I specialize in vocal pedagogy and teaching people singing technique. I give you the technique and you use it how you see fit!
A versatile musician and teacher, Nashville-born musician James is dedicated to music through education, performance and personal growth. James has a diverse background in the musical arts. He has served as violinist and principal violist in many orchestras and ensembles. As a vocalist, James has sung in opera, oratorio, master-classes and recitals as a countertenor soloist. He has served as director of the Clarksville Youth Orchestra at Austin Peay State University and currently serves as the Director of Music Ministries and choirs for a local Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN. He maint
ains a private studio in Nashville, TN and is on the faculty of the Allegro School of Music.
James has studied with many experts in vocal science and pedagogy and has had the wonderful opportunity to study with Linda Ferrara, D. Lance Respess, Richard Miller, world-class early music expert Nancy Zylstra and twentieth-century vocal music expert Sharon Mabry. He has had masterclasses with the Metropolitan Opera's Bodo Igesz, Metropolitan Opera Singers Daniel Taylor, Jennifer Lane (with whom he still studies), French-diction coach Elvia Pucinelli, vocal pedagogue Richard Miller, and Thomas King, director of the AIMS Gratz program. As a violinist and violist, James has studied with music-education specialist Sara Johnson, Francis Elliot, Nashville Recording-Artist Randall Olson, and concert violinist Stefan Petrescu.
As an educator, he has served on the faculties of the Cumberland Arts Institute, W.O. Smith School of Music, Murfreesboro City School System, School of the Arts at Austin Peay State University, Allegro School of Music and the East Nashville School of Music. He has taught hundreds of students in various formats ranging from one-on-one studio settings to entire youth symphony orchestras and choirs. He has been active as an adjudicator, participant, and member of various competitions and education-related conventions. He also maintains membership with various educational organizations such as the American String Teacher's Association, Music Educator's National Conference, and Early Music America.
In addition to working with and coaching Grammy award-winning and nominated artists, Mr. W's students have auditioned, been selected and have performed in the Tennessee Mid-State and All-State Choir (principal positions) and Orchestra Festivals (violin and cello, in addition to being members of the Curb Youth Orchestra and Philharmonia at the Blair School of Music.
His students have also performed in several professional and amateur performances across the Southeast. They have also gone on to major in music earning tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships from prestigious conservatories and colleges across the country. Many of his students have become professional musicians across many genres, educators themselves, or satisfied amateur hobbyists.
*** Lesson Details *** As a teacher many have described my style as nurturing-but-firm. When I see a student's potential, I make sure that student can attain it. I expect a willingness to learn, a desire to succeed, and a want for excellence. In return, I offer the tools to get the student there!
I know that not every student benefits best from only one method. As such, I employ a variety of teaching tools and methods to best suit each student. Strings students can expect to see a little bit of traditional training, a little bit of Suzuki and little bit of contemporary training. Voice students can see some Sieber vocalizes, some Vaccai, classical, jazz, and musical theater training built on an old-world teaching technique. It's all about giving the student the tools to do whatever he/she wants with his/her music of choice!
On your first lesson, I'll go over the materials needed, what you need to work on, and the very basics so you can immediately get to enjoying your new craft. In a few months, you'll be confident making new music or making better music. Within a year, you should be well prepared for one of my studio recitals!
*** Studio Equipment *** I have a commercial music teaching studio used solely for the purposes of teaching. In the studio there is a piano, my music library, photo copier, computer, audio equipment, stereo, music stands, standing mirror, and various teaching tools. There is a waiting area for parents, siblings and other visitors.
*** Specialties *** Voice: All Genres -- child-adult, all levels (beginning through advanced). Violin: All Styles -- all levels (beginning through advanced). Viola: All Styles -- all levels (beginning through advanced). Cello: All Styles -- beginning through intermediate.
Kathryn September 24, 2015
James was very patient with my daughter and found ways to motivate her to practice. He always commented on how she did and encouraged her when she was discouraged. He made the lessons fun, and I didn't have trouble getting her to go to the lessons, even when she hadn't practiced much.
Malia K. September 23, 2015
In studio Verified Student
James is a great instructor. He not only knows how to get the most out of my voice but also, as a vocologist, he educates me about the voice and how the voice works, ensuring that I keep my voice healthy.
