Sara Ann Butler

Sara Ann B.

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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Former University teacher of voice and still singing jazz...Experienced teacher in Hollywood CA., Kansas City, MO., downtown St. Petersburg, FL., and now Atlanta, GA.

About Sara Ann B.

I pace our lessons and over explain a technic to make certain the client gets the concept in a HUMORFUL, JOYFUL way. Patiently we apply it to a song that is your target song or to how and what you want product or YOU to sell to clients/your job/your promotion/ your new career.
With two masters degrees in voice and speech-language pathology specializing in eliminating chronic hoarseness and lessening your foreign accent, I am a premier singing teacher who still sings at jazz jams sessions and a former university professor of Kristin Linklater and Alexander methods. If you are creating a one man podcast, I can share expertise on how to do varying voices for your characters. I previously was a full time professor of voice and music education, a Fulbright instrumental/vocal teacher and an elementary music supervisor. Presently, I am an Indie film movie screener for international festivals, play bass guitar, and show you how to pitch your voice as an actor or salesman or singer. Clients love how I mold at least one technique to your speaking or singing voice the first session.

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Jiezhun G.
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Sara is a great teacher, 5 stars plus many pluses. She can point out my problems quickly and let me practice efficiently. My accent got improved, and I recommend her to my friends who need the same help. Thank you Sara, you are my best friend too. Love you, sherry

Posted Feb 6, 2020
Grace Y.
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Take lessons recommended me Sara Ann Butler because she is a great teacher. I’ve enjoyed taking lessons with her, and I am happy she has high expectations and material that was useful. I wanted to improve my speaking voice, and she was able to point out the places I could make improvements and gave me methods to improve.
To disagree with a previous review, i’ve never heard her use any anti-racist or political views. She doesn’t expect me to behave like her, and when she teaches she uses “I” and “I” is the student.
I am happy that I took vocal training from her.

Posted Dec 28, 2019
Brandi
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At this age , she is very hot headed. Her ego is longer than a mile. She is racist, doesnt like African-American and Asian students accent. She was making fun of ppls accents. In the begining i thought she may be trying to make a point but no. Jes thats all anger. The first, i m paying you money for this class. So just teach what you supposed to teach not your racist and politcal views. And after a few classes, I said i dont feel comfortable talking about the race religious views and the next thing she did was cancelled all my lessons without even letting me know. Now i have to restart from the begining from a new teacher and it takes a while for a new teacher to understand your accents problems. She wants her students behave like her age oh please, come on, if the student is young in her 20s or 30s you dont act or behave like her or him. They just started their lives but your almost have lived your life. She should not teach here.

Posted Dec 21, 2019
Ashok K.
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Sara is a very professional and experienced teacher. I had a first session with her and she knows now what I need to work on. So she designs the syllabus accordingly. Can’t wait to get rid of my thick accent. I enjoy it

Posted Nov 2, 2019
CHAE
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Sara was wonderful. She taught me NVC framework that was very much helpful in sharing my feelings with another person. I highly recommend her to anyone who wants to improve social communication skills. I am going to take her class again once my work has slowed down!

Posted Sep 23, 2019
Noheli A.
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Sara Ann is amazing! I absolutely loved the lessons with her. She is definitely an expert. Not only she spotted all my bad habits with pronunciation and provided exercises and training to get rid of them, but she also made every lesson fun.

I had 4 lessons with her so far, now waiting for my last one. She asked me to tell her what I would like from her for my last lesson... honestly, I want her to keep doing what she's been doing - nothing different. I don't think a teacher can get any better than her!

Thanks, Sara Ann!

Posted Sep 23, 2019
Preciosa
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So so so FUN! Sara Ann is amazing- I cant wait for the next lesson!

Posted Jun 28, 2019
Hoseon
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I had an amazing first lesson, and looking forward to the next lessons.

Posted May 11, 2019
Holli S.
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Sara is a great teacher and really knows her stuff.

