I have been singing my entire life and have been playing the piano since I was 6. I did a doctorate in Voice at the University of Michigan. I've been teaching for the past 14 years now and am passionate about helping others liberate their true potential. I am comfortable teaching in a variety of styles: jazz, pop, opera, musical theater, folk etc.
As a performer, I've been working as an opera singer throughout the United States, Haiti, and Europe. I've appeared with opera companies in Philadelphia, Boston, Brevard, Aspen and Ann Arbor. I've given recitals in Paris
, Baden bei Wien, Port-au-Prince to name a few places. I'm currently most active here in Ann Arbor.
I am comfortable teaching a broad range of students from my teenage Broadway aspirants to my 60 year old divas :)
*** Lesson Details *** I bring the right mix of technical understanding, musicianship, and compassion to my students. I try to approach learning holistically focusing on technique, the music, and the psychology of performance. I am very patient and good natured.
I try to adapt my approach based on the needs of individual students. Some people are looking for a very relaxed atmosphere in which to delve into something new. Others need more rigid structure. I work with each student to identify their goals in taking lessons.
*** Specialties *** I teach classical voice, musical theater, jazz, pop, and healthy speaking techniques.
I also teach piano and ear training.
Lauren October 2, 2015
Jean Bernard coached me for two years at the University of Michigan as a jazz vocal performance major there. His thorough knowledge, technical skill, and flexibility and adaptability in teaching style are unrivaled to any teacher I have had. Beyond that, he genuinely cares for the student, helping them to achieve his or her musical goals and developing his or her unique voice. My voice grew leaps and bounds studying under JB.
Karen September 28, 2015
Jean Bernard taught my teenaged son singing, sight reading, and music theory for 2 years. He was a wonderful instructor with just the right amount of enthusiasm and patience. Additionally, he is such a genuinely lovely person that he is a wonderful role model for young people and my son really looked up to him. The only reason that we stopped lessons is that he left the state after he graduated. If you ever get the chance to hear him perform you should take advantage of it. You are in for a real treat!
Are you looking to improve your tone, delivery and/or ability to control your nerves? I can assist you in this area. As vocalists, speaking is very much a part of our job. The ability to approach an audience with confidence and to keep their attention is imperative and something that we do often in performance.
I am a graduate of The University of The arts with a BA in music performance. The University of The Arts has allowed me to gain a reputable amount of performance and educational work. In my training at the University was able to concentrate on many styles of performance such as classical technique as well as Broadway and jazz. With that in mind, it is also important to stay current on today’s music as well. Music has allowed me to travel the world with various groups and perform with musicals greats like the Philly Pops, bassist Gerald Veasly and the great Bernard “Pretty “ Purdie. I have
taught voice and piano for high school students entering college for music. My experience in teaching is not only with high school students but spans all ages. After completing college I continued my training with Mrs. Jackie’s Piano Fun Class for ages 4-6. This gave me confidence to complete training for The Music Class and various other infant and toddlers music programs. Currently I have many adult students, some learning for performance reasons and others to just have fun with playing. One of my theory’s behind music training is “you must love the music you play”. It may be something new but always something for you.
*** Lesson Details *** Motivation and commitment are important in my lessons. I believe with these two things and proper encouragement for your teacher every student is a winner! I like to start my lesson by assessing what skills and goals each student has or would like to reach for within their lesson. It also important to talk about you expectations for me as the teacher and what tools you will need going forward. (Music books, songs, tape recording etc…). I lessons to be enjoyable but also productive. I use lots of games and techniques to help each student learn
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano and microphone
*** Travel Equipment *** keyboard
*** Specialties *** My style comes from university training and personal experience. I have performed with many different ensembles as well as performance groups. Particularly I specialize in the classic style of jazz and scat singing. Other aspect of my teaching include classical operatic voice training as a vocal bases for any style of music.
B July 6, 2015
Lauren was very skillful at what she does and this conveys well in the lessons with her. I learned a lot from Lauren in my time with her but I would prefer the lessons to be a little more organized. All in all a good experience, Thank you Lauren.
Kia A. January 6, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Lauren is the real deal. Point blank period. I initially signed up for singing lessons, but she has helped me with piano, music theory, and other skills as well. She has a much more wholesome approach for developing as an artist than simply a linear "sing these notes" type of lesson.
