Does Your Accent Hold You Back? Improve Your Accent Today!
Heavy accents, slurred speech or talking too fast can cause listeners to become prejudiced. It’s not just your speech; it’s the listeners’ ears.
You can learn techniques to correct your errors and change your speech habits, so people can become more interested in what you are saying instead of how you are saying it.
For over 30 years, I've had the privilege to have worked with thousands of performers who study with me from all over the world. I teach in-studio at my two locations in Houston and in The Woodlands, Texas. I also work with students who come to me from all over the globe via online over-the-web Skype lessons.
Originally from Detroit, I enjoyed being a "Jack of all styles" singer/musician for over 15 years. I was a professional musician performing Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Gospel, Musical Theater, Commercial and Studio work, along with being very involved in Contemporary Christian music. While I very much loved to perform, I found myself drawn much more to the joy of teaching. Vocal instruction and improvisational piano teaching eventually became my passion, and so I've poured my time and energies into teaching singers and players to
I have been singing in Choirs and Bands for a number of years and learned more about my voice and singing properly in a 45 minute session with Eric than I have in all my years of performing. I now understand why I have been struggling to sing in my upper register and Eric has put together a personalized program to help me develop my voice and gain back my vocal range. Eric has a great sense of humor and made the session very enjoyable as well as informative. I look forward to my next session and would highly recommend Eric as an instructor.
I am a professional opera singer and have studied diction and languages for 12 years. I have a special musican’s ear for the subtleties of language and a lot of tools to help you reduce your accent and speak English like it’s your first language! As someone who is often performing in other languages myself, I am personally acquainted with the challenges of mastering pronunciation and accents and I am excited about sharing what I’ve learned in my own journey with others!
I am a professional opera singer with a love for languages. I graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University with a Bachelors in Voice, and went on to study opera performance at the Opera Institute at Boston Universities. Since then, I've been working as a singer for over 10 years!
I have to sing in a lot of languages for my job, and I'm here to give you some of the tools I use when mastering pronunciation for your own accent reduction pursuits.
I am also a writer and lover of the English language (my mother is a lifelong English teacher), and love sharing this tough-to-master language with others.
A lot of the skills I have as a singer are so helpful for learning how to pronounce languages correctly AND how to support your voice to keep it healthy.
I can also help you in your own singing development and improvement! I can teach you
basic and advanced technical exercises to increase your breath support, tone quality, and overall musicianship.
My lesson went great! Alexandra understood the concept that she should adapt to me. She provides excellent, clear answers and offered additional helpful information with the whole process of learning. I'm thrilled that she customizes my needs accordingly.
Also she has a great personality.
In my speech classes, I have worked with many people to reduce their accents over the years, and have been extremely successful.
Dominic is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory of Music, currently teaching as Assistant Professor of Voice at Berklee College of Music. Dominic has years of experience teaching people of all ages, and in all styles of music. Professionally, he has performed in National Tours, Off Broadway, and in major films.
"Music has always been my absolute favorite thing in the world. As far as I know, I am the only teacher in New York City who teaches Voice, Piano, Guitar, Bass and Trumpet."
Currently Dominic's studio consists of - An Academy Award winner A Tony Award nominee Four students are currently performing on Broadway
BFA The Boston Conservatory of Music Lyric Baritone
Notable Quotes about Dominic:
Ken Nelson (Coldplay) - "Fantastic voice" Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds - "Really cool songs"
I've worked with dozens of students on English accent training with great success! I take a very prescriptive approach by focusing on specific pronunciation structures in order to guide my students toward softening their accents and developing an ear for native-like pronunciation patterns in English, and learning to replicate them.
Kelly is a highly skilled teacher who is bilingual in Spanish and English and licensed to teach children, teens, and adults. With over 10 years of experience teaching throughout the United States, Latin America, and Asia, Kelly has developed a passion for language education and multiculturalism. Her teaching philosophy focuses on the development of authentic, student-centered learning opportunities that promote long-term success. She is an enthusiastic, charismatic teacher who is eager to design the perfect course to help you reach your learning goals!
If you want to improve your accent in American English, Each client is evaluated individually before classes even begin. This way, I can work with you to determine which problematic areas we can improve with American accent coaching. After we discover all of the areas in which you need assistance, we develop a list of target goals made personally for you, and decide which kind of classes you need.
Some areas I can help you improve:
• Vowels • Stress • Intonation • Learn new sounds • Accent reduction • Proper mouth and tongue movement
Using your evaluation as well as feedback from you, I build customized lessons for your online, ESL tutoring sessions to help you develop confidence in your American, English speaking skills and achieve your full potential. The result will be improved professional and business communication skills, which will help you for the rest of your career.
I am an experienced ESL, Writing, Speech, Literacy, Accent Modification coach and teacher. I have been doing this for the past 10+ years. I offer my students a structured and comprehensive curriculum that will change your English, speech, and grammar forever.
I have a ton of resources, know which textbooks to use for the best results and will provide my students with a variety of training videos that will help reinforce learned concepts outside of the class. I assess my students throughout their learning process.
I am very comfortable working with clients and colleagues of all ages, backgrounds, and ethnicities. Most of my work has been with individuals and businesses on a private basis. I would welcome the opportunity to meet with you over the phone to discuss how I can be a valuable contributor to your education.
I hold a Bachelors in Psychology from George Washington University, a Masters in Clinical Counseling from John Hopkins University and I am also certified in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) from The Georgetown University.
Accent Reduction & Conversational English or Business (Plano)
Are you struggling with your accent or want to practice your English with an English speaker and take control over your learning?
I am a resourceful and experienced English tutor with 15 years experience, who specializes in helping Adults from other countries reduce or eliminate their accents all the while learning conversational or business English.
