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Ms. Lucy began studying violin with her father at the age of three. She attended Kunming Art Institute in Yunnan, China for junior and senior high school and than studied with Professor WeiJian Zhao from Central Music Conservatory in Beijing. She holds both AA and AS degree from Pasadena City College. where she served as the assistant concert master for many semesters. She also studied violin with Prof. Jay Zhong, former violin Professor at California State University, Los Angeles. Ms. Lucy is was a scholarship student at Bob Cole Conservatory of California State University, Long Beach. She studied with renowned violin pedagogue Linda Rose and served as concertmaster of the Bob Cole Conservatory orchestra, chamber orchestra and opera. Currently she's a student of Katia Popov, concertmaster of Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. She received her vi
olin performance BM degree in 2013.

Ms. Lucy has performed extensively throughout China, Hong Kong, and the United States and won many awards for her performances. At age six, she won 1st place at The Future Violinist Competition in Yunnan and continuously wining at different competitions around China. 1989 summer, Ms. Lucy held her solo recital at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and was a great success. Her most recent performances including: Solo violinist at 2005 New Universe Entertainment Academy; Performing with international tenor Oscar Zhang at UCI Barclay Theatre as guest solo violinist, with UCI symphony Orchestra, 2006. Guest Solo Violinist performing at Cerritos Performing Art Center in 2007. She also performed with different orchestras year round at different locations such as the Ford Amphitheatre and Orange county Performing Arts Center, she plays Jazz with Michael Mcdaniel Quartet.

Ms. Lucy began her teaching career at the age of 15 at her father’s violin school in Yunnan, China. The school currently has more than two hundred violin students and five violin teachers. Each year, Ms. Lucy travels back to China and give master classes and exchange valuable teaching experience with the students and teachers there. Summer 2006, Ms. Lucy and her students was invited by the International Youth and Children’s Art Festival, they stayed in China for ten days. Their performance got well accepted by the audience and was broadcasted on the local TV and newspapers. It was an unforgettable experience for all the students and their parents.

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Learning violin will be fun and rewarding for my students.

My teaching method is from The Juilliard School of Music, lessons are specifically designed to fit individual students age, background, strength and personality. In my classes, not only students are taught how to play the violin, they are also taught ear training, sight-reading, music theory, and performance skills; Most important, students are also taught self-confidence, discipline, appreciation of the arts, and the pride that comes from a job well done.

Every year, my students have the opportunity to perform in different concert settings, participate in our annual summer concerts, take national music exams, and audition with many orchestras and music schools.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The studio lessons are taught in a quiet and comfy home music studio. The room includes a piano, violins, music stands, flat screen TV. Seating for parent/family member is also available.

*** Specialties ***
My teaching method is mainly following The Juilliard School of Music, and I also combine it with the Suzuki method, especially for younger students.
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Charlotte P. August 18, 2017
· Violin · In studio
My daughter feels very comfortable with Lucy and like her lessons.
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Nalani G. May 6, 2017
· Violin · In studio
She is very nice and patient and wonderful to my granddaughter.
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Keith L. December 24, 2015
· Violin · In studio
I improved my violin playing a lot since I took lessons with Lucy last month. I know learning to play violin is hard but with a good teacher you will improve a lot more faster than you expected.
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Lucy L.

Lucy L.

El Monte, CA 91732
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About Crystal S.

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Theory is taught to piano, voice, songwriting and general music students.

About Crystal
Crystal brings a lifetime’s experience of professional musicianship to each of her lessons. Born into a family of musicians, she sang her first solo at age 2. She also benefits her students with an extraordinarily diverse musical background, having worked as a vocalist in gospel, country, musical theater, jazz, classical, rock, pop and soul styles. Her performing career has taken her from L.A. church meetings to London’s Houses of Parliament.

Crystal hails originally from Los Angeles, CA - where her musical parents gave her a head start by including her in the family business the moment she was able to contribute. She went on to study classical voice, piano and music theory at The Boston Conservatory of Music. After concluding her studies in London, she returned home and began working regularly as a theater performer, appearing in twen
ty world premiers and re-imagined classics. Most notably she played the lead role of Keely Smith in the big band jazz musical “Louis and Keely: Live At The Sahara” during its eight-month run at Westwood’s Geffen Playhouse. She also formed her own rock band, The Honeysuckle Jones Revival, with whom she performed her own songs all over Los Angeles. And she began working as a studio session vocalist, providing demo vocals for other songwriters, as well as arranging and performing back-up vocals for original artists, including Laura Roppe (currently in the Top Ten on Billboard’s Uncharted list of emerging artists.) Crystal played the lead role of Brooke in the new operatic rock musical “The Burning Opera LA” during its Los Angeles run in 2011 as well as providing ensemble vocals and playing piano and bass. She also performs holiday tunes from the Golden Age of American songwriting with musical quartet The Sleigh Belles.

