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Nancy R.

Irvington, NY

About Nancy

Hi, everyone -- Whether you want to be a professional singer, audition for your school musical, NYSSMA, All-State chorus, college and conservatory, or whether you just want to have fun and hit those high notes in the shower, I would love to teach you. Your voice deserves to be heard!

I'm a classically trained soprano with undergraduate and master's degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, Mannes School of Music and Brown University. I've been teaching privately for seven years. I've sung leading roles with the Caramoor Music Festival, Glimmerglass Opera and the Aspen Music Festival. I st
udied voice with Uta Graf at the Manhattan School of Music and then privately with Amy Zorn of the Westminster Choir College.

My classical background gives me a sound grounding in vocal technique, but I love and teach music of all styles. My students include successful professional opera singers, rock and Broadway-style singers, teenagers singing in their school musicals and All-State chorus, as well as adults up to the age of 76 who are taking voice for the love of singing, the fun of the challenge and so they can sound great on karaoke night.

Whatever your interests and goals, I would love to help you reach them. I'm patient, kind and love to teach. I want to help you find your voice.

*** Lesson Details ***
My ultimate, overarching goal as a teacher is always to help my students express through singing what is inside themselves. I don't care whether your voice is professional quality or whether it's even "good" in the conventional sense. It's your voice. It's special. It has its own sound and characteristics. And it's how you can express yourself in sound. I want to help everyone find their strongest, most honest voice.

I tailor my lessons to each singer's particular interests, goals and challenges. Some students require and thrive with a highly technical, focused approach. Some students need to free up, which requires a more "macro" approach. Some students thrive with a fluid approach: sometimes technical, sometimes artistic, sometimes emotional.

I think the aspect of teaching that I enjoy most of all is working with the student to find repertoire that really suits the singer. I love discovering new music and introducing students to great music that they might not know yet.

*** Specialties ***
Although my training and performance experience is classical, I adore teaching any style of music. For advanced classical singers I have a great depth of experience and wide knowledge of oratorio, opera, German lied and French, English and American art songs. I have a very specialized background in baroque and classical ornamentation.
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Cleo D. August 18, 2014
Singing · In studio
Nancy is awesome! I'm so happy I have this opportunity to tell everyone what a really great person and teacher she is. She's really demanding (but in a nice way) and knows her stuff technically, but she's also really encouraging and kind and I feel like she "gets" her students.

I'm going into my junior year at Cornell where I'm studying pre-med, and believe it or not I really feel like voice lessons with Nancy helped me get here. I love singing, but never had much confidence. I started taking lessons with Nancy my senior year in high school and she helped me sing so much better than I ever thought i could. She was really supportive of my song-writing too. I ended up getting a good part in the school musical (I went to a super competitive high school too) and performing my own songs at a couple of local venues.

Then as part of my college applications she suggested that I include a recording of me performing some French art songs by Claude Debussy. Not that I was a classical singer or was even going to study music seriously in college, but my family is French and I really like the poetry of Paul Verlaine. Nancy introduced me to some cool Debussy settings of Verlaine poems. I thought the songs would be way too hard for me, but with Nancy's help I actually sang them really well and did a good recording that I think helped set me apart in my college applications.

Now when I come back home I always have a few lessons with Nancy. (I still compose and perform my own songs) And don't tell anyone, but she's a lot better than any of the voice teachers at Cornell! Not naming names of course.
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amal M. July 26, 2014
Singing · In studio
I have been taking singing lessons from Nancy for about 3 months now.
Nancy's approach to teaching is very different. She does not try to fit you in a syllabus. She patiently understands what areas you need to focus on singing and where you are in singing and works with you towards achieving your singing goals.

with Me, I am OK in identifying pitch, but had trouble calming my nerves, and that came in the way of singing my high range notes.

