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About Heather M. L.

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Saint Augustine, FL

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About Heather M.
More important than my conservatory education and my experience as an educator and a performer is my passion for teaching music and acting and my undying belief that anyone can learn to be a musician and an actor. I'm currently available to teach lessons in my own St. Augustine home studio, in the World Golf Village area, and online around the globe.

I'm a cum laude graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey and a winner of its merit scholarship.
After performing with the New York and Royal Philharmonics, the New Jersey and Virginia Symphonies, the American Boy Choir and the internationally renowned opera star, Andrea Bocelli, studying opera and piano at Westminster Choir College and performance art and improvisational acting at East Carolina University in North Carolina, and appearing in shows and pageants across
the east coast, I found my life's work in 2003 when I began teaching music.

I've successfully taught hundreds of different students since 2003, from 5-year-olds with special needs to middle-aged professional opera singers, from a professor in Saudi Arabia to a 65-year-old doctor of music, from kids of Radio Disney to students of the famed Actors Studio in New York, from busy stay-at-home parents to retirees with bucket lists, from CEOs to touring singer-songwriters.

I've created and led a workshop about singing called, "The Whole Body Singer". I've written dozens of articles about music and music education for the blog at TakeLessons.com.

My extensive knowledge of the voice has encouraged and empowered hundreds of singers and prepared many of them to win competitions, pageants and auditions, as well as roles in operas and musicals.

Having both taught myself piano and received formal training at a conservatory has prepared me to teach almost anyone how to play.
The intensive training and education that I received at Westminster Choir College in songwriting, music theory and sight reading has benefited my students at every level.

My current work as singer and keyboardist in the acoustic rock duo, Timberwood, has strengthened my knowledge of a broad range of styles and genres. I have a strong commitment to continuing my education. That's why I recently (2014) studied songwriting online with the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

In the lessons that I teach, I'm flexible, positive and encouraging. While I want my students to have fun and love music, not dread it, I expect hard work and persistence. I am caring, patient, nurturing, and compassionate. In piano lessons, I usually allow the student to choose a piece with which to warm up and then move on to technique and repertoire. In voice lessons, I usually warm up the singer and discuss technique and sight singing before focusing on song choices. Joan Frey Boytim wrote a book for voice that I like to use, and I like the Estelle Liebling exercises for the more advanced singer. Hanon exercises are a big part of my piano curriculum, and I enjoy the Bastien and Alfred books for young and old. I have used completely random songs pulled out of a piano bench and a karaoke CD for kids. I will use almost anything I can get my hands on if it means effectively teaching music.
Acting lessons consist of exercises and games that apply learned concepts, and monologue and audition coaching. Parents, siblings and spouses are always welcome to observe lessons quietly.
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Kayah C. November 11, 2017
· Guitar · Online
Finally, they got together for my Granddaughters first lesson! I heard from her and she said it went well!

Grandpa Dale!
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Sam November 7, 2017
· Improv Acting · Online
VERY GOOD INSTRUCTOR, CREATIVE, SPONTANEOUS, SMART.
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About Dunia S.

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About Dunia
I have a background in classical, jazz and popular music. I have played flute for over 20 years in every context, from orchestra to marching band to CBGB. I have performed with vocal ensembles of every size and in every style.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons focus on range and stability. My style is very casual and I am happy to work on details. I enjoy helping students develop their own sound, rather than imposing a dogma on them. I like to bring everyone into their full voice, no matter what the instrument.

If my posted hours don't suit you, please send me an email. I can be flexible.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, Percussion, Recording Equipment and mics.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Piano, Percussion, Recording Equipment and mics.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in punk, reggae and ska, but am also fluent in ja
zz, classical and rock.
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Craig M. November 25, 2013
· Singing ·
Dunia is great!!!

Dunia is great! I was very nervous and she made me feel so comfortable and at ease. I look forward to continuing with her in the future!!! :)
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Dunia S.

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About Kelly M.

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Concord, CA
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About Kelly
Kelly was actively involved in music and theatre from a young age, performing in school plays as well as marching, concert and jazz band. She attended California State University Sacramento as a Clarinet Performance Major while simultaneously taking classes in acting, voice and dance in the Musical Theatre Training Program.

