Amy Coleman

Amy C.

Weehawken, NJ
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Lesson Details

ESL

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I currently work for and have been extensively trained by The VIPKID organization where, over the internet, I teach children from China to speak English. I have won praise from both my students and their parents for my empathetic and patient approach.
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Amy delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
January 1987

I have been a voice, acting, and teacher of creative arts for over 25 years. My background includes ten years of classical voice training with Maestro Julio Berrocal, as well as vocal training through the Feldenkrais approach with Marcy Lindhiemer. In acting, I have studied with renowned Stanislavsky scholar Sonia Moore and Master acting teacher of the Strasberg Method, Marcia Haufrecht. I received a B.A. For comparative literature and creative writing at the State University of New York at Purchase and have recently completed my Master's degree in social work at Walden University.
I believe, within all of us, Is the ability to express something distinctive and original. I work to help students discover their unique voice, whether it be through singing, acting, or writing. I share with my students an array of tools to gain the ability and confidence to achieve their goals. I empathize deeply with the challenges students may face when pursuing a life in the creative and performing arts, having worked professionally in those areas for most of my adult life. I believe it is the teacher's job to respect each student's individual process of learning.
My students have gone on to become recording artists, Broadway performers, movie actors, Blues and cabaret artists, and published writers.

*** Lesson Details ***
Voice
I am an empathetic teacher, sensitive to the student's individual process of learning. My singing lessons usually start with breathing and relaxation exercises. Vocal technique exercises come next. When the student is fully warmed up, we will begin to work on songs. It is important that students be a part of the process of picking material since the more personally they respond to the material the more apt they are to become engaged in their lessons. After three to six months beginning students will have gained an understanding of the fundamentals of breathing, relaxation, and basic performance skills. With more advanced students the focus will be on range extension and the on-going development of vocal style through song interpretation and performance related exercises.
Acting
As an acting teacher and coach, I tailor my classes to the needs of each student. I utilize improvisatory and sensory techniques to help unleash spontaneity. I also encourage the students to use their personal experiences as a way to access a full range of emotions. I enjoy working with the student on script analysis, so as to discover the underlying motivations of the character the student is working on.
Creative and Lyric Writing
I use prompts as a way to get the student writing. Often, I will ask the student to write for stretches of time without editing themselves. It is important to unleash imagination before beginning the process of editing. Many times it is the unexpected that is the most compelling.

*** Studio Equipment ***
home- 10 minutes away from Manhattan with piano, seating for parents
-practice studio seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a piano, cd/mp3 player and an large library of songbooks to work from. The student should bring sheet music of songs they want to work on and a recording device.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching how to sing rock, pop, musical theater, jazz, cabaret, and blues without hurting the voice as well as method acting instruction.

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Experience

ESL TEACHER
Oct 2015 - Present
VIPKIDS SCHOOL

A teacher at VIPKIDS school. I teach ESL to Chinese speaking children who live in China ages 4-12, over the internet.

Voice /Acting Coach/ Teaching Artist
Jun 1996 - Present
Singing from The Source

I have coached and taught students ages 4 -80. I have worked as an acting and singing teacher in the public schools. I have also taught privately for over 20 years. I have coached theater and film actors, recording, cabaret, jazz blues, and Broadway performers. I teach creative writing throughout the New York City public school system.

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Education

MSW in social work
Sep 2013 - Jul 2016
Walden University
BA
Sep 1976 - Jun 1980
SUNY at Purchase

Languages

Italian
Limited Proficiency
Italian
Limited Proficiency

Awards

Singer of the Year
Jun 1989
Backstage Magazine

Affiliations

Dramatists Guild, The
Jan 2005

The Dramatists Guild of America was established over eighty years ago, and is the only professional association which advances the interests of playwrights, composers, lyricists and librettists writing for the living stage. The Guild has over 6,000 members nationwide, from beginning writers to the most prominent authors represented on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in regional theaters.

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Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
May 2002

An American labor union representing over 160,000 film and television principal and background performers, journalists, and radio personalities worldwide.

Broadcast Music Inc.
Mar 2001

One of three United States performing rights organizations, along with ASCAP and SESAC. It collects license fees on behalf of songwriters, composers, and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed. In FY 2013, BMI collected more than $944 million in licensing fees and distributed $814 million in royalties.