Nancy helped Me on this area. She always spends time in making me relax with breathing exercises before singing. I cant believe how much progress i have made in three months.

would definitely recommend for any body who is at any level of singing and would like to sing better
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Chrissy C. February 5, 2014
Singing
Excellent Voice Teacher

My teenage daughter has been taking voice lessons with Nancy for over a year. We have seen such great improvement in her technique as well as in her confidence. Nancy is very patient and provides constructive feedback which has enabled my daughter to grow vocally. I am so pleased with Nancy as a voice instructor that I now have my other daughter beginning vocal lessons with her.
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Nancy R.

Nancy R.

Irvington, NY 10533
(4)
starting at
$55 / 30-min
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Suzette R.

Monsey, NY

About Suzette

I started taking piano lessons when I was 4 and then learned the clarinet and played in the band in middle school. In high school I started playing the viola in the orchestra while still playing in the band. I had the best of all music worlds! In college I played in many school and community orchestras in places like Carnegie Recital Hall and even with the NY Philharmonic Orchestra! Orchestral and Chamber Music are my forte. I have been a string orchestra conductor for 10 years and love to put on a show to be remembered. My students have played at various day cares, nursing homes and sho
pping malls. We were even on the local Channel 12 News!

*** Lesson Details ***
A good foundation and a thorough knowledge of the basics will help you get the most out of your instrument. We work on this becoming 2nd nature and natural. Then we analyze whats going on in the music, a bit of music theory is covered. Then we concentrate on what we hear and what our audience will hear versus what we want them to hear and how do we make this always a little better. We go as fast or as slow as your individual learning needs to be. Of course the more you dedicate to preparing on your own with regular practice between lessons, the greater progress you will achieve.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I give private 1 on 1 lessons in the student's home. Students are expected to have their instrument, music, a pencil, and a notebook for keeping a practice log and for written coaching notes. A music stand is helpful. I bring a smile and a fun time learning!

*** Specialties ***
classic
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Melissa N. October 2, 2014
Verified Student
Our daughter loves Mrs. Suzette R. We love how Mrs. Suzette R. pushes our daughter to improve and gives her the freedom to explore the music within her through the violin. She is patient and full of joy. It's a pleasure to know her and welcome her into our home.
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Christina Z. August 20, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My daughter has been taking in-home piano lessons with Miss Suzette for several months. Miss Suzette is professional, knowledgeable, and very patient. She is energetic and engages and encourages my daughter in such a way that keeps her interested and looking forward to her lessons.
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Joan P. June 7, 2013
Violin
Excellent Teacher

Mrs. Rivera gave my son private cello lessons every Saturday morning for several months. She always arrived on time and was always full of energy. Mrs. Rivera made sure that he understood the material and gave him several helpful tips. He did very well in his music classes. Her energy is contagious. My daughter would attend my sons lessons and it peaked her interest to the point where she is now playing the violin. Mrs. Rivera is a great teacher, she is patient, punctual and personable. You won't be disappointed.
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Suzette R.

Suzette R.

Monsey, NY 10952
(5)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Al P.

Congers, NY

About Al

Born in Portland ME, Al's parents moved around a lot and finally settled in New York. When Al was 10, he took his first lessons in piano, then later trumpet, guitar, drums and at 13 yrs old decided to stick with bass guitar. At 16, Al joined his first band and was hooked. Since then Al has improved his craft studying with numerous instructors and gained real world experience through playing and touring worldwide with many bands and ensembles and today is bassist for Jose Feliciano.

*** Lesson Details ***
Every student is different. I've found that students have vastly different, ages, t
astes, goals, and want to learn for different reasons. They also learn and develop in different ways and at different paces. That said, I use the first lesson to determine goals and a general plan for each student.

I consider myself a "groove" player and in my musical world, my focus is on rhythm section work. To get there you must first learn several skills. Technique, Timing, Ear Training, and Theory are what I consider the 4 main "food groups" in the "diet" of any good musician. My job is to steer each individual student down the path that gets them there at their pace AND to make it fun. After all people don't choose to learn because they have too, they choose to learn because they want to. Why? Because it's cool and it's fun!

