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About Athena M.

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Lomita, CA

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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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Alex August 31, 2018
· Guitar · Online
Athena is amazing! My daughter is so happy that she helped her a lot and clearly even though it's an online class. She is the best! Def. I will recommend her and def. we will extend the class. Thanks Athena!
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Theresa M. July 9, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Athena explained the electric guitar very thoroughly. I think I’m going to enjoy playing it more. As soon as I can get my left hand to cooperate and keep my thumb in the right position where it’s supposed to be, I’ll feel better,so I’m going to work on this all week.
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Rina P. February 9, 2018
· Piano · In home
My daughter loves Athena and thus loves playing the piano . Athena has a special way to relate to kids.. they listen to her . They laggy . They enjoy class. And they want to learn .
I am so grateful we have her as my daughters teacher .
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Athena M.

Athena M.

Lomita, CA 90717
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About Paul B.

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Pico Rivera, CA

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About Paul
I have over twenty years of performance experience as a drummer. I have an AA degree in Music from Pasadena City College. I have a BA in Music from California State University, Northridge. I have taught individual and group instruction, focusing on hand technique and sight-reading. I attended Grove School of Music in 1990, where I studied hand and sticking technique and Latin drum-set application. I have performed in a variety of musical situations from big band performances to musicals, jazz trios, rock shows, and an independent film score.

*** Lesson Details ***
My approach to teaching drum-set is simple. I focus on the student's needs. I like to give my students assignments that are tangible but that still present a challenge. I'm an easy going guy and I know that through patience and nurturing I can build the student's confid
ence and gain results. I assign weekly exercises and teach my students good technique.
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Paul June 30, 2015
· Drum · In studio
I've been studying with Paul for a few years, and I would not be close to my current skill level without his instruction and guidance. Paul is a patient and brilliant observer and expert analyst in developing technique. Every time I think I've got it, he makes some acute observation that brings it to a deeper level of refinement and nuance. And I've learned from him how crucial this refinement is to sounding good in everything you play on the kit. Beyond building the foundation of technique, with Paul you will learn various grooves in different genres, reading notation and drum charts, soloing and comping, as well as prioritizing and organizing your approach and having the right attitude so people will want to play with you. Lessons are always fun and inspiring, and Paul is patient and sensitive to individual needs. He also brings to lessons his experience as a professional drummer. I've seen him perform professionally in various styles: small jazz ensemble, big band, latin, rock, funk etc. And he always sounds great: solid and musical with a great feel. His combination of skill, experience, knowledge, profound insight and sensitivity make him an invaluable teacher for those interested in developing as an artist.
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Paul B.

Pico Rivera, CA 90660
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About Sheila M.

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Irvine, CA

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About Sheila
My interest in music began at the age of seven when I began private instruction in classical piano, and by the age of ten, I began playing the flute. I received my Bachelor of Music with a degree in Music Education from the University of Redlands, where I studied flute with Sara Andon. There, I performed in the university's Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and Orchestra. During my third year at university, I studied abroad at the Zoltan Kodaly Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kecskemet, Hungary.

In 2013, I graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Masters degree in Flute Performance where I studied flute with Sandra Kipp. At CSUN, I performed in the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Northridge Flute Quartet, and various chamber ensembles. I currently reside in Irvine where I teach private flute and
piano lessons and perform with local ensembles.

*** Lesson Details ***
My goal as a music educator is to foster excellence in the art of music through private instruction. I have worked with students of all ages ranging from 5 to older adults.

In my studio, students will have a well rounded music education. This means that we will work on a variety of things such as sight reading, music theory, music history, and a wide range of repertoire (from Beethoven to the Beatles!) While I have high expectations for my students, I do my best to keep the lessons relaxed and lighthearted. My hope is that the student is always engaged and interested during lessons.

My three expectations:

1. Come prepared both mentally and physically (this is especially important for flutists-- make sure to warm up prior to the lesson!)

2. Don't be afraid to ask questions and make mistakes. This is non-threatening territory, I'm here to guide you and help you. Remember that mistakes happen, we're human. Just be sure to learn from those mistakes so that you can take something away from each experience.

3. For parents-- BE INVOLVED! I can't tell you how often I've seen younger students excel when their parents were proactive in the experience. This means encouraging them to practice, coming up with a rewards system, and even sitting in on the lesson to take notes. This way, you can reinforce what we accomplished during the lesson at home together. It's difficult for music teachers to compete with iPads, Playstations and television, so let's get creative together!

*** Required Materials ***
Flute students must own a well maintained flute, as an instrument that is out of adjustment causes frustration and can initiate bad habits. In addition, the student must also have a metronome and tuner, a music stand, flute repertoire, and an assignment book for me to write down each week's assignments.

Piano students must have a working acoustic piano or digital piano in their home for piano lessons. The student must also have a metronome, piano repertoire, and an assignment book for each week's assignments.
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Rachael September 17, 2018
· Piano · Online
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· Flute · Online
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Emily June 20, 2018
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Sheila M.

Sheila M.

Irvine, CA 92614
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About Maritza O.

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Los Angeles, CA
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About Maritza
Professional Musician with over 25 years experienced teaching children and adults. Learn how to play piano, violin, viola & cello with a personalized approach. Whether you are thinking of lessons for your children or for yourself, it is always a good idea to start right away. I have many successful adults students as well as teens and children. I believe that anyone can learn music at any age. I will provide you with the tools and personalized instruction. We all learn in different ways and it is my job to make you succeed in your instrument of choice. Please send me your questions or concerns and let's get started.
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jacob S. November 28, 2017
· Violin · In home
Thank you!
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Adam September 19, 2016
· Violin · In home
Awesome Lesson! Practicing hard and looking forward to taking more!
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Giovanna September 9, 2016
· Piano · In home
Very polite and respectful
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Maritza O.

