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About April S.

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About April
I'm a 'classically trained' voice teacher who specializes in the biology of singing: JAZZ, R&B, POP and GOSPEL. I have performance arts training and experience and have
a liberal arts degree from Columbia University/Master of Arts Education from City College of NY.
Before settling into a music career, worked as a dance instructor, for the City of NY and received congrats from John Lindsey, then mayor, for outstanding achievement.
As an actor, performed in several off-Broadway plays and was a principal in the “Broadway tour”, ”Pulitzer prize ” winning play, “No Place to be Somebody.” I've performed through the years as a vocalist with a trio and as a ONE WOMAN SHOW at various night spots, concert halls and social events. As a voice coach I've had the good fortune to teach the skills and techniques of the art of singing.
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inging is the joy I share as a performer and as a teacher. Anyone can learn to sing; and do it on a superior level. It takes desire and the willingness to practice the skills necessary until the goal is achieved.
The journey is worth it!

*** Lesson Details ***
WORKSHOP FOR LEARNING TO SING
COMPETENCY: A SOLID FOUNDATION IN THE BASICS OF SINGING
OBJECTIVE: Students will learn Basic Components of Singing and demonstrate via public (by choice) performance; at the end of course.
Pitch
Rhythm
Breath
Voice
Diction
Pitch
The use of pitch in language to distinguish words. All languages use intonation to express emphasis, contrast, emotion, or other such nuances.
Pitch refers to the notes and sounds that we hear when someone sings, and it determines if the song is going to sound great or not. The singer will have to hit various pitches in a song with a relative amount of accuracy in order to be in tune with the overall music accompaniment and harmonies.
RHYTHM
Every song has a certain beat, and it is essential that we keep to the basic rhythm of the song, or else we might find that we are constantly trying to catch up with the lyrics or always lagging behind. Rhythm also determines the groove of the song, and this is what gets us on our feet and dancing when we listen to upbeat or fast tempo songs.
A great sense of rhythm begins with learning to recognize various beat duration, to vocalize notes with different beats, as well as to be able to keep to the basic tempo of a song.
BREATH CONTROL
Breathing is an essential component of singing, and is what most singing instructors would introduce to students during their first lesson for singing. It is also what most people would want to learn about and also ask questions about.
Breathing is a natural process, and it is not difficult to achieve better breath control for singing. A great breath foundation is needed for singing!
VOICE
To produce great sounds when singing it is essential to adopt beneficial singing habits in order to produce sounds that are more relaxed and healthy.
DICTION
Learning how to produce sound with our voice is not enough. We still need to shape our voice, and form words in a language that our audience will understand.
This is why diction is also one of the vital basics of singing, because it determines whether our audience understands what we are singing, and whether we are able to connect with them through our song. Diction is also a key factor towards hitting the correct pitches, especially for the high notes, and this will be explained in detail.

COURSE OUTLINE:
Lesson 1 PITCH
How to avoid the most common singing mistakes that prevent singers from producing a clean and professional vocal tone.
Objective: Students will learn warm up exercises that strengthen vocal cords and loosen the muscles needed to produce a professional sound./ the importance of singing ‘scales’ to achieve this objective.
Lesson 2 RHYTHM
Rhythms often used in various standard songs.
Objective: Students will listen and learn to identify rhythms used in songs. CD player provided.
Students will learn to tap out the various types of rhythm.
Students will sing a favorite song; using rhythms learned in class.
Lesson 3 BREATH
For the purpose of voice projection, students will learn to breath more from the diaphragm, the muscles beneath the ribcage, as well as the abdominal muscles.
Objective: Students will learn vital techniques to create a connected voice blending head, chest and diaphragm.
Lesson 5 DICTION
How to use the emotions, enunciation and clarity.
Objective: Students will learn to sing a favorite song with focus on elements of singing.
Lesson 6 Review of previous 5 lessons.
Lesson 7 Group/Individual Performances
Objective: Students will show confidence in employing elements from training.
Lessons 8/9/10 Rehearsal for recital TBA
*Each lesson to begin with a brief review of previous. Copies of previous lessons/homework assignments to be distributed at each meeting

*** Studio Equipment ***
CD Burner/SURE Microphone/Charts in various keys/Speaker System/Pitch Pipe/Recorder/keyboard/Metronome/Video Camera

*** Travel Equipment ***
Lesson plans, books, pitch pipe, keyboard. Student should be prepared to be serious and committed.

