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Los Angeles, CA

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I teach Music Knowledge, because it works in any and every musical situation. A "theory'" is just a hypothesis,

About Gregory
The shortest and most direct methods to unveiling one's musical dreams.

Voice, Guitar, Keyboard & Bass Private & Group Coaching independently and with TakeLessons.com and worldwide via Skype. Composer, Arranger, Guitarist, Pianist, Organist, Gospel Choral Director, Session Musician, Producer, Actor, Songwriter.

29 years experience eternally blessed to work with such artists & group members of The Supremes, Prince, Motown legends Stafford Floyd & Scherrie Payne, Alice in Chains, Beck, The Black Crowes, The Stylistics, Blue Magic, Scott Weiland, Tom Petty, Sylvia Massy, David Tickle, The Travel Channel, Sigma Sound Studios-Philadelphia, also personal music instructor to Rod
Stewart's children, Casey Kasem's grandchildren, daughter of producer Don Gehman (John Cougar, Pat Benetar), musical director for rising vocal group of daughte
rs of a founding member of Earth Wind & Fire & lead singer of group led by Marko Babineau (Aerosmith, G&R.) I've also sung & ministered with outreaches to try & comfort the homeless in Skid Row-downtown LA... and put on a special special presentation for my Grandmother in her nursing home before she went on to her eternal home...the most wonderful thing I've ever done.

I sing with the 3 Gospel choirs in North Hollywood- once informed that I had become president of my Men's Choir-arranging,directing-doing the deal-as learned from personal musical mentors, Anthony Janflone Sr. (the Nicola Tesla of Music) & Motown Songwriter writer/ director, Stafford Floyd.

I also perform as a solo artist while recording/ performing with various artists including Naomi Nektare, Jillisa Lynn, Tru Addiction, Rich Vacarro, Gary Allen, Kenny Freeman & Marko Babineau & more.

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To connect with, meet you halfway on the path with, teach & direct from a sound & experienced mind the shortest and most direct methods to unveiling one's musical dreams coupled with on-going personal support, guidance, empowerment training, accompaniment and honest advice.

*** Studio Equipment ***
1971 Lowry Theatre Organ, Vox Tone Lab amp, Fender bass, acoustic & electric guitars, various microphones and recording equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Korg Micro Synth, Accessories

*** Specialties ***
Pop, Rock, R&B, Soul, Funk, Hip Hop, Music Theatre, Blues, Hard Rock, Gospel, Psychadelia, Acid Jazz, Metal, Country, Comedy, Free Jazz, Spoken Word
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Joey Gabra July 8, 2016
· Music Recording · In home
The first lesson was really great and informative.
Greg was easy to talk to and very knowledgable...and was able to show me some really great things to help me work better in my recording studio.

Highly recommended!
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Tresa Brown March 3, 2016
· Music Theory · In studio
Gregory Valens Luv is a phenomenal vocal coach. He's very detailed in teaching you structure of the body to relax you and open you up for singing. I love his technique. I find myself very relaxed and limber which brings out the best in me. He's very creative and shares various types of vocalizations to help you with every style of music. He's also got a sweet spirit and that makes it very enjoyable to come to class.
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Max G. January 29, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Great teacher, with advanced knowledge and skill in his profession.
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Gregory V.

Gregory V.

Los Angeles, CA 90012
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About Jill Z.

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Huntington Beach, CA

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I tutor beginning and college music theory level. Harmony I, II, II, and IV and Basics of Music, Music Appreciation, and Ear Training. You will learn about Chord Progressions, Key Signatures, Types of Chords and Chord Inversions, Sol Feg, Composers, Circle of 5ths, Keys, Types of Scales, and get proficient at reading bass and treble clef. We do a combination of worksheets, chords using the piano, ear training with the piano, and listen to composers' examples.

