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Five Tips for Efficient Piano Practice in Costa Mesa

By Dustin C. - Costa Mesa Piano Teacher

Learning to play the piano can be a very rewarding experience. However, the ability to express and communicate effectively through music can be limited without proper piano technique and learning procedures. In order to make steady progress as a student taking piano lessons in Costa Mesa, it is important to know how to quickly acquire the necessary technique to conquer challenging musical passages. The following are five efficient learning procedures that can be applied to any new piano piece you begin to learn.

  1. When you are first starting to learn a piece, listen to a recording. Don't be concerned about imitating the recording because playing styles are very individualistic. If possible, listen to many recordings. The idea is to assimilate and gather new ideas and possibilities of how to approach the new piece. In the end you will most likely choose your own playing over some of those in the recordings.

  • The key for acquiring technique rapidly lies in being aware of specific tricks for reducing difficult passages to not only playable but often surprisingly simple ones. Start by practicing the most difficult sections first. Many will start a new piece off by learning the easy sections and avoid spending as much time on the difficult ones because they are not as fun and enjoyable. However, the hard sections will take the longest time to learn, so they must be given the most practice time.

  • Our next practice tip is to choose a short practice segment. This tip can have the largest effect on reducing the practice time for many reasons. First, within a difficult section there are generally only a handful of notes that cause problems for you. It really is not necessary to practice anything other than those note combinations. Second, rehearsing short segments of music allows you to practice them several, even hundreds of times in very little time. This type of practicing can teach the hand new motions very efficiently. Third, the shorter the segment you practice is, the quicker you can play it without difficulty because the short segments are much easier to play.

  • When practicing one segment or passage, make an effort to include the start of the following segment. This continuity will allow you to connect two small chunks of music that have been isolated for practice and connect them as a complete musical idea. The general idea is that any larger musical passage may be broken up into short segments for practice; however, these segments must overlap.

  • Hands separate practice is one of the most important ways of developing technique. Many students attempt to develop finger/hand technique by playing hands together and that can be much more time consuming and difficult for a variety of reasons. It is important to note that hands separate practice should be used mainly for difficult passages that cannot be played otherwise. As a student becomes more technically proficient during their piano lessons in Costa Mesa, there will be less of a need to depend on hands separate practice. However, many students and even some professional pianists never completely give up on incorporating it as a strategy in their practice. Having said that, beginning students would do well to practice hands separately with everything they learn so as to instill this important learning procedure as quickly as possible.

  • Whether you're a beginner who has just started piano lessons in Costa Mesa or a seasoned pianist, I hope these practice tricks will assist you in getting through the technical aspects of the sometimes monotonous and tedious phase of learning new music. Now that you are armed with these practice strategies I hope you will have more confidence and freedom to express yourself as a musician!

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    With playing piano for Nearly 20 years and teaching Piano for 10 years, not only with the student come out gaining skill and knowledge but they will want to actually practice at home!

    About Rosita
    I have been singing and studying voice for over 23 years since I was a child! I hold a Bachelors from Musicians Institute and other accomplished degrees from American Musical Dramatic Academy to conclude my quest for vocal excellence and the ability to sing in multiple languages ( English, Spanish, Japanese and Italian) I have been lucky enough to study with some of the top teachers in the country and now I bring the experience I have gained directly to you!

    I am proud to share my student's vast array of musical successes. From being cast on short anime films and musicals to being accepted into prestigious performing arts academies to conquering the Karaoke scene. My passion for multiple languages and love of music is the desire driving me to share the gifts for teaching young children to open the door to their own musical abilities an
    d hidden artistic desires. I am currently writing a musical which will be debuting in 2020. I'm currently the vocal coach/Trainer and choir director at Iglesia Elim Central.

    I will make sure my students have fun and help them get in the right track to their musical goals.

    Also, I constantly upload videos on Singing, The Spanish Language, and Japanese! So keep Checking in! It ranges on tips and answering the most common questions on those particular subjects!

