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About Jeff S.

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Jeff is a seasoned instructor in guitar, songwriting, music performance and music business. He also offers lessons in public speaking, voice-over performance and ukulele. He welcomes students of all ages and experience and has successfully and happily taught beginners to pro-level musicians and recording artists. Jeff is pleased to announce that he is currently accepting Takelessons online students via Skype.

Jeff can teach guitar and songwriting in all styles and is an adept acoustic and electric guitarist. His knowledge of chords is extensive and his acoustic fingerpicking skills are formidable. Jeff structures all lessons around the individual goals and playing level of his students. Jeff's students tend to study with him for quite some time, as his wealth of knowledge, diversity of instruction and patience are extraordinary
. Jeff prides himself on customizing every student's lessons based on their particular preferences, goals and skill level. "It's a very personalized kind of instruction, as I never take a cookie-cutter
approach to teaching…".
Jeff's 3 promises to all students is to give them personalized lessons, be attentive to their needs and goals. and to make them feel like every lesson is worth their investment of time and money. As long as students practice regularly, they can expect to dramatically increase their clarity of playing, their chord "inventory", their musical ear and awareness and play the songs they've always wanted to learn.

After honing his craft as a songwriter and performer, Jeff created and taught music classes at colleges, universities, and music schools throughout the country for many years, including UCLA Extension, Santa Monica College, Pasadena City College and The Harrison School Of Music. Jeff is currently teaching ukulele classes and songwriting classes at Tacoma Community College and Pierce College, both in Washington state.

When asked to summarize his views on teaching and music: "Teaching and playing music always puts a smile on my face; especially when I see that the student is having fun, learning what they want to learn and feeling the passion about music that motivated me to pursue my own musical career".

As a working singer/songwriter/guitarist, Jeff is known for his memorable melodies, intelligently crafted lyrics and heartfelt vocals. His compositions have earned him over 50 awards from various national and international songwriting contests and he's a former staff songwriter for the long-standing New York City-based publisher, Bourne Music. He has also won best music video awards at 3 international film festivals.

Some of the artists that Jeff has been compared to as a guitarist and vocalist include Keb' Mo', James Taylor, Kenny Loggins, Ry Cooder, John Mayer, Bill Withers, Jim Croce, and Don Henley.

Jeff is a NJ native, but lived and performed in Los Angeles for many years, where he worked in the studio or shared the stage with well-known artists such as Dave Koz, Norman Brown, John Daversa, Hiroshima, Little Richard and N'Dea Davenport.

Jeff catalog of over 450 songs and compositions spans virtually every genre, but many of his tunes are amalgams of pop, blues, jazz, R&B, country and rock. Quite a number of Jeff's songs
have appeared in film and TV. One that Jeff is particularly proud of, is the dynamic pop ballad, "Journey Of The Heart" (co-written by Jeanne Smith), which was licensed by the N.C.A.A. (National
Collegiate Athletic Association), who deemed it "the official anthem" of their NCAA Hall Of Champions facility in Indianapolis.

Jeff has commercially released 4 CD's of his original material: The most recent of these is his 2013 release, "Blujanova" (a merging of blues, jazz and bossa nova), which was praised by platinum selling and Grammy-nominated jazz star, Dave Koz: "Jeff's voice is so clean and pure...the production is lovely...warm and inviting...I love the interesting and surprising takes on some classics too, especially 'I Feel Good'…that brought a smile to my face!".
The other CD's stretch into other genres. "Truthteller" (bluesy pop/rock and singer/songwriter material) "Me, Myself, and I" (acoustic) and "The Spin" (pop, rock, and country-tinged singer/songwriter material). All of Jeff's albums are on his label, Relevant Records. The late great John Braheny, author of the best-selling "The Craft And Business Of Songwriting (Writer's Digest Books), gave high praise to Jeff's CD, "The Spin", calling it "honest, crafty, melodic and the songs are all exceptional". Patch called Jeff "a consummate songwriter".

*** Lesson Details ***
At the first lesson, I will ask you to tell me what songs you want to play and artists you want to play like and I will set the table for that by providing the chords you'll need, chord and scales and exercises to enable you to play them and guidelines and tricks on how to make it happen as quickly as possible. I know a wide variety of songs in all styles and styles, including current hit songs as well as pop, rock, blues, jazz, country songs. if you have a song or artist that I don't know already, I will learn it (often on the spot) and if not right then, at the next lesson. I have taught my students to play songs by artists as varied as Taylor Swift, U2, Jason Mraz, Adele, Eric Clapton, Django Reinhardt, Doc Watson. And that's just naming a few.

