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Briana also holds a masters degree in English literature and has been teaching English for over 15 years. She is qualified to teach the following: English as a second language, creative writing, English literature, advanced essay writing, composition, and a wide array of others. She teaches at the elementary, middle, high school, and college levels.
Briana can be heard in commercials including the 2015 international campaign for Coca-Cola directed by David LaChapelle, the 2015 American Express campaign, backing Aretha Franklin on the legendary "Natural Woman," Maybelline's CS Creamy Mattes starring supermodel Adriana Lima, David LaChapelle's Smirnoff spot starring Amber Rose, the 2011 Fanta "Vision" campaign, and national advertisements for "Living Social." She also works frequently in film and television as a soundtrack contributor on numerous projects, including Disney's My Babysitter's a Vampire (2010) (TV), Image's horror anthology Chillerama (2011), and the science fiction film Devolution: Reckoning (2011).
With a unique blend of blues, pop and soul, Briana's immensely popular debut album GRANITE STATE (2009) led to a series of packed shows on the stages of the Sunset Strip, including House of Blues, Key Club, and the Whiskey a Go Go. Her follow-up album, "Armor" was released in 2011 to successful sales on Amazon, iTunes, and Rhapsody.
Briana has also been the featured guest performer at a number of prestigious private events: Dodger Stadium (anthem singer), The Molson Centre (anthem singer), The Whittemore Center (anthem singer), various Gubernatorial Galas, Inaugurations, and more.
· Singing ·
Brianna was fantastic with my fourteen year old! She helped build up confidence, was very encouraging and made lessons fun. She uses a variety of techniques to teach singing skills including speech-level singing by Seth Riggs. I highly recommend her for beginners as well as for people looking to record a demo.
· Singing ·
I started taking singing lessons because I wanted to pick up another hobby, and Briana has helped me do just that. She is incredibly knowledgeable, helpful, and supportive regardless of what your goals are. She makes the technical side of signing fun and enjoyable, something other teachers I have worked with have been unsuccessful at. Briana provides a positive and warm space to let loose in, and most importantly has reminded me that I don't always have to take myself so seriously. I highly recommend Briana to anyone who is looking for a teacher they can create a connection with, regardless of skill level because she can handle it all!
· Singing ·
I just wanted to take singing lessons for fun and to build up my confidence singing around others. Briana has taken my needs into account and has done a great job putting together lessons that fit my needs. She offers a very relaxed, soothing atmosphere that gives me the comfort that I need to be able to work on my goals. She is very talented as well, which helps me feel confident in her abilities to teach me what I'm looking to learn. Overall, she is a great singing coach and I would recommend her to anyone! :o)
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A proven leader in teaching and motivational development with years of experience and expertise; a self-directed, creative individual who possesses superior skills in interpersonal development and great interpersonal care helping individuals and groups
Key Areas of Strength
- Studied piano 17 years; taught for 20
- Studied voice nationally with internationally-renowned teachers; taught for 25 years
- Masters in Special Education, as well as a second Bachelor's in Communicative Disorders
- Private business owner/entrepreneur with successful retail sales of private label products
- Comprehensive skills in writing, singing, entertaining, analyzing music for over thirty years
- Sixteen years of retail marketing and on-site sales experience
- Proven expertise in marketing, advertising, and sales
Private Voice, Piano and Acting 1/89 to present
Teaching and Coaching
Individual and small group instruction in vocal and/or piano technique, including piano chording technique and instruction over all musical styles, including all ages.
Acting coaching for monologue preparation, scene and character development. All instruction is personalized/customized to the student's needs. Includes audition preparation, vocal techniques for therapeutic needs, and overall instruction in wellness practices for artistic longevity. Includes warm-up exercises as well as performance development, demeanor, and execution. Emphasis on creating and strengthening positive habits as opposed to negative discipline. Personal, professional, practical.
