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About Nicolas R.

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Sherman Oaks, CA

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About Nicolas
Hello there, future string players and welcome to my profile!!

I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and raised in Miami, FL. I started my musical career at the age of 8, singing in chorus, playing the recorder, and shortly afterwards moving to the guitar, and the violin.

When I was 15, I was nominated for a James L. Knight Award in Music, and I performed as a violin soloist with the Miami Beach Symphony Orchestra, and the Greater Miami Youth Symphony playing Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major. One of my most memorable experiences when I was a kid! In high school, I formed my own string quartet and we would perform all over the South Florida community especially at hospitals and for the elderly. At 16 years old, I was also given an internship with the New World Symphony, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, for about 2
years. During this time, I was able to take lessons from master violinists such as Marc Thayer and Glen Cherry. During this time, I was given the opportunity to perform with the New World Symphony at 17 years old for pops concert conducted and performed by Chuck Mangione in El Doral, FL.

I later on accepted a scholarship for violin performance at the University of Miami for my Bachelor of Music, and earned my Master of Music from Florida State University. I also taught string orchestras for 10 years at Ruth K. Broad Bay Harbor K-8 Center, South Florida Youth Symphony as conductor (and now composer!), and conductor of the Greater Miami Youth Symphony. I was appointed Assistant Conductor of the Alhambra Orchestra for two seasons under the guidance of my high school orchestra teacher, Mr. Reginald Nicholson (1947-2011). It was here where I was able to work on my compositions, orchestrations, and conduct a fine group of musicians.

I now live in sunny Los Angeles, in the Sherman Oaks area, and I'm loving the new change. I am eager to share my knowledge with new students on various subjects such as learning a string instrument to learning a different language. Please feel free to ask me any questions.

I am looking forward to getting to know you and your goals for learning!
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I have been teaching music as an adult, certified teacher since I was in college, but have done teaching as early as 15 years old.

I will help you create a fantastic technical base so you will be able to play with ease as your skill level develops, all while keeping the lessons fun and engaging.

MUSIC STUDIO
Piano, Violin, Guitar, Music Stand, General Teaching Aids, Recording Equipment.

TRAVEL EQUIPMENT
I can provide a music stand and basic materials but the student is expected to have their own instruments and to buy the music I recommend. I can recommend various vendors/shops where you can buy the ideal instrument for your lessons.

EXPERTISE
I am classically-trained musician that also specializes in Tango performance, Latin/Jazz, Rock, and a variety of other styles. I believe that training in the classical aesthetic will create a firm, solid foundation to crossover into other areas listed above. With a good dose of technical exercises, scales, and a variety of repertoire, my students always turn out well-rounded, ready to tackle almost any kind of music they wish to learn.

Thank you for stopping by and let me know what you would like to learn!
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Liliana August 7, 2018
· Composition · Online
One the best intructors I’ve had in years! Nick really knows his music theory, orchestration, and compositional techniques. He’s helped me appreciate the intricacies of creating music for myself and others. He challenges me to do my very best. Thank you, Nick!
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Hank July 24, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Nick is the perfect balance of dedicated teacher and incredible human being. Our 9 year old son loves his violin lessons with him. We are delighted we found him! Thank you, Nick!
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Juliana July 22, 2018
· Viola · In studio
As a 30-something adult beginner, I chose Nick as my teacher for his experience and talent. When we had our first few lessons, I knew he was the real deal. He knows his orchestral string instruments, especially my instrument of choice: the viola. I was even more impressed since he has performed with musicians like Chuck Mangione, Barbara Cook, and Andrea Bocelli. He has made my lessons fun, exciting, and very engaging. I highly recommend Nick to anyone wanting to learn a string instrument!
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Nicolas R.

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Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
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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 19 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.

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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 youth orchestras. I tailor the curriculum I use depending on the need of each individual student. Please contact me for up to date lesson availabilities!

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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 Sassmannshaus Tradition, and 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, 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 Amy L.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Hello my name is Amy. Welcome to my home studio. Located in the Mar Vista area of West Los Angeles. I have sung for thirty years. You will find a teacher who loves singing and want to help you do the same. I offer lessons in Vocal Technique and Performance Skills.. I am trained in the following styles classical folk and musical theater. All abilities are welcome. I love teaching the begining singer. I enjoy showing students the nuts and bolts. Helping someone learn a new skill is very rewarding. I can help you find your voice. My approach is stress free.

I have a cat and a dog. If you are allergic to or afraid of them please find a teacher with no animals.
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Sara October 2, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
She's very patient, gave great tips, and I can tell she really wants me to succeed.!
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David October 2, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Amy is a very passionate teacher who has taught to relax and enjoy singing. I've only had a few lessons, but I look forward to staying with her. She very professional and positive.
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Kate February 6, 2017
· Vocal Training · In home
Amy is a very accurate and knowledgeable singer, and a genuinely nice person! Any student looking to improve their vocal skills and musicality would learn a lot from Amy.
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Amy L.

Amy L.

Los Angeles, CA 90066
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$30 / 30-min

About John R.

