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About Carol W.

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Pasadena, CA
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About Carol
I have taught voice for over twenty years. I studied music at University of California, Santa Barbara, where I received my B.A. I currently work as a professional singer for various local opera companies, music theater groups, churches and temples. I am principal soprano for Opera A La Carte and have also soloed with Repertory Opera Company, Redlands Bowl Festival, Laguna Beach Chorale and Celestial Opera Company. I have worked extensively in Los Angeles schools performing musical assemblies for students in elementary and middle grades through Southland Opera, LA Opera and Guild Opera of Southern California. My teaching experience includes private voice lessons and master classes at Idyllwild School for the Arts.

*** Lesson Details ***
I emphasize breathing techniques to free up the voice to expand your range and ease of singing. In
the lesson, we start with simple warm ups and vocalizes and then apply techniques to the songs you want to sing. I realize each student is different and I customize the lesson to the student's particular needs. I specialize in classical and music theater, however the basics of singing apply to all styles of music. In addition to working on breathing and technique for singing, we'll also focus on interpretation of the songs you are working on as well as how to overcome performance nervousness. Most students find that they are able to sing with more freedom, less tension and will have more confidence as they progress.

I also teach beginning piano, using the John W. Schaum series.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the main room, upright piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
They need to provide a piano or keyboard if I am going to their home.
I have a piano in my home.

*** Specialties ***
I work on using the breath as a fundamental technique for singing. Singing should never hurt. I use a lot of imagery to achieve freedom in singing.
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David N. October 11, 2018
· Stage Performance · In studio
Carol is very knowledgeable about performance and acting and gives usable ideas.
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Miranda K. October 24, 2016
· Singing · In home
Carol is wonderful with children.
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Lana R. September 9, 2016
· Piano · In home
Very kind & patient :)
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Carol W.

Carol W.

Pasadena, CA 91106
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About Michelle A.

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Sherman Oaks, CA

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About Michelle
I believe that everyone can sing, it is just a matter of learning how to use your own unique instrument. From a very young age, as a performer, I was sharing my love of the arts with others. I grew up with an immense appreciation for the self-expression and creativity that result from all forms of art and music, to me, felt like my ideal way to express myself. Music inspires me and I always knew I wanted to help others connect with their inner musical ability as well.

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Michelle’s intention for each student is to support him or her, to the best of her ability, in finding and cultivating their voice, as well as their musical and performance abilities. As a teacher, she keeps a healthy balance between professionalism and making learning fun, inspiring and experiential. She designs a specific curriculum for each stud
ent based on their specific goals and intentions regarding their voice so that each lesson focuses on them and their unique needs. It is extremely important to her that students of all ages have a positive experience of music in their lives and she provides fun and encouraging performance opportunities for those students who wish to participate. Michelle’s goal is to recognize and support each student's potential, helping to give them confidence, direction and motivation on their unique musical journey.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, music stand, microphone, mic stand, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, guitar and mic amplifier, recording equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Portable Keyboard

*** Specialties ***
Musical theater, Jazz, Classical, Contemporary, R & B, Folk, Alternative, Contemporary Christian and Popular Music.
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Joanie D. January 14, 2019
· Singing · Online
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Lucy January 12, 2019
· Speaking Voice · Online
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Sajil January 9, 2019
· Singing · Online
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Michelle A.

Michelle A.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
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About Erin C.

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North Hollywood, CA
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About Erin
I am an actor, speech & dialect coach, and acting teacher. I had steady freelance teaching and coaching jobs for 3 years in NYC, as well as steady acting work in NYC and Chicago theatre for 5 years total.

I moved to LA from Cambridge, MA, where I earned my Master's in Acting from the American Repertory Theater Institute at Harvard. I am certified in unarmed stage combat as well.

