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About Patrick S.

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Sylmar, CA

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About Patrick
The Vocal Artist

A rare 'natural' tenor, Patrick's range and versatility are evidenced throughout his work. From Bach Cantatas to Broadway tunes, he's even dared to sing Denver, bringing audiences to tears with his own rendition of Annie's Song. He is a torch song tenor, a la Rondstadt's 'Round Midnight but with the power and passion of Pavarotti.

Like most classically-trained tenors, Patrick can list many of the master works among his repertoire. Starting with Michigan Opera Theatre's Opera-in-Residence program, he performed in Madame Butterfly, Die Fledermaus and The Mikado and others. In Detroit & Windsor Ontario, he performed Bach, Schubert, Handel, Dubois, Mozart and Dvorak. While Patrick's early career focused on classical sacred performances, his real passion is to re-create traditional music in new ways. He recorded his
first two albums with composer Yves Vincent of San Diego, California in genre-stretching new-age/classical style.

After relocating to Tucson, Arizona, as music director for his church, he encouraged a variety of styles and genres to be used by the musicians and choirs of each of five weekend Masses.
Later, in Illinois, he directed another 60 voice parish choir that frequently performed with orchestras from Illinois State & Wesleyan Universities. His voice students in all these locations have been encouraged to explore and develop their own unique expression of their favorite music, while building on a solid foundation of technique, vocal strength and musicianship.

Now that Patrick has relocated one more time to Los Angeles, CA, he is working on a 3rd and 4th CD and once again accepting students. He enjoys the opportunity to expose young & older talent to the power and passion of classical music while also helping them create ways to make it new and exciting by reinterpreting it with their own favorite genres.

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Patrick's passion for teaching comes from his philosophy of music:
"Music is humanity's most evolved form of expression and communication. Music includes language, our physical senses, and our sense of meaning. With music, ordinary language is ultimately transcended. Words communicate from mind to mind; music communicates to the depth of the soul."

Patrick teaches and encourages young beginners as well as coaching and challenging seasoned professionals. He has even taught a hearing-impaired student to use physical sensation rather than sound to sing on pitch! He focuses on fundamentals of breath, technique and strength to help singers take care of their irreplaceable instrument. (Patrick's own vocal coach, Edward Kingins, continues to perform and move audiences in Detroit well in to his 70s!) Along with helping students build a strong foundation, he nurtures a love and commitment to music by working with students in the style and genre they enjoy most, from rock to pop, jazz or country.

Patrick also has unique insight into the entertainment industry, both in Los Angeles and across the country. Over the years, he has been associated with and close friends with musicians and actors such as John Denver and Richard Hatch as well as sought-after speakers Tom Crum and W Mitchell. Since locating to L.A., he has worked in independent movies with Damian Chapa and David Carradine as an actor and production assistant and coordinator. This experience, coupled with his own success on stage and as a recording artist helps him guide and advise serious young talent to maneuver the crazy environment of Hollywood and avoid the scams and pitfalls of the entertainment industry.

Subjects Taught

Singing, Acting (stage Presentation)

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Beginning Lesson Outline

My Basic lesson outline is to determine where we are starting with each student and custom make lessons designed to fit the needs for that student. We will also work on meditation and visualization techniques for performance. The idea is for you to feel the words and sing with passion or so your audience believes your song.

Unlike other instruments, your voice cannot be replaced if it is damaged. I take the time needed through each step of the process so your voice is strengthened and developed properly. It is up to the student to practice and apply what is learned and build a trained, strong instrument that will be useable for your whole life.

You will learn:

Proper breathing techniques and practice.
Properly warming up the voice.
Working on music theory (reading music, etc.)
Ear training and pitch.
Expression, phrasing and performing.
Applying techniques learned to music suitable for student's capabilities.
Learning to have fun and enjoy the music experience.
Confidence and self-esteem

Depending on student's progress, specific lesson components above will be emphasized so that the student's goals will be achieved.
My goal is to prepare you to the best of my ability for you to achieve your dreams.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Keyboard & Recording Studio

*** Travel Equipment ***
CDs, recorded lessons, vocalization practice material. Student should have a CD/tape player. Keyboard is helpful, but not required.

