Sharon West

Sharon W.

Norwalk, CT
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Sharon passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Sharon delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 7+

Teaching since:
March 2003

Sharon knew at a very young age that the arts were her life and doesn't remember a time when she wasn't singing, dancing and acting. She began her professional singing and acting career at the age of six years old and has performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. She plays the piano and is a versatile musician with a strong foundation in the classical method that really rocks!!
Sharon grew up in Brooklyn, NY and has trained with some of New York City's premier voice, piano and acting teachers. Sharon majored in Theater and graduated cum laude with honors in theater.
She is a certified public school theater teacher and has worked with hundreds of performing arts students. As a private instructor, she has guided her students in piano, voice, and acting.
Sharon is a fun and innovative teacher. Her wealth of experiences has made her a well-rounded teacher. She has a great sense of humor with a serious commitment to her art and her students. A winning combination for you!

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Experience

Founder/Teacher
Sep 2010 - Present
Sharon West Performing Arts

Private lessons in voice, piano and acting. Emphasis on the creative process and custom-tailored curriculum that meet the needs of my students. Recital, performance and audition training. Strengths include working with classically-trained vocalists to help them find their true voice in the jazz, rock and pop repertoire. Successes demonstrated as my students attend high-ranking performing arts schools; recording and live-performing opportunities.

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Piano and Vocal Teacher/Theater Arts Director
Oct 2005 - Mar 2009
Joymas Piano and Performing Arts Studio, Ridgefield, CT

Instruction in piano, voice, music theory and musicianship.
Direct and create workshops in theater arts culminating in live performances.
Prepare students for recitals, auditions and performances.
All of my students received fours and fives (with five being the best level) at highly-regarded judged performances.

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Cultural Arts Advisor/Permanent Substitute
Sep 2005 - Jun 2008
Ardsley Middle School, Ardley, NY

Cultural Arts Advisor (grades 5-8). Work with parents, administration and PTA and the cultural Arts community to direct, produce and employ curriculum-based cultural arts programs in theater, music, dance and the visual arts. Accomplishments include: produced and directed a grade-wide (grade 7) workshop based on the musical "West Side Story". This workshop was integrated into the core curriculum and culminated in a grade-wide performance. Other programs include an 8th grade Holocaust presentation; Friends of Rachel-Acts of Kindness; Twelve Angry Men acting workshop.
Permanent Subsutute (grades 5-8) in all academic and special subjects (concentration in English Language Arts and music). Maintain discipline and classroom control; follow professional practices in working with students of all grades, parents and colleagues.

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Theater Arts Teacher (grades 6-8)
Sep 2004 - Jun 2005
Joseph B. Cavallaro Intermediate Public School, Brooklyn, NY

Full-time theater arts teacher of approximately 260 students with various learning abilities.
Created original theater arts curriculum integrating the core curriculum.
Students involved in workshops in groups of actors, directors, playwrights and backstage (according to their interests) that culminated in live performances.
Created theater arts after-school program.
Prepared students for auditions into highly regarded New York City performing arts schools.

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Education

Theater
Sep 1975 - Jun 1979
Adelphi University School of Performing Arts/Brooklyn College

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16 Reviews

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Julia Dec 13, 2017
Singing · In studio

I honestly don't know where to begin. Sharon West has helped me in so many ways! Not just vocally but in all aspects of performing and in life. I was a 13 year old little girl when I met Sharon for the first time. I immediately knew she was the person that was going to help me achieve my goals. I don't know how I got so lucky to have had the opportunity to work with such an amazing, caring and loving vocal coach but I was totally blessed! Thank you, Sharon for all that you have done for me. Love you lots Sharon

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Deb Dec 13, 2017
Singing · In studio

When my daughter was younger, she would sing in her room, the shower or anywhere else she felt comfortable. She was very shy but loved to sing. When she was 13 years old, she lost her grandfather. This was devastating to her and the rest of our family. After the loss, she decided she wanted to make singing a part of her life. Not being musically inclined myself, I didn't know where to turn. Lucky for us, we stumbled upon Sharon West! For the next 6 years, Sharon worked with my daughter weekly teaching her so much more than just music. She guided her on all aspects of performance from singing to entertaining her audience. Sharon West was a huge part of our lives and we could never thank her enough. My daughter now performs in front of thousands and you would never have known she was every a shy, quit little girls. Sharon is by far, the best vocal/performance coach. Love and Miss you Sharon

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Hannah Dec 12, 2017
Singing · In studio

I took lessons with Sharon weekly from the age of 14 until I was about 17 years old. Still to this day (I'm almost 21), I remember the tips she gave me about singing. Sharon is such a wonderful person that I've had the privilege of getting to know. She is very knowledgeable about the professional business and about how to be the best singer you can be. She definitely changed my voice for the better. As a student at Emerson College, I'm constantly performing, Sharon's lessons always ring true for me.

