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“I still say with the utmost confidence that he is one of the best vocal coaches in the performing arts industry today. I'm always impressed with not only the high caliber of talent that his students demonstrate in auditions, but also the consistent improvement they exhibit over time. I highly recommend Matt as a vocal teacher or vocal coach to any performer who is serious about their art and dedicated to constantly improving their craft.”

Bernie Telsey

owner, telsey + company

“Matt was absolutely fantastic. He was focused, patient, kind and most importantly, made me feel like I could access my own potential. It was a pleasure to learn from him, and I was so happy to find him! It is testament to his talents that I found him through a recommendation from a dear friend. Now I can only return the favor and recommend him to anyone looking to hone their skills with a wonderful teacher.”

Sara Bareilles

grammy nominated recording artist

“Matt Farnsworth is unbelievable! In just my first lesson he taught me how to place my voice in such a way that made it feel so easy & effortless.. His great energy is contagious & had me feeling very confident in my instrument following our lesson, which is something I hadn't felt in a while. Matt is the real deal, one of the most informative yet enjoyable voice lessons I have ever had! Thank you Matt!!”

Pia Toscano

American Idol finalist 2011

“There are voice teachers and there are miracle workers. Matt Farnsworth is the new mastermind in our Broadway community and my first recommendation for anyone seeking true vocal transformation. I dare you to prove me wrong—you will lose. And, of course, you will win.”

V.P. Boyle

owner, Matrix Theatricals

“Matt is a premier voice teacher in New York City. An experienced performer himself, he guides his students toward not only improved vocal technique but also stronger auditions. I constantly hear from his students that their sessions are very productive and that Matt is a joy to work with.”

Craig Burns

partner/casting director, Telsey + Company

“Matt is such a smart teacher and coach. He knows exactly what his students need and his methods obviously vary from student to student. He has made several recommendations to me for huge, difficult roles in Broadway musicals and he is always right. In fact, the first man he sent me ended up playing Tony in West Side Story.”

Stuart Howard

owner, Stuart Howard and Associates

“Matt Farnsworth is the BEST voice teacher in new York city! He kept me from grabbing and not supporting properly, to releasing tension in the neck and being on my breath support. He will not feed you any bluff. He is there as an inspiration, technical coach, and friend. I highly recommend Matt! He will change your life.”

Constantine Rousouli

Ghost on Broadway

“As soon as I began studying with Matt, he unlocked parts of my voice that I didn't know I had. My range, quality of tone, and repertoire immediately expanded. I instantly saw a proportional increase in callbacks and other opportunities. Perhaps, most importantly, he laid down the foundation and gave me the confidence for my Jersey Boys auditions and callbacks and was absolutely instrumental in helping me book my dream role of Frankie Valli--which I am currently lucky enough to play. He is a great teacher, mentor, supporter, confidante, and friend.”

Brad Weinstock

Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys National Tour

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att Farnsworth is an accomplished voice teacher, actor, and pianist living and working in NYC. He has been teaching voice since 1995 when he became the consulting coach on Broadway’s production of Rent. Since then, Matt has taught hundreds of Broadway actors, film stars and recording artists which include Sara Bareilles, Carly Rae Jepsen and American Idol finalists Constantine Maroulis and Pia Toscano. His students can be seen performing in Film and Television, on Broadway, National tours and in regional houses around the country. Matt’s success as a teacher is not only attributed to his studies, but also from his experience as an actor and accomplished pianist. Before Matt decided to pursue teaching full time, he performed on Broadway and regionally in The Who’s Tommy, Cats, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Sunset Boulevard and Curtains. He has performed in top regional productions opposite Idina Menzel, Alice Ripley and many other amazing singers. Matt believes that every great teacher should continue their own studies and he does so by studying regularly himself with incredible teachers like Bill Schuman, Craig Carnelia, Joan Rosenfels and Bob Krackower. Matt’s knowledge and experience of “the business”, relationships with casting directors and directors, unparalleled piano skills, understanding of the human voice and body, along with his own experience of being a Broadway actor in NYC for 20 years, make him one of New York’s most sought after voice teachers today.

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Dan Thaler

Dan Thaler is an accomplished teacher, performer and producer living and working in New York City. Dan’s teaching style crosses genres of opera, theater, pop and rock and his students have performed in a wide variety of settings such as Broadway, off-Broadway, National Tours, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, BAM, The Royal Shakespeare Company, London’s West End, The Santa Fe Opera, regional theaters throughout the United States and Canada, and for venues such as The Knitting Factory, Joe’s Pub, Arlene’s Grocery, and many of the city’s major cabaret venues. He has participated in events with both the New York Singing Teachers Association and The National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). Dan has taught music in New York City public and private schools (K-12) and has prepared students for study at the city’s performing arts high schools and for conservatory and university programs throughout the country. As a performer, Dan has had major roles in both opera and music theater throughout the United States,  and has been featured on BRAVO, Ovation and PBS. He is a successful New York producer and has produced music and theatrical events throughout the city for Atlantic Theater Stage 2, Galapagos Art Space, Dimenna Center for Classical Music, Bechstein Piano Showroom, Mercedez Benz Fashion Week, and internationally for Mondo Musica and Japanese National TV NHK. Dan has been studying with Matt both as a student and as an associate teacher for the past 4 years guaranteeing he is fully immersed in our methodology.

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Ric Ryder

Ric Ryder has appeared on Broadway seven times, creating roles in original casts and directed by some of the theatre’s most prolific Tony Award winners like Tom O’Horgan, Susan Stroman, Graciela Danielle and Tommy Tune. Some highlights include starring opposite singer/songwriting legend, Carole King in Blood Brothers, Grease! (w/ Rosie O’Donnell), Bill Finn’s A New Brain at Lincoln Center and the Dreamgirls 20th Anniversary Concert on Broadway. Variety said “Ryder is a truly thrilling singer…” in the title role of Jewish Rep’s world premier stage adaptation of The Jazz Singer. He’s crisscrossed the nation in Broadway national tours, played many of the nation’s finest regional theatres, appeared in sold out NYC cabaret/concert venues and can be heard singing in Disney animated feature films like Hunchback of Notre Dame among others. 14 years ago Ric began teaching what he knows to other professionals and aspiring professionals privately and to college conservatory students at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, CAP21 and subsequently at Catholic University, historic Jacobs Pillow (Chet Walker’s Jazz Musical Theatre Intensive) and most recently at the Stella Adler NYC Conservatory’s new Musical Theatre Summer Intensive. A frequent guest artist in master class settings, he has traveled the US, South America and Europe sharing his lifetime of wisdom in musical theatre. Ric uses his personable, supportive and direct approach as he teaches voice privately and coaches his client base in two locations; here in NYC’s Hell’s Kitchen and in his native Baltimore/Washington. Education; Peabody Conservatory, BA in Music/University of MD Baltimore County. Ric attends his own voice lessons with Matt on a regular basis and continues to develop his teaching skills as part of our associate training program.

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Mike Maixner

Mike Maixner is an accomplished singer, musician, and arranger based in New York City.  His passion for performing, honed over a decade as a singer and actor culminated in the discovery of an innate gift for teaching, and he has been helping singers find their own voices ever since. Students have appeared in such Broadway productions as Wicked, The Book of Mormon, Evita, Hairspray, West Side Story and more. His style revolves around stripping away bad habits and tension to uncover the natural voice, uninhibited by artificiality. As a musician, Mike has worked as an accompanist, jazz pianist and arranger, preparing music for students as well as for full-length musicals. His musical knowledge has also made him a sought-after song coach, with whom students can learn songs quickly and efficiently. Mike earned his BFA in Musical Theatre Performance from the University of Oklahoma and has been working in the industry for close to ten years, garnering experience both as a performer and as a valued member of a creative team. Mike has studied with Matt for 5 years as a student and has trained extensively with Matt on his methodology and philosophy. His diverse skills make him an incredibly well rounded teacher/coach, and his enthusiasm for teaching  make him an exciting addition to Matt Farnsworth Vocal Studios.

