New York Performing Arts Lessons for Special Needs Students

Looking for private in-home or in-studio lessons for Special Needs Students? Our New York teachers are ready to get you started. Find your teacher today!

Featured On

How it Works

From finding the perfect teacher to managing payments, scheduling and tracking your progress, we take care of all the details, so you can focus on learning. Learn More

Search for a teacher

Compare hundreds of teachers based on the criteria that matter to you, including background checks, age and experience.

Schedule your lessons

When you've found the perfect match, schedule your lessons online using the teacher's real-time availability.

Connect with your teacher

Your teacher will welcome you with a personalized curriculum to meet your specific goals and you'll be able to manage your entire schedule through our free online account.

Connect Locally or Online

Local Lessons

No matter where you live, chances are we can introduce you to an amazing teacher in your neighborhood. You can take lessons in the privacy of your own home or at your teacher's location.

Online Lessons

What if your dream teacher is on the other side of the country? No problem. You can meet with your teacher online using a webcam on your computer.

Lesson Reviews from Students

Students are raving about their instructors on TakeLessons. Check out some of these recent reviews.

And they're not alone!

Our teachers have taught

2 , 8 3 2 , 2 1 6

lessons and counting!

Popular Performing Arts Teachers near New York

Check out some of our most popular teachers near New York including Brooklyn, Bronx, Jersey City, Astoria and Princeton.

Showing 10 of 200+ results View More

About Nicole G.

Close
New York, NY

View Full Profile
About Nicole
Welcome! Thank you for visiting my page.

I am a professional opera singer and native New Yorker. I am so excited to reach out to new and continuing students in NYC - for both voice and piano study at all levels from age 5/6 and up.

I am an active performer and I love to share my passions and knowledge with my students. I have 13+ years of individual one-on-one voice and piano teaching experience with students of all ages and abilities.

What sets me apart from the other teachers here at TakeLessons?

I bring a special warmth, dedication, wisdom, and commitment to our work. Lessons are not solely about technique or making good sounds, but about communicating musically in a more meaningful way, and unleashing your unique gifts.

Primarily, I focus on classical/opera/musical theatre repertoire with my voice students. For stude
nts age 12-18, I emphasize a combination of folk songs, Disney, a limited selected pop music, and more. Ages 5-11 I use a combination of vocal method books for very young singers in addition to selected musical theatre and Disney songs.

My voice students have performed on and off Broadway, been nominated for NJ Paper Mill Playhouse's Rising Star Awards, have been accepted to pre-college musical theater programs on full scholarship, have earned multiple leading roles in high school musicals and plays, have performed major choral works at Carnegie Hall, have sung in church choirs and for weddings, and have released their own pop/rock albums.

I look forward to the pleasure of meeting and working with you!

Piano Lesson Details:
We will primarily use Bastien method books, Faber Piano Adventures, Dozen A Day, and other supplemental material according to age and level of the student. Musicianship and theory skills are explored and nurtured in addition to acquiring a foundation of technique at the piano.

Voice Lesson Details:
You will explore, re-awaken and nourish your creativity in music. Develop a solid foundation in vocal technique through effective tools and exercises based in the Bel Canto tradition (addressing breath, posture, alignment, an open throat, phonation, resonance, articulation, registration)

Address your personal practice/performance goals. Deepen self-awareness (body, aural, and emotional awareness), musicianship, interpretation, performance, and musicality

Learn a variety of repertoire, according to your needs and development

Cultivate your artistry for application in practice, audition, and performance settings

-Experience JOY in singing

Regardless of age or skill level, I approach students with respect and professionalism within a safe and supportive environment, fostering enlightenment and creativity.

We will take your vocal study at your own pace through a personalized, holistic approach that will help you sing easily and beautifully. I can't wait for you to join me!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio: Piano/keyboard 88 keys, open space, full length mirror.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect my students to provide a piano or keyboard, music stand if possible, and a mirror (full length if possible.)

