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With over 10 years of teaching and performance experience, I can help you reach your goals. My teaching is very much influenced by my certification in Somatic Voicework™ The Lovetri Method. It is a body-based method of vocal training which is based upon voice science and medicine, traditional classical training, and various bodywork approaches. If you're struggling in a particular area of your voice, I can help you work through those issues.
If you're looking to become a better singer, we will focus on finding the beauty and power in your voice in a healthy manner. Vocal health is an important component of everything I teach, and I work to eliminate strain and vocal fatigue. We will work on balancing your vocal registers to give you control over the troublesome middle range. With a healthy foundation in place, we will fine tune your skills by addressing pitch accuracy, vocal control, phrasing, dynamics, expression and microphone technique.
For songwriters, I can help you write stronger lyrics and set them to music appropriately.
In general, I'm pretty upbeat and fun. However, I expect you to practice. When you practice, you hear and feel the difference and everyone's happy! If you don't practice, you'll remain in the same place, and it's frustrating for everyone. :( Please, please, please practice! :)
My degree in music education and wide range of experience allows me to accommodate different learning styles. I have a knack for breaking down seemingly difficult or mysterious concepts in a way that's easy to understand. I also understand the demands of being a full time musician, and can offer advice to students who are interested in going that route.
I would love to help you enhance your enjoyment of music by making it fun and easy for you to learn!
*** Studio Equipment ***
Full length mirror
Library of great music
Music theory workbooks
*** Specialties ***
Classical, Jazz, R&B, Musical Theater, Gospel, Pop
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Learn healthy singing technique that will allow you to sing opera and all other forms of music. You will gain range, power, flexibility, tone quality, consistency, and more. Will be asked to learn other genres besides opera.
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!
Rachel's students have gone on nati
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.
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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.
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**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 Rachel Menconi) are handled on a case by case basis. All students (or their parents/guardian if under 18) who have scheduled vacations and other activities (meetings, parties, school shows, concerts, rehearsals...etc) that interfere with the student’s regularly scheduled lesson time, need to contact Rachel Menconi as soon as the vacation/other activity is scheduled but no later than two weeks in advanced before their missed regularly scheduled lesson to prevent from forfeiting the lesson.
MAKE-UPS: Make-Up lessons will be scheduled if time allows. No Make-Up lesson or class will be given to ‘no shows’ or “late cancellation”, and no extra time to extend their lesson 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 will 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 will 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 Menconi’s private studio during their normally 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.
COMMUNICATION: Due to Rachel Menconi normally scheduling students one right after another without breaks, being in the recording studio, performing, or being on set, the best way to contact her is through text AND email. Please ALWAYS leave messages when calling Rachel Menconi with your name, contact info, AND the reason you are calling. Please be specific. Thank you!
"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
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· Broadway Singing · Online
· Singing · Online
· Singing · In home
I have been singing since childhood and have studied formally for nearly a decade. While opera is my main area of study, I have experience performing many different genres including musical theatre, indie, and classic rock. My goal is to have each student produce an optimal sound in as healthy a way as possible through proper technique. In addition to vocal training, I can also offer a solid foundation in ear and rhythm training as well as repertoire, audition, and role preparation
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My name is Kayla, I'm an operatic mezzo-soprano. My musical studies span over a decade and I've participated in various choirs and performing ensembles as well as performed in operas and musicals in the city and internationally.
Outside of academia, I picked up the guitar and began songwriting.
I am an alumna of LaGuardia High School of the Arts and would be more than happy to help any student looking into auditioning there as well as audition prep in general. While opera is my specialism and I love teaching students to sing in new languages, I also sing and teach in a variety of styles including musical theatre, indie rock, and jazz. A student can bring any type of music into a lesson and we will have you singing it with ease in no time! Whether you're looking to learn to sing in a
· Opera Voice · In studio
· Opera Voice · In home
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Operatic Voice lessons are offered for students age 12 and older. Together, we will work on developing your voice in a healthy and natural way. We work with singers of all levels in genres ranging from Musical Theatre to Classical to Jazz! Singing lessons are a great fit for anyone looking to develop their singing voice, overcome shyness, refine their vocal technique or simply love music and want to sing as a form of self expression.
Rebecca began playing piano at age 5 and eventually began her study of voice and theatre in high school. Since moving to New York in 2016, Rebecca has performed in Off-Broadway productions, sung in various concerts and cabarets and has been featured in several films, commercials, and other on-camera productions.
Rebecca believes in creating a warm and nurturing environment for all her students,
Rebecca looks forward to working with you soon!
I have been helping students discover ease and joy in singing for over ten years, in multiple countries and many different styles. Each journey is different, but I am certain I can help you accomplish your goals. No two voices are alike, and we will work together to discover your particular strengths. Expect to laugh and have a lot of fun along the way!!!
Working with the physical structure of your face and body, we'll uncover ways to free you FROM yourself. Many bad vocal habits are learned through everyday life - together we can identify these to bring you closer to the optimal function of your voice. I will provide a foundation of knowledge for effective breathing and posture, as well as fill your 'toolbox' with many practical methods to alleviate tensions and encourage optimal resonance. As I am an active professional singer, I teach largely through demonstration accompanied by easily understandable technical language aimed to resonate with the student's natural sense memory
I have been helping students discover ease and joy in singing for over ten years, and in many different styles. Each journey is different, but I am certain I can help you accomplish your goals. No two voices are alike, and we will work together to discover your particular strengths. Expect to laugh and have some fun along the way!!!