I like to dedicate a portion of the lesson to having fun with the instrument. A student may be interested in a certain band or bass player and wants to learn their song. I will ask them to bring me the song (I may already know it) and we'll learn it together. I like to play musical, or instrument related games to help the student learn in an non-stressful, happy and fun way. I think it makes a difference.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music Studio on first floor: 16 channel mixing console, computer music workstation loaded with Pro Tools, Digital Performer, Reason, and other music software, music stands, guitars, electronic drum set, keyboard, bass and guitar amps, seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would expect the student to have, or to buy a bass guitar, a practice amp with a 1/4" cable, a metronome, a manuscript book, and a pencil.

I can provide a practice amp, metronome and music stand for lessons only. I also can provide on site repairs of their instrument.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Rock, Blues, Jazz and Funk styles of Music
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Lenny Sieredzinski June 30, 2015
Bass Guitar · In home
Verified Student
As a beginner with the bass guitar I could not be any happier with what Al was able to provide me with on our first lesson! I'm Having trouble putting the guitar down and can't wait for our next lesson!
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Dylan D. March 11, 2014
Bass Guitar
Verified Student
Bass lesson With Al

Had a really nice first lesson with Al. He is a good guy and a we had fun jamming out on a couple jazz standards and talking about scales. He has good knowledge of the instrument and i was happy to see that he played a 6string like myself. I enjoyed the lesson.
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Al P.

Al P.

Congers, NY 10920
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Brenda B.

Wyckoff, NJ

About Brenda

Hello, my name is Brenda! I've been teaching private lessons for about a decade and have my B.M. in Music Education from William Paterson University. I was a voice major and flute/piano double minor. Although I do work with students of all ages, I specialize in working with younger children. I teach voice, flute, piano, and clarinet, and have experience teaching in both individual and group settings. I am constantly studying different teaching methods so I can develop a custom program that best fits your learning styles and incorporates what you already know, with what you will need to learn
in order to achieve your goals.

*Scheduling availability outside of what is posted is available upon request*

*** Lesson Details ***
Whether you want to play flute, clarinet, sing, act, or learn to play piano, I am here to help you become the best musician you can be. Classically trained, I also work with the styles of musical theatre, pop, rock, and jazz. I can teach you the proper techniques, posture, and breathing necessary to perform to the best of your ability and teach you how to utilize your full lung capacity to extend phrasing length and dynamic range. I will also help you learn to read and write music. Together, we will keep a log to track your progress lesson to lesson. This will also help you keep a record of the steps you are taking to obtain and achieve your goals and dreams.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Does not own: Saxophone

*** Travel Equipment ***
mini keyboard for voice lessons (2.5 octaves)

*** Specialties ***
Young and beginner students.
Students with special needs.
Performance techniques.
Bel Canto technique.
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Patrick M. March 6, 2015
Flute · In home
Verified Student
Brenda is extremely talented, knowledgeable, professional, courteous, and supportive. As an adult learner, she makes me feel very comfortable learning a new skill. I highly recommend her!
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Afi S. October 31, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Great Teacher

Very happy with Brenda's Piano tutoring. Thank you,Brenda.
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NadiaB March 9, 2012
Good teacher

Brenda is very talented and a very good teacherAnd have the right methods to teach children, I wouldRecommend her to all
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Brenda B.

Brenda B.

Wyckoff, NJ 07481
(7)
starting at
$50 / 30-min
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Gabriel W.

Westwood, NJ

About Gabriel

Gabriel W. ("Musiciano") is a fiery and passionate vocal instructor proficient in the fields of acting, singing and vocal development. A professional singer, actor and teacher with a BFA in Theater Arts.

Gabriel doesn'™t just possess a formal college education, but more importantly an "informal" education based on his experiences on the stage and in the studio in the real world. Gabriel'™s approach is direct, simple and to the core, getting straight to the heart of the matter: developing the voice from the inside out by breaking things down to the essentials.

