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About Milton J.

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Corona, CA

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Hey there, everyone!

My name is Milton Carl Jackson II and I teach vocal, guitar, piano, and musical theatre lessons in the Inland Empire area.

I help those young, middle-aged, and not-as-young tap into their own soul through music so that they may help others find theirs as well. I believe that in order to entertain others with your voice or your instrument, one must first be able to entertain oneself - all the while having fun doing it! As a recent graduate of the University of California, Davis with a double major in Music History & Ethnomusicology and African-American & African Studies; a former co-host of the popular hip-hop radio show ATF Radio: All Things Fresh on KDVS 90.3 FM; a former Music Director of The Afterglow of UC Davis; and a recent graduate of American University with a Master's of Education in Business Education
, I have come in contact and learned from a vast amount of different musicians and educators. A classically-trained bass-baritone with roots in R&B, Soul, Rock, Pop, and Jazz, I have aspirations to help each and every student realize their full musical potential.

If you're looking for a teacher who will motivate and inspire you not only to learn your instrument of choice, but also how to perform it (whether on the big stage or in your living room for the family) and record it as well, I'm the perfect teacher for you. Learning to sing, play, and act beautifully doesn't have to be difficult -- we'll work on finding your voice or your style, all while having fun along the way!

I teach in-studio, in-home, and online lessons, so we can be flexible with the lesson type and schedule!

This is a perfect chance for you or your child who can't stop singing around the house or has dreams of shredding on the guitar or twinkling on the ivories to learn the fundamentals of music, start something new that keeps them or you focused, and have fun while doing it!

Feel free to contact me at show contact info for any questions and check out my student reviews and qualifications.

I look forward to meeting you and accompanying you or your child on your musical journey!!
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Jason January 10, 2018
· Singing · In home
So far, so good. It was an incredibly eye-opening experience! I'm super pumped for the next lesson!
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Caleb July 10, 2017
· Singing · Online
Milton is a very professional voice coach. He takes his time to explain everything and he knows what he is talking about!
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· Singing · Online
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Milton J.

Corona, CA 92879
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About Kay B.

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Cypress, CA
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I have been teaching Piano for 16 years now. I have taught students from age 2 1/2 - Adult. I was self-taught when I was a kid and begun taking formal lessons as a very young adult in my early twenties. I graduated from CSULB with my BA in Music with a concentration on Voice. As a Music major you spend a lot of time at the Piano. I became a member of MTAC in 2004 and a member of Sigma Alpha Iota in 1998. I have a great passion for Music and a bigger passion for the Piano and sharing the wonders of how beautiful the Piano really is.

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In my opinion, piano is the hardest instrument to learn but the most rewarding. If you can play piano you can pretty much play any instrument. I believe that a piano lesson should be fun. I'm a strict teacher with a smile and a giggle. I push my students to greatness while helping the
m love the piano through the good times and the bad. I'm a very encouraging but honest teacher. I compliment when warranted and I assess not so good performances in an honest but encouraging manner. I always let a student know that though their performance was not their best, they can and will improve. It's always only a matter of time. I use the Schaum and Nevin series depending on the student's personality. I teach Classical and Pop Music. It's important for a student to learn the Classics just as important as it is for them to play things they like. I find the happy balance between the two. I teach Beginning to Intermediate levels. I also like to incorporate Music theory into the lessons because understanding the mechanics of Music helps make playing and creating Music much easier to accomplish. A typical lesson will start off with a hand drill warm up. We then will move on to the lesson book and repertoire. Theory will be assigned as homework. I look it over at the beginning of the lesson and discuss it and answer any questions in the last five minutes of class. Baby lessons go as followed: 15 mins. of play time and 15 mins of Music theory. I like to keep structure in my lessons but sprinkle a little joy and laughter to keep the atmosphere light. It makes for a much more attentive Piano student.

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I expect the student to have a Piano or Keyboard of some sort. I may provide music on occasion.

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Classic and Pop
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Kay B.

Cypress, CA 90630
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About Cosima Y.

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Moreno Valley, CA

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My specialty is voice but I also teach acoustic guitar, ukulele and songwriting for the student who desires to develop their own style and create their own songs. Not only is it fun but the music education that comes with it is highly valuable for future musicians. (guitar and ukulele rentals available at an additional cost to the student)

For students who are just beginning their vocal journey or are busy performers who want to improve healthy technique and sing with more confidence; or perhaps a worship leader or backup singer is struggling with vocal strain, my goal is to help them find vocal freedom and maintain an amazing, healthy voice that will confidently meet their expectations, year after year, in every situation, every time.

As an active performing vocalist, musician, songwriter, and Christian worship artist and band lea
der, I understand the demands and challenges of a busy performance calendar, singing sets for back-to-back audiences day after day and week after week, and the need for a vocalist to find the vocal freedom that will produce confidence in their voice no matter what the venue.

