Jan Linder-Koda

Jan L.

Woodland Hills, CA

About Jan L.

Jan teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: August 1979
Last sign in: Yesterday


Take charge of Your Career as a Singer or Songwriter

Who's guiding you in writing, producing & performing your songs?

“Jan is one of the music industry’s best-kept secrets. She has an uncanny ability to put her finger on exactly what the issue is that keeps good artists from being great, and then
helping them to overcome or remove whatever roadblocks stand in their way.

Jan is an expert at fine-tuning and bringing out the best performances in artists and musicians.

Tess Taylor President, NARIP (National Assn. of Record Industry

Jan L. is a Grammy nominated award winning singer/songwriter, producer, actress, and artist developer. Her studio, Angel Diva Music, is designed to improve artist abilities on and off the stage as well as giving the clientele first-hand knowledge of the industry while increasing their creativity.

Backed by an extensive musical background debuting with the Philadelphia Orchestra and continuing her career singing with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic, Jan L. went on to receive a Bachelor’s of Education in Opera at Temple University and two Master’s Degrees from Combs College of Music in Theatre Arts and Composition.

Jan is the author of the performance book called "Once More With Feeling."

There is exciting news with Jan. Jan has been teaching online on Zoom.us. It's like Skype but better because you can record the whole lesson. For those of you who want a world class teacher, you can learn from Jan who has 20 Grammy winners. No driving, Just sit yourself in front of your computer screen. You will love the intimacy without leaving your home. Give it a try.

Jan teaches vocal technique that connects the chest middle head voice with a gospel belt. Jan covers proper breathing, vocal technique, performance coaching and recording in her protools studio.

"Jan L. is an award winning songwriter, producer, actress, and artist developer. Her studio, Angel Diva Music, is designed to improve artist abilities on and off the stage as well as giving the clientele first-hand knowledge of the industry while increasing their creativity."

Writer of performance book called "Once More With Feeling:

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Jan Linder-Koda magically brings out the best by teaching her how to perform.



Jan 1995 - Dec 2015
Angel Diva

Combining her love for music and acting, Jan L. was featured on the demo reel for the Jasmine character in Disney’s Aladdin and performed in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Starlight Express. She also wrote a musical called "Christmas Has Been Cancelled" starring Robert Guillaume as Scrooge.

Moreover, Jan L. taught an acting class with Kurt Russell and worked with the fiery red-headed comedienne Kathy Griffin. Other acting experience include roles in Bruce Almighty, My Sister’s Keeper with Kathy Bates, and Jawbreaker as well as television credits in Rodney and The Bernie Mac Show with Wesley Snipes.

Songwriting Mentor

Nov 2008 - Nov 2015
Angel Diva Music

Mentor artists and songwriters to improve their craft. I have many placements in TV, Film, Commercials, Movie trailers. I have worked with several Grammy Winners.
I teach at The Songwriting School of Los Angeles, Taxi Road Rally, Musician's Institute and in my recording studio.

Jan’s accolades in music continued as she wrote “Damaged” for the newest Ralph Lauren Polo website campaign and composed a television theme for Lou Rawls called "Knock Outs". Rounding out her already stellar résumé, Jan L. has worked with Narada Michael Walden, Marla Sokoloff, and famed vocal coach Seth Riggs and his client roster.

From composing and producing to mentoring singers and songwriters, Jan L. lends her knowledge and expertise at the annual Taxi Road Rally. The event held by Taxi, the world’s leading independent A&R company, helps independent artists obtain record, publishing, and film/television deals. She also sits as resident judge for the LAMN Jam which allows rock artists such as Tim Fagan the opportunity to perform original music and receive critiques on the performance.

Her latest CD and newest adventure, “Sophisticated Lullabies” supports AUTISM SPEAKS and proceeds are charitably donated to raise funds to support worthy organizations committed to finding a cure for Autism and supporting those diagnosed with this life-changing disorder. Those diagnosed include her son Gregory.

Performance Expert

Jan 1982 - Nov 2015
Angel Diva Music

Jan has been bringing artists to Grammy Level. She has worked with Tim Fagan who write "Lucky" for Colbie Caillat and Jason Mraz. Most of Jan's artists are working and very successful. Jan wrote a book called "Once More With Feeling" which is an Artist Development book on how to be a rock star performer.

“Jan teaches the type of performance skills that the career pros use. Artists with long careers draw upon her techniques that last through a life of performing and keep material fresh, alive and
connected to new audiences, time after time.


Bachelor of Music Opera Major, Master's of Music Composition Major

Sep 1968 - Present
Temple University, Combs College of Music

Acting Complete the training

Jan 1998 - Jan 1999
The Groundlings


Seth Riggs Advance Speech Level Singing

Sep 2000
Seth Riggs

Jan has been certified in Speech Level Singing.


Grammy Nomination

Sep 2006
The Grammy's


Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists

Sep 1989

An American labor union representing over 160,000 film and television principal and background performers, journalists, and radio personalities worldwide.

National Association for Music Education

Sep 1972

Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.

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30 Reviews on Jan L.

