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Popular Flute Teachers Near Playa Vista

Julia B.

Pacific Palisades, CA
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Cory B.

Long Beach, CA
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Cindy K.

Mission Hills, CA
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Julia B. Pacific Palisades, CA

Subjects Taught

Flute, Music Performance, Music Theory, Surfing

About Me

A little bit about me:
Admired for her rich tone and fluid technique throughout the instruments range, flutist Julia B. is an active performer and teacher in the Los Angeles area. As a soloist she has performed with the San Diego Symphony, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, and the UCLA Symphony. She has recently performed with the Le Grange Symphony, Midland Symphony, and LA Dream Orchestra as well as chamber ensembles such as the LA Grand Ensemble and Spirati Woodwind Quintet. She completed her Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree in flute performance at the University of California at Los Angeles, where she studied with Sheridon Stokes. For her Master of Music, Ms. B. studied with Christina Jennings at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and attended Rice University for her Bachelors Degree under the tutelage of Leone Buyse. Ms. B. has also taught in the Santa Monica/Malibu District, and is currently teaching elementary music in the Manhattan Beach Unified School District.

My thoughts on teaching:
Teaching brings joy to my life. I love instructing flute students of all ages and experience levels, and find that they often teach me just as much as I teach them. While I want my students to excel, above all I hope they come away from lessons with a greater appreciation and understanding of the incredible power of music.

In an average lesson we will address:
-Fundamentals of flute playing from breathing and posture to tone production and articulation
-Tone exercises
-Scales and technique
-Etudes
-Solo works
-Duets
-Fundamentals of music theory through games and exercises

I am currently accepting private students into my Los Angeles flute studio. I am available to teach at your home or my studio in Pacific Palisades. Please contact me if you have any questions about flute lessons, or music theory lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a music stand and the required books for the first lesson, but will expect the student to acquire those books once we get started.

Cory B. Long Beach, CA

Subjects Taught

Bassoon, Clarinet, Flute, Music Performance, Oboe

About Me

I am a classically trained performer with a Master's degree from London's Royal College of Music. I love finding each student's own learning style to tailor the experience, and I encourage my students to make their own decisions about musical expression (with plenty of guidance, of course!).

In my work as a performer I have played with orchestras all over the world, from the South London Sinfonia to the Bombay Chamber Orchestra. My musical life is full of variety, and I think that the experiences I've had as a musician make me a creative and thoughtful teacher.

*** Lesson Details ***
I wouldn't call myself strict, but I do have high standards. I expect my students to put in the work at home, so that we can get the most out of lesson time, but I think that my expectations are realistic. After all, we all have busy lives, and even if you haven't had time to prepare we can always have a productive lesson.

We will learn simple tunes in the very first lesson, and I will always balance technical exercises with fun. (Though I do think a lot of exercises are fun too!) After a few months we will have a solid foundation of music theory and will have developed your music reading abilities considerably. We will have worked on a great technical foundation of scales and exercises, so that your fingers won't fail you. We will also be delving in to longer and more complex tunes, and considering the possibility of some form of casual public or in-home performance, for you to show your family and friends what you've learned!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Baby grand piano,
Music stands,
Metronome,
Tuner

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect students to have their own instruments and music.

*** Specialties ***
Classical

Cindy K. Mission Hills, CA

Subjects Taught

Clarinet, Flute, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Saxophone, Singing, Violin

About Me

Hello, my name is Cindy and I am a vocal and instrumental instructor. I received my BA and MAT degrees from Pepperdine University. I have taught privately for over 25 years in the San Fernando Valley, along with Pasadena and Simi Valley areas. During college I performed in several operas including The Magic Flute and Hansel and Gretel with the Burbank Symphony Orchestra. After college, I was a member of Musical Americans, a select touring group from Southern California under the direction of K. Gene Simmonds that toured South America and Japan. I also served as a minister of music at a local church for several years.

I began playing the piano at the age of 7. My mother and sister were taking lessons and, when they had finished practicing I would go into the piano and play what they had just played. My mother figured that I was the one with the talent so I got the lessons. When I was 9, I became interested in the violin. Back in those days, it was required for you to take private lessons if you were going to be in the school orchestra. I started lessons on the violin while continuing lessons on the piano. I began taking voice lessons while in Jr. High and for a while, I took lessons on all three. I was also very involved with my church music department, which was very large and well known in Southern California. During college, I had the opportunity to participate in The Living Christmas Tree . This was a great experience, one I will never forget. I not only sang in the tree but was able to play in the orchestra for a couple of years as well.

