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About Steven N.

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Pasadena, CA
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About Steven
The piano has always been my greatest passion; I have never been able to imagine life without it. I was very fortunate to have had the benefit of a great education in music starting at an early age. My goal as pianist and teacher is to pass on the wisdom of my own teachers, as well as my enthusiasm for this great instrument and the rich repertoire of music written for it.

I received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California, where I was a student of Daniel Pollack for 12 years. In order to become the best teacher possible, I minored in Music Education, gaining experience in the major theories of music pedagogy and teaching techniques. In teaching, I strive to create an optimal blend of old and new by combining the great and time-honored traditions of piano playing, as instilled in me through my pi
ano studies, with recent discoveries and advents in the field of music pedagogy.

My performing experiences have taken me across great distances in time and space, with performances in major halls across the globe, featuring music of over five centuries. I have commissioned new works and performed numerous premieres, and have also played music of the Renaissance and early Baroque on the Harpsichord. I have also accompanied singers and played chamber music extensively.

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Playing the piano is a journey of discovery and joy that lasts a lifetime. The rewards of playing extend far beyond the piano, bearing dividends in all areas of music, as well as outside of music. Such important basic skills as concentration, tenacity, and delaying of gratification, are promoted from the outset of piano lessons, and are readily adaptable to other fields and challenges. At the same time, students of all levels, from 6 months of lessons to several years of experience, can develop and maintain a repertoire of pieces to present to family and friends, and to play for their own gratification and self-esteem.

My guiding philosophy in teaching is that everyone can learn to play the piano with hard work and good training. Talent is neither necessary, nor sufficient in itself to produce great pianists. What will promote excellence in piano playing is a thorough and well-rounded grounding in the various aspects of music, including music theory, piano technique, music history, and repertoire-building. I teach these and many other components of music in all my lessons. I use method books with earlier level students and gradually incorporate works from the classical repertoire. I assign enjoyable, beneficial music theory projects, rhythmic exercises, and teach pieces of differing genres, styles, and demands to keep lessons varied and interesting. Several times a year, our hard work is shared with others at student recitals, where family and strangers alike join students in the joy of music and the piano.

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The teacher's home studio includes a large studio space with 2 grand pianos side by side so the student learn by example where applicable. Seating is also available for family and guests. There is also a warm up studio room for students that arrive early and are waiting to start their lesson.

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Students will need access to a piano or keyboard for regular practicing.

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Piano technique, classical piano repertoire, music theory and aural skills, musicology, accompanying and chamber music.
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Lucas April 20, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Steven is a really nice and friendly teacher. He not only has excellent piano skills, but also very patient to his student. Lucas likes his class.
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Dr.Bonnie B. September 21, 2015
· Music Performance · In home
I came to sing and have Steven accompany me. I really wasn't asking for voice lessons so it was not a good fit.
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Mark P. July 15, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Brilliant teacher, knows more about music than I'll ever know about anything, and shares exactly the right amount with me each session. He is incredibly patient, upbeat, encouraging, and helpful. When I make mistakes he's constantly patiently encouraging and helping me with various approaches to piano technique. I am a completely new student who could not read notes. Steven is sensitive to how to pace me and shows me new ways of learning that fit my personality and level. I could not imagine a better piano instructor/mentor than Steven. If you're within range of his studio and you're planning to take piano lessons at ANY level, I would strongly urge you to work with Steven. You will learn and thoroughly enjoy the experience!
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Steven N.

Pasadena, CA 91107
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About Michael C.

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Huntington Beach, CA

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Hi! My name is Michael and I am excited at the prospect of teaching you or your child...

I absolutely love to teach, but not just because of my love for the drums or my life-long appreciation of music, but because of my enjoyment of people and the learning process itself. I feel that this is important to mention, because if I didn't enjoy what I did and take pride in working with people, then my teaching skills, curriculum, and experience would mean nothing. As anybody who has played a musical instrument can attest to, learning something new is difficult, and having a patient teacher who enjoys working with people is mandatory.

