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About Glynis D.

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Long Beach, CA

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I love music theory and enjoy teaching it greatly. I think it's so great because there is one right way and once you understand it you know it for life. I think it is very important for any musician to understand the theory behind what they are doing in order to fully appreciate the music.

About Glynis
Glynis has been reading music since before she knew how to read words. Her mother started teaching her piano lessons at age 3, and she started taking voice lessons at age 7. She learned from an early age to practice every day. She has taught all levels and ages of piano and voice for many years. Glynis specializes in jazz voice, but has a very strong classical and musical theatre background. She is an arranger, composer, educator, and singer. She received her AA in Professional Music from SWCC (school for music vocations), her BA in Jazz Studies: Vocal Performance at CSU Sacramento, and her Masters in Jazz Studies: Vocal Performance at the Bob Cole Conservatory at CSU Long Beach. She teaches college and high school vocal jazz ensembles as well as many private students in many areas of music.
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y is to have a safe, positive, fun, and effective learning environment for all of my students. I believe it is important to be a well rounded musician, therefore I love my students to have a solid understanding of what they are doing. I strongly encourage all of my students to learn theory along with piano or voice, so they understand what they are doing. Each student is unique, therefore each student has a different lesson plan. I do expect that my students will practice during the week in order to grow, since this helps them reach their goals. I do let students pick most their own repertoire, since it is very important for them to be motivated and enjoy their assignments during the week. I can teach from early Baroque music to modern day and everything in between. Music is expression, therefore I believe it is very important for my students to love what they are working on.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons are in my house with my upright Yamaha piano.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring a keyboard, but it is necessary to have a piano or keyboard at home to pracitce on if you are a piano student.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in jazz voice, with a strong background in classical and musical theatre. I also specialize in piano, music theory, songwriting and arranging.
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Helen January 14, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Elizabeth is enjoying her lessons very much is very enthused Glynis does a very nice job.
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Jesalyn January 11, 2018
· Vocal Training · In home
My daughters first day lesson with Glynis was Awesome! She couldn’t stop talking about her and what she learned on the first day. She is so excited and can’t wait for her next class.
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Christopher September 19, 2017
· Piano · In studio
She's super awesome. She completely understands musics, which comes in handy because she'll teach you some theory from time to time during a lesson. And it's a huge plus that she's really understanding and nice.
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Glynis D.

Glynis D.

Long Beach, CA 90805
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About Claire R.

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I trained in theory at UCLA with Paul Reale and continued my studies throughout my years in graduate school. I am well versed in analyzing music and know a lot of repertoire. I have skill in the Sibelius music writing program and used Finale for years so I can help budding and more advanced composers as well.

About Claire
I've been teaching piano, cello, voice and theory in Los Angeles for over thirty years, helping students develop their particular interests in music and to encourage them to reach their personal goals. I love the classics and many of my students want to play popular music, contemporary sounds and jazz and that is fine too. I received my BA in music at UCLA and a Master's at Cal State Northridge. I conduct vocal and bell choirs, run a concert series, play chamber music, sing in a band and teach in the Community College District in addition to running my private studio.

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My students work on technical skills such as playing scales and chords at the beginning of each lesson since these are the building blocks of the music we wish to play. I expect students to practice but I understand that life is complicated and som
e days that may mean you only have ten minutes. I try to explain that a little bit every day will help you become a better player rather than working for two hours the day before a lesson. I have lots of good books that I assign that have fun materials with strong melodies. I design everyone's program according to their desires. After a half year, a beginning piano student might expect to be able to play the three essential chords ( the ones that harmonize so many songs) while playing the melody in the other hand. Cellists can expect to be able to play at least four scales, some in two octaves, and understand the notes in the first position within six months.

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Room for parents to wait, dedicated music space, Yamaha piano, great acoustics for singing

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Classical, Popular, Contemporary, Christian
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Mai N. March 12, 2016
· Cello · In studio
I am 43 years old and was scared to take on such a difficult instrument but I really wanted to learn how to play the beautiful cello. I had my first lesson and am very happy with Claire. She is friendly, accommodating, patient, and explains her lesson in a clear and easy manner (as easy as you can get with the cello). I had a lot of questions and she was very open in answering all of them. Although I am still at the very very beginnings of my journey, I am very excited to continue with the cello lessons, thanks to Claire.
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Leslie Mattesich October 30, 2015
· Cello · In studio
The first lesson was excellent. I completed my first private cello lesson since playing about 44 years ago. It was wonderful. The teacher is very organized and very nice. I thought maybe the lesson would be a lesson of remembering what I had forgotten from so long ago, but I actually learned new things. I'm excited to attend the next lesson.
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Mike H. February 11, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Claire works at your pace, but expects you to progress at a steady rate. It's the perfect balance between understanding the student's ability and reasonable expectations for advancement.
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Claire R.