An expert at creating vocal
warm-ups, vocal exercises, and vocal cool-downs and deeply passionate about psychology, this is your guy for learning to keep your voice in shape and having access to helpful insights and advice. Learn to cultivate a healthy attitude and how to create and survive a career in the world of performing arts.

With a kind and compassionate, yet stern and strong tone, Gabriel will work with you to develop the focus and dedication necessary to get your voice beyond what you even knew was possible.

*** Lesson Details ***
Regardless of the genre you sing, developing your voice with Gabriel's help will improve your tone, range, power and overall ability. You can expect to become a much better singer without losing any of your personal and unique traits.

His approach isn't a technical or mysterious one. It's all about re-learning the facts about how the voice functions best.

You can expect to clear away a lot of confusions regarding how the voice works and to take away the guesswork from the vocal development process.

If you want to improve your voice quickly, being guided by someone who understands how it all works and by someone who was where you are today and is now closer to where you want to be in the future is the best way to go. And Gabriel is that guy!

Gabriel's approach is quite simple, yet very effective at developing the entire voice.

"There are two basic levels that every singer must address. The first one is addressing the condition of the body and voice and the second one is addressing the functioning of the voice and body."

I - Silent Foundation

The silent foundation refers to the condition of your instrument as it is silent. If we are looking at the body as an instrument that sings, we first have to make sure that our instrument is in good condition. How healthy is your instrument? Is it well rested, well hydrated and loose? Or is it tired, dehydrated and tense? As you could guess, the condition of your instrument will have a significant impact on the quality of the sounds you make. So the first thing to be addressed is how your instrument is before it starts making sound.

II - Conditioning of Singing Behaviors

This is when we get busy. Once we have a well rested, healthy, hydrated and relaxed instrument we can start working it out. The goal is to condition our singing behaviors to be reflexive, reliable and strong. The way to do this is through a series of vocal exercises that will condition your voice to respond to the desires of your heart. Whatever it is that you want to express will be possible once your instrument is conditioned to the point where there is no gap between what you want to express and your ability to do so. Learning to sing is all about learning how to express yourself without barriers. You should be able to develop enough range, power, control and skill so that you can express your heart without feeling like you'™re incapable of achieving what you pursue. To achieve these abilities training is often necessary.

*** Specialties ***
ALL CONTEMPORARY GENRES!
Confidence Building, Warming-Up, Releasing Tension and Strain, Eliminating Stage Fright, Expanding Range, Improving Tone, Developing Vocal Power and Presence, Eliminating Doubt, Simplifying Singing, Strengthening The Voice, Improving Pitch, Building Stamina, Increasing Creativity, Performance Tips, Artist Development, Acting and Songwriting.

Once we have a good foundation any contemporary genre or style can be improved.
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Quentin J. June 25, 2015
Speaking Voice · Online
Verified Student
Gabriel is an awesome teacher! He has helped me not only with my speaking voice, but he has helped me with the underlying issues of it with my confidence and self-esteem. Gabriel is an all-around good teacher to help in the areas of arts to helping you break habits that eat away your personality. I would definitely recommend him for any kind of person, young or old.
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Ann Marie H. June 8, 2015
Speaking Voice · In studio
Verified Student
My husband has been seeing Gabriel for help to rebuild his speaking voice damaged by injury. Gabriel's knowledge of the mechanics of voice, together with his patience, his sincerity and focus have really helped in the recovery process.

Gabriel is a joy to work with, professional, down to earth, and a very nice person.
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Megan C. March 30, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I started going to Gabriel almost a year ago, and I have to say it was the best decision of my life. He helped me to become more confident in myself and my singing. I now have a greater passion for singing than ever before, and have improved drastically since my first lesson. Gabriel brings out the best in people, inspires you to do your absolute best, and helps you to reach your full potential. He is effective, personable, and by far the best vocal teacher I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. Just amazing. I highly recommend him, you won't find a better teacher, individual or friend anywhere else.
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Gabriel W.

Gabriel W.

Westwood, NJ 07675
(11)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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