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My name is Abby, and I've been playing guitar for about 15 years now. I graduated from Musician's Institute in 2007, and since then, I have had a great deal of experience teaching guitar to kids and adults, both individually and in groups.

I've spent three summers in a row teaching at Camp Jam and Day Jams, and I had the pleasure of being the Camp Jam kids director of the Orange County location in 2008. They were both great experiences . I have spent he last couple summers teaching School of Rock summer camps which was also a really fun time.

I love helping students find their passion for music and the creative process. I have been teaching at my current music school for about three and a half years, and privately for about 6 years.

I have studied and taught many different styles of guitar, as well as note reading and theor
y. You could say I'm a rock player at heart, but I love all styles.

I am currently not traveling to homes for lessons, but I am still taking students who are able and willing to come to my location.
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About Speedy B.

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I teach applied jazz theory to guitar players and all other instruments accept piano. You must know how to play your instrument and know you basic scales. From there we take you into a wonderland of melody making patterns, scales, and an understanding of jazz theory that you didn't even know existed. This is the thrill of a life time when you hear notes that you already know extending over the chords like silk threads from a golden treasure. You will love this study.

About Speedy
I have been teaching music for over fifty years. I have taught many professional teachers and students over the years. I have played professionally in Many Classical and Jazz groups. My quick start method gets beginners playing music right away.
I studied classical violin from Don Samuleson, Professor at Western Washington College during my Junior High and High School years. I also studied from Lamar Barus at Ricks College and Paval Farcus at the University of Redlands and from Leslie String of the Redlands Symphony.
I studied Classical guitar from Seko Sessoko a Brazilian guitar player and Jazz guitar from Studio musicians Howard Roberts, Joe Pass and Horace Hatchett.
I have played violin in the Bellingham Junior High School Orchestra, the Bellingham High School Orchestra, the Ricks College Orchestra, the University of R
edlands College Orchestra, the Riverside Symphony, the Palomar Symphony, and the North Coast Symphony in San Diego. I am currently playing with the Timpanogos Symphony in Highland Utah.
I played guitar with the Woody James big band and with the big band and hall of fame orchestra. I've played classical guitar for weddings and dinner parties. I played guitar with the variety band "Sound Investment" and other rock, blues and jazz bands
My theater performance experience includes play violin for Annie, Hello Dolly, Chess, Cinderella and more. I also played guitar in theater performances of Les Miserable, Man of La Mancha, Hairspray, Marvelous Wonderettes, and Catch Me if You Can.
My studio, The Speedy Beers Music Studio is a highly professional studio equipped with computer, recording equipment and video lighting and camera for making highly professional videos.
I teach all styles of music on the guitar and violin including classical, jazz,rock, blues, country, folk and fiddle. I have a strong back ground in applied music theory that works for all instruments.
I have a Bachelors degree from the University of Redlands and I have studied privately from some of the best teachers in the world.
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Gary D. January 4, 2018
· Guitar · Online
Speedy is very competent and is a great teacher, he will take me on a musical journey, thanks
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Hope December 19, 2017
· Violin · Online
Speedy is a very patient & knowledgeable instructor to my super active (not always attentive) 8 year old. He has been making many improvements.
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Miranda November 26, 2017
· Viola · Online
I've been getting lessons for 2 years and I've improved greatly.
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About Jennifer P.

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As a music major--with subsequent professional jazz, composition and songwriting experience--I feel confident to teach you music theory from any of a variety of angles, including: music reading basics (notation, rhythm and playing on piano), understanding chords/keys/scales (intermediate level) and writing/arranging/playing/improvising with this knowledge as your foundation (intermediate to advanced). I can help you prepare for exams (including Trinity, high school and college) as well.

About Jennifer
I am a professional singer-songwriter and have been teaching lessons fulltime for the last 12 years. I teach students of all ages and levels of experience. My current range of students include: kids with learning/developmental disabilities, teenagers who have starred in school musicals, and performing adult singer-songwriters. Whatever your background or desire, I can help you to cultivate your unique musical potential, and to strengthen your creative voice.

As a professional vocalist and pianist, I have worked freelance, in a variety of settings, over the years--including solo, in wedding bands, small jazz and rock/pop groups and with big bands. I have been singing with the Mood Swings Big Band for 6+ years. During that time, we have performed at the White House, the Chamber of Commerce and in Kennebunkport, Maine (at the Bush e
state).

I also have an extensive professional and personal background in meditation (10 years), astrology (5 years) and healing (particularly Reiki, 4 years). I am very interested in the intersection between a healing/mindfulness-awareness approach and singing/playing piano.
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mara November 14, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Shes so kind and a good teacher
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Amira W. September 21, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Ms. Jennifer was outstanding we can not wait for the next lesson.
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About Michael L.