Canoga Park, CA 91303
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About Matt B.

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Los Angeles, CA
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About Matt
I have been teaching guitar to students on the East and West Coasts of the United States for over 20 years. I was always interested in music and made my first “recording” at the age of 2 and a half. I got serious about playing the guitar when I was 10 years old after hearing the legendary Randy Rhoads for the first time.
I begged my parents for a guitar, which I received at Christmas, along with a parental demand that I take classical guitar lessons, and a warning that if I did not practice, my parents would sell the guitar. Six months later, I still had the guitar, and a brand new electric guitar. I never stopped practicing, and spent summers at the National Guitar Summer Workshop, where I even built a guitar at age 15.
By the time I was in high school, I was regularly playing in bands, recording in professional studios, and studying M
usic Theory. I credit my early development to my teachers, Ron Bluen, and Steve Famiglietti. I aspire to offer my students the same positive influence I received during my formative years.
After high school, I attended the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California, where I honed my chops. From there, I played with various bands, including Hollywood Rose (the precursor to Guns N’ Roses) and with Bruce Bouillet (Racer X, The Scream, Epidemic) and Tommy Chong.
In 2006, I released my solo record, Contributions For An Atom Bomb. The Album has garnered a cult following and the respect of some of my all-time heroes.
Today, I continue to play live shows, teach, study, write, record and jam. Nothing makes me prouder than jamming with my students and watching them grow as musicians.

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I like to focus on three things every lesson.
1. Technical Exercises- to get your fingers moving and build strength and coordination
2. Music Theory - the fingerboard and the way music works seem complicated, but I have a great methodical and simple way to break it down so it all makes sense.
3. Tunes - I like to work with the music you like. We take songs and break them down to understand the techniques and theory behind them. You won't just play the song like the recording, you'll understand the chords and scales and why your favorite artist chose them.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have guitars, a bass, pedals, cables, metronome, practice amps, etc. All you need to bring is your guitar.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide my own equipment and materials, students must provide their own guitar, amp, etc.

*** Specialties ***
I teach students to understand theory and the fingerboard. All styles and genres are acceptable but I specialize in rock.
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Marilyn F. March 6, 2014
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Great teacher!

Matt has been friendly and encouraging, has considerable knowledge of his instrument, and has even inspired us to practice every day! He's a great teacher for younger children, has a passion for music, and is a source of inspiration.
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Peter S. March 26, 2013
· Guitar ·
An excellent teacher

I started taking lessons with Matt when I was 16 and when we started up again this year (I'm now 31) we were able to pick right back up where we left off. That should tell you all you need to know about how much he cares about his students.

He's an especially excellent teacher because he's so passionate about music and his instrument. You'll never run out of new things to learn because he's always learning new things himself.

Nobody will teach you to love the guitar like this dude!
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Tyler M. March 13, 2013
· Guitar ·
Incredible Guitar Teacher

The most inspiring, challenging, caring and charismatic guitar teacher you will ever have. He will take your playing to the next level and beyond. Matt's playing ceases to amaze and he is constantly producing pearls of guitar wisdom, along with some killer licks.
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Matt B.

Los Angeles, CA 90045
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About Joshua S.

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Learn fundamental technique in a variety of different styles with an emphasis on the underlying theories that make up the musical world.

About Joshua
I have been studying music for 16 years, I graduated with a Bachelor's in vocal performance from the prestigious Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA. Eight years of recording and live performance experience in a various disciplines including pop, rock, reggae, folk, indie/alternative, opera, musical theatre, and jazz.
I am a proficient group and private music instructor teaching voice, piano, ukulele, electric bass, flute, cello, music theory and composition. Experience focused on working with children in a therapy music program.

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My desire to share my passion for music is what drives me to teach it. My hope is to share the love and joy of music with people of all ages, and to instill an appreciation for music that will last a lifetime. I'm committed to the success of each of my students, and creating lesson pl
ans that are designed to meet the specific needs and desires of each individual student. My teaching style ensures that my students not only learn the musicality of the instrument, but have fun while playing.

