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About Jonathan S.

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Los Angeles, CA

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About Jonathan
I am a graduate of the Wheaton Conservatory of Music with a B.Mus.degree in Piano and Composition, and have taught private piano and drum lessons for over 10 years. I have experience with children and adults of all ages. I've performed with many bands over the years (US and Europe) including Mavis Staples, Andrew Bird, Tim Booth, Mucca Pazza, Bobby Conn, The Detholz, and Paris Delane.

My approach to teaching is fun and varied according to students needs and personalities. I teach reading, ear training, theory, technique, composition, song writing, performance, etc...and want to work with students on music that THEY want to learn.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha full sized digital piano
Fender Jazz Bass
Fender Stratocaster Guitar
Recording computer with Komplete 6, Ableton, etc.
Rode NT1 Condensor mic
Shure SM57's, Shure Bet
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Bell set
Melodica's

*** Travel Equipment ***
For in home lessons, it's important that students have the instrument(s) that we're working on; this could be a snare drum, an electric keyboard, piano, bass guitar and practice amp, etc.

*** Specialties ***
For young kids on piano, I've worked a lot with a couple of things, including James Bastien and Piano Adventures books, simple transcriptions of songs students know and want to play, simple ear training games, and things like 5 finger scales.

For older students, i get them into a more disciplined routine with exercises and theory, but also cater repertoire to their interests. My playing background is pretty broad, including classical (in the broad sense of the term) study and performance (recital and competition), and rock and roll, blues, jazz performance.

I get excited about teaching composition, songwriting, and any higher level theory.

Drummers get the rudiments, independence practice, style study, reading, transcription, etc. I do lots of hands only work, but incorporate full kit playing as early as possible knowing that for a kid (or adult for that matter), sitting behind a drumkit is a very exciting thing and you wanna play it all. As with piano, i do transcriptions of favorite songs/beats for students often. My background on drumset and percussion is broad as well, from orchestral to rock and metal to jazz and big band, etc.

in general, i like to know what music my students are into, and will try to include material in those realms in their studies.
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Suzanne E. January 21, 2014
· Piano ·
A talented musician and teacher, who is genuinely responsive to his students' needs.

My son took piano lessons from Jon at a time when he wanted to experiment with different types of musical expression. Jon was extremely responsive to his needs, and worked with him on everything from improvisation, to jazz licks to a Brahms ballade. Jon understands that teaching music is not a "one-size-fits-all" endeavor, and draws on his wide range of musical experience to tailor a program that's right for your child. He is an extremely talented musician and a dedicated, caring teacher.
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Laura G. January 14, 2014
· Drum ·
Jon is superb

My stepson took drum lessons with Jon for at least three years. I was impressed with my kid's progress on his drum set. Jon is so passionate about music, and I could see my son really connect to Jon easily. Jon was very available to discuss schedule changes and is a very nice down to earth guy. I highly recommend him.
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David Z. January 10, 2014
· Piano ·
Amazing teacher and all around phenomenal artist!

I took lessons from Jon for over 8 years, twice a week, including Jazz/Blues piano, voice, theory, and even drums. Let me first say that Jon is an all-around amazing artist that can master many instrument or genre of music. Taking lessons with him was something I looked forward to every week. He was an expert in all things jazz and blues, and really explained the theory and techniques well. I learned so much from him over those years that I can never repay. Unfortunately, he moved away to Cali, and I have not yet found a replacement that even comes close. I highly recommend Jon for music lessons in any instrument.
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Jonathan S.

Los Angeles, CA 90026
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$35 / 30-min

About Brent B.

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Los Angeles, CA
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About Brent
About me:

I have playing guitar for 20+ years. I have been teaching and playing professionally for 10+ years. II have worked with students of all levels from the average beginner to the semi professional. I have also done plenty of group work by working with bands of up to 10 and classrooms up to 30 kids. What I am trying to say is that I have worked with everybody. No matter what level, style, age or whatever I am here to help you get to the next level.

