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Melissa J.

Camarillo, CA

About Melissa

Melissa has been singing all of her life. She began her vocal training at a very cute age, learning every song she heard, and passionately performing them for friends and family. She later went on to
pursue a formal education in Classical Vocal Performance and Jazz technique from California State University, Los Angeles. While completing her Bachelors degree, Melissa was fortunate to have worked with many established artists, bands and producers of various styles, including jazz, blues, rock, pop, soul and funk. These collaborations have allowed her to hone her own voice and successfully pursue professional work.

Melissa has enjoyed the opportunity of lead local elementary school music programs, and has most recently expanded her private vocal studio Sing Your BEST Self to include skills training in piano, music theory and ear training.

Melissa specializes in LIVE improvisational performance, and can be seen performing under a stage name around the Ventura County and Los Angeles areas. Additionally, She is an accomplished songwriter, and has lent her voice to many recording projects, art collaborations, as well as, T.V. and Film.

*** Lesson Details ***
I thoroughly enjoy sharing what I've learned about music. In my voice studio, students will master the fundamentals of the voice to ensure natural, healthy singing. In my teaching approach, I seek to provide a complete experience, in which, standard vocal technique is taught with the whole singer in mind, with specific attention to the individual students needs and goals.

Singing should be enjoyable for the singer as well as the listener. Helping students to experience that joy is my intention. Music lessons are fun, energetic, and productive. You will become an empowered musician and learn to Sing Your BEST Self!

*** Studio Equipment ***
recording studio/performance space: students of all ages, keyboard, mirror, stools, dry erase board

*** Travel Equipment ***
Onsight lessons are at teacher's discretion and are reserved for advanced students, and pre-arranged coaching sessions related to student learning goals.

*** Specialties ***
I am classically trained singer and teach from that method. I perform Jazz/ blues, soul/ funk and can teach these styles with applied pedagogy. I perform often and would also enjoy coaching in more modern styles of music that require microphone and stage technique. Additionally, hands on vocal recording technique would be of interest to me.


Yacov N. September 15, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I just had my first lesson with Melissa, she is very nice and mostly teaches beginners. I'll take other lessons with her if she could teach in Ventura. Camarillo is too far for me to travel to.
Amber B. July 30, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Melissa is a wonderful singing teacher. She is kind and patient and really tries to bring out the best in my daughter. We are super happy!
Rosalind R. September 6, 2012
Verified Student
Melissa J is patient, warm, and intelligent

I can easily recommend Melissa J. She is bright, warm, patient and enthusiastic about teaching music. Our son instantly connected with her, and he has remembered every single thing she has taught him. If he had his way, he would take a lesson with her everyday! Big thanks !
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Melissa J.

Melissa J.

Camarillo, CA 93010
starting at
$45 / 30-min

Jena D.

Santa Barbara, CA

About Jena

Learn to SING, PLAY, WRITE. PERFORM and RECORD from a life coach The Whole Musician Way. Balance your life through Music.

From my songs, I am powerless to power-girl, I became a transformational s
inger/songwriter, coach, speaker, workshop host and author of the book, Change the World - Write Your Song! I have written songs since my teens and I found a kinship to writing songs that was driven by dynamics, power and the transformation music has to myself, to others and to the world. All I want to be is a transformational singer/songwriter and now teacher. It's my turn to help you write your song. Find your voice whether it be singing, playing an instrument, writing or performing. I teach the Whole Musician Way! It's way of life!

I have been writing songs for over 25 years. At 35, I returned to school and got an Associate of Art degree in music at Santa Barbara City College and a Bachelor of Art degree in music at University California Santa Barbara. After receiving my degree from the University in 2001, I plunged back into my first love songwriting and started recording. In 2004, I released my CD, Faded Fiction. These were songs that I recorded in 1998, while attending school. Then in 2007, I released a second CD, The Ballad Of Calamity. In 2011, I self -published my first book, Change The World; Write Your Song! Book I - Fundamentals and beyond for the Aspiring Singer/Songwriter. I have been busy working on book II, writing songs, working for a non-profit After school program called, Girls Rock SB, teaching privately, singing and acting with Santa Barbara Revels, performing with my band The Stone Phoneys - Linda Ronstadt Tribute and recording.

Special note to the Parents of prospective music students:

Many doctors and scientist are also musicians because it is a creative craft stimulating a part of the brain that academics does not. Music will always be around and when you learn music you also learn; math, language, history, reading and science. Whether your child continues in music or not, the benefits of knowing music are documented.

Together with your child I will help them realize their greatness. They can learn so much about themselves just by writing their song. I have a unique perspective on the pre-teen and teen because that is when I began writing songs. If only I knew then what I know now! This is something I can do for your child. For me, songwriting was my escape and my therapy. I survived my troubled teens through music. And now I want to teach your child all I know. Combined with some performance opportunities! Your child will love it! Most of my kids get a kick out of my lessons. I am very patient and yet provide incentives to inspire motivation for the possibilities of great things.

*** Lesson Details ***
To teach "The Whole Musician" means to teach, voice, guitar and/or piano, songwriting, performance, recording and the music business. I teach anyone who wants to learn. With this "whole musician" style of teaching, we will together create your unique style by focusing on your strengths.

