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About Mary D.

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Trabuco Canyon, CA

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About Mary
My name is Mary and I have been teaching voice, piano, and violin for more than 20 years. I have an undergraduate degree in music, a masters degree in special education, and a doctoral degree in education. I teach lessons at my private studio in Dove Canyon. I offer lessons in piano, voice and violin. I am a professional musical director and have directed over 50 shows.  I am also a music therapist and I have special skills in teaching instruments to children with special needs. I love working with kids!

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I teach "Music for Little Mozarts" for preschoolers, and A
lfred's and other methods as well as classical repertoire for more advanced students. I teach Suzuki violin classes to children ages 5 and up. I teach musical theater and jazz voice.   Every 3 months I host a student recital. Students may choose to play a solo, duet, or be in a small group number with other students.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Grand piano, studio piano, 1/4 violin for young children

*** Specialties ***
Music, Piano, Voice, Violin
I specialize in musical theater, pop and classical voice lessons.

For piano I specialize in working with young children- Music for Little Mozarts (ages 4-6), Prep Course (ages 5-7) and Older beginners (ages 8 and up). I also teach intermediate to early advanced level classical piano.

Violin- I teach Suzuki Method (beginners through Book 7) to students age 5 and up. I also teach intermediate and early advanced classical styles.
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Beth W. January 10, 2017
Verified Student · Singing · In home
Mary is a great instructor. Super patient and mellow, she understands how to bring kids out of their shell and help to create a good experience with performing.
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Beth W. August 24, 2016
Verified Student · Singing · In home
We are super happy with Mary. She is patient, understanding, and calming, putting my kid at ease in this new situation. She understands learning challenges and can easily adapt her instruction to fit the child's needs. I would recommend her to anyone!
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Briseyda July 17, 2015
Verified Student · Singing · In home
She's so sweet and what a professional!! My daughter is very excited to keep her as her instructor.
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Mary D.

Mary D.

Trabuco Canyon, CA 92679
(8)
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$35 / 30-min

About Amber C.

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Irvine, CA

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I have been teaching and singing professionally for over 25 years. In the lesson, I always start with warm-up vocalizing. Then, we work on songs, depending on the student and type of voice and interest; and always including music theory, the foundation. Each student is unique; so I customize the lessons and repertoire to suit each student. Even if someone cannot match pitch, I have had great success. We work on improving tone and expanding range as well as song interpretation.

About Amber
I am an experienced, enthusiastic music instructor, who started playing piano around 8 years of age and participated in many musical activities. I received my Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Massachusetts, majoring in Music Education (voice and piano). I have appeared around the world as a soloist singing jazz and pop, including the Blue Note, NYC, and appeared as a guest soloist at the 2000 Southern California Summer Special Olympics. I also participated in ensemble groups such as the Masterworks Chorale in NYC, and the Verdi Opera Chorus of Southern California; and curr
ently I volunteer at the Senior Center leading/accompanying the Sing-Alongs.

Inspired by my love of music, I have been teaching piano and voice for over 25 years from NY to LA and now Orange County. In conjunction with my teaching skills, I have excellent communication skills, patience and enthusiasm, and work well with children and all ages. I feel that music is an important part of education, and it aids in the development of cognitive and motor skills. And most of all, it is fun and rewarding, and a skill to last a lifetime!
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Carole Yarwood July 28, 2016
Verified Student · Vocal Training · In home
Amber met me at her door with a smile on her face although I was much too early due to my over active excitement at arriving for my first lesson. Her first words to me were, "I'm so proud of you." That was a complement connected to my age of 83. I could have hugged her. Our lesson consisted of warming up my vocal cords after a long period of not singing. It was noted because of my hearing loss, that I was having trouble pitch wise and this would be something for me to work on besides my breathing. Amber's lesson was exactly what I needed and I can't wait for my next lesson.
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Stefania M. June 7, 2016
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
Amber is an excellent teacher and lovely person!!!!!
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Jeffrey W. February 16, 2016
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
Kind, lovely voice, happy. Awesome combination for voice teacher.
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Amber C.

Amber C.

Irvine, CA 92620
(10)
starting at
$33 / 30-min

About Anthony F.

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Tustin, CA
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About Anthony
Anthony is a graduate of The Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown Studio's Two Year Acting Conservatory Program and the University of California Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts where he studied Musical Theatre in addition to serving as Accompanist and Musical Director for various Musical Theatre Classes and Productions. Anthony is a Proud Member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Voice and Speech Trainers Association, SAG-AFTRA, and AEA.

Anthony has trained with some of the Industry's Top Vocal Coaches and has maintained a Private Studio of his own, specializing in Professiona
l and Personalized Instruction, for over Half a Decade. His clients include High School Students, College Students, and Industry Professionals including Actors to Recording Artists. He was recently Ranked One of the Top 5 Vocal Coaches in Los Angeles and Orange County by BACKSTAGE Magazine.

