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Gain a bright but legit sound and more vocal range. Will be asked to learn other genres along with classical songs to enhance voice (stamina/range) and musicality.
Rachel's private studio is where you not only learn healthy technique, but how to become a self-sufficient artist. Professional training and customized programs in singing and acting technique. All learning styles, all ages, and all levels. Private lessons and group classes.
We prepare our students for the real world with up to date training (singing and acting) and both performance opportunities and showcases in front of industry professionals when students are ready.
Students come from all walks of life. All voice types, all ages, all levels, all mediums (TV-film-theatre), all character - ingenue actors, and ALL genres (Rock, Pop, Alternative, Funk, Soul, Musical Theater, R&B, Jazz, Opera) welcome!
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Owner/Teacher: Rachel M.
SAG-AFTRA, VASTA, NATS (certified), NARAS, NAMTA, BMI, MAC, NJMEA, NAfME. NJ Theatre Alliance, & Certified Artist Developer with Conquer Entertainment,
16+ years of teaching to children - teens - adults (Ages 6+ group classes, 8+ private lessons)
RACHEL M.'S BIO:
Rachel is a member of SAG-AFTRA, The National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS certified), VASTA (Voice And Speech Trainers Association), NARAS (The Grammy Awards), NAMTA, NJMEA (New Jersey Music Educators Association), NAfME (National Association of Music Education), NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association,) MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs), The NJ Theatre Alliance, NSA (Nashville Songwriting Association International), and BMI (Broadcast Music Inc). She has been teaching Bel Canto singing technique for the modern singer and Stella Adler-Stanislavsky-Chekhov-Meisner acting technique for all mediums for 16+ years to children, teens, and adults.
Rachel has trained at The Hages Music Studio under a master teacher for 22+ years in the Bel Canto singing technique for all genres, studied at The Stella Adler Studio of Acting in NYC as well as recorded and released her first album called "Just Meant To Be". Other credits include commercials, films, TV shows (One Tree Hill, AMC, Food Network), music videos (including Rachel's singles "Don't Even Try", "You Will Love On"), & numerous stage credits (Off-Broadway/NYC Theatre). Rachel most recently was seen in the reading of a new play "Vanishing Son" by Peter Gil-Sheridan performed in NYC. She is also a songwriter (16+ years), scriptwriter (10+ years), director (14+ years), and an international recording artist (10+ years).
Rachel has been performing for 20+ years, has performed in front of sold out crowds, and has been honored with many standing ovations. Other honors include magazine covers, featured articles, singing to thousands of people, studio recordings/albums, originated the role of "Antigone" in "Oedipus: The Musical", 2002 Helen Hayes Nomination for" Outstanding Vocal Performance in a Musical" ("Miss Adelaide" in "Guys And Dolls"), & 2008 finalist for NYC Singing Idol Competition. Rachel has also been fortunate to have worked & performed with many people in the business including Grammy-Tony-Emmy Award Winners/Nominees.
Whether you are a parent looking for instruction for your child, or for yourself, Rachel can customize the right program that best suits your needs. Her students come from all walks of life and have different goals, but they all have one thing in common. They love performing and have the desire to be the best at their chosen craft (singing/acting).
Some students want to sing/act for themselves, others want to sing/act for a hobby, and others want to be professional performers. That's where Rachel comes in. No matter what your goals are, she can help. Rachel teaches her students how to become true artists without tearing them down and without taking away the part of them that makes them unique. She teaches healthy technique that is based off of the human anatomy; the science of how the body/mind works and how the body/mind can work as efficiently as possible while singing or acting.
Learning how to sing/act is a process and doesn't happen overnight. Rachel's ultimate goal as a teacher is to not only make her students the best performers and singers they can be, but also give them all of the proper tools they need to have a more productive mind frame and become self-sufficient. Of course this can take years to master. It takes time and dedication.
OTHER LESSON INFORMATION
SINGING: Bel Canto singing technique for the modern singer is taught in private and group classes. No one sounds like old opera singers, even if the student wants to sing opera. Students are allowed to choose most of the material they learn in the lesson. There will be times when Rachel will suggest a song to a student but if the student doesn't enjoy the song, they will work as a team to find a song that does work for the student. Gain a better tone quality, complete control of your voice, bigger range, more flexibility, and confidence. Learn healthy voice technique, how to fully take care of your own voice so you can sing for the rest of your life (even after lessons), and become a self sufficient performer for life.