I have coached privately and for theatre productions ranging from world-premieres to revivals of Pinter plays to musicals. I love working with actors of all experience levels!
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Tyler May 14, 2018
· Dialect Coaching · In home
I had to learn an Irish dialect for a big audition I was called in for last minute. My friend suggested Erin to help with dialect coaching and audition coaching, and man, I'm so grateful. With Erin's training and expertise, I was able to learn the Irish dialect in an hour and nailed the audition! She has experience with multiple acting and audition techniques...she's able to speak multiple acting "languages". If you're looking for any audition coaching or dialect coaching, I definitely recommend Erin! She knows what she's doing!
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Laura May 14, 2018
· Acting · In home
I have worked with Erin on several occasions, because she is so wonderful at her job! She has helped me to prepare for numerous auditions, many of which have gone very well as a result. She is an incredible actor herself, and she uses her talent and expertise to help me be the best actor I can be. Finding my super objective in a monologue or scene, the different tactics, focus, awareness, groundedness... these are all things she has helped me to do to strengthen my own work. She is down to earth and open, which makes working with her really easy and comfortable. Performing my work in front of somebody else can be very difficult, because I often question what the viewer will think of me. Not only does Erin help me fight that fear, she helps me find the gratitude and joy in getting to perform. I highly recommend Erin as an acting coach! She’s fantastic!
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Martha May 14, 2018
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Erin has coached me numerous times for auditions. I find her to be highly skilled in helping me find the truth in the work. She has a calm, supportive energy. And she's just a great person to be around!
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Erin C.

Erin C.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
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$15 / 30-min

About Angela S.

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Van Nuys, CA
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About Angela
Hi there! My name is Angela and I've been running my own theatre acting programs and classes for over a decade.

As a professional children's theatre director and acting instructor for the camera I have worked with countless students who have gone on to book major commercials, television series, and theatrical productions.

Whether you're looking for basic skill and methods, prepping for college auditions/interviews or ready to take on professional work my teaching style is fun and focused. I look forward to working with you!
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LY September 18, 2018
· Acting · In studio
HIghly recommend! She worked with my kids and they learned alot!
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Dympna January 7, 2018
· Child Acting · In studio
Miss Angela is a wonderful, resourceful, fun, energetic, experienced, knowledgeable and likable acting teacher.
My two daughters have attended the past 4 years at PAW camp at West LA location where Miss Angela is the Camp Director.
We have recommended the camp to many local friends and families and they too attended and agreed.
Recently my daughters took after school child acting classes and again we are very happy.
I would highly consider and recommend Miss Angela as a acting mentor and positive role model for your children.
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Angela S.

Angela S.

Van Nuys, CA 91401
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$40 / 30-min

About Donnabella M.

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North Hollywood, CA

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About Donnabella
Need some acting help that is specific to you? Look no further!

I'm Donnabella, and I can't wait to help you take your acting BUSINESS & CRAFT to the next level! I have worked with dozens of actors from age 7 to 87. I am patient, motivational, and efficient - we will tackle your goals and have fun every step of the way!

Need help with homework? I started peer tutoring in middle school and have continued to teach ever since! I can help you excel in your academic endeavors. I have worked with dozens of students one on one, as well as group settings!

***Formal Education***
Summa Cum Laude 3.90 GPA
B.S. Criminal Justice -Forensic Psychology
B.A. Humanities- English, Philosophy, & History

***Acting Background***
I'm a working actor. In 2015, I booked 5 commercials (2 nationals), 2 films, 7 TV shows, and 2 audiobooks. I've c
ontinued to book ever since! I am also a former NBA dancer & collegiate cheerleader!

***The Lesson***
Comedy - Sitcom and Single-Cam, Drama, Scene Study, Character Development, Improv, Commercials, Emotional Accessibility, Cold Reading Skills, Audition Technique, On-Camera Work, Physicality

***Specialties***
Developing well-rounded confident actors! :)
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Linda January 28, 2016
· Acting · Online
Donnabella helped me take my career to the next level. I was really afraid to truly commit and make acting my priority. I've finally stopped making excuses, and I've taken back control over my self-sabotaging habits!
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Derrick January 28, 2016
· Acting · Online
Donnabella helps me tremendously with stage fright and confidence. She's amaze-balls.
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Amani January 28, 2016
· Film Acting · In studio
DB helps me remember why I love acting so much. She's so helpful when I have questions that I have no one else to turn to for answers. She's great with coaching acting, and amazing at helping me boost my business.
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Donnabella M.

