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About Erasmo R.

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Murrieta, CA

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With piano lessons, you can expect a well-paced relaxed environment yet, with a high expectation of professionalism. I would go at the pace and styled you'd like to learn.

About Erasmo
Hello Parents and Students,

I have been teaching and writing music professionally for ten years. My first introduction to music was just like some of you, starting in high school where I had a great teacher that encouraged me to play. This helped me so much, and I wouldn't be where I am at if it weren't for his help and positive encouragement. Now I try to encourage all of my students the same way.

After high school I went on and played percussion with various Orchestras such as the "œInland Valley Symphony Orchestra" and "Mt. San Jacinto Symphony Orchestra."

I have also been involved in the DCI (Drum Corps International) and Drumline community. I toured for four years and experienced performing with groups such as Yamato Drum and Bugle Corps 2002-2005, Black Knights 2006, and RCC marching and winter percussion under the direct
ion of Scott Johnson & Jeff Lee in 2002, and Sean Vega & Jim Wunderlich in 2003.

During my college years I started playing Jazz Vibraphone in my school'™s top big-band. This allowed me the opportunity to play Jazz Piano which I have performed and still study until this day. As a result, Jazz has now become one of my biggest passions.

As a Professional International Composer, I have had the privilege of writing and arranging for many marching bands, wind ensembles, and indoor percussion ensembles, including orchestrations, recordings and sequencing projects for media, and musical theatre in the United States and Japan.

I am also currently an adjudicator for the Southern California Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA) and a member of the Vic-Firth Education Team.

I hope that this gives you a close and personal Idea of where I come from and hope that I can help you get the most out of your experience with music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that in order for you to get the most out of our lessons it takes both, the Teacher'™s and Student'™s understanding and attention from both ends. sometimes giving all of the information in the world won't help if one there is no engagement and two if me as a teacher don't make sure that you understand. So I like to make sure to explain things in more than one way to make sure the student understands the concepts and what to practice.

I like to keep a relaxed atmosphere, but also making sure that there is a high level of professionalism and expectation of attentiveness from the student.

Of course, I also understand that this all depends on the age of the student, and as we meet and get to see what it is that you want to focus on and I will make sure to concentrate on that and help you reach your goals!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Mallets, Concert and Marching Sticks, Metronome, Practice pad, and Literature.
(Acoustic and Electric Piano are available depending on the time we arrange our lessons at the studio)
(Electric Drumset Available soon)

*** Travel Equipment ***
Mallets, Concert and Marching Sticks, Metronome, Practice pad, and Literature.
(I sometimes bring additional implements, such as hand drums, like a djembe and other accessories, depending on the focus of our lessons.)
I may be able to bring a Keyboard upon request

*** Specialties ***
I have been performing with Drum and bugle corps since 2002, (DCI)

Marching Rudimental, and Concert Percussion styles. All Percussion.
Orchestral, Marimba, Vibraphone, and Marching Percussion.

I specialize in the Jazz genre, and have performed Jazz piano.. which includes sight-reading and chord recognition in the Jazz idiom.
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Nancy B. January 29, 2017
· Piano · In home
Erasmo is amazing!!! He is so good with my Mom and so passionate about her leaning. He's wonderful!
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Shannon B. April 25, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Always look forward to the lesson. Very professional and fun. Shannon has enjoyed it!
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Bobbi March 30, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Punctual and friendly. My daughter really enjoyed herself and seems excited to learn.
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Erasmo R.

Erasmo R.

Murrieta, CA 92562
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About Jill Z.

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Huntington Beach, CA

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I adjust to the student's needs and we find what music they would like to play. I have them try different styles of music and also help them with solos they want to learn and familiar music like Mario Brothers, movie music, and popular music. I teach through Suzuki Piano Book 6. They also learn classical music, rag time, jazz, and other styles. Music should be fun. Lessons combine various musical activities to keep the student stimulated and focused.