ACTING: Stella Adler, Stanislavsky, Chekhov, and Meisner Acting Technique for Theatre/Camera is taught in private and group classes. All students are exposed to each technique and Rachel sees which technique each student responds to the most. Once the student and Rachel are able to identify the technique, Rachel continues to use the terminology of that technique for the remainder of the time the student is in lessons. Students eventually are able to play roles truthfully and realistically, even if the roles are opposite of the student's own personality.
BY THE TIME STUDENTS GRADUATE FROM LESSONS:
1. Gain a lifelong, solid, consistent, and healthy technique that they can always count on in practice and performance.
2. Gain specific technical and personal notes in a notebook and/or computer file that is organized and always accessible for review.
3. Gain artistry, performance skills, and a strong voice that will look/sound authentic; Singers will sound appropriate to whatever style of music they are singing. (No fake sound or look.) Actors will just be in the moment and truthful whether they are on stage or in front of the camera.
4. Gain the confidence to always put on a great performance.
5. Gain focus and a more productive mind frame.
6. Become self-sufficient by knowing how to assess a problem and then fix it without creating a new issue.
*** Studio Equipment ***
PRIVATE HOME STUDIO: Keyboard, speakers (smartphone, iPod, iPad), CD player, tape recorder/player, digital recorder, music stand, mirror, laptop, sheet music selections, HD video camera, tripod, video editing software, audio editing software, USB microphone, and high speed WiFi internet. Full PA, two mixers (one mixer with 8 inputs and the other with 4), 8 Lavaliere microphones ("body mics"), multiple hand held microphones, laptop stand, and music stands.
**ASK ABOUT ON LOCATION TRAINING (ON SET, THEATER, PERFORMANCE EVENT, OR RECORDING STUDIO)!
**ONLINE LESSONS ALSO AVAILABLE!
*** Specialties ***
We specialize in Bel Canto voice technique for the modern singer. Each student can sing all genres without sounding too classical, "fake", and without losing their voice while singing for long periods of time.
Other Specialties: Teaching acting technique for theatre-TV-Film (Stella Adler, Stanislavsky, Chekhov, & Meisner), performance skills, songwriting, and creating self-sufficient singers-actors-performers (Artist Development).
CANCELLATION: 48 hour lesson cancellation policy and emergencies (determined by me) are handled on a case by case basis. If the student needs to miss a lesson due to an other activity or vacation, they or their parents/guardian if under 18, must contact Rachel Menconi at least a week from their next scheduled lesson in advance to prevent from forfeiting the lesson.
MAKE UPS: Make up lessons will be scheduled when time allows. No make up lesson or class will be given to ‘no shows’ or late cancellation, and no extra time will be given to students who are late to their lesson or class. If there is ever a time Rachel Menconi is running late, extra time will be given to make the lesson a full 60 minutes. If Rachel Menconi needs to reschedule, a make up lesson will be scheduled as close to the same week as possible. Make up lessons are scheduled at Rachel Menconi’s discretion.
ONLINE LESSONS FOR IN-PERSON LESSON CLIENTS: In the event that the student is sick but still would like their lesson, an online lesson can be scheduled instead. Students can NOT come to their in person lesson sick, coughing, sneezing, with a runny nose, cold, flu, “allergies”, fever, etc. (This is to make sure no germs will be spread).
An online lesson can also be scheduled if there is bad weather, if a student is having car trouble, or any other reason for the student not being able to physically get to Rachel during their normallly scheduled lesson time. Online lessons are conducted through FaceTime, Google, Hangouts, or Skype.
Lessons are weekly, on the same time/day of the week unless we have rescheduled or we have discussed in writing another lesson plan. If the student’s lesson falls on a holiday, we will either reschedule or if no other day is available, resume the following week.
If a student is going to be late they need to contact Rachel Menconi as soon as possible, to let her know they will be late. Lessons will end on time unless she is able to extend the lesson due to a late student or her schedule allows for it though please understand, Rachel Menconi would be extending a courtesy and would not be obligated to do so. If on the rare occasion Rachel Menconi is running late, she will always make up the time.
