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About Valyncia V.

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Fort Washington, MD

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About Valyncia
I believe everyone has the ability to sing … some better than others, of course, -- but regardless, I believe every voice can make a beautiful sound. I believe learning to sing requires team work: with the proper instruction and learning tools from me, the instructor, and with the dedication (practice, practice, practice) from you, the student, a well-rounded singer can emerge. If you can hear the proper note, I can help your vocal instrument play to its fullest abilities.

I began singing when I was five years old in church. I continued singing exclusively inspirational music until I was a teenager. At that time, in addition to the second soprano part I sang in a five-part harmony a Capella (without instrumental accompaniment) Gospel group, I also sang in a few bands (Rhythm and Blues, Jazz, and Rock). My undergraduate studies we
re completed at the American University, where I majored in Communications (B.A.), and minored in Music, voice being my instrument. During my undergraduate studies, I was recruited and performed as the lead female vocalist for a Rock band that a few fellow music students had formed. While in college, I was trained in classical voice, piano, music theory, musical theater performance, and vocal pedagogy (vocal training). My vocal pedagogy studies credentialed me to become a professional vocal instructor. I began teaching voice after I earned my degree, and have been teaching private voice lessons for over ten years.

Most of my present expertise in teaching voice grew from my vocal pedagogy studies, my teaching experience which has developed over time, my own personal vocal dedication, and my training and understanding of various genres of vocal performance. My present singing career is as an inspirational singer; my vocal students encompass various genres in which I have experience, including: Inspirational, Rhythm and Blues, Jazz, Rock, Classical, as well as various degrees of popular music.

*** Audition Preparation ***
I have coached many of my students to prepare for auditions: auditions to be accepted into performing arts schools, parts in musicals and plays, joining a band or vocal ensemble, as well as auditions for televised singing shows, such as "The Voice," "Sunday's Best," "American Idol" and "The X Factor."

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach students by using the tried and true techniques I have found to be successful, and allow the student to be my guide as to which direction to take with his or her vocal training. Whether the student is a novice, a professional, or somewhere in between, each student, after obtaining the basic singing knowledge and techniques, will have a vocal training schedule geared to his or her individual needs and development. Lessons are for the most part very casual in nature, and the student’s dedication (practice, practice, practice) will dictate whether or not the lessons become stricter. A few months into the vocal instruction, students will be given the opportunity to learn more about reading music and sight singing, if he or she so chooses, as well as vocal performance techniques for singing in front of an audience. Within one year, dedicated students may also have the opportunity to show off what they have learned, and perform in front of an audience at a recital with other vocal students. Please note that my preference is to work with teens age 13 through adults of any age. I believe that younger voices need more time to develop and stand to be damaged if too much stress is put on them too soon. However, exceptions for children under 13 may be made for gifted young singers.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home studio- entry room of home, baby grand piano, seating area, dry erase board, mirrors
Music Studio- one recording studio, seating area, classroom

*** Travel Equipment ***
If needed, I provide a portable piano keyboard, microphone with amplifier, paper handouts of lessons, etc. The student needs to have paper to take notes and a writing instrument.

*** Specialties ***
Most of my voice lesson experience has been with adults, and contemporary popular and inspirational music.
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George M. April 14, 2019
· Singing · In studio
My lesson went extreemly well. The instructions and exercises were appropriate to my level of experience, and I think this is exactly what I need to move forward as rappidly as possible to becone a good vocalist.
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Whitney S. March 31, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Ms. Valyncia was an amazing coach. She was very patient , very honest and very professional. She pushed me beyond my comfort zone and I was able to improve my breathing, improve my range and put some personality into my performance. That was a long time ago but I plan on booking her again as my coach. I highly recommend her ! You will definitely become a better singer / performer when working with her , as long as you put the work in.
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Jhenelle November 6, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Get instructor. Listens and teaches great fundamentals. Learned a lot of the basics and helped me develop in several areas. Her in home music studio was well equipped and a great learning place.
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About Kelsey J.

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Saint Charles, MO
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About Kelsey
Kelsey’s love for acting and the performing arts is awe-inspiring. Kelsey graduated from Missouri Southern State University and received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. She then received her Masters in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Acting from Lindenwood University.

