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About Jean D.

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Anaheim, CA

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Piano, Guitar, Vocal Instructor – Current
Certified Music Teacher - Private studio and student's home instructor for elementary school aged children and special education adults. Advanced Music Theory Educator.

About Jean
If you are interested in taking piano, keyboard, guitar, or voice lessons, I would really like to be your instructor!!! You have the option of my traveling to your home, or you are welcome to my home studio, conveniently located in Anaheim.

To tell you a little about myself, I was raised in a musical family introduced to music at a very young age. I took piano, organ, guitar, glockenspiel, and voice lessons for many years, participating in music recitals.

I enjoyed singing, and with my music theory background, participated in high school musicals from freshman through senior year. I also joined the Girls Choir, Varsity Choir, Madrical or Show Choir, participated in out-of-state voice sight reading competitions, and ultimately joined the New York All State Choir.

After graduating from school, I focused on teaching children ho
w to read sheet music and play the piano and guitar within parochial schools, public elementary schools, private in-home lessons, and instructed adults for the Continuing Education Music Programs located within Rockland County, New York and Orange County, California.

No need to be nervous about lessons. I will help you learn at a pace that is right for you. You will find yourself more and more interested in lessons as you reap the rewards of your efforts. I look forward to meeting you, and getting you started on your way to a lifetime of much music fulfillment!

*** Lesson Details ***
The goal of music education is to empower the student to experience learning as a source of personal enrichment, a vehicle for the constructive expression of human emotions, and as a unique intellectual discipline. This goal will be attained through a structured, sequential program of study:

- Motivate all students to engage in the learning process designed individually through text or on-line.
- An ability to establish and maintain high standards for student performance.
- A demonstration of deep knowledge of the subject taught and the use of appropriate instructional strategies that promote student understanding.
- An ability to plan and implement a sequence of appropriate instructional activities.
- An ability to evaluate and assess student achievement and areas of improvement.
- Communicate effectively with students and parents presenting goals clearly.

Each student interested in expanding their knowledge and abilities in voice, piano/keyboard or guitar will be introduced to reading music and asked to practice the lesson plan each week at home. With practice, you will see your abilities grow stronger and stronger, and you will be able to play and sing along to music with ease.

We will be working from lesson books specifically designed for you, and each weekly lesson will be documented in a notebook as a daily practice reference guide.

Through active involvement, you will build a foundation for a lifetime of participation and enjoyment in music, and at the same time have fun while learning.

Music Education will help develop self confidence, and within a very short time you will be amazed at your own abilities!

*** Studio Equipment ***
H.F.Miller Upright Piano - Yamaha Guitar - Electronic Tuner - Capo.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Yamaha Guitar - Electronic Tuner - Capo.

*** Specialties ***
Soft Rock, Top 40's, Country, Spiritual, Standards, Movie/Broadway/Show Tunes, Holiday Music.
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Michelle V. December 2, 2013
· Guitar ·
Very professional and great teaching skills

I would like to thank you sooo much for your time and effort in teaching my daughter guitar lessons these past few months Jean! Your skills and ability soars above my expectations. I am honor to have met you and have you in my home, you are always welcome there even if my daughter did not have a lesson that day. I am grateful that I made the choice and choose you to teach such a great musical instrument. You make it fun for her and I believe that is an important part of learning is to have fun and enjoy. Youre the best and I wish I can spread MORE of your talent!
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Michelle V. November 24, 2013
· Guitar ·
I really think Jean is a great and fun teacher.

I am extremely glad Jean is my guitar instructor because she helps me understand and learn music very fast. She makes it fun and understanding for me. Jean is also friendly and encouraging. She makes me feel comfortable playing around her because she does not judge me and gives me feedback to help fix my mistakes. I enjoy every session with her because Jean is a great person.
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Jean D.

Anaheim, CA 92801
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About Richard C.

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Learn how music is put together including chord scales, harmony, progressions to deepen your knowledge of music. Applicable to any style of music.

About Richard
I have studied, performed and taught music for over 30 years. Accordion was my first instrument at age 7 which was a great introduction to the keyboard, melody and harmony. That was followed by guitar and other stringed instruments (Banjo, Ukulele) as well as drums. I studied with great teachers in the past as well as at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. I have also performed at the Cape Cod Jazz Festival, The Bakersfield Jazz Festival and numerous club dates and private functions throughout New York, New England and California.

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Students will experience an "original" lesson based on how they learn. Some students benefit most from a visual standpoint reading music or tab while others learn best by an auditory or hearing approach. We will explore what works best for you. Whether its blues, rock jazz o
r other styles, we will find the best avenue to progress toward your goals. At the same time I believe it should always be a fun thing to do!

