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About Calvin A.

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Costa Mesa, CA

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Whether you need tutoring for music theory or want to understand it's value for performing, we will get you on the right track after the first lesson.

Music theory functions in way similar to the rules of grammar and punctuation in language. It can add all sorts of useful things to your skills, like memorize pieces quickly through understanding musical form.

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 recently becoming the youngest artist to receive a number 1 on the dance billboard charts. 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, ukulel
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I am extremely patient and firmly 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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Camryn September 20, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Listened to my daughter's interests and musical style and then chose things to learn that really interested her.
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Jason F. September 16, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Great Instructor!
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Antawn B. September 13, 2017
· Songwriting · Online
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Calvin A.

Calvin A.

Costa Mesa, CA 92627
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About Marianna G.

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Irvine, CA

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I am a dedicated actress, singer, vocal technician and acting coach. My claim to fame is that I get results very quickly!!! I have been performing and teaching since I left the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and Juilliard to pursue a career in Opera. Because of my training, I also branched out into musical theater and jazz. I have sung before such distinguished individuals as Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Stewart, Mr. and Mrs. Charlton Heston and President Ronald Reagan and his wife. I have sung with Opera Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Cypress Symphony Orchestra, Capistrano Valley Symphony and was honored to sing in concert with Broadway legend John Raitt, father of Bonnie Raitt. I have written, produced, directed and performed as a soloist in concert versions of Kern and Company, Broadway Show Stoppers, Jewish Composers on Broadway and a Christmas show entitled Sing the Season. I have performed in many Operas and Broadways musicals too numerous to mention because we are only allowed 2500 ...

About Marianna
I am a dedicated actress, singer, vocal technician and acting coach. My claim to fame is that I get results very quickly!!! I have been performing and teaching since I left the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and Juilliard to pursue a career in Opera. Because of my training, I also branched out into musical theater and jazz. I have sung before such distinguished individuals as Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Stewart, Mr. and Mrs. Charlton Heston and President Ronald Reagan and his wife. I have sung with Opera Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Cypress Symphony Orchestra, Capistrano Valley Symphony and was honored to sing in concert with Broadway legend John Raitt, father of Bonnie Raitt. I have written, produced, directed and performed as a soloist in concert versions of Kern and Company, Broadway Show Stoppers, Jewish Composers on Broadway and a Christmas
show entitled Sing the Season. I have performed in many Operas and Broadways musicals too numerous to mention because we are only allowed 2500 characters!!! I am director of my own vocal studio in Orange County and Beverly Hills. I have been teaching since 1979 helping aspiring performers refine their vocal techniques for greater success in auditions and performances. I helped Amanda Seyfried secure her role in the movie Les Miserables. Recognizing that is critical for singers to be comfortable in front of an audience, I offer many types of classes and performance opportunities. Hope to hear from you soon!!
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Daniel May July 22, 2017
· Broadway Singing · In home
I first heard about Marianna while I was attending The Orange County High School of the Arts through a fellow student, Heidi Dean, who had this incredible voice and I knew I wanted to train with her. Marianna came to our school to see ‘Into the Woods’ and I met her after the show. Immediately her whole energy and aura was different than anyone I had ever met and we decided to train together. I would meet with Marianna every week and she would teach me these crazy voice exercises and really taught me how to shape and strengthen my voice. But Marianna taught me something and gives something to her students and the people in her life that goes beyond technique and vocal range. She gave me a confidence and connection to the artist in me, the professional in me, and the spirit that exists in all true artists. That is her true gift. I credit Marianna to my being cast in my first Broadway show, the revival of ‘Flower Drum Song’ starring Lea Salonga and still look to her for inspiration and direction. Let’s give and support Marianna back into the space where she can best share her gifts with the singers and artists who are waiting for her lesson.
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Krysta Rodriguez July 22, 2017
· Broadway Singing · In home
Hi everyone this is Krysta Rodriguez and I am writing this from my home in New York City on behalf of my mentor, Marianna Giordano. I just love you Marianna so much. You have been a mentor, a teacher and a friend and just the most amazing support system I could ever have asked for. Thank you so much Marianna, I just cannot express my appreciation enough. You are beautiful and wonderful and have been so helpful to so many and we all love you and we know you love us and we would do anything for you as you have done for us.
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Brenda Hamilton July 22, 2017
· Broadway Singing · In home
Marianna was my voice teacher as I transitioned from teenager to young woman. Not only was she an amazing voice teacher, but she instilled me with the confidence and inspiration necessary for the professional career that I have today. I will be forever grateful for her guidance and support. Love you Marianna!
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Marianna G.

