Rachel Benoit

Rachel B.

Wrightstown, NJ
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Lesson Details

Voice Acting

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Students learn to manipulate the voice to portray different characters. Emphasis is on maintaining vocal health.
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About

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Rachel delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6+ and special needs

Teaching since:
May 2011

Rachel has produced, directed, and performed in numerous venues both in PA and NJ. She earned her B.M. in Music Theatre from Westminster Choir College in 2010, where she had the opportunity to perform with various ensembles at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Kimmel Center.

She went on to intern as an assistant director with the Passage Theatre Company in Trenton, NJ. There she had the privilege of working under their resident director Adam Immerwahr.

In 2013, Rachel began delving into the world of opera. She served as a stage director for Opera MODO for two seasons, directing their mainstage productions of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore and Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail. Rachel has also served as a director for the Brooklyn chapter of Opera On Tap, a company dedicated to making opera more accessible by holding unique performances in bars.

As a performer, she has been featured in local theatrical productions, films, and musical ensembles. Soon after graduating college, Rachel was even inspired to start her own theatre company, which has produced three full length original shows in Princeton and Philadelphia. Plutonian Productions focuses on the collaboration between performance and visual artists to create unique experiences.

Rachel has taught voice and acting workshops at art centers and churches around the state, including Mill Pond Arts and the Cornerstone Music Studio. She also teaches approximately 20 private students out of the studio in her home.

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Experience

Instructor
Jan 2015 - Present
Musicians on the Move

Provides private vocal instruction to students of all ages in the privacy of their own home.

Owner & Instructor
Aug 2014 - Present
The Music Studio of Rachel Benoit

Teaches private music and drama lessons both in her own studio, as well as in the student's homes. Manages the schedule and billing for up to 40 clients at a time. Manages advertising and acquisition of clients.

Artistic Director & Producer
Aug 2011 - Present
Plutonian Productions

Oversees the development of new works by providing artistic support and direction; chooses material for the season and hires all production staff; manages all finances, including supervising fundraising opportunities.

Instructor
Sep 2015 - Jun 2016
Cornerstone Music Studios

Instructed acting workshops for elementary and middle school students; put together innovative performances that featured the students and their unique personalities and abilities.

Instructor
Aug 2013 - May 2014
Mill Pond Arts

Instructed acting workshops for elementary and middle school students; served as the director for a theatrical production of Snow White.

Stage Director
Mar 2013 - May 2014
Opera MODO

Provided original updated stage direction for the spring productions; instructed trained singers in a way that provided a fresh approach to classical pieces.

Assistant Director
Oct 2012 - May 2013
Passage Theatre Company

Interned directly under the resident director Adam Immerwahr; attended to the needs of the director, stage manager, and playwright; provided additional support for the AEA performers and designers during rehearsals.

Education

B.M. in Music Theater
Sep 2006 - May 2010
Westminster Choir College of Rider University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Songwriting
Nov 2016
Berklee College of Music

https://www.coursera.org/account/accomplishments/certificate/UZWWFA5GGCYL

Developing Your Musicianship
Dec 2014
Berklee College of Music

https://www.coursera.org/account/accomplishments/certificate/5XHRCLYG2Y

Photos & Videos

The 2017 Holiday Recital

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7-year-old Vivian Ma plays "Ode to Joy" at the 2016 Holiday Recital.
Rachel sings "The Girl in 14G" during her senior recital in 2010.
Rachel dedicates the song "Screw Loose" from Crybaby: The Musical. Videography by Frank DiGiovanni.
Rachel sings "I Won't Mind" by Jeff Blumenkrantz at her senior recital in 2010.
Rachel sings "Soon" from Thumbelina at a cabaret in 2017.
10-year-old voice student Ben Utset sings "Silent Night" in both English and German at the 2016 Holiday Recital.
12-year-old Anusha Qaisar sings "Journey to the Past" from Anastasia at the 2017 Spring Recital.
11-year-old piano student Udhirna Krishnamurthy plays "Largo" at the 2017 Spring Recital.
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21 Reviews

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Eeraj J Qaisar Jun 12, 2017
Singing · In home

Best teacher ever! I've been with her for two years now and my voice has improved so much! I have no idea what I would do without her! Thanks Rachel for helping me improve so much!

James W. Feb 8, 2017
Singing · In studio

I been taking lessons from Rachel for a while now and she is The Best Ever!!!!!!!!!!! everything she teaches she takes at a slow pace so you can fully understand it. So awsome

Katherine Aug 12, 2016
Singing · In studio

I've only had a few lessons with her, and I feel like my voice has already improved. I feel very comfortable around her. She's also very kind and funny.

