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Andrew Y.

Wichita, KS
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Pasadena, CA
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San Pedro, CA
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Andrew Y.

Wichita, KS

Focusing on diverse techniques, including types of characters, staging, blocking of scenes, costuming, creating characters, improv and games for each concept.
In the past years we've done excerpts from The Polar Express, The Wizard of Oz, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and George and the Marvelous Medicine.
This summer of 2014, we're doing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, where we are discussing staging, blocking, creating costumes and props.
We are constantly play games to reinforce the techniques presented each week and the students always have fun. They walk away confident and wanting to learn more.
Spend time on costuming and set design, by creating with the materials we find at Goodwill, thrift stores and other retail businesses. We look over the characters descriptions and utilize our creative to flow with costuming and scenery.

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Joe V. June 5, 2015
Piano · In studio
Andrew has been a key part of our worship team at Faith Community Church for over 10 years. He is always a delight to work with and is able to connect with others on a positive personal level.

Andrew's skill level is unmatched and when you couple that with his heart for music and people, his enthusiasm is contagious. If you spend anytime with Andrew, be prepared to catch his passion.
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Justin A. May 28, 2015
Stage Performance · In studio
I have had the pleasure of experiencing Andrew's work with special needs individuals and can attest that he has patience and the skills necessary to teach anybody the wealth of knowledge that he has. He is a very generous, patient, and wholesome individual who appears to live for music. He has a very good voice and great skill with the piano.

I have also experienced one of Andrews recital's. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was one of the impressive performances that I have seen in a long time. They had so much attention to detail that everyone even received a golden ticket! I wish my music lessons were was exciting and fun as Andrews.
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Tian S. April 18, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I have a self taught singer for a long time until I found Andrew on take lessons and I couldn't be more glad that I did. Andrew came off as warm as a person but also talented and all rounded as a musician. He isn't grounded to teaching broadway or theater but approaches singing in a wholesome and interesting manner. Although we have only been working for a little over a month now Andrew has always been very supportive since day and I'm slowly starting to learn how to like how my voice sounds. Andrew would make sure my voice is properly warmed up at the beginning of every single lesson and his lessons tackle/pinpoint exactly what needed to be worked on in regard to my strengths/weaknesses. Also, I've never had any problems on scheduling with Andrew. He'd always find time for his students and try to make it work for whoever has a busy a schedule. Andrew is an amazing singer who has total control of his voice and would floor you with the things that he can do with his instrument and he's even better as a teacher who doesn't mind sharing his knowledge with you. He has total control of his instrument and isn't afraid to share his knowledge with you. If you're looking to improve yourself as a pop/rock/rnb or just about anything, Andrew would be a great choice for you.
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Jessie M.

Pasadena, CA

Learn the basics for acting in a fun way! Each lesson will be modified to fit the student's personal level, from beginner to advanced. Lessons will include information on how to audition, how to find auditions, audition preparation, acting lingo, how to choose monologues, how to create an acting resume and head shot, and so much more. We will work on your monologues or anything you would like to bring in, in addition to everything listed. I teach with patience and fun because I feel that this is the key to achieving goals and inspiring a good habit of practice.

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JONAH T. June 29, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio
Verified Student
Very patient, very knowledgeable about what to expect with changing male voice. We're coming back for more!
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Kabbyo C. June 23, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Great First lesson!! Feeling good about the upcoming sessions..
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Bethany E. May 20, 2015
Singing · Online
Verified Student
Had our first lesson today and she was very knowledgeable and worked very well with my daughter. We saw improvement in her singing after the first lesson. Great experience so far!
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Patricia M.

San Pedro, CA

I am a firm believer in the importance of reading for content and comprehension, so that is the approach I take when tutoring this subject. I teach my students how to look for key words, key sentences, order and flow of paragraphs and how to scan for speed. All of this is done without sacrificing the most important element: comprehension of content. I provide passages for the students to read, followed by a series of questions which tests their understanding and retention of the material. Gradually, I increase the difficulty or complexity of the passages to raise the level of proficiency for the student.

