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Zak S.
Washington, District of Columbia
Learn the art of the Broadway Musical with expert online or in-person lessons
Broadway Singing is my passion! I've played piano on Broadway for 4 shows (Wicked, Mean Girls, Motown, and The Color Purple). And yet, teaching singing is just as rewarding. I focus on technique (low breaths, engaging support muscles, steady stream of air on the exhale...), pitch (the first step is to hear it!), and musicality - how to express not only the dynamic contours of the music, but also how to tell the story compellingly. I also love working on Acting While Singing. So often, performers will act wonderfully until their songs, then drop out of character once they start singing. Many directors have said "I'd rather have an actor who can't sing than a singer who can't act". To improve this, we'll look at how to use a lyric specifically and personally in order to stay in the moment. I would love to help you discover yourself inside the songs you sing. Whether your goal is Broadway, community theater, or simply to have fun (all equally noble aspirations), I welcome the opportunity to help you connect with your work on the deepest, most authentic level. NOTE: I only work with students who are age 16 and up. If you have a child who is just under 16, feel free to reach out and we can talk.
About Zak S.

Hi, I'm Zak! I'm guessing you're here because you love singing. Well, so do I! Small world. My experience ranges far and wide: I've played piano on Broadway for Wicked, Mean Girls, Motown, and The Color Purple; I've music directed middle school productions of Zombie Prom and the new Beatles musical; and I've coached multiple Broadway actors, including a woman who, as a result, booked Elphaba in one of the major regional productions of Wicked. You could say I've seen it all (you'd be wrong, though; that's impossible)! Vocal Coaching is my passion. I love helping people discover themselves inside the songs they sing. Whether the goal is Broadway, community theater, or simply to have fun (all equally noble aspirations), I'd welcome the opportunity to help you connect with your work on the deepest level. NOTE: I only work with students who are age 16 and up. If you have a child who is just under 16, feel free to reach out and we can talk.

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Teaches Intermediate, Advanced

Teaching since

Teaching since 2009

Education

B.A., Music

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Teaches ages 16+

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Zak S.
Washington, District of Columbia
Learn the art of the Broadway Musical with expert online or in-person lessons
Broadway Singing is my passion! I've played piano on Broadway for 4 shows (Wicked, Mean Girls, Motown, and The Color Purple). And yet, teaching singing is just as rewarding. I focus on technique (low breaths, engaging support muscles, steady stream of air on the exhale...), pitch (the first step is to hear it!), and musicality - how to express not only the dynamic contours of the music, but also how to tell the story compellingly. I also love working on Acting While Singing. So often, performers will act wonderfully until their songs, then drop out of character once they start singing. Many directors have said "I'd rather have an actor who can't sing than a singer who can't act". To improve this, we'll look at how to use a lyric specifically and personally in order to stay in the moment. I would love to help you discover yourself inside the songs you sing. Whether your goal is Broadway, community theater, or simply to have fun (all equally noble aspirations), I welcome the opportunity to help you connect with your work on the deepest, most authentic level. NOTE: I only work with students who are age 16 and up. If you have a child who is just under 16, feel free to reach out and we can talk.
About Zak S.

Hi, I'm Zak! I'm guessing you're here because you love singing. Well, so do I! Small world. My experience ranges far and wide: I've played piano on Broadway for Wicked, Mean Girls, Motown, and The Color Purple; I've music directed middle school productions of Zombie Prom and the new Beatles musical; and I've coached multiple Broadway actors, including a woman who, as a result, booked Elphaba in one of the major regional productions of Wicked. You could say I've seen it all (you'd be wrong, though; that's impossible)! Vocal Coaching is my passion. I love helping people discover themselves inside the songs they sing. Whether the goal is Broadway, community theater, or simply to have fun (all equally noble aspirations), I'd welcome the opportunity to help you connect with your work on the deepest level. NOTE: I only work with students who are age 16 and up. If you have a child who is just under 16, feel free to reach out and we can talk.

Levels taught

Teaches Intermediate, Advanced

Teaching since

Teaching since 2009

Education

B.A., Music

Teaches ages +

Teaches ages 16+

Speaks

Has background check

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Zak is an amazing teacher for those who want to take their singing to the next level. His methods help the singer to greatly improve their ability to express intent and feeling while singing, among other things. To put it simply, Zak's teachings make the difference between good singers and fantastic singers!

Posted Aug 28, 2021
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Zak is a super great instructor and very supportive and kind! I had a great time working with him!

Posted Aug 18, 2021
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I would highly recommend Zak if you are looking for a piano instructor. He is not only a very talented musician, but an exceptional teacher. My son was a beginner piano student at 11 years old and Zak was able to create lessons that not only held his interest but had him begging for longer and more frequent lessons. Zak took input from my son about what he was interested in and tailored his lessons to meet my sons needs. My son learned more than just how to play songs. Zak taught music theory, cord progressions, proper posture on the piano bench and so many other things that go into playing beautifully. My son is interested in composing and Zak, as an accomplished composer was able to give him invaluable insight and feedback. We feel very lucky to have had him as a teacher and highly recommend him.

Posted Aug 11, 2021
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Pianist
May 2012 - Present
Broadway
I've played for Wicked, Mean Girls, Motown, and The Color Purple.
B.A., Music
Aug 2004 - May 2008
Yale College
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Fenno Heath Award
Mar 2006
Yale Glee Club
Shen Prize for Musical Theater Composition
May 2005
Yale College
Best Original Composition
Feb 2000
Friday Morning Music Club
Orchestra Soloist Award
Feb 2000
Mount Vernon Youth Orchestra

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Instructor details
Broadway Singing
Student's Home
Student's Home
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
Work hours
M
T
W
T
F
S
S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
30 minutes
$95
45 minutes
$125
60 minutes
$155
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30