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Adam R.

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New York, NY (10128)

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I hold permanent New York State certification for teaching in music. My concentration area was Vocal Music.

Q and A:

What happens in a private voice lesson?

A voice lesson typically consists of three parts:

Physical warm-ups – enjoy body relaxation exercises
and improve your posture.

Vocal Warm-ups – have fun with phonated breathing exercises to
develop pitch accuracy, articulation, and diction. Enhance your general vocal development and target specific elements of the repertoire you select.

Repertoire – Learn how to sing the songs you love and discover new ones! Understand how to interpret vocal music including foreign language diction (where applicable).

Do I have to be able to read music?

No, but this is one of the skills you will acquire during your course of study.

What should I bring to each lesson?

1 two-pocket folder, 8-1/2"x11", w/o fasteners – for
storing your loose sheet music.

2 sharpened No. 2 pencils.

Sheet music – depending on the repertoire selected
I will lend you a copy of the sheet music. If you decide
to study the piece then you must purchase the sheet
music yourself (contact me to see a policy statement
from the Music Educators National Conference
regarding copying music).

CDs, cassettes, cassette player, microcassette recorder,
other items as needed.

A bottle of water – to keep yourself well-hydrated
during the lesson.

Commitment to Practice:

When you study a song – learn the lyrics, the pitches, the rhythms, the dynamics, the phrasing, the expression, and combine it with your stage presence and your unique personality – polish it over a period of weeks, maybe months – refine it and present it as a gift to an audience who is just waiting to hear you – Well, then you have really achieved something special. You can be sure that you will feel a deep and long-lasting satisfaction that you will remember for years to come.

If you get into the habit of practicing a little bit every day, you can make steady progress. This means not over-committing in other areas. Practice when you feel fresh and can focus easily. Allow yourself to take frequent breaks. Calm and efficient practice is the single most important factor in assuring productive and enjoyable lessons.

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Corporate Training:

Composition (Music)

I studied music theory and composition during my BA degree at Columbia University. I also studied modal counterpoint at the Milan Conservatory. I have composed, arranged, and recorded my own compositions some of which are on my music educator website.

Ear Training

I hold a Bachelor's of Music degree from Columbia College in New York, NY. The theory sequence at Columbia included a rigorous ear-training component. Additionally, I studied for two summers as a student of orchestra conducting at the Aspen Summer Music Festival. Intensive ear-training with George Tsontakis was required of all conductors. I have taught ear training at Camp Encore/Coda in Sweden, Maine and at Heschel High School in New York City.

My ear-training curriculum includes the student singing and identifying intervals, tapping rhythms and rests, and taking dictations including 4-part chorales. I know how to teach this so that you will be able to feel comfortable with it). We'll also do some fixed-do solfege work. I will help you make a plan to reach your ear-training goals. With practice you will build up the confidence you need to handle any ear-training challenge.

General Music

I offer a survey of musical materials, forms, styles and instruments, including discussion and listening of major works from various periods of musical composition. Curriculum can be adjusted according to student needs and desires.

My MS. Ed with permanent certification ensures that I can teach a general music curriculum at grade levels K - 12 with adherence to New York City, New York State, and National Standards for Music Education.


I studied Italian language for two years in graduate school at Carnegie-Mellon University with outstanding grades. After that I lived in Italy for three full years, from 1985-1988, where I received a certificate in Opera Conducting from Conservatorio "G. Verdi" in Milan. I wanted to immerse myself in the language, culture, and operatic traditions of Italy. I accomplished that goal, conducting several concerts and operas while I was there.

Music History

I completed a BA with music major at Columbia University in 1983. I also hold and MFA in Orchestral Conducting, a 3-year opera conducting certificate from the Milan Conservatory, and an M.S. Ed with a concentration in Vocal Music from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. I know the opera repertory well because I worked for many years as an opera prompter - at the MET in New York as well as theaters in Luebeck and Essen, Germany.

Music Theory

I majored in music at Columbia University. I then completed a graduate degree in orchestra conducting (Carnegie-Mellon University) and an Opera Conducting Certificate (Milan Conservator) which included the study of choral composition. I have posted several of my own compositions on my personal music educator website online. In addition, I taught theory and sight-singing at a Jewish high school for two years in New York City. I began teaching sight-reading when I was 16 years old at Camp Encore, a music camp in Sweden, Maine. I hold Permanent New York Certification as a music teacher. So, if your basic fundamentals of music reading needs shoring up (understanding pitches, rhythms, intervals, etc.), I can help you. We'll also do some dictations (I play music at the keyboard, and you have to notate the music just by hearing it. I know how to teach this so that you will be able to feel comfortable.) And we'll do some fixed-do solfege. I am a nice and patient person.


I have studied piano for over 10 years with some of the world leading piano pedagogues: Niels Ostby, Natasha Snitkovsky, Lilliana Capponi, Alice Predescu, and Irina Vaknavskoia. I have taken conservatory exams at the "G. Verdi" Conservatory in Milan, Italy and appeared in concert at the Adamant Music School in Vermont as a soloist. I hold Permanent New York Certification as a music teacher. I have worked with younger students at the Montessori School and P.S. 59 both of which are located in New York City.


I studied clarinet and alto saxophone with Erik Holmgren at Columbia Teachers College in New York, NY. I hold a permanent New York State Certification as a music educator. In 2006 I completed a summer seminar at the Eastman School of Music in audiation-based instrumental music instruction. I accept saxophone students at the beginning and intermediate levels teaching executive skills, music reading, and improvisation.

Voice (Music)

I hold Permanent New York Certification as a public school music teacher with a specialization in Vocal Music. I am a member of NATS - National Association of Teachers of Singing.

I hold an M.S. Ed degree from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College in New York. I taught professionally at the Montessori Schools of New York and Heschel High School in Manhattan. I currently teach voice privately in Manhattan and I have my own music education website.

I sang publicly in Italy and Austria and I have made vocal recordings in the U.S. and Germany. I have also composed my own songs and have arranged songs and choral works for others.

In addition, I bring the perspective of an opera conductor to my voice teaching work. I also hold an MFA degree in orchestra conducting from Carnegie-Mellon University and a special 3-year opera conducting certificate from the Conservatorio "G. Verdi" in Milan, Italy. I did my undergraduate work at Columbia College in the City of New York, majoring in music. I have conducted singers with orchestra in Italy, the Czech Republic, and the US. I worked as an opera prompter for many years in German opera theaters (Luebeck and Essen) and at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

I teach classical voice, crossing over into musical theater styles. I have worked with elementary school students, middle school students, high school students, college students, conservatory students, and professional singers.

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Columbia College (Music)

Carnegie-Mellon University (Master's)

Queens College - Aaron Copland School of Music (Master's)

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— Bibechana from Woodside, NY on 11/28/12

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