Michael has worked with kids for 10 years in schools and arts programs to find fun and their best self through performance. He has taught orchestra, chamber music, jazz band and music theory in the public schools, while performing in local ensembles in and around the city. He also has studied drama, voice and movement and believes all these skills help in expressing yourself--no matter what pieces you want to play!
In addition to working with students K-12, he also loves working with adults. I try to provide a nurturing atmosphere for someone trying revive or discover previously hidden musical interests!
*** Lesson Details *** We begin with what we love. The student usually chooses one of his or her favorite songs to interpret. Later, we add music, usually from the classical or jazz fields, that build our skills and help us f
eel successful. All technique is based on real music. Learning scales, keys and music theory become part of the music. By the end of 6 months, we will have a "repertoire" of several songs that express our best self!
Stage acting with all the trimmings...from articulation and projection, to body awareness and character interpretation. Acting strategies and character preparation make the lesson experience both memorable and practical for daily application.
Â Vocal and Piano Teacher A proven leader in teaching and motivational development with years of experience and expertise; a self-directed, creative individual who possesses superior skills in interpersonal development and great interpersonal care helping individuals and groups
Key Areas of Strength - Studied piano 17 years; taught for 20 - Studied voice nationally with internationally-renowned teachers; taught for 25 years - Masters in Special Education, as well as a second Bachelor's in Communicative Disorders - Private business owner/entrepreneur with successful retail sales of private label products - Comprehensive skills in writing, singing, entertaining, analyzing music for over thirty years - Sixteen years of retail marketing and on-site sales experience - Proven expertise in marketing, advertising, and sales - Publ
ished Writer and Music Writer
Private Voice, Piano and Acting 1/89 to present Teaching and Coaching Individual and small group instruction in vocal and/or piano technique, including piano chording technique and instruction over all musical styles, including all ages. Acting coaching for monologue preparation, scene and character development. All instruction is personalized/customized to the student's needs. Includes audition preparation, vocal techniques for therapeutic needs, and overall instruction in wellness practices for artistic longevity. Includes warm-up exercises as well as performance development, demeanor, and execution. Emphasis on creating and strengthening positive habits as opposed to negative discipline. Personal, professional, practical.
Huckleberry Creative Learning Center 9/07 to present Teacher Classes in Singing, Music and Art Education, Cooking, Geology, Theater, History, Reading/Grammar, and Crafts - created Custom curriculum for specific classes - Taught to California Standards
Vibe Performing Arts Studios 8/08 to present Instructor Private and Class Instruction in Piano, Voice, as well as Special Needs Classes
Risen Son Productions/R. Enterprises, Inc. 1/89 to 2007 Co-Owner Production, Marketing, Manufacturing and Sales of Internationally marketed goods Composer and artist of finished musical products Booking of Concert Appearances Teacher and Motivational Seminar Speaker Speech Writer My husband Rick and I toured the World with our Praise and Worship concerts and speaking engagements
Headline Performer/Background Vocalist/Booking Agent 9/79-12/88 Vocalist to US Presidents Carter, Reagan, and Bush Annie on Broadway, N. Y. Grace Farrell Singer/ Dancer/ Lead Performer Various Summer Stock performances touring the eastern seaboard: The Music Man, My Fair Lady, On a Clear Day, Fiddler on the Roof, Funny Girl, Hello Dolly Did a command performance for King Olaf of Norway in Godspell Cabaret - Sally Bowles lead performer - Atlanta, GA Booking Agent for Mike Hein Agency, formerly of Ray Bloch Agency Worked world-wide as soloist and background vocalist for internationally renowned artists (i.e. Placido Domingo, Julio Iglesias, Charles Aznevour, etc) Performed at international sites (i.e. Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, Carnegie Hall, Paris Opera, etc) Performed solo show in Grande Palais in Monte Carlo - Main Stage Royal Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line - Head Liner Cathy Baker Show
Choir Director Experience: Hand Bell Choir Ash Street Baptist Church Atlanta, Georgia Children's 6-9 Choir Ash Street Baptist Church Atlanta, Georgia Children's 6-9 Choir The Church on the Way Van Nuys, CA
Theater Direction: Robin Hood Revisited (a short play I adapted for Elementary Students) The Bard is Back (modern version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Cindy (A Musical I wrote based on the Cinderella legend, featuring Beatles (Music)
Education: Utah State University - Secondary BS in Communication Disorders National University - MS in Special Education Georgia State University - BA in Advertising and Public Relations, Minors in Music, History, and Geology
Vocal Instruction: Joseph Amayo University of Georgia Florence Kopplef Georgia State University Andrew Terry Atlanta, Georgia Robert Strickland New York, New York
Additional Skills/Interests: Show dance including jazz, some ballet, tap, and modern; piano accompanying; sky diving; bike riding; gardening; teaching reading and writing, as well as working with students who have speech and language disabilities; and multiple philanthropic/church involvement and activities, including handi-crafts creations.
