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LeAnna S.

Los Angeles, CA

Speaking Voice lessons are great for people looking to improve their voice to project in front of an audience or for actors seeking to find greater expression, range and dynamic in their voice. I work on basic breathing techniques, projection, diction and expression in pitch and speech. I also incorporate positive imagery into my exercises to improve presenting in front of people.

Lessons times:
In home lessons (at students home)
45 mins
60 mins
*Please note I do not do 30 mins due to cost of commute. If you are within a mile of my residency, it is possible. Please email to discuss. Thank you.

In studio lessons (at my private residence)
30 mins
45 mins
60 mins

About LeAnna

Hello, welcome to my profile and thank you for taking the time to check it out. I am happy to introduce myself to you and share that teaching the performing arts is one of the greatest joys of my life.

I am a performing artist and teacher in Los Angeles, teaching a variety of classes from music, dance and theatre. I graduated from San Francisco State University in 2009 where I received a BA in Classical Music, a BA in Dance with a focus in choreography, and a minor in Multi-Cultural Theatre. I have such a strong, well-rounded background in many styles because I value creative explorati
on.
As a vocalist, I studied classical voice since I was 16 years old, trained at SFSU and La Universidad de Catolica in Santiago, Chile and consider that as strong foundation, but always explored other styles. I loved singing with the SFSU Gospel Choir and the SFSU Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble, playing a mix of Latin folkloric music, Salsa and jazz. Currently I am focused on musical theatre and my own compositions. As a pianist, I began playing piano when I was 7 years old and basically self taught. I received more formal training at SFSU and in music education classes, yet I credit my skills more to my own exploration. I approach my lessons with more creativity and patience, allowing students to discover how they best learn music. I consider the same with trombone. I feel in love with it one day hearing Dixieland jazz when I was 16 and haven’t stopped playing since.

I have been teaching private and group piano, trombone, voice, theatre and dance lessons for the past 8 years. I have taught from my private home studio, private music studios, community centers and public and private schools. I have worked with children as young as 5 years to adults in their 60s. I have also worked in after school programs for many years and supervised and designed music, dance and musical theatre programs for children K-8th.

*** Lesson Details ***
Considering taking lessons with me? Great!

I am very insightful, sensitive, flexible, patient and focused. I like to have fun with lessons and I laugh a lot. Joy is key and I enjoy seeing my students learn and improve. With my training as a musician, I always make sure that there is good technique and good practice habits. I wouldn't consider myself totally laid back because I do expect students to practice, (otherwise, how do you expect to get better?) yet my expectations depend on the personal goals and level of the students. I am here to teach you what YOU want to learn and tailor my lessons to that. This includes teaching whatever style you want to learn, be it pop, classical, musical theatre or R&B. It's all good to me.
As for the lessons, I start with fundamental techniques that are then later applied to songs. My intention is to assist students in reaching their personal music goals, which could range from wanting to feel good about their voice to preparing for a talent show or professional audition. I always encourage students to learn how to read music and basic theory as well performance techniques.

Lessons times:
In home lessons (at students home)
45 mins
60 mins
*Please note I do not do 30 mins due to cost of commute. If you are within a mile of my residency, it is possible. Please email to discuss. Thank you.

In studio lessons (at my private residence)
30 mins
45 mins
60 mins

How I structure lessons:

Voice
1) body awareness and warm-ups
2) breathing exercises
3) vocalizes
4) focus on one or two vocal techniques for the lesson
5) ear training with solfeggio
6) song and performance

Piano
1) body awareness and warm-ups (especially hands)
2) finger coordination exercises
3) scales and arpeggios
4) ear training with solfeggio
5) improvisation
6) song and performance

Trombone
1) body awareness and posture
2) breathing exercises and warm-ups
3) scales, slides and arpeggios
4) ear training with solfeggio
5) song and performance

Dance
(depending on style)
1) warm-ups and isolations
2) dance material

STYLES
Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Cha Cha, Waltz, East Coast Swing

*** Studio Equipment ***
electric piano and trombone
wood floors for dance

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring a small keyboard for vocal students with no piano, though I'd prefer if students have their own keyboard. Please email if you need information on purchasing a keyboard.

Students are expected to purchase all necessary books and sheet music.

