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Tara G.

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Tara G. Austin, TX

Subjects Taught

Acting, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Singing, Speaking Voice

About Me

I graduated from University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA! I received a BFA in Musical Theatre. What a change that was to go from Texas to Philly! I auditioned for many different schools, and know what it takes to get there. I then moved to New York City 2 days after graduating, on my 22nd birthday! I had 13 wonderful, and also challenging, years in NYC. Lots and lots of auditions, of every kind! Broadway, Off-Broadway, TV, Soaps, Film, Commercials, Concerts, Readings, Showcases, etc. I have sung for ABBA (Mama Mia), Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), Hal Prince (Gypsy). I was also up for leads in Mama Mia, Wicked, Rent, Hairspray. So, I definitely have a lot of versatility, and knowledge of what they're looking for! I did a Eugene O'Neil play called "Ah Wilderness" at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, MN. We opened there, and then toured it all over the Midwest for 6 months. I did appear on NBC's Law & Order as a featured role, with the late Jerry Orbach. Lot's of experience, lot's of knowledge, and I'm excited to share it with you!

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to teach in a laid back manner. That's not to say that I don't expect you to work too though! I don't necessarily teach one specific method. I feel like if you can get ALL the information, and different methods, then you can choose what best works for your voice , or your piano playing. I want my students to feel comfortable and safe to explore all different facets of their talent. After all, the little imperfections are what make us all unique!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a keyboard, among many other instruments! My husband uses those, I use the piano. There's definitely a comfortable living room, for the parents or caregivers to sit and wait.

*** Travel Equipment ***
If I go to the students house, they must have a piano, or keyboard. I can bring books of music.

*** Specialties ***
I can teach any style of singing! I majored in Musical Theater, but I sing everything. I played piano for 10 years. I have many many years of music theory lessons! I had surgery on my vocal chords, back in 1995, and had 4 years of speech and vocal therapy, so I have lots of experience with that as well. I don't use a specific method with my acting. It depends on what they would want to work on! I have many books of music, and music theory, and piano learning. In terms of learning piano, I would start with scales, and chords, and learning the right hand, then the left.

Rodrigo L. Austin, TX

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Acting, Arrangement and Composition, Audition Prep, Blues Guitar, Broadway Singing, Classical Guitar, Classical Voice, Composition, Ear Training, English, Film Acting, Film and TV Acting, Flexibility Training, Guitar, Meisner Technique, Method Acting, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Salsa Dancing, Singing, Songwriting, Spanish, Vocal Training, Yoga

About Me

Rodrigo is a young, enthusiastic musician, singer, dancer and actor who has been working professionally since the age of 14. Originally from Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, Rodrigo is now based out of the “Live Music Capitol of the World!” - Austin Texas.

Rodrigo has enjoyed a thoroughly successful career in the arts and has played with such performers as Bukka Allen, Kristen Chenoweth, Kelli O'Hara, Destan Owens, Jacqui Marland, and bands such as "Woolgather" and “Steam Train Murphy". He also has shared the stage with the likes of several Country music sensations such as Toby Keith, Reba McEntire, Vince Gil, and Carrie Underwood at the Oklahoma City Centennial Concert at the Ford Center. He also recorded with Puerto Rican Reggae sensation "Cultura Profetica" and had played at Lincoln Center in New York City by the age of 20.

"One of my greatest times on stage was getting to sing for Lance Armstrong, President Bill Clinton and hundreds of other celebrities and Lance Armstrong's benefit concert. It was invigorating to use music to make a difference in something so profoundly important as finding a cure for cancer... Anything is possible".

Rodrigo trained in music in high school then went on to pursue a BM in Guitar Performance and Vocal Performance/Musical Theatre with minors in Piano Performance and Dance Performance from the prestigious Wanda L. Bass School of Music, Pitree School for the Fine Arts, and Ann Lacy School of Dance, known together as "The Juliard of the South"- Oklahoma City University. He has also trained with head vocal professor from Southwestern University Dr. Oliver Worthington.
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Since moving back to Austin, Rodrigo has since signed with Central Texas and Louisiana Agency: Acclaim Talent, where he has enjoyed a full acting career and is considered one of their “Top Bookers” and regularly continues practicing the art of Method Acting, specifically Meisner Technique (The School of Acting most accredited with Film) boasting such actors as Streep, William Hurt, and Dustin Hoffman.

