I have performed in several musical's: Music Man, Superman, A little night Music (quartet), Sound of Music, plus many variety shows. I like teaching musical theater pieces because it helps to bring out the acting part of singing and requires a beautiful round tone, which is good to have in anyone's repertoire.
I started taking piano lessons at age 6, learned to read music and play mostly classical, my first pop song was Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves by Cher, remember that great riff at the beginning? I was beyond thrilled to actually play it myself. These are the kind of experiences I seek to provide my students, enjoying the thrill of actually making music, not just going over mundane head information. I do combine learning by ear with reading music, teaching theory along with the music making as well. Music is really simple, repetitive and easy to learn. It's a life long gift you give yourself
and others. I started singing seriously in 9th grade, I had the greatest teacher, in fact he turned my life around because I had been running with the wrong crowd, but now that he told me I could sing I had a reason to straighten myself up and he made me feel like my talent was worth something. I grew in confidence and entered college as a double major, voice and piano. I enjoy teaching singing because it's so personal and I help people figure out a lot about themselves and singing through our lessons together. I teach people how to balance their voice through exercises and specially picked songs that extend the exercises into 'real life'. It only takes a few lessons for my voice students to experience positive change in their voices and their lives. Teaching music is a beautiful way to live. I invite you to experience this beautiful gift with me!
*** Lesson Details *** For both piano and voice students I will evaluate where you are first and then I use Faber for a lot of my piano students because it has nice graphics, fun activities, moves at a good pace, not too slow, not too fast. If the student has already studied I ask them to bring the music they already have and we proceed forward from there. The voice students are also evaluated and then informed about their tendencies and given excersises to help them learn new, better tendencies. Songs are assigned for student to learn and hopefully enjoy. Regular practice is expected from the beginning and I give award and incentives for it to get you started right.
*** Studio Equipment *** Lessons in a separate music room, Roland digital piano, computer
*** Specialties *** speech-level singing - Voice learn to play by chords - piano
Jason P. January 26, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Deborah exhibited excellent technique of teaching new and young students. She has lots of patience with my Jason on his first lesson. I hope Jason continues to learn more and more from Deborah provided he stays interest in the music
Mayumi M. June 13, 2015
In studio Verified Student
She's very accomodating. and She's a great instructor and Fun! will definitely stick to her..
Melissa H. July 24, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Over the years I've had a few different piano teachers, and Debbie is definitely the best! She is patient, knowledgeable, and easy to work with. I will refer her to everyone who asks me about taking lessons.
I have many students that have or are performing on Broadway, in London's West End shows, on National tours and Las Vegas Broadway shows such as: Dreamgirls, Spamalot, White Christmas, Lion King, Miss Saigon, Saturday Night Fever, The Producers, Mary Poppins, We Will Rock You, West Side Story, Hairspray to name a few.
Coren has played many different venues across the world from the Las Vegas Casinos, Rivera and MGM to European television "Bueno Dominica" Milan Italy, Circus World, Florida, and the Philadelphia Civic Center. Coren has opened for such entertainment greats such as The Temptations, 3 Dog Night, Holly Dunn & George Carlin. She has performed with blues greats Leon Blue (Ike & Tina Turner Revue, Muddy waters, BB King) and Mike Rogers (John Lee Hooker Jr., Big Mama Thorton, Bobby Blue Bland), Coren uses her singing, dancing and acting skills as Sherry in the Las Vegas Show Frankie & She
rry (Frankie Valley Tribute Show) formerly at The Greek Isles Casino. Graduating from the vocal performance and songwriting programs at the prestigious music Conservatory The Dick Grove School of Music Coren won the school's coveted vocal achievement award in 1989. Studying the Seth Riggs Speech level Singing method while at Dick Grove, Coren became a certified teacher of the method in 1994. She was certified as a level 4 instructor until 2009. Coren teaches many professional singers including Billy Hufsey (Fame Television show & Confessions of a Teen age Idol VH1, Days of Our Lives), Disney Star & Kids Choice Award winner "Favorite TV Actor 2012" Jake Short (Disney's "Ant Farm" & "Mighty Med"), Sarah Thiele Recording Artist, Hazel Payne (4x Grammy Winner) A Taste of Honey, Jennlee Shallow (Nala in Lion King Broadway, Germany, Austrailia), Marla McRenyolds, (Dreamgirls & The Color Purple Broadway), 2011 Kids Choice Nominee James Maslow ( Big Time Rush), and Gail Bennett (Understudy to Mary Poppins in the broadway touring Company of Mary Poppins) to name a few.
