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About Joao M.

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Irvine, CA

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About Joao
I believe that anyone can learn an instrument and, even more importantly, that everyone can enjoy the process of learning music.

I lived in Brazil, Portugal, Netherlands, Germany, and in Boston before moving to New York. Moving around so much has brought me in contact with all sorts of people and cultures and has allowed me to grow as a musician and a teacher.

My teaching philosophy draws from different traditions: Socratic teaching method, Buddhist techniques of intense focus and self-kindness, Frederich Wieck school of lyrical expression, and the detailed science of Body Mapping.
As a graduate of Berklee College of Music, I place great emphasis on relaxed technique, ear training, and the use of contemporary repertoire along with classical pieces.

My first degree was in English and French linguistics and literature. I later ded
icated myself to scholarly research and completed a master’s degree in History at the University of Amsterdam.

Eventually, I decided it was time to do a rigorous program at one of the best music schools in the world so that I could perform and teach music at a high level. I graduated from Berklee College of Music with degrees in Performance and Film Scoring.

I teach online and normally in my Brooklyn studio. I am currently in Orange County, CA while at University of California - Irvine.

Some of the highlights of my time in New York:

I was awarded an arts grant from the New York Department of Cultural Affairs and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council for my performance and composition work.
I was commissioned by the organization MyFace to develop and implement a program for artistic expression through music, movement, and storytelling for children and adults with facial differences.
I worked as an accompanist and music director for shows and dance classes at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Whatever your goals are with music, I can help you get there! Get in touch any time to tell me about your goals and aspirations.
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Alex & Jessica August 30, 2018
· Piano · In home
If you're reading this, you are very lucky because you've just found the most amazing music teacher!
Our son has studied piano with Joao for the past four years. He started with Joao when he was six and continues to this day. He loves Joao. Joao is a patient, intuitive and adaptive teacher that provides incredible instruction, in any music genre. He honed in on our son's musical interests early on, making learning piano fun and interesting. We often say, Joao is not just teaching our son piano, he is giving him a music education, introducing him to an array of amazing pieces from different genres. He's a rare talent both as a teacher and musician. We feel incredibly lucky to have found him. You will too!
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Michael August 19, 2018
· Piano · In home
I studied jazz piano with Joao for over a year. In my time working with him, I learned a tremendous amount. Joao is both an extremely talented musician and a skilled instructor. He clearly cares a great deal about his students and their progress. He was always patient (especially during weeks when my practicing had been slow) and both encouraging and supportive of my efforts to master new concepts in jazz. Joao has an excellent sense for what his students want to accomplish in their musical explorations, and an ability to tailor his lessons to the student’s unique goals. He has an impressive knowledge of both the history of jazz and music theory which makes him an incredible resource for learning about the jazz idiom. Last but not least, Joao was very personable and fun to talk to, and I always a enjoyed working with him. He is an outstanding teacher.
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Margaret August 13, 2018
· Piano · In home
Joao is an amazing piano teacher. I would highly recommend taking lessons with him!
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Joao M.

Irvine, CA 92612
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About Connie E.

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Lakewood, CA

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About Connie
I love teaching, and enjoy passing on that joy, knowledge, and experience to my students! I tailor lessons according to the student's goals, abilities, and preference in musical styles. Whether you're wanting to learn the violin to be a virtuoso or just as a personal hobby, I believe you should enjoy the learning process!

I am passionate about music and enjoy teaching aspiring students! I am active as a violin teacher, performer, chamber and studio recording musician in the greater Los Angeles area. I hold a Masters of Music Degree in Violin Performance from California State University, Long Beach and have been playing the violin since the age of four. I've enjoyed teaching private lessons for the past 20 years and have experience in teaching group and private lessons to students of all ages, coaching string orchestras and string ensem
bles. I have a broad education in music with knowledge of classical, modern, and world music, as well as advanced training in music theory which I incorporate in private lessons. I have also studied conducting, music analysis, music history, voice, and advanced piano.

*** Specialties ***
While I specialize in classical music, I help my students discover what genre of music they're passionate about learning, including classical, jazz, pop, and fiddle. Lessons include scales, technique, ear training, sight reading, music theory, solos, duets, music performance and the option to prepare for auditions and orchestras. I tailor the curriculum I use depending on the need of each individual student. Please contact me for up to date lesson availabilities!