Kelly received her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from San Diego State University in 2007 and taught for several years before relocating to the bay area to start a family.

​Currently, Kelly is opening a vocal studio in Concord, CA and is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). With a strong passion for teaching and seeing her students succeed, Kelly has been praised by students, parents and colleagues.

​"Kelly’s professionalism, knowledge and sheer talent
make her a perfect voice teacher...Kelly is extremely reliable and conducts a professional and challenging voice lesson...She has a great deal of voice and stage experience herself that she brings to her teaching. Her personality offers a great combination of rapport with the student and rigor in her training...Kelly is not only an excellent teacher and performer, but an excellent mentor and role model as well."

Credits include opera, operetta, musical theatre and straight theatre. Favorite roles include: Sister Mary Amnesia in Nunsense, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance and Ida in HONK! the musical.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching voice for musical theatre. I incorporate acting into the lessons as the students need or interest arises. I teach based on bel canto technique as well as incorporating other methods learned in master class settings and other avenues. I continue my education through independent study and by attending NATS sponsored and other workshops.
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Natalie September 22, 2016
· Musical Theater · In home
My lessons with Kelly were the highlight of my week. She always made me feel comfortable and supported, which gave me the security I needed to progress. Kelly put in the extra effort to find music that I enjoyed singing and songs that would help me stand out in an audition. I highly recommend her as a teacher!!
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Kelly M.

Concord, CA 94518
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About Danielle L.

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Oakland, CA

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About Danielle
Hello Students / Parents!

I specialize in providing a fun, inspiring and safe space for each student to reach their goals - whether that be for the novice singer whose been wrongfully told they shouldn't sing, the more experienced singer looking to do more with their music, or the budding songwriter, actor or speaker looking to develop the talent and drive they feel within them.

I always remember the inspiration and patience I received from my best teachers, so I strive to provide exactly that to my own students. I sing and teach most vocal styles, with the exception of opera and screamo, and utilize my studio to create a supportive, empowering experience singing, speaking, writing and recording. I absolutely love teaching both children and adults and look forward to learning how to best support each one of my students in their indi
vidual path toward realizing their potential.

Here's a bit about my background and musical experience:

Bachelors of Fine Arts degree (Theatre/Voice) from United States International University Graduated Valedictorian
Chula Vista School of Creative and Performing Arts Graduated Valedictorian
Workshops and studying with Bill Doyle, Roy Mote, Andrew Barnicle, Jack Tygett, Leanne Summers, among others.

"After seeing Danielle, I was impressed with her intensity as a performer. Her ability to get behind a lyric was stunning, she lives every line. As an artistic performer, I've yet to see better."
-Tony Ferguson / Interscope Records: No Doubt, Bush, Fisher

My original band, Danielle and The Masses, has been recording and performing live since 2001. We are endorsed by Ani Difranco, The Black Eyed Peas, The Bruce Hornsby Band, and have shared the stage with artists as Jamie Foxx, CAKE, Metric, En Vogue, David Byrne, Berlin, Margaret Cho, Cyndi Lauper, Jonatha Brooke, Beth Hart, Semi Precious Weapons and more.

I have written and performed music and voice over for Ace Ventura, Nutty Professor, VH1, various TV shows and independent documentaries, Eveoke Dance Theatre, among others, as well as having recorded eight professional CDs of various styles on various record labels.

For over ten years, my record / production company, Say It Records has been producing socially conscious music events throughout San Diego and Southern California that promote independent music, film, art, community and human rights. I also co-own Durga Sound, a teaching and production studio, with producer Alicia Champion, as well as San Diego IndieFest, a powerful community event which promotes and supports music, film, art and civic engagement.

I have a great time utilizing my contacts in the industry to help my students get work/ press / entrance into the schools of their choice, etc. For example, I'm happy to report that just last year we were able to book eight musicians on GLEE, as well as lots more in other capacities including using their music in commercials and film and helping them get cast in local theatre and accepted into arts-centered schools.