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Mac computer with Logic and Sibelius.
MBox recording interface.
Scarlet 2i2 recording interface
Audio Technica condenser microphone.
Sennheiser dynamic microphone.
MXL condenser microphones
MAudio midi controller
Various Basses, Guitars, Ukuleles, Banjos, Mandolins, Flutes, and Harmonicas

*** Specialties ***
My personal performance specialties are singing and playing in pop, rock, reggae, folk and indie/alternative. I have recording and live performance experience in various disciplines and I am also proficient in opera, musical theatre, and jazz. I am an experienced group and private music instructor teaching voice, piano, ukulele, electric bass, flute, cello, music theory and composition.
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Marie L. December 17, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
The best teacher ever! Been helping me out so much and is always very kind. Definitely recommend his teaching.
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Shannon Crowther March 20, 2016
· Singing · In home
Great teacher! Very knowledgable, helpful and fun. Welles is really enjoying her lessons and we are glad we found Joshua.
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Kylie R. September 28, 2015
· Ukulele · In home
Joshua is making ukulele lessons very enjoyable for my 12 year old daughter. She took piano somewhere else before this and is really enjoying this new experience. She just keeps saying how fun it is!
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Joshua S.

North Hollywood, CA 91605
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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 Griswold 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".

*** Lesson Details ***
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.

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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 Antoine K.

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Los Angeles, CA
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About Antoine
Born in Caen, France, Antoine started his musical journey at the early age of 6, by playing cello. After 12 years of conservatory studies, he decided to switch to electric bass. It’s only after 3 years of playing that he got accepted into the prestigious Berklee School of music, with the European scholarship.

During his time at Berklee, Antoine developed a great versatility and became comfortable and playing in a wide range of musical styles with authenticity, from Gospel, Afro Cuban, jazz to neo soul or Arabic music. He has studied with Victor Bailey, John Patitucci, David Fuzcinsky and Bruce Gertz to name a few.

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I've always focused my lessons on the pleasure of playing aspect of it, and always apply what I've learnt from studying with some of the world's best teachers, or the experienced artists I've shar
ed the stage with. My goal is to help you develop your ears and instrument skills so you'll be able to play in bands and have the tools to learn any songs you want by yourself.

I have been teaching professionally for about 5 years now, In music schools or privately. I've also been doing clinics/masterclasses tours with the Dave Mackay group .

I have played/recorded with artists/groups such as : Harry Belafonte, Jennah Bell, Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles, Lunchmoney Lewis ,Patti Austin, Siedah Garrett , Charlie Puth, Talib Kweli, Bea Miller, Mali Music, Jaime Woods , Marie Davy, Casey Benjamin, Maurice Brown, Bob James, Gizmo, Dave Mackay Group
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Antoine K.

Antoine K.

Los Angeles, CA 90048
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About Rodrigo R.

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Long Beach, CA
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Musical concepts to understand your sheet music.
Modern Tonal Harmony

About Rodrigo
With an associates degree from El Camino, and lots of musical studies in Mexico, I have been fortunate to tour through the States and through my country. My lessons include real working tips for the real life, keeping it fun as the material is created for your specific needs. I am a multi-instrumentalist that will pass as much knowledge as you can practice...
Let's work together...

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We'll cover music basic theory and the most part of your lesson will be the music you want to learn, saving a small portion of the time to repertoire that I consider will help you grow musically.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Sibelius, Logic, apple, Kala ukes, U-bass, vihuela, charango, piano, keyboard, accordion, acoustic and electric guitars, panflutes, boss fx, amps, mics, and more.

*** Travel Equipment ***
instruments and books needed
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*** Specialties ***
mariachi, Catholic music, Andean music, Latin rhythms
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Axel October 26, 2017
· Ukulele · Online
Rodrigo is a great teacher, not only an expert musician, but he shares all his knowledge.
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Miguel July 24, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Great introductory class, covering the basic fundamentals of singing the right way with confidence.
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Warren Croft September 16, 2016
· Accordion · In studio
Rodrigo is very thoughtful and methodical in his teaching. He taught me just the right amount to keep me busy without being overwhelmed. Can't wait for the next lesson!
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Rodrigo R.

Long Beach, CA 90805
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About Brianna S.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Music Theory spans so many different sub categories, and I'm here to help you with all of them: Basic theory, Advanced,Chord Analysis, Notation, Chord Progression, Note Identification, etc.

About Brianna
Hi, I'm Bri! I'm a graduate of North Central College with a BA in Music (Emphasis in Composition and Percussion) and a minor in History. I absolutely love music, every single aspect of it. I love to make music a part of everybody's lives who want and need it. I want to help you with your musical needs. I have been playing percussion for 19 years, singing for 25, and playing piano for 20 years. I was a member of a recording and performing Chicago band, Oblio and Arrow, where I provided backing vocals and helped with the song arrangements. I am currently a member of Trip City Lights, an LA local funk/soul band, where I provide lead and backing vocals. I also record vocals for different artists hooks, jingles, choruses, and songs (covers and originals). I have also composed/arranged various pieces for ensembles, bands, vocal groups, choirs,
plays, musicals, commercials, etc. I've worked with folks locally in LA, and all over the world. I love what I do!

