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About Amy L.

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Los Angeles, CA

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My name is Amy. I am 39 and have been a singer since 1991. I give vocal training lessons to students age 18 and up. focusing on range, pitch , vocal strength breath support etc and your self confidence as a singer. My specialties are Classical Folk Musical Theater and Sacred. Lessons are held at my home studio.

A passion for helping people Is why I also offer life coaching services to clients age 18 and up. You will find someone who is patient compassionate nonjudgmental and most of all a good listener. I specialize in the areas of spirituality and stress management. Sessions are held at my home.
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Kate February 6, 2017
· Vocal Training · In home
Amy is a very accurate and knowledgeable singer, and a genuinely nice person! Any student looking to improve their vocal skills and musicality would learn a lot from Amy.
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Amy L.

Los Angeles, CA 90066
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About Ash A.

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Hi :) I'm Ash and I look forward to hearing about your goals!

Self-awareness is at the foundation of everything I teach. I have a varied skill set, but no matter what we work on you will receive from me powerful tools to take better care in approaching and enjoying your overall wellness.

Ask me as many questions as you like- I'm here to help YOU :)

I am willing to travel up to an hour for lessons. Let me know if you have location questions and check out my available locations! I also have Skype lessons available.

Teaching groups of kids or adults is what I do too. If you and your friends want a fun and powerful class in meditation, wellness goals or communication in acting or life let me know :)

" There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting. "
- Buddha -
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Arika May 26, 2017
· Meditation · Online
Ash Is a excellent teacher she helped me to calm myself when i get anxious. She teaches different kind of techniques to help when you're feeling overwhelmed or just teaching that feeling you feel it's just a feeling not you and how to let it go or put your attention on it and watch it go away after a few tries!
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Anonymous June 23, 2016
· Meditation · In studio
Ash is amazing! I started with her two years ago. I had sever anger issues, and I was all over the place. She taught me really cool tools like "dropping" your mind, light mediation, and more...I really recommend learning from her. She is great at explaining things and has helped me a lot in my meditation journeys. When I look at myself now, I feel more calm and accomplished thanks to her.
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Eric Cole June 20, 2016
· Stage Performance ·
Ash is an excellent teacher, from what I have seen firsthand. A true expert in communicating and helping others understand the lessons at hand. With her patient and gentle approach, I would think that anybody would be able to learn from her. I have had the pleasure of watching her teach both children and adult, and I have learned a great deal in the process, and consider myself a student of hers aswell. I highly recommend her to teach your children or anyone for that matter.
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Ash A.

Glendale, CA 91208
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About Marcel M.

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Altadena, CA
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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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Ems 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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Thia S. January 22, 2017
· Microsoft Word · In home
Marcel is a great teacher, solved all my complicated issues and answered every question with advanced knowledge. He's patient and has a light humorous way of making you feel smart when you need it most!
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Marcel M.

Altadena, CA 91001
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About Perry J.

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Winnetka, CA

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I played lots of sports and was physically active growing up: skateboarding, baseball, football roller-skate, Karate, jujitsu, triathlon..
I received an educational grant for my service in the United States Navy and studied health, fitness and exercise science. In 2014 I received my associates degree in Advanced Health & Fitness from Bryan University(Deans List) and was certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a personal trainer, Fitness Nutrition Specialist and Core Specialist
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Perry J.

Perry J.

Winnetka, CA 91306
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$45 / 30-min

About Howard R.

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West Hills, CA
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About Howard
I enjoy working with complete beginners as well as seasoned professionals. I teach classical and popular styles. I specialize in teaching learning how to learn, sight-reading, technique, improvisation, chord-reading, songwriting. One of my specialties is to help you break through your most stubborn blocks. These might be the strangest things that you think no one would ever understand -- fear of playing in public, feeling like your left hand is uncoordinated, practice procrastination, pain when playing, pain when reading notation, memory issues, musical dyslexia... ANYTHING. I can help you and I will never make you feel embarrassed.

*** All Levels, All Styles ***
-Classical
-Pop
-Country
-Gospel
-Blues
-R&B
-Rock
-Reggae
-Hip Hop
-Worship
-Church
-Hymns
-Techno
-50s
-Jazz
-New Age
-Folk
-Broadway
-Pop Ballad
-etc.

*** In Studio or Online ***
Of course it is more enjoyable if you can have lessons in person. But with modern technology, live online lessons come in a close second. I've been teaching for 40 years and I've been doing online lessons for about 7 years. I'm located in West Hills, which is a suburb of Los Angeles. If you are not local, using skype with a webcam works out surprisingly well. I have students in Sydney, London, Hong Kong and many cities throughout the US.

*** Use a Piano or a Keyboard for Practicing ***
I am not fussy if you use a keyboard but it needs to be a "weighted action" keyboard, so that it feels similar to a real piano. Ideally, you should also have a pedal and a stand if you are using an electronic keyboard.

