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About Stephen H.

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New York, NY

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A different, more creative/ fun approach to learning/playing the piano.
Rhythmic grooves, chord progressions, blues scales, music theory, song structures, and more.

About Stephen
Want to belt like Beyonce?
Broadway dreams?
Act in Movies?
Learn how to write hit songs?
Need help taking your sales presentations to the next level?

Hi, I'm Stephen.

I'm a vocal trainer, acting coach, consultant, and songwriting teacher. My specialty is pop/rock, Broadway/on camera, live presentations/sales, and helping songwriters find their voice, both lyrically and sonically.

Tap Into Your Artistry (TIYA) is the ultimate gym for singing, acting, and songwriting.

Discover the fastest and most efficient way to build, strengthen, and condition your voice. Simple, safe, systematic vocal exercises that embrace a Zen like approach with an athletic mentality.

I'm also an AEA and SAG-AFTRA actor and ASCAP songwriter and producer. If you want to learn more about auditioning, acting in movies, performing musicals/pl
ays on Broadway, writing your own songs, and developing show-biz career strategy, (headshots, meeting agents/managers, etc) I help TIYA members every day achieve their artistic dreams.

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I have been singing since I was 3, anything and everything from Michael Jackson to Elvis Presley to Luciano Pavarotti. Originally from Colorado, I studied music/theatre, as well as vocal pedagogy at The University of Colorado at Boulder, where I graduated with highest honors. I made my Broadway debut in "The Phantom of the Opera" at age 24. I also performed in "Chess in concert" as a featured rock tenor soloist at the New Amsterdam Theatre on Broadway with Josh Groban. I have understudied and performed lead roles in the first AEA National Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s "Whistle Down the Wind." Regionally, I have played many lead roles all over the United States in productions including "Les Miserables," "Miss Saigon," "The Wild Party," and "She Loves Me."

As an ASCAP recording artist, currently I am working in the studio with a full production team on my first pop/rock album. I also often sing on demos for producers and write songs for other artists in many different genres.

As a TV/Film actor, most recently I was on set with Marvel's "Luke Cage" on Netflix, and I played the lead role of (Abraham) Lincoln in the digital series pilot, "These Honored Dead." I also have played lead roles in 4 SAG-AFTRA short films, as well as the comedic lead in a SAG-AFTRA Web-series pilot, "Bodega Nights." I was called back for producers as a Series Regular for "The Knick," an episodic series produced and directed by Steven Soderbergh on Cinemax. Check out: stephenhorst.com.

My audition prep will help you master your sides for any playing space; Broadway plays/musicals and especially on camera.

TIYA clients include (aspiring) Broadway performers, Film and TV actors, singer-songwriters, voice-over artists, news anchors, dancers, comedians, CEO's all over the world, as well as karaoke enthusiasts, and songwriting hobbyists.

My TIYA members have performed on television in Smash, Glee, and venues around NYC ranging from The Underground, Le Poisson Rouge, Drom, Cornelia Street Cafe, Arlene’s Grocery, to the Broadway productions of Ghost, Sister Act, Evita, Wicked, West Side Story, South Pacific, The Phantom of the Opera, and Rent to name a few.

*** Lesson Details ***
We will always work on whatever you want.

For Singing, as a vocal technician/trainer I am like going to the gym for your voice. My exercises are safe, simple, and most importantly, I teach you how to practice correctly.

For ACTing, we can explore both the foundation itself with monologues and scenes, as well as the tricks of the trade mastering the camera frame and how to create memorable auditions for TV/Film.

For Songwriting, we can explore the fundamentals of both lyrics and music, as well as catchy hooks, production, and song structure.

You may use my time however you wish (Voice, Acting, Songwriting, or Artistic/Career guidance).

Most vocal sessions will usually be a combination of strengthening/ conditioning exercises, and then exploring/performing a song.

Most ACTing sessions will be theatre monologues, TV/Film sides and/or On camera auditioning craft.

