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About Heather M. L.

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Saint Augustine, FL

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I have extensive training in improvisational acting from East Carolina University in North Carolina and I've been teaching acting students since 2007. Students learn quick thinking, free movement, and artistic expression through acting exercises and games.

About Heather M.
More important than my conservatory education and my experience as an educator and a performer is my passion for teaching music and acting and my undying belief that anyone can learn to be a musician and an actor.

I'm currently available to teach lessons in my own St. Augustine home studio and online around the globe.

I'm a cum laude graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey and a winner of its merit scholarship. I studied classical music there, grateful to have been taught by the likes of tenor Thomas Faracco, and renowned voice scientist and pedagogue, Dr. Scott McCoy.

After performing with the New York and Royal Philharmonics, the New Jersey and Virginia Symphonies, the American Boy Choir and the internationally renowned opera star, Andrea Bocelli, studying opera and piano at Westminster Choir College a
nd performance art and improvisational acting at East Carolina University in North Carolina, and appearing in shows and pageants across the east coast, I found my life's work in 2003 when I began teaching music.

I've taught hundreds of different students since 2003 with great success, from 5-year-olds with special needs to middle-aged professional opera singers, from a professor in Saudi Arabia to a 65-year-old doctor of music, from kids of Radio Disney to students of the famed Actors Studio in New York, from busy stay-at-home parents to retirees with bucket lists, from CEOs to touring singer-songwriters.

I've created and led a workshop about singing called, "The Whole Body Singer". I've written dozens of articles about music and music education for the blog at TakeLessons.com.

My extensive knowledge of the voice has encouraged and empowered hundreds of singers and prepared many of them to win competitions, pageants and auditions, as well as roles in operas and musicals, including lead roles in Limelight Theater and Curtis Camp productions. When a student comes to me in need of voice coaching, my job is to get to the root of mental blocks, to reveal why and how she's not singing at her optimum.

Before I received formal training at a conservatory, I learned piano on my own, and both have prepared me to teach almost anyone, with any experience, how to play.

The intensive training and education that I received at Westminster Choir College in songwriting, music theory and sight reading has benefited my students at every level.

My current work as singer and keyboardist in the acoustic folk rock duo, Timberwood, has strengthened my knowledge of a broad range of styles and genres. As a lifelong learner, I have a strong commitment to continuing my education. That's why I studied songwriting online with the Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2014.

In the lessons that I teach, I'm flexible, positive and encouraging. While I want my students to have fun and love music, not dread it, I expect hard work and persistence. I am caring, patient, nurturing, and compassionate.
In piano lessons, I usually allow the student to choose a piece with which to warm up and then move on to technique and repertoire.
In voice lessons, I usually warm up the singer and discuss technique and sight singing before focusing on song choices. Joan Frey Boytim wrote a book for voice that I like to use, and I like the Estelle Liebling exercises for the more advanced singer. Hanon exercises are a big part of my piano curriculum, and I enjoy the Bastien and Alfred books for young and old. I have used completely random songs pulled out of a piano bench and a karaoke CD for kids. I will use almost anything I can get my hands on if it means effectively teaching music.

Acting lessons consist of exercises and games that apply learned concepts, with an emphasis on stage acting and Meisner technique, as well as monologue and audition coaching.

Currently, I have only online availability for guitar students.
Students under the age of twelve will use the Alfred Guitar Book for Kids. All other students will start with the Hal Leonard Guitar Method.

Parents, siblings and spouses are always welcome to observe lessons quietly.
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Donna C. October 6, 2018
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Heather is so engaging and able to communicate energetically and effectively. We love her.
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Laura September 19, 2018
· Singing · Online
I always enjoy my lesson time with Heather - upbeat and fun!
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Laura August 28, 2018
· Singing · Online
Great first lesson - thank you, Heather!
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About James W.

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Lebanon, TN

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How to move with confidence and poise, Think on your feet~ unleash a barrage of one liners and "be on a roll". Enjoy your 15 minutes of fame or be a trouper who makes a living at Improv.

