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About Edwin
Hello! Thank you for your interest in taking guitar/piano/music lessons.

I am a professional teacher/studio musician/performer/producer with over 17 years of private teaching experience and a graduate of the University of Miami Studio Music and Jazz program in 2002 specializing in the guitar.

I am available to teach guitar(acoustic, electric, classical) for all levels, ages, and styles(pop to folk, rock to soul, world to classical) in English, Spanish and Japanese.

Other subjects taught include bass guitar, piano/keyboard, ukulele, banjo, mandolin, harmonium, classical percussion, music theory, composition(all styles from pop to classical), ear training, and studio production/engineering/mixing.

Born in Cali, Colombia on April 1979, I began my musical endeavors studying the piano at the age of 6. Early on I had the opportunit
y to play percussion in the school symphony while at the same time developed an intense interest in the instrument that would become my true love, the guitar.

During 1996-98 I studied jazz guitar at the New World School of the Arts music program under the direction of J.B. Dyas and Dr. Roby George. Upon graduation, I was immediately accepted to the University of Miami jazz guitar program under the direction of Randall Dollahan. It was during this time that I also refined my skills as a classical guitarist and as a composer/arranger. In addition, I began passing my knowledge onto friends and eventually began working as a teacher.

My ability to play almost any genre of music is the fruit of past experience playing with an impressive variety of music groups, including jazz combos, symphony orchestras, Andean world music ensembles, and several rock and pop groups as well. As a studio guitarist I have recorded for various artists including Jaci Velasquez, Carlos Ponce, Alexandre Pires, and Noelia.

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Now also available to teach online video chat lessons through Skype.

Every one of you is unique and there are many possible paths to reach your goals in music.

With my background and music industry experience, I am able to customize my lessons for you so that you can reach your desired goals. We will take some time to find out where your passion lies in music and I will use my experience and knowledge to create a customized lesson-plan that will allow us to focus on reaching your desired goals and at the same time maintain a well rounded music education.

I find this to be key in making the lessons and your practice sessions very enjoyable, fun and laid back - knowing that everything we practice, play and talk about is in line with your goals as a student.

I will also be playing along with you and demonstrating everything that we're working on - music is meant to be shared and played with others and it is important to have that experience of interaction from early on in your lessons.

So whether it's learning to accompany yourself or others, write songs, read music, understand harmony, solo, or just jam out to your favorite songs, you will be well on your way to reaching your goals within 6 months of my lessons.

Look forward to making music with you!

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*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room w/ grand piano and seating for parents.
Room/studio with professional recording equipment - Logic Pro X recording software, Mackie HR824 Studio Monitors, Miktech C4 Tube Microphone, UA6176 Preamp/compressor, Apogee Duet D/A converter.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide my instrument and teaching materials.
Students provide their instrument, music folders.

*** Specialties ***
All styles - pop, rock, classical, jazz, blues, folk, ethnic, latin, soul
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Eric August 10, 2017
· Banjo · Online
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Lorraine D. June 20, 2017
· Banjo · Online
does not teach left handers other then that I am sure he does well with right handers
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Rene May 28, 2017
· Banjo · Online
Very patient and helpful.
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Edwin I.

Edwin I.

El Segundo, CA 90245
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About James H.

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My services provide you with an opportunity to learn from a balance state of thinking to achieve success in your goals for the chosen instrument. Whether its technique, learning how to read both musically and literally, my teaching methods are very self reflective and introspective to provide the understanding you're looking for. All in all my sessions are very people friendly and driven to meet your needs. This helps to learn on a deeper level so that you may appreciate, learn faster and enjoy a greater sense of awareness for the fun of the music making process. I have a very warm and easy going approach with an emphasis on FUN so that we can connect to what we love to do which is make music.

