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Long Beach, CA

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I love to write and arrange music. It can be really fun if you have a few more tools.

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.
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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.

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Long Beach, CA 90805
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About Andy Z.

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Signal Hill, CA

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I have been teaching since 1994. I have a bachelors in bass performance and masters in music composition from CSULB. I am at home teaching theory and technique, but I also use teaching tools like: intuition, creativity, improvisation and song writing. I am comfortable teaching Bach or the Beatles and Mozart or Metallica. In addition to private students I have years of classroom teaching experience at Cypress College and Orange County High School of the Arts.

I have a studio at home, and a fun garden in the yard for parents and siblings to play in during a lesson.
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Caroline I. October 8, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
Fantastic teacher!
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Bob September 4, 2017
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I love working with Andy and highly recommend him. He is so patient and encouraging. And on top of that he is a really great guy. I have worked with him many times and I know I will again.
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Rachel July 3, 2017
· Musical Theater · In studio
I highly recommend Andy! He is an amazing teacher and is really great at what he does. He is very patient, easy to work with, and I have learned a lot from him.
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Andy Z.

Signal Hill, CA 90755
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About Crystal S.

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Having written songs all her life, Crystal now coaches beginners through the process of generating their own work. She has done this in individual tutoring sessions, as well as in Rock the Classroom - a songwriting/literacy course for grades 3-6.

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.

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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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Los Angeles, CA 90012
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About Danielle N.

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Diamond Bar, CA

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Songwriting is one of my passions that I have been doing for many years.

With instruction from a well known producer John Boylan who produced Boston's first album, formed the Eagles, and has done many other projects, I teach the basics of songwriting by helping the student understand the forms to songs and chordal structures.

About Danielle
My name is Danielle. I have been playing the piano since I was 5 years of age. I may be young but I am very passionate about music and would like to teach anyone who is interested in learning. I teach classical, pop, funk, and even a little jazz. I work with all ages and all levels. I am a very patient individual when it comes to teaching. I like to build a relationship with my students to enhance the learning experience. Hope to teach you soon.

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Whether its piano or ukulele I like to involve basic music theory, technique and fun games! If you're 4 or 65 I like to make music a fun learning experience. Many of my students have come to me after taking lessons with a previous teacher who has either completely abandoned them, was very mean, or never fully explained to them basic music skills. I love to go int
o detail but I'm very passionate about music so no matter what I can make it interesting.

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Grand Piano.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Resources to books.

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I teach beginning/intermediate piano, voice, ukulele, and music theory from ages 4 and older.
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Lupe B. September 22, 2015
· Piano · In home
Danielle is a great teacher! She is very flexible and patient for every lessons and I am happy to have her as my teacher!
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Alyce-Suzanne K. November 4, 2014
· Piano · In home
I am a complete beginner at any sort of musical instrument and Danielle has made it simple and fun. With her techniques of identifying my problems areas and pushing me through them, to her history back story to what she teaches the experience has been incredible.
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albert dominguez D. June 10, 2014
· Piano · In home
Danielle has been a pleasure as teacher for my two daughters. She's patient and has a delightful persona. I am very happy with Danielle. She has great energy and passion for teaching and playing music. Very talented.
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Danielle N.

Diamond Bar, CA 91765
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About Mauricio O.

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Hawthorne, CA

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I'm a experienced studio musician and performer/songwriter looking to share my experience with anyone motivated to learn.

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Guitar instructor, producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with more of 10 years of experience in variety of musical genres. Completed studies at Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, CA. With record of success in teaching private guitar lessons as well some group lessons, composition, performance and recording. Creative and artistic with excellent and friendly communication skills. Also knowledgeable in digital audio production. Instruments taught include acoustic & electric guitar, nylon spanish guitar as well bass guitar and piano. I have taught students from the age of five to over sixty. Styles taught include rock, blues, jazz, pop rock, latin, metal, funk, and classical. Effective and friendly communicator with well-developed instructional and presentation skills. Able to relate a student of all types with various goals and cre
ate long term constructive relationships. Worked as a Music coach with kids in the spectrum (Asperger Syndrome).
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Jack May 4, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
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Maria May 1, 2017
· Piano · In studio
We purchased a 12-lesson package for my daughter as a Christmas Gift. My daughter is 14 years old, and after completing these lessons her love for music has grown. She had only taken a beginner's level course in piano and guitar prior to working with Mauricio. My daughter looked forward to every lesson, and would come home to keep practicing and improving her skills. We plan to work with Mauricio again in the near future and would highly recommend him!
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Maria February 4, 2017
· Piano · In studio
3rd lesson so far, and my daughter has learned so much!! She enjoys her classes with Mauricio and looks forward to each class. Mauricio has a small home studio with various musical instruments. His experience and skill in teaching music is quite apparent and much appreciated!
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Mauricio O.

