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About Cory M.

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About Cory
So you want to play an instrument? Well I have taught for over 40 years and have developed special programs for you on piano, guitar, bass, voice and other instruments for you to learn. From easy beginner to the most advanced, I will help you to learn the songs you love! Whether we use the most modern technology in my professional recording studio or just some chords or perhaps learning to sight read something for a talent show, I can take you all the way to the highest performance level. Your goals are my goals.
I have studied with some of the most famous teachers in the world, including Charlie Parker's pianist Walter Bishop Jr. and Dizzy Gillespie's musical director Mike Longo, among many others.
I also have the experience of over 400 gigs a year to bring to your lesson. I have performed on piano, guitar and bass and voca
ls with famous stars and some really great bands which will help me answer many of your questions. I am currently still working, teaching and recording all the time. I also have a professional recording studio in my home which you can take full advantage of.

*** Lesson Details ***
I want you to have fun learning and can help you with understanding and memorizing your songs.
I focus on sight-reading, ear training (like jamming and playing blues) and theory. You get to choose the areas you would like to learn.
Once we have established the basics including melody and chords, we will pick songs you want to learn to play with your friends or just by yourself. We can use music books or go on YouTube to learn your songs.
I have helped students with auditions as well as performances. After only a few lessons you will hear and see things differently than ever before.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio comes complete with acoustic and electric keyboards, acoustic and electric guitars, electric bass and amps to play through, as well as professional microphones for recording. I use ProTools for recording which is used in every major studio around the world and it's loaded with great software for demos or mastering songs.

*** Specialties ***
I teach beginner, intermediate and advanced students.
I teach all styles of music including Classical, Jazz, and Rock/Pop/Blues.
I also teach songwriting, performing and recording in my ProTools studio.
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Malcolm M. July 14, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Very knowledgeable. Looking forward to the next course.
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Glenn June 5, 2017
· Music Theory · In home
Cory, is the Master Yoda of teaching music. That is truly evident in his patience, and honest desire to see you learn. Whether a beginner or an advanced musician like myself, Cory is exactly what you would hope to find in a great teacher. He is excellent in his skill and mastery of the art of music. That includes both his skill as a player, and in the science of music theory & harmony, When u see him play Piano, you will know instantly that he is a great master. Amazingly, he is also an awesome Guitarist & Bass Player. He has over 30 years of experience gigging on all 3, so there's no questioning his qualification to teach on all instruments. His seriousness as a true musician, and connoisseur of all forms of music & songwriting are especially beneficial to you. If you apply yourself, you will no doubt achieve your set goals, whatever they may be. Cory could be teaching at Juilliard or Berklee College of Music if he wanted to. That is not a joke. I went to Berklee, and so I am qualified to make that assertion. I learned a great deal studying with Cory, and that has translated into a priceless benefit for my own work.

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Rob P. January 30, 2017
· Harmonica · In studio
Cory gave me a great first lesson and has a pleasant and helpful manner. I look forward to my next lesson!
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Cory M.

Cory M.

Hawthorne, CA 90250
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About Travis H.

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I grew up in Los Angeles and went on to attend the University of Redlands .While at University, I played in the University Orchestra and a variety of other ensembles. In addition to violin, I also studied jazz guitar, so classical music is definitely not the only musical style I am familiar with.

I am lucky enough to study with Tamsen Beseke, who is a member of the LA Opera and a prolific session musician. I have also studied with Jeanne Skrocki, who is currently the Concertmaster of the Redlands Symphony Orchestra and the Assistant Concertmaster of the Pacific Symphony.

My musical experience with violin is not confined to classical! I also have experience with other styles, including Irish folk music and bluegrass. While classical is my bread and butter, I can take a more rounded approach in terms of exposure to musical styles if
desired.

*** Lesson Details ***
My approach to teaching lessons emphasizes making a friendly connection with my student. In my experience the student will learn the most when he or she feels comfortable asking questions and communicating with the instructor. I want my student to have fun and feel like progress is being made!

For beginners, the very first thing we go over is proper posture and bow hold. From there, we will move on to musical examples and basic violin techniques. I also incorporate basic music theory concepts into my lessons as needed. I have a strong grasp of that topic, and can teach my students more about it as necessary.

