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About Robert S.

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Santa Monica, CA

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About Robert
It is my experience that no matter what kind of music you end up playing a solid classical piano background is invaluable. I was privately trained in classical piano from the ages 5 - 17 in Los Angeles, California. My teachers were Mary Brady, Mae Gilbert Reese and Jeane Weiss. I graduated from Harvard High School and then graduated from UCLA with BA in art. I am a Los Angeles based artist and composer. Recently I was nominated Best Music Director of the year by the L.A. Weekly for my work on 'Head the Musical' at the Met Theater Los Angeles in 2010. I am currently mounting an opera I wrote at the Met Theater. I have been teaching private piano lessons to students ages 8 to adult for the last six years.

My experience as a musical director has honed my skills as a good communicator and teacher. I know how to get people trained an
d motivated to perform on stage with confidence no matter what their skill level.

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My lessons focus on reading, technique and basic music theory. I always start my lessons with scales and exercises. This develops good technique and primes the student for music theory. The rest of the lesson is focused on reading and performance. I expose students to different classical composers like Bach, Mozart and Beethoven. Once they have mastered a few pieces, students are then encouraged to study the composers they enjoy the most. It is important for students to enjoy the music that they are learning as I expect them to practice everyday.

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Classical Piano
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Tennessee O. September 8, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Really enjoyable lesson. Very pleased.
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Moriya B. June 26, 2013
· Piano ·
Stop wasting your time - take Robert.

I only had the pleasure of taking piano lessons with Robert for two months since I got into Harvard and had to move to the East Coast, but I can confidently attest that he is a phenomenal teacher. To begin with, Robert brings to the table not only his classical training but also an open, creative, out-of-the-box approach. He is extremely knowledgeable and seasons lessons with fantastic facts about composers and pieces which makes everything a lot more interesting and memorable. lessons are versatile and designed to develop several key skills simultaneously. I never really played the piano before but after only two months with Robert I could read notes, develop my technique and actually play two beautiful pieces! If you are looking for a well-rounded, brilliant, cool teacher - search no more.
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Robert S.

Santa Monica, CA 90403
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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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Olivia November 28, 2017
· Child Acting · Online
She’s is very friendly, def very good with kids. She made my daughter feel so comfortable.
Thank you and she can’t wait for the next class.
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· Musical Theater · Online
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Pasadena, CA 91103
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About Christian D.

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About Christian
Hello everyone! :)
I am a piano teacher from the Los Angeles area! I have two big passions in life. Music and teaching! And putting both together is truly a rewarding experience for me. That being said, I feel so lucky that I am a music teacher! I absolutely love to instill my passion for music in others, and I feel very accomplished when a student not only learns their instrument well, but also develops a passion for playing it! I always say that my main goal while teaching piano, is to make lessons both fun and rewarding! I believe that in order for a student to learn piano well, he/she must love playing it! I know that I've accomplished this "main goal" many times in the past, and I'm absolutely thrilled about doing it again and again!

I hold a Bachelors of Arts in Music degree from USC (my focus was Classical Piano). While pursui
ng this degree, I studied classical piano with renowned pianist Norman Krieger (among other teachers at USC). Also, I recently graduated with a masters degree (my focus was music composition) from UC Irvine. While there, I taught music theory to undergraduates. I think theory is important and it's one of the things I emphasize when I teach piano. When performing live, I love to play my own music but of course I also have a passion for performing the classics as well! I have also been playing keyboards in a rock band for several years.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach Beginner to semi- advanced levels. When working with beginners, I like to start with teaching basic scales and chords before starting to work on actual pieces of music. Scales help develop finger technique and knowing what chords you're playing helps one understand music better. When we start to go over pieces, I like to emphasize phrasing and dynamics as much as possible. And I also help the students analyze the music (chords, etc) so that they, again, understand the music they're playing. At first, I like to choose what pieces a student plays. But as they get more advanced, I encourage them to choose the music themselves. In other words, I want them to play what they want to play. I find classical music very exciting and I try to help students "get into it" by having them find music they like, and learning it! Of course, I try to help with this process as much as possible and if a student only chooses music that I feel will not help them improve their piano skills (or music that is beyond their level), I will help the student find something else.

In general, after 3 to 6 months with me, a student will have learned some exciting pieces of music, they will have developed greater finger technique, they will understand the theory behind all the music they play, and they will have developed a greater passion for their instrument and for music itself!

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lessons in living room, piano, room for parents

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For piano students: I would expect them to have a piano or keyboard in their home. I would provide sheet music for the first few lessons. I am trained in the Alfred and Bastien methods and have used those books during my lessons. I would talk to the student over the first couple of lessons to find out whether I think they would benefit from those books.

For song writing and theory students: I would expect them to have blank musical notation paper. I would provide scores/books for study for the first several lessons. Later, I may ask them to purchase certain books if I feel it would help them.

