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About Francesca V.

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About Francesca
Alumnae of CSULAs music department with an emphasis in classical voice and guitar, Francesca's skills cover a vast ocean of information. With a background and formal education in opera and "the classics", Francesca is equally comfortable on stage at The House of Blues as she is at Disney Hall.

Francesca started teaching music at the early age of 16 with great success. She has honed her skills both in the private studio and in the classroom. Having served as musical faculty the California Music Academy, Cornelia Connelly High School, Pasadena Saturday Music Conservatory, and East Los Angeles College, having led choirs of 70+ high school girls and sung before sold out audiences of thousands of screaming fans, having toured 4 continents singing both classical repertoire and performing in commercial rock bands, having sung for president
s and princes, Francesca has high expectations and is skilled in helping her students reach their goals.

Now performing in the Donald Brinager Singers, a studio choir for-hire, Francesca can often be seen performing with orchestras throughout Southern California. While mentoring through her award-winning teaching studio, Francesca also manages to perform several showcases featuring her original music with her amazing back-up ensemble.

With a constant effort to maintain a professional studio learning environment and with a focus on reading skills and solid technique, Francesca's students enjoy lessons packed with information and light-heartedness. The one on one experience you will have the moment you walk thru the door promises to be unmatched. Francesca's students can be seen on major television networks, radio stations and performing around town in various projects. With a passion to give back, Francesca reserves a small number of spots in her schedule for the youngsters and seniors of her community. She teaches beginning through advanced guitar, piano, and voice.

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Voice and Instrument Coaching

~Develop skills and techniques for top notch practice and performance
~Study theory, composition, ear training, arranging, improvisation
~Discover music technology and performance techniques
~Study melody, harmony, song form and lyric writing

Artist Development

~Voice and Instrument Coaching
~Song Writing and Selection
~Demo Recording
~Image / Art / Photography Consulting
~Finding your signature sound and style
~Live Performance 101
~Branding / Career Planning and Strategy
~Song Analysis and Consulting
~Booking gigs

A Note From Francesca:

My official bio is listed below, but perhaps more important than the things I have done are the things that I am doing. I am now approaching my 15th year of teaching. I love to teach! I carry a minimum of 30 students, but have carried more then 80 at one time, and have never once complained. My waiting list cycles based on my performance schedule and recording schedule. If you don't see a time that works for you, feel free to reach out and see if we can find something that works, as an artist, my schedule can be quite full but also quite flexible. I love my students, I get to do what I love all day and I am sure it shows. I have a blast discovering new ways to experience music with "my kids." I call all of my students kids even though most of my studio consists of young adults. I try to have a young air in my classes at all times as it just makes the process so much more fun for everyone.

I've seen it all in through years: kids, adults, beginners and advanced students. I am personally very interested in being the most versatile musician possible and I love being able to share my knowledge with my students. We can study anything and everything from Classical Guitar to Electric Guitar Shredding; from Opera to Kelly Clarkson; from Tchaikovsky to Little Richard! I love getting students to dabble in little bits of all genres, often getting even the most skeptical student singing and playing comfortably in a matter of just a few weeks. My students will be able to read music for their favorite tunes and understand how to improvise from the start. Once you come in, you'll be hooked. You will have fun because I am having fun!

I encourage all of my students to share their favorite music with me. It affords me the opportunity to learn more about what they desire to learn and what types of music they enjoy. We will learn with your music often. After all, isn't that why you are coming to see me? I will introduce you to new sounds and styles, but will foster your love for music, and do my best to never force my music on students. I feel I learn as much from my students when I truly listen to them and their music as they do from me.

On site lessons are available for artists recording demos, rehearsing bands and setting up their own studios.

On a side note, I love seeing students at my shows! I am a full time musician and can be seen playing with my band, in my own solo project and in various choral settings. Check out my website and see what I do outside of the classroom. My students get a kick out of the idea that they can buy a CD with their teachers face on it, and to be honest, so do I. Many of my students have their own music out on iTunes and YouTube. Many more can be seen performing around town in solo projects and professional ensembles.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Pianos, Guitars, Basses, Amps, Computer, Monitors, Music, Recording Software, Drum Kit, Studio and Performance Mics, everything we need! Its like Disneyland for musicians!

