Thornwood Language Lessons

Looking for private in-home or in-studio lessons? Our Thornwood 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.

Can't find a teacher in Thornwood?

No problem. Our online lesson platform connects you with any teacher, anywhere. All you need is a reliable Internet connection, a webcam and a microphone.

Convenient

Zero travel time is great for a busy schedule.

Affordable

Typically priced lower than local lessons.

Effective

Online students stick with lessons as long as local students.

Learn More

Language Lesson Reviews from Students

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

And they're not alone!

Our teachers have taught

2 , 2 6 7 , 6 2 1

lessons and counting!

Popular Language Instructors near Thornwood

Check out some of our most popular teachers near Thornwood including Chappaqua, Valhalla, Pleasantville, Hawthorne and Armonk.

Showing 10 of 200+ results View More

About Zachary B.

Close
234196_78yphckplwxwj4hyzlhx
Brooklyn, NY
View Full Profile
About Zachary
Dear Students and Parents:

My passion for performing and teaching brought me to TakeLessons as a way to enrich my immediate community (and beyond through Skype lessons!) and help individual students perform at their best. As an operatic performer, I thoroughly understand the importance of building a strong technical background for any level of singing or professional speaking. My other skills, like instrumental instruction, studying skills, accent reduction, and academic preparation are all offered through TakeLessons as well. As a teacher, I love having fun in lessons and building strong connections with my students at absolutely any level. My personal musical performing experiences span opera, musical theater, jazz, pop, and R&B. I am so excited to share my knowledge and passion for singing with you, as well as any other subject
we find to explore! As of February 2013, I am also available through TakeLessons' online instruction program! Please find more information below and I hope to hear from you soon!

Thanks!

Zachary B.

A native of Charlotte, NC, Zachary began his musical career as a tuba player and jazz bass guitarist. While attending The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Zachary began singing in various vocal groups on campus and developed his love for the singing voice. With encouragement from the music faculty, Zachary began training as an operatic baritone while at UNC. While attending UNC, Zachary was awarded both the Fischer Scholarship in Voice and the Tony McDowell Voice Scholarship. His singing brought him to Boston in the summer of 2010 to begin study at The Boston Conservatory. While performing various opera roles and attending summer programs, Zachary also opened his private studio and taught at a local music academy.

Baritone Zachary B. is quickly establishing himself as an active operatic performer. Equally at home on the recital stage, his versatile lyric baritone voice fits a wide range of repertoire and styles. A graduate of The Boston Conservatory, Zachary has performed roles like the titular role in Don Giovanni, Ramiro in L'Heure Espagnole, L'horloge comtoise in L'Enfant et les sortileges, Pooh-Bah in The Mikado, and Bob in The Old Maid and the Thief.

Starting in February 2013, Zachary will also be available through TakeLessons for online instruction. Lessons will still focus on energy, breath, and solid technique, so please contact him if you think this venue of instruction will be a good fit!

*** Lesson Details ***
Regardless of your background, I believe in making lessons fun, encouraging, and accessible. This means that my work with you will, by nature, be incredibly personal and always formulated for your specific musical goals. I will constantly strive to make sure you are comfortable in our work together as we explore singing, speaking, and music theory.

I believe every singing or speaking voice can benefit from a foundation in classical vocal technique. Whether you prefer to learn through singing songs or through various exercises, I can customize our lesson plan to fit your needs. Therefore, I provide a fun and engaging lesson atmosphere, but you need to bring your best as well! We will both be happier with the process if we are equally invested in your growth. We will start with something you already know (an aria, vocal exercise, or excerpt from a song) and work toward singing in your preferred vocal style. For example, classical singers will build their knowledge of English, German, Italian, and French diction and song styles. Additionally, I will always respect and include my student's musical interests.

Along the way, I am happy to address basic music theory ideas. If you prefer, we can also spend additional time reviewing and learning those principles to enrich your musical experience. I will always provide different exercises and ideas to keep your brain active in the singing process.