Music has the power to influence and change lives, therefore changing the world. As a beginning singer/songwriter, you will discover how to look within first, before creating your song and exploring your voice. This process ultimately encourages you to resolve and evolve emotionally. Once you’re ready to share your song with the world, it will be your song and no one else. My objective is to help you create your song, your voice, your style!

~ Beginning Vocal Lessons: Learn scales, harmonies, vocal tech, music theory & musicianship, learn to read vocals parts and more complex songs, performance experience.

~ Learn beginning guitar, piano and bass. Learn the basics, chords, scales, TABs and how to read simple music charts. Also, learn the basics in music theory, musicianship and to read music.

~ Songwriting for Pre-teens- Learn about how to write songs from a title and other methods, simple lyrics, songwriting forms and rhythms.

~Songwriting for Teens and beyond! Learn different methods to write songs, chord progressions, songwriting forms, Lyrics, complex rhymes and rhythms and much much more!

~ Performance. each student will have the opportunity to perform, the performer etiquette and the music business.

~ Record. each student will learn about the different music software programs and learn the basics.

I love to teach voice, guitar, piano, songwriting, performing and recording. I can help you learn everything you need to know to become the next superstar. If you love Taylor Swift, Katie Perry and The Beatles you'll love to work with me because I love them too.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have an electric and acoustic guitar, electric bass and piano.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have my own guitar.

*** Specialties ***
I like to teach the "whole Musician" meaning if a student wants to learn voice and guitar or piano to accompany their voice or to help them write a song or help them complete a song I can teach them. Students will begin by learning songs they like by singing, playing and performing them with my guidance. What ever I know I will pass it on! I love to teach songwriting. I wrote a book and believe that songwriting is very therapeutic and easy to learn. I mostly like to teach a student by ear but can teach them how to read music too. I also love to teach how to perform, record and to find their best singing voice.


Tucker W. December 4, 2014
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Jena is an amazing teacher and is very easy to get along with. She makes the student feel comfortable and gives great lessons and advice each time. I would recommend starting any music lessons with her.
Lisa G. January 29, 2014
Verified Student
I recommend Jenna to all levels of learners!

I knew nothing about playing the guitar before my first lesson. She made me feel comfortable right away and was able to help me learn quickly. She also helped me with my singing at the same time. She let me pick the music I was interested in and gave me tips on how to learn at home too. She is also very nice and patient.
Thanks Jenna!
Jena D. July 31, 2013
The Whole Musician Way...

I love her style of teaching. Nothing is bad as long as it comes from the heart. Music is about passion and sharing. Now I can go on to share what I've learned with others. She taught me guitar, voice and songwriting. Thanks Jena
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Jena D.

Jena D.

Santa Barbara, CA 93105
starting at
$30 / 30-min

Kevin M.

Studio City, CA

About Kevin

Kevin M. has been working with youth in the performing arts for over ten years. Kevin graduated from UC San Diego with a degree in film and has stayed active in the arts by acting in Community Theater
, writing screenplays and short films, running youth theater companies and directing and producing musicals. He has worked in casting and has seen hundreds of kids and adults audition for projects he's been involved with. Through directing and producing dozens of theatrical productions, short films and web series, Kevin knows how to bring out the best performances in actors of all ages. Kevin has three amazing children – one in college, one in pre-school and one in between. His goal in life is to live a life full of joy, meaning and purpose and inspire others to do the same.

*** Studio Equipment ***
- Video Camera/Montior
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Kevin M.

Kevin M.

Newbury Park, CA 91320
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Ash A.

Oak Park, CA

About Ash

Hi :) I'm Ash and I look forward to hearing about your goals!

Self-awareness is at the foundation of everything I teach. I have a varied skill set, but no matter what we work on you will receive f
rom me powerful tools to take better care in approaching and enjoying your overall wellness.

Ask me as many questions as you like- I'm here to help YOU :)

I am willing to travel up to an hour for lessons. Let me know if you have location questions and check out my available locations! I also have Skype lessons available.

Teaching groups of kids or adults is what I do too. If you and your friends want a fun and powerful class in meditation, wellness goals or communication in acting or life let me know :)

" There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting. "
- Buddha -


Anonymous June 23, 2016
Meditation · In studio
Ash is amazing! I started with her two years ago. I had sever anger issues, and I was all over the place. She taught me really cool tools like "dropping" your mind, light mediation, and more...I really recommend learning from her. She is great at explaining things and has helped me a lot in my meditation journeys. When I look at myself now, I feel more calm and accomplished thanks to her.
Eric Cole June 20, 2016
Stage Performance
Ash is an excellent teacher, from what I have seen firsthand. A true expert in communicating and helping others understand the lessons at hand. With her patient and gentle approach, I would think that anybody would be able to learn from her. I have had the pleasure of watching her teach both children and adult, and I have learned a great deal in the process, and consider myself a student of hers aswell. I highly recommend her to teach your children or anyone for that matter.
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Kristin M. March 21, 2016
Meditation · In studio
Verified Student
Ash just radiates positive energy and awareness! She is very well versed in a variety of spiritual and religious principles that can help guide you, no matter what your belief system may be. In just one session, I've already learned so much - but I know there's plenty more to discover on the journey to self-awareness and true centering. I am really looking forward to future sessions, and I highly recommend her for anyone looking to improve their awareness of themselves and the world around them.
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Ash A.

Ash A.

Ventura, CA 93001
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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