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About Michael Douglas J.

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Patchogue, NY

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About Michael Douglas
I maintain very active performing and teaching careers. I have private voice studios on Long Island and in Manhattan and have taught singers and pianists in every genre of music for the last 27 years. I was on the faculty of New York University in the Music and Music Professions Department for 5 years. I was a coach in the Banff Centre's 'Voice through body and movement' workshop. Throughout my career as a vocal coach, I have worked with many cabaret artists as musical director, arranger and accompanist. Most notably, Debbie Boily's "Thank You for the Music"a one woman show with me at the piano, recorded live at Ovations in June 2004 Houston, Texas and subsequently performed in France, England and New York. Most recently, I recorded an opera with Jazz legend Anthony Braxton and a Jazz CD with Fred Ho. I have recorded operas in progress fo
r Atlantic Records and new works of composers on the BMI label. As a performer I won the prestigious Jessie award for "outstanding performance by an actor in a leading role" for my creation of the Marquis in "120 Songs for the Marquis de Sade" in the world premiere co-produced by Modern Baroque Opera and Vancouver New Music. My international debut was in Sweden, singing the lead role of Director in "Kafka's Chimp" by Welsh composer, John Metcalf. Originally from Hawaii I now reside in New York where I garden and raise chickens. Experience
Fall 2000-2006 New York University NY, NY
Vocal Instructor for undergraduate and graduate students in the Music and Music Professions degree programs.
Instructor of Italian Diction
Music Director/Vocal Coach for ODIN, a new rap opera.

Spring 2003-present State University of New York at Stony Brook Stony Brook, NY
Vocal Coach for chamber groups for performances, which begins with selection of repertoire and continues to final dress.

Summer 2002-2004 Banff Centre for the Arts Banff, Alberta
Guest Lecturer/Vocal Instructor working with each singer individually for festival opera productions as well as attended rehearsals and production meetings.

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I endeavor to teach you a natural and easy vocal production; to teach you a good solid technique of singing and to help you develop confidence and a polished delivery as a singing artist on and off the stage.

Our work together is an intuitive journey of discovery. Your participation in giving feedback about what you are experiencing during our sessions together as well as what happens in your practice sessions and in your performances is an invaluable tool for us to discover and develop your voice.

Practice: I encourage you to practice 20 minutes a day. An hour is ideal. Singing is like anything that you want to master: it improves with work and investigation. The voice is a curiously individual element of each person and aside from the basics of technique no two voices work the same. Our work together is to develop your unique voice and to discover how it works. Working outside our sessions on a regular basis will help you take ownership of your voice and technique.

Auditions/Performances: Please bring all music that you plan to sing in public to your sessions well in advance of the performance. We need time to investigate the music and its demands together; it will make you more confident and polished in your presentation.

In our Vocal sessions you will learn…
…how to use and blend the entire range of your voice.
… a healthy and free voice management.
1) You want to know what to expect from your vocal instrument on any given note and on any given word.
2) Training makes singing technique second nature; training relieves struggling to get the sound out and allows more focus on the performance.
3) Training allows for more tone coloration, a wider dynamic range, a full use and blending of the registers and greater stamina.
4) Extensive training and practical voice work gives a singer with long-range career aspirations the tools necessary to succeed in an incredibly competitive business. Whether the music is rock, pop, jazz, rhythm and blues, country, musical theater or classical, the trained singer can better meet the demands of a life on the stage as a singer.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Dedicated Music Space, music stand, grand piano, three windows

*** Specialties ***
Onstage singing: I have 29 years experience on the operatic, music theater and cabaret theatre stages.
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Don D August 24, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Micheal is very passionate about his work . His passion comes across while teaching piano to me. I am an adult who decided to take up piano at a later age so it can be challenging but Michael encourages me to practice correctly and take my time to learn this new language of reading music so that I can move forward. Micheal makes it easy!
If you are looking for someone who loves his music and loves to teach Michael Douglas is the person for you. I highly recommend him to anyone seeking a professional teacher.
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Angelica March 28, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Great first lesson!
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Chris D. July 5, 2016
· Singing · In studio
i haven't sung in 10 years, Michael gave me faith in myself and encouragement to get back into it which was great. Very personable lessons made it feel like it was catered to me and not a cookie cutter lesson, he knew what to focus on with me and how to work with me.
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Michael Douglas J.

