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About Summer L.

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Irvine, CA

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In music theory lessons, we will focus on theory that is relevant to the your musical interests, while simultaneously building a solid foundation in understanding universal music theory concepts.

We will relate these concepts to a variety of genres, whether that may be jazz, classical, pop, rock, or folk through analysis and musical examples.

We will also cover arrangement and composition techniques, harmonic and melodic analysis, ear training, and practical application.

About Summer
I believe that the most important aspect of teaching music is creating a positive and individualized learning environment while simultaneously teaching the necessary technique and knowledge to play your instrument both successfully and confidently.
 
Above all, our lessons will focus on reaching your musical potential. Curriculum for our lessons will draw from variety of methods and aspects of music education. These include music theory, ear training, sight-reading, body mapping, technique, improvisation skills, arranging, and composition. I place a great emphasis on learning repertoire from a variety of genres of music.
 
Students will have the opportunity to share what they learn at spring and winter recitals and to participate in group lessons on a regular basis.



I have 9 years of experience teaching piano, guitar, music th
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I am currently completing my Masters degree at University of California, Irvine. Prior to my graduate studies, I was based in New York City, where I ran a private music studio, performed throughout the city with my jazz quintet, and worked as an accompanist and musical director. I graduated with honors from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA with degrees in Performance and Audio Engineering.



Feel free to send me a message if you have any questions about lessons or scheduling!
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Nicole H. September 20, 2018
· Piano · Online
Summer is fantastic. We first had her as an in-home instructor in Manhattan, and now that she has moved to California, we have her online. She is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about music, has introduced the kids to different genres, music theory and online music practice apps to keep them engaged and learning. She gives them homework "listening assignments" to help develop their ear for music. The kids have grown so much in their love of music and their ability to sight-read, play and understand music theory.
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Bibiane (with Anna and Anselm) September 10, 2018
· Piano · In home
Summer is the best! She has taught my children throughout their middle childhood into their teens and during this time has introduced them to many different genres of music, which they have particularly enjoyed. In that way, she has not only taught them to play the piano excellently but has instilled in them an appreciation for music. In addition to being super-nice, patient, open-minded and very well organized, she challenges her students ceaselessly and pushes them to reach their potential. She employs a variety of different teaching methods and adjusts her style to the learner in front of her. My children related to her extremely well and they loved her.
Highly recommend
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Irma August 19, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Summer is one of the best piano teachers I ever had. She makes learning piano really fun and is extremely patient with her students. It was sometimes a challenge taking lessons on a consistent basis due to my work schedule but we always managed to get around it somehow. I really enjoyed my lessons and feel that they have helped improve my skills tremendously. Thanks Summer!!
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Summer L.

Summer L.

Irvine, CA 92612
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About Glenn S.

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Long Beach, CA
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BA in music composition. Theory, writing, arranging, electronic and digital techniques

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 Alex T.

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Corona, CA

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About Alex
I was trained abroad & has performed to a variety of audiences of different cultures. My experiences helped me understand music as a passion & as a genre. It has inspired me to share those skills & experiences to students, musicians, actors and music enthusiasts to professional artists. Some of my students have joined competitions, talent shows and reality shows; performed on tours as a professional; and entertained in front of family gatherings and in the shower! If you are preparing for a performance, an audition or you just want to learn music and have fun, then I may be able to help you...

*** Lesson Details ***
The most important lesson is to enjoy and have fun. I am a product oriented person, I use techniques and drills to achieve your goals. In 3 to 6 months you should already be seeing improvements that will make you skilled
and eager to learn more.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room with an upright piano and seating for parents or companions

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*** Specialties ***
Pop Music, Broadway, Classical, Rock, Jazz, Gospel, Contemporary to World Music
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Angie July 11, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Alex is very passionate about music and other art forms. He quickly evaluated my strengths and weaknesses. He seems to detect a certain talent that I possess and wants to help me reach my potential. I was very impressed.
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Elliott K. June 30, 2016
· Singing · In studio
He's Good.
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Anthony S. September 19, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Great with my kid very patient ...and fun!
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Alex T.

Alex T.

Corona, CA 92880
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About Ken P.

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Anaheim, CA
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Essential to learn for the working musician. Theory learned can be applied not only to your instrument of choice but for composing, recording or simply communicating with other musicians

About Ken
I've been playing music my whole life, but it was as a high school student when I was asked to teach the school's guitar class that I became a teacher. Since that time I've gone on to earn several awards, played in many different types of projects, and earned a Master's degree. You might have heard my music before too if you've ever listened to a podcast, TV commercials, Indy films, or played any video games. My most successful student thus far however, would have to be Jacob Tilley from the rock band Young the Giant.

Not everybody wants to be a rock star though, and there are many aspects to the world of music. During the course of my musical adventure I've played with orchestras, been in rock, bluegrass, reggae, pop and blues bands, classical ensembles and more. I have also had the opportunity to play for celebrities and diploma
ts. Basically I've done a little of everything and I believe that it is this diversity of experiences that makes me a better teacher. Having worked in so many settings gives me a broad understanding that I use to help you reach whatever goals you might have.

