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About Mike S.

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Sherman Oaks, CA
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I teach refining your songs until they are "perfect"

About Mike
I have taught private guitar, piano, bass and drum lessons since the late 70s in Salt Lake City, where I majored in jazz guitar performance, and since 1980 in Los Angeles. I make the lessons fun. Some of my students have received college scholarships and won cash prizes for music contests. All of them had fun while learning and improving on their instruments.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am very enthusiastic and can teach students how to read. If they do not want to read music, they can learn to play by ear. I can also show them where to put their fingers. During piano lessons, I often accompany students on guitar and suggest a scale for improvisation, so they can play the blues. During drum lessons, I often play bass so they can learn to groove.

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I specialize in jazz improvisation on piano and guitar.
I also teach recreational guitar and piano for adults, including classical and blues styles.
I coach bass players and drummers in playing stylistically correct grooves for jazz, rock and latin music.
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frank April 4, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Easy going, intuitive, patient and he plays along with enthusiasm. Could not ask for a better guide!
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Bill S. February 8, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Excellent lesson. Only 30 minutes but by the end I was playing simple improvisations (on the piano) over a blues-pattern bass. I didn't believe I had it in me ("improvisation") but he definitely brought it out! He accompanied me on his guitar and we alternated playing the melody\bass on the piano\guitar several times. Quite a trip and I enjoyed it. Looking forward to my next lesson.
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Archer February 3, 2018
· Piano · In home
Mike is awesome. He taught my daughter piano, guitar, and ukelele. He's very supportive and encouraging, yet he also is quick to correct mistakes.

Mike makes learning music so much fun. My daughter enjoyed the lessons and enjoyed the pieces he taught her. She is now pretty good at improv as well.

I actually took guitar lessons from Mike too, and I learned so much in a very short time.

When Mike is giving lessons, there's no time wasted. My daughter was always playing something during the lesson.

So Mike's enthusiasm for music is infectious. The kids will enjoy him, the lesson, and the music.

Thanks, Mike!
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Mike S.

Mike S.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
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About Athena M.

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Lomita, CA

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Experienced composition teacher of 15 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of songwriting style skills. I specialize in pop, contemporary and sacred, typically use whatever format the student is comfortable writing in and tailor the work to what songs the student wants to accomplish.

About Athena
About Me

If you can recognize your favorite song when you hear it, you already have what it takes to be a great musician!

MY PROMISE TO YOU:
1. Your lesson will always be geared toward what YOU want to learn, and if it seems like we are working on something that doesn't match that, I will always take the time to make clear why what we are doing will have you be able to play what you want.
2. You already have every skill you need to be a great performer, and my job is just to steer the ship in the right direction to have that happen. All I am ever doing in a lesson is making sure that we are moving you in the ultimate direction that you want to be going musically.
3. I will do everything I know how to do to make sure that what I have learned that will benefit you becomes something you have mastered. If I could take th
e "computer chip" in my head and put it in yours, we would do that. Study with me and you will get the next best thing!
4.If I say something that isn't clear, or isn't useful to you, I will ALWAYS re-explain, or say it a different way, until it is useful to you and something you know how to use for your benefit on your instrument.
5. If you have a practice schedule set up with me, and for any reason you do not have time to practice or get an assignment done, I GOT IT! You can always tell me, because I've been there and I know. Music Lessons are NOT school, and I will never act like they are.

OK, now for the credentials:

MY EDUCATION

I learned how to read music at 4 years old, before I had even learned to read English. If I can do that, anyone can do that given the right set of elements.
1. I started singing at three, piano lessons at nine, began teaching myself guitar at twelve and I have never stopped playing and learning since then.
2. I earned a B.A in Music from Towson University and graduated Magna cum Laude with a Major in Jazz/Commercial Piano Performance and a Minor in Opera.
3. I made my stage performing debut in a solo role at six, and I have never stopped performing since then. I wrote my first song, all by myself, at eleven and have composed over 1000 pieces since then.
4. I have studied brain science and practical neurology for fifteen years as part of my continuing education.

