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About Athena M.

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Lomita, CA

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About Athena
About Me

If you can recognize your favorite song when you hear it, you already have what it takes to be a great musician!

MY PROMISE TO YOU:
1. Your lesson will always be geared toward what YOU want to learn, and if it seems like we are working on something that doesn't match that, I will always take the time to make clear why what we are doing will have you be able to play what you want.
2. You already have every skill you need to be a great performer, and my job is just to steer the ship in the right direction to have that happen. All I am ever doing in a lesson is making sure that we are moving you in the ultimate direction that you want to be going musically.
3. I will do everything I know how to do to make sure that what I have learned that will benefit you becomes something you have mastered. If I could take th
e "computer chip" in my head and put it in yours, we would do that. Study with me and you will get the next best thing!
4.If I say something that isn't clear, or isn't useful to you, I will ALWAYS re-explain, or say it a different way, until it is useful to you and something you know how to use for your benefit on your instrument.
5. If you have a practice schedule set up with me, and for any reason you do not have time to practice or get an assignment done, I GOT IT! You can always tell me, because I've been there and I know. Music Lessons are NOT school, and I will never act like they are.

OK, now for the credentials:

MY EDUCATION

I learned how to read music at 4 years old, before I had even learned to read English. If I can do that, anyone can do that given the right set of elements.
1. I started singing at three, piano lessons at nine, began teaching myself guitar at twelve and I have never stopped playing and learning since then.
2. I earned a B.A in Music from Towson University and graduated Magna cum Laude with a Major in Jazz/Commercial Piano Performance and a Minor in Opera.
3. I made my stage performing debut in a solo role at six, and I have never stopped performing since then. I wrote my first song, all by myself, at eleven and have composed over 1000 pieces since then.
4. I have studied brain science and practical neurology for fifteen years as part of my continuing education.

MY EXPERIENCE

In addition to my extensive study of the piano, I have had many other valuable experiences as a musician and teacher, including but not limited to the following:

1. I have been a choral singer for twenty three years, and during that time toured Italy, sang at St. Martin of Tours Church in Los Angeles for fifteen of those years, and worked on mastering just about every form of sacred choral and gospel music.

2. As a soloist, began performing professionally in 1988 and have done numerous performances of my own compositions around Southern California. I also have had songs of mine pitched to major artists in Nashville and currently compose both contemporary music and feature songs for film and television.

3. I developed a method of curing tone deafness, and authored a course that teaches this to anyone whether they are a trained singer or beginner. I also authored a second course specifically for karaoke singers to learn stage presence and better performance skills.

4. I have been teaching for twenty years, working with students from 3 to 78 years old at every level of musical experience. I have taught not only music performing and instrumental technique, but song-writing, arranging, and the tricky task of singing while playing an instrument to accompany one's self. Believe me, this is a skill that DOES take a separate set of lessons to master, but every student who studies it with me does!

In short, if it's music, or even music-related, I've done it and I can teach it and I can figure out the best method to have your brain master it!

My Specialties:
Working with kids and young people in a SAFE environment to learn their instrument
Rhythm, and understanding why it is your ticket to musical mastery
How to use your own brain to be your own best teacher (when I'm not there in a lesson with you!)
Pop, Classical, Gospel, Rock, Musical Theater,

Education
B. A. Music

Subjects Taught
piano, voice, guitar, music theory, song writing/composition, arranging

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Your BRAIN is your greatest musical asset, and I have spent the past twenty-five years learning how to make the musical brain easy for everyone.

I've been a musician since I was in the cradle, and I
learned to read music before I could read English! Over the past twenty years of teaching piano, voice and guitar I have learned how to use your brain, and the basic musical skills you ALREADY have to help you turn yourself into a great musician and performer.

If you can tap your foot along with a song, and you can recognize Mary Had a Little Lamb, you've got what it takes. My specialty is taking these simple skills you already have and using them to teach you EVERYTHING you want to know how to do on your instrument. I also teach combined
lessons so that you can learn more than one instrument in your course of study if that is what you choose.

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Student provides piano in their home for piano lessons. Voice students provide a recording device to record their lesson for their practice. Guitar students provide their guitar, any amps, cables, anything else they need for their rig. All students provide any CD's or mp3's they are working with during study. They pay for all books needed.