*** Specialties ***
I show the student how to use breathing and voice placement techniques to gain vocal improvement via projection.
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Thornton June 23, 2017
· Singing · In home
Looking forward to the next lesson, Ms. April is great at what she does and very knowledgeable in teaching...can't wait until next Friday.
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Seryi May 6, 2017
· Singing · In studio
April is amazing! Made me feel welcomed and comfortable right away and proceeded to share a wealth of knowledge in just the first lesson. I feel empowered and honored to be working with her and am looking forward to my next 9+ lessons.
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Megan February 1, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I cant wait until my next lesson!
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April S.

April S.

Bronx, NY 10451
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About John O.

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Huntington Station, NY
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*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in living room with stereo; teacher has own instruments, student needs their own

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to have an instrument to play on.

*** Specialties ***
From Jazz to Brazilian, Cuban, Puerto Rican, world music from just about everywhere. Specialist in teaching students how to improvise on chord changes.
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Jeffery S. October 4, 2015
· Saxophone · In studio
John is very nice and patient teacher.
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tu Y. June 11, 2015
· Saxophone · In studio
Mr o. Is the best saxophone teacher I have never meet . He care about me so much . When I just start at jazz , he let me borrow a lot of CD to listen and learn . And that helped me so much . He had only be my teacher for one year , but he teach me so much that I have never thought .
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John O.

John O.

Huntington Station, NY 11746
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About John L.

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Hastings on Hudson, NY

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Hello,

Thanks so much for taking the time to inquire about studying music with me.

Music and studying music has always been a passionate experience for me. I have been so blessed with the teachers and fellow musicians in my life. You should realize that your study of music may start with me, but it will last your entire lifetime. I hope that all of your life you will have a rewarding relationship to music and the spirit of great sounds!

I have performed in great jazz clubs in New York, on Broadway, and performing arts centers across the country. I'm currently playing in many great performing ensembles. I have put out two CD's as a leader and played on multiple CD's for other artists.

It has been my pleasure to teach privately, as well as in the classroom for 15 years. I enjoy performing many different types of music. I pri
de myself on being very open minded in terms of musical taste. Never apologize for liking what you like! I bet there is something in that music which is great. I can't wait to learn something from the music you introduce to me.

I be glad to provide a full resume to anyone who requests it.

*** Lesson Details ***

My most important goal for each student is that they get to where they want to be musically.

I want the student to be able to play the way he or she wants to play. If you want to learn to play one song, that is great! If you want to learn to play one classical etude that is just as great! If you want to learn how to play in a salsa band, bravo! I treat the desires of my students as my curriculum. Each student will receive special prep time from me each week. I pride myself in taking the time and energy to prepare for each meeting. Every time you complete a lesson, it is my hope that you are walking away as a better musician.

In the beginning I hope to find what will musically interests you the most. Usually, you might have a goal that requires you to play on a higher level than you do presently. If that is true, we might take some time to figure out a road map to get you to that place. Along the way, I'm sure you and I will learn many new concepts and techniques that aid you in becoming the bassist/musician you want to be.

And rest assured, the teacher always learns from the student...this is the best part of teaching: learning from the student.

*** Studio Equipment ***

Studio: 3 electric basses, plenty of amps and chords, one acoustic bass, piano, ukulele, guitar, computer playback and recording.

*** Travel Equipment ***
As requested

*** Specialties ***
I have been lucky to play tons of different types of music. I believe I can give musicians and aspiring musicians a deep understanding of what is most important in many different styles of music. Music I have been lucky enough to study and play professionally: Jazz, Rock, Funk, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Blues, Classical, Pop.
I'm also a very good transcriber, so if there is a song you heard on the radio we can definitely play it! Ear training could be an area in which I could be of service to you as well.
I have many arranging and composing credits and I would be glad to help students in this area whenever requested.
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Aidan September 9, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Very comfortable atmosphere. John asked my son what his goals were and tgen taylored instruction to help him meet those goals..We were very pleased! We highly recommend him.
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Okokon O. March 5, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Mr Lang is great guitar tutor.
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Aviane V. October 30, 2013
· Piano ·
Love my lessons

John is an amazing teacher all around. Very professional and good at getting me to understand things which may be a bit confusing. I am currently reading and playing between four books and I never thought it would be possible especially just after taking lessons for a year. Sometimes I feel a bit frustraited when I am not able to play certain pieces or when I dont understand a concept but John is great at breaking everything down and making it easier. I am now realizing how my piano skills can be utilizied in my other music projects. When I attend my lessons I am reminded why I love having them so much. With him as my instructor I can see my skills improving and I know I will only get better. I recommend piano lessons to everyone and if you are looking to have a great teacher John is your go to person !
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John L.

