Bzdick Studio Of Performing Arts

Bzdick Studio Of Performing Arts

5.0
6 years in business

About this pro

With 30 plus years of experience in helping vocal and acting students prepare and succeed in this career field, Mark Bzdick opened the Bzdick Studio of Performing Arts to offer a professional training center for the serious performing arts student. My time in this field has given me a unique and clear perspective as to what is needed and what is expected to succeed. I love nothing more than to see my students surpass their expectations and proceed towards their dreams.

I have been doing this job for a long time, and love every minute of it. Every "body" that walks through the door is a new challenge, and opportunity for me to use what knowledge I have acquired over the years to pull out the best of each student. Developing the entire student from skills, and technique, to presentation and vulnerability.

"Vulnerability is the pathway to innovation, creativity and success." (Dr. Brene Brown)

Finding your unique voice, whether singing or acting, and learning to share it is my goal, and through years of experience, and students that are dedicated to the hard work necessary to reach it, together we will succeed.

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Yorktown, VA 23693
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?


Each student is asked to come in for an evaluation. This is for me to access their skill level and to be sure that I am the best instructor to assist their personal needs.

Through exercises (breath, scales and drills, ear training, sight reading, musicianship), and musical songs/pieces chosen to challenge each individual’s needs, I help to develop the uniqueness of their individual voice, being sure to put vocal health at the top of the list, as well as being sure that each voice is adaptable.

I also work to develop a healthy mindset that will make clear the performers intention, and ability. I want to arm each student with a healthy attitude and openness to instruction and constructive criticism.

I also make sure that students understand what it means to be prepared, professional, and reliable. Most have an unclear picture of what that means. Learning that your professional calling card is one that each student creates themselves. By emphasize the importance of taking every step of the process and how every action, class, audition, rehearsal, and performance is a determining factor in each getting cast and getting work.

Talent and skill will get you noticed, reputation will get you work.

Thirty years of tecahing experience and thirty years of students succeeding wllows me to feel very confident in my methods, skills, and ability to teach.  


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?


Graduated from the Hartt School with a BA in Musical Theater and Opera.

Extensive performing resume

30 years of teaching experience


Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.


All classes meet weekly.

Tuition is paid monthly, due by the 20th of the preceding month.


How did you get started teaching?

I began taeching as a way to pay it forward to the incredible and dedicated teachers that I was fortunate enough to study with.

Anyone can be a teacher, but not everyone can be a great teacher. I have had both in my life, and strive to do my best to be the latter.


What types of students have you worked with?


I have worked with students who have been on CBS’s the voice, who have auditioned on national television for the voice, who have attended reputable colleges all over the USA, who are currently working in New York, LA, Atlanta, and other major citiesas well as abroad. I have helped students who sing Musical Theater Classical, Opera, Pop, Jazz, Country, Blues, R&B, and Rock.

I have worked with students of all ages and skill sets. I am old school, in the fact that I believe no voice should be touched before it has reached a certain level of maturity. Manipulating a voice too early can cause irreversible damage. Let a young voice develop on its own and when it is ready, start the training. The best age, in my experience, is around thirteen. There have been and always will be exceptions for voices that mature much earlier, which is why I do an evaluation to see for myself where each students voice is at in its development.

I have never had a student develop vocal nodules or acquire any vocal health issues as a result of my teaching methods, vocal health is always a concern.


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

ALWAYS meet with your instructor before signing up for lessons.

Voice and acting lessons are a very personal experience, and the correct fit, as far as personalities, expectations, and inspiriational ability, and skill level of the teacher are key to student progression.

Find out, by asking questions, about their training, and teaching experience.

Do they read music? Do they play piano well enough to accompany and teach songs? Or do they provide an accompanist? Do they still perform? What is their performing background. What is their student  retention percentage.


What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?


Why are you interested in taking lessons?


Is this for fun/self-improvement or for a career?


What are your personal goals? (vocally, as well as professionally)


Do you have the time and motivation needed to accomplish what it is that you desire?


Are you teachable? Are you open to hearing constructive criticism, and then able to step out of what you already know (not with the intention of never using it again, but rather to deepen your understanding and abilities) and try something new and/or different?


Do you have an "I can do this" mindset? I always remind my students of the saying "Whether you think you can or can't...you're right."  Think about it, and ask yourself how will I approach this?


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