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About Nikole W.

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Hi! Welcome to my TakeLessons page, where I provide information about my background and teaching services.

I am an experienced performing artist and teacher that works in New York and regionally. My piano and voice students include children, working professionals, performing artists, and seniors. I attended Barnard College, Columbia University, and Maggie Flanigan's acting conservatory program. My training at Columbia University and with private instructors focused on classical repertoire and theory, but I also work with students on popular music (i.e.Pop, R&B, Electronica, and Folk). Music theory (i.e. sight reading, chord progressions) and practices from Linklater, Alexander, Williamson movement, and Art of Practicing techniques are incorporated into my music instruction.

30 minute-lessons are available for children aged 5-6 only while 60-minute lessons are available for students above the age of 6. Prospective students may sign up to take a trial lesson with me at first to ...

About Nikole
Hi! I appreciate you taking the time to learn more about how I can help you as a teacher.

What is my background?
I am an experienced performing artist and teacher that works in New York and regionally. I have developed a keen ability to assess and shape talent from years of training, teaching, performing, and working with the head of Arts programs to conduct admissions interviews, student evaluations, and performances. I attended Barnard College, Columbia University, and Maggie Flanigan's acting conservatory program. My training at Columbia University and privately with notable musicians focused on classical repertoire and theory, but I also work with students on popular music (i.e. Pop, R&B, Electronica, and Folk).

What material is covered during lessons?
Music theory (i.e. sight reading, chord progressions) as well as posture,
artistic expression, interpretation, breathing, and finger and pitch placement techniques are incorporated into my music instruction. Cold reading, audition preparation and technique, Shakespeare, scene analysis, and business strategies are examples of topics that may be covered in acting instruction. Linklater (voice), Alexander, Williamson (movement), and Art of Practicing (piano) methods are also employed.

What are the profiles of my students?
My students come from different walks of life: children coming from school who bound excitedly to my lesson door; teenage artists who have the passion and vision but lack the technique; working adults who seek reprieve from the stress of work by singing/ learning an instrument that they've always wanted to play; and seniors who want a fun hobby to keep active. I enjoy teaching them and watching them master the fundamentals while developing their own performance style (or even composing their own music)!

What is my teaching style?
Based on feedback, students appreciate that I am a teacher with a warm personality whose supportive, passionate, and fun approach and effective techniques help them attain the following: 1) a firm understanding of the fundamentals of music theory or acting technique; 2) an ability to effectively learn how to perform and practice singing/playing/acting a piece; and 3) a style of performing that minimizes tension, produces beautiful sound or a dynamic character, and/or allows them to fully express themselves. After a few months, students should have sound knowledge of all three.

My students and I connect, in part, because I remember being like them. On stage, I started out dancing and acting; I delved into singing and songwriting and then fell in love with playing the piano. The day that I learned how to merge those passions (i.e. singing while playing the piano) was one of the happiest days of my life! Now, whether I'm performing Shakespeare on stage, playing Chopin and Beethoven, or singing while playing tunes by Whitney Houston, I still get excited. Hopefully, I fuel that excitement in you, too!

What is the lesson structure?
Due to the comprehensive nature of my teaching style and structure, students above the age of 6 take lessons for 60 minutes; 30-minute lessons are only available for children aged 5-6. If a student wants to learn how to play while singing, I am happy to help him/her do so!

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio location in Manhattan is conveniently near Midtown, Chelsea, Flat Iron, Murray Hill, Union Square, Tribeca, and the Financial District in particular and is easily accessible via public transportation. It houses an upright piano and seating for parents.

*** Specialties ***
Acting: Meisner Acting; Theater Acting; Shakespearean Acting
Music: Classical Piano; Contemporary R&B & Pop Piano; Singing; Theory; Playing Whie Singing; Songwriting

***Pricing***

Thirty minute rates are for younger students only. Adult students are required to book 60 minute lessons.
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Ebony November 2, 2017
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Nikole is phenomenal. Great spirit, incredibly welcoming. I feel a lot more confident in public speaking.
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Ashley A. January 24, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Nikole, is very warm and professional. I have never continued with voice lessons, I enjoyed the experience so much that I'm going to kick the bad habit of smoking and sit down and seriously figure my finances out to continue being taught by her. I cannot express enough how much fun I had...no pressure Nikole if you read this...lol
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Marilyn T. October 10, 2016
· Acting · In studio
Easy to work with and understood what I needed to work on almost immediately.
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Nikole W.

