Do you have an accent and want to reduce it? Through speech training I can help you change your speech patterns and sounds to sound like a more native English speaker.
Hello, my name is Brenda! It is nice to meet you.
I have been teaching private lessons for over a decade, and hold two music degrees and two teaching certifications in music (NJ) and ESL (international). I obtained my B.M. in Music Education from William Paterson University where I was a voice major and flute/piano double minor, and obtained my Masters of Music in Performance with the Opera Institute at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.
Although I do work with students of all ages, I specialize in working with younger children and retired adults!
I primarily teach voice, flute, piano, music theory and history and have over 10 years of experience teaching in both individual and group settings. I also work on audition and performance preparation, do speech/accent work and more. I am constantly studying different
teaching methods so I can develop a custom program that best fits your learning styles and incorporates what you already know, with what you will need to learn in order to achieve your goals.
*** Lesson Details *** Whether you want to play flute, sing, act, or learn to play piano, I am here to help you become the best musician you can be. Classically trained, I also work with the styles of musical theatre, pop, rock, and jazz. I can teach you the proper techniques, posture, and breathing necessary to perform to the best of your ability and teach you how to utilize your full lung capacity to extend phrasing length and dynamic range. I will also help you learn to read and write music. Together, we will keep a log to track your progress lesson to lesson. This will also help you keep a record of the steps you are taking to obtain and achieve your goals and dreams.
*** Specialties *** Young and beginner students. Senior & Retired students Students with special needs. Performance techniques. Audition preparation Speech techniques (public speaking/voice-overs, etc.) Bel Canto technique. Performance anxiety Life coaching!
"I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for in the patterns of music and all the arts are the keys of learning" ~Plato
**if you need a particular time slot or one not listed on my availability I will do my best to accommodate your needs**
**All lessons will be scheduled in advance with confirmation of both the student and instructor. If cancellation is necessary, a written notice 48 hour cancellation policy is in effect or you forfeit the lesson credit. For lessons scheduled outside of the areas provided, a surcharge for travel will be added.**
***BB Studio now has a base location! Studio lessons are now also available for students 18+ in addition to in-home and on-line lessons***
As a classical singer, I have extensive training and experience in clear, non-regional diction. In our sessions, students will learn and practice speaking and reading aloud in English.
How I Can Help You:
I have worked one on one with music students for 10 years. I have extensive experience in teaching classical, musical theater, and pop styles of singing, as well as acting for the stage and beginning piano.
Whether you are a beginner, or a veteran musician, I can help you cultivate your musical skills.
I am a classically trained singer, with a master's degree in music from The Peabody Institute. I have performed at The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, The Tanglewood Music Center, several local and national opera companies, and have been positively reviewed in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Baltimore Sun, and The Boston Globe.
*** Lesson Details *** Each student receives a personalized lesson plan, based on his/her goals, and musical background.
My singers are all trained in a cla
ssical technique, even if they specialize in contemporary singing, to help them avoid potential vocal injury.
My piano students learn to read and play music at their own pace.
My acting and spoken voice students learn to feel comfortable reading clearly, and reciting/performing on stage or other public areas.
My music theory students work one on one with me, learning basic theory (note names, durations, etc.) to advanced theory, ear training, and composition.
I am flexible and am willing to work with students of any age and level. I only require that students practice and enjoy the music they make.
*** Studio Equipment *** Music room in home with seating for parents.
*** Specialties *** I am a classical singer, and specialize in classical voice training. However, I also have extensive experience in other singing styles, from choral to popular, and acting/oratory. I have a minor in music theory, and have taken advanced courses in music theory pedagogy.
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!
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.
There is no such thing as speaking a language with the right accent. I am happy to help you with this.
I am a native French speaker born in France; I have lived in the USA since 2000 and speak English fluently. I teach both French and English as a Second Language (ESL). I am used to teaching/ coaching/ interacting with students of all ages (12-80+) and with professionals in a corporate environment. In fact I have worked in-countries and remotely with people located in France, Poland, India, Canada, Guatemala and Brazil. I speak some Spanish and German, and that might help you as well, depending on your background. I am happy to add a cultural dimension to the language support. For Life Coaching lessons, I draw from my experience and best practices. I will share simple yet highly effective tips and approaches to help you meet your needs.
For best results; I recommend a minimum of 2 (two) 45-minute sessions per week for the first 20 les
sons to gain some momentum and build strong foundations. I look for students sincerely interested in making great strides and committed.
Happy to start any time soon. THX for visiting my profile. Questions welcome! Isabelle
In preparation for a trip to France, and not knowing any French at all, I started taking French lessons from Isabelle several months ago. She has helped me a lot with pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary. She is an excellent teacher.
May 22, 2019
Isabelle is an absolutely marvelous teacher - anyone and everyone would benefit from taking classes with her.
I speak French well and my goal is to improve my conversational skills so that I can keep up with my monthly French book group. I am the only American in a group of French women and French is spoken the whole time.
Isabelle has been spectacular in helping me sharpen and improve my conversational skills. Our class is one long conversation - very carefully orchestrated by Isabelle so that each class is both productive and delightful.
I love to discuss the French culture and culture in general and Isabelle invariably makes that part of the conversation. But i think that Isabelle could talk with great knowledge and interest about many topics.
Each session flies by and each session makes my conversational skills sharper.
I feel very lucky that Isabelle is my teacher.
April 12, 2019
Isabelle is a fabulous teacher. Anyone would be lucky to have her!
With my background as an actor and singer, I'll improve your speech habits so you can speak eloquently and be taken seriously. Accent reduction private lessons can be taken to improve English, French, German, and Italian.