*** Specialties ***
Vocal: Classical, jazz
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Rosie G. April 28, 2014
· Vocal Training ·
Awesome!

I needed to practice a solo for my Easter Vigil Psalm performance, and he helped me take care of my instrument, taught me great exercises, and gave me good advice about my career. He is a very nice instructor. He will help you grow as a singer and performer, and you always learn something new everyday with him...I highly recommend him to everyone because he really knows music theory.
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SandeS November 24, 2010
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"From your mouth to Patrick's ear*...

I was looking for an experienced and patient teacher, one who really listens, and am lucky enough to be able to work with Patrick. He not only hears the singing, but has the flexibility and talent to adapt to the needs and concerns of the singer. Highly recommended. *"From your mouth to G*d's ear," is a Jewish expression meaning, "May what you just said be true!"
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Patrick S.

Patrick S.

Sylmar, CA 91342
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About Marcel M.

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Altadena, CA
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About Marcel
I work as a tutor and mentor in many of those fields for years. It was and is a side business, but I always enjoyed teaching.
I am looking forward to move on with you and / or your kids.
Have a great day,
Marcel

Update 02/10/15: Takelessons is a great way to teach and a fantastic and easy way to learn for students. I currently have 3 students per week, with several hours. I really enjoy it, either online via Skype or Facetime or Live at the students place. Hit me up and let's move something together.
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Ems July 2, 2017
· Mixed Martial Arts · In home
I did not actually take any lessons with him, but his schedule did not reflect what showed as available in Takelessons. He had a very bad attitude and would not actually schedule the lesson after several exchanges.
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Andy June 2, 2017
· German · Online
I need to improve my spoken German for business and Marcel has been invaluable in helping me improve at a good pace while being incredibly flexible on lesson planning.

I've been working with him for about a month now and I've grown to feel more comfortable speaking with my colleagues who are native German speakers.

If you want a native, professional teacher who can be fun...Marcel is your guy.
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Thia S. January 22, 2017
· Microsoft Word · In home
Marcel is a great teacher, solved all my complicated issues and answered every question with advanced knowledge. He's patient and has a light humorous way of making you feel smart when you need it most!
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Marcel M.

Marcel M.

Altadena, CA 91001
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$35 / 30-min

About Perry J.

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Winnetka, CA

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About Perry
I played lots of sports and was physically active growing up: skateboarding, baseball, football roller-skate, Karate, jujitsu, triathlon..
I received an educational grant for my service in the United States Navy and studied health, fitness and exercise science. In 2014 I received my associates degree in Advanced Health & Fitness from Bryan University(Deans List) and was certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a personal trainer, Fitness Nutrition Specialist and Core Specialist
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Perry J.

Perry J.

Winnetka, CA 91306
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$40 / 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. I received my Bachelors in Theatre and have gone on to work with and develop acting programs ever since. I have an expansive teaching resume including teaching workshops with the Dragons of Thespis going into low income schools, the Performing Arts Director for the YMCA, an Acting Instructor for Barbizon of Los Angeles, International Performing Arts Academy, to working with the Lakes Tahoe Shakespeare Youth Program to name a few.... I am currently working on starting my own Children's Theatre Company here in Los Angeles. Whether you're looking for basic skill and methods or looking to prepare for more advanced works my teaching style is fun and focused. I look forward to working with you!
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Angela S.

Angela S.

Los Angeles, CA 90064
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$100 / 60-min

About Brian L.

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Pasadena, CA

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About Brian
Brian L. has undergone extensive training with certifications in the Speech Level Singing (SLS)* and New York Vocal Coaching (NYVC)** techniques.

An avid lover of music, Brian graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.

