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About Claire R.

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Canoga Park, CA
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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

*** Specialties ***
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.

Claire R.

Canoga Park, CA 91303
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About Jan L.

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Woodland Hills, CA
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Take charge of Your Career as a Singer or Songwriter

Who's guiding you in writing, producing & performing your songs?

“Jan is one of the music industry’s best-kept secrets. She has an uncanny ability to put her finger on exactly what the issue is that keeps good artists from being great, and then
helping them to overcome or remove whatever roadblocks stand in their way.

Jan is an expert at fine-tuning and bringing out the best performances in artists and musicians.

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Jan L. is a Grammy nominated award winning singer/songwriter, producer, actress, and artist developer. Her studio, Angel Diva Music, is designed to improve artist abilities on and off the stage as well as giving the clientele first-hand knowledge of the industry while increasing thei
r creativity.

Backed by an extensive musical background debuting with the Philadelphia Orchestra and continuing her career singing with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic, Jan L. went on to receive a Bachelor’s of Education in Opera at Temple University and two Master’s Degrees from Combs College of Music in Theatre Arts and Composition.

Jan is the author of the performance book called "Once More With Feeling."

There is exciting news with Jan. Jan has been teaching online on Zoom.us. It's like Skype but better because you can record the whole lesson. For those of you who want a world class teacher, you can learn from Jan who has 20 Grammy winners. No driving, Just sit yourself in front of your computer screen. You will love the intimacy without leaving your home. Give it a try.

Jan teaches vocal technique that connects the chest middle head voice with a gospel belt. Jan covers proper breathing, vocal technique, performance coaching and recording in her protools studio.

"Jan L. is an award winning songwriter, producer, actress, and artist developer. Her studio, Angel Diva Music, is designed to improve artist abilities on and off the stage as well as giving the clientele first-hand knowledge of the industry while increasing their creativity."

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Ryan March 24, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Jan is a fun and dynamic instructor whose patience and attention to the needs of her students has been instrumental in helping my daughter enjoy and thrive in her voice and piano lessons. While some instructors, in our experience, have been excellent musicians but poor teachers, Jan's style and flexibility make her an ideal person for passing on her knowledge to students, so that they in turn develop their own musical talents and shine. Many thanks, Jan, for your gifts!
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Michael H. January 27, 2017
· Music Recording · In home
What I love about Jan is she tells it how it is and is always looking out for her students. I just started with her and she has already reached out to help my dream become a reality. Looking forward to continue working with her and excited to see what's in store for the future.
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Cyrene Y. June 9, 2016
· Piano · In home
Jan is very patient and knows what I need, not to mention funny and very pleasant. I am looking forward to the next session.
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Jan L.

Jan L.

Woodland Hills, CA 91367
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About Donna S.

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San Gabriel, CA
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About Donna
Hey, I'm Donna and I've been teaching trumpet, Brass instruments and saxophones since 1987. I am a certified teacher in NY, and have recently moved to Los Angeles to enjoy the weather and perform Rock, Jazz, Blues with many different bands.

I love starting students out on their instruments, and have had great success helping beginners and intermediate players do really well in school and at Solo festivals, All County and All State.

I have judged NYSSMA Festivals for over 15 years (and still fly back to do it!), and know how to help students play well under the pressure of an audition.

I have had students get accepted into Juilliard and Manhattan Pre-Colleges (Jazz), USDAN, many other music camps and colleges across the country.

I have performed at the Orpheum Theatre (LA), City National Grove (Anaheim), Wolf Den (Mohegan Sun,
CT), World Cafe (Philadelphia), Paramount NY, Landmark Theatre, Dix Hills Performing Arts Centre, NYCB Theatre, Riverhead Blues Festival, Patchogue Theatre, Theatre Three and numerous restaurants and clubs in NY and Los Angeles metro areas.

From performing with many bands, I know how exciting it is to play songs. I want all my Beginner and Intermediate students to enjoy making music by ear and by reading. In addition to classical music, I also love teaching Jazz and improvisation to all my students, which makes them more independent and creative. I have also used many method books like Breeze Easy, Essential Elements 2000, Rubank, Jump Right In, Clarke, Arban and Universal Method for Saxophone.

