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Tanisha H.

Los Angeles, CA 90043

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About Tanisha

Tanisha is a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music's Vocal and Music Business programs. Since arriving to Los Angeles, Tanisha has built a solid career providing artist development services to professional entertainers, recording artists and actors. Her services include vocal coaching, piano lessons, music theory, songwriting, performance development, media and stage training. Tanisha is also an accomplished songwriter. She is a regular co-writer with platinum selling recording artist Shanice Wilson of "Flex and Shanice" on OWN. Tanisha also works closely with casting and producers of the major network talent competitions The Voice, America's Got Talent and American Idol. Additionally, many of our clients can been seen and heard

In addition to teaching music, Tanisha has enjoyed a successful career in the entertainment

industry working with top tier performers such as Chaka Khan, The Black Eyed Peas, Montell Jordan and Babyface to name a few. Accompanying her is a staff of accomplished performers and teachers who have credits throughout the entertainment industry. At the WHAA, her performing arts academy, she offers a conservatory-level curriculum focusing on the fundamental skills of technique, composition, artistry and performance in music, dance, drama and visual arts.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a very fun loving person and believe in creating a positive environment where students feel comfortable to be themselves. At the same time I am a stickler for details and do not allow laziness. I believe a balance of fun with excellence has allowed my students to excel far beyond their own expectations. Good results takes HARD WORK! Please do not come to lessons with the expectation to sing like Beyoncé or play piano at Carnegie Hall after 4 lessons. Mastering your voice and instrument takes equal parts of time, hard work, dedication and patience.

My teaching style is individually based.
For vocal clients, I asses their strengths and weaknesses and develop a plan to build up their weak areas while helping them find "their own voice". I focus on breathing, intonation and control which I believe are the foundation of great singing ability. I use a classical Italian based program along with pop, R&B, jazz, and rock. I have vocal coached in many languages including Spanish, Japanese and Chinese.

For piano clients I focus on strength, dexterity and precision in fingering. I also help students learn to feel the music and bring their personality and touch to each piece they are performing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Tanisha currently teaches at her performing arts academy the White H Arts Academy. There are private instruction rooms and a lobby waiting area for parents and guests. Parents may also sit in the lesson room if desired. Private lesson rooms include a piano, speakers, and a music stand.

The White H Arts Academy also has two state of the art mirrored dance rooms with sound systems and wireless microphones for practicing stage performances or rehearsing for a big show.

*** Specialties ***
Vocals: beg to adv
Piano: beg to inter

Vocal genres are classical (opera), pop, R&B, gospel, rock, jazz, blues and musical theater. I studied voice at Berklee College of Music. Have also studied Seth Riggs SLS (Speech Level Singing) method independently, however, I am not certified. I also teach in languages other than English including Spanish, Japanese and Chinese.

Piano instruction levels I teach are basic to intermediary focusing on classical, and general accompaniment abilities.
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September 13, 2019
Mamie
July 17, 2019
Terrence W.
So far so good!! Tanisha was very helpful during my first lesson. Made me feel as if she has known me already. Very good at relating current events in your life to the actual coaching. Awesome!! Can't wait for my next lesson.
July 12, 2019
Malakai S.
Excellent experience with Mali... He loved her expertise!

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Tanisha H.

Los Angeles, CA

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Matthew S.

Long Beach, CA 90802


About Matthew

HELLO!

My name is Matthew Smith and I love music and I love to teach it even more. Although my upbringing is in jazz and classical music, I am very fluent in latin, hiphop, rock, pop and more world music as well.

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Matthew S.

Long Beach, CA

Xiaole L.

Irvine, CA 92614

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About Xiaole

Xiaole, (Shirley) an active pianist, music teacher, and composer, is a member of MTAC-Music Teachers Association California. A member of Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Society, she holds a PhD in Music with many awards for academic excellence from the University of Hawaii. She has more than 30 years teaching experience and has taught piano, music theory and history from beginner to advanced levels.

