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About Michael I.

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Bronx, NY
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About Michael
Michael is an artist/songwriter with a broad background of
experience from live performances and studio work across the US and
Europe. He has sung for many labels, publishers, and on jingles. As a
songwriter, he has songs recorded internationally by other artists and
in film. He has a Bachelors of Music in Commercial Vocal Performance
from Belmont University (Nashville, TN). As a vocal instructor, he held
a Masterclass of commercial Voice for the Royal Academy of Music in
London in. Michael works with singers of all levels from beginners to professionals.

*** Lesson Details ***
Michael covers all modern styles of music; pop, soul, jazz,
r&b, country, rock, and on and on. Michael works with all levels
of singers, from beginners to professionals, who want to work on
specific areas.

Michael will help you improve your...


Technique- We will help you improve breathing, phrasing, improving tone, projection and develop range.

Artistry- Some singers already have a sense of "who they are" and
have found their "sound" as artists, and others need help refining it.
We'll look at what songs are great for you, (maybe you write your own)
how to style songs and make them your own and even experiment with
different genres.

Performance skills- It's one thing to sing in a room one on one
with a vocal instructor and quite another to be onstage with an
audience with all eyes on you as you stand in front of the mic. How do
you connect with your audience? How do you handle nerves? How do you
talk between songs? Some of these things are learned best from
experience. Most singers are working on their voice because they want
to perform. Michael will provide opportunities for performance
experience for each artist when each individual is ready.

Be an Intelligent singer- Learn how to be ready for an audition.
How to communicate with a band /accompanists. How to know what keys you
need your songs in. Learn about singing harmonies/backing vocals. Learn
about recording vocals in the studio.

This is what one new student had to say about their first lesson with Michael...

"I had SO much fun
this past Sunday, Michael. I already feel like I learned a great deal. You are
such a fun and easy going teacher. Can't wait for the next one. Thanks!"

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring a keyboard and a laptop. It would be nice if they could provide a CD player, but not necessary.

*** Specialties ***
pop, soul, r&b, rock, country, any commercial styles. Performance coaching, Songwriting
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Insung H. June 16, 2016
· Singing · Online
Michael is the best singing teacher I've ever had. He has done a wonderful job of helping me to reach the potential that I knew I had as a singer.

His unique and innovative approach to vocal warm ups has helped me to find and define my vocal range.

He also happens to be an excellent vocal arranger, having helped me to add vocal accents to my songs that have given them new life.

Thank you for everything Michael!
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Lissy N. April 10, 2015
· Singing · Online
Michael has been a savior for me, both in terms of expanding my vocal capacity and helping me develop my artistry and songwriting! He is encouraging, kind, fun, motivating and professional. He has truly been a caring teacher, mentor, and guide for me as I move forward in my music career, and has gone above and beyond his job as a vocal coach, taking the time and energy to invest in understanding my artistic vision, and helping me articulate and execute each step along the way. I would recommend him to anyone looking for guidance in a talented vocal coach and all around professional music mentor!Thank you Michael!
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Insung H. October 18, 2014
· Singing · Online
Michael is the best! Right from the start he picked up on the weak areas of my voice and we've been working on it since. He goes through the exercises such that I'm singing the way I wanted without even thinking about it. And he doesn't miss a thing. If I miss a note he's right there having me do it over again until I get it right.

He also explained in detail what the problem areas were and how to fix them. Describing with words how to use the human voice is no easy task, but he knows exactly how to get the point across.

I was originally pessimistic about online lessons, but I thought I'd try it since I couldn't find anyone with credentials and experience like Michael's in Atlanta for less than a gajillion an hour. I was pleasantly surprised. I can sing in the comfort of my own home, and it's just like he's right there with me.

Thanks Michael!
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Michael I.

Michael I.

Bronx, NY 10451
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About Adam R.