    Also There are discounted rates for worship teams and church choirs. For more information please contact me through the "Ask a Question feature"

    *** Lesson Details ***
    I do my absolute best to create a positive atmosphere for my students. Even when the students feel frustrated or stressed, it is important to inspire them and give them the fuel that they need. Though I am strict when it comes to homework and their about their studies. Every lesson at the beginning I will review what we learned previously and test them.
    then begin with proper breathing technique exercises, the cornerstone of all vocals. We move on to vocal exercises to condition the voice. Then we work on the songs that you are eager to sing!

    I will use a piano when doing vocal warm ups and conditioning exercises. Students that play other instruments and accompany themselves when performing (such as a guitar) are encouraged to bring that instrument to their lessons. My goal is for them to gain the knowledge that they need to help reach their artistic goals.
    With all my lessons every student will be taught a basic run down of Music Theory. My students will always progress in what they do. They will have the discipline that they need and yet have fun and be filled with inspiration. Which is the most important thing, to be Inspired to do better.

    *** Studio Equipment ***
    iMac, condensing mic...performing mic, keyboard, mixer...living room of apartment.

    *** Travel Equipment ***
    I do have a portable keyboard. Though I do expect the student to have their own recording device and karaoke tracks. At Home I do have a studio, and if the students has an iPod or an Mp3 player I can attach it to a device where all of us can hear the tracks. I do have a recording studio as well.

    *** Specialties ***
    I specialize in Musical Theatre, and Pop rock genres. When I teach my students I always have them learn a song of another language whether it's Spanish or Japanese. It helps with diction when they learn a song outside the English Language. Also It helps them to learn another Language at the same time. Also I give them a little anatomy class when they are learning how to sing. I give them a model of the vocal Chords and different areas of the Larynx and which part works for the chest voice and the head voice.

    Special packages now Available (Not Available Online for purchase! Please call Takelessons for booking)

    If you can Speak you can Sing- Always wanted to learn how to sing and learn a new language? In this package we will do both! With 4 singing lessons (30 minutes each for kids 60 minute each for adults) to learn the proper technique to improve the voice and 4-languages lessons (English, Spanish or Japanese, 30 minutes each for kids 60 minute each for adults) ) to learn the grammar structure and get you conversing with a native speaker! Plus you will learn how to sing a song in the language you chose! This will be 2 classes a week or 2 classes every other week. This means one singing lesson a week and one language lesson a week. If you have kids this is perfect for the summer!

    $225 for 30 minute lessons.
    $300 for 60 minute lessons.

    Let's Sing Anime! Do you love singing to those openings and Ending theme songs when watching your favorite Anime? I do! What can I say I'm an Anime Nerd. With this package you'll get 4 Singing lessons (30 minutes each for kids 60 minute each for adults) and 4- hour Japanese lessons (30 minutes each for kids 60 minute each for adults) ! Let's learn how to sing those songs right and know what they mean without reading those subtitles!

    $225 for 30 minute lessons.
    $300 for 60 minute lessons.

    If you will like more information Click "Ask a Question" and all questions will go directly to me!
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    Sharon R. August 3, 2018
    · Spanish · Online
    I left my first lesson feeling optimistic and really excited to learn a new language. Rosita has such a warm and friendly personality.
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    Haixia July 28, 2018
    · Singing · Online
    Thanks to Rosita, my son got more interested in singing since taking lessons with Rosita, and he improved his singing skills a lot.
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    Mimi July 26, 2018
    · Singing · Online
    Great vibe she was giving off! Fun teacher as well! 10/10 would take her class again!
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    Rosita R.

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    Los Angeles, CA 90044
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    I teach students to read music and learn to play piano.

    About Janice
    After graduating with a BA from UC Berkeley, I have always worked with students, whether tutoring privately, teaching piano, or teaching in a classroom. I am very patient, positive and motivating. I have taken private piano lessons since I was 6 years old and have had 5 wonderful piano teachers throughout the years.

    *** Specialties ***
    Classical Piano
    Certificate of Merit through state Music teachers association
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    Nancy August 24, 2017
    · Piano · In home
    Janice is a sweetheart.
    She has a lot of patience and gives you the confidence that you need so you don"t get discouraged.
    She is just the type of instructor that I was looking for!
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    · Classical Piano · In home
    We love her
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    · Piano · In home
    Janice makes my daughter feel very comfortable. She looks forward to her lesson each week. She is very patient and kind.
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    Janice T.