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Irvine, CA

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About John
I have had a studio since 2001. I teach all ages and levels of students. I'm very good with beginners. I am very patient and encouraging with my students. I am able to quickly diagnose problems and recommend a solution so the student can progress.

I am a member of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA).
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Finn Z. October 28, 2015
· Cello · In studio
John is laid-back and comfortable with my son, quickly assessing where to start with him. We were given clear homework and are excited to see where this journey with the cello takes us!
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Julie O. September 28, 2015
· Cello · In home
Having a positive experience with John teaching our son cello. He works well with children, patient, understanding while setting expectations for the student to reach.
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Shweta Y. October 21, 2014
· Cello · In home
John is very patient, organized and structured. He has definite lesson plans. It makes it easier for my child to understand his instrument and learn it. I am very happy to have found him for my son. ----Thank you John!
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John R.

John R.

Irvine, CA 92602
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About Stephen L.

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Fullerton, CA
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Hello my name is Steve, I'm 36 and I am a professional musician and educator. who currently has openings for new students! I offer absolute beginning to professional level lessons. I teach at two locations in the Inland Empire, and at a location in Orange County. I earned a B.A. in Music Education at California State University Fullerton, and I performed with all the top ensembles. I studied with Grammy nominated and awarded musicians like Bill Cunliffe and Francisco Torres, Kye Palmer, and more!
I also have over twenty years of musical experience. I have been playing trombone and bass guitar since 1994 and I have been teaching since 2005. As a brass instructor I specialize in breathing techniques, embouchure development. range, flexibility, endurance, and improvisation. As a bass guitar and guitar instructor, I specialize in
flexibility, endurance, speed, song writing, ear training, improvisation, and much more!
In addition I also help students with their music for band at school, or for any other type of ensemble they might be playing in. I have been a professional musician for several years and I have backed groups like The L.A. Swing Barons, The Inland Empire Swing Orchestra, Sonora Santanera groups, Willie and The Road Tramps, Irie Nationz, The Goodlow Company, Domestic Imports, Buddha Bomb, Angry Babies, Space Camp Stowaways, The Debonaires, and more! I am currently in a few different groups playing all over Southern California and beyond.
I will bring the best out of your playing, take a lesson with me and you will get better! I have years of experience that you can tap into; in order for you to reach your musical goals. My education philosophy is student focused and I draw from a lot of different teaching concepts like Kodàly method, Orff method, Susuki method, and more. I am much more than just an instructor, but your also getting a mentor and a life coach. Sign up for a lesson today!
To reserve a spot just look for the box that says "Reserve your spot with Stephen," then go ahead select the instrument you want to learn, then the location, and a time that works for you. Then I will get in contact with you as soon as your sign up and we can go over all the details. I love new students, and I cannot wait to hear from you today.
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Aaron August 11, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In studio
The best lesson I have taken! I look forward to future lessons because I am learning so much!
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Jared M. November 11, 2017
· Flute · In home
Steven is a very good instructor. He has a wonderful personality. He!s firm, knowledgeable, and knows how to encourage the student to work hard. My son has learned a lot from him in a short period of time as a beginner. I’d definitely recommend Steven.
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Michael Rodriguez August 11, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Really like Steve's teaching ! Very easy and simplified instruction.Thank you ! Can't wait for the next Lessons.
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Stephen L.

Stephen L.

Fullerton, CA 92831
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About Artem K.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Hello! My name is Artem and I'm 24 years old. I'm a freelance musician, composer and pedagogue.
I am passionate about teaching because I believe education and willingness to learn is an extremely important factor for personal development and success.
I was born and raised in Saint Petersburg, Russia and underwent intensive training in voice, violin, composition and piano. After winning the Frieburg Intenational Violin Competition in 2010, I was offered a full scholarship to study music at Dalhousie University at the age of sixteen. After moving to Canada I went through a 9-month intensive english learning program, so I know first hand how difficult it can be to learn a new language. This experience helped me understand the struggles that any ESL student goes through and discover new ways to teach my first language to others.
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Jamie W. June 6, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Artem is an excellent teacher. He provides the perfect balance of explanations, demonstrations and expectations for at-home practice. Thank you so much!
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Felipe March 26, 2018
· Russian · In studio
Nothing beats learning from a native speaker, especially one as knowledgeable and professional as Artem. Russian is his native language, but you would never have guessed it since his English is impeccable. He takes difficult concepts and makes them simple to understand. He walks with you each step of the way, meeting you at your level and guiding you to fluency. He understands the best way you learn and adapts to your learning needs and situation. Artem will help you attain native pronunciation and will go out of his way to provide extra help and materials. I've been amazed how much I have gained from lessons with him. Highly recommended. Wonderful teacher.
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Timothy C. August 28, 2017
· Russian · Online
Artem was great. He is a good communicator and is flexible with his schedule. Thanks Artem!!
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Artem K.

