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Pittsburgh, PA

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Vocal technique
Vocal performance
Diction
Acting through singing

About Desiree
I'm excited to be a TakeLessons instructor and to be able to share my experience and knowledge with you. I have been a singer and performer for over 20 years and have taught voice and beginning piano for over 12 years.

I received a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. I continued my studies in New York City in voice, acting and diction.

I continue to be an active performer specializing in musical theater, opera and concert. I began my professional career as an apprentice with the Portland Opera in Oregon. My love for music has taken me across the U.S. and around the world. I come to Pittsburgh via Memphis, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Portland, New York City, ports around the globe through Cunard Cruise L
ines, San José, and Chattanooga.

Currently, I can be seen performing the first Tuesday of each month with Aria412 at Wallace's at Hotel Indigo. I especially enjoy new music and have premiered new works with Pittsburgh Festival Opera, Alia Musica and the New Dischord Festival. The most exciting premiere was the title role in Eve Apart by composer Tim Hinck and my husband, which was produced both in Chattanooga and Pittsburgh. My favorite operatic role is Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute and I have had the pleasure of singing it with Undercroft Opera, Opera San Jose, West Bay Opera, Stockton Opera, Pocket Opera and as a Resident Artist at Portland Opera.

I premiered the role of Flora Dart in A New Kind of Fallout by composer Gilda Lyons and playwright Tammy Ryan with the Pittsburgh Festival Opera. That same season I portrayed Joe Boyd in PFO's gender bending Damn Yankees. Other theatrical performances include Roselinda in Die Fledermaus with Undercroft Opera, Despina in Cosi fan tutte with Mission City Opera, Blonde in Abduction from the Seraglio with Pocket Opera, Cunegonde in Candide with Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., and Rosa Bud in The Mystery of Edwin Drood with Chattanooga Theater Center. I have appeared as Abigail in The Crucible, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Lucy in Threepenny Opera and Celeste #1 in Sunday in the Park with George.

As a soloist with Pittsburgh's new music ensemble Alia Musica, I premiered Kierkegaard's Pantoum by composer David Lidov, was soprano soloist in Shadow in the Hot Sun by Paris-based composer Nissim Schaul and Al Vacio by composer Federico Garcia, a work she premiered at the inaugural New Dischord Festival in Chattanooga. I created the role of Pamela in the premier of TOOWHOPERA by composer Sorrel Hays in Rome, GA.

I was named a world finalist in the Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition, a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a semi-finalist in the Jenny Lind Competition and a regional winner in the MacAllister Competition.

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Whether it is preparing for a competition, an audition or a role for the school play, I enjoy helping students of all ages reach their goals. I structure the curriculum to the individual needs of my students, focusing on healthy vocal technique, musicianship, stage presence, and joy in music.

During your first lesson, you will sing various vocalises to determine how you negotiate the changes in registration, what your vocal range is, and what you have to work on to improve your vocal quality, stamina, and flexibility.

If you do not see an available time, please call Takelessons. I sometimes have availability that is not visible on my calendar.

*** Studio Equipment ***

Living Room: baby grand, couch, chair, bench, small table, adjoining dining room where parents can wait.
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Tallulah March 29, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Desiree is fantastic and my 9 year old daughter really looks forward to her lesson each week.
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Cristal F. October 17, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Great job
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Tracey June 23, 2017
· Singing · In home
Desiree is a terrific vocal coach! I just completed my third lesson and am very impressed with her skills and ability to refine my breathing, diction and vocal continuity. Atmosphere is extremely inviting and she is very pleasant while also staying highly focused and on task. After taking some time off from singing, I was looking for someone who could get me back in shape vocally with a combination of classic training and some crossover to musical theatre. She fits the bill very well!
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Pittsburgh, PA 15232
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About Amanda S.

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The private lesson experience is unique in that it allows for more “customized” instruction that group lessons or rehearsals alone are not able to give. The instructor and student work one on one as a “team” toward the ultimate goal: a better understanding of their instrument, and a higher level of musical development.

In every lesson, we will work to improve technique, tone production, and listening/music reading skills, among other things. I will assign exercises and/or pieces each week that are meant to challenge, not overwhelm! Sometimes I will assign an exercise that is expressly meant for a particular area in which the student may not be the strongest, in an effort to develop that area. Learning an instrument is a skill that takes time to develop, and it is within the journey where most valuable learning takes place!

