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Teri D.

Los Angeles, CA

Beginner acting, beg to intermediate -voiceover, voice acting

About Teri

I teach students of all ages in a relaxed, encouraging, and fun way- but with the structure many beginners need to reach their goals and with the background of a professional singer! Students will see themselves making progress and reaching set goals! This encourages them to continue on their musical journey - becoming the very best they can be! We will also learn fun popular songs and look for opportunities to sing them. We will also learn many styles of pop singing as well -- from pop to rock to R&B to country & more! From beginners and just-for-fun singers to singer/songwriters to pros, e
ach student will be able to learn the skills they need to sing from their heart and find their own true voice.

Teri has taught voice for over 15 years to all ages and all levels, led and trained various bands and groups for over 17 years. She is a club hit recording artist and premier LA vocal coach. Her vocals have graced full length CD's, cuts on various records, performances on TV and radio, and gained her a nomination for Best Female Vocalist, All Access Music Awards. She is the author of Vocal Essentials for the Pop Singer: Take Your Singing from Good to Great, from Hal Leonard Publishing. Teri has a Master's Degree in Education and a Bachelors Degree in Speech Pathology. She studied music at Blue Bear School of Music in San Francisco including music theory, vocal technique and vocal performance, guitar and stage performance. She had a dance club hit in the 90's which garnered success on mix shows and dance charts across the country.

She specializes in getting the best out of her students -- giving them a solid vocal technique to let their natural ability shine. Her students will attest to her positive, relaxed and encouraging teaching style.

In addition to learning the basics, Teri can help students get their voice in shape for events, school projects/plays, auditions (American Idol etc...), a solo or band project, and more!

Teri offers flexibility with scheduling to accommodate students various needs including day/eves and weekends. Studio is in a convenient Westside LA location.

*** Lesson Details ***
Students can expect a fun lesson with vocal warm-up exercises, and lots of singing, in a supportive environment. Teri works out of her home studio, so students can work with microphones and instruments.

Children
Voice lessons build confidence and enthusiasm, and help prepare children for performing in front of others. Singing at a young age develops vocal abilities, but more importantly develops a child's aural abilities (recognizing melodies, harmonies, etc.) as well as the ability to focus, take direction and be creative.

Performing / Recording / Vocal Health
Recording. performing and touring presents unique challenges to singers. By concentrating on breathing, vocal production and tension reduction, warm-up exercises, and range building exercises, these lessons help increase stamina, build vocal tone, and reduce the effects of vocal fatigue for those who sing long hours at a time.

Church / Worship Leading
Singing on praise/worship teams is an art form all of it's own. Lessons centered around this kind of singing focus on the areas of blending, tone, hearing harmonies, and keeping your part in a group. For the soloist / worship leader, lessons help in the areas of projection, tone, range, runs, and breathing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have recording equipment and microphones, piano, guitar.

*** Specialties ***
voice, voice lessons, voice singing lessons, voice coaching, vocal technique, voice training, speaking (speakers), auditions, broadway singing (pop technique only), music theory, musical theatre, singing, speaking acting voice, acting, theatrical singing, adults, all levels, audition prep, beginner to advanced, breathing technique, children's basics, pro vocal technique, rock pop styling, stamina based breathing, theatre singing, voice actors, voice over artists, using your body as an instrument, getting students to record quality, building vocal tone, and assisting students in finding their own voice.
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Paula A. June 4, 2015
Broadway Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Teri is very enthusiastic and encouraging in her lessons.
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Karla H. May 27, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I've been taking lessons with Teri for about a month now and things are working out great!
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Gitla S. March 8, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Teri has made my first private singing lessons fun and relaxing. I can see why she is so good with kids and beginners. She is a pleasure and very helpful with technique.
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Teri D.

Teri D.

Los Angeles, CA 90064
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starting at
$40 / 30-min
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LeAnna S.

Los Angeles, CA

I have been teaching acting for all ages and levels for 10 years now and I focus on a student's innate creativity. Lesson are concise, relaxed and fun as we go through basic actor techniques and conclude with monologues and audition practice. Lessons are geared toward stage, commercial and film.