The first steps to mastering vocal freedom are the building blocks for vocal success. Whether the student is a child or an adult, with little or no training, it is my goal to make singing an enjoyable and freeing experience.

Singing with complete vocal freedom and confidence can seem very elusive. Surprisingly, it's not as elusive as one might think! Vocal freedom is within reach and most students experience a measure of it within the few first lessons, some even gaining a full octave in their range in their first lessons. Using a systematic method incorporating the study of good vocal technique and working on songs the student loves to sing makes learning more fun and gives the student a greater appreciation of music as a whole while encouraging a passion for music that lasts a lifetime. I encourage and teach sight reading, and theory basics especially for those students who are considering music as a profession.

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Each student learns with material that will be divided into step-by-step doable lessons so they can be sure to learn the best techniques and material along the way. Sheet music and lesson books are provided at a minimal additional cost.

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My home-studio is bright and open and set up with an upright piano, full length mirror, music stand, iPad with appropriate applications, guitar, mandolin, ukulele, and computer for recording and playback. Parents are welcome to sit in on lessons or wait for their children in the adjacent room. I also may provide a follow-up email which includes any recordings and lesson notes from the current lesson.

As the student progresses I also provide a PA system to teach mic technique and build performance confidence.

I ask that students come prepared with the following items to their lessons.
~ Bottled water
~ A ring binder with paper for notes and a zippered pouch to keep tools and handouts.
~ A flash drive for recording transfers or they can use their phone or other recording device to record their lessons.
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I honestly love my students and love teaching! It's such a privilege to be a part of their musical journey. I specialize in church worship vocals, choir, a capella, show tunes and musical theater. I teach free, healthy vocal technique which enables each student to explore and focus on different styles of singing. I also love teaching young voices especially teens who want to have a good time learning to sing.

NOTE ~ My teaching style is more structured therefore some young children may not be ready to take lessons with me.
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Kim February 2, 2018
· Singing · In home
We love Mrs. Cosima. She is very nice, has good sense of humor, flexible, on time. My daughter has learned good singing techniques.
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Tabitha A. December 7, 2017
· Singing · In studio
This was the first lesson. There was a lot of education, but it seems important to understand the process. Looking forward to the next lesson.
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Kali B. October 12, 2016
· Singing · In studio
She made my daughter feel very comfortable. Looking forward to more classes.
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Cosima Y.

Cosima Y.

Moreno Valley, CA 92551
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About David E.

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Oceanside, CA

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A fun, friendly, and professional Music Instructor at your service for Guitar, Piano, Voice, Bass, & Drums! I have a BA degree from Florida Atlantic University in Music Performance for Classical/Flamenco/Jazz/Blues guitar and I've also performed on the Piano/Keyboards for a couple different bands too. Presently, going back to School to earn a Master's in Music. Love to play & teach pretty much all styles of music! It is always a pure joy & truly rewarding to see my music students grow and flourish in their musical abilities. I have been enjoying doing this now for 18 years- all ages & levels. I am also in a multi-dimensional rock project and am a recording artist-

I believe it's important to learn the rudiments of music to build a good foundation (scales, chord vocabulary, theory, song-composition, performing techniques), but I also
base the lessons on whatever the interests and strengths are for the student. For example, if you enjoy jazz more than classical we'll focus more on what you are particularly passionate about. I have also been a part of School of Rock Programs in which we provided performances for the students a la Jack Black. Please contact Takelessons to let the musical journey begin...
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Luke November 14, 2017
· Piano · In studio
He is a very kind person, very professional.
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Trish D. June 22, 2017
· Piano · In home
David was very helpful and I learned more about my Roland keyboard. He is very friendly and likeable. He was very patient with me as I haven't played for a long timed. I'm looking forward to my next lesson.
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Greg L. April 20, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
He's a great guitar teacher- very intuitive- really will help you along in your guitar journey. He became a friend as well. Thank you so much for your help.
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Oceanside, CA 92056
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About Nadia K.

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Walnut, CA
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Dance has played a strong role in my life for 30+ years. I am a professional dancer/choreographer. I love teaching both children and adults who have no rhythm at all but with a heart to dance, to dancers who are professionally trained. I enjoy bringing out of them laughter at themselves when they make a mistake, but instal in them when to take it seriously.

I bring very strong, professional and confident choreography to both all ages and levels of a dancer from beginners to advance. I have been working and teaching youth from ages 4 to adult for over 17 years. I additionally have training in tap, jazz, ballet, modern, african, lyrical, cheer tumbling, and competitive Hip Hop/Break choreography. I am as well a self motivator and a self discipline woman. It doesn’t stop there. I am a good candidate for a long term teacher and dancer with
so much loyalty and patience for students.