About Jill
Please check Jill's Takelesson's calendar for lesson availability. If you sign up for lessons, they are weekly lessons and you are reserving the same time per week. Weekly time changes are not possible at this time, so please select a Recurring Plan and lesson time when you sign up and no Schedule as You Go plans. Thank you

Jill Zor has been teaching music privately for over 15 years. Some of her students have won concerto competitions and music awards, music scholarships and participate in local youth orchestras. She teaches violin, viola, and piano.

Jill graduated with her Bachelor's of Music Degree in Performance Violin and Viola from the Cole Conservatory of Music at the California State University, Long Beach as a music scholarship student and on honor roll. She also studied piano at university and privately and studied jazz im
prov on violin and jazz theory at Saddleback College. Jill had private violin lessons with 12 different teachers and has been playing the violin for almost 25 years.

Jill has performed at the Segerstrom Concert Hall, Walt Disney concert Hall and Soka Performing Arts Center.

Jill also attended the Montecito Summer Music Festival and Soka's Chamber Arts Festival to study and perform string quartets and piano quintets.

Jill also is classically trained and performed professionally with the Dana Point Symphony, Montage Civic Orchestra, Brentwood/Westwood Symphony, Laguna Niguel Presbyterian Church orchestra, Vanguard Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Irvine. She also worked as a violinist for Irvine Valley College.

She performs classical, pop music, and jazz and plays reggae music, top hits, movie music, and rock for professional violin events as a solist and with a violin and cello duo.

Jill is patient and has a variety of students and able to adjust to each student's personality and needs.

Jill has performed as a solo violinist at the Orange County Fair in 2007 and 2008 with a Bluegrass band and was a concerto competition winner in 2004 performing Haydn's Violin Concerto No. 2 with the South Orange County Chamber Orchestra as a soloist.

Method books used:

Piano students learn from the Faber & Faber books, classical piano collection books, Bastien method books, Snell, Hanon exercises, and scale books by Bastien.

Violin and viola students use Suzuki method books along with reading music and playing all standard violin and viola literature outside of the Suzuki method. Students learn vibrato and shifting to other positions and learn from etude exercise books, scale studies using Carl Flesch books or Essentials for Strings books, and Sassmanshaus Early Start on violin, a fun method book for young violin students.

Etude books used: Wolfahrt, Kreutzer, Rode, Dont, Fiorillo, Gavines, and exercises from Schradiek and Sevcik. Composers and literature taught: concertos by Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Hoffmeister, Stamitz, Mendelssohn, Wieniawski, and Kabalevsky to name a few. Bach Sonatas and Partitas and Bach cello suites for viola. Sonatas by Beethoven, LeClair, Vivaldi, Frank, Brahms, and more! Jill can also teach pop, fiddle, and has studied jazz improv and jazz theory.

Private violin students can participate in the Certificate of Merit program testing in Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach.

Students also learn to read music (Sight reading) and learn rhythm.

2 optional recitals per year for students.

Jill can help students with orchestra auditions for local youth orchestras.

She has helped students get into All State and All Southern Youth Orchestras, join youth orchestras that summer tour Europe, helped students with Certificate of Merit, and auditions and acceptance into the Orange County High School of the Arts and college auditions.

She has taught at various music studios and coached music at high schools and middle schools in orange county.

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Large, open living room space with an 88 key weighted upright keyboard. Seating for parents in couches and chairs. Foot stool for shorter piano students. Music stand light. Music Stand for Violin & Viola Students.
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Michelle H. June 20, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Jill is very thorough with the basic technique and patient, she made the lesson easy
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Billie C. January 27, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Very knowledgeable and patience, we are lucky to have picked her.
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Ana March 4, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Very friendly and knowledgeable teacher!
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Jill Z.

Jill Z.

Huntington Beach, CA 92647
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$35 / 30-min

About Crystal S.

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Theory is taught to piano, voice, songwriting and general music students.

About Crystal
Crystal brings a lifetime’s experience of professional musicianship to each of her lessons. Born into a family of musicians, she sang her first solo at age 2. She also benefits her students with an extraordinarily diverse musical background, having worked as a vocalist in gospel, country, musical theater, jazz, classical, rock, pop and soul styles. Her performing career has taken her from L.A. church meetings to London’s Houses of Parliament.