About James
My name is James and I have earned a Master’s degree in Music Performance and graduated from Cal State Fullerton. I also have a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education received from the University of Redlands. I have performed with a variety of musical ensembles (college, orchestra, band, chamber groups) and have experience in all musical genres. Currently I am Co-principal of the Corona Symphony Orchestra and play in other groups throughout Southern California as well as the Elementary level band instructor in the Monrovia Unified School district. I have also taught and coached at several middle and high schools for the past few years, and I teach privately throughout the San Gabriel Valley and the Inland Empire. My passion is educating the musicians of tomorrow and helping them discover their innate musical abilities and desires.

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My lessons are very student driven and revolve around developing students innate music abilities to help them connect and experience success as well as enriching their lives with music. In my lessons students will develop music appreciation skills by listening to music, understanding basic music theory concepts, growing a knowledge of historical awareness in music all alongside learning the instrument of their chosen preference. The pace set for the sessions is rather relaxed and is highly dependent on the student but, students are guided throughout the sessions to eventually achieve their goals. My main teaching approach is: Let me use my skills and knowledge to help figure out what works best for you!

*** Studio Equipment ***
The home studio lessons take place in the living room or a finished garage with tile floor. Seating is available in both areas. Parking is on the street. He has an upright piano.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide music as well as they can provide music as well. I can provide a music stand. They need to provide the necessary equipment that allows their instrument to function

*** Specialties ***
Primarily classical style and some jazz.
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Cinthya P. May 15, 2017
· Classical Guitar · In studio
James was so very patient with me. I think I will learn a lot from him.
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Carlos May 2, 2016
· Trombone · In studio
he is the worst he can die in hell he is ugly from one of his students in wgis
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Zachary Z. October 29, 2015
· Trumpet · In home
My son loved his first lesson with James! He was very anxious to move forward at a more rapid pace, and James really encouraged him to take it to the next level. We were very impressed with James' communication and prompt arrival. We're off to a great start!
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James H.

West Covina, CA 91791
(10)
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$35 / 30-min

About Deen A.

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Los Angeles, CA
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About Deen
Take your playing to new heights with lessons from an accomplished guitarist, songwriter and longtime educator! Whether you are brand new to music, looking to prepare for your conservatory audition, or just want to build upon what you've already developed, reach out and discover what you are capable of.
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Deen A.

Deen A.

Los Angeles, CA 90004
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$40 / 30-min

About Brian P.

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Culver City, CA

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Brian has a degree in Classical Guitar Performance from California State University at Los Angeles and has been teaching classical guitar to students of all ages in the Los Angeles area for more than 20 years. Brian's special talent as a teacher of this challenging instrument is a unique ability that combines patience with enthusiasm and a deep appreciation of the genre to help his students learn, improve and achieve mastery of technique and develop their understanding of the repertoire. Students of all ages are welcome!

Below see Brian's teaching philosophy in his own words:

MY APPROACH:
I focus on four areas that I think are essential to being a good music teacher:

* the uniqueness of each student;
* the fact that enjoyment (fun!) maximizes learning;
* the importance of proper technique and an understanding of music theory to build self-confidence;
* the development of musicianship through performance.

EACH STUDENT IS UNIQUE:
My first interest with each new ...

About Brian
Brian discovered his talent and passion for teaching while still in college, and has been teaching guitar and piano in Southern California for over 20 years. Gifted at teaching students of all ages and abilities, he combines patience, creativity, imagination and boundless enthusiasm with solid professional training and experience. Brian also has over 10 years experience teaching piano and guitar to blind and autistic students.

A lifelong musician, Brian received his first musical training at the age of 4 and 5 years when his actor/singer Dad and musically talented Grandma taught him to sing and play the mandolin. He began piano lessons at age 5, and formal guitar instruction at the age of 10 years.

By the time he was a 14-year-old high school student, Brian was performing as lead guitarist in rock bands around Southern California
, developing mastery of rock guitar and blues performance and improvisation. Brian went on to complete a Bachelor's Degree in Classical Guitar Performance from California State University, Los Angeles.

