Lana Cencic

Lana C.

Brooklyn, NY

About Lana C.

Lana teaches: Ages 4 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: September 2003
Last sign in: Yesterday

Overview

Featured and described in the "Rolling Stone Magazine" as a musician that makes: "...music free of regimentation and fixed format; very exciting."


I've been performing for 29 years and teaching for over 10 years and my students have gone on to develop a deep love and understanding of the instrument and its capacity.

Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to play simple songs and as time goes on you'll be able to integrate technique and your creativity in your playing and singing.

The lessons are designed to meet your musical interests and goals.

I specialize in classical, jazz and pop/rock have the following tools available at my home studio for your lessons:

I have a wonderful Korg SV1 Vintage Piano, I have mics, cables, a mixer and amps. I have music stands and music books. I have play a longs and speakers for play a longs.
I have an acoustic Cordoba C5 Guitar, a Silverstone and an electric Fender Squier. I have a set of Tabla.






My classes include:

warm-up, learning songs that excite you and develop your skills, music games, summer recital where you perform what you have learned throughout the year and meet the community of my other students to help you motivate you on your path to learning music

I will help you to build your repertoire and have confidence!

I teach all styles: classical, jazz, pop, rock, r&b, musical theater...
If you are a jazz fan, we'll work on scat - vocal improvisation, jazz standards, blues and swing feeling and more!

Singer - Songwriter? I teach song writing and composition and can give you great feedback for your own creative path!

Further if interested in expanding knowledge, I teach Ear training, sight reading & music theory



All ages & All levels welcome / Kids and Adult Beginners or Advanced

I teach at my home studio in Prospect Park, i travel to my students houses and i also teach online classes.



I have Bachelor of Arts degree in Jazz and 13 years of Classical Background - Anton Bruckner Music University (Austria), 29 years of world-wide performing experience and 10 years of teaching experience.






Next to teaching Piano (beginners to intermediate level ) and
Voice (beginners to advanced level),
I teach Jazz Improvisation, Classical Vocal Technique,
Song Writing, Writing Lyrics, Composition Techniques, Arrangement, Music Theory, Music History and Tabla (beginners level) .

I also teach diction for Soprano Repertoire in
German and Italian and
I teach stage performance for vocalists and actors.


*** Studio Equipment ***

I have a wonderful Korg SV1 Vintage Piano, I have mics, cables, a mixer and amps. I have music stands and music books. I have play a longs and speakers for play a longs.
I have an acoustic Cordoba C5 Guitar, a Silverstone and an electric Fender Squier. I have a set of Tabla.

*** Travel Equipment ***

For traveling I only take my note book as i am not able to transport a keyboard and technical gear.

*** Specialties ***

I can teach my lessons in English, German and Croatian.




Quotes and Recommendations of Students and Artists:

"Lana manages to be at the same time a true artist and musician, a sensitive vocalist and a highly skilled technician, which is an extremely rare quality. Even though she uses her voice to perfection to express subtle emotions, she never hesitate exploring the physical and technical aspect of it to then in return be able to express even more feelings. That makes her a fascinating performer as well as a rich and constructive teacher.
Very few people understand their body the way she does (through singing and dancing) and even fewer are willing to always improve this understanding."

Sophie Lair-Berreby, Voice Therapist / Vocal Coach, New York, NY, Dec. 2013


"Lana is an exceptional teacher of piano and voice! My ten year old daughter has been working with Lana for almost a year now and I couldn't be happier with our choice of instructor! My daughter's focus and interest in piano has skyrocketed and her singing voice has become much more controlled.
Lana is always timely to lessons and available to accommodate any changes in scheduling we need. Lana is truly proud of the improvement she sees in her students and there warm teaching style promotes a relationship with her students that makes them want to improve and become better musicians!
I would recommend Lana for anyone interested in improving their musical abilities!!!"

Lauren Garber, Mother of 10 year old daughter, New York, NY, Nov. 2013


"Lana is an all around amazing teacher, performer, and musician.
I have been working with her privately over the past year and my entire understanding of the voice and signing has been fundamentally improved beyond what I thought was possible.
I work playing jazz saxophone and flute and wanted to start singing to further develop my ear.
In our lessons, Lana fuses both western classical and jazz singing technique with Indian classical vocal tradition seamlessly into a neat package even while we work on simple pop melodies.
Her teaching style and skill set is truly a unique gift and certainly rare among voice teachers.
Lana maintains a brisk yet mindful pace and I am fully engaged throughout the entirety of each lesson.

