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About Milton J.

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Corona, CA
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I've been teaching Music Performance for over four years. These lessons are specialized for helping my students prepare their vocals, stage presence, and performance for tryouts, auditions, and competitions in addition to honing their performative craft. If this is something you're interested in, you've came to the right place!

About Milton
Hey there, everyone!

My name is Milton Carl Jackson II and I teach vocal, guitar, piano, and musical theatre lessons in the Inland Empire area.

I help those young, middle-aged, and not-as-young tap into their own soul through music so that they may help others find theirs as well. I believe that in order to entertain others with your voice or your instrument, one must first be able to entertain oneself - all the while having fun doing it! As a recent graduate of the University of California, Davis with a double major in Music History & Ethnomusicology and African-American & African Studies; a former co-host of the popular hip-hop radio show ATF Radio: All Things Fresh on KDVS 90.3 FM; a former Music Director of The Afterglow of UC Davis; and a recent graduate of American University with a Master's of Education in Business Education
, I have come in contact and learned from a vast amount of different musicians and educators. A classically-trained bass-baritone with roots in R&B, Soul, Rock, Pop, and Jazz, I have aspirations to help each and every student realize their full musical potential.

If you're looking for a teacher who will motivate and inspire you not only to learn your instrument of choice, but also how to perform it (whether on the big stage or in your living room for the family) and record it as well, I'm the perfect teacher for you. Learning to sing, play, and act beautifully doesn't have to be difficult -- we'll work on finding your voice or your style, all while having fun along the way!

I teach in-studio, in-home, and online lessons, so we can be flexible with the lesson type and schedule!

This is a perfect chance for you or your child who can't stop singing around the house or has dreams of shredding on the guitar or twinkling on the ivories to learn the fundamentals of music, start something new that keeps them or you focused, and have fun while doing it!

Feel free to contact me at show contact info for any questions and check out my student reviews and qualifications.

I look forward to meeting you and accompanying you or your child on your musical journey!!
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Brandon J. April 5, 2019
· Singing · In home
So far so good! I liked the way Milton interacted with my son. He is starting with important basics!
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River December 12, 2018
· Piano · In home
Milton is great with kids!
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Levi-Drake B. September 28, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Amazing teacher and can give insight on just about anything music related.
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Milton J.

Corona, CA 92879
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About Paul R.

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Beaumont, CA
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About Paul
You might not always notice it, but music is all around—from the stereo in your car to the music piped in at department stores. And you also may not be aware that music has a wide array of impacts on your health: Studies show that music has a strong effect on your mood levels and emotions, and also on how you think and your general intelligence. The music you listen to can have a profound effect on your test scores and your ability to quickly process information. And if you’ve ever played an instrument, studies show that you’re already ahead of the curve. Playing an instrument is a great way to test out your creative thinking and push your brain to process information in a new way. Whether you’re listening or playing, a little music can go a long way. I am here to help you realize not only your playing potential, but guide you into not ju
st becoming a guitar player, piano player, but a musician. I am able to teach Piano, Guitar, Music recording from software/hardware to MIDI, including Sonar, Reason, and related software.

I have studied music at California State University San Bernardino, where I minored in music and learned the immense possibilities of the music field. Music is part of my everyday life, and its an honor to know I can play music but also create it. My goal is to show you as the student how to realize that dream.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a very friendly, fun and patient instructor. I believe that when you take any type of music lesson, it should be to have fun. With fun, passion, and dedication, sky is the limit. The curriculum I like to use are the most simplified forms to teach an instrument. It's about playing smarter, not harder. I do offer recording sessions to my students to track their progress, and give you a copy to keep as memorabilia.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Bergman Upright Piano. Fender Acoustic/ Gibson Electric. Marshall Amps. Digital and analog Recording Station.

*** Specialties ***
I have basic knowledge of classical works, but my emphasis is in modern rock/ Alternative. I like teaching the songs you like to hear from The Beatles to Green Day! I love all music genres and if I have not heard of the song you want to play I will learn it so that I can teach you!
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KarinaB April 18, 2011
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He is a great instructor and my son has learned a lot from the few lessons that he received.
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Paul R.

Beaumont, CA 92223
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About George F.

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Lake Forest, CA

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Is the art of performing in a concert, recital, audition, outdoors or in church. An event in which a performer or group of performers behave in a particular way for another group of people

About George
I am so glad you’re here!

