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Popular Guitar Teachers Near Winnetka

Molly W.

Encino, CA
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Emerson W.

Woodland Hills, CA
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Peter D.

Studio City, CA
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Molly W. Encino, CA

I teach young children using fun songs and games and the Suzuki method of classical guitar technique. I also teach adults and specialize in classical guitar as well as folk genres of Latin America and the Americas. I emphasize good posture, tone and musicality, and always a high level of enjoyment with the process!

About Molly

A lover of cats, kids, and music, I started taking Suzuki violin lessons at age six, finishing all ten books before the end of high school. I added guitar, guitar variants such as ukulele, cuatro, and tiple, and percussion during my Masters degree in Ethnomusicology at U.T. Austin and began teaching world music, piano, and theory at L.A. Trade Tech College in 2002. I performed for several years with the Cal Arts Balinese gamelan, Burat Wangi and moved to New York to perform with the local chamber pop ensemble Kotorino in 2008. It was there that I started teaching individual lessons on violin and guitar before moving back to my natal LA to take the Suzuki book 1 training with Liz Arbus. I have many years of experience performing in world and pop music ensembles and have a deep love for ...

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Virginia C. January 21, 2014
Guitar
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A fan of Molly

Our kids ( ages 4 and 7) have been taking guitar and violin lessons from Molly in our home in Woodland Hills. I can not express how wonderfully skilled and professional Molly is, always arriving on time and prepared. She engages our children at their level and understands the need to incorporate play with the younger kids. Most importantly, Molly has an extra-ordinary way of showing kids how to love music while teaching them the foundations of music. We enjoy working with Molly and would love to have her teach music to our family for many years to come.
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Ellen B. December 3, 2013
Violin
Wonderful musician and kind person

I've sung with Molly for a couple of years now, and she is a wonderful musician, a kind person, and a delight to work with. She knows how to keep things fun while also working to accomplish goals. She loves kids, loves teaching kids, and works hard to be sure that they love learning music. I can recommend her for teaching any instrument or music theory to anyone.
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Elena D. November 5, 2013
Songwriting
Great with kids, calm, focused and fun

I have been working with Molly for 8 years, in her first music project "B is for Baroness", and recently playing and writing songs with her for the music project "Peach & Knife". She is an amazing and talented violinist, singer and composer, and being a beautiful soul, she is a great teacher, particularly with kids. Calm, creative and passionate about learning from everyone, her students as well and the professionals she encounters on her path.
I highly recommend her. I believe her positive and fun attitude can really nurture beginner students as well as more experienced musicians.
Emerson W. Woodland Hills, CA

I want to make sure my students have a good time learning guitar but I also want to make sure they learn a lot..! I always make sure to ask my students what they want to learn and what their favorite music is... after that, I figure out what type of lessons to plan out.

About Emerson

Ever since I received my first drum set from my family at age 8 I've been studying and playing percussion and drums. Immediately it became one of my passions in life.
In elementary school I expanded my musical circle and met friends who I still play music with today. I played drums for bands in elementary school, middle school and high school, including the school jazz ensembles and marching band. In my senior year of high school I joined Camerata (advanced boys & girls choir) as a tenor. I have also been part of various orchestras, concert bands, alternative, rock, jazz, and even metal ensembles with original music. Some of the notable bands I've performed with and/or still perform with are: Jr. Philharmonic Orchestra of California, San Fernando Valley Symphony, Los ...

Peter D. Studio City, CA

From beginner, to rock, jazz, and pop... I teach all the basics, as well as rhythm strum patterns, chord progressions, lead lines, scales, and also learning how to play songs - and don't forget improvisation!

About Peter

I have taught and helped hundreds of students - of all ages - to make learning music an exciting process, and helping them achieve their goals. I teach piano, songwriting, composition, and music theory, and music production, and am fluent in Spanish.

My teaching style involves technique, theory, ear training, sight-reading, music history, and performance, with the goal of creating solid, well-rounded musicians. For more seasoned music students, I help them to hone in on a musical path that best suits them, whether it be soloist, composer, accompanist, songwriter, etc.

Over the last five years I have studied with over 12 music professors, both in the classroom and individually for 6 years at Saddleback Community College in Orange County. I have also studied a number of ...

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Melissa R. December 10, 2014
Arrangement and Composition · In home
I had the privilege to work with Peter in Artist Development. He was instrumental in helping be unlock my creative blocks. His passion for music and musicians is evident in his breath. He really cares about the art of expression and will always go the extra mile to help artists grow their authentic self and passion. I highly recommend Peter to anyone. His excellent songwriting and composition skills, along with his Music Industry expertise and connections are an added bonus that could expand to endless future collaborations and possibilities.
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brittany G. December 8, 2014
Songwriting · In home
I have worked with and learned from Peter D. for a little over 2 years and am SO happy with how much I have learned. Peter is classically trained but is also open to many music styles and experimentation. Not only is he an exceptional musician himself, he really knows how to "diagnose" each student and create the lesson around their needs. You will not be bored in Peter's class!
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Anna L. December 8, 2014
Piano · In studio
My 8 year old loves his music lessons! Peter was great at finding the right balance between theory and play to keep my son's love for music alive and offered to mix piano and drum lessons, second being my son's favourite instrument. Peter is very knowledgeable and he knows how to work with children which was very important for me.