*** Lesson Details ***
I start on the first lesson by becoming clear about what the new student's goals and desires are from there, we start developing technique to achieve those goals along with having fun right away doing what they came for - singing, writing, voice over, acting or using a combination of these things be it for professional purposes or personal fulfillment. Every lesson is personally customized to meet the specific goals of each student. As a teacher, I'm encouraging and fun, passionate and positive. While I'm definitely not "strict", I do appreciate focus and drive. However, I often work with people who have special needs and are working on developing those very things. I'm especially good at helping people through progress plateaus, roadblocks, stage fright, loss/ stress. Using music as a means of release and healing - for both kids and adults - is something I do a lot of and am very comfortable with.

As far as technique is concerned, I focus on utilizing posture, correct breathing and developing relaxed, strong support, so that the muscles are developed properly. We want the voice to develop without stress, enabling the student to constantly grow while steering clear of any injury that can happen as a result of straining, not to mention other habits that manifest when we sing without proper technique.

I strongly encourage students to record their lessons on a mobile device so they can practice easily on their own, and so they eventually have a record of how far they've grown.
We mostly use tracks to develop repertoire, prepare for auditioning and performances, and to have fun singing the music that excites each student the most.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Apple Mac Pro Quad Core running OS 10.8.3
Avid Pro Tools 10 HDX
Propellor Reason 4.0
UA 2-610 Microphone Pre-amp
UA LA-610 Microphone Pre-amp and Compressor
UA Teletronix LA2A Compressor/ Limiter
Behringer ADA 8000
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*** Specialties ***
Using music, writing and voice as a means of expressing yourself, growing as a performance artist, coping in challenging times, as well as a means of going professional and earning income are all areas I specialize in. Utilizing proper technique and learning how to sing / speak safely is also an area I focus on a great deal.

Learning precisely what each student wants is the key factor in my decision on how to achieve their goals. For example, using Speech Level Singing is definitely entrenched in my teaching, but I may not highlight it as much for those who want a more classical sound.

I excel with the following: first timers, very young kids, students working through stage fright, artists looking to develop their own original project, those seeking growth in their process of writing / recording / performing, those who are interested in using music and / or writing as therapy as well as with amateurs who've always wanted to do something musical but who think they are "too old" or too "untalented/short/tall/ fill in the blank" to try. I believe we all have something to say with our lives - finding the voice within you can be an incredibly powerful and transformative experience!
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Julia October 25, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Danielle has such a way with kids! She's a wonderful teacher with lots of good advice and exercises and makes singing lessons fun.
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Dianne M October 20, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I can't imagine a singing instructor better than Danielle LoPresti. All my life I was too inhibited to sing in front of anyone. I decided to see Danielle and fell in love with her as soon as I met her. She is so warm, wise, kind, and talented. We connected immediately, and her observations, instruction, and encouragement gave me the confidence to make my singing debut at my 60th birthday party. I highly recommend Danielle to everyone, whether they can sing a note or not. You will find your singing voice with Danielle. Don't hesitate - make an appointment - you will be glad you did!
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DAVID R. August 16, 2017
· Singing · In studio
MY THIRD LESSON WITH DANIEL WENT WELL AND I AM HAPPY HAVING DANIELLE AS MY TEACHER
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About Nicholas M.

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I have been an actor for more the 35 years having worked Off-Broadway and Regionally.

I've taught acting for 18 years privately as well as at Brooklyn College, St Frances College, Marymount Manhattan College, and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy.

"Nicholas is patient, insightful, friendly, and gets
results. After working with Nicholas, I felt great
about my auditions, got two callbacks, and landed
a touring job.
I would recommend him to any actor."

*Jonathan M.
Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey
Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
Millbrook Playhouse

I am the Producing Artistic Director of the Hudson Warehouse and have been since its inception in 2004. Known as "The Other Free Shakespeare in the Park," we produce free classical theater in Riverside Park during the summer months and we hav
e an indoor season during the winter months as well.

"Mr. Martin-Smith has been my director, coach and
mentor in productions and the classroom. His patience,
insight and his passion excites students, and makes
them feel safe and supported enough to take risks."