Irvine, CA 92620
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About Cody W.

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Diamond Bar, CA

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I break down music theory concepts into bite sized chunks so that students can understand how composers write what they write. I have even begun my own book on Music Theory due out in the near future. I have taught music theory to schools in Pomona and Diamond Bar. I have synesthesia (seeing colors with notes) which can help people see music theory in a different way.

About Cody
With my two Bachelor's degrees in Music Composition and Technology, I began tutoring students in piano, voice, and composition as it was part of my training. I also have experience writing and editing essays, books, and more for several independent clients. I have experience writing my own books as well. I have written two so far, but am getting ready to write a third. I am a copious editor and can catch grammatical and other errors with ease. This is why tutoring in English would be great for me.
I thought I would add basic math for those school-aged children that are having a little trouble with it in their classes.
Usually, I teach lessons in my home in Diamond Bar or online, but if the need arises, I could surely work out coming to the students' homes for one-on-one tutoring help. With me, most students click after a few lessons and
understand what they couldn't in the classroom. I help the students by teaching in innovative ways that will catch their attention more than standard teaching methods. Students should consider me for I can make learning fun and never a chore!

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I use a wide variety of techniques to sing, play piano and other instruments. Techniques include straight vowel singing (no words) to test how long to hold notes, using color to help people sight read, using improvisational techniques in order to play jazz, rock, classical and many other styles of music.
I use what they student has under his or her belt as a starting point to see what lessons we could start them on.
I also assist with online lessons to make transportation a thing of the past. If you've got a webcam or Skype, I can do long-distance lessons with you! So, I am here to help!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Alesis Recital Keyboard
Music sheets
Web cam
Mac computer (MacBook Pro)
Finale music notation software to help in composition and theory lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music paper for away lessons.
Finale for composition and music theory lessons.
Can use macbook for more elaborate teaching or demonstration if need be.

*** Specialties ***
I do teach classical composition with specialties in ensemble and chamber music. I also specialize in songwriting for pop and other media.
I teach voice and vocal techniques of sacred choral and vocal music.
I teach classical and jazz piano and improvisation. I also have the distinction in being able to teach students with special needs or learning disabilities as I have a mild form of cerebral palsy and understand what students with special needs go through.
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Cody W.

Cody W.

Diamond Bar, CA 91765
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$25 / 30-min

About Melody H.

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It's important and essential for every music lover to know the theory. Getting familiar with music theory not only helps you learn to sing or play an instrument much faster and earlier, it also expands your overall understanding regarding music and composing music. Lesson includes(but not limited to): Ear Training, Sight Reading, Learning/Identifying Music Notations, Tempo, and Written Exercises. Theory lesson can be combined with singing or piano lesson.

About Melody
Music Genres:
Pop, Jazz, Modern Rock, Broadway/Musical.

Specialized in:
Vocal Warm Ups
Vocal Range Development
Troubleshoot Problem Areas
Mask Resonance
Vocal Interpretation
Stage Performance
Microphone Techniques

Lesson Details:
A step-by-step instruction to developing vocal technique, geared towards contemporary styles. Exercising, developing, strengthening, and troubleshooting vocal registers. During the 1st lesson there will be an in-depth vocal assessment being conducted to determine the student's strength and trouble areas regarding vocal ranges, vocal tonality, breathing, and posture. Will discuss with the student for his/her goals in terms of singing, then design a personalized training plan to help the student reaching his/her goals.

The exercises listed below will be included(but not limited) in a normal class
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*Simple body exercises
*Vocal warm ups
*Vocal range development exercises
*Practice songs of student's choice(or suggested by the instructor)
*Develop vocal interpretation through practicing songs

Languages:
English
Mandarin Chinese
(Both fluent)

Education:
Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music - Hollywood, CA
Professional Certificate: Music(Vocal Performance)

Cal State Fullerton - Fullerton, CA
Bachelor of Arts: Communications/Advertising

*** Studio Equipment ***
88-Key Digital Piano
Microphone Set
Vocal Booth & Ambient Reflection Filter
Amplifier
Recording Interface
Music Stand
Sofa
Chair
Mirror
TV/DVD
wifi

*I do have a cat at home. If you are allergic to cats it's better to book In-Home lessons(I'll drive to your place for lessons).

*** Travel Equipment ***
I do have a 88-key digital piano at the studio. Piano students need to have at least a 54-key keyboard at home.

