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About Nicole B.

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Fontana, CA

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Lessons with Nicole are like none other! Students will learn methods of MDH Breathing Coordination* as the foundation of proper singing. This will bring clarity to common concepts like "support" and "placement." MDHBC is also very beneficial for musicians, actors, public speakers, dancers, and athletes!

Nicole has been singing her entire life, and began training in high school in 1990. In 1997, she graduated from "Citrus Singers" at Citrus College, where she received extensive training in vocal technique in a variety of styles, from opera to pop, and Broadway to jazz. She is educated in music theory and history, stage presence, dance, drama, etc. Since 1996, she has performed professionally in numerous musical theater productions all over southern California and beyond. She also has lots of experience singing with live bands, and Chris
tmas caroling in various venues including Disneyland. She has been teaching private voice lessons since 1998, and LOVES to see her students grow! Nicole has a lot to share with students who are serious about singing professionally, or students who just want to sing for fun!

*** Lesson Details ***
Private voice lessons are customized to each student's needs and goals. I will teach you warm-ups and proper techniques in order to protect your voice from being damaged, and to free your voice to reach its full potential. I can also help you explore a variety of musical styles, as well as learn performance tips, microphone technique, music theory, and audition skills.
*There is a hands-on component to MDH Breathing Coordination, due to the goals of reducing body tension (shoulders, neck, etc) and recoordinating the breathing mechanism (ribs, diaphragm, etc). Minors must be accompanied by an adult, should they choose to include MDHBC in their lessons. For more info on this highly effective method, please Google it. :)

Lessons with Nicole are:

*FUN! Nicole is kind and encouraging. She makes learning fun, and has respect for all students regardless of skill level. Students feel comfortable and relaxed.

*EFFECTIVE! As long as the student attends all lessons, and practices during the week, results will come quickly!

*** Specialties ***
MDH Breathing Coordination, Voice, Vocal Technique, Vocal Performance, Musical Theater, Classical, Pop, Rock, Country
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Ricardo H. October 16, 2018
· Singing · In home
She knows how to evaluate the actual ability of the student and so she would be able to optimize the appropriate strategy & technique applicable for the individual to learn quick and achieve the ultimate goal with less effort in no time.
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Sadie September 9, 2018
· Singing · In studio
We have been seeing Nicole for many years! She has helped my daughter the most with breathing techniques. She's always so positive, even when my daughter is feeling insecure, Nicole helps her push through to find her range and overcome her insecurities. My daughter always leaves Nicole feeling like she's ready to conquor anything. Nicole is the best in helping my daughter find her chest voice from head voice as well. We have been to 3 other vocal coaches and we continue to make our way back to Nicole because no one out there is better!
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Elle September 7, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Nicole has helped me not only with my voice but also helped build my confidence and lessen my anxiety. So grateful!
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Nicole B.

Nicole B.

Fontana, CA 92336
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About Michael L.

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Los Angeles, CA
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About Michael
I was inspired by drums at a very young age. My intro was playing along to the stereo hitting the floor with a unmatched pair of sticks. At age 12 I received a drumset and was able emulate some rock drumming style pretty fast. My learning hit a plateau soon after tho. My discipline for drum books and practice was very poor in the beginning.
Attending Musicians Institute in 1987 was the starting point of my commitment to myself to improve and be the best player i can be. I Graduated from MI with Honors and started playing with bands and continued to practice many hours a day. By 1994 I was teaching 30 -60 students a week. I have maintained that schedule for 15 years.
By 1997 I was playing live 2- 4 night a week every week for many years. I have played Thousands of shows in my career. Playing live is one of the best teachers.
I help students who want to play on stage, in front of a audience prepare for it.
Another significant part of my education was studying the physiology of playing drums (or any musical instrument.) This had a major positive effect on my practice habits and i bring this info to my students in a "short and sweet" manner of explanation. I will give you the facts of improving on a musical instrument.

I also love the art of songwriting and been fortunate to win several songwriting awards with my band Cohesive in 2008, 2009 and 2010

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One of my lessons styles is designed to get you playing from your imagination. Improvisation inspired by the sounds you are creating. In that process I will give you important information about how you earned the sound, so you can always be inspired to create. This can be a fun method for many people. Others students favor playing 2 drumsets at the class and like to rely on the visual aspects of learning.

