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Arthur O.

Orange, CA

About Arthur

I am a graduate of Azusa Pacific University with a Bachelors Degree in Vocal Performance and Music Education. For the past four years I have been the Vocal Director for all the major musical productions for Arts and Learning Conservatory at Vanguard University. I am also the Vocal Director at Music Theater of Orange County. I teach piano and voice for 45 students at Virtuosos Russian Music Academy in Fountain Valley. I have been the tenor soloist for the Oratorio Choir and Orchestra at the University of Northern Iowa. Performed in thirteen countries as a professional singer. I performed in 49
states in the USA for 18 years. I have recorded 15 CDs.

*** Lesson Details ***
Hi. My name is Art O. and I want to see you succeed in music. I love teaching students that are excited about learning their instrument. If you are interested in voice lessons, you will learn how to expand your range, perform on stage, and how to take care of your voice. If you are taking piano lessons, you will learn how to read notes, learn basic music theory, and learn how to read chord charts. You will advance quickly and I expect to see you performing in less than six months. If you work hard and apply yourself to practice, there is no end to what you can accomplish!

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music for singing, and piano. They must have a piano or keyboard to practice.
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Lynn L. April 16, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Developing Skills

We love everything whatever he teaches to my son!!
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Mary Lou W. March 6, 2014
Verified Student
Very pleased

I am very pleased with my teacher. He has helped me very much. I am very blessed to have found him.
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KAREN W. August 19, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Art is the absolute BEST!

Art is a wonderful teacher!! He is enthusiastic, reliable, knowledgeable and very personable. I feel extremely fortunate to have found Art to teach my 4 year old daughter.

My daughter has been eager to start learning the piano. I needed to find someone that is able to teach at her young level and to be able to connect with her shy personality. Amazingly, Art is able to make her laugh, smile, learn and have fun all at the same time!

My daughter has fun learning and we often find her practicing on her own at the piano. Actually, she considers it playtime at the piano! She is learning simple songs after just a few lessons. She is very proud of her ability to play and is always eager to see Art so that she can learn more.

I HIGHLY recommend Art as a piano teacher. It is obvious that he loves music, this is evident in his weekly teachings. As a parent, I couldn't be happier!!! Art is setting a firm foundation for our daughter's love for music.
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Arthur O.

Arthur O.

Orange, CA 92865
(5)
starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Susan S.

Mission Viejo, CA

About Susan

I have been performing since the age of three. At the age of seven, I began classical vocal lessons. At 8, I wrote the school song for Cherry Creek Elementary School in Marquette, Michigan. When I was 10, I entered and won the Grand Supreme title at my first pageant. When I was 13, I moved my vocal training at the local University becoming the youngest classical vocal student. After years of participating in musical theatre productions, I landed a job in a guitar shop that lead to a big shift in my musical interests. I left my small town, the theatre and my classical background behind and bega
n fronting both Country and Rock bands, even singing along side Juice Newton, The Oak Ridge Boys, Glen Campbell, Sugarland, and Trick Pony on stage at the Porterfield Country Music Festival in 2005, which has in years past drawn nationally known country music artists such as Johnny Cash, Charlie Daniels, and Loretta Lynn. At age 19, I had an acoustic act which landed me a guest spot on 'The Tyra Banks Show.' I have been a featured performer at Chicago's House of Blues, as well as some of the most popular hotspots in Wrigleyville.
In most recent years, I have been behind the scenes as a vocal coach in the greater Chicago area. I moved to Mission Viejo, California recently, and look forward to meeting new students! I have four children, my youngest daughter has Down syndrome so I'm also partial to working with students with special needs.
I'm really excited to add that offer lessons online through TakeLessons! It's a great thing to get to work with students all over this country and I'm looking forward to help pioneer the future of music lessons!

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Whether you are looking to learn to project, or how to make it through an entire show without blowing your voice--I'm your gal! As long as students exhibit a willingness to try and to learn, then I'm more than willing to go the extra mile in my teaching. I just want to see genuine effort. Because I cater to all experience levels, I like to focus on individual goals of the student and build on those.

The biggest thing that I hope to give my students, is confidence. Whether or not music becomes a career for them, or just something to help get them through their day-- my goal is to show them that they can learn something new, they can accomplish things that they never thought they could do, they can sing for friends, join a band, play a challenging song, sing the high note they never thought they'd hit. If I can, anyone can. It's not about being perfect. Being perfect is overrated. It's about the passion behind the performance.

With that said, it's also about practice. Practicing builds the skills needed to keep that confidence alive. Then the more confidence you have, the more you say-- "Let's go for it. Let's try," the more you'll learn and the more skills you'll build. They feed off of each other. One can't survive long without the other.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Simple PA set-up.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide everything. If there is a particular piece that you want to work on that I don't have, I ask that you provide that.

