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Ian B.

La Mirada, CA

About Ian

I am a pianist. I am also a keyboardist, programmer, and music producer. But the title I probably most identify with is "composer." I realized early on that my own passion for performing was fueled by my hunger to actually CREATE music. So I set out to learn from the masters. I won competitions and scholarships in high school, then double-majored in piano and composition at the University of Kansas where I obtained my bachelor's degree before going on to record, write, and produce rock & electronic dance music.

I love being a CREATOR of music; and that love just extends quite naturally int
o the collaborative creative process we have come to know as "œteaching." There is no greater joy than creating music...except maybe seeing someone else I have trained and inspired create something of their own...on their own...without my help.

*** Lesson Details ***
My specialty is empowering students with the tools to become not only a pianist, but a...
-musician,
-songwriter,
-composer,
-producer,
-and more!

My students develop a holistic, artistic point of view of the world. They also gain self confidence and self-esteem as they learn to TEACH THEMSELVES more and more. I can help you or your child reach these goals in a way that will have you falling in love with the music and worrying less about the challenges of practice and discipline. Just like anything in life, playing an instrument requires a focused mind and hard work. But when you're having the time of your life, you do not even notice the distinction between work and play.

The way I teach focuses on each individual student's personality. I try to tailor lessons and assignments to each student, as well as introduce them to a variety of music styles. It all starts with your first lesson, where I will generate a "playlist" of songs and styles that each student and their family have already familiarized themselves with. Whatever style of music you listen to the most - whether it be Classical, Jazz, Rock, Pop, Broadway, or even Electronic Dance Music (one of my personal favs!) - the songs on your playlist will reflect a very personal profile of aspirations and inspirations - your unique musical personality and culture. I will take that personality as a starting point and develop a lesson plan that will ultimately have you learning some of your favorite songs RIGHT AWAY!....

That's right, not in 3-6 months after hours of scales and practice. I believe that everything you need to learn is already INSIDE THE MUSIC. And so we'll start playing REAL MUSIC, RIGHT FROM THE BEGINNING. Sound like fun?

Depending on each student's individual goals and speed of learning, I can also:
-expose you to new music and musical styles,
-give you the tools to learn ANY song by ear,
-show you how to read musical notation without it feeling like a foreign language
-help you write your first song or composition (of many!)

*** Studio Equipment ***
Full sized (88 keys), touch sensitive digital piano with weighted keys. Computer workstation with lab software and DAW (Ableton and Reaper).

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students need to have an instrument. Preferably a piano or keyboard with at least 60 keys. I provide everything else. Curriculum and repertoire will be either purchased directly by student or invoiced as needed.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Pop, Rock, Modern, Electronic Dance Music (EDM)
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Michael W. July 2, 2014
Classical Piano · In home
Verified Student
Very patient and accommodating. Son is enjoying piano lessons again. Thanks Ian!
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Lindsey R. January 15, 2014
Piano
Amazing Instructor

Ian is the best instructor we've had for our 2 children. He makes it engaging, fun and is extremely knowledgeable about music. He's incredibly patient and kind and our children look forward to seeing him every week!
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Dan W. January 15, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Great Teacher

Ian teaches my 14 year old son Piano. Ian is very professional and arrives on time. My son is progressing quite nicely. He seems to have a good rapport with Ian. I highly recommend Ian as a teacher.
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Ian B.

Ian B.

La Mirada, CA 90638
(3)
starting at
$34 / 30-min
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Alan C.

Garden Grove, CA

About Alan

I bring a dynamic and multifaceted perspective to the creative exploration of the percussive arts, with over 50 years of diverse musical experience which includes performing with Nigerian master drummer Francis Awe’s Talking Drum Ensemble, competing to top international honors with the Misty Isle Pipe Band, ensembles large and small covering music in a wide range of genres, as well as extended experience in solo accompaniment for modern dance and performance art. I have performed with renowned musicians such as Dave Holland, Albert Mangelsdorf, Bobby Bradford, Fred Katz, Lee Konitz, Don Thom
pson, Ralph Alessi, Vinny Golia, Karl Denson, Kei Akagi, among many others.