His most notable mentors include:
Seth Riggs (former teacher of Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and James Ingram)
Aaron Hagan (teacher of Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez, and Ray Dalton)
Justin Stoney (founder of New York Vocal Coaching)
Greg Enriquez (former Master Instructor at Speech Level Singing)
Lorna Emata Goodwin (Level 5 Instructor at Speech Level Singing)

Brian's teaching style focuses heavily on the intersection of vocal science and artistry. He is also bilingual in Chinese and English and teaches in both languages.
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Jason April 24, 2017
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I've been Brian's student for several years now.

I've tried several teachers in the past who spoke very vaguely when explaining things. My favorite thing about Brian is that he explains things very clearly and scientifically. I am now able to navigate through my high registers much more effortlessly.

Singing has become more enjoyable now that my technique has advanced. Brian's wonderfully warm and encouraging personality certainly helped as well!

On top of that, the price was super reasonable and totally worth it.
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Rosemarie April 20, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Brian is a great vocal teacher. Before I started taking voice lessons from him I almost completely believed I could never learn to sing high notes. For a while I believed it was impossible. Although, just after a few lessons with Brian he helped me discover places I thought my voice could never reach. I definitely do not regret any of the sessions because he has helped me improve my singing tremendously! Brian is so passionate about his job he gets pretty technical. He goes in great detail and in scientific detail too if he has to. Not only does he have great knowledge in vocals but he is also a fun, easy-going character. I highly recommend him!
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Bryan D. April 19, 2017
· Singing · In studio
As an entertainer, singing has always been the one thing i could never get, but really wanted. Even harmonizing was an impossible task for me. Within the 1st lesson, BrIan got me to a level that was actually bearable to the human ear. Within a couple months of lessons, not only was my (singing) voice in pitch and in tune, but i was auditioning for roles that required singing!

The tools i received here not only helped with my singing, but also my Voice Over work, and getting ready for filming and auditions(just speaking). My voice never sounded so good!

I have been to a few voice coaches in the past (per my agent's request), and Brian's coaching takes the cake. He keeps it simple, does not give a cookie-cutter approach (its personalized), and it helps that Brian is an outstanding singer, so that you have something to listen to and mimic as you go through the exercises (believe it or not i've been to voice coaches who can't sing...yes, really).
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Brian L.

Pasadena, CA 91107
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About Sam A.

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Los Angeles, CA

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About Sam
Sam is a graduate of University of Southern California and Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts (the “Fame” School). Sam has choreographed feature films, the musical production “In The Heights”, and national commercials for companies such as Nike, Almond Breeze, Canon, and Doritos. He has also choreographed music videos and live tours for artists including Todrick Hall, Mya, Cappadonna of Wu-Tang Clan and Dina Rae. Sam has received various awards including Best Choreography at the United States Tournament of Dance Nationals. He loves telling stories through creative movement and his expertise in various forms of dance enable him to perform, guest teach, and choreograph nationally. Currently, Sam teaches dance at various studios including the world renowned Edge in Los Angeles and Broadway Dance Center in
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Sam A.

Sam A.

Los Angeles, CA 90035
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$50 / 30-min

About Victoria M.

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North Hollywood, CA
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About Victoria
Victoria is a native of Salt Lake City, UT, where she fell in love with entertainment at an early age. She went on to major in Musical Theatre at the University of Northern Colorado, and spent 15 years in New York City as a Broadway actress.

Victoria's been honored to work with such illustrious names as Hal Prince, Jack O'Brien, Jerry Mitchell and Frank Wildhorn. She's been featured in numerous workshops of exciting new works, including Broadway's recent Scandalous, written by The Today Show's Kathie Lee Gifford. She's headlined in concerts to benefit charitable causes such as Sandy Hook Elementary and Hurricane Katrina, belted out the national anthem in front of the Green Monster in Fenway Park, and has appeared in many regional productions and concerts around the country.

Victoria is continuing her acting career on the screen, as
well as venturing into the realm of Film Production. She recently produced and starred in a new full length feature film titled Her Voices, a psychological thriller due out this year.

Victoria is excited to pass on her vast knowledge of performance and audition technique though teaching.