He knows I am just taking lessons for fun and lets me sing whatever songs I want. He's encouraging and supportive and I feel completely comfortable while at practice. Also, I leave feeling more relaxed and open!
Tim D. September 23, 2015
In studio Verified Student
James is a terrific instructor. He tailors his teaching method and style to the needs of the student. He is patient and can target trouble spots to help the student to excel.
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As a professional singer and actor, I perform all over the United States. I act and sing on many stages, including: opera houses, theme parks, theaters, convention centers, and film. From opera to pop music, I have pretty much performed it all. My collegiate training is from Samford University, where I received a Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre. For two years after college, I lived in NYC and trained with Broadway's best. I just recently relocated to the Nashville area, and cannot wait to train my students with the most up-to-date and current audition techniques, as well as new singing an
d acting material. As an active performer in the Nashville area, I have strong knowledge of what is required in auditions today. I have an ardent passion to share with my students what my teachers and life experiences have shared with me. My students range from singers that nationally tour, to actors who have landed national commercials, to the beginner who is just starting out! Come as you are and crescendo to your full potential!
*** Lesson Details *** The lessons I teach are centered around a laid back, positive, and encouraging atmosphere. I believe that anyone can achieve his or her goals with confidence and belief in themselves. Because of my diverse background and performing experience, my specialties are the musical genres of Broadway, Rock, Pop, Jazz, and Country, all rooted in the Bel Canto style of singing. My acting emphasis is on techniques from Uta Hagen and Konstantin Stanislavski.
My lessons are meant to be fun, yet simultaneously instructive. I want my students to be able to leave their cares at the door, and jump into a creative and inspiring atmosphere. Lessons are unique to each individual, and based on his or her goals.
Vocal Instruction Includes:
Breathing Techniques Vowel Production Diction Blending Voice Registers Expanding Vocal Range Ear Training and Sightreading An Understanding of the Keyboard Song interpretation Audition Preparation Performance Skills
Acting Instruction Includes:
Breathing/Finding Center Stage Diction and Projection Character Research Improvisation Exercises Scene/Partner Work Monologue Practice Cold Reading Acting Through Song Audition Preparation Performance Skills
I look forward to being a part of your artistic journey!
*** Studio Equipment *** keyboard, music stands, microphones, amps, white board, ipod/iphone hook up, various additional instruments
*** Specialties *** For acting lessons, I specialize in techniques of Konstantin Stanislavski and Uta Hagen. For singing lessons, I specialize in the genres of Rock, Pop, Country, Belting, and Legit styles. Your lesson will be tailored specifically to the genres you would like to learn. Your goals are my goals!
Abbie November 3, 2015
Broadway Singing ·
Erica is fabulous! She centers lessons around your needs/goals and you can expect great results. (:
Stephen B. October 10, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Erica has an amazing gift for teaching. As someone new to acting, I was a little apprehensive when I first went to the studio. However, she was welcoming, friendly, a good listener, and presented information and feedback in a clear and encouraging way. Taking lessons from her is a blast!
Victoria C. June 15, 2015
In home Verified Student
Erica is very easy to understand. She is engaged with her student on a personal level.
Victoria was nervous about the class since this was her first lesson. However, after meeting Mrs Erica she became engaged in the class. She enjoyed the time and walked away feeling like I can do this.
Mrs Erica has energy and enthusiasm that shines. She will be helpful in molding Victoria's desire to move forward in acting and modeling and singing .
I majored in Musical Theatre at Northwestern and pursued acting for two years in NYC, so I bring personal experience to my students. We will discover their voice and acting type and craft an audition book to present them in their best light!
Kelly is an indie singer-songwriter and voice teacher in Nashville, TN. She earned her masters in Commercial Music from Belmont University in May of 2015, and was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student Award by the faculty. While at Belmont, Kelly performed actively at school and around Nashville, and taught voice lessons and the non-major voice class as a graduate teaching assistant at Belmont. She also earned the honors of being a finalist in the Vanderbilt Star Songwriting Competition and a quarterfinalist in the American Traditions Vocal Competition, and composed music for the musical Th
e Travels, produced off-Broadway as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2014. Her research centered on singer-songwriters and the intimate connection their singing voices have with their songwriting voices, and her findings have given her with new tools for evaluating vocal qualities and allowing these two types of voices to inspire each other.
