I have been teaching for over 20 years in my personal studio as well as a college professor. My students learn a great deal of repertoire, technique with an emphasis on audition and performance preparation. We spend a lot of time staging, interpreting and acting!
I am a singer-pianist-actor Or a pianist-singer-actor. :-) I have a bachelors degree in voice performance and a minor in piano and theater. I have a masters degree in voice as well as a second masters in piano literature. i have a certificate in comedy improvisation from Second City and am a professional actor. I am the owner and senior talent agent of a large talent agency in the DFW area. My post graduate work is in vocal pedagogy. I have been a professional teacher and performer for over 20 years. I own and manage a professional talent agency in the DFW area. My students come in every model imaginable - and I wouldn't have it any other way. Raw beginner or veteran actor or musician, professional recording artist, College music major or American Idol wannabe.
The arts are such a great language for communicating. I grew up
with two parents who were professional musicians (mom is a concert pianist) and I also raised 3 children who are professional musicians. We made music our native language in our home. We all have the ability to speak music when it is spoken to us. I don’t ever remember not playing the piano. I started winning piano competitions in high school. I minored in piano, and then did additional post graduate work in piano. I “speak” piano. It has served me so well as a teacher, composer, opera coach. It is really a gateway to understanding all other instruments. The same scenario with my singing.
I began my professional career as an opera singer which has taken me around the world. I have premiered works by Leonard Bernstein and Samuel Adler in addition to principal roles and concert work with Pittsburgh Opera, The Pittsburgh Symphony, Dayton Opera, the Tuscia Opera Festival and hundreds of professional engagements. I have also had the wonderful opportunity to belt the National Anthem for several major league teams in a television appearance- and has done so on multiple occasions. (Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Reds) I am passionate about vocal jazz and musical theater and am frequently found as a performer in various national and regional venues. Feature concert works include PBS (Gershwin in Concert) as well as featured solo concert works (Pergolesi Stabat Mater) on Italian Public TV.
My approach to music has always been to do what you love. I have never limited myself as a performer to a genre or an instrument. I have explored, applied myself to and enjoyed a very diverse musical career. If you have a passion for an instrument or style of music let's start there first... and then let's discover together all the things you do that uniquely define your musicianship style.
*** Lesson Details *** Your lessons will always be engaging, challenging and fun!
I am very consistent in my approach to technique, my focus on goals and my demand for excellence. I constantly am working to access with you what your goals are and to provide feedback and support to help you achieve them.
I am very flexible in utilizing a wide variety of repertoire, resources etc. Your lessons are personalized to your skill set and your musical interests. I utilize audio and video recordings almost every week for all my students. I routinely promote and encourage my students to participate in a wide variety of competitions, recitals, workshops and master classes.
I have a very low turnover rate for students and a very high rate of students who have progressed to professional full time careers in music. Students like being a part of my studio and really like the confidence they have in their music abilities in a very short period of time.
I do not use the same curriculum for all students, in face, each curriculum is customized for that student. The components are similar: technique, repertoire, theory, listening, composing, recording and performing.
You can expect the following:You will feel very encouraged and supported in your talent. You will have measurable improvement in your skills. You will have a personal advocate to encourage and direct you in finding and creating opportunities to succeed in your music personally, academically and professionally.
I can't wait to get started!
*** Studio Equipment *** Professional studio with 6' Pramberger Grand Piano, recording and video equipment, and a music library including instruments and books w/ seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** Digital music library, digital recorder, iPad
*** Specialties *** Classical, musical theater, jazz and pop.
Currently Offering Group Master Classes for Vocal Training.
~2 hour group class for $40.00~
Feel free to reach out regarding dates and give Takelessons a call to book the lessons.
Having actual Broadway experience, I will prepare you for authentic, realistic, legitimate Broadway performance techniques.
