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About TOYA N.

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Dallas, TX
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About TOYA
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.

*** Lesson Details ***
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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Hal March 6, 2018
· Speaking Voice · In studio
Toya is great! Exactly what I was looking for in a voice coach. She identified my areas for improvement, recommended exercises, and outlined a plan. She has excellent teaching skills and a delightful personality. I am very pleased.
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Osungu February 26, 2018
· Acting · In studio
I absolutely love Toya!. She pushed me out of my comfort zone which has greatly helped me as an actor. I’m more confident and relaxed.
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Nicholas January 9, 2018
· Acting · In studio
If you want to work with a professional who knows exactly what she’s doing and knows exactly how to get you where you wanna go, then Toya Nash is the person for you.
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TOYA N.

TOYA N.

Plano, TX 75023
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$79 / 30-min

About Dusty S.

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McKinney, TX
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About Dusty
Our music studio Sanoon Violin Academy offers piano and violin lessons. PhD in piano performance. Conveniently located near El Dorado and Ridge in McKinney.
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Jack April 5, 2016
· Violin · In home
She is very kind, and professional. And she really understood how to teach my son!
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Charles K. May 19, 2015
· Violin · In studio
We love Dusty! She is very patient and really great at explaining things so that my 10 year old understands. I just signed him up to continue with more lessons.
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Dusty S.

Dusty S.

McKinney, TX 75070
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$40 / 30-min

About Maureen K.

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Dallas, TX

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Maureen has been teaching private voice and piano lessons since 2009, and currently runs her own studio, as well as traveling to students' homes to teach lessons. She teaches anyone with an interest and willingness to learn, regardless of experience level.

Maureen received her Master of Music from the University of Maryland 2017 with an emphasis in Opera Performance. Her teaching style is tailored for each individual student, in that what works for one student won't necessarily work for the next (particularly in regards to singers), and strives towards finding the optimal method that encourages and helps students to improve. She firmly believes that anyone who is willing to dedicate the time and effort to learning a new instrument is capable of doing so, and looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals.
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Eva H. October 11, 2018
· Vocal Training · In home
Maureen helped my daughter progress with the first lesson. We specified that she needed help with sight reading and the lesson consisted of exactly that. She was very thorough--kept the lesson moving but slowed down to my daughter's speed when necessary. Great first lesson.
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Annalee Noel September 6, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Maureen is fabulous! She was quick to pick up where my skill level was and I'm looking forward to my next lesson!
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Olivia June 12, 2018
· Singing · In studio
She quickly was able to point out ways I could fix problems that I have been having for quite some time. She was very fun to work with and I would definitely recommend for students of all ages!
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Maureen K.

Maureen K.

Dallas, TX 75206
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$30 / 30-min

About christabel W.

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Frisco, TX

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Hi, My name is Christabel W. and I can’t wait to meet you! I am a responsible and creative teacher with years of teaching experiences. My major was piano and graduated with the Certificate of Completion Music Field of Study. I enjoy working with young children as well as adults and teaching all ages (kindergarten-adults) and all levels (beginner-advanced) students. Due to a member of Plano Music Teacher Association (PMTA) and a Certified member of Music Teachers National Association, I will provide the opportunity for my students to participate PMTA’s Piano Festival and States Theory Test (1-12 level).

My goal is to let students have fun with music and to find melodies that mean something to play. I will provide quality individualized lesson plans to my students while they learn the music they also learn the music theory, sight reading
, and ear training. In Addition, I was studying with Dr. Allison and attended Sheila Paige's Keyboard Wellness Seminar, I will use Keyboard Wellness method to teach my students how cooperate the body, arm, hand, and finger moving together to make the playing so easily, efficiently, and music artistry.

I speak English and Chinese.
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Seth January 29, 2017
· Piano · In home
Christabel was pleasant and knew just how to handle my 8-year old beginner. He is eager to return for his next lesson.
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Nava H. January 15, 2017
· Piano · In home
Christabel is awesome. My daughter enjoyed her class.
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Rong L. November 28, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Christabel is very patient and really cares about students. My 5 yrs old twin boys really like her.
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christabel W.

christabel W.

