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Solomon E.

Agawam, MA

About Solomon

In 1999, my opera "The Dybbuk: An Opera in Yiddish" was given a premiere in Israel (abridged, with my piano score only) , co-sponsored by Ben-Gurion University (Beersheba) and the Abraham Lerner Foundation for Yiddish Language and Literature (Tel Aviv).

I adapted my libretto from the 1920 play by S. Ansky.

The performances received standing ovations from full houses, and uniformly excellent Tel Aviv press reviews. A review in the international London magazine OPERA ended: "This opera deserves to return to the stage in a full-scale production with orchestra."

The sponsors underwrote a
DVD of a live Tel Aviv performance (with English subtitles), which was placed with online record merchants (PAL format only).

Professor Aloma Bardi, Founder (2002) and Director of ICAMus [International Center for American Music at the University of Florence, Italy] has written a book on "The Dybbuk and Its Twentieth Century Musical Adaptations", which will be published in Italy at the end of December. The final chapter of her book is an evaluation and analysis of my opera.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a highly experienced tutor in Academic Subjects for Middle School and High School students.

I teach singing to Adults age 18 and up, from beginners to accomplished professional singers.

I teach Composition and Orchestration from High School ages to
Adults, from beginners to advanced students of composition.

First I want to put any student at ease, because relaxation is absolutely indispensable to singing technique. I start with the foundation, which is breath support.

Most of the problems that singers encounter are due to the fact that without proper breath support (which is the same as meditation or yoga breathing), it is simply not possible to sing in the Western classical and operatic tradition. Proper breath support REFLEXIVELY results in both the “open throat” (which means totally relaxed throat) and the “lift” of the soft palate and uvula, so that the tone becomes no more than a light, easy “hum” above the palate.

After that, simply allow the lower jaw to drop (loose as a rag doll) and SAY a vowel (exactly as in ordinary speech). The result is, quite simply, the BEST tone that each singer is capable of.

As the great singers Joan Sutherland and Marilyn Horne say in a You Tube interview on breath support, “I can teach someone how to do it in 5 minutes. After that, it requires 10 years to perfect and control the technique, and a lifetime of light, easy, daily practice to maintain it.”

For any singing student, I would confine them to mid-range singing only at first, avoiding both high notes and low notes. When the student has securely “automatized” the technique, then higher and lower tones may be added gradually.

Instead of mechanical-sounding scales, I prefer to use phrases from the classical song repertory (in Italian, French, English and German) for technical practice, so that the singer learns technique in a REAL MUSICAL CONTEXT.

Also for voice training, I like to use traditional 17th- and 18th- century Italian songs, because they were written to develop singing technique safely, while at the same time they are fun to sing because they are real music, not just mechanical scales. In addition, they use the ideal singing vowels of Italian.

Because voice study is inherently highly personal, and almost every student introduces unwanted tension by getting tense and over-concentrated, I intentionally break the tension by joking, so as to get the student back to a state of relaxation.

“STRENGTHS: My absolute focus on the matter at hand. I do not allow myself or the student to waste precious lesson time on tangential chit-chat. I rotate among many aspects of the subject.

I am centrally focused on the student's mastery of technique, but I do not allow an exclusive focus on physical singing skills.
I know that physical technical control is greatly improved by shifting attention to MUSICAL values, such as phrasing, expressiveness and rhythm. At other times I will shift attention to English or foreign-language pronunciation for singing, because these too must be incorporated into a singer's technical mastery.”

ADDITIONAL TUTORING EXPERIENCE:

1996-2001: Inlingua Inc. (A Division of Accuword International),West Hartford, CT--- Taught English as a Second Language in the workplace to corporate hires from Europe, South America and Asia at CIGNA, The Hartford Insurance Co., Otis Elevator, Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Engines, and other companies.

1996-2001: Taught Hebrew classes at several synagogues in the Greater Hartford area (while completing my Doctorate in Composition/Orchestration at the Hartt School of Music)

2001-2006: Club Z! of Greater Springfield--- In-home tutor for Middle School and High School students in SAT Prep (Verbals), English Language and Literature, French, World History.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide sheet music copies sometimes. If the student cannot provide a piano, then a keyboard will do. Most important is a reasonably resonant space for singing, not over-reverberant, but not "dead" either. Students and instrumentalists should learn from the beginning that the acoustic space is INDIVORCIBLE from musical performance.

If the student can arrange to meet in the auditorium of their local church or community center or college (especially if a piano is available), that would be better than in-home teaching.

Of course, regular academic subjects can be taught at the student's home, local public library, or other location of the student's choice.

*** Specialties ***
Singing: Opera, Classical, Cantorial; Composition, Orchestration;
English as a Second Language.
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Solomon E.

Solomon E.

Agawam, MA 01001
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Joy C.

Easthampton, MA

Singing major scales and learning how to match your singing voice to the notes on the guitar.

About Joy

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a guitar, and my basic music theory, singing, and songwriting teaching skills

*** Specialties ***
- vocal projection
- voice tonal pitch training
- ear training
- melody making
- harmonizing
- chord progressions
- identifying the key of a song
- basic major/minor scale training
- chord making (1-3-5), major/minor/7, etc
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Joy C.

Joy C.

Easthampton, MA 01027
starting at
$50 / 30-min
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Rachel A.

West Hartford, CT

About Rachel

Soprano Rachel has been capturing audiences with her warm soaring tone, dynamic stage presence, and earnest performances. A native of Stockton, California, Rachel was born into a musical family and quickly developed an affinity for the performing arts. She first fell in love with classical music as an oboist and gradually found her niche as a singer through her passion for languages, literature, and theater. In the fall of 2012, she relocated to Connecticut where she continues to be an active performer of opera, oratorio, art song, crossover, and new music. She holds a Master of Music degree
from the University of Northern Colorado and a Bachelor of Music degree from San Jose State University.

