Ani is a professionally trained singer/songwriter/musician and certified VOICE & PIANO teacher with more than 10 years of teaching experience, who loves to share her knowledge with her students. She was born and raised in Austria, where she started her classical music education at the early age of 5 by learning to play the flute, the violin and the piano.
As a teenager she discovered her natural talent for singing, which allowed her to become the lead singer of a successful local Pop/Rock band. After graduating high school Ani moved to Vienna, where she studied ‘Voice and Musical Education’ at the University of Music and Performing Arts. She also successfully completed the master class of celebrity voice coach David Lee Brewer, former voice teacher of Beyonce and Destiny’s child.
In 2007 Ani relocated to Berlin, Germany. There she learned how to produce music and set up her own recording studio, where she wrote and recorded more than 100 original songs. Ani also used the studio as a professional teaching and recording space for her private students. During her time in Berlin she regularly performed with various bands and worked for 3 different music schools, ‘Happy Music’, the ‘Joseph Schmidt Musikschule’ and the ‘Berufsakademie Hoffbauer’, a college focused on music education.
In 2014 cosmopolitan Ani arrived in Los Angeles, where she’s been recording, performing and teaching ever since. Besides being a part of the Piano Teacher Girl team, Ani also teaches at the ‘Hollywood Academy of Music’ and ‘Musical Beginnings’ in Westchester.
Monique is a graduate of the University of British Columbia with a BA in Classical Piano and Opera Studies. She also has a piano teaching and voice pedagogy certificate from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada. Monique has been teaching music for 9 years, privately and for the young musicians scholarship program with the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
Though Monique has a classical background, she writes and performs pop/synth music and has performed on the international stage at music and comedy festivals, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and San Francisco Sketch Fest. Monique is currently developing a live comedy show which features improvised and pre-written musical comedy sketches which will go on tour in the summer of 2016. She also regularly plays pop music and recognizable movie scores for the Art Deco Show at Post 43 of the American Legion.
Monique is passionate about creating a personalized musical curriculum and is seeking a teaching certificate from the Internationally accredited Music Development Program.
Stephen Cannon is a professional singer and music instructor with a diverse range of experience. He has recently performed in Turandot (Prince of Persia - company debut), La Traviata, and Manon with San Francisco Opera. He took the stage at Lyric Opera of Chicago for 9 seasons and 24 productions as a member of the chorus and a soloist. His role debut there was as First Armored Man in Die Zauberflote. Stephens’s Lyric Opera hightlights include appearing in the principal casts of David McVicar’s stunning productions of Il Trovatore(Messenger/Ruiz cover) and Manon (Traveler, Gambler), as well as being featured as a soloist at the 2007 Lyric Opera Stars of the Season concert in Millennium Park.
His appearances across the Midwest have included (Gianni Schicchi), Nemorino (The Elixir of Love), Basilio (The Marriage of Figaro), Alfredo (La Traviata), Almaviva (The Barber of Seville), Tamino (The Magic Flute), Ernesto (Don Pasquale), Don Jose (Carmen), Beppe (Pagliacci), Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas), Roderigo (Otello), Mastro Trabuco (La Forza del Destino), Nearco (Poliuto), Rustighello (Lucrezia Borgia), and many others. Stephen performed the National Anthem for the Chicago Bulls from 2007 until 2016, and was broadcast live on national television and radio.
His students have been awarded medals and prizes, and have gone on to professional music careers in education and on the stage. Stephen hails from New Lexington, Ohio.
Yoshie Nakayama is a producer, trombonist, and vocalist from Tokyo, Japan. Graduated from Kunitachi College of Music with Music Education degree as well as Music Instructor's License at high school and junior high school. After 11 years of office work experience, she decided to learn music production. She graduated from Berklee College of Music with Contemporary Writing and Productions diploma while receiving scholarship and Contemporary Writing and Productions Achievement Award.
She worked as an arranger or/and as vocalist or trombonist with Alejandro Sanz, Jacob Collier, Milton Nascimento, Joyce Moreno, Color Violeta, George Garzone, John Patitucci, Danny Rivera, Ambrose Akinmusire, Stefon Harris, Tiger Okoshi, Tsunenori ‘Lee’ Abe, Shinobu Segawa, and many more.
Her priority when it comes to music instruction is to enjoy the time with students as the word ‘music’ is written as ‘enjoy sound’ in Japanese. She knows the best way to approach each individual’s goal, and work with them to achieve their musical path.
Charles Dolph is a Pianist, Vocalist and educator from Minneapolis. When Charles graduated from Oberlin College, where he studied jazz singing, he decided to move to Washington, DC and begin teaching private lessons and performing professionally. After three years Charles accepted a full-time position as a public school music teacher. He held that job until relocating to Los Angeles, all the while continuing to perform regularly.
Charles has performed extensively in venues ranging from jazz clubs to the Sydney Opera House. He has a deep knowledge of music theory and technique, which allows him to develop his own teaching materials to meet the specific needs of his students. Charles hopes that his students have as much fun learning music as he does teaching.
“I think learning music is one of the best things a person can choose to do. It’s collaborative, it’s creative, and it’s rewarding when you see yourself getting better. Learning music taught me that I have the ability to get better at anything by practicing. I’ve applied the same method of improvement through practicing to so many facets of my life, from academics, to athletics, to everyday things like remembering people’s names. I learned how to play piano and sing, but I also learned a framework for approaching all manner of challenges and obstacles that may arise.”
Anna Mezentseva is a Los Angeles based Singer-Songwriter and Performer. Anna has been teaching Voice and Piano for the past 7 years, constantly improving her methods, vocal techniques and adding new topics to her lessons.
Born and raised in a small town in Siberia, Russia, Anna started her career at the age of 5 by playing piano, performing with a church choir and participating in piano and voice contests. Anna took an intensive vocal course in Tech Music School in London, and then moved to the US in hopes of becoming a professional singer-songwriter. Inspired by artists such as Amy Winehouse, Michael Jackson, Christina Aguilera, and many more, she continued her journey by studying songwriting and performance in Boston. Later on she decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue her own music career. Anna has collaborated with award winning artists such as two times Grammy Awards winner Peter Eldridge, Grammy nominated mastering engineer Jonathan Wyner, Japan’s version of Grammy Awards winners Darrin Bolden and Perry Geyer, and others.
"In my lessons I focus on vocal warm ups, breathing exercises, vocal/piano performance and music theory. I think it’s important for students to not only listen to music but to understand how it’s written and structured. I'm always open for new ideas and suggestions from the students and their parents to make the best out of every lesson."
Originally from North Carolina, Wells has been playing piano since he could reach the keys. Though piano is his primary focus, Wells wears many musical hats. In addition to teaching for 5 years the titles of Pianist, Singer/songwriter, composer/lyricist, keyboardist, lead singer, and Musical Director are all ones he has held on his musical journey.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Piano and Classical Composition from Sarah Lawrence College, and studied Jazz Piano and Voice at Le Cim École de Jazz et Musiques Actuelles in Paris. In Paris and in New York, Wells has performed as a pianist and vocalist in solo acts, rock bands, hip-hop groups, and jazz ensembles. His classical compositions have been performed by the Cygnus Ensemble and appeared in short films. Whatever musical role Wells is playing, he is always having fun and he can’t wait to share that passion and fun with his students!
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