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About Cosima Y.

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Moreno Valley, CA

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About Cosima
My specialty is voice but I also teach acoustic guitar, ukulele and songwriting for the student who desires to develop their own style and create their own songs. Not only is it fun but the music education that comes with it is highly valuable for future musicians. (guitar and ukulele rentals available at an additional cost to the student)

For students who are just beginning their vocal journey or are busy performers who want to improve healthy technique and sing with more confidence; or perhaps a worship leader or backup singer is struggling with vocal strain, my goal is to help them find vocal freedom and maintain an amazing, healthy voice that will confidently meet their expectations, year after year, in every situation, every time.

As an active performing vocalist, musician, songwriter, and Christian worship artist and band lea
der, I understand the demands and challenges of a busy performance calendar, singing sets for back-to-back audiences day after day and week after week, and the need for a vocalist to find the vocal freedom that will produce confidence in their voice no matter what the venue.

The first steps to mastering vocal freedom are the building blocks for vocal success. Whether the student is a child or an adult, with little or no training, it is my goal to make singing an enjoyable and freeing experience.

Singing with complete vocal freedom and confidence can seem very elusive. Surprisingly, it's not as elusive as one might think! Vocal freedom is within reach and most students experience a measure of it within the few first lessons, some even gaining a full octave in their range in their first lessons. Using a systematic method incorporating the study of good vocal technique and working on songs the student loves to sing makes learning more fun and gives the student a greater appreciation of music as a whole while encouraging a passion for music that lasts a lifetime. I encourage and teach sight reading, and theory basics especially for those students who are considering music as a profession.

*** Lesson Details ***
Each student learns with material that will be divided into step-by-step doable lessons so they can be sure to learn the best techniques and material along the way. Sheet music and lesson books are provided at a minimal additional cost.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My home-studio is bright and open and set up with an upright piano, full length mirror, music stand, iPad with appropriate applications, guitar, mandolin, ukulele, and computer for recording and playback. Parents are welcome to sit in on lessons or wait for their children in the adjacent room. I also may provide a follow-up email which includes any recordings and lesson notes from the current lesson.

As the student progresses I also provide a PA system to teach mic technique and build performance confidence.

I ask that students come prepared with the following items to their lessons.
~ Bottled water
~ A ring binder with paper for notes and a zippered pouch to keep tools and handouts.
~ A flash drive for recording transfers or they can use their phone or other recording device to record their lessons.
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*** Specialties ***
I honestly love my students and love teaching! It's such a privilege to be a part of their musical journey. I specialize in church worship vocals, choir, a capella, show tunes and musical theater. I teach free, healthy vocal technique which enables each student to explore and focus on different styles of singing. I also love teaching young voices especially teens who want to have a good time learning to sing.

NOTE ~ My teaching style is more structured therefore some young children may not be ready to take lessons with me.
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John R. November 20, 2018
· Singing · In home
Just finished my very first lesson with Cosima. I already learned so much. She really broke down that art of singing and made it very clear how the voice works. Then we did exercises afterwards which helped me know what I need to work on. Definitely need to check her out. She’s great!(:
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Malvina S. August 8, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I had Cosima for a few months and I saw a change in my voice. Not only did she help me improve my voice but she was able to explain it in a way that I could understand the fundamentals of how singing happened. I had a song that I wanted to sing for my sisters wedding and if she didn't help I probably wouldn't have sang. I would like to say thank you to Cosima for helping me understand singing/vocal world. I was so new to it even though I have been singing from young age. She was able to help find my struggle in singing and we worked at it as much as possible to improve it. My chest voice and bridges definitely got better then what they were when I first started taking lessons with her. I have learned a lot and I have seen a difference in my voice. I'm really happy and blessed that I was able to have Cosima as my teacher. I greatly appreciate her teaching me. I recommend her as a great singing teacher.
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Kim T. March 7, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Wonderful teacher.
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Cosima Y.

Cosima Y.

Moreno Valley, CA 92553
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About Jessie M.

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Pasadena, CA

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About Jessie
Thank you for your interest in lessons! I hope to help you achieve your goals and improve your skills, whether you're looking for music lessons, or help in math. Every student is a unique person who deserves a lesson customized to their individual needs. Each of my students prosper in an atmosphere of patience and encouragement. While the lessons are fun and enjoyable, the serious student will be supported in the development of skills leading to a rewarding career, and the more casual students will grow in an appreciation of knowledge that will enrich their lives.

Experience:

I received my bachelor's degree in music with an emphasis on vocal performance at the University of Redlands in 2011 (which I attended on a music talent scholarship), and am now an active performer in Los Angeles, CA. I have been tutoring and teaching privat
e lessons for almost 10 years, and currently have over 40 active students.

I have played leading roles in several operas and musicals in Southern California, including Gianni Schicchi, Die Fledermaus, La Boheme (DTL nominee), The Impresario, The Grand Duke, Patience (DTL award), Cosi fan tutte, Little Women, Seussical, and many more. I have also appeared in several concerts, opera scenes, competitions (winning music scholarships and theater awards), and worked as a singer in churches, restaurants, and in pop bands. I continue to stay active in the performance industry, and I could never live without it!

With this experience under my belt, I feel a desire to pass on my knowledge to students. I carry a strong passion to help people develop their abilities and make them their own. I truly believe that if someone wants something out of life they will achieve it with dedication, perseverance, confidence, and by having FUN doing it!

LET'S MAKE MUSIC!

