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About Ariel P.

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Glendale, CA
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About Ariel
Hi! My name is Ariel. Thank you so much for looking at my profile. Here is some information about my educational background, performance career, and how I believe I benefit students.

I was heralded as an “impressive young…discovery” by the Los Angeles Times in 2010 when I made my operatic debut with Long Beach Opera as Nancy T’ang in Adam’s Nixon in China. I have performed roles such as Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Micaela in Bizet’s Carmen, First Woman in Cherubini’s Medea, Second Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, and Giovanna in Verdi’s Rigoletto. I have been a soloist with the Blackbird Music Project, and I regularly collaborate with composers in the Southern California area. I was a fourth place winner in the Palm Springs Vocal Competition and am an OperaWorks alumna. I have a Masters degree from the University of
Southern California, Thornton School of Music and I have a Bachelors degree from Northern Arizona University. I also completed a teaching internship at the California Lutheran University.

My style of teaching is tailor made for each student because everyone has different goals and needs. I focus on making singing fun and painless while setting a strong technical foundation. My goal for the student is to take away technical issues so they can be musically expressive and show the world who they are.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a laid back teacher. My hope is that students will feel improvement in their lessons and it will motivate them to practice. In my opinion, the lessons should be fun, educational, and safe.

My curriculum is based on the needs of the student. In general, I always begin with breathing techniques. Breathing is the foundation of singing and so I tend to spend some time trying to show the student the most efficient and most effortless technique. Then I move on to what I have learned from my own voice teacher, and I will teach the students what are called "vocal function exercises." These are a series of gentle warm ups that teach the student a combination of breath pressure, resonance, and eliminating physical tensions within the neck, chest, and back. Then I move on to incorporating these ideas into repertoire. I like to decide repertoire with the student based on their preferences and their skill level. Generally I like to give the student one classical piece in a foreign language and one musical theater piece, but this is not set in stone.
I hope that after a few months the student will have an understanding of breathing, beginning vocal technique, and some repertoire we have been working on.

All of this said, ultimately I do not hold students to my own expectations. I want them to learn at their own pace and not feel they need to be at a certain point after a certain amount of time.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room. Keyboard. Seating for parents. Cats.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide sheet music and I expect the student to provide a keyboard or piano.

*** Specialties ***
I teach a method that is very simple and allows the student to express themselves musically and to have fun.

My expertise is Opera but I can teach all styles of singing.
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Maya F. January 19, 2017
· Singing · In studio
My daughter really enjoyed the lessons.Ariel is a great voice coach.
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Amy May 17, 2016
· Opera Voice · In studio
I think Ariel is pretty great! Patient, talented and has a great way of explaining exercises to get the correct result. Each lesson I take, I notice improvements and am positive she will get my voice to its full potential.
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Kate V. October 14, 2015
· Singing · In studio
first lesson went well. lots to learn for my 10 year old granddaughter. she was a bit nervous, but she will get used to the lessons in the future. Ariel was very kind, patient and cordial.
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Ariel P.

Ariel P.

Glendale, CA 91207
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About Mary Ann G.

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Pasadena, CA
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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.

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I have been teaching for a long time now and enjoy working with people. I structure the lessons to fit my student's needs an
d 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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Jim August 28, 2017
· Singing · Online
Good feedback. Lots of encouragement. Could have given five stars but, Skype connection was bad, Intermittently.
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Brenda Vargas May 24, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
MaryAnn is a great teacher. My daughter has been taking guitar lessons with her for about 4 months and she has learned so much.
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Edmond March 16, 2017
· Singing · In studio
May Ann is awesome, can't wait to take more lessons from her. Great instructor and so friendly!
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Mary Ann G.

Mary Ann G.

Pasadena, CA 91107
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About Megan W.

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Los Angeles, CA

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About Megan
I grew up in a music store, and learned a love for music at an early age. I started piano at age 3, and just kept adding instruments from there. I majored in music at MidAmerica Nazarene University, where I was on scholarship for Piano, Trumpet and French Horn. I have taught General Music, Beginning Band, and Beginning Orchestra in four LA area private and charter schools, as well as teaching music classes for home-school co-op groups in the Hollywood area. I've been teaching private lessons for nearly 10 years, taking students from ages 4-adult, from beginner to intermediate skill levels.

