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About Khemya M.

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Stockton, CA
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About Khemya
With a Masters degree in Arts and Consciousness Studies from J.F. Kennedy Univ, A BA in dance ethnology, performance and choreography and world music, and 3 A.A. degrees in dance, music and psychology, I feel successful to teach various subjects in the arts.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lesson plans will include: Beginning music theory, songbook and study, and beginning songs for piano

*** Studio Equipment ***
Electric keyboard and dun dun drums, djembe drums, guitar and amps, with microphone, 320 square foot space, open space for dance floor :)

*** Travel Equipment ***
djembe drums, el
ectric piano, percussion
I expect the student to provide their notebooks, writing utensils and positive behavior

*** Specialties ***
Jazz improvisation-jazz voicing on piano (music theory)
Dance-Afro-Caribbean dance and folklore
Dunham technique-Afro-Haitian-Afro-Cuban and Modern
African drumming and percussion: Jembe and shekere with song and folklore.
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Charlene August 19, 2016
· Piano · In studio
I loved taking lessons with Khemya. My job interfered with my lessons. What I enjoyed most is I felt my music which my sound strange but as a senior adult is makes all the difference.
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Iakienide U. June 8, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In home
Ms. Khemya is very good at teaching piano lessons.
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Debra Q. October 15, 2015
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
Very clear and patient
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Khemya M.

Khemya M.

Stockton, CA 95215
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$30 / 30-min

About Danielle L.

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Oakland, CA

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About Danielle
Hello Students / Parents!

I specialize in providing a fun, inspiring and safe space for each student to reach their goals - whether that be for the novice singer whose been wrongfully told they shouldn't sing, the more experienced singer looking to do more with their music, or the budding songwriter, actor or speaker looking to develop the talent and drive they feel within them.

I always remember the inspiration and patience I received from my best teachers, so I strive to provide exactly that to my own students. I sing and teach most vocal styles, with the exception of opera and screamo
, and utilize my studio to create a supportive, empowering experience singing, speaking, writing and recording. I absolutely love teaching both children and adults and look forward to learning how to best support each one of my students in their individual path toward realizing their potential.

Here's a bit about my background and musical experience:

Bachelors of Fine Arts degree (Theatre/Voice) from United States International University Graduated Valedictorian
Chula Vista School of Creative and Performing Arts Graduated Valedictorian
Workshops and studying with Bill Doyle, Roy Mote, Andrew Barnicle, Jack Tygett, Leanne Summers, among others.

"After seeing Danielle, I was impressed with her intensity as a performer. Her ability to get behind a lyric was stunning, she lives every line. As an artistic performer, I've yet to see better."
-Tony Ferguson / Interscope Records: No Doubt, Bush, Fisher

My original band, Danielle and The Masses, has been recording and performing live since 2001. We are endorsed by Ani Difranco, The Black Eyed Peas, The Bruce Hornsby Band, and have shared the stage with artists as Jamie Foxx, CAKE, Metric, En Vogue, David Byrne, Berlin, Margaret Cho, Cyndi Lauper, Jonatha Brooke, Beth Hart, Semi Precious Weapons and more.

I have written and performed music and voice over for Ace Ventura, Nutty Professor, VH1, various TV shows and independent documentaries, Eveoke Dance Theatre, among others, as well as having recorded eight professional CDs of various styles on various record labels.

For over ten years, my record / production company, Say It Records has been producing socially conscious music events throughout San Diego and Southern California that promote independent music, film, art, community and human rights. I also co-own Durga Sound, a teaching and production studio, with producer Alicia Champion, as well as San Diego IndieFest, a powerful community event which promotes and supports music, film, art and civic engagement.

I have a great time utilizing my contacts in the industry to help my students get work/ press / entrance into the schools of their choice, etc. For example, I'm happy to report that just last year we were able to book eight musicians on GLEE, as well as lots more in other capacities including using their music in commercials and film and helping them get cast in local theatre and accepted into arts-centered schools.

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I start on the first lesson by becoming clear about what the new student's goals and desires are from there, we start developing technique to achieve those goals along with having fun right away doing what they came for - singing, writing, voice over, acting or using a combination of these things be it for professional purposes or personal fulfillment. Every lesson is personally customized to meet the specific goals of each student. As a teacher, I'm encouraging and fun, passionate and positive. While I'm definitely not "strict", I do appreciate focus and drive. However, I often work with people who have special needs and are working on developing those very things. I'm especially good at helping people through progress plateaus, roadblocks, stage fright, loss/ stress. Using music as a means of release and healing - for both kids and adults - is something I do a lot of and am very comfortable with.

As far as technique is concerned, I focus on utilizing posture, correct breathing and developing relaxed, strong support, so that the muscles are developed properly. We want the voice to develop without stress, enabling the student to constantly grow while steering clear of any injury that can happen as a result of straining, not to mention other habits that manifest when we sing without proper technique.

I strongly encourage students to record their lessons on a mobile device so they can practice easily on their own, and so they eventually have a record of how far they've grown.
We mostly use tracks to develop repertoire, prepare for auditioning and performances, and to have fun singing the music that excites each student the most.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Apple Mac Pro Quad Core running OS 10.8.3
Avid Pro Tools 10 HDX
Propellor Reason 4.0
UA 2-610 Microphone Pre-amp
UA LA-610 Microphone Pre-amp and Compressor
UA Teletronix LA2A Compressor/ Limiter
Behringer ADA 8000
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*** Specialties ***
Using music, writing and voice as a means of expressing yourself, growing as a performance artist, coping in challenging times, as well as a means of going professional and earning income are all areas I specialize in. Utilizing proper technique and learning how to sing / speak safely is also an area I focus on a great deal.

