April Silvera

April S.

Bronx, NY
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Lesson Details

Acting

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Studied 'acting' with at Strasberg Institute, NYC: Walter Lott/Lee Strasberg instructors.
Performed in various off-broadway productions around NYC. Traveled with 'bus and truck tour of the Broadway play: No Place to be Somebody. Performed with NEC acting ensemble. Taught 'drama' while working as Board of Education teacher in public school. Method Acting Techniques are part of the training. Students will explore the 'senses' as part of sense memory techniques and learn monologues and dialogue training to sustain a deeper implementation of emotional using acting tools.
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About

April delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 21 to 80

Teaching since:
May 1999

I'm a 'classically trained' voice teacher who specializes in the biology of singing: JAZZ, R&B, POP, and GOSPEL. I have performance arts training and experience and have
a liberal arts degree from Columbia University/Master of Arts Education from City College of NY.
I perform as a Jazz Vocalist at various night spots, concert halls, and social events. As a Voice Coach, I have the good fortune to share my vocal skills while working with the Takelessons.com organization.
Singing is the joy I share as a performer and as a teacher. Anyone can learn to sing, and do it on a superior level. It takes desire and the willingness to practice the skills necessary until the goal is achieved.

To produce great sounds when singing it is essential to adopt beneficial singing habits in order to produce sounds that are more relaxed and healthy.
Students will learn Basic Components of Singing:
Pitch, Rhythm, Breath Control and Diction

Students will learn vital techniques to create a connected voice blending head, chest, and diaphragm. Students will learn warm-up exercises that strengthen vocal cords and loosen the muscles needed to produce a professional sound and the importance of singing exercises to achieve this objective.

Students will learn how to avoid the most common singing mistakes that prevent singers from producing a clean and professional vocal tone.
For the purpose of voice projection, students will learn to use the diaphragm, the muscles beneath the ribcage;
how to use emotions, enunciation, and clarity.
Students will learn to sing a favorite song with the focus on elements of singing.
Each lesson to begin with a brief review of previous.
*** Studio Equipment ***
CD Burner/SURE Microphone/Charts in various keys/Speaker System/Pitch Pipe/Recorder/keyboard/Metronome/Video Camera

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Experience

Performing Artist
Jun 1990 - Present
POSITIVE EMOTIONAL PREPARATION

I've performed through the years as a vocalist with a trio and as a ONE WOMAN SHOW at various night spots, concert halls, and social events. As a Voice Coach, I've had the good fortune to teach the skills and techniques of 'the art of singing' for several years.

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Education

Master of Arts Education
Sep 1977 - Jun 2000
Columbia University/City College of New York

Certifications

Broadcast License
Jun 1979
New York School for Announcing and Speech

Competency in the ability to perform announcing and voice-over assignments.

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Air conditioned in summer season if requested.

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14 Reviews

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Thornton Jun 23, 2017
Singing · In home

Looking forward to the next lesson, Ms. April is great at what she does and very knowledgeable in teaching...can't wait until next Friday.

Seryi May 6, 2017
Singing · In studio

April is amazing! Made me feel welcomed and comfortable right away and proceeded to share a wealth of knowledge in just the first lesson. I feel empowered and honored to be working with her and am looking forward to my next 9+ lessons.

Megan Feb 1, 2017
Singing · In studio

I cant wait until my next lesson!

Makiko Y. Mar 31, 2016
Singing · In studio

She is very good at giving me confidence and has a very positive attitude. I'm sure that I went to a right place. I'm looking forward to my progress after some lessons with her.

Wesley R Feb 29, 2016
Singing · In studio

The first lesson was very informative , constructive and top notch teacher.

Nicole R. Feb 28, 2016
Singing · In studio

She's great, she's well prepared and makes you feel comfortable and like you can do anything! Professional and down to earth!

Barbara Jan 8, 2016
Singing · In home

I just completed my 3rd lesson with April and is impressed with her dedication to ensure I achieve my goal. She takes time to breakdown the lessons and how each will help me in its own way. She loves what she does which is a consolation to anyone wanting to improve their vocal ability. I have started to become area of how I breathe and ways in which I can improve. I would recommend her highly to anyone wanting to take singing to the next level.

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Luanne B. Jan 6, 2016
Singing · In home

Learned a lot in the first thirty minute session

Shamair S. Jan 6, 2016
Singing · In studio

My first day was awesome. Looking forward to more.

jose r valdez Dec 2, 2015
Singing · In studio

It was my first time ever taking a singing lesson. I have no vocal training at all but April made me feel at ease and comfortable with my voice from lesson one. She is full of positive energy and is a great person to work with.

Kiesha M. Jul 13, 2015
Singing · In studio

Great fit for a beginner singer - very hands on and provided me with literature to read to help in between my lessons. I look forward to resuming when my schedule permits.

tomi P. Jun 9, 2015
Singing · In studio

She's an amazingly confident beautiful women... They don't come like her anymore.. I'm grateful and blessed to have her as a coach and so will the next person!! 10 stars**********

Kiesha M. Jun 8, 2015
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She's a very pleasant lady who is very knowledgeable about the art of singing.

melody G. Sep 10, 2014
Singing · In studio

best vocal coach you could ask for! patient,wise, funny basically amazing :)! she really knows her stuff!

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