- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate
I want you to feel good when you sing, both inside and out and I will help you find the best tone for your voice both from a pedagogical place but also from a place where you can sing from your soul.
I have been teaching voice professionally for 20 years. I have a long history in musical direction, currently finishing work on two shows for The New Group this season. And my work as a composer has been produced throughout the country. I also have a successful vocal coaching studio, from which my clients have worked Once On This Island (Broadway Revival), The New Group, Goodspeed Opera House, The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, and many other regional and industrial platforms.
- Teaches students:
- Ages 10+
- Teaching since:
Brett received his BFA from Webster University in Musical Theatre Performance and his MFA from New York University in Musical Theatre Writing. He is an experienced New York teaching artist who has worked with Encores! In Schools, many New York public schools, the University of Colorado, and was the assistant director of education with TADA! Youth Theater.
Music Direction: NJPAC, NYU, Webster University, University of Colorado-Boulder, and Musical Theatre Factory. Composer: Webster University, Encores! (NYC), Stephens College, Prospect Theater Company, the Repertory Theater of Saint Louis, and Masterworks. His musicals, TUESDAY and GUMBO, have been selected for development and productions by the Yale Institute for Musical Theater, Mainstreet Musicals Festival, ASCAP/Grow a Show, New York Musical Festival: Next Link Project, Musical Theatre Factory, Coastal Carolina University, CAP 21, and The PiTCH. Concerts of his music were produced by Lincoln Center, Vitello's, and The Cutting Room.
He also is an accomplished musical theatre composer. He has composed music for Webster University, Encores! (NYC), the St. Louis Gateway Men's Chorus, Stephens College, the Cockeyed Optimists, Prospect Theater Company, St. Louis Repertory Theater of Saint Louis and Masterworks' Off Broadway production of The Glass Menagerie. Brett wrote the music for the musicals: FISHING THE MOON, THE LAVATORY, BENEATH THE SURFACE, and TUESDAY. TUESDAY was a finalist in the 2010 New York Musical Theatre Festival and was presented at the 2014 New Horizons music festival at Truman State University, and in 2016 was workshopped at the Musical Theater Factory and Coastal Carolina University. He and Caroline Murphy were featured in American Theater Magazine as a writing team to watch. A concert of his music was performed a t Lincoln Center in 2012, Vitello's in Los Angeles in 2014 and The Cutting Room in 2016. In Development: NOT A HERO'S JOURNEY (all by Brett Macias). GUMBO (words by Christina Quintana) was selected by the 2017 Yale Institute for Musical Theater, the 2017 Mainstreet Musicals Festival season, the 2017 ASCAP/Grow a Show festival, the 2014 New York Musical Festival Next Link Project, and was developed at the Musical Theater Factory and The PiTCH at Fingerlakes Musical Theater Festival.
Brett was an actor for 15 years and has taught private voice lessons for 20 years.
*** Lesson Details ***
The thing that makes me different from most voice teachers is that I approach everything from an acting stand point.
I believe singing is an extension of the voice when speaking is not enough. The student will explore the breathing process, impulse and intention, and a work out for the body (including some simple Yoga, Pilates, and voice and speech work).
I also believe in text, melodic, and accompaniment interpretation. By the time you are done with a song you will understand every secret of it so that you can act the heck out of it.
All this is to make the process of singing as alive, natural, and easy as possible.
I will also teach you warm-up exercises that are go while you are waiting to go into an audition.
I have an extensive library of musical theatre to build your book for any occasion or style you may need.
So come on over and look at music and your voice in a whole new light.
*** Specialties ***
Building an actor's book to help them with auditions. Will then teach the song and work with the singer on interpretation of music and lyrics.
Specialize in Musical Theatre, Jazz, Pop/Rock
Have an extensive knowledge of the business
Very large Musical Theatre library
Brett was very relatable and offered specific notes that were clear and easy to apply. By the end of the lesson, I had more tools to successfully tackle my next callback.
Brett's musical ear is unbelievable! He has such great musicality that truly allows me to entrust in his vocal input. He's been in the business a long time and knows what he's talking about. It also helps that he's a great guy and creates a warm teaching environment.Show More
Brett is incredible. He helped me find a healthy sound while retaining the passion necessary to the Broadway style.
I love Brett’s specificity, musical sophistication, and his incredible attention to detail. His technical prowess is matched by his huge heart and his passion for seeing his students succeed.