Teri D. offers Music Performance Lessons, Singing Lessons, and Songwriti...

Tutor in Los Angeles, CA 90064

Los Angeles, CA 90064


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Price starts at: $40.00

Subjects: Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice

I teach students of all ages in a relaxed, encouraging, and fun way- but with the structure many beginners need to reach their goals and with the background of a professional singer! Students will see themselves making progress and reaching set goals! This encourages them to continue on their musical journey – becoming the very best they can be! We will also learn fun popular songs and look for opportunities to sing them. We will also learn many styles of pop singing as well — from pop to rock to R&B to country & more! From beginners and just-for-fun singers to singer/songwriters to pros, each student will be able to learn the skills they need to sing from their heart and find their own true voice.

Teri has taught voice for over 15 years to all ages and all levels, led and trained various bands and groups for over 17 years. Named as a Top Vocal Coach by Backstage Magazine 2015, she is a club hit recording artist and premier LA vocal coach. Her vocals have graced full length CD’s, cuts on various records, performances on TV and radio, and gained her a nomination for Best Female Vocalist, All Access Music Awards. She is the author of Vocal Essentials for the Pop Singer: Take Your Singing from Good to Great, from Hal Leonard Publishing. Teri has a Master’s Degree in Education and a Bachelors Degree in Speech Pathology. She studied music at Blue Bear School of Music in San Francisco including music theory, vocal technique and vocal performance, guitar and stage performance. She had a dance club hit in the 90’s which garnered success on mix shows and dance charts across the country.

She specializes in getting the best out of her students — giving them a solid vocal technique to let their natural ability shine. Her students will attest to her positive, relaxed and encouraging teaching style.

In addition to learning the basics, Teri can help students get their voice in shape for events, school projects/plays, auditions (American Idol etc…), a solo or band project, and more!

Teri offers flexibility with scheduling to accommodate students various needs including day/eves and weekends. Studio is in a convenient Westside LA location.

  • Lesson Details *
    Students can expect a fun lesson with vocal warm-up exercises, and lots of singing, in a supportive environment. Teri works out of her home studio and online. so students can work with microphones and instruments.

Voice lessons build confidence and enthusiasm, and help prepare children for performing in front of others. Singing at a young age develops vocal abilities, but more importantly develops a child’s aural abilities (recognizing melodies, harmonies, etc.) as well as the ability to focus, take direction and be creative.

Performing / Recording / Vocal Health
Recording. performing and touring presents unique challenges to singers. By concentrating on breathing, vocal production and tension reduction, warm-up exercises, and range building exercises, these lessons help increase stamina, build vocal tone, and reduce the effects of vocal fatigue for those who sing long hours at a time.

Church / Worship Leading
Singing on praise/worship teams is an art form all of it’s own. Lessons centered around this kind of singing focus on the areas of blending, tone, hearing harmonies, and keeping your part in a group. For the soloist / worship leader, lessons help in the areas of projection, tone, range, runs, and breathing.

  • Studio Equipment *
    I have recording equipment and microphones, piano, guitar.
  • Specialties *
    voice, voice lessons, voice singing lessons, voice coaching, vocal technique, voice training, speaking (speakers), auditions, broadway singing (pop technique only), music theory, musical theatre, singing, speaking acting voice, acting, theatrical singing, adults, all levels, audition prep, beginner to advanced, breathing technique, children’s basics, pro vocal technique, rock pop styling, stamina based breathing, theatre singing, voice actors, voice over artists, using your body as an instrument, getting students to record quality, building vocal tone, and assisting students in finding their own voice.

Child Ages:
3 weeks - 17 years
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Date: July 15, 1992 – May 15, 1997
School: Blue Bear School of Music
Degree: Voice, performance, guitar & piano
Description: Attended classes & took lessons in voice, performance, piano, guitar – it is a well-known and esteemed school in San Francisco & the Bay Area.

Date: September 15, 1972 – January 15, 1976
School: SUNY at Buffalo
Degree: Bachelors Degree (BA) in Speech Pathology, Communications & Spanish
Description: Received my BA and then went on for my Master’s degree.

Date: September 15, 1977 – June 15, 1978
School: State University of New York at Buffalo
Degree: Ed.M Master’s of Education
Description: Curriculum Development, Instructional Design, Instructional Media


Date: May 15, 2015
Name: National Academy for the Recording Arts and Sciences, The
Description: The Recording Academy, known variously as The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences or NARAS, is a U.S. organization of musicians, producers, recording engineers and other recording professionals dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for music and its makers. The Recording Academy is headquartered in Santa Monica.

Date: April 15, 2013
Name: National Association of Recording Industry Professionals
Description: Formed in 1998, the National Association of Record Industry Professionals (NARIP) brings together the brightest minds and leading innovators in the global record and music industries. NARIP was created specifically for record industry professionals.


Date: June 15, 1998
Organization: YouWorld Music & Entertainment
Title: Owner
Description: Services include: vocal performance, vocal lessons – technique and coaching, speaking coaching, artist development, song preproduction, presentation coaching, writing and articles

Date: June 15, 2001
Organization: Bleach Records
Title: Owner
Description: Record label
Titles include:
Gardens in the Concrete – Teri D. Band
Your Best Friend Vocal Exercise CD – 2012


Date: June 15, 2015
Authority: Backstage Magazine
Name: (One Of) Top 5 Vocal Coaches
Description: Based on 2014 Reader’s Poll.


Language: English
Proficiency: Fluent / Native Proficiency

Language: Spanish
Proficiency: Professional Proficiency


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