Piano, Singing, Broadway Singing, Music Theory
I am a Music Therapist but also have my background in Psychology and Masters in Social Work. I have been teaching voice, guitar and piano lessons for 10 years. I have directed children's Musical theater camps, and taught piano and voice in music studios and privately for years.
Performance wise I have been on TV, musicals and I have sung in a band myself as well as performed on cruise ships for entertainment.
I enjoy all forms of music. My personal favorites are Jazz, especially Brazilian Jazz, Musical Theater, Alternative Independent Rock and the Classics of course ;)
Piano, Singing, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting
Piano, singing, and songwriting began for me when I discovered really awesome piano music such as with bands like Queen, Yes, and ELP. After high school, I studied classical music composition at Wheaton College's Conservatory of Music receiving my Bachelors in Music Composition with a focus in piano. My professional experience includes singing on film/tv productions such as High School Musical, Hairspray, and Struck By Lightning. I compose and orchestrate for theater (Glendale Center Theater, Vanguard University Theater Department), film/tv, orchestra (L.A. Jewish Symphony, TCOTW, BIOLA University) and album projects (Anna Nalick, Oodle's World Productions).
Singing credits include High School Musical 1, Hairspray The Movie, High School Musical 3, Chris Kolfer's new movie Struck by Lightning, Atlanta Aquarium Dolphin Show recording, Boston Public, Who Wants to Be A Millionaire ad (New Wave Ent.), and The Drew Carey Show. I'm also a professional piano player for American Idol finalist Stevie Scott, various other bands, Mastro's restaurants, and local churches.
Currently producing my second children's music album for Oodles World, Inc.
I love to share musical knowledge. I really enjoying teaching.
Film Acting, Improv Acting, Meisner Technique, Method Acting, Shakespearean Acting, Singing, Theater Acting, Acting, Algebra, Basic Math, Broadway Singing, Elementary Math, English, Geometry, History, Language, Math, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Pre Algebra, Reading, Speaking Voice
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 recieved 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!
Piano, Singing, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting
I started playing music at age 9, when my mom decided to put me in piano lessons. Much to her surprise, I fell in love with the instrument and played non-stop, sometimes skipping dinner to read through a new piece or practice for an up coming competition. After winning a few state wide competitions, I enrolled in an arts high school to practice my craft, and be around other creative high school students.
While in High School, I started writing music and singing in a 16 member chamber choir. The summer before my senior year, I won the prestigious Berklee songwriting competition and was awarded a scholarship to the school, which I decided to decline to make my way towards the music mecca of Los Angeles.
I received a Bachelor's degree from CalArts where I focused on contemporary piano/voice and composition.
Since graduating in 2010, I've released an EP entitled 'Living in Layers'. I sing and play piano in a number of bands including cover bands and original projects, mostly in the pop/rock/soul veins. Some of my collaborators include Akon and Andy Samberg (for an SNL short), Ben Lee (platinum selling Australian recording artist), Ben Lovett (Mumford and Sons), and the Swingle Singers (Acclaimed British A Capella group).
I have love in my heart for both classical and popular music, and I think my combination of the 2 will make for a very well-rounded lesson experience. I would say that my biggest strength as a musician is that I'm well rounded, and can work with just about anyone in any style. I can help you understand the styles that excite you, but also open your eyes to other new and exciting things. I would say that I specialize in writing, and work very well with students interested in composition and songwriting.
Singing, Acting, Broadway Singing
Erica, professionally known as Erica Piccininni, is a singer/actress from the original Broadway cast of the 2006 Tony award winning "Jersey Boys". She recently relocated to Los Angeles to pursue film and television, and has been featured in over a dozen national commercials, including a currently airing national Budweiser spot. She has performed as a singer in New York and around the country for nearly ten years, and was classically trained at New York University where she recieved her bachelor of music in Vocal Performance/music theatre in 2001. Erica also originated the lead role of "Liz" in "Palm Beach:the Screwball Musical" at its national premiere at the highly acclaimed La Jolla Playhouse under director Des McAnuff, dir. of "Jersey Boys" as well as the upcoming broadway revival of "Guys and Dolls". She understands that passion for singing that you have, or that your kid has, and wants to get you where you need to be to succeed in a college program audition or in the real world! She has been studying voice for nearly 15 years, and understands the neccessity of beginning singers with solid, healthy habits at a very young age, so you have your voice ALL your life, even when belting your heart out. Most importantly, she knows that it is the combination of technique AND expression that builds truly unique young performers...and every kid is one of them, because there is no other YOU on the planet :). In other words, she does not stifle expression/acting with stiff technique, but offers the perfect balance of healthy vocal technique and connection to your performance. This is the ONLY way to work your way to success: by letting you shine through. If you or your kid's goal is not a career in singing but just to explore your potential as a beginning singer, Erica's style is patient and fun!
Singing, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Opera Voice, Speaking Voice
I believe that everyone can sing, it is just a matter of learning how to use your unique instrument. From a very young age I was sharing my love of the arts with others as a performer. I grew up with an immense appreciation for all forms of art and found music to be the ideal way to express myself. My extensive education and performance experience has allowed me to cultivate my skills and knowledge so that I can best support each student on their own unique journey of cultivating their authentic singing voice. As a teacher I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to support students both in my studio and through online lessons, providing the positive and supportive guidance and experiences they need in order to cultivate their own musical gifts.
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