Rachel Menconi

Rachel M.

Montvale, NJ

About Rachel M.

Background check: Last verified 08/21/2016
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Rachel teaches: Ages 8 and up
Teaching since: September 2001
Last sign in: 3 days ago

Overview

Rachel fully background checked by three different companies and is also fingerprinted.

Rachel's private studio is where you not only learn healthy technique, but how to become a self-sufficient artist. Professional training and customized programs in singing and acting technique. All learning styles, all ages, and all levels. Private lessons and group classes.

We prepare our students for the real world with up to date training (singing and acting) and both performance opportunities and showcases in front of industry professionals when students are ready.

Students come from all walks of life. All voice types, all ages, all levels, all mediums (TV-film-theatre), all character - ingenue actors, and ALL genres (Rock, Pop, Alternative, Funk, Soul, Musical Theater, R&B, Jazz, Opera) welcome!

Rachel's students have gone on national tours, released albums, are in bands, have been accepted into performing arts schools (high schools and colleges), have been cast in regional/Off-Off-Broadway/Off-Broadway Theatre, movies (Noah, The Wolf Of Wall Street, Finally Famous), music videos, and on TV (Royal Pains, Smash, 30 Rock, The Good Wife, Law and Order: SVU, & NBC's The Voice competition).

Owner/Teacher: Rachel M.
SAG-AFTRA, VASTA, NATS (certified), NARAS, NAMTA, BMI, MAC, NJMEA, NAfME. NJ Theatre Alliance, & Certified Artist Developer with Conquer Entertainment,
13+ years of teaching to children - teens - adults (Ages 6+ group classes, 8+ private lessons)

RACHEL M.'S BIO:

Rachel is a member of SAG-AFTRA, The National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS certified), VASTA (Voice And Speech Trainers Association), NARAS (The Grammy Awards), NAMTA, NJMEA (New Jersey Music Educators Association), NAfME (National Association of Music Education), NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association,) MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs), The NJ Theatre Alliance, and BMI (Broadcast Music Inc). She has been teaching Bel Canto singing technique for the modern singer and Stella Adler-Stanislavsky-Chekhov-Meisner acting technique for all mediums for 13+ years to children, teens, and adults.

Rachel has trained at The Hages Music Studio under a master teacher for 20+ years in the Bel Canto singing technique for all genres, studied at The Stella Adler Studio of Acting in NYC as well as recorded and released her first album called "Just Meant To Be". Other credits include commercials, films, TV shows (One Tree Hill, AMC, Food Network), music videos (including Rachel's singles "Don't Even Try", "You Will Love On"), & numerous stage credits (Off-Broadway/NYC Theatre). Rachel most recently was seen in the reading of a new play "Vanishing Son" by Peter Gil-Sheridan performed in NYC. She is also a songwriter (15+ years), scriptwriter (8+ years), director (10+ years), and an international recording artist (8+ years).

Rachel has been performing for 20+ years, has performed in front of sold out crowds, and has been honored with many standing ovations. Other honors include magazine covers, featured articles, singing to thousands of people, studio recordings/albums, originated the role of "Antigone" in "Oedipus: The Musical", 2002 Helen Hayes Nomination for" Outstanding Vocal Performance in a Musical" ("Miss Adelaide" in "Guys And Dolls"), & 2008 finalist for NYC Singing Idol Competition. Rachel has also been fortunate to have worked & performed with many people in the business including Grammy-Tony-Emmy Award Winners/Nominees.

LESSON DETAILS

Whether you are a parent looking for instruction for your child, or for yourself, Rachel can customize the right program that best suits your needs. Her students come from all walks of life and have different goals, but they all have one thing in common. They love performing and have the desire to be the best at their chosen craft (singing/acting).

Some students want to sing/act for themselves, others want to sing/act for a hobby, and others want to be professional performers. That's where Rachel comes in. No matter what your goals are, she can help. Rachel teaches her students how to become true artists without tearing them down and without taking away the part of them that makes them unique. She teaches healthy technique that is based off of the human anatomy; the science of how the body/mind works and how the body/mind can work as efficiently as possible while singing or acting.

