Private instructor specializing in singing, acting, and oratory. Conservatory trained theatre maker, with over ten years experience teaching students of all ages and backgrounds in both private and group environments.
I am a Great Lakes-Midwestern native now living and working in Portland. I have been singing, performing, and making original theatre since the age of three. My earliest musical outlets consisted of the school choir, popular radio, and weekly Sunday services with family.
*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons provide a safe space for students to experiment with uninhibited presentation and performance through repeated trial, error, and experimentation. I have worked with singer-songwriters, musical theatre performers, storytellers and public speakers, as well as individuals in need of vocal rehabilitation. I teach children, adults, amateurs, professionals, the fearless, and those overcome with stage fright.
Private voice lessons examine how the whole body affects and influences sound within an individual. I do not teach music as a matter of technical prowess. If you can speak, you can sing. My job is to identify the unique habits of each vocalist, so that the student becomes aware of how his or her voice is resonating with an audience. Lessons cover anatomy and movement, breath, pitch, tonality, rhythm, diction and sound, delivery style, command of the stage, and proper vocal care.
Lessons will examine the body as an instrument of performance and sound, and are not designed for students seeking lessons in sight-reading or classic methodology. My lessons are also not a good fit for individuals with ambition to perform on American Idol or other likeminded television competition programs. Please contact me with additional inquiries.
*** Studio Equipment ***
The only equipment I expect a student to provide is their body and voice. I provide equipment and supplemental materials as necessary.
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*** Specialties ***
Verified Student · Singing ·
I am a new singer & felt insecure during my first lesson. RJ not only helped me feel relaxed, he also made it fun! The hour flew by and I learned a lot about myself as a singer in a very short period. He made it easy to remember why I wanted to sing in the first place & I found it easy to trust him. I would highly recommend him!
RJ is much more than "just" a Vocal Instructor; We just seem to have had an instant connection, and he truly understands the psychology of what I'm going through, musically (Very insecure about my voice, and stage presents). I feel totally comfortable around him, and I feel that I've had enough musical training (guitar and piano), to feel that I can accurately tell you that he is truly a "gift", mentor, and friend, and I am VERY confident in all of the different aspects of vocal performance! I am learning from him! I can honestly say, that if I had been given any other vocal instructor, instead of RJ, I feel that the Vocal Lessons would just be "surface teaching", and not go nearly as in depth as RJ goes with me! I feel that RJ really cares about my vocal endeavors, and my love of singing, , as well as coming to terms with, and accepting my problems and limitations, with RJ's guidance! He is giving me much more confidence that I've had in years, about my vocal ability, and has made me face the facts that I am way too negative in my opinion of my own voice, and he's also helping me find my own "style", which is very important to me, as well as not "living in the past, as far as my vocal abilities go. You really have a gift, and a true asset, having RJ as a Vocal Coach! He is honestly, a great (an very gifted) instructor!!! Deborah Engle :)