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About Crystal S.

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Crystal brings a lifetime’s experience of professional musicianship to each of her lessons. Born into a family of musicians, she sang her first solo at age 2. She also benefits her students with an extraordinarily diverse musical background, having worked as a vocalist in gospel, country, musical theater, jazz, classical, rock, pop and soul styles. Her performing career has taken her from L.A. church meetings to London’s Houses of Parliament.

Crystal hails originally from Los Angeles, CA - where her musical parents gave her a head start by including her in the family business the moment she was able to contribute. She went on to study classical voice, piano and music theory at The Boston Conservatory of Music. After concluding her studies in London, she returned home and began working regularly as a theater performer, appearing in twen
ty world premiers and re-imagined classics. Most notably she played the lead role of Keely Smith in the big band jazz musical “Louis and Keely: Live At The Sahara” during its eight-month run at Westwood’s Geffen Playhouse. She also formed her own rock band, The Honeysuckle Jones Revival, with whom she performed her own songs all over Los Angeles. And she began working as a studio session vocalist, providing demo vocals for other songwriters, as well as arranging and performing back-up vocals for original artists, including Laura Roppe (currently in the Top Ten on Billboard’s Uncharted list of emerging artists.) Crystal played the lead role of Brooke in the new operatic rock musical “The Burning Opera LA” during its Los Angeles run in 2011 as well as providing ensemble vocals and playing piano and bass. She also performs holiday tunes from the Golden Age of American songwriting with musical quartet The Sleigh Belles.

Crystal believes that music is serious business but that it should be fun. She encourages her students to play music they love, as well as expanding their musical knowledge. She is a firm believer in basics first and emphasizes theory and technique as the tools to support creativity and provide freedom, power and control. She believes effort beats talent every time and the student who practices consistently will see results, whatever their level of ability. Most of all, she believes we were all born to make music.

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Lesson structure varies depending on the student's instrument, age, level of experience and musical style. However, all lessons focus on:

Technique
Music theory
Performance style

After 3 or 6 months of consistent lesson attendance and practice, students will have a clear understanding of how their instrument works and how to care for it. They will be able to read basic music notation. They will be working toward clearly defined musical goals and they will have at least three performance pieces learned.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Loft Space: full size electric piano with weighted keys, small digital recorder, microphone, Garage Band, parents can sit in on lessons

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring a small keyboard for vocal students with no piano, karaoke tracks and a digital recorder. I also bring a selection of games. Students are expected to purchase all necessary books and sheet music.

*** Specialties ***
Young beginners (piano)
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Raylene L Lehnhoff November 11, 2015
· Singing · Online
Love how she teaches the mechanics of learning to sing properly such as breathing correctly and posture right from the start for a beginner. Fantastic instructor!
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Tamura H. September 29, 2013
· Singing ·
Amazing singng instructor

Crystal has increased my daughter’s self-esteem and expressiveness through song. My daughter is now writing her own poetry and song lyrics, as well as being able to combat her once shyness quality. She loves to perform in front of others now and has a confidence level that amazes me, especially now that she is going into those “teen” years. I think a lot of thanks needs to go to Crystal, for assisting my daughter in reaching her current creative level!
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Tamura H. September 29, 2013
· Piano ·
Great piano instructor

Crystal is an amazing piano instructor. She is patient, understanding and dedicated. My daughter has learned so much from her. My daughter’s love for music has increased immensely since learning how to play the piano. This would never have been able to be accomplished without Crystal’s professional and caring teaching style.
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About Kaira J.

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Owings Mills, MD

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About Kaira
Hello! My name is Kaira!

I am an educator in the performing arts and reading. My love and extensive background in theatre, and music is utilized in teaching children: singing, acting and reading. I am contracted through Baltimore County Public Schools as a temporary teacher, which has granted me the opportunity to teach yearly as an Reading Specialist. As an Independent Contractor Teacher, BCPS has provided me with the opportunity to learn and teach a Leveled Literacy program that strategically helps children to increase their reading literacy. I have helped over 50 children in a 4-month period of time to move up one level in reading while using this program. Along with the dedication of the child, parent partnering, and my fun reading curriculums can help a child succeed in the area of reading. These experiences ignited me to open up
my own business to teach children who have a desire to become the Performing Artist of their dreams, and or a Confident Reader.

Experience:
*Over 15 years of experience teaching children.
*Over 15 years of experience as a Performer in the entertainment business.
*Over 5 years of experience as a Production Associate and Casting Director in the entertainment business.

Education:
*Theatre Arts, B.A, The University of Nevada Las Vegas
*Television, Radio and Film, M.A, S.I Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University
*Elementary Education (Reading and ESL), M.A, Grand Canyon University (One year of education)

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* Meeting at the library is ONLY for "Reading Sessions." You will have a choice to have class at the libraries or via TakeLesson Classroom, whichever location is convenient for you. :)

You can expect to have fun during our sessions. So, be prepared to have a great time while learning! I look forward to helping you reach your goals as a Performing Artist or Confident Reader!
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Charles February 13, 2018
· Reading · Online
She was very detail and clear with instructions. A pleasure to work with.
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About Zaky N.

