Dori Levine Greenwich St., Tribeca, Rosendale, Upstate NY near New Paltz and Kingston, New York NY, 10013

Styles:Jazz, Folk – Country – Bluegrass, Rock – Alternative, Blues, World, Electronic, Other
Levels:Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Experience:17 years
Rate:$65 / hr


Personal Statement

My Approach Through 17 years of teaching I have developed my own approach to the art of teaching singing. I continue to be pleased by the DRAMATIC RESULTS that I get, often within the first session. I specialize in a voice as an instrument approach. That is to say, you learn to play your instrument (voice) as an instrumentalist learns to play theirs. This includes exploring the range, sound, textures & nuances of your voice along with developing STRONG TECHNIQUE and musicianship.

I have created my own BODY, BREATH, VOICE, WARM-UP as I see these three elements as inseparable. The warm-up encourages relaxation, effortless vocalizing, a positive singing stance, whole-body breathing and brings an awareness of “you” as your instrument.
I work with developing MUSICIANSHIP SKILLS and EAR TRAINING which are also tremendous CONFIDENCE builders, so necessary for singers. I have developed tools for opening the voice so that you can utilize your vocal instrument to its potential with all of its colors, range and power.
I encourage expressing your own ORIGINALITY. Rather than taking away from what you already have, we’ll add options and vocabulary so you can sing more expressively. We will work on expanding your skills and vocal palette perhaps replacing some old habits with more positive ones.

Some Areas of Focus include:
How to Warm-up; Mind, Body & Voice –
gentle body stretches, relaxation & awareness work breath work & exercises to warm & open the voice

Vocal Technique:
Breath Support
Strength/Projection Range

Vocal Exercises:
Traditional exercises to work on developing & improving specific skills
Improvisational exercises to explore the voice searching for personal style, nuances & colors & ones own language.
Exercises that challenge your ear while working your voice

Ear Training: Where are those pitches…really?
Singing intervals and chords
Developing relative pitch
Hearing beyond the obvious

Performance Skills:
Coping with Performance Anxiety
Microphone Technique
Internalizing your material
Communicating with Accompanist; terminology, counting tempos Intros & endings
Creating basic arrangements
Singing the story of a song
Reaching your Audience
Getting your book together, choosing YOUR tunes
The importance of clear lead sheets in YOUR keys
Affirmations & Visualization

pontaneously creating music in the moment; freely or within the context of a tune
Phrasing, Re-creation of melody
Extended Vocal Techniques Experiencing vocal freedom

Coaching: For performance & recording – why settle for merely good when GREAT exists!

Teaching voice is a vast subject. For some students a few lessons are enough as the first handful of lessons are especially powerful. For other students who prefer to go more deeply the work can continue for years. Its up to you as to how many lessons you take. Lessons and vocal exercises are personalized according to the need of each student.

Lessons are usually an hour and divided into three parts: warm-up, vocal exercises, & developing repertoire/performance but can be varied to suit individual needs.
Please CONTACT me for further info./details/rates
DORI LEVINE 212-964-0852
I have a studio in Tribeca, NYC and upstate NY near New Paltz.

Education / Training

BFA from the School of Visual Arts specializing in performance
My musical education has come from seeking out the teachers who were most interesting to me and studying with them along with 30+ years of performing experience in NYC and abroad.

Singing & Vocal Improv.-
Lennie Tristano, Jay Clayton, Anne Marie Moss, Thuli Dumakude,
Connie Crothers, Kazzrie Jaxsen

Piano –
Connie Crothers, Richard Sussman, Virg Dzurinko, Mike Kanan, Daniela Schacter

Percussion –
Cheryl Richards

Dori Levine