Mike Ruckles Voice Studios

What People Are Saying

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Industry Voices

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“I have had the honor of working with Mike on several Broadway musicals, and I’ve had the pleasure of auditioning numerous students of his over the years. His grasp of the technique that is needed to create first-rate singers is superb. Anyone studying with him is getting the best possible vocal training. His students interpret material with intelligence, as well as vocal prowess and excellent storytelling.”

Jay Binder - Broadway Casting Director (CSA)

B’way: THE LION KING, A CHORUS LINE, GYPSY, CHICAGO, BEAUTY & THE BEAST, NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT, CITY CENTER ENCORES! and many more


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"One of the most distinguished voice teachers in New York City, Mike Ruckles is a consummate master of his craft and a rare and superlative teacher. Mike is warm, inviting, and nurturing and his teaching is incredibly precise, innovative and inspired. The results are remarkable."

Kimberly Vaughn – Kimberly Vaughn Performance Studio

B’way: DEAR OSCAR (Constance Wilde)

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“Mike Ruckles re-defines what a voice teacher can be. His knowledge of the voice is immense. He gives you the tools to strengthen your instrument to do things it never could before... and for 8 shows a week. The things students have messaged me after their first lesson with Mike... well, it's a bit like watching HAMILTON for the first time and thinking 'Yep. It really is that good.' He'll make you laugh, he'll make you sing, he'll make you better.”

Steve Edlund

Asst. Director to four-time Tony winner Jerry Zaks – SISTER ACT, A BRONX TALE, HELLO DOLLY; Head of Musical Theatre at The Growing Studio NYC


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“Mike Ruckles is, in equal parts, genius and magician.”

Erik Liberman

B’way: WAR PAINT (Revson), LOVEMUSIK
Helen Hayes Award Winner, Acting Coach


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“Mike Ruckles’ voice students are really incredible! Really strong and versatile technique across genres, and always beautiful and truthful phrasing! Really dazzled. Bravo! Masterful teaching is apparent!”

Benjamin Rauhala
NYC Music Director

 

Students

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“Working with Mike has helped me truly understand my voice. Simply put, singing has gotten easier. I leave each lesson with the tools I need to tackle challenging material with confidence and ease. He is extremely knowledgeable, intuitive, and attentive, and working with him has been a real game changer for me.”

Mariand Torres

B’way: IN TRANSIT (Nina); WICKED (Elphaba standby); PRINCE OF BROADWAY (Japan)
Off-B’way: NATASHA, PIERRE, & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812


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“Mike Ruckles is more than a voice teacher; he’s a magician! His teaching gives me not only the stamina to maintain my voice for 8 shows a week, but also the tools to allow my voice to grow and evolve. He teaches you how to sing anything and how to do it with ease. Mike provides these tools inside of a nurturing environment that allows his students to soar. I always leave my lessons feeling more confident and stronger than I entered.”

Bradley Gibson

B’way: THE LION KING (Simba); A BRONX TALE (Tyrone); ROCKY
Off B’way: LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST (Public)


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“I had just undergone a massive transitional period, not only in life, but in my career and voice. I was searching for the right voice teacher. One that understood the background of opera that I had come from, but also one that adapted to who I am as a singer. Enter Mike Ruckles. He has been not only a great teacher, but a great friend. I feel like the relationship between student and teacher should be a close one because you have to trust them with your instrument (and you only get one). He will help you find the sustainable, safe, and exciting way to sing without pushing or hurting yourself. I have all the confidence in the world in him!”

Kyle Scatliffe

B’way: THE COLOR PURPLE revival (Harpo); LES MISERABLES revival (Enjolras), 
Encores!: BIG RIVER (Jim)West End: SCOTTSBORO BOYS (Haywood) Olivier nominee


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“Mike Ruckles is the voice of reason in a world of vocal training that too often is clouded with vagueness and intangibility. He is as remarkably intelligent as he is kind, encouraging, and direct. Mike taught me how to sustain in a long-running show, while always striving for further evolution and growth, and as a result, I feel stronger and more self-assured walking into any creative space. Seemingly endless tools in the toolbox. Mike gives you those tools with clarity and unconditional love. And his students prosper because of it.”

Bobby Conte Thornton

B’way: A BRONX TALE (Calogero)
Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse GREASE (Danny Zuko); Bay Street Theatre MY FAIR LADY (Freddy), A FUNNY THING HAPPENED (Hero)


“Mike Ruckles is a gem of a human being and a guru of the voice. He’s made my singing effortless and open in ways that I’ve not experienced in years. I trust him immensely and he’s the only vocal technician I recommend to my peers. Go. Study with him now.”

