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About Gregory V.

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The shortest and most direct methods to unveiling one's musical dreams.

Voice, Guitar, Keyboard & Bass Private & Group Coaching independently and with TakeLessons.com and worldwide via Skype. Composer, Arranger, Guitarist, Pianist, Organist, Gospel Choral Director, Session Musician, Producer, Actor, Songwriter.

29 years experience eternally blessed to work with such artists & group members of The Supremes, Prince, P-Funk, Motown, Scott Weiland, Alice in Chains, Beck, The Black Crowes, Stylistics, Blue Magic, Anthony Janflone, Sr., Tom Petty, Sylvia Massy, David Tickle, The Travel Channel, Sigma Sound Studios-Phily, personal music instructor to: Rod Stewart's son, Casey Kasem's grandchildren, Don Gehman's (John Cougar, Pat Benetar..), Marko Babineau (Aerosmith/ G&R...) and vocal & music director for daughters of original for Earth
Wind & Fire member & various black church choirs.

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To connect with, meet you halfway on the path with, teach & direct from a sound & experienced mind the shortest and most direct methods to unveiling one's musical dreams coupled with on-going personal support, guidance, empowerment training, accompaniment and honest advice.

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Pop, Rock, R&B, Soul, Funk, Hip Hop, Music Theatre, Blues, Hard Rock, Gospel, Psychadelia, Acid Jazz, Metal, Country, Comedy, Free Jazz, Spoken Word...(everything other than serious classical music.)
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Jondren H. July 16, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Gregory is an awesome guy who's very good at making you feel comfortable as he teaches. You can definitely see his passion for music!
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Ben W. June 12, 2018
· Singing · In studio
After studying singing off and on for more than 30 years, i won't be surprised if anyone calls him the best singing teacher in Los Angeles. He has the best sets of vocal exercise which can relax your voice, build your resonance, and help you hit your notes accurately in your range. Very very happy to have him teaching me.
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Liza March 10, 2018
· Guitar · Online
My son loves working with Greg. He is patient, creative and encouraging. We are so happy with the lessons.
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About Teresa P.

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Sacramento, CA

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I was born into a family of musicians. We must have had every style of music floating around every family gathering. I would roam with delight among the Mariachis, Rockers and R&B singers and musicians in my family. As early as 3 or 4 years old, in an effort to get me to quit bugging them, they began to invite me to sing with them.... at least that way I wasn't twirling around knocking down their equipment, or asking a bunch of questions while they were rehearsing or jamming. Music was always and continues to be part of my existence, as normal to me as breathing. I love to sing and enjoy sharing that passion with others. It makes my day to see my students grow in their talents and confidence.

From beginners who just want to sing for fun to the more experienced vocalists, I can help you understand how your voice works and how to ge
t the most out of it.

**In your first lesson, I will get to know you by asking for your vocal history, influences, goals, and style. Most importantly, “What would you like to get out of this lesson?” Every singer has different challenges, needs, and goals, so I approach each student and lesson as a unique experience where the student’s most pressing needs will be addressed.

I’ll give you an honest idea of where your voice needs to grow and then will work with the tools to get there! You will get a personalized lesson plan to practice with. Like a gym workout routine, these exercises will target your weak areas to correct bad habits and build a strong, balanced instrument.

**I will ask you to sing a song…… your latest repertoire, “Happy Birthday,” "twinkle twinkle little star", something just to get an idea of your voice and style. Then I will take you through a few singing technique exercises to quickly assess your strengths and challenges.

**As your technical abilities grow, you need to apply them to songs. The key is to maintain the same easy feeling in your songs that came out in the exercises. Bring in your music and we can work out any kinks and I will also suggest appropriate material in your key and style that will build upon the successes of your exercises. Stylistic and performance coaching is available, but our focus is technique, if you don’t learn HOW to sing, WHAT you sing will always be limited. I will work with you so that as a singer, you will be able to sing through a greater range with more consistency. As a performer. you will become confident that your voice will deliver time after time. My goal is to help you sing in a free, natural manner, while keeping your lessons engaging and fun.