The music lessons for young children are full of fun, interactive activities with iPads apps and traditional methods that not only help develop a strong musical foundation and build essential life skills, but offer a unique bonding experience for you and your child.

Discover for yourself why families love my innovative music lessons for kids.

YES! Music Matters!

The curriculum is built on research that proves MUSIC MATTERS. Music affects virtually every aspect of development and when young children are consistently engaged by music during the “musical window” they benefit at many levels.

What about private lessons?

Do I believe in private lessons? You bet! But I know from experience that private lessons are most valuable for older kids who have the ability to concentrate in a one-to-one setti
ng.

With this Private setting you will have a solid foundation in keyboard skills and music theory and typically excel quickly in their continued music education and when learning other instruments. The education and experiences a child has in my music program sets them up for success with private instruction.

Music Program

Builds spatial-temporal reasoning skills critical for greater success in math and science studies.

Music students out-perform non-music students on achievement tests in reading and math.

Music students receive more academic honors and awards than non-music students.

Develops social and emotional skills including the ability to relate to others and better express ideas, and less likely to have behavior/discipline problems.

I offer up to 2 recitals a year so that you can perform everything you know.

Feel free to reach out and let's setup some lessons.

Thank you, George F.
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Gilbert .. December 15, 2017
· Guitar · In home
George explained things very simply.
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Alexander J. September 12, 2016
· Piano · In home
George, was very patient, kind, and seem very knowledgeable. He seems to understand the pedagogy of teaching to kids and realize they all learn differently. I personally think he went above and beyond for my Son first class and for our first introduction. He offered a more modern approach method of teaching music and Piano to my son who so far seem more receptive in learning and practicing. Will se where that take us but I am very please so far.
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Tracie S. February 3, 2016
· Piano · In home
George is totally passionate about teaching. He encourages the kids to practice and do their best. He has great knowledge and understanding of music theory. He is pleasant, easy going and works really well with kids. Overall really good teacher. Recommend!
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George F.

Lake Forest, CA 92630
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About Arrica R.

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Oakland, CA

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Getting the notes right is crucial. Your performance of those notes is equally as crucial. Our favorite performers have more than just the ability to perform notes though they connect with the work they are presenting and the audience they are presenting it to. I've been performing for over 25 years and would love to help you with your performance technique. We'll work on stance, delivery, emotional connection, and creative visualization to help you deliver your best possible performance. I also specialize in helping one overcome stage fright / performance anxiety. I can help you develop the tools necessary to find a relaxation state and that helps you reach your utmost performance potential.

About Arrica
I was born and raised in Los Angeles but I've just recently relocated to the Bay Area. I am a Professional Musician/Songwriter/Vocalist teaching songwriting, voice, and performance technique as well as a combination thereof. I began singing at a very young age for anyone who would listen (so my parents tell me) and began taking music lessons shortly thereafter. I am now a USC graduate and have also studied music privately for over 25 years as well as at the esteemed Vocal Power Institute. I've professionally released several albums and I am grateful to have had my music featured/licensed by Starbucks, NBC, The CW network, NikeWomen.com, and MTV. I've toured extensively playing to audiences across the country and have had the honor of sharing the stage with artists ranging from Conor Oberst, Inara George, Johnette Napolitano, Martha Wain
wright, to Jackson Browne. I have experience teaching both adults and children, and enjoy teaching beginning as well as intermediate to advanced students. In addition to teaching privately, I have experience teaching children through my volunteer work with The Girls Rock Alliance, a non-profit organization that aims to teach young girls about self-confidence and self-expression through music education.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am easy-going, friendly and I believe that developing a great student/teacher rapport is the key to making the most out of the time we spend together. The curriculum I utilize is specifically designed to meet the student's individual needs. Initially we'll spend time assessing where you are and where you'd like to be. Most importantly, we'll set goals and create a lesson plan that will allow you to attain them. We'll work on basic techniques (or intermediate to advanced depending on skill level), for example - breath support, vowel placement, posture, relaxation, the fundamentals of song structure and music theory. We'll also work on the psychology of performance and eliminating any unwanted tension that may arise. We'll choose songs to work on that you'll enjoy singing, or analyze the songs you love in order to discover and/or improve upon your own songwriting abilities.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Front music studio area w/ guitars, computer with protools, keyboard, microphone, pa system, and seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a small keyboard and/or guitar

*** Specialties ***
My main musical styles that I perform and teach are Pop, Rock, Folk, and Americana/Country. I specialize in creating a lesson plan that suits the needs of each individual student.
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Jesse April 2, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Arrica has been a great instructor so far!
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Timothy January 22, 2019
· Singing · In studio
I really enjoyed my first session with Arrica. I feel good about the direction she wants to take me moving forward base on our first lesson.
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Evelynne L. January 7, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Connected well with my 9 year old daughter. Strong musical and teaching skills and a pleasure to work with. Run don't walk to see Arrica!
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About Valyncia V.

