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Tamara K.

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Apple Valley, CA
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Tamara K. Brooklyn, NY

I have over five years of experience teaching writing to all levels and special needs (children-adults). Students will have fun writing poems, short stories, and essays. My teaching goal is to increase students self esteem and confidence.

About Tamara

I'm a producer, instructor, singer songwriter, and composer residing in Brooklyn, New York and I perform under the name Toma. I'm currently in a dynamic duo and I'm working on and recording an album. I started singing, playing piano, and composing music when I was seven years old. Throughout my musical existence, I have performed and collaborated with various rock bands, classical trios, vocal ensembles, and theater groups. I attended Berklee College of Music, McNally Smith College of Music, MCTC, and Full Sail University. I hold degrees in Music Performance, Sound Arts, and in February I will have a degree in Music Performance. I enjoy writing and playing classical, electronic, rock, jazz, folk, punk, and experimental music. In my free time I like to circuit bend. *** Lesson ...

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Jonathan V. December 27, 2014
Singing · In studio
Very professional
On time never late
She has a very beautiful voice
She is patient loving and informative in her lessons
I highly recommend her!
Tina B. Apple Valley, CA

Writing is my passion and I love working with those who are just as passionate about learning how to fully express themselves with the written word.

We will go over structure, grammar and vocabulary. Students will be given writing exercises designed to make them stronger writers. These writing assignments will be critiqued and the student will rewrite the assignment, as many times as necessary, until they have a strong paper. I taught creative writing at a charter school and found that this is the best way to learn the process that goes into becoming a strong writer.

About Tina

I started singing professionally at the age of fourteen. I have had leading roles in semi-professional theatre productions since I was seventeen. I have also been assistant director, musical director, choreographer, costumer and writer for many productions from West Side Story to My Fair Lady to Camelot. In the theatre I have worked with and trained children and adults of all ages. I have also conducted summer camps that were theatre workshops for children. I was a school teacher at a Charter school for eight years and I taught music and drama to children from Kindergarten to 12th grade. I have been giving voice lessons for more than twenty years. I tailor my programs based on the needs of my students. I am passionate about music and I love being able to share that with other ...

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Nhien L. May 28, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Ms. Tina is the best singing teacher in the High Desert! My daughter loves coming to her lessons, and has vastly improved. She has had 3 other singing teachers prior, but they did not teach breathing and vocal techniques. Ms. Tina coaches and critiques without being overly critical. She challenges my daughter with different genres of music, which has helped her not only widen her interests in music, but also improved her vocal abilities tremendously.
So if you're looking to sing better just for fun or for a competition, Ms. Tina will help get you there!
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Yolanda P. February 12, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Best Vocal Teacher Ever!!

Ms tina is an excellent vocal coach, her ability to cover the most important aspects of vocal instruction is very impressive. My experience with her has been extremely beneficial. I had been singing 5 plus years and after taking vocal lessons with Ms.Tina I realized I was singing the wrong way and damaging my vocal cords. After working with Ms tina for a little over 1 month I was able to identify correct breathing tecniques, pronunciation, as well as being able to stay on key. Ms tina is extremely professional, patient, reliable and very passionate about helping her student's reach their goals and aspirations in music.
Any direction that my signing career goes, I would love to keep her as a vocal coach!
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Monika W. December 19, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Awesome Teacher

Our Daughter has not stopped glowing after placing 2nd in a local talent competition! Tina helped bring the personality and confidence out of our Daughter. She is patient, understanding and knowledgeable. Our Daughter looks forward to every lesson and learns more each time. Thank you Tina for all you have done...you are a hidden gem of the desert!
Allen P. Miami, FL

We use Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) and The Lost Tools of Writing (CiRCE Institute) to teach the mechanics and style of effective communication through writing and expression.

About Allen

I am a University of Miami School of Music graduate with extensive experience in music education, theory, songwriting and arranging. As a winner of the Florida State Concerto Competition at 17, and having performed with some of South Florida's best singers and musicians, I offer a wealth of knowledge about how to connect music theory with music practice. *** Lesson Details *** I specialize in creating individual lesson plans - no 'cookie cutter' methods, and no lectures about practicing! My teaching style is free-flowing and relaxed. I'm very willing to adapt to any and all situations in order to make music education work for YOU. We offer group lessons that help young students learn socially and with fun activities. Our music reading curriculum teaches "easy success", in a ...

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Val C. March 6, 2014
Verified Student
A-1

It's been a real pleasure!!!!!!!! Can't wait to get back!!!!!!!! Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!

Kelly K.

Tujunga, CA
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John Paul S.

