Students are raving about their Performing Arts instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Curtis
"I am so thankful I have someone to work with me on my marketing materials, and career guidance!! I get time focused on me that I wouldn't get in any grou
p setting, couldn't ask for more."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Brandon Lawrence
"No matter your skill level, Stephanie makes any goal feel achievable within a reasonable period of time. Each lesson is filled with an abundant amount of
energy. Additionally, she has a natural talent of breaking down complex moves into easy-to-follow steps."
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by David
"Adam Gaines is a godsend. I was really lucky to have his guidance over the years which helped my craft and dedication to the art of writing greatly. He is
a proven writer with legitimate credits but also, he actually cares. He is always ready to help and takes your material seriously which is most important when you want honest feedback and guidance. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of films, screenwriting, and the industry that is both impressive and beneficial. He is a wonderful friend and mentor who will always have a great recommendation or suggestion ready for your work and/or career. Adam is an extremely open individual with an immense passion for film and the craft of screenwriting which becomes infectious. That trait is crucial since it keeps you driven to keep learning and grow. He is also an excellent conversationalist with his own voice which is truly refreshing. Highly recommend."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Glenda
"Very gentle and patient. I enjoyed my lesson and look forward to returning next week."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Group
"MIchael did a great job with our corporate team. He made it fun and safe and effectively linked team/ensemble dynamics and learnings with our real-life d
evelopment needs. Great experience for everyone - lots of fun. 3 hours was perfect."
Miami, FL teacher:
Review by Misty
"Amanda is absolutely amazing. I was so nervous but she broke it down so effortlessly I speechless. She makes me the more excited about this is transition
in my life and I've chosen well the best acting coach."
Actors - Singers My job is to work with you to realize your dream as an actor or music artist. Actors, we will work on monologues, scenes and cold readings and technique to grow your craft. Singers and Artists, bring your 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.
Kristina has been singing, acting, and performing since the age of 4. She studied under the well-known and respected vocal coach, Donna Prypin, on Cape Cod, Massachusetts for at least 11 years. Kristina then went on to study Opera with Don Wilkinson, of the Boston Symphony for 1 year, and with him gained excellent range and breathing techniques. Kristina was then accepted to Berklee College of Music, where she attended for two & a half years studying under some of the world's greatest teachers. She learned extensive Ear Training, Harmony, Jazz Improvisation, Counterpoint, Arranging, Perform
ing, Music Business, Music Therapy, and intense vocal coaching. After college Kristina moved to California where she now has a thriving teaching practice, performance, and touring career.
In 2014 she earned her Sound, Voice, and Music Healing Certificate from The California Institute of Integral Studies, under the mentoring of Grammy Nominated composer/performer, Silvia Nakkach, MA,MMT. She then travelled to India in January of 2014 with Silvia to study Classical India singing/music.
As of September 2016, Kristina recently returned from a two & half month music/bike tour through the United States Pacific Northwest & Canada.
She released her first solo album (September 2008) titled, Mermaid Tattoos and is currently in the process of creating her second album.
Kristina can teach ages 4 ~ 100 and is patient, creative, flexible, enthusiastic, and passionate. Her focus is on helping students attain their goals whether it's to be on stage winning Grammy awards, or just learning to sing and perform for fun. She can help students learn Pop, Country, Jazz, Indie Rock, Classic Rock, Musical Theater, and even their own musical genre. She also teaches beginner guitar, and proper vocal acting/public-speaking skills. In addition, she performs Sound Sessions for clients looking for relaxation & coping techniques, using crystal singing bowls, vocal toning exercises, shrupti box vocal work, and human tuning forks.
*** Lesson Details *** Kristina is extremely creative, patient, kind, open-minded, passionate, laid-back, but sets excellent and attainable goals with the student, and absolutely loves music. Depending on each individual student, lessons will center around correct vocal breathing, exercises, music theory, songwriting, guitar, acting, and learning different techniques in order to meet personal goals. Each student is taught individually and with their own personal needs as the focus.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have state of the art microphones, amps, guitars, a keyboard, IPod radio (students can bring them to share music), and of course a computer.
*** Specialties *** Voice, Beginner Guitar, Vocal Technique, Performance, Range, Improvisation, Music Theory, Songwriting, Sound Sessions for relaxation & coping skills. I specialize in Pop/Rock/Jazz/Blues/Country/Indie Rock, Musical Theater, and New Age genres.
