Speaking Voice Lessons
Levels taught:Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
About Glenn W.
I have been active in the entertainment industry since the age of 12, when I gave my first professional performance. Prior to that I was already being introduced to music with years of guitar, and then vocal instruction. I do not remember a time of my life when I was not singing somewhere; in the house, in the yard, in the classroom. That is perhaps why I identify so well with the young people who gather so much enjoyment from "just singing" at every opportunity. I studied professionally for over 10 years with renown soprano and voice teacher Sylvia Jensen, who was instrumental in the enhancement of my vocal knowledge and technique. She is now the Director of Education for the Miss Ohio pageants of the Miss America competitions, elevating many young ladies to the national spotlight. At age 14, I auditioned for, and was added to cast of a network television variety program, "The Gene Carroll Show", that was a television institution for over 30 years in the Midwest. I was a featured performer on that program for over 7 years, all the while perfecting the art of "playing to a camera." This experience was invaluable, and the knowledge I gathered is now included in my curriculum. I also began performing a solo act in the nightclub circuit at the age of 15, performing up and down the "north coast" from Cleveland, OH, (my home), to Erie. PA. At a very young age, I learned the difficult art of choosing musical material and pacing a show; also adapting to performing under a myriad of conditions with a vast array of musical accompaniment. After graduating college with a degree in Business Administration and Marketing, I assembled my own band, and took to the road. That experience eventually brought the act to Las Vegas in 1982. Over the years my show has been a staple in major casino cabarets in Las Vegas, and all over Nevada. Since my first engagement at The Landmark Hotel in the early 1980's, I have literally been up and down the famed Las Vegas Strip many times over. The Desert Inn, The Dunes, The Stardust, The Maxim, The Tropicana, New York New York, Mandalay Bay, MGM, Bally's, The Flamingo, The Imperial Palace, The Four Queens, The Golden Nugget, The Fremont, The Venetian, The Palazzo, and a three year engagement at The Riviera. My show is truly comprised of musical variety; classics, show tunes, jazz, rock, blues, r&b, country. Even a presentation of "Music of the Night" from Phantom of the Opera, that I perform in full costume. It is this ability to successfully deliver an extensive repertoire that I am enthusiastic about passing along to the next generation of entertainers.
I have been truly blessed in my career to have experienced so many highlights; too many to document. From winning an understudy roll in the Broadway Musical "Platinum" starring Hollywood actress Alexis Smith, to performing our National Anthem at events ranging from Major League Baseball to ESPN Boxing to receptions for major dignitaries, to recording 7 albums and a full-length video, to being asked to perform for Mr. Frank Sinatra at the Frank Sinatra Celebrity Golf Tournament, I have lived a full life on stage, learning and absorbing every bit of knowledge gathered along the way.
Now it is my desire to escalate my status as an educator to a more "one on one" experience; availing myself the opportunity to pass along that wealth of knowledge to individual students who aspire to enjoy the entertainment profession as I have, providing them with the skills needed to successfully compete. Or, should it be their choice not to pursue entertainment as a vocation, to gain a working understanding of all facets of their instrument so as to gain a better appreciation of music. Whatever the goal of the student, I feel that I am equipped to provide them with the tools needed to achieve that goal.
*** Lesson Details ***
Content of Sessions
Generally, the first 10-15 minutes of each lesson will be focused on vocal warm up and exercise. (For guitar students, we will review the previous
week's assignment). For Vocal Students, it is understood that the voice mechanism is made up of muscles, and as an athlete prepares for a sporting event, a singer must prepare to vocalize. It is at this time in our lesson when the student will develop good habits of voice maintenance, which will serve them well throughout their careers. The proper care and preservation of the vocal unit cannot be stressed enough, especially for pubescent and pre-pubescent students. Vocal chords in a developmental stage are most susceptible to damage, and because they are particularly sensitive, they must be handled with care. Our warm up regimen is designed to strengthen as well as preserve the singing voice.
