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About Milton

Hey there, everyone!

My name is Milton Carl Jackson II and I teach vocal, guitar, piano, and musical theatre lessons in the Inland Empire area.

I help those young, middle-aged, and not-as-young tap into their own soul through music so that they may help others find theirs as well. I believe that in order to entertain others with your voice or your instrument, one must first be able to entertain oneself - all the while having fun doing it! As a recent graduate of the University of California, Davis with a double major in Music History & Ethnomusicology and African-American & African Studies; a former co-host of the popular hip-hop radio show ATF Radio: All Things Fresh on KDVS 90.3 FM; a former Music Director of The Afterglow of UC Davis; and a recent graduate of American University with a Master's of Education in Business Education

, I have come in contact and learned from a vast amount of different musicians and educators. A classically-trained bass-baritone with roots in R&B, Soul, Rock, Pop, and Jazz, I have aspirations to help each and every student realize their full musical potential.

If you're looking for a teacher who will motivate and inspire you not only to learn your instrument of choice, but also how to perform it (whether on the big stage or in your living room for the family) and record it as well, I'm the perfect teacher for you. Learning to sing, play, and act beautifully doesn't have to be difficult -- we'll work on finding your voice or your style, all while having fun along the way!

I teach in-studio, in-home, and online lessons, so we can be flexible with the lesson type and schedule!

This is a perfect chance for you or your child who can't stop singing around the house or has dreams of shredding on the guitar or twinkling on the ivories to learn the fundamentals of music, start something new that keeps them or you focused, and have fun while doing it!

Feel free to contact me at show contact info for any questions and check out my student reviews and qualifications.

I look forward to meeting you and accompanying you or your child on your musical journey!!
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October 9, 2019
Tiffany Nelson
Had a wonderful time, can't wait until next week..
April 5, 2019
Brandon J.
So far so good! I liked the way Milton interacted with my son. He is starting with important basics!
December 12, 2018
River
Milton is great with kids!

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About Christine

About Improv:
Improv is a form of theater where everything is made up on the spot. Nothing is scripted, everything is made up in the moment using random suggestions. Improv allows every person & idea to have value. I use the principles of improvisational theater to create better humans! I'm committed to creating an environment safe to make mistakes and providing a very safe and courageous place for people to have fun, learn and play in. You’ll be happily surprised with the outcome.

About Christine:
I have been improvising since 2001 and in 2003 began directing students from ages 5 to 84. My passion is to share the incredible art form of improv with excitement and humor.

Improv is a great learning tool for team building, spontaneity, listening, being present, speaking to groups, communicating one on one, saying yes, respecting one

another and so much more. It helps that each game played builds upon the next to reinforce the learning.

What you get:
One-on-One - 45 min - 1 hour of discussion / rehearsal with Christine - working on improv performance skills or personal communication skills. At the end of the session, you will be armed with new tools.

Improv Troupe Notes - 1 hour - for improv troupes needing an outside eye for notes, direction and ideas for marketing your troupe. At the end of the session, you will have new games and ideas to move your troupe forward.

Custom Course - 45min - 1 hour or weekly - Tell me what you would like to improve. Character choices? Initiations? Storyline? You tell me.

Improv empowers people. Let's empower each other.
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May 29, 2018
Francisco
Great improv games to use in everyday life !
September 14, 2017
Vedina S.
Working with Christine has been nothing short of an amazing experience. I have learned so much about the industry and have received so much insight on what it takes to be a great actress/comedian/etc. When I first started out, I had no idea what direction I wanted to take or where to start. Christine was extremely patient and came equipped with a roadmap to getting started. She takes every lesson at the pace that works best for me. She has helped me to set and define clear goals of what I want to accomplish and has made excellent use of our time together. I chose Christine because of previous reviews and she has lived up to every word of what others have said. It's been a blast and I plan to continue developing my skill set with her help!
August 24, 2017
Adam
Christine is the BEST!
As a beginner improver, I am so lucky I found Christine! She has taught me so many valuable tools that have improved my scene work and my decision making. In addition, she always addresses my specific issues during each lesson and even emails me with advice and fun GIFS! (no, not "gifts", but graphic interchange formats! :D Every class is fun and lighthearted and I look forward to it each week.

My lessons are virtual, but she is still very effective at participating in scenes and even encouraged my fellow classmate to join me during our lessons. We can't say enough great things about each class!!

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About Cara Isadora

Hi there! My name is Cara. I am an award winning vocalist and experienced performer who loves to teach singing. My goal is to demystify vocal technique for students and help them “find their voice" pretty quickly with patience and care in a safe and friendly environment. In a relaxed, positive, and supportive atmosphere; students will improve their breath control and support, projection, phrase length, range, intonation, quality, comfort, stage performance and presentation skills, as well as other technical and stylistic aspects. I am currently available to teach lessons at my studio and online. Let’s have fun!