Lucia Spina

B’way: SPELLING BEE (Rona), LEGALLY BLONDE, LES MISERABLES, SOUTH PACIFIC, KINKY BOOTS
Off-B’way: SILENCE! (Catherine/Senator)


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“Mike is truly amazing. As the majority of my vocal training had been classical, I often felt like I was approaching my musical theater repertoire in the wrong way. It was so exciting to finally work with someone who was able to teach me how to access the sound I was looking for, and do it in a way that is comfortable, safe, and sustainable. In just the first couple lessons, I felt my voice open up and I suddenly had access to a whole new part of my range, changing my outlook on the roles that I really wanted, but was too afraid of because of their technical challenges. Pippin was one of those roles. Mike creates a safe atmosphere, making you feel comfortable and unafraid to take risks. My lessons with Mike have transformed my voice and I am so grateful for everything he has taught me.”

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B’way: PIPPIN revival (Pippin), CINDERELLA (Prince Topher);
Tour: WICKED (Fiyero)


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“Every time I leave a lesson with Mike, I have new nuggets of information to chew on and apply to my instrument. He is a master technician, a cheerleader, and an intuitive teacher. Having him in my life has been a wonderful and grounding asset to my career!”

Janine DiVita

B’way: GREASE revival (Rizzo), ANYTHING GOES (Reno cover), MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD (Drood cover)
Tour: “If/Then” (Anne)


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“Having Mike guide me has been an absolute godsend. He knows exactly how to break things down and his way of tailoring technique that is specific to me and my needs, leaves me feeling confidant and striving to work that much harder. His knowledge is infinite and makes each lesson invigorating and exciting!”

Jenna Leigh Green

TV: Sabrina the Teenage Witch
B’way: “Wicked” (Nessarose); “Bare” (Ivy)


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“Mike is a godsend to me and the Broadway community! After a few lessons, I was going into auditions with a new-found power and understanding of my singing. He teaches with an eye and ‘ear’ to my unique voice using only the specific tools necessary to help me. Whether it’s a new audition song or finding new ways to approach an old one, Mike continues to help me discover my individual vocal potential and, more importantly, he shows me how to use it with consistency. I hesitate to praise him too much, because now I’ll have to fight other students for a time slot!”

Joey Sorge

B’way: A BRONX TALE (Rudy the Voice), NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT (Vic/Jimmy u/s), HOW TO SUCCEED (Mr. Tackaberry), THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, FOLLIES (Young Buddy)
Tour: THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE (Jimmy) 


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“Mike was recommended to me when I first landed in New York. He saw me through my first Broadway audition, all the way through booking Mamma Mia! out here in Vegas. Mike instantly hears where my voice is that day, and what I need to do to get to the core of my clear, clean sound in a way that is not only easy, but easily repeated. I take my recordings of our lessons to the theater every single day. When I listen back, I’m always amazed at the vocal power and clarity I have by the end of the lesson compared to the beginning, and yet the singing has also become effortless! He’s given me empowering knowledge about the physiology of my instrument, added amazing tools to my belt, and even more confidence in my back pocket. To top it all off, he’s great to be around, and easy to talk to when the biz is getting you down!”

Kimbre Lancaster

Vegas Tropicana: MAMMA MIA! (Sophie); Oregon Shakespeare: THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA (Clara)


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“Mike Ruckles is a tremendous vocal technician. The tools he’s offered have allowed me to maximize my vocal ability and enter into the professional world with success and confidence. His knowledge is vast, he provides an environment that is fun and stress-free, and he communicates his insight in a style that is very accessible to the student. Above all else, he does not settle for mediocre singing; once he unlocks your potential, the level of expectation rises and this only motivates you to achieve further growth and excellence.”

Aaron Young

B’way: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Sasha)
MUNY: SOUND OF MUSIC (Rolf), DISNEY ON CLASSIC w/ Tokyo Philharmonic


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“Mike Ruckles is an incredible teacher. His understanding of human anatomy and his innate ear for vocal production allows him to dissect the voice and explain it in a way that is easy to understand. He makes training and conditioning the voice fun and encouraging. This leads to more frequent and more productive practice outside your lesson. He has a knack for selecting material suited to each individual student, whatever their skill level. He builds confidence in each of his students through positive reinforcement, hard work and the knowledge that his techniques are being used by professionals on Broadway and thoughout the country. Not to mention he is an all-around cool guy.”

