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About Chris P.

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Hi! Welcome to Take Lessons! Let me start off by saying that I love to teach singing and acting!! I specialize in teaching students from teens to adults but love teaching younger children as well. There is no better feeling than to see a student grow and better themselves artistically and personally. In addition to teaching singing and acting for over 10 years I have performed in numerous Broadway shows, West End shows, and National Tours throughout the US and Canada. I am presently a working actor. I received my education from the University of Michigan's School of Music. Whether you are a first time singer/actor or an established professional I love students who are excited to absorb new ideas and attempt to grow in ways they hadn't thought possible.

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Lessons are unique to each individual. I tend to cater
my lesson plan to each students goals, experience, and age. I believe that there is no one way to teach or one way to learn. Trying numerous exercises and coming up with creative ways to help students assimilate new material and concepts is a core part of my teaching philosophy. Above all learning should be fun and exciting. I will do my best to create a safe open atmosphere where a student of any age level can succeed in achieving their learning goals.

Musical Theatre is my passion and my forte, however in order to teach singing or acting proper technique must be established.

*** Studio Equipment ***
living area open space seating for parents, Keyboard

*** Specialties ***
Musical Theatre, Shakespeare,
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Mike O. June 10, 2014
· Broadway Singing · In studio
Chris was very patient and provided great advice, examples and coaching. This is my first voice lesson and I am 54 years old and I was very nervous and unsure, but Chris made me feel comfortable and relaxed. I am looking forward to the next lesson and I am already practicing. My goal is to improve my singing and perhaps one day be on a local stage playing a small part, something that has been in my system for many years! I believe Chris will provide me with the training that may one day assist me in achieving my goal.
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FredJ April 4, 2012
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Chris provided many constructive suggestions to give my speech greater imapct and focus. He gave concrete demonstrations and examples to make it more powerful and memorable. Really got my money's worth.
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Chris P.

Pittsburgh, PA 15237
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About Jordan D.

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Carrollton, TX

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13 years ago, I picked up a guitar and began my life-long pursuit of music. This pursuit has led me in a wide variety of directions. Today, I am a worship leader for Fellowship of The Parks, an on-staff music-producer and session musician at Drive35 Productions, and a passionate instructor.

I have a passion for a wide variety of styles of music. For several years, I was the lead guitarist, singer, and songwriter for multiple independent rock bands, the most notable being an indie psychedelic band called Tod The Fox. I have led worship for many churches including Grace Fellowship UMC, Brazos Pointe Church, The Cornerstone College Ministry at UTA, FUMC Allen, Living Life Church, and Fellowship of the Parks in varying capacities. At UTA, I studied Jazz and Classical guitar under acclaimed guitarists Sam Walker and Billy Robertson. Here,
I also studied theory, piano, sight-singing, and music-production extensively. I graduated Magna Cume Laude with a Bachelor of Music-Media from UTA. After school, I spent 9 months interning/assistant engineering with acclaimed musician/composer/producer Brad Nyght at The Bakery Studio in Dallas- whose credits include being the drummer for The Michael Gungor Band and Desperation Band. Then, got hired as an on-staff session musician and music producer at Drive35 Productions. I have also played guitar, mandolin, and bass for multiple pit orchestras and guitar for the North Lake Jazz Ensemble with director Jim Eger.

My teaching style varies from student to student. Music is a wonderfully diverse subject and every student has his own aspirations. I will do my best to cater each lesson to the student's goals and interests. Whether that is classical guitar method, rock, jazz, folk, country, pop or anything in between.

I have an excellent internet connection and microphone set up for online lessons. I also utilize screen-sharing to make the lessons as close to real life as possible.

A few of my favorite artists include: Michael Gungor, Joe Pass, Andrew Bird, Chopin, Led Zeppelin, Glen Hansard, and Radiohead.

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Lessons will vary significantly from student to student. Not only does every student have different goals in mind, they all learn differently as well. I do my best to customize my lessons for each student's goals and needs. A typical guitar, bass, ukulele, or piano lesson may involve music-reading, chord studies, technical work, scale practice, theory, and of course learning awesome songs!

I consider myself a healthy balance between professional and light-hearted. As much as I want to make efficient use of the lesson-time, my primary goal is for the student to truly understand and enjoy music.

I have worked hard to be a flexible musician and teacher. I am competent in jazz, rock, classical, contemporary, blues, worship, country, and beyond and will be happy to teach any (or all) of these styles to any student.

