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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 findi
ng 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 student 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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Sheldon April 19, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Michelle is an awesome teacher. She is very professional yet makes the lessons a lot of fun. I feel I am going to learn a lot from her.
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Erin April 12, 2017
· Singing · In home
First lesson and learned sooo much. Very knowledgeable and makes you feel very comfortable. Love!
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Jeff February 10, 2017
· Singing · In studio
She's an inspirational teacher
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Michelle A.

Michelle A.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
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About Zach R.

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Los Angeles, CA
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About Zach
I have been teaching trumpet, music theory, jazz harmony, jazz piano, and music composition to students of all ages since late 2008. I work very well with young, beginning students as well, and can teach all levels.

I am a touring trumpet player currently working with SAINT MOTEL, and have experiences performing and touring all over the world. In addition to excellent musical education, I apply lessons I have learned from travel that I find truly help as an educational supplement.

Working at UCLA for my degree in music performance has taught me what it takes to be a good teacher, and I
am patient, understanding, and believe there's no greater feeling than watching my students flourish. I like to take the time to get to know my students, and plan lessons around their individual needs, rather than plug them into a system set in stone. I have a routine I do, that I will start students with, but am very open to modification based on student needs/desires.

I perform jazz professionally in Los Angeles, and have spent time touring in playing in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Macedonia, Canada, and have performed or led groups internationally at the Umbria Jazz Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Tuscia Jazz Festival, the Angel City Jazz Festival and the Monterey Jazz Festival. You can hear my original compositions and playing on bandcamp or soundcloud.
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FA March 13, 2016
· Piano · In home
Perfect. My daughter is so happy. This teacher is very nice. He teaches very well.
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ali January 26, 2016
· Trumpet · In home
Prompt. Courteous. Extremely friendly and knowledgeable. Thrilled to have found him and eager for more lessons.
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Luke J. September 23, 2015
· Trumpet · In home
He was great
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Zach R.

Zach R.

Los Angeles, CA 90024
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About Lindsay B.

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Sherman Oaks, CA
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About Lindsay
Hey there! My name is Lindsay. I truly enjoy teaching everything in the realm of physical activity. I grew up dancing at Mark Spivaks Institute in Jacksonville, Florida. I studied under a Russian Prima ballerina. I played soccer. I swam. My lifestyle at a young age has reflected in my work as an adult. Nowadays I love yoga, hiking, running, art, and being a big sister! If I have one goal in my professional life it would be to inspire active living in todays youth. I completed my 450 hour pilates certification which compliments my teachings in every field due to the anatomical approach. Cur
rently I work as a dance teacher, pilates instructor, yoga teacher and flexibility coach. My passion for movement will inspire you to achieve your goals. I love to make any positive difference to a client: in their day, in their body, in their outlook. I look forward to meeting you and reaching the finish line- whatever that may be!

For Dance - Lindsay teaches ballet, social club, and basic hip hop
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Jeff May 4, 2017
· Yoga · Online
Great Yoga lesson!!
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Kelly December 2, 2016
· Ballet · Online
Really enjoyed our first session! Lindsay is so sweet and the session was fun!
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Cassandra October 26, 2016
· Yoga · In studio
loved my first yoga class. Lindsay was a wonderful teacher!!!!
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Lindsay B.

Lindsay B.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
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About Russell S.

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Los Angeles, CA

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About Russell
Russell is an incredibly gifted music producer born in Las Vegas, NV. With his first #1 Billboard record (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rookie_(EP) ) under his belt and endorsements and support of major music companies such as Fender and Dean Markley strings, Russell has toured the US opening for National Artists playing for audiences as large as 30,000.

In 2012, Russ inked a deal with Mach 1 Music and learned the rough ropes of the music industry as a part of a team selling over 19 million records worldwide. Soon after, Russ joined TV/Filmsound powerhouse “Signature Tracks” (signature-tr
acks.com) through which he has produced over 550 songs for networks such as Disney, MTV, VH1, BET, ABC, NBC, CBS, and many many more

Currently Russ performs with and produces talent from all over the world including Grammy Award winning artists and songwriters The Jackie Boyz, Chart Topping Artist Sean Kingston, Disney's Caitlyn Taylor Love and many more!
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Edward October 5, 2016
· Arrangement and Composition · Online
Russ is a truly exceptional individual and very knowledgeable in all aspects of music theory, production and the industry. Not only is he an great at what he does, but he can also relate and impart that knowledge onto others - a skill that is surprisingly rare among high-caliber performers. The price per lesson seems higher than average at first glance, but I feel that the speed and amount of knowledge you acquire per dollar is actually lower than that of other instructors. Really.