Donnabella M.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
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About Mark C.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Mark is an American composer, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and music producer.

"I started teaching private music lessons my senior year of high school, in 2006. Since then I've taught over 50 different students of all ages from 3 years old to 61 years old. While still living in Ohio, I was the one and only official guitar teacher for Guitar Center Youngstown through the duration of 2008-2009. In late 2009, after moving to Los Angeles, I continued to teach privately all around the city. I currently live in West Hollywood with my wife and dog. I plan to continue teaching private students for the rest of my life."
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Amy November 4, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Mark is a great instructor! I highly recommend him to anyone who wants to play guitar.
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Amy October 21, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Mark is a great instructor! I highly recommend him to ANYONE who wants to learn how to play guitar!!
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Amy October 14, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Great instructor! I recommend Mark because he lets you learn, but he makes it fun! (He is also REALLY nice!)
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Mark C.

Mark C.

Los Angeles, CA 90028
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$42 / 30-min

About Iran G.

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Los Angeles, CA

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About Iran
I find myself extremely fortunate being able to combine my experiences and University Degrees in Music Production, Film Scoring, Songwriting and Guitar Education with you all!

The best part of music is that it all connects with itself. Learning the Guitar, then wanting to learn how to write your own songs. But then you ask yourself "Wouldn't it be cool to record it and hear it back?!" And then learning how to edit your music and start adding other elements to it, to make it a more produced song, to then realizing how simple the process can be when it's all done. Again, it's not what you're learning that hooks you back for more, but "HOW" you're learning all this tools.

With experience teaching ALL levels and ages (No, really, ALL ages), I've built a custom way in making every topic interesting, fun, doable, and best of all, applic
able to the real world. I promise you, based on the route and goal you want to achieve, you'll be able to tie it all together and see music from a non intimidating and approachable point of view.

Lessons include, but definitely not limited to:
Music Production: We'll explore how to go about creating music with a computer. Composing, Editing, Mixing.
Film Scoring: Everything from ground zero in how to write music for Film, TV, and Video Games.
Guitar: Learning the instrument, Learning chords, how to improvise, learning the songs you want to learn, some music theory through the guitar.
Songwriting: What makes a song a song? The musical elements, the lyrical motives, and blending it with commercial music patterns.

I am thrilled to be able to pass on as much music knowledge to you all and see where the journey of music takes you on!
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Ryan August 21, 2018
· Music Recording · In home
Iran is everything you would want in a teacher: professional, knowledgeable, fun, passionate, and caring. Two thumbs up!
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Paola August 6, 2018
· Music Recording · In home
Iran has so much knowledge about music technology, recording & production! He is very precise when trying to explain terms and techniques to any type of student from beginner to expert. Highly recommend!
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Milton May 28, 2018
· Music Recording · In studio
The lesson with Iran gave me so much more than I had expected, and helped me to focus on some production items I was made aware of. He isnreally knowlegeable, and freely gives help with a lot of useful tips.
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Iran G.

Los Angeles, CA 90015
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$42 / 30-min

About Brandon S.

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North Hollywood, CA

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Brandon “Bshaw” Shaw

Bshaw has always had a love and passion for dance. As a child growing up in Pasadena, California, he would mimic the styles of pop dance icons like: Michael Jackson and MC Hammer. It wasn’t until he found out that his parents had met and danced on the world renowned television show, “Soul Train”, that his love for dance would turn into a full blown obsession.

It was a dream come true for Bshaw when he got the opportunity to tour the world with R&B sensation, Chris Brown. Bshaw’s most recent accomplishments in dance include: Beyonce', Destiny's Child, Usher, and Chris Brown.

With a ton of success in professional dancing, Bshaw took his vast knowledge in dance into to the world of Choreography.
His most recent accomplishments in choreography for film and television include: Step Up “ ALL IN” , DISNEY CH
ANNEL ORIGINAL MOVIE's "Let It Shine" ,"Lemonade Mouth", DISNEY CHANNEL's "So Random", "Shake it up” and "Austin and Alley”. He has also worked as an Associate Choreographer with Chris Scott on FOX's hit television series "So You Think You Can Dance" and the Supervising Choreographer on Chris Brown's "Forever European Tour".

