Students are raving about their Performing Arts instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Nicole
"Ever since I started working with Aaron, I’ve discovered more and more about myself as an actress and improviser. I’ve taken group improv classes from Aar
on for over a year now and more recently I have worked with him on monologues for college auditions. I honestly think he has pushed my boundaries to a point where I have grown to accomplish things far out of my comfort zone. My favorite part about working with Aaron is the constructive criticism he gives. He is incredibly insightful and honest, yet I feel as if he is always on my side. Not only is he able to pull a text apart and analyze the unspoken meanings behind every word, but he is able to get me—the student—to accomplish that as well. He always re-assures me that I am never “wrong” when it comes to my ideas. He encourages me to commit to whatever choices I see fit. I’ve always felt working with Aaron was a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable space. In the past, that was hard for me to truly find with other coaches. Whenever I work with him, the time flies by as if we are just two friends in a studio together. However, he has a phenomenal sense of professionalism. He has been extremely hands-on and dedicated to helping me grow through different exercises and techniques. If my making a break through with a monologue required for Aaron to jump around a room screaming like a crazy person, he would do it. He’s the type of coach to get 100% mentally and physically involved in a student’s progress. Aaron has helped me become so much more confident about myself as an overall performer. I highly recommend working with and spending time with him. He is amazingly down to earth, hilarious, talented, and well trained, and I cannot even imagine where I would be in my college audition process without him."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Ninoska smith
"Kelley Jackson is an amazing dancer and I have seen him serve as a dance teacher before and he is amazing at that as well! You can choose no one better th
en him :)"
Orlando, FL teacher:
Review by Holly Constant
"Hunter is really great at communicating and directing a scene to make it better. It's always an interesting direction and makes the scene more real and fu
n. His calm attitude and teaching style creates a positive environment to learn and succeed and most importantly have fun."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Olivia
"We had a great first lesson! I really think working with Nicole will build Olivia's confidence."
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Maximo
"Stephanie is a remarkable instructor. She is so down-to-earth and encouraging that it makes learning easy and enjoyable. I always look forward to attendin
g her sessions with enthusiasm because I know I'm going to like it and get a lot out of it."
Hilo, HI teacher:
Review by Catherine
"He is sure to make the experience helpful and fun. He made me feel at ease and he was super patient and encouraging."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Nicholle
"David is very patient and sensitive to his clients... I love his creative ideas, he has help me immensely...:)"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Bob
"Susan helped me with my speaking voice and we focused on a wedding speech I had planned to give as the father of the bride. Her feedback was invaluable a
nd the speech was a resounding success. Not sure I could have pulled it off as well as I did without her help."
Sacramento, CA teacher:
Review by Alina
"Allison is such a talent, so motivated and driven. She will inspire you to hone your ideas and support you as you build your script. She is always writing
. Always. And that alone inspires me to keep on writing. :)"
Actors - Singers My job is to work with you to help you realize your dream as an actor or music artist. I am moved by the amount of work the actors I work with are booking. Congratulations, guys! A
ctors, we will work on monologues, scenes and cold readings and auditions technique to grow your craft. Singers and Artists, bring your voice and instruments. Don't have one? I do! I am a Critic's Circle Award Winning Actor and Singer, Published Songwriter and Recording Artist, trained in New York City and at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and Los Angeles. I have been lucky to work with some incredible people and you will be one of them! If you're looking for a coach to work with from the ground up or looking for an advanced acting or singing performance coach, let’s talk. I am a member of Sag-Aftra and Actors Equity Association. If you don’t have access to a teacher where you live, you absolutely can study effectively online. You deserve to study acting or music performance and you deserve a place in my studio. Auditioning for colleges or agents, planning your move to Los Angeles or NYC or working where you are and need to start studying and to begin in the business or need audition help in a hurry? Let's get to work. I'll not only collaborate with you to stretch your acting chops but I'll also help you understand the industry and how you fit in to it. We will work on audition prep, monologues, scenes, singing performance and we will find out who you are and how you show up in the biz. I am generous with what I know. I care about you, the artist. See my bio below. For Parents of Minors: I'm available to help you understand this somewhat confusing industry. I was a young actor/performer in the industry myself.