*Note: My home office has a lot of stairs and two cats. If you are disabled or have a feline allergy, please consider in-home lessons or lessons online.
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Jenelle P. January 12, 2019
· Elementary Math · Online
i think she is very good at teaching elementary students!
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Lisa November 21, 2018
· Singing · In studio
We LOVE Jessie!!!! She has really been such a wonderful vocal coach to our teen! So talented!
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Stefanie K. November 21, 2018
· Broadway Singing · Online
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Jessie M.

Jessie M.

Pasadena, CA 91103
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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.

*** Lesson Details ***
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.

Carol W.

Pasadena, CA 91106
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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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Bill S. November 17, 2018
· Gardening · In home
Excellent teacher. We took a 20'x2' section of "dirt" in the back, redid the soil, transplanted a rose in that section, added two other new roses and a bunch of ground cover. Looks great! Recommended.
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Ems H. 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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Marcel M.

Marcel M.

Altadena, CA 91001
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About Nikkal F.

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San Jacinto, CA
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About Nikkal
Dance & music is my life!

My years of education is too long to list here.
I have had formal training in Music, many forms of dance, swim and Aerobics certified! Fully insured and background checked through the City of San Jacinto and the park and recreation centers.

I Love what I do!
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Nikkal F.

Nikkal F.

Fontana, CA 92335
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$25 / 30-min
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About Emily R.

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Santa Ana, CA
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About Emily
Hi! A little about me... I grew up in Central California and grew up training in classical ballet under the ABT curriculum, performed as a principal dancer for Fresno Dance Collective, and then pursued my BFA in Dance through Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet through Dominican University of California. Throughout college I was a part of two non profit organizations that offered dance workshops and performances for underprivileged communities locally and internationally. Upon graduation I moved to Southern California to dance at the Disneyland Resort and began teaching ballet, pointe, jazz, and tech & turns ranging in ages from 18 months to adult.

My passion for teaching thrives off of the growth and potential I see in my students. I have seen a tremendous growth in my dancers, as well as myself as an instructor, and would love to build upon
my skill sets and help you to grow whether it be introducing you to your first lesson or helping to refine your technique and performance!
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Emily R.

Emily R.

Santa Ana, CA 92705
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$35 / 30-min

About Jimmy C.

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South Pasadena, CA

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About Jimmy
I got my SAG card when he was cast in a Kraft Macaroni and Cheese commercial at the age of 10. I did theater in High School and College. I started to do sketch and improv comedy at Arizona State University. I returned to Chicago to study sketch and improv at the famed Second City and Improv Olympic. I then moved to Los Angeles in 2006 to become a professional actor.
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Jimmy C.

Jimmy C.

South Pasadena, CA 91030
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$25 / 30-min

About Nerris N.

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South Pasadena, CA
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About Nerris
I'm a professional film director, cinematographer, and photographer and have been teaching creatives full-time on a popular channel with over 3 million views. I graduated from the prestigious UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television with a BA in digital narrative production. I have taught at all levels from absolute novice to MFA-level classes.

My work has screened at several Oscar-qualifying film festivals and has screened at some of LA's most popular venues, such as the TCL Chinese Theatre, LA Live, the James Bridges Theater, and more. I have helped many people start their careers in entertainment and have helped many creatives make films that have screened at some of the world's best known film festivals.

I have a huge passion for teaching and mentoring creatives. Whether you want to learn how to operate a camera, write your
first script, learn the fundamentals of acting, or some combination of those three, I will tailor a focused, customized, hands-on curriculum for you so that you can grow as a creative! In addition to covering creative techniques, I also provide career coaching, resume-building, helping provide the tools needed to go onto sets, and other practical lessons.
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Donna August 1, 2018
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Nerris has the background to help a beginning filmmaker learn the ropes and make connections.
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Nerris N.

Nerris N.

South Pasadena, CA 91030
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$50 / 60-min

About Emmy R.

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Anaheim, CA

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I am an avid salsa dancer, singer, and guitarist. I am currently completing my Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Health and Business. I currently work full time as a Vitamins & Body Care Manager at Mother's Market and Kitchen

Salsa dancing students can expect to learn the basics, exercise, and improve from week to week. Every student has a way of expressing themselves, and my goal is to get them to learn the foundations while finding their footing in Latin Dancing; I am a new instructor, so I am looking to teach the basics and fundamentals of Salsa Dancing.

My background in Salsa dancing started in high school in 2011. I quickly picked up the dance as I competed in my first competition my first year learning. After that I've spent 8 years social dancing, and learning to lead on my own. I've taken beginners thro
ugh advanced courses at multiple dance clubs such as Steven's Steak House in Commerce, PCH club in Long Beach, All Atomic Ballroom locations, etc.

Aside from salsa, I've also spent a large portion of my life in music. I've done background singing at a church in LA, and I spent 6 years in the San Francisco Girls Chorus. I'm also a self taught guitarist. So, if you'd like to learn basic music theory, and guitar I can offer those services as well.
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Emmy R.

Emmy R.

Anaheim, CA 92801
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$42 / 30-min

About Omar M.

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Los Angeles, CA

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About Omar
I have been teaching, coaching, choreographing and performing for 20 years. I also have multiple World Titles from competitions as a dancer, coach and choreographer.

I have my own dance company called Omambo Dance Project and we travel not only within the US but also internationally to teach, choreograph and perform for different venues and events.

You can check out our social media platforms (Provided upon request) for more information and to see some of our previous and current work

Thank you for taking the time to read this and i hope to hear from you!

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Omar M.

Omar M.

Los Angeles, CA 90022
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