Â Vocal and Piano Teacher A proven leader in teaching and motivational development with years of experience and expertise; a self-directed, creative individual who possesses superior skills in interpersonal development and great interpersonal care helping individuals and groups
Key Areas of Strength - Studied piano 17 years; taught for 20 - Studied voice nationally with internationally-renowned teachers; taught for 25 years - Masters in Special Education, as well as a second Bachelor's in Communicative Disorders - Private business owner/entrepreneur with successful retail sales of private label products - Comprehensive skills in writing, singing, entertaining, analyzing music for over thirty years - Sixteen years of retail marketing and on-site sales experience - Proven expertise in marketing, advertising, and sales - Publ
ished Writer and Music Writer
Private Voice, Piano and Acting 1/89 to present Teaching and Coaching Individual and small group instruction in vocal and/or piano technique, including piano chording technique and instruction over all musical styles, including all ages. Acting coaching for monologue preparation, scene and character development. All instruction is personalized/customized to the student's needs. Includes audition preparation, vocal techniques for therapeutic needs, and overall instruction in wellness practices for artistic longevity. Includes warm-up exercises as well as performance development, demeanor, and execution. Emphasis on creating and strengthening positive habits as opposed to negative discipline. Personal, professional, practical.
Huckleberry Creative Learning Center 9/07 to present Teacher Classes in Singing, Music and Art Education, Cooking, Geology, Theater, History, Reading/Grammar, and Crafts - created Custom curriculum for specific classes - Taught to California Standards
Vibe Performing Arts Studios 8/08 to present Instructor Private and Class Instruction in Piano, Voice, as well as Special Needs Classes
Risen Son Productions/R. Enterprises, Inc. 1/89 to 2007 Co-Owner Production, Marketing, Manufacturing and Sales of Internationally marketed goods Composer and artist of finished musical products Booking of Concert Appearances Teacher and Motivational Seminar Speaker Speech Writer My husband Rick and I toured the World with our Praise and Worship concerts and speaking engagements
Headline Performer/Background Vocalist/Booking Agent 9/79-12/88 Vocalist to US Presidents Carter, Reagan, and Bush Annie on Broadway, N. Y. Grace Farrell Singer/ Dancer/ Lead Performer Various Summer Stock performances touring the eastern seaboard: The Music Man, My Fair Lady, On a Clear Day, Fiddler on the Roof, Funny Girl, Hello Dolly Did a command performance for King Olaf of Norway in Godspell Cabaret - Sally Bowles lead performer - Atlanta, GA Booking Agent for Mike Hein Agency, formerly of Ray Bloch Agency Worked world-wide as soloist and background vocalist for internationally renowned artists (i.e. Placido Domingo, Julio Iglesias, Charles Aznevour, etc) Performed at international sites (i.e. Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, Carnegie Hall, Paris Opera, etc) Performed solo show in Grande Palais in Monte Carlo - Main Stage Royal Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line - Head Liner Cathy Baker Show
Choir Director Experience: Hand Bell Choir Ash Street Baptist Church Atlanta, Georgia Children's 6-9 Choir Ash Street Baptist Church Atlanta, Georgia Children's 6-9 Choir The Church on the Way Van Nuys, CA
Theater Direction: Robin Hood Revisited (a short play I adapted for Elementary Students) The Bard is Back (modern version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Cindy (A Musical I wrote based on the Cinderella legend, featuring Beatles (Music)
Education: Utah State University - Secondary BS in Communication Disorders National University - MS in Special Education Georgia State University - BA in Advertising and Public Relations, Minors in Music, History, and Geology
Vocal Instruction: Joseph Amayo University of Georgia Florence Kopplef Georgia State University Andrew Terry Atlanta, Georgia Robert Strickland New York, New York
Additional Skills/Interests: Show dance including jazz, some ballet, tap, and modern; piano accompanying; sky diving; bike riding; gardening; teaching reading and writing, as well as working with students who have speech and language disabilities; and multiple philanthropic/church involvement and activities, including handi-crafts creations.
Miscellaneous: Proficient in Microsoft Office, Excel, and Powerpoint
*** Lesson Details *** Every lesson is customized to the specific needs of each student. Each lesson includes work on vocal essentials like breathing, hydration, and anatomy, as well as technique, work on specific, student-chosen songs, vocal and physical exercises, performance tips, music theory. Fun but educational!