Throughout my life, I have had the opportunity to study with some amazing teachers, including Carmine Appice (author of “Realistic Rock” and drummer for Rod Stewart, Vanilla Fudge, Cactus and Jeff Beck), J
ason Lingle (Berklee School Of Music), Keith Harris (drummer for The Black Eyed Peas) and Lee Nichols, to name a few. My experiences with these teachers has led to a proficiency in rock, jazz and Latin, as well as the ability to convey these concepts in a manner that promotes patience, personal challenge, and constant progress.

Besides teaching private lessons at many local facilities, I have had the opportunity to teach group classes at dozens of elementary and middle schools, including schools in the Westminster, Ocean View and Huntington Beach school districts. I have also aided many students into attending the arts high-school/college of their choice by working with them to properly read and perform all audition material.

Whether you are a brand-new beginner or a seasoned student of the instrument, I am confident that I can take your playing to the next level. Oh yeah, we will also have a great time. Maybe you don’t know yet, but playing the drums is FUN. Give me a call and I will prove it to you.

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I teach using the Freddie Gruber method, which promotes a natural grip of stick and the idea that we should allow the stick to “do what it wants to do” by using natural and fluid motions. This is an incredibly effective style of play and is used by drummers such as Neil Peart, Dave Weckl and Steve Smith.

I teach with an emphasis both on rudiments and hand technique, as well as drum-set exercises and genre study. I encourage practice to be done on a rubber practice pad
as well as on the drum-set, and for brand-new beginners, I often recommend that the practice pad be used exclusively for the first several weeks or months to allow for a great understanding of basic grips and hand techniques. This is especially true when the new beginner doesn't yet own a drum-set. I am often asked, “does my child need a drum-set to take lessons?” The answer is always a resounding “not at all!” A pair of sticks and a practice pad will do the trick, and will also allow you, as the parent, to see your child’s level of involvement.

Within the first 3 to 6 months of lessons, my students can expect to:

- Properly play and understand a handful of rudiments, including the single and double stroke rolls, the paradiddle family, as well as several flam and drag rudiments.
- Play and begin properly reading many different drum-beats and rhythms, and connect these beats using fills that are fun and sound cool.
- Begin learning songs of the their choice, from Metallica to Miles Davis.

I am also inspired by many different educational sources, including the textbooks:

- Stick Control by George Lawrence Stone
- Rockin’ Bass Drum by Charles Perry and John Lombardo
- Realistic Rock by Carmine Appice
- The Art Of Bop Drumming by John Riley
- The Drummer’s Bible by Mick Berry and Jason Gianni
- Haskell Harr’s Drum Method

…as well as many other awesome texts that provide both classic and contemporary concepts that are challenging, and most importantly, sound really cool.

I teach out of an awesome private studio that features 2 drum-sets (the student never needs to get off the drum-set), recording equipment (lessons are often recorded and cited later) and a great headphone sound system (for effectively learning and playing along with songs.) Simply put, I believe my studio is the most fun and efficient place to study the drums in Orange County.

Whether you are a drum-line student who needs help playing a piece, a rock drummer who wishes to learn the basics of jazz (or vice versa), or a brand-new beginner who wants to see what this whole drumming thing is all about (spoiler: it’s awesome), I have the patience, the passion and the skills to help you get the most out of this wonderful instrument. Let’s play the drums!

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I teach out of an awesome private studio that features 2 drum-sets (the student never needs to get off the drum-set), recording equipment (lessons are often recorded and cited later) and a great headphone sound system (for effectively learning and playing along with songs.) Simply put, I believe my studio is the most fun and efficient place to study the drums in Orange County.

Check out the photos in my profile for some pictures.

*** Specialties ***
Years of teaching group classes to elementary and middle school students has given me lots of experience with a multitude of learning styles. My specialty lies in not only conveying lessons and concepts in an easy to understand manner, but doing so in a fun way that encourages progress. Simply put, you will want to practice, simply to see exercises and grooves evolve.