Artesha Chan Jan 15, 2016
Singing · In studio

Rachel is fun, positive, and knows her stuff. She can pick up on what you're doing wrong and help you adjust! I'm glad I decided to go with her :) She's awesome

Tom Dec 9, 2015
Singing · In studio

Fantastic first lesson... Looking forward to the next!

Ken T. Nov 9, 2015
Singing · In studio

Rachel seems to take an interest in each student individually, which has been important for me whenever I've taken instruction.

Cheryl B. Oct 17, 2015
Classical Voice · In studio

Rachel can teach ANYONE!!! She personally has the voice of an angel but the technical knowledge to explain it all to you in language anyone can understand. She is an expert in every genre that I have experienced hearing her perform plus the huge advantage of teaching stage presence and how to express emotion with your voice. She is extremely fun, vivacious and energetic and has a sense of humor that puts even the most nervous of beginners at ease to start singing. You will not be disappointed!

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Renuka M. Sep 1, 2015
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She is very nice with my daughter. She makes her feel comfortable. We are happy with her. Definitely recommend!

Rasharn Medina Jul 31, 2015
Improv Acting · In studio

I enjoyed the session, Rachel did a good job of explaining the concept of improv, as well as running through exercises and scenarios.

Chrysti N. Jul 19, 2015
Singing · In studio

Rachel is a great instructor. She is very knowledgeable and makes you feel at ease.

Jennifer B. Jul 15, 2015
Singing · In home

She was terrific!!

Aviana Jul 14, 2015
Singing · In home

rachel was very good with our grand daughter

Diane U. May 20, 2015
Singing · In studio

Rachel made my daughter feel comfortable and confident immediately when she began voice lessons. She has taught her the basic techniques she has needed and makes it fun. She varies the lessons in order to teach a wide variety of things.

Isabella M. May 11, 2015
Singing · In studio

She is the absolute best! Not only does she help build a foundation, but also helps the student achieve their goals. She is patient and always has a different way to explain things, if you don't understand. I would recommend her to any person, of any level, interested in getting a singing teacher.

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Deborah B. May 10, 2015
Singing · In studio

Rachel is wonderful for so many reasons. She allows her students to feel comfortable and fills them with confidence. It had been over 6 years since the last time I sang publicly and I came to Rachel very nervous and filled with stage fright. With her as my vocal coach I am now more confident and a much stronger singer then I could have imagined and this is only after working with her for less then a year and I can not wait to see what she has in store for me next. She is truly a gifted teacher.

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Rachel P. Mar 31, 2015
Theater Acting · In home

Rachel is very nice and willing to help. She takes time to get to know her students before working with them to get the most out of the lessons. This was my first time ever taking lessons so I was a bit nervous but Rachel is super friendly and doesn't judge you on your ability. I also live on a college campus and she was willing to do the lessons on campus. Since I didn't have a way to get to her this was very awesome! I'm very excited for the lessons to come.

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haydee A. Feb 6, 2015
Singing · In home

Rachel is very nice and sweet and great with kids! I would recommend her to everyone!

Nancy T. Nov 3, 2014
Singing · In studio

Rachel is confident and caring. She is extremely knowledgeable about correct breathing and singing technique. She's very patient and puts you immediately at east. Out of all the music lessons I've taken, piano and guitar; singing is the most personal. Rachel really helps you to get over any self consciousness. I've seen improvement after just a few sessions and I'm excited to continue on.

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shenzhi L. Nov 2, 2014
Singing · In home

I have my two daughters take singing class with Rachel. My big one is not very enthusiastic about singing that much. But she thinks Rachel is a good teacher, being nice and strict at the same time.

On the other hand, my 5 year old little one loves singing and she likes Rachel very much. Normally she is pretty shy and needs a long time to build relationship with teachers. But with Rachel, I heard lots of good words from her after the first class. After 2nd lesson, she could use what she learned and teach me how to breathe and sing.

And I could tell that my daughters do improve in singing after a few classes. I am really happy about that.

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Eliezer H. Nov 2, 2014
Improv Acting · In studio

Rachel was a true pleasure and a passionate teacher. We focused on improv, acting, voice and relaxation. Rachel was devoted, positive and fun. Her lessons were informative, constructive and enjoyable. Her sweet spirit and smile went a long way.

Thank You, Rachel.

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Marieann P. Oct 2, 2014
Singing · In home

My daughter was very nervous for her 1st lesson, but Rachel changed that the second we met her. She really made her feel calm and comfortable right away with her nice smile and bubbly character. She really expresses her love for music and teaching. My daughter could not stop talking about her the whole ride home, and she can't wait for her next lesson.

Thank you so much Rachel

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