- Teaches students:
- Ages 8+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
A native of North Dakota, Wes Webb is an actor, singer, writer, composer, and master teacher living in Minneapolis. Wes has held positions at Brooklyn Prospect Charter School where he taught musical theatre to middle and high school students, at New York University as a faculty writing instructor, and The University of Texas at San Antonio as a lecturer in clinical teaching. From 2005-2016, he served as Artistic Director of Youth Pride Chorus, a group that harnesses the power of the performing arts to galvanize the voices of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and straight youth as agents of change. For eight years, he worked as Education Director at National Dance Institute, an organization that brings dance classes to thousands of students in New York City schools. Wes holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities as well as an M. F. A. from NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.+ Read More
• Teach seminar on EC-12 pedagogy in UTSA’s Department of Interdisciplinary Learning & Teaching.
• Train student teachers working toward certification in English and Art.
• Supervise and evaluate prospective teachers' student teaching experience in area school districts.
• Conduct on-site and remote teacher training programs, specializing in
accelerating the growth of new teachers in all content areas with a focus on planning and organization, instruction and teacher moves, and classroom management.
• Conduct an on-site and remote teacher training programs specific to the performing arts.
• Direct Radical Musical Theatre, an intensive artist-in-residence program designed to bring about radical change in how students see themselves and each other through research-based anti-bullying work and to build confidence and crucial presentation skills through the highest caliber instruction in singing, acting, and movement, culminating in a thrilling performance for the entire school community.
• Conduct individual and group vocal and acting coaching for students of all ages.
• Served as Artistic Director of Youth Pride Chorus, a performing group that harnesses the power of the performing arts to galvanize lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and straight young people ages 13-22 as agents of change.
• Directed weekly rehearsals with approximately 30 youth.
• Lead youth in technique workshops in singing, acting, and dance.
• Lead the Peer Empowerment Project, connecting YPC singers with New York City public school students around issues of bullying.
• Wrote scripts and musical arrangements for performance.
• Trained and supervised the Music Director/Accompanist and Assistant Director and managed guest choreographers.
• Recruited and managed volunteers in videography, photography, graphic design, marketing, and public relations.
• Collaborated with the producers of the Broadway musical Fun Home to create a music video for their marketing campaign featuring YPC youth performing the show’s hit song “Ring of Keys.”
• Created a YouTube video of YPC singers performing “Ooh Child” for Dan Savage’s “It Gets Better Project” in response to LGBT youth suicides. The video has received over 100,000 views.
• Facilitated an exchange between YPC and Rosie’s Theater Kids, Rosie O’Donnell’s musical theater program for underserved NYC youth. Both groups performed for each other and engaged in peer-to-peer dialogue about bullying and their shared experiences as young artists.
• Wrote an original chorus anthem with Our Lady J (staff writer on the Amazon hit series Transparent) inspired by the singers' words, elicited through a series of weekly writing exercises.
• Prepared youth for a special performance at The White House.
• Collaborated with Cyndi Lauper on a number of events including her Home for the Holidays concert benefitting homeless LGBT youth.
• Directed performances for events including the GLAAD Media Awards, GLSEN’s Respect Awards, and PFLAG’s Straight for Equality.
• Directed 100 youth from groups around the US in a collaborative performance at the 2012 GALA Choruses Festival in Denver.
• Taught over 200 students in grades 6-12.
• Designed and implemented musical theatre and choral music curricula and assessments in line with the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme framework. The curricula focus on performance skills, composition of original work, and critical analysis of professional work.
• Provided individual voice lessons and acting coaching.
• Directed all students in mid-year lecture/demonstrations and end-of-year performances for the school community.
• Accompanied all classes, arranged music, choreographed and taught dances.
• Served as Performance Coordinator for both the middle and high school across all artistic disciplines.
• Organized annual field trips to professional performances.
• Lead advisory group of twelve 7th grade students.
• Mentored and supervised resident teacher in training.
• Directed the middle school Glee Club.
• Conducted and sang with Our Lady J’s Train-To-Kill Gospel Choir in numerous performances at such venues as Joe's Pub, The Zipper Factory, and Santos Party House, and sang on several demo recordings.
• Administered 18 school partnerships serving 2,500 students in NYC.
• Managed a staff of 30 teaching artists.
• Designed curricula and documented teaching and learning.
• Co-designed and facilitated NDI’s Teaching Special Populations Workshop and Teaching Artist Training Programs.
• Trained staff and volunteers to host over 3,000 children at NDI's year-end Advanced Teams performance.
• Served as project manager for a collaboration between NDI and PS 163M to develop new arts in education curricula funded by a grant from The New York State Council on the Arts.
• Designed and facilitated annual teaching artist retreats for over 40 staff.
• Hired and managed summer interns from Wesleyan University and Harvard University’s Center For Public Interest Careers.
• Co-wrote a grant resulting in an award of $75,000 to support three new school partnerships.
• Wrote a grant funding an all-day retreat to assess K-5 arts learning at PS 163M. Participants included the school’s arts partners, specialists, administration, grade leaders, and parent representatives.
• Received a grant award to visit Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education to study CAPE’s practices in arts learning.
• Co-planned and facilitated “Special Education, Artistic Excellence, and Inclusion: Creating Partnerships Between Differently Abled Students,” a workshop in which participants learned inclusion program structures and teaching techniques and articulated applications of these methods to their own work and programs.
• Co-planned and facilitated “Responding to Bullying in Schools,” a workshop in which participants identified the arts education field’s unique challenges and assets for addressing bullying.