Kelsey has always been a performer who acts from natural instincts and with passion. She is completely devoted to her craft and could not imagine doing anything else with her life. Her objective is to inspire creativity among all ages and to expand their imagination. She instructs understanding in the craft of acting and learning how to develop an expressive voice and body. In her lessons she will focus on character development, experiment with a variety of scenes and monologues, study the essential elements of acting, and explore the world of performing arts.

Kelsey i
s available for private acting lessons of all kind, including audition prep. The audition prep is perfect for those students who have an interest in continuing their education in theatre, in the community, or for a school show. Kelsey will assist those students by preparing them for their next audition by studying audition etiquette while expanding their material selection.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons can be 30-120 min long which include proper stance, vocal warm-up, breathing exercises, evaluating your voice, developing character analysis, objectives, subtext, improv, and so much more! It is advised that each student keep a "Sense Journal" to enhance their senses and help them stay true to their character. Fun and encouraging atmosphere, great with all ages and teach both men and women. Youngest student in 5 years old.

*** Studio Equipment ***
•Performance space
•A large script and screenplay library

*** Travel Equipment ***
A variety of Dramatic and Comedic Scripts and several binders full of audition material and monologues from different genres and subjects.

*** Specialties ***
Kelsey specializes in the Meisner Technique, Uta Hagan "Respect for Acting" Technique, and Jerzy Grotowski technique. She will train performers to use their natural instinct and true emotions on stage. Kelsey will teach them how to analyze their character, discover beat changes, and develop their senses.
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Kaitlyn Hager October 2, 2019
· Film Acting · Online
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Ethan August 27, 2019
· Voice Acting · Online
Realy good I learned a lot.
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Charli August 22, 2019
· Acting · Online
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Kelsey J.

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About Erik F.

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Philadelphia, PA

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Pianist, music director, and vocal coach, Erik was born and raised in Eastern Washington state. As a solo pianist, he has been heard all across the northwest and beyond, in cities including Seattle, Portland, Tacoma, NYC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Philadelphia, and internationally in Prague and Salzburg. Erik has been a guest artist at Whitman College, Portland State University, The Kairos Chamber Music Lyceum, California State University Summer Arts, the West Seattle Symphony, and the Gig-Harbor Peninsula Symphony Orchestra. In addition to performing, Erik’s passion for teaching has led him to be an adjudicator for various festivals including the Washington Sonata-Sonatina Festival and the Washington Regional Solo and Ensemble Festival.

Erik most recently served as the Music Director for the National Tour of Kander and Ebb's tim
eless musical Cabaret. This production was on tour from December 2017 through May 2018 all across North America. Broadway.com's review praised the musicianship of the show, "Musical director Erik Flaten's musicians are impressive in their dexterity: At one moment, they are providing rich interpretations of the memorable John Kander score, while perhaps at the next they are playing denizens of the Kit Kat Klub or neighborhood thugs, wastrels and other folks of questionable repute. Flaten and his band are given their own richly deserved moments in the spotlight at the top of Act Two and the music director himself is given the well-earned final bow at the end of the curtain call."

Erik currently resides in Philadelphia, where he coaches and plays for a diverse range of singers. In addition to coaching and playing, Erik works as Music Director for musical theater, manages a private studio, and serves as Artistic Director of the Media Performing Arts Series. Previous successes include performances with mezzo-soprano, Angela Niederloh and baritone, Matthew Hayward in Portland, and a performance of the Grieg piano concerto with the West Seattle Symphony. Upcoming engagements on the East Coast include collaborative work with with soprano, Leah Golub.

Students of Erik have the opportunities to perform in studio recitals and workshops.
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Nathan F. August 2, 2019
· Piano · In studio
Erik made an excellent first impression with our beginner level 9-year-old son. Erik’s knowledge and experience, mixed with his teaching style, seem to be a good fit for him.
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Olivia F. August 2, 2019
· Piano · In studio
Great first lesson. Erik’s knowledge and experience, mixed with his teaching style seems to be a good fit for our kids.
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Kerin April 29, 2019
· Piano · In studio
As an adult beginner I appreciate the time Erik takes to answer my questions about theory and technical aspects of playing.
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About Rachel S.

