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About Heather M. L.

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I have extensive training in improvisational acting from East Carolina University in North Carolina and I've been teaching acting students since 2007. Students learn quick thinking, free movement, and artistic expression through acting exercises and games.

About Heather M.
More important than my conservatory education and my experience as an educator and a performer is my passion for teaching music and acting and my undying belief that anyone can learn to be a musician and an actor. I'm currently available to teach lessons in my own St. Augustine home studio, in the World Golf Village area, and online around the globe.

I'm a cum laude graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey and a winner of its merit scholarship.
After performing with the New York and Royal Philharmonics, the New Jersey and Virginia Symphonies, the American Boy Choir and the internationally renowned opera star, Andrea Bocelli, studying opera and piano at Westminster Choir College and performance art and improvisational acting at East Carolina University in North Carolina, and appearing in shows and pageants across
the east coast, I found my life's work in 2003 when I began teaching music.

I've successfully taught hundreds of different students since 2003, from 5-year-olds with special needs to middle-aged professional opera singers, from a professor in Saudi Arabia to a 65-year-old doctor of music, from kids of Radio Disney to students of the famed Actors Studio in New York, from busy stay-at-home parents to retirees with bucket lists, from CEOs to touring singer-songwriters.

I've created and led a workshop about singing called, "The Whole Body Singer". I've written dozens of articles about music and music education for the blog at TakeLessons.com.

My extensive knowledge of the voice has encouraged and empowered hundreds of singers and prepared many of them to win competitions, pageants and auditions, as well as roles in operas and musicals.

Having both taught myself piano and received formal training at a conservatory has prepared me to teach almost anyone how to play.
The intensive training and education that I received at Westminster Choir College in songwriting, music theory and sight reading has benefited my students at every level.

My current work as singer and keyboardist in the acoustic rock duo, Timberwood, has strengthened my knowledge of a broad range of styles and genres. I have a strong commitment to continuing my education. That's why I recently (2014) studied songwriting online with the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

In the lessons that I teach, I'm flexible, positive and encouraging. While I want my students to have fun and love music, not dread it, I expect hard work and persistence. I am caring, patient, nurturing, and compassionate. In piano lessons, I usually allow the student to choose a piece with which to warm up and then move on to technique and repertoire. In voice lessons, I usually warm up the singer and discuss technique and sight singing before focusing on song choices. Joan Frey Boytim wrote a book for voice that I like to use, and I like the Estelle Liebling exercises for the more advanced singer. Hanon exercises are a big part of my piano curriculum, and I enjoy the Bastien and Alfred books for young and old. I have used completely random songs pulled out of a piano bench and a karaoke CD for kids. I will use almost anything I can get my hands on if it means effectively teaching music.
Acting lessons consist of exercises and games that apply learned concepts, and monologue and audition coaching. Parents, siblings and spouses are always welcome to observe lessons quietly.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide an acoustic guitar to bring to both voice and guitar lessons. I expect my piano students to have a piano, an organ or a keyboard.

***Home Studio Equipment***
In my home studio, my students will have access to an acoustic guitar, an electronic keyboard, an acoustic piano and PC audio recording.

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I specialize in teaching classical, country, pop and musical theater singing, classical and pop/rock/chordal style piano, and sightreading, including solfege syllables. I enjoy using Estelle Liebling as my voice method and Hanon for piano technique. My education includes coursework in jazz and pop theory and songwriting from both Westminster Choir College and the Berklee College. Teaching special needs individuals is also one of my specialties, and one that I highly enjoy. I've been trained in Meisner technique, and have experience in both theater acting and musical theater.
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Joe September 18, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I'm getting ready to sing at a family reunion. Heather has been great in helping me prepare for that.
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Savannah L. September 6, 2017
· Christian Gospel · In home
Great experience! We loved her positive teaching style and fast evaluation. Couldn't be more pleased.
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Nick August 29, 2017
· Improv Acting · Online
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About James W.

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How to move with confidence and poise, Think on your feet~ unleash a barrage of one liners and "be on a roll". Enjoy your 15 minutes of fame or be a trouper who makes a living at Improv.

About James
I worked for Eddie Van Halen for five years in the 1990's in the Beverly Hills area of Los Angeles and was instrumental in providing help with development of the Peavey Wolfgang and Wolfgang Special Guitar by providing feedback on the prototypes Eddie was designing at the time. I learned a lot from Eddie and his brother Alex about music and the music industry. (All you have to do is pay attention! ) I have played in bands from Hollywood to Toronto and back both as a singer songwriter and guitarist. I bring the Musicians Institute way to the table and get things up and running quickly. I help students get it under their fingers fast and get it right the first time.