• Co-planned and facilitated “Meet and Greet 2009,” a joint networking event between the NYC AIE Roundtable and the NYC Museum Educators Roundtable that attracted record numbers of participants.
• Co-planned and facilitated the Roundtable’s “Annual Kick-Off 2010” event.
Staged readings of original works including:
The Birthday Boy
• Original music, book, and lyrics.
• A musical that investigates the science and ethics of cloning.
• Directed by Darren Katz.
Emmy & Albert
• Original music.
• A musical based on the lives and work of Albert Einstein and mathematician Emmy Noether.
• Reading at NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.
• Presented conference paper “A Look At Cher.”
• Served on the music grant review panel for two LMCC community grant programs: the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by the New York State Council on the Arts’ Decentralization Program, and the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.+ Read More
• Taught “Art In The World” and “The World Through Art,” a sequence of courses in NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts that asks students to investigate such topics as the creative process, art and public space, and to write a film review.
• Taught “The Advanced College Essay,” an interdisciplinary writing course in NYU’s Steinhardt School of Education.
• Taught “Writing The Essay,” an introductory essay course designed to expose students to a spectrum of personal to academic essay writing.
• Created all course materials, conferenced regularly with each student, and administered all grades.
• Received consistently high student evaluations.
• Student work recognized in Mercer Street, NYU's publication of each year's best student writing.
• Taught vocal music and dance classes.
• Directed over 150 children in fall and spring musicals.
• Taught vocal/general music classes.
• Wrote, directed, and choreographed 3rd grade musical.
• Developed units in music literacy, songwriting and composition, jazz, Orff, and instruments of the orchestra.
Wes is obviously extremely passionate about what he does. I've been through a few lessons with him so far, and am verrrry much enjoying them. He makes you feel perfectly comfortable, and in the past weeks that I've been training with him, I've been improving more quickly and steadily than I ever have before. He can tell exactly what I'm struggling with and teaches me memorable techniques to help me improve trouble spots (while helping me explore new vocal avenues I haven't really touched yet). He offers very real feedback without a hint of BS. I highly recommend him as a teacher. :)+ Read More
Wes is very passionate about singing. I really felt comfortable working with him. Looking forward to finding my voice.
I taught theatre with Wes and worked as his colleague for a year. Wes is a superb teacher who has that rare combination of high expectations and deep caring for his students. He knows just when to push, when to pull back, and how to help each student reach his or her utmost potential. He is warm, intelligent, compassionate, and talented. Anyone would be lucky to work with him!+ Read More
Wes is the best musical instructor, director and voice coach I have ever had the opportunity to work with. His patience, talent, and dedication have helped countless students reach their musical potential across the US. When I was a part of his youth chorus in NYC he inspired me to think bigger. I had sung in a few choirs with solos here and there, but i wasn't confident in my abilities. He would meet with me one on one to work on my range and my skills, but also my confidence. With his dedication and encouragement I was able to perform a whole song from the musical Sweeny Todd on a Broadway stage in front of a full theatre of people. No one had ever taken the time to work with me one on one like he did. I will never forget Wes. From beginners to experienced singers, Wes has brought out the best in his students everywhere. I cannot recommend this man enough. If you are looking for a passionate teacher dedicated to helping you reach your musical potential, look no further... Wes is the BEST!+ Read More
Wes's lessons have taken my acting to the next level.
Lessons were very convenient over Skype, since I live many states away.
Although I have been acting for years, I really don't think I had studied under someone who has understood the craft as well as Wes. He has proven to be a compassionate, patient, and skilled instructor. With his help, I was able to identify some specific problem areas, and the one-on-one sessions provided me with the coaching I needed to overcome these issues.
Now I am finding myself walking into auditions with not only the skills needed to land the roles I want, but the confidence.
I can't recommend Wes enough. Excellent coach and teacher!
Thanks Wes! See you soon!
When I first started working with Wes, I had absolutely no confidence in myself, let alone in my singing. He was one of the first people to believe in me and never gave up even when I was ready to. I went from barely whispering on stage to singing solos in front of large audiences and that is entirely because of his guidance and dedication to me. He can see the potential in every student and help them to not only realize it, but surpass it.+ Read More
Wes Webb is one the most influential mentors in my life and in the lives of those fortunate enough to be his students.
His ability to engage his students is underscored with grace, patience, and enthusiasm. From young children to seasoned professionals, students of all levels are inspired to work with Wes because he cares deeply about their success. Wes never gives up on a student; much to the contrary, he helps turn self-doubt into self-assurance. And that is the mark of an extraordinary teacher.
Just as he instills vocal technique with mastery, Wes goes beyond the words and notes on the page and challenges his students in creative ways to explore the story within the song. His lessons often empower his singers to draw from their personal experiences in order to connect with the heart of the music.
A remarkable teacher of the highest caliber and an exceptionally caring individual, Wes Webb will help you discover the power of your own, unique voice.
Wes Webb was the first teacher to make my daughter recognize her potential as a singer; she went from having no experience at all to starring in Sondheim productions in a little over a year! He makes lessons fun and challenging simultaneously, and he's great with kids at all levels. His dedication to his students and the magic of his abilities make him a truly transformative teacher, the kind students never forget.+ Read More
During my lessons with Wes I was able to improve my singing skills very much. We worked on many different aspects of the voice, and he mande me understand certain aspects of music which I never thought about before. Studying singing with Wes is a great experience, he made me feel confortable, and he was able to explain difficult things in an easy way, which was really important for me, since I'm not a native english speaker. Looking forward to our next lesson.+ Read More