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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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    I have been playing piano since age 3 and teaching for 10 years. I believe it is very important to understand the theory that goes along with what you are playing, so I include some theory in all of my lessons. I love teaching piano and I hope to share the joy of music with others.

    About Glynis
    Glynis has been reading music since before she knew how to read words. Her mother started teaching her piano lessons at age 3, and she started taking voice lessons at age 7. She learned from an early age to practice every day. She has taught all levels and ages of piano and voice for many years. Glynis specializes in jazz voice, but has a very strong classical and musical theatre background. She is an arranger, composer, educator, and singer. She received her AA in Professional Music from SWCC (school for music vocations), her BA in Jazz Studies: Vocal Performance at CSU Sacramento, and her Masters in Jazz Studies: Vocal Performance at the Bob Cole Conservatory at CSU Long Beach. She teaches college and high school vocal jazz ensembles as well as many private students in many areas of music.
    *** Lesson Details ***
    My teaching philosoph
    y is to have a safe, positive, fun, and effective learning environment for all of my students. I believe it is important to be a well rounded musician, therefore I love my students to have a solid understanding of what they are doing. I strongly encourage all of my students to learn theory along with piano or voice, so they understand what they are doing. Each student is unique, therefore each student has a different lesson plan. I do expect that my students will practice during the week in order to grow, since this helps them reach their goals. I do let students pick most their own repertoire, since it is very important for them to be motivated and enjoy their assignments during the week. I can teach from early Baroque music to modern day and everything in between. Music is expression, therefore I believe it is very important for my students to love what they are working on.

    *** Studio Equipment ***
    Lessons are in my house with my upright Yamaha piano.

    *** Travel Equipment ***
    I can bring a keyboard, but it is necessary to have a piano or keyboard at home to pracitce on if you are a piano student.

    *** Specialties ***
    I specialize in jazz voice, with a strong background in classical and musical theatre. I also specialize in piano, music theory, songwriting and arranging.
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    Christopher September 19, 2017
    · Piano · In studio
    She's super awesome. She completely understands musics, which comes in handy because she'll teach you some theory from time to time during a lesson. And it's a huge plus that she's really understanding and nice.
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    Candice newland June 18, 2017
    · Singing · In studio
    Very knowledgeable and went about and beyond during my serious time constraints
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    Gretchen S. June 15, 2017
    · Piano · In home
    Glynis is the best teacher! As an adult student, I have unhappy memories of childhood instructors with punishing demeanors, who would give you a hard time with every mistake. Glynis is the most supportive, encouraging teacher I've ever had. I especially appreciate her rigorous background (Master's Degrees in music, a lifetime of piano and music theory) and her familiarity with the pieces I'm interested in learning (Mozart, Beethoven, Debussy, Bach, Chopin). She has introduced pieces to me that I hadn't heard before, that I now love to play. It's so nice to be able to sit at the piano and play something that actually sounds like an adult playing!

    Glynis is very adept at tailoring her teaching methods to what I need on that particular day. Sometimes I haven't had a chance to practice as much as I'd like, and she is very patient, helping me based on where I am in that moment. When I do have the time to work more diligently on a piece, she listens thoughtfully, praising the good parts and offering gentle suggestions on how I could improve. She sometimes will paint visual pictures for me of how the music should sound ("make it sound like children running through a meadow"), which is silly but also useful! Glynis knows how to bring out the best in my playing, and shows genuine enthusiasm when I master something hard. My playing has dramatically improved over the past few months, and I've really enjoyed spending time with Glynis at the piano.

    I'd recommend Glynis to any adult looking to improve their piano skills. She is absolutely fantastic.
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    Glynis D.

    Glynis D.

    Long Beach, CA 90805
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    All ages, all levels, various styles including: Jazz, classical, contemporary/commercial music

    About Fernando
    Hello there! My name is Fernando, and I bring lots of profession playing and teaching experience to the table. I am an active musician in several local bands of various styles and genres, including jazz bands, Latin jazz bands, sax quartets, church groups, and musicals. I have played across southern California, several other states including Nevada (Reno Jazz Festival), Portugal, and Mexico.

    I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education, from CSUF. I also hold a valid California Teaching Credential, which I completed through CSUF. I also hold an Associate of Arts degree in Music from Fullerton College. I am also currently working on my Master's Degree in Music Conducting.

