Gigi Keeffe SchwartzmAN
Voice Teacher/Vocal Health Coach:
Bel Canto to Belt
Multi-Award Winning Singer
Vocal Technique Specialist
Home of GVT: Gigi's Vocal Tactics &
Gorilla Vocal Tactics:
Swinging in Quick for Strong Prep
College Audition Prep
Corporate Vocal Coaching:
Speaking with Confidence, Dramatic Import & Ease
WORKING WITH GIGI
Gigi works with both adults and children in five ways:
(1) Professional and Pre-Pro singing training
(2)Short term, audition & performance preparation
(3) College Audition Prep: The Audition Academy
(4) Voice & executive presence training for corporate professionals.
(5) GVT2Go: On Call Immediate Availability
Gorilla Vocal Tactics
For the Short Term Audition and Performance Prep, GVT provides immediate help & results. Whether for Broadway, Concerts, Recording Sessions, Theaters, School Productions or that Revue you always wanted to join! Gigi has been called in to quickly prepare candidates for Leading and Supporting roles. GVT proves invaluable in working with Pros, younger singers or singers just having a hard time with that favorite song. GVT Workshops available.
"Thank you for transforming our voices in such a short period!" Jonathan & Drew Scott, HGTV's THE PROPERTY BROTHERS, ongoing clients, Testimonial on GVT prep for CMA Awards Performances.
"My son was compelled by Gigi’s Gorilla Vocal Tactics she grabs the student’s attention and holds him tightly for an hour. Sam went through a tough time with his voice change. Gigi pulled him through that without missing a beat (or a show). She knows how to work with kids.” – Kevin Rodd
Professional and Pre-Pro singing training
Whether you are a professional or aspiring, avocational singer, child actor, or someone who loves singing, I treat all of my students as if they are training for the vocal olympics. I'm a technique freak! We'll work on exercises to increase your breath support, range, resonance, power and vocal versatility and vocal health. I enjoy teaching many styles from classical to country and classic rock and encourage my students to develop the same breadth of musicianship and love of music. Pre-professional or professional level students meet 2-4x/month on an on-going basis to develop the technique needed to excel at singing. My teen singers have placed as prize winners in NATS Eastern Regionals, NATS NYC Chapter, and one is presently off to NATIONALS. My Singer/Songwriters are amazing and producing Videos & CDs garnering international attention and downloads at crazy rates.
"Gigi has worked with Gabriella & Dante Palminteri for many years. She has trained them and helped them prepare for their many roles. Her expertise & experience in working with young performers is unparalleled. She Gives 100% and we would be lost without her.” –Gianna & Chazz Palminteri
"From the very first lesson with Gigi, my son started to learn techniques that made hitting notes much easier, and he can hold them for longer. She teaches him ways that ensure he keeps his vocal health, which was my main concern when we first started with his lessons. His range has increased and continues to grow. There are times even he is surprised by the sound that comes out when she shows him a way to improve. Now he’s landing leads and winning prizes in vocal competitions! Gigi teaches with heart. She truly cares about each of her students, and working with her is such a pleasure!" - Denise Dinkin Liebowitz
College Audition Prep: The Audition Academy
Gigi and Dramatic Coach, amazing actress, writer, producer & MT Mom, Gianna Ranaudo Palminteri work with a team of highly recognized professionals in Concentrated Coaching, Headshots, Pre Screens and more. In a very supportive and personalized environment they help their students prepare for the excitement and physical and mental marathon that accompanies finding the right match of College, University, Conservatory or Professional Programs of their choice. Gigi's students have been accepted/attending : University of Michigan, Baldwin Wallace, NYU Steinhardt, NYU Tisch, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), University of Miami, Penn State, Manhattan School of Music, Berklee College of Music, Ithaca College, Coastal Carolina, Syracuse University, USC, Emerson College, Western Michigan, Western Carolina University, University of Missouri, Montclair, Temple, Wagner, Nazareth, Webster, Muhlenberg College, SUNY Binghamton, George Washington, AMDA, and Marymount Manhattan. Summer Pre-College Intensives such as: MPULSE, CMU, NYU Steinhardt, BOCO, RADA (UK), STATE! (Penn State), Berklee "ARISE", Broadway Dreams & MCA and more.
