Vocals are the instrument of the human body and its practice has been around since the dawn of time. What better way to start your musical journey, or supplement it by learning how to sing your heart out? Click on teachers below to learn more about them.
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.
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.
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."
KJ Bell is a writer, musician, and teacher based in Los Angeles. A native of Farmington, New Mexico he benefited from the town’s strong music programs, starting with the violin at the age of 8. He attended Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, graduating with a degree in Music Education in 2013. Specializing in both strings and voice he served as principal violist of the college chamber orchestra, and section leader of the choirs. After graduating he formed his own studio, teaching students in Colorado and New Mexico. His students frequently made regional and state honor ensembles and earned high ratings in solo competitions.
During his time in Durango KJ performed with ensembles throughout the southwest, including the San Juan Symphony, Durango Choral Society, Caliente Community Chorus, Vivace Mandolin Ensemble, and the Durango Chamber Singers. His expertise as a string player, vocalist, and conductor kept him in high demand in the region. He has performed with choruses at Lincoln Center and on several European tours. In June of 2015 he participated in the Rome Choral Festival under the direction of Z. Randall Stroope, where he was chosen as a soloist for performances in St. Peter’s Basilica and the church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva.
KJ has written numerous works for chorus, performing several during his time as the Music and Choir Director at Durango’s Christ the King Lutheran Church. The April 2017 premiere of his setting of T. H. Bradshaw's poem "For You" earned him a standing ovation in his hometown when he conducted the work with the Durango Chamber Singers. He moved to Los Angeles in the summer of 2017, where he has been pursuing several writing projects in addition to his teaching work.
Alice has been teaching piano and voice for almost 10 years. She believes that playing piano is not merely a study of other people’s works, it is the creation of your own material and experimentation in improvisation and accompanying.
She was born in Minsk, Belarus, where she graduated from a Music school majoring in singing, piano, music theory.
Alice started to play piano and sing since 5 years old which has provided her with a tremendous experience. She worked with soloists, playing for them, sang and accompanied to herself, led the church worship and was responsible for music programs in summer camps.
After graduating high school Alice decided to complete a Bachelors in Computer Studies. It might look like these two spheres are far from each other, however Alice believed that technology would help her discover new horizons in music and complement the skill that she’s got. She graduated with excellent results and continued her music career path.
Alice has always had a passion about teaching kids so she volunteered in many summer camps where she was responsible for music programs, taught private piano, voice and music theory lessons, performed and accompanied the concerts.
In 2008 she was assigned to be Assistant Music Director in one of the most successful churches in Belarus. She coordinated the programs, communicated with many artists and performed with them.
She has been playing with her bands at special events developing different genres and styles of music.
After moving to the US, she decided to pursue Vocal Jazz degree. She combines studying and working part-time as a piano accompanist and vocalist for different types of performances. Besides being a part of Piano Teacher Girl Team, Alice also instructs at the Recreational Centers all around Los Angeles. Her private students helped her gain experience to work with different ages and professional levels. During her studies in Pasadena City College she received the scholarships and awards for the Excellence in Music Studies and Outstanding Academic and Musical Achievement.