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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.

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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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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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Shawn & Shane January 27, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
The boys are enjoying there guitar lessons & bonus info!
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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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Carly B.

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Philadelphia, PA 19148
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About Marcel M.

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Glendale, CA

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I work in the industry for more than 10 years. I have my own production company since 2005. I directed movies as well so I know both sides very well.

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Marcel Miller
Networxx Film Management

About Marcel
I work as a tutor and mentor in many of those fields for years. It was and is a side business, but I always enjoyed teaching.
I am looking forward to move on with you and / or your kids.
Have a great day,
Marcel

Update 02/10/15: Takelessons is a great way to teach and a fantastic and easy way to learn for students. I currently have 3 students per week, with several hours. I really enjoy it, either online via Skype or Facetime or Live at the students place. Hit me up and let's move something together.
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Ems H. July 2, 2017
· Mixed Martial Arts · In home
I did not actually take any lessons with him, but his schedule did not reflect what showed as available in Takelessons. He had a very bad attitude and would not actually schedule the lesson after several exchanges.
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Andy June 2, 2017
· German · Online
I need to improve my spoken German for business and Marcel has been invaluable in helping me improve at a good pace while being incredibly flexible on lesson planning.

I've been working with him for about a month now and I've grown to feel more comfortable speaking with my colleagues who are native German speakers.

If you want a native, professional teacher who can be fun...Marcel is your guy.
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Thia S. January 22, 2017
· Microsoft Word · In home
Marcel is a great teacher, solved all my complicated issues and answered every question with advanced knowledge. He's patient and has a light humorous way of making you feel smart when you need it most!
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About Shana M.

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Cincinnati, OH
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Improv acting is one of the most important skills any actor can have, no matter what show their in. Being able to think on your feet and be prepared will make you a vital asset to any production. Let's have fun while building your skills!

About Shana
I have been teaching children since I was 16 years old at my church and fell in love with it! I have a vast knowledge in music, theatre, biblical studies, and history. I am also strong believer in teaching to one's learning styles. I currently teach theatre and voice at a youth organization. I will travel anywhere in the Kansas City area and also offer classes online. Let's work together to grow your outstanding skills!
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About Joy W.

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Philadelphia, PA
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Improvisation is one of my absolute favorite skills to work on! I won a Governor's Award for Improvisational pairs when I was young and I really caught the bug! In these classes, I use games and activities to relieve the stress and anxiety associated with improv. By request, I can rework this class to specialize in applied improv, i.e. public speaking as well.

About Joy
My name is Joy Weir and I have been involved in theatre and acting for the last decade. I have been teaching acting and theatrical skills to children as well as coaching friends and colleagues for even longer. I am available for group classes as well, please contact me for info and rates.

As a teaching artist for children I have worked with Yes! And... Collaborative Arts, ASAP Drama, Rehoboth Summer Children's Theatre, Theatre Horizon, White Pines Productions, and I even began my own curriculum at the Lansdowne YMCA. I have worked with children ages 4-18 in various classes, workshops, and performances.

As far as coaching friends and colleagues, I focus on audition monologues and fundamental acting techniques and skills.

I received a Theatre Performance Scholarship at Drexel University and I have appeared in performances with P
hiladelphia Artists' Collective and Simpatico Theatre Project. I am also a member of the improv group, Tongue & Groove.
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Andrea October 31, 2017
· Child Acting · In home
Joy is absolutely wonderful and my son Zac loves working with her. She definitely has a natural ability for working with younger actors. She is teaching him the fundamentals and making it very enjoyable for him. Monologues, improv and more!
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Cameron May 13, 2017
· Theater Acting · In studio
I worked with Joy during her directed production of "dtf" as a part of Drexel University's Director's Lab performance during fall of 2016. Joy was an absolute blast to work with and was extremely encouraging during the course of our rehearsals leading up to the performance. She really helped my scene partner and I to explore our characters on a much deeper level than what was proactively displayed on stage. I felt that it helped me immensely as an actor during the show as I felt much more comfortable in my position on stage and more "in-tune" with my character. Joy is a wonderful director who puts in maximum effort for directing and takes a personal and effective approach to actor preparation for her productions!
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Olivia May 12, 2017
· Improv Acting · In studio
Joy is an incredible instructor with an amazing eye. She's creative and teaches in a way I understand. She really helped me with character development and always asks in-depth questions about my tactics and inner monologues. Not only this, she helped my confidence and gave me skills I couldn't get elsewhere.
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My goal is to give you the freedom and confidence to feel comfortable with taking risks and letting yourself explore. I want to help you find the truth behind each emotion that your character is experincing and allow the story to be told in the most real and authentic way.

