- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Using my background in linguistics, singing and acting, I will show you how the human body can produce a wide range of sounds for diverse effects. We will analyze your voice's current condition and gauge where you want to go with it, mapping out the best personalized plan for you. We will do warm ups that classical singers use (breathing techniques and vocalizations) to achieve your unique goals.
Some things to work on: breathing techniques, evening tone, enhancing quality, improving resonance, modifying pitch, strengthening sound, gaining confidence, and more.
- Teaches students:
- Ages 12+
- Teaching since:
- September 2005
I am a world traveler with over 13 years of tutoring experience. I also have weight trained for about 15 years. Currently working on my PhD in sociolinguistics at the University of Pittsburgh, I received my MA in Spanish from NYU and can help you with many different areas. My experience as an editor for a publishing company, combined with other professional experience in a variety of positions, allow me to offer students a unique perspective on diverse subjects.
Check out some blog posts I have written for the TakeLessons website!
Let's learn and grow together!
*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons with me are structured, yet flexible, centering around your specific strengths and weaknesses. Since everything is catered around your individual needs, no two students share the same exact experience. I learn what works best for you based on your study habits, interests, and personality and implement any necessary assignments to help you achieve the best possible results. I adopt a very hands-on approach and provide you with additional information and avenues (both creative and technological) to continue learning beyond our sessions in a fun way.
*** Studio Equipment ***
MacBook Pro with necessary Office Suite, PRAAT software, Skype and additional recording material; keyboard and amps; free weights and resistance bands.
*** Travel Equipment ***
Same as above: MacBook Pro with software; recording equipment as necessary.
*** Specialties ***
Languages- English, Spanish, Greek, Portuguese, Turkish, Aramaic.
Knowledge of historical and cultural elements of different groups of people.
Detail-oriented; strong analytical skills.
18 years experience as a vocalist, 9 Bel Canto technique (Full Lyric Tenor)
15 years of physical fitness training (strength, HIIT, cardio, etc.)
• Supervised all edits of printed and digital materials.
• Major creative and executive force in kindergarten and first grade curriculum development.
• Served as head blogger and oversaw social media presence.
• Contributed creatively to all in-house projects.
• Acted as liaison between Publisher and other employees.
Highly requested substitute teacher covering middle and high school. Primarily taught Spanish and Special-Education classes, although I additionally assisted with Honors/AP English, Math, History and other coursework.
Granted through the Universidad de Salamanca's Cursos Internacionales Program, I achieved a certificate of Sobresaliente (Outstanding) in Advanced Placement Spanish Studies. This was the highest honor awarded for the highest level of Spanish to be taken.+ Read More
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Phi Sigma Iota recognizes outstanding accomplishment in the study or teaching of any of the academic fields related to foreign language, literature, or culture. These fields include not only modern foreign languages, but also Classics, Linguistics, Philology, Comparative Literature, Bilingual Education, Second Language Acquisition and other interdisciplinary programs with a significant foreign language component. Phi Sigma Iota is the highest academic honor in the field of foreign languages. There are approximately 250 chapters of Phi Sigma Iota at institutions of higher learning in the US, Mexico and France.+ Read More
Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, is a non-profit organization incorporated in the State of South Carolina, a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and partners with the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, Estudio Internacional Sampere, the Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Estudios Norteamericanos Benjamin Franklin, the Universidad Veritas, the International Association of Hispanists and the North American Academy of the Spanish Language.+ Read More
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The first session with Matthew, I can tell things are going to be okay. This makes me feel better; I could say right off the bat; he knows what he is teaching.
Currently taking lessons with Matthew after extensive search due to my intricate schedule and English level. Matthew's background, experience, presentation, and - during this time period - flexibility, make him an outstanding instructor. Highly recommended!+ Read More
Matthew is a wonderful teacher due to his ability to relate the material to your own experiences and understandings. He's very skilled at recognizing students' areas of difficulty and addressing them with ease. He's also passionate about what he does and his students walk away with this same passion for learning! Highly recommended!+ Read More