Brett received his BFA from Webster University in Musical Theatre Performance and his MFA from New York University in Musical Theatre Writing. He is an experienced New York teaching artist who has worked with Encores! In Schools, many New York public schools, the University of Colorado, and was the assistant director of education with TADA! Youth Theater.
Music Direction: NJPAC, NYU, Webster University, University of Colorado-Boulder, and Musical Theatre Factory. Composer: Webster University, Encores! (NYC), Stephens College, Prospect Theater Company, the Repertory Theater of Saint Louis, and Masterworks. His musicals, TUESDAY and GUMBO, have been selected for development and productions by the Yale Institute for Musical Theater, Mainstreet Musicals Festival, ASCAP/Grow a Show, New York Musical Festival: Next Link Project, Musical Th
eatre Factory, Coastal Carolina University, CAP 21, and The PiTCH. Concerts of his music were produced by Lincoln Center, Vitello's, and The Cutting Room.
He also is an accomplished musical theatre composer. He has composed music for Webster University, Encores! (NYC), the St. Louis Gateway Men's Chorus, Stephens College, the Cockeyed Optimists, Prospect Theater Company, St. Louis Repertory Theater of Saint Louis and Masterworks' Off Broadway production of The Glass Menagerie. Brett wrote the music for the musicals: FISHING THE MOON, THE LAVATORY, BENEATH THE SURFACE, and TUESDAY. TUESDAY was a finalist in the 2010 New York Musical Theatre Festival and was presented at the 2014 New Horizons music festival at Truman State University, and in 2016 was workshopped at the Musical Theater Factory and Coastal Carolina University. He and Caroline Murphy were featured in American Theater Magazine as a writing team to watch. A concert of his music was performed a t Lincoln Center in 2012, Vitello's in Los Angeles in 2014 and The Cutting Room in 2016. In Development: NOT A HERO'S JOURNEY (all by Brett Macias). GUMBO (words by Christina Quintana) was selected by the 2017 Yale Institute for Musical Theater, the 2017 Mainstreet Musicals Festival season, the 2017 ASCAP/Grow a Show festival, the 2014 New York Musical Festival Next Link Project, and was developed at the Musical Theater Factory and The PiTCH at Fingerlakes Musical Theater Festival.
Brett was an actor for 15 years and has taught private voice lessons for 20 years.
*** Lesson Details *** The thing that makes me different from most voice teachers is that I approach everything from an acting stand point.
I believe singing is an extension of the voice when speaking is not enough. The student will explore the breathing process, impulse and intention, and a work out for the body (including some simple Yoga, Pilates, and voice and speech work).
I also believe in text, melodic, and accompaniment interpretation. By the time you are done with a song you will understand every secret of it so that you can act the heck out of it.
All this is to make the process of singing as alive, natural, and easy as possible.
I will also teach you warm-up exercises that are go while you are waiting to go into an audition.
I have an extensive library of musical theatre to build your book for any occasion or style you may need.
So come on over and look at music and your voice in a whole new light. *** Specialties *** Building an actor's book to help them with auditions. Will then teach the song and work with the singer on interpretation of music and lyrics.
Brett was very relatable and offered specific notes that were clear and easy to apply. By the end of the lesson, I had more tools to successfully tackle my next callback.
July 30, 2019
Brett's musical ear is unbelievable! He has such great musicality that truly allows me to entrust in his vocal input. He's been in the business a long time and knows what he's talking about. It also helps that he's a great guy and creates a warm teaching environment.
July 30, 2019
Brett is incredible. He helped me find a healthy sound while retaining the passion necessary to the Broadway style.
I've been teaching Broadway style singing to adults and kids for over ten years, focusing on how to produce a big, beautiful and vocally safe sound.
I believe in the extraordinary power of music to communicate, to inspire and, often, to heal. That belief inspires all my work.
My goal is to help you find the power to express express through singing your unique self. It doesn't matter whether your voice is professional quality or whether it's even "good" in the conventional sense. It's YOUR voice. It has its own sound and characteristics, its own particular beauty, and the world needs to hear you!
