Rachel Handler

Rachel H.

Jersey City, NJ
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
As a professional actor on stage and screen, I can help you prepare for auditions. We will go over sides or monologues. I'm currently recurring on New Amsterdam on NBC and was a guest star on NCIS: New Orleans. I also write, produce and direct films, my IMDB is under Rachel Alana Handler.

About Rachel H.

I love performing and teaching! I've performed at multiple venues in New York City, including Carnegie Hall and Off-Broadway. I studied piano, opera performance and musical theater at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and acting at Primary Stages. I'm playing a nurse this season on New Amsterdam and have many other film and TV credits! These qualifications, my positive spirit and belief in my students have yielded outstanding results in their musical and theatrical accomplishments.

My teaching style is based off of my many years of being a student to some of the finest in the musicians and actors in the world. I am direct and focused, but like to keep my students relaxed. My key to teaching success is adapting to each student's specific needs.

*** Specialties ***
For Voice Students:
Voice Technique and Breath work
Classical Music (art songs, opera)
Traditional Broadway (Rodgers and Hammerstein...)
Contemporary Broadway (Stephen Schwartz...)
Disney Music
Pop Music
Country Music

For Piano and Guitar Students:
Together we'll:
- Increase Skills & Technique
- Learn about Notes & Fingering
- Expand Your Repertoire
- Write Your Own Music!
- Learn about Time Signatures
- Learn Music Theory
- Learn about Dynamics & Symbols
- Learn about Chords & Inversions
- Learn about Proper Postures
- Learn About the Different Key Signatures
- Learn How to Accompany Yourself
- Learn Different Scales
- Learn Ear Training
- Boost Musical Understanding

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Alexandria
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Rachel is absolutely wonderful! My daughter is 6 and has a speech delay. She's been taking lessons with Rachel for 3 months. At first she was very shy and wouldn't sing. Now she hums the exercises throughout the week in between lessons and asks when she will see Rachel. I would say one of Rachel's greatest gifts is meeting the student where they are and keeping the lesson fun & exciting!

Posted Feb 11, 2021
AK
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Rachel is such a warm and encouraging teacher. My daughter who was mostly a shy girl was very comfortable with her from the first class itself. She has not only taught her many songs, but also encouraged her into love for singing, which is so valuable. My daughter can easily sing with confidence in a room full of people ! Her focus and singing has greatly improved.
In fact this is our second time back with Rachel, we had to stop for some reason, now we are back again !
I would recommend Rachel to anyone !

Posted Jan 27, 2021
Elsa
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Rachel is a great teacher. I loved how she interacted with my daughter. My daughter went from beginners to playing current songs on the piano. Rachel knew how draw out my daughters skills, challenging her, so that she can grow as a pianist. Rachel was always patient, and curious with her. I highly recommend her as an instructor.

Posted Jan 21, 2021
Eden T.
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She was absolutely fantastic with my 5 year old daughters first lesson. She had her smiling the whole time.....we are coming back next week for sure.

Posted Oct 5, 2015
Nikki R.

My first vocal teacher and the best!

Ms. Rachel was an amazing vocal teacher! We would always start off with simple and fun warm-ups, breathing techniques, and would practice singing songs from musicals. My first couple lessons she taught me how to sing I Feel Pretty from West Side Story and we both had so much fun with it! After a little while we learned Cups from Pitch Perfect and then we got into the Vaccai book and I learned a couple songs from there. Overall Ms. Rachel was the best! She even offered to Skype a lesson with me since she moved. She cared about me and always helped me improve my voice in every way she could. I love her!

Posted May 12, 2013

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Experience

Head of Personal Events
Sep 2013 - Present

Flash Mobs

I plan singing flash mobs for clients all over the country! When a flash mob is in NYC or Jersey City I will ask my students to be part of the flash mob to gain experience performing for a crowd. They are also a lot of fun!

Education

Acting/Improv
Apr 2011 - Present

Primary Stages ESPA

Voice Performance and Musical Theatre
Sep 2006 - Dec 2009

Westminster Choir College

Languages

Fluent English, German, French, Italian Dialects

Professional Proficiency

Awards

Atlantic City Top 40 Under 40
Mar 2015

AC Weekly and the Atlantic City Jaycees.

Soloist Award Winner
May 2013

VSA of NJ

Affiliations

Actors' Equity Association
Mar 2018
Actors' Equity Association, founded in 1913, is the labor union that represents more than 49,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society.
SAG-AFTRA
Jan 2015
SAG-AFTRA represents approximately 160,000 actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other media professionals. SAG-AFTRA members are the faces and voices that entertain and inform America and the world. With national offices in Los Angeles and New York, and local offices nationwide, SAG-AFTRA members work together to secure the strongest protections for media artists into the 21st century and beyond.

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