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El Segundo, CA

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All genres - pop, folk, blues, rock, R&B, singer/songwriter, classical, world, etc.
Music structure, harmonic analysis, melodic analysis

About Edwin
Hello! Thank you for your interest in taking guitar/piano/music lessons.

I am a professional teacher/studio musician/performer/producer with over 17 years of private teaching experience and a graduate of the University of Miami Studio Music and Jazz program in 2002 specializing in the guitar.

I am available to teach guitar(acoustic, electric, classical) for all levels, ages, and styles(pop to folk, rock to soul, world to classical) in English, Spanish and Japanese.

Other subjects taught include bass guitar, piano/keyboard, ukulele, banjo, mandolin, harmonium, classical percussion, music theory, composition(all styles from pop to classical), ear training, and studio production/engineering/mixing.

Born in Cali, Colombia on April 1979, I began my musical endeavors studying the piano at the age of 6. Early on I had the opportunit
y to play percussion in the school symphony while at the same time developed an intense interest in the instrument that would become my true love, the guitar.

During 1996-98 I studied jazz guitar at the New World School of the Arts music program under the direction of J.B. Dyas and Dr. Roby George. Upon graduation, I was immediately accepted to the University of Miami jazz guitar program under the direction of Randall Dollahan. It was during this time that I also refined my skills as a classical guitarist and as a composer/arranger. In addition, I began passing my knowledge onto friends and eventually began working as a teacher.

My ability to play almost any genre of music is the fruit of past experience playing with an impressive variety of music groups, including jazz combos, symphony orchestras, Andean world music ensembles, and several rock and pop groups as well. As a studio guitarist I have recorded for various artists including Jaci Velasquez, Carlos Ponce, Alexandre Pires, and Noelia.

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Now also available to teach online video chat lessons through Skype.

Every one of you is unique and there are many possible paths to reach your goals in music.

With my background and music industry experience, I am able to customize my lessons for you so that you can reach your desired goals. We will take some time to find out where your passion lies in music and I will use my experience and knowledge to create a customized lesson-plan that will allow us to focus on reaching your desired goals and at the same time maintain a well rounded music education.

I find this to be key in making the lessons and your practice sessions very enjoyable, fun and laid back - knowing that everything we practice, play and talk about is in line with your goals as a student.

I will also be playing along with you and demonstrating everything that we're working on - music is meant to be shared and played with others and it is important to have that experience of interaction from early on in your lessons.

So whether it's learning to accompany yourself or others, write songs, read music, understand harmony, solo, or just jam out to your favorite songs, you will be well on your way to reaching your goals within 6 months of my lessons.

Look forward to making music with you!

Want to learn a quick exercise for mastering the fretboard on your guitar? Check out my article on the TakeLessons blog here: http://takelessons.com/blog/guitar-fretboard-chart

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Living room w/ grand piano and seating for parents.
Room/studio with professional recording equipment - Logic Pro X recording software, Mackie HR824 Studio Monitors, Miktech C4 Tube Microphone, UA6176 Preamp/compressor, Apogee Duet D/A converter.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide my instrument and teaching materials.
Students provide their instrument, music folders.

*** Specialties ***
All styles - pop, rock, classical, jazz, blues, folk, ethnic, latin, soul
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Eric August 10, 2017
· Banjo · Online
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Lorraine D. June 20, 2017
· Banjo · Online
does not teach left handers other then that I am sure he does well with right handers
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Rene May 28, 2017
· Banjo · Online
Very patient and helpful.
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Edwin I.

Edwin I.

El Segundo, CA 90245
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About Jessie M.

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Pasadena, CA

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Music theory is extremely important for instrumentalists, composers, and singers. In our lessons you will be able to get help with papers, research, homework, test preparation, composition, or we can learn from scratch in my studio. I teach with patience and fun because I feel that this is the key to achieving goals and inspiring a good habit of practice. No experience is necessary, that is what I'm here for!

About Jessie
Thank you for your interest in lessons! I hope to help you achieve your goals and improve your skills, whether you're looking for music lessons, help in math, or need someone to proofread your essay before you turn it in. Every student is a unique person who deserves a lesson customized to their individual needs. Each of my students prospers in an atmosphere of patience and encouragement. While the lessons are fun and enjoyable, the serious student will be supported in the development of skills leading to a rewarding career, and the more casual students will grow in an appreciation of knowledge that will always enrich their lives.

