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Michael Douglas J.

Patchogue, NY

About Michael Douglas

I maintain very active performing and teaching careers. I have private voice studios on Long Island and in Manhattan and have taught singers and pianists in every genre of music for the last 24 years. I was on the faculty of New York University in the Music and Music Professions Department for 5 years and was Music Director and Vocal Coach for an innovative new rap opera, "Odin" in Spring 2006 at the Fred Lowe Theatre. I was a coach in the Banff Centre's 'Voice through body and movement' workshop with international artist, Richard Armstrong and served two years as a voice instructor and guest
lecturer at the Banff Centre for their young artist training program entitled 'Opera as Theatre'. Throughout my career as a vocal coach, I have worked with many cabaret artists as musical director, arranger and accompanist. Most notably, Debbie Boily's "Thank You for the Music"a one woman show with me at the piano, recorded live at Ovations in June 2004 Houston, Texas and subsequently performed in France, England and New York. Most recently, I recorded an opera with Jazz legend Anthony Braxton and an all Jazz CD with Fred Ho. I have recorded operas in progress for Atlantic Records and new works of composers on the BMI label. As a performer I won the prestigious Jessie award for "outstanding performance by an actor in a leading role" for my creation of the Marquis in "120 Songs for the Marquis de Sade" in the world premiere co-produced by Modern Baroque Opera and Vancouver New Music. My international debut was in Sweden, singing the lead role of Director in "Kafka's Chimp" by Welsh composer, John Metcalf. Originally from Hawaii I now reside in New York where I garden and raise chickens. Experience
Fall 2000-2006 New York University NY, NY
Vocal Instructor for undergraduate and graduate students in the Music and Music Professions degree programs.
Instructor of Italian Diction
Music Director/Vocal Coach for ODIN, a new rap opera.

Spring 2003-present State University of New York at Stony Brook Stony Brook, NY
Vocal Coach for chamber groups for performances, which begins with selection of repertoire and continues to final dress.

Summer 2002-2004 Banff Centre for the Arts Banff, Alberta
Guest Lecturer/Vocal Instructor working with each singer individually for festival opera productions as well as attended rehearsals and production meetings.

*** Lesson Details ***
I endeavor to teach you a natural and easy vocal production; to teach you a good solid technique of singing and to help you develop confidence and a polished delivery as a singing artist on and off the stage.

Our work together is an intuitive journey of discovery. Your participation in giving feedback about what you are experiencing during our sessions together as well as what happens in your practice sessions and in your performances is an invaluable tool for us to discover and develop your voice.

Practice: I encourage you to practice 20 minutes a day. An hour is ideal. Singing is like anything that you want to master: it improves with work and investigation. The voice is a curiously individual element of each person and aside from the basics of technique no two voices work the same. Our work together is to develop your unique voice and to discover how it works. Working outside our sessions on a regular basis will help you take ownership of your voice and technique.

Auditions/Performances: Please bring all music that you plan to sing in public to your sessions well in advance of the performance. We need time to investigate the music and its demands together; it will make you more confident and polished in your presentation.

In our Vocal sessions you will learn…
…how to use and blend the entire range of your voice.
… a healthy and free voice management.
1) You want to know what to expect from your vocal instrument on any given note and on any given word.
2) Training makes singing technique second nature; training relieves struggling to get the sound out and allows more focus on the performance.
3) Training allows for more tone coloration, a wider dynamic range, a full use and blending of the registers and greater stamina.
4) Extensive training and practical voice work gives a singer with long-range career aspirations the tools necessary to succeed in an incredibly competitive business. Whether the music is rock, pop, jazz, rhythm and blues, country, musical theater or classical, the trained singer can better meet the demands of a life on the stage as a singer.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Dedicated Music Space, music stand, grand piano, three windows

*** Specialties ***
Onstage singing: I have 25 years experience on the operatic, music theater and cabaret theatre stages.
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John H. April 12, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Michael was very patient. He has excellent teaching skills and made me feel very comfortable from the start.
5 stars !!!!!
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barbara January 4, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Calming - kind - fun
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sherrel M. September 15, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Michael Douglas is a great voice teacher. He is passionate and wants to see you succeed. He pushes for you to try and want to be great. He makes singing possible no matter how hard it may seem
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Michael Douglas J.

Patchogue, NY 11772
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$45 / 30-min
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Zachary H.

Stony Brook, NY

About Zachary

I believe teaching is a partnership between the teacher and the student. I am a friendly, laid-back person, I’m very patient, and I’m 100% there for my students, so you or your child can enjoy a comfortable, welcoming learning environment. To make great music, all I ask in return is an open attitude and a commitment to appropriate amounts of regular practice. With those things, almost anything is possible!