Whether you want to be a professional or audition for your school musical, NYSSMA, All-State chorus, college and conservatory, or whether you just want to have fun and hit those high notes in the shower, I would love to help you.
I'm a classically trained leading soprano who has had the great good fortune to sing masterpieces with such companies as the Caramoor Music Festival, Glim
merglass Opera and the Aspen Music Festival. I also have undergraduate and master's degrees from Brown University and the Manhattan School of Music.
But don't let the fact that I'm an "opera singer" give you the wrong idea. Yes, strict classical training gives me in-depth understanding of how the human voice works, but I love and teach music of all genres. My students include professional opera singers, yes, but also rock and Broadway-style singers, college and conservatory students, teenagers singing in their school musicals, doing All-State chorus, or preparing for NYSSMA, as well as adults who are taking voice for the love of singing, the fun of the challenge and so they can join their local chorus or sound great on karaoke night.
Above all, the most important qualities I offer as a teacher are the simple human ones: understanding, patience, imagination, kindness, enthusiasm, respectfulness and absolute commitment to helping you meet your vocal goals.
*** Lesson Details ***
I tailor my lessons to each singer's particular interests, goals and challenges. Some students thrive with a highly technical approach; some thrive in a less formal, more supportive environment; most singers do best with an approach that mixes the two. The important thing to know is that you will receive lessons that are specifically tailored to you. There's no single template.
*** Specialties ***
For advanced classical singers I have a great depth of experience and wide knowledge of oratorio, opera, German lied and French, English and American art songs. I also have a specialized background in "performance practice" baroque and classical vocal ornamentation.
I am not a singer, but Nancy was able to make me feel at ease and give me instructions to bring a voice out of me. Very personable and professional, she has many different ideas and exercises to allow a voice to develop. I had one other voice teacher who never even had me learn a song. Nancy is a very capable and valuable teacher. I really can’t recommend her enough!
March 22, 2019
I love Nancy. I have never sung in front of anyone solo and was/am nervous. Nancy makes me feels at ease. She's amazing!
September 28, 2018
Nancy is great to work with. She really engages our daughter. Our 10 year old is always happy after her lesson. Nancy also is a clear communicator both with parents and our daughter, so we always know what is going on, and how things are working.
Born and raised on Long Island, Carolyn began working professionally at 8 years old and has since appeared on stage, in national commercials, recorded voiceovers, and booked principal roles in both film and television. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2011 from the Boston Conservatory, where she majored in musical theater with an emphasis in directing. She is currently in the hit Off-Broadway shows “My Big Gay Italian Wedding” and “My Big Gay Italian Funeral”. In her spare time, Carolyn has always loved working with people who have a passion for the arts. Whether you are interested in working on vocal technique, audition preparation, and/or building your rep book, Carolyn will customize lessons in order to help you reach your goals!
Born and raised on Long Island, Carolyn began working professionally at 8 years old and has since appeared on stage, in national commercials, recorded voiceovers, and booked principal roles in both film and television. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2011 from the Boston Conservatory, where she majored in musical theater with an emphasis in directing. In her spare time, Carolyn has always loved working with people who have a passion for the arts. Whether it’s in a classroom, at a dance studio, or sitting at the piano, Carolyn has worn the many hats of acting coach, voice teacher, dance instructor, music theory tutor, piano teacher, and college audition coach to name a few. Getting cast in Broadway shows, winning first place in national dance competitions, receiving perfect scores on vocal/piano NYSSMA solos, and being accepted to
some of the most competitive college programs in the nation are just a few of her clients’ many accomplishments.
Today what's the first lesson for my two girls with Carolyn. All I can say but the lesson was absolutely amazing my girls came out extremely inspired with lots of exciting homework to do they couldn't wait to show me what they've learned and couldn't wait to start practicing Carolyn was everything we were hoping for and a lot more. I have no doubts that would have made the best choice who could possibly make. My girls can't wait for their next lesson.👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👏👏👏👏
March 13, 2019
Great first time tapping at 72, Carolyn was great
October 3, 2018
Carolyn was very helpful! I’m looking forward to our next session.
Singing is a beautiful art form that can be accessed by everyone. When taking lessons with me, we will be able to explore all of the beautiful intricacies of the voice and how it can be used to be the most expressive instrument.
