Gregory ValensLuv

Gregory V.

Los Angeles, CA
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Music Performance

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Everything from visualizing to preparing to doing it! I've been teaching Music Performance for 27 years and my students have gone on to play in their own bands and work with major artists everywhere. Within the first few lessons, you will feel the power of technique, stage presence & confidence.As time goes on you'll be much, much further along than you would have expected! I specialize in Pop, Rock, R&B, Country, Gospel and pretty much everything in-between. love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!
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About

Gregory passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Gregory delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 4+ and special needs

Teaching since:
June 1986

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

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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

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.

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Broadcast Music Inc.
Jan 2001

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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Photos & Videos

After a show with a female vocal group I musically direct.

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Getting an all-female R&B vocal group warmed-up before a big show.
One of my promo reels
Recording bass & guitars on Jillisa Lynn's new album- probuced by Matias Nardi

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Onstage in Los Angeles opening for Dr. Dre & Tone Loc with Liza-songwriting/ music theory colleague.

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Photo by Gregory V.

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Teaching a voice student powerful breathing warm-ups in my home studio in NOHO Arts District.

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Teaching an adult voice lesson at a recording studio in NOHO Arts District.

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Guitar, Keyboards & Vocal student, Gunnar Sizemore and parents w/ band members of Kiss
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17 Reviews

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Joey Gabra Jul 8, 2016
Music Recording · In home

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!

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.

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

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.

Erik Nov 12, 2015
Piano ·

Outstanding!!!!

Hayden M. Jul 18, 2015
Piano · In home

Gregory was patient and energetic. Cry son had a good time.

Rick M. Jul 15, 2015
Singing · In studio

It was a very good first lesson. Thanks, Gregory.

Adam M. Aug 13, 2014
Singing · In home

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
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Very good, supportive, and knowledgeable my kids love him

Melodie H. Feb 27, 2014
Guitar ·

Great with kids

My 11 year-old son recently started electric guitar lessons with Greg. I am impressed with how patient and personable he is with kids. Thanks to Greg, my son is have a positive learning experience that's both fun and interactive. I would highly recommend him for music related lessons if you have children.
Sincerely,
A very impressed parent

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Space O. Feb 16, 2014
Singing ·

Excelllent Music and Voice teacher

Studying with Greg was a wonderful experience. I'd sung as a teenager in choir and had studied music as a child. As an adult I wanted to study voice for creative outlet and found Greg through a friend. He got me started immediately on vocal exercises, some music theory to train my ear and we selected songs that I was interested in. I broke through some 'blocks' I had about singing in front of another person and really made progress. I feel much more confident with expressing myself through my voice. Incidentally, I saw Greg perform with one of his students who got a recording contract -- he's a wonderful musician on guitar, piano and voice. A pleasure to watch and then bring that back to the lessons. I highly recommend him as a teacher !

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Vincent R. Jan 26, 2014
Guitar ·

Gregory took me from not knowing how to play a thing to playing guitar and singing in a band in just under a year.

I didn't know what to expect from Gregory because the teachers teaching my friends all taught the same and they didn't want to practice all that much. Greg has worked with some of my idols/ rock stars and he doesn't fool around-he gets you into what you really need to know to get to where you want to go, fast. Thank God for Gregory ValensLuv being my teacher. My friends are thinking about switching to him. I highly recommend him. He's professional, well dressed, punctual, polite and knows what he's doing. Hemay be a little more expensive than the average teacher, but you get what you pay for.

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J. C. Jan 1, 2014
Singing ·

Gregory is truely a wonderful teacher

In all honesty I can't say enough good things about Gregory's teaching. He is technically excellent, patient, generous, very knowledgeable, and a great deal of fun.

dorit C. Dec 29, 2013
Singing ·

Really have enjoyed working with Gregory

It has been a dream of mine to become a friend to my voice and let it delight me. Years ago I took voice lessons and remembered how freeing that experience was. When I found Gregory and started lessons it all came back, the feeling of opening, of expansion, of joy. Gregory has taught me much about my capacity to sing, skills to develop my voice and most importantly hoe to expand out to the world through song. It has been a delight to work work with him over a two year period. He is knowledgable, sensitive and very encouraging.

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Tony J. Dec 18, 2013
Singing ·

Gregory V is the best, ever!

I didn't realize all the opportunities that were waiting for me when I began lessons with Greg. I started so I could learn guitar, but before long we were practicing vocals, bass, songwriting, music theory, piano, and singers yoga! Greg is well educated in all fields of music, and any questions you have he can more than likely help you with. Music to him isn't just a skill, but a way of life. ~ Train Girl ~ guitar, voice, piano & bass student

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Gregory V. Nov 27, 2013
Singing ·

An awesome Voice & Guitar Instructor!

My daughter took voice lessons with Gregory around 6 years ago but for us it's as if it was yesterday. We will never forget his amazing spirit and his incredible talent. Gregory is complety connected and immersed in his lessons. He makes his students feel special while at the same time developing their voices. The results are immediate and as a matter a fact my daughters friend which I thought to be tone deaf took a lesson and the transformation was incredible. I can not say enough about him as a person or as a teacher!

Geraldine R.

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