Learning precisely what each student wants is the key factor in my decision on how to achieve their goals. For example, using Speech Level Singing is definitely entrenched in my teaching, but I may not highlight it as much for those who want a more classical sound.

I excel with the following: first timers, very young kids, students working through stage fright, artists looking to develop their own original project, those seeking growth in their process of writing / recording / performing, those who are interested in using music and / or writing as therapy as well as with amateurs who've always wanted to do something musical but who think they are "too old" or too "untalented/short/tall/ fill in the blank" to try. I believe we all have something to say with our lives - finding the voice within you can be an incredibly powerful and transformative experience!
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Tess Posner February 16, 2017
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
Wow, if I could give more stars I would. Danielle's lessons are life-changing- she has helped me tap into my creativity, self-confidence and free expression. This spills over into all parts of my life and at work, and helps with things like public speaking and communication. She is inspiring, charismatic and fun and gives clear direction and exercises that are easy to remember and practice. She has so much experience in the music industry, is an extremely talented singer, and a wonderful person- all in all a total joy to work with. I would highly recommend Danielle if you want to improve your singing/song writing, tap into your creative potential and build your authenticity and confidence.
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Lois S. November 5, 2016
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
Warm, intelligent, thoughtful, vivacious, talented - Danielle is a natural teacher. I learned a lot with her and from her. I hope this will be a long and fruitful mentorship.
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Kim Noriega January 15, 2016
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
If there were ten stars available I'd rate Danielle 10 stars! She's a natural teacher--knowledgeable, patient, inspiring and clearly cares deeply about helping people be their best. Plus, she's got a great sense of humor and adds a touch playfulness to each lesson. And of course, she can sing like nobody's business!
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Danielle L.

Danielle L.

Oakland, CA 94611
(23)
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$40 / 30-min

About Jill B.

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Pleasanton, CA

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Jill is new to the San Francisco Bay Area, originally from Boston MA. Jill received her BFA in Modern Dance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia PA and began her journey west. In that time she has danced professionally in Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Portland, and San Diego. Some of her work includes being a showgirl in Jubilee!, a hair model/dancer for L’Oreal Professional, a ballroom dance competitor, as well a dancer for San Diego Dance Theater. Her passion is to learn as many styles of dance as possible so she can share the many benefits, the diverse world of dance can offer.

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ching her first dance class when she was 18, Jill has almost ten years of teaching experience. In those years she has taught all ages from 8-98 and a variety of styles including ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz, tap, salsa, swing, hustle, foxtrot, tango, waltz, rumba, and cha cha.
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Jill B.

Jill B.

Pleasanton, CA 94588
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$60 / 45-min

About Daniel C.

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Fremont, CA
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Dan C. Master Magician is an internationally renowned, award winning magician whose magic has taken him all over the world. Based in Fremont, CA; Dan is regarded as one of the nation's top corporate magicians and performs at events worldwide. Dan C. Presents is the ultimate corporate entertainment experience.
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Tabor W. January 4, 2017
Verified Student · Magic · In home
Really engaged with Tabor! Great first session - I've been getting demonstrations for an hour!
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Bill March 27, 2016
· Magic · In studio
Dan is a great teacher. He is patient and explains things clearly. He also encourages you to find your own style of performing. His helpful critique makes you a better performer.
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Daniel C.

Fremont, CA 94555
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$50 / 30-min

About Allison P.

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Alamo, CA

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Hey Everyone! I'm Allison. I'm a word-loving, fun-loving writer, screenwriter, poet & playwright, with an MFA in Screenwriting from the New York Film Academy. My articles, short stories & poems have been published in Elephant Journal many times. I've also won 6 screenwriting awards to date, as well as made finalist or quarter finalist in multiple film festivals. I love teaching all levels about the crafts of writing & screenwriting, from beginner to pro. I also love workshopping, giving feedback & helping others develop their budding projects. If you're just beginning, I can help you get start
ed & teach you all the basics! If you're a seasoned writer who is just looking for notes, I can you help you bring your project to the next level where it's ready to submit to festivals, contests & industry players. I look forward to working with you!
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Charles October 19, 2016
· Screenwriting · In home
Allison and I worked on a screenplay together which won an award. The process by which that screenplay was written, is the interesting part. Allison shared many different ways that she uses to create the world of the story and then fill it with characters. She easily explains how interactions and dialogue can be elevated, in order to pull an audience member into the story. I have never seen such a unique and easy to follow writing style as Allison shared with me.

Enjoy creating with a true creator.

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Mark October 16, 2016
· Creative Writing · In studio
Allison sees things, creates scenes, personifies purity in her writing that can only be described as singularly unique! Personally, she helped me to expand my vision, redirect ANYTHING from my past or present toward creative expression and ultimately made me a better poet, script writer and professional entertainer. You could not find a more caring, enthusiastic and easy-going teacher!
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Debbie October 14, 2016
· Screenwriting · Online
Allison is such an inspiration. You'll love working with her and having her energy and knowledge enlighten you!
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Allison P.

Allison P.

Alamo, CA 94507
(7)
starting at
$100 / 30-min

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