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About Laurelanne D.

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Roswell, GA
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About Laurelanne
I graduated from Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, GA with a BA in Music Education, voice principal. During my years in public schools I taught a variety of age ranges and subjects including kindergarten general music, beginning band, high school chorus, and remedial middle school English and language arts. I have professional Yoga training and enjoy incorporating aspects of that when tutoring adult, middle school, high school, and elementary students. I also use Yoga, brain respiration and other healing techniques in my lessons as needed.

I was a member of The William Baker Festival Singers and Summer Singers since 2003 before becoming Media Relation Coordinator in 2006 and Assistant to the Music Director in 2008 and left the group in July of 2009 to pursue other musical ventures.

Every student has a potential
for greatness no matter what their strengths and weaknesses are. No matter your age or ability level I will help you set your goals and reach them. All students should want to learn. I expect my students to be prepared and have an open mind. Learning to sing is a process. I focus on building technique and a strong musical foundation and customize my lessons for every student and individual needs. I use breathing techniques and exercises that are challenging and work toward quick and accurate results. I implement a variety of exercises to improve pitch, intonation, placement, strength, and endurance. My main goal in teaching is to encourage each student to get to know their vocal strengths and weaknesses while using all their skills to their advantage producing their best sound consistently.

*** Lesson Details ***
Your lesson is customized to meet your individual needs. All students should want to learn. I expect my students to be prepared and have an open mind. Learning to sing is a process. I focus on building technique and a strong musical foundation and customize my lessons for every student and individual needs. I use breathing techniques and exercises that are challenging and work toward quick and accurate results. I implement a variety of exercises to improve pitch, intonation, placement, strength, and endurance. My main goal in teaching is to encourage each student to get to know their vocal strengths and weaknesses while using all their skills to their advantage producing their best sound consistently. It is a slow building process but a student should always be happy with what they do every day but never be satisfied and know that what they do today will be ever better tomorrow. We all grow and learn together and improve every time we try. I expect my students to do the best they can, practice regularly, be on time and have patience. I am excited about music and know it is also important to have fun and enjoy the process. So let's make some goals and get started!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room with keyboard, ipad, bluetooth speaker, USB charging station with electrical outlets, CD player and computer, wifi, futon sofa, large mirror and music stand.

*** Specialties ***
I teach a wide variety of styles and specialize in audition and performance preparation. I do vocal coaching as well as voice lessons. I teach, Pop, R&B, Country, Musical theater, classical, folk, choral music, praise band and others. I also work with music in different languages such as Latin, Italian, French, Spanish, German and of course English.
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Brilyn August 21, 2019
· Singing · Online
Very patient and helpful teacher. Excited to learn and grow with her.
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Anthony V. July 24, 2019
· Speaking Voice · Online
Very knowledgable and patient.
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Lori July 9, 2019
· Singing · In home
I was made to feel comfortable. Laurelanne. Tought me some stretching and beeathing excersises. We did some excersised to see where I am at and ahe gave me a few rhings to work on at home.
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About Jonathan G.

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Richmond, VA
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About Jonathan
Professional musician since age 11 in NYC. Worked with the Coasters, Drifters, O'Jays, Platters & Temptations plus the Ringling Bros/Barnum & Bailey Circus before the age of 30. Earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance with a minor in Jazz Studies from VCU in 1985. Recorded with the Ray Charles rhythm section, Jimmy Knepper, Kenny Washington, Loren Schoenberg, Joel Futterman, Paul Renz, Russell Scarborough, Steve Bassett, The Upper East Side Big Band (Pollack Prize Winner), Central Virginia Jazz Orchestra (CVJO) which was nominated for a Grammy Award. Currently performing with my own Jazz Warriors, Emme St James & Her Jazz Gentlemen plus AttractionBand.com & CVJO.

I teach students on an individual level according to what they want to accomplish. Each lesson is custom tailored to fit their objective. Mastering the instrument and
understanding music theory are two important subjects that I offer. Along with that, a student can focus on any musical style from classical to jazz plus other important aspects like composing, reading and recording music.

