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Tanisha H. Los Angeles, CA

Basic music theory as well as Jazz theory.

About Tanisha

Tanisha is a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music's Vocal and Music Business programs. Since arriving to Los Angeles, Tanisha has built a solid career providing artist development services to professional entertainers, recording artists and actors. Her services include vocal coaching, piano lessons, music theory, songwriting, performance development, media and stage training. Tanisha is also an accomplished songwriter. She is currently co-writing an upcoming project with platinum selling recording artist Shanice Wilson. In addition to teaching music, Tanisha has enjoyed a successful career in the entertainment industry working with top tier performers such as Chaka Khan, The Black Eyed Peas, Montell Jordan and Babyface to name a few. Accompanying her is a staff of ...

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Laura S. April 22, 2015
Singing · Online
Verified Student
I came in with a song I'm trying to learn for a chorus and Tanisha jumped right in on the first lesson with some amazing and specific instruction. Can't wait until my next lesson!
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sheri H. January 27, 2015
Singing · Online
Verified Student
The best vocal coach my daughter has ever had. Very sweet, and knowledgeable of music and vocal training.
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Laurie A. October 13, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I'm a 55 yr old female that hasn't taken voice lessons in the last 20+ years. From that time until recently I would just do karaoke off and on. I started taking lessons with Tanisha about seven months ago. She is the absolute best thing that has ever happened to my voice. Initially I just wanted to learn how to use my "alto" voice more effectively. I avoided singing soprano songs because it was very uncomfortable and it didn't sound right to me. But to my surprise Tanisha convinced me that I am in deed a first soprano. She started working with me on my singing with much attention on my upper range. Thanks to Tanisha, for the first time in my life I have started feeling like a real singer! She has truly taken me places vocally that I could have only dreamed of going. Even when I sing lower it sounds tons better. I practice consistently because I'm so excited about all of the progress I have made in just a seven month period. And I am just blown away that I have those high notes now! When it comes to the voice Tanisha is definitely a miracle worker! On top of that she has this bubbly personality and from the day that I met her I felt like I've been knowing her for years. She's like a new best friend!
Crystal S. Los Angeles, CA

Theory is taught to piano, voice, songwriting and general music students.

About Crystal

Crystal brings a lifetime’s experience of professional musicianship to each of her lessons. Born into a family of musicians, she sang her first solo at age 2. She also benefits her students with an extraordinarily diverse musical background, having worked as a vocalist in gospel, country, musical theater, jazz, classical, rock, pop and soul styles. Her performing career has taken her from L.A. church meetings to London’s Houses of Parliament. Crystal hails originally from Los Angeles, CA - where her musical parents gave her a head start by including her in the family business the moment she was able to contribute. She went on to study classical voice, piano and music theory at The Boston Conservatory of Music. After concluding her studies in London, she returned home and began working ...

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Tamura H. September 29, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Amazing singng instructor

Crystal has increased my daughter’s self-esteem and expressiveness through song. My daughter is now writing her own poetry and song lyrics, as well as being able to combat her once shyness quality. She loves to perform in front of others now and has a confidence level that amazes me, especially now that she is going into those “teen” years. I think a lot of thanks needs to go to Crystal, for assisting my daughter in reaching her current creative level!
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Tamura H. September 29, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Great piano instructor

Crystal is an amazing piano instructor. She is patient, understanding and dedicated. My daughter has learned so much from her. My daughter’s love for music has increased immensely since learning how to play the piano. This would never have been able to be accomplished without Crystal’s professional and caring teaching style.
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Stacey N. February 13, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Wonderful person and excellent instruction

I have been taking lessons from Crystal for a few months now. I took lessons from others before I moved to the area, and I have had multiple new breakthroughs with Crystal. She is great at finding the language that allows me to understand adjustments, and is very patient and understanding. I was at ease from the first moment I met her. I highly recommend her to other adults looking to get into singing of any kind!
Seth D. Inglewood, CA

I have been teaching over sixteen years.

I tailor each individual lesson to that persons goals, needs, wants, and styles.

