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Pierce Peter B.

Menlo Park, CA

About Pierce Peter

Hello! Thanks for checking out my profile. I offer two types of sessions: VOICE LESSONS and PERFORMANCE COACHING. My lessons are fun but also informative and I take great pride in helping my students make progress and succeed! Please see below for more information...

•••• VOICE LESSONS ••••
(age 9–adult, beginner–intermediate levels)
I offer voice lessons for students interested in singing musical theater, standards, pop, and light rock. My lessons focus on enhancing the beauty and individuality of your true, natural voice and on training you to use your voice with versatility, freedom,
ease, and endurance, without discomfort in the throat. We will work on proper breathing technique, using your whole body as your instrument, and working through any vocal problems and/or replacing any bad habits you may have. We'll also work on developing the all-important "mix voice" when appropriate. As needed, voice lessons also include Performance Coaching (to prepare you for auditions and performances).

•••• PERFORMANCE COACHING ••••
(all ages and experience levels)
Being a great singer requires much more than just a great voice! This work focuses on the art of song acting, auditioning, and performance for singers and actors in musical theater and other genres of music performance. Whether you're preparing for a specific audition or performance, or just doing the important work of training, cultivating, and improving your song acting and performance skills, this work is essential for singers. I work with singer-actors and actor-singers of all levels of skill and experience (adults, teens, and kids).

In Performance Coaching sessions, you'll learn:
+ how to eloquently interpret song lyrics with depth and understanding.
+ how to make the song your own while still being truthful to the lyric.
+ how to color your journey through the song with the dynamics.
+ how to best use body language, blocking, and movement.
+ what to do with your hands and eyes.
+ when to sustain a note and when not to.
+ when to "sing pretty" and when not to.
+ how to relate to your audience whether in a performance or audition.
+ other important principles and techniques for great song performance.

I've been teaching kids and adults since 1996, in private sessions and in master classes and workshops at institutions around the country. I'm currently on the faculty of American Conservatory Theater's (ACT) Young Conservatory in San Francisco, and received ACT's Distinguished Artist Mentor Award in 2015.

I've been a professional singer since 1987, singing in Broadway productions (such as Cameron Mackintosh's original production of LES MISERABLES), major regional theatrical productions, concert halls, clubs, cabarets, recordings, and even cruise ships and amusement parks. I studied voice with Stanford University Professors Gregory Wait and Evelyn Draper, with Halbert Blair at the University of Southern California (USC), and with acclaimed international voice teacher, Edward Sayegh in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. In New York City, I studied with Bruce Kolb, and with coaches Brad Garside, Sara Louise Lazarus, and Phil Hall. I studied music and drama at USC and hold a BA from San Jose State University.
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Lori H. February 21, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Pierce,

Has been a great help to my son in identifying the right songs for his upcoming audition. Pierce goes above and beyond to help his students.
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Myra G. August 13, 2014
Broadway Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My 16 year old daughter had the wonderful opportunity to take lessons from Pierce and he was outstanding as an Instructor. His energy and passion for music and teaching really comes through in his lessons and was an excellent vocal coach. Besides the singing aspect, my daughter loved his insights and tips on stage performance and auditioning. Pierce is a wealth of knowledge, an excellent teacher and most of all, a great person, who you would find friendly and full of integrity. I wholeheartedly recommend Pierce for lessons.
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Kuhoo E. August 11, 2014
Broadway Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My 12 year old daughter had the ability to sing but lacked everything else - technique, acting, strength, and stamina - That's where Pierce came in. He taught her how to emote when singing, how to control her expressions and how to sing with confidence. His care and commitment meant the world to my daughter - she had someone in her court that had a vested interest in her success. As a mother, that meant the world to me. Pierce is wonderful - he is upbeat, hugely talented, and a joy to work with. I would recommend him any and everyday.
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Pierce Peter B.

Pierce Peter B.

Menlo Park, CA 94025
(3)
starting at
$60 / 30-min
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Kathleen B.

