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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.
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.
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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.
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home- 10 minutes away from Manhattan with piano, seating for parents
-practice studio seating for parents
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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.
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I specialize in teaching how to sing rock and blues without hurting the voice as well as method acting instruction.
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.
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.