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About Kimberly A.

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About Kimberly
I started playing music around the Kansas City area twenty five years ago. I graduated from The University of Southern California with a degree in studio/jazz guitar (cum laude). While at USC, I received a merit scholarship and an award for professional leadership and service within her department. I also graduated with honors from Musicians Institute (GIT), of Hollywood, CA.

I have toured the U.S. and Canada playing venues such as The Portland Rose Festival, The Playboy Jazz Festival, The Santa Monica Twilight Concert Series, Irvine Lake Blues Festival,The Burnaby British Columbia Blues Festival and the Long Beach Blues Festival. The headliners at these events included Robben Ford, The Neville Brothers, and Johnny Winter.

I have released two solo CD's that have received first-rate reviews, as well as international airplay. Af
ter the second CD, I was biographied for AMG (All Music Guide) the internet's first source for music information. Here are excerpts from the AMG bio:

... there are also elements of Jimi Hendrix (arguably the first true heavy metal/hard rock artist), Jeff Beck and Stevie Ray Vaughan in her playing, and she clearly has a strong appreciation of jazz--not only jazz-rock fusion improvisers like John Scofield, Larry Coryell and Mahavishnu Orchestra founder John McLaughlin, but also, straight-ahead bop favorites such as Kenny Burrell, Grant Green, Wes Montgomery and Joe Pass.......eclectic outlook is one of her strong points; her ability to move from a tough, aggressive blues-rock groove to a more cerebral, fusion-minded approach to the occasional soul-jazz/hard bop number has made for some very unpredictable albums.

I have been teaching full-time for the past 15years. I have taught all ages and popular styles. In 2008, my blues guitar method was published and distributed through Amazon.

*** Lesson Details ***
I incorporate a tailored curriculum to help people achieve their personal goals. Learning music is not a "one-size fits all" proposition. I can show you the songs that you want to play. I can also teach you music theory, technique, improvisation, reading and more. I adjust your course of study according to your areas of interest. If you are dying to learn a Led Zeppelin tune, or are planning on auditioning for a college level jazz guitar program, I can help you achieve these goals. I have taught hundreds of beginners along side more advanced students. My students have gone one to study music at GIT, Fullerton College, Pasadena City College, Berklee, Cal State LA, and USC.

Most of all, I am extremely patient. The ability to playing a musical instrument is measure on a calendar, not on a watch. I often work at a slow, systematic pace. I am generally very laid-back. On the other hand, if you learn very quickly, I can readily show you the skills you need to meet your goal. I have fast-tracked many individuals that were seeking admittance to an academic program.

My teaching studio is computer equipped. This allows me to incorporate computer software that enhances learning. One such program, Band in a Box, generates accompaniment for students so that they can work on their soloing skills. Another program can slow recorded music down so that the student can practice slowly with it. Also, I often give out play-along practice CDs for improved learning.

The aspect of performance is often not addressed by many. I am able to work with my guitar students while accompanying by performing live bass or drum parts, or work with bass students while playing the guitar or drum parts. This allows the student to understand his or her roll in an live band.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Dedicated music room room w/ guitars, bass, drum set, pa system, and seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
I teach all popular guitar and bass styles.
I am a expert in Jazz, Blues, and R&B. (degree in Studio/Jazz guitar)
Great with theory, technique and reading.
Have given recording lessons with CUBASE.
Now teaching drum kit to beginners
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· Guitar · In studio
She's really cool and I'm excited to learn guitar!!!
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· Guitar · Online
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Mitch October 24, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
After a few classes with Kimberly I wrote review which went like this “I have been taking lessons from Kimberly for the last few weeks. As a comparison, I have taken lessons a number of times in the distant past. Kimberly is by far the very best guitar instructor I have had. Kimberly is extremely knowledgeable, highly skilled and very personable”.
In the end I took about 2+ years of classes with Kimberly, one class per week. Further, that was about three years ago. Whereas the only reason I stopped was I moved from the area. I know I could have continued with Skype or some other remote technology. I keep thinking I will. As the complications of life continue to get in the way.
The real story is with Kimberly skill, attention and personable nature, my guitar playing advanced more under her ‘wings’ then at any other time. Thank you Kimberly!
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Monrovia, CA 91016
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About Angela C.