Derek Hanson

B’way: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (Mr. Z), SIDE SHOW, ANYTHING GOES (Billy u/s)
Tour: SHREK, A CHORUS LINE 1st National


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“Mike Ruckles is a Larynx Wizard. His knowledge, methods and results can be summed up in one word: magic. He equipped me with the tools to be a successful singer for the rest of my life and there is no voice teacher I trust or could recommend more.”

Brian Crawford Scott

Tour: BEAUTY & THE BEAST (Gaston), HAIR (Berger)
Ringmaster for Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey


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“I recommend Mike Ruckles to other singers all the time. Mike has the rare ability to transform a singer’s technical approach without altering the uniqueness of that singer’s sound. He’s done it for me and for countless other singers. He eliminates the mystique of singing and illuminates the things that must occur in the instrument to produce the desired sound, consistently, and in a healthy and safe way. I swear by Mike Ruckles!”

Jordan Fife Hunt

Encores!: FIORELLO!, WHERE’S CHARLEY?
Tour: A CHORUS LINE 1st National (Mark)

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“Mike’s teaching changed my career and my life. He helped me find my own voice, and then he taught me how to be able to use it every day. In that way, Mike taught me to be a true professional."

Jack Mosbacher

Recording artist – www.jackmosbacher.com
Album: Sunny Songs for Shady People


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“I cannot say enough about Mike Ruckles. Mike’s infinite knowledge and understanding of the voice make for a truly personalized lesson, unlike teachers who just push one technique. I leave every lesson with a ‘smarter’, stronger voice. I recommend Mike to all my friends and colleagues and will continue to do so!”

Bud Weber

B’way: BOOK OF MORMON (Elder Price standby); SOMETHING ROTTEN!; ALADDIN (Aladdin u/s/); WICKED (Fiyero u/s)


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“Mike Ruckles was the third voice teacher I met with after moving to NYC from LA two years ago. What set Mike apart was not only his brilliant technical approach, but his use of storytelling to produce sound. This approach, along with building trust in my voice and its abilities, has allowed me so much growth and progression in my career. Mike is not only who I run to with every important audition, but he actually checks in on me and my voice during long runs when I can’t be in the studio consistently. It’s a relationship I didn’t think I could find in the city, and I’m so grateful!”

Emma Degerstedt

Off-B’way: SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE (Revival);
DESPERATE MEASURES (Susanna/Sister Mary Jo)
MUNY: THE LITTLE MERMAID (Ariel) 


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“Mike Ruckles has single-handedly changed how I feel about my voice. He has a truly unique approach and a way of pushing you beyond what you thought you were capable of. Maintaining vocal health and stamina is something all singers deal with, especially when performing 8 shows a week. Mike’s commitment to his students truly goes above and beyond and he has kept me healthy through rigorous schedules. Mike’s approach is one of whole voice, body, and mind. He works through the actor’s instincts to find a strong, healthy sound, instead of bombarding the student with techniques or theory. It is a completely organic and collaborative process, and one that I cannot recommend highly enough.”

Lisa O’Hare

B’way: A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER (Sibella)
West End, Zurich: MARY POPPINS (Mary Poppins)
Chicago Lyric: MY FAIR LADY (Eliza)


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“Most of my career has been in film and television where you can easily become lazy with your voice. When I booked ‘The Common Pursuit’ for the Roundabout Theatre Company, I immediately called Mike. I wanted to make sure I was using my voice properly so it would last for the three month run without amplification. It only took two sessions before I started noticing a serious difference in the quality and richness of my voice. With a new understanding of placement and breath support (rather than a strained throat!), it seemed to me that my vocal presence doubled. Mike’s methodology and exercises for vocal warm-ups were incredibly helpful. I was so impressed with my progress that I continued to see Mike during the run of the show and began to focus on singing – something I hadn’t attempted since I was a teenager. I told Mike that I had never felt comfortable singing, that my voice seemed to jump around in registers and volume. He quickly deduced that I hadn’t really been singing in my authentic voice, but had been sort of mimicking the quality of singers I liked. So within a few sessions he was able to strip away my self-conscious mimicry and get down to the bare bones of what I actually sound like. I’d highly recommend Mike to any singer looking to refine and strengthen their voice, any actor lacking confidence in their voice, and anyone looking to build the proper vocal skills to ensure a healthy vocal career.”

