Winner of The Today Show "Today's Superstar" Television Series
Recording Artist / Producer / Writer / Television Talent/ Vocal Coach
Dan G captured the hearts of millions when Today Show viewers voted him “Today’s Superstar” in the highly rated television program’s Music Icon talent search series. Thousands of hopefuls audition and millions of viewers watched and voted weekly. This competition, created by American Idol Executive Producers, Warner Brother Records, and the Today Show launched Dan's career in television, radio, and the concert stage. He has released two albums and his hit single "More than Life" shot up to #12 on the Adult Contemporary Top 40.
Grammy Award winning producer and songwriter David Foster who has worked with Dan observes: "Dan can really sing. To the credit of the millions of people who voted, they picked a guy that really, really, can sing! He has a great sense of timing. He gets it. He has a great sense of delivery of the lyrics, and really seems to care about what he is saying in a song."
Dan has appeared on all major US broadcast networks and prominent cable channels. He's been interviewed on Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood and Extra and has performed and been interviewed on the international talk show Christopher Close Up, which airs in 166 countries. He's been featured and performed for millions at the Kentucky Derby and the Christmas Tree Lighting at Rockefeller Center. He's performed the National Anthem for the New York Mets, the Knicks, and during national coverage of the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial observance. He has graced the stage at the Olympic Games in Atlanta as well as nationwide events for Coca-Cola and Walmart. He's been a celebrity guest on nationally syndicated radio shows like, "Delilah", “Your Weekend with Jim Brickman” and ABC radio. Dan's much more than a singer. He created, co-wrote, and co-produced a half-hour sitcom for Turner Network.
Dan's passion lies in using his talents and exposure to make a positive difference in the lives of others, especially children. That's why he founded YES YOU CAN!, a non-profit foundation created to inspire and empower kids through music.
Dan's been a guest speaker, host and presenter for many great causes, including the Teacher of the Year Awards, Camp Fire USA and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Born in New York City, Dan was raised in Indiana as the youngest of five siblings. He attributes his strong work ethic and passion to his supportive family. Dan's love of singing began in the Mennonite Church, where four-part harmony was a staple. Having always known that he wanted to be a performer, Dan began preparing early in his childhood studying music through his college years. His classical training left him with a repertoire that includes singing fluently in Italian and Spanish as well as English.
Dan is enjoying his journey. He continues to perform and teach. He's working on new music and he's heavily involved with his foundation.
Dan is offering private voice and vocal performance lessons. He is now accepting new students.
Hi, my name is Dan Gardner and I have over 20 years of experience in teaching, performing and studying voice. I have performed for millions of viewers on television (11 times on NBC's Today Show), radio, theater, and the stage. I've worked and recorded with many music producers including, David Foster and Jim Brickman. I was a voice major in college, and I teach all styles, all levels, and all ages. I have studied, performed and recorded classical, pop, jazz, rhythm and blues, classic rock, country, folk, christian and other genres.
If you are interested in private professional voice lessons to grow as a musician, to become a better performer, for fun or because singing is just something you enjoy, please come see me. I look forward to working with you and helping you achieve your goals.
I also specialize in audition prep for shows like American Idol, the VOICE, AGT and the Apollo
Speaks Sings fluently in Italian and Spanish as well as English.
Teaching since 1993
I can’t say enough wonderful things about Dan. He was even better than I expected! He is very personable and my son really enjoyed working with him. He worked hard to help meet my son’s goals and continuously kept me informed about my son’s progress.
Dan shared his own experiences with my son to help build his confidence. My son felt much more confident and prepared for his audition thanks to Dan. We are looking forward to continuing lessons with Dan. I highly recommend him!
Dan is an amazing teacher!
Dan is a great vocal instructor. Very methodical...no tricks or quick fixes. Pays attention to detail. Takes notes. Does not use a cookie cutter approach, but custom for each student. Very professional. I would highly recommend Dan as a vocal instructor.
Lessons with Dan have been an awesome experience. Dan is very patient and knows how to get you where you need to be. Highly recommend!
Dan is great! Super helpful, technical focused, and good at making it goal oriented. Being completely knew to singing, he helped taking some of the nerves away that prevented me from trying this earlier. Highly recommend!
Dan is very easy to work with, extremely personable, and knowledgeable about vocal mechanics. Singing has become much easier and I have noticed great improvement.
My daughter being only 15, was very nervous about performing in front of a live audience for her first competition (in 4 days). Dan re-arranged his schedule to accommodate our last minute request. He listened to her concerns and singing and gave her the best advice. It was just incredible the difference in her confidence. We will be forever grateful. He is a true blessing, his knowledge and talent unmeasurable.Show More
I was happy with my daughters first lesson with Dan. Not only was he professional, he provided her with the right direction and amount of support to help her feel comfortable. It was a bit stressful going to meet a “stranger” at his home for her.Show More
Dan is a terrific instructor, friendly and effective. I look forward to taking more lessons with him in the future.
