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About Christoffer S.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Key signatures, time signatures, complex rhythms, counterpoint, and chord progressions! Music theory is essential for any kind of musician and is one of my favorite subjects to teach. After a short amount of time, you will be able to use our music theory knowledge to do a bit of composing!

About Christoffer
Perform - Create - Build a solid foundation in music while gaining confidence, leadership, and flexibility.

*** NEW POLICIES ***
I'm currently only taking students that can commit to weekly lessons. I no longer allow 24-hr cancellations, which is a policy Takelessons promotes, but I don't find it useful for the teacher or the student. If you'll be out of town, I allow 4 cancellations per year. I also take off these dates: July 4, Thanksgiving/Black Friday, and December 24 - January 1. If you need to reschedule for another reason, I will try to find another time during that week for your lesson, but if it's an exceptionally busy week I may not be able to find a time-slot. You will still be obligated to pay for the lesson.

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I have an MFA in Music Composition and Piano Performance from California Institute of the Arts and
a BA in Music Composition from UC Santa Barbara. I began piano at the age of 7 and composition at age 15. Teaching has always been important to me. I started providing lessons in high school and learned that giving musical knowledge is just as important as acquiring the skills it takes to be a musician. Studying with me will help you become a well-rounded musician with the ability to play the type of music you want to play.

Constantly composing, film scoring, and performing, I'm a very active musician that works with classical musicians, rock musicians, and everything in between. I teach a variety of instruments and will cater lessons to your styles and interests. I'm also a recording artist and work with music software such as Ableton Live, Native Instruments, and Sibelius. I would love to teach you how to compose and record your own music in whichever genre you prefer.

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Many of my students have studied music in the past, but weren't able to keep the passion. I pride myself as a very enthusiastic teacher that works hard at making lessons fun and interesting for any age and background. All of my students (from 3 years old to 60 years old) enjoy music and practice very hard. You will be provided with a solid foundation in theory, aural skills, technique, and creativity, giving you the ability to carve your own path in music. You will learn the correct way to play your instrument and develop the intuition to command it expressively.
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Dea Vise December 10, 2016
· Ukulele · In studio
I've been studying ukulele with Chris for a year and a half now. I went from absolutely no background in music to really being able to play the instrument pretty quickly. Chris has the patience of Job and a real ability to explain music and playing technique in a way that is incredibly easy to understand. I learn something new every week and he can teach as quickly or as slowly as I want to learn that week. If he can teach me to play, he can teach you to play!
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Nicholas N. December 2, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Great first lesson. Looking forward to the next.
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Miranda S. July 27, 2016
· Accordion · In studio
I've learned SO much, even after my first lesson with Christoffer. He's exceedingly patient and encouraging and always finds a way to explain things in a way that make sense. Can't recommend more highly.
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Christoffer S.

Los Angeles, CA 90066
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About Gerri G.

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Sherman Oaks, CA
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I teach students how to read music including note reading, rhythm, keys, how the notes relate to the keys on the piano if desired and interpreting the dynamics of a song, all in a creative, fun environment!

About Gerri
My musical theater career has taken me around the globe from Japan, to the Caribbean as well as numerous cities in the U.S. and Europe! A New York City native, I graduated James Madison University's renowned vocal music program, and began work in theatre, playing such roles as Z.’s Favorite in The national tour of “The Will Roger’s Follies, Sandy in “Grease,” and Velma Von Tussle in “Hairspray” regionally, to name a few. I then went on to tour the world with a cabaret show opening for legends such as Nell Carter and Neil Sedaka, and it has been a fantastic journey so far!

Throughout my career, I have had the opportunity to sing most genres of music from gospel to pop and have a passion for encouraging students in their talents, singing the styles of music they love! I believe we are all so very unique, and there is a reason we are dr
awn to certain types of music over others, so let's work on what we love!

As an actor I also have a strong background in improv comedy, having studied at "The Groundlings," and "The Second City." I then performed professionally with an improv ensemble in NYC called "The Grownups Playground" and can teach a myriad of improv comedy games, selected from my vast experience and cater the games to the students abilities. I believe developing your gifts should be fun!

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My personality is definitely laid back creating a fun atmosphere for lessons. That said, I believe the real fun begins when we cultivate our talents and get opportunities to sing our hearts out!

Lessons usually begin with loosening everything up, as relaxation is imperative to avoiding strain on the voice. Getting loose can be fun and a chance to act silly! Next we move onto learning proper breathing techniques, and practicing exercises that will develop the muscles necessary to produce the most sound while protecting the voice from damage. From there we study ways to warm up the vocal chords. The voice is a muscle and I have found the expression, "Use it or you lose it!" to hold true. Therefore, warming up is just as important as warming up your legs to run track!

The rest of our lesson I like to focus on music selections. We usually watch examples of artists performing the student's choice of music, and then begin either learning the song, or improving a song already learned. Down the road, when songs are performance ready, we will learn proper microphone technique, and try out our songs on mic! Get ready to belt it out!

For acting lessons, I always begin with a few improv warm-ups, and from there move on to the student's choice of monolgue, scene-study or my favorite more improv comedy games!

