Private lessons will tackle character & musical interpretation, creating strong choices, musicality/phrasing, as well as stage blocking if the song is for a theater audition or performance. Classes will always be tailored to the student's needs and goals.
Poised, energized, and armed with unforgettable performance ability, Michelle G. is a firework in the artistic arena. Her training began at the young age of 3 with the violin, and a few years later received classes for piano and voice. Excelling in all three, Michelle developed a very passionate and dramatic personality that eventually led her to more dramatic genres such as opera and stage acting. Her aptitude to understand human emotions and relationships gives her a wide spectrum to play in as an actress. There is an organic flow to her interpretations both
as an actress and musician that leads the audience to feel her emotional current. Her honest characterizations introduce deeper perspectives on what seems like the ordinary roles and storylines. Amongst the many other leads that she has played, her participation in roles like “Susanna” in The Marriage of Figaro, or “Donna Elvira” in Don Giovanni embody much vibrancy and integrity. Through the development of her voice as a singer and actress, she has crossed over into other media such as voice over commercial work and vocals for pop/main stream music productions. She has recently participated as a vocalist and violinist in the albums of artists such as international jazz pop artist David Longoria, Latin pop singer Erick Bolivar, Grammy-nominated percussionist Souhail Kaspar, and American Idol’s Seysha. Over the last few years she has unraveled her musical skills as a songwriter/composer/arranger and has even had some small victories acquiring music placements on TV shows (NCIS, short film “Sumtin’ Like Dat”, The Dictator) for herself and some of her colleagues. Her inner brilliance is lighting a unique path before her, and she is bravely embracing each step forward in a promising creative career.
Education Michelle completed her Associates of Arts for Music/Music Education at the age of 18, and got later graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Miami with a Bachelor's of Arts for Musical Theater and Music Business, as well as from Florida International University with a Master's of Music in Vocal Performance.
*** Lesson Details *** I tailor my lessons to my student's needs, style, abilities, and goals. Learning is truly a fun and passionate adventure for me, and my enthusiasm has consistently been a contagious quality :) I love to challenge myself & my students to discover how immense their true potential is, and I create a safe and fun environment to explore such facets.
My curriculum is combination of solid tradition (Suzuki method for piano & violin, and Bel Canto technique for singing) interwoven with pop-culture, and modern influences. Within the first 3-6 months, my students will know the basic building blocks of music - which includes scales, arpeggios, triads, intervals, technique, and performance repertoire; and for my singers this will include proper breath technique, tone placement, support, very often increased vocal range (both high and low), and will feel significantly stronger vocally and more confident getting up to sing.
*** Studio Equipment *** Full size Keyboard, mics, pro tools, Violin (electric, acoustic, and Chinese Ehru)
Sarah G. February 5, 2015
Online Verified Student
Spanish has always been difficult for me, but Michelle has helped me so much! She's the first Spanish teacher I actually look forward to seeing each time we have a lesson because she makes the lessons so much fun! She's very funny and easy to work with. Whenever I need to make a change to a lesson she always does everything she can to make it work. I've finally been able to raise my grade in Spanish after working with her!
Dasheonna A. January 2, 2015
Online Verified Student
Michelle is an amazing acting coach!! She is extremely knowledgeable and experienced. She is warm, welcoming, and patient. Working with Michelle has greatly improved my self confidence as an actor. She chooses course material from all different genres, allowing me to feel well rounded and ready to analyze and act out anything put in front of me. I am extremely grateful to have chosen Michelle as my acting coach and excited to see what the future holds for me under her tutelage!!!
Jessica D. November 16, 2014
In studio Verified Student
At the risk of giving away my best kept secret, Michelle is THE BEST!!!
Not only is she an amazing teacher, she is an incredible talent, and awesome person. Her relaxed and nurturing nature enables you to feel super comfortable and excited to learn. She motivates you to try your best and focuses on your strengths, while building and improving upon your weaknesses.
I've taken singing lessons in the past, and after one class with Michelle, I realized, I hadn't learned anything! If you really want to learn in a positive and motivating environment, take classes with Michelle. Just don't sign up for my time slot...I called dibs and I'm going to be taking classes for a while! Lol. =)
This is my favorite type of performing and my specialty. I focus on a healthy approach to singing in the broadway style, including belt, belt mix, and legit singing.
I also love working on the acting aspects of singing. Musicals are plays that have monologues written to music. Acting the lyric is essential for a fantastic musical theatre performance...it's not just having a pretty voice!