Crystal believes that music is serious business but that it should be fun. She encourages her students to play music they love, as well as expanding their musical knowledge. She is a firm believer in basics first and emphasizes theory and technique as the tools to support creativity and provide freedom, power and control. She believes effort beats talent every time and the student who practices consistently will see results, whatever their level of ability. Most of all, she believes we were all born to make music.

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Lesson structure varies depending on the student's instrument, age, level of experience and musical style. However, all lessons focus on:

Technique
Music theory
Performance style

After 3 or 6 months of consistent lesson attendance and practice, students will have a clear understanding of how their instrument works and how to care for it. They will be able to read basic music notation. They will be working toward clearly defined musical goals and they will have at least three performance pieces learned.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Loft Space: full size electric piano with weighted keys, small digital recorder, microphone, Garage Band, parents can sit in on lessons

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring a small keyboard for vocal students with no piano, karaoke tracks and a digital recorder. I also bring a selection of games. Students are expected to purchase all necessary books and sheet music.

*** Specialties ***
Young beginners (piano)
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Raylene L Lehnhoff November 11, 2015
· Singing · Online
Love how she teaches the mechanics of learning to sing properly such as breathing correctly and posture right from the start for a beginner. Fantastic instructor!
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Tamura H. September 29, 2013
· Piano ·
Great piano instructor

Crystal is an amazing piano instructor. She is patient, understanding and dedicated. My daughter has learned so much from her. My daughter’s love for music has increased immensely since learning how to play the piano. This would never have been able to be accomplished without Crystal’s professional and caring teaching style.
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Tamura H. September 29, 2013
· Singing ·
Amazing singng instructor

Crystal has increased my daughter’s self-esteem and expressiveness through song. My daughter is now writing her own poetry and song lyrics, as well as being able to combat her once shyness quality. She loves to perform in front of others now and has a confidence level that amazes me, especially now that she is going into those “teen” years. I think a lot of thanks needs to go to Crystal, for assisting my daughter in reaching her current creative level!
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Crystal S.

Los Angeles, CA 90012
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About Michelle A.

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Sherman Oaks, CA

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Michelle feels it is incredibly important that all vocal/singing students have at least a basic understanding of music theory, reading music and ear training. This greatly assists them as they mature as a singer and as a performer, giving them the confidence, skills and knowledge to thrive in their musical endeavors. Michelle designs a specific curriculum for each student’s goals and needs so that these important music skills can be fun and accessible to anyone.

About Michelle
I believe that everyone can sing, it is just a matter of learning how to use your own unique instrument. From a very young age, as a performer, I was sharing my love of the arts with others. I grew up with an immense appreciation for the self-expression and creativity that result from all forms of art and music, to me, felt like my ideal way to express myself. Music inspires me and I always knew I wanted to help others connect with their inner musical ability as well.

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Michelle’s intention for each student is to support him or her, to the best of her ability, in finding and cultivating their voice, as well as their musical and performance abilities. As a teacher, she keeps a healthy balance between professionalism and making learning fun, inspiring and experiential. She designs a specific curriculum for each stud
ent based on their specific goals and intentions regarding their voice so that each lesson focuses on them and their unique needs. It is extremely important to her that students of all ages have a positive experience of music in their lives and she provides fun and encouraging performance opportunities for those students who wish to participate. Michelle’s goal is to recognize and support each student's potential, helping to give them confidence, direction and motivation on their unique musical journey.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, music stand, microphone, mic stand, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, guitar and mic amplifier, recording equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Portable Keyboard

*** Specialties ***
Musical theater, Jazz, Classical, Contemporary, R & B, Folk, Alternative, Contemporary Christian and Popular Music.
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Manuel Z. September 18, 2017
· Broadway Singing · In home
An amazing first session, Michelle is patient and listens to all your needs. Definitely want more!
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David N. August 9, 2017
· Stage Performance · In studio
Very specific and guided to your particular needs.
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Alex June 1, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Michelle is great! She is very professional and patient, but a couple things that truly make her stand out.