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Fort Washington, MD

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I believe everyone has the ability to sing … some better than others, of course, -- but regardless, I believe every voice can make a beautiful sound. I believe learning to sing requires team work: with the proper instruction and learning tools from me, the instructor, and with the dedication (practice, practice, practice) from you, the student, a well-rounded singer can emerge.

I began singing when I was five years old in church. I continued singing exclusively inspirational music until I was a teenager. At that time, in addition to the second soprano part I sang in a five-part harmony
a Capella (without instrumental accompaniment) Gospel group, I also sang in a couple of bands (Rhythm and Blues, and Jazz). My undergraduate studies were completed at the American University, where I majored in Communications (B.A.), and minored in Music, voice being my instrument. During my undergraduate studies, I was recruited and performed as the lead female vocalist for a Rock band that ...

About Valyncia
I believe everyone has the ability to sing … some better than others, of course, -- but regardless, I believe every voice can make a beautiful sound. I believe learning to sing requires team work: with the proper instruction and learning tools from me, the instructor, and with the dedication (practice, practice, practice) from you, the student, a well-rounded singer can emerge. If you can hear the proper note, I can help your vocal instrument play to its fullest abilities.

I began singing when I was five years old in church. I continued singing exclusively inspirational music until I was a teenager. At that time, in addition to the second soprano part I sang in a five-part harmony a Capella (without instrumental accompaniment) Gospel group, I also sang in a few bands (Rhythm and Blues, Jazz, and Rock). My undergraduate studies we
re completed at the American University, where I majored in Communications (B.A.), and minored in Music, voice being my instrument. During my undergraduate studies, I was recruited and performed as the lead female vocalist for a Rock band that a few fellow music students had formed. While in college, I was trained in classical voice, piano, music theory, musical theater performance, and vocal pedagogy (vocal training). My vocal pedagogy studies credentialed me to become a professional vocal instructor. I began teaching voice after I earned my degree, and have been teaching private voice lessons for over ten years.

Most of my present expertise in teaching voice grew from my vocal pedagogy studies, my teaching experience which has developed over time, my own personal vocal dedication, and my training and understanding of various genres of vocal performance. My present singing career is as an inspirational singer; my vocal students encompass various genres in which I have experience, including: Inspirational, Rhythm and Blues, Jazz, Rock, Classical, as well as various degrees of popular music.

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I have coached many of my students to prepare for auditions: auditions to be accepted into performing arts schools, parts in musicals and plays, joining a band or vocal ensemble, as well as auditions for televised singing shows, such as "The Voice," "Sunday's Best," "American Idol" and "The X Factor."

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach students by using the tried and true techniques I have found to be successful, and allow the student to be my guide as to which direction to take with his or her vocal training. Whether the student is a novice, a professional, or somewhere in between, each student, after obtaining the basic singing knowledge and techniques, will have a vocal training schedule geared to his or her individual needs and development. Lessons are for the most part very casual in nature, and the student’s dedication (practice, practice, practice) will dictate whether or not the lessons become stricter. A few months into the vocal instruction, students will be given the opportunity to learn more about reading music and sight singing, if he or she so chooses, as well as vocal performance techniques for singing in front of an audience. Within one year, dedicated students may also have the opportunity to show off what they have learned, and perform in front of an audience at a recital with other vocal students. Please note that my preference is to work with teens age 13 through adults of any age. I believe that younger voices need more time to develop and stand to be damaged if too much stress is put on them too soon. However, exceptions for children under 13 may be made for gifted young singers.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home studio- entry room of home, baby grand piano, seating area, dry erase board, mirrors
Music Studio- one recording studio, seating area, classroom

*** Travel Equipment ***
If needed, I provide a portable piano keyboard, microphone with amplifier, paper handouts of lessons, etc. The student needs to have paper to take notes and a writing instrument.

