As an accent dialect coach with an MFA from Yale University who’s been teaching actors and professionals in Los Angeles for the past 7 years, I find students may learn the same material in slightly different ways. I work with my students to find the way that works best for them. There are so many aspects to speech- not only mouth shape and articulation, but also tune, pitch, and rhythm. Over time, new habits can be developed and new listening skills and speaking skills emerge. It’s a great pleasure to help people find that ah-hah moment and begin to be able to make changes they never thought possible to begin to speak with an American accent when they choose to. Please visit my website for more details and information about my affordable, ongoing online American accent makeover classes:
I love helping people take the time to learn about all the aspects of speech that can feel overwhelming when trying to change on their own. To really slow down and examine all the muscles we use, the many sounds, and the other aspects like rhythm, tune and mouth shape helps people enormously. There is nothing more fulfilling than when I see students take the work we do together and start to make connections of their own and start to feel much more confident about their ability. That is what brings me great joy and satisfaction- hearing about and seeing the victories take place.
I've worked with other coaches before but it wasn't until Tessa started teaching me that I really understood what I needed to do. She gave me special exercise tips that I'll be using constantly and gave me great confidence. I definitely recommend her to all my friends and anyone looking for speech training.
Tessa's class really opened up a whole new perspective into building characters for me beyond just the accents.
Tessa helped me see things I was doing that I never knew before and she showed me how to move my mouth to sound different and also say things more the way people would understand that I didn’t know. She was always prepared and patient. I did private lessons on Skype and it was perfect! Just what I was hoping for. Now people don’t ask me to repeat myself!
I took two classes with Tessa - dialect and voice. Tessa is genuinely kind and patient. I learned so much from how she approaches speech - following fundamental knowledge, building step by step with attentions to every bit of syllables, being humble and encouraging awareness of yourself, and much more! I would defiantly come back to work more with Tessa!!
We start with an assessment where you read some text and we identify key sounds for you to adjust. I give strengthening drills to build the articulation muscles necessary to make the new sounds. We look at placement and mouth shape as well. I like to help with imagery and experimentation to find what “clicks” for each student,
We then discuss tune and how words are emphasized in American English and practice identifying and utilizing that. Listening skills are developed.
Eventually we begin working with reading outloud and practicing extemporaneous speaking.