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Diane Dec 11, 2017
Piano · In studio

My daughter keira had been a student of Sharon’s starting at 5 years old ! She learned piano and singing. Sharon was very enthusiastic, fun , encouraging and supportive. Keira learned so much more from Sharon than just playing and singing. Keira very much enjoyed how Sharon taught and how excited she got with each new learning mile stone !

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Ashley Dec 10, 2017
Singing · In studio

Singing with Sharon was so much more than just vocal lessons. Not only did Sharon boost my confidence in myself but she gave me a bright perspective on life. There was never a time where she said i couldnt do it, i learned that i could do anything i put my mind to. With her extensive knowledge of music and practices, Sharon taught me that i could hit notes that i never imagined i could. It was truly an amazing experience. Her love for music is so contagious and her encouragement never let me down. She always said to either find someone that i could create music with or someone that could appretiate it. Thank you Sharon for being such a beautiful soul and teaching me things that will stick with me forever!

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Janalicia S. Oct 27, 2016
Singing · In home

I could not be more happier with choosing Sharon as my daughter's instructor. Her expertise in the subject she's teaching is outstanding. More importantly, my daughter loves her. She comes home bragging to everyone how wonderful her instructor is. Looking forward so many more lessons in the future.

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LongN Jul 26, 2012
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Wonderful piano lessons so far

Sharon is an excellent teacher. I have learned a great deal from her. She is enthusiastic and serious about my piano progress. I have really enjoyed the lessons and would highly recommend her.

SusanJ Jul 20, 2012
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I love Sharon, she is leading me not only teaching me how to sing she is giving me confidence and this confidence is being carreid into my everyday life. She has an amazing voice too, a real inspiration and I recommend her - she make you really find your own voice!

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Mary-KayeB Feb 3, 2012
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Mother

Lily took to Sharon immediately! I did not expect Lily to be so excited about piano. I believe Sharon makes it fun and interesting for my young learner.

RamolaD Sep 20, 2011
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Sophie's piano classes

Sophie loves her piano classes Miss Sharon and is energized by her thoughtful and upbeat teaching. Sharon is a lovely and warm person, very quick to gauge Sophie's learning level as well as her everyday mood and attitudes to music, and interested in engaging her particularly with music she is interested in--she learned last week that Sophie loves pop music--Michael Jackson and Cyndi Lauper, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, etc., so in addition to the piano books, she has promised to teach Sophie a Cyndi Lauper song (which Sophie is quite thrilled about!). She is also great with giving the right amount of homework and homework tips to make Sophie's home piano practice interesting and fun and not a chore. We both also love that Sharon is a singer, since Sophie is in choir (Boston Children's Chorus) and loves singing. We look forward to having Sharon teach voice as well as piano, she advised we do this a little bit later, once Sophie has mastered some piano basics--we're happy to take her advice.

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CuongN Sep 17, 2011
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mrs

She is great teacher. She understands kids so well. My son loves her and her lesson every week. My son now understand the music and love to play the piano unbelievable. Sharon is great piano teacher that we are lucky to have.

SheriP Jul 12, 2011
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Great Vocal Coach!!

Sharon is a wonderful vocal instructor who has listened to my goals of what I want to accomplish and provides me with a clear path on how to achieve them. She communicates my strenghts but also gives me great constructive feedback on what I need to practice and improve on. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a vocal coach and I thank her for the great job she does!

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KristinT May 19, 2011
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MiaB Dec 11, 2010
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Thank you

Sharon is a wonderful instructor and my girls really like her. She makes the lessons really fun and they are learning so much. They look forward to the lessons every Friday.Thank you!

BenitaG Sep 29, 2010
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Excited parent!

My son is really enjoying his lessons. He has learned a lot in such a short time. Your enthusiasm keeps him motivated, which is much appreciated. Thank you.

DianeH2 Apr 21, 2010
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Sharon is very enthusiastic.

my daughter really enjoys going to learnto sing and play the piano. Sharon is veryencouraging and supportive.

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