*** Travel Equipment ***
Varies

*** Specialties ***
Francesca on Artist Development:

I feel obligated to share my joys and experiences-

Not many people have been blessed to sing alongside as many renowned musicians as I have - I've been lucky to be welcomed in both the commercial and classical worlds and they have both afforded me venues to use my voice and express the most vital corners of my soul. To find your purpose through art is one of the greatest gifts you can receive. And to be able to do that in front of thousands of music lovers live or over the airwaves is a surreal experience.

It'€™s funny, my classical cronies are impressed to hear my stories of packed rock gigs at the House Blues and national touring festivals like Warped Tour and my rock buddies ask to hear my stories of Disney Hall performances with the LA Phil. To be honest, Iâ'm impressed to be there too. Sometimes, I look around and think, how did I get here? How did I get lucky enough to live the dream, to find a home in music?

I've been luckier than most. I've had GREAT mentors who have always pushed me forward and shared their wisdom freely with me. Part of the classical musician's central goal is to educate. That'€™s a value I carry into my rock projects and production studio. Work smarter, not harder. Take the needed skills, create art, teach others how to do the same thing, move forward together to live happier, more productive lives filled with purpose.

I have come to be known as one of the top Musical Mentors & Artist Development Experts on the west coast. A behind the scenes- diva of dream building with the skills to push artists to the next level- the ace up the sleeve of many of today working talents. In my award winning studio, I spend time coaching the young voices and faces of today hottest TV shows seen on ABC, Nickelodeon, and the Disney Channel, but I still have a soft spot for up and comers in the indie music world. Having written and performed my own music for decades, I not only lived the collegiate experience of the elite classical performer singing for presidents and world leaders, but also the dingy road of the rock musician who'€™s showed one night to a packed stadium full of fans and showed up another, thousands of miles from home to play to a coffee shop of 5 people. Music has brought me to nearly every continent and introduced me to some of the most talented and diverse people you can imagine. I feel compelled to share these experiences with those around me so that they my develop the vision, the salt and the skills to persevere.

I am, above all, an artist & creator- living the dream, helping people- like you find their voice and write their songs. Turning raw emotion into art.

Each one of us has a story, our truth. Being an artist is about finding ourselves, our song and expressing it publicly so that we may heal, so that we may grow.

It doesn't take a ton of experience to write a hit song. It doesn't take a fancy education or a family line of talent (though it can help). We can all find our voice, our place in the spotlight, what it takes is the courage to take the next step forward.

You've already had the genius to be in the right place at the right time. Here. If you've made it this far, chances are you are smart enough, hungry enough and ready to take the plunge.

Inside my studio you will find the help you seek. I can impart you with proven techniques to strengthen your sound, develop your tone through strong technique, develop strategies to share your art and develop a plan to turn pipe dreams into reality. Some desire to sing on the worlds brightest stages, others strive to lead others through teaching themselves, and some wish for nothing more than to experience music in a confident manner among friends. All can be lead on this personal journey of the artistic soul and all can make their offering to the musical gods. There is a place at the table for anyone seeking an answer.
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Alexis December 26, 2018
· Guitar · Online
Thanks Francesca for making the lesson totally fun and relevant to my present level!
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Marc December 17, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Wow. I've always felt a little guilt for never picking up an instrument and I'm glad I finally fell through and contacted Francesca a couple months ago. She's amazing. There's been a few times where I've been overloaded with work, haven't practiced, or needed to reschedule and she's been incredible at finding a solution for each of these inconveniences. Francesca's Music Studio; incredible! You really get into the "zone" when you're in there and the atmosphere definitely sets that mood. As for her teaching style; I feel like she understands a persons particular "vibe" and teaches accordingly. There's been a few times where I've been high energy and she's matched that energy to where we have a great lesson; and there's also been times where I've been low energy, and she still finds a way to motivate you without over doing it and becomes a great lesson. I'm still new, but there hasn't been a time I've left thinking "I wish I never came". Not once! If you're apprehensive about taking that next step, don't hesitate and just contact Francesca. You won't regret it. Thank you Francesca for everything! See you soon
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Ashley September 11, 2018
· Ukulele · Online
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About Christine A.

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About Christine
About Improv:
Improv is a form of theater where everything is made up on the spot. Nothing is scripted, everything is made up in the moment using random suggestions. Improv allows every person & idea to have value. I use the principles of improvisational theater to create better humans! I'm committed to creating an environment safe to make mistakes and providing a very safe and courageous place for people to have fun, learn and play in. You’ll be happily surprised with the outcome.

