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Woodland Hills, CA
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Jan has a Master's degree in composition. She studied with Romeo Cascarino in Philadelphia at Combs College of music. Jan can teach from beginning level to advanced.

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Take charge of Your Career as a Singer or Songwriter

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“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."

Writer of performance book called "Once More With Feeling:
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Gianfranco May 15, 2019
· Acting · In home
Mrs. Jan is sweet, fun & knowledgable. She makes Gian feels very comfortable and bring out the best of him. In one class he learn a lot of specific things to work on and improve.
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Isabella R. April 5, 2019
· Singing · In home
Jan was very good. We have had different music teachers in the past and she taught us some new techniques. We are very excited to be working with her.
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jim and leah W. June 21, 2018
· Songwriting · Online
Jan is very professional.
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Jan L.

Woodland Hills, CA 91367
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About Daniel S.

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Studio City, CA

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About Daniel
I believe music lessons should be a blast or they shouldn't be at all. I love teaching kids of all ages (adults too!) and jamming out to their favorite songs. Of course there's so much to learn, but there's a way of pacing out the material so they can have fun while learning the theory and technique.

My teaching methods include all the basic elements (technique, theory, ear training, performance, etc.) but my approach is more based on the needs of each student.

* Lesson Details *
I meet each student in the way they need to be met: if they need a serious approach, I meet them with the same intensity (and raise them a few!). Most students seem to prefer a laid back, more "fun" approach, which I am excellent at providing as well.

* Travel Equipment *
We can make arrangements if the student doesn't own the instrument

* Specialties *
Piano - A focus on fundamentals and technique
Guitar - I teach all the basic styles (pop, rock, jazz). I specialize in Bluegrass/Folk/Country rhythm and lead guitar styles
Drums - West African
Recording/Production - Ableton/Pro Tools
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Lynn July 7, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Danny's enthusiasm for his music and his work is contagious! He knows his stuff, that's for sure. But what's really great about Danny is his personality. He is so calm, and very kind and respectful, no matter what your level of skill or knowledge. And he has a terrific sense of humor. You will definitely have fun while learning from Danny!
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Mickey July 5, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Danny is probably the sweetest most patient teacher i've ever had the pleasure of learning from. Whenever I felt flustered Danny would calm me and go over the lesson from top to bottom until I was comfortable. He is an excellent source of musical inspiration as well. 10/10 Would take lessons from in the future
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Jono July 4, 2016
· Drum · In home
Danny knows what he is doing and even more knows how to teach it! He connects to the music in a very personal way, but can still relate to you even if you don't "get it yet." Meaning, even outside of the classroom, he has all the elements you would want. He listens, thinks, and tried to focus on exactly what you need and how he can provide it to you. I strongly encourage you to contact him!
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Daniel S.

Studio City, CA 91604
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$35 / 30-min

About Matthew I

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Los Angeles, CA
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Traditional and modern studies of music theory will help to understand how songs are created through chord analysis and study of correlating scales and keys.

About Matthew J
I currently work as a freelance music producer as well as a guitar/bass teacher and as a music software teacher.
I have been playing guitar for 18 years and teaching guitar and bass for 9 years. I have worked as a private and group guitar instructor at several music education establishments in the Chicago, Los Angeles and in Eugene, Oregon as well. I have also worked as a band coach for youth groups, where I taught them cover songs, helped them write their own songs and prepared them for live performances.
I studied at Columbia College Chicago majoring in Classical Guitar, Latin Music and Music Theory.
I started taking private guitar lessons as a teenager for several years and played in my high school jazz band along with original rock bands. While in high school, I was able to study with popular Chicago rock virtuoso guitarist Kev
in M. Buck, where I first learned music theory and was inspired to be more studious with the guitar.

I have performed in rock/modern bands for 12 years as an electric guitarist and also for 4 years as a solo acoustic guitarist mixing Bossa Nova, Classical Guitar and original compositions into my performance repertoire.

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For Music Software Lessons - Logic Pro X , Ableton Live, Garageband, Pro Tools and Reason-

Topics I like to cover - capturing correct recording levels.....editing, adding effects/basic mixing, automation .....creating drum grooves with loops and midi drums..........songwriting and music theory.........Live capabilities using Ableton (for backing tracks and live performance)........Quick commands to easily navigate through software.....

