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Classical Voice, Musical Theater, Opera Voice, Piano, Stage Performance, Zumba
Hi! My name is Jessica and I would love to be your voice and/or piano teacher! My relationship with music started at a young age. I have been singing since the age of 9 when I joined Contra Costa Children's Choir and have studied classical voice for 13 years. It was around the same time I began singing that I began studying the piano and continued my studies for 7 years. I went on to receive my Bachelor's degree in Music at Mannes College of Music in New York City and finished my education at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where I received my Masters, receiving training in both Vocal Pedagogy and Physiology as well as vocal performance. I graduated from SFCM in 2009 and have been performing and teaching ever since. I have maintained an active voice and piano studio since 2011 and also teach with Village a Center for the Arts, giving private lessons as well as working with their In School Outreach Programs teaching Beginning Piano Class and Musical Theater Workshop. Other teaching opportunities include Vocal Master Class with Acalanes High School Women's Ensemble, voice instructor and Alto section leader for Occidental Choral Retreat with Volti SF, Music Instructor with Gymboree, and volunteer pre-school music instructor at Fairmount Elementary in SF.
I am an active performer in the Bay Area as well, where I have performed with the new music ensemble Volti, Lyric Theater San Jose, The Manhattan Opera Studio, Opera on Tap San Francisco, Urban Opera, West Coast Opera Works, San Francisco Baroque Opera, and Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute (BASOTI).
During my many years studying music, I was inspired by several amazing teachers. They are responsible for making me the artist and musician I am today. My mission as a teacher is to pass on the wonderful knowledge and passion that was given to me onto a new group of eager young minds. I am truly a self proclaimed music dork and proud of it! I am a fun, patient, passionate teacher and am very excited to be a part of the TakeLessons team!
*** Lesson Details ***
In my lessons, I feel it is important for my students to have fun and to and enjoy the learning process. However I believe in order for both student and teacher to get the most out of the lesson, practicing at home is extremely important and I expect my students to do so. I will always send them home with a goal or assignment that should be reached or completed by the next lesson to the best of the students ability.
For my voice students, we always begin with breath. Proper breathing is the foundation for all good singing. Then we move on to warming up both the voice and the body. During warm-ups, we will focus technical concepts such as breath control and support, vowel placement, and optimum vocal production. In most lessons (time permitting) we will work through a piece of music, one of their choosing or, if needed, I will recommend a piece. We finish each lesson with a review of the concepts we discussed during the lesson and practice goals for the week.
For my piano students, I begin with finger placement and keyboard awareness. Depending on the students age and level, we will use both a music book and a music theory book (for very young students, I will hold off on the music theory and focus mostly on finger placement and keyboard awareness). Each week, I will assign two pieces of music and pages in the music theory book (again depending upon student's age and level). Students are expected to prepare the assignments by practicing at home and have them ready at the next lesson.
Communication is something very important to me as a teacher. I want my students to feel comfortable expressing their needs and/or concerns, musically or otherwise and hope they would appreciate me, as the teacher, to do the same.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright piano with seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide music and have a portable electronic keyboard.
*** Specialties ***
Classical voice is definitely my specialty. I believe good classical technique is the basis for all good singing and can be applied to genres such as musical theater and jazz. The only vocal styles I am NOT comfortable teaching are belting, pop or rock style vocal production.
Bodybuilding, Capoeira, Cheerleading, Cycling, Fitness, Gymnastics, Karate, Mixed Martial Arts, Spinning, Squash, Strength and Conditioning, Stretching, Swimming, Zumba
Acting, Ballet, Child Acting, Choreography, Clowning, Dance, Dance Choreography, Dance Fitness, Film Acting, Film and TV Acting, Flexibility Training, Hip Hop Dance, Improv Acting, Jazz Dancing, Makeup, Shakespearean Acting, Speaking Voice, Stage Performance, Stand Up Comedy, Tap Dance, Theater Acting, Theatrical Dance, Voice Acting, Zumba
I am a professionally trained, experienced performer from New York. After completing a National Tour with Sesame Street Live, I decided to make the move to Southern California to pursue other aspects of my career. Having been in this business for several years, as a performer as well as part of production teams, I have learned a lot about what is expected from performers, how to hold a career in this business, and other tricks of the trade.