Miscellaneous: Proficient in Microsoft Office, Excel, and Powerpoint
*** Lesson Details *** Every lesson is customized to the specific needs of each student. Each lesson includes work on vocal essentials like breathing, hydration, and anatomy, as well as technique, work on specific, student-chosen songs, vocal and physical exercises, performance tips, music theory. Fun but educational!
*** Specialties *** Voice in all Styles from Pop to Rock to Country to Classical; Vocal Performance in all styles; Music Theory; Piano, including Sight-Reading and Chord Theory; Theatrical and Acting Coaching: Audition Preparation; Song and Music Preparation; College Audition Prep; Resume Preparation; Vocal Breathing Techniques; Reading; Composition; Special Education Tutoring. Preschool, Kindergarten, Elementary Academic Tutoring in English, Grammar, Composition, History, Social Studies, Earth Science, Music and Art History
Cathy is a great and caring teacher who helped me correct the vocal problem I was having. I highly recommend her and hope to work with her again in the future.
September 30, 2017
Cathy is patience and methodically, intuitively Planning lessons that are specific to my personal goals.
March 19, 2017
Cathy was terrific! My daughter had one week to prepare for a very important10 minute presentation and Cathy gave great advice and was truly invested in helping her be her best self with poise and confidence. Definitely recommend her!
Working with children is my passion. I love helping them discover their talents and evem enhance their acting skills. I have been acting over 20 years, and within in the entertainment industry as Casting Director and Production Associate for about 7 years. It is my goal to help your child break out of their shell, and discover their natural brilliance as an actor.
Hello there! I'm Kaira, thank you for your interest and welcome. I have been teaching private lessons in singing and acting lessons since 2003. I am able to teach singing and acting lessons online, and ESL or reading lessons at a library located in the Owings Mills or Randallstown, MD area.
My education career has afforded me the opportunity to be a Master of Arts Graduate from Syracuse University with a concentration in Television, Radio, and Film. I also attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas where I majored in the concentrations of Vocal and Stage Performance, as well as, Technical Production; here, I received my Bachelors of Arts degree. Also, I received a TESOL certification through an international ESL company, and have acquired accredited Early Childhood education with an emphasis in Reading and ESL from Grand Canyon Univ
I am an active Performing Artist. I have developed many relationships within the industry, and acquired much knowledge on how to become a working artist. I love what I do so much that it has afforded me to teach my expertise in the areas of voice, stage performance and audition preparation. As an educator, I believe that there is no limit to what you can do, my education, passion and goal is to help you become a confident reader at any stage of your life. I look forward to meeting you.
My child was not at 8th grade reading level, he has been taking lessons for about two weeks now. No one could tell me his reading level, Kaira did a computer test, created a plan and it's working great. For the first time my son is excited to learn. He's doing better in school in short matter of time.
April 23, 2019
Awesome lesson! I felt more confident after being out of the game of acting for awhile. Also, she's very nice.
April 11, 2019
It was such a pleasure meeting Kaira! She was so warm and welcoming. My daughter loved her singing lesson. She has grown so much as a singer and is more confident than ever. You will not regret hiring Kaira, she is absolutely the best vocal coach I could have ever found for my child. Very professional and knowledgeable!
I am ready to meet with actors of all ages and experience levels. This business is fast moving and can be vague at times leaving you wondering what could you have done differently if you didn't book the job. I want you to succeed, but first you need the proper tools to get to that next level of your career. From my experience of working in LA and Chicago as well as drawing from previous instructors, you will learn more than just basic acting exercises. Gain an upper hand on your contemporaries!
I am a working actor from Chicago as well as a member of SAG/AFTRA since 2009. Since graduating from Illinois State University in 2003, I hit the ground running and worked with Chicago Dance Crash for 3 years as a company member. I solidified my theater acting muscles for 4 years before moving to LA in 2007 and worked on 2 films, Heist and Ingles Ya in addition to national commercials for Soapnet, Gaterade and Pepsi, just to name a few. My most recent film, Markham Tactical premiered on August 6th in Chicago and will be debuting on the festival circuit in 2016. I also made my TV show debut in 2010 on Chicago Code. I followed that up with appearances on Mob Doctor, Crisis, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Empire and Chicago Med. My theater work has included stops at Steppenwolf Theater, The Goodman Theater, Chicago Shakespeare, Timeline Theater,
I enjoyed my session with Christian. He is fair and knowledgeable
August 20, 2017
Very knowledgable teacher! Christian is patient with me as a beginner and has a great teaching method whereby he never tells you exactly how to perform a piece, as that is not what acting is about.
