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About Stephen H.

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Marina del Rey, CA

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Learn the beginning basics of acoustic guitar. Open chords, bar chords, strumming, finger style.

About Stephen
Want to belt like Beyonce?
Broadway dreams?
Act in Movies?
Learn how to write hit songs?
Need help taking your sales presentations to the next level?

Tap Into Your Artistry is the ultimate (online) gym for serious, aspiring and professional performers who want to train like a pro in the fields of: TV/Film acting, Broadway, and the music industry.

Hi, I'm Stephen.

I'm a vocal trainer, private/on-set acting coach, show-biz consultant, and songwriting teacher. My specialty is pop/rock, broadway, on camera, live presentations/sales, and helping songwriters find their voice, both lyrically and sonically.

Discover the fastest and most efficient way to build, strengthen, and condition your voice. Simple, safe, systematic weekly vocal exercises that embrace a Zen like approach with an athletic mentality.

I'm also a SAG
-AFTRA and AEA actor and ASCAP songwriter and producer. If you want to learn more about auditioning, acting in movies, performing musicals/plays on Broadway, writing your own songs, and developing show-biz career strategy, (headshots, meeting agents/managers, etc) I help TIYA members every day achieve their artistic dreams.

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I have been singing since I was 3, anything and everything from Michael Jackson to Elvis Presley to Luciano Pavarotti. Originally from Colorado, I studied music/theatre, as well as vocal pedagogy at The University of Colorado at Boulder, where I graduated with highest honors. I made my Broadway debut in "The Phantom of the Opera" at age 24. I also performed in "Chess in concert" as a featured rock tenor soloist at the New Amsterdam Theatre on Broadway with Josh Groban. I have understudied and performed lead roles in the first AEA National Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s "Whistle Down the Wind." Regionally, I have played many lead roles all over the United States in productions including "Les Miserables," "Miss Saigon," "The Wild Party," and "She Loves Me."

I have recently released a singing online course. Feel free to check out Udemy and look for Sing Like You've Always Imagined to see what is new!

As an ASCAP recording artist, currently I am working in the studio with a full production team on my first pop/rock album. I also often sing on demos for producers and write songs for other artists in many different genres.

As a TV/Film actor, most recently I was on set with Marvel's "Luke Cage" on Netflix, and I played the lead role of (Abraham) Lincoln in the SAG-AFTRA short film, "These Honored Dead." I also have played lead roles in 4 SAG-AFTRA short films, as well as the comedic lead in a SAG-AFTRA Web-series pilot, "Bodega Nights." I was called back for producers as a Series Regular for both Cinemax and HBO.

TIYA clients include (aspiring) Broadway performers, Film and TV actors, singer-songwriters, voice-over artists, news anchors, dancers, comedians, corporate sales presenters, as well as karaoke enthusiasts, and songwriting hobbyists.

My TIYA members have performed on television in Smash, Glee, and venues around NYC ranging from The Underground, Le Poisson Rouge, Drom, Cornelia Street Cafe, Arlene’s Grocery, to the Broadway productions of Ghost, Sister Act, Evita, Wicked, West Side Story, South Pacific, The Phantom of the Opera, and Rent to name a few.

*** Lesson Details ***
We will always work on whatever you want.

For Singing, as a vocal technician/trainer I am like going to the gym for your voice. My exercises are safe, simple, and most importantly, I teach you how to practice correctly.

For ACTing, we can explore both the foundation itself, building your acting chops with monologues and scenes, as well as learning how to audition-- the tricks of the trade mastering the camera frame and how to create memorable auditions for TV/Film.

For Songwriting, we can explore the fundamentals of both lyrics and music, as well as catchy hooks, production, and song structure.

You may use my time however you wish (Voice, Acting, Songwriting, or Artistic/Career guidance).

Most vocal sessions will usually be a combination of strengthening/conditioning exercises, and then exploring/performing a song.

The TIYA vocal training method is uniquely my own as it combines both Bel Canto and Speech Level Singing. Emphasis is on developing a relaxed, released, authentic vocal timbre to sing in any style. Concepts explored include: Coordination, Registration, and Intonation. Chest, Head, Edge, and Pharyngel registration, 2 instruments in 1, posture, breath management, vocal cord adduction, trigger phrases, ring, consistency, and more. 

Most ACTing sessions will be theatre monologues, TV/Film sides and/or On camera auditioning craft.

Career consultations usually include how to get an agent, headshots, branding, and marketing to align your artistic dreams with a strategy for success.

