Erica Smith

Erica S.

Nashville, TN

About Erica S.

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Erica teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: January 2012
Last sign in: Yesterday

Overview

As a professional singer and actor, I perform all over the United States. I act and sing on many stages, including: opera houses, theme parks, theaters, convention centers, and film. From opera to pop music, I have pretty much performed it all. My collegiate training is from Samford University, where I received a Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre. For two years after college, I lived in NYC and trained with Broadway's best. I just recently relocated to the Nashville area, and cannot wait to train my students with the most up-to-date and current audition techniques, as well as new singing and acting material. As an active performer in the Nashville area, I have strong knowledge of what is required in auditions today. I have an ardent passion to share with my students what my teachers and life experiences have shared with me. My students range from singers that nationally tour, to actors who have landed national commercials, to the beginner who is just starting out! Come as you are and crescendo to your full potential!


*** Lesson Details ***
The lessons I teach are centered around a laid back, positive, and encouraging atmosphere. I believe that anyone can achieve his or her goals with confidence and belief in themselves. Because of my diverse background and performing experience, my specialties are the musical genres of Broadway, Rock, Pop, Jazz, and Country, all rooted in the Bel Canto style of singing. My acting emphasis is on techniques from Uta Hagen and Konstantin Stanislavski.

My lessons are meant to be fun, yet simultaneously instructive. I want my students to be able to leave their cares at the door, and jump into a creative and inspiring atmosphere. Lessons are unique to each individual, and based on his or her goals.

Vocal Instruction Includes:

Breathing Techniques
Vowel Production
Diction
Blending Voice Registers
Expanding Vocal Range
Ear Training and Sightreading
An Understanding of the Keyboard
Song interpretation
Audition Preparation
Performance Skills

Acting Instruction Includes:

Breathing/Finding Center
Stage Diction and Projection
Character Research
Improvisation Exercises
Scene/Partner Work
Monologue Practice
Cold Reading
Acting Through Song
Audition Preparation
Performance Skills

I look forward to being a part of your artistic journey!

*** Studio Equipment ***
keyboard, music stands, microphones, amps, white board, ipod/iphone hook up, various additional instruments

*** Specialties ***
For acting lessons, I specialize in techniques of Konstantin Stanislavski and Uta Hagen. For singing lessons, I specialize in the genres of Rock, Pop, Country, Belting, and Legit styles. Your lesson will be tailored specifically to the genres you would like to learn. Your goals are my goals!

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Experience

Singing Teacher

May 2015 - Present
Roots Academy

Singing Teacher with Roots Academy in Thompson Station.

Singer

May 2014 - Present
Brentwood Benson Films

Singer for Choir Instructional DVDs

Voice and Acting Teacher

Oct 2012 - Present
Erica S Studio

I teach private voice and acting students

Singer

Oct 2012 - Present
Erica Bryan

As a professional singer, I travel the country under my stage name, performing my original music on various stages and festivals

Acting Teacher

Jan 2013 - May 2013
Nashville Children's Theatre

Led acting group classes and warmups. Directed play for class performance at the end of the semester.

Actor

Oct 2012 - Oct 2012
Feature Film: Identical Productions

SAG Performer for Feature Film

Actor

Apr 2012 - Aug 2012
Blue Gate Musicals

Performed the lead role, Katie Lapp, in "The Confession"

Singer/Dancer

May 2011 - Sep 2011
Troupe America, Inc.

Performed in a Country Review with Troupe America

Actor

May 2010 - Aug 2010
Student Life, Inc.

Performed as an actor on a National Tour with Student Life, Inc.

Actor

May 2009 - Jun 2009
Alliance Theatre

Performed role of Susan in Once in a Lifetime

Opera Singer

Feb 2009 - Apr 2009
Opera Birmingham

Performed with Opera Birmingham in Aida and Tosca

Singer/Dancer

May 2007 - Aug 2007
Six Flags Over Georgia

Performed as a Singer and Dancer with Six Flags Over GA

Education

Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre

Aug 2006 - May 2010
Samford University

Awards

Senior Musical Theatre Women Category

Mar 2009
National Association of Teachers of Singing

Affiliations

Nashville Songwriters Association International

May 2013
Nsai

The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) is the world’s largest not-for-profit songwriters trade association. Established in 1967, the membership of more than 5,000 active and pro members spans the United States and six other countries. NSAI is dedicated to protecting the rights of and serving aspiring and professional songwriters in all genres of music.

Broadcast Music Inc.

Jan 2013
BMI

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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6 Reviews on Erica S.

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Michelle R. Jan 29, 2016
Acting · In studio
Verified Student
Erica is simply amazing! For someone like me that's never taken any acting classes, she's perfect. She makes you feel completely comfortable acting out in front of her.
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Abbie Nov 3, 2015
Broadway Singing · In studio
Erica is fabulous! She centers lessons around your needs/goals and you can expect great results. (:
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Stephen B. Oct 10, 2015
Acting · In studio
Verified Student
Erica has an amazing gift for teaching. As someone new to acting, I was a little apprehensive when I first went to the studio. However, she was welcoming, friendly, a good listener, and presented information and feedback in a clear and encouraging way. Taking lessons from her is a blast!
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Victoria C. Jun 15, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Erica is very easy to understand. She is engaged with her student on a personal level.
Victoria was nervous about the class since this was her first lesson. However, after meeting Mrs Erica she became engaged in the class. She enjoyed the time and walked away feeling like I can do this.
Mrs Erica has energy and enthusiasm that shines. She will be helpful in molding Victoria's desire to move forward in acting and modeling and singing .
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Victoria C. Jun 15, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Erica is very easy to understand. She is engaged with her student on a personal level.
Victoria was nervous about the class since this was her first lesson. However, after meeting Mrs Erica she became engaged in the class. She enjoyed the time and walked away feeling like I can do this.
Mrs Erica has energy and enthusiasm that shines. She will be helpful in molding Victoria's desire to move forward in acting and modeling and singing .
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Billy G. Nov 4, 2012
Singing
She knows how to help you sell yourself in an audition!!

I have been a percussionist for 13 years now. I began taking lessons for voice with Erica and within 2 months of lessons I booked a gig where I was singing and drumming. She is closely tied to the music industry and provides relevant lessons that are based on MY goals, and not a "cookie cutter" lesson. She knows what directors and casting agents are looking for in an audition and is a FANTASTIC teacher. My skills improved rapidly with just a few lessons! I highly recommend taking lessons with Erica!