I am not an advocate of getting too involved and "bogged down" in the technical aspects of singing, especially with the young students, and
especially early in our program. This is not to say that breath control, tonality, pitch, etc. are not vital to good singing, because these workings are ESSENTIAL, and their application will certainly be incorporated into our studies. Some instructors, on occasion, have a tendency to lose sight of the fact that much to do with singing happens "naturally", and too much focus on the "technical" can actually be inhibiting. This can alter a beautiful, natural tone into one that is unnatural and contrived.
I adhere to the philosophy that above all else, SINGERS WANT TO SING SONGS, and musicians-in-training want to play music. That is our focus, and all of our training is conceived with that objective in mind. All the technical knowledge and coaching serves no purpose without practical application. It is my belief that the most significant progress occurs when a vocalist is singing a song.
Nearly every element of instruction can be utilized in the performance of one song. This is why the majority of our session time will be spent "in song". For the very young student, we will concentrate our efforts with the students choices of favorite and familiar songs. The older students will undoubtedly have favorite songs, styles and artists. Special attention will be paid to the genre most enjoyed by the student, but diversity will be emphasized as well, and a variety of genres will be unpacked and explored. I believe that whatever a student's musical goals and aspirations, it is in their best interest to gain knowledge and insight in all facets of music, singing, and performance.
The most vital pre-requisite for any student is their enthusiasm. My ambition will be to harness that enthusiasm and channel it productively through stimulating instruction. Our sessions will be informative and educational, but always predicated upon "having fun with music".
I am proud to feature a curriculum that emphasizes the entertainment aspect of singing as well as the technical; created to benefit all ages and experience levels, from beginner to seasoned professional. After just weeks of my "Triple Threat Training" a student will begin to see astounding results: vocally, musically, and in the art of performance. I am excited to share my knowledge with you. Let's get started!
***Performance Opportunities For Students***
I am very proud to share a long time friendship and association with Mr. Frank La Spina and his organization The Youth Musical Scholarship Foundation. Together we host shows and events that feature the most gifted and promising students of all ages in venues ranging from The Italian-American Club Showroom to the fabulous Smith Center For the Performing Arts. Many of my students have been featured in their OWN shows!! If you desire to hone your craft in front of audience in a quality venue, I can and WILL make that happen!!
*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio is equipped with a full vocal sound system with microphones that I utilize to teach the valuable art of mic technique. Young students enjoy using the mics and hearing themselves sing and perform. Since our lessons are predicated on enjoying the art of singing, this opportunity has proven invaluable. For the advanced performer, studying all aspects of amplification and what a singer should know about their stage sound is a part of our educational curriculum. My studio is furnished with the equipment that is essential to mastering that knowledge.
Since the practical aspect of my course is based on singing songs, I provide all the latest technology required to allow my students the opportunity to sing the songs of their choosing, with and without the lead vocal tracks. I feel that when students are singing their favorite songs, it offers me the greatest teaching opportunities. I make certain the every musical genre can be represented, and feel I have the knowledge and ability to guide the student is whatever their musical tastes. My studio is also equipped with piano (for vocal exercises), and guitars, which gives me opportunity to accompany my students when the musical moment is appropriate. Be assured that all the technology I need to fulfill the educational needs of my students is but a step away!! I AM ESPECIALLY EXCITED ABOUT MY STUDENTS BEING AFFORDED THE OPPORTUNITY TO RECORD THEIR MUSIC. My studio is equipped with full-service, state-of-the-art digital recording equipment. Many of my students have recorded full length albums. This not only provides an extraordinary teaching tool, but also a wonderful memory for student's family and friends!!
Associate of Arts/ Marketing from Cuyahoga Community College/ Akron University
Teaching since 2005
Awarded Best Teacher on the Planet from My students
Glenn is fantastic!
Such a confidence boost. Glenn helps you know what you’re already doing well, as well as what to improve on.