Rico W. August 20, 2015
Vocal Training ·
In studio Verified Student
I'm so grateful that I found this amazing teacher. I was looking for a teacher who could teach me ways to improve. In the past I felt like I was at a block. If you feel there's more potential in your voice. I guarantee she will help you reach it. I never have felt this excited for the next lesson to learn more especially since I hear improvements in my voice each week. I'm technical so I like to know what's going on in the inside. She has answers to all my questions. I'm comfortable with her, she's encouraging, and a great person.
rikki virginia August 17, 2015
Coren is amazing! I absolutely love her! She's not only a great singing coach but also an amazing person all together. She makes me feel so comfortable and more and more excited every singing lesson I have with her. She is great to talk to and I almost feel I can go to her for anything because she shows she cares about her students. She's there when you need her and is always reassuring me that I'm doing great and getting better. I really notice improvement in myself as well. She has a great way of applying the things I need to know about singing into my actual life. It's so refreshing to meet someone who only wants to see you succeed and not tear you down.. especially in vegas! ha! thx for everything Coren and look forward to more lessons!!!
Makenzie R. July 25, 2015
Music Performance ·
In studio Verified Student
Professional Broadway singers perform everyday of the week. Prepare healthfully for the rigors of the profession.
All of my past experiences lead into my real passion: Teaching. Whether it's conducting throughout Europe or singing as featured soloist with the Stuttgart Symphony Orchestra and Oregon Symphony, I use past experience to teach students about musical and healthy singing techniques. I am currently a Doctoral candidate at UNLV. I am excited to incorporate new instructional techniques into my teaching that I learned from conventions and coursework.
Most of all, I believe that singing should be a fun expression of yourself. It should be an outlet for creation no matter the skill or age level
of the singer.
I hold a Master of Education degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where I specialized in Secondary Vocal Music. I obtained my Bachelor of Arts degree in Music (Vocal Performance and Choral Conducting) from Oregon State University. I am an active choral director and singer in the Las Vegas Valley and sing opera semi-professionally.
*** Lesson Details *** Breathing is the key to singing and speaking. After a few months in my studio, a student will know how to sing healthfully and on the breath. If a student wants to focus on more popular styles like rock, pop, or country, I can instruct you on the best ways to maintain vocal health and increase the power, range and agility of your voice. If a student wants to sing in one of the major Classical languages (Italian, German, or French) I have extensive training in the pronunciation of each.
I have taught singer/songwriters how to convey their creative images. I have also taught adult singers how to contribute more of their own sound to their community or church choirs. All doors are open for a healthful singer!
*** Studio Equipment *** extra room with piano, recording equipment, seating
*** Travel Equipment *** All a student would need is a piano or keyboard.
*** Specialties *** Classical and operatic voice, popular genres including Rock, Pop, and Broadway.
*** Choir Opportunity *** Check out the Battle Born Chorale for the choir that I conduct here in Las Vegas.
Chris B. March 29, 2015
Online Verified Student
The first lesson was a great time. I'm learning and doing things I never did before.
KathyV January 6, 2012
Very happy with these lessons
I'm so glad I started taking these lessons. I'm learning a lot, and singing is becoming more and more comfortable and enjoyable. I especially appreciate the emphasis on healthy singing.
KristyD June 10, 2011
what a great time
The classes that Jadelan is taking are great! She has been learning a lot of things she needs to know. It's very nice to have Mr. Jonathan as Jadelan's vocal teacher.
Reading the detailed "About" section below should give an aspiring singer all the information relevant as to how and what I teach, with regard to vocal performance and technique. As a lover of Broadway, then and now, I incorporate my knowledge of what is necessary to perfect the craft of being a confident singer on a theater stage. To capsulize my mission statement as an instructor: You WILL be a better vocalist AND performer. THIS I GUARANTEE!!
I have been active in the entertainment industry since the age of 12, when I gave my first professional performance. Prior to that I was already being introduced to music with years of guitar, and then vocal instruction. I do not remember a time of my life when I was not singing somewhere; in the house, in the yard, in the classroom. That is perhaps why I identify so well with the young people who gather so much enjoyment from "just singing" at every opportunity. I studied professionally for over 10 years with renown soprano and voice teacher Sylvia Jensen, who was instrumental in the enhancem
ent of my vocal knowledge and technique. She is now the Director of Education for the Miss Ohio pageants of the Miss America competitions, elevating many young ladies to the national spotlight. At age 14, I auditioned for, and was added to cast of a network television variety program, "The Gene Carroll Show", that was a television institution for over 30 years in the Midwest. I was a featured performer on that program for over 7 years, all the while perfecting the art of "playing to a camera." This experience was invaluable, and the knowledge I gathered is now included in my curriculum. I also began performing a solo act in the nightclub circuit at the age of 15, performing up and down the "north coast" from Cleveland, OH, (my home), to Erie. PA. At a very young age, I learned the difficult art of choosing musical material and pacing a show; also adapting to performing under a myriad of conditions with a vast array of musical accompaniment. After graduating college with a degree in Business Administration and Marketing, I assembled my own band, and took to the road. That experience eventually brought the act to Las Vegas in 1982. Over the years my show has been a staple in major casino cabarets in Las Vegas, and all over Nevada. Since my first engagement at The Landmark Hotel in the early 1980's, I have literally been up and down the famed Las Vegas Strip many times over. The Desert Inn, The Dunes, The Stardust, The Maxim, The Tropicana, New York New York, Mandalay Bay, MGM, Bally's, The Flamingo, The Imperial Palace, The Four Queens, The Golden Nugget, The Fremont, The Venetian, The Palazzo, and a three year engagement at The Riviera. My show is truly comprised of musical variety; classics, show tunes, jazz, rock, blues, r&b, country. Even a presentation of "Music of the Night" from Phantom of the Opera, that I perform in full costume. It is this ability to successfully deliver an extensive repertoire that I am enthusiastic about passing along to the next generation of entertainers.
