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About Milton J.

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Corona, CA

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About Milton
Hey there, everyone!

My name is Milton Carl Jackson II and I teach vocal, guitar, piano, and musical theatre lessons in the Inland Empire area.

I help those young, middle-aged, and not-as-young tap into their own soul through music so that they may help others find theirs as well. I believe that in order to entertain others with your voice or your instrument, one must first be able to entertain oneself - all the while having fun doing it! As a recent graduate of the University of California, Davis with a double major in Music History & Ethnomusicology and African-American & African Studies; a former co-host of the popular hip-hop radio show ATF Radio: All Things Fresh on KDVS 90.3 FM; a former Music Director of The Afterglow of UC Davis; and a recent graduate of American University with a Master's of Education in Business Education
, I have come in contact and learned from a vast amount of different musicians and educators. A classically-trained bass-baritone with roots in R&B, Soul, Rock, Pop, and Jazz, I have aspirations to help each and every student realize their full musical potential.

If you're looking for a teacher who will motivate and inspire you not only to learn your instrument of choice, but also how to perform it (whether on the big stage or in your living room for the family) and record it as well, I'm the perfect teacher for you. Learning to sing, play, and act beautifully doesn't have to be difficult -- we'll work on finding your voice or your style, all while having fun along the way!

I teach in-studio, in-home, and online lessons, so we can be flexible with the lesson type and schedule!

This is a perfect chance for you or your child who can't stop singing around the house or has dreams of shredding on the guitar or twinkling on the ivories to learn the fundamentals of music, start something new that keeps them or you focused, and have fun while doing it!

Feel free to contact me at show contact info for any questions and check out my student reviews and qualifications.

I look forward to meeting you and accompanying you or your child on your musical journey!!
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Ray I. August 17, 2018
· Speaking Voice · In studio
He's the best!
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Michelle August 11, 2018
· Music Recording · In home
Milton has been a really good fit for our son, because he is easy-going, knowledgeable and always comes ready to teach something new. His relaxed style suits our household without seeming unprofessional, and he is extremely encouraging. These lessons all started during a rough medical situation for our son, and Milton just rolled with it, making sure our son created music and didn't focus only on his health. It also gave our son something positive and creative to work on, making him feel less like an invalid and more like a musician. Overall, we have been so happy with Milton and would highly recommend him to anyone.
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Angelica T. August 8, 2018
· Singing · Online
Milton has a talent of teaching. Unbelievable. I see results right after the 3rd lesson.
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Milton J.

Milton J.

Corona, CA 92879
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About Joe M.

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Bellflower, CA

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I am currently the piano and guitar teacher at Oakwood Academy Schools of Long Beach, and the Music Director for the non-profit organization Arts Aloud Theater Group. I have a BA in Music Education with an emphasis in voice. I've been teaching for 17 years in classroom and one-on-one settings. Other places where I have taught are: Calvary Chapel Downey School, Dexter Music Academy, and ABC Unified School District. I've been complimented on my ability to teach in a way that makes my students learn very quickly. I was trained in the classical and pop/rock genres. I've toured with choirs throughout China, and the United States (including Carnegie Hall), and I have also toured with rock/pop bands in Spain, Mexico, Central America, Peru, and throughout the U.S.A.

I've worked with various vocal coaches including Grammy-nominated Ilene
Graff, and Maxayn Lewis (who has worked with Celine Dion and Britney Spears).

I am also currently the lead singer (also playing guitar & piano) for the band Hello Human. I've worked with amazing musicians including Michael Thompson (guitarist for Michael Jackson, Christina Aguilera), and John Robinson (drummer for Quincy Jones, Elton John). I've also had the honor of working with Wyn Davis (producer of No Doubt, Sublime).

My vocal recordings/original songs are on television show The Young & The Restless (“Dreamers” June 11th episode 11449, “High Tops” June 6th episode 11447).

My vocal recordings/original songs are currently on KWAVE 107.9 and have been on Alcoa Tennessee'™s Love 89.1, Refuge, CSN, WCTL, and on hundreds of other radio stations.

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I divide my class into 4 parts: 1.Scales/Chords/Arpeggios/Warm-ups 2.Sight-Reading 3.Theory 4.Improvisation. Depending on the instrument of your choice, and also what your specific goals are, each of these parts are customized. You will learn quickly.