April 17, 2017
I don't know about you (yes you, the one reading this), but I've been secretly wanting to act my whole life and am a full of life personality with hidden insecurities. Even though I have never really acted professionally, I have been theatrical and playing all sorts of characters, speaking in accents and dancing to everything in front of the mirror, in comfortable social gatherings and have even put on shows for my pets and husband! Last time I acted "professionally" was in a high school play. And even then, I mostly helped make the props!
I tell you this, because, with that kind of a background, nervous and yet SO excited to JUST TRY, I chose Christian as my teacher- my professor of Acting!
I am 3 classes in and Christian is very supportive, non-judgemental and extremely easy to learn with. I am impressed with his skills, his ability to immediately decipher something I'm trying to explain, and then how easy he makes it for me to put his constructive feedback into practice. The practice is not easy... because that stuff always takes hard work, but he explains it all so easily so I can start practicing and exploring the acting world. He is honest about the acting world, the people in it and the various steps it takes to get to wherever you are trying to get! So be honest with yourself and let this be an authentic and fun experience! Plus, it's so nice to talk to someone that actually gets what it's like to be dreaming!
My name is Lourdes Helena a Professional with seventeen years in the communication business TV & Radio producer, Film Director, teaching, acting and business experience. High-impact communicator capable of effectively conveying information at all levels when dealing with young and adult students. Solid independent judgment, honorable work ethics, able to build outstanding working relationships.
My name is L HELENA GALLAGHER a Professional with twenty years of experience in the Art of Science & Technology, Videography, International Business & Marketing, communication, TV & Radio producer, Commercial Artistic Director, Film Director, Film acting. Theatre + much more. I share my knowledge to many people giving back to the world. To pass the knowledge to enrich other human being lives. Making this Earth a cleaner place, energy green, plenty of purified water as a healthier place, plus safer place. To make our environment better. One person can make a difference. I am always seek to become a better person everyday. High-impact communicator capable of effectively conveying information at all levels when dealing with young and adult students. Solid independent judgment, honorable work ethics, able to build outstanding work
In 1995 BES Inc has chosen me to become a Project Manager eventually I become the Director of Strategies for South America division, very exciting position! I lived all over the Globe with great International experience (from living in Thailand, Japan, all over Asia, North America, Europe and South America. My tutoring policy is not just simply to teach Science, International Business or a second language Portuguese, Spanish I always want to teach students more than Acting as well to Practice Communications Skills
Gain confidence as you refine your acting presence. Learn to analyze your audience, find your voice and project, develop your character, memorize and retain lines, understand beats and rhythm, incorporate body movement, and more.
Learn to move and improve, gain confidence, get in shape, and have fun doing so! Whether you are a beginner or just looking to refine your existing process and skills, I'm here to help you reach your goals!--It's what I do, and I love it (=
I am a teacher, choreographer, and professional dancer with 14 years of teaching and industry experience both nationally and abroad. I am a versatile artist and educator with a background in numerous styles of dance, modeling, acting, fitness, theater, circus, and character performance. I have been in music videos, commercials, films, and on TV, and have worked with companies like Reebok, Disney, American Idol, Fox, NBC, Heineken, Universal and more. I have traveled the world teaching and performing and I am committed to sharing my knowledge with my students to help them reach their fullest p
I have worked with preschoolers through adults of all ages ranging in all levels, including beginners! My lessons are engaging, creative, beneficial, and a super great time! I enjoy helping my students reach their goals and beyond while having fun along the way. My favorite part about teaching is seeing students improve in ability and more importantly, confidence, and knowing that I was able to be a part of their process.
Lessons and offerings: -Dance fitness -Barre/Cardio Barre -Strength and conditioning -Stretching and Flexibility training -Personal training -Nutrition and wellness -Jazz dance -Hip hop/urban dance -Jazz funk dance -Burlesque dance -Contemporary dance -Lyrical dance -Tap dance -Ballet dance -Musical theater dance -Character development -Acting -Improv -Choreography -Wedding dance -Modeling and much more! Have a question about lessons? Just ask! (:
My lessons focus on inspiring creativity, encouraging self-confidence, and cultivating personal achievement in everyone I work with. I am outgoing, friendly, fun, and I love to teach!
