Weslie Brown

Weslie B.

Los Angeles, CA

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Weslie delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 12+

Teaching since:
July 2007

Well-versed in voice, music theory, popular song styles and poetic writing, I have helped many singers and songwriters to sing and/or compose with skill and confidence in a style that is natural and unique to them. I teach voice at AMDA (Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts) to singers, dancers actors. I studied voice and jazz arranging at Berklee College of Music, and then earned my Master's of Music degree in music composition from Cal State LA. I have sung pop, jazz and theatre music in Los Angeles, New York, and across the US and Canada. I've appeared on the Jay Leno Show, and have sung in many local music venues, such as the Troubadour and Luna Park, and have won multiple awards for my songs in internationally acclaimed "I HATE MUSICALS" - a short film musical (now on iTunes). My musical theatre works has been been presented in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago. I am a proud member of CMASH, a composer collective in San Francisco, and I collaborate with Ann Moss, Liam Wade, and Arnold Margolin. My song Practice Your Flamenco was recently recorded at George Lucas' Skywalker Sound, and will be featured on Ann Moss's new CD, Currents.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to think of my teaching style as 'serious fun'. As a teacher and coach, I want to inspire you to learn skills and songs that help to develop your authentic musical identity. My lessons always include a warm-up, song study and performance. I will, if you prefer, help you choose songs, as well as transpose any song to fit your voice type and range. If you are inquisitive about songwriting, or music theory, I can definitely be a guide in those areas as well.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, Keyboard, Guitar, Finale

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar, keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
Musical Theatre, Folk, Indie-Rock, Jazz; Belting, developing passagio.

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Experience

Musical director
Mar 2008 - Present
Virginia Ave Project

This organization helps to nurture creative expression in kids of ages 8-17. I write songs for plays, which are performed by all ages. I coach them during rehearsals, and accompany their performance with piano or guitar.

Education

MM Composition
Sep 2010 - Jun 2012
CalState Los Angeles
Masters in Music (Composition)
Sep 2007 - Jun 2012
Cal State LA, Berklee College of Music
Bachelor Of Music Composition
Sep 2008 - Jun 2010
Cal State Los Angeles

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

BEST MUSIC
Oct 2007
Beverly Hills Shorts Festival
GOLD MEDAL
Jul 2007
Park City Music - Film Festival

Affiliations

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Apr 1994

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

Photos & Videos

Photo by Weslie B.

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This is the entrance to my studio. There is plenty of street parking.

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3 Reviews

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JENNA B. Dec 19, 2013
Music Theory ·

Weslie is great!

Weslie has helped me tremendously with music theory. She is really good at listening and figuring out specific areas that I needed help with. She even took time on the side outside of our lessons to listen to music examples I sent her and analyzed them for me. Weslie is patient and makes learning fun. Her teaching environment is comfortable and she's flexible with her schedule. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a teacher!

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Henrique G. Nov 2, 2012
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Weslie is a great mentor and teacher

Weslie has been able to open my eyes to what my voice really sounds like into the "musical world" in terms of technicality. While also been able to make me a better singer already. We have been working on one of my favorite songs, and there's so much I've learned from her in terms of playing the guitar and understanding how the chords are built and interfere into the overall senses of the song. I would recommend Welsie to any person that has passion in music and is willing to take the classes seriously in terms of a good learning pace and content, because I believe that she is one of the best out there in LA.

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KayW Jul 30, 2009
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I just wanted to let you know how pleased I am with having Weslie as my teacher. She was exactly how I hoped she would be and I look forward to the next lesson.Best,Kay W

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