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Carolyn Miller

Born and raised on Long Island, Carolyn began working professionally at 8 years old and has since appeared on stage, in national commercials, recorded voiceovers, and booked principal roles in both film and television. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2011 from the Boston Conservatory, where she majored in musical theater with an emphasis in directing. Her voice currently be heard nationally on the radio in “Pepsi” ads, as well as the new “Don’t Text and Drive” public service announcements. Carolyn has always loved working with people who have a passion for the arts. Whether it’s in a classroom, at a dance studio, or sitting at the piano, Carolyn has worn the many hats of acting coach, voice teacher, dance instructor, music theory tutor, piano teacher, and college audition coach to name a few. Her masterclasses have been given throughout Long Island and New York City, with students ranging in age from 5-55! Winning first place in national dance competitions, receiving perfect scores on vocal/piano NYSSMA solos, getting cast as leads in theater productions, and being accepted to some of the most competitive college programs in the nation are just a few of her clients’ many accomplishments. Carolyn as been studying with Matt for the past 3 years and is excited to join our team focusing on sight reading and piano teaching components.

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y philosophy on teaching singing is pretty straight forward. To facilitate the student with the ability to create their own unique individual sound, free of tension and fully supported without crowding their head with too much information. I like my students to EXPERIENCE the feeling of great singing and not be in their head about all the technicalities it entails. Is it important to know what is happening technically? Absolutely, but not at the expense of the art of it all. Great singing is a visceral experience that when done correctly, the body knows it and will begin to process the technicalities NATURALLY… Singing is actually very simple but people can over-complicate it in my opinion.. Also singing should be FUN and HEALING! If its not, you’re not doing it right. I also believe that the voice is a mirror for what is also going on in people’s lives. If something is out of balance it definitely shows up in the voice. So I also encourage my students to practice the things that will help bring them into balance.

Sara Bareilles Matt Farnsworth Vocal Studio Best Voice Teacher in the World NY

“Matt was absolutely fantastic. He was focused, patient, kind and most importantly, made me feel like I could access my own potential. It was a pleasure to learn from him, and I was so happy to find him! It is testament to his talents that I found him through a recommendation from a dear friend. Now I can only return the favor and recommend him to anyone looking to hone their skills with a wonderful teacher.”

Sara Bareilles

Grammy and Tony Award nominated recording artist

Bernie Telsey Matt Farnsworth Vocal Studio Best Voice Teacher in the World NY MF Voice app

I still say with the utmost confidence that he is one of the best vocal coaches in the performing arts industry today. I’m always impressed with not only the high caliber of talent that his students demonstrate in auditions, but also the consistent improvement they exhibit over time. I highly recommend Matt as a vocal teacher or vocal coach to any performer who is serious about their art and dedicated to constantly improving their craft.

Bernie Telsey

Telsey & Co Casting

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“Matt Farnsworth has brought the legit tenor out of my voice I haven’t heard in years. It has actually helped me wail rock even easier. Matt helps you create and prepare the space for the natural sound to just fly out with ease. His background as a performer allows the experience to be an all around one not just a voice lesson but a coaching and conversation about character. He rocks!”

Constantine Maroulis

Actor, Singer, Producer, Tony nominee, American Idol finalist

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 “Matt Farnsworth is unbelievable! In just my first lesson he taught me how to place my voice in such a way that made it feel so easy & effortless.. His great energy is contagious & had me feeling very confident in my instrument following our lesson, which is something I hadn’t felt in a while. Matt is the real deal, one of the most informative yet enjoyable voice lessons I have ever had! Thank you Matt!!”

Pia Toscano

American Idol Finalist

Craig Burns Matt Farnsworth Vocal Studio Best Voice Teacher in the World NY MF Voice app

Matt is a premier voice teacher in New York City.  An experienced performer himself, he guides his students toward not only improved vocal technique but also stronger auditions.  I constantly hear from his students that their sessions are very productive and that Matt is a joy to work with.

Craig Burns

Casting Director Telsey & Co Casting

V. P. Boyle Matt Farnsworth Vocal Studio Best Voice Teacher in the World NY MF Voice app

There are voice teachers and there are miracle workers. Matt Farnsworth is the new mastermind in our Broadway community and my first recommendation for anyone seeking true vocal transformation. I dare you to prove me wrong—you will lose. And, of course, you will win.

V.P. Boyle

Owner Matrix Theatrics

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“The fact of the matter is that I would absolutely not be where I am today without Matt. Not only did he completely change my instrument, but he gave me the confidence and the tools to fully enjoy singing again. There’s a miraculous and overwhelming freedom to singing that I’d never felt until working with Matt. I owe him everything.”

Brandon Uranowitz

Tony Award nominee for An American in Paris on Broadway

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“The simple act of breathing does so much–when done correctly. I have been singing for almost 20 years and I haven’t been truly breathing. Only now, since working with Matt, have I begun to BREATHE and to find MY voice. The real me. It’s been a joyful, intense and glorious journey that I encourage everyone to seek out.”

Lucia Spina

Kinky Boots on Broadway

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“Matt’s teaching provides consistently tangible and quick improvement in anyone I send to him. His kind demeanor, nurturing sensibility, broad stylistic knowledge combined with a comprehensive understanding of the voice makes him an excellent choice for the working professional.”

Bryan Perri

Music Director and Conductor of Wicked on Broadway

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“Matt has completely changed the way I sing. Not just technique wise, but my mindset about singing is completely new because of Matt. He has a way of instilling a deep confidence that you can sing anything how ever you want to sing it. It’s a magical feeling to be in an audition room or on a stage and feel like you can completely surrender and have fun.”

Emily Koch

Elphaba in Wicked National Tour

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“Matt is an incredible advisor, teacher and person. I was handed his number by Tiffany Canfield at Telsey when I was over in the US seeking some vocal coaching for my Spider-man casting back in 2009. I often visit Matt for a reliable, intense and dedicated hour of refocusing technique and new material.  I highly recommend his professional, gratifying service.”

Matt James Thomas

Pippin on Broadway

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“Matt Farnsworth is the reason I have a mix.  He taught me to belt healthy, not to fear my soprano, and to do all of it in a way that’s easy 8 shows a week. I don’t know how he knows women’s voices so well, seems like some voodoo magic, but whatever he’s sellin’, I’m buyin’.”

Anika Larsen

Tony Award nominee for Beautiful on Broadway

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“He’s helped me find a healthy way to sing a rock show 8 times a week and I continue to learn and grow from him with every lesson.”

Betsy Struxness

Hamilton on Broadway

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“After studying with three vocal coaches who taught me some useful techniques,  none of them seemed to be able to help me break free of  the destructive vocal habits that were abusing my vocal chords.  It was when I started  working with  Matt Farnsworth  that the true transformation of my voice began.  He was the first one to realize exactly what I was doing wrong and knew how to fix it. The tools I have acquired from training with him and the proper techniques I have learned have allowed my voice to mature and expand with long lasting profound results that have sustained me for years and years.”