Lesson locations: 1) Online: via TakeLessons Classroom 2) In Studio: 2 locations *addt'l. rental fee req'd-please inquire for more info. 3) Your location
Semi-private and group lessons available *Please inquire for more info!
I look forward to helping you grow!
(Bio Continued) I have appeared on Parks and Recreation, The Disney Channel's So Random, Bring It On: Fight to the Finish, Fox Atomic’s The Comebacks, TruTV's Fake Off, and The Dance Network's Steady Mobbin’, and commercials for Tresemme, eHarmony, El Jimador, and HTV Network, amongst others. I have been in music videos for Cody Simpson, Bassnectar, Claude VonStroke and Bruno Furlan, Beats Antique, Lafa Taylor, Nash Overstreet, Japanese icon Namie Amuro, Ray Quinn from Britain’s Idol, and more.
I have danced in Michelle Obama's “Let’s Move Burbank” Campaign, The Giffoni Film Festival, The Probowl, The Orange County Film Festival, KROQ Radio, Coachella Music Festival, The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, The American Cancer Society, Bettis Richardson on his international tour, and popular rock band Lifehouse.
I am a former member of Unity LA, under the direction of Dancing with the Stars Emmy Winner, Tessandra Chavez, as well as the non-profit dance company, MusEffect- dedicated to raising awareness of social issues through performance. I have collaborated with distinguished circus troupes such as The Lucent Dossier Experience, Zen Arts, Cirque Berzerk, and others, with whom I continue to perform internationally.
I've taught acting for 10 + years and I'm also a WORKING actor in Los Angeles (proud member of SAG-AFTRA and Actor's Equity Association). My professional experiences have provided valuable insight for my students especially in the areas of scene analysis/study and audition prep.
You'll see a long list of major network and TV credits on my IMDB - including: Agent Nelson on Big Little Lies (HBO), Jane the Virgin (CW), Officer Jim Gray on Criminal Minds (CBS), a recurring on Grey's Anatomy (ABC), and a Guest Star on Bold & The Beautiful (CBS).
I received a BA in Drama from one of the best theatre schools in the country: UC Irvine and have an extensive list of theatre credits in Los Angeles, New York, Connecticut and also did a national tour as David Logan in "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry."
My teaching career actually began as a credentialed 5th grade teacher in Los Angeles, CA prior to starting my acting career. I've taught acting classes for over a decade in LA and ...
I am a working professional actor (proud member of both SAG-AFTRA and Actor's Equity Association). I've worked on some of Television's biggest shows including: BIG LITTLE LIES (HBO) as the character Agent Nelson (opposite Golden Globe winner, Laura Dern). I've also landed recurring roles in Grey's Anatomy (ABC) and General Hospital (ABC). Other highlighted (of my many) TV credits include: True Detective (HBO), Jane the Virgin (CW), Criminal Minds (CBS), Veronica Mars (HULU), Scandal (ABC), and the hit multi-cam series, FAM (CBS). I'll be seen in the upcoming Feature Film BUTTER starring Oscar winner, Mira Sorvino as well as 2 soon-to-be released Netflix series, Unbelievable and Medical Police. I've also done several National commercials for the likes of: Honda, Toyota, and McDonald's.
I received my classical training from UC Irvine and
have performed with some of Los Angeles' most renowned theater companies and stage directors including: the Actors Co-Op, Company of Angels, and stage director, Don B. Welch. Other regional highlights include working with one of Connecticut's renowned Equity theatre companies (Connecticut Free Shakespeare) in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Much Ado About Nothing (respectively as Oberon and Don John).
COACH: My teaching career began as a credentialed 5th grade teacher in Los Angeles, CA prior to starting my professional acting career. I started officially teaching acting classes (and tutoring) in 2009 - mainly all over Los Angeles and the Valley - most notably with the non-profit, City Hearts: Kids Say Yes to the Arts. My elementary aged, inner-city acting students performed for the likes of agents at William Morris Endeavor, Glee star Max Adler (FOX), Empire star Grace Byers (FOX), and placed 1st and 2nd place at the annual Shakespeare Challenge in Topanga, CA for my entire tenure of 8 consecutive years. I've also taught acting workshops internationally for high schoolers at Gyeonggi Suwon International School in Suwon, South Korea. My current private coaching clients range from professional actors to younger actors seeking to better understand the craft of acting, preparing for school play auditions and productions, etc.
I love to give my students PRACTICAL tools to have a better sense of scene and character analysis, audition preparation, and perhaps just as or more important, tools to have a health and confident mindset as they approach any and everything dealing with acting.