I believe in sharing the happiness of making music with anyone who loves music and the guitar in particular. I do my very best to get you playing the songs you love in Pop,
Rock, Jazz and Folk Music of your choice. Today's modern new guitars are easy to play and you will enjoy learning Guitar right away. That is how it should be.
When you study there is a basic understanding of Guitar to be learned that allows an ease of use for anyone for years to come. This will help you reach your goal and improve each week. My students learn to practice in a way that feels comfortable and makes sense. This takes all the stress out of learning and gives everyone something to smile about and look forward to each week.

The good feeling of playing along with friends and taking a solo is within every students grasp. I will show you the way there. And with a solid and straightforward approach to the theory as it applies directly to the guitar you will feel confident and unafraid of any music endeavor. We'll cover harmony and fingerboard theory and give you a road map of the guitar neck that makes it a pleasure to play. You learn the basics and much more than you thought possible retaining 90 percent of what you learn!

Having been a student myself I was deeply involved in music since age 12 and played in bands and duos for over 15 years . I can help you to be a well rounded player and performer with a smile, a laugh and a joy for music whether your in a band or a budding solo artist.

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Most students want to play the Guitar to play their favorite songs and I'm the same way. Music is something we carry with us in our hearts and minds. Students will learn what they wish to learn and work at a pace that is comfortable to them. Whether you are a student, “weekend warrior” or a parent whose child has expressed an interest in Guitar anyone can learn all there is to know about Harmony and Theory for the Guitar and how to play their favorite songs.

We cover theory in an easy and straightforward no nonsense way in the first half of each lesson and then apply it to the song you wish to learn. This creates an atmosphere where you understand and feel at home with the Guitar. You get an understanding right away and because it is immediately fun it allows you to feel comfortable at any level. Music is fun, and songs are the creative expression of what we feel. Combining theory and the freedom to play and sing songs allows us to express ourselves through music. 
After 6 months students will have a solid foundation in theory, and a road map of the guitar fretboard enabling them to advance to an intermediate level if they are ready to do so. Students will know enough that music as it relates to the Guitar, which is the world’s most popular instrument in contemporary music, is not a mystery but is a welcome friend. And they will be able to play songs by popular artists and advance at a pace that is satisfying and enjoyable.
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Student Comments:
What Students Are Saying About ~ James Teaching Style

“James’ patience, knowledge and under-standing made learning guitar fun. I like the lessons. He cares.”
--Rebecca L., guitar
student, Venice Beach, CA 2003

“James taught me to
play pop and rock, and
introduced me to
fingerstyle guitar. I love it!”
--Joseph E., guitar student, Vancouver, BC 2006

“I studied guitar privately with James in 2010. His style of teaching helped me to get
past my blocks. He opened new doors for me. Thanks!”
--Daniel S., guitar
student, Los Angeles, CA 2010
""James is a trustworthy man, great with answering back right away. Always ready to help with new members. I would definitely recommend him." ~ PJ Stover of PJ Stover Voices; Independent Film & Recording voice-over artist
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What James spouse says about working on songwriting with him:

"James is my husband for over 10 years now. Over the years, I have seen James give guidance and counsel to many hopeful musicians of all ages, and inspire others about how music influences and benefits our lives. I would highly recommend James to anyone who wants to learn guitar, voice, music theory, and acting. James is a great talent, and study with him would benefit anyone with the sincere desire to grow as an artist. When we married, I had fallen in love with James’ conversational style, and his vast knowledge of music. When I heard him play guitar, I knew that I wanted to write songs with him, and we released our first album, in 2012 on iTunes."

Regards,
Keri W.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Ovation Glen Campbell Artist Acoustic Electric Guitar, Ovation Pacemaker 12 string Guitar, Ibanez PF 5 Acoustic Electric Guitar, Fender Telecaster 6 string Electric Guitar. Korg Mini Pandora III Amplifier/Studio EFX, Toshiba Laptop Satelite Pro with PreSonus Studio One Artist Software, PreSonusUSB Audiobox, HD7 Studio Monitor Headphones, M7 Condenser Mic, PreSonus Studio Producer software with SoundCloud integration, iBook G4 with Garageband 3 and iLife Studio. Godin Summit CT Electric Guitar is the guitar I now endorse exclusively !