Jonathan Mendelsohn

Recording Artist

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“Matt creates a fun and nurturing environment that fosters growth and as a result my singing is freer, more relaxed, and relieved of unnecessary tension. Furthermore, his experience as a performer and knowledge of what is current and what is appropriate material for auditioning today makes him invaluable.  I would recommend Matt’s technique and process not only to the beginning singer, but to the seasoned veteran.”

Paul Anthony Stewart

Don Kirshner in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on Broadway

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“After being on tour for almost four years, I came to Matt to help me break some bad vocal habits I picked up while on the road. He was easily able to identify my problems with breath and placement, and now my voice is more free and connected than it had ever been before. I am now able to perform with more confidence and ease. Matt understands the way the voice works on a deep level, helping me improve with every lesson I take. I would recommend Matt Farnsworth to any singer who wants to improve their craft.”

Alyssa Fox

Elphaba s/b in Wicked on Broadway

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“Working with Matt completely changed my life as a singer. His approach of really breathing and using that breath to keep yourself and your throat calm took my singing to the next level. I am confident in my ability to sing all forms of music healthily and frequently. After years of working in rock musicals, I can honestly say that my voice is as healthy and strong as ever thanks to Matt. Not only that, but Matt is one of the kindest, most genuine human beings I have ever met. Whether I need help working on a song for an audition, or if I need an honest and loving friend to talk to about the difficult life as a performer, Matt is always there.”

Alex Boniello

Moritz in Spring Awakening on Broadway

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“A major goal in studying voice is versatility, particularly for musical theater. One of our most useful tools as storytellers is our voice, especially in a larger house. A solid technical base allows for a constantly expanding range, volume control, and a blank slate to color the sound with a myriad of expressions. In the short time I have studied with Matt, I have made huge strides in my singing as well as my speaking voice. I feel more versatile than ever, limitless really, and there is great possibility in a world with no bounds. Thank you Matt.”

Matt Shingledecker

Fiyero in Wicked on Broadway

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“Matt Farnsworth changed my voice and then my ability to simply tell the story without worrying about placement or notes. He has a formula and technique that takes your natural abilities beyond what you ever think you can do. I am so grateful for his knowledge and gift as not only a singer but an amazing teacher.”

Rachelle Rak

Fosse, Cats, Catch Me If You Can and many more... on Broadway

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“Aside from being a wonderful human, Matt speaks with the authority of someone who has had to crank out eight shows a week for a good deal of his life. I was jumping between shows and styles of music last year and I wound up losing my voice to neck and torso tension. Within a month Matt not only had my voice back, but functioning with more freedom and release than I had ever experienced in my life. He has helped me find my instrument in an extremely malleable and expressive way. Simply put, Matt saved my broken voice and brought it back.”

Marrick Smith

Fun Home on Broadway

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“Matt creates a comfortable, yet productive, dynamic that you can’t find anywhere else. Whether a lesson is spent prepping for an audition or fine tuning technique, it is money well spent. He’s not there to tell you what you want to hear, rather the tools that will get you the results.”

Adam Kaplan

Charlie Price in Kinky Boots National Tour

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“Matt completed transformed my voice. He has helped me to mold into numerous characters, from 80’s rock star to British child. Matt has an impeccable ear and knows the voice inside and out. He has a magical way of training his students to train themselves. My confidence has grown immensely as a singer and a human being because of Matt’s attention to detail and genuine care. I’m lucky to work with him!”

Cassie Silva

Ms. Wormwood in Matilda National Tour

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“Matt has gotten my voice to produce sounds that I never thought possible. I do his warm-ups everyday on the road and after doing 8 or 9 shows a week consistently now, my voice is in such great shape. All thanks to Matt! I wish I could bring him on tour with me and have a lesson everyday!”

Ryann Redmond

If/Then on Broadway

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“Matt takes an incredibly easy and straightforward approach to singing – always reminding his students to work to find their own voice. Within a couple months of studying with Matt I had booked my first Off-Broadway show and he helped to guide me from the first rehearsal to closing night. He truly is the best.”

Geoffrey Kidwell

Waitress on Broadway

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“There are no words that accurately describe the magic that is Matt Farnsworth.  Not only has Matt transformed my voice; he has also transformed my life.  His teachings go beyond just technique and become a lifestyle. I came to Matt in search of vocal guidance after suffering from fatigue after a very long tour. He diligently worked with me for months and has integrated a technique that is healthier way to project and will never damage my voice. With full confidence, I can honestly say because of Matt, I have become the strongest version of my singer self. He has encouraged me to step beyond my comfort and has been nothing but supportive in all areas of my life. He creates a safe space where it’s easy to learn and grow. I honestly don’t know what I would do without him. I am forever grateful! Thank you Matt!”

Chloe Lowery

Lead Vocalist on Trans Siberian Orchestra Tours

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“Matt is truly a gifted teacher. I love that he is personable, makes me feel safe, and teaches in a way that is easy to understand. I’ve gotten so much better since starting to train with him, and consequently, the work I’ve booked has gotten better too!”

Stephanie Martignetti

Matilda National Tour

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“Matt Farnsworth is transformative. From the first lesson, he continues to show me how to re-asses and access difficult parts of my voice with ease and confidence. His individualized warm-ups mold to fit the specific technical needs of each role or song we work on in our lessons.   Matt is honest, straightforward, and creates a vibrant and focused learning environment. He does not waste your time. Above and beyond that, Matt is an incredibly supportive mentor and friend. Matt Farnsworth is the real deal!”

Eryn LeCroy

Emma Carew in Jekyll & Hide National Tour

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“After 14 months of studying with Matt I can definitely say that he has transformed my voice. As early as our first lesson Matt was able to identify some “bad vocal habits” I’ve developed, and begin to fix them by helping me understand what I needed to do to sing in a healthy way. Not only have I found more consistency while studying with Matt, but I’ve rediscovered the joy I have for singing.”

Tommar Wilson

The Book of Mormon on Broadway

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“Matt is the best! Even after the first lesson, my voice felt and sounded noticeably different. Not only has he helped open up both ends of my range, but he has made me a more confident singer and performer. And on top of all that, he knows so much about the business. I know I can always count on him for solid advice and career guidance. I can’t recommend him enough!”

Ben Estus

The Book of Mormon on Broadway

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“Not only an excellent vocal teacher with technique, but coaching, professional wisdom, and a real sense of how to connect all of your intangibles.”

Vincent Oddo

Rocky The Musical on Broadway

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“Matt understands my instrument and has taught me how to understand it as well. If it weren’t for him, I can honestly say I wouldn’t be in The Addams Family right now. He is the real deal.”

Lizzie Klemperer

Bright Star on Broadway

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“As a director, I have recommended Matt Farnsworth to many of my cast members as he not only has a gift to bring out the best in a singer, but also to evoke a truth in their voice in telling a specific story and creating a unique character. I have always seen a marked difference in technique, clarity and storytelling from singers after they have studied with Matt.  He is truly one of the best in the business.”

Bobby Garcia

International Director of Broadway Asia

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“Matt has helped me rediscover not only my voice, but the joy in singing.  His instruction is very simple and direct, and his ear is incredible. My range has expanded, the rough spots have been made smooth, and singing is effortless in a way that it never was before: he’s brilliant.”

Michael Seelbach

Wicked on Broadway

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“I’ve never had a voice teacher who took my entire voice to the next level. If you want to make a real and lasting change, go to Matt! He’s personable, professional, and he never fails.”

Matt Meigs

Matilda on Broadway

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“Matt Farnsworth completely changed my voice for the better. I value his opinion not only in song choice but everything related to this business and to be honest I probably run every life decision by him. I regard Matt as a good friend as well as an irreplaceable teacher.”

