Online & Montvale, NJ
" I teach professional voice, acting, & performance technique to all ages and all walks of life."
Services: Acting, Voice Teacher / Vocal Coach, Comedy
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- $6960 min
Rachel Menconi (SAG-AFTRA) is a member of The National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS Certified), VASTA, MAC, and BMI. Rachel has been teaching voice-acting-performance technique to children- teens-adults for 11+ years. With 18+ years of Bel Canto vocal training, 12+ years of musical theatre training, & 10+ years Stella Adler-Stanislavsky-Chekhov training for Theater/On-camera, she has starred in 40+ musicals-20 Off-Broadway cabarets. With 10+ years of song writing experience, 8+ years of recording studio experience, countless studio recordings including Rachel's first studio album, Rachel is also a proud member of BMI & The Recording Academy (NARAS, The Grammys). She is the Artistic Director of Sunshine Face Productions & President of Sunshine Face music publishing. Rachel has performed & studied with many people in the business including Grammy-Emmy-Tony Award Nom. & Winners. Her album "Just Meant To Be", is available on Itunes. Rachel's music video for her original single "Don't Even Try" can be seen here: http://youtu.be/elhiQkAasPY The Menconi Performance Studio: Where you not only learn healthy technique but how to learn to become a true, self-sufficient artist.
Mia P. June 25
"I've been taking private and group voice classes at The Menconi Performance Studio for 2 years now and all I can say is, Rachel really knows what she's doing!
My voice has improved so much in the private lessons. I also love performance class because we are like family. We learn a lot from critiquing each other and we take notes on singing and performance technique that I'm able to look at when I'm practicing outside of the lesson.
Since working with Rachel, I have had more confidence than I have ever had in my entire life! No matter what age you are, you will learn a lot from her!"
Alli K. September 18, 2011
"My experience with Rachel has been absolutely incredible. When I first began taking voice lessons with her, I lacked technique and did not know how to use my voice to its fullest potential. Over the course of five years, my singing ability has improved significantly. I am proud to say that Rachel Menconi has taught me everything I know about singing. She not only taught me technique and how to breathe correctly, but she also helped me gain confidence to sing in public. Rachel has been a teacher, mentor, and wonderful friend to me over the years. She is extremely talented and I am so grateful for everything she's taught me."
Erik O. December 30, 2010
"I'm an actor who needed to learn a bit about singing to help with my acting career. I never thought of myself as a singer until I became a student of Rachel's. When I first began in a few short months, I instantly started gaining a voice that I didn't even know was there in me! Now that I've been with Rachel for over a year now, it's gotten even better. I am much more comfortable calling myself a singer because of her. Rachel is an amazing teacher!
There is really nothing bad to say about Rachel as a teacher or a performer. She is very professional and caring of me and all of her students. She wants everyone to reach success. She instills knowledge and confidence to my peers and myself. I love that she brings out the best in me. I recommend Rachel Menconi to anyone who want's to become a better performer and master their voice."
1. How did you first come to learn how to sing?
I come from a very musical family so I've always known I wanted to be a singer. My parents say I started singing before I could talk! I would create sounds in tune to the melody I was hearing. After being enrolled in dancing school since the age of 3, my mother enrolled me in a musical theater school when I turned 6 yrs old. I started Bel Canto voice training when I turned 8 and that's where my real vocal training journey began.
2. What is the best thing about teaching?
It's hard to only pick one! One of the best things about teaching is I get to help and inspire my students through my passion for singing and music. I love when the light bulb goes off in my students' brains when they achieve a new skill, or they have an "Ah-hah" moment when they fully understand a term. Most of all, I love it when students (especially students with low self-esteem) become more aware of who they are as a person, who they want to become, and gain more confidence in not only singing but in life. Seeing that personal growth always makes me so proud. It really is one of the best feelings in the world!
3. What advice do you give to your current/future students when they get discouraged?
Follow your heart. Don't let anyone stand in your way (including yourself). Please stop comparing yourself to every singer on a recording, on stage, on the radio, or student going to your teacher. Every student comes from different life circumstances, starting points, learns differently, and has different goals. It's impossible to fairly compare two people. You should only compare yourself to your past self. Don't beat yourself up if you make a mistake. Being overly critical only makes things worse. It's ok to make mistakes. We learn from our mistakes. Own up to your mistakes and move on. It is fine to give yourself a goal and a time frame. Just remember, if your life gets hectic due to job, illness, injury, etc, you may need to move back your time frame to ensure proper completion with as little stress as possible.
4. What advice do you give to possible future students when looking for a voice teacher?
Students should find a qualified teacher who not only has good teaching credentials but also who is a performer. They should also appreciate their students and know how to break down and explain the material in detail. Remember, it's not about the teacher. The lesson is about you and what the teacher can do for you so you can achieve your dreams.
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