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Tina B.

Apple Valley, CA

About Tina

I started singing professionally at the age of fourteen. I have had leading roles in semi-professional theatre productions since I was seventeen. I have also been assistant director, musical director, choreographer, costumer and writer for many productions from West Side Story to My Fair Lady to Camelot. In the theatre I have worked with and trained children and adults of all ages. I have also conducted summer camps that were theatre workshops for children. I was a school teacher at a Charter school for eight years and I taught music and drama to children from Kindergarten to 12th grade.
I have been giving voice lessons for more than twenty years. I tailor my programs based on the needs of my students. I am passionate about music and I love being able to share that with other individuals who are passionate about music. I have worked with children and adults who told me "I cannot sing" and have shown them that, once you understand how your voice works, you can do things you never dreamed you could do. I will work hard to help anyone who has the love and determination to sing to improve and become a better singer.

One of my students was accepted to AMDA in New York and several of my students have won various competitions.

*** Lesson Details ***
The voice is an instrument and, like any instrument, you have to know all of its parts and how it works in order to get the most out of it. I teach my students how to properly use their voice without damaging their vocal chords. I teach vocal techniques and exercises to help my students become a better singer. My students will learn how to use their diaphragm; how to use dynamics; how to project; how to build up their lung capacity; how to sing in a clear and articulate manner; how to sing various different types of music; how to control their voice; and how to develop their natural ear for music as well as showmanship. My style and technique has been developed over many years of practical experience and learning from instructors and entertainers who work in the entertainment industry. My method of teaching is entirely my own and I have had a lot of success with it. I expect my students to work hard and be dedicated but I try to make the lessons not just instructional but fun.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home-lessons taught in a designated music room, has an electric weighted keyboard and a karaoke machine.

*** Specialties ***
I teach my students breathing techniques; how to use the diaphragm and relax the vocal chords; how to project; how to properly enunciate; how to perform a song instead of just singing it; showmanship; how to select the music that is right for them. The voice is an instrument and, like any instrument, you have to fully understand it and its different parts in order to get the most out of it.

In regards to the various hand-crafting arts that I teach. I have been hand-crafting for more than forty years. I first discovered my love for creating things when I was only six years old, which is when I first began to learn embroidery. That just made me want to learn even more and I am always looking for some new and interesting art to learn and master. I have been a costumer for more than thirty years, creating costumes for community theatre and making period costumes for events such as the Renaissance Faire and Civil and Revolutionary War Re-enactments.

One of my new passions is Recycled Crafts. Taking items that you might throw away and turning them into something useful. For example, I had a pile of sheets that we didn't use any longer. Instead of throwing them away, I made them into rag rugs. Another of my favorite recycle crafts is taking the plastic bags that you get your groceries in and making them into re-usable totes that are washable.

Needle tatting is a form of lace making. Taking string and creating some beautiful lace that allows you to add old world charm to a garment or project. One of the things that I like about this hand-craft is being able to easily take it with me (to doctor's appointments for example) so that I can have something to do while I wait.

As you can probably tell, these are things that I am passionate about and I love teaching them to anyone who wants to learn.
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Isabella October 11, 2016
Acting · In studio
Tina is an excellent teacher and my son is enjoying his lessons very much
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Barb April 24, 2016
Guitar · In studio
What a great teacher!!
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Ron S. March 17, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
I could tell Tina has a lot of knowledge,and a special gift of helping you understand ,so you work on lessons through the week . Can't wait till next lesson . Thanks Tina !
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Tina B.

Tina B.

Apple Valley, CA 92307
(19)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Amy G.

Glendora, CA

About Amy

Hello!! My name is Amy G. and I have been singing professionally for over 20 years, and a vocal instructor for over 10 years. I teach all styles/genres of singing and am passionate about finding the gold and strengths in my students and bringing out their FULL POTENTIAL!!

Vocal Goals:
To€...
Develop free, uninhibited singing.
Enhance quality of tone for a desired sound.
Familiarize students with the piano.
Match pitch.

With...
Full, strong, breath & body support.
Clear diction.
Vowel dexterity.
Facial agility & upper-torso re
laxation.

Performance/Musical Goals:
Develop boldness & energy.
Look & sound professional.
Expand the student's musical knowledge & repertoire.
Embrace & comprehend the musicality of vocal lines &
phrases appropriate to each piece.

Social Goals:
Create a polite & kindly atmosphere.
Dissolve the STRESS, allowing singing to be FUN.
Keep the student motivated.

Accompaniment options:
Melody line only/basic chords (when learning repertoire & vocal techniques.)
Pre-recorded tracks. (CD/Tape for practice & performance.)
Hire an accompanist. (For applicable lessons & performance.)

Practicing Goals: (Monthly Practice Schedule Handout)
Encourage consistency rather than length.

We will study proper breathing, placement, stretching your vocal range, posture, poise, vowels, stage presence, communicating the lyric of a song, connecting with your audience, song selection, voice type, ear training, confidence, mic technique, how to read music, music resources, building your repertoire, pitch, rhythm, how to choose a song, vocal exercises, proper technique, mouth placement, tone, and facial expressions amongst many others! The following is a current biography, but I will provide a teaching and performing resume upon request. I am also happy to provide samples of me singing! I do not have a website at this time, but I am working on having it set up very soon! I look forward to hearing from you!

