I have been active in the entertainment industry since the age of 12, when I gave my first professional performance. Prior to that I was already being introduced to music with years of guitar, and then vocal instruction. I do not remember a time of my life when I was not singing somewhere; in the house, in the yard, in the classroom. That is perhaps why I identify so well with the young people who gather so much enjoyment from "just singing" at every opportunity. I studied professionally for over 10 years with renown soprano and voice teacher Sylvia Jensen, who was instrumental in the enhancement of my vocal knowledge and technique. She is now the Director of Education for the Miss Ohio pageants of the Miss America competitions, elevating many young ladies to the national spotlight. At age 14, I auditioned for, and was added to cast of a
network television variety program, "The Gene Carroll Show", that was a television institution for over 30 years in the Midwest. I was a featured performer on that program for over 7 years, all the while perfecting the art of "playing to a camera." This experience was invaluable, and the knowledge I gathered is now included in my curriculum. I also began performing a solo act in the nightclub circuit at the age of 15, performing up and down the "north coast" from Cleveland, OH, (my home), to Erie. PA. At a very young age, I learned the difficult art of choosing musical material and pacing a show; also adapting to performing under a myriad of conditions with a vast array of musical accompaniment. After graduating college with a degree in Business Administration and Marketing, I assembled my own band, and took to the road. That experience eventually brought the act to Las Vegas in 1982. Over the years my show has been a staple in major casino cabarets in Las Vegas, and all over Nevada. Since my first engagement at The Landmark Hotel in the early 1980's, I have literally been up and down the famed Las Vegas Strip many times over. The Desert Inn, The Dunes, The Stardust, The Maxim, The Tropicana, New York New York, Mandalay Bay, MGM, Bally's, The Flamingo, The Imperial Palace, The Four Queens, The Golden Nugget, The Fremont, The Venetian, The Palazzo, and a three year engagement at The Riviera. My show is truly comprised of musical variety; classics, show tunes, jazz, rock, blues, r&b, country. Even a presentation of "Music of the Night" from Phantom of the Opera, that I perform in full costume. It is this ability to successfully deliver an extensive repertoire that I am enthusiastic about passing along to the next generation of entertainers.
I have been truly blessed in my career to have experienced so many highlights; too many to document. From winning an understudy roll in the Broadway Musical "Platinum" starring Hollywood actress Alexis Smith, to performing our National Anthem at events ranging from Major League Baseball to ESPN Boxing to receptions for major dignitaries, to recording 7 albums and a full-length video, to being asked to perform for Mr. Frank Sinatra at the Frank Sinatra Celebrity Golf Tournament, I have lived a full life on stage, learning and absorbing every bit of knowledge gathered along the way. Now it is my desire to escalate my status as an educator to a more "one on one" experience; availing myself the opportunity to pass along that wealth of knowledge to individual students who aspire to enjoy the entertainment profession as I have, providing them with the skills needed to successfully compete. Or, should it be their choice not to pursue entertainment as a vocation, to gain a working understanding of all facets of their instrument so as to gain a better appreciation of music. Whatever the goal of the student, I feel that I am equipped to provide them with the tools needed to achieve that goal.
*** Lesson Details *** Content of Sessions
Generally, the first 10-15 minutes of each lesson will be focused on vocal warm up and exercise. (For guitar students, we will review the previous week's assignment). For Vocal Students, it is understood that the voice mechanism is made up of muscles, and as an athlete prepares for a sporting event, a singer must prepare to vocalize. It is at this time in our lesson when the student will develop good habits of voice maintenance, which will serve them well throughout their careers. The proper care and preservation of the vocal unit cannot be stressed enough, especially for pubescent and pre-pubescent students. Vocal chords in a developmental stage are most susceptible to damage, and because they are particularly sensitive, they must be handled with care. Our warm up regimen is designed to strengthen as well as preserve the singing voice.
I am not an advocate of getting too involved and "bogged down" in the technical aspects of singing, especially with the young students, and especially early in our program. This is not to say that breath control, tonality, pitch, etc. are not vital to good singing, because these workings are ESSENTIAL, and their application will certainly be incorporated into our studies. Some instructors, on occasion, have a tendency to lose sight of the fact that much to do with singing happens "naturally", and too much focus on the "technical" can actually be inhibiting. This can alter a beautiful, natural tone into one that is unnatural and contrived.
