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About Teri D.

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Los Angeles, CA

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About Teri
I love to sing (yay!) and am a professional singer/songwriter and a vocal coach & have been for many years. Named a top vocal coach in Backstage Magazine, I have coached beginners to pros, children to adult, whether they want to perform, record, just enjoy/fun or eventually pursue a serious singing career. My students have gone on to tour, get signed, do musical theatre (amateur & professional) or just enjoying singing freely with a great technique. I am considered encouraging and warm (see my reviews), but also know what it is to be at a level where you consistently sound great! This is my focus and is very encouraging to students. They will see themselves making progress and reaching set goals! I am an expert in pop technique (no opera or classical, sorry!), and work with students to preserve and take care of the voice. In lessons, we w
ill also have fun learning popular songs (from current hits to classic pop & rock) and look for opportunities to sing them. From pop to rock to R&B to country & more, students can explore their faves! Whether you or your child is a beginner, just-for-fun singer or singer/songwriter to pro, each student will be able to learn the skills they need to sing from their heart, find their own true voice and for serious singers, take it to the next level.

Teri has taught voice for over 17 years to all ages and all levels, led and trained various bands and groups for over 20 years. Named as a Top Vocal Coach by Backstage Magazine 2015, she is a club hit recording artist and premier LA vocal coach. Her vocals have graced full length CD's, cuts on various records, performances on TV and radio, and gained her a nomination for Best Female Vocalist, All Access Music Awards. She is the author of Vocal Essentials for the Pop Singer: Take Your Singing from Good to Great, from Hal Leonard Publishing. Teri has a Master's Degree in Education and a Bachelors Degree in Speech Pathology. She studied music at Blue Bear School of Music in San Francisco including music theory, vocal technique and vocal performance, guitar and stage performance. She had a dance club hit in the 90's which garnered success on mix shows and dance charts across the country.

She specializes in getting the best out of her students -- giving them a solid vocal technique to let their natural ability shine. Her students will attest to her positive, relaxed and encouraging teaching style.

In addition to learning the basics, Teri can help students get their voice in shape for events, school projects/plays, auditions (American Idol etc...), a solo or band project, and more!

Teri offers flexibility with scheduling to accommodate students various needs including day/eves and weekends. Studio is in a convenient Westside LA location.

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Students can expect a fun lesson with vocal warm-up exercises, and lots of singing, in a supportive environment. Teri works out of her home studio and online. so students can work with microphones and instruments.

Children
Voice lessons build confidence and enthusiasm, and help prepare children for performing in front of others. Singing at a young age develops vocal abilities, but more importantly develops a child's aural abilities (recognizing melodies, harmonies, etc.) as well as the ability to focus, take direction and be creative.

Performing / Recording / Vocal Health
Recording, performing and touring presents unique challenges to singers. By concentrating on breathing, vocal tone, vocal production and tension reduction, warm-up exercises, and range building exercises, these lessons help increase stamina, build vocal tone, and reduce the effects of vocal fatigue for those who sing long hours at a time.

Church / Worship Leading
Singing on praise/worship teams is an art form all of it's own. Lessons centered around this kind of singing focus on the areas of blending, tone, hearing harmonies, and keeping your part in a group. For the soloist / worship leader, lessons help in the areas of projection, tone, range, runs, and breathing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have recording equipment and microphones, piano, guitar.

*** Specialties ***
voice, voice lessons, voice singing lessons, voice coaching, vocal technique, voice training, speaking (speakers), auditions, broadway singing (pop technique only), music theory, musical theatre, singing, speaking acting voice, acting, theatrical singing, adults, all levels, audition prep, beginner to advanced, breathing technique, children's basics, pro vocal technique, rock pop styling, stamina based breathing, theatre singing, voice actors, voice over artists, using your body as an instrument, getting students to record quality, building vocal tone, and assisting students in finding their own voice.
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Jason H. July 29, 2015
· Singing · In studio
Teri was extremely helpful in teaching my 10 year old son vocal development. She is an enthusiastic teacher and I highly recommend her to people looking to improve their singing.
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Paula A. June 4, 2015
· Broadway Singing · In studio
Teri is very enthusiastic and encouraging in her lessons.
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Karla H. May 27, 2015
· Singing · In studio
I've been taking lessons with Teri for about a month now and things are working out great!
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Teri D.

Teri D.

Los Angeles, CA 90064
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About Carol W.

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Pasadena, CA
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About Carol
I have taught voice for over twenty years. I studied music at University of California, Santa Barbara, where I received my B.A. I currently work as a professional singer for various local opera companies, music theater groups, churches and temples. I am principal soprano for Opera A La Carte and have also soloed with Repertory Opera Company, Redlands Bowl Festival, Laguna Beach Chorale and Celestial Opera Company. I have worked extensively in Los Angeles schools performing musical assemblies for students in elementary and middle grades through Southland Opera, LA Opera and Guild Opera of Southern California. My teaching experience includes private voice lessons and master classes at Idyllwild School for the Arts.