***Studio Equipment***
-Yamaha PSR 950 Keyboard
-SONY Handycam DCR SR100
-600W Continuous Lighting Kit
-Omni Directional Lavier
-Adjustable InnoGear Microphone Boom
-Blue Snowball Microphone
-Mac Thunderbolt Display
-MacPro
-YAMAHA Guitar
-Meinl Cajon
-BOSE Wave music system
-iPhone 8 Plus
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Daisy January 25, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Patient and easy to work with :)
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Alexis March 7, 2018
· Songwriting · In studio
Stephen has definitely provided me an insightful way of analyzing songs and for writing my own music myself. He is really helpful and gives you many eye opening advices and tools that encourage you to develop your artistry. Furthermore, he provides a friendly and non judegemental atmosphere, which is essential for a student. I totally recommend him.
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Loren L. January 19, 2018
· Acting · Online
Very good! Stephen creates a very comfortable setting to try your best in.
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Stephen H.

Marina del Rey, CA 90292
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$35 / 30-min

About Jeff S.

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Pasadena, CA

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About Jeff
Hi, my name is Jeff. I received my Bachelors' in Music from Cal State Los Angeles and have taught music for over 30 years. I've played with the Drifters, Tower of Power, Brenda White, and Bobby Bradford. I have lead bands that have included alumni from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Jerry Lee Lewis, Count Basie, Chaka Khan, Smokey Robinson, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, the Temptations, Gladys Knight, Foreigner, Harry James, Joe Sample and the Jazz Crusaders, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Yanni and even Englebert Humperdink! I teach in a wide variety of styles and have the experience and knowledge from my years of teaching and performing to greatly increase your knowledge about music and greatly improve your technique.

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I cater my lessons to the want and needs of the individual student. From all my years of teaching I've beco
me a human jukebox and if I don't know a song that you would like to learn, I can figure it out for you note for note if you bring in the song on CD, iPod or anything else. Some students just want to play for their friends, family, church etc. and others want to learn how to improvise solos and learn a wide variety of styles. Whether it's rock, pop, jazz, blues, gospel, country or folk music I can and will teach you every scale, mode and chord known to mankind if that's what you need! It all depends on what YOU want to learn!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a fender mandolin, yamaha electric bass, taylor acoustic guitar, a fender stratocaster and telecaster, a gibson blues-hawk, a guild hollow-body electric, a hohner classical-electric guitar a music man amp, and a wurlitzer electric piano. i will expect you to bring your instrument but everything else will be here at the studio.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Instrument and music stand.

*** Specialties ***
I cater my lessons to my students' needs. I mainly teach rock, blues, jazz, pop, folk, and country,
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Richard R. June 19, 2019
· Mandolin · In studio
I immediately felt at ease with Jeff and it did not take him long to figure me out and point me in the right direction. Looking forward to many more lessons with him. I wish I lived here so it could be on a more regular basis. But happy with what I CAN get. Thanks Jeff!
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James A. July 12, 2018
· Ukulele · In home
My Aunty is turning 80 this weekend and I decided to learn how to play Happy Birthday on the ukulele as a surprise for her. Jeff not only helped me accomplish my goal but also got me started on other songs as well. His patience and enthusiastic personality made the lessons not ony productive but personable as well!!! 2 thumbs up to an awesome instructor!!!!!
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James A. July 11, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Jeff is an amazing instructor. He makes you feel so comfortable and tunes into your abilities to ensure he tailors your lessons to help you achieve the most out of your lessons. Would definately recommend him.
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Jeff S.

Pasadena, CA 91107
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$35 / 30-min

About Janis V.

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Woodland Hills, CA

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Quick results, song based lessons. Emphasis on "play based" learning for young children. Emphasis on teaching you what you want to learn for older children and adults.
I've been teaching guitar for 14 years. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to play many basic songs and as time goes on you'll be able to play your favorite ones and have learned many chords, strum patterns and techniques on your instrument. I specialize in getting you quick results so you are enjoying playing the songs you love while you progress with technique. I typically start beginners in open G tuning with familiar songs that I provide and openly take your suggestions of songs you want to learn. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About Janis
LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA Hi, I teach local lessons at my home in Southern California, travel to you within a 7 mile radius or succesfully teach on-line lessons via Facetime. I teach all ages of students and have experience with ADHD children.
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Elizabeth B. February 14, 2019
· Ukulele · In home
Nice and puts no pressure on you!
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Mastaneh January 29, 2019
· Piano · In home
Janis has been working with my daughter on multiple subjects, including Piano, reading, math, science, and ukulele since she was 4 years old. The impact that she has had on my child goes beyond just being a teacher - she has helped shape her personality and has instilled in her a love and enthusiasm for learning that is priceless.
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Mojgan January 24, 2019
· Piano · In home
Janis has been an amazing teacher and mentor to my children for the past 15 years. She was the kindest, and the most patient teacher with the greatest teaching method for math and English as a tutor to my son, who is currently studying for his MBA. And she was the most patient and flexible as well as detail oriented piano instructor for my younger daughter. Her unique teaching methods help her students learn and retain information and her kind smile and sense of humor make the kids want to continue their work and practice.
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Janis V.