***Repertoire***
Beginner to intermediate students use method books such as Essential Elements, Suzuki Method, and the Royal Conservatory of Music. For young students, I also use the Violin Fun Book series. Intermediate to Advanced students learn technique using Carl Flesch scales, and studies from Shradiek, Sevcik, Mazas, and Kreutzer to name a few. Solo pieces including from composers such as Mozart, Franck, Bruch, Saint-Saëns, Mendelssohn, Seitz, Bach, Handel, Beethoven and Vivaldi. I also encourage my students to explore other styles of music that interest them, such as pop, fiddling, Celtic, and movie music.
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Jeanne February 8, 2018
· Violin · In home
She's very good. Very patient and clear. She'll tailor the lessons to your level of understanding. I'm an older adult learner with no musical knowledge at all and am learning fast thanks to her. I look forward to continuing my lessons.
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Cecy January 7, 2018
· Violin · In home
I’m not a young student, therefore It takes me longer to learn, Connie is a true professional. She uses methods that work for me and so far I’m enjoying it very much. I highly recommend her. Thanks Connie!
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Patricia September 29, 2016
· Violin · In home
Connie was great! Looking forward to continuing lessons.
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Connie E.

Connie E.

Lakewood, CA 90713
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About Glenn S.

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Long Beach, CA
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About Glenn
Hi, I'm Glenn. Thank you for viewing my profile. I've been teaching students for over 20 years, playing all styles and levels of music, from day-one beginners to seasoned pros seeking to sharpen their playing skills. I teach both traditional notation and tablature, writing my own teaching methods in both formats. I can transcribe any song or solo for you, and can arrange the music to fit your particular level of skill.

I earned a B.A. in Music Composition and an A.A. in music theory, and have worked as a professional musician since graduation. I play in a variety of bands that cover rock, jazz, surf, oldies, and country, and also write and arrange music for those bands as well as writing my own music that can be heard on my own YouTube channel.

The first song I learned to play was "Pipeline." I own and play several acoustic an
d electric guitars, as well as ukuleles, mandolins, bass guitars, and lap steel guitars. I'm personable and patient, and my lessons include songs, techniques, and instruction for improving your musical skills. I look forward to meeting you and having fun learning and playing music together.

-Glenn

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I'm big on teaching songs and techniques learned through scales and chords, which will enable you to improvise, solo, and write your own music. I can teach either traditional note reading or tablature, and can transcribe your favorite songs and solos. The lessons are fun, with new material to learn and play every week. I hope every time you pick up a guitar, it will be a creative experience!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home studio: front room turned into music studio. recording gear, all instruments listed, additional seating for parents.

Morey's Music: Music store setting, small practice room, additional seating for parents.

*** Specialties ***
I've done it all-like theory, all styles of music.
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Jon January 10, 2019
· Ukulele · In studio
Great learning experience!
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Gary C. January 10, 2019
· Banjo · Online
This is the only lesson I've ever had but Glenn is a receptive and nice person who got me started on basics in spite of my computer camera problems. I'm looking forward to my next lesson and hopefully no computer issues on my part.
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Laura R. February 11, 2018
· Banjo · Online
Our daughter has really enjoyed learning to play the banjo with Glenn. He is patient and fun, and very talented!
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Glenn S.

Lakewood, CA 90713
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About Angela C.

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Long Beach, CA

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About Angela
EDUCATION

My musical education began while sitting on my mother's lap as she taught piano lessons. I began studying cello with a member of the Kansas City Philharmonic at age 9, and at age ten, I followed in my mother's footsteps to play the flute. I played all three instruments, (piano, cello and flute) until high school when it was became clear to me that I wanted to be an orchestra teacher. With this dream in mind, I began playing the violin as well.
I graduated from Drake University with a Bachelor's in Music Education in 1989 and again in 1999 with a Master's degree.

PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE

As a youngster, I was the youngest member of the Kansas City Youth Symphony and the Kansas City Cello Choir performing with these two groups for eight years. I was chosen from applicants nation wide, to perform in Carnegie Hall and trav
el Europe with "America's Youth in Concert" and I was a three time All-Stater.

While attending Drake University, I played in the Drake University Orchestra and the Des Moines Symphony, and I was the winner of the Young Artist Competition awarding me the honor as featured soloist with the Drake Symphony Orchestra.
In 1993 I began playing with the Encore String Trio. This trio plays on a regular basis for weddings and receptions.
I currently play cello in the Encore String Trio, and viola in the Long Beach Community Orchestra.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

My teaching experience includes nearly 30 years of private teaching. I've had the pleasure of teaching all areas of music; elementary general music, band, choir and orchestra. During my 20 years of teaching orchestra in the public schools, I implemented many innovative opportunities for my students such as children's concert which drew more than 700 people in attendance, strolling strings, cello choir and a viola choir, all of which proved to be very motivational for the students. My goal of teaching is to make music fun for all.