MY EXPERIENCE

In addition to my extensive study of the piano, I have had many other valuable experiences as a musician and teacher, including but not limited to the following:

1. I have been a choral singer for twenty three years, and during that time toured Italy, sang at St. Martin of Tours Church in Los Angeles for fifteen of those years, and worked on mastering just about every form of sacred choral and gospel music.

2. As a soloist, began performing professionally in 1988 and have done numerous performances of my own compositions around Southern California. I also have had songs of mine pitched to major artists in Nashville and currently compose both contemporary music and feature songs for film and television.

3. I developed a method of curing tone deafness, and authored a course that teaches this to anyone whether they are a trained singer or beginner. I also authored a second course specifically for karaoke singers to learn stage presence and better performance skills.

4. I have been teaching for twenty years, working with students from 3 to 78 years old at every level of musical experience. I have taught not only music performing and instrumental technique, but song-writing, arranging, and the tricky task of singing while playing an instrument to accompany one's self. Believe me, this is a skill that DOES take a separate set of lessons to master, but every student who studies it with me does!

In short, if it's music, or even music-related, I've done it and I can teach it and I can figure out the best method to have your brain master it!

My Specialties:
Working with kids and young people in a SAFE environment to learn their instrument
Rhythm, and understanding why it is your ticket to musical mastery
How to use your own brain to be your own best teacher (when I'm not there in a lesson with you!)
Pop, Classical, Gospel, Rock, Musical Theater,

Education
B. A. Music

Subjects Taught
piano, voice, guitar, music theory, song writing/composition, arranging

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Your BRAIN is your greatest musical asset, and I have spent the past twenty-five years learning how to make the musical brain easy for everyone.

I've been a musician since I was in the cradle, and I
learned to read music before I could read English! Over the past twenty years of teaching piano, voice and guitar I have learned how to use your brain, and the basic musical skills you ALREADY have to help you turn yourself into a great musician and performer.

If you can tap your foot along with a song, and you can recognize Mary Had a Little Lamb, you've got what it takes. My specialty is taking these simple skills you already have and using them to teach you EVERYTHING you want to know how to do on your instrument. I also teach combined
lessons so that you can learn more than one instrument in your course of study if that is what you choose.

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Student provides piano in their home for piano lessons. Voice students provide a recording device to record their lesson for their practice. Guitar students provide their guitar, any amps, cables, anything else they need for their rig. All students provide any CD's or mp3's they are working with during study. They pay for all books needed.

*** Specialties ***
Beginner level through advanced in kid songs, pop, rock, gospel, contemporary Christian, Broadway and classical. Emphasis on rhythm and technique. Lessons specialize in using knowledge of brain neuroscience practical applications in hearing, learning, reading, practicing and performing music.
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Rina P. February 9, 2018
· Piano · In home
My daughter loves Athena and thus loves playing the piano . Athena has a special way to relate to kids.. they listen to her . They laggy . They enjoy class. And they want to learn .
I am so grateful we have her as my daughters teacher .
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Stephanie January 8, 2018
· Singing · In home
very knowledgable about the voice and passionate about what she does
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Randy December 4, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Athena was very knowledgeable as well as a great listener very tuned into the areas I want to improve in. I went away very encouraged and looking forward to our next lesson.
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Athena M.

Athena M.

Lomita, CA 90717
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$33 / 30-min

About Mary Ann G.

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Pasadena, CA
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I have been writing music since I was a little girl. I can help you with your song structure musical lines and content. I have helped many students complete and record their original music. I can help you with your personal style and help you expand and explore your creativity/ideas.

About Mary Ann
I have been teaching for over 20 years. I am a singer-songwriter-guitarist and performer. A native born Southern Californian, her life focus has always been music, from her beginnings as a little girl in the church choir to playing guitar in her first all girl band by age 12. She received her formal classical vocal training with Pollyanne Baxter at Cal State Los Angeles, where she received her BA in Music. Over the years she has performed her original music in coffee houses, and other venues. I have performed for Weddings, Church Services and Musicals. My latest endeavor is Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance! I also love writing music and working with collaborating with others.