*** Lesson Details ***
With study and training in many aspects of musical performance, and a well rounded background in concert, world music, and drum set percussion, I bring expertise and attention to detail into my students' learning experience. I seek to meet each student at the level they find themselves at and to discern what works best in order to maximize their growth and potential. A firm grounding in basic technique, dynamics, and expression on the instrument is essential. Stick control and reading are two skills necessary to develop at the start. Books that I find invaluable in any student's development are "Stick Control" - George Lawrence Stone, "Modern Reading Text in 4/4" - Louis Bellson, "Progressive Steps to Syncopation for the Modern Drummer" - Ted Reed, among others. Working through any music instruction texts/tutorials the student already has is also a priority.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room: drum kit, percussion

*** Travel Equipment ***
Snare drums, practice pads, drum set and auxiliary percussion as needed.

*** Specialties ***
Drums: beg to upper inter/lower adv

Jazz and creative improvised music, blues, folk and ethnically influenced musics.
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JacobP August 22, 2011
Allen is a fantastic teacher. He puts a lot of time and effort into his students and tries to expose his students to a variety of different music and exercises. I have currently been studying the swing and bossa nova grooves. I have gotten much better since I have been studying with Allen.
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Alan C.

Alan C.

Garden Grove, CA 92845
(1)
starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Cymbaline O.

Fullerton, CA

About Cymbaline

Cymbaline has been performing all her life. She began dance training at age 5, singing on stage at age 7, piano instruction at age 8, and flute at age 9. She has pursued the performing arts in her training, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music (Vocal Performance and Education) from Azusa Pacific University, as well as a Masters in Education from Grand Canyon University. Cymbaline has been seen on stage in many musical theater productions, including playing Marian in The Music Man, Anna in The King and I, and the Blue Girl in Shout! She has also done theater and film, including playing
Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. She has taught voice, piano, and flute privately, as well as voice and musical theater classes. She has a great desire to pass on the knowledge she has gained through education and experience to anyone who has the desire to learn. She loves seeing students grow in the knowledge of music and performance and learning to apply their new skills. Music is the universal language, and the ability to play and sing will open up new doors of expression for each individual.

*** Lesson Details ***
My students can expect a strict teacher who also shows compassion. I will do everything in my power to help the student grow and achieve. It is up to the student to apply what they are learning so that they can move forward. I teach out of a variety of curriculum, depending on how the student best learns. For flute, I prefer the "Standard of Excellence" series, which, if they are in a band program, can be used for both group and individual study. For piano, the "Alfred" series is a very good tool, with lesson, performance, theory, and compositions books in multiple levels. For voice, I have a number of books that I use to pull material from depending on their level of ability and experience. I teach a classically based curriculum, focusing on correct breathing, posture, and technique. Once a person knows and is able to follow the rules of singing with a quality sound and solid technique, that person may then learn to bend those rules for other styles and genres that require different technique. After three months with me, I expect students, especially instrumental students, to have basic knowledge of reading music. They should be able to recognize notes and rhythms and where they are on the piano keyboard, or how they are fingered on the flute, or where they are (at least approximately) in their voice. I also will expect them to have some understanding and application of dynamics, tempos, time signatures, and other basics of music reading. After six months, I expect them to be able to play or sing one or more short-length songs all the way through correctly and consistently, with musicality. I will focus on details, and not let students who truly want to learn develop their ability in a mediocre capacity. I expect my students to practice, will encourage them to give 100%, and help them strive to be a little better each day than they were the day before.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
Keyboard - 88-key/66-key. Flute. Guitar.

*** Specialties ***
I am first a classical singer, and teach classical vocal technique as a foundation to any voice student. I also perform musical theater, and have taught music theater repertoire as a bridge between opera, or classical style singing to more modern forms. I am a dancer and have performed in musicals and operettas, and can teach stage presence, projection, body movement, and facial expression. I studied flute and played in wind ensembles through college. I also have played piano and accompanied for many years.
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Shannon C. June 21, 2015
Flute · Online
Verified Student
Very patient. Engaged well with my daughter who at first was nervous. I'm happy and so is she.
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Lisa-Mitchell H. June 16, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Great teacher! Cymbaline was very patient with my daughter which I enjoyed very much. My daughter and I also thought that she was a very sweet person.
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Lara M. April 15, 2014
Piano
Very professional and patient

Ms Olsen has been giving my daughter piano lessons for a year. She comes to our home and is very professional, timely and patient. My daughter has made great progression with her piano, she looks forward to her lessons and practices without me having to remind her. It's so convenient that she comes to our house, and she communicate with me . I would highly recommend her.
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Cymbaline O.

Cymbaline O.

Fullerton, CA 92835
(5)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Byron T.

