Monika Judkins

Monika J.

Brooklyn, NY
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
There is something special that music does to the soul. Singing expresses the emotions that are trapped in our hearts. My goal is to tap inside singers natural voices and pull out what is already inside. I teach voice techniques, pitch and rhythm as well as help the singer find their voice that is hidden.

About Monika J.

My passion for music goes beyond the technical aspect, but rather the personal experience, and the personal connection. Music takes listeners on a journey through its melody. That is what I try to instill in my students.

I have a background in opera and gospel singing, as well as a degree in music. I have taught choirs in public school and in church. I am currently the music director of the South Bushwick Reformed Church, leading both the musicians and praise team.

I teach both children and adults, of all levels of experience. My goal is to teach students how to maintain and strengthen their voices metaphorically and physically. I want to help singers tap into the natural voice within them. Along with set lesson plans—focusing on pitch, rhythm, and breathing—I tailor each lesson to my student’s needs. Along with technique, I also include basic music theory and music history into my lessons. I believe it is important to have a rounded understanding of the voice, spirit, and culture of music.

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Sonia
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I've been with Monika over a year now. I've learned so much from her. She is an awesome teacher. Very patient and caring and is always building her knowledge and passing it on. She makes you feel so comfortable. I've always been afraid of singing in public but with her guidance and confidence building I was able to get up on a stage not once but twice and look forward to the next time. You can't go wrong with Monika as your coach. I would recommend her to anyone.

Posted Apr 26, 2019
Lewis
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Seems like a good match for me.

Posted Apr 24, 2019
Dayna
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I enjoyed my first lesson it was very informational and I was very comfortable environment .I would recomend to anyone

Posted Apr 3, 2019
Ariane
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Monika is a very talented instructor. She is super knowledgeable of her craft and it is always a pleasure coming to class and working with her. She gives very clear details when explaining what I need to fix or work on with my vocals. I look forward to continuing my vocal work with her and see how far I can go as well as how far I've come. I absolutely highly recommend her to anyone looking for a great vocal teacher

Posted Mar 12, 2019
Nadine
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My first lesson was great , Monika was approachable, warm and patient.
I enjoyed my first lesson and can't wait to go to my second lesson.

Posted Mar 7, 2019
Tamiquia
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it was a great lesson. I learned a lot in a short amount of time. Really looking forward to more lessons. She is very attentive, informative, and caring. Very easy to open up to.

Posted Feb 25, 2019
Haydee B.
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Monika is amazing!!! I instantly felt super comfortable opening up to her about my singing. She is a dedicated teacher who puts thought into your individual needs as a singer! I have noticed progress in, not only my voice, but my confidence with singing. I would recommend her a million times.

Posted Nov 5, 2018
Stephen C.
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Monika is a great teacher. I've seen a real improvement in only 2 months of lessons! My confidence has improved and friends tell me I sound better when they hear me practicing. Monika puts a lot of thought into her step by step lessons and really cares about choosing the right songs and exercises for her students. She's very organized, well-prepared and reliable.

Posted Aug 9, 2018
Etsy R.
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Monika is an excellent teacher. She really breaks it down so that you can truly understand why and how you're using your voice. I've seen tremendous improvement with my voice and singing since starting my classes with her.

Posted Jun 12, 2018
Etsy R.
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Monika is an excellent teacher. She really breaks it down so that you can truly understand why and how you're using your voice. I've seen tremendous improvement with my voice and singing since starting my classes with her.

Posted Jun 12, 2018
Jazzmine C.
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Monika is great. She not only teaches you singing and vocal technique she also helps you find your voice, gain confidence and own your power. She is an encourager, motivator and great vocalist.

Posted Mar 24, 2018
Tomiko M.
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Monica is very personable and she loves to bring out the best in her students. I’m glad I chose Monica J

Posted Mar 24, 2018
Bailey M.
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Monika is such a talented singer and a truly warm and encouraging vocal instructor. Her approach to singing is much deeper than technical proficiency. It is about finding the heart and emotion within the song and discovering your unique voice to carry it. As someone who has taken vocal lessons before, I really appreciate Monika’s approach of encouraging her students to find their own voice rather than to sound like another. I highly recommend her as a vocal coach, for anyone who want to strengthen their voice and develop their confidence as a singer.

Posted Feb 15, 2018
SONIA
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Well, it's been 3 lessons thus far and the experience is getting better and better. She is so knowledgeable and I already see improvement. The breathing techniques she has been teaching me is working as well as the warm up exercises. I'm learning so much. I can already hold my notes longer and sound much better and my confidence is building. Each week I'm like a kid waiting for Christmas because I can't wait for the next lesson.

Posted Feb 7, 2018
Sonia
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I really enjoyed my first session with Monika. We spend time getting to know each other and I learned a lot from her so quickly. She seems to be very knowledgeable. I'm a very shy and nervous person when it comes to singing and she made me feel so comfortable. Looking forward to my future sessions.

Posted Jan 25, 2018
Nexelda B.
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Awesome experience, the vocal exercises are a freat gelp for my daughter. My daughtet love her. She has patience with children . My daughter Grace has improve a great deal.

Posted Jan 3, 2018
Reise
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Monika is the best! She's a very patient and encouraging teacher who knows how to critique when necessary. If you're looking for a kind environment to grow in, without the prospect of judgement, she is the place to go.

Posted Dec 19, 2017
Kristina P.
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Ive been training with Monika since the summer and my voice has strengthened tremendously ! Im much more confident about singing and I look forward to every class because every class is an opportunity to grow as a vocalist . Thank you Monika !

Posted Nov 15, 2017
Martine
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She's great!

Posted Aug 24, 2017
Kristina P.
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Very nice introduction to the course , we took our time and focused on where I need help vocally and Monika even gave me some tips to follow on my spare time :)

Posted Jul 11, 2017
Ria M.
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Monika is an amazing instructor with patience and knowledge. She is kind and supportive!!!

Posted Mar 20, 2017
Catherine B.
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Monika immediately began working on building confidence in me. This helped me to remove some of the fears that I brought to the lesson.

Posted Jul 10, 2016
Peaches G.
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Today was my.forst.lesson with Monika and it was an amazingly pleasant and informatove.experience. I have learned so much during this.first.session...even more.than I.had expected. I.am excited to comtinue with Monika. She is.talented and brilliant as an instructor.

Posted Jun 20, 2016
Effua M.
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Monika was a pure joy to meet. We took the time in my first lesson to talk about my goals and share our expectation for the class. She is very knowledgeable and open. I left excited and am eager to see how our time together will unfold.

Posted May 2, 2016
Janet
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She teaches you in such a caring but yet a professional way. It is a pleasure and a privilege to seat under this young lady and have her pour into my life. After each class, I feel a lot more stronger and bolder knowing that I can sing no matter what.

Posted Apr 9, 2016
Michele M.
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Very awesome and knowledgeable

Posted Apr 2, 2016
Marcella
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Monika is a very professional instructor; she has the passion for teaching voice lessons. She is well versed in her craft. Her confidence and knowledge of music is amazing. I didn't have the confidence in singing and she is helping me to become a better singer and worshiper.

Posted Mar 18, 2016

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Experience

Music Director
Mar 2017 - Present

South Bushwick Church

Praise and Worship Leader
Dec 2015 - Present

South Bushwick Church

Praise and Worship Leader
Sep 2010 - Mar 2015

Calvary UFW Baptist Church

Substitute Music Teacher
Jan 2014 - Jun 2014

NYC Department of Education

Education

Music
Aug 2008 - Dec 2012

Baruch College

Music
Sep 2004 - Jun 2008

Edward R Murrow High School

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

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