    Montclair, CA 91763
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    Ever meet someone who took years of piano lessons but never plays? Those are not my students! I make piano easy and fun to learn. Learn the songs you know and love and throw away those boring method books! Piano can be one of the easiest instruments to learn when approached the right way

    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'.

    *** Lesson Details ***
    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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    Cori December 31, 2017
    · Banjo · In home
    I have been taking banjo lessons from Ken for 5 months. As an adult learner, I was concerned about finding the right person to take lessons from, and Ken has been wonderful. He paces our lessons well so I don't feel too overwhelmed. He is proficient in the banjo and other instruments so I'm getting well-balanced instruction. He is also very flexible with my schedule and adapts our lessons based on my progress. Ken really does deserve all of these 5-star recommendations.
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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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    Ken P.

    Ken P.

    Anaheim, CA 92808
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    Experienced piano teacher with young kids. Develop individual lesson methods and plans according to students' personalities. Besides learning to play the piano, students will encounter fundamental music theories.

    About Chang
    Dr.Chang Lu is both an active musician and dedicated instructor in Los Angeles. Born into a family of musicians, she was introduced to piano at the young age of four, and the flute at age of nine. She has given performances on both instruments throughout her music career. Having attended elementary, middle and high schools that were attached to a music conservatory, she has been a professionally trained musician since a young age. She started to provide private flute lessons, piano lessons, aural skills and music theory classes already while in high school in China. In the US, Dr. Lu has appeared in many Hollywood movie sound tracks, she has also performed as principal flutist with Beverly Hills Symphony Orchestra, Hollywood Sinfonietta, Los Angeles Sinfonietta, Debut Symphony Orchestra, San Jose Youth Symphony, Fremont Flute Ensemble, US
    C Thornton Wind Ensemble, Thornton Symphony Orchestra, Thornton Opera Orchestra and various chamber ensembles. Dr. Lu has worked with many renowned conductors such as James Judd, James Conlon, Carl St. Clair, Gerard Schwarz, H.Robert Reynolds, Sharon Lavery, Larry Livingston and Michael Powers. Chang has just had a concert leading the Thornton Baroque Sinfonia Ensemble performing a Telemann Flute Concerto.

    Dr.Lu graduated with a Doctoral of Musical Arts Degree from USC Thornton School of Music in flute performance studying with Jim Walker, former Los Angeles Philharmonic principal flutist. She also earned minor degrees in Music Theory, Orchestral Conducting and Early Music. Dr. Lu has been a successful teacher teaching at USC as an adjunct flute instructor as well as piano and music theory teaching at several music studios. Dr.Lu’s students have been awarded several prizes in national competitions, such as 1st prize in the SYMF competition in July 2016.

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    As a teacher, I love to see my students take pride in their improvements and strive to be a leader. I have taught many students at all levels. From teaching them how to read music while providing the fundamentals of piano playing, to college level of auditioning for significant competitions. I particularly like to focus on students who are interested in band and orchestra at school. It’s the joy of teaching to see kids marvel at different tones and musicality they can produce.

    For all my lessons I include music theory and ask that students try their best to learn how music is connected and formed. Learning flute is a rewarding process, so please be patient and open-minded. Feel free to ask me any questions and I look forward to meeting you!
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    Sofia November 18, 2017
    · Piano · In home
    Excellent
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    Steve September 13, 2017
    · Flute · In home
    We are super happy with the lessons. Our daughter (age 13) has rapidly advanced in her playing, and the teacher has the perfect mix of being gentle but firm in her expectations.
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    Chang is a very dedicated and serious instructor. She is extremely passionate about teaching and learning; it shows in her students' growth. We are part of a group of teachers who try to encourage our students through public performance and actively participate in recitals every couple months. I highly recommend Chang if you are looking to try flute, whether it's for a school band, personal enjoyment, or lifelong goal.
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    Chang L.

    Chang L.

