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About Jessica W.

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About Jessica
Jessica is a fun, patient, passionate teacher whose mission is to pass on the wonderful knowledge and love for music that was instilled in her onto a new group of eager young minds.
Jessica Winn has been studying and performing classical music for over 20 years. Her relationship with music started at age 9 with the Contra Costa Children's Choir and she has maintained her classical vocal studies ever since. Along with her vocal studies, Jessica studied classical piano privately with Keith Snell for 7 years, competing and achieving high marks in regional competitions. She went on to receive her Bachelor's degree in Music at Mannes College of Music in New York City and finished her education at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she received her Masters, receiving training in vocal pedagogy and physiology, as well as vocal pe
rformance. Jessica graduated from SFCM in 2009 and immediately began perusing both a teaching and performing career.
Jessica has maintained an active voice and piano studio since 2011, leading her students to high musical achievements in both fields, and is a Master Vocal coach at Acalanes High School. Other teaching experience includes Musical Theater Camp Director for the Heads Up Program at Head Royce in Oakland and Village Center for the Arts, giving private lessons, leading In-School Outreach Programs throughout the Bay Area, and heading their Musical Theater program.
Jessica is an active performer in the Bay Area as well, performing with Opera San Jose, Phenix Opera, Berkeley Chamber Opera, Verismo Opera, West Edge Opera and Marin Baroque. Jessica has also been employed as a performer on the east coast, making her professional debut with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra in 2011 and with The Manhattan Opera Studio.

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In my lessons, I feel it is important for my students to have fun and to and enjoy the learning process. However I believe in order for both student and teacher to get the most out of the lesson, practicing at home is extremely important and I expect my students to do so. I will always send them home with a goal or assignment that should be reached or completed by the next lesson to the best of the students ability.

For my voice students, we always begin with breath. Proper breathing is the foundation for all good singing. Then we move on to warming up both the voice and the body. During warm-ups, we will focus technical concepts such as breath control and support, vowel placement, and optimum vocal production. In most lessons (time permitting) we will work through a piece of music, one of their choosing or, if needed, I will recommend a piece. We finish each lesson with a review of the concepts we discussed during the lesson and practice goals for the week.
For my piano students, I begin with finger placement and keyboard awareness. Depending on the students age and level, we will use both a music book and a music theory book (for very young students, I will hold off on the music theory and focus mostly on finger placement and keyboard awareness). Each week, I will assign two pieces of music and pages in the music theory book (again depending upon student's age and level). Students are expected to prepare the assignments by practicing at home and have them ready at the next lesson.

Communication is something very important to me as a teacher. I want my students to feel comfortable expressing their needs and/or concerns, musically or otherwise and hope they would appreciate me, as the teacher, to do the same.

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Classical voice is definitely my specialty. I believe good classical technique is the basis for all good singing and can be applied to ALL musical genres.
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Abigail B. August 8, 2015
· Piano · Online
The online lesson is something to get used to but Jessica was very kind and patient with my daughter! Looking forward to more lessons!
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Christine G. April 28, 2014
· Classical Voice ·
Patient and encouraging

I'm always impressed with how Jessica is patient with our 7 year old daughter and still is able to draw her out and motivate her when she is tired from school. Jessica always finds creative ways to be inspirational. Both my husband and I drive 15 miles to be able to have Jessica teach our little girl. We think she is worth it. She has been flexible and always tried her best to work within our schedule and has even driven out to our house to cover a lesson when things didn't work out in the schedule.
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Kellian D. March 11, 2014
· Piano ·
Wonderful teacher

Jessica is teaching piano and voice to my 10 year daughter, and I am so impressed with her skills as a teacher. She is patient, encouraging, and inspiring, and her love for both music and teaching is apparent. She is also extremely knowledgeable about music theory and uses a teaching method that's very effective and gets students actually playing music right away, without shortchanging their long term development as musicians. Jessica is a rare find, plus she comes to our house for lessons!
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About Michael A.

