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Bonjour! Born and raised in Quebec City, I have been an actor and singer most of my life, and since my arrival in New York almost three decades ago, I have championed French language and culture in most of my work. As an actor, I have often performed the French classics as well as modern French and Quebecois pieces; my work in voice over is also mostly for the European French and Quebec market. As a singer, I have just received a Bistro Award for my homage to French icon Yves Montand.
My acting and communication skills, my deep love and command of the language and my thorough knowledge of grammar make me an ideal candidate for tutoring, something I have been doing through the last twenty years with great pleasure and success. Through the years, I have become quite astute at discerning learning obstacles that come in the way of each individual and at figuring out ways (improvising!) to conquer these obstacles to move forward. My present and previous students have benefited from my being an excellent listener, my ongoing patience and my dedication to them as I consistently work at filling my pupils with confidence and a sense a joy as they're learning to speak, understand, read and write the beautiful and complex language that is my mother tongue.
I believe in hard work, drilling verbs, doing homework as much as one's life (especially for adults) can allow. I also believe in allowing for making mistakes and just having fun in a new territory. My experience has taught me that each student determines the path we take as everyone responds to some approaches and techniques better than others: visual, auditory, learning by heart, playing, etc. I help my students grow, overcome fears of all sorts and develop themselves as individuals through their commitment, dedication and enthusiasm for a new culture and language that also expand their views and values. I consider it a privilege to accompany them on this journey and look forward to sharing such an experience with more students. One thing is for sure: no matter how hard it may get, I'll never give up on You!
Native French speaker. Private, one-on-one French lessons lasting from 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on student's age, availability and interest. 20 years of experience tutoring. Background in acting and singing as well. Use of varied techniques tailored to each student's style, needs and capacities.
Highly reliable, prompt and friendly.
As a performing singer for the last 20 years, having recently been honored with a Bistro Award 2012 for Outstanding Tribute of the year for my Yves Montand show, I specialize in coaching singers in song interpretation rather than actual voice technique. My background as actor and director also helps me bring out the student's internal life as they are singing as well as a full understanding of what the song means for them in order to fully share it in a moving way, be it funny or dramatic. Being a French native speaker, I also offer "French chansons" lessons, the art of singing in French with proper pronunciation and nuance.
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