Patchogue, NY 11772
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About Jordan D.

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Carrollton, TX

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About Jordan
13 years ago, I picked up a guitar and began my life-long pursuit of music. This pursuit has led me in a wide variety of directions. Today, I am the worship leader for Living Life Church, an on-staff music-producer and session musician at Drive35 Productions, and a passionate instructor.

I have a passion for a wide variety of styles of music. For several years, I was the lead guitarist, singer, and songwriter for multiple independent rock bands, the most notable being an indie psychedelic band called Tod The Fox. I have led worship for many churches including Grace Fellowship UMC, Brazos Pointe Church, The Cornerstone College Ministry at UTA, and FUMC Allen in varying capacities. At UTA, I studied Jazz and Classical guitar under acclaimed guitarists Sam Walker and Billy Robertson. Here, I also studied theory, piano, sight-singing, an
d music-production extensively. I graduated Magna Cume Laude with a Bachelor of Music-Media from UTA. After school, I spent 9 months interning/assistant engineering with acclaimed musician/composer/producer Brad Nyght at The Bakery Studio in Dallas- whose credits include being the drummer for The Michael Gungor Band and Desperation Band. Then, got hired as an on-staff session musician and music producer at Drive35 Productions. I have also played guitar, mandolin, and bass for multiple pit orchestras and guitar for the North Lake Jazz Ensemble with director Jim Eger.

My teaching style varies from student to student. Music is a wonderfully diverse subject and every student has his own aspirations. I will do my best to cater each lesson to the student's goals and interests. Whether that is classical guitar method, rock, jazz, folk, country, pop or anything in between.

I have an excellent internet connection and microphone set up for online lessons. I also utilize screen-sharing to make the lessons as close to real life as possible.

A few of my favorite artists include: Michael Gungor, Joe Pass, Andrew Bird, Chopin, Led Zeppelin, Glen Hansard, and Radiohead.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons will vary significantly from student to student. Not only does every student have different goals in mind, they all learn differently as well. I do my best to customize my lessons for each student's goals and needs. A typical guitar, bass, ukulele, or piano lesson may involve music-reading, chord studies, technical work, scale practice, theory, and of course learning awesome songs!

I consider myself a healthy balance between professional and light-hearted. As much as I want to make efficient use of the lesson-time, my primary goal is for the student to truly understand and enjoy music.

I have worked hard to be a flexible musician and teacher. I am competent in jazz, rock, classical, contemporary, blues, worship, country, and beyond and will be happy to teach any (or all) of these styles to any student.

*** Studio Equipment ***

Drive35 Productions:

-Large live tracking space
- Medium sized dead tracking space
- Pro Tools HD
- External Pres/Compressors/EQ (WARM, Manley, Vintech, etc.)
- DDA mixing console
- Several acoustic/electric/bass guitars (Epiphone, Fender, Taylor, Cort, Ibanez, Gibson, etc.)
- Lanakai Ukulele
- Gibson Mandolin
- Percussion
- Full drum kit
- 4 control/mixing rooms/practice spaces
- Breakroom
- Music stands/chairs
- Princeton Reverb, Vox AC15, Marshall, Ampeg amplifiers
- Several keyboards/controllers
- Rhodes
- Vintage organs
- Neumann U87, Senheissers, several SM57's, Lautin Audio Oceanus, Oktavas, AKG C414's

My at home studio:

- Chairs
- An 88-key Casio Privia keyboard
- Professional grade recording equipment (003r interface, behringer ada8000 with BLA mod, RNC by FMR, and more)
- High speed Internet access
- A printer
- A library of music resources
- Novation Launchkey MIDI controller
- Rode K2 condensor microphone
- Sm57
- Several Naiant stereo pair microphones
- 2 acoustic guitars (Cort and Zaeger), 2 electric guitars (Epiphone CS Custom, Fender Nashville Tele)
- An electric bass guitar (Epiphone Thunderbird with Bartolini Pickups)
- Lanakai Ukulele
- A Savannah Mandolin
- Double input amplifier (vox AC15C1)
- Music stand
- Metronomes/tuners
- Recording studio quality monitors (Yamaha HS8s)
- Large pedal board and pedal chain

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in contemporary, rock, blues, and worship guitar, but have extensive experience in classical and jazz guitar as well. I am also an on-staff session guitar player for Drive35 Productions and can help anyone interested in the skills necessary to play for a studio.

