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About Alex H.

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Brooklyn, NY

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Having grown up with a father who ran a guitar shop and a professional singer for a mother, music was just another language to communicate with in our house. Learning to speak through music taught me how to focus and develop new skills, which helped me in school with everything that I have ever had to learn.

In 5th grade I started playing bass guitar at home, trombone in the school music program, and private lessons for piano. This exposed me to a wide range of music very early on.

When I was a teenager, I was the youngest person to study at Victor Wooten's first bass/nature camp in 2000, a week long master class with some of the world's most decorated musicians in Montgomery Bell State Park outside of Nashville. I played in local bands in the Berkshires, wrote music for Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, and sang such roles as Val
jean in Les Miserables and John Wilkes Booth in Assassins, as well played in orchestras across the county. I performed as both a bass player and a vocalist in the Massachusetts All-State Jazz Ensemble at Symphony Hall in Boston.

I moved to New York to get a degree in Theater as a singer and actor in 2004. Since then I've been fortunate enough to work in NY orchestras, cabarets, theater and national TV, tour the world with a variety of musical artists, work as a studio musician recording albums for songwriters, and develop musical education programs. Most recently I curated and taught the bass guitar curriculum for Yousician, a Helsinki-based music app with 25 million users in 154 countries worldwide. That has been an invaluable experience, working alongside educators and programmers in one of the world's leading countries in both education and technology.

Music has been a life-directing guide for me; from the wonder of discovery to the mastery of new and exciting techniques, music has always been a sort of way for us to communicate intimately, yet on a universal scale. To pass the same experience on to others is such a gift, and one I value greatly.

"When words fail, music speaks."

So, let's start talking!
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Jessica M. December 5, 2015
· Singing · In home
Alex is an excellent teacher who has helped me to understand not only where I can make improvements, but also given me a wide range of techniques I can use to do so. His knowledge of breathing techniques is particularly impressive, as his understanding of the impact of nerves and anxiety on the vocal. Alex's teaching style enables him to convey everything from the simple to complicated in an easily understandable, highly effective and very friendly way. I have only had a few lessons with Alex, but have made huge strides already. Very highly recommended!
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Austin August 21, 2015
· Singing · In studio
So far my experience with Alex is going extremely well, within the past few months of taking vocal lessons for the first time Alex has given me a plethora of ways to view and appreciate music to help me grow as a singer. His insightful analogies will not only make you chuckle at times but will actually enhance your knowledge of music as well.
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Kenneth J Bassett August 20, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
I have truly enjoyed my guitar lessons with Alex. After only a handful of sessions with Alex I have been able to dramatically improve my guitar skills including both my technical approach as well as my music theory knowledge. I look forward to continuing my work with Alex and highly recommend him to anyone considering.
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About Jordan D.

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13 years ago, I picked up a guitar and began my life-long pursuit of music. This pursuit has led me in a wide variety of directions. Today, I am the worship leader for Living Life Church, an on-staff music-producer and session musician at Drive35 Productions, and a passionate instructor.

I have a passion for a wide variety of styles of music. For several years, I was the lead guitarist, singer, and songwriter for multiple independent rock bands, the most notable being an indie psychedelic band called Tod The Fox. I have led worship for many churches including Grace Fellowship UMC, Brazos Pointe Church, The Cornerstone College Ministry at UTA, and FUMC Allen in varying capacities. At UTA, I studied Jazz and Classical guitar under acclaimed guitarists Sam Walker and Billy Robertson. Here, I also studied theory, piano, sight-singing, an
d music-production extensively. I graduated Magna Cume Laude with a Bachelor of Music-Media from UTA. After school, I spent 9 months interning/assistant engineering with acclaimed musician/composer/producer Brad Nyght at The Bakery Studio in Dallas- whose credits include being the drummer for The Michael Gungor Band and Desperation Band. Then, got hired as an on-staff session musician and music producer at Drive35 Productions. I have also played guitar, mandolin, and bass for multiple pit orchestras and guitar for the North Lake Jazz Ensemble with director Jim Eger.

My teaching style varies from student to student. Music is a wonderfully diverse subject and every student has his own aspirations. I will do my best to cater each lesson to the student's goals and interests. Whether that is classical guitar method, rock, jazz, folk, country, pop or anything in between.

I have an excellent internet connection and microphone set up for online lessons. I also utilize screen-sharing to make the lessons as close to real life as possible.

A few of my favorite artists include: Michael Gungor, Joe Pass, Andrew Bird, Chopin, Led Zeppelin, Glen Hansard, and Radiohead.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons will vary significantly from student to student. Not only does every student have different goals in mind, they all learn differently as well. I do my best to customize my lessons for each student's goals and needs. A typical guitar, bass, ukulele, or piano lesson may involve music-reading, chord studies, technical work, scale practice, theory, and of course learning awesome songs!

