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About Khemya M.

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Stockton, CA
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orator, speech and poetic expression

About Khemya
With a Masters degree in Arts and Consciousness Studies from J.F. Kennedy Univ, A BA in dance ethnology, performance and choreography and world music, and 3 A.A. degrees in dance, music and psychology, I feel successful to teach various subjects in the arts.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lesson plans will include: Beginning music theory, songbook and study, and beginning songs for piano

*** Studio Equipment ***
Electric keyboard and dun dun drums, djembe drums, guitar and amps, with microphone, 320 square foot space, open space for dance floor :)

*** Travel Equipment ***
djembe drums, electric piano, percussion
I expect the student to provide their notebooks, writing utensils and positive behavior

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Jazz improvisation-jazz voicing on piano (music theory)
Dance-Afro-Caribbean dance and folklore
Dunham techniq
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African drumming and percussion: Jembe and shekere with song and folklore.
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Charlene August 19, 2016
· Piano · In studio
I loved taking lessons with Khemya. My job interfered with my lessons. What I enjoyed most is I felt my music which my sound strange but as a senior adult is makes all the difference.
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Iakienide U. June 8, 2016
· Piano · In home
Ms. Khemya is very good at teaching piano lessons.
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Debra Q. October 15, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Very clear and patient
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Palm Coast, FL

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How to move with confidence and poise, Think on your feet~ unleash a barrage of one liners and "be on a roll". Enjoy your 15 minutes of fame or be a trouper who makes a living at Improv.

About James
I worked for Eddie Van Halen for five years in the 1990's in the Beverly Hills area of Los Angeles and was instrumental in providing help with development of the Peavey Wolfgang and Wolfgang Special Guitar by providing feedback on the prototypes Eddie was designing at the time. I learned a lot from Eddie and his brother Alex about music and the music industry. (All you have to do is pay attention! ) I have played in bands from Hollywood to Toronto and back both as a singer songwriter and guitarist. I bring the Musicians Institute way to the table and get things up and running quickly. I help students get it under their fingers fast and get it right the first time.

I believe in sharing the happiness of making music with anyone who loves music and the guitar in particular. I do my very best to get you playing the songs you love in Pop,
Rock, Jazz and Folk Music of your choice. Today's modern new guitars are easy to play and you will enjoy learning Guitar right away. That is how it should be.
When you study there is a basic understanding of Guitar to be learned that allows an ease of use for anyone for years to come. This will help you reach your goal and improve each week. My students learn to practice in a way that feels comfortable and makes sense. This takes all the stress out of learning and gives everyone something to smile about and look forward to each week.

The good feeling of playing along with friends and taking a solo is within every students grasp. I will show you the way there. And with a solid and straightforward approach to the theory as it applies directly to the guitar you will feel confident and unafraid of any music endeavor. We'll cover harmony and fingerboard theory and give you a road map of the guitar neck that makes it a pleasure to play. You learn the basics and much more than you thought possible retaining 90 percent of what you learn!

Having been a student myself I was deeply involved in music since age 12 and played in bands and duos for over 15 years . I can help you to be a well rounded player and performer with a smile, a laugh and a joy for music whether your in a band or a budding solo artist.

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Most students want to play the Guitar to play their favorite songs and I'm the same way. Music is something we carry with us in our hearts and minds. Students will learn what they wish to learn and work at a pace that is comfortable to them. Whether you are a student, “weekend warrior” or a parent whose child has expressed an interest in Guitar anyone can learn all there is to know about Harmony and Theory for the Guitar and how to play their favorite songs.