About James
New 6 Month and One Year Courses Taught: 1. Radio Introduction Personality Broadcasting. 2. Guitar Studies Advanced 3. Music Industry 4. Advanced Composition 5. Sound Design 6. Abelton LIVE 7. Premix Setup and Post Production
8. PR and Promotions Business
Background:
I worked for Eddie Van Halen for five years in the 1990's in the Beverly Hills area of Los Angeles and was instrumental in providing help with development of the Peavey Wolfgang and Wolfgang Special Guitar by providing feedback on the prototypes Eddie was designing at the time. I learned a lot from Eddie and his brother Alex about music and the music industry. (All you have to do is pay attention! ) I have played in bands from Hollywood to Toronto and back both as a singer songwriter and guitarist. I bring the Musicians Institute way to the table and get things up and ru
nning quickly. I help students get it under their fingers fast and get it right the first time.

I believe in sharing the happiness of making music with anyone who loves music and the guitar in particular. I do my very best to get you playing the songs you love in Pop, Rock, Jazz and Folk Music of your choice. Today's modern new guitars are easy to play and you will enjoy learning Guitar right away. That is how it should be.
When you study there is a basic understanding of Guitar to be learned that allows an ease of use for anyone for years to come. This will help you reach your goal and improve each week. My students learn to practice in a way that feels comfortable and makes sense. This takes all the stress out of learning and gives everyone something to smile about and look forward to each week.

The good feeling of playing along with friends and taking a solo is within every students grasp. I will show you the way there. And with a solid and straightforward approach to the theory as it applies directly to the guitar you will feel confident and unafraid of any music endeavor. We'll cover harmony and fingerboard theory and give you a road map of the guitar neck that makes it a pleasure to play. You learn the basics and much more than you thought possible retaining 90 percent of what you learn!

Having been a student myself I was deeply involved in music since age 12 and played in bands and duos for over 15 years . I can help you to be a well rounded player and performer with a smile, a laugh and a joy for music whether your in a band or a budding solo artist.

*** Lesson Details ***
Most students want to play the Guitar to play their favorite songs and I'm the same way. Music is something we carry with us in our hearts and minds. Students will learn what they wish to learn and work at a pace that is comfortable to them. Whether you are a student, “weekend warrior” or a parent whose child has expressed an interest in Guitar anyone can learn all there is to know about Harmony and Theory for the Guitar and how to play their favorite songs.

We cover theory in an easy and straightforward no nonsense way in the first half of each lesson and then apply it to the song you wish to learn. This creates an atmosphere where you understand and feel at home with the Guitar. You get an understanding right away and because it is immediately fun it allows you to feel comfortable at any level. Music is fun, and songs are the creative expression of what we feel. Combining theory and the freedom to play and sing songs allows us to express ourselves through music. 
After 6 months students will have a solid foundation in theory, and a road map of the guitar fretboard enabling them to advance to an intermediate level if they are ready to do so. Students will know enough that music as it relates to the Guitar, which is the world’s most popular instrument in contemporary music, is not a mystery but is a welcome friend. And they will be able to play songs by popular artists and advance at a pace that is satisfying and enjoyable.
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Student Comments:
What Students Are Saying About ~ James Teaching Style

“James’ patience, knowledge and under-standing made learning guitar fun. I like the lessons. He cares.”
--Rebecca L., guitar
student, Venice Beach, CA 2003

“James taught me to
play pop and rock, and
introduced me to
fingerstyle guitar. I love it!”
--Joseph E., guitar student, Vancouver, BC 2006

“I studied guitar privately with James in 2010. His style of teaching helped me to get
past my blocks. He opened new doors for me. Thanks!”
--Daniel S., guitar
student, Los Angeles, CA 2010
""James is a trustworthy man, great with answering back right away. Always ready to help with new members. I would definitely recommend him." ~ PJ Stover of PJ Stover Voices; Independent Film & Recording voice-over artist
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What James spouse says about working on songwriting with him:

"James is my husband for over 10 years now. Over the years, I have seen James give guidance and counsel to many hopeful musicians of all ages, and inspire others about how music influences and benefits our lives. I would highly recommend James to anyone who wants to learn guitar, voice, music theory, and acting. James is a great talent, and study with him would benefit anyone with the sincere desire to grow as an artist. When we married, I had fallen in love with James’ conversational style, and his vast knowledge of music. When I heard him play guitar, I knew that I wanted to write songs with him, and we released our first album, in 2012 on iTunes."

