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Popular Opera Voice Teachers Near South Pasadena

Carol W.

Santa Monica, CA
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Arthur O.

Orange, CA
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Patricia M.

San Pedro, CA
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Carol W. Santa Monica, CA

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, Classical Piano, Classical Voice, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Vocal Training

About Me

I have taught voice for over twenty years. I studied music at University of California, Santa Barbara, where I received my B.A. I currently work as a professional singer for various local opera companies, music theater groups, churches and temples. I am principal soprano for Opera A La Carte and have also soloed with Repertory Opera Company, Redlands Bowl Festival, Laguna Beach Chorale and Celestial Opera Company. I have worked extensively in Los Angeles schools performing musical assemblies for students in elementary and middle grades through Southland Opera, LA Opera and Guild Opera of Southern California. My teaching experience includes private voice lessons and master classes at Idyllwild School for the Arts.

*** Lesson Details ***
I emphasize breathing techniques to free up the voice to expand your range and ease of singing. In the lesson, we start with simple warm ups and vocalizes and then apply techniques to the songs you want to sing. I realize each student is different and I customize the lesson to the student's particular needs. I specialize in classical and music theater, however the basics of singing apply to all styles of music. In addition to working on breathing and technique for singing, we'll also focus on interpretation of the songs you are working on as well as how to overcome performance nervousness. Most students find that they are able to sing with more freedom, less tension and will have more confidence as they progress.

I also teach beginning piano, using the John W. Schaum series.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the main room, upright piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
They need to provide a piano or keyboard if I am going to their home.
I have a piano in my home.

*** Specialties ***
I work on using the breath as a fundamental technique for singing. Singing should never hurt. I use a lot of imagery to achieve freedom in singing.

Arthur O. Orange, CA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Organ, Piano, Singing, Speaking Voice

About Me

I am a graduate of Azusa Pacific University with a Bachelors Degree in Vocal Performance and Music Education. For the past four years I have been the Vocal Director for all the major musical productions for Arts and Learning Conservatory at Vanguard University. I am also the Vocal Director at Music Theater of Orange County. I teach piano and voice for 45 students at Virtuosos Russian Music Academy in Fountain Valley. I have been the tenor soloist for the Oratorio Choir and Orchestra at the University of Northern Iowa. Performed in thirteen countries as a professional singer. I performed in 49 states in the USA for 18 years. I have recorded 15 CDs.

*** Lesson Details ***
Hi. My name is Art O. and I want to see you succeed in music. I love teaching students that are excited about learning their instrument. If you are interested in voice lessons, you will learn how to expand your range, perform on stage, and how to take care of your voice. If you are taking piano lessons, you will learn how to read notes, learn basic music theory, and learn how to read chord charts. You will advance quickly and I expect to see you performing in less than six months. If you work hard and apply yourself to practice, there is no end to what you can accomplish!

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music for singing, and piano. They must have a piano or keyboard to practice.

Patricia M. San Pedro, CA

Subjects Taught

Abstract Painting, ACT, ACT English, Acting, ACT Reading, ACT Test Prep, American Government, American History, American Literature, AP English, AP English Literature, AP World History, Art History, Art Theory, Audition Prep, Bible Studies, Broadway Singing, Child Acting, Choir, Classical Voice, Creative Writing, Drawing, Earth Science, Ear Training, Ecology, English, English Literature, ESL, ESL, Essay Writing, European History, Film Acting, Film and TV Acting, Geography, Grammar, History, Illustration, Improv Acting, Jazz Voice, Language, Life Science, Linguistics, Literature, LSAT, Modeling, Music Performance, Music Theory, Oil Painting, Opera Voice, Painting, Phonics, Piano, Poetry, PSAT, Psychology, Public Speaking, Reading, Religious Studies, SAT, Singing, Social Sciences, Social Studies, Speaking Voice, Speech, Spelling, Stage Performance, Study Skills, Test Prep, Theater Acting, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Vocal Training, Voice Acting, Watercolor Painting, World History, Writing