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Rochester, NY

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About Michael
Hello everyone, I am Michael - I am currently in school at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY pursuing my doctoral degree in vocal performance and literature. I have sung all over the world in operas, musicals and with professional choirs. I enjoy teaching all levels of singing and love to inspire my students to reach their full potential. Singing should be fun and it can become even more exciting when the fundamentals start to fall into place. I am a casual but professional teacher and like to tailor my teaching to each one of my students. I like to make singing a very concrete and sensation based learning experience so students can rely on more than just their ears to guide themselves. Good singing is good singing, period - any genre ,any style... it all stems from the basics and setting up a strong foundation on which t
o build the voice.

American baritone Michael most recently performed the role of Lieutenant Audebert in Silent Night by Kevin Puts with Buffalo Opera in New York. Other recent credits include: Sam in Trouble in Tahiti by Leonard Bernstein at the Aspen Opera Center, Marcello in La Boheme by Puccini in San Diego, CA and Tom in Gershiwin’s, Blue Monday with Opera de Tijuana in Mexico. Michael will return to the Aspen Opera Center this summer to sing Frederick Egerman in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. Most recently on the concert stage he was the baritone soloist for the Monteverdi Vespro della Beata Vergine at the Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake City under the direction of Dr. Craig Jessop and Haydn’s Seasons with the Eastman Philharmonia in Rochester, NY. In 2016 Michael received the second-place award in the Palm Springs Opera Guild Rossini Competition adjudicated by the famous Rossini tenor, Rockwell Blake. Michael is currently pursuing a doctorate in music performance and literature at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY where in 2019 will sing the title role in Mozart’s Don Giovanni.
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Madeleine January 16, 2019
· Classical Voice · In studio
Great teacher - funny, patient and understanding. I look forward to more lessons with Michael in the future!
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Elizabeth January 8, 2019
· Classical Voice · In studio
I started lessons with Michael having done both contemporary voice and years of choir. But prior to training with Michael, I'd never really been coached as to how to properly sing in a classical style. He's allowed me to find an entire element of my voice I didn't know I had and made it incredibly straightforward to progress. I now absolutely love singing in a way I didn't previously think I would.
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Abby January 8, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Michael is knowledgeable, funny, and thoughtful. I am a wind instrumentalist, and Michael tailored voice lessons to discuss topics specifically related to my areas of experience. I would highly recommend Michael for voice lessons!
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About Madeline E.

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New Orleans, LA
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About Madeline
Renaissance woman with a patient and inspiring ability to educate and pass on my knowledge of the arts.

10+ years experience with Video and Photo Editing Programs: Premiere Pro 2019, Final Cut Pro X, Photoshop, and After Effects.

10+ years experience with Photo and Video Cameras and Lighting Equipment: Canon DSLRs, RED1, RED Scarlet, Nikon, Sony A7S, and more.

Writing story and script experience with WGA Award.

Social Media Marketing and Editing Video for Youtube or Vimeo knowledge.

Drawing/photoshop storyboarding and visual planning.

15+ years piano experience playing classical and jazz. Performed and competed in Concierto competitions. And played for Ballet dancers.
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Madeline E.

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About Jessica B.

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Austin, TX
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About Jessica
Music and the arts have been a large part of my life since I was a child.

I have performed in numerous operas, musicals and plays. Favorite roles include the Witch in Into the Woods, Agathe in Der Freischutz, the Countess in Marriage of Figaro, and Fastrada in Pippin.

I have a degrees in Opera Directing, Vocal Performance and Theatre Arts. I started teaching acting classes in 2001, and have coached voice since 2010. I have studied voice with James Gardner, former head of opera at Julliard School of Music, Matthew Oglesby, vocal area coordinator for the WTAMU School of Music, and Darlene Wiley, head of voice department at Butler School of Music, UT and William Lewis, dramatic tenor with 35 years experience singing at the Metropolitan Opera.

I direct operas, design costumes, teach whenever and whatever I can, and love spending
time with my cat.
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Elmarie S. September 15, 2019
· Opera Voice · In studio
Great experience! Jess was very thorough with identifying my voice type and recommended me the proper repertoire for me to practice. I'm excited for my next lesson with her!
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Dinora R. August 10, 2019
· Sewing · In studio
Really enjoyed my lessons with Jessica. She is a very personable and gifted patient instructor. So I never felt intimidated learning how to sew since it was all new to me. Thank you Jessica.
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Barbara May 7, 2019
· Sewing · In home
Absolutely fantastic!! Very knowledgeable and helpful. I’ll definitely be booking her again!!
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About Christina E.

