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About Milton J.

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Corona, CA
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I have been teaching the wonderful instrument of the piano for four years.

For children, I use the Alfred Piano Series lesson books that includes lessons and homework in a fun and engaging way to promote retention.

For beginners, I use the publication A New Approach to Keyboard Harmony to learn chord progressions, sequences, modulations, realization of both figured and un-figured basses, basic improvisation, and score reading. Learning these techniques will help transition students seamlessly to various styles and genres that incorporate the piano, helping you learn and love the piano without frustrating stoppages that often lead us away from lesson continuity.

From there, I utilize the Hal Leonard Student Piano Library series to promote chord inversion, syncopation, arpeggiation, pedaling, and key centering.

About Milton
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 recently graduate of the University of Redlands with a Master's in Music Education, I hav
e come in contact and learned from a vast amount of different musicians and professionals. 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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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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· Singing · In studio
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Milton J.

Milton J.

Corona, CA 92879
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About Christine J.

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Beginning piano. Studying piano with me is helpful if you like to sing and/or if you want to play without thinking a lot about music theory. I can get your playing to a certain level, where you are able to play songs in a few styles, sing while you are playing, play with ease, write your own compositions and have fun while you are making music!

About Christine
Christine has been a professional in the theatre since 1992. She received her training from Boston Conservatory and New York University and has been a company member in Tony-award winning regional theatres.

Christine specializes in vocal production, has a three-octave range and is adept at various character voices, accents and musical styles. She has sung in several musicals, wedding and church bands, and has given several solo performances since her childhood.

Christine's personal developments are around creating new musicals, composition, songwriting and exploring fusion methods in several musical styles including pop, jazz, rock, blues, neo-soul, new age, electronica, experimental and ethnic music.

Christine also plays piano, rhythm guitar and percussion, and has served as a director, soloist and accompanist for severa
l churches and community efforts.

*** Lesson Details ***
Making music and singing should be fun, and everyone deserves to have a great experience with their instrument for the rest of their lives. I take pride in guiding my students in exploring their potential in a safe, creative and non-judgmental environment. My students will learn to develop courage and confidence, grow their ears and appreciation for music in all its forms, and expand their range, power and musical skills.

Your lessons will be tailored according to your goals, dreams and personal motivation. I will offer you resources and show you how to use research as way to become independent when preparing your lessons, auditions and performances. If you are an aspiring guitarist/songwriter, I will teach you the basics of playing the guitar and offer you fun techniques to build those callouses, play rhythmically with confidence and coordinate your playing with your singing.

Whether you are completely inexperienced, naturally gifted, shy, ambitious about a professional career or just looking for an outlet that feels good, I am here to help you. You will not only learn technical skills and many tricks for beating stage fright and crafting a performance, but you will also learn to share your unique personality on stage, and learn to perform with feeling, heart and honesty.

Everyone has something beautiful and wonderful to offer the world and I look forward to meeting you and discovering your special voice and sound!

*** Studio Equipment ***
My lessons are conducted in my home in an open living room area. I have a keyboard and a guitar. You must bring your own guitar (an acoustic or acoustic electric - sorry, I do not teach lessons with electric guitars) and, if you have "accompaniment" karaoke CDs (or mp3 on your phone or laptop) and/or sheet music that you have been working with, I encourage you to bring those.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Home lessons are negotiable and I would bring a guitar and/or a percussive instrument. Your home must have a room where lessons can be conducted free from distraction (incl. pets and siblings) and have enough space for exercises and instruments. It must also be in-view of the family and have an open. Group lessons are negotiable. :-)

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in singing, songwriting, voice, speech and acting. I also teach beginning lessons in guitar and piano. Other specializations: International Phonetic Alphabet, Accent Reduction, Musical Theatre, Classical Theatre (Shakespeare, Greeks), Movement Theatre (Mime, Period Movement, Stage Combat), Singing Styles (Jazz, Pop, Rock, Classical, Gospel, Musical Theatre, Sacred Chant).
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Saundra June 13, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Christine is a great teacher: clear, simple instruction, patient, affirming, warm. She has a wonderful voice and knows her craft.
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Mericale C. July 8, 2016
· Singing · In home
Christine was wonderful so good with my granddaughter. She was very patient and understanding. My granddaughter Just loved her!
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Theresa M. March 30, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Christine's passion & dedication for the love of music is the reason she's such an awesome teacher! She not only taught my 13 year old daughter guitar but she incorporated singing along with it which my daughter loved! Christine's wonderful personality and all her talents is the reason we chose her. I highly recommend her. She's gifted and we just love her!
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Christine J.

Christine J.

Tustin, CA 92782
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About Weslie B.

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I help budding pianists learn scales, chords, sight-reading and songs that match your skill level and interest. I integrate some music theory and ear training so that execution of every note and rhythm makes sense in your hands, your ears and your mind.