I consider myself a healthy balance between professional and light-hearted. As much as I want to make efficient use of the lesson-time, my primary goal is for the student to truly understand and enjoy music.

I have worked hard to be a flexible musician and teacher. I am competent in jazz, rock, classical, contemporary, blues, worship, country, and beyond and will be happy to teach any (or all) of these styles to any student.

*** Studio Equipment ***

Drive35 Productions:

-Large live tracking space
- Medium sized dead tracking space
- Pro Tools HD
- External Pres/Compressors/EQ (WARM, Manley, Vintech, etc.)
- DDA mixing console
- Several acoustic/electric/bass guitars (Epiphone, Fender, Taylor, Cort, Ibanez, Gibson, etc.)
- Lanakai Ukulele
- Gibson Mandolin
- Percussion
- Full drum kit
- 4 control/mixing rooms/practice spaces
- Breakroom
- Music stands/chairs
- Princeton Reverb, Vox AC15, Marshall, Ampeg amplifiers
- Several keyboards/controllers
- Rhodes
- Vintage organs
- Neumann U87, Senheissers, several SM57's, Lautin Audio Oceanus, Oktavas, AKG C414's

My at home studio:

- Chairs
- An 88-key Casio Privia keyboard
- Professional grade recording equipment (003r interface, behringer ada8000 with BLA mod, RNC by FMR, and more)
- High speed Internet access
- A printer
- A library of music resources
- Novation Launchkey MIDI controller
- Rode K2 condensor microphone
- Sm57
- Several Naiant stereo pair microphones
- 2 acoustic guitars (Cort and Zaeger), 2 electric guitars (Epiphone CS Custom, Fender Nashville Tele)
- An electric bass guitar (Epiphone Thunderbird with Bartolini Pickups)
- Lanakai Ukulele
- A Savannah Mandolin
- Double input amplifier (vox AC15C1)
- Music stand
- Metronomes/tuners
- Recording studio quality monitors (Yamaha HS8s)
- Large pedal board and pedal chain

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in contemporary, rock, blues, and worship guitar, but have extensive experience in classical and jazz guitar as well. I am also an on-staff session guitar player for Drive35 Productions and can help anyone interested in the skills necessary to play for a studio.

For piano, I teach beginner to intermediate level students in a variety of genres. I use piano on a daily basis for composing, arranging, and performing.

For bass, I can also teach a variety of genres. I specialize in blues/rock/contemporary but have experience in classical and jazz bass as well.

For ukulele, I specialize in pop music adaptation and classical.

For mandolin, I teach basic beginner music skills- reading and strumming techniques.
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Brian September 11, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I have been working with Jordan for nearly a year, learning ukulele and guitar. Jordan is an excellent teacher, has a friendly and upbeat personality, and is flexible with scheduling. Our lessons typically involve learning a song of my choosing (which makes the process enjoyable) and learning about music theory. I have steadily improved over the past year and am confident that I wouldn't be at the level I am now if I were trying to teach myself through YouTube videos or books. I offer my highest recommendation with no reservations.
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Stacy T. September 5, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
My son loves taking guitar lessons from Jordan. We have now been going to him for over a year and Jordan keeps my 14 year-old engaged and excited about music. My son's dream is to learn more than just the guitar so Jordan helps him expand his knowledge by introducing him to other facets of music, while allowing my son to choose the different songs he would like to learn. He is the best teacher my son has ever had.
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Mike B. May 6, 2017
· Mandolin · In studio
Great first lesson. Glad I finally signed up.
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About TOYA N.

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I have taught acting to small children, teens, and adults in community, private, and collegiate settings. I taught acting at the legendary Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York City. My love of the arts has enabled me to study and perform in various cities throughout the US; including Los Angeles, where I studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, to Europe, Mexico, South America; then back to New York City, where I earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting from the prestigious Actors Studio Drama School.

I currently work professionally as an actor, singer, and TV and radio host. I've been fortunate enough to work in film, TV, theater, musical theater, hosting, commercials, improv, and voice-overs. I am also a vocally trained mezzo-soprano. Because I am still a working artist, I can not only teach you craft
, but can assist you in making the right choices to navigate your own way in the business. I offer private coaching to actors in theater and film, and singers in the US and abroad. I would love to share my knowledge and experience with you.

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I offer private coaching to children, teens, adults who have an interest in acting or singing performance, and for those who simply have an interest in performing or speaking in front of others. In addition to coaching those who wish to better their skills in acting, voice and speech, and singing, I also offer coaching for non-actors; i.e., attorneys, business professionals, teachers, politicians, pageant participants, and other creatives, who want to improve their public speaking and communication skills.

