Rachel Menconi

Rachel M.

Montvale, NJ
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Lesson Details

Method Acting

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Learn new method technique to achieve a full understanding of your character so you van feel confident that when you start performing, you will be your character from start to finish.
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About

Rachel passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Rachel delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 8+

Teaching since:
September 2001

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,
16+ 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, NSA (Nashville Songwriting Association International), 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 15+ years to children, teens, and adults.

Rachel has trained at The Hages Music Studio under a master teacher for 22+ 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 (16+ years), scriptwriter (10+ years), director (14+ years), and an international recording artist (10+ 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).

STUDIO POLICIES-

CANCELLATION:
24 hour lesson cancellation

MISSED LESSONS/MAKE UPS:
If the student needs to miss a lesson for sickness, they or their parent/ guardian, if the student is under 18, must let Rachel know at least 24 hours before their missed lesson. If they need to miss due to an other activity or vacation, they must contact Rachel at least a week from their next scheduled lesson in advance to prevent from forfeiting the lesson. All make ups will be scheduled within 4 weeks from the missed lesson. If rescheduled lesson or make up lesson is missed, no new make up will be given unless Rachel is not able to teach for some rare reason.

LATENESS:
If a student is going to be late they need to contact Rachel as soon as possible, to let her know they will be late. Lessons will end on time unless she is able to extend the lesson due to a late student or her schedule allows for it though please understand, Rachel would be extending a courtesy and would not be obligated to do so. If on the rare occasion Rachel is running late, she will always make up the time.

SITTING IN: Parents/Guardians are ONLY permitted to stay for the first lesson and are NOT permitted to sit in for any other lesson/class unless invited. This is to promote good/strong teacher-student relationship quickly and easily. Also, many times students feel more comfortable when their parents/guardians leave.

"I try to be as fair as possible to both parties when it comes to cancellations, rescheduling, lateness, and make ups. Have a concern or question? Just talk with me. I'm all about communication!" - Rachel

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Experience

Voice Teacher
Mar 2017 - Present
Ramsey Community School

I teach children through adults how to sing with healthy, solid technique, build their range, build their tone quality, and help them sing with feeling.

Director, Casting Director, Lighting/Sound Design, Script Supervisor, And Assistant Editor
Aug 2016 - Present
Untitled Web-Series through the company Sunshine Face Productions

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.

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Certified Artist Developer (CAD)
Sep 2014 - Present
Conquer Entertainment

Show Director, Vocal/Music Director, Choreographer, Stager, and Light/Sound designer
Jun 2014 - Present
ArtQuest Performing Arts Summer Day Camp (Funded by The Wayne Education Foundation)

I direct, vocal/music direct, choreograph, stage, and design lighting/sound for 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!

This camp is for incoming 3-9th graders and is from 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 footage into a 2 disc set.

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.

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Voice Teacher
Sep 2009 - Present
Music To Your Home Inc.

Artistic Director, Owner, Founder, and Teacher
Jan 2007 - Present
Sunshine Face Productions

SFP is a theatre and video production company with 4 divisions; Theatre, Multimedia, Arts Education, and Events.

Specializing in: Theater & Video Productions, Performing Arts Training, Artist Development, Event Videography, and Party Entertainment.

Proudly Serving: NJ, NY, and NYC but will travel.

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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

Director of The Drama Department/Director of The Musicals
Jan 2016 - May 2016
Fieldstone Middle School/Montvale Board of Education

For the 2015-2016 school year, I was The Director of The Drama Department/The Director of The Musicals at Fieldstone Middle School in Montvale NJ. The cast and crew was comprised of very talented 5th-8th graders! It was wonderful that I was able to bring the gift of theater and music to my former middle school!

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

Fully Background Checked and Fingerprinted for this position.

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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

Education

Acting Technique And Scene Study
Mar 2010 - Present
Stella Adler
Various Dance Classes
Sep 2008 - Present
Broadway Dance Center
The Art Of Belcanto For The Moden Singer
Jan 1994 - Present
The Hages Music Studio
Acting Technique For All Mediums, Stanislavsky, and Chekhov Technique
Jan 2000 - Jul 2006
Action Theatre Conservatory
Various Dance Classes
Sep 2000 - Jun 2004
Dance Designs
Musical Theatre, Stanislavsky, and Chekhov Technique
Sep 1992 - May 2002
Act II Performing Arts Center
Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Musical Theatre
Sep 1988 - Sep 1992
Robin Horneff'S PAC

Languages

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

Nashville Songwriters Association International
Aug 2016

The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) is the world’s largest not-for-profit songwriters trade association. Established in 1967, the membership of more than 5,000 active and pro members spans the United States and six other countries. NSAI is dedicated to protecting the rights of and serving aspiring and professional songwriters in all genres of music.

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New Jersey Music Educators Association
Jul 2014

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.

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National Association for Music Education
Jul 2014

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.

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Manhattan Association of Cabaret and Clubs
Mar 2013

MAC’s mission is to advance the art and business of live entertainment. A trade association, its activities are designed to heighten public awareness of the field’s contributions and vitality, to honor its creativity, to build its current and future audiences, and to speak out as an influential voice on behalf of MAC members and the industry at large. Members of MAC include cabaret, comedy and jazz artists, directors, musical directors, technical directors, musicians, club owners, booking managers, composers, lyricists, journalists, publicists, artists’ managers, agents, and friends and supporters of live entertainment. The organization was created in 1983.

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Voice and Speech Trainers Association
Jan 2012

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.

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Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
Jan 2011

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

National Academy for the Recording Arts and Sciences, The
Jan 2011

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.

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National Association of Teachers of Singing
Nov 2010

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

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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Photos & Videos

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

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Rachel's Smiling Headshot

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(201) Magazine photo shoot!

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On set.

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Teaching a class.

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Ruby in Dames At Sea

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The Menconi Performance Studio Commerical
Rachel's voice student testimonial.
Bond Of Love Written and sung by: Rachel Menconi
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3 Reviews

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Steve Oct 3, 2017
Acting · In studio

Overall, very impressed. She is direct and doesn't tell you something you want to hear. Her evaluation process is well rounded and planned. She puts together a great curriculum to know what to expect in the coming lessons. Very easy going person and makes you feel completely comfortable at the initial lessons.

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Glenn Mar 26, 2017
Film Acting · In studio

Taking lessons with Rachel has been one the best decisions I've ever made. She not only has helped me with acting but has helped me become a better person. I've grown to understand myself and I've learned and done things I would never have done. And would never have been able to do. Her lessons will not only help you perform, they will help you in your everyday life.

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Jacquelyn M. Mar 1, 2017
Film and TV Acting · In home

Rachel was friendly and very welcoming. She encouraged my daughter to be relaxed and to focus on putting herself in character. My daughter had a great first experience!

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