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Rebecca S.

Carlsbad, CA
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Teri D.

Los Angeles, CA
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Watchung, NJ
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Rebecca S. Carlsbad, CA

About Rebecca

An international performing artist, Rebecca has most recently performed in 2014 with the Etruria Opera Festival in Tarquinia Italy as Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica of Puccini. She was also the soprano soloist on the Stabat Mater of Pergolesi with the FestivalBarocco in Viterbo and Nepi Italy, under the direction of Maestro Stefano Vignati. She has been a featured artist at the Tuscia Opera Festival in Italy from 2009 to 2014 as well as performing recitals and concerts in the Southern California area. In November of 2014 Rebecca organized and performed in the Suor Angelica Project, a fundrasier for the San Diego Opera. This collaboration with the San Diego Symphony and members of the San Diego Opera Chorus raised over $7500 for the Opera. Since 2009. Rebecca is on the faculty of ...

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Jordan S. June 12, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Love it and she is very nice and supportive
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Laureen B. February 12, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Great Singing Teacher

Rebecca has helped me reach my goal of becoming a more accomplished choir member. I sing alto and before I took lessons with her, it was very difficult for me to stay on my part. She also helped me to breathe correctly and sing without straining my voice. I have learned SO MUCH from her, from how to warm up to how to project my voice so it can be heard. I am much more confident about my voice. She is a great teacher.
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Frank M. November 13, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
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i have taken singing lessons from rebecca for 4 months, and she was everything i wanted and more. she is talented, trained, a good observer, and a great teacher. she listened to my goals and helped me meet and exceed them. i could not be happier with the process, the result, or rebecca. she is wonderful.
Teri D. Los Angeles, CA

About Teri

I teach students of all ages in a relaxed, encouraging, and fun way- but with the structure many beginners need to reach their goals and with the background of a professional singer! Students will see themselves making progress and reaching set goals! This encourages them to continue on their musical journey - becoming the very best they can be! We will also learn fun popular songs and look for opportunities to sing them. We will also learn many styles of pop singing as well -- from pop to rock to R&B to country & more! From beginners and just-for-fun singers to singer/songwriters to pros, each student will be able to learn the skills they need to sing from their heart and find their own true voice. Teri has taught voice for over 15 years to all ages and all levels, led and trained ...

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Gitla S. March 8, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Teri has made my first private singing lessons fun and relaxing. I can see why she is so good with kids and beginners. She is a pleasure and very helpful with technique.
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Fay B. August 17, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Teri is a premier vocal coach. When I first came to her, I didn't know what I was doing; I knew I had some talent, but didn't know how to hone it. Teri was just the person I needed. A vocalist herself from the school of hard knocks, Teri's real life artist experiences give her unique insights into what makes a vocalist tick and how to discover and nurture one's artistry. She has an excellent ear and is a phenomenal teacher. Teri has an upbeat style; always positive and encouraging, but also honest and straightforward. Teri tells it like it is out of love for the art form and her students. She's a vocal coach extraordinaire, and I highly recommend her.
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ElizabethW January 27, 2010
When I first started lessons with Teri, I could barely be heard and had absolutely no technical skill, or even really the confidence to sing. I now am able to use the techniques Teri has taught me and have completely completely made over my sound as well as my confidence! I absolutely would recommend Teri as a voice teacher; she has taught me so much and always with stellar enthusiasm and expertise. I look forward to continuing lessons with her in the future!
Adam R. Watchung, NJ

About Adam

Adam runs successful singing, piano & acting studios in New York City & Watchung, New Jersey with clients on Broadway, MTV, & in the film/TV industry. He has also appeared on TV as a singing/confidence coach on TLC’s Date Patrol. He has directed 50 of the over 75 productions he has produced Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway. Adam's theatrical investment properties include the 2011 Olivier Award winning musical, Legally Blonde: The Musical (Broadway, West End), Godspell (Broadway), Ghost the Musical (Broadway), Blithe Spirit (West End), The Wedding Singer: The Musical (Broadway), Macbeth (Broadway) with Alan Cumming, How the Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical (Broadway), Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life (Broadway), NEWSICAL - The Musical (Off-Broadway & National Tour), and 27 Heaven ...

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Eric M. March 24, 2015
Child Acting · Online
Verified Student
Working with kids requires the ability to use analogies and really understand the child that you are working with. Our experience with Adam has convinced me that he posses those qualities. He is also punctual and consistent. As the guy footing the bill, I appreciate.
We plan on continuing our relationship with Adam.
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robins April 28, 2008
Adam was very nice and professional and a pleasure to meet and work with. I'm looking forward to working with him again.
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DannyF June 25, 2007
Very nice, professional

I am very happy with my selection, this teacher is everything i hoped for and mor.

Marjorie K.

New York, NY
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Jameson J.

Austin, TX
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San Diego, CA
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Marjorie K. New York, NY

About Marjorie

Marjorie has taught beginners to advanced students of all ages in every vocal style including Opera, Classical, Musical Theatre, Pop, Jazz, Folk, Rock, R&B and Gospel at Hunter College, New York University, La Guardia Community College, The Learning Annex as well as her private vocal studio in NYC for the past 25 years. Marjorie received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Georgia and a Special Studies Award in Voice and Opera from the Eastman School of Music. Marjorie has sung at Venice's Grand Teatro La Fenice, Carnegie Hall in NY, Rome's Teatro dell'Opera, Cagliari's Teatro Lirico and the New York Grand Opera. She was the winner of the Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition and a finalist in both the Enrico Caruso Voice Competition and ...