Regards,
Keri W.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Ovation Glen Campbell Artist Acoustic Electric Guitar, Ovation Pacemaker 12 string Guitar, Ibanez PF 5 Acoustic Electric Guitar, Fender Telecaster 6 string Electric Guitar. Korg Mini Pandora III Amplifier/Studio EFX, Toshiba Laptop Satelite Pro with PreSonus Studio One Artist Software, PreSonusUSB Audiobox, HD7 Studio Monitor Headphones, M7 Condenser Mic, PreSonus Studio Producer software with SoundCloud integration, iBook G4 with Garageband 3 and iLife Studio. Godin Summit CT Electric Guitar is the guitar I now endorse exclusively !

*** Travel Equipment ***
Lesson Plans, Godin Summit CT Guitar, Fender and Ovation Guitars, Tuner, Android Smartphone and apps, iPads, Korg Mini Pandora Amp, Toshiba Satelite Pro Laptop. Android LG Smartphone with Tuners, Voice Recorder, and Metronome and Chord Reference Guide, and Guitar Tuner, iPod Touch Pro Studio.

*** Specialties ***
Songs in the following styles: Pop, Rock and Modern Country Music. Also Composition Analysis while learning the song.
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Mel October 7, 2018
· Singing · In home
James is very kind and mellow enough to make the most insecure person feel confidant and energetic enough to be motivating and fun!!!! Warm natured.... and his wife is so pretty!!! I could never sing infront of anyone but he made me feel so natural the first day!!! He is not pushy and does not make you feel rushed or nervous! If you are shy and know nothing about music this is the man to schedule with! Cool cat!!!! Ty James!!!! Can’t wait for more!
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Sarah B. July 6, 2018
· Acting · In home
James is a great teacher. He showed me a lot on my first day
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Adam May 23, 2018
· Singing · Online
Good at explaining and making sure I understand every concept i need to super well. Seems like he wants the best for me, which is a very important quality in any type of coach.
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About Carly B.

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I am a director, teaching artist, producer, and sometimes actor who has lived and worked in Philadelphia for the past 15 years. I'm the Co-Artistic Director and founding member of ReVamp Collective, a Philadelphia based feminist-centric theatre company. I've taught with Walnut Street Theatre, Lantern Theater Company, Theatre Horizon, Delaware Theatre Company, and Philadelphia Theatre Company. I received her BA in Theatre from Temple University with a minor in Art History.

I've not only been an actor, but a director/producer, as someone who has been on both sides of the table I know what directors, casting directors and producers are looking for as well as knowing what it is like to audition as an actor.

About Carly
am a director, teaching artist, producer, and sometimes actor who has lived and worked in Philadelphia for the past 15 years. I'm the Co-Artistic Director and founding member of ReVamp Collective, a Philadelphia based feminist-centric theatre company. I've taught with Walnut Street Theatre, Lantern Theater Company, Theatre Horizon, Delaware Theatre Company, and Philadelphia Theatre Company. I received her BA in Theatre from Temple University with a minor in Art History.

I've not only been an actor, but a director/producer, as someone who has been on both sides of the table I know what directors, casting directors and producers are looking for as well as knowing what it is like to audition as an actor.

Outside of acting I've worked for various sectors as an administrative assistant and recruiter for a medical device consulting firm
and as an administrative assitant for an engineering consulting firm. I have also worked for multiple restaurants and catering companies as a server, bartender, and management, and has been a freelance wedding coordinator. ​

Everyone is different which means that everyone’s career will take a different path. That is why I not only offers actor coaching, but career coaching; resume/headshot review, where to submit, protocol before and after the audition, how to self-produce your own work, and anything else you may need or want to know.

I love working with students and finding what works for each individual. Actor training is amazing for public speaking, critical thinking and problem solving. I love watching my students grow and expand.
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About Joseph M.

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25+ yrs teaching experience

Fun mixed with work

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Local tutor;

Will travel to you, or we can use my studios located in Nassau, Suffolk and all 5 boroughs.

My name is Dr. Joseph M., Ba/Ma/Dma, in Education and Performance. I have reference lists a mile long, (with phone #'s, so you contact my previous and current

clients), full of success story after success story!

22 yrs teaching experience. I have sent thousands of children to Nyssma. Most of my students have scored; "Outstandings", (lvls 1-4), and A+'s, (lvls 5-6). Have gotten students

into All-County,

All State, and All National honor bands. This requires a ranked Nyssma level 6 score of 100.