I am willing to share my professional experience with any student who wants to become a player!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Steinway Grand Piano,
Electric Piano
Electric Bass
Synthesizers
Trumpets

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring music books to augment the student's library. However, students must provide their own instruments.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki method for the 3 year old plus my father's method for ages 5 to 8 years old. After that, I teach according to the student's abilities and their goals.
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Daniel March 2, 2019
· Songwriting · In studio
He has a good ear and can help quickly with transcriptions. More importantly, he also gave some practical advice.
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Ami K. March 7, 2018
· French Horn · In home
My son enjoys his music lessons with Jonathan, who is infinitely patient teaching what can be a challenging instrument. My son responds well to Jonathan's instruction, and he appreciates having access to a professional performer as a teacher. Jonathan encourages my son to learn a variety of music, including both challenging classical pieces and more recognizable popular and jazz pieces, which helps to sustain his interest in the lessons.
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Shiloh November 20, 2016
· Piano · Online
This instructor is very helpful when learning new concepts and adjusts his lessons to match your skill level.
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Jonathan G.

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About Prophet C.

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Phoenix, AZ
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About Prophet
Prophet C. is professionally known as The Prophet X. He is a professional rap artist, music production company owner, record label owner, website design company owner and more.

Currently, Prophet is teaching all of the following classes both in students home locations, in his Teaching Studio and online here at TakeLessons:

Reason 10 Software - Beat Making - Hip Hop Music Production - Freestyle Rapping - Rap Composition & Songwriting - Rock & Heavy Metal Music Production - Midi Orchestration - Film Scoring - Audio Engineering - Multi-Track Recording - Mixing & Mastering - Life Coaching Photography - Video Production - Live Stage Performance - Beginning Guitar & Bass - Drums - Bible Studies and much more!

Prophet’s teaching style focuses on the primary learning method of the student. All students are either Visual, Auditory or Ki
nesthetic learners or a combination of the three. By adapting teaching methods to these learning methods, great results can be produced in a short time.
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Terina B. August 16, 2019
· Hip Hop & Rap · Online
Very thorough and genuinely cares to see you get better as a rapper. I'd recommend him to any upcoming rapper.
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Chuck A. July 15, 2019
· Hip Hop & Rap · Online
he is the best teacher everrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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Sandra June 28, 2019
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Excellent instruction and very patient. Had a lot of fun.
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Prophet C.

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About Joshua S.

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About Joshua
Mr. S is an accomplished public speaker (Third place in the Regionals for the 2006 Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking and over 40 wins in various speech contests). He is also an avid, and successful poker player.

By profession, Mr. S is a distinguished corporate, communication and sales trainer (numerous companies) and has been coaching since 1999. He is now available for online coaching sessions for a number of varied and essential subjects.

Some of Mr. S's most requested business skills to learn? Sales and Public Speaking, and even Poker! How to command the poker table and the boardroom to increase your hourly rate, by effective communication and reading people well. He integrates Public Speaking Skills or "Speaking in Public Skills" as he likes to say, to illustrate how that essential ability changes everything i
n your game, your book of business, and your personal life.

He has helped students of ALL ages and backgrounds, including people with English as a Second Language, develop their communication skills. This is essential to prepare them for important school and job interviews and for promotions and opportunities in life.

A graduate of the University of Southern California, where he received a BFA degree in Theatre, and also the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Mr. S is an expert in the art of the spoken, presentation and performance word.

He looks forward to helping new students achieve their communication and business goals. His teaching style is focused, practical and useful, and incredibly entertaining and educational!

His classes are truly edu-train-ing!
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YUKI ITO September 15, 2019
· Public Speaking · Online
Joshua is the most amazing teacher that we have ever met. His teaching style opened my daughter's eyes wide to figure out what the real public speaking stands for.
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YUKI ITO September 11, 2019
· Public Speaking · Online
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Sofia August 30, 2019
· Poker · Online
Joshua is engaging, smart and a great teacher. It was my daughter's first poker lesson and she was so engaged. Highly recommended!
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Joshua S.

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About Cindy B.

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Tarpon Springs, FL
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About Cindy
Hi, there! My name is Cindy and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 1983! My passion is helping others and I love teaching.

I am a certified Yoga and Qigong Instructor. I teach both group as well as private lessons.

You will find me approachable, comfortable being around and I like making lessons fun. I am an optimistic person and with over 35 years teaching I have a great deal of approaches I can use to get you to the next level.

