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Melissa J.

Camarillo, CA

The Sing Your BEST Self studio mission is to foster empowered, confident, healthy and beautiful performers, through skills building, personalized technique and applied performance. While students will be challenged to meet progress goals, each session is structured to be lively and enjoyable.

About Melissa

Melissa has been singing all of her life. She began her vocal training at a very cute age, learning every song she heard, and passionately performing them for friends and family. She later went on to pursue a formal education in Classical Vocal Performance and Jazz technique from California State University, Los Angeles. While completing her Bachelors degree, Melissa was fortunate to have worked with many established artists, bands and producers of various styles, including jazz, blues, rock, pop, soul and funk. These collaborations have allowed her to hone her own voice and successfully pu
rsue professional work.

Melissa has enjoyed the opportunity of lead local elementary school music programs, and has most recently expanded her private vocal studio Sing Your BEST Self to include skills training in piano, music theory and ear training.

Melissa specializes in LIVE improvisational performance, and can be seen performing under a stage name around the Ventura County and Los Angeles areas. Additionally, She is an accomplished songwriter, and has lent her voice to many recording projects, art collaborations, as well as, T.V. and Film.

*** Lesson Details ***
I thoroughly enjoy sharing what I've learned about music. In my voice studio, students will master the fundamentals of the voice to ensure natural, healthy singing. In my teaching approach, I seek to provide a complete experience, in which, standard vocal technique is taught with the whole singer in mind, with specific attention to the individual students needs and goals.

Singing should be enjoyable for the singer as well as the listener. Helping students to experience that joy is my intention. Music lessons are fun, energetic, and productive. You will become an empowered musician and learn to Sing Your BEST Self!

*** Studio Equipment ***
recording studio/performance space: students of all ages, keyboard, mirror, stools, dry erase board

*** Travel Equipment ***
Onsight lessons are at teacher's discretion and are reserved for advanced students, and pre-arranged coaching sessions related to student learning goals.

*** Specialties ***
I am classically trained singer and teach from that method. I perform Jazz/ blues, soul/ funk and can teach these styles with applied pedagogy. I perform often and would also enjoy coaching in more modern styles of music that require microphone and stage technique. Additionally, hands on vocal recording technique would be of interest to me.
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Yacov N. September 15, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I just had my first lesson with Melissa, she is very nice and mostly teaches beginners. I'll take other lessons with her if she could teach in Ventura. Camarillo is too far for me to travel to.
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Amber B. July 30, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Melissa is a wonderful singing teacher. She is kind and patient and really tries to bring out the best in my daughter. We are super happy!
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Rosalind R. September 6, 2012
Verified Student
Melissa J is patient, warm, and intelligent

I can easily recommend Melissa J. She is bright, warm, patient and enthusiastic about teaching music. Our son instantly connected with her, and he has remembered every single thing she has taught him. If he had his way, he would take a lesson with her everyday! Big thanks !
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Melissa J.

Melissa J.

Camarillo, CA 93010
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$45 / 30-min
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Christopher C.

Camarillo, CA

Playing a piece in private is one thing; playing in front of an audience is another. Music Performance is an important aspect of one's musical education, and together we'll learn how to refine a piece, tackle nerves, and give a performance that will be remembered.

About Christopher

My name is Christopher, or Chris for short. I am a composer, arranger, pianist, vocalist, and private tutor. I have taught private lessons in classical and contemporary piano performance, vocal performance, guitar performance, music theory, and musicianship to local students for the past 10 years. I currently have 31 weekly students all over Ventura County. I attended CSUN'€™s school of music where I received my Bachelor'€™s of Music in Music Composition. My other experience includes teaching at 2 different music studios (Perry Music Studios and Brookyln's Conservatory of Music), teaching Conf
irmation classes to teenagers at St. Jude'€™s Catholic Church, and teaching English to Japanese high school students through the Rotary Youth Exchange Program.

*** Lesson Details ***
My philosophy when it comes to doing anything with music is that it should be fun! Whether you're practicing a piece, playing with a band, writing something new, or even learning music theory, music is primarily about enjoying yourself and the others around you.

