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About Nancy R.

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Irvington, NY
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About Nancy
I believe in the extraordinary power of music to communicate, to inspire and, often, to heal. That belief inspires all my work.

My goal is to help you find the power to express express through singing your unique self. It doesn't matter whether your voice is professional quality or whether it's even "good" in the conventional sense. It's YOUR voice. It has its own sound and characteristics, its own particular beauty, and the world needs to hear you!

Whether you want to be a professional or audition for your school musical, NYSSMA, All-State chorus, college and conservatory, or whether you just want to have fun and hit those high notes in the shower, I would love to help you.

I'm a classically trained leading soprano who has had the great good fortune to sing masterpieces with such companies as the Caramoor Music Festival, Glim
merglass Opera and the Aspen Music Festival. I also have undergraduate and master's degrees from Brown University and the Manhattan School of Music.

But don't let the fact that I'm an "opera singer" give you the wrong idea. Yes, strict classical training gives me in-depth understanding of how the human voice works, but I love and teach music of all genres. My students include professional opera singers, yes, but also rock and Broadway-style singers, college and conservatory students, teenagers singing in their school musicals, doing All-State chorus, or preparing for NYSSMA, as well as adults who are taking voice for the love of singing, the fun of the challenge and so they can join their local chorus or sound great on karaoke night.

Above all, the most important qualities I offer as a teacher are the simple human ones: understanding, patience, imagination, kindness, enthusiasm, respectfulness and absolute commitment to helping you meet your vocal goals.

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I tailor my lessons to each singer's particular interests, goals and challenges. Some students thrive with a highly technical approach; some thrive in a less formal, more supportive environment; most singers do best with an approach that mixes the two. The important thing to know is that you will receive lessons that are specifically tailored to you. There's no single template.

*** Specialties ***

For advanced classical singers I have a great depth of experience and wide knowledge of oratorio, opera, German lied and French, English and American art songs. I also have a specialized background in "performance practice" baroque and classical vocal ornamentation.

For all singers, I am also a superb acting coach!
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kevyn October 16, 2016
· Broadway Singing · In home
she is very nice
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Fred June 18, 2016
· Classical Voice · In studio
Spent a lot of time going over my musical background and getting to know me in general. Made an assessment of my vocal ability, potential strengths and weaknesses that seemed accurate to me. Proposed a lesson plan to develop my singing that seemed reasonable and practical given my goals.
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Sofia B. April 9, 2016
· Singing · In studio
My daughter loved her first lesson
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Nancy R.

Nancy R.

Irvington, NY 10533
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About Maggie H.

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New York, NY
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About Maggie
Are you reaching for a professional career? I'm a professional freelance performer based in New York and I've worked all over North America. I love to work with students of any age who want to take their craft to the next level, especially high school and college students who are preparing to go after a career as performer, or young performers who are working or want to work at a professional level.

Our lessons will focus on honing your musical theatre performance skills, to blend singing and acting seamlessly. We can prepare you for auditions, and discuss your goals and next steps toward a professional career if that's your desire.

*** Lesson Details ***
Sessions are 30 or 60 minutes long.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I hold online lessons in my home studio, where I have access to a piano and guitar.

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If you are a singer, it would be helpful to have a piano or keyboard at your location.

*** Specialties ***
Broadway style acting and singing.
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Maggie H.

Maggie H.

New York, NY 10036
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$40 / 30-min

About Michelle R.

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Bronx, NY
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About Michelle
Michelle grew up in Miami, Florida and developed a deep love for movement at a very young age. She graduated with a B.F.A. in Dance (with honors) and a minor in business from the Florida State University and while there performed work by choreographers including Larry Keigwin, Martha Graham, Gerri Houlihan, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. After graduating she became certified in Pilates Mat (Balanced Body) and relocated to New York City to pursue her career as a professional dancer. Since moving to NY, she has had the pleasure of working with JKing Dance Company and Sleep No More among many other performing artists in the city. She is a NASM certified personal trainer and will soon be certified as a corrective exercise instructor.
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Zuzana B. April 22, 2015
· Dance · In home
Michelle is great! Very helpful, makes you feel at ease, and obviously an awesome dancer.
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Michael W. July 3, 2014
· Dance · In home
I had to attend a buddy's Wedding. I'm in my fifties and never been a good dancer. When I attended Wedding receptions two to three decades ago, I would manage to get through the dancing, sort of. This time, however, there was no getting around it. I would have to know how to dance because the woman that was accompanying me to the Wedding and reception was a Dance minor in College! I had a month to get it together so I contacted Michelle through Take Lessons.

Michelle is a patient knowledgeable teacher. She started me with basic dancing steps to “Panda Bear - Doin' it Right .” The basic dance steps that Michelle taught me can be used for virtually all Rock/Disco/Techno music that you will encounter. The tempos might vary, but the steps remain the same. When I became more proficient Michelle taught me line dances such as the “Macarena” and the “Cha Cha Slide.”

When I attended the Wedding reception with the Dance minor, I was confident and comfortable on the Dance floor thanks to Michelle!