Erica makes her home in Nashville after years of performing on the road with cruise ships, theme parks, and a Broadway tour. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor's of Music in Commercial Voice from Belmont University and is currently an adjunct professor for the university. Privately, she teaches pop, country, musical theatre, jazz, rock, and folk singing. She also works closely with the youth program at Street Theatre Company, producing and directing Class Act Dramatic musicals.
*** Lesson Details *** Erica works with students of all ages to study correct singing practices, inc
reasing range, tone quality, breath support, and a well rounded repertoire. She also concentrates on the performance side of singing. This builds confidence, poise, and self-esteem in any student as well as emphasizes the importance of the story-telling aspect of a singer.
She works with the student to create a curriculum that will keeps the student's goals in mind while creating an atmosphere that stimulates creativity in the teaching style that is most effective for the individual.
*** Studio Equipment *** Erica teaches out of the Rob H. home studio in Goodlettsville and out of her home studio in East Nashville.
*** Specialties *** All Styles: Jazz, Musical Theatre, Country, Rock, Pop, and Folk.
Tina S. March 6, 2014 Verified Student
Erica has been a great voice teacher for my daughter. My daughter has only been taking lessons since July and she has come a long way & really enjoys Erica & her lessons. Erica encouraged her to sing a solo in the Christmas Recital recently & over time, my daughter, felt confident enough to perform and she performed wonderfully. Erica has also been very flexible at switching our lesson days b/c my daughter is also involved in sports and have had many scheduling conflicts.
Tish R. September 6, 2012 Verified Student
My daughter LOVES Erica!!!!!
Erica is great, easy going and knows how to handle younger children. Aiden is so excited to go to see her!!!
Character development, story-telling, drama, and a healthy voice are all the things that make a great Broadway Singer. Let's get together and figure out how we can make all of these ingredients come together for you and get you sounding like Idina Menzel!
I am a working artist/songwriter with placements on Nickelodeon, NBC, Rockband, international radio airplay and was featured on "This Sing Off" 2014 Holiday Special with Timothy's Gift (video below). I graduated from Belmont University in 2009 with a BA in Commercial Voice-emphasis in music business. I am currently the co-owner of The Recording Republic here in Nashville, TN where my partner and I write/produce music and help develop artists. I have been teaching voice, piano, theory, performance and songwriting on and off for the past 5 years and love every second of it. I Can't wait to mee
t you and see what goals we can reach together!
*** Lesson Details *** The most important things I focus on in my lessons are positivity and building confidence. The confidence learned expressing yourself creatively is something that bleeds over into all aspects of life. It's so wonderful watching a kid (or an adult!) gradually come out of their shells during the process.
During the first lesson, I sit down with the student and talk to them about their dreams and goals. That way, I can build a curriculum that perfectly fits their needs. We can learn anything their heart desires-from classical Beethoven to writing their own music! For basic piano I love to use the "Bastien" and "Alfred" basic collections because they are what I grew up on.
Can't wait to meet you!
*** Studio Equipment *** In my studio I have a weighted keyboard, mic, amp, mirror and video for recording performances.
*** Travel Equipment *** Mic, amp and video recorder are portable. Student must provide piano for in home visits. And plus, you'll need one to practice!
*** Specialties *** I specialize in beginner classical piano and improvisation, beginner-advanced voice, theory, performance and songwriting of all styles.
Doug F. October 24, 2014
Online Verified Student
Brianne is working with my 11 year old daughter on basic vocal training. Brianne is an excellent instructor and vocalist. She has challenged my daughter and yet maintains a very positive attitude. We are thrilled with the lessons and plan to continue with Brianne.
Evan D. November 23, 2013
Piano Verified Student
Highly recommend Brianne!
