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Carol W.

Santa Monica, CA

Learn to sing on your breath. This is the basis for a good singing technique and to be able to extend your range. We'll work on vocal technique so you'll develop great habits and muscle memory. We'll also work on musicality and expression through songs and arias. Find your voice! Singing should be effortless.

About Carol

I have taught voice for over twenty years. I studied music at University of California, Santa Barbara, where I received my B.A. I currently work as a professional singer for various local opera companies, music theater groups, churches and temples. I am principal soprano for Opera A La Carte and have also soloed with Repertory Opera Company, Redlands Bowl Festival, Laguna Beach Chorale and Celestial Opera Company. I have worked extensively in Los Angeles schools performing musical assemblies for students in elementary and middle grades through Southland Opera, LA Opera and Guild Opera of South
ern California. My teaching experience includes private voice lessons and master classes at Idyllwild School for the Arts.

*** Lesson Details ***
I emphasize breathing techniques to free up the voice to expand your range and ease of singing. In the lesson, we start with simple warm ups and vocalizes and then apply techniques to the songs you want to sing. I realize each student is different and I customize the lesson to the student's particular needs. I specialize in classical and music theater, however the basics of singing apply to all styles of music. In addition to working on breathing and technique for singing, we'll also focus on interpretation of the songs you are working on as well as how to overcome performance nervousness. Most students find that they are able to sing with more freedom, less tension and will have more confidence as they progress.

I also teach beginning piano, using the John W. Schaum series.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the main room, upright piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
They need to provide a piano or keyboard if I am going to their home.
I have a piano in my home.

*** Specialties ***
I work on using the breath as a fundamental technique for singing. Singing should never hurt. I use a lot of imagery to achieve freedom in singing.
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Lana R. September 9, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Very kind & patient :)
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Peter T. August 29, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Great start - first lesson and I immediately felt comfortable with Carol. We started with proper exercises and into the music. She was good at showing me how to improve, and helping me eradicate some bad habits I've picked up.
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Jennifer G. October 15, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Carol is an awesome instructor. She has greatly helped to improve my singing and musical abilities. She is professional and always arrives on time. I highly recommend Carol!
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Carol W.

Carol W.

Santa Monica, CA 90404
(6)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Alex V.

Los Angeles, CA

Build a solid technique and vocal confidence. Learn easy opera arias and perfect your performance skills.

About Alex

COMPLETE VOICE TRAINING, EASY PIANO & SONG-WRITING.

All styles and levels. 30 years experience - Europe/USA: Cal State LA, LACHSA, private.
Hi-tech studio: song arrangements, vocal demos, recordings, YouTube videos, and more.
Lessons include music book, water, snacks, etc. Best teacher. Best rates. Best results.

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Hollywood, California. The very name is magic. For a century Hollywood has attracted the greatest talent in the world. Great talent attracts great teachers. In 1992 European-trained Maestro Alex V. opened his private music school and began accepting students.

Maes
tro Alex received a Master of Arts from the State Academy of Music of Latvia (USSR). For many years he taught at the Los Angeles County High-School of Arts and California State University of Los Angeles.

If you dream of becoming the best singer, pianist or song-writer you could possibly be, then you have found yourself the right teacher. Many of Alex's students have gone onto exciting careers in the entertainment industry. Working directly with Prof Alex V. your natural talent will be groomed for success.

LESSON DETAILS:

The wide diversity of music styles in existence today means that every performer must develop his own niche in the musical world. Maestro Alex's progressive teaching method is most effective, yet easy to understand. It can be applied to all musical styles and levels.

Your lessons will begin with warm-up exercises: musical aerobics that are fun to do, and help to develop great technical skills. The balance of your lesson will be dedicated to learning the music you naturally love and want to learn.

All programs include music book, learning material, instr. tracks, recordings, arrangements, YT videos, and everything you possibly need to become an amazing singer, pianist or song-writer.

Step by step you will learn musical basics that create a beautiful sound as you sing or play the piano. You will gain solid technique, personal confidence, and become the singer, pianist or song-writer you always wanted to be.

Your voice, your songs, your piano skills will thrill the audiences and amaze your friends and loved ones. Music will help you to create beautiful memories and many successes.

STUDIO EQUIPMENT:

Alex's V. Music School is located in West Hollywood. Big green umbrella on the porch with white table and chairs overlooks lovely rose garden.