He is extremely accommodating and makes sure your lessons are engaging I am extremely glad I found him as my teacher and hope other people who want to try singing give him a look.
Dan is an incredible voice teacher! He focuses not just on the mechanics but also on how to perform with genuine, authentic emotion - which is what really sets him apart. I've taken voice lessons in the past, but my teacher was all about Broadway singing, and we seldom talked about how to infuse the music with the emotions required to truly move people and express yourself. Dan doesn't just know what he's doing from a music theory/mechanical perspective, he knows what he's doing from a human perspective. I look forward to every lesson and I cannot recommend him enough if you're looking for a voice teacher.Show More
Dan is an awesome teacher. He is kind, supportive, patient, and knows what he's talking about. If you're looking for a vocals teacher, stop looking and get started with Dan.
Dan is such a good teacher! When he was teaching me, he was making sure that I was comfortable with my voice. He is also very kind, everytime I messed up he let me try again while giving me tips 😁. - (from my 11 year old daughter).
Dan is awesome! I came to him knowing absolutely nothing about singing, and walked away with skills exceeding my expectations. He's super funny, authentic, and an excellent teacher. Two thumbs way up!
Dan is awesome! My voice has grown much stronger in my first month with him than it ever did over several years with my first vocal coach! He ensures that you have all of the important foundational technicalities down in order to successfully progress forward.Show More
Dan is a kind, knowledgeable instructor. Being a beginner it is intimidating to try and learn how to sing, at least for me. Dan does a great job of explaining why and what I will be working on, is supportive throughout the lesson, and able to correct flaws in my delivery on the spot.
I am very happy with my lessons so far with Dan and I think you would be as well!
I’m an intermediate singer,24. Dan is such a great vocal coach! Very comfortable to be around. He is very knowledgeable in what he does and knows how to take your voice to the next level! I’ve been with him for a few months and have learned so much about my voice and have become an even better singer. He truely does tailor to each individual’s voice and I’m so happy that I chose him! Five stars!Show More
I am a adult complete beginner singer and Dan was amazing. He takes the time to work out how you learn best and customizes his approach. He is incredibly patient, supportive and observant. He notices the smallest things and shows you how to tweak them so you start making immediate progress. The one hour lesson flies by and I have lots of great homework for the next week. i feel like I am now making real progressShow More
Dan is a superb coach. For context, I'm a 31 year old male software engineer. I've been playing guitar and drums each for over a decade, but when I decided to learn to sing a few years ago I found it to be significantly harder to pick up. Last year I went looking for a coach and found Dan. I've been taking lessons with him twice weekly for about 9 months now and have been delighted with my results. Like really, really pleased. If you have the opportunity to get in Dan's roster jump on it!Show More
I really enjoyed my first lesson with Dan. I'm a beginner, and Dan quickly and efficiently evaluated by technique and set clear goals for how to improve the fundamentals necessary to move forward, and gave me concise exercises to work on for next time. He also took many notes during our first lesson and seems to really consider each student's individual capabilities and goals. Highly recommended!Show More
Dan is really great for a total beginner, such as myself. I progressed a ton in just five lessons. Highly recommend him.
First lesson! Teacher was methodological: identified goals, assessed my voice, layed out a plan, and gave me homework with clear instructions. This is the way I like to work!
A great, pacient teacher. I've really enjoyed working with him.
Dan is the man! Great teacher to help you reach your goals! Very cool guy!
Here's the thing, Dan is a great instructor, because he tells the truth. His sessions teach me more than just vocal training and technique. After a session I walk away with more knowledge about me. Through his insight and critique, I learn how to better use my voice. I also learn how to present myself to others while vulnerable in my truth. He reminds me to keep my throat open. When I hear that, I am reminded to stay open and not guarded, to trust and be seen, so that I can be heard. Dan uses his expertise to make me better. I highly recommend him.Show More
Great Vocal Instructor. I am a beginner who is looking to fulfill my life long dream to become a singer. I was a little nervous at first (as a beginner) about getting instruction from a Professional like Dan, but he quickly put me at ease. I am now on my way to achieving my goals. I highly recommend Dan to anyone who is seeking vocal instruction or vocal coaching.Show More
Dan is a solid communicator, patient instructor, and possesses a wealth of knowledgeable regarding his craft. My experience thus far has felt tailor-made and each lesson has resulted in steady improvement. If you are serious about becoming a better singer, this is your guy.Show More
Dan is exactly what I believe we all should look for in a coach; He’s real in conversations/expectations, experienced in the world that we all want to join, and engaged in the interaction of teaching whoever is in his presence. Daily practice and each session feels like a milestone of progression. Thank you Dan!Show More
I've been taking lessons with Dan for about a month and a half now and I gotta say, I don't think you'll find a better vocal teacher. He is very knowledgeable about how the voice works and has many years of coaching experience. He is great at giving direction and knows how to adjust to your learning style. He also takes notes throughout the lesson to track your progress, which I think helps a lot. Having started with pretty much zero vocal ability, I've definitely seen significant improvement in my voice. I highly recommend him to anyone who is thinking of taking singing lessons!Show More
Dan is a great instructor and through his positive outlook, he leads you down the path to find your voice, I am very excited to continue this journey with him!