I started taking piano lessons with Brianne a little over two months ago, and I have seen a huge improvement in my performance and confidence. Brianne is very professional and experienced, and she knows exactly what she's talking about. My favorite thing about the lessons is that she is takes time to get to know her students to find out exactly what their goals are and what they hope to get out of the lessons. I came in with some piano experience and an idea of what I wanted, and she was able to customize my lessons so that they perfectly fit me. Brianne is very encouraging and wants you to succeed. I would definitely recommend taking lessons from her!
kyle L. November 22, 2013
I've learned soo much in such a short time
i've always wanted to learn how to play the piano but I never could find the right teacher. Brianne has really helped me find my place as a budding piano player. She is very thorough and makes learning fun. She creates such a calm atmosphere with no judgment and i really enjoy that. Another thing that separates her from the other teachers i've had is that she doesn't teach based on her agenda she teaches me what i want to know. I can't wait fro my next lesson!
Students are raving about their Broadway Singing instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Lyndsey
"Marjorie was such a great teacher. Always encouraging and very positive, she helped me strengthen my voice in preparation for an audition I was nervous ab
out. Within the first lesson I could already hear an improvement in the strength and tonality of my voice. She was also very precise about rhythm and other techniques in the songs I was singing. Pity I can't continue my lessons with her as I am leaving New York!
Thanks for your help Marjorie!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Paul
"At first I had doubts about the potential effectiveness of online lessons. But I am unable to advance with local vocal teachers and decided to give it a s
hot. Leslie's immediate insights into things I was doing wrong and things I could do better have already made an impact in both my approach and ability. I've taken vocal lessons off and on locally for nearly 20 years, and in the first lesson she suggested at least four things that I had never been told before, and all of them were spot-on. Her flexibility in both schedule and simply working to help me achieve the things I want to achieve have been amazing. I would highly recommend her coaching to anyone looking to improve!"
Bloomington, IN teacher:
Review by Austin
"Exactly what I was looking for.
Before taking lessons with Eric I had zero formal singing experience and in the 5 lessons I've had with him I've come a l
ong way. My goal going into these lessons was to be able to get parts in musicals, and Eric has helped me a lot in working to achieve that goal. He is always reliable and honest and I know he gives the best lesson he can give every time. In his lessons it is apparent he knows a lot about the subject of music; and, he is able to explain his knowledge in a wide variety of ways - from extremely technical to a little bit philosophical. Eric is a very good singer himself and as a result has been able to personally show me what I'm doing wrong, how to fix it, and what it should sound like when I do.
If you sign up for lessons with Eric you will have: a comfortable, reliable environment to work in, a teacher who will do everything he can to help you improve and will be honest about how far you've come and how far you need to go, and a new appreciation for the depth and beauty of music."
Grand Rapids, MI teacher:
Review by Allison
"Corinne is amazing! I have been studying voice with her weekly for about two years now, and my musical theatre callback and booking rate has multiplied so
much since before I started with her. She is so friendly and accommodating to my crazy, unreliable schedule. She always manages to fit me in when I need to see her for audition prep etc. She has also helped a lot on the business end of things with helping me create/work on my Book. She is wonderful at pinpointing what needs to be worked on most individually with her clients and letting that be an area of focus, while still making sure to give a full lesson with everything you need. For me, my weakness when I started with her was my mix. Now, two years later, at the last musical theatre audition I had (which I booked) I was complimented by the musical director about how nice my mix was. I definitely credit Corinne for that! I would highly recommend Corinne to singers of any level! Whether new and wanting to learn how to carry a tune, or professional singers looking for a good vocal workout, she is your lady!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Max
"Great coaching , not only with the Broadway singing ,but also have good advice with useful tools, when preparing for an audition !"
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Phil
"Juliet is a great teacher and she's very professional!"
Saint Louis, MO teacher:
Review by Steven
"If you're looking to dive into the waters of musical theater, look no further. Mary brings to her teaching years of professional experience working with
some of Broadway's greats. Whether you're interested in developing vocal technique or learning how to deliver a monologue effectively, Mary can help you out. She's also very supportive and knows how to get the best from her students."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Matilda
"Betty was very patient and we're excited for our next lesson."
Sarasota, FL teacher:
Review by Albert
"I have known Matthew for over three years. I took my son to him for Singing and acting lessons. Matthew is amazing. He is a very talented, creative, as
well as an inspirational teacher. He is so kind and considerate to all that he teaches. Matthew is a drama student of the Performing Arts and is beyond incredible in his acting roles. His singing is stunning. When it comes to lessons, Matthew is the only person that I would bring my son too."