Brett received his BFA from Webster University in Musical Theatre Performance and his MFA from New York University in Musical Theatre Writing. He is an experienced New York teaching artist who has worked with Encores! In Schools, many New York public schools, the University of Colorado, and was the assistant director of education with TADA! Youth Theater.
Music Direction: NJPAC, NYU, Webster University, University of Colorado-Boulder, and Musical Theatre Factory. Composer: Webster University, Encores! (NYC), Stephens College, Prospect Theater Company, the Repertory Theater of Saint Louis, and Masterworks. His musicals, TUESDAY and GUMBO, have been selected for development and productions by the Yale Institute for Musical Theater, Mainstreet Musicals Festival, ASCAP/Grow a Show, New York Musical Festival: Next Link Project, Musical Th
eatre Factory, Coastal Carolina University, CAP 21, and The PiTCH. Concerts of his music were produced by Lincoln Center, Vitello's, and The Cutting Room.
He also is an accomplished musical theatre composer. He has composed music for Webster University, Encores! (NYC), the St. Louis Gateway Men's Chorus, Stephens College, the Cockeyed Optimists, Prospect Theater Company, St. Louis Repertory Theater of Saint Louis and Masterworks' Off Broadway production of The Glass Menagerie. Brett wrote the music for the musicals: FISHING THE MOON, THE LAVATORY, BENEATH THE SURFACE, and TUESDAY. TUESDAY was a finalist in the 2010 New York Musical Theatre Festival and was presented at the 2014 New Horizons music festival at Truman State University, and in 2016 was workshopped at the Musical Theater Factory and Coastal Carolina University. He and Caroline Murphy were featured in American Theater Magazine as a writing team to watch. A concert of his music was performed a t Lincoln Center in 2012, Vitello's in Los Angeles in 2014 and The Cutting Room in 2016. In Development: NOT A HERO'S JOURNEY (all by Brett Macias). GUMBO (words by Christina Quintana) was selected by the 2017 Yale Institute for Musical Theater, the 2017 Mainstreet Musicals Festival season, the 2017 ASCAP/Grow a Show festival, the 2014 New York Musical Festival Next Link Project, and was developed at the Musical Theater Factory and The PiTCH at Fingerlakes Musical Theater Festival.
Brett was an actor for 15 years and has taught private voice lessons for 20 years.
*** Lesson Details *** The thing that makes me different from most voice teachers is that I approach everything from an acting stand point.
I believe singing is an extension of the voice when speaking is not enough. The student will explore the breathing process, impulse and intention, and a work out for the body (including some simple Yoga, Pilates, and voice and speech work).
I also believe in text, melodic, and accompaniment interpretation. By the time you are done with a song you will understand every secret of it so that you can act the heck out of it.
All this is to make the process of singing as alive, natural, and easy as possible.
I will also teach you warm-up exercises that are go while you are waiting to go into an audition.
I have an extensive library of musical theatre to build your book for any occasion or style you may need.
So come on over and look at music and your voice in a whole new light. *** Specialties *** Building an actor's book to help them with auditions. Will then teach the song and work with the singer on interpretation of music and lyrics.
Brett was very relatable and offered specific notes that were clear and easy to apply. By the end of the lesson, I had more tools to successfully tackle my next callback.
July 30, 2019
Brett's musical ear is unbelievable! He has such great musicality that truly allows me to entrust in his vocal input. He's been in the business a long time and knows what he's talking about. It also helps that he's a great guy and creates a warm teaching environment.
July 30, 2019
Brett is incredible. He helped me find a healthy sound while retaining the passion necessary to the Broadway style.
Learn to sing in the contemporary musical theater blended voice.
Hello! My name is Matthew and I am offering piano and voice lessons in your home or my studio. All lessons focused on student's goals and interests. Learn to sight read, play the blues, sing a show tune! I have been working professionally in the performing arts and have 20 years of experience working with all ages, from children to adults, and all levels, from beginners to professionals. I am always thrilled to help a young person uncover their musical ability, guide the experienced musician to further their proficiency, or provide the hobbyist with a fun, creative environment to explore the music they've always loved.
I've been teaching voice for over 10 years and my students have gone on to develop a deep love of musical theatre and all styles! Within the first few lessons, we will evaluate your indivudal needs and develop a plan that suits YOUR voice! I also specialize in vocal pedagodgy and also have unlimited resources to music and vocal exercises for your lessons. I love working with students of all experience levels I am a certified music teacher passionate about my craft. I also would love to teach basic musicality and notation reading for my future students during lessons as well.