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Watchung, NJ

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Adam runs successful singing, piano & acting studios in New York City & Watchung, New Jersey with clients on Broadway, MTV, & in the film/TV industry. He has also appeared on TV as a singing/confidence coach on TLC’s Date Patrol. He has directed 50 of the over 75 productions he has produced Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway. Adam's theatrical investment properties include the 2011 Olivier Award winning musical, Legally Blonde: The Musical (Broadway, West End), Godspell (Broadway), Ghost the Musical (Broadway), Blithe Spirit (West End), The Wedding Singer: The Musical (Broadway), Macbeth (Broadway) with Alan Cumming, How the Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical (Broadway), Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life (Broadway), NEWSICAL - The Musical (Off-Broadway & National Tour), and 27 Heaven (Off Broadway & National Tour).

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30 minute singing lessons - Typically do 10 to 12 minutes of warmup and the rest of the time is devoted to practical application of technique to your songs, as well as, performance aspects. I also offer hour lessons.

30 minute acting lessons - Typically work on monologues or scenes that I or they provide. We can also work on sides provides for auditions for TV, film, & stage.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I use my Macbook Pro to record lessons and distribute them to students via a free Dropbox account.

*** Specialties ***
Types of Tecniques Offered
Mix/Blend
Belt (Hard Mix)
Legit (Classical)
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Types of Style
Musical Theater
Classical
Pop
Rock
R&B
Jazz
Country
Heavy Metal
Film
TV
Stage/Theater

Types of Instruction Available
Individual Private Study
Group Study
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Frank C. October 3, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Adam is great. Very knowledgeable and comfortable to be with. Looking forward to my next lesson.
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Phyllis Francene L. June 29, 2017
· Singing · In studio
very kind and considerate instructor. Very helpful and puts you at ease before you start the training.
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Stephen Strat April 20, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Adam is great. Easy going yet effective teaching style that has motivated me to play more often and better. Thanks Adam!
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Adam R.

Adam R.

New York, NY 10036
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$35 / 30-min

About Uka G.

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Astoria, NY
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About Uka
Hello! My name is Uka. I am a Brazilian drummer/percussionist. My approach to teaching is through an individual lesson plans.

My professional training was at Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, Drummers Collective in NYC and private lessons with such drummers as Billy Ward and Jonathan Mover.

I am a very patient teacher and my goal is to help the students achieve their goals and have fun doing it.
*** Travel Equipment ***
cymbals, snare drum, practice pads

*** Specialties ***
I am specialized in drum technique, Brazilian styles, Rock, Funk, Reggae and many other styles.
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Uka G.

Uka G.

Astoria, NY 11105
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$40 / 30-min

About Kristen R.

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New York, NY
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Kristen is a classically-trained French Hornist and recent Los Angeles to New York City transplant. In addition to a decade-long career as the French Horn soloist in Blast!, a Tony and Emmy award-winning theatrical production, Kristen has toured as a pit-musician for shows like the national tour of 42nd Street, performed in theme park shows at Disneyland, and recorded for film, musical artists, and other digital media in Los Angeles. Kristen holds a Bachelor of Music in French Horn performance from the University of Southern California and a Master of Fine Arts in brass performance from California Institute of the Arts.

Kristen has been teaching privately and through schools and organizations for over 15 years. She is also the founding Director of Music for CITYstage.
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Kristen R.

Kristen R.

New York, NY 10031
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$25 / 30-min

About Inigo G.

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New York, NY

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About Inigo
Inigo has been teaching private lessons since 2004 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home, at his studio, and online. Inigo has helped students learn from the basics of playing the saxophone to successfully audition for college. In addition, he has taught languages (Basque and Spanish) to students of all ages, specializing in mid and high school students who need to improve their grades, since 2008.

Inigo received his training at Berklee College of Music and Indiana University, where he received a degree in Saxophone Performance and a Master's in Jazz Studies. As an expert in his field, Inigo looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Inigo's teaching style is fun and straight to the point, custom tailored to students' needs, and, above all, effective.
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Arben (. September 21, 2017
· Saxophone · In home
Inigo is wonderful and we are super happy with him.
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Shpresa September 5, 2017
· Saxophone · In home
very knowledgeable, easy to work with, thorough and friendly. I think Benny will learn a lot and is excited to continue his lessons.
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Inigo G.