CD. Her influences included, Denyce Graves, Jessye Norman, Ella Fitzgerald,The Beatles, Eric Clapton, Sarah McLaughlan, Eva Cassidy, Jane Monheit, and Led Zepp
elin.

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I have been teaching for a long time now and enjoy working with people. I structure the lessons to fit my student's needs and interests. Everyone learns differently and I like to make the lessons enjoyable while developing a solid foundation. I teach note-reading and incorporate music that the student wants to play or sing. I am very patient and teach all levels and ages.

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Keyboard, Computer, Guitar, Uke, Amplifier, Microphone, Guitar and more. Everything you need to get started.

*** Specialties ***
Singing Lessons: Everyone can sing!!! I will help you develop your technique and expand your range, pitch and confidence! You will have a fun time learning about your instrument. I teach Classical, Blues, Jazz, Rock, Country, Musical Theater, and Pop styles, even though I am Classically trained. The technique will crossover into all styles.

Song-writing: I will be happy to help you structure and develop your art. It's story telling at it's finest.

Guitar: Have fun learning songs you like and get a great foundation too. I teach finger picking, tab, theory, scales, note-reading along with music you like.
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Alan W. June 4, 2018
· Ukulele · Online
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Ron April 24, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Mary y Ann is a wonderful teacher who is very patient and begins at the level where the student is. Without reservation I recommend her to anyone who is interested in learning the guitar.
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Alison Hunt April 13, 2018
· Singing · Online
I have enjoyed talking lessons from Mary Ann. She is fun and has many great ideas to achieve my singing goals.
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Mary Ann G.

Mary Ann G.

Pasadena, CA 91107
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About Payam E.

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Fullerton, CA

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Writing songs with too many excerpts being analysed ,lyrically and musically. besides working with musical softwares and producing your own song

About Payam
Bachelor degree in music performance from Berklee College of Music in Boston, with concentration on jazz and contemporary music with more than a decade of experience in teaching guitar both private and academically and to any age group. also capable of playing and teaching different genres of music from jazz to rock and pop.
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Payam E.

Payam E.

Fullerton, CA 92831
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$40 / 30-min

About Zach R.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Composition of tunes for any instrumentation, including vocals and lyrics.

About Zach
I have been teaching trumpet, music theory, jazz harmony, jazz piano, and music composition to students of all ages since late 2008. I work very well with young, beginning students as well, and can teach all levels.

I am a touring trumpet player currently working with SAINT MOTEL, and have experiences performing and touring all over the world. In addition to excellent musical education, I apply lessons I have learned from travel that I find truly help as an educational supplement.

Working at UCLA for my degree in music performance has taught me what it takes to be a good teacher, and I am patient, understanding, and believe there's no greater feeling than watching my students flourish. I like to take the time to get to know my students, and plan lessons around their individual needs, rather than plug them into a system set in ston
e. I have a routine I do, that I will start students with, but am very open to modification based on student needs/desires.

I perform jazz professionally in Los Angeles, and have spent time touring in playing in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Macedonia, Canada, and have performed or led groups internationally at the Umbria Jazz Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Tuscia Jazz Festival, the Angel City Jazz Festival and the Monterey Jazz Festival. You can hear my original compositions and playing on bandcamp or soundcloud.
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Sebastian K. January 24, 2018
· Trumpet · In home
My son loves having lessons with Zach - they are not only fun and interesting, he also improves every lesson.
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Cara October 8, 2017
· Trumpet · In home
My 9 yr old son has learned so much in only 3 lessons with Zach. We had planned on doing 1 lesson a week but immediately my son wanted more. He is very new to playing an instrument so we were just eager for him to play something that resembled a note but we’ve been super surprised to hear him already playing recognizable beginner songs.
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FA March 13, 2016
· Piano · In home
Perfect. My daughter is so happy. This teacher is very nice. He teaches very well.
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Zach R.

Zach R.

Los Angeles, CA 90024
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About Mauricio O.

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Hawthorne, CA

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I'm a experienced studio musician and performer/songwriter looking to share my experience with anyone motivated to learn.

