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Having studied guitar in Spain with masters of the craft, Francesca has a personal passion for classical and Spanish guitar. The first instrument Francesca seriously studied was the classical guitar, starting at age 5. It is her first language.

About Francesca
Alumnae of CSULAs music department with an emphasis in classical voice and guitar, Francesca's skills cover a vast ocean of information. With a background and formal education in opera and "the classics", Francesca is equally comfortable on stage at The House of Blues as she is at Disney Hall.

Francesca started teaching music at the early age of 16 with great success. She has honed her skills both in the private studio and in the classroom. Having served as musical faculty the California Music Academy, Cornelia Connelly High School, Pasadena Saturday Music Conservatory, and East Los Angeles College, having led choirs of 70+ high school girls and sung before sold out audiences of thousands of screaming fans, having toured 4 continents singing both classical repertoire and performing in commercial rock bands, having sung for president
s and princes, Francesca has high expectations and is skilled in helping her students reach their goals.

Now performing in the Donald Brinager Singers, a studio choir for-hire, Francesca can often be seen performing with orchestras throughout Southern California. While mentoring through her award-winning teaching studio, Francesca also manages to perform several showcases featuring her original music with her amazing back-up ensemble.

With a constant effort to maintain a professional studio learning environment and with a focus on reading skills and solid technique, Francesca's students enjoy lessons packed with information and light-heartedness. The one on one experience you will have the moment you walk thru the door promises to be unmatched. Francesca's students can be seen on major television networks, radio stations and performing around town in various projects. With a passion to give back, Francesca reserves a small number of spots in her schedule for the youngsters and seniors of her community. She teaches beginning through advanced guitar, piano, and voice.

*** Lesson Details ***
Voice and Instrument Coaching

~Develop skills and techniques for top notch practice and performance
~Study theory, composition, ear training, arranging, improvisation
~Discover music technology and performance techniques
~Study melody, harmony, song form and lyric writing

Artist Development

~Voice and Instrument Coaching
~Song Writing and Selection
~Demo Recording
~Image / Art / Photography Consulting
~Finding your signature sound and style
~Live Performance 101
~Branding / Career Planning and Strategy
~Song Analysis and Consulting
~Booking gigs

A Note From Francesca:

My official bio is listed below, but perhaps more important than the things I have done are the things that I am doing. I am now approaching my 15th year of teaching. I love to teach! I carry a minimum of 30 students, but have carried more then 80 at one time, and have never once complained. My waiting list cycles based on my performance schedule and recording schedule. If you don't see a time that works for you, feel free to reach out and see if we can find something that works, as an artist, my schedule can be quite full but also quite flexible. I love my students, I get to do what I love all day and I am sure it shows. I have a blast discovering new ways to experience music with "my kids." I call all of my students kids even though most of my studio consists of young adults. I try to have a young air in my classes at all times as it just makes the process so much more fun for everyone.

I've seen it all in through years: kids, adults, beginners and advanced students. I am personally very interested in being the most versatile musician possible and I love being able to share my knowledge with my students. We can study anything and everything from Classical Guitar to Electric Guitar Shredding; from Opera to Kelly Clarkson; from Tchaikovsky to Little Richard! I love getting students to dabble in little bits of all genres, often getting even the most skeptical student singing and playing comfortably in a matter of just a few weeks. My students will be able to read music for their favorite tunes and understand how to improvise from the start. Once you come in, you'll be hooked. You will have fun because I am having fun!

I encourage all of my students to share their favorite music with me. It affords me the opportunity to learn more about what they desire to learn and what types of music they enjoy. We will learn with your music often. After all, isn't that why you are coming to see me? I will introduce you to new sounds and styles, but will foster your love for music, and do my best to never force my music on students. I feel I learn as much from my students when I truly listen to them and their music as they do from me.

On site lessons are available for artists recording demos, rehearsing bands and setting up their own studios.

On a side note, I love seeing students at my shows! I am a full time musician and can be seen playing with my band, in my own solo project and in various choral settings. Check out my website and see what I do outside of the classroom. My students get a kick out of the idea that they can buy a CD with their teachers face on it, and to be honest, so do I. Many of my students have their own music out on iTunes and YouTube. Many more can be seen performing around town in solo projects and professional ensembles.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Pianos, Guitars, Basses, Amps, Computer, Monitors, Music, Recording Software, Drum Kit, Studio and Performance Mics, everything we need! Its like Disneyland for musicians!