*** Studio Equipment ***

Drive35 Productions:

-Large live tracking space
- Medium sized dead tracking space
- Pro Tools HD
- External Pres/Compressors/EQ (WARM, Manley, Vintech, etc.)
- DDA mixing console
- Several acoustic/electric/bass guitars (Epiphone, Fender, Taylor, Cort, Ibanez, Gibson, etc.)
- Lanakai Ukulele
- Gibson Mandolin
- Percussion
- Full drum kit
- 4 control/mixing rooms/practice spaces
- Breakroom
- Music stands/chairs
- Princeton Reverb, Vox AC15, Marshall, Ampeg amplifiers
- Several keyboards/controllers
- Rhodes
- Vintage organs
- Neumann U87, Senheissers, several SM57's, Lautin Audio Oceanus, Oktavas, AKG C414's

My at home studio:

- Chairs
- An 88-key Casio Privia keyboard
- Professional grade recording equipment (003r interface, behringer ada8000 with BLA mod, RNC by FMR, and more)
- High speed Internet access
- A printer
- A library of music resources
- Novation Launchkey MIDI controller
- Rode K2 condensor microphone
- Sm57
- Several Naiant stereo pair microphones
- 2 acoustic guitars (Cort and Zaeger), 2 electric guitars (Epiphone CS Custom, Fender Nashville Tele)
- An electric bass guitar (Epiphone Thunderbird with Bartolini Pickups)
- Lanakai Ukulele
- A Savannah Mandolin
- Double input amplifier (vox AC15C1)
- Music stand
- Metronomes/tuners
- Recording studio quality monitors (Yamaha HS8s)
- Large pedal board and pedal chain

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in contemporary, rock, blues, and worship guitar, but have extensive experience in classical and jazz guitar as well. I am also an on-staff session guitar player for Drive35 Productions and can help anyone interested in the skills necessary to play for a studio.

For piano, I teach beginner to intermediate level students in a variety of genres. I use piano on a daily basis for composing, arranging, and performing.

For bass, I can also teach a variety of genres. I specialize in blues/rock/contemporary but have experience in classical and jazz bass as well.

For ukulele, I specialize in pop music adaptation and classical.

For mandolin, I teach basic beginner music skills- reading and strumming techniques.
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Amy May 28, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Jordan is awesome! My son is 6 and he is very patient with him and doesn’t make the lesson overwhelming which is something I was worried about. Jordan is very pleasant and talented. He is also great at communicating and responds quickly if you have a question later in the week. Would highly recommend him to anyone and any age interested in learning an instrument. My son is still excited to be learning to play the guitar which I’m always surprised because to get better it takes practice and dedication. Thanks Jordan for making it fun too!
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brandon C. March 6, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Jordan is incredibly knowledgeable! He knows exactly when to skip around based on your individual learning rate and is always able to answer theory questions and keep the lesson on track! Super kind and an all around great guy! Would definitely recommend! Planning on signing my daughter up as soon as she's old enough!
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David January 26, 2018
· Mandolin · In studio
Great first session. Jordan put me at ease, we clearly defined our goals and a lesson plan then got right to it. Looking forward to working with him.
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About Matthew H.

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About Matthew
I am a world traveler with over 13 years of tutoring experience. I also have weight trained for about 15 years. Currently working on my PhD in sociolinguistics at the University of Pittsburgh, I received my MA in Spanish from NYU and can help you with many different areas. My experience as an editor for a publishing company, combined with other professional experience in a variety of positions, allow me to offer students a unique perspective on diverse subjects.

Check out some blog posts I have written for the TakeLessons website!

Writing
http://takelessons.com/blog/creative-writing-tips
http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-write-lyrics
http://takelessons.com/blog/unique-writing-topics
http://takelessons.com/blog/learning-how-to-write-with-childrens-books
http://takelessons.com/blog/college-writing-skills

Study Skills
http:
//takelessons.com/blog/study-skills-for-high-school
http://takelessons.com/blog/literature-study-guides
http://takelessons.com/blog/kinesthetic-learning-strategies

Acting
http://takelessons.com/blog/first-lesson-acting-exercises
http://takelessons.com/blog/becoming-an-actor-no-experience

Foreign Language
http://takelessons.com/blog/learning-a-new-language
http://takelessons.com/blog/best-language-learning-software

Miscellaneous
http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-request-a-letter-of-recommendation
http://takelessons.com/blog/tutors-for-special-needs-students

Let's learn and grow together!