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Leigh H. February 20, 2015
Singing · In studio
Marjorie is a brilliant teacher who will put you at ease within the first five minutes of being in her studio. She will give you the technical tools to create the best sound and then help you develop your own artistry. I highly recommend her to any voice student of any level!
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Talia B. February 19, 2015
Singing · In studio
I have had the privilege of working with Marjorie for the past 14 years. I began taking lessons with her while still in middle school and I have continued to grow as a performer through years of her expertise and hands-on approach. She has trained me in multiple styles including broadway, opera, pop and jazz. Her willingness to go the extra mile and build a student's confidence and stage presence has enabled me to tackle any audition with a sense of pride in my abilities.

Marjorie has coached me through more than 50 auditions including conservatory program auditions. She has given me the gift of multiple recitals that allowed me to put her teachings to use. I can proudly say that I am confident not only in my singing ability, but also in my ability to "act the role". By that I mean, adding a character to every musical piece I perform, enabling me to be that much more successful in my performances. She has challenged me to leave my comfort zone and hand over control and I have been more than successful every time I put my complete faith in her.

To me Marjorie is the epitiome of voice teachers. I can not recommend her highly enough. Whether you are trying to make a career out of performance or if you are simply looking for a hobby, Marjorie is by far the best out there. Please give yourself the gift of voice lessons with Marjorie.
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Hannah N. February 16, 2015
Singing · In studio
Before Marjorie, I didn’t know I could sing. Her patient guidance and enthusiasm have helped me find my voice. Her loving and playful teaching style creates a safe and warm environment for learning, exploring, making mistakes, making beautiful sound, and having great fun. With her support I feel more confident in myself. She is truly a wonderful and inspiring teacher.
Jameson J. Austin, TX

About Jameson

If you are a seasoned performer, I will guide you in developing agility, musicality, range, dynamics, and phrase shape. If you are a first-time vocal student, I will provide an engaging, supportive environment to find your voice. My instruction is based on professionalism, experience and range from more than 25 years of singing and 13 years of teaching. I have advanced education in vocal performance and am an AmSAT certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, which allow me to integrate the intellectual and physical aspects of singing. I use my energy, attentiveness and creativity to tailor lessons towards each student's unique needs. I base my vocal technique on the Italianate tradition of operatic "bel canto," but also incorporate broad experience in musical theater, jazz, and ...

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Arnold B. February 6, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Jameson has been patient with me in the few lessons I've had with him so far.
He's very knowledgeable and understanding, so I felt no need to be ashamed when I make mistakes or sometimes sound funny. It helps that he's friendly and approachable.

The lessons are purposeful and insightful. I like how he allows me to ask questions and he helps me understand mechanics that I've never learned before.

I've sung in a few church choirs for many years on and off without any vocal training. I've only ever sung for just the love of singing, so I've collected some bad habits that were never addressed until now. It didn't take long for him to develop a gameplan for me and figure out how he's gonna get me right on track.

Today he helped me "find my voice". It was a Eureka moment of sorts I won't soon forget. There's still work to be done, but surely I will
continue with my lessons with him because I'd like to see where he can help me take my voice.

Definitely top-notch instruction from a pro here, so for me, it's money well-spent.
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Michael L. August 28, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Jameson's knowledge and instruction go well beyond the physical mechanics of singing. His lessons bring you to the mental approach to singing and performing. He somehow makes the abstract tangible, at least in so far as it can be applied in a real way. Lastly, I don't think I ever had a lesson where we did not share some laughter.
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Ruth W. July 21, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I worked with Jameson for a year and a half, and it transformed singing from a source of self-doubt into something I do with confidence and joy. The Alexander technique works wonders for really being able to understand how to use every part of your body to find the best sound. Lessons were always comfortable, fun, and exciting as I learned new ways to feel comfortable throughout my entire range. I seriously envy his Texan students!
J Marcus N. San Diego, CA

About J Marcus

Entertaining, provocative and inspiring - it's what actors do! I believe in dedication and discipline, not doctrine. I have directed over 40 projects for the stage in San Diego. I continue to work as an actor on stage and in television. I attended the High School of Music and Art in New York City - the "Fame" School. I worked in repertory with professional actors and directors while attending Syracuse University. There is justified myth and legend around CalArts and the art created there, where I earned my MFA Some testimonials: "[Mark] has been one of the most positive influences on my playwriting career and in my life in general. He has been wonderfully generous both to me and to a horde of other young (and established) theater artists in sharing his knowledge ...

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Kristi C. March 3, 2015
Acting · In home
I took a group lesson with Marcus and had a blast! He got everyone engaged, made us feel comfortable, and best of all... we had fun :) Marcus' passion really shines through.
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Mathew Q. February 27, 2015
Acting · In home
Marcus clearly loves to help you learn and does so in a very fun way! I had a blast working with Marcus!
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Rom F. February 26, 2015
Acting · In studio
Marcus is an excellent teacher. Knowledgeable and fun while providing easily digestible and applicable lessons. Highly Recommended!

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