    I am the Instrumental and Choral Music Teacher at Buena Park Jr. High School, in the city of Buena Park, where I teach band, orchestra, percussion
    , and choir.

    I have also taught woodwinds for various high schools across southern California, as well as a marching/visual coach for marching bands.

    I front and lead my own Christian Contemporary Band. We've recorded two albums, of which I have composed the original music/lyrics, and produced both albums. We are currently working on our third album.

    I can teach everything from jazz, to classical, rock, blues, Latin genres (salsa, merengue, bolero, mambo, etc.), and even contemporary Christian music in both English and Spanish.

    I mix all of these experiences and knowledge into a big melting pot, and apply it very efficiently and wisely so that my students can positively benefit from a wonderful and exciting real-world musical journey!

    *** Lesson Details ***
    I base my lessons around the student's needs for musical growth, and their own likes and dislikes. If there is something specific that the student wants to learn, as far as a style/genre or piece of music, I foster that and I help encourage musical growth and enjoyment around that.
    I am constantly encouraging my students to listen to as much music as possible, or better yet, to watch and listen to as much live music as possible. I strongly believe that this nurtures musical growth and serves as a role model.
    I am very patient and laid back, but I do expect the student to have fun while staying constant with individual practice. There is no substitution for perseverance, consistency, and hard work, but it doesn't mean that we will not have fun while we make music!

    *** Studio Equipment ***
    An upright Yamaha acoustic piano is available, along with a Korg and Kurzweil digital keyboards, music stands, computer music software for studying repertoire (music), a large collection/library of books containing scales, exercises, music, etc. I also can make copies or print something for you if necessary. A sound system is available for listening to something is necessary. Flute, saxophone, and clarinet students must provide their own instrument, but I can point you in the right direction in terms of acquiring an instrument either for purchase or rental from a local music retail store.

    *** Travel Equipment ***
    Students must provide their own instrument, except piano if student comes to my home for lessons. Student must also provide books (as assigned), and metronome for practicing at home. I can carry with me things such as: saxophone, clarinet, flute, a portable music stand, metronome/tunes, pencil, paper, and any other book(s) or materials as needed.  

    *** Specialties ***
    I can teach classical, jazz/contemporary, funk, latin, blues, contemporary Christian, improvisation and music theory at very advanced levels.
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    Michael S. May 18, 2017
    · Saxophone · In home
    every lesson i learn a lot more about techniques and i can hear a differene in the sound i make and it is staritng to sound like music.
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    Ethan August 16, 2016
    · Piano · In studio
    My boys love learning from Fernando. He is very patient and explains things in an easy to understand way. They can't wait for their piano lesson next week.
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    Claudio Martinez July 17, 2015
    · Saxophone · In studio
    My first class was a very pleasant experience, I'm looking forward to my next classes to see how much I learn with Fernando, I'm confident it will be a lot!
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    Fernando P.

    Fernando P.

    La Habra, CA 90631
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    About Omar G.

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    I've been teaching music for 15 yrs on guitar, piano, bass, cello and bass. My students have ranged from from 5yrs to 75yrs of age. I have seen many student go on to join orchestras, bands, broadway shows or simply continued their education to a university or college. Being able to read music profeciently has given me the opportunity to teach off many method books but like to use Alfred Method, Mel Bay and Frederick Noad Method books. I teach many styles ranging from classical, jazz & blues, rock, contemporary and pop. I do stress and recommend all my students to learn how to read music and usually by our second or third lesson they will playing simple songs. I am here to help you make music!

    About OMAR
    Knowing that you are looking for a instructor to teach you music puts a smile on my face. You see, music has been a part of my life since the age of 3. Some of my first memories are of me accompanying my father at home with his rehearsals or just singing together to have fun as a family. I believe music is a gift that unites people together bringing out our deepest emotions that words cannot express. At the age of 5 I received an organ and from that point on I embarked on a long life journey to indulge and learn more about music. In elementary, junior high and high school I was involved in any subject dealing with music. I joined school choirs, orchestras, bands, marching bands, jazz bands, musicals you name it. While enjoying all school music activities I was selected to join in honor county and state orchestras and choirs. In junior h
    igh and high school I was selected to play for the Junior Pacific Symphony Orchestra, received scholarships to music summer camps, and was selected musician of the year. In college my quest continued with the Orange Coast College Orchestra, Praise Symphony Orchestra, Vanguard University Orchestra as well as guitar ensembles and college choir groups. I've also taken private lessons from Dr. Art David (Julliard graduate) in stand up bass as well as David Black (Pacific Symphony Orchestra) and classical guitar with Richard Glenn and David Murray. I've been teaching now for 15 years in guitar, classical guitar, bass guitar, stand up bass, cello, piano and voice ranging from 5 yr old to 65 yr old. My styles of music range from classical, jazz, rock, blues and contemporary. At this point I'm enjoying playing and singing in my church choir and worship team as well as teaching my two kids the joys of music. I hope you truly enjoy the joy of learning music whether it be through me or another teacher.