I have prepared students for auditions to the finest music schools in the world, Julliard, The Curtis Institute, Berklee, etc.

My students have appeared on Broadway, have played at Birdland/the Bluenote, and have won
Grammys.........

I play and teach all styles; Classical, rock, Broadway, jazz,pop, etc.....

I have performed at the world class, A-list level in all the above mentioned styles as well.

I believe it is critical to be humble, down to earth and easy to work with, no matter how accomplished, student, teacher, or parent. :)..................
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Dana September 18, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
Very professional and thorough!
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louis R. August 9, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
First lesson with my grandson. My grandson enjoyed it. Joseph was very professional.
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Joshua W. April 19, 2016
· Singing · In home
We couldn't be more pleased and thrilled to have discovered Dr. Merkel. He is committed, gifted, firm, yet kind,
with my son. Thank you Dr. Joe!!!
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About Michael L.

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Students will learn how to react realistically to imaginary circumstances and perform in the moment. Each lesson the student will warm up physically and vocally and work on improv games to become a more attentive and accepting performer always building characters and stories based on the "yes and..." technique devised by Viola Spolin.

About Michael
Michael L has been a working actor in Theatre, Film and Television since 1998. Since graduating cum laude from George Washington University he has dedicated himself to teaching and practicing the craft of acting. Michael was a classical acting fellow at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington,DC under the artistic direction of Michael Kahn. There he honed his classical acting skills and earned his equity card later becoming an affiliated teaching artist with the theatre. He has performed there as well as many of the country's finest regional theaters including: The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Arena Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Geva Theatre Center, Washington Shakespeare Company and most recently Actor's Playhouse in Coral Gables. Michael has appeared on television in numerous commercials and the Fox Network's dr
ama "Past Life" and has acted in many independent films. While in DC he was the Drama teacher at Fillmore Arts Center, a public magnet school for the performing arts, teaching children from Kindergarten to 8th grade. Michael is currently acting in Nickelodeon's new series "I Am Frankie" debuting this fall. He enjoys teaching both adults and young people as well as caring for his own spirited child.
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· Method Acting · In home
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Jessica January 21, 2017
· Voice Acting · In home
Fantastic.

Breathing, Voice, Acting, the whole thing.

Michael will give you exercises, tips, tricks and ideas to excel to the next level with your voice.
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About Terri P.

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In 2018 to be a working actor, an artist has to have a great deal of talent, training, and artistic flexibility. If you feel you have the talent and drive, then I can assist you in the training and flexibility necessary to audition and secure paying acting jobs. In Hollywood, as well as regionally and abroad, more companies, theatres and producers are requesting online video-tapped submissions. Knowing how to perform on camera and with reading sides for these submissions is an important aspect to becoming a working actor. As such, I feel strongly that receiving training from me through an online platform will better you as an artist.

My background in working as an actor, teacher, and performance coach is significant. I have been training actors in the US and the UK for over 15 years. I am now an internationally recognized theatre scholar with many publications, and was formerly an Acting Professor at two esteemed colleges. Most of my former students are being hired for theatre, ...

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My name is Terri and I am a professional Actor, Playwright, Theatre Scholar, Teacher, Producer, Director and Acting Coach. I also teach Voice for the stage and public speaking engagements. I have been training actors in the US and the UK for over 15 years. I am now an internationally recognized theatre scholar with many publications, including my own book on performing Shakespeare, and was formerly an Acting Professor at two esteemed colleges. Additionally, I have obtained four degrees including a PhD in Performance Practice.

As a professional actor I have worked with reputable companies in the US and UK including the Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, the SITI Company (NY), The Wooster Group (NY), the Cleveland Public Theatre, The Wexner Center, The Queen's Company (NY) and even trained with Marcel Marceau
. I am a member of many theatrical unions, and have worked under AEA, AGVA and IATSE contracts in the entertainment industry including long term full-time positions for Disney and Universal Studios Hollywood. I also performed in numerous Film and Television productions including Man on the Moon: The Andy Kaufman Story, O Brother Where Art Thou, Inherit the Wind (remake with Jack Lemmon and George C. Scott), End of Days, The Bachelor, Freaks and Geeks, LA Doctors, Ally McBeal, Chicago Hope, and The Practice.