Woodland Hills, CA 91367
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$55 / 30-min

About Teresa Y.

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Northridge, CA

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My approach to guitar is all about getting students playing songs they enjoy right away. You or your loved one will learn fundamentals through making music! We will include music reading if the student has an interest in that aspect of music-making capabilities. I believe the most important thing for a beginner is to get HOOKED on the enjoyment of playing the guitar.

About Teresa
A musician since age 4, Teresa's dad took her early passion for music seriously. So she respects the power that parents have to foster their children's musical lives! She notes the many stories she has heard over the years: "If someone had just supported my interest"... "If my teacher had listened to what I wanted to learn."

These stories and her own passion for music-making inform her approach. A degreed music educator and multi-instrumentalist, she celebrates and uses the musical interests of her students to move them forward. She has three grown sons, including two touring musicians. Their musical lives also influence her work with children, young people, and adults. The point is to celebrate and develop each student's unique, interest-based musical self-expression.

In her home teaching studio in Sherwood Forest, CA, 30 minutes
is the perfect lesson time for most purposes. Options include piano, voice, ukulele, beginning guitar, music reading/theory, and preparation for auditions. Teresa also conducts early childhood music sessions for 3 to 5 year-olds and is available to do group sessions.

45-minute and 60-minute sessions are also available as needed. Teresa recommends 45 minutes to an hour for audition preparation.
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CJ June 15, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Teresa is an amazing music teacher! This was my first time getting singing lessons, and I was really nervous going into it, but she did such a great job at helping me feel more comfortable in the beginning. She’s so kind and she’s a great teacher too. The techniques and skills that she taught me have been extremely helpful, and she teaches them in a really easy-to-understand way. I would definitely recommend her!
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Melody L. May 20, 2019
· Piano · In studio
Teresa is very nice, she teaches my first lesson with her heart as well as her knowledge and skills.
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Joyce February 27, 2019
· Ukulele · In studio
Teresa was kind, enthusiastic and a phenom instructor...really taking her time and explaining things in a way that was warm, friendly, knowledgeable. Never once did she make me feel like this was an unattainable goal; super encouraging!
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Teresa Y.

Northridge, CA 91325
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About Rebecca M.

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Los Angeles, CA
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I've been playing guitar for 17 years and teaching for 8. In my teaching experiences so far, my students have gone from little or absolutely no experience, to playing their favorite songs in just a few short weeks. I will work with you to set goals and will customize lessons to work toward accomplishing them.

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.

Los Angeles, CA 90042
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About Brandon H.

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Hacienda Heights, CA

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Experienced guitar tutor with classical training! I want to help you learn how to play the guitar. All ages welcome!

About Brandon
I am a songwriter, teacher, guitarist and recording artist. I graduated from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona with a Bachelors in Music with emphasis in guitar and music industry studies.

I have experience teaching guitar lessons on an individual basis as well as being in a classroom setting teaching general music.

I conduct simple and clear lessons tailored to each students age and starting level of experience with the guitar combined with a stress free and fun teaching style to keep students engaged and truly interested in learning.

My experience in performing, recording, touring and curating music events in the music industry are all areas in which I would be happy to mentor students if they choose to go farther with their lessons. I currently perform in a touring indie band that has played acts such as Miami Horro
r, Capital Cities and Tijuana Panthers.

I like to write in the indie, pop, funk and dance style but I think an understanding of technique and theory is essential to becoming a well rounded musician. My goal is to give you the tools you need to become a great musician.
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Brandon H.

Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
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$29 / 30-min

About vincent I.

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Northridge, CA

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Together we can study the different stylings of guitar! I teach beginning to advanced level players. I have studied rock, classical, acoustic, and jazz guitar repertoire/technique. I also have a strong understanding of theory and performance techniques. I am currently completing a bachelors degree in Jazz Studies at Cal State Northridge.

