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La Habra, CA
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All ages, all levels. Music fundamentals, concepts, composition, orchestration, arranging, etc.

About Fernando
Hello there! My name is Fernando, and I bring lots of profession playing and teaching experience to the table. I am an active musician in several local bands of various styles and genres, including jazz bands, Latin jazz bands, sax quartets, church groups, and musicals. I have played across southern California, several other states including Nevada (Reno Jazz Festival), Portugal, and Mexico.

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education, from CSUF. I also hold a valid California Teaching Credential, which I completed through CSUF. I also hold an Associate of Arts degree in Music from Fullerton College. I am also currently working on my Master's Degree in Music Conducting.

I am the Instrumental and Choral Music Teacher at Buena Park Jr. High School, in the city of Buena Park, where I teach band, orchestra, percussion
, and choir.

I have also taught woodwinds for various high schools across southern California, as well as a marching/visual coach for marching bands.

I front and lead my own Christian Contemporary Band. We've recorded two albums, of which I have composed the original music/lyrics, and produced both albums. We are currently working on our third album.

I can teach everything from jazz, to classical, rock, blues, Latin genres (salsa, merengue, bolero, mambo, etc.), and even contemporary Christian music in both English and Spanish.

I mix all of these experiences and knowledge into a big melting pot, and apply it very efficiently and wisely so that my students can positively benefit from a wonderful and exciting real-world musical journey!

*** Lesson Details ***
I base my lessons around the student's needs for musical growth, and their own likes and dislikes. If there is something specific that the student wants to learn, as far as a style/genre or piece of music, I foster that and I help encourage musical growth and enjoyment around that.
I am constantly encouraging my students to listen to as much music as possible, or better yet, to watch and listen to as much live music as possible. I strongly believe that this nurtures musical growth and serves as a role model.
I am very patient and laid back, but I do expect the student to have fun while staying constant with individual practice. There is no substitution for perseverance, consistency, and hard work, but it doesn't mean that we will not have fun while we make music!

*** Studio Equipment ***
An upright Yamaha acoustic piano is available, along with a Korg and Kurzweil digital keyboards, music stands, computer music software for studying repertoire (music), a large collection/library of books containing scales, exercises, music, etc. I also can make copies or print something for you if necessary. A sound system is available for listening to something is necessary. Flute, saxophone, and clarinet students must provide their own instrument, but I can point you in the right direction in terms of acquiring an instrument either for purchase or rental from a local music retail store.

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Students must provide their own instrument, except piano if student comes to my home for lessons. Student must also provide books (as assigned), and metronome for practicing at home. I can carry with me things such as: saxophone, clarinet, flute, a portable music stand, metronome/tunes, pencil, paper, and any other book(s) or materials as needed.  

*** Specialties ***
I can teach classical, jazz/contemporary, funk, latin, blues, contemporary Christian, improvisation and music theory at very advanced levels.
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Michael S. May 18, 2017
· Saxophone · In home
every lesson i learn a lot more about techniques and i can hear a differene in the sound i make and it is staritng to sound like music.
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Ethan August 16, 2016
· Piano · In studio
My boys love learning from Fernando. He is very patient and explains things in an easy to understand way. They can't wait for their piano lesson next week.
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Claudio Martinez July 17, 2015
· Saxophone · In studio
My first class was a very pleasant experience, I'm looking forward to my next classes to see how much I learn with Fernando, I'm confident it will be a lot!
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Fernando P.

Fernando P.

La Habra, CA 90631
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About Lucy L.

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El Monte, CA
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About Lucy
Ms. Lucy began studying violin with her father at the age of three. She attended Kunming Art Institute in Yunnan, China for junior and senior high school and than studied with Professor WeiJian Zhao from Central Music Conservatory in Beijing. She holds both AA and AS degree from Pasadena City College. where she served as the assistant concert master for many semesters. She also studied violin with Prof. Jay Zhong, former violin Professor at California State University, Los Angeles. Ms. Lucy is was a scholarship student at Bob Cole Conservatory of California State University, Long Beach. She studied with renowned violin pedagogue Linda Rose and served as concertmaster of the Bob Cole Conservatory orchestra, chamber orchestra and opera. Currently she's a student of Katia Popov, concertmaster of Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. She received her vi
olin performance BM degree in 2013.