I believe in whole body, whole spirit singing. As a performer, I employ a variety of holistic exercises and theories to develop my own voice, such as basic Alexander Technique principles, voice therapy techniques, a variety of pedagogical palates, and energy work. If these sorts of things interest you, I am more than happy to incorporate them into our lessons. My personal results with those practices have been incredible, so I am always eager to share.

My personality is outgoing and energetic, so I bring that sort of atmosphere to a lesson. I expect preparedness and readiness on your part to maximize our work together. My greatest desire in teaching is to see you grow! So, if a challenging, yet comforting, work environment sounds like something you would like to try, consider scheduling a trial lesson with me. I am always happy to hear from new students!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Open area between the living room and the dining room, seating available, piano to accompany the voice lesson, garage/driveway/street parking.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I prefer for my students to have a keyboard or piano, and if possible, a music stand. We can always make a situation work if the student does not have access to these tools. I provide music, pencils, etc.

*** Specialties ***
I am an opera singer, and specialize in classical singing. However, I apply similar vocal technique to all genres of music, and focus on breathing technique, body and energy awareness, and discuss a holistic approach to singing with all students.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Susan Y. September 14, 2015
· Speaking Voice · In studio
Zachary is a wonderful teacher. He is very patient and really understands what he student want and need. Highly recommend him for a teacher
Silhouette-80
wynoka J. August 8, 2015
· Singing · In studio
Knowledgeable patient encouraging and kind! I learned some new things that help! Looking forward to next lesson!
Silhouette-80
Draaco A. May 19, 2015
· Singing · In home
Great instructor, natural gifted at communicating the body mechanics, breathing, and finer points of singing.
View Details
View Profile
Zachary B.

Zachary B.

Brooklyn, NY 11205
(6)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

About Raisa K.

Close
Profile_106225_pi_68%20image
Flushing, NY
View Full Profile
About Raisa
I am a piano teacher and I am constantly looking to inspire students with a joy of music. I've had much teaching experience as well as performing practice. I have graduated from Central Musical School of Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory in Russia and Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College in New York.

*** Lesson Details ***
I love music, and my goal is to present music to the student the way I present it to myself. My lessons include reading music, playing , ear training. While playing students will learn how to create their own musical picture and imagination. My significant aspect is that music learning should be active, enjoyable and emphasize student self-expression.

*** Travel Equipment ***
piano, a keyboard

*** Specialties ***
I am mostly specializing at classical genre.
...
View Details
View Profile
Raisa K.

Raisa K.

Fresh Meadows, NY 11365
starting at
$15 / 30-min

About Anna C.

Close
Profile_85276_pi_Claudie%20Anna%20%283%29
New York, NY
View Full Profile
About Anna
Dear student,
Here are a few facts about me.
I am a native of France. For a part of my life I had to follow a “practical” course, and earned a degree in aerospace engineering, a profession I practiced successfully for several years at the French spatial agency. But I was eventually able to abandon the engineering profession in order to devote myself entirely to my true calling.
As an opera singer, I have been performing in places such as Cortot concert hall in Paris or Carnegie Hall in New York. I have been teaching voice for years now, to kids and adults. I have also been teaching French since my arrival in the US.
I therefore teach French diction too, to professional singers and actors.
I also enjoy teaching music initiation to the little ones (3 to 6 years old).
I would be happy to answer all the questions regarding my work.
Wa
rmly,
Anna
...
Reviews
Thumb_103921_pi_pic
Andie H. May 9, 2017
· French · In home
It was a pleasure to meet you today Anna. I enjoyed our lesson a lot.
I hope you had a very happy National Teacher's day.
Until our next lesson! In the meantime I'll do some homework. 😊
Silhouette-80
Valentina V. March 8, 2017
· French · Online
Great teacher. She has engaged my daughter and renewed her interest!
Silhouette-80
Angelique February 2, 2016
· Classical Voice · In studio
Anna was a great teacher. She has always perfectly adapted to my needs and level, finding the appropriate ways to coach me. I have made considerable progress with her and would strongly recommend her sensitive and rigorous teaching.

