Marjorie Kahn

Marjorie K.

New York, NY
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Piano

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
sight reading, theory, technique, composition.
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Marjorie delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 7 to 80

Teaching since:

Marjorie has taught beginners to advanced students of all ages in every vocal style including Opera, Classical, Musical Theatre, Pop, Jazz, Folk, Rock, R&B and Gospel at Hunter College, New York University, La Guardia Community College, The Learning Annex as well as her private vocal studio in NYC for the past 25 years.


Marjorie received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Georgia and a Special Studies Award in Voice and Opera from the Eastman School of Music. Marjorie has sung at Venice's Grand Teatro La Fenice, Carnegie Hall in NY, Rome's Teatro dell'Opera, Cagliari's Teatro Lirico and the New York Grand Opera.


She was the winner of the Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition and a finalist in both the Enrico Caruso Voice Competition and McAllister Opera Awards Competitions. Recently she was featured on Channel 5 Good Day New York morning news program.


~~Teaching Philosophy~~


IF YOU CAN TALK YOU CAN SING and I guarantee it!!!!!

I teach beginners and advanced of all ages as well as all styles of music:

Opera - Classical - Musical Theatre - Pop - Jazz - Folk - Rock - R&B - Gospel


*I teach the freedom of the jaw, neck and shoulders to allow the breath to connect without tension allowing the production of a free vocal tone.

*Singing on the vowels with clean articulated consonants before and after the vowel is sung.

*Correct understanding and pronunciation of French, Italian, German and English languages

*Musicianship, theory, piano, all musical styles and song writing

*Performance and acting skills

*Audition techniques

*Career guidance

*Annual Student Recitals in professional New York City Venues

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons take place at my home studio. Lessons may be recorded on my professional recording equipment or you may bring your own recording devices. This is an excellent learning tool. I teach my students how to extend their range, increase breath control and the freedom of their body in order to enable a free and easy produced vocal tone. I teach song repertoire to the student's particular musical style choices. I also work with students that wish to write their own songs so that their musical ideas can be heard clearly and precisely. A guitar is available for students if they wish to use it to accompany themselves. I teach my students how to deal with performance anxiety . Students are presented in recitals twice a year and performance classes are held once a month in addition to the private lessons.



IF you can talk you can sing and I guarantee it!!!! I teach beginners to advanced of all ages.

*** Specialties ***
Voice, Piano
I teach the freedom of the jaw, neck and shoulders to allow the breath to come without tension allowing the production of a free vocal tone.

Beginners and advanced of all ages. "If you can Talk you can Sing and I guarantee it!!!! Opera - Classical - Musical Theater - Jazz - Folk - R&B - Gospel - Country - Rock -

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Experience

Singing Teacher
Jan 2010 - Present
The Learning Annex

Opera Singer
Apr 2001 - Present
Arts Horizons

My opera company La Piccola Opera is booked into school assembly programs by the company Arts Horizons out Englewood, N.J.

Producer / Soprano
Feb 2001 - Present
La Piccola Opera

La Piccola Opera performs abridged versions of four different operas in their original French and Italian languages. These performance are costumed, staged and include English narrations throughout the operas. I founded LPO with the idea of bringing opera to those who never had the opportunity to experience the joys of grand opera. LPO performs for school assembly program, senior centers and private functions.

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Voice and Piano teacher
Jan 1978 - Present
"If you can talk you can sing and I guarantee it"

I have taught voice and piano for over 30 years. My teaching experience has been at the Learning Annex, Hunter College, La Guardiia Community College, New York University and my private New York city studio. I teach not only how to produce the voice and style of music my students are working on but also composition and performance techniques to avoid stage fright and performance anxiety.

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Opera Singer
Oct 2013 - Sep 2014
Lincoln Center's "Target Free Thursday's Concert"

My opera company La Piccola Opera performed the operas CARMEN and a children's opera LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD.

La Guardia Community College
Mar 2012 - Aug 2013
Voice teacher

Voice classes for beginning singers learning all styles of music

Opera Singer
Mar 2001 - Jun 2001
Riverside Opera Company, Staten Island, New York

I sang the roles of Carmen from the opera CARMN and Musetta from the opera LA BOHEME.