*** Travel Equipment ***
Lesson Plans, Godin Summit CT Guitar, Fender and Ovation Guitars, Tuner, Android Smartphone and apps, iPads, Korg Mini Pandora Amp, Toshiba Satelite Pro Laptop. Android LG Smartphone with Tuners, Voice Recorder, and Metronome and Chord Reference Guide, and Guitar Tuner, iPod Touch Pro Studio.

*** Specialties ***
Songs in the following styles: Pop, Rock and Modern Country Music. Also Composition Analysis while learning the song.
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Erin Virgili April 6, 2017
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James was a wonderful instructor! Not only did he make my son feel confident about taking lessons he offered great advice and guidance about the acting industry. I would definitely recommend him to anyone seriously interested in improving their acting skills. My son is 12 years old.
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Erin Virgili February 10, 2017
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James made my son feel very comfortable for his first session!
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JW February 6, 2017
· Singing · In home
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About Amber W.

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Schenectady, NY

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Experienced Music teacher of 8 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of their instrument and theory skills. I specialize in all styles. Typically, I use a variety of method books to pick from to meet the needs of the students. I also have many tools available to use during lessons.
My students have gone on to NYSSMA and on to college auditions successfully!

About Amber
I have been teaching private lessons since 2008, but have been studying music since I was only 4 with non stop private and in school lessons. I now have my Bachelor's degree in Music education and am working toward my Masters in Music performance and Instruction.
I love working with my students. Watching them succeed at what they do is what makes my day great. I always love to have a fun atmosphere around me and enjoy every minute it. Music is great for self expression a great Escape or an easy pass-time. It's nothing that should be stressful, but the opposite and that is what my lessons aim to do. Provide an educational, but fun and expressive learning experience to carry with you or your child throughout your lives.
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Greg H. December 1, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Amber is really patient with a new student. I'm glad to be her student.
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Tina September 12, 2016
· Piano · In studio
My son takes piano from Amber and I cannot say enough on how talented she is. She has so much patience and cares about her students. He responds well to her and is learning so quickly! She challenges him to continue to grow but does it in a way that is fun for a child his age. We think she is great!
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About Michelle E.

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I specialize in the College Audition Process and have students in top programs around the country. Beyond reviving your private acting lessons I can can help guide you through the college audition process. This process is unlike and other audition you will ever go on and it takes someone in the field to navigate those waters. If you are not quite old enough for those college auditions I also specialize in general audition prep and character work.
Visit www.michellejevans.com for more info!

About Michelle
Hello! My name is Michelle Evans and I am a private acting coach out of the Cumming/Alpharetta area. I have been teaching since 2004 and my students have had success in not only local and regional theatre but on Broadway and TV/Film. One of my specialities is the college audition process. I have students that I have coached in top musical theatre and acting programs around the nation. My goal is to help you develop the right material that will get you noticed at your next audition as well as help develop your acting foundation to help you shine in any role that you might play!
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Michelle E.

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About Matt M.

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As an acting teacher/coach, I strive to guide each young actor through the ongoing, evolving, lifelong process of awareness, curiosity, exploration, and discovery that leads to producing honest work. Using the Meisner Technique, I instill young actors with confidence in their own ability to live truthfully under imaginary circumstances. Small group class sizes and private lessons provide actors with individualized mentorship, while also preparing them to work in a professional environment and promote longevity in their careers.

About Matt
Matt holds a Texas Teaching Certificate in Theatre Arts (which he taught for 13 years of his 18 year career in public education), and directed over 50 stage productions, including: Sweeney Todd, James and The Giant Peach, The Who's Tommy, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Noises Off, Monty Python's Spamalot, Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind, The Hobbit, and The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe (RCP Best Director). He was named Outstanding University Interscholastic League Sponsor in 2016, led the UIL One Act Play The Insanity of Mary Girard to Area Tournament in 2014, and directed the 2016 Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards Best Costume Design winning production of The Addams Family.

Professionally, he appeared in the feature film When The Bough Breaks (opposite Morris Chestnut), worke
d in the independent film projects County Line and The Beat Hotel, and appeared in regional commercials for Taco Bueno, The Home Depot, and Zaxby’s. On stage, he appeared as St. Jimmy in the Regional Premiere of Green Day's American Idiot, as Bill Clinton/Howard Stern/Vladimir Putin in the original cast of the musical Citizen Drumpf (The Column Awards Best Musical Nominee 2017), Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd, Dr. Parker in Bat Boy, and Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream (RCP Best Actor).

