is honest & sincere. He cannot create a talent in us that is not there. He tested me with chords, etc. , however we do not know if I have the talent to continue. Only my first lesson. He does not believe to continue if we both feel the inert talent is not there. He is ethical & moral.
Steven is patient & calm but has this inert enthusiasm that supports you, so you feel uninhibited & give it your best when you are with him in his quiet studio.. He is totally with you every second. I couldn’t ask for a better teacher. 5 STARS!!!!!
Detailed instruction in creating a full, rich sound throughout your whole range. Clear and concise work on diction and style for different languages. Give written out exercises so you can always strengthen your voice between lessons. With experience in Alexander technique, dancing, and vocal pedagogy you can be assured that your voice and body will be free and open. NYSSMA level 1-6
Hey there, my name is Ian. I'm a musician, performer and teacher from Wisconsin, based in New York, who studied Vocal Performance at Queens College. Have taken coachings for years in voice acting/voice over work. I've studied many different acting and singing styles with a number of notable stage directors, conductors, and other performers. I perform regularly around the New York area, as well as overseas in Germany, Italy, and London.
My performance credits include lead roles in operas by Mozart and Stravinsky; and musicals such as "Forever Plaid" and "Fiddler on the Roof".
I have spent years working on voice over/voice acting, and can show the right way to round out and project your voice for radio or stage work!
Work with the Suzuki method for violin/viola, as well as other methods such as John Thompson for piano for chil
I'm excellent with children and adults alike, having spent years developing skills teaching and performing to the highest standards, all my students are pushed to be the best possible! Am comfortable teaching anyone, from beginners to coaching professionals!
Preparing for a high school or college music audition? Enjoy singing for fun and interested in learning how to improve your vocal technique? No matter what style you enjoy singing - classical/opera to musical theater to pop and beyond - all lessons are focused on helping you reach your singing goals with a healthy vocal technique. Students can expect to work on vocal technique and repertoire in each lesson.
I'm an opera singer with several years of teaching experience and I want to help you reach your musical goals! I have a Master of Music degree in Classical Vocal Performance and a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education.
Music is a way of living that enhances your creativity, gives a hopeful vision and makes the life sparkling. After my professional opera experiences for many years, frankly I can say that you can't loose the child of your inside that makes you different than the others. During my education process, I realized that the key of loving your work was also related to your instructors. Being a mentor, leading a way of something that will reflect someone's life is so precious and requires some responsibilities and solid background. When I was a student, I was always passionate about looking to work with the best teachers, I was extremely interested in learning something new. So I believe If you're a teacher, you should have strong skills, knowledge, willing, a good human being, kind attitude , patient and passion. It sounds cliche but people deserve it. So my goals in teaching, causing to be loved the music, raising people who feel full of elements of singing, explore the abilities of ...
About Aysen Idil
Hi, I'm Idil. I’ve just received my master degree in Voice program from Mannes School of Music. I'm extremely interested in working with you! Shortly after my graduation from undergraduate studies, I started my professional career. I have been engaged with Turkish State Opera House as a permanent opera singer for seven years. In this role, I had the opportunity to perform leading roles with well-known orchestras, conductors and opera companies. It helped me to develop a professional attitude, discover leading research in opera at a younger age, develop good communication skills, musical discipline and responsibility at a young age. During this time, parallel to my professional duties, I assisted my voice teacher, who is a prima soloist in Turkish State Opera House, and had a chance to work with the students who provided me a chance to d
evelop my teaching skills to a wide variety of students. After the professional experience, I had a desire to further improve my music skills in the academic world. This led me studying and getting my master’s degree and complement my professional experience with academic research. The experiences I had has been invaluable. Teacher position requires ability to teach and communicate effectively, develop continuously and be responsible and disciplined with the tasks at hand. I believe my professional and academic experience have prepared me well in all of these areas.
While I was a young student, I always wanted to work with successful and well-equipped teachers who had significant and relevant hands-on experience. I believe, my experience and background prepared me to be one of those teachers who can help younger generation to build the skills necessary and grow in their area of study. This is what excites me the most about teaching.
"Our daughter was very excited about her lesson with Cindy. She thought it was incredibly helpful, making singing “easier” in a single lesson. She also l
iked how friendly and positive Cindy was and how well she explains technique. She is asking to take many more lessons with her. Very professional and talented instructor."
"Awesome instructor. Sees what one strugles with right away and corrects on the spot. Very fun to work with as well :)"
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"Results within the first session
Jordan is an amazing teacher. I have never worked with someone so patient. When we began working together it took me the
entire hour before I could understand each new idea of her technique. She would never grow angry or frustrated with me. Before I began taking lessons from Jordan I had terrible habits and my voice was never consistent. Some days I sounded decent and others I could barely phonate. Because of Jordan I can go into an audition or performance and successfully sing even thought I am shaking with nerves She has taught me a technique that always works whether it's that time of the month or I am especially tired. Jordan has opened up my voice to what it should be and has taught me how to tap into my resonance to create a larger, more natural sound that allows me to be heard over a piano and or small orchestra. I highly recommend Jordan as a teacher. It only takes one hour to hear improvement."
"Norman is an amazing opera instructor and really brings it to my level as a beginner! Amazing experience!"
"Jonathan and I have been colleagues for 6 years now. I routinely go to him for vocal check-ups and when I have challenges with technical issues. He is alw
ays able to help me understand things on a simple level. I sometimes get overwhelmed with the complexity of the human voice and have trouble putting into practice techniques I learn in voice lessons. With Jonathan, I have found that the approach is very friendly and non-judgmental. I am not afraid to make an ugly sound, which can be the first step to unleashing your voice. I highly recommend Jonathan for any voice level."
"Great as always. My voice feels BETTER, SMOOTHER and STRONGER after one hour of training with her, never more tired or painful. Yay!"
"Brittany is a very friendly and sweet instructor! She put me right at ease, and I have had a wonderful experience so far!"
"It has been both a pleasure and a blessing for me to have Ms. Collver as my voice instructor. Within the first two lessons she was able to immediately rec
ognize what we needed to work on the most in order to bring out the best of my voice and so she created a well developed plan that we have been productively working on. Furthermore, Ms. Collver, does a great job at making one comfortable and confident every step of the progress by making sure each concept she teaches is firmly grasped."
It is always exciting when a vocal student is ready to start studying his or her first operatic aria! One of the best things about being a classical singer is knowing you have so many great years ahead of you. After all, you’re considered in your prime in your 40s.
That being said, realize that the voice you have now and the repertoire you’ll first study will be very, very different from what you sing later on in your career. It’s absolutely crucial that you sing repertoire that is …