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About ELENA D.

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Tarzana, CA

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I teach children and adults using a singing technique drawn from the Bel Canto Tradition and tailored to fit more modern styles of music with emphasis on posture, muscle relaxation and breathing technique among fun and interesting vocal exercises!

About ELENA
Hello!
Music is my life and my biggest passion. I've been a working musician and a teacher for several years and there's nothing more rewarding than sharing all I've learned so far with my students, to nurture their goals and aspirations and to make them aware of the great instrument they already possess. Every year I plan and host two wonderful recitals for my students, so that they can experience and share their progress with family and friends.

Here's more about me and my education:
I was born and raised in Italy and have been singing since I was a child but started a formal training during my teenage years with a private coach. During college, while studying Psychology at the University of Florence, I attended 2 different private music schools in Florence and Bologna, since it was not possible at the time to study music in Colleg
e. There I kept studying vocal technique, solfege, classical guitar and music harmony.
I moved to LA 11 years ago and attended Musician's Institute earning a diploma in Vocal Studies and Vocal Performance and then I attended a Composition & Songwriting Program at UCLA for 2 years. I refined my vocal technique studying at Berkley College of Music for a summertime in a special program for Jazz Vocalists and I have been an Alexander Technique's student for now 10+ years.
I am a performing artist, I sing and teach privately for a living and, on the side, I help an Opera Touring company promote their tours. I have performed all over the country in some beautiful venues such as the Getty Center and Pantages Theater to name a few. Guitar is my second instrument but I accompany students with my piano during vocal exercises. My personal style of singing is modern, not operatic, I love many kinds of music but especially pop, jazz, and musical theater.

***Lessons Details***

**Singing: Teaching Adults**
There are two sides of singing that I like to work on with my students.
The first is vocal technique, which is first and foremost the study of how to use our instrument, our whole body, in the best and most useful way to avoid strain ad create beautiful sounds. I believe that when we relax and use the right posture, meaning the most natural one, then our bodies and our breathing mechanisms act as they are supposed to, and singing magically happens at its best. When we learn to use our bodies without strain, the right "singing" muscles are automatically engaged and exercised and we feel at ease. So I try to encourage a non-forceful way to use diaphragmatic breathing, which I have learned by studying Alexander Technique, which is a technique that teaches people how to stop using unnecessary levels of muscular and mental tension during any activity, especially during an artistic performance of any kind.
I try to notice bad singing habits the student may have formed throughout his/her life, (hopefully none!), and gently help them correct them. The vocal exercises I use are drawn from the Bel Canto tradition, a classical tradition, but I mix them with more modern vocal exercises to develop popular techniques like "belting" for example.
The second side of singing is simply to pay attention to song interpretation, to convey the message we would like to convey. I encourage the student to choose songs to work on they truly love, and I welcome any style of music. I give the students vocal exercises CDs to help them practice at home.

**Singing: Teaching Children**
What I described above is also true for teaching children, however I like to teach them "by ear" with simple vocal exercises and vocal games at the beginning of the lesson and try to ease them into the sound they naturally make. I like to create a positive environment in which the student can feel successful about even small achievements, whether it is standing in a relaxed way or having practiced the beginning of an exercise or part of a song. To help the student practice at home and keep the motivation alive without feeling overwhelmed I record each lesson (or let them record it) and give them the accompaniment for the song of their choice so they can have fun at home.

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I teach young children using fun songs, games and classical guitar technique. I also teach adults and specialize in contemporary guitar. I welcome many styles of music, pop, rock as well as folk genres of Latin America. I emphasize good posture, tone and musicality, and always a high level of enjoyment with the process!

*** RECITALS ***
I plan and host 2 wonderful Recitals a year, one in January and one in June. I encourage all my students to participate, no matter how they may feel about their instrument level and preparation. Working towards a performance is one of the most effective ways to solidify your ever growing skill!

*** Studio Equipment ***
For students who come to my home studio, there is private guest parking right outside my building, in a gated complex of buildings and in a safe neighborhood just north of the 101. My studio is conveniently located just a few blocks from the freeway entrance. I have a comfortable sofa for parents and siblings to attend the lessons and a keyboard to use for accompaniment. Also, I periodically offer my students the chance to record one song in my studio, equipped with nice microphones and a professional recording system.

*** Travel Equipment ***
For singing lessons I bring my small and light master-keyboard and laptop or I can use the student piano/keyboard. For children's lesson I ask my students to bring a notebook to keep track of practice assignments.

