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"You were the reason I finally decided to come to NYU, and that was the best decision of my life."

- Bachelor of Music in Classical Voice Graduate, NYU Steinhardt Class of 2018

"This man is the reason I was able to make it through my two difficult years at your institution. He helped create a voice that I never knew existed. He helped bring me out of my shell. His honesty and reliability brought his whole studio together."

- Master of Music in Music Theatre Graduate, NYU Steinhardt Class of 2008

"Had it not been for that first lesson, I may have never crossed paths with whom I consider to be one of the greatest teachers and mentors that I have had and will ever have.... You have taken me to heights I did not know I was capable of achieving.  You have been my greatest asset in my pursuit of true vocal freedom.  Lessons I have learned in your studio are far too many to name and are all lessons I will carry with me for the rest of the my life."

- Master of Music in Music Theatre Graduate, NYU Steinhardt Class of 2018

"Each of our first semester coachings together had such a profound effect on me; you gave me the green light on interpreting a lyric, showing me that the depth I was hoping for was indeed inherent in the material.... Your investment, encouragement, and belief in me not only changed me as an artist, but afforded me such personal growth. So many mentors of mine over the years have pushed me to "believe in myself," but it never instilled confidence in me akin to you telling me "I could do anything I put my mind to."

- Master of Music in Music Theatre Graduate, NYU Steinhardt Class of 2018


"Michael Ricciardone is a gift of a teacher and I'm extremely lucky to have him as my teacher, mentor and friend."


"This course is life-changing. Michael is one of the best professors I have ever had. I feel that I am a much stronger, more confident, thoughtful performer and professional. He challenged me everyday while providing compassionate support and productive feedback. He maintains a welcoming atmosphere in class."


"The amount of love he has for this craft is very obvious in his instruction and he made sure to give his undivided attention to every student in the room. He allowed everyone to feel like themselves instead of another sit down and lecture class."


"My experience with Michael has been one of the best times of my life. Not only has he given me the tools to properly use my instrument, but he has also given me the confidence and support that I can accomplish anything as long as I put my mind to it. I appreciate his daily pockets of wisdom and jokes both in our lessons and the classroom. I'm so lucky to have him as my teacher and I cannot wait to see where this journey with my voice takes us over the next two years and beyond!"


"He's very supportive to all of his students and there is a safe and welcoming environment in the classroom. He's helped everyone become better story tellers."

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