I have over 17 years of training as an opera singer and experience true joy and fulfillment in teaching classical and opera to my students! From my wide-ranging experiences with baroque to classical to romantic and contemporary opera, I will help you grow your voice toward a technically advanced, highly artistic level!
For those who already have experience with operatic singing, I can help you polish your repertoire and address your specific needs and goals. My teaching is based in the Bel Canto tradition of classical singing, where we will focus on solid vocal functioning: posture and alignment, breathing, phonation, resonance, articulation, registration, and much more. Contact me today, I would love to work with you!
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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.
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 !
January 2, 2019
Nicole is a wonderful teacher, and always made me feel comfortable to work through my weaknesses and helped to mold them into strengths.
January 2, 2019
Nicole is an excellent teacher who brings great knowledge and enthusiasm to every lesson. I always look forward to working with her!
I have had experience in opera since 2005 and professionally since 2011.
I received my Bachelor of Music (Voice) and Master of Music (Voice) degrees at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music in 2009 and 2011. I have been singing professionally since 2005. Among my courses at CCM were Music Theory and Aural Skills. English and grammar have always been a passion of mine. Having studied German, French, and Italian, I have had extensive exposure to translation, sentence structure, and grammar. I have taken piano and voice lessons for 10+ years.
A few companies I have had engagements with outside of Cincinnati are the New York City Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Gotham Chamber Opera, and Salisbury Symphony Orchestra. In Cincinnati, I have worked with the Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Vocal Arts Ensemble, Collegium Cincinnati, Nanoworks Opera, and many other
I have been teaching voice lessons since January of 2012 and have taught beginning piano as well. My professional website is melisaharveysoprano.com
Singing is a beautiful art form that can be accessed by everyone. When taking lessons with me, we will be able to explore all of the beautiful intricacies of the voice and how it can be used to be the most expressive instrument.
With the knowledge that my degrees in voice granted me, I will be able to guide you in a safe yet encouraging manner that will lead you to success in whatever genre you aspire to perform.
I am a professional singer, pianist, and teacher of the two. I have a Bachelor of Music degree from California State University Long Beach, and a Master of Music degree from University of California Los Angeles. During my study of those two degrees, I had marvelous teaching from some of the finest pianists, coaches, and voice teachers around. I can teach you how to sing with true passion, ease, and intent.
I began my study of the piano at the age of 7, my mother being my first teacher. I started on Alfred Piano Books, and still strongly believe in that same curriculum. From there I began to study classical composers like Chopin, Beethoven, Clementi, and Mozart. Although my love of classical music runs deep to my core, I love jazz, pop, and gospel music. I am happy to assist the learning of any style, anything that YOU are passionate for
With me, you can expect to make weekly progress in your instrument of choice. I am a dedicated performer and an even more dedicated teacher. To me, the two go hand in hand.
Please allow me the opportunity in teaching you and in turn I will give you all the knowledge I possess.
I can’t recommend Lyle highly enough. He is an amazing teacher for my 14 year old son who is prepping for school play auditions. He helped choose material and has many technical suggestions to sing better without being intimidating. He also is patient, warm and encouraging. Very pleased we found him.
August 5, 2017
Lyle has a singing voice that will stun and amaze you when he sings in front of you. That will immediately put you at ease and motivate you to sing better using his techniques. His classical training has proven to be a great foundation for teaching me effective ways to understand, use and improve my voice. After 2 lessons I can already see a big difference in my singing abilities and I always learn many new things at each lesson. Lyle has a really open, friendly and non judgemental demeanor and this helped a lot with my nervousness. I can't wait for my next private lesson and would encourage anyone to book him for Broadway, classical and pop singing lessons.
August 1, 2017
Lyle taught my two kids for 3 years. They loved him! My son took piano and voice lessons each week, 30mins of the two, and my daughter took only piano lessons. I can't recommend him enough!
Every lesson is for YOU. The time we spend together is time for you to explore your voice, your goals, and desires within music. I specialize in beginner/intermediate singers looking to expand their voice, repertoire, and love of singing. No lesson will be the same, and every lesson will be a shared experience in which we learn how your voice works, and how it feels.
Lessons include, but are not limited too, repertoire exploration, music theory, range expansion, vocal pedagogy/vocal anatomy, performance preparation, character coaching .....and much more.