Josh Cooke

TV: DEXTER, BETTER WITH YOU
Film: I LOVE YOU, MAN; FINDING JOY
Off-B’way: THE COMMON PURSUIT


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“A year ago, I had never had a singing lesson. Today, I’m performing a leading role on Broadway. I owe everything to Mike’s brilliant and patient tutelage.”

Jefferson Mays

Tony Award Winner
B’way: A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER (D’Ysquith Family); I AM MY OWN WIFE; OSLO; THE FRONT PAGE; PYGMALION


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“Mike is a rock star. Truly. I was going on tour, singing a solid two-hour set nonstop in multiple cities, and needed someone to help me keep my voice in shape. Mike not only helped me stay vocally fit, but he also taught me things about my voice I never even knew. On top of all that, he’s an incredible, KIND person and genuinely cares about the artists he works with. So many coaches are just in it for the ‘band-aid quick fix’, but Mike is about longevity and empowering performers. He’s one of a kind.”

Tyce Green

Recording artist – www.tyceofficial.com
Album: Hero


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“I am so glad to have found Mike Ruckles! From my first lesson with Mike, he put me at ease and gave me confidence to try – and succeed, and fail – without embarrassment. Technical without being fussy, encouraging while also being practical, Mike is an endless source of vocal pedagogical AND artistic knowledge. Every lesson with Mike equips me with more tools to sing the way I want to sing. Helping me book and prepare for my Broadway debut this year (and being there to cheer me on!), Mike is my wonderful teacher and friend.”

Henry Gottfried

B’way: WAITRESS (O.B.C.)
Tour: PIPPIN


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“I didn’t grow up with much vocal training, but Mike has made technique comprehensible and accessible. I met him in my freshman year of college, and since then, he’s helped me prepare for productions, workshops, auditions, and my Broadway debut. Over the years, I’ve seen so much growth in my vocal health and technique studying with him. Knowledgeable, helpful, and kind… I’d recommend Mike to any and all looking to better themselves vocally!”

Aisha Jackson

B’way: WAITRESS (O.B.C), BEAUTIFUL, FROZEN (Anna standby)
Off-B’way: RAGTIME on Ellis Island (Sarah)


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“Mike is the best! Whether I’m prepping for an audition, working on a role, or just improving my chops, I always leave his studio feeling stronger, healthier, and more prepared.”

Andy Kelso

B’way: KINKY BOOTS (Charlie), MAMMA MIA! (Sky) 
Tour: WICKED (Fiyero)


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“From our first lesson, Mike heard me sing, quickly assessed what was going on, and possessed what seemed like an infinite arsenal of tools to help me break bad habits and free my voice. Vocal exercises were not arbitrary but vital, and designed to get results. He imparts knowledge in such a palatable way that left me well-equipped, to not only make the sounds and hit the notes required by the industry, but to have me do it in a healthy and sustainable way to sing eight shows a week! What’s more, Mike fosters a warm and engaging environment where it is fun to sing, improvements are constant, and breakthroughs commonplace.”

Rodney Ingram

B’way: PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (Raoul), ALADDIN (Aladdin cover/Ensemble)


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“Mike Ruckles is one of the top names in vocal training. He finds a way to establish an effortless technique, unlocking the full range of your natural voice. Training with Mike has been a paramount factor in the progression of my vocal technique; it has taken me beyond what I thought I was even capable of.”

Ryan Jesse

B’way: JERSEY BOYS (Bob Gaudio)
Tour: CINDERELLA w/ Lea Salonga, DIRTY DANCING (Neil)


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“Mike Ruckles is simply a vocal miracle worker. I am constantly amazed lesson after lesson at what incredible, detailed help he provides. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked into his studio feeling tired and overwhelmed and walked out feeling refreshed and energized. He has a sixth sense, s

pecific to your instrument and body, that unlocks aspects of your voice that you didn’t know were possible! He is the best vocal practitioner I have ever encountered as a singer. He understands the nuances and styles of singing required in today’s vocal arena, and breaks them down into easy to understand methods and recipes. I also own a walking tour business, and, as a tour guide, the vocal demands are quite different than my professional singing. Mike constantly checks in to ensure that I am finding “my beam” and working smarter (not harder) whilst projecting over the sounds of Times Square! I can honestly tell you that at the end of every tour I say a silent prayer to Mr. Ruckles for the techniques he has instilled in me. Thank you Mike!”

Tim Dolan

Off-B’way: ALTAR BOYZ (Abraham), ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
Regional: IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU (Marty), LYSISTRATA JONES
Owner of “Broadway Up Close” tours