About Me

As a child I watched from the doorway as my older sister took her piano lessons. From that experience I taught myself to play the piano. My formal training came in college where I received my BA in Applied Music in piano and voice. I studied classical music and opera from a visiting professor from Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore MD. I graduated with honors and gave my Town Hall performance in the Spring of my Senior year. I had a passionate desire to be involved in music, to hear it and to perform it. I spent several years singing with the San Diego Opera Company, performing lead roles in Musical Theater and soloing in concerts from Monterrey to San Diego, CA. While still a student in college, I taught piano to children from the local community, so I have accumulated decades of teaching experience. Nothing brings me greater pleasure than to see individuals "blossom" into their creative selves. Whether it is for a student's own enjoyment, audition preparation, recital performance or ongoing piano or voice development, I am committed to engaging you in an experience of learning and fun. It may be the biggest thrill of your lifetime!

*** Lesson Details ***
I love to have fun. For me, learning is a great source of fun. My goal is to make the process of your learning music fun while effective. I do have high standards for participation. I do not ask anything of you that I haven't done myself. I know, from many years of experience in performing and teaching, what it takes to make progress in a learning curve, Are you excited? Are you dedicated? Are you willing to jump in and get busy? I will give you the foundation of theory and technique to support your performance. I will expand your understanding and appreciation for music in its many styles and formats. No every other week or schedule as you go lessons, please. 

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room - Steinway piano, cathedral ceilings ... good acoustics.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Must have piano or quality keyboard. I definitely prefer piano.

*** Specialties ***
I was trained classically in both piano and voice, but spent many years in musical theater and singing in supper clubs, as well. I am capable of teaching most styles of piano and voice except rock and rap.

Nicole B.

Valley Village, CA
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David M.

Los Angeles, CA
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Tanisha H.

Los Angeles, CA
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Nicole B. Valley Village, CA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Broadway Singing, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice

About Me

Nicole B., Soprano/Musician is receiving her Masters of Music from CSU, Northridge while actively working as a professional vocalist for groups like the Verdi Chorus, St. Luke's Episcopal, St. Mark's Presbyterian and playing countless roles in opera's and musicals around the Los Angeles area! Nicole has had a lifetime involvement in voice, theatre, songwriting and music and branched a career as a singer songwriter in the Santa Barbara area under the name "Nikki Bee". Nicole has also worked in the pop industry with the four girl pop group "Women of Wealth" based out of Montecito, CA and featured on KEYT with guest star John Cleese. Coming from a family of artists and musicians, Nicole has always found the art within live performance to be the inspiration for her life and her career. Melding artist expression with technical ability, Nicole’s talents and passion make her a performer and teacher with the ability to bridge honest and natural acting skills with a powerful and studied classical voice! Throughout her life, Nicole has found herself pursuing classical voice, rock music and theatrical performance with a drive and passion that surprises even those who know her well. Her students have included parents and children alike as she has opened the door for many to pursue their life-long passions.

*** Lesson Details ***
All of my lessons are tailored to the interest of the student! Although I come from a strict technical background, I believe that the love of music and performance comes from experimenting and being creative! In a lesson with me, I suggest repertoire but if something is not working it is never a problem to redirect and find the right path for the student! With the wealth of my experience having been in over 45 musicals, opera's and other productions I can teach and guide the student through any performance and musical interest they may have and bridge the gap between genre's that so many are unable to do.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room, computer, keyboard, couch, room for parents.
Cal State practice room: piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the students to provide a piano and or instrument of choice, and purchase method books and other repertoire.

*** Specialties ***
I am expert in any type of vocal style, as I have an extensive background in musical theatre, pop as well as opera. I also have a great ability to teach Music Theory, something I love and something I do very well at. Like I said previously I have been in over 45 musical theatre/straight theatre and Opera productions, so I can teach acting as well as performance. I have also written over 50 songs for guitar and voice and performed with a local band in Santa Barbara, CA , so I have a lot of experience as a songwriter and guitar and can teach those as well too.