    Los Angeles, CA 90007
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    I've been teaching piano for more than twenty years and many of my students have gone on to numerous competitions and won many awards. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to play simple songs and recognize a few of the notes and as time goes on you'll be able to read and communicate with harder pieces. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

    About Regina
    At the age of fifteen, Ms. Regina graduated with honors from the Z. Paliashvili Special Music Gymnasium for Gifted Children in Tbilisi, Georgia. As a student of a famous Georgian pianist, Tengiz Amirejibi, she presented her country in numerous competitions. (Tengiz Amirejibi was a student of Heinrich Neuhaus, a famous Russian teacher and pianist.)

    As a child, Ms. Regina gave many solo recitals and concerts with the Georgian Symphonic Orchestra. Ms. Regina earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts with emphasis on Advanced Piano Performance from the Yerevan State Conservatory. After graduating, she worked with talented children in her alma mater for many years. Later in her professional career, Ms. Regina taught at the Tbilisi State Conservatory as well as the Moscow Music Gymnasium.

    With more than eighteen years of professional teachin
    g experience, Ms. Regina is able to offer her students a diverse range of educational resources. She specializes in teaching piano, performance, and music theory to students of all ages and levels.

    Ms. Regina's teaching techniques are based on a combination of the famous Russian Music School (based on music giants such as Konstantin Igumnov, Daniel Barenboim, and Heinrich Neuhaus) and the American Music Education System. This combination allows each student to work at a pace comfortable for him/her, and helps all students make significant progress in the areas of sight reading, ear training, and performance skills.

    ***Teaching Schedule***
    Ms. Regina teaches in her Glendale studio and the surrounding areas every day of the week except for Saturdays. She teaches in her Orange County studio located in Fountain Valley on Saturdays.

    ***Travel Area and Special Rates***
    If the system shows that your location is out of my travel area, please contact me by messaging through TakeLessons! Also feel free to inquire for discounts for siblings!
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    Karina G. February 6, 2017
    · Classical Piano · In home
    Regina was awesome can't wait for my next lesson!
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    Hannah F. January 23, 2017
    · Piano · In studio
    Comfortable to be with.
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    Kerry A. January 19, 2017
    · Piano · In home
    Regina is wonderful. My son has only been playing for a few months and the ease with which she teaches and instructs leaves him feeling successful and motivated. I would recommend her to anyone.

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    Regina G.

    Fountain Valley, CA 92708
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    Hi There!

    Before I became an opera singer, I took classical piano lessons for many many years and throughout college we were required to take piano lessons.
    Even though I am primarily a vocalist, I believe that it is very important that all voice teachers are able to play the piano, so that we may help our students sing correct rhythms, pitches, and accompany them with their vocal exercises.

    As an intermediate pianist, I teach beginners of all ages! You are never too young or too old to play piano!

    About Sarabeth
    Hello fellow singers! My goal is to help you refine your own unique instrument and help you to express a story and art through the voice!

    I grew up taking piano lessons and singing in my church and school choir. I always had a love for all classical music and soon enough fell in love with opera! I begin taking classical voice lessons at the age of 15 and soon realized that my heart and soul belonged to opera and had to continue my studies a lot more in depth.

    I went to UCLA where I received my Bachelor of Arts with my emphasis in Opera Performance. Throughout the years spent at UCLA, I not only continued to sing with choral groups, but also performed in every opera. I sang one of the principles roles in Ravel's L'enfant et les sortilèges, and sang one of the principles roles in many opera scenes such as Dorabella from Così fan tutt
    e, Mercedes in Carmen, Second Lady in The Magic Flute, Nerone in L'incorazione di Poppea.

    Since I graduated college I have collaborated with nationally known directors, conductors, and voice teachers such as Peter Kazaras, James Darrah, Bruce Stasyna, Juliana Gondek, and Enrique Toral. I have sang in Master Classes given by Susan Graham and Bradley Moore. I have performed roles with Astoria Music Festival, Miami Music Festival, Opera NEO, and San Diego Opera.

    As a teacher my job is to use my knowledge and experience to help my students learn to sing with as much ease as possible, while refining the instrument for the classical repertoire. I not only focus on technique, but also diction and artistry, because as singers we are story tellers.
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    Ben June 8, 2018
    · Classical Voice · In home
    I highly recommend Sarabeth to anyone interested in singing, whether you have already had some background in voice or you are just starting out.

