Audition techniques for singers. Song interpretation.
I have taught voice for over twenty years. I studied music at University of California, Santa Barbara, where I received my B.A. I currently work as a professional singer for various local opera companies, music theater groups, churches and temples. I am principal soprano for Opera A La Carte and have also soloed with Repertory Opera Company, Redlands Bowl Festival, Laguna Beach Chorale and Celestial Opera Company. I have worked extensively in Los Angeles schools performing musical assemblies for students in elementary and middle grades through Southland Opera, LA Opera and Guild Opera of Southern California. My teaching experience includes private voice lessons and master classes at Idyllwild School for the Arts.
*** Lesson Details *** I emphasize breathing techniques to free up the voice to expand your range and ease of singing. In
the lesson, we start with simple warm ups and vocalizes and then apply techniques to the songs you want to sing. I realize each student is different and I customize the lesson to the student's particular needs. I specialize in classical and music theater, however the basics of singing apply to all styles of music. In addition to working on breathing and technique for singing, we'll also focus on interpretation of the songs you are working on as well as how to overcome performance nervousness. Most students find that they are able to sing with more freedom, less tension and will have more confidence as they progress.
I also teach beginning piano, using the John W. Schaum series.
*** Studio Equipment *** Lessons in the main room, upright piano
*** Travel Equipment *** They need to provide a piano or keyboard if I am going to their home. I have a piano in my home.
*** Specialties *** I work on using the breath as a fundamental technique for singing. Singing should never hurt. I use a lot of imagery to achieve freedom in singing.
Vocal Training and Acting coaching for voice-over artists, sales presentations, and commercials
Want to belt like Beyonce? Broadway dreams? Act in Movies? Voice-overs? Learn how to write hit songs? Need help taking your public speaking and/or sales presentations to the next level?
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Hi, I'm Stephen.
I'm a vocal trainer, private/on-set acting coach, show-biz consultant, and songwriting teacher. My specialty is pop/rock, broadway, on camera, live presentations/sales, and helping songwriters find their voice, both lyrically and sonically.
Discover the fastest and most efficient way to build, strengthen, and condition your voice. Simple, safe, systematic weekly vocal exercises that embrace a Zen like approach with an a
I'm also a SAG-AFTRA and AEA actor and ASCAP songwriter and producer. If you want to learn more about auditioning, acting in movies, performing musicals/plays on Broadway, writing your own songs, and developing show-biz career strategy, (headshots, meeting agents/managers, etc) I help TIYA members every day achieve their artistic dreams.
MORE INFO: I have been singing since I was 3, anything and everything from Michael Jackson to Elvis Presley to Luciano Pavarotti. Originally from Colorado, I studied music/theatre, as well as vocal pedagogy at The University of Colorado at Boulder, where I graduated with highest honors. I made my Broadway debut in "The Phantom of the Opera" at age 24. I also performed in "Chess in concert" as a featured rock tenor soloist at the New Amsterdam Theatre on Broadway with Josh Groban. I have understudied and performed lead roles in the first AEA National Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s "Whistle Down the Wind." Regionally, I have played many lead roles all over the United States in productions including "Les Miserables," "Miss Saigon," "The Wild Party," and "She Loves Me."
I have recently released a singing online course. Feel free to check out Udemy and look for Sing Like You've Always Imagined to see what is new!
As an ASCAP recording artist, currently I am working in the studio with a full production team on my first pop/rock album. I also often sing on demos for producers and write songs for other artists in many different genres.
As a TV/Film actor, most recently I was on set with Marvel's "Luke Cage" on Netflix, and I played the lead role of (Abraham) Lincoln in the SAG-AFTRA short film, "These Honored Dead." I also have played lead roles in 4 SAG-AFTRA short films, as well as the comedic lead in a SAG-AFTRA Web-series pilot, "Bodega Nights." I was called back for producers as a Series Regular for both Cinemax and HBO.
TIYA clients include (aspiring) Broadway performers, Film and TV actors, singer-songwriters, voice-over artists, news anchors, dancers, comedians, corporate sales presenters, as well as karaoke enthusiasts, and songwriting hobbyists.
