I hold a Masters of Music Studies degree in Contemporary Vocal Pedagogy, a Graduate Diploma in Music Studies (performance/pedagogy/theory) & a Bachelor of Music (jazz voice). I have taught at private colleges, music studios & established a successful private studio. I am a member of the New York Singing Teachers Association.
I have over a decade of extensive experience singing and performing for a range of audiences in the contemporary music genre. I have a range of industry experience performing in intimate settings such as jazz clubs, cafes and restaurants and in large venues such as theatrical productions, music festivals and corporate events. I am a consummate vocalist, guitarist and songwriter; and especially connect with Jazz, Musical Theatre and Easy Listening Pop/Rock material. I have a wealth of experience as a soloist but have also worked in duos, combos, choirs, bands, orchestras and big bands. I have performed on stage with finalists from TVs The Voice, Idol and The X Factor. I am an experienced music/vocal director, with music direction credits including Songs for a new world Camp Rock, Godspell, Spelling Bee, Guys and Dolls and Cinderella amongst others. I have presented workshops, lectures and master classes at festivals, churches, seminars, music schools and camps in the USA and Australia. I have continued to study under some of the worlds leading pedagogues and musicians including Christian McBride, Lionel Loueke, Dr. Joan Melton, Neil Semer, Jeannette LoVetri, Ann Peckham, Dr. Stephen Newcomb, Adele Nisbet and Dr. Irene Bartlett.
*** Lesson Details ***
Student focused learning is at the center of my teaching philosophy. At the beginning of the first lesson I want to find out the students musical goals, interests and motivation. I aim to meet the student where they are at, and find fun and engaging ways to teach them more about singing and music. After a few months of lessons students can expect to have further understanding of how the voice works (voice students), music theory, performance methods, technique and stylistic tools in their given genre. Students can also expect to have fun, my hope for students leave their lessons each week feeling uplifted, happy and confident.
In my experience, students benefit by learning from many different experiences that address their multiple intelligence e.g. logical, visual, musical, kinesthetic, verbal etc. When teaching I aim to connect skills being learnt with the context of performance while teaching to the students preference learning style.
Trust between my students and I provide the container for the learning process. As a teacher I believe it is my role to facilitate and engage in a reciprocal relationship that inspires the student to learn. My teaching approach is characterized by qualities of love and commitment to singing and music. I love sharing my passion, experiences and knowledge so that students may benefit and share the joy of music. I am flexible and laid back in my approach, while ensuring that each lesson is productive.
It is integral to the learning process to work incrementally, introducing new material skillfully and in achievable portions. This provides maximum opportunity for the student to have as many successes as possible during the lesson. I have found this way of working leaves the student feeling as if each task is achievable. As the teacher I maintain both long and short term goals with my students. In order to reach these desired goals it is important to see the bigger picture while working incrementally week to week.
*** Studio Equipment ***
I provide my laptop with any necessary backing tracks, music stand and recording software. I expect students to provide their own instrument and music.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide my laptop with any necessary backing tracks and recording software. I expect students to provide their own instrument, music and music stand.
*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching technique to vocalists & instrumentalists in contemporary music styles ranging from rock, pop, jazz, musical theatre, r&b, gospel and country.
Zach is a phenomenal teacher with a ton of experience and even more patience. In the few months I've spent with him I've learn a lot and have significantly improved my vocal abilities!
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Zachary is a kind young man intelligent, respectful and compassion I fell very lucky to have him, for having such special teacher out there and creating this program to help people in the needs like me I am so grateful for taking lesson.
Zachary listened to my song and gave some very helpful feedback on it. I am happy to give my whole-hearted endorsement.
Zach was a great teacher. I had some trouble with tuning and he helped me a lot.