Being a classroom teacher for over 30 years, I have had the experience of bringing the joy of music to hundreds of students. I put a strong focus on musical theory so that my students understand not only how to play or sing, but understand the WHY of different musical concepts. Presently I have students attending CSUN majoring in music. I have a love for music that has been with me since the age of 7, when I started taking my first piano lessons. I took private lessons on piano, violin and voice till I graduated from high school, continuing while I earned my BA and MAT degrees. I have experience with students of all ages, ranging from the young kindergarten student to the adult student. I believes that there is a hidden talent in everyone and that if there is a desire to learn, I can teach them!

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are designed to bring a maximum level of enjoyment while giving a strong musical theory foundation. Being a classroom teacher for over 30 years, I understand what a student goes through regarding homework during a week's time. I always take that into consideration when making assignments. I find out what the student's musical likes are and use those in selecting songs to work on with them.I use different curriculum, depending on the needs of the student and the instrument being taught. With the wealth of my experience I can teach and guide the student through any performance and musical interest they may have and bridge the gap between genre's that so many are unable to do.

I teach beginning and intermediate voice, flute, guitar, sax and clarinet. I am able to teach up to the advanced level for violin and piano. I enjoy working with all levels of students, from young children through adults.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room, room for parents to wait.

*** Travel Equipment ***
They must have their own instrument. If they are taking piano, I am able to teach them on a keyboard that has at least 4 octaves. I have had great success with working with keyboards, especially with younger students. Students purchase their own materials. I will give you the names of the books and locations where you can buy them.

*** Specialties ***
I am from the old school of thought and teach the basics with a great deal of theory thrown in. My students that have gone on to major in music in college have done very well because of the foundation I have given them.

Sheila M.

Sherman Oaks, CA
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Joseph R.

Downey, CA
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Heather B.

Sherman Oaks, CA
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Sheila M. Sherman Oaks, CA

Subjects Taught

Flute, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano

About Me

Sheila M. is a native of Southern California, born and raised in the city of Palm Springs. Her interest in music began at the age of seven when she began private instruction in classical piano, and by the age of ten, she began playing the flute. Sheila received her Bachelor of Music with a degree in Music Education from the University of Redlands, where she studied flute with Sara Andon. There, she performed in the university's Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and Orchestra. During her third year at university, she studied abroad at the Zoltan Kodaly Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kecskemet, Hungary.

Sheila has performed in many different venues around the world such as Tivoli Gardens in Denmark, the Edinburgh Trade Center in Scotland, the Sydney Opera House in Australia, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the Greek Theater in Los Angeles and the Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge, CA.

In 2013, Sheila graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Masters degree in Flute Performance where she studied flute with Sandra Kipp. At CSUN, she performed in the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Northridge Flute Quartet, and various chamber ensembles. She currently resides in Los Angeles and teaches private lessons in flute and piano.

*** Lesson Details ***
My goal as a music educator is to foster excellence in the art of music through private instruction. I am available to teach both flute and piano lessons and have taught both instruments at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels, though I prefer to teach piano at the beginner and intermediate levels the most. I have worked with students of all ages ranging from 5 to older adults.

My guarantee is that the student will learn to read music and have a well rounded music education. This means that we will work on a variety of things such as music theory, music history, and a wide range of repertoire (from Beethoven to the Beatles!) While I have high expectations for my students, I do my best to keep the lessons relaxed and lighthearted. My hope is that the student is always engaged and interested during lessons, but little joking here and there is always necessary, in my opinion!

That said, here are my three expectations from my students:

1. Come prepared both mentally and physically (this is especially important for flutists-- make sure to warm up prior to the lesson!)

2. Don't be afraid to ask questions and make mistakes. This is non-threatening territory, I'm here to guide you and help you. Remember that mistakes happen, we're human. Just make sure that you learn from those mistakes so as not to make the same ones and grow from each experience.

3. For parents-- BE INVOLVED! I can't tell you how often I've seen younger students excel when their parents were proactive in the experience. This means encouraging them to practice, coming up with a rewards system, and sometimes sitting in on the lesson to take notes so that you can work on what we did during the lesson at home with your child. It's difficult for music teachers to compete with iPads, Playstations and television, so let's get creative together!