Passionate about all kinds of music, Brian's studies include choral music and conducting, Gregorian chant (at the Monastery of St. Pierre de Solesmes, France), and Master Classes with Andrés Segovia and Christopher Parkening. In 1984, he participated as a member of the Honor Choir for the ceremonies of the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, which included recording of original music by Philip Glass for the Olympic Games under the direction of David L. Wolper and Mr. Glass.

As a jazz guitarist, Brian continues to grow musically in association with his colleagues of the Naomi Jazz Group, and other close musical friends who include students of the late, great Ted Greene.

*** Lesson Details ***
METHOD BOOKS:
FOR PIANO: Faber & Faber Method Series
Dozen A Day Technique series
FOR GUITAR:
STEEL STRINGS: Mel Bay, Alfreds Method Book
CLASSICAL: Fredric Noad
Julio Segraras Method
JAZZ: Stanford Jazz Workshop
The National Guitar Workshop's Jazz Guitar Method Series
Real Easy Books: Beginning & Intermediate Levels

MY APPROACH:
I focus on four areas that I think are essential to being a good music teacher:

• the uniqueness of each student;
• the fact that enjoyment (fun!) maximizes learning;
• the importance of proper technique and an understanding of music theory to build self-confidence;
• the development of musicianship through performance.

EACH STUDENT IS UNIQUE:
My first interest with each new student is to discover how he or she learns, and then to apply appropriate teaching techniques to maximize their potential. I gear my lesson plans to the individual and strive to optimize the learning potential of the student.

ENJOYMENT MAXIMIZES LEARNING:
In a lesson with me you can expect to never be bored, to laugh a lot, learn a lot, be positively engaged emotionally and challenged intellectually. I believe that learning is maximized when the student is enjoying the experience, and is faced with challenges appropriate to their skill level. I aim to make learning music fun, choosing musical selections to learn in the style and genre that relate to the student's interests and aspiration.

TECHNIQUE & UNDERSTANDING OF MUSIC THEORY TO BUILD SELF-CONFIDENCE:
When my students perform in concerts, recitals, juries, auditions, recording sessions or simply for friends and family, they have self-confidence because they know precisely the "how" and "why" of everything required to perform well. My goal with students is to build a solid foundation in instrumental technique and thorough understanding of Music Theory at their appropriate level.

PERFORMANCE:
On a monthly basis, all my students practice performing pieces they are working on during the lesson time, with family/friends as an audience if desired and appropriate, and/or using digital recording to help the student develop a critical ear for their own playing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music stands, guitar/s and guitar stands, Dynarelle cushion, footrests, Korg 88 fully--weighted digital keyboard, Zoom H4 digital recorder.

As well, I have guitars and equipment both for teaching and performance of various styles, as below. Students will have the opportunity to learn about, play and become familiar with any of these instruments/equipment according to their interests and skill levels.

GUITARS:

CLASSICAL: Ramirez Model 1A Classical (professional concert level instrument)
Cordoba (teaching/practice instrument)
Hohner Acoustic (electric)

ROCK: Fender Stratocaster (pre-CBS)
Shechter Omen6
Shechter Elite Series C1

FOLK: Martin (steel string)
Dobro

JAZZ: Oscar Schmidt by Washburn (hollow body electric)
Gibson SG (electric)

OTHER EQUIPMENT:

AMPS: Fender Twin reverb
Pevey practice amp
Rock amp

Boss GT8 Effects Pedal

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar stands, guitar/s, Zoom H4 digital recorder. Generally I do not transport my Korg 88 keyboard to the student's home for lessons, but I can if necessary. However, I do require that piano students have their own piano/keyboard or at least reliable access to one for practice between lessons.

