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Popular Acting Teachers Near Cerritos

Brittany M.

Los Angeles, CA
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Jan L.

Woodland Hills, CA
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Teri D.

Los Angeles, CA
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Brittany M. Los Angeles, CA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing

About Me

After 10 years of teaching and performing in New York City, I moved to Los Angeles to be near family.
I can't wait to share the knowledge I've learned (from Juilliard and Manhattan School of Music faculty, Broadway musical directors, composers, casting directors and coaches) with my students.  My career is varied and special:

*I taught theater to elementary kids in Harlem
*I taught Voice and Piano at a performing arts school in Connecticut and with Little Maestros (NYC's premiere infant and toddler music classes)
*I performed regionally and internationally with major opera companies and regional theaters.
* I sing jazz and cabaret gigs in NYC and LA ans recently started a women's trio group which sings around Los Angeles for private functions, hotel lounges and wedding cocktail hours. Education: undergraduate studies:  Music Education at SDSU, Musical Theater at NYU  Bachelor of Music degree in Voice from the Manhattan School of Music.  I teach beginning to intermediate Piano and voice starting at 5 years of age. However, focus on technique for Voice students begin at age 12.

*** Lesson Details ***
Brittany is a fun, patient, caring, enthusiastic Piano and Voice teacher who is devoted to seeing her students excel and enjoy music!  In your lessons...  PIANO students: warm- up with scales, chords, arpeggios and music theory. Testing student's knowledge with theory and making it fun (we may play a game of "Beat the Teacher!"). Sight-reading, proper sitting, hand and finger position, and learning a new song weekly. Students are expected to practice, ideally, a half hour a day. I usually teach with the Alfred books, but it depends on the student's interests, what books they want to purchase or already own.  VOICE students: physical and vocal warm ups; breath; increasing range; help with diction if learning French, German or Italian art songs; learning the Vocal Structures with an introduction to the Estill voice method; learning relaxation methods for performance jitters; College Prep- guidance for schooling (Conservatory vs. a major university- benefits of both!) how to audition; sight-singing and theory.  You will develop a solid classical technique to help in all genres of music: Jazz, Musical Theater, Pop/Rock and Classical.  Brittany's students range from 3 years to 70 years of age. Whether you are a parent who is introducing your child to piano, or a teenager preparing for the high school musical or a seasoned vaudeville actress wanting to brush up on your skills, Brittany will create a lesson plan designed to your individual learning style, interests and goals.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Teaches in her home studio with an upright piano. 
A nominal $20.00 music fee to purchase books is required. OR students may purchase required book at a local music store (Culver City Music Center or McCabe's).

*** Travel Equipment ***

*** Specialties ***
Voice styles: Musical Theater, Jazz and Classical (art song and opera), Pop/Rock

Piano: Sight-reading, Music Theory

Jan L. Woodland Hills, CA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Broadway Singing, Film Acting, Improv Acting, Meisner Technique, Method Acting, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Theater Acting

About Me

Jan L. is a Grammy nominated award winning singer/songwriter, producer, actress, and artist developer. Her studio, Angel Diva Music, is designed to improve artist abilities on and off the stage as well as giving the clientele first-hand knowledge of the industry while increasing their creativity.

Backed by an extensive musical background debuting with the Philadelphia Orchestra and continuing her career singing with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic, Jan L. went on to receive a Bachelor’s of Education in Opera at Temple University and two Master’s Degrees from Combs College of Music in Theatre Arts and Composition.

Jan is the author of the performance book called "Once More With Feeling."

Jan’s accolades in music continued as she wrote “Damaged” for the newest Ralph Lauren Polo website campaign and composed a television theme for Lou Rawls called "Knock Outs". Rounding out her already stellar résumé, Jan L. has worked with Narada Michael Walden, Marla Sokoloff, and famed vocal coach Seth Riggs and his client roster.

From composing and producing to mentoring singers and songwriters, Jan L. lends her knowledge and expertise at the annual Taxi Road Rally. The event held by Taxi, the world’s leading independent A&R company, helps independent artists obtain record, publishing, and film/television deals. She also sits as resident judge for the LAMN Jam which allows rock artists such as Tim Fagan the opportunity to perform original music and receive critiques on the performance.

