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Popular Music Theory Teachers Near Valley Village

Jenny J.

Culver City, CA
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Steven N.

Pasadena, CA
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Kris F.

Santa Clarita, CA
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Jenny J. Culver City, CA

Subjects Taught

Arithmetic, Basic Math, Dance, Elementary Math, English, Language, Math, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Pre Algebra, Reading, Test Prep

About Me

Music
Jenny comes from a very musical family and started piano when she was five years old. She grew up constantly listening to her father practicing his guitar and brother practicing violin. Since then, her accomplishments include an Honorable Mention at the Korea Times Youth Music Competition. She has performed in two solo recitals and has performed biannually with the Beverly Hills Chamber Orchestra. Jenny has participated in the Frederic Chopin Felix Mendelssohn Minifest 2005 and has regularly performed at the Colburn School of Performing Arts from 2003 - 2008. Jenny was also a part of the Goldcoast Chamber Music Festival and was awarded the second prize at the Chamber Music Walker Competition. She has excellent communication skills and has worked as an assistant to the Program Coordinator at Montecito Summer Music Festival while also participating as a performer. In addition to her musical abilities, Jenny has received many academic honors as well. She is a member of the Agoura High Chapter of the California Scholarship and is also on the Dean’s List at the University of Southern California. She graduated from USC with a BA in Music and emphasis on Piano.

Jenny started teaching neighborhood kids while she was in high school and has continued to inspire her students throughout her academic studies. She strives to make every lesson different, tailored to individual student’s needs, whether he or she is a beginning toddler or in need of advanced technique.

Dance
Jenny has always had a passion for the performing arts. During her years at USC, she discovered Latin dancing. She has performed, choreographed, and taught for USC's Latin dance team Break On 2 and is still involved. She has participated and performed at numerous salsa and bachata festivals/congresses.

*** Lesson Details ***
Music
As a teacher, I try to make music learning as fun and well-rounded as possible. Every student is unique, and I try my best to accommodate every individual's needs. I encourage students to always ask questions, no matter how silly it might sound, and to trust me to help you achieve your goals. I encourage students to tell me their favorite songs and genre of music and use the knowledge to help keep them motivated, to remind them that learning is fun.

For all ages and levels, I prefer to incorporate music theory as part of the learning process. It allows the student to see the how and why, to not only feel music but also understand it. If your goal is primarily playing oriented, I will, of course, adjust my teaching style to fit your needs.

I learn something new from every student, love seeing my students improve and gain confidence in themselves. I ask that students come with an open mind and be prepared to make mistakes because no piece is perfect and neither are lessons. Lessons give you the opportunity to make mistakes without judgement. You can trust me to always have a positive attitude, it is OK to make mistakes, but practice to play better, and enjoy the feedback to see yourself improve! Learning piano does not happen in a few lessons and is a lifelong rewarding process. I hope to see you treat music with respect, so let's make beautiful music together!

Dance
I also provide choreography for wedding dances (couples, father/daughter). My main focus is on the social aspect of Latin dancing, such as salsa, bachata, merengue, and cha cha. Thus, I will only take students who are able to go out dancing to studios, restaurants, and clubs, meaning 18+ individuals or groups. Every week, I will provide new, cool, and stimulating choreography that supplements technique while developing your own unique style. I love to see my students out on the dance floor, implementing moves learned and having fun! Dancing is a healthy, joyful activity. Get ready for a confidence boost and let's get your heart pumping!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music - Keyboard and teaching/practice materials.
Dance - Music playing device, carpet.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music - Student should have a keyboard or piano and practice related materials. Dance - Ladies should have secure, comfortable heels. Gentlemen should wear non-rubber soled shoes. Preferably wood or laminate floor. Carpet is ok but will have a harder time developing technique. Also should have some sort of stereo or speaker system, a computer is ok if it is loud.

*** Specialties ***
Piano: All Ages and All Levels. Classically trained. Encourage students to incorporate favorite songs/genres of music be it rock, pop, jazz, etc.

Dance: Wedding dances and Latin styles for social dancing, such as salsa, bachata, merengue, & cha-cha. Personal choreography based on routine moves augmented by current trends.

Tutoring: elementary to middle school subjects. study skills, hw help.

Steven N. Pasadena, CA

Subjects Taught

Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano

About Me

The piano has always been my greatest passion; I have never been able to imagine life without it. I was very fortunate to have had the benefit of a great education in music starting at an early age. My goal as pianist and teacher is to pass on the wisdom of my own teachers, as well as my enthusiasm for this great instrument and the rich repertoire of music written for it.

I received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California, where I was a student of Daniel Pollack for 12 years. In order to become the best teacher possible, I minored in Music Education, gaining experience in the major theories of music pedagogy and teaching techniques. In teaching, I strive to create an optimal blend of old and new by combining the great and time-honored traditions of piano playing, as instilled in me through my piano studies, with recent discoveries and advents in the field of music pedagogy.

My performing experiences have taken me across great distances in time and space, with performances in major halls across the globe, featuring music of over five centuries. I have commissioned new works and performed numerous premieres, and have also played music of the Renaissance and early Baroque on the Harpsichord. I have also accompanied singers and played chamber music extensively.

