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About Athena M.

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Lomita, CA

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Experienced guitar teacher of 22 years available for eager beginner and intermediate students of all ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of rhythm, chords, knowledge of the instrument and proper hand skills. I specialize in pop and rock and typically use songs the students choose to help them develop their skills.

About Athena
About Me

If you can recognize your favorite song when you hear it, you already have what it takes to be a great musician!

MY PROMISE TO YOU:
1. Your lesson will always be geared toward what YOU want to learn, and if it seems like we are working on something that doesn't match that, I will always take the time to make clear why what we are doing will have you be able to play what you want.
2. You already have every skill you need to be a great performer, and my job is just to steer the ship in the right direction to have that happen. All I am ever doing in a lesson is making sure that we are moving you in the ultimate direction that you want to be going musically.
3. I will do everything I know how to do to make sure that what I have learned that will benefit you becomes something you have mastered. If I could take th
e "computer chip" in my head and put it in yours, we would do that. Study with me and you will get the next best thing!
4.If I say something that isn't clear, or isn't useful to you, I will ALWAYS re-explain, or say it a different way, until it is useful to you and something you know how to use for your benefit on your instrument.
5. If you have a practice schedule set up with me, and for any reason you do not have time to practice or get an assignment done, I GOT IT! You can always tell me, because I've been there and I know. Music Lessons are NOT school, and I will never act like they are.

OK, now for the credentials:

MY EDUCATION

I learned how to read music at 4 years old, before I had even learned to read English. If I can do that, anyone can do that given the right set of elements.
1. I started singing at three, piano lessons at nine, began teaching myself guitar at twelve and I have never stopped playing and learning since then.
2. I earned a B.A in Music from Towson University and graduated Magna cum Laude with a Major in Jazz/Commercial Piano Performance and a Minor in Opera.
3. I made my stage performing debut in a solo role at six, and I have never stopped performing since then. I wrote my first song, all by myself, at eleven and have composed over 1000 pieces since then.
4. I have studied brain science and practical neurology for fifteen years as part of my continuing education.

MY EXPERIENCE

In addition to my extensive study of the piano, I have had many other valuable experiences as a musician and teacher, including but not limited to the following:

1. I have been a choral singer for twenty three years, and during that time toured Italy, sang at St. Martin of Tours Church in Los Angeles for fifteen of those years, and worked on mastering just about every form of sacred choral and gospel music.

2. As a soloist, began performing professionally in 1988 and have done numerous performances of my own compositions around Southern California. I also have had songs of mine pitched to major artists in Nashville and currently compose both contemporary music and feature songs for film and television.

3. I developed a method of curing tone deafness, and authored a course that teaches this to anyone whether they are a trained singer or beginner. I also authored a second course specifically for karaoke singers to learn stage presence and better performance skills.

4. I have been teaching for twenty years, working with students from 3 to 78 years old at every level of musical experience. I have taught not only music performing and instrumental technique, but song-writing, arranging, and the tricky task of singing while playing an instrument to accompany one's self. Believe me, this is a skill that DOES take a separate set of lessons to master, but every student who studies it with me does!

In short, if it's music, or even music-related, I've done it and I can teach it and I can figure out the best method to have your brain master it!

My Specialties:
Working with kids and young people in a SAFE environment to learn their instrument
Rhythm, and understanding why it is your ticket to musical mastery
How to use your own brain to be your own best teacher (when I'm not there in a lesson with you!)
Pop, Classical, Gospel, Rock, Musical Theater,

Education
B. A. Music

Subjects Taught
piano, voice, guitar, music theory, song writing/composition, arranging

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Your BRAIN is your greatest musical asset, and I have spent the past twenty-five years learning how to make the musical brain easy for everyone.

I've been a musician since I was in the cradle, and I
learned to read music before I could read English! Over the past twenty years of teaching piano, voice and guitar I have learned how to use your brain, and the basic musical skills you ALREADY have to help you turn yourself into a great musician and performer.

If you can tap your foot along with a song, and you can recognize Mary Had a Little Lamb, you've got what it takes. My specialty is taking these simple skills you already have and using them to teach you EVERYTHING you want to know how to do on your instrument. I also teach combined
lessons so that you can learn more than one instrument in your course of study if that is what you choose.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student provides piano in their home for piano lessons. Voice students provide a recording device to record their lesson for their practice. Guitar students provide their guitar, any amps, cables, anything else they need for their rig. All students provide any CD's or mp3's they are working with during study. They pay for all books needed.