While I am most proficient in rock music and have played in many rock bands, I am also very proficient in formal snare playing (marching/classical) as well as standards in jazz and Latin.
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Eddie R. July 19, 2017
· Drum · In home
I can't recommend Mike enough! I always wanted to learn drums but it felt daunting and somewhat inaccessible to me. From my first lesson with Mike, that changed completely. I left his studio feeling like I could absolutely learn to play. In just one lesson I learned a lot about proper technique, reading music, etc. without feeling overwhelmed or bored. Mike explains everything clearly while also making it fun to learn. And, most importantly, he has a clear (and proven) structure to his lesson plans. Concepts are taught in a cumulative manner so that each lesson you make progress towards a clearly defined goal - a goal that you get to help define, be it a specific song you want to learn or a certain skill/level to attain. Mike is knowledgeable about the subject matter and provides insightful tips and homework to make sure you're learning the right skills in a fun and challenging manner. If you want to learn drums, Mike is your guy.
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Ryan C. July 11, 2017
· Drum · In studio
My son started learning the drums at age 5. Not only is he able to keep a beat but he is learning to read music. He is also being taught proper drumming techniques and that there is more to it than just banging sticks. Within these past two years, Mike built his confidence and gave him enough skills to go perform at his school's talent show. Each lesson my son comes out smiling and has a sense of accomplishment. He says his lessons are fun and that Mike is a cool teacher. Mike shows that he loves to teach and I couldnt be more pleased!!!!
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Shane R. March 18, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Michael is extremely knowledgeable about drumming. He relates to a 13 yr old advanced drummer teaching and having fun at the same time. Excited to work w Michael again
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Michael C.

Huntington Beach, CA 92647
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About Mariano L.

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Buena Park, CA

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About Mariano
My experience as a performer and teacher ranges from early music to today's rock and pop, including various percussion instruments from around the world. When studying for my bachelors and masters degrees in music, I did course work in music recording, jazz studies, and music history. In addition, I incorporate my knowledge of development, physics, and other sciences into my instruction. I can discuss playing music with beginners to professionals as we pursue opportunities in the music industry and education to develop functional musicians with creative outlets as students are able to explore any area or level of music. Some of my students have gone onto college music programs and high school programs such as OCHSA while others are enjoying playing music with friends. The goal is to take a student's excitement for music and percussion in
a direction that will feedback into more learning and a drive to explore more styles of music.
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Evan February 24, 2017
· Drum · In home
Mariano is excellent! He is firm yet patient and professional, and gets along really well with my son.
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Emma August 17, 2015
· Percussion · In home
Mariano was an amazing percussion and drum set teacher. His lessons were engaging and productive, and he was always able to communicate an idea or musical concept in a way that I was able to understand and connect with. After about 2 years of lessons I was accepted into the Orange County School of the Arts for percussion and I owe my success to the lessons I took with Mariano. I continued lessening throughout high school and my skill level contined to grow. What I loved about Mariano's teaching was his unique ability to take very simple exercises and make them more difficult and therefore much more beneficial. Along with stressing the importance of basic technique, he would constantly inteoduce me to new things - Afro beats, traditional grip, Latin beats, new ways to sight read, and 4 mallet marimba technique. I would highly suggest taking lessons with Mariano if you are looking for a fun, encouraging teacher who has lots of experience with a variety of percussion performance!
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Javen August 17, 2015
· Drum · In home
Very very understanding and had a great way of teaching each lesson. Also, friendly and very supportive!
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Mariano L.

Mariano L.

Buena Park, CA 90620
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About Audrey B.

