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Sylmar, CA

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About Patrick
The Vocal Artist

A rare 'natural' tenor, Patrick's range and versatility are evidenced throughout his work. From Bach Cantatas to Broadway tunes, he's even dared to sing Denver, bringing audiences to tears with his own rendition of Annie's Song. He is a torch song tenor, a la Rondstadt's 'Round Midnight but with the power and passion of Pavarotti.

Like most classically-trained tenors, Patrick can list many of the master works among his repertoire. Starting with Michigan Opera Theatre's Opera-in-Residence program, he performed in Madame Butterfly, Die Fledermaus and The Mikado and others. In Detroit & Windsor Ontario, he performed Bach, Schubert, Handel, Dubois, Mozart and Dvorak. While Patrick's early career focused on classical sacred performances, his real passion is to re-create traditional music in new ways. He recorded his
first two albums with composer Yves Vincent of San Diego, California in genre-stretching new-age/classical style.

After relocating to Tucson, Arizona, as music director for his church, he encouraged a variety of styles and genres to be used by the musicians and choirs of each of five weekend Masses.
Later, in Illinois, he directed another 60 voice parish choir that frequently performed with orchestras from Illinois State & Wesleyan Universities. His voice students in all these locations have been encouraged to explore and develop their own unique expression of their favorite music, while building on a solid foundation of technique, vocal strength and musicianship.

Now that Patrick has relocated one more time to Los Angeles, CA, he is working on a 3rd and 4th CD and once again accepting students. He enjoys the opportunity to expose young & older talent to the power and passion of classical music while also helping them create ways to make it new and exciting by reinterpreting it with their own favorite genres.

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Patrick's passion for teaching comes from his philosophy of music:
"Music is humanity's most evolved form of expression and communication. Music includes language, our physical senses, and our sense of meaning. With music, ordinary language is ultimately transcended. Words communicate from mind to mind; music communicates to the depth of the soul."

Patrick teaches and encourages young beginners as well as coaching and challenging seasoned professionals. He has even taught a hearing-impaired student to use physical sensation rather than sound to sing on pitch! He focuses on fundamentals of breath, technique and strength to help singers take care of their irreplaceable instrument. (Patrick's own vocal coach, Edward Kingins, continues to perform and move audiences in Detroit well in to his 70s!) Along with helping students build a strong foundation, he nurtures a love and commitment to music by working with students in the style and genre they enjoy most, from rock to pop, jazz or country.

Patrick also has unique insight into the entertainment industry, both in Los Angeles and across the country. Over the years, he has been associated with and close friends with musicians and actors such as John Denver and Richard Hatch as well as sought-after speakers Tom Crum and W Mitchell. Since locating to L.A., he has worked in independent movies with Damian Chapa and David Carradine as an actor and production assistant and coordinator. This experience, coupled with his own success on stage and as a recording artist helps him guide and advise serious young talent to maneuver the crazy environment of Hollywood and avoid the scams and pitfalls of the entertainment industry.

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Singing, Acting (stage Presentation)

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Beginning Lesson Outline

My Basic lesson outline is to determine where we are starting with each student and custom make lessons designed to fit the needs for that student. We will also work on meditation and visualization techniques for performance. The idea is for you to feel the words and sing with passion or so your audience believes your song.

Unlike other instruments, your voice cannot be replaced if it is damaged. I take the time needed through each step of the process so your voice is strengthened and developed properly. It is up to the student to practice and apply what is learned and build a trained, strong instrument that will be useable for your whole life.

You will learn:

Proper breathing techniques and practice.
Properly warming up the voice.
Working on music theory (reading music, etc.)
Ear training and pitch.
Expression, phrasing and performing.
Applying techniques learned to music suitable for student's capabilities.
Learning to have fun and enjoy the music experience.
Confidence and self-esteem

Depending on student's progress, specific lesson components above will be emphasized so that the student's goals will be achieved.
My goal is to prepare you to the best of my ability for you to achieve your dreams.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Keyboard & Recording Studio

*** Travel Equipment ***
CDs, recorded lessons, vocalization practice material. Student should have a CD/tape player. Keyboard is helpful, but not required.

*** Specialties ***
Vocal: Classical, jazz
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Rosie G. April 28, 2014
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Awesome!

I needed to practice a solo for my Easter Vigil Psalm performance, and he helped me take care of my instrument, taught me great exercises, and gave me good advice about my career. He is a very nice instructor. He will help you grow as a singer and performer, and you always learn something new everyday with him...I highly recommend him to everyone because he really knows music theory.
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SandeS November 24, 2010
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"From your mouth to Patrick's ear*...