Menlo Park, CA

About Kathleen

I am a classically-trained opera singer. I have a Bachelors and Masters in Vocal Performance and Vocal Pedagogy (teaching), and have sung professionally in the U.S. and Europe. I have sung Opera, Operetta, Musical Theater and Concerts, as well as choral and cantorial singing. I have been a finalist and winner of vocal competitions in both the United States and Europe.
I have been teaching voice since 1980, and have worked with students of all ages, from 14 to 75. I have also directed and designed for musical theater and opera. Because I love singing, I want to bring that to my s
tudents as well, whatever kind of music they want to sing.

In addition to music, I also teach English (ESL), Accent Reduction, German, U.S. & World History. I have my CBEST Credential And ESL Certification. I do private tutoring and teach classes.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that learning how to breath is the key to good singing. After 3 months of study, my students will have learned how to breathe, which improves both their singing and speaking voices. Good breathing is the key to good singing and a healthy voice. With a healthy, well-trained voice, my students can be valuable members of any vocal ensemble, and enjoy their singing, For solo singing, good breathing is most important, whether singing opera, musical theater or pop music, because it gives a beautiful, full quality to the voice.
I always begin a lesson with warm-up exercises, to check breathing and vocal placement. Once the (vocal) engine is warmed-up, then we begin to sing. I try to get to know my students, so that, together, we can choose music that will enable them to reach their goals and is both fun and challenging for them to sing.

In addition to music, I also teach English (ESL), Accent Reduction, German, U.S. & World History. I have my CBEST Credential And ESL Certification. I do private tutoring and teach classes.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate studio with Piano
I have a MacBook Pro laptop computer + stereo speakers, to provide recorded accompaniment, when necessary.

*** Travel Equipment ***
If a student wishes to have on-site lessons, I require that a piano or keyboard be available for the lessons.
I usually travel with my MacBook Pro laptop computer & stereo speakers, to provide recorded accompaniment, when necessary.

*** Specialties ***
I am a trained opera/oratorio singer, but I teach Broadway, Pop, choral and classical singers.

I have had many international students who didn't speak English well. Music is an international language that helps me communicate with all of my students!
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Elizabeth (Betsy) June 3, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I took away a whole array of new strategies and techniques to help preserve my voice and to increase my range. What a surprise- I had no idea I could sing so high!! Kathleen is a wonderful teacher and a really super lady. I'll be back for more lessons in the fall.
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Nadia N. August 10, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter is really enjoying her voice lessons. Kathleen is a talented, caring teacher and knows how to make the process effective and fun for my daughter. My daughter loves being able to choose the songs she wants to learn, and this collaborative process keeps her quite interested and inspired.
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Leah Y. L. May 6, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Excellent Voice Teacher

Mrs. B is a wonderful and dedicated teacher who focuses diligently during class sessions. She thoroughly explains terms and technique and is friendly and sociable. Her extensive knowledge of languages comes extremely useful in Italian arias and other folk songs as to explain the meanings of words and to convey motion. Her classes are enjoyable and fun, while still being comprehensively academic.
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Kathleen B.

Kathleen B.

Menlo Park, CA 94025
(5)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Deborah R.

Palo Alto, CA

About Deborah

ABOUT ME:

Deborah R, is a versatile Mezzo Soprano having studied Opera, Theater, Music and Dance she is known for her exciting, high energy performances and for creating memorable and endearing characters. With a uniquely flexible voice, as comfortable in Verdi as it is in Rossini, she has delighted audiences around the world with her rich timbre and sparkling coloratura.
From her beginnings as a young musician in the San Francisco Bay Area, she has toured internationally, with a variety of musical ensembles in concert halls such as: Santori Hall in Tokyo, Disney Hall with the Los Angeles
Philharmonic, The Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. Most recently, Ms. R was a featured soloist at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing where she performed with the Peoples Liberation Army Orchestra. She has given recitals in Mexico and across the United States, giving voice to her research into the lesser known Art Songs of great Classical composers.
In the summer of 2008, she created the role of Principessa Louling under the baton of Bruno Riggacci in the World Premier of his one act opera €œDodici personaggi in cerca di voce.” Some of her opera credits include Cendrillon, Die Fledermaus, Hansel and Gretel, Griffelkin by the late great Lucas Foss and West Coast premier of the new opera Miss Lonelyhearts. With Orchestra she has performed Handel’s Messiah and Brockes passion, Durufle’s Requiem and this past summer, she was the featured soloist with the Capriccio Chamber Orchestra in their toast to Vienna.
Ms. R is the recipient of several awards including the Schoenfeld Award from the Holt Memorial Scholarship Competition and 1st place in the Pacific Musical Society Competition made famous by its first winner, violinist Yehudi Menuhin.
Ms. R holds a Master of Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with international opera diva Mignon Dunn, and a Bachelors from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. She has performed in Masterclasses with Karen Morrow and Luana Devol. She is also a featured vocalist on several independent film soundtracks.
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Saoirse January 15, 2017
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter had a great first lesson!! She's excited to continue with Deborah.
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Noelle H. December 2, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Deborah is amazing with kids, turns boring theory, singing techniques and practicing into fun games. Kept my high energy 8yo daughter engaged for a whole hour!
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victor July 8, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Excellent voice coach, I am improving with every lesson.
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Deborah R.