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Long Beach, CA

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EDUCATION

My musical education began while sitting on my mother's lap as she taught piano lessons. I began studying cello with a member of the Kansas City Philharmonic at age 9, and at age ten, I followed in my mother's footsteps to play the flute. I played all three instruments, (piano, cello and flute) until high school when it was became clear to me that I wanted to be an orchestra teacher. With this dream in mind, I began playing the violin as well.
I graduated from Drake University with a Bachelor's in Music Education in 1989 and again in 1999 with a Master's degree.

PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE

As a youngster, I was the youngest member of the Kansas City Youth Symphony and the Kansas City Cello Choir performing with these two groups for eight years. I was chosen from applicants nation wide, to perform in Carnegie Hall and trav
el Europe with "America's Youth in Concert" and I was a three time All-Stater.

While attending Drake University, I played in the Drake University Orchestra and the Des Moines Symphony, and I was the winner of the Young Artist Competition awarding me the honor as featured soloist with the Drake Symphony Orchestra.
In 1993 I began playing with the Encore String Trio. This trio plays on a regular basis for weddings and receptions.
I currently play cello in the Encore String Trio, and viola in the Long Beach Community Orchestra.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

My teaching experience includes nearly 30 years of private teaching. I've had the pleasure of teaching all areas of music; elementary general music, band, choir and orchestra. During my 20 years of teaching orchestra in the public schools, I implemented many innovative opportunities for my students such as children's concert which drew more than 700 people in attendance, strolling strings, cello choir and a viola choir, all of which proved to be very motivational for the students. My goal of teaching is to make music fun for all.

PHILOSOPHY

I believe music should be fun. I provide you with several playing opportunities throughout the year, ranging from solo to group playing. I provide large group playing opportunities at Christmas and at the recitals. Every group playing opportunity is accompanied with food and games for all. This studio is FUN!

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Whether you are studying for recitals, competitions, a music career or just for fun, you can expect equal attention to technique and musicianship in your lessons.
Lessons will be tailored to each students needs which may include flash cards, supplemental materials, ear training, sight reading, technical studies, scales, and solo work.
You are never to old to learn to play an instrument. Over half of my students are adult beginners. Because of this, I provide group playing opportunities and I organize a solo ensemble contest for my students. This gives opportunities to the adult beginners that they missed out on as a child. You will have a lesson by yourself, monthly mini recitals in my studio, and you will have the opportunity to play orchestra music as a group all right here in my studio. You are guaranteed to learn how to play your instrument, have fun and gain great friendships here in this studio. I'm looking forward to introducing you to our studio family.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The teachers studio is in a large room with multiple windows for natural light. The room includes instruments and stands in the middle of the room.

*** Specialties ***
I use the Suzuki method books. I am a classical player and I teach classical music.
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Livia May 11, 2018
· Cello · In studio
My son had his first lesson with Angela and already she is helping him along. She is very easy going and positive. Her studio room is positively too cool as well!
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Esther June 14, 2017
· Cello · In home
First lesson left me with a very good impression. Can't wait to go back.
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Adriene November 27, 2015
· Cello · In home
Angela is amazing! She is very patient, flexible and pushes you to excel beyond expectations. I am so excited to take cello lessons from such a talented, intelligent, honest and fun music instructor!

I really appreciate Angela!
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Angela C.

Angela C.

Long Beach, CA 90808
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About Xiaole L.

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Irvine, CA
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About Xiaole
Xiaole, (Shirley) an active pianist, music teacher, and composer, is a member of MTAC-Music Teachers Association California. A member of Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Society, she holds a PhD in Music with many awards for academic excellence from the University of Hawaii. She has more than 30 years teaching experience and has taught piano, music theory and history from beginner to advanced levels.

She studied at Shanghai Conservatory of Music and at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, where she polished her artistic spectrum in piano, musicology, and composition. Her teaching uses various sources, including Western classical repertoire, folk, popular music, world music, and Chinese music. She performed piano solo and chamber music in China when she was a pianist in Liaoning Provincial Opera House and on the piano faculty at Sichuan
Conservatory of Music, China. She taught piano major students and played accompaniment for voice, dance and various instruments.