*** Specialties ***
beginners (piano, trombone and voice)
intermediate and advanced voice

Thank you for taking the time to check out my profile. I look forward to working with you on reaching your goals!
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Katrina A. March 14, 2016
Dance · In home
Verified Student
We've had two lessons so far and my father and I really enjoy our time with LeAnna. She is perfect for anyone looking for a professional, caring and accommodating instructor. My father recently injured his back and LeAnna has been able to customize a fun and enjoyable dance for my upcoming wedding. Thank you! ☺️
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Sylvia G. March 7, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
LeAnna is an amazing teacher and she has helped me improve very much in only a few sessions. She is helping me prepare for a specific auditon and was able to help me pick a beautiful song to sing. LeAnna is very nice and easy to work with. She not only explains proper singing technique, but also how to achieve proper technique physically.
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erin T. November 30, 2015
Dance · In home
Verified Student
So warm and lovely, she really helped us with the first dance for our wedding!
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LeAnna S.

LeAnna S.

Los Angeles, CA 90018
(8)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Tanisha H.

Los Angeles, CA

Overall basic vocal technique, projection, vocal preservation, enunciation

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 a regular co-writer with platinum selling recording artist Shanice Wilson of "Flex and Shanice" on OWN. Tanisha also works closely with casting and produc
ers of the major network talent competitions The Voice, America's Got Talent and American Idol. Additionally, many of our clients can been seen and heard

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 accomplished performers and teachers who have credits throughout the entertainment industry. At the WHAA, her performing arts academy, she offers a conservatory-level curriculum focusing on the fundamental skills of technique, composition, artistry and performance in music, dance, drama and visual arts.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a very fun loving person and believe in creating a positive environment where students feel comfortable to be themselves. At the same time I am a stickler for details and do not allow laziness. I believe a balance of fun with excellence has allowed my students to excel far beyond their own expectations. Good results takes HARD WORK! Please do not come to lessons with the expectation to sing like Beyoncé or play piano at Carnegie Hall after 4 lessons. Mastering your voice and instrument takes equal parts of time, hard work, dedication and patience.

My teaching style is individually based.
For vocal clients, I asses their strengths and weaknesses and develop a plan to build up their weak areas while helping them find "their own voice". I focus on breathing, intonation and control which I believe are the foundation of great singing ability. I use a classical Italian based program along with pop, R&B, jazz, and rock. I have vocal coached in many languages including Spanish, Japanese and Chinese.

For piano clients I focus on strength, dexterity and precision in fingering. I also help students learn to feel the music and bring their personality and touch to each piece they are performing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Tanisha currently teaches at her performing arts academy the White H Arts Academy. There are private instruction rooms and a lobby waiting area for parents and guests. Parents may also sit in the lesson room if desired. Private lesson rooms include a piano, speakers, and a music stand.

The White H Arts Academy also has two state of the art mirrored dance rooms with sound systems and wireless microphones for practicing stage performances or rehearsing for a big show.

*** Specialties ***
Vocals: beg to adv
Piano: beg to inter

Vocal genres are classical (opera), pop, R&B, gospel, rock, jazz, blues and musical theater. I studied voice at Berklee College of Music. Have also studied Seth Riggs SLS (Speech Level Singing) method independently, however, I am not certified. I also teach in languages other than English including Spanish, Japanese and Chinese.

Piano instruction levels I teach are basic to intermediary focusing on classical, and general accompaniment abilities.
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Terry J. June 22, 2016
Vocal Training · Online
Verified Student
Just had my first lesson with Tanisha and it was pretty awesome. She's warm, personable, knowledgeable with a high level of professional. Definitely one of the best I've ever had!
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Bray K. June 22, 2016
Singing · Online
Verified Student
Mrs. Tanisha is the best instructor ever!!!! I love taking lessons from her!
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Lakiesha June 18, 2016
Singing · Online
Verified Student
First lesson was amazing. After reading the reviews, I thought she just sounded to good to be true, but her reviews were right on the money. She made me feel comfortable by getting to know who I was as a person not just a paycheck. The little nerves I did have melated away with the little accolades I received for time to time trying to sing. I plan on stick with her for a while, maybe even after I achieve my main goal. I'm definitely not a singer but with her, I think I can get somewhere.
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Tanisha H.

Tanisha H.

Los Angeles, CA 90043
(105)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Crystal S.