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons with me are structured, yet flexible, centering around your specific strengths and weaknesses. Since everything is catered around your individual needs, no two students share the same exact experience. I learn what works best for you based on your study habits, interests, and personality and implement any necessary assignments to help you achieve the best possible results. I adopt a very hands-on approach and provide you with additional information and avenues (both creative and technological) to continue learning beyond our sessions in a fun way.

*** Studio Equipment ***
MacBook Pro with necessary Office Suite, PRAAT software, Skype and additional recording material; keyboard and amps; free weights and resistance bands.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Same as above: MacBook Pro with software; recording equipment as necessary.

*** Specialties ***
Languages- English, Spanish, Greek, Portuguese, Turkish, Aramaic.

Knowledge of historical and cultural elements of different groups of people.

Detail-oriented; strong analytical skills.

18 years experience as a vocalist, 9 Bel Canto technique (Full Lyric Tenor)

15 years of physical fitness training (strength, HIIT, cardio, etc.)
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Farrah May 31, 2018
· Linguistics · In home
Matthew is a wonderful teacher due to his ability to relate the material to your own experiences and understandings. He's very skilled at recognizing students' areas of difficulty and addressing them with ease. He's also passionate about what he does and his students walk away with this same passion for learning! Highly recommended!
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Reaji A. October 10, 2015
· Writing · In studio
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Matthew H.

Pittsburgh, PA 15260
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About Detrece L.

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DeTrece "Dee" Lavender is a native of Miami, Florida. When her family moved to Sarasota, she was afforded the opportunity to study music and the performing arts as a student of the Westcoast School/Henry L. Porter School of Music. It was then that Dee began to understand the power of the creative arts as an effective form of emotional expression and release. By middle school, DeTrece began fine tuning her natural talents by studying classical voice which earned her several starring roles in the Sarasota Youth Opera, The Aslo Theater and the Players Theater. She is also a proud former member of the Westcoast Black Theater Troop in Sarasota, FL. Under the caring leadership of these opportunities, she was able to combine musical and life experiences in order to offer a more well rounded educational and musical experience for her students.


She was awarded a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, where she received a dual Bachelor of Music degree in Music Therapy and Vocal Performance (Class of 2003). It was through her service as a music therapist, Millieu (residential) counselor and music teacher in the Boston City Public Schools/Greater Boston Metropolitan Area, that she began to feel the call toward a greater understanding of the gravity and role of the socio-emotional needs of students (and their families/villages) in urban settings. This call brought her to Baltimore, MD where she enrolled in the Pastoral Counseling Masters of Science program at Loyola University. In addition to her studies, she currently teaches Elementary and Middle School choir/ Musicianship teacher in the Baltimore City Public Schools through the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's OrchKids Program. She also serves as Minister Of Music and Arts at two local churches.
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Nidhi E. November 14, 2017
· Singing · Online
she is amazing
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Mawulom N. October 18, 2017
· Improv Acting · In studio
D is skilled at opening you up. From the warm welcome, opening exercise to her easy-going nature and intentional way of being. She's intuitive and an expert in her craft.
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Shaunise G. March 21, 2016
· Singing · In home
Detrece was patient very much into her work and very knowledgeable about singing i will continue to finish my lesson with and recommend her HIGHLY.
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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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Brianna April 21, 2018
· Acting · In studio
He makes me feel comfortable and he is very patient with me. I would recommend him to others.
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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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Pittsburgh, PA 15201
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About Corliss P.

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I am an actress that has performed and taught the classics for over 35 years. I love it! I can help you with auditions, study structure, develop skills or simply reach a deeper understanding of your favorite texts.

I believe that the theatre is an arena where we learn about who we are. Acting is being present in the moment and we learn how to live our lives more fully through this study. Each actor has his own unique voice and relationship to the material. It is my job to help each student find their own path.

