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About James W.

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Palm Coast, FL

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How to move with confidence and poise, Think on your feet~ unleash a barrage of one liners and "be on a roll". Enjoy your 15 minutes of fame or be a trouper who makes a living at Improv.

About James
New 6 Month and One Year Courses Taught: 1. Radio Introduction Personality Broadcasting. 2. Guitar Studies Advanced 3. Music Industry 4. Advanced Composition 5. Sound Design 6. Abelton LIVE 7. Premix Setup and Post Production
8. PR and Promotions Business
Background:
I worked for Eddie Van Halen for five years in the 1990's in the Beverly Hills area of Los Angeles and was instrumental in providing help with development of the Peavey Wolfgang and Wolfgang Special Guitar by providing feedback on the prototypes Eddie was designing at the time. I learned a lot from Eddie and his brother Alex about music and the music industry. (All you have to do is pay attention! ) I have played in bands from Hollywood to Toronto and back both as a singer songwriter and guitarist. I bring the Musicians Institute way to the table and get things up and ru
nning quickly. I help students get it under their fingers fast and get it right the first time.

I believe in sharing the happiness of making music with anyone who loves music and the guitar in particular. I do my very best to get you playing the songs you love in Pop, Rock, Jazz and Folk Music of your choice. Today's modern new guitars are easy to play and you will enjoy learning Guitar right away. That is how it should be.
When you study there is a basic understanding of Guitar to be learned that allows an ease of use for anyone for years to come. This will help you reach your goal and improve each week. My students learn to practice in a way that feels comfortable and makes sense. This takes all the stress out of learning and gives everyone something to smile about and look forward to each week.

The good feeling of playing along with friends and taking a solo is within every students grasp. I will show you the way there. And with a solid and straightforward approach to the theory as it applies directly to the guitar you will feel confident and unafraid of any music endeavor. We'll cover harmony and fingerboard theory and give you a road map of the guitar neck that makes it a pleasure to play. You learn the basics and much more than you thought possible retaining 90 percent of what you learn!

Having been a student myself I was deeply involved in music since age 12 and played in bands and duos for over 15 years . I can help you to be a well rounded player and performer with a smile, a laugh and a joy for music whether your in a band or a budding solo artist.

*** Lesson Details ***
Most students want to play the Guitar to play their favorite songs and I'm the same way. Music is something we carry with us in our hearts and minds. Students will learn what they wish to learn and work at a pace that is comfortable to them. Whether you are a student, “weekend warrior” or a parent whose child has expressed an interest in Guitar anyone can learn all there is to know about Harmony and Theory for the Guitar and how to play their favorite songs.

We cover theory in an easy and straightforward no nonsense way in the first half of each lesson and then apply it to the song you wish to learn. This creates an atmosphere where you understand and feel at home with the Guitar. You get an understanding right away and because it is immediately fun it allows you to feel comfortable at any level. Music is fun, and songs are the creative expression of what we feel. Combining theory and the freedom to play and sing songs allows us to express ourselves through music. 
After 6 months students will have a solid foundation in theory, and a road map of the guitar fretboard enabling them to advance to an intermediate level if they are ready to do so. Students will know enough that music as it relates to the Guitar, which is the world’s most popular instrument in contemporary music, is not a mystery but is a welcome friend. And they will be able to play songs by popular artists and advance at a pace that is satisfying and enjoyable.
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Student Comments:
What Students Are Saying About ~ James Teaching Style

“James’ patience, knowledge and under-standing made learning guitar fun. I like the lessons. He cares.”
--Rebecca L., guitar
student, Venice Beach, CA 2003

“James taught me to
play pop and rock, and
introduced me to
fingerstyle guitar. I love it!”
--Joseph E., guitar student, Vancouver, BC 2006

“I studied guitar privately with James in 2010. His style of teaching helped me to get
past my blocks. He opened new doors for me. Thanks!”
--Daniel S., guitar
student, Los Angeles, CA 2010
""James is a trustworthy man, great with answering back right away. Always ready to help with new members. I would definitely recommend him." ~ PJ Stover of PJ Stover Voices; Independent Film & Recording voice-over artist
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What James spouse says about working on songwriting with him:

"James is my husband for over 10 years now. Over the years, I have seen James give guidance and counsel to many hopeful musicians of all ages, and inspire others about how music influences and benefits our lives. I would highly recommend James to anyone who wants to learn guitar, voice, music theory, and acting. James is a great talent, and study with him would benefit anyone with the sincere desire to grow as an artist. When we married, I had fallen in love with James’ conversational style, and his vast knowledge of music. When I heard him play guitar, I knew that I wanted to write songs with him, and we released our first album, in 2012 on iTunes."

