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Bass Guitar, Drum, Piano, Singing, Clarinet, Flute, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Trumpet
Michael first sang on stage, at the age of 3, the same time that he began learning piano. He went on to explore multiple instruments throughout his early years and also developed as a vocalist for theatre and concerts, including competing in Star Search in the mid-80's, the forerunner to American Idol.
Michael earned his Bachelor of Music Education from Troy State University in Troy, AL and Master of Music in Composition from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, MI, where he studied with world-renowned composer, Dr. David R. Gillingham.
While a graduate student at CMU, Michael taught sophomore Music Theory and senior level Form & Analysis. He also contributed to the book, Music Is Fundamental: Fundamentals and Methods for Elementary Music, by Dr. Daniel L. Steele. Michael was one of only five composers in 2006 to be inducted into the United Michigan Collegiate Composers, and was subsequently commissioned to compose a piece based on the instrumentation of Igor Stravinsky's ”L'histoire du Soldat” for mixed septet. Michael’s composition, ”Le Soldat Moderne”, was premiered at the annual New Music Project 2007 Concert at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI on April 2, 2007.
In addition to his teaching experience at CMU, Michael has taught privately, served as clinician and adjudicator, and has served as middle school/high school & College band director in Alabama and Florida, most recently as Dir. of Instrumental Music at Seminole State College in Orlando, FL, where he currently resides with his wife and three children. Michael is now devoting an increasing amount of time toward composition, having several commissions in progress for radio, television and film. He has also been in demand as a conductor for concerts of his compositions by numerous ensembles across the country, and as a presenter and performer at music conferences and clinics, most recently with presentations based on his research of ”Best Practices in Jazz Improvisation Pedagogy” at the Michigan Music Educators Conference in Grand Rapids, MI, South Carolina/MENC Regional Conference in Charleston, SC and the Symposium for Music Research in Lawrence, KS.
Having played professionally since the age of 17, Michael is an active performer in a variety of genres, being equally adept as a keyboardist, percussionist, and vocalist. He has toured extensively with bands and as a solo artist both at home and abroad, including a three week tour of Russia and the Ukraine as featured vocal artist. Michael has also performed with nationally recognized artists, serving as drummer for Brook Benton (Rainy Night in Georgia), vocalist with Steve Camp (contemporary Christian artist), and keyboardist for Hank Williams, Jr., to name a few. His acting experience includes his portrayal of Jesus in the theatrical production of the musical “Godspell” in 1981. Michael also served as producer/recording artist for 20 CD projects for Integrity Music, generating all of the MIDI files for the Integrity Worship Series.
With years of experience in the studio as a producer, composer, artist, studio designer, and owner/manager, Michael has worked on numerous recording and production projects for film, TV, video, radio and theater & has composed film scores for multiple short and feature films. He is widely recognized for his expertise in the fields of jazz, music theory, and performance/production techniques in a variety of disciplines, and is very excited to be able to bring his experience back home to Orlando as a part of the faculty at TakeLessons.
Guitar, Piano, Singing, Violin, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Fiddle
Nicole O. holds Bachelor of Arts degrees (with honors) in Music and Anthropology, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2009 from Rollins College. A member of the Honors Program (top 2%) and one of nine Cornell Scholars in her graduating class, Nicole pursued concentrations in Violin and Vocal Performance, as well as Ethnomusicology. Nicole served as co-concertmaster of the Rollins College Orchestra and String Ensemble for three, consecutive years, under the direction of Dr. John V. Sinclair. She was selected to perform Winter from The Four Seasons by Vivaldi, with the Rollins College String Ensemble at Christmas Vesper services, to capacity audiences of community members, students and faculty at the Knowles Memorial Chapel. Nicole has studied violin with Joni Roos and Alvaro Gomez, protege of David Oistrakh. She has performed as a soloist with the Rollins College Gospel and Concert Choirs and studied vocal pedagogy and performance with Dr. Edmund Leroy and Dr. Lori Lovell. At Rollins, Nicole studied piano with Dr. Gloria Cook, and has received training in classical, as well as Latin and jazz styles. Nicole has studied classical guitar for seven years and especially enjoys playing a repertoire of boleros and flamenco. Nicole's interest in world music led her to publish a senior honors thesis, “Cultural Fusion of Music Constructs: A Look at Hybrid World Styles,” analyzing the effects of globalization on traditional, ethnic musics. She has published research in the Rollins Undergraduate Research Journal, where she also served as Music and Anthropology Editor for three years.