I'm a professional singer/teacher residing in New York City with degrees from Indiana State University, and New York University with a specialization in Classical Art Song, Musical Theatre Repertoire, and Vocal Pedagogy.
Every lesson is about YOU. So each week we will take a look at your goals for the lesson, whether you are preparing for college auditions, school talents shows, a desire to work with music theory, or piano skills, this is your opportunity to explore. Everything is possible.
As a professional singer myself, I am constantly auditioning on broadway, off-broadway, and for smaller local and regional theater opportunities. I believe that as a teacher I have to continue to be in the field and learning as the industry continues to change. I have to be aware of the opportunities in this business. I have been hired by pr
ofessional opera and musical theatre companies, in additional to large choral works as a soloist, and have a private studio in Washington Heights.
Prior to NYC I taught middle school choir for 200+ students, of which I received teacher of the year in 2012. I also still hold a valid teaching license in the state of Indiana and currently applying toward my NYS teaching certification.
Within my voice studio I teach in person and online lessons. While online lessons can be beneficial for students wishing to study with me that are not in the immediate vicinity, I recommend in person lessons
I look forward to hearing your beautiful voice and helping you to embrace music!
Shelley is fantastic. She made me feel at ease right away, even though I have no prior singing experience and I was incredibly nervous. As early as my second lesson, I could already hear a difference in my voice when I listened back to the recording of our session! She really knows what she's doing and it shows. I highly recommend Shelley. In addition to being a great music teacher - which she is - she's also so pleasant to work with! She's fast to respond, very accommodating with her schedule, friendly and easygoing, and professional. I started out thinking I'd just take a few weeks' worth of lessons to get out of my comfort zone. Over a year later, I'm still here, and looking forward to every week.
April 17, 2019
Ms. Shelley is very dedicated to every one of her students. It is a pleasure working with her!
March 4, 2019
Shelley is by far the best voice teacher I have ever had. Within the short duration of time that I have worked with her, I have noticed that my voice has significantly changed (it feels and sounds better) after using her techniques. She knows what she’s talking about and offers substantial and specific criticism. She individualizes every student, in that she chooses repertoire that benefits a particular voice instead of assuming that every student has the same voice and strengths/weaknesses. This is a very important skill for a voice teacher to have. Shelley is also very good at time management within a lesson. Most importantly, she makes the experience fun! I would highly recommend Shelley to anyone who is looking for a voice teacher! Thank you Shelley!
Learn classical singing technique including breathing, diction, phrasing, musical terminology, and more.
I am a professional singer, beatboxer, audio engineer, and music director who specializes in contemporary a cappella music! I graduated from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College with a Bachelor of Arts in vocal music. I also am an acting coach; I can help build confidence in your performances as well as help you feel more comfortable speaking in front of people.
I perform often with a variety of musicians at all levels - I've performed with school choirs, community choirs, The Maccabeats, Josh Groban, and more. I have also performed at many well-known venues such as the Nikon at Jones Beach, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The White House, and more. I travel both nationally and internationally to perform and often find myself singing with the communities I travel to. I have also judged singing competitions, given masterclas
ses to a variety of singing groups, and taught classes at music festivals.
As a teacher I want you to succeed! I am always happy to discuss your goals and aspirations and we can work together to find a plan of action that best suits your needs, whether that be sight reading, vocal technique, or anything else!
Singing is so much more than just singing! In my studio, you will unleash your unique voice by letting go of unnecessary habits and setting up your body to produce a variety of healthy sounds. In addition to the vocal part of singing, we will work on diction, music theory, stage presence, and learning how to practice on your own. Whatever your goal may be, we will work together to find the best techniques that work for you.
About Sara Lin
I'm a classically trained opera singer with a passion for performing and teaching! I hold a Master's degree in Voice Performance from U. of Colorado at Boulder and a Bachelor's degree from U. of Minnesota - Twin Cities.
Originally from Oskaloosa, IA, I grew up practicing 4 different instruments and singing in children's choir. Music has taught me an infinite amount of life skills and I love to pass those lessons on to my students!
In my studio, you will learn to unleash your unique voice by using your body most efficiently and eliminating unnecessary habits. Lessons also include work on diction, music theory, stage presence, and learning how to practice on your own.