Janis V.

Woodland Hills, CA
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ELENA D.

Tarzana, CA
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Daniel G.

San Diego, CA
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Janis V. Woodland Hills, CA

Quick results, song based lessons. Emphasis on play based learning for children. Emphasis on teaching you what you want to learn for adults.

About Janis

Experience with ADHD children

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Ophelia S. October 13, 2014
Elementary Math · In home
I have 3 boys ages 7-12. Somehow Janis manages to make time to teach and read with all three before she leaves. The kids love her and more importantly respect her.
If you can get her I highly recommend it.
She covers all subjects and specializes in science by making it fun and entertaining.
5 Stars all the way!
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Brenda F. September 23, 2014
Math · In home
Janis first tutored our son in math. I was impressed with her admission to me that our son was smart enough to do the math on his own, but needed only motivation. She allowed us to be the ones to decide if we wanted to spend the money on tutoring after having this knowledge. We did continue, and she was really great with him. His grade was raised before we knew it! We then found out she gave guitar lessons and hired her to teach my daughter. She was incredibly patient and made the lessons fun. Both my son and daughter developed a strong relationship with her. I highly recommend her to teach anything!
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Debby S. September 17, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In home
My son is the legacy of both a world-famous composer Grandfather and of a Great Uncle widely known as a musical genius.
Unfortunately the opportunity to nurture any of that genetic musical talent passed me by, but it absolutely lives within him.
Janis has been remarkably subtle at freeing the music within my son's heart.
This is not only a gift for me, and our family, but it's a lifetime of unending self-expression for him.
I cannot recommend Janis highly enough.
ELENA D. Tarzana, CA

I teach young children using fun songs, games and classical guitar technique. I also teach adults and specialize in contemporary guitar. I welcome many styles of music, pop, rock, as well as folk genres of Latin America. I emphasize good posture, tone and musicality, and always a high level of enjoyment with the process!

About ELENA

Hello!
Music is my life and my biggest passion. I've been a working musician and a teacher for several years and there's nothing more rewarding than sharing all I've learned so far with my students, to nurture their goals and aspirations and to make them aware of the great instrument they already possess.

Here's more about me and my education:
I was born and raised in Italy and have been singing since I was a child but started a formal training during my teenage years with a private coach. During college, while studying Psychology at the University of Florence, I attended 2 different private music schools in Florence and Bologna, since it was not possible at the time to study music in College. There I kept studying vocal technique, solfege, classical guitar and ...

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Marybell E. November 10, 2014
Singing · In studio
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Elena is great! She help my daughter feel comfortable and she is learning so much from her lessons.
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Frank V. September 23, 2014
Singing · In home
Our kids love Elena, my wife and I have know her for a few years. She has taken our two boys from no musical ability to being able to sing beautifully. Now they love doing it, they have some opportunities to sing at school and the oldest (14) keeps talking about having his own band when he grows up! I didn't know she did guitar lessons as well, but another friend of ours started taking guitar lessons (in her 40s, I should add) and she's enthusiastic about it. Teaching is a gift that Elena certainly has! We highly recommend her.
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Veronica C. September 9, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
As someone who has taken guitar lessons on and off for the past 10 years it was very refreshing to have a teacher like Elena. She provides great instruction, patience and enthusiasm for her craft. I enjoy the lessons and see an improvement in my playing. I highly recommend her for beginnings and for those looking to enhance their skills.
Daniel G. San Diego, CA

FUN!!! Learning guitar should be fun! I teach electric and acoustic guitar in a fun way. The exercises that I have you do are not boring, they are actual songs that you get better and better at playing.
I mix up the lessons and your practice with a combination of scales that can turn into instant leads, cords and the combination of cords that make up a family called a "key". I teach a variety of strum and picking patterns and styles, from folk to reggae to rock. The latest thing in playing melodies is tablature, I teach that, but I also believe that you need to be able to play regular notes as well. Best of all, you do not have to be a great lead guitarist to be a star, and if you want to sing while you play I can definitely teach you that!

About Daniel

I am willing to travel to you all over San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles Counties. Music should be fun and lessons should focus on what you want to do with your improved abilities. Some students want to sing better in school choir or musical programs. Some are trying to sing or play guitar for Church or Synagogue. Others have their eye on Disney careers, rock/pop bands, in short being professionals. What is your dream? I will help you move closer to reaching that dream!!! I am a graduate of USD with a B.A. in Philosophy. I also hold a Masters degree, Teaching Credential Curriculum from Chapman University, Doctoral Studies at Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. I studied voice, guitar and piano classes beginning in grade school, high school, college and ...

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Whether you are a beginner Guitar student, intermediate Guitar student, or advanced Guitar student, a TakeLessons Instructor can help you learn or enhance your Guitar skills. Your choices for a Winnetka Guitar instructor come from a variety of backgrounds, making it easy to find one that matches your interests and skill level. Each Guitar instructor's specialties are listed on their profile, along with helpful details like teaching style, background, photos, student ...

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