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I have extensive training in improvisational acting from East Carolina University in North Carolina and I've been teaching acting students since 2007. Students learn quick thinking, free movement, and artistic expression through acting exercises and games.
About Heather M.
I'm a cum laude graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey and a winner of its merit scholarship.
After performing with the New York and Royal Philharmonics, the New Jersey and Virginia Symphonies, the American Boy Choir and the internationally renowned opera star, Andrea Bocelli, studying opera and piano at Westminster Choir College and performance art and improvisational acting at East Carolina University in North Carolina, and appearing in shows and pageants across the east coast, I found my life'
I've taught hundreds of different students since 2003 with great success, from 5-year-olds with special needs to middle-aged professional opera singers, from a professor in Saudi Arabia to a 65-year-old doctor of music, from kids of Radio Disney to students of the famed Actors Studio in New York, from busy stay-at-home parents to retirees with bucket lists, from CEOs to touring singer-songwriters.
I've created and led a workshop about singing called, "The Whole Body Singer". I've written dozens of articles about music and music education for the blog at TakeLessons.com.
My extensive knowledge of the voice has encouraged and empowered hundreds of singers and prepared many of them to win competitions, pageants and auditions, as well as roles in operas and musicals. When a student comes to me in need of voice coaching, my job is to get to the root of mental blocks, to reveal why and how she's not singing at her optimum.
Both teaching myself piano and receiving formal training at a conservatory has prepared me to teach almost anyone how to play.
The intensive training and education that I received at Westminster Choir College in songwriting, music theory and sight reading has benefited my students at every level.
My current work as singer and keyboardist in the acoustic rock duo, Timberwood, has strengthened my knowledge of a broad range of styles and genres. As a lifelong learner, I have a strong commitment to continuing my education. That's why I studied songwriting online with the Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2014.
In the lessons that I teach, I'm flexible, positive and encouraging. While I want my students to have fun and love music, not dread it, I expect hard work and persistence. I am caring, patient, nurturing, and compassionate. In piano lessons, I usually allow the student to choose a piece with which to warm up and then move on to technique and repertoire. In voice lessons, I usually warm up the singer and discuss technique and sight singing before focusing on song choices. Joan Frey Boytim wrote a book for voice that I like to use, and I like the Estelle Liebling exercises for the more advanced singer. Hanon exercises are a big part of my piano curriculum, and I enjoy the Bastien and Alfred books for young and old. I have used completely random songs pulled out of a piano bench and a karaoke CD for kids. I will use almost anything I can get my hands on if it means effectively teaching music.
Acting lessons consist of exercises and games that apply learned concepts, with an emphasis on stage acting and Meisner technique, as well as monologue and audition coaching.
Parents, siblings and spouses are always welcome to observe lessons quietly.
· Piano · In studio
· Singing · In home
· Piano · Online
Heather M. L.
Heather M. L.
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I taught a theatre class this past year, and I had my students do a LOT of improv work. I had a lot of various fun exercises that I would take them through, and they loved it! These are fun exercises. At the beginning, I will give my student a few minutes to prepare, until I eventually cut the time to nothing - and you must immediately act on the prompt I give you!
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Hello, Parents & Students!
My name is Elyse (the answer is me!), and I teach a wide array of great (mainly musical) things! Thank you for checking out my page!
A few key points to know about me:
*I graduated from Kent State University (Kent, OH) in December, 2009, with my Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree (Magna cum Laude).
*I’ve taught music in small ensembles and marching band camps since July, 2007.
*I taught from 2010-2016 in the Texas Public Schools as a General Music teacher/Choir Director.
*I taught theatre for one year.
*I am a VERY enthusiastic, fun-loving teacher who enjoys laughter and bringing smiles to my students.
*I structure our lessons in such a way that we have fun while remaining on track.
*The Clarinet was my instrument of st
*RANDOM: I love to read, sing, and listen to music, I love cats, chocolate, and my family/friends. Pink is my favorite color, and Hanson is my favorite band!
*My most recent new student, after his second lesson, asked if he could take piano more than once a week because “it’s so fun!” 😊
—If you're going to make a mistake, make a loud one!