Guitar students should also have their own guitar. I can advise on appropriate instruments and can help students find a suitable guitar for their learning level and price range.
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Jack August 4, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Brian was fantastic and the lesson was fun! Really pumped about my next lesson! I have some things to practice and I already feel like I can play some guitar!!
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Liana May 15, 2017
· Piano · In home
I have approximately taken ten or twelve lessons. I started from scratch, and Brian's input and guidance has helped me to move along pretty fast in my learning. My ear is becoming more selective. My fingers are more and more flexible. My idea of learning piano was to do so, in order to play for me and maybe one or two more people. I've learned with Brian that even if that is the case, I must still handle myself, as if I am going to be part of a band. This is teaching me the importance of counting and keeping the rhythm for me and for others. It basically helps me to have a structure. Thank you Brian
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Liana February 24, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Undoubtedly Brian has a deep and extensive knowledge of piano. I feel motivated by his hands-on approach to teaching.
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Brian P.

Culver City, CA 90230
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$40 / 30-min

About Ken P.

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Anaheim, CA
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My college years from undergrad to graduate were concentrated on classical guitar. One of the most difficult styles to play but extremely rewarding and you can play all by yourself without any accompaniment! I can get you ready for a college tryout or just learn the basics, or whatever you want to know.

About Ken
I've been playing music my whole life, but it was as a high school student when I was asked to teach the school's guitar class that I became a teacher. Since that time I've gone on to earn several awards, played in many different types of projects, and earned a Master's degree. You might have heard my music before too if you've ever listened to a podcast, TV commercials, Indy films, or played any video games. My most successful student thus far however, would have to be Jacob Tilley from the rock band Young the Giant.

Not everybody wants to be a rock star though, and there are many aspects to the world of music. During the course of my musical adventure I've played with orchestras, been in rock, bluegrass, reggae, pop and blues bands, classical ensembles and more. I have also had the opportunity to play for celebrities and diploma
ts. Basically I've done a little of everything and I believe that it is this diversity of experiences that makes me a better teacher. Having worked in so many settings gives me a broad understanding that I use to help you reach whatever goals you might have.

I have also become adept at writing, recording and producing music, studying under Frank Wright of the legendary rock band Chicago. If you have an interest in creating and/or recording music I can definitely help you get there! Check out my chill/downtempo instrumental album 'Night Music'.

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I can teach you about playing several different instruments, how to write, how to record your own music, and how to get your music career off the ground! As a youth, I was largely self-taught so my inspiration was always to have fun. I never had to deal with the 'homework' style of practicing so I've naturally incorporated that approach to my lessons. My goal is to keep you (the student) inspired and having fun. When that happens you will become good at your instrument and feel as though you 'played' your way to success! As your teacher I will also provide almost all of the materials for free and show you great free apps to help you along with your learning and keep costs to a minimum! I know we will have fun together while you learn and I look forward to meeting you!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitars, piano/keyboard, drums, bass, banjo, mandolin, ukulele and a ProTools recording studio.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide the learning materials but I expect the student to have their own instrument, be that a guitar, drum set, etc.

*** Specialties ***
Commercial music is definitely my specialty, but I am also capable of doing various styles such as classical, bluegrass, traditional/folk. Just focus on what you want to learn and I can teach it to you.
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Jeff March 5, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
Ken is a great instructor. Easy to talk to. Provides excellent instruction. Perfect for a beginner.
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Jim July 31, 2016
· Ukulele · In studio
Ken makes learning fun. He's very encouraging. I can't wait for my second lesson.
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James July 17, 2016
· Bass Guitar · Online
Had a great first bass lesson with Ken. Looking forward to further lessons with him and getting to the next level.
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Ken P.

Anaheim, CA 92808
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About Calvin A.

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Costa Mesa, CA

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Depending on experience, we will start working on basic techniques or a piece that best suits your skill level.

About Calvin
As a teacher, I have worked with of many ages and backgrounds. One of my students, Skylar Stecker, has gone on to become a successful major label recording artist. I Recently had the opportunity to tour with her as her guitarist and pianist.

I have studied, performed and taught music for over 10 years. I hold a B.A. in music from USC. My professional experience as a musician and teacher has led me to many areas of the music business. I've worked as an apprentice to several established film composers and arrangers and have had the opportunity work with Lionel Hampton New York Big Band, Metropole Orchestra, Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Clayton Brothers, Rachelle Farrell, Michael Buble, and Charles Aznavour. I play guitar, piano, bass, ukulele, banjo as well as write music.