Cyrene Y. Jun 9, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Jan is very patient and knows what I need, not to mention funny and very pleasant. I am looking forward to the next session.
Judy B. Apr 22, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My daighter said "I like her, she's cool." That is a VERY BIG compliment!!! I was impressed with her vast musical knowledge and production experience. Seems like a wonderful opportunity to expose your kid to the creativity of music while still gaining a ramge of foundational musical knowledge at the same time.
Meetra G. Jan 13, 2016
Singing · In studio
My 13 year old daughter has been taking singing lessons with Jan for a couple of months. Jan is an excellent instructor. She really takes the time to tailor the lessons to my daughter's objectives and goals. Jan conducts her lesson in a lively manner which keeps my daughter engaged at all times. Jan has a wealth of knowledge to share, whether you are taking lessons for personal enrichment or if you are serious about becoming a singer/songwriter.
Yilin W. Sep 4, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Jan was a great teacher! I loved how patient she was with my daughter and she always took extra time to make sure she got things right.
Mary B. Apr 21, 2015
Music Performance · In home
I have wanted to work with Jan since I saw her as a judge at the LAMN JAM Music Contests, her feedback to the artists was always spot on and I wanted to hear what she might have to say about my work and her suggestions. I have been lucky enough to have taken lessons and workshops with Jan for a couple months now and it has definitely had a big impact on my confidence as well as making me aware of what I need to work on. It is great to put yourself in a situation where a professional will be honest with you and help give you the tools to better your performance, this is exactly what I get out of working with Jan. You can sing out as much as you want, but listeners, friends and family usually just tell you how great you are and its hard to grow that way. Jan is kind but straightforward on what you need to do to better yourself as a performer. I highly recommend studying with Jan!
Freya L. Apr 12, 2015
Singing · In studio
I love to sing it´s just fun for me and it makes me happy. But I´m not a singer and don´t even want to go up on stage. I´m trying to be a songwriter and I was just visiting a workshop at the songwriting school of LA. And on this evening I met Jan the first time. At the moment I´m travelling and I never thought that I would stay in one city that long. But at this evening when Jan made this workshop I swear you guys, I hadn´t laugh that much for a long time. When she asked me if I´d like to come to the class I just had to say yes. It was a heart decision and I don´t regret it! This woman is a very talented singing teacher and also songwriter with a lot of experience, for sure. But she´s much more than that because you can have a REALLY bad week or day, but the second you walk into that class this woman saves your day! She´s just so funny! Every week I´m looking forward to that day. Of course the most people only want to learn how to sing or to perform but I think it´s also important to feel comfortable and accepted. And she gives everyone the feeling of being accepted and she takes care of every student. And just to be clear, of course it´s not all about fun and of course you´ll learn A LOT. I just want to say that you´ll be enjoying it to learn from her ;) Thank you Jan
Tysa G. Apr 10, 2015
Songwriting · In studio
I had the pleasure of attending Jan's "Acting for Singer/Songwriters" class at The Songwriting School of Los Angeles. A door opened for me. I became more courageous. It was a process. And I am forever grateful to Jan for helping me uncover more of my soul's voice.
jin K. Apr 8, 2015
Music Performance · In studio
The thing is, everyone wants to hone their skills when it comes to performance, but getting the skills isn't the only thing that you need to do. That is where Jan comes in, she can teach you how to sing, she can tell you when your act is not up to par. More importantly, she can teach you how to relate to your music (most likely you can't), and how to build a relationship with the audience in the short amount of time you're on stage (you probably don't know how to do that either). Jan has worked with people at every level and so she has really honed her craft when it comes to teaching. If you are a student of music performance, she can take you to that next level no matter where you are at. I've taken voice lessons in a private setting by a former vocal-music pro who has worked with former Mrs. Kentucky winners, and with teachers on the University/Collegiate level. Jan is the best I've had so far.

1. Come eager to learn, not eager to talk about your life story. A lot of students go to lessons and talk a lot. You don't want to do that, you will miss out on the instructions and performance philosophies that you need from her. Listen more than you talk.

2. Come with clear objectives. If you don't have them, spend time with her developing those objectives. She is an objective oriented person when it comes to teaching, be an objective oriented student.

3. She has really competitive prices for her teaching quality. The hour is worth it.

4. Come with a lot of respect, she will give you a lot of respect if not more. She treated me almost like I was an old friend, and she is a really charming lady. Be nice to her : )

5. She is a really nice person and won't hurt your feelings. She has really good social awareness so you don't have to be afraid of that. If you can drop your ego at the door and take criticism, go ahead and ask her for that extra bit that you need to get you even further. Have some skin in the game.

6. Don't waste your time trying to figure out how good of a teacher she is during your lesson, you can read that stuff online. Come to her studio to get work done.

7. Ask questions that she can give quick answers to (it helps her know that you're hungry to learn). Bring something to write with.
Nikki G. Apr 5, 2015
Music Performance · In studio
I've been working with Jan for almost a year's draft she has helped me immensely in progressing in my music career. She is truly a professional songwriter, voice coach, and producer. She also teaches classes in Acting for Singers which I have taken. She creates a fun and supportive atmosphere in her private lessons as well as her classes which makes attending them truly enjoyable. She always focuses in on what I need to learn and does it in a very positive way. Anyone who wants to develop as a singer would be really lucky to have the opportunity to study under her and to have her guidance.
Lindie G. Jan 8, 2015
Acting · Online
Verified Student
My daughter is 15 yrs. old and this is her first time ever taking any acting lessons. She enjoys her lessons & likes how Jan uses real life scenarios so she can relate to them in commercials and she says Jan is easy to work with!
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