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Amy C.

Weehawken, NJ

About Amy

I have been a voice, acting, and teacher of creative arts for over 25 years. My background includes ten years of classical training with Maestro Julio Berrocal, as well as vocal training through the Feldekrais approach with Marcy Lindhiemer. In acting I have studied with renowned Stanislavsky scholar Sonia Moore and Master acting teacher of the Strasberg Method, Marcia Haufrecht. I received a B.A. For comparative literature and creative writing at the State University of New York at Purchase and I am currently studying for a masters in social work at Walden University.
I believe, within al
l of us, Is the ability to express something distinctive and original. I work to help the student discover their individual and unique voice, weather it be through singing, acting or writing. I share with my students tools to gain the ability and confidence to achieve their goals. I empathize deeply with the challenges students may face when pursuing a life in the creative and performing arts, having worked professionally in those arena's for most of my adult life. I believe, it is the teachers job to respect each students individual process of learning.
My students have gone on to become recording artists, Broadway performers, movie actors, blues and cabaret artists and published writers.

*** Lesson Details ***
Voice
I am an empathetic teacher, sensitive to the students individual process of learning. My singing lessons usually start with breathing and relaxation exercises. Vocal exercise come next, then when the student is fully warmed up, we will begin to work on songs. It is important that the student be part of the process of picking material since the more they personally respond to the material the more apt they are to be engaged in their lessons and the more quickly they will learn. After three to six months they will understand the fundamentals of breathing and relaxation and its importance to proper vocal training. They will have begun the process of extending their range and will understand the principles of performance in song.
Acting
As an acting teacher and coach, I tailor my classes to the needs of each student. I utilize improvisatory and sensory techniques to help unleash spontaneity. I also encourage the students to use their personal experiences as a way to access a full range of emotions. I enjoy working with the student on script analysis, so as to discover the underlying motivations of the character the student is working on.
Creative and Lyric Writing
I use prompts as a way to get the student writing. Often, I will ask the student to write for stretches of time without editing themselves. It is important to unleash imagination before beginning the process of editing. Many times it is the unexpected that is the must compelling.

*** Studio Equipment ***
home- 10 minutes away from Manhattan with piano, seating for parents
-practice studio seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a piano, cd/mp3 player and an large library of songbooks to work from. The student should bring sheet music of songs they want to work on and a recording device.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching how to sing rock, pop, musical theater, jazz, and blues without hurting the voice as well as method acting instruction.
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Richard G. October 7, 2014
Singing · In studio
I just want to say that you are one of the most distinguished teachers with TAKELESSONS! - I read your bio and I was very impressed. I would recommend you to any musically inclined student! Keep up the good work!
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PaulG1 May 13, 2012
i could not have BUILT a better teacher/coach. Intuitive, intelligent, knows her subject & knows how to share what she knows.
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DeniseM5 May 6, 2012
Terrific teacher, learning a lot quickly and in an open, creative environment...and Amy makes it all fun!
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Amy C.

Amy C.

Weehawken, NJ 07086
(4)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Steven K.

New York, NY

About Steven

Hey guys! I have a passion for Musical Theatre and all that comes with the wonderful art form--acting, singing, dancing, and doing all three at the same time :). I'™m here to help my students grow, just like my teachers have helped me.
I love helping students activate their songs, monologues, and scenes in ways they never thought possible. I have a knack for getting my students to tell their stories in a strong, direct way. I focus on using the words the lyricist or playwright has given achieve the character'™s objective (and consequently, grip the audience's attention). However, that
'™s all the delicious whipped cream and frosting at the top of the cake. In order to create an arc in a song, a character with an objective, and a human being fighting for something, we need to get in touch with the instruments we are using: our voice, our body, and our mind.
Focusing our mind on presence is the key to accessing an open body. Without presence, we aren't in our bodies. Our minds race, the inner critic judges, and we can go through a whole lesson (or performance!) without actually having witnessed our creative expression. Once we can focus our mind, we begin focusing our body. We make choices, or in most cases, our bodies make the choices for us, while we sit back and allow the expression to develop organically. And it can only develop organically when we are fully present. In order to become present, I use exercises borrowed from a number of body, mind, and voice techniques: meditation, yoga, and Fitzmaurice work, mainly.
Then we can start with the voice. I love helping students find new sounds, range, and texture to their voices. To do this, I use basic exercises that emphasize a number of skills we need to hone: open vowels, forward/nasal placement, palatal alignment, and using the lighter mechanism of our voice we so often want to ignore. Once our body, voice, and mind are aligned, we are ready to tackle the song, scene, monologue, or dance combination we are working on in our lesson.
Let's do it!
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DebbieR March 6, 2014
Great Voice Teacher