*** Specialties ***
My background is mainly in classical music (although I have been playing keyboards in a rock band for the past several years).

I have been studying classical piano since I was 5, and I also studied it while pursuing my Bachelors degree in music at USC.

I have been teaching Beginning-Advanced music theory to college undergraduates for the past 2 years.

I hold a Masters degree in Music (my emphasis was music composition) from University of California, Irvine
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Christian D.

Christian D.

La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011
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About Emin B.

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Glendale, CA
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About Emin
Music has been my passion since I was a child. I started to take classical guitar lessons at age 11 and started to play electric guitar when I was 15. I enjoy to play classical songs by Francisco Tarrega, and Andrea Segovia, to blues by B.B. King and Eric Clapton, and rock and heavy metal songs like Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, AC/DC, and Iron Maiden and etc. I also studied Music Theory along with the guitar lessons and built up a great basics and fundamentals. The key to become a great musician is to learn the fundamentals really well.
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Emin B.

Glendale, CA 91205
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About John C.

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Santa Clarita, CA
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Training in traditional (tertian) harmony, from basic chord structure to more advanced concepts (like theory of tensions).

About John
With a pedigree going back to Beethoven, a bachelor's in music and a certificate in theory, harmony, and ear training from Berklee College of Music online, I have a broad and versatile musical background. My training began when I was in 6th grade and started taking piano lessons. By 9th grade I began competing in national private school fine arts competitions, and aside from my solo performance background I have had extensive experience accompanying, writing, and arranging music.
I also come from a family of school teachers (both my parents, two aunts, and one uncle), and have extensive experience dealing with and teaching children (like tutoring, substitute teaching, coaching, and teaching in a church setting).
Because of all this background, I feel well-prepared to not only bring a strong knowledge-base and skill-set to the lessons I
provide, but also to helpfully convey that knowledge-base and skill-set to my students.
My lessons are catered to the student and aim to develop the whole musician, technically and artistically, incorporating a broad musical understanding with the goals of the parent and/or student in mind. Let's make some true musicians!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I do not provide any travel equipment. The student should provide a piano/keyboard for lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Along with teaching traditional piano technique, I specialize in improvisation, arranging, songwriting, and composition.
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Deva M. October 12, 2017
· Piano · In home
John is a good teacher and very knowledge. I could see my son Ajay is gaining knowledge and learning to play Paino in a good amount of time. My son is only 4 and John has lot of patience in teaching him. Thank you John!
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jiale W. January 16, 2017
· Piano · In home
Very good
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Mia S. August 16, 2016
· Piano · In home
John has been really patient with my daughter. Thanks to John she is now really interested in playing and goes to practice the piano on her own with out any prompting from me, which is wonderful!
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John C.

Santa Clarita, CA 91350
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About Brian R.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Highly focused on drum & rhythmic theory...specializing in odd meters

About Brian
I'm a 30 year old professional musician who has been playing drums and percussion for the last 16 years. I've taught for a respected music studio in Connecticut and I continue to teach here in Los Angeles. I have played in numerous bands and toured the United States, Europe and Central America. The styles I teach are Rock, Jazz, Latin, R&B/Hip-Hop, Funk/Soul, Reggae, Folk/Indie, Metal/Hardcore and World Rhythms.

I teach drum-set and various types of hand percussion such as bongos, djembe, darbuka/doumbek and congas.

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I've always thought that learning should be fun. I consistently try to bring a creative and laid-back approach to teaching drums. After the first lesson most students realize that I don't take myself too seriously. Sometimes certain techniques or exercises can be tiresome or even boring. When this
occurs, I switch gears and move on to something else. In my opinion, if a student is getting very frustrated it is generally best to relax and try a different exercise or beat. If we can't enjoy ourselves then what is the point?!

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I expect a student to have at least a pair of sticks and a pad. Eventually they will need a metronome for practicing and if they are serious a drum-set at some point. If you'd like to learn hand percussion I recommend having a hand drum of some kind.

*** Specialties ***
The styles I teach are Rock, Jazz, Latin, R&B/Hip-Hop, Funk/Soul, Reggae, Folk/Indie, Metal/Hardcore and World Rhythms. I teach from the heart and develop a natural feel for my students. I also use multiple books mixed into my teaching.
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Luther October 24, 2017
· Percussion · In studio
This dude can play! Brian is a great teacher.. we did some hand drums and drum set for the few lessons we had together. I was new to learning music and glad I came across Brian because he is a chill guy with positive light. I felt as if I could take drums as far as I wanted with Brian as my teacher. I will be back for some more lessons when my wife lets me lol.
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Jessie July 19, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Quality drum teacher. I took lessons with Brian for about a year and his teaching style is relaxed compared to other drummers I studied with. I never felt rushed with the exercises, we always went at my pace. I recommend this teacher.
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Hector June 22, 2017
· Bongo · In home
Cool down to earth teacher, amazing on drums / bongos. I'm a beginner and just bought some bongos so I wanted a few lessons to get myself started. Our first lesson was a blast and I'm gonna continue to take more lessons with Brian when I am able to.
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Brian R.

