Obviously when learning an instrument there is a music theory component that goes along with it. I can be as detailed or as broad as the student wishes....depending on the results they are hoping for.
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 br
inging 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! Although many of my students have used their proficiency in piano for college admission and scholarship opportunities, my goal remains to bring their piano playing ability to such an advanced level, that it will become a part of their lives forever.
Along the way I have created strong bonds of friendship with many of my former students, to the point that I feel like they have become a part of my extended family. I am most rewarded when a former student drops by for a visit after completing college to let me know how they are still being positively affected by their continued use of the gift of playing the piano.
*** Lesson Details *** My objective in the first few months of working with a new student is to teach them all the basics-especially how to read music-so they will be able to get to play the pieces they love as soon as possible. My emphasis is on classical music, but I also teach Popular Music and Broadway Music or anything else the student might prefer. I use the Michael Aaron Beginner's book together with Note Reviews (my own method of teaching note reading the fast and easy way). I am very friendly and outgoing- being overly strict doesn't accomplish anything.... but I am progress oriented. My students all practice because they want to move forward and improve and because they enjoy coming to class and performing in my Recitals....which are a wonderful opportunity for them to showcase their talent and accomplishments.
After 3 months many students are just about ready to start on their first real classical piece (such as "Fur Elise' by Beethoven) and by 6 months most are playing original classical pieces by Mozart, Bach and Haydn and Beethoven.
In addition, many of my students enjoy learning contemporary and musical theater pieces, and some even come for audition coaching . I accompany them and help prepare them for their music theater auditions: I teach them how to incorporate their piano training to aid them with their vocal exercises and....having an extended personal background in musical theater myself...give them feedback and insight into the audition process.
*** Studio Equipment *** Private music studio in the back of house with two grand pianos
*** Specialties *** My biggest strengths as a teacher are relatability and communication: I am very good at figuring out each of my student's strengths and weaknesses and working with them to bring out their best! Making the lessons fun remains a priority.... as does making sure they learn how to read notes and get exposed to as many pieces as possible so they have a well rounded repertoire.
I love teaching music, it is my greatest passion in life and my students respond in kind by learning quickly and advancing rapidly while enjoying themselves immensely. As is evident by the fact that most of them stay with me for many years most until College some even returning after College to enhance their skills and enrich their repertoire and, because they miss their weekly classes. Some of my former students have even gone on to become Piano teachers themselves!
Shuhui H. February 11, 2015
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!
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. :)
Mika S. February 27, 2014
Piano Verified Student
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 !!
I have vast depth of knowledge in music theory and can teach it as an individual subject or in conjunction with the learning of an instrument.
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 one of the parents of a student of mine:
"Alex progressed much further with guitar than he did with piano and he actually got to the point where he enjoyed playing on his own. That was a great accomplishment and very impressive to me...you helped instill some discipline and over the course of your instruction, Alex learned a lot. You were always positive with him, even when that was difficult, and I admired that and still appreciate it. I always looked forward on Sunday mornings to hearing the material the two of you were working on and I know he enjoyed his lesson with you."
*** Lesson Details *** As a teacher, one of my biggest goals is to keep my students motivated and get them enthused about their music and committed to daily practice. I will strive to inspire my students, and ensure that all the while, they are having the time of their life! Practice and commitment are key. Students' curricula vary according to the student's goals and strengths and weaknesses. All students will learn how to play in tune and in time, know their fundamentals, work with music theory and learn how to use written materials. (And they will have fun learning!) More advanced students can learn about blues and jazz improvisation, slide guitar and also participate in blues jams with other students, record, and You Tube video production.
*** Studio Equipment *** All kinds of guitar and bass guitar equipment and portable hard disc recording equipment for student demo recordings.
*** Travel Equipment *** Students need a well functioning guitar, music stand, guitar tuner and metronome. Students will also need a notebook to organize written lessons I will hand out.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in blues and jazz mostly, but also have vast knowledge of rock music from it's blues roots to the more modern styles. I also can play in country style, and I play blues slide guitar.
Ken A. April 2, 2014
Guitar Verified Student
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.
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 !!
Jake H. September 23, 2012
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.
I have been teaching music theory for ten years in my private studios and in classrooms.
I focus on beginning theory from note reading and rhythm recognition through to the ABRSM theory exams.
I also teach and tutor theory from the Laitz and Kastka Payne theory textbooks.