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I'm a patient teacher that's passionate about guitar and helping students reach their musical goals whether they are casual players or serious musicians. For beginners, I use Hal Leonard instructional guitar books along with paper handouts and sheet music. I believe it's important for everyone to learn the fundamentals of music to create a strong base of skills in order to continue playing and learning music throughout one's life. For more experienced players, I like to teach various modern rock/pop songs, classical guitar songs, picking patterns, finger picking patters, improvisation, scales and music theory. I teach nylon string acoustic, steel string acoustic guitar and electric guitar and bass
I believe the most basic goal for a guitar student is to be able to play a song in it's entirety, whether it's by themselves or with other musicians/music students. I believe that some of the most important music skills are learned while actually playing with other musicians. It is crucial when learning an instrument to be able to play in 'real time'; playing music with a steady sense of rhythm.

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I teach Classical Guitar, Brazilian Jazz, bass guitar, rock, pop, blues, funk and folk guitar using method books, sheet music and guitar tablature.
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Fiona M. March 2, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Absolute joy to be taught by Matt, knowledgeable, encouraging and enthusiastic. (Timely as well if that's important to you!), i learnt an awful lot from Matt and felt fortunate to have chosen him as my teacher.
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Matthew has been a wonderful instructor. I feel that i have learned a lot and also enjoyed the process. He has also been very accomodating about special teaching requests that have helped me develop my skills in genres I enjoy.
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Matthew I

Los Angeles, CA 90035
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About Dillon C.

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Los Angeles, CA

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About Dillon
Dillon C., a San Diego native, has been studying guitar since age 11. He began gigging professionally with local rock groups at age 14 and became interested in jazz while in high school where he played in the La Costa Canyon High School Jazz Band. In 2009, his rock group, The New Archaic, won Best New Artist at the San Diego Music Awards and were nominated for Best Alternative Album in 2010.

He graduated from San Diego State University as a Classical Guitar Performance major where he studied under world-famous classical guitarist Celin Romero. He received a scholarship to study in Spain under legendary guitarists Manuel Barrueco and David Russell. He studied jazz guitar under local luminaries Peter Sprague and Bob Boss. He plays in many different jazz groups around town, most notably the In Motion Collective which was voted Best Jazz a
t the 2011 San Diego Music Awards and nominated for the same award in 2013. The group has opened for national and international acts like the Mattson 2, Budos Band, Sierre Leone Refugee All-Stars, and Zongo Junction.

Dillon began teaching while still in high school, where he taught the Magdalena YMCA group guitar classes. He has also been teaching privately since then as well as at the Encinitas School of Music and Electric Ladyland Music School in Ocean Beach. He focuses on learning chords and songs, developing rhythm, proper technique, an understanding of theory and composition, all while making the lessons fun and interesting for the student.

*** Lesson Details ***
All you need to be prepared on our first lesson is your guitar (acoustic or electric) and a folder for lesson materials. If you are doing piano lessons you will need a folder for lesson materials only. I will provide a keyboard for you.
Options for lesson times are 30, 45, or 60 minute lessons.
I start beginner students with some great introductory chords and songs and use these as a platform to develop technique. As you progress, we will get into more challenging songs, learn about music theory (scales, keys, improvisation) and will also learn about composing songs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Electric and Acoustic Guitars
Nord Electro Keyboard
Amplifiers
Laptop/Speakers for Education Aid

*** Travel Equipment ***
Taylor Acoustic Guitar
Laptop for Education Aid

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in rock/jazz/blues and folk/fingerstyle. I incorporate my classical training to develop smoother technique in these styles. I also have many years experience in teaching younger students (ages 7-18)
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Matthew H. January 30, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Dillon is a first rate guitar instructor!

I've taken lessons with Dillon for 5 months, and he has helped me make tremendous progress. I was lucky to find Dillon because my music interests are all over the place. I wanted to learn about fingerstyle, soul, jazz, blues, Latin music, music theory, transcribing for bands. Dillon helped me with all of those. He's the kind of person whose has really studied the guitar and can distill the music from many styles into a few simple ideas for the guitar, and explain those ideas in a memorable way.

I'll continue taking lessons from him, and would recommend him as a teacher to anyone looking for a teacher with charisma.
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Amanda B. January 27, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Dillon is an absolutely amazing teacher. I just started playing the piano a few months ago and he has been instrumental in motivating me and giving me the tools I need to get started. He is always willing to switch it up each lesson depending on how I am feeling that week and I really enjoy working with him. Dillon is extremely talented and dedicated to music which is really great, because starting out can be hard. I would highly recommend Dillon to anyone!
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Chris D. October 28, 2014
· Guitar · In studio
Dillon- was not reliable. He no-showed twice and his phone was not active. Not a good start for beginner student!
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Dillon C.

