HI THERE, I'M NORA.
Nora has dedicated her life to studying the most personal instrument there is—the Voice. Trained in classical opera and a vocal technician herself, Nora founded High Note Piano and Vocal Instruction from the Murray Hill neighborhood of midtown Manhattan, with the vision of creating a supportive teaching space where students can work toward finding their inner voice and developing their musical expression. Nora created and administered the After School Music program at the Greenwich Village School P.S. 41, New York, NY for over 16 years. This revered enrichment music program ensured teachings were tailored to individual students’ needs for optimal learning, with strong emphases on building confidence, fluent music reading, music theory and solo performance competency.
All the while, Nora helped NYC musicians bloom with private instruction. Her piano and voice students range greatly in age, experience and their motivations to learn including natural born performers, shy beginners, professional and recreational musicians. Nora also coaches professional public speakers on projection of voice. In all cases, Nora caringly creates goal-oriented curriculums, tailored specifically to each student’s learning objectives. Her centered and whole approach to singing, speaking and piano playing allows her students to organically find their own creativity through supported process learning.
Nora nurtures each student’s ability to self-express while developing technical skill, music theory and musicality. Her goal is to build music enthusiasts with a foundation that can span a lifetime.
Nora received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the University of Toronto, and her Master’s Degree in Voice Performance from Manhattan School of Music. Nora has studied with world renowned teachers, Mary Morrison, Patricia Kern and Mignon Dunn for Voice and Piano Pedagogy with Anne Farber and her teaching mentor Paul Sheftel. Nora is a former faculty member of the Early Childhood Department at the Diller-Quaile School of Music, NYC. Nora also completed Dalcroze Comprehensive Musical Training at Lucy Moses School, Kaufman Center NYC and the Integrative Sound and Music Facilitator Training Program from the New York Open Center. Nora is an official Steinway & Sons Educational Partner, an active member of the Music Teachers National Association, the NYSMTA, the Piano Teachers Congress of New York, the National Guild of Piano Teachers, the National Association of Teachers of Singing , the NYSTA and the American College of Musicians. Nora structured filming, curation and archived a broad range of clinical sessions while volunteering for over two years at the Nordoff - Robbins Center for Music Therapy, NYU.
Recently, Nora completed four years of Gestalt Psychotherapy Training, which has guided and enhanced her approach to music coaching, particularly with students who wish to overcome performance anxiety.
A TYPICAL SESSION WITH NORA:
Nora has extensive experience teaching piano, voice and a hybrid of voice and piano at-home, in-home and virtually. Students’ can expect to bloom musically and see their learning objectives achieved in any of these settings below.
Nora is currently offering vocal coaching for all levels of singers and speakers, piano lessons for beginner and intermediate students, and a hybrid combination of voice and piano lessons.
Here’s what you can expect from each:
Master your voice and expand your vocal range in the context of one-on-one weekly sessions through specialized vocalizations, vocal and breathing exercises that strengthen and support air flow, emphasizing phrasing and bel canto technique. You will gain self-confidence and reach your greatest musical potential.
Students will learn how to play piano in the context of one-on-one weekly sessions. Nora will support your learning of an applied instrument and incorporate theory and ear training following method books and appropriate supplemental materials.