My TIYA members have performed on television in Smash, Glee, and venues around NYC ranging from The Underground, Le Poisson Rouge, Drom, Cornelia Street Cafe, Arlene’s Grocery, to the Broadway productions of Ghost, Sister Act, Evita, Wicked, West Side Story, South Pacific, The Phantom of the Opera, and Rent to name a few.
*** Lesson Details *** We will always work on whatever you want.
For Singing, as a vocal technician/trainer I am like going to the gym for your voice. My exercises are safe, simple, and most importantly, I teach you how to practice correctly.
For ACTing, we can explore both the foundation itself, building your acting chops with monologues and scenes, as well as learning how to audition-- the tricks of the trade mastering the camera frame and how to create memorable auditions for TV/Film.
For Songwriting, we can explore the fundamentals of both lyrics and music, as well as catchy hooks, production, and song structure.
You may use my time however you wish (Voice, Acting, Songwriting, or Artistic/Career guidance).
Most vocal sessions will usually be a combination of strengthening/conditioning exercises, and then exploring/performing a song.
The TIYA vocal training method is uniquely my own as it combines both Bel Canto and Speech Level Singing. Emphasis is on developing a relaxed, released, authentic vocal timbre to sing in any style. Concepts explored include: Coordination, Registration, and Intonation. Chest, Head, Edge, and Pharyngel registration, 2 instruments in 1, posture, breath management, vocal cord adduction, trigger phrases, ring, consistency, and more.
Most ACTing sessions will be theatre monologues, TV/Film sides and/or On camera auditioning craft.
Career consultations usually include how to get an agent, headshots, branding, and marketing to align your artistic dreams with a strategy for success.
***Studio Equipment*** -Yamaha PSR 950 Keyboard -SONY Handycam DCR SR100 -600W Continuous Lighting Kit -Omni Directional Lavier -Adjustable InnoGear Microphone Boom -Blue Snowball Microphone -Mac Thunderbolt Display -MacPro -YAMAHA Guitar -Meinl Cajon -BOSE Wave music system -iPhone 8 Plus
Stephen has definitely provided me an insightful way of analyzing songs and for writing my own music myself. He is really helpful and gives you many eye opening advices and tools that encourage you to develop your artistry. Furthermore, he provides a friendly and non judegemental atmosphere, which is essential for a student. I totally recommend him.
January 19, 2018
Very good! Stephen creates a very comfortable setting to try your best in.
Voice Acting is a blast! I've enjoyed doing it professionally for two decades and I love it now even more than when I started. I love to work with students, enthusiasts and professionals of all ages- honing technique, developing their various styles, recording their V.O. reels and helping them to start making money using their voices!
Hello Students / Parents!
I specialize in providing a safe, fun and empowering space for each student to reach their goals - whether that be for the novice whose been wrongfully told they shouldn't pursue their passion, the more experienced musician/actor/poet/speaker looking to do more, or the budding artist looking to develop the talent and vision within them. I'm fluent in English and Spanish and have experience singing and recording in many languages.
I always remember the inspiration and patience I received from my best teachers, so I strive to provide exactly that to my own students. I sing and teach most vocal styles, with the exception of opera and screamo, and utilize my studio to create a supportive, non-judgemental experience singing, acting, speaking, writing and recording. I absolutely love teaching both children and ad
ults and look forward to learning how to best support each one of my students in their individual path toward realizing their potential.
Here's a bit about my background and musical experience:
Bachelors of Fine Arts degree (Theatre/Voice) from United States International University Graduated Valedictorian Chula Vista School of Creative and Performing Arts Graduated Valedictorian Workshops and studies with Directors, Voice and Acting Teachers Bill Doyle, Roy Mote, Andrew Barnicle, Jack Tygett, Leanne Summers, Anne Farnsworth, among others.
"After seeing Danielle, I was impressed with her intensity as a performer. Her ability to get behind a lyric was stunning, she lives every line. As an artistic performer, I've yet to see better." -Tony Ferguson / Interscope Records: No Doubt, Bush, Fisher
My original band, Danielle and The Masses, has been recording and performing since 2001. We are endorsed by Justin Tranter, Ani Difranco, The Black Eyed Peas, The Bruce Hornsby Band, among others, and have shared the stage with Jamie Foxx, CAKE, Metric, En Vogue, David Byrne, Berlin, Margaret Cho, Cyndi Lauper, Jonatha Brooke, Beth Hart, Semi Precious Weapons and more.
