Jameson James

Jameson J.

Austin, TX

About Jameson J.

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Jameson teaches: Ages 8 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: June 2000
Last sign in: Yesterday

Overview

If you are a seasoned performer, I will guide you in developing agility, musicality, range, dynamics, and phrase shape. If you are a first-time vocal student, I will provide an engaging, supportive environment to find your voice.

My instruction is based on professionalism, experience and range from more than 25 years of singing and 13 years of teaching. I have advanced education in vocal performance and am an AmSAT certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, which allow me to integrate the intellectual and physical aspects of singing. I use my energy, attentiveness and creativity to tailor lessons towards each student's unique needs.

I base my vocal technique on the Italianate tradition of operatic "bel canto," but also incorporate broad experience in musical theater, jazz, and early to contemporary classical music.

* Breath control
* Healthy vocal production "bel canto"
* Fach transition
* 20th Century music

Roles performed:

Rodolfo, La Boheme
Canio, Pagliacci
Count Almaviva, Barbiere di Siviglia
Goro, Madama Butterfly
Mr Splinters, The Tender Land
Don Basilio, Marriage of Figaro
Juror #3, Resurrection (Machover)
The Cowboy, The Blue Hotel (Hulse)

Credits include:

* Aspen Opera Theater Center

* Boston Lyric Opera

* Rome Opera Festival

* Austin Lyric Opera

* Amato Opera

* Dicapo Opera

* Bronx Opera

I have made demonstration tapes for new works (musical theater and opera) and know how to work a new piece into any voice.

In addition, I have worked with the Alexander Technique for over 15 years and integrate its principles into my lessons. My approach is creative, energetic and disciplined.

*** Lesson Details ***
Every student is different and every lesson will be different depending on the needs of the individual, and the demands of the day. I use the principles of the Alexander Technique to open up the student's mind and body to new experiences.

In general, lessons will start with a simple warm-up. Then scales and arpeggios to develop agility, musicality, range, dynamics, and phrase shape. Finally, the last part of the lesson I incorporate some of the new ideas that were communicated earlier into the student's repertoire.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, Alexander Technique table,

*** Travel Equipment ***
NONE

*** Specialties ***
Teaches beginner through professional:
Singing, Voice Opera, Musical Theater, Jazz, Alexander Technique.

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Experience

Faculty, Voice Department

Nov 2015 - Present
Southwestern University

Teach voice and Alexander Technique to voice majors and non-majors

Faculty, Alexander Technique Instructor

Jan 2012 - Jun 2014
Walnut Hill School for the Arts

Taught group classes and individual lessons to students in the music department.

Faculty, Voice Department

Aug 2011 - Jun 2014
New England Conservatory of Music Extension Division

Taught voice and Alexander Technique lessons to students in the Preparatory school and Continuing Education departments.

Education

Master of Music in Vocal Performance

Aug 1999 - Jun 2001
New England Conservatory of Music

Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art

Aug 1994 - Jun 1999
Rice University

Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance

Aug 1994 - Jun 1999
Rice University

Languages Spoken

German

Professional Proficiency

Certifications

Alexander Technique Teacher

Jun 2009
American Society for the Alexander Technique

Alexander Technique Instructor

Jun 2009
Alexander Technique New York City

After three years of study, I received my Alexander Technique certificate

Awards

Southwest Regional Finalist

Feb 2007
Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions

Affiliations

American Society for the Alexander Technique

Sep 2009
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The American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT)  is the largest professional association of certified Alexander Technique teachers in the United States.The requirements for AmSAT teacher certification are specified in AmSAT's Bylaws and include the completion of 1,600 hours of training over a minimum of three years at an AmSAT-approved Teacher Training Course. AmSAT Teacher Training Courses maintain a five-to-one student/teacher ratio.

National Association of Teachers of Singing

Sep 2001
NATS

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.

American Guild of Musical Artists

Jul 2001

An American labor union that represents 8,000 current and retired opera singers, ballet and other dancers, opera directors, backstage production personnel at opera and dance companies, and figure skaters.

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24 Reviews on Jameson J.

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Zoe S. Jun 9, 2016
Opera Voice · In studio
Verified Student
Jameson has improved my voice 100 fold! I am a professional singer from a different genre. Learning opera with Jameson has improved the quality of my voice immensely. Even when I am not singing opera, my voice has more power and resonance in all areas of singing because of the work he has done with me. I am so pleased and so impressed with his skill. If you're thinking about lessons with Jameson, DO IT!
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David M. Jan 15, 2016
Alexander Technique · In studio
Verified Student
Beyond my expectation. Exceptional instruction. Inviting environment. Great vibes. Very Knowledgable in his content area as well as other fields.
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Elmarie Oct 5, 2015
Opera Voice · In studio
Verified Student
Awesome class!! Can't wait to have my next one!
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Andrew H. Jun 13, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Jameson is an exceptional singer and teacher. He is kind and patient in lessons and wants to make sure you understand what he is teaching. Not only does he go over the notes and rhythms of a song, he also goes over the meaning and emotions of the piece to help you understand and perform the piece.
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Arnold B. Feb 6, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Jameson has been patient with me in the few lessons I've had with him so far.
He's very knowledgeable and understanding, so I felt no need to be ashamed when I make mistakes or sometimes sound funny. It helps that he's friendly and approachable.

