I love helping singers and keyboardists discover the freedom found in making music.
I am a celebrity vocal coach & keyboard instructor to students both online and in my home studio in Studio City, CA.
It’s so important you are clear on WHAT you want so you can be clear on how to take action to reach those dreams.
I sang my first solo when I was 4 years old at a small church in rural Minnesota. I’ve sung for weddings, funerals and special events throughout my career. I made appearances throughout Minnesota, singing the National Anthem at venues like the Target Center-and Disney tunes, accompanying bands and orchestras throughout the region. Since relocating to Los Angeles, I’ve been a featured vocalist at renowned LA clubs like The Dresden, Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Hotel Cafe. I’ve collaborated with several renowned LA-based music producers and musicians in recording a variety of multi-genre cover hits as well as my own original songs.
I taught kindergarten for 4 years & directed choral music for five years at a private school for grades K-9.
I started studying voice before I could read and began studying piano in grade school which continued through college. I am a classically trained vocalist & pianist receiving a Bachelors in Music from North Central University in Minneapolis, MN where I studied voice with Rebecca Norberg and piano with Elaine Wipf. In addition, I received classical/opera training for 5 years from Doreen Hutchings (University of Northwestern). As a professional singer, I’m constantly honing my skills. I’ve studied Roxie Francis (I Heart My Voice) as well as Lisa Popeil (Voiceworks) in Los Angeles. I also work with Gerald White (Music1on1) in sight singing training and in private voice classes.
Throughout my professional music career, I have learned to develop a laser focus, where I know how to get in the zone. I have the ability to separate my emotions from the job at hand which has allowed me to share my music to many different people in various settings. This is something I love to help singers & keyboardists discover and develop.
Above all, I know how important it is to be supported, encouraged and challenged in order to grow and reach your goals. I strive to make this my mission when I’m working with my clients in voice and keyboard lessons.
"We first got acquainted with Briana 9 years ago at Yamaha school of Music when she taught my older son who was then 7 yrs of age. She was enthusiastic and inspiring! She allowed for variations and creativity and even allowed the kids to compose their own music, sing along with music or try different tricks with the Piano to explore their horizon! Later, when I needed a private tutor for my younger son....I secretly wished I could have Briana!
Little did I know that my wish would come true with a surprise meeting at Caribou coffee! Indeed, it has been a great journey with Briana! We have had her as a teacher for group lessons and private lessons....both of which have had a different flavor but have been gratifying. What is wonderful about her is that she has the insight as to how to teach a certain child to have the kid be best receptive to the lesson.
She is always polite. She is firm and disciplined, but not intimidating. If a child follows along with the instruction, she is out there to help push them further and maximize their potential as a musician. She puts in great effort in her recitals! The children perform with zest and her own performances are inspiring as well!"
“Briana is a talented musician, performer and teacher. She values & recognizes the unique talent of each student and tailors her lessons to their individual needs to allow them to shine in their own unique way. Briana incorporates her sense of humor during lessons to ensure her students are comfortable, yet always demands a high level of rigor and remains extremely professional.”
“I booked a 12 week online keyboard course with Briana. Her process looks like this...
She teaches you theory, song structure, sight reading over a zoom lesson. You then take what you've learned and practice over the next weeks. You are expected to send videos for accountability (which is really helpful). You are also given the tools to learn on your own. She has great energy and is a fantastic instructor. If you are looking to learn, improve, or brush up on your skills, she is your gal!”