Brianna S. (MT-BC) is a board certified music therapist who works with children and adults with disabilities in the Southern California area. Graduating Magna Cum Laude from Chapman University’s Conservatory of Music. Brianna received a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy with a minor in Psychology. Following her undergraduate studies, she completed a six-month music therapy internship at MusicWorx Inc. in San Diego, California, under the direction of Barbara Reuer, PhD, NMT, MT-BC. While at MusicWorx Inc., Brianna worked with clients in various settings at: Glenbrook Hospice, Rady Children’
s Hospital (Oncology/Hematology Unit), the Music Therapy Center of California (specializing in autism spectrum disorders), TERI Inc. (serving children and adults with various disabilities), the Scripps McDonald Center (working with substance abuse rehabilitation patients), and Scripps Memorial Hospital.
Originally from Laguna Niguel, California, Brianna studied piano under the direction of Laurie Meinhold for ten years, and the esteemed pianist, Karen Knecht while at Chapman University. While working in Cincinnati, Ohio, Brianna was awarded the Innovative Award from Ohio Choices due to her ability to “build innovative relationship and supportive networks for youth with emotional or behavioral disabilities and their families.” Brianna is an active member of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and presented on the Intern Panel at the 2010 Western Regional Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. In her free time, Brianna enjoys oil painting, going on walks, shopping and watching movies.
*** Lesson Details *** Being trained as a music therapist, my approach to lessons may differ from an ordinary music teacher. I make sure the wants and needs of the student are addressed in every lesson. Lessons are structured and implemented by me, but the student will be able to select their own material when given choices. Things I take into consideration are: age, attention span, short and long-term goals/objectives, ability, and determination. Beginning students are recommended to use Alfred Method Books. Each lesson will focus on fundamental theory, scales and technique, and lesson and recital repertoire.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have a studio that includes: Kawaii K-18 upright piano, classical guitar, acoustic guitar, ukulele, and various percussion instruments. There is room for a parent to observe if they so choose, and a waiting room.
Natalie A. July 2, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Brianna was a great teacher! I really liked how patient and thorough she was with every lesson. Brianna was able to tap into my daughters attention span in a way that really helped her grasp the concept of playing this instrument. Thank you Brianna!
EsraS March 27, 2012
Brianna is great with my son who is almost 5 years old. She teaches in a fun style, my son never looses attention. She thought him to write, read numbers and to be disciplined. I am really happy to see his growth in music.
JulieR3 January 12, 2012
She's an excellent piano instructor. My daughter loves her piano lessons and she's learning a lot.
Music matters: A new philosophy of music education. Fun and to the point.
Music education is a field of study associated with the teaching and learning of music. It touches on all learning domains, including the psychomotor domain (the development of skills), the cognitive domain (the acquisition of knowledge), and, in particular and significant ways, the affective domain (the learner's willingness to receive, internalize, and share what is learned), including music appreciation and sensitivity. Music training from preschool through post-secondary education is common in most nati
ons because involvement with music is considered a fundamental component of human culture and behavior. Music, like language, is an accomplishment that distinguishes humans as a species.
The student will learn:
Music theory is the study of the practices and possibilities of music. The student will learn all the fundamental elements of music such as pitch, rhythm, harmony and form, but also refers to descriptions, concepts, or beliefs related to music.
Piano technic Technic is the ability to execute a zillion different piano passages; therefore it is not dexterity, but an aggregate of many skills.These skills are acquired in two stages: (1) discovering how the fingers, hands, arms, etc., are to be moved, and (2) conditioning the brain, nerves, and muscles to execute these with ease and control.
Piano scales and modes
It's the theory behind that will help you understand things like for example chords. Playing scales can also be a great way to improving your technique. Because of the relationship of notes in certain scales they will always sound well played together. A fact that makes scales a primary foundation for everyone who wants to improvise on the instrument. This can be done just by playing the white keys as in the C Major scale or it can be more advanced by, for example, using modus for jazz improvisation. Therefore, you shouldn't consider scales as some boring and dull stuff – it can be your step up to a new level of playing.
Improvisation is the ability to make music as you are performing it. Much of improvisation is learning patterns or different note arrangements that you can then apply to songs that you already know. You will learn some patterns and arrangements that you can play with your left hand that can be added to any song to create more interesting sounding music. Some of these improvisation techniques are: chord inversions, the double chord pattern, the broken chord patternand the arpeggio chord pattern.
Electronic music is music that employs electronic musical instruments and electronic music technology in its production, an electronic musician being a musician who composes and/or performs such music. In general a distinction can be made between sound produced using electromechanical means and that produced using electronic technology.
DAW= Digital Audio Workstation. A term usually used to describe a PC or a Macintosh Computer that is used primarily for Music Creation and Recording, Mixing, and Mastering Audio Files. Found is many Home studios as well as Professional Recording Facilities.
Sound recording and reproduction is an electrical or mechanical inscription and re-creation of sound waves, such as spoken voice, singing, instrumental music, or sound effects. The two main classes of sound recording technology are analog recording and digital recording.
Audio post production You will learn all stages of production between the actual recording in a studio and the completion of a master recording. It involves, sound design, sound editing, audio mixing, and the addition of effects.
Learn the music composition and sound effects for basic Video production (video game, film, TV and media)
Video production is the process of creating video by capturing moving images(videography), and creating combinations and reductions of parts of this video in live production and post-production (video editing).
Create and edit Sound effects (or audio effects) are artificially created or enhanced sounds, or sound processes used to emphasize artistic or other content of films, television shows, live performance, animation, video games, music, or other media.
Call for more information. If you want to learn guitar instead of piano all of the information methodology above for piano will be redirected to guitar teachings and methods.
I also will include rhythm and drums. Beacause is very important to make a good audio and video production the knowledge of rhythms.