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As a choir and vocal director, I am trained to listen and pay special attention to all the details including pitch, vibrato, dynamic and harmonies. I will help you learn to listen and gain confidence to "hear" progressions in the music and their voice.

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Being a worship leader, choir and vocal director in a major urban church in the Sacramento area, I have over 13 years experience as a gospel artist and contemporary christian singer, singing, performing and recording with many gospel artists and contemporary christian artists, both local and professional. I have recorded and performed with such artists as Israel Houghton, Lincoln Brewster, BJ Putnan, Trent Corey, Darnisha Taylor and the Porter Brothers.

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I am a Voice Teacher (student) with the Institute for Vocal Advancement. The IVA technique is based on 17th and 18th Century principles of singing developed by the Old Italian School of Singing. Our goal is to train voices to sing in a free and natural manner, smoothly, from the bottom of the range to the top with no breaks or sudden changes in quality. Training in this technique gives the singer access to all dynamics, with tonal clarity and flexibility. Also, training in this technique helps improve a singer's range, endurance, stamina, breath control, resonance, vocal strength and vocal quality across all styles of music without fatigue or damage to the voice. We accomplish these results by training the singer to find a balance between airflow and intrinsic muscular resistance, all within a resting laryngeal posture.

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As a former entertainment business professional and singer, I have experience in dance, choreography, stage blocking, performance technique and vocal coaching. I will help you prepare for your performances and/or auditions to present the best YOU, that you can be!
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Renee August 15, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
My first session with Teresa was amazing. I really noticed an improvement in my voice through specific yet simple techniques. She is fun and very kind-hearted. I am looking forward to my future lessons with her!
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Dana August 10, 2017
· Singing · In home
Teresa's style is energetic, fun and very professional. Her instruction was awesome. My goals are being met and my first lesson has exceeded my expectations. I trust Teresa's expertise completely and look forward to our next sessions.
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Zuza H. November 5, 2014
· Singing · In studio
I am very lucky to have Teresa as my vocal teacher. Her passion for music is contagious and when she sings, her soul comes through. She's patient, encouraging and energizing. I love lessons with her, she truly cares for all of her students and she adjusts the lessons based on how comfortable you feel. Not only is she a great teacher but she also has an amazing personality and a tremendous amount of energy.

Within a few months, my vocal range has extended and I learned how to make my voice sound more powerful. Vocal training really doesn't get any better than this!
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About Emily M.

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New York, NY

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At the age of four, I began studying violin at the Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, California. I was trained using the Suzuki Method until the age of nine. Throughout my adolescent years I competed in solo violin competitions, performed in numerous orchestras, attended prestigious music festivals, & began teaching! I received my Bachelors Degree in Violin Performance from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California and my Masters Degree in Violin Performance from DePaul in Chicago. After intensively studying with instructors and performers from all over the world, I developed a diverse teaching philosophy that allows me to customize lessons to each student's needs. I am a very positive, supportive, & energetic person who knows how challenging it is to learn an instrument so I try to make it as fun as possible! Whether
you or your child's goal is to become a professional or to become professionally awesome at "Twinkle", I look forward to helping you achieve it!
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Emily October 21, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Emily has a vibrant attitude and a straight forward approach in teaching. I'm delighted to be her pupil!
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Bijou September 9, 2016
· Violin · In home
Great first lesson
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Jose August 9, 2016
· Violin · In home
Emily is so awesome, she reviews with me till I get it.
she makes learning easy and fun and interactive.
I am a hard learner and she makes it easy for me to retain information….
she is very patient with me.
I feel totally comfortable in her guidance .
We are purchasing five more classes and probably five more after those…
I am so happy with Emily.
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About Alysa T.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Hi! My name is Alysa, and I have been teaching flute for more than 10 years. I am excited about introducing students to the flute, music, and helping develop those skills for people of all ages, abilities and ambitions. I have a masters degree in flute performance, and play with orchestras in the greater Los Angeles area. I'd love to make music with you!
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Faraz November 13, 2016
· Flute · In studio
Alysa is a very smart and kind teacher. She is always very patient and friendly and knows exactly how to help me improve. She is also very generous with her time and makes the most out of each lesson. I couldn't recommend her highly enough!
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About Alyssa P.

