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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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Jessie M.

Pasadena, 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. :)

*** Lesson Details ***
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.

Jessie M. Pasadena, CA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Audition Prep, Basic Math, Broadway Singing, Child Acting, Choir, Christian Gospel, Classical Voice, Country Singing, Ear Training, Elementary Math, English, Film Acting, Film and TV Acting, Geometry, Gospel Singing, History, Improv Acting, Jazz Voice, Language, Math, Meisner Technique, Method Acting, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Pre Algebra, Reading, Shakespearean Acting, Singing, Speaking Voice, Stage Performance, Theater Acting, Vocal Training, Voice Acting

About Me

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 received 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!

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Bear M.

Los Angeles, CA
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Tanya A.

Los Angeles, CA
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Haosong Y.

Los Angeles, CA
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Bear M. Los Angeles, CA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Broadway Singing, Child Acting, Classical Voice, Film Acting, Film and TV Acting, Gaming, Musical Theater, Singing, Stage Performance, Theater Acting, Vocal Training

About Me

I fell in love with performing and musical theater after high school, and decided to take the next step and work toward being a professional. The path to such lofty goals is never-ending and rewarding as long as one keeps their eye on the prize and makes sure to enjoy every difficult step of the process. Hard work will always persevere in the end, and nothing is unobtainable as long as you stay driven. Those are my motto's, but I also let myself have fun around that. I audition for professional musical theater, plays, and film/TV around the area constantly, so I know the dedication it takes to find the work doing what you love.

*** Lesson Details ***
We will begin each voice lesson by covering different exercises appropriate to your current goals and challenges. Next we will move on to a song, and dissect/ relate the exercises to the material. As the process continues we will adapt to your specific needs and interests in pursuit of your goals. We will also examine effective acting techniques for the song when necessary/ appropriate.

For Acting lessons we can examine material you bring in for auditions, or look at monologues and also work on scene application.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I may provide sheet music if they need help attaining it. I also might recommend a monologue, and have it available for them. I require that the music students have a voice recording device and a method to bring accompaniment to the lesson. Again, I'd be happy to assist in attaining accompaniment if necessary. They also need a binder and two copies of their music for lessons. Acting students need a notebook.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I may provide sheet music if they need help attaining it. I also might recommend a monologue, and have it available for them. I require that the music students have a voice recording device and a method to bring accompaniment to the lesson. Again, I'd be happy to assist in attaining accompaniment if necessary; they also need a binder and two copies of their music for lessons. Acting students need a notebook. Parking can be an issue in Korea Town, but I have my times set to support available parking opportunities.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Musical Theater and Acting for Theater/ Film/ TV, but have a bevy of different techniques for singers/ Actors to try, all accumulated from my different teachers over the years.
I've learned from an assortment of classes of acting and singing teaching styles. Meisner, Stanislavski, and my individual teachers methods.

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.

Haosong Y. Los Angeles, CA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Chinese, English, Film Acting, Film and TV Acting, Speaking Voice, Stage Performance, Theater Acting, Voice Acting

About Me

China:
I lived in China for 20 years and finished from Elementary school to University, so I know not only the language, but I also know China a lot in a way of how to live, communicate, culture. The most important thing is I do have the certificate of Speaking Standard Mandarin Chinese, which is the most difficult certificate that most Chinese people do/could not have, cannot pass or have a lower score of it. The reason I achieved this certificate was because I went to a top 10 Chinese Newscaster University studying in Newscasting. Each Newscaster must not only pass the Exam but also needs a high score to pursue our career, and that is why I can speak standard Chinese better than others.
Here in America, I obtained the honor of B.A.Theater Acting at UCLA, and I have been teaching and tutoring for 2 years in the U.S. At UCLA Theater Dep. , they offer the best acting courses, for example, fundamental Acting, Intermediate acting and advanced acting. In addition, we also have lots of stage movement, combat, voice, speech trainig class. All in all. I would love to teach people from all over the world who want to study Chinese and actng. I can speak both Chinese and English fluently, so I do have experience of teaching. So, no worries, I hope I could devote all my efforts to help you

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