I have written and performed music and voice over for Ace Ventura, Nutty Professor, VH1, various TV shows and independent documentaries, Eveoke Dance Theatre, among others, and have recorded eight professional CDs of various styles on various record labels.
For over fifteen years, my record / production company, Say It Records has been producing socially conscious music events throughout San Diego and Southern California that promote independent music, film, art, community, human and environmental rights. I also co-own Durga Sound, a teaching and production studio, with producer Alicia Champion. The two of us created and produced San Diego IndieFest for over ten years, a powerful community event promoting and supporting independent music, film, art and civic engagement.
I have a great time utilizing my contacts in the industry to help my students get work/ press / entrance into the schools, agencies and studios of their choice. For example, we were able to book many musicians on the TV show GLEE, among others, as well as help students get their music placed in commercials, film and the like.
*** Lesson Details *** I start on the first lesson by becoming clear about what the new student's goals and desires are from there, we start developing technique to achieve those goals along with having fun right away doing what they came for - singing, writing, voice over, acting or using a combination of these things be it for professional purposes or personal fulfillment. Every lesson is personally customized to meet the specific goals of each student. As a teacher, I'm encouraging and fun, passionate and positive. While I'm definitely not "strict", I do appreciate focus and drive. However, I often work with people who have special needs and are working on developing those very things. I'm especially good at helping people through progress plateaus, roadblocks, stage fright, loss/ stress. Using music as a means of release and healing - for both kids and adults - is something I do a lot of and am very comfortable with.
As far as technique is concerned, I focus on utilizing posture, correct breathing and developing relaxed, strong support, so that the muscles are developed properly. We want the voice to develop without stress, enabling the student to constantly grow while steering clear of any injury that can happen as a result of straining, not to mention other habits that manifest when we sing without proper technique.
I strongly encourage students to record their lessons on a mobile device so they can practice easily on their own, and so they eventually have a record of how far they've grown. We mostly use tracks to develop repertoire, prepare for auditioning and performances, and to have fun singing the music that excites each student the most.
*** Studio Equipment *** Apple Mac Pro Quad Core running OS 10.8.3 Avid Pro Tools 10 HDX Propellor Reason 4.0 UA 2-610 Microphone Pre-amp UA LA-610 Microphone Pre-amp and Compressor UA Teletronix LA2A Compressor/ Limiter Behringer ADA 8000 more...
*** Specialties *** Using music, writing and voice as a means of expressing yourself, growing as a performance artist, coping in challenging times, as well as a means of going professional and earning income are all areas I specialize in. Utilizing proper technique and learning how to sing / speak safely is also an area I focus on a great deal.
Learning precisely what each student wants is the key factor in my decision on how to achieve their goals. For example, using Speech Level Singing is definitely entrenched in my teaching, but I may not highlight it as much for those who want a more classical sound.
I excel with the following: first timers, very young kids, students working through stage fright, artists looking to develop their own original project, those seeking growth in their process of writing / recording / performing, those who are interested in using music and / or writing as therapy as well as with amateurs who've always wanted to do something musical but who think they are "too old" or too "untalented/short/tall/ fill in the blank" to try. I believe we all have something to say with our lives - finding the voice within you can be an incredibly powerful and transformative experience!
Ms. Danielle is a wonderful / excellent instructor. I booked 10 sessions with Ms. Danielle for vocal training and it was worth every dollar. I am singing this week at a big event, and because of Ms. Danielle vocal training, I am prepared to sing three back to back songs with the strongest voice ever!!!! Ms. Danielle doesn't know it yet, but I do plan to make her my life vocal coach.
March 7, 2019
The rating says it all. Best. Instructor. Ever. Danielle is amazing. She's so patient and kind and loving. Half the reason I take lessons from her is because she makes me feel so good about myself. She's so much more than a singing teacher. She's a creative guide. She will help you move beyond self doubt and explore your creativity. And of course, my rhythm and pitch are improving rapidly. Can't recommend her enough!