My goal is to learn music the fun way. Along the way we'll learn theory, chords, scales, ear training, composition, reading music, tempo etc

About Seth

Seth is available for one on one lessons on Saxophone, Clarinet, Piano, Guitar, Vocals and Music Theory. Available to all styles, ages and levels in your home or mine in Los Angeles, CA. Lessons are tailored to the individual styles and goals. Seth has been teaching for over sixteen years primarily working with children. He has worked with Grammy winning producers, touring musicians, helping them hone up on there music theory, and piano chops. He graduated from the prestigious Lamont School Of Music with a Bachelor’s of Music in music composition. *** Lesson Details *** Lessons are tailored to the individuals styles and goals! I teach all styles with focus on having fun. Theory, Reading Music, Ear Training, Chords etc. *** Travel Equipment *** I don't provide equipment, ...

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Michael Z. February 4, 2015
Singing · Online
I have been using your advice every time I practice. Again, I am extremely grateful for the advice you have given me: I have improved more in these last few days than in the weeks of practicing before our lesson. I was looking for a male vocal coach who had experience, and that is exactly what I needed!

Thank you for your time,
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Michael H. February 4, 2015
Music Recording · In studio
Hey Seth, Thank you so much for the great work you did engineering the recordings for Martini & Olive. We shot the videos today and the tracks were perfect. Had a blast working with you and hope to create more music with you soon. And your Triumph was pretty terrific a well. Cheers

Had a great recording session with Seth this week. He gave us good direction and really finessed our vocals and timing on the final recordings. Thank you Seth!

-Judy of Martini and Olive
Seth worked with us (Martini & Olive) engineering our Medleys — and he was patient inciteful and so helpful — massaging our intricate comedy melodies for our music video. We are a quirky fast funny funky lounge act and he understood our concerns musically and comically. We spent hours with him and he was a joy the entire time. Thanks Seth!
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Kelly Y. February 4, 2015
Piano · In home
Seth is working with my 9 year old and my 6 year old and is just great. He’s the perfect blend of classical and cool, which goes over well with the kids, inspiring a love of music while really learning form and technique. He’s also giving me refresher lessons so it’s good to see him work with all three levels at one time. We highly recommend Seth!
Melody H. Los Angeles, CA

It's important and essential for every music lover to know the theory. Getting familiar with music theory not only helps you learn to sing or play an instrument much faster and earlier, it also expands your overall understanding regarding music and composing music. Lesson includes(but not limited to): Ear Training, Sight Reading, Learning/Identifying Music Notations, Tempo, and Written Exercises. Theory lesson can be combined with singing or piano lesson.

About Melody

Music Genres: Pop, Jazz, Modern Rock, Broadway/Musical. Specialized in: Vocal Warm Ups Vocal Range Development Troubleshoot Problem Areas Mask Resonance Vocal Interpretation Stage Performance Microphone Techniques Lesson Details: A step-by-step instruction to developing vocal technique, geared towards contemporary styles. Exercising, developing, strengthening, and troubleshooting vocal registers. During the 1st lesson there will be an in-depth vocal assessment being conducted to determine the student's strength and trouble areas regarding vocal ranges, vocal tonality, breathing, and posture. Will discuss with the student for his/her goals in terms of singing, then design a personalized training plan to help the student reaching his/her goals. The exercises listed below

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Joao V. November 19, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I had never taken vocal lessons before, but I have always been interested in them. A few months ago, I finally decided to take classes and I signed up with Melody. I was a bit apprehensive because I've never sung for other people, but Melody made me feel comfortable and she was and has been completely supportive. She identifies problem areas like breathing, improper form, or technique and provides constructive criticism. Melody pushed me to hit notes I've never been able to and I've noticed my vocal range expanding and the overall quality and tone of my projection has improved. I’m extremely happy with Melody and highly recommend her to anyone looking to take singing classes.
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Sam C. August 23, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I've always had a passion for singing, yet I had no experience as I believed I had a terrible voice.