*** Specialties ***
I emphasize a variety of holistic methods that serve the student in multiple ways: physical, emotional, aural awareness; posture and alignment; low-centered/connected breathing, breath compression; open throat, released tongue/jaw; legato line, phrasing; articulation, diction, style, artistry; the process of learning a piece of music. Genres: Classical, Musical Theatre, Pop. I enjoy helping students to prepare for auditions and performances, as well as explore the art of singing and encourage the joy of singing.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Yasmin January 4, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Nicole is a smart welcoming teacher with lots of patience when practicing with your voice. She gives great critique when needed but is still able to offer solutions to problems you might be experiencing with your voice. She has a positive attitude all around with no room for negativity. It's all about being comfortable in exploring your voice with no judgement. Great teacher all around !
Silhouette-80
Jazmine January 2, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Nicole is a wonderful teacher, and always made me feel comfortable to work through my weaknesses and helped to mold them into strengths.
Silhouette-80
Anna January 2, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Nicole is an excellent teacher who brings great knowledge and enthusiasm to every lesson. I always look forward to working with her!
View Details
View Profile

Nicole G.

New York, NY 10019
(19)
starting at
$45 / 30-min

About Amy C.

Close
Weehawken, NJ
View Full Profile
About Amy
I have been a voice, acting, and teacher of creative arts for over 25 years. My background includes ten years of classical voice training with Maestro Julio Berrocal, as well as vocal training through the Feldenkrais approach with Marcy Lindhiemer. In acting, I have studied with renowned Stanislavsky scholar Sonia Moore and Master acting teacher of the Strasberg Method, Marcia Haufrecht. I received a B.A. For comparative literature and creative writing at the State University of New York at Purchase and have recently completed my Master's degree in social work at Walden University.
I believe, within all of us, Is the ability to express something distinctive and original. I work to help students discover their unique voice, whether it be through singing, acting, or writing. I share with my students an array of tools to gain the ability
and confidence to achieve their goals. I empathize deeply with the challenges students may face when pursuing a life in the creative and performing arts, having worked professionally in those areas for most of my adult life. I believe it is the teacher's job to respect each student's individual process of learning.
My students have gone on to become recording artists, Broadway performers, movie actors, Blues and cabaret artists, and published writers.

*** Lesson Details ***
Voice
I am an empathetic teacher, sensitive to the student's individual process of learning. My singing lessons usually start with breathing and relaxation exercises. Vocal technique exercises come next. When the student is fully warmed up, we will begin to work on songs. It is important that students be a part of the process of picking material since the more personally they respond to the material the more apt they are to become engaged in their lessons. After three to six months beginning students will have gained an understanding of the fundamentals of breathing, relaxation, and basic performance skills. With more advanced students the focus will be on range extension and the on-going development of vocal style through song interpretation and performance related exercises.
Acting
As an acting teacher and coach, I tailor my classes to the needs of each student. I utilize improvisatory and sensory techniques to help unleash spontaneity. I also encourage the students to use their personal experiences as a way to access a full range of emotions. I enjoy working with the student on script analysis, so as to discover the underlying motivations of the character the student is working on.
Creative and Lyric Writing
I use prompts as a way to get the student writing. Often, I will ask the student to write for stretches of time without editing themselves. It is important to unleash imagination before beginning the process of editing. Many times it is the unexpected that is the most compelling.

*** Studio Equipment ***
home- 10 minutes away from Manhattan with piano, seating for parents
-practice studio seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a piano, cd/mp3 player and an large library of songbooks to work from. The student should bring sheet music of songs they want to work on and a recording device.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching how to sing rock, pop, musical theater, jazz, cabaret, and blues without hurting the voice as well as method acting instruction.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Jessica E. February 15, 2019
· Method Acting · In studio
Very helpful! Highly recommended!
Silhouette-80
Cheryl Brubaker July 22, 2018
· Film Acting · Online
Amy was excellent at drawing the requested responses out of my 5 year old and directing her to make adjustments. It was our first lesson and a very positive experience. Can't wait to see how the progress together as teacher and student.
Silhouette-80
Bob S. May 3, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Amy is a true professional at both the art of singing and teaching. A pleasure to work with!
View Details
View Profile

Amy C.