About Christine:
I have been improvising since 2001 and in 2003 began directing students from ages 5 to 84. My passion is to share the incredible art form of improv with excitement and humor.

Improv is a great learning tool for team building, spontaneity, listening, being present, speaking to groups, communicating one on one, saying yes, respecting one
another and so much more. It helps that each game played builds upon the next to reinforce the learning.

What you get:
One-on-One - 45 min - 1 hour of discussion / rehearsal with Christine - working on improv performance skills or personal communication skills. At the end of the session, you will be armed with new tools.

Improv Troupe Notes - 1 hour - for improv troupes needing an outside eye for notes, direction and ideas for marketing your troupe. At the end of the session, you will have new games and ideas to move your troupe forward.

Custom Course - 45min - 1 hour or weekly - Tell me what you would like to improve. Character choices? Initiations? Storyline? You tell me.

Improv empowers people. Let's empower each other.
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Francisco May 29, 2018
· Improv Acting · Online
Great improv games to use in everyday life !
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Vedina S. September 14, 2017
· Improv Acting · Online
Working with Christine has been nothing short of an amazing experience. I have learned so much about the industry and have received so much insight on what it takes to be a great actress/comedian/etc. When I first started out, I had no idea what direction I wanted to take or where to start. Christine was extremely patient and came equipped with a roadmap to getting started. She takes every lesson at the pace that works best for me. She has helped me to set and define clear goals of what I want to accomplish and has made excellent use of our time together. I chose Christine because of previous reviews and she has lived up to every word of what others have said. It's been a blast and I plan to continue developing my skill set with her help!
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Adam August 24, 2017
· Improv Acting · Online
Christine is the BEST!
As a beginner improver, I am so lucky I found Christine! She has taught me so many valuable tools that have improved my scene work and my decision making. In addition, she always addresses my specific issues during each lesson and even emails me with advice and fun GIFS! (no, not "gifts", but graphic interchange formats! :D Every class is fun and lighthearted and I look forward to it each week.

My lessons are virtual, but she is still very effective at participating in scenes and even encouraged my fellow classmate to join me during our lessons. We can't say enough great things about each class!!
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About Gabriel B.

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Two-Time Broadway Award Winning Actor/Singer Gabriel has performed starring roles on Broadway, Las Vegas and International stages around the world. Known as the “Trilingual, Triple Threat”, this powerhouse of a performer has also appeared in hit shows like ABC’s “Switched at Birth”, CBS’s “Criminal Minds”, Nickelodeon and many other Principle leading roles in Feature Films and Television. His televised PBS concert “Live from the Venetian in Las Vegas”, has aired in over 350 PBS stations across North America. Most recently, Gabriel starred in his award winning portrayal of Dean Martin in the hottest show on the Las Vegas Strip called “Vegas! The Show” at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino.

Gabriel has studied voice at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and began his career as an Apprentice Actor at the prestigious Shaw Festival
of Canada. He made his Broadway debut in Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Bombay Dreams, under the direction of 2-time Academy Award winning composer A.R. Rahman. He also starred as Lancelot in the Broadway National Tour of Camelot and Magaldi in the Broadway National tour of Evita (Harold Prince Revival). Gabriel had the distinguished honor of originating the role of the elf archer Legolas in the $30 Million Dollar, world premier production of The Lord of The Rings, directed by Tony award winning director Matthew Warchus.
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Irina January 10, 2019
· Accent Reduction · In studio
Wonderful teacher, helpful lessons, easy to follow technique.
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Natalie December 30, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Gabriel is a wonderful instructor. He teaches techniques that will open up the full power of your voice to you, and gives very personalized instruction about where and how you can improve.
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Terry December 6, 2018
· Acting · Online
I am glad I found Gabriel. I feel like every session I learn something new and I am learning techniques that will be helpful in everything I do. Gabriel is a patient and kind teacher and makes sure I am learning before moving on to the next lesson.
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About Don C.

