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Popular Music Theory Teachers Near Monrovia

Kimberly A.

Monrovia, CA
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Chuck R.

Glendora, CA
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Jihye L.

Arcadia, CA
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Kimberly A. Monrovia, CA

I teach popular music theory.

Subjects include:
harmonic analysis
re-harmonization
improv
scale and chord theory

I have been teaching these for 15 years.
I am very patient and adjust areas of study to fit my students goals.

About Kimberly

I started playing music around the Kansas City area twenty five years ago. I graduated from The University of Southern California with a degree in studio/jazz guitar (cum laude). While at USC, I received a merit scholarship and an award for professional leadership and service within her department. I also graduated with honors from Musicians Institute (GIT), of Hollywood, CA. I have toured the U.S. and Canada playing venues such as The Portland Rose Festival, The Playboy Jazz Festival, The Santa Monica Twilight Concert Series, Irvine Lake Blues Festival,The Burnaby British Columbia Blues Festival and the Long Beach Blues Festival. The headliners at these events included Robben Ford, The Neville Brothers, and Johnny Winter. I have released two solo CD's that have received ...

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Richard M. January 26, 2015
Kimberly is an amazing musician and teacher. Her teaching techniques can make you the musician you've always wanted to be.

From beginner to seasoned player she can help you hone your skills. Let's say your not sure you want to learn to read music just yet. Her teaching methods can have you playing your instrument faster than you would dream possible. If on the other hand your interested in improving your your reading skills she can help you understand note placement time value neck geometry economy of motion.

Your welcome to do as many players do. Work on a song for hours on end picking out note after note after note till it feels like your going to die of old age. There you are ready to play at the family gathering the room get quiet you start playing singing " I'll never leave your pizza burning" from the back of the room comes your uncle with the runny eye runs up to you saying "hey Junior that's I'll never be your beast of burden I told you not to waste your time with that guitar"
Yeah we've all had something like this happens to us.

Have you ever listened to a song and thought was that a cat?Hawaiian noises? Is that even English? musically speaking Kimberly can unscramble an egg.She can tell you what that sound was how you can reproduce it or replace it with your own. She can answer all those musical questions you've wonder about. Is the hokey pokey really what it's all about? Why'd Yankee Doodle stick a feather in his hat and call it macaroni?

Whether your a serious musician or just starting out and want to have fun. You owe it to yourself book a lesson with her. Think of all your other projects the picture frame the Jewellery box Bird house. All that stuff is in the garage gathering dust right? High priced fire wood.

What you learn with Kimberly you keep forever. Money well spent
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Greg G. December 28, 2014
Guitar · In studio
I have been taking guitar lessons on my electric with Kim for about a year in her studio in the LA area. There are so many guitar instructors in LA, choosing one was very difficult. I relied heavily on reviews I read & a personal recommendation from a friend. Kim is exactly what I was looking for. She is laid back and down to earth (no rapping on the knuckles here!) but she conducts herself and her business just like you'd want her to - like a business. I sort of expect most musicians to be a bit fluid with their lives and their calendars. Not Kim! She tackles her work like a professional - on time, focused on you and flexible to meet your needs.

What I love about working with her is her flexibility. We started with basic guitar lessons - scales, chords, strum patterns, etc. It quickly morphed into her teaching me what I wanted to learn. A month in she asked me to make a list of my favorite songs. She wove the learning from there - blending just enough conventional guitar teaching into the lessons to keep it real - but focused on what I wanted - learning the songs I grew up with. I didn't want to learn to read music - so she stays on tabs. I am so happy and look forward to my lessons with her every week.

I would recommend Kim to anyone who wants to learn on their own terms.
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Peter B. December 10, 2014
Blues Guitar · In studio
I've been taking guitar lessons with Kimberly since the beginning of 2011. At the time I'd had several years of lessons using a traditional method on acoustic guitar and was looking for a teacher who could help me focus on electric blues rock and move me beyond my intermediate skill level.

Kimberly has a real focus on and talent for teaching. My lessons are tailored to meet my interests. A large part of the lesson is devoted to learning her method for blues soloing--at least 5 approaches to improvisation and comping. After several years, I've come to see how these approaches interweave, complement each other and have become an intuitive part of my musical vocabulary.

Also, because I expressed an interest, part of the lesson involves sight reading, learning blues and jazz theory, developing rhythmic playing sense, and learning a few favorite solos. Kimberly has an amazing ability to tab out and teach any song you give her. Which leads to the best part--after 6 months I was invited to play with one of her ensemble classes. While I was absolutely petrified with fear at the beginning, this has turned into one of the highlights of my week every week. It is just downright fun! It's a safe and forgiving environment where you can make mistakes and learn, or try things out that might flop, or turn into something cool. Every teacher and guitar magazine article all point to the need to play with other musicians to develop your skills and this is where Kimberly Allison really delivers. I feel that I could now sit in with other musicians and contribute.

I give my highest recommendation for taking lessons with Kimberly.
Chuck R. Glendora, CA

I will teach you the basics of music theory and how it applies to the professional musician and the real working world. Learning basic music theory is fundamental to total musicianship.

About Chuck

I pride myself in my ability to nurture the talents of children, adolescents, and adults alike, tailoring lessons to the individual needs of each student, regardless of age, skill or experience level. I strive to bring out each student's own natural musicality and self-expression with a positive and upbeat approach. I am a big believer in getting the basic mechanics of guitar playing down first. I teach students to play with solid discipline at first so they can develop the correct Technique. Only when the basic mechanics are in place do I move forward with theory, chords and playing songs. I teach all main music styles ranging form: Jazz, Funk, Blues,Heavy Metal and Rock.

Jihye L. Arcadia, CA

students work on read notes and apply to music through theory.