I love helping students reach their potential!

I have many videos on YouTube to help young players, trumpet and saxes.

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I predominantly use Selmer Mark VI saxophones (alto and tenor)

Bach Stradivarius Model 37 Trumpet
Cannonball Trumpet

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in helping students overcome embouchure problems.
I also have vast experience teaching students with braces. I have written articles on this topic on my site and others over the years.
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Anita H. October 17, 2015
· Saxophone · In studio
Donna is fabulous!! She worked with my teenage son to improve his Bari Sax skills. She is engaging and friendly as well as a consummate professional. I highly recommend her!!
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Rik K. September 21, 2015
· Trumpet · In home
Donna is terrific and I look forward to working with her again in the future!
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Lorenzo B. August 18, 2015
· Saxophone · In home
Donna is a very enthusiastic teacher. Even before she scheduled the 1st lesson, she asked about my background in playing sax and what my goals are (which is sight reading and improvisation). She immediately recommended a couple of books. The next day she came for the 1st lesson, I was prepared and she came prepared. I am self-taught in playing sax. She is my first private tutor. She gave me tips on warming up, improving my tone, pitch exercises and getting the right rhythm on a jazz song. She brought her sax also and played side by side as she tutored me. She gave me homework for my next weeks lesson. She knows exactly what I need. I am so motivated to play more. She even stayed longer than one hour just to make sure I get my questions answered. I'm telling you she's the best. School starts next week, I can't wait to tell my classmates about her. I'll be in 10th grade. You have nothing to lose. In fact, I've already learned more in 1 hour than what I learned in 1 month at school.
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Donna S.

Donna S.

San Gabriel, CA 91775
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About Athan G.

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North Hills, CA

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Hello potential students, my name is Athan G. and I would love to be your new teacher! I have been teaching for over eight years, and love it as much as I love music itself. I have extensive experience in helping students reach their goals, becoming the best drummers and musicians that they can be. As a musician, I have been fortunate to study and play with some of L.A.'s top musicians, participating in the country's top student groups and receiving honors at many music festivals and competitions. The lessons I've learned from these great experiences I hope to pass on to you, the student, in order to help you get the most out of our lessons and to turn you into the best musician that you can be. Whether beginner or advanced, and any genre from jazz to rock to hip hop, I feel I have the knowledge to take your drumming and music-making to t
he highest level (and of course, have a blast doing it!) I have a passion for teaching, and would love to have you as my student!
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Julie Price May 18, 2017
· Drum · Online
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Scott April 9, 2017
· Drum · In home
Athan has a really easy going teaching style and makes it very easy to learn. The exercises were very well applied and tuned into the music I also liked to hear. He was open to hearing my comments and working with my feedback during the lesson. Overall, I'd definitely recommend Athan to others.

A really good guy as well.

Thank you for the experience.
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Hong M. March 18, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Excellent drum teacher. Knows exactly my strengh and weakness and apply his teaching skills to right level of learning scale.
Great personality as well.
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Athan G.

Athan G.

North Hills, CA 91343
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About Paulina W.

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Los Angeles, CA

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About Paulina
The aim of my lessons is for students to feel comfortable and empowered at their instruments. We'll ask a lot of questions, learn to listen with awareness, and explore how music works! Students are encouraged to play the music they enjoy, and lessons can be tailored to the unique needs of each musician. As a songwriter, I love for students to be creative.

In addition to teaching, I am a songwriter, vocalist, pianist and performer. I studied Popular Music (with an emphasis in songwriting) at USC's Thornton School of Music.

I'd love to help you achieve your musical ambitions, and hope to meet you soon!

Warmly,
Paulina
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Paulina W.

Paulina W.

Los Angeles, CA 90065
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$20 / 30-min
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About Jiyoung L.