Los Angeles, CA 90032
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About Paul N.

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Reseda, CA
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Trained by one of the top composers and teachers of music theory in Los Angeles, my music theory teaching skills have long been sought after by classmates, former classmates and tutoring centers on University campuses. Need help analyzing Bach, Beethoven, Brahms or Bartok? Look no further!

About Paul
Graduate of California State University Northridge's illustrious Jazz Studies program, Paul has studied various styles of guitar for many years. He has taught in and around the Los Angeles area while simultaneously remaining active as a performer.
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Phohanh May 21, 2019
· Guitar · Online
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Rain B. November 11, 2018
· Classical Guitar · In home
I've written a review for Paul before, but I would like to write one again! I was an amateur, self-taught guitar player who knew nothing about classical guitar, and I hired Paul to help me prepare for an audition for CSUN's music program. I only had 7 months to get prepare for my audition, and I passed with flying colors! I exceeded their expectations, and it was all thanks to him.

Paul is an incredible teacher. He's able to notice such small details and nuances in my playing. He's always able to identify where I'm having problems and knows exactly which pieces and exercises I should play to fix them. When I'm having trouble understanding a concept, he's able to break it down really well into simpler terms. I would highly recommend him for anyone trying to learn at any level.
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Rain B. June 27, 2018
· Classical Guitar · In home
I'm already a somewhat experienced guitarist, but Paul has been able to help me really hone and refine my skills. He's very skilled at finding areas where I have difficulty and recommending different songs and exercises to help me improve. I've only been receiving lessons for a few months, but I've already learned so much more from him than in the 5 years I've been teaching myself.
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Paul N.

Reseda, CA 91335
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About Thomas K.

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Glendale, CA

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Want to take your music to the next level? Can't quite figure out why that band's chords sound so hip? Confused on how to write for an orchestra? Composition lessons with me can solve all of these problems! We'll create a curriculum uniquely tailored to your goals, covering subjects including harmony, voicings, melody, and orchestration, and focusing on the musical styles you're most interested in. Weekly assignments and personal interaction will ensure that your writing skills can only get better!

About Thomas
Piano, woodwinds, trumpet, composition
Chords, sight-reading, theory, jazz, classical, and pop

No one ever regrets learning an instrument… yet many grow old wishing they had taken music lessons! A talent they’ll be able to develop their entire life, your children will thank you for giving them the chance to learn music. And bonus points for you: after just a couple years, you’ll have free entertainment every Christmas!

Or maybe YOU’RE the one that wishes to learn! It is never too late to begin learning an instrument. Everybody has the ability, and if you’re determined and interested, there’s nothing stopping us from achieving this very special goal. (Interested in learning to compose? Scroll to the bottom to learn more.)

Everybody learns differently, and everybody likes different things. Whether it’s improvising or singing alon
gside a song you love or reading through a classical concerto, I’ll help prepare you or your child to tackle a wide variety of styles, without missing out on any of the basics that turn good players into phenomenal musicians. We all know it’s not about being the best. It’s about having fun, and playing music well is definitely fun. Music lessons include:

1. Building a really strong foundation so it's easy to interpret or understand any part, and to play it with the right amount of practice.

2. Learning to sight-read music, so you can play it well as soon as possible.

3. Learning how to improvise (make-up) music, learn music by ear, and to understand and create chords, which lets you play music in different ways.

4. Play different styles from classical to jazz to popular music.

5. Learning how to practice efficiently so you can learn music as fast as possible.

6. Composing our own original music.

Practice makes perfect! Learning an instrument helps build self-confidence and discipline. If your child’s bored, distracted, or just needs a constructive hobby, music is a great place to get them interested in something that will help them feel better about themselves, and the effects will be felt across everything else they do, through better studying habits to a more patient, diligent work ethic.

It’s also relaxing! Stressed about work? Need an escape? Everybody has the power to learn an instrument. Seriously, there’s no such thing as “talent.” Just start lessons and get practicing! It really is that simple, and I’ll guide you through every step of the way.