Los Angeles, CA

Trained in speech and phonetics at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (London), Crystal supports actors, public speakers and anyone else who wishes to sound better.

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 regularly as a theater performer, appearing in twenty world premiers and re-imagined classics. Most notably she played the lead role of Keely Smith in the big band jazz musical “Louis and Keely: Live At The Sahara” during its eight-month run at Westwood’s Geffen Playhouse. She also formed her own rock band, The Honeysuckle Jones Revival, with whom she performed her own songs all over Los Angeles. And she began working as a studio session vocalist, providing demo vocals for other songwriters, as well as arranging and performing back-up vocals for original artists, including Laura Roppe (currently in the Top Ten on Billboard’s Uncharted list of emerging artists.) Crystal played the lead role of Brooke in the new operatic rock musical “The Burning Opera LA” during its Los Angeles run in 2011 as well as providing ensemble vocals and playing piano and bass. She also performs holiday tunes from the Golden Age of American songwriting with musical quartet The Sleigh Belles.

Crystal believes that music is serious business but that it should be fun. She encourages her students to play music they love, as well as expanding their musical knowledge. She is a firm believer in basics first and emphasizes theory and technique as the tools to support creativity and provide freedom, power and control. She believes effort beats talent every time and the student who practices consistently will see results, whatever their level of ability. Most of all, she believes we were all born to make music.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lesson structure varies depending on the student's instrument, age, level of experience and musical style. However, all lessons focus on:

Technique
Music theory
Performance style

After 3 or 6 months of consistent lesson attendance and practice, students will have a clear understanding of how their instrument works and how to care for it. They will be able to read basic music notation. They will be working toward clearly defined musical goals and they will have at least three performance pieces learned.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Loft Space: full size electric piano with weighted keys, small digital recorder, microphone, Garage Band, parents can sit in on lessons

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring a small keyboard for vocal students with no piano, karaoke tracks and a digital recorder. I also bring a selection of games. Students are expected to purchase all necessary books and sheet music.

*** Specialties ***
Young beginners (piano)
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Raylene L Lehnhoff November 11, 2015
Singing · Online
Verified Student
Love how she teaches the mechanics of learning to sing properly such as breathing correctly and posture right from the start for a beginner. Fantastic instructor!
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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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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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Crystal S.

Crystal S.

Los Angeles, CA 90012
(7)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Tanya A.

Los Angeles, CA

20 years experience.

About Tanya

I have taught all ages, K-12 as well as adults into their 80's.
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Valentina Q. July 2, 2016
Hip Hop Dance · In home
Verified Student
She is very good we love hear
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Eric S. July 29, 2015
In home
Verified Student
Tanya has a special gift for teaching dance. She really understands all of the elements that go into a properly executed dance move, and more importantly, she really knows how to explain those elements in an approachable manner. I will definitely be purchasing additional lessons with Tanya.
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Toka M. June 13, 2014
Verified Student
I wish I could've kept going with you but I have money circumstances.
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Tanya A.

Tanya A.

Los Angeles, CA 90036
(3)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Alexandra W.

Los Angeles, CA

As a voice and speech instructor, my course work focuses on alignment, posture, breath, resonance, projection, and speech. I believe that voice work is the link between inspiration and performance, so I come at my voice work with a very physical, emotional technique.

About Alexandra

Alexandra has a BA from the University of Southern California (Recipient of Doolittle Award: Outstanding Female Performer of graduating class) and an MFA from the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. Acting has taken her to Paris, London, and Moscow and has given her the opportunity to work with exceptional artists, such as Neil Patrick Harris, Neil Gaiman, Scott Zigler, and Kevin Bright. She coaches students privately and is currently teaching at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and The
New York Film Academy. She is also a monthly column contributor to the popular online arts magazine, Bleep.
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Jørgen June 23, 2016
Writing · Online
Verified Student
Quick and precise hints for better writing. We made a great plan for future lessons. Alexandra doesn't waste words, but uses the available time optimal.
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Jennie B. April 21, 2016
Acting · In home
Verified Student
Alexandra is fantastic! Super personal, gifted and able to teach her acting skills very well and easy to work with!!! We love her!!
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Robert Melendez March 31, 2016
Speaking Voice · Online
Verified Student
Very knowledgeable!
Cares about the learning of her students!
A++!
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Alexandra W.

Alexandra W.

Los Angeles, CA 90036
(15)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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