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Lebanon, TN

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How to move with confidence and poise, Think on your feet~ unleash a barrage of one liners and "be on a roll". Enjoy your 15 minutes of fame or be a trouper who makes a living at Improv.

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New 6 Month and One Year Courses Taught: 1. Radio Introduction Personality Broadcasting. 2. Guitar Studies Advanced 3. Music Industry 4. Advanced Composition 5. Sound Design 6. Abelton LIVE 7. Premix Setup and Post Production
8. PR and Promotions Business
Background:
I worked for Eddie Van Halen for five years in the 1990's in the Beverly Hills area of Los Angeles and was instrumental in providing help with development of the Peavey Wolfgang and Wolfgang Special Guitar by providing feedback on the prototypes Eddie was designing at the time. I learned a lot from Eddie and his brother Alex about music and the music industry. (All you have to do is pay attention! ) I have played in bands from Hollywood to Toronto and back both as a singer songwriter and guitarist. I bring the Musicians Institute way to the table and get things up and ru
nning quickly. I help students get it under their fingers fast and get it right the first time.

I believe in sharing the happiness of making music with anyone who loves music and the guitar in particular. I do my very best to get you playing the songs you love in Pop, Rock, Jazz and Folk Music of your choice. Today's modern new guitars are easy to play and you will enjoy learning Guitar right away. That is how it should be.
When you study there is a basic understanding of Guitar to be learned that allows an ease of use for anyone for years to come. This will help you reach your goal and improve each week. My students learn to practice in a way that feels comfortable and makes sense. This takes all the stress out of learning and gives everyone something to smile about and look forward to each week.

The good feeling of playing along with friends and taking a solo is within every students grasp. I will show you the way there. And with a solid and straightforward approach to the theory as it applies directly to the guitar you will feel confident and unafraid of any music endeavor. We'll cover harmony and fingerboard theory and give you a road map of the guitar neck that makes it a pleasure to play. You learn the basics and much more than you thought possible retaining 90 percent of what you learn!

Having been a student myself I was deeply involved in music since age 12 and played in bands and duos for over 15 years . I can help you to be a well rounded player and performer with a smile, a laugh and a joy for music whether your in a band or a budding solo artist.

*** Lesson Details ***
Most students want to play the Guitar to play their favorite songs and I'm the same way. Music is something we carry with us in our hearts and minds. Students will learn what they wish to learn and work at a pace that is comfortable to them. Whether you are a student, “weekend warrior” or a parent whose child has expressed an interest in Guitar anyone can learn all there is to know about Harmony and Theory for the Guitar and how to play their favorite songs.

We cover theory in an easy and straightforward no nonsense way in the first half of each lesson and then apply it to the song you wish to learn. This creates an atmosphere where you understand and feel at home with the Guitar. You get an understanding right away and because it is immediately fun it allows you to feel comfortable at any level. Music is fun, and songs are the creative expression of what we feel. Combining theory and the freedom to play and sing songs allows us to express ourselves through music. 
After 6 months students will have a solid foundation in theory, and a road map of the guitar fretboard enabling them to advance to an intermediate level if they are ready to do so. Students will know enough that music as it relates to the Guitar, which is the world’s most popular instrument in contemporary music, is not a mystery but is a welcome friend. And they will be able to play songs by popular artists and advance at a pace that is satisfying and enjoyable.
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What Students Are Saying About ~ James Teaching Style

“James’ patience, knowledge and under-standing made learning guitar fun. I like the lessons. He cares.”
--Rebecca L., guitar
student, Venice Beach, CA 2003

“James taught me to
play pop and rock, and
introduced me to
fingerstyle guitar. I love it!”
--Joseph E., guitar student, Vancouver, BC 2006

“I studied guitar privately with James in 2010. His style of teaching helped me to get
past my blocks. He opened new doors for me. Thanks!”
--Daniel S., guitar
student, Los Angeles, CA 2010
""James is a trustworthy man, great with answering back right away. Always ready to help with new members. I would definitely recommend him." ~ PJ Stover of PJ Stover Voices; Independent Film & Recording voice-over artist
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What James spouse says about working on songwriting with him:

"James is my husband for over 10 years now. Over the years, I have seen James give guidance and counsel to many hopeful musicians of all ages, and inspire others about how music influences and benefits our lives. I would highly recommend James to anyone who wants to learn guitar, voice, music theory, and acting. James is a great talent, and study with him would benefit anyone with the sincere desire to grow as an artist. When we married, I had fallen in love with James’ conversational style, and his vast knowledge of music. When I heard him play guitar, I knew that I wanted to write songs with him, and we released our first album, in 2012 on iTunes."