About Weslie
Well-versed in voice, music theory, popular song styles and poetic writing, I have helped many singers and songwriters to sing and/or compose with skill and confidence in a style that is natural and unique to them. I teach voice at AMDA (Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts) to singers, dancers actors. I studied voice and jazz arranging at Berklee College of Music, and then earned my Master's of Music degree in music composition from Cal State LA. I have sung pop, jazz and theatre music in Los Angeles, New York, and across the US and Canada. I've appeared on the Jay Leno Show, and have sung in many local music venues, such as the Troubadour and Luna Park, and have won multiple awards for my songs in internationally acclaimed "I HATE MUSICALS" - a short film musical (now on iTunes). My musical theatre works has been been presented in Los
Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago. I am a proud member of CMASH, a composer collective in San Francisco, and I collaborate with Ann Moss, Liam Wade, and Arnold Margolin. My song Practice Your Flamenco was recently recorded at George Lucas' Skywalker Sound, and will be featured on Ann Moss's new CD, Currents.

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I like to think of my teaching style as 'serious fun'. As a teacher and coach, I want to inspire you to learn skills and songs that help to develop your authentic musical identity. My lessons always include a warm-up, song study and performance. I will, if you prefer, help you choose songs, as well as transpose any song to fit your voice type and range. If you are inquisitive about songwriting, or music theory, I can definitely be a guide in those areas as well.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, Keyboard, Guitar, Finale

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar, keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
Musical Theatre, Folk, Indie-Rock, Jazz; Belting, developing passagio.
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JENNA B. December 19, 2013
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Weslie is great!

Weslie has helped me tremendously with music theory. She is really good at listening and figuring out specific areas that I needed help with. She even took time on the side outside of our lessons to listen to music examples I sent her and analyzed them for me. Weslie is patient and makes learning fun. Her teaching environment is comfortable and she's flexible with her schedule. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a teacher!
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Henrique G. November 2, 2012
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Weslie is a great mentor and teacher

Weslie has been able to open my eyes to what my voice really sounds like into the "musical world" in terms of technicality. While also been able to make me a better singer already. We have been working on one of my favorite songs, and there's so much I've learned from her in terms of playing the guitar and understanding how the chords are built and interfere into the overall senses of the song. I would recommend Welsie to any person that has passion in music and is willing to take the classes seriously in terms of a good learning pace and content, because I believe that she is one of the best out there in LA.
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KayW July 30, 2009
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I just wanted to let you know how pleased I am with having Weslie as my teacher. She was exactly how I hoped she would be and I look forward to the next lesson.Best,Kay W
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Los Angeles, CA 90068
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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.

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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.

Newport Beach, CA 92660
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About Brianna S.

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Los Angeles, CA

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The piano is one of the most beautiful sounding instruments, and I want to help you achieve every musical goal you have with it. We will go over note recognition, scales. rhythm, technique, performance and more!

About Brianna
Hi, I'm Bri! I'm a graduate of North Central College with a BA in Music (Emphasis in Composition and Percussion) and a minor in History. I absolutely love music, every single aspect of it. I love to make music a part of everybody's lives who want and need it. I want to help you with your musical needs. I have been playing percussion for 17 years, singing for 23, and playing piano for 19 years. I was a member of a recording and performing Chicago band, Oblio and Arrow, where I provided backing vocals and helped with the song arrangements. I also record vocals for different artists hooks, jingles, choruses, and entire songs (covers and originals).

History has always fascinated me. They way our world has developed and changed, and continues to evolve is amazing. Everything can be tied back to the past, and I feel it's important to take
a look back, put yourself in that time, and really study how things were to help understand why things are the way they are now.

Crocheting and knitting are a couple of good habits/hobbies I picked up about 8 years ago. I sell scarves online and I'm always working on some sort of project. I will have you knitting and pearling with the best of them!

Music, history, crochet, and knitting....I'm your girl!
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Glory June 27, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Brianna was a great teacher for my child.
She was encouraging and positive. She
tailored lessons to fit the range, talent and
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I would recommend her strongly.
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Jill April 26, 2017
· Crocheting · Online
Very patient with me... I am what you call a true beginner...
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Brianna L. January 17, 2017
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Brianna S.

Los Angeles, CA 90038
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About Ryan G.

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Do you want to become a star? Then take lessons with me!

I've been playing Piano for 12 years now. I mostly compose on piano. Occasionally, I play weddings or restaurants backing a horn/vocals.

I've had a few Jazz teachers and early on some classical. However, most of my vocabulary is stemmed from jazz theory.