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Music should be fun, and my lessons are geared towards keeping students engaged and excited. I've developed a very out-of-the-box teaching style that takes into account the student's learning style, interests, and goals. It
's important for students to feel successful from day 1, and it's my goal to have each student playing a song by the end of the first lesson. We sing, move, and play our way through music!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Casio PX-800 digital 88 weighted key piano
personal instruments
metronome
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music stand

*** Travel Equipment ***
Personal instruments
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music stand

*** Specialties ***
Improvisation, Composition, Music Theory.

2nd (3rd, 4th) instrument training

Early readers, young students

Non-traditional learners
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Linda May 5, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
I love the fact that Megan manages to balance exercises that are really fun and easy for me as well as some which are harder and which I need to work on. She adjusts the pace to my abilities and I always feel I have accomplished something after our lessons, which is great.
She lets me chose songs, but always has suggestions, if I don't.
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Lili W. May 2, 2016
· Clarinet · In home
Megan is wonderful. She is punctual and thorough, very kind and very patient. She has a mastery of her instruments and a fun and patient style of teaching.
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Jay tarses February 5, 2016
· Ukulele · In home
Five stars
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Megan W.

Megan W.

Los Angeles, CA 90027
(14)
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$40 / 30-min

About Nils B.

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Los Angeles, CA
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About Nils
Whether you're a beginner or more advanced, age 5 or 500, in my experience, with just a little bit of practice each day anyone can learn to play guitar.
Maybe your goal is to simply learn to play your favorite songs or maybe you want to learn to write your own music, improvise, or perform live.
Like all good things in life, there are no shortcuts, and learning the guitar takes time and effort, but in return you get the ability to express yourself through music, which is one of the most rewarding skills anyone could ever learn, at any age and in any situation.

My main focus is on helping you reach the point where you are actually playing music, instead of endlessly going over exercises or theory.
I want you to be able to play music you would enjoy listening to, because this is when you will start to truly appreciate your accomplish
ment, and progress will start to come much easier.

Together we will discuss your personalized course, based on your goals and situation, and along the way I will provide materials/tools and a summary or a recording of each lesson as needed, for you to take home to work on.
Different aspects we'll discuss are technique, chart/sight reading, music theory, ear training, soloing/improvisation, and developing a strong sense of rhythm, most of which will be done through simply learning to play the songs you like.
Besides the basics, it's very important to learn how to independently keep challenging yourself, learn from your mistakes and continue growing musically, simply using your ears and whatever information you can find online or anywhere else, even without my help.

Besides teaching you how to play I can also help with finding the right instrument and equipment, provide advice on guitar/amplifier maintenance and setups, as well as recording techniques, or any other practical matters related to playing music/guitar.

Lessons can be either at your residence or at my fully equipped home studio in the Hollywood Hills/Studio City area. In a beautiful and private environment, with plenty of (free/safe) street parking available.
Lessons via Skype are obviously available as well.
I look forward to hearing from you!
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Yaakov A. June 27, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Great teacher!
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Adam April 14, 2017
· Guitar · Online
Great lessons! Providing lots of avenues to take my playing to the next level. Nils gives very clear explanations and has a great understanding of music theory and how to apply it
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Jacques February 15, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Amazing teacher!
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Nils B.

Nils B.

Los Angeles, CA 90068
(12)
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About William C.

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Los Angeles, CA
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About William
I’ve always had a passion for music. I enjoy playing various styles, such as R&B, Pop, Rock, and Jazz. During my growth as a musician, I've developed perfect pitch and I use it to my advantage. I can quickly learn any song that I am given. I have experience in studio sessions and live performances, both solo and with bands.
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William C.

William C.

Los Angeles, CA 90016
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$45 / 60-min
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About Rebecca M.

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Los Angeles, CA
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About Rebecca
Welcome! My name is Becca M. and I am an experienced songwriter, guitarist, and performer looking to share my knowledge and love of music with others. I am available for in-home, in-studio, and online lessons.

I've been teaching private lessons since 2009 and graduated this May 2017 with a Bachelors of Music degree from the highly selective Popular Music Performance program at the University of Southern California. I'm a patient, supportive, and enthusiastic person and am excited to work with students to help them find their own unique musical voice. I have worked with Larry Gold (Justin Timberlake, Mark Ronson), Rick Friedrich (The Roots, Rihanna), Sean Holt (John Legend, Bruno Mars), and many more music industry professionals.

I have experience with music of a multitude of genres including folk, rock, blues, funk, R&B, Motown, and
more. Lessons with me will be built around your own unique personal goals and are scheduled to best fit to the student’s schedule when possible.
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Kenny July 23, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Becca is an excellent teacher. She is very patient and explains things very well. She's also prompt and communicative and easy to work with on scheduling.
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Tommy C. May 19, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Based on our first lesson, I would highly recommend Becca for a teacher of young kids. She came to the class prepared, was very patient with my son, and left him wanting more and with something to work on. It was a very good experience.
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Rebecca M.