Ms. Abrams has been featured by Hartford Opera Theater as Mrs. Nordstrom in A Little Night Music, A Woman in the world premiere of scenes from Christopher McCormick’s opera In a Grove, Emma in Rachel Peters’ Mermaid in the Jar, Ms. Romano in the world premiere of Jeremy Beck’s I Can Hardly Wait!, the Sandman in Hansel and Gretel with Revolution Opera Alliance, and Peep Bo in The Mikado with the Simsbury Light Opera Company.

Prior to moving to Connecticut, Rachel lived in St. Louis, Missouri, where she performed frequently with the esteemed St. Louis Symphony Chorus, Winter Opera St. Louis, Union Avenue Opera, and the Southern Illinois Music Festival. In 2012, Ms. Abrams had the opportunity to be a sponsored young artist with Winter Opera St. Louis where she performed the role of Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos, covered Musetta in La Bohème, and performed in the Rogers and Hammerstein musical review: A Grand Night for Singing. Ms. Abrams has also performed with Opera Fort Collins, Loveland Opera Theater, the Victorian Lyric Opera Company, and Opera Classica Europa in Bad Schwalbach, Germany as an apprentice artist. Additional operatic credits include: Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte, Giannetta in L’Elisir d’Amore, Susanna and Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro, and Fanny in Rossini’s La cambiale di matrimonio.

No stranger to the concert stage, Ms. Abrams has performed in numerous concerts, oratorios, and recitals throughout the United States. She has performed as the soprano soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Haydn’s Coronation Mass, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore. A passionate performer of Jewish music, Ms. Abrams had the unique opportunity to sing the soprano solo in Martin Bresnick’s puppet opera, Der Signál, with the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra during the 10th Annual Celebration of Jewish Arts and Culture at Charter Oak Cultural Center in October of 2014.

As an active performer of art song, Ms. Abrams has collaborated with various musicians throughout the New England region to create diverse and accessible art song recitals. In August, Rachel and pianist Andrew King performed an art song recital, titled Songs of Land and Sea, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Williamstown, Massachusetts. This recital contains works by Schubert, Fauré, Rorem, and Rachmaninoff, and was received with great acclaim. Songs of Land and Sea will continue to be performed throughout 2014-2015 at multiple venues throughout New England.

Upcoming engagements include a lecture recital featuring German-Jewish Refugee Composers with the Jewish Studies Department at the University of Hartford and Mabel in Pirates of Penzance with the Greater Meriden Concert Chorale and Orchestra. This summer, Ms. Abrams will be joining Madison Lyric Stage as a member of their inaugural Meistersinger Apprentice Artist Program where she will perform the role of Mrs. Nordstrom in A Little Night Music and cover the First Niece in Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes.

In addition to being a passionate performer and collaborator, Rachel is a private music educator dedicated to the success of her students. Ms. Abrams maintains a private studio of voice students out of her home in West Hartford, Connecticut. In addition to her private teaching studio, Ms. Abrams teaches Musical Discovery courses at the Farmington Valley Academy Montessori in Avon, CT.

Before opening her own private studio in Connecticut, Ms. Abrams lived in St. Louis, Missouri where she taught throughout the region. While in Missouri, she served as an Adjunct Voice Instructor/Lecture Professor at East Central College and a Private Voice and Music Instructor at St. John's School of the Arts.

In addition to her teaching experience in the Missouri area, Rachel was a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Northern Colorado where she was an assistant instructor for Music Survey and Music and World Cultures classes.

*** Specialties ***
I teach classical technique, specially focusing on proper resonance and breath control. This method can be highly useful to broadway, jazz, popular or any other style of singing.
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Rachel A.

Rachel A.

West Hartford, CT 06119
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Bruce G.

Longmeadow, MA

General vocal instruction and coaching.

About Bruce

Bruce G. is an American guitarist from Hartford, CT, United States. As a virtuoso guitarist, he has performed for over 36 years dazzling audiences with his soul and feel approach to playing guitar and with true “non-stop” and “all energy” shows throughout the United States and North America, Europe, and The Mediterranean. Bruce has performed on some of the greatest event stages graced by a multitude of major international recording artists and entertainers. He has not been short on inspiration in his musical direction. In his early teens, Bruce was invited to play at one of Massachusetts oldes
t jazz, blues, and rock venues, Theodore's Blues, Booze & BBQ with the legendary Billy Arnold and Taj Mahal. Shortly after, he was invited to play and study with jazz legend Jackie McClean.
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Excellent guitar instruction. This guy's been playing a long time! Laid back style, easy going, and humor too.
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Bruce G.

Bruce G.

Longmeadow, MA 01106
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$25 / 60-min
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Hannah G.

Longmeadow, MA

Students can expect a detailed approach to bel canto technique from a young singer fresh out of a Mediterranean opera program. As someone who is learning every day how to better her technique, I can understand and recognize the struggles of young singers (particularly female) as well as how to fix them. I would provide constructive feedback through a very optimistic and informative lens so that the lessons would feel laid-back but with a hard drive towards becoming a better musician.

About Hannah

Hi! My name is Hannah and I'm a rising junior at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. However, I was raised in Longmeadow, Massachusetts and live there in the summer. I'm pursuing a Bachelor degree in Music and would love to teach students (likely middle and high school age) about vocal technique. Also being a violist and a skilled writer, I would love to offer lessons in viola and various forms of English tutoring, along with beginner piano, basic math and test prep skills.
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Hannah G.

Hannah G.

Longmeadow, MA 01106
starting at
$15 / 45-min

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