What you will get:

If you are looking for an informative, strong, fast-paced, structured, and most importantly fun lesson, then I am the guy for you.

I like to assess where each student is at and fine tune a lesson plan that will help each individual achieve the goals that they want to achieve. Every student has their own journey in music and I like to help them get ther
e by making a lesson plan that works for them.

The instruments that I specialize in teaching are guitar and bass at all levels and styles. I can also help teach beginner to intermediate piano students.

Location:

I just moved to Los Angeles from Asbury Park, New Jersey. So I am new to the area but I am looking forward to meeting and teaching the incredible musicians here in California.

We can either do lessons at your house for $50/hr lesson once a week or you can come to my studio for $40/hr lesson once a week.

I am flexible with times so just contact me and we can go from there.

Looking forward to meeting you,
Brent Bergholm
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Brent B.

Los Angeles, CA 90033
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$80 / 30-min

About Dr. Neil G.

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Tarzana, CA
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Do you perhaps need help with your college or university music theory courses? I can help. Do you perhaps want to learn the basics of music theory? I can help too!

About Dr. Neil
*** Travel Equipment ***
student should have piano or keyboard instrument. I can provide or obtain instruction materials as needed depending on student.

*** Specialties ***
all styles and levels of music including classical, pop, rock, very elementary jazz, fusion etc.
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Brandon B. November 1, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Neil is a great piano teacher. I took many years of lessons growing up and then stopped playing the piano for 10 years. I picked it up a year ago learning new pieces and hit a "wall" where I wasn't able to improve myself, so I wanted to find a teacher that could help. Neil has been great - proactively pointing out areas where I tense up or could use a different fingering, suggesting helpful sight reading pieces, and even helping me find a better keyboard for my own practice at home. He has a lot of experience and good advice.
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Bill June 4, 2016
· Classical Piano · In home
I have the highest praise for Neil. I am an adult, and I studied for nine years as a child and started studying again about ten years ago and have studied with several teachers during that time. I work on some difficult pieces, and Neil can always explain to me how to play the passages I am having trouble with and make it seem easy. Also, he can demonstrate for me how something should be played because he is such an excellent pianist. I am so happy I found Neil, and highly recommend him.
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Dr. Neil G.

Tarzana, CA 91356
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About Jill Z.

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Huntington Beach, CA

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I tutor beginning and college music theory level. Harmony I, II, II, and IV and Basics of Music, Music Appreciation, and Ear Training. You will learn about Chord Progressions, Key Signatures, Types of Chords and Chord Inversions, Sol Feg, Composers, Circle of 5ths, Keys, Types of Scales, and get proficient at reading bass and treble clef. We do a combination of worksheets, chords using the piano, ear training with the piano, and listen to composers' examples.

About Jill
Please check Jill's Takelesson's calendar for lesson availability. If you sign up for lessons, they are weekly lessons and you are reserving the same time per week. Weekly time changes are not possible at this time, so please select a Recurring Plan and lesson time when you sign up and no Schedule as You Go plans. Thank you

Jill has been teaching music privately since 2002. Some of her students have won concerto competitions and music awards, music scholarships and participate in local youth orchestras. She teaches violin, viola, and piano.

Jill graduated with her Bachelor's of Music Degree in Performance Violin and Viola from the Cole Conservatory of Music at the California State University, Long Beach as a music scholarship student and on honor roll. She also studied piano at university and privately and studied jazz improv on vio
lin and jazz theory at Saddleback College. Jill had private violin lessons with 12 different teachers and has been playing the violin since the age of 9.

Jill has performed at the Segerstrom Concert Hall, Walt Disney concert Hall and Soka Performing Arts Center.

Jill also attended the Montecito Summer Music Festival and Soka's Chamber Arts Festival to study and perform string quartets and piano quintets.

Jill also is classically trained and performed professionally with the Dana Point Symphony, Montage Civic Orchestra, Brentwood/Westwood Symphony, Laguna Niguel Presbyterian Church orchestra, Vanguard Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Irvine. She also worked as a violinist for Irvine Valley College.