Hi! My name is Shannon and I am very excited to be apart of the Takelesson's team! I think I came out of the womb singing a song! My love of music and eventually performing, led me to receive my bachelor's in Voice Performance from Missouri Southern State University in my hometown of Joplin, Missouri. While getting my degree, I realized I wasn't quite ready to embark in the professional performing world without a little more education. I went on to receive my Masters Degree in Musical Theater from The Boston Conservatory. I moved to LA in the fall of 2009 and fell in love with the weath
er and the people.
Music is such an important part of my life and I love sharing my knowledge and passion with other people! Not only is learning about music a fun experience, but helps build discipline, confidence, and pride in ones accomplishments no matter how big or small. Music will be in our lives forever! To know more about it will only enhance ones life experience!
*** Lesson Details *** I am a big believer in building technique. If someone has excellent technique in ballet (the base of dance) the other styles will be stronger. In this way, having a good foundation in voice or piano (or taking a more classical approach) will allow the student to be stronger in musical theatre, pop, country, ect. I always begin with technique and expand my horizon's with the student once I know they have a great base!
*** Studio Equipment *** I expect my students to be ready to work and have fun when I arrive. A quiet area where the student can concentrate and feel at ease it always preferred as well.
For voice students a piano or keyboard is preferred but with the wonders of modern technology not a requirement!
I like for all students to have a notebook where I can write assignments and practice expectations for the coming week. It's also a great way to see the progress of our time together.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in healthy singing, first and foremost. I believe that the cornerstone of making any sound is proper technique, whether one is singing pop or art song, speaking Shakespeare or Mamet. I specialize in classical singing and the Broadway belt/mix styles.
I teach beginning-intermediate piano. I love teaching piano! I feel it's the best instrument to learn because you must learn every aspect of reading music to play proficiently. I was able to learn several instruments quickly growing up because of the skills I acquired through learning piano first.
I am also able to coach/teach break down/ score a monologue/scene/song for study and performance. I feel that the first rule of acting is specificity. There are millions of possibilities, all one has to do is make a specific choice with each new turn of thought.
Along with making healthy choices for the artists instrument, I also feel strongly about making a healthy and safe place for a student to experiment and try new things. In any lesson/class taught, I want every student to feel that they can take risks and push the limits of their talents! When one steps out their comfort zone growth happens!
Josie B. January 26, 2015
In home Verified Student
Shannon is an absolutely phenomenal vocal coach. I study Classical Voice and Musical Theatre Voice with her, and I have improved drastically in both areas since beginning with her around a year ago. With her I have learned breathing, belting, mixing, and how to properly sing classically (with space). She has awesome pieces that we work on and manages to teach me the pronunciation of words in a variety of languages for arias and art songs. Shannon also has a lovely personality and a great sense of humor! I HIGHLY recommend her!
Lisa P. February 14, 2014
Singing Verified Student
All around great teacher.
My granddaughter has improved immeasurably since working with Shannon. Her confidence has soared and she can't stop singing.
Shannon has worked on her air capacity and support and her upper range and tone is so much better. She's punctual and dependable and a pleasure to work with.
Stephanie G. February 12, 2014
Shannon makes learning, growing and performing lots of fun
I see Shannon primarily for voice lessons, but she really helps me prepare for every aspect of auditioning. From vocal technique, to song selection, cuttings for auditions, getting out of my head and into the character, Shannon has been my guide every step of the way, and all with enthusiasm, laughter, encouragement, and wisdom. She's helped with my acting on songs, but she's also helped me to choose and prepare monologues and sides. She challenges me in every lesson so I'm always improving, and she's guided my first steps in this business. I am so grateful to have found her! Whether you want to pursue acting and singing as a career or a hobby, I highly recommend Shannon. She really makes it fun!
If you are preparing for an audition, I can help you with your song selection and of course we will also work on those songs to prepare you for the audition.
I am a dedicated vocal coach, musician, singer, songwriter and founder of "Vocals on Stage". At the age of 6 I started playing Cello and discovered my passion for music but my main focus quickly became the instrument voice. I studied for years at the Unique Voice Studios - a private school for contemporary singing in Vienna and have studied Jazz vocals at the Schubert Conservatory in Vienna as well as private vocal coaches Rocio Guitard, Romana Caren Lakinger, Sandy Cressman, Monika Ballwein and others. I have a Master of Science Degree from the University of Vienna and speak English, Germ
an, Bulgarian and French.
