Corbin Abernathy

Corbin A.

Philadelphia, PA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Learn vocal technique to increase range and resonance, increase stamina and sing challenging music for years to come.

About Corbin A.

I am an actor, singing actor and teaching artist based out of Philadelphia, PA. With over 20 years of experience in the field. I've helped thousands of students improve their vocal and performance capabilities whether as an actor, singing actor, or public speaker.

Current and past clients include The Walnut Street Theatre, Philly ASAP, Philly Senior Stage, The Minuetto Music Festival, and The Continuo Arts Foundation.

Come and study with me in a safe, professional environment here in my home studio, online, or in the comfort of your very own home.

I carry full liability insurance for your peace of mind.

*** Lesson Details ***
Integrated performance training is the key. My particular skill set places me firmly in between the worlds of both music and drama.

There's a great deal of shared knowledge, technique and performance aesthetic in the space where music and drama intersect.

I utilize training techniques from these two interrelated worlds as well as the world of speech communication with all of my students resulting in a more dynamic and solid performance.

I provide a safe, professional environment in which to learn. My current students range in age from 10 to 96 years old. I tailor my instruction to your individual needs and learning style.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, Video Camera, Monitor, Sound System, Audio Recording Capability, Microphones, Music Stands, Mirror.

On street parking available in historic block of the Germantown section of Philadelphia.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students provide Piano or Keyboard, CD player and a mirror. I will provide music, staff paper for notes and practice exercises as well as recording equipment for feedback purposes.

*** Specialties ***
Pop, Music Theatre, German Lied, American and Italian Art Song, French Melodie.

Acting-Stanislavski Method, Bertolt Brecht's Epic Theatre, Audition and Monologue Coaching, TV/Film Acting.

Accent Reduction


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46 Reviews
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Posted Feb 21, 2018
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Corbin is helping me achieve a difference very quickly. He explains concepts clearly, suggests areas for improvement, and provides meaningful exercises. I couldn’t be more pleased.

Posted Feb 17, 2018
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Excellent teacher. One lesson in and I'm loving it already. Would highly recommend.

Posted Dec 4, 2017
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Posted Dec 4, 2017
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Wonderful instructor, easy to talk to, clear with his directions. Very helpful sessions. Was able to record the lessons and practice offline. Highly recommend the course.

Posted Nov 29, 2017
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Corbin is a great teacher. He pinpointed where and how my sounds got wrong and guided me to make correct tongue positions and mouth shapes. He is also very patient and kind. I will study more with him.

Posted Nov 29, 2017
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Excellent experience. Going back for more lessons. Highly Recommended!!!

Posted Oct 11, 2017
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Posted Sep 27, 2017
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I had my doubts at first of taking a class online, because I am not an easy student, my body awareness is not very good, but Corbin is such a great teacher and he knows very well what he is doing, so I was pleasantly surprised with the results. He is patient, encouraging and to the point. Highly recommended.

Posted Jun 13, 2017
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Happy with it, feel like I am learning a lot.

Posted May 24, 2017
Dan M.
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Corbin was fantastic!! He really knows his stuff. I came to him with a few things to work on and he identified them without me telling him. He also picked up on several other items that we addressed. He had some great techniques to help me identify what I could do better and then had the suggestions for improvement. I am looking forward to working with Corbin again. Excellent experience.

Posted May 2, 2017
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I felt at ease immediately. Very professional and personable at the same time. Knows what I need to work on right away. Corbin gives me specific breathing work to excersize with. I'm very pleased.

Posted Jan 14, 2017
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Corbin is very personable and easy going but knows how to explain and teach techniques such that you see results immediately.

Posted Oct 9, 2016
James B.
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Corbin is a great instructor. He is patient and well-versed in all different kinds of music. He is helping me with singing along with my guitar playing.

Posted Aug 28, 2016
Jeff C.
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All I have to say is this guy knows his stuff , glad I picked him as my instructor

Posted Aug 15, 2016
Eric V.
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During my first lesson Corbin got right to the heart of the problem I am having. He was great. Made me feel comfortable and gave me tools to begin working on areas of difficulty.