Brea, CA

About Byron

Music and music teaching is my first love and passion in life. (Feel free to check out my video and music!) To be able to study and play the guitar for the last 11 years has been an immense blessing! I am a guitar teacher with a degree in music from Biola University, La Mirada. I have been teaching lessons privately almost 9 years now. I am trained in various styles of guitar music including classical, jazz, pop, rock, blues, and finger-style on both acoustic and electric guitars. My musical journey began in the 6th grade when my parents purchased a nylon string classical guitar for me. Throug
hout my high school and college years I participated in contemporary rock ensembles for corporate worship at my church and other churches. This included leading and singing as well. While enrolled at the Biola Conservatory of Music I played in the classical guitar ensemble for 5 semesters. My experience includes playing in jazz ensembles, doing solo guitar music at weddings and art galleries, playing in classical guitar quartets, and active composition and recording of my original work on the guitar. You can expect all of this experience and knowledge to come together in a musically fascinating and motivating way that will fill your life with the joys of being able to express yourself musically if you are willing to give the time and effort to do so. Also...Check out my video and music!

*** Lesson Details ***
My number one goal is to cultivate your desire and passion for musical expression by providing a friendly and inspiring environment in which to experience the joy and beauty of music! You can learn the songs you have always wanted to play and even learn to write your own music! My overall teaching philosophy includes three basic areas of knowledge which work together to form a well educated guitarist. The first area is technical knowledge. The student will be taught to physically utilize the instrument in an efficient and effective way in order to maximize learning progress and musical potential. The second area is in theoretical knowledge which includes reading both music notation and tablature (tablature is an alternative form of written guitar music that is very easy to read). This also includes understanding music theory as it applies to the guitar, and full knowledge of the musical possibilities on the guitar. The third area, my favorite area, is Practical knowledge which includes learning songs by other artists to expand the student'€™s understanding of how other musicians use the instrument (the students choose these songs based on what they like). You will also expand your practical knowledge by directly applying the theoretical knowledge that you have learned. This is done by composing your own music in a creative and original way. I am also a vocalist and am able to coach my students the basics of the voice and how to use the voice and guitar at the same time. As a teacher I strive for excellence in my students by teaching them all that they need to be a well educated guitarist. I will actively and joyfully peruse your interests by tailoring the curriculum to focus on the music that the you love and have a passion for.

I provide my own music curriculum that has been honed over time through my experience as a private teacher. The books that I use will generally differ according to your desires and interests but there are two books that I use for beginners:

1. Mel Bay Modern Guitar Method Grade 1 (this is for beginners in music reading).
2. Solo Guitar Playing Volume 1 (this is for beginners in music reading who are interested in classical training).

After 3 to 6 months of study with me, you will have been taught to read musical notation, have a basic knowledge of chords, and have most of the 5 major scale shapes memorized. You will have learned to pick and strum confidently. Most importantly, you will have learned 3 or 4 songs of your choosing so that you can see the fruit of your musical work and experience the joy of musical expression. (for these results students must be willing to practice for the necessary amount of time: 20-30 minutes a day)

*** Studio Equipment ***
Comfortable quiet room. Recording equipment. Internet musical resources. Guitars, Guitar effects, amps, and hardware. I provide my personally developed teaching material to you. I expect you, as a student, to bring a guitar, picks and a tuner.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide my personally developed teaching material to you. I bring cables and equipment to adapt my guitar to an amp you may have. I also bring maintenance equipment in case I need to work on my guitar or yours. I expect you, as a student, to have a guitar, picks and a tuner. If you are taking electric guitar it is ideal that you have an amp. I also expect you to buy the necessary books. I bring my computer in order to have an internet source and an audio source. I have provided guitars and strings (if one broke during the lesson) in the past to students who are lacking them.

*** Specialties ***
Various Electric Guitar Styles such as Rock, Blues and Jazz harmony; I teach Classical and Acoustic Guitar, Music Theory, Improvisation, Music composition and Finger style.
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Anabel G. September 18, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Byron is an amazing teacher! Thanks to Byron, our son, who is autistic-high functioning, is learning far more than how to play the guitar. He is learning to sit in a chair for a half an hour, is learning to focus on notes and strings, and is learning to love music! It’s an amazing sight to see! We are grateful that our son, and others with special needs, can also learn to play the guitar. We appreciate Byron’s patience and fun approach. Teachers with his character and abilities are hard to find. Byron is a true blessing and gifted teacher. We highly recommend him to everyone!
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Veronica R. November 21, 2013
Guitar
Great guitar lessons

Mr. Byron has been the perfect match for both my boys! He began teaching my 10 year old a year ago. Before, Mr. Byron, my son had been through 2 other guitar teachers but neither one could get him to play. Mr. Byron was able to strike my son's interest by tapping into songs he enjoyed listening to and later bringing them to life on the guitar. As a result of Mr. Byron's great teachings, my 6 year old son was inspired to begin ukulele lessons with him. Mr. Byron is a great teacher! His passion and love for music will definitely inspire yet challange his students to more than meet their goals!
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Cathy O. November 12, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Excellent with kids!