Regards,
Keri W.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Ovation Glen Campbell Artist Acoustic Electric Guitar, Ovation Pacemaker 12 string Guitar, Ibanez PF 5 Acoustic Electric Guitar, Fender Telecaster 6 string Electric Guitar. Korg Mini Pandora III Amplifier/Studio EFX, Toshiba Laptop Satelite Pro with PreSonus Studio One Artist Software, PreSonusUSB Audiobox, HD7 Studio Monitor Headphones, M7 Condenser Mic, PreSonus Studio Producer software with SoundCloud integration, iBook G4 with Garageband 3 and iLife Studio. Godin Summit CT Electric Guitar is the guitar I now endorse exclusively !

*** Travel Equipment ***
Lesson Plans, Godin Summit CT Guitar, Fender and Ovation Guitars, Tuner, Android Smartphone and apps, iPads, Korg Mini Pandora Amp, Toshiba Satelite Pro Laptop. Android LG Smartphone with Tuners, Voice Recorder, and Metronome and Chord Reference Guide, and Guitar Tuner, iPod Touch Pro Studio.

*** Specialties ***
Songs in the following styles: Pop, Rock and Modern Country Music. Also Composition Analysis while learning the song.
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Steve H. November 2, 2018
· Harmonica · Online
Just had my first lesson. I have never played a musical instrument or have any musical training. James made me feel comfortable right away. I thought I made a very good start. Feeling like I will really enjoy this and am confident I will pick this up faster than I thought.
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Mel October 7, 2018
· Singing · In home
James is very kind and mellow enough to make the most insecure person feel confidant and energetic enough to be motivating and fun!!!! Warm natured.... and his wife is so pretty!!! I could never sing infront of anyone but he made me feel so natural the first day!!! He is not pushy and does not make you feel rushed or nervous! If you are shy and know nothing about music this is the man to schedule with! Cool cat!!!! Ty James!!!! Can’t wait for more!
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Sarah B. July 6, 2018
· Acting · In home
James is a great teacher. He showed me a lot on my first day
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About Joseph M.

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25+ yrs teaching experience

Fun mixed with work

About Joseph
Local tutor;

Will travel to you, or we can use my studios located in Nassau, Suffolk and all 5 boroughs.

My name is Dr. Joseph M., Ba/Ma/Dma, in Education and Performance. I have reference lists a mile long, (with phone #'s, so you contact my previous and current

clients), full of success story after success story!

22 yrs teaching experience. I have sent thousands of children to Nyssma. Most of my students have scored; "Outstandings", (lvls 1-4), and A+'s, (lvls 5-6). Have gotten students

into All-County,

All State, and All National honor bands. This requires a ranked Nyssma level 6 score of 100.

I have prepared students for auditions to the finest music schools in the world, Julliard, The Curtis Institute, Berklee, etc.

My students have appeared on Broadway, have played at Birdland/the Bluenote, and have won
Grammys.........

I play and teach all styles; Classical, rock, Broadway, jazz,pop, etc.....

I have performed at the world class, A-list level in all the above mentioned styles as well.

I believe it is critical to be humble, down to earth and easy to work with, no matter how accomplished, student, teacher, or parent. :)..................
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Dana September 18, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
Very professional and thorough!
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louis R. August 9, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
First lesson with my grandson. My grandson enjoyed it. Joseph was very professional.
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Joshua W. April 19, 2016
· Singing · In home
We couldn't be more pleased and thrilled to have discovered Dr. Merkel. He is committed, gifted, firm, yet kind,
with my son. Thank you Dr. Joe!!!
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About David T.