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Francesca on Artist Development:

I feel obligated to share my joys and experiences-

Not many people have been blessed to sing alongside as many renowned musicians as I have - I've been lucky to be welcomed in both the commercial and classical worlds and they have both afforded me venues to use my voice and express the most vital corners of my soul. To find your purpose through art is one of the greatest gifts you can receive. And to be able to do that in front of thousands of music lovers live or over the airwaves is a surreal experience.

It'€™s funny, my classical cronies are impressed to hear my stories of packed rock gigs at the House Blues and national touring festivals like Warped Tour and my rock buddies ask to hear my stories of Disney Hall performances with the LA Phil. To be honest, Iâ'm impressed to be there too. Sometimes, I look around and think, how did I get here? How did I get lucky enough to live the dream, to find a home in music?

I've been luckier than most. I've had GREAT mentors who have always pushed me forward and shared their wisdom freely with me. Part of the classical musician's central goal is to educate. That'€™s a value I carry into my rock projects and production studio. Work smarter, not harder. Take the needed skills, create art, teach others how to do the same thing, move forward together to live happier, more productive lives filled with purpose.

I have come to be known as one of the top Musical Mentors & Artist Development Experts on the west coast. A behind the scenes- diva of dream building with the skills to push artists to the next level- the ace up the sleeve of many of today working talents. In my award winning studio, I spend time coaching the young voices and faces of today hottest TV shows seen on ABC, Nickelodeon, and the Disney Channel, but I still have a soft spot for up and comers in the indie music world. Having written and performed my own music for decades, I not only lived the collegiate experience of the elite classical performer singing for presidents and world leaders, but also the dingy road of the rock musician who'€™s showed one night to a packed stadium full of fans and showed up another, thousands of miles from home to play to a coffee shop of 5 people. Music has brought me to nearly every continent and introduced me to some of the most talented and diverse people you can imagine. I feel compelled to share these experiences with those around me so that they my develop the vision, the salt and the skills to persevere.

I am, above all, an artist & creator- living the dream, helping people- like you find their voice and write their songs. Turning raw emotion into art.

Each one of us has a story, our truth. Being an artist is about finding ourselves, our song and expressing it publicly so that we may heal, so that we may grow.

It doesn't take a ton of experience to write a hit song. It doesn't take a fancy education or a family line of talent (though it can help). We can all find our voice, our place in the spotlight, what it takes is the courage to take the next step forward.

You've already had the genius to be in the right place at the right time. Here. If you've made it this far, chances are you are smart enough, hungry enough and ready to take the plunge.

Inside my studio you will find the help you seek. I can impart you with proven techniques to strengthen your sound, develop your tone through strong technique, develop strategies to share your art and develop a plan to turn pipe dreams into reality. Some desire to sing on the worlds brightest stages, others strive to lead others through teaching themselves, and some wish for nothing more than to experience music in a confident manner among friends. All can be lead on this personal journey of the artistic soul and all can make their offering to the musical gods. There is a place at the table for anyone seeking an answer.
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Ashleigh April 22, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Francesca is a wealth of knowledge and has an ease in her instruction that comforts her students. She has an engaging style with children’s lessons and is encouraging and positive in her comments while still being constructive to her students. I also have taken lessons and usually bring my daughter because she adores Frannie and loves her dogs at the studio.
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Bahar April 8, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Francesca is great. She has a way of figuring out the right pace and tactics for each person based on their individual goals. Lots of knowledge and lots of tools to take home each time!
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Mary D. March 27, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Francesca put me at ease immediately. Looking forward to next week. Love her puppies.
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Francesca V.

Francesca V.

Long Beach, CA 90814
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About Daniel M.

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Newhall, CA

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Refined and more studious, the classical guitar brings romance and class to any player.

About Daniel
Daniel is more than just a guitar teacher, his intimate kowledge of an array of instruments, makes his approach to teaching Guitar more immersive to the student without confusing them. His approach is simple and effective, allowing the student to feel comfortable in their abilities and safe in the teaching environment. Daniel’s passion for teaching as well as learning instruments allows him to connect to the student and get them excited to learn. Daniel’s background in various musical groups and organizations allows him to understand how students may feel the first day of teaching and how to relate the music to their age and goals. Daniel also understand the importance of breaks and stretching between practicing and lessons. Daniel not only teaches students how to play their pieces but how to properly relax hands and take mental breaks th
roughout the lessons and during practice. Daniel’s motto isn’t just to teach Guitar but to really involve the student in all aspects of learning guitar, getting the student to engage in the pieces, teaching them how to properly warm up before and after pieces, and how to stretch and approach difficult pieces by allowing mental breaks and keeping the environment light and fun.
Daniel has played saxophone from 7 th grade until college.
Daniel was in drum corps for 5 years, 1 year on trumpet, 4 years on euphonium.
Daniel taught himself both drum set and guitar during high school.
Daniel went to CSUN to major in Classical Guitar.
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Magdalena V. May 25, 2017
· Guitar · Online
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Alexander V. May 11, 2017
· Guitar · Online
My son really looks forward to his lesson with Daniel. The method Daniel uses is working. My son is taking on-line lessons and in just a few lessons he's learned a lot. Daniel is very understanding and explain things clearly.
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Destiny January 31, 2017
· Guitar · Online
Daniel is an excellent teacher! Very proffesional, skilled and patient.. He's been teaching my son guitar lessons for about 4 months now and we couldn't be happier with the results!
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Daniel M.