About Jihye

Education: Hold MFA degree at California Institute of the Arts. Studied with Vicki Ray and Lisa Sylvester. Focused on Performing arts,Accompanying. Experience: More than 15 years of teaching experiences including High school, College, Academy, Kindergarten. Member of MTNA. All ages welcome! *** Lesson Details *** - Use various kind of books. -Lesson include theory, sight reading, Technic.... - Participate in recitals, competitions, festivals... - Use English and Korean. *** Studio Equipment *** KAWAI piano in studio room. Waiting area for parent. *** Specialties *** Focus on classic, pop and chamber music. Many experiences with young beginners.

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Jung K. September 25, 2014
Piano · In studio
Jihye is a nice teacher. She work with my kids over a year now.
My kids always love to work with her.
I will highly recommend Jihye to other students who like to learn piano!
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Mayra H. February 20, 2014
Piano
Wonderful teacher!

Jihye taught piano to our children for 4 years. She is organized, reliable and flexible. She takes pride on her students' success and encourages progress in a fun way. With her teaching, she helped our son to be fully prepared to transition into playing percussion at school.
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oh K. February 15, 2014
Piano
great music experiences

Jihye is a great teacher. I have been studied with her 3years.
She has a passion through her entire teaching.
I am a lucky student who have a teacher like her.

Braeden H.

Monrovia, CA
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Mary Ann G.

Pasadena, CA
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Danae V.

Covina, CA
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Braeden H. Monrovia, CA

I have a Bachelors Degree in ethnomusicology from UCLA, where I studied advanced music theory under world-renowned professors. I am well-versed in the theory behind harmony, melody, rhythm, notation (Western and non-western), and more. I am excellent at providing ear training, which allows students to listen to music and simply hear how to play it before even touching their instruments.

About Braeden

I graduated Magna Cum Laude from UCLA in 2013, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Ethnomusicology: World Music. I have 12+ years of guitar and musical experience, I've toured nationally with the LA-based band Torches, and I gig frequently in the Los Angeles area. I made my national television debut in spring 2013 performing on AXS Live. A multi-instrumentalist, I specialize in guitar and bass, and currently teach both instruments at the Boys and Girls Club in Wilmington, CA. I love teaching, and tailor each lesson to the individual. I believe that lessons grounded in the fundamentals of music theory lead to a flexible musical education—music doesn't have to be cloudy and mysterious anymore! My main motivation in teaching is to encourage what brought a student to seek lessons in the first ...

Mary Ann G. Pasadena, CA

Learn theory in layman's terms. It should be fun not feared.
Happy to explain and put into practical use to make yourself well-rounded.

About Mary Ann

I have been teaching for over 20 years. I am a singer-songwriter-guitarist and performer. A native born Southern Californian, her life focus has always been music, from her beginnings as a little girl in the church choir to playing guitar in her first all girl band by age 12. She received her formal vocal training with Pollyanne Baxter at Cal State Los Angeles, where she received her BA in Music. Over the years she has performed her original music in coffee houses, and other venues. When she is not busy teaching, she is working on song-writing and recording. CD. Her influences included, The Beatles, Eric Clapton, Sarah McLaughlan, Eva Cassidy, Jane Monet, Green Day, and Led Zeppelin. *** Lesson Details *** I have been teaching for a long time now and enjoy working with people. I

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Angela L. July 9, 2014
Guitar · In studio
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Great teacher!!! She makes my lesson easy and fun to learn. I love her and want to keep learning guitar skills from her!
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Lilian L. June 7, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter started lesson with Mary Ann about two months ago. I have heard nothing but positive comments from my daughter about the teacher. My daughter started off with voice lesson and is now adding Ukulele and guitar lesson as well. Thumbs up!
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Mary Ann G. November 20, 2013
Ukulele
TOO MUCH FUN!

I had a great experience! Started playing the Uke right away.
Learned 2 songs and 6 chords, and how to tune my very first lesson.
She makes the work fun. Totally recommend!!!
Danae V. Covina, CA

My students study Theory and Composition in order to enhance their interpretive abilities and develop their creative inclinations!

About Danae

Danae is an MTNA Nationally Certified Teacher and award-winning composer with a degree in Piano Performance, and over a decade of teaching and composition experience. Teaching Philosophy: Danae is dedicated to providing an environment that promotes the highest potential of each student. The focus of lessons is on musical knowledge, technical precision, and artistic expression. These goals serve the purpose of fostering a lifelong enjoyment of music. *** Lesson Details *** The overall course of study is built on the foundation of traditional European-style conservatory studies (including the possibility of studying theory and composition, along with technique and repertoire). Individual lessons are geared toward the desires of each individual student and non-classical repertoire ...

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stacy A. February 20, 2014
Piano
Very impressed by Mrs. V.

I recently started taking lessons with Mrs. V and already feel like I'm progressing in my piano skills. Mrs. V exudes class and elegance, and you feel a sense of comfort and warmth upon meeting her. She is very knowledgeable in her craft, and the advice and tips she has given me during my lessons has really helped me with the pieces I'm currently learning. She's very patient and takes her time with you. She also really gets to know you as a person, which I find important.

I love that Mrs. V is also a composer and knows music theory. I have been struggling with theory for years, and she has been helping to educate me on theory during my lesson. She even assigns theory homework, which gives me that extra push to learn more. I am always encouraged to take notes during class as well. Mrs. V is just filled with information and it excites me to learn things I've never know before about piano technique, theory, and even the structure of a piano and how it works.

Mrs. V always encourages students to play in annual recitals, and I am looking forward to playing in the next one. My experience as a whole with Mrs. V has been great. I am very impressed with her thus far. I would recommend her to anyone who is serious about honing their piano skills.

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