My focus has always been Opera and Classical singing. I teach and coach all styles of Classical singing and have studied and performed French, German, Italian and Latin.
I have been teaching voice and piano for over 15 years! I have performed, taught and musical directed all over the country and abroad. I am a New York State certified music teacher with a master of music in voice. I specialize in healthy vocal technique and audition prep. My students have gone on to great colleges and careers, even Broadway!
My focus is on healthy singing technique in all styles from Pop to Classical and audition prep. I have a keen gift for helping my students choose the perfect audition song for each audition and each individual.
*** Specialties *** Musical Theater a
nd Classical Voice
Eli August 7, 2015
Audition Prep ·
I worked with Mary to get ready for my callback for Jersey Boys. I hadn't really practiced that music in about 4 years, and within 5 minutes she had me back on track. She can hear things that other people simply can't, and she knows how to explain technique in a way that is easy to quickly understand. I wound up going through to the final round of callbacks to play Frankie Valli on the national tour of the production, and while I didn't book the job this time, I'm on the short list to be brought back in soon. I'll absolutely continue to work with her to get my voice back in professional shape and to keep it there!
Taurean C. June 16, 2015
Mary was great and the progress she is helping me make is unbelievable. She's highly educated and very personable and makes the learning experience easy. I see nothing but good things to come!
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.
In addition to teaching music, Tanisha has enjo
yed 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.
Daniela Z. August 14, 2015
Online Verified Student
Wonderful experience... So much fun!
Elena D. August 12, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Tanisha is the BEST! I started taking voice lessons with her when I first moved to LA 8 months ago. I always thought I was taking voice lessons just to improve my confidence in professional settings since I'm really soft-spoken. But thanks to Tanisha I've built that confidence and have been applying it to building myself as an artist.
She's helped me develop my range in a way that I am no longer afraid of trying new things with my voice. Oh, and thanks to her I'm also learning to write my own songs. :)
She's awesome, makes lessons fun, and is always open to helping you get where YOU need to get.
THANK YOU TANISHA <3
Paris H. August 11, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Tanisha is very understand, very knowledgeable, provided networking opportunities for me. Would recommend Tanisha to anyone looking to make music a career!
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.
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
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.
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
Sarah K. May 12, 2015
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!
RachelR1 September 8, 2011
Carmen is great!
ChristineA November 2, 2010
Our daughter is loving every minute of her lessons! She cannot wait for the next meeting!
Music is my passion, and I love to share it with others! I have been a musician almost my entire life. I began taking piano lessons in grade school and voice lessons in middle school. I continued to study throughout high school and eventually college. I graduated in music from The Ohio State University. I went on to teach music in the public schools as well as private piano and voice lessons. When not teaching, I spend most of my time performing by acting, singing, dancing and modeling. Some past performances include Company; Jekyll and Hyde; The Wizard of Oz; Meet Me In St. Louis; Snow
White and the Seven Dwarfs; and Grease. I recently relocated to Los Angeles and am excited to share my passion for music with you!
*** Lesson Details *** Whether you are looking to sing/play for a special performance, give a solo recital or just try something new for the first time, I will help you succeed and have fun along the way! I will help you build a technical foundation and let you help to determine the focus of the lessons based on what your goals are.
*** Studio Equipment *** LivingRoom: electric piano, couch and chairs, dining room table and chairs, parents can sit in on lesson
*** Travel Equipment *** Student must provide piano or keyboard if teaching in student's home
lea S. June 29, 2015
In home Verified Student
She's wonderful! Very engaging! Works excellent with a six year old. Absolutely recommend!
katie May 28, 2015
In home Verified Student
Super sweet and nice. She really made it fun and easy to understand!
Shari T. October 25, 2012 Verified Student
Music Teacher MaryAnn is great!
I feel comfortable and not nervous when learning with her because she'e kind and patient. Lerning music with her is fun.
Singing!! What's better than singing! Our very own instrument we all have. I was lucky enough to study Bel Canto operatic singing under the mighty Esther Salaman while at Trinity College of Music in London who shared her secrets about sound production with me. These are gems that most people have not explored. It gives me great pleasure to watch operatic singers transform their experience through sound technique into a flawless, and mostly effortless process. Singing should be focused but free
British born and Educated at London's prestigious Trinity College of Music and The Royal Academy of Music, my professional musical career has spanned over two decades to date. I have performed with world renowned acts such as Sia, Dave Stewart and Horace Andy, and have been a featured recording artist on many of the worlds most famous film scores while myself having authored or co-authored over 30 movie scores. A Suzuki violin student since the age of 3, I added piano, guitar, singing and composition during my teenage years. The Suzuki method encourages advanced aural development from very ea
rly on and this has turned out to be my strongest suit. With my ear, I have impressed some of the most notable orchestrators, composers, directors and producers in London, Hollywood and the world over. In fact, it was these on the spot aural magic tricks that allowed me to impress the Hollywood composer that first invited me to Los Angeles to work on my first blockbuster. That opportunity led to many years of success in the industry and some notoriety. I have always had a passion for teaching, sharing my knowledge with others and watching other people take immense pleasure in their own achievements. I have been told time and time again that I have a very special gift for teaching and I would very much like to share it with you, whether you want to learn an instrument, musicianship, ear training, composition, hone your vocal or mic skills or learn how to arrange an orchestral piece in just a few hours! I look forward to talking to you about your specific needs and goals and having the opportunity to help you realize them in a fun friendly and authentic atmosphere. Andrew
Paul July 22, 2015
I cannot praise Andrew enough. He is wonderfully sincere and I was immediately welcomed. As an introvert I know how hard it can be to sing in front of a stranger, but that was never the case with Andrew. I had never taken a single voice lesson, let alone sang at all, really. All that I knew was that I wanted to learn. In a short time, he was able to take my untrained, shy voice and turn it into a musical instrument that I enjoy immensely. I have a new found appreciation for singing thanks to Andrew and I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone who is looking to either start anew, supplement, or expand on their musical skill set.
Sam K. June 23, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Great initial lesson! We're excited about the prospects for improvement!
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