He is also active in the industry, so the skills he teaches are current.

I take lessons with Russ online through Skype for EDM production in FL Studio. He is always punctual and promptly communicates if anything comes up. His teaching style carefully balances the need to provide guidance, while allowing freedom for individual artistic development. Every week, I start a composition or track analysis project that applies what I've learned in previous lessons, and I will submit it to Russ to discuss things that went well and things to work on in the future. In this way, you are not just being lectured, but you are actually learning to collaborate with an exceptional musician. I've personally experienced how constant application and feedback facilitates rapid learning.

He certainly is a serious musician, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have a fun personality. He is engaging and inspirational.

I would, without reservation nor hesitation, highly recommend Russ to anyone who is interested in professional music production.
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Kirsten August 29, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Encouraged and inspired my daughter's love for music. Taught guitar lessons in a fun engaging way that also challenged her creativity. Great teacher!
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Josh August 29, 2016
· Music Recording · In studio
I really enjoy learning from Russ. He is good at relating things back to a way I can understand and improve. He is so versatile in his music knowledge that I can litterally throw anything his way that I'm curious about and he points me in the right direction. I've taken guitar, bass, vocal, and even production lessons from Russ. By far the most value I have ever got from an instructor. At first I was a little hesitant because of the higher price than others, but when you start noticing that you are learning stuff other teachers had no idea about, it makes sense to pay a little more for the quality you get out of his lessons. Thanks Russ for all the lessons over the last few years! Wouldn't be where I am today without ya!
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Russell S.

Los Angeles, CA 90028
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About Gracie H.

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Los Angeles, CA

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About Gracie
Hello! My name is Gracie Huber, and I am a professional ballet dancer and teacher in the city. I have had over 6 years of teaching experience. I have been dancing from the age of 6, and am currently dancing with Ballet Next, with previous experience dancing professionally with Grand Rapids Ballet.

I am very passionate about passing on my love for dance, and know that it can bring joy to many people - people of all different backgrounds. I have lots of experience teaching in many different environments, ranging from young children with no prior experience, to company class with Ballet Next.
My goal when teaching is to create a positive, fun environment, so that dancers feel free to go outside of their comfort zone and grow. I bring joy and energy to a class, and would love to get to know you and help you discover a love for dance!
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Jade April 11, 2017
· Ballet · In studio
I don't know where to begin. It's hard to put in to words how wonderful our experience with Gracie was. She is able provide constructive criticism while still maintaining my daughter's motivation. Gracie is able to push hard while at the same time continue to be positive which reflects in my daughter's efforts. We initially thought we would do a few lessons but each week we found that we were looking forward to our lessons so we continued. Unfortunately she is relocating otherwise we would continue lessons with her indefinitely! She is great teacher who will be sorely missed but we are grateful for the experience she has given my daughter.
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nechama November 15, 2016
· Ballet · In home
Gracie is an exceptional ballet teacher. Her instructions are delivered with ultimate patience and her explanations on how to execute steps with technique is crystal clear. She is extremely encouraging and knows how to motivate her students. In addition, she is able to listen and attend to her students needs if special attention is required due to an injury etc. Gracie is able to analyze why a student is having difficulty with execution and is then able to instruct on how to fix the problem by breaking it down into small attainable steps. Gracie is a real pleasure and so much fun to work with!
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Tiffany July 23, 2016
· Ballet · In studio
Gracie is a wonderful ballet teacher! She knows how to mold her class to the specific needs of different students and dancers, whether at a beginning level or at an advanced/professional level. She gives a very thoughtful and challenging class that progresses at a nice pace, and she takes time to work with students through every combination, paying great attention to detail. Aside from her teaching a very good ballet class, one of the most special things about Gracie is her positive attitude about teaching and inspiring others, her always pleasant and cheerful demeanor, and her ability to be totally patient and calm while simultaneously maintaining students' discipline and enforcing the rigorous demands of ballet technique and training. I very highly recommend this ballet teacher.
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Gracie H.

Gracie H.

Los Angeles, CA 90045
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