I have a diverse background teaching students of all ages, from 3-year-olds to retirees alike, customizing what we learn to the individual student. We’ll learn how to read music just as easily as you read words; improvise and compose music of our own; and feel good playing any style: classical, jazz, rock, and all. My experience as a working musician in films, musical theater, and pop music, as well as classical concert music, allows me to appreciate and teach styles that many other instructors overlook, and I know full well that learning an instrument is not about becoming a professional; it’s about being able to connect to others or oneself through music… and also to just have fun! There’s no need to learn music we don’t like! It’s not about stuffing Beethoven into your kids’ ears… we just want to make music, be that Beethoven or Billy Joel.

Learning an instrument is one of those few skills that will genuinely last you your whole life. I don’t want to sugarcoat it: it takes time to learn an instrument. It takes practice, and sometimes it’s frustrating. But the results are well worth it.

Now get out there and make some music! But start by signing up for lessons. I can’t wait to get started!

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“What’s that chord?” “Why does all my music sound the same?” “How do I fix this voicing?” “I just can’t get it out of my head!” …sound familiar? You’ve probably hit a rut. Or maybe you’re just starting out. Either way, you want your music to sound new, exciting, and to come out exactly how you hear it in your head. Yes… you CAN learn to compose music, you CAN learn to be more creative, and you CAN learn to share your sound with the world.

Film music, classical, jazz… whatever your interest, all music comes from the same place, and by learning a handful of basic concepts, you can apply these to whatever style you’re trying to write. Learning to emulate another musician involves knowing what they’re doing. Learning to create a groundbreaking sound requires that you know what’s already been done, and how to achieve it. Step by step, we’ll work our way there.

We’ll learn how to write cool, interesting chord progressions, how to write beautiful melodies, and how to voice chords. We’ll learn how to control the mood of our music, from making it sound relaxed to adding tension wherever we want. Maybe you’re trying to write for an orchestra, or just a small band. By learning the basics, you can then easily break away from what’s been done and come up with something truly new… the goal of any aspiring composer!
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Estefania March 5, 2019
· Composition · In studio
So incredibly patient and knowledgeable!
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Eric D. January 30, 2019
· Piano · In studio
The first lesson was successful. My particular background in piano is unique, and my needs are atypical as well. I thought Thomas assessed my abilities, lack of abilities, and goals well and quickly. He started me on a different perspective on looking at music (reading the staff) that seems very helpful. I'm encouraged.
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Armen T. September 24, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Excellent teacher!
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Thomas K.

Glendale, CA 91204
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About Bryan L.

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Thousand Oaks, CA

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About Bryan
Hello! I'm a singer and multi-instrumentalist with professional experience in opera, choral, and studio recording. Originally from Thousand Oaks California, I grew up with a love of the theater and of music. I have completed two advanced degrees in music, graduating from the University of California Santa Barbara with a Masters in Vocal Performance and Magna Cum Laude from Westmont College in Santa Barbara with a degree in music.

I have experience teaching in my private voice studio and at the University of California. Whether you are looking to learn to sing healthfully, prepare for a high school/college/post-college audition, bolster your confidence in front of people, or looking to explore your expressive/creative side, I will work with you to achieve your goals.

The final goal of my instruction is to equip the singer both emotio
nally and physically for the act of singing and performance both in music and in life. I realize that some of my students may go on to be professional singers, while many others will not. Nevertheless, my goal is to instill confidence and pride for ones work, nurturing the unique expressive voice of each student and assuring them that it is of great value. Armed with this confidence and knowledge, they can bring their creative apparatus to bear upon all arenas of life.
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Chuck K. January 26, 2016
· Singing · In home
Very Professional yet warm and engaging. I plan to use his services for all my singing growth.

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Bryan L.

Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
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About Marcel M.

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South Pasadena, CA

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Reading scores. You can have the feeling and you are able to play music without scores and or you are able to read them. Trust me, there is a beauty in reading scores.

About Marcel
I work as a tutor and mentor in many of those fields for years. It was and is a side business, but I always enjoyed teaching.
I am looking forward to move on with you and / or your kids.
Have a great day,
Marcel

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Bill S. June 11, 2019
· Gardening · In home
I learned a lot from Marcel and liked his vision of how to redo the garden. The original garden was cluttered with overlapping plants and we discussed how to improve it. He pulled out his iPad and made several garden sketches that were helpful. The original garden was cluttered with overlapping plants and we decided to remove several of them and re-"orchestrate" the remaining ones. (We only bought new plants if they were needed to realize the new garden vision.) He is also a very hard worker, helping me (physically) transplant and add plants as required. For example, we transplanted a 100+ (?) pound Sago palm across the front yard. I would never have done that on my own (too heavy for me) but together we did it! Highly recommended. Bill
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Bill S. November 17, 2018
· Gardening · In home
Excellent teacher. We took a 20'x2' section of "dirt" in the back, redid the soil, transplanted a rose in that section, added two other new roses and a bunch of ground cover. Looks great! Recommended.
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Ems H. July 2, 2017
· Mixed Martial Arts · In home
I did not actually take any lessons with him, but his schedule did not reflect what showed as available in Takelessons. He had a very bad attitude and would not actually schedule the lesson after several exchanges.
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Marcel M.