For piano, I teach beginner to intermediate level students in a variety of genres. I use piano on a daily basis for composing, arranging, and performing.

For bass, I can also teach a variety of genres. I specialize in blues/rock/contemporary but have experience in classical and jazz bass as well.

For ukulele, I specialize in pop music adaptation and classical.

For mandolin, I teach basic beginner music skills- reading and strumming techniques.
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Brian September 11, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I have been working with Jordan for nearly a year, learning ukulele and guitar. Jordan is an excellent teacher, has a friendly and upbeat personality, and is flexible with scheduling. Our lessons typically involve learning a song of my choosing (which makes the process enjoyable) and learning about music theory. I have steadily improved over the past year and am confident that I wouldn't be at the level I am now if I were trying to teach myself through YouTube videos or books. I offer my highest recommendation with no reservations.
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Stacy T. September 5, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
My son loves taking guitar lessons from Jordan. We have now been going to him for over a year and Jordan keeps my 14 year-old engaged and excited about music. My son's dream is to learn more than just the guitar so Jordan helps him expand his knowledge by introducing him to other facets of music, while allowing my son to choose the different songs he would like to learn. He is the best teacher my son has ever had.
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Mike B. May 6, 2017
· Mandolin · In studio
Great first lesson. Glad I finally signed up.
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About Yen H.

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Milford, CT
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I have trained as a classical musician since I was nine years old. I play both piano and cello. I have won numerous cello competitions; I was awarded full scholarship through out high school and college. (Idyllwild Arts Academy and Oberlin Conservatory) I'm also receiving the Artistic Excellence Fellowship from Jacobs school of Music.

I'm also interested in fashion and make up; I have also been modeling. A lot of the times I do my own hair styling and make up for photoshoots.
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Melssa September 4, 2016
· Cello · In home
We had Yen as my 9 year-old daughter's cello teacher. We had 5 lessons with her and my daughter was always excited to have her cello lesson. Everything went well until the forth lesson when my daughter was alone in the lesson. After the lesson, my daughter told me Yen was very impatient and swear at her. My daughter is a shy and polite girl who never tried to hurt anyone, I wasn't one hundred sure if she misunderstood Ms. Yen. Until the 5th lesson, my girl was reluctant to go back to her lesson without my companion. The last lesson went okay, but I can tell my girl started lose her interests toward cello. I understand some teachers might feel it's reasonable to be strict to students, nevertheless verbal violence is never allowed and should never happened. Another thing I noticed is Ms. Yen doesn't seem to be interested in teaching and always late for our lessons. I know it's harsh to say this, but the way she dress doesn't look like she is here to teach but for a runway show.
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Mika June 30, 2016
· Classical Piano · In home
Yen Chun is the greatest teacher. Before when I played, I used to have bad fundamentals and problems of muscle pain in my forearms, but she showed me how to relax and use a more natural position, and now I can play pain-free. Now I can actually concentrate on getting to be a better musician.
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Donald June 30, 2016
· Cello · In home
Yen has helped my cello playing so much! I've been playing cello for a few years but was never quite happy with my tone, and thanks to her I'm finally getting closer to what I want. Studying with someone who has such great tone and is able to lead by example like she does makes all the difference in the world, it has almost forced me to get better by trying to match what she's doing! Highly recommended.
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Yen H.

Milford, CT 06460
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About Alec F.

