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Review by Genesis
"Ms.Michelle is an amazing self taught dance teacher. She teaches in my daughters after school in Belleville NJ. All my daughter does is talk about her dan
ce teacher and begs me to take her to saturday class and I did this Saturday. It was amazing to see her in action she lively and hands on. She also teacher the kids who live in the shelter of the Y which is inspiring and heartfelt. Please take her class, it is worth it, kids and adults. My child is now a member of Dance Soul Beautiful and I'm happy!!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Kimberley
"Ms. Mozhgan Hudiburgh, or Mojy has a lot to share with her students. She is very energetic, polite, friendly, classy and flexible. She taught my daughter
"Belly Dance" and "Persian Dance" in a very short time and in the most fun way. She knows a lot about the culture, dance, music, religion of both American and Persian/ Mediterranean people. My daughter loves her a lot and she wouldn't change anything about Mojy and she wouldn't replace her with anyone. She has already learned a lot from Mojy. Mojy is very nice to kids and understands the kids' world. Mojy teaches the dance using the folklore terminology of the dance and music. She translates the songs into English for us to have a better understanding and feeling of this rich cultural dance and moves. She has her adorable own-created moves . We enjoy being around her and her teaching style. I am going to learn Persian and Mediterranean cooking from her, too. :-) I recommend Mojy to all."
Baltimore, MD teacher:
Mojy (Mozhgan) H.
Review by danny salay
"I loved working with Joanne! She directed me in a play(Sex In Manhattan) and I really enjoyed and benefited from her ability to direct. She was motivatin
g and inspiring and gave excellent notes for me as an actor. I just returned from being oversea for many years as I was acting in action movies in Asia and one of the first people I contacted was Joanne to see what she was working on. I would love to work on another play if she puts something up and would recommend any actor to try and audition or take classes from her. Thanks Joanne and if your back in LA let me know if you have anything for me to come and audition, great luck!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Shana
"Amelia was one of my first acting teachers and without hesitation I can say that she is the absolute best! She always made sure I got the tools I needed t
o improve my acting by giving me the individual attention I needed. She will go above and beyond to make sure you are challenged in all the right ways. Amelia is passionate, encouraging, and knowledgeable. If you are looking for a teacher with these qualities then you have found her right here!"
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Maria Lasso
"I highly recommend Michelle S. She came to our home twice to prepare my daughter for her audition for her high school musical. Our daughter had a little
experience but no formal training before, and competition is stiff at the high school level, so Michelle's help was invaluable. She helped her shape the words of her monologue and helped her with stage presence and voice inflections. She also gave her great ideas for things to do with her arms and body that would fit the character, and she did all the same for my daughter's two audition songs. In the two short lessons, my daughter's audition went from stiff and not so good to fun and natural. My daughter got the part of understudy that she wanted, so she's very happy. The actual role went to a senior, and my daughter is a freshman, so she feels great about the results. Michelle S. is prompt and professional, kind and encouraging, and she provides a lot of good advice."
Miami, FL teacher:
Review by Georgia
"I always trust my instincts :) Yep, Great time with a wonderful instructor. Thank you!"
Nashville, TN teacher:
Review by Linh
"Very patient and willing to help students/dancers excel if given the chance. His choreography is really slick and fluid and will really bring out your jo
y of dance. I would definitely learn/dance with Kenneth again just to experience his choreography and teaching style."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Kenneth Jordan M.
Review by Russ
"Hey the truth is I'm a stand up comic and have been for a while. My first Improv was in Bay Side comedy Club in the late 70s before I became a stand com
ic . I just recently took Christine Alexander's improv class to help me improve and sharppen my mind body connection and my improvisational skills and creative instincts. - Christine has brought improv to another level for me. Thank You Russgerardlive.com"
Sarasota, FL teacher:
Review by Josh
"I've always considered myself to have very little rhythm and dancing was always uncomfortable for me, but I still wanted to impress my girlfriend with a f
ew dance moves for an upcoming wedding. Stephanie was very welcoming in her home with a small 3rd floor dance studio with skyline views; she was encouraging, patient and professional. After four one hour lessons, I was able to pick up a few simple dance moves that has given me more confidence to hit the floor. Thanks Stephanie!"
Hi! I am excited to work with students of all ages and levels, and I am here to help you unlock the treasury of our music together. I'm devoted to passing on the joy of music-making to performers of any age, whether you are passionate about musical theater, classical music, or just for the fun of making music. As a soloist, I maintain an active career throughout the United States and Europe. I am the artistic director of Les Enfants d'Orphée, an international ensemble dedicated to the performance of French Baroque music. I am on the roster of Boston Lyric Opera, and have had engagements wit
h Lowell House Opera, Opera Brittenica, Cantata Singers, Opera Providence, and concerts and TV appearances with the award-winning folk music group Voice of the Turtle, as well as numerous recitals all over the world.