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 Zor has been teaching music privately for over 15 years. Some of her students have won concerto competitions and music awards 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 where she also studied piano and also studied jazz improv and theory at Saddleback College.

She performs classical, pop music, and jazz
and plays reggae music, top hits, movie music, and rock for professional violin events.

Jill also is classically trained and plays in professional orchestras like Dana Point Symphony and Symphony Irvine.

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 books, Bastien method books, Snell, Hanon exercises, and scale books.

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 Sassmanshaus 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: 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! Jill can also teach pop, fiddle, and has studied jazz improv and jazz theory.

Private violin students can participate in the Certificate of Merit program testing in Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach.

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

Jill has 2 optional recitals per year for students.

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

She has helped students get into All State and All Southern Youth Orchestras, join a youth orchestra that toured Europe, helped students with Certificate of Merit, and auditions and acceptance into the Orange County High School of the Arts.

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 an 88 key weighted upright keyboard. Seating for parents in couches and chairs. Foot stool for shorter piano students. Music stand light. Music Stand for Violin & Viola Students.
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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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Ana March 4, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Very friendly and knowledgeable teacher!
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Jill Z.

Jill Z.

Huntington Beach, CA 92647
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About Shine H.

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Cerritos, CA

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Students will play different types of music, playing technique, and music theory. Students might participate some musical activities during the lesson.

About Shine
I am a passionate, energetic, and motivated piano instructor. In 2011, I graduated from City University of New York at Queens College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education. I am currently pursuing master degree in Music Education at CSU Long Beach.

***Teaching experiences***
I have taught in a private school in NYC as a general music teacher for K-8.
I am teaching at two elementary schools in West LA as a Orff music teacher for K-2.
I am lecturing at California State University at Long Beach (CSULB) for non-music major undergraduate students.
I am giving 1-on-1 piano lessons in the comfort of students' homes.

*** Lesson Details ***
I design appropriate lessons for different levels and ages of students in order to keep the lessons fun! We sing, play, and improvise during the piano lesson! My students are also enco
uraged to have recitals in the end of the year.

*** Specialties ***
Piano, music theory, sight-singing

***Learn More***
Facebook @SunShineMusicStudio

Website https://shineshwang.wixsite.com/sunshinemusicstudio/special-promotions
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Lili J. September 5, 2015
· Piano · In home
Shine is very soft spoken. My girls loves her and they got very excited when Friday comes.
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Shine H.

Shine H.

Cerritos, CA 90703
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About Calvin A.

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Costa Mesa, CA

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After the first lesson you will be making music, playing songs and be on your way to achieving your musical goals with the piano. Piano playing requires a knowledge of technique, chords, theory, as well as knowing songs all of which we will begin to learn in your first lesson.

Depending on your interests, I teach traditional piano where you learn how to read music as well as popular styles where you learn to play chords and popular songs from rote.

With 10+ years as a music teacher and professional musician I have picked up many approaches that will insure you are making the most progress and truly finding your musical voice.

About Calvin
As a teacher, I have worked with of many ages and backgrounds. One of my students, Skylar Stecker, has gone on to become a successful major label recording artist. I Recently had the opportunity to tour with her as her guitarist and pianist.

I have studied, performed and taught music for over 10 years. I hold a B.A. in music from USC. My professional experience as a musician and teacher has led me to many areas of the music business. I've worked as an apprentice to several established film composers and arrangers and have had the opportunity work with Lionel Hampton New York Big Band, Metropole Orchestra, Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Clayton Brothers, Rachelle Farrell, Michael Buble, and Charles Aznavour. I play guitar, piano, bass, ukulele, banjo as well as write music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am extremely patient and fi
rmly believe that anybody can learn to play music.

I try to keep my teaching philosophy simple. We figure out your musical goals and aspirations and carve out a path to achieving them. Along the way I will try to illuminate how the path to attaining your goals and aspirations is best taken at an enjoyable, relaxed pace and with a strong work ethic.