Career consultations usually include how to get an agent, headshots, branding, and marketing to align your artistic dreams with a strategy for success.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha PSR 950 61-key arranger keyboard
Sony Handycam DCR-SR 100
Fovitec Studio PRO - 5' x 6.5' Gray/Blue screen
MacBook Pro 13-inch: 2.4GHz
with Retina display
Yamaha FG700S Acoustic Guitar
Bose Wave Music System
iPhone 6S plus

*** Specialties ***
SINGING, ACTING, SONGWRITING, CONSULTING

The TIYA vocal training method is uniquely my own as it combines both Bel Canto and Speech Level Singing. Emphasis is on developing a relaxed, released, authentic vocal timbre to sing in any style. Concepts explored include: Coordination, Registration, and Intonation. Chest, Head, Edge, and Pharyngel registration, 2 instruments in 1, posture, breath management, vocal cord adduction, trigger phrases, ring, consistency, and more. 
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Alexis March 7, 2018
· Songwriting · In studio
Stephen has definitely provided me an insightful way of analyzing songs and for writing my own music myself. He is really helpful and gives you many eye opening advices and tools that encourage you to develop your artistry. Furthermore, he provides a friendly and non judegemental atmosphere, which is essential for a student. I totally recommend him.
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Loren L. January 19, 2018
· Acting · Online
Very good! Stephen creates a very comfortable setting to try your best in.
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Krista November 30, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Super helpful!
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Stephen H.

Stephen H.

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About Graham H.

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Akron, OH
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You can play what you can hear. I work on developing the student's mental concept of how a particular piece of music might sound. This solid musical thinking translates into a reliable technique. Technique should come naturally and should not be overly thought, but I will explain what seems to work for me and analyze the student's playing.

Beginning students start with a method such as the well-known 'Piano Adventures'. Lessons should include some study of theory. More advanced students will work on progressively more demanding literature.

My adult students say I am insightful.

About Graham
I am a Piano Performance major at The University of Akron. I currently study with Philip Thomson, and my past teachers include Laura Silverman, Douglas Hicks, and the late Eugene Mancini. I have experience teaching six-year-olds, retirees, and those in between. I am patient and encouraging.

I am available to teach in the student's home or online.

Piano studies overview:

You can play what you can hear. I see that students have a well-rounded approach towards musicianship and playing. Lessons should include theory, ear training, etc. to ensure that students understand what they are playing.

Beginning students might start with a method such as the well-known 'Piano Adventures' by Faber and Faber. More advanced students will work on progressively more demanding literature.

In a piano lesson, we will cover many different aspects
of playing. The student and I will analyze a new piece of music in various ways while coming up with an idea of how it sounds. I will play the piece and make practice suggestions. The student will play prepared pieces, and I will make suggestions. I value spontaneity.

My adult students say I am insightful.
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barbara June 3, 2016
· Piano · In home
Extremely dedicated, patient and caring teacher.
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Bob Craven September 19, 2015
· Piano · Online
Excellent teacher.
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Race J. May 20, 2015
· Piano · In home
It was wonderful!! I could not haves asked for it to go any better! Graham was awesome with my son who has aspergers. Can't wait for the next lesson! Thank you Graham!
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Graham H.

Graham H.

Akron, OH 44311
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$27 / 30-min

About Christina C.

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Akron, OH
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I've been teaching music for over 10 years. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to begin reading playing fun single line short songs and as time goes on you'll be able to play beautiful songs with both hands. I specialize in classical, Jazz, Rock, and Klezmer style music, and I typically use the Alfreds Method books. I also place strong emphasis on reading, rhythm, and finger placement, and I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About Christina
I teach music lessons to both kids and adults of all playing levels and all styles including Classical and Jazz.
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Maahi J. April 26, 2017
· Piano · In home
For starters Christina came in 7 mins late (6:37) but promptly took her hands off the piano at 7:00 Pm stating, 30 mins done.
She made no effort to introduce herself to our 6 year old or get to know her atall.
She just sat down and started talking about this is a note,half note and the piano has groups of 2 and 3.
What does a half note mean to a 6 year old who is brand new to piano?
The lesson was absolutely drag and boring with my child just copying what she did.
Totally disappointing. Need a new instructor.
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Nicholas January 24, 2017
· Saxophone · In home
Christina is very patient and helps her new students fully enjoy taking lessons. My grandson was very excited for his first lesson and very happy with the teacher and the lesson and is looking forward to his next lesson with her. Thank you Christina!