We cover theory in an easy and straightforward no nonsense way in the first half of each lesson and then apply it to the song you wish to learn. This creates an atmosphere where you understand and feel at home with the Guitar. You get an understanding right away and because it is immediately fun it allows you to feel comfortable at any level. Music is fun, and songs are the creative expression of what we feel. Combining theory and the freedom to play and sing songs allows us to express ourselves through music. 
After 6 months students will have a solid foundation in theory, and a road map of the guitar fretboard enabling them to advance to an intermediate level if they are ready to do so. Students will know enough that music as it relates to the Guitar, which is the world’s most popular instrument in contemporary music, is not a mystery but is a welcome friend. And they will be able to play songs by popular artists and advance at a pace that is satisfying and enjoyable.
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What Students Are Saying About ~ James Teaching Style

“James’ patience, knowledge and under-standing made learning guitar fun. I like the lessons. He cares.”
--Rebecca L., guitar
student, Venice Beach, CA 2003

“James taught me to
play pop and rock, and
introduced me to
fingerstyle guitar. I love it!”
--Joseph E., guitar student, Vancouver, BC 2006

“I studied guitar privately with James in 2010. His style of teaching helped me to get
past my blocks. He opened new doors for me. Thanks!”
--Daniel S., guitar
student, Los Angeles, CA 2010
""James is a trustworthy man, great with answering back right away. Always ready to help with new members. I would definitely recommend him." ~ PJ Stover of PJ Stover Voices; Independent Film & Recording voice-over artist
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What James spouse says about working on songwriting with him:

"James is my husband for over 10 years now. Over the years, I have seen James give guidance and counsel to many hopeful musicians of all ages, and inspire others about how music influences and benefits our lives. I would highly recommend James to anyone who wants to learn guitar, voice, music theory, and acting. James is a great talent, and study with him would benefit anyone with the sincere desire to grow as an artist. When we married, I had fallen in love with James’ conversational style, and his vast knowledge of music. When I heard him play guitar, I knew that I wanted to write songs with him, and we released our first album, in 2012 on iTunes."

Regards,
Keri W.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Ovation Glen Campbell Artist Acoustic Electric Guitar, Ovation Pacemaker 12 string Guitar, Ibanez PF 5 Acoustic Electric Guitar, Fender Telecaster 6 string Electric Guitar. Korg Mini Pandora III Amplifier/Studio EFX, Toshiba Laptop Satelite Pro with PreSonus Studio One Artist Software, PreSonusUSB Audiobox, HD7 Studio Monitor Headphones, M7 Condenser Mic, PreSonus Studio Producer software with SoundCloud integration, iBook G4 with Garageband 3 and iLife Studio. Godin Summit CT Electric Guitar is the guitar I now endorse exclusively !

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Lesson Plans, Godin Summit CT Guitar, Fender and Ovation Guitars, Tuner, Android Smartphone and apps, iPads, Korg Mini Pandora Amp, Toshiba Satelite Pro Laptop. Android LG Smartphone with Tuners, Voice Recorder, and Metronome and Chord Reference Guide, and Guitar Tuner, iPod Touch Pro Studio.

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Songs in the following styles: Pop, Rock and Modern Country Music. Also Composition Analysis while learning the song.
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Erin Virgili April 6, 2017
· Improv Acting · Online
James was a wonderful instructor! Not only did he make my son feel confident about taking lessons he offered great advice and guidance about the acting industry. I would definitely recommend him to anyone seriously interested in improving their acting skills. My son is 12 years old.
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Erin Virgili February 10, 2017
· Improv Acting · Online
James made my son feel very comfortable for his first session!
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JW February 6, 2017
· Singing · In home
Good experience.
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About Dan S.

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San Francisco, CA

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I've trained at Michael Howard Studios in New York City with Michael Howard and Mimi Turque. I am an alum of Broadway Theatre Project and have performed across the world in a variety of theatrical productions.

About Dan
Dan is an accomplished, multi-disciplinary performer (Singer, Actor, Dancer, Pianist) and is the founder & CEO of Multiviewing; a five-month, life-coaching program providing clients a unique and structured platform for personal and professional development.

Dan has his BA in Communications and Music History & Literature from NC State University and his MPA in Public Administration & Nonprofit Management from Baruch College. He is currently working on his PhD in Integral & Transpersonal Psychology at California Institute of Integral Studies. Dan excels in academia, as well as in multiple facets of the Performing Arts!