    *** Lesson Details ***
    As a teacher I require all students to set time aside to practice. For without it, it is only wasting your time, your money and my time. I don't expect a total dedication to it but I do want to see some effort put into it. A little practice can go a long way and the more you do it, the faster you will progress and the more you will enjoy it. We will first start off with what you want out of music and the level you are at and go from there. Student can bring their own music either thru tabs, music sheet or just by ear but one thing I do expect is a student to learn how to read music notation. We will go thru the regular warm up exercises, material practiced during the week and any new music for the following week. Correct techniques in how to hold your instrument or voice procedures will be addressed. Music theory will also be part of the lesson as well as ear training. At the end of either 3 to 6 months you will have learned the basics of music and will be playing songs for you or someone else to enjoy. I will make it a total relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere but some dedication has to put on the students' part.

    *** Studio Equipment ***
    Dedicated music room, guitar both classical and electric, piano, cello, upright bass and electric bass guitar

    *** Travel Equipment ***
    I provide my own instrument. I can also provide music stand, small amplifier if needed and music material for the first few lesson until student provides for him/her self. Student must have own instrument.

    *** Specialties ***
    My way of teaching would have to be that they must learn how to read music while learning how to play an instrument.
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    Sergio July 15, 2017
    · Singing · In studio
    Very helpful. Most of all very calm and patient.
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    Bill W. April 14, 2017
    · Singing · In home
    Omar is helping me with what I wanted to do. That makes him the best.
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    Bill March 31, 2017
    · Singing · In studio
    I thought the lesson went well, I have never taken lessons before therefore have nothing to compare to. I felt I got what I had expected out of the first lesson. Looking foreword to the next.
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    Omar G.

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    Riverside, CA 92503
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    About Dorothea G.

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    Piano can be made simple. My education of over 15 years includes Eastman School of Music talent and Phd level instruction. As a classical pianist, I've been awarded 6 years of Superior ratings by the American College of Music/National Piano Guild Auditions. As a pianist I've performed in 80's cover, original downtempo/trip-hop and indie pop bands, the later as the recording artist "Thea." I have created specific methods including my program Rockstar For A Day™ to guarantee your success!

    About Dorothea
    LATEST NEWS!
    Not only am I am coach, but I also am a recording artist, singer/songwriter and composer. I just released my first EP, Beautiful Warrior, recorded at my own studio as well as throughout Greater Los Angeles studios.

    EDUCATION
    I started piano at age 4 and continued study for decades under top talent. I perform solo and in bands and keep up to date on techniques in the music industry through seminars, showcases and conferences. My own compositions blend classical piano with pop elements, which I have created throughout various local professional recording studios, including my own.

    EXPERIENCE
    I lend over 20 years of music and academic excellence to helping you realize your musical dreams: coaching, accompanying, performing (solo, ensembles, bands and rock bands), competing, arranging, composing, singing, songwriting an
    d directing. I have experience working with singers, songwriters, live performers, DJ’s, producers, recording artists, stars and celebrities. From beginners to pros, I teach piano and songwriting in many styles: classical, contemporary, pop and rock. I specialize in classical and electronic pop.

    I maintain professional association with ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), IMDB (Internet Movie Database), LAWIM (Los Angeles Women In Music), NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International), the CCC (California Copyright Conference), and Phi Theta Kappa Honorary Society Alumni.

    SPECIALIZATION
    My unique journey as a musician/artist has led me to deeply understand what it takes to break away from the traditional grind of work and life to pursue professional musicianship and greatness as an artist. Although I train musicians of any age or skill level, I focus on those who are either professionals or who are motivated and committed to becoming professionals. I specifically teach (i) piano (with classical emphasis) (ii) the craft of songwriting, which has many multi-faceted components and (iii) composition. With extensive experience in classical and contemporary (pop, ambient, down tempo) music, I put equal focus on technique and fostering a musician’s personal style and passion for music.