Frisco, TX 75035
(10)
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$25 / 30-min

About Jared C.

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Wylie, TX

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About Jared
It all started one Sunday during church, when I was given my first chance to play drums for ONE song. My palms were sweaty, and my nine-year-old legs could barely reach the kick and hi-hat pedals. After that one song (I believe it was “Open the Eyes of My Heart”), I was hooked, and all I wanted to do was play drums!

Since then, I’ve graduated with my B.A. in Commercial Music from Trevecca Nazarene University. I’ve also gained over fourteen years of experience on the drum set performing, studying, teaching and recording multiple styles of music such as pop, jazz, rock, country, and praise & worship.

In 2015, I was a semi-fanalist in the nation-wide Guitar Center Drum Off competition, beating out hundreds of other contestants. Over the years I’ve had the privilege to be featured in music videos as well as leading worship at numerous c
hurches and youth conferences across the U.S. I currently live in Richardson, TX and am happily married to my bride, Anna.
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Adrienne February 28, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Jared is an amazing teacher. He is patient, he is encouraging and he has some mad skills. He makes my son excited about drums, and if you ever get a chance to see him perform, you will see his passion for drums and awesome talent.
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Bradford Weir November 7, 2015
· Drum · In home
Jared is a fantastic teacher and has a gift for making you feel encouraged yet showing you how to improve at the same time. The drum lesson I took was probably the best musical lesson I have ever taken.
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Christopher November 1, 2015
· Drum · In studio
Jared is a great instructor! Ive been playing drums for a few years and I still got a lot to learn. Thanks to Jared ive been able to improve my drumming ability and knowledge. I would recommend Jared to any beginner, intermediate, and or advanced drummer. You wont regret it!

Thanks Jared!
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Jared C.

Jared C.

Wylie, TX 75098
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About Diana N.

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McKinney, TX

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About Diana
I am a professional violinist. I graduated from Kiev State University in Ukraine with a Masters of Music, in classic violin, voice, chorus conductor.
I studied classical violin for 17 years and also, I have 32 years experience with children and teenagers of different ages.

My students can expect to improve week to week in their violin technique. Every student has a unique possibility to play violin. I teach students to release built up tension and apply foundational techniques in order to unlock their own individual performance. I can help any student to play with freedom, confidence, and expression. I can teach students to read music and pursue classical excellence,

My versatility, experience and formal training helps me to make the learning experience easy, stress free and fun

I can teach my clients in my (or your) apartment (
I guarantee the honest)) in a wide age range, assorted skill levels with a variety of musical goals.

I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!
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Diana N.

Diana N.

McKinney, TX 75071
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$50 / 30-min

About Jamie Leigh G.

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Dallas, TX
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About Jamie Leigh
I am a professional vocalist and pianist. I perform and do studio work all over the country. I have studied music at North Texas State University (UNT), and at New England Conservatory in Boston. I am classically trained; however; my career has been made singing and playing comtemporary popular music. I also have professional theatre experience as well.

I have had the pleasure of teaching many students who have gone on to professional music careers. I am a very caring teacher, and will do my best to help a student become the best singer or player they can become. I am able to teach all styles of music. I am a very fun teacher; yet challenging teacher. I am encouraging, and I have years of training to share.

I have been performing in my band SHAZAM! as an encore favorite across the country. In 2012 I was a featured vocalist on Dymaxi
on Vehicle's CD....that recording won the coveted Artist In Music Award in Los Angeles. I have had a CORI Check as required by law to work with children. I am also a mother myself as well.

I tailor lessons based on the level, talent, skills, and areas needing work in the student's musical development process.I treat students as individuals...similar to a tutor or coaching relationship. Many students are naturally talented, and simply need more direction, and perhaps, technique, and basic music theory knowledge. In vocal study, proper breathing, vocal exercisers to improve singing and flexibility, and strength are part of lessons. In addition; I assist in choosing material, prepping for performances or auditions, and preserving and enhancing the natural voice of the student.