Glenn is amazing! He listened to me sing a few songs and gave me two tips that completely improved my vocal performance! Highly, highly recommended if you want to sing and perform better, and if you truly want to profoundly impact the listener to a higher degree !Show More
Great first lesson. Instrucor is: enthusiast, knowledgeable, personable, experienced, talented, amd great with kids, my son left encouraged and excited for his next lesson.
As a 59 year old man, with a teenage desire to sing, Glen has allowed me to take the time to develop the confidence it takes to sing. His ability to not have me become an exact clone of the artist has allowed me to take my singing style and make the song my own. Glen has allowed me to become comfortable in my journey.Show More
Glenn is AMAZING! He did much more than just prep my acting & singing for my audition. He gave me tips to help be prepared for the unforeseen during the audition and instilled confidence in my performance. He is a great teacher and I highly recommend him! Can’t wait to continue to learn from him!!Show More
Glenn is a fantastic instructor. I was a beginner to acting, but I've really wanted to learn more about the craft for a long time. Glenn broke down the fundamentals of reading, character development, and script analysis to help make a more believable performance. Now we're getting into blocking and developing the physical aspects of a character. I'm learning a great deal and Glenn's patience and encouragement make him the ideal instructor to learn and grow. Highly recommend!Show More
Helped my son so much with his high school choir performances and studying ranges. Highly recommended.
I was very pleased with Glenn and the help he gave myself and two other co-workers on the presentation we have to make this week at our conference. Glenn quickly picked up on what our outcome was and coached us in that direction. Many valuable tips and ideas for input was extremely helpful. Glenn also had a superb sense of humor and we shared plenty of laughs along the way also....highly recommend Glenn!Show More
Glenn has so much experience as a performer that he offers very practical suggestions!
Very nice and friendly first impression
My daughters singing improved significantly with Glenn's teaching after just the first lesson!
I am totally very happy with my teacher , he has a great talent i can rely on.
I am totally very happy with my teacher , he has a great talent i can rely on.
Glen is an awesome teacher! He is great at applying the lesson to my situation and works with me on singing while playing guitar. He has focuses not just on helping me become a better singer, but also a better performer and rhythm guitar player. He is also a really cool guy and makes the lessons entertaining. I would recommend him to any singers or guitar players at all levels of skill and experience.Show More
Today we finally got into the meat and potatoes of my voice acting skills. Glenn was great at directing me for a better read. I was very pleased with my lesson.
Glenn is a great person to work with! I had no experience singing, but agreed to sing at my sister's wedding. In a few months he got me to where I felt confident singing in front of 200 people, and my sister loved it! Glenn helped me not only with the technical parts of how to sing, but also how to perform in front of an audience, and (most importantly in my opinion) kept me motivated each week to sing whenever I had some free time. I definitely recommend Glenn for anyone who wants to get in to singing and performing.Show More
Glenn is a great teacher. He's super insightful and has a really great way of articulating what you need to know to improve.
Giving me the boost I need looking forward to more lessons and discovering what my voice can do. Thank!
I have been taking lessons from Glen for about 6 weeks now. He has a great style of teaching and is very enthusiastic. I have been able to incorporate singing with playing guitar and have made a great deal of progress already. I would recommend him without reservation for anyone who wants to improve their singing and/or guitar playing. I look forward to each lesson every week.Show More
Very happy that my son and I found Glenn!
My niece feels that Glenn is an amazing instructor and she is only nine she can't wait to go back
I had a great first day with Glenn, and I am really excited to learn from such a quality guy. Thank you "TakeLessons" for connecting me up with such an excellent teacher!
Awesome first lesson, great personality and humor. Help me improve on the first lesson.
Made me feel comfortable. Very knowledgeable and funny.
Glenn has a lot of very good energy and he is very knowledgeable about acting and that has inspired us to work hard and practice.