*** Lesson Details ***
Playing the piano is a journey of discovery and joy that lasts a lifetime. The rewards of playing extend far beyond the piano, bearing dividends in all areas of music, as well as outside of music. Such important basic skills as concentration, tenacity, and delaying of gratification, are promoted from the outset of piano lessons, and are readily adaptable to other fields and challenges. At the same time, students of all levels, from 6 months of lessons to several years of experience, can develop and maintain a repertoire of pieces to present to family and friends, and to play for their own gratification and self-esteem.

My guiding philosophy in teaching is that everyone can learn to play the piano with hard work and good training. Talent is neither necessary, nor sufficient in itself to produce great pianists. What will promote excellence in piano playing is a thorough and well-rounded grounding in the various aspects of music, including music theory, piano technique, music history, and repertoire-building. I teach these and many other components of music in all my lessons. I use method books with earlier level students and gradually incorporate works from the classical repertoire. I assign enjoyable, beneficial music theory projects, rhythmic exercises, and teach pieces of differing genres, styles, and demands to keep lessons varied and interesting. Several times a year, our hard work is shared with others at student recitals, where family and strangers alike join students in the joy of music and the piano.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The teacher's home studio includes a large studio space with 2 grand pianos side by side so the student learn by example where applicable. Seating is also available for family and guests. There is also a warm up studio room for students that arrive early and are waiting to start their lesson.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students will need access to a piano or keyboard for regular practicing.

*** Specialties ***
Piano technique, classical piano repertoire, music theory and aural skills, musicology, accompanying and chamber music.

Kris F. Santa Clarita, CA

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, Flute, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Speaking Voice, Spoken Word, Stage Performance, Vocal Training

About Me

Kris has been a private vocal, flute and piano instructor since 1984, and has been teaching in the Santa Clarita Valley since 1994. Her students have gone on to perform in the Los Angeles Opera Company, and in Regional Theatre and National Touring Companies for Hairspray, The King And I, The Music Man, Jekyll and Hyde, A Little Night Music, Fiddler On the Roof, My Fair Lady, Edges, Cats, and many other great musicals. She has been an Individual Voice Instructor at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles since the Fall semester of 2004, and also teaches at a private studio in West Hollywood. She has taught vocal workshops from coast to coast, in Musical Theatre and Rock styles.

Kris has been the Vocal Director for the Southern California Childrens' Music Theatre productions of And The World Goes 'Round, Zombie Prom and Footloose, and was also the Vocal and Musical Director for their production of Once Upon A Mattress. She was the Vocal Director for productions of Into The Woods and Urinetown at Hart High School in Newhall, California. She has also lent her talents to Benefit The Leukemia Foundation, Project AIDS L.A., and The Compton Battered Women‚¬Ä¬ôs Shelter, as featured performer, Vocal and Musical Director.

Kris has been a professional performer since the age of 10, beginning her career in the world of sacred music. She had the privilege of being a televised singer of sacred music, in the cathedrals of St. Patrick's and St. John the Divine in New York City. Kris' live performances have included all styles of music, including Jazz, Pop, Country, Bluegrass, Broadway, Classical, and Rock. She has had an extensive career as a jingle singer, arranger, songwriter, flautist and backup vocalist, as well as having had her own weekly broadcast jazz show. Kris has appeared in several musicals, on stage and in the orchestra pit. Musical Theatre credits include: Frau Blucher (Young Frankenstein); Mother Abbess (The Sound of Music); Mrs. Beauregarde/Grandma Josephine (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory); Philia (A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum). She has also sung in the Ensembles of several other productions. She led and performed with the popular local jazz ensemble The Treblemakers, with whom she recorded a CD, It‚¬Ä¬ôs Not About The Coffee. Other CD credits include The Wedding Collection (Arista Records), Land of The Diamond Sun, A Wolf At My Door, The Same Road Twice (all on Melonball Records), Last Night At Europa, A Class Act, and Like Fine Wine (Canadian American/Caprice International/The Orchard). Commercial jingle credits include Barbie, Clorox, American Airlines, Keebler Cookies, Thomas' English Muffins, and many others. Original compositions used by international television and radio.

Training: BM Jazz Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. IU studies include Vocal Training with Eileen Farrell and Tim Noble; Applied Flute with Harry Houdeshel; Jazz Studies with David Baker and Dominic Spera. Ongoing vocal studies with Douglas Susu-Mago, Chicago and Los Angeles.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am pretty easygoing, because I realize that students probably have a lot of homework, jobs, children to raise, etc. I believe that music should be enjoyable as well as educational! I also know that when a student practices, it heightens their enjoyment of music because it is far more fulfilling. I can guarantee that if you work with me as hard as I work with a student, you will feel excellent about your progress and ability! I have experience teaching people on the autism spectrum and those with Down Syndrome.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Two keyboards. Roland RD-150 and a Casio Privia. Both are 88 keys. They are stacked, Rick Wakeman-style. Student may choose which one to play, as long as it is appropriate for their size. CD player, music stands.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide literature, with financial compensation from the student or guardians. I can bring a CD player, but need a piano or keyboard to be in the home if I am to provide piano or voice lessons. Student must have their own flute.