*** Required Materials ***
Flute students must own a well maintained flute, as an instrument that is out of adjustment causes frustration and can initiate bad habits. In addition, the student must also have a metronome and tuner, a music stand, flute repertoire, and an assignment book for me to write down each week's assignments.

Piano students must have a working acoustic piano or digital piano (not a keyboard) in their home for piano lessons. The student must also have a metronome, piano repertoire, and an assignment book for each week's assignments.

Joseph R. Downey, CA

Subjects Taught

Ableton, Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Classical Guitar, Classical Piano, Composition, Ear Training, Flute, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Saxophone, Synthesizer

About Me

Joseph R. has 5 years of experience teaching students elementary, middle school-aged children and adults on to how to play keyboard, guitar, flute and saxophone while sharing his learning experience with them as a self-taught saxophone and flute player and his more conventional education on piano and guitar.

Joe started developing his musical talent through piano lessons at the age of 7. After only a year of formal study, he began to experiment with other instruments such as the bamboo flute, the guitar and the drums. When he moved to the United States at the age of 13, he was introduced to the school’s band where he chose to hone his skills with the flute. Since then, he has been exposed to classical and symphonic repertoire. During high school, he joined the marching band and at the same time, found interest in jazz and alto saxophone. He decided to pursue a career in music by majoring in Jazz Studies and Performance at the University of California in Irvine where he has received his Bachelors degree in Music. He is currently performing at local jazz clubs, formal events and concerts. He would like to continue to inspire his students while nurturing his passion.

*** Lesson Details ***
Scale Mastery
Instrumental Technique
Note Reading/Sight-Reading
Ear Training (!)
Live Performance
Music in the real world

*** Studio Equipment ***
Wurlitzer upright piano
Roland D20
BX5a monitors
BX8a monitors
Shure, MXL mic's
M-Audio Profire 610
Yamaha YAS-82ZII

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide manuscript paper. Student provides instrument and have the option to purchase my music books.

*** Specialties ***
I train my students the classical approach for their beginning and intermediate stages, and specialize in Jazz and Pop music.

Heather B. Sherman Oaks, CA

Subjects Taught

Flute, Piano, Theater Acting

About Me

Hello!

Now accepting new students for in-home lessons. I have over 12 years experience teaching individual lessons. My areas of study were Elementary Education, Music Performance, and Theatre. It is my belief that each student learns at their own pace and in their own way. My goal as a teacher is to find the best program for each student so that they can enjoy learning their instrument or craft and come away from the experience with a better understanding of it, in general, and a feeling of accomplishment for themselves. Some students want to become professional performers and others simply want to learn to for their own enjoyment and both of those are admirable goals.

What I teach:

Flute -- beginning to late intermediate (fourth grade and higher, unless they already have some other form of musical background ex. piano lessons, etc)

Piano -- beginning to intermediate (any age so long as they are able to read, at least a little)

Auditioning: Do you have an audition coming up for which you want to prepare…I mean NEED to prepare??? I can help with all your stage auditions whether it is a musical theatre vocal audition or a monologue or even just cold reading from the script. The more prepared you are, the more at ease and confident you will feel during the audition process.

"Where words fail, music speaks" ~ Hans Christian Anderson

*** Lesson Details ***
Instrumental: All of my lessons are catered specifically to the needs and desires of each individual student. I strive to always create a positive environment in which the student feels like they can ask questions and make mistakes and learn without feeling embarrassed or nervous. Everyone learns at their own pace and in their own way. There is no 'cookie cutter' lesson plan.

For most students (especially younger), I recommend a 30 minute lesson, at least to start. Any more than that, in my opinion, can be frustrating and overwhelming for the student who is a beginner. More advanced players (and adults) may be interested in a 45-60 minute lesson.

Auditioning/Acting: For most students I recommend a 60 minute lesson. If you are preparing for an audition then you are probably working within a very specific time frame. The more we can work, the better. Also, we aren't just working on mechanics or techniques. There is so much discussion and in-depth searching that needs to happen that in a 30 minute session we would be hard pressed to get everything accomplished.

*** Travel Equipment ***
In-home: Learning materials (books, instruments, scripts, music stand, etc) are not provided and need to be in your home for lessons and practicing throughout the week. Yes, you need to practice. I am not a drill sergeant about it but the more time you spend practicing the faster you will progress. I will recommend certain lesson materials and do expect for them to be purchased before the first lesson. If you already have a book that you are working from, that is fine, we can start the first lesson with that and then discuss together whether or not we feel it will help you in our lessons.

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