Jackie Brenneman

Jackie B.

Studio City, CA

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About

Jackie delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 4+

Teaching since:
January 2003

I am an experienced teacher specializing in vocal technique, acting and musical theater performance. I work with singers of all ages and experience levels who want to improve performance, vocal expression and range.

I am passionate about connecting a performer with the material and I believe that most stumbling blocks are the result of a lack of preparation, not a lack of talent. Confidence and individuality are key to a successful performance and I am here to make that happen!

For performers, all coaching sessions will start with a detailed discussion of the song’s music and lyrics before moving on to the notes themselves. This leads to a focused understanding of the song that will be meaningful and effective for the performer and the audience.

If growth, understanding and tangible results are what you are looking for--look no further! I promise that you will notice changes in every lesson, and walk away with tons of confidence.

*** Lesson Details ***
Each students receives a full set of vocal exercises to take home with them on their first lesson. We use those exercises daily and in every lesson to gauge progress and develop a strong technique. With the exercises as a standard, students are able to see rapid growth that can be more difficult to assess with more traditional teaching methods.

I know that ALL people can sing and I use this personalized approach in my lessons. Your voice is an instrument that requires practice and exercise, regardless of your level of experience. Your training starts with a vocal assessment and detailed feedback about your current strengths and weaknesses. I then work with you to develop a customized plan based on your voice and goals.

However, your voice is much more than just an instrument—it is a tool for emotional expression. This emotional component of singing can manifest in bad habits that function as coping mechanisms to avoid accessing “scary” feelings. I work with you to identify problem areas and fix the technical issues while also addressing the underlying emotional triggers in a safe and compassionate setting.

My goal is cultivate your technique and discipline to take you to the next level of your performance.

*** Studio Equipment ***
-Digital piano
-Large mirror (to see your technique)
-Large sheet music collection

*** Specialties ***
Musical Theater Performance
Vocal Technique
Audition Preparation
Song Interpretation
Storytelling Through Song
Building a Mix
Unifying the Voice
Overcoming Stage Fright
Finding Your Unique Voice
Identifying and Conquering Vocal Issues

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Experience

President
Jun 2014 - Present
Conundrum Theatre Company

I am the President of Conundrum Theatre Company, Inc.--a brand-new non-profit professional theatre company. Conundrum offers a unique voice in the Southern California theater community by focusing on allowing working professionals to participate in high-quality, professional shows.

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Voice Teacher
Jan 2012 - Present
Jackie B. Vocal Studio

I am an experienced voice teacher who brings decades of performing and training to each lesson. I use a multidisciplinary approach to singing to help students find safe and comfortable ways to approach even the most challenging material.

I also have special individual workshop packages for AUDITION COACHING and REPERTORY BUILDING FOR MUSICAL THEATER. Contact me for more details or check out my studio website!

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Performer
Jan 1990 - Present
Various Musicals

I have performed in well over 100 musicals and plays in my nearly 20+ years as a musical theater actress. Some recent roles in the Los Angeles area include: Florence in Chess, Babe in The Pajama Game, Maria von Trapp in Sound of Music, Marian Paroo in The Music Man, Charity in Sweet Charity and Roxie Hart in Chicago.

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Education

B.A.
Jan 2005 - May 2008
New York University
Musical Theater
Jan 2005 - May 2008
CAP 21 at New York University
Classical Voice
Aug 2005 - Dec 2005
NYU in Prague
Musical Theater Performance
Aug 2001 - May 2003
University of the Arts

Languages

Spanish
Limited Proficiency

Awards

CaminOvation Award: Best Lead Actress in a Play or Musical
Aug 2011
Camino Real Playhouse

Photos & Videos

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Clips from recent productions of "The Sound of Music" and "The Pajama Game" (Reading).
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4 Reviews

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Andrea Jul 2, 2015
Musical Theater · In home

My daughter takes lessons from Jackie and she has been so helpful. As a vocal instructor, she knows her stuff of course, but I also appreciate her care for my daughter as a young performer, helping her overcome fears and work through insecurities that tween/teen girls can have. My daughter has grown in her singing and acting as well as her confidence. Jackie has been flexible when our schedule was tricky, and always instructive but positive. Definitely recommend!

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Bryan Jul 1, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio

Jackie is an excellent instructor and modifies her classes to fit the needs of each student. She is personable and extremely knowledgeable about a variety of methods: singing, acting, stage presence, etc. I highly recommend her as a teacher!

Bryan Jul 1, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio

Jackie is an excellent instructor and modifies her classes to fit the needs of each student. She is personable and extremely knowledgeable about a variety of methods: singing, acting, stage presence, etc. I highly recommend her as a teacher!

Esme Jul 1, 2015
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Jackie is one of the nicest, most talented people I know. Though I haven't really taken any lesson with her, I have seen her once a month to see her sing for the past 10 months, and she is definitely one of the best people to take lessons with. I will be taking performance lessons with her, and I also think you should look into that if you can. Please do take lessons with her, she is awesome!

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