*** Studio Equipment ***
A weighted 88 keyboard is used. Free parking on street and lot.

*** Specialties ***
My emphasis was voice (Tenor) at Vanguard University. I am classically trained and trained in Rock/Pop. Violin was my first instrument, then I learned guitar and piano in college. I've done many professional recordings and performances throughout my career.
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Ilee K. March 2, 2018
· Piano · In home
Joe is clear, organized, and very encouraging. I enjoyed our first piano lesson. I am looking forward to future lessons with him.
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VIRGIL M. October 19, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
My first guitar lesson with Joe was so relaxing. I like his method of teaching beginners like me. So cool!!!
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Cassandra-Jadel M. March 22, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Jadel was very excited about her lesson. She is looking forward to going back.
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Joe M.

Bellflower, CA 90706
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About Amber C.

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Irvine, CA

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I am an experienced, enthusiastic music instructor, who started playing piano around 8 years of age and participated in many musical activities. I received my Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Massachusetts, majoring in Music Education (voice and piano). I have appeared around the world as a soloist singing jazz and pop, including the Blue Note, NYC, and appeared as a guest soloist at the 2000 Southern California Summer Special Olympics. I also participated in ensemble groups such as the Masterworks Chorale in NYC, and the Verdi Opera Chorus of Southern California; and currently I volunteer at the Senior Center leading/accompanying the Sing-Alongs.

Inspired by my love of music, I have been teaching piano and voice for over 25 years from NY to LA and now Orange County. In conjunction with my teaching skills, I have
excellent communication skills, patience and enthusiasm, and work well with children and all ages. I feel that music is an important part of education, and it aids in the development of cognitive and motor skills. And most of all, it is fun and rewarding, and a skill to last a lifetime!
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Maricris Yang July 7, 2018
· Vocal Training · In home
Upon our first meeting, the instructor gave my 12 year old daughter several breathing and vocalizing exercises to do at home for additional practice. Amber also quickly identified my daughter's vocal range and guided her on how to utilize various techniques to bring out her singing voice properly, patiently explaining the why's and how's behind each technique. Amber is also able to provide criticism/correction in a warm and positive way that the student is not left feeling embarrassed nor discouraged. We are looking forward to more lessons with Ms. Amber!
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YIREN November 19, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
Amber is a very good teacher, very patient!
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Nancy R. August 3, 2017
· Singing · In home
Amber is great teacher and my daughter loves to have the lesson with Amber.
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Amber C.

Irvine, CA 92620
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About Francesca V.

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San Diego, CA

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Alumnae of CSULAs music department with an emphasis in classical voice and guitar, Francesca's skills cover a vast ocean of information. With a background and formal education in opera and "the classics", Francesca is equally comfortable on stage at The House of Blues as she is at Disney Hall.

Francesca started teaching music at the early age of 16 with great success. She has honed her skills both in the private studio and in the classroom. Having served as musical faculty the California Music Academy, Cornelia Connelly High School, Pasadena Saturday Music Conservatory, and East Los Angeles College, having led choirs of 70+ high school girls and sung before sold out audiences of thousands of screaming fans, having toured 4 continents singing both classical repertoire and performing in commercial rock bands, having sung for president
s and princes, Francesca has high expectations and is skilled in helping her students reach their goals.

Now performing in the Donald Brinager Singers, a studio choir for-hire, Francesca can often be seen performing with orchestras throughout Southern California. While mentoring through her award-winning teaching studio, Francesca also manages to perform several showcases featuring her original music with her amazing back-up ensemble.

With a constant effort to maintain a professional studio learning environment and with a focus on reading skills and solid technique, Francesca's students enjoy lessons packed with information and light-heartedness. The one on one experience you will have the moment you walk thru the door promises to be unmatched. Francesca's students can be seen on major television networks, radio stations and performing around town in various projects. With a passion to give back, Francesca reserves a small number of spots in her schedule for the youngsters and seniors of her community. She teaches beginning through advanced guitar, piano, and voice.