*24 hour advance cancellation notice is required to change or reschedule lessons.
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Orlie August 8, 2017
· Singing · Online
I was inspired to start lessons from watching the last season of American Idol. I started with a 12 pack of online lessons. I was so nervous to sing out load (even in the privacy of my home) but Melody was always positive and encouraging. Even though I didn't practice as much as I should, to my surprise I've gotten better at hitting notes. It's helped even at work (female engineer) for me to easily speak louder and lower when needed. I've been taking lessongs for over a year now and it's still challenging but I always feel awesome afterwards (just like a great workout!) When I listen to singers now I have a whole level of of appreciation. It's like Melody introduced a new language. She's an awesome singer herself and I aspire to sing like her!
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Madelyn R. July 4, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Really great with kids..she has so much patience with my daughter and love how she takes time with her to explain everything..highly recommend her to anyone..
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Cole M. May 23, 2016
· Piano · In home
It's only our first lesson but she was UH-MAY-ZING! Both my kids loved her and my son HATES piano lessons. And she can teach singing and piano...gold mine.
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Melody H.

Melody H.

Los Angeles, CA 90015
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About Joseph R.

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Downey, CA

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4-Part Voicing, Analyzing, Harmonization

About Joseph
Joseph R. has 5 years of experience teaching students elementary, middle school-aged children and adults on to how to play keyboard, guitar, flute and saxophone while sharing his learning experience with them as a self-taught saxophone and flute player and his more conventional education on piano and guitar.

Joe started developing his musical talent through piano lessons at the age of 7. After only a year of formal study, he began to experiment with other instruments such as the bamboo flute, the guitar and the drums. When he moved to the United States at the age of 13, he was introduced to the school’s band where he chose to hone his skills with the flute. Since then, he has been exposed to classical and symphonic repertoire. During high school, he joined the marching band and at the same time, found interest in jazz and alto saxoph
one. He decided to pursue a career in music by majoring in Jazz Studies and Performance at the University of California in Irvine where he has received his Bachelors degree in Music. He is currently performing at local jazz clubs, formal events and concerts. He would like to continue to inspire his students while nurturing his passion.

*** Lesson Details ***
Scale Mastery
Instrumental Technique
Note Reading/Sight-Reading
Ear Training (!)
Live Performance
Music in the real world

*** Studio Equipment ***
Wurlitzer upright piano
Roland D20
BX5a monitors
BX8a monitors
Shure, MXL mic's
M-Audio Profire 610
Yamaha YAS-82ZII

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide manuscript paper. Student provides instrument and have the option to purchase my music books.

*** Specialties ***
I train my students the classical approach for their beginning and intermediate stages, and specialize in Jazz and Pop music.
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Jeff P. August 5, 2015
· Saxophone · In studio
Joe is a great instructor. He has done a fantastic job explaining concepts in an understandable way, and utilizes a lot of computer tools to help the lessons, such as backing tracks. I would definitely recommend him as a teacher.
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Darian C. July 2, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Couldn't be happier with my piano lessons. Joseph has really catered the lessons towards me and my needs. He's a great teacher, very patient, and encouraging.
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Jeff P. June 2, 2014
· Saxophone · In home
I am happy with Joseph teaching. He knows his stuff. I like the fact that he plays a lot of different instruments and has electronics to boot.
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Joseph R.

Los Angeles, CA 90023
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I have a Bachelors of Music degree, and excelled in music theory.

About Sheila
I have earned a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Redlands. As a professional singer, I have performed in numerous concerts and operas. I've sung in both choral and solo settings, as well as fully staged productions. Throughout my education, I have played piano and even participated in Certificate of Merit testing. These experiences have all helped shape me into a well rounded singer.

In lessons, I devote equal amounts of time to technique and repertoire. We will always begin by warming up, and working on some exercises. Then we will implement your new techniques into your repertoire, which I will tailor to your specific needs and wants.

Above all, though, I want to help you realize your dreams as a musician! Looking forward to getting started!

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Voice: I believe techniq
ue comes first and foremost, because it will free you to give everything you've got in performance! We will work on breath support, tone quality and proper placement, and then sing through your repertoire to put these techniques into practice.

Piano: Learning music theory goes hand in hand with playing piano. As you play your pieces, we will also explore the fundamental concepts of music theory (basic rhythm, treble and bass clef, major and minor), giving you a well rounded approach to mastering the piano. These skills will take you a long way in your musical path!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha Upright piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
Stickers for little ones! I also bring repertoire books to share with my students.

*** Specialties ***
Classical singing technique, applicable to all styles of singing
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Ava M. January 31, 2017
· Piano · In home
Sheila is very kind and patient!
My daughter just loves her.
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Isabelle Y. October 18, 2016
· Piano · In home
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My kids loves her
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Mauricio A. March 8, 2016
· German · Online
Great Teacher!
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Sheila S.