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Salt Lake City, UT

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I am a classically trained violinist, and I perform regularly with local artists, dancers, musicians, and composers. I am about to release my first full length album of original compositions, which is very exciting for me!

My biggest goal as a teacher is to make your lessons relevant to your personal interests. I am here to guide you in developing your foundational technique while exploring any creative projects you might have in mind. I am Suzuki Certified (Books 1 & 2) - though I pull from a range of methodologies in my lesson curriculum. Working with each student as a unique individual is my highest priority.

I will work with you on note reading, sight reading, rhythm, improvisation, guided composition (yes, on your violin!) - I am here to help you with whatever your goal may be. I work with both beginning and advanced students,
and offer instruction to students following both experimental and classical paths.

I am big on music being for ALL ages and ALL abilities, and I want to help you integrate your love for music + your violin into your daily life.

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From 2008 - 2012 I studied with Monte Belknap, head of the Violin Performance program at Brigham Young University. Professor Belknap is constantly innovating new ways to approach technique, and I value this approach in my own teaching. As a teacher, I model Professor Belknap's sense of innovation, while also drawing upon my collaborative experiences with various artists in my community. These approaches richly inform my process with my students.
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Colin March 19, 2018
· Violin · In home
Alyssa is a wonderful teacher and a professional player. Studying with her is efficient. She has a keen sense of detail, knowing what is most important to focus on for the next lesson. Her careful instruction reaches well beyond the violin as she teaches musicianship and ear-training. She'll prepare you for real-world playing at any experience level.
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Ben March 18, 2018
· Violin · Online
Alyssa is truly such an inspiring and helpful person to work with as a teacher. She knows her instrument so well, like it’s a close friend she has known for years, and is so easy to feel comfortable with as a student. She’s helping me develop a more personal relationship with how I perform and how compose that feels more like an extension of who I am. I am more well-rounded, confident, and equipped to engage with new musical challenges because of our time together each week. I cannot recommend her enough.
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Kyle March 17, 2018
· Violin · Online
Alyssa is a patient and kind teacher. She has experience not just as an teacher/student but as a writer/composer too. Her connection to the violin challenges me to do better and try harder, but somehow still makes the classes fun! I've found learning from her to be very rewarding (I'm finally checking off that new year's resolution to learn the violin!) but if it weren't for her great attitude and patient demeanor I would be lost. I'm only on my third class, can't wait for more.
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Arlington, VA
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I come from a musical background with my father being a professional musician. I have been a classically trained pianist since the age of 4 and continued formal piano training up until high school.

With classical piano training at young age, I've built up a solid musical background, with a profound knowledge of music theory. I earned my level 10 piano performance certificate, which is the highest level, at age 13. I am fluent with a variety of classical pieces, including ones from Bach and Chopin.

When I was 11, I was able to quickly pick up percussion. I've been in the school band beginning in middle school and continuing through high school (Shanghai No. 3 Girls' High School) and college (Shanghai Jiaotong University).

In my spare time, I enjoy listening to and playing modern popular music as well. I frequently go to a variet
y of entertainment shows including concerts with my friends. For more information, please do not hesitate to ask.
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Huanwen August 12, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
Lilan is an excellent piano instructor with her professional skills and years of playing experience. She provided me with practical guidance on my playing skills as well as the emotion in the performance with her on-stage performance experience. She is also a responsible instructor. She will play the chapter by herself to let me better understand the performance. Thanks to her professional instructions and patience, my playing skills have been improved a lot. I will recommend Lilan to everyone who would like to expect an improvement on their playing skills as well as receiving great instruction experience.
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Vi August 7, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I cannot recommend Lilan highly enough as a piano teacher. She is calm, patient, and dedicated in making sure you learn both the basics of piano and intricacies of any piece you want to play. She is also an excellent pianist - check out her videos on this page! Thanks, Lilan!
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About Belen V.

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I'm a music composer/songwriter originally from Ecuador, who is also a life-long ice figure skater. I graduated with a masters degree from Berklee College of Music Valencia, in the Scoring for Film & TV program. I obtained my Bachelor's degree in Contemporary Music back in Ecuador, as well I I studied piano and Portuguese (as part of my love for Brazilian Popular Music).