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Milford, CT

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About Alec
Hello! I have been teaching the fundamentals of classical singing for many years now and I have received both a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in vocal and opera performance. I promote a fun and healthy learning environment and make sure that my students learn the technical fundamentals in breathing, relaxation, production, and projection while also enjoying the lessons! I teach all styles of singing and enjoy doing it very much. My classical and operatic training has given me a wealth of vocal knowledge and allows me to make sure all other styles of singing are done as easily and healthfully as possible allowing my students to express their talents as much as they can for the least amount of effort.
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Zeqiong May 22, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Alec is a great teacher! His instructions are very clear and helpful. I enjoyed the class and can feel my progress always.
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Silas April 24, 2017
· Singing · In home
Alec is a phenomenal teacher. Highly recommended.
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Ellen March 28, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Alec is an excellent teacher. Not all talented performing artists and/ or musicians have the ability to teach well . Alec is really remarkable in his ability to assess individual ability and learning needs and to implement a plan of instruction based on sound theory. He is professional, courteous, reliable and well informed. What else is there?
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Alec F.

Alec F.

Milford, CT 06460
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About Thomas A.

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New Haven, CT
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About Thomas
Thomas is a pianist, teacher, and composer. He is dedicated to helping students appreciate music and express themselves artistically. His teaching style adapts to the needs of each student and he has experience working with all ages, levels, and a wide variety of musical styles (classical music, musical theater, pop, rock, jazz, liturgical). Thomas graduated from the Jacobs School of Music and is highly trained in piano performance, music theory, choir, accompaniment, and conducting; he is also a strong advocate and teacher of injury prevention for musicians.

Thomas has offered piano lessons since 2008. He previously taught in New Mexico, North Carolina, and Indiana, and he now resides in Connecticut. In addition to his private studio, he also teaches at the Neighborhood Music School and the New Haven Academy of Performing Arts.
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Katie August 25, 2016
· Piano · In home
During college, I had the fortunate opportunity to study with Thomas Allen. He is patient, thorough, and concerned about the entire health of the performer. Knowing the impact that poor technique can have on pianists, I learned the importance of being released and free while playing."
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Amanda August 25, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Thomas is a wonderful instructor! Starting lessons as an adult is daunting, but Thomas really makes each lesson both enjoyable and informative. He covers both the basics, like how to read music, and more advanced concepts, like the proper way to strike a key. He is really receptive to my own needs and tastes, tailoring the lessons to the type of music I would eventually like to play. Even though I'm starting from scratch, Thomas makes me believe I can actually play real music!
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Thomas A.

New Haven, CT 06510
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About Christian C.

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Coram, NY

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Hey there! I'm a professional musician and instructor from Long Island, NY. I received my Bachelors Degree in Classical Guitar Performance under the tutelage of the world-renowned Fred Hand at the SUNY Purchase Music Conservatory.

Through my studies I've channeled my passion for jazz, education in classical music, guitar pedagogy, and experience in teaching contemporary music to gain a multifaceted understanding of the guitar. I feel this insight allows me a readiness for any musical situation and is exactly the kind of level of comfortability I wish to pass down to my students so they can be their best, uninhibited, musical self.
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Tony C. April 5, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I’ve played with Christian for years and gotten a few lessons in the process. Christian is an easygoing, kind, and hilarious guy, and one of the most dedicated, professional, and tasteful players I know. As a teacher, he is patient, incredibly knowledgeable, and flexible in his approach. He’ll find new angles to explain the same subjects until he finds the right one that clicks with you.
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Suzanne March 26, 2017
· Guitar · In home
This is just what I was looking for! Christian is a wonderful instructor. After only one lesson, I'm so thrilled as this is just what I need to help me progress. He's polite, friendly and patient. I'm very very happy!
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Christian C.

Christian C.

Coram, NY 11727
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About Laura F.

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Port Jefferson, NY

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Hi! I'm Ms. Laura. I'm not a musical prodigy who started lessons when she was two years old. I was a regular seven year old who loved playing soccer and hanging out with my friends and family.

I showed some interest in music so my parent's signed me up for piano and I ended up really loving it! I was a pretty shy and quiet kid, but playing the piano gave me a way to express myself. Piano taught me how to grow musically, but also mentally and emotionally. It taught me how to work hard, appreciate different types of music and create my own style. It also allowed me to meet some amazing teachers who inspired me not only to be a better musician, but a better person.

