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Carol D.

Dallas, TX

Focus is on improving style, range, agility, flexibility and protecting your voice.

About Carol

On singing and performing: I've been a musician for a very long time and can testify that music heals on a mind, body, and soul level! Though my official performances in front of audiences started with playing woodwind instruments such as clarinet, sax, and flute from elementary school through high school in band, my primary instrument in earnest has been voice for the past 27 years.

However, my Mom told me that I have actually been singing--well, humming (a recognizable tune at that!)-- since I was nine months old. I've lead numerous solos in small ensembles and large choirs over the years
, and was very involved not only with the adult music ministry at my church, but directed the children's choir as well. I'm a huge fan of arranging and creating harmonies for duets, trios, and small groups. I’ve shared the stage with Erykah Badu, Ruben Studdard, Rickey Dillard, Chrisette Michele, Ledisi, Peabo Bryson, and CeCe Winans.

I love musical theater, and my favorite credit has to have been when I played the role of "Mama" in Once on This Island (though Nunsense runs a very close second!).

I have a strong passion for the arts--music in particular, and have the musical talent and enthusiasm to guide, empower, and improve the vocal tone, projection, and pitch for the willing student.

*** Music Lesson Details ***
Every student is different--diversity is the spice of life! I tend to tailor my teaching style to the needs of the student. I do expect each student to work on their craft outside of "class" (even if it's just 10-15 minutes of practice a day) and come eager to learn. My teaching style is a co-creative process when it comes to helping students reach their goals. My demeanor is gentle and humor-filled, yet firm. Whether you're preparing for an audition (with all the mental, emotional, and physical energy and health that goes into it), want to hone your harmonizing skills, or just want to strengthen what's already inside of you to the next level for fun, I can help!

It's very important for my students to have a lot of fun as they are singing into their power and gaining more confidence not only in their vocal tone, projection and pitch, but in life as a whole!

*** Specialties ***
My specialties are gospel, pop, R&B, vocal harmonies in small and large groups, and jazz, though I have been classically trained by some of the best vocal coaches over the years.

On being an economist: Economics has been my trade and training since 1993. I've been an analyst at the Florida Legislature as well as consulted in the private sector, but my first love has always been teaching. I've been teaching the intro to micro- and macroeconomic classes consistently since the beginning of 2007 at Southern Methodist University. The algebra comes up a lot in these classes, so I've often ended up tutoring students one one in algebra as well. I was thrilled when TakeLessons added academic tutoring to their offerings in addition to music lessons. :)

***Economics and Algebra Lesson Details***

My students range in varying analytical and mathematical ability, so I meet them where they are when they come to office hours. Sometimes it just takes creating something concrete and practical from something that appears to be quite abstract. Sometimes it's catching up on the math. My approach is the same for any one-on-one endeavor outside the classroom. My goal is for each of my students to succeed!
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Jennifer B. May 26, 2015
Singing · Online
Verified Student
She is amazing!!! She has taught me so much in such a short time. Not only is she training my voice, she is helping me with music theory. I highly recommend Carol!!
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Oliver R. May 1, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Carol is a great! She's patient and goes over the material until she makes sure I understand. She gives me constructive feedback and great instructions to make sure I'm getting the technique down. She's the best!
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Elca A. March 16, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Carol is a wonderful voice teacher. She is easygoing and patient. I have been taking weekly lessons with her since June of 2014 and have increased in my range. I now attend every other week.

I am a mezzo-soprano but used to always sing in alto range, but now I am more comfortable singing in my range or sometimes higher. Also, I am already naturally talented but needed some guidance in knowing when to breath through phrases, increased range, and holding notes long enough to make it sound more beautifully.

She has helped me a lot. I truly recommend her for beginners or those of you who are already talented and just need to tweak things up a bit. She's amazing. I enjoy her as a teacher. Thank you Carol!
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Carol D.

Carol D.

Dallas, TX 75248
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$34.99 / 30-min
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Lisa C.

Rockwall, TX

I have been singing as long as I can remember and teaching for more than 20 years.

Because the voice is uniquely individual, my approach to each student is strictly based on their needs as a vocalist. I listen to each student and develop a program for development based on the needs I hear as well as the desires of the student.

Of course, good technique is universal and there are some exercised I use with all of my vocalists to develop good habits.

About Lisa

I have been a music teacher and private lesson instructor for the past 17 years. I have a bachelor of science degree in Music Education and hold a teaching certificate for all-level Music Education. In my private studio I have taught students from 3-70 and have enjoyed them all! In addition to teaching music I also serve as the Music Minister for my church. Students coming to me can expect a tremendous amount of experience as well as a committed, honest and caring teacher.

*** Lesson Details ***
For beginning piano students I like to use the Alfred series, supplemented, of course, with
songs/styles of music that interest the student.

Guitar, clarinet, and oboe students can expect to begin with the Essential Elements series as a primer and introduction. I've had a lot of success with these books.

