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About Teri D.

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All levels songwriting. Craft, song structure, melodic and lyric writing, chord structure, all pop styles

About Teri
I love to sing (yay!) and am a professional singer/songwriter and a vocal coach & have been for many years. Named a top vocal coach in Backstage Magazine, I have coached beginners to pros, children to adult, whether they want to perform, record, just enjoy/fun or eventually pursue a serious singing career. My students have gone on to tour, get signed, do musical theatre (amateur & professional) or just enjoying singing freely with a great technique. I am considered encouraging and warm (see my reviews), but also know what it is to be at a level where you consistently sound great! This is my focus and is very encouraging to students. They will see themselves making progress and reaching set goals! I am an expert in pop technique (no opera or classical, sorry!), and work with students to preserve and take care of the voice. In lessons, we w
ill also have fun learning popular songs (from current hits to classic pop & rock) and look for opportunities to sing them. From pop to rock to R&B to country & more, students can explore their faves! Whether you or your child is a beginner, just-for-fun singer or singer/songwriter to pro, each student will be able to learn the skills they need to sing from their heart, find their own true voice and for serious singers, take it to the next level.

Teri has taught voice for over 17 years to all ages and all levels, led and trained various bands and groups for over 20 years. Named as a Top Vocal Coach by Backstage Magazine 2015, she is a club hit recording artist and premier LA vocal coach. Her vocals have graced full length CD's, cuts on various records, performances on TV and radio, and gained her a nomination for Best Female Vocalist, All Access Music Awards. She is the author of Vocal Essentials for the Pop Singer: Take Your Singing from Good to Great, from Hal Leonard Publishing. Teri has a Master's Degree in Education and a Bachelors Degree in Speech Pathology. She studied music at Blue Bear School of Music in San Francisco including music theory, vocal technique and vocal performance, guitar and stage performance. She had a dance club hit in the 90's which garnered success on mix shows and dance charts across the country.

She specializes in getting the best out of her students -- giving them a solid vocal technique to let their natural ability shine. Her students will attest to her positive, relaxed and encouraging teaching style.

In addition to learning the basics, Teri can help students get their voice in shape for events, school projects/plays, auditions (American Idol etc...), a solo or band project, and more!

Teri offers flexibility with scheduling to accommodate students various needs including day/eves and weekends. Studio is in a convenient Westside LA location.

*** Lesson Details ***
Students can expect a fun lesson with vocal warm-up exercises, and lots of singing, in a supportive environment. Teri works out of her home studio and online. so students can work with microphones and instruments.

Children
Voice lessons build confidence and enthusiasm, and help prepare children for performing in front of others. Singing at a young age develops vocal abilities, but more importantly develops a child's aural abilities (recognizing melodies, harmonies, etc.) as well as the ability to focus, take direction and be creative.

Performing / Recording / Vocal Health
Recording, performing and touring presents unique challenges to singers. By concentrating on breathing, vocal tone, vocal production and tension reduction, warm-up exercises, and range building exercises, these lessons help increase stamina, build vocal tone, and reduce the effects of vocal fatigue for those who sing long hours at a time.

Church / Worship Leading
Singing on praise/worship teams is an art form all of it's own. Lessons centered around this kind of singing focus on the areas of blending, tone, hearing harmonies, and keeping your part in a group. For the soloist / worship leader, lessons help in the areas of projection, tone, range, runs, and breathing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have recording equipment and microphones, piano, guitar.

*** Specialties ***
voice, voice lessons, voice singing lessons, voice coaching, vocal technique, voice training, speaking (speakers), auditions, broadway singing (pop technique only), music theory, musical theatre, singing, speaking acting voice, acting, theatrical singing, adults, all levels, audition prep, beginner to advanced, breathing technique, children's basics, pro vocal technique, rock pop styling, stamina based breathing, theatre singing, voice actors, voice over artists, using your body as an instrument, getting students to record quality, building vocal tone, and assisting students in finding their own voice.
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Jason H. July 29, 2015
· Singing · In studio
Teri was extremely helpful in teaching my 10 year old son vocal development. She is an enthusiastic teacher and I highly recommend her to people looking to improve their singing.
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Paula A. June 4, 2015
· Broadway Singing · In studio
Teri is very enthusiastic and encouraging in her lessons.
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Karla H. May 27, 2015
· Singing · In studio
I've been taking lessons with Teri for about a month now and things are working out great!
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About Liz J.

