Briana Ladwig**

Briana L.**

About Briana L.**

Briana teaches: Ages 18 and up
Teaching since: May 2000


Katy has studied various vocal genres under a wide variety of coaches: classical, chamber, and pop voice; musical theatre voice and jazz, soul, R&B, and gospel technique at McGill University in Montreal. Katy also spent 10 years studying the classical Suzuki method of piano under Phyllis Kranz (Dover, NH), which helped to develop her ear.

Katy is also a successful singer-songwriter. She developed the craft of songwriting while attending Phillips Exeter Academy, McGill University, and the University of New Hampshire, where Katy earned her Masters degree in English Literature. With a unique blend of blues, pop and soul, her immensely popular debut album GRANITE STATE (2009) led to a series of packed shows on the stages of the Sunset Strip, including House of Blues, Key Club, and the Whiskey a Go Go. Her follow-up album, "Armor" was released in 2011 to successful sales on Amazon, iTunes, and Rhapsody

Katy has worked as a session singer for numerous producers and lends her voice to various recording projects. She can be heard in commercials including David LaChapelle's Smirnoff spot starring Amber Rose, the 2011 Fanta "Vision" campaign, and national advertisements for "Living Social." She also works frequently in film and television as a soundtrack contributor on numerous projects, including Disney's My Babysitter's a Vampire (2010) (TV), Image's horror anthology Chillerama (2011) and the science fiction film Devolution: Reckoning (2011). .

Katy has performed with many Los Angeles artists and bands including her own: Katy N. Band (lead singer and manager - pop/r&b/soul), The Marches (lead singer -- electro jazz), Susie Suh (back-up singer -- folk/soul), Sabrina Vargas (back-up singer -- R&B), West 79th Street (lead singer -- jazz/funk); and she has been the featured guest performer at a number of prestigious private events: Dodger Stadium (anthem singer), The Molson Centre (anthem singer), The Whittemore Center (anthem singer), various Gubernatorial Galas and more.

*** Lesson Details ***
Katy has experience teaching beginner vocalists and advanced singers, and welcomes students at any and all levels! She is easygoing, friendly, and fun, and will always push her students to be the best singers they can be. Katy can help prepare you for a gig, audition, or showcase, and can offer valuable information about the Los Angeles music performance scene. She also enjoys teaching music enthusiasts who just want to learn a little bit about singing, and can adjust her lesson plans to any level and any interest. She teaches primarily pop, R&B, rock, and musical theatre, but incorporates classical technique into her voice lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Has a designated music studio has computer, keyboard and microphones

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching R&B, soul, pop, and rock voice. I have years and years of experience performing, recording, and learning all about this kind of music. I also have about 10 years of musical theatre experience and have studied acting my whole life, so I would be comfortable teaching these as well. I use various breathing exercises and many different vocal warm-ups (classical, musical theatre, and pop). I also specialize in teaching songwriting workshops. I feel that I'm most qualified to teach songwriting, as I have an extensive background in writing and creating my own music as well as helping other artists write.


Session Singer Sep 2012 - Present
VAMnation Entertainment

I sing for various projects like television commercials, television shows, and movies.


Masters in Eng. Literature Sep 2003 - Jan 2005
University of New Hampshire

Languages Spoken

Spanish Limited Proficiency


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Jan 2007

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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6 Reviews on Briana L.**

Deborah P. Jan 8, 2014
Verified Student
Fun, Encouraging and Helpful!

Brianna was fantastic with my fourteen year old! She helped build up confidence, was very encouraging and made lessons fun. She uses a variety of techniques to teach singing skills including speech-level singing by Seth Riggs. I highly recommend her for beginners as well as for people looking to record a demo.
Allison M. Dec 6, 2013
Verified Student
Supportive, fun, and SO knowledgeable

I started taking singing lessons because I wanted to pick up another hobby, and Briana has helped me do just that. She is incredibly knowledgeable, helpful, and supportive regardless of what your goals are. She makes the technical side of signing fun and enjoyable, something other teachers I have worked with have been unsuccessful at. Briana provides a positive and warm space to let loose in, and most importantly has reminded me that I don't always have to take myself so seriously. I highly recommend Briana to anyone who is looking for a teacher they can create a connection with, regardless of skill level because she can handle it all!
Melanie A. Sep 19, 2012
Verified Student
Talented, understanding and fun!

I just wanted to take singing lessons for fun and to build up my confidence singing around others. Briana has taken my needs into account and has done a great job putting together lessons that fit my needs. She offers a very relaxed, soothing atmosphere that gives me the comfort that I need to be able to work on my goals. She is very talented as well, which helps me feel confident in her abilities to teach me what I'm looking to learn. Overall, she is a great singing coach and I would recommend her to anyone! :o)
MarissaT Jul 24, 2012
Grateful is an understatement!

Briana has changed my life!! She is not only teaching me how to vocalize but she has taught me to embrace myself through this experience. For so long I allowed my passion to sing to be dormant; feeling inadequate in comparison to others. My goal was to always share good vibes & energy with others that look for inspiration through music. In my quest to do that Briana has inspired me to truly follow my heart. She has taught me to trust myself & not to hide. Just to be me:) With that said, if you are ready to get down to business & have an organic blissful experience in finding your voice...I say sign up with Briana now!! Blessings!*M
AnnieK May 22, 2012

Briana is very professional singing teacher from the first lesson my 11 years old daughter learned a lot of singing technick and she liked her friendly and smily face, any kid will enjoy being with her.
AnnaD Mar 26, 2012
Briana is amazing! She has given me so many helpful tips and techniques and she makes the whole experience incredibly fun. Her encouragement is invaluable. I couldn't recommend her more highly.