*** Lesson Details ***
Voice and Instrument Coaching

~Develop skills and techniques for top notch practice and performance
~Study theory, composition, ear training, arranging, improvisation
~Discover music technology and performance techniques
~Study melody, harmony, song form and lyric writing

Artist Development

~Voice and Instrument Coaching
~Song Writing and Selection
~Demo Recording
~Image / Art / Photography Consulting
~Finding your signature sound and style
~Live Performance 101
~Branding / Career Planning and Strategy
~Song Analysis and Consulting
~Booking gigs

A Note From Francesca:

My official bio is listed below, but perhaps more important than the things I have done are the things that I am doing. I am now approaching my 15th year of teaching. I love to teach! I carry a minimum of 30 students, but have carried more then 80 at one time, and have never once complained. My waiting list cycles based on my performance schedule and recording schedule. If you don't see a time that works for you, feel free to reach out and see if we can find something that works, as an artist, my schedule can be quite full but also quite flexible. I love my students, I get to do what I love all day and I am sure it shows. I have a blast discovering new ways to experience music with "my kids." I call all of my students kids even though most of my studio consists of young adults. I try to have a young air in my classes at all times as it just makes the process so much more fun for everyone.

I've seen it all in through years: kids, adults, beginners and advanced students. I am personally very interested in being the most versatile musician possible and I love being able to share my knowledge with my students. We can study anything and everything from Classical Guitar to Electric Guitar Shredding; from Opera to Kelly Clarkson; from Tchaikovsky to Little Richard! I love getting students to dabble in little bits of all genres, often getting even the most skeptical student singing and playing comfortably in a matter of just a few weeks. My students will be able to read music for their favorite tunes and understand how to improvise from the start. Once you come in, you'll be hooked. You will have fun because I am having fun!

I encourage all of my students to share their favorite music with me. It affords me the opportunity to learn more about what they desire to learn and what types of music they enjoy. We will learn with your music often. After all, isn't that why you are coming to see me? I will introduce you to new sounds and styles, but will foster your love for music, and do my best to never force my music on students. I feel I learn as much from my students when I truly listen to them and their music as they do from me.

On site lessons are available for artists recording demos, rehearsing bands and setting up their own studios.

On a side note, I love seeing students at my shows! I am a full time musician and can be seen playing with my band, in my own solo project and in various choral settings. Check out my website and see what I do outside of the classroom. My students get a kick out of the idea that they can buy a CD with their teachers face on it, and to be honest, so do I. Many of my students have their own music out on iTunes and YouTube. Many more can be seen performing around town in solo projects and professional ensembles.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Pianos, Guitars, Basses, Amps, Computer, Monitors, Music, Recording Software, Drum Kit, Studio and Performance Mics, everything we need! Its like Disneyland for musicians!

*** Travel Equipment ***
Varies

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Francesca on Artist Development:

I feel obligated to share my joys and experiences-

Not many people have been blessed to sing alongside as many renowned musicians as I have - I've been lucky to be welcomed in both the commercial and classical worlds and they have both afforded me venues to use my voice and express the most vital corners of my soul. To find your purpose through art is one of the greatest gifts you can receive. And to be able to do that in front of thousands of music lovers live or over the airwaves is a surreal experience.

It'€™s funny, my classical cronies are impressed to hear my stories of packed rock gigs at the House Blues and national touring festivals like Warped Tour and my rock buddies ask to hear my stories of Disney Hall performances with the LA Phil. To be honest, Iâ'm impressed to be there too. Sometimes, I look around and think, how did I get here? How did I get lucky enough to live the dream, to find a home in music?

I've been luckier than most. I've had GREAT mentors who have always pushed me forward and shared their wisdom freely with me. Part of the classical musician's central goal is to educate. That'€™s a value I carry into my rock projects and production studio. Work smarter, not harder. Take the needed skills, create art, teach others how to do the same thing, move forward together to live happier, more productive lives filled with purpose.

I have come to be known as one of the top Musical Mentors & Artist Development Experts on the west coast. A behind the scenes- diva of dream building with the skills to push artists to the next level- the ace up the sleeve of many of today working talents. In my award winning studio, I spend time coaching the young voices and faces of today hottest TV shows seen on ABC, Nickelodeon, and the Disney Channel, but I still have a soft spot for up and comers in the indie music world. Having written and performed my own music for decades, I not only lived the collegiate experience of the elite classical performer singing for presidents and world leaders, but also the dingy road of the rock musician who'€™s showed one night to a packed stadium full of fans and showed up another, thousands of miles from home to play to a coffee shop of 5 people. Music has brought me to nearly every continent and introduced me to some of the most talented and diverse people you can imagine. I feel compelled to share these experiences with those around me so that they my develop the vision, the salt and the skills to persevere.

