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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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Steve H. November 2, 2018
· Harmonica · Online
Just had my first lesson. I have never played a musical instrument or have any musical training. James made me feel comfortable right away. I thought I made a very good start. Feeling like I will really enjoy this and am confident I will pick this up faster than I thought.
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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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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 Mike L.

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I offer my students tools and techniques that are practical and accessible. These techniques work. I am an AEA/SAG-AFTRA actor with award winning and award nominated performances teaching industry standard techniques that have been generously passed on to me by my long time mentor and coach who had a career on Broadway and in film and television in L.A. I have worked extensively as a performer on stage, television, and film both in Phoenix/Tucson and in New York City. My body of work includes farce, contemporary drama, Shakespeare, melodrama, industrials, commercials, and musicals. I've coached online one on one for several years and my students get results.

About Mike
I am a professional actor with award winning and award nominated performances. Member of Actors' Equity Assn. and Screen Actors Guild.
Skilled in both comedic and dramatic roles.
Extensive stage experience as well as on camera and voiceover credits.
Body of work includes farce, contemporary drama, Shakespeare, melodrama, industrials, and musicals.
Co-lead in the BBC docudrama "Nuclear Secrets" directed by Chris Bould.
Supporting and featured roles in theatrical release, indie films, and television including the Lifetime mini-series "Maneater" directed by Timothy Busfield. Lead and co-lead in live industrials.
Facilitator for many live events.
Visiting instructor of theatre at Fort Lewis College.
Currently I am an on camera acting coach.
I recently moved from NYC where I worked on stage both regionally and in NYC.
I am excited about futur
e opportunities on camera both in feature film and television. Specialties: Skilled at telling all kinds of stories including sit-com, daytime dramas, episodic, industrial, voice over, and feature film. Trained in voice, comedy, drama, audition technique, scene prep including improv. Dialects in recent roles have included, Southern, Irish, English, and German. As an on camera coach I teach audition technique, cold reading, commercial prep, improv, and scene prep. I'm also a good water skiier (can't wait to use that)!
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About Michele L.

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I am a professional actor, I suggest to search on google my name and particularly on IMDb - I currently teach Acting at the New York Film Academy. My method is a mix of the best acting methods existing in the film industry: Stanislavski, Strasberg, Meisner, Adler, Costa with deep knowledge of oriental meditation tecniques used in the concentration and relaxation exercises. I have been acting and teaching for almost 20 years now and my results are 100% guaranteed. I deliver the highest professional training to level up the existing acting method but most of all I empower students developing the best potential available within them.

About Michele
I started acting when I was 16 and never stopped. I started because I love to observe humanity and to give them back vibrations and emotions. I then started writing for theater and cinema, until I discovered that besides acting I love directing and teaching, then I moved from Italy to USA and got hired from the New York Film Academy to teach Acting for Directors and Actors for my specialty in a new advanced revolutionary Acting Method.
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About Tayon K.

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ACTING is just not the art; it is the movement, the audience, the text and the drive for those looking to begin working in professional environments. Students enrolled in ACTING: Journey will find new ways to analyze, respond and incorporate text, movement and various other skills needed for stage work.

About Tayon
As a former student at a performing arts school with a dedication to social activist projects, government and acting may seem like a weird combination. They're not, I promise. I've learned so many lessons, but the most important being that the theater is the gateway to getting people to wake up and focus on issues around them. My resume includes six shows on stage, working with summits in Washington, D.C., and serving on panels that focus specifically on civic engagement.
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About Cathy C.

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I have 15 years experience directing.

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I teach drama for CPS and teach private lessons in my spare time is
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About Michael O.

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My fellow thespians,

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

About Michael
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It is nice to meet you! I am 'Emmy Nominated' actor and twenty five year veteran actor on the longest running show in broadcast history The Guiding Light. In addition, I was a three time nominee for best actor for the Soap Opera Digest Awards. 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 in national television commer
cials. My American Express commercial won the ESPY award for best commercial of the year.

In the fall of 2010, I started Studio 47 Productions to be a leader to effective branding with original content for web streaming. I soon partnered with ConvergTV's, The Venture Channel. I was 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 recently awarded ''Best Play' at the Manhattan Repertory One Act Festival in March.' Breathing Under Dirt' has since been expanded to a full length play and launched its world Premier at the Ella Fitzgerald Theater in Maryland to rave reviews. ' 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 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.
I want to learn about you and your goals. Let's start! Just want to wish you success on your journey.

Kind regards,

Michael
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About Tom N.

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I have been acting for over 20 years. Our lessons are tailor-made for you and use a multitude of acting techniques to allow you the deepest experience. We work on the basics, Improv, scene study, script analysis, audition prep, breathing, movement, engaging emotions, and preparing for roles. Your acting instrument is as individual as your fingerprint, let's figure out it out together so you can achieve your career and/or educational goals.

About Tom
Hello fellow actors! My name is Tom, I am a professional Actor/Writer. I have been giving private acting classes since 2006. Are you new to acting or have you been doing it for a while? Either way, private lessons are one of the best ways to advance your skill and confidence.
I use a variety of methods is my lessons depending on what suits you. Your life experience and acting experience will dictate how we proceed. Your growth as an actor is at the forefront of our work together. I have a compassionate and patient teaching style, which makes the process enjoyable and fun.
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Meghan January 17, 2019
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Tom has really changed how I think about my work. He works with me on audition prep and is always available to do self-tapes. He coaches and records them, which is amazingly helpful. I feel confident and grounded thanks to him. AMAZING!
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Jake January 17, 2019
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WOW! This guy is the best. Tom really helped me to get out of my own way, be more creative in my choices, and book work. I started as a new adult actor with Tom and within 3 months started booking roles in film and theater. He has a way of making you feel good and confident with what you do. It's a little like "therapy" but so much more fun.
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Mike January 17, 2019
· Theater Acting · In home
Tom help me prepare for several roles and help my son prepare for his college auditions. I love what the training did for me and was so thrilled that my son went into his school auditions with such ease and confidence. Tom is definitely patient. I was very set in my ways and he really helped me to open to the full acting experience.
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