About Adam
My name is Adam. I was born in Oklahoma and moved to Sweden at age of 5. It was around that time I started showing an interest in acting. As a teenager I went to an art and performance high school. As soon as I was done with my classes I would head over to an english speaking theatre at nights. At age 19 l moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting. I studied two years at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and since graduation I've been working on everything from film, tv, commercials and plays.

I started coaching people two years ago. I love seeing the actor become the character. I want to help you be the best you can be by sharing my knowledge as well as my passion for acting.
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Dominick Peterson February 13, 2018
· Film Acting · In home
Adam is a great teacher willing to share all that he has learned in his still going experinces in the acting world. He's done a good job at reading my abilities and helped me get comfortable to be able to perform on a lager scale when given the oppritunity. Through his coaching i have been able to tap more into my potential as an actor. He is also very generous and flexible with his time.
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Emma February 13, 2018
· Acting · Online
I highly recommend Adam! I take online acting classes with him. He's a very engaging teacher and I feel more confident with my acting after having class with him.
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Georgi February 1, 2018
· Acting · Online
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As a graduate of Pepperdine University with a degree in Theatre Arts (Acting), my coaching aims to make you shine. Whether it is on the stage or on the screen, my individualized lessons will help you reach your true theatrical potential. Together we can study: Acting for TV and Film, Theatre, Improvisation, Auditioning, Monologues, Commercials, The Stanislavski Method, The Meisner Technique, Clowning, Shakespeare, Voice, Character Development, Scene Development, Playwriting, Screenwriting, Singing, and more. My teaching is shaped around you. Now, let's book your next role!

About Kendra
Hello! My name is Kendra. I am a professional actress, a published author, a singer-songwriter, and a performance artist. I graduated from Pepperdine University with a degree in Theatre Arts (Acting) in 2015. I recently moved to Denver, CO from Los Angeles, CA with the intent of focusing on my songwriting career. I began theatrical training at the ripe age of 4, and immediately took to the stage. Auditioning became second nature for me, and I started booking roles and drawing the attention of local agents around age 8. The summers of my childhood were spent flying from my home of Houston, TX to Los Angeles, CA to study with the industry's top teachers. My love for acting continued to grow. I studied the intricacies of film and learned how to control my emotional recall. I learned how to light up the stage with my body language and how I c
arried my voice. At Pepperdine University, I focused on classical theatre, clowning, improvisation, and directing. My senior year, I was the assistant director for the Play: Doubt, A Parable. In November of 2017, I published my first book, "The Politics of". I am currently in the process of writing my second novel, working on my debut album, and becoming a part of the Denver poetry scene.
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Kendra M.

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About Chelsey M.

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Experienced teacher ready to help you become your best performer! All ages welcome, specializing in comedy, character work, acting through song, and auditions.

About Chelsey
I’m a working actor and comedian based in Chicago. I have a degree in theater from Columbia College and am also a graduate of Second City. I perform weekly around the city doing stand up, improv and live theater. You can also find me in various commercials and independent films. I specialize in coaching for audition prep.
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Chelsey M.

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I have been actively involved in acting, directing and coaching since 1997. The influences of my coaching are based on 3 different techniques;
the Meisner Technique, Alexander Technique and the Adler technique.
The Good Wife, Law & Order, Gossip Girls are just a few of the shows I have worked in. Theater, feature films and indies have also been a big part of my acting career.
Classes are open to all ages in the following concentrations:
Scene Work
Acting Fundamentals
Dialects
Improvisation and Audition Classes
Script Analysis and Memorization

About David
I am a professional actor and Career Consultant. I attended Wayne State University for Acting.

