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Teri D.

Los Angeles, CA

All levels from beginners to recording artists. Vocal technique, breath control, performance coaching, vocal exercises, performance coaching, improving vocal range and tone, vocal resonance, pop vocals, finding your voice and singing in the right key

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
(6)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Carol W.

Santa Monica, CA

Learn to sing with ease and confidence!

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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Tracy S. April 11, 2015
Opera Voice · In studio
My high notes are so much better now!
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Ann N. August 16, 2013
Singing
Excellent teacher

Carol is an excellent voice teacher- I recommend her to any student.
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Carol W.

Carol W.

Santa Monica, CA 90404
(2)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Alex V.

Los Angeles, CA

Find your true voice and confidence, build your technique and repertoire, record your voice, make a CD or YouTube video. All styles and levels. Get results.

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.
All lessons include music book, instr. tracks, arrangements, recordings, Utube videos, etc.

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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.

Alex received his Master of Arts in Music from the State Academy of Music of Latvia (USSR), and for many years taught at the Los Angeles County High-School of Arts and California State University of Los Angeles.

If your dream has always been to be the best singer, pianist or song-writer you could be, then you have found 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. Alex's teaching method is simple yet effective, and can be applied to all musical styles and levels.

Your lessons begin with warm-up exercises: musical aerobics that are fun to do, and help to develop amazing technical skills. The balance of your lesson is dedicated to learning the music you 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 a professional singer, pianist and song-writer.

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

STUDIO EQUIPMENT:

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

Performance Room with baby grand piano, big sofa, fire place, big screen TV, lovely paintings and plants creates cozy yet professional atmosphere.

Voice & Recording Studio has Kurzweil Grand Piano, giant iMac, professional recording studio, Tyros work-station, superb sound system, extensive music library, spring water fountain and healthy snacks.

SPECIALTIES:

Alex teaches all styles and levels: from Pop, Jazz, Classical, R&B, to Rock, Country, Broadway, Opera, New Age, and much more.

At your request Alex can make your great song arrangements and instrumental tracks, vocal recordings, YouTube videos, and CDs.

MAESTRO ALEX (M.A.)

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

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

In 1985 Alex settled down in sunny Los Angeles, for many years he worked as a pianist, vocal coach and musical director at the LA county High-School of Arts and California State University of Los Angeles.

Now Prof. Alex 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.

BE THE BEST YOU CAN BE!
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Chloe L. June 12, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Great 1st lesson with Alex. My daughter really enjoyed his coaching and looks forward to her remaining lessons.
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Jacci February 26, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Alex is the fifth instructor I've worked with from Take Lesson and the first man all the teacher were good but for me Alex is great! Caring, Focused, Honest, wants you to be the best you can be! Sincerely ~jacci
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Jesse S. February 16, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Alex has been a huge help to me in both learning to sing and being a better person. He really takes the time to get to know and understand each student's unique goals and needs and then makes a space for creativity and art to grow.
He is also a true expert in music and his years of experience and schooling really shines through. He can pick up any song or musical style immediately and work with you on the type of music you find interesting.
I came in as a beginner and now have an ability to sing and use my voice that I really didn't expect. Highly recommended for students of music of all levels.
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Alex V.

Alex V.

Los Angeles, CA 90046
(10)
starting at
$55 / 60-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 currently co-writing an upcoming project with platinum selling recording artist Shanice Wilson.

In addition to teaching music, Tanisha has enjoyed a su
ccessful 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.

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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Queena S. June 28, 2015
Opera Voice · In studio
Verified Student
I lovvvvve Tanisha. She has this upbeat and vibrant personality; she's super sweet and nice. When it comes to singing, she has you pick out your own song that you would like to sing. She doesn't bombard you with songs and training that won't enhance your voice. I've already noticed changes to my voice and I'm only on my 6th lesson. Plus, she's not a teacher that watches the clock, so if she feels you need an extra 10 mins for vocal training, then you will exceed your time limit with no problem. She's there to help you and if I had to recommend a vocal coach, then of course it would be Tanisha Hall :)
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Star G. June 27, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio
Verified Student
Hands down the best vocal instructor LA has to offer. Not only is she extremely talented and knowledgable, she is deeply personally invested in all of her clients.
No where else can you find somewhere like her.
From vocal technique to preparing for shows, she knows her stuff.
If you want not only want a vocal coach but truly a musical mentor, go to Tanisha.
Works fantastically with all ages also. :)
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Queena S. May 22, 2015
Opera Voice · In studio
Verified Student
Though it was my first lesson, I didn't do anything that pertained to opera.
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Tanisha H.

Tanisha H.

Los Angeles, CA 90043
(54)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Delilah B.

Culver City, CA

I've been teaching Singing techniques for 10 years and my students have always been satisfied with my method. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to develop your pitch and range and as time goes on you'll be able to sing as a professional. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About Delilah

An accomplished, violinist, and Sound Engineer, Delilah, began her music education at the age of six, studying violin at the Music Academy J.S. Bach in Berlin, San Pietro a Majella in Italy and the London Academy of Modern Music. She also graduated with honors from S.A.E. Institute - London with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sound Engineering. and a PhD in Sound Engineering from Middelsex University.

She has worked as professional violinist in several bands and orchestras in the UK, Germany and Los Angeles; Spectra Paris, Royal Albert Hall and Abbey Road to name a few.
Delilah has exten
sively traveled the world in search of new musical influences and has lived in Germany, England, Italy, Spain, Jamaica, and the United States. She speaks 6 languages.

What I can offer:
Violin Lessons with a professional violinist.
Beginning to Advanced
Develop effective habits and techniques
Improve tone and accuracy of pitch
Expression - dynamic
Correct use of the bow.

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Evan Nguyen June 8, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Very personable teacher. I felt very comfortable around Delilah and I could feel that she loves music and she loves teaching.
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Amie N. May 30, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Kind, perfect instruction, goes at your pace, and offers more challenging tasks. I will continue taking lessons from her for a while!
P.S. Very skilled. Knows what she is doing!
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James B. May 5, 2015
Violin · Online
Verified Student
Dalila is a fantastic teacher. I've learned so much from her in the short time that I have been taking lessons that I would highly recommend her. Since I took lessons for about six months, person to person, with another teacher I find absolutely nothing lacking with learning to play the violin online. I wish I would have started with Dalila from the very beginning.
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Delilah B.

Delilah B.

Culver City, CA 90230
(11)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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