Every great singer is a great actor. Whether it’s the Broadway star, the finalist on American Idol, or the singer-songwriter at the local coffee house, the performer who stands out isn’t just the one with the best voice – it’s the one who knows how to use that voice to move audiences through a performance layered with honesty and nuance.
In Michael’s studio, students gain a solid understanding of how to produce the best quality of sound in the healthiest manner possible. These voice lessons are rooted in classical technique, and include instruction in breathing, support, resonance, and extension of range. Students are also taught how to blend this classical training with a wide range of acting techniques and character analysis. In this way, students are able to create performances that are entirely their own, and bring something wholly original to even the most well-known repertoire.
This style of teaching can be applied to all genres of singing: musical theater (traditional and contemporary), pop-rock, jazz, classical, R&B – Michael is proud to teach it all!
As an acting teacher, Michael believes that the many schools of “method” acting are ultimately potential tools for an actor’s toolkit, rather than one-size-fits-all approaches. He therefore teaches various methods (mostly from Stanislavski schools of thought) catered individually to each student, with a heavy emphasis on character and textual analysis, and the need to make strong and informed choices regarding motivations and tactics. These techniques apply equally to theater, musical theater, film, and voice-over, and Michael enjoys teaching his students how to excel in any media forum via truthful performances and a solid understanding of the adjustments required each one. Michael also teaches dozens of accents and dialects, which he routinely perform himself in the field of animated and commercial voice-over.
Michael also specializes in repertoire coaching and audition technique, and his students have been accepted to the top music and theater schools in the country, including New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Penn State University’s exclusive Musical Theater BFA), Boston Conservatory, the Berklee College of Music, Columbia Uniersity, the University of the Arts, Elon University, Pace University, The New School, Emerson College, and many others.
All students also have access to Michael’s recording studio, where they are able to record original compositions or cover pieces with any desired instrumentation. Singer/songwriters have gained from Michael’s extensive compositional experience, and multiple students have recorded everything from single tracks to complete demo albums in the studio.
For more information or to schedule a lesson in, please send an inquiry via the contact form.
Sample Student Audition Video (for college prescreens)