I always make it clear to my students at the first lesson: "There is no such thing as a stupid question". I want you to feel comfortable to stop me at any time to clarify what I am teaching you, ESPECIALLY if it is too difficult or vague. I pride myself on always being organized for your lesson and making sure that you grasp whatever it is I am teaching you. The goal is to get you to be able to play what you want as quickly as possible. This will take practice and dedication on your part, but I will do everything in my power to help you get there.

I never force anything on any of my students. but I feel it would be beneficial for you to learn to read music OR read tablature and chord diagrams. You tell me which one and we'll go in that direction. If you'd like to read music, then we can decide on a book for you. I have used Hal Leonard instructional books (with CD's! this way you can play with a backing track and get a sense of rhythm, which is very important), but I'm open to other method books you might have or like.

After 3 to 6 months, you will feel you are significantly more skilled on the guitar than you were before we started lessons. You will know more chords (and move from chord to chord), be able to do at least some basic fingerpicking and be able to read some music or tablature.

*** Specialties ***
Acoustic fingerstyle guitar (a la James Taylor, John Mayer, Eric Clapton, Keb' Mo', Jason Mraz, John Martyn, Jim Croce, etc.

Blues guitar a la Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Keb' Mo', Jorma Kaukonen, Ry Cooder, etc.

Bossa nova guitar

Songwriting (any aspect and any level; musically, lyrically, structurally, etc.)

the songs of Taylor Swift---quite a few of my younger students want to play her material, so I have about 15 songs ready to teach you and always learning more (by popular demand)

Adapting songs that are keyboard-based and creating arrangements of them for acoustic guitar. Examples include songs by Adele, songs by Elton John, Irina Menzel's huge hit song from "Frozen", John Legend's "All Of Me", Coldplay's "Viva La Vida", etc.

Recording on Garageband.
I became so skilled with Garageband that I was asked to give seminars at Apple Store locations, showcasing my recordings and how to use the program.

Voice-overs; performance, recording, etc.
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Antonio H. December 30, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Easy going was completely prepared to review song of intrest.
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James Michael October 21, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
Very patient and encouraging, willing to adapt to my needs in order to accommodate my goals and expectations.
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Sanal pookat May 19, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Great first lesson. Hoping for a great learning experience in lessons to come..
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About Jameson J.

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About Jameson
If you are a seasoned performer, I will guide you in developing agility, musicality, range, dynamics, and phrase shape. If you are a first-time vocal student, I will provide an engaging, supportive environment to find your voice.

My instruction is based on professionalism, experience and range from more than 25 years of singing and 13 years of teaching. I have advanced education in vocal performance and am an AmSAT certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, which allow me to integrate the intellectual and physical aspects of singing. I use my energy, attentiveness and creativity to tailor lessons towards each student's unique needs.

I base my vocal technique on the Italianate tradition of operatic "bel canto," but also incorporate broad experience in musical theater, jazz, and early to contemporary classical music.

* Breath
control
* Healthy vocal production "bel canto"
* Fach transition
* 20th Century music

Roles performed:

Rodolfo, La Boheme
Canio, Pagliacci
Count Almaviva, Barbiere di Siviglia
Goro, Madama Butterfly
Mr Splinters, The Tender Land
Don Basilio, Marriage of Figaro
Juror #3, Resurrection (Machover)
The Cowboy, The Blue Hotel (Hulse)

Credits include:

* Aspen Opera Theater Center

* Boston Lyric Opera

* Rome Opera Festival

* Austin Lyric Opera

* Amato Opera

* Dicapo Opera

* Bronx Opera

I have made demonstration tapes for new works (musical theater and opera) and know how to work a new piece into any voice.

In addition, I have worked with the Alexander Technique for over 15 years and integrate its principles into my lessons. My approach is creative, energetic and disciplined.

*** Lesson Details ***
Every student is different and every lesson will be different depending on the needs of the individual, and the demands of the day. I use the principles of the Alexander Technique to open up the student's mind and body to new experiences.

In general, lessons will start with a simple warm-up. Then scales and arpeggios to develop agility, musicality, range, dynamics, and phrase shape. Finally, the last part of the lesson I incorporate some of the new ideas that were communicated earlier into the student's repertoire.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, Alexander Technique table,

*** Travel Equipment ***
NONE

*** Specialties ***
Teaches beginner through professional:
Singing, Voice Opera, Musical Theater, Jazz, Alexander Technique.
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Abbas April 25, 2018
· Vocal Training · Online
Mr. Jameson was very patient & gave clear instructions. Looking forward to continuing lesdons with him!
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Grant P. August 27, 2017
· Opera Voice · In studio
My son learned a lot, came away excited and already looking forward to the next lesson.
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Landon S. November 15, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Overall, Jameson is wonderful. He is very personable, honest, knowledgeable in his field, and patient. You will definitely see improvement! He makes sure you understand the best ways to make your voice sound amazing with least amount of effort.
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About MissG M.