Posted Apr 6, 2019
Larisa C.
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I had my first lesson with Sara today, and I was very happy with it! It is not easy to find the right teacher, but I think Sara's friendly manner of teaching on one hand and expertise on another make it a perfect match for any student who is ready to learn. Sara was very attentive to my needs and answered all my questions. I loved the detailed evaluation and a very clear explanation of each subject we discussed. I am inspired and eager to continue. Thank you!

Posted Mar 15, 2019
Dana D.
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Great speaking classes with Sara Ann. Learning new things and I do appreciate her patience that helps me to develop my own.

Posted Feb 9, 2019
Suely
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Sara has been a great pronunciation coach! She is very thorough and takes the time to ensure I get it right before moving on to the next topic. She is also very patient and has a great personality

Posted Feb 2, 2019
Dana
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Sara Ann is an amazing teacher. She is very knowledgeable and pinpointed on what I have to work on right away. I am very blessed I met her to help me out with my speaking voice.

Posted Feb 2, 2019
Christine
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Thank you Sara Ann for all your guidance and assisting me to enjoy hearing my own voice! I’ve always wanted to sing but cringed when I would hear myself sing...she is helping me to enjoy another aspect of me!!

Posted Nov 30, 2018
Bridget
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I took a series of singing lessons with Sara Ann because I want to be able to sing at the dinner before my wedding (preferably a duet) this coming November. I am not a singer, and have not sang in front of an audience since the 5th grade. Sara Ann did a wonderful job of introducing me to new exercises and warm-ups, helping me identify strengths that I can build off of, things that I can work on, and having a better understand of my own capabilities. I feel comfortable with the song that I've chosen to sing and am looking forward to the performance!

Posted Oct 1, 2018
Alena
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Love the lessons with Sara Ann - informative, interesting, and always helpful! She is a true speech master who can clearly identify what is missing and find excellent tools to fix it. of My first language is Russian and I was always excited to minimize its presence when I speak English. I tried some online videos but realized unless someone in person points you to what exactly sounds wrong, there won't be any results.
Sara Ann is awesome in explaining details and makes it all smooth and easy. I can really see improvements. Highly recommend!

Posted Jul 15, 2018
Vasileios
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Wow! Sara is an excellent tutor! She knew how to pass her knowledge to me and she taught me various tricks on how to reduce my Greek accent. Highly recommended.

Posted Jun 4, 2018
Elvira
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I take speaking voice lessons from Sara Ann to reduce my Russian accent.
I just love our sessions. Sara Ann is a very experienced teacher and defines essential problems right away. I am amazed by her profound knowledge of subject, intelligence, creative teaching approach, charming style and genuine desire to help her students.

Posted Jan 14, 2018
Vicki
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I signed up for singing lesson on a whim. Sara was great; very patience and knowledgeable. Please take in consideration, I have no music or instrument background so we worked on breathing and body position which she made fun then at the end of each lesson we sang a song or two. After each lesson, I left with new knowledge and one or two thing to work on that week. For a spur of a moment decision, I obtain a new understanding of music, singing, and met a wonderful creative lady. Good Experience all around.

Posted Jun 29, 2017
Tom
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A wealth of knowledge. We got down to business right away. Positive experience.

Posted Aug 21, 2016
John osbourn
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Sara Ann has done a fantastic job with helping me develop my voice. I would pick songs and she would help break them down and understand the sentence structure, and how to use the physicality of my body, internally and externally, to produce the sound I am trying to get. She has helped bring me to the next level for singing as a hobby. I would use Sara if you have an idea of what you want to do so she can help you take it to the next level and learn to use your body and voice in a new way.

Posted Jul 22, 2016
Mary Ann Monaghan
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Very knowledgable. Great teacher.

Posted Jun 24, 2016
Raul D.
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Very nice and professional

Posted Nov 23, 2015
Robinette W.
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Sara Ann Butler is a master at her craft! She teaches techniques that are easy to remember, and easy to master. The techniques I learned from taking her lessons can be applied to my everyday speaking as well as singing. I feel very fortunate to have such a gifted, experienced and well educated instructor at a price that is very affordable. Thank you Sara Ann Butler and thank you Takelessons!