-My students know (I make sure of this) right off the bat that it's okay to make mistakes! My philosophy is: YOU make mistakes. Mistakes don't make YOU. We fix them together, and we learn together. Also: never apologize for making a mistake; that is why we’re working together and you’re practicing at home!
-I'm definitely a fun-loving, outgoing person.
-My teaching style is tailored to each of my students;
-I try to think-outside-the-box as much as possible and utilize creativity.
-I talk as little as possible in lessons; my goal is for the student to play as much as possible. With beginners, I may have to talk a bit more.
-I often model for the student what they should do: example: middle c position on the piano.
-If seeing ME isn’t enough for my visual learners, I will utilize a video clip.
-For my tactile learners, sometimes I have to move their fingers into position myself.
-For my sound learners, I will play or sing a pitch, show them the slide position or fingering to that note, and have them try to match it by ear.
-I also question my students.
-I have many other techniques as well.
-I am VERY much pro Positive Reinforcement!
*** Lesson Details ***
-I am NOT a rigid teacher; I am pretty relaxed.
-Although I am relaxed, I AM very adamant about practicing between lessons - no matter what type of instrument you/your child may be learning. It is the only way to improve. :)
-We will ALWAYS begin with a warm-up, we may/may not move into rhythm exercises, possible ear training, music theory, and the music.
-The list of all that I teach is on my page, but I teach all wind instruments (woodwind/brass), piano, and voice. I also teach acting techniques and improvisation skills.
-I am VERY flexible where scheduling is concerned.
-Daily practice is strongly recommended. It is important and necessary for steady progress.
-For piano lessons, students should have neat, clean, trimmed nails at every lesson.
-Students should bring water to voice lessons.
-Reed players should ensure they have working/non-cracked reeds.
-Brass players should ensure all valves/slides are oiled/greased.
-Students must be prepared for each lesson.
-Always have a pencil (not a pen).
-Parents should remain until their child’s lesson is complete.
-Parents should regularly check and support the student’s practice routine.
*** Studio Equipment ***
-One Yamaha keyboard w/pedal; space for parents to sit and observe lessons.
-Square chairs to sit on
IMPORTANT NOTE: My home, where my studio is located, is inhabited by four very sweet cats. Keep this in mind when you plan to sign up for lessons. :)
I so look forward to hearing from you!!
· Piano · In home
· Piano · In home
· Piano · In home
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Improv acting is a completely different realm of theater. It requires you to think on your feet and to be able to turn a situation that meant nothing to you five seconds ago into an entire scene. It explores every corner of your imagination. I will teach you different improv exercises as well as games. I will get you sharp so you're ready for any improv situation.
My name is Sarah and I am honored you have chosen to look at my profile. Finding the right teacher is so important! I always try to make sure that I accommodate what is best for the student when I approach teaching. Now a bit about me! I graduated from Lees-McRae College in May 2017 with a BFA in musical theater and a minor in art and design. I know at a glance it may be overwhelming how many classes I teach. You see as Musical Theatre Major I had to learn all about dance, makeup, singing, acting, and all of the sub categories that go with it; not to mention with my minor in art and design I know my way around with a paint brush. Art, in all forms are has always been my way of expressing, feeling, and embracing life. I took an internship at the Arkansas Arts Center Children's Theatre and I had to learn ALL aspects of
I was training American Sign Language at Northern Virginia Community College back in 2012. In 2015 I studied under an ASL master from Gallaudet University. I have continued to further my knowledge of ASL every day. I was recently the ASL captain at work who helped make sure all signs were done correctly and expressed properly.
My goal is to help you learn what you are craving to know! I try to not charge too high for lessons, I know that this is something that is for fun and is not always a possibility so I try to keep it at a lowish price so that everyone has a chance to learn. I am very flexible to schedules. I am willing to have a regular time or switching it up weekly; I have students who travel for a living so they are always on a different time zone; no matter the obstacle I will make it work for you!