I bring lots of knowledge and experience to every session, but I also have a great sense of humor and teach from the heart. Theatre is my passion and I have an outstanding reputation as a teacher. My students flourish from the training I give them to take wing and soar to new heights.
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About Alicia A.

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If you’re looking for someone who is more than a teacher then you have found the right fit for you!

I develop my students to become leaders by cultivating personal relationships and offering the best mentorship available.

I have 19+ years of professional acting experience and I’m holding tight to my career that is on a constant uphill climb.

My desire is to help others achieve the success they are looking for by living a life that inspires change in the world.

My core focus is, “Confidence Building, Purpose Planning and Time Management”.

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Alicia A. is a professional Model, Actress, Modeling & Acting Instructor, Voice Over Artist, Motivational Speaker and Writer. She recently returned to Houston from studying with a variety of dynamic teachers in Los Angeles for more than a decade. She has appeared in countless commercials (local & national), industrials, performed improv and sketch comedy, as well as hosting and voice-over.

Alicia has played guest roles on a

About Alicia
Alicia is a professional Model, Modeling Instructor, Actress, Acting Coach, Voice Over Artist, Motivational Speaker and Writer. She is no stranger to the fashion, entertainment and educational industries. Alicia has 19+ years of professional experience. She offers a wide range of programs and services - from Runway and Modeling Workshops to Motivational Speaking Seminars.

Alicia A. was born and raised in Houston, TX and for as long as she can remember there was always a deep aspiration inside of her to become a professional in the fashion and entertainment industry.

After graduating from Lamar High School (Houston, TX), with an advanced diploma dealing with Business Administration, Alicia sat foot to run straight to Hollywood and become the ‘Super Star’ she always wanted to be. However, thanks to her families high level of enc
ouragement in education Alicia went on to earn a B.A. in Communications with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism and Media Production from the University of Houston. This was completion of a promise to her father to always put education first.
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Ashley October 16, 2018
· Child Acting · Online
Words cannot even do justice for the amazing work Alicia provides! My daughter(7) loves Alicia and looks forward to her weekly lessons. Even though these lessons were virtual, my daughter felt as if she was working with her in person. Alicia makes all of her lessons engaging and fun! She was very personable and works great with children! I am so glad we took lessons with her and can’t wait to apply all the material we learned with Alicia towards potential auditions! I wish we lived closer to take in person lessons! If you are wanting an amazing teacher who wants the best for your child, Alicia is the one to book lessons with! Stop looking and take Lessons with Alicia!
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Ralph T September 27, 2018
· Acting · In studio
Alicia has the ability to pull the best out of every individual and I had the opportunity to work with her over 6 weeks while I was working on monologues/ prepping for auditions.

She is straightforward, upfront, and her ability to coach and relay her thoughts to her students is what students need.

She is able to use her experience in the industry and transfer that knowledge into material that most students can relate to/ use in their acting methods.

I highly recommend Alicia!
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Andrea September 21, 2018
· Acting · In studio
great advice and an even better actress in general. she’s always lenient and looks for the best in her students. out of all the teachers i had, she helped out the most.
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About Barbara W.

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The entertainment industry can be a jungle of confusion and I wish someone would have told me everything I know now after taking numerous workshops, read numerous books and spent thousands of dollars for classes.
I want to teach you everything I learned over the years and help you reach your goals!

Acting begins with your honesty and the right techniques to transport emotions.
But acting isn't only about the craft of acting, it's also important to understand your branding and marketing. It's essential to become a great auditioner and learn how to land well-paying jobs. I would love to help you with developing all the tools and materials you need.

What are you waiting for?
Let's get you ready for the big screen and the big stage!!

About Barbara
Woohoo, you're here!

My name is Barbara Wilder and I am an Austrian born actress, writer, filmmaker, short storyteller.
I have a master degree in Acting and a bachelor degree in the performing arts. I started playing professional theatre when I was thirteen years old, worked in numerous international film productions in London, India, Germany, Austria and the USA and started to hit the LA market about five years ago.
I have three Best Actress Awards for my film performances and two Best Actress theatre awards.
Becoming a working actor was the best decision I've ever made even if it wasn't always as quiet as easy.
Now I want to help​ you achieve your goals. No matter if you just want to try acting or plan on becoming a professional actor, I am here to guide you!
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