One, she is always willing to record an accompaniment for the song of your choice so that you can easily work on your own. Sometimes she even does a couple versions. Better still, when I was really struggling she tailor made exercises for me so that I could improve.

Two, she explains things very well. For example, I struggled with visualizing how the physical parts of my voice interact with each other and what physically happens when I sing. Her explanation combined with the diagrams from her singing books allowed me to finally make the connection.

You can’t go wrong with Michelle!
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Michelle A.

Michelle A.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
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About Ryan L.

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Pasadena, CA
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Making music theory fun! I can teach students fundamentals to advanced music theory principals such as: harmony, formal analysis, voice leading and composition. I can assist with ALL college theory courses or test prep training.

About Ryan
Ryan L. is a local composer, conductor, musician and musicologist. He holds a Masters degree in Musicology from California State University, Long Beach Cole Conservatory of Music. He is a professor of music at Woodbury University where he teaches a course in Music and Film. Additionally he is also the music director for Conundrum Theatre Co., Burbank Community Theater and Santa Ana College where he auditions, and rehearses singers, and the contracts and conducts the orchestra in all musical performances for the community.

As a classical/jazz trumpet player he has performed with tournament of Roses Honor band, the Pasadena Pops Orchestra, the Crown City Symphony and in various musical theater productions. He performs regularly with his jazz band the Crown City Combo in various venues in the greater LA area.

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composition Ryan is an avid composer, composing for various genres and ensembles. Among these genres Ryan’s specialty is composing new musical theater works/songwriting. In 2010 he joined the Academy of New Musical Theater and with that organization he composed his first musical theater piece Shoot Ma! which premiered at the Colony Theater in Burbank. In 2011 he composed his second musical Experience Magic! A Musical Within a Magic Show, which premiered at the Sierra Madre Playhouse in 2012.
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Jonelle Pickett October 24, 2015
· Trumpet · In home
Excellent at giving pointers and exercises to help students improve sound quality. Patient, positive and personable.
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Stephanie R. December 10, 2014
· Trumpet · In home
Fabulous teacher! My son's taking beginning trumpet lessons. Ryan is patient, attentive, encouraging, and knowledgeable. Ryan is punctual and flexible when rescheduling needs to be arranged. He responds to email, phone calls, etc. in a timely manner. My son enjoys learning from him. It's a pleasure to have him as my son's teacher.
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Ryan L.

Pasadena, CA 91107
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About Annie S.

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Woodland Hills, CA

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At the present time, I'm a Music Major studying at Cal State Northridge. I hope to teach you not only piano but music theory as well. I have performed in competitions. I specialize in beginner/intermediate piano students. I love teaching. So, we're going to have fun together.

About Annie
I started playing the piano when I was six years old. I've had multiple teachers, and then I finally settled at the American International Music School in Glendale, California. I was an honors student at the Music Teacher's Association of California Certificate of Merit program for three years. I was tested on piano performance, sight-reading, ear training, key terms, and writing. In the 7th grade, I was made accompanist of the choir. I've helped students with their starting pitches in songs, and go over the different lines for each voice part. I've been accompanying the choir for 7 years. I also accompanied a musical in Hollywood. I took AP Music Theory in my junior year while I also tutored a foreign exchange student in the same subject. During my 12 years of playing piano, I've received many awards and trophies. I won first place at th
e International Colibri Competition. In the 8th grade, I received an award for "Outstanding Musician". For our lessons, I require at least a 24-hour cancellation. If you will take music theory lessons, it will be required to purchase "Fundamentals of Piano Theory" (it's an 11-book series). Before our first lesson, I will hold a consultation meeting, where I will find out your skill level in piano and music theory. I look forward to working together with you.
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Oliver September 15, 2017
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Annie is incredible! She is so passionate about music, and it's inspiring. From sight-reading to music theory, Annie is superb! What is most admirable, however, is her patience and kindness. She is always willing to help her students understand and love music. She is encouraging and positive!
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Emily Malins September 15, 2017
· Piano · In home
I took piano lessons from Annie for 8 months until I moved from the area. Annie is patient, knowleagble, and accomplished. I went from chopsticks to playing Chopin etudes under Annie's expert guidance.
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Annie S.

Woodland Hills, CA 91364
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About Josh M.

