LeAnna Sharp

LeAnna S.

Los Angeles, CA

About LeAnna S.

LeAnna teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: April 2006
Last sign in: More than two months

Overview

Hello, welcome to my profile and thank you for taking the time to check it out. I am happy to introduce myself to you and share that teaching the performing arts is one of the greatest joys of my life.

I am a performing artist and teacher in Los Angeles, teaching a variety of classes from music, dance and theatre. I graduated from San Francisco State University in 2009 where I received a BA in Classical Music, a BA in Dance with a focus in choreography, and a minor in Multi-Cultural Theatre. I have such a strong, well-rounded background in many styles because I value creative exploration.
As a vocalist, I studied classical voice since I was 16 years old, trained at SFSU and La Universidad de Catolica in Santiago, Chile and consider that as strong foundation, but always explored other styles. I loved singing with the SFSU Gospel Choir and the SFSU Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble, playing a mix of Latin folkloric music, Salsa and jazz. Currently I am focused on musical theatre and my own compositions. As a pianist, I began playing piano when I was 7 years old and basically self taught. I received more formal training at SFSU and in music education classes, yet I credit my skills more to my own exploration. I approach my lessons with more creativity and patience, allowing students to discover how they best learn music. I consider the same with trombone. I feel in love with it one day hearing Dixieland jazz when I was 16 and haven’t stopped playing since.

I have been teaching private and group piano, trombone, voice, theatre and dance lessons for the past 8 years. I have taught from my private home studio, private music studios, community centers and public and private schools. I have worked with children as young as 5 years to adults in their 60s. I have also worked in after school programs for many years and supervised and designed music, dance and musical theatre programs for children K-8th.

*** Lesson Details ***
Considering taking lessons with me? Great!

I am very insightful, sensitive, flexible, patient and focused. I like to have fun with lessons and I laugh a lot. Joy is key and I enjoy seeing my students learn and improve. With my training as a musician, I always make sure that there is good technique and good practice habits. I wouldn't consider myself totally laid back because I do expect students to practice, (otherwise, how do you expect to get better?) yet my expectations depend on the personal goals and level of the students. I am here to teach you what YOU want to learn and tailor my lessons to that. This includes teaching whatever style you want to learn, be it pop, classical, musical theatre or R&B. It's all good to me.
As for the lessons, I start with fundamental techniques that are then later applied to songs. My intention is to assist students in reaching their personal music goals, which could range from wanting to feel good about their voice to preparing for a talent show or professional audition. I always encourage students to learn how to read music and basic theory as well performance techniques.

Lessons times:
In home lessons (at students home)
45 mins
60 mins
*Please note I do not do 30 mins due to cost of commute. If you are within a mile of my residency, it is possible. Please email to discuss. Thank you.

In studio lessons (at my private residence)
30 mins
45 mins
60 mins

How I structure lessons:

Voice
1) body awareness and warm-ups
2) breathing exercises
3) vocalizes
4) focus on one or two vocal techniques for the lesson
5) ear training with solfeggio
6) song and performance

Piano
1) body awareness and warm-ups (especially hands)
2) finger coordination exercises
3) scales and arpeggios
4) ear training with solfeggio
5) improvisation
6) song and performance

Trombone
1) body awareness and posture
2) breathing exercises and warm-ups
3) scales, slides and arpeggios
4) ear training with solfeggio
5) song and performance

Dance
(depending on style)
1) warm-ups and isolations
2) dance material

STYLES
Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Cha Cha, Waltz, East Coast Swing

*** Studio Equipment ***
electric piano and trombone
wood floors for dance

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring a small keyboard for vocal students with no piano, though I'd prefer if students have their own keyboard. Please email if you need information on purchasing a keyboard.

Students are expected to purchase all necessary books and sheet music.


*** Specialties ***
beginners (piano, trombone and voice)
intermediate and advanced voice

Thank you for taking the time to check out my profile. I look forward to working with you on reaching your goals!

Photos and Videos

Video of a beginning piano student playing only after 3 lesson with me. She is playing with both hands and in time, Bravo Sarah!

Experience

Dance Instructor and Musical Theatre Director

Mar 2010 - Sep 2013
Saint Ignatius College Prep- Magis Program, SF

Saint Ignatius College Prep is a private catholic high school in SF. They have a program called Magis that is to assist students to reach higher education and provides them with the skills to do so. Students enter the program in middle school and it assists many students to attend competitive high schools and on to college. I work during the summer with middle school students and provide instruction in Dance and in Musical Theatre. It includes a 6 week program and concludes with a performance.

Vocal Instructor

Mar 2011 - Aug 2013
Barbizon, SF

Taught group vocal classes and workshops, from kids to young adults through Barbizon, SF. Classes would include vocal technique and individual coaching on songs and performance. Instruction was geared to having students audition for talent agencies and performances.

Creative Dance Director and Instructor

Feb 2011 - Aug 2013
San Francisco Young Dancers Program

SF Young Dancers Program is a dance program offered through SFUSD to provide quality dance instruction in the styles of Latin social dances to underprivileged youth in the 4th & 5th grade. This includes Salsa, Merengue, Cha Cha and Tango. The first two years I taught at a SF public school and the last year, I worked as co-dance director of the program, which included planning of the competition and performances and observation and assistance with teachers and instruction.