Something that is great to know about me is that I never stop training, pursuing growth and knowledge. I read books in these various fields to learn more and more, take master classes, and train with my own vocal coaches. I think art - on any platform, is a great way to get out of your head, free your mind, and open up yourself. So this can be for professional training, a hobby you always wanted to pursue, or a dream you wanted to chase after.
In my class with you, or you child, I will make an individualized lesson plan that focus around what skills you already have, what skills you aim to improve/gain, and how you learn. I am very familiar with the fact that we are ALL different, which means we will all learn DIFFERENTLY. I am willing to explain something in as many ways as one needs in order to understand. I like to think of my lessons as a “safe place” to explore, have fun, grow, and be okay with making mistakes. We will always start with the basics, understand the core of the craft - for example in singing that would be our vocal anatomy and how it all connects together. I use props to help make the concept more visual and graspable as well as diagrams. This is not something someone will pick up in one lesson, so don’t come in saying “I can’t”, you can, you just have to learn HOW. I will show you the how. Remember, this is a learning process, we must embrace each step of our growth.
Some background of how I came to do what I do:
I have been working professionally for theatres for five years now; which has had me living in various towns in NC, OH, AR, and traveling nationwide for tours. I have a lot of experience under my belt for my years. I began taking performance classes as young as age 2 when I started ballet, then I began singing in choir in third grade. I started being in awe of sign language when I saw an interpreter working her magic around age ten and I asked my mom for a sign language book. Expanding my knowledge is what I do for fun, so when you pick me you pick someone who is constantly growing and learning more which will ultimately benefit the student.
I teach a variety of classes that, for the most part, circle around the arts! Some of my classes include, but are not limited to: Acting, Child Acting, Improv Audition Prep, Various styles of “Singing” classes, Ear Training, Musical Theatre, Music Performance, Various “Art” classes, Facial Exercises (Which is great for singers, and those who speak a lot day to day to help relieve tension in the face), and more!
For an explanation on each class, I will be recording a video that describes them and posting that on here soon! There is a video trailer of me singing and dancing that is currently available. If you want to know anything more at all please do not hesitate to send me a message and I will respond as quickly as I possibly can!
· Vocal Training · Online
· English · Online
· Singing · Online
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My philosophy is that an actor must learn how to respond believably to imaginary circumstances as themselves before they can respond believably as someone else. I strip the actor of "acting" and make them just respond honestly. We do this with improvisation exercises first. Later we will add scripts and make them develop characters outside of themselves. Slowly, we will expand the range of the actor with movement and vocal techniques. As we get more advanced the more we delve into psychology.
Students often report that acting helps them identify and express their own feelings in everyday life. After all, acting out stories is nothing but rehearsing for life.
Many acting students come to me with big broad characters and extravagant gestures. While there are some shows that might be stylized this way, this isn't grounded in truth. Many directors will see it as false. I teach students to listen and respond honestly without forcing emotion. I believe that audiences can feel when emotion is genuine and when it's not. By learning to respond honestly, allowing themselves to feel, and thinking critically about the motives of characters, students become better listeners, better communica
Every voice is unique, and I want students to discover the beauty of their truly personal instrument. Because of the personal nature of the voice, I strive to create a safe space to explore. My main priority is freeing the voice from unnecessary tension and supporting it with the breath so students' true sound can be discovered. I know many different exercises for each specific element of vocal technique. I transfer between exercises to actual music pieces until proper technique becomes muscle memory and replaces old habits.
I'm a firm believer in the joy of art. If we are not having fun, we should probably be doing something else. Right?
· Acting · In studio
· Acting · In studio
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I have been directing and teaching acting for 27 years and have worked with students of all ages, from 9 to 82, and at all levels of experience from novice to professional. Former clients include television as well as theater actors, community actors, and young people. My approach to acting starts with who you are, and works with the actor to build engaging scenes, monologues, plays, and audition materials where their unique emotional range, believability and dynamism are used to make for engaging and competitive dramatic materials. Please contact me directly through the Youth Ensemble Theater website if you'd like to purchase a group of lessons at a reduced rate.
