At just 6 months old my mom discovered me humming “Silent Night”. By age 2, I would sit in the bathroom, holding aloft a Reader’s Digest from which I would “read” aloud, belting gibberish at the top of my lungs. Needless to say, my mother quickly enrolled me in the children’s performing group “Sunshine Generation”, since then its been 23 years of singing, dancing, acting, playing piano, playing guitar and playing the ukulele non-stop.
I love music and I love teaching! I have been studying the subject for decades now, two and half to be exact. First, in private lessons with wonderful teachers, then in Junior High, and High School. Then I entered the realms of college at Citrus, Riverside City College and received my Bachelors Degree in Commercial Music from Brigham Young University. I am a music composer. I write music, lyrics, and sco
re to Film/TV/promotional videos. I am currently on iTunes. I am loving and caring about the students I teach. I've had experience in teaching individual lessons to over 100+ students, singing with touring jazz orchestras, pop/rock groups and directing choirs.
Music is a lifestyle, and it is the lifestyle I love to live. If you want to learn your music skills, let me teach you! Im super fun and I will help you get to the next level! Thanks for reading this, I appreciate it. Don't you feel like you know me a little bit better?
*** Lesson Details *** If you take lessons with me, you can expect progression! This takes top priority in my mind. It is very important for my students to know that I encourage keeping track of their progress on their chosen instruments. Setting goals and reaching them can be very satisfying! I recognize that every student has different skill levels and I will teach to the style that they best adapt to. One final note to add, they will be loved!
*** Specialties *** Many genres excite me, however, I excel in Pop, Jazz, R&B, Classical, Country, Contemporary Christian, Broadway, and Singer/songwriter.
Now teaching in-person singing and acting lessons in Chicago, as well as online to anyone in the country!
Serena is originally from the New York City area and has been acting, singing, dancing, and playing piano since she was young. As a teenager, she attended the prestigious Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan and went on to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. While she was there, she realized her love of teaching when she tutored struggling piano and music theory students.
In Chicago, her credits include: Tony N' Tina's Wedding, Little Women, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Comedy of Errors, Macbeth, Jersey Shore: The Musical, Jack and the Beanstalk, Theatre of Women 6, Pirates of Penzance, Change the Night Owl, and two solo cabarets: "Should I Be Sweet?" a
nd "I Don't Want To Be a Cliche."
Serena loves working with people who particularly share her love of Musical Theater and Shakespeare, but she finds all ages and levels exciting and fulfilling.
Serena also specializes in coaching high school students for their auditions for BFA or BA Acting or Musical Theater programs. She is completely informed about the audition process for each individual school and is able to help select repertoire to fit your needs.
Additionally, Serena has significant experience training people for unique singing and acting experiences, such as singing at friends' weddings, bar mitzvah singing, and corporate improv/acting. She helps people loosen up, have fun, and succeed to their highest potential.
*** Lesson Details *** I have a very good balance in my lessons of nurturing the student, but also pushing the student to his or her highest potential. I always remain encouraging and supportive. I spend about a third of the lesson on technique work and I always encourage students to bring in their own material that we can work on as well. You will get excellent vocal and piano technique from me, but you will also learn to have fun and appreciate the ease and relaxation of singing and playing piano.
*** Studio Equipment *** F/w keyboard, seating for parents - main room
*** Travel Equipment *** n/a
*** Specialties *** I specialize in musical theater singing, especially preparation for any auditions (singing or acting) for shows, college auditions, etc. Musical theater is my main passion, but I also focus a lot on pop music. I am especially experienced in introducing newbies to singing or piano.
Serena is great. She is patient but pushes you just enough to see results. She helps you with singing technique as well as with techniques to make the song more genuine and authentic.
May 11, 2016
She is a great teacher. She gave me several tips and exercises that were very helpful. She was very understanding when I had some computer glitches. Very friendly also. Highly recommend!
April 15, 2016
Serena immediately understood what I wanted out of lessons and gave me very useful on target skills to think about. I like how she teaches with the students priorities in mind yet delivering all her experience in knowledge. I hope to continue with Serena in lessons for a long time to come.
I am dedicated to helping you feel comfortable singing, performing and even auditioning. I teach you how to free up your voice and how to apply the tools that give you the confidence to sing what you want. Also check me out on FaceBook at fb.me/MelissaJamesStudio
*** Lesson Details *** I do have cats at my home studio- be aware if you are concerned with allergies!
My first priority is making the student feel comfortable, we will move only as fast as the student wants to move.