*** Specialties ***
Beginner level through advanced in kid songs, pop, rock, gospel, contemporary Christian, Broadway and classical. Emphasis on rhythm and technique. Lessons specialize in using knowledge of brain neuroscience practical applications in hearing, learning, reading, practicing and performing music.
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Randy December 4, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Athena was very knowledgeable as well as a great listener very tuned into the areas I want to improve in. I went away very encouraged and looking forward to our next lesson.
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James Lim November 16, 2017
· Piano · In home
Athena is a great teacher. I”m motivated to learn and I always look forward to having piano lessons with her.
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Amee (. November 3, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Fist lesson was awesome!
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Athena M.

Athena M.

Lomita, CA 90717
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About Jeff S.

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Pasadena, CA

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I cater my lessons to the wants and needs of the individual student. Whether it be to be able to play singalongs or do more advanced material, we'll find out what your goals are and then work to achieve those goals and if you want to, we can continue to work and exceed your original goals. I'm well versed in teaching almost every musical genre there is. So let's work together in whatever style you would like to play and set upon achieving those goals.

About Jeff
Hi, my name is Jeff. I received my Bachelors' in Music from Cal State Los Angeles and have taught music for over 30 years. I've played with the Drifters, Tower of Power, Brenda White, and Bobby Bradford. I have lead bands that have included alumni from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Jerry Lee Lewis, Count Basie, Chaka Khan, Smokey Robinson, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, the Temptations, Gladys Knight, Foreigner, Harry James, Joe Sample and the Jazz Crusaders, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Yanni and even Englebert Humperdink! I teach in a wide variety of styles and have the experience and knowledge from my years of teaching and performing to greatly increase your knowledge about music and greatly improve your technique.

*** Lesson Details ***
I cater my lessons to the want and needs of the individual student. From all my years of teaching I've beco
me a human jukebox and if I don't know a song that you would like to learn, I can figure it out for you note for note if you bring in the song on CD, iPod or anything else. Some students just want to play for their friends, family, church etc. and others want to learn how to improvise solos and learn a wide variety of styles. Whether it's rock, pop, jazz, blues, gospel, country or folk music I can and will teach you every scale, mode and chord known to mankind if that's what you need! It all depends on what YOU want to learn!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a fender mandolin, yamaha electric bass, taylor acoustic guitar, a fender stratocaster and telecaster, a gibson blues-hawk, a guild hollow-body electric, a hohner classical-electric guitar a music man amp, and a wurlitzer electric piano. i will expect you to bring your instrument but everything else will be here at the studio.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Instrument and music stand.

*** Specialties ***
I cater my lessons to my students' needs. I mainly teach rock, blues, jazz, pop, folk, and country,
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Yeefung August 14, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Jeff is a very experienced instructor and can immediately pinpoint your strengths and weaknesses. He chooses songs that suit your ability, but always adds something to each lesson to push you to the next level. I've only had three lessons so far, but I'm surprised at how much I'm already able to play. I had a lot of reservations going in to these lessons because of unsuccessful attempts to learn guitar in the past. All I can say is that I am really glad I chose Jeff for an instructor. He really knows his stuff and will bring out all the potential you have.
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Steve G. July 11, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
Great Teacher. Took the time to explain everything. Looking forward to the next leasson.
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Anne January 10, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
Great lesson. Looking forward to getting a deep understanding of music theory and applying those patterns to my ukulele and guitar skills.
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Jeff S.

Pasadena, CA 91107
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About Nanette J.

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Santa Clarita, CA

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I can teach you all types of Ukulele music and techniques.

About Nanette
I am a motivated Guitarist with extensive knowledge in music education and performance. I have a Bachelors of Arts Degree from Cal State LA where I emphasized in Classical Guitar performance. 10+ years of guitar experience playing both classical and contemporary styles. I regularly perform on Electric, Acoustic and Classical guitars. I am educated in the classical repertoire and modern music as well. My favorites are Indie Rock, Folk, Worship, Rock, Pop, Classical and country. I also can teach Music theory and music history to those students who are interested.