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I have studied music for several years in academic settings around the world. I am well versed in 4 part harmonies, counterpoint, and arrangement typical of a variety of musical time periods.

About Michael
I am a classically trained and professional musician who has worn many different musical hats over the years. I began playing drums when I was 14, in Houston, TX with Craig LeMay, and since then I have learned many different string and world instruments. I studied music theory and vocal performance at the Florence University of the Arts in Italy, taken sitar lessons from Mita Nag in Kolkatta, India, and jazz performance in Austin, TX with Joey Colarusso. I have played in many different bands over the years, such as accompanying Michael Kiwanuka with the musical saw, accompanying Katie Sachs with the musical saw, playing bass guitar with Halaska and DJing private events with Spacecraft Entertainment. I have been teaching music to special education students, in Austin public schools, and foster children with Kids in a New Groove. I have als
o built and modified many of my own instruments and ready to teach you some quirky musical production skills as well. I believe listening and being adaptable to an individual student's needs are the keys to teaching anyone to express themselves through music.

After studying Spanish for 2 years at the university level and extensive travel to Latin America I am fluent in Spanish in both the academic and conversational sides of the language.
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Heather September 10, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Michael was an excellent teacher. Very relaxed, patient and understanding. He taught me a combination of songs and some music theory that was reasonably challenging to practice at home.
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Rodger F. August 22, 2018
· Guitar · In home
If I could give ZERO stars, I would!
This instructor stood me up.
I showed up at his home for our first lesson only to find out that he wasn't there.
I've also contacted "takelessons.com", but have had no response from them either!

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Alex Derzhi July 31, 2016
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Michael is doing a great job getting me started on my piano journey. The exercises and drills he is teaching me have helped me feel comfortable at the keyboard. I've even learned a song already, after just 2 lessons!

Highly recommended.
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About Erik F.

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An understanding of music theory is at the root of all reading and understanding of music. Lessons in music theory will address the specific goals and genre interest of the student. Anything from how to read jazz chords to understanding the complexities of Beethoven can be covered.

About Erik
Pianist, music director, and vocal coach, Erik was born and raised in Eastern Washington state. As a solo pianist, he has been heard all across the northwest and beyond, in cities including Seattle, Portland, Tacoma, NYC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Philadelphia, and internationally in Prague and Salzburg. Erik has been a guest artist at Whitman College, Portland State University, The Kairos Chamber Music Lyceum, California State University Summer Arts, the West Seattle Symphony, and the Gig-Harbor Peninsula Symphony Orchestra. In addition to performing, Erik’s passion for teaching has led him to be an adjudicator for various festivals including the Washington Sonata-Sonatina Festival and the Washington Regional Solo and Ensemble Festival.

Erik most recently served as the Music Director for the National Tour of Kander and Ebb's tim
eless musical Cabaret. This production was on tour from December 2017 through May 2018 all across North America. Broadway.com's review praised the musicianship of the show, "Musical director Erik Flaten's musicians are impressive in their dexterity: At one moment, they are providing rich interpretations of the memorable John Kander score, while perhaps at the next they are playing denizens of the Kit Kat Klub or neighborhood thugs, wastrels and other folks of questionable repute. Flaten and his band are given their own richly deserved moments in the spotlight at the top of Act Two and the music director himself is given the well-earned final bow at the end of the curtain call."

Erik currently resides in Philadelphia, where he coaches and plays for a diverse range of singers. In addition to coaching and playing, Erik works as Music Director for musical theater, manages a private studio, and serves as Artistic Director of the Media Performing Arts Series. Previous successes include performances with mezzo-soprano, Angela Niederloh and baritone, Matthew Hayward in Portland, and a performance of the Grieg piano concerto with the West Seattle Symphony. Upcoming engagements on the East Coast include collaborative work with with soprano, Leah Golub.

Students of Erik have the opportunities to perform in studio recitals and workshops.
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Nicky M. November 15, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Eric is the best ! So patient and professional !
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Charles H. October 9, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Great lesson
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Raymond M. October 4, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
Great combination of technical expertise and knowledge of history and the evolution of the piano. Every lesson is fascinating.
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About Carey W.

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Music theory is a greatly important subject matter that will improve your skills, your knowledge and help you progress quicker into advanced pieces. Whether your lessons incorporate some basic theory, my theory lessons will take you to the next level

About Carey
Im a full time piano teacher. I began playing over 35 years ago and later turned my passion into a career. I have more than 15 years of professional training. I teach all genres and have students from age 2 to 65.