Glenn is incredibly fun! Seriously awesome guy who never lets me forget that singing is all about having fun. I feel a lot more confident and much improved just after two lessons. I would highly recommend Glenn for anyone who is interested. Also don't be reluctant for the online thing. It really doesn't make a difference! The lessons are still really great online :)Show More
Glenn is awesome. My husband and I are so excited to be taking lesson with him. He is a perfect fit for us and anyone that would like to learn something new or refine their vocal skills, and have a blast the entire time. He also has the cuties two dogs ever. Look no further, Glenn's your guy. :)Show More
I'm very satisfied. I got more out of my first lesson with Glen than I got out of year of training with other voice trainers.
I really want to thank Glenn. I am now much more confident, and my singing really improved A LOT. I think I already wrote a review for him, but I want to do it again because I am so happy with my choice! Take classes with him, you won't regret it.
Glenn was easy and helpful. I already sing better! He lets you sing whatever you want. It was great fun.
Glenn was great! Ethan would prefer live over Skype.
My goals are to learn how to score, to put music to my verse to make a song. I hear the melody in my head but I do not play an instrument and have difficulty singing. Today, at the end of the second lesson, Glenn showed me on guitar what one of my choruses would sound like based on his take of my rendering. It was a great chorus, I am so happy!Show More
Glenn is really great. We are Skype challenged from our end, but love his enthusiasm, and energy.
Awesome! After one lesson he has already started to develop me from singer to performer!
Great person and very knowledeable
I liked how in my first lesson we got straight into the music. We focus more on singing the songs, which I liked!
Glenn is a great teacher , I am very happy with my lessons. I had never sing at all before and I needed help getting started and he was the perfect choice for me. I highly recommend him.
Only a couple lessons thus far and fabulous!! Looking forward to witnessing his gift and potential to help my duaghter shine.
Only a couple lessons thus far and fabulous!! Looking forward to witnessing his gift and potential to help my duaghter shine.
Great with my 10 year old son. He's already learned a lot and he makes singing fun.
Glenn has been the perfect singing teacher for my 16 y/o daughter. Not only has he greatly improved her singing style, he is teaching her how to write songs and writing music for her lyrics. He encourages her every lesson and I have seen her confidence bloom since staring with Glenn.Show More
My singing skills have improved so much after I started taking Glenn's classes. My confidence also increased. He is a wonderful teacher.
Excellent instructor so far! :)
Glenn style for teaching is spot on. Encouraging positive and great feedback with positive criticism. Helping my daughter reach her full potential and with humor love and kindness. Great environment to improve anyone's voice at any level. Highly recommend him.Show More
We have only had four lessons so far, but they have been great.
My daughter is 14 years old. She has been taking voice lessons for the past two years. We moved to a very suburban area where there were no voice teachers close to our town. We tried online lesson with Glen for the first time. We are re-signing up. My daughter and I are pleased to find a instructor as gifted as Glenn.
I just wanted to summarize my thoughts about Glenn W. I am a seasoned CEO of both successful private and public companies. I know a lot about what it takes to be successful and how to motivate people to go beyond their own expectations! I have also taken guitar and voice lessons in the past from what I refer to as "textbook" instructors. Glenn W is NOT your textbook instructor!! He is big time experienced and he knows what it takes to get YOU, his student, to a level you never dreamed of!! He becomes not only your "teacher", he becomes your "mentor", your "coach", and at times your very very "best friend". He doesn't tell you what you want to hear, he tells you what you NEED to hear!! He takes copies notes at each session, on your voicing, guitar technique and your ability to "charm an audience" if that's your goal. And, his weekly critiques are "gently", yet brutally honest. I especially LOVE it when he actually "verbally beats me up". It makes me work twice has hard for the next week's visit!!! My goal has always been to be a performer, and with Glenn's years of experience, I know now, I am going to "get there"!!!! And, when I do, the ONE I will THANK FIRST, is Glenn W!!! He's NO "teacher"; he is a SEASONED PROFESSOR of "performance"( whether it's guitar technique, voice or performing in any venue ) and a "silent" gift to those in Las Vegas that have a yearning to learn and perform!!!! This guy isn't a 5 star rating; he's a 5 DIAMOND!!!!!!!
