Singing or playing an instrument can put us in our heads.
While making music often involves technical prowess and left-brained analysis,
acting & being in the moment requires vulnerability and right-brained artistry.
The great acting teacher Sanford Meisner said that
“thinking has no part in this process.”
Can truthful storytelling & musical finesse coexist
and could Meisner be the link?
Meisner in Music teaches artists to stay out of their heads
by trusting themselves in the moment.
It allows musicians to
Act on impulse rather than editing and over-thinking
Cease worrying about sound and have confidence in their technique
Trust that they are enough and focus out, not in
an applicable toolset,
"For the first time, I could sing without an inner monologue of pressure and inferiority."
a trauma-informed space,
"This class was the first time in a long time where I was able to let my guard down and be 100% honest in my acting."
- Madeline Metzger
& a path to falling back in love with singing or playing.
"I didn’t expect for performance to finally feel easy again."
- Corey Blake Todd
Endorsed by the Meisner Estate, the Meisner Institute has certified Meisner in Music as a Designated Meisner Class that upholds Sanford Meisner’s legacy of 60 years of developing this “step-by-step approach to train actors - simple, direct, and effective.”
accredited by the International Meisner Institute.
strive to be
Equitable & Inclusive
At Meisner in Music, we believe that the Western tradition of musical theatre and classical music has, for far too long, been dominated by White, cisgendered, able-bodied people. In an attempt to provide equity to those who have been historically excluded by this tradition, we offer 40% off of any online class through our Equity & Inclusion Scholarship (open to all who feel that they qualify) as well as competitively-priced in-person classes (currently approximately half of the price of comparable classes in NYC) in an attempt to be as affordable as possible for any artist who feels called to this work.
Meisner work can be exposing. To help artists access emotional vulnerability while maintaining agency, we strive to consistently uphold the principles of a Trauma-Informed Approach: safety, trustworthiness and transparency, peer support, collaboration and mutuality, empowerment, voice, & choice, and cultural, historical, and gender issues. In our studio, some examples of what this looks like are student-lead coachings, asking questions more than asserting definitive answers, and remaining curious and aware rather than judgmental and catastrophizing. For more information on our work in trauma-informed singing and musicianship, head here.
Work with Us
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Imani Pearl Williams
"A huge priority for me after the pandemic was to only be involved in safe spaces. MiM provided me with just that! Working on challenges that were specific to me in a way that felt safe and fun was so needed. I highly recommend bringing your voice, heart, & most authentic self to their space!"
Sami Abu Shumays
Coauthor of Inside Arabic Music
"I credit Meisner in Music for helping me develop presence and the ability (and willingness) to embrace whatever is happening in the moment. I still notice my flaws, of course - but I no longer judge myself for them. After a lifetime of musical training, this is now where I am progressing and learning the most."
The Metropolitan Opera's Hamlet
"Meisner in Music is what every singing actor needs! It allows a singer to unlock the truths about their music, frees them from feeling focused on technique, and allows the authentic voice and message to flow through."