I adhere to the philosophy that above all else, SINGERS WANT TO SING SONGS, and musicians-in-training want to play music. That is our focus, and all of our training is conceived with that objective in mind. All the technical knowledge and coaching serves no purpose without practical application. It is my belief that the most significant progress occurs when a vocalist is singing a song.
Nearly every element of instruction can be utilized in the performance of one song. This is why the majority of our session time will be spent "in song". For the very young student, we will concentrate our efforts with the students choices of favorite and familiar songs. The older students will undoubtedly have favorite songs, styles and artists. Special attention will be paid to the genre most enjoyed by the student, but diversity will be emphasized as well, and a variety of genres will be unpacked and explored. I believe that whatever a student's musical goals and aspirations, it is in their best interest to gain knowledge and insight in all facets of music, singing, and performance.
The most vital pre-requisite for any student is their enthusiasm. My ambition will be to harness that enthusiasm and channel it productively through stimulating instruction. Our sessions will be informative and educational, but always predicated upon "having fun with music".
I am proud to feature a curriculum that emphasizes the entertainment aspect of singing as well as the technical; created to benefit all ages and experience levels, from beginner to seasoned professional. After just weeks of my "Triple Threat Training" a student will begin to see astounding results: vocally, musically, and in the art of performance. I am excited to share my knowledge with you. Let's get started!
***Performance Opportunities For Students*** I am very proud to share a long time friendship and association with Mr. Frank La Spina and his organization The Youth Musical Scholarship Foundation. Together we host shows and events that feature the most gifted and promising students of all ages in venues ranging from The Italian-American Club Showroom to the fabulous Smith Center For the Performing Arts. Many of my students have been featured in their OWN shows!! If you desire to hone your craft in front of audience in a quality venue, I can and WILL make that happen!!
*** Studio Equipment *** My studio is equipped with a full vocal sound system with microphones that I utilize to teach the valuable art of mic technique. Young students enjoy using the mics and hearing themselves sing and perform. Since our lessons are predicated on enjoying the art of singing, this opportunity has proven invaluable. For the advanced performer, studying all aspects of amplification and what a singer should know about their stage sound is a part of our educational curriculum. My studio is furnished with the equipment that is essential to mastering that knowledge. Since the practical aspect of my course is based on singing songs, I provide all the latest technology required to allow my students the opportunity to sing the songs of their choosing, with and without the lead vocal tracks. I feel that when students are singing their favorite songs, it offers me the greatest teaching opportunities. I make certain the every musical genre can be represented, and feel I have the knowledge and ability to guide the student is whatever their musical tastes. My studio is also equipped with piano (for vocal exercises), and guitars, which gives me opportunity to accompany my students when the musical moment is appropriate. Be assured that all the technology I need to fulfill the educational needs of my students is but a step away!! I AM ESPECIALLY EXCITED ABOUT MY STUDENTS BEING AFFORDED THE OPPORTUNITY TO RECORD THEIR MUSIC. My studio is equipped with full-service, state-of-the-art digital recording equipment. Many of my students have recorded full length albums. This not only provides an extraordinary teaching tool, but also a wonderful memory for student's family and friends!!
Such a confidence boost. Glenn helps you know what you’re already doing well, as well as what to improve on.
December 7, 2018
Glenn is amazing! He listened to me sing a few songs and gave me two tips that completely improved my vocal performance! Highly, highly recommended if you want to sing and perform better, and if you truly want to profoundly impact the listener to a higher degree !
Professor of Communication & Theater with incredible experiences performing, producing, directing, and writing stage plays performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Publick Playhouse, THEARC Theater, National Children's Museum and over 60 different stages annually. She is the President/Owner and Founder of Timeless Visual Works - the inspirational film, theater, and publishing company. She leads with Christian faith-based principles and extensive knowledge as well as experience training aspiring and professional performers.
It was my daughter's first contact with professional acting.
She has been talking about being an actress for quite a while now, so we decided to let her take a few lessons to see if she likes it.
