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Popular Film Acting Teachers Near Santa Monica

Michelle G.

North Hollywood, CA
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LeAnna S.

Los Angeles, CA
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Cymbaline O.

Fullerton, CA
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Michelle G. North Hollywood, CA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Algebra, Basic Math, Broadway Singing, Dance, Elementary Math, English, Film Acting, French, Kenpo, Krav Maga, Math, Mixed Martial Arts, Music Performance, Music Recording, Opera Voice, Phonics, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Spanish, Speaking Voice, Theater Acting, Theatrical Dance, Violin

About Me

Musician/Songwriter/Performer

Poised, energized, and armed with unforgettable performance ability, Michelle G. is a firework in the artistic arena. Her training began at the young age of 3 with the violin, and a few years later received classes for piano and voice. Excelling in all three, Michelle developed a very passionate and dramatic personality that eventually led her to more dramatic genres such as opera and stage acting. Her aptitude to understand human emotions and relationships gives her a wide spectrum to play in as an actress. There is an organic flow to her interpretations both as an actress and musician that leads the audience to feel her emotional current. Her honest characterizations introduce deeper perspectives on what seems like the ordinary roles and storylines. Amongst the many other leads that she has played, her participation in roles like “Susanna” in The Marriage of Figaro, or “Donna Elvira” in Don Giovanni embody much vibrancy and integrity.
Through the development of her voice as a singer and actress, she has crossed over into other media such as voice over commercial work and vocals for pop/main stream music productions. She has recently participated as a vocalist and violinist in the albums of artists such as international jazz pop artist David Longoria, Latin pop singer Erick Bolivar, Grammy-nominated percussionist Souhail Kaspar, and American Idol’s Seysha. Over the last few years she has unraveled her musical skills as a songwriter/composer/arranger and has even had some small victories acquiring music placements on TV shows (NCIS, short film “Sumtin’ Like Dat”, The Dictator) for herself and some of her colleagues. Her inner brilliance is lighting a unique path before her, and she is bravely embracing each step forward in a promising creative career.

Education
Michelle completed her Associates of Arts for Music/Music Education at the age of 18, and got later graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Miami with a Bachelor's of Arts for Musical Theater and Music Business, as well as from Florida International University with a Master's of Music in Vocal Performance.

*** Lesson Details ***
I tailor my lessons to my student's needs, style, abilities, and goals. Learning is truly a fun and passionate adventure for me, and my enthusiasm has consistently been a contagious quality :) I love to challenge myself & my students to discover how immense their true potential is, and I create a safe and fun environment to explore such facets.

My curriculum is combination of solid tradition (Suzuki method for piano & violin, and Bel Canto technique for singing) interwoven with pop-culture, and modern influences. Within the first 3-6 months, my students will know the basic building blocks of music - which includes scales, arpeggios, triads, intervals, technique, and performance repertoire; and for my singers this will include proper breath technique, tone placement, support, very often increased vocal range (both high and low), and will feel significantly stronger vocally and more confident getting up to sing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Full size Keyboard, mics, pro tools, Violin (electric, acoustic, and Chinese Ehru)

*** Specialties ***
Specialties include:
- Audition technique and prep
- Vocal Technique
- Violin Pedagogy
- Acting Audition Technique

LeAnna S. Los Angeles, CA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Broadway Singing, Dance, Film Acting, Improv Acting, Jazz Dancing, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Spanish, Speaking Voice, Theater Acting, Theatrical Dance, Trombone

About Me

Hi! My name is LeAnna and I am a performing artist and teacher in Los Angeles. I am 29 years old, live in Los Angeles, CA and graduated from San Francisco State University where I received my BA in Classical Music, my BA in Dance, with a focus in choreography, and a minor in Multi-Cultural Theatre. I work as an actor, singer, dancer, choreographer, Zumba instructor and teacher. I love the work that I do and teaching the performing arts is a great joy in my life.
So, just a little bit about me- My father was a saxophone jazz-playing musician who made music an important part of my life. I began piano when I was 7 years old and basically self-taught until I reached the university where I had some formal training. I fell into singing via theatre in high school and picked up trombone my junior where I played marching band and jazz band. Studying music at SFSU was very satisfying and now, I enjoy working as an independent and local performing artist.
For me, the performing arts is one of the greatest expressions of art on the planet. I cherish it in all of its forms, which is why I have such a strong, well-rounded background in many styles. For music, I trained for 9 years in classical voice while at SFSU and La Universidad de Catolica in Santiago, Chile, but always explored other styles. I sang for two years with the SFSU Gospel Choir and smaller jazz vocal groups, and over three years with the SFSU Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble, which is a mix of Latin folkloric music, Salsa and jazz. After I graduated, I had my own jazz quartet, the Happy Ensemble and now focusing on a great passion of mine- musical theatre!

