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Annalise S.

Yucaipa, CA

About Annalise

I was born and raised in Yucaipa, CA and I have a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from the University of Redlands. I have been performing for 12 years. Some of my favorite roles include Penny (Hairspray), Tessie Tura (Gypsy), The Baker's Wife (Into the Woods), Joy (Rogers and Hammerstein's Cinderella), Jenny (Company), Joanne (RENT), Jan (Grease), Milly (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers), Abigail Adams (1776), and Despina (Cosi Fan Tutte). I was artistic director for the University of Redlands Musical Theatre Company for two years and sang for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Arts Festival. I
am also an alumni of The American Theatre Wing's SpringboardNYC program.

"There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique.
And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable it is nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.
You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you.
Keep the channel open. No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive."

-Martha Graham to Agnes de Mille

*** Lesson Details ***
As a teacher, I am very positive, patient, and I work hard to understand and cater to a student's taste in music, theatre, art, and information. I focus 50% of my performance lessons on physical and vocal warm-ups and 50% on the student's chosen repertoire. I believe in working towards a goal, so I always push my students to perform. I keep a calendar of auditions that I encourage my students to attend.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Private room with a baby grand piano, full length mirror, other various instruments, and a waiting room with comfy couches. I have two cats and a dog who never go in the music room, but I make no promises for the waiting area.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in dramatic, comedic, and musical theatre, opera, jazz, pop, drawing, writing/grammar, and reading comprehension.
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Amanda H. June 17, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Annalise has a very impressive background in music and education, and it really reflects through her lessons with my daughter. She has instilled a lot of confidence in my daughter, to the point that she tried out for, and made, Advanced Choir at her school. I very highly recommend Annalise!
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Ezekiel S. May 31, 2015
Child Acting · In home
Verified Student
He found the lesson enjoyable and wanted to continue practicing the drills he learned
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Ezekiel S. May 31, 2015
Child Acting · In home
Verified Student
He found the lesson enjoyable and wanted to continue practicing the drills he learned
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Annalise S.

Annalise S.

Pasadena, CA 91105
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Jordan R.

Monrovia, CA

About Jordan

I received my education at the University of Wisconsin, majoring in Jazz Guitar. I've studied with some of the best guitarists in the Midwest, and have performed live and in recording studios all across the country in a variety of styles (Rock, Metal, Bluegrass, Jazz, Classical, Country). I've performed internationally, and my playing has been featured on several prime time television shows. I've always had a love of music, and it’s a passion that I try to instill in all of my students!

Through focus on note reading, chords, improvisation, and technique, I try to give my students tools that
they can take with them throughout their musical journey, whether playing music for fun or professionally!

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to be laid back and very individual with my approach. I always introduce a curriculum designed to teach basic chords, note reading, and basic theory, but I also understand that each student has a particular set of interests, and I want to inspire them to follow those interests. Whether it's Rock, Blues, Country, Folk, or Classical, I want to give my students the tools and understanding that they need to excel at the music that drives them.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect my students to have everything that they need to practice the materials that I give them, including an instrument, amplifier and tuner if necessary, and a music stand. I provide all lesson materials.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in rock, metal, country, blues, and jazz with an emphasis on theory and technique.
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Arshria P. July 11, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I sure was very happy with Jordan. Jordan is an awesome teacher! He was on time and had a great attitude.
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Hilarie H. October 29, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My Name is Hilarie and I'm 49 years old and I took a 40 year hiatus from playing the Piano. I can tell you that my skill level is that of a beginner with a mind set of at least intermediate . I have completed my 7th week with Jordan as my teacher. He has been exceptional in his patience, professionalism and most of all encouragement! Our lessons are well rounded and he helps me to focus on the fundamentals I need to achieve my goals . Very respectful and polite. I highly recommend Jordan to all who wish for musical instruction. And I must add that he is very cute/handsome! :)
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Lisa D. July 21, 2014
Piano · In studio
All four of my children have taken lessons with Jordan, in piano and acoustic guitar. Jordan has a natural way with children, and adapts his style and lessons to the individual needs of each child. Jordan's musical gifts, and his gift of relating to and teaching, children makes him and excellent teacher. I recommend him whole-heartedly.
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Jordan R.

Jordan R.

Pasadena, CA 91105
(4)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Jessie M.

Pasadena, CA

About Jessie

Every student is a unique person who deserves a lesson customized to his or her individual needs. Each of my students prospers in an atmosphere of patience and encouragement. While the lessons are fun and enjoyable, the serious student will be supported in the development of skills leading to a rewarding career. And the more casual students will grow in an appreciation of music that will always enrich their lives.

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 degre
e 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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Christina H. July 30, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Jessie is awesome! As nervous as I was for my first lesson, she instantly put me at ease, put me through the paces of warm-up exercises, and I can't wait until next week!
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Erik N. July 10, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Jessie is awesome
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JONAH T. June 29, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio
Verified Student
Very patient, very knowledgeable about what to expect with changing male voice. We're coming back for more!
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Jessie M.

Jessie M.

Pasadena, CA 91103
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Daren F.

Pasadena, CA

About Daren

Daren has been teaching violin and viola students since 1999 in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio and has recently relocated to Los Angeles, California. Former students have performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Symphony, have been consistently top chairs in their school orchestras, have performed at Regional and All State Orchestras and several students subsequently attended college at nationally recognized conservatories.

About Daren:

A native of Cleveland Ohio, Daren has performed in the United States and abroad as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral musician. Over the past
decade, Daren has performed on violin and viola with the Fundacion Sinfonia, under the musical direction of Phillippe Entremont, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, among others. Daren's solo, chamber music and orchestral performance engagements have been heard in the continental United States, Canada, Caribbean, Italy, Germany, and Portugal.