I was looking for an experienced and patient teacher, one who really listens, and am lucky enough to be able to work with Patrick. He not only hears the singing, but has the flexibility and talent to adapt to the needs and concerns of the singer. Highly recommended. *"From your mouth to G*d's ear," is a Jewish expression meaning, "May what you just said be true!"
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About Elizabeth K.

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Stage acting and musicals

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Elizabeth K. instructs Vocal, Piano, and Guitar lessons at her home or the meeting place of choice for her students. She also has Skype available for lessons over the internet for out of town students.

Elizabeth has been singing since the age of four and had her first solo in church at eleven years old. With over 15 years of private instruction experience, and a Vocal Music Education with a Concentration in Performance degree, Elizabeth is an excellent instructor and performer.
She has directed and performed in off-Broadway musicals such as Grease, Oklahoma, and West Side Story, and has done costume make-up and design for many plays and musicals as well. She has also performed in several opera productions including Pirates of Penzance, Madam Butterfly, and Merry Widow with the San Antonio Opera, and continues to perform and help o
ut as needed with SA Opera and local production companies. Mrs. K performs on a regular basis at local churches and with different community groups. She also is hired on a regular basis as a wedding singer and funeral cantor.
Mrs. K. loves teaching and specializes in personal one on one attention with her students, making each of them aware of how important music is for their everyday lives. Elizabeth teaches all age groups, from beginner level to advanced for vocal instruction, beginner to advanced level for piano instruction, and beginner level for guitar instruction.

*** Lesson Details ***
Beginner = 30 minute lessons

Intermediate = 45 minute lessons

Advanced = 1 hour lessons

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright Piano
Electric Keyboard
Smart phone voice memo app for Voice Lessons
Ipod and Ipod Player
CD Player
Copies of Various Music for Students

*** Travel Equipment ***
For voice lessons - I have my ipod and speakers for the music we will be singing with - and I make copies of music for my students if they need it
For guitar lesson - copies of music if they need it - they must have their own guitar.
For piano - copies of music if needed - they must have their own piano or keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
Classical Training and current Broadway style
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Frederick T. June 17, 2017
· Piano · In home
Very talented instructor. Builds confidence in her students. All age groups are welcomed and encouraged to learn and perform.
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Lindsey L. August 26, 2016
· Piano · In studio
She's very knowledgable and relatable to teen students.
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Phyllis T. February 27, 2016
· Singing · In studio
First lesson. She was thorough in explaining lesson plans and we began with breathing techniques. Looking forward to next week!
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About Benjamin K.

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I have been involved in several productions, and have extensive acting experience. I am able to help my students study their characters, and realize a wide range of acting choices.

About Benjamin
I have extensively studied vocal performance for many years and continue to add to my own technique. I have a Master of Vocal Performance Degree from the Chicago College of Performing Arts. I currently work for a recording studio (Sound Summit Studios in Naperville IL) where I teach voice and help singers record their music in the studio. I have previously taught at The School of Rock in Indianapolis Indiana. I have administered vocal lessons to every voice type at all different levels. Several of my students have recored albums and are currently performing all over the U.S.

I have a bachelors degree in biology with a minor in art. After graduating college, I was a full-time high school biology teacher, volleyball coach, and director of the school musical. As a high school teacher, I learned first hand the kind of pressure and expectat
ions that are placed on students in order for them to succeed. In college, I was the head student researcher on a two-year lab project. I took several upper level science courses including: biochemistry, calculus, organic chemistry, calculus based physics, cell biology, anatomy, and physiology. I studied marine biology in the Virgin Islands and am CPR certified.

*** Lesson Details ***
Voice lessons with me are fun and effective. You can expect to hear improved technique from day one, eventually reaching your long term goals. I begin every lesson aligning the students voice through various vocal warm ups and exercises. We then work together to pick repertoire that will suit the singer'€™s voice and they will enjoy singing. During a lesson we will also cover performance presentation, acting, diction, rhythm, musicality, style, and interpretation.

During tutoring you can expect a personalized plan based on your goals and aspirations. Since every student is different you can be assured we will come up with a plan that is designed just for you. I am a laid back tutor but will be sure to get the most out of you after our time together. Most students see at least a one letter grade improvement. My main goal for every tutoring session is student learning and comprehension.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, recording equipment, large collection of sheet music

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in helping students find their true singing voice.
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Jeremy August 3, 2017
· Singing · Online
I experienced significant results after the first session. My vocal performance continues to improve and I'm doing things vocally I didn't think possible being 36 years old. Highly recommended vocal coach!
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Meggan (Ryan's Mother) S. July 25, 2017
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Ryan S. July 20, 2017
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First lesson went very well. Thank you!
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About Andy H.