*Joseph H.
Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey
Pearl Theater Company
York Theater Company
Hudson Warehouse

*** Teaching Methods ***
I foster a safe, relaxed and engaging environment to explore truthful human behavior on stage.

The objective is 'the truth' to which end there is no one technique. Actors are encouraged to find their own tools and to draw from elements of different practices to discover a technique that works best for them as individuals.

I studied the methods of Constantin Stanislavski for acting with Sergei Pomerov of the Moscow Circus Theater. I am classically trained as well.

I work primarily as a guide to help navigate the way and to interpret ‘the signs.' I teach the lesson in the moment and address the challenges of both the beginner and the experienced actor.

***Classical Work***
My basic approach to classical work focuses primarily on the connection of the breath with the feeling on the word.

This is the foundation on which you can then build. From the ‘words’ to the ‘thoughts’ to entire ‘passages’ of text, as you work and explore, the richness of the playwright’s words comes to life. Your own unique emotional life is allowed to come through the text and you are able to fully embody the role.

*** Teaching Levels and Focuses ***
*Beginning Actors
-Work With Classical Text.
-Vocal Work.
-"Moment to Moment" Work.
-"Sense Memory" Work.

*Experienced Actors
-In depth Classical Text Analysis.
-Connecting to the Text.
-Audition Technique
-Monologue Coaching
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Affea Q. August 1, 2017
· Acting · In studio
Nicholas is a fantastic and patient teacher who is skilled at helping actors with nonverbal communication. He helped me organize my monologues into beats and we worked on transitions and changes of intention. After classes with Nicholas, I confidently made my debut on stage.
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Lance F. November 29, 2014
· Shakespearean Acting · In studio
I was always afraid I couldn't learn Shakespeare, but Nicholas explained the intent on the word, the intent on the line. Soon, I was so caught up in the meaning of the lines and the story I was telling in that moment that I was able to engage in the role, smoothly, without worrying that I was performing Shakespeare. He broke it down so I could understand it, and then feel confident doing it. Highly recommend!
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Sondra L. November 29, 2014
· Acting · In home
Nicholas knows Shakespeare and classical work. He really works with the text and helps an actor really understand the emotions in the scene, through the text. I've gotten so much out of his teaching and so have many of my friends. If you have an audition or play coming up, he's the one to get you ready for it! My friend nailed his audition, got the gig, all through his work with Nicholas. I've learned so much as an actor from Nicholas.
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About Susan J.

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I started teaching because I have a passion for teaching, as well as helping students reach their true potential. I not only teach the students looking to learn their craft, but also those looking to better their ability. My goal is to impart my knowledge and love of music, theater and speech to all of my students. I now teach in my fully equipped home studio in Elk Grove, CA.

I have been a professional Actress, Show Singer, Commercial Voice-Over Artist and Teacher for the past 25 years in the Bay Area. I have a BA in Theater Arts from University of Minnesota, as well as from San Jose State University. I have studied Theater, Dance, Music, and Mime at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. I have 30 units in "Early Childhood and Development" from DeAnza College in San Jose, CA.

I am also a member of the AFTRA, SAG and EQ
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alli S. July 11, 2017
· Broadway Singing · In studio
I think Susan would be a better teacher for a beginner student than for an intermediate student. The voice lessons were still helpful, but she was more of a practice coach than a teacher, for an intermediate/advanced singing student. If you need to learn how to breathe and support your singing, I'd recommend her for starting out, but if you are already a trained singer and looking to improve even more, you'd be better off going to a more specialized expert singing teacher. She was a nice lady and I had fun in her lessons though.
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Kobe C. January 14, 2017
· Broadway Singing · In studio
Susan is very sweet and easy to work with. My son is so excited to learn different techniques to improve his vocal skills. We can't wait for his next lesson.
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Chloe October 28, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Susan is amazing! FUN, friendly, talented, very informational and knowledgeable- she certainly knows her stuff! My child was so excited after her first lesson.
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Elk Grove, CA 95758
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About Bill P.

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Yalaha, FL

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Award winning national Radio/TV personality and voice over talent for more than 25 years.