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Guitar instructor, producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with more of 10 years of experience in variety of musical genres. Completed studies at Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, CA. With record of success in teaching private guitar lessons as well some group lessons, composition, performance and recording. Creative and artistic with excellent and friendly communication skills. Also knowledgeable in digital audio production. Instruments taught include acoustic & electric guitar, nylon spanish guitar as well bass guitar and piano. I have taught students from the age of five to over sixty. Styles taught include rock, blues, jazz, pop rock, latin, metal, funk, and classical. Effective and friendly communicator with well-developed instructional and presentation skills. Able to relate a student of all types with various goals and cre
ate long term constructive relationships. Worked as a Music coach with kids in the spectrum (Asperger Syndrome).
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Jack May 4, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Good.
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Maria May 1, 2017
· Piano · In studio
We purchased a 12-lesson package for my daughter as a Christmas Gift. My daughter is 14 years old, and after completing these lessons her love for music has grown. She had only taken a beginner's level course in piano and guitar prior to working with Mauricio. My daughter looked forward to every lesson, and would come home to keep practicing and improving her skills. We plan to work with Mauricio again in the near future and would highly recommend him!
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Maria February 4, 2017
· Piano · In studio
3rd lesson so far, and my daughter has learned so much!! She enjoys her classes with Mauricio and looks forward to each class. Mauricio has a small home studio with various musical instruments. His experience and skill in teaching music is quite apparent and much appreciated!
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Mauricio O.

Mauricio O.

Hawthorne, CA 90250
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About Eric C.

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Upland, CA

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For about five years now, I have been actually completing playable music. The past couple years, my school's jazz combo has even taken a couple of my songs to compete with at local jazz festivals. I have studied primarily under the fantastic composer, guitarist and teacher, Tom Hynes the past couple years. Prior to my studies, I was self taught, as a way of expanding my improvisation. I write primarily for Chamber ensembles, Jazz small ensembles, and even some pop music. I use Handwritten, Finale and Logic pro for notation, so whichever is most convenient, I'll use. In lessons, I will ask students to bring in material they have written each week, which we will review together. I'll add some suggestions, but will not change the integrity of the music, just refine it. We shall look at composing in different styles, as well as expanding upon the styles in which the student is most interesting in pursuing.

About Eric
Hi! I'm Eric, a Saxophonist, Composer, Singer, and Teacher that was born and raised in Southern California. I've been playing the saxophone for over ten years now, writing music for as long as I can remember, and singing since I was in elementary school. I play for a variety of groups in Los Angeles, and sometimes perform in L.A. and surrounding areas at venues such as the LightHouse, Saint Rocke, Avalon, The Mint, and the Baked Potato.

I keep my lessons fun, efficient, and applicable. I give students assignments to work on, not only so they don't forget what we talk about, but also so they can also expand upon the concepts given in lessons, (which familiarizes them more with the information). I look forward to helping you unlock your potential!
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Eric M. January 29, 2018
· Saxophone · In home
Great lesson
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Caira December 12, 2017
· Saxophone · In home
Eric is awesome sauce stuff! :)
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Keith Lee May 15, 2017
· Saxophone · In home
He listens to me and teaches the way that I like. He seems like a good person as well. I recommend him for a saxophone teacher.
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Eric C.

Upland, CA 91786
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About Emo A.

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Santa Ana, CA

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I'm a multiple songwriting award winner on www.songoftheyear.com with my songs "Maya", "Angel &I", and "Told You So"

I've also had my music featured on MTV Arabia such as "Sunshine" and "World for Two"

I will teach you how to write quality melodies with thought-provoking lyrics and even delve into how certain rhythms can change the entire feel of a song

I've written over 200 songs and have 4 albums on iTunes and Spotify and about to release my newest album this month.