History has always fascinated me. The way our world has developed and changed and continues to evolve is amazing. Everything can be tied back to the past, and I feel it's important to take a look back, put yourself in that time, and really study how things were to help understand why things are the way they are now.

Crocheting and knitting are a couple of good habits/hobbies I picked up about 10 years ago. I sell scarves online and I'm always working on some sort of project. I will have you knitting and pearling with the best of them!

Music, history, crochet, and knitting....I'm your girl!
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Megan September 22, 2017
· Knitting · Online
Super kind and patient while I stumbled my way thru the basics
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Glory June 27, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Brianna was a great teacher for my child.
She was encouraging and positive. She
tailored lessons to fit the range, talent and
interest of the student.
I would recommend her strongly.
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Jill April 26, 2017
· Crocheting · Online
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Brianna S.

Los Angeles, CA 90038
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About Annie S.

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At the present time, I'm a Music Major studying at Cal State Northridge. I hope to teach you not only piano but music theory as well. I have performed in competitions. I specialize in beginner/intermediate piano students. I love teaching. So, we're going to have fun together.

About Annie
I started playing the piano when I was six years old. I've had multiple teachers, and then I finally settled at the American International Music School in Glendale, California. I was an honors student at the Music Teacher's Association of California Certificate of Merit program for three years. I was tested on piano performance, sight-reading, ear training, key terms, and writing. In the 7th grade, I was made accompanist of the choir. I've helped students with their starting pitches in songs, and go over the different lines for each voice part. I've been accompanying the choir for 7 years. I also accompanied a musical in Hollywood. I took AP Music Theory in my junior year while I also tutored a foreign exchange student in the same subject. During my 12 years of playing piano, I've received many awards and trophies. I won first place at th
e International Colibri Competition. In the 8th grade, I received an award for "Outstanding Musician". For our lessons, I require at least a 24-hour cancellation. If you will take music theory lessons, it will be required to purchase "Fundamentals of Piano Theory" (it's an 11-book series). Before our first lesson, I will hold a consultation meeting, where I will find out your skill level in piano and music theory. I look forward to working together with you.
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Oliver September 15, 2017
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Annie is incredible! She is so passionate about music, and it's inspiring. From sight-reading to music theory, Annie is superb! What is most admirable, however, is her patience and kindness. She is always willing to help her students understand and love music. She is encouraging and positive!
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Emily Malins September 15, 2017
· Piano · In home
I took piano lessons from Annie for 8 months until I moved from the area. Annie is patient, knowleagble, and accomplished. I went from chopsticks to playing Chopin etudes under Annie's expert guidance.
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Annie S.

Woodland Hills, CA 91364
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About Liza W.

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As a composer and arranger, I have a deep understanding of music theory and enjoy teaching the intricate ways in which music works to my students. Depending on the needs of each student, I can cover such topics as Classical harmony, voice-leading, and musical analysis, Jazz theory, harmony, and composition, sight-singing, ear-training, and arranging. I look forward to exploring in-depth musical concepts with each of my students!

About Liza
Liza W. is a professional singer, harpist, and composer. As a soloist and ensemble musician, Liza brings a new dimension to the harp’s role in contemporary music, striving to expand the possibilities for this unique instrument in Jazz, Classical, Folk, Latin, and World music. She grew up immersed in the vibrant musical culture of the San Francisco Bay Area and now is based in Los Angeles. Liza began teaching in high school and loves to share her passion for music with her students. She teaches voice, harp, music theory and history, music composition and arranging, and world music genres including Celtic and Latin music. Liza hold a Master's in Music from USC Thornton School of Music and a Bachelor's in Music from IU Jacobs School of Music.
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Wendy September 28, 2017
· Harp · Online
Liza is extremely flexible and patient. She has tailored each lesson to my specific needs and has given me tools I needed to make me a better harp player. She chooses pieces that challenge me and has allowed me to chose from several different pieces/styles that I would enjoy learning, too. If I had to miss a lesson for some reason she went above-and-beyond to accommodate a make-up lesson. She has always been very encouraging and I have loved having her has my harp teacher! --Olivia (14 years old)
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Jesscia S. September 27, 2016
· Harp · In home
Liza is a wonderful and dedicated teacher. She his young, smart, patient and it is abvious to us that she cares and loves teaching harp. In the last few years, my daughter have had several teachers through out her piano and harp lessons, and I never seen her so excited before and after the her music lesson. She has been inspired and highly motivated from the first moment that she met Liza.
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Liza W.

Van Nuys, CA 91406
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