Laurel Sanders
Pacific Palisades, CA
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Laurel Sanders

Laurel S.

Pacific Palisades, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Whether you're preparing to go pro, or you think you can't carry a tune in a bucket, I can help you find YOUR SOUND and experience the joy of singing. I can coach students on classical, jazz, musical theater, and/or contemporary styles of music.

About Laurel S.

Hello! I'm Laurel, I'm a professional performer and experienced private teacher, and I would love to help you 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, expand, 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 sincere effort, we’ll set goals that you’ll be excited about, and we’ll work towards them together.

A few of my specialties:
Classical singing technique
Piano for elementary-age beginners
Keyboard skills for singers
Advanced classical piano
Choral singing skills
Music reading for self-taught musicians

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Ritu
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Laurel has been my kid's piano teacher for a little over four years now. My kids absolutely love her, and I think that is what makes the difference because I want my kids to enjoy taking lessons. Laurel is very knowledgeable and patient. She makes sure students learn both reading music and playing by ear. My kids have come a long way with reading music and playing the piano, and I think a big reason is because of Laurel.

Posted Sep 25, 2020
CAROL ROBBINS
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Although I was only able to have a few lessons with Laurel due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, I was extremely happy with Laurel's expertise and style of teaching.

I previously played the organ but had stopped for many years. She helped me get back into playing and provided new theory techniques that I had never learned previously.

I personally do prefer in-home lessons vs on-line. If there is a time in the future for in-home lessons to re-open I will definitely reach out Laurel to continue my lessons.

Posted Sep 23, 2020
Pam Porcaro
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Laurel has been a kind and wonderful teacher to my daughter who has been taking piano lessons from her for 3 years now. Laurel is an accomplished expert in many different genres of music, and an expert in music theory. My daughter has learned a tremendous amount from her in a short period of time and has become quite accomplished as a pianist and musician, and disciplined in her practice because she really enjoys music and has been greatly inspired by Laurel.

Posted Sep 21, 2020
Christina
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My son has been taking piano and singing lessons with Laurel for 2 years, and he has honestly enjoyed every lesson. Laurel provides a holistic approach to music education that goes far beyond reading music. In her lessons, she incorporates music theory, ear training, exposure to a variety of musical and performing styles, and fosters creativity and expression. She gently encourages my son to stretch and try different styles of music. Through all of this, Laurel is unfalteringly patient, positive, and kind. I feel incredibly lucky to have Laurel giving my son such a well-rounded, positive music education, and I highly recommend her!

Posted Jun 23, 2020
Nisa ..
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Laurel is a great teacher. My kids are loving piano. She makes it interesting for them while also making sure they learn. They’re learning to read music as well as play and have fun.

Posted Aug 27, 2019
carrie
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Great teacher!

Posted Apr 12, 2019
Oliver S.
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Thank you for a fabulous first lesson! He can’t weit for next week

Posted Feb 6, 2019
Oliver S.
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Everything was excellent

Posted Feb 6, 2019
Micki
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My daughter loves her! Laurel keeps it interesting and challenging and inspiring.

Posted Dec 3, 2018
Harper C.
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Laurel is an amazing engaging person and super talented. She clicked with our daughter and myself immediately!!! We highly recommended such a talented person in our home and look forward to our child learning very much from her.

Posted Sep 12, 2018
Zoe D.
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My daughter is loving her lessons and learning how to sing with breath. Laurel is great with her!

Posted May 8, 2018
Liliana
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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!

Posted Oct 19, 2017
Julian
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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.

Posted Oct 9, 2017
Caroline B.
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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!

Posted Sep 23, 2017
Tiana
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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.

Posted Apr 28, 2017
Kian S.
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Great teacher, Works great with my son. Has built a great respect and relationship with my 11 year old son.
Definably recommend to everyone.

Posted Mar 24, 2017
Ella R.
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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!

Posted Feb 19, 2017
Sharon
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Laurel accompanied me in a fiendishly difficult piece with less than a week to prepare. She was terrific, both as an accompanist and coach.

Posted Feb 19, 2017
Joseph
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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.

Posted Feb 18, 2017
Stina
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Laurel is smart, kind, and communicates clearly; all very important qualities for a teacher! She's an excellent musician and very professional.

Posted Feb 18, 2017
E.C.
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Laurel is an awesome musician! I have performed numerous choral concerts with her.

Posted Feb 18, 2017
Patrick
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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.

Posted Feb 18, 2017
Lydia
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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.

Posted Feb 6, 2017
Téa
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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 :) ).

Posted Jan 30, 2017
Anna R.
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awesome

Posted Nov 5, 2016
Anna R.
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awesome

Posted Nov 5, 2016
Daisy
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Laurel is a great piano teacher for kids. My daughter always looks forward to her lessons and even enjoys practicing.

Posted Nov 4, 2016
Elizabeth B.
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She is so bright, smart,lovely and patient

We love her already 🌹🌹

Posted Sep 17, 2016
Sheila
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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.

Posted Aug 23, 2016
Rebecca C.
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She's awesome!

Posted Aug 19, 2016
Lydia
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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.

Posted Jun 28, 2016
Juliana
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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.

Posted May 6, 2016
Hannah C.
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My daughter loves to learn Piano and love to learn with Laurel.

Posted Oct 5, 2015
Carrie
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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!

Posted Jun 30, 2015
Nick
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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.

Posted Jun 26, 2015
Nick
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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.

Posted Jun 26, 2015

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Experience

Choir accompanist
Aug 2018 - Present

Palisades Charter High School

I provide piano accompaniment and rehearsal assistance for Concert Choir and Treble Choir. We rehearse every other school day and perform in numerous concerts throughout the school year.

Soloist, Schola Cantorum
Jun 2018 - Present

St. John Chrysostom Catholic Church, Inglewood

Sunday nights, I and three other soloists provide music for the evening service in this beautiful, resonant building.

Staff Singer
Sep 2015 - Present

Pacific Chorale

Pacific Chorale is one of the premiere choirs in the nation, and I love singing with this group of exceptionally talented and passionate musicians.

Organist
Jun 2014 - Present

Pacific Palisades Presbyterian Church

Every week, I play the beautiful organ built by Manuel Rosales (he built the organ in Disney Hall!) to accompany the congregation, choir, and soloists.

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.

Accounts Payable
Jun 2010 - Apr 2014

ESP Guitars

No, I don't offer guitar lessons, but even when I wasn't a full-time musician like I am now, I was involved in the music industry, and I still have so many friends and music industry business relationships from my time at ESP. I was the ESP booth host at the NAMM convention for several years, so if you've ever been there, you may have met me!

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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