Vocal Instructor

Aug 2012 - Feb 2013
Latimerlo Vocal Studio, Belmont CA

Taught private vocal lessons for students at community centers through Latimerlo Studio. Gained experience teaching belting and popular styles.

Spanish Teacher and Site Coordinator

Aug 2010 - Feb 2013
i-Immersion Institute- McKinley Elementary School, SF

Taught beginning Spanish classes for the past three years for children K-2nd grade through the i-Immersion Institute after school program at McKinley Elementary, SF. The last year I was the head Spanish teacher, responsible for not only teaching my class but also managing the program and assisting the Spanish and Mandarin teachers.

Vocal Instructor

Aug 2011 - Mar 2012
Sunset Music Academy, Sf

Providing private voice and piano lessons through Sunset Music Academy. (Great little studio in the Sunset district!) Students ranged from age 5-40(ish).

Latin Ballroom Dance Instructor

Aug 2010 - Aug 2011
Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center

Providing dance classes through the community center with the SNBC. I taught Merengue, Salsa, Modern and Creative movement for Seniors.

Salsa and Hip Hop Instructor

Jan 2010 - Oct 2010
Avenue Dance Studio, SF

I taught group Adult Salsa classes with Felipe Ku Chan & MIchael Sosa. I also taught my own Latin Hip Hop Fusion classes for adults in the sunset district of San Francisco.

Education

Master of Spiritual Science

Sep 2013 - Jul 2015
Peace Theological Seminary and College of Philosophy

BA Classical Music, BA Dance Choreography, Minor Theater

Aug 2002 - Dec 2009
San Francisco State University

Languages Spoken

Spanish

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Professional Proficiency

Certifications

Zumba Instructor

Feb 2012
Zumba Dance Fitness

Awards

Multicultural Theatre Award

May 2007
Theatre Arts Dept at San Francisco State University
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8 Reviews on LeAnna S.

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Katrina A. Mar 14, 2016
Dance · In home
Verified Student
We've had two lessons so far and my father and I really enjoy our time with LeAnna. She is perfect for anyone looking for a professional, caring and accommodating instructor. My father recently injured his back and LeAnna has been able to customize a fun and enjoyable dance for my upcoming wedding. Thank you! ☺️
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Sylvia G. Mar 7, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
LeAnna is an amazing teacher and she has helped me improve very much in only a few sessions. She is helping me prepare for a specific auditon and was able to help me pick a beautiful song to sing. LeAnna is very nice and easy to work with. She not only explains proper singing technique, but also how to achieve proper technique physically.
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erin T. Nov 30, 2015
Dance · In home
Verified Student
So warm and lovely, she really helped us with the first dance for our wedding!
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sarah A. Apr 15, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
she is the BEST !!
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Jessica A. Mar 18, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Awesome lesson! LeAnna is so nice and so amazing!
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Julia L. Feb 12, 2015
Speaking Voice · In studio
Verified Student
LeAnna is a very thoughtful and mindful instructor. The lessons with LeAnna are organized and structured in a way that strategically presents the information to the student. I feel that LeAnna brings herself and her experience into all the lessons she teaches and is just wonderful!
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David S. Sep 21, 2014
I am a composer and LeAnna has performed some of my vocal music. Her last performances of my work was a soprano duet at two very large grand ballroom. Both times people rose to their feet and a number of people were moved to tears. It was a great success!

LeAnna has a very beautiful, pure tone in her singing.
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Shaotian C. Jul 19, 2013
Broadway Singing
Verified Student
LeAnna is definitely a good teacher to start with!

I have taken singing class with LeAnna for about two months and it was definitely a positive experience. LeAnna is a good teacher to start with and I've learnt lot from her.

LeAnna is a very easy-going and encouraging instructor. She would try to find something good in me every time and appreaciate it. She would also find something I was doing wrong and point it out directly instead of like it vanish in the appreaciation. So I feel energetic and know what to improve at the same time. Moreover, LeAnna's teaching environment is quite comfortable. It is a clean, tidy, and quiet room. I wouldn't feel nervous there. And, there is plenty space where I could move within and sing quite comfortable.

An an instructor, LeAnna has good exercises which would build my technique little by little. She would offer a group of exercises for a specific training area and they are not difficult and seem easy to do. I would not feel practicing those exercises sucking too much of my energy. But, when I came back to sing, I would feel that without noticing, I could done what I couldn't done before, which was pretty amazing.

LeAnna is also reliable and knowledgeable of the industry. She is not only an instructor but also the singer/dancer/actor who do shows. She would tell me how this industry is like, what and how to prepare for the audition, and what details I should focus on (i.e. Don't change schedule after you have been confirmed with the stage manager) and what aspect I don't have to worry (i.e. I could go to another audition if you are wating for another result; just tell them you are waiting.) This helped me a lot to know what the custom is like in this area.
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