Voice students are a bit different in that I don't use a specific method to instruct. I have many books that I draw from when teaching voice due to the unique nature of the individual. Depending on the style of music, from classical to jazz/pop, I have music that will teach proper breath support, vowel placement and tone.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home studio: converted dining room with 3 guitars, young percussion instruments, upright piano and f/w keyboard. Seating available for parents.
Music ministry at First Christian Church in Terrell. Access to choir room with upright piano. Seating available for parents.

*** Specialties ***
Degree in all-level music education with specialty in voice.
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Vanessa D. June 12, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
My first lesson was very informative. I learned how to tune the guitar, 2 chords, and played a song all in 30 min. I now have confidence that I can learn to play the guitar.
Thank you so much.
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Julie C. March 18, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Lisa is very patient and encouraging. My daughter has developed in a short amount of time. Great teacher!
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Delores T. October 6, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Lisa is a very patient and kind teacher. She is also very qualified with music education and experience. I would recommend her to anyone wanting to take lessons.
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Lisa C.

Lisa C.

Rockwall, TX 75032
(18)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Dawn S.

Richardson, TX

Experienced voice teacher of 17 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of piano or voice skills. I typically use different sources for voice, and also have the following tools available to use during lessons: keyboard and various books for voice.

About Dawn

Hi, there! My name is Dawn and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2003 and public since 1998. I have loved helping my students set personal goals and reach them, grow as a musician, and come or grow to love music. I went to Lamar University and earned a degree in Bachelor of Arts in Music in 1996. I like to think of innovative ways to teach lessons, I'm flexible and my teaching style is student centered; it is about them and not me. I want my students to be the center of the lesson. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Shaunna B. June 18, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
I felt very comfortable with Dawn and very encouraged by our lesson. I think she will be a great help to me.
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Farrah C. August 18, 2013
Piano
2 Years of great experince with her

Dawn is an amazing piano teacher. She's reliable, experienced, and professional. My two daughters adore her and are always looking forward for the day of their piano lesson. She does a good job of balancing the physical piano skills and the reading of music.
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Dawn S.

Dawn S.

Richardson, TX 75080
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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TOYA N.

Dallas, TX

I've taught singing to children, teens, and adults since 2006. My Masters degree training has afforded me the opportunity to be well versed in effective vocal techniques that will help you succeed. My main goal is to help you to develop your own set of tools, and better understand your unique voice as an artist. Make sure to wear clothing you can move in during our sessions, and, most importantly, explore and just have fun!

About TOYA

I have taught acting to small children, teens, and adults in community, private, and collegiate settings. I taught acting at the legendary Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York City. My love of the arts has enabled me to study and perform in various cities throughout the US; including Los Angeles, where I studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, to Europe, Mexico, South America; then back to New York City, where I earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting from the prestigious Actors Studio Drama School.

I currently work professionally as an actor, singer, and TV
and radio host. I've been fortunate enough to work in film, TV, theater, musical theater, hosting, commercials, improv, and voice-overs. I am also a vocally trained mezzo-soprano. Because I am still a working artist, I can not only teach you craft, but can assist you in making the right choices to navigate your own way in the business. I offer private coaching to actors in theater and film, and singers in the US and abroad. I would love to share my knowledge and experience with you.

*** Lesson Details ***
I offer private coaching to children, teens, adults who have an interest in acting or singing performance, and for those who simply have an interest in performing or speaking in front of others. In addition to coaching those who wish to better their skills in acting, voice and speech, and singing, I also offer coaching for non-actors; i.e., attorneys, business professionals, teachers, politicians, pageant participants, and other creatives, who want to improve their public speaking and communication skills.

*** Studio Equipment ***
High definition, quality camera for video and stills
High quality lighting equipment and MAC monitor
Ideal for video auditions and on-camera classes

*** Travel Equipment ***
High definition, quality camera for video and stills
High quality lighting equipment and MAC monitor
Ideal for video auditions and on-camera classes

*** Specialties ***
Acting for film, TV, theater, and commercials
Audition Etiquette and Technique
Light Career Coaching
Agent Ready Coaching
Voice and Speech
Public Speaking
Neutral American Speech
Singing; including Musical Theater
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Shera D. June 25, 2014
Acting · In studio
Verified Student
I've been going to Toya for awhile she very nice. She knows exactly what she is doing. She helps me understand everything
I do. I would recommend her for anyone who is serious about acting.
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TOYA N.

TOYA N.

Plano, TX 75074
(1)
starting at
$59 / 30-min
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Ismaelena S.

Plano, TX

About Ismaelena

With a Bachelor's Degree in Vocal Performance, and 4 years of professional teaching experience, I am able to offer my students high-quality training in various genres relevant to the their interests and goals. Whether you're a beginner, or a well-seasoned performer, there is always more to learn. I truly enjoy guiding my students to musical excellence.
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Marlene C. July 11, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter started singing classes with Ismealena a few weeks ago and she is great!! She is extremely knowledgeable and a wonderful tutor.
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Ismaelena S.

Ismaelena S.

Plano, TX 75074
(1)
starting at
$29 / 30-min

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