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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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Shelly C.

Mount Kisco, NY

About Shelly

I am a classically trained singer, with a Masters in Music in Vocal Performance from Georgia State University. I have performed professionally in Opera, Concert, Musical Theatre and Oratorio. I believe in good, solid technique, no matter what style of music you want to sing. Build your confidence! Sing connected to your body, mind and soul.
I teach students age 12 and up.

*** Lesson Details ***
Singing is fun and should feel good. I tailor each lesson to each student. You can expect to begin every lesson with some vocalizing, along with some exercises to help you connect to your brea
th and body. We'll work on developing good, solid vocal technique that we can incorporate into whatever style of music you'd like to work on.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music studio set up in basement with keyboard, and computer to record lessons. Parking available in parking lot.

*** Specialties ***
I was trained classically, but have experience singing Musical Theatre as well as Opera.
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Jeff K. January 30, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter is really enjoying her lessons with Shelly. Shelly provides a wonderful, positive learning environment, and her understanding of voice and her ability to help get the best out of you is very impressive.
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Lucille B. April 8, 2014
Singing
Finding my inner voice

It's been a year since I started singing lessons with Shelly in my home. Besides her extreme talent, that she is reliable, trustworthy, patient and kindhearted, and my 4 dogs love her as much as I do, Shelly has been the perfect singing teacher for me. I am not a stage performer, nor do I intend to be, but I am a trial attorney and do speak in front of audiences often. After some health issues last year, I decided to conquer the stress in my life and find my inner voice. I love to sing but have had no lessons and rarely sing in front of others. I am not even sure I have any talent. Shelly has been wonderful with helping me find out if I do, but even more importantly, she allows me to have fun with singing. Finding my inner voice is allowing me to find inner peace and strength, and this has been such a great way to relieve stress. I am loving it.
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Alvarez J. March 1, 2014
Singing
Gained more confidence since my first lesson

Shelly is a wonderful vocal coach. We always have a lot of fun and I always look forward to my lessons. She helps me feel more confident about singing in front of people. Because of Shelly, my singing has made a big improvement since last year. She is an amazing teacher and I am lucky to have her as my coach.
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Shelly C.

Shelly C.

Mount Kisco, NY 10549
(4)
starting at
$40.25 / 30-min
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Jillian V.

Dobbs Ferry, NY

About Jillian

I am a certified music therapist (MT-BC); vocal instructor (BS in Classical Voice); certified yoga instructor (200+); certified and attuned Reiki master; professional freelance editor; meditation guide. I am a person who finds joy in a variety of places, and I truly love what I do.

Music therapy has afforded me a great deal of experience working with children, teens, and adults with special needs including, autism, Down's syndrome, cerebral palsy, emotional disturbances and developmental delays.

As a voice teacher, I want to help my students settle comfortably into their own musicality
by showing them the building blocks of a solid technique, drawing particularly from the things that helped me grow as a vocalist. I want my students to feel strong in their body, comfortable and relaxed in their breath, and confident in their performance.

I have worked professionally as an editor of scholarly writing on both the college and post-college level, as well as a professional editor of multiple dissertations, and other publications. Being a creative person, I find language to be a wonderful way to express thoughts and emotions as well as communicate deeply with others.

As a certified yoga instructor, I teach in many locations throughout Westchester. I was trained at Yoga Haven in Scarsdale, New York with Betsy Kase, and earned a 200-hour certificate in Asana, Pranayama, and Meditation. I offer private yoga instruction and meditation at my home studio. My studio comes fully equipped with all yoga props, aromatherapy, and music. Hands-on-assists and personalized classes offered to deepen your experience.

It is a joy to offer Reiki to curious, open clients in need of energy healing. Reiki is a noninvasive energy healing technique totally separate of any religious affiliation and available to anyone. It is a difficult to describe the relaxing, soothing, and deep-healing effects of Reiki to someone who has never experienced. I recommend a trial for those curious with, as you know, a money-back guarantee!

*Note: If you don't see a time slot that is suitable to your needs but would like to try a session or lesson with me, feel free to register for the Flex Plan, and we will work out week-to-week times!!**

**Note: In-home services are available for those with difficulty leaving the home. This is particularly valuable for music therapy and yoga clients.
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Gillian B. March 6, 2014
Verified Student
Wonderful Teacher

My son loves working with Jillian. He has never been exposed to singing before but wanted to give it a try and so far he is enjoying it.
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Eugene P. February 14, 2013
Music Theory
Jillian's really smart and nice

I started taking lessons with Jillian around when i started high school a couple years ago. I play french horn in school, and I'm considering studying music in college, so I definitely needed to know more music theory. I play guitar too, so we started studying songwriting, too, so that I can write some songs with my band. Jillian's so nice, and really smart, so she makes it really easy to learn! I really like classes with her.
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Bridget M. February 12, 2013
Singing
One of the best teachers I have ever had

I am a 15 years old and have been taking lessons with Jillian for about a year and a half. I started out as a beginner and she was so patient with me and encouraged me continuously so that I can feel confident in myself. She also made the experience so much fun, while other teachers I've had made it stressful. She is also so knowledgable and talented but never made me feel bad that i wasnt at her level. Jillian is also cares about all her students and their progress. I cant recommend her enough to everyone who wants to learn!!
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Jillian V.

Jillian V.

Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
(10)
starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Jason J.