Learning how to sing/act is a process and doesn't happen overnight. Rachel's ultimate goal as a teacher is to not only make her students the best performers and singers they can be, but also give them all of the proper tools they need to have a more productive mind frame and become self-sufficient. Of course this can take years to master. It takes time and dedication.

OTHER LESSON INFORMATION

SINGING: Bel Canto singing technique for the modern singer is taught in private and group classes. No one sounds like old opera singers, even if the student wants to sing opera. Students are allowed to choose most of the material they learn in the lesson. There will be times when Rachel will suggest a song to a student but if the student doesn't enjoy the song, they will work as a team to find a song that does work for the student. Gain a better tone quality, complete control of your voice, bigger range, more flexibility, and confidence. Learn healthy voice technique, how to fully take care of your own voice so you can sing for the rest of your life (even after lessons), and become a self sufficient performer for life.

ACTING: Stella Adler, Stanislavsky, Chekhov, and Meisner Acting Technique for Theatre/Camera is taught in private and group classes. All students are exposed to each technique and Rachel sees which technique each student responds to the most. Once the student and Rachel are able to identify the technique, Rachel continues to use the terminology of that technique for the remainder of the time the student is in lessons. Students eventually are able to play roles truthfully and realistically, even if the roles are opposite of the student's own personality.

BY THE TIME STUDENTS GRADUATE FROM LESSONS:

1. Gain a lifelong, solid, consistent, and healthy technique that they can always count on in practice and performance.

2. Gain specific technical and personal notes in a notebook and/or computer file that is organized and always accessible for review.

3. Gain artistry, performance skills, and a strong voice that will look/sound authentic; Singers will sound appropriate to whatever style of music they are singing. (No fake sound or look.) Actors will just be in the moment and truthful whether they are on stage or in front of the camera.

4. Gain the confidence to always put on a great performance.

5. Gain focus and a more productive mind frame.

6. Become self-sufficient by knowing how to assess a problem and then fix it without creating a new issue.

*** Studio Equipment ***
PRIVATE HOME STUDIO: Keyboard, speakers (smartphone, iPod, iPad), CD player, tape recorder/player, digital recorder, music stand, mirror, laptop, sheet music selections, HD video camera, tripod, video editing software, audio editing software, USB microphone, and high speed WiFi internet. Full PA, two mixers (one mixer with 8 inputs and the other with 4), 8 Lavaliere microphones ("body mics"), multiple hand held microphones, laptop stand, and music stands.

**ASK ABOUT ON LOCATION TRAINING (ON SET, THEATER, PERFORMANCE EVENT, OR RECORDING STUDIO)!

**ONLINE LESSONS ALSO AVAILABLE!

*** Specialties ***
We specialize in Bel Canto voice technique for the modern singer. Each student can sing all genres without sounding too classical, "fake", and without losing their voice while singing for long periods of time.

Other Specialties: Teaching acting technique for theatre-TV-Film (Stella Adler, Stanislavsky, Chekhov, & Meisner), performance skills, songwriting, and creating self-sufficient singers-actors-performers (Artist Development).

Photos and Videos

"Songbird" Rachel was honored to be chosen not only for a featured article but the cover of the (201) Magazine: The Arts Issue!

Experience

Director of The Drama Department/Director of The Musicals

Jan 2016 - Present
Fieldstone Middle School/Montvale Board of Education

I am The Director of The Drama Department/The Director of The Musicals at Fieldstone Middle School in Montvale NJ. The cast and crew is comprised of very talented 5th-8th graders! It's wonderful that I get to bring the gift of theater and music to my former middle school!

My responsibilities include directing, vocal/musical directing, choreographing, staging, designing the sound/lighting as well as the playbill. I'm also in charge of rehearsal scheduling and fundraising for the program.

Fully Background Checked and Fingerprinted for this position,

Rising Stars Musical Theatre Program Creator/Director/Teacher

Oct 2015 - Present
The Gifted Child Society

I direct, vocal direct, musical direct, stage, teach, stage manage, ande do sound design for the show. I sometimes write the show as well. I also greet the students before each class and make sure they are safely with their parent after each class.