Parents/Guardians are ONLY permitted to stay for the first lesson and are NOT permitted to sit in for any other lesson/class unless invited. This is to promote good/strong teacher-student relationship quickly and easily. Also, many times students feel more comfortable when their parents/guardians leave.
Of course there will be times when the parent will be invited back in at the end of some of the lesson to showcase progress.
"I try to be as fair as possible to both parties when it comes to cancellations, rescheduling, lateness, and make ups. Have a concern or question? Just talk with me. I'm all about communication!" - Rachel Menconi
· Singing · In home
· Acting · In studio
· Film Acting · In studio
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Classical and Operatic singing are the pillars of good vocal technique. From my own personal experience, I've learned any voice can benefit from learning Classical music.
We welcome all levels of experience and styles of voice. Become the singer you were meant to be!
Justin Pollinger is a vocal coach, singer, performer, and educator based out of Jersey City, NJ.
During his high school years, Justin discovered his passion for music and education. Kenneth Brown, his former choral teacher, and mentor recognized Justin's untapped potential. He taught him the fundamentals of choral conducting, vocal technique, music theory, ear training and repertoire selection. Justin was a member of the award-winning Edison High School Choi
Justin has spent 14 years studying under some of the best vocal coaches in New York and New Jersey, including Sarah Bachman Krieger (Manhattan School of Music, The Juilliard School), Steven Schnurman (The Juilliard School) and; Katherine Wessinger (University of Michigan). He currently studies under Melissa Perry (Westminster Choir College, Temple, and post-graduate work included 750 hours with Maestro Vittorio Rosetta of La Scala) While doing studies at Westminster Choir College, he studied with Tenor Eric Rieger (Eastman School of Music).
Justin founded and directed The A Cappella Choir of Middlesex County. After a successful first year and a full-length album, The A Cappella Choir sang at Carnegie Hall for the premiere of Eric Whitacre's electronic opera "Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings"
Justin was the head of the choral department at the New Dover United Methodist Church in Edison, NJ. He directed and musically directed production's of The Rocky Horror Show at the Villagers Theater in Somerset, which subsequently moved to The Den Nightclub and ran for 2 consecutive years.
Justin has organized, directed and performed in fundraisers for the Edison high school Choral program, the program that first honed his raw talent and a place that to this day he still can call a home.
As a performer, Justin was seen as a backup singer in the Bryan Hansen band. He has participated in theater all over NJ and is frequently hired for studio session work. He recently contributed backing vocals for Mike Wells' upcoming third studio album.
Justin has been teaching privately since 2007 (Justin Pollinger Vocal Studio). His Students have been accepted to some of the top music programs in the country including Westminster Choir College, Boston Conservatory, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, Mason Gross School School of the Arts, The Hart School and AMDA.
"Justin is so much fun to work with and always makes me feel good about performing, even when I get discouraged. He has helped me to discover a side of my voice that I didn't even know I had."
- Debbie Lingel
"Justin has been a miracle worker with my vocal development. I have gone through several instructors for numerous years and no one could tell me how to actually find my own voice. Justin was able to do that immediately and I was sold! Since then it has been a gratifying experience with our weekly lessons. Knowing I have Justin's techniques in my arsenal of tools make me a much more confident artist on stage. I can't thank him enough!
- Raj Singh
Phone: (732) 887-6496
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· Classical Voice · In studio
I started studying with Justin in September 2013. He's so incredibly realistic. He lacks any form of pretense and his personality is so magnetic. Every time I walk into my lesson, I'm ready to go. He creates an atmosphere that is just so easy to adjust to, and he listens. I'm so grateful to have found him. In a little less than a year, he's helped me restore confidence in my vocal ability and gain back years of lost discipline in such a short time. He will hold you accountable without alienating you and for me that's invaluable. If you're looking for someone warm, but disciplined, Justin is your guy.
· Singing · In studio
· Musical Theater · In studio
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25 + yrs playing/teaching experience
Fun mixed with work
Will travel to you, or we can use my studios located in Nassau, Suffolk and all 5 boroughs.
