Singers are the luckiest of all performers because we have WORDS. Singing the words means that we have to COMMUNICATE something to our audience. But understanding the meaning of the words is not enough. A character says those words and there is a reason they say those words at that moment.
You need to be able to answer the following questions:
- Who are you? (because YOU are now portraying that character)
- Who are you singing to?
- Where are you?
- What happened just before this song was sung that inspires you to sing?
- What do you WANT in this song?
- Do you get what you want once the song is over?
And that is just the beginning…..
In a private dramatic coaching we will address all of those questions and more:
- How to use the language to appropriately communicate the meaning of the text
- How to listen to the music to understand what the composer wanted to convey in the meaning of the text
- How to research the true meaning of the song
- How to draw upon personal experience to make the emotions of the song real to you
- and so much more
Let’s face it. When you are one of 200 singers that an audition panel is seeing, you must stand out. Every audience member (and the panel is your audience) wants to be MOVED in some way. In order to really move someone, you must have something to say as a performer. The only way you will have something to say is if you get to the heart of the character and the song.
If you are preparing to perform a role, learning and memorizing the words and music is not enough. You must do the research and understand completely the journey of the character. You need to know their history and create their future (if they have one). And you need to have all the questions answered before you get into rehearsal because the Director might not have time to work through the answers with you (or they might not know the answers themselves!).
The Ultimate Performance
Maybe you are not on the professional track and just sing for enjoyment. There is nothing more satifying than finding something personal in a song that allows you to completely surrender to it. Getting to the heart of the text, the music, the character enhances your experience as a singer and can open up your voice even more than you thought it could. Dramatic coaching can take you to the next level.
Where do the coachings take place?
I will be doing a majority of my teaching at my home in Yonkers. Coming from New York, it is only a 25 minute Metro North train ride from Grand Central. If you take public transportation, I will pick you up from the station. The advantages of coming to my studio in Yonkers include the fact that I have all of my music in my library at my and your disposal and there are no time contraints so should we need more time, I will give it to you at no extra charge.
If you can’t get up to Yonkers, I can teach you in Manhattan, but you will be responsible to rent a studio and since we will be renting a space, we are confined to the time limits of the rental. But if that is more convenient, I am more than happy to meet you in the city.
OR if you live far away from the New York City area, I teach lessons via Skype! You just need to have a fast computer and a fast and reliable internet connection. You can have lessons with me from all over the world!
$100 per hour
I do offer discounts for referrals and for groups of lessons purchased at once! I take cash, checks and credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Amex and Discover).
Makeup lessons/Cancellation Policy
Should you need to cancel a lesson for any reason, I need 24 hours notice. You can text me (914-523-2718) or email me. If I don’t get the proper notice, no matter what the reason for the cancellation, no makeup lesson will be offered and there are no refunds. If I do get the proper notice, we will schedule a makeup lesson at our mutual convenience. I do not follow the school calendar so if school is out of session, don’t assume that you won’t have a lesson that day. If you need to reschedule for a school holiday, let me know 24 hours in advance.