I have studied the physiology of playing a musical instrument in detail. I like to sprinkle in the facts while we are learning a pattern or piece of music. This knowledge can greatly enhance your practice results.
Students are Always welcome to share more specific things they are interested in working on. I enjoy teaching all drumset concepts including Linear style, Ghost Notes,
compound stickings, double bass style, rudiments, rudiment applications, soloing, ostinatos. I have a few highly recommended method books that work very well. I also really like when students bring in a song they like. My teaching style is a laid back style but i do love to discuss and exercise strong discipline to students who are open to it. 3 months into lessons you can expect to be playing a number of different beats and song(s). I am very good at recognizing the way you are most comfortable learning.
I also play piano and guitar and have access to both instruments at your lesson so we can jam when you want.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio rooms: several drum kits, computer, recording gear, PA sound system
Piano and Guitars. video taping lessons available

*** Travel Equipment ***
Drum Pad, Snare, Sticks
It would be good if student had a drum set at home but not completely necessary in the beginning.

*** Specialties ***
I am very accomplished on Drumset. I play and study all styles
Jazz, Latin, Rock, Funk, Fusion, Big Band, World and all drumset concepts Linear, Compound stickings, Ghost Notes, Rudiments and rudimental application. Rhythm/Timing, Physiology Soloing, Ostinatos, Odd Meters, Odd Note Groupings, 4 way co-ordination,
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Alexander J. October 19, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Great lesson. Michael is very friendly and knowledgeable.
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Amy April 23, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Michael is a fantastic drum teacher. He is an extremely talented drummer and is skilled in all genres of music, from rock to jazz to latin. As a teacher he is very patient and adjusts to my needs / preferences. He is able to explain in detail both the mental and physical aspects of drumming, which I love, and always has tons of suggestions for improving my skills, from improv to rudiment exercises to jamming along to songs. I’ve learned so much taking classes from Mike!!
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Shana April 19, 2018
· Drum · In home
He literally is the best teacher. Thorough, kind, organized and makes huge progress happen in such a a short time.
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Michael L.

Los Angeles, CA 90028
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About Corinne D.

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Valley Village, CA

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About Corinne
Corinne is a friendly, caring, instructor and provides a stress-free learning environment. All styles, levels and ages are welcome. She teaches pop, musical theatre, classical, and jazz.

Corinne holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Vocal Studies from Michigan State University and enjoys teaching children and adults how to sing. All levels, styles, and ages are welcome. :)

Corinne was a vocal director for Rock and Ridicule, a rock and roll musical performed at the Acme Comedy Theatre in Hollywood. She also was the music director for Act I Children's Theatre in Sherman Oaks. Currently, Corinne is music directing an after school musical theatre class at Wilbur Elementary School in Tarzana.

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Lessons with me are fairly laid-back. I use the Alfred's book series for piano students. For voice students, I tend to st
ick to genres the students are interested in learning and choose songs based on the student's abilities and levels and work up from there.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, music stands, music

*** Travel Equipment ***
None. I expect piano students to have a keyboard or piano at home. Voice students will not need any special equipment.

*** Specialties ***
I hold a degree in Jazz Vocal Studies and I also specialize in musical theatre.
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Vanessa August 14, 2017
· Piano · In home
I have been wanting to play an instrument for such a long time, but never had the motivation to try it, until recently. Wanting to play Piano was a spur of the moment decision for me. I googled piano teachers in my area and Corinne was one of the first people to pop up. After reading all her rave reviews, I decided to give it a go. I was so nervous for my first lesson, but she made me feel comfortable and at ease the minute I walked through the door. She is educated and passionate about music. Also, she is extremely patient. I have been going to her for Piano Lessons now once a week for almost 6 months and I couldn't be happier with my decision. I absolutely, without a doubt, recommend Corinne. She's amazing!
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Ashleigh August 10, 2017
· Piano · In studio
We love Corinne!! My daughter started taking piano with Corinne when she was 5 and she absolutely loves her! Corinne is so patient and kind with the kids and goes at exactly the right pace for each child. My daughter has learned so much and is reading music as she plays - amazing!! Highly recommend Corinne, she's the best!
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Lexy April 6, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Corinne is a fantastically fun teacher! I love that she records the lesson, it makes it much easier to practice at home. I felt comfortable as an adult student and we had a great time together. I'm very happy with my decision to take lessons from her and you will be too!
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Corinne D.