Opera Singer
Jun 1996 - Jul 1996
Cortland Repertory Theater, Little York, New York

The sang the role of the opera singer Carlotta from the musical PHANTOM

Voice Teacher
Mar 1990 - Dec 1992
Hunter College, New York City

I taught private students in the "class without walls" which was a program in which Hunter College sent me private voical students to take private lessons in my home.

Opera Singer
Aug 1987 - Sep 1987
Southwest Virgina Opera

I sang the role of Violetta in the opera LA TRAVIATA

Opera Singer
Mar 1985 - May 1985
Teatro dell Opera . Rome, Italy

I covered the role of Norina in the opera DON PASQUALE

Opera Singer
Jan 1983 - Aug 1984
Venice's Teatro La Fenice

I sang 15 performances as a Blumenmadchen in the Opera PARSIFAL.

Opera Singer
Jun 1984 - Jul 1984
Cagliari's Teatro Lirico in Sardinia, Italy

I sang the role of Fiakermilli in Strauss' ARABELLA .

Opera Singer
Oct 1982 - Nov 1982
Opera Orchestra of New York

I sang the role of Xanthe in Strauiss' opera DIE LIEBE DER DANAE. at New York City's Carnegie Hall

Opera Singer
Oct 1979 - Nov 1982
New York Grand Opera

I performed the roles of Violetta from LA TRAVIATA, Oscar from UN BALLO IN MASCHERA and Musetta from LA BOHEME

Voice Teacher
Nov 1978 - Sep 1980
New York University, New York City

I taught vocal students private voice lessons in my home. New York University's "class without walls program" sent me the students which received voice credits for each semester they took the "class without walls" vocal lessons in my home.

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Opera Singer
Feb 1977 - Jan 1978
Opera Theatre of Rochester

I sang the role of Adele from DIE FLEDERMAUS on tour

Education

BM in Voice Performance
Sep 1962 - Jun 1986
University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
Special Studies in Opera
Sep 1975 - Jun 1977
Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York
BM in Voice Performance and a special studies certificate
Sep 1962 - Jun 1968
University of Georgia and Eastman School of Music

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
French
Limited Proficiency
German
Professional Proficiency
Italian
Professional Proficiency

Certifications

Voice Teacher
May 2007
New York Singing Teachers Organization

The New York Singing Teachers Organization is a company that certifies voice teachers all over the country

Soprano
Jan 1984
Professional Women Singers Association

Professional Women Singers Association is an organization that auditions singers to be accepted into their organization. PWSA is a networking organization for professional opera and clasiscal singers

Soprano
Oct 1983
American Guild of Musical Artists

In order to join the American Guild of Musical American Artists a singer has to have had three union singing jobs sponsored by AGMA.

New York Singing Teachers Association, Professional Women Singers Association and American Guild of Musical Artists
Jan 1983
NYSTA, PWSA, AGMA

NYSTA, is a company that certifies voice teach all over the country, PWSA is a networking organization for professional opera and classical singers and AGMA is the singer's union

Awards

Classical Productions Vocal Competition
Nov 1993
Finalist
The International Enrico Caruso Vocal Competition
Jul 1992
Finalist
McAllister Awards for Opera Competition
Mar 1990
Finalist
Winner - International Lucianno Vocal Competition, Finalist - National Opera voice competition, McAllister Awards for Opera Competition, The International Enrico Caruso Vocal Competition and the Classical Productions vocal Competition
Jan 1990
Inter-cities Performing Arts, Inc., and private instatutions sponcered the competitions
Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition
Jul 1988
Winner
National Opera Voice Competition
Feb 1988
Finalist

Affiliations

National Association of Teachers of Singing
Mar 2008

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.

American Guild of Musical Artists
Oct 1983

An American labor union that represents 8,000 current and retired opera singers, ballet and other dancers, opera directors, backstage production personnel at opera and dance companies, and figure skaters.

