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Popular Online Improv Acting Teachers

Crystal S.

Los Angeles, CA
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Matthew Z.

Lake Arrowhead, CA
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Lourdes C.

Tucson, AZ
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Crystal S. Los Angeles, CA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Broadway Singing, English, Improv Acting, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Reading, Shakespearean Acting, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Theater Acting

About Me

Crystal brings a lifetime’s experience of professional musicianship to each of her lessons. Born into a family of musicians, she sang her first solo at age 2. She also benefits her students with an extraordinarily diverse musical background, having worked as a vocalist in gospel, country, musical theater, jazz, classical, rock, pop and soul styles. Her performing career has taken her from L.A. church meetings to London’s Houses of Parliament.

Crystal hails originally from Los Angeles, CA - where her musical parents gave her a head start by including her in the family business the moment she was able to contribute. She went on to study classical voice, piano and music theory at The Boston Conservatory of Music. After concluding her studies in London, she returned home and began working regularly as a theater performer, appearing in twenty world premiers and re-imagined classics. Most notably she played the lead role of Keely Smith in the big band jazz musical “Louis and Keely: Live At The Sahara” during its eight-month run at Westwood’s Geffen Playhouse. She also formed her own rock band, The Honeysuckle Jones Revival, with whom she performed her own songs all over Los Angeles. And she began working as a studio session vocalist, providing demo vocals for other songwriters, as well as arranging and performing back-up vocals for original artists, including Laura Roppe (currently in the Top Ten on Billboard’s Uncharted list of emerging artists.) Crystal played the lead role of Brooke in the new operatic rock musical “The Burning Opera LA” during its Los Angeles run in 2011 as well as providing ensemble vocals and playing piano and bass. She also performs holiday tunes from the Golden Age of American songwriting with musical quartet The Sleigh Belles.

Crystal believes that music is serious business but that it should be fun. She encourages her students to play music they love, as well as expanding their musical knowledge. She is a firm believer in basics first and emphasizes theory and technique as the tools to support creativity and provide freedom, power and control. She believes effort beats talent every time and the student who practices consistently will see results, whatever their level of ability. Most of all, she believes we were all born to make music.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lesson structure varies depending on the student's instrument, age, level of experience and musical style. However, all lessons focus on:

Technique
Music theory
Performance style

After 3 or 6 months of consistent lesson attendance and practice, students will have a clear understanding of how their instrument works and how to care for it. They will be able to read basic music notation. They will be working toward clearly defined musical goals and they will have at least three performance pieces learned.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Loft Space: full size electric piano with weighted keys, small digital recorder, microphone, Garage Band, parents can sit in on lessons

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring a small keyboard for vocal students with no piano, karaoke tracks and a digital recorder. I also bring a selection of games. Students are expected to purchase all necessary books and sheet music.

*** Specialties ***
Young beginners (piano)

Matthew Z. Lake Arrowhead, CA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Algebra, Arithmetic, Banjo, Basic Math, Bass Guitar, Broadway Singing, Classical Guitar, Elementary Math, English, Flamenco Guitar, French, Guitar, History, Improv Acting, Mandolin, Math, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Percussion, Piano, Pre Algebra, Reading, Shakespearean Acting, Singing, Songwriting, Spanish, Theater Acting, Ukulele

About Me

I am primarily a composer, guitarist, tenor, pianist and percussionist and I love sharing what I have learned with others and watching my students develop and grow. My goal is to teach my students until they are better than me, so I hold no secrets, tricks or techniques back and I devote my time and energy to help others become the best musicians, artists and people they can be.I have a BA in music composition and a BA in music history, both from California State University, San Bernardino. I play the guitar, bass, piano, drums, orchestral percussion, mandolin, ukulele, banjo, recorder, harmonica and didgeridoo with varying levels of proficiency and have experience in music theory, songwriting, recording, MIDI, arranging, singing (contemporary, broadway and opera), and acting/performing. I have performed in The United States, Austria, Spain, Australia and New Zealand and have 13 years of experience, development, mistakes and successes to offer my students. I love learning new things and have been teaching as a profession since 2007. I am also First Aid & CPR certified, Live Scan fingerprinted, FBI background checked, Safe Environment trained and a Child Abuse Mandated Reporter.

