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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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Nicholas M.

San Jose, CA

About Nicholas

Nicholas M. is available to give voice and piano lessons in-home and in-studio.

What to expect in a voice lesson:

Vocal warm-ups
Technique and style development
Selected songs to practice
A recorded copy of the lesson to review and practice with.

As a private instructor, Nicholas seeks to develop students of his own to build excellent technique that they may become confident and comfortable singers and pianists in any style they desire.

Nicholas' Choral Experience:

Past Conductors:
Dr. Sharlene Archibeque, Dr. Amanda Quist, Lou De La Rosa, Daniel Hughes and Dr. Jef
frey Benson.

Past Choir Concert Tours:
Europe 2005 with De La Rosa and 2010 with Dr Quist.
"Star Wars in Concert" October 2009 (Sacramento and San Jose)
"€œAndrea Bocelli in Concert"€ November 2012 (San Jose)
"The Rolling Stones 50 and Counting Tour" May 2013 (Oakland and San Jose)

Other Productions:
Eric Whitacre€™s "Virtual Choir"€ (Beta, 1, 2, 3)

*** Lesson Details ***
Voice and Piano Lessons

+ Vocal and/or piano warm-up exercises
+ Technique and style development
+ Selected songs to practice
+ A recorded copy of the lesson to review and practice with.

As a private instructor, Nicholas seeks to develop students of his own to build excellent technique that they may become confident and comfortable singers and pianists in any style they desire.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano Keyboard with Music Stand.
Piano and Vocal Song Books
Lesson Recording Device

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a selection of music books to read from, a piano keyboard if the student does not have one, and a lesson recording device. Students may provide any music they wish to work on.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in singing and teaching Art Song and Opera/Concert Arias.
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William N. November 27, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Excellent!!!
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Suriya M. December 28, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
10 stars! He's very good. He's always on time. Recommend!
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Michelle P. December 27, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Nicholas is a great singing teacher that is nice and is a great singer!! He helps my daughter understand easily as she tells me great comments about her lessons. Over all it has been great!!!
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Nicholas M.

Nicholas M.

San Jose, CA 95126
(4)
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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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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Vlad May 31, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Highly competent teacher!
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Deborah R.

Deborah R.

Palo Alto, CA 94303
(6)
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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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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Ryan June 9, 2016
Salsa Dancing · Online
I have already taken a lot of dance classes including Salsa, but only attending irregular group classes it was hard to retain the basics and my dancing got a little sloppy. Andrew got me up to date with basic fundamentals, all through this online course. I didn't have a lot of faith in the online format at first, but Andrew quickly gave me confidence he could teach me. He carefully observed each of my movements and was patient in helping me improve little by little. My girlfriend (who has a lot of salsa background and was embarrassed to dance with me prior to my classes with Andrew) noticed a huge improvement after I took just a few classes from Andrew. Thanks so much!
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Andrew H.

Andrew H.

San Mateo, CA 94403
(5)
starting at
$35 / 45-min
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Daniel C.

Fremont, CA

About Daniel

Dan C. Master Magician is an internationally renowned, award winning magician whose magic has taken him all over the world. Based in Fremont, CA; Dan is regarded as one of the nation's top corporate magicians and performs at events worldwide. Dan C. Presents is the ultimate corporate entertainment experience.
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Bill March 27, 2016
Magic · In studio
Dan is a great teacher. He is patient and explains things clearly. He also encourages you to find your own style of performing. His helpful critique makes you a better performer.
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Daniel C.

Daniel C.

Fremont, CA 94555
(1)
starting at
$50 / 30-min

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