    PHILOSOPHY
    I want you to achieve your greatest musical abilities. Moreover, I want to help you discover who you are as an ARTIST. So, to pull the very best out of you as your coach, I consider it my job to be requiring of you. To challenge you. To assign homework when needed (most often theory-related), but to balance it with fun. To encourage technique which will allow you the ability to play, or even write music, free form. To set realistic goals with you that you can be accountable for, and to dream beyond those initial goals.

    I will provide you access to materials and opportunities unique to your interests, in and outside of lesson times. But I will let you determine your own pace. I will encourage and inspire you to move beyond any misconceptions; that notions of age or talent have nothing to do with achieving the success you desire. But I will respect the level of success you wish to achieve.

    LESSON DETAILS
    Basically, what you need to start is motivation and commitment! I will then spend the first lesson discussing your materials needs based on what method/keyboard you currently use or prefer to use (if you have one), allowing you to make requests for information before proceeding further. Otherwise, I will provide you with informed recommendations. Equally important, at your first lesson I will work with you to determine what specific goals you have so we can track them, together, and meet them, one by one!

    I make special efforts to invest in each student’s particular needs to help them move beyond blocks and weaknesses, utilizing a variety of tools such as flash cards and supplemental workbooks, e.g. ear training, sight reading, note spelling, etc. as necessary.

    Set your own pace with flexible teaching times--Suggested reading materials--Suggested mobile downloads to complement learning--Opportunities throughout L.A. county to practice, perform and/or learn musically--MIDI training with Logic Studio

    UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES!
    2011 marked the successful launch of Rockstar For A Day, a trademarked artistic development program and production I developed to help give music students a taste of rock stardom. You’re invited to participate!

    TESTIMONIALS:
    "I started to learn to play piano at the age of 31. Dorothea introduced me to the world of piano. She was very patient with me and tailored the class toward my pace and interests. She is a fun and enthusiastic person. I felt really sad when she told me that she had to move." ~Duoli, PhD, Tucson, Arizona

    "Dorothea's teaching style and level of comprehension from a students viewpoint is unprecedented. Her ability to naturally sync with my learning style has left me with an absolute understanding of my musical abilities, ones I never thought I possessed. She has a seamless ability to progress from musical theory to practical application, and it continues to feel as if she knows the right direction to continue that progression. I drive from San Diego to Los Angeles to attend her classes, probably passing at least 50 other instructors along the way. I would, without a doubt, recommend Dorothea to beginner, intermediate, or advanced students of all ages and backgrounds. With her you will succeed." - Jesse, radio broadcast DJ, San Diego, California
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    Andrew April 16, 2017
    · Piano · In home
    Thea is organized and pushes our son to learn the foundation of playing piano. She's a great teacher.
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    Grace S. July 31, 2013
    · Piano ·
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    Dora is the best piano teacher I've ever had. Her methods are so solid and she is so great at communicating. Without her knowledge, she motivates me to practice at home :) She's seriously awesome. So take lessons with her :D
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    Bill S. April 9, 2013
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    Broad background muscially, interesting, and effective communicator

    I’m an adult who has played the piano for years on and off. Because of my prior experience I often ask questions that a beginner would not think about. Such as, is this a better scale fingering than the traditional one? Or what is a common key to use to accompany a sing-a-along group on a piano? Dorothea consistently provides intelligent and sometimes surprising answers to my questions.

    She also is very focused on what you want to accomplish. Unlike past piano teachers, and I loved them all, who seemed intent on my learning the full classical literature, Dorothea asks what your main interest is. Is it composition, or playing, or arranging? Then she drives the lessons in that direction. Very customized lessons.

    Another interesting example is scales. What’s new in that area, I thought? So she pulls out a book that has clearly defined levels of accomplishment. For example, if you can play the C major scale, quarter note = 80, with your left hand, you get one “point”. If you can do the same with your right, that’s another point. Playing with both hands together is yet another point. Playing both hands together but in contrary motion is another point. This pattern is repeated at increasing tempos and the number of points accumulated indicates your skill level. With that approach it’s not a matter of how long one practices but one practices long enough to reach a desired, measurable, skill level. I think that approach is novel and I had never seen it used before meeting Dorothea. In short, she is an interesting teacher with interesting ideas, methods, and very student focused. I don't think you will find a better teacher.
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    I've been teaching piano for over 2 years and my students have gone on to play very successful recitals. Within the first few lessons, you'll learn the fundamentals of music and piano technique and as time goes on you'll be able to play and read whole songs. I specialize in classical piano, typically using Bastien method books. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

    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!

