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I havent been taking lessons for that long, but I can already tell that my singing voice has improved tremendously since my initial lesson. My voice now has a lot more power than it has ever had before. The lessons are very informative, educational, and a lot of fun! Since Patrick Wickham is a voice physiologist, he knows all about the voice and what should be happening in your throat/back/abdomen to make certain sounds. I enjoy hearing about how everything works and what exercises to do to work certain muscles and things to improve my breathing, singing etc. I am very impressed with my experience and the service at WVS. Before every lesson I am offered tea, coffee, and water. Patrick Wickham makes every lesson slightly different so that we can work on different aspects of singing. The lessons are also catered to the individual so that you get the best experience and also the best techniques that will work for you. The lessons are recorded and sent to you after the lesson. That way, you can practice at home and you know what you need to work on. Just like everything else, you have to practice if you want to get better and want to see the results you desire. Patrick Wickham even sends you (via email) exercises to do to practice using the various muscles and things you use while singing. If you ever have any questions about anything from a clarification of something in the lesson, or a question about your performing career, Patrick Wickham is always there is help you in any way he can. Since he has an incredible amount of experience in performing, he can give great and reliable advice to any of your questions or concerns. I have had an outstanding experience so far and I cant wait to see how much I will improve in the future! Thank you Patrick Wickham!
I am looking forward to continuing music lessons with David. I met him for the first time this week. I know that he will be able to achieve my goals. I was looking for a teacher that specifically can teach sight singing. I am more than confident that I'll be sight singing very soon. David is obviously is genuinely passionate about teaching. It is a career for him not just something done here and there. I'm lucky to have met him.
I have never taken singing lessons before. With just a couple of lessons with Mara I have noticed a tremendous change in my vocals. I am able to reach notes that I did not know existed for me, I am in better control of my breathing, my phrasing is better and overall became more confident in my singing ability. Thanks Mara!
Rae de la Cretaz is a magician! I walked into my first lesson with her seven short months ago, after many years of longing to take singing lessons and a year of procrastinating. She put me right at ease, and I got to experience her incredible store of knowledge, energy and outright passion for the human voice. When I came in, I had what I described as a "pleasant" voice, no better, no worse. I had been singing (mostly to myself) for my entire life, and for the last 18 years with a choir. The change in this short amount of time still surprises me. Sometimes when I sing during my lesson, I hardly recognize that it's me singing. There's a richness that I would have admired in others, but never thought would be possible for me. People whose opinions I respect have come forward and remarked favorably about my voice, something I didn't experience before. In the short time that I've been taking lessons with Rae, I've learned so much, and look forward to coming to each lesson. She is a treasure!
I have not been working with Pamela for long, so ask me again in a couple of months and I'll probably change to 5 stars! So far I enjoy my lessons and the exercises we do have already expanded my range. My high E used to be just a squeak but now I can really sing it after only a few lessons, and I even feel more confident with my lower range - something that has always been a struggle. I look forward to seeing what is in store with her guidance. I fully recommend Miss Pamela!
Phenomenal musician, great teacher, cool cat - I rate David First INFINITY STARS. I've studied music here and there, but it wasn't until I started taking bass lessons with David a few years ago that it all came together for me. He explains music theory in a way I can understand and translate to actual practice that is not a chore, it is fun and addictive! Besides developing technical skill, Dave also helped me grow as a musician by getting over feeling awkward jamming with other people. I eventually felt comfortable enough to audition for bands and ended up in a fun one, playing out in the city even! David was there for my first gig, too. My husband was so impressed with my progress, he started guitar lessons last year and has come so far, it is amazing. We feel like Grasshoppers to David's Master Po. He is the best, ok I'll stop now, you get it.
Michelle is the piano teacher I wished for when I was a kid! Michelle is patient, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. One of the things my 7-year-old loves most about Michelle is that she lets her explore her musical creative side. Michelle has guided my daughter in composing her own music, tackling tough songs of her own choosing and in introducing instruments like the harmonica into her selections. Michelle is always upbeat and full of positive energy and as a result my daughter loves her music lessons.
Chris is a very talented player, and great teacher. Easy to talk to and he's eager to help me improve. The lessons are 100% customized to your skill level. I've been playing for over 15 years and he's taught me a ton so far.