Ms. Lucy has performed extensively throughout China, Hong Kong, and the United States and won many awards for her performances. At age six, she won 1st place at The Future Violinist Competition in Yunnan and continuously wining at different competitions around China. 1989 summer, Ms. Lucy held her solo recital at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and was a great success. Her most recent performances including: Solo violinist at 2005 New Universe Entertainment Academy; Performing with international tenor Oscar Zhang at UCI Barclay Theatre as guest solo violinist, with UCI symphony Orchestra, 2006. Guest Solo Violinist performing at Cerritos Performing Art Center in 2007. She also performed with different orchestras year round at different locations such as the Ford Amphitheatre and Orange county Performing Arts Center, she plays Jazz with Michael Mcdaniel Quartet.

Ms. Lucy began her teaching career at the age of 15 at her father’s violin school in Yunnan, China. The school currently has more than two hundred violin students and five violin teachers. Each year, Ms. Lucy travels back to China and give master classes and exchange valuable teaching experience with the students and teachers there. Summer 2006, Ms. Lucy and her students was invited by the International Youth and Children’s Art Festival, they stayed in China for ten days. Their performance got well accepted by the audience and was broadcasted on the local TV and newspapers. It was an unforgettable experience for all the students and their parents.

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Learning violin will be fun and rewarding for my students.

My teaching method is from The Juilliard School of Music, lessons are specifically designed to fit individual students age, background, strength and personality. In my classes, not only students are taught how to play the violin, they are also taught ear training, sight-reading, music theory, and performance skills; Most important, students are also taught self-confidence, discipline, appreciation of the arts, and the pride that comes from a job well done.

Every year, my students have the opportunity to perform in different concert settings, participate in our annual summer concerts, take national music exams, and audition with many orchestras and music schools.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The studio lessons are taught in a quiet and comfy home music studio. The room includes a piano, violins, music stands, flat screen TV. Seating for parent/family member is also available.

*** Specialties ***
My teaching method is mainly following The Juilliard School of Music, and I also combine it with the Suzuki method, especially for younger students.
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Charlotte P. August 18, 2017
· Violin · In studio
My daughter feels very comfortable with Lucy and like her lessons.
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Nalani G. May 6, 2017
· Violin · In studio
She is very nice and patient and wonderful to my granddaughter.
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Keith L. December 24, 2015
· Violin · In studio
I improved my violin playing a lot since I took lessons with Lucy last month. I know learning to play violin is hard but with a good teacher you will improve a lot more faster than you expected.
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Lucy L.

Lucy L.

El Monte, CA 91732
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About Jesse R.

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Hacienda Heights, CA
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Understanding the fundamentals of music with harmony and applying performance for the overall experience.

About Jesse
Jesse's curriculum includes classical style emphasis teaching, as well as theory and performance.

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Living room with a grand piano, couch for parents to sit and wait during lessons. Parking.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, pop,modern, Jazz. My forte is in classical performance.
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vicky L. November 19, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Jessy explained very good the lesson and he made it easy to understand i am so happy .
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Jesse R.

Jesse R.

Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
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$26 / 30-min

About Jennifer T.

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Valley Village, CA
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About Jennifer
Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Jen T. was 13 years old when she picked up her first guitar, rescuing her mom’s dusty old acoustic from the family’s attic. Quickly developing a love for the instrument, Jen headed west to sharpen her craft at LA’s esteemed Musicians Institute, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in music performance.
While studying at MI, Jen formed the folk-pop duo Jen & Abby with vocalist Abby Miller. With their quirky style and catchy tunes, the band soon gained a devoted following through gigs at many renowned LA venues, including The Key Club, House of Blues, and Hotel Café. Following the release of their 2008 debut album Cannot Rearrange, the band’s music was featured in multiple films and television commercials.
Jen has been sought out by many other artists seeking her particular blend of expertise and p
erformance savvy.
She relishes the chance to put her skills to the test in a wide variety of musical genres. In addition to writing and performing, Jen keeps busy as a private instructor to dozens of aspiring guitarists. She also has done over 1000 online instructional videos totaling up to more than 40 million views for YouTube and Mahalo website. Her various Mahalo website "Learn Guitar" apps have over 300,000 downloads and has had an itunes #1 ibook on how to play guitar.

