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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.

*** Lesson Details ***
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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Ken January 19, 2018
· Singing · In studio
For those of you who are nervous getting started, Michael is the one for you. He made me feel at ease during our first lesson. He also showed me things I could do with my voice right away, which i found shocking. He has been great at boosting my confidence and getting me to that next level. I definitely recommend Michael for anyone who is looking to start singing!!
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Cara H. January 15, 2018
· Singing · In home
I have been working with Michael for about 5 years and I find him to be very knowledgeable and patient. I have worked on a variety of music from classical to pop and I am always learning something new. Michael has a lot of passion and emotion when he sings which I really admire. He has helped me improve a great deal. I have seen him work with people of all ages who are at various points in their journey and he knows how to help you become your best. He has helped me improve my range and expression of emotion when I sing. I have worked hard and had fun at the same time. I have become more confident and am willing to take more risks than I used to. When I am working with Michael I feel his undivided attention and he helps me to feel good about myself!
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Jessica December 9, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Michael is a patient and amazing coach. I am not a good singer but he his excellent at teaching me the basics. He shows consistent encourangement and i am making great improvements. I recommend Michael for all talent levels.
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Michael Douglas J.

Michael Douglas J.

Patchogue, NY 11772
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About Janet P.

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Larchmont, NY
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About Janet
My goal is your success! Great outcomes are the result of teaching methods that combine traditional and innovative techniques which are fun and easy. Everyone succeeds and I personally guarantee my program!!
*Bio... Founder/Instructor of school specializing in piano and piano keyboards. It was founded in 1990 by Janet P., Alumna of The Juilliard School and a music teacher for over thirty years. Ms. P is an active member of NYSSMA (NY State School Music Association) and MENC (The National Association for Music Education) and has been involved with various charitable scholarship award programs, including youth organizations such as “Songcatchers” and has presented numerous charitable concerts. She has performed and arranged music for her Jazz group – "The Hi Lite Trio" throughout Westchester County, NY. Ms. P. offers private lessons with
a variety of performance opportunities - workshops, and four concerts each year including an annual Community Outreach Concert.
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NydiaR May 4, 2011
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Working mom...

Janet is a wonderful teacher! She has patience with the children, and knows how to correct them so they are learning without feeling frustrated. Thank you!
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KimM1 February 15, 2011
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Excellent Teacher

This is my first time playing the piano and I was a little timid about taking lessons. Janet is very easy-going and extremely cognizant of my abilities which has helped me to feel more relaxed and I have been able to learn a great deal from her. I am pleasantly surprised by how much I have been able to pick up in such a short time. She is a wonderful teacher.
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Janet P.

Janet P.

Larchmont, NY 10538
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$40 / 30-min

About Ophelia T.

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Oakland Gardens, NY
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About Ophelia
I am a Hunter College graduate with a B.A in Music with concentration on Music Performance and Music Theory. I studied under Professors from well-credited music institutes like Harvard and Yale. I also studied at Teacher's College Columbia University for improvisation in popular music and jazz. I specialize my curriculum with not only playing the piano for performance, but also help students develop musicianship by training their vocals (such as sight singing) and ears. I also teach Music Theory along side that as well as some Music History. My lessons are conducted so that students can become a more well-rounded musician. In addition, I am also in a band so I can also teach popular music forms. Furthermore, I have experience teaching private one-on-one lessons as well as group lessons as I have worked in a piano studio before also.


In addition, I am fluent in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin. I can tailor my lesson plans in any of those three languages.

I love learning and am always looking to better educate myself. I also love teaching and believe that everyone deserves a fun and creative education of which they can use for the rest of their lives.

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Good for Beginners - Intermediate Levels. I am a creative teacher that loves teaching in ways that will most benefit the student. I tailor my teaching to each student individually and specialize in teaching kids. Each lesson will have components of the below and can be tailored after discussing the needs of the student or parent.