*** Unconventional Approach ***
Each student is taught with a customized approach. You get to tell me what areas you want to focus on. Sometimes there may be a block or something that is a weakness that you need to bolster. Sometimes it is a narrow niche within music that you want to give your attention to. One way that I'm unconventional is that I actually have found that it is NOT better if you practice every day. I recommend that you build in about three days of rest per week. Just like people who work out at the gym learn that the off days are when the muscles regenerate, the same is true for your brain. This allows your subconscious mind to do its job and your progress will actually be faster, not slower. Another example of my unique approach is how I treat beginners. Even though you may not yet read music very well or at all, it doesn't mean that you can't start working concurrently on a more advanced piece. This is because READING notation is a comparatively slow process, but why should we restrict your ability to play something that you love to your rate of reading music? Usually, our FINGER TECHNIQUE develops much faster than our READING so I'm happy to guide you on one or two more difficult pieces and help spoon-feed it to you, bit by bit, "by rote."

*** Areas of Focus ***
-Finger Technique. How to play fast with ultimate control.
-Sight-Reading How to Read Music at Sight
-Rhythm Training
-Music Theory
-Interpretation
-Injury-Retraining
-Relaxation, Removing Unnecessary Tension
-Pain-Reduction
-Practice-Optimization - How to learn more in less time. -How to memorize music.
-Biomechanical Efficiency - Maximum power with minimum effort.
-Time-Management
-Improvisation and creativity development techniques
-Composition & Songwriting.
-How to create melodies for your poems and lyrics.
-How to put chords on your melodies.
-How to create “song sheets,” lead sheets and how to write music down on paper.
-How to notate your song so others can play it, without knowing how to read music!
-Chord-Reading and How to Play Lead Sheets & Fake Book
-Musical Styles and Piano Arrangements (Pop, Country, Gospel, Blues, R&B, Rock, Reggae, Hip Hop, Worship, Church, Hymns, Techno, 50s, Jazz, New Age, Folk, Broadway, Pop Ballade, etc.)
-Ear-Training (How to Play by Ear, Playing by Ear)
-Singers’ Tools
-Pitch Control Training
-Self-Accompanying
-How to Sing Harmony
-Sight-Singing (How to Hear the Notes in Your Mind)
-Self-Accompanying techniques in every style - Learn how to accompany yourself or learn how to accompany singers. (see “Musical Styles” above.)
-Audition Preparation - I will record the melody of the song for you so you can learn it.
-How to put melody to lyrics
-College Preparation
-Performance Anxiety, Stage Fright, Fear
-Releasing Emotional Obstacles to Playing Emotional Blocks, Healing Piano Trauma and Previous Performance Disasters, Piano Therapy
-Learning Disabilities including ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, Dyscalculea, Sensory Integration Disorder
-Motiviation Issues - Solving your procrastination and avoidance of your musical growth issues.
-How to Look Like You’ve Played Piano for Years (for Actors, Singers and Celebrities Who Have A Role Deadline and Need a Crash Course.)

*** Celebrity Piano Teacher ***
Over the years, I've taught many pro musicians and celebrities. These include: Vonda Shepard, David E. Kelley, Dick Gautier, Michelle Pfeiffer, Pray Harper, Peter Horton, Michael Goodrich, Brianna Haynes, Starr Parodi, Briana Evigan, Stuart Ross, Roger Burnley, Chris Hardin, Stu Simone and Ben Bram.

*** Howard's Teachers Go Back To Beethoven ***
I feel grateful that my own training included top teachers of both the “German School” and “Russian School” of piano technique. Generally, the German School teaches how to play with close-to-the-key hand placement preparation and fingering efficiency, and is known for great speed and accuracy. The Russian School teaches how to play with gravity and relaxation and is known for beautiful tone production. Each approach has its strengths and weaknesses. In my own playing and teaching, I have incorporated the good aspects of each and have discarded the bad. The result is a blueprint for biomechanical efficiency and beautiful sound, making it the best of both worlds. Please see the photo of the "piano lineage chart."
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Oz B. May 16, 2016
· Piano · In home
Howard is very caring and detailed oriented. He really knows how to inspire and encourage children to learn piano. He makes it challenging and fun!
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Edward April 12, 2016
· Piano · Online
Howard's approach is patient while at the same time he actually leads my son forward - not just listening to what he practiced that week. Howard does not make the weekly lesson a "test" but rather a session to work together and my son enjoys the lessons instead of worrying if he prepared enough.

We moved from Los Angeles so we chose to transition from lessons in Howard's house to weekly lessons online - it continues to work beautifully.

Howard can accommodate any style of student - I know because I took lessons from Howard myself until my work built up too much to continue.