Voice heard in thousands of national Radio/TV commercials, infomercials, corporate DVDs, CD Roms, & videos for The Golf Channel, Disney, Universal Studios, Sea World, U.S.Army, Delta Airlines, Windjammer Cruises, Darden Restaurants, Lowes, Time Warner Cable and many more.

15 years as Master Of Ceremonies/Comedian for touring variety show performing in over 1200 USA shows in 29 states.

National/Regional guest lecturer/speaker.

Professor, teaching broadcast/speech courses for 15 years at the University Of Central Florida.

BA--Radio & TV--Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana.

My extensive teaching, on air and performing experience will give you the winning voice/spech edge in your career and personal life.
Let me help you...

UNLEASH THE POWER OF YOUR SPEAKING VOICE!
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Olga G. November 16, 2017
· Accent Reduction · Online
Bill is a great teacher. He starts with the fundamental information about how voice works and how to take care of it. After very first lesson I learned a lot about controlling your pitch, posture, what you eat and what you drink before your performance.
Thanks Bill!
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Ross October 20, 2017
· Speaking Voice · Online
Only 10 lessons in - and already I have seen a significant difference in my 'on air' voice - thanks to the direction, tutelage, tools and ultimate care Bill has offered.
Every session has a great flow, offers new ideas and most importantly there's a great level of comfort as venturing into new areas with your voice is not always easy. It is also incredibly useful that Bill sends out the weeks lesson plan/agenda a few days before our lesson so that I can wrap my head around what we will cover. Further on, I have the lesson plan so that I can always revert back to the tools that are taught as a reminder.
Before Bill I had worked with a voice coach that was 4 times the cost, and very generic in the teachings, rather then with Bill who caters the sessions to my needs, and is obviously affordable.
I fully recommend Bill, as you can tell. Very little cost for you to try an introductory 5 lessons - and from there you will certainly learn new ways to increase/sharpen your skill level.
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Rachel October 18, 2017
· Speaking Voice · Online
Bill is authoritative and has a lot of good information. He listened to what I wanted so he could really "get" me.
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About Fredrikes S.

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Hi my name is Fredrikes Stiehler I am a very inspired dance teacher who has had the privilege to coach and train many students to reach their full potentials and goals. I specialize in ballroom dancing, dance exhibition show dance, jazz, contemporary and cabaret.I am driven and hard working when it comes to dancing, which is evident in my students results nationally and Internationally.
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Barbara March 18, 2017
· Ballroom Dance · In studio
Terrific first lesson Fredrikes is fun and easy to learn from. Can't wait for lesson number two!
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TARA LYNN March 14, 2017
· Ballroom Dance · In studio
BEST INSTRUCTOR EVER
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Lafayette, CA 94549
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About Bobby F.

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I am a professional Theatre, Film, TV, Commercial, and Voice Over Actor. I received my BA in Theatre Studies from Yale University and studied classical acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. I've studied with the best acting teachers in the business such as Lesly Kahn and Bob Krakower. If you're looking to improve your script analysis, learn how to act for the camera, or get ready for a last minute audition, I'm your man. I've been teaching for almost a decade, and I tailor my style to my students' needs.
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Jackie September 26, 2017
· Film Acting · In home
Bobby's technical understanding of the frame is head and shoulders above anyone I've ever worked with. Very useful tips and tricks.
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Quinn September 26, 2017
· Film and TV Acting · In home
Bobby is a fabulous teacher -- his notes for me were incisive and sensitive. We worked through a few simple adjustments which really freed me up to play. I went into my audition confident and ready for anything.
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· Acting · Online
I've been working with Bobby for the past year and he has really helped me make smarter and more specific choices in my acting.
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About Shannon W.

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Shannon helps teenage and adult clients discover their unique talents and cultivate their public speaking, writing, and communication skills. She has over fifteen years of experience teaching communication at public universities, ESL/EFL classrooms, and the non-profit sector. Her teaching philosophy is humanist, supporting her clients to speak and write their truths from varying perspectives, backgrounds, and levels of writing experience. Shannon doesn't just look at your writing, but she provides an integrative, whole-person approach to help you work through negative thinking, the complete writing process, and time management. She has referred to her specialized program as "mindful communications."
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Shannon W.

Elk Grove, CA 95757
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