*** Specialties *** Voice in all Styles from Pop to Rock to Country to Classical; Vocal Performance in all styles; Music Theory; Piano, including Sight-Reading and Chord Theory; Theatrical and Acting Coaching: Audition Preparation; Song and Music Preparation; College Audition Prep; Resume Preparation; Vocal Breathing Techniques; Reading; Composition; Special Education Tutoring. Preschool, Kindergarten, Elementary Academic Tutoring in English, Grammar, Composition, History, Social Studies, Earth Science, Music and Art History
Cathy is a great and caring teacher who helped me correct the vocal problem I was having. I highly recommend her and hope to work with her again in the future.
September 30, 2017
Cathy is patience and methodically, intuitively Planning lessons that are specific to my personal goals.
March 19, 2017
Cathy was terrific! My daughter had one week to prepare for a very important10 minute presentation and Cathy gave great advice and was truly invested in helping her be her best self with poise and confidence. Definitely recommend her!
I have been a professional musical theater coach and performer for the past 15 years. As a coach I use my personal experience as a performer to teach my students. I believe that the best teachers are those who have real life experience. I have over 30 roles on my resume that I can use to instruct my students. I keep on top of all of the latest Broadway offerings, as well as the classical favorites and all of my students get a well rounded education in musical theater. I also have my BA in Musical Theater. I teach contemporary broadway voice, specializing in the Belt Voice (Wicked, Annie), but also can coach someone to have a strong legit musical theater voice. (Oklahoma, Fantasticks)
I have been a professional performance coach for the last 15 years. I have trained students ages 3-16 to find their true vocal, acting and musical potential. I provide a very personalized lesson plan for each student, with appropriate warm ups, expert repertoire selection from both current and classic Broadway Shows, and handpicked audition cuts. I trained as an educator of theater with Kids On Stage in Los Angeles after receiving my BA in Musical Theater. With the Atlanta School of the Performing Arts, I mentored children ages 3-16 in their performances at Walt Disney World, Carnegie Hall in New York, and the Bahamas on Royal Caribbean. My students have landed lead roles in musicals like Annie and Shrek. My husband and I run the performance company, K&A Theatricals, which is committed to producing cabarets, musicals, and cutting edge dra
mas. We share the stage with our students and give them the chance to shine with us and learn from us how to be professional performers.
My students have gone on to Broadway and enjoyed careers on TV. One of my students just starred as Matilda in the National Tour.
Mrs. Amanda has been so kind, patient, and talented. She is truly knowledgeable and that is evident in her flexibility when teaching. She is there for you and gives you all the tools and encouragement to do your best. Any student would be lucky to work with her!
March 22, 2019
Ms Amanda knew exactly what my daughter needed to succeed. She was very attentive to detail, communicated appropriately with a school age child, and we ultimately landed the role!
January 15, 2018
Kudos to Amanda for making my daughter’s first acting lesson amazing. We couldn’t have had a better instructor/teacher. She’s very skillful. We are eager and excited for the next lesson.
Students can expect help with healthy singing technique suitable for Broadway-style singing, as well as learning performance practices and audition techniques (if applicable).
As a piano and voice instructor, I have taught individual lessons for the past 13 years to students from 5 to 85, beginners to advanced students. I hold Master of Fine Arts degrees in both Collaborative Piano Performance and Vocal Performance from Notre Dame de Namur University. In addition to my private students, I am the vocal coach and accompanist for the Sacramento City College Music Department, Choral Academy Coordinator and accompanist for the Sacramento Children's Chorus, and accompanist for Light Opera Theatre of Sacramento. I also am co-founder and artistic director of the Empire Arts Collective Pop Choir.
Lessons are taught at the Sacramento Preparatory Music Academy. Please note that while piano lessons are offered for students as young as 5, voice lessons are not offered until students are at least 13.
I studied voice at the Yale School of Music and also trained as an actor at the New York Film Academy and Stella Adler Studio and am a professional actress and singer in NYC. As a voice and acting coach, I am fully invested in the growth and success of my students! My lessons are tailored to my students' level, learning style, and goals and students are given specific tools to help strengthen their craft. I teach beginner/intermediate level actors and singers and would love to work with you!
I am a working professional and recently made my off-Broadway debut with the Atlantic Theatre Company production of Last Stop on Market Street and perform at various gigs throughout the city (Sofar Sounds, Rockwood Music Hall, etc.). Although I perform and audition regularly, I am still very passionate about teaching. Having studied under various teachers and worked with a diverse set of students since 2013, I am eager to work with talented beginner and intermediate students here in NYC! I aim to see my students grow and gain confidence as performers and reach their goals whether it be mastering a song or monologue or getting booked. I provide a safe and judgement free space for students to train and play! I'm personally invested in your success and want to see you win!
