Vocalist, composer, and educator, Sonia Szajnberg (shine-berg), loves performing and teaching in equal measure. Since moving to Brooklyn in 2006, Sonia has performed regularly throughout the New York City area and has been recognized internationally as an ASCAP Young Jazz Composer, and ASCAP Next Generation Songwriter, and a participant in the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Residency. She has worked extensively as a visiting artist in New York City public schools developing her own classroom curriculum as well as a performance assembly called the “Jazz Taxi” that explores jazz rhythms and improvisation in an interactive way. Sonia holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from the Purchase College Conservatory of Music, a Master of Music in Jazz Arts from the Manhattan School of Music, and a Master of Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
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"My 13 year old daughter loves to sing and for years sang in the choir. She has always had a beautiful voice, but since she started taking lessons with Sonia, she has learned so much and gained so much confidence. Plus, she loves going to lessons every week."
-Rachel W., Brooklyn parent
"Being an educator myself, I know a good teacher when I see one. Sonia has been an incredible instructor and working with her this past year has taught me more than I could expect. She teaches with the perfect balance between rigorous encouragement and warm guidance, listening to my voice and catering every exercise to my level, abilities and potential. But, more than just my voice, Sonia teaches me. And that is extraordinary."
-Marta C., preschool teacher and graduate student in arts education.