Growing up in NC, Dan trained at the Raleigh Conservatory of Music and was the youngest member of the Raleigh Oratorio Society and the North Carolina Master Chorale. He received excellent ratings in piano, vocal and a
cademic competitions, and was awarded the Triangle Theatre Award for Best Actor in a Musical and the North Carolina State University’s Theatre Endowment Award for Best Male Lead.

Dan is an alum of Broadway Theatre Project and the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. He has directed, music directed, choreographed and starred in several theatrical productions and benefit concerts across the country for a variety of national nonprofits. He dreams of owning his own nonprofit healing and performing arts center in San Francisco.

Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Lived in: New York, NY
Current City: San Francisco, CA

Quote: “Everything starts with the decision and passion to succeed. Let’s unleash your potential and share your gift with the world!”

Top 10 artists: Luciano Pavarotti, Eva Cassidy, Samuel Barber, Jennifer Hudson, Frederic Chopin, Whitney Houston, Jason Robert Brown, Heather Headley, Stephen Schwartz, Stephen Sondheim.
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San Francisco, CA 94109
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About Elena A.

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Rodeo, CA
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About Elena
Highly Motivated & Excited Teacher and Inspiration Mover. Building confidence in various subjects from Art to Dance to Computer Skills.

Come to the class one way, and leave a brand new person regardless of which class you take with Elena A.

Founder & CEO of MMTB- Movie Making Throughout the Bay! Inc. a 501c3 Non Profit Organization, Elena teaches classes to support the community and continues to boost careers in the Bay!
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Jonathan September 30, 2015
· Filmmaking · In studio
MMTB's day-long intensives with Elena are astounding. DO NOT go in with a closed mind, or thinking you know things - if you do, you will walk away bitter and confused, because Elena will challenge everything you know - BUT you will walk away with a completely new perspective if you allow yourself to learn. The days are intense (as expected), so be prepared to abandon everything you knew on the fly - and be prepared to have your mind blown, and explore aspects of your art you've never explored before.
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About Carolyn M.

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New York, NY

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Improve your improv! Carolyn began working professionally at 8 years old and has since appeared on stage, in national commercials, recorded voiceovers, and booked principal roles in both film and television. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2011 from the Boston Conservatory, where she majored in musical theater with an emphasis in directing. She is currently in the hit Off-Broadway shows “My Big Gay Italian Wedding” and “My Big Gay Italian Funeral”.

About Carolyn
Born and raised on Long Island, Carolyn began working professionally at 8 years old and has since appeared on stage, in national commercials, recorded voiceovers, and booked principal roles in both film and television. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2011 from the Boston Conservatory, where she majored in musical theater with an emphasis in directing. In her spare time, Carolyn has always loved working with people who have a passion for the arts. Whether it’s in a classroom, at a dance studio, or sitting at the piano, Carolyn has worn the many hats of acting coach, voice teacher, dance instructor, music theory tutor, piano teacher, and college audition coach to name a few. Getting cast in Broadway shows, winning first place in national dance competitions, receiving perfect scores on vocal/piano NYSSMA solos, and being accepted to
some of the most competitive college programs in the nation are just a few of her clients’ many accomplishments.
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Sam July 17, 2017
· Singing · Online
Carolyn is an amazing teacher! As a beginning singer, she knows how to tailor lessons exactly to my needs. She does a spectacular job at accommodating the rock music style of singing I use in my song writing, recording, and performances, and is always clear about what's working for me and what I can improve, and how.

Furthermore, she has a strong song-writing and production background and has acted as a producer of sorts in the best way possible, challenging me to work outside of my comfort zone in order to help me package the music I've written into the best songs they could ever be.