I have been truly blessed in my career to have experienced so many highlights; too many to document. From winning an understudy roll in the Broadway Musical "Platinum" starring Hollywood actress Alexis Smith, to performing our National Anthem at events ranging from Major League Baseball to ESPN Boxing to receptions for major dignitaries, to recording 7 albums and a full-length video, to being asked to perform for Mr. Frank Sinatra at the Frank Sinatra Celebrity Golf Tournament, I have lived a full life on stage, learning and absorbing every bit of knowledge gathered along the way. Now it is my desire to escalate my status as an educator to a more "one on one" experience; availing myself the opportunity to pass along that wealth of knowledge to individual students who aspire to enjoy the entertainment profession as I have, providing them with the skills needed to successfully compete. Or, should it be their choice not to pursue entertainment as a vocation, to gain a working understanding of all facets of their instrument so as to gain a better appreciation of music. Whatever the goal of the student, I feel that I am equipped to provide them with the tools needed to achieve that goal.
*** Lesson Details *** Content of Sessions
Generally, the first 10-15 minutes of each lesson will be focused on vocal warm up and exercise. (For guitar students, we will review the previous week's assignment). For Vocal Students, it is understood that the voice mechanism is made up of muscles, and as an athlete prepares for a sporting event, a singer must prepare to vocalize. It is at this time in our lesson when the student will develop good habits of voice maintenance, which will serve them well throughout their careers. The proper care and preservation of the vocal unit cannot be stressed enough, especially for pubescent and pre-pubescent students. Vocal chords in a developmental stage are most susceptible to damage, and because they are particularly sensitive, they must be handled with care. Our warm up regimen is designed to strengthen as well as preserve the singing voice.
I am not an advocate of getting too involved and "bogged down" in the technical aspects of singing, especially with the young students, and especially early in our program. This is not to say that breath control, tonality, pitch, etc. are not vital to good singing, because these workings are ESSENTIAL, and their application will certainly be incorporated into our studies. Some instructors, on occasion, have a tendency to lose sight of the fact that much to do with singing happens "naturally", and too much focus on the "technical" can actually be inhibiting. This can alter a beautiful, natural tone into one that is unnatural and contrived.
I adhere to the philosophy that above all else, SINGERS WANT TO SING SONGS, and musicians-in-training want to play music. That is our focus, and all of our training is conceived with that objective in mind. All the technical knowledge and coaching serves no purpose without practical application. It is my belief that the most significant progress occurs when a vocalist is singing a song.
Nearly every element of instruction can be utilized in the performance of one song. This is why the majority of our session time will be spent "in song". For the very young student, we will concentrate our efforts with the students choices of favorite and familiar songs. The older students will undoubtedly have favorite songs, styles and artists. Special attention will be paid to the genre most enjoyed by the student, but diversity will be emphasized as well, and a variety of genres will be unpacked and explored. I believe that whatever a student's musical goals and aspirations, it is in their best interest to gain knowledge and insight in all facets of music, singing, and performance.
The most vital pre-requisite for any student is their enthusiasm. My ambition will be to harness that enthusiasm and channel it productively through stimulating instruction. Our sessions will be informative and educational, but always predicated upon "having fun with music".
I am proud to feature a curriculum that emphasizes the entertainment aspect of singing as well as the technical; created to benefit all ages and experience levels, from beginner to seasoned professional. After just weeks of my "Triple Threat Training" a student will begin to see astounding results: vocally, musically, and in the art of performance. I am excited to share my knowledge with you. Let's get started!