She studied at Shanghai Conservatory of Music and at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, where she polished her artistic spectrum in piano, musicology, and composition. Her teaching uses various sources, including Western classical repertoire, folk, popular music, world music, and Chinese music. She performed piano solo and chamber music in China when she was a pianist in Liaoning Provincial Opera House and on the piano faculty at Sichuan

Conservatory of Music, China. She taught piano major students and played accompaniment for voice, dance and various instruments.

Currently she teaches piano and composition in her studios in Irvine, CA and serves as Chair of Senior Graduation Recital in MTAC South Coast Branch. Her students have been prizewinners in MTAC branch festivals, honor recitals, and have performed in Composers Today recitals. She has helped students develop interest and much enjoyment in music. She also can help students enter prestigious universities and become professional musicians.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are designed for individual needs and goals. Each lesson can be in flexible ways to meet the student's needs.

For example, for a beginner student, a lesson introduces the basic ideas of hand position, body posture, game-like rhythm drills and simple song-like pieces.

For elementary and intermediate students, lessons start from warm up techniques. Then they play carefully selected pieces according to the student's interest. The favorite pieces may be Christmas Carols, Kuhlau's Sonatinas and Beethoven's Fur Elise. Advanced students learn to play Mozart and Beethoven Sonatas, and Chopin's Waltz and Polonaises. Some students learn to compose their music while applying music theory elements.
Some students like to learn pieces for their school events or community events (church hymns) or download pieces from internet. The teacher is willing to help students play many pieces to enrich their music life.

*** Studio Equipment ***
A Grand Piano in a large room, that can seat 20 more people for
a studio recital or masterclass.

An upright piano for young children or students who like to play in
a comfortable setting.

A board posting studio news and music festival winners' photos.

Chairs and tables for students doing their theory worksheets or
sofas for parents to observe the lesson.

Learning tools, such as writing board for music notes, flash cards, and metronome for counting rhythm. Students like to use the toy-like percussion instruments, such as castanet and shaker to clap and count beats.

Children Piano pedal.

*** Specialties ***
Early childhood piano lessons for 4 to 7 year old children.

Preparing piano performance for recitals, music festivals, Classical/ Romantic Showcases, competitions for intermediate and advanced students.

Teaching composition for MTAC ‘s Composers Today Recital.

Using technology, notation software, iMovie and iTune software, and the internet.
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August 1, 2015
TaleenK
Ms. Shirley has been teaching my two kids (daughter 9 & son 7) for almost 2 years now. She is very dedicated and passionate about music. She challenges my children to try hard and learn good habits. She is flexible in how she approaches both of their lessons given my daughter applies more focus and discipline to her piano than my son. She tries to find ways to keep my son encouraged and interested in learning. She is very accommodating at her home and gives my children space to do their homework. I am very pleased with Ms. Shirley's knowledge, capability and dedication to teaching piano. She is a wonderful teacher.
October 27, 2014
Kathryn S.
Ms. Shirley is fantastic. She is very understanding and a combinations. My son LOVES going to his piano lesson every week. She requires he work hard and pay attention. She really works hard to find good things he does and really reinforces the positive. She is always accommodating to schedule changes as well. We love having her as a teacher.
October 11, 2014
Joyce L.
I have taken lessons with Xiaole for over 5 years now. She helps me to plan long term goals and to strive to play the best I can in performances and competitions. Also, she stresses forming good habits for studying for theory and practicing at home. One thing to note is that she is pretty strict. Overall, I would recommend Xiaole to anyone looking for a productive teacher.

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Xiaole L.

Irvine, CA

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Regina G.

Glendale, CA 91206

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About Regina

At the age of fifteen, Ms. Regina graduated with honors from the Z. Paliashvili Special Music Gymnasium for Gifted Children in Tbilisi, Georgia. As a student of a famous Georgian pianist, Tengiz Amirejibi, she represented her country in numerous international competitions. (Tengiz Amirejibi was a student of Heinrich Neuhaus, a famous Russian teacher and pianist.)