I have been tutoring and teaching private lessons for over five years, and currently have over 40 active students. I received my bachelor's degree in music with an emphasis on vocal performance at the Unive
rsity of Redlands in 2011, and my Associate of Arts degree in 2008 from College of the Desert. I teach online, locally, and at my studio, and cover a variety of subjects such as voice, music, theater, piano, math, english, music theory, just to name a few.

For academic tutoring (i.e. math, theory, vocabulary) I work on helping the student understand their homework and help prepare them for tests. I can also provide worksheets if necessary and am prepared to demonstrate problem areas in different ways if needed, because everyone learns differently. For voice, piano, music, and acting lessons I teach the student based on what their current level is. If you have no experience, that's okay! My lessons are uniquely designed to fit your needs no matter what level you may be.

As a music major I developed a deeper understanding of music theory, piano, voice, and theater. I received my A.A. in Music at College of the Desert and my Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Redlands- which I attended on a music scholarship. I have played leading roles in several operas and musicals in Southern California, including Gianni Schicchi, Die Fledermaus, La Boheme (DTL nominee), The Impresario, The Grand Duke, Patience (DTL award), Cosi fan tutte, Little Women, Seussical, and many more. I have also appeared in several concerts, opera scenes, competitions (winning music scholarships and theater awards), and worked as a singer in churches, restaurants, and in pop bands. I continue to stay active in the performance industry, because performing is a part of who I am and I could never live without it!

With this experience under my belt, I feel a desire to pass on my knowledge to students. I carry a strong passion to help people develop their abilities and make them their own. I truly believe that if someone wants something out of life they will achieve it with dedication, perseverance, confidence, and by having fun doing it!

*Note: My home office has a lot of stairs and two cats. If you are disabled or have a feline allergy, please consider in-home lessons or lessons online.
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Meg M. August 3, 2017
· Piano · In home
Jessie is a great teacher that makes piano really fun. She is very encouraging and makes me feel really comfortable.
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Beverly B. July 31, 2017
· Geometry · Online
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Pasadena, CA 91103
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About Ark S.

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South Pasadena, CA

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Basic Theory such as notation, note value, intervals and diatonic chodes, traditional harmony.
Intermediate Theory such as key signature, modal scales, etc.
Advanced Theory such as harmony with tentions, modal interchange, reharmonization including substitute cords, atonal harmonic concepts, etc.

About Ark
Over twenty years of experience in teaching classical and jazz piano technique and music theory to students of variety of levels.
I have taught vast variety of students from elementary school to adults, beginner to intermediate.
Offer tailored lessons according to the students’ level, progress and character.
Popular among students and parents for reliable, kind and pleasant character.
Summa Cum Laude graduate of Berklee College of Music.
Internationally acclaimed Jazz/classical pianist, composer and music director.
Instructor of Composition and Preparation for Competition at Yamaha Music School JACCC and Torrance in 1991. Five students received awards including the Grand Prix.

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I offer instruction of classical/jazz piano skills and music theory.
I help student’s school performance and/or music analys
is project as well, and open to music which student brings. (theme song from TV program or movie, pops, etc.)
I only travel (means I visit student's home for lessons, don't offer lessons at my home) and I expect student to have a acoustic piano or better quality electric keyboard at home.

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Classical and Jazz piano, theory, arranging and composition
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Priscilla B. June 19, 2017
· Piano · In home
Ark is an awesome teacher for my 8 and 6 year olds. He is patient, thorough, consistent, and manages to keep their attention! I have noticed my kids are more interested in music, and have been progressive more quickly with Ark. Great teacher!
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good learning experience

Ark is very patient and encouraging. I really enjoyed the learning process so far.
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Ark S.

South Pasadena, CA 91030
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About Carmen S.

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Malibu, CA
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Sight reading, keys, harmonay, intervals, some composition fundamentals, chords, accidentals, meter, rhythm, terminology, history.