Voice & Executive Presence Training for Corporate Professionals
Corporate executives are required to speak with power, clarity and confidence. During this training you will learn to use your voice to reflect just that. Through a series of vocal exercises, body language coaching and speaking tips you will gain the techniques you need to speak with a voice you love and one that inspires teams and audience to act. GVT Speak! Teachers addressing classes and webinars find the tools for confidence and meaningful delivery while speaking with healthy voice-saving techniques.
EXPERIENCE & BACKGROUND
Why I am .... Who I am ....
Gigi : "Vocal Magician"
I am often asked about my Musical Journey, and how I approach teaching. I refer to my technique as the "Candide Approach: the Best of all Possible Worlds." I have worked with performers on Broadway, Television, Film, Touring Musicians, Producers and students of all ages and stages. I have performed with many celebrated Singers, Conductors and Composers on many legendary Stages. I was raised on Country & Classical. After years in Classical Music I crossed over to MT, Pop & Rock. I immersed myself in advanced studies in the field of Holistic Vocology placing me on the cutting edge of all the latest science and techniques. I have and continue to work with a vast array of teachers and coaches most notably Broadway Vocal Gurus & Speech Pathologists Tom Burke & Joan Lader, Voice Teacher/Feldenkrais Instructor Robert Sussuma, The Singing Athlete & Neuroscience Guru Andrew J. Bryne and the First Teacher Training Program with Rock the Audition Expert and Creator Sheri Sanders. I have studied in recent years with Rock Teaching Icon Melissa Cross & WAIL for Teachers with Shannah Rae in her quest for Rock Training Techniques & CCM, which I just adore! I am an avid follower of "What Works! ....and What's Healthy & can be Sustained!" I have completed Levels 1 & 2 of the Estill Model. Classical Studies include Opera Singers Irene Gubrud, Pamela Kucenic-Motisi, Ellen Repp & MT Specialist Marianne Challis. I presently teach in Rye Brook & Bedford, NY and around the World on Zoom. I was formerly Head Vocal Coach at Standing Ovation Studios, Lighthouse Youth Theatre and Former Adjunct Voice at Convent of the Sacred Heart Greenwich. My highly successful work with teens through the difficult times of voice changes has received much recognition and put my time in great demand. My ability to connect with kids and adults and develop an amazing rapport has given both my clients and myself great joy and success.
I attended Manhattan School of Music, Rollins College where I was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda (Music Honors Society) and the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, NY. While at Rollins I was assigned my student teaching at Lake Sybelia Elementary School and taught Music Classes combining Hearing and Hearing Challenged Children and Emotionally Hearing Challenged Children. I learned to Sign all my songs in ASL and it had a profound impact on my life and career. I performed for many years in Classical Music in Opera, Concert & Oratorio. I was a Prize Winner in the Leiderkranz Vocal Competition & Finalist in the NY Oratorio Society Competitions. I served for many years as Children's Music Director for Irvington Presbyterian Church conducting Children's Choirs. I also taught Early Childhood Music and write and perform in an interactive Kindie Rock Band, Gigi and the Lend me a Hand Band, that has taken me throughout the Northeast. I received a grant from Meet the Composer, National Endowment for the Arts. I created a Lending Literacy a Hand Program for Library Systems and have performed extensively for the Wildlife Conservation Society at both the Bronx Zoo and the New York Aquarium. I have written many shows for them, and for many years led the Musical festivities as the Musical Queen of Halloween at the Bronx Zoo's BOO @ THE ZOO - NYC's Biggest On-going Family Event. I was tapped as a Finalist in the Children's Music Web Awards for both Best Album and Best Single. My CD's and mp3 singles are available through CDBaby & iTunes and are regularly streamed on Spotify, Apple Music & classes on my Kid's Channel: Musicalmama11 on YouTube.