About Amanda
Amanda is a professional Pittsburgh-area flutist and private teacher. She has served as principal flutist with the Pittsburgh Philharmonic as well as second flute/piccolo with the Undercroft Opera. She has also served as a substitute flutist for the Edgewood, Westmoreland and Johnstown Symphonies. Amanda also performs with the Dolce Appassionato Trio, a chamber ensemble comprised of flute, cello, and piano. She is active as a soloist, performing in a variety of venues throughout the Pittsburgh region.

An ardent advocate of early music and historical performance, Amanda also plays the baroque flute. She has performed in masterclasses for internationally known baroque flutists Kim Pineda, Janet See, and Barthold Kuijken.

Amanda received a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Seton Hill University, and a Master of Music de
gree in flute performance from Duquesne University, where she studied under Damian Bursill-Hall of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
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Danielle W. August 12, 2014
· Flute · In studio
Amanda is a perfect instructor for my child. Friendly, knowledgeable and positive, Amanda has made my daughter's flute lessons and ongoing learning, a pleasant experience.
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Amanda S.

Pittsburgh, PA 15241
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About Jennifer V.

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I offer Voice lessons, Vocal coaching, Language Comprehension in Singing. Performance preparation, Audition and Role preparation taught from my home in a very relaxed environment. I believe the best singing happens when we are free of worries and insecurities and teach from that view point. If you love to sing and aren't looking for the empty room with the baby grand piano: I just might be your fit.

About Jennifer
Hello! My name is Jen and I am a International Level Vocal Coach.

I specialize in helping people find their Voices in a personalized, relaxed environment. I work with Television Level Artists to those who just love to Sing! We are all a Active performance based studio as well. I also want to note my lessons are considerably more expensive here because 40 percent of my pay check is taken by the company and given back in percentages on a tier system through time. I have a background check on my personal company but choose not to pay for it for both. I think education is important so I wanted to share that. Thanks so much, - Jen

My certifications include:

WVU BA of MDS 2010
Duquesne University A.D Masters Level of Opera, Jazz Performance 2013
CCM Pop, Contemporary Music Certification Shenandoah 2014University
MTNA
Certified Music Teaching National Association 2015
NAT National Association of Teaching Vocal Coach 2016
# Vocal Coach for Thumbtack 2016 Pittsburgh PA 2016
Certificate of Vocal Pedagogy NYU 2015
Certified in Alexander Technique 2015
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Amanda S. November 5, 2016
· Broadway Singing · In home
We were very happy with the content and style of the first lesson, and Jen is delightful. Looking forward to seeing where this goes!
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Sisi August 6, 2016
· Opera Voice ·
Jen is really nice and patient. She could quickly find out my strength and weakness. I've made great improvement in the past month and enjoy the course very much. Thanks Jen! And I'll definitely recommend Jen to anyone who wants to learn singing.
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Barry S. July 17, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Jen is awesome in her technique and her teachings! Looking forward to working with her every Sunday! It's a pleasure to work with her!😀
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Jennifer V.

Pittsburgh, PA 15206
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About Leni B.

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Tomball, TX

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A complete approach to the piano going beyond developing an ability to play the notes with a goal of making beautiful music.

About Leni
BA in Music, composition and conducting from Hunter College (City University of New York)
Diploma from the Conservatoire de Fontainebleau, France
Studied with Louise Talma, Jacques Louis Monod, Nadia Boulanger

Lessons are about learning to make music, not endless scales and arpeggios which so often lead to pain and injury. Tone production, sight reading, and age appropriate theory and interpretation are strong elements from the beginning.

An overwhelming percentage of young, enthusiastic and talented children are discouraged early and give up the piano because they do not make rapid progress and therefore do not enjoy their lessons. Music is one of life's great joys. It should be fun. For the intermediate, and even the advanced, student, it is critical that much more attention be paid to the musicality of the playing and the u
nderstanding of the music. This leads to more beautiful playing and greater enjoyment.

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Lessons are designed for the needs of the individual student.