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I am extremely patient and fi
rmly believe that anybody can learn to play music.

I try to keep my teaching philosophy simple. We figure out your musical goals and aspirations and carve out a path to achieving them. Along the way I will try to illuminate how the path to attaining your goals and aspirations is best taken at an enjoyable, relaxed pace and with a strong work ethic.

I always prepare for your lessons based on your interests, integrating relevant books and videos, creating handouts tailored to what we are studying in order to maintain clarity.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitars, Keyboards, Ukuleles, Microphones, Amplifiers, Recording Equipment

*** Specialties ***
Any style you prefer (Rock, Pop, Folk, Country, Jazz, Bluegrass, etc.)
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mike July 10, 2017
· Banjo · Online
What a great teacher - can wait for my next lesson!
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Vikki July 3, 2017
· Bass Guitar · Online
There are musicians who teach on the side, but Calvin is not only a talented musician, but has a real talent for teaching as well. He tailor-made the lessons towards the skills I wanted to develop. He knows how to direct the student to just the right practice method to improve on a particular skill. Calvin is patient, positive, and encouraging, and takes the time to explain anything the student does not understand. Overall, Calvin is a great music teacher who truly cares about his students learning their instrument. I wouldn't hesitate recommending Calvin to anyone.
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Susan G. June 6, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
So impressed with not only his talent and ability, but how he was able to help and encourage me with my own playing and arranging. Can't wait for our next lesson!
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Calvin A.

Newport Beach, CA 92660
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Real world experienced working professional guitarist/instructor with loads of skill and knowledge to share and get you playing well - quickly. Please feel free to contact with with any questions you may have. I make a promise to be the best, most learning effective teacher you ever have had! All ages and levels, Guaranteed Results!

*** Lesson Details ***
We can go over anything you want to learn! A basic approach is to learn the instrument which can include chords, scales, songs, note reading, improvisation, theory, technique, and more.. We will discover and explore in a clear but friendly detailed manner.
Please contact me regarding any other scheduling days, times, or questions..

*** Studio Equipment ***
Martin steel string acoustic, Ramirez nylon classical, Gibson Les Pauls, Fender Stratocaster, other assorted guitars, Fender Prec
ision bass, Pro Tools, assorted amps..

*** Travel Equipment ***
All learning preliminary learning materials are brought to you for each lesson. All you need is your guitar and the desire to want to learn how to play it. 

*** Specialties ***
Friendly, low key atmosphere instruction. Main specialty is Rock Guitar of all types.. But also blues, metal, pop, folk, classical, contemporary, etc.. Please feel free to contact with with any questions you may have. I can help you pick out the right guitar. Great with children - tons of experience with young kids, people of all ages!
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Pete R.

Pete R.

Los Angeles, CA 90028
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$40 / 30-min

About Joe S.

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I studied classical guitar in college and continue to incorporate various methods in to my general guitar lessons. Spent quite a bit of time on Fernando Sor and Bach.

About Joe
I absolutely love teaching music! After over 20 years of teaching, performing, writing, and recording in all styles/genres, it continues to be a great adventure. It is a joy to pass this on to others...especially seeing my students that never touched the instrument going on to be very proficient players.

I take teaching seriously, but definitely try to make it enjoyable for the student. I studied classical guitar in college, but was playing everything from Van Halen to Jazz to Country & Blues before that. Currently, I'd consider myself a flat out musical mutt...enjoying anything and everything. The love of guitar has also expanded to a multitude of instruments that I record, gig, & teach with.
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Shiva July 26, 2017
· Piano · In home
Joe has been super patient and easy to practice with. Very knowledgeable in his craft and I highly recommend him to any future students.
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John June 20, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Joe was enthusiastic and really taught my son a lot! Great lesson and looking forward to more!
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Ellada July 12, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Joe is an excellent teacher, nice person with the great knowledge of child's developmental psychology, strong communicational skills, ability to connect quickly, easy going, patient and absolutely loving to teach. We highly recommend him.
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Joe S.

Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
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About Golnar R.

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My private classes are fun, creative, and highly individualized according to the students abilities, goals and dreams. Students will learn many essential techniques of classical guitar, chords and arpeggios, sight readings, fingerpicking, theory of music and many of their favorite pieces. I also teach my students about the various styles of music, music history, introduce them to famous musicians, composers and performers as well as to help them to develop their own unique style of performance.

About Golnar
Hi, My name is Golnar. I am a classical guitarist, composer and a passionate and patient teacher as well as a musical ensemble artist. I hold my Master of Arts degree with an emphasis on Music from the most prestigious Art University in Tehran, Iran. I have an Advanced Certificate of Performance from the Trinity College in London as well as TVU Advanced Certificate in Theory of Music. I have also performed in a variety of international festivals and have been teaching Classical Guitar for the past 10+ years. For now, much of my time is spend in teaching, performing and recording. I have already published 2 albums by the names of: 1.Rosette (classical guitar solo) collection of classical guitar repertoire all eras. 2. Passing life (duet guitar & cello) Composed by M.Moti.
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Mahan April 19, 2017
· Classical Guitar ·
Golnar is indeed a passionate Gitar teacher.
Motivates her young students and my 12 year old son is very happy with his learning progress .I definitely recommend Golnar with confidence in her
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Sue April 18, 2017
· Classical Guitar · In studio
My daughter Mina has been taking guitar in a group lesson for a couple of years and played well. She would play only once a week with her peers, in class. She would rarely practice on her own.

Only a few months ago I found Golnar, through word of mouth. I wanted someone who had a good background teaching and she had 8 years. Also it was important to find someone who is professional and it's their career not just are teaching on the side. Golnar has her Master's in music which impressed me and has great passion for her music.

I thought that my daughter would benefit from her teachings. So my daughter has been taking an hour lessons on a weekly basis.
Her teacher finds her Classical and Jazz fun music that my daughter likes. Mina loves her teacher. I think because she loves her teacher and she is working for a goal, she practices everyday for more than an hour on her own. Mina has excelled in guitar in the last 2 months more than she did in a group lesson the last 2 years. In fact, she now loves guitar so much that as soon as she walks through the door from school she picks up her guitar and starts playing.
A really good teacher, an inspiration to a child is hard to come by...thank you for all you do!
Golnar prepared Mina in a few months for her auditions to OCSA (Orange County School of ARTS) and she got ACCEPTED!
I am very grateful to have a teacher like Golnar in Mina's life...and to bring live music to our home.
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Golnar R.

Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
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About Tony T.

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In my 20 year career I have taught hundreds of students ranging from 7 years old to retirees. I take a very tailored approach for each student and help them to realize their potential. I was once where you are now. I wanted to learn but had no clear direction. Throughout the years I learned to pick-up some great techniques from some of the best players. While in college I learned to refine my craft by playing and collaborating with other musicians. Unlike other instructors, I teach through experience. I live and breathe music - and you can too!

About Tony
I am a dedicated father and worker. I have been studying music for over 20 years and have been teaching children since 2002. I've worked as a classroom music teacher and as a private lessons teacher at 3 different schools. I have vast experience in teaching guitar (Electric, Acoustic, Classical) and have taught recorder, piano, mandolin, & recording arts. Because I am a CEO of a local non-profit, I have also been a guest lecturer at Cal Poly Pomona for having music as a "duel career." I have my own classical chamber ensemble, am the choir director at my church, released 3 albums in the past, performed at the Whiskey and other venues on the sunset strip in Hollywood, and helped hundreds of students learn their musical craft. From Bach to Metallica, I've taught it all. Personally I love playing all kinds of music but currently my performanc
e has been focused on classical. If you want a firm foundation grounded in years of experience, you've found the perfect teacher!
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Tony T.

Orange, CA 92866
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$42 / 30-min

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