That is what was in my mind when I signed up for Melody's vocal lessons. I always thought that a low self esteem beginner like me would be too nervous to sing in front of a professional musician. All of that changed when I stepped into Melody's studio on my first lesson. As soon as I walked through the door, I was greeted with a warm, welcoming smile. Throughout the lesson, Melody was extremely friendly yet very professional. From that point on, I knew I was going to have a great time learning from her.
And I did.
Melody blew me away with her singing; her voice was controlled, professional, and very beautiful. She knew how to effectively convert her skills into lessons, and there was always something new to learn every single week. Techniques such as proper breathing, warm ups, posture, and voice control were some of the many new things I would have never known of without the aid of Melody. She tackled every one of my questions thoroughly and with great detail no matter how dumb I thought my questions were. She carefully observed me every time I sang, and gave me personal tips that would improve my vocals. After just a few lessons, I was able to confidently sing in front of others.

In the end, I have to say goodbye to Melody as I am moving to a different county. I hate having to leave, as Melody was a phenomenal instructor; she set the bar high for anyone else I choose to learn from. I highly recommend her, and encourage anyone who wants to improve their singing to apply for her lessons.
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Haley E. January 8, 2014
Singing
I can finally sing with confidence!

I'm a 29 year old aspiring actress who lives in Hollywood. I've always loved to sing but often felt challenged when singing with my upper register. And because of that I was not comfortable to go to certain auditions that require singing. About 3 months ago I decided to make a change and start taking voice lessons with Melody. Melody was referred by one of my actor friends who also took lessons from her and found helpful. At our first lesson she conducted a thorough vocal assessment and pointed out my trouble area, which is singing with upper register. She also corrected my breathing habits at the spot and we warmed up for 20 mins. Right after the 1st session I could feel the improvement and I was very excited. With the practical techniques Melody teaches me, after only three months I can say that I'm in love with singing, and I'm much more confidant with my voice. Next time I'm definitely gonna take the audition that requires singing!

Melody is very nice and enthusiastic, definitely worth trying!
John E. Los Angeles, CA

Classical harmony/notation, counterpoint, 20th/21st century theory, alternative notation/experimental practices, harmonic analysis, etc.

About John

I've been playing music for over twenty years as a brass player, pianist, guitarist, composer, and electronic musician. I've studied and performed across the country—starting in Seattle, then New York and the northeast, and finally here in Los Angeles. As a performer, I have trained and play extensively on the French horn, trumpet, trombone, piano, and guitar. I perform in a variety of styles—from classical to jazz and pop/rock styles. As a composer and sound designer, I work in a variety of settings, from composing for orchestra, string quartet, percussion, and groups of all shapes and sizes, to designing sound for theater and film. I earned my Bachelor's degree at Bennington College in Vermont and my Master's degree at CalArts. I play all around LA as a freelance orchestral ...

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Christoffer S. August 19, 2014
Composition · In studio
John is a brilliant composer and instrumentalist. I worked with him extensively while studying at CalArts. His musicianship and knowledge of music theory is in depth, and he is easily able to pass this information on to students. I highly recommend him as a teacher to any level of musician.
Drew B. Los Angeles, CA

I can make music theory easy. Whether you want to understand music and your instrument better or if you just need to pass a class, I will get you to your goal.

Having received my degree in Music Theory and Composition from an accredited bachelor of the arts program, I am well versed not only in music theory and its components, but the requirements and needs of theory students in university courses.

I have never had a student leave our class after 3 or more weeks without having a very solid understanding of basic music theory and any complex theory that they are required to know.

I have helped many students who struggling prior to our classes not only pass their classes, but graduate with high grades and confidence.

About Drew

Your progress and enjoyment is my primary concern. You can be sure that you will progress dramatically if you follow my instructions and practice guidelines. Whether you are a beginning guitar student, a songwriter hoping to enhance their compositions, or a veteran player hoping to hone their skills, I can help you achieve your goals and become the musician you want to be. If you have been wanting to start a band or simply play with friends, I can also teach you the fundamentals to playing in a group. Music is fun; practice should not seem like a chore. I make it manageable for you by breaking down the techniques you need to learn into simple exercises that you can apply to the songs you want to learn. My lessons are 100% customized to your needs and what you are ...