*** Lesson Details ***
Students can expect a very patient supportive atmosphere. Lessons are catered to each students individual needs. The lessons are laid back but also with the understanding that if you work hard you can accomplish any goal that is set.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Apartment extra guitars, computers, music stands

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect that the student has his/her own guitar. Any other specifics can be decided on after the first lesson.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching blues, rock, and folk.
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Rik K. August 25, 2016
· Bass Guitar · In studio
just what the doctor ordered; if the doctor is -
dr. john or dr. wu or doctor doctor give me the news. treatment with melodic bed side manners. jennifer cures the funk & the blues!
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Keira M. January 7, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Awesome lesson! Jennifer is very patient and organized. Can't wait for the next lesson.
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Avery G. September 30, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Jen is great! She's very supportive and encouraging which works really well for my daughter.
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Jennifer T.

Jennifer T.

Valley Village, CA 91607
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About Matthew S.

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Canyon Country, CA
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About Matthew
HELLO!

My name is Matthew Smith and I love music and I love to teach it even more. Although my upbringing is in jazz and classical music, I am very fluent in latin, hiphop, rock, pop and more world music as well.
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Matthew S.

Canyon Country, CA 91387
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About Thomas K.

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Glendale, CA

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Want to take your music to the next level? Can't quite figure out why that band's chords sound so hip? Confused on how to write for an orchestra? Composition lessons with me can solve all of these problems! We'll create a curriculum uniquely tailored to your goals, covering subjects including harmony, voicings, melody, and orchestration, and focusing on the musical styles you're most interested in. Weekly assignments and personal interaction will ensure that your writing skills can only get better!

About Thomas
No one ever regrets learning an instrument… yet many grow old wishing they had taken music lessons! A talent they’ll be able to develop their entire life, your children will thank you for giving them the chance to learn music. And bonus points for you: after just a couple years, you’ll have free entertainment every Christmas!

Or maybe YOU’RE the one that wishes to learn! It is never too late to begin learning an instrument. Yes, I'm trying to get you to sign up for lessons, and yes I sincerely mean that. Everybody has the ability, and if you’re determined and interested, there’s nothing stopping us from achieving this very special goal. (Interested in learning to compose? Scroll to the bottom to learn more.)

Everybody learns differently, and everybody likes different things. Whether it’s improvising or singing alongside a song you
love or reading through a classical concerto, I’ll help prepare you or your child to tackle a wide variety of styles, without missing out on any of the basics that turn good players into phenomenal musicians. We all know it’s not about being the best. It’s about having fun, and playing music well is definitely fun.

Practice makes perfect! Learning an instrument helps build self-confidence and discipline. If your child’s bored, distracted, or just needs a constructive hobby, music is a great place to get them interested in something that will help them feel better about themselves, and the effects will be felt across everything else they do, through better studying habits to a more patient, diligent work ethic.

It’s also relaxing! Stressed about work? Need an escape? Maybe you want to sound like [insert piano player here]. Everybody has the power to learn an instrument. Seriously, there’s no such thing as “talent.” Just start lessons and get practicing! It really is that simple, and I’ll guide you through every step of the way.

I have a diverse background teaching students of all ages, from 3-year-olds to retirees alike, customizing what we learn to the individual student. We’ll learn how to read music just as easily as you read words; improvise and compose music of our own; and feel good playing any style: classical, jazz, rock, and all. My experience as a working musician in films, musical theater, and pop music, as well as classical concert music, allows me to appreciate and teach styles that many other instructors overlook, and I know full well that learning an instrument is not about becoming a professional; it’s about being able to connect to others or oneself through music… and also to just have fun! There’s no need to learn music we don’t like! It’s not about stuffing Beethoven into your kids’ ears… we just want to make music, be that Beethoven or Billy Joel.

