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Athena R.

New York, NY
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Teri D.

Los Angeles, CA
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Adam R.

Watchung, NJ
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Athena R.

New York, NY

Learn the real business of acting. Audition prep. Scene study. Monologues. Headshots, agents and how to make it as an actor.

About Athena

Athena has enjoyed tremendous success as a singer/songwriter, actress, musician and teacher. She is originally from Toronto, but is now based out of New York City. Athena has released 5 CDs, toured North America (both as a singer/songwriter and as an actress), and taught voice, piano, guitar, songwriting and acting for the past 13 years. She has shared the stage Sarah McLachlan and Jim Carrey, and taught songwriting to girls with Lisa Loeb (the teaching project with Lisa Loeb was made into a documentary and premiered at Tribeca Cinemas). Her music videos LOVE IS LOVE and LOGICAL SONG charged #1 on MTV's LOGO TV. As a teacher, Athena has worked at numerous schools, organizations, and colleges across North America, including Oregon State University, Montcalm College, Manhattan New ...

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Brandi B. November 20, 2014
Songwriting · In studio
Verified Student
I don't know where to start! Athena is the absolute best! She is truly making my vision of song writing come true
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SethJonas March 6, 2014
Excellent Teacher

My daughter started taking lessons with Athena when she was 7. Within weeks she already was playing simple songs & loved practicing etc. Now 2 years later she has shown incredible improvements. Highly recommend Athena.
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Rachel K. March 6, 2014
Great teacher!

Athena is a super teacher - extremely knowledgeable and patient, and wonderful to work with!
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Teri D.

Los Angeles, CA

Beginner acting, beg to intermediate -voiceover, voice acting

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!
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Adam R.

Watchung, NJ

I coach monologues, scenes and commercials.

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

I teach actors, speakers and singers how to up their performance level by completely wiping out stage fright and performance anxiety. This is a learned skill that is guaranteed to bring your performances to the highest level. I teach audition and performance preparation. What needs to be practiced a head of time before you get to your audition or performance. These preparation skills will give you the confidence to be your absolute best for all of your performances and auditions!

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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Laurie S. May 12, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Marjorie is an amazing teacher!! She's very supportive and inspiring to the point that now I've started to get into songwriting. She even teaches me relaxation exercises to help nudge the creative spirit! I always leave her studio feeling enthusiastic, full of energy and looking forward to the next lesson!
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Chloe D. April 27, 2015
Singing · In studio
When I first came to Marjorie it was to see if I could start to work on adding some natural vibrato after years of straight-tone choral singing. I was feeling very discouraged and worried that maybe I just didn't have any natural vibrato at all.

When the lesson started, one of the first things Marjorie said to me was, "You're not singing straight-tone. I can hear your vibrato in there, but we need to set it free." In just a few more lessons we were already stripping away years of bad habits from choral blending, and I was thrilled to start to feel my vocal chords phonating easily and naturally.

Fast-forward several months and my confidence -- and love for singing -- continue to grow. I'm so amazed with Marjorie's patience and faith in me and just thrilled that she was able to break through 10 years of bad habits and set free my natural sound!
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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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Jameson J.

Austin, TX

Acting is all about re-acting and communicating your intention.

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!
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J Marcus N.

San Diego, CA

whether you're just starting out, getting back to an old high school passion or wanting to take class regularly to continue to grow as a working professional, we will create a program together to discover more of, reinvigorate and inspire you.

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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