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About Zachary B.

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As a singer, I pay special attention to accents and dialects of all types. My trained ear will help you sound more natural in conversation, improve speaking and/or singing voice, and your overall communication effectiveness. I operate these lessons a bit differently than other music instruction, but the main goal is still to be as holistic and fun as possible!

About Zachary
Dear Students and Parents:

My passion for performing and teaching brought me to TakeLessons as a way to enrich my immediate community (and beyond through Skype lessons!) and help individual students perform at their best. As an operatic performer, I thoroughly understand the importance of building a strong technical background for any level of singing or professional speaking. My other skills, like instrumental instruction, studying skills, accent reduction, and academic preparation are all offered through TakeLessons as well. As a teacher, I love having fun in lessons and building strong connections with my students at absolutely any level. My personal musical performing experiences span opera, musical theater, jazz, pop, and R&B. I am so excited to share my knowledge and passion for singing with you, as well as any other subject
we find to explore! As of February 2013, I am also available through TakeLessons' online instruction program! Please find more information below and I hope to hear from you soon!

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Zachary B.

A native of Charlotte, NC, Zachary began his musical career as a tuba player and jazz bass guitarist. While attending The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Zachary began singing in various vocal groups on campus and developed his love for the singing voice. With encouragement from the music faculty, Zachary began training as an operatic baritone while at UNC. While attending UNC, Zachary was awarded both the Fischer Scholarship in Voice and the Tony McDowell Voice Scholarship. His singing brought him to Boston in the summer of 2010 to begin study at The Boston Conservatory. While performing various opera roles and attending summer programs, Zachary also opened his private studio and taught at a local music academy.

Baritone Zachary B. is quickly establishing himself as an active operatic performer. Equally at home on the recital stage, his versatile lyric baritone voice fits a wide range of repertoire and styles. A graduate of The Boston Conservatory, Zachary has performed roles like the titular role in Don Giovanni, Ramiro in L'Heure Espagnole, L'horloge comtoise in L'Enfant et les sortileges, Pooh-Bah in The Mikado, and Bob in The Old Maid and the Thief.

Starting in February 2013, Zachary will also be available through TakeLessons for online instruction. Lessons will still focus on energy, breath, and solid technique, so please contact him if you think this venue of instruction will be a good fit!

*** Lesson Details ***
Regardless of your background, I believe in making lessons fun, encouraging, and accessible. This means that my work with you will, by nature, be incredibly personal and always formulated for your specific musical goals. I will constantly strive to make sure you are comfortable in our work together as we explore singing, speaking, and music theory.

I believe every singing or speaking voice can benefit from a foundation in classical vocal technique. Whether you prefer to learn through singing songs or through various exercises, I can customize our lesson plan to fit your needs. Therefore, I provide a fun and engaging lesson atmosphere, but you need to bring your best as well! We will both be happier with the process if we are equally invested in your growth. We will start with something you already know (an aria, vocal exercise, or excerpt from a song) and work toward singing in your preferred vocal style. For example, classical singers will build their knowledge of English, German, Italian, and French diction and song styles. Additionally, I will always respect and include my student's musical interests.

Along the way, I am happy to address basic music theory ideas. If you prefer, we can also spend additional time reviewing and learning those principles to enrich your musical experience. I will always provide different exercises and ideas to keep your brain active in the singing process.

I believe in whole body, whole spirit singing. As a performer, I employ a variety of holistic exercises and theories to develop my own voice, such as basic Alexander Technique principles, voice therapy techniques, a variety of pedagogical palates, and energy work. If these sorts of things interest you, I am more than happy to incorporate them into our lessons. My personal results with those practices have been incredible, so I am always eager to share.

My personality is outgoing and energetic, so I bring that sort of atmosphere to a lesson. I expect preparedness and readiness on your part to maximize our work together. My greatest desire in teaching is to see you grow! So, if a challenging, yet comforting, work environment sounds like something you would like to try, consider scheduling a trial lesson with me. I am always happy to hear from new students!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Open area between the living room and the dining room, seating available, piano to accompany the voice lesson, garage/driveway/street parking.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I prefer for my students to have a keyboard or piano, and if possible, a music stand. We can always make a situation work if the student does not have access to these tools. I provide music, pencils, etc.