Josh does an amazing job teaching my 8 year old son who started with piano lessons and recently added the electric bass. Josh's method of teaching encourages the kids to pick out fun, often current, songs and gradually build upon the basics. Because he likes the music, my son has made so much progress - he's excited to go to lessons and loves practicing at home (a big change from his previous lessons). We couldn't ask for a better experience.
I'm only 4 weeks into my lessons and I must say that I truly get my money's worth coming to Jimi. Being a rather shy guy, I was a bit nervous to meet Jimi but he is one of the most genuine and welcoming people I have ever met. Jimi is truly passionate about music and his students and is committed to helping you achieve your goals. I have learned a tremendous amount from Jimi in these 4 weeks--more so than the past 4 months that I played before actually taking lessons. With Jimi, I now have a firmer grasp on how music works through theory and scales. Basically, Jimi is a walking encyclopedia when it comes to music. He possesses a wealth of knowledge ranging from music theory to ear training and is very well cultured on different styles of music. I've watched him play parts of songs from an array of genres BY EAR, from Shinedown's "Sound of Madness" (hard rock), to Ghost's "Cirice" (heavy metal), to REO Speedwagon's "Keep On Loving You" (soft rock), to Rancid's "Fall Back Down" (ska/punk). Every time I saw him play a song by ear, my jaw dropped in awe. So if you live in Long Island and you're looking to learn technique, improvisation, soloing, theory and/or ear-training, Jimi Durso is your go-to guy! It's worth every penny.
Francis is very professional. His piano lessons are very tailored and engaging. I would highly recommend.
I'm really learning a lot with Viky. She has the fundamentals down and is able to teach them. I'm really enjoying the lessons
My daughters guitar lesson with Stelios is one of our favorite parts of our week. I discovered Brooklyn Guitar Studio on Craigslist while looking for guitar lessons for my seven year old daughter. Stelios Michas invited us for an introductory lesson. He placed a guitar in my daughter's lap and a pick in her right hand and encouraged her to play and strum while he asked her about songs and singers she liked to listen to. Following the lesson, before we could cross the hall to the elevator, my daughter asked, Could we come back again? We were sold. Stelios was helpful in guiding me to buy a guitar for my daughter. By the end of the first scheduled lesson, he had broken down parts of one of my daughters favorite songs -- a TV theme song -- for her to play and practice on guitar and introduced her to musical notation. My daughter now keeps a notebook to write down songs she wants to talk to Stelios about. From my own conversations with Stelios and from watching him interact with my daughter, I would recommend him to guitar students of any age or ability. Meet him for an introductory lesson. You will be happy you did.
Josh is quick to respond and easy to schedule lessons with. His lessons themselves are super efficient and he truly takes his students' goals into account to help design practice sessions for them that will get them playing quickly and well. He's knowledgeable and knows how to infuse some basic music theory into his teaching.
Kino is really patient with me, and her space is really clean, bright and large, highly recommend her for piano lessons.
I really enjoy the lesson with Mattie, he is very patient and the way he teaches feels very natural and inspiring. I like that his lessons have an interesting balance between theory and practice. Very cool teacher !
Dan was so flexible in arranging a "birthday gift" of guitar lessons for our daughter. Though the schedules haven't worked out yet for the lessons, my daughter is really looking forward to such. Friendly, and approachable man. A pleasure to deal with!
Marlene is such a fun and inspiring teacher! I always look forward to our lessons together. Marlene is expecially knowledgeable in building healthy piano technique which has been very helpful for me.
Chris is hands down the best guitar teacher I have ever had (I have had six guitar teachers since I started playing 30 years ago). He has taken me further in two months than other instructors did in two years. In every lesson, Chris is constantly assessing where I am in my guitar journey, and plotting a course to get me to the next level. He listens to my every questions and gives succinct answers. His lessons leave me feeling inspired to practice and to just enjoy playing again. For anyone stuck in a pentatonic rut, or just needing inspiration, run, don't walk, to get a few lessons with Chris!
Adam is an incredibly patient and motivational teacher who easily adapts to whatever style of learning and music work best for you. I'm very interested in music theory, and have found Adam not only knowledgeable about any of the questions I have, but also able to relay the concepts in memorable, easy-to-learn ways. His lessons are well-paced, and I always leave excited to go home and start practicing. Would highly recommend Adam as an instructor!
I have worked with Katie on several occasions as part of a vocal ensemble. She is both incredibly talented as a singer and choral leader. She has impeccable sight-singing skills, and her ability to go from classical to Broadway to pop/rock/folk music is seamless. A real pro!