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Hanover, MD
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Hi! My name is Rachel, and I have been teaching lessons professionally for over 10 years now. My primary instruments are voice and piano, and I also teach music theory/ear training/musicianship skills. I earned my degree in vocal performance from James Madison University, where I taught lessons to non-music majors as well as tutored general music for the student population. I also hold a masters degree in voice performance and pedagogy from the Peabody Conservatory. I would describe my teaching style as fun and relaxed, with a strong emphasis on healthy technique. I believe that all students should have a strong technical foundation, and that begins on day one. Genres I teach include classical, musical theatre, pop, and accompanying skills for pianists. I can also help with audition prep on both instruments. I look forward to meeting with
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Sheri T. September 23, 2019
· Singing · In home
Rachel very good. She listen to my concerns, and address them. Very professional.
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ML March 2, 2019
· Piano · In studio
Rachel provides instructions that are understandable, and that you can use to improve your technical skills and make true progress. She has also change my approach to piano practising. I believe I enjoy practising more and with greater efficiency. She is very talented, also has a great personality, bubbly and easy to talk to. I would highly recommend Rachel!
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Christina E. February 27, 2019
· Piano · In home
Rachel is a fantastic and knowledgeable instructor. My daughter first started with piano lessons and is now taking voice lessons as well. My daughter loves going to lessons with Rachel and looks forward to it every week. My daughter has learned so much. I highly recommend Rachel.
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About Madeline H.

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Minneapolis, MN

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About Madeline
Hello! I'm Madeline, and I'm a vocal instructor, beginner-piano teacher, and music theory tutor. I've been a tutor since Fall 2014, and teaching private voice lessons since January 2015. I love introducing students to new repertoire, showing them a different way of looking at concepts, and helping students realize how smart and talented they are. I want my students to feel prepared for where their love of music takes them, and we are absolutely going to have fun while learning. I'm excited that you are interested in learning, too, and I cannot wait to hear from you.
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Austin October 12, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Madeline is great! The lessons are easy going and fun. She's a great teacher. I learn something new and leave with something to work on with each lesson. Highly recommended!
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Roger September 2, 2019
· Singing · In home
Madeline is always so welcoming and encouraging to our 16 year old daughter.
She is flexible, too, and has been willing to work with our schedule this summer in order to help as much as possible. We also appreciate her willingness to do lessons both in person and online. Our daughter has learned so much and her singing confidence has grown already. We are so grateful!
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Roger August 26, 2019
· Singing · Online
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About Laurie B.

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Ashland, OR
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About Laurie
I have 10 years of teaching experience as a private teacher, a classroom music teacher, and a band director. I employ many different styles and methods while teaching, to ensure my students receive a well rounded music education, but also have fun. I love to use backing tracks, and I like to teach technique and important fundamentals through playing pieces of music in the styles my students love, while also introducing them to new styles and new pieces. I love music and what it does for the world, and I pass that love and passion on to my students. I am positive and encouraging, while still providing specific and structured feedback to students. I studied classical clarinet during my Bachelors of Music Education at the University of Illinois, taught as a high school band director, and went on to received a Master's in Music Education with
a jazz emphasis while playing jazz saxophone at Northwestern University. I have spent the last 4 years teaching at a British International School in China, and performing in orchestras, funk bands, and more around Beijing. This has given me the experience and knowledge base to teach students of all ages and backgrounds, as well as to teach many different instruments across a wide range of styles, including: clarinet, flute, saxophone, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, beginning piano, and rock bands.
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Aaron August 7, 2017
· Clarinet · In studio
Miss Bonner is a very patient and fun teacher, whose methods have boosted me from a beginner to playing college standard pieces by Mozart. She is great at playing clarinet. Classical, Jazzy; any genre you choose and Miss Bonner can teach you well. At the end of the school year, I won an award for being the best member in our school band. I could never have done it without Miss Bonner.
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Jason June 21, 2017
· Music Performance · In studio
Ms. Bonner has been such an inspirational teacher over all the years she has taught me. She has helped me improve my clarinet techniques by pushing me to join various bands and best of all, introduced me to Jazz. Also, she is a really fun teacher, always making her lessons fun and entertaining. Without her, I wouldn't have the enthusiasm I have now for music.
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About Rebecca L.

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Gilbert, AZ

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About Rebecca
Greetings!

I am super excited to be building a private and small group lesson platform at our home studio and to meet your personal acting needs! I recently stepped down from 2 years of full time drama and art at Lumos Arts Academy- a private school I played a role in pioneering- to focus on building up passionate individuals who are serious about thriving in the performing world.