"Amy most recently performed with Musical Theatre West's productions of the highly acclaimed, Sweeney Todd, directed by Calvin Remsburg, and Annie with Tony Award winner Andrea McArdle. She came straight from starring in a beautiful production of Godspell at the Candlelight Pavilion, and as Mabel in Performance Riverside's production of Pirates of Penzance. She had the pleasure of playing Josie Cohan in the world premiere of Academy Award winner Richard Sherman's new musical, Pazzazz! at the El Capitan theatre in Hollywood. She'™s traveled around the world performing with Norwegian Cruise Lines and Vox Lumiere, and locally with Orange County Opera and Enrichment Works Productions. Regional theatre: Mary in the Glory of Christmas (Crystal Cathedral), Johanna in Sweeney Todd(Starlight Bowl), Jenny in Company(Performance Riverside), Cinderella in Into the Woods(Candlelight Pavilion), Rosina in Barber of Seville (Orange County Opera), Belle in Beauty and the Beast (ITL Award), Sarah in Guys and Dolls (Candlelight Pavilion)."
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Brooke W. November 18, 2016
Child Acting · Online
Verified Student
She is amazing with my daughter ! Great experience.
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Kelly K. October 11, 2016
Acting · In studio
Verified Student
Had our first lesson with Amy. My daughter loved her. She's extremely knowledgeable, makes her students feel at ease and gave my daughter great advice and pointers to improve.
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Valerie M. July 7, 2016
Acting · In studio
Verified Student
Amy is amazing. She understands how to reach and bring out the best in my daughter!
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Amy G.

Amy G.

Glendora, CA 91741
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starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Nadia M.

Moreno Valley, CA

About Nadia

Dance has played a strong role in my life for 30+ years. I am a professional dancer/choreographer. I love teaching both children and adults who have no rhythm at all but with a heart to dance, to dancers who are professionally trained. I enjoy bringing out of them laughter at themselves when they make a mistake, but instal in them when to take it seriously.

I bring very strong, professional and confident choreography to both all ages and levels of a dancer from beginners to advance. I have been working and teaching youth from ages 4 to adult for over 17 years. I additionally have training i
n tap, jazz, ballet, modern, african, lyrical, cheer tumbling, and competitive Hip Hop/Break choreography. I am as well a self motivator and a self discipline woman. It doesn’t stop there. I am a good candidate for a long term teacher and dancer with so much loyalty and patience for students.

If you need choreography with formal events, such as weddings, bday parties, quinceaneras etc I'm your girl! I have a blast working those events.
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Caren April 9, 2016
Dance · In home
Nadia is by far the best dance instructor my daughter has ever had. Nadia has a great deal of knowledge and she cares about helping her students improve as dancers. She teaches them to have confidence and regardless of their current skills, she gives her students the tools they need to excel in dancing. I highly recommend her.
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Bransby W. March 8, 2016
Hip Hop Dance · In home
Verified Student
Miss Nadia did an awesome job leading a group hip hop lesson! The girls loved it and learned a lot. Def will hire Miss Nadia again.
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Natalie W. January 19, 2016
Dance · In home
Verified Student
Nadia continues to ensure my granddaughter increases her dancing abilities with each and every lesson!
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Nadia M.

Nadia M.

Riverside, CA 92506
(3)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Miki A.

Ontario, CA

About Miki

I specialize in tap and thoroughly enjoy enriching others lives with the art of dance. I graduated with Honors while majoring in Dance and Choreography at the University of California, Riverside with a Chancellor’s Performance Scholarship in Dance. I toured for two years, traveling around the United States, with the live stage shows “Sesame Street Live,” and “Dragon Tales Live” under VEE Corporation. I am also a member of the Taiko Center of Los Angeles, a Japanese drumming ensemble. And with TCLA, I have united tap and taiko at such venues as the Hollywood Bowl, Ford Theatre, and the Japan
American Theatre. Some of my film and television credits include: “187” starring Samuel L. Jackson, “Gilmore Girls,” “Seventh Heaven,” and the “O.C.” In addition, I am pursuing the art of teaching dance and have been teaching since the age of 15 at various institutions such as, the University of Redlands, Riverside Community College, Jane Addams Middle School in Lawndale, Room to Dance in Riverside and Claremont College among others. I am currently teaching at Santa Clarita Ballet Academy, Village Dance Arts in Claremont, The Academy of Music and Movement in La Verne, as well as out of my home dance studio.
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Chase E. July 31, 2016
Tap Dance · Online
Verified Student
My son just had his first lesson with Miki and loved it! She was so nice and very encouraging. She's an excellent instructor.
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Kathy B. January 12, 2016
Tap Dance · Online
Verified Student
Miki was well prepared and on time! She tailored the content of my lesson exactly to my requests, explained the material well and presented it in an easy to follow manor. We made use of every minute and I look forward to our next lesson. Excellent!
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Gbemi November 20, 2015
Tap Dance · In studio
It's such a blessing and a wonderful experience to be a student of hers. I absolutely love the challenges she gives us, the close individual attention she displays to each student, and choreography. She is truly amazing.
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Miki A.

Miki A.

Ontario, CA 91764
(7)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Melissa G.

Upland, CA

About Melissa

Melissa has been teaching private lessons since 2001 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home, her home, her church, and online. Melissa has helped students practice on their audition techniques, cold-reading, and improv for both film/television and theater. Melissa is a working actress represented theatrically and commercially in Los Angeles. She also produces film and theatrical projects in her spare time.

Melissa started acting at a the young age of 5 participating in school and community talent shows and progressed into acting in award winning local theatrical production
s in the Inland Empire. Melissa received her formal training at Graceland University, in 2002 where she received a degree in Theater. Upon her return, she began working in Los Angeles filming commercials and films. As an expert in her field, Melissa looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Melissa's teaching style is compassionate, caring, fun, and motivating!
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Melissa G.

Melissa G.

Fontana, CA 92336
starting at
$40 / 30-min

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