New York, NY 10036
(17)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

About Janelle L.

Close
Brooklyn, NY
View Full Profile
About Janelle
Hello! My name is Janelle L. and I am a Manhattanville College graduate with a BFA in Musical Theatre and a BA in Psychology.​ As a performer I have appeared in the Off- Broadway productions ANTIGONE and TWELTH NIGHT with Love Creek Theater Company, SHOUT The Mod Musical and SHOWTUNE with direction by Mark Cherry, The Off-Broadway production oF THE EXTRAORDINARY FALL OF THE FOUR LEGGED WOMAN and a solo cabaret at The Metropolitan Room. I currently teach Voice, Piano, Violin, and Cello at The New Windsor School of Music and The Rock Underground of Greenwood Lake. I have learned some of my best lessons from being a performer and try to give my students more than technical knowledge; i.e. breathing from the diaphragm, not using tension to control breath, aiming over the soft pallet, etc., but also acting and performance knowledge; like learn
ing to work with your nerves before a number and thinking about why the character is singing instead of saying the lyrics. I have been teaching since I was 16; from students ranging from 5 years old to 47 and have learned to adapt my curriculum to each student while making sure they develop a good repertoire and technique. For educational purposes I follow exercises and drills from a range of books including Vocal Strength and Power by Dena Murray, Speak with Distinction by Edith Skinner, Acting Songs by David Brunetti, and Voice and The Alexander Technique by Jane Ruby Heirich. I can perform basic accompanying parts and can also transpose music.

a sample of how my voice lessons are run is below. Each student with leave with a basic knowledge of solfage, a musical scale, and multiple genres of songs.
*** Voice Lesson Details ***
(Student expected to be prepared for lesson 10 minutes prior to lesson)

Forty Five Minute Lesson Breakdown   2:00 PM Greet and Go Through Packet
Benefit: Safe Space
2:03 PM Body Warm Up (Alexander Method)
Benefit: Loosen Muscles
2:08 PM Vocal Warm Up with piano
Benefit: Loosens Vocal Chords
2:15 PM Song Selection/Work Through Process
Benefit: Realizing Range and Character Bonds
2:45 PM Practice Notes, Review, End Session

Hour Lesson Breakdown  6:00 PM Greet and Go Through Packet
Benefit: Safe Space
6:05 PM Body Warm Up (Alexander Method)
Benefit: Loosens Muscles
6:20 PM Vocal Warm Up with piano
Benefit: Loosens Vocal Chords
6:30 PM Song Selection/Work Through Process
Benefit: Realizing Range and Character Bonds
7:00 PM Practice Notes, Review, End Session

Two Hour Lesson Breakdown 4:00 PM Greet and Go Through Packet
Benefit: Safe Space
4:10 PM Body Warm Up (Alexander Method)
Benefit: Loosens Muscels
4:35 PM Vocal Warm Up with piano
Benefit: Loosens Vocal Chords
4:55 PM Song Selection/Work Through Process
Benefit: Realizing Range and Character Bonds
6:00 PM Practice Notes, Review, End Session

*** Studio Equipment ***
Grand Piano
Mini Grand Piano
Mirror
Stands

*** Home Equipment ***
Yamaha Stage Piano with speakers
Mirror
Stands

*** Travel Equipment ***
Yamaha Electronic Keyboard
Music Stands

*** Specialties ***
Musical Theatre: Singing, Acting, and Dance.
Dance: Contemporary, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Ballet, and Modern

BACKGROUND CHECK AVAILABLE IN PDF UPON REQUEST
...
View Details
View Profile

Janelle L.

New York, NY 10018
starting at
$25 / 30-min

About Arianna G.

Close
New York, NY
View Full Profile
About Arianna
Hello! I'm a graduate of Brown University with honors in Italian Studies and Performance Studies. I am a tutor with over five years of experience and have completed over 800 hours of tutoring. I have over 25 hours of test prep training for the SAT and ACT and over 10 hours of training for Executive Functioning coaching.

