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Clarissa N. Los Angeles, CA

About Clarissa

I studied piano in Germany with Lola Poirier (a student of the famous Alfred Cortot) for 11 years, then with Phillip Evans in New York (professor at the Manhattan School of Music) and finally with world-renowned concert pianist Eugene Liszt at Carnegie-Mellon University, where I received my Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance with a Minor in Child Pedagogy. For the past twenty eight years I have been teaching students of all levels and ages, incorporating some of my former teachers' methods with my own teaching style. I am passionate about awakening a hunger in each of my students for bringing and keeping music in their lives forever. I don't look at my students as children who play an instrument, but as young artists on the road to self-discovery and musical fulfillment! ...

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Shuhui H. February 11, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Clarissa is very helpful and patient! I have my piano class in a studio in the backyard of her house, I like the place a lot! She is a warm, smart, humorous and amazing women who can encourage me to keep on practicing! She helped me to reading the notes in a smart way, and we shared a wonderful time together to go through those beautiful pieces! I am willing to recommend her to anyone who is willing to take piano class!
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Jana W. October 1, 2014
Classical Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Clarissa is fantastic! She's extremely personable and very supportive as you learn. She's a phenomenal piano player and her teaching style and ability to articulate the lessons are equal to her skill. I highly recommend her. :)
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Mika S. February 27, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Great Teacher!!

Clarissa has done good job with student , giving them confidence to perform on the stage .
Especially , my daughter 5 years old and no previous experience, she played 3 songs and perform great !!
Paul S. Beverly Hills, CA

About Paul

Hi! My name is Paul and I'd love to share the joy of playing the guitar with you! I have been a professional musician and teacher for over 20 years. I know much about playing the guitar and being an artist. I am passionate about music, which is why lessons with me are so fun. I know how to customize a program for the motivated student that will bring out the potential of the student at all levels. I will give the student a complete and practical program for advancement and help he or she discover their own talents at a pace that works for them. I even on occasion will conduct blues jams and other challenges such as recording and how to do a You Tube video production that will give the student a chance to use their developing skills by themselves and with others. Here is feedback from ...

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Ken A. April 2, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Great Teacher

I played a little guitar throughout my life but was lacking an understanding of how the instrument works. I found myself strumming a few cords here and there but never with focus or improvement. After only three lessons with Paul, I'm now jamming to rock and the blues!Paul was quickly able to access my level of playing and I'm now understanding how the fretboard works and most importantly having lots of fun during lessons and practice. He teaches with passion and doesn't simply open a book but rather instills his lifelong experience and philosophy into lessons. Many can teach the mechanics of guitar but with Paul, you'll also understand the soul.
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Meg M. January 17, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Paul Rocks !!

I just had my 2nd lesson with Paul and felt inspired to write a review. I have wanted to learn guitar for many, many years now. In the past, I have always gotten frustrated -or bored- and gave up before I ever even learned a chord. Our 1st lesson, Paul started me with some very basic mechanics. It was just the right amount of information to keep me interested and challenged but not so much that I was overwhelmed the 1st week. From just 15 -30 minutes a day of practicing, I have already gained some flexibility in my fingers and am beginning to have a "feel" for the instrument. I have seen more improvement and learned more from Paul and the exercises he has given me in just 2 lessons than I have collectively ever learned from any other teacher in the past or any book or online tutorial. His knowledge of the instrument, as well as music theory, is vast and he knows how to break it down into digestible bits for maximum benefit to the student. So I am not only learning to play guitar, I am also being introduced to music theory in a very easy to understand manner. He is very patient and creates a safe and supportive environment in which to learn comfortably. I am SO glad I found him!!! His way of teaching really works or me ~ I feel hopeful, inspired and motivated for the first time ever in attempting to learn this instrument. Thank you Paul and Thank You Take Lessons !!
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Jake H. September 23, 2012
Guitar
Great teacher, large knowledge of many genres.