November 10, 2018
I enjoy my first lesson with Ms. Danielle. She is a great singing coach. I am looking forward to learning great singing skills from this instructor.
Helping to develop techniques to be an amazing voice over artist.
BIO: Elena started her musical studies at age 4, singing with the "New York City Opera Children Chorus". She studied at Manhattan School of Music. She studied in Hunter College and Queens College of the City University of New York and the Bejar Conservatory in Salamanca, Spain. She has performed in Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and throughout Europe as a soloist. She had sung Mimi in La Boheme, High Priestess in Aida, Ines in Il Trovatore, in addition to singing other operas including Othello, Carmen, Mephistopheles, The Magic Flute, L'Italiana in Algeri, Le Nozze di Figaro. She has participated in the Master Classes of Alfredo Kraus and Monserrat Caballé and David Jones. She is currently under the vocal direction of David Jones who is the foremost voice teacher pedagogue. Ms. Diaz- Acosta has also directed summer performing arts pro
grams and high school and college preparation workshops throughout the New York and New Jersey areas.
I have been literally to 4 youtube teachers and though I have nothing bad to say about any of them, i know that I need a long term teacher that I can see myself growing with as a singer. Our personalities just meshed. She knows how to make one feel comfortable. She is very encouraging to students with zero self confidence like me. I think I have found the teacher I’ve been looking for in Elena! i’m excited to see what she can do to transform my voice. Her resume as well as her reviews( students spoke highly of her character) are what stood out for me out of thousands of teachers online! It is also important that I love to listen to my teacher’s voice and i love her voice😊
April 5, 2018
Elena was great! She helped me start new ways to sing. I have sung for years, but these news ideas had immediate results!😊
You will be mentored by an Emmy Nominated actor and award winning Playwright. I have studied with legends such as Stella Adler and Larry Moss. My lessons are built on the Meisner technique. I have the solid foundation as a working actor and writer for thirty years.
I'm a highly sought after speaker and have taught my seminars at universities around the country. One of my goals is to transition the college acting student to a working actor. My students have built careers as a result of my coaching and mentoring. My all encompassing approach will cover everything from how to give an amazing audition to fast tracking you to obtaining an agent.
Compare my credentials of all your prospective teachers. I'm confident that my approach to presentation, proper breathing, voice, making a lasting first impression, how to dress, building your career, how to get an agent is unique and helps me stand apart from my competition.
Lastly, I really care. I am invested in
It is nice to meet you! I am an 'Emmy Nominated' actor and twenty five year veteran actor on the longest running show in broadcast history 'The Guiding Light.' I was fortunate to study acting from the legendary acting teacher Stella Adler and Larry Moss. I'm also a student and performer from the highly acclaimed Improv group 'The Groundlings'.
I've been fortunate to be a working actor most of my life. My credits include the recurring role of Dr. Stewart Farmingham on the popular ABC series Doogie Howser, M.D.and Paul in It's a Small World, part of an anthology series produced by David Lynch for HBO and Lead featured roles in Law and Order. I have booked numerous lead roles in feature films and off-Broadway and national television commercials. My American Express commercial won the ESPY award for best commercial of
I’m proud to announce distribution of my award winning comedy soap spoof, 'Steamboat' now available on Roku and NetTalk.
My first play as a playwright, 'Breathing Under Dirt' was awarded ''Best Play' at the Manhattan Repertory One Act Festival in March of 2016. ‘Breathing Under Dirt' is now getting Broadway consideration with the highly acclaimed director Larry Moss at the helm. I have just completed my second play 'Red Rain' which explores the themes of war and peace that collide within a family during the Vietnam War.' Red Rain' is currently being work shopped in NYC for a production launch in early 2020.
Enough about me!
I am on this site as my true passion is building successful acting careers.
Just so you know, I am a nuts and bolt guy.
There is a clear road map to increase your chances of success that I will give you.
The fact is most casting directors have made a DECISION about you before you even open your mouth.
I will empower your' actor’s ego' so that you will own any room you walk in.