Whether you are looking to increase your flexibility, strengthen your body, reduce stress, achieve better balance or a combination I would love to work with you and I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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David R. July 30, 2019
· Tai Chi Chuan · Online
Perfect!
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Don S. January 12, 2018
· Tai Chi Chuan · Online
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Sharon Wheeler October 3, 2017
· Qigong · Online
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Cindy B.

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About Melissa Rose S.

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Addison, TX
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About Melissa Rose
Melissa Rose is an independent dance instructor in North Dallas, TX. She teaches wedding choreography and social dancing. Styles include:

Argentine Tango
Ballroom: Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba, ChaCha, Swing
Latin/Club: Salsa, Bachata
West Coast Swing
Country Western

Pricing reflects rates for individuals or couples. Additional fees apply for groups of 3 or more.
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Jack March 17, 2019
· Swing Dance · In studio
Great first session! Melissa made us feel at ease and was very nice to work with.
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Lyle W. October 27, 2018
· Dance · In studio
I enjoyed it. Very nice. Very patient.
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Debra March 19, 2018
· Dance · In studio
Excellent instructor
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Melissa Rose S.

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About Alyssa C.

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Allston, MA
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About Alyssa
Alyssa, soprano, performs regularly in the Boston area, most recently with MassOpera and Boston Conservatory Opera. She will be returning to Miami Music Festival as an Apprentice Artist this July, reprising her role of Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. This past spring, she was the music director for Brookline Pierce School’s production of The Little Mermaid Jr.

Students of Alyssa have recently performed as:
The cast of Thr Music Man Jr.
The cast of The Little Mermaid, Jr.
Lancelot in Spamalot
Charlie Brown in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown
Witch in Ten in a Bed
Mrs. Banks in Mary Poppins
Leading Player in Pippin

Ms. Click recently completed a Post-Graduate Fellowship in Arts Administration at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee (2019). She holds a Master of Music degree in Opera Performance from the Boston Conservato
ry at Berklee (2018) under the instruction of Dr. Kerry Deal as well as a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Northern Arizona University (2016) under the instruction of Dr. Judith Cloud.

Skills taught include: vocal technique, repertoire, musicianship, sight reading, audition preparation, role preparation, and an emphasis in an overall healthy style of vocalization in any genre. Alyssa teaches mainly musical theatre and classical repertoire.
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Tobin G. June 11, 2019
· Singing · In home
Alyssa is a wonderful teacher This was my first voice lesson ever. She was understanding, enthusiastic and very helpful in getting me started
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Susan. June 15, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Alyssa is an upbeat, encouraging, and patient teacher. Her own singing voice is beautiful, and she sings very professionally in a wide range of genres. She is reliable, pleasant, sincere, and capable. She gives each student her full attention and tailors her lessons to each one's particular talent (as well as where they're in need of improvement). I recommend Alyssa very highly... She's delightful!
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Craig J. June 5, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I have known Alyssa now for about a year and she is a true master of her art form. She is knowledgeable and genuine in her teaching and performing, and always seeks the best for her students. I highly recommend her as your teacher.
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About Alyssa D.

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Greenville, NC
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About Alyssa
I'm a singer and actress from Raleigh, North Carolina. I have extensive experience in the theatre world including assistant teaching, musical directing, assistant directing and interning. I have received numerous vocal awards over the years, from organazations such as NATS and Hal Leonard. In addition, I have been cast in many professional shows, and training programs. Let me know if you'd like to see a copy of my resume.

When studying with me, a student can expect to feel heard and understood. I can work with any vocal issue, including tension, breathing, resonance, etc. While my specialty is healthing belting, I also have a history of classical training, which I use when teaching legit musical theatre styles. I am still in the industry, and so have a finger on the pulse of what directors, casting agents and studios are looking for.

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addition to musical theatre, I also teach pop, jazz and worship styles. Each voice is unique and beautiful, and I will work with you to become the best (and healthiest) that you can be while still staying true to your natural sound.