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Culver City, CA
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About Audrey
Teaching has been a corner stone of my life since I can remember. Along side my teaching career, I have been working professionally in the music business since the age of 10 doing everything from recording background voices on pop albums to singing leading roles in Opera and Musical Theatre on some of the worlds most innovative stages. Bringing voices and bodies out of their shells and into the performance realm with health and connection to breath is a cornerstone of my technique. I tailor lessons to the individual, meet you where you are and go from there. I look forward to meeting you!
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Marina Santana August 22, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
She is the most talented singer I have ever met. Her experience is very broad and she can help anyone to sing any song. She has the patience, she is very commited and involved in her teaching and mentoring. I used to sing like a cat but Audrey mentored me to sing very challenging songs such as Ave Maria by Schubert. She is a Star and a Starmaker. Her voice control is superb, she has years of training; in less than 5 months I was singing like Sumi Jo. I am very grateful that she mentored me.
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Emma August 9, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Audrey is wonderful in teaching us how to use our bodies and voices in the right way in order to become the best and most healthy singers possible. She is highly knowledgeable in vocal technique and I am so happy with the sound I have been getting out of my voice now that she has taught me some tools to use on a daily basis. I am excited to continue my studies with her!
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Karen Joyce August 2, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Audrey is an incredible vocal coach! She is extremely patient, professional, and an excellent communicator. She taught me how to become more in tune with my body and more confident in my own unique vocal quality. Each lesson with her will leave you inspired and thankful that you've had the opportunity to learn from a master like her!
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Audrey B.

Audrey B.

Culver City, CA 90230
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About Josh M.

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Monrovia, CA

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Hello, my name is Josh. I am a professional vocal coach, vocal arranger and singer. I teach contemporary and classical voice and basic-intermediate piano. I have a Bachelors of Music in Commercial Music from Azusa Pacific University. I have had students as young as 5, though I normally teach ages 12 and up. My goal is to challenge my students to grow and improve in their musical excellence and enjoy the music along the way! I am patient, positive and encouraging to my students.
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Cynthia August 25, 2017
· Music Theory · In home
Josh is great! Knowledgeable, patient, and flexible. He took the time and energy to create lesson plans and methods that fit my needs and level of understanding. I'd recommend him wholeheartedly to anyone looking to improve their musical knowledge and skills.
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Camille August 25, 2017
· Vocal Training · In home
Josh has coached me on several recording sessions and has helped me tremendously with audition prep. He's a talented singer and a skilled, supportive teacher. You can trust that Josh will evaluate your singing and help you improve with healthy technique, vocal exercises, and helpful encouragement. He's fun to work with, and he gets great results. I highly recommend taking lessons with Josh!
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Josh M.

Monrovia, CA 91016
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About jiaxin H.

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Arcadia, CA
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I have a Bachelor degree from Xinghai Conservatory of Music, 2013 and a Music of Master degree from University of Massachusetts in Amherst, 2015. I have been seriously studying piano performance, pedagogy, and technique for 17 years. Music has shaped me as an individual, and my love for the art has only grown as I develop my career.

I owe a great deal of my own maturation as a pianist to my passionate, accomplished teachers. I strive to bring this same level of commitment to my own teachings, in hopes of sparking the same love for the art in my students.

From the first lesson until the last, I am continuously looking for ways to connect music to topics that are of personal interest to each my students. Music is more than just pushing notes-it's a language we can use for expressing our own emotion, energy, and passion!

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g forward to having a chance to know you! Please get in touch with me if you are interested in piano lessons.
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Elle February 18, 2016
· Piano · In home
Amazing instructor! Polite, punctual, friendly and made learning fun for Elle, my 5 year old daughter.
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Elle February 18, 2016
· Piano · In home
Amazing instructor! Polite, punctual, friendly and made learning fun for Elle, my 5 year old daughter.
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jiaxin H.

jiaxin H.

Arcadia, CA 91006
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About Shuo-Lei C.