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Megan D. June 30, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Patricia is the best instructor ever! Her love for and knowledge about piano is so inspiring! I learned so much and got so much out of each lesson. She is a joy to be with and I'm truely lucky to have had her as my instructor!
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Cj R. February 12, 2015
Broadway Singing · In studio
i recently came out of an audition and I sang my musical pieces better than I've ever done them before! The auditioner sat me down at the end and said he loves my voice. He said, based on how much he liked my pieces and how well I did that he would like to extend an early invitation for callbacks for the program! I really have Patricia to thank for that. She has helped me improve my voice by leaps and bounds in the time that i have been working with her and its amazing to get such immediate and rewarding results. I CAN NOT THANK PATRICIA ENOUGH! SHE COULD NOT HAVE PREPARED ME ANY BETTER AND IM SO GRATEFUL THAT I GET TO WORK WITH HER!!
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Narumi N. November 24, 2014
Vocal Training · In studio
Verified Student
She is great! It will be my 5th lesson with her tomorrow, but she has already gave me confidence in singing (at least I can get my voice out more than before without shame), being patient with me, very informative, and gives great advises.
I originally took her lesson because I had an audition for Christmas Carol, and I wanted to at least go over the song I was going to use. Instead, she gave me another song to sing for the audition. I have never been able to get in a show where singing is the main dish; however, after her advise with the new song, I was thrilled to see an email from the casting director when I was chosen to be in the show! I can never thank enough her for this. :D

Kathleen B.

Menlo Park, CA
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James W.

Jacksonville, FL
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Glenn W.

Henderson, NV
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Kathleen B.

Menlo Park, CA

I teach and coach acting for musical theater and opera singing, as well as dialogue coaching.

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Leah Y. L. May 6, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Excellent Voice Teacher

Mrs. B is a wonderful and dedicated teacher who focuses diligently during class sessions. She thoroughly explains terms and technique and is friendly and sociable. Her extensive knowledge of languages comes extremely useful in Italian arias and other folk songs as to explain the meanings of words and to convey motion. Her classes are enjoyable and fun, while still being comprehensively academic.
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marjie H. May 20, 2013
Opera Voice
Verified Student
I have improved a lot thanks to Kathleen

To date, 3 lessons, but still have improved enormously. High notes once scary are beginning to float. She, in few words, but vivid gesture has shown me well-grounded use of my body.
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paulh December 29, 2010
Speaker

She was good and gave helpful, useful techniques right from the get-go. Had it not been for the distance and my highly compacted schedule, I would have continued.
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James W.

Jacksonville, FL

If you have a desire to express yourself and have fun and are in Love with Acting and Film and Theatre you have come to the right place. All aspects are covered including how to land a job, an agent and avoid scams in Hollywood.

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Marcus Z. June 6, 2015
Acting · In studio
Verified Student
Awesome experience! Instructor has a lot of knowledge!
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Catherine P. May 7, 2015
Acting · In studio
Verified Student
AJ enjoyed his lessons and learned a lot.
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Abby C. May 5, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
James is an amazing artist and communicator. He brings a wealth of experience to the table ranging from singing, playing guitar, putting a band together, recording, writing, to performing. He also knows the difficulties of living the artists/musicians life, as both he and his wife are performing artists. He loves sharing these incredible experiences with his students, making them applicable to the student's situation.

Although my son sees himself as a lead for his band, he comes across a bit shy and unassuming. James has been great at addressing this and pulling my son out of his comfort zone so he can reach his ultimate goal.

Also, my son was extremely particular about who he wanted as a voice teacher. I thought I would never find one to fit the bill. James was a perfect fit. I anticipate we'll be in touch with him routinely as my son pursues his music career.

James is a fun, experienced, talented musician, who makes his students feel quite at ease. I highly recommend him as a teacher.
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Glenn W.

Henderson, NV

Having spent a lifetime on the stage in many roles, many capacities, I have accumulated a vast amount of knowledge pertaining to all facets of performing; be it theater, television, film. While not subscribing to one particular "method", I stress "reacting, not acting", and believability of performance. All ages and experience levels have benefited from my approach. Whether a student is an aspiring actor, or a working actor sharpening their skills or prepping for an audition, I provide a solid foundation and practical, applicable knowledge and guidance.

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Dylan June 13, 2015
Singing · Online
Verified Student
Great with my 10 year old son. He's already learned a lot and he makes singing fun.
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Julie B. May 6, 2015
Singing · Online
Verified Student
Glenn has been the perfect singing teacher for my 16 y/o daughter. Not only has he greatly improved her singing style, he is teaching her how to write songs and writing music for her lyrics. He encourages her every lesson and I have seen her confidence bloom since staring with Glenn.
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Valentina L. February 8, 2015
Singing · Online
Verified Student
My singing skills have improved so much after I started taking Glenn's classes. My confidence also increased. He is a wonderful teacher.

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