John L.

Hastings on Hudson, NY 10706
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About Ross B.

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New York, NY
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Ross has been teaching for five years in both a school environment - in which he helped develop a performing arts department from the ground up - as well as private lessons, where his students succeeded musically and theatrically, having performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, with the Rockettes, and on international tours. His teaching philosophy is simple. Everyone can sing, most simply don't know how.

As a performer himself, Ross is a singer, actor, and photographer who graduated from the prestigious New York University with a Dual-Degree Master's of Music in Vocal Performance and Vocal Pedagogy. He has performed across the country regionally and on tour, in such iconic roles as "Marius" in Les Miserables, "Jack" and "The Baker" in Into the Woods, "Roger" in A New Brain, and "Anthony" in Sweeney Todd.

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Lowell I. August 22, 2017
· Photography · In studio
Ross is very knowledgable and has a good approach to teaching the technical and artistic aspects of photography.
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Bobby B. May 23, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Helps me really understand my voice and how to improve. Very friendly and fun.
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John May 20, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Ross was great and my wife and I are working with him for a coming singing event.
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Ross B.

Ross B.

New York, NY 10034
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$45 / 30-min

About Mary P.

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Croton on Hudson, NY
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Mary is a Tony nominated writer, actress, and teacher whose Broadway credits include Martha Jefferson in "1776" and Grace Farrell in "Annie". She was a starring soloist In Leonard Bernstein's "Mass" at the Kennedy Center and the Metropolitan Opera and toured as featured vocal with Michel LeGand in concerts including Carnegie Hall. Off Broadway credits include her own musical, "Cradle Song". She studied voice with the great Sue Seton and later with opera star and tenor coach at the Metropolitan Opera, Felix Knight. She teaches a combination of both their legendary techniques. As an actor, she studied acting with Sanford Meisner in NYC, the Rheinhardt Seminar in Vienna, Austria and has been teaching and directing beginning, intermediate and professionsl singers and actors for over fifteen years. Former students have appeared on "Thirt
y Rock", Gilmore Girls", "Law and Order" and others. Her goal in working with her students is not only to teach healthy vocal technique, but in keeping with her theatre background, her strong belief that "Every song is a scene or monoglogue" leads her to make sure the student know what they are singing or speaking about, and can do so with a clarity of emotion and dramatic intent.
She has a BA in theatre/voice from the University of Kansas where she serves on the Advisory Board For the Department of Theatre and Film and has an MFA from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU Tisch School of the Arts where she is a guest lecturer. She is a member of AEA, SAG/AFTRA, AGMA and The Dramatists Guild.
"Mary is able to reach not only those students who are already excited about theater but inspire those who have no previous knowledge of it. To watch these young men and women become more and more accomplished is a marvelous thing. She inspired them all."...Mark St. Germain, Obie winning playwright.

*** Lesson Details ***
In a one hour lesson, we will spend twenty five minutes on vocal exercises designed to teach support and placement. Having performed leads on and Off Broadway, I know that without good technique you can't do eight shows a week, do back to back sets in a nightclub or cabaret or tour as a pop or rock singer. The second half of the lesson is spent on songs. As an acting as well as vocal coach, I focus on dramatics as well as musical interpretation. A singer must be connected to the words as well as the music. I hope to teach you to love singing as much as I do.

*** Studio Equipment ***
casio keyboard, speakers, desk, extensive library of scripts and sheet music, internet

*** Specialties ***
pop and musical theatre singing
college and theatre auditions/monologues and song performance
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Griffin Scott November 17, 2017
· Acting · Online
I found Mary on my search for an acting coach pertaining mostly to my upcoming drama school auditions. Her vast knowledge of this business is evident as well as her ability to help ground and craft your work. Each and every lesson was applicable towards my artistic pursuit. I consistently recommend her as a leading instructor in this field!
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Alexa W. June 22, 2016
· Singing · In home
Nice teacher, looking forward to the next lesson.
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Maggie June 16, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Mary Phillips is excellent! I highly recommend her. Her knowledge of technique and her ability to explain it's proper applications helped my daughter improve not only her vocal quality but her range. Mary also worked on building her self confidence and attitude. I've notice a significant improvement in her approach to auditions. She is less nervous and more confident in her skills. We had a hard time trying to find an instructor who values someone with a lower range. I wish we had found her earlier!
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Mary P.

Mary P.

Croton on Hudson, NY 10520
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About Max R.

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New York, NY
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I'm a music teacher by day, musician by night!