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Sonoma, CA
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With 15 years of poetry-writing and songwriting experience, Liz loves to teach songwriting with passion and creativity. She uses practices such as improvisation and listening to encourage and develop each student's individual creative style.

About Liz
After graduating California Institute of the Arts with a multi-focus on several aspects of music including African dance, Indonesian gamelan, songwriting, recording, classical voice and piano, folk guitar, and more, Liz had the excellent opportunity to teach theater to a local musical theater summer youth program. All summer, she taught class sizes ranging from 10 to 26 students of the ages 5-10. Her initiative later led to being hired at this local community theater. Along with this theater teaching experience, she has been teaching piano, guitar, ukulele, flute & voice lessons for over 10 years. Her students have gone from knowing nothing about music to learning and performing entire pieces on their own as well as even auditioning & for agents and becoming signed artists in Los Angeles. Liz knows that it is her place in the world to tea
ch music & spread positivity through her own music and would love nothing more than make learning music a positive and fun experience for everyone.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach out of the Alfred's Piano course, but am open to trying out any music books you may already have in your home. I do expect my students to purchase the books they would like to learn out of and to have the material I have given them for homework ready, completed, and practiced by the time we have our weekly lesson. I recommend at least twenty to thirty minutes of practice every day, and will give rewards for having practiced well, and for performing well in our lessons. I would love it for my students to be clear on what they would like to learn, and I love using songs that the student enjoys to make his or her music learning process fun.

***Rates****
$100 per hour lesson | $90 per 45min lesson | $60 per 30min lesson
*A travel fee may be added for house calls.

*** Studio Equipment ***
In my home studio, I have a full size Cable-Nelson upright piano, as well as three ukuleles: 1 acoustic soprano*, 1 acoustic electric & 1 acoustic tenor, and three guitars (one left-handed acoustic 3/4 size guitar*, one acoustic-electric and one electric) as well as an electric bass guitar & acoustic mandolin & mini drum set & cajon, as well as several percussive instruments.
*Some Instruments now available for rent! Inquire for details.

*** Travel Equipment ***
When I travel, I bring my own instrument that the student is learning on so that I can demonstrate, as well as a music stand if necessary.

*** Specialties ***
Pop, folk, opera, musical theater, classical, rock, reggae.
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Addison-Preston K. October 15, 2018
· Piano · In home
Delightful instructor!!
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Monique September 21, 2018
· Ukulele · In home
Liz love's what she does, very patient & caring . I am so glad to have her as my Teacher . I do recommend Liz :)
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Marco P. September 27, 2016
· Singing · In home
My 8 year old son LOVED his first singing lesson with Liz! He was sad when it was over because he was having so much fun!
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About Aaron B.

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About Aaron
I've been a full time professional musician for 13+ years and have toured all over the world performing with music icons like Chacka Khan, Beyonce, and many more. I have a lot of experience with many different styles of music and I love sharing this gift with anyone who's interested. My teaching philosophy is simple: Get students playing music! It's much easier to understand the nuts and bolts of music when put into the context of the music you like.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to design a lesson plan for each individual student. The first lesson will begin with a basic assessment of skill level. We will discuss goals for the lessons then get down to work!
Students will learn:
1 Technique. the proper physicality to increase dexterity and avoid injury.
2 Music theory and comprehension. Usually through learning songs and analyzing
different concepts they incorporate
3 Ear-training/pitch recognition. Strengthening the ability to "pick up" new material more quickly and translate ones Ideas to the instrument.
4 Music appreciation/Musicality. Listening to new and different types of music focusing on the different elements that make up a great performer/performance.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music Studio: piano, stereo system, no drum there! room to sit for parents
A1: drum kit, whole performance set up with recording studio, room for parents to sit in on lesson