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Guitars - Drums - Amplifiers - Accordion - Ukes and other assorted instruments

*** Specialties ***
Depending on student interest, I teach numerous styles (Rock, Blues Jazz improvisation) by reading music or by ear. Some students are more visual while others are auditory learners. Whichever is best for the student.
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Jim L. July 22, 2017
· Banjo · In studio
Richard has the knowledge and communication skills needed to be a very good teacher, and he is.
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Russell July 1, 2017
· Drum · In studio
My son always look forward to next lesson. Richard is amazing.
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steve May 24, 2017
· Banjo · In studio
Informative, friendly, patient and knowledgeable.
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Richard C.

Richard C.

Irvine, CA 92612
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About Jennifer T.

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Valley Village, CA
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About Jennifer
Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Jen T. was 13 years old when she picked up her first guitar, rescuing her mom’s dusty old acoustic from the family’s attic. Quickly developing a love for the instrument, Jen headed west to sharpen her craft at LA’s esteemed Musicians Institute, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in music performance.
While studying at MI, Jen formed the folk-pop duo Jen & Abby with vocalist Abby Miller. With their quirky style and catchy tunes, the band soon gained a devoted following through gigs at many renowned LA venues, including The Key Club, House of Blues, and Hotel Café. Following the release of their 2008 debut album Cannot Rearrange, the band’s music was featured in multiple films and television commercials.
Jen has been sought out by many other artists seeking her particular blend of expertise and p
erformance savvy.
She relishes the chance to put her skills to the test in a wide variety of musical genres. In addition to writing and performing, Jen keeps busy as a private instructor to dozens of aspiring guitarists. She also has done over 1000 online instructional videos totaling up to more than 40 million views for YouTube and Mahalo website. Her various Mahalo website "Learn Guitar" apps have over 300,000 downloads and has had an itunes #1 ibook on how to play guitar.

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Students can expect a very patient supportive atmosphere. Lessons are catered to each students individual needs. The lessons are laid back but also with the understanding that if you work hard you can accomplish any goal that is set.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Apartment extra guitars, computers, music stands

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I expect that the student has his/her own guitar. Any other specifics can be decided on after the first lesson.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching blues, rock, and folk.
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Rik K. August 25, 2016
· Bass Guitar · In studio
just what the doctor ordered; if the doctor is -
dr. john or dr. wu or doctor doctor give me the news. treatment with melodic bed side manners. jennifer cures the funk & the blues!
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Keira M. January 7, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Awesome lesson! Jennifer is very patient and organized. Can't wait for the next lesson.
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Avery G. September 30, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Jen is great! She's very supportive and encouraging which works really well for my daughter.
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Jennifer T.

Jennifer T.

Valley Village, CA 91607
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About Seth D.

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I have been teaching over sixteen years.

I tailor each individual lesson to that persons goals, needs, wants, and styles.

My goal is to learn music the fun way. Along the way we'll learn theory, chords, scales, ear training, composition, reading music, tempo etc

About Seth
Seth is available for one on one lessons on Saxophone, Clarinet, Piano, Guitar, Vocals and Music Theory. Available to all styles, ages and levels in your home or mine in Los Angeles, CA. Lessons are tailored to the individual styles and goals. Seth has been teaching for over sixteen years primarily working with children. He has worked with Grammy winning producers, touring musicians, helping them hone up on there music theory, and piano chops.

He graduated from the prestigious Lamont School Of Music with a Bachelor’s of Music in music composition.

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Lessons are tailored to the individuals styles and goals!
I teach all styles with focus on having fun.
Theory, Reading Music, Ear Training, Chords etc.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I don't provide equipment, I expect the student to have there own equipment.
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Bob G. April 13, 2016
· Saxophone · In studio
First lesson. Lots to learn!
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Alex B. December 17, 2015
· Saxophone · In studio
Seth is a good dude. I came across his profile with Take Lessons a month ago, after browsing through other instructors in my area and other schools in my area. He's got the experience and knowledge, so I connected with him for an initial lesson. It was a quick one to get introductions out of the way and a good idea of goals/direction. From there we further honed our plans for my instruction in an hour lesson and are directing our sights on my upcoming auditions. Seth has shown me through simple explanations of theory that his teaching style is very approachable, and additionally, was able to show me good technical skills on working my way around the horn, which is especially useful for someone like me in my twenties who already has a few bad habits (haha). Like I said, he's a good dude, good sense of humor so I feel at ease practicing with him and his knowledge is insane! Not only for saxophone but in so many other areas of music! You'd be doing yourself a favor to take at least an hour lesson from him and see how you go.
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Alyssa B. August 2, 2015
· Clarinet · In home
Seth and I had a great first lesson. I haven't played in a long time and he gave me helpful pointers on how to improve my embouchure. He gave me positive feedback on my rhythm and constructive feedback on my tone. We worked through some songs together. Next time I will probably ask him to play some more for me so I can hear what I need to improve for a particular song. I highly recommend him.
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Seth D.