The lessons are purposeful and insightful. I like how he allows me to ask questions and he helps me understand mechanics that I've never learned before.

I've sung in a few church choirs for many years on and off without any vocal training. I've only ever sung for just the love of singing, so I've collected some bad habits that were never addressed until now. It didn't take long for him to develop a gameplan for me and figure out how he's gonna get me right on track.

Today he helped me "find my voice". It was a Eureka moment of sorts I won't soon forget. There's still work to be done, but surely I will
continue with my lessons with him because I'd like to see where he can help me take my voice.

Definitely top-notch instruction from a pro here, so for me, it's money well-spent.
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Michael L. Aug 28, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Jameson's knowledge and instruction go well beyond the physical mechanics of singing. His lessons bring you to the mental approach to singing and performing. He somehow makes the abstract tangible, at least in so far as it can be applied in a real way. Lastly, I don't think I ever had a lesson where we did not share some laughter.
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Ruth W. Jul 21, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I worked with Jameson for a year and a half, and it transformed singing from a source of self-doubt into something I do with confidence and joy. The Alexander technique works wonders for really being able to understand how to use every part of your body to find the best sound. Lessons were always comfortable, fun, and exciting as I learned new ways to feel comfortable throughout my entire range. I seriously envy his Texan students!
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Ali K. Jul 15, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
“Indistinguishable from Magic”

Jameson is a perfect teacher…superlatively knowledgeable, experienced, talented, effective, professional, understanding, encouraging, friendly, and fun.

I’m an electrical engineering graduate student. In love with (listening to) classical voice and musical theatre, and desperate to learn to sing, but with no applicable musical intuition or experience, I began taking lessons with Jameson early last year.

Whenever I have a question (and believe me, I ask a LOT of questions), Jameson is ready with a comprehensive, informed answer. Whenever I struggle with a particular exercise or skill or phrase, Jameson is ready with an effective remedy. When I sense (or he senses) that something doesn't feel or sound quite right, he will tell me which senses I should pay attention to and which senses might lead me astray if I focus on them while singing. He has always worked hard and effectively to teach me how to put and keep my mind and body in the proper frame for singing (regardless of the state I'm in when I enter the studio), sometimes by introducing Alexander Technique exercises and principles, informed by human anatomy. When we work on a piece, starting with the bare melody, Jameson guides me through deeper and deeper levels of understanding and connection with the piece so that my performance continually improves and becomes progressively more organic. Jameson never bends me toward a particular sound; he helps make my experience and my sound intensely personal, while always improving the quality of that sound and promoting a healthy singing style.

Thanks to Jameson, I’m now well on my way. I hear and appreciate and love music as never before. As for singing…I am delighted beyond words by my initial development of and persistent improvement in tone quality, musical understanding, range, control, basic ability, consistency, and confidence.

In my life so far, I have known many teachers (of many things), among whom a very, very tiny number change everything forever. Beyond a shadow of a doubt, Jameson is one of them.
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Dan S. Jun 6, 2014
Speaking Voice · In home
Verified Student
Passionate, effective and thoughtful teacher.

I attended an Alexander Technique workshop Jameson co-hosted at the New England Conservatory and recently began personal lessons on AT and voice lessons with him. Jameson is passionate about teaching and is able to teach students at different levels of ability.

I would highly recommend Jameson for singing and Alexander Technique lessons. I couldn't ask for a better teacher.
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Morgan B. Apr 27, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Great vocal coach for singers of all ability levels

I have enjoyed singing so much more since starting lessons less than a year ago. Jameson has taught me to get more out of my voice with less effort. His lessons are professional, packed with information, and fun. He meets his students where they are in terms of their musical abilities. I have sang in quite a few choirs, musicals, and small acapella groups, but hadn't sang for quite a few years. He has successfully drawn my voice back out and helped me break several bad habits. I intended to only take a few lessons from Jameson, but now don't have any intention of stopping lessons anytime soon. Now even my husband has taken a few singing lessons from him to tune up his voice before singing at a few weddings this summer.

I would recommend Jameson as a teacher for anyone looking to achieve any goal with their singing! He's a wonderful teacher.
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