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Ken S. April 25, 2015
Guitar · In studio
I've been playing the same 5 chords forever and when I went electric, I figured it was time to get serious. Taking lessons from Drew has been both revelatory and, most importantly, fun. He breaks down everything into digestible bits so you don't get the typical frustration of not being able to play the 'whole' thing correctly. It's a great approach to learning -- and practicing. As a teacher, Drew is incredibly patient, supportive, and always available to answer questions that come up between sessions. I doubt there's a better instructor out there!
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Michael F. April 23, 2015
Guitar · In studio
If you don't have time to read my whole review here's the executive summary: Drew is a great teacher, he gets you playing during your first lesson and continues to challenge you to learn the songs you want to play. Not only do you learn to play but you learn the how and why behind what you are doing which makes learning on your own substantially easier because you can apply the logic to any song. Before my first lesson with Drew I could only stare at my Strat not knowing what to do with it. Fast forward 6 months of once weekly lessons and I can now comfortably tune my guitar, understand sheet music and tabs, learn new songs on my own and am having a great time learning instead of being frustrated. My only challenge is finding the time to practice in between work and family responsibilities. Having had no prior experience before meeting Drew the first time, playing guitar is no longer a daunting mystery. I highly recommend you take lessons with him.

I'll turn 45 this year, people younger than I have said they feel they are too old to learn to play the guitar, BS, the truth is you're never too old but you'll likely need two things. First you'll need to have the passion to learn and second, you need to have a great teacher and a few helpful tools. I've been a huge U2 fan since high school in the mid-eighties. There's a famous quote from Bob Dylan about The Edge's playing: "Everybody's going to remember your songs, it's just that nobody's gonna be able to play them." I never had any passion to learn the guitar because what I wanted to play was U2 and it seemed out of my reach.

The tools available to a beginner today are amazing; websites with lessons and tips, and learning apps for the iPad really reduce the amount of time it takes to learn. Hardware and software can accurately emulate the tone of vintage guitars and racks of effects. I started with a guitar and an amp but didn't know how to get started learning; with so many resources available where do you start. I decided that I should take lessons to build a solid foundation of not just playing but understanding the guitar and music otherwise just learning to play U2 songs would take a long time and I'd be cornered into one style of playing. I found Drew and arranged to have once weekly lessons.

In our first lesson Drew determined that I really had no experience and so we dove in. We went over some basic chords, reading sheet music, chose a first song to learn and some strumming patterns. Drew makes sure that any questions you have are covered and leaves you with things to focus on during practice the following week. Each subsequent lesson starts with a review of progress; Drew provides constructive feedback and shows you where you are missing or adding something. If you are really stuck on a part you spend a few minutes focused on that to get past it. Drew is sharp and can quickly determine if the issue is mental (the brain is over thinking) or physical (the fingers or muscles aren't trained) and explains how to overcome the issue based on that. Within a couple of months I gained enough confidence to start learning short riffs of songs (The Police, U2 and others) that I like on my own. The first time I decided to share something I was working on with Drew I wasn't totally sure if he would encourage it or advise me to stay focused on what we were learning. He was pleased to see that I was taking my own initiative to learn new things and we spent a few minutes reviewing and discussing how to improve what I was learning, awesome!

As I stated before, my biggest challenge is finding time to practice, but with Drew's instruction and as much practice as I can fit in my progress has been noticeable. I have a long term goal of being a good guitar player; Drew has been an amazing force behind helping me see that I can achieve my goal.
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Raymond I. April 23, 2015
Guitar · In studio
I started lessons from Drew a few years ago, and in a short amount of time I've gone from being musically challenged to an aspiring guitarist! Drew is a very chill guy with a great teaching style who's very passionate about what he does.

He works with me when he plans my lesson. He is always prepared and always have material for me to work on during the lesson and on my own. He makes it very clear that he wants me to work on the things I want to accomplish so that I can enjoy the guitar. He sees my potential even when I am frustrated, and pushes me through without being offensive.

In my first lesson, he started me off with simple chords and rhythm, and by the very next lesson I was able to start working on a song that I love.

He preaches that I need to practice on my own if I want to get better. At first I didn't listen, and it was like throwing money away. But after putting in the effort to practice on my own, I actually got better and Drew was able to go further and showed me techniques to go beyond what's written on the music sheets.

Bottom line: If you are serious about learning guitar and willing to put in the time and effort, Drew is the guy to get you there.

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