*** Lesson Details ***
My number one goal is to make sure music is FUN! I believe in making the learning experience enjoyable. I am a laid back person but I am also extremely organized and always well prepared. After studying with me for 6 months you will be able to wri
te your own songs, play popular chord progressions and lead lines. If you study classical guitar with me you will be able to site read at a intermediate level and perform at least 5 pieces. Anything can be achieved if you put your mind to it and work hard and practice. Its my passion to get you where you want to be as a musician!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Provide: tab paper, blank sheet music, guitar picks for new students, guitar stand, music stand, a great environment to learn.
You need to bring: a guitar, books

*** Travel Equipment ***
provide: tab paper, blank sheet music, guitar pics for new students.
You need to have: a guitar, foot stool for classical guitarists, tuner

*** Specialties ***
Classical Guitar, Folk, fingerpicking, Worship Music, Electric guitar, Acoustic guitar, Rock, Pop, Indie, Punk, Country, Music Theory, Music History
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Lili May 13, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
My 10-year old daughter and 6-year old son took a few ukulele lessons with Nanette. Per my kids, they did not feel like she was engaging with them. They had hoped that she would make the lessons a fun experience and it was not for them. She would probably be a better fit with older kids and adults. We have decided to seek future ukulele lessons with a new teacher.
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Zayd February 28, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
My son absolutely loved his first lesson. Thank you so much.
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Jeannine November 21, 2016
· Ukulele · In studio
Nanette is an excellent teacher for young people and for seniors. She is very knowledgeable about the instruments she teaches. She is patient and encouraging. If you are thinking of taking lessons, I would highly recommend Nanette.
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Nanette J.

Santa Clarita, CA 91390
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About Mary Ann G.

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Pasadena, CA
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Have fun learning uke. I teach finger-picking, strumming, counting and riffs to play your favorite songs with ease!!

About Mary Ann
I have been teaching for over 20 years. I am a singer-songwriter-guitarist and performer. A native born Southern Californian, her life focus has always been music, from her beginnings as a little girl in the church choir to playing guitar in her first all girl band by age 12. She received her formal vocal training with Pollyanne Baxter at Cal State Los Angeles, where she received her BA in Music. Over the years she has performed her original music in coffee houses, and other venues. When she is not busy teaching, she is working on song-writing and recording.

CD. Her influences included, The Beatles, Eric Clapton, Sarah McLaughlan, Eva Cassidy, Jane Monet, Green Day, and Led Zeppelin.

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I have been teaching for a long time now and enjoy working with people. I structure the lessons to fit my student's needs an
d interests. Everyone learns differently and I like to make the lessons enjoyable while developing a solid foundation. I teach note-reading and incorporate music that the student wants to play or sing. I am very patient and teach all levels and ages.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Keyboard, Computer, Guitar, Uke, Amplifier, Microphone, Guitar and more. Everything you need to get started.

*** Specialties ***
Singing Lessons: Everyone can sing!!! I will help you develop your technique and expand your range, pitch and confidence! You will have a fun time learning about your instrument. I teach Blues, Jazz, Rock, Country, Musical Theater, and Pop styles, even though I am Classically trained. The technique will crossover into all styles.

Song-writing: I will be happy to help you structure and develop your art. It's story telling at it's finest.

Guitar: Have fun learning songs you like and get a great foundation too. I teach finger picking, tab, theory, scales, note-reading along with music you like.
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Jim August 28, 2017
· Singing · Online
Good feedback. Lots of encouragement. Could have given five stars but, Skype connection was bad, Intermittently.
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Brenda Vargas May 24, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
MaryAnn is a great teacher. My daughter has been taking guitar lessons with her for about 4 months and she has learned so much.
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Edmond March 16, 2017
· Singing · In studio
May Ann is awesome, can't wait to take more lessons from her. Great instructor and so friendly!
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Mary Ann G.

Monrovia, CA 91016
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About Paul N.

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From strumming chords and singing along to finger-style arrangements, let me help you explore all the possibilities of the ukulele!

About Paul
Graduate of California State University Northridge's illustrious Jazz Studies program, Paul has studied various styles of guitar for many years. He has taught in and around the Los Angeles area while simultaneously remaining active as a performer.
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Cornelius October 26, 2017
· Music Theory · In home
I appreciate Paul's approach to teaching music theory. Paul's talents , patience and encouraging teaching-personality enhances my interest in learning. Thank you.
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carrie October 19, 2017
· Ukulele · Online
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May A. January 18, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Paul is an excellent teacher ,very professional and know how to deal with youth and let them love music and guitar ,my granddaughter enjoyed his lessons and I ll not hesitate to recommend him to my friends and family .
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Paul N.