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30 Reviews

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Sam May 9, 2017
Singing · In studio

Started working with Marjorie on a whim. It turned out to be one of the best spur of the moment decisions I've ever made. To start off, I had absolutely no background in singing. I do a lot of public speaking so wanted to work on my enunciation. So I decided to go the extreme and learn to sing. If you can sing in front of people, you have no problem enunciating.

Marjorie has a wide range of students, from beginners to advanced. One thing you can be certain about her is that she has a passion for teaching and loves teaching beginners. The commitment to help you improve is there. In my opinion, that is what you want in a teacher. I have the utmost confidence in recommending Marjorie to someone who is looking for a teacher.

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Louisa McBee Apr 26, 2017
Singing · In studio

Marjorie is a delight. From the moment I walked in she had a smile on her face and I felt very welcome. From just one lesson she showed me techniques that extremely enhanced my voice with no pressure on the throat. I had not really sung for ten years and I felt like my voice is still there. It made me very happy. I am using the techniques daily until our next appointment. I highly recommend her!

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Heidi Feb 10, 2017
Singing · In studio

As if I opened a new world of singing.

Annick Jan 2, 2017
Singing · In home

Totally beyond all my expectations. I have learned so much already after just one lesson. Very professional and exellent teacher! I can't wait for my next lesson!

Jasmine Sep 21, 2016
Broadway Singing · In studio

Marjorie is a wonderful teacher! I am so impressed after just one lesson.

Yvette S. Aug 12, 2016
Speaking Voice · In home

Marjorie is warm and welcoming, with a wealth of knowledge about all aspects of performance. She has the ability to coax her students out of their comfort zones, while minimizing their fear and maximizing their thrill of accomplishment, in doing something new and challenging.

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Sam Aug 10, 2016
Singing · In home

Obviously very experienced. Has a passion for what she does and energy feeds into you. Absolute delight working with her.

Tania P. Oct 17, 2015
Singing · In studio

I love working with Marjorie. I am learning so much with her. I am very shy, but I feel comfortable with her and am slowly gaining confidence in my voice. She is very supportive and I could not ask for a better instructor. I cannot wait to continue my lessons with her!

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Angela W. Aug 14, 2015
Opera Voice · In studio

no stress, no fear, relax
good way to learn something new for me
very much enjoyable the whole time
you will feel good about yourself too after the lesson

Laurie S. May 12, 2015
Singing · In studio

Marjorie is an amazing teacher!! She's very supportive and inspiring to the point that now I've started to get into songwriting. She even teaches me relaxation exercises to help nudge the creative spirit! I always leave her studio feeling enthusiastic, full of energy and looking forward to the next lesson!

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Chloe D. Apr 27, 2015
Singing · In studio

When I first came to Marjorie it was to see if I could start to work on adding some natural vibrato after years of straight-tone choral singing. I was feeling very discouraged and worried that maybe I just didn't have any natural vibrato at all.

When the lesson started, one of the first things Marjorie said to me was, "You're not singing straight-tone. I can hear your vibrato in there, but we need to set it free." In just a few more lessons we were already stripping away years of bad habits from choral blending, and I was thrilled to start to feel my vocal chords phonating easily and naturally.

Fast-forward several months and my confidence -- and love for singing -- continue to grow. I'm so amazed with Marjorie's patience and faith in me and just thrilled that she was able to break through 10 years of bad habits and set free my natural sound!

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Leigh H. Feb 20, 2015
Singing · In studio

Marjorie is a brilliant teacher who will put you at ease within the first five minutes of being in her studio. She will give you the technical tools to create the best sound and then help you develop your own artistry. I highly recommend her to any voice student of any level!

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Talia B. Feb 19, 2015
Singing · In studio

I have had the privilege of working with Marjorie for the past 14 years. I began taking lessons with her while still in middle school and I have continued to grow as a performer through years of her expertise and hands-on approach. She has trained me in multiple styles including broadway, opera, pop and jazz. Her willingness to go the extra mile and build a student's confidence and stage presence has enabled me to tackle any audition with a sense of pride in my abilities.