Among many skills, she herself has an extraordinary voice and vocal technique which will make you even more willing to develop your vocal skills.
View Details
View Profile
Anna C.

Anna C.

New York, NY 10025
(6)
starting at
$68 / 60-min

About Elena D.

Close
Profile_94983_pi_nani%20pic2
Bayside, NY
View Full Profile
About Elena
BIO: Elena started her musical studies at age 4, singing with the "New York City Opera Children Chorus". She studied at Manhattan School of Music. She studied in Hunter College and Queens College of the City University of New York and the Bejar Conservatory in Salamanca, Spain. She has performed in Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and throughout Europe as a soloist. She had sung Mimi in La Boheme, High Priestess in Aida, Ines in Il Trovatore, in addition to singing other operas including Othello, Carmen, Mephistopheles, The Magic Flute, L'Italiana in Algeri, Le Nozze di Figaro. She has participated in the Master Classes of Alfredo Kraus and Monserrat Caballé and David Jones. She is currently under the vocal direction of David Jones who is the foremost voice teacher pedagogue. Ms. Diaz- Acosta has also directed summer performing arts pro
grams and high school and college preparation workshops throughout the New York and New Jersey areas.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Emily November 13, 2017
· Singing · In home
My daughter is very shy but felt very comfortable.
Silhouette-80
Bradley R. October 6, 2017
· Broadway Singing · In studio
Wow! She was so in synch with my son’s style & helping him pick a song & her exercises really helped him get a nice strong sound.
Silhouette-80
Mason June 11, 2017
· Singing · In studio
My son enjoyed very much the singing lesson! He is already looking forward for the next lesson.
View Details
View Profile
Elena D.

Elena D.

Bayside, NY 11360
(20)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

About Beverly F.

Close
Profile_105676_pi_2017-06-02%20Bev
Jersey City, NJ

View Full Profile
About Beverly
I am certified as a teacher of English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) and English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). I am also ACE-Certified as a Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor, specialized in Core Fitness, Senior Fitness Training and Functional Fitness. I train clients in their homes and online. Half of my day is dedicated to teaching ESL and the other half to fitness training.

In 2013 I gave up a longstanding career in Logistics and Imports to pursue my passion for fitness and education, and I have not looked back since. I enjoy helping others to learn and expand their horizons through language and movement. One of the reasons I became an ESL instructor is because I wanted to experience culture and diversity. I am truly blessed to have been given this wonderful opportunity to impart my own knowledge while lear
ning from others.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Akhila November 17, 2017
· Fitness · In home
Bev is awesome! She really helps you achieve your goals 😊
Thumb_594e6e94be097_review_IMG_1221
Walkiria June 24, 2017
· ESL · Online
“I've tried to learn English for a long time and, though I learned a big amount of words , I wasn't able of having a short conversation with nobody. Teacher Beverly have been making a great job by identifying my difficulties and then working hard straight on it at abslutely enjoyable online classes. I'm really happy because in a few time I've improved my English skills as I've never did before, nevertheless I'm sure that there are so much to be learnt from her yet.”
Silhouette-80
che June 19, 2017
· ·
My english is very poor, but beverly is great, I do not understand, she will say over and over again, let me understand. The most important, she makes you from simple to difficult little bit to master English grammar, not boring. At present, I have already said a lot of sentences. I'm very happy.thank you teacher 🌹
View Details
View Profile
Beverly F.

Beverly F.

Jersey City, NJ 07306
(12)
starting at
$35 / 40-min
View More
View Previous

About Madeline P.

Close
Profile_115974_pi_34FAB62E-4A41-4C33-B61A-21B13C16AE24
New York, NY
View Full Profile
About Madeline
I'm an opera singer who's been making music since before I could talk, and I can't wait to share my love of music with you! I graduated from Vassar College with my BA in Music and Italian in 2016 and recently moved to New York to pursue my career. I have experience teaching Voice, Piano, and Early Childhood music lessons.

