James Spencer

James S.

Long Beach, CA

Lesson Details

Improv Acting

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I teach all aspects of acting to students ages 12-older. Lessons may include: voice maintenance, breath, projection, diction/dialects, cold readings, monologues, scenes, dramatic/comedic, musical theatre (I also teaching singing),, voice over and more.

I look forward to helping you reach your acting goals.
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James delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 12+

Teaching since:

Good day TakeLessons Students:

This is James located in Belmont Shore, California. I have had the pleasure of teaching privately since 1984 and I have also taught at CSUF, Orange Coast College/Coastline Community College, Orange County High School of the Arts and Huntington Beach Academy of the Performing Arts. I'm also currently on faculty at University of West London: London College of Music as a US representative coach for their music grade programs and advanced diploma/degrees.

Out of my studio in Long Beach I currently coach students ages 12 and older in the following areas: piano, digital keyboards, voice, musical theatre, acting, voiceover, violin/viola, music theory/ear, music composition/songwriting, music history, music therapy, breath and meditation.

I also offer several subjects to Take Lessons students online.

I enjoy being an artist developer and i work with advanced artists preparing for careers in the arts. Many of my current students are in the movie/tv industry, perform in musical theatre and for cruise ships and Disneyland.

I look forward to helping you reach your music goals. Thanks.

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Jan 2012 - Present
University of West London: London College of Music (USA BRANCH)

US professor for music grades and degree/diploma programs in the following: piano, voice, musical theatre, composition, theory, music history

Music and Acting Coach, Artist Developer/Agent
Jan 1984 - Present
Music and Artist Development

My studio offers private instruction to students ages 12 and older in the following: piano, harpsichord, organ, digital keyboard, voice, voice over, acting, musical theatre, violin, viola, music theory/ear training, music composition/songwriting, arranging/orchestration, music therapy, life coaching and breathwork.

We offer artist development coaching to advanced artists by audition/portfolio submission as well as management services.

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Professor of Music
Jan 1998 - Jun 2015
Orange Coast College/Coastline Community College

Applied Piano and Voice classes, musical theatre workshop, vocal workshop, music theory, music appreciation, acting, film history, music history, music history for active senior citizens, music therapy.

Professor of Music
Jan 1995 - Jun 2002
California State University, Fullerton

Collaborative Keyboard Arts, Vocal Coaching, Piano Classes for Undergrad.


Fellowship: Musicology/Ethnomusicology
Jan 2010 - Jun 2012
London College of Music
Diploma: Music Therapy/Clinical Hypnothrapy
Jan 2006 - Oct 2006
Hypnosis Motivation Institute, Tarzana CA
Master of Music: Piano and Vocal Performance
Jan 1992 - Jun 1995
California State University, Fullerton
Bachelor of Music: Piano and Voice Performance
Jan 1987 - Jun 1992
California State University, Fullerton


Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


London College of Music Professor Certification
Jun 2012
University of West London: London College of Music (USA BRANCH)

LCM Professor for grades and degree programs.

Clinical Hypnotherapy/Music Therapy
Oct 2006
Hypnosis Motivation Institute, Tarzana CA

Certification: Clinical Hypnotherapy (Kappasian, Ericksonian, Time Line Therapy, Regression), Music Therapy, EFT/NLP, Reiki


Jazz Lounge Album of the Year (2015)
Dec 2015
Cocktail Nation (Sydney, Australia) and Swank Magazine
Jazz album of the Year: (2014)
Dec 2014
Cocktail Nation (Sydney, Australia) and Swank Magazine
1st Place Piano Concerto Competition
May 1986
College of the Desert
Young Artist Series: Debut with Pacific Symphony (age 12)
Jun 1982
Pacific Symphony


California Professional Music Teachers Association
Jan 2015

CAPMT is the California State Affiliate of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). CAPMT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit music teachers organization of over 1,000 members, teaching in independent studios, private and public schools, conservatories, colleges, and universities throughout California.

CAPMT offers a variety of state programs for the music student and education and professional opportunities for its members. California is divided into nine geographical districts, some of which are subdivided into chapters. The districts and chapters provide local opportunities for student performances, competitions, evaluations, and for teacher enrichment, education, and interaction.

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Photos & Videos


Music and Acting Coach
Spencer Music Artist: Richard Lennox (pianist, organist, and recording artist) richardlennox.org

Sergio Vazquez Mora (Spencer Music Artist Development Student):  Composer/Arranger, Pianist, Vocalist.  Film scorer

Emily Verdict (Spencer Music and Artist Development Artist): Actress, Voice over artist, Vocalist.

Xandre Clementsmith (Spencer Music Artist Development Artist), Pianist, Vocalist and Composer/Arranger

Andree Ann Deschenes: Spencer Music Artist Development Artist:  Pianist, Educator, Recording Artist.

Matthew Spencer (nephew) and Spencer Music Artist Development Student:  Concert Pianist

Hailey Smith: Spencer Music Artist Development Artist:  Singer/Actress, Musical Theatre

Carina Taboada: Spencer Music Artist:  Jazz and Cabaret Vocalist.
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3 Reviews

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Serafino May 7, 2018
Stage Performance · In studio

I've been doing General artist development. Including vocal training, stage performance and creating a professional industry standard website that you will need to have a serious career in entertainment.

Proud Mom May 6, 2018
Voice Acting · In studio

My son had never had vocal or acting lessons as a child. After getting his first role in a musical, my son fell in love with this art form. He started with James in middle school. My son has had a leading role in every musical at his high school since starting with James.

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Rob May 6, 2018
Classical Voice · In studio

exceptionally well versed and great communicator

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