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About Tina B.

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Apple Valley, CA
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About Tina
I started singing professionally at the age of fourteen. I have had leading roles in semi-professional theatre productions since I was seventeen. I have also been assistant director, musical director, choreographer, costumer and writer for many productions from West Side Story to My Fair Lady to Camelot. In the theatre I have worked with and trained children and adults of all ages. I have also conducted summer camps that were theatre workshops for children. I was a school teacher at a Charter school for eight years and I taught music and drama to children from Kindergarten to 12th grade.
I have been giving voice lessons for more than twenty years. I tailor my programs based on the needs of my students. I am passionate about music and I love being able to share that with other individuals who are passionate about music. I have worked with children and adults who told me "I cannot sing" and have shown them that, once you understand how your voice works, you can do things you never dreamed you could do. I will work hard to help anyone who has the love and determination to sing to improve and become a better singer.

One of my students was accepted to AMDA in New York and several of my students have won various competitions.

*** Lesson Details ***
The voice is an instrument and, like any instrument, you have to know all of its parts and how it works in order to get the most out of it. I teach my students how to properly use their voice without damaging their vocal chords. I teach vocal techniques and exercises to help my students become a better singer. My students will learn how to use their diaphragm; how to use dynamics; how to project; how to build up their lung capacity; how to sing in a clear and articulate manner; how to sing various different types of music; how to control their voice; and how to develop their natural ear for music as well as showmanship. My style and technique has been developed over many years of practical experience and learning from instructors and entertainers who work in the entertainment industry. My method of teaching is entirely my own and I have had a lot of success with it. I expect my students to work hard and be dedicated but I try to make the lessons not just instructional but fun.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home-lessons taught in a designated music room, has an electric weighted keyboard and a karaoke machine.

I have recording capabilities that allow me to record my students and blend their voices with the background tracks that we work with. Once a song has been mastered, I record the song and email it to you so you can have it to enjoy and share with family and friends.

*** Specialties ***
I teach my students breathing techniques; how to use the diaphragm and relax the vocal chords; how to project; how to properly enunciate; how to perform a song instead of just singing it; showmanship; how to select the music that is right for them. The voice is an instrument and, like any instrument, you have to fully understand it and its different parts in order to get the most out of it.

In regards to the various hand-crafting arts that I teach. I have been hand-crafting for more than forty years. I first discovered my love for creating things when I was only six years old, which is when I first began to learn embroidery. That just made me want to learn even more and I am always looking for some new and interesting art to learn and master. I have been a costumer for more than thirty years, creating costumes for community theatre and making period costumes for events such as the Renaissance Faire and Civil and Revolutionary War Re-enactments.

One of my new passions is Recycled Crafts. Taking items that you might throw away and turning them into something useful. For example, I had a pile of sheets that we didn't use any longer. Instead of throwing them away, I made them into rag rugs. Another of my favorite recycle crafts is taking the plastic bags that you get your groceries in and making them into re-usable totes that are washable.

Needle tatting is a form of lace making. Taking string and creating some beautiful lace that allows you to add old world charm to a garment or project. One of the things that I like about this hand-craft is being able to easily take it with me (to doctor's appointments for example) so that I can have something to do while I wait.

As you can probably tell, these are things that I am passionate about and I love teaching them to anyone who wants to learn.
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Darlene S. March 16, 2017
Verified Student · Singing · In home
Tina gives very clear, precise instruction with modeling and practice. She lets you know what your goals are and how you are going to work toward them, and follows up the lesson with a written recap of everything you went over. The only thing that I am sorry about is that I did not record everything we practiced. She was more than happy to let me record whatever I needed, but I only recorded one thing and I already forgot the other two things! Anyway, I am happy with the instruction. :)
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Mary February 8, 2017
Verified Student · Speaking Voice · In home
Love Tina! Took some lessons to improve my ability to project my voice. Only thing I would add is maybe an air purifier in the lesson room for ventilation. Thank you very much!
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Sharon P. February 2, 2017
Verified Student · Singing · In home
Great first lesson. I look forward to continuing the journey.
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Tina B.