My teaching philosophy is totally centered around your individual needs. I understand that people approach the study of music at various ages, with different abilities, goals, and desi
res. I see my role as a teacher as one where I use my knowledge and experience to help you along your path. Once we establish your goals, then I can teach you what you need to know to get there.

No matter what your musical dreams entail, you will need a solid technical foundation to build upon, as well as a musical ear to help you create and collaborate. I specialize in helping students learn and improve upon both of these skills. If you are just starting out, my goal is to get you playing REAL music as soon as possible. You’ll be amazed by what you can play after just a few lessons! For intermediate students, depending on your goals, we might study chords and theory, ear training to hear song structure and chords, fretting technique and scales, different types of right hand sound production, different genres of music, or many other topics.

It’s even more important to me that our study builds your confidence, opens you up to the vast world of music, and teaches you about yourself. This personal growth, attained with consistent time and effort, is the most meaningful aspect of musical study. Helping students like you along that path is my favorite thing about teaching!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide sheet music, books and amplification, as well as my own instrument. The student would need to have their own instrument and a music stand and amplification, if applicable.

*** Specialties ***
I have an uncommonly wide breadth of experience in many genres of music. I studied both classical and jazz music intensively at the conservatory level, and have a lot of rock band experience from various projects in high school and college. I've played just about every other style at some point, from bluegrass to R&B.
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Matthias R. February 8, 2016
Upright Bass · In studio
Verified Student
Zach, is a very polite person and we are looking forward to having him as our instructor.
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Ray H. February 20, 2014
Music Theory
Great teacher

Zach taught me music theory. I am now able to read music and create compositions. Zach is passionate about music and also makes you passionate. He makes sure that you fully understand a topic. Best teacher I've had in a long time !
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Kevin G. February 17, 2014
Bass Guitar
A great teacher

Zach was a great teacher! He picked things that would clearly help me grow as a player, and gain greater facility on the instrument. We had a couple snafus scheduling where I might wait for 10+ minutes for a lesson to start.
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Zachary H.

Stony Brook, NY 11794
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$40 / 30-min
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Anna T.

Stony Brook, NY

About Anna

Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in 1987, Anna started her studies at the age of 4 at the Uspensky Specialist Music School. Her first solo performance was at the age of 8. At the age of 14, she took first prize in the Glazunov International Violin Competition in Paris. She is the Grand-Prix winner of the International Violin Competition held in Alma-Ata (Kazakhstan). In 2009 Anna performed with the Gunma Youth Symphony Orchestra Festival in Tokyo, and in concert series with the Symphony Orchestra of Hamburg (Germany), conducted by Claus-Peter Modest, held in Bukhara (Uzbekistan). In 2013 she perfo
rmed a debut recital in New York City at the Lyric Chamber Music Society. Anna has served as Concertmaster of the Lynn University Philharmonia in Boca Raton, FL. Participated in master classes with Leon Fleisher, Guillermo Figueroa, Schmuel Ashkenasi, Daniel Heifetz, Elmar Oliveira, Philip Setzer, Ilya Kaler, Philip Fowke, Mikhail Gotzdinner; as a member of orchestra performed under the baton of John Nelson, Albert-George Schram, Jon Robertson, Guillermo Figueroa, Greg Ritchey; worked and performed with such distinguished artists, as Ilya Kaler, Lawrence Dutton of the Emerson String Quartet, Yael Weiss, and Ralph Kirshbaum. Anna graduated from the Uspensky School in 2007 and entered the State Conservatoire of Uzbekistan. Currently, Anna is studying with Philip Setzer of the Emerson String Quartet for her Doctoral Degree in Violin Performance at Stony Brook University, NY.

*** Lesson Details ***
The very first lesson is a process of establishing professional contact between a student and a teacher; couple of exercises will be given in order to figure out the current level of a student. Then recommended material will be chosen.

You may also require what repertoire you would like to work on (either for beginners or advanced students). I have all the books/scores for Suzuki Violin School, Maia Bang, etc. I also work with Russian Violin Books (ex. "Yuniy Skripach" ("Young Violinist")).

I also work with ADHD and Asperger's Syndrome students, and study the subject seriously,

***Lesson Schedule***
May vary, depending on convenience of both the student and the teacher. I will always do my best to find the best time that would work for you. So please, do not look at my availability schedule, it is all very wobbly! Just allow me to contact you, and I am sure we will figure something out!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Online lessons available!

For beginners: I have all the materials (music, score, flash cards)
For advanced students: we can work on either material you have or I can provide you with recommended material (music, score, technical material)

*** Specialties ***
Music Education for Beginners, Advanced Students, and Students with disabilities (Asperger's, etc.), Children Psychology, Educating Games
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Sarah K. April 7, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
My daughter has had three lessons so far, and I can already see an improvement in her . She is always looking forward to her next class!
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Brianna R. January 31, 2016
Violin · Online
Verified Student
We had a great first lesson! My daughter is looking forward to many more lessons with Anna.
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Nikola January 29, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Anna had a great start with my daughter. She taught her already many most valuable details to improve her technique. We are looking forward to the next lesson
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Anna T.