PHILOSOPHY

I believe music should be fun. I provide you with several playing opportunities throughout the year, ranging from solo to group playing. I provide large group playing opportunities at Christmas and at the recitals. Every group playing opportunity is accompanied with food and games for all. This studio is FUN!

*** Lesson Details ***
Whether you are studying for recitals, competitions, a music career or just for fun, you can expect equal attention to technique and musicianship in your lessons.
Lessons will be tailored to each students needs which may include flash cards, supplemental materials, ear training, sight reading, technical studies, scales, and solo work.
You are never to old to learn to play an instrument. Over half of my students are adult beginners. Because of this, I provide group playing opportunities and I organize a solo ensemble contest for my students. This gives opportunities to the adult beginners that they missed out on as a child. You will have a lesson by yourself, monthly mini recitals in my studio, and you will have the opportunity to play orchestra music as a group all right here in my studio. You are guaranteed to learn how to play your instrument, have fun and gain great friendships here in this studio. I'm looking forward to introducing you to our studio family.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The teachers studio is in a large room with multiple windows for natural light. The room includes instruments and stands in the middle of the room.

*** Specialties ***
I use the Suzuki method books. I am a classical player and I teach classical music.
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Livia May 11, 2018
· Cello · In studio
My son had his first lesson with Angela and already she is helping him along. She is very easy going and positive. Her studio room is positively too cool as well!
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Esther June 14, 2017
· Cello · In home
First lesson left me with a very good impression. Can't wait to go back.
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Adriene November 27, 2015
· Cello · In home
Angela is amazing! She is very patient, flexible and pushes you to excel beyond expectations. I am so excited to take cello lessons from such a talented, intelligent, honest and fun music instructor!

I really appreciate Angela!
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Angela C.

Angela C.

Long Beach, CA 90808
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About James H.

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Aliso Viejo, CA

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About James
I am a professional flutist and flute instructor. I currently hold the position of principal flutist of the Dana Point Symphony, have many years of recording experience, performed internationally, and have been privately teaching students of all ages and levels for over seven years.

My students can expect to gain a strong foundation in flute performance, including preparation for recitals and auditions. My students also develop an appreciation of great music and a solid background in theory. They have gone on to become great flute players, and have been accepted into excellent music schools, including the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at Cal State Long Beach, Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and Biola University Conservatory of Music.

I believe in inspiring lifelong lessons that help students achieve self-discipline,
creativity, professionalism and assist them in accomplishing their goals.
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Kara January 1, 2016
· Flute · In studio
James is an amazing teacher! He is extremely patient and thorough. In addition to helping you with your playing, he helps you with theory as well. I learned more from him in one year than my past teacher in three. Because of him, I was able to get into my top choice school for music with a large scholarship.
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Karen. January 1, 2016
· Flute · In home
A great instructor with the ability to bring out the best in his students while motivating and correcting as he fine tunes and gets you to where you want to be musically.
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Christine October 27, 2015
· Flute · In studio
James is a great teacher! I already felt like I had learned so much from him within the first lesson, and am learning more and more each week. He is very patient and thorough!
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James H.

Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
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About Scott S.

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Encinitas, CA

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Scott Samuels has been a performing singer/songwriter/guitarist/ukelele player on the San Diego scene and a touring musician for over 25 years. He has played ukulele and guitar since the early '70s. Scott specializes in teaching beginner and intermediate levels in rock, pop folk and other styles for students of all ages.

A Certified Senior Advisor (CSA), Scott has over twelve years of experience in working with older adults, and particularly enjoys teaching those who have dreamed about playing guitar or ukulele, but never got around to it.
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Meg January 3, 2019
· Ukulele · In home
My daughter enjoyed her lesson and reported learning helpful new concepts that she is eager to practice. Her lesson was encouraging and based upon a good assessment of where her current skills stood. She looks forward to the next lessons. Thanks, Scott!
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Steve January 24, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Scott is a great teacher! He has many years experience playing and performing. He has an especially good touch with teaching adult players, but he can teach anyone. I highly recommend Scott as your guitar or ukulele teacher!
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Charles January 12, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Scott's professionalism and patience is unrivaled. He has a passion to bring the joy of guitar and ukulele to young, older and special needs students alike.
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Scott S.