    *** Lesson Details ***
    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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    · Piano · In home
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    My kids loves her
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    · German · Online
    Great Teacher!
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    Piano was my first love in music, and it's one of my favorite instruments to teach. You can play ANY kind of music with a piano, and once you learn some basics on piano, those skills will transfer over to any other musical instrument you could want to play.

    I have piano students as young as four who cannot read, all the way up to students well into their 70s. Regardless of your age/ability, it's my goal to help instill a love of music in each of my students so that they can enjoy the piano for life.

    About Megan
    I grew up in a music store, and learned a love for music at an early age. I started piano at age 3, and just kept adding instruments from there. I majored in music at MidAmerica Nazarene University, where I was on scholarship for Piano, Trumpet and French Horn. I have taught General Music, Beginning Band, and Beginning Orchestra in four LA area private and charter schools, as well as teaching music classes for home-school co-op groups in the Hollywood area. I've been teaching private lessons for nearly 10 years, taking students from ages 4-adult, from beginner to intermediate skill levels.

    *** Lesson Details ***
    Music should be fun, and my lessons are geared towards keeping students engaged and excited. I've developed a very out-of-the-box teaching style that takes into account the student's learning style, interests, and goals. It
    's important for students to feel successful from day 1, and it's my goal to have each student playing a song by the end of the first lesson. We sing, move, and play our way through music!

    *** Studio Equipment ***
    Casio PX-800 digital 88 weighted key piano
    personal instruments
    metronome
    tuner
    music stand

    *** Travel Equipment ***
    Personal instruments
    metronome
    tuner
    music stand

    *** Specialties ***
    Improvisation, Composition, Music Theory.

    2nd (3rd, 4th) instrument training

    Early readers, young students

    Non-traditional learners
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    Olivia S. November 13, 2017
    · Ukulele · Online
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    Linda V. May 5, 2017
    · Ukulele · In home
    I love the fact that Megan manages to balance exercises that are really fun and easy for me as well as some which are harder and which I need to work on. She adjusts the pace to my abilities and I always feel I have accomplished something after our lessons, which is great.
    She lets me chose songs, but always has suggestions, if I don't.
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    Lili W. May 2, 2016
    · Clarinet · In home
    Megan is wonderful. She is punctual and thorough, very kind and very patient. She has a mastery of her instruments and a fun and patient style of teaching.
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    Megan W.

    Los Angeles, CA 90031
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    Music Theory, Sight Reading, Songs, Exercises

    About Anthony
    Anthony is a graduate of The Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown Studio's Two Year Acting Conservatory Program and the University of California Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts where he studied Musical Theatre in addition to serving as Accompanist and Musical Director for various Musical Theatre Classes and Productions. Anthony is a Proud Member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Voice and Speech Trainers Association, SAG-AFTRA, and AEA.

    Anthony has trained with some of the Industry's Top Vocal Coaches and has maintained a Private Studio of his own, specializing in Professional and Personalized Instruction, for over Half a Decade. His clients include High School Students, College Students, and Industry Professionals including Actors to Recording Artists. He was recently Ranked One of the Top 5 Vocal Coaches in Los Angeles
    and Orange County by BACKSTAGE Magazine.

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    Short Film starring Eric Roberts
    Casting Associate | 2014


    A Professional Actor and Singer himself, Anthony has performed in over 25 Regional Theatrical Productions including the Original Cast of an Off Broadway Musical. Highlights include: A Catbaret (w/Fred Willard), Sweet Smell of Success (w/Anthony Geary), Rent, The Last Five Years, Popesical, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Pirates of Penzance, Titanic, I Love You Because, and more. In 2016, Anthony received the “Best Actor Award” for his performance in the Short Film, Rogue, from the LA Neo Noir Film Festival. Anthony has used his training not only as a Tour Guide for the Walt Disney Company, but coached several other Tour Guides for the Walt Disney Company for their Guided Tours.