Corliss
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Jenny January 4, 2018
· Voice Acting · Online
Corliss is a master at her craft! She makes you feel comfortable from the moment you meet her and has a genuine interest in your goals. Corliss tailored lessons to my learning style which was very encouraging for someone with my level of experience. She has a lovely personality and her enthusiasm is infectious. I would highly recommend taking lessons from Corliss!
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Steve May 22, 2017
· Voice Acting · In studio
I took a five-session Beginning Voice Acting class with Corliss in a professional recording studio. The critiques she gave me after every recording I made helped me to speak more clearly, and to increase the energy I was able to put into my recorded presentations. Without the critiques of my recordings, I would not have been able to improve my speaking ability. During the class, she made sure everyone in the class was made to feel welcome, and important. When I take the next level of the Voice Acting class series, I will be looking forward her critiques of my recorded presentations.
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Janet B. May 20, 2017
· Voice Acting · In studio
I recently took lessons with Corliss and couldn’t have been happier! From the minute I walked in the door for the first lesson, Corliss was energetic and enthusiastic. I found her instruction relative to breathing techniques, warm up exercises and copy interpretation extremely valuable in helping me to relax and “think outside of the box,” which enabled me to think more creatively while also helping to identify my own areas of strength and those requiring further development. Corliss provided honest and supportive feedback, all within a fun environment that had me looking forward to the next lesson. I am truly looking forward to taking additional lessons with Corliss!
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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 theatre performance and marketing from the University of Pittsburgh as well as intensive 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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JuS February 27, 2018
· Acting · In studio
Claire Is Not Only Experienced But Shows Passion When She Teaches. She Has Taught As Young As 7yrs Old And Has A Way With Kids That Is Nothing Short Of Magical. I Had The Pleasure Of Working Along Side Her And My Biggest Admiration For Her Is Her Passion And Her Strong Desire To Be Unique.
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Pittsburgh, PA 15219
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About Chad A.

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Experience most definitely. Having started on stage in such great productions as Shakespeare’s The Tempest to wonderful musicals such as South Pacific. In his career he has worked with French TV Super Star Veronique Jannot. Chad Ayers has also worked with some of the best that Hollywood has to offer. He has worked with Dana Carvey and John Lovitz of Saturday Night Live fame in a Super Bowl commercial as well as acting legends Burt Reynolds, Mickey Rooney, Elliott Gould and Judith Light and credited alongside Demi Moore, Beau Bridges, Sam Robards, Armand Assante, Ving Rhames and Robert Patrick to name a few. Most recently having worked with international TV stars Carl Marino and John Nicholson. Chad portrays an array of characters from the antagonist to the professor as well as the detective. Chad was trained by Caroline Serine with the
Eric Morris “How not to Act” style. Currently recurring on a Detective TV show and shooting films between traveling coast to coast. Having currently just wrapped two Feature films where Chad played antagonist Henry Dunlap in “Testing” on Amazon Prime. He also just wrapped as News Director boss Stephen in “The Crossbreed” with famed Turkish Director Biray Dalkiran in Los Angeles. Chad is very excited having shot the pilot for the TV show “The Rejects: Origins” a Sci-Fi Action adventure for a Major Streaming Network Portraying the role of General Heat. Chad is looking forward to the new series getting picked up and working with the wonderful ensemble cast. This past June Chad had the pleasure of working in the Feature Film “Risers “Directed by Mr. Jeff Martell. Most recently landed another recurring role on a new TV show Atlanta Homicide. Chad has also been cast in a new TV show called Knights End set in England AD 1017 in a recurring role in an ensemble with a wonderful all-star cast airing on a streaming network fall of 2018. Versatility is his specialty. Chad prides himself in being a chameleon. He is always up for the challenges of different characters. I really enjoy teaching and watching the student grow. I teach in a casual laid back approach.
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About Ricky A.

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Hi there! I'm Ricky - I'm a professional actor and a proud member of Actor's Equity Association. I have my BFA in Acting from Cal State Fullerton where I studied under Russian master acting teacher Svetlana Efremova. I am trained in Stanislavski, Uta Hagen, Chekhov, Meisner and Shakespeare.

I find that so many actors spend too much time revolving their life around acting they forget that acting revolves around life.
I believe that the most interesting thing in this industry is YOU. Who are YOU? There is no one else in this profession with your experience, your depth and your talent. You are unique. So much of what we know about acting stems from personal experience and individual truth. I believe that unlocking your potential through self discovery is the most efficient way to grow as an actor. You can learn every technique there is
, but how you use it as an individual is what matters. That is what makes people sit up in their seats. They know the techniques, but they don't know you.

I've learned this over the years attending open calls 3-5 times a week and submitting self tapes too many times to count. I've had the pleasure of frequently working in regional theatre including: South Coast Repertory, MainStreet Theatre Company, Coeurage Theatre Company and Rogue Artists Ensemble. I'm still learning from day to day. The education of this profession never ends and it never should. There is always more to discover and there is always more room to grow. That is what makes this industry so exciting and fulfilling, despite the many obstacles that will stand in your way.

Join me on the journey and lets discover what makes you unique!
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