Posted Nov 2, 2015
Robinette W.
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My first lesson was great! Sara Ann is very patient, knowledgeable and observant. I have no doubt that I will make great progress under her instruction.

Posted Sep 8, 2015
Eileen M.
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I have known and worked with Sara for the last five years. She is a wonderful teacher and person. She is multi-talented and teaches in-home and online lessons in voice and piano. She is also a speech therapist and can help students with any dialect and English problems. She teaches young children through adults and is raved about by all!

Posted Jun 24, 2015

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Experience

Premiere Teacher of Your Voice
Oct 2017 - Present

self

I bring out the best in your personality (1) to sing standard jazz songs and bounce/swing/scat the style to sing your karaoke , for your own fun or with an accompanist. (2) to speak intelligibly to get that job you've always wanted or change your voice to characters to make that story podcast

professional singer of classical, Broadway, and jazz
Jan 1960 - Present

many locations

I sang with a classical group Gregg Smith Singers in Hollywood for Columbia Records and performed in clubs there. Performing in clubs continued as did soloing for the following religions: Methodist, Episcopalian, Baptist, Catholic, Christian Science, and Unity until 2000. In Atlanta, GA. once a year I performed at the Avondale Fall Festival as a solo singer with a bassist for 3 years. Currently, I give tips to actors for entries of their films in international film festivals & to entertainers to get more gigs.

Voice Instructor
Feb 2009 - Jul 2014

Mattioli School of Music in St., Pete Beach, Florida

I was employed by Eileen Mattioli, piano and accordion whiz, to teach as many students as possible as a piano and singing teacher for her, ages 3 to 85, at her School of Music. When she sold her business, I substituted for her plus taught speech therapy, public speaking, & singing at St. Pete Beach Parks & Recreation Center. We shared a studio.

private voice coach
Apr 2012 - Apr 2014

self-employed

coached many jazz singers, beginners and advanced, and those who could not match pitch in metro Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas....adjudicated many scholarships events for the various YMCAs in Tampa Bay, FL. & Atlanta, GA.....created "Acting and Singing with Sara Ann" on a monthly basis at skilled nursing homes and rehabilitation centers with props in Tampa Bay, Fl. & Shawnee, KS.

University professor of voice and music education
Aug 1967 - Jun 1971

Old Dominion University

I was a full time instructor of voice for music education and voice majors. I taught on a one-to-one basis and in a group classroom. I left because I married a jazz musician who wanted to travel.

private voice coach
Jan 1961 - Jun 1967

Scranton, PA., Hollywood, CA., Kansas City, MO., Tampa Bay, FL., Atlanta, GA.

While I was an undergraduate music education major from age 19, I coached singing students/peers pronunciation in Italian, French, German and accompanied them on scholarship. From then & through graduate school and to the present, I relish helping a client shine in their speaking voice.

Education

M.S., speech-language pathology
Feb 1983 - Dec 1984

Central Missouri State University

M.Ed., music education, voice, and counseling
Sep 1961 - Jul 1963

Ohio University

B.M. cum laude, music education and voice
Sep 1957 - Jun 1961

Marywood University, Scranton, PA.

Languages

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

Certifications

national and state speech language pathology licenses
Dec 2014

ASHA

CURRENTLY I am licensed to perform speech-language pathology and take continuing education courses to do so.
research paper on singing techniques
Jul 1981

National Association Teachers of Singing

I placed 2nd place in a national contest on VOCAL research sponsored by San Francisco chapter of NATS. This led to being chosen as one of 40 who studied how to do voice research at the Institute for Vocal and Sound Education, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. for two weeks. MY VOCAL TECHNIQUE METHOD FOR SINGERS AND SPEAKERS IS UNIQUE AND WORKS FAST.

Awards

Vice-president of Florida Film Network-Tampa Bay
Apr 2016

Ellen Schnur, president of Florida Film Network-Tampa Bay

Voice Gym DVD
Mar 2012

Bison Electronic of Orlando, FL.

Affiliations

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Jan 1985
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 173,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment, including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems, including swallowing disorders.

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