My credentials and affiliations include a Bachelor's in Vocal Music from Lamar University, Hurrah Players, Governor's School for the Arts, Opera Breve, and VA Opera. I specialize in opera and musical theater. I also record and p

erform pop, rock, R&B, and jazz. Trained by some of the best artists and teachers in Virginia and Texas, I have gained extensive knowledge in vocal pedagogy that has allowed me to become versed in numerous styles and crossover genres. Contact me and we can discuss in more detail want you are looking for in a voice teacher, your vocal goals and experiences, as well as availability and location details. Do not miss the opportunity to work with someone who is really dedicated to nurturing voices and serving art in a down to earth way and will get you where you want to go fast. Let’s get started! It’s gonna be great!
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October 2, 2019
Elyse Douglas
I like her! It's the first lesson with her & looking forward to the next.
June 5, 2018
Rodney J.
She took me to my weaknesses. Information on voice exercises. Mimic sounds of emotion to enhance vocal range. Overall, great instruction!
March 13, 2018
Ashley
I love taking lessons with Ms. Cara! She is very patient and kind, and I greatly appreciate that in a teacher!!

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About Prophet

Prophet C. is professionally known as The Prophet X. He is a professional rap artist, music production company owner, record label owner, website design company owner and more.

Currently, Prophet is teaching all of the following classes both in students home locations, in his Teaching Studio and online here at TakeLessons:

Reason 10 Software - Beat Making - Hip Hop Music Production - Freestyle Rapping - Rap Composition & Songwriting - Rock & Heavy Metal Music Production - Midi Orchestration - Film Scoring - Audio Engineering - Multi-Track Recording - Mixing & Mastering - Life Coaching Photography - Video Production - Live Stage Performance - Beginning Guitar & Bass - Drums - Bible Studies and much more!

Prophet’s teaching style focuses on the primary learning method of the student. All students are either Visual, Auditory or Ki

nesthetic learners or a combination of the three. By adapting teaching methods to these learning methods, great results can be produced in a short time.
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October 14, 2019
Tom
August 16, 2019
Terina B.
Very thorough and genuinely cares to see you get better as a rapper. I'd recommend him to any upcoming rapper.
July 15, 2019
Chuck A.
he is the best teacher everrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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About Casey

**During the lesson, three HD webcams are used to offer every angle possible. After each lesson, students receive a private link to watch the recorded lesson of the instructor's webcams in 1080p HD, which the student can keep forever.**

From magic to music, and from theater to rock and Roll, Casey has done it all. For over 20 years, Casey has traveled the country performing for audiences from 1 to 20,000. He has a life-long history of experience with stage productions, live sound, and stage lighting. He has been an award-winning magician since he was the age of 7, and he has taught for over ten years.

Casey has an extensive magic "workshop" from which he teaches. He always keeps up-to-date with the new magic tricks, lectures, and trends. Casey can “perform” many of the current magic tricks on the market or on TV to help the st

udent decide the area in which he or she wants to focus.

Many elements make a good magician and a memorable magic show. Casey can help find the best ways to achieve the student’s goals in magic, all the way up to full-scale magic shows suitable for thousands.

For beginners, Casey can teach the fundamentals of magic, mentalism, sleight of hand, and any other form of magic, illusions, or trickery.

For intermediate students, Casey can do all of the above, as well as help shape and mold the student into the performer of his or her desires. Casey can teach advanced magic tricks, theater and live show "how to's," and much more.

Advanced students will appreciate the technical portion of Casey's background. He can teach all aspects of live sound and lighting, and work alongside an already seasoned performer to tweak specific “moves” or scripts.

Each student will progress at his or her own pace.
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October 1, 2019
Qigan
March 19, 2019
Sree
November 6, 2018
Oz
My son loved his first lesson with Casey! He looks forward to his next classes.

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Shauna K.

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About Shauna

Shauna is a professional director, acting and voice teacher, playwright and the artistic director of Voice Theatre, a company she founded in Paris, in 1988. Since then she has have directed over forty plays in eight countries from Aberbeen, Scotland to San Antonio, Texas to London, England to Paris, France.

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I have taught acting and acting in many universities and professional theatre training programs on both sides of the Atlantic. I am currently a mentor for the New York Foundation for the Arts. I have led hundreds of workshops and individual classes where singers and actors have shed non-productive habits and built healthy expressive acting instruments and voices. I have taught actors from the Royal Shakespea

re Company to jazz artists to Broadway singers and actors.

I am a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon and College at Purchase where I earned a BFA in acting. My post grad work was at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol, UK. I am published by Drama Books, "Voice and Speech Warm-up", University of Nebraska, "Pushing Through", Arts Navigator-London, "Taking Legacy to Germany" and featured in Cune Press, "Stage Warriors". This Spring I have been commissioned by Texas Tech University to write a new play.

My students experience improvements and change most weeks. You'll become the master of specific exercises that will unlock tension blocks in each part of your body and voice. You'll develop strength, expressiveness and confidence and as a result you'll have a technique that will solve challenges in rehearsal and performance.
You will learn how to solve rehearsal problems and challenges on your own.