*** Specialties ***
I am an opera singer, and specialize in classical singing. However, I apply similar vocal technique to all genres of music, and focus on breathing technique, body and energy awareness, and discuss a holistic approach to singing with all students.
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Susan Y. September 14, 2015
· Speaking Voice · In studio
Zachary is a wonderful teacher. He is very patient and really understands what he student want and need. Highly recommend him for a teacher
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wynoka J. August 8, 2015
· Singing · In studio
Knowledgeable patient encouraging and kind! I learned some new things that help! Looking forward to next lesson!
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Draaco A. May 19, 2015
· Singing · In home
Great instructor, natural gifted at communicating the body mechanics, breathing, and finer points of singing.
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About Layla M. H.

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Oakton, VA

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As a native speaker of farsi (persian) born in the United States and a language enthusiast, I pride myself in my pronunciation and ability to assist others understand the subtleties of written AND spoken word.

About Layla M.
Current PhD student at George Mason's School of Policy, Government and International Affairs (SPGIA). With a Masters in International Relations from NYU and over five years experience at the college and university levels, I am extremely passionate about education and am willing to help any student willing to accept the assistance. I am excited to begin learning with you!

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College professor available to tutor students in a variety of social science disciplines as well as basic math. Also available for music and dance lessons both online and in person.
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Boyd Shawn November 8, 2016
· SAT · In studio
Layla has been good since when she started doing this, I really want you to contact me because kids are looking forward working with you...infodelivery.agent021@gmail.com
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Boyd Shawn November 8, 2016
· SAT · In studio
Layla has been good since when she started doing this, I really want you to contact me because kids are looking forward working with you...infodelivery.agent021@gmail.com
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Cameron N. August 2, 2016
· Dance · In home
Layla deserves the 5 stars and more! Great instructor, very pleasant and understanding. Recommend to all, learned a lot on first session and hope to continue more!
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Layla M. H.

Layla M. H.

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About Sarah M.

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I am a high school teacher credentialed in French, math, and English. I have been teaching in Southern California for five years. I currently teach at a public charter school. I have a B.A. in French from the George Washington University and a Master's in education from National University. I currently teach French and SAT Prep.
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Mondrian D. November 19, 2015
· French · Online
My daughter enjoys working with Sarah she is very patient as well as very knowledgable!
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Bridgette October 15, 2015
· French · Online
Sarah is awesome with my daughter in French. After one lesson we were impressed can't wait until more are done. We like her, she is smart!
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Sarah M.

Sarah M.

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About Kelly H.

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Tarzana, CA
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Accent Reduction

About Kelly
Credentials:
Bachelor's degree from CSU-Sacramento
Speech, Language and Hearing Pathology
California State Licensed SLPA

3 years of experience as a clinic based SLPA; 2 years as an SLPA working in the school district; 1 year as a 2nd grade teacher abroad.
I also have experience as a Behavioral Interventionist in the school district and as a private special needs tutor in home.

Available weekday afternoons and Saturday mornings.
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Kelly H.

Kelly H.

Tarzana, CA 91356
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About Heather W.

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Brooklyn, NY

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Do you have trouble being understood by others due to a dialect or accent? I can help with that. Accent reduction is about understanding the patterns of the sounds and structures in the desired accent. I specialize in accent reduction using Standard American English. This is not about taking away your individuality, but about how to utilize a standard English dialect to help you be taken more seriously and be more understood during times when this could inhibit your success.

About Heather
Heather is currently a theatre arts teaching artist in the NYC area. A graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) conservatory program for Musical Theater, she has performed professionally in national tours, local NY theater, film and television for over 13 years. She obtained her BS in Liberal Arts with a concentration in psychology where she gained an understanding of how the mind works, which is often closely tied to acting skills and how we conduct ourselves in everyday life. She also has studied Speech-Language Pathology to get a more in-depth education in speech, voice, and language.

Her well rounded education along with her professional experience gives her a unique perspective on using the voice and the body whether is it for an acting role on stage or simply interacting with others in a professional or soci
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Heather W.

Heather W.

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About Erol G.

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Panorama City, CA

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*****Each Online Lesson with Free Video & MP3 Recording*****

Carefully following Burrkowsky's (1969) multi-media method, I have taught this subject for over five years for public and private causes, such as library, individuals, and language schools. My emphasis for pronunciation is a scientific, comprehensive overview and treatment of the various sounds, rhythms, inflections, and patterns the spoken language integrates. I encourage practicing and mastering both the sounds themselves, as well as how the sounds are connected and contextualized. I use contemporary sound recording and .wav editing software to involve audio feedback and self-monitoring.

Sources: Burrkowsky, Mitchess (1969) Teaching American Pronunciation to Foreign Students. New York: Warren Green, 1969.