Preparation leads to Destination!
I prepare you to win.
I am not just a acting teacher but a mentor to help build your career.
Please compare my credentials against all others. Most importantly-my students work!!
I want to learn about you and your goals. Let's start! Just want to wish you success on your journey.
Want to take your memorization skills to the next level!? Excited to express yourself in new and creative ways!? Love seeing the looks on people's faces after a great performance!? Or are you looking for a fun hobby that will sky rocket your confidence!? If you answered yes to any of those questions then this is the class for you!
Are you ready to take your unique personality to the next level!? Ready to kick start your skills and sky rocket your confidence!? Learn to express yourself like never before! Together we will improve your acting as a team!
My name is Ms. Candy! I've been into the world of theater for 10yrs and I've been teaching the arts for over 5yrs! I'm excited to get to know you! I'm excited for all the adventures we will share! Talk to you soon!
Candice is full of energy, creative and a great teacher! You or your child will learn so much and have a great time doing it!
April 25, 2019
Ms. Candice is incredibly knowledgeable and experienced in many of the Arts and has a great way of communicating and teaching children! She is kind and fun and makes students feel at ease!
April 25, 2019
Candice is a wonderful instructor. She is very passionate about her craft. She is great at encouraging and motivating her students. I would highly recommend anyone who has an interest for acting to enroll in Candice's class.
Learn vital professional techniques to strengthen your vocal performance and strategic ways to pave a way through the business by identifying your niche. These lessons focus on TV Commercial, TV Promo and Radio VO skills.
Whether you are a novice or a working actor looking to coach one-on-one for a specific booking, I have the technique necessary to push your performances far past your expectations. Sign up today and start your journey toward a more fruitful acting career!
Currently a faculty member at the Lee Strasberg Institute for Theatre and Film in West Hollywood, I have been coaching young and professional actors in LA since 2014. A graduate of New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts (B.F.A, Theatre), I studied at the Experimental Theatre Wing (Alexander and Suzuki Technique) and Lee Strasberg Institute for Theatre and Film (Method Acting) before being awarded the coveted Ron Howard Fellowship. Post graduation, I trained at the renowned Maggie Flanigan Studio (Meisner Technique) before moving to Los Angeles.
With my diverse training background and over 12 years professional experience, my acting lessons gift students with a practical way of breaking down and presenting material consistently infused with vivid behavior. Whether you are looking to strengthen your script analysis technique, p
repare for pilot season or increase your audition-to-callback/callback-to-booking ratios (did you even know that was a thing?), I have the knowledge and expertise to assist you in realizing your fullest potential as a professional actor.
My work changed dramatically after studying with Carlton. He's the real deal. Period. His solid approach prepares you with tools and technique to perform at your utmost, whether you're a beginner or a seasoned professional. If you've been searching for a process that challenges you to step up your game and go beyond your own limitations, I highly recommend studying with Carlton right away. His level of experience and knowledge in the craft of acting is incredibly inspiring and motivating. I've always walked out learning something profound about my work and character after a session or class with him. Thanks to Carlton, I've developed confidence that he helped me bring to the fore in my work.
August 4, 2019
Since I’ve moved to LA, Carlton Byrd is without a doubt the best acting teacher I’ve had. His ability to break down a scene and translate it to actual actable ideas is unparalleled. He is also very encouraging of impulses and creative ideas. Carlton is very personable, supportive, but is also not afraid to push you to bring out your best. He is very insightful of the acting business and will challenge you to set goals that you can accomplish both long and short term. Most important, is that Carlton Byrd is a great human being that cares deeply about acting and his students. If you bring your passion for the craft to the table, he will provide the rest.
August 1, 2019
I’ve been taking classes with Carlton in my 2 year Conservatory at the at the Lee Strasberg Institute as well as at New Collective in Hollywood and he's hands down one of the best acting teachers I’ve had so far.
Carlton taught me to work harder, think further and make stronger bolder choices and commit to the choices I’ve made in my acting.
He taught me how to dissect a script to have a further deeper understanding of the story, the subtext, the character and their relationships. He taught me how to build a character and the exercises that will help me in the process such as movement work, animal exercise, writing a character bio and so on. He has a deep understanding of vivid behavior and details that will make a scene or a character come to life.