My desire is to help people understand music theory in an easy and fun way.
Alexandra has been teaching harp around the country for fifteen years through her personal harp studio and the Salvi Showroom in Southern California. She has also worked as a sectional coach for the Orange County Youth Symphony, Asia America Youth Symphony, and Palos Verdes Regional Symphony Orchestra. Her students are currently attending Eastman School of Music, Columbia University, Barnard College, Harvard University, Boston College, University of Pennslyvania, Princeton University, Northwestern University, University of Notre Dame, Yale University and Purdue University among others. Her st
udents have also appeared on National television as well as playing for the Grammy Awards.
A strong supporter of the American Harp Society, she is currently the President of the Orange County Chapter of the American Harp Society, and serves as a Member of the Board of the American Harp Society Foundation. Alexandra is also co-chairman of the distinguished Anne Adams Awards Harp Competition where she has been a main Director for fifteen years.
Alexandra received her Bachelor's Degree from DePauw University, majoring in Music and Anthropology. She also completed premedical studies at DePauw after spending her Junior year studying harp at the University of Oregon. She received her Master's Degree from Roosevelt University in Orchestral Studies, and did post graduate work at the University of Southern California in Harp Performance and Anthropology.
Alexandra's harp teachers have included: Sarah Bullen, Sally Maxwell, Edward Druzinsky, JoAnn Turovsky, Harriet Thompson Moore, Kara Bershad, Faye Seeman, Joy Andreasen, and Neva Lydiard. She has also had many mentors who have guided her life and career including: Kathleen Bride, Victor Salvi, Sally Maxwell, Patricia Masri- Fletcher, Robin Gordon- Cartier, Carrie Kourkoumelis, Dr. Craig Pare, and Karen Thielen.
Alexandra has performed in many master classes given by such internationally known harpists as Skaila Kanga, Jana Bouskova, Marie Pierre Langlamet, and Bryn Lewis. She has also organized many masterclasses and events featuring: Kathleen Bride, Sarah Bullen, Gwyneth Wentink, Patricia Masri - Fletcher, Louise Vickerman, Sivan Magen, Sasha Boldachev, Ina Zdorovetchi, Angel Padilla Crespo, Elzbieta Szmytt, Susan Allen, Gayle Levant, Stella Castelucci, Robin Gordon Cartier, Emmanuel Ceysson, Yolanda Kondonasis, and Kim Robertson.
Alexandra has performed extensively throughout North America and Europe as a soloist, with small ensembles, and as an orchestral harpist. She has appeared in several television shows such as General Hospital. Her playing,"Is filled with care, artistry, and mature interpretation. She is a talented musician, well rounded in her knowledge of music, and has a healthy curiosity in areas beyond music." (Donald Chen, conductor) "Everything I heard was sensitive, artistic, and had beautiful intonation." (Richard Ferrin, violist emeritus, Chicago Symphony Orchestra).
In addition to playing, Alexandra has also served as the Ambassador for Salvi Harps in North America for the past eight years. She has given numerous masterclasses and workshops in addition to performing at National Harp Conferences and National and Regional music showcases. In her role as National Sales Manager, she has also helped harpists from all over the world find their dream harps learn to care for them.
Apart from harp activities, Alexandra also enjoys coaching rowing, participation in sports activities, and writing articles for various journals including: The American Harp Journal, Chicago Health Magazine, and Atlanta Health Magazine. She also enjoys working on music startup companies.
*** Lesson Details ***
As a harp teacher, all of my students play scales, arpeggios, and technical exercises in their lessons. I believe having a strong technical base is the foundation for every part of playing and you can't learn without it. I will set the repertoire for students according to their technical progress and although I may take into consideration a student's desires to learn a certain piece, there has to be time and they have to be ready for it. I have both short term and long term goals for each student that involve theory, technical ability, and repertoire both orchestral and solo. Adult students still have to learn technique, it makes things much more fun and easy six months later, I promise! Beginning students will learn how to read notes, understand basic theory, and technique in a short amount of time, so don't be scared if you have never had a music lesson before.
