Tiffini Lopez
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Tiffini Lopez

Tiffini L.

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Learn to safely create that big, brassy sound that Broadway is famous for!

About Tiffini L.

I offer a fun, interactive teaching style that encompasses more than 20 years of performing and 15 years of teaching experience. As a performer I have worked as a professional singer, actor, musician, and dancer. I have always had a passion for teaching, directing, and composing. While my love for performing has lessened over the years, I have found my true calling: teaching, directing, and helping others to find their passion for music and the performing arts.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a special emphasis in music, theatre, dance, and psychology. I am a graduate candidate working on completing my thesis as my final requirement for a Masters of Arts degree in Music at San Diego State University.
Member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT), and Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).

*** Lesson Details ***
Good technique, styling, and musicianship are VERY important but you have got to have FUN learning and performing! I channel and encourage each student'€™s creativity while helping them to learn to use their gifts as expertly as possible. My students can be seen on Broadway, Off-Broadway, on television, in commercials, in the movies, and in professional regional theatre throughout the United States. I have proudly seen many of my students go on to pursue higher education and careers in music, theatre, and dance.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio/Office: desk, piano, mirrors, sound system, chairs, extensive collection of sheet music and arts related books.

Parents can sit in on lessons.

*** Specialties ***

Voice: Speech Level Singing, Broadway music, Popular music, Classical, Speaking
Piano: Classical, Improv, Harmonization, Songwritting
Acting: Theatrical acting, Acting for the camera, Voice over, Comedy, Improvisation
Other: Conducting, Ear Training, Performance Coaching, Audition Coaching, Music Theory

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Ella F.
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Tiffini is a great fir for my daughter!

Posted Mar 19, 2020
Reagan M.
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Very knowledgeable and great with kids

Posted Feb 16, 2018
Adriana M.
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Tiffini is an amazing teacher she is super nice but yet doesn't sugarcoat what you need this is my first time taking singing lessons i am 27 years old and im very excited to learn and having her as a teacher makes things easier ..

Posted Jun 7, 2017
Cailean
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Tiffani was interested in the knowing what I wanted to learn about. I am looking forward to more lessons!

Posted Aug 26, 2015
Taylor
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Great first lesson with Tiffini!

Posted Aug 25, 2015
Taylor
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Great first lesson with Tiffini!

Posted Aug 25, 2015
Sheree B.
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Tiffini is a wonderful instructor. My 12 year old daughter was apprehensive about taking lessons, especially online, but Tiffini puts her at ease. She explains things well and is understandable and very nice. I highly recommend her.

Posted Aug 24, 2015
Lynne G.
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Tiffini is an exceptional teacher and makes learning piano really enjoyable for our 14 year old daughter. We are amazed how far our daughter has come in such a short time, this is thanks to Tiffini's teaching methods and patience. Would highly recommend her for lessons.

Posted Jul 21, 2015
Ashley M.
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I had Tiffini for both Acting and Piano lessons and she was amazing! She was very supportive and patient which is very important in my opinion. She always makes sure you are learning at your pace and catering to your individual learning style! I would highly recommend her as a teacher.

Posted Jul 11, 2015
Jon
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I was having trouble finding an appropriate song for an audition and Tiffini used her expertise to help guide me toward a few appropriate selections. We worked on each song and now I have some solid additions to my audition repertoire. Thank you Tiffini! I really enjoy working with you and appreciate all your knowledge and creative input in developing my vocal style and range. When I auditioned, I got the part! I would definitely recommend Tiffini for lessons.

Posted Jul 11, 2015
Kari
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Tiffini is a terrific instructor! My son started with her as a beginner and continues to love acting. We would highly recommend her.

Posted Jul 10, 2015
Lauren B.
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I'm a fellow instructor in Tiffini's studio and I have heard her help many students grown in their abilities throughout the time I have worked with her. I have also sung in a choir that she helped to run sectionals and choreograph songs. She is a well-experienced teacher and is great about changing her mindset to do things backwards to help be a mirror for the learners! She is also timely and professional which are important attributes to a good teacher.

Posted Jul 9, 2015
Andrew B.
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Tiffany was an absolute pleasure to work with. Would recommend her to anyone.

Posted Jul 9, 2015
Debbie P.
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Thank you so much!