*** Studio Equipment ***
High definition, quality camera for video and stills
High quality lighting equipment and MAC monitor
Ideal for video auditions and on-camera classes

*** Travel Equipment ***
High definition, quality camera for video and stills
High quality lighting equipment and MAC monitor
Ideal for video auditions and on-camera classes

*** Specialties ***
Acting for film, TV, theater, and commercials
Audition Etiquette and Technique
Light Career Coaching
Agent Ready Coaching
Voice and Speech
Public Speaking
Neutral American Speech
Singing; including Musical Theater
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Kate P. September 23, 2017
· Audition Prep · In studio
Toya was great. She really connected with our daughter and motivated her to give it her all. Toya rocks!
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Kelly August 12, 2017
· Audition Prep · In studio
I love Toya she is great, she pushes me to new levels and makes me think wich is great. She is so knowledgeable and is ready to share that knowledge with her clients
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Haley G. May 9, 2017
· Child Acting · In studio
My daughter has learned so much from Toya since she started getting lessons from her. She is pretty flexible if you have to reschedule she's willing to work with you and your schedule as well as her own. My daughter has nothing but good to say about Toya and the fun she has with her all while learning too. She really enjoys her acting lessons and loves Toya.
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TOYA N.

Dallas, TX 75244
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About Jazz S.

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Jazz Sunpanich was born in Bangkok, Thailand and was raised in Nonthaburi. She grew up watching a lot of musicals with her father and was surrounded by her father’s community theatre group, Bhuddasil, where she first started developing her acting and singing skills. She performed in a number of Thai musicals with her father and had many tours around Thailand. In high school she became the school’s theatre director and began organizing, translating, and adapting numerous musicals and shows for the students to put on.
In 2009, she started Classical vocal training with Dusadee Banomyong, a Thai classical music master and The national astist, and was accepted into a highly prestigious choral group in Thailand, Suanplu Chorus. She worked professionally with other professional singers and conductors and performed concerts in many diff
erent countries all around the world.

In 2011 she started teaching at KPN Music Academy in Thailand where she coached young talents to sing properly and inspired them to pursue their dreams.

She received a Bachelor Degree in Music from Silapakorn University, Thailand in 2013 and decided to pursue her dream of becoming a musical theatre actress on Broadway. She moved to the United States at the end of 2013 and started her Theatre Arts education at American River College.

In 2014, she was chosen for the lead role in the anti-human trafficking production She Has a Name with Free Fall Stage for which she received highly positive reviews from critics. She Has a Name toured around California to spread awareness of human trafficking and its impact on those involved. Since coming to America in 2013, she has also done several plays and musical with American River College and the Fair Oaks Theatre Festival. She was nominated for the Irene Ryan scholarship competition for her ensemble role in The Music Man in 2015 and went to the competition at American College Theatre Festival in Denver, Colorado. She was recently in a production of Cabaret that has been nominated to compete at the American College Theatre Festival in 2017.
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Yadanat September 10, 2017
· Musical Theater · Online
I'm very impressed with what Jazz has taught. I'm not disappointed that I chose Jazz as the teacher for my daughter. Best instructor ever. Perfect!! 😊
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Yadanat September 10, 2017
· Musical Theater · Online
Very Good 👍👍
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Veronica R. May 11, 2017
· Acting · Online
Jazz is best instructor . I am so happy that Jazz is my teacher. She is patience, kind, and will explain every detail how scene will work when of performing. I am looking forward to taking more classes with awesome instructor Jazz. Thank you Jazz and Take lessons!!!
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About Edward A.

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The 34-year-old artist and actor Edward Akrout was born in Paris to a Franco-British mother and Tunisian father. Raised in France, he studied philosophy at the Sorbonne before attending the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Since graduating in 2008, Akrout has been prominent on both the screen and stage. Akrout is represented internationally as an actor and artist with agents across Europe and the United States.
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Please refer to his IMDb page for a full list of credits on television and film.
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Charlotte January 10, 2017
· Acting · In home
Edward is friendly, outgoing and patient. He assisted me in preparing monologues and with various acting work, including scenes and exercises. Definitely helped me over come nerves/fears. Would recommend for anyone seeking lessons in acting!
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Philip January 7, 2017
· Acting · In home
Fantastic tutor, clearly a man whose dedication to his craft is admirable. Not only is he knowledgeable in a variety of acting methodologies but also a great communicator and teacher. Very easy to work with, great sense of humour and willing to tailor his approach to your needs.
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About Melissa S.