I have also become adept at writing, recording and producing music, studying under Frank Wright of the legendary rock band Chicago. If you have an interest in creating and/or recording music I can definitely help you get there! Check out my chill/downtempo instrumental album 'Night Music'.

*** Lesson Details ***
I can teach you about playing several different instruments, how to write, how to record your own music, and how to get your music career off the ground! As a youth, I was largely self-taught so my inspiration was always to have fun. I never had to deal with the 'homework' style of practicing so I've naturally incorporated that approach to my lessons. My goal is to keep you (the student) inspired and having fun. When that happens you will become good at your instrument and feel as though you 'played' your way to success! As your teacher I will also provide almost all of the materials for free and show you great free apps to help you along with your learning and keep costs to a minimum! I know we will have fun together while you learn and I look forward to meeting you!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitars, piano/keyboard, drums, bass, banjo, mandolin, ukulele and a ProTools recording studio.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide the learning materials but I expect the student to have their own instrument, be that a guitar, drum set, etc.

*** Specialties ***
Commercial music is definitely my specialty, but I am also capable of doing various styles such as classical, bluegrass, traditional/folk. Just focus on what you want to learn and I can teach it to you.
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Cori December 31, 2017
· Banjo · In home
I have been taking banjo lessons from Ken for 5 months. As an adult learner, I was concerned about finding the right person to take lessons from, and Ken has been wonderful. He paces our lessons well so I don't feel too overwhelmed. He is proficient in the banjo and other instruments so I'm getting well-balanced instruction. He is also very flexible with my schedule and adapts our lessons based on my progress. Ken really does deserve all of these 5-star recommendations.
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Jeff March 5, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
Ken is a great instructor. Easy to talk to. Provides excellent instruction. Perfect for a beginner.
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Jim July 31, 2016
· Ukulele · In studio
Ken makes learning fun. He's very encouraging. I can't wait for my second lesson.
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Ken P.

Ken P.

Anaheim, CA 92808
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About Tina W.

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Chino Hills, CA

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Music Theory instruction for Certificate of Merit and AP Music Theory

About Tina
I've dedicated my life to music education and performance, and love sharing music with everyone I meet! I specialize in classical piano performance and music theory, and incorporate both into all my lessons. My students are typically able to read music, markings, and basic rhythms within the first month of lessons with me.
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Tina W.

Tina W.

Chino Hills, CA 91709
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About Lara H.

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Oceanside, CA
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I teach music theory through a very hands-on approach, allowing the student to learn and write notes as we go, instead of relying solely on lecture and memorization. Every student learns differently, and I work hard to make this essential part of musicianship rewarding and fun.

About Lara
I began playing violin 20 years ago and love sharing musical education with others. I continue to study privately and currently perform with a college symphony orchestra. I am a registered Suzuki instructor through the Suzuki Association of the Americas and combine it with traditional methods to best accommodate every student. I am also happy to assist with school or orchestra music, as well as preparation for festivals and auditions. Lessons are available in 30, 45 and 60 minute increments, and can be held at my home studio.

My goal is to make learning to play violin a fun and fulfilling part of you or your child's life!
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Mike September 17, 2017
· Violin · In studio
thought the lessons went really well. Lara has a nice manner and quickly established a nice rapport with Lina
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Marisa F. September 14, 2017
· Cello · In home
My daughter just finished her first 5 lessons with Lara and she couldn't be happier! Lara is very thorough, patient, kind, and really knows what she is doing! Highly recommend her!
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Dan K. August 29, 2017
· Cello · In home
Lara is phenomenal with our 12 year old son.
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Lara H.

Lara H.

Oceanside, CA 92056
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About Joe S.

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Aliso Viejo, CA

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Music theory has to start from the basics...and I working with people at their own pace. I try to show students what they need to learn both independent of their instrument, plus with the instrument.

About Joe
I absolutely love teaching music! After over 20 years of teaching, performing, writing, and recording in all styles/genres, it continues to be a great adventure. It is a joy to pass this on to others...especially seeing my students that never touched the instrument going on to be very proficient players.

I take teaching seriously, but definitely try to make it enjoyable for the student. I studied classical guitar in college, but was playing everything from Van Halen to Jazz to Country & Blues before that. Currently, I'd consider myself a flat out musical mutt...enjoying anything and everything. The love of guitar has also expanded to a multitude of instruments that I record, gig, & teach with.
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Grant July 30, 2018
· Ukulele · In home
Terrific instructor...just what i was looking for.
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Beth January 4, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Joe is a great teacher for my son - patient, enthusiastic and adapts the music for learning to my son's interest. Can't recommend enough - great!
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Laurie September 13, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Great first lesson. Very professional and impressed with Joe's knowledge and teaching skills.
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Joe S.

Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
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About Kristapor N.

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Anaheim, CA

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As an instrumentalist and composer, I have the privilege of an active and successful career in Music, performing across the country with world-class artists, as well as writing music for some of the most sought after international performers.