Ghost Light Vocal Jam Cabaret
"Someone to Fall Back On" by Jason Robert Brown
Performer | 2015

Scenes from Powned
Short Film starring Eric Roberts
Casting Associate | 2014


A Professional Actor and Singer himself, Anthony has performed in over 25 Regional Theatrical Productions including the Original Cast of an Off Broadway Musical. Highlights include: A Catbaret (w/Fred Willard), Sweet Smell of Success (w/Anthony Geary), Rent, The Last Five Years, Popesical, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Pirates of Penzance, Titanic, I Love You Because, and more. In 2016, Anthony received the “Best Actor Award” for his performance in the Short Film, Rogue, from the LA Neo Noir Film Festival. Anthony has used his training not only as a Tour Guide for the Walt Disney Company, but coached several other Tour Guides for the Walt Disney Company for their Guided Tours.

​In addition to working as a Performer, Anthony has worked in various aspects of the Entertainment Industry as a Director, Producer, Musical Director, Accompanist, and in Talent Agency/Management Offices – making him a well sought after Instructor, who not only specializes on Technique and Performance, but keeps the entire process of the Entertainment Industry in mind when working with Clients. Anthony has worked in a Recording Studio as an In-Studio Vocal Coach and Accompanist for Sony Music Producer, Thomas Barsoe’s, OC Hit Factory and is often sought out as a Master Class Instructor on Vocal Technique and Musical Theatre. In fact, he helped bring Musical Theatre Training to one of Orange County’s Top Acting Studios.

Anthony is an active Casting Associate with JS Snyder & Associates Casting with Credits including Short & Independent Films featuring Eric Roberts; Plays; Commercials; and Music Videos for Musical Artists: P!nk, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Jack Tempchin, among many others.

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VOCAL SESSIONS
During Vocal Sessions, we explore breath (including floor work and destructuring), vocal warm ups specific to your needs and goals, diction work, and song work (telling a story through song and connecting to what we are singing about).

Our goal through voice work is to get your voice to be as free, full, and connected as possible.

Various competitions are available throughout the year to students since I belong to the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
(Available in 30 minute and 60 minute Sessions).

PIANO LESSONS
During Piano Sessions, we explore technique, sight reading, song work (material chosen for your learning goals), and performance for recitals and competitions. Accompanist training (learning how to accompany singers) is also available to experienced pianists.
(Available in 30 Minute and 60 Minute Sessions)

ACTING LESSONS/AUDITION COACHING
In Acting or Audition Coaching Sessions we explore Acting Technique in addition to Cold Reading and Audition Preparation. In addition, Improvisational training in addition to Script Analysis is also available and part of sessions.
(Available in 30 Minute and 60 Minute Sessions)

*** Studio Equipment ***
Grand Piano, Recording Device, Professional Microphone, Camera

*** Specialties ***
Acting the Song; Musical Theatre, Pop, Legit, Rock, and Jazz Singing
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Jan B. December 30, 2014
· Singing · In studio
Anthony created such an inviting, safe atmosphere that being coached on my audition material and taping my audition for this New York based tour was actually a blast! Because I was so relaxed and in such safe professional hands I was able to do my very best! Every step was attended to with such care and detail! He is amazing!
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Amanda M. March 4, 2014
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The Best of the Best!

"Anthony is wise beyond his years and working with him is like working with a music veteran. He knows exactly how to help his students work through trouble areas and does so with ease. He communicates in a way that helps students reach their immediate goal and apply this knowledge to all of his/her future work. His love of music and theatre, professionalism, and passion for teaching complete the package of this truly inspiring individual."
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Gary B. March 4, 2014
· Singing ·
An Excellent Vocal Coach

"Over the years that I have known him, Anthony has developed into a fine vocal coach and teacher. He has proven to be able to apply the information that he has learned from his own studies to help his students grow as stronger performers."
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Anthony F.

Anthony F.

Tustin, CA 92780
(6)
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$45 / 30-min

About Patricia S.

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Laguna Hills, CA

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First you find your voice, then you discover your style.

Finding your voice means learning how to operate it in an efficient and effective way, without affecting it with style from the outside.

First lessons have to do with learning about and coordinating releasing a free tone, breathing, supporting and understanding how your specific voice works.

Second lessons have to do with putting all of that together and expanding on it to produce pleasing and healthy sounds from top to bottom, bottom to the top, and every note in-between.

And, of course, along the way we apply all of that new knowledge, skill and training to songs.

Advanced students keep your technique in good shape, enhance your existing technique and further hone style and presentation.

Performance. Technique. Traditional, conventional training.

Exam and evaluation opportunities for interested school-aged singers. MTAC Certificate of Merit, Royal Conservatory Music Development Program, others.

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About Patricia
I teach voice technique - how to get the most from your voice with no strain. And I also teach piano. Students and parents of students who expect intelligent, formal, conventional vocal or piano lessons taught by a seasoned, congenial and caring teacher will enjoy working with me.

And with more than 10 years Meisner-based acting training (Charles Conrad Studio and Steve Eastin Studio) and performing in film, TV, onstage and doing professional voiceover work, I am amply equipped to coach actors in your craft.