About Emo
I've been a professional vocalist and guitarist for 15 years and have been teaching voice for half that duration. I own a music school and recording studio in Santa Ana called Granted Records. I have been trained by the best vocal coach in the business Ron Anderson and I'm excited to carry on his teachings as well as other teachings including guitar song writing and music production. I have written recorded mixed and mastered 8 albums and have amassed a great following in Europe and the Middle East in addition to my fans in the U.S.
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Enver W. May 10, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I saw a huge improvement with the 5 voice lessons that i took with Emo. He had a way of opening up my voice and expanding it and pushing me to get there. Even on days when i felt like my voice felt worn or hoarse and i though would not get anywhere with the lesson together we found a range that would allow me to push through it! Every time i leave his lesson my voice feels clear, more crisp and powerful even when speaking. I highly reccomend Emo, he is intuitive, kind and genuinely interested in helping you improve. cant wait to book more lessons with him!
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Addison February 22, 2018
· Singing · Online
Emo is wonderful! He’s incredibly knowledgeable, supportive, encouraging, and most definitely makes you better in all aspects. I wouldn’t recommend anyone but him!
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Seshu February 18, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Emo is one of the best guitar teachers I seen around. He is very patient and great positive attitude working with kids. He is also flexible with our pace and teaching us our favorite songs. I highly recommend Emo!
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Emo A.

Santa Ana, CA 92701
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About Emilie C.

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I am a professional recording artist/singer-songwriter. I have received honors such as 2016 GRAMMY Amplifier Finalist and 2014 International Songwriting Competition Semifinalist.

In our first lesson, we will begin with where you are in your songwriting and what instruction you are looking for, so that I know how to best help and equip you. Throughout, we will do exercises to work on song structure, harmony, melody, rhythm and lyric writing, all to hone, shape and sharpen in on your individual voice.

As we progress, we can also get into music production and recording demos of your songs!

About Emilie
I am a professional musician, composer and artist with over 12 years background in classical piano. I also specialize in songwriting and singing, and have performed my original music at venues and events ranging from the House of Blues to 626 Night Market to the METRO Golden Streets Festival! Music has been a gift to me, and I consider it a blessing to be able to share it with others.
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Emilie C.

Emilie C.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
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$50 / 30-min

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Los Angeles, CA

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I've been writing music, singing, playing keyboards, and playing trumpet in bands for over 10 years in the Los Angeles area. I've performed my music everywhere from The Troubadour to the House of Blues to the Hotel Cafe. I've written hundreds of songs and I'm certain that I can help you achieve your songwriting goals. With music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the University of Southern California, I have the music theory knowledge that will take your songwriting to the next level. From beginner to advanced, I will customize a teaching plan specifically for you. Thank you for your consideration, and best of luck on your musical journey!

About David
I'm a trumpet and piano playing songwriter that received his bachelors of music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music where I studied with Michael Sachs (principal trumpet/Cleveland Orchestra). Afterwards I attended the University of Southern California masters of music program where I studied with Boyde Hood (utility trumpet/Los Angeles Philharmonic). Prior teachers have included James Darling, Raymond Mase, Steven Ravaglioli, and the late Leon Russell.
I am a founding member of the Ilium Brass Quintet. The IBQ were the brass quintet fellows under the direction of the American Brass Quintet at the Aspen Music Festival as well as finalists in the Coleman and Fischoff chamber music competitions.
I am also a founding member of Brass Pacifica, a brass quintet that has dedicated itself to teaching at schools all over Southern Califor
nia. Brass Pacifica is on the teaching artist roster of The Los Angeles Music Center and the Orange County Performing Arts Center and has performed at hundreds of schools for thousands of students.
In addition to being a private teacher and freelance trumpet player in Southern California, I have performed with such orchestras and groups as the San Francisco Opera, Jacaranda Chamber Music Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay, the Santa Monica Symphony, the Culver City/Marina Del Rey Symphony, the Peninsula Symphony, and many more.
I was invited to be a guest soloist with the Culver City, Topanga, and Brentwood symphonies as well as the Pepperdine University Orchestra.
I have won many awards and scholarships, such as the Nelson Riddle Scholarship, the Bernard Adelstein award, the Palisades Symphony Scholarship, and more.
In addition to trumpet playing, I am also an accomplished singer/songwriter/pianist, and have composed hundreds of songs and recorded dozens with several bands in the Los Angeles area including The Leisurelies, Brandon and Leah, Oddus, and more.
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David C.

Los Angeles, CA 90041
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$34 / 30-min

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