About vincent
I am currently a guitar student in the award winning jazz studies program at CalState Northridge. I have studied with some of the great jazz guitarists in LA such as John Pisano, Bruce Forman, and Steve Cotter. I studied classical guitar throughout my teenage years and I am a self-taught acoustic/thumb-pick player (Tommy Emmanuel, Chet Atkins stylings).

We can work on any style that you are interested in! I am a lover of all music and I have studied theory, improvisation, and guitar technique thoroughly!

I have been hired as a
- solo classical guitarist
- leader of jazz trio/quartet
- lead guitarist in a Gypsy Jazz group for a few years

Awards
- Recipient of Pasadena Arts Council Young Artist Award
- Outstanding Soloist Award at the Workman Jazz Festival
- My personal band was selected to perform at the House Blues as par
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vincent I.

Northridge, CA 91325
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$51 / 45-min

About Tyler N.

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Encino, CA

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Hello there! My name is Tyler and I would love to teach you or your child how to play the guitar.

I purchased my first guitar when I was 8 years old and was so excited to learn how to play. I took my first lesson a year later, but was disappointed. I didn't find it fun and therefore didn't want to practice. I wanted to play songs, but all the instructor wanted me to do was learn basic theory. After not making progress... I stopped the lessons. The next year I tried a different instructor, but still did not learn much. The issue for me was playing guitar wasn't fun for me at this point. And that is the most important thing in my opinion if you are going to dedicate yourself to learning to play. A few years later... I discovered punk rock music and online guitar tabs. Suddenly, I was able to look up on my own how to play songs that I was actually excited to play. This changed everything. I started to practice daily. Within a few more years... I could handle almost any basic chord ...

About Tyler
Hello there! My name is Tyler and I would love to teach you or your child how to play the guitar.

I purchased my first guitar when I was 8 years old and was so excited to learn how to play. I took my first lesson a year later, but was disappointed. I didn't find it fun and therefore didn't want to practice. I wanted to play songs, but all the instructor wanted me to do was learn basic theory. After not making progress... I stopped the lessons. The next year I tried a different instructor, but still did not learn much. The issue for me was playing guitar wasn't fun for me at this point. And that is the most important thing in my opinion if you are going to dedicate yourself to learning to play. A few years later... I discovered punk rock music and online guitar tabs. Suddenly, I was able to look up on my own how to play songs that I was
actually excited to play. This changed everything. I started to practice daily. Within a few more years... I could handle almost any basic chord progression and lead guitar riff. I started to write songs and began producing recording sessions in my early 20s. I still play every day and would love to get you or your child as thrilled about playing the guitar as I am. The way I believe to best achieve that is start off by teaching you to play some simple songs that you are excited about.

If you already know some guitar basics... but want to expand on them. Then I'd love to help you with that also. I can teach how to do improve your ability to play solos, fingerpick, etc.
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Tyler N.

Encino, CA 91316
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$40 / 30-min

About Danny S.

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Newbury Park, CA
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Hi I’m Danny Spadaro! I’m a professional guitarist, songwriter and producer offering guitar lessons and vocal coaching. 17 years guitar experience // Season 8 contestant on The Voice // B.A. degree in Popular Music Studies at William Paterson University ‘15 // Major label production credits (Mariah Carey, French Montana, Steven A. Clark, etc.)

About Danny
Hi I’m Danny Spadaro! I’m a professional guitarist, songwriter and producer offering guitar lessons and vocal coaching.

17 years guitar experience // Season 8 contestant on The Voice // B.A. degree in Popular Music Studies at William Paterson University ‘15 // Major label production credits (Mariah Carey, French Montana, Steven A. Clark, etc.)

I started teaching guitar when I was a freshman in high school. A friend of mine that I met in choir asked if I could start giving him lessons and that's when it all started!

I've played in rock bands, acoustic acts, jazz bands, etc., since I was 8 years old. I'm 25 now. My students have ranged from 7 to 38 years old.

I think a great music teacher is someone that makes music fun. Someone with an easygoing personality that is patient. You can learn music theory and different styles of music, but
there should always be time to have fun with it. Practicing is important for improvement, but it should never feel like a chore. My teacher made sure of that when he taught me and I make an effort to do the same.
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Danny S.

Newbury Park, CA 91320
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$51 / 30-min

About Kendell S.

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Van Nuys, CA
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Each lessons is designed around what you want to do, create and learn.

About Kendell
Music, its what I do.
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Kendell S.

Van Nuys, CA 91406
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$42 / 30-min

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