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About Matt B.

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About Matt
I have been teaching guitar to students on the East and West Coasts of the United States for over 20 years. I was always interested in music and made my first “recording” at the age of 2 and a half. I got serious about playing the guitar when I was 10 years old after hearing the legendary Randy Rhoads for the first time.
I begged my parents for a guitar, which I received at Christmas, along with a parental demand that I take classical guitar lessons, and a warning that if I did not practice, my parents would sell the guitar. Six months later, I still had the guitar, and a brand new electric guitar. I never stopped practicing, and spent summers at the National Guitar Summer Workshop, where I even built a guitar at age 15.
By the time I was in high school, I was regularly playing in bands, recording in professional studios, and studying M
usic Theory. I credit my early development to my teachers, Ron Bluen, and Steve Famiglietti. I aspire to offer my students the same positive influence I received during my formative years.
After high school, I attended the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California, where I honed my chops. From there, I played with various bands, including Hollywood Rose (the precursor to Guns N’ Roses) and with Bruce Bouillet (Racer X, The Scream, Epidemic) and Tommy Chong.
In 2006, I released my solo record, Contributions For An Atom Bomb. The Album has garnered a cult following and the respect of some of my all-time heroes.
Today, I continue to play live shows, teach, study, write, record and jam. Nothing makes me prouder than jamming with my students and watching them grow as musicians.

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I like to focus on three things every lesson.
1. Technical Exercises- to get your fingers moving and build strength and coordination
2. Music Theory - the fingerboard and the way music works seem complicated, but I have a great methodical and simple way to break it down so it all makes sense.
3. Tunes - I like to work with the music you like. We take songs and break them down to understand the techniques and theory behind them. You won't just play the song like the recording, you'll understand the chords and scales and why your favorite artist chose them.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have guitars, a bass, pedals, cables, metronome, practice amps, etc. All you need to bring is your guitar.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide my own equipment and materials, students must provide their own guitar, amp, etc.

*** Specialties ***
I teach students to understand theory and the fingerboard. All styles and genres are acceptable but I specialize in rock.
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Marilyn F. March 6, 2014
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Great teacher!

Matt has been friendly and encouraging, has considerable knowledge of his instrument, and has even inspired us to practice every day! He's a great teacher for younger children, has a passion for music, and is a source of inspiration.
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Peter S. March 26, 2013
· Guitar ·
An excellent teacher

I started taking lessons with Matt when I was 16 and when we started up again this year (I'm now 31) we were able to pick right back up where we left off. That should tell you all you need to know about how much he cares about his students.

He's an especially excellent teacher because he's so passionate about music and his instrument. You'll never run out of new things to learn because he's always learning new things himself.

Nobody will teach you to love the guitar like this dude!
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Tyler M. March 13, 2013
· Guitar ·
Incredible Guitar Teacher

The most inspiring, challenging, caring and charismatic guitar teacher you will ever have. He will take your playing to the next level and beyond. Matt's playing ceases to amaze and he is constantly producing pearls of guitar wisdom, along with some killer licks.
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Matt B.

Matt B.

Los Angeles, CA 90045
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About Vanessa L.

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Hacienda Heights, CA
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I can teach you how to read music. You would be able to understand keys, rhythm, dynamics, ect.

About Vanessa
As a vocal teacher I focus on the correct method to singing that helps keep your voice beautiful and healthy.
I earned my bachelors degree in music education with an emphasis in vocals. I learned music appreciation, theory, history, choral singing and classical voice training.
I love music and cannot picture life without it. Music is an expression of life! I also love to teach music to others as I feel I'm passing on a great gift.

*** Lesson Details ***
As a teacher I fall somewhere in between strict and laid back. For instance, if you don't practice I won't scold you, but I will remind you that you can only be as good as you work to be. If you don't want to put in the effort you will waste your time and money, as well as not receive the results that you were desiring.
Our lessons will consist of many vocal exercises, go
od posture, and breathing techniques. One rule that I have is that I don't move you on to another song until you have successfully learned all you can from the first one you try. There is no point in learning another song when you have only learned the first one at a mediocre level.
If you are serious about becoming a better singer/musician you will enjoy our lessons.
I encourage my students to strive for excellence and will do all I can to draw that out of you.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide the tools to learn theory, songs to choose from and I do have my own portable keyboard. Students would need to have a tape or digital recorder to record their lessons and a positive attitude.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical voice, and vocal training, (learning how to use your voice properly).
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Joyce October 12, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I signed my 2 daughters up for a set of 5 singing lessons to prepare for an upcoming musical theater production. Not only did Vanessa work well with my 9 and 12 year old, but she sent them home with a weekly digital voice exercise to practice during the week, which I thought was very beneficial. My 12 year old went into the musical theater production with greater confidence, and my 9 year old was chosen for the role she had been hoping for.
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Sonia E. June 5, 2017
· Singing · Online
Vanessa knows how to sing and how to teach singing lessons. Classes with Vanessa are simply delicious, full of learning and laughters.
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Eileen R. December 12, 2016
· Singing · Online
2 sessions/lessons in, and so far it has been great! In the span of a few weeks I've really noticed a difference in my singing when I applied the lessons and techniques I've learned from Vanessa. She is an effective teacher and highly motivating. I'm excited for the next lessons to come!
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Vanessa L.

Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
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About Christian D.

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About Christian
Hello everyone! :)
I am a piano teacher from the Los Angeles area! I have two big passions in life. Music and teaching! And putting both together is truly a rewarding experience for me. That being said, I feel so lucky that I am a music teacher! I absolutely love to instill my passion for music in others, and I feel very accomplished when a student not only learns their instrument well, but also develops a passion for playing it! I always say that my main goal while teaching piano, is to make lessons both fun and rewarding! I believe that in order for a student to learn piano well, he/she must love playing it! I know that I've accomplished this "main goal" many times in the past, and I'm absolutely thrilled about doing it again and again!

I hold a Bachelors of Arts in Music degree from USC (my focus was Classical Piano). While pursui
ng this degree, I studied classical piano with renowned pianist Norman Krieger (among other teachers at USC). Also, I recently graduated with a masters degree (my focus was music composition) from UC Irvine. While there, I taught music theory to undergraduates. I think theory is important and it's one of the things I emphasize when I teach piano. When performing live, I love to play my own music but of course I also have a passion for performing the classics as well! I have also been playing keyboards in a rock band for several years.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach Beginner to semi- advanced levels. When working with beginners, I like to start with teaching basic scales and chords before starting to work on actual pieces of music. Scales help develop finger technique and knowing what chords you're playing helps one understand music better. When we start to go over pieces, I like to emphasize phrasing and dynamics as much as possible. And I also help the students analyze the music (chords, etc) so that they, again, understand the music they're playing. At first, I like to choose what pieces a student plays. But as they get more advanced, I encourage them to choose the music themselves. In other words, I want them to play what they want to play. I find classical music very exciting and I try to help students "get into it" by having them find music they like, and learning it! Of course, I try to help with this process as much as possible and if a student only chooses music that I feel will not help them improve their piano skills (or music that is beyond their level), I will help the student find something else.

In general, after 3 to 6 months with me, a student will have learned some exciting pieces of music, they will have developed greater finger technique, they will understand the theory behind all the music they play, and they will have developed a greater passion for their instrument and for music itself!

*** Studio Equipment ***
lessons in living room, piano, room for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
For piano students: I would expect them to have a piano or keyboard in their home. I would provide sheet music for the first few lessons. I am trained in the Alfred and Bastien methods and have used those books during my lessons. I would talk to the student over the first couple of lessons to find out whether I think they would benefit from those books.

For song writing and theory students: I would expect them to have blank musical notation paper. I would provide scores/books for study for the first several lessons. Later, I may ask them to purchase certain books if I feel it would help them.

*** Specialties ***
My background is mainly in classical music (although I have been playing keyboards in a rock band for the past several years).

I have been studying classical piano since I was 5, and I also studied it while pursuing my Bachelors degree in music at USC.

I have been teaching Beginning-Advanced music theory to college undergraduates for the past 2 years.

I hold a Masters degree in Music (my emphasis was music composition) from University of California, Irvine
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La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011
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About Minoo M.

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Corona, CA
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piano lesson in your home. I have been teaching piano more than 18 years. Your love of music will grow as I help you develop your piano skills.

About Minoo
My teaching philosophy is based in the belief that learning music should be fun and exciting! I always encourage my students to pursue the kind of music that they find most appealing, rather than using the same curriculum and method book. I teach private lessons and have had the experience of working with hundreds of students ranging from beginners with no experience to advanced players.

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Fun and patient piano teacher with more than 15 years of experience.

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Aaniya M. June 13, 2017
· Piano · In home
Minoo was awesome. She was very understanding and patient with my daughter since she has vision issues.
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Meg October 20, 2016
· Piano · In home
Minoo is an amazing instructor. She has been working with my younger son since he was 4. He is a squirmy little guy and she has been able to keep him engaged and interested, while making lessons fun. I so appreciate that Minoo's focus is to foster a love of music and we've been so impressed with the progress our son has made in a short time!
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Jeannie J. June 28, 2016
· Piano · In home
Minoo has been a wonderful piano teacher for my 8-year-old daughter for the past year. She is always punctual and prepared, bringing my daughter new music as soon as she masters a piece. She is kind and patient, and my daughter enjoys her lessons very much. As a bonus, Minoo organizes a yearly recital for her students, so we get to see their progress. I highly recommend her as a piano teacher:)
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Minoo M.