Hawthorne, CA 90250
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About Emo A.

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Santa Ana, CA
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I'm a multiple songwriting award winner on www.songoftheyear.com with my songs "Maya", "Angel &I", and "Told You So"

I've also had my music featured on MTV Arabia such as "Sunshine" and "World for Two"

I will teach you how to write quality melodies with thought-provoking lyrics and even delve into how certain rhythms can change the entire feel of a song

I've written over 200 songs and have 4 albums on iTunes and Spotify and about to release my newest album this month.

About Emo
I've been a professional vocalist and guitarist for 15 years and have been teaching voice for half that duration. I own a music school and recording studio in Santa Ana called Granted Records. I have been trained by the best vocal coach in the business Ron Anderson and I'm excited to carry on his teachings as well as other teachings including guitar song writing and music production. I have written recorded mixed and mastered 8 albums and have amassed a great following in Europe and the Middle East in addition to my fans in the U.S.
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Dani Angel April 9, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Emo is awesome! He helped me discover parts in my voice i never knew i had. His vocal exercises and tips are super effective. He is passionate about his craft and is very encouraging! I highly recommend Emo!
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Jonathon Haley January 31, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Emo has been an excellent teacher who taught me not only vocal techniques and exercises (which boosted the range and fullness of my voice), but also various aspects of music production and performance, such as mixing songs in Logic and using a vocal processor when performing. I'd definitely recommend to anyone who not only wants to improve their singing skills, but wants to become a more skilled all-around musician.
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Adrienne S. October 26, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Emo is an awesome teacher, has an incredible amount of patience, and has a wonderful attitude that leaves you feeling confident about your progress. I'm sure my skills (or lack thereof) make his ears bleed, but he'd never let me know it!
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Emo A.

Santa Ana, CA 92701
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About Andrew F.

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Whether you want support working on projects and music of your own, or want to learn songwriting form and theory we will have a tremendous amount of fun. The neurological development from songwriting is the best form of nourishment and exercise for the human brain!

About Andrew
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My name is Andrew, and I am a passionate music producer and teacher living in beautiful Laguna Niguel, CA. I have been living in, and teaching in Orange County for the past three years. In December 2014, I graduated from Musician's Institute with an Audio Engineering degree and Music Composition Certification; after completing these educational qualifications, I moved to San Clemente and began my own business, Custom Audio Solutions. Through this business I offer audio consultation and live sound services, and well as fully comprehensive music production and post production services.
I also offer private lessons on these subjects: Audio Engineering, Music Production, Guitar performance, Music Theory and composition and fundamental to intermediate piano skills & synthesis.
I have over 15 years of experience playing Guitar, P
iano and writing music. I was also an exemplary Product Specialist for Guitar Center for nearly 5 years while I completed school.
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Andrew F.

Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
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Harbor City, CA

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Learn new ways to approach songwriting so that you can intelligently work through your creative processes. Yes, it's good to write from emotion and passion but sometimes that isn't enough to make a truly memorable song. I can be your objective guide and help you find your unique voice as a songwriter whether you're writing as a hobby or writing seriously.