Los Angeles, CA 90066
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About Sanjay P.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Music is my passion, and I've been playing drums for about 16 years and guitar for about 9, and have a deep interest for music of all genres, especially rock, jazz, hip-hop, r&b, and alternative. In high school, I played on my school's drumline, and learned immeasurable lessons about technique, and about how to practice in the most effective and efficient ways possible, to meet the strict demands of the marching style of drumming, eventually becoming the captain of my drumline. At the same time, I began playing in bands with my friends, learning how to channel creativity through the instrument while writing songs, and simultaneously learning many of the skills (such as recording, mixing, engineering, playing live) that nicely balanced the theoretical and technical things I learned on the drumline. I attended UCLA, receiving a B.S. in Neur
oscience in 2017, and during my time there, I was able to take a plethora of classes on music theory, music history, music production, and had the opportunity to learn from some of the most well-renowned and well-employed studio musicians in the Los Angeles area. While I have the theoretical and technical background to ensure that you're learning things in a structured, thoughtful, and efficient manner, I won't bog you down with the intellectual side of music if that isn't what you want. Instead, I want to focus on helping you create art, and improving your abilities to the point that they won't hinder your ability to express yourself through music.
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Hersh October 28, 2017
· Drum · Online
Sanjay taught me skype drum lessons over the past summer, and while not through TakeLessons, his teaching helped open doors in my drumming that I didn't know existed! I hope to take more lessons with him once I've put in enough practice and mastered the things he showed me
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Sanjay P.

Sanjay P.

Los Angeles, CA 90024
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About Dan B.

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North Hollywood, CA
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I am a songwriter of 10 years and a music producer of 5.

I value honest art of all types. Music holds the highest place in my heart for its ability to conjure emotion and to express the inexpressible.

I graduated from Chapman University with a degree in Public Relations and Advertising and a minor in Entrepreneurship and am currently a student at Icon Collective.
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Edward J. February 12, 2018
· Ableton · Online
Dan is a really insightful instructor. He really knows Ableton in-and-out with his eyes closed. He also has a good ear and is able to help you get the sound that you want. He gives really good feedback on projects that you might be working on. He is really well-versed in all aspects of music production - not only in sound design and mixing but also in songwriting and also can talk about difficult topics like inspiration and creativity in a unique way. If you're serious about music production, I would certainly recommend taking lessons with Dan.
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Dan B.

Dan B.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
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About Kevin V.

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North Hollywood, CA

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Hi my name is Kevin! I am a recently graduated master degree drummer from USC. I am originally from the Netherlands and have been working professionally for almost 10 years. I work with great musicians from the LA area and I have worked with some of the greatest musicans in the world.
I can teach everything you need to know for a career in music or just to enjoy and have fun on the drums. In any case I want to make you a better drummer / musician.
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Jesse May 30, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Kevin is one of the most knowledgeable teachers I have ever had the opportunity to work with and learn from. He knows the history of the music and the instrument, and is very patient (even with beginners). His knowledge is only matched by his experience as a player and collaborator with the top jazz musicians of our time. I would recommend Kevin for anyone trying to improve their drumming, from beginners to the most advanced players.
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Adam February 12, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Kevin is not only a great teacher but also a great person! He allows for the right balance between casual fun and result driven teaching! I highly recommend him to aspiring drummers of all ages and experiences.
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Mike February 12, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Kevin rocks! Great drummer and patient educator.
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Kevin V.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
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About Dan S.

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Santa Ana, CA

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I'm a lead and rhythm guitarist. I went to Musicians Institute and graduated the Professional Guitar Program. I am currently a teacher at a school where I teach a classroom of 60 t0 70 students and private lessons as well. I have also managed and ran a recording studio for over 10 years. I'm Proficient at Logic Pro and Garage Band. If recording and producing your own music is something you would like to learn as well I can definitely help you achieve that goal.

I developed a curriculum and method of teaching guitar that simplifies theory and the learning process. I go out of my way to explain things that makes playing enjoyable and easy to understand. My goal is to get my students playing music and to enjoy the process. I teach students of all ages and levels.

My styles range from Blues,Rock, the styles of Jimi Hendrix, Funk, Soul, P
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Erica February 27, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Dan has been my Guitar instructor for over a year. He has the ability to know my way of learning and because of that I'm able to learn the songs faster, of course we all know you have to practice. I would highly recommend Dan for his patience, knowledge, skills, experience and his love of teaching.
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Nemo February 9, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Dan is an amazing teacher. When I came to him first, I barely knew how to hold a guitar. He took me under his wings, and almost ten months later, he transformed my playing where I now actually sound like I'm playing a real song.

He is extremely talented, very gifted, and really really good at teaching. He excels in breaking down a concept, or helping me figure out the right way to play a chord, or a lick. He has also proved that he has an amazing ear, helping me learn a song (that he's never heard before), by breaking it down, and de-constructing it.

I am very happy with him being my teacher, and I look forward to learning a lot from him.
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Kaleese February 8, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Mr. Salas is one of the best guitar teachers I ever had. He's very patient and very encouraging. He's makes me strive to be a better player. He takes the time to invest in his students and is always available for questions when you need him. I have learned so much from him being his student for a year now. I highly recommend his services to anyone looking to improve in guitar.
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Dan S.

Santa Ana, CA 92701
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