Nikole W.

New York, NY 10001
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About Rina M.

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Auditioning for a concert or a show? Need some pointers? extra rehearsals? accompaniment? Ready to assist you to perform your best! Contact me to set up a schedule.

About Rina
I am a music educator, classically trained with an advanced performance degree. As a soloist and collaborative musician, I have performed professionally in ensembles, bands and orchestras both here and abroad. With a high degree of knowledge and proficiency, I teach proper technique and practice strategies, music notation, theory, rhythm and phrasing, while adapting teaching approaches to match the needs of each student. I share a love of music with my students and it gives me great pride to hear each student develop their own musical voice.

*** Lesson Details ***
My goal is to help students of varying ages and abilities succeed musically. Dedicated, experienced, encouraging, and sensitive to student moods, I am a multi-instrumentalist who can instruct you in acoustic guitar, classical guitar, piano (classical and popular repertoire
), oboe, and voice. Study music to awaken your aural senses, develop muscle memory, and enhance your intellectual development.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano and bench, keyboard, guitar, guitar stand, music stand, foot stool. Ample seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I am comfortable teaching from a piano or keyboard. I will transport my own guitar and anticipate students will own or rent the instrument they will be studying.

*** Specialties ***
Beginner to advanced music instruction, guitar notes and chords, piano melodies and accompaniment, vocal instruction, musical theater, classical piano and more.
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Anthony R. November 3, 2017
· Piano · In studio
If you're looking for someone with patience for a beginner I highly recommend Rina! She is very talented on an array of instruments! My 7 year old just loves her and is excited to go to their piano lesson.
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Dawne C. August 21, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Teacher Very knowledgeable ,patient and understanding and want's to see you achieve your goals.
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Stephen May 11, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Rina is a fabulous instructor. My son originally contacted Rina after researching piano teachers in our area. She came highly recommended and as a result he gave me a gift of five piano lessons to start. I became hooked; I've been with Rina for well over a year now and thoroughly enjoy learning. Her background in music is broad and she is creative in her approach to teaching.
The experience has been extremely rewarding for me and I look forward to continuing my journey into piano with Rina for many sessions to come.
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Rina M.

Westfield, NJ 07090
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About Mike B.

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I'm a seasoned performer. I've been on stage in operas, rock concerts, musicals, coffee house open mics and big arenas. I can definitely help you get your show together!

About Mike
I'm Mike, and I'm thrilled to be part of the TakeLessons team. I first picked up the guitar at the age of 5, and have never looked back! I began formal Jazz training in high school and continued studying guitar and composition at Oberlin College and Wesleyan University. After graduating, I played Organ Trio and small combo jazz in LA, studied Brazilian and African percussion, and went to Japan to study Shamisen and Taiko drumming. I've been playing in various groups since arriving in NYC in 2005, and have recently been working on engineering and composing for film.

My strength lies in my versatility - I love music of all kinds. Whether it's Soul, Samba, or Salsa, Rock, Pop or Hip Hop, I am very good at communicating the mechanics of music so that my students not only learn to play, but learn to listen and write. I have a studio space i
n Manhattan as well as a small mixing studio in my Brooklyn apartment, and I'm happy to show students the ins and outs of recording along with theory and guitar technique.

*** Lesson Details ***
Music is fun!!! I strive for all my students to enjoy themselves, to have a great time learning about the world of music.
I use a song-based approach to guitar playing. Armed with just a small vocabulary of chords, you can play hundreds of great songs. My students will determine the course of their lesson plan by selecting songs they want to learn. While maintaining proper technique and effective practice methods, we will learn the fundamentals of the guitar by playing the music that we love. After 6 months, you will know all the basic chords, and the fundamentals of playing a solo. As lessons progress, you also learn song structure and some basic harmonic theory so you can begin creating on your own.

*** Travel Equipment ***
The student is expected to provide his or her own guitar.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, ear training, songwriting, theory
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Truman C. September 21, 2016
· Guitar · In home
My son had a great time! Mike was friendly and made it fun for him to get comfortable on the guitar.
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Harry S. February 6, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
He was very helpful. Great for beginners!!!!
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Orinthia Swindell June 28, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
I had my first guitar lesson today and it was everything that I imagined it would be. Mike was very patient, kind and encouraging. Just what a first time student would want and need!
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Mike B.

Brooklyn, NY 11205
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About Cory J.

