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About Maya A.

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It doesn't matter how old you are or if you've spent five minutes or five years singing. Everyone has a star they want to reach for and I can help you get there!

I have been teaching voice privately for several years and trained with Allen Cathcart (Opera), Linda Balliro (mix voice), Greg Enriquez (Jazz voice) and Seth Riggs (Pop voice). I currently front a jazz trio and perform in the Boston area. While I'm not super active right now performance wise, you can catch me at the occasional open mic, singing jazz and blues.

I have directed several musicals through organizations such as Sprindrift School of the Performing Arts and Champions USA. I have worked with people of all ages and assisted them in mastering songs, have prepared them for shows and auditions and have guided them through the process of repairing their voice.

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irst discovered singing when I was a six. I developed a natural curiosity about how the human voice works. To supplement my studies, I began to work with a Speech Language Pathologist to develop a better understanding at Tufts Medical Center. After developing a better understanding of how the human voice worked, I was not satisfied until I found a voice teacher with a simple and direct approach to singing. This is when I discovered and began to study the famous Speech Level Singing technique
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Marsha M. January 10, 2013
· Singing ·
Maya is a wonderful, conscientious and highly trained voice teacher

I have been taking voice lessons from Maya for approximately two years. I had no prior training however Maya started me with the basics and I now have voice skills and knowledge that I can use. I play in a small band and wanted my singing to improve. I highly recommend her
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Jy-ShyuanC February 26, 2012
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I LOVE MAYA!

Maya is an excellent instructor! Every week she solves the problems I met in practicing. She always knows what to do to make my voice better. Maya is very patient. She spent a lot of time communicating with me and listening to what I thought. She is also good at explaining how to "hit the note!" I really enjoyed Maya's classes. I've been better, and I know what to do to make my voice even better, thanks to Maya!
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TracyL January 30, 2012
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Maya is very helpful and encouraging. She knows a lot of good exercises and can easily pinpoint what you need to work on. Overall, I've had a great experience working with her :)
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About Natalie S.

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Hi there! Thank you for taking the time to check out my teaching profile!

Note: I work as the program director for a park district in south Evanston and am required to have a federal background check on file. Please let me know if you would like a copy and I will happily forward it to you!

A bit about me:
I am a working Chicago actress originally from Indianapolis, IN. I graduated from Ball State University with a B.A. in Acting. For three years I lived in Los Angeles pursuing opportunities in film and television. I am a member of SAG/AFTRA and with the help of my agents and manager, I worked on many t.v. shows including Numbers, Commander and Chief and McBride (starring John Larroquette). After realizing how much I missed being on stage, I moved to New York City. I spent two years performing off Broadway before finally landing i
n Chicago to attend graduate school. In 2013, I earned my M.F.A. in Acting from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Currently, I am the Director of New Works with The Arc Theatre . Additionally, I direct plays for other prominent theatre companies in the city. I am capable of teaching a variety of theatre skills, including classical techniques, performance of literature and speaking voice.

A bit about you:
YOU are a new actor, an experienced actor or "getting-back-into-the-swing-of-it" actor. YOU need help with an upcoming camera or theatre audition, choosing new monologues, developing a script, exploring different techniques, or understanding this fantastic business.

YOU are excited, scared and most importantly READY TO DIVE IN!

I am here for YOU!

*** Lesson Details ***
I am extremely laid back and open to trying new things. In a lesson, you can expect to bravely explore the world of acting in a safe, nurturing environment. I believe in the "YES" philosophy- anything is possible and everything is valid in developing a creative life. There are no wrong answers! Just millions of GOOD questions. Acting is DOING and through trial error, anyone with the drive and determination can be a successful performer. I will instill the confidence and skills you need to take the next step in your acting career- whatever that may be!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a growing library of books on acting, auditioning and play scripts. I am happy to loan you material and use any of my resources to further your learning.