The materials I use include Suzuki(my favorite), String Builder, Laoureux, among others. I learned from a variety of materials in my lessons, and I find that great results come from using the best parts of multiple sources of materials.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The studio: lessons are taught in the living room. The student is expected to provide his or her own violin. Music stands are available. Parking is on the street.

Local Park: the lessons are in the community recreation center in a separate rehearsal room.

Seating is available at both locations.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide all printed materials, but I ask that my students to have their own violin.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Blues, Folk, Bluegrass, Gypsy Jazz
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Kimberley B. December 15, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Travis is a really great teacher. He explains everything in detail which helps a lot.
I am a beginner adult and am very happy taking lessons from Travis!
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Justin March 22, 2016
· Violin · In home
Travis is a cheerful, talented tutor who never fails to provide great, practical and simple to follow lessons which additionally are always fun to participate in. He's remarkably positive, and already I feel as though I have come on in leaps and bounds doing things with the violin that would have taken me an age to learn by myself. I hope that I continue learning with Travis for a long time to come.
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Christina E. December 6, 2015
· Violin · In home
Travis is a wonderful, kind hearted, and patient person with an inspiring passion for music. I have been a colleague of his for years and I can honestly say that he is very good at addressing different learning types, and catering to the unique needs of each student. His positivity and high energy make a great learning environment. I would highly recommend Travis to anyone interested in learning more about music in general as well as playing the violin.
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Travis H.

Los Angeles, CA 90025
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About Moa H.

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About Moa
Short version:
I sing my heart out. I slam the guitar. I turn my feelings into songs. I help other people make music.
Lover of the beach.
Swedish native in California.

Long version:
My story began in my neighbors’ backyard in the deep woods of southern Sweden where we would lip sync to Spice Girls in the late 90s. I would kick my foot in the air, as the true Sporty Spice I was. Or was trying to be.

A few years later, when I was 12, I discovered a worn out, leather hard case covered with stickers laying around in my house. I opened it and discovered this big chunk of wood with four strings on it.
Disappointment arose when I tried strumming it and it didn’t really make any noise. However, turned out we had a similar looking thing at my school and my teacher showed me how to plug it in to a speaker. Noise: check. Since then
I told everyone that I was gonna be a rockstar when I grow up.

I spent my teenage years playing in bands and eventually moved on to the guitar. I played actively all over Sweden but told everyone that I was gonna move to LA to further my career. And in 2012 that dream became reality.

Since then I’ve been fortunate enough in this rollercoaster called the music industry/life to combine my two biggest passions in life, music and traveling, and have toured all over the US, the UK, played Warped Tour, US Air Force Bases in the Middle East and Japan and even cruise ships in the Caribbean (my favorite place on earth), all with several different bands. Somewhere along the way I also started passing on my knowledge and coaching music, with a contemporary pop/rock approach and focus on getting more girls into music.

When I’m not performing or teaching, I write music for film and television. You can hear me on the latest season of Vanderpump Rules on Bravo.

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Washburn Guitars
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I am looking forward to working with you! :)
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Alex July 17, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Excellent instructor! I'm just getting started and I can't wait for more lessons.
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Keenan Z. June 19, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Moa is a dynamic, friendly and passionate teacher who my kids really respond to. We are lucky to have found her.
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Alieia Z. June 5, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Moa is awesome. Can't believe how well my children responded to her and how much they absorbed in just their first lesson.
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Moa H.

Los Angeles, CA 90036
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About William C.

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Los Angeles, CA
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I’ve always had a passion for music. I enjoy playing various styles, such as R&B, Pop, Rock, and Jazz. During my growth as a musician, I've developed perfect pitch and I use it to my advantage. I can quickly learn any song that I am given. I have experience in studio sessions and live performances, both solo and with bands.
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William C.

William C.

Los Angeles, CA 90016
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$45 / 60-min

About Stephen O.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Hi there! My name is Steve and I have my Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Performance for guitar. I have been playing the guitar for over 13 years now and have been teaching for over 4 years. I can play Jazz, Bluegrass, Rock, Pop, Fusion, Funk, Jam and Singer/Songwriter. Any of these genres I'm able to teach and give insight about playing and performing. I've worked with students who are absolute beginners to professional musicians who want to further their knowledge, all ages too. I've been gigging for over 6 years as well and I utilize my experiences to give my students the best music education in a holistic way that they can understand. I am motivated, flexible and eager to teach! Take a listen to some of my music!