Combining her love for music and acting, Jan L. was featured on the demo reel for the Jasmine character in Disney’s Aladdin and performed in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Starlight Express. She also wrote a musical called "Christmas Has Been Cancelled" starring Robert Guillaume as Scrooge.

Moreover, Jan L. taught an acting class with Kurt Russell and worked with the fiery red-headed comedienne Kathy Griffin. Other acting experience include roles in Bruce Almighty, My Sister’s Keeper with Kathy Bates, and Jawbreaker as well as television credits in Rodney and The Bernie Mac Show with Wesley Snipes.

Her latest CD and newest adventure, “Sophisticated Lullabies” supports AUTISM SPEAKS and proceeds are charitably donated to raise funds to support worthy organizations committed to finding a cure for Autism and supporting those diagnosed with this life-changing disorder. Those diagnosed include her son Gregory.

Jan L. has developed herself as a songwriter, producer, actress, artist developer, activist, and proud mother. Her commitment to the arts and her appreciation for future performers of the world continue with her grace, positive influence, and steadfast dedication.

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There is exciting news with Jan. Jan has been teaching online on Skype. For those of you who want a world class teacher, you can learn from Jan who has 20 Grammy winners. No driving, Just sit yourself in front of your computer screen. You will love the intimacy without leaving your home. Give it a try.

Jan teaches vocal technique that connects the chest middle head voice with a gospel belt. Jan covers proper breathing, vocal technique, performance coaching and recording in her protools studio.

"Jan L. is an award winning songwriter, producer, actress, and artist developer. Her studio, Angel Diva Music, is designed to improve artist abilities on and off the stage as well as giving the clientele first-hand knowledge of the industry while increasing their creativity."

Writer of performance book called "Once More With Feeling:

*** Studio Equipment ***
Protools, NMN-U87AI
Neumann TM 103 Mike Ai Shockmount Set Z Microphone with Box
Avalon compressor
Korg Triton Keyboard Synth

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Musical Theatre, Pop, R&B, Jazz, Backgrounds, Music Theory.
I teach from beginners to professionals. I have 20 Grammy Winners. I have been nominated for a Grammy for my song "Still Touching Me".

Teri D. Los Angeles, CA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice

About Me

I teach students of all ages in a relaxed, encouraging, and fun way- but with the structure many beginners need to reach their goals and with the background of a professional singer! Students will see themselves making progress and reaching set goals! This encourages them to continue on their musical journey - becoming the very best they can be! We will also learn fun popular songs and look for opportunities to sing them. We will also learn many styles of pop singing as well -- from pop to rock to R&B to country & more! From beginners and just-for-fun singers to singer/songwriters to pros, each student will be able to learn the skills they need to sing from their heart and find their own true voice.

Teri has taught voice for over 15 years to all ages and all levels, led and trained various bands and groups for over 17 years. She is a club hit recording artist and premier LA vocal coach. Her vocals have graced full length CD's, cuts on various records, performances on TV and radio, and gained her a nomination for Best Female Vocalist, All Access Music Awards. She is the author of Vocal Essentials for the Pop Singer: Take Your Singing from Good to Great, from Hal Leonard Publishing. Teri has a Master's Degree in Education and a Bachelors Degree in Speech Pathology. She studied music at Blue Bear School of Music in San Francisco including music theory, vocal technique and vocal performance, guitar and stage performance. She had a dance club hit in the 90's which garnered success on mix shows and dance charts across the country.

She specializes in getting the best out of her students -- giving them a solid vocal technique to let their natural ability shine. Her students will attest to her positive, relaxed and encouraging teaching style.

In addition to learning the basics, Teri can help students get their voice in shape for events, school projects/plays, auditions (American Idol etc...), a solo or band project, and more!

Teri offers flexibility with scheduling to accommodate students various needs including day/eves and weekends. Studio is in a convenient Westside LA location.

*** Lesson Details ***
Students can expect a fun lesson with vocal warm-up exercises, and lots of singing, in a supportive environment. Teri works out of her home studio, so students can work with microphones and instruments.

Voice lessons build confidence and enthusiasm, and help prepare children for performing in front of others. Singing at a young age develops vocal abilities, but more importantly develops a child's aural abilities (recognizing melodies, harmonies, etc.) as well as the ability to focus, take direction and be creative.

Performing / Recording / Vocal Health
Recording. performing and touring presents unique challenges to singers. By concentrating on breathing, vocal production and tension reduction, warm-up exercises, and range building exercises, these lessons help increase stamina, build vocal tone, and reduce the effects of vocal fatigue for those who sing long hours at a time.