Crystal hails originally from Los Angeles, CA - where her musical parents gave her a head start by including her in the family business the moment she was able to contribute. She went on to study classical voice, piano and music theory at The Boston Conservatory of Music. After concluding her studies in London, she returned home and began working regularly as a theater performer, appearing in twen
ty world premiers and re-imagined classics. Most notably she played the lead role of Keely Smith in the big band jazz musical “Louis and Keely: Live At The Sahara” during its eight-month run at Westwood’s Geffen Playhouse. She also formed her own rock band, The Honeysuckle Jones Revival, with whom she performed her own songs all over Los Angeles. And she began working as a studio session vocalist, providing demo vocals for other songwriters, as well as arranging and performing back-up vocals for original artists, including Laura Roppe (currently in the Top Ten on Billboard’s Uncharted list of emerging artists.) Crystal played the lead role of Brooke in the new operatic rock musical “The Burning Opera LA” during its Los Angeles run in 2011 as well as providing ensemble vocals and playing piano and bass. She also performs holiday tunes from the Golden Age of American songwriting with musical quartet The Sleigh Belles.

Crystal believes that music is serious business but that it should be fun. She encourages her students to play music they love, as well as expanding their musical knowledge. She is a firm believer in basics first and emphasizes theory and technique as the tools to support creativity and provide freedom, power and control. She believes effort beats talent every time and the student who practices consistently will see results, whatever their level of ability. Most of all, she believes we were all born to make music.

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Lesson structure varies depending on the student's instrument, age, level of experience and musical style. However, all lessons focus on:

Technique
Music theory
Performance style

After 3 or 6 months of consistent lesson attendance and practice, students will have a clear understanding of how their instrument works and how to care for it. They will be able to read basic music notation. They will be working toward clearly defined musical goals and they will have at least three performance pieces learned.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Loft Space: full size electric piano with weighted keys, small digital recorder, microphone, Garage Band, parents can sit in on lessons

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring a small keyboard for vocal students with no piano, karaoke tracks and a digital recorder. I also bring a selection of games. Students are expected to purchase all necessary books and sheet music.

*** Specialties ***
Young beginners (piano)
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Raylene L Lehnhoff November 11, 2015
· Singing · Online
Love how she teaches the mechanics of learning to sing properly such as breathing correctly and posture right from the start for a beginner. Fantastic instructor!
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Tamura H. September 29, 2013
· Singing ·
Amazing singng instructor

Crystal has increased my daughter’s self-esteem and expressiveness through song. My daughter is now writing her own poetry and song lyrics, as well as being able to combat her once shyness quality. She loves to perform in front of others now and has a confidence level that amazes me, especially now that she is going into those “teen” years. I think a lot of thanks needs to go to Crystal, for assisting my daughter in reaching her current creative level!
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Tamura H. September 29, 2013
· Piano ·
Great piano instructor

Crystal is an amazing piano instructor. She is patient, understanding and dedicated. My daughter has learned so much from her. My daughter’s love for music has increased immensely since learning how to play the piano. This would never have been able to be accomplished without Crystal’s professional and caring teaching style.
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Crystal S.

Los Angeles, CA 90012
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About Brian R.

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Highly focused on drum & rhythmic theory...specializing in odd meters

About Brian
I'm a 30 year old professional musician who has been playing drums and percussion for the last 16 years. I've taught for a respected music studio in Connecticut and I continue to teach here in Los Angeles. I have played in numerous bands and toured the United States, Europe and Central America. The styles I teach are Rock, Jazz, Latin, R&B/Hip-Hop, Funk/Soul, Reggae, Folk/Indie, Metal/Hardcore and World Rhythms.

I teach drum-set and various types of hand percussion such as bongos, djembe, darbuka/doumbek and congas.