As a teacher, I have been teaching private and group piano and voice music lessons for the past six years. I have taught from my home studio, at Sunset Music Academy, SF, with the Latimerlo Vocal Studio, (throughout east bay) and with Barbizon, SF and Saint Ignatius Preparatory, SF during the summer. I have worked with children as young as 5 years to adults in their 60s. I have also worked in after school programs for many years and assisted in designing music, dance and musical theatre programs for children K-8th. Teaching performing arts in very important to me. :)

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Considering taking lessons with me? Let me give you a sense of how I am as person, what I focus on and then how I structure lessons.

I am very insightful, sensitive, flexible, patient and focused. I like to have fun with lessons and I laugh a lot. I enjoy seeing my students learn and improve. With my training as a musician, I always make sure that there is good technique and good practice habits. I wouldn't consider myself totally laid back because I do expect students to practice, (otherwise, how do you expect to get better?) yet my expectations depend on the personal goals of the students. I am here to teach you what YOU want to learn and tailor my lessons to that. This includes teaching whatever style you want to learn, be it pop, classical, musical theatre or R&B. It's all good to me.

As for the lessons, I start with fundamental techniques that are then later applied to songs. My intention is to assist students in reaching their personal music goals, which could range from wanting to feel good about their voice to preparing for a talent show or audition. I always encourage students to share themselves and perform.
Depending on your level and interests, I later introduce how to read music, basic theory, ear training and more advanced performance techniques.

How I structure lessons:
Here is an example of what I typically would cover in an hour lesson for voice and piano.

Voice
1) body awareness and warm-ups
2) breathing exercises
3) vocalises
4) focus on one vocal technique for the lesson
5) ear training with solfegio
6) song and performance

Piano
1) body awareness and warm-ups (especially hands)
2) finger coordination exercises
3) scales and arpeggios
4) ear training with solfegio
5) song and performance

Thank you for taking the time to check out my profile. I hope that we get to work together soon and I look forward to hearing from you!

LeAnna

*** Studio Equipment ***
I teach from my home where I have my trombone and electric keyboard.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I do not have a car at this time, but I am willing to travel to students' home if they have a piano.

*** Specialties ***
Piano: beginning to intermediate
Trombone: beginning to intermediate
Vocals:all levels

I also teach acting and dance.

I trained as a classical vocalist, and have been training since I was 16. Even though this is not my professional aspiration, I do use classical as the foundation of vocal technique. I perform as a jazz vocalist and in musical theatre, so I teach these styles as well.

Cymbaline O. Fullerton, CA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Audition Prep, Broadway Singing, Choir, Classical Voice, Creative Writing, Ear Training, English, English Literature, Essay Writing, Film Acting, Flute, Grammar, GRE, Guitar, Language, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Music Theory, Phonics, Piano, Poetry, Reading, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Speech, Spelling, Theater Acting, Vocabulary, Vocal Training, Writing

About Me

Cymbaline has been performing all her life. She began dance training at age 5, singing on stage at age 7, piano instruction at age 8, and flute at age 9. She has pursued the performing arts in her training, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music (Vocal Performance and Education) from Azusa Pacific University, as well as a Masters in Education from Grand Canyon University. Cymbaline has been seen on stage in many musical theater productions, including playing Marian in The Music Man, Anna in The King and I, and the Blue Girl in Shout! She has also done theater and film, including playing Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. She has taught voice, piano, and flute privately, as well as voice and musical theater classes. She has a great desire to pass on the knowledge she has gained through education and experience to anyone who has the desire to learn. She loves seeing students grow in the knowledge of music and performance and learning to apply their new skills. Music is the universal language, and the ability to play and sing will open up new doors of expression for each individual.

