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Zak S.
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Musical Theater Singing and Audition Prep - from a Broadway pianist who played "Wicked"!
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Broadway Singing is my passion! I've played piano on Broadway for Wicked, Mean Girls, Motown, and The Color Purple. And yet, teaching singing is just as rewarding. I focus on technique (low breaths, engaging support muscles, steady stream of air on the exhale...), pitch (the first step is to hear it!), and musicality - how to express not only the dynamic contours of the music, but also how to tell the story compellingly. I love working on Acting While Singing. So often, performers will act wonderfully until their songs begin, then drop out of character once they start singing. Many directors have said "I'd rather have an actor who can't sing than a singer who can't act". To improve this, we'll look at how to use a lyric specifically and personally in order to stay in the moment. I would love to help you discover yourself inside the songs you sing. Whether your goal is Broadway, community theater, or simply to have fun (all equally noble aspirations), I welcome the opportunity to help you connect with your work on the deepest, most authentic level. NOTE: I only work with students who are age 16 and up.
About Zak S.

Hi, I'm Zak! I teach Broadway Singing, Piano (of any style), and College Essay Writing. I've played piano on Broadway for Wicked, Mean Girls, Motown, and The Color Purple. In 8th grade, I played "Rhapsody in Blue" with the Mount Vernon Orchestra, and had my original "Crooked Key Symphony" performed by their Youth Orchestra. I've taught Broadway singing as a music director at the Kennedy Center, Signature Theatre (VA), Dallas Theater Center, Lyric Theater of Oklahoma, Goodspeed, and The Public Theater - birthplace of "Hamilton" the musical. I love helping people discover themselves inside the songs they play and sing. Whether the goal is Broadway, a local open mic, or simply to have fun in your living room (all equally noble), I'd welcome the opportunity to help you connect with your work on the deepest level. If you're here for college essay writing - my college essays got me into Harvard and Yale, and with my help, yours could, too! Please ask me anything! I look forward to hearing from you :) NOTE: I only work with students who are age 16 and up.

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Teaches Intermediate, Advanced

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Teaching since 2009

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B.A., Music

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Broadway Singing
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I’ve been studying with Zak for a little over a year now and have made tremendous progress (if I do say so myself) thanks to his excellent and creative teaching. I started out as extreme beginner but was able to take off quickly with his guidance, and we’ve worked on many different styles— jazz, classical, standards, and more. Zak makes sure to check in on my goals often, and we don’t embark on a piece without discussing it first and thinking on whether it makes sense and is something I want to work on. One of my goals is to be able to improvise— I was incredibly far away from that when I walked in the door, and thanks to Zak I’m getting so much closer now! He does a great job at weaving in theory tips and many other things I didn’t even know I didn’t know. I’ve been through two informal recitals now while studying with Zak— and while performances are always a heart-racing (but totally optional!) adventure, they were great fun and I took a lot of pride in being able to chart my progress and effort, not to mention the delight of sharing music with family and friends. Above all, it’s really fun learning with Zak and sharing in his sincere enthusiasm. I never feel any pressure at all to reach a given milestone, only terrific support. I’ve studied music with a lot of teachers across a couple of decades, and none other comes close for the quality of time we work together. Can’t wait to see what we’ll get up to this year!

Posted Jan 28, 2023
Teacher's Studio

I switched to Zak as my singing instructor when I saw that he focused on Broadway. As soon as I walked in I felt comfortable and never like I couldn’t do something . He is super supportive and I like his technique and warm ups. He has encouraged me to try new singing techniques and he only has amazing things to say about my singing. I wouldn’t want anyone else.

Posted Jan 26, 2023
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Every lesson with Zak is always joyful and productive! He finds out exactly what I need to work on and teaches me the relevant techniques and skills. He's also incredibly funny and great to bounce ideas off of. He has helped me find the right song, timing, score, resonance, vowel sound, acting objective, inspiration, and so much more. Most importantly, Zak has given me the space to express myself and to feel confident enough to let loose my true voice!

Posted Dec 17, 2022
Pianist
May 2012 - Present
Broadway
I've played for Wicked, Mean Girls, Motown, and The Color Purple.
B.A., Music
Aug 2004 - May 2008
Yale College
High School - General Education
Sep 2000 - Jun 2004
Georgetown Day School
English
Native Proficiency
Fenno Heath Award
Mar 2006
Yale Glee Club
Shen Prize for Musical Theater Composition
May 2005
Yale College
Best Original Composition
Feb 2000
Friday Morning Music Club
Orchestra Soloist Award
Feb 2000
Mount Vernon Youth Orchestra

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Instructor details
Broadway Singing
Teaches 2 subjects. Different subject may have different prices.
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
Work hours
M
T
W
T
F
S
S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
30 minutes
$65
45 minutes
$90
60 minutes
$120
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30
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