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Elena D.
Tarzana, California
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For kids and adults, any level welcome! I've noticed that especially for young children ukulele is a good transitional instrument in order to then start guitar. I use fun exercise and songs to teach technique and I welcome any style and any songs you may want to learn!
About Elena D.

Hello! Music is my life and my biggest passion. I've been a working musician and a teacher for several years and there's nothing more rewarding than sharing all I've learned so far with my students, to nurture their goals and aspirations and to make them aware of the great instrument they already possess. Every year I plan and host two wonderful recitals for my students, so that they can experience and share their progress with family and friends. Here's more about me and my education: I was born and raised in Italy and have been singing since I was a child but started a formal training during my teenage years with a private coach. During college, while studying Psychology at the University of Florence, I attended 2 different private music schools in Florence and Bologna, since it was not possible at the time to study music in College. There I kept studying vocal technique, solfege, classical guitar and music harmony. I moved to LA in 2003 and attended Musician's Institute earning a diploma in Vocal Studies and Vocal Performance and then I attended a Composition & Songwriting Program at UCLA for 2 years. I refined my vocal technique studying at Berkley College of Music for a summertime in a special program for Jazz Vocalists and I have been an Alexander Technique's student for now 15+ years. I am a performing artist, I sing and teach privately for a living. I have performed all over the country in some beautiful venues such as the Getty Center and Pantages Theater to name a few. I have released 4 original albums and some of my songs have earned recognition from International competitions and have been placed in movies and TV shows. My personal style of singing is modern, not operatic, I love many kinds of music but especially pop, jazz, and musical theater. ***Lessons Details*** **Singing: Teaching Adults** There are two sides of singing that I like to work on with my students. The first is vocal technique, which is first and foremost the study of how to use our instrument, our whole body, in the best and most useful way to avoid strain and create beautiful sounds. I believe that when we relax and use the right posture, meaning the most natural one, then our bodies and our breathing mechanisms act as they are supposed to, and singing happens at its best. When we learn to use our bodies without strain, the right "singing" muscles are automatically engaged and exercised and we feel at ease. So I try to encourage a non-forceful way to use diaphragmatic breathing, which I have learned by studying Alexander Technique, which is a technique that teaches people how to stop using unnecessary levels of muscular and mental tension during any activity, especially during an artistic performance of any kind. I try to notice bad singing habits the student may have formed throughout his/her life, (hopefully none!), and gently help them correct them. The vocal exercises I use are drawn from the Bel Canto tradition, a classical tradition, but I mix them with more modern vocal exercises to develop popular techniques like "belting" for example. The second side of singing is simply to pay attention to song interpretation, to convey the message we would like to convey. I encourage the student to choose songs to work on they truly love, and I welcome any style of music. I give the students vocal exercises/tracks to help them practice at home. **Singing: Teaching Children** What I described above is also true for teaching children, however I like to teach them "by ear" with simple vocal exercises and vocal games at the beginning of the lesson and try to ease them into the sound they naturally make. I like to create a positive environment in which the student can feel successful about even small achievements, whether it is standing in a relaxed way or having practiced the beginning of an exercise or part of a song. To help the student practice at home and keep the motivation alive without feeling overwhelmed I record each lesson (or let them record it) and give them the accompaniment for the song of their choice so they can have fun at home. *** GUITAR *** I teach young children using fun songs, games and classical guitar technique. I also teach adults and specialize in contemporary guitar. I welcome many styles of music, pop, rock as well as folk genres of Latin America. I emphasize good posture, tone and musicality, and always a high level of enjoyment with the process! *** RECITALS *** I plan and host 2 wonderful Recitals a year, one in January and one in June. I encourage all my students to participate, no matter how they may feel about their instrument level and preparation. Working towards a performance is one of the most effective ways to solidify your ever growing skill! *** Studio Equipment *** For students who come to my home studio, there is private guest parking right outside my building, in a gated complex of buildings and in a safe neighborhood just north of the 101. My studio is conveniently located just a few blocks from the freeway entrance. I have a comfortable sofa for parents and siblings to attend the lessons and a keyboard to use for accompaniment. *** Specialties *** Music theory and Songwriting. Stage performance and how to feel comfortable on stage. Additionally I teach vocal jazz improvisation, Broadway singing and Italian song repertoire.


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My teacher was really nice. I’m excited to continue.

Posted Aug 25, 2021
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Just had my first lesson with Elena and I’m excited to continue learning with her!

Posted Aug 25, 2021
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Give great information on how to improve singing ability

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Music Teacher
Jan 2015 - Present
UCLA- University of California, Los Angeles
Music group teacher for children (age 1-4) at UCLA Recreation Youth & Instruction Programs.
Private Teacher
Apr 2008 - Present
Elena D.
Performing Singer
Oct 2006 - Present
Petra Haden & The Sellouts (2006-07) - Backup Singer The Divine Crime (2010-11) - Backup Singer B is for Baroness (2007-2009) - Voice/Guitar Peach & Knife - Voice/Guitar Elena Degl'Innocenti (original music project) -Voice/Guitar
Artist Teacher
Mar 2019 - Jul 2019
ELAC- Child Development Center
Pre-K Music Program taught at ELAC- Child Development Center.
Voice and Guitar Teacher
Sep 2014 - Dec 2014
California Music Academy
Songwriting Certificate
Jun 2004 - Jun 2006
University of California LA Extension
Music Business Certificate
Mar 2004 - Mar 2006
University of California LA Extension
Vocal Studies and Vocal Performance Certificate
Sep 2003 - Sep 2004
Musician's Institute
Jazz Vocal Studies Summer Program
Jul 2002 - Aug 2002
Berkley College Of Music
Vocal Studies & Music Harmony
Oct 2001 - Mar 2003
Music Academy 2000 - Bologna, Italy
Psychology BA
Oct 1999 - May 2003
University of Florence
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Finalist- Instrumental Category
Mar 2012
The Great American Song Contest
Nominated for "Album of the year"
Jun 2010
Los Angeles Music Awards
Jazz Category Winner
May 2010
Our Stage Song Contest
Women In Music
Mar 2018
Women In Music is a non-profit organization with a mission to advance the awareness, equality, diversity, heritage, opportunities, and cultural aspects of women in the musical arts through education, support, empowerment, and recognition. Our seminars, panels, showcases, achievement awards, and youth initiatives celebrate the female contribution to the music world, and strengthen community ties.
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Jun 2009
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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