Newhall, CA 91321
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About Paul N.

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Reseda, CA
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Having studied with teacher's who received their doctoral and master's degrees from USC, my background in classical guitar has prepared me to teach nylon string guitar in a variety of styles. In addition to teaching repertoire, I also have extensive experience playing/teaching Brazilian bossa nova, samba and choro.

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Graduate of California State University Northridge's illustrious Jazz Studies program, Paul has studied various styles of guitar for many years. He has taught in and around the Los Angeles area while simultaneously remaining active as a performer.
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Cornelius October 26, 2017
· Music Theory · In home
I appreciate Paul's approach to teaching music theory. Paul's talents , patience and encouraging teaching-personality enhances my interest in learning. Thank you.
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carrie October 19, 2017
· Ukulele · Online
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May A. January 18, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Paul is an excellent teacher ,very professional and know how to deal with youth and let them love music and guitar ,my granddaughter enjoyed his lessons and I ll not hesitate to recommend him to my friends and family .
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Paul N.

Reseda, CA 91335
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About Amir M.

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Seal Beach, CA
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I have official performing degree as classical guitar performer from Trinity collage of London. and been helping many students for their guitar exam grades. form grade initial to 8. covering the practical and theory, Aural training required for the exams.

About Amir
I grew up in a family of musicians and at a very young age developed an avid interest in Playing guitar, which have influenced me ever since. started learning guitar with my father who is a professional guitar teacher as well. at 2006 traveled to Spain to study with world known Flamenco Masters. in 2010 I received my Licentiate (LTCL) from Trinity Collage of London as a classical guitar performer. I have been teaching teaching as a full time guitar teacher from the age 18. both in private lessons and different music schools and also in after school activities. I teach one on one and in group of 2 and 3 from the age of 7 to adults. I have prepared many students for grade guitar exams. and As a professional flamenco guitarist I have performed internationally at various concert halls, ballrooms and clubs, collaborating with many projects, da
nce groups and bands in different music genres. I am very passionate about my career and always open to new ideas and sharing my music with the world.
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Adrian N. February 6, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Amir is a very good guitar teacher. I play classical guitar and I wanted to also learn Flamenco. Amir is specialized in this art-form and passionate about it. He has a lot of patience, and explains the concepts clearly. He also looks carefully at every aspect of my playing, pin-pointing and correcting errors I make that otherwise I would not be aware of. He is always ready to answer questions and insists that I play that piece of music very well, before going further. After only a few weeks with Amir my flamenco started to sound very well, and I am confident that soon I will play at the speed and accuracy that this music form demands. I look forward to many more great lessons with Amir.
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Amir M.

Seal Beach, CA 90740
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About Benjamin E.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I took classical guitar lessons for four years before pursuing it in college and I have years worth of classical guitar arrangements for a variety of skill levels. For any student eager to see the amazing music that a single guitarist can create classical guitar is a great place to start.

About Benjamin
Hello aspiring guitarists! My name is Ben. I am a musician hailing from Central Ohio seeking to share my knowledge of the guitar and music theory with anyone and everyone eager to learn. I have taught guitar lessons for the last five years and I have taken guitar lessons myself for the past 9 years. In 2012 I attended Capital University in Columbus, Ohio on a scholarship for classical guitar. Following my time at Capital I lived in Columbus writing music and playing guitar for several local groups while also teaching private guitar lessons. I currently play bass guitar in the Los Angeles based Moonshine Wonderland and I recently finished my first solo EP, which I recorded independently from my own home studio. My teaching style is very adaptive and fluid, focusing on the individual needs and goals of my students. From learning your favori
te songs on the guitar to mastering your major and minor scales, together we will both strive to become the best guitarist we can be.
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Sarah D. March 2, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Ben is a great guitar teacher- the lessons are fun and informative and he keeps the boys engaged throughout. They are progressing every week.
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Halle July 8, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Excellent. Friendly and informative
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Kayla March 9, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
My favorite weekend activity is bass guitar lessons with Ben--he's been a huge key to where I stand now with my skills. Right from the first lesson, you're already given homework and expectations to meet and ONLY because Ben absolutely does his best to help and support your goals and what you intend to accomplish in the future. He wants you to succeed. :)
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Benjamin E.