Paul is an overall great teacher. Before I took lessons with him, I knew next to nothing about playing guitar. I might have known the "box" minor pentatonic scale and possibly aeolian as a mode. Then I started taking lessons with him for Metal, my personal genre of choice and I started learning at a far more accelerated rate. Fast forward to about 9 months ago (January 2012) and I'd also grown an interest in Jazz. Fortunately Paul is an excellent teacher in both genres and helped my tastes (in both) genres develop and now he teaches me in Jazz. I even went to the Berklee school of music five week summer program (I'm to young to apply to the school's full time program) and thrived there. I recently got my report card for the class and his extensive teaching of how to play guitar from playing jazz chords to complex music theory (we're learning about chromatic harmony with the use of secondary dominants and tritone substitutions) helped me get only A's and B's. The areas where I got A's include classes such as high level theory, ensemble classes, ear training and genre specific guitar labs. I only got B's in my reading and chord labs, my reading which has always been poor, and my chord lab which involved nothing but right handed chord charts (I'm a left handed guitarist). I dont think I would have been able to get these grades if i had a different teacher or were self-taught, even with my music classes I'd taken at school I was always ahead of the rest of the class thanks to my extensive knowledge of theory with Paul. Paul comes to my house, which makes getting ready for my lesson as easy as turning my amp onto standby for the Tubes to warm up.
Nicole B. Valley Village, CA

About Nicole

Nicole B., Soprano/Musician is receiving her Masters of Music from CSU, Northridge while actively working as a professional vocalist for groups like the Verdi Chorus, St. Luke's Episcopal, St. Mark's Presbyterian and playing countless roles in opera's and musicals around the Los Angeles area! Nicole has had a lifetime involvement in voice, theatre, songwriting and music and branched a career as a singer songwriter in the Santa Barbara area under the name "Nikki Bee". Nicole has also worked in the pop industry with the four girl pop group "Women of Wealth" based out of Montecito, CA and featured on KEYT with guest star John Cleese. Coming from a family of artists and musicians, Nicole has always found the art within live performance to be the inspiration for her life and her career. ...

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Pavel / Rhonda H. October 8, 2014
Singing · In home
Verified Student
My daughter loves working with Nicole! I am so grateful we found her. Professional, reliable and extremely talented. Most of all, inspiring to my child.
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Christine V. October 31, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
We are lucky to have found her!!!

Around a year ago, my daughter decided she wanted to learn to play the guitar! Thanks to Google, we ran into TakeLessons.
Nicole was recommended to us. After reading about her we were quite impressed!
Right after the first lesson and to my surprise, my (very shy) daughter had a great 1st experience with Nicole.
Nicole is a professional in her field AND also in handling kids and knowing how to help them overcome their shyness. She brings out the best in my daughter and also encourages her to sing even write her own notes!
I would highly recommend Nicole. She is truly talented and the greatest teacher!!!
Christine, Lia's mom!
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Stella V. January 10, 2013
Verified Student
Great for younger kids

Nicole,is amazing with my daughter. She is patient and really makes her feel at ease. I will absolutely recommend her.
David M. Los Angeles, CA

About David

An Ohio-born baritone, David has always had a passion for music and singing. Strongly influenced by the musical pursuits of his older brother, David began playing the piano at age six and was captivated by the school musicals his brother starred in, as well as by the musical Disney movies popular at the time. David also showed aptitude as a young singer. He was frequently chosen as a soloist for grade school productions, and he would often compete in OMEA adjudicated events, receiving the highest scores possible. David's professional singing career began in high school after receiving recognition from singing the National Anthem at home basketball games, which were always highly-attended. He was soon being paid to sing at local holiday festivals and other community events, where ...

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Gary W. February 3, 2015
Opera Voice · Online
Verified Student
David is very professional, patient, and a well rounded teacher. David likes to know what YOU are looking for so he can base the lessons around your goals. He also incorporates theory if you need it. David leads the way when he's teaching, but still allowing you to pick out material you would like to learn. I would recommend David to anyone looking to improve their singing! Even if you have no prior experience in music or singing, he takes you step by step in a pace that's comfortable for you while finding ways to challenge you to help you get the most out of your lessons. He will let you know when you're hindering yourself. He is an amazing teacher!
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Nicolas Q. July 16, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I had my first voice lesson with David in December 2013 -- I knew almost immediately that first evening I had found the perfect voice teacher! Admittedly I am a difficult critic to please and I went to the first lesson with very high expectations -- but David sure exceeded all of those expectations and then some!