*** Lesson Details ***
I do not use a set curriculum. I prefer to discuss goals and music with my students and their parents to determine what genres, styles and techniques they are most interested in. I then use techniques I have gained through experience along with songs and classical exercises to develop strong technique, a developed ear and the ability to read music. I do expect students to be disciplined, practice regularly, and be prepared for lessons, enabling them to expect the same from me. Whether a student wants to be a classical virtuosi or learn how to play a song they heard on the radio, I will keep the lessons fun and interesting for anyone willing to practice and learn, and I will always to my best to cater to the student's individual needs and goals.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I provide all copies of music, handouts, exercises, etc. Students are expected (when applicable) to have an instrument in good, working condition.

*** Travel Equipment ***

*** Specialties ***
I form all of my lessons around being able to learn, memorize and play songs, read written musical notation (along with sight-reading & technical exercises), and improvisation (based on scales and exercises).

For guitar and it's relatives (bass, mandolin, ukulele, banjo) I can teach any style or genre of music, including modern tapping techniques, and I also teach TAB notation.

I teach both classical and popular piano, usually combining classical sight reading exercises while learning both classical and popular repertoire.

I have experience acting and singing on stage in both non-musical and musical productions, as well as five years of classical vocal experience singing in high school and collegiate ensembles. Being in these environments has equipped me with the tools and exercises to be able to teach everything from basic singing to fundamentals in broadway and opera.

I also have a small studio in my home where I write and record, providing me with the opportunity to also teach recording, songwriting and music theory.

Lourdes C. Tucson, AZ

Subjects Taught

ACT, ACT English, Acting, ACT Reading, ACT Test Prep, American Government, American History, American Literature, Anthropology, AP English, AP English Literature, AP European History, AP Government and Politics, AP Statistics, AP U.S. History, AP World History, Archaeology, Art History, Broadway Singing, Classical Guitar, College Admissions, Creative Writing, Dance, English, English Literature, ESL, Essay Writing, European History, Film Acting, Film Studies, French, German, Grammar, GRE, Guitar, History, Humanities, Improv Acting, International Business, Language, Life Science, Linguistics, Literature, Method Acting, Music Performance, Music Recording, Opera Voice, Philosophy, Phonics, Physical and Earth Sciences, Physical Science, Physiology, Poetry, Psychology, Public Speaking, Reading, Religious Studies, Science, Singing, Social Sciences, Social Studies, Sociology, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Speech, Statistics, Study Skills, Test Prep, Theater Acting, TOEFL, Vocabulary, World History, Writing

About Me

I have been tutoring and teaching for twenty years for private students as well as at academic institutions (University of Arizona, Southern Mississippi, Phoenix, Capella, and Pima and Gulf Coast Community Colleges. In sessions, I find out what the student really needs and help them achieve realistic goals through thorough evaluation, pacing and persistent challenge. No matter what level of achievement is desired, I customize a lesson plan and learning regimen and guide the student to cross transformational thresholds. I look for and draw out the potential in students and help them achieve the competency they need to be independent learners and succeed in their endeavors professionally and personally.

*** Lesson Details ***
First 90 minutes is evaluation and introduction to principles
Subsequent sessions are training in skills with assignments
After six weeks, there is a performance evaluation for performing arts (recital or scheduled performance)

*** Specialties ***
Gutar and voice (bel canto)
Linguistics
Field Research, Logic and Critical Thinking
Literary and Film Criticism
French and German
Anthropology
Film, Sound and Stage Production
Songwriting
Research writing, critical analysis

Christina C.

