Elliott Archer

Elliott A.

New York, NY
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Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
For students with a pop or r&b influence, I like to keep things simple; Building an understanding of legato line and freedom from tension through technical exercises that then translate directly into songs.
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Elliott teaches



Elliott delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 14 to 50

Teaching since:
September 2003

I am a classically trained singer living, working, and teaching in NYC. I have a degree in vocal performance from The University of Maryland at College Park. While in the D.C. Metro area I performed as a chorister and soloist at The National Shrine, Metropolitan A.M.E Church, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. My exposure to a wide range of music, from baroque to contemporary gospel and musical theater, has strongly influenced my teaching. My goal is always to help a student develop their own understanding and experience of singing in a way that is fun, interactive, and personal while also progressively building a strong technique.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are generally split between technical work/ warm-ups and repertoire. I like to adapt my concepts to a students individual personality and capability, in that sense I am flexible about the approach taken to achieve optimal results. Every singer thinks and communicates differently and I see it as my job to figure out what will work best for you. I think that a foundation in a classical approach gives students the biggest toolkit which to work. Once the fundamentals are firmly established, that singer then has the ability to approach any style of music in a way that is healthy and secure.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Programmable Digital Piano and Recording Equipment.

*** Specialties ***
The approach I take to the voice is based in the tradition of classical bel canto singing. It is always my goal to help students understand how to use their breath and body to produce sound that is free of tension, optimal, and beautiful.

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Master of Arts in Vocal Pedagogy
Sep 2018 - Present
Columbia University, Teacher's College
Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance
Sep 1997 - May 2002
University of Maryland School of Music


National Association of Teachers of Singing
Mar 2018

Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.

Photos & Videos

Diana Derek in a performance of "Christmas Lullaby" from Jason Robert Brown's Songs for a New World.

18 Reviews

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Gavin Jan 10, 2018
Singing · In home

Elliott is a very effective teacher. I always trust Elliott's ear and he has helped bring out a truer sound inside of me that I've never experienced before. I trained in musical theater and have sang for a long time, Elliott has greatly helped me connect with my singing instrument in an open, technical, and healthy approach. Very grateful. Thank you!

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Stephanie G. Dec 11, 2017
Singing · In studio

Have learned so much in only 3 lessons, looking forward to learning more 😊

Josh K. Jul 13, 2017
Singing · In studio

I highly recommended. Elliot is the best vocal teacher ive ever had , and my singing has improved drastically within just a few sessions. He's very knowledgeable

Robert May 4, 2017
Singing · In studio

I was a total novice and the progress that I’ve shown over the past several months under Elliot's guidance is almost miraculous to me. He is honest and tough but always encouraging. His approach is quite surgical, technical and focuses on finessing the finest details in how you engage your body to create the best sound possible. My bad habits were identified and I was given efficient tools to counteract them. After singing for so long with improper technique I needed a teacher who could throw me in the deep end and the results speak for themselves. Crazy value for money!

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MALCOLM C. Apr 11, 2017
Singing · In studio

Excellent.....looking forward to continuing

Brandon Mar 29, 2017
Singing · In studio

Great teacher. Really patient with me as I like to have a thorough understanding of what he is teaching me. I have been building my technique with Elliot and it has truly been worthwhile as well as enjoyable.

Imani H. Feb 19, 2017
Singing · In studio

He's really patient and really nice.
he made me feel really comfortable and he actually know what he's talking about which I loved!!!
my first lessons was easy! I enjoyed it.
wonderful teacher.

Ella Feb 7, 2017
Singing · In studio

Elliot really knows his stuff. I learned a lot in the lesson!

Shaquille Jan 24, 2017
Singing · In home

He's learned my voice quickly and knew the direction to take me. At first I was very nervous but he's such a calm person, I got comfortable in no time. I can't wait to see what the future holds with my lessons.

Daniel Jan 23, 2017
Singing · Online

Adam Aug 14, 2016
Singing · In studio

Elliott is a magnificent teacher! I have been taking lessons from him for about a year now, and I don't believe I have ever made as much progress with any other teacher than I have with Elliott. Not only is he an incredibly skilled teacher but I feel he has a genuine interest in helping me succeed in reaching my goals as a singer. Perhaps his greatest asset as an instructor is in his approach. His teaching methods have been tailored to fit the skill level that I am at and are specific to the goals I wish to accomplish. I highly recommend him to anyone who is looking to advance their skills as a singer, whether it be for writing and performing your own songs to preparing for a broadway musical.

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Erica Aug 8, 2016
Opera Voice · In studio

I have just completed my first five lessons with Mr. Archer and I must say that I made the best choice when I chose him as my vocal coach. I have no formal vocal training and Mr. Archer was able to work with me at my level. His lessons are productive, and with patience and encouragement I am begin to truly enjoy the experience.

I would highly recommend him as a vocal coach. He is a great person to work with.

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Caren M. Aug 8, 2016
Opera Voice · In studio

I have been working with Elliot for the past five weeks, and just renewed my membership with takelessons to continue working with Elliot. He is a wonderful, energetic teacher, who takes the time to work with his students: with regard to where they are vocally. Moreover, has been very instrumental in helping me find the correct vocal placement, with emphasis on support: while using my entire body. This has been a wonderful experience thus far!!

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Chris F. Jul 21, 2016
Singing · In home

I've only had 4 lessons with Elliot so far, and I have to say, I couldn't be happier. He adapts to how I process information and interpret key concepts of voice and vocal structure. He knows how to get me to where I want to be. And is patient! I truly believe that with practice and Elliot I will be able to reach my singing goals in no time! Thanks Eliot!

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Walker T. Sep 7, 2015
Singing · In studio

Elliot is an amazing instructor.

Marlon D. Mar 19, 2015
Singing · In studio

In need of a vocal coach, I searched the Takelessons website and by what I call devine guidance I selected Elliott A. He has been my coach for a little over a year now and I would highly recommend him for his qualifications, passion for singing and his incredible teaching gift. Elliott provides a comfortable environment and really goes extra miles to ensure that concepts he teaches are practically understood. I started with many bad singing habits and poor technique and now I can definitely see great improvement in my technique and vocal freedom. I look forward to continue working with him until and beyond reaching my goal of greatness. In my opinion he's simply the BEST.

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Gabrielle S. Mar 15, 2013
Singing ·

Elliot is a gem! He is everything I wanted in an instructor!

I met Elliot through a friend who is also taking lessons from him. As a beginner I was very specific in what I wanted in a teacher--someone who is patient, kind, structured and has no problem starting with the very basic fundamentals in singing. Elliot took me on as a student and has proven to be everything I could have hoped to find in a teacher! Lesson after lesson I feel more confident and capable. I feel stronger in my voice and become more and more excited for singing. Elliot's knowledge of singing technique are showcased throughout the lesson as he explains exactly what is needed to be adjusted in your technique and his patience is key to a full understanding of what is needed to be done. I highly recommend Elliot to any singer looking to train their voice, maintain technique, or broaden their range!

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Diana D. Mar 6, 2013
Singing ·

The total package

I have been studying with Elliott for almost two years now and I could not be happier with the progress that we have made. Not only is he very good at communicating what I need to improve upon in the lesson, but also to help me to understand myself so that I remember and make it a habit. He's very reliable and professional, but also he makes a comfortable environment where one feels at ease and never afraid to voice opinions or concerns. I cannot wait to see where this next year takes us. :) He's also great with giving a healthy balance of encouragement in addition to critique.

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