"As I continue expanding my theatre career and my film career here in Los Angeles, I’m increasingly interested in passing on some of the knowledge given to me over the years. My coaches and teachers have been INVALUABLE to me, and I would NEVER have had the success I’ve had without them. So in this new chapter of my life and business, I hope to give something back. After all, we are all in this together, and if some little nugget of knowledge I’ve picked up over my career can help someone with theirs, whether they’re in the very early stages or have already began working professionally, I feel like it’s my my joy to help others be the best they can be & achieve their dreams, just like I did!

I enjoy focusing on finding the joy of music and giving students the tools to execute their musical dreams. I think the best description of my teaching and coaching style is as a cheerleader. I want my students to feel confident and passionate about their progress, and I’m a firm believer in positivity and support providing a fun and safe learning environment. I love tailoring my teaching to the individual needs of the student, from breathing techniques to vocal scales to confidence building performance techniques.

I can't wait to start working with you!"
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Amanda M. June 19, 2017
· Stage Performance · In home
Victoria is THE BEST! I have had the privilege to work opposite her as a performer as well as learn from her as a student. She fosters such a positive environment to express yourself creatively, free of judgement. She is exceedingly kind, incredibly talented, and immensely supportive. She is giving in every capacity and generous with both her time and her energy. I would HIGHLY recommend her to anyone who is even thinking of studying with her. Stop thinking and just start doing! There should be no doubt with it comes to the incomparable Victoria Matlock :)
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Victoria M.

Victoria M.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
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$100 / 60-min

About Stephen G.

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Los Angeles, CA
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I have been a Screen Actor's Guild and AFTRA member since 1980 and have real experience as a working actor. While I had a contract role on The Young & The Restless, most remember me as Dr. Beresford on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. I prefer to coach actors for on-camera work, either with scripts they provide -- or I can help you find a scene or monologue that's right for you. Check me out on IMDB. http://www.imdb.me/stephengregory
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Allison September 2, 2017
· Film and TV Acting · In studio
Stephen is the best! He was able to turn sides I had for a short four line audition for an episodic into a taped audition that booked me the job. I try to book him for every important audition I have.
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Parker September 2, 2017
· Acting · In studio
I studied with Stephen when he taught an On-Camera workshop in Hollywood. He is an incredible teacher and also had great tips about how to succeed in a really tough business.
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Stephen G.

Stephen G.

Los Angeles, CA 90038
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About Kirstie R.

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Los Angeles, CA
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About Kirstie
Greetings!

I have hands on experience teaching and directing actors of various ages.
During my time at Denison University I gained experience with acting techniques as well as directing actors for the stage and screen, which I have continued to use for recent independent projects.

Most recently I worked at the New York Film Academy’s summer camp where I utilized my knowledge of film and theatre to assist the students with their projects. While there I got to teach a screenwriting course and help with their monologue class.

Furthermore, I have taken classes from multiple instructors from different studios, including James Franco’s Acting School, in Los Angeles. I’m well-informed with scene study, monologue techniques, acting for film, reading technique, improvisation, memorization, Meisner practices, Stanislavski technique, and chara
cter development.

Acting is a passion of mine and I would love to help you break out of their shell and develop a passion for the art form in the same way that my teachers and mentors did for me.

I look forward to meeting you!
-Kirstie
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Kirstie R.

Kirstie R.

Los Angeles, CA 90068
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$42 / 30-min

About Kenshaka A.

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Los Angeles, CA
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About Kenshaka
I am a professional director, actor, and singer who has been performing since my teen years in NY. I hold MFA, MA, and BA degrees in performing arts. I have worked with many great actors including Samuel L. Jackson, Morgan Freeman and Soleil Moon Frye when she was one of my students at the New School in New York. I have coached literally thousands of actors and have hundreds of exercises to help you find what works best for you. Nothing satisfies me more than to see my students become proficient actors, maximize their talents and start working.
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Kenshaka A.

Kenshaka A.

Los Angeles, CA 90008
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