*** Travel Equipment ***
We can both provide music, books and props as needed.

*** Specialties ***
Shakespeare, Contemporary, Film, Dialects
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David S. February 3, 2014
· Acting ·
The warmest teacher around

Natalie helped me with monologues for audition season this year and it's made all the difference! I feel more confident in the product I'm putting out there and more comfortable in the moment of the audition. She has a unique ability to be both creatively nurturing and extremely effective. She'll always be my go to acting coach!
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Jorge N. February 3, 2014
· Speaking Voice ·
Very helpful

I needed help with projecting and emoting with my voice for a reality TV shoot. Natalie was very helpful in teaching techniques to connect my breath and voice, relax and eliminate tension, and thoroughly warm up. These were very helpful. I went from being anxious on camera to having fun and looking forward to more. Highly recommended!
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Thomas M. February 2, 2014
· Acting ·
Supportive and dynamic acting coach!

Natalie coached me on my monologue for a grad school audition, and she was wonderfully responsive. She cultivates a teaching environment of comfort and productivity right from the start with a full vocal and physical warm-up. When I began working with my prepared piece, I felt relaxed and supported. Natalie's suggestions were growth-oriented and ensured my performance communicated a meaningful journey. Her follow-up emails after each session built upon the work done in studio with reminders and actionable tactics.
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About Larry P.

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Cave Creek, AZ

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***My Takelessons Blog Posts:***
http://takelessons.com/blog/acting-in-famous-Shakespeare-plays
http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-have-stage-presence

My name is Larry, and I was born and raised in Chicago and now call the Phoenix, AZ metro area home. I have a Master's Degree in Education (Higher Ed. and Curriculum Development). I have a Tutoring and Educational Consulting business of my own, working with excellent education partners like Takelessons.

My tutoring business is geared towards middle, high school,and college students, and my specialization is geared in four areas:

1) The Humanities: History (U.S., European, and World), English, Literature (with a special passion for all things Shakespeare), and Social Studies (including American Government and Political Science).

2) Papers: Research papers (and how to do the
research for them), essays, creative writing - including citation & formatting.

3) Drama (the Theatre kind of drama, not life drama): Acting, directing, staging, analysis, including Shakespeare.

4) Test Prep: ACT, SAT, PSAT, ISEE, TACHS

***My Promise to You***

I will treat you like an individual - that means that we'll find out how YOU learn best, and we'll work that way. I don't teach memorization. I teach by asking and answering questions, as well as providing information.

***My Expectation of You***

That you will come with an open mind, come with questions, and a willingness to learn and have fun.

***Lesson Details***

*The Humanities*
The reason so many people go screaming into the night when confronted with lessons in things like history, or government, or English for that matter, are all the names and dates to memorize. I don't teach that way. We begin with things you want (or need) to know. From there, we cover how those things affected other things, It's a huge world out there, and how we got here from where we started is a wonderful and complicated trip. History doesn't happen in a vacuum, and we learn who we are by knowing where we come from.

*Papers*
Obviously I won't write your paper for you, but I will show you how and where to start your research (and how to sort it as well). I will also proof-read for grammar and/or organizational errors and show you how to structure it in general terms.

*Drama*
I have acted, I have directed. From the community to professional levels. We will talk about character creation, about staging, about working with your director as well as your fellow actors. We will mostly brainstorm, and you will be able to experiment in vision as well as technique.
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Elizabeth P. December 27, 2017
· Essay Writing · Online
He has been an amazing. My kids are taking the ISEE test and he is helping them prepare for the verbal reasoning and essay portion. He researched the test, came up with a strategic plan for each kid based on the strengths and weaknesses, and prepared lessons appropriately.
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Lata V. November 12, 2017
· AP English · Online
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Krystal N. November 10, 2017
· AP English Literature · Online
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About Joseph M.

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Local tutor;

Will travel to you, or we can use my studios located in Nassau, Suffolk and all 5 boroughs.

My name is Dr. Joseph M., Ba/Ma/Dma, in Education and Performance. I have reference lists a mile long, (with phone #'s, so you contact my previous and current

clients), full of success story after success story!

22 yrs teaching experience. I have sent thousands of children to Nyssma. Most of my students have scored; "Outstandings", (lvls 1-4), and A+'s, (lvls 5-6). Have gotten students

into All-County,

All State, and All National honor bands. This requires a ranked Nyssma level 6 score of 100.