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North Hollywood, CA
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About Christina
My name is Christina and I am very passionate about the vocal arts, specifically Opera. Opera was a surprise in my life that I discovered in college. I am now currently pursuing my MM degree in vocal arts at UCLA. The classical technique can provide a great foundation to healthy singing, ensuring a long and healthy vocal life.

Along side opera and other genres of singing, I believe basic knowledge in piano is extremely beneficial in improving musicality and an understanding of each piece. Piano greatly improves sight reading and ones ability to learn music quickly and efficiently. It can allow one to develop an understanding of harmony and context within each unique piece of music.

I would love to help and guide those interested in music, specifically classical voice, opera, musical theater, and piano. I would love to share the gre
at joy it brings me with others and pass down what I have learned over the years. I have completed courses in music pedagogy and education alongside my degree, and believe in shaping my lessons around each individual's learning style so that each student may continue to grow while having fun. Helping each student develop their own unique musical identity is one of the main goals with these lessons.
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Sacha B. May 5, 2019
· Opera Voice · Online
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Sacha B. October 27, 2018
· Singing · Online
always hits the right note - literally and also in terms of the support she gives x
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Adam May 24, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I enjoyed working with Christina. She was very adept at identifying areas in my vocal skills that could use some improvement and then offered solutions to that end. She also happens to be an extremely talented singer. I definitely recommend her services and look forward to working with her again.

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About Erica L.

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Tarrytown, NY

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About Erica
I am a professional singer and stage actress. I am a graduate of Fordham University with a B.F.A in Theater and a B.A. in communications. I have over 20 years of vocal and musical training. I appeared as Golda in Fiddler on the Roof, Dolly in Hello Dolly, Reno in Anything Goes, Velma in Chicago and Anita in West Side Story. I also performed for the USO, Alvin Ailey Theater at Lincoln Center and The Music Hall in Tarrytown . I most recently performed in and was the Musical Director of a one woman cabaret show entitled " A Night of Song " at the Playroom Theater in Manhattan. I believe singing should be fun,expressive and rewarding!

Getting ready to Headline a cabaret show LIVING Through Music at the Gramacy Theater on Wed. night June 19th at 7:30 It will be a great night of broadway and cabaret music. Tickets will be sold Vi
a Ticketmaster. Come see a fantastic show!!

Hi Everyone! I will doing a one- woman cabaret show entitled Love Through The Seasons at the Duplex on Friday night Nov.8th at 7pm. Tickets are $25 cover + a 2 drink mix. Come for a great night of Broadway music
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Jillian V. September 10, 2019
· Broadway Singing · In home
As a performer, you do not find someone more expressive and powerful than Erica--she is absolutely dynamite. Erica is also totally dedicated to her craft, and she passes everything she's learned on to her students. Erica is passionate, personable, warm, open, honest, and so generous. Highly recommended!
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Eileen July 10, 2019
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Erica is so patient and wonderful and has helped me find my voice. After being intimidated about singing for so long, she has given me the confidence I need to experience the joy of song. I love you Erica!!!
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Ellen July 2, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Erica has been working with my 13 year daughter Stacy for two years now. My daughter loves musical theater but was very shy and not confident. After working with Erica she is front and center on stage and enjoys being in all the school performances. Erica is the best!! She is so supportive and kind and giving of herself and her talent. I couldn't imagine my daughter working with anyone else. My daughter is really growing and enjoying her singing. Brava Erica!
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About Gigi O.

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Millbrook, NY

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About Gigi
Hello and welcome. My name is Gigi. I have been teaching dance, dance fitness, and meditation for 30 years. I love the personal relationship with each student as together we bring forth skill, style, self confidence, expression, well being, and peace. My primary dance training was received from the Mid Hudson Ballet Company, with teaching certification from Music in Motion, Inc. My meditation training is rooted in 7 years of monastic life and 30 years of integrating the principles and practices into my being. I am a very compassionate, friendly, intuitive person who teaches with warmth, sensitivity, patience, and attention to detail. I look forward to bringing all of the above into sessions with you to help fulfill your personal goals and interests.