All of these things along with a very diverse musical upbringing have molded Rodrigo into a well-trained, professional, and motivated teacher. Being self taught primarily until getting his first guitar lesson in College, Rodrigo strives to, above all else, to use his power as a teacher to motivate, captivate, and do everything he can to encourage the growth of a student’s love and passion for music instead of killing it like the horror stories which are all too common. "The way I see it, people who are doing what they love are the happiest and successful people. If you love music and/or acting, and your relationship with it continues to grow and develop then you will find yourself making more progress, faster, and reaching limits you never thought possible".

On practicing: "Practice stinks, if you are happy and love what you're doing, then it's not practice... It's Playing! And you will see the greatest and most thorough improvement when you find yourself, say, running scales, with a smile on your face instead of a headache".

Rodrigo possesses several qualities that set him apart as a teacher. Regardless if the student is a 5 year old beginner, Seasoned Pro, or an Adult hobbyist who's always wanted to write a song, or learn to play the guitar, or anyone in between, Rodrigo is 150% committed to a student and their individual goals. With lessons completely personalized for each student, everyone gets what they want and need out of their specific musical journey.
If a student is on the road to pursue a career in music, not only can Rodrigo teach the subjects of Voice, Guitar, Piano, and Acting and the genres between them, but he can also offer insight and education on the Music Business, how it works, and even connect a gifted student ready for the next level to the right people! He knows the ins and outs of the industry, and can help professional hopefuls get ahead with all aspects of music and not just learning the craft.
Another quality that Rodrigo prides himself on is a comfortable, laid back but thorough and professional atmosphere. He believes that if a student is enjoying the musical experience, instead of feeling under immense stress and pressure to get to the next checkpoint, the student will find themselves progressing much faster than they ever thought possible!

Rodrigo provides the highest levels of technique, theory, and aural training regardless of preferred genre and offers a very pragmatic way of absorbing and retaining the knowledge and skills learned in lesson. "Music isn't rocket science, it's harder, but that doesn't mean it HAS to feel that way. I was self taught, and even when I got to college some professors went out of their way to complicate things, however due to the tricks I learned when having to attempt teaching myself, and finding my own ways of learning, I've found techniques and ideas that can help make learning fun, painless and feel almost easy!"

Rodrigo employs the best of both worlds in his practice. He provides top notch education, a professional setting, and challenges students to exceed expectation and fulfill potential but does so by inspiring, encouraging, and motivating students to 'Want to, and enjoy doing so' not making them feel they 'have to' or making lessons stressful and full of strict pressure. He has found that the student, more than the teacher, is in charge of their fate and progress; the greatest quality he can integrate as a teacher is getting the student excited to learn and excel while coming to realize the love and potential they have within themselves.

"What I can do for you, is enrich your love for music and acting while training and preparing you to succeed with whatever dreams and goals you would like to achieve and possibly, help you discover dreams and goals you never knew you had!"

*** Lesson Details ***
Rodrigo is a cool and laid back teacher, but is professional and very thorough. Strictness, in his belief- "forces" progress that can have very detrimental effects on students when they are made to feel they didn't make the mark, or failed, or when they feel they had to kill themselves to do so.
His students enjoy getting better at what feels like 1000 miles per hour with their passion and love for it traveling faster and fueling their progress.
In 3-6 months, depending on goals and skill levels, one can do and achieve what would seem infinitely improved. Beginners won't see themselves or be seen as beginners anymore. They will read music, they will understand the fundamentals of Music Theory and be able to use that to exponentiate their progress. Intermediate students will find themselves doing things on their instrument they never thought possible, and professionals will get that last layer of polish and fine tuning that keeps them sharp and ready and provides that birds eye view on where their career is heading.

Ultimately, the student is in charge of how much progress they make and at what pace. 3-6 months can carry with it what feels like years and years of experience and knowledge, or it can also feel like time wasted. Rodrigo believes this is where he can be of great service. Ensuring that the student is constantly passionate about challenging themselves in a positive way to succeed.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Korg full size keyboard with surround sound, a full library of music and reference material, and an electric guitar rig and classical guitar, musicians chairs, plenty of seating for parents, very large room

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to have his/her own equipment If I am traveling to their home. Or have a space that has equipment in it. My transportation while reliable limits what I can carry with me.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in all major styles of guitar, from chicken pick'n to classical, and understand the technique involved for different genres and styles.

I teach and specialize in Stanislovski, Meisner, and Alexander acting schools concentrating more on film acting than stage and shakespearian acting.