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Chicago, IL

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***CURRENTLY LOCATED IN CHICAGO***

MissG was born and raised in New York City. She has received training in NYCs prestigious Broadway Dance Center and Steps, among others. In 2004 she founded Alight Movement and has already made a mark within the dance community through events, dance competitions, shows and workshop tours. They were recently seen on BET's 106 and Park, where some of MissG's choreography was displayed.

MissG has recently relocated to Chicago from Florida. She has choreographed and performed as a backup dancer for various local venues in South Florida including television shows and music videos. Her most recent sighting is in Step Up Revolution. Her choreography was also recently seen on BET's Spring Bling Invitational Showcase in Venice Beach,CA. She has trained artists in development for major recording companies an
d continues to inspire her students, from all walks of life, to aim high in their endeavors. One of MissG’s students, artist Joselyn Rivera, appeared on the third season of The Voice.
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olivija June 21, 2018
· Hip Hop Dance · In studio
My daughter is 9 years old and had her first class with Gisselle today! She had a blast and learned a lot! She can’t wait for her next lesson:)
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Thomas B. February 24, 2018
· Dance Choreography · Online
MissG is awesome and highly recommend her. She is instructing my daughter and I for her sweet 16 father/daughter dance. She gave us great ideas for moves and great instruction on how to count and move to the music. I was worried about this dance coming together and definitely could not done it without her! We are set to do this dance in another 2 weeks and now feel confident about doing this.
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Cheryl Tingey January 22, 2018
· Hip Hop Dance · Online
Great Lady with the heart of a teacher-- Thanks Miss G for showing me the fluid moves,
Cheryl :)
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About Stacey R.

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I am a lifelong student of many subjects. My approach to teaching is one of patience and enthusiasm. I do my best to understand the student's learning style and teach accordingly.
I have been a professional actor, model, and singer for 10 years. I specialize in on-camera acting for TV commercials, industrial video, and host. Most of the modeling I've done is commercial print and live promotional modeling. I've taught group acting classes to kids ages 6-17, including on-camera auditioning, stage directions, script analysis, and business skills (headshot/resume, finding an agent, industry terms, etc.).
My singing experience includes pop, musical theatre, and jazz. I've coached students who believed they were hopeless, and they were pleased to discover their gifts and see growth!
I am a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) and have taught
for 3 years, both group classes and privately.
I minored in French in college and tutored beginning French.
My motto: Never stop learning!
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Sandra April 29, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Stacey is very friendly and provides good feedback. I look forward to seeing in with her everyday.
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James April 12, 2018
· Singing · In home
Trying to sing in front of someone is very intimidating for me but Stacey made me feel comfortable from the start. She was very professional and the lesson took a very logical sequence that I could understand. In the past I took lessons from another teacher and my experience with Stacey far exceeded my previous experience and exceeded my expectations...with her help I may actually be able carry a tune!
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Alicia February 15, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Great instructor that makes the somewhat scary act of singing lessons seem stress-free. Great technical information and tips and exercises to do as homework.
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About Alyssa W.

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Hyattsville, MD

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I have been a professional actor since 2003 and have been working and living in the DC area for the last 6 years. I have been a proud member of Actors Equity Association since 2009. I have coached privately for over a decade and specialize in audition preperation for both undergraduate and graduate submissions, as well as upcoming productions. I am also an accomplished voice over artist and can facilitate the creation of your very own demo reel. Named one of D.C. 12 acting dynamos to watch in 2017 by the Washington Post.
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Amazing B. March 11, 2018
· Acting · In studio
The children had a wonderful experience as a beginner in acting. They were comfortable with her coaching style and looking forward to next week.
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Dorea January 15, 2018
· Acting · In studio
Alyssa is AWESOME! She coached me on an audition piece and her insight was invaluable. I booked the job and I'm sure it was in part because of the work we did together. She has a wonderful energy and a keen eye, and creates a safe, welcoming space to play and try new things. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a coach- whether you're new to acting or are already established.
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Thomas January 5, 2018
· Acting · In studio
Alyssa has coached me on dozens of professional auditions, helping me refine and specify my work, and raising my preparedness to the highest levels. There is no one I trust more to help me improve, and the positivity she brings to the work room is contagious.
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About Rebecca B.