Reseda, CA 91335
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About Rebecca L.

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Canyon Country, CA

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Rebecca L. is a 2012 graduate of Cal State Fullerton University with a bachelors degree in music education. More recently Ms. L. completed the rigorous teaching program at California State University Fullerton to which she received her single subject teaching credential. She has had the distinct pleasure of being the student teacher at Irvine High and Venado Middle school for the 2013-14 school year. Ms. L. has been a part of numerous musical performances that have shaped the way she performs as well as teaches. Ms. L. has had the opportunity to perform at Staple Center with Andrea Boccelli, the Hollywood Bowl with the LA Philharmonic under the direction of John Williams, the Nokia Theater for the E3 video game conference premiering the music from Nintendo's newest Legend of Zelda game as well as participating in a TED talk with Eric Whit
acre's live virtual choir. Ms. L. was also very involved in her high school and college choirs that led her to journeys and performances outside of the classroom to places such as Italy, Austria, and Germany. Most recently she has worked as a full time teacher in San Diego where she taught show choir. Currently, Ms. L. has found a. Ew home in Santa Clarita, hopes to gain a full time teaching position in vocal music and gain a studio of students who share the same passion and drive for music.
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Rebecca L.

Rebecca L.

Canyon Country, CA 91387
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$30 / 30-min

About Mauricio O.

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Hawthorne, CA

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If you’re a beginner or your son or daughter and you’re looking for easy, fun songs to help you get started I will open up a world of possibilities for your ukulele playing.

About Mauricio
Guitar instructor, producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with more of 10 years of experience in variety of musical genres. Completed studies at Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, CA. With record of success in teaching private guitar lessons as well some group lessons, composition, performance and recording. Creative and artistic with excellent and friendly communication skills. Also knowledgeable in digital audio production. Instruments taught include acoustic & electric guitar, nylon spanish guitar as well bass guitar and piano. I have taught students from the age of five to over sixty. Styles taught include rock, blues, jazz, pop rock, latin, metal, funk, and classical. Effective and friendly communicator with well-developed instructional and presentation skills. Able to relate a student of all types with various goals and cre
ate long term constructive relationships. Worked as a Music coach with kids in the spectrum (Asperger Syndrome).
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Jack May 4, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
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Maria May 1, 2017
· Piano · In studio
We purchased a 12-lesson package for my daughter as a Christmas Gift. My daughter is 14 years old, and after completing these lessons her love for music has grown. She had only taken a beginner's level course in piano and guitar prior to working with Mauricio. My daughter looked forward to every lesson, and would come home to keep practicing and improving her skills. We plan to work with Mauricio again in the near future and would highly recommend him!
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Maria February 4, 2017
· Piano · In studio
3rd lesson so far, and my daughter has learned so much!! She enjoys her classes with Mauricio and looks forward to each class. Mauricio has a small home studio with various musical instruments. His experience and skill in teaching music is quite apparent and much appreciated!
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Mauricio O.

Hawthorne, CA 90250
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$35 / 30-min

About Andrew G.

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Los Angeles, CA
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I love the ukulele, and I have been playing uke for many years now. I play strum, chuck, and finger style. Anything from traditional Hawaiian songs, to jazz, or even classic rock. There is no song that cannot be played on ukulele.

About Andrew
Hello, I am an actor, musician, and teacher from Portland Oregon. I am a graduate of the California Institute of the Arts and founding member of Los Angeles based performance collective Poor Dog Group. I have taught guitar, bass, ukulele, and voice in Los Angeles for over ten years. I am also a theater teacher and acting coach with over six years of experience. I like to include all aspects of performance in my lessons. My main goal is to instill confidence and sense of experimentation in your artistic practice.
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SABRINA July 15, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Awesome
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Ian M. October 6, 2016
· Ukulele · In studio
Awesome instructor! Very personable. Made my son feel at ease.
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Dani September 24, 2016
· Ukulele · In studio
Andrew is great! He tailors the lessons to my goals and is patient with my learning process. Highly recommended!
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Andrew G.

Andrew G.

Los Angeles, CA 90032
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$35 / 30-min

About Kateri L.