Ollie was really comprehensive of our needs and made us see the big picture of that world... just what we needed, to start walking into that direction on the right path.
My daughter had a wonderful time with Ollie.
March 3, 2016
I booked 4 acting sessions with Ms. Ollie for my daughter. Ms. Ollie did a phenomenal job starting from scratch, coaching my daughter for her up coming audition. My daughter had no acting experience, she was shy, and soft spoken but in just 4 short days, Ms. Ollie turned her into a confident, outspoken young actress. My daughter nailed her audition thanks to Ollie!! I will highly recommend her as your acting coach.
January 13, 2016
Great person to work with! Cheerful. Listens to what you have to say. Ready to help you improve.
I am a vocal and piano instructor based in Doylestown, PA! I also teach essay writing. I went to the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where I obtained a masters and bachelor's in voice. I have been teaching voice and piano for 8 years. I am upbeat and excited about sharing my passion for music with my students!
My teenager son loves his singing lessons with Kara. He has been going for a couple months and I have noticed a rapid improvement in his singing. I highly recommend Kara she is a great teacher and very friendly. My son is always looking forward to his next lesson, it is the highlight of his week. Thank you so much Kara for the great work you do!
May 31, 2017
I am a college level jazz musician.
My primary instruments are jazz guitar and upright bass.
Growing up I have always wanted to sing but never could find a qualified teacher.
Luckily, after extensive research online for vocal teachers I discovered Kara.
I have been taking lessons with her for a while now and she's wonderful.
I always have many questions for her in my lessons and she always has a knowledgable response.
I feel like I'm progressing and finally learning how to sing properly with someone who knows their stuff.
I would highly recommend studying with her.
May 31, 2017
I enjoyed our first voice lesson last week. Kara is a gifted music professional with great teaching ability. She has the ability to pick up on things that help facilitate the learning process. Great job!
Hey there, my name is Ian. I'm a musician, performer and teacher from Wisconsin, based in New York, who studied Vocal Performance at Queens College. Have taken coachings for years in voice acting/voice over work. I've studied many different acting and singing styles with a number of notable stage directors, conductors, and other performers. I perform regularly around the New York area, as well as overseas in Germany, Italy, and London.
My performance credits include lead roles in operas by Mozart and Stravinsky; and musicals such as "Forever Plaid" and "Fiddler on the Roof".
I have spent years working on voice over/voice acting, and can show the right way to round out and project your voice for radio or stage work!
Work with the Suzuki method for violin/viola, as well as other methods such as John Thompson for piano for chil
I'm excellent with children and adults alike, having spent years developing skills teaching and performing to the highest standards, all my students are pushed to be the best possible! Am comfortable teaching anyone, from beginners to coaching professionals!
I am a working professional actor, who has been teaching since the 80's. I think that acting is acting. Once you have a solid foundation, the difference between stage or scene is minor. I like to help my students find the most natural and seamless way to a character by using the text and various exercises. I find teaching and acting to be a tremendous joy and I love sharing that delight.
I am frequently in NYC for work and auditions and can come to you if you are not in the Beacon, NY area.
In the past year, I have done Co and guest starring roles on the following TV shows: MURPHY BROWN; GOTHAM; MADAM SECRETARY; LUKE CAGE; ELEMENTARY; THE OTHER TWO; and the upcoming "THE LOUDEST VOICE" on Showtime, with Russell Crowe. I have been in many National and regional commercials. I have done theatre at such prestigious venues as Woolly Mammoth
, Dorset Theatre Festival (Winner of the "Best Actress" award for VALLEY SONG) , and The Public Theatre, to name a few.
I began working as a professional actor and got my auditions and booked work without representation. My Acting Without an Agent™ technique still gets me in the room and I would love to share that knowledge as well.
I am a professional singer and stage actress. I am a graduate of Fordham University with a B.F.A in Theater and a B.A. in communications. I have over 20 years of vocal and musical training. I appeared as Golda in Fiddler on the Roof, Dolly in Hello Dolly, Reno in Anything Goes, Velma in Chicago and Anita in West Side Story. I also performed for the USO, Alvin Ailey Theater at Lincoln Center and The Music Hall in Tarrytown . I most recently performed in and was the Musical Director of a one woman cabaret show entitled " A Night of Song " at the Playroom Theater in Manhattan. I believe singing should be fun,expressive and rewarding!