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I am available to coach performance in a personally tailored way, regardless of a student's instrument or stylistic preference. The actual act of performing is a skill that should be honed alongside any skills on an instrument, and I am happy to share my experience and knowledge regarding the relationship between the performer and the stage.

About Cory
Hello and welcome all! My name is Cory Jacobs, I'm a Brooklyn born guitarist, educator, and composer, and I'm thrilled that you are reading this, because that means you're interested in pursuing music. I have been teaching and performing for around ten years, and plan on teaching for the rest of my life. Since completing my Master's degree in guitar performance, I've decided that I'm going to use this instrument as a tool for communication, education, and entertainment, in every way that I can. I love sharing music with anyone and everyone, and being the guiding, positive force to help people pursue their goals and learn music, to whatever capacity they intend to.

There is no previous experience in music or guitar necessary to begin lessons. Most of my students began with only a guitar and a bit of enthusiasm, and that's all anyone ne
eds. We'll be doing a lot of learning, playing, listening, and hopefully a bit of laughing, if you enjoy awkward and sometimes bizarre humor.

*** Home Studio Equipment ***
Home Studio: guitar amp, bass amp, cables

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will come with my guitar, a metronome, and a cable if my student is studying electric guitar. My student should have a guitar, paper, a pencil, a metronome, and an amplifier (for electric guitarists & bassists.)

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach musical fundamentals and basic technique to all of beginner students, as well as discuss practice methodology, listening practice, and musical style. We will be delving into rudiments quite a bit, but using riffs, melodies, and applicable chord progressions to learn. Learning to read musical notation is not necessary for many musical goals, but we can pursue that route if desired, and it is highly encouraged for a comprehensive musical understanding.

For intermediate students will likely want or need to work on specific things, ie technique, learning specific songs, music theory, learning the ins and outs of specific genres, composition, improvisation. My specialties include pop, rock, metal, funk, jazz, and classical guitar.

I am very open to regular communication with my students to answer questions, share recommended listening or reading, and of course, be on top of scheduling and logistics. I try my best to make our time together a rewarding and fun experience, and to pass forward the great fortune of learning music.
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Peter July 1, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Cory was an excellent, energetic, and helpful instructor! I was picking up guitar from scratch, and his approach was easy going and approachable. Able to provide insight and information on the greater complexities and intricacies of advanced guitar play while imparting the fundamentals and building blocks to establish a foundation of skills & knowledge.
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Mary B. June 10, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Cory is an excellent teacher. He is thoughtful and has plenty of patience in his teaching methods. My daughter has progressed an awful lot in such a short time. She really enjoys learning to play the guitar with his guidance. I would highly recommend Cory to anyone who would like to learn to play guitar.
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Tanmay June 10, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Cory is very clearly extremely knowledgeable about a breadth of music, and is also a very enthusiastic teacher.
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Cory J.

Brooklyn, NY 11225
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About Andrew P.

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Hello! How are you? What do you love about music? What do you want to learn? I can help you get there.
Playing music is demanding, and can be an amazing experience, so my main approach in teaching is to keep it fun, and keep it focused. For the past 16 years, I’ve developed my own style, teaching hundreds of students from age 5 to 75, in most types of music. The early lessons are for starting to learn basic techniques and music theory. We can also begin to play your favorite songs and musical styles. Eventually, lessons will often begin with me asking “What are we working on today!?” and the student will bring me their work and questions. We laugh a lot, work really hard, and make some great music!

Let me know if you have any questions, and hope to work with you soon!
Thanks, Andrew
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Andrew P.

Andrew P.

Brooklyn, NY 11211
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About Angela
I am a freelance classical singer in the NYC area. I have a Bachelors and Masters degree in Vocal Performance and a minor in English Literature. I've been teaching off and on for the past few years and have enjoyed helping students better understand classical music and improve their vocal technique. I am also happy to teach musical theater pieces, though it would be through a classical background as I believe the technique it calls for sets a great foundation for performance in any other genre. I work to help students find a freedom and ease in their vocal function that allows the voice to work to its full potential.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide music, unless students have pieces of their own they'd like to work on. Students must provide piano.

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I feel am best suited to teach female singers, as I
am one and have a better understanding of the instrument. I am qualified to teach music in English, French, Italian and German.
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Angela D.

Angela D.