South Pasadena, CA 91030
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About Rebecca M.

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Los Angeles, CA
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I have extensive knowledge of both classical and popular music theory, and have been studying theory for 8 years now. These lessons will open your eyes to how music works and give you the tools necessary to write songs.

About Rebecca
Welcome! My name is Becca M. and I am an experienced songwriter, guitarist, and performer looking to share my knowledge and love of music with others. I am available for in-home, in-studio, and online lessons.

I've been teaching private lessons since 2009 and graduated this May 2017 with a Bachelors of Music degree from the highly selective Popular Music Performance program at the University of Southern California. I'm a patient, supportive, and enthusiastic person and am excited to work with students to help them find their own unique musical voice. I have worked with Larry Gold (Justin Timberlake, Mark Ronson), Rick Friedrich (The Roots, Rihanna), Sean Holt (John Legend, Bruno Mars), and many more music industry professionals.

I have experience with music of a multitude of genres including folk, rock, blues, funk, R&B, Motown, and
more. Lessons with me will be built around your own unique personal goals and are scheduled to best fit to the student’s schedule when possible.
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Kenny July 23, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Becca is an excellent teacher. She is very patient and explains things very well. She's also prompt and communicative and easy to work with on scheduling.
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Tommy C. May 19, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Based on our first lesson, I would highly recommend Becca for a teacher of young kids. She came to the class prepared, was very patient with my son, and left him wanting more and with something to work on. It was a very good experience.
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Rebecca M.

Los Angeles, CA 90042
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About Max M.

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I have tutored music theory both privately and through my college's peer tutoring program. I can help you apply music theory to any genre, including classical, jazz and pop. As a jazz guitar student at the University of Miami, I developed a solid understanding of complex chordal structures. Shoot me a message to see how I can help you!

About Max
I love to teach. I currently teach middle school and high school music electives at TREE Academy in West Hollywood as well as 1-on-1 music lessons at The Music Castle in Santa Monica. For my private students, I will come to you.
I started tutoring while earning my Music Engineering degree (B.S.) from the University of Miami. I studied jazz guitar at UM and during my many years as a guitarist I have performed genres from folk to metal to pop.
Most of my tutoring experience during college focused on math courses, SAT prep and music theory.
I am great with kids; I taught summer camps at a town-run skatepark for 4 summers.
Shoot me a message to see if we are a good fit!
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Hayden October 30, 2018
· Ableton · Online
Max was great. Very understanding and easy to work with.
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Ari October 26, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Absolutely fantastic
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Nova September 2, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Max is such a great instructor. He is patient, calm, and generous with his time. I have been working with him for the past two years and I would highly recommend him for anyone who is interested in guitar.
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Max M.

North Hollywood, CA 91605
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As you learn songs and work through your music books, do you memorize the notes? Or do you read along every time you play? In this post, music teacher Vanessa G. discusses the pros and cons to the approaches...   Imagine your teacher gives you a piece of music to study. What's your process? Do you listen to a recording, memorizing the melody and the stylistic aspects before you begin, and then as you play? Or would you sit down and sight read the notes, and perfect it from that star
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Staring at the Circle of Fifths and memorizing key signatures isn't the only way to learn music theory! Here, Brooklyn, NY teacher Liz T. shares some creative ideas to revive your learning...   Music theory is a very important part of your musicianship, whether it be mastering ear training, harmony, or sight reading. No matter what instrument you play or what styles you enjoy, those who learn music theory grow further as musicians. A solid knowledge can help you improve your performanc
Can You Pass This Basic Music Theory Quiz? Test Your Knowledge!
A knowledge of music theory is absolutely indispensable to musicians. For beginners, it can seem intimidating, but experienced musicians will attest that theory is well worth the effort needed to master it. While you can certainly acquire proficiency on an instrument without a knowledge of theory, you’ll miss out on the depth of understanding that it provides. Music theory is also extremely useful for musicians. Think of music theory as your tool box. It enables you to analyze, tra

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