She really knows what she is doing, is extremely personable, and I highly recommend her for anything music-related!
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Evan H. July 11, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Carolyn was fantastic. She was very focused on the voice and helping me find mine. I sang in college and for quite a while in my adult life in choirs both classical and jazz groups and she helped me to start the path of finding out what my voice really sounds like.
I had a fabulous time for the time I spent in New York studying with her.
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Brad K. June 16, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Carolyn is friendly, takes the lesson seriously and she explains herself very well. She's also very patient and really tries to make the lesson fun. Her high energy attitude really keeps the session moving and the time flew by. I'm looking forward to continuing to work with her and I would highly recommend her to anyone.
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About Azalea L.

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Virginia Beach, VA
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Acting for singers! I have more than 5 years of experience in acting for the stage, for opera or theatre. I teach improvisation, body awareness, stage presence, stage combat, and more!

About Azalea
I speak English and Spanish, I have a Master's degree and several years working with students of all ages and different places. I love to be creative when I'm teaching, every student is different and for this reason I like to customize my style to match my students' needs. It is really important to have fun while learning!
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About Matt M.

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Dallas, TX

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As an acting teacher/coach, I strive to guide each young actor through the ongoing, evolving, lifelong process of awareness, curiosity, exploration, and discovery that leads to producing honest work. Using the Meisner Technique, I instill young actors with confidence in their own ability to live truthfully under imaginary circumstances. Small group class sizes and private lessons provide actors with individualized mentorship, while also preparing them to work in a professional environment and promote longevity in their careers.

About Matt
Matt holds a Texas Teaching Certificate in Theatre Arts (which he taught for 13 years of his 18 year career in public education), and directed over 50 stage productions, including: Sweeney Todd, James and The Giant Peach, The Who's Tommy, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Noises Off, Monty Python's Spamalot, Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind, The Hobbit, and The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe (RCP Best Director). He was named Outstanding University Interscholastic League Sponsor in 2016, led the UIL One Act Play The Insanity of Mary Girard to Area Tournament in 2014, and directed the 2016 Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards Best Costume Design winning production of The Addams Family.

Professionally, he appeared in the feature film When The Bough Breaks (opposite Morris Chestnut), worke
d in the independent film projects County Line and The Beat Hotel, and appeared in regional commercials for Taco Bueno, The Home Depot, and Zaxby’s. On stage, he appeared as St. Jimmy in the Regional Premiere of Green Day's American Idiot, as Bill Clinton/Howard Stern/Vladimir Putin in the original cast of the musical Citizen Drumpf (The Column Awards Best Musical Nominee 2017), Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd, Dr. Parker in Bat Boy, and Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream (RCP Best Actor).

He is the owner/instructor at The Mitchell Actor Studio, where he teaches Meisner technique to young actors ages 7-18. He continues to study Meisner technique under Michele Condrey at REACT Studios and is SAG-AFTRA Eligible. He is represented by The Campbell Agency of Dallas, Texas.
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About Natalia A.

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Fort Lee, NJ

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Want to be on T.V.? Love being on stage? Then this is the lesson for you! Many of my students (of all ages) can be seen on stage and appearing on major networks such as ABC, Netflix, FOX, TV ONE, BET , NBC & more! I have worked in casting for major television networks , stage productions and with top agents. I have years of on camera and stage experience. Our lessons are a discovery of creativity and loads of fun:-) We take our lessons seriously but the art of acting is having a safe place to play and explore and that is exactly what we will do! Hope to meet you soon :-)

About Natalia
Hi there! It is a pleasure to web-meet you 🙂
First, let me say I do NOT have all the answers but I am quite resourceful and have placed myself in the working rooms of talent agents, casting offices for major networks and production development. I am a “sponge” and soaked in A LOT of information that I am excited to share with you! (All ages wlecome)

Some see me as the best-friend/mentor they always wanted and other times I am compared to the personal trainer you need but always avoided. Either way my main focus is your ability to become your craft in an industry where your talent must meet determination in order for you to succeed.

My first goal is getting to know you:
The entire session is focused solely on you. We ask the hard questions in order to get the honest answers of where you are in your career . We assess your goals , set u
p general meetings( if needed) with agents, casting directors and create a plan of action for your career customized to your career goals

One on Coaching:
Workout those acting muscles with me! Improv, Scene Study, Audition Prep, Movement & Monologues are all offered. The acting muscles need to be trained, formed and maintained. I offers a brave, safe and affordable environment for you to do just that.