David M. Los Angeles, CA

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Recording, Opera Voice, Singing, Speaking Voice

About Me

An Ohio-born baritone, David has always had a passion for music and singing. Strongly influenced by the musical pursuits of his older brother, David began playing the piano at age six and was captivated by the school musicals his brother starred in, as well as by the musical Disney movies popular at the time. David also showed aptitude as a young singer. He was frequently chosen as a soloist for grade school productions, and he would often compete in OMEA adjudicated events, receiving the highest scores possible.

David's professional singing career began in high school after receiving recognition from singing the National Anthem at home basketball games, which were always highly-attended. He was soon being paid to sing at local holiday festivals and other community events, where attendance was often in the thousands. Notably, David won first place in both state-wide and international talent competitions for his performance of "If Ever I Would Leave You" from the musical Camelot.

David soon attended Northwestern University, where he was classically trained in opera performance over a five-year period. While at college, he was active in several choirs and an a Capella group on campus. He also started teaching voice at that time, offering instruction to friends who paid him for lessons. One of his students sang in a band, another played the piano and wanted to learn to sing better while playing, several wanted to sing better in church, and a couple others with more singing experience simply wanted to improve their existing technique.

After graduating, David played the role of Colline in the world-renowned opera La bohème for his operatic debut. In addition, he has performed songs in many different languages, including: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Russian. David currently resides in West Los Angeles, where he attends graduate school at UCLA, and continues to teach voice in his spare time. He is also preparing to release his debut solo album.

So what can David do for you? He has a love for singing only paralleled by his passion for teaching. As such, David feels right at home teaching his students a healthy vocal technique centered around their goals. Please see "Lesson Details" for more!

*** Lesson Details ***
David teaches in his home studio, or can travel to your home. He is also available to teach students nationwide via Skype!

David is a patient, friendly instructor who is understanding of his students' needs and is concerned about meeting their goals. He believes in helping each student gain confidence as a singer, because from this built self-confidence will come the enhanced ability to learn new technique and performance skills.

Classically trained, David specializes in opera and musical theater. However, he has also taught students interested in singing in many other styles, such as pop, rock, gospel, and soul. He believes that the foundational singing principles of posture, breathing, and support can benefit students of all ages interested in singing in virtually any style.

It is also important to David to teach a healthful, non-abusive, efficient technique of vocal production (which posture, breathing, and support allow for). He is as concerned with his students' vocal longevity as he is with their acquisition of an efficiently-produced, beautiful sound.

Sample Lesson:

David's teaching style consists of a situation-appropriate combination of vocal theory, exercises, and correction of vocal faults. David begins lessons with an explanation of various techniques, followed by a set of vocal scale exercises that both warm up the voice and exercise it to improve the many technical aspects of singing.

After these exercises, he asks the student to sing a portion of a song to get a feel for the student's aptitude in the different areas of singing technique. That will then direct the exercises and theory he focuses more heavily on. Then, after the student has had the opportunity to practice and improve their technique, he critiques their singing to help them lessen their bad vocal habits and build up their newly-learned technique. This process is iterative, and with time, practice, and positive feedback, the student will improve under this teaching methodology.

Sample Timeline:

After three months, the beginning student will have gained confidence singing under most solo and ensemble performance circumstances. With this confidence, the beginner will also possess a reasonably strong foundation in posture, breathing, and support at that time.

After six months, the student will likely feel confident enough with the foundations of singing to have gained proficiency in more technical, style-specific areas, such as a balanced tone, smooth transition between registers (range), resonance, and diction (pronunciation). The student will also feel at least moderately confident with emotional interpretation of the music.

After nine months, the student can expect to have gained proficiency in virtually all technical areas of singing for their genre of choice. After one year, the student will likely begin to master singing in their chosen genre, and after 15 months gain proficiency in an additional genre, if desired.

All this said, this timeline is not guaranteed because it will differ from student to student. Under ideal circumstances, where a dedicated student practices independently for at least one to two hours between scheduled lessons, they can expect to see these results. Learning any instrument takes dedication and motivation, and learning to sing is no different. The teacher is only able to steer the student in the right direction, but motivation and dedication must be put forth by the student in order to reach their set goals in a timely fashion.