I promise to make sure you learn everything you will need to be successful, whether it be for a career choice or just a hobby, and will use the teaching technique that works for you.
I can't wait to meet you!
Alternative Medicine, Bodybuilding, Boxing, Dance Fitness, Fitness, Flexibility Training, Kickboxing, Meditation, Pilates, Soccer, Sports Nutrition, Strength and Conditioning, Stretching, Yoga, Zumba
Certified Personal Trainer, Pilates Instructor, Group Exercise Instructor, Nutrition Coach, Motivational Speaker, Wellness Seminar Coach, Writer
Health/Wellness & Fitness Professional with many years of experience. My approach incorporates many modalities such as Pilates, Yoga, strength training and of course, proper nutrition plays a Huge part. Looking to help as many as I can. All questions welcome!
ACE (American Council on Exercise)
AAFA (Aerobic/Fitness Associations of America)
Pilates Reformer (Balanced Body, Pole Star)
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Pilates Mat Evolved Core
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Zumba/ Latin Cardio
Nutrition for Health & Fitness
Abstract Painting, Acrylic Painting, Audition Prep, Baking, Broadway Singing, Cake Decorating, Calligraphy, Choreography, Classical Voice, Cooking, Dance Fitness, Drawing, English, Fashion Stylist, Fitness, Health Coaching, Hip Hop Dance, Interior Design, Jazz Voice, Kickboxing, Krav Maga, Life Coaching, Makeup, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Oil Painting, Painting, Personal Training, Running, Singing, Spanish, Strength and Conditioning, Stretching, Surfing, Swimming, Vocal Training, Weight Loss, Zumba
Stephanie Hoffman speaks both english and spanish fluently from having grown up in a multi cultural family, as well as having lived in seven different countries throughout her life. From a very early age, she studied and took lessons both in school and privately, for many different forms of dance, gymnastics, visual arts, and music (voice & piano). She was also mentored and developed at a professional level; in skills in the culinary arts, fitness, fashion, interior design, and cosmetology. In 2007, Stephanie graduated High School with a 3.5 Gpa and went on to study songwriting and vocal performance. She then graduated Cum Laude, (3.7 Gpa) from the renown Berklee College of Music in Boston. She currently resides in the Los Angeles area and works both corporately and independently with the skills that she possesses.
ACT, ACT English, Acting, ACT Math, ACT Reading, American Literature, AP English, AP English Literature, AP Exam Prep, Audition Prep, Baking, Basic Math, Broadway Singing, Cake Decorating, Child Acting, Choreography, Clowning, Cooking, Creative Writing, Cycling, Dance, Dance Choreography, Dance Fitness, Desserts, Elementary Math, English, English Literature, Essay Writing, Film Studies, Fitness, Grammar, Healthy Cooking, Hula Hoop, Improv Acting, Improv Comedy, Italian Cooking, Juggling, Language, Life Coaching, Literature, Makeup, Mixology, Modern Dance, Musical Theater, Paper Crafts, Ping Pong, Poetry, Psychology, Public Speaking, Reading, Rollerskating, Running, Salsa Dancing, SAT, Scrapbooking, Speaking Voice, Speech, Spelling, Spinning, Stage Performance, Strength and Conditioning, Study Skills, Swimming, Swing Dance, Table Tennis, Tap Dance, Tennis, Test Prep, Theater Acting, Theatrical Dance, Typing, Vocabulary, Writing, Zumba
Leah was born and raised in Central Florida, and she traded the sunshine for some colder winds with her move to Chicago upon finishing high school. Leah attended Northwestern University, and she received her B.A. in Communication, graduating a quarter early, with a Major in Theatre and Minors in Business Institutions and Dance. Leah has always had a passion for teaching, beginning with teaching her two younger sisters growing up, and extending beyond from then until now, teaching classes every day!
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
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"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."