About Carmen
Carmen has been teaching music for 10 years to children and adults, from age 4 to 50. She is able to teach many genres of music to all levels of musicianship, whether beginner or advanced, whether they want to learn Mozart or Coldplay, Aretha Franklin or Joni Mitchell . Her style of teaching utilizes the classical approach of theory and sight reading, but MOST IMPORTANTLY allows the student to explore the instrument freely while also achieving good musicianship. Having fun while honing the craft is the way to an enduring love of playing and is a principle she always uses in her lessons.

Carmen has a special gift with very young children; she is able to keep children interested, engaged, inspired and challenged. She has a patience with children that is extraordinary because she believes strongly in the ability of music to enrich child
ren's lives in all areas and seeks to cultivate that within the child.

Adults also find it easy to learn from Carmen's teaching approach. Her ability to approach a students challenges with a multitude of learning techniques has been useful in helping students succeed. She teaches skills and techniques for practicing that are useful for musicians through out their lifetime. Carmen also knows exactly what it takes to make a student a professional who is ready for studio session work, live band performances, live improvisations, auditions or creating their own music. She understands the desire and drive behind wanting to create with music and emphasizes certain key aspects that can make musicians proficient in any genre when practiced

Education

Carmen comes from a long family lineage of musicians and artists. Always being exposed to classical music and opera since birth, Carmen was in awe of the power of the human voice through opera. At 8 she began to study the art form and teach herself music. She started studying with teachers at age 11. After learning voice, piano and cello followed. While studying classical techniques, she also taught herself other genres of music which enabled her to play, record and perform with musicians of almost every genre by 19.

Carmen has been taught and trained by many professional working musicians of impressive musical carrer heights Her former opera/ vocal coach Shonie Lebie attended The Julliard School on a full scholarship before going on to The Metropolitan Opera House. Piano teacher Shoshana Ben Horin, a graduate of Prague Conservatory of Music and concert pianist, toured all of Europe before instructing Carmen in piano. Carmen has learned cello and other string instruments from professional working musicians here in Los Angeles.

Experience

Carmen is a current working session musician, songwriter and performer in Los Angeles. She has performed and recorded with musicians from The Gap Band, Guns n' Roses, Whitney Houston, Vanessa Hudgens, Hayden Panettiere, etc. She was born and raised in Los Angeles.

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I customize EVERY lesson for EVERY student (Beginner or Advanced) whether playing in for fun, preparing for a show or wanting to become a professional musician, I can help you reach it.

For piano I can teach you the classical method, Suzuki or methods toward the genre you enjoy playing. You'll learn Ear Training, Rhythm, Theory/ Chords, Sight Reading, Improvisation, Repertoire and a little songwriting.

For strings I focus mostly using the Suzuki Method/ Classical Repertoire or Hal Leonard curriculum. If you seek to learn rock, jazz or blues I have customized learning technique depending on your level. You'll learn bowing techniques, Ear training, Sigh Reading for multiple Clefs, Orchestration, and of course theory and repertoire

For singing I customize the lesson toward Genre Performance preference of the student to maximize your time and productivity. Covering Breath/Phrasing, Projection, Tone Improvement, Diction, Microphone technique, Sight Reading, Proper vocal warm-ups/ Maintenance and Repertoire

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Opera, pop, rock, r&b, blue, jazz, alternative rock, string instrument improvisation, free form, variations of short hand lead sheets (how to play along with a band at gig nights), piano chord structures & progressions, singing with band accompaniment, children's music
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Alexandra P. August 18, 2017
· Cello · In home
Carmen is lovely and a great teacher!
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Chris H. October 7, 2016
· Piano · In home
Carmen is great! We appreciate her patience and her wealth of knowledge. She sat with us for the lesson and took the time to go over our game plan and lesson plans for upcoming lessons as well!
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Geneva S. October 22, 2015
· Violin · In home
Carmen has a gentle approach. She is sweet and patient. Her teaching technique is thorough and detailed. The lessons are well structured and age appropriate for my 7 years old daughter. Carmen motivates and inspires,and Geneva enjoys her violin lessons!
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Carmen S.

Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Armen M. was born in Armenia, and began playing the violin at the age of seven. From thereon out, Armen received his B.A.and M.A. degrees from Yerevan State Conservatory in Armenia and Artist diploma from Longy school of Music in Cambridge MA. With an impressive background, awards, and distinctions, Armen M. has always been a distinguished violinist, musician and concertmaster.