- I am proficient at both Acoustic & Electric Guitar playing
- I have performed and recorded with the Guitar professionally as both a solo artist and as the leader of and a sideman in several musical projects over the years
- I have performed at both private & public events for over 40 years and continue to do so to this day
- I specialize in the Americana, Blues, Country, Folk & Rock musical genres
- I possess a keen sense of pitch and rhythm and have been blessed with excellent ear
- I have a very strong Music Theory fou
ndation, but, do not focus on "sight-reading", per se
- I currently lead my own band, the "KBCE", performing an eclectic mix of Celtic, Folk & Americana music
*** Lesson Details ***
- I tailor my Lesson Plan to your own unique abilities and interests
- I require that you provide your own Guitar along with a desire to learn and a willingness to practice
- I focus on song-playing, understanding chord composition, chord progressions, scales, arpeggios and Music Theory principles
*** Studio Equipment ***
I am equipped with my own Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Amplifier, Music Stand and a clean, quiet & safe Teaching Space
*** Travel Equipment ***
I am willing to travel to your Teaching Space via the use of my automobile
MarioH September 3, 2011
Having a great time tim is teaching me how to play songs
JennieH July 29, 2011
Feedback for Tim K.
Tim is a great teacher. My son really enjoys working with him. Tim is always prepared for the lessons, the materials fit my son's skill set and learning preferences, and the chemistry is a perfect match.
I have been performing since the age of three. At the age of seven, I began classical vocal lessons. At 8, I wrote the school song for Cherry Creek Elementary School in Marquette, Michigan. When I was 10, I entered and won the Grand Supreme title at my first pageant. When I was 13, I moved my vocal training at the local University becoming the youngest classical vocal student. After years of participating in musical theatre productions, I landed a job in a guitar shop that lead to a big shift in my musical interests. I left my small town, the theatre and my classical background behind and bega
n fronting both Country and Rock bands, even singing along side Juice Newton, The Oak Ridge Boys, Glen Campbell, Sugarland, and Trick Pony on stage at the Porterfield Country Music Festival in 2005, which has in years past drawn nationally known country music artists such as Johnny Cash, Charlie Daniels, and Loretta Lynn. At age 19, I had an acoustic act which landed me a guest spot on 'The Tyra Banks Show.' I have been a featured performer at Chicago's House of Blues, as well as some of the most popular hotspots in Wrigleyville. In most recent years, I have been behind the scenes as a vocal coach in the greater Chicago area. I moved to Mission Viejo, California recently, and look forward to meeting new students! I have four children, my youngest daughter has Down syndrome so I'm also partial to working with students with special needs. I'm really excited to add that offer lessons online through TakeLessons! It's a great thing to get to work with students all over this country and I'm looking forward to help pioneer the future of music lessons!
*** Lesson Details *** Whether you are looking to learn to project, or how to make it through an entire show without blowing your voice--I'm your gal! As long as students exhibit a willingness to try and to learn, then I'm more than willing to go the extra mile in my teaching. I just want to see genuine effort. Because I cater to all experience levels, I like to focus on individual goals of the student and build on those.
The biggest thing that I hope to give my students, is confidence. Whether or not music becomes a career for them, or just something to help get them through their day-- my goal is to show them that they can learn something new, they can accomplish things that they never thought they could do, they can sing for friends, join a band, play a challenging song, sing the high note they never thought they'd hit. If I can, anyone can. It's not about being perfect. Being perfect is overrated. It's about the passion behind the performance.
With that said, it's also about practice. Practicing builds the skills needed to keep that confidence alive. Then the more confidence you have, the more you say-- "Let's go for it. Let's try," the more you'll learn and the more skills you'll build. They feed off of each other. One can't survive long without the other.
*** Studio Equipment *** Simple PA set-up.
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide everything. If there is a particular piece that you want to work on that I don't have, I ask that you provide that.
*** Specialties *** Classically trained, but I've also done a lot of musical theatre and have a strong background there. I do play guitar and bass, specializing in rock/folk and pop styles. I've taken tap and jazz from the age of 3 until I was 17 to help with Musical Theatre performance.
Victoria G. October 23, 2014
Online Verified Student
My daughter truly enjoyed her lessons with Susan.
Geri D. May 20, 2013
Suzie is extremely knowledgeable
Suzie is an amazing teacher! I am so impressed with her knowledge of music! In just the short time I've been taking voice lessons I can feel my voice getting stronger. She has taught me the correct way of breathing, projecting and standing. She's always giving me positive feedback, which is so helpful. I would recommend Suzie to anyone who is serious about taking voice lessons!
Kiera R. May 9, 2013
Singing Verified Student
Susan is an amazing teacher
I haven't had too many classes with Susan but already I feel more confident in my voice. She has taught me so much about the correct way to breathe and the way to keep the right tone while you sing. I thought that taking lessons with someone over skype wouldn't be very effective but I was totally wrong because Susan is so prepared and sends you warm ups and also instrumental music for the song you are going to work on before your lesson. She makes sure to give positive comments as well as critiques so you won't feel uncomfortable or feel like you're a bad singer. I am so happy that I picked Susan and I would recommend her to anyone!!
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.
*** Lesson Details *** Fun and patient piano teacher with more than 15 years of experience.
*** Travel Equipment *** Music staff paper
Rachael N. October 6, 2014
In home Verified Student
Minoo is an excellent teacher! She's very patient and she makes it fun. She actually had me playing songs by my 2nd lesson! For someone who had no idea how to read music let alone play the piano before she walked through my door, I find it quite remarkable. I would highly recommend her to anyone wanting to learn how to play.
Reza J. November 27, 2013
Piano Verified Student
Ms. Minoo is very professional, always on time, kind, gentle, and a joy to have as a music teacher.
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