With the knowledge that my degrees in voice granted me, I will be able to guide you in a safe yet encouraging manner that will lead you to success in whatever genre you aspire to perform.
I am a professional singer, pianist, and teacher of the two. I have a Bachelor of Music degree from California State University Long Beach, and a Master of Music degree from University of California Los Angeles. During my study of those two degrees, I had marvelous teaching from some of the finest pianists, coaches, and voice teachers around. I can teach you how to sing with true passion, ease, and intent.
I began my study of the piano at the age of 7, my mother being my first teacher. I started on Alfred Piano Books, and still strongly believe in that same curriculum. From there I began to study classical composers like Chopin, Beethoven, Clementi, and Mozart. Although my love of classical music runs deep to my core, I love jazz, pop, and gospel music. I am happy to assist the learning of any style, anything that YOU are passionate for
With me, you can expect to make weekly progress in your instrument of choice. I am a dedicated performer and an even more dedicated teacher. To me, the two go hand in hand.
Please allow me the opportunity in teaching you and in turn I will give you all the knowledge I possess.
I can’t recommend Lyle highly enough. He is an amazing teacher for my 14 year old son who is prepping for school play auditions. He helped choose material and has many technical suggestions to sing better without being intimidating. He also is patient, warm and encouraging. Very pleased we found him.
August 5, 2017
Lyle has a singing voice that will stun and amaze you when he sings in front of you. That will immediately put you at ease and motivate you to sing better using his techniques. His classical training has proven to be a great foundation for teaching me effective ways to understand, use and improve my voice. After 2 lessons I can already see a big difference in my singing abilities and I always learn many new things at each lesson. Lyle has a really open, friendly and non judgemental demeanor and this helped a lot with my nervousness. I can't wait for my next private lesson and would encourage anyone to book him for Broadway, classical and pop singing lessons.
August 1, 2017
Lyle taught my two kids for 3 years. They loved him! My son took piano and voice lessons each week, 30mins of the two, and my daughter took only piano lessons. I can't recommend him enough!
I received my BFA in musical theatre. I have performed in musicals off-broadway and in professional regional theaters all over the east coast! With my level of expertise, I can help you feel confident on songs from any Broadway show!
We will first discuss the three pillars of singing: Alignment, breath, and relaxation. We will work on vocal technique through simple exercises. I have exercises for people of all vocal ranges, types and levels. I can help you with any style of singing!
Then, together we will select a song that's perfect for you from my vast sheet music library. I'll accompany you on the piano, and you will leave the lesson feeling confident and accomplished! Can't wait to get started.
Hi I'm Meghan! I'm a professional singer and vocal coach who has performed and taught professionally all over the country. I received a B.F.A. in Musical Theater from The Boston Conservatory with an emphasis in Vocal Repertory. I will provide detailed and constructive feedback on your vocal technique. I will break down the mechanics of singing in a way that is both fun and easy to understand. I am experienced in multiple vocal styles, including Pop, Broadway, Jazz, Country, Classical and more! I will help you sound amazing on all of your favorite songs.
As I always say, if you can learn to speak, you can learn to sing!
Laura's lessons are fun, high-energy, and tailored to meet every student's goals, whether it is to become a Broadway star or living room diva (or divo)! With over a decade of experience teaching both privately and in classrooms, Laura loves to help singers and actors excel at auditions, competitions, and performances by guiding the performer to connect with the storyteller inside. Her students have performed on and off Broadway, at Carnegie Hall, in national tours, on TV, and in theaters all across the US and Japan. And you can be next!
Hello! I am a NYC-based singer, pianist, actress, and animal-lover. Born and raised in Los Angeles, my artistic career began as a classical pianist, performing in venues across California, Japan, and Austria from a very young age. As a singer, I performed around the world with the Broadway tour of Avenue Q, and I've been seen in dozens of musical theatre and Shakespeare productions throughout the U.S. and even in Russia!
By combining my two passions of singing and playing piano, I served as Artist-in-Residence for California Musical Theatre Company, Sacramento Theatre Company, and the cell theatre in NY.
