Janelle Lawrence

Janelle L.

Brooklyn, NY

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Janelle delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 3+ and special needs

Teaching since:
June 2012

Hello! My name is Janelle L. and I am a Manhattanville College graduate with a BFA in Musical Theatre and a BA in Psychology.​ As a performer I have appeared in the Off- Broadway productions ANTIGONE and TWELTH NIGHT with Love Creek Theater Company, SHOUT The Mod Musical and SHOWTUNE with direction by Mark Cherry, The Off-Broadway production oF THE EXTRAORDINARY FALL OF THE FOUR LEGGED WOMAN and a solo cabaret at The Metropolitan Room. I currently teach Voice, Piano, Violin, and Cello at The New Windsor School of Music and The Rock Underground of Greenwood Lake. I have learned some of my best lessons from being a performer and try to give my students more than technical knowledge; i.e. breathing from the diaphragm, not using tension to control breath, aiming over the soft pallet, etc., but also acting and performance knowledge; like learning to work with your nerves before a number and thinking about why the character is singing instead of saying the lyrics. I have been teaching since I was 16; from students ranging from 5 years old to 47 and have learned to adapt my curriculum to each student while making sure they develop a good repertoire and technique. For educational purposes I follow exercises and drills from a range of books including Vocal Strength and Power by Dena Murray, Speak with Distinction by Edith Skinner, Acting Songs by David Brunetti, and Voice and The Alexander Technique by Jane Ruby Heirich. I can perform basic accompanying parts and can also transpose music.

a sample of how my voice lessons are run is below. Each student with leave with a basic knowledge of solfage, a musical scale, and multiple genres of songs.
*** Voice Lesson Details ***
(Student expected to be prepared for lesson 10 minutes prior to lesson)

Forty Five Minute Lesson Breakdown   2:00 PM Greet and Go Through Packet
Benefit: Safe Space
2:03 PM Body Warm Up (Alexander Method)
Benefit: Loosen Muscles
2:08 PM Vocal Warm Up with piano
Benefit: Loosens Vocal Chords
2:15 PM Song Selection/Work Through Process
Benefit: Realizing Range and Character Bonds
2:45 PM Practice Notes, Review, End Session

Hour Lesson Breakdown  6:00 PM Greet and Go Through Packet
Benefit: Safe Space
6:05 PM Body Warm Up (Alexander Method)
Benefit: Loosens Muscles
6:20 PM Vocal Warm Up with piano
Benefit: Loosens Vocal Chords
6:30 PM Song Selection/Work Through Process
Benefit: Realizing Range and Character Bonds
7:00 PM Practice Notes, Review, End Session

Two Hour Lesson Breakdown 4:00 PM Greet and Go Through Packet
Benefit: Safe Space
4:10 PM Body Warm Up (Alexander Method)
Benefit: Loosens Muscels
4:35 PM Vocal Warm Up with piano
Benefit: Loosens Vocal Chords
4:55 PM Song Selection/Work Through Process
Benefit: Realizing Range and Character Bonds
6:00 PM Practice Notes, Review, End Session

*** Studio Equipment ***
Grand Piano
Mini Grand Piano
Mirror
Stands

*** Home Equipment ***
Yamaha Stage Piano with speakers
Mirror
Stands

*** Travel Equipment ***
Yamaha Electronic Keyboard
Music Stands

*** Specialties ***
Musical Theatre: Singing, Acting, and Dance.
Dance: Contemporary, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Ballet, and Modern

BACKGROUND CHECK AVAILABLE IN PDF UPON REQUEST

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Experience

Voice/Piano
Feb 2015 - Present
The Rock Underground

I teach various styles of voice and piano. I work one on one with band vocalist.

Voice/Piano/Violin/Cello
Feb 2015 - Aug 2016
New Windsor School Of Music

I taught voice, piano, violin, cello, and musical theatre acting for students of various ages. This includes group lessons and combination lessons.

Dance Instructor
Jun 2015 - Mar 2016
Emporium Dance Center

I taught Musical Theatre dance, Acrobatics, Jazz, Ballet, and Tap

Voice/Piano/Violin/Cello/Upright Bass Instructor
Apr 2012 - Mar 2014
Mike Risko's Music School

I taught voice, piano, violin, cello, and upright bass for students of various ages. I was also a voice instructor for Rock Band Summer Camp 2012 and 2013.

Performing Arts Director
Jul 2008 - Jul 2013
New Windsor Rec. Dept.

Organized Talent show for Summer Camp. Performance included dancing and singing to Disney songs

Education

BFA in Music with a Concentration in Musical Theatre
Aug 2012 - May 2016
Manhattanville College
Psychology
Aug 2011 - May 2016
Manhattanville College

Languages

American Sign Language
Professional Proficiency
English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

First Aid and CPR
Jun 2013
Keep on Pumping Training Center

Photos & Videos

My Performance Vocal Reel
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The company I co-found, Broad Views on Broadway, before their first production of the musical I wrote SUBLIMINAL.

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