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Natalie R.

Mission Viejo, CA

About Natalie

I am a Music Therapist with background in Psychology, Masters in Social Work and Yoga certification. I have been teaching voice, guitar and piano lessons for over 10 years. I have directed children's Musical theater camps, and taught piano and voice in music studios and privately for over a decade.

Performance wise I have been on TV, musicals, lead singer in a band as well as performed on a cruise ship.

I enjoy all forms of music. My personal favorites are Jazz, especially Brazilian Jazz, Musical Theater, Alternative Independent Rock and the Classics of course ;)

*** Lesson Details *
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I take a student-centered approach which basically means I take a needs assessment of my students and map out goals that are essential for them, their learning and where they want to go. Although I follow the students lead, following at a comfortable pace,

I also challenge in terms of structuring my lessons for growth and tracking progress. So whether you are looking to be the next American Idol or just wanna learn for fun, I am all in to helping you reach your personal aspirations! :)

I am able to use the Koday method as well as incorporate music theory but not necessary in my approach. It is more important that the student's personal needs and goals be met and attained in order to maximize full potential!

*** Studio Equipment ***
It is helpful if the student has the required book, staff paper, and a music notebook/folder to start :)

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have my own keyboard and guitar but children need to have their own keyboard/ piano or guitar for practicing.

*** Specialties ***
I have a background in musical theater but knowledge of classical and jazz as well. Voice is my forte but I also enjoy teaching beginning piano.
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Kevin J. February 4, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
We've had 3 lessons now with Natalie and so far we are very pleased with her.
While our son struggles with attention, Natalie has been able to keep him focused and interested during the entire lesson(s).

Natalie is awesome! (4 Stars so far, Leaving room for advancement)
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Kristin D. January 14, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Natalie is a superb teacher! We are thrilled to have found such a compassionate, dedicated, competent teacher. She provides my daughter with excellent lessons of consistency, practice, review of previous lessons and introduction to new material. My daughter is so excited for her lessons because Natalie is so positive and enriching in her teaching style. Natalie exudes happiness, knowledge in the subject matter, and an overall engaging personality. My daughter has made leaps and bounds since starting lessons several months ago. We highly recommend Natalie as a singing teacher!!!
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AugustoC February 29, 2012
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having some great progress with my songs and learning how to sing
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Natalie R.

Natalie R.

Mission Viejo, CA 92691
(3)
starting at
$45 / 30-min
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George F.

Laguna Hills, CA

About George

Welcome

Music matters: A new philosophy of music education. Fun and to the point.

Music education is a field of study associated with the teaching and learning of music. It touches on all learning domains, including the psychomotor domain (the development of skills), the cognitive domain (the acquisition of knowledge), and, in particular and significant ways, the affective domain (the learner's willingness to receive, internalize, and share what is learned), including music appreciation and sensitivity. Music training from preschool through post-secondary education is common in most nati
ons because involvement with music is considered a fundamental component of human culture and behavior. Music, like language, is an accomplishment that distinguishes humans as a species.

The student will learn:

Music theory is the study of the practices and possibilities of music. The student will learn all the fundamental elements of music such as pitch, rhythm, harmony and form, but also refers to descriptions, concepts, or beliefs related to music.

Piano technic
Technic is the ability to execute a zillion different piano passages; therefore it is not dexterity, but an aggregate of many skills.These skills are acquired in two stages: (1) discovering how the fingers, hands, arms, etc., are to be moved, and (2) conditioning the brain, nerves, and muscles to execute these with ease and control.

Piano scales and modes

It's the theory behind that will help you understand things like for example chords. Playing scales can also be a great way to improving your technique. Because of the relationship of notes in certain scales they will always sound well played together. A fact that makes scales a primary foundation for everyone who wants to improvise on the instrument. This can be done just by playing the white keys as in the C Major scale or it can be more advanced by, for example, using modus for jazz improvisation. Therefore, you shouldn't consider scales as some boring and dull stuff – it can be your step up to a new level of playing.

Piano improvisation

Improvisation is the ability to make music as you are performing it. Much of improvisation is learning patterns or different note arrangements that you can then apply to songs that you already know. You will learn some patterns and arrangements that you can play with your left hand that can be added to any song to create more interesting sounding music. Some of these improvisation techniques are: chord inversions, the double chord pattern, the broken chord patternand the arpeggio chord pattern.

Electronic music is music that employs electronic musical instruments and electronic music technology in its production, an electronic musician being a musician who composes and/or performs such music. In general a distinction can be made between sound produced using electromechanical means and that produced using electronic technology.

DAW= Digital Audio Workstation. A term usually used to describe a PC or a Macintosh Computer that is used primarily for Music Creation and Recording, Mixing, and Mastering Audio Files. Found is many Home studios as well as Professional Recording Facilities.

Sound recording and reproduction is an electrical or mechanical inscription and re-creation of sound waves, such as spoken voice, singing, instrumental music, or sound effects. The two main classes of sound recording technology are analog recording and digital recording.

