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Jan L.

Woodland Hills, CA

About Jan

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“Jan is one of the music industry’s best-kept secrets. She has an uncanny ability to put her finger on exactly what the issue is that keeps good artists from being great, and then
helping them to overcome or remove whatever roadblocks stand in their way.

Jan is an expert at fine-tuning and bringing out the best performances in artists and musicians.

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Jan L. is a Grammy nominated award
winning singer/songwriter, producer, actress, and artist developer. Her studio, Angel Diva Music, is designed to improve artist abilities on and off the stage as well as giving the clientele first-hand knowledge of the industry while increasing their creativity.

Backed by an extensive musical background debuting with the Philadelphia Orchestra and continuing her career singing with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic, Jan L. went on to receive a Bachelor’s of Education in Opera at Temple University and two Master’s Degrees from Combs College of Music in Theatre Arts and Composition.

Jan is the author of the performance book called "Once More With Feeling."

There is exciting news with Jan. Jan has been teaching online on Zoom.us. It's like Skype but better because you can record the whole lesson. For those of you who want a world class teacher, you can learn from Jan who has 20 Grammy winners. No driving, Just sit yourself in front of your computer screen. You will love the intimacy without leaving your home. Give it a try.

Jan teaches vocal technique that connects the chest middle head voice with a gospel belt. Jan covers proper breathing, vocal technique, performance coaching and recording in her protools studio.

"Jan L. is an award winning songwriter, producer, actress, and artist developer. Her studio, Angel Diva Music, is designed to improve artist abilities on and off the stage as well as giving the clientele first-hand knowledge of the industry while increasing their creativity."

Writer of performance book called "Once More With Feeling:
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Cyrene Y. June 9, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Jan is very patient and knows what I need, not to mention funny and very pleasant. I am looking forward to the next session.
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Judy B. April 22, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My daighter said "I like her, she's cool." That is a VERY BIG compliment!!! I was impressed with her vast musical knowledge and production experience. Seems like a wonderful opportunity to expose your kid to the creativity of music while still gaining a ramge of foundational musical knowledge at the same time.
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Meetra G. January 13, 2016
Singing · In studio
My 13 year old daughter has been taking singing lessons with Jan for a couple of months. Jan is an excellent instructor. She really takes the time to tailor the lessons to my daughter's objectives and goals. Jan conducts her lesson in a lively manner which keeps my daughter engaged at all times. Jan has a wealth of knowledge to share, whether you are taking lessons for personal enrichment or if you are serious about becoming a singer/songwriter.
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Jan L.

Jan L.

Woodland Hills, CA 91367
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starting at
$26.66 / 30-min
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Shannon M.

Valley Village, CA

About Shannon

Hi! My name is Shannon and I am very excited to be apart of the Takelesson's team! I think I came out of the womb singing a song! My love of music and eventually performing, led me to receive my bachelor's in Voice Performance from Missouri Southern State University in my hometown of Joplin, Missouri. While getting my degree, I realized I wasn't quite ready to embark in the professional performing world without a little more education. I went on to receive my Masters Degree in Musical Theater from The Boston Conservatory. I moved to LA in the fall of 2009 and fell in love with the weath
er and the people.

Music is such an important part of my life and I love sharing my knowledge and passion with other people! Not only is learning about music a fun experience, but helps build discipline, confidence, and pride in ones accomplishments no matter how big or small. Music will be in our lives forever! To know more about it will only enhance ones life experience!

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a big believer in building technique. If someone has excellent technique in ballet (the base of dance) the other styles will be stronger. In this way, having a good foundation in voice or piano (or taking a more classical approach) will allow the student to be stronger in musical theatre, pop, country, ect. I always begin with technique and expand my horizon's with the student once I know they have a great base!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I expect my students to be ready to work and have fun when I arrive. A quiet area where the student can concentrate and feel at ease it always preferred as well.

For voice students a piano or keyboard is preferred but with the wonders of modern technology not a requirement!

I like for all students to have a notebook where I can write assignments and practice expectations for the coming week. It's also a great way to see the progress of our time together.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in healthy singing, first and foremost. I believe that the cornerstone of making any sound is proper technique, whether one is singing pop or art song, speaking Shakespeare or Mamet. I specialize in classical singing and the Broadway belt/mix styles.