He is the owner/instructor at The Mitchell Actor Studio, where he teaches Meisner technique to young actors ages 7-18. He continues to study Meisner technique under Michele Condrey at REACT Studios and is SAG-AFTRA Eligible. He is represented by The Campbell Agency of Dallas, Texas.
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About Kelli M.

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I share a lifetime of experience as a professional actress. I've also studied acting for decades, with many teachers and varied acting techniques and script analysis. We will explore and find which of these tools work for YOU. You'll create your own tool box for performing and auditioning with ease, freedom and confidence. See my credits on IMDbPro.com/kellimaroney; Wikipedia/kellimaroney; http://www.kellimaroney.com; http://www.officialkellimaroney.com and google. I look forward to working with you!

About Kelli
I'm Kelli, an actor/voiceover/host/ producer living in Los Angeles, CA. I've been a professional actor since I was a teen. Beginning as a series lead on Ryan's Hope, an ABC Daytime soap opera, then to films, with leads in Fast Times, Night of the Comet, various prime-time TV guest star roles and I've had lots of live theater. I've had the opportunity to study and work with the best in our field, and now it's my turn to share what I've learned with you. I teach a variety of acting techniques and script analysis, as I find that any one method doesn't always hold for every performer, and the only important thing is to find what works for you. You'll have many tools in your acting toolbox, and perform with the confidence and freedom that comes with solid preparation and fun!
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About Ernie G.

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With 25 years of experience as a leading actor in television and film, award winning actor Ernie Grunwald offers private training and audition coaching for actors of all levels of experience. Applying various techniques, Ernie offers personal, performance and audition coaching, enhancing the actor's understanding of various aspects of the craft and on set experience. Sessions are offered via Skype or in your home if within the service area. Each session is catered to the individual actor, with an emphasis on preparing audition pieces, scene study, vocal and physical techniques, and boosting the performer's confidence. A variety of monologues and scenes for study are available to the actor prior to each meeting.

About Ernie
Ernie Grunwald, a prolific international actor, studied Theater with an international faculty at the University of Toronto. His first featured television role was a series regular on The High Life, produced by David Letterman for HBO, before landing major roles on ABC's Two of a Kind and It's Like, You Know. He has been featured on many notable series such as Grey's Anatomy, Supernatural, Psych, Bones, The Mentalist, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Monk, and a long list of comedies including Two and a Half Men, Friends, My Name Is Earl, Weeds, as well as wildly popular kids programs and films such as ANT Farm, Hannah Montana, Good Luck Charlie, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, and It Takes Two.

For his role as Larry opposite Jason Priestley on the long-running critically acclaimed series Call Me Fitz, Ernie received a Gemin
i Award (Canadian Emmy) for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, and has received multiple nominations for Outstanding Actor at the Monte Carlo Television Festival.

Ernie has adapted his skills and experience to become one of the most sought after personal acting coaches in the Los Angeles area. He has been the head acting instructor for teens and adults at The Film Set Studio in Claremont, California, and has instructed actors from around the world in acting camps at The University of La Verne and Claremont McKenna College. He addresses each actor's needs individually, gently encouraging them to embrace their artistry.
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Eric September 15, 2017
· Film and TV Acting · In studio
So I'm fairly new to the acting scene. I decided to try out some classes at The Film Set in Claremont. Upon meeting Ernie, I was a bit intimidated and out of my comfort zone. There were people there that were REALLY good and I thought I could never compare. Ernie has a way of adjusting to your personality to get you to dive into things at a rate in which you are comfortable with. He has the ability to point out your strengths and improve them, exponentially. Not only is he great at his craft, or stellar in his ways of teaching; he truly is just an all around great guy. His vibe, energy and demeanor make him very pleasant to be around. It's almost like i would pay him just to be my friend. if you are shopping for an instructor, try this guy out. You won't be disappointed and if you are, then acting's probably not for you.
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Lizeth L. September 13, 2017
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Teaching the craft of acting is something Ernie has mastered. Learning from him has been a great. As a first time actress Ernie welcomed me with warmth. He understands how nervous first time actors can be but, with grace he knows how to calm those nerves down and help you reach your best acting potential. Ernie has helped me learn my acting strengths and weaknesses. His coaching and feedback is very precise. Pointing out small cues to improve your acting and guiding you on ways to better the character. His coaching pushes you to discover many sides of the scene and helps you better understand the scrip, which only makes you a better actor. Thanks to Ernie my passion for acting has only become more realistic as I pursue my career. For anyone looking for serious coaching and looking to make acting their career I would highly recommend Ernie.
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Omunique September 13, 2017
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No matter your previous acting experience Ernie will work with you and help you understand the business of acting. Ernie is easy to talk to, he gives good criticism on ways I can improve (i.e Vocally, or my physical presence or facial expressions).He pays attention and can see what you're capable of even if you're hiding it. After every class I am more confident in my acting because I have such an amazing teacher.
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About Rob P.

