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Gregory V.

North Hollywood, CA

About Gregory V.

Gregory teaches: Ages 4 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: June 1986
Last sign in: Today

Overview

The shortest and most direct methods to unveiling one's musical dreams.

Voice, Guitar, Keyboard & Bass Private & Group Coaching independently and with TakeLessons.com and worldwide via Skype. Composer, Arranger, Guitarist, Pianist, Organist, Gospel Choral Director, Session Musician, Producer, Actor, Songwriter.

29 years experience eternally blessed to work with such artists & group members of The Supremes, Prince, Motown legends Stafford Floyd & Scherrie Payne, Alice in Chains, Beck, The Black Crowes, The Stylistics, Blue Magic, Scott Weiland, Tom Petty, Sylvia Massy, David Tickle, The Travel Channel, Sigma Sound Studios-Philadelphia, also personal music instructor to Rod
Stewart's children, Casey Kasem's grandchildren, daughter of producer Don Gehman (John Cougar, Pat Benetar), musical director for rising vocal group of daughters of a founding member of Earth Wind & Fire & lead singer of group led by Marko Babineau (Aerosmith, G&R.) I've also sung & ministered with outreaches to try & comfort the homeless in Skid Row-downtown LA... and put on a special special presentation for my Grandmother in her nursing home before she went on to her eternal home...the most wonderful thing I've ever done.

I sing with the 3 Gospel choirs in North Hollywood- once informed that I had become president of my Men's Choir-arranging,directing-doing the deal-as learned from personal musical mentors, Anthony Janflone Sr. (the Nicola Tesla of Music) & Motown Songwriter writer/ director, Stafford Floyd.

I also perform as a solo artist while recording/ performing with various artists including Naomi Nektare, Jillisa Lynn, Tru Addiction, Rich Vacarro, Gary Allen, Kenny Freeman & Marko Babineau & more.

*** Lesson Details ***
To connect with, meet you halfway on the path with, teach & direct from a sound & experienced mind the shortest and most direct methods to unveiling one's musical dreams coupled with on-going personal support, guidance, empowerment training, accompaniment and honest advice.

*** Studio Equipment ***
1971 Lowry Theatre Organ, Vox Tone Lab amp, Fender bass, acoustic & electric guitars, various microphones and recording equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Korg Micro Synth, Accessories

*** Specialties ***
Pop, Rock, R&B, Soul, Funk, Hip Hop, Music Theatre, Blues, Hard Rock, Gospel, Psychadelia, Acid Jazz, Metal, Country, Comedy, Free Jazz, Spoken Word

Photos and Videos

Getting an all-female R&B vocal group warmed-up before a big show.

Experience

Voice, Guitar, Piano, Bass Guitar Instructor

Jun 1985 - Present
V.L. Voice & Music

I've been studying music since the age of 4 and teaching since age 15.

Education

B.A. Music Composition, Credits toward M.A. Music Education

Aug 1989 - Nov 1995
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pa

Music Education/ Composition

Sep 1989 - Dec 1994
Duquesne University School Of Music

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

CalSAC-The Role of Staff in Behavior Guidance

Aug 2015
California School-Age Consortium

A course completed while teaching voice & music at an after-school program for children & teens in NoHo Arts District.

Awards

Certificate of Appreciation

Oct 2015
Hands 4 Hope After School Arts Program;Lydia Floyd:CEO, Diane Allen:Program Director-North Hollywood Arts District

Affiliations

Music Teachers' Association of California

Jan 2007

MTAC aspires to be the recognized leader in (1) Student Programs, which make a positive impact in the quality of music education and in the lives of music students; (2) Member Programs, which inspire quality teaching, the pursuit of ongoing teacher education and member involvement with community outreach; (3) a thriving Foundation, which funds Student Programs and member needs through its investments, donations, and grants.

Broadcast Music Inc.

Jan 2001
BMI

One of three United States performing rights organizations, along with ASCAP and SESAC. It collects license fees on behalf of songwriters, composers, and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed. In FY 2013, BMI collected more than $944 million in licensing fees and distributed $814 million in royalties.

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17 Reviews on Gregory V.

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Joey Gabra Jul 8, 2016
Music Recording · In home
Verified Student
The first lesson was really great and informative.
Greg was easy to talk to and very knowledgable...and was able to show me some really great things to help me work better in my recording studio.

Highly recommended!
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Tresa Brown Mar 3, 2016
Music Theory · In studio
Gregory Valens Luv is a phenomenal vocal coach. He's very detailed in teaching you structure of the body to relax you and open you up for singing. I love his technique. I find myself very relaxed and limber which brings out the best in me. He's very creative and shares various types of vocalizations to help you with every style of music. He's also got a sweet spirit and that makes it very enjoyable to come to class.
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Max G. Jan 29, 2016
Guitar · In home
Great teacher, with advanced knowledge and skill in his profession.
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Gene Jan 29, 2016
Guitar · In home
I have taken guitar lessons with Greg. He is very patient and takes extra care to make sure that I understand the concepts in the lesson before moving on. He is able to determine a student’s experience level and skill set, and teach at any level from beginner to advanced. One of the things that I appreciate very much from Greg is that he has helped me develop my own unique style. My playing and songwriting skills have improved dramatically. Much thanks to Greg. I highly recommend him.
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Erikka I. Nov 12, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Greg is a fantastic teacher who clearly loves music. He makes classes fun and is very encouraging. I felt I was hopeless at music to start and when we concluded lessons I felt like I could actually sing.
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Erik Nov 12, 2015
Piano
Outstanding!!!!
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Hayden M. Jul 18, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Gregory was patient and energetic. Cry son had a good time.
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Rick M. Jul 15, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
It was a very good first lesson. Thanks, Gregory.
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Adam M. Aug 13, 2014
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Gregory is a great teacher! Clearly has a love for what he does and teaching others his craft. He's super supportive and brings a great energy to your lessons. More than willing to go above and beyond for his students. He helped me immensely with my voice.
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laurie M. Mar 6, 2014
Verified Student
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Very good, supportive, and knowledgeable my kids love him
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