*** Specialties ***
Music theory and Songwriting. Stage performance and how to feel comfortable on stage. Additionally I teach vocal jazz improvisation, Broadway singing and Italian song repertoire.
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David N. October 25, 2018
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Excellent session. It pointed out what I need to work on, specifically.
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Steve A. October 3, 2017
· Singing · In home
Elena is a gifted teacher. She is patient, enthusiastic, and flexible with her lesson plans. She is amenable to tailoring the sessions to the student's needs and interests. And she provides the whole package; singing, songwriting and guitar instruction. Most importantly, she makes the sessions fun and interesting. I would highly recommend Elena for singer/songwriters who want to improve their performance skills.
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Presley S. July 5, 2017
· Singing · In home
I asked my daughter today after her first lessons how it went and she seemed really happy👍🌻
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El Cajon, CA

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My goal as a teacher is to direct a my students toward a healthier, more extensive use of their voice without losing their individual special quality. Whether you sing in church, bands, or would like to to sing karaoke we can work together to help you reach a new level of performance.

About Fabian
My goal as a teacher is to direct my students to a more extensive use of their instrument without losing that special quality that sets each individual apart. I will help you establish a solid foundation of technique so you can meet any musical challenge squarely and with confidence. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!
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Karen W. November 29, 2018
· Piano · Online
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Alex H. November 1, 2018
· Harmonica · Online
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Sam October 7, 2018
· Harmonica · Online
Dude is legit. About to see massive growth in my harp game... Watch out ladies lol
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About Erica W.

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Palo Alto, CA

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The voice, the universal instrument that all humans possess. Nothing is more moving, and singing can be a wonderful way to relieve stress and feel happier. I am a versatile singer who has sung country, pop, classical, musical theater, jazz, dance and I have broad performance background. I will not only teach you how to sing properly in a way that will not damage your voice, but teach you breathing techniques that will help you in all aspects of your life.

About Erica
I am a performer passionate about music and fitness. I have a creative and unique teaching style that helps students conquer their fears and achieve their goals. I have a degree in Vocal Arts from the University of Southern California and have been teaching private and group music lessons since college. I currently have over 25 students in the Palo Alto area and am looking to expand the size of my studio by accepting a few more students. Aside from Piano and Voice lessons, one of my expertise areas is audition prep for Musical Theater Auditions.

I am also an inspiring personal trainer and health coach, having significantly changed my own life with a dramatic 60 pound weight loss after having two kids, adapting a healthy lifestyle and becoming a model for health and fitness by being a group fitness instructor and personal trainer.
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About Jonathan B.

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State College, PA

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Singing is closer to me than any other instrument. The downside of that is you can feel everything, both good and bad. With students,I always seek the key to unlocking the best singing experience

~For young singers I find music they love and make singing as easy as possible
~Intermediate students usually need solutions to problems; I offer those and help find performance opportunities
~With advanced students I coach for technical mastery and deep musical sensitivity

About Jonathan
I studied music therapy and music theory at Temple University from '06-'10. Learned a lot. Then again, I learned even more teaching at a school for kids with learning disabilities and working as a traveling street performer. Once you see the world and work with some unexpected challenges, you learn how to open up and knuckle down at the same time!

I am currently a full-time YouTube Creator, sidelining in cover bands and a solo act. Teaching is a big part of what I do online so I see my work as a private teacher as 'research' for the lessons I create. Although I'm firmly grounded in a classical music training, there's nothing you can ask about that I won't try to figure out. My favorite thing about teaching is using unexpected questions to develop new ideas that I then integrate into my original compositions. Check out my intro to the B
lues Raga video if you want to hear a good story about what I mean.

Recently I've had several articles published by the TakeLessons Blog. Check out my most recent post here.
http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-play-acoustic-guitar-like-john-mayer-z01
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Lily F. October 2, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Jonathan is knowledgeable and patient. I am very pleased
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James July 13, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Jonathan does everything right. A good guy with a clear passion for what he does.
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Patricia April 20, 2018
· Violin · Online
Jonathan has been a great teacher and excellent influence for Noah. During lessons, and in his practice during the week, Noah is being drawn in by both the challenges and rewards of learning to love and play the violin.
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About Angela M.

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New York, NY
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Voice Lessons for singers of all ages, all styles and levels—beginner to professional.

I am a working opera singer living in New York City. In addition to performing, I have a voice studio. I have a classical, musical theater, church and choral music background. I love to help students build their singing technique!

About Angela
I am a professional opera singer and voice instructor in New York City. I have an opera, musical theater, church and choral background. I am comfortable teaching all styles of music.

Our singing voice is the instrument that we were each born to play. My goal is to make singing effortless and enjoyable and to help my students build confidence in themselves by developing their instrument.

Together we will work on breathing, speaking and vocal exercises as well as appropriate repertoire singing with beautiful Italian vowels, free of tension and with emphasis on emotional purpose.