Deborah R.

Palo Alto, CA 94303
(7)
starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Andrew H.

San Jose, CA

About Andrew

My name is Andrew Huang and I am a graduate from SJSU. I was part of the dancesport team on campus; thus, I have some experiences in competitive partner dancing, mainly in American Smooth, American Rhythm, Nightclub. I have been dancing for more than 7 years, but salsa for 4 years. I am the Ballroom Director for the student organization on campus; therefore, I have some teaching experiences, as well.

I teach beginning and beginning-intermediate level. I am proficient in salsa, though I do know chacha, merengue, and two-steps. I am also a choreographer; therefore, I can also teach choreograp
hy for quinceañeras or weddings.

For my English tutoring background. I was the chief editor for a literary e-magazine that I started. I have TA for upper division English class; therefore, I have the necessary experiences to critique and to edit essay—ranging from creative writing, to academic essay, to resume writing.

Feel free to message me for information, and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
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Joces L. January 14, 2017
In studio
Verified Student
It is fun and exciting. I love it.
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Raj July 11, 2016
Salsa Dancing · In home
I am a complete newbie in dancing and Andrew was great in helping me really enjoy dancing. I highly recommend Andrew!
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Gareth Paterson June 14, 2016
Salsa Dancing · In studio
Verified Student
First lesson was awesome. Looking forwards to the rest.
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Andrew H.

Andrew H.

San Mateo, CA 94403
(6)
starting at
$35 / 45-min
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Allison P.

San Carlos, CA

About Allison

Hey Everyone! I'm Allison. I'm a word-loving, fun-loving writer, screenwriter, poet & playwright, with an MFA in Screenwriting from the New York Film Academy. My articles, short stories & poems have been published in Elephant Journal many times. I've also won 6 screenwriting awards to date, as well as made finalist or quarter finalist in multiple film festivals. I love teaching all levels about the crafts of writing & screenwriting, from beginner to pro. I also love workshopping, giving feedback & helping others develop their budding projects. If you're just beginning, I can help you get start
ed & teach you all the basics! If you're a seasoned writer who is just looking for notes, I can you help you bring your project to the next level where it's ready to submit to festivals, contests & industry players. I look forward to working with you!
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Charles October 19, 2016
Screenwriting · In home
Allison and I worked on a screenplay together which won an award. The process by which that screenplay was written, is the interesting part. Allison shared many different ways that she uses to create the world of the story and then fill it with characters. She easily explains how interactions and dialogue can be elevated, in order to pull an audience member into the story. I have never seen such a unique and easy to follow writing style as Allison shared with me.

Enjoy creating with a true creator.

Charles Van Loucks
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Mark October 16, 2016
Creative Writing · In studio
Allison sees things, creates scenes, personifies purity in her writing that can only be described as singularly unique! Personally, she helped me to expand my vision, redirect ANYTHING from my past or present toward creative expression and ultimately made me a better poet, script writer and professional entertainer. You could not find a more caring, enthusiastic and easy-going teacher!
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Debbie October 14, 2016
Screenwriting · Online
Allison is such an inspiration. You'll love working with her and having her energy and knowledge enlighten you!
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Allison P.

Allison P.

San Carlos, CA 94070
(7)
starting at
$100 / 30-min

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