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I've always thought that learning should be fun. I consistently try to bring a creative and laid-back approach to teaching drums. After the first lesson most students realize that I don't take myself too seriously. Sometimes certain techniques or exercises can be tiresome or even boring. When this
occurs, I switch gears and move on to something else. In my opinion, if a student is getting very frustrated it is generally best to relax and try a different exercise or beat. If we can't enjoy ourselves then what is the point?!

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I expect a student to have at least a pair of sticks and a pad. Eventually they will need a metronome for practicing and if they are serious a drum-set at some point. If you'd like to learn hand percussion I recommend having a hand drum of some kind.

*** Specialties ***
The styles I teach are Rock, Jazz, Latin, R&B/Hip-Hop, Funk/Soul, Reggae, Folk/Indie, Metal/Hardcore and World Rhythms. I teach from the heart and develop a natural feel for my students. I also use multiple books mixed into my teaching.
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Luther October 24, 2017
· Percussion · In studio
This dude can play! Brian is a great teacher.. we did some hand drums and drum set for the few lessons we had together. I was new to learning music and glad I came across Brian because he is a chill guy with positive light. I felt as if I could take drums as far as I wanted with Brian as my teacher. I will be back for some more lessons when my wife lets me lol.
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Jessie July 19, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Quality drum teacher. I took lessons with Brian for about a year and his teaching style is relaxed compared to other drummers I studied with. I never felt rushed with the exercises, we always went at my pace. I recommend this teacher.
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Hector June 22, 2017
· Bongo · In home
Cool down to earth teacher, amazing on drums / bongos. I'm a beginner and just bought some bongos so I wanted a few lessons to get myself started. Our first lesson was a blast and I'm gonna continue to take more lessons with Brian when I am able to.
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Brian R.

Brian R.

Los Angeles, CA 90023
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About Minoo M.

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piano lesson in your home. I have been teaching piano more than 18 years. Your love of music will grow as I help you develop your piano skills.

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My teaching philosophy is based in the belief that learning music should be fun and exciting! I always encourage my students to pursue the kind of music that they find most appealing, rather than using the same curriculum and method book. I teach private lessons and have had the experience of working with hundreds of students ranging from beginners with no experience to advanced players.

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Fun and patient piano teacher with more than 15 years of experience.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music staff paper
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Aaniya M. June 13, 2017
· Piano · In home
Minoo was awesome. She was very understanding and patient with my daughter since she has vision issues.
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Meg October 20, 2016
· Piano · In home
Minoo is an amazing instructor. She has been working with my younger son since he was 4. He is a squirmy little guy and she has been able to keep him engaged and interested, while making lessons fun. I so appreciate that Minoo's focus is to foster a love of music and we've been so impressed with the progress our son has made in a short time!
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Jeannie J. June 28, 2016
· Piano · In home
Minoo has been a wonderful piano teacher for my 8-year-old daughter for the past year. She is always punctual and prepared, bringing my daughter new music as soon as she masters a piece. She is kind and patient, and my daughter enjoys her lessons very much. As a bonus, Minoo organizes a yearly recital for her students, so we get to see their progress. I highly recommend her as a piano teacher:)
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Minoo M.

Corona, CA 92879
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About Samantha A.

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Theory is the language of music. Understanding this base will help you thrive quickly in all areas of instrumentation and composition.

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Grammy Nominated Samantha A. is a "big voice in a tiny body." With a Bachelors in Jazz Vocal Performance from the University of the Arts, Samantha has been actively singing and performing for over 10 years. Now, a 20-something, this singer/songwriter has released her first (self titled) EP, her newly released Stepping Stones EP (THESE WALLS VIDEO AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE) and snagged a Grammy Nomination for her work on Blue Note Records artist Joey DeFrancesco's album, Never Can Say Goodbye, in 2011. Learn anything from breath control to songwriting to piano.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Keyboard, ukulele, microphone, recording equipment

*** Travel Equipment ***
*Piano/keyboard required

-has travel keyboard available if necessary
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Fernando A. March 17, 2017
· Singing · In studio
EXCELENT
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Nicole January 19, 2017
· Piano · In home
The lesson was informative and fun and my daughter thoroughly enjoyed it!
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brittany December 1, 2016
· Ukulele · In home
lessons are always fun and my boyfriend and I have learned a lot :)
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Samantha A.