Our son has had Byron for 2 1/2 years now and really enjoys having him as his guitar teacher. He always gives us feedback as to how he is doing and really engages our son during his lessons. We highly recommend him as a teacher in this capacity.
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Byron T.

Byron T.

Brea, CA 92821
(16)
starting at
$33.99 / 30-min
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Evan S.

Fullerton, CA

About Evan

Evan began with a trumpet as a third grader in the town of Bayport, New York. By the time he was 12, he got his first drum kit & joined a band and was playing professionally by the age of 13. After moving to California at 16,he studied under Roy Burns (Benny Goodman) for 5 years & continued his studies for another decade under such drummers such as: Peter Erskine, Jeff Hamilton, and others. He was awarded the OC Music Award 6 years in a row from 2006-2011. He is currently a voting member of the Grammys and his travels have brought him around the world to perform his own music as well as the tr
aditional role of sideman with well known artists in the industry such as:Greg Adams (Tower Of Power);Maynard Ferguson;Toni Childs;Kei Akagi (Miles Davis);Aly and AJ;John Beasley (Miles Davis)Brandon Fields (Tower Of Power);Phil Perry (Lee Ritenour);Jimmy Roberts (Rod Stewart);Joe Sample (Crusaders)
Diane Schuur;Tom Scott (Joni Mitchell,Steely Dan)Bob Sheppard, (Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan)
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Korey H. June 24, 2015
Drum · In studio
Evan is not only an incredible drummer, but also a great teacher! As a professional drummer and drum instructor myself, I choose very closely who I go to for my personal drum lessons. Evan is one of the only teachers I trust to give instruction and guidance in the areas I truly need the help. This takes a ton of professional experience, as well as skill. He has a way of breaking simple as well as extremely complicated subjects, exercises, rhythms, styles -you name it- down in a way to help me to accomplish things I never thought I could do on the drums. With me, Evan has a way of uncovering and exposing my bad habits, but then fixing them, thus making me a better player. This is always done in a friendly encouraging way. In my opinion Evan Stone is not just a teacher, but a guru of the drums! The proof is not only in his playing but also in his teaching!
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Korey H. June 24, 2015
Drum · In studio
Evan is not only an incredible drummer, but also a great teacher! As a professional drummer and drum instructor myself, I choose very closely who I go to for my personal drum lessons. Evan is one of the only teachers I trust to give instruction and guidance in the areas I truly need the help. This takes a ton of professional experience, as well as skill. He has a way of breaking simple as well as extremely complicated subjects, exercises, rhythms, styles -you name it- down in a way to help me to accomplish things I never thought I could do on the drums. With me, Evan has a way of uncovering and exposing my bad habits, but then fixing them, thus making me a better player. This is always done in a friendly encouraging way. In my opinion Evan Stone is not just a teacher, but a guru of the drums! The proof is not only in his playing but also in his teaching!
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Tony C. April 24, 2015
Drum · In studio
Evan is absolutely nothing but awesome. I had the great pleasure of studying with Evan throughout high school and feel very fortunate to had spent the time with him not only behind the drum kit but letting him dig into my inner being finding out what it was I was looking for to get me to be where I wanted to be expressing myself musically at a young age. His fine astute in nuances is what separates him from a musical and personal standpoint compared to others. There's a certain demeanor I learned from studying with Evan, am now twenty nine and feel very fortunate to still be enjoying music and freely expressing myself today from a foundation heavily weighted on what I learned from Evan. I also had the opportunity to attend the PIT program at Musicians Institute after high school and was able to test out of six months of the certificate program due largely to what I learned from Evan. I would certainly not be surprised to find myself coming back to Evan for lessons, I refresh back to a few things frequently from Evan that seem to keep me very grounded and comfortable whether i'm playing soft music or playing more aggressively with rock music still today and some things I know are so ingrained I can't even dig them out. It was truly an honor studying with Evan.
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Evan S.

Evan S.

Fullerton, CA 92832
(13)
starting at
$50 / 30-min

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