I've been teaching in NYC for over a decade, and my passion is to inspire the next generation of creative people of all ages.
When it comes to music, there is a quote that I love: "Every expert was once a beginner." This quote reflect
s my philosophy on pursuing the arts: that it's never too late to start and that no matter where you are in your musical journey, practice is the key to success. Mastering a skill requires discipline and dedication, and my goal is to help you find joy and inspiration along the way.
My lessons focus on building a strong foundation of technique, which gives you the freedom to explore your creativity and musicality; it is very important for me that my students strive not only for technical precision but also for musical artistry. Together, we will set a practice schedule that you can adhere to regularly, and I'll make sure to send you away with specific instructions each week on how to practice effectively.
With my fun, high-energy approach to teaching, you are guaranteed to enjoy the journey as you take significant steps toward becoming an expert. I'm looking forward to meeting you and getting started soon!
Laura was wonderful with my 5 year old girl, she was patient, energetic and her love for music showed through! My daughter has been very motivated to practice her songs to show "Ms Laura" next week. We look forward to working much more with Laura.
December 3, 2018
Amazing! Talented vocalist and pianist that communicates very well. Has great advice and wonderful personality. Great with kids.
September 28, 2018
I met Laura at Harvard University when we were both doing our MFA degrees in acting. Since our program was not a Musical Theater one and I was not a singer, I started to take private lessons with her to compliment some of the training in singing we were getting there.
Laura is a fantastic singer and actor. She has an incredible ear as well as great knowledge and experience of what makes a singing performance pop. All this makes her an outstanding coach.
Even now after graduation, I am still training with her. Our focus now is on continuing the development of my singing voice. My goal is to reach a level where I have the skill and confidence to audition professionally for musicals, and I know I am in great hands.
I'm passionate about sharing my knowledge and helping students find their own unique voices, no matter what kind of music they'd like to sing. Lessons include vocal technique plus work on repertoire, music theory, and/or sight singing, depending on the individual student's interests and needs.
I’m currently on faculty at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in NYC. I hold a B.F.A. from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and have studied for 16 years under renowned vocal pedagogue Dorothy Stone. My performing career has taken me around the US and Europe, performing roles in musicals, operettas, and operas. I'd love to share my knowledge and experience with you! Let's get singing!
VOICE FOR SINGERS & ACTORS: You'll learn sequential detailed exercises that free and strengthen your voice. You'll understand how your instrument works, what parts of your voice are blocked and what to do about that. You'll be able to combine your emotional life on your voice without tension and blockages. You'll learn how to approach and perform scripts, text and songs in preparation for audition and performance. And, you'll experience the JOY of using your voice.
You will learn how to utilize your breath, proper placement and build vocal power. You'll master specific exercises that unlock tension blocks in each part of your musculature as you developing expressiveness, resonance and enjoy the individuality of your free voice. If you practice you'll feel result after two weeks!
I teach all styles and specialize in auditions. After working with me I want my students to "own" their individual vocal methods and styles, expressing the essence of every song and script.
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Shauna is a professional director, acting and voice teacher, playwright and the artistic director of Voice Theatre, a company she founded in Paris, in 1988. Since then she has have directed over forty plays in eight countries from Aberbeen, Scotland to San Antonio, Texas to London, England to Paris, France.
(New offer: call the Take Lessons Sales Team to book one lesson so you can get an idea of how we might work together).
I have taught acting and acting in many universities and professional theatre training programs on both sides of the Atlantic. I am currently a mentor for the New York Foundation for the Arts. I have led hundreds of workshops and individual classes where singers and actors have shed non-productive habits and built healthy expressive acting instruments and voices. I have taught actors from the Royal Shakespea
re Company to jazz artists to Broadway singers and actors.
I am a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon and College at Purchase where I earned a BFA in acting. My post grad work was at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol, UK. I am published by Drama Books, "Voice and Speech Warm-up", University of Nebraska, "Pushing Through", Arts Navigator-London, "Taking Legacy to Germany" and featured in Cune Press, "Stage Warriors". This Spring I have been commissioned by Texas Tech University to write a new play.