Piano Studio with baby grand piano, big sofa, fire place, bigscreen TV, many paintings and plants create cozy atmosphere.

Voical Studio has Kurzweil Grand Piano, iMac, prorecording studio, Tyros work-station, superb sound system, extensive music library, water fountain and healthy snacks.

SPECIALTIES:

All styles and levels: Pop, Jazz, Classical, R&B, to Rock, Country, Broadway, Opera, New Age, and more.

Maestro Alex can make great song arrangements and instrumental tracks, vocal recordings, YouTube videos, and even CDs.

MAESTRO ALEX V. (M.A.)

Maestro Alex was born in Riga, Latvia (former USSR). His musical career started at early age of 4, and his musical training of 16 years culminated in Master of Arts.

Maestro Alex worked as a musical director at the State University of Latvia, as eading singer/actor at the State Musical Theater and as a leading actor/singer at the Riga Film Studios.

In 1985 he emigrated United States, and for many years worked as a pianist, vocal coach and musical director at the LACHA and Cal State University of Los Angeles.

Now Prof. V. works at his home in W Hollywood. He composes and arranges music, and maintains a select list of privately tutored students, including Miss Universe, Star Search winners, and many professional singers, actors and song-writers.

Join his winning team, and be the best you can be! :)
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KELLY June 20, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
The best instructor ever! patient enough for adults learning for the very first time and a round the clock service not just when you're there!
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Erika af Sandeberg January 7, 2016
Jazz Voice · In studio
Verified Student
Alex is a fantastic teacher and a super nice person! I have been singing my whole life in different choirs and vocal groups, mainly classical music. Six months ago I came to LA and I wanted to try something new and was interested in jazz. I found Alex on Take Lessons and have been taking lessons every week since then. Alex has taught me a lot of new techniques and I feel that I have a larger understanding for my voice and how I can use it in different ways to create different sounds and emotion. Alex has also encouraged me to sing with a mic and we have recorded a few songs. That was a whole new experience and very developing. Thank you Alex!
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Kevin Huang November 8, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Alex helped me to build up my confidence in the very first lesson, which is important for a performer. He found my vocal was stressed when singing high notes and provided different methods to address it. Alex is also a very nice coach, I just feel relax and am having fun in his class.
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Alex V.

Alex V.

Los Angeles, CA 90046
(14)
starting at
$55 / 45-min
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Tanisha H.

Los Angeles, CA

Overall basic vocal technique, vocal placement, harmony, ear training.

About Tanisha

Tanisha is a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music's Vocal and Music Business programs. Since arriving to Los Angeles, Tanisha has built a solid career providing artist development services to professional entertainers, recording artists and actors. Her services include vocal coaching, piano lessons, music theory, songwriting, performance development, media and stage training. Tanisha is also an accomplished songwriter. She is a regular co-writer with platinum selling recording artist Shanice Wilson of "Flex and Shanice" on OWN. Tanisha also works closely with casting and produc
ers of the major network talent competitions The Voice, America's Got Talent and American Idol. Additionally, many of our clients can been seen and heard

In addition to teaching music, Tanisha has enjoyed a successful career in the entertainment industry working with top tier performers such as Chaka Khan, The Black Eyed Peas, Montell Jordan and Babyface to name a few. Accompanying her is a staff of accomplished performers and teachers who have credits throughout the entertainment industry. At the WHAA, her performing arts academy, she offers a conservatory-level curriculum focusing on the fundamental skills of technique, composition, artistry and performance in music, dance, drama and visual arts.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a very fun loving person and believe in creating a positive environment where students feel comfortable to be themselves. At the same time I am a stickler for details and do not allow laziness. I believe a balance of fun with excellence has allowed my students to excel far beyond their own expectations. Good results takes HARD WORK! Please do not come to lessons with the expectation to sing like Beyoncé or play piano at Carnegie Hall after 4 lessons. Mastering your voice and instrument takes equal parts of time, hard work, dedication and patience.

My teaching style is individually based.
For vocal clients, I asses their strengths and weaknesses and develop a plan to build up their weak areas while helping them find "their own voice". I focus on breathing, intonation and control which I believe are the foundation of great singing ability. I use a classical Italian based program along with pop, R&B, jazz, and rock. I have vocal coached in many languages including Spanish, Japanese and Chinese.

