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Allie G.

New York, NY

About Allie

I believe that training your voice in a healthy way is key to becoming a successful singer! I'm happy to help you with any goals that you have, and we'll create a lesson plan that works especially for you! I teach all levels of students from beginners to professional performers. I have successfully prepared students for auditions and many of my students have been accepted to prestigious performing arts high schools and conservatories. I currently teach music lessons and musical theater classes at Garden Street School of the Performing Arts in Hoboken.

I've always had a passion for singing,
and I began performing at a young age in community theater musicals As a singer/songwriter I perform regularly around New York City with my band. While studying at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music I performed as the lead vocalist in several performance ensembles, including The Art Blakey Ensemble and The Brazilian Jazz Ensemble. These ensembles were directed by world renowned jazz musicians including Charles Tolliver and Adam Holzman.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am very dedicated to teaching and performing all different styles of music! I begin lessons with breathing exercises and correct posture and alignment. I teach a method of vocal technique called Somatic Voicework which smoothly connects the head and chest registers through various exercises.

I encourage students to explore repertoire from pop and rock to jazz and r&b. Finding songs that are meaningful to you will have a strong impact on an audience and can be life changing for you as a singer!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I provide a keyboard at my studio.

*** Travel Equipment ***
At a student's home I would need a keyboard or piano to be provided.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in audition preparation for High School and College, and I have assisted students that have been accepted to prestigious performing arts schools and conservatories. I am certified in Somatic Voicework, which is a specific method of vocal technique that isolates the head and chest voices, seamlessly connecting the two registers through various exercises.
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Ella June 19, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
My daughter enjoyed the lesson and she said it was too short.
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William R. April 2, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
my 10 year old loved it
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weimin H. December 17, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
I'm so happy study with Allie

She is very good teacher, she arranged perfect each lesson, breathing...Pronunciation training…scale…sofige…sight reading…then sing a song….when I sing she always accompany to me with piano,,,,,I study with her just 3 month but I can sing about 7 songs with correct rhythm and exact pitch and comfortable breathing…. Im so happy study with her!
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Allie G.

Allie G.

New York, NY 10023
(6)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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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)
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Peter Van D.

New York, NY

About Peter

Peter Van D. began teaching in New York City in the early 1990’s. In 1994, he was invited to join the faculty of New York University’s Collaborative Arts Project 21. Van D. has taught private voice and vocal technique classes during both the Academic year and for the Musical Theatre Summer Intensive. He has been a guest for the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston and presented master classes at BYU-Idaho. For several years, Van D. has served as a judge for local NATS auditions and presented lecture demonstrations for NYSTA(New York Singing Teachers Association). His NYU stude
nts have been featured in productions at CAP 21 and Tisch School of the Arts Main Stage. His private students have appeared in Broadway productions of RAGTIME, MAN OF LA MANCHA, THE FULL MONTY, FOLLIES, BOMBAY DREAMS, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, and THE PRODUCERS.

Van D. made his Metropolitan Opera debut in April 1995 in John Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles, and returned for five seasons to sing roles in Die Zauberflöte, Salome, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Capriccio and Andrea Chenier. In March 1997 he portrayed the title role in Gianni Schicchi with the Metropolitan Opera Guild.

*** Specialties ***
Former opera singer, I have been teaching musical theatre for 15 years. I am skilled in both styles. I teach a physical technique that will serve the health and longevity of the student. Certified in hypnosis and Reiki, both of which are useful in overcoming Performance Anxiety.
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Robby D. March 27, 2014
Singing
Amazing Voice Teacher!

Peter really opened up my voice and really helped me grow into my voice as a singer. It was night and day and his technique is easy to learn and adapt. He works with your voice and helps it become better overall and is really supportive. I'm grateful for what I learned from him and I still use his techniques everyday!
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Nick R. March 26, 2014
Broadway Singing
Best thing to happen to my voice

Peter has been the best thing to ever happen to my voice. I started studying with Peter freshman year of college and I still see him regularly 6 years later. He took my completely untrained voice and helped me find, not only technique but also confidence in myself and my abilities. If it weren't for him I would not be pursuing musical theatre as a career. I would also not be booking jobs professionally. I owe my current and future musical theatre career to him. GO SING WITH HIM!!!
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Jimi H. March 25, 2014
Singing
A Superb and Supportive Teacher!

Peter is by far the best voice teacher I ever had. I have a very multi-faceted personality and very multi-faceted voice. I was struggling to find my true voice after being told I was everything from a mezzo to a coloratura soprano. Unlike some teachers who heard a certain part of my voice and were determined to place me in a box based only that one part, Peter would always tell me to let my voice do what it wants to do. I have never felt like he ever took offense if I decided something I was working on was not right for me. He has only ever been completely open and supportive if I wanted to try something. He is the first teacher who let me go to my extremes, just to touch upon all the colors of my voice, and then he helps me find balance and settle into my true voice.

My voice is still a work in progress, but he has helped me so much, with his expert knowledge of vocal production and how the body can affect the sound being produced, with his open, "let's try it" energy but also with the right amount of guidance so that I'm not just floating all over the place. He has guided me to quite a few of the best pieces I have ever sung because of his incredible intuition about what would suit my voice. He is well-versed in repertoire and he is a very strong pianist.

He's also been supportive in other ways, suggesting books on auditioning and breathing, and sharing articles about the voice and about physical health as well (the winter can be hard on a voice!). He's by far just the best teacher I have ever had, and worth every single penny! There aren't enough words to show how much I consider Peter to be an all-around amazing teacher.
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Peter Van D.

New York, NY 10024
(8)
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$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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Louis C.

New York, NY

About Louis

My name is Louis and I can't wait to share the beauty of music with you! Currently a doctoral candidate and teaching fellow at Juilliard, I love to teach. I've been teaching private lessons since 2002 and have loved helping my students express themselves through music. I earned my master's degree from Juilliard ('15), where I taught music theory III and IV, and I earned my bachelor's degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music ('12).

I am a highly flexible and well-rounded teacher. Whether you are a beginner looking to learn some Billy Joel, or a seasoned professional playing at the
Metropolitan Opera, I look forward to helping you achieve a higher level of musical expression!
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Stephen S. June 12, 2015
Classical Piano · In studio
I had only great experiences studying with Louis Cruz. He gave me very clear ways of understanding complex music theory concepts, and approached teaching me piano with patients and a unique and encouraging attitude!
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Louis C.

Louis C.

New York, NY 10023
(1)
starting at
$50 / 30-min

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