With a passion for dance and always wanting to give back, Bshaw took all his expertise in the world of dance and entertainment and created an training experience for his students called "Hip- Hop basics " which is geared towards the novice dancer looking to learn the basic foundation and “Tourography”. Tourography is where students feel what it is like to dance, rehearse and even perform on stage as if they were on TOUR. It’s high energy, intense, and hard hitting syllabus that has been in high demand and taught in several countries. Bshaw truly loves what he does and it shows in his work ethic and drive.
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Isaiah September 19, 2018
· Dance Choreography · In home
Great teacher!!
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Liinda September 11, 2018
· Dance Choreography · In studio
Brandon's energy is infectious! Just being in the room with him elevates my confidence and makes me dance with conviction! I love his grooves, his sense of musicality and originality! On top of everything he's so dang funky and so fun to work with!!
I highly recommend training with Brandon!!
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Cammi September 11, 2018
· Dance Choreography · In studio
Brandon is a great teacher and choreographer! He has lots of patience and positive energy. He truly cares about the success of the people he works with. Every time I work with Brandon I have a great time. Working with him, has helped me become a better artist! I highly recommend working with him!
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Brandon S.

Brandon S.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
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$50 / 30-min

About Rosaria V.

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Los Angeles, CA
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My name is Rosaria, I'm from Italy and I'm a Professional ballroom dance teacher. I beginning ballroom dance since I was 7 years old! I competed all over Europe and for the last 5 years I compete a lot in USA!i I teach single person, couple, groups from beginners lever to very advanced level! The best part of my job is when people prove them self that they can dance and day by day they became more excited to were them dance shoes and start to enjoy the music and to feel them body! As a dance teacher all what I want to see is people happy when they dance! Are you ready to risk being happy dancing? yes? Let's do it!!!

The dances that I teach are: Waltz, Tango, Fox Trot, V. Waltz, Quick Step, Samba, Cha Cha Cha, Rumba, Paso Doble, Jive, Salsa, Mambo, Merengue, Swing, Bachata.
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Ady September 20, 2018
· Ballroom Dance · In home
I am a competitive ballroom pro/am student and I’ve been dancing and competing for years. I had the privilege of studying ballroom dance with Rosaria. She is one of the most talented and beautiful dancers I have ever seen. What makes her an outstanding teacher, however, is her ability to teach. She knows what needs to be done step by step. Whether it’s basic technique, or styling, or even choreography, Rosaria was able to help me improve each time. She works tirelessly at finding different ways to explain the techniques she is teaching. I learned and enjoyed my dancing more with her than with any other ballroom teacher. Ever. Her professionalism, her dedication, and her artistry are one of a kind.
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Rosaria V.

Rosaria V.

Los Angeles, CA 90034
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$60 / 45-min

About Bryan R.

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North Hollywood, CA
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My name is Bryan and I’m a dance teacher and choreographer in L.A. I teach from beginners to semi-pro dancers in schools and studios in the area and usually work out of dance studios in North Hollywood where I reside. I can also travel to you.

I can teach you the basics of hip-hop dance, jazz dance as well as some basic grooves you can take anywhere to practice before advancing into choreography. Over the course of weeks, I can make you more comfortable into different styles of dance and progress into more challenging forms of choreography.

As a teacher, I've taught all age groups and levels all over Europe as well locally here back home in Southern California. As a professional, I’ve choreographed and danced for Adam Lambert, Ricky Martin, Nike, Mercedes Benz, Ludacris and Bobby Valentino. My training and education comes from UCLA, the
London School of Contemporary Dance, and Millennium Dance Complex.

There are many samples of my work as well as on my website.

I have many references too from private students in LA as well as studio owners and schools.
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Bryan R.

Bryan R.

North Hollywood, CA 91605
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$34 / 30-min

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