As a director, she has coached actors, directed plays off-broadway and locally, and created multigenerational devised theater with young people and adults for twenty-seven years. As an arts educator, she has worked to build artistic forums into the daily life of schools and communities, that otherwise would not provide an arts education. Her work in these settings has reached thousands of young people in underserved schools and communities.
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I've been acting for over 25 years professionally and teaching acting for about 12 years. I love working with aspiring actors of all ages to help them reach their own unique goals. I've trained with top acting coaches Bob Luke and the Weist Baron school in NY and with Eleese Lester in Houston in addition to having graduated with a B.A. in Theater and Dance from the University of Texas Austin.
Having appeared in film, television and commercials with Edward Norton, Susan Sarandon, Tim Blake Nelson, Natalie Portman, Mike Rowe and more, I've been blessed to learn from amazing actors and coaches myself. I love to combine what has been most effective for myself as an actor to help my students make progress each week both in front of the camera and in the business area of the industry. I teach with a strong focus on technique primarily using the Stanislavsky method but also bring in elements of Meisner, Uta Hagen, and my own coaches. Whatever works and serves the actor! Many of my students
In addition to her own acting career, Alyssia enjoys coaching other actors, helping them prepare for auditions, and putting them on tape for auditions in other cities. Many of Alyssia’s students have booked roles from the audition tapes that she coached and taped them for. She has even taped Shantel Van Santen of One Tree Hill, The Messengers, and Final Destination, and Chelsea Ricketts of Scream Queens, The Killing, and True Blood. She’s worked extensively with Allie DeBerry, formerly a regular on Disney Channel’s Ant Farm and David Simpson, who’s appeared in Scream Queens, American Horror Story: Freak Show, Bad Moms, Preacher, and Wolverine. She’s also had students book roles from their taped auditions with her, such as the Emmy nominated HBO film, Bessie, Left Behind, We Are The Millers, Daddy’s Home, One Mississippi, Hoovey, Eastbound and Down, and many more! She looks forward to continuing growing as an actor and acting coach and working with as many up and coming actors as she possibly can! If you love it, then go after it! The opportunity to thrive is at your finger tips!
· Film and TV Acting · In home
· Film Acting · In home
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I am an experienced actress of 10 years, specializing n beginner/intermediate level theater students. All ages welcome. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. I specialize in improvisation and using imagination as a tool in order to live in a scene. My students can expect to walk away with a working vocabulary for any rehearsal room, as well as audition prep, and advice practical on the industry.
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Theater is a vulnerable art form and I strive to create an environment in which my students can feel safe and supported. I teach students how to connect with their imagination so that they can easily access true life within a scene. My students can expect to improve week to week in their vocal technique, movement training, and scene study. Acting is the art of being human. I firmly believe that as long as you are human, you have the tools you need to be a successful actor.
I am also a professional dancer. I specialize in tap, jazz, and beginner ballet. Movement and acting are very closely connected. Also, as
Entertainment is a difficult field, and there is not a single path to success. I have been fortunate enough to have been represented professionally since my college graduation in 2016. I attribute this to the internship I took in 2014,
when I worked with The Chasin Agency in Los Angeles, CA. I used what I learned from that internship to navigate my way through the industry here in Chicago. In the past year I have been able to get three of my students representation here in town through branding techniques via headshot and resume.
If you are ready to grow as an artist, and apply your skills towards a profession, I am ready to teach you!
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I teach online audition techniques that working actors use to book auditions. I also teach you how to create a memorable performance for Film and Television by teaching you all the tools I use to book audition. I teach you the best way to remember your lines and stay in character in the each scene. Techniques I use are the same techniques use by Hollywood Actors/Actress.
· Film and TV Acting · In studio
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I am currently studying for my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Point Park University, where I have been put to the test on numerous occasions. After winning the August Wilson Monologue competition in 2016, I have been training intensely everyday to hone my skills. I want to help guide younger and newer actors and actresses so they won’t make the same mistakes that I did. I also want to show them how they can book an audition with ease, learn lines, find great audition monologues, and understand character breakdowns. I’m offering acting with a young and fresh perspective!
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