Church / Worship Leading
Singing on praise/worship teams is an art form all of it's own. Lessons centered around this kind of singing focus on the areas of blending, tone, hearing harmonies, and keeping your part in a group. For the soloist / worship leader, lessons help in the areas of projection, tone, range, runs, and breathing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have recording equipment and microphones, piano, guitar.

*** Specialties ***
voice, voice lessons, voice singing lessons, voice coaching, vocal technique, voice training, speaking (speakers), auditions, broadway singing (pop technique only), music theory, musical theatre, singing, speaking acting voice, acting, theatrical singing, adults, all levels, audition prep, beginner to advanced, breathing technique, children's basics, pro vocal technique, rock pop styling, stamina based breathing, theatre singing, voice actors, voice over artists, using your body as an instrument, getting students to record quality, building vocal tone, and assisting students in finding their own voice.

Jessie M.

Yucaipa, CA
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Mark H.

La Habra, CA
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Adjoa S.

Long Beach, CA
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Jessie M. Yucaipa, CA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Audition Prep, Basic Math, Broadway Singing, Child Acting, Choir, Christian Gospel, Classical Voice, Country Singing, Ear Training, Elementary Math, English, Film Acting, Film and TV Acting, Geometry, Gospel Singing, History, Improv Acting, Jazz Voice, Language, Math, Meisner Technique, Method Acting, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Pre Algebra, Reading, Shakespearean Acting, Singing, Speaking Voice, Stage Performance, Theater Acting, Vocal Training, Voice Acting

About Me

I fully enjoy teaching music and theater to others and spreading the art of performance, reaching out to all generations. I believe in customizing every lesson to be unique for my students in a way that will serve their individual needs. I teach with patience and encouragement and believe that students prosper and improve much more from a positive experience. My lessons are intended to be fun and influential in a positive light that can lead to a rewarding career, hobby, or just for personal enjoyment!

Every since I was a little girl, I have been devoted to the arts. When I began college, I knew that music was my path. As a music major I developed a deeper understanding of music theory, piano, voice, and theater. I received my A.A. in Music at College of the Desert and my Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Redlands- which I attended on a music scholarship. I have played leading roles in several operas and musicals in Southern California, including Gianni Schicchi, Die Fledermaus, La Boheme (DTL nominee), The Impresario, The Grand Duke, Patience (DTL award), Cosi fan tutte, Little Women the Musical, Seussical the Musical, and many more. I have also appeared in several concerts, opera scenes, competitions (winning music scholarships and theater awards), and worked as a singer at churches, restaurants, and in pop bands. I continue to perform and study music because performing is a part of who I am and I could never live without it.

With this experience under my belt, I feel a desire to pass on my knowledge to students. I carry a strong passion to help people develop their abilities and make them their own. I truly believe that if someone wants something out of life then they WILL achieve it with dedication, perseverance, confidence, and by having FUN doing it!

*** Lesson Details ***
I begin each voice and acting lesson with a warm-up to prepare the student for their lesson. Next, we do a series of exercises specially designed to help each individual develop their skill in a way that best fits them. We then work on a piece of their choice for the remainder of the lesson, perfecting their technique and helping them become performance ready. I teach with patience and fun because I feel that this is the key to achieving goals and inspiring a good habit of practice.

If you do not already have a song, sheet music, or monologue (acting students) to bring in I can help you choose one during your first lesson. I also require that my students keep a practice journal to record their daily practice sessions. If possible, please bring a recording device of some sort so you can record your lessons. It is a HUGE help to be able to listen back on your lessons and to use them in your daily practice! No experience is necessary, that is what I'm here for!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music office w/ keyboard and seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I could bring my keyboard if necessary.

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.

Mark H. La Habra, CA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Broadway Singing, Method Acting, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Speaking Voice, Theater Acting

About Me

Classically trained with years of performance and practical experience. I know how to help you make the music that you want to make. I am well-versed in nearly all music styles from classical to contemporary/pop. I am currently active in both piano accompaniment, vocal performance with the Pacific Chorale, and directing a very active north orange county community choir.

I recently completed my music credential and have graduate degrees in Education and Music.

I am especially gifted in teaching beginning piano, fundamental vocal production and dramatic presentation. I have extensive experience with the young and beginning acting student and can masterfully explain the dynamics of auditions and performing in the community.