Getting ready to Headline a cabaret show LIVING Through Music at the Gramacy Theater on Wed. night June 19th at 7:30 It will be a great night of broadway and cabaret music. Tickets will be sold Vi
a Ticketmaster. Come see a fantastic show!!
Hi Everyone! I will doing a one- woman cabaret show entitled Love Through The Seasons at the Duplex on Friday night Nov.8th at 7pm. Tickets are $25 cover + a 2 drink mix. Come for a great night of Broadway music
As a performer, you do not find someone more expressive and powerful than Erica--she is absolutely dynamite. Erica is also totally dedicated to her craft, and she passes everything she's learned on to her students. Erica is passionate, personable, warm, open, honest, and so generous. Highly recommended!
July 10, 2019
Erica is so patient and wonderful and has helped me find my voice. After being intimidated about singing for so long, she has given me the confidence I need to experience the joy of song. I love you Erica!!!
July 2, 2019
Erica has been working with my 13 year daughter Stacy for two years now. My daughter loves musical theater but was very shy and not confident. After working with Erica she is front and center on stage and enjoys being in all the school performances. Erica is the best!! She is so supportive and kind and giving of herself and her talent. I couldn't imagine my daughter working with anyone else. My daughter is really growing and enjoying her singing. Brava Erica!
Hey There! Acting has been my passion since I was able to move and speak. Helping others find their creative voice, and what makes them unique has been the cornerstone of what I love most about helping others share their talents.
Often my students are looking for assistance finding the right pieces, a new way of looking at their sides, need help with audition prep, and want to know what to expect when they walk into a room.
I take my job very seriously, and have successfully helped coutless students of al ages book gigs, and find confidence auditioning.
My style is fun-loving, and honest. If you need someone to give it to you straight, someone to champion your nervous child, or overall give you the confidence you need to slay your audition- I’m your Coach!
Devon is an amazing actor and teaching artist. A true professional who can help you take your Audition pieces to the next level.
March 30, 2019
Devon is incredibly intuitive at assessing and thus, honing in on each artist’s/actor’s needs. She is kind, patient, and has a wealth of valuable experience, tailoring and teaching to each individual! Devon is truly wonderful!
March 30, 2019
Devon is very good at finding an individuals artistic look and abilities and helping accend to higher levels. Her straightforward direction and honest opinions will challenge and strength a person, bettering themselves professionally and artistically.
Hello and welcome. My name is Gigi. I have been teaching dance, dance fitness, and meditation for 30 years. I love the personal relationship with each student as together we bring forth skill, style, self confidence, expression, well being, and peace. My primary dance training was received from the Mid Hudson Ballet Company, with teaching certification from Music in Motion, Inc. My meditation training is rooted in 7 years of monastic life and 30 years of integrating the principles and practices into my being. I am a very compassionate, friendly, intuitive person who teaches with warmth, sensitivity, patience, and attention to detail. I look forward to bringing all of the above into sessions with you to help fulfill your personal goals and interests.
My relationship with dance began at the age of 3, when my mother enrolled me in my fir
st ballet class with the hope that it would help me gain the confidence to come out from my hiding place behind her back. Not only did it encourage me to overcome my excessively painful shyness, but it grew an everlasting love and shelter for me. I went on to receive the foundation of my training at Estelle & Alfonso Performing Arts and the Russian Ballet School of the Mid-Hudson Ballet Company. During my adolescent years, I became a teacher at the school and a performing member of the company. I also received the honor of performing in Harlequinade with the New York City Ballet, studying at the Craft of Choreography Conference on scholarship, and attending a variety of ballet, jazz, and modern dance classes by notable teachers in multiple schools and venues in the northeast.