His history of performances with some of the greatest names and soundtracks for some of the most famous movies, Armen has truly shone with this talent. With international performances ranging from Boston to Buenos Aires, including countries like USA, Mexico, Columbia, Argentina, Germany, Russian Armenia, Armen has worked with different styles too, not only classical. Armen infuses his classical background with Jazz, Rock, Pop and New Age as well, making him
a unique and extremely well rounded musician. Currently Armen resides in Los Angeles, CA where he is active with various orchestras, including the LA Opera.

He also routinely performs for sound track recordings with the major motion picture companies. In addition, Armen has worked with many well-known artists including Ray Charles, Barry White, Yanni, Sarah Brightman, Natalie Cole, Andrea Bocelli and many others. Here is a list of artists Armen M. has performed with: Yanni, Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, Smokey Robinson, Trans Siberian Orchestra, Frank Sinatra Jr., Andrea Bocelli, Olga Tañon, Jose-Jose, Lucero, Cristian Castro, Alanis Morissette and Marco Antonio Solis.

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I am very strict and laid back at the same time. I pay a lot of attention to the technical detailes

.The curriculum is based on the level the student is presently. It reneges from simple scale books to Paganini caprices.

I encourage every student to have at list two recitals a year. Lessons are very intense and productive and i welcome you to my studio.

*** Studio Equipment ***
1) Music room w/ piano and seating for parents

2) Office room w/ seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
violin and music

*** Specialties ***
European/Russian violin school
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Badri S. April 22, 2016
· Violin · In studio
I was Impressed beyond my expectations.
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Michael February 29, 2016
· Viola · In studio
Very good teaching style !
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Mane February 17, 2016
· Violin · In home
I had a very pleasant first lesson experience. Armen is undoubtedly a talented violinist and a very knowledgeable instructor. As soon as you meet him, you understand that you're in good hands. I'm definitely looking forward to my next lesson.
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Burbank, CA 91502
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Learn how to read music, identify chord progression, analyze form and ear training.

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Christian C. is a guitarist native of Los Angeles. He began playing guitar for over twelve years and has been publicly performing in clubs and recital halls since the age of fifteen. Christian began studying music professionally at Fullerton Community College before receiving his BM from California State University Northridge for Classical Guitar Performance. He currently is attending the Thornton School of Music at USC where he will pursue his Master’s in Music. He has been teaching guitar for over five years and emphasizes fundamental music theory as applied to the guitar technique. His lessons are often energetic and playful without loosing focus of bringing out the inner musician of his students.
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Isador A. January 8, 2016
· Classical Guitar · In home
I really appreciated the very detailed start to my lessons. I call tell Mr. Christian is a quality teacher.
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Dong K L. December 15, 2014
· Classical Guitar · In studio
He is a good teacher for kid. He is a good communicator and have a patience to young kid.
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Lauren B. August 6, 2014
· Classical Guitar · In studio
Last year, I had the opportunity to study with Christian at CSU Northridge. Christian is one of the finest musicians I have come across in the years that I have been playing music. Not only does he have impressive skills with the guitar, he also has knowledge in the history of the guitar and music theory. When he was studying at CSUN, I was able to have some lessons with Christian on a baroque piece that was giving me trouble. First, I'd like to mention how patient he was with me when I was frustrated and lost in the music. Also, I was surprised at how much he knew about the music as he explained what was going on in the piece and why. Oh... did I mention that I had some AWESOME results after ONE lesson??? Do yourself the favor and check this guy out!
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Christian C.

Downey, CA 90240
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About Megan W.

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I've been teaching music theory for 10 years now. I LOVE music theory and incorporate it into all of my instrumental lessons with my students. I am really passionate about teaching others to understand how and why music works. Theory is also really important to study if you're interested in composing your own music. I teach beginner through college level 3.

About Megan
I grew up in a music store, and learned a love for music at an early age. I started piano at age 3, and just kept adding instruments from there. I majored in music at MidAmerica Nazarene University, where I was on scholarship for Piano, Trumpet and French Horn. I have taught General Music, Beginning Band, and Beginning Orchestra in four LA area private and charter schools, as well as teaching music classes for home-school co-op groups in the Hollywood area. I've been teaching private lessons for nearly 10 years, taking students from ages 4-adult, from beginner to intermediate skill levels.