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Teaching came to me through the recommendations of my own acting teachers. When I followed their advice I found that I could really connect and communicate with my students with the same clarity and communication that I had with other actors. I found that I could really assess and convey to them what they needed to really crystallize both their experience and delivery of a given character and/ or scene, and in such a way that they REALLY enjoy the process! Together we take them on a journey of enhanced self-discovery and delivery. My lifetime in the performing arts, close to 20 years of professional acting (on both coasts), years of intensive study with some of the true greats (Gary Austin, Dave Razowsky, Barbara Niven, Terry Schreiber, Wenndy Mackenzie, Jeffrey Sweet, Carol Fox Prescott, and others), and experience directing, casting, and producing in Los Angeles all inform the process we engage. I'm proud to say that many of my students have exclaimed that my class was the best, or ...

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I've been so blessed to have had game-changing acting teachers who really "got," affirmed, challenged, invigorated, and transformed me. They've helped me in so many ways in my career and life overall. I want you to have that, too! I LOVE THE PROCESS - AND YOU WILL, TOO! There is as much joy and discovery to be had in every acting moment as there is technical prowess to be honed, and in order to make the whole thing synergize both have to be involved and engaged. The truth is that you, as you are, have a great deal of it already covered, but you just may not know what you know and what you have. Discovering that is joyful and empowering, and the rest is a combination of learning how to perfect and wield what you already know and learning the tools and techinques you don't yet know. Then it's a matter of repeating and honing that with someo
ne who you can trust; a teacher who really gets you, your type(s), your joy, your own unique colors and qualities.

You also need a teacher and coach who knows the particulars and requirements the industry has and will expect of you. I've worked on the east coast, in Los Angeles, and other places around the country, on stage and on the big and small screens. I performed for years on the world renowned Groundlings stage under the direction of The Groundlings' founder Gary Austin, in his Improv Troupes. He literally gestated the original SNL yet openly referred to our group as "the best group of improvisational actors I've ever worked with in my entire career!" I still can't get over that one and probably never will. I also studied with Dave Razowsky, Michael Gellman, Jeffrey Sweet, Carol Fox Prescott, Wenndy Mackenzie, Terry Schreiber, Barbara Niven, John Strawbridge, and others. I found myself on many a stage out there while acting in films, etc., as well. Along the way I've also directed, produced, and cast feature films and shows, and of course taught. SO, let's get you on the track to real learning and growth. Also, as I put together other workshops and conferences with other teacher associates of mine - expert, renown actors and teachers from New York, Hollywood, and elsewhere - I'll keep you posted so you can not just go to but live in the next level. I look forward to it.

**NOTE: I'm now bi-coastal, dividing my time primarily between Los Angeles, CA and Baltimore, MD, but am also often in NYC and DC. So, wherever you are, if we're in geographical proximity to each other when you need a session, we'll meet up in person; and if not, no worries, we'll work together online right here in the online classroom! We'll just play it by ear. (I will also travel to any city where there are enough students interested in taking a class and offer an intensive workshop, and possibly also private coaching if time allows. We'll work out the details and pricing for those on a case-by-case basis, but please don't hesitate to contact me about such an event if you're interested in one. I'm happy to do these kinds of classes!)
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Eric September 22, 2017
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If you have the opportunity to take lessons from a master - you do it! Rob is a thoughtful fellow with heart. If you are looking for a mentor you want one who cares as much as you do and this man does. Experience and a gift for sharing is what makes Rob unique. Seize the moment!
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Johnny September 16, 2017
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I had the pleasure of performing with Rob on many occasions and it was a thrilling and rewarding experience. He's that type of actor who always makes his fellow actors look good. And that's what he does for his students too.
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