Who doesn't love individual attention? With YADA's Private Lessons, you are able to get specialized one-on-one attention from our talented and experienced staff in a variety of areas such as Acting, Voice, Dance, Instruments, Audition Technique, and more! In addition, private lessons are also available to review the songs, scenes, and dances from our current YADA shows! Please read below for more information!




Amanda was a Director for six years In New York at ApplauseNY. While managing the after-school division she taught dance, singing, improv, acting for camera, and directed the musical theater workshops on the weekends to kids ranging from 5yrs-15yrs. After graduating from the prestigious High School of Performing Arts, Amanda went on to earn her B.F.A in Dramatic Performance at the College Conservatory of Music (CCM). She has been featured in national commercials and has appeared in several TV shows including Modern Family, Ground Floor, and Gossip Girl. Amanda has also appeared in various readings and plays in New York–her favorite being the New York premiere of Knives and Other Sharp Objects produced by The Public Theater. Amanda is thrilled to be living in Los Angeles continuing to share her love for theater with the incredible YADA students.

This Fall '21, have fun with Amanda!


Find and work with Amanda on two contrasting monologues that highlight the strength of your young actor. They will dive into the techniques using actor vocabulary that make up an effective performance. Leave this class ready to audition with monologues that demonstrate your confidence and capabilities in the connection you’ve made to the material and yourself!


In Musical Theater Training, students apply Amanda's approach and tools to musical theater material. Students will work on one song of their choosing with Amanda's guidance and focus on script analysis, breaking down lyrics, story telling, as well as listening to constructive feedback. 


Are you and your child overwhelmed when it comes to making a self-tape? In this class Amanda will go over the equipment and setup necessary to make a great self-tape. Each student will be assigned material and then break down location, lighting, acting beats, prop work, eye lines, and technical results. Students will leave with a greater understanding and confidence in their ability to deliver a great performance in this current climate of at-home auditioning. 



Originally from Virginia, Ann Northern grew up performing professionally at theaters and venues up and down the east coastSince a young age, Ann has been an avid student of vocal performance, ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop and all things dramatic.  She grew up learning from some of the best teachers in the country, and she won many awards in singing, dance, and cheerleading conventions throughout the east coast.  She then graduated with a BFA in Professional Acting and Musical Theatre from East Carolina University.  Ann performed and lived in New York City for 8 years, where she completed two Broadway National/International Tours:  Lincoln Center’s South Pacific and Shrek the Musical.  Her favorite credits include Millie (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers), Mae (The Wild Party), Mary Warren (The Crucible), and Emily (Our Town).  After moving to Los Angeles with her Husband and miniature schnauzer, Ann found YADA and immediately felt at home!  Ann is currently an advanced student at Groundlings and UCB and is an alumni of The Meisner Technique.  Her classes have high energy and she loves working with children of all ages and capabilities!

This Summer & Fall 2021, here's what Ann teaches In Person & on YADAVISION:


Calling all at-home tappers….LET’S MAKE SOME NOISE!  This class can be performed with or without tap shoes, let’s just get our feet moving!  Ann will cover the basics of tap steps and sounds, so your child feels prepared and confident to tap their way into any audition.  While working and adjusting for all levels and capabilities, Ann will teach fun choreography from tap favorites such as 42nd Street and Shrek the Musical.


Let’s get our bodies moving, while we strengthen our ability to learn now choreography and pick it up quickly!  Ann will lead you through a weekly warm-up that builds upon your strength, flexibility, and balance.  We will focus on all different musical theatre styles such as jazz, hip-hop, and ballet.  With an upbeat musical theatre playlist, you will leave this class a better mover and feel more confident attending auditions in the future.

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Suzanne Slade has been teaching voice, piano, keyboard, ukulele, guitar and bass for quite some time now. She started teaching voice and piano in 2010 for DPAC in New Jersey that was part of the regional theatre company, Music Mountain Theatre. In 2014, she moved to Denver and started teaching at Swallow Hill Music, the largest folk music school in the country. There Suzanne branched out teaching keyboard, ukulele, guitar and bass to kids 6-10. She continues to teach guitar, piano and voice privately with students wanting to pursue a singer-songwriting career.  Suzanne’s training in piano was through the Suzuki method and she uses those methods as well as traditional in her lessons. She trained for guitar through many different professional instructors and is self-taught on bass and ukulele. Suzanne plays in many different bands and uses all of her learned instruments in each of them. As for voice, Suzanne has trained with many Broadway musical directors and coaches. In L.A., she trains with Peisha and Adriana McPhee, who is the current vocal coach for American Idol.

Here's what Suzanne teaches through YADAVISION:


Learn vocal coaching from Suzanne! She will lead you through a vocal warm-up, help you with technique, and then work on audition songs or any songs of your choosing. Suzanne is a Broadway trained singer and has worked with such coaches as Peisha McPhee (Vocal coach of American Idol, Katherine McPhee), Adriana McPhee(American Idol coach), and Bob Garrett (seven-time Broadway veteran). 


Learn the keys, chords, and notes of the piano. Piano lessons help with reading music and can be an essential aid for singers, dancers, and musical theatre performers of all levels. With patience and fun, Suzanne will lead you through the piano and have you playing your favorite tunes in no time. 

Requirements: Piano or Keyboard


Ever dream of becoming a singer-songwriter? Have ideas but don't know where to put them? Suzanne has been working in the music industry for over 20 years and will teach any student to find the confidence and tools to create their perfect song.  Learning song structure and accompaniment, every student will be able to create and play their own creations and songs. 


Suzanne teaches acoustic guitar, electric guitar, and ukulele. Learn chord progressions, finger placement, fingerpicking, and how to read music. All levels welcome!

Requirements: Guitar or Ukulele


Learn how to make tracks, record vocals, and become your own music engineer! Suzanne will teach you the fundamentals of Garageband that will help you succeed in song creation and vocalization. Create your first CD and create music that will last a lifetime.  


How do you have the best audition? What do you wear and how do you prepare? Suzanne will work with you on how you should enter the audition room, breathing techniques for nervousness, prepare sides, and work on your audition song. Let Suzanne teach you how to stand out and show your best self!

For more information or to book your child's private lesson follow the instructions listed below.

Request a Lesson

  • Click: Detail on the student you wish to request a lesson for
  • Scroll down to find the private lesson section on the child's profile
  • Click: Request A Lesson button


  • Private sessions are 30, 45 or 60 minutes and are scheduled directly through the YADA offices by filling out a lesson request form.
  • Private Lessons are $50 per half hour, $75 for 45 minutes, and $100 for an hour.
  • We also offer shared private lessons. Shared private lessons are offered at $40 per student, per half hour. There is a maximum of three students in a shared private lesson.
  • You will be invoiced for your lesson.  The invoice will be payable online through your parent portal.
  • A series of lessons may be paid for in advance.
  • All cancellations must be given to YADA with a 24-hour notice. Any lessons cancelled within 24 hours will be billed to your account in full.
  • Lessons will occur during the time scheduled. Any time lost due to tardiness will not be made up during the lesson.
  • Lessons are to be scheduled by filling out the lesson request form.  This form can be found in the student's profile in your parent portal. Log into your parent account, click on the child's profile and click the lesson request link
  • Any lost materials given to the student by YADA must be replaced at the student’s expense.
  • Students may record their lesson.