Los Angeles, CA 90023
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About Jeff S.

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Pasadena, CA

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I specialize in chord theory, i.e how chords are built from simple power chords to 7th, 9th, 11th , 13th major, minor , diminished and augmented chords and how you can recognize chord progressions and be able to tell from those chord progressions exactly which scale/mode to play with any chord progression. I will also teach you the characteristics of what each individual note from any scale is used for.

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

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

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

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Instrument and music stand.

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

Pasadena, CA 91107
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About Charlie C.

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Newhall, CA

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Beginner to graduate level theory I can help you

About Charlie
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I teach Violin, Cello, and Ukulele for Children's Music Workshop
and have also taught beginner guitar

My primary instruments are double bass and electric bass

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An experienced classical and contemporary musician, Charlie has performed at events such as the West Coast Premiere of Sila by John Luther Adams (Ojai Festival), and with ensembles including the Center Stage Opera, Santa Monica Symphony, and Symphonia Pasadena.

His formal education started at Interlochen Arts Academy at age 13 and continued at the University of North Texas, during which time he began to play professionally with the Shreveport Symphony, Sherman Symphony, and the East Texas Symphony. He then relocated to Los Angeles to earn his MFA at California Institute of Arts, under instruction from Peter Rofe (Los Angeles Philharmonic), Darek
Oles (Brad Mehldau), and Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick.

He is a frequent performer of new music and has premiered works for solo double bass by contemporary composers including Sean Hayward and Chuck Gloria. His own music explores his influences of folk and the blues and has included collaborations with electronic, avant garde, bluegrass, and jazz musicians.
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Brent July 2, 2017
· Upright Bass · In home
Charlie has a colossal amount of knowledge about double bass, is very patient, and is very willing and able to tailor his teaching to your needs. Just what I needed.
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John Q. November 26, 2016
· Upright Bass · In home
Great first lesson! Thanks Charlie.
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Newhall, CA 91321
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About Jason L.

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Long Beach, CA
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Music fundamentals, to advanced tonal harmony. Including rhythms, notation, musical analysis and part writing.

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*available to travel and teach near my home location as well*

I have played Clarinet for 15 years, and taught for 2. Currently I am pursuing a Bachelors of Music in Performance at California State University-Long Beach. My previous instructors include Mr. Paul Bambach at the University of California-Santa Barbara, and Dr. David Lopez at Cerritos College. Currently I study with Dr. Michael Grego at CSULB.

Outside of Cal State Long Beach, I also am an active member of the Los Angeles Clarinet Choir.

Over the years of my own private instruction, I have been taught in manners which promote self analysis, the standard development of technique and control and keep the experience enjoyable and fun. This is a method I try to implement when teaching clarinet, or music theory to a student.
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Ismael M. March 31, 2017
· Clarinet · In home
He was very professional and knowledgable of the Clarinet. Very nice and helpful, especially with advanced playing. Looking forward to my next lesson.
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Janet C. August 18, 2015
· Clarinet · In studio
Jason is one of the best when it comes to clarinet instruction. His knowledge of the clarinet and of music is exceptional, as well as practice technique. I highly recommend him to anyone who has the desire to learn and become better as a musician of clarinet.
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Los Angeles, CA 90022
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About Mike L.

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As a professional musician with 15 years of performing and teaching experience, I am a curious scholar of music theory, especially in the field of jazz harmony and improvisation.

About Mike
A semi-finalist in the 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition, Mike has emerged as a leading up-and-coming voice in jazz today. Releasing 2 studio albums of original compositions with co-leader Josh Moshier, Mike’s groups have been featured on NPR’s nationally syndicated program Jazz Set with Dee Dee Bridgewater. The group has toured throughout the U.S. and South America showcasing their talents. Mike’s composition Jambo won the 2008 International Jazz Composers Symposium’s Best Small Group Composition award. He has been a featured artist with pop & Motown icons including The Temptations and Guster. Mike’s latest project, the Drive Trio, features Grammy award winning bassist Clark Sommers and Jon Deitemyer.

Mike received his B.M. in Jazz Studies and Economics from Northwestern University in 2007, where he studied
with saxophone under Frederick L. Hemke and John Wojciechowski, and he is currently pursuing a MM in music at USC, studying with Bob Mintzer.
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CJ September 15, 2015
· Saxophone · In home
Mike taught me everything I know about playing the jazz saxophone. He came to every lesson with great energy and always made me excited about the music with novel ideas for exercises and just the right balance of fun and rudiments. I am not a professional musician, and may never rely on the saxophone for income, but Mike has given me a very deep and permanent appreciation for the music. Thanks to Mike, jazz and the saxophone will always be parts of my life. I cannot recommend him enough as an educator.
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Mike L.

Los Angeles, CA 90065
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