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Monrovia, CA

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Students will learn music theory up to an advanced level by going through a book as well as listening and analyzing music!

About Josh
Hello, my name is Josh. I am a professional vocal coach, vocal arranger and singer. I teach contemporary and classical voice and basic-intermediate piano. I have a Bachelors of Music in Commercial Music from Azusa Pacific University. I have had students as young as 5, though I normally teach ages 12 and up. My goal is to challenge my students to grow and improve in their musical excellence and enjoy the music along the way! I am patient, positive and encouraging to my students.
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Cynthia August 25, 2017
· Music Theory · In home
Josh is great! Knowledgeable, patient, and flexible. He took the time and energy to create lesson plans and methods that fit my needs and level of understanding. I'd recommend him wholeheartedly to anyone looking to improve their musical knowledge and skills.
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Camille August 25, 2017
· Vocal Training · In home
Josh has coached me on several recording sessions and has helped me tremendously with audition prep. He's a talented singer and a skilled, supportive teacher. You can trust that Josh will evaluate your singing and help you improve with healthy technique, vocal exercises, and helpful encouragement. He's fun to work with, and he gets great results. I highly recommend taking lessons with Josh!
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Josh M.

Monrovia, CA 91016
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About Ronald Chaz B.

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Los Angeles, CA

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As a music education specialist, Ronald Chaz develops and restructures educational programs and teaching guidelines in piano and vocal performance as well as music theory to include rudiments and composition, for leisure, college matriculation, or as degree course components administered by Trinity College London (external dept). He teaches these subjects in either English, Spanish, Italian, German, or French.

He has a B.A. and M.Ed. (majors in Vocal/Piano Performance, Music Education, Spanish, German; minors in French, Italian, and Interpreting/Translations ). He is fluent-native speaker fluency to teach Voice in these languages in addition to Tagalog and Cebuano (Visaya).

He has taught up to Fellowship levels, entrance matriculation to colleges and universities, undergraduate-postgraduate requirements, curriculum-based graded examinations requirements, or for leisure and self-enhancement.

About Ronald Chaz
As a music and foreign language education specialist Ronald structures and restructures educational programs for leisure, college matriculation, and as degree course components administered by the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Testing-USA), ACT (American College Testing), HSC (Higher School Certificate-Australia), Trinity College London (external studies dept for Music, Speech, Drama, and English as a foreign language), the Certificate of Merit program (MTAC), and other music examinations boards such the R.S.M. and R.C.M. His subjects of expertise are: Music Theory, Composition, Piano and Vocal Performance - taken up in either English or as a Music program immersed in language programs in either Spanish, Italian, or German; and language courses from Beginner's to Advanced Conversational / Literature in English, Spanish, Italian, and German;
as well as French from Beginner's through Advanced levels.

He is a graduate with a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in EDUCATION in the fields of Music, Spanish and German Literature, with a minor in Linguistics, French, and Italian Studies from UNSW (University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia).

He is fluent (native speaker fluency) to teach Music in language immersion programs in these languages: English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Tagalog, Cebuano (Visaya).

He also has advanced students with an Associate Degree (A Mus TCL) and B Mus candidates teaching at much lesser rates.
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Maria J. February 17, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Excellent! knowledgeable, friendly, easy to follow. Great introduction for a total beginner.
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Angelika April 1, 2016
· Vocal Training · In studio
I have taken lessons with Ronald since I was 6, I am now 23. In my 17 years of taking lessons I have learned to play piano, sing and am proficient in music theory. In the more recent years I have even had the opportunity to teach music through Ronald. Throughout the years, I have experienced and witnessed the patience and kindness Ronald consistently shows his students. He encourages his students to become better and shares in their enthusiasm due to their accomplishments. Ronald genuinely cares about his students and is dedicated to making sure his students improve. I fully recommend Ronald for students who have parents who want to be involved in the learning process and especially for young children who are just starting out. Ronald works well with families, includes parents every step of the way and is very patient with young students helping them learn in an open and encouraging environment.
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Sarah March 8, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Mr.Chaz is really dedicated to his profession. He started to teach my seven year old son over one year ago and he has motivated him to sing his best and he started piano with him last year which has been a phenomenal experience for my son. Chaz really focuses on the detail, theory and groundwork necessary to excel in music. If you are lucky enough to get your child started with him you will never regret the experience. He is simply the best! My son sings all the time now and loves to play piano. I am so happy for my son to have found someone to expand on his talents!
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Ronald Chaz B.