I teach students test prep, math, Italian, kickboxing, and theatre. From helping students in summer school math classes, to teaching individual and group kickboxing classes, to tutoring students of Italian language and literature, to working with high school test prep students, I have a deep passion for learning and for sharing knowledge.

As an actor, I have performed at Williamstown, La MaMa, and the Washington National Opera. I studied with faculty from Brown University, the Moscow Art Theatre, and the Barrow Grou
p. During college, I had opportunities to live in Florence, Rome, and Sicily, and in my senior year I became a tutor of Italian for the dean of the college. I also have taught kickboxing for the last two years and have experience with Muay Thai and San Da.

I am eager to help you develop new skill sets and reach your goals.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Chris March 18, 2019
· Italian · In home
She’s terrific. Kind, patient and interested in the work. She’s very encouraging and obviously smart.
View Details
View Profile

Arianna G.

New York, NY 10027
(1)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

About Sandra K.

Close
New York, NY
View Full Profile
About Sandra
I am a tap dance musician, writer, and visual artist.
My performance credits include Thomas Marek's show NOLA, the sound art/tap performance Homöostep, the Tap Ahead Festival, and Daniel Luka's T.A.P. My current main project is Neosole, which explores tap as a music instrument, as a full member of the rhythm section, not just soloing as a gimmick on top of the music, but being fully integrated, comping and providing a foundation for the musical context.
I have been invited to teach at renowned facilities such as tanzhaus nrw, tap club, and Rebeltanz, and to be a tap dancer in residence at Thomas Marek's Studio Footprints.
My artistic works have been featured in publications such as Average Art, The Tap Love Tour Podcast, What Moves You, and Not Random Art.
I first started tap dancing at the age of 10 under the direction of my Mom.
From then on, I was influenced by many different teachers and mentors, such as Barbara Duffy, Sebastian Weber, Pia Neises, Derick Grant, Sarah Petronio, and Heather Cornell, to only name a few. I graduated from the tap dance apprenticeship S.O.N.T.I. with magna cum laude.
I consider myself a musician, and the tap shoes are my instrument. My style is deeply rooted in the aesthetic of jazz music and heavily shaped by playing in numerous jam sessions around Europe and New York City, however, my art transcends the boundaries of genres. It is merely a tool to create the most genuine and sophisticated expression possible. A catalyst to explore art as an extension of the human experience.
I call myself a tap dance musician because neither dance nor music could exist without the other. However, I don't move to look a certain way, I move to sound a certain way.
...
View Details
View Profile

Sandra K.

New York, NY 10014
starting at
$84 / 30-min
View More
View Previous

About Alanna C.

Close
New York, NY

View Full Profile
About Alanna
Interested in learning how to dance? Well, you’ve come to the right place! I am an experienced instructor with 20+ years of training and 10 years of instructing experience. I welcome students of all ages and levels, as I cater and personalize each lesson to your needs and personal goals. I specialize in various styles of dance including ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, and Chinese Folk dance. I offer flexibility/cardio training, private and group instruction, wedding dance choreography, and techniques for audition and stage performance. Let me guide you to becoming YOUR best dancer!

Alanna Chan is a New York based dancer and actress. She graduated from Iona College with a B.A. in Public Relations/Dance and trained with the Joffrey Ballet School’s prestigious Jazz and Contemporary Program. She has been seen on stage at Lincoln
Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art and in New York regional theaters. Alanna is a member of Screen Actors Guild- American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) and can be seen on numerous advertisements, music videos, and television appearances.

As an instructor, Alanna has taught to the New York Tri State area for the past 10 years. She has experience teaching at competitive dance studios, summer camps, and group fitness classes. Her choreography has been seen on stage and won awards at regional and national competitions. Alanna currently shares her passion for dance with little ballerina's in Midtown Manhattan and also teaches dance cardio in Noho.
...
View Details
View Profile

Alanna C.

New York, NY 10075
starting at
$34 / 30-min

About Dakota W.