About LeAnna

Hello, welcome to my profile and thank you for taking the time to check it out. I am happy to introduce myself to you and share that teaching the performing arts is one of the greatest joys of my life.

I am a performing artist and teacher in Los Angeles, teaching a variety of classes from music, dance and theatre. I graduated from San Francisco State University in 2009 where I received a BA in Classical Music, a BA in Dance with a focus in choreography, and a minor in Multi-Cultural Theatre. I have such a strong, well-rounded background in many styles because I value creative explorati
on.
As a vocalist, I studied classical voice since I was 16 years old, trained at SFSU and La Universidad de Catolica in Santiago, Chile and consider that as strong foundation, but always explored other styles. I loved singing with the SFSU Gospel Choir and the SFSU Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble, playing a mix of Latin folkloric music, Salsa and jazz. Currently I am focused on musical theatre and my own compositions. As a pianist, I began playing piano when I was 7 years old and basically self taught. I received more formal training at SFSU and in music education classes, yet I credit my skills more to my own exploration. I approach my lessons with more creativity and patience, allowing students to discover how they best learn music. I consider the same with trombone. I feel in love with it one day hearing Dixieland jazz when I was 16 and haven’t stopped playing since.

I have been teaching private and group piano, trombone, voice, theatre and dance lessons for the past 8 years. I have taught from my private home studio, private music studios, community centers and public and private schools. I have worked with children as young as 5 years to adults in their 60s. I have also worked in after school programs for many years and supervised and designed music, dance and musical theatre programs for children K-8th.

*** Lesson Details ***
Considering taking lessons with me? Great!

I am very insightful, sensitive, flexible, patient and focused. I like to have fun with lessons and I laugh a lot. Joy is key and I enjoy seeing my students learn and improve. With my training as a musician, I always make sure that there is good technique and good practice habits. I wouldn't consider myself totally laid back because I do expect students to practice, (otherwise, how do you expect to get better?) yet my expectations depend on the personal goals and level of the students. I am here to teach you what YOU want to learn and tailor my lessons to that. This includes teaching whatever style you want to learn, be it pop, classical, musical theatre or R&B. It's all good to me.
As for the lessons, I start with fundamental techniques that are then later applied to songs. My intention is to assist students in reaching their personal music goals, which could range from wanting to feel good about their voice to preparing for a talent show or professional audition. I always encourage students to learn how to read music and basic theory as well performance techniques.

How I structure lessons:

Voice
1) body awareness and warm-ups
2) breathing exercises
3) vocalizes
4) focus on one vocal technique for the lesson
5) ear training with solfeggio
6) song and performance

Piano
1) body awareness and warm-ups (especially hands)
2) finger coordination exercises
3) scales and arpeggios
4) ear training with solfeggio
5) song and performance

Trombone
1) body awareness and posture
2) breathing exercises and warm-ups
3) scales, slides and arpeggios
4) ear training with solfeggio
5) song and performance

Dance
(depending on style)
1) warm-ups and isolations
2) dance material

STYLES
Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Cha Cha, Waltz, East Coast Swing

*** Studio Equipment ***
electric piano and trombone
woodfloors for dance

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring a small keyboard for vocal students with no piano, though I'd prefer if students have their own keyboard.
Students are expected to purchase all necessary books and sheet music.
If it is an in home lesson (where I come to your home) I prefer a minimum of 45 minutes for the lesson. Thank you!

*** Specialties ***
beginners (piano, trombone and voice)
intermediate and advanced voice

Thank you for taking the time to check out my profile. I hope that we get to work together soon and I look forward to hearing from you!
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sarah A. April 15, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
she is the BEST !!
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Jessica A. March 18, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Awesome lesson! LeAnna is so nice and so amazing!
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Julia L. February 12, 2015
Speaking Voice · In studio
Verified Student
LeAnna is a very thoughtful and mindful instructor. The lessons with LeAnna are organized and structured in a way that strategically presents the information to the student. I feel that LeAnna brings herself and her experience into all the lessons she teaches and is just wonderful!
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LeAnna S.