I am a published composer and lyricist of children's music, and have over a decade of successful studio teaching experience with students of all ages. I hold a Bachelors of Music in Voice Performance from Westminster Choir College and a Masters of Music in Voice and Vocal Pedagogy from Longy School of Music of Bard College. Whether you are just starting to sing or are an artist looking to solidify your technique and style, I have the latest techniques to make learning to sing fun and effective for you.
*** Lesson Details *** The atmosphere in my studio is student-centered and informal, and is built around the student's goals and stylistic tastes and abilities. Whether it is your first voice lesson or you are a working professional, the curriculum will be formed completely around you as an individual artist want to achieve.
Within 6 months of study, you will have a firm basis in vocal technique in your chosen style, and a firm grasp of the repertoire that you love to sing. Most importantly, however, you will develop a love of music and singing that you will keep throughout your life. If you are a parent, I encourage your involvement, and you are most welcome to sit in on your child's lessons and share in the music-making experience.
*** Studio Equipment *** Full piano, music stand, private room, seating for parents.
*** Specialties *** I have experience in performing and teaching musical theater, early music, opera, Mediterranean folk music, diction, music theory, and Shakespearean acting technique. I live on-and-off in Paris, and speak fluent French. I am a member of the American Translator's Association. I direct the acclaimed ensemble Les Enfant's d'Orphée dedicated to the French baroque, and I am currently a member of the Boston Schola Cantorum, and Voice of the Turtle, which has over 12 professional studio recordings.
Robin H. December 4, 2016
Broadway Singing ·
In home Verified Student
Fantastic teacher. He has helped my daughter (high-schooler) immensely after only a few lessons. She has gained so much confidence, and thanks to Ian's tutelage, she succeeded in her audition for the school musical. Ian has a broad repertoire of music knowledge and experience, and even though we only have tapped him for broadway-style singing, it's clear he could help with so much more. He also has a laid-back yet professional personality and is very flexible with scheduling. If you are looking for a voice teacher, you should not pass up the opportunity to work with Ian.
M Maasha July 21, 2016
Exceptional teacher - I took lessons from Ian and the results were impressive. His lessons showcased his impressive musical knowledge of, performance, technique, theory and history. I highly recommend Ian.
Anne July 20, 2016
Music Performance ·
Ian is by far the best voice teacher whom I have ever had. He really listens to his student, which is the first and best pedagogical technique. With him, I have learned to sing repertoire ranging from musical theater to opera, and I know that every skill I learn from him is transferable to whatever I want to sing. By studying with Ian, I have made more progress in my technique and my artistry within a shorter amount of time than I ever have before. Moreover, I have enjoyed music more and more with every lesson. I highly recommend this teacher!
I've been studying voice since I was about 14 years. I grew up doing Musical Theatre, Jazz, Choir-both church and school. I started to fall in love with opera when I was about 16 years and have not looked back. I grew up in the mid-west in the grand land of Fargo, North Dakota and then started my education in Voice Performance and Theatre in Minnesota. I received my masters degree in voice performance and a post masters degree in Opera Studies from The New England Conservatory of Music. During my time in school I have had the chance to perform both in the United States and throughout Europe i
n many different performance settings including choral, recitals, and operas. I have also been teaching a wide age range of students through out my masters and post masters degree. I have a long resume of performance experiences that I believe will be beneficial to my students. I have a love of both performing and teaching and am still actively on stage and auditioning.
*** Lesson Details *** The key component to music of any kind is to have fun. If you are not having fun then it is not worth doing. The only way to run is to crawl, walk and then run so remember that with hard work and practice you will get where you need to go. I like to start my students off figuring out where they are in their musical studies and proficiency. For some students it is about having fun and for others its about getting ready for an audition or competition but in both situations we will focus on the major components of healthy singing which include:
Posture Breath Control And relaxed vocal production
We will always start the lesson out focusing on any questions you might have from your weeks practice time. If you might be confused on something that we did the week before- I think it is important to tape your lessons with some type of recording device but if that is too expensive I will write everything down for you. We then work on some of the old vocal warm ups/ vocalizes. These are not just about warming up but also working on technique at the same time. If there is a difficult part in your music I will try to find an exercise that will make it easier to do that section of music. And then we will spend some time on different music.
I have a large variety of curriculum ranging from art song books, to aria and Broadway books. If I don't have something in my library I will try to find it so don't feel hesitate to ask if there is something that you might like to learn.
*** Studio Equipment *** Home Studio with Keyboard, there is room for parents to sit if they would like to listen to their children's lesson.
