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Corona, CA

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I've been teaching improv acting for students for over two years in freelance and with TakeLessons. I teach some basic tenants of improv such as Status, Emotion, Object Work, The Art of Yes And..., and Specificity along with other basic theatrical terms and concepts.

About Milton
Hey there, everyone!

My name is Milton Carl Jackson II and I teach vocal, guitar, piano, and musical theatre lessons in the Inland Empire area.

I help those young, middle-aged, and not-as-young tap into their own soul through music so that they may help others find theirs as well. I believe that in order to entertain others with your voice or your instrument, one must first be able to entertain oneself - all the while having fun doing it! As a recent graduate of the University of California, Davis with a double major in Music History & Ethnomusicology and African-American & African Studies; a former co-host of the popular hip-hop radio show ATF Radio: All Things Fresh on KDVS 90.3 FM; a former Music Director of The Afterglow of UC Davis; and a recent graduate of American University with a Master's of Education in Business Education
, I have come in contact and learned from a vast amount of different musicians and educators. A classically-trained bass-baritone with roots in R&B, Soul, Rock, Pop, and Jazz, I have aspirations to help each and every student realize their full musical potential.

If you're looking for a teacher who will motivate and inspire you not only to learn your instrument of choice, but also how to perform it (whether on the big stage or in your living room for the family) and record it as well, I'm the perfect teacher for you. Learning to sing, play, and act beautifully doesn't have to be difficult -- we'll work on finding your voice or your style, all while having fun along the way!

I teach in-studio, in-home, and online lessons, so we can be flexible with the lesson type and schedule!

This is a perfect chance for you or your child who can't stop singing around the house or has dreams of shredding on the guitar or twinkling on the ivories to learn the fundamentals of music, start something new that keeps them or you focused, and have fun while doing it!

Feel free to contact me at show contact info for any questions and check out my student reviews and qualifications.

I look forward to meeting you and accompanying you or your child on your musical journey!!
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River December 12, 2018
· Piano · In home
Milton is great with kids!
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Levi-Drake B. September 28, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Amazing teacher and can give insight on just about anything music related.
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Ray I. August 17, 2018
· Speaking Voice · In studio
He's the best!
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Milton J.

Milton J.

Corona, CA 92879
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About Crystal S.

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Los Angeles, CA
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A veteran of competitive improv, Crystal teaches the basics both for fun and as an enhancement to the acting process.

About Crystal
Crystal brings a lifetime’s experience of professional musicianship to each of her lessons. Born into a family of musicians, she sang her first solo at age 2. She also benefits her students with an extraordinarily diverse musical background, having worked as a vocalist in gospel, country, musical theater, jazz, classical, rock, pop and soul styles. Her performing career has taken her from L.A. church meetings to London’s Houses of Parliament.

Crystal hails originally from Los Angeles, CA - where her musical parents gave her a head start by including her in the family business the moment she was able to contribute. She went on to study classical voice, piano and music theory at The Boston Conservatory of Music. After concluding her studies in London, she returned home and began working regularly as a theater performer, appearing in twen
ty world premiers and re-imagined classics. Most notably she played the lead role of Keely Smith in the big band jazz musical “Louis and Keely: Live At The Sahara” during its eight-month run at Westwood’s Geffen Playhouse. She also formed her own rock band, The Honeysuckle Jones Revival, with whom she performed her own songs all over Los Angeles. And she began working as a studio session vocalist, providing demo vocals for other songwriters, as well as arranging and performing back-up vocals for original artists, including Laura Roppe (currently in the Top Ten on Billboard’s Uncharted list of emerging artists.) Crystal played the lead role of Brooke in the new operatic rock musical “The Burning Opera LA” during its Los Angeles run in 2011 as well as providing ensemble vocals and playing piano and bass. She also performs holiday tunes from the Golden Age of American songwriting with musical quartet The Sleigh Belles.

Crystal believes that music is serious business but that it should be fun. She encourages her students to play music they love, as well as expanding their musical knowledge. She is a firm believer in basics first and emphasizes theory and technique as the tools to support creativity and provide freedom, power and control. She believes effort beats talent every time and the student who practices consistently will see results, whatever their level of ability. Most of all, she believes we were all born to make music.

