Bryan Stanton

Bryan S.

San Diego, CA

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About

Bryan delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 9+

Teaching since:
June 2009

I currently work as an Actors Equity Singer/Actor around San Diego and am a resident Music Director for SeaWorld San Diego. As an active actor and music director in San Diego I have worked with companies including Legoland, Sea World, San Diego Opera, Lyric at Birch, TAFFEE, San Diego International Fringe Festival, California Youth Conservatory, Martinis Above Fourth and have been a featured actor in two local indie films.

I have been immersed in music since the age of 5. Singing along to the radio and cassette tapes that my mom listened to in the car. I started training as a singer during my freshman year in high school and have performed in numerous musicals, concerts, and operas since.

I feel that performance is an integral part of piano and vocal education and will make sure that my students are given ample opportunity to perform, whether it be at an Open Mic Night, or I arrange a recital or musical production to nurture each of my student's performance abilities.

First and foremost we need to have fun. Music is fun and so should the lessons be. When it comes to practice I recommend that students do spend time outside of the lessons practicing to ensure that they see results. If you choose to practice only while in the lesson you will get better but it will be at a slower pace.

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Experience

Managing Director
Oct 2013 - Present
Actors Alliance of San Diego

Oversee day-to-day operation and fiscal management of the company. Serve as liaison between San Diego Actors and local theaters to serve clients and facilitate communication. Serve on planning committee for San Diego International Fringe Festival and the Theatre Communications Group National Conference. Increased revenues by 40% within first year on the job.

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Music Director- Event and Show Productions
Mar 2013 - Present
SeaWorld San Diego

Oversee creation and management of SoundWaves, 4th of July, Annual Pass Summer Picnic, Assemblywoman Weber’s 2015 Perfect Attendance Awards. Served on creative production team for: Lunar New Year, Wild Days, Seven Seas Food Festival, Christmas Celebration, Spooktacular, SeaWorld’s Summer Vibes, and SEATalks. Serve as liaison between internal and external partners to onboard talent and maintain high production quality. Oversee creation and management of SoundWaves program. Manage more than 36 cast members (approximately half the total cast) per day as part of DreamWork’s Madagascar Live! Operation: Vacation. Maintain budget of over $2M for Madagascar Live! Provided musical arrangements for Dolphin Christmas Show. Instituted College and School Audition Series resulting in 65% of our 2015 Summer Seasonal hires.

Oversee contract negotiations for outside talent including Will Champlin and Katriz Trinidad from NBC's The Voice andThe Philharmonic from NBC's The Sing-Off! and Pitch Perfect 2.

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Actor- Rapunzel's Prince (Teaching Artist)
Jan 2015 - Mar 2015
California Youth Conservatory

Worked alongside fellow Actors Equity members to teach young actors the ins and outs of the industry while also performing along side of them in Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods"

Education

Master of Business Non-Profit Management
Oct 2014 - Present
American Public University
Bachelor Of Music- Voice Performance
Aug 2007 - May 2011
San Diego State University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Italian
Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Certificate in Voice Pedagogy
Jul 2013
Boston Conservatory of Music

Awards

Schroeder Award
Feb 2015
San Diego Association of Cabaret Clubs

Affiliations

Actors' Equity Association
Jan 2014

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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Music Teachers National Association
Feb 2013

The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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National Association of Teachers of Singing
Jan 2011

Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.

American Guild of Musical Artists
Mar 2009

An American labor union that represents 8,000 current and retired opera singers, ballet and other dancers, opera directors, backstage production personnel at opera and dance companies, and figure skaters.

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America
Mar 2008

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America (also known as Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Phi Mu Alpha, or simply Sinfonia) is an American collegiate social[1] fraternity for men with a special interest in music. The fraternity is open to men "who, through a love for music, can assist in the fulfillment of [its] Object and ideals either by adopting music as a profession, or by working to advance the cause of music in America."

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Bryan, Voice Teacher, explains tips to become a better singer.
Carmel Mountain Ranch studio space.

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16 Reviews

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Jack Jan 24, 2016
Broadway Singing · In home

The techniques Bryan uses to improve my singing make sense and are practical. I enjoy working with him!

Candice C. Sep 4, 2015
Singing · In studio

Always friendly, always provides helpful constructive criticism, and just a joy to work with!

