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Hello! Thanks for visiting my Takelessons profile. Let me start off by telling you a bit about myself:
I have been performing for over 20 years as a musician, acting since I was a small boy, and working consistently with public speaking, accent reduction and other presentational skills throughout my career. I started my musical education as a woodwind player and settled in to the wonderful world of singing over time. Music has opened me up to so many incredible opportunities from touring the world to performing in marvelous concert halls and working with some of today's most respected artists, as well as giving me the opportunity to expand my performance skills through acting in various plays, musicals, television, and film.
Performing has absolutely been my salvation! Throughout my life it has been a best friend and constant source of joy, and I share this gift with others so that it might help them to find the same joy. After more than 10 years of teaching, I have so many new experiences to draw from and share with my students. I've spent the last 8 years performing with Disney in Anaheim and abroad in their Tokyo Disney cast, and I must say that those experiences, vast and varied as they are, have given the word "performance" a new depth. I'm always excited to dive into every lesson with fresh ideas that will mesh well with many tried and tested teaching techniques.
Originally from Los Angeles, I now reside in Orange County and I'm especially proud to have expanded my studio to serving clients all over the world with online lessons via Skype and FaceTime! I get such joy from sharing my experiences with a diverse group of people from all walks of life.
If you're interested in learning more about my lesson style, feel free to contact me and I'd be happy to talk with you about a plan to help you reach your goals!
For Students of Voice: Teaching Style
Over the past several years I have focused much of my personal growth on developing my ears' ability to pick out and pinpoint vocal “placement”, resonance, subtleties of timbre, changes in pitch, breath support, air speed and flow, pronunciation and diction, and in general, the way in which all of these work together to create style. From these assessments, I work with the student’s particular needs to address each area individually and based on the learning style of each person.
To illustrate to the student their method as I see and hear it, as well as ways in which they might make changes to facilitate the ease of singing --be they changes of tessitura (range), length of phrase, tone color, the release of unnecessary tension etc.-- I make use of vocalise (vocal exercises), simile and metaphor, examples from recorded performances, demonstration, self assessment, and techniques to “trick” the voice into acting in a different way, in addition to videos, diagrams, and texts on anatomy and physiology. I feel that all of these tools provide a unique and personalized learning experience for each student.
Five of Five is a all male a cappella group consisting of five guys singing in sweet, sweet harmony. I am a founder of the group, as well as writer and arranger. Five of Five has been together since 2010 specializing in educational outreach at colleges and universities in addition to offering concert series' at venues of throughout Southern California.
I sang baritone and bass in the Dapper Dans at Disneyland in California for 5 years. Along with the Dans, I was also utilized for many other roles such as The Voices of Liberty (Bass), and Princess Fantasy Faire (Sir Elias) as well as many special events such as press events, awards ceremonies, radio recordings, and celebrity entertainment.
It's difficult to have a singing career without sometimes being called upon to stretch your performances into a bit of acting. I consider it a privilege to have performed at many theatres (Little Shop of Horrors, Beaverquest), and on both film and television (Waiting in the Wings: The Musical, Modern Family) and look forward to finding the time to do more acting in the future!
Over the years I have served as Bass/ Baritone Section Leader, Soloist, and Worship Leader at various religious institutes throughout Southern California. These are some of my favorite singing engagements because there is a consistently high level of musicianship required and it works my sightreading and aural skills to the max.
Tokyo Disney Sea is located near Tokyo, Japan and upholds the wonderful Disney tradition while skillfully infusing all of their shows with unique Japanese style.
Big Band Beat is an American swing jazz review showcasing music from the 1920s to 1940s. I was one of 4 singers on stage singing tight jazz harmonies backed by a wonderful big band, dozens of fabulous dancers, and those lovable Disney characters we all love!
SAG-AFTRA represents approximately 160,000 actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other media professionals. SAG-AFTRA members are the faces and voices that entertain and inform America and the world. With national offices in Los Angeles and New York, and local offices nationwide, SAG-AFTRA members work together to secure the strongest protections for media artists into the 21st century and beyond.
The American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA) is an AFL-CIO-affiliated labor union founded in 1939 to represent performing artists and stage managers for live performances in the variety field. The variety area of performance includes singers & dancers in touring shows and in theatrical revues (non-book shows...book revues may be under Actors’ Equity jurisdiction), theme park performers, skaters, circus performers, comedians & stand-up comics, cabaret & club artists,lecturers/poets/monologists/spokespersons, and variety performers working at private parties & special events.
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.