Currently she teaches piano and composition in her studios in Irvine, CA and serves as Chair of Senior Graduation Recital in MTAC South Coast Branch. Her students have been prizewinners in MTAC branch festivals, honor recitals, and have performed in Composers Today recitals. She has helped students develop interest and much enjoyment in music. She also can help students enter prestigious universities and become professional musicians.

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Lessons are designed for individual needs and goals. Each lesson can be in flexible ways to meet the student's needs.

For example, for a beginner student, a lesson introduces the basic ideas of hand position, body posture, game-like rhythm drills and simple song-like pieces.

For elementary and intermediate students, lessons start from warm up techniques. Then they play carefully selected pieces according to the student's interest. The favorite pieces may be Christmas Carols, Kuhlau's Sonatinas and Beethoven's Fur Elise. Advanced students learn to play Mozart and Beethoven Sonatas, and Chopin's Waltz and Polonaises. Some students learn to compose their music while applying music theory elements.
Some students like to learn pieces for their school events or community events (church hymns) or download pieces from internet. The teacher is willing to help students play many pieces to enrich their music life.

*** Studio Equipment ***
A Grand Piano in a large room, that can seat 20 more people for
a studio recital or masterclass.

An upright piano for young children or students who like to play in
a comfortable setting.

A board posting studio news and music festival winners' photos.

Chairs and tables for students doing their theory worksheets or
sofas for parents to observe the lesson.

Learning tools, such as writing board for music notes, flash cards, and metronome for counting rhythm. Students like to use the toy-like percussion instruments, such as castanet and shaker to clap and count beats.

Children Piano pedal.

*** Specialties ***
Early childhood piano lessons for 4 to 7 year old children.

Preparing piano performance for recitals, music festivals, Classical/ Romantic Showcases, competitions for intermediate and advanced students.

Teaching composition for MTAC ‘s Composers Today Recital.

Using technology, notation software, iMovie and iTune software, and the internet.
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TaleenK August 1, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Ms. Shirley has been teaching my two kids (daughter 9 & son 7) for almost 2 years now. She is very dedicated and passionate about music. She challenges my children to try hard and learn good habits. She is flexible in how she approaches both of their lessons given my daughter applies more focus and discipline to her piano than my son. She tries to find ways to keep my son encouraged and interested in learning. She is very accommodating at her home and gives my children space to do their homework. I am very pleased with Ms. Shirley's knowledge, capability and dedication to teaching piano. She is a wonderful teacher.
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Kathryn S. October 27, 2014
· Piano · In studio
Ms. Shirley is fantastic. She is very understanding and a combinations. My son LOVES going to his piano lesson every week. She requires he work hard and pay attention. She really works hard to find good things he does and really reinforces the positive. She is always accommodating to schedule changes as well. We love having her as a teacher.
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Joyce L. October 11, 2014
· Piano · In studio
I have taken lessons with Xiaole for over 5 years now. She helps me to plan long term goals and to strive to play the best I can in performances and competitions. Also, she stresses forming good habits for studying for theory and practicing at home. One thing to note is that she is pretty strict. Overall, I would recommend Xiaole to anyone looking for a productive teacher.
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Xiaole L.

Xiaole L.

Irvine, CA 92614
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About Brianna P.

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Irvine, CA
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About Brianna
Hello..! I have been pursuing music for the last 20 years and I've taught toddlers, teenagers, and adults. As a student, I deeply understand the struggles, amount of patience, and constant hard work that comes with learning music. This holistic process will allow students to strengthen not only their ability to play, but also their patience. Learning music is a lifelong journey--students can remain music lovers even without music lessons! As a teacher, most rewarding aspect of teaching is witnessing their reactions when they reach where they doubted; Fundamentally, I am able to provide exciting experiences that will allow students to grow and perform in a enjoyable, curiosity-driven, invigorating environment!
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Brianna P.

Brianna P.