Nicole is available to teach lessons for students of all levels. Beginning her singing career when she was 7, she most recently sang at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, was a winner of the international CS Competition in musical theatre, and is a Chicago F.A.M.E. finalist for Jazz and popular music. Combined with her training and professional experience, Nicole teaches singers to switch gracefully between multiple styles. She practices what she preaches: one night she might be singing Beyoncé, and the next morning she might be singing Handel's Messiah!
Nicole has been a young artist for Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Metropolitan International Music Festival, and for Tiroler Opern Programm, under international instructors, including Elizabeth Bachman (from the Metropolitan Opera), Kim Josephson (Metropolitan Opera), Sharon Cheng (Caramoor),
Michael Fennely (Carnegie Hall), Wei-En Hsu (Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra), and Candace Evans (Santa Fe Opera). Nicole earned her Associates in Theatre from Brigham Young University ('12) and went on to acquire her BM in Vocal Performance from Illinois Wesleyan University ('14). Nicole obtained additional training from Boston University, Elon University, and the University of Alaska Anchorage.
As a Native American English speaker with extensive training in Diction, Public Speaking, Vocal Pedagogy, and Voice for the Actor along with years of private coaching experience, I will work with you to create the right approach to lessons and independent exercises to help you get your desired results.
Vandi has extensive performance experience in multiple genres: professionally with opera, orchestra, chamber music, musical theater, straight theater, film, sacred works, church music, jazz, and contemporary music.
Credentials: Meisner Training-Phoenix Theater with Bill Simmons 2017-2018 Destruction in Decatur 2017-Broadsword and Rapier and Dagger SAFD Certifications Crittenden Opera Workshop 2017-Washington D.C. CISCO 2017-Stage Combat Certifications Vianden Summer Program 2016-Luxembourg CISCO 2016-Stage Combat Certifications MM in Vocal Performance, the University of Akron, May 2015 BFA in Musical Theater, Shorter University, May 2011 (Theatre minor and Equivalent of a piano minor) Cosmetology Instructor's Certification and License, Gadsden State Community College, May 2007 Cosmetology Certification and License, May 20
Extremely professional and structured. Loved the lesson
June 14, 2019
She’s helping me prepare for an audition and giving me valuable tips to sound as good as possible in a short time.
May 30, 2019
Practicing with Vandi improves my skills more quickly than practicing alone and she is very good at not only answering questions via the internet tutoring but through phone as well. She is very prompt and consistent and provides easy to read materials for my skill level. I'm very happy with my purchase through Take Lessons so far. This is my first time using this website and it is my third lesson as I am new to piano. I have already recommended this site to other people.
"UNLEASH THE POWER OF YOUR SPEAKING VOICE" My intense accent reduction personal voice/speech makeover lessons will help reduce accents, and improve weak, thin or harsh, irritating voices. If you drop consonants, mumble, do not correctly open your jaw to make proper sounds, or fear speaking in public, I will teach you the solutions.
Speakers of other languages will learn the use of proper American diction, enunciation and pronunciation of all words. Clear, clean accents are the goal, so that you are clearly understood by all, and speak with renewed confidence...without fear. .
Study is easy. I will forward to you, in advance, each lesson via email that we will work on for each session. Then, we'll meet with my live interactive lessons that let us view each other in real time. That means instant teacher/student feedback and quick vocal improvement.
This one-on-one personal voice makeover gives you the basic tools to improve your overall voice, speech and sound. ...
Award winning national Radio/TV personality and voice over talent for more than 25 years.
Voice heard in thousands of national Radio/TV commercials, infomercials, corporate DVDs, CD Roms, & videos for The Golf Channel, Disney, Universal Studios, Sea World, U.S.Army, Delta Airlines, Windjammer Cruises, Darden Restaurants, Lowes, Time Warner Cable and many more.
15 years as Master Of Ceremonies/Comedian for touring variety show performing in over 1200 USA shows in 29 states.
National/Regional guest lecturer/speaker.
Professor, teaching broadcast/speech courses for 15 years at the University Of Central Florida.
I have been taking weekly voice acting lessons from Bill for almost two months now. I feel he does a great job of helping me find and focus my strengths while equally addressing and overcoming my weaknesses. Every lesson is well-paced and packed from start to finish with valuable training and advice, and on top of that Bill is just fun to train with, I am looking forward to the lessons yet to come. Highly recommend.
September 3, 2019
Very patient with a newbie. Excellent advice and support.
August 14, 2019
Fantastic great lesson. Pointed out very quickly what I needed to work on in my speaking
"Very nice instructor and he will give you the full support since he has a Good experience with different accents based on the region"
"Excellent instructor. Understand what people with Indian as their primary language need, to reduce their accent. He is very patient, astute, uses wave fo
rm to explain how I spoke and ways to correct it. It is a well structured program. I strongly recommend Erol."
"I decided to take accent ruduction classes because I was struggling a lot with my pronunciation in the English language,but Micah was capable of taught me
many ways in how to improve my pronunciation now people can understand better what I am saying. She is very patient and supportive so if you decide to take her you won’t regret that decision. Also she is always willing to listen and try to help you as much as possible."
"Alex's experience as a professional opera singer, singing in multiple languages, makes her especially qualified to teach accent reduction. She is patient,
kind, encouraging, and uses innovative techniques to help her students get results in the real world. I would recommend her highly!"
"Dr. G has been able to identify and target very specific problems in my speech. His method is very effective. He is an excellent teacher!"
"Great lesson, it was an 'ear opening' experience. Micah is a great teacher, I already learned to pronounce correctly words tha I couldn't for decades! She
gives great tips to make the right sound"
"Erol is great and I’m making real progress week after week. Definitely recommend. Using the audio recording software makes all the difference."
"I have taken few classes with her and I'm looking forward to taking more. She is well organized, patient, very encouraging and supportive.