I had a singing lesson with Steven last week and it was great! I was having vocal difficulties with a song, which prevented me from expressing the emotion the song needed. Steven listened to me sing, he identified the problem and we immediately embarked on vocal exercises that unlocked my voice. Then we worked on interpretation and the emotional arc of the song. Steven’s teamwork approach was productive and a lot of fun. His perceptive coaching helped me find new ways to approach the song. I highly recommend Steven as a vocal instructor and coach.
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BrianR March 6, 2014
Steven's great, and won't break the bank

Steven is not only incredibly patient with me in our lessons, but he is also very efficient in our time together. One thing I like about his way or teaching is that we work on technique and then always make sure to applying what we're working on to a song so it's never strictly exercises. It's also great that Steven is a singer himself and actually works professionally.
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Dexter P. November 12, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
The most comprehensive vocal coach

Steven Kane is an amazing vocal coach. I've had several vocal coaches in the past and they could never help me the way I've wanted. Steven works with me to develop a beautiful sound; utilizing special breathing techniques, resonance, and pitch. He's even helped me to increase my range - which I never could of imagine. His approach to singing is very technical, and yet at the same time enthusiastic and fun. You really want to sing every chance you get. It is because of the tools he has provided me with today I feel most confident with my vocal instrument. I highly recommend Steven, and can assure that you will not be disappointed with his teaching skills.
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Steven K.

New York, NY 10023
(3)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Sebastian C.

New York, NY

About Sebastian

Santiago graduated from the Berklee College of Music (rated number 1 music school in the world by Hollywood Reporters) with a Bachelors Degree in Jazz Composition and Percussion Performance.

Ever since he was in his freshman year of High School, Sebastian (C-bass) immediately became involved in music. Along with joining many ensembles at school he also attended the Governor's School for the Arts where he specialized in percussion performance. He later received a scholarship to study at the Berklee College of Music. He graduated with a Bachelors in Jazz Composition and Percussion Performanc
e. He now lives in New York playing for many people, composing, teaching, and leading his own group called "C-bass' Infinity Band"

Santiago has played and studied with notable artists such as:
Willie Nelson, Annie Lennox, George Garzone, Hal Crook, John Patitucci, Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, Frank Foster, Bill Whelan, Terri Lynne Carrington, Ralph Peterson, Patrice Rushen, Aj Rafael, Matthew Savage and Harris Simon (pianist for Michael Brecker)

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My instruction is very organic and genuine. Everyone is different so I work with those differences and create a completely customized instruction that is made only for that one student. I focus on a student's weakness' and not only teach them how to solve that particular problem, but how to solve other future problems. I teach my students how to teach themselves. The best teacher you will EVER have is yourself! I help my students realize their importance in the music universe. It is a serious responsibility to be an artist and I teach my students to respect it and value their place as an artist. I have always had positive responses from my students and they always come back for more lessons. I mainly play drums but I teach ALL instruments! I PROMISE if you study with me, you will discover so much about your potential as a musician!

*** Studio Equipment ***
2 Drum Sets
1 Nord Keyboard
1 Guitar/Vocals/Keyboard Amp
1 Guitar Amp
1 Bass Amp
MANY Percussion Equipment (ask for details)

*** Travel Equipment ***
MTA

*** Specialties ***
I mainly play drums and percussion but I also teach improvisation for all instruments. I have had students of many different instruments (Sax, Trombone, Trumpet, Piano, etc.)