Matthew Marks

The Book of Mormon on Broadway

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“I almost don’t want to tell you how great Matt is because I want to keep him a secret… but seriously, no one is better than this guy. He is magic. I always leave better than I was when I walked in. Oh, did I mention he. is. literal. magic? Do yourself a favor and let this man make you better than you even thought you could be.”

Joey DeBenedetto

International Tour Disney on Classic in Japan, Singapore and Taipei

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“Matt Farnsworth is truly gifted as a teacher, and has personally helped me in SO many ways. He encourages healthy singing, and has helped free my natural voice. I really know what to do and where to place things. It’s accessible and fun!  I feel more confident, more knowledgeable, and infinitely more myself when I sing thanks to him. I’m forever grateful.”

Liz Holtan

Hindsight on VH1 (recurring), solo Karen Carpenter Cabaret in NYC

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“Matt has totally changed the game for me. My voice has greater range, clearer tone and my chords are healthier. He’s helped me rid some old habits which prohibited me from my true voice which is now more flexible and present. I’m able to sing (well) in any circumstance and he’s taught me to make the simplest adjustments, to stay focused and to trust my instrument. On a personal level, I have not had one lesson where I didn’t leave the studio inspired, encouraged, challenged and ready to take over the worrrrrllld! He cares about the lives of his students and their goals both personally and professionally. I take my training with Matt very seriously and I am honored to call Matt my friend after this last year of studying with him.”

Kathleen Monteleone

Hands on a Hardbody on Broadway

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“Matt is so much more than a voice teacher. He is a friend…an amazing listener and a vocal MASTER. Whenever I leave my lessons I feel like I can conquer the world…or at least a solid 32 bars of it. I have given his name to all my friends not as AN option but as THE option.”

Leela Rothenberg

Grease at Paper Mill Playhouse

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“Matt Farnsworth is the BEST voice teacher in new York city! He kept me from grabbing and not supporting properly, to releasing tension in the neck and being on my breath support. He will not feed you any bluff. He is there as an inspiration, technical coach, and friend. I highly recommend Matt! He will change your life.”

Constantine Rousouli

Ghost on Broadway

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Being Matt’s student has truly changed me as a singer and person in the most incredibly positive ways. Matt has his own instinctive language that really speaks to singers with a kind, direct and exploratory nature that guides you to discover your true vocal capabilities. He is completely in-tune with his students and has improved my vocal and overall health in so many ways. I feel so unbelievably fortunate to be part of his studio.

Andi Alhadeff

Jasper In Deadland at the Seattle 5th Av. Theater

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“As soon as I began studying with Matt, he unlocked parts of my voice that I didn’t know I had.  My range, quality of tone, and repertoire immediately expanded.  I instantly saw a proportional increase in callbacks and other opportunities.  Perhaps, most importantly, he laid down the foundation and gave me the confidence for my Jersey Boys auditions and callbacks and was absolutely instrumental in helping me book my dream role of Frankie Valli–which I am currently lucky enough to play.  He is a great teacher, mentor, supporter, confidante, and friend.”

Brad Weinstock

Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys National Tour

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“Matt completely changed my voice.  He constantly challenges me with my technique and my repertoire. He knows his stuff about the voice and the biz and gives me the confidence to forge into new territory. Bottom line: I recommend him to EVERYONE I know!”

Emily Shoolin

Emily in Spiderman on Broadway

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“From my first lesson with Matt Farnsworth, I realized that I was with a teacher who could expand and complete my voice.  Matt has a unique ability, both technically and stylistically, to introduce the voice to its full potential.  With Matt, I am able to take my voice to the next level.”

Adam Wolfsdorf

Lead singer of The Energy

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“Matt has taken not only my voice, but my confidence to new heights. Since I began studying with him, I’ve learned to get out of my head when it comes to singing, and into the heart of my voice.  I have so much more trust in my voice now, because I have complete trust in Matt as a voice teacher.”

Rose Hemingway

Rose in How to Succeed in Business Broadway

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“I see my voice teacher, Matt Farnsworth, every week.  Just like you’d see a personal trainer for your body, Matt is a personal trainer for the voice. He’s keeps me in shape for the demands of an 8 show week”He was the first person I went to when I auditioned for Rent in 1999.  He makes singing 8 shows a week in Rock of Ages easy.”

Dan Domenech

Drew in Rock of Ages on Broadway

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“Matt is by far the best voice teacher I have ever had! It’s amazing what he did in just my first lesson alone! He is a genuine, down-to-earth, guy who has been in the business long enough to help you with those nasty issues that show business brings about on a daily basis.  I can’t say enough good things about him!”

Brian Sears

Book of Mormon Broadway

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“Performing eight shows a week can be very taxing on my voice. Matt, one of the smartest and most supportive teachers I’ve studied with, has taught me ways to overcome that, so I can not only perform to my fullest at night, but have my days free from any vocal stress.” -“Matt will push you to your fullest potential. If I ever express any doubts, he’ll respond with “don’t think!” It’s probably the best advice I’ve ever received.”

Natalie Gallo

Mary in Jersey Boys National Tour

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“Within the first lesson Matt started to break me of my fears of singing and start discovering my vocal potential. Within months I was singing in ways I had never experienced and within a year, I was singing Dorthy in the Wiz. With Matt’s help, I booked my first Broadway show six months later, and have worked consistently as a Broadway singer and actress ever since, from playing Joanne in Rent to Sheila and Dionne in Hair. I cannot thank Matt enough for instilling in me the technique and confidence that put me on the road to success.”

Nicole Lewis

Hair on Broadway

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“During my first lesson with Matt, he told me I’d be on Broadway within the year, and he was right. Matt’s knowledge and skill both as an instrumentalist and vocalist is unmatched by anyone I’ve worked with. He is a major presence in the Broadway community and has coached me through several roles on Broadway and national tours. I truly would not have accomplished my performance goals without Matt’s technique, patience and diligence. If you’re looking for results, this is the man to see.”

Josh Franklin

Leading role in Anything Goes National Tour

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“When you leave a Matt Farnsworth session, you walk a little taller, and you sing a hell of a lot better.”

Geoffrey Hemingway

Hair on Broadway

 Matt Farnsworth Vocal Studio Best Voice Teacher in the World NY MF Voice app

“I credit Matt for literally re-shifting my technique….and encouraging and allowing me to be a greater, more consistent, and competitive singer.  I’m singing better and healthier than I ever have in my life……AND I never would have booked Mamma Mia without him !!  THANK YOU !!”

Tim Ewing

Dust and Dreams

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“Through working with Matt, I gained vocal stamina and felt vocally strong and healthy. He is also so positive and encouraging, that I would always leave lessons feeling a little lighter and a little more determined.”

Megan Nicole Arnoldy

Jersey Boys Las Vegas

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“Matt has literally opened up a new world of singing for me.  Time after time I find myself in the middle of a lesson just astonished at what my voice can do when applying his technique.  I have been singing for a long time and never knew I had this voice in me!  Matt provides a safe, focused and fun atmosphere to help singers explore and grow.  He is truly gifted teacher and a great human being.”

Laura Shoop

She Loves Me on Broadway

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“I have been studying with Matt for about 4 years now, and all I can say is he is amazing. Matt’s knowledge and expertise as a voice teacher is uncanny, and he has helped me immeasurably with my singing. He is fast becoming a master. I’m currently playing Mal Beineke in the first national tour of The Addams Family. Matt’s technique allows me to be in top voice 8 shows a week…after week after week!” (Tony Nomination Brigadoon, Drama Desk Award Baby, L.A. Drama Critic’s Award Oklahoma!)