*** Studio Equipment ***
7' KAWAI concert grand
Basic video recording capability

*** Travel Equipment ***
Basic video recording capability

*** Specialties ***
Concentration on interpretation, Theory, Solfege and ear training, and non injurious piano technique.
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Karen M. May 9, 2017
· Piano · In home
Leni is an incredible instructor. He is extremely knowledgeable and yet never comes across as condescending or arragant.
He is helpful and encouraging and makes learning to play fun.
The music that he selects is challenging without being overwhelming and he is fine with moving on to something else if you just plain don't like a piece.
He is a very popular instructor and I feel fortunate that I have found a space in his schedule !
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Edie F. November 30, 2016
· Piano · In studio
I really enjoyed my first lesson with Leni. He's very thorough and passionate about playing the piano. It's been years since I played, and he was very patient with me and explained things in detail.
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Court September 28, 2016
· Piano · In studio
I can honestly say that Leni is one of the most professional and intelligent music instructors I have ever had the pleasure of working with. I have a background in music (low brass) from the 6th grade all the way through college. While I no longer play any brass instruments, I am currently taking drum lessons, and felt that now would also be the best time to try my hand (no pun intended) at piano. I am very happy with the lessons that Leni gave, however, I eventually came to the realization that the piano would be too much of a time constraint for me. I was not 100% committed to the piano due to working an 8-5 job every day, as well as taking the drum lessons I was already taking prior to starting piano. Also, it didn't help that I did not have a piano to practice with. With that being said, if I ever find myself with the time/capability to commit myself to the piano the way I wanted to, then I will be contacting Leni for more lessons. There are many piano teachers out there, but if you want to learn the CORRECT way so that you will not hurt your hands/fingers, then Leni is the absolute best choice. Thanks for everything Leni!
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About Paul B.

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About Paul
Over 14 years of teaching and playing experience in many areas of music. I have a Masters Degree from Boston University. I love teaching and playing rock, jazz and classical on both drum set and mallet instruments.

*** Studio Equipment ***
D.W drum set with Zildjian cymbals.
Yamaha Marimba, 4 1/3 octave rosewood.
Musser M-55 Vibraphone.
Two Ludwig Timpani.
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Paul B.

Online
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About Rachel A.

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Mount Sidney, VA

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I have worked with many bands and individuals to hone their performance practice. We can cover how to work on stage presence, communication between band members, arrangement of songs, dynamics, lyrics, vocal technique, and much more! I can give you clear, third-party feedback on your work before you take it to the public stage.

About Rachel
I love teaching and I love singing! I'm a listener, and love bringing a fun and creative tone to my lessons while teaching the highest level of healthy technique and style. My students are usually focused on a goal: singing for fun or meditative purposes, going for auditions or performances, and recording and touring at a professional level. They've appeared on multiple stages around the world, including as a finalist on The Voice (Ireland). I taught voice and performance for several years at a university in Europe, as well as in workshops with a lot of different community organisations.

I've studied the following voice and movement practices, too: Alexander Technique, Estill Voice Training, Speech Level Singing, Pop Vocals, Experimental Voice, Trigger Point Therapy, Yoga, Pilates, Contemporary Dance.

By taking lessons with me, no
t only are you contributing to your own music-making, but you're essentially becoming a patron for me as I travel around writing music for commissions and doing shows. I love teaching online because I get to share the excitement of all of this with you!
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Maggie May 26, 2018
· Singing · Online
I’ve been taking singing lessons from Rachel for over a year now. All of my sessions have been online, and I’ve been super happy with my progress and her teaching style.

The classes are structured around my own interests (specific songs, breath control, body technique, etc.), and she’s always ready to answer questions. I don’t have any formal background in musical theory, but I’ve been able to still learn so much from her. I should also mention these classes have been a god-send for my public speaking (I don’t lose my voice anymore and can project easily now).

Rachel is easygoing and has been flexible with me and my schedule changes (you just have to give her some notice). I would definitely recommend her to anyone just starting out like I did—she’s experienced, knowledgeable and professional. :)
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Jade April 18, 2018
· Singing · Online
I love that she always gives me an option on what I do or don't want to do at the moment, but still pushes me to challenge myself. I get to sing the songs I like, and learn the things I need. It helps me stay an interested student. It's fun to train with her too, because Miss Austin knows how to lighten the mood but still keep me on track during lessons. I'd say that my voice's improvements in such a short time would have never happened without her.
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Chanteé April 18, 2018
· Vocal Training · Online
I signed my 12yo up for voice lessons online with Rachel because a) I couldn't tolerate my child's 'singing' and b) our schedule is pretty crowded and we needed something flexible. My child has high functioning ASD and I honestly wasn't sure how well it would work as, up to this point, in-school/in-person music classes had failed to give her a sense of rhythm or even the ability to clap/chant/recite with a crowd. I am SO glad we went with Rachel's lessons!