We will start by setting some goals- what the student is hoping to get out of voice lessons. I will keep your goals in mind when teaching.
Learning how to sing can be a slow process. Expect 3-6 months of studying to notice large improvements-however, the more consistently you practice, the more consistent your progress.
Students will be asked to fin
d or purchase their own music (average of $10-$30).
*** Specialties *** Opera Musical Theater Classical Voice General Singing (jazz, pop, singer/songwriter, choral, etc) Acting Audition Preparation Vocal Health Speaking Voice (for theater, presentations, or daily life) Music Notation and Interpretation
I have taught acting to small children, teens, and adults in community, private, and collegiate settings. I taught acting at the legendary Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York City. My love of the arts has enabled me to study and perform in various cities throughout the US; including Los Angeles, where I studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, to Europe, Mexico, South America; then back to New York City, where I earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting from the prestigious Actors Studio Drama School.
I currently work professionally as an actor, singer, and TV and radio host. I've been fortunate enough to work in film, TV, theater, musical theater, hosting, commercials, improv, and voice-overs. I am also a vocally trained mezzo-soprano. Because I am still a working artist, I can not only teach you craft
, but can assist you in making the right choices to navigate your own way in the business. I offer private coaching to actors in theater and film, and singers in the US and abroad. I would love to share my knowledge and experience with you.
*** Lesson Details *** I offer private coaching to children, teens, adults who have an interest in acting or singing performance, and for those who simply have an interest in performing or speaking in front of others. In addition to coaching those who wish to better their skills in acting, voice and speech, and singing, I also offer coaching for non-actors; i.e., attorneys, business professionals, teachers, politicians, pageant participants, and other creatives, who want to improve their public speaking and communication skills.
*** Studio Equipment *** High definition, quality camera for video and stills High quality lighting equipment and MAC monitor Ideal for video auditions and on-camera classes
*** Specialties *** Acting for film, TV, theater, and commercials Audition Etiquette and Technique Light Career Coaching Agent Ready Coaching Voice and Speech Public Speaking Pageant Prep Neutral American Speech Singing; including Musical Theater
Kim C. enjoys a busy career as a working professional actress/writer/director voice over artist in theatre, broadcast, industrial, educational, film, radio and TV commercials, e-learning and web site development. She received an Emmy nomination in 2010 for her voice over characterizations and production in 'Echoes from the Holocaust." In addition to her own career, Kim mentors voice over artists, coaches actors and teaches Master Classes privately for Pivot Planet and Betterfly.
Her podcast project Kim C's Florida Footpaths is a critically acclaimed media-rich trails and tales adventure of Natural Florida which was created through an Individual Artist Grant by the State of Florida Arts and Culture Division of Cultural Affairs.
An accomplished voice over actress, Kim's voice over skills are internationally recognized and acclaime
d: Kennedy Space Center, The Limited, Inc., Publix and Media One are some of her many projects. "You can't do better than the legendary voice-actress Kim C. - she can do anything," says Rick Raddatz, founder of Instant Audio, Audio Generator, TEDxCU, Xiosoft, BizPad, Pilots and astronauts know her as the original 'Bitching Betty,' the first voice to be digitized for voice recognition and vocal prompts. She is a very successful Voice-Over Coach and Voice Over Artist Mentor and has many private students.
On camera, Kim has been a spokeswoman for clients including AT&T, IBM and DuPont, as well as being a featured on-camera principal commercial performer for OsCal, Nutrasweet, USF&G Insurance and many fine Fortune 500 companies. In film and television she was featured with Richard Harris (The Ravagers), Burt Reynolds (Stroker Ace) and James MacArthur (Superboy) and played Lurleen in Life's a Drag (When You're a Man in a Dress), Claire in Drowning, and Susan in the short film, The Couch.
Her professional stage credits span over an impressive thirty-five years, starring in world and regional premieres, classic revivals and active in new play development. In 1979 she pioneered a regional theatre Twickenham Repertory Company in Alabama under a CETA grant. The company is now celebrating its 34th season as Theatre Huntsville.
Kim recently played Greer in 7 Homeless Mammoths Wander New England and Vivian Bearing, PhD. in her 5th production of Wit, this time at the Palladium Theatre for American Stage. Other recent roles include Mag in The Beauty Queen of Leenane for Banyan Theatre and Prime Minister Golda Meir to standing ovations in the Atlanta premiere and FST Sarasota productions of the 22 character, one-woman show Golda's Balcony. She starred in two productions of Parallel Lives, The Kathy and Mo Show playing 16 comic characters, as well as directing a production and showcased her classical drama chops as Mrs. Alving in Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts. Her latest theatre directing project, Three Tall Women by Edward Albee for the Players, played to sold out houses and standing ovations.