I always prepare for your lessons based on your interests, integrating relevant books and videos, creating handouts tailored to what we are studying in order to maintain clarity.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitars, Keyboards, Ukuleles, Microphones, Amplifiers, Recording Equipment

*** Specialties ***
Any style you prefer (Rock, Pop, Folk, Country, Jazz, Bluegrass, etc.)
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mike July 10, 2017
· Banjo · Online
What a great teacher - can wait for my next lesson!
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Vikki July 3, 2017
· Bass Guitar · Online
There are musicians who teach on the side, but Calvin is not only a talented musician, but has a real talent for teaching as well. He tailor-made the lessons towards the skills I wanted to develop. He knows how to direct the student to just the right practice method to improve on a particular skill. Calvin is patient, positive, and encouraging, and takes the time to explain anything the student does not understand. Overall, Calvin is a great music teacher who truly cares about his students learning their instrument. I wouldn't hesitate recommending Calvin to anyone.
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Susan G. June 6, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
So impressed with not only his talent and ability, but how he was able to help and encourage me with my own playing and arranging. Can't wait for our next lesson!
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Calvin A.

Calvin A.

Newport Beach, CA 92660
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About Patricia S.

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Laguna Hills, CA

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MTAC Certificate of Merit, Royal Conservatory Music Development Program. MTNA & CAPMT.

The most rewarding and, perhaps, the most accessible form of entertainment and enrichment - especially with the affordability of electronic keyboards - may be playing the piano.

If you've always wanted to learn, there's no time like the present. Keep in mind that the first lessons are sometimes the most challenging, as is the case with learning any new skill. But the fun soon follows! And the mental and physical coordination is good for your health and longevity. What's not to love about learning to play piano?

School-aged students might want to participate in educational exam and evaluation programs and recitals. Adults - here is something you can do at a party instead of singing karaoke. (Whew.)

I have taught piano and general music in private, school and conservatory settings for 40 years.

About Patricia
I teach voice technique - how to get the most from your voice with no strain. And I also teach piano. Students and parents of students who expect intelligent, formal, conventional vocal or piano lessons taught by a seasoned, congenial and caring teacher will enjoy working with me.

And with more than 10 years Meisner-based acting training (Charles Conrad Studio and Steve Eastin Studio) and performing in film, TV, onstage and doing professional voiceover work, I am amply equipped to coach actors in your craft.

The more you put into your lessons, the more you get back from me. I love teaching those individuals who have a passion for their music.

I've taught privately and in public and private schools and in college and conservatory settings, vocal directed and musical directed musical theatre productions and directed choirs since
1975. I've taught for the Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA), and I currently teach voice and piano for the Music Conservatory at Mission Viejo Christian Church.

My professional background includes chorus work with Los Angeles Music Center Opera, with Orange County’s Opera Pacific and with the Los Angeles Master Chorale. I'm a San Mateo County Vocal Competition prize winner, and former staff soloist for the televised Crystal Cathedral Hour of Power Choir and the pre-recorded annual Glories of Christmas and Easter.

I've sung pop and rock, classical and religious background music, recording in various studios, including Hollywood's Capital Records, and performing in live venues large and small.

I honed my skills with a number of exceptional musicians including, most notably, Natalie Limonick (formerly general director of the USC Opera Program, director of the UCLA Opera Workshop and Opera Guild of Southern California President), Esther Andreas (Metropolitan Opera), Naomi Farr (New York City Opera), Nina Hinson (San Francisco Opera), Marion Cooper, Dietrich Erbelding, Charles Ross Perlee (conductor, San Francisco Opera and Bremen Opera), and several other respected teachers and coaches.

I'm a member of a number of professional organizations, including the Music Teachers Association of California, Music Teachers National Association, and the California Association of Professional Music Teachers. And I'm a Founding Teacher for the Music Development Program of the Royal Conservatory of Music.

I've been awarded an Emmy® for writing, I'm a former TV Arts & Entertainment news host and producer, NPR radio station affiliate host, and a former columnist for The Los Angeles Daily News. I'm a working spoken voice-over talent and an active member of SAG-AFTRA and AGMA.