LeAnna S.

Los Angeles, CA 90018
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Alexandra M.

Santa Monica, CA

I've taught introduction to acting for teens, intermediate and advanced for adults, and all levels for Seniors. Extensive background in Improvisation for the Theater and Method, Sense-Memory training. Techniques for stage, TV, commercial work.

About Alexandra

I have a BA in Humanities, with a specialty in Drama, and a MFA in Professional Writing, both from USC. I am a credentialed teacher currently working in Santa Monica and Beverly Hills. I have a passion for the English language and can help you sharpen and expand your skills, whether you're a beginner, English is your second language, or you're preparing for college entrance exams.

Professional actor. Worked in NYC, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Honolulu. Have taught private acting classes in LA. Can help with any kind of scene study or monologue, gain confidence in expressing yourse
lf.

I am smart and funny and very patient. I've tutored second graders and adults, taught acting classes in Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Honolulu, and have had my own writing work published and produced.
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Morgan I. October 29, 2014
Speaking Voice · In studio
Verified Student
Wonderful teacher! I've had a rough time with my voice in many aspects of my life, including teaching yoga, and Alexandra helps me so much! She will actually get up and do yoga to ensure that I am communicating effectively, in a timely matter, and that my pronunciation is spot on. She has so many ideas and exercises and is very passionate about what she does and helping others!!
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Alexandra M.

Alexandra M.

Santa Monica, CA 90405
(1)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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ERIC P.

Beverly Hills, CA

I've been an Acting Coach for more than 10 years and my students have gone on to sign with notable agents and managers & book leading roles. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to BE and not ACT, and as time goes on you'll be able to break down a script and understand the character. I specialize in method acting, using my own experience as an actor and student myself. I provide all the script material necessary for our sessions.

About ERIC

Eric has been teaching private lessons since 2005 and is currently available to teach lessons at his studio, and online. Eric has helped students from all levels, beginner to advanced, transform into working actors. His technique has resulted in his students landing agents and booking roles, both in tv/film and commercials.

Eric received his training beginning at the prestigious South Coast Repertory in Southern California. From there, Eric studied with such notable teachers as Mark Monroe, Kevin McDermott, and James Bailey at the famed Comedy Sportz LA. As an expert in his field, Eric loo
ks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Eric's teaching style is both nurturing as well as challenging, supportive, and highly effective .
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Chris W. April 19, 2015
Film and TV Acting · In studio
Eric coaches his students to have believable on-camera performances rather than teach acting theory. He has a positive attitude that creates a safe environment to learn and sharpen your skill. Highly recommend.
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Silvia S. April 14, 2015
Acting · In studio
Eric is a top-notch acting coach. I have been taking acting classes for over 2 years now at various acting schools in Los Angeles and it seemed like I really wasn’t progressing. I was considering private coaching but I always felt that it was just too expensive. Finally, on the recommendation of a friend, I decided to take my first private lesson with Eric. Wow is he great. He has a great personality, is very supportive and positive, and he is extremely passionate about coaching actors.

In this town there are hundreds (if not thousands) of acting coaches, and many of them are out of touch with knowing which skills are needed in today’s acting market. Eric is an actor, producer and director, and teaches a technique that is current, relevant and practical.

It is worth every penny to be coached by someone who is passionate about teaching you and who focuses on only you, and not 15 other students in class. Thanks to Eric’s coaching, I am definitely growing more confident with my skills and it shows at every audition.
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Jonathon B. April 4, 2015
Film and TV Acting · Online
Best instructor ever! He works with you to help you understand and is very accommodating to your needs! He really knows the craft and i would recommend him to anyone looking for a acting coach out there! 5 stars all the way!
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ERIC P.

ERIC P.

Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(5)
starting at
$75 / 30-min
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Melanie M.