About Erol
***AREAS NORTH OF CENTRAL SANTA CLARITA ARE DIFFICULT TO SERVICE PHYSICALLY/ ADDRESSES WITHIN REMOTE AREAS (no public transit or bicycle access) DIFFICULT TO SERVICE PHYSICALLY***

My style and attitude toward teaching tends to be conversational, reflective, and interactive, along the lines of current research on effective education. I have developed a talent with certain creative arts, such as imaginative writing and electronic music production; as a result, I am computer literate, capable of assisting with computer assembly, maintenance, and design, as well as productivity software. Due to my limited funds, I do not have direct experience with the Adobe suite, but I have extensive knowledge of related, free distributions that are transferable. I also have formal education in the field of English, innovative leadership, and Education.
My current level is ABD in a PhD program that is thus nearing completion. I am member of the Association for Language Learning, located in Leicester, UK.
My most popular subjects are as follows:

American-English Pronunciation Practice for ESL (AEPP-ESL):
*****Each Online Lesson with Free Video & MP3 Recording*****

Carefully following Burkkowsky's (1969) multi-media method, I have taught this subject for over five years for public and private causes, such as library, individuals, and language schools. My emphasis for pronunciation is a scientific, comprehensive overview and treatment of the various sounds, rhythms, inflections, and patterns the spoken language integrates. I encourage practicing and mastering both the sounds themselves, as well as how the sounds are connected and contextualized. I use contemporary sound recording and .wav editing software to involve audio feedback and self-monitoring.

Sources: Burkkowsky, Mitchess (1969) Teaching American Pronunciation to Foreign Students. New York: Warren Green, 1969.

German Language and Culture:
*****Each Online Lesson with Free Video & MP3 Recording*****

I have grown up bilingual English and German, attending an international school from a very young age. I attended, also, a German public secondary school, where I earned a diploma, and I completed college-level German credits. I taught German in the language lab of a community college, for special needs students, and for private agencies, such as Tutor Doctor. My emphasis is on a comparative introduction of the language to draw out a common ground and familiarize possibly daunting differences. I also enjoy asserting that German is often underestimated as a rewarding second language to study.

Microsoft Excel:
***It is recommended students own or have regular access to a personal computer after 2002 in order to get the best benefit***

This spreadsheet and data management software program is of crucial, pivotal importance in any business and financial environment. The program enables efficient and prompt development of arithmetic and statistical calculations of vast data sets. It also helps to visualize and juxtapose related or even discrepant variables. My approach to teaching the program is cumulative and holistic, starting with an introduction to personal inventory management to the processing of large data sets using pivot tables, charts, and dashboards. My emphasis is on making the program as intelligible and transparent as possible to avoid frustration and intimidation. I use a lot of examples and visuals that are readily available.

Typing:
***It is recommended students own or have regular access to a personal computer after 2002 in order to get the best benefit***

I teach the touch-typing method that is the convention for most journalistic and input-intensive organizational settings. I teach the home row, proper finger and hand positions, proficiency with left and right hands, as well as posture and concentration methods. I enrich the teaching with resources from the web, such as speed-building and error reduction.
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Milt August 9, 2017
· Typing · In home
Erol is so patient and kind - teaching my 88 year-old father how to use the computer. My dad is boasting he already can type 90 words per minute thanks to Erol!
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Akshansh K. July 20, 2017
· Accent Reduction · Online
Great first session. Erol is an excellent teacher. He is very patient, positive and encouraging. Erol was quickly able to identify the areas I need improvement. Super excited for my next sessions.
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Danny May 20, 2017
· Accent Reduction · Online
Erol is a dedicating teacher. He uses many different tools and technology to effectively conduct his lessons. I'm happy to work with him. Highly recommended!
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About Alexandra W.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I use a variety of tools for accent reduction, including but not limited to: IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet), visual and written notation, physical exercises, and recordings.

About Alexandra
Alexandra has a BA from the University of Southern California (Recipient of Doolittle Award: Outstanding Female Performer of graduating class) and an MFA from the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. Acting has taken her to Paris, London, and Moscow and has given her the opportunity to work with exceptional artists, such as Neil Patrick Harris, Neil Gaiman, Scott Zigler, and Kevin Bright. She coaches students privately and is currently teaching at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and The New York Film Academy. She is also a monthly column contributor to the popular online arts magazine, Bleep.
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Paul August 19, 2017
· Makeup · Online
Helpful, does not just tell u she gives u a chance to tell her your thoughts and then she goes from the!
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Joyce August 9, 2017
· Speaking Voice · Online
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Los Angeles, CA 90019
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About Jessica M.

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Plainview, NY
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I am a certified Speech-Language Pathologist. This in combination with my vast English as a Second Language experience allows me to tutor accent reduction in an effective manner.