Working with the physical structure of your face and body, we'll uncover ways to free you FROM yourself. Many bad vocal habits are learned through everyday life - together we can identify these to bring you closer to the optimal function of your voice. I will provide a foundation of knowledge for effective breathing and posture, as well as fill your 'toolbox' with many practical methods to alleviate tensions and encourage optimal resonance. As I am an active professional singer
Alex Lawrence is an active professional operatic and concert baritone based in NYC and has enjoyed an international performing career for the past 7 years since his debut at the Theater Basel, Switzerland and subsequently as an ensemble member of the Zurich Opera House, from 2012-2016. He has enjoyed performing major roles with some of the world's most prestigious opera and theater companies including the Zurich Opera, Theater Basel, The Glimmerglass Festival, The Lucerne Festival, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Tanglewood Festival, The Ravinia Festival, The Vancouver Opera, and many more. He has participated in top international Young Artist Programs including the Glimmerglass Festival, The Zurich Opera and the Ravinia Festival Steans Institute for Singers. Alex is a graduate of Northwestern University (B.M. Voice '07) and the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts (A.D. '11), and is a recipient of the annual Lenore Annenberg Fellowship in the Arts. He has been a top prizewinner in several major international competitions, including the Opera Index Foundation, The Gerda Lissner Foundation and the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation. He was a semi-finalist at Operalia, 2014. Alex Lawrence, Baritone, is represented by Zemsky/Green Artists management, one of the leading classical vocal agencies in the world.
Alex's teaching influences include his mentor's Patricia McCaffrey, Arthur Levy, both major voice instructors in the New York City classical vocal scene.
· Singing · Online
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I also feel that I can apply the vocal technique Alex teaches to the many different genres of music that I sing (opera, musical theater, gospel, etc.)
Would highly recommend Alex!! He’s a gem!
I'm thrilled to bring my experience of over 500 performances in 'Wicked', 300 in 'The Book of Mormon' (just to mention a couple) to YOU.
Drawing on my high level training as a singer and musician (I've been playing piano since I was 4!) I feel confident creating a fun, challenging and rewarding studio for my students. I've taught everyone from children to professionals and find all age and experience levels super rewarding.
Having trained classically for a while before moving across to Musical Theatre, I'm well versed in Bel Canto techniques as well as contemporary sounds such as belt/mix for both men and women. I
I myself am a student of one of the top voice teachers in New York City so I'm always looking for ways to improve my artistry and techniques to share with my wonderful students.
I can't wait to get started with you and see where this journey takes you!
I LOVE to teach. Don't get me wrong - I love to perform, too. But in the decade I've been teaching I've worked with young children all the way up to principal actors in major musicals and have found great joy in helping people at whatever stage they're at.
My technique is an amalgamation of several schools of thought that focuses on a supported, relaxed and connected sound. I often employ techniques from the Estille method. I feel comfortable teaching across a broad range of styles, of course, but
I look forward to meeting you!
· Broadway Singing · In home
If you are looking for voice lessons for yourself, your child, or a friend, my lessons are engaging, student-centered, and never intimidating. No longer study with a teacher that is "set in their ways" - I have a plethora of teaching strategies that are current, and vibrant, geared toward the needs of the individual.
My extensive performing skills in addition to my vocal pedagogy training make my lessons well-rounded and highly effective.
Focussed on a student-centered rapport at the forefront of her teaching philosophy, she is dedicated to meeting the needs of her students. She has a plethora of experience and teaching strategies to tailor toward her students.
· Singing · In studio
· Singing · In home
I am a GRAMMY-winning choral singer and composer in the BMI Musical Theater Writing Workshop with a Masters Degree and Artist Diploma in Opera Performance from University of Cincinnati- CCM. I have also worked as a studio pianist for Marilyn Horne, Ron Raines, Deric Rosenblatt, Bill Neill, and several other NYC voice teachers.
As a teacher, I bring all of my diverse experiences together to teach classical singing technique as a means for effectively communicating and storytelling. Much of my technique involves identifying and releasing tension through proper breath management. We all tend to get in our own ways by trying to achieve a specific result, so I work with singers to find what their voices naturally sound like.
In addition, I offer coaching on musical style, acting, diction, and many other aspects of performing.
As a choral artist, Jason has sung with GRAMMY-winning choir The Crossing, the GRAMMY-nominated Choir of Trinity Wall Street, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the American Symphony Orchestra, the American Classical Orchestra, the Bard SummerScape Festival, Park Avenue Synagogue,
A self-taught composer, Jason is a part of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop. Additionally, his song, ‘i carry your heart,’ recently won second place in the Sparks & Wiry Cries songSLAM. He also designs sound and composes for stop-motion short films.
Jason holds a BM in voice performance from SUNY Fredonia and an MM and AD in opera performance from University of Cincinnati - College Conservatory of Music. He has studied and performed at the Tanglewood Music Center, Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar, Brevard Music Center, SongFest, and New Music on the Point.
Beyond music, Jason enjoys sketching, writing poetry, watching and dissecting movies, and connecting the dots of the past. His most fervent supporter is his beloved dog, Carter “Miles” Weisinger.
· Broadway Singing · In studio
A NYC resident for the last 8 years, I have a strong background in both performing and educating and it is my strong belief that teachers who are "in the biz" are extremely valuable. Specializing in Musical Theatre and serving as an actor, music director, producer, and director over the years, I have a unique perspective of the industry and all it takes to make you ready for your next audition, concert, performance, etc. I hold a Bachelors of Music from NYU Steinhardt, where I had a strong classical training in Vocal Performance - all the while, making sure that beautiful, healthy singing is married to the text and emotional state of the character. While voice lessons with me are largely dedicated to developing a strong vocal technique, I will always come back to what songs mean on a deeper, more emotional level, as I believe that in so much of the material in the MT lexicon is written in such a way that the music and words and context of a song all feed and inform each other. ...
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