Los Angeles, CA 90034
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About Antoine K.

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About Antoine
Born in Caen, France, Antoine started his musical journey at the early age of 6, by playing cello. After 12 years of conservatory studies, he decided to switch to electric bass. It’s only after 3 years of playing that he got accepted into the prestigious Berklee School of music, with the European scholarship.

During his time at Berklee, Antoine developed a great versatility and became comfortable and playing in a wide range of musical styles with authenticity, from Gospel, Afro Cuban, jazz to neo soul or Arabic music. He has studied with Victor Bailey, John Patitucci, David Fuzcinsky and Bruce Gertz to name a few.

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I've always focused my lessons on the pleasure of playing aspect of it, and always apply what I've learnt from studying with some of the world's best teachers, or the experienced artists I've shar
ed the stage with. My goal is to help you develop your ears and instrument skills so you'll be able to play in bands and have the tools to learn any songs you want by yourself.

I have been teaching professionally for about 5 years now, In music schools or privately. I've also been doing clinics/masterclasses tours with the Dave Mackay group .

I have played/recorded with artists/groups such as : Harry Belafonte, Jennah Bell, Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles, Lunchmoney Lewis ,Patti Austin, Siedah Garrett , Charlie Puth, Talib Kweli, Bea Miller, Mali Music, Jaime Woods , Marie Davy, Casey Benjamin, Maurice Brown, Bob James, Gizmo, Dave Mackay Group
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Antoine K.

Los Angeles, CA 90048
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$30 / 30-min

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Long Beach, CA
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Musical concepts to understand your sheet music.
Modern Tonal Harmony

About Rodrigo
With an associates degree from El Camino, and lots of musical studies in Mexico, I have been fortunate to tour through the States and through my country. My lessons include real working tips for the real life, keeping it fun as the material is created for your specific needs. I am a multi-instrumentalist that will pass as much knowledge as you can practice...
Let's work together...

*** Lesson Details ***
We'll cover music basic theory and the most part of your lesson will be the music you want to learn, saving a small portion of the time to repertoire that I consider will help you grow musically.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Sibelius, Logic, apple, Kala ukes, U-bass, vihuela, charango, piano, keyboard, accordion, acoustic and electric guitars, panflutes, boss fx, amps, mics, and more.

*** Travel Equipment ***
instruments and books needed
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*** Specialties ***
mariachi, Catholic music, Andean music, Latin rhythms
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Axel October 26, 2017
· Ukulele · Online
Rodrigo is a great teacher, not only an expert musician, but he shares all his knowledge.
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Miguel July 24, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Great introductory class, covering the basic fundamentals of singing the right way with confidence.
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Warren Croft September 16, 2016
· Accordion · In studio
Rodrigo is very thoughtful and methodical in his teaching. He taught me just the right amount to keep me busy without being overwhelmed. Can't wait for the next lesson!
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Rodrigo R.

Long Beach, CA 90805
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About Jeffrey D.

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A very good idea is to be informed of some music theory.

About Jeffrey
I have studied guitar for thirty-three years. I have studied all genres of guitar including some classical. I was a graduate student from 2003-2007 and pursued a masters degree in opera singing. I have taught for Take Lessons before, and I don't accept or offer 30 minute lessons. I do house calls for weekly students. I look forward to helping you learn!
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Rob October 30, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Jeffrey is very proficient on several instruments, and has the ability to address the strength and weaknesses of any student. Having jammed with him as well as sitting in on lessons, I would be comfortable recommending him to any level of student who is serious about learning their chosen instrument or vocal style. I have over 45 years in playing and singing and am still learning.
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Kathleen October 30, 2017
· Singing · In studio
This is my brother and he has helped me with singing a bit. We don't live close to each other and am not in a position for needing to learn proper singing skills but know that I would have him instruct me properly when I am ready to devote more time and attention to my singing..... :)
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Dale T. October 30, 2014
· Guitar · In studio
Jeffery is a great instructor. Patient and supportive, but willing to push me when I need it. I am a beginner. He has taken me a long way and I would recommend him to anyone. Feel free to contact me if you need additional information.
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Jeffrey D.