*** Studio Equipment *** My studio is equipped with a full vocal sound system with microphones that I utilize to teach the valuable art of mic technique. Young students enjoy using the mics and hearing themselves sing and perform. Since our lessons are predicated on enjoying the art of singing, this opportunity has proven invaluable. For the advanced performer, studying all aspects of amplification and what a singer should know about their stage sound is a part of our educational curriculum. My studio is furnished with the equipment that is essential to mastering that knowledge. Since the practical aspect of my course is based on singing songs, I provide all the latest technology required to allow my students the opportunity to sing the songs of their choosing, with and without the lead vocal tracks. I feel that when students are singing their favorite songs, it offers me the greatest teaching opportunities. I make certain the every musical genre can be represented, and feel I have the knowledge and ability to guide the student is whatever their musical tastes. My studio is also equipped with piano (for vocal exercises), and guitars, which gives me opportunity to accompany my students when the musical moment is appropriate. Be assured that all the technology I need to fulfill the educational needs of my students is but a step away!!
Kevin O. February 4, 2016
In home Verified Student
I had a great first day with Glenn, and I am really excited to learn from such a quality guy. Thank you "TakeLessons" for connecting me up with such an excellent teacher!
Donald January 30, 2016
Online Verified Student
Awesome first lesson, great personality and humor. Help me improve on the first lesson.
Randi A. January 14, 2016
In home Verified Student
Made me feel comfortable. Very knowledgeable and funny.
Offers training for musical theater and audition preparation for Broadway shows and national tours.
K'Shae, aka Kiki Shakespaere- T., was raised in Chatsworth located in the San Fernando Valley of California. She has studied music vocal performance at Southern Utah University with an emphasis in opera and musical theatre. When she was about five years old she began performing music; and since then, has received training from some of the world's finest instructors.
Some of K'Shae's vocal accomplishments include competing and winning first place in the musical theater/classical divisions of the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition in 2005 and 2009 Las Vegas chapter;
singing the National Anthem, by invitation, at the Paradise Bowl and Soprano Soloist for Messiah with the Orchestra of Southern Utah and Southwest Symphony Orchestra.
K'Shae has been in numerous theater and opera productions as well as directed and music directed shows. Her roles include: The voice of the Dragon in Shrek the Musical as well as Mama Ogre, Mrs. Crosby in The Goodbye Girl, The Ark ; Jekyll & Hyde; Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (The Narrator); Quilters (Sarah); Pippin (Fastrada); Nunsense (Sister Hubert), Into The Woods (Witch); A Funny thing Happened On The Way ToThe Forum (Lycus); vocal performance as Audrey II the plant in Little Shop of Horrors, the First Lady in Mozart's Magic Flute, Nella in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, and the title role in Puccini's Suor Angelica. She has music directed SGMT's production of Little Shop of Horrors, Kids in the Rounds' productions Seussical (summer 2011) and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. (summer 2012). In summer of 2011, K'Shae was accepted into the Redwoods Opera workshop where she received professional training in opera performance. She was the Assistant Director for SUU's production of the Mikado underneath the direction of Peter Sham. Kiki is also a member of Firestarter Entertainment's Soprano Sisters and One Voice, two professional national touring singing groups based out of Los Angeles, CA.
Students will receive training in musical theater, classical & opera, pop, and jazz music genres. The choice is yours! You will have the ability to learn and achieve correct vocal technique as well as express emotion through song. Audition prep is also available. Come and find your vocal power with K'Shae.
*** Lesson Details *** -Warm-ups designed & catered for each individual student that will aide in voice development
-Maximize your vocal ability whether beginner or professional any age, any style
-Performance coaching available.
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano mic sound system/Cd player outlet for iPad, iPhone, or tablet computer for online access.
Jan F. July 29, 2015
Online Verified Student
Ms K'Shea is a fabulous teacher! Very clear in her explanations, patient and encouraging. She is the best!
Nitin S. May 23, 2015
Vocal Training ·
I take vocal training for my two children and I must say that K'Shae is brilliant. She is not just a teacher, but very attentive and gets the best out of my children. She has received many vocal accomplishments and is a good teacher to take training under. Her passion and enthusiasm towards music is very visible. Her lessons are not just for money and rather a service.
My kids are doing very well and they have achieved correct vocal techniques. Best music teacher we have had.
Hanna W. May 22, 2015
What a great person!
Kiki is not just a singing teacher she is a wonderful person. We noticed her love for music since our very first meeting when we contacted her for our extremely shy, 10-year-old daughter. Her attitude is simply amazing and she has been able to create a friendly relationship with our daughter, who now is eager to attend her lessons. Kiki has helped our girl a lot, not only from a “vocal” point of view but also gave her a lot more self-confidence. So glad we met this angel.
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"Both my children have studied with Elaine for over 23 years and I would highly recommend her for children starting out to adults wishing to either perform
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