I began taking voice lessons at age 11. I had wonderful teachers who taught me classical technique to keep my voice healthy, supported, and controlled. Though I later chose to pursue a career in classical music, I initially was interested in musical theater. I am eternally grateful to my teachers for teaching me to sing classically and I maintain that all voice students should have that same foundation in classical bel canto technique, regardless of their preferred performance genre- good technique can be applied to wh
atever you sing!

In addition to Voice, I teaching beginning piano. I began studying piano long before voice, when I was only five years old. Learning to play the piano is crucial for any aspiring musician and aids in the development of fine motor skills, reading skills, and math skills in young children.

Whatever your skill level and whatever your goals, I would love to work with you to develop your musical skills. I feel confident that we can make some amazing music together!
...
View Details
View Profile
Madeline P.

Madeline P.

New York, NY 10030
starting at
$50 / 30-min

About Ruby J.

Close
Profile_117480_pi_IMG_0659%E5%89%AF%E6%9C%AC
Jackson Heights, NY
View Full Profile
About Ruby
Recently finished my psychology degree in England, currently looking for a part time job while applying for a postgraduate course. I would describe myself as both musical and artsy, enjoy travel around the world, making new friends and also help others. Volunteered in an orphanage home located in China, and also volunteered in Cambodia educating homeless street children.
...
View Details
View Profile
Ruby J.

Ruby J.

Jackson Heights, NY 11372
starting at
$50 / 30-min

About Lauren T.

Close
Profile_117720_pi_Lauren%20J%20Thomas%20%281%29
New York, NY

View Full Profile
About Lauren
I'm an actor/musician in NYC, and have taught kids all over the world! I'm available for in-home, online, and in-studio lessons, where I can teach violin, flute, acting, and English. Although I received my BFA in Acting from Boston University's school of theater, I have been making music since I could walk. As a classically trained violinist and flautist, I've been able to incorporate my musical talents with my career as an actress. Once I chose to go to an acting conservatory, I thought I'd need to give up my instruments, but not a day goes by that I'm not playing! As a classically trained violinist and flautist, I've played a range of professional gigs from churches to rock concerts to musical theater. I even found myself performing in theaters around the country for the broadway national tour of the tony-award winning actor/musician mu
sical, Once! My range of experience helps me cater lessons to you and your specific needs.

While most of my life has been spent performing, I discovered a love for teaching after college. I have been teaching music and theater for 5 years, and two years ago I began teaching ESL to elementary students in Turkey. I fell in love with teaching English, and feel my training in theater and music helps me use different, exciting teaching techniques in our lessons. I am conversational in both Turkish and Spanish as well!

No matter if we're working on music, acting, or English, I'm incredibly committed to my students and want each lesson to be fun and motivational. I'm a patient, supportive teacher, and know that each student is unique and moves and his/her own pace!
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Lauren December 23, 2017
· Violin ·
Lauren is an awesome violinist. I worked with her in a show and watched her tackle many different styles of music, improvise with other musicians, and collaborate on new material. I would recommend her to anyone!
Thumb_5a3aae6e6c6a9_review__MPS1424
Ruby December 20, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Lauren Thomas is an excellent musician with a tremendous amount of patience and a seemingly boundless supply of talents. As a fellow musician who has played professionally alongside Lauren, I have witnessed first hand her skilled mastery of both the flute and the violin -- as intuitive as she is technically proficient. Apart from her musical abilities, she's kind, fun and sensitive and would make for either a great beginner violin teacher or as an instructor for someone with intermediate skills looking to expand their abilities. Cannot recommend her highly enough! Whether you're seeking instruction in the flute or the violin, Lauren's the woman for the job.
Silhouette-80
Ezgi December 20, 2017
· ESL · In home
She’s a wonderful teacher and also very suportive, answering any one of my million questions :)
View Details
View Profile
Lauren T.

Lauren T.

New York, NY 10016
(5)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

About Palak P.