My name is Dr. Joseph M., Ba/Ma/Dma, in Education and Performance. I have reference lists a mile long, (with phone #'s, so you contact my previous and current
clients), full of success story after success story!
22 yrs teaching experience. I have sent thousands of children to Nyssma. Most of my students have scored; "Outstandings", (lvls 1-4), and A+'s, (lvls 5-6). Have gotten students
All State, and All National honor bands. This requires a ranked Nyssma level 6 score of 100.
I have prepared students for auditions to the finest music schools in the world, Julliard, The Curtis Institute, Berklee, etc.
My students have appeared on Broadway, have played at Birdland/the Bluenote, and have won
I play and teach all styles; Classical, rock, Broadway, jazz,pop, etc.....
I have performed at the world class, A-list level in all the above mentioned styles as well.
I believe it is critical to be humble, down to earth and easy to work with, no matter how accomplished, student, teacher, or parent. :)..................
· Saxophone · In home
· Saxophone · In home
· Singing · In home
with my son. Thank you Dr. Joe!!!
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Music acts as a medium of expression and communication and it acts as a great tool to foster positive changes in people.
Voice is the most unique instrument and I take great pleasure in cultivating and harnessing its full potential through scientific vocal techniques and aesthetics.
A student's overall vocal and musical development is utmost interest.
I am a masters in music :Conservatoire de Rayonnment Regional de Reims(France),specialized in operatic singing.Performed in opera productions of Orfeo, La Boheme,The little sweep,La poupée etc and sung works of Mozart , Handel,Schumann and Schubert in various concerts around Europe and Asia.
Voice students can expect to improve week to week in their vocal technique.Voice is the most unique instrument and to cultivate and harness its full potential through scientific methods and aesthetical blending is immensely pleasurable to me.I also teach Solfegio and reading of music as they form the backbone to a thorough music study.
I teach students o
As a professional artist I travel around US and sometimes make trips to Asia as well.I am currently working with one of the assistant conductors of the Metropolitan Opera.
I look forward to meeting you and working together to make some great musical development.
Whether you are looking to gain a new hobby or perfecting your craft I would love to teach you. I promise all of my students that I can make you the best singer you can be! Finding one’s sound is the hardest thing but through vocal lessons we will find that voice and learn much more. I have my Masters of Music from the Mannes School of Music and an undergraduate degree from Eastman School of Music. I have worked with many amazing coaches and teachers and want to give the knowledge that I learned from these schools at an affordable price. If you are looking to master your craft in singing, I teach theory, ear training, languages, and IPA as well. If you are applying to school in the performing arts lessons are key, but should not break your budget. I enjoy what I do and want to help you perfect your craft and find your voice.
As dedicated as I am in my craft, I am 100% dedicated to my students, they are my world. As a vocal teacher I help others achieve their singing goals. Whether you are a performer, instrumentalist, or looking for a new hobby singing is rewarding and something that can benefit a
I am dedicated to providing excellent coaching and training for any singing level. I am an excellent communicator, affluent in German, English, Italian, French and IPA. I am capable of working effectively with a broad spectrum of personality types and contributing to their success by delivering excellent mentorship and direction.
Working with me will give you the freedom to find your unique sound in a vocally healthy way. You will learn vocal techniques that I have learned from prestigious teachers and learn to be a confident independent singer and performer. I will give you the knowledge you will need to succeed and teach you skills that will set you apart. With me as your teacher you can expect to improve, find your voice, and take rewarding risks that will make a big difference in your musical endevours.
· Singing · In studio
· Vocal Training · In studio
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My students will learn the keys to a healthy, vibrant sound! I teach my students important and personalized vocal techniques and nuances that fit their range, style and skill set. My students will be able to produce a healthy, resonant and unique sound that fits their musical interests and personal strengths as a singer. I will guide them in choosing music and vocal literature that compliments them while appeasing their musical tastes and preferred genres. I will encourage them not only in the physical act of singing, but also the act of performing- as portraying the character or expressing an emotion is just as important as a beautiful voice! We will also dive into the important basics, such as breathing technique and exploring the vocal anatomy, as well as approaching more advanced topics about the singing voice, in order to make them a more well-rounded and knowledgable vocalist.