Sheila S.

Fullerton, CA 92831
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About Brianna
Hello..! I have been pursuing music for the last 20 years and I've taught toddlers, teenagers, and adults. As a student, I deeply understand the struggles, amount of patience, and constant hard work that comes with learning music. This holistic process will allow students to strengthen not only their ability to play, but also their patience. Learning music is a lifelong journey--students can remain music lovers even without music lessons! As a teacher, most rewarding aspect of teaching is witnessing their reactions when they reach where they doubted; Fundamentally, I am able to provide exciting experiences that will allow students to grow and perform in a enjoyable, curiosity-driven, invigorating environment!
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Brianna P.

Brianna P.

Irvine, CA 92620
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$25 / 30-min

About Shane H.

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Fontana, CA
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Staff reading, Key Signatures, Time Signatures, Understanding song/piece structure from the ground up, etc.

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I am a graduate from Chaffey College with an associates degree in Arts & Humanities. I have been teaching summer camps and various classes through Musicstar and Creative Brain Learning for a little more than a year. I am currently attending Cal State San Bernardino as a Music Major with an emphasis on Music Education to obtain a Bachelors degree in the field. My main instrument is Guitar. I mainly play Jazz, Rock,(Metal, Classic, Punk, Reggae, Ska) and Classical.
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Grant July 6, 2017
· Music Theory · Online
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Eric June 29, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Excellent teacher! He is very upbeat and teaches at a pace that works best for you.
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LUIS March 18, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Very honest & great teacher. It was my first time taking guitar lessons & Shane was definitely very helpful & most importantly very patient & understandful. Works around your schedule & goes above and beyond to try & do his best to teach you. I would recommend him to a friend or family member.
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Shane H.

Fontana, CA 92335
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A conservatory trained pianist, Evelyn makes piano playing a rewarding experience. It is in her firm belief that anyone can play the piano, but to play it well requires proper guidance in both fundamentals and artistry.

In addition to piano, she also teaches music theory and aural musicianship. She has guided many students through ABRSM, Certificate of Merit (MTAC) and AP Music Theory.

About Evelyn
Evelyn is a conservatory-trained classical pianist, who enjoys working with students of all levels and ages. Born in Korea and raised in the United States, Evelyn has placed at numerous piano competitions, and has performed throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe.

Evelyn is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Piano Performance at the University of Southern California. She previously studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Eastman School of Music, and her teachers include Bernadene Blaha, Yoshikazu Nagai, and Enrico Elisi.
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Savanah June 14, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I'm always very happy with my lessons each week; I look forward to them because they're fun and I learn a lot!!
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Anahita June 12, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
I played piano for 13 years, from ages 5 to 18, and then just stopped when I went away to college. I had aptitude for the instrument but did not have the discipline to sit down and practice. Fast forward 17 years, and I get intimidated just looking at a piano! I realized if I ever wanted to play again I'd have to find an instructor. It was so easy to find Evelyn via Red Pelican Music, and I started classes right away. It was a little frustrating to start from square one, but I know I really had to (I'd forgotten so much!). Evelyn was always encouraging and knew exactly what I needed to hear and learn. She also knew just when to introduce actual classical pieces instead of having me focus on the beginner books with short pieces and music theory. I love working with her and have made so much progress in the <6 months we have been working together. I would highly recommend her to any beginner or to someone re-starting as a beginner. And, of course, she's a highly accomplished pianist, so any skilled pianists looking for instruction would benefit from her teaching.
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Chen June 11, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Evelyn is very patient and she pays a lot of attention to the music theory, which is extremely helpful.
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Evelyn L.

Los Angeles, CA 90007
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I am a composer of solo, chamber and orchestra music with a PhD in music theory and composition from UC Davis. I have taught tonal and post-tonal theory at the university level, and believe strongly in applying theoretical concepts to performance, composition and analysis.

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Hey, I'm Gabriel! I've been playing guitar for over 20 years, and have a PhD in music composition. I write crazy modern experimental music for classical ensembles, but also enjoy playing blues, rock and flamenco guitar.
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Gabriel B.

Long Beach, CA 90814
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Average Cost of Music Theory Lessons in Costa Mesa, CA

The average cost of 60-minute music theory lessons in Costa Mesa is $84. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $79 and $88 per hour.

30-min $49
 
$54 average
$58
45-min $64
 
$69 average
$73
60-min $79
 
$84 average
$88

For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute music theory lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute music theory lessons are 18% less expensive at $69, and 30-minute lessons cost 36% less at $54.

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