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Independence, KY
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About Zaky
Hi, my name is Zak! Music is a beautiful thing. It has the so much power. It can be used to send a message, move and inspire people. Music can impact emotions, it is a beautiful and powerful thing!

Music, and teaching have always been a big passion in my life. The ability to take knowledge of a subject that you have, and show, share, and shape someone and pass on that knowledge to them. It is an amazing feeling. I am a passionate, and caring instructor. My teaching style is encouraging, motivating, and educational. I fully believe that you can do anything you set your mind to, and I use that by showing my students that I believe in them.

I use a curriculum that was taught to me, and has been used in schools and universities. This curriculum fits all age groups and skill levels. Starting with Rock, moving to Funk, ending with Jazz.
When drumming playing with music, learning improvisation, and playing by ear is important. I also focus on this, having students learn their favorite songs, and learn to play with new music as well. This keeps students interested, and adds a fun personal element to their lessons. I also have implemented use of a teaching app, so while practicing if students have a question they can ask me right then so to not forget, and I can give feedback. It also has a practice tracker tool. If you have any questions feel free to email me.

I look forward to meeting you, and helping you reach your music goals!

~ Zaky N.
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Brenda S. November 10, 2017
· Drum · Online
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Andrea October 16, 2017
· Percussion · In studio
Zaky is great with my son who has a history of brain injury which causes him to have short term memory problems. In just a few weeks he has much more confidence in himself and is even a slight bit ahead in band class. He is now able to help some of the other students which he loves. There are very few things that at school that don't overwhelm him, and Zaky has helped him find success in music.
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Caroline I. October 12, 2017
· Adobe Illustrator · Online
Great guy -- very knowledgeable and accommodating, despite technical issues with classroom
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About John K.

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Littleton, CO
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Since moving to Colorado in 2004 John has performed with all major arts organizations including Colorado Symphony, Colorado Ballet, Central City Opera. Before moving here he was in the San Francisco Bay area for many years with positions including Second Trumpet in San Jose Symphony and Principal Trumpet in California Symphony for eighteen seasons. As well he did numerous national tours and recordings with the San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Opera. He taught 5th and 6th grade band in Los Altos schools and maintains an active private studio.
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John K.

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About Nicholas K.

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Pittsburgh, PA

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I am 31 years old actor-singer-writer-teacher-podcaster. I was born and raised in North Huntington, Pennsylvania. I knew at a very young age that I wanted to pursue a career in the arts. I believe that music fosters self-expression, intelligence, and creativity, and I cannot imagine a life without it.

Teaching music, acting, and singing is something that brings me great joy, I am passionately committed to my students and love the challenges and rewards that teaching has to offer!

Training and Experience:

I am a classical trained singer and musical theater actor. I studied vocal performance at Slippery Rock University with Dr. Colleen Gray. While I was at Slippery Rock I had the opportunity to perform in a variety of plays, musicals and operas.

My favorite roles include Seymour Krelbourn in Little Shop of Horrors, Cliff Brads
haw in Cabaret, and Jacques in Shakespeare's As you like it. I also had significant roles in Slippery Rock's main stage operas including King Melchior in Amahl and the night Visitors and Dr. Falked in Die Fledermaus.

I've also had the opportunity to perform in Bellini's i capuleti e i Montecchi (The Capulets and the Montagues) with the Pittsburgh Opera Chorus at the Benedum Center. After college I performed at Busch Gardens Williamsburg as a singer in their Italian shows as well as their Christmas Show.

In the past 8 years, I have performed in operas, plays and musicals regionally around the country including Florida, New Hampshire, Connecticut and New York City

Since my return to Pittsburgh, I played have played Reverend Shaw Moore in The Lamp Theater's production of Footloose. More recently, I just finished a productions of The Hunchback of Notre Dame in February and Disney's Tarzan with Pittsburgh Musical Theater.

This Summer, I will be returning to the The Lamp Theater to play Teen Angel in their production of Grease.

I taught private voice in college and at The Centerstage Academy of Performing Arts when I lived in Williamsburg. I recently moved back to Pittsburgh after living in New York City for just under three years. and I am ready to get back into private teaching!

