Students are raving about their Performing Arts instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Ann
"Thank you, Vanessa Pace!
THANK YOU, VANESSA!
A year ago when I was shopping for a voice teacher, Take Lessons provided a wide selection of viable option
s. As a senior adult, I was feeling a need to clarify my "Call" in life, and to return to some of the personal strengths that I hope to continue using in the last 1/3 of my life. In my profile I indicted I was looking to maintain the voice that has been a part of every aspect of my life from theatre to singing, to preaching, to creating radio spots. When I mentioned that goal to Vanessa in our first meeting she countered: âWe wonât just maintain it, weâll restore it!â What a confidence booster that was!
Although my life work mostly involves speaking, I also have a love of singingâsomething I have participated in one way or another for the last 50 years. I wanted to overcome the âold ladyâ vibrato syndrome if possible and to be able to sing without concern that those within earshot would shudder.
In addition, I was looking for certain attributes in a teacher: â¢ A person who is at my stage of life or beyond. â¢ A person who is knowledgeable in both singing and speech. â¢ A person with a personal teaching style that is positive and encouraging.
ENTER VANESSA PACE!
Vanessa is confident and knowledgeable. In addition, she has customized my learning program to suit my current objectives, which have changed from one week to the next depending upon my professional assignments from work and my personal creative pursuits.
In this year Vanessa brought me to a point of âbreaking throughâ inhibitions and moving beyond what I thought Iâd be able to do. Her constant use of cues to put me on track with the use of my voice has been invaluable! She compared letting sound pass through the vocal cords (without strain) in the same way breath becomes music through a clarinet. Using words like âPull up your spineâyouâre two inches taller!â; and reminders to draw on the strength of (underused) larger muscles to support the efforts of diaphragm have been helpful in numerous practical matters of everyday life.
Vanessa is inspiring in that she is a life-long learner and passionate about things to the degree that she invests in them with intelligent research, attention to science, and a spiritual passion that drives her to draw out the best in her students in similar fashion.
If you are looking for a voice teacher, Vanessa will work with you where you are--and help you move toward the goal of where you are hoping to be.
I am thanking God this Thanksgiving Season for Vanessa Pace.
~ Ann Thomas"
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Kim
"Dr. Jeanne made me feel more than comfortable on my initial visit. I literally felt right at home. She has opened my eyes to a whole new world and way of
thinking when it comes to speech. I went in thinking I was only going to go for a few sessions but after today I am definitely extending my time to utilize her talents. I am confident she will guide me where I need to be for my business endeavors."
Washington, DC teacher:
Dr. Jeanne S.
Review by Hope
"With only one lesson my daughter has already shown improvement! Really put her at ease and was very kind and patient. Knows how to bring out best in her s
tudent. Very impressive"
Indianapolis, IN teacher:
Review by Lara
"I really enjoyed our lessons with Dr. Tem. He is friendly, funny and extremely knowledgeable. He gave me excellent feedback on my ideas and I could not ha
ve completed my assignments on time without his help. Thank you!!!"
Nashville, TN teacher:
Review by Kendra
"I have known Connie since I first started acting almost 8 years ago. I have been in productions for which she was the director, writer, producer, and/or a
follow actor. Many of the productions have involved children.
Connie is a true treasure to the DMV entertainment community. She is knowledgeable, professional, and personable. Even with the youngest children, she has a wonderful ability to bring out their best performances through her warm and gentle methods. She builds strong bonds with her actors and students. These bonds allow her to adjust her methods to meet each person needs, which helps her actors and students to learn and to feel confident in their abilities.
It truly is a pleasure to work with Connie. I always try to become a part of any production on which she is working because I know the quality will be fantastic and the experience will be amazing. Plus, I know it will simply be a lot of fun!"
Winchester, VA teacher:
Review by Abby
"I love it! I learn a lot about theater and life. I learned to love Shakespeare, speak clearly, and understanding the tools and techniques of acting! These
lessons are helping me not only navigate theater, but high school as well! Thanks Mrs. Lara!"
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