*** Specialties ***
Most of my voice lesson experience has been with adults, and contemporary popular and inspirational music.
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George M. April 14, 2019
· Singing · In studio
My lesson went extreemly well. The instructions and exercises were appropriate to my level of experience, and I think this is exactly what I need to move forward as rappidly as possible to becone a good vocalist.
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Whitney S. March 31, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Ms. Valyncia was an amazing coach. She was very patient , very honest and very professional. She pushed me beyond my comfort zone and I was able to improve my breathing, improve my range and put some personality into my performance. That was a long time ago but I plan on booking her again as my coach. I highly recommend her ! You will definitely become a better singer / performer when working with her , as long as you put the work in.
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Jhenelle November 6, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Get instructor. Listens and teaches great fundamentals. Learned a lot of the basics and helped me develop in several areas. Her in home music studio was well equipped and a great learning place.
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About Alex T.

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Corona, CA

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About Alex
I was trained abroad & has performed to a variety of audiences of different cultures. My experiences helped me understand music as a passion & as a genre. It has inspired me to share those skills & experiences to students, musicians, actors and music enthusiasts to professional artists. Some of my students have joined competitions, talent shows and reality shows; performed on tours as a professional; and entertained in front of family gatherings and in the shower! If you are preparing for a performance, an audition or you just want to learn music and have fun, then I may be able to help you...

*** Lesson Details ***
The most important lesson is to enjoy and have fun. I am a product oriented person, I use techniques and drills to achieve your goals. In 3 to 6 months you should already be seeing improvements that will make you skilled
and eager to learn more.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room with an upright piano and seating for parents or companions

*** Travel Equipment ***

*** Specialties ***
Pop Music, Broadway, Classical, Rock, Jazz, Gospel, Contemporary to World Music
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Angie July 11, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Alex is very passionate about music and other art forms. He quickly evaluated my strengths and weaknesses. He seems to detect a certain talent that I possess and wants to help me reach my potential. I was very impressed.
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Elliott K. June 30, 2016
· Singing · In studio
He's Good.
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Anthony S. September 19, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Great with my kid very patient ...and fun!
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Alex T.

Corona, CA 92880
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About Christopher M.

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Rancho Cucamonga, CA
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How to put a band together, Setting your bands stage up and getting your live sound dialed in!

About Christopher
My name is Chris and I am a professional guitar player. I have been teaching sense 2008 now and sharing the joy of music with others has become a passion of mine.
I started playing the piano at the age of five, the trumpet at nine and the guitar at thirteen. Over the years I have also learned to play the drums, bass, harmonica as well as how to sing. I studied at L.A. Music Academy as well as Musicians Institute. I am currently in two bands and putting together a third. I do session work for other artists and have played the National Anthem for a profession football team.

*** Lesson Details ***
When taking lessons from me there are many things my students can expect. First and most importantly it will be fun! Music is supposed to be fun and expressive so why make it boring and repetitive? For each student that I have I make a custom
curriculum just for them based on their musical desires, strengths and weaknesses so I can help them become the best player that they can be. Each lessons will be a balance of learning new technique and theory and applying them in songs that excite and inspire.
Things such as: music theory, ear and harmony training, single string technique, sight and cord chart reading, cord structure, song writing, tone shaping, guitar maintenance and playing live will be covered with students as they advance. Feed back is always welcome and appreciated. This is your lesson, let's make sure you get the most out of it.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music Studio: Guitars, amps, mixing board, protools, computer with external stereo, seating for parents can be arranged

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring my own guitar and cables. But the student will need to have their own guitar, amp etc

*** Specialties ***
Blues, Rock, Metal, Jazz, Funk and Country
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Kaleb January 18, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
My son had a great first lesson! He is already looking forward to his next!
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Hayden October 25, 2018
· Ukulele · Online
My daughter just had her first lesson and she enjoyed it so much!
He is really knowledgeable and easy to learn from,
highly recommend.
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Andrea and Bonita S. August 24, 2018
· Ukulele · In home
Chris is welcoming, has an easy manner, and
displays a wide range of musical knowledge and interests. His positive support for this first lesson gave us confidence, challenged us, and we can’t wait for lesson number 2.
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Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91737
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About Zelda S.