Close
Profile_118813_pi_1506272382935
North Bergen, NJ
View Full Profile
About Palak
I'm an hard working School students who has an passion for teaching as I have been in an Stage of an ESL student once in a time.
...
View Details
View Profile
Palak P.

Palak P.

North Bergen, NJ 07047
starting at
$17 / 30-min

About Meri P.

Close
Profile_119224_pi_20171214_150956
Lincoln Park, NJ
View Full Profile
About Meri
I am an ESL teacher for more than 12 years. I have taught ESL at many colleges and universities in NJ. I have a Master's in Applied Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts.

Professionally, I was an Academic Director and managed a school of 240 international students. I worked with students from different countries and assisted them to accomplish their dream which was to learn English and attend an American university.

I am a very patient and friendly person. I love teaching and working with students.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Yosuke January 10, 2018
· ESL · In studio
She was my best teacher. She helped me a lot to learn English and get accepted to Fairleigh Dickinson University. Thank you very much teacher!
View Details
View Profile
Meri P.

Meri P.

Lincoln Park, NJ 07035
(1)
starting at
$67 / 60-min

Recent Language Articles from the Blog

Whether you're just starting out or a seasoned pro, check out the Language articles on our blog.

5 Spanish Authors You Absolutely Must Read Next

5 Spanish Authors You Absolutely Must Read Next

Reading is a fantastic way to work on your Spanish skills! Take a look at these recommendations for famous Spanish authors by Fairfax, CA tutor Jason N. before you head to the bookstore...   Spanish is the second most commonly spoken language in the world. For native English-speakers, learning Spanish requires the constant input and output of the four main manifestations of language: speaking, listening, writing, and reading. One of the most intimate ways to connect with a language is … Read More

5 Spanish Authors You Absolutely Must Read Next
Reading is a fantastic way to work on your Spanish skills! Take a look at these recommendations for famous Spanish authors by Fairfax, CA tutor Jason N. before you head to the bookstore...   Spanish is the second most commonly spoken language in the world. For native English-speakers, learning Spanish requires the constant input and output of the four main manifestations of language: speaking, listening, writing, and reading. One of the most intimate ways to connect with a language is
How 4 Guilty Pleasures Can Actually Help You Learn Spanish
Stuck in another Netflix binge? Instead of feeling guilty, put your time to good use by learning Spanish as you watch! Here are some ideas to try from Carmichael, CA Spanish tutor Joan B...   Do you love to sit on the couch and zone out staring at the television? Or sneak a glance at Twitter in your spare moments? If so, read on to discover how these guilty pleasures are actually the easiest way to learn Spanish. The time that you used to think was wasted can now double as Spanish lan
French Holidays: Celebrating La Fête des Rois
Learning about and celebrating French holidays is a wonderful way to understand more about French culture as you study this beautiful language. French tutor Carol Beth L. shares the basics you need to know about La Fête des Rois... French Holidays: La Fête des Rois For many people in the United States, Christmas ends at midnight on the evening of December 25th. In France, more people probably still remember that according to the Christian calendar, the Christmas season doesn't offic
75 Free Resources for Learning Spanish Online
As you study Spanish, it's smart to take advantage of as many different resources as you can! Luckily, many of the online options are totally free and easy to use. Continue reading to find out the tutor-approved recommendations from instructor Sara T...   If you've stumbled upon this post, you've probably already decided to learn Spanish -- that's great! Now, you probably need some direction on where to begin. The World Wide Web offers an infinite number of resources that can help
30 Quirky New Year's Traditions From Around the World
How much do you know about New Year's Eve traditions? Here in the U.S., you know what to do: gather your friends and family, turn on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve in the background, and count down from 10 as midnight nears. At the strike of the clock, you know to toast everyone as the fireworks blast off, sing a verse of "Auld Lang Syne," and sneak in a New Year's kiss, if you can! But outside of the United States, did you know there are some much more quirky New Year's Eve tradition

Why TakeLessons?

Are You a Teacher?

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

Learn More