I sing in a church choir in Hollywood, all of my fellow choir members have said the quality of my singing has *dramatically* improved since I have been studying voice with David. (People who don't know I've been taking lessons have also remarked my singing has dramatically improved.)

Vocal marathons can potentially be a singer's nightmare, and once a year my choir is faced with the challenge of singing an Olympic athletic feat of five services back to back in less than 72 hours: Maundy Thursday through Easter Sunday. Because of David's superior vocal instruction not only did I have the strength and stamina to sing throughout all five services sounding fully fresh and rejuvenated, I felt like I could have gone on to sing two more full length Mozart Masses!

David has extensive knowledge about how the vocal cords work and the technical aspect of singing (which has to be taught, it is not intuitive); he can teach you how to sing on a professional level. Strongly recommended.
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Odisho H. May 14, 2014
Verified Student
His knowledge and patience is remarkable.

Wouldn't recommend Skype for beginners.
Emily W. Los Angeles, CA

About Emily

I teach to spread the love and healing power of music to others. Everyone can sing! But for many people, fear is an obstacle. I know firsthand how much courage it takes to stand up and sing. I teach to help others experience the same healing I have experienced through music. My approach to singing is informed by my education and years of performance experience. I teach my students how to embrace their fears and move through them to the other side. I also facilitate a supportive student/teacher relationship based upon mutual respect and kindness. Most importantly, I encourage my students to trust themselves and their innate musical gifts. This develops their self confidence and ultimately leads them to their purest, most authentic sound. I lived and breathed music and singing ...

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paul W. June 20, 2014
Pop Singing · In home
I have worked with Emily a few times in my recording studio.
She's a total pro. She always arrived on time, was prepared, focused, and ready to work. As a producer of music I'm a stickler for the perfect take. Emily was always right there with me never settling until we got the vocal we needed. She's very patient and her work style is extremely professional but relaxed and loving.
I look forward to future projects with her.
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Korin N. June 16, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Emily is a wonderful teacher! I was nervous to take singing lessons at first. Emily helped alleviate my stage fright because she teaches with warmth and gentleness. She creates space for feelings that inevitably arise when truly inhabiting the body and being visible. She is a great singer and musician! She is well-versed in the anatomy of singing and uses her knowledge to help me fine-tune my instrument. Her guidance and exercises are helping me develop the physical capacity to sing well and protect my voice; I think this makes her teaching unique. Also, I love Emily’s sunny studio! It’s so peaceful.
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Zeffin Quinn H. June 5, 2014
Emily is an exceptional and driven mezzo-soprano performer and teacher. She is a fantastic musician and has a work ethic that I have not seen in others of her generation. She is always prepared far beyond the standards of nearly all of her peers. Check out the videos - she has an original and incredibly beautiful style and sound. She is very comfortable across genres, her voice is a round full lyric and is at the same time brilliant and cutting. Emily and I have been colleagues working together for nearly three years.
Zach R. Los Angeles, CA

About Zach

I have been teaching trumpet, music theory, jazz harmony, jazz piano, and music composition to students of all ages since late 2008. I work very well with young, beginning students as well, and can teach all levels. Working at UCLA for my degree in music performance has taught me what it takes to be a good teacher, and I am patient, understanding, and believe there's no greater feeling than watching my students flourish. I like to take the time to get to know my students, and plan lessons around their individual needs, rather than plug them into a system set in stone. I have a routine I do, that I will start students with, but am very open to modification based on student needs/desires. I perform jazz professionally in Los Angeles, and have spent time touring in playing in the San

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bridget Q. March 6, 2015
Trumpet · In home
Verified Student
My 9 year old son LOVES Zach. Zach is so sweet with him. He is very encouraging and patient and is really teaching him. We couldn't be happier!
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Michele R. January 8, 2015
Trumpet · In home
Verified Student
Zach has been a wonderful trumpet teacher for our son. We strongly recommend him. He has a pleasant demeanor, patient attitude and tailors his lessons to our son's needs. There is no question that Zach gives the finest instruction on the trumpet possible. Our son looks forward to his lessons with Zach, and we find that he is practicing more without us pushing him.

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