Posted Aug 13, 2016
Eunice T.
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Corbin had a very intelligent and helpful approach. His sense of humor and kindness made it a great experience. Thank you!

Posted Jul 9, 2016
Eunice T.
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Corbin had a very intelligent and helpful approach. His sense of humor and kindness made it a great experience. Thank you!

Posted Jul 9, 2016
Adah B.
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Corbin explained and demystified many singing concepts. I learned a lot from just my first session. I am looking forward to continuing singing lessons with him.

Posted May 11, 2016
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Awesome experience with Corbin! Definitely looking forward to working with him more!

Posted Apr 7, 2016
Will Lounsbury/Kate Johnson
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Once in a while someone comes along with whom you immediately find affinity and common interests--Corbin is one of those people in my life. He is an exceptionally good communicator and teacher. I always feel inspired and excited when I've finished a lesson, and I look forward to seeing him for the next. He gives real content and gives it something else--a key. The key that unlocks deeper understanding and confidence to continue. This is a very rare quality in anyone, let alone a teacher. Bravo, Corbin!

Posted Mar 5, 2016
Lea H.
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Corbin is absolutely delightful!

Posted Feb 25, 2016
Robbie W.
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ORBIN IS AN OUTSTANDING TEACHER! hE HELPS ROBBIE WITH PRONUNCIATION, ENUNCIATION, AND ELOCUTION. Robbie is now learning to place emphasis on index words and breathing exercises.

Posted Feb 19, 2016
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Corbin really knows it all! From Shakespeare to Musical Theatre, he really helped me prepare every single audition piece that I needed in my repertoire for college auditions. He creates a safe and comfortable environment to workshop pieces, dissect text, and perfect vocal techniques. I highly recommend him to anyone who needs to begin exploring a piece, or just needs another opinion on something in-the-works.

Posted Feb 13, 2016
Gabriella B.
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Corbin is a very knowledgeable teacher and makes the atmosphere very comfortable to work in! I felt myself becoming very comfortable with new acting techniques as the lessons progressed.

Posted Jan 14, 2016
Gabriella B.
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Knows what he is talking about, easy to learn from!

Posted Dec 30, 2015
Nathan F.
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Really great personality. Very funny, happy and enjoyable to talk to. I look forward to continuing lessons with him. Recommend!

Posted Dec 22, 2015
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Corbin, Is a great teacher! He knows his stuff, and exactly how to get the best out of a student.
It's a good experience! Go for it!

Posted Nov 27, 2015
Peter S.
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I am currently a naval officer nearing retirement. I wanted to try stage and film acting and contacted Corbin because I had no experience. Since I began working with Corbin in March 2015, I have been cast in a play, The Graduate, and a musical, Dogfight, and have auditioned for TV episodes and short films. For The Graduate, Corbin provided a safe, interactive, one-on-one, and encouraging atmosphere. This was important for me because I did not want to be doing this for the first time at my age in front of a class of college students. As I had never done this before, Corbin was able to draw upon his decades of experience to not only help me in reading my lines and develop my character but also mentored me on what to expect once on the stage and cast and crew expectations for me. For my musical audition training, I regard Corbin as a subject matter expert. It has been approximately 25 years since I’ve done any formal choir/music training and Corbin was able to immediately identify areas in my singing that required work. He had me work on vocal exercises and breathing techniques all of which helped increase my range and increase my confidence when singing in front of a room full of people for the audition.

Corbin is an outstanding coach and mentor! He uses his on-stage and in front of the stage experience to help the actor develop their character and he won’t let the actor deliver any performance that’s less than their best. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, he likes to have fun during lessons. I’ve been with him now for seven months and I’m excited to work on future projects with him!