Marjorie has coached me through more than 50 auditions including conservatory program auditions. She has given me the gift of multiple recitals that allowed me to put her teachings to use. I can proudly say that I am confident not only in my singing ability, but also in my ability to "act the role". By that I mean, adding a character to every musical piece I perform, enabling me to be that much more successful in my performances. She has challenged me to leave my comfort zone and hand over control and I have been more than successful every time I put my complete faith in her.

To me Marjorie is the epitiome of voice teachers. I can not recommend her highly enough. Whether you are trying to make a career out of performance or if you are simply looking for a hobby, Marjorie is by far the best out there. Please give yourself the gift of voice lessons with Marjorie.

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Hannah N. Feb 16, 2015
Singing · In studio

Before Marjorie, I didn’t know I could sing. Her patient guidance and enthusiasm have helped me find my voice. Her loving and playful teaching style creates a safe and warm environment for learning, exploring, making mistakes, making beautiful sound, and having great fun. With her support I feel more confident in myself. She is truly a wonderful and inspiring teacher.

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Dave M. Feb 16, 2015
Singing ·

I have taken about 4 years of singing lessons with Marjorie K. I had to stop taking lessons, temporarily, due to personal circumstances. I miss taking lessons with her very much and can`t wait to resume my lessons.

I have had several other singing teachers, in the past, and Marjorie is the best by far. Although Marjorie has a background in opera, she is very supportive and encouraging of any singing style you choose. I love singing show and pop, even

though Marjorie says that I have the voice for opera, if not the discipline. Marjorie is very dedicated to getting the best sound from me. She is uplifting, inspiring, caring, very kind, and my greatest personal cheerleader concerning my

voice and my personal life. I am very blessed to have Marjorie K as my singing teacher. Although I consider Marjorie a great singing teacher, I feel that she is an even better person. She cares about me totally and not just my singing voice.


I recommended 3 of my friends to take lessons with Marjorie, and they all loved her and thanked me. I have looked forward to each and every lesson with Marjorie, since she makes the lessons a lot of fun. Sometimes I even felt a natural high, especially

after a great lesson or a big breakthrough. It is better than therapy. I can assure you that I wasn`t the easiest student to deal with, but Marjorie has the patience of a saint. It really paid off, since I get a ton of complements whenever I sing.

I always have to give Marjorie a tremendous amount of credit for helping me create my beautiful voice.

Finally, if you love to sing, you will love Marjorie K.

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Dina M. Feb 12, 2015
Singing · In studio

Marjorie, Marjorie, Marjorie!

Where do I begin to describe this wonderful human being?!

The minute you engage with Marjorie Kahn you are put at ease by her calm demeanor and feel completely comfortable. Her energy is strong, direct, and yet very free. She is agile in her teaching abilities and able to find solutions to any difficulties or obstacles you might face as a singer or performer. She is a master of her craft and takes the time to truly understand your strengths and weaknesses, going above and beyond to work with you. She allows you the opportunity to explore your voice without judgement. She has increased my vocal range and built my confidence. I have worked with Marjorie for about a year and I couldn't be happier. She is a professional and a true friend.

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Douglas G. Feb 11, 2015
Singing · In studio

Marjorie has a charming way to cajole, finding the right key for me, helping me do my rock and blues, a charming way to good fun face time in the cheeks and vowels of songs. And we discovered Willie Nelson together adding my own emotional intensity but pushing through it to get the sound out between the nascent tears.

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Donna D. Feb 11, 2015
Singing · In studio

I have been taking lessons with Marjorie for many years now. When I first started, I was so shy about my voice that I didn't even want to sing in front of her! But her easy going ways soon helped me to get over all of the fears I had. She has so many great techniques to help you breathe correctly, open up your voice, and enunciate properly. With her help, I was able to sing in front of an audience for the first time in my life, and I am now the lead singer of a cover band! None of this would have happened without her, which is why I can say that she changed my life for the better. It is a pleasure to learn from her, and I think she's having a good time as well. It is very apparent that she enjoys teaching her students as much as we enjoy learning from her.

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fred H. Feb 9, 2015
Singing · In studio

There are so many positive things to say I don't know where to start.

Marjorie has taught me and my two daughters to sing since they were 7 years old. She has improved their ear and given them voices that are nothing short of jaw dropping.

