Jivana P. Condak, Founder and Director of Fort Greene Music Scene teaches Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, Bass, Voice, Ear Training, Music Theory and Songwriting. Born in NYC, Jivana was exposed to music and art early on. Her mother, from Manhattan was an art director at Columbia Records and her father, from Brooklyn was a jazz musician and a painter. As a child, Jivana was very influenced by her parents love for music and art. She began her classical piano studies at the age of six, taking weekly private lessons for 10 years, as well as studying guitar in the rock/folk/pop genres by the age of 12. She also sang lead soprano in her Elementary, Junior ... View Profile
Our highly qualified teachers are all professionals in the music field who believe music is an essential part in young children’s life, enriching their educational experiences and fostering their academic, social, and emotional growth. Private music lessons are taught on a one-to-one basis. This enables teachers to individually assess all aspects of a student’s progress and to adjust teaching methods according to the student’s abilities and achievements. The length of the lesson depends on the student’s age and level, and will vary between 30 minutes to one hour, once or more per week. Voice and Piano lessons are also ... View Profile

Oscar Diaz, Jr. (Director) has built a reputation for achieving the highest standards possible in each of his students. His students have performed throughout the world and have been part of Team Christina on NBC's Season 5 of The Voice. Present and past students have also performed leading roles with opera companies in the United States and abroad.  Mr. Diaz, Jr. is also well known for his successful work with the guidance of young voices and for the success rate of his students' acceptance into leading conservatories. These include such notable schools of music as the Manhattan School o ... View Profile


Alison Huntley is currently a Graduate Assistant at WIU pursuing a Master's Degree in Choral Conducting. Previously, Alison graduated from WIU in 2015 with a Bachelor's Degree in Choral Music Education and Vocal Performance, and then spent a year teaching K-12 General Music and Choir. Miss Huntley is active with the University Singers, Madrigal Singers, and Opera Theatre.

Trained as a classical pianist, I used to moonlight playing popular songs I heard on the radio and would hide it from my teacher. Nowadays, I ask my students what would like they to play and pick one or two songs that they like so they can practice. I don't mind if my student plays a Chopin Nocturne and then a blues/ jazz song. It's to create combination using all sides of the brain and engage students in making music. 
Singing is a much more complex art than it first appears. It is near impossible to learn proficiently when just singing along to songs or looking at online resources. Private singing lessons will give you total attention from your vocal coach, in order for you to improve your voice quickly and effectively. Your voice teacher will also be able to see any weak points that a trainer of a choir or group class may not notice. This way, you will avoid developing bad habits that might impede your progress.
Maybe you need voice lessons because you want to play the songs you hear on the radio. Maybe you need voice lessons because you want to play in a band. Or, maybe you need voice lessons because you are an adult that always wanted to play, but never had the support or opportunity. Regardless of your style, level, or goals, Freeway Music is absolutely the best place in Columbia, SC to take voice lessons. Here some things that set Freeway Music’s program apart:
Riley could not even look adults in the eye when speaking to them when Steve began teaching her at age 10. But by the time she graduated high school at 18, she had blossomed into a very powerful, skilled, and controlled singer who had starred in several school productions and won several awards and accolades such as the NJ NATS award and the NJ All-State Honors Choir.
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