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Review by rami
"Our first lesson with Simona went absolutely great, especially given that it was Rami's first lesson. She made the start so effortless and before we knew
it Rami was already performing tricks with her. She is very talented, and also a great teacher."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Kage
"David was great during his lesson with my son Kage. He helped Kage to open up and have fun. He gave great advice to both of us for moving forward, and Ka
ge is still talking about his fun lesson. We look forward to many more!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Brenda
"I enjoy working with Wendy, very kind and and understands my desire to work towards my goals."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Jockabed
"Ilka is a wonderful modeling coach. She took the time to work with my daughter one and one. She is patient and love what she is doing. Very profesional an
d responsible. I recommended 100%"
Orlando, FL teacher:
Review by Laura McManus
"My son has done very well in his lessons with Susan. She's easy to work to, varies the content to keep it interesting, and overall a wonderful teacher."
Baltimore, MD teacher:
Review by Alexandra
"Very nice and friendly first impression"
Las Vegas, NV teacher:
Review by Jill
"Tiffini has been an extraordinary instructor. She definitely has a positive approach to her teaching and makes you feel very comfortable. Thank you Tiff
ini for your patience and guidance."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Eliot
"Dan was easy to work with based on my son's experience. He adapted when we had computer glitches. My son is excited to learn more."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Cynthia
"Working with Ilka is such a great experience! Her dedication and more than 15 years in the Modeling Industry has made her one of the best cat-walkers! Ilk
a is one of the most beautiful, serious and dedicated catwalkers. Her passion for this Industry goes beyond any level of description. Always trust the experience! Ilka has been in the Top fashion shows in Puerto Rico, being part of TV shows, magazines...you name it! She knows everything about catwalk, European catwalk style and she has also been involved in candidates preparation for formal beauty pageants. More than her experience is also her passion for sharing what she knows and making other people successful. Ilka has the tools to make other people reach their dreams!!!"
I believe in the extraordinary power of music to communicate, to inspire and, often, to heal. That belief inspires all my work.
My goal is to help you find the power to express express through singing your unique self. It doesn't matter whether your voice is professional quality or whether it's even "good" in the conventional sense. It's YOUR voice. It has its own sound and characteristics, its own particular beauty, and the world needs to hear you!
Whether you want to be a professional or audition for your school musical, NYSSMA, All-State chorus, college and conservatory, or whether
you just want to have fun and hit those high notes in the shower, I would love to help you.
I'm a classically trained leading soprano who has had the great good fortune to sing masterpieces with such companies as the Caramoor Music Festival, Glimmerglass Opera and the Aspen Music Festival. I also have undergraduate and master's degrees from Brown University and the Manhattan School of Music.
But don't let the fact that I'm an "opera singer" give you the wrong idea. Yes, strict classical training gives me in-depth understanding of how the human voice works, but I love and teach music of all genres. My students include professional opera singers, yes, but also rock and Broadway-style singers, college and conservatory students, teenagers singing in their school musicals, doing All-State chorus, or preparing for NYSSMA, as well as adults who are taking voice for the love of singing, the fun of the challenge and so they can join their local chorus or sound great on karaoke night.
Above all, the most important qualities I offer as a teacher are the simple human ones: understanding, patience, imagination, kindness, enthusiasm, respectfulness and absolute commitment to helping you meet your vocal goals.
*** Lesson Details ***
I tailor my lessons to each singer's particular interests, goals and challenges. Some students thrive with a highly technical approach; some thrive in a less formal, more supportive environment; most singers do best with an approach that mixes the two. The important thing to know is that you will receive lessons that are specifically tailored to you. There's no single template.
*** Specialties ***
For advanced classical singers I have a great depth of experience and wide knowledge of oratorio, opera, German lied and French, English and American art songs. I also have a specialized background in "performance practice" baroque and classical vocal ornamentation.
For all singers, I am also a superb acting coach!
kevyn October 16, 2016
Broadway Singing ·
she is very nice
Fred June 18, 2016
Classical Voice ·
In studio Verified Student
Spent a lot of time going over my musical background and getting to know me in general. Made an assessment of my vocal ability, potential strengths and weaknesses that seemed accurate to me. Proposed a lesson plan to develop my singing that seemed reasonable and practical given my goals.
Sofia B. April 9, 2016
In studio Verified Student
A native of New York City, my studies in dance include Jazz , Hip Hop, ballet, modern dance, and movement for theater. I have studied dance at various schools and studios including Ailey, Dance Theater of Harlem, The College of Staten Island as well as Barry University, and frequents Gibney, Peridance Capezio, and Broadway Dance Center. I currently dance professionally with a Mixed Bag and Co. in NYC and have directed and choreographed dance concerts for Art In Motion Productions in Miami, FL, the Choreojoey Project in NYC, and Bees & Butterflies Performing Arts.
I have been teaching da
nce as a choreographer for over 5 years. The focus is on precision and performance. I specialize in technique and pedagogy for all levels of dance as well as movement, staging, and stage presence for dance theater performances. I embrace raw talent and new comers with as much respect as advanced level dancers. It's all about passion, talent, and commitment.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons will be both entertaining and challenging. Each lesson will be energetic from start to end and will be tailored to meet your needs and match your pace. Rest assured students will walk away from every lesson with new dance history knowledge as well as improvements in dance. The private lessons can prepare you for auditions, performances, and special events, or simply increase your strength and enthusiasm for dance.
*** Studio Equipment *** none. lessons will be private lessons on site.
*** Travel Equipment *** I will bring music, speakers, and sometimes worksheets. I can work in any open space in your home.