I believe Music is, most importantly, a tool for communication. As a teacher, I strive to show students how to use this tool on their path towards clearer, more confident self-expression, and in so doing, further myself along the same path.

About Kristapor
I believe Music is, most importantly, a tool for communication. As a teacher, my goal is to show students how to use this tool on their path towards clearer, more confident self-expression, and in so doing, further myself along the same path.

As an instrumentalist and composer, I have the privilege of an active and successful career in Music, performing across the country as well as internationally with world-class artists, and writing music for some of the most sought after performers in the country.
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Jacob J. April 6, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Very informative, positive, and patient teacher.
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Chelsy August 10, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Kristapor is a wonderful teacher. He not only taught my son violin, but also inspired him to be a better violinist. He spent hours with my son to come up with a high standard audition tape for applying a summer music camp. My son got accepted & had a great time learning music at the camp. Thank you, Kristapor!!!!
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Anne April 6, 2016
· Violin · In studio
I took violin lessons from Kris for nearly two years, until moving out of LA. He is an extremely talented musician and teacher. During these lessons, my violin technique and musical expression both considerably improved. Kris is very patient, and able to teach multiple methods to successfully master various violin techniques (such as vibrato). Through implementing improvisation into the lessons, Kris can also bring out the student's musical creativity and confidence, which not only helps aspiring composers, but guides violin students in adding expression to the music they're currently learning. He encourages students to challenge themselves, but effectively teaches all of the techniques necessary to accomplish their musical goals.

He is also a brilliant composer, and is an excellent composition teacher as well! Although my lessons were mostly focused on violin, he provided much useful advice for improving my compositions for orchestra and symphonic band as well.

I highly recommend Kris as an instructor for music students of any proficiency level!
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Kristapor N.

Anaheim, CA 92807
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About Alec W.

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Greetings! Alec is the Piano Teacher for Kids in Orange County. Along with tutoring piano, he is also a music composer for film, video-games, and multi-media. With over 15 years of piano-playing experience, and 5 years of teaching, Alec is happy and excited to achieve whatever your child's goals are in playing the piano.

Within the first few lessons, you or your child will be able to:
(1) Understand the Foundations of the Piano
(2) Effectively Read Notes
(3) Recognize Patterns in Music
(4) Use Both Hands Fluidly Within a Song

Alec's foremost philosophy in teaching piano is following the student's goals and dreams, not his own. While curriculum work is certainly vital, it is far more important that his students receive help they need in accomplishing their biggest aspirations in music. Whether your child wants to be a music composer, rock-star, or just playing for their loved ones, Alec can bring them closer to that goal.

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Alec specializes in personalized piano tutoring for kids. He has instructed children from ages 5-17 and also teaches adult beginners as well.

As a piano instructor and music composer based in South Orange County, Alec has accumulated a wealth of knowledge in both classical and contemporary music and how it's constructed. For over 15 years, he has been an accomplished pianist and music composer.

Alec's promise to you is to deliver lessons that are of exceptional quality and student focused!

- 1-Hour Lessons include ear training! In ear training, we develop our inner ear, the ability to accurately hear and identify musical elements in our head while reading, listening to, and thinking about music. This form of training is guaranteed to help your child learn music faster and anticipate various musical elements.

- You ha
ve the choice of receiving in-home piano lessons, or at Alec's home studio. Should you chose Alec's studio, students will have the opportunity to utilize Alec's hardware and software he uses to compose professional music. His students can easily record themselves playing and in real-time, analyze any mistakes they made

- Learn all the styles of piano; from classical, to jazz, to contemporary and beyond!

- An adult beginner and want to learn? Feel free to join in too!

- Alec combines both the Suzuki Method, and the Faber Method in his teaching. The Suzuki Method focuses on memory, repetition, and ear training while the Faber Method uses helpful visuals to promote learning.

Need your child to start piano lessons soon? Contact Alec for more information and he will get back to you within 24 hours.
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Vern September 7, 2018
· Piano · In home
From the first time Alec met my grandson he was understanding, encouraging, extremely patient and knowledgeable. The next lesson assignments were clearly written out with the expectation that time would be allowed for daily practice.

Thank you, Alec
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Sarah Jones April 10, 2018
· Songwriting · In home
I got so much value for my daughter's piano lessons. I was surprised when she played her own songs to me. On top of that, Alec was very on top of things when it came to lesson planning, homework, and attendance. If you are new to piano, I would recommend signing up with Alec.
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David April 10, 2018
· Piano · In home
As the parent of my child who took lessons, Alec is by far one of the most organized tutors around. My daughter got through her first book at lightening pace and we are excited to continue taking lessons.
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Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
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The principles of melody, harmony, counterpoint, and form can be applied to any style of music. Learn how these concepts apply to all styles, including classical music, jazz, rock n roll, heavy metal, hip hop and even non western traditions. I am especially expert on the relationship between music theory and the guitar.

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Signal Hill, CA 90755
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