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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 Carly B.

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I am a director, teaching artist, producer, and sometimes actor who has lived and worked in Philadelphia for the past 15 years. I'm the Co-Artistic Director and founding member of ReVamp Collective, a Philadelphia based feminist-centric theatre company. I've taught with Walnut Street Theatre, Lantern Theater Company, Theatre Horizon, Delaware Theatre Company, and Philadelphia Theatre Company. I received her BA in Theatre from Temple University with a minor in Art History.

I've not only been an actor, but a director/producer, as someone who has been on both sides of the table I know what directors, casting directors and producers are looking for as well as knowing what it is like to audition as an actor.

About Carly
I am a director, teaching artist, producer, and sometimes actor who has lived and worked in Philadelphia for the past 15 years. I'm the Co-Artistic Director and founding member of ReVamp Collective, a Philadelphia based feminist-centric theatre company. I've taught with Walnut Street Theatre, Lantern Theater Company, Theatre Horizon, Delaware Theatre Company, and Philadelphia Theatre Company. I received her BA in Theatre from Temple University with a minor in Art History.
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About Jeremy K.

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I have been teaching and coaching actors for 20 years. My students work professionally on stage, TV and film. Within the first few lessons, you will understand how to create a character. Soon, you will have the skills to book a role. I specialize in method acting, but draw upon my experience at The Second City (improvisation) in Chicago and other training I have had. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels; I can't wait to meet you!

About Jeremy
Are you working on a part for a play or film and need assistance? If you are new to acting, I can teach you what it takes to be an actor and how to bring a character to life. Do you need to prepare for an audition? Do you want to learn about the business of acting? Script analysis? I can help.

I can help with your audition for performing arts high schools in NYC. My students have gotten into the schools of their choice.

If you have training or are a working actor, I can help take you to the next level.

I am a working actor, published playwright and award winning filmmaker. I graduated from the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where I majored in drama. Currently, I am faculty member at Lee Strasberg Theater Institute in New York. I teach Method Acting, Acting for Camera, Improvi
sation as well as other classes. My students, both at the Institute and from private coaching, have appeared in independent stage and film productions, TV shows, commercials and Hollywood films.

Acting is the art of bringing a character to life. I use the Lee Strasberg Method, my original exercises and a fun and serious demeanor to help actors express themselves as artists and gain the confidence and skills they need in order to book acting jobs.

My book, "The Young Actor's Handbook", is published by Applause Theatre and Cinema Books. "The Young Actor's Handbook" ignites the beginning actor's creative soul with acting exercises, acting theory, writing exercises and insight into what it means to be an actor. This is a pragmatic manual that guides and informs the young actor, beginning actor, novice acting teacher or anyone who wants to understand acting.

"Jeremy Kruse's book, "The Young Actor’s Handbook", leads the young actor on the correct path. Jeremy is an experienced acting teacher who has broken down acting in an academic way while nurturing the soul of the actor. He understands the emotional aspects of good acting. I commend Jeremy and believe he has accomplished quite a feat in writing "The Young Actors Handbook." - Vincent D'Onofrio
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cindy March 22, 2017
· Acting · In studio
My son enjoys his acting lessons immensely. Jeremy always makes him feel comfortable and at ease. His method is fantastic.
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Kieran September 1, 2016
· Film and TV Acting · In studio
I would recommend Jeremy to any 1st timer actor or actor very professional great teacher
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Elaine M. June 20, 2016
· Improv Acting · Online
He's kind and understanding and extremely helpful. I can't wait for my next lesson! I wholeheartedly recommend him! I enjoyed the improv games we played. I needed encouragement and Jeremy gave it to me.
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About Amber W.

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Experienced Music teacher of 8 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of their instrument and theory skills. I specialize in all styles. Typically, I use a variety of method books to pick from to meet the needs of the students. I also have many tools available to use during lessons.
My students have gone on to NYSSMA and on to college auditions successfully!

About Amber
I have been teaching private lessons since 2008, but have been studying music since I was only 4 with non stop private and in school lessons. I now have my Bachelor's degree in Music education and am working toward my Masters in Music performance and Instruction.
I love working with my students. Watching them succeed at what they do is what makes my day great. I always love to have a fun atmosphere around me and enjoy every minute it. Music is great for self expression a great Escape or an easy pass-time. It's nothing that should be stressful, but the opposite and that is what my lessons aim to do. Provide an educational, but fun and expressive learning experience to carry with you or your child throughout your lives.
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Tyrese P. November 3, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Amber is nice. I can tell she has a lot of knowledge and i can tell she cares for her students.She is very easy to approach with questions or concerns. I cant wait for my next lesson
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Kitty December 5, 2016
· Piano · In studio
So far, so good !!
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Greg H. December 1, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Amber is really patient with a new student. I'm glad to be her student.
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About Jordan W.