Los Angeles, CA 90066
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About Chris V.

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Chatsworth, CA

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I want to have you walking out of the lesson happy, and excited to go home and practice some new material. With me you'll learn about guitar, but you'll also learn about music and how playing can help you in life (perseverance, basic math foundations, etc.)

About Chris
I am a jazz guitarist based out of beautiful Los Angeles, California. I received and Associate of Arts degree in Music in 2015, and have been pursuing a bachelors in Jazz Studies since then.

While in community college I really grew into my own as a musician and discovered that I love jazz. Not only the music, but the history of how it formed as well as the differences from classical music. When at school I stood out from the other guitarists because I was hungry to learn and that attitude will hopefully follow me for the rest of my life.

Thats what I'd hope to pass on the students; that knowledge, be it music, english, math, physiology, etc. is the key to everything. And that it doesn't have to be all stuffy and boring! I tailor my lessons to the student whether its guitar, piano, ukulele, etc. and my main objective is to learn and
have fun, so the learning is reinforced with good natured thoughts. This will set up the student to actually want to practice!

As a musician I've been in a couple of groups, and starting to get a jazz group together recently. I also try to utilize the computer to produce when possible so I can learn about that aspect of music. My passion is improvisation/composition, because I hope to one day leave songs behind that people can play forever and be influenced by them like so many have influenced me.
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Komal December 1, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Mr. Chris is really pleasant and fun teacher. He was on time and made his first lesson very interesting. He reviewed my son patiently for whatever he has learned before and then introduced him to some new notes. He didn’t rush with the time and made sure my son is comfortable with him.
Looking forward to the next class with him.👍🏻
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Andrew August 16, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Chris has been an excellent teacher and has done a fantastic job of helping me not only improve my playing ability, but also improve my understanding of music theory. He is clearly very educated in all styles of music and he had great lesson plans that were specifically tailored for my level of playing. Lastly, he does a fantastic job of making sure I'm having fun while learning music.
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lisa Schuyler February 20, 2017
· Guitar ·
My son has never played a musical instrument so I wasn't sure how this would go, but Christopher has really connected with him. He came home and actually practiced during the week! And Christopher always comes out after the lesson and gives me a little update which matters to me as a mom. I also appreciate how he doesn't just boot him out the door at the end of the lesson. AND my son is actually talking about music! Definitely learning more than just some chords. Good instructor who obviously loves and respects music. :)
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Chris V.

Chatsworth, CA 91311
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About Anthony C.

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Long Beach, CA
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Guitar lessons with me are designed to help students achieve their musical goals. I place high importance on building student self confidence, through improvisation, composition, and technique building exercises. I also place high importance on the use of technology in lessons (beat making, recording techniques, amplifier/effect pedal usage, etc.)

About Anthony
Anthony has a great passion for working with students and helping them to succeed in achieving their own musical goals. As a teacher, Anthony’s primary motivation is to foster creativity, confidence, and independence in his students. Through a focus on musicianship, music theory, and technique, Anthony hopes to cultivate student’s abilities to learn and comprehend music quickly and efficiently. Over the course of several lessons, students will ideally develop methods to create music ways that reflect their personal voices. Anthony encourages his students to be confident improvisors as well as performers of written music and to make use of both acoustic and electric media.
Beyond teaching, Anthony is a composer, guitarist, and technologist based in Southern California. Through his compositions, Anthony explores questions relating to gestu
re, modularity, and metaphorical representation. Over his career as a composer, Anthony has developed a voice that focuses on both intricate systems and improvisatory practices. Combining the sound worlds of both acoustic and electronic instruments in his compositions, Anthony invents ideas to resonate with audiences of all types. His pieces have been performed internationally, with premieres in the United States, Italy, The Netherlands, and Spain. Anthony’s most recent project is a solo electronic rock show, that used interactive technologies, for real-time beats and effects – Songs For A New Era
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Anthony C.