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Tyler, TX

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I have been an Artistic Director and acting coach for 6 years following training in New York and Seattle. I have experience with film and television, specializing in non-scripted, improv type theatre. My drama therapy training, and work with youth on the autism spectrum has also equipped me to work with a broad range of students. I am also the founder and instructor for the popular Improv for REAL Life classes. I cannot think of a better way to build both your skills as an actor, and increase your confidence on stage, and in life.
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Susan December 6, 2018
· Improv Acting · In studio
Don is an amazing instructor. He also is good at motivation. I have learned a lot and look forward to keep learning more.
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Jake October 29, 2018
· Improv Acting · In studio
Had a great time in every session we had! I was never one to be up on stage in the spotlight, but Don's class helped me push through that! Awesome experience!
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Susan October 28, 2018
· Improv Acting · In studio
I have never done anything like this but I don't want to stop now. I want to learn more and more. Don is a good teacher and an awesome person as well. The whole class had the best time ever.
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Simone loves the hands-on collaborative nature of the theatre. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2016 from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, where she majored in Acting. Simone has much experience teaching people of all ages in theater arts and performance. When she's not auditioning Simone enjoys, baking, spending time with family, watching Netflix, and working out.

I provide a positive and fun hands on environment that allows for nothing but the growth and success for my students.

For private consultation sessions I start at the beginning. We begin by assessing your "type", what type of work you see yourself doing, and how you want to progress in your acting. I then suggest work for my students to familiarize theirselves with ranging from books to television and plays, so that they feel immersed in the wo
rld they desire to enter.

For audition prep I work to make sure my students feel prepared and excited for their audition pieces so that they have the confidence to walk into the room and book the role!

For audition prep, I coach:
-Monologues
-Scene Work
-Theater -from the original audition to creating the role
-Self-tape
-Film and TV-where we go over the nuances and subtly of film
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About Dennis N.

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Chicago, IL

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What are you looking for?

If an audition, I can help you allay those nerves and help you reach a place where you show to best advantage. You CAN be in charge of that audition space.

If scene study, I can help you break it down for maximum impact.

Whatever your needs, I'm here to help and facilitate.

I have many years of experience in theatre, both in Chicago and New York. I have recent experience in film (film I acted in was Best in Middle Coast Film Festival/1918).
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Grace F.
Loyola University New Orleans

I graduated with B.A. and M.A. degrees in Philosophy and Literature from University of Buenos Aires in Argentina. After moving to U.S. over 20 years ago, I completed my M.B.A. with emphasis in Finance from Loyola University New Orleans College of Business. I love teaching kids and have been tutoring Spanish, ESL, Homework Help and Study Skills for the last 10 years. I have also home schooled students in Elementary and Middle School. I was an elementary and middle school Spanish teacher for the Louisiana public school systems and I currently teach several subjects at Halstrom Academy. I have taught Spanish to English speakers and English to Spanish speakers, which gives me a thorough understanding of both languages. My approach consists of adapting my tutoring technique to the child’s learning styles
and needs. I have a “you CAN do it!” attitude and effectively communicate this to my students.
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Anna Wenger is currently a senior at Oklahoma City University where she will receive her BFA Acting Diploma in December of 2019. She has extensive performance experience, ranging from musical theatre to classical acting, and has been cast lead roles in shows such as Chicago, The Wizard of Oz, and Othello.

Anna works regularly with Oklahoma Children's Theatre and has experience working with students of all backgrounds and ages.
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Hello fellow actors! My name is Tom, I am a professional Actor/Writer. I have been giving private acting classes since 2006. Are you new to acting or have you been doing it for a while? Either way, private lessons are one of the best ways to advance your skill and confidence.
I use a variety of methods is my lessons depending on what suits you. Your life experience and acting experience will dictate how we proceed. Your growth as an actor is at the forefront of our work together. I have a compassionate and patient teaching style, which makes the process enjoyable and fun.
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Meghan January 17, 2019
· Acting · In studio
Tom has really changed how I think about my work. He works with me on audition prep and is always available to do self-tapes. He coaches and records them, which is amazingly helpful. I feel confident and grounded thanks to him. AMAZING!
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Jake January 17, 2019
· Acting · In home
WOW! This guy is the best. Tom really helped me to get out of my own way, be more creative in my choices, and book work. I started as a new adult actor with Tom and within 3 months started booking roles in film and theater. He has a way of making you feel good and confident with what you do. It's a little like "therapy" but so much more fun.
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Mike January 17, 2019
· Theater Acting · In home
Tom help me prepare for several roles and help my son prepare for his college auditions. I love what the training did for me and was so thrilled that my son went into his school auditions with such ease and confidence. Tom is definitely patient. I was very set in my ways and he really helped me to open to the full acting experience.
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