Emma is an incredible performer, artist, song-writer, and educator! She is incredibly patient, kind, welcoming, and warm. She is extremely talented and attentive, which results in invaluable knowledge being imparted on a constant basis and encouraging critique on areas where one is more challenged.
Worth every penny!
April 14, 2019
Emma is a great and patient acting teacher. While my other teachers rarely dived into my characters' objectives, Emma never fails to work with me on character development, script analysis, projection, breathing, and stage presence. I learned so much from her, I recommend her for everyone.
April 13, 2019
Emma is a stellar singer and teacher who got me to do things with my voice I never thought possible! She has a very kind spirit and is wonderful to be around. I highly recommend her.
Lessons will cover proper breathing and vocal placement (navigating vocal breaks), how to modify the voice depending on the style you want to sing, and how to find your own unique voice. I aim my lessons towards younger singers because I provide a more contemporary take on singing. I teach in a way that is beneficial to the new generation of singers that want to be unique, and break free from past ways of doing things.
Music, in every sense of the form, is a bridge to our emotions. Performing it sends chills down our spines, while listening to it causes us to feel whatever we need to feel in that moment. Music has always been a part of my life, I have 10 years of experience on violin, 8 on guitar and piano, and I've been singing ever since I can remember. I've been teaching singing to fellow students and people from my town for 3 years now, and I truly love sharing my passion for music. I hope to share it with you as well!
A singer for life and a private voice teacher for six years, I recently received my Master of Fine Arts degree in Performing Arts and hold Bachelor of Music degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Therapy. I teach a variety of ages and experience levels, from age 5 to adult, selecting age appropriate repertoire and exercises to match my students' goals. Classically trained, I provide training in classical, Broadway, popular, and other styles. I believe in the power of our voices and the strength that comes with seeking lessons to develop your unique instrument. I would love to help guide you to discover what your voice can do.
My favorite thing about teaching is getting to guide and shape a student's unique musical voice - I want you to sound like the best version of YOU. I hold a Master's of Fine Arts degree in Performing Arts, as well as Bachelor of Music degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Therapy and am also a board-certified Music Therapist. I have years of experience working with children and adults in teaching, music directing, and therapeutic capacities. I enjoy working with students of all ages and experience levels to develop your voice and piano skills according to your goals. Musical training can be such a personal and vulnerable experience, and I strive to make sure my students are comfortable and know they are in a safe, nonjudgmental space to express themselves and grow in music.
"My daughter has only had one lesson, but we were both very impressed by what Mary was able to teach her in just 45 minutes. Mary isn't just trying to imp
rove my daughter's voice, but also her expression of emotions when she sings. Mary is obviously very experienced!"
"Awesome teacher! Has really helped me improve so far."
"A phenomenal teacher! She's patient, teaches with positive reinforcement, and is a determined teacher. Definitively cares about her students and strives f
"Melanie helped me prepare for an audition and I felt so much more confident going in because we had worked together. Will definitely see her again! And if
you go to her house she has really cute corgis! :)"
"Ms. Chanee helped me book a really big audition, I owe it all to her and her techniques. Thank you Ms. Chanee!!!!"
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"I received classes from Rosita a couple years ago. Her methods that she has taught me followed me. Now that I live in New York her voice is still in my he
ad. I know that sounds a little creepy but it's like having your mom's voice in your head before you do something. Through her classes I'm definitely more confident not only in singing but in myself. Out of all the teachers I have had and if you live in LA she is the only one I will recommend. Book her now! She teaches more than just singing, she teaches you how to be you and not be scared about it! Thanks Rosita for everything!!!!"
"Laura is a great music teacher! She was my voice teacher before she went to grad school and I learned a lot from her. Her approach to singing is wonderful
(she doesn't only teach you how to sound good but also how to act through songs) and it's really important especially if you are pursuing musical theatre. Not only that, I had so much fun during her lessons! I highly recommend her to be your voice/music teacher! :)"
"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 alread
y 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 :)"
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