Cheryl is a dedicated and passionate performer who is currently working on numerous projects in NYC. She is the lead singer of The New York Show Band a top wedding and events band in New York City. In her career she has performed on various stages such as Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden and has been featured on The Glee Project and The Voice of Ireland! Cheryl has recently recorded at Avatar Studios the role of Emily in a new musical called Once Around the Circle written and composed by Shanan Estreicher! She has performed on cruise lines as well as main stages and loves what she does! She recently graduated with her degree in music education and her other passion is teaching. She has taught in NYC public schools as well as outside teaching private lessons. She attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia performing arts and would love to help
singers of all ages realize their true potential as singers!
Cheryl is excited about her bright future in teaching and the performing arts and is currently auditioning and exploring more opportunities in Theatre, Television, Film and Recording!
Cheryl is a professional performer and a wonderful teacher. She is confident, encouraging and caring. It is fun to have lessons with her. I now feel more confident about myself with singing and can surely reach my goals with the help from Cheryl. I highly recommend her.
September 24, 2015
Cheryl is wonderful performer and a beautiful person. As a former director during her elementary and middle school years, she has taught me many things through her preparation and performances. She is the epitome of hard work, dedication and striving to be the best that she can be. By the way, she also has a beautiful voice and a wonderful way with people.
September 23, 2015
Cheryl's a great teacher! Both encouraging and informative. Aside from possessing a great knowledge of music, she has an amazing voice and can teach through example. She really helped a lot!
If you want to learn pop, I'll teach you the same techniques used by Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera, Bon Jovi, Mick Jagger, and more... because I study with their teacher!
If you want to learn Opera, learn to tackle any audition, gig, or recording session just like Marilyn Horne did. I've got exercises from teachers at the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, and from Marilyn Horne herself to get you right on top of your game!
I've been singing professionally for 16 years. I've sung my own show at Carnegie Hall. I was Gaston in the national tour of Beauty and the Beast and I never missed one of our 326 shows. I can get you on the Gaston regimen in as little as one lesson.
Please message me with your availability and describe your goals before you purchase a lesson.
Christiaan is a multi-talented performer in theater, opera, and pop music. He played Gaston in the Broadway tour of Beauty and the Beast. Something of a bad boy, he was kicked out of Opera School for singing jazz, yet he went on to earn three music degrees, and work with opera legend Marilyn Horne and avant-garde composer Jake Heggie. Now he's in New York studying with Lady Gaga's teacher and singing his own arrangements of Ed Sheeran, Maroon 5, and John Mayer at Carnegie Hall while writing and recording pop songs in Nashville and the U.K. Look for his new single That's When You Know.
Christiaan enjoys seeing people succeed, so his approach to teaching is a combination of play and practice. Ultimately we sing because we want to bring people joy, yet to do so, we must hone our talents to perfection. By mixing the joy of music with disci
I just had my first lesson with Christiaan. He was amazing. Gentle, very positive, and really good at observing and figuring out my strengths and weaknesses. He's also inspired me to learn with his love of music and thoughtful approach.
June 19, 2019
I was blown away by his knowledge and assessment of the skills I should prioritize. My mind was blown several times. Excellent pedagogy and very personable!
November 25, 2018
I've had a great experience taking lessons with Christiaan! I've had about 10 lessons total now. As someone who doesn't have a background singing, I was definitely a bit nervous going into it, but that didn't last long -- Christiaan's friendly and extremely talented. I especially appreciate that he provides context about posture, history, anatomy, etc. and that he took time early on to learn about my goals. Last but not least, I'm happy with my results so far!
I am studying to become a professional classical singer. Through my own training, I have discovered that having an amazing teacher – one who is supportive, caring, and hard working, and who will push you and work with you to be better – is the most important tool an aspiring musician can have. I believe that every student is different, as no person's body is the same, and no vocal instrument is the same. Based on my performance in the Teaching of Singing course at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, I was selected to be a voice teacher to non-Conservatory students at Oberlin College. I have now had several students, two of whom, with my assistance, have just been accepted to prestigious summer programs in classical voice. Though I have only been teaching voice to others for a year now, I have been teaching myself alongside my own teachers through practice and independent work for the past nine years, and I have discovered countless techniques and tricks to help every aspect of singing.
I am studying to become a professional classical singer, and am enrolled as a Masters degree candidate in Voice and Opera at Mannes School of Music. Through my own training, I have discovered that having an amazing teacher – one who is supportive, caring, and hard working, and who will push you and work with you to be better – is the most important tool an aspiring musician can have. I believe that every student is different; no person's body is the same, and no vocal instrument is the same.