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Kevin June 19, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I've had three lessons with Steve and I'm really impressed with his knowledge and patience. Steve and I are working on keeping me focused and having me learn how to read music. I do know how to play the guitar already I just lack certain foundational things that I believe will help my playing. I feel like I have a great guide to teach me not only how to play more efficiently but also the why behind it i.e. Music Theory.
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Matt June 19, 2017
· Music Theory · Online
Awesome teacher! Patient and knowledgeable. Highly recommended
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James May 30, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Steve has been a really great teacher! He's formally trained, very attentive, and really into what he's doing as a musician and teacher. It's just a great experience. He can teach from material or teach by ear and in just the few weeks we've been meeting we've covered music theory, scale modes, blues, jazz, pop and rock styles, general guitar technique, and now we're even getting into learning and analyzing solos by David Gilmour from Pink Floyd (an all-time favorite of mine). I'd recommend him to anyone looking to dive deeper into guitar and music in general. Thanks, Steve!
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Stephen O.

Stephen O.

Los Angeles, CA 90031
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About Kevin F.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I'm a full-time musician, recording artist, and studio drummer who has been studying and playing for over 17 years.

I played in the UCLA jazz and latin jazz programs, as well as in the UCLA marching band. Since then I've been a part of a group called Sure Sure. I write, record, and perform live all of our drum and percussion parts; we currently have 140,000 monthly listeners on Spotify.

I like to tailor your lesson to whatever your goals are. I can teach you rudiments, we can learn one of your favorite songs, or I can show you exercises to improve your skill. I'm happy to talk about your drumming goals and then create a lesson plan to help you get there.

I look forward to hearing from you!
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Phil March 3, 2017
· Drum · In home
Kevin has been teaching my daughter Ellie for 9 months now. I found him through an old UCLA friend who's also part of the music scene here in LA. Ellie started as a percussionist in her middle school concert band and used to bang around on the set after rehearsals, but now that she's in 7th grade she decided to join the jazz ensemble. So we wanted to get her proper training on the drum kit. She always looks forward to her sessions with Kevin (we try to fit in a weekly session around club soccer and chess - yes, I'm breeding a Renaissance Woman), and she has seen astronomical growth in her abilities since she started with him last summer. As a musician myself, I can tell you that Kevin is a consummate drummer (check out his band Sure Sure!!) and teacher, not to mention a responsible (and hilarious) young man. He really emphasizes control and syncopation with Ellie, and her band teacher has been super impressed with her growing talents. Rumor has it she's even getting a drum solo at the spring concert...
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David February 27, 2017
· Drum · In home
I always wanted to learn drums but never knew where to begin. 5 minutes into my first lesson I knew I found the right teacher. Every lesson I've had with Kevin has been fun and engaging. I look forward to each session and the progress speaks for itself. My wife actually enjoys listening to me play now!!
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Kevin F.

Kevin F.

Los Angeles, CA 90039
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$45 / 30-min

About Tamboura B.

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Burbank, CA

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About Tamboura
I was born and raised in New York City. All my life I have been passionate about the arts and music is certainly one of my greatest passions. I started studying classical violin at the age of 6 at the Third Street Music school in New York. (studied under the Suzuki method). Along my travels as a student I have also attended music camps such as Kinhaven and Interlochen and was also a member of the New York Youth Symphony during my senior year in high school. Currently I make a living as a musician. I perform gigs around town as a soloist playing various genres - classical to pop.
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Christopher December 17, 2016
· Violin · In home
I'm a beginning violin player. I had never taken a music lessons before. But instructor Tamboura, made it fun and was very patient with teach me. He was also very understanding when ever I had to cancel a lesson and was open to teach at the perfect time.
I'm planning to continue taking lessons with him, when ever I have free time.
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Tamboura B.

Burbank, CA 91504
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About Sophia P.

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Encino, CA

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Hello! My name is a Sophia P. and I am a professional singer, songwriter and teacher, native to Los Angeles, California. I want to enable my students to sing music they love, feel comfortable in their own skin, and learn to express themselves on stage! Whether singing is just a hobby, or you are looking to begin your professional career, I'm the teacher for you! I strive to maintain the perfect balance of a fun, creative, stress free atmosphere, while simultaneously giving you the tools you need to succeed in your vocal endeavors.