I recommend Howard without any reservation.
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Rusty Tinder October 12, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Folks, I'm excited to write this review for a true master in piano pedagogy and so many other skills! Howard is worthy of the title! In all my years that I have taken lessons from teacher at universities and privately, I've never come across someone with the genius and in-depth philosophy that Howard has. You may think this may be some fluff to help a guy out but my words will still not be enough to quantify the abilities of this man! I went from having severe arthritis in my wrists from playing with terrible technique to never having problems again and experiencing a huge leap in my playing abilities!

If you want to experience a paradigm shift in your playing, get ready to open yourself to a new way of thinking and playing that will lift you up! If your attitude to learn matches Howard's abilities to teach you will not believe the progress you will make. Its true what they say, when you are ready the master will come! I hope you are ready because Howard is the real deal!!!

Enjoy your paradigm shift!!!
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Howard R.

West Hills, CA 91307
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My name is Mendeleyev (people call me Lev). I am a singer-songwriter who grew up in Santa Barbara, CA. playing in different bands, performing in theater companies and making short films. I graduated from Berklee College of music in 2013 with a degree in professional music. I took 85 different courses in over 4 years with an emphasis on songwriting and performing. My principle instrument was Guitar but I have over a decade of training in EACH Piano, Bass, Drums, and Voice. I have been taking lessons most of my life and teaching for for almost 10 years. I believe becoming a multi-instrumentalist is one of the most important things for any musician!
I am offering an education in any/all of these instruments as well as theory, songwriting, ear-training, improvisation, and stage performance. Even if you just want to learn a song, I ca
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Feel free to ask me a question if you would like more info.
Let's jam!
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Sonya May 26, 2016
· Piano · In studio
My experience has been totally amazing. I'd never played any instruments before and didn't expect to pick anything up very quickly since I'm older and I've held judgments about when the right time to pick up musical skills. But when I sat down for the first time at the piano, Mendeleyev (Lev for short) gave me a few different techniques both kinetically and visually to work with right off the bat. Learning in multiple ways helped me retain what he showed me so I could begin to build from there everytime we played from then on. With the drum kit he let me play freely and then brought my awareness to what my hands were doing and walked me through simplifying and keeping beats. I think he's very in touch with intuitively guiding students in a way that doesn't criticize or judge. His patience and encouragment has been so helpful in allowing me to let go of my fear that what I'm playing can't sound good or improve; and the fantastic thing is that I am seeing improvement all the time! I would definitely recommend Lev as an instructor. I can't choose more than one instrument for lessons, but he's helped me with piano, percussion, singing and even a bit of ukulele and guitar.
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Christian May 26, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Mendeleyev is a great guy! I've learned so much from him over the years about fingerpicking, rhythm, and groove. He is optimistic, patient, and an overall great teacher whether you are learning guitar, bass, piano, or voice!
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Mitchell May 26, 2016
· Music Performance · In home
If you want to lean music, then work with this guy! He's good-natured, extremely supportive, and actually a genius. I promise you, no matter who you are, what you play, or at what level you play it, Lev will have a lot to teach you.
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Mendeleyev A.

Marina del Rey, CA 90292
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About Laura R.

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Hi, there! My name is Laura and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since1994 (classroom teacher since 1990) and have loved helping my students succeed as writers, English speakers, filmmakers, actors, martial artists, and yoga teachers.
I went to Hofstra University and earned a dual degree in Drama and English in 1986, earned my 3rd degree black belt in jujutsu in 2009, my Master's in Education in 1995 from USC, my RYT-200 in Yoga in 2013. I'm a patient teacher with a sense of humor and my teaching style is both detail and goal oriented; I like to challenge my students while making sure they have fun in the process. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Agatha August 18, 2017
· Improv Acting · Online
Laura was awesome and so much fun. She gave me a lot of tips to help me with Improv.
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Laura R.

Los Angeles, CA 90027
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About Ashlee B.

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I'm a performer, choreographer, journalist, and certified yoga instructor. I hold a BFA in Dance and a Minor in Journalism from California State University, Long Beach where I graduated Cum Laude. In addition, I am a 200-RYT with Yoga Alliance after receiving my training through Long Beach School of Yoga under the direction of Ram Bhakt.

With dance, I have received training from professional artists Bernadette Alverio, Rebecca Lemme, Gracie Whyte, Laurel Jenkins, Keith Johnson, Lorin Johnson, Sophie Monat, John Pennington, Lisa Johnson, Alicia Head, and Rebecca Bryant.

Currently, I am a company member of Authentic: Grooves, and was formerly a company member of SURGE Dance Company. During my time at CSULB, I have performed in faculty works by Lorin Johnson, Rebecca Lemme, Rebecca Bryant, and student works by Jasmine Mosher and Tayl
or Worden.