Thank you, Glenn
Amazing Just Amazing
I have been watching my daughter grow and become even more confidant in her singing.
Glenn is a fantastic teacher, and really makes his students feel special. He helps them builds on their strengths while pushing them to expand their limits.
I was skeptical at first using on online service to find a voice instructor; I looked at the site for weeks wondering if this was some kind of rip off, I am very glad I tried it. I canât believe the changes in my girls in just a few short weeks
Glenn is an AMAZING TEACHER!!!
I took my daughter to Glenn for vocal coaching after reading all the great reviews. This man is AMAZING! One of the first things he expressed is that having fun is a big part of entertainment. From the very start he put her at ease letting her know there is no wrong or right as long as she enjoys what she is doing and sings songs that she is passionate about. This is a perfect approach for students...it takes the pressure off of them allowing them freedom to express their talent and evolve naturally. Glens thinks outside the box ...WE ABSOLUTELY LOVE HIM. My daughters voice has improved and she is not anxious when she sings in front of me anymore (-; If you are considering voice lessons ...TAKE LESSONS from GLENN AND YOU WILL BE HOOKED!
Great Experience with Glenn W.
I started taking guitar lessons from Glenn almost a year ago. It turned into much more than that. I was wanting to expand my abilities and "play list" in preparation for performing in my daughter's wedding ceremony which was June 29, 2013. After my time with Glenn I became a better guitar player, a better singer, and he encouraged me and helped me write a beautiful song for my daughter - someting I never thought I would do - so I am now a composer. Playing a song I wrote in my daughter's wedding was a life event for me and something myself and my family will cherish forever. It has been an awesome experience and I can never thank Glenn enough!!!
Glenn is very professional, fun, encourager, patient, and positive
Glenn is a great teacher and an encourager. He helped me develop my singing skills in a span of one month and helped me gain more confidence in singing. He is also open minded and very attentive. He thinks positively, you'll never feel discouraged pursuing your dreams. He is also fun and enthusiastic, no boring moments.
Mr. Glenn is the Best!
Mr. Glenn is excellant! He has many, many years of experience. Mr. Glenn is a total professional, he makes you feel so comfortable. He does a great job of communicating, and you always learn something new. I have only been going to Mr. Glenn for a few months but my dad and I feel that we have known him for many years. He should be give a 10! He is by far the best music teacher I have every met. He is super talented! What a great guy!! There is nothing negative at all, he simply the best! He is fun, friendly, honest, patent, enthusiastic, flexible, positive, reliable, respectful, sensitive and encouraging. Thanks Mr. Glenn.
Glen W is awesome!
Loved this whole experience with take lessons & Glen W. Glen sure knows his stuff & he's super funny, supportive & encouraging. My daughter has improved so much after 2 lessons. She looks forward to her vocal class every week. Oh and did I mention it's super affordable. Amazing!
Over the years, I have taken music lessons from a plethora of instructors and, of all of my experiences, I find Glenn to be one of the most dedicated to quality service in all of Las Vegas. He is professional in his guidance and most scrupulous in helping me to master excellence in the technique I employ. Too often, a music teacher will "overlook" or ignore errors the student makes, hoping that it will "work itself out," which lends no benefit to the student. Glenn, without hesitation, and with the utmost respect, immediately identifies mistakes I make and helps me to correct them before they become a habit. On the flip side of the coin, he never fails to acknowledge my strengths and encourages me to continue in them. Glenn possesses and exudes mastery of his music and his instructional techniques, which further reinforces my level of trust for him as a music teacher. I have been most pleased with the outcome of my lessons with Glenn and look forward to continuing in the future.