Huckleberry Creative Learning Center 9/07 to present
Classes in Singing, Music and Art Education, Cooking, Geology, Theater, History, Reading/Grammar, and Crafts
- created Custom curriculum for specific classes
- Taught to California Standards
Vibe Performing Arts Studios 8/08 to present
Private and Class Instruction in Piano, Voice, as well as Special Needs Classes
Risen Son Productions/R. Enterprises, Inc. 1/89 to 2007
Production, Marketing, Manufacturing and Sales of Internationally marketed goods
Composer and artist of finished musical products
Booking of Concert Appearances
Teacher and Motivational Seminar Speaker
My husband Rick and I toured the World with our Praise and Worship concerts and speaking engagements
Headline Performer/Background Vocalist/Booking Agent 9/79-12/88
Vocalist to US Presidents Carter, Reagan, and Bush
Annie on Broadway, N. Y. Grace Farrell
Singer/ Dancer/ Lead Performer
Various Summer Stock performances touring the eastern seaboard:
The Music Man, My Fair Lady, On a Clear Day, Fiddler on the Roof,
Funny Girl, Hello Dolly
Did a command performance for King Olaf of Norway in Godspell
Cabaret - Sally Bowles lead performer - Atlanta, GA
Booking Agent for Mike Hein Agency, formerly of Ray Bloch Agency
Worked world-wide as soloist and background vocalist for internationally renowned artists (i.e. Placido Domingo, Julio Iglesias, Charles Aznevour, etc)
Performed at international sites (i.e. Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, Carnegie Hall, Paris Opera, etc)
Performed solo show in Grande Palais in Monte Carlo - Main Stage
Royal Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line - Head Liner
Cathy Baker Show
Choir Director Experience:
Hand Bell Choir Ash Street Baptist Church Atlanta, Georgia
Children's 6-9 Choir Ash Street Baptist Church Atlanta, Georgia
Children's 6-9 Choir The Church on the Way Van Nuys, CA
Robin Hood Revisited (a short play I adapted for Elementary Students)
The Bard is Back (modern version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
Cindy (A Musical I wrote based on the Cinderella legend, featuring Beatles (Music)
Utah State University - Secondary BS in Communication Disorders
National University - MS in Special Education
Georgia State University - BA in Advertising and Public Relations, Minors in Music, History, and Geology
Joseph Amayo University of Georgia
Florence Kopplef Georgia State University
Andrew Terry Atlanta, Georgia
Robert Strickland New York, New York
Additional Skills/Interests: Show dance including jazz, some ballet, tap, and modern; piano accompanying; sky diving; bike riding; gardening; teaching reading and writing, as well as working with students who have speech and language disabilities; and multiple philanthropic/church involvement and activities, including handi-crafts creations.
Miscellaneous: Proficient in Microsoft Office, Excel, and Powerpoint
*** Lesson Details ***
Every lesson is customized to the specific needs of each student. Each lesson includes work on vocal essentials like breathing, hydration, and anatomy, as well as technique, work on specific, student-chosen songs, vocal and physical exercises, performance tips, music theory. Fun but educational!
*** Specialties ***
Voice in all Styles from Pop to Rock to Country to Classical; Vocal Performance in all styles; Music Theory; Piano, including Sight-Reading and Chord Theory; Theatrical and Acting Coaching: Audition Preparation; Song and Music Preparation; College Audition Prep; Resume Preparation; Vocal Breathing Techniques; Reading; Composition; Special Education Tutoring.
Preschool, Kindergarten, Elementary Academic Tutoring in English, Grammar, Composition, History, Social Studies, Earth Science, Music and Art History
· Singing · In home
· Speaking Voice · In studio
· Speaking Voice · In home
· Hip Hop Dance · In studio
· Dance · In home
· Hip Hop Dance · In studio
I moved to LA from Cambridge, MA, where I earned my Master's in Acting from the American Repertory Theater Institute at Harvard. I am certified in unarmed stage combat as well.
I have coached privately and for theatre productions ranging from world-premieres to revivals of Pinter plays to musicals. I love working with actors of all experience levels!
· Dialect Coaching · In home
· Acting · In home
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I am a graduate of UC - Santa Barbara, and Columbia University. I love working with kids and teens! I am currently a substitute teacher, but I am available for tutoring after the school day is over. I mainly teach English and similar subjects (language, study skills, reading, spelling, etc.), but I am also good with basic beginners algebra, and all of the other subjects you see on my profile.
I'd love to meet you and/or your child who is looking to do well in school!
· Acting · Online
· Speech · Online
· Accent Reduction · Online
I'm Donnabella, and I can't wait to help you take your acting BUSINESS & CRAFT to the next level! I have worked with dozens of actors from age 7 to 87. I am patient, motivational, and efficient - we will tackle your goals and have fun every step of the way!
Need help with homework? I started peer tutoring in middle school and have continued to teach ever since! I can help you excel in your academic endeavors. I have worked with dozens of students one on one, as well as group settings!
Summa Cum Laude 3.90 GPA
B.S. Criminal Justice -Forensic Psychology
B.A. Humanities- English, Philosophy, & History
I'm a working actor. In 2015, I booked 5 commercials (2 nationals), 2 films, 7 TV shows, and 2 audiobooks. I've c
Comedy - Sitcom and Single-Cam, Drama, Scene Study, Character Development, Improv, Commercials, Emotional Accessibility, Cold Reading Skills, Audition Technique, On-Camera Work, Physicality
Developing well-rounded confident actors! :)
· Acting · In studio
She's made it easy to be confident but still challenging myself with every lesson to put farther out of my comfort zone and grow!