I have prepared students for auditions to the finest music schools in the world, Julliard, The Curtis Institute, Berklee, etc.

My students have appeared on Broadway, have played at Birdland/the Bluenote, and have won
Grammys.........

I play and teach all styles; Classical, rock, Broadway, jazz,pop, etc.....

I have performed at the world class, A-list level in all the above mentioned styles as well.

I believe it is critical to be humble, down to earth and easy to work with, no matter how accomplished, student, teacher, or parent. :)..................
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Dana September 18, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
Very professional and thorough!
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louis R. August 9, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
First lesson with my grandson. My grandson enjoyed it. Joseph was very professional.
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Joshua W. April 19, 2016
· Singing · In home
We couldn't be more pleased and thrilled to have discovered Dr. Merkel. He is committed, gifted, firm, yet kind,
with my son. Thank you Dr. Joe!!!
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About Ollie L. J.

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Professor of Communication & Theater with incredible experiences performing, producing, directing, and writing stage plays performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Publick Playhouse, THEARC Theater, National Children's Museum and over 60 different stages annually. She is the President/Owner and Founder of Timeless Visual Works - the inspirational film, theater, and publishing company. She leads with Christian faith-based principles and extensive knowledge as well as experience training aspiring and professional performers.
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Linda September 9, 2016
· Acting · In studio
It was my daughter's first contact with professional acting.
She has been talking about being an actress for quite a while now, so we decided to let her take a few lessons to see if she likes it.
Ollie was really comprehensive of our needs and made us see the big picture of that world... just what we needed, to start walking into that direction on the right path.
My daughter had a wonderful time with Ollie.
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Kristyl N. March 3, 2016
· Acting · In studio
I booked 4 acting sessions with Ms. Ollie for my daughter. Ms. Ollie did a phenomenal job starting from scratch, coaching my daughter for her up coming audition. My daughter had no acting experience, she was shy, and soft spoken but in just 4 short days, Ms. Ollie turned her into a confident, outspoken young actress. My daughter nailed her audition thanks to Ollie!! I will highly recommend her as your acting coach.
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Leana T. January 13, 2016
· Film and TV Acting · Online
Great person to work with! Cheerful. Listens to what you have to say. Ready to help you improve.
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About Ted M.

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Ted has been a successful, working actor, director and acting teacher for over 25 years. He currently teaches acting at the highly regarded Seydways Acting Studios in Los Angeles. Ted's acting experience in theatre, television, film and commercials is extensive. Dozens of lead roles in plays including: The Cherry Orchard, Merchant of Venice and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. Over 25 roles on television: CSI, American Horror Story, Criminal Minds and Scorpion. Over 90 national commercials: Dockers, Dr. Scholl's, Chevy, Honda. He's directed dozens of plays, several to critical acclaim including: Recollect the Snow. He directed and was the subject of the multi-award winning documentary film: Nothing Without You about Burning Man. He's studied with top acting teachers his entire career including Richard Seyd, Rico Colantoni, and Michae
l Arndt. He's an encouraging, thoughtful, careful, creative and dynamic teacher who gets immediate results for his students.
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About Eric B.

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Astoria, NY
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Eric is a working magician based in New York. He has worked at several magic shops, and performed for thousands of people from all walks of life. He spent the summer of 2015 teaching magic at French Woods festival for the Arts, and will be returning for the summer of 2016. Eric truly has a passion for magic, and loves nothing more that a student who truly wants to learn.
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Ben Z February 25, 2016
· Magic · In studio
Wow! Eric provided an incredible experience for my 13 year old daughter. Not only did he keep her interested and entertained the whole time with his in depth instruction, but he left her wanting more! We can't wait until our next session with him. 10/10 would recommend.
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Rajon Lynch February 25, 2016
· Magic · In studio
Eric knows everything about magic inside and out. He taught my kids to actually be entertaining and they came out of their shell and now they do magic everywhere we go. He really has a way with kids.
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Evan February 19, 2016
· Magic · In studio
Last Summer, I worked alongside Eric at French Woods Festival, and not only did Eric make my time more fun, but I also learned new magic techniques that I had never seen before. As well as being an informative teacher, Eric really knew how to engage kids into what he was doing. One memorable experience I had was, when I hopped into a classroom to see what was going on, and one of Eric's students was giving a hilarious invisible deck routine about politics. Having been at French Woods for so long, I have seen many magic teachers come and go, and I can confidently say that Eric is one of the best teachers and performers I have ever seen.
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Ryan M. is the Music Director at St. Barnabas the Apostle Catholic Church in O’Fallon, Missouri, where serves as organist, choirmaster, and cantor. He recently completed a six month term as Interim Organist of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, during which he played for over fifteen bishops, Carlo Maria Viganò, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, and Louis Alphonse of Bourbon, Duke of Anjou.