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Milton January 5, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Great Job!
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Christina C.

Christina C.

Akron, OH 44303
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$25 / 30-min

About Aaron F.

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I specialize in beginners! No music experience necessary! I teach classical and jazz piano. I can cater to your needs, whether you want to advance really quickly or just have some fun.

About Aaron
Hello! I am a pianist and cellist with many years of teaching experience and a Master's degree in music performance. I am patient and flexible, but also methodical. I am fascinated by the learning process, and I enjoy finding the most effective and enjoyable ways for each student to learn and practice.

If you send me a message, please include the following information:

1) Why do you want to learn music?
2) What types of music do you listen to?
3) What experience/how many years do you have of playing music?
4) How old are you?
5) What are your goals with music?

I have worked with 4 year olds, up through adults of various ages. As well as being a classical musician, I improvise and teach many styles such as jazz, pop, and rock.
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Katie November 1, 2017
· Piano · In home
Aaron teaches piano to my 8 year old daughter, Abby. She is shy but loves piano and she very much looks forward to his visits! He customizes her lessons to her skill level and interests. No question he is a serious musician, but he is also laid back and funny which is perfect for young kids as it puts them at ease. Abby is thriving under Aaron's instruction, I'm so glad we found him!
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Bonnie August 5, 2017
· Cello · Online
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Nadine May 28, 2017
· Cello · Online
We are very happy with Aaron's instruction. He is very patient and skilled.
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Aaron F.

Aaron F.

Kent, OH 44240
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$35 / 30-min

About Kimberly Z.

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Brunswick, OH

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Students can expect a fun and educational lesson. You will not only learn how to read music and play piano but you will also be learning music theory and piano technique.

About Kimberly
I have been playing Piano for 15 years and have studied music at the college level. I have been teaching private lessons since 2012.
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Joshua S. May 6, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Lesson went smoothly. Kimberley was very patient with Joshua.
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Joyce March 23, 2017
· Piano · In home
She's great!
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Dhinesh A. January 24, 2017
· Piano · In home
Kimberly is a Great Piano Teacher.. My Son enjoys playing Piano and we are happy to get a good professional teacher
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Kimberly Z.

Kimberly Z.

Brunswick, OH 44212
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About Yuriy M.

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We are a highly experienced music studio team with 30+ years of teaching experience and Russian conservatory training. We welcome students of all ages and have a highly adaptive approach that focus on giving students the right tools to succeed from the very beginning.

About Yuriy
We are a highly experienced music studio team with 30+ years of teaching experience and Russian conservatory training. We welcome students of all ages and have a highly adaptive approach that focus on giving students the right tools to succeed from the very beginning.
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Yuriy M.

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About Gretchen W.

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Macedonia, OH

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I have years of experience in teaching music, and I enjoy working with people! While an undergraduate at Bowling Green, I received the Lakofsky Piano Award. Although I have used a number of piano books and methods, I am currently using the Faber series with some additional materials of my own. My students have had great experiences at OMEA contests and other performances. I understand that each student is different and am accustomed to personalizing my instruction to meet each student's needs.

About Gretchen
I am Gretchen Weaver, and I began playing piano when I was 8 years old. I also play a number of wind and percussion instruments. I have 2 college degrees and have taught elementary, middle school, high school, and college bands and classes as well as piano lessons for 26+ years. I have had students perform very well at OMEA Solo & Ensemble Contests and have served as an accompanist on many occasions. I enjoy working with students of all ages very much and wish to concentrate on piano teaching at this point in my career!
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Lisa M. November 27, 2017
· Piano · In home
Great teacher.
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Macedonia, OH 44056
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About John C.

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I offer a personalized teaching style that is tailored to each students skill level and specifically what they would like to learn.

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I have been a professional Piano and Keyboard player for many years and enjoy teaching students of all skill levels. In addition to teaching, I'm a music producer and composer and sound designer for film. I have worked in the music industry for many years and have worked with many singer/songwriters and recording artists in the production of their music. I also enjoy teaching music production, and songwriting.
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John C.

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$50 / 30-min

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Julie A.

Julie A.

Hartville, OH 44632
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$50 / 30-min

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