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About Scott K.

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Goleta, CA
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Scott has been teaching music for over 25 years. His method has evolved over time to meet the demands of changing musical styles and he has developed plenty of material to help students achieve their musical goals. His ambitions for each student are simple- he wants them to enjoy music and experience a sense of accomplishment from the learning process. In short, Scott works to make lessons fun and educational! Most beginning pupils will learn to play a song in the first couple of lessons. Handouts and music tracks are used to enhance the lessons.

Everyone is unique in how and what they want to learn. Scott uses positive encouragement to teach what is needed for the next step with the instrument. Students learn technique for dexterity, songs for the ear and theory so they understand the why's in music.

His training started at GIT (
Guitar Institute of Technology) in Hollywood where he gleaned 30+ yrs. of information from world renowned guitarists and musicians. Scott went on to graduate from Belmont University with honors in Composition and Arranging. Playing in Rock, R&B, Country, Classical and Jazz original and cover bands has enhanced his skills and made him a well rounded musician. He has the ability to teach these styles and make a living playing them.

Scott teaches all levels of students from beginner to advanced as well as the "signed artist" who have recording deals and need a little extra coaching. He has taught well known musician's family members and many of Scott's former students have gone on to make a career of their own in music as teachers, performers or composers.

"I enjoy music so much that it has always been a pleasure to pass on the knowledge of playing music."
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Rush April 27, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I took weekly electric guitar lessons with Scott from 2004 to 2012. He is without a doubt an extremely talented, enthusiastic, and compassionate teacher. Whether he was helping me learn basic chords or teaching me complicated songs, Scott never wavered in his dedication to teaching. Over the eight years as his student, Scott gave constructive criticism in a courteous manner. He was on time, inquisitive about the songs and music I was listening to, and ended lesson with new material for me to practice. I wholeheartedly recommend Scott to any aspiring guitar student.
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Scott K.

Scott K.

Goleta, CA 93117
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About Alexander S.

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Santa Barbara, CA
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I've been a personal academic tutor since August of 2013 specializing in basic math, pre-algebra, algebra, and algebra 2 as well as English and German. I also love teaching music. I specialize in ukulele and guitar and have been playing guitar since I was 15 and picked up the ukulele at 18. I have experience teaching people of from 8 - 70 years old and with a wide range of backgrounds, needs, and goals.

A little about myself. I was born and raised in the Sacramento area. I have 3 younger siblings ranging from 10 to 12 years younger than me, so I have experience teaching younger children as well. One of my sisters is special needs with autism and mild CP. I understand the difficulties children with special needs can face in school especially in math and language arts. I am currently studying at Sierra college with a major in computer
science. I love teaching and learning and helping people succeed. There is no greater accomplishment than helping someone go from staring blankly at the task in front of them, to them suddenly grasping it, sharing in their success and sense of accomplishment is magical.
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John February 23, 2016
· Ukulele · Online
Alexander taught just the right amount of information in a natural way an individual student learns and he did this very well.
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Erin T. February 23, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Alexander provided a wonderful tuoring experience for my 12 year old nephew. Alexander is patient, easygoing and so easy to work with. Highly recommended instructor!
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Loyce S. February 6, 2016
· Ukulele · In home
First lesson and off to a good start with good communication as Alex seems to have heard me and I'm ready to commit to "homework" and practice and even cutting my fingernails.
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Alexander S.

Alexander S.

Santa Barbara, CA 93111
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About Matt M.

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Mokena, IL
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About Matt
Hi! My name is Matt M. and I am the owner and founder of Black & White Music Services, Inc., a professional music education and production company.
I began teaching at a fairly early age and moved to teaching privately over 9 years ago. I have a deep passion for music and the guitar and do my best to instill that same passion in new and experienced players alike. Throughout my playing career I have participated in numerous ensembles including jazz bands, classical groups and quartets, as well as solo performance groups. I am extremely thorough when it comes to my teaching style. I make sure the student has a clear understanding of not only the how but also the why while keeping my curriculum fun and interesting. Every student is different and I do my best to gain an understanding of the individual and build a lesson plan best suited for
that individual.
If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to contact me!
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Mia G. September 6, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Matt was very knowledgeable and patient with Mia, she is a beginner and Matt went through all the parts of the guitar and helped her tune her new guitar and showed her how to read notes. She is very excited to go to her next lesson. Thanks Matt.
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Jesus S. February 2, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Very nice and outgoing instructor. My son is very excited with what he learned on his first guitar lesson.
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Brandon C. January 4, 2016
· Guitar · In home
My 18 year son had his first lesson and he was so excited to realize he will soon be able to play. He actually went home and started practicing!
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Matt M.

Matt M.

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About Erickson F.

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Las Vegas, NV
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About Erickson
I have received classical music training since 1999. I graduated from UNLV with a music degree. I have performed professionally since 2004.

Singing is EASY! So easy in fact that I GUARANTEE to make you a better singer by the first lesson or your money back! Ask me for details!

We can go fast or slow.

If we go fast, YOU NEED TO LISTEN! I can quickly escalate you to new levels! You need to DO rather than QUESTION! OBVIOUSLY, I need you to understand what we're doing, but being able to do something consistently will answer most of your questions!

If you want to go slow, we will have SO MUCH FUN! Much less stress. You'll still be able to sing with as much accuracy, but the journey will be at your pace rather than mine!

Contact me! Let's get started!
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Erickson F.

Erickson F.

Online
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About Andrea K.