The best way to ensure that you enjoy yourself is to learn what you want to learn and play what you want to play. In addition to a standard curriculum, I want you to tell me what kind of music you're interested in and what kind of pieces you want to play! Do you love classic rock? Do you love pop? Blues? Jazz? Folk tunes? Opera? Or maybe you're a fan of the classical masters? Whatever the case may be, my number one goal is to make sure you're having fun while you develop your new talents.

I'm comfortable teaching students as young as 7 years of age, although I can teach even younger if they are especially well-behaved.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Blues, Jazz, Improv, Composition, Theory
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Anna E. September 4, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Chris is a wonderful teacher for my Isabella. He's quite energetic with a great personality. Isabella has grown so much as his student She loves that Chris lets her choose her pieces.
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Jordan L. March 21, 2013
Piano
My Favorite Piano Teacher!

Chris is an unbelievable piano teacher! He always makes sure we are working on something that I enjoy which keeps me motivated. He is very patient (which is great since I'm kind of a slow learner!) and is always willing to go over things as many times as I need.

Chris also has such a great passion for his music so a lot of the times my absolute favorite part of our lesson is when we are finished and I ask him to play me some of his own newly composed songs!
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Christopher C.

Christopher C.

Camarillo, CA 93012
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starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Steven S.

Ventura, CA

The fine art of music performance is available to all instrumentalists and vocalists. All ages and skill levels are encouraged to apply.Music performance lessons are available for all ages, styles and skill levels. Students will have fun while reaching their musical goals. Students are taught to be musicians and artists through the study of the Music Performance. In addition to correct form and technical studies, I will coach you on subjects such as dynamics, interpretation, stage deportment...and handling stage fright. Also, I will work with the student
to create a REALISTIC practice schedule to fit their time schedule.

About Steven

Steven graduated with his bachelor of music degree from California State University, Northridge. While at C.S.U.N., Steven was the winner of the Andres Segovia memorial scholarship and the Randy Rhoads memorial scholarship. Also, Steven has studied with many guitar greats such as Christopher Parkening and Randy Rhoads (Ozzy Osbourne). Currently, Steven is recording and performing with the virtuoso violinist Hekar Rivera and is the guitarist in a super cool instrumental Rock/Jazz/R&B fusion quartet. In addition to performing, Steven teaches guitar at his studio in Ventura. Also, Steven is the
head of the music department at North Hills Preparatory School and teaches guitar workshops at the Ventura College Institute.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are available for all ages, styles and skill levels. Beginners are encouraged to apply. Students will have fun while reaching their musical goals. Students are taught to be musicians and artists through the study of the guitar. Students will learn cool songs, improvisation and music theory. I really love teaching music because I think music make the world a better place!
Lessons take place at my studio in Ventura, CA
ONLINE LESSONS AVAILABLE IN EARLY 2016!

*** Studio Equipment ***
More information upon booking

*** Travel Equipment ***
More information upon booking

*** Specialties ***
I am able to teach all styles from blues to jazz and all points between. My areas of expertise would most likely be in hard rock, metal, rock/jazz fusion, classical guitar, improvisation, songwriting and application of music theory.
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Bob December 16, 2015
Classical Guitar · In studio
Steve is a terrific instructor and guitarist. I’m an adult beginner - playing one year, now - on classical guitar; I have been grateful that Steve's been so supportive, positive, and knowledgable. His university-level guitar education and post-degree guitar experience have served him very well. I enjoy the guitar and Steve's instruction.
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Tobi December 14, 2015
Guitar · In studio
My two sons and I have taken lessons from Steve for over 5 years. He is an amazing teacher! Very kind and patient with a great sense of humor. Whether beginner or advanced Steve puts the same effort into teaching everyone. It has been fantastic to see the progress that both of my sons have made throughout the years. I simply can't recommend him highly enough.
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Andrew December 9, 2015
Guitar · In studio
I have taken lessons from Steve for many years. He is an excellent teacher in every way - he has a music degree, is very down-to-earth, has a great sense of humor and is patient, and very skilled at teaching all aspects of guitar. I play acoustic blues and finger style, classical, electric, you name it. He has been very versatile. I highly, highly recommend him - you won't find a better teacher!
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Steven S.

Steven S.

Ventura, CA 93003
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starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Jarold D.

Oxnard, CA

Concerts featuring the students are held in order to put into action what is learned during private lessons. There's nothing like real world experience to bring it all together.

About Jarold

I've been teaching privately for more than 20 years, along with extensive touring on the national and regional levels.