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Lesson structure varies depending on the student's instrument, age, level of experience and musical style. However, all lessons focus on:

Technique
Music theory
Performance style

After 3 or 6 months of consistent lesson attendance and practice, students will have a clear understanding of how their instrument works and how to care for it. They will be able to read basic music notation. They will be working toward clearly defined musical goals and they will have at least three performance pieces learned.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Loft Space: full size electric piano with weighted keys, small digital recorder, microphone, Garage Band, parents can sit in on lessons

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring a small keyboard for vocal students with no piano, karaoke tracks and a digital recorder. I also bring a selection of games. Students are expected to purchase all necessary books and sheet music.

*** Specialties ***
Young beginners (piano)
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Raylene L Lehnhoff November 11, 2015
· Singing · Online
Love how she teaches the mechanics of learning to sing properly such as breathing correctly and posture right from the start for a beginner. Fantastic instructor!
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Tamura H. September 29, 2013
· Singing ·
Amazing singng instructor

Crystal has increased my daughter’s self-esteem and expressiveness through song. My daughter is now writing her own poetry and song lyrics, as well as being able to combat her once shyness quality. She loves to perform in front of others now and has a confidence level that amazes me, especially now that she is going into those “teen” years. I think a lot of thanks needs to go to Crystal, for assisting my daughter in reaching her current creative level!
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Tamura H. September 29, 2013
· Piano ·
Great piano instructor

Crystal is an amazing piano instructor. She is patient, understanding and dedicated. My daughter has learned so much from her. My daughter’s love for music has increased immensely since learning how to play the piano. This would never have been able to be accomplished without Crystal’s professional and caring teaching style.
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Crystal S.

Crystal S.

Los Angeles, CA 90012
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About Cathy R.

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Canyon Country, CA

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Improvisational Acting requires, not only, self-confidence, but knowledge of self-awareness, imaginative expression, and creative story-telling. These lessons will create of each of these areas and allow actors to experience success with improvisation through numerous and varied activities.

About Cathy
 Vocal and Piano Teacher
A proven leader in teaching and motivational development with years of experience and expertise; a self-directed, creative individual who possesses superior skills in interpersonal development and great interpersonal care helping individuals and groups

Key Areas of Strength
- Studied piano 17 years; taught for 20
- Studied voice nationally with internationally-renowned teachers; taught for 25 years
- Masters in Special Education, as well as a second Bachelor's in Communicative Disorders
- Private business owner/entrepreneur with successful retail sales of private label products
- Comprehensive skills in writing, singing, entertaining, analyzing music for over thirty years
- Sixteen years of retail marketing and on-site sales experience
- Proven expertise in marketing, advertising, and sales
- Publ
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Professional Background

Private Voice, Piano and Acting 1/89 to present
Teaching and Coaching
Individual and small group instruction in vocal and/or piano technique, including piano chording technique and instruction over all musical styles, including all ages.
Acting coaching for monologue preparation, scene and character development. All instruction is personalized/customized to the student's needs. Includes audition preparation, vocal techniques for therapeutic needs, and overall instruction in wellness practices for artistic longevity. Includes warm-up exercises as well as performance development, demeanor, and execution. Emphasis on creating and strengthening positive habits as opposed to negative discipline. Personal, professional, practical.

Huckleberry Creative Learning Center 9/07 to present
Teacher
Classes in Singing, Music and Art Education, Cooking, Geology, Theater, History, Reading/Grammar, and Crafts
- created Custom curriculum for specific classes
- Taught to California Standards

Vibe Performing Arts Studios 8/08 to present
Instructor
Private and Class Instruction in Piano, Voice, as well as Special Needs Classes

Risen Son Productions/R. Enterprises, Inc. 1/89 to 2007
Co-Owner
Production, Marketing, Manufacturing and Sales of Internationally marketed goods
Composer and artist of finished musical products
Booking of Concert Appearances
Teacher and Motivational Seminar Speaker
Speech Writer
My husband Rick and I toured the World with our Praise and Worship concerts and speaking engagements