Stony Brook, NY 11790
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$30 / 30-min
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Michael D.

Ronkonkoma, NY

About Michael

I am an educator, composer, and arranger from Long Island, New York. I received my Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from LIU Post. At LIU Post, I studied composition and orchestration with renowned educational composer Carl Strommen, trumpet with Brad Siroky, and conducting with Dr. James McRoy.

I have taught beginning 5th grade beginning band, middle school band, and high school band!

I have had a number of works commissioned from me for ensembles like the LIU Post Wind Symphony and Manhattan School of Music Precollege Brass Ensemble, among other community and public school
groups.

In 2011, I served as a composer-in-residence with the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Brass Ensemble, and again in 2012 with the Candlewood Middle School 6th Grade Band in Dix Hills, NY. In the summer of 2012, the LIU Post Wind Symphony commissioned a work from me, entitled “Big Sky Country,” which received its world premiere at the John Philip Sousa Memorial Band Shell in Port Washington, New York. The work was then taken on tour and performed overseas in Beijing and Xi’an, China.

I am a winner of two awards from the Global Music Awards (2012) for my works “Big Sky Country,” in the ‘composition’ category and for “Inner City Sounds” in the ‘student band’ category. I continue to write music for educational purposes, and currently list my music on major distributor websites like JWPepper.

*** Specialties ***
Trumpet - Beginner to Advanced
French Horn - Beginner to Intermediate
Piano - Beginner
Clarinet - Advanced Beginner
Trombone - Advanced Beginner
Conducting - Beginner
Alto Saxophone - Beginner
Music Composition - Beginner to Advanced
Arranging - Beginner to Advanced
Orchestration - Beginner to Advanced
Music Theory - Beginner to Advanced
Ear Training - Beginner to Advanced

I also offer lessons on how to use Finale Music Notation Software - Beginner to Advanced.
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Carol B. August 3, 2014
Trumpet · In studio
Verified Student
Michael is an wonderful teacher! He is extremely patient, very encouraging, informative, personable, and easy to talk to. I have always wanted to play an instrument so I decided to take trumpet lessons. I am very happy Michael and I crossed paths. I work full time and he is very flexible with my schedule. He has coached me not only on how to play, but how to care for my trumpet- today my lesson included how to clean it. I am in awe with the how many instruments he can play. This is also fun for me because after just a few lessons, we are playing duets together! I am also excited that after a short period of time, I am actually reading music. Overall an amazing teacher that I would recommend for any instrument because of his vast knowledge in music!
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Michael D.

Michael D.

Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
(1)
starting at
$33 / 30-min
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Sharon Hsuan-yu W.

Port Jefferson, NY

About Sharon Hsuan-yu

Education:

I received my Bachelor’s degree from Tunghai University in Taichung, Taiwan in 2010, and continued on to a Masters degree under Dr. Steven Spooner as a scholarship student at the University of Kansas. I am currently pursuing a D.M.A degree at Stony Brook University, where I study with Gilbert Kalish.

Experience:

I am a native of Taiwan, one of the few pianists in the world to successfully perform “The People United Will Never Be Defeated!” (Frederic Rzewski’s hour-long set of 36 variations) from memory, and I have performed in the United States, Taiwan, and Prague. I am als
o involved in chamber music, contemporary music, and piano collaboration. I am an active member of MTNA (Music Teacher National Association).

Personality and Teaching Style:

Patient, dedicated and caring. Providing a comfortable and stressless experience is my principle. My goal is to cultivate every student's interest in music and ability to learn music as their own teacher. I apply musical games and online musicianship development activities in teaching. It's FUN!

*Teaching in Chinese is available.
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Nancy K. February 13, 2016
Piano · In home
My daughter just started taking lessons with Sharon three weeks ago. I found Sharon's education and experience are very solid, and she knows how to observe students. My daughter Emma is 9 years old, and she was not very excited when I mentioned starting having piano lessons. However, it turns out that she likes Sharon's piano lessons! It's fair to give four stars since we only know Sharon for three weeks, but I have good expectation and am very looking forward for next lesson!
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Stephen January 26, 2016
Piano · In studio
I have worked with Sharon as a colleague in many different settings. Her personality is always kind, her musicianship profound, and her dedication to the arts undying. Students of any level would no doubt benefit from her experience.
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Chen January 26, 2016
Piano · In studio
Sharon is a very experienced teacher with patient and carefulness. When I don't understand how to approach my piece, she would demonstrate and explain it thoroughly. I highly recommend her!
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Sharon Hsuan-yu W.

Sharon Hsuan-yu W.

Port Jefferson, NY 11777
(4)
starting at
$60 / 60-min

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