Since 2005 I have been studying and teaching "Mix" - a vocal technique which teaches students how to transition smoothly between chest voice and head voice and receive the full benefits of “both worlds”: the natural and powerful sound of the chest voice, and the beauty and range of the head voice. I teach contemporary music, Pop, Rock, Soul, Blues, Jazz, R'n'B, Country and Musical. For the past 8 years I have been working as a vocal instructor in Vienna, San Francisco and Los Angeles, giving private and group lessons.
*** Lesson Details *** During a lesson we will work half of the time on technical exercises and half of the time on a song which the student can choose or I will make a recommendation. All lessons are recorded and given to the student to conveniently practice at home between each lesson.
Music styles thought: Pop, Rock, Musical Theater, Soul, Country, R'n'B, Blues, Jazz
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano Keyboard Speakers Recording System Laptop
*** Travel Equipment *** Laptop, Recording Device
*** Specialties *** Mix - a vocal technique which teaches students to smoothly transition between their chest voice and their head voice.
Sade M. April 19, 2015
In home Verified Student
Working with Radina is such a pleasure! She is extremely patient and kind. I truly enjoy the different methods she provides to help me improve my voice. Another great thing is her recorded lessons. I can always go back and review our lesson and go over things I needed help with using the recordings. She's also incredibly flexible with my hectic schedule, which is such a huge plus! I highly recommend her. Thank you so much for everything, Radina. You're amazing!
Hans D. November 14, 2013
This is it!
I've been taking lessons with Radina for a few months and I'm super happy with the progress I've made so far. I didn't know anything about head voice, chest voice, mix and now it's all starting to make sense. I'm not afraid to sing higher notes which I always wanted to be able to do!
Radina is a highly professional and nice teacher, she really understands what is going on in a singers voice and mind and she hears everything.
I always look forward to my next lesson :)
olja M. November 7, 2013
> very professional
> knowing exactly what she is doing
> such a positiv and powerful person with so much inspiring energy
> uncomplicated and professional communication
During the lessons I learn so much from Radina and by the way: she is such a humorous person and perfect in motivating me.
Also my little sister takes lessons since years. It's so much fun for her too.
I very much recommend Radina!!!
You will get adiccted!!!
I offer Broadway vocal training with focus of belting technique and repertoire. Voice is my first instrument and I teach all levels. The vocal technique I teach is drawn from the Bel Canto Tradition and tailored to fit more modern styles of music with emphasis on posture, muscle relaxation and breathing technique among fun and interesting vocal exercises!
Hello! Music is my life and my biggest passion. I've been a working musician and a teacher for several years and there's nothing more rewarding than sharing all I've learned so far with my students, to nurture their goals and aspirations and to make them aware of the great instrument they already possess. Every year I plan and host two wonderful recitals for my students, so that they can experience and share their progress with family and friends.
Here's more about me and my education: I was born and raised in Italy and have been singing since I was a child but started a formal training d
uring my teenage years with a private coach. During college, while studying Psychology at the University of Florence, I attended 2 different private music schools in Florence and Bologna, since it was not possible at the time to study music in College. There I kept studying vocal technique, solfege, classical guitar and music harmony. I moved to LA 11 years ago and attended Musician's Institute earning a diploma in Vocal Studies and Vocal Performance and then I attended a Composition & Songwriting Program at UCLA for 2 years. I refined my vocal technique studying at Berkley College of Music for a summertime in a special program for Jazz Vocalists and I have been an Alexander Technique's student for now 10+ years. I am a performing artist, I sing and teach privately for a living and, on the side, I help an Opera Touring company promote their tours. I have performed all over the country in some beautiful venues such as the Getty Center and Pantages Theater to name a few. Guitar is my second instrument but I accompany students with my piano during vocal exercises. My personal style of singing is modern, not operatic, I love many kinds of music but especially pop, jazz, and musical theater.