I teach beginning-intermediate piano. I love teaching piano! I feel it's the best instrument to learn because you must learn every aspect of reading music to play proficiently. I was able to learn several instruments quickly growing up because of the skills I acquired through learning piano first.

I am also able to coach/teach break down/ score a monologue/scene/song for study and performance. I feel that the first rule of acting is specificity. There are millions of possibilities, all one has to do is make a specific choice with each new turn of thought.

Along with making healthy choices for the artists instrument, I also feel strongly about making a healthy and safe place for a student to experiment and try new things. In any lesson/class taught, I want every student to feel that they can take risks and push the limits of their talents! When one steps out their comfort zone growth happens!
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Josie B. January 26, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Shannon is an absolutely phenomenal vocal coach. I study Classical Voice and Musical Theatre Voice with her, and I have improved drastically in both areas since beginning with her around a year ago. With her I have learned breathing, belting, mixing, and how to properly sing classically (with space). She has awesome pieces that we work on and manages to teach me the pronunciation of words in a variety of languages for arias and art songs. Shannon also has a lovely personality and a great sense of humor! I HIGHLY recommend her!
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Lisa P. February 14, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
All around great teacher.

My granddaughter has improved immeasurably since working with Shannon. Her confidence has soared and she can't stop singing.
Shannon has worked on her air capacity and support and her upper range and tone is so much better. She's punctual and dependable and a pleasure to work with.
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Stephanie G. February 12, 2014
Broadway Singing
Shannon makes learning, growing and performing lots of fun

I see Shannon primarily for voice lessons, but she really helps me prepare for every aspect of auditioning. From vocal technique, to song selection, cuttings for auditions, getting out of my head and into the character, Shannon has been my guide every step of the way, and all with enthusiasm, laughter, encouragement, and wisdom. She's helped with my acting on songs, but she's also helped me to choose and prepare monologues and sides. She challenges me in every lesson so I'm always improving, and she's guided my first steps in this business. I am so grateful to have found her! Whether you want to pursue acting and singing as a career or a hobby, I highly recommend Shannon. She really makes it fun!
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Shannon M.

Tarzana, CA 91356
(4)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Toni K.

Canoga Park, CA

About Toni

Just a couple of seasons ago one of my amazing students, Juliana Chahayed made top 40 on American Idol! 2 of my students recently made it through two rounds of The Voice. 12 of my students sang on the Grammy Award nominated "Hurry Up, We're Dreaming" by M83. My students have also gotten into top music programs at Berklee College of Music, NYU, USC, Brandeis and Cal State University Northridge; won 1st prize in the high school talent show and money prizes in community singing contests. My singers have sung the Star Spangle Banner at Staples Center for a Clipper's game and produced success
ful showcases in the LA area. My story starts a while back: As a singer/songwriter my experiences singing live from Bud Friedman's Improv to the Disneyland Hotel and in studios all across Los Angeles eventually took me to Europe where I landed in Brussels and recorded an album for Sony Records/Belgium which produced three radio hits in the 90's. I also recorded and/or wrote jingles for Coca Cola, Fanta, Schwepes, Fisher Price and more! Fluent in French, when I moved back to the states I taught at Lycee International de Los Angeles for 12 years where I developed a music program for their 4 campuses, teaching K through 12, including commendations from everyone from French President Sarkozy to Los Angeles Councilman Tom LeBonge. I've recorded 6 children's CD's and recently directed and arranged background vocals for renown French singer and actress Charlotte Gainsbourg. In my private practice I have prepared and developed singers for live performance, personal development and for the rigors of the auditioning process. And we always have fun!!

*** Lesson Details ***
Learn to play the voice! I have developed my own special brand of singing lessons using breathing and placement techniques to provide the tools you need to develop as a vocalist and help you make the choices of an artist. How do you want to tell your story? My lessons will help you build confidence and every lesson will bring you a new piece of understanding and practical know-how. You will work hard, play hard, build a repertoire, and make tangible improvements in every single lesson! Success breeds success. If you want to audition for The Voice or simply enjoy the applause at karaoke night, I can bring you closer to your goal. I can also include beginning piano which can only add to your skills including an understanding of music vocabulary and the basic mechanics of music theory.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music Room, and recording studio, piano, guitars, computer and cd, ipod docs. Parents are welcome to stay for lessons or run to close-by Starbucks, Costco or Home Depot!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I use a piano to teach both voice and beginning piano.

