Jason T. started his illustrious performing career at the tender age of five in day camp volunteering to sing “The Happy Wanderer” a capella for Parent’s Day.
Mounting productions in his garage as a child, he convinced his friends to be in the show with only his father as a reluctant audience member who was toiling away at his work bench. Combine these garage productions with performances on the back patio and it was clear Jason always loved to put on a show.
In the sixth grade, he performed “The Impossible Dream” from “Man of La Mancha” with his red cape pinned to his shirt and wielding his mighty sword assembled from a yard stick and tin foil. At this point, his career in entertainment was firmly embedded in his heart and soul.
Double majoring in Vocal Performance and Education in college, Jason honed his craft performing in operas and jazz vocal groups all the while learning the business side of entertainment.
Joining the Six Flags Show Productions team, Jason performed in several seasons and then was hired as Musical Director for several more seasons at the park in Houston.
Jason created and was vocal arranger for a singing quartet, Entourage, which performed in many venues in the Houston area.
He was invited to join the Glen Hunsucker Performance Team and worked as a vocalist and dancer backing up the most popular singer from India, Asha Bosley. The show traveled all over the U.S. and Canada for over three months. It was a grueling schedule moving city to city every day, but the knowledge he gained about production logistics was invaluable.
Taking an opportunity to move to Los Angeles from Houston, he was hired as an Assistant Talent Manager at Universal Studios Hollywood. He quickly moved up the ranks and was promoted to Senior Talent Manager/Vocal Supervisor as part of the team who auditioned, rehearsed and supervised the live shows in the park as well as back-lot productions. This was valuable experience as every possible challenge presented itself during his tenure with the company. Dealing with unions, yearly budgets, creating new shows and characters were just a few of his responsibilities.
Jason was the first Talent Manager to be asked by the President of Universal Studios Hollywood to re-write, stage and re-open a show, “The Blues Brothers” in the park. The show runs daily in both the California and Florida locations.
After leaving his post as Talent Manager, Jason was fortunate enough to join the team at Bob/Gail Entertainment and performed with them singing, dancing and doing character work in productions all over the world. The group even performed alongside Michael Jackson and Billy Joel for the Sultan of Brunai’s 50th birthday party in Brunai.
Working with the Executive Producer of Entertainment Plus+ Productions, Jason was the lead vocalist and a dancer performing in and helping produce many industrial shows and events in California along with several of Steve Winn’s companies in Las Vegas.
Paramount Studios came knocking on Jason’s door to use one of his other skills to do hair and make-up for a kid’s movie. He was responsible for turning one of the actors into a wizard with hair and make-up for the dining hall scenes in this movie. Little did he know what this “kids” movie would turn into for the studio and J. K. Rowlings, the “Harry Potter” phenomenon. Working on different aspects of entertainment helps to round out Jason’s entertainment knowledge.
He worked on several other independent films and TV shows including “Sinatra, the Mini-series” starring Olympia Dukakis, among others as a member of the production team and also a Night Club Patron and Dancer in the series.
Jason created and produced many production numbers at the Queen Mary Show Lounge in Los Angeles. Building costumes, props and wigs along with re-designing and building the new stage confirmed his love for this genre of entertainment.
Since moving to Dallas, Jason has done several vocal and dance performances in the area and was a featured dancer in an independent film, “Ciao”.
He is also currently a Producer and Judge for the Texas Star Talent Competition.
*** Lesson Details ***
The best way to achieve successful progression in the learning process is to have the best relationship between teacher and student.
I commit to focusing all my energy and attention to each student and ask for the student to make the same commitment to doing their best in the lessons and practicing at home. I also promise that we will have fun in the process.
I start out with a consultation to discover what each student's goals are in the entertainment field. From there, I explain how I will build a foundation of correct techique for singing and speaking which will successfully translate to any genre of performance.
Whether the student wants to sing R&B, Jazz, Pop, Country, Opera or anthing in-between, these skills will allow the best outcome for a long and successful career in entertainment.
I tailor each student's lesson to their individual needs with patience, support and enthusiasm.
After three to four months, the student should be comfortable with correct techniques in singing and speaking and be ready to shine on stage. Of coarse, the progress continues with each month learning more tricks of the trade to call upon when needed.
*** Studio Equipment ***
f/w keyboard in separate room w/ seating for parents
*** Specialties ***
I can teach all levels and genres of voice except advanced opera. I can teach beginner piano lessons.