Based on my performance in the Teaching of Singing course at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where I just graduated with my Bachelors in Music as a Voice Performance major with a Music History minor, I was selected to be a voice teacher to non-Conservatory students at Oberlin College. I have now had several students, two of whom, with my assistan
ce, have just been accepted to prestigious summer programs in classical voice.
I am a native New Yorker, and I am a proud alum of LaGuardia High School, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Manhattan School of Music's Pre-College program, and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. I am also proud to have received the Graduation award for top vocalist in my year at LaGuardia. All of these programs helped to shape who I am, both as a performer and as a teacher, and I am excited to pass on what I learned.
As a singer myself, I have discovered countless techniques and tricks to help every aspect of singing, as well as the discovery that what works for some people does not necessarily work for others, and that's ok! The voice is individual because it is inherently unique to the person it belongs to. It is the exciting, demanding, and amazing work of a teacher to bring out each individual's voice, and I love discovering a person's voice with them. I can't wait to work with you and find your voice!
Rachel is a great vocal instructor and gave me the confidence to learn and discover my own voice. As a beginner with no experience in vocal training, I was able to learn the basics of posture, setup and breath and of course singing. I enjoyed lessons with Rachel and would highly recommend working with her.
September 15, 2018
Rachel is absolutely awesome. Makes me feel so comfortable which helps me to be 100% myself including my funny mistakes. I feel that I am learning and understanding music and singing a lot.
July 8, 2018
Rachel was extremely patient and could figure out how to help a new singer like me navigate their body and find a true sound. Her positive feedback encouraged me to do better along with her comforting wit and humorous exercises that really made me open up. I believe she was the absolute best person to help me along and open up more than I had ever before and I think if she continues educating that she will do amazing things, and have fun all the while!
I can emulate my voice to fit any technique or style, and I can help you through that process, too. I have an intuitive understanding of the voice and the many sounds it can make. I also have a deep understanding of healthy singing technique, from breathing to muscle development to placement. I can help you sing whatever you want, and give you plenty of recommendations in a goal-oriented environment.
Hello! Let's have some fun, work hard, and help you feel more confident about your instrument. I have been teaching music for ten years. I have a degree in Music Education from the Crane School of Music. I sing classical, jazz, pop, broadway, folk, you name it, and I can help you do it with ease. My home studio is a cozy and safe place to take lessons or I can visit you in your home. I also teach piano, guitar, and ukulele.
My daughter is taking lessons with Maria. This was her first lesson and enjoyed it
December 19, 2018
Maria was very pleasant and my daughter enjoyed her first lesson.
August 23, 2018
Maria is such an amazing teacher one of the best I’ve ever had! She knows how to get you where you want your voice to be. She works hard and takes things at your pace to make sure your voice is just perfect! You won’t regret having Maria as your teacher!😍
I'm passionate about sharing my knowledge and helping students find their own unique voices, no matter what kind of music they'd like to sing. Lessons include vocal technique plus work on repertoire, music theory, and/or sight singing, depending on the individual student's interests and needs.
I’m currently on faculty at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in NYC. I hold a B.F.A. from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and have studied for 16 years under renowned vocal pedagogue Dorothy Stone. My performing career has taken me around the US and Europe, performing roles in musicals, operettas, and operas. I'd love to share my knowledge and experience with you! Let's get singing!
"I thought as a theatre teacher that I didn't have much more to learn. I was wrong. Vandi has given me the confidence to sing. I hid in the altos for years
and she helped me find the wider range I was seeking. She includes great visualizations in her lessons which helps a visual learner like me. I have the confidence to trust my breath and sing in ways I never thought possible. She is a wonderful teacher. Take lessons from her!"
"Christiaan came to our apartment and really helped my son get ready for audition season"
"Michelle was lovely and engaging, she had a great way of explaining things so I could understand, I look forward to more lessons!"
"I received classes from Rosita a couple years ago. Her methods that she has taught me followed me. Now that I live in New York her voice is still in my he
ad. I know that sounds a little creepy but it's like having your mom's voice in your head before you do something. Through her classes I'm definitely more confident not only in singing but in myself. Out of all the teachers I have had and if you live in LA she is the only one I will recommend. Book her now! She teaches more than just singing, she teaches you how to be you and not be scared about it! Thanks Rosita for everything!!!!"
"In the 3 short months that I spent with Shelley, she really helped me unlock my voice in a way that I never have before. She gave me both the technique an
d the confidence to keep growing. I was lucky to have her!"
"Brett was very relatable and offered specific notes that were clear and easy to apply. By the end of the lesson, I had more tools to successfully tackle m
y next callback."
"Very good, very personable, very knowledgeable, very helpful."
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