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Nashville, TN

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The stage, the band, the studio, the audition, the concert. These so many variables and details that can hinder and even sabotage a performer. Zelda coaches musicians and singers with strategies and techniques to master performance in all settings.

About Zelda
Zelda has been teaching private lessons for over 11 years and is currently available to teach weekly lessons at her home studio in Nashville, TN or online.

She provides a dynamic, student-structured training curriculum for voice, speech, singing, ear training, performing, ukulele, bass and songwriting, and shares her passion for creativity and lifelong learning.

Her lessons are refreshingly different - centering on the individual student and their unique needs and has helped many students improve their abilities for live performance, communications, showcases, auditions for all kinds of shows, competitions, joining and playing in a band, creating a dynamic set list, recording and a lot more.

She's worked with singers of all kinds including soloists, lead singers, karaoke singers, duos, choirs, singer songwriters as well as son
gwriters who don't call themselves singers.

Zelda S. is a performing singer songwriter, music and performance coach, author and creator of the highly effective voice warm up program 'Zelda's Voice Warm Ups' for anyone who uses their voice - teachers, coaches, actors, singers and is available on itunes for purchase to use anytime for keeping your voice in peak condition.

As an award winning songwriter Zelda and has been a performing musician for over 35 years and has enjoyed a well-rounded music career including live performing, studio performing and directing and music education. She works in recording studios with professional singers and musicians across all the pop music genres and her award winning works continue to be broadcast in television worldwide. An expert in her field, Zelda looks forward to helping new students enjoy their musical journey and prepare for the many opportunities that come.

Her students range in age and include children, tweens, teens, adults of all ages and a wide range of skill levels. She works with singers, musicians, songwriters and producers across many genres and styles.

Some of the musical styles she regularly teaches include: Pop, Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative, Americana, Bluegrass, Country, Folk, Gospel, Punk, Blues, Jazz, Funk, Soul, R&B, Classical. Broadway and theater.

Students love Zelda's fun, encouraging and systemized lesson format and enjoy reaching learning milestones and achieving their goals.

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Zelda S. is a professional singer, songwriter and coach with mission - to change the way people think about creative talent. She knows first-hand that when students get into the right headspace they can make amazing breakthroughs with their music, their careers and themselves in all areas of their life.

Zelda believes it’s not just about talent you're born with - but rather passion to master easy-to-learn skills to advance to the next level.

She’s right at home with people at any level from raw beginners to shy singers to high level professionals. Her encouraging style helps singers, musicians and songwriters develop their unique voice for any situation - live, recording, auditions and any type of event.

If this resonates with you - then you’ll love lessons with Zelda S.
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Wesley April 16, 2019
· Singing · In home
Zelda is a fantastic singing teacher. I felt a good vibe when I read her bio. I started out doing a half hour lessons and changed it to hour long lessons on the first lesson. She has helped me advance in my skills. She makes it relaxing, right off the bat, when you walk in and she offer's you tea. She is very patient and helpful. I've taken five lessons and signed up for five more.
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Jennifer January 29, 2019
· Vocal Training · In studio
I had always wanted to see if I had any vocal talent whatsoever. I met with Zelda and she was patient and took me through the steps to check my range and abilities. I was very nervous as I had never sang in front of anyone before and she made me feel confident and comfortable as I stepped out of my comfort zone for the first time.
I will definitely go back to continue my work with her in the future when the timing is right! Thank you so much Zelda!!!
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Renee January 28, 2019
· Singing · In studio
I loved getting lessons from Zelda! Her bright bubbly personality is so welcoming. She greeted me each lesson with a cup of herbal tea to sooth the vocal cords and we then worked on a series of great vocal techniques that have helped me maximise my singing potential.
This has subsequently led to me being a professional singer and touring extensively both nationally and internationally in a number of different singing styles and genres (including Jazz/Classical/Pop/Rock/Folk/Country).
Her safe methods build vocal control and stamina; as well as develop world class expressive and stylistic techniques. She manages all of this while also making lessons fun!
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About Ivan S.

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Wildomar, CA

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Learn the skills needed to overcome stage fright and mind blanks while performing!

About Ivan
Hello! My name is Ivan. I am a classically trained pianist. I have been playing the piano for 17 years and have been teaching for 5 years. I like to give my students the opportunity to not only progress in skill, but also enjoy what they are learning!