New York, NY 10001
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$35 / 30-min

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This class is for the performer who wants to improve on their craft. In this class, there is also a small section called “find your voice” for those who may need it. Often times, people may feel like they don’t know where their voice fits or fits best. Through the “find your voice” portion of this class, we will get a great idea of what your niche is. If you already know what your niche is, we will improve on that. Stage comfort, and vocal endurance will also be taught along with other trouble areas the student may have after assessment.

At the end of the semester, students will learn and perform 6 songs in front of their peers.

About Samantha
Hi there! My name is Samantha Howard and I can't wait to meet you! If you wish to learn how to sing, read or write music, you have come to the right place! I've been teaching private lessons since 2012, and have loved helping my students become better singers, find their voice, and win many achievements! I went to Oakwood University and earned a degree in Vocal Performance in 2013. My teaching style is fun, focused and tailored to each student for the best results. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!

*** Specialties ***
Songwriting, Classical (German, Italian, French, Spanish, English, Negro Spirituals), Jazz, Gospel, Christian Contemporary, Broadway, R&B, Pop

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are slated to be engaging and fun! Practicing is very important, and the more you practice at home, the more fun we have in our
lessons. When you practice on your own there is a higher level of improvement!

***What to expect in a voice lesson***
First things first, we will work on the foundations of great HEALTHY singing. We will work on posture, breathing, technique, and determine your skill level.

Next, you will learn to effectively produce and project a clear tone in a way that is healthy. If you are more advanced we will briefly review these techniques/concepts.

With these techniques/concepts down packed, we will start applying them to songs that align with your interests and goals.
While applying the techniques/concepts to the songs we choose, you will learn to add expression that is in accordance with the given songs, stage presence, and confidence.

Lastly, I will briefly touch some music theory to make you familiar with the language of music.

My goal is to prepare you to be a professional with great musicianship who is performance and audition ready at all times.

“Success is 90% Work and 10% talent.. So Let's Do This!”

*** Studio Equipment ***
Baby Grand Piano, Full length mirror

*** Travel Equipment ***
Mini piano on Ipad
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Kareem December 10, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I took a couple of lessons with Samantha and had an amazing experience. She is a very supportive teacher and she tailors each lesson to your specific need. I highly recommend taking lessons with her.
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Del December 10, 2017
· Gospel Singing · In studio
Samantha is an amazing instructor and it is evident that she is well educated and knows her stuff. She is an amazing vocalist and is dedicated to the success of her students. She is far more reasonably priced than other vocal coaches who don’t offer as much as she does. Her availability is flexible and this helps with my busy schedule. I have a lot more to learn, and I look forward to studying under her guidance until I meet my goal.
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Jesse December 10, 2017
· Gospel Singing · In studio
Samantha is a phenomenal vocalist with expertise in classical and Gospel music. She has graduated from the prestigious Oakwood university's music department which has equipped her to be more than able to carry out the task of cultivating others . It has been a pleasure to work with her and I encourage everyone considering, that it will be well worth it.
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Samantha H.

Samantha H.

Brooklyn, NY 11226
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About Joseph P.

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My name is Joseph P. I began playing the piano and writing music at a very young age. I've been teaching for over ten years, and I love sharing music with my students. I specialize in piano, composition, and music theory, and I play many genres ranging from classical to R&B.

I'm currently pursuing a PhD in Music Composition at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and I have taught undergraduate courses at Queens College, CUNY.
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Vincent R. April 2, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Excellent!
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Rashmi G. January 31, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Great first session .... Thank you for being so patient!
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Kat May 31, 2016
· Accompaniment · In studio
Working with Joseph was a delight! He provided his services as an accompanist for a Christmas music video I was recording.

He was always punctual when arriving to rehearsals, scheduling rehearsals was a breeze, even with our packed schedules, and he was always prepared for each rehearsal with copies of the music I'd provided, as well as notes he'd gained by working through the music prior to the rehearsal.

He had a pleasant demeanor, and plenty of creative ideas for any places in the song that allowed for improvisation or personalization of the chords or phrasing. His accompaniment was the perfect companion to my singing, and could range many genres of music.

I also worked with him as the pianist in larger bands performing in the NYC area, and there as well, he was great to work with. Highly recommended! :)
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Joseph P.

New York, NY 10016
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About Yun H.