I specialize in most ballroom forms of dance, hip hop, breakdance and tap, specifically rhythm tap, Jazz, and less on ballet and modern/lyrical

I also can teach all kinds of singing styles, my philosophy is good technique in conjunction with passion.

With piano, I teach all styles, how to read music, and mostly how to create your own music because so many pianists can play whatever is put in front of them but have trouble getting creative on their instrument, more so than most other instruments

Teresa S. Austin, TX

Subjects Taught

Acting, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice

About Me

I grew up performing and singing. My family loved music and the arts and we went to the theater, ballet and symphony all the time in Houston Texas. My mother used to play music to get me to sleep when I was very young. She played opera by the famous Italian tenor Caruso and symphonic music by the French Impressionist composer Debussy. As a teenager I played the guitar and sang folk and pop songs with my friends. When I became an adult my interest turned back to classical music and opera as I had heard as a toddler. Eventually I found myself on stage singing opera in New York City and classical chamber music at Tanglewood in the Berkshires.

I began teaching voice while I was getting a Bachelor's Degree in Music at the University of Texas. When I came to New York City I opened the Vocal & Dramatic Arts Studio in 1996. Since that time I have kept up a studio teaching voice and acting to people of all ages: 6 to 86! I love the variety and feel everyone can sing and act. In honor of my high school choir director, I created an a cappella vocal improvisation method called "lavocezensing" using the Do scale as a frame to become comfortable harmonizing and improvising vocally.

Now I am singing the ragas of India and Brazilian Bossa Novas. I also teach classes to adults and children in singing the musical scales of India.

Over the years, I have performed many styles of music: standard opera, contemporary opera and chamber opera, classical chamber music, musical theater and cabaret.

Arts education is another one of my passions. Working for Lincoln Center and other arts presenters in New York City I have created curriculum on music and art in public and private schools and have trained educators nationally and internationally on using music and art in their classroom lessons. I have found that song writing is one of the best ways to integrate music with other curriculum within the Humanities.

Now I also work as a Sound Yoga instructor using yoga, music and sound healing practices in groups and one on one. I continue to study sound & music to offer healing through music and sound--which might be learning to sing a favorite song, a raga scale or listening to and feeling the vibrations of tuning forks!

As a music, voice and acting teacher, I work with traditional and non-traditional methods using multi-sensory approaches to help students realize their goals. I offer many tools and techniques to aid students in relaxation, breath awareness, and de-stressing as a part of our lessons together. It is a creative, fun and student-centered learning environment for students of all ages!

*** Lesson Details ***
AFTER 3 TO 6 MONTHS OF WEEKLY LESSONS you will be able to use the basic knowledge, tools and techniques you have learned to perform a song, a monologue or begin to create your own lyrics or song.

AFTER ONE YEAR you are ready to share the art you have created in an intimate gathering with family and friends.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Room w/ piano; video recording available

*** Travel Equipment ***
Studio & Skype lessons only

*** Specialties ***
Classical and musical theater singing styles; extended vocal techniques; Indian ragas using Saregam scales; exploring the voice in songs, chants and toning as an approach to increased well-being; European, American and Indigenous repertoire from many cultures

Bob H.

Austin, TX
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Jeannie G.

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Bob H. Austin, TX

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Acting, Guitar, Improv Acting, Music Performance, Music Recording, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Spoken Word, Stage Performance, Voice Acting

About Me

I began my music career singing at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington,D.C. while in third grade. I have degrees in Radio/TV Broadcasting as well as The Music Business with an emphasis on Audio/Visual Engineering. In addition to a lifetime of music, I have been a Radio/TV personality, am an award winning singer/songwriter and I'm currently working on my 5th CD. As a professional singer/actor I have many years of professional musical theater experience. As owner, music arranger and chief engineer of Rising Star recording studio, I received numerous awards for sound design, music production as well as original production music. I truly enjoy the shared learning experience found in teaching music.

*** Lesson Details ***
"I truly love people and when it comes to teaching, the joy of discovery is the greatest reward, for both student and myself. My overall approach to teaching is to give each student a well rounded knowledge of their instrument and music in an enjoyable, laid back, fun atmosphere, while encouraging them to explore songs they wish to learn as well as writing original music. We will accomplish this through private instruction, music theory and fun discussions about music, musicians and other topics that pertain to music. As a guitarist, I've played music from rock to acoustic, although primarily, I'm an acoustic player. My acoustic style ranges from John Denver, Gordon Lightfoot, Dan Fogelberg, the Beatles and other acoustic artists. I have developed a 12 week program for guitar that will enable the student, with practice, to quickly learn to play and pick up music they wish to learn. My professional background as a vocalist covers Rock, Pop, Standards, Big Band, Show tunes, Country, Professional Musical Theater and originals. My wish is to leave the student with professional "tools", enabling them to accomplish any of their music goals. "In Harmony" (pun intended), we will make it happen".