Affiliations: SAG-AFTRA, AGMA, MTAC, MTNA, CAPMT

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Teddy March 26, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Great teacher and experience! Lessons are personalized to your needs to help you make the most progress.
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Marissa J Hoffman May 20, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Patricia is the teacher you need if you are serious about taking your singing to the next level. Her classes are challenging but she is patient. With each of her classes I learn valuable skills and techniques that I will use forever. She is truly a pro at what she does. Plus, she's fun! I couldn't imagine a better vocal coach.
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Nathan Urone November 20, 2015
· Singing · In studio
Patricia has not only trained my daughter to sing correctly and read music wnderfully, she has also developed a strong relationship with her and given her self confidence and a love of music in general.
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Patricia S.

Laguna Hills, CA 92653
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I enjoy finding innovative ways to encourage and challenge my music students. I am very down-to-earth and all of my students and parents enjoy working with me. My own training and experiences have given me a very open-minded but direct approach to WHAT you should learn, and HOW FAST you should be able to progress each individual student. Just ask how my tailored style may assist you personally, or ask any questions that you may have.

About Matt
Please copy and paste this link to check out my YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQDiOf3WMT9wBlprkMVJd1Q

With most of my music students, we focus on several key areas to ensure success of overall technique and knowledge: WARM-UPs, SCALES, MUSIC THEORY, SIGHT-READING, and PREPARED SONGS. I tailor my approach and style to each student. Although I'm very detail-oriented with lessons and followup, I'm constantly in search of finding FUN ways to make sure the student is enjoying the journey. I also prefer to work on a song that the STUDENT wants to learn. It's music, and it should be fun!

Please review the rest of my profile and send me any questions or concerns you may have. If I don't think I can be the best teacher for you, I will gladly refer you to someone else on Takelessons or elsewhere.

I've been a lifel
ong musician, and love finding unique and fun ways to motivate my students. I've worked with most styles of music before, and arranged music for many as well, so I'm very comfortable helping students with a variety of disciplines and interests. My professional experience in both the civilian and military music communities has given me an open-minded yet direct approach to WHAT you should learn, and HOW to develop each student's individual skills. I'm able to teach most students to an advanced level.
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Ira L. February 18, 2017
· Drum · In home
Matt is a wonderful instructor! My son loves him & has improved so much In just 3 lessons! I highly recommend him!
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David January 12, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Matt is an intuitive teacher who is able to read the student and meet him at his level. He is clearly highly proficient as a musician himself and has a clear talent in sharing his expertise in a clear and practical way to the student.
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Kelsey December 16, 2016
· Piano · In home
My 7-year old daughter Kelsey has been receiving piano and vocal instruction from Matt for several months now. This is her first time taking music lessons, and already she is perfecting her first piano song, as well as a couple of songs she has learned to sing. In her own words, Kelsey describes Matt as a "kind and responsible teacher who always makes sure his students do the right thing, and is a great teacher." We are very thankful to have found Matt, and he is well qualified to teach a music student of any age.
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Matt S.

Oceanside, CA 92058
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About Patrick K.

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Orange, CA

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Whatever your goal is, I can help you get there! I have taught piano to people of all ages and learning styles over the past 5 years. I can help you or your loved one achieve their goals, I guarantee!

About Patrick
Hello and welcome to my profile! My name is Patrick and I look forward to working with you soon. I have been working with students of all age ranges, learning styles, and ambitions for over 5 years and I specialize in individualizing my teaching approach based on YOUR specific needs and desires. My ultimate goal as a teacher is to change peoples lives profoundly through music.