Posted Oct 29, 2015
Nathan F.
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Corbin has been the best acting instructor I ever had. He is very professional and has helped me a lot with being able to bring out emotion required for acting. Allowing me to be a more Realistic Actor than Naturalistic. Corbin is very fun and funny, as well as a great motivational teacher. I also have him to thank for casting me in a play that he recently directed. It has been a true pleasure to have been working with him and learning from him and I am very excited to continue doing so.

Posted Oct 17, 2015
William "Paully" M.
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Great and really insightful great learning experience.

Posted Sep 7, 2015
Guillaume M.
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Corbin has been a fantastic teacher. Upbeat, knowledgeable, encouraging. He knows a wide range of teaching techniques and goals and always could tell which one I should pursue. I was able to reach my goals surprising quickly (Thanks!)

Posted Aug 21, 2015
Mary LeGrow
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Excellent first lesson that's convinced me to make a long-term investment in Corbin's coaching!

Posted Jun 16, 2015
Andrew F.
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Corbin is a lot of fun and a wonderful teacher. He has helpful resources to offer, and has taught me how to properly warm up my voice and how to exercise my vocals correctly. Overall great experience!

Posted Jun 8, 2015
Saliho T.
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Thanks so much Corbin for being a great help to me. I will surely come back again in the future for more training with you. Thanks!!

Posted Mar 13, 2015
John C.
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He is excellent. I have mild autism and thus very little facial expression but he is teaching me how to change that.

Posted Feb 3, 2015
Bob K.
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Big fan of Corbin's. He knows his stuff and explains things in very understandable manner. I have seen dramatic improvement in just three lessons. He has good "take-home" exercises to build on each lesson.

Posted Dec 4, 2014
Max S.
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Great coaching , not only with the Broadway singing ,but also have good advice with useful tools, when preparing for an audition !

Posted Oct 13, 2014
Ann U.
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First off all, I have to say thank you to a wonderful teacher with a lot of talents and patience. I did enjoyed Corbin of been my accent reduction teacher. I will really recommend him to any one who will benefit from his numerous teachings and talents. Keep on the good job!!!

Posted Aug 20, 2014
Kevin G.
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Corbin is a fantastic teacher who instructs you how to safely build your singing voice from the ground up. He starts with the basics and tells you why on every vocal exercise what he is trying to do and how it will make you a better singer. My greatest lesson from him was how to project the power in my voice without straining my vocal chords. He has great knowledge of music theory and the practical experience from a lifetime of performances in front of an audience to help you in whatever you are trying to do in the entertainment field. Or if you just want to keep it simple and become a better singer for your local choir Corbin can make you stand out from the rest of the group.If you really want to learn the correct way to sing and have fun doing it than book a session with him.

Posted Aug 18, 2014
Amy M.
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Great, patient teacher for a new actor! My son really enjoyed the lessons and felt he learned a great deal! Plan to continue with more!

Posted Jul 3, 2014
Marc C.
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Corbin is a dedicated professional who has the ability to bring out the best in people. His lesson techniques are among the best we have encountered on our journey to educate the young mind of my daughter in the ways of acting. We were practically impressed in the way he approached and inspired my daughter through his teachings. The real world lessons where he puts my daughter on camera and points out subtle variations in her approach to acting is a valuable technique that my daughter has adapted to well and will enhance her ability to secure acting roles more readily. Because of his dedication and superior teaching techniques we have signed up for additional lessons.Thank You...

Posted May 28, 2014
Ben G.
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Corbin is a great teacher. I came to him reluctantly, because online lessons seemed like such a "different" way of approaching acting. I just signed up for two 1/2 hour lessons. By the time those lessons were completed, I had signed up for 8 more hours. That's how impressed I was, and I continue to work with him. I find his method and manner challenging - which is what I expect from good teaching. He makes me do the work based on discoveries I have made in myself - the foundation of which is his teaching me how to look at the script and at my skills in new and fascinating ways. He is not a "let-me-show-you-how" type of teacher.
If you are willing to work hard, take risks and make real improvements to your acting knowledge and skills - I recommend Corbin without hesitation.