I require all students make at least an hour a day commitment to practice. I teach mostly the Grandjany method of harp technique, however, I also use Salzedo and Renie methods at times to fit a particular students' build and unique physical attributes as well as what the piece requires. I have studied all techniques throughout my education and I find them all beneficial for different reasons. I do, however, believe everyone is built differently and the technique should help the harpist play and not hinder them from achieving their goals. Everyone learns at a different speed, but as a brand new musician, after six months practicing regularly, you should be able to read music fluently, understand basic theory concepts, be able to play with both hands and four fingers on each hand, play all of the basic scales and arpeggios musically and be able to play at least one piece memorized. Curriculum is based on the student's technical ability and issues and is individually created – if you learn slower than someone else, don’t worry about your pace. In the end, lessons are about you personally and not someone else.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have harps and a piano at my studio, so you do not need to bring your harp to lessons. If you don't own a harp, you can rent one for around $45/month from several sources.
*** Specialties *** HARP - Grandjany Technique with an incorporation of Salzedo and French school depending on the player's body type and technical difficulties. I make use of the ABRSM as well as local, national, and international competitions depending on the student's level of commitment.
Yana T. June 13, 2015
Alexandra Perdew is a one of a kind instructor. She not only pushes her students to excel, but I truly believe that she inspires greatness. She treats her students with the utmost respect and works diligently to provide them with every possible resource needed for learning. She is not a teacher who will let anyone get by with putting in half the effort. She motivates me to work and perform at the highest level possible.
Melody T. June 10, 2015
Alexandra Perdew is an amazing teacher. I could not be where I am or had great opportunities such as performing at the Grammys if it wasn't for her help and support. Alex always pushes me to do my best and is truly passionate about her work!
Joy C. June 10, 2015
Alexandra is an excellent music teacher. She is by far the best harp teacher I have ever had. Alexandra has a genuine enthusiasm for teaching and mentoring. She is very patient and encouraging, and has a real gift for communicating musical concepts in a way that can be understood. My harp lessons with Alexandra are always productive and motivating, and always a pleasure. I highly recommend Alexandra as a harp teacher!
All levels of music theory: chords, scales, analysis, etc.
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 Francisco Bay Area, New York, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Macedonia, Canada, and have performed or led groups internationally at the Umbria Jazz Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Tuscia Jazz Festival, the Angel City Jazz Festival and the Monterey Jazz Festival. You can hear my original compositions and playing at soundcloud.
bridget Q. March 6, 2015
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!
Michele R. January 8, 2015
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.
Music theory describes the way our Western music functions. All musicians, whether composers or performers, can benefit from a strong understanding of music theory because it gives them added context about the music they are playing. A composer who knows theory can better control his or her compositions, and a performer may understand how he or she fits within the ensemble. Music theory training is much more simple than most are led to believe, and is recommended for all musicians.
Passionate as a composer and arranger, Thomas earned his Masters of Music in Film Scoring from the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program, studying under two-time Emmy award winner Hummie Mann.
Thomas has received commissions from the American Festival Pops Orchestra, the Manassas, VA Police Department, and Brigham Young University–Idaho, and Jazz 4 Justice. His film credits include independent productions GeoFORCE, HeartFelt, Return of the Dragon Sword, and A Sense of Sound, amongst other smaller ...
A Los Angeles-based composer, orchestrator, conductor, and educator, Thomas has earned a reputation as a reliable and effective music instructor. Thomas instructs students in piano, woodwinds, trumpet, music theory, and composition. He has led multiple after-school classes and private lessons (both online and in-person) for instrumentalists as an official teacher for Piano Keys 4 Kids, MusIQ Club, Music Teachers Network, and Music Lessons on Wheels. He has received praise over his varied and individual approaches to teaching that focus on realizing the full potential of his students, whom rang
e from kindergarteners to adults.
As a composer and orchestrator, Thomas has received commissions from the American Festival Pops Orchestra, the Manassas, VA Police Department, and Brigham Young University–Idaho, and Jazz 4 Justice. His film credits include independent productions GeoFORCE, HeartFelt, Return of the Dragon Sword, and A Sense of Sound, amongst other smaller film and video game projects. He has produced three concerts of his original music, including Emerge & Ascend, a benefit concert that raised $1,500. He has also acted as conductor in a number of studio recording sessions.
Thomas received his Masters of Music in Film Scoring from the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program in Seattle, Washington where he studied with two-time Emmy winning film and television composer Hummie Mann. He received his Bachelor of Music in Composition from George Mason University where he studied composition under band composer Mark Camphouse and electronic composer Jesse Guessford, and conducting under Anthony Maiello. In the area of performance, he has studied saxophone under Rick Parrell (U.S. Army Band), Tyler Kuebler (USAF Airmen of Note), and Sandon Mayhew; and piano with John Healey and Danny Beal.