I am also a Songwriter, Composer, and Arranger! I can teach you how to write your own music and arrange it for a small group, Big Band, Orchestra, you name it!
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John E. January 31, 2014
Drum
fantastic teacher!

Sebastian is a great teacher and a player. He is probably the nicest guy you are gonna study with, humble and well prepared for the lessons. If you're considering taking drum lessons, Sebastian is the man! Highly recommended.
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Remy L. December 22, 2013
Drum
Very good teacher and listener

Sebastian is a wonderful teacher. Patient and dedicated to his students, he always comes up with appropriate exercises depending on his student's levels or expectations. I highly recommend Sebastian as a teacher.
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Tammy Y. December 22, 2013
Music Performance
Great teacher for beginners or advanced students

I'm a pop/jazz/classical pianist, and I took lessons with Sebastian to get better at improvisation, and just improve my musicianship in general. Even though he is a drummer, he taught me performance concepts that can be applied on all kinds of instruments. His explanations are very clear and straightforward, and when I didn't understand something he would explain it another way. He's also very easy going, but pushes you to be better at your instrument. He always keeps a clear channel of communication open and always replies texts and emails. I highly recommend him!
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Sebastian C.

New York, NY 10023
(3)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Meritxell N.

Brooklyn, NY

About Meritxell

I’ve always been passionate about teaching, especially in a one-to-one setting, where I know how the student learns better and I can apply the techniques that will help him or her improve and never feel discouraged.

I’ve been teaching for 8 years now, I was a teenager when I started giving private lessons on Music Theory, Harmony and Piano. Since then I’ve been teaching those subjects uninterruptedly.

I have broad experience in Classical Music, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Pop and R&B.

I like to work on patience and constancy in order to achieve the students’ goals. My precept is to make the
learning experience and fun and enjoyable process.
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Rudi S. July 19, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
M. had organized a piano suite at the Kaufmann's Music Center on West 67th Street. Well tuned piano in comfortable surroundings. She knew that I was a beginner with the piano interested in Jazz & classical music. We worked on two arpeggio pieces: one from J.S.Bach (Prelude - Das wohltemperierte Klavier) and the other a 12 bar C Blues with improvisational pentatonic overlay. Great way to start!
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Mario C. February 12, 2015
Arrangement and Composition · In studio
Meritxell is such a professional! She is very passionate and manages to keep the lesson fun and interesting. I was a bit shy in the beginning of the class but her grace and kindness made me loose all fear of learning. Great teacher!
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Meritxell N.

New York, NY 10023
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Stephanie B.

New York, NY

About Stephanie

NYC teacher, director, producer - Founder of Nicu's Spoon Theater Company. Have taught audition classes, techniques, dialect and accent coaching, acting classes, etc. for 14 years in NYC.

My promises to my acting students is that you WILL book work. I will teach you the nuts and bolts of it all and then help you book bigger and better jobs as we work.

Have taught literally ANY dialect and can teach it to you too. Also can work with you remove an accent. Worked with kids and adults on preparing an audition that works for you! Have extensive experience working with disabled and special n
eeds artists.
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jackie I. June 14, 2015
Accent Reduction · Online
I came to her wiht a heavy Russian accent and she helped me to have it less and also to be more clearer with an american style of speaking which really helped me at work as i interviewed for a better job and got it!
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Margie H. June 2, 2015
Stage Performance · Online
Stephanie is a great teacher. I don't have a large support system and she not only gives me techniques, tips, tricks, amazing break throughs in my acting, but she also has become a cheering section for me. Because of her and because of the amazing reel she made for me (she does one for all her students) I have booked a commercial campaign! She's awesome!
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sheila C. May 29, 2015
Film and TV Acting · Online
I was a student of Stephanie's in LA a long time ago but I firmly believe it is because of what she taught me that I booked films and TV job over the years. She is no BS, bt yet is very loving and supportive and sometimes actors need not only a teacher but someone to believe in them. I can't rate her highly enough!
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Stephanie B.

Stephanie B.

New York, NY 10023
(13)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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