Nicole has performed with the Rollins College Bach Festival Society Orchestra, sharing the stage with multiple Grammy Award winner and guitarist, Sharon Isbin. She has also performed with the Florida Space Coast Philharmonic, under the direction of Dr. Candler Schaffer and Richard Hayman. She has experience as a studio musician, recording vocals and violin at Wright Entertainment Group Studios (The Jonas Brothers, Justin Timberlake) with producer Will Baker (India Arie, Pink). She has performed as a soloist at the White House, Bob Carr Performing Arts Center, Amway Arena, and Hard Rock Live as the grand prize scholarship winner of the Hard Rock Academy. She has also opened for Avril Lavigne performing at Crane's Roost Park for over 6,000 concertgoers.
Nicole has experience instructing elementary and middle school students in piano and guitar ensemble classes and currently teaches at Lakemont Elementary, Hillcrest Elementary and Orlando Science Middle School. She also instructs over 30 beginner and intermediate private lesson students of all ages in Violin, Voice, Piano and Guitar. Additional experience includes teaching private and group lessons in Violin and Piano at The Christ School and serving as Music Instructor for the Rollins College Summer Day Camp. Fluent in both Spanish and English, Nicole offers bilingual music education.
Acting, Film Acting, English, Improv Acting, Reading, Speaking Voice, Theater Acting
Disco S. is a writer, producer, actor, director, and teacher. He has been involved in the Film, Television, and Theater industry for over twenty years. Graduating from The University of Central Florida with a B.A. in Theater he has taught acting and directing at the middle, high school, and collegiate level. As a broadcast journalist in the 82nd Airborne Division, he wrote, produced, shot, edited, directed, and hosted for the Television Newscasts of Paraglide Live and Doha TV. IN 2001 he began work in the Film Production department at Full Sail University. He then moved to the Final Project class where he instructed students in producing, acting, and directing. While teaching at Full Sail he acquired his M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix and is currently pursing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. A trained improviser, he was a co-founder of The Dirigibles, and has performed with H.O.T. Spot comedy and SAK Theater. In 2009 he was the head writer for the television pilot Gongafunkadine starring George Clinton of Parliament-Funkadelic and directed another television pilot “A Fine Mess.” He has been a volunteer for the Sundance Film Festival for the last 7 years and is an active volunteer at the Winter Park Playhouse. He is an acting teacher at the LA Acting Workshop, a private acting coach and is currently teaching the Directing class at Full Sail University.
Acting, Basic Math, Elementary Math, Math, Piano, Singing, Broadway Singing, English, Improv Acting, Language, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Reading, Shakespearean Acting, Speaking Voice, Theater Acting
With a diverse range of professional performance and teaching credits, I want to bring what I have learned on the stage to you! My lessons are hands on, and always related to my experience with groups like the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, and The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati.
Acting, Child Acting, Film Acting, Film and TV Acting, Stage Performance, Improv Acting, Speaking Voice, Theater Acting
Courtney P. is a Talent, Acting, and Performance Coach in the Orlando area. As a 25 year industry veteran, she specializes in T.V. & Film, Commercial and Stage Technique. She graduated from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. Having worked as an Actress, Singer, Talent Agent, Director and Coach, Courtney has worked with some of the industries' top casting directors!
Whether you are a beginner, developing new skills, or a professional, perfecting your craft, one-on-one coaching provides the attention and personalization needed to succeed in one of the most competitive industries.
Many of the techniques Courtney uses are also successful in helping non- actors achieve career and personal goals.
Recent Talent Projects Include:
"The Voice", Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando, SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Delta Dental, Mercedes Benz, Publix, Bright House, Parenting Magazine, "Rent", Capitol One, Holiday Inn, Feature Films and more!
My philosophy is that Talent Coaching should be uniquely catered to each student. Coaching should be personalized to individual learning styles, utilizing a unique approach for each individual actor.
Acting is a competitive industry; it takes hard work and dedication. Having the correct training can help set you apart from the competition and better prepare you for the Industry!
Accent Reduction, Acting, Musical Theater, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice
I am a singer, composer, author, and teacher. After graduating from the University of Central Florida with a Music Degree, I landed a singing position with a 14-piece band traveling throughout the USA and internationally. I sing many genres, even acapella groups in Major Theme Parks. Now I am taking on new students to share my experience and help advance your careers.
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."