The more you put into your lessons, the more you get back from me. I love teach
ing those individuals who have a passion for their music.

I've taught privately and in public and private schools and in college and conservatory settings, vocal directed and musical directed musical theatre productions and directed choirs since 1975. I've taught for the Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA), and I currently teach voice and piano for the Music Conservatory at Mission Viejo Christian Church.

My professional background includes chorus work with Los Angeles Music Center Opera, with Orange County’s Opera Pacific and with the Los Angeles Master Chorale. I'm a San Mateo County Vocal Competition prize winner, and former staff soloist for the televised Crystal Cathedral Hour of Power Choir and the pre-recorded annual Glories of Christmas and Easter.

I've sung pop and rock, classical and religious background music, recording in various studios, including Hollywood's Capital Records, and performing in live venues large and small.

I honed my skills with a number of exceptional musicians including, most notably, Natalie Limonick (formerly general director of the USC Opera Program, director of the UCLA Opera Workshop and Opera Guild of Southern California President), Esther Andreas (Metropolitan Opera), Naomi Farr (New York City Opera), Nina Hinson (San Francisco Opera), Marion Cooper, Dietrich Erbelding, Charles Ross Perlee (conductor, San Francisco Opera and Bremen Opera), and several other respected teachers and coaches.

I'm a member of a number of professional organizations, including the Music Teachers Association of California, Music Teachers National Association, and the California Association of Professional Music Teachers. And I'm a Founding Teacher for the Music Development Program of the Royal Conservatory of Music.

I've been awarded an Emmy® for writing, I'm a former TV Arts & Entertainment news host and producer, NPR radio station affiliate host, and a former columnist for The Los Angeles Daily News. I'm a working spoken voice-over talent and an active member of SAG-AFTRA and AGMA.

Affiliations: SAG-AFTRA, AGMA, MTAC, MTNA, CAPMT

♫♫♫ Read me on the TakeLessons.com Blog! ♫♫♫

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Marissa J Hoffman May 20, 2016
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
Patricia is the teacher you need if you are serious about taking your singing to the next level. Her classes are challenging but she is patient. With each of her classes I learn valuable skills and techniques that I will use forever. She is truly a pro at what she does. Plus, she's fun! I couldn't imagine a better vocal coach.
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Nathan Urone November 20, 2015
· Singing · In studio
Patricia has not only trained my daughter to sing correctly and read music wnderfully, she has also developed a strong relationship with her and given her self confidence and a love of music in general.
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Roland Henderson November 19, 2015
· Singing · In studio
A little over a year ago I decided to take singing lessons. I scoured the internet and Yelp. It became apparent that I should try with Patricia Shanks. From my initial evaluation to the present day I am happy to say I made the right choice. On two counts. One, Patricia is long on substance and understands her craft at the highest possible level. She knows what she's doing. Count two, she blends into her approach a high level of compassion and just plain old down-to-earth care & concern for your best result and happiness and success. She immediately made feel comfortable and "accepted". And genuinely so. I have grown in the abundance of her able guidance. In this day and age of quick fixes and minimal effort it is refreshing to have someone performing her tasks as she does. You will NOT be disappointed. She is, in every sense of the word "Perfect".
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Patricia S.

Patricia S.

Laguna Hills, CA 92653
(10)
starting at
$45 / 30-min

About Patrick K.

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Orange, CA

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Allow me to help you get the voice of your dreams! You know, the one you have always known that you have deep down inside. It is my firm belief that everyone has a beautiful and unique voice to share with the world and most people have to work hard for it. That is where I come in! Hard work will turn into a fun and an adventurous experience of growth and excitement, I guarantee!

About Patrick
Hello and welcome to my profile! My name is Patrick and I look forward to working with you soon. I have been working with students of all age ranges, learning styles, and ambitions for over 5 years and I specialize in individualizing my teaching approach based on YOUR specific needs and desires. My ultimate goal as a teacher is to change peoples lives profoundly through music.

A little bit about me:
I am a classically trained musician who has studied at CSUF and performs Classical, Jazz, Popular, Musical theater, and Opera. I have performed in venues like the Hollywood Bowl, Segerstrom ha
ll, Walt Disney concert hall and many more with artists like Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, John Williams, the LA philharmonic orchestra, and the Pacific Symphony, among others.
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Mari January 3, 2017
· Piano · In home
We love Patrick! And so do our girls!!!
He is very patient with them and finds creative ways to keep them engaged :)
The best part is that with only few lessons, our oldest daughter (7 years old) was able to perform jingle bells in front of the entire family on Christmas Eve. :)
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Michael F. January 3, 2017
Verified Student · Singing · In home
My 7 year old warmed to Patrick right away. He is very kind and encouraging. She felt confident enough to sing 2 songs for the family at Christmas. He is also accommodating considering schedule changes which often happen.
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Pamela January 3, 2017
Verified Student · Piano · In home
My son is only 5 and is just beginning piano lessons. Patrick is extremely encouraging and very patient with such a young student!
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Patrick K.

Patrick K.

Orange, CA 92866
(17)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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