I have attended the River North Dance Chicago 2016 Summer Intensive and BODYTRAFFIC's 2017 Concurrent Winter Workshop where I trained by and alongside company members under the workshop direction of Sara Bibik (RNDC) and Tina Finkelman-Berkett (BT). In 2016, I had the privilege of performing Rebecca Bryant’s ASKQUESTIONSLATER at the John F. Kennedy Center of Performing Arts for the American College Dance Association’s National Gala in Washington D.C.

For yoga, I teach a wide-range of yoga styles, with an emphasis on healing, somatic techniques, and Integral yoga principles. I have been practicing yoga for several years and teaching since 2017. Most of my classes consist of Gentle Flow practices to focus on finding space and stillness, providing the body an opportunity to unwind, heal, and restore. However, I am trained to teach Vinyasa Flow, Integral Yoga, Yin Yoga, and Iyengar Yoga. Currently I teach for Free Yoga on the Beach in Long Beach, CA.

My mission is to inspire students to find the stillness and breath in life, starting on the mat. Through a balance of flow and somatic technique, my classes will take you deeper in your practice. As a dancer and athlete, I understand the demands the body goes through daily, and firmly believe that yoga should reflect the opposite of your lifestyle. Implementing tactile adjustments and healing intentions, my classes will help you unwind, restore, and open up. I believe that through the steady practice of yoga, we can restore ourselves and bring zen to our lives in an already hectic world.

I have experience writing for the performance arts—specifically dance—entertainment stories, and media design. During my education, I was published in CSULB's Daily 49er university newspaper several times for the CSULB Department of Dance concerts. I actively write for the dance blog Spot LA run by Monica Reid where I report on the thriving LA dance scene.

I aspire to continue working in a performance company, write about dance, teach dance and yoga, travel, and continue my education to attain a M.F.A. in Dance.
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Ashlee B.

San Pedro, CA 90731
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About Jana J.

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Private sessions with Royal Purple House founder Jana Johnson are the perfect opportunity for you to delve deeper into practicing mindfulness!

Developing a consistent meditation practice can have profound positive effects for your holistic wellness as it allows the space for your mind to quiet, your breath to deepen, and your self awareness & appreciation to elevate & expand! It's a wonderful journey of knowing yourself more intimately and becoming more familiar with the space of inner peace that dwells within you.

Releasing doubt, worry, fear, and confusion, meditation provides the space, time, and focus to disconnect from the "happenings" of the world around you and connect with the life-giving, all-knowing energy that resides and flows inside of you. Allow me to be your humble guide to gently assist you in this continual journe
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James August 23, 2017
· Meditation · In studio
I've tried meditation before, but I've always felt like I wasn't doing it "right." Jana uniquely utilizes cannabis and her own encouraging words to create a deep and impactful meditative experience. Highly recommended for new meditators and those (like me) who need a little guidance!
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Dee August 23, 2017
· Meditation · In studio
Such a wonderful experience to get to be part of - Jana's guidance is always on point and her carr, integrity, and intention for the space and practice is greatly appreciated. I will definitely be continuing my private meditation classes with her.

Thank you!
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Cindy August 23, 2017
· Meditation · In studio
Thank you very much for today's soul food. Feeding our bodies with nutrients while growing a holistic approach to self-awareness. Today's meditation not only let go of the heavy negative thoughts about my relationship, but also for the firat time in a long time I felt at peace 🙏🏾
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Jana J.

Los Angeles, CA 90044
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About Alexandria C.

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Hello Yogi's!!!! I'm Alex, and I would love to be apart of your journey both on and off your mat! Yoga came too me within the last year and created so much space for clarity, focus, and strength into my life...
I grew up on the east coast dancing my entire life. Now, living in Los Angeles as a professional dancer I've been able to infuse my practice of yoga, with my dance technique, background, and musicality.
I received my first 200-hour teacher training certificate in Hot Power Fusion from Corepower Yoga this past August. Since receiving my certificate I am currently completing a 5 week extensions program also through Corepower to refine my skills and knowledge as a teacher.
With my certificate I've been required to participate in atleast 60 hours of physically taking class as well as attending numerous lectures and guided classes t
o further in depth my knowledge of the body, mind, and soul.
Through my guidance in yoga I aim to challenge your body while confronting deep-routed emotions or feelings, or even surface issues that you feel are coming up in your life. Through different yoga intentions, and ideologies I work to infuse yoga postures and parts of the sequence to better suit what emotionally and energetically you are feeling that day.
All in all my class is an hour for yourself; an hour to detach from the outside and travel inward. No cell phones, no extra discussions, just you and your thoughts all on your mat! I'm just there to guide YOUR journey!
I look forward to guiding you!
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Alexandria C.

Studio City, CA 91604
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$34 / 30-min

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