Daren's past appearances include soloist with the Opera Theater of Lucca with performances in Lucca and Florence, Italy, co-principal viola at the Heidelberg Festival, Heidelberg, Germany, section violist for the Grand Teton Music Festival under music director Eiji Oue, Wyoming, among others. In the past Daren has toured with A.R. Rahman, Indian composer of Bombay Dreams and Slumdog Millionaire in Dallas, Houston, San Francisco, and Vancouver, B.C. Daren has performed with rod Stewart, Don Henley, Harry Connick Jr., Mannheim Steamroller, recorded with the Phillip Fox band in Columbus, OH, the Blessed Union of Souls and Cari Clara in Cincinnati and has performed and recoded with KD Lang for "Mountain Stage" a syndicated NPR program.

Daren earned his bachelors degree from the Eastman School of Music and his masters degree from the College - Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. His previous professors include violists Martha Katz, James Dunham, George Graham, Masao Kawasaki, Catherine Carroll, Lucien Joel, and Alicia Tremmel.

Daren currently serves as Director of Operations and Artistic Administration for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Formerly, Daren served as sold Performance Manager and Orchestra Personnel Manager for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and as Artistic and Orchestra Operations Manager for the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons with Daren take on a life and pace as necessary and are specific to each student. All students learn at different paces and I cater to each student's needs and learning ability. I have taught students as early as first grade thru 80 years old. I am easy going, fun natured but expect my students to maintain a minimum practice regimen. Typically I use a combination of Suzuki Method Materials (if applicable), technique books, music theory and note reading, and scales.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Instrument, Music stand, sheet music

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki Methods and Traditional Methods
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Jennifer C. October 26, 2014
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Daren was incredible with our first time violin player. He helped our son learn the basics and explore his interest in violin. After 5 lessons we were sold that our son would want to stick with learning violin.
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Anna S. July 23, 2014
Violin · In home
Verified Student
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Caitlin V. June 20, 2014
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Apart from being an exceptional violinist, Daren is friendly, personable and a great teacher. I had never played the violin before but he broke things down in a way that made sense to me. His tips and foundational instruction brought results by the end of just the first lesson. I'm excited to learn more!
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Daren F.

Pasadena, CA 91103
(3)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Mary Ann G.

Pasadena, CA

About Mary Ann

I have been teaching for over 20 years. I am a singer-songwriter-guitarist and performer. A native born Southern Californian, her life focus has always been music, from her beginnings as a little girl in the church choir to playing guitar in her first all girl band by age 12. She received her formal vocal training with Pollyanne Baxter at Cal State Los Angeles, where she received her BA in Music. Over the years she has performed her original music in coffee houses, and other venues. When she is not busy teaching, she is working on song-writing and recording.

CD. Her influences included,
The Beatles, Eric Clapton, Sarah McLaughlan, Eva Cassidy, Jane Monet, Green Day, and Led Zeppelin.

*** Lesson Details ***
I have been teaching for a long time now and enjoy working with people. I structure the lessons to fit my student's needs and interests. Everyone learns differently and I like to make the lessons enjoyable while developing a solid foundation. I teach note-reading and incorporate music that the student wants to play or sing. I am very patient and teach all levels and ages.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Keyboard, Computer, Guitar, Uke, Amplifier, Microphone, Guitar and more. Everything you need to get started.

*** Specialties ***
Singing Lessons: Everyone can sing!!! I will help you develop your technique and expand your range, pitch and confidence! You will have a fun time learning about your instrument. I teach Blues, Jazz, Rock, Country, Musical Theater, and Pop styles, even though I am Classically trained. The technique will crossover into all styles.

Song-writing: I will be happy to help you structure and develop your art. It's story telling at it's finest.

Guitar: Have fun learning songs you like and get a great foundation too. I teach finger picking, tab, theory, scales, note-reading along with music you like.
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Forrest July 8, 2015
Music Performance · In studio
Where to begin? Mary Ann Graham is a top-notch singer-songerwriter, guitarist, and performer. Her expertise at what she does creatively as well as onstage is translated through her teaching. She is always prepared to give her students the best learning experience than they can receive, each according to their unique individual levels. Mary Ann is a top-notch, high-caliber music instructor, artist, and performer.
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Amie July 8, 2015
Singing · In studio
I took voice lessons from Mary Ann at Groovin' On Music from 2007-2009, and they were worth every penny. I was a background singer in a worship team at church and I was shy to sing lead because I didn't know how to sing vibrato or navigate the falsetto break in my range. I had always wanted to take lessons as a kid but never was able to until adulthood. I was a bit nervous when I first came in, but Mary Ann put me at ease. She is a beautiful spirit who inspired me, challenged me, and made me laugh. She is not only amazingly talented and experienced, but she genuinely loves people and makes the lessons an enjoyable experience. Mary Ann definitely took my voice to the next level. Many people have commented on the difference in my voice and my confidence level before and after the lessons. I now sing lead, am at home with my vibrato and know how to use all the notes in my range. I would absolutely recommend Mary Ann as a voice coach for people of all ages!
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Autumn July 7, 2015
Music Performance · In studio
Maryann Graham is the best teacher and best friend I can possibly have! 😍😍 I highly recommend her to anyone. She's super sweet and is a great teacher and helper. I've known her for 10 years. I absolutely love her. She's my teacher and bestie.
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Mary Ann G.

Mary Ann G.

Pasadena, CA 91107
(10)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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