Laurel Sanders

Laurel S.

Pacific Palisades, CA
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Laurel delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 2005

Hello! I'm Laurel, and I would love to help you or your child unlock your musical abilities! Complete beginners, intermediate or advanced students, even working professional performers - no matter where you are on your musical journey, I will work with you to develop and hone your skills.

I believe in a personalized approach to teaching, based on building a relationship with each student. I place equal emphasis on achieving your long-term goals and enjoying the process of learning and making progress. With my expertise and your hard work, we’ll set goals that you’ll be excited about, and we’ll work towards them together.

Questions? To learn more, please click the “Ask a Question” button on my profile to send me a message!

Who should take lessons with me?

COMPLETE BEGINNERS - KIDS AND ADULTS
It’s never too soon or too late to build up your musical abilities. If you have zero experience but want to learn, I can teach you how to use your voice or play the piano.
- Match pitch and carry a tune
- Keep a steady beat
- Play melodies and chords on the piano
- Understand how your instrument works
- Read music
- Learn to play or sing a song by ear
- Get comfortable performing in front of others

PIANISTS WITH 3+ YEARS OF EXPERIENCE
Have you been studying with another teacher who taught you the basics and you’re ready to advance to a higher level? Are you self-taught and interested in refining your skills? I will help you take your piano playing to the next level.
- Build more advanced technical skills
- Play with emotion and finesse
- Find new and challenging repertoire
- Learn to accompany a soloist
- Perform in front of audiences
- Understand music theory
- Write your own music

EXPERIENCED SOLO SINGERS
Are you ready to audition for a high school or community musical or opera? Have you performed covers or your own music at an open mic? Would you like to major in vocal performance in college or possibly become an opera singer? Do you really rock at karaoke? Are you already proficient on an instrument and want to branch out into singing? I can help you build on the foundation you’ve already developed.
- Stretch your vocal range
- Improve your tone and projection
- Develop advanced technical skills
- Work on challenging songs
- Explore a variety of genres and styles
- Develop a strong stage presence and charismatic performing style
*- Learn classical/Bel Canto technique - I specialize in classical singing, although I work with singers in many genres

CHORAL SINGERS
Are you, or would you like to be, a choir member at your school, church, temple, or community choir? I’ve been singing in choirs for almost thirty years! I can teach you any skill you need to know, from basic skills for beginners, to advanced skills for aspiring or working professionals.
- Expand your vocal range
- Learn controlled vocal technique and how to “blend” your sound
- Read music
- Practice basic to advanced sight-singing
- Sing harmony
- Understand conductor’s directions
- Learn techniques for different styles of music


ABOUT ME:
I'm college educated in both classical music performance and English literature. In addition to teaching, I perform as a singer, organist, and pianist with musical groups all over the greater L.A. area, including the Pacific Chorale, the Charles Dickens Carolers, Nova Vocal Ensemble, and many others.

I'm happy to meet my students at any location near either Pacific Palisades or North Hollywood - I can teach music at any location with a piano. Contact me for more information. I look forward to meeting you!

If you’re ready to start, click the green “Book With Me” button on my profile!



*A note about availability - I keep this updated as accurately as possible, but because I travel over a wide area, your preferred time slot may not be possible for me, depending on the location of the lesson. Please contact me to discuss scheduling before you request a specific time slot.

If you choose to take lessons at my home location, please be aware that I have cats. If you have a phobia or allergy, this location won't be suitable for you.

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Experience

Voice teacher/vocal coach
Sep 2005 - Present
Self-employed

Teaching private in-home and studio lessons to singers of all ages, and accompanying and coaching high school and college singers on classical and musical theater repertoire.

Piano teacher
Aug 2005 - Present
Self-employed

Teaching private in-home piano lessons to students of all ages.

Education

Bachelor of Music - Vocal Performance
Sep 2002 - Dec 2008
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Affiliations

American Guild of Organists
Jun 2010

The mission of the American Guild of Organists is to enrich lives through organ and choral music. To achieve this we: 1. Encourage excellence in the performance of organ and choral music 2.Inspire, educate, and offer certification for organists and choral conductors 3. Provide networking, fellowship, and mutual support 4.Nurture future generations of organists 5. Promote the organ in its historic and evolving roles; and 6. Engage wider audiences with organ and choral music.

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Photos & Videos

My student and me playing a duet during her lesson
My student counts beats out loud as she plays.
My piano student plays a short piece from her lesson book
This student's very first video, playing "Alouette".
My student playing "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" in a round with me. She's only been taking lessons for a few months!
Me and some of my students, after our Spring 2017 piano recital

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25 Reviews

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Liliana Oct 19, 2017
Singing · In studio

Liliana came away from the lesson smiling, enthusiastic & said “I really like her! I got homework!” She proudly showed me what had been given her to practice. This represents a confidence from Laurel that Liliana is capable & teachable. Thank you!

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Julian Oct 9, 2017
Piano · In studio

I have been going to Laurel for 3 sessions so far as recently moved from LA from Denver and have found to be to be an excellent teacher for someone who has only been learning the piano for less than a year. Very patient and very informative which is perfect.