Lesson Overview:
In the first half of the lesson, we will focus on breathing, vocal technique, and warming up with specific, handpicked vocal exercises.
The second half of the lesson will focus on practicing vocal repertoire. We will choose a song that fits your authentic voice and learn it from top to b
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Lesson Topics:
Breathing technique, vocal technique, artistry, ear training, diction, volume control, microphone technique, vocal range, warming up the voice, studio etiquette, performance skills, stage presence, repertoire, audition and performance preparation

** Professional Bio **

Sophia developed her passion for music at a very early age, growing up in a home environment filled with singers and musicians. Her father is singer Joe P. best known for his vocals on “Never Gonna Let You Go,” the 80’s hit from acclaimed Brazilian musician, Sergio Mendes. Mendes is also Sophia’s godfather.

Sophia graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston with a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance. While at Berklee, she also received the prestigious Cleo Laine Scholarship Award.

Sophia performs under the stage name Sugar Joans. She was a member of Team Pharrell and a top 12 finalist on Season 7 of NBC’s “The Voice.”

A member of SAG-AFTRA, Sophia’s professional vocal credits include on and off-camera performances on several episodes of the television series, “90210.” She also sang on the soundtrack for the movies “Hairspray", “Sing”, and her vocals were also featured on the musical film "A Cinderella Story: If The Shoe Fits". Sophia was the lead vocal on a TV spot for the California State Lottery and recently sang on and off screen for a National Honda commercial.
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Zoe July 14, 2017
· Singing · In home
I've had an amazing experience taking lessons from Sophia! She's taught me so much about breathing techniques and other aspects of singing that I was unaware of prior to our sessions. Sophia is very knowledgeable, friendly, and professional. Each lesson with her builds some more confidence and understanding, and I feel that she's able to explain techniques to a beginner like myself in a very simple way.
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Kyle June 7, 2017
· Singing · In home
I am a producer, and hired Sophia to come to my studio and coach a singer I am working with. She was instrumental in getting the lead vocal takes recorded and creating a positive environment for the singer, which also takes a lot of patience. We got the best takes I've heard from the artist by far. I learned so much in the process as well. Her techniques seem endless in helping a vocalist get the sound they are seeking. She's clearly gifted with an unbelievable and infectious voice which makes learning from her all the more easy and enjoyable. Sophia also has a great ear for vocal production, given her extensive background as a session vocalist. She went to Berklee College of Music so she is also proficient with music theory. On top of all of that she's hilarious and the session was a blast. Highly recommended, she's a monster talent!
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Mark June 7, 2017
· Singing · In home
It has been a great experience for my daughter working with Sophia. We've tried other singing coaches before but we've hit a home run with Sophia! She has an awesome way of relating to my 16 year old to where every class is a fun and learning experience for her. She's helped her with technique, confidence and vocal exercises that have been extremely helpful! As a Dad that's always looking out for my children's best interest I am truly happy with her services, a true professional! Thank you! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

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Sophia P.

Encino, CA 91436
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About Konstantin S.

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Santa Monica, CA
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About Konstantin
I am a highly organised, outcome-driven and motivated professional music teacher with solid experience of 15 years. I am very comfortable with all aspects of teaching musical concepts (such as duration, pitch, dynamics, tone colour, texture and structure) as well as performance, composition, and reading and listening skills. I possess solid understanding of these concepts and skills in the context of various musical styles, periods and genres. I am fully qualified with a Master's Degree in music from Moscow State University. I am proficient in a collection of brass woodwind instruments, such as saxophone, flute and clarinet.

Throughout my teaching career, I have been driven to help students achieve their very best. I strongly believe that music has the power to change lives – to enhance the social, cultural and spiritual lives of peopl
e, and serve as a profound medium of personal expression. You will find me to be a down-to-earth and amiable person, with excellent communication skills and professional presentation. My empathy and my interpersonal skills enable me to freely discuss any matter of concern with both students and parents of diverse social backgrounds. I believe this is a role to which I could bring great value, exercising and broadening my music teaching experience, and helping students develop their talents while nurturing their passion for music.
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Konstantin S.

Konstantin S.

Santa Monica, CA 90403
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$50 / 30-min

About Marta H.

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North Hollywood, CA
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Hello future pianists my name is Marta Hovhannisyan and I love teaching piano. I am currently a music major at Valley college. I have had experience teaching kids piano which including working at an actual school of music. I love kids and I love working with them and sharing my passion for music with them.
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Marta H.

Marta H.

North Hollywood, CA 91605
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