Daisy Chung May 3, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Awesome experience! Kristina is very friendly + approachable and has allowed me to become more confident in my singing!
Morgan April 18, 2016
In home Verified Student
Kristina was very supportive and immediately made me feel comfortable. She clearly demonstrated she knows her stuff and I'm confident we'll be a good team.
Ashley March 22, 2016
Kristina is just the best! Such a great teacher and a wonderful person to be around. I've gained a lot of confidence from her encouragement and kind nature and have developed an even stronger love of music and singing! I truly look forward to our lessons!
After graduating California Institute of the Arts with a multi-focus on several aspects of music including African dance, Indonesian gamelan, songwriting, recording, classical voice and piano, folk guitar, and more, Liz had the excellent opportunity to teach theater to a local musical theater summer youth program. All summer, she taught class sizes ranging from 10 to 26 students of the ages 5-10. Her initiative later led to being hired at this local community theater. Along with this theater teaching experience, she has been teaching piano, guitar, ukulele, flute & voice lessons for over 10 ye
ars. Her students have gone from knowing nothing about music to learning and performing entire pieces on their own as well as even auditioning & for agents and becoming signed artists in Los Angeles. Liz knows that it is her place in the world to teach music & spread positivity through her own music and would love nothing more than make learning music a positive and fun experience for everyone.
*** Lesson Details *** I teach out of the Alfred's Piano course, but am open to trying out any music books you may already have in your home. I do expect my students to purchase the books they would like to learn out of and to have the material I have given them for homework ready, completed, and practiced by the time we have our weekly lesson. I recommend at least twenty to thirty minutes of practice every day, and will give rewards for having practiced well, and for performing well in our lessons. I would love it for my students to be clear on what they would like to learn, and I love using songs that the student enjoys to make his or her music learning process fun.
*** Studio Equipment *** In my home studio, I have a full size Cable-Nelson upright piano, as well as two ukuleles, and two guitars (one acoustic-electric and one electric).
*** Travel Equipment *** When I travel, I bring my own instrument that the student is learning on so that I can demonstrate, as well as a music stand if necessary.
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 have 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.
I was a competitive rhythmic gymnast for 11 years and have experience with ballet, modern and lyrical dance. I offer flexibility training and stretching to improve range of motion, extensions and leaps for dancers, and gymnasts. Private lessons for rhythmic gymnastics as well.
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Interested in learning how to dance? Whether you think you were born with a natural ability to "bust a move" or you're just tapping into the world of dance, you might be surprised by how helpful some how-to dance videos available online can be. Although they can't quite replace the guidance of a skilled instructor, they definitely have the ability to inspire newbies and professionals alike! With the convenience of online dance videos, you can get started learning or refining virtually every type
You Know You're An Actor When...
Actors are an incredibly diverse group of people, but because we love to act, we actually have a lot in common! Whether you're working in theater or film, you probably have more than one of these funny quirks and habits...
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If your acting career is important to you, you know that having headshots that accurately reflect what you currently look like is mandatory. Did you get a haircut? Time for new headshots!
You are a master of the quick change.
7 Surprising Things You Didn't Know About the Nutcracker Ballet
Every December, productions of The Nutcracker ballet add to the festivities and joy of the holiday season. You are probably already familiar with the story of a young girl who receives a magical nutcracker on Christmas Eve, but there are a few fun facts most people don't know about The Nutcracker.
1. In Germany, there is a folklore tradition based on the idea that nutcrackers protect your family and bring your home good luck. For this reason, nutcrackers were often given to children at Christ
An Actor's Life: Your Career Path to New York Shows
If you're an aspiring Broadway performer, the steps you take during high school play a significant role in your success on the stages of New York shows in the future. Sure, you sometimes hear stories of people who book amazing lead roles in shows after a single audition, but thats not a realistic view of how it all happens - for most actors, at least. Ask any working Broadway performer New York is not a city that hands you success simply because youve just moved there. Hard work, discipline,
Academy Award Nominees, Before They Were Stars
We're so excited to see the announcement for this year's Oscar nominations! We love trying to guess who will win and debating our favorite performances and the best films of the year. There's so much great talent this year, the Academy Awards and other shows are sure to be a blast!
It's also fun to reflect on how even the brightest stars had to get started on smaller roles and go through a learning process to get to where they are today. We love looking back to see how they made it big, and i
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