About Ryan
Hello! My name is Ryan and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2008 and have loved helping my students accomplish exceptional tone, fluidity, and control of their instrument. I went to Berklee College of Music for Performance & Music Education. I'm a fun and caring person. My teaching style is simple, straightforward, and customized for each student. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Jack August 3, 2017
· Clarinet · In home
We just had our first lesson and it couldn't have gone better. I have an 8 year old son with pretty severe ADD and Ryan could not have been more patient and kind with him, following him from one room to the next while teaching him. It's now three hours after the lesson and he has not put the clarinet down. He has been practicing all 6 notes that Ryan taught him. 😬
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Steve June 14, 2017
· Saxophone · In home
Great teacher! My daughter is very happy.
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Will W. January 2, 2016
· Piano · In home
Ryan is teaching beginning piano to my 8 y.o. son, who's ADHD-squirrely and demands a mountain of patience from any teacher. Ryan is unflappable. He breaks up the lesson with different activities. First he'll teach a new piece, then sets aside the book to play a bass groove that my son can improvise freely over, then does something else again. Knows music inside and out and backwards and forwards, and the low-key, spontaneous approach works great for us.
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Studio City, CA 91604
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About Andy Y.

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As a Berklee College of Music graduate with years of music teaching experience, I aim for my students to simply enjoy exploring the language of music and embrace the discipline of the learning process, whether it is through playing pop, jazz, or even their own compositions! The true treasure lies not in the end goal but rather, the path.

About Andy
To me, as both a teacher and student, the most valuable skill is to enjoy-- to enjoy every moment that comes, even the less pleasurable ones, for the true treasure lies in not the end goal but rather the path. To most young folks, the less pleasurable moments usually mean the boring ones such as studying or going to class.

Music is something that people enjoy when it comes to listening but is notorious for being just as unpleasant as any other subject, like Math for instance, when it comes to learning.

Learning takes discipline. Whenever I teach, I see myself as a navigator who guides students through their musical journey. As music is a language, my goal is for my students to become fluent and communicative in so -- being to read different forms of music notation, play songs and melodies by ear, and come up with their own compositi
ons, too-- and always while striving for that goal, my hope is for them to embrace both the fun and the less fun aspects of learning.
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Michelle June 13, 2016
· Piano · In home
My 9-year-old daughter has been taking piano lessons with Andy for about a year and a half. When she started, she was brand new to music lessons and had never even tried to play an instrument- now she reads notes, plays a wide variety of songs, and has a whole new appreciation for music! Andy keeps my daughter motivated, engaged, and excited to learn by really tailoring his instruction to her interests and needs. Excellent piano teacher, thank you Andy!!
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Melissa March 28, 2016
· Piano · In home
Andy is a thoughtful teacher who clearly spends considerable time figuring out how to tailor the lesson to the needs of the student. He combines rhythm activities and note reading and theory in ways that are fun, and creative, and help keep young students engaged and excited to learn. In the several months since my seven-year-old started, he reads music better than I do, but more importantly, he loves playing on the piano.
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Tim March 5, 2016
· Piano · In home
When my five year old started showing interest in the piano I knew it was time to start lessons. Andy has been great at turning a simple interest into a new ability. Our son is six now and I feel like he is better than me. He is able to recreate songs he hears as well as a little bit of free style. He's no Mozart of course, but Andy's patience and consistent training and encouragement have come a long way. I highly recommend him.
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Cerritos, CA 90703
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About Pablo J.

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I have been playing piano since the age of 10. I had many experiences playing live with the piano in places including church, auditoriums, and more. Can play multiple styles of genre and I am willing to help the student attain any goals they may have.

About Pablo
Hi! My name is Pablo Juarez and I am multi-instrumentalist teacher! I would love to teach you and help you accomplish your dreams! I play instruments ranging from piano, guitar, bass, trumpet, and more! I can teach drums as well, but I do not currently own one, myself. Please feel free to contract me! I work well with children and I love to teach any age!
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Nanci August 13, 2017
· Drum · In home
Pablo is a wonderful teacher! He taught my son how to play drums and my son says that he is a really clear instructor. Everything was simple for my son Walter to learn and guess what? Now my son Walter is auditioning for the worship group at church! Feeling very blessed!
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Luis July 13, 2017
· Trumpet · In home
Pablo is an outstanding teacher. He is patient, encouraging, and uplifting with his students. I highly recommend him.
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Elda Loya July 13, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
Pablo has been teaching my son for 2 years now. My son loves and enjoys going to his classes. Pablo is an amazing and outstanding instructor, he has a lot of patience and teaches you at your own pace. Most importantly is that Pablo has talent and passion for music. I highly recommend Pablo...
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Pablo J.

Carson, CA 90746
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Hello my name is Marta Hovhannisyan and I teach beginner piano to children between the age of 4-10 and I am a music major and I have taught piano in music schools.

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Hello future pianists my name is Marta Hovhannisyan and I love teaching piano. I am currently a music major at Valley college. I have had experience teaching kids piano which including working at an actual school of music. I love kids and I love working with them and sharing my passion for music with them.
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Marta H.

North Hollywood, CA 91605
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Nervous about your first piano lesson? You're not alone! It's only natural. The piano is a daunting instrument - so many keys, so little time! But we'd like to let you in on a secret: there's nothing to be nervous about. With a little bit of preparation, you can start your piano-playing journey without any worries whatsoever. How to Prepare First of all, relax. It all comes down to your mindset. Before your first lesson, think about your goals. Do you want to someday play at Carnegie Hall? D

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