Posted Jul 9, 2015
Shiela L.
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Having never taken piano lessons, when I retired I decided do so. When I signed up to take lessons, I was lucky enough to get Tiffini. Learning an instrument as a "senior" is difficult, and Tiffani has been very patient and encouraging. She's fun to work with and is very knowledgeable about music theory and the learning process. She'd terrific and I recommend her highly Sheila Little

Posted Jul 9, 2015
Shiela L.
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Having never taken piano lessons, when I retired I decided do so. When I signed up to take lessons, I was lucky enough to get Tiffini. Learning an instrument as a "senior" is difficult, and Tiffani has been very patient and encouraging. She's fun to work with and is very knowledgeable about music theory and the learning process. She'd terrific and I recommend her highly Sheila Little

Posted Jul 9, 2015
DJ L.
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She helped figure out my goals, then lead me on a specific path to reach them. Always pleasant and smiling!

Posted Jul 9, 2015
Tomoko C.
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I've never expected that I could sing like this at my age until I met Tiffini. She gives me very specific feedback each time and my singing skills improved so much. Online lesson is very convenient to accommodate in my busy work schedule. I really love Tiffini's lesson and look forward to working more with her.

Posted Jul 9, 2015
Jill B.
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Tiffini has been an extraordinary instructor. She definitely has a positive approach to her teaching and makes you feel very comfortable. Thank you Tiffini for your patience and guidance.

Posted Jun 29, 2015
Jill B.
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I thought Tiffini was amazing. She made me feel so comfortable and she knew exactly what type of training would benefit me most for my goals. I look forward to my future lessons with her!

Posted Mar 19, 2015
Ann B.
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I couldn't have asked for a better instructor because I was primarily looking for patience. I have a long time fear of singing and singing in front of people, Tiffini is very patient and easy to work with.

Posted Feb 20, 2015
Marco G.
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I would like to start off with by saying that Tiffini is an amazing teacher. I have been taking lessons with her for the last year and a half through Skype and each lesson in that time with her has been an enjoyable experience. I started taking speaking voice lessons with her then switched to singing lessons. She was able to help me immensely on both my speaking voice and singing; getting rid of my mumbling for former and helping me to regain confidence in the latter. With both types of lessons she was knowledgeable, encouraging, kind, patient, and a fun teacher to have. I could go on for at least a few pages about Tiffini, but bottom line is that she is a great teacher and I would highly recommend her to anyone who wanted to start taking lessons through takelessons.com.

Posted Sep 19, 2014
Julia S.
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Tiffini is an awesome teacher! We originally met when I performed in a series of youth theater productions that she directed and I began taking voice lessons from her soon after. Tiffini truly cares about her students. She has greatly enhanced my confidence auditioning by helping me select appropriate songs, working patiently on difficult sections of the piece, and providing clear acting support. She also teaches online and is very accessible via email and Skype. She has been an invaluable resource and I'm very grateful to have worked with her.

Posted May 22, 2014
Tomoko C.

so enjoyable

I have taken the lesson twice a month, but now changed almost weekly. I am working full time and often go business trip. Skype is such a great way to manage my time. My teacher is taking a note during the lesson and she can always share with me. For an adult student, such notes are very useful to improve singing skills.

Posted Mar 6, 2014
Tomoko C.

Quick improvement with her wonderful note

I have been taking Tiffini's singing lesson through Skype for a year. I, myself, amazed with my quick improvement of my singing skills. For an adult student, her notes are great resource for my practice. I enjoyed so much working with her. Thank you Tiffini!

Posted Feb 12, 2014
Jeanine H.

Very Knowledgeable - Highly recommend!!!

We have found Tiffani to be extremely knowledgeable and she is a fantastic teacher. Highly recommend!!!

Posted Feb 10, 2014
Stanley D.

Well thought out.

She taught my young daughter to format and write songs that were just ideas when we started .She showed guidance and technical expertice along with a big dose of patience . She is a very in-tuned professinal. My daughter continues on her path in entertainment with a broader understanding of it because of her . If a student wants to learn the right way to go about songwriting, then she will not disappoint .

Posted Jan 12, 2014
Renay F.

Great teacher & fun!

Flexible, positive, patient & fun! Provided excellent feedback to improve skills. My daughter really enjoyed learning from Tiffini. Wish she lived closer so we could have continued acting/voice lessons!

Posted Apr 4, 2013
Jaya T.

She is great. I like her a lot.

wonderful time she knows her subject very well. I like her a lot.

Posted Feb 13, 2013
Sue Ellen M.

Adapts Well to Student Needs and Interests

Tiffiny has a wonderful mix of encouragement, creativity and insight. She is very good at discovering student interests and incorporating them into the class setting. She is also a cornucopia in terms of skils and techniques. Tiffiny is patient and flexible in terms of student's ability to progress. I could go on for pages. She is wonderful, especially considering she was my introduction to the world of voice. Thank you!