Whether you are at a professional level, or just looking to have some fun, I would love to work with you. As your teacher, I can create a customized warm-up track for your voice, which will help you improve daily. This can be used throughout the week to practice. Upon request, I can also send a weekly "homework" packet with a written summary of our lesson that day. On the other hand, if you are looking for a more relaxed approach, I can do that as well. Whether you want to be pushed or start slow, I'll be right there with you.
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Libby August 22, 2017
· Vocal Training · In home
I really love the way Alyssa teaches because she not only focuses on helping you sound better, but she also makes sure you are doing it the right way. The vocal thearapy-type tips she gives are super helpful, and I have definitely seen big growth in my vocal range since studying under her. She is very personable and a wonderful teacher. I highly recommend taking lessons with her!
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About John L.

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Garden Grove, CA
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About John
Hi, I'm John L., and I'm here to help you actualize your dreams as an actor or actress. I can currently be seen recurring as a Guest Star across 4 seasons of the critically acclaimed series "Better Call Saul" the prequel to the world-renown "Breaking Bad" series.

It is my pleasure to share with you the 15 years of experience I have working in the industry and getting you a step closer to your goals.
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John L.

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$50 / 30-min

About Charles M.

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Torrance, CA

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About Charles
I am a working professional actor (proud member of both SAG-AFTRA and Actor's Equity Association). I've worked on some of Television's biggest shows including: BIG LITTLE LIES (HBO) as the character Agent Nelson (opposite Golden Globe winner, Laura Dern). I've also landed recurring roles in Grey's Anatomy (ABC) and General Hospital (ABC). Other highlighted (of my many) TV credits include: True Detective (HBO), Jane the Virgin (CW), Criminal Minds (CBS), Veronica Mars (HULU), Scandal (ABC), and the hit multi-cam series, FAM (CBS). I'll be seen in the upcoming Feature Film BUTTER starring Oscar winner, Mira Sorvino as well as 2 soon-to-be released Netflix series, Unbelievable and Medical Police. I've also done several National commercials for the likes of: Honda, Toyota, and McDonald's.

I received my classical training from UC Irvine and
have performed with some of Los Angeles' most renowned theater companies and stage directors including: the Actors Co-Op, Company of Angels, and stage director, Don B. Welch. Other regional highlights include working with one of Connecticut's renowned Equity theatre companies (Connecticut Free Shakespeare) in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Much Ado About Nothing (respectively as Oberon and Don John).

COACH: My teaching career began as a credentialed 5th grade teacher in Los Angeles, CA prior to starting my professional acting career. I started officially teaching acting classes (and tutoring) in 2009 - mainly all over Los Angeles and the Valley - most notably with the non-profit, City Hearts: Kids Say Yes to the Arts. My elementary aged, inner-city acting students performed for the likes of agents at William Morris Endeavor, Glee star Max Adler (FOX), Empire star Grace Byers (FOX), and placed 1st and 2nd place at the annual Shakespeare Challenge in Topanga, CA for my entire tenure of 8 consecutive years. I've also taught acting workshops internationally for high schoolers at Gyeonggi Suwon International School in Suwon, South Korea. My current private coaching clients range from professional actors to younger actors seeking to better understand the craft of acting, preparing for school play auditions and productions, etc.

I love to give my students PRACTICAL tools to have a better sense of scene and character analysis, audition preparation, and perhaps just as or more important, tools to have a health and confident mindset as they approach any and everything dealing with acting.
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Kim September 11, 2019
· · In home
Knowing Charles delivers excellent quality lessons, with real world acting experience my school flew him overseas to work with our students. He was amazing and supporting and challenged our students to break our of their shells, and discover the joy of acting. His time with the students was invaluable and forever changed the groups view towards acting- acting became a passion for our students as they broke out of their shells and engaged in the art of improve and connecting with authentic emotion. I wholeheartedly recommend him.
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Daniel August 29, 2019
· Acting · Online
I really love working with Charles. He makes acting very practical and challenges me to look at scenes and how I break them down in a different way. My preparation for auditions has improved so much given his guidance. HIGHLY recommend it!
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Trey August 29, 2019
· Acting · In studio
Charles' acting program taught me professionalism and the meticulousness that are essential to have in my acting career. He propelled me to become a better artist as I spent engaging and personal time with him in and outside of class. He really cares about his students and he will do anything to make his students feel comfortable and most importantly, learn more about acting.


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