Music lasts a lifetime. I know that’s a terrible cliché, but it’s true, and few other skills can claim that. I don’t want to sugarcoat it: it takes time to learn an instrument. It takes practice, and sometimes it’s frustrating. But the results are well worth it, and like a snowball rolling down a hill, the longer you do it, the faster you get… or something like that. There’s a legitimate analogy in there somewhere.

Now get out there and make some music! But start by signing up for lessons. I can’t wait to get started!

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“What’s that chord?” “Why does all my music sound the same?” “How do I fix this voicing?” “I just can’t get it out of my head!” …sound familiar? You’ve probably hit a rut. Or maybe you’re just starting out. Either way, you want your music to sound new, exciting, and to come out exactly how you hear it in your head. Yes… you CAN learn to compose music, you CAN learn to be more creative, and you CAN learn to share your sound with the world.

Film music, classical, jazz… whatever your interest, all music comes from the same place, and by learning a handful of basic concepts, you can apply these to whatever style you’re trying to write. Learning to emulate another musician involves knowing what they’re doing. Learning to create a groundbreaking sound requires that you know what’s already been done, and how to achieve it. Step by step, we’ll work our way there.

We’ll learn how to write cool, interesting chord progressions, how to write beautiful melodies, and how to voice chords. We’ll learn how to control the mood of our music, from making it sound relaxed to adding tension wherever we want. Maybe you’re trying to write for an orchestra, or just a small band. By learning the basics, you can then easily break away from what’s been done and come up with something truly new… the goal of any aspiring composer!
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Pinching M. May 24, 2017
· Flute · In home
Try to understand the student needs. Very good teach skill!
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TJ April 4, 2017
· Saxophone · Online
Extremely comfortable to knowledgeable to work with
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Tanya January 13, 2017
· Piano · In home
While it was only our first lesson, my son and I are looking forward to learning with Thomas. He had great patience and seemed to look for our areas to work on as well as our interests in music.
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Glendale, CA 91204
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About Rebecca L.

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Canyon Country, CA

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I can help tutor you in music theory ranging from beginning to advanced college level theory.

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Rebecca L. is a 2012 graduate of Cal State Fullerton University with a bachelors degree in music education. More recently Ms. L. completed the rigorous teaching program at California State University Fullerton to which she received her single subject teaching credential. She has had the distinct pleasure of being the student teacher at Irvine High and Venado Middle school for the 2013-14 school year. Ms. L. has been a part of numerous musical performances that have shaped the way she performs as well as teaches. Ms. L. has had the opportunity to perform at Staple Center with Andrea Boccelli, the Hollywood Bowl with the LA Philharmonic under the direction of John Williams, the Nokia Theater for the E3 video game conference premiering the music from Nintendo's newest Legend of Zelda game as well as participating in a TED talk with Eric Whit
acre's live virtual choir. Ms. L. was also very involved in her high school and college choirs that led her to journeys and performances outside of the classroom to places such as Italy, Austria, and Germany. Most recently she has worked as a full time teacher in San Diego where she taught show choir. Currently, Ms. L. has found a. Ew home in Santa Clarita, hopes to gain a full time teaching position in vocal music and gain a studio of students who share the same passion and drive for music.
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Rebecca L.

Rebecca L.

Canyon Country, CA 91387
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About Liza W.

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Van Nuys, CA
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As a composer and arranger, I have a deep understanding of music theory and enjoy teaching the intricate ways in which music works to my students. Depending on the needs of each student, I can cover such topics as Classical harmony, voice-leading, and musical analysis, Jazz theory, harmony, and composition, sight-singing, ear-training, and arranging. I look forward to exploring in-depth musical concepts with each of my students!