Kim trained in London and graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude from Catholic University's famed Speech and Drama Dept. She is a member of Actor's Equity Association (1983) and SAG/AFTRA (1976).
Kim is proud to be a working, professional actor - 'an athlete of the heart.' She is married to America's premier cat painter, artist Drew Strouble aka CatmanDrew of "Must Love Cats" Animal Planet fame.
*** Lesson Details *** Depending upon where you are in the process, each lesson is individually personalized to your acting and voice acting needs.
*** Studio Equipment *** 4 mac computers Shure ksm32 sl mic Studio Projects c1mic AKG Solidtube mic ATG/Sony headphones Tannoy Studio Monitors iPad Manhasset Music Stands
A bundle of knowledge and energy! Fantastic teaching skills and Im looking forward to our next lesson and to learning with Kim!
May 21, 2019
Kim jumped right in and learned everything she could about what I was working on so that she could help me perform at my very best. I can not say enough good things about all that she thought me. I recommend her to everyone I know. Her experience is second to none and her approach is genuine. Thank you for all the help Kim.
I have taught acting for over 30 years based in the Meisner Technique, and I write and direct my own plays and films. I have years of experience as an actor, jazz saxophone player, singer and poet, as well as a philosophy degree, which I bring to my understanding of acting. I use this rich background to focus on the creativity, intelligence and improvisational abilities of each student in their acting process. I know what it takes to walk into any acting situation ready to play the role. My goal is to create actors who enjoy their work and can act skillfully in film, theater, tv and auditions. I emphasize character work in the program, an important and often neglected part of the acting process. I have cast my advanced students in my original projects in the DC area, and most recently directed my original play, "The Big A: Scenes fro
m a Vanishing Landscape" for the 2014 DC Fringe Festival. I have directed two films: "Adams Morgan: The Movie," which premiered at the Avalon Theater in 2010 and was selected and shown as part of the East of the River Festival in DC; and a short film from my original screenplay titled "Crazy" which is currently in the editing phase. My student Mack Leamon is currently appearing in the Arena Stage production of "Raisin in the Sun" and I am very proud of his accomplishment!
Very knowledgeable & kind. Set good groundwork for my daughter. She really enjoyed it and talked about it all through dinner.
April 5, 2019
Helpful right out of the gate! What a fabulous experience! A true pro and I’m already looking forward to our next session. Excellent!!!
January 16, 2019
Robert is super easy to talk to and he has great ideas. He leads with passion, curiosity and understanding and opened new worlds to me. Although I was a terrible student, Robert made me realize how much potential I have and now I'm exploring many new things on my own. I'm very tankful!
I am a classically trained guitar player who ventured off into a variety of styles such as Blues, Jazz, Rock and Open Tunings. The greatest thing about being a teacher as well as a performer is that I am able to recognize and hone in on your natural music skills and teach you how to incorporate them into creating your own style of playing.
I’ve been teaching guitar since 2006 and enjoy finding the time to help my students move forward through all levels of learning and always keep it fun! I studied music and theater at Hunter College and The New School Guitar Study Center and have performed with some of music’s greatest players. I was mentored throughout my career by the late great Hugh McCracken one of the music industries greatest producers and top 100 guitar players and also had the pleasure of performing with the late B.B. King,
Wyclef Jean, Dr. John and many more. I have written and recorded songs for Off Broadway, Film and TV as well as teacher/consultant for many actors behind the scenes for networks such as WARNER BROTHERS, NBC, ABC, NETFLIX, HBO AND SHOWTIME. I produced and recorded an Internationally successful CD titled “RESTLESS ANGEL” released in Australia and have been reviewed and featured in several top music publications such as PERFORMING SONGWRITER MAGAZINE, AUSTRALIAN MUSICIAN, AUSTRALIAN GUITAR, BEAT MAGAZINE, AMAZON AND MODERN DRUMMER. I can teach and play just about any style of guitar with specialties in Electric guitar, instrumental fingerstyle, Blues, flatpicking, fingerpicking, lead guitar, open tuning's, slide and Dobro. My style of teaching is unique and includes traditional and non-traditional styles of theory, rhythm and ear training combined with various styles of muscle techniques that I’ve developed in order to reach notes and not get bored and tired! I believe that ANYONE can learn guitar if they have the drive and desire. I'm a kind, motivated and patient person and my teaching style is straight forward, focused and fun! I look forward to working with you and helping you reach your musical dreams and goals!