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South Pasadena, CA
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Hi my name is Jiyoung Lee. I have given private piano lessons and classical voice lessons more than 10 years. I attended Peabody Institute for Master's degree.
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JIECHENG June 23, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Great teacher! Very patient and knowledgeable. I'll definitely keep taking her lessons.
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Jiyoung L.

Jiyoung L.

South Pasadena, CA 91030
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$30 / 30-min

About Alexa B.

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Valley Village, CA

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Hi, there! My name is Alexa and I would be excited to be your drum teacher. I've been teaching private lessons since 2004 and have helped 100+ students become better drummers. I strive to make my lessons fun yet productive. If you are a beginner, you'll learn all the foundations for good drumming such as technique and rudiments..... while at the same time learning to play along to your favorite songs. If you are intermediate / advanced, we'll identify which areas of your drumming can be improved to make you a more well rounded musician.

I went to Berklee College of Music and earned a degree in Professional Music in 2004 (GPA 3.9). I also attended the L.A. Music Academy from 1998-99 (now Los Angeles College of Music).

I'm a very patient and motivated teacher, and I'm great with kids and parents. I look forward to helping you (or yo
ur child) reach your drumming goals!

-Alexa
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Yasmin May 23, 2017
· Drum · In studio
WOW! My nephew was so inspired and excited after his first drum lesson with Alexa! She is so professional and knowledgeable ... and made the lesson so much fun! I wholeheartedly recommend her!
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Fred May 23, 2017
· Drum · In home
I was a beginner drummer looking to learn a new skill. Alexa was a patient and extremely talented teacher. I looked at many different individuals before choosing her. I was trying to find someone who was educated in music through formal schooling (To have a strong background in the fundamentals who could actually teach me as an absolute novice) as well as someone that is currently performing (who Rocks !). I have seen her perform a number of times and she is truly talented.
I felt so comfortable with her as a teacher (and a person) I also had her teach my youngest son (who was 11 at the time).
She never missed an appointment, and was always on time (very important for a drummer)
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Kevin May 23, 2017
· Drum · In home
As someone who has played the drums for 15+ years, I can highly recommend Alexa! She is a very skilled and talented drummer. She knows everything from the basics to advanced fills and chops. You won't regret taking lessons from her!
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Alexa B.

Alexa B.

Valley Village, CA 91607
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About Keith S.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Hello! My name is Keith and I am an Academic and Music Tutor as well as a Film Score Composer. I graduated from Grinnell College (2015) with degrees in physics and music composition. I have tutored students for past couple years in high school math and physics, as well as in the SAT and ACT. I work as a tutor for three well-known tutoring companies (one of which won the Eddie Award for 'best national test-prep company').
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Keith S.

Keith S.

Los Angeles, CA 90048
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$22 / 30-min

About Steve F.

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Burbank, CA
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Ah, The love of music. OK, my 3 yr old daughter is more important but I live it breath it, eat it, dream it. Bass is my first love since I began at 9 yrs old. Ive been pro for 30+ yrs and have played on 5 continents to millions... from a hit TV series (like The Roots on Fallon) to Live 8. I'm expensive but its cheaper than session fees avg $500 to $1000 a song and we're often done in 10 or 20 minutes. Im aware of all classic rock, pop, soul, funk, dance and most contemporary styles ie indie, hip hop, dubstep, neo-soul, pop grunge, punk pop, shoegaze, drum & bass etc...
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Steve F.

Steve F.

Burbank, CA 91505
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$84 / 30-min

About Garrett B.

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Northridge, CA

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I am a graduate student from California State University Northridge with a degree in Jazz Studies. I have been playing the saxophone for 12 years now and flute for about 5. I have been fortunate to study under Rob Lockart and Katisse Buckingham, both studio giants in their own respects and with luck I will there too one day. As of now I have worked with Jimmy Borges, Barbara Morrison, as well as Melissa Manchester, all great vocalists that I considered myself lucky to work with. I have been teaching now off and on when I had the time and look forward to working with more students in the future as there is not enough music education made available to the masses anymore.
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Garrett B.

Garrett B.

Northridge, CA 91324
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$35 / 30-min

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