My students experience improvements and change most weeks. You'll become the master of specific exercises that will unlock tension blocks in each part of your body and voice. You'll develop strength, expressiveness and confidence and as a result you'll have a technique that will solve challenges in rehearsal and performance. You will learn how to solve rehearsal problems and challenges on your own.
I teach students of all ages to "own" their own instruments as constantly developing artists whether it is acting or speaking or singing. I work out of my studio in the East Village in NYC, or in my home in Upsate, NY and online. I teach many different styles.
Here are a few of the schools I have taught voice and acting: The Stella Adler Studio of Acting, New York University Tisch School of the Arts, T. Schreiber Studio and the New Actor's Workshop. In England at: The Mountview Theatre Conservatory, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Queen Margaret College and Middlesex University – all members of the Professional Theatre Training Programme of Great Britain. I have been a guest artist at Bowdoin College, Williams College and Harden-Simmons College.
I look forward to meeting you and helping you become a better artist!
It's an amazing feeling when you find someone who is a master at the craft and can teach it too!
Shauna's previous extensive theatre training and instruction is UNDENIABLE. Because of this, she brings much more to the table than the average acting coach.
She made me realize there's SO much more than just breaking down a scene and creating a character. She made me think about where the character is going physically as well as emotionally, and why. I continue to grow and improve with each lesson with her. I'm so lucky to have found Shauna, and strongly recommend her to all actors.
May 18, 2019
Shauna is an amazing teacher! With her tools and teaching techniques she guides you to the place where your voice is physically mentally and emotionally connected,able to work and produce results that every artist is seeking to accomplish-reaching the audience. She. Is kind, compassionate and makes you work hard all at the same time to get you to the place you need to be as an artist. Thank you Shauna! ♥️
May 17, 2019
Shauna is an absolutely incredible voice/acting teacher. She took the time to meet me where I was and encouraged me to be confident in the skills I already possessed. As a dancer, it is often scary to use your voice because it isn’t something we often exercise. Shauna helped me gain incredible knowledge in a new instrument. I was preparing for an important audition and with the tools she gave me I was able to have incredible success on a nearly impossible time constraint! I highly recommend Shauna for all levels :)
"My daughter absolutely loves working with Fawn! Fawn is encouraging and knows how to best help the students. I was apprehensive to do an online class like
this, but it has been FABULOUS! I bought 5 sessions and because it has worked so well we plan on continuing! Thank you Fawn!"
"We were very happy with the content and style of the first lesson, and Jen is delightful. Looking forward to seeing where this goes!"
"My son really enjoyed it! Mikayla got him right in to polish up his vocal solos for Lion King! He learned a lot in just two lessons!"
"I am classically trained but I had 3 lessons with Frank for a musical audition. He taught me how to sing in a brand new style. Thanks to him, I am now cas
t as Nina in a production of In the Heights."
"Awesome! So excited!"
"Fantastic and knowledgeable teacher. Patient, kind and willing to work with even an amateur like myself. Made my first musical performance possible throug
h careful prep. Highly reccomended"
"Leslie is an incredible voice teacher. She is an upbeat , positive , fun teacher ! She has great educational information about vocal strategies and knows
just how to get the right sounds out of me! She is also incredibly encouraging and a great communicator about how I can improve. She has made a huge difference in my singing!"
"Excellent - transformed my voice
I've been studying with Stephen for almost 3 years and in that time my voice has developed immensely. He is in the busin
ess so he truly understand the market and helps prepare you for auditions. Through customized exercises to fit my needs I find I can now sing songs I once thought were "out of my range". Very flexible and available teacher, who can also help with acting and career consulting."
"A Wonderful Teacher!
Jessie is an incredible person to work with. I went in looking to work on my range and songs for musical theatre and came out with a
better understanding of technique and intonation. She is always patient and understanding of her students and is always willing to help them any way she can. She helped me pick songs for my auditions and also informed me about other auditions in the area. I also learned basic piano from her awesome piano worksheet tutorials! Jessie not only is a great instructor, but a great performer as well . Although her voice is beautiful, she doesn't make me feel inadequate or intimidated. Her lessons are always fun to me because of her sense of humour and kindness. Overall, I've had a great experience with Jessie and can't wait to see her again!"
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