In my adult years, I've enjoyed performing on many occasions, especially as a guest artist with Dog-Eared Dancers and in choreographic partnership with Anna Mayta of Anna Mayta Dance Fusion. I'm grateful to have expanded my modern dance and teaching experience with Laurie Sepe Marder, and to have studied Kuchipudi Classical Indian Dance with Kantham Chatlapalli, as well as ancient and modern Hula with Kumu June Tanoue. Under the mentorship of Barbara Thuesen, I received my certification in ballet teaching and choreography from Music in Motion, Inc. I was then accepted into the dance department at the West Australia Academy of Performing Arts, but chose to remain close to home and open White Lotus Ballet in 2004 instead.
Since then, I have had the ongoing pleasure of teaching dance to dozens of children and adults in my space, as well as at preschools, daycare centers, yoga studios, and special events. My teaching style and content continue to evolve with the gathering of insight, compassion, and experience.
In addition to traditional dance, that evolution has also expanded to include teaching meditation and healing dance. I am a very devotional soul and a natural intuitive empathic healer. So, i find all the gifts, talents, inspiration, and wisdom I receive come together in a variety of forms and ways I teach to touch the heart and desired interest of each student. Again, I look forward to creating lessons that fulfill you in that way.
I took dance lessons from Gigi with a focus on self expression and working through issues that I was holding onto on any particular day. I am 60+ years old and never danced before. Where my typical perspective of myself standing in front of a mirror is not positive, I somehow was transformed into seeing beauty. Gigi is a beautiful person, very patient , non judging. Her goal was for me to meet my goal, even when it changed from week to week. Sometimes we worked on dance technique, other times using movement to work through feelings. I loved it.
June 17, 2019
Working with Gigi during a challenging time in my life was an amazing experience, her empathy, her nurturing quality made my experience truly lovely. She finds inspiration for movement therapeutic work by what the students needs are. After my classes with Gigi I feel spiritually rejuvenated.
"My son enjoyed his 1st lessons with Lauren and he is ready to get more training from her..:)"
"Serena was such a great teacher, her tips and techniques of teaching helped me improve immensely in short time, learning such a hard art has never been ea
"Ferlyn has excellent skills in teaching dance. My daughter has improved her dance techniques in 3 classes. We highly recommend her to everyone that needs
"Carissa always gives me feedback in a very encouraging way. Once I go over a monologue or a script once, she'll talk about some of the characteristics tha
t I might be able to adopt in order to be more convincing, but she'll also tell me which parts she liked, which parts I was hitting on, but didn't quite get, and anything else. She's super understanding, and she'll talk me through any parts that I was having trouble with extensively until she feels that I understand and am comfortable with the material and the directions. 1000 stars all the way!"
"Tyler has been an incredible teacher and motivator. His knowledge and passion for the arts resonates with his every word. He is very patient and understan
ding and a blast to work with!"
"Great first lesson, easy to let loose and fall into the "subtext" (you'll get it after the first lesson.)"
"Step it up, NYFA! Haha I'm just kidding. But seriously... Like a couple of Tyler's students, I was a class-mate of his at the New York Film Academy. Well,
I was a "program-mate," rather. He was a few levels ahead of me. But when I requested training with him and wanted to see his educational background, he whipped out this scroll-long-seeming beauty of a resume and WOW. He sure knows how to use his time wisely. This guy is a GENIUS! And, as I found out, was the youngest kid at the #1 film academy in the world... Who was also offered a scholarship, work/study, directing job, award-winners' mentorship, other promotional opportunities, and yada-yada. Anyway, he is a good friend of mine and has done a lot to improve my craft. Thanks so much, man. Keep it up!"
"I have been taking lessons from Tyler for a little over two yrs now, on and off. I have seen students come and go, mostly because they moved away. He's su
ch a grounded, inspired and forward coach. Since I began lessons with him, I have worked in San Diego and LA film/theatre many times. I just turned 18 and am moving to Valencia, CA in September to attend CalArts on a partial scholarship. He has walked me through the ins and outs, around every corner of this business and craft. I've trained with a few other coaches in the LA area, and would still recommend Tyler the highest. Awesome person, incredible teacher."
"Words can’t describe the excellent voice over coaching that I have received from Hunter. During every consultation, I’ve learned through her realistic app
roach how to unblock the mental barriers of discovering my true authentic voice. When I met Hunter, I had lots of doubts and fears of becoming a professional Voice Over talent. Now I am booking and receiving amazing responses from clients. Thank you Hunter!"
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