Emily Works

Emily W.

Los Angeles, CA

About Emily W.

Background check: Last verified 04/15/2016
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Emily teaches: Ages 8 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: September 2010
Last sign in: Yesterday


I teach to help people find their inner rock star. Everyone can sing! But for many people, fear is an obstacle. I know firsthand how much courage it takes to stand up and sing. I teach to help others experience the same healing I have experienced through music. My approach to singing is informed by my education and years of performance experience. I teach my students how to embrace their fears and move through them to the other side. I also facilitate a supportive student/teacher relationship based upon mutual respect and kindness. Most importantly, I encourage my students to trust themselves and their innate musical gifts. This develops their self confidence and ultimately leads them to their purest, most authentic sound.

I lived and breathed music and singing throughout my childhood, and I continue to today. I have over fifteen years of classical music training and performance experience. I attended California State University Northridge where I studied classical voice, art song, and opera performance. Since attaining my Bachelor of Music in Vocal Arts I have performed opera and musical theatre professionally across Los Angeles. I have since left opera performance to focus on my true musical passions: pop, R&B, jazz, musical theatre, and teaching.

**Lesson Details**
I tailor my teaching to each student's needs and desires. I teach all levels of singing, child to adult, beginner to advanced. If you are a beginner, I will quickly help you understand and access your instrument. If you are a more experienced singer, I will help you identify your opportunities for growth and we start from there. I focus on releasing tension and building a strong core foundation. You will learn how to develop consistent breath control, expand your range, and grow your voice into a powerful and beautiful sound!

**Studio Equipment**
Acoustic guitar
Music stand
ZoomH2 microphone and recording device
Musical theater/classical singer library

I teach the same technique for all styles of singing - pop, R&B, jazz, gospel, musical theatre, and classical. I help my students make minor changes for each style, but the core foundational technique remains the same. I specialize in breath support, vocal chord closure, range expansion, vocal register negotiation, body alignment, relieving tension, healthy belting, emotional support, and acting for singers.

Photos and Videos

Stay (cover) by Rihanna


Music Teacher

Jul 2014 - Present
PLAY Los Angeles

Lead music and movement classes for children ages infant to five and their families


Sep 2013 - Present
Christmas Matter Holiday Carolers

Voice Teacher

Jul 2013 - Aug 2015
Melody International Music School

Taught individual voice lessons to adults and children ages 8 to 16

Music Teacher

Oct 2013 - May 2014
A Community of Friends

Lead children ages 4 to 13 in group singing and music theory classes


Jun 2013 - Jun 2013
Vineyard Touring Opera

Maddalena in Rigoletto


Oct 2012 - Oct 2012
Pacific Opera Project

Lucy in Sweeney Todd


Jun 2012 - Jun 2012
Larchmont Opera Project

Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos


Jul 2011 - Jul 2011
Cabrillo Music Theatre

Chorus in The Sound of Music


Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology

Jan 2016 - Present
Antioch University Los Angeles

Bachelor of Music

Aug 2007 - May 2011
California State University Northridge

Languages Spoken

American Sign Language

Limited Proficiency


Member of Pi Kappa Lambda

May 2011
Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society

Barbera Endowment Scholarship in Voice

May 2009
California State University Northridge

Northridge Achievement Award

May 2008
California State University Northridge
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18 Reviews on Emily W.

Billy Nov 14, 2016
Broadway Singing · In home
Verified Student
Wonderful experience. I began learning from the first moment of the class. I look forward to my next class and many more.
Billy Campbell
Dave G. Aug 19, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I was very impressed by my first lesson with Emily. She is very knowledgeable and pleasant to work with.
Shin Jul 15, 2016
Singing · In studio
She's very thorough and accommodating with your objective and development level. Very encouraging and personable as well!
Nathalie H. Jun 28, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Emily made me feel very comfortable, and since I am fairly new to singing, I was pretty nervous for my first lesson. She was very understanding and accompanied me in the exercises so I would feel more comfortable. I've only taken one lesson so far but I'm looking forward to the next one!
Rosa Maria Yoshida Jun 9, 2016
In studio
Verified Student
Hi !!!I'm Rosa Maria S.Yoshida from Japan.I took some vocal lessons with Emily when I went to LA in beginning this year and I continue taking lesson from skype untill this time with her.She is a excepcional professional and singer ,Thanks Emily!!
Rosa Maria Yoshida Jun 9, 2016
In studio
Verified Student
Hi !!!I'm Rosa Maria S.Yoshida from Japan.I took some vocal lessons with Emily when I went to LA in beginning this year and I continue taking lesson from skype untill this time with her.She is a excepcional professional and singer ,Thanks Emily!!
Adina Jun 9, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Emily is a fantastic teacher! She is knowledgable, patient and very personable. As a beginner, I appreciate her kind coaching style. She always knows just the right thing to say. In just a few weeks I have learned so much!
Mara Jun 9, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Emily is the best teacher I ever had and I had quite a few of them trough the years since I am a professional singer in my country 'Italy' . She is very knowledgable and very calm and up lifting and her singing method is the best I came across through the years.
Angie B. Mar 25, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
She is an excellent teacher and she is really lovely
Chris A. Feb 16, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
First off, Emily is awesome and very worthy of these 5 stars. She is a great vocal coach. This is my third lesson coming up this week, and the leaps I have made in the last two are astounding with just a few adjustments she suggested.
One of the great things is that she does teach you to "sing". I didn't know how this was going to mesh well with my style, but it's increased my range, made my dynamics more noticeable, stronger falsetto...I can even do the Dave Grohl grit thing that I've been trying to get so long, but couldn't reach the notes. I highly recommend her. It doesn't matter what genre you want to sing, she will be able to help you get there. She also does have a B.A. in Music, which I think shows her dedication and passion to the craft.
Thanks Emily! So appreciative that you have helped me so much in just two weeks and I look forward to continuing lessons with you!
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