Piano Technique Drills
Piano Playing
Sight Reading
Sight Singing
Ear Training
Music Theory
Music History

*** Studio Equipment ***
Open Living Room with Stand Up Piano with seating for parents.
Guitar for music accompaniment with students upon request.
Mac Book & Condensor Mic for recordings upon request.
Drum Pads for rhythm learning materials.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Car & MTA

*** Specialties ***
Classical Theory training
Sight Singing training
Piano lessons
Popular music playing

CREDENTIALS: CUNY Hunter College, Teacher's College Columbia University.
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Celina T. November 11, 2014
· Piano · In home
Great teacher. Warm and fun.
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Nancy C. November 2, 2014
· Piano · In home
My 14 year old daughter loves music lessons from Ophelia. I can say this is the first time my daughter has ever expressed this much interest in music. I was glad I was able to find Ophelia through another friend of mine whose daughter also learns from Ophelia. Whenever Ophelia teaches a new piece of music, she goes over the composer's history with her, teaches the theory behind the piece, and does a ton of musicianship training. The lessons are truly worth their cost. It makes my daughter learn so much, just as if she was going to school. I've got to say, Ophelia is worth her price tag. Anywhere else with this kind of private music training would probably go for at least $100 per 45 minute or more.
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Alice L. October 30, 2014
· Piano · In studio
Ophelia is truly wonderful for helping my daughter pick up piano again. She is 15 years old and there's a lot of distractions that kept her from practicing piano. Ophelia was able to help her find interest in it again. Her teaching style is truly unique. After my daughter took her lessons she gradually became a better and happier musician and not just play off the books. Ophelia teaches music theory, singing and more to really help benefit my daughter overall! I will definitely be recommending her to my daughter's classmates!
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Ophelia T.

Ophelia T.

Oakland Gardens, NY 11364
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About Daniel P.

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Sea Cliff, NY
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Percussionist Daniel is a bustling performer who's work can be seen frequently in New York City and the surrounding areas. He has presented performances at the 48th International Summer Course at Darmstadt, Germany, the Green Umbrella Concert Series held at Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles.

Daniel is pursuing a Doctorate in Contemporary Music Performance at Stony Brook University, under the tutelage of Eduardo Leandro and is a member of the Contemporary Chamber Players.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Malletech 5.0 Octave Marimba, Yamaha Vibraphone, Pearl Philharmonic concert Snare Drum, Gretch Catalina Drumset, Steinway Grand Piano. Drum, Djembe. Macbook Pro with Logic pro 10 recording software in order to record lessons.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in concert percussion performance, but I also frequently perform a wide variet
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PaulaL February 3, 2011
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Seth is really enjoying his lessons. You're a great instructor. Sorry we missed last Friday's lesson.
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Daniel P.

Daniel P.

Sea Cliff, NY 11579
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$30 / 30-min

About Joseph M.

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Huntington Station, NY

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Local tutor;

Will travel to you, or we can use my studios located in Nassau, Suffolk and all 5 boroughs.

My name is Dr. Joseph M., Ba/Ma/Dma, in Education and Performance. I have reference lists a mile long, (with phone #'s, so you contact my previous and current

clients), full of success story after success story!

22 yrs teaching experience. I have sent thousands of children to Nyssma. Most of my students have scored; "Outstandings", (lvls 1-4), and A+'s, (lvls 5-6). Have gotten students

into All-County,

All State, and All National honor bands. This requires a ranked Nyssma level 6 score of 100.

I have prepared students for auditions to the finest music schools in the world, Julliard, The Curtis Institute, Berklee, etc.

My students have appeared on Broadway, have played at Birdland/the Bluenote, and have won
Grammys.........

I play and teach all styles; Classical, rock, Broadway, jazz,pop, etc.....

I have performed at the world class, A-list level in all the above mentioned styles as well.