Inigo G.

New York, NY 10021
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About Ginevra P.

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Astoria, NY
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About Ginevra
I am a professional concert flutist with degrees from Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome (Italy), Ecole Normale in Paris (France) and Yale University (USA). I offer flute lessons from beginner to advanced level.
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Ginevra P.

Ginevra P.

Astoria, NY 11106
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$42 / 30-min

About Thomas B.

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Flushing, NY

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Hello, my name is T.J. and I'm currently finishing my bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance. I am a pianist and vocalist with a passion for music theory and vocal pedagogy. I've performed in a wide array of venues and styles and have experience as a music director and collaborative musician. I'm soon going to be pursuing my master's degree in choral conducting, but until then I have a desire to share the knowledge I have obtained in my years as a performer, musician, and director. I'm new to takelessons, though I'm not new to giving them, so say hi and ask some questions!
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Thomas B.

Thomas B.

Flushing, NY 11367
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$20 / 30-min

About Cole D.

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New York, NY

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I am a working bassist in NYC. I am currently teaching students ranging from beginner to professional. I teach at a middle school on the Upper Westside of Manhattan and have had a lot of success with teenage bassists. I also have older advanced students who I help in learning a different way of playing.
As last year’s winner of the Ron Carter Bass Competition and the NEA Future Jazz Master Award, I know how to win major competitions. I also can help you get the college scholarship you are aiming for.
I am able to teach in my apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, your home or on-line.
I teach all styles, any skill level and all musical goals.
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Mario July 28, 2017
· Bass Guitar · Online
I was amazed how much I learned in just a few online lessons. Cole gave me a lot to work on and he knew exactly how to show me what was lacking in my playing. Man, this dude can play... and teach! Very organized and very eager to help you get better.
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Sam July 28, 2017
· · In home
I've been playing bass for 15 years and took a hiatus from playing. Decided to take some lessons to get back into it. Found out about Cole through other musicians. Amazing someone of Cole's ability is teaching for such a reasonable rate. Great teacher!
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Jacqui July 27, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
Cole is a great bass teacher for my son! He keeps my son motivated and excited to play. We have gone to hear Cole play at various clubs and are blown away that such a brilliant musician is also a kind, patient and dedicated teacher.
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Cole D.

Cole D.

New York, NY 10023
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$34 / 30-min

About Alex L.

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New York, NY

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About Alex
My teaching philosophy:

I have a passion to help YOU with your unique needs and desires - no two voices are alike, and we will work together to discover your particular strengths. Working with the physical structure of your face and body, we'll uncover ways to free you FROM yourself. Many bad vocal habits are learned through everyday life - together we can identify these to bring you closer to the optimal function of your voice. I will provide a foundation of knowledge for effective breathing and posture, as well as fill your 'toolbox' with many practical methods to alleviate tensions and encourage optimal resonance. As I am an active professional singer, I teach largely through demonstration accompanied by easily understandable technical language aimed to resonate with the student's natural sense memory and vocabulary. These are
methods I have practiced myself over many years as a professional singer at the world's great opera houses, and I know they will help serve your artistry and desire to be expressive, confident and engaging to an audience of 1 or 10,000.

Professional Bio:

A recipient of the prestigious Lenore Annenberg Fellowship in the Arts, baritone Alex made his Vancouver Opera debut in the 2017 season as the title role in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, and will debut the role of Il Conte in the same opera in the 17/18 season with Opera Naples. Formerly a member of the ensembles of Theater Basel and Opernhaus Zürich, Alex made his European debut in Switzerland singing The Hunter in Rusalka, Moralès in Carmen and L’Ami in Debussy’s rarely performed La Chute de la Maison Usher. Since then, he went on to make several further role debuts in Zürich, including Silvio in Pagliacci under Alexander Vedernikov, Ned Keene in Peter Grimes under Erik Nielsen, and the three baritone roles of Bohuslav Martinu’s rarely performed Juliette, under Fabio Luisi.