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Caroline B. Sep 23, 2017
Singing · In home

Laurel is wonderful --- experienced, knowledgeable, patient, focused, and a very gifted musician herself. She is providing voice lessons in a musical theatre style for one daughter, and preparing another daughter for opera and classical performance, as well as teaching her piano. We're very happy with her ability to work well with two very different musicians, voices, and learning styles!

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Tiana Apr 28, 2017
Singing · In studio

Thank you Laurel so much for helping me learn a song for a last minute audition!!! Laurel is the best. Not only did she teach me a song in an hour she also whipped my voice into shape. I don't read music so learning a new song in 1 lesson was a challenge, but after one hour with Laurel I walked out of there like a pro.

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Kian S. Mar 24, 2017
Piano · In home

Great teacher, Works great with my son. Has built a great respect and relationship with my 11 year old son.
Definably recommend to everyone.

Ella R. Feb 19, 2017
Classical Voice · In studio

In working professionally with Laurel, I can vouch for her dedication and her understanding of music theory and vocal technique. It is a joy to work with her!

Sharon Feb 19, 2017
Classical Piano · Online

Laurel accompanied me in a fiendishly difficult piece with less than a week to prepare. She was terrific, both as an accompanist and coach.

Joseph Feb 18, 2017
Classical Piano · In studio

I have been playing keyboard for over a decade, and I marvel at Laurel's skill and musicianship. Hearing her play is a worthwhile lesson in and of itself.

Stina Feb 18, 2017
Singing · In home

Laurel is smart, kind, and communicates clearly; all very important qualities for a teacher! She's an excellent musician and very professional.

E.C. Feb 18, 2017
Classical Voice · Online

Laurel is an awesome musician! I have performed numerous choral concerts with her.

Patrick Feb 18, 2017
Singing · In studio

I have worked and sang with laurel for 2 years, Laurel is very knowledgeable, and excellent, both singing and playing the piano. Laurel is a great teacher, and you will learn to sing and play with passion. I know, if I need assistance, with my singing technique Laurel will be the first person I will call.

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Lydia Feb 6, 2017
Classical Piano · In home

Laurel taught my kids piano lessons for several years. When she moved away, she proved impossible to replace! She really cared about the kids' learning. For example, when my son seemed to connect better with the process and logic behind the music, she got him started composing his own! Both kids benefited greatly from Laurel's teaching and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a piano teacher.

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Téa Jan 30, 2017
Piano · In studio

Laurel is incredibly patient and encouraging with my 8-year-old daughter. She clearly was interested in meeting her where she is in her musical development and guiding her forward from there. My daughter, who was very hesitant about starting lessons, has really loved them and been eager to practice every day without me even reminding her (for the most part :) ).

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Anna R. Nov 5, 2016
Singing · In home

awesome

Anna R. Nov 5, 2016
Singing · In home

awesome

Daisy Nov 4, 2016
Piano · In home

Laurel is a great piano teacher for kids. My daughter always looks forward to her lessons and even enjoys practicing.

Elizabeth B. Sep 17, 2016
Singing · In home

She is so bright, smart,lovely and patient

We love her already 🌹🌹

Sheila Aug 23, 2016
Singing · In home

I'm a complete novice. Laurel was very supportive and positive. I've come away from my first lesson feel confident I can do this.

Rebecca C. Aug 19, 2016
Singing · In studio

She's awesome!

Lydia Jun 28, 2016
Classical Piano · In home

Laurel taught my kids piano lessons for several years. When she moved away, she proved impossible to replace. She really cared about the kids' learning. For example, when my son seemed to connect better with the process and logic behind the music, she got him started composing his own! Both kids benefited greatly from Laurel's teaching and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a piano teacher.

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Juliana May 6, 2016
Singing · In studio

Laurel was an awesome teacher! I enjoyed how she personalized each of the lessons to cater to what I needed as a student. Laurel was great at providing me with material that worked for me. Laurel has a great presence during her lessons and really makes the student feel at ease.

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Hannah C. Oct 5, 2015
Piano · In home

My daughter loves to learn Piano and love to learn with Laurel.

Carrie Jun 30, 2015
Piano · In home

Laurel is an amazing Piano teacher. She was able to connect with my 6 year old daughter right away. She has a calm, kind energy and possesses positive leadership skills. My daughter is flourishing under her teaching much more than she was with her previous piano teacher of almost 2 years. My daughter is a deep thinker and enjoys that Laurel explained and even showed her (by opening the piano) how the keys all connect and work together to make the sound. Laurel is very professional and punctual as well. I highly recommend her!

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Nick Jun 26, 2015
Reading · In studio

My lessons with Laurel have been fantastic! She's very patient & knows exactly how to make everything make sense & how to break things down in order give proper analysis in whatever she teaches from piano to singing to basic music theory. She was able to answer any questions I had in full detail. She's a very warm & welcoming person that loves to teach & can do so very well. I highly recommend her as an instructor. She is with out a doubt, a genius of her craft.

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Nick Jun 26, 2015
Reading · In studio

My lessons with Laurel have been fantastic! She's very patient & knows exactly how to make everything make sense & how to break things down in order give proper analysis in whatever she teaches from piano to singing to basic music theory. She was able to answer any questions I had in full detail. She's a very warm & welcoming person that loves to teach & can do so very well. I highly recommend her as an instructor. She is with out a doubt, a genius of her craft.

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