*** Lesson Details ***
My students can expect a strict teacher who also shows compassion. I will do everything in my power to help the student grow and achieve. It is up to the student to apply what they are learning so that they can move forward. I teach out of a variety of curriculum, depending on how the student best learns. For flute, I prefer the "Standard of Excellence" series, which, if they are in a band program, can be used for both group and individual study. For piano, the "Alfred" series is a very good tool, with lesson, performance, theory, and compositions books in multiple levels. For voice, I have a number of books that I use to pull material from depending on their level of ability and experience. I teach a classically based curriculum, focusing on correct breathing, posture, and technique. Once a person knows and is able to follow the rules of singing with a quality sound and solid technique, that person may then learn to bend those rules for other styles and genres that require different technique. After three months with me, I expect students, especially instrumental students, to have basic knowledge of reading music. They should be able to recognize notes and rhythms and where they are on the piano keyboard, or how they are fingered on the flute, or where they are (at least approximately) in their voice. I also will expect them to have some understanding and application of dynamics, tempos, time signatures, and other basics of music reading. After six months, I expect them to be able to play or sing one or more short-length songs all the way through correctly and consistently, with musicality. I will focus on details, and not let students who truly want to learn develop their ability in a mediocre capacity. I expect my students to practice, will encourage them to give 100%, and help them strive to be a little better each day than they were the day before.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
Keyboard - 88-key/66-key. Flute. Guitar.

*** Specialties ***
I am first a classical singer, and teach classical vocal technique as a foundation to any voice student. I also perform musical theater, and have taught music theater repertoire as a bridge between opera, or classical style singing to more modern forms. I am a dancer and have performed in musicals and operettas, and can teach stage presence, projection, body movement, and facial expression. I studied flute and played in wind ensembles through college. I also have played piano and accompanied for many years.

Tanya A.

Los Angeles, CA
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Laurel M.

Culver City, CA
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Samantha H.

Los Angeles, CA
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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.

Laurel M. Culver City, CA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Child Acting, Film Acting, Improv Acting, Method Acting, Screenwriting, Shakespearean Acting, Stage Performance, Theater Acting

About Me

Fun, warm, very experienced teacher of film and stage work. For over fifteen years, I've served as a lead teacher for Tony award winning and nationally recognized professional regional theaters. I created the first movie making class for the Seattle Children's Theater, and I've taught acting, writing and improvisation for 'kids' up to aged 80.

I have won several awards for my scripts, as well as a short film I wrote and directed, and am a member of the Writer's Guild of America, West, in Los Angeles.

I believe the deepest learning happens when students are having fun AND feel challenged. I work to ensure that all of my classes and private lessons are fun and engaging, so that students forget it's a "lesson," and instead, jump in with their full creative self.

Street Cred: I earned my MFA in Film from UCLA, and also have a BFA in Theater Arts from the conservatory program at Southern Methodist University.

I'd love to share my experience and the joy that this work brings!

Samantha H. Los Angeles, CA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Child Acting, Film Acting, Film and TV Acting, Improv Acting, Meisner Technique, Method Acting, Shakespearean Acting, Speaking Voice, Stage Performance, Theater Acting, Voice Acting

About Me

I have a BFA in acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University as well as 12+ years of experience as a working actor. I began my career of my own volition at the age of 9, and I have worked consistently ever since.

I began working as an acting coach at the age of 16 by working with younger child actors on monologues and scenes for auditions, but I also assisted my mother with directing high school musicals beginning at just 12. She asked me to run lines with one of the high school students, and I ended up coaching them based on my own training and experience. From then on, she sent any struggling actors my way as I had a natural ability to yield promising results.

Since then, I have worked as a counselor at Young Actors Camp for three summers where I have taught a variety of classes and workshops, coached kids from professional auditions, and assisted on professional working sets. Kids who I have worked with have landed jobs and consistently been complimented on their growth and progress.

I pride myself on my ability to form genuine connections with whomever I work with. I love working with people as individuals and making coaching sessions fun and productive.

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