She performs classical, pop music, and jazz and plays reggae music, top hits, movie music, and rock for professional violin events as a solist and with a violin and cello duo.

Jill is patient and has a variety of students and able to adjust to each student's personality and needs.

Jill has performed as a solo violinist at the Orange County Fair in 2007 and 2008 with a Bluegrass band and was a concerto competition winner in 2004 performing Haydn's Violin Concerto No. 2 with the South Orange County Chamber Orchestra as a soloist.

Method books used:

Piano students learn from the Faber & Faber books, classical piano collection books, Bastien method books, Snell, Hanon exercises, and scale books by Bastien.

Violin and viola students use Suzuki method books along with reading music and playing all standard violin and viola literature outside of the Suzuki method. Students learn vibrato and shifting to other positions and learn from etude exercise books, scale studies using Carl Flesch books or Essentials for Strings books, and Early Start on violin, a fun method book for young violin students.

Etude books used: Wolfahrt, Kreutzer, Rode, Dont, Fiorillo, Gavines, and exercises from Schradiek and Sevcik. Composers and literature taught: Standard repertoire ie. concertos by Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Hoffmeister, Stamitz, Mendelssohn, Wieniawski, and Kabalevsky to name a few. Bach Sonatas and Partitas and Bach cello suites for viola. Sonatas by Beethoven, LeClair, Vivaldi, Frank, Brahms, and more!

Students also learn to read music (Sight reading) and learn rhythm.

2 optional recitals per year for students and also optional community service recitals at the local senior center retirement homes.

Jill can help students with orchestra auditions for local youth orchestras.

She has helped students get into All State and All Southern Youth Orchestras, Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, and audition for the Orange County School of the Arts and college auditions and helped students audition for college scholarships.

She has taught at various music studios and coached music at high schools and middle schools in orange county.

Studio Equipment:
Large, open living room space with Kimball upright piano and 88 key Yamaha weighted keyboard Seating for parents. Foot stool for shorter piano students. Music stand light.
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Samantha May 30, 2018
· Piano · In home
My 6 year-old daughter had her first piano lesson with Jill and loved it! She is so kind and made the learning experience really fun.
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Michelle H. June 20, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Jill is very thorough with the basic technique and patient, she made the lesson easy
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Billie C. January 27, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Very knowledgeable and patience, we are lucky to have picked her.
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Jill Z.

Huntington Beach, CA 92647
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About Crystal S.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Theory is taught to piano, voice, songwriting and general music students.

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.

*** Specialties ***
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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Crystal S.

Los Angeles, CA 90012
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About Tigran N.

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Granada Hills, CA

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Beginning, Intermediate and advanced music theory.
I have been teaching music theory in private schools for 5 years now.
I am starting with basic elements of music theory such as sound, pitch (intervals, major and minor scales), rhythm (beat, tempo, meter etc.), harmony (tonality, chords, triads, inversions), key signatures, diatonic chords, chromatic harmonies, dynamics, articulation and much more...

About Tigran
Noted violinist and gifted educator. Studied with H. Harutyunyan and V. Khachatryan, students of the great violinist L. Kogan. Tigran N. has been teaching Violin and Viola to students of all ages for over 15 years. He received his Master's degree in Music Performance from The Komitas State Conservatory in Yerevan, Armenia and his Bachelor of Music from Babajanyan State Music College. In addition to teaching, he has performed and recorded with several orchestras, has composed and arranged several pieces including his own album. He is a highly educated individual who enjoys sharing his knowledge and expertise with students interested in learning.

Teaching is my passion and I thoroughly love what I am doing.
Every single child is special to me and every one receives special attention.
My students also play semiannual recital, witch he
lps them to gain confidence.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home: Music room w/ piano, guitar, violin, stands, seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music stand if required

*** Specialties ***
Russian traditional and Suzuki methods.
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Hadria S. April 10, 2019
· Violin · In studio
Tigran is a skillful, kind, patient and honest teacher. I’m a beginning adult learner and have been progressing very quickly with his help. Tigran’s teaching is structured and organized while keeping the lessons challenging and interesting enough to want to keep going. I value his time and knowledge. I also intend to continue learning the violin from Tigran for the long term. HIGHLY recommend!
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Gabe L. August 21, 2018
· Viola · In studio
Tigran is patient and pays attention to detail. I would highly recommend him.
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Joshua M. December 5, 2017
· Violin · Online
He pays attention to the details.
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Tigran N.