Joyfully,
Natalia
Talent Development with a touch of Friendship
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Cecilia Quinan August 16, 2017
· Film and TV Acting · Online
One of life’s biggest win is meeting Natalia. My confidence, knowledge and exposure to my craft and industry representatives have been amazing. Her sincere commitment to my growth and with her guidance, I booked a role on a major network! Natalia, you’re absolutely the BEST!
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Loire Fawley August 16, 2017
· Film and TV Acting · Online
I first met Natalia when we were both students at the Actor's Group in Orlando. She helped me to get my first legitimate representation, which in turn led to my first SAG role and my SAG eligibility, but beyond that, she has been a source of inspiration and motivation and a true friend. She is what we as artists need to be to one another as we keep going in this industry. She is always positive, always willing to help, and genuinely wants to see everyone succeed.
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Julia R. August 16, 2017
· Child Acting · In studio
Natalia is the mentor that every actor hopes for. She always goes above and beyond and is an incredible source of support and is truly an actor’s advocate. She has secured me a great deal of auditions and when I BOOKED by her referral, she was there for me every step of the way; we were a team. Natalia has helped me with my career goals, auditions, industry questions, agent referrals and help, taping, and above all we have developed a wonderful friendship. She has impeccable instincts, character, and talent. Natalia is an actor’s dream, and I feel so beyond blessed to have her guidance and support in my journey.
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About Shanee J.

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Your craft is your difference, and I am here to help you supply your craft with the tools necessary to make your difference shine.
I am a graduate from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and currently pursue professional jobs to keep my craft fluid and stay up-to-date on current events. I specialize in warm ups, physical acting, audition training, monologues, improv, Meisner Technique, and Stanislavski’s System. I have 6+ years of experience in the professional acting industry and hope to bring you into the world of endless imagination!

About Shanee
Hey! Nice to meet you! First off, I would love to thank you for your interest in my professional acting training. I am a fun, vibrant and grounded professional actor desired to help you reach your goals in the performing arts industry. I am a graduate of the well-known American Academy of Dramatic Arts, as well as a writer, songwriter, and overall just an encouraging individual willing to push you beyond your fears and help you dive in pool of creation. I specialize in warm-ups, physical acting, improv, auditions, monologue practice, Meisner Technique, Lee Strasberg's Method, and Stanislavski’s System.

I follow five simple but important steps to my method of engagement in performing.
1. Explore
Explore your space. Rather it be on stage, in front of the camera, or just in your head; you must explore your space to find your comfo
rtable and tight places, as well as your obstacles and free spaces. The advantages of exploring first, is that you get a chance as the actor, to feel the area and build that fourth wall.
2. Ground
Plant your feet and your voice down and get grounded. Your being is an electrical source. Just like in a home, in order to use electricity safely, it must first be grounded. You must ground yourself in order to release the full potential of your power.
3. Listen
Listening is a key element in not just acting, but also in life. Listening doesn't seclude itself to just words. Listening involves, listening to your body, listening for queues, beats, moments and even silence! If you choose not to listen, your response will never be valid.
4. Act and React
Every action has a reaction. Your job as an actor, is to fulfill the role by acting and then reacting. You must learn specific techniques to appropriately apply to your acting and if you are following rule number three, reacting should be a breeze.
5. Trust your muscles
Trust that through repetitive motion and practice, that your muscles will do it's job and place your mind, words, and body exactly where it needs to be.

With these steps, the only thing left to add is discipline and creativity. I encourage my students to be themselves and be fearless in that. Without your difference in the world, there would be no change, there would be no story to be told, there would be no excitement. I challenge you to excite me and allow me into your space. Let's explore and create together!
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She an amazing teacher. Ive gained so much knowlege and confidence with my lessons! Id reccomend to anyone!
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