Los Angeles, CA

Through working on monologues or scenes, they will learn about character choices, subtext, and how best to use their vocal and physical attributes in creating various characters. They will work on one piece for awhile, in order to get all the nuance they can from doing it, as well as exploring different ways of doing it. They will learn that there is not one "right" choice, but many!

About Melanie

I have been a working actor/playwright/director/teacher for many years. I began my teaching as a volunteer with HOLA (Heart of Los Angeles youth group) in 1991 teaching theatre and playwrighting to kids 5 - 20. From there, I expanded my teaching by creating my own after school program in tandem with Theatre 40 and the BHUSD called KIDS ACTING OUT. Over time, I created workshops for those kids that concentrated on Greek theatre, Elizabethan theatre, Kabuki theatre and Persian theatre. I wrote multiple plays for each of these genres (some of which are published). I also began working with
LA's Best as an after school theatre teacher in various schools throughout the LAUSD. I further expanded my teaching by beginning writing and Staged Reading classes for seniors in various sites. My oldest students are in their 90's and still going strong!
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Suzanne June 28, 2015
Acting · In studio
Melanie is an amazing acting teacher! Her love of theater and acting shows through in her teaching. She provides a fun and nurturing environment as she inspires her students. My daughter looked forward to every class and always came home with a big smile on her face.
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Marc O. June 19, 2015
Acting · In studio
I have been fortunate to work with Melanie on several theatre projects over many years, and have been always found her to be a complete professional in all aspects. As a student of hers I am impressed by the enthusiasm and energy she brings to class. She is always prepared and it is clear she had done her own homework before showing up. She is charming, encouraging and supportive with students, and strives to make learning fun and thoughtful. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience and shares it in a way that excites and motivates her students. She's a terrific teacher.
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David H. June 16, 2015
Acting · In studio
To whom it may concern:



It is with pride and with great enthusiasm that I offer my highest recommendation for Melanie MacQueen.



I am the Artistic & Managing Director of a professional theater in Beverly Hills, California called Theatre 40. We have successfully been in business for 50 years producing award–winning and critically acclaimed plays for the public. I have many employees as well as volunteers on my staff, who work diligently producing our professional productions, many of whom are in customer service positions, dealing with the public.



For the last 20 years I have known Ms. MacQueen and have always found her to be a knowledgeable, intelligent, competent and energetic woman always excelling at whatever task she has undertaken with our theatre operation. I have given her a number of difficult and complex jobs to manage. She has performed each with excellence, attention to detail, great competence, punctuality, and honesty and always with a very positive attitude focused on doing the best job she can at whatever is asked of her.



I have found that she works well with her fellow artists and is very good with the public. Having taught and conducted an Adult Education Seminar program for many years, she is an excellent teacher. She is smart, has a talent for learning quickly and retaining what she has learned, and has excelled in every project that I have asked her to undertake, including directing several successful and complex productions and serving as a member of Theatre 40's Artistic Committee. She leads by example and our membership and the enrolled students in our Adult Education program look up to her. She has initiative, good judgment, is a team player, easy to get along with and is always exceeding my expectation in terms of the excellence that I ask for from those who work at Theatre 40.



I feel strongly that if you are considering Ms. MacQueen for a position that you will be, like I have been, very happy to have her as part of your team. She is an excellent worker and co-worker always focusing on getting the job done right as well as efficiently, correctly and quickly. She exhibits attention to detail and conscientiousness. I have found her to be a problem solver and she always remains calm and focused under pressure.



For many years I have had the pleasure of having Ms. MacQueen work on our staff and I have found that she stands out and is one of the best we have. Our adult students and other staff members enjoy her presence and her professional and pleasant demeanor. Theatre 40 has benefited from having Ms. MacQueen on our staff and I am certain that should you decide to add her to your staff that you will find, as I have, a great asset and a great employee. She is dedicated to excellence and will serve you well.



If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call me.



Sincerely,



David Hunt Stafford

Artistic & Managing Director

Theatre 40

323-666-5500

www.theatre40.org
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Melanie M.

Melanie M.

Los Angeles, CA 90020
(6)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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