My relationship with dance began at the age of 3, when my mother enrolled me in my fir
st ballet class with the hope that it would help me gain the confidence to come out from my hiding place behind her back. Not only did it encourage me to overcome my excessively painful shyness, but it grew an everlasting love and shelter for me. I went on to receive the foundation of my training at Estelle & Alfonso Performing Arts and the Russian Ballet School of the Mid-Hudson Ballet Company. During my adolescent years, I became a teacher at the school and a performing member of the company. I also received the honor of performing in Harlequinade with the New York City Ballet, studying at the Craft of Choreography Conference on scholarship, and attending a variety of ballet, jazz, and modern dance classes by notable teachers in multiple schools and venues in the northeast.

In my adult years, I've enjoyed performing on many occasions, especially as a guest artist with Dog-Eared Dancers and in choreographic partnership with Anna Mayta of Anna Mayta Dance Fusion. I'm grateful to have expanded my modern dance and teaching experience with Laurie Sepe Marder, and to have studied Kuchipudi Classical Indian Dance with Kantham Chatlapalli, as well as ancient and modern Hula with Kumu June Tanoue. Under the mentorship of Barbara Thuesen, I received my certification in ballet teaching and choreography from Music in Motion, Inc. I was then accepted into the dance department at the West Australia Academy of Performing Arts, but chose to remain close to home and open White Lotus Ballet in 2004 instead.

Since then, I have had the ongoing pleasure of teaching dance to dozens of children and adults in my space, as well as at preschools, daycare centers, yoga studios, and special events. My teaching style and content continue to evolve with the gathering of insight, compassion, and experience.

In addition to traditional dance, that evolution has also expanded to include teaching meditation and healing dance. I am a very devotional soul and a natural intuitive empathic healer. So, i find all the gifts, talents, inspiration, and wisdom I receive come together in a variety of forms and ways I teach to touch the heart and desired interest of each student. Again, I look forward to creating lessons that fulfill you in that way.
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M.E. July 19, 2019
· Dance · In studio
I took dance lessons from Gigi with a focus on self expression and working through issues that I was holding onto on any particular day. I am 60+ years old and never danced before. Where my typical perspective of myself standing in front of a mirror is not positive, I somehow was transformed into seeing beauty. Gigi is a beautiful person, very patient , non judging. Her goal was for me to meet my goal, even when it changed from week to week. Sometimes we worked on dance technique, other times using movement to work through feelings. I loved it.
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Anna Mayta June 17, 2019
· Dance · In home
Working with Gigi during a challenging time in my life was an amazing experience, her empathy, her nurturing quality made my experience truly lovely. She finds inspiration for movement therapeutic work by what the students needs are. After my classes with Gigi I feel spiritually rejuvenated.
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Dave June 9, 2019
· Meditation · Online
Wonderful and captivating teacher of meditation.
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About Shicociya T.

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I teach Math full-time but I also like teaching other skills too. I look forward to work with you and help you check another thing off your to do list.
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Shicociya T.

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About Monik M.

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Hello everyone! It is an honor to be a teacher for Take Lessons. In my classroom you will have fun in a judgement free zone. I have experience teaching online ESL to students in China ages 4-16 years old. I also have experience with teaching children 4-12 years old the basics for understanding acting and relating those lessons to life experiences. Fortunately enough, I have the opportunity to teach adults ESL online where I have met some really interesting people and have learned so much about different cultures. I pride myself with giving the best classes possible so that my students walk away feeling proud, motivated and happy. I am confident that I can help you and you can help me too. Teaching each other is the thing that makes the world go around so book my class today and let's have some fun. See you soon!
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Monik M.

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About Deme B.

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Houston, TX
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About Deme
I am a Creative Director of all forms. I have been dancing since I could walk. I started taking dance classes back in 2013 and started teaching shortly after in 2015. I love hip hop and all other forms but hip hop is my specialty.

I also teach TWERKFIT for my adults and teens who want to get in shape and just have a good time. This is a course that teaches us how to be free but healthy with our bodies. I am all about having fun and we can also start our health journey all in one.

I live to help build, encourage, and motivate all others around through dance. I am mostly self taught from taking lessons and just focusing on my skills. I work with a lot of underground artist doing artist development, creative direction, and choreography. I look forward to meeting you and helping you become a better and healthier twerker, dancer, and pers
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Deme B.

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