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Review by Suzanne Marshall
"Christine is an incredible teacher, wonderful person, and a great actor. She's fun, positive, creative and extremely talented. I've taken a beginner's imp
rov class with her, and she really helped me overcome my natural shyness. SWFL is very lucky to have such a shining star!"
Sarasota, FL teacher:
Review by Lea
"Corbin is absolutely delightful!"
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
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 Rex
"Emily is professional, fun and engaging. Our daughter looks forward to her time with her each week. We love her!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Philip
"I have been coached by acting instructors since I was a little kid and I've never worked with someone who had more understanding of the acting craft than
David Tom. I've never seen an acting coach simplistically break down technique for me to understand the way David did. I am so greatful he has shared his knowledge that must have taken years to master with me."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Brandon Lawrence
"No matter your skill level, Stephanie makes any goal feel achievable within a reasonable period of time. Each lesson is filled with an abundant amount of
energy. Additionally, she has a natural talent of breaking down complex moves into easy-to-follow steps."
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Mike
"Wow, this girl can dance and I learning to dance just like her. I plan on sticking with this teacher for a long time!"
Bakersfield, CA teacher:
Review by Douglas
Stephanie is a very talented teacher. I made lots of progress in just my first few lessons in confidence and my voice. She has specific
techniques that you can use right away and gives homework to do each week. I like how she has lots of exercises in her repetoire and keeps on top of her e-mails and messages. Highly recommend."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Steven
"Marcus dropped by our office and gave us a wonderful presentation on how we can use acting methods to read body language, listen beyond the words, and mak
e better connections. Thanks Marcus! Recommended!"
San Diego, CA teacher:
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