· Acting · Online
· Acting · Online
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I love teaching. There are few things as rewarding as being a part of a students development and their personal victories.
Many of my students have achieved notable representation and consistently work. Other students are simply pursuing acting as a passion or a tool to gain confidence. Whether it's audition prep or personal development, if you bring the drive, I promise to get you to your goals ... oh, and we'll have a lot of fun on the way. After all, it's called a "play" for a reason.
· Child Acting · Online
· Improv Acting · In home
· Child Acting · Online
I am a teacher, choreographer, and professional dancer with 14 years of teaching and industry experience both nationally and abroad. I am a versatile artist and educator with a background in numerous styles of dance, modeling, acting, fitness, theater, circus, and character performance. I have been in music videos, commercials, films, and on TV, and have worked with companies like Reebok, Disney, American Idol, Fox, NBC, Heineken, Universal and more. I have traveled the world teaching and performing and I am committed to sharing my knowledge with my students to help them reach their fullest p
I have worked with preschoolers through adults of all ages ranging in all levels, including beginners! My lessons are engaging, creative, beneficial, and a super great time! I enjoy helping my students reach their goals and beyond while having fun along the way. My favorite part about teaching is seeing students improve in ability and more importantly, confidence, and knowing that I was able to be a part of their process.
Lessons and offerings:
-Strength and conditioning
-Stretching and Flexibility training
-Nutrition and wellness
-Hip hop/urban dance
-Jazz funk dance
-Musical theater dance
and much more!
Have a question about lessons? Just ask! (:
My lessons focus on inspiring creativity, encouraging self-confidence, and cultivating personal achievement in everyone I work with. I am outgoing, friendly, fun, and I love to teach!
1) Online: via TakeLessons Classroom
2) In Studio: 2 locations *addt'l. rental fee req'd-please inquire for more info.
3) Your location
Semi-private and group lessons available *Please inquire for more info!
I look forward to helping you grow!
I have appeared on Parks and Recreation, The Disney Channel's So Random, Bring It On: Fight to the Finish, Fox Atomic’s The Comebacks, TruTV's Fake Off, and The Dance Network's Steady Mobbin’, and commercials for Tresemme, eHarmony, El Jimador, and HTV Network, amongst others. I have been in music videos for Cody Simpson, Bassnectar, Claude VonStroke and Bruno Furlan, Beats Antique, Lafa Taylor, Nash Overstreet, Japanese icon Namie Amuro, Ray Quinn from Britain’s Idol, and more.
I have danced in Michelle Obama's “Let’s Move Burbank” Campaign, The Giffoni Film Festival, The Probowl, The Orange County Film Festival, KROQ Radio, Coachella Music Festival, The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, The American Cancer Society, Bettis Richardson on his international tour, and popular rock band Lifehouse.
I am a former member of Unity LA, under the direction of Dancing with the Stars Emmy Winner, Tessandra Chavez, as well as the non-profit dance company, MusEffect- dedicated to raising awareness of social issues through performance. I have collaborated with distinguished circus troupes such as The Lucent Dossier Experience, Zen Arts, Cirque Berzerk, and others, with whom I continue to perform internationally.
· · Online
· Jazz Dancing · Online
· Dance · In studio
I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
ABOUT MY TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
Best age to start taking lessons:
I think the best age to get formal piano lessons is around age 6. I really deeply believe in "joy" and treating instrument like a "favorite toy to
Playing music is like speaking a language. At a young age, we learn language by ear and then learn how to write/spell the words or sentences. This way children can just concentrate on the joy of music. Learning to read is the easy part. The hard part is to keep the joy and curiosity in children. The will to practice will only come from joy and passion.
Touch will develop organically after a certain skill level in technique and repertoire. It's in our DNA and comes with our personality naturally. Also I believe it's the most important thing in any instrument, defining who we are as a musician. Usually between 2-3 years in to the playing it will develop naturally.
Hand position is very important. Positioning your hand on piano as if holding a lemon would reduce the force on your wrist. Practicing with a very slow metronome will stretch your muscles and make you a faster player. Only way to play fast is to play light.
"Oguz's piano skills, attitude and direction as a producer, is found very rare and held by only few within musical communities around the globe."
Jetro Da Silva (Pianist - Whitney Houston)
“Oguz has written many cues for Reality Tune, my custom production music company. His cues always get used and re-used. That speaks for itself. When I think of his work, what comes to mind is outstanding creative craftmanship and flawless production.”
Seth Stachowski (Music Director - Cirque De Sole)
"Oguz's writing is crisp and clear, creative and fresh, interesting and innovative. I'm always looking forward to hearing the next project from his studio"
Matthew Nicholl (Chair- Contemporary Writing and Production- Berklee College of Music)
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