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Acting

Levels Taught: Beginner - Advanced

I am a professional actress/ singer/ songwriter and directer. I employ my many years of experience as a performing artist, to help my students develop what is unique and compelling with in them. I believe that everyone has something of value to express. The key is finding creative ways to unleash it.

About Amy C.

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Male Ages Taught: 5 to 99
Female Ages Taught: 5 to 99

Overview

I have been a voice teacher for over twenty- five years. My background includes ten years of classical training with Maestro Julio Berrocal as well as vocal training through the Feldekrais approach with Marcy Lindhiemer. In acting I have studied with renowned Stanislavsky scholar Sonia Moore and Master acting teacher of the Strasberg Method, Marcia Haufrecht. I believe we all have something distinctive that can be developed and expressed through the voice. I work to help the student discover their individual and unique sound. I give them tools to gain the ability and confidence to achieve their goals. I empathize deeply with the challenges that students face both in studying voice and performance since I have been a professional singer for many years. Through my personal experience in the field I coach the student through the obstacles they may come up against. My students have gone on to become recording artists,Broadway performers, Blues and Cabaret artists, performing in concerts, radio, film and TV.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am an empathetic teacher, sensitive to the students individual process of learning. My lessons usually start with breathing and relaxation exercises. Vocal exercise come next, then when the student is fully warmed up we will begin to work on songs. It is important that the student be part of the process of picking material since the more they personally respond to the material the more apt they are to be engaged in their lessons and the more quickly they will learn. After three to six months they will understand the fundamentals of breathing and relaxation and its importance to proper vocal training. They will have begun the process of extending their range and will understand the principles of performance in song.

*** Studio Equipment ***
home- 10 minutes away from Manhattan with piano, seating for parents
-practice studio seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a piano, cd/mp3 player and an large library of songbooks to work from. The student should bring sheet music of songs they want to work on and a recording device.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching how to sing rock and blues without hurting the voice as well as method acting instruction.

Photos and Videos

Cover of John Lennon's song "Mother".

Experience

Voice and /Acting Coach/ Teaching Artist Jun 1996 - Present
Singing from The Source

I have coached and taught students ages 4 -80. I have worked as an acting and singing teaching in the public schools. I have also taught privately for over 20 years. I have coached recording, cabaret, jazz blues, and Broadway performers.

Education

MSW in social work Sep 2013 - Present
Walden University
BA Sep 1976 - Jun 1980
SUNY at Purchase

Languages Spoken

Italian Limited Proficiency

Awards

Singer of the Year Jun 1989
Backstage Magazine

Affiliations

Actors' Equity Association Oct 1988
Actors-Equity

Actors' Equity Association, founded in 1913, is the labor union that represents more than 49,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society.

Student Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by 3 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by i could not have BUILT a better teacher/coach. Intuitive, intelligent, knows her subject & knows how to share what she knows. May 13, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Terrific teacher, learning a lot quickly and in an open, creative environment...and Amy makes it all fun! May 6, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by I am havifna great time and enjoying every minute of it! March 26, 2012