Lauren is a good balance of stern and silly. She has a great sense of humor, so I feel comfortable singing & playing for her (even if my skills are limited and sound like a dying horse). However, that doesn't mean you just goof around. She takes it very seriously and pushes you as a student. I couldn't recommend Lauren more.
Alexis attended college at the University of Delaware and graduated cum laude with a double major in Music Performance: Voice and Music Education: Choral/Vocal. During her time at the University of Delaware, she was involved in numerous musical ensembles including Collegium Musicium , and performed as a soloist on a number of occasions, including two solo recital programs and major roles in the UD Opera Theater program (UDOT). Alexis has performed as a soloist and ensemble singer for the UD Schola Cantorum, The UD Chorale, and the Newark Symphony Chorus. Her solo performance work includes suc
h roles as Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro (UDOT), Despina in Cosi fan tutte (UDOT), Anna in The King and I (St. Marks Theater Co.), and Grace Farrell in the Wilmington Drama League’s production of Annie, where she received rave reviews for her “musically impressive” and “soaring” performance from The News Journal. Alexis starred again as Despina in Opera Lancaster's production of Cosi in October, 2011. She will be performing as the soprano soloist in the Newark Symphony Orchestra's Performance of Mozart's Solemn Vespers in February of 2014.
In theater, Alexis has played both comic and serious roles, including a striking female interpretation of E. K. Hornbeck in Inherit the Wind. Alexis has also worked in film, recently completing the production of Dead on Delmarva, a zombie-comedy-thriller produced by Arkham Productions scheduled to be released in 2013, and is looking forward to working with Arkham Productions again on a future film.
In addition to her acclaim as a performer, Alexis gained recognition for her work as a choral conductor and voice teacher, working with the UD Opera Theater Chorus, New Ark United Church of Christ adult and children's ensembles, and was the music director for the production of Les Miserables at Mt. Pleasant High School. Alexis currently works as a vocal coach for The Tatnall School as well as the as the assistant conductor for The Episcopal Church of the Advent in Kennett Square, PA.
When speaking of her career, she comments, “Performing music and drama is not just a passion for me; it’s my sense of purpose. Whether I am working on a role, singing in an opera, developing a character, teaching a student; it completely fulfills me. I don’t just want to do it because I love it. I need music.”
*** Lesson Details *** Alexis teaches proper singing technique and support through the Bel Canto philosophy of singing, and specializes in Classical, Opera, Musical Theater, and Jazz singing styles. Sight singing skill work is also offered and will cover basic music theory in addition to solfege music reading techniques. Alexis also offers audition preparation services such as audio recording and transposition for her voice studio students.
In addition to vocal lessons, Alexis is pleased to offer beginner piano and music theory lessons. The piano lessons are geared towards singers who would like to learn to accompany themselves, or would simply like to be better at piano for rehearsal purposes. Music Theory lessons will be presented at the individual students level and will cover everything a student desires to learn, from basic rhythm and pitch reading through compositional theory.
*** Studio Equipment *** Living Room/Kitchen: couch, computer desk, piano, studio bookshelf, room for parents to sit in on lesson
*** Specialties *** Opera voice, musical theater acting and voice, jazz voice, classical voice, safe stage combat acting, diction and speaking, Alexander Technique, sight singing and music reading, basic music theory, audition preparation
Josephina S. October 27, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I was thoroughly impressed with the structure of the lesson and the amount learned in a short time. Alexis is terrific. My daughter cannot wait to return for her next lesson.
Addison M. August 23, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Alexis is amazing!!! My daughter began lessons to get ready for an audition and prepare for future auditions. She had never had formal voice/singing lessons before. In only 3 lessons, my daughter has improved amazingly in her voice and confidence. Alexis worked with her on her voice and singing, as well as the dramatics that will help her be successful in a theater/musical audition. Alexis is fun to work with, as she keeps sessions light and fun but also knows how to keep my daughter dialed in to concentrate and reach their lesson goals. I was amazed at how many aspects of voice and music that Alexis fits in during their lesson from breathing exercises, vocal practice and music theory. I would highly recommend Alexis to anyone who needs help in voice and singing, as well as preparing for a theater audition that requires 16 bars of a Broadway musical. There are not enough words to express how happy we are that we found Alexis to help my daughter. She is amazing and perfect fit for us!
Tammy W. August 22, 2015
In home Verified Student
Learned so much in such a small amount of time! Thanks so much Alexis!!!!!