Lana also has an incredible sense of rhythm, is a Tabla player and has studied with master Samir Chatterjee. Her sense of pitch is also unrivaled by most professional musicians and she can memorize and clearly project the most complicated of atonal jazz phrases. Furthermore, Lana plays the piano with great skill and grace both to accompany me during lessons and to accompany herself during performances.

I highly recommend studying with Lana for anyone interested in beginning or advanced study of the voice."

- Tyler Sussman, Jazz-Saxophone and Educator at St. Ann's School, Brooklyn, NY, June 2014

Photos and Videos

This is an EPK about my recent Album "In Your Head" featuring Eivind Opsvik on bass, Brandon Seabrook on Guitar and Mandolin and Dan Weiss on drums. Special guest is Manu Delago on Hang. I sing, play piano. All composition, arrangements and lyrics are mine. Copyright Lana Is AK/ASCAP.

Experience

Music Education

Apr 2015 - Present
Pusteblume - Friends of the German Immersion School

I teach basic elements of music for 3-5 year olds.

Piano and Voice Educator

Apr 2013 - Present
Jammin' with You

I have been teaching for the company Jammin' with You since April of 2013 and have been developing my experience with teaching children as young as four years old.

Piano and Voice Educator

Sep 2003 - Present
Self Employed

I have the experience of teaching piano, voice, improvisation and theory since over ten years.

Education

Classical and Jazz Piano

Sep 1987 - Sep 2014
Private Setting

Tabla and Indian Classicla Music

Sep 2010 - Sep 2012
Chhandayan Institute for Indian Classical Music

Bachelor of Music

Sep 2007 - Sep 2010
Anton Bruckner Privatuniversitaet

Classical Voice/Opera

Sep 2003 - Sep 2007
Prayner Konservatorium

Arts Diploma

Sep 1999 - Jun 2003
Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversitaet

Languages Spoken

Croatian

Fluent / Native Proficiency

German

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Jazz Singer

Jun 2010
Marianne Mendt Jazz Wettbewerb
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8 Reviews on Lana C.

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Cannon J. Apr 19, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
The twins enjoyed their first session with Lana. She is everything that a parent wishes for their children. We are looking forward to working with her!!
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mark T. Mar 4, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
We really like Lana's personality. She motivates my daughter and makes it fun! Recommend!
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Iosa G. Sep 30, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Great
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Alexander R. Nov 23, 2014
Singing · In studio
I have been taking lessons with Lana for more than a year and it has been a wonderful experience. Lana is a highly skilled, passionate and student oriented teacher. Her lessons are always fun and thoughtful. She combines different aspects of singing such as technique, body perception, relaxation training and musicality. My voice has improved significantly and I appreciate Lana's holistic approach. I can highly recommend her as a teacher and I'm sure you'll have a wonderful experience with her!
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Tyler S. Nov 20, 2014
Singing · In studio
Lana is an all around amazing teacher, performer, and musician.

I have been working with her privately over the past year and my entire understanding of the voice and signing has been fundamentally improved beyond what I thought was possible.

I work playing jazz saxophone and flute and wanted to start singing to further develop my ear.

In our lessons, Lana fuses both western classical and jazz singing technique with Indian classical vocal tradition seamlessly into a neat package even while we work on simple pop melodies.

Her teaching style and skill set is truly a unique gift and certainly rare among voice teachers.

Lana maintains a brisk yet mindful pace and I am fully engaged throughout the entirety of each lesson.

Lana also has an incredible sense of rhythm, is a Tabla player and has studied with Master Samir Chatterjee. Her sense of pitch is also unrivaled by most professional musicians and she can memorize and clearly project the most complicated of atonal jazz phrases. Furthermore, Lana plays the piano with great skill and grace both to accompany me during lessons and to accompany herself during performances.

I highly recommend studying with Lana for anyone interested in beginning or advanced study of the voice.
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Eleanor D. Nov 17, 2014
Singing · In studio
Lana is a thoughtful and comprehensive teacher who cares about her students. She is very experienced as a singer and performer and helped me with both my vocal technique and performance presence. She brings an embodied, holistic approach to singing and is a refreshing perspective to the teacher-student relationship.
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Stephie H. Nov 5, 2014
Singing · In home
"I'm so glad that I had the chance to work together with Lana. It was an unforgettable experience. Her voice, her music, her enthusiasm, her openness are inspiring!!"
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Peter K. Oct 16, 2014
Singing · In home
"I have been taking lessons with Lana for about three years now and my voice has been thriving ever since.
The lessons encompass technique, building the repertoire and exploring ones creativity which has been super inspiring and fun!
I highly recommend Lana for anyone who wants to develop their talents!"
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