If you need choreography with formal events, such as weddings, bday parties, quinceaneras etc I'm your girl! I have a blast working those events.
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Bob M. December 16, 2017
· Dance · In home
Nadia is amazing! Very talented and a great teacher. She makes learning and dancing fun!
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Annette T. March 30, 2017
· Dance · In home
Amazing!!! I absolutely love my teacher Nadia!!! So gentle in her structions and pointers. Very attentive and focused. I feel comfortable to be learning and knowing it's ok when I lose counts or off beat. Recommend her to any beginners one on one lessons.
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Caren April 9, 2016
· Dance · In home
Nadia is by far the best dance instructor my daughter has ever had. Nadia has a great deal of knowledge and she cares about helping her students improve as dancers. She teaches them to have confidence and regardless of their current skills, she gives her students the tools they need to excel in dancing. I highly recommend her.
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Nadia K.

Chino Hills, CA 91709
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About Donna S.

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Aliso Viejo, CA
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Donna has 12 years experience programming HTML. She's built a dozen websites using SEO principles, Google Adsense, Facebook Ads and Amazon Affiliate Marketing. She's experienced on most social media platforms including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. She also is experienced using Hootsuite, MailChimp, Aweber, YouTube and Wordpress.

Donna is an Astrologer and Feng Shui expert with more than 25 years' experience. She's the author of 10 books including Feng Shui Form and the latest installment in her best-selling series, Chinese Astrology 2015 Year of the Wood Sheep. She's spoken at the Build Boston Architectural Conference, the Women of Wisdom Conference in Seattle and been on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory. She has clients all over the world and does consultations and classes by phone and Skype.
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Susan February 22, 2017
· Meditation · Online
I enjoyed my first lesson with Donna. She was informative and easy to talk to. I look forward to my next lesson! :)
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Sarah February 4, 2017
· Astrology · In studio
I am thankful I found this astrology teacher. She is amazing at showing a beginner student how planets, signs, and houses may interact and influence one another without using an overwhelming amount of words that you can't understand at beginner level. Her way of teaching is almost like a mini-reading where you can gain insight into both how astrology works and how your chart is influencing who you are/why you feel/do things. I highly recommend her for anyone who wants to learn astrology!
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Will Sikes July 3, 2016
· SEO · Online
Donna is awesome! She's very patient with someone such as myself who is not acquainted with SEO and Wordpress. She went above and beyond my expectations for a first session, her insight and advice was invaluable. She event spent some time researching my issues before we had our first meeting. I look forward to working with her more.
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Donna S.

Donna S.

Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
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$35 / 30-min

About Ted M.

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Huntington Beach, CA
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Ted has been a successful, working actor, director and acting teacher for over 25 years. He currently teaches acting at the highly regarded Seydways Acting Studios in Los Angeles. Ted's acting experience in theatre, television, film and commercials is extensive. Dozens of lead roles in plays including: The Cherry Orchard, Merchant of Venice and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. Over 25 roles on television: CSI, American Horror Story, Criminal Minds and Scorpion. Over 90 national commercials: Dockers, Dr. Scholl's, Chevy, Honda. He's directed dozens of plays, several to critical acclaim including: Recollect the Snow. He directed and was the subject of the multi-award winning documentary film: Nothing Without You about Burning Man. He's studied with top acting teachers his entire career including Richard Seyd, Rico Colantoni, and Michae
l Arndt. He's an encouraging, thoughtful, careful, creative and dynamic teacher who gets immediate results for his students.
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Ted M.

Ted M.

Huntington Beach, CA 92649
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$45 / 30-min

About Bella G.

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Lomita, CA
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Hi, there! My name is Bella and I can't wait to meet you! I love teaching and watching my students improve. I take pride in their accomplishments. No matter what the students level we can work together to have the journey be fun and productive. Beginner or Advanced ---I can help you develop your dance technique even further.Whether you are interested in social dancing or want to enter the competitive scene, I will be able to help[ you achieve your goals..
I am a teacher of multiple styles and dance competitively in International Latin. I have degrees in Dance Education and Stage Choreography.
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sasha K. June 5, 2016
· Latin Ballroom Dance · In studio
I started taking lessons with Bella 2 years ago. She takes the lessons seriously and expects the same of her students.The best thing for me was her flexibility with the learning process. She encourages everyone to make their own journey. By far the best latin ballroom teacher I've ever had. I've learned a lot from her.
Highly recommend Bella.
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Bella G.

Bella G.

Santa Ana, CA 92705
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About David A.

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Orange, CA
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I have taught at the Orange County School of the Arts, Saddleback College, The Young Americans College and served as the Executive Director of Arts for A chain of arts high schools. As an administrator I hired and trained all teachers and developed curriculum across all of the arts. From all of this experience I am really looking for students who are serious about getting awesome right away! I love students who are excited to receive the feedback that will change their abilities. I like to have fun and be intense! When you belt that bridge or final note that had been holding you back and I see the tears in your eyes, I AM LIVING THE DREAM!
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David A.

David A.

Orange, CA 92869
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$125 / 60-min

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SARAH S.

Huntington Beach, CA 92646
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