*** Specialties *** I'm classical trained soprano with a background in Opera, Art Song, Oratorio, Musical Theatre and Jazz. I am open to teaching many different genres of music but have all my students learn the foundations which include some classical music. I will also do some basic theory or music knowledge depending the skill level of the student.
Nicole W. August 16, 2012
Singing Verified Student
What a wonderful teacher!
Mary always made me feel comfortable singing. Since I was a beginner, she gave me a lot of exercises to do outside our lessons to continue to strengthen my voice. In the few lessons we had, she gave me a lot to think about and I definitely learned a lot. I'm already a lot more confident with my voice and, using what she taught me, I know my voice will keep growing!
Sara is a classically trained soprano from Columbia, South Carolina, where she teaches privately from May-August. During the academic year, she is located in Boston, Massachusetts, where she teaches privately at Chelmsford Community Education. She is pursuing her Masters in Voice Performance at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. In July 2016, Sara received her certification in vocal pedagogy for commercial music from the CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah Conservatory.
Sara earned her bachelors degree in music and minor in theatre from the University of South Carolina in 2013, She
also performed professionally with Columbia Children's Theatre for two years, and worked as a church soloist in the Columbia area.
From 2013-15, Sara lived in Southern California, where she began her graduate studies in classical voice and opera at the University of Redlands. Sara taught music lessons and performed opera locally. She worked as a voice instructor at the Arts & Learning Conservatory in Santa Anna, a glee club instructor at Eastwood Elementary School, and a private voice teacher at the University of Redlands' community school program. In the summer of 2014, Sara attended the highly-esteemed Songfest 2014 program at the Colburn School in Los Angeles on fellowship.
In July 2015, Sara participated in the Orfeo Music Festival in Vipiteno, Italy, where she studied vocal pedagogy and classical art song.
Aside from her classical repertoire, Sara has sung musical theatre, rock, and pop locally. She is currently singing rock vocals for several Berklee projects. Sara has experience working with children ages 5-17 as well as adults, in varying vocal styles. She also offers help with music theory and ear-training, solfege, and acting.
Richard October 25, 2016
My daughter loves the lessons. We will come back for more lessons when our schedule opens up.
Victoria September 20, 2016
Online Verified Student
Nataly F. September 12, 2016
Online Verified Student
I am a student of various great drum teachers from many backgrounds. Experienced players enjoy jamming with me, but I have been told that I am especially gifted at helping beginners feel comfortable finding rhythms and sounds out of any instrument, including the human body. Rhythmic breathing is made simple and encouraged from the start. Tones and drum patterns can be explained verbally or written mathematically. Students remember the patterns forever, as well as gaining comfort in playing with other drummers or instruments. Odd time signatures or complicated songs can be tackled and easily le
arned. Use any drum or percussion instrument you have! Recordings are encouraged if you like!
Peter grew up in Chicago, raised to love soulful music. A graduate of Northwestern University's Performance Studies program with a focus on Theatre and Media Arts, Public Speaking, and Ethnology. Designing percussion for stage and dance lead to studies and teaching of North and West African, Middle Eastern drum, Caribbean/South American and Asian drum and percussion rhythms. First hand experience has been gained by living in Morocco and South Korea for nearly a year each, studying and documenting folk music.
Wael April 20, 2016
Hand Drums ·
Online Verified Student
Great teacher, great class
Eli I. September 14, 2015
Hand Drums ·
In home Verified Student
Bryan, countertenor, graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Irvine with his Masters in Fine Arts, vocal performance in 2013. In 2010 he received his Bachelors in Music from East Carolina University in vocal performance. He received vocal instruction from Dr. Darryl Taylor, Dr. Louise Toppin, and John Kramar. His piano instructors were Dr. Keiko Sekino and Rebecca Miller. He has performed in over thirteen fully-staged operatic productions and five fully-staged musical theater productions. Bryan will start work in the Fall on his Doctorate of Musical Arts in vocal perfo
rmance at Boston University.
Bryan has traveled extensively during his career throughout the U.S. as well as England, Austria, Italy, Turkey, Canada, and the Czech Republic. He has a firm knowledge of German, Italian, and French vocal repertory, diction, and languages while specializing in English diction for the non-native speaker and/or singer.
For the past three years Bryan has held his own music studio in Orange County, CA. While there he taught over thirty students (Ages 5-45+) voice and piano privately. Additionally he taught as a TA for UC Irvine int he subjects of Music Theory, Voice Performance, and an introductory music course for non-majors.
Ted S. April 14, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Bryan has been great to work with. He has a lot of patience, which is important for someone like me who has a very limited musical background. He is clearly well educated in singing and is able to impart his knowledge to his students. I believe that anyone who takes lessons with him has the potential to greatly improve.
cathy L. November 23, 2014 Verified Student
Bryan's concentration & stick-to-it-iveness is amazingly good!
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