Corona, CA 92879
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About Stephen O.

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Los Angeles, CA

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With over 4 years of composing, 6 years of gigging and playing the guitar for 14 years, I have cultivated a unique approach to Music. My style is rooted in Music Theory knowledge and my personality. From this, and going to college for Music, I have a very good understanding of Music Theory and have over 4 years of experience with teaching.

About Stephen
Hi there! My name is Steve and I have my Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Performance for guitar. I have been playing the guitar for over 13 years now and have been teaching for over 4 years. I can play Jazz, Bluegrass, Rock, Pop, Fusion, Funk, Jam and Singer/Songwriter. Any of these genres I'm able to teach and give insight about playing and performing. I've worked with students who are absolute beginners to professional musicians who want to further their knowledge, all ages too. I've been gigging for over 6 years as well and I utilize my experiences to give my students the best music education in a holistic way that they can understand. I am motivated, flexible and eager to teach! Take a listen to some of my music!

www.soundcloud.com/stephen-ostaszewski
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Bryan November 30, 2017
· Guitar · Online
Stephen is awesome. I do the lessons online which is super easy and fun as well. I am literally just a beginner so this is very exciting and Stephen is kind and patient!
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Laura September 27, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Steve is a pretty awesome guitar instructor. He can adapt his teaching to what the student wants to learn and adjust instruction as needed. He is really good at explaining things and helping the student work through things.
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Juan August 5, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Our 10y.o. son has been taking lessons from Steve and really likes learning the guitar. He has improved much in a short period and is very enthused to keep learning. We highly recommend Steve for the guitar. He is a patient tutor and proficient in teaching.
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Stephen O.

Los Angeles, CA 90006
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About Arielle V.

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I believe learning music theory is a huge advantage to any musician! Whether you're learning guitar or vocal scales, writing your own songs or you just want to learn how to read music, theory tips and tricks are incredibly helpful. My students can expect to learn about scales, chords, key signatures, rhythms, writing skills, ear training, and most importantly, how to apply it to their instrument!

About Arielle
I am a voice, guitar, bass, ukulele songwriting and music theory teacher based in Los Angeles. I have over five years of teaching experience, and a lifetime of performance and writing experience. I graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2014 with a degree in songwriting. Since then, I have been working with several bands, writing and performing my original music and teaching students of all ages. My lessons are customized to fit you or your child's specific goals and interests. Above all, I believe music should be fun!
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Audrey W. June 11, 2015
· Guitar · In home
My daughter, Audrey loved her. Asked me if Arielle could come over every day. Wish we could afford that...for now once a week.
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Studio City, CA 91604
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About Mike L.

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As a professional musician with 15 years of performing and teaching experience, I am a curious scholar of music theory, especially in the field of jazz harmony and improvisation.

About Mike
A semi-finalist in the 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition, Mike has emerged as a leading up-and-coming voice in jazz today. Releasing 2 studio albums of original compositions with co-leader Josh Moshier, Mike’s groups have been featured on NPR’s nationally syndicated program Jazz Set with Dee Dee Bridgewater. The group has toured throughout the U.S. and South America showcasing their talents. Mike’s composition Jambo won the 2008 International Jazz Composers Symposium’s Best Small Group Composition award. He has been a featured artist with pop & Motown icons including The Temptations and Guster. Mike’s latest project, the Drive Trio, features Grammy award winning bassist Clark Sommers and Jon Deitemyer.

Mike received his B.M. in Jazz Studies and Economics from Northwestern University in 2007, where he studied
with saxophone under Frederick L. Hemke and John Wojciechowski, and he is currently pursuing a MM in music at USC, studying with Bob Mintzer.
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CJ September 15, 2015
· Saxophone · In home
Mike taught me everything I know about playing the jazz saxophone. He came to every lesson with great energy and always made me excited about the music with novel ideas for exercises and just the right balance of fun and rudiments. I am not a professional musician, and may never rely on the saxophone for income, but Mike has given me a very deep and permanent appreciation for the music. Thanks to Mike, jazz and the saxophone will always be parts of my life. I cannot recommend him enough as an educator.
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Mike L.

Los Angeles, CA 90065
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About Rachel T.