About Valerie
Hello! My name is Valerie and I would love to talk with you about creating a lesson plan just right for you! I graduated from University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music in Vocal Jazz Performance. My teachers were incredible, some Grammy winners and nominees, and I would love to pass on their wisdom as well as impart my own knowledge and experience of 14+ years of singing professionally, songwriting, touring, recording etc. My songs have been featured in independent film and professional websites. I performed all over the U.S. west coast and NYC and have performed in Europe as well (super love that, can't wait to go back.) My next goal is to perform in Japan. I want to make each lesson interesting & fun but challenging! I expect each student to come prepared to lessons. I expect each student to try their best and to be res
pectful. Do you have what it takes to be the next student of Valerie? :) Feel free to message me with any questions and I will respond asap!
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Marisa June 19, 2017
· Music Performance · In home
Valerie taught my son over the course of a few years. Not only is she a talented vocalist but an excellent musician. He looked forward to the lessons every week! I would highly recommend her.
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Hyacinth west June 17, 2017
· Piano · In home
Valarie taught both of my daughters. and did vocal training with them. my youngest daughter continued with the piano and has included the violin .
Valarie has been amazing teacher.. She would present her lessons in an engaging manner which made my daughters eager to learn.She was calm ,patient and soft spoken. I high Valariely recommend
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Hyacinth west June 17, 2017
· Piano · In home
Valarie was patient with my daughters ,with each lesson that was taught Valarie made sure the girls were excited to learn. She taught both piano and vocal
training .My youngest daughter has gone on to playing both the violin and piano, and she plays on our church worship team.( issaquah wa)
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Valerie L.

Harbor City, CA 90710
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About Keira M.

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Los Angeles, CA

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10+ years of songwriting experience. Certified ASCAP songwriter. Winner of 2011 International Smashtune Songwriting Contest. Finalist in Kauai Music Festival Songwriting Contest. Winner of "18 in America" Songwriting Contest. Finalist in 2013 GrammyU Amplifier Center Stage Contest.
I am a singer/songwriter and touring artist that has performed all over the country. My songs have garnered international radio play and I want to share my simple songwriting strategy with you!

About Keira
I am a singer/songwriter and recording artist who has toured Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C., Miami, and more. Over the years I have studied classical/jazz/pop piano, musical theater/jazz/pop/rock singing, and contemporary songwriting. I am proud to be winner of the 2011 International Smashtune Songwriting Contest, Finalist in the Kauai Music Festival Songwriting Contest, Winner of the "18 in America" Songwriting Contest, and Finalist of the 2013 GrammyU Amplifier Center Stage Contest. Recently I have worked with seven-time Grammy nominee and "ASCAP Songwriter of the Year" Graham Edwards.

I have a Bachelor's of Music from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. Before moving to Los Angeles, I taught at the award-winning Area Stage Company in Miami. As a certified ASCAP songwriter, my songs have garnered internati
onal radio play. I would love to share my musical expertise with you! Let me know if you think we would be a good match.
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Nicole Sanders November 15, 2017
· Vocal Training · Online
My vocal lessons with Keira have been fantastic! Her training exercises are fun and helpful and I look forward to my lesson with her each week. I don’t have much singing experience so I would highly recommend Keira to anyone looking for a patient and knowledgeable instructor!
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Maria August 31, 2017
· Songwriting · In studio
I love lessons with Keira! She is so friendly and knowledgeable, and she really cares about her students.
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Angela August 30, 2017
· Songwriting · In home
Keira is an excellent teacher who loves sharing her insight with others. I would recommend her for all ages as she works equally well with children and adults. Her background in songwriting across different genres helped shaped my music into songs I love playing.
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Los Angeles, CA 90034
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About Kat M.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Do you need help writing your first song? Or do you need feedback on lyrics or how you can take your songs to the next level? I have written over 1000 songs and released more than 80 of them. My songs have been placed on commercials and took me to the finals of the Guitar Center Singer Songwriter Competition in 2015. I love writing catchy melodies and would love to help you develop your craft!

About Kat
I'm a singer songwriter and have worked as a full time musician for the last 13 years. I graduated from Auckland University with Bachelor's of Performing Arts Majoring in jazz vocals, and am currently teaching at Musicians Institute in Hollywood. Music brings me such joy I hope to bring that to our classes and help you grow in a fun and encouraging way!

Currently I still primarily work as a full time musician so I will only be teaching part time. I am finishing and working on releasing my fourth studio album and play shows regularly both in and out of town. I was signed to Sony and Avex in Japan from 2007-2010 and still tour Japan once a year and spend much of my time in the studio writing songs for commercials and other artists.

I usually teach my clients at their home or online through skype but depending on the time can also make the
home studio available. I work with singers, guitarists, and songwriters in a wide age range, assorted skill levels with a variety of musical goals.

I can teach you how to sing with better technique, how to play acoustic guitar and the Ukulele and how to write songs and performance technique in the studio and on stage as a vocalist. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!
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Shannon November 9, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Super friendly, upbeat and patient! Can’t wait until the next lesson!
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Los Angeles, CA 90066
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