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San Francisco, CA

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How to start, and keep going. How to feel good about the journey and create a great impression at the end - with new awareness, confidence and skills! Basic tasks in any personal endeavor, and having an audience watch you do it all is thrilling - and nerve-wracking! These are all learnable practices with inspiring work on "Meaning?", "Walking the Character", "Stress Words, Not Yourself", "The Gift of Public Speaking!", "Yes, and...", "I've Got Choices?" and "Your Method". Film, TV, Stage, Life.

About Andy
Andy is a positive, knowledgable teacher and coach for anyone having/wanting to work in front of an audience or meeting, having to memorize text, analyze lines, sentences, plots and sell a story. Sessions search for paths to confidence as well as competence. A performer, director and teacher for over 30 years, I've studied teachers and students to learn that whatever frees a person to be comfortable with a task, and with the effort to develop skills, is a wonderful 'method'. We'd use movement, what-ifs, and references to life and death! And humor. Clients include a featured Narrator for SFGMC's winter show, an actor needing a monologue coach for her move to L.A., peninsula teens auditioning for their school musicals, and Bay Area youth and senior theater companies, and local community and professional performers. I taught high school dram
a while directing and acting in new and published plays and musicals in San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, Ross, Pacifica, New Haven and Los Angeles.
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Ashley July 24, 2017
· Acting · In studio
Andy is awesome! He made me feel comfortable and guided me without judgment or criticism. Andy's teaching was great, especially for a total rookie like myself.
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Jason September 3, 2016
· Acting · In home
Andy was great! He is very passionate and enthusiastic about teaching. We are very happy.
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Aarav S. July 3, 2016
· Acting · In home
John is an amazing Instructor. He`s very talented & kind person. He knows in and out of acting. Really impressed with him. My son learnt acting lesson with him & improved a lot. He wants more and more lessons from him. Anyone who`s looking acting lesson for kids or adult, John is the best and John is great with kids. Appreciate Take lessons for providing very nice teacher to us. Thank You !!
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About Bill P.

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Yalaha, FL

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"UNLEASH THE POWER OF YOUR ACTING VOICE"! As an aspiring actor, you want to look...and SOUND like a STAR! That means improving your speech and voice projection, resonance, pitch, tone and overall presentation techniques. All are covered extensively in my personal voice makeover lessons.

When you speak, are you unhappy with the sound of your voice? Is it washed out, nasal, weak, muddy, and generally in need of help? Do you drop consonants, mumble, or not properly open your jaw to make proper sounds or fear performing in public? My proven, live, teaching techniques will train your voice to sound richer, fuller, and more audience friendly in just a few lessons. I will give you the confidence to overcome your stage fright fears. We will also work hard to improve specific voice, speech problems you may be encountering in your auditions and live work.

Study is easy. I will forward to you, in advance, each lesson via email that we will work on for each session. Then, we'll ...

About Bill
Award winning national Radio/TV personality and voice over talent for more than 25 years.

Voice heard in thousands of national Radio/TV commercials, infomercials, corporate DVDs, CD Roms, & videos for The Golf Channel, Disney, Universal Studios, Sea World, U.S.Army, Delta Airlines, Windjammer Cruises, Darden Restaurants, Lowes, Time Warner Cable and many more.

15 years as Master Of Ceremonies/Comedian for touring variety show performing in over 1200 USA shows in 29 states.

National/Regional guest lecturer/speaker.

Professor, teaching broadcast/speech courses for 15 years at the University Of Central Florida.

BA--Radio & TV--Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana.

My extensive teaching, on air and performing experience will give you the winning voice/spech edge in your career and personal life.
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UNLEASH THE POWER OF YOUR SPEAKING VOICE!
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Christine July 27, 2017
· Speaking Voice · Online
Very impressed with my instructor. I carefully reviewed all the speaking voice teachers on Take Lessons and weighed my options before finally choosing Bill. I'm so glad I picked him, I can't imagine any other teacher would of been nearly as helpful. When he heard I had an interview coming up, he even went above and beyond and did mock interviews with me to help me prepare. I highly recommend him!
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Mark M. July 25, 2017
· Speaking Voice · Online
Very happy with Bill. I am taking the lessons to help my communication skills at work. Bill takes the time to understand my work situation and give advice on my specific situation.
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Jorge July 18, 2017
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Addressed my concerns and anything I would do wrong he'd make me aware of it as well as how to correct it. Many times I speak in monotone, so it's good to have someone help me correct that. Looking forward to continuing my lessons.
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Since high school, I have been involved with the theatre. This year, I also taught a theatre class. I am very good at teaching improvisation techniques. Some productions I have been in include "Macbeth," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "The Wizard of Oz," "The Sound of Music," and "South Pacific." I am also equipped to teach Musical Theatre.