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Learn to analyze your audience, use your body, find your voice, project, build character, work with lines, understand beats and rhythm, build confidence, project, and more....

About Jordan
Learn to move, improve, gain confidence, get in shape, and have fun doing so! Whether you are a beginner or just looking to refine your existing skills, I'm here to help you reach your goals!--It's what I do, and I love it (=

I am a teacher, choreographer, and professional dancer with 14 years of teaching and industry experience both nationally and abroad. I am a versatile artist and educator with a background in numerous styles of dance, modeling, acting, fitness, theater, circus, and character performance. I have been in music videos, commercials, films, and on TV, and have worked with companies like Reebok, Disney, American Idol, Fox, NBC, Heineken, Universal and more. I have traveled the world teaching and performing and am committed to sharing my knowledge with my students to help them reach their fullest potential!

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ve taught preschoolers through adults of all levels, including beginners. My lessons are engaging, creative, beneficial, and a super great time! I enjoy helping my students reach their goals while having fun along the way. My favorite part about teaching is seeing students improve in ability and more importantly, confidence, and knowing that I was able to be a part of their process.

Lessons offered:
-dance fitness
-strength and conditioning
-stretching and flexibility training
-personal training
-nutrition and wellness
-jazz
-hip hop/urban
-jazz funk
-burlesque
-contemporary
-lyrical
-musical theater
-character development
-acting
-modeling
-tap
-ballet
-barre
-improv
-choreography
-wedding dance

I am outgoing, friendly, and fun, but most importantly-I love what I do! I focus on inspiring creativity, encouraging self-confidence, and cultivating personal achievement in everyone I work with!

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1) Online: via TakeLessons Classroom
2) Home: My home located at 90019
3) Studio: Fully equipped dance studio located at 90026 *addt'l. rental fee req'd-please inquire for more info.
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I am a former member of Unity LA, under the direction of Dancing with the Stars Emmy Winner, Tessandra Chavez, as well as the non-profit dance company, MusEffect- dedicated to raising awareness of social issues through performance. I have collaborated with distinguished circus troupes such as The Lucent Dossier Experience, Zen Arts, Cirque Berzerk, and others, with whom I continue to perform internationally.

I have done music videos for Cody Simpson, Bassnectar, Claude VonStroke and Bruno Furlan, Beats Antique, Lafa Taylor, Nash Overstreet, Japanese icon Namie Amuro, Ray Quinn from Britain’s Idol, and more. I have appeared on Parks and Recreation, The Disney Channel's So Random, Bring It On: Fight to the Finish, Fox Atomic’s The Comebacks, TruTV's Fake Off, and The Dance Network's Steady Mobbin’, and commercials for Tresemme, eHarmony, El Jimador, and HTV Network, amongst others.

I have also worked on Michelle Obama's “Let’s Move Burbank” Campaign, The Giffoni Film Festival, The Probowl, The Orange County Film Festival, KROQ Radio, Coachella Music Festival, The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, The American Cancer Society, Bettis Richardson on his international tour, and popular rock band Lifehouse.
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Alan August 28, 2018
· Dance Choreography · In home
Miss Jordan is the one person in my entire journey of learning dance (later in life) that has been able to break things down and teach me in a way that made sense to my mind and my body. She is brilliant, fun and incredibly talent. I couldn't reccomend her more highly!
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Mareli M. August 9, 2018
· Ballet · In home
Simply amazing! Good energy and knows what she’s doing :)
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Lindsey G. July 6, 2018
· Ballet · Online
Jordan is an excellent teacher who’s very patient and takes the time make sure you’re really understanding. In one half hour lesson with Jordan you can learn as much as three lessons with other tutors. I highly recommend her.
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About Missy V.

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I first began my career at the age of four when I was cast in my first Off-Broadway production in NYC. From then on I had the bug! I continued my studies at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts high school where I graduated with and advanced performance diploma. I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts and since then have been traveling, performing anywhere and everywhere. I am so fortunate that my career has taken me to such beautiful countries and states along the way! If you want to focus on a long career, a hobby, or pinpoint a specific mononloge or character then I’ll be the one to help you be the star of your performance goals!

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My name is Missy and I’m so excited to work with all of you! I first began my career as performer with an Off Broadway production at the age of four. Growing up in NYC came as a great advantage to learn about the entertainment business first had and at such a young age. I was fortunate enough to attend Frank Sinatra school of the Arts High School where I worked with some of the best voice, music and theatre directors. Through them I was able to perform as an opening act for The Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, performed for artists such as Whoopi Goldberg, Anne Hatahaway and Julie Andrews at a special Gala event at Cipriani in NYC. Being that Tony Bennet is the founder of the school, he was a frequent visitor and audience member/performer with us students. In fact we performed for him to celebrate his 70th birthday!

