Instructor
Joined in
2016
Teaching Experience

Colors Fine Arts Studio, School of Rock

Specialties / Genres Taught

vocal, theatre, classical

Performance Experience

Circle Squared Collective

Education

University of California Los Angeles, University of Alabama in Huntsville

Areas of Instruction

Voice

M Ryan Pest

Instructor

About Me

Ryan earned his Bachelor of Arts in Classical Vocal Performance, with a minor in theatre arts, from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Southern California and attended Cal State LA where he earned his Master of Fine Arts in Television, Film & Theatre Performance.

He started singing in choir at church when he was younger and started doing theatre when he got to high school. He studied classical voice for 6 years.

He currently works with the School of Rock in Huntington Beach and the Circle Squared Collective, a theatre and film based ensemble in Montebello. Since 2013, he has also worked with the L.A. Follieo, a precision kick-line and dance ensemble based in Southern California. He also had the privilege of working with the Deaf West Theatre Company for a thesis project as Bobby in David Mamet's "American Buffalo".

Ryan's teaching philosophy is:
"With the voice, the body is the instrument and directly influenced by the mind and soul - they are all linked. This very intimate connection means that every experience a person goes through (good,  bad or otherwise) is stored in the body and, thusly, affects the sound that is produced. Many times these experiences are stored as tension, the ultimate evil when trying to produce an open, healthy sound. In studio, my goal is to use classical vocal techniques strongly rooted in breath work to break through these tensions and begin a journey to find the true voice of the student. Through both vocal and physical exercises, I offer up tools that the student takes, adapts, and applies to his or her own individual vocal instrument."

 

 

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