*** Travel Equipment ***
amplifiers, cd/mp3 player

*** Specialties ***
ear training, most musical styles (pop/rock, r&b, reggae, jazz , world)
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John T. May 23, 2019
· Guitar · In home
I was surprised at how easy it was to connect with Aaron. His diving right in was fun as we got into playing music from the first moment.
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Tate September 17, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Aaron knows how to work with kids. After 30 minutes my 6 yo came out confident and ready to play!! He doesn’t realize that he still is terrible because he at least knows one chord!! Lol!
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Howie March 26, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Very helpful and informative instruction.
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About Jaxon W.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Here's how I help teach songwriters:

-Chords/Progressions: I help instrumentalists get out of ruts they're stuck in and find new chord progressions. OR if you're new, I'll show you what's out there. I will also show you commonly used progressions so you know what's used. We will analyze successful songs to see what the writer did and then attempt to emulate those ideas in writing exercises
-Melodies: We'll learn what makes a good melody, and we'll write melodies that are good hooks.
-Lyrics: We'll talk about what makes good lyrics and learn to write good lyrics by modeling lyrics after other songs and writing and rewriting your own lyrics.
-Music Business: If you're interested as well we can learn how the music business works for songwriters.

About Jaxon
*See further below for lesson details!*

Jaxon the Guitarist: I am a Doctoral Guitar Major at USC studying classical guitar. I have been playing the guitar for over 20 years and teaching for 15. My main style is classical, and due to the technical training I have had since I was very young, it has been very easy for me to learn and master other styles such as Flamenco, Rock, Jazz, Blues, Pop, Country. I have a passion for performing and have played hundreds of solo and ensemble concerts. As a classical performer I have won prizes in numerous competitions, including the Pacific Guitar Competition, San Francisco Guitar Competition, Sierra Nevada Competition, and the OSAA Oregon State Competition. I have played concerts all over the United States as well as in Spain and Mexico. As a performer of other styles I have played in many orig
inal and cover bands and have won high school and University level battle of the bands competitions. I was a Northwest regional finalist in Guitar Center's "King of the Blues" competition as well. I recently won a Fulbright Scholarship to study Spanish and Flamenco Guitar in Seville, Spain for 2015 and 16.

Jaxon the Teacher: I really love spreading the knowledge I've learned over the years about the guitar, bass guitar, songwriting, music theory, and everything music related to my students. I find a huge sense of fulfillment in seeing my students understand and enjoy learning and making beautiful music. I have a high level of knowledge and skills that I am very willing to use to teach students from the most beginner to the most advanced. Former students of mine have achieved lofty goals ranging from making it into a music program at the college level to winning their school's talent show to being accepted into their school's jazz band.

*** Lesson Details ***
My curriculum is based around YOU. I push my students hard, but I make sure they're always having fun and enjoying playing. I like to get my students playing real songs as fast as possible so they can see results immediately and get excited!

Online Lessons: I am a specialist in online teaching. and I go the extra mile to make sure you get your money's worth. Online lessons with me include personalized instruction, PDF's, play-along recordings, and instructional video recaps to help you practice.

Children: I am trained and specialized in teaching children fingerstyle guitar. I have taught hundreds of kids in schools, privately, and in groups over the years. The method I use is proven to give kids the best possible start to music and maximize their potential. If you have children and you want them to learn good technique and music principles through guitar, you don't need to look any further.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have stools, music stands, and an amp here so all you need to bring is your guitar!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I do not provide any equipment.
Student must have their own guitar and amp if they play electric.
I do have guitars available for rental.