    ​In addition to working as a Performer, Anthony has worked in various aspects of the Entertainment Industry as a Director, Producer, Musical Director, Accompanist, and in Talent Agency/Management Offices – making him a well sought after Instructor, who not only specializes on Technique and Performance, but keeps the entire process of the Entertainment Industry in mind when working with Clients. Anthony has worked in a Recording Studio as an In-Studio Vocal Coach and Accompanist for Sony Music Producer, Thomas Barsoe’s, OC Hit Factory and is often sought out as a Master Class Instructor on Vocal Technique and Musical Theatre. In fact, he helped bring Musical Theatre Training to one of Orange County’s Top Acting Studios.

    Anthony is an active Casting Associate with JS Snyder & Associates Casting with Credits including Short & Independent Films featuring Eric Roberts; Plays; Commercials; and Music Videos for Musical Artists: P!nk, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Jack Tempchin, among many others.

    *** Lesson Details ***
    VOCAL SESSIONS
    During Vocal Sessions, we explore breath (including floor work and destructuring), vocal warm ups specific to your needs and goals, diction work, and song work (telling a story through song and connecting to what we are singing about).

    Our goal through voice work is to get your voice to be as free, full, and connected as possible.

    Various competitions are available throughout the year to students since I belong to the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
    (Available in 30 minute and 60 minute Sessions).

    PIANO LESSONS
    During Piano Sessions, we explore technique, sight reading, song work (material chosen for your learning goals), and performance for recitals and competitions. Accompanist training (learning how to accompany singers) is also available to experienced pianists.
    (Available in 30 Minute and 60 Minute Sessions)

    ACTING LESSONS/AUDITION COACHING
    In Acting or Audition Coaching Sessions we explore Acting Technique in addition to Cold Reading and Audition Preparation. In addition, Improvisational training in addition to Script Analysis is also available and part of sessions.
    (Available in 30 Minute and 60 Minute Sessions)

    *** Studio Equipment ***
    Grand Piano, Recording Device, Professional Microphone, Camera

    *** Specialties ***
    Acting the Song; Musical Theatre, Pop, Legit, Rock, and Jazz Singing
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    Jan B. December 30, 2014
    · Singing · In studio
    Anthony created such an inviting, safe atmosphere that being coached on my audition material and taping my audition for this New York based tour was actually a blast! Because I was so relaxed and in such safe professional hands I was able to do my very best! Every step was attended to with such care and detail! He is amazing!
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    Amanda M. March 4, 2014
    · Broadway Singing ·
    The Best of the Best!

    "Anthony is wise beyond his years and working with him is like working with a music veteran. He knows exactly how to help his students work through trouble areas and does so with ease. He communicates in a way that helps students reach their immediate goal and apply this knowledge to all of his/her future work. His love of music and theatre, professionalism, and passion for teaching complete the package of this truly inspiring individual."
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    Gary B. March 4, 2014
    · Singing ·
    An Excellent Vocal Coach

    "Over the years that I have known him, Anthony has developed into a fine vocal coach and teacher. He has proven to be able to apply the information that he has learned from his own studies to help his students grow as stronger performers."
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    I have countless hours of professional experience teaching beginning to intermediate piano lessons. I would say that teaching younger beginning students and getting them started has been my strength recently.

    About Tyler
    Hello! I am experienced guitar teacher and performer and have studied a variety of musical styles for over ten years. I have many hours of professional teaching experience inspiring and guiding students to becoming a musician.
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    Alex May 5, 2017
    · Guitar · In home
    Wish I could give more stars! Tyler is an amazing teacher and guitar player. Very patient and encouraging
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    Ritchie May 2, 2017
    · Guitar · In studio
    Tyler has been by far the best music teacher I have ever had! he is such a talented, down to earth, genuinley nice guy. He helped Me understand playing guitar (and music in general) so much more than I could have imagined. He always answered all of my beginner questions without making me feel stupid.i am so much more confident and comfortable playing and writing my own music. Tyler gave me the tools I needed to make music. I wish all teachers were like Tyler, I can't recommend him enough for anything music related. You won't be dissapointed!
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    Jessica May 2, 2017
    · Guitar · In studio
    Tyler is musical prodigy and a really great guy! He is patient and flexible. Works great with all ages. I recommend him to anyone looking to learn guitar.
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    South Pasadena, CA 91030
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    Irvine, CA

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    I started playing piano when I was 5 years old, and my musical basics were built up through learning piano. I minored in piano at undergraduate School, Han-Yang university in Korea.

    I have been teaching piano students of level between beginner and Intermediate. In order to make better progress learning piano, I focus on what students need because each student has different learning style and goal.