Posted May 19, 2014
Amie K.

one of my best instructor

Corbin is one of the best teacher i have had when it comes to acting. he was very professional and i learned a lot from him, in my very first week. I took twelve lessons with him and i must say, he's a very great teacher. At the time i was taking classes with him, i was actually taking lessons with someone else and trust me, i can't even compare the two experiences because Corbin was far better than this other instructor, in terms of knowledge and teaching skills. i had the option to take my lessons online but i chose to take it at his home. His space is very big, warm and he was very welcoming. Oh did i mention that he communicates very well, every time i sent him an email, he got right back to me. If you are someone thats looking for an awesome instructor, someone that will teach you what you need to know, and get your money worth? Corbin is the one. i got a little experience on his accent reduction although i was an acting student. Corbin was not one of those teachers that would rush you out as soon as your lesson was over, he made sure i was comfortable and understood what was going on, every time. unlike some teachers thats always clock watching. I am definitely going to take more lessons with him.

Posted Mar 17, 2014
Ashley R.

Wonderful Teacher

He is a very knowledgeable and skilled teacher. He makes each session fun and engaging. I have already learned so much in this little time I have had with him.

Posted Mar 9, 2014
April P.

Great Experience

Mr. Abernathy is a skilled and enjoyable teacher. I felt good about my session with him. I would definitely work with him again.

Posted Feb 6, 2014

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Teaching Artist
May 1993 - Present

The Vocal Actor with Corbin A.

I offer private sessions for Voice for the Singer, Voice for the Actor, Acting (Stage, Film, TV), Performance Integration, Public Speaking and Accent Reduction. My workshops and masterclasses have launched numerous drama and music programs. Current clients include: The Creatio Continuo, The Minuetto Music Festival, Philly Senior Stage and ASAP Philly. Past clients have included: The Walnut Street Theatre and The Georgia Ensemble Theatre.

Instructor of Music & Drama
Aug 2002 - Aug 2004

The Bulmershe School

Taught Drama and Music to students in Key Stages 3, 4 & 5. Highest average of A-C Drama grades in Key Stage 4 as of 2004. Bulmershe is a highly regarded Secondary School Located in Reading, UK west of London.

Director of Music
Aug 1998 - Aug 2002

St. Peter's School

St. Peter's is a college Pre-Preparatory school for grades Pre-K through 8th grade in Philadelphia, PA

Music Teacher
Aug 1993 - Dec 1995

St. Theresa School

Miami, FL

Drama Director
Jan 1990 - Aug 1993

David Fairchild Elementary

Miami, FL


Master of Performing Arts
Aug 1996 - May 1998

Oklahoma City University

Bachelor of Music
Aug 1990 - May 1993

University of Miami


Treva Hancock Drama Scholarship
Aug 1996

Oklahoma City University

Maybelle Conger Drama Scholarship
Aug 1996

Oklahoma City University

District NATS Winner Music Theatre Division 1992
Mar 1992

National Association of Teacher's of Singing


Educational Theatre Association
Jan 2012
The Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) is a national nonprofit organization with approximately 90,000 student and professional members. EdTA’s mission is shaping lives through theatre education by: honoring student achievement in theatre and enriching their theatre education experience; supporting teachers by providing professional development, networking opportunities, resources, and recognition; and influencing public opinion that theatre education is essential and builds life skills.
Actors' Equity Association
Feb 2010
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.
National Association of Teachers of Singing
Aug 2000
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.
Voice and Speech Trainers Association
Jan 2000
VASTA is an international organization whose mission is to advance the art, research, and visibility of the voice and speech profession. Goals: SERVE the needs of voice and speech specialists, teachers, and students in training and in practice. ADVOCATE for those who work and study in the field. PROMOTE the vital role of voice and speech specialists for all professional voice users. BROADEN public understanding of the nature and importance of voice and speech use and training. CREATE opportunities for ongoing education, and the exchange of knowledge and information among professionals in the field. CULTIVATE diversity within our membership, and encourage a liveliness of thought and opinion. UPHOLD and advance excellence in voice and speech.

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