I was classically trained by a nationally certified music teacher In junior high and high school and in college I studied piano pedagogy from a talented professor who attended
Julliard. I enjoyed competing and performing, but loved teaching others the most.

I went on to teach private piano lessons to many beginners of all ages, but specialize in helping children make their first introduction to piano a positive, fun experience, while giving them a strong foundation in proper technique.
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Carol July 11, 2017
· Piano · In home
Laura's a joy to work with. Her wonderful, kind nature is addictive to children (and adults!)...making her the perfect companion for making learning fun, interactive and encouraging for children to want to learn more, practice more and show "Ms. Laura" everything they have learned from week to week. You will be in great hands with Laura and can feel her passion for teaching with an extra smile! So rewarding!!
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Karen July 9, 2017
· Piano · In home
Laura taught our 3 children. She was so patient and encouraging. She was wonderful at making the lessons fun while still being educational. Our kids looked forward to lessons every week.
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Mary Jane July 8, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
Laura is an amazing musician and educator. Our daughter made rapid progress with Laura as her teacher! Her instruction is fun and challenging! We highly recommend her to students of all levels!
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Laura F.

Laura F.

Port Jefferson, NY 11777
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Hello!,

My classical training began at age 10, when I started to play the viola. From there, I was able to translate my musical skills to violin, guitar, piano, voice, composition, and songwriting.

Originally a biology major at SUNY Purchase College, I quickly became restless knowing that I was unable to focus on music enough. So, I switched it up, followed my passion, and began studying music theory and production. Since then, my life has been focused on teaching, performing, writing, and recording music- and I wouldn't have it any other way!
It's been quite a journey, and I can't wait to share all that I've learned along the way with you.

Whether you are just starting out, or are looking to further the knowledge you already have, I will meet you at where you are, and help you to achieve your personal goals.

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n technique, theory, improvisation, ear-training, songwriting, and more!
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Dayna N.

Selden, NY 11784
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About Brandon T.

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Guilford, CT
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I first became interested in playing the drums at the age of 10. A few years later, I began studying privately and playing in bands with friends. At this point I began to play guitar. Jazz appealed to me relatively early on in high school, so I auditioned for the jazz ensemble and from there , knew I wanted to be involved with that realm of music in some form. After graduating high school, I began studying with Weslyan Guitar Chair Head, Tony Lombardozzi and Avant Jazz guru, Joe Morris, whom had a great influence omy pursuit with jazz and free improvisation. I currently performin several bands based in Boston and New Haven and have toured extensively, both domestically and internationally.
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Brandon T.

Guilford, CT 06437
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About Sheree E.

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The joy I feel while teaching and performing music is wonderful. I am a professional composer, vocalist, songwriter and performing artist and have been studying, performing and writing music for 17 years. I have a B.F.A. degree and am working towards my 2nd degree in music.

Some of my music can be heard on the radio, as I am a commercial jingle writer and producer. My jingles have been heard on WBAZ, WBEA and WEHM radio stations. I am a choir director for church and community organizations and have worked as a church piano accompanist. As a performing artist, I produce concerts with my band which include original compositions (in the style of jazz/soul and gospel music) as well as music in other genres including: classical, r&b and pop. For both the aspiring professional musician and those who want to study music for their own person
al enjoyment, I am able to prepare new students with the foundational knowledge they need to succeed both as a performing musician, as well as in an academic music setting.

Students whether studying voice or piano learn the fundamentals of music through basic music theory. Depending on your focus we will work additionally on developing your sight reading and ear training abilities. For my singers there will be emphasis on technique and breathing exercises along with music theory, all of which will allow you to develop the tools you need to further enhance your musical aspirations.

So whether you are looking for lessons for yourself, for your child or a friend I can help new music students realize their musical potential.

Visit my website shereesmusic.com for access to videos and recordings.
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Sheree E.

Sheree E.

Westhampton Beach, NY 11978
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