I have confidence in Dan's ability to get me where I want to be. He's professional, easy to work with and creates a good structure for the lessons.
Very informative! Dan is great at helping you find your voice!
Dan is a great voice instructor. He provides you with great exercises to train your voice. He's very personable and helps you make the most out of the lesson.
The first thing that struck us is how nice a person he is. Very kind, patient , friendly and obviously talented. He works with my 9 year old. We have been taking lessons from him for about a year and half now. Although he is our only teacher, we have been very happy with him and never felt the need to look further. He has the natural ability to work with children, encouraging them to have the self confidence. My daughter's confidence has improved by leaps and bounds. He recognizes area of improvement and works very hard to get push her to be better than she thinks she can be. I drive an hour for our lesson and I will continue to do so without second thoughts. He is truly an amazing person. highly recommend!!!Show More
Dan is a great teacher and definitely a strong choice to consider if you're thinking about starting vocal lessons. With my busy schedule he has given me flexibility and has allowed me to learn at my own pace. He is also very talented at adapting to your learning style and listening to what you'd like to get out of singing. This is honest feedback from personal experience working with Dan and I suggest giving him a try.Show More
Dan is an excellent teacher and a great guy. I've been working with him for about two months now and have seen noted improvements to both my vocal performance and songwriting. He is willing to work with you and help you learn in a way that is most conducive to your own style - for me, we work equally on vocal exercises and performance. Dan has helped me work on pitch, breath, vocal emotion, volume, and overall technique - highly recommended.Show More
Dan is a really fantastic teacher. He focused on getting me ready for a performance and was really great at covering not only the technique but the style of my singing. I definitely recommend Dan!
I had an excellent experience! I feel like I'm really finding my voice! I can't reccamend Dan enough.
I had such an excellent experience! I feel like I'm really finding my voice. Can't reccamend Dan enough.
Dan is a wonderful teacher! He helped me rediscover my singing voice after many years of not being involved with music. Dan is a supportive and encouraging teacher who creates a very comfortable environment. He works to develop range and proper breathing technique through vocal exercises, and also focuses on phrasing of songs and performance of musical material. I will always be thankful I found Dan. I'm now a confident singer (both lead and harmony parts) -- have recorded a cd and am even in a band!Show More
It has long been an unmet dream of mine to learn how to sing - but I was always scared to try- I only sang in the car and sounded pretty awful.
Finally as a middle aged adult I mustered my courage for lessons and called Dan Gardner. Not only has Dan taught me the basics ( and beyond) of proper vocal techniques he has helped me find my own voice.
He's a creative and passionate teacher and has made my lessons very personal; finding ways to uniquely guide me to my goals. He's taught me proper breathing and worked with me to stretch my vocal range. I've been taking lessons with Dan for well over a year. He keeps the lessons fresh and I always feel motivated and challenged.
Because of Dan I can sing and I can honestly say I like the sound of my voice. He's a gifted vocalist, an extraordinary teacher and a wonderful person. I recommend him highly.
Dan is an excellent teacher as well as a phenomenal singer. He is great at teaching technique as well as how to truly feel what you're singing. A perfectionist at heart, he will make sure you sound awesome. I would highly recommend him!
- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Dan is offering private voice and vocal performance lessons. He is now accepting new students.
My name is Dan G, and I have over 22 years of experience in teaching, performing and studying voice. I was a voice major in college, and I teach all styles, all levels, and all ages. I have studied, performed and recorded classical, pop, jazz, rhythm and blues, classic rock, country, folk, christian and other genres. I have performed for millions of viewers on television (11 times on NBC's Today show), radio, theater, and the stage. I've worked and recorded with many music producers including, David Foster and Jim Brickman. If you are interested in private professional voice lessons to grow as a musician, to become a better performer, for fun or because singing is just something you enjoy, please come see me. I look forward to working with you.
Voice and Performance teacher for 22 years.
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Today Show, City of Goshen, State of Indiana
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