I am, above all, an artist & creator- living the dream, helping people- like you find their voice and write their songs. Turning raw emotion into art.

Each one of us has a story, our truth. Being an artist is about finding ourselves, our song and expressing it publicly so that we may heal, so that we may grow.

It doesn't take a ton of experience to write a hit song. It doesn't take a fancy education or a family line of talent (though it can help). We can all find our voice, our place in the spotlight, what it takes is the courage to take the next step forward.

You've already had the genius to be in the right place at the right time. Here. If you've made it this far, chances are you are smart enough, hungry enough and ready to take the plunge.

Inside my studio you will find the help you seek. I can impart you with proven techniques to strengthen your sound, develop your tone through strong technique, develop strategies to share your art and develop a plan to turn pipe dreams into reality. Some desire to sing on the worlds brightest stages, others strive to lead others through teaching themselves, and some wish for nothing more than to experience music in a confident manner among friends. All can be lead on this personal journey of the artistic soul and all can make their offering to the musical gods. There is a place at the table for anyone seeking an answer.
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· Singing · In studio
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Kyle B. July 12, 2018
· Country Guitar · In studio
After working to live for many years, and after purchasing all the books, apps, and YouTube channels that seemed promising, I could never find the approach/perspective that could make the process of learning/playing the guitar not seem like an impossible amount of effort at the end of my day.

I've always wanted to be a musician, but it seemed impossible now that I turned 30 and had a corporate job. Eventually, I bought a new guitar, thinking it would my catalyst. 6 months passed and it had only become a talking piece in first dates, so I decided I needed to look for a musical aficionado.

Walking into Francesca's Studio, I felt immediately like I was in the right place.

In what I thought would take weeks, the 45 minutes I scheduled with her, we were playing and singing to some of my favorite songs.... I can't even explain how great this made me feel. I suddenly felt like I could actually achieve this bucket list dream of mine.

Francesca clearly has a talent in helping others pursue their musical dreams, and I'm excited to continue working with her to realize mine.
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Francesca V.

Long Beach, CA 90814
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About Anna M.

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Santa Ana, CA
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Anna M. graduated in Chelyabinsk, Russia in Music Pedagogical College #1 as music teacher and music educator in 1984, and graduated from Academy of Culture and Arts as a teacher of choral disciplines and conducting in 1989.

She has taught all ages from preschool to college having 25 years of pedagogical experience as a music teacher.

She is continuing her musical career in America as a music teacher giving private lessons (having performances with students every 6 months), and as an assistant and substitute music teacher of Musical Mind program (teaching piano for students of elementary school level), of Music Together program for children of 0-5 years old and their parents, as a music teacher .

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Anna's teaching philosophy is that every child has a music talent, and the way that he will develop this musical
ity depends on conditions like the wish of a child to play piano, and parents' support which includes a practice at home and admiration for kid's success.

The main task for a teacher is to inspire a child to love music. To do it she uses an integrated approach to play piano. Her lessons include playing piano by notes, theory and history of music, clear singing, and selection of accompaniment for students' favorite songs.

For young students Anna uses music games and recital for families. She prefers to teach beginning and intermediate students because it is very important to open the beauty of music and understand it.

Anna is using Alfred's method to teach the young students. She bases her adult program on books by Nancy and Randall Faber.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha Clavinova baby grand piano

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Piano or keyboard

*** Specialties ***
Anna specializes on private piano and vocal lessons. She is also a teacher of conducting and conducts choirs.
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Sean K. January 22, 2015
· Piano · In home
Anna has been teaching our two children for over a year. She is very patient and pays attention to detail. She has noticed things in our son that a previous teacher had missed. Her teaching style is relaxed, but she does ensure that the songs are learned well. She also takes the extra step to have a twice annual recital in her own home. Overall, a sold choice for a piano teacher.
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Elizabeth M. August 24, 2014
· Piano · In home
Anna has been a fantastic instructor for my daughter. Anna is really kind AND keeps Maggy on track, is very encouraging and knowledgeable. Highly recommend this teacher!
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· Piano ·
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My kids have been taking a piano lesson with Mrs.Mendoza over two years. I am very pleased with Mrs.Mendoza's professionalism of teaching piano,her passion working with kids, her ability to guide kids through music world. I highly recommend Mrs.Mendoza to anyone.
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Anna M.