*** Specialties ***
Whole voice, patient teaching of all ages and personalities, jazz, musical theatre, classical, pop. I teach all levels of flute and voice, and beginners to intermediate piano

Weslie B.

Los Angeles, CA
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Dale T.

Los Angeles, CA
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Mychal C.

Los Angeles, CA
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Weslie B. Los Angeles, CA

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, Guitar, Music Theory, Piano, Singing, Songwriting

About Me

Well-versed in voice, music theory, popular song styles and poetic writing, I can definitely help you expand in your musical and creative endeavors. I studied voice and jazz arranging at Berklee College of Music, and then earned my†Master's of Music degree in music composition from Cal State LA. I have sung pop, jazz and theatre music in Los Angeles, New York, and across the US and Canada. I've appeared on the Jay Leno Show, and have sung in many local music venues, such as the Troubadour and Luna Park. I have won multiple awards for my songs in internationally acclaimed "I HATE MUSICALS" - a short film musical (now on iTunes). My musical theatre works has been been presented in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago. I am a proud member of CMASH, a composer collective in San Francisco, and I collaborate with Ann Moss, Liam Wade, and Arnold Margolin. My song Practice Your Flamenco was recently recorded at George Lucas' Skywalker Sound, and will be featured on Ann Moss's new CD, Currents.

*** Lesson Details ***
As a teacher and coach, my aim is to inspire you to be the best you can be. My lessons always include a warm-up, song study and performance. I truly enjoy guiding students of all ages to really take their musical aspirations seriously - and have lots of fun doing it! Also, I want you to be apart of choosing what songs you'd like to study. I can transpose any song to fit your voice type and range. I will provide lyric sheets, and for guitarists, chord charts. If you are inquisitive about songwriting, or music theory, I can definitely be a guide in those areas as well.I'm here to support the authentic musical you!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, Keyboard, Guitar, ProTools, Finale

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar, keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
Folk, Rock, Alternative Rock, Jazz, Musical Theater

Dale T. Los Angeles, CA

Subjects Taught

Composition, Music Theory, Piano

About Me

An award-winning composer with experience teaching Piano, Music Theory, and Music Composition, Dale's teaching draws on a background of 15 years of piano study and six years of teaching. Her current students range from ages 4 to 40 and have played classical works by Beethoven and Chopin, film scores by John Williams, classical rock favorites, and top pop hits. Dale's eclectic experience as a pianist—she has performed classical, musical theater, and pop music—¬Ētranslates to an open-minded, knowledgeable approach in her lessons, whether she's teaching beginning or advanced students.

Dale is a native of Chatham, New Jersey. She moved to Los Angeles in 2009 to pursue her Master of Music degree in Music Composition from the University of Southern California, which she received in 2011. At USC, Dale studied Composition and Piano and served as a Teaching Assistant for the Music Theory department. Dale is an accomplished composer who has won numerous awards and commissions for her music, and her compositions have been performed widely across the U.S. and internationally.

*** Lesson Details ***
Are you looking for a friendly, experienced teacher who wants you to play the music you love? Then I'm a great fit! I love helping students learn music that they're passionate about while teaching them excellent technique. My teaching style is all about you; while I have tried-and-true methods and teaching strategies that have worked well for my students in the past, I'm always open to changing my approach or arranging a piece so that my students remain excited and engaged in their music.

My diverse studio ranges from beginners to more advanced students. Whether you're just starting out or you've been playing for years and are looking to improve, I can't wait to teach you to play your favorite music!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have an upright piano in my studio.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students should have a piano or an electronic keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
I teach Piano as well as Music Theory and Composition.

*Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.

Mychal C. Los Angeles, CA

Subjects Taught

Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Singing, Songwriting

About Me

I was born and raised in Los Angeles, Ca and was quickly introduced to music at an early age when my grandmother got me a keyboard for Christmas at age six. Although I didn't begin a formal music education until later in life, that didn't stop me from figuring out the basics on my own.
I got into singing just from following along with the current radio hits and played piano just by remembering the notes I heard from the songs that were played in church. Eventually I attended Musicians Institute and that was when everything came full circle for me.

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson will vary from each student but the goals will be the same; to properly understand all aspects of the voice and how to safely take care of it while singing, all within the relaxing environment of your own home.

The initial lesson will consist of understanding your goals as a singer and figuring out what we can do as a team to make that happen. this could be anything from preparing for an audition, to songwriting assistance.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
Mic, Portable PA, Keyboard

*** Specialties ***
Music Theory - Ear Training - Sight Singing

4 years of singing experience covering the baritone and tenor ranges, vocal stylings influenced by Usher, Donell Jones, Luther Vandross, Jason Mraz, and Michael Bublť -

Over 60 Full-band live performance workshops - Live Performance Workshop Program specializing in the styles of modern rock, blues, top 40, reggae and country

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