I teach students of all ages to "own" their own instruments as constantly developing artists whether it is acting or speaking or singing. I work out of my studio in the East Village in NYC, or in my home in Upsate, NY and online. I teach many different styles.

Here are a few of the schools I have taught voice and acting: The Stella Adler Studio of Acting, New York University Tisch School of the Arts, T. Schreiber Studio and the New Actor's Workshop. In England at: The Mountview Theatre Conservatory, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Queen Margaret College and Middlesex University – all members of the Professional Theatre Training Programme of Great Britain. I have been a guest artist at Bowdoin College, Williams College and Harden-Simmons College.

I look forward to meeting you and helping you become a better artist!
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September 30, 2019
River A.
It's an amazing feeling when you find someone who is a master at the craft and can teach it too!

Shauna's previous extensive theatre training and instruction is UNDENIABLE. Because of this, she brings much more to the table than the average acting coach.

She made me realize there's SO much more than just breaking down a scene and creating a character. She made me think about where the character is going physically as well as emotionally, and why. I continue to grow and improve with each lesson with her. I'm so lucky to have found Shauna, and strongly recommend her to all actors.
May 18, 2019
Tess
Shauna is an amazing teacher! With her tools and teaching techniques she guides you to the place where your voice is physically mentally and emotionally connected,able to work and produce results that every artist is seeking to accomplish-reaching the audience. She. Is kind, compassionate and makes you work hard all at the same time to get you to the place you need to be as an artist. Thank you Shauna! ♥️
May 17, 2019
Gabriella
Shauna is an absolutely incredible voice/acting teacher. She took the time to meet me where I was and encouraged me to be confident in the skills I already possessed. As a dancer, it is often scary to use your voice because it isn’t something we often exercise. Shauna helped me gain incredible knowledge in a new instrument. I was preparing for an important audition and with the tools she gave me I was able to have incredible success on a nearly impossible time constraint! I highly recommend Shauna for all levels :)

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About Melanie

Hello my name is Melanie!! I studied Dance, Kinesiology, and Business at a University, where I graduated in 2018. The past couple of years I have been teaching dance, Spanish, and strength and conditioning classes. I’ve gotten to work with all types of people and have loved the progress each individual has made from them. The most exciting things about all classes I teach is that it’s always a fun process and never do I want you to feel that it’s impossible, I make sure you leave confident because you understand and have progressed already in just ONE class towards your goals and needs. I look forward to helping you succeed and to work with you!

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August 26, 2019
Vivian
My daughter had a birthday party and she told me all she wanted to do was have her friends come over and have someone teach them dance, and an overall fun dance party at the end! So we went on here and reached out to Melanie and see how she felt about it, she was all in and excited. She came that day and they all had so much fun, and then every so often when the girls come for sleepovers, we contact Melanie to come teach them classes and even do make-up with the girls as she is so skilled at many things! Can't wait to have her over again!
August 26, 2019
Dora and Susana
I loved the way Melanie taught and listened to my mother. I set her up for strength and conditioning classes simply to keep her moving more as she is older. She would give my mother exercises for her body to help her stay strong and then again my mother would look forward to her classes each week. Very motivating and inspiring she is!
August 26, 2019
Nathan
Melanie is the best Spanish Teacher I have ever had. I had taken classes from others for many years and still struggled with the language. I wanted to hold a little more conversation in Spanish and advance to the levels like I did in her classes. Such a happy and fun instructor! Thank you Señora Melanie.

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About dre

At my core, since I was a child, I have been an artist. As a painter, writer, lyricist and actress, I engross myself in the arts and love to show others how to express themselves. Artistry to me is not a choice, but a necessity for those truly drawn to it. With my experience on various tv and film sets, the mechanics and technical side of filming are not forgotten in my sessions, but I will always seek to summon the artist's individual voice. Your truth will stand out. That is what I will help guide you to, and that is what casting hunts for.

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cer; while she still taught us the core of modern. Throughout the year we all had our own special experience with Dayah whether it was her being our mentor (which I saw her as) or just just being a really rockin' dance teacher. The dance that she choreographed for us gave everyone there own special part and had everyone clapping and out of there seats singing along to Black and White by Michael Jackson. That dance was so impressive that we still use it today. Dayah was a truly extraordinary teacher, and I know that your experience with her will be filled with knowledge and fun."
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River
"It's an amazing feeling when you find someone who is a master at the craft and can teach it too!

Shauna's previous extensive theatre training and inst
ruction is UNDENIABLE. Because of this, she brings much more to the table than the average acting coach.

She made me realize there's SO much more than just breaking down a scene and creating a character. She made me think about where the character is going physically as well as emotionally, and why. I continue to grow and improve with each lesson with her. I'm so lucky to have found Shauna, and strongly recommend her to all actors."
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