West Hollywood, CA
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Stephanie Q.

Asheville, NC
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Tanya A.

Los Angeles, CA
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Christina C. West Hollywood, CA

Subjects Taught

Ballet, Choreography, Contemporary Dance, Dance, Dance Choreography, Hip Hop Dance, Improv Acting, Jazz Dancing, Modern Dance, Stand Up Comedy, Theatrical Dance

About Me

New York native. Bachelor's Degree in Theater from Towson University. Upright Citizens Brigade NYC graduate. 20 years dance training, 5 years professional teaching experience. Danced with various choreographers from So You Think You Can Dance such as Mia Michaels, Courtney Galiano, Shane Sparks, Brian Friedman, and Laurieann Gibson just to name a few! Has been a featured dancer/choreographer in a number of live stage projects, music videos and films.

Lessons will be full of laughter, high energy and motivation. Being positive is extremely important and the word "can't" is not allowed! It does not matter if you have never taken a dance class before, or are working to be a professional. I treat each student's individual goals with respect, and encouragement. I take the diverse and extensive training/experience I have, and apply it to my student's needs:)

I am able to bring out the best in my students with laughter, motivation and positive re-enforcement. My students accomplish the goals they set! You miss 100% of the chances you don't take.

*** Lesson Details ***
Levels: Beginner- Advanced

Ages: 3-Adult

*** Studio Equipment ***
Varies

*** Travel Equipment ***
TBD

*** Specialties ***
Dance: Hip-Hop, Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Street Jazz.

Acting: Voice, Movement, Warm-up

Comedy: Stand-up, Improv, Sketch

Stephanie Q. Asheville, NC

Subjects Taught

Cello, ESL, Fiddle, Improv Acting, Music Performance, Music Theory, Organ, Piano, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Viola, Violin

About Me

I am returning to private instruction, after completing several major projects, and eager to impart my fresh new ideas to my new students here on TakeLessons!

I am a career musician, and conservatory trained violin and piano teacher, with a resume spanning many pages. I am a competition judge, member of National Music Teachers Association, and Suzuki Association of the Americas. I have proven results, as documented on my students YouTube channel. With my instruction, you will learn quickly and most importantly, correctly, saving you time and resources as you reach your musical goals. Fact: One of the only activities that activates, stimulates, and uses the entire brain is music, so let's get started!

*** Lesson Details ***
All the students on my Student YouTube channel who have studied under three years, are practicing 2 hours a week, and you will have a similar result. That's 20 minutes a day, 6 days a week. Students under 5 practice about 10-15 minutes a day.

Please have an assignment book that lies flat, and keep it next to your music books as you practice between lessons. My instructions are very detailed to insure your best progress.

You will benefit most by booking your lessons in advance by the semester, or at least by the month. Frequent cancellations will result in dismissal, as I wish only to teach committed, sincere and serious students...don't worry, my lessons are fun, and you will enjoy my sense of humor!

*** Studio Equipment ***
For on-line lessons, you will need a quiet place, and please test your sound and video prior to beginning of lesson. For students under 13 or so, do have a parent or caregiver taking notes while we work together.

*** Specialties ***
I have much experience with various learning styles, and in fact, am featured in a documentary made of one of my autistic students.

Tanya A. Los Angeles, CA

Subjects Taught

Acting, African Dance, Burlesque, Cheerleading, Child Acting, Choreography, Dance, Dance Choreography, Djembe, Film Acting, Film and TV Acting, Fitness, Flexibility Training, Hip Hop Dance, Improv Acting, Jazz Dancing, Meditation, Modeling, Modern Dance, Salsa Dancing, Shakespearean Acting, Speaking Voice, Spoken Word, Stage Performance, Strength and Conditioning, Stretching, Tap Dance, Theater Acting, Theatrical Dance, Voice Acting

About Me

I have taught all ages, K-12 as well as adults into their 80's.

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