Rebecca M.

Los Angeles, CA 90065
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$35 / 30-min

About Dan D.

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Azusa, CA

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I am a professional trombonist for the 300th Army Band stationed out of Bell, CA. Graduated from the Army School of Music in June 2011. I attended Citrus College from 2009-2013. While at Citrus College I performed with their jazz bands, pop rock bands, and latin bands. I am currently attend Azusa Pacific University pursuing my bachelor degree in trombone performance.
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Dan D.

Dan D.

Azusa, CA 91702
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$15 / 30-min

About Michelle R.

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Azusa, CA

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About Michelle
My name is Michelle Ranalli and I am an Opera student at Azusa Pacific University. I am a Soprano, and have been singing classically for five years. I previously studied at East Los Angeles College, where I received my AA degree in Music.

If you take lessons with me, we will go over technique fundamentals, IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) for singers, and classical repertoire. Additionally, I offer lessons in theory, musicianship, and Spanish. I am eager to begin working with you!
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Gloria June 18, 2017
· Classical Voice · In studio
Michelle is a tutor who cares about her students. She is honest, musically educated and is very knowledgeable. She helped me with my voice and piano. I enjoyed taking lessons from her because she was flexable with my type of music.
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Adam June 13, 2017
· Spanish · In studio
Michelle is a very polite, fun, and knowledgable. She was always patient when helping me practice my Spanish, and now I am able to hold a reasonable conversation with fluent Spanish speakers in Mexico! Couldn't have done it without her help.
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Beatriz Tasha June 13, 2017
· Ear Training · In studio
I immediately knew she was trained in this area. She made it simple to understand and enjoyable. I appreciated her patience too. Looking forward in continuing my lessons.
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Michelle R.

Michelle R.

Azusa, CA 91702
(16)
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$25 / 30-min

About Alexis N.

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Porter Ranch, CA

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About Alexis
As a young child I took violin lessons with an incredible teacher who inspired me to pursue music during a time when I wasn't sure what I wanted. His honest approach in lessons and his dedication to ensuring each lesson was a valuable experience encouraged me to keep going. 15 years later and I'm still performing regularly and have now been teaching violin lessons for over 7 years!

I am able to teach beginner through intermediate lessons and have found that my many years of teaching coupled with my teaching internship at Nissa's String Studio has allowed me to make the learning experience fun and easy. I teach my clients in my home teaching studio in Northridge, online, or I can travel to you!

I work with students of all ages and assorted skill levels with a variety of musical goals. I regularly teach classical, contemporary classical,
pop and fiddle music. I also have experience teaching group lessons and coaching chamber music.

When not teaching, I gig regularly with my husband who is a cellist. Through performing and teaching, I hope to inspire a lifelong love of music in all of my students and a desire to share that with others.
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Alexis N.

Alexis N.

Porter Ranch, CA 91326
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$34 / 30-min

About Lesley L.

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Pasadena, CA

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About Lesley
Whether you're looking to up your career game, trying to break-in, or you love to sing and just want to be more accomplished, I can help you! I have been singing professionally since 1991 with Los Angeles Opera, NY City Opera, Köln Opera, Covent Garden, Glimmerglass, Glyndbourne, Los Angeles Master Chorale, and as a session singer on film soundtracks and albums. More recently I've started producing albums. I have an MM in vocal performance and a DMA in music from USC, and can ensure that you will learn to sing safely and correctly no matter what style of music you are singing! I work with choirs all the time on stage and in the studio, and can help you with blend, or help you prepare for your auditions at any level.
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Stacey Fraser August 13, 2017
· Opera Voice · In studio
Lesley Leighton is a superb teacher and singer - she absolutely knows the voice inside and out. A great pedagogue and musician with a fantastic spirit. I highly recommend Lesley!
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Lynn August 10, 2017
· Classical Voice · In studio
Lesley Leighton is the best voice teacher I have encountered over the years. Her technical knowledge of the human voice and skill of teaching are a great combination. She is able to demonstrate for her students and encourages them to excel. I recommend her highly!
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Karen August 9, 2017
· Classical Voice · In studio
Lesley is an extremely knowledgeable voice teacher who has helped my voice tremendously. I was having trouble singing lower notes and she made me realize that I had very little support when singing. Now she has me doing exercises to strengthen my muscles and has given me great feedback during my lessons which has helped my voice tremendously. I highly recommend this teacher!
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Lesley L.

Lesley L.

Pasadena, CA 91104
(3)
starting at
$50 / 30-min

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