Corinne D.

Valley Village, CA 91607
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About Matthew I

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Los Angeles, CA
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About Matthew J
I currently work as a freelance music producer as well as a guitar/bass teacher and as a music software teacher.
I have been playing guitar for 18 years and teaching guitar and bass for 9 years. I have worked as a private and group guitar instructor at several music education establishments in the Chicago, Los Angeles and in Eugene, Oregon as well. I have also worked as a band coach for youth groups, where I taught them cover songs, helped them write their own songs and prepared them for live performances.
I studied at Columbia College Chicago majoring in Classical Guitar, Latin Music and Music Theory.
I started taking private guitar lessons as a teenager for several years and played in my high school jazz band along with original rock bands. While in high school, I was able to study with popular Chicago rock virtuoso guitarist Kev
in M. Buck, where I first learned music theory and was inspired to be more studious with the guitar.

I have performed in rock/modern bands for 12 years as an electric guitarist and also for 4 years as a solo acoustic guitarist mixing Bossa Nova, Classical Guitar and original compositions into my performance repertoire.

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For Music Software Lessons - Logic Pro X , Ableton Live, Garageband, Pro Tools and Reason-

Topics I like to cover - capturing correct recording levels.....editing, adding effects/basic mixing, automation .....creating drum grooves with loops and midi drums..........songwriting and music theory.........Live capabilities using Ableton (for backing tracks and live performance)........Quick commands to easily navigate through software.....

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I'm a patient teacher that's passionate about guitar and helping students reach their musical goals whether they are casual players or serious musicians. For beginners, I use Hal Leonard instructional guitar books along with paper handouts and sheet music. I believe it's important for everyone to learn the fundamentals of music to create a strong base of skills in order to continue playing and learning music throughout one's life. For more experienced players, I like to teach various modern rock/pop songs, classical guitar songs, picking patterns, finger picking patters, improvisation, scales and music theory. I teach nylon string acoustic, steel string acoustic guitar and electric guitar and bass
I believe the most basic goal for a guitar student is to be able to play a song in it's entirety, whether it's by themselves or with other musicians/music students. I believe that some of the most important music skills are learned while actually playing with other musicians. It is crucial when learning an instrument to be able to play in 'real time'; playing music with a steady sense of rhythm.

*** Specialties ***
I teach Classical Guitar, Brazilian Jazz, bass guitar, rock, pop, blues, funk and folk guitar using method books, sheet music and guitar tablature.
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Fiona M. March 2, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Absolute joy to be taught by Matt, knowledgeable, encouraging and enthusiastic. (Timely as well if that's important to you!), i learnt an awful lot from Matt and felt fortunate to have chosen him as my teacher.
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Matthew has been a wonderful instructor. I feel that i have learned a lot and also enjoyed the process. He has also been very accomodating about special teaching requests that have helped me develop my skills in genres I enjoy.
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Matthew I

Los Angeles, CA 90028
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$50 / 30-min

About Andrew R.

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Santa Monica, CA
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About Andrew
British born and Educated at London's prestigious Trinity College of Music and The Royal Academy of Music, my professional musical career has spanned over two decades to date. I have performed with world renowned acts such as Sia, Dave Stewart and Horace Andy, and have been a featured recording artist on many of the worlds most famous film scores while myself having authored or co-authored over 30 movie scores.
A Suzuki violin student since the age of 3, I added piano, guitar, singing and composition during my teenage years. The Suzuki method encourages advanced aural development from very early on and this has turned out to be my strongest suit. With my ear, I have impressed some of the most notable orchestrators, composers, directors and producers in London, Hollywood and the world over. In fact, it was these on the spot aural magic tr
icks that allowed me to impress the Hollywood composer that first invited me to Los Angeles to work on my first blockbuster. That opportunity led to many years of success in the industry and some notoriety.
I have always had a passion for teaching, sharing my knowledge with others and watching other people take immense pleasure in their own achievements. I have been told time and time again that I have a very special gift for teaching and I would very much like to share it with you, whether you want to learn an instrument, musicianship, ear training, composition, hone your vocal or mic skills or learn how to arrange an orchestral piece in just a few hours!
I look forward to talking to you about your specific needs and goals and having the opportunity to help you realize them in a fun friendly and authentic atmosphere.
Andrew
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nicolas October 17, 2017
· Music Recording · In studio
Best instructor ever
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Evan May 23, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Andrew was great at getting started back in piano and working on new pieces right away. He's got a great style and has me playing right away.
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Aron February 12, 2017
· Singing · In studio
He is the one, do not search for any other teacher!
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Andrew R.

