(TERESA PARENTE is an acclaimed singer and an accomplished stage and television actress. She currently teaches private Voice lessons in the foothills area of LA County. Also offered is Performance & Audition Coaching, Music Theory, and one-on-one Sightsinging instruction. Teresa has sung with composers and artists such as PDQ Bach, Luiz Bonfa, Lukas Foss, Luciano Berio, Charles Strouse, Michael McDonald and Josh Groban. Classically trained, she also sings jazz and The Great American Songbook in concert, with her vocal trio SOS, The Sisters of Swing (“3 great singers with a golden blend…”), and with several Los Angeles area choirs, often as featured soloist. She also serves as Music Consultant & Vocal Coach for a local community choir.
She became familiar to Married…With Children fans as hapless TV reporter Miranda Vera Cruz de la Jolla Cardenal, and has guest starred on dozens of television series, including Friends, Café Americain, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Strong Medicine, Numb3rs, and Malcolm & Eddie, played dozens of wildly varied characters as a regular on The Steven Banks Show, and was featured in the feature film S1m0ne. Other recurring Guest Star roles include American Dreams and numerous flashback scenes as Anthony LaPaglia's mother on Without A Trace. Her voice is currently heard on several film scores. Among her animation voices is "Maria Cowess", opera-singing cow" on CatDog, and as an operatic SpongeBob on a recent episode of the animated series. She’s performed on New York and regional stages across the country playing Comedy, Drama, Revues, Opera, Musicals and the Classics, and was a familiar face and voice in scores of TV & Radio commercials. TEACHING PHILOSOPHY: My aim is to help students build a solid foundation for a healthy, flexible voice which does what you want it to...all throughout your life.
Every voice has the potential to have a lovely quality. That quality will come as you learn good technique. I offer a safe, fun, and encouraging environment where together we can work through your challenges. I don't believe in a one-size-fits-all approach, or that there is only one "correct" way to sing...but there's healthy, and then there's harmful. There are ways to sing rock or Broadway which won't blow out your voice, and yes, it is possible to remain flexible enough to sing both classical, pop and jazz.
Every voice is different, and at every point in your vocal life, you'll have different challenges. I tailor my exercises to your specific needs at each point in your development. It takes time to develop the elements of solid vocal technique which will help you protect your instrument, improve flexibility, pitch, tone, breath control, stamina, and of course, confidence! Bad vocal habits left addressed can be hard to break, but (gently) break them we must! I will help you build new habits which will serve you well.
Beyond technique, I will help you learn good performance skills, and to bring your heart into your singing. I tap into my skills and experience as a professional Actor to help you take command of your performance, to overcome stage fright, and to find your own unique voice. My students range in age from 10-81. All styles of singing can benefit from good, solid technique. I teach all styles, and at all levels. I am confident that your voice and singing will improve in strength, beauty, expressiveness, and good musicianship. Let's get started!)