Santa Ana, CA 92707
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About Tracy T.

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Whittier, CA

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I'm a full time student violinist attending Fullerton JC as a music performance major. I just graduated from La Mirada High School in 2017. During my junior year of high school, I started the music club where we would organize events called "art nights", displaying an art gallery along with musicians performing on stage in the quad. I've been playing violin for 7 years and have given my classmates lessons in high school for a year. I was concert master at La Mirada high school as well as the district honor orchestra (NLMUSD honor orchestra). I have also played in musicals for 4 years in the pit orchestra. Outside of school, I would gather my friends to play chamber music in piano trios, string quartets, and duos. I have also played violin competitively in the SCSBOA solo/ensemble festival, earning a superior and making it to regional.
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Mindy September 7, 2018
· Violin · In studio
my daughter has improved so much in just a few lessons! thank you miss Tracy
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renee June 27, 2018
· Violin · In home
Stacy is very helpful and kind! Thanks!
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Michella June 23, 2018
· Violin · In home
I started takng lessons with Tracy about a month ago and I'm getting better at reading notes. Holding the instrument is more comfortable now and I'm glad I began taking violin lessons with her.
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Tracy T.

Fullerton, CA 92832
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About Chris T.

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Long Beach, CA

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I have been playing drums professionally for over 20 years. Touring and recording with the RX Bandits and The Sound of Animals Fighting has been my passion, as well as my career. I have experience playing drums live and in studio in many different styles and techniques. If you are a beginner, lets have fun and learn how enjoyable percussion can be, as well as get a solid foundation of rhythm and skills you can use forever and on any instrument. If you already play and want to learn something new, I have a ton of tricks and tips to help you build your library of beats, fills, and unique moves to help you stand out in the crowd. Or if you are simply looking to be a solid drummer who holds down the beat with reliability and precision, I can help with all areas of learning to hone your skills.

Message me with anything in the world you would
like to learn, whether its basic drum beats and rhythms, a song from your favorite band, new creative techniques, a specific style of drumming, or a new way of writing drums to the same old beats. Anything you would like to learn, I would like to teach you to the best of my abilities.
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Chris T.

Long Beach, CA 90815
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About Gary H.

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Santa Ana, CA

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I have been serving the young people of my community for the last 36+ years as an elementary level music teacher. I graduated from Cal State University Fullerton with a BA in Music Education and a K-12 teaching credential in music. I have taught a wide range of music classes including general music, choir, recorder, group guitar, the Mind Institute (piano), and all the orchestra and band instruments: strings, brass and woodwinds. My classroom experience includes early childhood (K-5th grade), english learners and special needs students.

I enjoy working with students who have no musical knowledge or experience and bringing them to a level of proficiency where they can be confident performers on their chosen instrument. Some of my students have continued their music education through college and others have brought their love of music into
their careers as adults.

I realize that I not only teach music, but I teach individuals. So I tailor and fit my music instruction to the unique aptitudes and needs of each child. I want to communicate the fun of creating music as well as the technical aspects of playing an instrument. You can expect your student to gain a solid foundation in the fundamentals of music and instrumental technique. At this time I am offering private music lessons for these instruments: violin, cello, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet and trombone. I can also assist/advise parents in choosing a serviceable instrument for their student to rent or own. This has been a real help to several parents and families over the years. Contact me for more information. I’d love to be of help.
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Gary H.

Santa Ana, CA 92707
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Oceanside, CA

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My name is Bernardo Bermudez and I have been performing professionally at leading Opera and Musical Theatre Companies throughout the United States for the past 12 years and I am currently a Vocal Faculty member at the Claremont School of Music in Los Angeles CA where I have held that position for the past 8 years.

Learning to sing the right way, the first time is so important for the health and longevity of your career. No gimmicks or abstract concepts. Real, concrete, well coordinate technique that will help you achieve a healthy and true sound production from the first lesson.

I have ample knowledge in acting, voice over work and audition technique and song selection, as well as connections to the professional world of popular music, opera and musical theatre.

I welcome working with students of all ages and levels to help them
achieve person vocal goals.
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Bernardo B.

Oceanside, CA 92056
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Newport Beach, CA
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I've been playing music for over fifteen years and have gained a lot of experience during that time.
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Gabriela G.

Newport Beach, CA 92663
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