I've been teaching both privately (guitar, piano, voice, and songwriting) and publicly (both on Long Island and in New York City) for about ten years. In addition, I'm an active songwriter and performer, playing guitar and piano and singing in a number of bands.

I will work one-on-one with students to develop a personalized curriculum that is tailored to their specific goals. Whether you want to be an acoustic singer-songwriter or a monster rock soloist, I'm the teacher for you!
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Max R.

Max R.

New York, NY 10034
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About Justin S.

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Purchase, NY
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My approach to music education is one that puts musical expression first and then applies technique as appropriate to an individual's virtues. Oboe in particular is an instrument whose complexity lends itself to dogmatic approaches that can stifle individual growth. This is because the oboe is an instrument that requires constant fine tuning and adjustment, both of the instrument itself and the reeds that one plays. In this way, oboe is very much a craft, more than just a consumable product. As an expert in instrument adjustment and reed making, I can help students overcome the fundamental difficulties of playing oboe and focus on the most important aspect, which is making music.

I have a bachelor of music, master of music, and specialist degree in music education. I really enjoy teaching part time because music turned my life aro
und when I was struggling in middle school, helping me to become the best that I could be in all aspects of life.
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Anika M. June 6, 2017
· Oboe · In studio
I had an oboe on trial and Justin really helped me learn more about the instrument and adjusted the keys so it played its best. He was very insightful and informative.
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Justin S.

Justin S.

Purchase, NY 10577
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$30 / 30-min

About David K.

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Clifton, NJ

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Greetings, future students. I've been teaching piano for 30 years. I'm a professional pianist working mostly in Manhattan's major hotels. I play all styles of music and so I can teach all styles. Classical (I was accepted to the Juilliard Preparatory School at age 12), pop, jazz, blues, Broadway etc. I believe that learning to play the piano should be an enjoyable experience. Just as Sesame Street came up with the concept that learning can be fun, I do the same. Children as well as adults truly like me. This is extremely important. Thank you for reading my profile.
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Naxson K. May 15, 2017
· Piano · In studio
"My teacher David is nice and the lessons are easy to understand." Nax K.
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Andrea Neeranjan April 4, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I love learning from David! I was taught piano in the past, but David really helps me build on my prior knowledge and elaborate on songs that I only could have dreamed of playing. He's an excellent teacher!
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Eddison G. February 21, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My nephew absolutely love the teacher and the class!
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David K.

Clifton, NJ 07013
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New York, NY

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I am a Music industry professional working at a major record label in New York City. I graduated from Providence College with a Bachelors of Music with a piano concentration and went on to get a Masters from Northeastern University in Music Industry Leadership.

I have played piano since the age of 3 and have experienced many different styles of Classical piano teaching. My goal is to provide a new experience for younger students learning to play that will encourage them to not give up! Students should expect to see progress in their technique from week to week provided they are practicing!

I appreciate all styles of music and work primarily in pop music. As a classically trained pianist with a unique perspective on music, I hope to give students an opportunity to explore different genres while also creating a strong foundation of clas
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Stephanie J.

Stephanie J.

New York, NY 10032
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$50 / 30-min

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Wayne, NJ
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Born and raised in America, Korean-American violinist Eunice has been a classical musician for 10 years. She has a deep-rooted passion for teaching serious students and teaches with promise, diligence, and love. Although she is currently a high school student, she is also a senior at the Manhattan School of Music Pre-college division, and has studied under several renown professors, including (but are not limited to) Xiao Wang (Queen Elisabeth Competition finalist and Curtis graduate), and Elizabeth Chang (Juilliard pre-college professor).

Eunice is willing to put extra time and effort to ensure her students their quick and steady improvement and nurture her students to the best of her abilities in order to help them succeed. She has created many recordings and won several awards, including the New York International Competition of YW
CA, American Protege Competition, the NJIO Concerto Competition, the NJMTA Young Musician Competition, and a couple community service awards.

Since age 12 she has performed in many different summer festivals, including the Saarburg Music Festival in Germany, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, and the Manhattan in the Mountains intensive summer camp, and made her official debut on stages including Merkin Hall and Carnegie Hall. Although Eunice is currently a student, she never fails to teach with vigor and a good heart. "If the student is a hard worker," she explains. "Then I will naturally be twice as hardworking. I'm that crazy teacher that will phone her student at 6am to make sure he or she is practicing." Eunice accepts beginner students through advanced students. Please contact her for further concerns or inquiries.
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Grace August 20, 2017
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Ms. Park is very talented and a great teacher to my kid. Cannot wait for what lies in store. Highly recommend.
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Eunice P.

Eunice P.

Wayne, NJ 07470
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