Headline Performer/Background Vocalist/Booking Agent 9/79-12/88
Vocalist to US Presidents Carter, Reagan, and Bush
Annie on Broadway, N. Y. Grace Farrell
Singer/ Dancer/ Lead Performer
Various Summer Stock performances touring the eastern seaboard:
The Music Man, My Fair Lady, On a Clear Day, Fiddler on the Roof,
Funny Girl, Hello Dolly
Did a command performance for King Olaf of Norway in Godspell
Cabaret - Sally Bowles lead performer - Atlanta, GA
Booking Agent for Mike Hein Agency, formerly of Ray Bloch Agency
Worked world-wide as soloist and background vocalist for internationally renowned artists (i.e. Placido Domingo, Julio Iglesias, Charles Aznevour, etc)
Performed at international sites (i.e. Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, Carnegie Hall, Paris Opera, etc)
Performed solo show in Grande Palais in Monte Carlo - Main Stage
Royal Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line - Head Liner
Cathy Baker Show

Choir Director Experience:
Hand Bell Choir Ash Street Baptist Church Atlanta, Georgia
Children's 6-9 Choir Ash Street Baptist Church Atlanta, Georgia
Children's 6-9 Choir The Church on the Way Van Nuys, CA

Theater Direction:
Robin Hood Revisited (a short play I adapted for Elementary Students)
The Bard is Back (modern version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
Cindy (A Musical I wrote based on the Cinderella legend, featuring Beatles (Music)

Education:
Utah State University - Secondary BS in Communication Disorders
National University - MS in Special Education
Georgia State University - BA in Advertising and Public Relations, Minors in Music, History, and Geology

Vocal Instruction:
Joseph Amayo University of Georgia
Florence Kopplef Georgia State University
Andrew Terry Atlanta, Georgia
Robert Strickland New York, New York

Additional Skills/Interests: Show dance including jazz, some ballet, tap, and modern; piano accompanying; sky diving; bike riding; gardening; teaching reading and writing, as well as working with students who have speech and language disabilities; and multiple philanthropic/church involvement and activities, including handi-crafts creations.

Miscellaneous: Proficient in Microsoft Office, Excel, and Powerpoint

*** Lesson Details ***
Every lesson is customized to the specific needs of each student. Each lesson includes work on vocal essentials like breathing, hydration, and anatomy, as well as technique, work on specific, student-chosen songs, vocal and physical exercises, performance tips, music theory. Fun but educational!

*** Specialties ***
Voice in all Styles from Pop to Rock to Country to Classical; Vocal Performance in all styles; Music Theory; Piano, including Sight-Reading and Chord Theory; Theatrical and Acting Coaching: Audition Preparation; Song and Music Preparation; College Audition Prep; Resume Preparation; Vocal Breathing Techniques; Reading; Composition; Special Education Tutoring.
Preschool, Kindergarten, Elementary Academic Tutoring in English, Grammar, Composition, History, Social Studies, Earth Science, Music and Art History
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Tom October 4, 2017
· Singing · In home
Cathy is a great and caring teacher who helped me correct the vocal problem I was having. I highly recommend her and hope to work with her again in the future.
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Javan September 30, 2017
· Speaking Voice · In studio
Cathy is patience and methodically, intuitively Planning lessons that are specific to my personal goals.
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Sydney W. March 19, 2017
· Speaking Voice · In home
Cathy was terrific! My daughter had one week to prepare for a very important10 minute presentation and Cathy gave great advice and was truly invested in helping her be her best self with poise and confidence. Definitely recommend her!
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Cathy R.

Canyon Country, CA 91351
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About Tanya A.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Comedy, sketch

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I have taught all ages, K-12 as well as adults into their 80's.
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Premlata August 12, 2018
· Hip Hop Dance · In studio
Tanya is a wonderful teacher! She customized her lessons to fit your needs and we’ve made great progress after only three lessons! Looking forward to continuing!
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Maria Corrigan September 25, 2017
· Dance · In home
Tanya was so incredible and made me really feel comfortable!
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Maria May 24, 2017
· Hip Hop Dance · In studio
I've never had a dance lesson before and was pretty nervous about this but Tanya made me feel comfortable and I eventually relaxed and enjoyed myself!

Thanks again!!
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Tanya A.

Tanya A.

Los Angeles, CA 90036
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About Erin C.

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North Hollywood, CA
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About Erin
I am an actor, speech & dialect coach, and acting teacher. I had steady freelance teaching and coaching jobs for 3 years in NYC, as well as steady acting work in NYC and Chicago theatre for 5 years total.

I moved to LA from Cambridge, MA, where I earned my Master's in Acting from the American Repertory Theater Institute at Harvard. I am certified in unarmed stage combat as well.

