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Bass Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Classical Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting
I grew up in Minnesota and started playing guitar when I was 13. Self-taught for three years, I developed a passion and love for music. Upon turning 16, I expanded my knowledge studying with a local guitarist, a musical genius in my opinion, who made a huge impact on my playing. In the fall of 2007 I relocated to Los Angeles to attend Musicians Institute for guitar performance. I graduated in 2009
Over the course of the last nine years I’ve been a part of six different live performing bands and currently work with my original band comprised entirely of Musicians Institute graduates, Delphian. Delphian can be seen and heard featured on screen in the Mike Judge film “Extract”. I study, perform and have vast knowledge in the styles of blues, classical, country, folk, jazz, metal and rock n' roll. Everyday as I continue to grow as a teacher and musician, so does my love for the guitar. I very much enjoy sharing my knowledge and seeing each of my students progress and grow as musicians.
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting, Ukulele
Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Jen was 13 years old when she picked up her first guitar, rescuing her mom’s dusty old acoustic from the family’s attic. Quickly developing a love for the instrument, Jen headed west to sharpen her craft at LA’s esteemed Musicians Institute, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in music performance.
While studying at MI, Jen formed the folk-pop duo Jen & Abby with vocalist Abby Miller. With their quirky style and catchy tunes, the band soon gained a devoted following through gigs at many renowned LA venues, including The Key Club, House of Blues, and Hotel Café. Following the release of their 2008 debut album Cannot Rearrange, the band’s music was featured in multiple films and television commercials.
Jen has been sought out by many other artists seeking her particular blend of expertise and performance savvy. Currently performing on lead guitar with Kelly Fauth, MojoRising, Ladysugar and in the Shirelles-inspired ‘60s musical Baby It’s You, she relishes the chance to put her skills to the test in a wide variety of musical genres. In addition to writing and performing, Jen keeps busy as a private instructor to dozens of aspiring guitarists, and she’s the composer of a series of video shorts by The IIIrd Films.
Drum, Music Performance, Percussion, Songwriting
I was inspired by drums at a very young age. My intro was playing along to the stereo hitting the floor with a unmatched pair of sticks. At age 12 I received a drumset and was able emulate some rock drumming style pretty fast. My learning hit a plateau soon after tho. My discipline for drum books and practice was very poor in the beginning.
Attending Musicians Institute in 1987 was the starting point of my commitment to myself to improve and be the best player i can be. I Graduated from MI with Honors and started playing with bands and continued to practice many hours a day. By 1994 I was teaching 30 -60 students a week. I have maintained that schedule for 15 years.
By 1997 I was playing live 2- 4 night a week every week for many years. I have played Thousands of shows in my career. Playing live is one of the best teachers. I help students who want to play on stage, in front of a audience prepare for it.
Another significant part of my education was studying the physiology of playing drums (or any musical instrument.) This had a major positive effect on my practice habits and i bring this info to my students in a "short and sweet" manner of explanation. I will give you the facts of improving on a musical instrument.
I also love the art of songwriting and been fortunate to win several songwriting awards with my band Cohesive in 2008, 2009 and 2010
Singing, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Recording, Opera Voice, Speaking Voice
An Ohio-born baritone, David has always had a passion for music and singing. Strongly influenced by the musical pursuits of his older brother, David began playing the piano at age six and was captivated by the school musicals his brother starred in, as well as by the musical Disney movies popular at the time. David also showed aptitude as a young singer. He was frequently chosen as a soloist for grade school productions, and he would often compete in OMEA adjudicated events, receiving the highest scores possible.
David's professional singing career began in high school after receiving recognition from singing the National Anthem at home basketball games, which were always highly-attended. He was soon being paid to sing at local holiday festivals and other community events, where attendance was often in the thousands. Notably, David won first place in both state-wide and international talent competitions for his performance of "If Ever I Would Leave You" from the musical Camelot.
David soon attended Northwestern University, where he was classically trained in opera performance over a five-year period. While at college, he was active in several choirs and an a Capella group on campus. He also started teaching voice at that time, offering instruction to friends who paid him for lessons. One of his students sang in a band, another played the piano and wanted to learn to sing better while playing, several wanted to sing better in church, and a couple others with more singing experience simply wanted to improve their existing technique.
After graduating, David played the role of Colline in the world-renowned opera La bohème for his operatic debut. In addition, he has performed songs in many different languages, including: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Russian. David currently resides in West Los Angeles, where he attends graduate school at UCLA, and continues to teach voice in his spare time. He is also preparing to release his debut solo album.
So what can David do for you? He has a love for singing only paralleled by his passion for teaching. As such, David feels right at home teaching his students a healthy vocal technique centered around their goals. Please see "Lesson Details" for more!
Piano, Singing, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Songwriting, Speaking Voice
Tanisha is a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music's Vocal and Music Business programs. Since arriving to Los Angeles, Tanisha has built a solid career providing artist development services to professional entertainers, recording artists and actors. Her services include vocal coaching, piano lessons, music theory, songwriting, performance development, media and stage training. Tanisha is also an accomplished songwriter. She is currently co-writing an upcoming project with platinum selling recording artist Shanice Wilson.
In addition to teaching music, Tanisha has enjoyed a successful career in the entertainment industry working with top tier performers such as Chaka Khan, The Black Eyed Peas, Montell Jordan and Babyface to name a few. In 2011, Tanisha launched the White Hall Arts Academy; a one stop shop performance training center for discovering the true performer in you, whether you are a beginner or a seasoned artist. Accompanying her is a staff of accomplished performers and teachers who have credits throughout the entertainment industry. The WHAA offers a conservatory-level curriculum focusing on the fundamental skills of technique, composition, artistry and performance in music, dance, drama and visual arts.
Acting, Guitar, Piano, Singing, Flute, Improv Acting, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Theater Acting
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.
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Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or experienced musician, you can benefit from working with a TakeLessons Certified™ Instructor in Lakewood to make your musical dreams a reality. Choose from a variety of music lessons taught in the Lakewood area, including guitar lessons, voice lessons, drum lessons, piano lessons, violin lessons and many more! Explore our Lakewood music teachers' profile to learn more about their musical background and specialties, as well as see photos, music videos, and student reviews....
TakeLessons works with qualified music instructors in the Lakewood area, and can help you find the right instructor to fit your interests and skill level. Lakewood music lessons are offered at studio locations throughout Lakewood, and some of our instructors will even travel to you if you prefer in-home lessons. Our music teachers work with students of all ages and offer music lessons for kids, music lessons for teenagers and music lessons for adults. Our certified teachers will strive to give you a personal one-on-one learning experience with a customized music lesson that exceeds your expectations. In fact, we are so committed to your satisfaction that we offer all new customers a 100% Money Back Guarantee on your first music lesson.
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"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."