As a piano teacher; I can work with students at all levels as well. I am very good with beginners. I also have more to offer more advanced students in a concentration on technique, and add a music theory component to lessons as it helps them to become a better musician and instrumentalist. Thank you for your time!
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Pat May 7, 2018
· Piano · In home
I am a senior citizen who never had played piano before. Jamie was very patient with me and tailored lessons to my needs and interests. I made a lot of progress with her encouragement. She has a wonderful personality.
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Elaine May 6, 2018
· Jazz Voice · In home
Jamie is very skillful at demonstrating vocalization techniques and getting it out of the student. In 4lessons she helped me move my break point and my vocal range by two whole steps. Patient, supportive.
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Jamie Leigh G.

Jamie Leigh G.

Dallas, TX 75252
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$51 / 30-min

About Justin D.

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Sachse, TX

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What do you want to play?

Are you a rock star? A classical master? A soulful acoustic entertainer?

Whatever you goal - I can help you achieve it. My name is Justin, and I've taught children and adults, and have more than 25 years of guitar experience. Whether you need to learn music theory or to play by ear, I offer lessons to get you right to what will help you play.

I come from a family of musicians, and have played for bands and as a solo performer. I offer lessons in the comfort of your home, and will help you start playing from the moment you pick up your guitar and try.
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Justin D.

Justin D.

Sachse, TX 75048
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$37 / 30-min

About Mary Jeanne A.

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Dallas, TX

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Hello!

I am a patient, supportive and encouraging teacher and I would love to hear you play! I love teaching music and watching my students blossom into these amazing musicians.

I have played flute since middle school and continued all the way up to high school. In high school I joined band, where I started playing piccolo. I was lucky to have been taught by some inspiring teachers who encouraged me to go back to school to complete my undergraduate at Texas State University in Music Education. I have taught elementary music grades PK-6th grade for 6 years now. I have enjoyed watching my students grow and hope to enrich your life with music soon!
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Sarah August 3, 2018
· Flute · Online
Mary is such a nice flute teacher! She is very patient and informative when it comes to what I need to improve on. I am glad I found a teacher like her to help me become a better flutist!
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Mary Jeanne A.

Mary Jeanne A.

Dallas, TX 75214
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$20 / 30-min

About Andrey P.

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Allen, TX
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Andrey Ponochevny’s career has encompassed the globe as a preeminent talent among performing
artists today. Cleveland’s The Plain Dealer has written that “ His performance seized attention from
first note to last.” Additionally, The Washington Post describes his playing as “with power and finesse
that brought the audience to its feet in a long standing ovation.”
Andrey Ponochevny graduated from Belarussian Academy of Music where he received his bachelor
and master degrees. He also earned his Artist Diploma from TCU in Fort Worth, where he studied with
Dr. Tams Ungar. He continued to refine his skills in the Artist Certificate Program at SMU in Dallas
with renowned pianist, Juaquin Achucarro.
He has performed throughout North America, Europe and Asia, playing with numerous major
orchestras and given solo recitals at such venues as
Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center,
Salle Alfred Cortot in Paris and the National Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw, Philharmonie in Cologne,
City Hall in Hong Kong, among others.
His competition awards include Gold Medals at both the William Kapell and Tomassoni International
piano competitions and a Bronze Medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. His
other competition accolades include awards at international competitions in Prague, Warsaw, Dublin,
Hong Kong, Riga, Alexandria and New Orleans.
Among his numerous awards, he was twice named “Outstanding Artist in China” (2009 and 2011) in
addition to having been given the positions of “Honorable Professor” of Jilin College of Arts (China)
and “Visiting Professor” at the Beihua University (China). In his hometown of Minsk (Belarus), he was
awarded the title “Minskovite of the year” 2002.
Mr. Ponochevny is a Yamaha Artist
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Andrey P.

Andrey P.

Allen, TX 75002
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$167 / 60-min

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