I was certain It would take a long time before I would be able to play a song on the guitar.. Marie Gabrielle, the famous “Restless Angel” blues guitar player and singer- songwriter, who occasionally opened for B.B. King, proved me otherwise..After every lesson I was able to play a song, and understand enough theory to use those principals in other areas of my music.. I was creating, and writing, and playing and right away...oh what funnnnnn...Marie Gabrielle is a super talent and makes you feel like one too..any chance to spend time with her and learn your way around a fret or two is a real treat.. run, don’t walk... magic Indeed...
I've been performing roles in the theatre and on-camera for over 25 years. My BFA in Acting and Directing and my MFA in Classical Acting have afforded me a wide variety of tools and skills to employ in the craft of acting. Performing with professional repertory companies like ACT Theatre, Book-It Repertory, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and the Shakespeare Theatre in DC, I've gained personal knowledge of the art, craft, and business of being a working actor, which I will put to work for you, in a personalized one-on-one coaching session, either online or in person.
Here's how I can help.
SCENE WORK AND MONOLOGUES: Whether it's dusting off and refreshing monologues you've performed more times than you can count, or developing pieces or scenes for the first time for an upcoming stage or on-camera audition, we can break the material down togethe
r, work on the clarity of your choices and active objectives, and access your personal connection to the material so you'll be ready and confident with a one-of-a-kind performance that reflects the strengths you bring to acting and the story you want to tell.
SHAKESPEARE: Perhaps the most daunting of styles for a contemporary actor, we'll get down to the nuts and bolts of some of the most challenging (and rewarding) material. The famous soliloquies are famous for a reason and can certainly be intimidating, and more obscure material can seem thick and inaccessible. We'll chip away at the mystique of Shakespeare by digging in to the text and verse, activating the language with specificity, and cultivating your personal take on well-known characters or lesser known material they might not have seen before.
DIALECTS AND ACCENTS: From English to Irish to Southern American and beyond, a well executed dialect can be the edge you need to land (and play) that meaty role. I use a multipronged approach that involves ear training to develop an authentic sound, text analysis for clarity of sound substitutions (IPA Proficient), and exercises that pare away stilted and unnatural speech to cultivate an authentic sounding voice that will be your own.
VOICEOVER: I've been booking voiceover gigs on TV, radio, and the internet for over 10 years with clients like Microsoft, Liberty Mutual, UW Medicine, Tableau, Reno Toyota, and Golden One State Credit Union. I can offer tips and tricks of the trade, as well as techniques that can take your VO submissions to the next level and help you book these lucrative contracts.
Jason has been an amazing coach for my incredibly active animated son. He is great at redirecting my boy when he has trouble focusing and provides immediate feedback to help my son make progress. We live in a remote area where actives like this are not offered. We feel blessed that we were able to make a connection with Jason and for his patients with our rural island family. Jason it a true professional and communicates beautifully with me. I am looking forward to continuing lessons for my son!
May 26, 2019
Jason previously worked with my teenage daughter and they made vast improvements in her acting skills and college audition. She was accepted into AMDA. Now he is working with my older daughter to help her get ready to audition at UW and get a working reel together. He is fantastic and really good with any learning differences or styles that might come up.
"Professional, enthusiastic, compassionate. Very easy to work with, gave me useful advice."
"One of my best private’s ever, Tom is so loving, detailed & super fine leader instructor & beautiful soul❤️looking forward to more private’s with him"
"Explanations of complicated things were made simple and easy to understnd."
"Jordan is an amazing person and dancer. She is very patient when working with others and both kind and funny. I have enjoyed each time we have worked wi
th her and always look forward to doing it again. I am happy to recommend her without reservation."
"I enjoyed my lesson so much I increased the frequency so I can learn faster. I already see changes based on the techniques discussed in the lesson a few d
"My husband and went to Miss G because we were looking for someone to choreograph our first dance together at our wedding. We wanted something different an
d upbeat, and Miss G choreographed the perfect dance for us! She is a wonderful teacher, she's very patient (we never took dance lessons before and she walked us through every step!), and we had a wonderful time! I would highly recommend her! We have no regrets getting lessons from Miss G. She made it so fun!"
"Julia is amazing! She is so knowledgeable, kind, supportive, and a wonderful person to work with. I've learned so much about acting and how to really delv
e into a character and dissect the text. I would recommend her to everyone!"
"Very knowledgeable and professional, would highly recommend"
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