I'm teaching again because I'd love to contribute with my skills and connect with new people in their learning experience.

Ice skating taught me discipline, patience and perseverance in life. As I my body reached injuries from years of skating, I'm not training anymore, I hope to translate my passion for this sport through teaching and supporting other skaters. All ages welcome!

My love for songwriting and singing is combined with languages. In our language cl
asses we will learn from culture, history and research of the customs of different south American countries. We can also develop project that involve learning songs in Spanish (and/or Portuguese). We can also practice a lot of conversation about your favorite topics!
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Alek P. July 3, 2018
· Film Scoring · In studio
Belen is patient, skilled, and friendly. She makes the class fun and practical. It’s an added bonus that she can explain musical concepts to me in both English and Spanish.
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Finn July 3, 2018
· Spanish · In studio
Our boy Finn is beginning 5th grade and needs to continue practicing his Spanish with a native speaker. Belen was great with him and he's looking forward to his weekly sessions.
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About Caroline E.

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Brooklyn, NY
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Hi, I'm Caroline! I love to sing, write songs, play the piano, saxophone, and a little guitar! I recently graduated from the Frost School of Music in Miami, where I got my degree in Songwriting and Music Entrepreneurship. My favorite classical composer is Chopin, but I am a huge musical theater nerd, and love to learn Broadway songs on the piano!
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Luca A. September 6, 2018
· Piano · In home
Caroline was great. She was punctual, patient, engaging and had whole bag of tricks to keep a distract-able 6year old on task.
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About Diane M.

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Birmingham, AL

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You will never regret having voice lessons with a true professional. I've performed and taught across the US, Europe, and Australia. As a singer/stage director I've produced over fifty cabaret shows, musicals and operas. As a recording artist, I've released the CDs: "Music in Flight," endorsed by Doctors Without Borders and "Rosas de Pulpa," a digital album of Argentine music, which was recently nominated Classical Album of the Year by "Just Plain Folks." With years of university and community teaching experience, I am a member of National Association of Teachers of Singing, a vetting organization for teachers, which provides competition platforms for young singers. I have been awarded grants by the Alabama Council for the Arts and the Lowder Foundation. Though still an active performer in jazz and other genres, I love teaching and am c
ommitted to offering my students what music can do for our world. I am Diane McNaron and a Google search of my name will connect you to tracks, videos and much more history about my varied and wonderful life in the Arts! NOTE: There are performance opportunities available through study in McNaron Studio. Ask me about them!
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Sonja August 24, 2018
· Jazz Voice · In studio
It is a pleasure to provide a recommendation for Diane McNaron and her studio. My daughter has been taking private lessons for more than three years and we have been exceptionally pleased with the results. Ms. McNaron’s extensive background and experience in a wide variety of musical genres allows her to customize lessons around the student’s vocal strengths and interests rather than force a cookie cutter approach. Ms. McNaron has nurtured her talent in a positive, professional manner and I highly recommend her for those looking to improve, learn, or simply polish their current vocal skill set. You will not be disappointed.
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Kathleen August 23, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I have been taking lessons with Diane for four years now. She is an excellent instructor. I truly enjoy her lessons and the recitals at the end of the semesters. These lessons with Diane has given me confidence and I look forward to continuing them.
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Alexandria August 21, 2018
· Broadway Singing · In home
I’ve spoken with many of my friends about my journey with voice lessons. Going to lessons with Diane felt like therapy. I learned so much and sounded so different within the 1st month. She broke down barriers with my voice that my 1st two teachers hadn’t done. She helped me find my voice, I miss those lessons everyday.
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My name is Patricia and I am 24 years old. I have been studying the saxophone for 14 years! I have never had a career in music but it remains one of my passions! When I have taken private lessons my teacher was a jazz musician. Jazz is the reason I started playing sax. So, if you’re interested in learning more of a jazz style of playing I can help with that! Also, in school when I wanted to focus more on my sound quality I studied classical sound. I would focus on having a more buttery sound in classical and a more swanky sound in jazz. Both interest me and I would love to help you learn! I am very patient so no matter what level you are I can help you improve!
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