Acting students can expect to improve week to week in their acting technique. Every actor has a unique personality. I teach students to discover their own personality and join that personality to the role they wish to play. I provide 5 unique steps that the student can readily apply with any character.
I can help any student to act with freedom, confidence, and expression.

I teach acting students of all different ages and experience levels. I've studied acting for over 20 years and continue to act in film, theater and television.
As a professional actor I frequently take classes to perfect my craft. I am currently writing a film script and a book for actors.

My personal passion is helping others become the greatest actor or actress they
can be and I firmly believe that great technique is essential to any and every acting style. I look forward to helping you to become a better actor.
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About Alyssia D.

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I've been acting for over 25 years professionally and teaching acting for about 12 years. I love working with aspiring actors of all ages to help them reach their own unique goals. I've trained with top acting coaches Bob Luke and the Weist Baron school in NY and with Eleese Lester in Houston in addition to having graduated with a B.A. in Theater and Dance from the University of Texas Austin.
Having appeared in film, television and commercials with Edward Norton, Susan Sarandon, Tim Blake Nelson, Natalie Portman, Mike Rowe and more, I've been blessed to learn from amazing actors and coaches myself. I love to combine what has been most effective for myself as an actor to help my students make progress each week both in front of the camera and in the business area of the industry. I teach with a strong focus on technique primarily using the Stanislavsky method but also bring in elements of Meisner, Uta Hagen, and my own coaches. Whatever works and serves the actor! Many of my students

About Alyssia
Alyssia ‘Dujmovich’ Dodson has been an acting coach for 12 years. A graduate of the University of Texas in Austin, she has been acting professionally for 26 years. She has worked in film, television, commercials, voiceovers, and theatre including work for Reelz, National Geographic, Millennium Films, NBC, Sci-Fi, Tribecca Films, the Alley Theatre, the Houston Grand Opera, and more. Recently, she’s appeared in Leaves of Grass with Edward Norton, Susan Sarandon, Richard Dreyfuss, and Keri Russell and in Million Dollar Moon Rock Heist on the National Geographic channel, Scandal Made Me Famous on the Reelz Channel, and in a commercial with Mike Rowe for Mister Sparky.She has also had supporting roles in Daughters of Houston directed by Tony Garcia, Lars the Emo Kid directed by Joe Grisaffi and Spirit Camp, written and directed by Kerry Beyer,
all independent filmmakers in Houston. She began by spending her summers in New York auditioning for everything she could from Nickelodeon shows to Broadway to films like Interview with the Vampire and Little Giants.
In addition to her own acting career, Alyssia enjoys coaching other actors, helping them prepare for auditions, and putting them on tape for auditions in other cities. Many of Alyssia’s students have booked roles from the audition tapes that she coached and taped them for. She has even taped Shantel Van Santen of One Tree Hill, The Messengers, and Final Destination, and Chelsea Ricketts of Scream Queens, The Killing, and True Blood. She’s worked extensively with Allie DeBerry, formerly a regular on Disney Channel’s Ant Farm and David Simpson, who’s appeared in Scream Queens, American Horror Story: Freak Show, Bad Moms, Preacher, and Wolverine. She’s also had students book roles from their taped auditions with her, such as the Emmy nominated HBO film, Bessie, Left Behind, We Are The Millers, Daddy’s Home, One Mississippi, Hoovey, Eastbound and Down, and many more! She looks forward to continuing growing as an actor and acting coach and working with as many up and coming actors as she possibly can! If you love it, then go after it! The opportunity to thrive is at your finger tips!
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Allie DeBerry May 18, 2018
· Film and TV Acting · In home
I have been taking acting lessons from Alyssia for years and could not be more thankful for the ways she has helped me perfect my craft. She is always coming up with ways that I can stand out in my auditions and in my tapes. I really appreciate how she always makes herself available to me, and it is now so convenient that she can come to my home to coach & tape. I have booked several jobs because of her tapes and am beyond grateful for her services!
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Morgan May 15, 2018
· Film Acting · In home
She is this absolute best!! She knows what she is doing and is devoted to making sure you are successful!
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