Martin Vidnovic

Mal in Addams Family National Tour

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“In my opinion, the genius behind Matt’s approach is that he makes small, simple adjustments that take my voice to places it’s never been before. It’s like an hour of “ah-ha” moments, every lesson. I have never had a teacher guide me to greater vocal heights as quickly as Matt has for me.”

Nadine Zahr

actress/singer/songwriter

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“In the past year and a half I have found access to more range and control than I knew I was capable of.  Matt’s sessions are always exciting because I feel like I’m always making progress.  He makes sure to help you find the voice that is uniquely yours while encouraging you towards a healthy, full tone.  After working for a while with Matt, I realized I was able to trust my technique and focus more on communicating the text.  On-going singing lessons are a must, and Matt is the best for anyone with their aim set on Broadway.”

Alan Winner

Original London Production of Gone With The Wind at West End

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“Matt Farnsworth is absolutely the best voice teacher I have ever had!  In my first lesson, I immediately felt comfortable, yet challenged at the same time.  In a matter of 20 minutes, I was hitting notes I didn’t know I had.  We have even explored whole new styles of music I felt shut off from before.  He is a magician and I recommend him to every one.”

Caitlin Reid

LezCab

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“After a couple years of working with Matt, I can sing sustained G’s for an hour and it feels like flying. I never lose my voice, and everything is just easy. I can sing along effortlessly to bands like Neutral Milk Hotel – always way too high before. And for the first time, I feel confident at auditions.”

Max Jenkins

30 Rock /Gossip Girl

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“Studying with Matt Farnsworth has completely transformed my voice.  Not only did he teach me to belt correctly, ground my sound into my body, and realign my voice so there is one smooth instrument no matter where I am singing,- but in many ways I feel like he has given me my own voice back.  He systematically stripped away all the tension and manipulation.  He is hands down one of the best teachers I have ever worked with.  And he makes me laugh. “

Sarah Bierstock

Chess at Lincoln Center

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“Matt was able to immediately pinpoint what my vocal issues were. He’s taught me how to have a powerful, clean sound using considerably less effort. In just a few short months, I have seen such drastic improvements in my singing. There are times I play back my recorded lessons and can’t even believe it’s me!! Matt is such an inspiration as a teacher and a person. I always leave my lessons feeling empowered and excited for what’s to come in my career. He has given me so much more confidence as a performer. It truly is a privilege to study with him!”

Jill Maybruch

Una Vida de Calidad at The Living Theatre, NYC

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“Matt has given me my voice back, and I am more confident than I have been in years. I’m singing material I never dreamed I could. My voice is constantly growing and consistently becoming stronger. I am eternally grateful to him!”

Derek Staranowski

West Side Story

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“From the minute I met Matt I felt I was in such a safe and supportive environment.  He made me feel comfortable to play around with my voice and discover new things so quickly.  I always leave Matt’s feeling so excited because he helps me take leaps every lesson, and his positive energy is contagious.”

Brooke Jacob

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“Studying with Matt has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have had as a young professional here in New York City.  His teachings prepared me for auditions and gave me the confidence to tackle any material that came my way.  I would highly recommend Matt to anyone looking to fulfill these goals.”

Liberty Cogen

Chicago at Atlanta Lyric Theater

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“Matt Farnsworth’s wealth of knowledge about the art of singing is immeasurable, his musicianship is extraordinary, his passion for teaching is unending, his theatre experience and connections are top-notch.   He knows when to implement a quick fix for a big call back that’s a few hours away and when to re-examine the very foundations of a singer’s technique.  What makes Matt the best voice teacher in NYC is his understanding that, when done correctly, the act of singing aligns body, mind and spirit.”

Michael Ayers

Dracula: The Case of the Silver Scream

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“As an actor in New York, it’s wonderful to have somebody so well versed not only in vocal technique but in the business as well – Matt can help pick repertoire, discuss auditions, coach songs from an acting standpoint etc.  I feel so lucky to work with him and would recommend him highly to anyone and everyone.”

Olli Haaskivi

I Battled Lenny Ross at Ensemble Studio Theater

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“Matt has given me the technique and confidence to vocally go well beyond where I was able to go before. Coaching callback material with him has consistently helped me successfully navigate through auditions. He has increased my “castablility” factor exponentially — and I’ve been booking steady work because of it!”

Barrett Hall

I Love You Because

Liz Griffith

“I work with Dan via Skype, and it is amazing what he can do in even one lesson – and behind a computer at that! He truly understands the voice and is comfortable working in many styles of music. Dan is able to quickly assess any problem, then utilize his considerable array of tools to adjust and center the voice so it can perform optimally and in a relaxed, easy way. Working with him has helped me release and refocus my sound in the best way possible. In addition, he’s incredibly supportive, funny, and warm. His enthusiasm for what he does is contagious and continues to inspire me. An absolute joy!”

Liz Griffith

Louise in Gypsy at Capital City Theatre

“After my first few lessons with Dan I saw a huge improvement in the audition room! I also found my voice getting stronger and not wearing out as easily. His warm up is my go to before every show on the road and has kept my voice healthy! In the room he not only coaches technique but also how to connect with the song on a deeper level. His positive energy and attitude impact so much more than just your vocal technique!”

Nicolas Casaula

Flash Dance National Tour

“Dan Thaler has completely changed my voice. Every time I sing with him, and I listen back to the recording I make, I can’t believe the progress I can make in one lesson. I’ve had to start looking into re-doing my book because of how strong Dan has made my belt, and my mix, and my head voice…..What I really love the most about Dan is that he won’t take no for an answer. When I get frustrated and shut down because something isn’t sounding great, he never gives in and always pushes me to focus on the technique that will get me the sound we want. He’s built my technical strength and also my confidence as a singer.”

Rebecca Frazier

Andrina in The Little Mermaid at The Fiddlehead Theatre

“The best thing about Dan, is that he knows how to convey his knowledge of the voice so that it is easier for you to understand as well. My first lesson with him was truly a blessing. He has thought me about maintaining the “Thin Edge” that is needed for my voice! He is a brilliant passionate loving coach! A plus all around!”

Marq Johnson

Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast International Tour

“It has been such a gift to study with Dan Thaler over the past few years. He has fostered confidence in my vocal abilities, nurtured areas of imperfection, and has provided the tools to study outside of lessons. He utilizes a variety of techniques to pinpoint, correct, and strengthen inconsistencies, all while building confidence. In the time that I have studied with Dan I have booked my first lead role, made my Broadway debut, and found a grounded connection to my voice. Dan is a positive and caring instructor who concisely communicates how to care for, and build vocal skill.”

Alison Jantzie

Gigi on Broadway

“I can’t even express how much I owe to Dan Thaler. I always struggled with harsh vocal fatigue after belting through a recording session or a show and now with the tools Dan has given me I can belt for days and my vocal chords are healthier than ever! Dan also respects my artistry as a pop singer and  specifically designs techniques for me so that I don’t need to sacrifice any artistic vocal choices. He is someone who really takes the time to listen to your wants and needs as an artist. Dan is not only an incredible teacher but also an amazing person! You won’t find anyone better than Dan, he’s truly a diamond in the rough!”