Sessions normally run 2 hours and I have a few evening and weekend spots open.
If this sounds like something you would like to pursue, please call TakeLessons.
Accent Acquisition (Reduction), Business English & Conversational English
Are you struggling with your accent or want to practice your English with an English speaker and take control over your learning? I have a linguistics background and will guide you through what it takes to speak American English.
I am a resourceful and experienced English tutor with 17 years experience, who specializes in helping Adults from other countries reduce or eliminate their accents all the while learning conversational or business English.
I have 25 years of high level corporate experience (C level) and can help you with your writing skills, business culture or speaking skills. I excel at presentation skills (both writing them and helping with delivery).
I can help you to become effective with your English!
Sessions normally run 2 hours.
Schedule is flexible - days, nights and weekends.
If this sounds like something you would like to pursue, please call TakeLessons.
I trained for three years in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and can help you learn a system for training your own ear to hear accents, regionalisms, dialects and then feel, in your physical body, how to make shifts in how you speak and thereby how you sound. The work is not just academic, but physical, experiential and straightforward. It is enjoyable and empowering and something you will be able to easily practice on your own and apply in the day to day for quick results. I look forward to working with you!
I hold an MFA in Acting from the California Institute of the Arts and have been teaching professionally for over ten years. I teach Acting and Auditiong to young actors (10-18 years) and I also teach Public Speaking, Voice/Speech and Accent Reduction to those looking to find more ease and power when using their voice in front of others. I have taught, directed and coached young actors who have gone on to work professionally in Film, TV and Theater and my students have been accepted to renowned conservatories and universities across the country (NYU Tisch, California Institute of the Arts, AMDA and others). I am a passionate teacher who believes in the individual and in unlocking the creative genius, the impulses, the imagination and the unique forms of expression within each of my students. In my sessions, I encourage my students to
“play” and to discover how to both lean in and tap in to what is there and then develop relaxation, ease and focus on the task at hand - a monologue, an audition, a speech or working with a text. In addition to teaching and coaching actors, I have worked extensively in the corporate worlds in areas of Voice, Speech and Presentation as a coach and have taught group classes on Public Speaking and Presentation. I have taught and coached students from China, Russia, Taiwan, Italy, Japan in addition to the U.S. Throughout the ten plus years that I have been teaching, I have helped both actors and non-actors, those in the professional business world, gain tools that lead to freedom and ease of expression when speaking in front of others, be it at an audition, an interview, giving a presentation to a board or speaking in front of thousands at a Ted Talk.
Claire is a professional. She is a natural born teacher who immediately clicked with my son. She gave him the tools he needed for an upcoming audition at a theatre conservatory. Anyone from beginner to dedicated professional would benefit from private lessons with her. We feel very lucky we found her with so many less qualified people out there.
Working on pronunciation helps you speak more naturally and also helps you listen and understand others.
Reasons why you should choose me as your teacher:
- I have 15 years of professional experience teaching as a TESOL certified English instructor for adults from almost every country in the world.
- I was born and raised in Los Angeles, so I have a very standard North American accent that I can help you get.
- I am an expat living in Barcelona trying to master 2 local, foreign languages as an adult, so I understand my students’ challenges very well.
- I graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a degree in Communications, so I will help you communicate effectively for your needs and translate your personality into English.
- I am also a certified lifestyle coach, so I specialize in helping people with low confidence and nervousness.
- I'm an energetic and patient person, and my teaching is fun, flexible, an
d full of useful information.
- I am a grammar expert and I will help you clean up your mistakes.
- I am a member of a teaching association with huge database of materials, so I am always prepared with exercises and activities that are exactly what you need to improve your skills.
Does this sound like the teacher you’re looking for? Do you want to make sure I’m the right teacher for you? Please send me a message to tell me how I can specifically help you achieve your goals. There’s no obligation to sign up. Talk to you soon!
Just finished the first class on accent reduction with Michelle. She is AMAZING! She put herself in my shoes, trying to analyze the pronunciation pattern in my own language, encouraging me to take a moment to reward myself for the efforts and achievements along the English learning journey. Most importantly, she is professional d exceptional in interactive teaching. Thanks again Michelle.
April 28, 2017
I have so much fun talking with her.
April 10, 2017
I really enjoyed my lesson with Michelle. She is a great tutor with her special skill. The only reason I did not give her a 5 starts at this time is because I want to finish more sessions to truly give her a 5 star from bottom of my heart. I would love to continue my journey with her and I am faithful I will improve quickly with her help.
"Gabriel's technique of teaching is great! After each session, i feel I am improving my English speaking.
"Love the lessons with Sara Ann - informative, interesting, and always helpful! She is a true speech master who can clearly identify what is missing and fi
nd excellent tools to fix it. of My first language is Russian and I was always excited to minimize its presence when I speak English. I tried some online videos but realized unless someone in person points you to what exactly sounds wrong, there won't be any results. Sara Ann is awesome in explaining details and makes it all smooth and easy. I can really see improvements. Highly recommend!"
"Great first session. Erol is an excellent teacher. He is very patient, positive and encouraging. Erol was quickly able to identify the areas I need improv
ement. Super excited for my next sessions."
"Great instructor! Highly recommend!"
"very patient, would recommend Erol!"
"Pretty though as we go through each syllabus."
"She is amazing! Her diction and pronunciation are perfect. Anyone could learn from her."
"I'm seeing Adam for accent reduction and for deepening the pitch of my voice (I sound too girly in business meetings). My colleagues really noticed a diff
erence! It took about 8 weeks to get to the point where it was noticeable enough. I will continue with the lessons to make the it stick. Plus, it is fun! Adam makes me laugh every time!"
"Steve has a genuine interest in working out how to best develop a self-reliance on any particular method."