Long Beach, CA 90804
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I have been a music theory tutor for 4 years. In my undergraduate career, I tutored all levels of music theory to music students of the conservatory.

About Bennett
Currently a freelance oboist in the Los Angeles area, Bennett has performed and taught all across the Northern California region including San Francisco and Sacramento. While freelancing, he performed with the San Francisco Wind Ensemble as part of their Golden Gate Music in the Park Series as principal oboist. Passionate about education alongside his drive to perform, Bennett has maintained a private studio wherever he has traveled. An active advocate for music in the public schools,Bennett has given clinics, sectionals, and taught ensemble rehearsals with various groups at local elementary, middle, and high schools.

Connecting with his audiences, Bennett is proud of his community engagement efforts, offering chamber music concerts to a wide variety of listeners. His former woodwind quintet, The Desert Island Winds created programs th
at highlighted the importance of chamber music for all music students and supporters.

Bennett is inspired and engaged in performing new works by living composers. During his undergraduate career, he performed over 20 concerts of new music. Primarily fostering younger composer’s passion to write, he also played a role during Composers Inc.’s first ever orchestral debut concert. Premiering new works in Berkeley, Hayward, and Stockton with various ensembles, Bennett has enjoyed all aspects of new music performance.

He has also performed across the world including Carnegie Hall, California Theater, Golden Gate Park, Ljubljana Theater, Slovak Radio Hall, Green Music Center, Faye-Spanos Concert Hall, Community Concert Hall of Durango, CO, Menlo-Atherton Center for Performing Arts, and various churches across California.

Bennett is pursuing a Master’s degree in Oboe Performance at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA under the direction and guidance of Dr. Joel Timm. Previously, he received his Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from the University of the Pacific where he was a Theodore Presser Undergraduate Scholar.

A majority of his time is spent practicing his instruments, but alongside the necessity of reeds, Bennett enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He loves going outdoors and cooking!
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Bennett L.

Los Angeles, CA 90007
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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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As you're learning to read music, you'll come across complex rhythms at some point. Here, Saint Augustine, FL music teacher Heather L. offers some helpful tips to help you get through the tricky parts...   Have you ever found yourself sitting in a big concert hall, or in your room, listening to a soloist play a practically perfect rhythm? Almost all of us have, and almost all of us have asked ourselves, "How do they do that?" Their secret is subdivision. You might be just begin
How to Transition from Classical Pianist to Jazz Pianist
Piano music doesn't have to be all classical, all the time! Here's what you need to know about getting started with jazz piano chord progressions, courtesy of St. Augustine, FL teacher Heather L...   Thelonius Monk, Herbie Hancock, and Duke Ellington are just a few of the great jazz piano players. What beautiful and fascinating sounds fill our ears when their names come to mind! The seemingly illusive progressions and spontaneous elements, like syncopation and improvisation, sound
4 Painless Steps to Help You Learn Music Theory
Sure, music theory is complex -- but there's no need to fear it! Here, Jamaica Plain, MA teacher Noaa R. shares four steps to get you started...   Many students tend to avoid studying music theory and harmony. This can stem from a fear of compromising one’s creativity with rules and numbers, a failure to connect concepts with application, or from feeling overwhelmed by the perceived volume of material to be learned. However, when you approach theory as an exploratory process that help
How to Prepare for Sight Reading at an Audition | 3 Helpful Tips
Nervous about the sight reading portion of an upcoming audition? Find out how to work sight reading practice into your routine in this guest post by Saddle Brook, NJ teacher Christian D...   “Be prepared to sight read.” That dreaded requirement on all auditions that makes us all nervous. But the fact is, you shouldn’t be! Sight reading is a learned skill, just like everything else in music. Think of it as sight reading a passage from a book in front of an audience. With so many

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