Jenna I. Sep 1, 2015
Broadway Singing · In studio

Bryan is flexible with scheduling and makes sure that the lessons are specific to your needs.

Marina W. Aug 29, 2015
Trumpet · In home

Bryan is a great instructor for my son! He is patient and provides clear and concise instruction! I would highly recommend him!

Christian D. Aug 28, 2015
Broadway Singing · In studio

Bryan has a huge amount of knowledge that he successfully delivers to his students. He does this, not only with vocal training but also with, a personal experience, of what it's like in the real world as a performer. I greatly appreciate everything he has done for me, and can't wait to continue learning.

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Christian D. Aug 28, 2015
Broadway Singing · In studio

Bryan has a huge amount of knowledge that he successfully delivers to his students. He does this, not only with vocal training but also with, a personal experience, of what it's like in the real world as a performer. I greatly appreciate everything he has done for me, and can't wait to continue learning.

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Annabell W. Aug 28, 2015
Broadway Singing · In studio

Bryan helped me in so many ways from my technique to voice quality. He helped me to improve in every aspect of performing and now I'm getting cast as leads all because of him. He is great, supportive, honest, and friendly.

Amanda C. Mar 30, 2013
Piano ·

Great

Love working with Bryan. He is always so easy to understand and moves as quickly as I like.

ryan P. Feb 27, 2013
Singing ·

AMAZING RESULTS

I'm not one to heap praise. In fact, I don't think I've ever written an online review at all. That being said, Bryan is a fantastic singing instructor. I started a few months ago with very limited expectations as to what I could accomplish, and I have been thoroughly amazed with the amount of progress I've made in such a short period of time. His ability to convey singing techniques through analogies and other means that are easily accessible to everyone is uncanny. Singing for me went from an embarrassing experience to one that I thoroughly enjoy, and his lessons are the highlight of my week. I absolutely recommend him to anyone interested in learning.

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BonnieO Apr 2, 2012
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Singing Lessons

Bryan is great! He doesn't give up on me even when I want to give up on myself. He's attentive to body language, breathing, etc -- notices all of that. Bonnie

ElenaB1 Mar 5, 2012
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Elena

Bryan is an amazing instructor. I learned so much at my very first lesson about breathing techniques, posture, and how to FEEL my voice. In just 45 minutes, I felt as though I had learned so much in such a short time span. Additionally, Bryan is really great at expressing how to bring out the full potential of my voice through various exercises like breathing through my stomach and feeling my voice in my face. I am happy to have Bryan as my instructor and I really enjoy everything I've learned thus far!

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ChristineV1 Jan 7, 2012
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What an improvement!

Bryan was really great in diagnosing and helping me fix my problem areas as a singer. He chose the most helpful warm ups and gave great feedback that helped me improve tremendously in a short period of time. He also helped me stay true to my own voice, which is exactly what I wanted. I look forward to continuing lessons with him.

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DianeM1 Dec 14, 2011
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Exceeded my expectations

I originally wanted to take voice lessons to help with my saxophone. My original plan was to take a half-hour lesson every two weeks. I enjoyed my first lesson so much that I am now taking weekly singing lesson. Brian is a great teacher. He explains concepts in a way that is easy to understand to a beginner lime myself. I am really looking forward to my next lesson. I feel that I have made a lot of progress in a very short time.

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AmberM Nov 11, 2011
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Lots Learned

Bryan is a great vocal instructor! I love how he uses metaphors to get me to understand each vocal concept. He is encouraging and instructive at the same time. At the end of each lesson he lets me know what we'll be working on next leaving me looking forward to our next session.

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NianiW Jan 27, 2011
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Bry is great!

Bryan is a great and very flexible teacher. If you are looking for a teacher that will listen to your concerns and needs and develop a plan that is tailored to your unique talents he is the teacher for you.

jillk Nov 12, 2010
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The Prodigious Tutelage of Bryan B!

I began my first lesson a month and a half ago, and in that brief time, Bryan has instilled in me the confidence I needed to push myself further. Bryan is a patient, caring, persistant teacher that leads with a gentle hand to get you to that place you never knew existed. He is always searching, past your lesson, to what will inspire and correspond to where you are. If you are looking to improve your voice, sing karaoke, audition for a musical or just not cringe from the feedback of your own ears, I highly recommend Bryan as your director or melodies!

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