*** Lesson Details ***
I focus on the individual student for curriculum and speed of progress. I utilize Bastien and other music curricula depending on maturity and ability. Within 3 months most students are performing simple songs successfully and within 6 months they have begun to master the more difficult 2nd and 3rd level. I believe in creating opportunities for the student to play in public and successfully perform by playing in small groups and bands. My acting students are taught through monologues and basic acting dynamics along with rehearsing through audition challenges and opportunities in the community.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate music room, grand piano, multiple keyboards available.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Professional piano keyboard and sound systems available.

*** Specialties ***
Piano - Foundations, jazz piano, broadway, easy listening.
Voice - Foundations, breathing, operatic stylings, broadway.

Adjoa S. Long Beach, CA

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Acting, Arrangement and Composition, Audition Prep, Broadway Singing, Composition, Djembe, Ear Training, Film and TV Acting, Flute, Gospel Singing, Guitar, Hand Drums, Improv Acting, Jazz Voice, Modeling, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Poetry, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Spoken Word, Stage Performance, Tap Dance, Theater Acting, Theatrical Dance, Vocal Training, Voice Acting

About Me

With over 13 years of teaching private music lessons and over 20 years of professional studio experience. I am a full-time performing artist & music professional that recently moved to Nashville after working in Los Angeles for the past 7 1/2 years. I grew up in the great state of NY where I was able to start training and competing at a young age.
I was an All State Vocal participant and soloist with the New York State Music Educators Association
I've produced and written CDs in Los Angeles, Capetown, South Africa & Ghana West Africa.
In 2003 I helped pioneer a School of Music in Ghana West Africa that continues to run now over 7 years.
Knowing how important movement is regards to performance and vocal health I studied as a theatre student and vocal performance major at Belhaven College. While at Belhaven I was given the honor of becoming a finalist in the NATS (National Association of Teacher's of Singing) State Competition for classical voice as a Mezzo Soprano.
A year later I was belting it as a Top 10 Finalist in the "Got Vocals" competition hosted by Charlotte's THE BEAT R&B Radio Station. In 2006 I moved to Los Angeles, where I began a weekly show that lasted for 6 months. After that time I was asked to create the Oneonta Kids Performing Arts Department for children's performing arts at Oneonta Congregational Church in South Pasadena. As the director I put together weekly workshops in dance/singing/poetry. I also wrote/directed/choreographed and scored 2 plays during my stay there.
Afterward I hosted a weekly showcase that lasted for 5 months at local LA hotspot Molly Malones then 3 months at Genghis Cohen, sponsored by ASCAP and Adrenaline Music. Since that time I've worked on scores for short films, taught, performed and done session work...so thats me in a nutshell...if you want to know more, just ask. I would really enjoy meeting you in person and becoming your teacher.

*** Lesson Details ***
The students that have come to me with an end product to get that role - EVERY SINGLE STUDENT has gotten it! Whatever style you want to focus on, I will do my best to take you there with excellence.
I promise to meet you where you're at. I dedicate myself to walking alongside you as you grow in courage, in wisdom and love for music :-)

In our first lesson, half of the time I will take you through a series of questions to find out what you want to learn, what kind of training that you have had already, as well as any questions you might have. Then we dive right in to get some hands on experience!

We build it from there tailoring your lessons to your level of experience and setting attainable goals.
MY PERSONAL GOAL as your teacher is for you to find freedom in performance. I want you to learn how to love your instrument and find your own style of expression.

*** Studio Equipment ***
88 key weighted keyboard
64 keys semi weighted keyboard
Alvarez Classical Guitar
Taylor Acoustic Guitar

Lampifier Microphones - cordless and corded
Sennheiser live mics
CAD studio mic
CAD Acoustic Enclosure for recording


*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar, songbooks, flute, monologues, laptop, iPad

*** Specialties ***
Over 20 years of experience in the studio as a session vocalist.
I specialize in vocal freedom, incorporating the feldenkrais and alexander techniques with exercises also taken from the Jeanie Deva Contemporary Vocalist Series.
On piano and guitar I very much focus on the styles that make the students come alive. I stress the importance of reading and ear training, but don't force it to the point of the students dislike for music training. I'd rather they enjoy and experiment with sound than demanding they play the music perfect as written.

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