Los Angeles, CA 90038
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About Daniel N.

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Long Beach, CA

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About Daniel
I have been playing trombone for nearly nine years and am a trombone performance major at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, at CSU Long Beach; I am a student of Steve Trapani.

I have been a member of the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestra in El Paso, Texas and am currently a member in many other large ensembles including: The Bob Cole Wind Symphony, The Bob Cole Conservatory Symphony, and the Orange County Youth Symphony. I have also earned sub positions at the American Youth Orchestra, and YMF's Debut Chamber Orchestra.

I have studied with many professional musicians, including: Steven Trapani, Michael Hoffman, Jeremy Wilson, William Booth, Robert Frear, Robert Cowan, and Joel Chavaria.

I have also attended masterclasses with Timothy Higgins, Ian Bousfield, Sergio Carolino, Jeremy Wilson, Megumi Kanda, Douglas Yeo, James Mille
r, Alex Iles, David Rejano Cantero, John Lofton, Randall Hawes, Michael Roylance, Robert Frear, David Cooper, Sean Reusch, Kyle Covington, Julie Landsman, Jen Baker, David Vining, Seth Vatt, Andrew Glendening, Scott Sutherland, and Gene Pokorny.

Another educational experience that I attribute to my growth as a musician took place during the summers that I attended high school, I marched Baritone and Euphonium for four seasons with, The Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps, from Sacramento, California. The Mandarins are a World Class marching ensemble that competes in the Drum Corps International organization.

My pedagogy and philosophy is a mix of all the wisdom that I have acquired from all of these amazing musicians, and I want to share as much of it as I can with my students.
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Rachel T. January 17, 2018
· Trombone · In studio
Daniel is a very enthusiastic teacher! His love for knowledge and sharing what he loves with others makes him a great choice for any student who wants to feel driven to succeed in music. Daniel is a fantastic musician and person!
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Daniel N.

Long Beach, CA 90804
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About Alexander S.

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Los Angeles, CA
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About Alexander
Welcome to my profile!

I teach classical guitar and pop & rock guitar.

I studied music at the North Carolina School of the Arts and New York University

I'm 23 years old, with limited teaching experience, hence my rates are
$15 for 30 minutes
$20 for 45 minutes

I'm quite knowledgeable and excited to help you reach your goals.

Various musical interests and skill levels are always welcomed and encouraged.
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Alexander S.

Alexander S.

Los Angeles, CA 90046
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$15 / 45-min

About Sergio V.

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Signal Hill, CA
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Hello guys! My name is Sergio Mora and I am a classically trained music composer and educator.

As a Composer, I am delighted to share with you guys my love and passion for music. Ever since I discovered music, I fell in love with it, and I want you guys to feel the same joy I feel through understanding music on a deeper level. I give lessons to students ages, 15 and older, on the following subjects: music theory, composition, songwriting and beginning piano (both classical and pop-rock)

I am currently working towards my degree in Music Composition and Musicology under the guidance of Dr. James Spencer in Long Beach, California in partnership with London's College of Music International Certificate Program.

I am bilingual and can teach both, English and Spanish.
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Sergio V.

Sergio V.

Signal Hill, CA 90755
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$35 / 30-min

About JD M.

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Los Angeles, CA
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About JD
Greetings!

I often find myself saying that music is the key to the universe. It is a medium in which all humans, regardless of language or culture are able to connect. It is because of this that I love sharing the knowledge that I have gained from nearly two decades of playing guitar.

I am a Los Angeles based session musician, and private instructor. I currently have a few students, and am looking to grow and take on a few more. My curriculum revolves around:

1) Understanding the basics of theory, and showcasing how those basics are applied in songs (specifically bands and artists that you regularly listen to).
2) Proper technique
3) Some fun and fancy tricks!

My goal is to make sure each lesson is clear so that you may fully understand and enjoy the benefits therein!

If you would like more information about myself, here is a link to
my personal website. There can be found a full biography, bands I have worked with, examples of my playing, and current news. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!

Personal Website:
OnTheWingsOfDragons.com

May the rest of your day be fun, and productive!
-JD McGibney
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Cynthia July 12, 2018
· Electric Guitar · In home
JD is a strategic thinker with veteran guitar playing experience, well versed in helping beginning students like me focus on correct technique and methods out of the gate. This is critical! In 6 short months, I can now play multiple Rock&Roll riffs with technical proficiency, although still getting up to tempo, Sweet Child, TNT, Crazy Train. A piano player who struggled mightily at first at reading guitar score, JD helped me to retrain my brain, learning scales and modes. As a direct result, I was able to take the piano score to Cinderella's "Nobody's Fool" and translate it tp guitar score! This slower tempo piece, I am able to play to tempo OOH RAH!
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JD M.

Los Angeles, CA 90049
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$50 / 30-min

About Malia G.

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Anaheim, CA
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About Malia
Hello future student! Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Malia and I have been playing guitar for about 8 years now. I am currently a student at Esperanza high school and am in the top jazz band. I am very experienced in most styles. Whatever you want to play, I will be there to assist you, so don’t be afraid to give me suggestions on different things you would like to play. I have experienced the hard ship of learning how to play guitar and trying to build up to be the ideal guitar player, so I can relate to you in many different ways. Guitar has been my primary instrument, and I would love to make it yours too!
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Malia G.

Malia G.

Anaheim, CA 92807
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$25 / 30-min

About Gabriela G.

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Newport Beach, CA
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I've been playing music for over fifteen years and have gained a lot of experience during that time.
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Gabriela G.

Gabriela G.

Newport Beach, CA 92663
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