I have coached privately and for theatre productions ranging from world-premieres to revivals of Pinter plays to musicals. I love working with actors of all experience levels!
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Tyler May 14, 2018
· Dialect Coaching · In home
I had to learn an Irish dialect for a big audition I was called in for last minute. My friend suggested Erin to help with dialect coaching and audition coaching, and man, I'm so grateful. With Erin's training and expertise, I was able to learn the Irish dialect in an hour and nailed the audition! She has experience with multiple acting and audition techniques...she's able to speak multiple acting "languages". If you're looking for any audition coaching or dialect coaching, I definitely recommend Erin! She knows what she's doing!
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Laura May 14, 2018
· Acting · In home
I have worked with Erin on several occasions, because she is so wonderful at her job! She has helped me to prepare for numerous auditions, many of which have gone very well as a result. She is an incredible actor herself, and she uses her talent and expertise to help me be the best actor I can be. Finding my super objective in a monologue or scene, the different tactics, focus, awareness, groundedness... these are all things she has helped me to do to strengthen my own work. She is down to earth and open, which makes working with her really easy and comfortable. Performing my work in front of somebody else can be very difficult, because I often question what the viewer will think of me. Not only does Erin help me fight that fear, she helps me find the gratitude and joy in getting to perform. I highly recommend Erin as an acting coach! She’s fantastic!
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Martha May 14, 2018
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Erin has coached me numerous times for auditions. I find her to be highly skilled in helping me find the truth in the work. She has a calm, supportive energy. And she's just a great person to be around!
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Erin C.

Erin C.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
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About Marcel M.

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Monterey Park, CA
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I work in the industry for more than 10 years. I have my own production company since 2005. I directed movies as well so I know both sides very well.

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Marcel Miller
Networxx Film Management

About Marcel
I work as a tutor and mentor in many of those fields for years. It was and is a side business, but I always enjoyed teaching.
I am looking forward to move on with you and / or your kids.
Have a great day,
Marcel

Update 02/10/15: Takelessons is a great way to teach and a fantastic and easy way to learn for students. I currently have 3 students per week, with several hours. I really enjoy it, either online via Skype or Facetime or Live at the students place. Hit me up and let's move something together.
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Bill S. November 17, 2018
· Gardening · In home
Excellent teacher. We took a 20'x2' section of "dirt" in the back, redid the soil, transplanted a rose in that section, added two other new roses and a bunch of ground cover. Looks great! Recommended.
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Ems H. July 2, 2017
· Mixed Martial Arts · In home
I did not actually take any lessons with him, but his schedule did not reflect what showed as available in Takelessons. He had a very bad attitude and would not actually schedule the lesson after several exchanges.
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Andy June 2, 2017
· German · Online
I need to improve my spoken German for business and Marcel has been invaluable in helping me improve at a good pace while being incredibly flexible on lesson planning.

I've been working with him for about a month now and I've grown to feel more comfortable speaking with my colleagues who are native German speakers.

If you want a native, professional teacher who can be fun...Marcel is your guy.
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Marcel M.

Monterey Park, CA 91755
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Los Angeles, CA

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Alex is a comedic actress who has worked with Larry David, Emma Stone, Steve Martin and Jenna Fischer. She has her masters from Yale, bachelors from NYU and has studied on-camera acting with Leslie Kahn, Risa Bramon-Garcia and Bob Krakower. She has worked on Broadway, recently performed in Maniac on Netflix and has more indie films under her belt than she can count. She is passionate about helping your "YOU-NESS" shine through in your work. Let's get specific so you can have freedom to play. I am looking forward to meeting you and getting to work!