Her kind, patient yet no nonsense approach to the art of singing allowed my daughters to feel comfortable, cared for and at the same time gave them an appreciation for hard work and how that hard work pays off. For this I am eternally grateful.

If you want to learn to sing or improve your voice from where it is now, hire Marjorie. You'll be the luckiest person on the planet if she's able to take you on as a student.

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Lyndsey H. Nov 30, 2014
Broadway Singing · In studio

Marjorie was such a great teacher. Always encouraging and very positive, she helped me strengthen my voice in preparation for an audition I was nervous about. Within the first lesson I could already hear an improvement in the strength and tonality of my voice. She was also very precise about rhythm and other techniques in the songs I was singing. Pity I can't continue my lessons with her as I am leaving New York!

Thanks for your help Marjorie!

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Renee M. Oct 30, 2014
Singing · In studio

My 13-year daughter Lola really enjoys her sessions with Marjorie as she is preparing for auditions for LaGuardia High School and she has made such incredible progress in just two weeks that I am simply amazed. Marjory is much more than just a fantastic vocal coach. Marjorie's radiant energy and expertise keeps my daughter focused and entertained at the same time. I feel like we have hit the lottery with this amazing teacher

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Martha J. Jan 14, 2014
Piano ·

BEST TEACHER EVER!

Looking for a responsible..Nice..professional teacher? Your in the right place Marjorie is the best..I loved the whole time I was with her I felt like I learned 2 lessons in 1. She was always a sweet heart and she was just AMAZING!

Urszula G. Jan 13, 2014
Singing ·

Absolutely the most amazing teacher!

Marjorie is the most professional and amazing teacher you could ever have!!!! It is something magical about her... She made me believe in myself again:) and I know my voice is getting better and better. Marjorie thank you for everything! You are the best!!! X

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MindyW Apr 23, 2012
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Marjorie is an amazing Teacher. In the short time that I have been with her, I have learned so much. She encourages and helps you reach your full potential. I am so proud to have her as a Teacher.

JessicaM May 31, 2011
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Student

I noticed a difference in my vocal technique from the first lesson with Marjorie. She explained the concepts of breath and bringing your sound forward in a way that my previous teachers never could. I have finally learned to hear and feel the difference in my voice when I'm using the proper technique and it's so much easier to sing! She has a great patience and unwavering support for all of her students, and she knows how to push each individual to reach their potential without being forceful or mean. Marjorie is a wonderful vocal instructor and I recommend her for all levels of experience.

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ScottK Nov 4, 2010
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Marjorie is great!

I have been greatly enjoying my lessons with Marjorie. She's warm, supportive, and helpful!

marthav Jul 2, 2010
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having great time listening to my daughter lesson I am hoping to increase lesson soon how much would it be for 45 min.

LaurieS Mar 19, 2009
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Although I started playing piano at the age of 3, until I met Marjorie I had been totally blocked at piano for at least 10 years. My mother would ask me gently, once a year, "don't you think you need to be playing?" And, of course, I never could.When I met Marjorie, I had so much anxiety about the piano, we mostly talked. And talk we did! Due to Marjorie's intuition, patience, understanding, and her own talent and creativity, I eventually broke my block.I have to say that with each lesson it get easier and easier to compose. At my last lesson, while Marjorie was checking my music theory work, I sat at the piano and everything seemed to come together. The music just flowed out of me. I don't really know how to thank Marjorie. It seems we just click. Thank you for recommending her to me. It has changed my life dramatically!Sincerely,Laurie Shell

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RebeccaW Mar 8, 2009
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positive, she makes learning enjoyable

I had never taken voice lessons before I started with Marjorie. She made me feel comfortable and excited with her positive energy. I feel like I've come a very long way in a short period of time.

SueA Feb 11, 2009
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Both my daughters have been taking instruction with Marjorie, and they absolutely love her. Not only do they have fun, but I have heard real improvemet in their voices.Marjorie coached my older daughter this past fall for an audition at Laguardia HS and we recently heard that she has been accepted into the vocal studio there. We are so thrilled, and she couldn't have done it without Marjorie!

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