A little bit about me:
I am a classically trained musician who has studied at CSUF and performs Classical, Jazz, Popular, Musical theater, and Opera. I have performed in venues like the Hollywood Bowl, Segerstrom hall, Walt Disney concert hall and many more with artists like Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, John Williams, the LA philharmonic orchestra, and the Pacific Symphony, among others.
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Sam G. May 5, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Sam is really enjoying it. Patrick is very good with him.
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Sam G. May 5, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
So far so good. My son seems to enjoy it for the first time. Concerned he would lose interest but Patrick is terrific.
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Mari January 3, 2017
· Piano · In home
We love Patrick! And so do our girls!!!
He is very patient with them and finds creative ways to keep them engaged :)
The best part is that with only few lessons, our oldest daughter (7 years old) was able to perform jingle bells in front of the entire family on Christmas Eve. :)
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Patrick K.

Patrick K.

Orange, CA 92866
(19)
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About Russell S.

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If you are ready to take your music skills SERIOUSLY then stop wasting time and money on teachers who don't fully understand what they are teaching. My name is Russell Steedle and I have been playing guitar professionally for 19 years and engineering and producing records for over 10. I have worked with artists such as Sean Kingston, Lifehouse, Disney's Caityln Taylor Love and have composed music to 100s of your favorite TV shows! Want to learn to record? produce? write? dive into theory?

About Russell
Russell is an incredibly gifted music producer born in Las Vegas, NV. With his first #1 Billboard record (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rookie_(EP) ) under his belt and endorsements and support of major music companies such as Fender and Dean Markley strings, Russell has toured the US opening for National Artists playing for audiences as large as 30,000.

In 2012, Russ inked a deal with Mach 1 Music and learned the rough ropes of the music industry as a part of a team selling over 19 million records worldwide. Soon after, Russ joined TV/Filmsound powerhouse “Signature Tracks” (signature-tracks.com) through which he has produced over 550 songs for networks such as Disney, MTV, VH1, BET, ABC, NBC, CBS, and many many more

Currently Russ performs with and produces talent from all over the world including Grammy Award winning artists a
nd songwriters The Jackie Boyz, Chart Topping Artist Sean Kingston, Disney's Caitlyn Taylor Love and many more!
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Edward October 5, 2016
· Arrangement and Composition · Online
Russ is a truly exceptional individual and very knowledgeable in all aspects of music theory, production and the industry. Not only is he an great at what he does, but he can also relate and impart that knowledge onto others - a skill that is surprisingly rare among high-caliber performers. The price per lesson seems higher than average at first glance, but I feel that the speed and amount of knowledge you acquire per dollar is actually lower than that of other instructors. Really.

He is also active in the industry, so the skills he teaches are current.

I take lessons with Russ online through Skype for EDM production in FL Studio. He is always punctual and promptly communicates if anything comes up. His teaching style carefully balances the need to provide guidance, while allowing freedom for individual artistic development. Every week, I start a composition or track analysis project that applies what I've learned in previous lessons, and I will submit it to Russ to discuss things that went well and things to work on in the future. In this way, you are not just being lectured, but you are actually learning to collaborate with an exceptional musician. I've personally experienced how constant application and feedback facilitates rapid learning.

He certainly is a serious musician, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have a fun personality. He is engaging and inspirational.

I would, without reservation nor hesitation, highly recommend Russ to anyone who is interested in professional music production.
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Kirsten August 29, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Encouraged and inspired my daughter's love for music. Taught guitar lessons in a fun engaging way that also challenged her creativity. Great teacher!
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Josh August 29, 2016
· Music Recording · In studio
I really enjoy learning from Russ. He is good at relating things back to a way I can understand and improve. He is so versatile in his music knowledge that I can litterally throw anything his way that I'm curious about and he points me in the right direction. I've taken guitar, bass, vocal, and even production lessons from Russ. By far the most value I have ever got from an instructor. At first I was a little hesitant because of the higher price than others, but when you start noticing that you are learning stuff other teachers had no idea about, it makes sense to pay a little more for the quality you get out of his lessons. Thanks Russ for all the lessons over the last few years! Wouldn't be where I am today without ya!
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Russell S.