Previous noteworthy engagements included his principal role debut with the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, NY, singing Belfiore in Verdi’s King For a Day, of which the New York Times noted the debut of a “sensational” new talent. In 2014, Alex performed in a high profile gala concert for the 85th Anniversary of the Ópera de Bellas Artes alongside legendary tenor Franzisco Araiza, soprano Maria Katzarava and bass Eric Halfvarson. He made his Lucerne Festival debut as Don Quixote in Manuel De Falla’s El Retable del Maese Pedro conducted by Clement Power, performed as the baritone soloist in Mendelssohn’s Die Erste Walpurghisnacht with the Orchestra Symphonique de Mulhouse, and debuted the role of Sam in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti for the opening festival of Opernhaus Zürich’s 2012/13 season.

A 2007 B.M. graduate of Northwestern University, Alex received an Artist Diploma from the Academy of Vocal Arts in 2011, and has been a top prizewinner in several major international competitions.
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Devony November 5, 2017
· Classical Voice · In studio
Not only is Alex a kind, patient, and encouraging teacher, but he also presents valuable technical information in a clear and comprehensible manner. I leave each lesson feeling vocally fresh and with new nuggets of vocal wisdom to think about during the week.

I also feel that I can apply the vocal technique Alex teaches to the many different genres of music that I sing (opera, musical theater, gospel, etc.)

Would highly recommend Alex!! He’s a gem!
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Mark September 28, 2017
· Vocal Training ·
Alex is an intelligent, musical and passionate artist with a voice to match.
The commitment he gives to his own fine singing, the understanding of a free vocal production and excellent sense of musicality would help any singer studying with him.
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Trish September 26, 2017
· Vocal Training ·
Alex is an excellent musician. A vocalist with a completed Masters Degree in Voice Performance. Northwestern, AVA with many honors, scholarships and awards. He is a supportive intelligent person who will be of great benefit to any one who studies with him.
He teaches a standard Bel Canto technique which is healthy for all voice types.
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Alex L.

Alex L.

New York, NY 10031
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About John P.

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New York, NY
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John Kun Park is a recent graduate of the Mannes School of Music. He completed studies in Operatic Performance at SUNY Purchase. John will be joining the Sarasota Opera's Apprentice Artist program in the beginning of 2018.

The 2016-17 season found John in his final year of Artist Certification at the Mannes School. He was the tenor soloist in Händel's Messiah in Manhasset, NY, and then appeared as Anatol with Mannes Opera in their Spring production of Barber's Vanessa. He placed as one of six finalists for the New Jersey State Opera's Alfredo Silipigni competition shortly thereafter. John was invited to Central City Opera as an Apprentice Artist for their esteemed Bonfils-Stanton Young Artist Program. He was cast as the cover of Don José for the season of Bizet's Carmen, and debuted as Don José for the company's Apprentice produc
tion.

The summer of 2016 found John in the Dolomites of Italy, appearing as Don José in Bizet's Carmen under Music Academy International's affiliation of the Trentino Music Festival, under the baton of Christopher Larkin and direction of David Gately. He appeared a finalist in New York's Joy of Singing competition in the Spring of 2016, and was hired to cover Don José for Venture Opera's winter production of Carmen.

During his time at SUNY Purchase, John appeared as Le Prince Charmant in Massenet's Cendrillon, Eisenstein in J. Strauss' Die Fledermaus, and Lysander in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream. His studies while in Los Angeles found John appearing as Des Grieux in Massenet's Manon, and B.F. Pinkerton in Puccini's Madama Butterfly under the Opera Gang company.
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John P.

John P.

New York, NY 10032
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$60 / 30-min

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