I have a variety of methods that I use to teach. I teach preschool (3-5) private lessons. I also teach a preschool group lesson class.
In addition, I teach all levels of piano & keyboard.
My studio also teach acoustic and bass guitar, violin and drums.
In addition to lesson courses, master theory, composition, audition preparation, performance preparation, and musical history courses.
Our studio also offers a master sound system for performance recordings, audio recordings and musical demos.
We are continually growing our studio and we strive to be the premier music studio and school in our geographical area.
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About Lenny R.

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The theory department at Oberlin conservatory is top notch. During my time there I was able to take courses in functional harmony, voice leading, atonal harmony, serial music, emotion in music, the visible in music, and performance and analysis. I emphasize practical theory in my lessons and always make sure the student knows how to apply this information to a musical end. I use approved collegiate level texts in my teaching.

About Lenny
Studying music has tremendous benefits including: discipline, self confidence, problem solving, and stronger connections in the brain! Understanding music can give you new perspectives on how to look at the world. If you have felt the power of music then you owe it to yourself to understand and harness what is already a part of you. OWN IT!

While studying with me we will work on many facets of music including technique, sight reading, critical listening, music theory, improvisation, and how to apply these skills to a piece of music to truly express yourself. My goal is to instill a deep understanding of music to my students while letting their individual sensibilities show.

STYLES: I can teach all styles of American music (i.e Rock, Blues, Country, Jazz, R&B etc.) as well as classical and fingerstyle.
I have a degree in classical
guitar and have performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra as well as done concerts in the USA, Italy, and the UK.
I have experience playing in many different bands in many styles including: Rock, Reggae, African, Blues, and Jazz groups.

SUZUKI METHOD: I am trained and certified in the Suzuki Guitar Method and spent 3 years teaching Suzuki in studio with children as young as 5. This involves a significant parent-teacher-student commitment and regularly yields impressive results.

ON TALENT: I agree with Shin-ichi Suzuki that talent is irrelevant and a myth. I believe that the potential of all my students are the same but they come to me with various starting skills levels and all learn at a very different pace. I believe that the myth of “talent” really just means that the individual has had a long exposure to music. This is why I emphasize critical listening in my lessons. If you have a large knowledge of music and sounds in your head it makes it easier to make connections and better assess your ideas.
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Anthony R. December 2, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
My first lesson with Lenny was great. He is very knowledgeable and personable. I look forward to continuing to take lessons from him.
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Brandon March 9, 2017
· Blues Guitar · In studio
Lenny is a great instructor. He's both personable and patient, brings extensive theory knowledge as well as technical guitar playing abilities to the table. His rates are reasonable and he's flexible with scheduling. I highly recommend lessons with Lenny, regardless of your level of experience.
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Louise November 5, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Lenny was my daughter's first instructor for guitar, she had two years of piano - she was not as motivated with the piano instructor as with Lenny. He took his time with any questions she had, he was totally patient with her, he really has a understanding of music and is able to explain it in a way with minimal if no confusion. No matter what kind of day he may have had at school he remained absolutely consistent from week to week with how he taught during the lesson. His focus was where it should be, even when other family members needed to take my daughter he was undaunted yet caring. I would highly recommend this young man hands down. I told him personally through emails how thankful and blessed we were with him as a teacher. I have other children, older, and I have had them through various teachers with various instruments and Lenny is definitely a 5-Star.
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About Justin M.

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Experienced classical guitarist, mandolin and ukelele player and teacher of 20 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of classical and jazz theory. I specialize in classical, jazz, world, and rock music theory and improvising. Theory is a great tool for adding variety and spice to your playing, improvising and compositions.

About Justin
Like most guitarists, I had always wanted to play the guitar as a little kid. Luckily, my parents finally caved to the request (ok ok, incessant begging) and I began my guitar journey at the age of 11. After now 20 years of playing and 12 years of teaching, I am excited to share my experience and thoughts about how to learn music and guitar.

My journey with the guitar has taken me from the electric rock of Jimi Hendrix, to the shredding of Joe Satriani, then the otherworldly sounds and speed of Al di Meola, and, finally, to the broad world of classical guitar, Flamenco and world music. Over the years, I have compiled a set of skills, techniques, and theories from all corners of the musical globe to help teach students the fastest path to guitar mastery. My goal is to show you how to master the fundamental skills of guitar in order to
play in any style and ultimately create your own music.
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Lisa November 14, 2017
· Classical Guitar · In home
Justin is an excellent teacher!! He is a master guitarist, always punctual, very courteous and gives 100% to my lesson. I am learning classical guitar and jazz guitar with him and I am delighted with the progress I've made in just a few months. I am playing beautiful songs and before his lessons I could not play any classical guitar songs at all. Justin tailors the lessons to help me learn the songs I am excited about learning to play. I most highly recommend him as a teacher for any style guitar. Amazingly he also teaches ukulele and mandolin too! He has a degree from Cal Poly in music and guitar and has over 20 years teaching experience. If you really want to learn how to play guitar easily and quickly, take lessons with him!
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Chris November 13, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Justin has been awesome. He really knows his stuff, and he has a natural gift for teaching. I am learning everything from reading tabs to playing my favorite songs. I'm having a blast!
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About Rebekah A.

