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Favorite Venues for Singing Performances in Los Angeles

By Noah W. - Los Angeles Voice Teacher

For those of us that live in Los Angeles, we are lucky to have an almost endless repository of great musical performances of all kinds happening all over town. As one of the major artistic centers of the US, our city boasts the highest caliber of performing artists in all genres. The artists may reside locally or they may be visiting from anywhere else in the world, but rest assured that any given evening there is an excellent vocal performance going on somewhere in Los Angeles. Whether you are a beginner taking singing lessons in Los Angeles or simply looking for a place to hear some good music, the following venues are a few of my favorite places to go for a variety of vocal performances.

First and foremost, one of the best places to see great vocal performances in the city is also one of the
most visually striking buildings in the world: Disney Hall. Designed by Frank Gehry and home to the LA Philharmonic, there are many concerts of all types held every season at Disney Hall, and one can always be assured that the performances will be of the highest caliber. It is well worth any music fan’s time to take a look at what concerts are available to attend each season at Disney Hall.

For the greatest rock concerts in the world, look no further than The Greek Theater, majestically located in Griffith Park. The calendar at the Greek reads like a veritable who's who of great artists, both past and present. Any style of vocal performance can be expected to be seen at the Greek. Similar to the Greek is the Hollywood Bowl, an acoustically amazing outdoor amphitheater situated at the foot of the Hollywood Hills. Again, one can expect to hear the finest singing performances in the world, from rock to jazz to world to Broadway - the Hollywood Bowl is another venue that has it all.

However, L.A. doesn't only offer the biggest acts in the world; it also has a thriving community of local musicians that perform nightly in smaller venues - much smaller. One of my favorite places to go for great vocal performances is The Dresden, an old Hollywood throwback that features the legendary Marty and Elayne on a nightly basis. Marty and Elayne have been performing their unique style of lounge music for 30 years. Their covers range throughout popular music history, from old show tunes to radio hits by artists like the Bee Gees and Stevie Wonder. There are also a large number of guest vocalists that sing with them, augmenting their familiar sound with a new musical flavor nearly every time they perform.

Whatever the flavor of vocal performance that you can imagine, LA has it all. If you are taking singing lessons in Los Angeles, go ahead and see for yourself - you'll be glad you did.
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Lauren B. Los Angeles, CA

About Lauren Elizabeth

Singing is my passion! I started singing at 6 years old and never stopped performing in front of crowds. I took my own voice lessons throughout child hood and became more serious once I was in high school. I was in various bands and asked to sing at various events. I graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, and received a Bachelor of Music in Professional Music with focus on vocal performance and music business. I've been teaching voice for a cumulative of five years. *** Lesson Details *** As a private voice teacher, I strive to cater the lesson to the student’s goals while making it fun and enjoyable throughout the lesson time. My goal is to build confidence in their abilities and help them grow as vocalists. I have had many students who want to learn to ...

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Jamie A. April 22, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
I always leave my lesson in a good mood!

I've taken voice lessons with Lauren for over a year now and have really seen an improvement in my voice. I've taken voice lessons for the past 10+ years and Lauren's approach to teaching is one of the best I've experienced. She explains exercises and techniques in a way that makes sense and if I don't understand it the first time she finds another way to explain it visually or metaphorically. Lauren adapts the lesson to what I need each week. She knows which exercises to do with me to prepare my voice for the song I'm singing. She is able to sense when my voice needs a rest or when she can push me to work harder. I get to choose the songs I sing, but Lauren also helps me find songs or decide which song is the best challenge for me. I highly recommend Lauren as a teacher!
Alex V. Los Angeles, CA

Find your true voice and vocal confidence, build your technique and repertoire, record your voice and make a YouTube video with pro experienced vocal coach, M.A. All styles, levels. 45 min minimum.

About Alex

COMPLETE VOICE TRAINING, EASY PIANO & SONG-WRITING. All styles & levels. Progressive Euro-American method. 20 years of teaching experience in Europe and USA. Hi-tech studio: arrangements, recordings, YT videos. If your dream is to become the best singer, pianist or song-writer you could possibly be, then you have found the right teacher. In more than 30 years Maestro Alex has helped hundreds of aspiring singers, pianists and song-writers to find their place in the music world, and enrich their lives with a greater love for music. Alex received Master of Arts from the State Music Academy of Latvia (USSR), and for many years worked at the State University of Latvia, Los Angeles High-School of Arts and California State University of LA, and privately, as well. Alex is a ...

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Jacci February 26, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Alex is the fifth instructor I've worked with from Take Lesson and the first man all the teacher were good but for me Alex is great! Caring, Focused, Honest, wants you to be the best you can be! Sincerely ~jacci
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Jesse S. February 16, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Alex has been a huge help to me in both learning to sing and being a better person. He really takes the time to get to know and understand each student's unique goals and needs and then makes a space for creativity and art to grow.
He is also a true expert in music and his years of experience and schooling really shines through. He can pick up any song or musical style immediately and work with you on the type of music you find interesting.
I came in as a beginner and now have an ability to sing and use my voice that I really didn't expect. Highly recommended for students of music of all levels.
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Sindri G. January 22, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Alex is great! I love coming to my lessons!
Tanisha H. Los Angeles, CA

Overall basic vocal technique, vocal placement, harmony, ear training.

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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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!
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Dania S. September 4, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
For the past 6 months I have taken voice lessons with Tanisha. She has a very warm personality that makes you feel instantly comfortable and at ease. She is passionate about teaching and also tailors the lessons to who you are as an individual so that she can help to extract the very best out of you as a student. She is encouraging and never judgmental and meets you right where you are at. Most of all, she has abounding patience. I have seen an overall improvement in my vocal ability and can now sing in a range that I thought was impossible for me.
Crystal S. Los Angeles, CA

A lifelong professional vocalist, Crystal helps her students to free their own individual voice and sing like they were meant to.

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,
Michael Zhitnitsky
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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

Over 5+ years of experience in teaching contemporary vocal. Specialized in: Vocal Techniques, Trouble Shoot Bad Singing Habits, Vocal Interpretation, and Stage Performance.

Curriculum including(but not limited to) methods used in Musicians Institute, Hollywood, one of the top contemporary music colleges in the world. The goal of the class is to help students reach their best potential in singing and to gain self confidence. Class is always fun, interactive, and encouraging. It's never too early or too late to start singing, the right way!

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!

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