Regards,
Keri W.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Ovation Glen Campbell Artist Acoustic Electric Guitar, Ovation Pacemaker 12 string Guitar, Ibanez PF 5 Acoustic Electric Guitar, Fender Telecaster 6 string Electric Guitar. Korg Mini Pandora III Amplifier/Studio EFX, Toshiba Laptop Satelite Pro with PreSonus Studio One Artist Software, PreSonusUSB Audiobox, HD7 Studio Monitor Headphones, M7 Condenser Mic, PreSonus Studio Producer software with SoundCloud integration, iBook G4 with Garageband 3 and iLife Studio. Godin Summit CT Electric Guitar is the guitar I now endorse exclusively !

*** Travel Equipment ***
Lesson Plans, Godin Summit CT Guitar, Fender and Ovation Guitars, Tuner, Android Smartphone and apps, iPads, Korg Mini Pandora Amp, Toshiba Satelite Pro Laptop. Android LG Smartphone with Tuners, Voice Recorder, and Metronome and Chord Reference Guide, and Guitar Tuner, iPod Touch Pro Studio.

*** Specialties ***
Songs in the following styles: Pop, Rock and Modern Country Music. Also Composition Analysis while learning the song.
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Sarah B. July 6, 2018
· Acting · In home
James is a great teacher. He showed me a lot on my first day
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Adam May 23, 2018
· Singing · Online
Good at explaining and making sure I understand every concept i need to super well. Seems like he wants the best for me, which is a very important quality in any type of coach.
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Paula D. March 12, 2018
· Method Acting · Online
James gave me some very important information about how to act well. He suggested I audition for a play, which I am planning to do, and he gave me some good professional and vocational tips, James is also very compassionate and funny. Definitely several points above average!
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About David T.

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Sterling Heights, MI

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Working in the entertainment industry for over 20 years has given me unique opportunities to work with hundreds of actors, casting directors and actors of all ages.
I have worked in feature films, indies ,television and theater.
As an Acting coach I will assist you with memorization, body movement, character development audition techniques and achieving your own unique acting style.
Marketing yourself as an actor is my expertise as well.

About David
Welcome to my Take Lessons page. I invite you to look around. Feel free to ask any questions.
I am a speaker, author, acting coach.
I look forward to teaching you to become the best speaker and /or actor that you can.
David Wayne Thompson
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David T.

David T.

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About Alicia A.

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If you’re looking for someone who is more than a teacher then you have found the right fit for you!

I develop my students to become leaders by cultivating personal relationships and offering the best mentorship available.

I have 19+ years of professional acting experience and I’m holding tight to my career that is on a constant uphill climb.

My desire is to help others achieve the success they are looking for by living a life that inspires change in the world.

My core focus is, “Confidence Building, Purpose Planning and Time Management”.

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Alicia A. is a professional Model, Actress, Modeling & Acting Instructor, Voice Over Artist, Motivational Speaker and Writer. She recently returned to Houston from studying with a variety of dynamic teachers in Los Angeles for more than a decade. She has appeared in countless commercials (local & national), industrials, performed improv and sketch comedy, as well as hosting and voice-over.

Alicia has played guest roles on a

About Alicia
Alicia is a professional Model, Modeling Instructor, Actress, Acting Coach, Voice Over Artist, Motivational Speaker and Writer. She is no stranger to the fashion, entertainment and educational industries. Alicia has 19+ years of professional experience. She offers a wide range of programs and services - from Runway and Modeling Workshops to Motivational Speaking Seminars.

Alicia A. was born and raised in Houston, TX and for as long as she can remember there was always a deep aspiration inside of her to become a professional in the fashion and entertainment industry.

After graduating from Lamar High School (Houston, TX), with an advanced diploma dealing with Business Administration, Alicia sat foot to run straight to Hollywood and become the ‘Super Star’ she always wanted to be. However, thanks to her families high level of enc
ouragement in education Alicia went on to earn a B.A. in Communications with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism and Media Production from the University of Houston. This was completion of a promise to her father to always put education first.
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Andrea September 21, 2018
· Acting · In studio
great advice and an even better actress in general. she’s always lenient and looks for the best in her students. out of all the teachers i had, she helped out the most.
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Sandra August 2, 2018
· Child Acting · In studio
She is the BEST!!!!
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Megan July 31, 2018
· Child Acting · In home
Alicia is an amazing teacher/coach! She really helped our daughter perfect her monologue and slate. If you're in need of an acting coach for your child, I would highly recommend Alicia!
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About Douglas Scott S.

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Sherman Oaks, CA
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Experienced actor actively working in film, television, theatre (multiple nominations) and commercials.

Acting: Beginner to the advanced actor, together we will discover the on-brand choices that will help you book the job. Heavy focus on text as we dismantle the blocks that keep us from being fully present in our work.

Consultation: We will carefully comb through your marketing materials (Headshots, resumes, online profiles, websites, etc...) ensuring that they represent Brand YOU.