Lesson Logistics:

David teaches students in his acoustically-treated recording studio. If he travels to your home, he cannot provide any equipment, but none are really needed in an in-home situation. And, the students need only provide themselves! In this unique instance, the human body is their instrument and all the required equipment to make music!

*** Studio Equipment ***
At his home studio, this is what David provides his students when teaching lessons:
- Professional-grade, soundproofed recording studio (STC 55)
- Auralex AudioTile acoustic foam
- Full-length mirror for students to view the posture and action of their bodies when singing
- Piano keyboard for warmup exercises and pitch-finding
- Studio monitor speakers and headphones for listening to accompaniments

*** Travel Equipment ***
Since most of the items David can offer for a lesson are large, he will be unable to bring them if he travels to your home. If they have one, students can provide a mirror and/or piano/keyboard, but these are not essential for lessons.

*** Specialties ***
(1) Opera Vocal Performance;
(2) Musical Theater (Broadway) Vocal Performance; and
(3) Most other genres/styles since they all require the foundational principles of posture, breathing, and support that David teaches;
(4) Public Speaking (Voice) since many of these foundational singing techniques apply to speaking in front of large audiences; and
(5) Music Recording and Production, including recording the voice and many other instruments such as drums, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, piano, synth, and violin. Under this category, he teaches microphone placement and mixing techniques.
David's singing teaching methods are based most heavily on the vocal instruction he received from Bruce Hall and Dr. Robert Heitzinger when a student at Northwestern University. David also bases his lessons on the writings of James McKinney ("The Diagnosis & Correction of Vocal Faults", 1994), Paul Mason and David Jones.

Tanisha H. Los Angeles, CA

Subjects Taught

Choir, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Stage Performance, Vocal Training

About Me

Tanisha is a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music's Vocal and Music Business programs. Since arriving to Los Angeles, Tanisha has built a solid career providing artist development services to professional entertainers, recording artists and actors. Her services include vocal coaching, piano lessons, music theory, songwriting, performance development, media and stage training. Tanisha is also an accomplished songwriter. She is currently co-writing an upcoming project with platinum selling recording artist Shanice Wilson.

In addition to teaching music, Tanisha has enjoyed a successful career in the entertainment industry working with top tier performers such as Chaka Khan, The Black Eyed Peas, Montell Jordan and Babyface to name a few. Accompanying her is a staff of accomplished performers and teachers who have credits throughout the entertainment industry. The WHAA offers a conservatory-level curriculum focusing on the fundamental skills of technique, composition, artistry and performance in music, dance, drama and visual arts.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a very fun loving person and believe in creating a positive environment where students feel comfortable to be themselves. At the same time I am a stickler for details and do not allow laziness. I believe a balance of fun with excellence has allowed my students to excel far beyond their own expectations.

My teaching style is individually based.
For vocal clients, I asses their strengths and weaknesses and develop a plan to build up their weak areas while helping them find "their own voice". I focus on breathing, intonation and control which I believe are the foundation of great singing ability. I use a classical Italian based program along with pop, R&B, jazz, and rock. I have vocal coached in many languages including Spanish, Japanese and Chinese.

For piano clients I focus on strength, dexterity and precision in fingering. I also help students learn to feel the music and bring their personality and touch to each piece they are performing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Tanisha currently teaches at her performing arts academy the White H Arts Academy. There are private instruction rooms and a lobby waiting area for parents and guests. Parents may also sit in the lesson room if desired. Private lesson rooms include a piano, speakers, and a music stand.

The White H Arts Academy also has two state of the art mirrored dance rooms with sound systems and wireless microphones for practicing stage performances or rehearsing for a big show.

*** Specialties ***
Vocals: beg to adv
Piano: beg to inter

Vocal genres are classical (opera), pop, R&B, gospel, rock, jazz, blues and musical theater. I studied voice at Berklee College of Music. Have also studied Seth Riggs SLS (Speech Level Singing) method independently, however, I am not certified. I also teach in languages other than English including Spanish, Japanese and Chinese.

Piano instruction levels I teach are basic to intermediary focusing on classical, and general accompaniment abilities.

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