    About Anna
    I have over 20 years of experience in teaching viola and violin students of all ages and levels. And I have knowledge of Piano and Music Theory as well. I have been a member of MTAC (Music Teachers’ Association of California) since 2005, and I currently serve as string chair as well as first vice president of South Coast Branch - MTAC. I am also a member of SYMF (Southwestern Youth Music Festival), so I enter many talented students pursuing music into the CM (Certificate of Merit) test, violin or viola competitions and auditions every year.

    Anna's Bio:

    Anna K. performs extensively as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. Ms K. has served as a director of the Orange County Chamber Ensemble from 2003 to 2012, and has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras in Korea, Europe, Japan, and more recently in US. She has pe
    rformed as a principal violist with Seoul National Symphony Orchestra, Orange County Chamber Ensemble, and Southern California Chamber Orchestra. She has also appeared as guest principal violist with Los Angeles Korean Philharmonic Orchestra and California Central Philharmonic Orchestra. In September of 2002, Anna performed for the Concert called “Synergy” with Los Angeles Philharmonic directed by Esa-Pekka Salonen. In addition to being an active performer, Ms K. has established herself as an educator. Since 1992, she has been teaching students, and has served for 7 years as the string instructor of Amateur Orchestra at Seoul Women’s University in Korea. Besides her teaching career, she has served as chair of “Contemporary Flare Festival” from 2010 to 2012 and the SWV (Strings/Winds/Voice) Competition from 2012 to 2015 in South Coast Branch, MTAC (Music Teachers’ Association of California). Currently, she serves as string chair as well as vice president of South Coast Branch, MTAC (Music Teachers’ Association of California). Anna K. received her Master’s degree in music from University of Southern California (USC) . She has studied with Haeyoung Baik, Seongryong Choi, Chan-Ju Wee, Pamela Goldsmith, and Donald McInnes.
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    Brigette P. April 25, 2017
    · Viola · In home
    My daughter had a very good experience with Anna. She is a knowledgeable and skilled instructor. Highly recommend!
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    Tim April 17, 2017
    · Violin · In studio
    As a brand new adult student, I had concerns that I could find an instructor who could work with my sometimes-busy schedule. Anna enthusiastically agreed to teach me though, and after almost a year of taking lessons with her I've seen great progress! Anna shares her wealth of knowledge in a friendly and encouraging manner, and has happily tailored my curriculum to fit my interests. I'd highly recommend her to any student, without hesitation!
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    Bola Malek October 28, 2016
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    Anna is very patient and caring. She takes the time to correct the small mistakes that I pick up over the week before moving on to new material. Looking forward to continue learning from her.
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    Anna K.

    Irvine, CA 92602
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    I achieved Grade 8 Distinction Piano when I was 14 years old, with one of the highest marks in my country (I'm from the UK), with a score of 142 out of 150. I went on to develop my own theatre show with live piano and have toured internationally as a vocalist and pianist.

    I'm great with beginners and intermediate players, I love building confidence and really helping to develop great technique and methods. I love classical music!

    About Kimberley
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    Hi there!

    My name is Kimberley, and I'm a British singer/songwriter, and I love teaching young people about this amazing industry! I offer songwriting, singing and piano lessons, as well as writing and composition. My first rule is that there isn't any! Each student is unique and different, and my goal is to teach in a way that's fun and interesting and keeps people engaged.

    I teach all ages, young and old, novice to experienced, and take great joy in meeting new people and getting to know them and helping them learn.

    Coaching can take place at your home or we can sit outside in my apartment by the pool, we can even go to a park and sit in the sunshine! I'm really flexible and want this to work for you at your own pace to help you reach your own goals.

    I received one of the hig
    hest marks ever in the country for Grade 8 piano when I was 14 years old and I haven't looked back! I've performed all over the world as a singer, and have always incorporated my piano as much as I can. I have had a joint number one in the UK, as well as other singles in the charts and have done arena tours throughout the UK and Europe. I have masses of performance experience and a lot of industry contacts as well.

    Get in touch and we'll go from there! I'm excited to meet you and chat about what you want to achieve.
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    · Singing · In home
    Kimberly is great and came in of disappointment...she is a great
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    · Singing · Online
    Was a fantastic teacher and very easy to talk to and learn from!
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    · Singing · In studio
    I am so happy to have gained a better mastery of my own voice. I cant thank you enough for your positive attitude and insight on how I can become a better musician.
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    Kimberley E.

    Los Angeles, CA 90046
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