More about Kathryn I studied at Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (CCM). In New York City I was under the care of opera teacher, Leona Matthews, famed acting teacher and director, Word Baker and Edward Morehouse as a student at HB Studio in NYC and Mark Monroe in San Francisco and Los Angeles. I have my own writing doc, the revered Dr. Joyce Block. I work as a recording artist and writer. And I’m lucky to work as a concert artist, too. I began teaching in the early 90's in San Francisco with Mark Monroe, after co founding Mark Monroe Studios. MM Studios began originally in 1987 when I and Mr. Monroe packed their studio, by word of mouth, and when the studio totaled six hundred and fifty actors; they added a studio in Los Angeles. I have been coaching actors and musicians and developing artists ever since. Extended bio upon request. My background in acting and singing performance comes from the Method. Musicians, Bring or have (online) your instrument. Recording Studio Vocal Coaching Available - Vocal Coaching Music Performance - Technique and Performance coaching Electric Guitars, Acoustic Guitars Grand Piano Electric Piano Uke Cello Drum Kit
Danielle Y. August 26, 2016
In home Verified Student
Kathryn was great!! My daughter was very nervous before the lesson but when she was done she came out smiling and very happy. Thank you.
Dawn N. August 17, 2016
Audition Prep ·
Online Verified Student
Kathryn was awesome! The lesson was very informative, and we had a lot of fun! I look forward to our next lesson :-)
Kayla Moore July 28, 2016
Online Verified Student
What an amazing coach and all around person!! Kathryn has helped me build confidence in myself as well as build my technique as an actress. I am beyond grateful for her knowledge, patience and kindness. I highly recommend her expertise.
Kelly was actively involved in music and theatre from a young age, performing in school plays as well as marching, concert and jazz band. She attended California State University Sacramento as a Clari
net Performance Major while simultaneously taking classes in acting, voice and dance in the Musical Theatre Training Program.
Kelly received her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from San Diego State University in 2007 and taught for several years before relocating to the bay area to start a family.
Currently, Kelly is opening a vocal studio in Concord, CA and is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). With a strong passion for teaching and seeing her students succeed, Kelly has been praised by students, parents and colleagues.
"Kelly’s professionalism, knowledge and sheer talent make her a perfect voice teacher...Kelly is extremely reliable and conducts a professional and challenging voice lesson...She has a great deal of voice and stage experience herself that she brings to her teaching. Her personality offers a great combination of rapport with the student and rigor in her training...Kelly is not only an excellent teacher and performer, but an excellent mentor and role model as well."
Credits include opera, operetta, musical theatre and straight theatre. Favorite roles include: Sister Mary Amnesia in Nunsense, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance and Ida in HONK! the musical.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in teaching voice for musical theatre. I incorporate acting into the lessons as the students need or interest arises. I teach based on bel canto technique as well as incorporating other methods learned in master class settings and other avenues. I continue my education through independent study and by attending NATS sponsored and other workshops.
Natalie September 22, 2016
Musical Theater ·
My lessons with Kelly were the highlight of my week. She always made me feel comfortable and supported, which gave me the security I needed to progress. Kelly put in the extra effort to find music that I enjoyed singing and songs that would help me stand out in an audition. I highly recommend her as a teacher!!
I've been a professional musician for many years in the classical singing world. I love all kinds of music and have been teaching for over ten years. I'm known for being very kind and supportive. I ha
ve two degrees in Music, one from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England. I've been active on classical choral and early music recordings and therefore I get to vote in the GRAMMYs ... my high school students usually help me to consider the Best New Artist category although I have strong opinions of my own because I love pop music too! I teach beginning piano, and all levels of singing. I've raised two great kids of my own and am married to another professional musician. I love helping people to bring more music into their lives!
Steven D October 19, 2016
Ruth is an awesome teacher and really knows a lot about the piano. She really teaches everything and is very knowledgable about all genres of music. She is very helpful and really makes learning to play the piano a fun experience!
Luciana T. May 3, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Ruth is great - very patient with both kids. We will pause for the summer and can't wait to come back once school is back on.
Alisha J. January 26, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Ruth is very knowledgable, and she makes you feel comfortable. My first lesson was great, I would highly recommend Ruth to anyone.
Hello! I am a classically trained vocalist and percussionist, with a BA in Music, specializing in Education and Theory. I have taught band, choir, orchestra and piano in high school and middle school
. I have also done Music Directing with kids aged 7-14 for various musicals and have taught elementary students aged 4-9, so I am ready for whatever you've got! I have also appeared on stage in various settings including opera, musical theater, solo work and even the occasional karaoke night. I am willing to work with your schedule and offer scholarships to those who are willing to earn them!
Santiago R. November 28, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Best instructor ever. My son loves her.
Damir October 15, 2016
In home Verified Student
Rebecca is patient and fun. My son enjoys his lessons.
David September 24, 2016
In home Verified Student
Rebecca is the best! Teachers teach and learners learn. She has made me an instant learner!!!
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