Micky Blue

Singer/Songwriter, Pop & Electronic Dance Music Artist

I’ve  been taking voice lessons with Daniel Thaler of Matt Farnsworth Vocal Studio for a little over a year… and boy, what difference that year has made for me! You know how sometimes you feel like you’re stuck on a certain level, and it feels like you’ve reached your limit and there is nothing you can do to break that wall? Well, Dan takes you to a whole new level by using effective set of vocal exercises, repertoire coaching and just a friendly approach. Even when I’m out of town, I  practice his exercises every time before I get on stage. Now I’m able to sing better, longer and higher, without straining my voice. Thank you, Dan!

Leo Grinberg

Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar at Theatre Winter Haven

“Dan has been my voice teacher for just over a year and I have gone from a girl who had misplaced my natural voice and was singing only in an extremely weak head voice to a lady who can actually use my healthy mix and belt to the best of my ability! I have found my real voice. Dan is specific about choosing which vocal exercises will benefit me most on any given day and now I have a great tool kit of warm ups at my disposal! Dan has a marvelous way of reading how far I can push myself each lesson, so there is always improvement – but never strain. He is truly the best voice teacher I’ve ever had.”

Alden Gagnon

” Dan is one of the most dynamic, clear, and inspiring teachers in New York.  He is one of the few teachers whose specialty covers genres and styles of Broadway and opera. I have witnessed Dan’s students transform very quickly. He teaches how to release vocal tension and open up undiscovered areas of the voice.  He guides each student with excitement and drive to their full vocal potential.  Dan’s lessons contain great precision and tremendous humor.  He is a joy to work with.”

Isabel Milenski

Artistic Director Hofstra University Opera and Oper Live New York

“The first time my agent approached me with a casting for a musical I had no idea where to start, thankfully I met Daniel and before I knew it he unlocked my voice. I’ll never be Mariah Carey but I have a confidence now in selling a song. We all have strengths and weaknesses when it comes to singing or performing, but Daniel taught me how to make a virtue out of them. He’s inspired me to embrace the uniqueness of my voice and tell a story musically that doesn’t have to be “voice beautiful”. How has he done this? By being real. By tailoring his teaching to the individuals needs, by making it fun and never making you feel that there is a right or wrong way to express yourself vocally, he’s brought an artistry to the table that encourages and enables even the croakiest of birds.”

Michele Gomez

Royal Shakespeare Company Stage and Film Actress

“Dan immediately made me feel so comfortable and, amazingly, so confident. His approach is gentle, enthusiastic, and 100% positive. He helps you believe you can do things that you never thought you could. Perhaps the best part of working with Dan is that he so clearly loves what he does. Being around that kind of enthusiasm and positivity is infectious. Working with Dan gave me a gift I never thought I could receive: the belief that I can sing again, despite how much it had terrified me. Thank you Dan!”

Halley Feiffer

Stage and Film actress

“Dan is a gem of a man who has nothing but encouragement and understanding for his students. He only wants you to succeed in accessing the beautiful voice you already have.  While I only studied with him for a short time, I still hold Dan’s teaching to heart whenever I approach singing, be it professionally or for my own pleasure.  His own talent and enthusiasm is contagious and you, as his student, are left only wanting more time with him to discover what your own voice can do. “

Harmony Stempel

Stage and Film actress

“I feel so lucky to have had Dan Thaler come into my life. He is so incredibly knowledgeable about the voice; he was able to assess and create a plan of action to unleash my potential within minutes of hearing me. I have seen VAST improvements in my voice and my vocal freedom. People who know my voice keep commenting on a new richness and tone quality since I started studying with Dan. Also, I am doing things I never thought possible. This man is the real deal. Not to mention that Dan is one of the most wonderful, supportive people that I have ever worked with. I cannot say enough good things; I truly believe that studying with him will book me jobs and give me the technique to sing healthfully forever. With Dan, the sky’s the limit…”

Illana Gabrielle

“I always look forward to my classes with Dan. He has enriched my perception of sound, rhythm, melody and has led me to the great magical world of music with grace, patience, kindness, humor, generosity, and extraordinary dedication in the face of my persistent insecurity, incredulity and expectation of miracles!! As a visual artist, I have been immensely rewarded by Dan’s meticulous attention to my musical education and the training of my voice and his talent to establish “bridges” between these two different artistic expressions.”

Countess Elisabeth de Roussy de Sales

“I’ve worked with Dan for several years and with his opera background he showed me a whole new world for my voice. My voice is expanding to an entirely new level. It’s sounding better than I ever dreamed my voice could sound and with such ease! I’m so thankful for what Dan has taught me.”

Danielle Jordan

Broadway Actress

“Dan Thaler coaches not one, but both of my children. Dan’s emphasis on proper technique, rhythmic awareness and performance quality have made a huge difference in my children’s singing and overall confidence and self-esteem. They love working with Dan and have complete trust in his advice. They are also the beneficiaries of Dan’s encyclopedic knowledge of the ‘American Song Book’, light opera, opera and choral music. Working with Dan has broadened their tastes, and encouraged  them to stretch into new musical realms. After studying with Dan, they listen to music (and the world!) in a different way.”

Scott Cunningham and Emily Stern

Their children, Niall and Delia are students at Laguardia HIgh School for the Performing Arts

“The amount of progress Dan’s students make in just one lesson is amazing. His approach to teaching technique is very understandable and he can easily change his explanations for that specific student. Dan is kind and genuinely interested in his students’ lives outside of the voice studio, bringing those experiences into their lessons. I am so happy that I found Dan and will definitely continue studying with him in the years to come.”

Molly Corcoran

“I first went to Dan at a time when I was having sever problems with my voice and I didn’t know where to turn. In a short amount of time under his direction, I not only fixed the issues I was having but also surpassed the singing ability I had before or knew I was capable of. As a songwriter and producer, my singing voice had always been somewhat of a weakness for me, and after working with Dan it has transformed into a strength that I am complimented and recognized for. This newfound ability has helped take my career to the next level. Dan’s knowledge of the voice is unparalleled but he is also a wonderful teacher who is a calming and reassuring presence. The whole experience of working with him is therapeutic and he is an absolute magician with the voice.”

Bryce Alvord

Artist/Producer SOHO KINGS

“Dan completely changed my relationship to my voice and made singing fun again. I was able to immediately apply his lessons to recording and performing. And within a couple of months, lines which were a struggle had become easy and natural, while new parts of my range became available for the first time. His mixture of encouragement and insight is unlike any coach I’ve worked with, and I recommend him without reservation to anyong interested in taking their singing to the next level.”

Sarth Calhoun

Lou Reed, Metal Machine Trio, The Gralbum Collective

“Working with Ric has made a huge difference in my singing. His approach has helped me free my voice, improve vocal quality, and expand my range in a healthy way. As a dancer I find that his teaching methods are very compatible with my learning style. He incorporates a physicality that I understand and tailors each lesson to me and my vocal needs for that day. Numerous people in the business have commented on how impressed they are with the amount my voice has improved. I’m so grateful for all he has taught me, that he helped me find my voice, and the confidence I have gained. I highly recommend Ric Ryder!”

Angela Sauers

White Christmas at Westchester Broadway Theatre

Katya Preiser

“As a dancer, being required to sing was terrifying. The tension and anxiety I felt was visible, not to mention audible. Working with Ric has completely changed my game. Not only has he given me a technique tool belt I can pull from, he’s given me the confidence to relax and let it flow. Doors are opening, and I have Ric to thank for it. I can now honestly say that I have made friends with my voice, and as it turns out, I love singing! I am so grateful to have a new way to perform and express myself. Thank you Ric!”