It would be my pleasure to work with my students on basic music theory. I can also help students prepare their voices for public speaking engagements.
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Yolanda May 25, 2017
· Singing · Online
It was great :) Thank you so much Angela!
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Caitlin March 25, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Very friendly and natural style. Lesson well structured and pitched just right.
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Lisa N. January 18, 2017
· Singing · In studio
She is fantastic.. looking forward to continuing our sessions!
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Houston, TX
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Voice lesson........rock, pop, jazz

About Skyy
I grew up in Houston and after I graduated from University of Saint Thomas. I moved to Los Angeles to work while I continued my education to get my Masters. I lived in L.A for over 20 years before moving back to Houston.
I have worked with bands ranging from pop to rock to jazz. I have also traveled from Houston to Los Angeles to New York and overseas to Asia and Europe.
I am a multi-instrumentalist, playing keyboards, electric/acoustic guitar, bass guitar and vocals.
My experience ranges from working live venues to studios; recording, engineering and producing. I am very knowledgeable with the digital and analog recording technology.
I am qualify to teach guitar, keyboards, and voice, music theory, orchestration, music production, Protools. I have over 20 years experience in the music industry globally.
I do not drink or smoke or
do any form of drugs.
I have taught music from grade school level to University level.
I had my background checked and I can supply that upon request.

University of Saint Thomas ………Music theory, classical guitar, classical piano, voice.

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)………….Music Composition, orchestration, and music production.

Musician Institute, Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT) in Hollywood………….Modern guitar techniques.
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Hirley F. April 30, 2016
· Singing · In home
Good instructor
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Jim G. March 22, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Great first lesson!! Look forward to next lesson and learning from Skyy.
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About Randy M.

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Winchester, VA

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Whether prepping for an audition or doing it on the side, we will work on what interests you the most. My flexible curriculum gives you the opportunity to concentrate on any vocal style(s), along with supplemental theory.

About Randy
I am an eclectic pianist-singer with dual Bachelor of Music degrees in Performance and Jazz Studies from Shenandoah Conservatory. My skills are diverse and I enjoy using them as I teach at any level. Other than teaching, I compete in voice and piano competitions, perform as a soloist and accompanist, arrange, and compose. I also play in a funk band called Souled Out, stationed in Winchester, VA. My passion is in classical and jazz music, as well as musical theatre, but I teach all contemporary styles.
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Mark R. October 23, 2018
· Singing · Online
Was a good 1st lesson
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Noah P. September 26, 2018
· Piano · In home
Firs lesson.
the kids loved it and we plan to work with Randy moving forward.
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John P. March 30, 2018
· Classical Voice · Online
Excellent teacher. I've studied jazz guitar, classical guitar, and voice in the past- he is building my confidence in my higher register- enthusiastic, disciplined and
hard working. You will progress with this teacher!
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About Emilie C.

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North Hollywood, CA
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Professional singer, songwriter and performer who is passionate about helping new vocalists find freedom, confidence and a sense of self in their singing!

Singing is a special type of music, with your body as the instrument and your heart laid out for all to see. As your teacher, I will help you build a solid foundation in technique and music theory while tailoring lessons to your personal aims and goals.

For those interested in songwriting/recording as well, my lesson plan can include me recording, mixing and producing a song that you compose.

About Emilie
I am a professional musician, composer and artist with over 12 years background in classical piano. I also specialize in songwriting and singing, and have performed my original music at venues and events ranging from the House of Blues to 626 Night Market to the METRO Golden Streets Festival! Music has been a gift to me, and I consider it a blessing to be able to share it with others.
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State College, PA
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Erin McDaniels is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Pennsylvania State University. She holds Bachelor's in Vocal Performance from Middle Tennessee State University. Erin began working with the Nashville Opera in 2014, and she has been in five productions including: Turandot, Die Fledermaus, and Carmen, and she is currently the model for Nashville Opera's production of Florencia en el Amazonas. Additionally, she works as a soloist, and she has performed multiple oratorios and cantatas. Classical music is not her only outlet. In 2013, Erin sang with the 80's pop group Berlin for a private function. She has performed musical theatre roles from the saucy Desiree, A Little Night Music, to the pious Sarah Brown, Guys and Dolls.​ Erin had a private studio at the Jan Williams School of Music in Nashville, TN where she taught piano and voice lessons. She currently teaches and performs in State College, PA

About Erin
Hi! My name is Erin, and I have been teaching voice and piano for over 4 years. I have helped my students grow into more confident performers and stronger musicians.

I am currently pursuing a Masters of Music from Penn State University, where I teach elective and class voice. I look forward to helping new students achieve their goals!
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Karen January 23, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
Erin is a dream teacher. She taught piano to both my daughters and voice to my oldest as well. She is very talented, patient, detail-oriented and really challenges students to go above and beyond. She meets students where they are and helps them be successful no matter where they are in their training. We miss having her in Nashville! I would highly recommend her to anyone with children of all ages.
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Alice January 23, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
Erin was my daughter’s favorite piano teacher! She is so talented, patient, encouraging, and dependable. Our daughter learned so much with her, and we miss her dearly in Tennessee.
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