Excellent teacher! Very friendly and helpful. Knowledgeable in a large variety of genres and singing styles. Would definitely recommend for anyone looking to pick up singing for the first time or advanced singers looking for a fresh perspective on their technique!Show More
Just had my first singing lesson ever and by the end of the lesson I noticed my voice got "stronger" and I was not feeling so much strain on my throat which is exactly what I explained Zac I wanted to focus on! Zac was friendly and very encouraging and helped me feel more confident and comfortable with my voice....and this was the first lesson..awesome job Zac!Show More
Excellent Helper! Really eye opening experience!
Zachary Bradford is great he thought me how to exercise my voice.
Very helpful and polite teacher, really nice first lesson tips. Encouraging and motivation.
This session was really interesting....Zach explained me the basics of a singing in a very patient and detailed manner!!!
Zachary was a great help!
I had a great lesson with Zach. Lots of tips and techniques to help with relaxation of the tongue and throat, my personal bugaboo. Great style and personality, too!
Woah! Zachary had me singing my latest favorite tune and by the end of our session I actually sounded good. Say what? I will def be practicing every song with na na na sounds and holding my ears when I actually sing. Thanks Zach!
Zachary is a great teacher! Very patient, clear and concise and very knowledgeable. He made me feel at ease right away and had an answer for every question. Can't wait to study with him again!
Just talked to Zach, great insight! Been picking away at this song for a couple hours and his ear made me realize I'm over thinking things again. His simple solution will help big time.
I was feeling really self-conscious about this lesson experience, as I am not technically savvy, and my guitar was one string down. I didn't think I would enjoy taking a lesson online, but Zachary made me feel so at ease. He was patient, clear, thorough, and most importantly- encouraging. The online aspect was actually really cool. I would definitely take another online lesson with Zachary!Show More
Best singing lesson I have had, enlightening and really helpful. Zachary taught me four steps of regular exercise to help me relax the muscle and practice the voice. I would definitely follow his advice. A great lesson, strongly recommended!
gave good excersices and help me greatly 2 thumbs up
I just did a lesson with Zachary and he was a great amount of help to me - this Google Helpouts service is just fantastic! I will definitely come back again.
had a session with Zach it went pretty well he taught me alot of techniques to relax my voice while I sing. nice accent by the way haha :P
Just started playing guitar at 43 and Zach has been a great teacher. He shows lots of patience along with a lot of passion for teaching. I've really enjoyed the lessons and I am eager to practice and learn more.
Made me feel so comfortable
Zach has an innate ability to listen to my particuliar interest in learning the piano and gearing his lessons in that direction. Being an older student, I thought I would feel intimidated. I was pleased that was not the case. I would highly recommend Zach.
What a great intro singing lesson. Zachary taught me a couple exercises to work on breath control and also some basic music theory. He was very nice and works great with beginners. I wasn't sure about taking lessons on a webcam, but it really works well. Thanks TakeLessons!
Today was my first class and it was really good, Zac was very clear with his instructions!
I had Zach and he was very nice and helpful! I would recommend this!
Never knew online guitar lessons would be so easy! Had no problems working with Zac! He is an excellent teacher and he made sure to gear the lesson towards my goals! This guy knows his stuff!!!
Zach was a great help. He taught me how to rift and have it sound really great. Thanks Zach!
Very helpful, helped me greatly with forming a solid song structure.
Zachary was an awesome teacher i could really actually hear the difference in my voice thanks :)
Helped improve my sound in just 10 minutes! Great for beginners!
Zach was great! I really felt the improvements from this one simply lesson. Thanks to all and I'm looking forward to future lessons with Zachary. Kind regards!
Zac was very helpful and professional. As a classically trained singer venturing into other styles, Zac gave me some great excercises to help improve my belt and create a more forward and contemporary sound. I found great results within 10 minutes of working with Zac. I highly recommend him to anyone wishing to improve their singing!
Zachary is a knowledgeable and enthusiastic teacher. I have never taken vocal lessons before, but I was able to learn some simple and effective breathing exercises in just a few minutes!
Zac was great, he's an awesome teacher! In half an hour he gave me lots of exercises which he then applied to a song I wanted to sing. They helped not only with eliminating strain in my voice, but also with reaching those high notes in a song. Thanks a million!