About Alexandra
Hey You! Thanks for reading. I am a professional actress and writer with degrees from Yale and NYU. I have studied improv at UCB and on-camera with all the good funny teachers (Leslye Kahn, Bob Krakower). And I have worked with Larry David, Emma Stone, Kathleen Turner, Steve Martin, Jenna Fischer and more. This is what I believe: No one is you. So let's let your beautiful you-ness shine! Sometimes with acting, getting a good audition feels like chewing gum and walking and also juggling self criticism knives. What I want to help you do is focus on the work. I am a supportive teacher and my students book jobs/get into school. But more importantly than that, I want you to walk out of your audition room feeling you did your best work. I have worked regionally, on broadway, on your streaming service and in independent films. I also write and d
irect for film so I know what the other side of the table is looking for. And my favorite thing I teach? Creative writing for kids, so, if you feel stuck, we can pull out that child beginner's mind and get down to make believe. We got this!
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Shannon S. October 16, 2018
· Acting · In studio
Alex is an amazing coach! She has helped with with dozens of auditions from television comedy to Shakespeare. A compassionate and generous being, Alex is able to share her technique and knowledge in a way that makes any actor feel at ease and confident, both while working and in the audition room. She knows how to ask the right questions that encourage me to bring intelligence and uniqueness to each role, making my auditions more detailed and specific. And she's well-priced! How can you go wrong? WORK WITH ALEX! I promise, you'll be happy.
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Alexandra H.

Los Angeles, CA 90027
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About Arthur M.

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Los Angeles, CA
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I teach Stella Adler's technique exactly as she taught it, a direct translation from Stanislavski. His method is not based on personal experience, that so many get wrong, rather in imagination. With this technique, I believe anyone can act, all it takes is determination and a willingness to be wrong, regularly.
I have coached, Benicio del Toro, Jason Momoa, Salma Hayek, and Finola Hughes, and Mark Ruffalo...just to mention a few of the many that are successful and working.

About Arthur
In my experience, most acting schools in Los Angeles waste your money. They tell you they’ll teach you “Hollywood” secrets, tell you-you're gonna be a star, and take your money. If you want someone with actual talent, whose honest to a fault, and who can truly give you a fighting chance in this industry, look up Actor Circle Theatre and give me a call.

It’s time to be an artist.
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Arthur M.

Los Angeles, CA 90036
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$125 / 30-min

About Pia V.

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North Hollywood, CA
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Please google my name Piya Pinvatana. I have been acting since 17 years of age and have over 30 years of acting as an actress and coach. I have trained method acting with Lewis Smith's Actor's Academy, Beverly Hills Playhouse, Milton Katsellas, where Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, and other actors trained, scene study. I also trained auditioning technique with Judy Bouley (Breaking out of your shyness) and have produced and shot my own commercials and films here and overseas. I did modeling in my earlier years. Am now 50 but look 30 some say. I have worked with Jared Leto, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez doing stunts but not teaching them. I teach confidence and life lessons to apply to your acting. Making it real but making it look good and practicing cold reading on camera techniques. You can look me up also on filmproaddicts.com that's my production company.

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I have trained with the best and have worked with A-list celebrities working them to collaborate with acting, music videos, style, make-up, stunts, and have over 30 years of experience as coach! I also do career coaching for 20.00 per hour and can guide you to do the right things as an actor or beginning acting. I know I mentioned only teaching advanced students. I have well over 10 years of experience with trained academy teachers, Lewis Smith, Milton Katsellas who trained Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. I've worked with Jared Leto on his music video and worked on hundreds of sets as their creative director. I would love to teach students how to have confidence and find work as an actor and get experience while they are waiting for their big break. How to have confidence in front of the camera or wherever you are.
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Pia V.

North Hollywood, CA 91605
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About Morgan W.

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I've been Directing and Assistant Directing Musical Theatre Productions for 8 years! I have also served as a permanent Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Acting Class sub. I myself have taken many acting classes while at Oklahoma City University, one of the top colleges in the country for Musical Theatre and Acting.

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I have been teaching dance, choreographing, and stage managing for 12 years, from private lessons to groups of 100. I have a Bachelor of Science in Dance Education from Oklahoma City University. My students have achieved great strides in their technique and confidence. I build personal syllabi for my students so they will grow at a very fast rate. Check out my resume to see all of the musicals and dance performances I have choreographed and worked for! My teaching method is based upon the individual needs of the student or students attending my class. I give lessons to students ages 3 - adult with any level of previous dance experience. My methods on instruction include all ways of learning. I always give my students verbal instruction, demonstration, and a physical copy of the steps/techniques learned the day of the lesson. I’m very new
to the Southern California area! I am currently a Nanny for a Professional Private Company, a Tutor with a Company in Irvine, and I am also teaching Private Lessons through this website! I’m so excited to share my love for the arts with this area and I can’t wait to meet some awesome new students.
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Morgan W.

Anaheim, CA 92804
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