Originally from Boise, Idaho, Thomas currently resides in Los Angeles. A melodious and colorful composer, he hopes to continue bringing evocative, contemporary music to audiences everywhere.
Alexandra August 3, 2015
Thomas is a great teacher. He is patient (especially because English is not my first language). I learned a lot with him. I really recommend his class. Hopefully, as soon as possible,I will book more classes! Alexandra Junqueira Tesser.
Sherry L. July 28, 2015
In home Verified Student
Thomas was easy to work with, flexible and dependent. He helped my daughter build confidence and develop skills without pressure. He was easy to communicate with and exceeded out expectations. Pleasure to work with.
Mythu Chiem July 26, 2015
Thomas has been teaching my kids piano for about a year. He comes to our house once a week for two hours each time. Thomas is reliable and punctual. While Thomas is very busy, he has never once been late and he rarely had to reschedule his lessons. Thomas is a serious teacher, and the kids learn a lot from him.
Students are raving about their Music Theory instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Wilma Evangeline
"Music Theory and Music Performance
Ms. Wilma's enthusiasm for life and music shines through in her instrumental playing and teaching style. She shows a s
trong proficiency in many music genres and can teach different kinds of musical instruments.
She's reliable, experienced, professional, and easy to be around. One of her main strengths is her ability to convey musical thoughts in a way that is meaningful, constructive and easily understood. I really enjoyed how she have enriched my ability to think about musical concepts, discuss theories in music, and listen to different types of music."
Washington, DC teacher:
Wilma Evangeline B.
Review by Guillermo
"I thought Brianne was an excellent instructor. She was patient and very fun to be around. I loved her energy, creativity and overall temperament. She's
Miami, FL teacher:
Review by Brett
"Learned a lot, and had fun!
Matt is very knowledgeable in music theory, piano and voice. He is very patient, explains complex music practices well, gives
appropriate feedback, and lessons to help the student grow. He is reliable, flexible with a students schedule, and available on short notice. I look forward to many more lessons with Matt. Thank you."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Amanda
"Ugh Music Theory is very difficult, but she made it so muchhhh more easier. She is very patient and kind. I love that she made sure i had a understanding
of the concepts and notes. I would definately recommend her. I wish i discovered her sooner ! I had a great experience working with Ms.Cindy"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Nathan
"We have had 3 different piano teachers and NOW, we found the one! Since beginning lessons with Dustin I have watched my daughter’s technique blossom. He h
as a way of delivering ideas with the right approach that allows us all to understand. Best Piano Teacher Ever!!! I highly recommend Dustin! Thanks!"
San Antonio, TX teacher:
Review by wang
"very good lessons"
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Joe
"I recently began taking lessons with Michael on understanding more about music theory with the objective of becoming a better guitarist and song writer. N
ot only the knowledge I have gained, but the overall improvement of my musicianship in such a short amount of time has greatly surpassed my expectations. I would highly recommend Michael to any musician looking to take their craft to the next level."
San Antonio, TX teacher:
Review by Bill
"I started taking lessons with Michal Chodosh to learn music theory and reading music. In the time I have worked with Michael, I have learned a lot.
When I began lessons, I didn't know scales or modes, knew only basic chords and wasn't able to read sheet music. In addition to that, I was barely able to follow tablature. Michael has taught me about all of those items and more. Lessons with Michael are a lot of fun. There is always great interaction between students so that newer students can learn from both Michael and from other students while becoming comfortable with learning about the guitar. Deciding to take lessons from Michael was a great decision. I've thoroughly enjoyed learning how to play the guitar."
Denver, CO teacher:
Review by Crystal
"Jack is the best music teacher I have ever had, hands down! I started taking lessons from Him about a year ago and am so glad I stuck with them. He is ver
y patient and understanding, as I just could not understand any theory for the longest time. I used to play piano by ear so I knew some things but when it came to reason and theory I was so behind but ever since I started to take lessons from Jack, I feel more confident in my playing and in my listening as I try to apply all of the things he taught me. He is very down to earth and has an accent so it makes the who hour more enjoyable. Overall I would recommend Jack to anyone, no matter how little or how long they've been playing!!"
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