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My background in music theory makes me capable of tutoring students in a wide range of music theory subjects. Through my extensive studies, I have learned about music theory and its history dating back to the Renaissance era (c. 1400s). My Music Theory Minor from Northwestern University has given me the opportunity to study music theory in many different contexts beginning with simple Roman numeral chord analysis and delving as deep as composing small four-voice fugues. A student who studies theory with me can expect to become an expert at music analysis, beginning with species counterpoint and continuing from there based on the student's subject interests. I am able to personalize the learning materials of each of my students by using different musical examples that I have studied over the fourteen theory courses I have taken so far. I took the AP Music Theory class in high school and received a 5 on the exam and am also able to help tutor students who wish to pass the test.
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I provide private instruction for beginner to advanced trombone, bass trombone, and music theory students. My goal is to create a comfortable atmosphere in which students can feel free to express themselves through the music they play. I keep students mentally engaged by asking them questions that are intended to direct them toward creating a clear, personal interpretation of their music. This gives the student a sense of artistic authority and ownership over their playing and creates more enjoyment in daily practicing and playing. I advocate for students listening to as much music as they can, whether it is a live concert or a recording, which I view as an essential key to swift musical development.
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Grant R. July 22, 2017
· Trombone · In studio
I highly recommend Rachel as a teacher. With terrific musical instincts and a practical teaching strategy catered to the individual student, she is very effective in her instruction. She's also a cool person!
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Ella December 9, 2016
· Trombone · In studio
Best instructor ever
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Sarah C. August 4, 2016
· Trombone · In studio
Rachel is a fantastic teacher and tutor. Her expansive knowledge of music theory and ear training contributes to her vast musical ability. Not only is she a great performer, but she is able to break down the music and explain it in a variety of ways in order to effectively teach students at any level. Most importantly, Rachel is an advocate for students expressing their own musical voice. She will not tell a student exactly how to play a given piece, but rather she will teach them the necessary tools for the student to play well, and allow them to explore their own musical interpretation from there.

Outside of music, Rachel is a genuine and kind-hearted person. She is understanding and empathetic, and this carries over into her teaching as well. That being said, Rachel holds herself and her students to high standards. Students will hear improvement in their tone, technique, and musicality as they work with Rachel. I give her my highest recommendation for all subjects.
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Rachel T.

Mission Viejo, CA 92691
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About Ella R.

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This involves reading sheet music as well as understanding the structure of musical sound itself.

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Everyone can sing. It's just a matter of knowing how. I love sharing my passion for music and singing.
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Margaret September 7, 2017
· Opera Voice · In home
Instructor is very knowledgeable. She is also quite willing to adapt to one's ability level, which is really nice. Great instructor!!!
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Frannie September 7, 2017
· Singing · In studio
A+ experience! Ella is a gifted and patient teacher who will rock your world! Thanks for everything Ella!
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Ella August 4, 2017
· Singing · In home
My daughter really enjoys her voice lessons with Ella
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Long Beach, CA 90804
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I work with my students on developing a musical ear, learning what to listen for, and how to read notes, rhythms and every detail on the page. I will also help with rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic dictation. We will begin with all the intervals, scales, and simple rhythms, and continue to add new information to the mix once the student demonstrates mastery throughout my courses.

About Michael
I am a professional saxophonist with a Master's Degree in saxophone performance and a bass player who has played with many groups of all different genres. I have also played guitar solo and in many group settings throughout the years. I have been teaching private music lessons for 10 years, and even a few workshops including saxophone sectionals for the Westridge Marching Band. Music is a big part of my life, and I love to help educate students of all ages and skill levels on their desired instrument. I offer services teaching saxophone, guitar, electric bass, clarinet, flute, and even music theory lessons.

I earned my Bachelor's Degree at California State University Northridge in 2013 and my Master's degree in the same university in 2015. I now play with a marvelous saxophone quartet, two Rock bands on bass guitar, and a latin/funk g
roup on bass as well. In addition to these live bands, I have been featured on many producer's tracks, and am a producer of original music myself.

I teach from my home in Sherman Oaks and also would be happy to teach online via Skype or FaceTime. I can travel to my students as long as they are within 7 miles away.

Styles I teach: Classical repertoire, jazz, rock, funk, reggae, metal, Latin (Cumbia/Salsa/Merengue/Banda), pop, and others.

Please feel free to write with any questions. I look forward to meeting you and helping you on your path to music mastery
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Michael F.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
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Average Cost of Music Theory Lessons in Hacienda Heights, CA

The average cost of 60-minute music theory lessons in Hacienda Heights is $48. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $40 and $55 per hour.

30-min $25
 
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45-min $32
 
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$48 average
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For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute music theory lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute music theory lessons are 28% less expensive at $35, and 30-minute lessons cost 44% less at $27.

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