Sharon West
Norwalk, CT
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Sharon West

Sharon W.

Norwalk, CT
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Hello! I am an actress, vocalist, pianist, director and teacher. I have a lifetime of experience in the performing arts (I started performing at 6 years of age) and many years teaching theater arts and music! I have taught many students of all ages and levels in private, public and workshop environments. What are you looking for? If one of the answers to this question is a teacher who truly understands how to communicate in a fun and understanding way - then let my years of experience help you to achieve your goals!! I specialize in exploring who you are as a performing artist; audition preparation; and acting skills including improvisation, theater games, monologue choice and character analysis. I am proud to announce that one of my recent students just got into Emerson's acting program! So if you are interested in seeing if acting is for you, continuing your studies or are preparing for that important audition...you've come to the right place! A winning part for you!!!

About Sharon W.

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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Virginia
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Sharon is an incredible piano teacher. She is enthusiastic, joyful, funny, supportive and has an immense depth of knowledge when it comes to the piano. You can tell she loves what she does which means every lesson is a pleasure. I couldn't have picked a better teacher. I would and I do recommend her to anyone interested in learning to play the Piano

Posted Jan 8, 2020
Mariana F.
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Sharon is friendly, supportive and super encouraging. She moves at the student’s pace, and keeps a good handle on the progression of the lesson, so that you get a good chunk of instruction/learning while not being overwhelmed. I’m a newbie at music instruction, and Sharon was wonderful in every aspect for someone starting like me. I’m sure she’d be just as fabulous for a more experienced piano player.

Posted Oct 16, 2019
Deborah Danielsen
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Fantastic first lesson. Sharon is great to work with. She explains the process and then we get right into the music and vocals. She's very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. I'm looking forward to my next lesson.

Posted Aug 28, 2019
Michelle
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Sharon is a lovely and outgoing woman. I’m new to piano and reading music, but she is so patient and encouraging. I’d recommend her to a piano newbie like myself. She also has the cutest pup that keeps us company during the lessons.

Posted May 7, 2019
Barbara
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Love Sharon! My 13-year-old daughter takes voice lessons with her and Sharon is funny, positive, and very energetic.
My daughter has said she would not go to anyone else. Sharon is great with young students and getting the most out of them, especially if they’re a bit shy. We look forward to seeing her every week and I highly recommend her as an instructor.

Posted Oct 3, 2018
Fei J.
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I highly recommend Sharon as a piano instructor. She is very enthusiastic, encouraging and patient. Also her way of teaching is amazing. I am an adult beginner who had taken a few lessons with another instructor before. Though I did pick up some terminologies, I like the way Sharon goes back to basic and teach me the fundamentals without assuming me know it. These are essential for me to progress further.

Posted Jun 5, 2018
Julia
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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

Posted Dec 13, 2017
Deb
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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

Posted Dec 13, 2017
Hannah
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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.

Posted Dec 12, 2017
Diane
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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 !

Posted Dec 11, 2017
Ashley
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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!

Posted Dec 10, 2017
Janalicia S.
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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.

Posted Oct 27, 2016
LongN

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.

Posted Jul 26, 2012
SusanJ

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!

Posted Jul 20, 2012
Mary-KayeB

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.

Posted Feb 3, 2012
RamolaD

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.

Posted Sep 20, 2011
CuongN

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.

Posted Sep 17, 2011
SheriP

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!

Posted Jul 12, 2011
KristinT

Posted May 19, 2011
MiaB

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!

Posted Dec 11, 2010
BenitaG

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.

Posted Sep 29, 2010
DianeH2

Sharon is very enthusiastic.

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

Posted Apr 21, 2010

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Education

Theater
Sep 1975 - Jun 1979

Adelphi University School of Performing Arts/Brooklyn College

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