Buena Park, CA 90621
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Piano and Keys are a critical tool in my musical arsenal. Using basic keyboard skills and an understanding of harmony and theory, I use keys for everything in the studio from compositional arrangements to EDM synthesizer lines. I love teaching up to intermediate level piano students, and look forward to sharing my skills with you!

About Andrew
Hello!
My name is Andrew, and I am a passionate music producer and teacher living in beautiful San Clemente, CA. I have been living in, and teaching in this city for the past three years. In December 2014, I graduated from Musician's Institute with an Audio Engineering degree and Music Composition Certification; after completing these educational qualifications, I moved to San Clemente and began my own business, Custom Audio Solutions. Through this business I offer audio consultation and live sound services, and well as fully comprehensive music production and post production services.
I also offer private lessons on these subjects: Audio Engineering, Music Production, Guitar performance, Music Theory and composition and fundamental to intermediate piano skills & synthesis.
I have over 15 years of experience playing Guitar, Piano
and writing music. I was also an exemplary Product Specialist for Guitar Center for nearly 5 years while I completed school.
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Andrew F.

San Clemente, CA 92672
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I'm 19, but don't let it fool you and make you think that I'm not well-trained enough or not experienced enough! I have TONS of experience dealing with students of all ages, and I've taught for almost 5 years now going into my second year of college at UCLA. I major in Piano Performance! Piano is my passion, but teaching others and watching them grow and develop as a musician is just as rewarding as performing before a crowd. I'm sure I can help you with whatever needs you may have.

About Sean
Hi!

My name is Sean and I'm a sophomore at UCLA! I major in piano performance and economics, and currently seeking to apply the skills I've learned in my 15 years of learning from some of the world's greatest musicians and to spread that knowledge to my students. I'm young, but eager to prove that I am just as capable to teach if not more. I have had tons of experience teaching students of all ages, and have seen each of my students grow and develop as his/her own unique artist.

Awards that I have won are included below!
2006
• SYMF Chopin Mazurka 3rd place
• CAEA 1st place

2007
• SYMF Open Solo 1st place
• SYMF Chopin Etude 2nd place
• CAEA Silver Award Young Pianist Competition
• Royal School Grade completed at age 9

2008
• SYMF Chopin nocturne 1st place
• SYMF Chopin waltz 1st place
• SYMF Classical sonata 1st pl
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• Los Angeles Japanese American Association 1st place
• Long Beach Mozart Competition Winner

2009
• SYMF Baroque category 1st place
• Chinese American Association Platinum Award
• Long Beach Mozart Competition 1st place

2010
• MTAC Sonata and Sonatina Branch 1st place
• Scholarship Award at MTAC Los Angeles Branch 2nd place
• Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition 1st place
o Performed at Carnegie Hall as a result of winning this competition
• Teachers College and University 1st place
• UDACS Annual Young Musician 1st place
• Los Angeles Liszt International Piano Competition 1st place
• SYMF Chopin etude 1st place
• SYMF Chopin open solo 1st place
• SYMF Chopin open concerto 1st place

2011
• Glendale Piano competition honorable mention
• Los Angeles Young Pianist Competition 1st place
• MTAC Contemporary Piano Competition 1st place
• San Diego Salon Concert with Lang Lang
• Virginia Waring International Piano Competition Semi-finalist
• Mt. Sac solo piano concert

2012
• Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition Semi-finalist
• SYMF Chopin Long Works 1st place

2013
• Glendale Piano Competition 1st place
• SYMF Chopin Scherzo 1st place

2014
• Glendale Piano Competition 1st place
• Spotlight Awards semi-finalist
• Scholarship Awards 1st place
• SYMF Chopin Ballade 1st place
• MTAC Piano Competition 1st place
• San Jose International Piano Competition 2nd prize
• Participated in the Ettlingen International Piano Competition in Germany and was featured on the German weekly

2015
• Bach Festival finalist for Well-Tempered Clavier
• Invited to Cortina, Italy for a series of concerts and masterclasses

2016
• Invited to Perugia, Italy for a series of concerts
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