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I have taken several upper division classes in theory and feel confident in teaching beginner, intermediate, and many advanced topics.
I love theory and I have received all high marks in all of my college theory classes. I teach the topic until you feel comfortable to execute the homework by yourself.

About Rebekah
A graduate from College of the Ozarks, Rebekah earned her Music Theory and Composition Degree in May of 2018 and her Piano Pedagogy Certificate in the Fall of 2017.

Since 2012, Rebekah has taught many students of all age groups. Her favorite part about teaching students of any age, is watching their excitement as they accomplish the goal the student has set for themself. Her goal is to help you become the musician you wish to be!

Rebekah is also capable of tutoring students who need assistance in music theory. Rebekah’s degree in Music a Theory qualifies her to tutor any theory students, even those in upper theory levels.

Lessons are scheduled to fit the student’s schedule.

Rebekah is a patient, fun-loving instructor who understands that each student learns at his or her own pace and thus tailors the lessons accordingly. Sh
e believes that all people are unique, special and most importantly, ONE OF A KIND!
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Vivian E. November 27, 2018
· Piano · Online
This only the first few lessons we've had with Rebekah, but I've seen a marked change in the way my daughter is playing piano. She seems enthusiastic and directed as I haven't seen her been before and she has been taking piano from two other teachers in the course of five years. Thank you Rebekah!
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Christine L. October 31, 2018
· Piano · Online
Rebekah has been teaching my daughter online for about 6 months now. She is very caring and knows how to engage with her student. After each class she sends practice assignment that I can print. My daughter has made great progress with Rebekah. I highly recommend her as a piano teacher.
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Srini K. February 6, 2018
· Piano · Online
Extremely patient, wonderful with kids, love her ability to help kids with pattern matching and make it easier for kids to learn piano. Very professional, always on time! Will stay with her for the long haul
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I hold a bachelors degree in Music Education. I have just completed my Masters in Music Education degree and am eager to build up a woodwind studio again! Clarinet is my primary instrument and can teach beginning, intermediate and advanced students. I also can teach beginning and intermediate sax and flute. I strive to create experiences with my students where instant success is being achieved in each lesson. I love to incorporate fun and variation in my teaching, no two lessons are the same!! Its never to late to begin learning an instrument, all ages and abilities are welcome!

About Stephanie
Stephanie Kuborssy was born and raised in Mountain View, California. Stephanie graduated from Southern Oregon University in June of 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Music Instruction and a Minor in Environmental Studies and Policy. While maintaining a 3.83/4.00 GPA, Stephanie participated in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars during her last three years at SOU, her last year holding the title of Vice President of Events. Since her time in Oregon, she played in the pit orchestra for the production of ​Little Shop of Horrors​ as well as the pit orchestra for 50 shows for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's production of ​Into The Woods​. She was hired as the clarinet coach for Ashland Middle School's Chamber Music Camp over the summer as well as the visual and woodwind tech at Grants Pass High School. Stephanie was a member of the
Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon, Cascade Clarinet Consort, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band and Chamber Choir during her undergraduate career. She also taught two students privately throughout her undergrad. Stephanie auditioned for and received the Southern Oregon University Solo Concerto Competition in 2016. She has just finished her Masters in Music Education degree at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California with a 3.95/4.0 GPA. She has attended numerous music education conferences including CASMEC, Bay Section and Midwest International Band and Orchestra Conference. She presented research a research study at CASMEC in 2017. She has recently relocated to Tacoma WA. Stephanie will be teaching public school music in Des Moines, WA for the 2018-2019 school year. She loves to spend time outdoors and has a sweet kitten named Addie too!
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Isaih T. August 28, 2018
· Saxophone · In home
Stephanie was just fabulous, introducing my grandson to the saxophone. She was very nurturing and encouraging, yet gave me tons of information. I highly recommend her.
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Andrew June 20, 2018
· Clarinet · In studio
Teaching not only requires technical expertise, but it also requires kindness and thoughtfulness. Stephanie is a master at all these things, and learning from her is a genuinely awesome experience.
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Trevor June 19, 2018
· Music Theory · In home
Ms. Kuborssy sure does know her stuff when it comes to music! She's not only professional and talented but also a great teacher. She's very patient with beginners but also knows how to push those that really have the potential to do something great. If you have a chance, definitely study with Ms. K!!!
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