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I emphasize breathing techniques to free up the voice to expand your range and ease of singing. In
the lesson, we start with simple warm ups and vocalizes and then apply techniques to the songs you want to sing. I realize each student is different and I customize the lesson to the student's particular needs. I specialize in classical and music theater, however the basics of singing apply to all styles of music. In addition to working on breathing and technique for singing, we'll also focus on interpretation of the songs you are working on as well as how to overcome performance nervousness. Most students find that they are able to sing with more freedom, less tension and will have more confidence as they progress.

I also teach beginning piano, using the John W. Schaum series.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the main room, upright piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
They need to provide a piano or keyboard if I am going to their home.
I have a piano in my home.

*** Specialties ***
I work on using the breath as a fundamental technique for singing. Singing should never hurt. I use a lot of imagery to achieve freedom in singing.
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David N. October 11, 2018
· Stage Performance · In studio
Carol is very knowledgeable about performance and acting and gives usable ideas.
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Miranda K. October 24, 2016
· Singing · In home
Carol is wonderful with children.
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Lana R. September 9, 2016
· Piano · In home
Very kind & patient :)
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Carol W.

Pasadena, CA 91106
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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 finding 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 stud
ent 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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Kim October 16, 2018
· Speaking Voice · Online
Michelle is very professional and knowledgeable in her teaching method. She immediately made an assessment of my needs to zero in on exactly what I need to be successful in voice projection and finding my authentic voice. The exercises I was given during the lesson are practical for using at home and at work!
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Shannon September 28, 2018
· Musical Theater · Online
Just had my first lesson! Michelle is brilliant. She is knowledgeable, energetic, reactive and personable. She took time to get to know my goals and learn my style so she can cater future lessons specifically to my wants and needs. Can’t wait to continue working with her!
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Bach September 25, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I am very confident that Michelle will give you the best experience regarding singing lesson ever! She is kind and caring with my voice, and make me feel really good to expand my vocal pitches.
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Michelle A.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
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About Thomecia B.

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About Thomecia
Hello! My name is Thomecia, you may call me Mimi :)
I've been teaching at my Alma Mater, Fisk University since I stepped foot on campus in 2010. I taught routines for the cheer squad and hip hop dance team. I also choreographed for numerous students on campus. Before college I obtained 15+ years of experience in many styles of dancing as well as cheerleading. I reside in the Bay Area, and have since advanced my choreography through training, performing with a dance company, artist development, teaching local classes, and more! I love working with children! I also love a great challenge, so if you feel like you have two left feet, I could change your world! Always remember, you are the artist and your body is the paint brush... Just move!
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Jasmine February 20, 2018
· Dance · Online
Very patient and takes time to make sure I'm doing it right. Will go over steps until I get it down and she was nice.
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Thomecia B.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
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About Wesley M.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Wesley M. has worked in film, television and theatre for the last twenty-five years after completing his actor training at PCPA Theatrefest in Santa Maria, California. He has acted all over the country including ten seasons at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in New York, Portland Center Stage in Oregon, American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, Arkansas Rep, The Arena Stage in Washington DC, and the Arts Center Of Coastal Carolina on Hilton Head Island SC. He has taught Acting, Elements of Comedy, Improvisation at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, The Inner Circle Theatre in Los Angeles, Voice and Speech at East/West Players. His play The Good Life was produced by The Empty Space in Bakersfield Ca in 2009. He has appeared on over thirty television shows and nearly as many motion pictures.
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Brendan March 17, 2018
· Acting · Online
Mr. Mann is a master craftsman. He will help you take your work to the next level.
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Dustin K. October 3, 2017
· Acting · Online
It was my first lesson ever for acting and after I had a set plan of what to do to get to where I want to be in this industry.
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Daniele September 27, 2016
· Speaking Voice · Online
Wesley is just wonderful. I felt comfortable with him as soon as we met and I learned so much in just the first 30 minutes. And I already feel so much more confident that my speaking engagement will rock now that I have Wesley as my coach!
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Wesley M.

Los Angeles, CA 90068
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About Alexandra W.

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Los Angeles, CA
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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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Jasmine T. November 10, 2018
· Accent Reduction · Online
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Chase October 9, 2018
· Makeup · Online
Great first lesson!
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Marcus September 1, 2018
· Voice Acting · Online
Has great energy, draws on many personal examples and analogies to make her points stick. Understood my core needs from the lessons. Look forward to more!
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Alexandra W.

Los Angeles, CA 90048
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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 am currently the Acting Instructor and Musical for Performing Arts Workshops at their West LA Location and a Stage Manager for 24th ST Children's Theatre Company and UCLA for their production of Medea. Coming up I am excited to be directing for Biola University in Spring 2019.