About Douglas Scott
Private acting coach available in Los Angeles or online.

Credits include: Off-Broadway, Regional Theatre, National Tours, Network Television, Film, and over 40 commercial campaigns.
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Douglas Scott S.

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About Rock D.

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Stoneham, MA
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After performing in live major acting and singing showcases, music videos, and attracting the personal attention of America’s Got Talent producers, I've found my passion in helping others improve their craft by scouting & coaching kids as young as 6, teens and adults as "young" as 70 in TV Commercials, Scenes, Monologues, Improv and cold reading, and Singing Performance.

You can expect highly personalized sessions with me whether it's your first day getting started or if you've been at it a while!

About Rock
As a child and teen, I was always active in the performing arts in school. Taking major roles in many productions and performing numerous solo singing acts throughout my years prepared me for success. In my early twenties I was scouted by agents across the country for my talents in acting, singing, commercial modeling, and dancing. In addition to awards for my acting, I've written and recorded over 30 original songs for myself and other artists and have had 4 singles on iTunes. My fans stretch across 15 countries!

After performing in live major acting and singing showcases, music videos, and attracting the personal attention of America’s Got Talent producers, I found my passion in helping others improve their craft by scouting & coaching kids, teens and adults in TV Commercials, Scenes, Monologues, Improv and Cold Reading, and Singing Pe
rformance.

I'm proud to say many of my students have been in a variety of productions and have been signed by major modeling and acting agencies in NY and LA. Working closely with a wide range of agents in the industry has given me a behind-the-scenes look into what agents are looking for in new talent which I willingly shares with all of my students and clients.
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Rock D.

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About Bo M.

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Charleston, SC
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I have been acting my entire life since 9 months old. I played leading role in “Dekalb elementary” an Oscar nominated short film. I was a series regular on all four seasons of HBO hit series “East bound and Down” and most recently The hit “Cobra Kai”. I can help prepare you for an audition, teach basics or even advise you on life choices that will be conducive to perusing acting.

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I’m laid back and open to trying new thing! Each student learns differently so I’m always open to creating a curriculum that fits your needs. If you wish to have a complementary meeting/consultation before you book your first lesson then I will happily accommodate that!
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About Tori T.

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I've been acting since grade 5. I am a Toledo School for the Arts graduate with an acting certificate. I took acting classes 2 hours a day Monday- Friday for 3 years. and 1 hour acting lessons twice a week for 2 years. I have studied and preformed the art for many years. I understand the frustration when trying to learn so, we will start with foundation of acting and work our way up to building a portfolio.

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Toledo School for the Arts Graduate. Students will learn the foundation of acting and build their way up to a portfolio. they will be able to use these tips tricks and new monologues for future auditions. I will also be able to recommend a photographer for any head shots needed.
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About Danny G.

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Baltimore, MD

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Beginner, intermediate, and advanced on-camera and onstage acting lessons from an award-winning, working actor with over 10 years professional stage and screen experience in classics to world premiere plays at Ford's Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Woolly Mammoth, Kansas City Rep, SIgnature Theatre, Round House, Center Stage, and Everyman Theatre (Company Member), with awards including Best Actor at the Reel Indpendent Extravaganza in DC for the feature film LAST NIGHT, now streaming on Amazon, Best Supporting actor at NOVA Fest in Virginia for the short film RUMINATION, and the Helen Hayes Best Ensemble for WHO's AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? at Ford's Theatre.

My approach is to immediately dive in with an unmemorized text--a monologue, short scene, poem, clipping, citation, phone book--and learn script analysis, memorization, character intention, action, persona, need, with an emphasis on developing a method unique to you, the actor.

Each lesson will be tailored towards your instinctual ...

About Danny
I am an award-winning, working actor with over 10 years professional stage and screen experience in classics to world premiere plays at Ford's Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Woolly Mammoth, Kansas City Rep, SIgnature Theatre, Round House, Center Stage, and Everyman Theatre (Company Member), with awards including Best Actor at the Reel Indpendent Extravaganza in DC for the feature film LAST NIGHT, now streaming on Amazon, Best Supporting actor at NOVA Fest in Virginia for the short film RUMINATION, and the Helen Hayes Best Ensemble for WHO's AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? at Ford's Theatre.

My approach is to immediately dive in with an unmemorized text--a monologue, short scene, poem, clipping, citation, phone book--and learn script analysis, memorization, character intention, action, persona, need, with an emphasis on developing a method unique
to you, the actor.

Each lesson will be tailored towards your instinctual responses to direction. I believe acting is a very vulnerable art if done right, and creative expression can most often be found in a safe environment for risk through play. Ultimately my classes are to shape you, as the actor, with an insight into why that is important both artistically and psychologically.

Further lessons will also include practical approaches to the business aspects of an actor's career, actor health both physically and mentally, and college audition prep.
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Baltimore, MD 21202
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