I also created a Theater and Film Program at Experience Arts School where students ages 5- adult could take classes (group or private) or join an acting company for regular performance gigs. I directed multiple musicals during this time. My company competed with the AZ Thespians and took home many superior scores.

Personally, I have been acting for 25 years in the Mid and Southwest, studied theater at UWOshkosh, Film at Scottsdale CC, improv with iO i
n Chicago, and Meisner with The renowned Kevin Phipps. I was part of a musical repertory company based in Utah for 8 months, traveled around the Phoenix valley performing in 8 different dinner theaters for 8 years, and have produced and directed multiple professional music videos for Soundwaves Productions in Gilbert.

I believe that each actor learns differently, and the best way is to become well-rounded in your training to discover what works best for you. I have become very well trained in identifying strengths and weaknesses in actors, and will work with you on the best technique to suit your needs and style.

Classes I have created curriculum for/taught include:
Monologues
Auditioning for theater and film
Script Analysis
Beginning- Advanced Improv
Beginning- Advanced Scene Acting
Uta Hagen's Repertoire
Acting for Film
Voice and Diction
Music Video Creation
Musical Theater Acting/Dance
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Crystal October 3, 2019
· Acting · In studio
My daughter raves about her lessons with Rebecca. She gets in the car and is always so excited to tell me what she did or learned, and when she practices I can see things click and improve. It’s so refreshing to see her passion and satisfaction in the learning process. Clearly she has a gift for teaching and inspiring teenagers, because I never see Anna work this hard. Thank you for all you do!
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Tyler August 29, 2019
· Voice Acting · In studio
Rebecca is kind, instructive, and helpful. She Has helped me improve my acting as well as set up a demo reel that I'm thrilled with.
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Emma Atkins August 27, 2019
· Acting · In studio
I enjoy my class every time I go. Rebecca is a fun teacher, even though she keeps me focused. We are always thinking outside the box on how to make class better for me personally. I like that she is flexible and cares about how I learn. One of the things I appreciate most is that she points out what I do well and what I should improve in, whereas some of my teachers in the past only focus on one or the other.
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About Cinti L.

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About Cinti
Cinti Laird started teaching organically as a result of being a professional actress in Children's Theater in New York City. As a Teaching Artist she traveled locally performing live educational shows in elementary schools. Following the tour Cinti was asked to teach in a classroom set up on a NYC site of the producing corporation. There she taught bus loads of children some of whom had seen her perform on stage.

Cinti later became a teaching artist for Arts Horizons, the Harlem School of the Arts and various NYC public schools. She has also been a substitute teacher for students PK-21, and worked full time with special needs children at a Bronx based school for the blind. Cinti continued teaching Acting students of all ages, giving back in community at the American Federation of Radio & Television Artists in their NYC based Stanl
ey Green room. She became a Key Student to both Earle Hyman and Edith Meeks at HB Studio where she continued developing as an actress and singer for years after graduating NYU.

As a public speaker, Cinti improved her skills with Toastmasters International. She incorporates her comedic skills into many of her speeches bringing laughter to many.

Her knowledge of the English Language is extensive and she has demonstrated working as a freelance writer for various NYC publications. Laird is an accomplished writer, produced playwright and skilled interviewer. Samples of her writing can be found on-line.

Ms. Laird is a graduate of the New York University Tisch School of Arts with a concentration in Film & Television - the host and creator of Cinti's Comedy Pageant and she is also a TEFL (ESOL) Certified English Teacher. She looks forward to teaching English now and later adding Acting Performance and comedy writing classes on this platform.
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Cinti L.

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About Diana S.

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About Diana
Being a dance teacher is a passion in my life, and moving around the world has given me the chance to learn about learning in so many different places! With these experiences and my years, I feel confident I can help you learn anything you want to in the world of movement! I’m classical trained and have worked in the worlds of ballet, modern, contemporary, hip hop, and many more! I’m excited to help you on this journey and get you feeling confident and most importantly, having fun!
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Diana S.

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About Ella K.

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About Ella
I've been teaching children from ages 7-21 with their English grammar and accents. I also assist students interested in studying abroad in the US, Canada, UK, and Australia
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Ella K.

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