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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LY September 18, 2018
· Acting · In studio
HIghly recommend! She worked with my kids and they learned alot!
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Dympna January 7, 2018
· Child Acting · In studio
Miss Angela is a wonderful, resourceful, fun, energetic, experienced, knowledgeable and likable acting teacher.
My two daughters have attended the past 4 years at PAW camp at West LA location where Miss Angela is the Camp Director.
We have recommended the camp to many local friends and families and they too attended and agreed.
Recently my daughters took after school child acting classes and again we are very happy.
I would highly consider and recommend Miss Angela as a acting mentor and positive role model for your children.
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Angela S.

Angela S.

Van Nuys, CA 91401
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About Kimberley E.

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Los Angeles, CA
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About Kimberley
Hi there!

My name is Kimberley, and I'm a British singer/songwriter, and I love teaching young people about this amazing industry! I offer songwriting, singing and piano lessons, as well as writing and composition. My first rule is that there isn't any! Each student is unique and different, and my goal is to teach in a way that's fun and interesting and keeps people engaged.

I teach all ages, young and old, novice to experienced, and take great joy in meeting new people and getting to know them and helping them learn.

Coaching can take place at your home or we can sit outside in my apartment by the pool, we can even go to a park and sit in the sunshine! I'm really flexible and want this to work for you at your own pace to help you reach your own goals.

I received one of the highest marks ever in the country for Grade 8 pia
no when I was 14 years old and I haven't looked back! I've performed all over the world as a singer, and have always incorporated my piano as much as I can. I have had a joint number one in the UK, as well as other singles in the charts and have done arena tours throughout the UK and Europe. I have masses of performance experience and a lot of industry contacts as well.

Get in touch and we'll go from there! I'm excited to meet you and chat about what you want to achieve.
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Russell K. August 20, 2018
· Classical Piano · In home
Kimberley's energy is great. My son absolutely loves and looks forward to his piano lessons.
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Moriah May 28, 2018
· Vocal Training · In home
I love Kimberley! She’s no longer just an instructor, she instantly became my friend. It’s so convenient for her to come to my home. Within weeks we saw major progress with my vocal training and I am able to sing at a high range. She personalizes the lessons to really cater to what needs strengthening. I love her and plan on continuing with my lessons with her for a long time.
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sonia July 2, 2017
· Singing · In home
Kimberly is great and came in of disappointment...she is a great
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Kimberley E.

Los Angeles, CA 90046
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About Catrina D.

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Los Angeles, CA

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About Catrina
I am a professional Actress, Director and Content Creator. I have worked in the industry for over ten years and have coached friends and fellow actors for the past three years.
I have studied with some of LA's premier studios and have a well rounded set of skills that work for both auditions and character.

Whatever your needs maybe I can help you cultivate your authentic self and skills. As storytellers we are most times very sensitive and a large component to our success is the real confidence to harness our own specific skill sets to book the room and more so the job!

I have found through teaching most of our limitations are actually our super powers! The moment we surrender to ourselves is the moment we fly. it is my objective to get you off the page and confidently living the life of the character through your own authentic
expression. With mentality and story work I am able to be a guide to get yourself from the day dream to living the dream or cultivate whatever is your unique expression!
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Dionne August 17, 2018
· Film Acting · In studio
I have been working with Catrina for about 6 months and love going back to her reliable open approach. I had a major audition for a cable show and i knew that i would need help to take it to the next level to be considered for the role. So i went to Catrina. After discussing and breaking down how we saw the scenes and things that we felt as a team would work. We got to work and it feels like playing; you know, before getting roles meant rent or not. She’s great at letting the actor take control but also gently guiding your work to a direction you might not have considered. She is reliable, gracious, kind, understanding and very knowledgeable about the industry she a working actress and content creator she’s in it and always betting on you to win. I highly recommend Catrina.
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Adam August 8, 2018
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I loved taping with Cat! She is so great and personable and gives great notes and feedback, if you're asking for it Her tape was top notch quality and the space was perfect! I highly recommend working with her! Will always count on her for safe tapes! Affordable as well!
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Elina August 7, 2018
· Acting · In studio
Cat is amazing! She’s a great listener, teacher, and mentor. She’s been in the industry for many years and knows what she’s talking about. I’ve leaned on her many times for guidance. I couldn’t be happier to have her in my life. Thanks Cat!
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Catrina D.

Catrina D.

Los Angeles, CA 90048
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About Elza H.

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About Elza
I have two Bachelors degrees in Theatre Arts and English with emphases in Performance and Directing and Creative Writing. I have 10+ years experience coaching high school students in performance and audition prep, 3 years directing for and teaching middle school. Students I've taught have gone on to excel at such institutions as as the Orange County School of the Arts, The Boston Conservatory and Tisch School of the Arts.

I’ve worked professionally on stage, in film and voice over for the past four years as an actor, writer, director and instructor. I'm also an experienced puppeteer, award winning playwright and am proficient in American Sign Language.
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Elza H.

Elza H.

Los Angeles, CA 90066
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