Barbara M. June 19, 2016
In home Verified Student
Stephen has been giving our teenager daughter weekly lessons in "J-pop" dancing. Even though his background does not include this particular style, he has done a great job of staying ahead of our daughter, and-even more importantly-encouraging and motivating her to keep at it. (Since dancing is one of the few exercises she will do willingly, this is key!) She looks forward to the weekly lesson and so do we.
Savananh February 22, 2016
Improv Acting ·
In home Verified Student
Savannah was very happy with her session. She feels it will help her with her confidence.
I have a Master's degree in Music Therapy, am a nationally board certified music therapist (MT-BC); performer and vocal instructor (Bachelor's in Classical Voice); certified yoga instructor and meditation guide (200+); certified and attuned Reiki master; professional freelance writer and editor.
...I find joy in a lot of places! And often I find these areas of study inform and augment each other.
Music therapy has afforded me a great deal of experience working with children, teens, and adults with special needs including, autism, Down's syndrome, cerebral palsy, emotional disturbances a
nd developmental delays as well as teens and adults with psychosocial issues, including but not limited to anxiety, depression, grief, ADHD, personality disorders, and more.
I incorporate my experience as a therapist into the educative setting.
As a voice teacher, I want to help my students settle comfortably into their own musicality by showing them the building blocks of a solid technique, drawing particularly from the things that helped me grow as a vocalist. I want my students to feel strong in their body, comfortable and relaxed in their breath, and confident in their performance.
I have worked professionally as an editor of scholarly writing on both the college and post-college level, as well as a professional editor of multiple dissertations, and other publications. Being a creative person, I find language to be a wonderful way to express thoughts and emotions as well as communicate deeply with others.
As a certified yoga instructor, I teach in many locations throughout Westchester. I was trained at Yoga Haven in Scarsdale, New York with Betsy Kase, and earned a 200-hour certificate in Asana, Pranayama, and Meditation. I offer private yoga instruction and meditation at my home studio. My studio comes fully equipped with all yoga props, aromatherapy, and music. Hands-on-assists and personalized classes offered to deepen your experience.
It is a joy to offer Reiki to curious, open clients in need of energy healing. Reiki is a noninvasive energy healing technique totally separate of any religious affiliation and available to anyone. It is a difficult to describe the relaxing, soothing, and deep-healing effects of Reiki to someone who has never experienced.
Please feel free to inquire about any of my services!
*Note: If you don't see a time slot that is suitable to your needs but would like to try a session or lesson with me, feel free to register for the Flex Plan, and we will work out week-to-week times!!**
**Note: If you are interested in music therapy, please email me with a bit about yourself and your personal goals.
Tom January 20, 2017
Jillian has been teaching my teenage son piano for several months. He is always prepared and eager to attend his weekly piano lessons. She has an intuitive ability to connect with him in and make him feel at ease and comfortable. I wish he had started at an earlier age. His musical experiences have certainly exceeded my expectations.
Emma D. December 10, 2016
Online Verified Student
Great! Looking forward to the net session.
Davida R. December 5, 2016
Online Verified Student
She is fabulous. I know I've only had a single lesson but I can just tell. I'm so excited to have found her!! She's warm and open and knowledgeable! Yay!
I absolutely love working with students to instill and encourage confidence and the joy of music. I graduated from school with a degree in Vocal Performance & Theater Performance. Not only have I performed in numerous musicals and stage productions, I've been able to sing solo, and in both small and large ensembles in nearly every state in the US and all over the world (including Austria, Germany, Canada, and Costa Rica). I have since moved on from performing because I love sharing my passion and enthusiasm for voice with my students! I have been teaching voice since my senior year of high sch
ool. After some pedagogy training in college, I moved on to teach several students out of my home studio in Baltimore and now in New York. I incorporate aspects of classical and contemporary music to make learning both beneficial and fun! I love making music and I hope to share the joy of singing with each student.
*I have returned from maternity leave and may need to have my baby present at the lesson (playing off to the side, of course).
Emily A. January 14, 2015
Meagan is very skilled, knowledgeable, and patient. She both challenged me and made my lessons fun- something to look forward to each week. I couldn't have asked for a better teacher.
Dani G. January 11, 2015
Our daughter (6) started taking piano lessons with Meagan a few months ago and we have been very impressed with how things are going. Meagan is prompt, polite, patient, and kind. She knows how to explain musical concepts at a basic level for our daughter to make sure she understands and learns the foundations. We highly recommend her!
BIO: Elena started her musical studies at age 4, singing with the "New York City Opera Children Chorus". She studied at Manhattan School of Music. She studied in Hunter College and Queens College of the City University of New York and the Bejar Conservatory in Salamanca, Spain. She has performed in Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and throughout Europe as a soloist. She has participated in the Master Classes of Alfredo Kraus and Monserrat Caballé and David Jones. She is currently under the vocal direction of David Jones who is the foremost voice teacher pedagogue.
Maria T. December 4, 2016
In home Verified Student
Elena was patience with my daughter and willing to work with her to accommodate Her needs acting and musical inner theater talents
Anne Marie E. July 22, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Elena is a very warm and inviting teacher, she has the depth of knowledge in an array of different styles of music. Her own voice is remarkably powerful and beautiful.
Sophia March 7, 2016
I absolutely love going to my lessons. They are enjoyable and really help me to progress. All I have to do is ask and she will help me with anything I need. I couldn't imagine a better coach than Elena
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