I specialize in teaching classical voice, musical theater, audition preparation, monologue preparation, and performance preparation. I have taught students both individually and in a group setting. The ages of my students have ranged anywhere from third grade to men and women into their sixties. As someone who has been in the business for a little over six years, I am confident that I have the tools to teach and prepare any student who has the passion, commitment and work ethic that it takes to succeed.
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Katey K. November 12, 2015
· Singing · In home
Great experience! My son said he learned a lot and really enjoyed his lessons. Thanks so much Nicholas!
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Ryan November 4, 2015
· Singing · In home
Nick was pretty flexible in tailoring the lesson to what I wanted to focus on. He is patient, knowledgeable, and has a good plan for each lesson.
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About Wesley M.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Wesley M. has worked in film, television and theatre for the last twenty-five years after completing his actor training at PCPA Theatrefest in Santa Maria, California. He has acted all over the country including ten seasons at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in New York, Portland Center Stage in Oregon, American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, Arkansas Rep, The Arena Stage in Washington DC, and the Arts Center Of Coastal Carolina on Hilton Head Island SC. He has taught Acting, Elements of Comedy, Improvisation at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, The Inner Circle Theatre in Los Angeles, Voice and Speech at East/West Players. His play The Good Life was produced by The Empty Space in Bakersfield Ca in 2009. He has appeared on over thirty television shows and nearly as many motion pictures.
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Dustin K. October 3, 2017
· Acting · Online
It was my first lesson ever for acting and after I had a set plan of what to do to get to where I want to be in this industry.
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Daniele September 27, 2016
· Speaking Voice · Online
Wesley is just wonderful. I felt comfortable with him as soon as we met and I learned so much in just the first 30 minutes. And I already feel so much more confident that my speaking engagement will rock now that I have Wesley as my coach!
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Jenna J. September 9, 2016
· Child Acting · Online
AMAZING first session😊 The exchanges between Wes and Jenna were flawless...almost like two people that sparked up a conversation where they left off!! He acknowledged Jenna's dreams and goals and had experienced insight to provide! Jenna is looking forward to working on her assignments and lesson #2!!!
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About Marcel M.

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Glendale, CA

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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 Ryan B.

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A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Ryan Brady is a professional composer, songwriter and pianist. He currently writes music for several production companies and has composed music for a variety of shows on ABC, FOX, CBS, USA, Discovery, ESPN, TLC, A&E, TNT, PBS, MTV, VH1, Bravo, Style, E!, FX, Oxygen, Esquire, Spike, Travel Channel, Military Channel, and The History Channel. From Advertising to Internet podcasts and Mobile Apps, his roster of clients runs the gamut and ranges from local businesses and entrepreneurs to corporate moguls like Chevrolet and Google.

Ryan believes all musicians need to be able to use technology to further their art. He is a positive, encouraging and understanding mentor. Not only do sudents learn foundational concepts related to musicianship, music theory, music production, popular keyboard/vocal techn
iques, everything is taught in a studio based environment. All lessons are centered around creating PROFESSIONAL RECORDINGS of student work.
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nat S. June 17, 2015
· Arrangement and Composition · Online
Fellow musicians:
I have had the pleasure to work with Ryan Brady for the past few years on various projects, with a main goal of placing my music in TV, film, and the like. As a musician, I need a vehicle to get my music to the right people to be used commercially. Ryan is that vehicle. I would not have landed one single piece of music if it weren’t for Ryan Brady’s knowledge of the music licensing business, his expertise in how a song needs to sound for the client, and his ability to mix any piece of music and make it sound bigger than the sum of its parts. My music has been transformed, through Ryan’s vision, to a place I had never thought possible.
I have heard my music on TV shows. There is no greater feeling than that, knowing that millions of people are listening to something I created! That is the dream, the ultimate achievement for a musician. If it were not for Ryan and his expertise of the music industry, I would never have realized the success I’ve had with music placements. His musical experience has opened doors for me, and they continue to open.
Ryan Brady should be your first choice for the best chance of getting your compositions out to the masses, and hearing that music on a TV show or in film or whatever you’re striving for. There is no one better than Ryan to give you the right guidance and direction for your music. I could not recommend him more highly nor can words alone convey my appreciation and thanks for all he has done for me.

Nat Sisco
Hope Valley, RI
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nat S. June 17, 2015
· Arrangement and Composition · Online
Fellow musicians:
I have had the pleasure to work with Ryan Brady for the past few years on various projects, with a main goal of placing my music in TV, film, and the like. As a musician, I need a vehicle to get my music to the right people to be used commercially. Ryan is that vehicle. I would not have landed one single piece of music if it weren’t for Ryan Brady’s knowledge of the music licensing business, his expertise in how a song needs to sound for the client, and his ability to mix any piece of music and make it sound bigger than the sum of its parts. My music has been transformed, through Ryan’s vision, to a place I had never thought possible.
I have heard my music on TV shows. There is no greater feeling than that, knowing that millions of people are listening to something I created! That is the dream, the ultimate achievement for a musician. If it were not for Ryan and his expertise of the music industry, I would never have realized the success I’ve had with music placements. His musical experience has opened doors for me, and they continue to open.
Ryan Brady should be your first choice for the best chance of getting your compositions out to the masses, and hearing that music on a TV show or in film or whatever you’re striving for. There is no one better than Ryan to give you the right guidance and direction for your music. I could not recommend him more highly nor can words alone convey my appreciation and thanks for all he has done for me.
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About Claire S.

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Hi there! My name is Claire and I am a theatre enthusiast living in Pittsburgh. I have a degree in marketing and theatre performance from the University of Pittsburgh as well as training from the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City.

I have performed in various productions, staged readings and festivals around the country -- from professional theatre for young audiences to classical texts to contemporary TV pilots.

Currently, you can find me managing the marketing and public relations for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, or creating original works for audiences that benefit from sensory and autism-friendly strategies with Jumping Jack Theater.

I look forward to hearing from you soon!
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