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Emmy Award Winner David T. has over 33 years of acting experience in Film, TV and Stage. He is best known World-wide for his role on “The Young and the Restless” where he received 3 Emmy nominations and won his first Emmy for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Billy Abbott. He has the experience and training to coach actors who are either beginning their journey with acting or are well experienced actors who are looking to bring more color and light to their work. so they will stand out in front of the casting director & make their tape unique from the rest. Acting is my passion, and I love to share that passion with others so they may reach their dreams of becoming a working actor.

About David
Film credits include Swing Kids with Christian Bail & Robert Shawn Lenard; Pleasantville with Reese Witherspoon & Toby McGuire, Stay Tuned with John Ritter along with Plain Cloths, Stepfather III, Walking Thunder, Roomates, and The Hazing to name a few. Television series roles include “Sessions,” produced by Billy Crystal, as well as “One Life to Live” as Paul Cramer, “Roommates” as Brady, “Worlds Apart,” “Buddies,” “Salute your Shorts,” “Good Behavior” as Cozy Boy, “Brand New Life” as Bart McCray, and “The Young and The Restless” as Billy Abbott. Recent top rated TV shows include NCIS and NCIS New Orleans and CSI Los Vegas. See Resume in Photo and Video as pdf to see more.
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Karissa N. November 11, 2018
· Film and TV Acting · Online
David is a phenomenal teacher! He gets to know you as an individual, your goals, and your motivation, then guides you accordingly. If you put the work in, take his teachings and advice to heart, and go get experience, he can help launch you to your goals! David instills confidence and clarity, and teaches from a place of expertise yielded from 30+ years in the industry. His accolades as an Emmy-award-winning actor goes to show that he not only talks the talk, but walks the walk. Davis is such a personable guy, and you'll be missing out on great instruction if you don't hire him right now!
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Greta November 11, 2018
· Acting · Online
David is really the best acting teacher ever! Very patient, always makes sure you’re comfortable with the material and also he always knows what to do to help you improve :)
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Anthony-Michael November 10, 2018
· Acting · Online
David is a phenomenal instructor. I learned quite a bit from him and recommend him highly. Not only did he provide me with a lot of insight into this field but he also gave me acting techniques and exercises that were designed to enhance my skills. I learned a lot from him and look forward to working with him again in the near future if he has availability.
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About Rebecca L.

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Acting is such a broad term! What are your goals? Do you want to be in films? Do you want to do Shakespeare? Do you want to be in a sit com? Depending upon what your interests are and where you want to go, we will build a plan together. My philosophy on acting techniques is that they are tools to help you, not tests you pass if you're a good actor and fail if you're a bad one. Different techniques work for different people and it is our job to find out what inspires you.

I've worked as a professional actor for many years, performed on Broadway, have my MFA in Performing Arts, and my BA in Arts and Education. I was an assistant director to Tony-winner Sharon Ott and have written and produced my own work. I have experience in both stage and camera acting, which have specific technical differences, but are both a lot of fun once you get used to the medium. Audition technique, preparing monologues, and creating promotional materials are also things I can help with. Anyone who wants to ...

About Rebecca
My approach is both supportive and pragmatic, based on where each individual's skill set is right now and what your specific goals are. I've had the benefit of both formal instruction as well as a decade in the "school of hard knocks." Climbing up the ladder to earn my Equity Card on a Production Contact taught me a lot and I believe gave me a nuanced perspective as a performer.

Over 95% of my career is from attending open calls, including finding representation and my Broadway debut.

I continue to audition for film, television, and theatre, as well as perform in concerts and other venues. I write and produce my own work and am currently signed with Roth and Associates East.
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Amanda M. November 2, 2018
· Singing · In studio
AMAZING! Rebecca is so nice and made me feel so relaxed. I was TERRIFIED of singing in front of other people but she didn't care that my voice cracked and that I sung quietly she was so amazing!
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Mikell B. September 17, 2018
· Acting · In home
My son loves her, after we left I asked him how he thought it was and he said mommy this is the best I know I’m going to have fun... she’s funny.
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Debra R. June 21, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
Rebecca was very knowledgeable and helpful for my very first lesson. I believe she can really help me improve my pitch and teach me to become a better singer! She is also a very kind woman and has an overall caring approach.. I’m happy I found her and I’m looking forward to working together!
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About Dennis N.

