"Together we will make an audience fall in love with your performance!"
Services Vocal & Performance skill training Coaching Audition Preparation for School Entrances and Theater try-outs Repertoire building Confidence building Brushing up and skill polishing for Professionals
"Deborah is a former student of Maurice Jampol, coach of Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli and Donna McKecknie (ofA Chorus Line fame) !!"
Results I Provide
My students become skilled "actors who sing and singers who act". Whether in an audition or in performance, attention to only one of these skills without the other greatly diminishes the impression your performance makes on your audience. You need to be strong at both.
In this studio:
All of my coaching clients learn to perform with good healthy technique. They learn how to use their "bag of tricks" as needed for easy, relaxed and healthy singing.
I stress the importance of good story telling. It is vital to "act the story".Every song is a monologue put to music. There is a character in the song who has intention and is motivated to a goal. My students learn to master the steps of character building in the song.
We create a full repertoire book of songs. Each is personally suited to the student's personality, character type(s), and vocal abilities as a "go to" book for auditions and performances. All songs are in the best keys for the singer, and choices are from various styles: up-tempo, comic, ballad from various genres used in today's Musical theater shows.
Last but not at all least, my students grow in confidence! No matter their skill level or experience, without a sense of security and the knowledge of how the voice and body work together to create beautiful sound, there can be no confidence. They get to know over time how to use their own body and vocal instrument and what results are possible.
I meet with every student first in an assessment. This tells me what their level of skill and commitment is. It also gives them a chance to see how I work. Upon completing the assessment, we decide which program is the best one. Available programs are: Independent one hour sessions, weekly for one hour, weekly for 45 minutes, Bi-monthly for an hour. Fees will be discussed at the time of the assessment. I will also talk about fees by phone in a pre-visit. 713-349-8135.
My Philosophy and Bio
This is what I teach... Everything l know about singing and performing comes from 40 plus years of training, creating, performing and knowledge that only experience can bring. Everything l have learned from those years (and still learn as a full -time performer) becomes a part of my coaching tools. You get the benefit of it all.
We work on all popular music forms, but with a particular emphasis on the Musical Theater and Cabaret. In my experience, healthy singing technique and acting skills can best be learned in songs the are "character based". All songs require you to become the person in the song, to connect directly with their desires and intentions. Then your goal as a performer is to share that with your audience. When you feel the connection created from an authentic sharing with them, the experience can be magic!
A bit about my background... I started taking voice lessons at 16. At Louisiana State University, I majored in Music and Drama and went on to study acting in New York at Circle int he Square Theater School. I because an Equity member (professional union) in 1976. I studied singing with Maurice Jampol (coach to Lisa Minelli, Donna McKecknie and Barbra Streisand) for 2 years, then with Michael Jones, coach to NYU music and drama students and most recently with Sally Morgan, the creator of the "Sing Like you Speak" method I now use with my students. More about my performance activities here. In the late 1980's I became very interested in the performance genre of Cabaret. I spent several years appearing in New York Cabaret rooms learning this craft and studying there with Christopher Denny, Barry Kleinbort and Steve Ross. I began writing my own shows in 1990 and to this day consider myself a singing actress. I love to connect with the story, the words and my audience on an intimate level through wonderful music.