Valhalla, NY

About Jason

Jason received his Bachelor of Music from UMKC Music Conservatory and went on to receive his Masters Degree in Music Performance at the Rudi E Scheidt School of Music where he studied with Lily Afshar. Jason has won several competitions including the "Brownsville Guitar Ensemble Competition" and has performed at various festivals including the Piccolo Spoleto festival in Charleston, South Carolina. He currently received an Artist Diploma from SUNY Purchase with Frederic Hand. Jason is passionate about teaching guitar to all ages. He has received Suzuki guitar training at the Frank Longay Co
nservatory of Guitar and is qualified to teach the method to children as young as three years old and older.

Jason is equally as proficient in Rock/Metal as he is in Classical and World music styles. He has studied rock music at various institutes such as the "National Guitar Workshop" in New Milford Connecticut.

Jason has been teaching guitar for over ten years.

*** Lesson Details ***
Do you want to raise your level of guitar playing to the next level? Are you a complete beginner and would like to learn the basics like: chords, scales, and how to read music? Do you want to learn music theory? I can teach you all of these things. I am classically trained as well as trained in a wide variety of other genres of music. I am passionate about teaching you what YOU want to learn. I have taught students as young as three years old and as old as sixty! I can teach all levels of players from beginners to advanced . My goal is to find what you most enjoy about guitar playing and music and help you to develop it. I encourage my students to find their musical voice through their own personality, aptitude and individuality.

I teach various methods, which depends on what the student wants to learn. I am a firm believer in building proper technique. This is crucial for the Rock player as well as the Classical player.

*** Studio Equipment ***
lessons in studio with music stand, books, acoustic guitar(s), Electric guitar(s), amplifier, Cords.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide Music, Staff Paper, Music Stands. Will bring travel amp if necessary.

*** Specialties ***
I have experience as well as training in Suzuki method. I have experience teaching Classical/Rock/Metal/Pop/Folk
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ralph H. July 21, 2014
Classical Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Very knowledgeable, easy to talk to. He has helped me with my technique, hand positioning which is very important with classical guitar. I highly recommend Jason.
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Ernest S. March 11, 2014
Classical Guitar
Verified Student
1st Lesson

My 1st lesson with Jason was very relaxed & professional. I learned more in 45 minutes than the last 5 months on my own in regards to reading music, rhythm, timing and playing the notes on the staff. He is very patient and knowledgeable. His diversity in music provides an understanding of where you are at and where you want to go with music. I look forward to my next lesson with Jason.

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Kevin P. December 18, 2012
Verified Student
Jason knows the classical guitar.

I have been teaching myself for the past 1 1/2 year using an online course. Although it is a beginner course Jason has chosen to use the content of that course. He has been able to take the music and increase the skill level to an intermediate level. He has also introduce me to the modern guitar music that this course would not address. Lessons were so helpful I initially increased my sessions from 30 min. up to 45 and then up to the full hour.
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Jason J.

Jason J.

Valhalla, NY 10595
(8)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Regina Z.

Yonkers, NY

About Regina

Dr. Regina Z. has held teaching positions at the University of Minnesota Duluth, Shorter College in Rome, GA, Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT and the Community Music School in Buffalo, NY as well as maintaining thriving private studios in Buffalo and Yonkers, NY and New York City. With over 25 years voice teaching experience, she gives her students a nurturing and growth-oriented environment at a most advanced level. With experience at all levels - from beginning to most advanced - she teaches a solid foundation of pedagogy that stresses a healthy, total-body approach to singing which
is combined with a strong understanding of a variety of repertoire for all levels of singers including opera, lieder/art song, oratorio and musical theatre. With her extensive experience as an accompanist, she provides an integrated musical approach, sharing with her students the importance of understanding all the layers of the music - vocal line, text, accompaniment and the interpretation of the piece through those layers. It is with this approach that Dr. Z.'s students learn how to communicate the truth of the music and the character they portray.
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Dajah P. June 22, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My experience was great. I can tell that I will learn a lot.
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Dennis S. November 23, 2014
Opera Voice · In studio
Dr. Regina is an inspiration! I began studying with her in Georgia at Shorter College and eventually transferred to Minnesota to finish my undergraduate degree with her. She is truly passionate about music, and the energy creates an incredible atmosphere for learning! She challenged me as a singer and performer and helped me learn to breathe life into the music--while also transforming my voice. She is a wonderful teacher and I would highly recommend her to anyone. Even a Skype lesson if you can't make it to her in NY. They are quiet helpful! I only wish I lived in the NY area so I could take from her in person. She is wonderful and I hope to continue studying with her for years to come.
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Erin B. October 15, 2014
Singing · In studio
I have been studying Voice (mostly emphasized on Broadway Singing) with Regina for a few months now and I am loving the lessons! She has really helped me identify the strong parts of my voice and showcase them while also strengthening those that are not as strong. What sets Regina apart from other teachers I've had in the past is that she does a really excellent job catering to each student's individual needs instead of having a set teaching structure that you have to try to fit yourself into. I also especially like that she will take the time to talk through the technique in a way that makes total sense and even if it doesn't at first, she'll always find a way to explain it differently until you really grasp the concept. Regina is an amazing teacher and I would recommend her to anyone who wants to push their voice to the next level!
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Regina Z.

Regina Z.

Yonkers, NY 10701
(7)
starting at
$45 / 30-min

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