*** Specialties ***
-Children's fingerstyle guitar
-Proficient in ABRSM and Suzuki method
-Specialist in classical guitar, though proficient up to advanced in any guitar style (blues, rock, country, jazz, pop, etc)
-Also very experienced teaching songwriting and music performance
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Jesse Dunham July 31, 2019
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Biancana .. February 6, 2019
· Flamenco Guitar · Online
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John T. August 21, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Jaxon is an excellent guitarist but also a great educator and communicator. My son's guitar skills have significantly improved since he began lessons thanks to Jaxon's instruction. We highly recommend him as a teacher.
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About Janelle L.

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Brooklyn, NY
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About Janelle
Hello! My name is Janelle L. and I am a Manhattanville College graduate with a BFA in Musical Theatre and a BA in Psychology.​ As a performer I have appeared in the Off- Broadway productions ANTIGONE and TWELTH NIGHT with Love Creek Theater Company, SHOUT The Mod Musical and SHOWTUNE with direction by Mark Cherry, The Off-Broadway production oF THE EXTRAORDINARY FALL OF THE FOUR LEGGED WOMAN and a solo cabaret at The Metropolitan Room. I currently teach Voice, Piano, Violin, and Cello at The New Windsor School of Music and The Rock Underground of Greenwood Lake. I have learned some of my best lessons from being a performer and try to give my students more than technical knowledge; i.e. breathing from the diaphragm, not using tension to control breath, aiming over the soft pallet, etc., but also acting and performance knowledge; like learn
ing to work with your nerves before a number and thinking about why the character is singing instead of saying the lyrics. I have been teaching since I was 16; from students ranging from 5 years old to 47 and have learned to adapt my curriculum to each student while making sure they develop a good repertoire and technique. For educational purposes I follow exercises and drills from a range of books including Vocal Strength and Power by Dena Murray, Speak with Distinction by Edith Skinner, Acting Songs by David Brunetti, and Voice and The Alexander Technique by Jane Ruby Heirich. I can perform basic accompanying parts and can also transpose music.

a sample of how my voice lessons are run is below. Each student with leave with a basic knowledge of solfage, a musical scale, and multiple genres of songs.
*** Voice Lesson Details ***
(Student expected to be prepared for lesson 10 minutes prior to lesson)

Forty Five Minute Lesson Breakdown   2:00 PM Greet and Go Through Packet
Benefit: Safe Space
2:03 PM Body Warm Up (Alexander Method)
Benefit: Loosen Muscles
2:08 PM Vocal Warm Up with piano
Benefit: Loosens Vocal Chords
2:15 PM Song Selection/Work Through Process
Benefit: Realizing Range and Character Bonds
2:45 PM Practice Notes, Review, End Session

Hour Lesson Breakdown  6:00 PM Greet and Go Through Packet
Benefit: Safe Space
6:05 PM Body Warm Up (Alexander Method)
Benefit: Loosens Muscles
6:20 PM Vocal Warm Up with piano
Benefit: Loosens Vocal Chords
6:30 PM Song Selection/Work Through Process
Benefit: Realizing Range and Character Bonds
7:00 PM Practice Notes, Review, End Session

Two Hour Lesson Breakdown 4:00 PM Greet and Go Through Packet
Benefit: Safe Space
4:10 PM Body Warm Up (Alexander Method)
Benefit: Loosens Muscels
4:35 PM Vocal Warm Up with piano
Benefit: Loosens Vocal Chords
4:55 PM Song Selection/Work Through Process
Benefit: Realizing Range and Character Bonds
6:00 PM Practice Notes, Review, End Session

*** Studio Equipment ***
Grand Piano
Mini Grand Piano
Mirror
Stands

*** Home Equipment ***
Yamaha Stage Piano with speakers
Mirror
Stands

*** Travel Equipment ***
Yamaha Electronic Keyboard
Music Stands

*** Specialties ***
Musical Theatre: Singing, Acting, and Dance.
Dance: Contemporary, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Ballet, and Modern

BACKGROUND CHECK AVAILABLE IN PDF UPON REQUEST
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About Joe S.