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Actors' Equity Association
Oct 1988

Actors' Equity Association, founded in 1913, is the labor union that represents more than 49,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society.

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Photos & Videos

One of my young students singing a Bonnie Raitt song.
Cover of John Lennon's song "Mother".
My student as The Lion King

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My  Students Performing The Lion King

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Amy Coleman's latest video Summertime
With students

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performing at a 9/11 tribute

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Me and my cat Sammy

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Photo by Amy C.
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16 Reviews

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Cheryl Brubaker Jul 22, 2018
Film Acting · Online

Amy was excellent at drawing the requested responses out of my 5 year old and directing her to make adjustments. It was our first lesson and a very positive experience. Can't wait to see how the progress together as teacher and student.

Bob S. May 3, 2018
Singing · In studio

Amy is a true professional at both the art of singing and teaching. A pleasure to work with!

Jennie A. Apr 28, 2018
Acting · Online

Amy was wonderful! She made me feel so comfortable and gave me many points to help me be successful in my new career!

Lydia O. Mar 21, 2018
Vocal Training · In studio

Amy is amazing

Susan Mar 4, 2018
Vocal Training · In studio

An extraordinary teacher, Ms. Coleman embodies the two most important features in a vocal coach: knowledge of her craft and a compassionate heart. A virtuoso in her own right, Ms. Coleman has a knack for finding what works best for each individual. Lessons are in a very supportive and positive atmosphere. She is not afraid to tackle any vocal issue but approaches it with kindness. She takes the to get to know her students and finds the best way to approach the lessons and this allows her to get the quickest, most effective results. When I started my lessons, I had never sung a note. She got me into shape and I was able to record two albums. On top of that, I received 5 Grammy nominations for those albums! I owe this to Ms. Coleman for her excellent training. She is incredible!!!

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Michele Feb 17, 2018
Improv Acting · Online

Took the time to find more out about me as Sam individual so that she could meet me where I am. Very encouraging.

Eli R. Jan 26, 2018
Vocal Training ·

Amy is a tremendously gifted voice coach and artist who cares deeply about her students and their success. As an actor, I have greatly benefited from her coaching and use the tools she gave me every time I step onto the stage. I would recommend her to any actor or singer who wants to be able to project and sing with confidence and stamina.

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David Jan 23, 2018
Vocal Training · In studio

Engaging, committed, gentle. Inspires confidence in a beginner, makes it fun and real.

Kathleen A. Brennan Oct 9, 2017
Improv Acting · In studio

Amy is very professional and knowledgable as well as focused. Her manner of working is positive and informative. I am enjoying working with her.

Julie Sep 13, 2017
Vocal Training · In home

Amy is a truly incredible teacher and person. All of her students love her and those I've referred have thanked me profusely for the introduction. My daughter has studied voice with Amy for a number of years and after just the first lesson, the improvement in her technique and confidence was remarkable. Amy can bring out the best in anyone's voice. She is encouraging and nurturing and provides the safe and positive relationship anyone would want to have with their teacher.

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Kumiko Mar 16, 2017
Jazz Voice · In studio

Amy is amazing singer and great teacher. I can't find anyone else who suggests right direction about singing. Singing from the Source.Now, I live in Japan and still singing. No matter how far from U.S., I always sing with the mind that Amy's saying ”Singing from the Sourse. I love Amy!

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Emma R. Aug 13, 2015
Acting · In home

Great teacher! Amy is very experienced with kids and knows how to interact very well with my five year old. She has control of the lesson and most importantly my daughter loves going to her class.

Richard G. Oct 7, 2014
Singing · In studio

I just want to say that you are one of the most distinguished teachers with TAKELESSONS! - I read your bio and I was very impressed. I would recommend you to any musically inclined student! Keep up the good work!
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PaulG1 May 13, 2012
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i could not have BUILT a better teacher/coach. Intuitive, intelligent, knows her subject & knows how to share what she knows.

DeniseM5 May 6, 2012
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Terrific teacher, learning a lot quickly and in an open, creative environment...and Amy makes it all fun!

sheeram Mar 26, 2012
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I am havifna great time and enjoying every minute of it!

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