Irvine, CA 92620
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$25 / 30-min

About Sean M.

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Monrovia, CA
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Welcome, I'm Sean and I'm excited to get started on your personalized lesson package!

I currently live in Los Angeles, where I work full time as a classical guitar instructor. My students range from complete beginners, to collegiate music majors and active professional musicians.

I received my masters degree in classical guitar performance from USC's Thornton School of Music. During the program I studied primarily under Scott Tennant of the Grammy winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, along with Maestro Pepe Romero.

Professionally, I am the first prize recipient of the 2015 American String Teachers Association 'Aron Green' guitar competition, and have done recordings for Guitar Salon International, and KUSC radio at LACMA's Sundays Live Series.

More information is available on my website: seanpmulholland.com
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David January 6, 2017
· Classical Guitar · Online
Sean is a talented and knowledgeable musician who has a thoughtful approach to teaching. He is a positive and encouraging force in a lesson; he will make you feel proud of what you've done and eager to continuing learning to play.
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Christian C. May 26, 2016
· Classical Guitar · In studio
Sean is a great instructor. I frequently use him as a substitute for my students and they all enjoy taking lessons with him.
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Sean M.

Sean M.

Monrovia, CA 91016
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About Elena T.

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Lake Forest, CA
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My name is Elena. I am very pleased to welcome you to my French lessons! I have been teaching French for all age groups (beginning from 3 years old kids to the adult advanced level) for more than 20 years and I am really happy to provide my students with the experience and skills I have acquired for all the years.

I have worked with the kids of all the age groups creating cooperative learning, hands-on and minds-on approach. I also participated in "Write-to-Read" program in California and used these methods to encourage reading/writing at home, parent involvement, and listening/speaking/writing skills. I always try to create an individual approach to every child to develop his/her unique language skills and personal perception.

I am a professionally credentialed and certified teacher from California state and I am happy to share my
experience and my love for French with all students and their families.

Sincerely,

Elena
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Dylan October 12, 2017
· French · In home
She goes above and beyond! My son is autistic, and Elena is perfect with him. She's punctual and understanding.
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Elena T.

Elena T.

Lake Forest, CA 92630
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About Ryan C.

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Azusa, CA

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Ryan Cheung is a classical violinist from Hong Kong and currently pursuing his bachelor degree in Violin Performance and Music Education at Azusa Pacific University.

Ryan began studying piano at the age of five and started receiving violin lessons at the age of six. In 2012, Ryan received the recital Diploma ‘Associate Trinity College London’ (ATCL) in violin with distinction. He was active in the Hong Kong School Music Festival while he was growing up in Hong Kong, and he received a 2nd place and a 3rd place in separated years. He joined various ensembles back in Secondary school, such the string orchestra, symphony orchestra, multiple choral groups and had the honor to represent the school and Hong Kong to compete in the World choir games in 2014 and received a third place in the open competition.

Ryan is currently in the studio o
f Alex Russell. He has been playing in the Azusa Pacific Symphony Orchestra since 2015 and played for the University Choir and Orchestra for two years. Ryan is currently active in the studio orchestra and serving as the assistant section leader in APU Chamber Singers. Ryan plays in different occasions, such weddings, APU school events, or recitals, and collaborate with different musicians, such asL.A. based pianist J. Michael O’Neal.
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Rose March 31, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Ryan is easy going and approachable. He explains things clearly. Music lessons are fun, not a chore.
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Melody October 2, 2017
· Music Theory · In home
Great teacher. He was my music theory tutor, and I was able to skip past two college theory courses within about a week of hour-long tutoring sessions.

From my experience, he works with what you have: he finds your strengths and helps you to learn based on how he believes you'll best receive new information or inspiration. He is able to communicate concepts in many different ways, and always makes sure you understand. He is not long-winded, but communicates the necessary information in a way that is straight-to-the-point, and does not waste time giving his students "busy work," but instead gives them exercises that are directly or indirectly helpful every time. He is a patient teacher, and does not make you feel like you will be left behind. He passionate about teaching and his students, and he does a great job at teaching.
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Ryan C.

Ryan C.