*** Specialties ***
Classically trained, but I've also done a lot of musical theatre and have a strong background there. I do play guitar and bass, specializing in rock/folk and pop styles. I've taken tap and jazz from the age of 3 until I was 17 to help with Musical Theatre performance.
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Victoria G. October 23, 2014
Singing · Online
Verified Student
My daughter truly enjoyed her lessons with Susan.
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Geri D. May 20, 2013
Singing
Suzie is extremely knowledgeable

Suzie is an amazing teacher! I am so impressed with her knowledge of music! In just the short time I've been taking voice lessons I can feel my voice getting stronger. She has taught me the correct way of breathing, projecting and standing. She's always giving me positive feedback, which is so helpful. I would recommend Suzie to anyone who is serious about taking voice lessons!
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Kiera R. May 9, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Susan is an amazing teacher

I haven't had too many classes with Susan but already I feel more confident in my voice. She has taught me so much about the correct way to breathe and the way to keep the right tone while you sing. I thought that taking lessons with someone over skype wouldn't be very effective but I was totally wrong because Susan is so prepared and sends you warm ups and also instrumental music for the song you are going to work on before your lesson. She makes sure to give positive comments as well as critiques so you won't feel uncomfortable or feel like you're a bad singer. I am so happy that I picked Susan and I would recommend her to anyone!!
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Susan S.

Susan S.

Mission Viejo, CA 92692
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Cody M.

Santa Ana, CA

The fundamental use of our vocal cords, is to speak. Using these muscles correctly is not always accomplished. For all voice artists, singing or not, I will help develop your overall vocal presence and resonance to achieve a strong and healthy sound.

About Cody

So, what is the "right way" to sing? Well, there's more than one answer. Having performed in, and taught various genres (including but not limited to jazz, musical theatre, opera, pop, barbershop, A-Capella, and do-wop), I have encountered countless ideas on what people think the correct technique is. Many find it far too difficult to coordinate the seemingly overwhelming technicalities that can accompany "correct" vocal use. I am proud to say that I have come across the best combination of tools and a straight-forward approach to vastly improving your abilities and overall vocal health. I am
confident that it is the easiest and most efficient way to get the results you're looking for. I will help you preserve your voice as well to achieve the most important thing - longevity. Learn to expand your range in the healthiest way so you can sing for as long as you're able to speak. I look forward to finding YOUR voice and setting you on the path to success!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Keyboard, Taylor 214ce Acoustic Guitar, 6 Microphones (AKG Perception 220, AKG c214, Rhode NT1-A, SURE SM7B, SURE SM57 BETA, SURE SM58), as well as ADAMS A7X Monitoring Speakers; all which can provide recorded vocal lessons & demo's for select sessions.

*** Travel Equipment ***
If traveling to a home, I would prefer that the student has a piano/keyboard, background tracks to the pieces they'd like to work on, and a recording device to review their lessons.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in vocal technique and pedagogical care of the voice. I can provide the best combination of tools and a straight-forward approach to vastly improving your abilities and overall vocal health. Preserve your voice with correct use, to achieve longevity.
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Patrick D. June 3, 2014
Music Recording · In studio
READ THE BREAKDOWN.

Cody is a great producer and a great guy - both are equally important in creating the best recording experience. Some of his attributes are best expanded upon with bullet-points.

HUMBLE.
This is hugely important. There is not a pretentious bone in his body. Cody is great at what he does but is not afraid to ask for help from people who might know more about whatever aspect of the music creation process specific to the artist. There is no “I’m the producer and I know more than you” attitude. Instead, his attitude is very much of equality where both parties understand the strengths that they bring to the table.

PATIENT.
Sometimes I have a lot of ideas - or none at all. Cody would bear with my A.D.D. moments in the studio when dealing with ideas that I sometimes couldn't communicate. Instead of writing my ideas off, he instead worked with me until we achieved exactly what I was trying to get at.

RESPECTFUL.
Being an artist himself, Cody has immense respect for the artist and their creations.

UNDERSTANDING.
Cody’s understanding of all kinds of music lends to his fearlessness of exploring new genres - but it doesn't stop at exploring - he captures their essence. I've heard tracks he’s done that are R&B, indie-rock, country, EDM, etc. and its hard to imagine they were all from the same brain. If you wanted a Bollywood track, I’m sure he could give you one.

RESOURCEFUL.
Cody has ingenuity and is resourceful. He would never tell me what *works with my kind of music* or what kind of instrument I would *need for the song* - if we wanted a certain sound, we’d make it - out of wax paper and water bottles if necessary.

EFFICIENT.
Mostly I sat in awe and watched Cody click and move stuff.

COMMITTED.
Even when he didn't have to, Cody would work on my track in his free time meticulously making sure everything was how it should sound and also just to make sure there wasn't any territory we had overlooked.