Andrew R.

Santa Monica, CA 90404
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About Thomas K.

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Glendale, CA

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Piano, woodwinds, trumpet, composition
Chords, sight-reading, theory, jazz, classical, and pop

No one ever regrets learning an instrument… yet many grow old wishing they had taken music lessons! A talent they’ll be able to develop their entire life, your children will thank you for giving them the chance to learn music. And bonus points for you: after just a couple years, you’ll have free entertainment every Christmas!

Or maybe YOU’RE the one that wishes to learn! It is never too late to begin learning an instrument. Everybody has the ability, and if you’re determined and interested, there’s nothing stopping us from achieving this very special goal. (Interested in learning to compose? Scroll to the bottom to learn more.)

Everybody learns differently, and everybody likes different things. Whether it’s improvising or singing alon
gside a song you love or reading through a classical concerto, I’ll help prepare you or your child to tackle a wide variety of styles, without missing out on any of the basics that turn good players into phenomenal musicians. We all know it’s not about being the best. It’s about having fun, and playing music well is definitely fun. Music lessons include:

1. Building a really strong foundation so it's easy to interpret or understand any part, and to play it with the right amount of practice.

2. Learning to sight-read music, so you can play it well as soon as possible.

3. Learning how to improvise (make-up) music, learn music by ear, and to understand and create chords, which lets you play music in different ways.

4. Play different styles from classical to jazz to popular music.

5. Learning how to practice efficiently so you can learn music as fast as possible.

6. Composing our own original music.

Practice makes perfect! Learning an instrument helps build self-confidence and discipline. If your child’s bored, distracted, or just needs a constructive hobby, music is a great place to get them interested in something that will help them feel better about themselves, and the effects will be felt across everything else they do, through better studying habits to a more patient, diligent work ethic.

It’s also relaxing! Stressed about work? Need an escape? Everybody has the power to learn an instrument. Seriously, there’s no such thing as “talent.” Just start lessons and get practicing! It really is that simple, and I’ll guide you through every step of the way.

I have a diverse background teaching students of all ages, from 3-year-olds to retirees alike, customizing what we learn to the individual student. We’ll learn how to read music just as easily as you read words; improvise and compose music of our own; and feel good playing any style: classical, jazz, rock, and all. My experience as a working musician in films, musical theater, and pop music, as well as classical concert music, allows me to appreciate and teach styles that many other instructors overlook, and I know full well that learning an instrument is not about becoming a professional; it’s about being able to connect to others or oneself through music… and also to just have fun! There’s no need to learn music we don’t like! It’s not about stuffing Beethoven into your kids’ ears… we just want to make music, be that Beethoven or Billy Joel.

Learning an instrument is one of those few skills that will genuinely last you your whole life. I don’t want to sugarcoat it: it takes time to learn an instrument. It takes practice, and sometimes it’s frustrating. But the results are well worth it.

Now get out there and make some music! But start by signing up for lessons. I can’t wait to get started!

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“What’s that chord?” “Why does all my music sound the same?” “How do I fix this voicing?” “I just can’t get it out of my head!” …sound familiar? You’ve probably hit a rut. Or maybe you’re just starting out. Either way, you want your music to sound new, exciting, and to come out exactly how you hear it in your head. Yes… you CAN learn to compose music, you CAN learn to be more creative, and you CAN learn to share your sound with the world.

Film music, classical, jazz… whatever your interest, all music comes from the same place, and by learning a handful of basic concepts, you can apply these to whatever style you’re trying to write. Learning to emulate another musician involves knowing what they’re doing. Learning to create a groundbreaking sound requires that you know what’s already been done, and how to achieve it. Step by step, we’ll work our way there.