I believe it is critical to be humble, down to earth and easy to work with, no matter how accomplished, student, teacher, or parent. :)..................
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Dana September 18, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
Very professional and thorough!
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louis R. August 9, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
First lesson with my grandson. My grandson enjoyed it. Joseph was very professional.
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Joshua W. April 19, 2016
· Singing · In home
We couldn't be more pleased and thrilled to have discovered Dr. Merkel. He is committed, gifted, firm, yet kind,
with my son. Thank you Dr. Joe!!!
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Joseph M.

Joseph M.

Huntington Station, NY 11746
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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 have received a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in vocal and opera performance. I promote a fun, determined, and healthy learning environment in order to make sure that my students learn the technical fundamentals in breathing, relaxation, production, and projection. My classical and operatic training has given me a wealth of vocal knowledge and allows me to make sure all styles of singing are executed as efficiently and healthfully as possible allowing my students to express their talents as much as they can for the least amount of effort.

IMPORTANT PLEASE READ: If I travel to your home for lessons, A PIANO IS REQUIRED for the lesson as well as for when you practice outside of the lessons. If you do not have access to a piano, please w
ait to set up/pay for lessons until one is acquired.
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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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$30 / 30-min

About Sharon C.

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Chappaqua, NY
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About Sharon
Sharon is available for in-home or in-studio teaching for children and adults. Subjects taught are beginners piano/keyboard, recorder and music theory.

Sharon is a very patient instructor and we will work at your own pace.
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Issa April 1, 2017
· Piano · In home
Great teacher
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Emily K. December 20, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Excellent teacher. would recommend highly.
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Jeremiah August 13, 2016
· Music Theory · In studio
Had a great experience learning the basics of music. This helped me across various instruments including piano, trumpet and vocals. Her patience is well valued and her knowledge set me up for success
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Sharon C.

Sharon C.

Chappaqua, NY 10514
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$30 / 30-min

About Daniel C.

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Queens Village, NY
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About Daniel
My name is Daniel Civilne and I'm 23 years old and have been playing the piano since around the age of 12. I go to York College CUNY and I am majoring is music and psychology. I also play on and off for the York College big band and choir and play a little at my church. My dream is to open a music school and help underprivileged kids and give kids an outlet to let out unhealthy emotions. I love helping people and would love to become a successful philanthropist/music therapist one day and to help make the world a better place.
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Daniel C.

Daniel C.

Queens Village, NY 11427
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$34 / 30-min

About Xavier R.

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Elmont, NY
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About Xavier
Music education is my passion. Currently a certified New York State N-12 music teacher, teaching instrumental music in a school district on Long Island. I have been playing piano since I was 5 years old and performed a pair of recitals at Carnegie Hall and other fine performance halls. In addition to the piano I play multiple instruments and teach several such as the cello, violin, trumpet, clarinet and saxophone. Learning to play an instrument and make music can be challenging but it is wonderful experience! I look forward in teaching you.
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Chelsey S. November 13, 2017
· Violin · In home
My daughter really enjoyed her 1st Session. She stated that the Instructor was very patient and he made learning to play the Violin very interactive and fun.
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Xavier R.

Xavier R.

Elmont, NY 11003
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$30 / 30-min

About Christopher W.

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Levittown, NY

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About Christopher
I am a professionally trained trumpet/ cornet player, teacher and bandmaster.
I have performed and taught all over the world from Carnegie Hall to the Royal Albert Hall.
I welcome the opportunity to work with students of all levels and ages from beginner to advanced & young to old.
Let's get you started on your own custom lesson plan based on your ability and goals.
I look forward to meeting you!
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Victoria September 18, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
I took Trumpet and Flugelhorn lessons from Christopher for four years. What I appreciated most about Christopher was his patience. It can be very challenging to learn Trumpet and Flugelhorn however, Christopher taught the lessons in a way that was easy to understand. He took the time to explore what my difficulties were. He then would present me with ways to challenge them. Christopher also has a great understanding of music theory. He explains and demonstrates musical concepts very thoroughly. I highly recommend Christopher Ward.
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Christopher W.

Christopher W.

Levittown, NY 11756
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$50 / 30-min

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