Inglewood, CA 90303
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About Danielle N.

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Diamond Bar, CA

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Not a lot of people know what Music Theory is or have trouble understanding the concept behind it.

I break down even the most difficult concepts for any age to understand!

About Danielle
My name is Danielle. I have been playing the piano since I was 5 years of age. I may be young but I am very passionate about music and would like to teach anyone who is interested in learning. I teach classical, pop, funk, and even a little jazz. I work with all ages and all levels. I am a very patient individual when it comes to teaching. I like to build a relationship with my students to enhance the learning experience. Hope to teach you soon.

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Whether its piano or ukulele I like to involve basic music theory, technique and fun games! If you're 4 or 65 I like to make music a fun learning experience. Many of my students have come to me after taking lessons with a previous teacher who has either completely abandoned them, was very mean, or never fully explained to them basic music skills. I love to go int
o detail but I'm very passionate about music so no matter what I can make it interesting.

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Grand Piano.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Resources to books.

*** Specialties ***
I teach beginning/intermediate piano, voice, ukulele, and music theory from ages 4 and older.
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Lupe B. September 22, 2015
· Piano · In home
Danielle is a great teacher! She is very flexible and patient for every lessons and I am happy to have her as my teacher!
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Alyce-Suzanne K. November 4, 2014
· Piano · In home
I am a complete beginner at any sort of musical instrument and Danielle has made it simple and fun. With her techniques of identifying my problems areas and pushing me through them, to her history back story to what she teaches the experience has been incredible.
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albert dominguez D. June 10, 2014
· Piano · In home
Danielle has been a pleasure as teacher for my two daughters. She's patient and has a delightful persona. I am very happy with Danielle. She has great energy and passion for teaching and playing music. Very talented.
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Danielle N.

Diamond Bar, CA 91765
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About Burt G.

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Long Beach, CA
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Whether a piece of music is Classical, Jazz, rock and roll or a modern Pop tune, we find that the same musical elements being used in all of them if we know basic Theory.

Having basic Theory under our belt lets us appreciate different kinds of music more and perform that music with "know how".

About Burt
Pianist/Composer/Arranger. Burt lives and works out of Long Beach California. He studied music composition and piano performance, western and eastern music theory, ethnic music, choral music and electronic music at Cal State San Bernardino, Golden West College, and Long Beach City College.

Burt performs as both soloist and as accompanist in rock and jazz ensembles and with choirs. He has also sung with various choral groups and recorded commercially with the group Meritage ("50 most loved Christmas Carols"). But was the choral director/arranger for the church Teaching of the Inner Christ in Long Beach, California for ten years.

Burt has a steady output of musical composition, from instrumental music, pop music and songs to compositions for full choir. Burt's music is a combination of live and digital instruments that can be heard on
the CD's "Meditation" volumes 1 and 2, and "Atalanta Fugiens: Fifty Alchemical Fugues".

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Lessons are always tailored to the needs of the student. If you are a beginner, you will learn how to play the piano and read music. If you already play and wish to take your playing to another level, you can learn how to play in a particular style of music. Or, if you are an aspiring composer or song writer, you can learn to develop your own ideas with Burt's help.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Kawai MP4 digital stage piano, Motu Digital Performer sequencing/arranging/recording software, Native Instruments Kontakt Sample Library, EMU Mps + Orchestral keyboard, Peavey keyboard amplifier.

*** Specialties ***
Besides teaching piano performance, basic musicianship, and theory, Burt's specializes in composition and will help you develop your own musical ideas.
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Carole R. February 24, 2014
· Piano ·
Excellent piano teacher!

Burt has been teaching my son (age 11) piano for over two years. He is an excellent teacher -- very knowledgeable, patient, keeps things light and fun, but at the same time is appropriately demanding.
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Burt G.

Long Beach, CA 90803
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About Megan W.

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Los Angeles, CA

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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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Megan W.

Los Angeles, CA 90027
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About Ryan L.

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Pasadena, CA
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Making music theory fun! I can teach students fundamentals to advanced music theory principals such as: harmony, formal analysis, voice leading and composition. I can assist with ALL college theory courses or test prep training.

About Ryan
Ryan L. is a local composer, conductor, musician and musicologist. He holds a Masters degree in Musicology from California State University, Long Beach Cole Conservatory of Music. He is a professor of music at Woodbury University where he teaches a course in Music and Film. Additionally he is also the music director for Conundrum Theatre Co., Burbank Community Theater and Santa Ana College where he auditions, and rehearses singers, and the contracts and conducts the orchestra in all musical performances for the community.