National tours have been with many R&B, Soul, and Funk artists, such as Malo, Bloodstone, GQ, Deniece Williams, Dazz Band, and many more. I've played on several albums, some of them being Bloodstone's Ultimate Collection, GQ's Tribute to Billy Steward and Marvin Gaye, as well as Troy Dixon's debut album.

Training has included private study with known standouts in the music industry, such as Carlos Gonzales and Jeff Berlin.

My students run the gamut - from beginner
s wanting to learn how to play some of their favorite songs, to high school students preparing for a university music degree, to pros who want to take their skills to another level.

Lessons are tailored to each individual's needs. There are certain elements that each student needs to know, which will be covered. There are also things that students want to learn, such as favorite songs, and those will be covered as well.

With over 20 years of real world experience and training, I believe I can bring a fresh approach to learning guitar and bass for the potential student.

*** Lesson Details ***
We start with what the student needs. For beginners, we cover the basics, such as learning to play some melodies and chords. We also go over how to read music, as well as tablature, a system noted for it's ease of use in guitar.

For the intermediate, we determine what the student knows about guitar and what they would like to learn, and proceed from there. Usually it's more in depth study of scales, modes, and techniques, along with more difficult songs on the agenda.

For the advanced, the next level of scales, modes, chord voicing, and applicable music theory is explored. Learning is a never-ending pursuit.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Amps and cabinets - RedPlate BlackDuo 50, Marshall JTM45, Barber Echelon 50, numerous speakers cabinets with a variety of Celestion speakers.

Guitars - Les Pauls, Strats, Telecasters.

Bass Guitar - Custom Michael Dolan 5-string, Ibanez 905 5-string, Fender P-Bass, Warwick Fretless 5-string bass.

Complete compliment of studio microphones, from vocal condenser mics to drum and guitar mics.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Amps - RedPlate BlackDuo 50, Marshall JTM45, Barber Echelon 50, numerous speakers cabinets with a variety of Celestion speakers.

Guitars - Les Pauls, Strats, Telecasters.

Bass Guitar - Custom Michael Dolan 5-string, Ibanez 905 5-string, Fender P-Bass, Warwick Fretless 5-string bass.

Bass Amps - Warwick and MarkBass amps, Warwick cabinets.

*** Specialties ***
Funk, R&B, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Folk, Country.
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Dorothy B. August 3, 2015
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Jarold was a great teacher! I really enjoyed how accommodating Jordan was in the sense that he would let me son learn whatever songs he wanted and worked through all of them until the end. Jarold's positive attitude is a breath of fresh air at every lesson and I would highly recommend him to others.
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Jarold D.

Jarold D.

Camarillo, CA 93010
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Jaclyn U.

Ventura, CA

About Jaclyn

Jaclyn U., Voice Instructor

Jaclyn will guide you to explore your singing voice and full artistic expression. Emphasis is placed on healthy vocal technique through successful breath support, effective vowel modification, and increased self-awareness and freedom in the body. Come sing the songs you love in a healthy and empowered way and find your creativity and musicianship expressed. Various lesson packages are available, and all include a monthly group performance workshop.
Jaclyn is a lyric soprano, accomplished vocalist of modern and traditional musical theater, jazz and classical r
epertoire. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Vocal Performance at California State University at Northridge. She studies voice with Diane Ketchie (lyric coloratura), coaches with Heather Lyle (author of Vocal Yoga), and studies independently with Dr. Karen Kochis-Jennings (CCM vocal styles, Vocal Pedagogy/Science), Janet Shulman (Alexander Technique). Jaclyn received her Bachelor’s in Music Education from Nazareth College, and is a certified yoga instructor (YA200hrRYT, 50hr YogaWorks).
Jaclyn teaches private and group voice, piano, and yoga lessons in Sherman Oaks, Brentwood/Los Angeles, Thousand Oaks, Ventura and Santa Barbara.
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Yelena December 25, 2015
Broadway Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I really enjoy lessons with Jaclyn, she is very professional and fun to work with. She knows a lot about the theoretical part of singing as well practical. Her lessons are interesting and helpful.
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Vijay M. April 3, 2015
Yoga · In home
Verified Student
Great teacher learning from Basics.
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Jaclyn U.

Jaclyn U.

Ventura, CA 93003
(2)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

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