In 2009 I graduated from Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School with an advanced music diploma as a Vocal Major and a Musical Theatre concentration. Following high school I was accepted into Five Towns College where I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts. Immidately following my degree I have been working and traveling almost non stop.
My performance career has taken me to some of the most beautiful places and has had me meet some amazing people along the way. From world premiers to cruise ships, to theme parks, you too can have a wonderful career just like myself with life long memories to last!
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Rose August 6, 2018
· Musical Theater · In studio
I had been taking Classes with Missy for a long time, and she helped me come out of my shell and be able to discover new techniques and different ways to open up, using theater. She has opened doors for me and always kept the classes fun! I never wanted them to end!
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Maria August 6, 2018
· Singing · In home
My daughter took singing lessons and Missy was wonderful She taught my daughter great technique helped her with the breathing and gave her such great confidence. Missy was so sweet, kind, and her talent so amazing. I would recommend her to everyone
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Thomas August 5, 2018
· Film Acting · In home
Missy was amazing at instructing! I have always had wanted to get into acting so friends of mine who were in the business referred me to Missy due to her patience with you, her experience, and how excellent she is at teaching you down to the core. Awesome teacher!
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About Frances R.

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Want to be the lead in your school play? Desperate to get into the acting program of your dreams? Or are you shy and looking for a way to break out of your shell?
Start right where you are. I have a very wholistic approach to acting - mind, body, and spirit. With years of acting training and teaching, I will help you explore the depths of your creativity, and discover the heights of your acting potential. I use various techniques and exercises to best connect you with your characters and feel confident in your choices. From relaxation and vocal warmups (Linklater technique & Alexander technique) to improvisations and imagination exercises, I will personalize each lesson to your needs. From auditions to soliloquies, let me help you achieve your dreams.

About Frances
Performing is my life passion and I love all that the arts have to offer. My first acting role being in the school play at age 5, there was no turning back for me. I continued acting and playing music during my younger year, until I started getting more serious training. I went to the Performing Arts Academy as an acting major all fours years of high school. Based on that training, I had the opportunity to audition for the Metrovation Acting Scholarship at the Two River Theater Company, which I was accepted, and where my passion for acting really expanded. I have taught at the children's acting summer camps at Two River Theater, as well as some private clients. From there I have auditioned all over NYC and have done works from Shakespeare to new works. I attended Point Park University Conservatory of the Performing Arts as an acting majo
r where I studied various techniques and methods, solidifying my acting training. I started out as a very shy child, and the arts have really been the most transformative experience in my life. I am looking forward to helping others achieve their dreams.
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About Karolina B.

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I recently graduated with a BFA in acting from Elon university and have a lot of experience with different acting techniques. I am able to coach using Meisner, Stanislavski, Chekhov, practical aesthetics as well as being able to coach Shakespeare. I am especially knowledgeable and helpful for seniors in high school planning on going through college auditions, and can help with finding perfect material, pre screens, and how to avoid common pitfalls. I can help you land a spot at the college of your dreams!

About Karolina
I am a professional actor with a love for teaching!
I just graduated from Elon University with a BFA in acting in May of 2018.
I have been acting since I was five years old and have a great love for the art of theatre and film!
I am especially knowledgeable and skilled in the world of college auditions. After going through the process myself, taking a great deal of audition classes, and assisting with auditions at Elon, I have developed unmatchable skills in the college audition process.
Working with me I will find you the perfect material, help develope your type, go through typical college audition pitfalls, coach your monologues, practice interviewing and teach you skills from different acting techniques ( such as Stanislavski, Meisner, Chekhov, and practical aesthetics)
I would love to work with you and help you get into the colleg
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About Francisco M.

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I have been coaching acting professionally for 7 years. I'm an author of two method acting books on Amazon. My lessons are highly personalized depending on experience, background and age. I believe acting should be a joyful experience and one that will be a positive change in your life and career. I teach basically the same acting curriculum I was taught in professional acting school in Texas. I want my students to reach their full potential and aspirations while having a wonderful time!

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I'm bilingual Spanish tutor with four years teaching one on one, my lessons are highly personalized and are based on the world renown Pimsleur System of language learning. I'm also acting coach and author of two method acting books: " Mindfulness for the modern actor," and " Mind power for the modern actor." both on Amazon. I have about seven years experience coaching acting to beginners and advanced acting students. I specialize in film and method acting. My lessons are personalized to fit my students needs but are based on professional acting schools. I currently studying filmmaking to add to my teachings and give my students a more rounded lessons and skills. I'm am an avid student of the wonderful art of acting and always learning because I believe that as an actor you can never stop learning the skill, acting is forever and always
evolving! And I like to teach this concept to my students. Always break a leg!
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