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I have extensive experience in theatre and now film. I think I offer ways for students to give honest performances, whether for auditions or scene study. Additionally, I have developed through my own experience successful approaches to auditioning that should benefit any student.

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What are you looking for?

If an audition, I can help you allay those nerves and help you reach a place where you show to best advantage. You CAN be in charge of that audition space.

If scene study, I can help you break it down for maximum impact.

Whatever your needs, I'm here to help and facilitate.

I have many years of experience in theatre, both in Chicago and New York. I have recent experience in film (film I acted in was Best in Middle Coast Film Festival/1918).
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About Staci M.

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A plethora of experience in a wide variety of theatrical and acting styles, both as a performer and as a director. Lessons are catered to the individual needs and goals of each student. Services range from creating an audition package, assistance with public speaking, vocal techniques for the actor, singing for the actor, acting for musical theatre, and script analysis. I received my BA in Acting from the University of Colorado in 2018, graduating with honors, and completed an internship with the prestigious Public Theater in NYC this past spring. Now, let's get you that dream role!

About Staci
Staci is an Actors' Equity Membership Candidate actor and has been performing and directing for the past 10 years. She received her BA in Theatre from the University of Colorado in 2018, graduating with highest distinction. She also studied Musical Theater on scholarship at Western Wyoming Community College for two years. Staci specializes in teaching for the stage in all forms: clown, improv, auditioning skills/techniques, voice for the actor, singing for the actor, and acting for musical theatre. She approaches acting in an organic way, finding humanity on stage.

During her time at the University of Colorado and Western Wyoming, Staci had the opportunity to work with world-renowned companies and artists such as 600 Highwaymen (NYC), Manual Cinema (Chicago), Jay O Sanders, Maryann Plunkett (Tony Award Winner), Faith Prince (Tony Awa
rd Winner), Allison Janney (Academy Award Winner), Jay Duckworth (Props – The Public Theatre), Jeffrey Horowitz (Founder – Theatre for a New Audience), Patrick Russell (American Conservatory Theatre), Carol Mendes (Carol Mendes Dance Company, Brazil), among many others.

In the past decade, Staci has studied a variety of theatre concepts, ranging from styles such as classical acting and musical theatre to devised theatre and clown. She has worked on numerous prestigious productions, including the PPAC Award-winning Cabaret directed by Dr. Kevin Landis, and directing the Samuel Beckett work Waiting for Godot.

Staci completed a Production Management internship with the Public Theatre in New York City in 2018 for the Under the Radar Festival. During this time, she worked closely with many productions, including After (Andrew Schneider), Margarete (Janek Turkowski), Re-Member Me (Dickie Beau), The Gates (Adam Gopnik), How to be a Rock Critic (Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen), Antiginon (Teatro El Publico – Cuba), We’re Only Alive for a Short Time (David Cale), Parable of the Sower (Toshi Reagon and Bernice Johnson Reagon), and Choir Choir Choir (Choir Choir Choir with David Byrne).

Staci was honored to receive a nomination in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF Region 7) Irene Ryan competition for her role of Gwendolyn in The Importance of Being Earnest. She also competed twice in the Irene Ryan competition as a partner. Additionally, she has previously consulted on the musical theatre text "How to Succeed in Musical Theatre Without Really Trying" by Professor Chris Will.
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I have studied, worked as an actress and a director and taught in Berlin, London and New York - both in theater and opera. I was the first person to ever be offered the Juilliard Opera directing Fellowship two years in a row (where I worked primarily with Postgraduate students) and have worked with actors and singers across the country as well as in several German A-houses. After studying a variety of acting methods over the years, I have developed my own method of approaching a character or an audition monologue/song, which encompasses the physical, emotional and intellectual in order to create an easily accessible three-dimensional person. I will not only help you apply said method, but also teach you the tools so you may access it on your own at any time. Finally, I have received critical acclaim as a young director, and - as a teacher - I have a track record of helping people get hired from major auditions.