Long Beach, CA 90802
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$50 / 30-min

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Saro is a USC Thornton School of Music Graduate. He has been teaching guitar for several years around Los Angeles and Armenia. Saro offers lessons in three languages: English, Armenian and Arabic. Some of his younger students are competition winner in Armenia. Saro prepares serious students who want to continue their studies at music colleges and universities, as well as he works with beginner/intermediate students and takes them to next level.

About Saro
Saro Babikian was born in Damascus, Syria in 1995 and started playing the classical guitar at age 10. He attended the Solhi Al-Wadi Conservatory of Music in Damascus. In 2012 he performed at the Damascus Opera House in a concert hosted by the Ministry of Culture, for outstanding students of the conservatory. Later that same year he moved to Los Angeles and continued his guitar studies with the renowned Armenian guitarist Sarkis Turgutyan. In 2015 he was admitted to the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music Classical Guitar Program under the instruction of Scott Tennant and William Kanengiser. Saro also takes flamenco lessons with Adam del Monte at USC He graduated with honors with his BM degree in classical guitar in 2018 and been awarded scholarship from USC Thornton to continue his masters's studies. Saro has parti
cipated in numerous masterclasses with renowned musicians and guitarists such as David Russell, Pepe Romero and Paul O'Dette. Saro was also awarded several awards in various guitar competitions such Honorable Mention Award at the Gohar and Ovanes Andriassian Classical Guitar Competition in. !st prize at Intentional music competition in Serbia. Saro was invited as a guest artist to the 3rd Yerevan International Guitar Festival for in Yerevan, Armenia in 2017. Saro regularly is invited to Armenia to hold guitar classes and play concerts. Saro also organizes concerts for his students.
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Jaxon W. April 30, 2018
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Saro is an accomplished and dedicated instructor, with many years of experience under his belt. I've worked alongside Saro for years now and I'm impressed at how all of his students all love the guitar and play really well. Would definitely recommend.
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Saro B.

Glendale, CA 91202
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Where form meets function. Classical guitar is about structure and tradition. From the way you sit to how you hold your guitar. It is a thing of beauty to watch someone play classical guitar properly.

About Ryan
Music is one of the most powerful tools that a person can wield. Music can teach us unity, strength, intelligence and compassion. It can be a guide through the human experience, it can give us company, it can give us empathy, it can give us focus and drive and most importantly, it can give us purpose. Music is a universal language without boundary. I have been playing, writing and performing music for over 25 years. I have recorded guitar and bass on several full-length albums and I have played over 200 live shows. I have studied music, music theory and music business. I love to teach music because it allows me to share my passion. Being able to inspire through music and help others discover a passion of their own brings me a sense of contribution to this world. My goal is to give my students the tools and confidence to become ind
ependent and self-sustaining musicians.
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Leah May 16, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Ryan is great with the kids and patient. You will be happy with each lesson he gives!
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John May 11, 2018
· Audio Engineering · In studio
Ryan is very dedicated to music and making sure that every song he produces it perfect! Highly recommend his services.
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Michelle Van May 10, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Ryan has always been a very skilled guitar player. With three children of his own Ryan understands the communicate needed to teach children. Ryan is an intructor who is truly passionate about music which shows in his teaching. I highly recommend Ryan for guitar lessons.
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Ryan A.

Simi Valley, CA 93065
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Experienced teacher of 3 years, specializing in the beginner/intermediate/advanced guitar student! All ages welcome. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. Not only will you be playing songs in no time, but you will be building a strong foundation of note reading, music theory, ear training, sight reading, technique, and more. Let's get started!

About Alan
I am classical guitarist, electric guitarist, educator, and composer. I have studied the electric guitar for the past 15 years and I have studied the classical guitar for past 6 years. I have graduated from McNally Smith College of Music with a Bachelor of Music in guitar performance. I am currently pursuing a Master of Music in guitar performance at the University of Southern California where I study privately with Scott Tennant, and have additionally received instruction from Pepe Romero, William Kanengiser, and Brian Head.

I design my curriculum based on the student’s goals and interests as a music student. I understand that everyone’s goals are different, and I am ready to help you reach yours whether you are an aspiring professional, or just playing for the enjoyment of music. Coming from a self-taught music background (ages 13-22)
, I can relate with the challenges and plateaus that can occur with learning and also how to move past them.

I am extremely patient with my students and look to balance motivation, interest, and growth while taking lessons. My goal is for students to enjoy the process of learning an instrument.

Some of the musical styles I teach: Classical, Rock, Metal, Jazz, Pop, etc.
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Alan S.

Montebello, CA 90640
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$47 / 30-min

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