Students not only learn about singing, acting,and dance technique while putting on a show, but they also are involved with making part of the sets and whenever it's an original show, the story of the musical is inspired by the cast members' strengths and personalities!

Fully Background Checked for this position,

Certified Artist Developer (CAD)

Sep 2014 - Present
Conquer Entertainment

Director, Vocal Director, Musical Director, and Stager

Jun 2014 - Present
ArtQuest Performing Arts Summer Day Camp (Funded by The Wayne Education Foundation)

I direct, vocal direct, musical direct, stage, and stage manage the show. I also greet the students before camp and make sure they are safely with their parent after the camp.

Students not only learn about singing, acting,and dance technique while putting on a show, but they also are involved with making the sets, props, and costumes!

9am-3pm, M-F, for three weeks in July.

My production company, Sunshine Face Productions, films and edits the show as well as the behinds the scenes.

In 2015 the dates are July 6th-24th. The performance of the show is on the last Thursday at 7pm. The last day of camp we provide a a pizza party and watch the unedited video of the show.

Voice Teacher

Sep 2009 - Present
Music To Your Home Inc.

Artistic Director, Founder, and Teacher

Jan 2007 - Present
Sunshine Face Productions

Songwriter and Music Publisher

Jan 2006 - Present
Sunshine Face

Music publishing company through BMI.

Owner/Teacher

Jan 2005 - Present
The Menconi Performance Studio (Private Home Studio)

Freelance Voice and Acting Teacher

Jun 2004 - Present
Freelance

Creator of Voice, Acting, Musical Theater Department and Head Teacher

Sep 2009 - Jun 2015
Metro Dance Inc.

Voice Teacher, Assit. Acting Teacher, Assit. Choreographer, and Stage Manager

Sep 2001 - Jun 2004
Act II Performing Arts Center

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Sign Language (Very basic)

Limited Proficiency

Certifications

CAD certification

Jun 2014
Conquer Entertainment

NATS Certified

Nov 2010
National Association of Teachers of Singing

Awards

World Record Breaker at the Metropolitan Room (NYC)

Jan 2015
Guinness Book Of World Records

"I Like It" Female Vocalist Award for original song "You Will Love On" from the album, "Just Meant To Be".

Feb 2014
JPF/YH Promotions & Productions

Outstanding Vocal Performance in a Musical (Nomination for "Miss Adelaide" in "Guys And Dolls")

Jun 2002
Helen Hayes Theatre Awards

Affiliations

New Jersey Music Educators Association

Jul 2014
NJ

The mission of the New Jersey Music Educators Association is the advancement of music instruction in New Jersey's educational institutions at all levels that provide in-service and enrichment opportunities for practicing and retired teachers and prospective music educators, as well as sponsoring various festivals and all-state performing groups for K-12 students.

National Association for Music Education

Jul 2014
NAFME

Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.

Voice and Speech Trainers Association

Jan 2012
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VASTA is an international organization whose mission is to advance the art, research, and visibility of the voice and speech profession. Goals: SERVE the needs of voice and speech specialists, teachers, and students in training and in practice. ADVOCATE for those who work and study in the field. PROMOTE the vital role of voice and speech specialists for all professional voice users. BROADEN public understanding of the nature and importance of voice and speech use and training. CREATE opportunities for ongoing education, and the exchange of knowledge and information among professionals in the field. CULTIVATE diversity within our membership, and encourage a liveliness of thought and opinion. UPHOLD and advance excellence in voice and speech.

National Academy for the Recording Arts and Sciences, The

Jan 2011
Grammy

The Recording Academy, known variously as The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences or NARAS, is a U.S. organization of musicians, producers, recording engineers and other recording professionals dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for music and its makers. The Recording Academy is headquartered in Santa Monica.

Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists

Jan 2011
Sag-aftra

An American labor union representing over 160,000 film and television principal and background performers, journalists, and radio personalities worldwide.

National Association of Teachers of Singing

Nov 2010
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.

Broadcast Music Inc.

Jan 2006
BMI

One of three United States performing rights organizations, along with ASCAP and SESAC. It collects license fees on behalf of songwriters, composers, and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed. In FY 2013, BMI collected more than $944 million in licensing fees and distributed $814 million in royalties.

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