    Sarabeth is a truly amazing voice teacher!!! She led me step by step through many vocal exercises and taught me many a great classical song! Her patience and encouragement were ever present at each lesson as I stumbled through the classical songs which were written in other languages.

    I have SMA type 1-2, a severely debilitating and progressive disease, and my lung capacity was 24% of normal when Sarabeth started teaching me. Under her guidance, I was able to increase my lung capacity to 28%! Believe me when I say that this is not supposed to happen to people with SMA. In general our lung capacities continue to decrease as the disease progresses until we need to be placed under mechanical ventilation. The most common mode of death for people with SMA is respiratory failure.

    I am deeply saddened that Sarabeth is moving away to Los Angeles and will no longer be able to be my singing teacher, but wishing her the best of luck there!!! I will always remember her as the incredibly wonderful teacher she is!
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    Almira N. June 1, 2018
    · Piano · In home
    Sarabeth is very patient, crystal clear in her explanations and super enjoyable. My two boys were very happy and relaxed with her and with her guidance, they produced beautiful piano music. We will miss her after she moves away to LA. Good luck with your career, Sarabeth!
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    · Singing · Online
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    Montebello, CA 90640
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    I will be teaching the basics of piano. I am in the process of getting my music education degree and then my teaching credential. I will also teach some jazz and pop chords and music theory.

    About Megan
    I am nice, friendly, and outgoing. I have been playing the flute since middle school: 6th grade. I had a private teacher since then. My teachers have changed throughout the years.
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    Megan H.

    Long Beach, CA 90815
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    What do you love about music?
    I believe music should be enjoyed, and each music lesson should also give a sense of gratification. I believe each person has a unique way of learning and being inspired, so I adapt my teaching method according to YOU. Do you prefer to learn by ear? By note? Do you want to play an epic solo? To learn to sing and play at the same time? Do you want to learn to play with a band? You may want a strong foundation or simply to have fun and impress friends. I am dedicated to help you meet your goal.

    Many of us do not have fond memories of childhood piano lessons. Let me redeem your past experience by sharing a safe space with you were you will learn and more importantly thrive!

    About Johan
    Johan here and I love music! Nice to meet you fellow music lover.

    I have been involved in music since I was just a child. It started with learning piano, then guitar, ukulele, mandolin, harmonica, djembe and so many more.

    I’ve continued to learn and perfect my craft by being apart of different types of bands from small to large with varying genres of music. I also formalized my music education with a bachelor of Art in Music. Did I mention I’m also quite a harmonizer? Sign up today and maybe I’ll throw in some tips with your instrument lesson.
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    Christine April 25, 2018
    · Acoustic Guitar · In home
    Johan is great with kids! My son is a very active child, and he was able to make the lesson fun and engaging. More than that, I enjoyed seeing Johan be creative, listen to the child, and make music fun, more than being it a lesson (per say). I highly recommend Johan!
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    · Piano · In home
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    Joon March 22, 2018
    · Piano · In studio
    Johan is talented, passionate, and an all around positive force that everyone needs in an instructor. He can help you discover what it is you really want to get out of piano/music, and then guide you to where you want to go.
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    Johan S.

    Los Angeles, CA 90004
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    As a piano instructor and music composer based in South Orange County, I have accumulated a wealth of knowledge in both classical and contemporary music and how it's constructed. For over 15 years, I have been instructed by wonderful and experienced piano tutors, such as Tiiu Marie Jankowski and Steve Schmidt. My promise to you is to deliver lessons that are exceptional quality, student focused, and go above and beyond the weekly lesson time!

    I have the technical skills and knowledge of not only the piano, but also a wide array of other instruments as well, such as the guitar, drums, and bass. My music experience is highly diverse as well, so I can teach my students everything from classical to heavy metal.

    My foremost philosophy in teaching piano is following the student's goals and dreams, not mine. While curriculum work is certainly vital, it is far more important that my students receive help they need in accomplishing their biggest aspirations in music. Whether you want to ...