Audio post production
You will learn all stages of production between the actual recording in a studio and the completion of a master recording. It involves, sound design, sound editing, audio mixing, and the addition of effects.

Learn the music composition and sound effects for basic Video production (video game, film, TV and media)

Video production is the process of creating video by capturing moving images(videography), and creating combinations and reductions of parts of this video in live production and post-production (video editing).

Create and edit Sound effects (or audio effects) are artificially created or enhanced sounds, or sound processes used to emphasize artistic or other content of films, television shows, live performance, animation, video games, music, or other media.

Call for more information. If you want to learn guitar instead of piano all of the information methodology above for piano will be redirected to guitar teachings and methods.

I also will include rhythm and drums. Beacause is very important to make a good audio and video production the knowledge of rhythms.

See you in class.

George Freitas
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George F.

Laguna Hills, CA 92653
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Tim K.

Laguna Niguel, CA

About Tim

- I have been teaching Guitar for over 40 years

- I am proficient at both Acoustic & Electric Guitar playing

- I have performed and recorded with the Guitar professionally as both a solo artist and as the leader of and a sideman in several musical projects over the years

- I have performed at both private & public events for over 40 years and continue to do so to this day

- I specialize in the Americana, Blues, Country, Folk & Rock musical genres

- I possess a keen sense of pitch and rhythm and have been blessed with excellent ear

- I have a very strong Music Theory fou
ndation, but, do not focus on "sight-reading", per se

- I currently lead my own band, the "KBCE", performing an eclectic mix of Celtic, Folk & Americana music

*** Lesson Details ***

- I tailor my Lesson Plan to your own unique abilities and interests

- I require that you provide your own Guitar along with a desire to learn and a willingness to practice

- I focus on song-playing, understanding chord composition, chord progressions, scales, arpeggios and Music Theory principles

*** Studio Equipment ***

I am equipped with my own Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Amplifier, Music Stand and a clean, quiet & safe Teaching Space

*** Travel Equipment ***

I am willing to travel to your Teaching Space via the use of my automobile
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MarioH September 3, 2011
Tim K.

Having a great time tim is teaching me how to play songs
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JennieH July 29, 2011
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Tim is a great teacher. My son really enjoys working with him. Tim is always prepared for the lessons, the materials fit my son's skill set and learning preferences, and the chemistry is a perfect match.
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Tim K.

Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
(2)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Susan S.

Mission Viejo, CA

About Susan

I have been performing since the age of three. At the age of seven, I began classical vocal lessons. At 8, I wrote the school song for Cherry Creek Elementary School in Marquette, Michigan. When I was 10, I entered and won the Grand Supreme title at my first pageant. When I was 13, I moved my vocal training at the local University becoming the youngest classical vocal student. After years of participating in musical theatre productions, I landed a job in a guitar shop that lead to a big shift in my musical interests. I left my small town, the theatre and my classical background behind and bega
n fronting both Country and Rock bands, even singing along side Juice Newton, The Oak Ridge Boys, Glen Campbell, Sugarland, and Trick Pony on stage at the Porterfield Country Music Festival in 2005, which has in years past drawn nationally known country music artists such as Johnny Cash, Charlie Daniels, and Loretta Lynn. At age 19, I had an acoustic act which landed me a guest spot on 'The Tyra Banks Show.' I have been a featured performer at Chicago's House of Blues, as well as some of the most popular hotspots in Wrigleyville.
In most recent years, I have been behind the scenes as a vocal coach in the greater Chicago area. I moved to Mission Viejo, California recently, and look forward to meeting new students! I have four children, my youngest daughter has Down syndrome so I'm also partial to working with students with special needs.
I'm really excited to add that offer lessons online through TakeLessons! It's a great thing to get to work with students all over this country and I'm looking forward to help pioneer the future of music lessons!

*** Lesson Details ***
Whether you are looking to learn to project, or how to make it through an entire show without blowing your voice--I'm your gal! As long as students exhibit a willingness to try and to learn, then I'm more than willing to go the extra mile in my teaching. I just want to see genuine effort. Because I cater to all experience levels, I like to focus on individual goals of the student and build on those.

The biggest thing that I hope to give my students, is confidence. Whether or not music becomes a career for them, or just something to help get them through their day-- my goal is to show them that they can learn something new, they can accomplish things that they never thought they could do, they can sing for friends, join a band, play a challenging song, sing the high note they never thought they'd hit. If I can, anyone can. It's not about being perfect. Being perfect is overrated. It's about the passion behind the performance.

With that said, it's also about practice. Practicing builds the skills needed to keep that confidence alive. Then the more confidence you have, the more you say-- "Let's go for it. Let's try," the more you'll learn and the more skills you'll build. They feed off of each other. One can't survive long without the other.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Simple PA set-up.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide everything. If there is a particular piece that you want to work on that I don't have, I ask that you provide that.