Mr. M. studied organ at Cleveland State University with Horst Buchholz and piano at Duquesne University with Natasha Snitkovsky. In 2011 Mr. Murphy came in third in the Rodgers North American Classical Organ Competition and was a winner of the 2005 Duquesne University Concerto Competition, playing Dimitri Shostakovich’s second piano concerto. A Colleague of the American Guild of Organists, he enjoys reading, dancing, and weightlifting in his
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Randy March 8, 2017
· Singing · In home
My first lesson was just what I was hoping it was. Very grateful to have Ryan as my teacher.

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Pete October 26, 2016
· Classical Piano · In studio
Ryan is an excellent piano instructor. He is patient, yet will drive you forward at a sensible pace. Whatever your current level of proficiency, you will see quick improvement, guaranteed. I recommend him unconditionally.
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Kathi October 24, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Ryan is an excellent teacher. He is very qualified. It doesn't matter your age. If you have a desire to learn Ryan is the person. He is approachable. If you have questions he is very happy to answer without hesitation.
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About Abby V.

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Seattle, WA

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IMPORTANT NOTICE: ** Because my private lessons are sporadically scheduled between other teaching, and I have found students over age 12 to need in depth lessons, the minimum time for them per session is ONE HOUR. ******

Due to my maternal grandfather's career as a Chicago vaudeville orchestra leader, from early childhood, the performing arts have been in my blood. Starting to study classical flute at age 12, then playing in the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras and taking professional jazz/classical flute workshops/master classes, I've been teaching and playing all styles of flute music professionally since my 20's.

Vocal study began at age 15 with some great artists/educators in SF, Seattle, and Europe, including Bobby McFerrin, Mark Murphy, Broadway singer Adrian West, David Tigner- SF Opera, Davida Kagan-Seattle Opera, and Rol
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Manhattan Transfer coach /NY Academy of Dramatic Arts. Through many years of teaching experience, I've developed a very successful, uniquely simple 8 part method to help cross cultural individuals/groups of all ages , styles, and levels, sing optimally from their hearts. The necessary basic vocal techniques can be taught effectively in 4 to 8 lessons, though the learning process takes longer and can continue throughout one's lifetime.

With a BA in Theater Arts from SFSU, and over 50 years directing, acting, and musical experience, including the last 15 years also working successfully as an ESL educator, I have gained the confidence to help almost any student achieve their personal and/or professional goals.
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Alida December 6, 2017
· Singing · In home
Good teaching philosophy, experienced, patient and kind.
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Jason November 8, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Excellent teacher on the subject
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Elizabeth D. July 15, 2017
· Singing · Online
Wonderfully encouraging and knowledgeable.
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About Rebecca L.

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I have worked professionally as a singer and actor for over twelve years, having performed on Broadway in Lincoln Center's Tony-winning Revival of "South Pacific" and toured the country with Rob McClure and Anika Larson in the First National Tour of "Avenue Q." I have an MFA in Performing Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design, graduated summa cum laude, and was the only female recipient of the Presidential Scholarship for Vocal Performance. My BA is in Arts and Education from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. I'm currently signed with Roth and Associates East.
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Phil October 25, 2017
· Acting · In studio
Amazing instructor! Very easy-going and makes you feel comfortable so you're able to perform at your very best. Has strong visions for what will help her students flourish as artists. HIGHLY recommended for novice and intermediate actors!
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Coral September 19, 2017
· Acting · In home
Very comfortable atmosphere. Rebecca is very personable and I want to bring my other daughter for lessons.
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