Granada Hills, CA 91344
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About Nils B.

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Los Angeles, CA

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-Melodic & Rhythmic Music Notation
-Chord Construction & Circle of Fifths
-Chord Progressions (Diatonic Harmony, Modal Interchange, Secondary Dominants, etc)
-Melodies (Scales & Modes)

About Nils
Whether you're a beginner or more advanced, age 5 or 500, in my experience, with just a little bit of practice each day anyone can learn to play guitar.
Maybe your goal is to simply learn to play your favorite songs or maybe you want to learn to write your own music, improvise, or perform live.
Like all good things in life, there are no shortcuts, and learning the guitar takes time and effort, but in return you get the ability to express yourself through music, which is one of the most rewarding skills anyone could ever learn, at any age and in any situation.

My main focus is on helping you reach the point where you are actually playing music, instead of endlessly going over exercises or theory.
I want you to be able to play music you would enjoy listening to, because this is when you will start to truly appreciate your accomplish
ment, and progress will start to come much easier.

Together we will discuss your personalized course, based on your goals and situation, and along the way I will provide materials/tools and a summary or a recording of each lesson as needed, for you to take home to work on.
Different aspects we'll discuss are technique, chart/sight reading, music theory, ear training, soloing/improvisation, and developing a strong sense of rhythm, most of which will be done through simply learning to play the songs you like.
Besides the basics, it's very important to learn how to independently keep challenging yourself, learn from your mistakes and continue growing musically, simply using your ears and whatever information you can find online or anywhere else, even without my help.

Besides teaching you how to play I can also help with finding the right instrument and equipment, provide advice on guitar/amplifier maintenance and setups, as well as recording techniques, or any other practical matters related to playing music/guitar.

Lessons can be either at your residence or at my fully equipped home studio in the Hollywood Hills/Studio City area. In a beautiful and private environment, with plenty of (free/safe) street parking available.
Lessons via Skype are obviously available as well.
I look forward to hearing from you!
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Ron R. May 13, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
I am a beginner of acoustic guitar...
Nils is an awesome instructor and have been learning and improving a lot. I plan to do in person and Skype lessons when I travel.
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SARAH February 16, 2019
· Guitar · In home
As a new guitar player, Nils has been able to help me progress with confidence and ability that I didn't know was possible this quickly! Having in-home lessons and a really flexible schedule has been really helpful to me. I would recommend Nils to anyone at any level of ability, he's really easy to get along with, an extremely accomplished teacher, and a genuinely good guy! Thank you!
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Daniel February 15, 2019
· Blues Guitar · In studio
Nils is very knowledgeable and can help you with growing as a guitar player. He can help you have a better understanding of theory and how to apply it, knows a lot about gear, and has a wide array of skills so he can teach many different songs and concepts.
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Nils B.

Los Angeles, CA 90068
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About Ryan L.

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Pasadena, CA
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Making music theory fun! I can teach students fundamentals to advanced music theory principals such as: harmony, formal analysis, voice leading and composition. I can assist with ALL college theory courses or test prep training.

About Ryan
Ryan L. is a local composer, conductor, musician and musicologist. He holds a Masters degree in Musicology from California State University, Long Beach Cole Conservatory of Music. He is a professor of music at Woodbury University where he teaches a course in Music and Film. Additionally he is also the music director for Conundrum Theatre Co., Burbank Community Theater and Santa Ana College where he auditions, and rehearses singers, and the contracts and conducts the orchestra in all musical performances for the community.

As a classical/jazz trumpet player he has performed with tournament of Roses Honor band, the Pasadena Pops Orchestra, the Crown City Symphony and in various musical theater productions. He performs regularly with his jazz band the Crown City Combo in various venues in the greater LA area.