I have a degree from the Manhattan School of Music in classical voice performance. I also performed in the Phantom of the Opera on Broadway for 4 years, and with the Cats national tour for 4 years, and was privileged to be in the revival of Cats on Broadway for its entire run.
· Vocal Training · In studio
I found him while preparing for an audition for a musical theatre gig. He was quick to respond and punctual with setting up the lesson ASAP. We went through the material and his instruction helped me craft not only how to show my best self in my presentation but how to do it in a healthy, long term way. I’ve been back to him several times since. His knowledge of the voice and music is endless. He can make anyone be better and feel better about being a vocalist. I recommend him to everyone!
I teach a very aggressive classical singing technique known as Belcanto put to modern style music. With this technique you are safe from the vocal damage that most singers tend to fall victim to. Would you let all that time go to waste by having to spend days or even weeks in recovery? This method is for those who want power and efficiency to be able to sing every night without a hick up! It is perfect for beginners don’t let my words intimidate you. This method has helped me truly find confidence within myself and those I teach. Take the bull by the horns! You have nothing to lose!
With the method of Belcanto, you will not only develop a powerful voice, increased range and an understanding of the mechanics behind singing. But also how to maintain that power and keep your voice healthy and injury free. There are many voice teachers in New York. However, there are only a handful of good ones that truly wish for you to pursue your dreams and ambitions through music. I was taught by one of those teachers and now I
The method I teach works for modern day music and also classical. It doesn’t confine you to a certain niche like other techniques tend to do. On the contrary it frees your voice to practice certain genres that you would never of thought a classical technique could be applied to!
I look forward to hearing from you all and I will leave you with some advice to take away from all of this. Above all else keep music in your life, whether you learn from me or someone else. No one can ever take that away from you!
Ms. Trovato is a much sought-after soprano based in New York whose Studio Bel Trovato has thrived for the past 7 years! She is the winner of national and international opera competitions, and has performed around the US as well as in Italy, France, Spain, Germany and Albania in operas, recitals and oratorios. She has also given masterclasses, most notably through Opera Colorado, and has a soprano student recently accepted into Manhattan School of Music at only 16 years old.
"I am very proud to pass along the rock-solid technique taught to me by master teacher Carol Kirkpatrick. It is the most secure, healthiest way to sing that offers the singer the utmost range of expression. I opened a voice studio which I keep small and extremely personalized because I think it is extremely important to pass along this technique to singers of all ages. I hope you will contact me to discuss working together further!"
· Opera Voice · In studio
It is my personal belief that voice lessons should be fun, encouraging, and always pointed toward progress. As a graduate from the vocal performance program at The Boston Conservatory, I understand the importance of building vocal technique, as well as understanding basic musical theory. It will be my goal to not only teach you how to sing and build confidence in yourself, but also how to utilize basic tools you need to practice the right way.
I received my bachelors of music from The Boston Conservatory in 2012 and for the past 3 years I have been teaching many genres of voice and basic piano to many ages.
I want to help you build confidence, learn to play piano, craft your songwriting and performance skills, or even get booked in a musical. We are going to have a lot of fun, so get ready to laugh, get ready to learn, and most importantly, get ready to grow!
· Broadway Singing · In studio
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Jonathan is very intuitive about my individual needs, helping me find my voice through specific corrections, rather than just providing general instruction. He is also a warm and welcoming host and quick to offer a cup of hot tea!
Highly recommend, especially for students looking for greater body awareness while singing and hoping to get more out of their breath support."
I started studying with Justin in September 2013. He's so incredibly realistic. He lacks any form of pretense and his personality is so magnetic. Every time I walk into my lesson, I'm ready to go. He creates an atmosphere that is just so easy to adjust to, and he listens. I'm so grateful to have found him. In a little less than a year, he's helped me restore confidence in my vocal ability and gain back years of lost discipline in such a short time. He will hold you accountable without alienating you and for me that's invaluable. If you're looking for someone warm, but disciplined, Justin is your guy."
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Stephanie is patient beyond belief, but also incredibly driven and focused in her teaching technique. My range has expanded, my tone has become warmer, and I'm an all around better musician with her as my teacher. The way she approaches the voice is both confident and very professional, and I would happily recommend anybody to study with her; beginning, intermediate, or advanced. She is a gem!"
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