About Ophelie
I am a professional stage director, who has worked in Germany, England and across the United States. I have worked with singers as well as actors, as a teacher, assistant director and director.

I graduated as an Associate of King’s College London with a degree in Philosophy and significant experience acting and directing for independent theater companies in London.

I then went on to work as an assistant director in major German opera houses, where I learned how to apply the same teaching and dierecting methods with singers.

At only 23 I was offered the Juilliard Opera Directing Fellowship - and I was the first person, to whom it was offered two years in a row. At Juilliard, I mostly worked with the few selected Postgraduate students.

I have considered accepting an adjunct teaching position, but chose to go on directing and tea
ching privately instead. My students have repeatedly gotten hired for auditions I coached them for (amongst other places at the Metropolitan Opera) and gotten great reviews for jobs I coached them on.
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Sarah November 6, 2018
· Voice Acting · In studio
Ophelie is great at simultaneously allowing her students to explore their own discoveries, and focusing their energy on the genuine message behind a story. She finds a way of making everything real and relatable, at encourages her students to succeed.
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Stephanie November 6, 2018
· Theater Acting · In studio
Ophelie is an incredibly personable, intuitive, bright director and acting coach! Working with the student’s natural instincts, she invites you to go deeper and further with it. She also helps you think about spacial awareness on stage, in relation to the stage set up and fellow actors, creating an overall beautiful and dynamic scene. I highly recommend working with her!
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Kirsten October 16, 2018
· Voice Acting · In home
“I cannot recommend Ophelia Wolf any higher as an acting coach and stage director. I worked with her privately on staging all of my audition arias. Her genius is connecting your unique story to the character. She knows intuitively how to break down emotional/body tension to free up performance and discover your truth. She has a flexible formula for analyzing characters and making them immediately personal to you.
As a German native speaker, she prepared me for all of my audition trips to Germany. With her guidance in perfecting diction and conversational style, I gave a confident tour. I also sought out her method when giving a series of masterclasses on how to interpret characters.
We worked together right before my first audition for the Met, and I got the job! You’ll love working with this director who has experience working with the greatest opera houses in the world."

- Kirsten Chambers - Soprano with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Opera Hong Kong, among others Most Known for her portrayal of Strauss roles, particularly SALOME
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Award winning theatre director, specializing in children's theatre but has experience coaching all levels and ages. Each lesson will be customized to meet individual needs/goals in order to obtain the highest level of success. I coach all styles and audition prep work. In my lessons, we will focus on creating your acting toolbox ( voice work, movement work, monologues, audition process and more!) and work on any personal material. Speciality in college audition prep and specialized programs. It is my goal to give you not just the tools but the confidence to perform.

About Sarah
Not only have I worked as an actress, I am a current award winning theatre director. My main passion is working with children, teenagers and young adults.
My current students have won best actor, best actress, best supporting roles and more at competitions. I am constantly helping them reach their potential with preparing them for auditions for professional acting jobs and for acceptance into school theatre programs. I have a great success rate of getting students into the school of their choice for performance.

I believe in allowing each student to be treated as an individual and celebrate the strengths that they bring to a performance. I encourage my students to be risk -takers and open minded while crafting their art.
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I am a professional actor, I suggest to search on google my name and particularly on IMDb - I currently teach Acting at the New York Film Academy. My method is a mix of the best acting methods existing in the film industry: Stanislavski, Strasberg, Meisner, Adler, Costa with deep knowledge of oriental meditation tecniques used in the concentration and relaxation exercises. I have been acting and teaching for almost 20 years now and my results are 100% guaranteed. I deliver the highest professional training to level up the existing acting method but most of all I empower students developing the best potential available within them.

About Michele
I started acting when I was 16 and never stopped. I started because I love to observe humanity and to give them back vibrations and emotions. I then started writing for theater and cinema, until I discovered that besides acting I love directing and teaching, then I moved from Italy to USA and got hired from the New York Film Academy to teach Acting for Directors and Actors for my specialty in a new advanced revolutionary Acting Method.
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