*** Studio Equipment ***
A designated music area.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Will provide: Instruction materials (guitar) and a music stand to hold music for lessons. Other books and/or materials as needed.

For guitar, a student needs to have a reliable instrument (I'll be happy to offer brand names and basic costs) Also, pencils, spiral notebook and folder to hold lessons, quiet and ample room to take lessons.

*** Specialties ***
General good teaching techniques. Great with kids. All styles of music. How to move on a stage for clubs, concerts and musicals. How to do Radio and/or TV interviews (acting, musical theater and/or solo or with a band) what songs to choose, press press packs, head shots etc. (I have extensive Radio/TV, theater background as well as live music). How to do press packs and put together press info.

Jeannie G. Austin, TX

Subjects Taught

Abstract Painting, ACT English, Acting, ACT Math, ACT Reading, Adobe Flash, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Arithmetic, Art History, Art Theory, Asian Cooking, Baking, Basic Math, Basketball, Bowling, Cake Decorating, Calligraphy, Cartooning, Ceramics, Child Acting, Choreography, Climbing, Clowning, Contemporary Art Theory, Contemporary Dance, Cooking, Creative Writing, Cross Country, Dance, Dance Choreography, Dance Fitness, Desserts, Discrete Math, Drawing, Elementary Math, English, ESL, Essay Writing, Fashion Design, Figure Skating, Film Studies, Fitness, Floral Arrangement, Gardening, Geometry, Graffiti, Grammar, Gymnastics, Humanities, Ice Hockey, Illustration, Improv Acting, Inline Skating, Interior Design, Jewelry Design, Language, Life Coaching, Makeup, Math, Method Acting, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Project, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Mixology, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Nutrition, Oil Painting, Painting, Paper Crafts, Ping Pong, Pottery, Psychology, Quilting, Reading, Rollerskating, Running, Scrapbooking, Sculpture, Sewing, Singing, Skateboarding, Skiing, Snowboarding, Soccer, Social Studies, Songwriting, Spelling, Spoken Word, Sports Nutrition, Stage Performance, Strength and Conditioning, Stretching, Study Skills, Swimming, Tennis, Test Prep, Theater Acting, Theatrical Dance, Visual Basic, Vocabulary, Voice Acting, Volleyball, Watercolor Painting, World History, Writing

About Me

I have a Masters Degree (and on the Dean's List) for Elementary Education K-8th grade with courses taken in ESL, SPE. Children with other special needs, General Studies, and many others I have on my transcripts.

Abby L. Austin, TX

Subjects Taught

Acting, Child Acting, Improv Acting, Meisner Technique, Shakespearean Acting, Theater Acting

About Me

My name is Abby L., I am a cum laude graduate of Shenandoah Conservatory's BFA acting program. While at Shenandoah I took leadership roles in the Improv team and a student lead Playwriting group. During my junior year in college, I started noticing that I got more joy out of directing and coaching my peers than I did acting. Word got out, and I quickly found myself to be a sounding board for other students, they would show me what they were working on in class, and even ask me to coach them for upcoming professional auditions. I love teaching because as good as that "aha" moment feels to me while I'm acting, it feels a thousand times better when I help someone else discover it.

I am committed to providing quality, personalized acting coaching. Whether your goal is to book your next audition, snag the lead in your high school's musical, or just have fun; I will work with you to achieve your goals and strengthen your acting skills.

I tend to work from a Miesner point of view, but I'm well versed in many schools of acting so if Sanford Miesner's views don't mesh with you, we'll try out something else. I really believe in honing in on your strengths and making them work for you. Private lessons are all about your needs and I will work tirelessly to help you improve.

If you're searching for an Improv teacher, look no further. I've been improvising for 6 years and spent last year coaching an award winning high school improv team. I specialize in long form improv, but I love those short form, "whose line is it anyway" type games as well. I suggest that you team up with a friend or two for improv lessons, because it really is a team sport and the more people you have, the more options open up. I'm really passionate about improv and I know that I can help you improve your skills.

My Specialties include:
-Miesner technique
-Improvisation
-Long form Improvisation
-Shakespeare
-Audition preparation
-Acting through song
-Scene Study
-Text Analysis

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