Apple Valley, CA 92307
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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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Thia S. January 22, 2017
Verified Student · Microsoft Word · In home
Marcel is a great teacher, solved all my complicated issues and answered every question with advanced knowledge. He's patient and has a light humorous way of making you feel smart when you need it most!
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Nichelle Kennedy December 7, 2016
Verified Student · Cooking · Online
Great! Something fun and new to try!!!
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Madeline September 20, 2016
· German · In home
Marcel tutored my 6 year old daughter in German. He is very friendly and likable, and she enjoyed working with him right away! He even played "Filly's" with her (a German My Little Pony toy!" He is very patient and makes learning fun. He was punctual and also flexible. We had a great experience working with Marcel!
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Marcel M.

Marcel M.

Altadena, CA 91001
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$35 / 30-min

About Marie B.

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Glendale, CA
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About Marie
I have worked in Animation for over 20 years, from traditional 2D animation to computer, initially in Canada, in Montreal, more precisely. In '97, I was hired by the Walt Disney Animation Studio to train their animators on the computer. I taught computer animation software, mainly Maya, and Photoshop to hundreds of talented artists here in Burbank. I was also creating and writing teaching materials, so I am well versed in Word, and Illustrator.

My other passion is Fashion Design. I am a Fashion Design graduate from FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising). I studied Fashion so I
could make my own patterns. I have been sewing for over 30 years and just love creating clothing or costumes for my children and I, with commercial patterns or my own patterns. I am pretty crafty, really good at modifying patterns, and I have a great knowledge of fabrics. I love fashion illustration and the whole process of creating a line.

I really enjoy teaching, and after years of teaching animation software, I craved teaching something more hands-on, and I have been enjoying teaching sewing and fashion design. It is rewarding to pass on a skill that used to be taught from generation to generation, but that less and less people are learning nowadays.

Whether it is for a hobby, to decorate your house, to prepare for design school, or to make your own clothes, I can teach you from the very basic sewing skills, to more advance topics such as modifying your patterns to make clothes that fit.
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Deborah M. February 16, 2017
Verified Student · Sewing · Online
Marie is great explaining any sewing questions that one may have. She takes her time to ensure that the student understands and will answer any questions. I selected her because of her background and I knew she would be a great instructor for me. She understands my idea and is willing to see that I accomplish my goal.
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Brigitte S. August 21, 2016
Verified Student · Sewing · In studio
Marie is exactly what I was looking for. She is very professional, was able to answer all my questions. She is a perfect match for my needs. Looking forward to the next lesson
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Liliana C. August 5, 2016
Verified Student · Sewing · In studio
Marie is great, very knowledgeable and patient. Highly recommend her.
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Marie B.

Marie B.

Glendale, CA 91208
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$40 / 30-min

About Milad R.

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Anaheim, CA
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About Milad
I have been in the jewelry industry since 2000. I'm an international jewelry artist and Gold/Silver smith from Anaheim, CA. I teach jewelry making courses at various exhibitions and art organizations worldwide, including Tucson Jewelry & Gem Shows, Gem Faire in Costa Mesa, and in Europe. I enjoy experimenting with different and new techniques. My work and jewelry have been exhibited in jewelry and handicraft exhibitions in Switzerland, Germany, China, Turkey and Iran. As a child, I started goldsmithing; and I hold a college major in gem cutting from a university in Iran. I have also graduated
from Gemological Institute of America in diamond essentials.
My specialization is in Fine Jewelry and Gemology.

My website is: jewelryclasses.wix.com/californiajewelry
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Linda July 21, 2016
· Jewelry Design · In studio
I have taken one on one lessons from Milad for almost a year and I have mastered so many techniques that I never dreamed I would be able to do. Milad is very patient, has amazing skills, is a wonderful teacher, and has given me so much confidence in my jewelry making abilities. He has elevated my skills exponentially. Nothing compares to the experience of learning privately from a master metalsmith and jewelry designer. Milad's lessons are a bargain when you realize that you are learning how to make jewelry from a professional jeweler who will devote his full attention to you and make sure that what you make is exceptional. I can't recommend Milad enough.
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Milad R.

Anaheim, CA 92804
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About Vinita M.

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Cerritos, CA

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About Vinita
Vinita has been giving individual and group sewing lessons since 2007and is currently available to teach lessons at her sewing studio. Vinita has helped students learn to make skirts, pants, shirts, costumes, as well as many accessory and decorative projects.
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Viola M. February 11, 2017
Verified Student · Sewing · In studio
It was great very patient and I would like to remain with her if it okay with her.

Thanks Viola
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Vinita M.

Vinita M.

Cerritos, CA 90703
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