**Singing: Teaching Adults** There are two sides of singing that I like to work on with my students. The first is vocal technique, which is first and foremost the study of how to use our instrument, our whole body, in the best and most useful way to avoid strain ad create beautiful sounds. I believe that when we relax and use the right posture, meaning the most natural one, then our bodies and our breathing mechanisms act as they are supposed to, and singing magically happens at its best. When we learn to use our bodies without strain, the right "singing" muscles are automatically engaged and exercised and we feel at ease. So I try to encourage a non-forceful way to use diaphragmatic breathing, which I have learned by studying Alexander Technique, which is a technique that teaches people how to stop using unnecessary levels of muscular and mental tension during any activity, especially during an artistic performance of any kind. I try to notice bad singing habits the student may have formed throughout his/her life, (hopefully none!), and gently help them correct them. The vocal exercises I use are drawn from the Bel Canto tradition, a classical tradition, but I mix them with more modern vocal exercises to develop popular techniques like "belting" for example. The second side of singing is simply to pay attention to song interpretation, to convey the message we would like to convey. I encourage the student to choose songs to work on they truly love, and I welcome any style of music. I give the students vocal exercises CDs to help them practice at home.
**Singing: Teaching Children** What I described above is also true for teaching children, however I like to teach them "by ear" with simple vocal exercises and vocal games at the beginning of the lesson and try to ease them into the sound they naturally make. I like to create a positive environment in which the student can feel successful about even small achievements, whether it is standing in a relaxed way or having practiced the beginning of an exercise or part of a song. To help the student practice at home and keep the motivation alive without feeling overwhelmed I record each lesson (or let them record it) and give them the accompaniment for the song of their choice so they can have fun at home.
*** GUITAR *** I teach young children using fun songs, games and classical guitar technique. I also teach adults and specialize in contemporary guitar. I welcome many styles of music, pop, rock as well as folk genres of Latin America. I emphasize good posture, tone and musicality, and always a high level of enjoyment with the process!
*** RECITALS *** I plan and host 2 wonderful Recitals a year, one in January and one in June. I encourage all my students to participate, no matter how they may feel about their instrument level and preparation. Working towards a performance is one of the most effective ways to solidify your ever growing skill!
*** Studio Equipment *** For students who come to my home studio, there is private guest parking right outside my building, in a gated complex of buildings and in a safe neighborhood just north of the 101. My studio is conveniently located just a few blocks from the freeway entrance. I have a comfortable sofa for parents and siblings to attend the lessons and a keyboard to use for accompaniment. Also, I periodically offer my students the chance to record one song in my studio, equipped with nice microphones and a professional recording system.
*** Travel Equipment *** For singing lessons I bring my small and light master-keyboard and laptop or I can use the student piano/keyboard. For children's lesson I ask my students to bring a notebook to keep track of practice assignments.
*** Specialties *** Music theory and Songwriting. Stage performance and how to feel comfortable on stage. Additionally I teach vocal jazz improvisation, Broadway singing and Italian song repertoire.
Ellie P. August 12, 2015
In home Verified Student
My daughter has really enjoyed her guitar lessons with Elena.
Fiona K. July 29, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
In home Verified Student
Elena is great! We like her a lot! She is great with my daughter. Definitely recommend!
Mary H. May 19, 2015
Online Verified Student
When I ask my niece about her voice lesson for the week, her usual response is "wonderful". She really has learned a lot in terms of how to use her voice & really enjoys Elena!
More and more revivals are showing up on Broadway and they call for a "legit" sound. That means a classical technique with a musical theater style. Be prepared! The rigors of the musical theater schedule are demanding. A good technique is your only defense against 6-9 shows a week! Protect your finest asset- your talent. No one knows how to do that better than an opera singer...especially on who has sung plenty of musical theater!
I am an enthusiastic teacher with a nuts-and bolts approach to singing. With over 20 years of training as an opera singer my technique is impeccable! I teach all styles and ages from beginner to professional. Can't carry a tune? You can learn! Love to sing in the shower? Dry off and sing out proud! Is your kid a Broadway Baby? Give him or her the best training and keep those cords SAFE with proper technique. If your child isn't a typical learner- have no fear. I am a patient and experienced teacher with ASD and ADHD kids. All learning styles welcome! I have trained with the best a
nd am ready to share my knowledge. Come train in a fun and nurturing environment while improving by leaps and bounds!
Bill K. March 13, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Tania is exactly what I was looking for in a voice instructor. When she listens to me sing, she knows exactly what I need to concentrate on and explains so well how to achieve it. I'm inspired every day when I hear the positive changes in my voice while practicing. I've had other voice instructors throughout the years but never quite had the same connect. Sometimes you just get lucky.
Stephanie B. January 29, 2015
Audition Prep ·
In studio Verified Student
I needed help getting ready for an upcoming school audition that was within a month and a half. It was a bit of an emergency since I had to learn and perform two classical songs from memory after eight years of a singing break! I searched through several profiles on here but I was instantly drawn to Tania through her words and video uploads. She seemed to be the perfect match and I was grateful for her to take on this challenge with me. When I finally met her, I was absolutely thrilled to find that she was all I had hoped her to be - and more!