Highly Recommended.
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Michelle R.

Michelle R.

Bronx, NY 10468
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$50 / 60-min

About Tony W.

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Bronx, NY
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About Tony
I'm a Choreographer and Dance teacher with a passion for teaching students of all backgrounds. Dance is a gift that should be given to the world.
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Tony W.

Tony W.

Bronx, NY 10455
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$35 / 30-min

About Jennifer V.

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Bronx, NY
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Lehman College, Bachelors of Fine Arts, Graduate! I am a Musical Theatre Performer, who is still studying at a University. I perform all the time and believe that warm-ups are a big importance when it comes to performing. Technique is something I have been studying for a while, as I am still understanding what techniques work for myself.
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Jeffrey November 17, 2017
· Singing · In home
Teacher came to my home, she was on-time. I love that she puts emphasis on warm-ups and techniques. She is very nice and understanding. Always reminding me to have fun while focusing.
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Dayhana November 17, 2017
· Singing · Online
She is very focused and nice. Has a good voice. Great teacher! I’m very nervous about singing, but as a beginner she made me feel so comfortable. I’m going to book more classes soon. She puts importance on technique.
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Celeste M. November 17, 2017
· Broadway Singing · Online
(I accidentally hit submit on the other review before it was done so it's continued from the other one) We did vocal warmups and I sang a couple songs. I'm looking forward to working with her more. :)
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Jennifer V.

Jennifer V.

Bronx, NY 10468
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$15 / 30-min
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About Gigi G.

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New York, NY
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About Gigi
All ages are welcome. I am an experienced musician and alumna of Berklee College of Music & NYU (Master's degree). I give singing, piano, music theory and composition lessons.

-All levels are welcome
-Singing
-Piano
-Music Theory, Jazz Harmony, Counterpoint, Classical Harmony
-Composition
-Arranging, Orchestration
-Voice
-Logic Pro, Sibelius, Pro Tools
-Ear Training
-Prep for ABRSM Exams
-Prep for college-bound musicians
-Music Theory Placement Exam
-Music History Placement Exam

Looking forward to working with you!
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Lincoln May 4, 2018
· Piano · In studio
My 6yr old just took his first lesson and is hooked. Gigi is very sweet and stirred up an excitement in him. My son definitely liked the "idea" of learning the piano but is now confidant and actually writing his first song! Who knew, 5 notes and you can become a composer! BRAVO GIGI:)
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Gigi G.

Gigi G.

New York, NY 10029
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$100 / 45-min

About Shelley M.

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New York, NY

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About Shelley
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.

I look forward to hearing your beautiful voice and helping you to embrace music. Feel free to check out my website for any further information!
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Ian August 16, 2018
· Musical Theater · In studio
Wonderful teacher with so much knowledge. She was able to help me find material, helped me work towards an audition and develop my voice. I couldn't have asked for a better instructor!
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Feng J. August 12, 2018
· Singing · In studio
A very fun teacher who is capable of making lesson less awkward and more engaging. You could definitely learn a lot in a short period of time. 120% recommended
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Juan August 8, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Great teacher!
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Shelley M.

Shelley M.

New York, NY 10032
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$30 / 30-min

About Tashana W.

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Englewood, NJ
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About Tashana
Founder and Master Instructor at TipToeTash, I have experience in dancing from the age of 2. I have experience in hip hop, step, african lyrical, jazz, tap, belly and freestyle dancing. I also have experience with special need kids. I am an advocate of developing passion from a young age. Molding and encouraging the youth to be confident in their gifts and function as leaders in their community to help inspire others.
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Tashana W.

Tashana W.

Englewood, NJ 07631
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$100 / 30-min

About Kaeli C.

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New York, NY

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About Kaeli
I am a professional ballet dancer and certified yoga instructor. I began my ballet training at the San Francisco Ballet School and my contemporary training at the Oberlin Dance Company. When I was 16 I moved to New York City to train at the Joffrey Ballet. At age 19 I received a contract to join the Cleveland Ballet under the direction of Gladisa Guadalupe. I currently have moved back to New York and am dancing with Ballet Next.
I have taught dancers from beginning to advanced. I absolutely love setting goals with my students and watching them grow from week to week. As a teacher and dancer I believe the process is the most important part and the results are just a cherry on top. Yoga is also a huge part of my life and I love incorporating cross training exercises as a means for injury prevention or to aid in rehab from an existing injur
y. Lessons with me will be catered to your particular aspirations as a dancer. You can expect to grow technically but also artistically. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to reach your goals as a dancer!
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Kaeli C.

Kaeli C.

New York, NY 10023
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$59 / 30-min

About Ashley D.

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New York, NY
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Ashley discovered her dream of writing for film and television while studying English at Yale University. In 2009, she moved to New York to pursue her career. She established Nuanse Entertainment, a boutique production company, whose goal is to create colorful characters for every genre. Ashley is a recipient of Big Vision, Empty Wallet's Kickstart Diversity Program and a member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective.
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Ashley D.

Ashley D.

New York, NY 10029
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$59 / 30-min

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