About Liza
Liza W. is a professional singer, harpist, and composer. As a soloist and ensemble musician, Liza brings a new dimension to the harp’s role in contemporary music, striving to expand the possibilities for this unique instrument in Jazz, Classical, Folk, Latin, and World music. She grew up immersed in the vibrant musical culture of the San Francisco Bay Area and now is based in Los Angeles. Liza began teaching in high school and loves to share her passion for music with her students. She teaches voice, harp, music theory and history, music composition and arranging, and world music genres including Celtic and Latin music. Liza hold a Master's in Music from USC Thornton School of Music and a Bachelor's in Music from IU Jacobs School of Music.
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Wendy September 28, 2017
· Harp · Online
Liza is extremely flexible and patient. She has tailored each lesson to my specific needs and has given me tools I needed to make me a better harp player. She chooses pieces that challenge me and has allowed me to chose from several different pieces/styles that I would enjoy learning, too. If I had to miss a lesson for some reason she went above-and-beyond to accommodate a make-up lesson. She has always been very encouraging and I have loved having her has my harp teacher! --Olivia (14 years old)
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Jesscia S. September 27, 2016
· Harp · In home
Liza is a wonderful and dedicated teacher. She his young, smart, patient and it is abvious to us that she cares and loves teaching harp. In the last few years, my daughter have had several teachers through out her piano and harp lessons, and I never seen her so excited before and after the her music lesson. She has been inspired and highly motivated from the first moment that she met Liza.
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Liza W.

Van Nuys, CA 91406
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About Ella R.

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Long Beach, CA

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This involves reading sheet music as well as understanding the structure of musical sound itself.

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Everyone can sing. It's just a matter of knowing how. I love sharing my passion for music and singing.
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Margaret September 7, 2017
· Opera Voice · In home
Instructor is very knowledgeable. She is also quite willing to adapt to one's ability level, which is really nice. Great instructor!!!
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Frannie September 7, 2017
· Singing · In studio
A+ experience! Ella is a gifted and patient teacher who will rock your world! Thanks for everything Ella!
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Ella August 4, 2017
· Singing · In home
My daughter really enjoys her voice lessons with Ella
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Long Beach, CA 90804
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About Kayvon E.

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It has always been my job to help my fellow peers out with their music theory or aural skills questions. Ever since my time at Illinois State University where I was convinced to become a composition major (because my professor saw how great I was in these courses), music theory and musicianship have just always come naturally to me. But I know that this is not the case for everyone. That is why I have decided to share my knowledge. All ages and skill levels are welcome, as lessons are catered to your needs.

About Kayvon
A highly-achieving pianist and composer, Kayvon has been studying music since the age of five. In addition to the piano, he is also proficient in playing percussion instruments and even more impressive is his vocal abilities. He has led multiple community theatre productions in various roles, both onstage and behind-the-scenes (i.e. music directing, accompanying, conducting the orchestra). Prior to his undergraduate studies, Kayvon was invited to perform with the top ensemble of the Illinois Music Educator’s Association District Jazz Band, the Western Illinois University Band Camp, and many other events both as a solo and/or as part of ensemble quite successfully. In addition to performing, he also has had a prominent conducting career as well. Beginning with choirs and musical theatre shows, Kayvon is now the assistant conductor of the n
ewly-formed Beverly Hills Youth Orchestra.

In his flourishing arranging and composing career, Kayvon has created arrangements for such groups as the Truman State University marching band, East Peoria Community High School band, Illinois State University Big Red Marching Machine, and the Illinois State University Concert Choir and Symphony Orchestra in a combined arrangement of Eric Whitacre’s “Glow” for the sold-out holiday concert. As for composition, one of his most successful ventures was when his orchestral work "Unsung Hero" had its world premiere at Carnegie Hall in New York. In May of 2016, Kayvon graduated from Illinois State University with his Bachelor’s degree in music composition, where he studied privately with Drs. Roy Magnuson, Carl Schimmel, and Joshua Keeling. Following his studies at Illinois State University, Kayvon attended the University of California at Los Angeles to pursue his lifelong dream of film scoring. Since then, he has completed successful internships at Hans Zimmer's studio Remote Control Productions and Heitor Pereira's studio Backyard Industries. Some of his favorite film score composers include Alexandre Desplat, James Newton Howard, Thomas Newton, and Mark Isham among many others.
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Kayvon E.

Glendale, CA 91207
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