Method Acting Lessons
Levels taught:Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
About Amy C.
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 ***
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.
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.
Teaching since 1987
Teaches students 5 and up
A very good first lesson. We went over breathing exercises and scales. Also had time for Amy to critique my speaking style through a portion of a speech I will be giving in a month. Time well-spent.
She briefly went over the next lesson plan and gave me a little homework to do as well.
I got a lot out of this lesson and I can see how this will help me accomplish my goal of being a better public speaker and having a more controlled and stronger voice.
Looking forward to future lessons.
Patient. Gifted Teacher!
Amy is absolutely incredible. She showed keen interest in my concerns and challenges. She listened and knew exactly what I needed to do to get to where I want to be. She makes it easy for me to understand and she is truly a great coach. I can’t wait to see her again.Show More
Very helpful! Highly recommended!
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.
Amy is a true professional at both the art of singing and teaching. A pleasure to work with!
Amy was wonderful! She made me feel so comfortable and gave me many points to help me be successful in my new career!
Amy is amazing
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!!!Show More
Took the time to find more out about me as Sam individual so that she could meet me where I am. Very encouraging.
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.Show More
Engaging, committed, gentle. Inspires confidence in a beginner, makes it fun and real.
Amy is very professional and knowledgable as well as focused. Her manner of working is positive and informative. I am enjoying working with her.
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.Show More
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!Show More
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.
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!
i could not have BUILT a better teacher/coach. Intuitive, intelligent, knows her subject & knows how to share what she knows.
Terrific teacher, learning a lot quickly and in an open, creative environment...and Amy makes it all fun!
I am havifna great time and enjoying every minute of it!
A teacher at school. I teach ESL to Chinese speaking children who live in China ages 4-12, over the internet.
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.
SUNY at Purchase