My name is John. I am a graduate of Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA where I received a Bachelors of Music Performance on the guitar. I have moved back to South Jersey, and am looking for students. My areas of expertise lie in metal/rock/progressive playing, songwriting and arranging. I also feel at home in the classical realm as far as orchestration and arranging go. I can teach various techniques on the guitar (including the fore mentioned styles) along with funk, blues, jazz, alternate picking, sweep picking, legato playing, hybrid picking, harmonizing, chord melody, odd meter, theory,
and ear training as well as all things beginner. I am also proficient as a vocalist, drummer/percussionist, bassist, and can find my way around a piano.
*** Lesson Details *** The lesson is what you make of it. Every student (and every teacher) is different. I can be very easy-going and laid back, or I can be extremely stern and strict. It all depends on the personality of the student, how seriously he/she takes music, and how much/how fast he/she is willing to learn. Some students prefer to take things slow and let material sink in (which I recommend), while others like to go through material fast and "jump around". The choice is yours, and I will do my best to adapt. I do, however believe one should never move forward until a strong foundation is built upon the current topic of education. First you crawl, then walk, then jog, THEN run. i will use Musicians Institute curriculum as reference material along with any other books I have which pertain to the knowledge you seek.
*** Studio Equipment *** Basement:Couple of amps, PA, couple of guitars, seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** I have guitars (electric,acoustic,and bass), cables, amps, metronome, tuner, music stands, (effects pedals, PA, mics, drums, hand percussion and piano if necessary). Student would need his or her own guitar and cable, and notebook w/ manuscript paper along with whatever else they may feel they need.(Tuner,etc.)
*** Specialties *** Although I play many styles, I specialize in rock/metal/progressive styles as well as classical, although my classical technique could be considered more of a hybrid or a bit unorthodox in comparison to what is typically expected. Developing the ear as an all around reference to back up all other musical knowledge is my strongest method. I believe transcription helps reading immensely and putting theory in a musical context rather than just leaving it on paper helps the knowledge come to life. I exploit the origin of all things so that a strong foundation is built. If one knows where something comes from, then one can always build upon or subtract however they wish while still having a clear understanding of their options. In this case of course, we are dealing with the endless options and possibilities of music!
Tony P. May 19, 2016
In studio Verified Student
I had a great first lesson, John was very helpful in answering all of my questions prior to the lesson and now I'm looking forward to the next one
Alicia C. September 24, 2015
In studio Verified Student
My first class was excellent. Learned more in 1day then I did in two months with the past instructor.
Barbara A. December 15, 2014
In home Verified Student
John is the most patient teacher I have ever had. He gave me praise for the smallest accomplishments I made. He is extremely knowledgeable in guitar and I thoroughly enjoyed my lessons. I would highly recommend him as a teacher.
Want to be a professional speaker? I can help. Presentations, oration work, accent reduction, projection can all be improved using my methods.
I am an actor, singing actor and teaching artist based out of Philadelphia, PA. With over 20 years of experience in the field. I've helped thousands of students improve their vocal and performance capabilities whether as an actor, singing actor, or public speaker.
Current and past clients include The Walnut Street Theatre, Philly ASAP, Philly Senior Stage, The Minuetto Music Festival, and The Continuo Arts Foundation.
Come and study with me in a safe, professional environment here in my home studio, online, or in the comfort of your very own home.
I carry full liability insurance for
your peace of mind.
*** Lesson Details *** Integrated performance training is the key. My particular skill set places me firmly in between the worlds of both music and drama.
There's a great deal of shared knowledge, technique and performance aesthetic in the space where music and drama intersect.
I utilize training techniques from these two interrelated worlds as well as the world of speech communication with all of my students resulting in a more dynamic and solid performance.
I provide a safe, professional environment in which to learn. My current students range in age from 10 to 96 years old. I tailor my instruction to your individual needs and learning style.
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano, Video Camera, Monitor, Sound System, Audio Recording Capability, Microphones, Music Stands, Mirror.
On street parking available in historic block of the Germantown section of Philadelphia.
*** Travel Equipment *** Students provide Piano or Keyboard, CD player and a mirror. I will provide music, staff paper for notes and practice exercises as well as recording equipment for feedback purposes.
*** Specialties *** Pop, Music Theatre, German Lied, American and Italian Art Song, French Melodie.
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