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Melissa Rose is an independent dance instructor in North Dallas, TX. She teaches wedding choreography and social dancing. Styles include:

Argentine Tango
Ballroom: Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba, ChaCha, Swing
Latin/Club: Salsa, Bachata
West Coast Swing
Country Western
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Kelli L. May 26, 2017
· Ballroom Dance · Online
Great instructor. Melissa really knows how to teach you how to dance.
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Addison, TX 75001
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About Jasmyne L.

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Dallas, TX
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From a young age, Jasmyne has had a love for music and the stage. She grew up in a large family where music was important, and began singing at age four and acting when she turned ten. Jasmyne was actively involved in numerous stage productions throughout her school years, and landed many lead roles. She received numerous vocal competition awards and a Fine Arts scholarship to pursue her degree in music.

While attending college at BYU-Idaho, Jasmyne developed a deep passion for opera and has loved it ever since. Jasmyne is a classically trained mezzo-soprano who starred in many opera productions and selected for prestigious soloist roles.

Jasmyne's love for education (along with some help from her spunky, go-getter attitude) led her to realize that she was born to teach and help others reach their potential. She wants every student
to learn that they have something valuable to offer, and that through hard work and determination they can be successful.
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Jasmyne L.

Dallas, TX 75287
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About Marisa E.

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Hi! My name is Marisa, and I am a professional ballet dancer. I have danced professionally with American Repertory Ballet and the Montgomery Ballet Company. I am an American Ballet Theatre Certified Teacher, and have lots of experience in the dance world as well as with teaching. I am passionate about students enjoying dance, while reaching their fullest potential. I am not afraid to reach out to old teachers and fellow dancers to make sure my students are getting the best training I can offer!
I have trained under teachers who danced with Washington Ballet, Joffrey, American Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, and Miami City Ballet.

I want my students to be well-rounded, strong, and happy dancers and athletes!
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Marisa E.

Marisa E.

Frisco, TX 75034
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About Anthony H.

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I am a professional vocalist, instrumentalist ( guitar, mandolin, piano, bass), writer and string theorist with a degree in Theatre from Oklahoma State University. I sing, act and play instruments for professional Equity theatres in the Dallas area and have music directed community and childrens productions. I am largely self taught and consider myself my own best student. I have also studied voice, piano and guitar with several industry professionals

I place a large emphasis on ear training, which helps you to hear the structure and flow of music. Ear training is imperative for more advanced students to learn before they can begin improvisation. Its like giving a man a fish vs teaching a man to fish. Its also a great transition into the theory part of your instrument specifically for kids who often pick up and latch on to the conce
pt. Ear training properly though is not only a daily process but can be difficult for some so if you feel like this isn't for you that is okay because it all comes down to what you want.

My voice students will learn to relax into their singing and to strengthen their voice week to week. Each student receives a personalized plan of daily exercises based on their needs and weekly performance. I also offer audition coaching for those in the musical theatre community. For kids and beginners we start with basic breath control and diction. For more advanced students we work on improvisation

My instrumental students will begin by learning ear training and basic structure from there I make it about you and what you want to learn. I am a big believer in genre bending instruments. I for instance play jazz and blues mandolin. If you're wondering why you have never heard of this its because you can count the number of culturally relevant jazz and blues mandolinists on one hand. There are also reasonably few people who teach this as it is something so rarely done. If you have latched on to a particular genre of music I'd love to help you explore it.
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Morgen September 21, 2017
· Singing · In studio
In the summer of 2017, I had the pleasure of attending a handful of youth musicals at the Georgetown Palace Theatre (Austin, TX area). As a theatre major, after having viewed these shows it was evident to me that the team which helped put them together really knew their stuff, and that in particular music director Mr. Anthony had gone above and beyond to make these shows something special. I spoke with him a little about the rehearsal process and was amazed to learn not only that he had taught the kids all of the music in only two weeks, but that he was only a seasonal staff member there for the summer programs and was essentially fresh out of college. Mr. Anthony’s professional presence and expertise would lead one to believe he was a tenured staff member at the Palace. Additionally, my childcare background allows me to appreciate how difficult it can be to get 20+ kids still, quiet and paying attention all at once. Mr. Anthony did that, AND taught them an entire musical soundtrack in a period of only two weeks, and when show time came the kids knew what lyrics and notes to sing for their solos! I still remember, after having rehearsed the same songs in music class for months in grade school, having to sing under my breath in the middle of a song and follow along with the rest of the choir because I STILL didn’t have the words memorized! Maybe that’s just me? Either way, whatever Mr. Anthony is doing, it works. Oh, and the kids were crazy about him!

The Palace Theatre found a real gem in Mr. Anthony this summer and I hope his excellent work continues to inspire! He is so passionate about his work and cares about his clients’ success. He is great with kids, they will have tons of fun learning from him. If you or your child are looking for a top-notch teacher, look no further!
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About Simone B.

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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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Simone B.

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