Posted Feb 6, 2013
Linda C.

great teacher

i have just finished my second lesson with her last week and i really like Tiffany she very nice and has lots of patients she is always looking to make the lesson fun but if you have a pitch or something in your voice shell let you no that you needed to hit the notes right which i think makes her the best teacher on this site i would recommend Tiffany 100%

Posted Dec 29, 2012
Lori F.

CLOSE TO MY HOME

Better than the last teacher we had, and at least she is up on the newer songs.

Posted Nov 3, 2012
Edward N.

Tiffany is an excellent teacher!!

I have been taking beginner lessons from Tiffany since June and have thoroughly enjoyed the experience. She has the patience of a saint and has successfully guided this very old dog through many new tricks!

I highly recommend Tiffany to anyone who is interested in learning to play the piano.

Posted Oct 11, 2012
Wanfang W.

attentive to detail; corrects your vocalization errors

I'm someone who dreaded the vocalist roIe in Guitar Hero and Rockband. I had no singing experience, and and my musical exposure consists of (failing at) the dubious recorder lessons that middle school kids were forced into. I was with Tiffini from summer 2011 to summer 2012 and, at one lesson each week and 1-2 hours of practice a day, extended my range to 3 octaves (2.5 if not fully warmed up).

The first few weeks were focused on handling the warm-ups. She gives each student a CD containing 12 tracks that work on pronunciation, forward resonance, extending the chest voice, preventing the tongue from going too far back, and others for which I do not know the mechanics of. She goes over square breathing (breathing for X duration, holding for X duration, and exhaling for X duration; goal to increase X) but I stopped focusing on that after week 8 (which probably explains why I sometimes run out of breath when not careful). We also worked on reading chords, but we eventually stopped. I didn't feel like we had enough time.

My first 3-4 sessions were spent mastering warm-ups. After familiarizing myself to warm-ups, our sessions became
15 minutes of warm-ups, 10 minutes of singing, and 5 minutes on questions/greetings. The breakdown eventually became 10-15-5 as we sped up the speed of each warm-up exercise.

Tiffini allows you to work on any song, but I recommend that you give her a selection and have her choose one that best fits your skill and goals. If she doesn't have the song, she'll supply the song, its no-voice version, and it's chord-lyric sheet for you at cost rounded to nearest next dollar. We worked on my head voice the first maybe 5 months, expanding my chest range for the next 3ish, and switched to my lower chest the last
2.

While singing your song or warm-up, she'll hit piano keys to guide you along if you're having trouble. She'll also
sing along if you're going too slow or fast (of which I was constantly guilty of). She notified me when I put
too much pressure on my throat, slid my jaw, made my jaw rigid, or made pronunciation errors. When she tells
you about raising the soft palette, really do work on that! The action helps tremendously.

I still need work on my entire range (especially how I sound like Kevin from The Office
with my lowest notes), but I've definitely improved and have better control and sound (especially
the upper notes) than my friends. I full heartily recommend Tiffini.

p.s. she has 2 doggies.

Posted Oct 10, 2012
GiovanniS

great teacher

Very knowledgeable, patient and supportive

Posted Apr 16, 2012
HeatherG1

Great input

I really enjoyed working with Tiffany! Her feedback during lessons was clear and helpful. Along with the exercises she had me do during the week, I learned a lot. I highly recommend Tiffany

Posted Jan 11, 2012
HeatherB1

Tiffini is more than I expected! I have beenso pleasantly surprised. I was discouraged before taking lessons with her. Tiffini really knows what she is doing & has helped me make a lot if progress in little time. I am so happy to have her coach me!!

Posted Nov 14, 2011
RyanK2

Tiffany L. is rad!

Hey things are going great! Tiffany is all about helping me and what I'm trying to do. We are getting the basics down and she is helping me progress quickly. Thanks Tiffany :)

Posted Nov 7, 2011
LorenT

Best vocal instructor I've ever had!

Posted Sep 30, 2011
ColetteF

I really appreciated that she had community connections for students and others to participate in musical ventures. She was great at a variety of warm ups, music abilities and voice health...all appreciated.

Posted May 12, 2011

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Education

M.A. in Musicology - Thesis in Progress
Sep 2007 - Present

San Diego State University

B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies
Aug 2002 - Dec 2003

San Diego State University

B.A. In Interdisciplinary Studies with emphasis in Music, Theater, Dance, and Psychology
Sep 2001 - Dec 2002

San Diego State University

A.A. In Liberal Arts
Aug 1999 - May 2001

Palomar College

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Affiliations

Music Teachers National Association
May 2012
The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.
National Association of Teachers of Singing
May 2012
Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.

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