I no longer cringe when my child offers to sing for me - in fact, it's enjoyable to listen to her now! My child now claps and sings in beat and with a crowd - something they weren't working towards but has clearly come from this work. It's worked really well for our crazy schedule too - Rachel is awesome about working with us and often sees our needs in advance (for instance just last week she asked to change the schedule so she could get another lesson in before my child auditioned for a musical theater slot - an audition she aced thanks to Rachel's work). We have gotten what we hoped for and more from Rachel's instruction!
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About Mike M.

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Understanding what to play in a performance situation is as important as knowing the mechanics of how to do it. As drummers, our roles can easily be regulated to only 'keeping time.' While this is certainly important, I strive to have my students understand how to play songs, rather than just beats. This is developed through listening exercises, transcription and improvisation. I am a big proponent of improvisation as a means of personal expression, and look forward to helping you develop your own unique sound on the instrument.

About Mike
Hello, my name is Mike and I am excited to teach you. I have studied the drums for most of my life, and can't wait to show you what I have learned.

I have been fortunate enough to have worked with some amazing teachers and musicians from all over the globe. I am more than willing to pass on what I have discovered.

I have taught beginners how to hold the sticks and play simple grooves, as well as shown seasoned veterans how to strengthen their foundation and overcome roadblocks to mastery.

I encourage my students to develop a solid foundation of technical skills (grip, body mechanics, reading, time, rudiments, styles/grooves) while finding their own voice on the instrument. Musical performance is a deeply personal experience, and I hope to guide you towards whatever goals you have in mind.

Let me know if you have any questio
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Julia October 4, 2017
· Percussion · In studio
I love playing music with Mike. I asked him to accompany me and/or create parts for my original songs and the experience was fantastic. I only wish I lived closer to him now! He is a great, sensitive and creative drummer, adding depth and excitement to the music he plays. He's also passionate about his art; always working on new and exciting projects and creating musical community. I should also mention that he's a funny, caring, relaxed and upbeat guy to be around- I have no doubt that his motivation and ethic as a musician carry over into his teaching. Highly recommended!
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Brad Farberman September 28, 2017
· Music Performance ·
As the drummer in my funk band, Middle Blue, Mike provides both an airtight rhythmic foundation and a sense of adventure. In other words, the beat is always concrete, but never *too* straight. He's always doing something interesting or mysterious with it. Also, he's full of surprises. Just the other day, he threw a rhythmic idea at me that I hadn't heard from him, and we've been playing together for over a year. If I were a drummer, I'd be excited to take lessons with Mike.
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We will learn the key components of what it takes to show the world what you have to express. There are many approaches learning to perform and through we will find what best suits you as an artist.

About Matthew
Hello, my name is Matthew and I’m an experienced guitar teacher and performer. I play all sorts of styles from rock, jazz, hiphop, to even the most modern music today. I’m the most easy going teacher you can find, but I can also help you succeed beyond your expectations. All I want is my students to know that they can achieve anything they intend out of these lessons. In addition, I have experienced in the music business and can provide you guidance for your goals with music. I look forward to hearing from you.
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David N. May 21, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Matt was fantastic answered all my questions was very patient and showed up on time I can't wait for my next lesson David
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Rebeca May 14, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Matt is an excellent teacher, he is very patient and thorough with his lessons. He is really knowledgeable on guitar and music theory. I totally recommend him as an instructor.
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Experienced teacher of 15 years, specializing in piano, winds, strings (orchestral), and percussion. Beginning to advanced students welcomed. Received single-subject teaching credential: music in 2014. Schools attended: California State University Northridge BM, Azusa Pacific University MM. Whether you want to write a song, or learn to play a instrument I can help you reach your goals.

About Sinuhe
Hello there, my name is Sinuhé (pronounced See-nuē). I am a professional tubist and brass specialist. I teaches a wide variety of instruments including, but not limited to: piano, voice, alto sax, clarinet, flute, trumpet, trombone, french horn, euphonium/baritone, tuba, violin, viola, cello, string bass, and percussion.

As an artist, I have had the privilege of working in some of the finest venues in the world along side with some of the most acclaimed musicians in the industry. As an educator, I have taught choral, wind, and string classes in Los Angeles, Riverside, Ventura county public schools, working with students of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. When I’m not performing or teaching, I enjoy long distance swimming, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.
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Average Cost of Music Performance Lessons in Pittsburgh, PA

The average cost of 60-minute music performance lessons in Pittsburgh is $50. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $45 and $55 per hour.

30-min $30
 
$31 average
$33
45-min $37
 
$40 average
$45
60-min $45
 
$50 average
$55

For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute music performance lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute music performance lessons are 20% less expensive at $40, and 30-minute lessons cost 38% less at $31.

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