And that's just naming a few.

All in all, Cody brings a child-like spirit of wonder to his sessions - where the song is not a job or a chore, but a new world waiting to be explored, full of possibilities waiting to be uncovered. And that excitedness and spirit of discovery is KEY to sustaining creativity in a studio environment. Not only does it make the whole process productive, it makes it FUN. Cody’s character bleeds into how he works and into what he creates and the final product reflects that.
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Chelsea L. May 7, 2014
Singing
So Helpful and Patient

Cody is one of the best voice teachers out there. Whether it's helping you get started on your first song, or helping you understand the basics of music theory, he is hands down one of the best voice teachers I have ever had. He is very patient, and within the first 5 minutes he will be able to tell what you need the most help on, sometimes without you even needing to say it. You will leave the lesson feeling fully accomplished and confident.
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Neda L. April 21, 2014
Music Recording
Awesome recording session!

I had such a pleasure working with Cody. He is so creative and wants the absolute best for his clients/students. I am a singer who sings a lot of Broadway and classical repertoire, and wanted to record a track that was more on the side of pop. I was nervous at first, but in just a couple of takes, Cody helped me find my pop voice and really made me feel at ease singing my vocals. He had me do a couple of cool tricks to really connect with what I was singing about and after that, everything clicked and I was letting myself be free with my new sound and Cody was so supportive and gave wonderful feedback. He's a great coach as well! I loved every idea he had.
I had so much fun in the studio and highly recommend working with him...I know I will again in the future.
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Cody M.

Cody M.

Santa Ana, CA 92701
(3)
starting at
$29 / 30-min
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Cymbaline O.

Fullerton, CA

About Cymbaline

Cymbaline has been performing all her life. She began dance training at age 5, singing on stage at age 7, piano instruction at age 8, and flute at age 9. She has pursued the performing arts in her training, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music (Vocal Performance and Education) from Azusa Pacific University, as well as a Masters in Education from Grand Canyon University. Cymbaline has been seen on stage in many musical theater productions, including playing Marian in The Music Man, Anna in The King and I, and the Blue Girl in Shout! She has also done theater and film, including playing
Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. She has taught voice, piano, and flute privately, as well as voice and musical theater classes. She has a great desire to pass on the knowledge she has gained through education and experience to anyone who has the desire to learn. She loves seeing students grow in the knowledge of music and performance and learning to apply their new skills. Music is the universal language, and the ability to play and sing will open up new doors of expression for each individual.

*** Lesson Details ***
My students can expect a strict teacher who also shows compassion. I will do everything in my power to help the student grow and achieve. It is up to the student to apply what they are learning so that they can move forward. I teach out of a variety of curriculum, depending on how the student best learns. For flute, I prefer the "Standard of Excellence" series, which, if they are in a band program, can be used for both group and individual study. For piano, the "Alfred" series is a very good tool, with lesson, performance, theory, and compositions books in multiple levels. For voice, I have a number of books that I use to pull material from depending on their level of ability and experience. I teach a classically based curriculum, focusing on correct breathing, posture, and technique. Once a person knows and is able to follow the rules of singing with a quality sound and solid technique, that person may then learn to bend those rules for other styles and genres that require different technique. After three months with me, I expect students, especially instrumental students, to have basic knowledge of reading music. They should be able to recognize notes and rhythms and where they are on the piano keyboard, or how they are fingered on the flute, or where they are (at least approximately) in their voice. I also will expect them to have some understanding and application of dynamics, tempos, time signatures, and other basics of music reading. After six months, I expect them to be able to play or sing one or more short-length songs all the way through correctly and consistently, with musicality. I will focus on details, and not let students who truly want to learn develop their ability in a mediocre capacity. I expect my students to practice, will encourage them to give 100%, and help them strive to be a little better each day than they were the day before.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
Keyboard - 88-key/66-key. Flute. Guitar.

*** Specialties ***
I am first a classical singer, and teach classical vocal technique as a foundation to any voice student. I also perform musical theater, and have taught music theater repertoire as a bridge between opera, or classical style singing to more modern forms. I am a dancer and have performed in musicals and operettas, and can teach stage presence, projection, body movement, and facial expression. I studied flute and played in wind ensembles through college. I also have played piano and accompanied for many years.
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Shannon C. June 21, 2015
Flute · Online
Verified Student
Very patient. Engaged well with my daughter who at first was nervous. I'm happy and so is she.
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Lisa-Mitchell H. June 16, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Great teacher! Cymbaline was very patient with my daughter which I enjoyed very much. My daughter and I also thought that she was a very sweet person.
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Lara M. April 15, 2014
Piano
Very professional and patient

Ms Olsen has been giving my daughter piano lessons for a year. She comes to our home and is very professional, timely and patient. My daughter has made great progression with her piano, she looks forward to her lessons and practices without me having to remind her. It's so convenient that she comes to our house, and she communicate with me . I would highly recommend her.
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Cymbaline O.