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El Cajon, CA
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I try to help each songwriter become the best writer they can be through their own sound and language. During the lessons, I do quite a bit of analysis of a student's favorite pieces, as well as my own...then incorporate that into their own songwriting process.

About Joe
I absolutely love teaching music! After over 20 years of teaching, performing, writing, and recording in all styles/genres, it continues to be a great adventure. It is a joy to pass this on to others...especially seeing my students that never touched the instrument going on to be very proficient players.

I take teaching seriously, but definitely try to make it enjoyable for the student. I studied classical guitar in college, but was playing everything from Van Halen to Jazz to Country & Blues before that. Currently, I'd consider myself a flat out musical mutt...enjoying anything and everything. The love of guitar has also expanded to a multitude of instruments that I record, gig, & teach with.
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John P. March 12, 2019
· Mandolin · In studio
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Grant July 30, 2018
· Ukulele · In home
Terrific instructor...just what i was looking for.
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Beth January 4, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Joe is a great teacher for my son - patient, enthusiastic and adapts the music for learning to my son's interest. Can't recommend enough - great!
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About AllyJo F.

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Portland, OR

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I have written music in many genes from Hip-hop, RnB, Rock, Jazz and Funk. I recently was flown to LA by a Universal Music producer to write for one of their artists. If you need help with Melody, Lyrics, Form, theme, Finishing a song or starting a song I can help. If you are a seasoned song writer needing some polish and help or a beginner wanting to tap into your creativity, I can help!

About AllyJo
HI! I'm AllyJo, I am a vocal coach, musician, actor and writer. I have a studio in SE Portland that I teach out of. I specialize in vocal technique and freeing the voice. I love to help people unlock their talent and discover what they can do vocally. We have a recording studio that students for projects and to track progress. I absolutely love what I do and would love to help you feel more comfortable and confident singing. To learn more about me visit my website allyjo dot com
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Grant December 28, 2018
· Singing · In studio
AllyJo is an awesome instructor. She makes things comfortable, and is very good at explaining the "why" as well as the "how". I look forward to more lessons.
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About Christiaan S.

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New York, NY

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I've co-written songs with Chris Eaton (Janet Jackson, Keith Urban, Amy Grant) and Jay Stolar. I can help you make the track and write the lyric.

About Christiaan
Christiaan is a multi-talented performer in theater, opera, and pop music. He played Gaston in the Broadway tour of Beauty and the Beast. Something of a bad boy, he was kicked out of Opera School for singing jazz, yet he went on to earn three music degrees, and work with opera legend Marilyn Horne and avant-garde composer Jake Heggie. Now he's in New York studying with Lady Gaga's teacher and singing his own arrangements of Ed Sheeran, Maroon 5, and John Mayer at Carnegie Hall while writing and recording pop songs in Nashville and the U.K. Look for his new single That's When You Know.

Christiaan enjoys seeing people succeed, so his approach to teaching is a combination of play and practice. Ultimately we sing because we want to bring people joy, yet to do so, we must hone our talents to perfection. By mixing the joy of music with disci
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Sarathi .. June 23, 2019
· Singing · In studio
I just had my first lesson with Christiaan. He was amazing. Gentle, very positive, and really good at observing and figuring out my strengths and weaknesses. He's also inspired me to learn with his love of music and thoughtful approach.
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Daniel June 19, 2019
· Ableton · In home
I was blown away by his knowledge and assessment of the skills I should prioritize. My mind was blown several times. Excellent pedagogy and very personable!
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Emily November 25, 2018
· Singing · In home
I've had a great experience taking lessons with Christiaan! I've had about 10 lessons total now. As someone who doesn't have a background singing, I was definitely a bit nervous going into it, but that didn't last long -- Christiaan's friendly and extremely talented. I especially appreciate that he provides context about posture, history, anatomy, etc. and that he took time early on to learn about my goals. Last but not least, I'm happy with my results so far!
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About A.J. V.

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I've been writing music for 16 years.

Songwriting is a very special art, and I can teach anyone how to dive into the mystery that is songwriting.

