Stephen Schwarz

Stephen S.

New York, NY

About Stephen S.

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Stephen teaches: Ages 4 to 70
Special needs
Teaching since: February 1989
Last sign in: Yesterday

Overview

Stephen made his operatic debut in the title role of Gluck's Orfeo in Santa Barbara, CA. Other roles performed in the United States have been Oberon in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, the title role in John Eccles' The Judgement of Paris and Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito by Mozart. Among the roles sung in Europe were Orlolsky in Fledermaus, Bertarido in Rodelinda and Oberon in Sommernachtstraum. He has been a soloist in many Churches and Synagogues in the United States and Europe. Highlights have been Messiah, Elijah, St. Mathew Passion and Cantorial soloist for the Jewish High Holidays. He appeared in Summer Stock and played the guitar in a number of bands. Reviewers have cited Stephen's naturally full and warm timbre and his unforced agility.

Stephen has a strong interest and knowledge in vocal technique and maintains a studio in Manhattan. He has given many workshops on vocal technique and had a large studio in Amsterdam, Holland, where lived for six years. He taught music at the International School of Amsterdam and has taught voice, piano and guitar privately for more than twenty years. He has a master's degree from Manhattan School of Music and presently teaches voice, piano and guitar and also works with learning challenged adults and children in the Music School in New York City.

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm pretty laid back and try to inspire my students to enjoy practicing and get excited about their progress. I tailor the lessons to the individual students interests and desires.

*** Studio Equipment ***
He has a piano, and guitar of course for guitar lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
small traveling keyboard available for voice lessons

*** Specialties ***
music, voice, Opera, piano, guitar
All levels, Really enjoy working with Beginners ...guitar, piano, singing
classical, opera, Broadway, pop, jazz, I'm a good voice builder! and motivator.

Experience

Music Teacher
Sep 1997 - Present
International School, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Music School

Taught elementary thru middle school classes in general music. Group Lessons in voice, guitar and piano. Conducted elementary chorus. Currently working in my seventh year teaching voice, guitar, piano and learning challenged classes in Bronx, New York

Education

Master of Music
Sep 1988 - Jun 1990
Manhattan School of Music
Masters in Music
Sep 1988 - May 1990
Manhattan School of Music

Languages Spoken

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Second place
May 1999
Oratorio Society of New York

Affiliations

National Association of Teachers of Singing
Feb 2009

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.

18 Reviews on Stephen S.

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Kathy K. Mar 22, 2017
Verified Student · Piano · In home
He's wonderful!
He goes slowly and answers all my music questions and is patient when I'm stressed
Also brings me music that I want to play and encourages me never a negative word or attitude! Also flexible! My schedule changes and he's been so accommodating! Stephen is the best
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Elisabetta B. Mar 5, 2017
Verified Student · Singing · In home
Stephen is fantastic. I have always been afraid of singing. He totally cured me. He made it, fun, interesting and tailored to my needs.
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carole robinson May 12, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In home
Had a wonderful first lesson. Stephen is very patient and understand!
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Kaylize H. Nov 16, 2015
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
Stephen was very warm and welcoming. We enjoyed the exoerience
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Alexandra C. Sep 30, 2015
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
Great professor, very patient and with good techniques for beginners. I had a lot of fun on my first lesson!
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Joe Laurenzano Sep 2, 2015
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
Stephen is both knowledgeable and patient, and reinforces healthy singing technique throughout each lesson. Repeating the same information over and over must be taxing for a teacher but Stephen is very patient and supportive. I felt at ease and saw progress right away.
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Colleen Kirk Jul 23, 2015
Verified Student · Singing · In home
Stephen has been so helpful and encouraging! I needed to learn a song in one week for a wedding and wouldn't have been able to do it without him.
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Juliaan L. Jul 7, 2015
Verified Student · Singing · In home
I took vocal lessons to improve my ear and add vocals to my guitar playing. I'm an adult student and don't have any formal musical training. My interest is in classic and modern rock music but also male soloist such as Sinatra.

After being 'school-teachered' by my first instructor I was a little discouraged about my ability to sing, and to get the nuances of musical theory.

Stephen helped build my confidence and got me singling whole songs quickly. He demonstrated simple techniques that enabled me to make the most out of my vocal range while being encouraging every step of the way. He accompanied my singling with piano changing from harmony to chords as I master the harmony and tempo. We added guitar from time to time.

Stephen's experiences as a professional musician gave me some insights in the art and craft of performance which we discussed between pieces.

I highly recommend Stephen.
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Ofelia H. Jun 22, 2015
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
I want to thank you, Stephen, for your knowledge, your way of teaching and your patience.
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Narcisa J. Jun 15, 2014
Verified Student · Guitar · In studio
Stephen has been such a great teacher for my daughter, initiating her in guitar playing with lots of patience and encouragement. He is very positive and did a great job to motivate my daughter to practice and improve her skills. Thank you so much for all your work, Stephen!!
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