From the first minute we met Glenn he made my7 year old grand daughter feel so comfortable. Hemade her feel like he was a family member. He immediately got her to talk and even started her offafter warm up scale practice with a song. She was holding the microphone like a pro. She looks forward to her lesson and looks forward to coming home during the holidays for more of Glenn.
Instructor Glenn W.
Practice lessons and coaching are superbly!
Mr. Glenn works very well with my daughter. He is kind and very prompt. He has fun with his students and has a fun way of teaching.
Mr. Glenn, is a very gifted instructor. I have been extremely pleased with him. I wished I found him years ago, he really knows what he is doing and makes you feel so comfortable. I would highly recommend him, I wish I could give him more than 5 stars, I would easily give him 10. THANKS!Show More
Amazing and helpful teacher!
My 3 boys (10 yr. old twins and an 8 yr. old) just started taking lessens from Glenn and we are sooooo happy with the results already. The boys are learning and having a great time and the experience has already proven to be a positive one. We look foward to future lessons and hope to stay with Glenn as the boys grow!
I love having Glenn as my teacher! He makes me feel very comfortable singing because he keeps the session very upbeat and fun. I am also very greatful for his honesty and professionalism and the natural ability he has for helping you find the "true artist" within yourself:)
Strength, honesty, and passion...
Glenn will become more than a coach, he will become that brutally honest friend that wants to see you succeed. He will tell you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear.I think he has the tools to help you shine.
Glen is a Great Teacher!! My girls and I are always looking forward to going every week. He is very positive in everything that he is teaching and is great at building confidence expescially with my younger girls.
The Best in Town!
I have not felt an ounce of doubt in myself since I met Mr. Glenn. He's such a positive enforcement and he gives me the confidence I need to get to where I want to go. His way of teaching is, honestly, from the heart. He cares so much more about just my singing voice; he cares about my hopes and goals. I now strive to be all I can be and more thanks to Mr. Glenn.
Glenn has made a real connection to my son and he motivated him to practice and to try to achieve the goals that are set for him. He looks forward all week to his lessons.
I have made progress. I have a long way to go to get where I want to be. I would have not have made it this far without Mr. Glen
Glen is everything I could want in a guitar teacher for my granddaughter. He encourages and inspires her to do her best.
Thanks, Glenn. You are doing a fantastic job. Please help us in trying to get her to learn a popular song on the pop charts, as you have indicated you want to do. I think once she nails one....she'll keep going strong ! Thank you !
Great Musician and teacher
I have been taking guitar lessons for a couple months now, glen is by far the best guitar teacher I have had. I would highly recommend him to anyone considering take lessons under Glen's expert tutelage.
Mr. Glenn is great... his way of teaching comes from his heart meaning he will find ways for the child to learn.
Glenn is an awesome instructor, he gives great tips and advice and in a short time has taugt allot to my 6 year old.
Yes! I Can
Spent most of my life analyzing everything but after training with Glenn, I am developing the creative me. Growing and changing is not always easy but multi talented Glenn will inspire and assist you to develop your talents. He always greets you with a smile.
Hi I enjoy learning with Glen I look forward to what each new week will bring He seems to understand where an what I need work on. I really want to focus on more experience with live bands an He knows an understnds what I want,
Glenn is an awesome teacher!!
The Glenn W. Academy
I have been instructing prospective singers, actors and musicians to some degree and in various capacities since 1980. I opened my Academy for private instruction in 2005 for the exclusive purpose of passing along the knowledge I have absorbed during my 45+ year career, seeking to help talented, passionate and committed students of all ages achieve a dream that I have been lucky enough to live...
The Glenn W. Show
Working in all aspects of performance including but not limited to vocalist and bandleader, actor, guitarist, emcee, voice over talent, television performer, etc. Did I mention Singing Telegrams?
Cuyahoga Community College/ Akron University
Professional Developement of School Employees
Professional Developement of School Employees