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Yun has performed in music events in New England and beyond, including “Roots and Gospel in Gardner Museum”, “2013 Lunar New Year Concert in Berklee Performance Center”,“Newport Folk Festival 2013”, “Newport Folk Festival 2014”, “Ivy League Spring Festival Gala 2014” and shared stage with Yo-Yo Ma, Eugene Friesen (four-time Grammy Award-winner), Sandeep Das (two-time Grammy nominee), Mike Block, and Hozier (2015 Grammy Nominee).

About Yun
Yun H started recording as a singer at a very young age. She has recorded and released 9 albums as a member of “Green Swallows” from 1999 to 2005 and two solo albums in 2004 and 2005. To further broaden her musicianship, she studied composition, arranging and performance at the Berklee College of Music, and completed a Performance Degree. As a versatile performer, she sings in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. Her sound is a blend traditional Chinese folk and contemporary jazz / soul music. Yun has performed in music events in New England and beyond, including “Roots and Gospel in Gardner Museum”, “2013 Lunar New Year Concert in Berklee Performance Center”,“Newport Folk Festival 2013”, “Newport Folk Festival 2014”, “Ivy League Spring Festival Gala 2014” and shared stage with Yo-Yo Ma, Eugene Friesen (four-time Grammy Award-winner), Sande
ep Das (two-time Grammy nominee), Mike Block, and Hozier (2015 Grammy Nominee).
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Nkosi October 22, 2017
· Vocal Training · In home
I've had sessions with Yun for a few months now . She has helped me improve tremendously. She is a great a teacher and will definitely push you do you your best.
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Sebastien August 30, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I've had 5 lessons so far and Yun has given me great tips and exercises to improve my singing.
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Andrea G. July 15, 2017
· Singing · In studio
This is our first class. Yun is very encouraging and patient with my 10- years old daughter. looking forward to next class!
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Brooklyn, NY 11232
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About Albert A.

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Let's see...You've either come to me to learn a new song or a new piece, or you want to perfect it. Or it's to learn a musical role or recital program, yes?

Maybe you want to learn new practice & rehearsal techniques. Or to build musical confidence. Is it time for a “tune-up” of your pitch, your rhythm, your phrasing? Maybe you simply want to learn to read music, sight-read, sight-sing, sing harmony.

Or is it “Talented/Hopeful Amateur Seeks Coach to prepare a little something for family, friends, colleagues—at a family event, class reunion or office holiday party” that brought you to my profile?

After all, I've taught countless performers their music for over three decades, as you can gather from that impressive list of carefully selected credentials, way down below.

I've worked as musical director and arranger on hundreds of shows, from early writing stages, through developmental readings, to full productions, so I know what goes into the creation of all kinds of ...

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Music coaching has been a big part of my 30+ years of professional music-directing. My approach is exacting—but also patient and caring. And with an undercurrent of fun. Who wants music to be a drag?

If the "Ask Albert a Question" button is visible above, feel free to click it for a prompt reply about anything you might need to know before booking any sessions. For instant info on what a session with me might be like, be sure to click on 'Audition Prep' or 'Music Performance'.
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Peter July 21, 2016
· Audition Prep · In studio
I played the Donald O'Connor part in Singin' in the Rain on Broadway as well as Charlie in Annie Get Your Gun with Bernadette Peters and then Reba among many other roles......

I ran into Albert in midtown recently and happened to mention an issue that always seems to come whenever I audition generally, and without missing a beat, Albert came up with a perfect, simple solution that had never occurred to me during my entire auditioning career. For free. He’s a problem-solver.
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Leslie July 18, 2016
· Music Performance · In studio
I've studied with wonderful vocal coaches and teachers and Albert is one of the best because he cares so much about his students and gives you the attention you need to support you as a singer. He is a genuine, kind and patient teacher. He listens to whatever you are looking to do as a performer and helps to guide you and get you ready for whatever your needs may be. I have gone to Albert feeling unsure of my talents and left feeling supported and like I could do anything. He is so helpful and positive and I've seen him help so many people achieve success after working with him. I highly recommend him as a teacher and musician.
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Jed July 15, 2016
· Music Performance · In studio
Having had Albert as my music director on various projects (Dreyfus, Eating Raoul, The Big Bang, many others), I can attest to his uncanny ability with singers in terms of getting from them their very best. His ability to give them an all-around grasp of the material is nonpareil.

I also have to add that his ability with an entire chorus is equally impressive and inspiring for them. Many times members of the cast have approached me to compliment Albert and his unusual and fascinating ways of teaching and imbuing the score "into their very core."
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Albert A.

Albert A.

New York, NY 10075
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