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composition Ryan is an avid composer, composing for various genres and ensembles. Among these genres Ryan’s specialty is composing new musical theater works/songwriting. In 2010 he joined the Academy of New Musical Theater and with that organization he composed his first musical theater piece Shoot Ma! which premiered at the Colony Theater in Burbank. In 2011 he composed his second musical Experience Magic! A Musical Within a Magic Show, which premiered at the Sierra Madre Playhouse in 2012.
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Jonelle Pickett October 24, 2015
· Trumpet · In home
Excellent at giving pointers and exercises to help students improve sound quality. Patient, positive and personable.
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Stephanie R. December 10, 2014
· Trumpet · In home
Fabulous teacher! My son's taking beginning trumpet lessons. Ryan is patient, attentive, encouraging, and knowledgeable. Ryan is punctual and flexible when rescheduling needs to be arranged. He responds to email, phone calls, etc. in a timely manner. My son enjoys learning from him. It's a pleasure to have him as my son's teacher.
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Ryan L.

Pasadena, CA 91107
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About Steven G.

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Winnetka, CA
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Private study of music theory with me is highly individualized. For beginners, we will start with the basics of tonality, intervallic relationships, rhythm, and ear training. We will then progress into a study of harmony, musical modes, mixed meter, etc. Lessons can be done in conjunction with piano instruction if possible. I always like to use audio recordings and sheet music of recognizable compositions, both contemporary and classical, to augment a student's understanding of concepts.

About Steven
I consider myself dedicated to two passions in life: the art of musical creation, and the joy of kindling that spark in others. I've been teaching private music lessons for the past five years, and have worked with students of many different ages and proficiency levels. I am always on the lookout to work with new people who are just as excited about creating music as I am! My musical career began fifteen years ago as a classically-trained pianist, and soon after began to expand to more contemporary styles such as rock, pop, jazz, and electronic. I spent four years at the University of Miami studying under Academy Award nominee Chris Boardman, and graduated with a degree in Music Composition & Production and a double minor in Music Business and Creative American Music. I currently reside in Los Angeles, where I write and produce music for
films, TV shows, and video games. I look forward to meeting you and starting our musical journey together!
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Victoria E. July 25, 2018
· Ableton · In home
Steven is wonderful! He really takes time to make sure I understand everything. Would highly recommend him
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Victoria E. July 9, 2018
· Ableton · In home
Stephen is amazing ! What a nice , easy go with the flow knowledgeable patient dude ! So happy to be learning from him. I’m excited for tomorrow !
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Ina and Nathan K. July 13, 2017
· Piano · In home
Steve is a pleasure having around. He is patient, he inspired my kids and managed them well during the lesson. Steve's knowledge and love for music is motivational.
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Winnetka, CA 91306
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About Paris W.

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I'm a classically trained musician who graduated from Berklee College of Music. I can help you with ear training, transcribing your favorite songs by listening to it, basic composition, conducting, and anything else you may need help with.

About Paris
Hi there, my name is Paris. I recently graduated from Berklee College of Music with a dual degree in Music Therapy and Songwriting, while focusing on flute performances as well. I also play piano, guitar, ukelele, percussion and I'm a singer-songwriter. I've worked with kids through music therapy services, and mentor programs, and I'm very patient with kids of all ages.

I moved to the U.S. from China when I was 16. Being bilingual really helped me understand the beauty of different cultures and languages. I like to bridge the gap in all of my teaching experiences and my classes are open to anyone regardless of where you're from.

I've been playing flute for 16 years, piano for 5 years, and have tutored and taught students in a wide age range. In the past, I've played flute in a variety of genres including classical, contemporary, L
atin, jazz, and musical, in symphonic wind ensembles, symphony orchestras, musical theater pit, and recording sessions. I also have been using piano and guitar to write songs and compose for school and for personal projects. Music has always been a crucial element of my life, so let's get on to this musical journey together!
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Paris W.

Los Angeles, CA 90005
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