    About Alec
    -=Overview=-
    Greetings! I am Alec Weesner! I currently tutor piano students in the Southern Orange County area, along with composing my own music for film, video-games, and multi-media. With over 15 years of piano-playing experience, and 5 years of teaching, I am able to instruct both children and adult learners.

    Music has always been my passion throughout my life. I don't think there has been a day where I haven't engaged in music in some way. Teaching others how to experience this level of passion brings me the upmost joy in my life. There is nothing I would do else than sharing my knowledge of music.

    -=What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?=-
    For over 15 years, I have been instructed by wonderful and experienced piano tutors, such as Tiiu Marie Jankowski and Steve Schmidt. These tutors have passed
    on and taught me the piano and specific pedagogical skills to teach both children and adult students. I now return the favor to my own students.

    I have also been a music composer for film, video-games, and multimedia for the past 3 years and part of the musical band, Klaviam, for over 12 years.

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    Mostly 5-18 year-olds, but I have also instructed younger children, as well as adult students.

    -=What is your typical process for working with a new student?=-
    I will first go over with the student the days and times for our lessons. After a sufficient schedule has been laid out, I will listen to the student's needs and goals he wants to accomplish. I will personally adjust the curriculum and session time to fit the student's requirements.
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    Sarah Jones April 10, 2018
    · Songwriting · In home
    I got so much value for my daughter's piano lessons. I was surprised when she played her own songs to me. On top of that, Alec was very on top of things when it came to lesson planning, homework, and attendance. If you are new to piano, I would recommend signing up with Alec.
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    David April 10, 2018
    · Piano · In home
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    Fantastic lessons! I learned a lot about songwriting and even made a portfolio of songs I've written!
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    I am a piano teacher and have taught professionally for over 20 years. I taught at Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, Musicians Institute, The Cornel School of Music and the California College of Music.

    I teach music at my studio in Los Angeles. My studio is located in the historical Village Green. I also teach Online to students worldwide. I use several cameras to enhance the online music lesson experience. Online students will receive a video recording of their lesson. My classes are always fun, stress free but with a strong curriculum, organized and dynamic.

    I love to teach contemporary and jazz piano styles. I also teach sight-reading, technique, improvisation, piano repertoire and jazz voicings.

    I would love to work with you!
    Please send me a message to talk about your musical goals and needs.

    About Carlos
    My name is Carlos.

    I am a music teacher and have taught professionally for over 20 years. I taught at Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, Musicians Institute, The Cornel School of Music and the California College of Music.

    I teach music at my studio in Los Angeles. My studio is located in the historical Village Green. I also teach Online to students worldwide. I use several cameras to enhance the online music lesson experience. Online students will receive a video recording of their lesson. My classes are always fun, stress free but with a strong curriculum, organized and dynamic.

    - Piano: I teach contemporary, pop and jazz piano styles. I also teach sight-reading, technique, improvisation, piano repertoire and jazz voicings.

    - Vocal Coach: I work with my vocal students on their intonation, Repertoire, Ear Tra
    ining and Solfege. Since I am a pianist, I accompany my vocal students on their chosen repertoire and technical warm ups.

    - Guitar/Bass: I'm a pianist but I work with my Guitar and Bass students in the areas of Jazz Improvisation, Music Theory, Ear Training, Solfege, Sight-Reading, Groove development and contemporary repertoire.

    - Songwriters/Producers: Over the years I worked on giving shape to the songs and ideas of many songwriters and producers. With my songwriting and production students, I work with their melodic development, chord progressions, Hit-Song deconstruction and modeling, and how to create your own music drawing from the best contemporary resources.

    I would love to work with you!
    Please send me a message to talk about your musical goals and needs.
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    Lorna May 4, 2018
    · Ear Training · Online
    Such a privilege to have Carlos as my teacher! Through his unique method I improved so much my musicianship! he’s the best teacher you can get for sure!
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    Santiago April 19, 2018
    · Ear Training · In studio
    Carlos is an Amazing teacher, he was a wonderful method.
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    Ein Ein April 15, 2018
    · Piano · In studio
    Carlos is a GREAT teacher. He not only teaches music but also a good healthy mindset and philosophy of being a musician. I'm so grateful I get to take lessons from him. Strongly recommended!
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    Los Angeles, CA 90016
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