As a child, Ms. Regina gave many solo recitals and concerts with the Georgian Symphonic Orchestra. Ms. Regina earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) with emphasis on Advanced Piano Performance from the Tbilisi State Conservatory. After graduating, she worked with talented young musicians in her alma mater for many years. Later in her academic and professional career, Ms. Regina taught undergraduate courses at the Tbilisi State Conservatory as well as the Moscow Music G

ymnasium.

With more than twenty-three years of professional teaching experience, Ms. Regina is able to offer her students a diverse range of educational resources. She specializes in teaching piano, performance, and music theory to students of all ages and levels.

Ms. Regina's teaching techniques are based on a combination of the famous Russian Music School (based on music giants such as Konstantin Igumnov, Daniel Barenboim, and Heinrich Neuhaus) and the American Music Education System. This combination allows each student to work at a pace comfortable for him/her, and helps all students make significant progress in the areas of sight reading, ear training, and performance skills.

***Teaching Schedule***
Ms. Regina teaches at her Glendale studio and the surrounding areas every day of the week except for Saturdays. She teaches in her Orange County studio located in Fountain Valley on Saturdays.

***Questions and Special Rates***
In case of questions, feel free to contact us! Siblings are eligible for discounted tuition at the studio.
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February 6, 2017
Karina G.
Regina was awesome can't wait for my next lesson!
January 23, 2017
Hannah F.
Comfortable to be with.
January 19, 2017
Kerry A.
Regina is wonderful. My son has only been playing for a few months and the ease with which she teaches and instructs leaves him feeling successful and motivated. I would recommend her to anyone.

Kerry

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Regina G.

Fountain Valley, CA

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Megan H.

Long Beach, CA 90815


About Megan

I am nice, friendly, and outgoing. I have been playing the flute since middle school: 6th grade. I had a private teacher since then. My teachers have changed throughout the years.

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Megan H.

Long Beach, CA

Hideaki A.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

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About Hideaki

Dr. Hideaki is one of the most experienced and versatile woodwind musicians of his generation. Based in LA, he plays clarinet, saxophone, and flute and has toured and recorded for Paul Simon, Bon Iver, Ben Folds, Bruce Hornsby, Bill T. Jones, John Legend, Sufjan Stevens, and many more. Trained in both jazz and classical music, Hideaki has performed at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, Bonnaroo Festival, Eaux Claires Festival, Saturday Night Live, the Tony Awards, David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Colbert Report, Madison Square Garden, and many more NBA arenas in addition to many film, commercials, recordings, and broadway credits.

Many of his past students have received music scholarships from universities. When he is not working from home, Hideaki is touring as a performer and a guest lecturer at various venues and universities.

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Juilliard School - clarinet BM 2004
Queens College - jazz sax MM 2006
Stony Brook University - clarinet DMA 2008
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September 23, 2019
Damian
I am a professional musician living in New York City. I have held chairs on Broadway shows such as South Pacific, The King and I, Sunset Blvd, and My Fair Lady. I have also subbed on many more such as Porgy and Bess, Cinderella, Anastasia. in 2017 I won the Low Reed chair audition for Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
I am a bassoonist that decided to start doubling so I came to Hideaki to teach me how to play clarinet, sax, and flute. I had never played a single reed instrument before or had even imagined playing the flute. Hideaki is one of the best teachers you will find. His knowledge of music and is style of playing is second to none. His patient and concise teaching style will take you to the next level in no time. Within a year I was subbing on broadway shows playing flute, sax, and clarinet. I highly recommend Hideaki as a teacher.
September 2, 2019
Ayaka
I studied with Hideaki for several years, starting off as a beginner clarinet student. He is an incredibly talented musician, who genuinely cares about your progress. Throughout my years of study with him, he had creative approaches to address any issues in my playing and worked patiently to figure out what was best for me. His guidance and expertise were key in developing my interest in music and decision to pursue clarinet through college. I highly recommend him as a teacher for players of all levels.
August 11, 2019
Taiki
I took clarinet lessons for a few years with Hideaki and not only is a phenomenal musician, but he is an incredible teacher. His kind and caring personality creates an extremely friendly environment. In addition, his deep knowledge of music and clarinet made learning new notes, rhythms and techniques easy and stress free. He is the greatest teacher I have ever had. I highly recommend him.