About Elyse
Hi, Everyone! Thank you so much for taking a moment to read my blurb! My name is Elyse, and I can't wait to meet you! I've taught music in small ensembles since July, 2007 by helping out marching bands. It was so much fun! Teaching and music are my biggest passions.

**If you're going to make a mistake, make a loud one!!**

I want my students to know right off the bat it's okay to make mistakes! My philosophy is: You make mistakes. Mistakes don't make you. :) We fix them and learn together.

I have classroom taught since 2010 - General Music and Choir. I have been teaching private lessons since 2014, and I have absolutely LOVED helping my students read music, excel at playing or singing songs that they enjoy, and seeing their happiness and excitement when they realize how much they have achieved.

In 2009, I graduated from Kent S
tate University, located in Kent, OH, and I earned my Bachelor's degree in Music Education. I'm definitely a fun-loving, outgoing person, and my teaching style is tailored to my students; a think-outside-the-box style, and hands-on.

Let's get together, reach for those stars, and grab your goals!
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Clayton July 18, 2017
· Trombone · In studio
Very friendly and worked well with my son on his very first lesson
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Lily January 14, 2017
· Clarinet · In home
Elyse is a good teacher. She is very nice and very patient. My 8-year-old likes her clarinet lessons.
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Austin October 28, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
Elyse taught me a few years ago when I was going to try out for my school's jazz band. She was real helpful in helping me select reeds to change my sound and even pointed me in the right direction of jazzier mouthpieces to try. Our lessons were lots of fun, especially when she taught me how to improvise.
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Learn voice acting from the guy who wrote the book "The Art of Voice Acting."

Hi... I'm James Alburger. I've been working with voiceover talent for more than 45 years and teaching voice acting for more than 20. I'm a recording engineer/producer, talent director, copy writer, performance coach and an 11-time Emmy® recipient. Since it was first published in 1997, my book (currently in its 5th edition) has become known as "the bible of voiceover," and is used by a few dozen universities as a textbook for their voiceover courses.

My focus is on giving my students a strong foundation on performance, script interpretation and character development.

If you're interested in any aspect of voiceover or performing on-camera, I'd love to talk to you.

About James
As a Voice Actor, James R. Alburger has gained a reputation for delivering exceptional voiceover performances on time and exceeding client expectations, for a wide variety of projects ranging from radio commercials to self-guided tour narration, to web learning, to dialogue, to specialized character voice work, to delivery of complex technical and medical scripts.

As a teacher and owner of the VoiceActing Academy in San Diego, he works with people who want to break into voiceover and provides continued support through, the Conductor’s Club.

As an 11-time Emmy winning audio producer, director, and copy writer through his production company, VoiceActing Studios, he works with business owners and advertising agencies who use radio advertising, and with other clients who want exceptional sound design, music editing, and audio production - i
ncluding audio post-production and sweetening for video and film.

As a performance director for voiceover, stage, and video, James takes an actor’s initial choices to a new level through his understanding of the nuance of interpretation, delivery, blocking, timing, and character.

As an author, James has written what has become the standard reference book for the voiceover industry, "The Art of Voice Acting."

As co-executive producer of the VoiceOver International Creative Experience (VOICE), the world’s only major convention for voice actors, James has gained a high level of credibility in the voiceover community for exceptional community service and event producing.

For more than 45 years James has worked with voiceover artists as a voice actor, director, performer and studio engineer in Los Angeles and San Diego. For 25 years, he was a director and audio producer for NBC in San Diego, receiving eleven Emmy® Awards. Following his television career, James moved into professional voiceover and creative services with the establishment of VoiceActing.com and VoiceActing Studios where he received numerous Omni Intermedia Awards, the Communicator Award, and multiple Silver Microphone Awards for his work. He is currently an independent audio producer, voice actor, performance coach, professional speaker, author, and teacher.
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About Ian G.

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I've been thinking and working on Shakespeare for most of my life and have extensive experience off-Broadway and in regional theater.

About Ian
I am a professional actor who's made a successful career onstage both off-Broadway and in regional theater. I received my BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and my MFA from The Shakespeare Theatre Company Academy for Classical Acting, currently among the top programs in the world dedicated to Shakespeare performance.

I'm particularly devoted to Shakespeare, but I take a classically-based approach to performing more contemporary work as well. I work with students to examine the text very thoroughly, to understand its structure and rhetoric, and to use it to discover acting choices that are engaging and uniquely your own.

Humor is a terrific tool, even in dramatic pieces. We'll look at the text and figure out where the funny is, then bring it out. Quirky, unusual laughs a specialty.

I've worked all over the country, including
two seasons on tour with The Acting Company, the Guthrie Theater, New York Classical Theater (where I'm an Associate Artist), Baltimore Center Stage, The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, and many seasons at Great Lakes Theater and Idaho Shakespeare Festival.
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