Knowing Charles delivers excellent quality lessons, with real world acting experience my school flew him overseas to work with our students. He was amazing and supporting and challenged our students to break our of their shells, and discover the joy of acting. His time with the students was invaluable and forever changed the groups view towards acting- acting became a passion for our students as they broke out of their shells and engaged in the art of improve and connecting with authentic emotion. I wholeheartedly recommend him.
August 29, 2019
I really love working with Charles. He makes acting very practical and challenges me to look at scenes and how I break them down in a different way. My preparation for auditions has improved so much given his guidance. HIGHLY recommend it!
August 29, 2019
Charles' acting program taught me professionalism and the meticulousness that are essential to have in my acting career. He propelled me to become a better artist as I spent engaging and personal time with him in and outside of class. He really cares about his students and he will do anything to make his students feel comfortable and most importantly, learn more about acting.
My background is in Meisner, Stanislavsky, and Strasberg. I have a BFA in Music Theatre. There, I mostly studies the Meisner technique with Richard Gang. I lived in New York City for a few years under the direction of Terry Schreiber at T. Schreiber studios. His technique is comprised of a combination of methods, but with an emphasis on Strasberg’s “Method” acting.
I’m a professional singer and actor with a BFA degree in Music Theatre from Elon University!
I have consistently been working in “the business” since graduating in 2011, with work prior as well. I believe acting comes first in musical theatre - as long as there is a stable foundation of healthy singing! I trained in both classical and “music theatre” singing. So if you are a belter/beltress or would like to be - I can help you get there in a healthy way. But if you are in the “legit” musical theatre realm, I’m here for you too!
Post grad, I joined the T. Schreiber acting studio in New York City and studied under him. I’m comfortable teaching Meisner, and I love using some “method” acting techniques when approaching solo singing.
I’m easy going, and want nothing but for you to thrive! Let’s work together!
"Nicholas is a fantastic and patient teacher who is skilled at helping actors with nonverbal communication. He helped me organize my monologues into beats
and we worked on transitions and changes of intention. After classes with Nicholas, I confidently made my debut on stage."
"OMG. Where to start. How about the beginning. I am new at acting and I'm getting a lot of opportunities for TV as well as feature film. I needed help, lik
e now. I reached out to Michael and he responded right away. Michael is amazingly talented and educated. His skills and experiences are exactly what I needed. He has helped me so much. Thank you , Thank you so much."
"David is very patient and sensitive to his clients... I love his creative ideas, he has help me immensely...:)"
"This guy really knows what he is doing. And I can't believe his price! David, you should really be charging more. A friend of mine just booked a job after
using him and he was the one who hooked me up with this guys info. I have gone to many different coaches but never really hit it off with them but david made it super easy. I mean the man has won a damn emmy! He let me take some pictures with it. I now walk into casting rooms more confedent and for the very first time ended up testing for not one but two different pilots that he has coached me on. Can not recommend this man enough!"
"The children had a wonderful experience as a beginner in acting. They were comfortable with her coaching style and looking forward to next week."
"I have really enjoyed my time spent in workshop classes with Jan! She is a very talented teacher and knows how to get things out of people that they didn'
t know they were capable of.
Her techniques and exercises are amazing to watch as the intended result will come out of the student that she is working on. I learned just as much watching other students in the class go through the techniques as I did during my own performances and critiques.
She has a beautiful presence and I instantly felt comfortable around her like I'd known her for a long time. I think that is so important to feel that trust and comfort when opening yourself and exposing things dealing with singing and performing.
I can tell that she is very passionate at what she does and she is VERY GOOD at it as a result. She wants to help people in a positive way and is very encouraging.
I also love how her exercises are not only physical but get you thinking ahead about positive wonderful things that are of your dreams; it helps you to envision and eventually attract the positive things that you dream of. For example, she had us describe our "perfect 24 hour day". That was an amazing concept to me. If you can envision your perfect day and your perfect circumstances, you are so much closer to actually achieving them! These exercises help and instantly translate to better singing and better performing as we witnessed in the class. She is full of these tricks and techniques!
I would highly recommend working with Jan. She has a wealth of experience and wisdom to share with as many students that are lucky enough to work with her."
"Toya is an amazing acting coach!! She makes you feel very comfortable and teaches you to be confident, trust your instinct and not overthink. She teaches
you different ways to approach a scene or monologue and helps you find what tools work for you. I’m able to laugh at myself and not feel as nervous anymore thanks to her!"
"Ian has been A++ in helping me prepare for my acting final! We worked on motivations and playing to a theme and refining some of my blocking. Would def re
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