Group Performance/Technique Classes are Pre-paid at $30 per 2 1/2 hour class OR pay as you go for $45 per class with reservation. No walk-ins please. Classes are on-going. Pre-paid 1 to 2 hour private lessons are also available at different pricing. For more information, please contact The Menconi Performance Studio at 201-474-5575 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What can Rachel do for you?
THE BENEFITS: (BEL CANTO SINGING TECHNIQUE)
- Can't hurt your voice
- Develop a bigger voice/range
- Better breath control/tone quality
- Protect the voice from abuse
- Sing with consistency
- Never crack or be hoarse again (unless you are sick)
- Have an easier time singing while you are sick or have allergies
- Learn how to warm up your voice completely (outside of the lesson) with the most efficient way of warming up your voice
- Become fully aware of your voice and body
- No more pitch/harmony problems
- Gain confidence
- Improve your artistry
- No more tension
- Gain knowledge you can use both while practicing and performing
- Learn all the tools to become a self-sufficient singer/performer
If you are classically-trained, you can sing anything!
GROUP PERFORMANCE CLASS (PC)
Performance Classes are where students take notes on singing/performance technique, where students analyze recordings of themselves and other artists singing; identifying both good and bad technique to gain a MP3 Library they will always be able to reference back to even after lessons, sing warm-ups (as a group with the class), sing songs (alone) in front of the class, learn microphone technique (live performance or recording studio), and learn how to recover when things go wrong in performance without letting the audience know! Students also learn how to copyright their original songs. PCs are designed to help increase technique, vocal range/flexibility, performance skills, songwriting, confidence, knowledge, and reduce stage fright.
Rachel Menconi is a voice and acting technique teacher. She not only teaches her students proper singing/performance/acting technique they can use while practicing and performing, but also she gives all her students the proper tools to eventually become a self-sufficient singer/performer/actor.
The ultimate goal:
Rachel's goal is to not only make all her students the best performers, actors, and singers they can be, but to also give them all the proper tools they need to become self-sufficient.
Being a self-sufficient singer/performer/actor just means that they can assess a problem on their own and then know how to fix it without damaging their voice/body/mind. If the student can master that, then they don't need a voice/acting teacher anymore and in a way become their own voice/acting teachers.
Of course, this takes many years to master and doesn't happen overnight. It takes time and dedication.
Rachel directs many shows through out the year. If she feels a student is ready, they will be invited to perform in a custom tailored performance to showcase the entire castís best talents. Past shows have been performed in NYC and NJ venues.
Teaching Mini Bio:
Rachel Menconi has been teaching both voice and acting to children, teens, and adults for 15+ years. Whether working in a private lesson or a group class (small by design), she is able to focus on each student's individual needs and develop their skills (singing, acting, and performance) at a comfortable pace.
She challenges each person without intimidation. Rachel understands that each student learns differently. Rachel is also a performer, so she understands her students every step of the way because she has been there, too.
Even the best performers get nervous. Rachel teaches her students the tricks of getting rid of stage frights and ways to always have a great performance even when life gets you down. Rachel also prepares a selected group of students for a performance in NJ and/or in NYC at least once a year.
Rachel is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA, VASTA (Voice and Speech Trainers Association), NARAS (The Grammys Awards), NATS (The National Association of Teachers of Singing; certified), NJMEA (New Jersey, Music Education Association), NAfME (National Association Of Music Education), NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association), NAMTA (The North American Music Association), MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabaret and Clubs), The NJ Theatre Alliance, NSAI (Nashvile Songwriters Association International), and BMI. Rachel is the Artistic Director/founder of Sunshine Face Productions and Founder/president of Sunshine Face Music Publishing.
Rachel has performed/trained with many people in the business including Grammy, Tony, and Emmy Award nominees/winners.
Rachel's first album, "Just Meant To Be" was released on September 28, 2011 and is available on itunes. Her music video for her original song "Don't Even Try" was released February 10, 2012 and can viewed on youtube link given under the website section on this page.
How Rachel teaches voice:
Rachel is a voice teacher, not a pianist or vocal coach. The only time she ever uses a piano/keyboard in the lesson is when she warms her students' voices up. Rachel doesn't use a piano because she feels she can't pay much attention to her students while she is reading notes and looking at the keyboard. Her students either sing with karaoke tracks or sing to the normal CD.
Even though this is a classical-based technique, students are not required to sing classical music. Don't be fooled! Just because a person sings classical music doesn't mean they are being classically trained. Sing all genres.
Note: This is Bel canto singing technique, but for the modern singer. Students who use this technique do not sound like old opera singers. Students are able to sing any style of music, even opera (if they choose) easily and do not age their voices. This means students become the best singers/performers they can be and keep their voices for the rest of their lives.
Education / Training
Rachel Menconi has been performing/training her entire life. She has 20+ years of Bel canto vocal training, 12+ years of musical theater training, 10 years of Stanislavsky-Chekhov-Meisner-Stella Adler training, has been in 40+ musicals/20 off-Broadway cabarets, 10+ years of songwriting experience, and 8 years of recording studio experience.
Rachel has learned from some of NYC's and NJ's best composers, casting directors, and instructors such as Judy Hages (Bel canto voice), Dave Clemmons (Dave Clemmons Casting), Benj Paseck (composer), Justin Paul (composer), Erin Dilly, Stephen Buntrock, Adam Reid, Brette Goldstein, and many more.
EDUCATION: The Stella Adler Studio of Acting, The Hages Music Studio, Act II Performing Arts Center: THE Theater School, Action Theater Conservatory (ATC), Broadway Dance Center, Robin Horneff Performing Arts Center, Weiss Barron (ACTeen), Actor's Connection, The Network, Various workshops and classes with industry professionals for 27+ years.
Official Music Video of "Don't Even Try" Original song written by: Rachel Menconi
The Menconi Performance Studio Vocal Technique Commercial
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