*** Specialties ***
Classically trained, but I've also done a lot of musical theatre and have a strong background there. I do play guitar and bass, specializing in rock/folk and pop styles. I've taken tap and jazz from the age of 3 until I was 17 to help with Musical Theatre performance.
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Victoria G. October 23, 2014
Singing · Online
Verified Student
My daughter truly enjoyed her lessons with Susan.
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Geri D. May 20, 2013
Singing
Suzie is extremely knowledgeable

Suzie is an amazing teacher! I am so impressed with her knowledge of music! In just the short time I've been taking voice lessons I can feel my voice getting stronger. She has taught me the correct way of breathing, projecting and standing. She's always giving me positive feedback, which is so helpful. I would recommend Suzie to anyone who is serious about taking voice lessons!
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Kiera R. May 9, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Susan is an amazing teacher

I haven't had too many classes with Susan but already I feel more confident in my voice. She has taught me so much about the correct way to breathe and the way to keep the right tone while you sing. I thought that taking lessons with someone over skype wouldn't be very effective but I was totally wrong because Susan is so prepared and sends you warm ups and also instrumental music for the song you are going to work on before your lesson. She makes sure to give positive comments as well as critiques so you won't feel uncomfortable or feel like you're a bad singer. I am so happy that I picked Susan and I would recommend her to anyone!!
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Susan S.

Mission Viejo, CA 92692
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Patricia S.

Laguna Niguel, CA

About Patricia

Patricia S. is an Emmy® Award-winning writer, working voice actor, professional musician, and current beauty pageant title holder, as well as a former television news host, radio show host and Daily News columnist. Patricia has acted onstage in drama, musical theatre and opera, and on-camera in numerous formats. She is a music and vocal director for musical performances, and a voice teacher and vocal coach with decades of experience teaching in public and private institutions.

At one point in her career, Patricia developed an arts outreach program in the Los Angeles area that was heralded b
y the California Arts Council as the most comprehensive arts outreach in California. Patricia has expanded on her ability to develop programs and find opportunities for artists and others, by including in her range of teaching Creativity Coaching – helping artists of all types and creative individuals to realize their goals.

Patricia trained as an actor for more than 15 years with Steve Eastin at the Steve Eastin Studio in Toluca Lake, and at the Charles Conrad Studio in Burbank. Steve Eastin was the principal teacher at the Charles Conrad Studio. Charles E. Conrad was the teacher designated by the renowned New York acting teacher Sanford Meisner to bring the Meisner methodology to the West Coast in the early decades of Hollywood’s heyday. Students of acting are encouraged to look up Sanford Meisner, Charles E. Conrad and Steve Eastin to learn more about their teaching style. Patricia continues the tradition of teaching that she honed at the Steve Eastin Studio, and she also incorporates some of the Meisner methodology in her training.

Patricia has extensive live singing and studio recording experience. She has performed with Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Music Center Opera Association, Opera Pacific and as staff soloist with the Hour of Power Choir at the famed Crystal Cathedral. She has performed classical music in concert along with actor, Eric Braeden, recorded background vocals for Roger Williams and other artists, and performed contemporary music as a background singer in Las Vegas.

Voice acting experience includes commercials, audiobooks, corporate narrations and more. Clients include Acura, Honda, FedEx, Ramada, Toyota, Yamaha Music, United Airlines, Sonic, Mitsubishi, PacifiCare and others. Patricia is the primary voice talent for a weekly TV real estate program currently airing.

Patricia has taught voice, voice-over, acting and other related subjects in a number of private and public schools and conservatories, including Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) and the Los Angeles SAG Conservatory. She offers workshops and is a regular speaker for groups such as Women in Film, Women in Animation, International Coach Federation, Media Alliance of Orange County, Media Communications Association International and other regional and national organizations. Patricia is a member of SAG-AFTRA and AGMA (American Guild of Musical Artist).

Affiliations: SAG-AFTRA, AGMA, MTAC, MTNA, CAPMT, NATS, MCA-I
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Dorothy S. November 28, 2014
Singing · In studio
Over the past year, my two children have taken singing lessons with Patricia. My kids are polar opposites of each other - in age, temperament, behavior, patience - you name it. My 14 year old daughter is in the gifted program at high school and my son in on the spectrum and spends part of each day in the special day class at his elementary school. Somehow, Patricia is able to provide individually tailored lessons for each child. They absolutely love going to see her! As a mother, nothing is more important than seeing your children thrive. This has been a richly rewarding experience for all of us.
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Joni M. November 25, 2014
Audition Prep · In studio
Patricia single-handedly helped me ace my audition. She was positive, encouraging and gave me the skills and confidence I needed to blow away the competition. I would use her again in a heartbeat. Do yourself a favor and book a lesson with this awesome coach!
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Joan M. October 27, 2014
Vocal Technique · In studio
Patricia is an amazing instructor on many levels. While she is an accomplished performer in her own right, she is equally able to break down the necessary vocal techniques in a manner that all ages and all levels can relate to. Lessons with Patricia are productive, but they are also fun! You will not find a more dedicated vocal coach anywhere.
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Patricia S.

Patricia S.

Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
(3)
starting at
$50 / 30-min

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