He is a well all-around trained acting teacher and a super hardworking person in general which has a positive influence on your own work ethics and your personal goals.
What makes him unique as an acting teacher is that he is still active in the business himself. So not only is he a good acting teacher but he is also up to date with the industry.
Whether you are just starting out or an experienced voice actor or podcast host I can help you with general tips, exercises, critiques of delivery or content (in terms of podcast hosting) or preparing for a specific audition. I have 20 years of experience as a radio host and voice-over actress.
Hi, nice to meet you!
I am a voice-over actress and radio and podcast host. I have 20 years of experience working in radio and voice-work in NY, Boston, LA, and Miami.
I have been teaching students of every experience level for 10 years. I believe learning any new skill is part knowledge, part talent, part psychology, and a whole lot of determination.
In addition to teaching, I currently work as a radio DJ at an alternative rock radio station in Miami.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask, I look forward to working with you!
My partner and I just started work on our podcast a few months ago. As complete newbies, we thought we should go to a coach to get a competitive edge. A friend referred us to Melissa and given her experience as a radio and podcast host it was a no brainer. Our first session was mostly just picking her brain. In subsequent lessons, we went over everything from show topics and names to delivery and she even critiqued some of our podcasts. She is very knowledgeable, down to earth and approachable. Just do it you won’t regret it!
August 11, 2019
I started taking lessons from Melissa several years ago when I was first getting started at voiceover work. She not only helped me pick copy for my demo reel she coached me on how to do different reads. Since then I have been going back to her From time to time whether it’s for a refresher or help with an audition. I highly recommend her in addition to being a great teacher she is a lot of fun to work with!
August 11, 2019
I took a few sessions with Melissa to help with my diction. I do training videos for my company. I struggled with pacing and clarity in my voice. A few sessions s with Melissa and there was a noticeable difference. Thank you!
"Bill is a great teacher. I really appreciate his knowledge, skill and approach to voice acting. I look forward to working with him more."
"Bill is very knowledgeable and continues to push you on improving your voice and range in many different ways!"
"She's so positive, relates well with children, and is very engaging and encouraging."
"Jason is very good at making people better a voice acting"
"Jason has been an amazing coach for my incredibly active animated son. He is great at redirecting my boy when he has trouble focusing and provides immedia
te feedback to help my son make progress. We live in a remote area where actives like this are not offered. We feel blessed that we were able to make a connection with Jason and for his patients with our rural island family. Jason it a true professional and communicates beautifully with me. I am looking forward to continuing lessons for my son!"
"After one lesson, I can tell that Bill is the coach for me. As a coach myself, I value someone who will help me get right to the heart of the problem and
hold me accountable for my own progress. Thanks Bill."
"Super cool teacher with great info. Been working hard with her on dialect and she has already helped me network, sending me to meet important people in my
field. She is excellent at helping me hone in on my craft and she really cared. The improvements have been immediate and I am happy I made Fawn my choice to improve and succeed."
"Mark is a very knowledgeable voice acting coach. He is patient and provides exercises to focus on your strengths and weaknesses in areas for improvement.
I highly recommend Mark."
"Bill is a fantastic teacher! He is extremely knowledgeable and experienced, and will be sure to give feedback where needed, always in a constructive and c
onsiderate manner. He is willing to work toward any personal goals related to his teachings, and is highly flexible in the scheduling of lessons.
I started his lessons to learn about voice acting, but I've found that even my everyday voice and speech quality has improved tremendously, largely from his direction. If you are looking to increase the confidence and power of your voice for any reason, I highly recommend Bill as an excellent teacher."
When it comes to the performing arts, voice acting attracts some of the most fiercely dedicated enthusiasts, despite the relative anonymity compared to acting on stage or on screen. In the old days, radio dramas were the most common inspiration for aspiring voice actors. Today, it’s animation.
The key component of voice acting, even more than secrecy and seclusion, is versatility. An in-demand voice actor may be called upon to provide the pipes for a cartoon rabbit in a kid's show on Friday, …