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Beginner level through advanced in kid songs, pop, rock, gospel, contemporary Christian, Broadway and classical. Emphasis on rhythm and technique. Lessons specialize in using knowledge of brain neuroscience practical applications in hearing, learning, reading, practicing and performing music.
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Theresa M. July 9, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Athena explained the electric guitar very thoroughly. I think I’m going to enjoy playing it more. As soon as I can get my left hand to cooperate and keep my thumb in the right position where it’s supposed to be, I’ll feel better,so I’m going to work on this all week.
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Rina P. February 9, 2018
· Piano · In home
My daughter loves Athena and thus loves playing the piano . Athena has a special way to relate to kids.. they listen to her . They laggy . They enjoy class. And they want to learn .
I am so grateful we have her as my daughters teacher .
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Stephanie January 8, 2018
· Singing · In home
very knowledgable about the voice and passionate about what she does
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About Minoo M.

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Laguna Niguel, CA
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About Minoo
My teaching philosophy is based in the belief that learning music should be fun and exciting! I always encourage my students to pursue the kind of music that they find most appealing, rather than using the same curriculum and method book. I teach private lessons and have had the experience of working with hundreds of students ranging from beginners with no experience to advanced players.
I go to my students In all over Orange county and Corona.

*** Lesson Details ***
Fun and patient piano teacher with more than 15 years of experience.

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Tim H. March 19, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Awesome teacher. Really cares and takes the time to teach
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Luz March 15, 2018
· Piano · In home
She has very festive time when I need change my schedule I don’t have problems
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Katharine February 13, 2018
· Piano · In home
Minoo is a wonderful instructor--II did not begin lessons until nearly 60 and was apprehensive about starting so late, but she has been extremely patient, professional, and encouraging. She is passionate about teaching and is dedicated to her students. I highly recommend her!
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Minoo M.

Minoo M.

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About DeAndre K.

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Huntsville, AL
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About DeAndre
I am looking for students who want to work hard at learning an instrument or anyone that would like to learn to read music. I specialize in classical and religious music. I have been playing in the Huntsville/ Decatur area for years.
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Eric O. October 6, 2016
· Viola · Online
For the last year I have been taking piano, viola and violin lessons online with DeAndre. He is a natural, insightful teacher and I look forward to years of lessons with him. I would absolutely recommend him.

I'm a beginner with the violin and viola and an intermediate pianist. I was doubtful at first that I would be able to learn through a video chat. I'm amazed at the detail DeAndre can pick up just by watching a video chat. There have been many times when we just did the lesson over the phone with no video and he was able to tell that my fingering hand was in the wrong position or I was holding the bow wrong just by listening over the phone!

On and off through my life I've taken piano and viola lessons (I'm 46) and was never able to get very far. I found my teachers discouraged me in many ways without trying to. DeAndre has been fantastic. With his instruction I've been able to do things I never thought I would ever be able to do. He's excellent at giving feedback about the things I'm doing wrong but in a way that keeps me positive and makes me aware of the things I'm doing well and the things I need to improve.

DeAndre is absolutely worth the time and money.
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Meika H. February 1, 2016
· Violin · Online
Very nice guy. He puts a strong emphasis on both technique and theory.
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Tiesha T. October 4, 2015
· Cello · Online
My daughter is extremely shy and introvert, she said she felt comfortable with DeAndre. From my observance of him interacting with her he is very patient and is able to work well with young beginning students. My daughter is 11 and her only experience was playing with her strings class last year in 5th grade. You can tell DeAndre has a very calm personality that translates into his lessons with his students. That is such an important quality to possess when working with young beginning students. Thanks for a great lesson we look forward to many more with you.
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DeAndre K.

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Huntsville, AL 35810
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About Dan V.

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La Jolla, CA

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I began taking music lessons when I was eight. My teacher inspired a passion for music and learning in me that has brought perpetual fulfillment and joy to my life.

In college I earned degrees in both classical piano and guitar. I subsequently toured the United States for six months, playing music in myriad of venues -- classical, rock, folk and blues. After returning to California, I taught music in a Bay Area high-school.

I recently relocated to San Diego and am teaching private music lessons to students of all skill levels. I want my students to reach their full musical potentials in whatever capacity best aligns with their goals.
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Bridget July 22, 2018
· Piano · Online
Dan is a really good instructor with children
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Gracie J. June 24, 2018
· Piano · In home
My daughter can be shy with new people, but not Dan! They hit it off right away and the first lesson was a success.
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Bridget April 8, 2018
· Piano · Online
Dan is the best instructor in the world
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Dan V.

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About Ian Charlie C.

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Los Angeles, CA
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About Ian Charlie
I am a professional guitarist, composer, music producer, and recording artist. I graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelors of Music, specifically in Contemporary Writing & Production.