We’ll learn how to write cool, interesting chord progressions, how to write beautiful melodies, and how to voice chords. We’ll learn how to control the mood of our music, from making it sound relaxed to adding tension wherever we want. Maybe you’re trying to write for an orchestra, or just a small band. By learning the basics, you can then easily break away from what’s been done and come up with something truly new… the goal of any aspiring composer!
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Armen T. September 24, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Excellent teacher!
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Sally P. September 7, 2018
· Piano · In studio
My first piano lesson with Thomas was great! I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to my next one...hopefully I'll be a little bit better by then ;)
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Sylvie K. May 8, 2018
· Clarinet · In studio
Thomas was very patient
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Thomas K.

Thomas K.

Glendale, CA 91204
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About Matt R.

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I originally grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona. Since the age of 14, I have been traveling back and forth from Los Angeles. During my time in Los Angeles, I would spend most of my days in major music studios, working with a variety of Signed and Unsigned artists; learning songwriting, producing, arranging and vocal coaching. In 2012, I received a degree from Los Angeles School of Music in Vocal Coaching, Music Business, and Production. As of recently, a passion of mine is helping students become successful as vocalists. My focus is on technique, tone, pitch, building a deeper understanding of what's happening musically, ear/listening development, and confidence.I make sure my lessons are FUN and proactive with Tons of growth in each student. Remember, 77 percent of singing is MENTAL. Whether you want to be a professional singer, or sing f
or fun, I'm the teacher to help you achieve those goals!

I also have a desired background in life coaching and health and wellness. Understanding how powerful the mind and body is, can be extremely rewarding. Meditation, stretching, diet, mental stability and control, confidence, fulfillment, etc.. is by far my favorite subject to help individuals with.
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Avery D. April 19, 2017
· Singing · In home
Avery is really enjoying her singing lessons and learning more about the technical side of singing. Thanks Matt!
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Matt R.

Beverly Hills, CA 90212
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About Gihae H.

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Irvine, CA
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Hello Future Students!
I am an experienced singer, songwriter, and musician.
I have been teaching singing and music for a very long while(5 Years)!
I would love to take the opportunity to grow your voice and confidence in your own ability to be musical! Can’t wait to help you grow your strengths as well on this amazing journey! Feel free to give me a message about rates and availability! Thank you and have a great holiday season!❄️
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Victoria K. November 8, 2018
· Singing · In home
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Gihae H.

Irvine, CA 92620
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About Alicia W.

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Laguna Niguel, CA

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About Alicia
Alicia is a dedicated violin, viola and cello instructor. She received her Bachelor of Music in violin performance at Azusa Pacific University. Throughout her music career, Alicia has toured Europe and Asia while performing concerts in Italy,
Austria and China with the Mountain Top Strings Orchestra as well as the Azusa Pacific University Symphony. Alicia has performed in Carnegie Hall as well as the Walt Disney Concert Hall in various string ensembles. She also had the opportunity to take masterclasses with well known violinists such as Arturo Delmoni and Joseph Silverstein.

Over the years, Alicia has grown her private violin, viola and cello students and currently teaches at various private schools in Southern California. Her students have competed and received high awards in orchestra competitions as well as solo competitions.
Alicia is passionate about creating confident students with an excellent set of skills for them to go and share their music with the world!
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Alicia W.

Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
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About Helen K.

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About Helen
Helen is a multi-awarded vocalist and composer, whose approach in teaching is influenced by classical opera.

Her specialties:
- breathing
- vocal articulation
- pitch training
- work on musical style
- polishing of individual vocal technique,
- preparing for performances / tours / records

Helen’s professional background:

Teaching:
- Private lessons with beginners (13+ years old) and professionals (20+ years old) – 9 years of experience
- Different vocal styles – according to student’s musical preferences

Performing:
- Solo concerts in 8 countries
- Solo albums: Solomia (2007); Rondo (2011); Birthday (2011)
- Awards from a number of international competitions in vocals and composition (Billboard World Song Contest (USA, 2007-2009); Song of the Year (USA, 2007); Toronto Exclusive Magazine Awards (Canada, 2007); Yo
ur Talents, Ukraine (1996) and others)

Composing:
- 400+ songs composed, 150+ songs recorded
- Writing songs in various styles (Jazz, Blues, Rock, Pop, Adult Contemporary, Classics, New Age and World)

Friendly atmosphere, kind attitude to every student and deep attention to each musical piece may inspire anyone.
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Helen K.

Helen K.

San Pedro, CA 90731
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$42 / 30-min

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