Azusa, CA 91702
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$15 / 30-min

About Jimmy N.

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El Monte, CA

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I am a professional soloist performer and a music teacher. I graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a Bachelors in Music Performance in classical guitar.

I have studied classical guitar since I was 14 years old. While in college, I also studied jazz guitar and arranging. I was a part of both classical guitar ensembles and jazz ensembles. I have many years of experience in both solo and group performances.

As a teacher, I try to bring my performance experience into my lessons. I incorporate techniques such as breathing, muscle memory, and tone control. I believe that practicing performance aspects in lessons greatly increases the speed at which students learn. With me, you can expect to learn guitar fundamentals on a weekly basis along with many great guitar pieces. From there, you could expand your musicality and even create your own s
ongs!

I hope to share my passion with you and help you to create your own music!
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Jimmy N.

Jimmy N.

El Monte, CA 91732
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$42 / 30-min

About Michelle T.

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Riverside, CA

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I am well versed in a wide range of music I believe each voice is as distinctive as a thumbprint and that each student has unique interest and works at his or her own pace. A great teacher recognizes each students strength and highlights those.
while being mindful of what a student needs to work on. I have over 20 years of singing experiences combined with a lot of vocal instruction. I believe a good teacher will help you find the music you are passionate about and find music that encourages that excitement.
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Michelle T.

Michelle T.

Riverside, CA 92505
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$42 / 30-min

About Carter W.

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Tustin, CA

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I believe that everyone has the ability to enjoy and be expressive on an instrument. It is miss instruction and a lack of passion in music education that allows students to become frustrated and bored, ultimately pushing them to quit their instruments.

My goal as a music educator is not only to teach the mechanics of an instrument, but to also inspire a life-long passion for music. Therefore I make a point to encourage students to explore all the music there is to be had in their surrounding environment! This includes attending concerts, listening to great recordings and savoring all the music that our modern-day media has to offer!

With this consistent musical exploration I teach a thorough curriculum of scales, exercises, duets and standard solo repertoire pieces. Surrounding all this is a foundation in music theory. This pedagogi
cal study will enable a fun and easy experience when students pick up their instruments to perform music!

In addition to this private study I strongly encourage my students to pursue extra-curricular musical activities outside their school music programs. This includes auditioning for honor bands/orchestras, chamber music, music competitions and effective musical examinations such as Certificate of Merit. I believe a constant setting and achieving of goals is the foundation of growth in anything we do and music is no exception.

I am proud to say that the majority of my students develop great interest in classical music, fueling them to push past their difficulties and achieve a high standard of musical performance!
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Matthew March 7, 2018
· Clarinet · In home
Before beginning lessons with Carter, playing clarinet was something that I dreaded to do to say the least. Once I started lessons I experienced exponential growth in my playing abilities and began to enjoy the instrument. Fast forward 6 years, because of the help of Carter, I have the opportunity to perform in prestigious youth groups, and have experiences that I wouldn't have had otherwise. Because of my lessons I have developed a love for playing clarinet and music that I wouldn't have had without Carter. -Matthew 6 years
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Donna March 7, 2018
· Clarinet · In home
Carter has been instrumental in my son's growth and development as a musician and clarinetist. He has worked with my son over six years and has displayed patience, exceptional teaching ability and coaching, and clear talent as a musician. Due to Carter's support and teaching over the years, my son has realized tremendous success. He has been First Chair in his Wind Ensemble group at school, a member of the Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble, and a member of the California All-State Music Ensemble. I strongly believe that, without Carter, these accomplishments would have not been possible!
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Chris March 5, 2018
· Flute · In home
"My daughter started flute lessons with Carter 4 years ago, and it has been an immensely positive experience. Carter is very knowledgeable and professional. He strikes exactly the right balance between encouraging my daughter and challenging her. As a consequence, she has gone from a beginner to a very proficient player in a children's orchestra. Carter also helps his students to enlarge their musical activity by giving concerts, joining ensemble groups and listening to other musicians. I would highly recommend him as a teacher to either beginners or more advanced players."
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Carter W.

Tustin, CA 92780
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