Ronald Chaz B.

Pasadena, CA 91107
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Music theory has been a part of my life since I was a child. I went to undergraduate and graduate school to learn even more music theory. In undergrad, I studied 8 levels of music theory, starting with the basics and branching into post-tonal and current music theory. I would love to share with students my love for theory and help them realize their own love of it. Theory is a tool that helps with every aspect of music- performance, composition, education, you name it! I've also taken many courses on songwriting, and am happy to include songwriting theory and lyric lessons in music theory lessons.

About Connor
I'm a film composer by trade, but I love teaching as well. I love sharing my passion for music with others. I have a BM from Appalachian State University in piano performance and music theory/composition. I also have an MFA in music composition for the screen from Columbia College Chicago. I studied abroad in Ireland for a summer and learned traditional Irish music. I've been playing piano and composing since I was a young child, and picked up folk instruments along the way. Folk music has been a constant source of joy in my life, and I am continually learning more about it. Music is what gets me out of bed in the morning!
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Kevin March 26, 2017
· Composition · Online
Personalizes the lessons towards your needs and helps you grow as a musician.
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Susan B. March 13, 2017
· Mandolin · In home
It was a great first lesson - she assessed where I was, fixed some technique problems I was having and gave me things to work on for next time. She's very friendly and approachable, which is great for new-student anxiety ;-).
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Saoirse January 7, 2017
· Accordion · Online
First lesson couldn't be better! Connor was totally patient with my kiddo, and she gave good advice on what to look for in a smaller accordion and variations in shoulder straps to help my tiny daughter not get tired from trying to hold up a big (at least for her) accordion.
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Connor C.

Los Angeles, CA 90026
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About Bryan B.

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Hello! I am a Composition Scholar at California State University Northridge, and I have taught Music Theory for over 5 years to students ranging from 8 to 60+ years old. I have an advanced understanding of Music Theory, and I have a huge passion towards helping people get a better grasp of the elements and building blocks of music! I make sure to plan things out in a fun and systematic way, so that we are always making progress and broadening our knowledge together!

About Bryan
I am a Composition Scholar at California State University Northridge, rated as one of the best film score composition universities in the world. There, I worked on numerous award-winning projects and senior theses for film festivals at USC and UCLA, with my work premiering in International Film Festivals in Korea and Australia.

I was also the recipient of the 2016 Igor Paltsev Scholarship Award awarded to emerging composers who demonstrate the strongest potential. Having studied under the tutelage of orchestrators Neal Desby (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Benoit Grey (Assasin’s Creed: Brotherhood) and composer Scott Glasgow (Captain America: Civil War), I have garnered a plethora of experience producing for a variety of genres and media outlets.

If you're serous about composition, I can help take your skills to the next level, whether i
t be orchestration, conducting, and even music production (from recording, mixing, etc). If you choose to study with me, you will have opportunities to get your pieces played by string quartets, bands, and possibly orchestras as well!

As for teaching experience, I have taught all levels of music theory, piano, and guitar for the last 5 years. In college, I was President and Founder of a highly active music teaching organization, that garnered over 30+ active members a week. We helped and tutored all students of all ages (from 9 to 65 years old), in musical theory and with instruments. I have helped all of my students achieve their goals, whether they have been: achieve higher grades, become proficient at an instrument, or even to just play as a hobby!

I can easily provide references and I am positively sure I can help you and your needs with music, as well as making it a fun learning experience! :) I'm a very open, kind, and patient person, and aim to teach in a way that is both engaging and efficient. I love what I do and I love what I teach, structuring complex information to be more easily understandable.

I'd love to work with you and your specific needs and am looking forward to an exciting time! Shoot me a message!

Thanks. :)
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Bryan B.

Granada Hills, CA 91344
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I have a degree in music composition from berklee college of music. I am well versed in classical harmony/form, baroque counterpoint, music arranging in any style, orchestration, rhythm, reading, dictation, and pretty much anything else you could want to learn

About Dave
Ready to play like your heroes and make all your friends totally super-jealous? Ready to play melodies so sweet that people can't hold in their tears? Licks so tasty that faces melt all around you?

If you screamed YES at your screen to these questions then get in touch with me, your zen shred master

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Dave W.

Glendale, CA 91207
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