I have started teaching guitar by the age of 16. Guitar is a special instrument where everyone has their own unique touch and my goal is to help each student to develop their techniques, musicality and their own playing style.

As a professional musician, I have been playing guitar in many different types of ensemble from Rock, Pop, Indie, Jazz, Blues and Tango in the recording studio or live performance.

My method of teaching are very practical and personalized to each student depending on their level and musical goal.
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Ian Charlie C.

Ian Charlie C.

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About Rodena B.

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Huntsville, AL
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About Rodena
I am a professional musician. Studied classical viola for 36 years and piano for 18 years. I do lots of freelance work with orchestral, churches, and string quartets.
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Rodena B.

Rodena B.

Huntsville, AL 35810
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$34 / 30-min

About Jill K.

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Huntsville, AL
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About Jill
Passionate about teaching ASL to everybody!! Weather you're a business owner looking to expand your communication boundaries, or a parent learning to help communicate with a child, or even a child, who is HOH/ deaf, or has friends who are deaf and want to communicate better with them, I am your gal!! I also have extended experience in helping nonverbal children communicate using sign in the world of special education..I am flexible, and I love teaching/signing. Welcome to the world of singing, it's a glorious art!
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Jill K.

Jill K.

Huntsville, AL 35801
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$15 / 30-min

About Twanna R.

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Hillsboro, AL
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About Twanna
I am a professional public speaker, singer, songwriter, and recording artist.
I am also a professional makeup artist.

Voice students, both speakers and singers, can expect to improve week to week in their vocal technique. Every voice has a unique timbre; I teach students to release built up tension and apply foundational techniques in order to unlock their own individual sound. I can help any student to sing or speak with freedom, confidence, and expression.

I teach makeup to students of all different ages and experience levels. I studied cosmetology and graduated in 1994, and I will help any student reach their goals.

I love to mentor students who want to become effective, dynamic professional people.

My personal passion is Christian music but I firmly believe that great technique is essential to any and every style. I look forward
to meeting you and helping you to become a better public speaker, vocalist or makeup artist!

~Twanna~
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Twanna R.

Twanna R.

Hillsboro, AL 35643
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$100 / 60-min

About Jan B.

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Huntsville, AL

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About Jan
I LOVE TEACHING! I have never had a student I didn't like, and I have taught in classrooms and privately for over 40 years, so that's a lot of students!

I have been blessed to have some ability for playing the clarinet, and that along with many hours and YEARS of practice, have made me be able to help 100's and 100's of students to achieve success, winning competitions, receiving Superior ratings, making All-State Band, Honor Bands, ALL-AMERICAN Band, and being awarded college scholarships!

My extensive teaching experience, along with my extensive LIFE experience has brought me to where I am now...a happy, healthy, energetic, successful, and blessed person. If you give me a chance as your tutor/mentor, I pledge to you 100% of the best I have to give, and I will take you from wherever you are now, to as far as you want to go! Kal Opper
man was a famous clarinet teacher who taught many of the world's best clarinetists, I love so much of his teaching, including this saying, "The only thing that is separating you from the world's greatest clarinetist's is hours!" WOW! Think of it..YOU have what it takes right now! I can help you dig down, do the work and find it!

VERY sincerely, Ms. Jan (Betterton)
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Jan B.

Jan B.

Huntsville, AL 35801
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$27.50 / 30-min

About Billy P.

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Harvest, AL
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Billy Pettinger is a music industry professional who has been teaching for over 20 years. She began studying piano with the Royal Conservatory of Music located in Canada at age seven. Her passion for music already evident, she took up classical guitar at age 11 and drums a few years later. By age 18 she had made the transition to popular music songwriter and performer, fronting her own band, releasing albums and touring the world.

In 1999 Billy founded Lost Records and was the catalyst for the release of 19 musical albums and their marketing campaigns. Billy has acted as a tour booking, radio servicing and publicity release consultant for 14 years. To date she has over 200 registered songs, 19 releases and has had her original works featured in shows such as American Idol, America’s Got Talent, A&E’s Biography and Continuum, Foreverland
featuring Juliette Lewis and Larry Crowne featuring Tom Hanks.

Billy teaches all ages and all styles, from classical to rock. She attributes her success in the recording studio to her classical background, which focused on structure and discipline. She was never a fan of either of these things, however, and prefers to just enjoy the process these days.
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Billy P.

Billy P.

Harvest, AL 35749
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$25 / 30-min

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