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Santa Barbara, CA

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I was born and raised in Germany where I spent most of my life. As long as I can think I've always loved music, and soon after I got my first guitar at the age of 13 I started to write songs. I moved to the US in 2011 and worked as a music director for a local non denominational church for the last 6 years, working with and leading bands, playing acoustic and electric guitar as well as bass. Before I moved to Santa Barbara I travelled throughout Europe to play concerts and I published 2 CDs with original songs. You can find my music on iTunes.
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Bob September 8, 2018
· Ukulele · In home
Great first lesson! Really enjoyed working with Andrea!
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Jasen July 4, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In studio
I had a great first lesson with Andrea. She has a wonderful teaching style and a great sense of humor.
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Jenna F. June 12, 2018
· German · Online
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Andrea K.

Andrea K.

Santa Barbara, CA 93103
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About Shahana J.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I am a vocalist and songwriter based in Los Angeles, and have experience teaching voice as well as performing and recording.
In lessons (based on your current skill level and experience) we will work on technique - specifically breathing, singing with the least amount of pain and tension, and working on timbre and tone. Lessons will be geared by you- we will work on what you are interested in, and I will give the tools to do so in our lesson, and by yourself when you practice.
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Shahana J.

Shahana J.

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About Omer A.

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New York, NY

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An award-winning Jazz violinist and a graduate of The Newschool of Jazz, These days I'm recording and performing on stages around the world playing Jazz, Rock, Folk and more.
Would love to share with you some of my secrets! Teaching improvisation and basic violin for all levels. Also teaching audition prep and ear training!
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A few years ago a musician I really admire told me how he believes that every musician has to be teaching at some point in his career. He has seen it not only as a suggestion but as an obligation, a responsibility of an artist to pass on his knowledge for the next generations. My life circumstances only make this belief stronger within me year after year.

As a young Violinist in Israel that experienced a crisis with Class
ical music and the Classical school, I’ve been looking around for non-classical Violin teachers in vain. I’ve figured out that in order to play the music I want on the Violin I’m going to have to teach it to myself, thus becoming an independent learner which is most likely the greatest gift I’ve ever received as a musician and a teacher.
I had to read books, watch videos, ask people how they practice, use my ears because I had no scores to any of the music I wanted to play, explore. I had to criticize myself, I had to remain conscious about my playing and what I think is missing in my playing in comparison to other players, analyze what is it that excites me in one’s music or playing. Most of all, I had the privilege to remain attentive to any new idea being suggested to me, because no one ever taught me what the “truth” is.

Be your own teacher. That is perhaps the only “truth” I would force upon my students. As part of my teaching philosophy, I'm seeking to not only teach my students the skills they wish to acquire but to show them how to determine and teach themselves new skills they 'need' or desire to acquire.

With over 8 years of experience teaching private students of all levels and conducting Jazz violin workshops for small groups, I like to incorporate my knowledge in music teaching with other knowledge in learning techniques and education I've acquired through training in Psychology, leadership and education, Alexander technique, Teaching artistry, meditation and social work.
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Ruth May 26, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Omer is giving Violin lessons to my youngest son Eric for the last 6 months. Eric started playing the guitar a few years ago up until a movie he recently saw on a Japanese brilliant violinist , a week later he told us on his will to tryout the violin. Fortunately We heard Omer playing in a jazz club, and contacted him a few days after, Omer is a very talented musician but has unique capability and patient for his students. Omer is teaching with a very relaxed, positive attitude, his passion for music with small anecdotes and humour was what made Eric to get in love with the instrument and he is Impatiently waiting for his next lesson. we highly recommend Omer as a teacher and musician.
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Mike May 24, 2018
· Audition Prep · Online
Omer helped me in preparing for my audition to the school of jazz in The Newschool, NY. Don't know my answer yet but Omer definitely helped me feel confident about my playing and be more coherent in my presentation in front of the judges. He showed me some techniques to be able to remain focused even under the stress of an audition of such significance for me and I feel like it really changed my performance for the better.
Highly recommended!! :]
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Idan May 24, 2018
· Violin · In studio
I've been a classical violinist for many years and but never had the courage to improvise on my instrument. Omer showed me how fun improvisation could be and really made everything seem easier than what I thought it was.
Great guy and awesome teacher!!
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Omer A.

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About Greg K.

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Santa Barbara, CA
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Hi, thanks for your interest. I have over 40 years experience playing guitar, I have played with with some famous musicians , such as: Slash (Guns 'N' Roses, Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Frank Infante (Blondie), Michael Monarch (Steppenwolf, Detective), Ray Brundridge (James Brown), Chuck Dukowski (Black Flag) , Derf Scratch (Fear) , Andy Panik & Bobby Durango (Rock City Angels), Gary "Starchild" Shider (Parliament-Funkadelic), Sky Saxon (The Seeds), China and Michael Montano (Christian Death)
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Greg K.

Greg K.

Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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$34 / 30-min

About Kimberly L.

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Hi! My name is Kimmi and I LOVE singing! But more than that I love love teaching. I have performed everything from opera to heavy metal, and I am more than willing to teach any genre of music. I grew up with choir and musical theater, 4th grade to now! In college I focused mainly on opera, but did the occasional musical!(of course:)) Now I live in Las Vegas where I not only teach, but I perform regularly with my band and get asked to guest star with many other artists! I want to make sure you learn proper technique while having a BLAST! We will grow together and I promise to keep your vocal chords safe and lead you to the artist you want to be!
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Kimberly L.

Kimberly L.

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$34 / 30-min

About Deborah M.

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Santa Barbara, CA

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I work with students to develop their full musical potential. Students are introduced to classical music, jazz, ragtime, and many other styles so they can find the music they enjoy learning. Group classes and recitals for all levels of students are available. As an evaluator for the American College of Musicians and the Music Teachers’ Associations Certificate of Merit program, I have high standards for my students. Students who play well enjoy piano lessons.
I am patient and encouraging for students of all ages.
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Deborah M.

Deborah M.

Santa Barbara, CA 93111
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$78 / 45-min

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