For piano clients I focus on strength, dexterity and precision in fingering. I also help students learn to feel the music and bring their personality and touch to each piece they are performing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Tanisha currently teaches at her performing arts academy the White H Arts Academy. There are private instruction rooms and a lobby waiting area for parents and guests. Parents may also sit in the lesson room if desired. Private lesson rooms include a piano, speakers, and a music stand.

The White H Arts Academy also has two state of the art mirrored dance rooms with sound systems and wireless microphones for practicing stage performances or rehearsing for a big show.

*** Specialties ***
Vocals: beg to adv
Piano: beg to inter

Vocal genres are classical (opera), pop, R&B, gospel, rock, jazz, blues and musical theater. I studied voice at Berklee College of Music. Have also studied Seth Riggs SLS (Speech Level Singing) method independently, however, I am not certified. I also teach in languages other than English including Spanish, Japanese and Chinese.

Piano instruction levels I teach are basic to intermediary focusing on classical, and general accompaniment abilities.
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Vanessa V. September 15, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Wow!!! The lesson blew my mind. Tanisha really has a knack for teaching in the most accessible, efficient and effective way.
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Telecia L. August 28, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My first lesson with Tanisha was incredible! She is an amazing vocal coach. I was a tad bit discouraged before I met with her, but now I look forward to my next lesson!
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Donna B. August 27, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My first experience with Tanisha was very enlightening. She really is a woman of many talents. Professional and a sense of humor.
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Tanisha H.

Tanisha H.

Los Angeles, CA 90043
(110)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Carmen S.

Malibu, CA

Customized vocal lessons built on foundations of great vocal care & technique, songs that fit your voice sound & type, building repertoire and ear training. Sight singing can also be taught during the lesson.

About Carmen

Carmen has been teaching music for 10 years to children and adults, from age 4 to 50. She is able to teach many genres of music to all levels of musicianship, whether beginner or advanced, whether they want to learn Mozart or Coldplay, Aretha Franklin or Joni Mitchell . Her style of teaching utilizes the classical approach of theory and sight reading, but MOST IMPORTANTLY allows the student to explore the instrument freely while also achieving good musicianship. Having fun while honing the craft is the way to an enduring love of playing and is a principle she always uses in her lessons.

C
armen has a special gift with very young children; she is able to keep children interested, engaged, inspired and challenged. She has a patience with children that is extraordinary because she believes strongly in the ability of music to enrich children's lives in all areas and seeks to cultivate that within the child.

Adults also find it easy to learn from Carmen's teaching approach. Her ability to approach a students challenges with a multitude of learning techniques has been useful in helping students succeed. She teaches skills and techniques for practicing that are useful for musicians through out their lifetime. Carmen also knows exactly what it takes to make a student a professional who is ready for studio session work, live band performances, live improvisations, auditions or creating their own music. She understands the desire and drive behind wanting to create with music and emphasizes certain key aspects that can make musicians proficient in any genre when practiced

Education

Carmen comes from a long family lineage of musicians and artists. Always being exposed to classical music and opera since birth, Carmen was in awe of the power of the human voice through opera. At 8 she began to study the art form and teach herself music. She started studying with teachers at age 11. After learning voice, piano and cello followed. While studying classical techniques, she also taught herself other genres of music which enabled her to play, record and perform with musicians of almost every genre by 19.

Carmen has been taught and trained by many professional working musicians of impressive musical carrer heights Her former opera/ vocal coach Shonie Lebie attended The Julliard School on a full scholarship before going on to The Metropolitan Opera House. Piano teacher Shoshana Ben Horin, a graduate of Prague Conservatory of Music and concert pianist, toured all of Europe before instructing Carmen in piano. Carmen has learned cello and other string instruments from professional working musicians here in Los Angeles.

Experience

Carmen is a current working session musician, songwriter and performer in Los Angeles. She has performed and recorded with musicians from The Gap Band, Guns n' Roses, Whitney Houston, Vanessa Hudgens, Hayden Panettiere, etc. She was born and raised in Los Angeles.

*** Lesson Details ***
I customize EVERY lesson for EVERY student (Beginner or Advanced) whether playing in for fun, preparing for a show or wanting to become a professional musician, I can help you reach it.

For piano I can teach you the classical method, Suzuki or methods toward the genre you enjoy playing. You'll learn Ear Training, Rhythm, Theory/ Chords, Sight Reading, Improvisation, Repertoire and a little songwriting.