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Hideaki A.

Los Angeles, CA

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Madeline S.

Long Beach, CA 90802


About Madeline

Hi, I’m Madeline and I’m an opera singer based in Long Beach, CA! I grew up singing and taking voice lessons from the age of 10 and have worked with many different teachers with different teaching styles. I have my BM and MM from Indiana University in Vocal Performance, but I feel equally comfortable singing opera, musical theatre, and jazz.
My goal as your teacher is to help give you the tools to become the best you can be: to sing safely and efficiently with proper technique, to emote and present yourself well in auditions and performances, and to prepare yourself for what it takes to be a singer! This should be a fun journey of self-exploration, dedication, and joyous music-making! I’m excited to begin that journey with you!

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Madeline S.

Long Beach, CA

Dora P.

Los Angeles, CA 90004

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About Dora

Hi! My name is Dora, I am a singer/songwriter, guitar and cello player! I was born and raised in Boston, MA but Los Angeles has been my home for the past six years. I absolutely love teaching, and inspiring my students to experiment with their sound and creativity. My lessons are custom to what the student enjoys and loves, but all of them include a mix of music theory and technique. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask! (References available upon request)

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Isaiah
"Dustin was very patient and kind to my son. He was very pleased about his first lesson and said it’s a great fit."
Lisa
"My 12 year old son had private vocal lessons with Kevin and really enjoyed the time Kevin spent working with him. I appreciated Kevin's ability to assess
my son's skill level and develop an individualized plan to help him work towards his goals at his own pace. Kevin maintains a relaxed, stress free atmosphere during his lessons, and my son really appreciated that. I highly recommend!"
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Natalie
"Molly met me right where I was at when I began taking vocal lessons. Not only is she patient, but she encourages me. She helped build my confidence as a
novice singer; and she uses simple examples to help me with my misconceptions in terms of singing. Towards the end of each lesson, she observed and listened to me sing while simultaneously reinforcing prior singing practices (e.g. breathing, noun stress, tone, etc.). Gradual release of responsibility is effective for me. Furthermore, I benefit from her post observation notes, as it helps me to continue to practice my singing at home. I really enjoy and appreciate vocal lessons with Molly. 😍
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Susan
"My lessons with Marie are perfect for me. She is a very positive person which adds to my excitement of learning. Marie also understands that each person h
as areas of music that are easier to grasp than others areas and provides me with worksheets for my difficult areas; very helpful. Marie is also able to recognize how much I can do in a week (how many pages in the lesson and technique books) so I don't feel overwhelmed or underwhelmed.

I look forward to many more lessons with Marie and give her a 5 star rating. BTW, she comes to my house, which I appreciate, which allows me to play on my own piano for lessons."
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Terry
"Hallie worked very hard to help my daughter prepare for auditions. Her teaching is very fun and she is one of the most resourceful people I have ever met."
Irene
"Ms B. is concise and shows an understanding of where my daughter is at in the process. Irene said she had fun and is looking forward to the next lesson. T
hank you."
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Teresa
"Wonderful I really enjoyed myself & learning new & amazing things I didn't know Thanks Lady Sonya W."
Cornelius
"I appreciate Paul's approach to teaching music theory. Paul's talents , patience and encouraging teaching-personality enhances my interest in learning.
Thank you."
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Kaori
"Camille is an awesome voice teacher! She's super knowledgeable, friendly, encouraging, and great at putting me at ease so I don't feel nervous or embarras
sed to sing during lessons."
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