This was my first lesson EVER, and I already learned some really good vocal warm-up that will help me project and expand my singing range. I also get nervous when I meet new people, but Zachary is really friendly so I wasn't as awkward as I usually am. THANK YOU :)
A very good, qualified, clear, resourceful teacher. Very quickly understood exactly the problem I was facing and actually got me involved in working along hands-on towards the solution, instead of merely instructing.
zac was very helpful and knowledgable. definitely knows what he's talking about.
Excellent ! Quickly assessed my 10 year old son's level and worked on relevant material to his age the patience was an added plus. Thank you Zachary !
Zachary was very helpful he tought me a lot of tricks in singing Thanks
Zachary was very nice and offered advice for everything I was curious about.
Learnt to play a song in about 45 mins starting the call not knowing anything about playing a guitar. This guy is awesome!
Best teacher ever! Very easy way to learn guitar! In fact, I believe I can master guitar within days with the effectiveness of this man! Try him and you will be AMAZED! :)
I took an online guitar lesson with Zachary. My intention was to learn a few basic chords, and to get comfortable holding my guitar. (In the past, holding a guitar has always hurt my wrist.)
Zachary was patient and encouraging. He definitely helped me get more comfortable, and boosted my self-confidence when it comes to my potential to eventually play.
We went at the pace that worked best for me, and he didn't complain or freak out when I had technical difficulties. It was a great experience!
Excellent guitar teacher
Zach has been coming to our house in Upper Montclair and teaching our 6-year old son for about one month. My son is very excited about learning the guitar and has learned tremendously. Zach is always punctual, polite and fun to work with. He has very good teaching skills with kids. My son loves his classes and we are so happy we found such a talented artist to teach our son.
ZACHARY IS A GREAT INSTRUCTOR. HE'S VERY PATIENT AND KNOWLEDGEABLE. MY SON ENJOYS HIS LESSONS VERY MUCH. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND ZACHARY.
Music Coach Zac Bradford ++++
The lessons have centered around singing vocal exercises, techniques and fundamentals of the voice instrument. Zac is a patient and knowledgeable mentor. His approach provides the artist the ability to expand their physical and mental aspects of singing and performing at their pace however he moves the artist forward with each interaction.
Zac is giving my 5 year old daughter guitar and voice lessons. He is so patient, yet is able to keep her focused and enthused. He is a terrific teacher and I would absolutely recommend him for children and adults.
Great guy, great price
I almost gave up on trying to find a vocal coach because I simply could not afford what they were asking for. Zac however offers top notch teaching and at a lower price than many others. He clearly knows what he's talking about but doesn't share his knowledge in an arrogant or belittling way. Looking forward to our next lesson!
I really enjoy working with Zack. The lessons are relaxed yet very inspiring because he knows exactly what exercises to assign to me based on my level of playing. I would highly recommend him for guitar lessons.
Professional teacher, perfect for all levels and ages!
I have known Zac for many years and have observed his work as a teacher and performer. Zac conducts his lessons on a very professional level, he is very informative and he caters every lesson to each students specific needs. I have seen huge improvements from many of Zacs students. He is especially qualified to teach contemporary techniques (belt, mix) needed for such styles as musical theatre, pop, rock, rnb and jazz. Whether you are looking for a teacher for your young child or are a professional yourself I strongly recommend you book a session with Zac!
Zac is a very polite and respectful teacher. He has much knowledge and shares a range of techniques that benefit the student in achieving their goals. His ability to communicate effectively allows him to lead the student in the correct path. Within just one lesson a week with him, i would walk out of the lesson feeling confident as i notice just how much his teachings had effectively bettered my vocal skills.
This past summer I had the pleasure of having Zac Bradford as a vocal instructor. I learned where my sound was being made and how to find harmonies. He really helped me with not just my singing but also my stage presence and how to audition with confidence. I'm so glad to say that I truly learned so much and that my voice has definitely improved.
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