I call myself a teacher of singing, rather than voice, because singing is an expression of behavior which involves imagination, intention, and musical artistry.
My fundamental principal is to sing with relased flow of breath, without interfering, holding back the breath or darkening the voice. One does not “make” voice; one lets it happen. My students learn (are guided) to release compensatory tensions in the vocal tract and the body, to perceive subtler physical sensations associated with singing, along with increased ease and spontaneity, the feeling that one’s singing is personal.
My studio comprises students of differing ages and proficiencies, from beginner to artist level. My years of teaching at the LaGuardia HS of Performing Arts (the “Fame’ school) helped me to become patient and resourceful with beginners, many of whom are now pursuing distinguished performing careers at the highest level.
TEACHER: I've maintained a studio in New York for over twenty years. I taught on the faculties of the 92nd Street Y School of Music, the Laguardia High School of the Arts (the “Fame” school), and taught workshops and MC’s for singers and actors in Greece. At Laguardia HS, I taught singing and directed the Opera Workshop; many of my students have gone on to leading conservatories, and to distinguished performing careers.
I’m a graduate of the Juilliard School (BS) and NYU (MS), and studied privately with Antonia Lavanne, Richard Torigi, Edvin Sazamosi, Renato Capecchi, et al. I attended Oberlin Vocal Pedagogy Institute, Centro Studi Italiani (Urbania, Italy), Montclair Voice Science Workshop, and the NYSTA Professional Development Program, of which I am a Distinguished Professional.
I’m the Treasurer of the New York Singing Teachers
’ Association, and a member of NATS, NYSTA, AMTL, NOA, and Opera America.
PERFORMER: I graduated from the Juilliard School, and New York University, and was a Finalist in the competition of the Center for Contemporary Opera. I’ve sung principal roles with Vineyard Theater, Encompass Theater, Stonington Opera Arts, Vertical Player Repertory, Pensacola Opera, Chattanooga Opera, Rockland Opera, Bronx Opera, and others. Soloist at Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium and Weill Recital Hall), the 92nd Street Y, Austrian Cultural Forum, the Actors Studio, and other venues in the United States, Italy, and Switzerland. Press reviews have cited my "warm and persuasive singing,” and described me as "a wonderful singing actor."
I’m a qualified Vocal Instructor with a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance from Capital University Conservatory of Music. I am a professional musical theatre performer in NYC and I am offering personalized lessons and instructive services to students in the New York City area OR over Skype! I love what I do and have been teaching children performance skills since 2010. I am committed to helping children (especially beginners) interested in the arts explore their musical and performing skills further and to help them reach their full potential.
I’m a qualified Vocal/Theatre Instructor with a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance from Capital University Conservatory of Music. I am a professional musical theatre performer in NYC and I am offering personalized lessons and instructive services to students in the New York City area OR over Skype! I love what I do and have been teaching children performance skills since 2010. I am committed to helping children (especially beginners) interested in the arts explore their musical and performing skills further and to help them reach their full potential.
Paula has been great working with my daughter via Skype and this week we were able to meet her in person in NYC. What a treat for my daughter!
March 21, 2019
Paula Shtein is a gem of a vocal coach for clients of all ages, experience levels and capabilities. She is always prepared, professional, flexible and able to assist with various genres of musical requirements the clients may need her help with at a moment’s notice. She doesn’t waste time at all with pre-class chatter. Paula gets right to work and is extremely efficient and effective. In just a few sessions, Paula was able to help all three of my daughters revamp their vocal and breathing techniques, compile an updated repertoire of songs for their upcoming auditions and refine their vocal presentation (aka vocal performance). With Paula’s help my middle daughter Melania booked a role in Matilda at the Walnut Street Theatre this past holiday season and gave a stellar performances during the entire run of the show. And this past winter, Victoria (10), Sophia (13) and Melania (12) were confident and actually placed at the top of their game among peers their age at a professional workshop in NY. As a parent and manager, I view Paula as a tremendous asset. She is a very hardworking, dedicated and determined vocal coach. Most importantly, she produces results…. consistently and solid results!
~ Christina Zalipsky (Mother, Manager of Professional Child Actresses Sophia, Melania and Victoria Zalipsky)