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"If you listen closely enough, the voice of sensation will speak, and with practice, you can learn to follow its guidance toward balance, harmony and expressivity in your body; you can learn to speak a language that can only be expressed with movement." ~Rebecca Bone

As an improvisational dance artist, teacher and facilitator, Rebecca Bone is guided by this voice inside herself and is passionate about teaching others how to hear and follow their own voice of sensation.

After a formal dance training in Modern, Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz and Folk forms, Rebecca followed her fervor for dance across the globe to study with teachers in somatic and movement based forms of Contact Improvisation, Axis Syllabus, Body Mind Centering, Functional and Developmental movement, Gaga and Physical Theater. While each training added depth and breadth
to Rebecca’s skill as a mover and performer, she still found herself yearning for something more. This eventually lead her back to herself, alone in the dance studio, asking the question, "Body, how do YOU want to move today?" and this is where she found what she was searching for.
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About Chad A.

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Charlotte, NC

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Experience most definitely. Having started on stage in such great productions as Shakespeare’s The Tempest to wonderful musicals such as South Pacific. In his career he has worked with French TV Super Star Veronique Jannot. Chad Ayers has also worked with some of the best that Hollywood has to offer. He has worked with Dana Carvey and John Lovitz of Saturday Night Live fame in a Super Bowl commercial as well as acting legends Burt Reynolds, Mickey Rooney, Elliott Gould and Judith Light and credited alongside Demi Moore, Beau Bridges, Sam Robards, Armand Assante, Ving Rhames and Robert Patrick to name a few. Most recently having worked with international TV stars Carl Marino and John Nicholson. Chad portrays an array of characters from the antagonist to the professor as well as the detective. Chad was trained by Caroline Serine with the
Eric Morris “How not to Act” style. Currently recurring on a Detective TV show and shooting films between traveling coast to coast. Having currently just wrapped two Feature films where Chad played antagonist Henry Dunlap in “Testing” on Amazon Prime. He also just wrapped as News Director boss Stephen in “The Crossbreed” with famed Turkish Director Biray Dalkiran in Los Angeles. Chad is very excited having shot the pilot for the TV show “The Rejects: Origins” a Sci-Fi Action adventure for a Major Streaming Network Portraying the role of General Heat. Chad is looking forward to the new series getting picked up and working with the wonderful ensemble cast. This past June Chad had the pleasure of working in the Feature Film “Risers “Directed by Mr. Jeff Martell. Most recently landed another recurring role on a new TV show Atlanta Homicide. Chad has also been cast in a new TV show called Knights End set in England AD 1017 in a recurring role in an ensemble with a wonderful all-star cast airing on a streaming network fall of 2018. Versatility is his specialty. Chad prides himself in being a chameleon. He is always up for the challenges of different characters. I really enjoy teaching and watching the student grow. I teach in a casual laid back approach.
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Charlotte, NC 28210
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About David T.

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My name is David and I've been shooting photos and videos since I was a teenager. I've watched the amateur photo and video scene explode as I went through high school and college, learning just as much online as I did from going to film school. Now, I want to help others by imparting some of my knowledge I've gathered through my varied experiences.

I'm currently an in-house content creator for an independent K-12 school, but I've freelanced for musicians and non-profits as well as worked in a boutique Los Angeles production studio. I've learned and seen a lot over the years that has informed not only what I do but also how I advise others in my field.

While staying current with trends and technology is vital in the digital arts, it's important to study the classics that brought us to this point and understand the foundations that vis
ual art is build on. My lessons are not just about teaching you how to use a camera or software, but also design and composition principles.
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Charlotte, NC 28270
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About Edward J.

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Im an Actor in Atlanta Ga. I have been acting in the business for over 10 years. I am a working actor. I have worked along side Tyler Perry, Anthony Anderson, Brittany Snow, Laurence Fishburne, Bethany Hamilton, and Cozi Zuehlsdorff and many more. If acting is your passion you would know it because its something inside of you that telling you to keep pushing forward no matter what in life come your way. What ever life throw at you, keep your endurance and use it as your character in each scene.
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Laura July 2, 2018
· Film and TV Acting · In studio
I have learned a lot from this actor. I would like to say a few things I learned was #1 LISTEN, LISTEN, LISTEN and also react! It’s never gonna be autentic if you aren’t listening to the other actor and just waiting to deliver your line. #2 No one can do it better than you don't act "just be" #3. Go big then Go home. You can't control what happens after the audition but the audition is your moment. It's your audition so give it all you got and have faith.
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