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Alhambra, CA
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I have been playing clarinet since I was 10 years old. Throughout elementary, middle, and high school, I played with the El Camino Youth Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, as well as numerous All-State and honor bands around the state. I completed my Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Michigan studying with Daniel Gilbert, former clarinetist of the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra. During my time at Michigan I was a member of the University Symphony Orchestra and Symphony band and performed under conductors Kenneth Kiesler and Michael Haithcock. I am currently studying with Helen Goode-Castro at California State Long Beach, pursuing a Masters in Music. I have recently been playing with the La Mirada Symphony Orchestra in addition to my school ensembles. I enjoy teaching the clarinet and helping others achieve the
ir musical goals, whatever that might be. I look forward to meeting any clarinet player looking to improve their skills.
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Rachel March 11, 2017
· Clarinet · In studio
Great teacher and helped me a lot with an audition! Very talented and professional!
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Maddy March 10, 2017
· Clarinet · In studio
I am an intermediate player and he really helped me with my technique!
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CARMINE A. December 4, 2016
· Clarinet · In studio
Best instructor I met so far
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Shuo-Lei C.

Alhambra, CA 91803
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About Shuai R.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Shuai Ren is a Chinese musician based in Los Angeles. She received her Bachelor's Degree from Renmin University of China and her Master's Degree of Public Policy from University of California, Los Angeles. She is currently studying film scoring in UCLA.

Shuai started playing piano and singing since age 5. She has been participated in many large scale events, especially in organizing choirs to perform in and outside China. Her chorus used to perform in National Centre for the Performing Arts, the Beijing National Indoor Stadium and China Central television.

Shuai has composed music in a wide range including documentaries by China Central Television since she was in high school and over 100 songs including choral songs, A Capela and pop songs. Shuai has also arranged many classic songs such as “My heart will go on” and “You raise me u
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Jeff. B November 10, 2016
· Piano · In home
Learning piano with Shuai is such a great experience! I'm getting better and better playing piano thanks to Shuai!!!
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Sara November 7, 2016
· Chinese · In studio
Shuai is an amazing teacher! I enjoyed taking lessons with her. Very patient and explains everything super clearly.
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Shuai R.

Shuai R.

Los Angeles, CA 90024
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About William W.

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North Hollywood, CA
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I graduated UCLA on full piano scholarship and have been teaching privately since 2005. Besides awards for jazz piano and film scoring, I've also received 2 fellowships for education. I love to share the joy of music through teaching and I also get a kick out of seeing the different ways people learn. I try to find out your musical goals, and then I set up a step-by-step way to get there, whether you can practice 60 hours a week or just 5 minutes. Ages 3-77 taught so far. Get in touch at (310) 867-5603 or billywhitemusic@gmail.com.
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Nicole September 14, 2017
· Piano · In home
Billy is a great teacher! Both my son and I took lessons and we both learned so much. Now my son loves Beethoven, and we go to the symphony together. He is highly accomplished musician ad is also a vy warm and patient teacher.
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William W.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
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About Shay S.

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Woodland Hills, CA

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I'm a singer/actress originally from Motown Detroit. I graduated from The Conservatory of Theatre at SUNY Purchase with a BFA in Acting. In NYC I worked as an actor in theatre, regional musicals and television. I am a proud AEA member and former AFTRA member. I was also a worship leader at World Changers Church NY.

During that time I gave private vocal lessons to worship leaders, background vocalists, musical theatre artists, actors and contemporary pop/R&B singers.

For 4 years I worked in NYC as an enrichment teacher where I taught musical theatre to elementary school aged children.

I currently reside in Los Angeles.

As a vocal coach I am best able to hlep students find their natural voice and show them how to maneuver through it with ease. I teach fundamentals such as breath support, intonation, ear training, vocal dynamics, vocal
flexibility and basic music theory. My theory is that while the above are crucial fundamentals, they are yet functions that support an inherent intuition that every singer already has.

As a perfomrance coach I push students to acheive an honest and dynamic performance emotionally, physically and vocally. I create a very safe environment where students are encouraged to fail and continue to stretch their own pre conceived limits.

I'm excited to continue teaching and grow a base of students in Los Angeles or online.
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Shay S.

Woodland Hills, CA 91364
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