Katya Preiser

Guys and Dolls at Goodspeed

“Ric Ryder is the best vocal teacher I have thus far throughout my career, he is unbelievable! I have had a number of different voice teachers before and none of them had been able to help me connect to my voice as much as he has. Within months I saw improvements and gained a confidence in my voice, that I had never had before I started taking lessons from him. He encourages me, which makes me want to work hard so that I can consistently improve. Ric is the reason why I feel prepared and ready for the professional audition world today.”

Bianca Vitale

I am a River at the Manhattan Reportory Theatre

My son David started lessons with Ric, as his goal was to be accepted to one of the New York City Performing Arts High Schools. David’s sessions with Ric not only improved his singing ability and skill but were also an enjoyable and fun  experience.  David worked with Ric for the six months leading up to the High School auditions, and thanks to his teaching and guidance, David was accepted to the Vocal Program at LaGuardia Arts (the Fame School) which is considered to be the best Performing Arts High School in the US.  We truly believe that this would not have happened without Ric’s expert vocal coaching.

Jackie Anderson

Working with Ric has been such an amazing experience. Being a dancer it is hard to go into the room feeling confident about singing. Through Ric’s vocal and breathing techniques I now feel confident walking in to a room with my book of music or sides. He has given me the push I have always needed. He is a confident, trustworthy, kind and talented teacher. I feel so lucky to have him on my side!

Katie Chung

Red Eye of Love at Amas Musical Theater

“I began training with Ric and noticed considerable change not only in my vocal technique but posture, bodily tension, and overall confidence when auditioning. My understanding of the voice and the anatomy behind it has expanded greatly. Ric uses imagery that is easy to understand and translates into my own “minds eye” so that I can apply these new techniques. Change does not happen overnight or even in the first few lessons, but sticking with the technique yielded positive change in my art.”

Hal Miers

The Sound of Music National Tour

Ric Ryder is a truly brilliant voice coach! I have been taking lessons with him for just under three months, and today I hit notes that I didn’t even know I could sing! His technique and approach for singing create real results. He understands how the vocal cords work, which I have found immensely helpful when I practice. I am really blown away by my growth, and looking forward to becoming the singer I always dreamed of being. I know I am on my way. Thanks Ric!!

Christiana Blain

“Since I started working with Ric last year, he has completely changed my approach to singing. With Ric, my breathing technique and my quality/tone of my voice has improved. Each lesson with him is unique and special as he focuses on a different aspect of the voice and then how to use that aspect to tackle old and new audition material. I have been more confident of my work in the audition room this year thanks to him! It’s wonderful to have a vocal coach, with a wealth of knowledge and a glowing personality like Ric in your corner – who’s always rooting for you and encouraging you to succeed every step of the way!

Justin McEllroy

Ric and I began working together when I was in callbacks for a soprano role. As someone who considers themselves a belter, this was something I had never done and did not have any confidence in. Low and behold, with his help, I booked the role and received numerous compliments on my soprano voice. Technique is so vital to a healthy and long-lasting run of a show, and Ric knows exactly how to find the safe, effective, and beautiful parts of the voice. With just a few lessons, he helped me open up and gain confidence in a whole new side of my voice. I can’t wait to see what else he has in store for me!!

Belinda Allyn

Maria in West Side Story at the Riverside Theatre

Before coming to the Matt Farnsworth Vocal Studio I only knew how to mix, which I thought was belting. Once I started working with Ric, I stretched my upper register and opened up a whole new belt sound in a few weeks healthily.

Marissa Bregande

I’ve been singing and acting since the age of 7 and have been fortunate enough to book work in many regional productions and tours. When I first started taking lessons from Ric Ryder through Matt Farnsworth Vocal Studio, I literally couldn’t locate my diaphragm!  Over a period of only a few months Ric had helped me stretch my range and helped me to develop the correct technique to be able to sing notes that I once thought were impossible for me.  I began to implement these techniques during auditions and immediately saw an increase in the amount of callbacks I was receiving and along with that came greater confidence in my abilities. I look forward to continuing my training with Ric because every lesson brings me one step closer to my Broadway dream.

Tony Melson

Once on this Island at the Meadow Brook Theatre

“I really enjoy working with Ric. The amount of uncharted territory I have compensated for in my voice over the years is insane and I feel as though I am in great hands with Ric. He has been so understanding about my schedules and i really like the balance of conversation and technique. I also LOVE his honesty.”

Kaila Merrill

“Ric Ryder quickly identified an offered solid solutions to change habits that were blocking my ability to sing with my best voice. The work he has done with me has freed my mind and body and made me trust myself. I have never sounded better or felt better about the sound I am producing. Ric’s comprehension of an individual’s instrument and skill in communicating have made a huge difference in my technique. I love working with Ric!”

Franca Vercelloni

“Using the Matt Farnsworth technique I feel like my vocal ability has soared. My confidence in auditions has been greatly increased and I feel like I walk out of the room knowing I did my best. I have never had a better relationship with a voice teacher who listens and understands and who I can trust. After under a year of study I am able to pick material that I like, not just that I think I can sing.

Michael Biren

“Working with Ric has helped me access the voice I always wanted and wasn’t aware that I had. His unique approach tailors each of my lessons to what I need in the moment, and his cheerful enthusiasm inspires me to keep working on my own.  Money well spent!”

Morgan Faulkner

“Since I began working with Ric, I can honestly say that I am proud of my voice.  The techniques he has introduced me to have been instrumental in changing the placement, quality, range, and overall tone of my voice.  As a result, I have more confidence in auditions because I know I have a solid practice and the tools to pull it off!”

Karolina Blonski

“From my very first lesson, Ric was able to instill a new confidence in my own sound that I had lacked, even after years of vocal training. Through his inspirational coaching and solid technique, he has unlocked parts of my voice that I didn’t even realize were there! I look forward to many more years of training with Ric, not only for his tremendous skill, but for his positive and upbeat attitude that creates the BEST environment for any student who walks through his door.”

Christine Smith

Ensemble, u/s Potiphar's Wife Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat National Tour

“I’m a professional dancer who’s been singing here and there for most of my life but has had very little vocal training. Dance calls which ended in singing would infuriate me because although I had been having voice lessons for 1 year I still felt unprepared–I was told I needed more tecnique. Naturally, I have a very low register and even though I can sing higher notes,  I didn’t understand how to use my instrument correctly. This all changed when I started working with Ric Ryder only 3 months ago. Ric patiently worked with me to understand how to open my throat,  support my sound,  and have a blast while doing it. Now I love singing and look forward to singing in front of audiences.  This is a wonderful studio and I absolutely recommend it to all levels of vocal technique.”

Tara Nicholas

“Ric has a unique talent for making each lesson specific, focusing singularly on my voice as an emerging theatre professional. I always leave with my technique strengthened, repertoire expanded, and confidence encouraged.  Even in my first lesson I was singing notes that I didn’t know I was capable of singing. It is thanks to him that I was able to book my first professional job while still in school, the East Coast Regional Premiere of Mary Poppins at Maine State Music Theatre, alongside fellow voice student Michael Biren. Ric is a brilliant teacher, and best of all, he makes you laugh!”

Joe Becherer

“I was turned off to formal training after a number of false starts and was resigned to believe that my voice was what it was going to be for the rest of my career. After taking me through a number of exercises, Mike had me singing way above where I thought I  was capable of and had always been there. It just had to be awakened. He also gives you the tools and technical imagery to go off and work on your own. He changed the way I feel about voice training.”