Scott S.

Encinitas, CA 92024
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About Antonio D.

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Long Beach, CA
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Antonio first began his path in music on the alto saxophone and soon after took up the bassoon in high school. Since then, Antonio has studied bassoon under the direction of John Campbell, while pursuing a degree in Music Education.

As a future band director, Antonio's passion lies in working with young students to not only develop quality instrumental technique and expression, but also in the development of a strong character. He is staunchly dedicated to traditional and emerging methods of music education and pedagogy, and actively applies these principles to lessons with his students.

I have performed as a bassoonist with the CSULB Symphonic Band under Jeremy Arnold, CSULB Symphony Orchestra under Johannes Müller Stosch, and Bellflower Symphony Orchestra under Joseph Taylor.

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Victor T. June 1, 2017
· Bassoon · In studio
As someone that has rehearsed and worked on chamber music with Antonio, I have to say that his pedagogy extends much further than bassoon. His background in rehearsal techniques and broad musical knowledge have been indispensable during our rehearsals, and he has often pointed out ways in which I can fine tune the expressionistic or technical aspects of my playing. Awesome teacher!
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Antonio D.

Long Beach, CA 90804
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About Bernardo B.

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Oceanside, CA

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About Bernardo
My name is Bernardo 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 ac
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Bernardo B.

Bernardo B.

Oceanside, CA 92056
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$45 / 30-min

About Jeff S.

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Oceanside, CA

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I am a professional guitarist and songwriter for one of the most renowned San Diego live bands. I have been teaching lessons for the last seven years and have performed professionally for 12. I currently have around 30 students at a local music school and play live several times a week.

Guitar students can expect to improve from week to week, with an ever growing understanding and appreciation for music. My teaching experience allows me to be aware of how students improve their playing with an emphasis on consistent progression and smart milestones that give students a feeling of accomplishment that minimizes frustration.

I tailor my lessons to the students skill level/interests. If you just want to have some fun learning to play chords, THAT’S OK! If you want to delve deeper into diatonic harmony, half diminished chords, and modal in
terchange, then let’s get down on it!

Some of the styles I regularly teach: Rock, Blues, Indie, Folk Alternative, Jazz, Raggae, R&B, Country

I teach lessons to all ages.

If any of this sounds interesting to you, don’t be shy! Send me a message, because I can’t wait to help you become a better musician!
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Charlotte January 4, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
Jeff is a colleague of mine and we’ve worked closely together both in a teaching setting and performance setting. Not only is he a killer performer and player, he’s also a really great teacher. He knows his stuff, is great with kids and adults and really inspires his students. I’ve watched countless students flourish with him as a teacher. Couldn’t recommend him more!
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Phil December 20, 2018
· Electric Guitar · In studio
Jeff masters the balance of professional knowledge and a great, laid back demeanor. He delivers information in a way I can understand and inspires me to push myself to be the best musician I can be. I highly recommend working with him, you will make tremendous progress if you follow his practice recommendations.
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Rhett December 13, 2018
· Electric Guitar · In studio
Jeff is an excellent guitar teacher and phenomenal guitar player. He is also a nice guy and very knowledgeable about guitar theory. I highly recommend him if you are looking for lessons.
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Jeff S.

Oceanside, CA 92056
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About todd P.

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Encinitas, CA

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Hello and thank you for taking the time to consider me as your guitar coach. I am a seasoned professional in the North San Diego County music community and have been performing and teaching in Encinitas since 1992. I founded the music education program at Moonlight Music from '92 through 'my 98 then created the Non-profit 501 (c)(3) Encinitas School of Music dedicated to enriching local culture through music education and performance from '98 through '06. from '06 to present I have been teaching privately, performing, recording, writing and continuing to perpetuate local art and music.
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Katherine December 10, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
I searched for a guitar teacher for my daughter and me for several months before I found Todd. As a vocalist, I wanted to learn a new instrument and someone to teach my daughter not only how to play, read music, and understand the theory behind it, but develop an internal beat and a good ear. After taking our first lessons, I knew immediately he was the the teacher for us. He not only is an excellent musician with technique in any type of guitar and genre that he picks up, he can convey his knowledge and simplify his lessons in a way that my daughter can understand. She is really interested and learns quickly because of the teaching style he uses.
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todd P.

Encinitas, CA 92024
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