Tania's voice is incredible and she is filled with so much insight about voice techniques and bodily applications. She is not afraid to challenge you to go above and beyond your goals but she is also patient, understanding, and will be there for you every step of the way. I find her to be inspirational, wise, and encouraging. In fact, I can easily say that I have learned more about how to TRULY sing from her than all the years I spent in choral programs in school. She is incredibly beautiful and beautiful to work with!
I feel blessed to have found Tania and I would definitely recommend her to anyone who is looking for a remarkable voice coach. I won’t know until March if I have been accepted into music school but I have no doubt that I've made it thanks to Tania’s help!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!!
Ross B. December 9, 2014
Classical Voice ·
It's my pleasure to recommend Tania as a voice teacher without reservation. I had the pleasure of working with her as her accompanist/vocal coach for several years while we both lived in Florida. Tania possesses a beautiful soprano voice, is quite a talented actress and is quite facile with French, German and Italian diction. She's an excellent teacher; I've had the pleasure of hearing some of her students sing. If you're looking for a voice teacher, Tania would be an outstanding choice.
Students are raving about their Broadway Singing instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Paula
"Teri is very enthusiastic and encouraging in her lessons."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Katherine
"My husband has taken my daughter to her voice lessons these first three times, and I have heard great reviews from both my husband and daughter! I am so
pleased with what I've heard, I can't wait to meet Melissa myself!"
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Allison
"Corinne is amazing! I have been studying voice with her weekly for about two years now, and my musical theatre callback and booking rate has multiplied so
much since before I started with her. She is so friendly and accommodating to my crazy, unreliable schedule. She always manages to fit me in when I need to see her for audition prep etc. She has also helped a lot on the business end of things with helping me create/work on my Book. She is wonderful at pinpointing what needs to be worked on most individually with her clients and letting that be an area of focus, while still making sure to give a full lesson with everything you need. For me, my weakness when I started with her was my mix. Now, two years later, at the last musical theatre audition I had (which I booked) I was complimented by the musical director about how nice my mix was. I definitely credit Corinne for that! I would highly recommend Corinne to singers of any level! Whether new and wanting to learn how to carry a tune, or professional singers looking for a good vocal workout, she is your lady!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Jon
"I was having trouble finding an appropriate song for an audition and Tiffini used her expertise to help guide me toward a few appropriate selections. We w
orked on each song and now I have some solid additions to my audition repertoire. Thank you Tiffini! I really enjoy working with you and appreciate all your knowledge and creative input in developing my vocal style and range. When I auditioned, I got the part! I would definitely recommend Tiffini for lessons."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Annie
"Excellent - transformed my voice
I've been studying with Stephen for almost 3 years and in that time my voice has developed immensely. He is in the busin
ess so he truly understand the market and helps prepare you for auditions. Through customized exercises to fit my needs I find I can now sing songs I once thought were "out of my range". Very flexible and available teacher, who can also help with acting and career consulting."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Anuja
"A Wonderful Teacher!
Jessie is an incredible person to work with. I went in looking to work on my range and songs for musical theatre and came out with a
better understanding of technique and intonation. She is always patient and understanding of her students and is always willing to help them any way she can. She helped me pick songs for my auditions and also informed me about other auditions in the area. I also learned basic piano from her awesome piano worksheet tutorials! Jessie not only is a great instructor, but a great performer as well . Although her voice is beautiful, she doesn't make me feel inadequate or intimidated. Her lessons are always fun to me because of her sense of humour and kindness. Overall, I've had a great experience with Jessie and can't wait to see her again!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Jennifer
"Sharon is awesome!
I can't say enough great things about Sharon. Her teaching style is great and she gets through to my daughter like no other instructor
ever has. Emma has landed more call backs than ever before. She also had her first ever principal role with a solo singing part using an audition piece that Sharon chose and helped her prepare. Emma has improved vastly and she really enjoys her lessons with Sharon. We give her an A +++."
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Charlotte
"The experience was really great. I was comfortable, Ariel's instruction was easy to understand, and I am looking forward to having more lessons."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Velynda
"A phenomenal teacher! She's patient, teaches with positive reinforcement, and is a determined teacher. Definitively cares about her students and strives f