*** Specialties ***
I use solfege, breathing and placement techniques filtered through an emphasis on real world performance skills. Helping the student build confidence is probably one of the teachers' most important roles. Creating a safe environment is key to keeping the lesson fun, productive and challenging. Every single student should leave every single lesson with a tangible feeling of progress.
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Liza D. November 21, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
She is an awesome teacher! Also very talented!
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Zahraa B. July 26, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Toni is one of the most amazing human beings I've ever met. She is kind, passionate and very knowledgeable. No matter what your goal is she will help you reach it. I started taking lessons with her 3 months ago and I've made so much progress. She's always challenging me to get out of my comfort zone. So glad I found her.
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Jackie G. January 30, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Fabulous. Toni is very knowledgeable and encouraging. After one lesson, I already see and feel an improvement in my voice and confidence.
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Toni K.

Toni K.

Canoga Park, CA 91304
(8)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Laurel S.

Ventura, CA

About Laurel

Laurel is a vocal coach and performer with a long history of singing in various bands ranging from cover bands to original rock as well as writing and recording her own music. She is a classically trained actress with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts from California State University, Northridge and has starred in several musicals and plays in Los Angeles as well as Hawaii where she lived most recently before returning to the mainland. She has also worked as a professional actress in film and TV and was a voice over casting director for several years. Currently Laurel is the lead singer in t
he band Emergence which will be making its debut in summer 2017 in Ventura County.

Laurel has been trained through Seth Riggs Speech Level Singing and the Institute for Vocal Advancement (IVA). These methods help singers obtain optimum results using exercises specific to their vocal type to increase control and strengthen the mix between head and chest voice. Singers are able to sing in any style without straining, cracking or causing damage to their vocal cords. Laurel is passionate about helping her students release their true voices and unleash their maximum singing potential.

*** Lesson Details ***
Our method is derived from the Bel Canto technique of singing which has been historically used by opera singers though it can be applied to any genre of music. Teaching this method helps our students sing with a relaxed and open voice, adequate support and use of the diaphragm for breathing and control, and proper and effective use of vowels while transitioning between registers in the voice. Through vocal exercises customized to the student's individual vocal type and characteristics, the student will learn how to sing with a proper mixed vocal sound which is explained further below.

We focus on assisting a singer through his or her vocal range from lowest notes (chest register) to highest notes (head register), safely, effortlessly, without strain, tension or loss of control. The goal is to sing with a clear solid and connected tone free from breaks or forcing pitches which results in tightness, yelling or voice flipping into an airy-sounding pitch. The student improves their singing using a low and stable larynx which is the key to producing a mixed sound and mastering singing.

Ultimately the secret to reaching your full vocal potential lies in mastering the vocal bridges which assist in the transition between registers. This technique not only allows you to sing in a safe manner but will effectively balance and strengthen your voice. Once you make the commitment to taking consistent lessons, practicing and singing correctly as much as possible, you will become the singer you have always believed you could be!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha keyboard, speakers and monitor to play background music and lyrics

*** Specialties ***
Improvement of singing pitch and range
Choosing the right songs for your vocal type
Learning to sing in a correct and safe manner
Balancing the voice from bottom register to top
Elimination of cracking, reaching and straining
Building dynamics and breath control
Stage performance and finding truth and emotion
Speech and Acting
Audition Preparation
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Miranda December 1, 2016
Singing · In studio
LAUREL IS LOVE
LAUREL IS LIFE
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Laurel S.

Laurel S.

Ventura, CA 93004
(1)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Omoze I.

Canoga Park, CA

About Omoze

Hello! My name is Omoze Idehenre and I am a classically trained actress with a love for improv comedy. I obtained an M.F.A in acting from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and later went on to join the prestigious company for four years before moving to Los Angeles. I'm currently joyfully training with The Groundlings Theater here in Los Angeles. I've been working my way through this amazing art form for over ten years now and I love it. I'm not just a professional, but also a life-long student and teacher. I find tremendous joy in passing along what I have learned to those wh
o would like to take part in acting on stage, and film.
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Omoze I.

Omoze I.

Canoga Park, CA 91303
starting at
$40 / 30-min

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