For strings I focus mostly using the Suzuki Method/ Classical Repertoire or Hal Leonard curriculum. If you seek to learn rock, jazz or blues I have customized learning technique depending on your level. You'll learn bowing techniques, Ear training, Sigh Reading for multiple Clefs, Orchestration, and of course theory and repertoire

For singing I customize the lesson toward Genre Performance preference of the student to maximize your time and productivity. Covering Breath/Phrasing, Projection, Tone Improvement, Diction, Microphone technique, Sight Reading, Proper vocal warm-ups/ Maintenance and Repertoire

*** Specialties ***
Opera, pop, rock, r&b, blue, jazz, alternative rock, string instrument improvisation, free form, variations of short hand lead sheets (how to play along with a band at gig nights), piano chord structures & progressions, singing with band accompaniment, children's music
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Geneva S. October 22, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Carmen has a gentle approach. She is sweet and patient. Her teaching technique is thorough and detailed. The lessons are well structured and age appropriate for my 7 years old daughter. Carmen motivates and inspires,and Geneva enjoys her violin lessons!
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Sarah K. May 12, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Carmen is amazing teaching my 5 year old! She was patient and taught in a fun easy way. She make me think that I could even play Violin! Highly recommend her!
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RachelR1 September 8, 2011
Carmen is great!
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Carmen S.

Carmen S.

Santa Monica, CA 90401
(6)
starting at
$85 / 60-min
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Emily W.

Los Angeles, CA

Having years of experience singing opera, I know what my students need to achieve a successfully operatic voice. I focus on specific vocal exercises to strengthen the breath support, expand the range, and open the voice. This allows the voice to become strong, big, and beautiful. I also specialize in acting for singers. I set time aside during lessons to teach my students how to identify with their character and how to bring that process into an aria performance. I am also comfortable coaching Italian, German, and French diction.

About Emily

I teach to help people find their inner rock star. Everyone can sing! But for many people, fear is an obstacle. I know firsthand how much courage it takes to stand up and sing. I teach to help others experience the same healing I have experienced through music. My approach to singing is informed by my education and years of performance experience. I teach my students how to embrace their fears and move through them to the other side. I also facilitate a supportive student/teacher relationship based upon mutual respect and kindness. Most importantly, I encourage my students to trust themselves
and their innate musical gifts. This develops their self confidence and ultimately leads them to their purest, most authentic sound.

I lived and breathed music and singing throughout my childhood, and I continue to today. I have over fifteen years of classical music training and performance experience. I attended California State University Northridge where I studied classical voice, art song, and opera performance. Since attaining my Bachelor of Music in Vocal Arts I have performed opera and musical theatre professionally across Los Angeles. I have since left opera performance to focus on my true musical passions: pop, R&B, jazz, musical theatre, and teaching.

**Lesson Details**
I tailor my teaching to each student's needs and desires. I teach all levels of singing, child to adult, beginner to advanced. If you are a beginner, I will quickly help you understand and access your instrument. If you are a more experienced singer, I will help you identify your opportunities for growth and we start from there. I focus on releasing tension and building a strong core foundation. You will learn how to develop consistent breath control, expand your range, and grow your voice into a powerful and beautiful sound!

**Studio Equipment**
Piano
Acoustic guitar
Music stand
ZoomH2 microphone and recording device
Musical theater/classical singer library

**Specialties**
I teach the same technique for all styles of singing - pop, R&B, jazz, gospel, musical theatre, and classical. I help my students make minor changes for each style, but the core foundational technique remains the same. I specialize in breath support, vocal chord closure, range expansion, vocal register negotiation, body alignment, relieving tension, healthy belting, emotional support, and acting for singers.
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Dave G. August 19, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I was very impressed by my first lesson with Emily. She is very knowledgeable and pleasant to work with.
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Shin July 15, 2016
Singing · In studio
She's very thorough and accommodating with your objective and development level. Very encouraging and personable as well!
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Nathalie H. June 28, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Emily made me feel very comfortable, and since I am fairly new to singing, I was pretty nervous for my first lesson. She was very understanding and accompanied me in the exercises so I would feel more comfortable. I've only taken one lesson so far but I'm looking forward to the next one!
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Emily W.

Emily W.

Los Angeles, CA 90036
(17)
starting at
$45 / 30-min

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