Close
Brooklyn, NY
View Full Profile
About Dakota
Hello! I am a trained, working actor with real world experience. Anything else you need to know, if you're looking for a lesson for yourself, is in the class description. Thanks!
Now if you are a parent, let me direct you to the babysitting agency Pinch Sitters, on whose website you can see that I work with kids and have been background checked through the company.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Jennie December 11, 2018
· Acting · In home
Dakota is incredibly patient and explains things very well. She helped me very much with the project I worked on.
View Details
View Profile

Dakota W.

Brooklyn, NY 11221
(1)
starting at
$17 / 30-min

About Erica L.

Close
Tarrytown, NY

View Full Profile
About Erica
I am a professional singer and stage actress. I am a graduate of Fordham University with a B.F.A in Theater and a B.A. in communications. I have over 20 years of vocal and musical training. I appeared as Golda in Fiddler on the Roof, Dolly in Hello Dolly, Reno in Anything Goes, Velma in Chicago and Anita in West Side Story. I also performed for the USO, Alvin Ailey Theater at Lincoln Center and The Music Hall in Tarrytown . I most recently performed in and was the Musical Director of a one woman cabaret show entitled " A Night of Song " at the Playroom Theater in Manhattan. I believe singing should be fun,expressive and rewarding!

Getting ready to Headline a cabaret show LIVING Through Music at the Gramacy Theater on Wed. night June 19th at 7:30 It will be a great night of broadway and cabaret music. Tickets will be sold Vi
a Ticketmaster. Come see a fantastic show!!
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Lisa January 15, 2019
· Vocal Training · In studio
My 10 year old daughter has been studying with Erica and she is such a great voice coach. She is patient,supportive,and encouraging. My daughter is learning proper vocal technique to protect her voice. I highly recommend Erica as a voice coach.
Silhouette-80
Lisa January 14, 2019
· Vocal Training · In studio
I have seen Erica perform for many years and she is a dynamic and captivating performer. When I learned she was becoming a voice coach I immediately signed on as a student and I am so glad that I didl In addition to teaching great vocal technique, Erica's passion for music and performing makes her lessons so fun and meaningful. She gives me the confidence to sing, sing sing!!!
Silhouette-80
Kelli January 14, 2019
· Singing · In home
Erica is helping me prepare for my college auditions. I love her style of teaching because she knows how to fully prepare both my voice and my mind for auditions. It’s always about the performance and she really does teach “every song is a scene”. She is invaluable to my growth and development.
View Details
View Profile

Erica L.

Tarrytown, NY 10591
(5)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

About Stella K.

Close
New York, NY
View Full Profile
About Stella
I specialize in MFA/BA acting school auditions. Standing in front of a panel of strangers and opening yourself up in a monologue is not exactly a joy ride. I have techniques that will make it possible to relax and maybe even enjoy your pieces in this superficial setting.

My lessons are a combination of voice, movement (Alexander technique), and text work. Being fully free to play, means your voice and body are fully free. I give technique work that will relax and loosen you within the lesson itself, and within the audition so that on the day you are grounded, level, and ready.

I recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London, and I remember the stress, the excitement, and the process of auditioning well. I would love to pass on techniques that I learned at RADA that help to not only be calm, but also to en
joy each audition.

If you have any questions for me, I would be happy to chat with you over a tea/coffee before booking your first lesson with me.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Shaina March 11, 2019
· Acting · In studio
Stella is wonderful! She’s full of wisdom and passion- it’s so much fun working with her. I feel supported, encouraged and pushed as an actor, and, thanks to her guidance, I always feel like I’ve discovered something new after our sessions.
View Details
View Profile

Stella K.

New York, NY 10001
(1)
starting at
$75 / 30-min

About Ali K.

Close
New York, NY
View Full Profile
About Ali
As a professional dancer, fitness instructor, and student at Columbia University, I love offering a plethora of services among the realm of academia, health, wellness, fitness, and performing. I am here to help with any and all of your needs whether it be exercise, an essay that needs editing, or coaching on a healthy lifestyle!
...
View Details
View Profile

Ali K.

New York, NY 10013
starting at
$100 / 45-min

Why TakeLessons?

Play-button

Popular Cities

Popular Special Needs Students Lessons

Are You a Teacher?

Find out how TakeLessons can help you grow and manage your business

Learn More