Shannon M.

Shannon M.

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Van Nuys, CA

About Shannon M.

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Shannon teaches: Males 5 and up
Females 5 and up
Teaching since: October 2009
Last sign in: Yesterday
Average response time: 17 hours

Overview

Hi! My name is Shannon and I am very excited to be apart of the Takelesson's team! I think I came out of the womb singing a song! My love of music and eventually performing, led me to receive my bachelor's in Voice Performance from Missouri Southern State University in my hometown of Joplin, Missouri. While getting my degree, I realized I wasn't quite ready to embark in the professional performing world without a little more education. I went on to receive my Masters Degree in Musical Theater from The Boston Conservatory. I moved to LA in the fall of 2009 and fell in love with the weather and the people.

Music is such an important part of my life and I love sharing my knowledge and passion with other people! Not only is learning about music a fun experience, but helps build discipline, confidence, and pride in ones accomplishments no matter how big or small. Music will be in our lives forever! To know more about it will only enhance ones life experience!



*** Lesson Details ***
I am a big believer in building technique. If someone has excellent technique in ballet (the base of dance) the other styles will be stronger. In this way, having a good foundation in voice or piano (or taking a more classical approach) will allow the student to be stronger in musical theatre, pop, country, ect. I always begin with technique and expand my horizon's with the student once I know they have a great base!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I expect my students to be ready to work and have fun when I arrive. A quiet area where the student can concentrate and feel at ease it always preferred as well.

For voice students a piano or keyboard is preferred but with the wonders of modern technology not a requirement!

I like for all students to have a notebook where I can write assignments and practice expectations for the coming week. It's also a great way to see the progress of our time together.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in healthy singing, first and foremost. I believe that the cornerstone of making any sound is proper technique, whether one is singing pop or art song, speaking Shakespeare or Mamet. I specialize in classical singing and the Broadway belt/mix styles.

I teach beginning-intermediate piano. I love teaching piano! I feel it's the best instrument to learn because you must learn every aspect of reading music to play proficiently. I was able to learn several instruments quickly growing up because of the skills I acquired through learning piano first.

I am also able to coach/teach break down/ score a monologue/scene/song for study and performance. I feel that the first rule of acting is specificity. There are millions of possibilities, all one has to do is make a specific choice with each new turn of thought.

Along with making healthy choices for the artists instrument, I also feel strongly about making a healthy and safe place for a student to experiment and try new things. In any lesson/class taught, I want every student to feel that they can take risks and push the limits of their talents! When one steps out their comfort zone growth happens!

Photos and Videos

Minna sings about what her life will be like in England. This was filmed at the first staged reading of Fauntleroy.

Experience

Private Music Teacher Jun 2008 - Present
Private Voice Studio

I have been teaching music privately for almost 5 years. I began during graduate school and found a wonderful base of students in LA over the past 3 years.

I also have experience choreographing and working with large groups of children in musical theatre productions.

Education

Masters of Music in Musical Theatre Sep 2007 - May 2009
The Boston Conservatory

Certifications

Masters in Music in Musical Theatre May 2009
The Boston Conservatory

Bachelor's Degree in Music May 2007
Missouri Southern State Universtiy

Bachelors in Music: Voice Performance

Awards

Best Supporting Actress Jul 2008
Joplin Little Theatre
Best Actress in a Leading Role Apr 2007
Missouri Southern State Universtiy
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3 Reviews on Shannon M.

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Lisa P. February 14, 2014
Singing
All around great teacher.

My granddaughter has improved immeasurably since working with Shannon. Her confidence has soared and she can't stop singing.
Shannon has worked on her air capacity and support and her upper range and tone is so much better. She's punctual and dependable and a pleasure to work with.
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Stephanie G. February 12, 2014
Broadway Singing
Shannon makes learning, growing and performing lots of fun

I see Shannon primarily for voice lessons, but she really helps me prepare for every aspect of auditioning. From vocal technique, to song selection, cuttings for auditions, getting out of my head and into the character, Shannon has been my guide every step of the way, and all with enthusiasm, laughter, encouragement, and wisdom. She's helped with my acting on songs, but she's also helped me to choose and prepare monologues and sides. She challenges me in every lesson so I'm always improving, and she's guided my first steps in this business. I am so grateful to have found her! Whether you want to pursue acting and singing as a career or a hobby, I highly recommend Shannon. She really makes it fun!
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TaitB July 12, 2012
Excellent Teacher!

Our daughter after only 3 lessons has learned so much and she is very excited to continue. We were lucky to find Shannon!