Cymbaline O.

Fullerton, CA 92835
(5)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Patricia S.

Laguna Niguel, CA

Everyone uses their voice. Is your voice all that it can be?

Whether you want to become a more effective public or corporate speaker, find your best voice quality to make a better impression in general, retrain voice habits that are proving problematic in some area of your life, or develop your voice simply for the sake of self-improvement, I can help you reach your goals.

As a professional voice actor, singer, and radio and TV host, I approach the voice from several points of view - health, performance and flexibility.

You want your voice to stay healthy and young sounding. You want to find your optimal speaking pitch range to maximize your first impressions, as well as lasting impressions. You want to lose up-talk, gravel voice, vocal fry or other inflective habits that keep you from securing that job or nailing the sale. You want to add volume, punch, presence, tone and other elements to your voice. You want to apply principles of breathing and support, pacing, dramatic ...

About Patricia

Patricia S. is an Emmy® Award-winning writer, working voice actor, professional musician, and current beauty pageant title holder, as well as a former television news host, radio show host and Daily News columnist. Patricia has acted onstage in drama, musical theatre and opera, and on-camera in numerous formats. She is a music and vocal director for musical performances, and a voice teacher and vocal coach with decades of experience teaching in public and private institutions.

At one point in her career, Patricia developed an arts outreach program in the Los Angeles area that was heralded b
y the California Arts Council as the most comprehensive arts outreach in California. Patricia has expanded on her ability to develop programs and find opportunities for artists and others, by including in her range of teaching Creativity Coaching – helping artists of all types and creative individuals to realize their goals.

Patricia trained as an actor for more than 15 years with Steve Eastin at the Steve Eastin Studio in Toluca Lake, and at the Charles Conrad Studio in Burbank. Steve Eastin was the principal teacher at the Charles Conrad Studio. Charles E. Conrad was the teacher designated by the renowned New York acting teacher Sanford Meisner to bring the Meisner methodology to the West Coast in the early decades of Hollywood’s heyday. Students of acting are encouraged to look up Sanford Meisner, Charles E. Conrad and Steve Eastin to learn more about their teaching style. Patricia continues the tradition of teaching that she honed at the Steve Eastin Studio, and she also incorporates some of the Meisner methodology in her training.

Patricia has extensive live singing and studio recording experience. She has performed with Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Music Center Opera Association, Opera Pacific and as staff soloist with the Hour of Power Choir at the famed Crystal Cathedral. She has performed classical music in concert along with actor, Eric Braeden, recorded background vocals for Roger Williams and other artists, and performed contemporary music as a background singer in Las Vegas.

Voice acting experience includes commercials, audiobooks, corporate narrations and more. Clients include Acura, Honda, FedEx, Ramada, Toyota, Yamaha Music, United Airlines, Sonic, Mitsubishi, PacifiCare and others. Patricia is the primary voice talent for a weekly TV real estate program currently airing.

Patricia has taught voice, voice-over, acting and other related subjects in a number of private and public schools and conservatories, including Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) and the Los Angeles SAG Conservatory. She offers workshops and is a regular speaker for groups such as Women in Film, Women in Animation, International Coach Federation, Media Alliance of Orange County, Media Communications Association International and other regional and national organizations. Patricia is a member of SAG-AFTRA and AGMA (American Guild of Musical Artist).

Affiliations: SAG-AFTRA, AGMA, MTAC, MTNA, CAPMT, NATS, MCA-I
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Dorothy S. November 28, 2014
Singing · In studio
Over the past year, my two children have taken singing lessons with Patricia. My kids are polar opposites of each other - in age, temperament, behavior, patience - you name it. My 14 year old daughter is in the gifted program at high school and my son in on the spectrum and spends part of each day in the special day class at his elementary school. Somehow, Patricia is able to provide individually tailored lessons for each child. They absolutely love going to see her! As a mother, nothing is more important than seeing your children thrive. This has been a richly rewarding experience for all of us.
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Joni M. November 25, 2014
Audition Prep · In studio
Patricia single-handedly helped me ace my audition. She was positive, encouraging and gave me the skills and confidence I needed to blow away the competition. I would use her again in a heartbeat. Do yourself a favor and book a lesson with this awesome coach!
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Joan M. October 27, 2014
Vocal Technique · In studio
Patricia is an amazing instructor on many levels. While she is an accomplished performer in her own right, she is equally able to break down the necessary vocal techniques in a manner that all ages and all levels can relate to. Lessons with Patricia are productive, but they are also fun! You will not find a more dedicated vocal coach anywhere.
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Patricia S.

Patricia S.

Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
(3)
starting at
$60 / 30-min

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