As a classical/jazz trumpet player he has performed with tournament of Roses Honor band, the Pasadena Pops Orchestra, the Crown City Symphony and in various musical theater productions. He performs regularly with his jazz band the Crown City Combo in various venues in the greater LA area.

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composition Ryan is an avid composer, composing for various genres and ensembles. Among these genres Ryan’s specialty is composing new musical theater works/songwriting. In 2010 he joined the Academy of New Musical Theater and with that organization he composed his first musical theater piece Shoot Ma! which premiered at the Colony Theater in Burbank. In 2011 he composed his second musical Experience Magic! A Musical Within a Magic Show, which premiered at the Sierra Madre Playhouse in 2012.
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Jonelle Pickett October 24, 2015
· Trumpet · In home
Excellent at giving pointers and exercises to help students improve sound quality. Patient, positive and personable.
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Stephanie R. December 10, 2014
· Trumpet · In home
Fabulous teacher! My son's taking beginning trumpet lessons. Ryan is patient, attentive, encouraging, and knowledgeable. Ryan is punctual and flexible when rescheduling needs to be arranged. He responds to email, phone calls, etc. in a timely manner. My son enjoys learning from him. It's a pleasure to have him as my son's teacher.
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Pasadena, CA 91107
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About Artem K.

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Los Angeles, CA

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In my home country of Russia children start learning Music Theory from a very young age. I used to struggle with many concepts of music theory until one of my friends explained it to me. I love to share the knowledge that my friend and my teachers shared with me. I think Music Theory can be extremely exciting and captivating if you teach it right. My personal journey helped me find easier ways to explain these concepts to others.

About Artem
Hello! My name is Artem Kolesov and I'm 22 years old. I'm a second year Masters student at Roosevelt University majoring in Violin Performance.
I am passionate about teaching because I believe education and willingness to learn is an extremely important factor for personal development and success.
I was born and raised in Saint Petersburg, Russia and underwent intensive training in Voice, Violin and Piano. After winning the Frieburg Intenational Violin Competition in 2010, I was offered a full scholarship to study music at Dalhousie University at the age of sixteen. After moving to Canada I had to go through a 9-month intensive english learning program, so I know first hand how difficult it can be to learn a new language. This experience helped me understand the struggles that any ESL student goes through and discover new ways to teach
my first language to others.
I am excited to get to know you and share my knowledge with you!
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Timothy C. August 28, 2017
· Russian · Online
Artem was great. He is a good communicator and is flexible with his schedule. Thanks Artem!!
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Michael March 16, 2017
· Russian · Online
Artem was incredibly helpful when I was taking my Russian classes. My parents never taught me and I finally decided to learn so I could converse with my grandparents.

Artem was amazing at showing me how to speak naturally and fluently without ever getting impatient with me. I would highly recommend him to anyone who wants to learn.
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Monique March 16, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Artem is a wonderful violin teacher! He makes it a pleasure to go to lessons and is always in a good mood.
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Los Angeles, CA 90066
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About Lydia W.

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I have taught aural skills at a college level and can help you review and prepare for theory exams (including AP theory), hone your aural skills, and incorporate it into your musical analysis and performance.

About Lydia
I started studying piano at the age of three. After moving to the United States at the age of seven, I continued my studies in New York City in the studio of Mr. Shou- Ping Chiu. By the age of seventeen, I gave many solo performances, including Silver Bay Festival and Cornell University in New York, and Chinese Young Artist Competition in Washington D.C.. I also studied with Maria Asteriadou, Xak Bjerken, and Jian Tian, and received master classes with Christine Dahl, Constance Keene, Graham Scott, Misha Dichter, Lydia Boguslavsky, and Barry Douglas.

I received my bachelor and master's degrees in piano performance at the University of Georgia, under the tutelage of Russian pianist Evgeny Rivkin. In 1999 I was a winner of the UGA Concerto Competition and Atlanta Steinway Society Scholarship. A member of Pi Kappa Lambda, I receiv
ed the Athon-Hughes-Cook Piano Pedagogy Scholarship Award in 2002. I was a member of Contemporary Chamber Ensemble at the University of Georgia. In 2005, I was winner of the Franz Liszt Award, and Outstanding Performer at GMTA Senior College Division.

Since then I have appeared in many solo and chamber recitals throughout the United States. My most recent appearances include the Herald Mission Center in Flushing, New York, PepsiCo Concert Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, Bonneville Chamber Music Festival in Ogden, Utah, and Franz Liszt Festival in Athens, Georgia. I currently live in Los Angeles, California where I am a Music Teacher at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA) and the Music Director at Village Presbyterian Church. A member of the Music Teachers' Association of California (MTAC) and Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), I continue to teach and perform solo and in collaboration.
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Lydia W.

Alhambra, CA 91803
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