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Music should be fun, and my lessons are geared towards keeping students engaged and excited. I've developed a very out-of-the-box teaching style that takes into account the student's learning style, interests, and goals. It
's important for students to feel successful from day 1, and it's my goal to have each student playing a song by the end of the first lesson. We sing, move, and play our way through music!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Casio PX-800 digital 88 weighted key piano
personal instruments
metronome
tuner
music stand

*** Travel Equipment ***
Personal instruments
metronome
tuner
music stand

*** Specialties ***
Improvisation, Composition, Music Theory.

2nd (3rd, 4th) instrument training

Early readers, young students

Non-traditional learners
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Linda May 5, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
I love the fact that Megan manages to balance exercises that are really fun and easy for me as well as some which are harder and which I need to work on. She adjusts the pace to my abilities and I always feel I have accomplished something after our lessons, which is great.
She lets me chose songs, but always has suggestions, if I don't.
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Lili W. May 2, 2016
· Clarinet · In home
Megan is wonderful. She is punctual and thorough, very kind and very patient. She has a mastery of her instruments and a fun and patient style of teaching.
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Jay tarses February 5, 2016
· Ukulele · In home
Five stars
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Los Angeles, CA 90027
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About Sophia
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything”.
-Plato
Have you ever thought about learning music?
Well my teaching philosophy is to help those eager to learn, play and read music as creatively and successfully as possible, and it is never too late to start learning. :)
With hands on instruction, you can achieve any musical goals you would like!
So what are you waiting for?
Contact me, Sophia T. for more information.
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Northridge, CA 91325
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Whether it's help with intervals, building major/minor scales, harmonic analysis, rhythm, etc., I can help. Sharing and teaching music theory is one of my favorite things about music Understanding theory makes you understand music as a whole.

About Kristin
My name is Kristin R. and I am a music major with an emphasis in education at Cal Poly Pomona University (Senior standing). I play a variety of instruments from piano, violin, ukulele, drums and percussion to gigging around Los Angeles and being apart of various musical projects and fronting my own band where I play synth and sing lead vocals. My music project is Todavia. I am incredibly passionate about music and love to share the idea and love for it with others. I have tutored peers with theory at my university, have tutored college students with disabilities such as Autism, taught drums to middle schoolers at my former middle school, and have taught beginning and intermediate piano to kids through takelessons and Musicland in Fontana, CA. I have a strong emphasis in theory and fundamentals and will go the extra mile in teaching so
that the student is not only well rounded in their desired instrument but in the general ideas in the art of music. I will design a lesson plan based on your goals as a student or parent of a student. Please feel free to message me with your questions and I will be happy to answer any and all of them.
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Jason C. March 29, 2017
· Drum · In studio
I was expecting a Christian teacher but even she is
Not she was so nice with my son and she is going to to be able to learn Christian songs for my son.
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Nia D. March 17, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Our first experience was great. Nia really took to Kristin. We look forward to continuing her lessons and hope she becomes a great piano player.
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Alex W. May 1, 2016
· Piano · In home
We have really liked our experience so far. Kristin is very patient with our 4 year old and he really enjoys his lessons.
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Pico Rivera, CA 90660
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If you want to be a songwriter or producer, but struggle understanding the tools you need to do so, I'm the right teacher for you. My goal as a teacher is to make you confident in theory and technique, so that you can experience the joy of creating music. Part of my lesson plan includes breaking down your favorite song and using it's pieces to compose an original. In the process you will learn the basics of harmony, melody, and rhythm - turning you into a true composer. Please contact me if you're interested!

About Jeremy
My name is Jeremy, and I'm a musician, violist, and vocalist in Los Angeles. With a Bachelor in Music Production and Performance from Ball State University, my understanding of music runs far and wide. During college, I experienced music as a violist, vocalist, songwriter, composer, and electronic producer. During school I also gave string (violin and viola), theory, and music production lessons to students not majoring in music.

Looking forward to working with you!
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Jeremy J.

North Hollywood, CA 91602
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$50 / 30-min

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