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North Hollywood, CA

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Beginning: Learn ukulele fundamentals, basics chords, and play your favorite songs!

Intermediate students: Learn your favorite songs and learn how to write your own songs

About Kateri
MY TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
My approach is compassionate, nurturing, and collaborative. My teaching style is structured but leaves room for fun. I believe that a student new to their instrument will thrive when they:
- have a parent involved in their practice in-between lessons (parents observing the lesson is highly recommended)
- have fun while learning proper technique to avoid harmful habits down the road
- choose songs that are interesting to them while the teacher picks songs that will help them grow
- are given foundational tools and approaches to further lifelong learning as they get older

ABOUT ME
I’ve been playing professionally as a pianist/keyboardist for 15 years and teaching for just as long. I have a B.A. in Music from Cal Poly Pomona. I also write, sing, record, and produce my own songs on piano and ukulele. People th
at work with me say that I’m highly qualified, reliable, and punctual.

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Marley November 13, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Kateri was wonderful, patient, kind and supportive. I look forward to our next lesson!
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Linda J. October 11, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Kateri was wonderful, she really took her time explaining things and had a lot of patience with me. Looking forward to our next sessions.
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Kateri L.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
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About Joanna W.

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South Pasadena, CA

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I have been playing the ukulele since 2012. I am now endorsed by Kala ukulele, and write and play the majority of my own songs on the instrument.
It is a fantastic way to get into music and songwriting. I would love to help you find your ukulele fingers!

About Joanna
Hi!

London born, LA / NYC based vocalist, composer and multi-instrumentalist Joanna has emerged as a unique voice in the singer-songwriter world. With a classical and jazz background her music combines post-folk and art-song with a poetic lyricism which The New York Times described as "sensitive and deep”. She is a master in the art of live vocal looping and creates beguiling vocal soundscapes to accompany her songs. The Telegraph called her virtuosic performance as "sublime and unique".

Since 2011 Joanna has released three critically acclaimed albums, her fourth, "Blood and Bone" to be released later in 2017. “Gardens In My Mind”, (Sunnyside, 2016), features pianist Dan Tepfer and the award-winning Sacconi Quartet, showcasing Joanna’s “crystalline delivery” (Downbeat) and lush string quartet writing. Downbeat gave this album four
stars, calling it "an exquisite singer-songwriter album”, while PopMatters called it “a truly beautiful listen from start to finish”.

In addition to her work as a performer, she has worked on multiple film soundtracks—her song “Satellite” is featured in the movie Pressure, starring Danny Huston, while other credits include All the Beautiful Things (Sundance), Desert Dancer, Dear Wendy and Summer in February. She is also the featured voice of the national ad campaign for Hillshire Farms

Alongside her original material, Joanna commissioned to arrange a full length concert and lecture "Beyond Joni", focussing on the works of female songwriters of the 1960’s, including Joni Mitchell, Judy Sill and Joan Baez, to name a few. This is an ongoing project to be performed around the world.

Joanna has had the opportunity to work with such music luminaries as Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Kenny Werner, Lee Konitz Quartet. She has toured her own projects internationally, including Europe, Australia, Japan and throughout the US. She is also a regular collaborator within the dance, circus and theatre worlds.

Joanna is a passionate educator, especially in the field of early music education. She teaches with Grammy Nominated clarinetist Oran Etkin, teaching for his children's music education program Timablooloo. In February of 2016 she ventured to Mumbai to direct a choir of 200 children with the UK charity Songbound, bringing music to impoverished children in India.
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Ian October 29, 2017
· Watercolor Painting · In studio
As an adult whose only prior painting classes were in High School many years ago, Jo was able to quickly pass on some basic technical skills in watercolouring that will allow me to practice effectively prior to our next class. She has a very confident and calm teaching style making the session very enjoyable. I certainly would recommend her to others looking to get back into painting or further their skills.
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Joanna W.

South Pasadena, CA 91030
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$42 / 30-min

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Ukulele has more to offer than just easy chords and melodies. Music teacher Andy T. shares some movable ukulele chords to push you to continue to build your ukulele skills... If you’re reading this, you’ve likely mastered a handful of major and minor chords on your ukulele. With thousands of songs at your fingertips, you're ready to bring delight to everyone within earshot. However, as you devour more and more songs, you start to see some unfamiliar symbols and additions to your beloved ukule

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