Seattle, WA
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Fullerton, CA
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Kelly K. Tujunga, CA

About Kelly

Music is a wonderful creative outlet, and I hope to benefit my students by teaching them how to play piano pieces that they are interested in. I’m a patient, meticulous, and dedicated teacher, and I’m so excited about helping aspiring pianists to cultivate a deep appreciation for music. I truly believe that students of all ages can master the piano! I'm a classically trained musician, and I'™ve been passionate about playing the piano for the past 18 years. Music brings me so much joy, and I'™m extremely enthusiastic about sharing my knowledge with students to enable them to reach their potential, and unlock the artistry within them. Music is an essential part of my life because, as Plato once said, it œgives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the ...

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Thea L. March 20, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Contagiously passionate

Kelly was creative enough to hold the attention of a wiggly eight-year-old. Her passion for and knowledge of music was contagious and brilliant. Kelly's very honest in her feedback, but presents it constructively with humor and kindness. She kept my daughter actively engaged and was always encouraging.
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TDL November 11, 2011
Best piano teacher

Kelly is passionate about teaching. She goes above and beyond her teaching to help kids to learn. She is patient and kind and of course my girls love her! She is the best and we feel lucky to have her.
John Paul S. Seattle, WA

As a long time writer and graduate teacher, I can help you develop skills at any educational level to make you a better writer.

About John Paul

I have been teaching voice and music lessons for several years now to a wide range and variety of students. I have successfully helped individuals learn how to sing, speak, act, write songs, and play the piano. Some students come to me to build their confidence or skills. Other students come to me just to have a really great time. All my students grow from their experiences learning music with me. I use a variety of methods and it all depends on what you, as a student, are needing from your lessons. My background is diverse. I have written and recorded dozens of musical albums over the last decade. I often perform for music and theater events in Seattle and Washington. I have a bachelor of science in contemporary vocal performance and a master of arts in information and learning ...

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Elyse N. December 12, 2014
Singing · In studio
John Paul is an amazingly talented artist (performer, writer, teacher, singer, producer, composer, director...the list is seriously too long). We have worked together as professional singers, and I have collaborated with him on an album that he wrote/produced/recorded/edited himself. He is a kind and inspiring person who LOVES music more than anything in the world. I wholeheartedly recommend him to students of all ages who want to find and express their creative voice in the world.
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RUTHI L. March 15, 2014
Singing
Best teacher ever

JP has been teaching Mya for almost 2 years (since she was 6 years old) and Mya has been loving each lesson, can't wait for the next one, and has grown in many ways, that have exceeded our expectations.
JP is extremely patient, always positive, and knows how to reinforce the confidence whenever needed, provide clues for improvement that are very useful and positive. JP is an outstanding teacher.
The lessons are always a good mix of warming up, theory, singing, expressing emotions, new creations and also recording.
JP brings the best out of Mya, and makes her feel that he is also enjoying it.
Cymbaline O. Fullerton, CA

About Cymbaline

Cymbaline has been performing all her life. She began dance training at age 5, singing on stage at age 7, piano instruction at age 8, and flute at age 9. She has pursued the performing arts in her training, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music (Vocal Performance and Education) from Azusa Pacific University, as well as a Masters in Education from Grand Canyon University. Cymbaline has been seen on stage in many musical theater productions, including playing Marian in The Music Man, Anna in The King and I, and the Blue Girl in Shout! She has also done theater and film, including playing Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. She has taught voice, piano, and flute privately, as well as voice and musical theater classes. She has a great desire to pass on the knowledge she has gained

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Lara M. April 15, 2014
Piano
Very professional and patient

Ms Olsen has been giving my daughter piano lessons for a year. She comes to our home and is very professional, timely and patient. My daughter has made great progression with her piano, she looks forward to her lessons and practices without me having to remind her. It's so convenient that she comes to our house, and she communicate with me . I would highly recommend her.
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Haley R. April 1, 2014
Vocal Training
Voice Has Never Been Better

In my now four years with her, Ms. Olsen has been an amazing, kind, and awesome teacher to have and work with. If it wasn't for her, my voice wouldn't sound as beautiful as it would have sounded without her teaching me. Going from classical songs to Italian songs to now modern/pop songs, my voice has gone through many different techniques to help my singing become better, which it has. Overall, I have learned a bunch from Ms. Olsen and I wouldn't want a different teacher either way. I am really happy my mother asked me if I wanted to take voice lesson. Thank you Ms. Olsen! :)
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David W. April 1, 2014
Singing
A shining star

Cymbaline Olsen is a shining star. Her talent and energy is boundless. Her ability to calmly listen, to sculpt, and to mold vocalists of all ages, ranges and abilities is second to none. Many acclaimed vocalists have minimal strengths in terms of "coaching-up" less competent vocalists. Cymbaline, however, is a natural teacher. She is a rare talent in that regard. Cymbaline's strength is teaching and performance. Her expertise in music theory, vocal phrasing and vocal scales is extraordinary. Cymbaline can teach you that Yes...you Can Sing....And Yes, you will!
I highly recommend Cymbaline for your Vocal Lessons.

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