My lessons focus on 5 things:

- note reading
- technique
- music theory
- ear training
- musicianship

My specialty is in teaching classical music (Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, etc.). I can also teach pop and modern new age styles as well.

If you are interested in forming a solid musical foundation, then I'm your guy! Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.
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Gerardo April 15, 2019
· Piano · In home
I would like to highly recommend Ivan Shallal as a music teacher for children. Ivan is a gifted piano teacher. He is very well-respected in Rochester Hills and Troy, Michigan. This community is extremely fortunate to have a music teacher of his caliber to teach in this area.

Ivan is passionate about music. His love for the art is evident in his enthusiastic and energetic teaching techniques. He is exceedingly patient with all students, encourages them, and coaxes the very best effort from each one. Although he is one of the best music teachers in the zone, his prices are extremely reasonable. In my opinion, he is worth every penny he charges, and I certainly believe I have received excellent service for my money.

It is my great pleasure to recommend Ivan Shallal as a music teacher. I am tremendously grateful to him for everything he has taught my daughter.
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Lamis April 10, 2019
· Piano · In home
Ivan was an absolutely wonderful Piano teacher to my son, who was 3-4 years old at the time. My son had a peculiar way of learning and appreciating music, and Ivan seamlessly adapted to my son’s learning style, engaged with him in a fun but effective dynamic, and taught him skills beyond my expectations! He’s kind, patient and highly skilled as a teacher. I would highly recommend him to anyone!
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Shirin April 8, 2019
· Piano · In home
Ivan was the piano teacher for my 3 boys ages 14, 12 and 7 years old for about 2 years. Before Ivan, my kids lost interest in learning and practicing piano. Ivan was able to engage their interest and make them love practicing. He encouraged them to pick music from famous songs or movies which helped to attract their attention. My kids looked at him as a role model. It was a pleasure having him as their piano teacher. He is a great one. It was a big loss for us when he moved out of the state. He is highly recommended.
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Wildomar, CA 92595
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About Paul B.

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Performance psychology is crucial to being able to bring out your hard-worked-for talent to actually project on the stage. You know you can do it. Why does the mind and body get in the way during or just before performance time? Knowing how to navigate these things are key to your performance success and also making the audience feel comfortable with you and making them feel like at the end of the show that they know you in a special way. Our goal is to be in a state of comfort and ease so our abilities shine and and inspire exactly the way we envisioned them when we decided that we wanted to learn music.

About Paul
I've been a proud and active member of the International Society of Bassists (ISB) since 1999. I've won several awards (one recording I played on won a Grammy in 2010) and have toured in over 35 countries as both a bandleader and sideman. But my first teaching job in NYC in 2002 was as a high school band director at Hunter College High School. I'm familiar with the needs of students at several levels of ability and aspirations. Some students are purchasing an instrument for the first time, some are trying to get into the performing ensemble or college of their choice. Everyone wants to be more familiar with the bass and experience the joy of making music while you are playing whether you are a beginner or a pro. That's why we love it! Of course to do that we have to discipline ourselves to get some skills under our belt.

Throughout the y
ears I've studied with some great teachers myself including: John Clayton, Rufus Reid, Buster Williams, Alfonso Johnson, and many others. I pass that information along to you. Information not only about technique but the philosophy behind the music that you are making. Connecting mind and body along with humility and a great attitude goes a long way both as a student and performer. I find it's important to cover the physical as well as mental aspects of practicing and playing as practicing is an animal of it's own. Practicing obstacles may include: resistance to being consistent, only working on what you're good at and avoiding the trouble areas, or having trouble concentrating and being present on what you're working on in the moment. I've been through it. As an on-going learner of music I've learned to manage and direct these elements so I can still reach the outcomes I want.

Along with performing and teaching I'm a bandleader for Jazz At Lincoln Center where we do jazz outreach concerts at middle schools and high schools in NYC. I'm also on faculty as an Instructor at the Teacher's College (Columbia University) where my students range from beginner to PhD level. I've worked as a cultural ambassador for the US State Dept and traveled extensively performing and teaching to audiences of all ages and backgrounds in addition to touring with world-renown artists throughout Europe and the Americas. I have three recordings as a bandleader and played on over 50 recordings as a sideman. I have a BM in Music Composition from Berklee College of Music as well as a MA from Queens College in Jazz Performance.
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