Writers block doesn't exist. I'll show you why.

About A.J.
I've been playing piano for 27 years, and I've been a touring musician & recording artist for 15 years.

I can teach anything about any keyboard or synthesizer: piano, organ, rhodes, analog synths, digital synths, software synths, Ableton Live, midi setup, production, beat making with midi, and the list goes on.

I'm also a trained vocalist. I can teach vocal lessons, but each student has specific needs vocally, so let me know what your goals are for your voice. Recording? Live performance? Just would like to sing better, but no specific goals?

I can teach songwriting, production, arranging, and how to be in a rock band. I have a wide range of experience in the industry, so I can teach anyone how to go beyond their instrument, and develop their music further into full compositions either by on their own, or with a band.

I've ta
ught professionally for 4 years at Band Aid School of Music in Austin, Texas.

I've released multiple professional albums, and I have countless hours of experience in multiple professional recording studios, including my own.

I've toured all across the United States, Canada, U.K., and mainland Europe.
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Jim T. June 5, 2019
· Organ · Online
One lesson, and I'm already better. Cool dude.
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About Shubha V.

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Los Angeles, CA
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My goal with songwriting is to refine your lyrics and melodies by studying songs that you like and figuring out how to bring your authentic voice to the front!

About Shubha
I'm a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who has over 3 million streams on both my original music and cover material. I was a semi-finalist on American Idol season 12, have opened for Grammy-nominated acts like Train and Lindsey Stirling, headlined concerts for over 3 thousand people, performed for Barack Obama, and graduated from the University of Chicago where I took classes in Jazz Theory. I look forward to working with students in finding their voice and gaining the confidence to write better songs and sing like the stars they are! My versatility, experience and training helps me to make the learning experience fun, productive and rewarding.

Currently, I am an active performer and write every day with various songwriters (over 200 songs written). I spent much of the past 5 years performing, writing, developing my voice, studying
different genres, and recording. My songs have been released on Armada Music and placed in independent films. As a songwriter fundamentals coach, I work with students on refining melodies by combining multiple genres and refining lyrics by evaluating each line.

Last year, I released my debut EP and also signed a publishing deal with Bellringer Music. This year, I am crafting my original material that will be released soon.

I teach my clients in my creative and comfortable home in Los Feliz. I work with singers and songwriters in a variety of genres and always enforce an initial period of learning technique through Italian arias, and then transitioning into whatever styles students are eager to learn for auditions, shows, etc.

Some of the musical styles I teach: Pop, Rock, Indie Rock, Soul, Country and R&B
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Dania August 16, 2019
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Shubha was an excellent instructor. She is clearly well trained, and breaks everything down for any and all levels. She also makes every lesson fun with her sense of humor! Would definitely recommend to anyone and everyone.
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Tessa August 11, 2019
· Audition Prep · In studio
Shubha is one of the best vocal coaches I’ve ever had. She’s kind and patient and she knows how to get results. Before taking lessons with her, I was auditioning for shows using songs that weren’t the right fit for my voice. She helped me master my audition and I got the role! I’m going to continue lessons with her and I highly recommend her!
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Swati August 11, 2019
· Vocal Training · Online
I have been doing online vocal lessons with Shubha for a short time, and it was an amazing choice!! I love to sing, but I've never been super confident in it. She helps me learn vocal warm ups that have really allowed me to expand my range and feel like I have the confidence to actually perform live. The practice has been invaluable to me and really inspiring. She's given me that nudge to say yes to singing and feel like I can accept more gigs and feel ready to perform.
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Interested in learning how to write lyrics and songs? Here, New Jersey guitar teacher Matthew H. explains an easy 3-step process to follow...  Songwriting is not easy; just ask any composer or lyricist. While the musical composition is highly important (making sure the melody is catchy without sounding too trite), having a strong, relatable message to go along with a great tune is just as, if not more, important. Here are some tips on how to write lyrics for a good song. 1) What is

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