About Jessica
ACADEMIC BACKGROUND:
I graduated with my Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology with Highest Honors at Queens College, which only accepts four percent of applicants. I graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pittsburgh Honors College on a Full Tuition Honors College Scholarship with a double major in French and Italian Language and Literature. I graduated with a 4.0 GPA. Last year, I scored above the 93rd percentile on my GRE Verbal and Writing sections. In high school, I scored above the 98th percentile on the SAT/ACT Verbal sections. I graduated high school with a 4.0 GPA from all AP and honors classes.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:
I am a speech-language pathologist with experience teaching children and adults various areas of language. Additionally, I have been tutoring a range of other subjects for over f
ive years. I have worked at the international Berlitz Language School, where I have taught English, French and Italian to children and adults of all levels and all language backgrounds. I also have years of experience teaching SAT classes at test prep companies in New York.

TEACHING APPROACH:
I tailor my lessons to each student I teach and to his or her individual learning styles. I am friendly, patient and not intimidating: three qualities that I personally find important in a tutor. I truly love teaching and meeting new students. I find that I always learn from my students when I teach as well! During our first lesson together, we can discuss your goals and create an academic plan personalized to your needs. I look forward to working with you!
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Wataru March 13, 2016
· ESL · In studio
I enjoyed studying English in her class!
I wanted to improve my pronunciation and took Takelessons.
She taught me how to pronounce English correctly.
I appreciate it!
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About Gabriel B.

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La Crescenta, CA

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I have developed a proven, groundbreaking, unique, fun and interactive approach to reduce, and in some cases eliminate the foreign accent completely. How you ask? Being a singing teacher for over 15 years, I have always found it fascinating when my foreign students would be able to sing a standard American song with NO accent. Somehow, singing completely eliminated their accent. Since that discovery, I was determined to find out why and how. Based on my research, I have created a very easy to understand method that can dramatically reduce the foreign accent.

Coming from an immigrant family myself, and being fluent in three languages (English, Spanish, Italian), I can relate to the challenges foreigners face when attempting to speak in a neutralized American accent. This can be holding you back from advancing your career.

You will see results instantly. Take the first step to propel your career to the next level!

About Gabriel
As an Award Winning BROADWAY & NATIONAL TOUR Credited Singer and with over 20 years of performing and teaching experience, I have studied closely with the BEST in the industry including 2-time Academy Award winning composer A.R. RAHMAN, 21-time Tony Award Winning Director Harold Prince and Sir ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER.

I will provide you with a wealth of information and tools you need to bring your voice to the next level in a fun and relaxing environment :) Learn:

* How to prevent vocal damage and strain
* How to overcome stage fright and anxiety
* How to expand your vocal range
* How to utilize your breath efficiently
* How to eliminate bad vocal and performing habits
* How to choose the material that is right for you
* How to improve diction
* So much more!
LEARN FROM A TEACHER WHO'S BEEN THERE!
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Olivia July 15, 2017
· Accent Reduction · Online
Gabriel is an incredible accent teacher. He has his own technique and all I can say is that it REALLY works. I tried other accent coachs before him and always felt some part of the work wasn't fully done. I felt like they were only showing me what I should be doing. That is not the case with Gabriel. He is detail oriented he has a superman ear, he is very good at explaining what is the mistake you are making and how you can correct it, giving precise exercises and techniques to fix it. I have people asking me if I moved to the States when I was 5 when in reality I moved here less than a year ago :) Can't beat that! A part from his professionalism, he is kind, funny, flexible. I totally recommend him!
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Juan July 2, 2017
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I have searched high and low for the best Voice Coach in Los Angeles...and I found him! Gabriel's teachings are so easy to understand. He is patient, carrying and really wants you to succeed.
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Lesya Pishchevskaya April 30, 2017
· Accent Reduction · Online
I've been working with Gabriel on reducing my accent, and my progress over the past month has been terrific! Gabriel's unique methodology is straightforward and effective. He's also very encouraging, patient, and upbeat. Thanks to Gabriel, I was able to understand (and *hear*) the mistakes I've been making for many years (I've been in the US for over 10 years) and to finally get to fixing them. My friends and colleagues have been asking fewer "What did you say?" questions and as I went to networking functions, I was not asked where I was from, which was a sign to me that people did not hear my Eastern European accent. I'll continue working with Gabriel until I sound like those broadcast TV reporters :-), and I am sure that under his guidance I'll be able to do that. Thanks, Gabriel, you are awesome!
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La Crescenta, CA 91214
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