Rob McCaffrey

South Pacific at The Gateway Performing Arts Center

Lizzy Moreno

“I’ve had a number of voice teachers and voice teachers like Mike are a rare commodity. He brings out parts of your voice you never knew even existed. His lessons instilled a strong vocal technique in me that completely freed up my voice and allowed me to sing with a physical and emotional connection I had never experienced before. I think Mike could make anyone Broadway ready if you took consistent lessons with him.”

Lizzy Moreno

“I’ve learned things from Mike that I’ve wanted to learn for at least 15 years. Finally, I found a teacher who is helping me achieve my long held goals! When so many have told me that I’m an opera singer who shouldn’t try to belt, Mike has finally showed me how to do both, healthily. His lessons are perfectly structured and he knows exactly how to warm-up my voice for whatever song we’re going to work on to bring out the best sound for that type of song. He always has an answer for every trouble spot, that achieves results. He’s kind, encouraging, and professional, and he’s just a nice guy.   He’s also a great jazz piano teacher. I’ve only had a few lessons in jazz chords and I’m already beginning to improvise on chords! I would highly recommend him to everyone.”

Caralee Hill

Marian Paroo in The Music Man at Broadway in the Park

“I’ve seen so much improvement in my vocal ability and technique since starting lessons with Mike! His method of teaching makes clear adjustments to free up the voice and connect all areas of your range to create a whole, cohesive instrument. Mike is a master of finding where you hold tension and then guiding you to release it, while always creating a safe space to explore. When I was out of town for a few months, he and I worked via Skype lessons so as to continue training unhindered. Mike’s in-person and Skype lessons both offer individualized insight into finding the best of my voice and bringing it out. I strongly recommend lessons with Mike!”

Teryn Gray

Spring Awakening at UC Davis

“Mike is a great teacher and coach! He really cares about the singers well being and works with you until you feel your most confident and performance ready. He answers all your questions and is very technically oriented, making sure you are singing properly and maintaining a healthy voice.”

Alexandra Mazzucchelli

My Big Gay Italian Wedding St. Luke's Theater off-Broadway

“You want to study with Mike Maixner. Seriously: you do. His approach relates imagery and physical recall to the science of singing so that it’s not so magical and mysterious. I leave my lessons understanding how what I feel when working on my exercises creates changes in my body. Those specific and repeatable changes create the sound and support I’m after. He’s also recommended some amazing repertoire that speaks directly to the unique qualities in my voice and personality. If you’re lucky enough to get some time on Mike’s calendar, be smart and pin it down. Your life will change.”

Bliss Griffin

Macbeth at Lincoln Center

“In our lessons, Mike responded quickly, gave clear and professional input, and brought out the best in my voice and in me. I left my sessions with him feeling confident and at ease.”

Mackenzie Warren

Broadway tours: Pippin, Anything Goes

“In a single coaching, Mike helped me improve my technique and truly understand the in’s and out’s of my material. He guided me to find grounded choices as an actor and pushed me to do things I never thought I could do vocally. He has a gift for bringing the best out of performers.”

Christopher Rice

The Book of Mormon on Broadway, West Side Story National Tour

“Mike has coached me for countless auditions, and his musicianship never ceases to amaze me. He is so knowledgeable at handling all different genres and has a brilliant way of conveying how to make the sound he’s looking for. He has a creative approach that doesn’t stray from the integrity of the piece. I recommend him to anyone and everyone.  Whether you be looking to coach audition sides, or study with one of the best on a regular basis, Mike is not only an incredible human being, but one of the best coaches in the city.”

Emily Mechler

Evita!, Wicked on Broadway

Teryn Gray

I think it is just giving me the actual technical knowledge of the theory of the stuff I kind-of-sort-of picked up on over the years, but never had any concrete knowledge of. It’s great! Love that it’s tailored for the actor/singer rather than just general theory. Carolyn was great.

Teryn Gray

Sight Reading Course Student

The Sight Singing class is great. I have taken a bit of music theory in High School so I thought it would be too easy for me, but Carolyn moves at a great pace and is extremely helpful. I especially loved when we practiced rhythm on a piece of music and hope we will do that again in the up coming classes. I also think keeping the class size on the smaller side is very helpful since we all learn at different paces.

Olivia Mullen

Sight Reading Course Student

Carolyn gave me a solid, accessible  foundation of theory which I could directly apply to my audition situations. Instead of panicking when I get a piece of new music, I now see it as a treasure trove of information I now have the key to unlock. Thanks to her, I am an empowered actor, and that’s always a good thing!

Josephine Rose Roberts

Sight Reading Course Student

The class was awesome. Nothing but good things to say, really. It was exactly what I had hoped it would be and what I’ve been knocking on myself for years for not knowing – a crash course in reading sheet music and understanding music theory. I feel, already, as if I’m more qualified to work with music. Carolyn broke everything down very simply and straight forward, with patience and ease and made it so easy to follow along. I really do love the class and that it exists. Carolyn is great!

Jake Winn

Sight Reading Course Student

The Matt Farnsworth Vocal Studio is conveniently located on 25th street between 7th and 8th avenue. Easy access from the 23rd street stop on the C/E or 1 trains.

Try MF Voice! Our new vocal warm up app

I believe MF Voice​ will become your favorite tool for vocal health, auditions, when you are on tour and most importantly a great support for your daily training. Please note this app is in no way intended to replace voice lessons with your teacher. This is a vocal warm up app and an additional resource for your training as nothing replaces an experienced set of ears to help your vocal development and growth.

Here are 8 tips to maximize your mobile experience!

1. Answer all the questions on the TRAINING tab

This ensures your warm-up exercises are appropriate to your voice type and repertoire.

Tap the “info” button on the top right corner to clarify your options.

2. What happens if I want to change my selection?

Easy! Just tap FILTER on the upper-right hand corner of the screen on the TRAINING section and SAVE your new criteria.

Your new set of exercises will allow you to continue your warm-up based on what you need to sing that day.

3. Follow the exercise order

Your warm-ups will be more effective if done in the suggested order (go from left to right like when you are reading).

This progression assures your vocal cords will be warmed up properly and ready to sing your favorite songs.

4. Watch the video demos before practicing each exercise

Press PLAY and watch the video first before practicing to clarify instructions, placement and correct technique.

Here we explain the do’s and don’ts of each exercise to help you understand what you should be feeling while practicing.

On top of this screen you can also STAR the exercise (make it a favorite) and SHARE it with your friends via text, email and social media.

5. Practice makes perfect

The virtual keyboard is the tool to guide you up and down the scale.

Make sure you finish each exercise before moving on to the next.

Click PLAY DEMO if you need to clarify the sound you are going for.

The speed is automatically adjusted for the exercise but you can slide the PLAYBACK SPEED if you need adjustments.

6. Star your favorite exercises

Found an exercise that you really like? Tap the STAR icon on the top right corner of the screen to save it.

Your selected exercises will be stored under FAVORITES so you can start creating the go-to warm-ups that work best for you.

7. Unlock more exercises

Select any PREMIUM exercise or go directly to the CART icon on the upper-right hand corner of the LIBRARY.

You will be able to see all available packages and get the ones that better suit your needs.

We suggest our ALL ACCESS SINGING which includes all the available VOLUME 1 singing exercises (that’s 76 videos, tips and scales). This is the best way to add variety and extensive resources to your vocal training!

8. Get social

Tap PROFILE to learn more about Matt and our studio.

Check the TESTIMONIALS tab to see what Directors, Casting Agents and Performers have to say about our work.

Tap SUCCESSES to read the latest show updates and discover more about our students.

Navigate through the SOCIAL MEDIA links and interact with us.

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