Lastly, I believe strongly in positivity and creating a comfortable environment for lessons. Sometimes life wears us down, so c'mon in for an uplifting inspiring, encouraging lesson. If this sounds like the type of voice lesson you are looking for, I would love to meet you, and help you reach for your dreams!

*** Specialties ***
Vocally, I specialize in pop, musical theatre, standards, and jazz, all of which I have performed and taught professionally. Acting wise, I am an experienced improviser, and have much experience teaching improv based on philosophies learned at "The Second City."
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Vivienne V. October 30, 2013
· Singing ·
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Gerri is a great teacher as she brings out the best efforts in our daughter (who often approaches new ideas/people/activities with trepidation). She helps our daughter understand her lessons in a very clear and absorbable fashion. We highly recommend her.
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Gerri G.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
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About Calvin A.

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Costa Mesa, CA

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Whether you need tutoring for music theory or want to understand it's value for performing, we will get you on the right track after the first lesson.

Music theory functions in way similar to the rules of grammar and punctuation in language. It can add all sorts of useful things to your skills, like memorize pieces quickly through understanding musical form.

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 recently becoming the youngest artist to receive a number 1 on the dance billboard charts. 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, mandolin, piano,
bass, ukulele, banjo as well as write music.

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I am extremely patient and firmly 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.

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Guitars, Keyboards, Ukuleles, Microphones, Amplifiers, Recording Equipment

*** Specialties ***
Any style you prefer (Rock, Pop, Folk, Country, Jazz, Bluegrass, etc.)
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Camryn September 20, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Listened to my daughter's interests and musical style and then chose things to learn that really interested her.
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Jason F. September 16, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Great Instructor!
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Antawn B. September 13, 2017
· Songwriting · Online
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Calvin A.

Costa Mesa, CA 92627
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About James T.

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I studied AMEB music theory back home in Australia (Australian Musical Examination Board), all the way through until college where I studied a bachelor of performing arts. During my studies advanced theory was covered. As a performing musician playing in orchestras and other ensembles I've always maintained a high level of theory.

I improvise playing electronic violin with DJ's, this requires a broad theory knowledge. It is an instrumental skill when free styling.

I have taught music theory to up and coming music producers to hone their skills and become masters at production. My music has taken me all around the world, from Australia, to Europe and now the US, where I have been recently granted an extraordinary ability visa, recognizing me as one of the best performers from my home country. This allows me to teach and perform music in America.

I look forward to helping you on your musical journey, helping you grow as a musician while making it as enjoyable as possible.

About James
I started my musical career at the age of 2, on the piano, shortly afterwards moving to the violin, and the viola. Earning the music scholarship at school for best classical musician, and later on the scholarship for best orchestral instrumentalist at the world renowned music conservatoire WAAPA (West Australia Academy of Performing Arts). Earning my first diploma (A.Mus.A) at age 14, my music has taken me all around the world. I've played such places as the Australian High Commission, Rheingoldhalle in Mannhein, Dvorak hall in Prague, Australian embassy in London, Disneyland in Paris, and the opening the Australian embassy in Berlin, all before the age of 18.

Most recently through my many musical endeavors, I have been granted a visa of extraordinary ability as musician to enter the United States.

Since then I have lead the LADSO
viola section, played with the West LA Symphony Orchestra, played alongside Laryn Hill, a show presented by Quincy Jones, played in movie orchestras, recorded for studio sessions, performed electronic violin for private parties and nightclubs across the US.

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I have been teaching music since age 11. My mother is a concert pianist and I started off by teaching her students the violin. I have taught ever since and I love it. I have studied in Australia, Europe and the US.

I will help you create a fantastic technical base so you will be able to play with ease as your skill level develops, all while keeping the lessons fun and engaging.

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Piano, Violin, Viola, Music Stand, General Teaching Aids, Recording Equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a music stand and basic materials but the student is expected to have their own instruments and to buy the music I recommend. I will help source and instruments and materials.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical music. I also teach other styles of music including improv, how to play pop music and can help you reach any musical goal. In Australia I used the AMEB syllabus. Which is the Australian examination system for music. I also teach Suzuki method and similar methods. I like creating a great foundation with a lot of exercises and scale patterns to really build up a solid base.
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Ethan K. February 9, 2018
· Violin · In home
First lesson was wonderful. James was patient and very knowledgeable. My son is looking forward to lesson.
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Katrina B. April 12, 2017
· Piano · In studio
James is a great teacher. I haven't practiced piano in years and James made it enjoyable and easy to get back into it.
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Naum Y. January 26, 2017
· Violin · In studio
After several lessons I should say we are very pleased with the teacher and his instructions style. My 12 year old is enthusiastic and waiting for his lessons every week.
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James T.

Woodland Hills, CA 91367
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About Knox S.

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Culver City, CA

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Learn everything from Figured Bass to how to spell a C#13(#9, #11) chord. For beginners I write customized exercises for you. Intermediate and up I use the Berklee Press harmony books.

About Knox
Ear Training, Sightreading, Music Theory, and Harmony are all essential parts of mastering any musical endeavor. Your instrument is merely the voice by which you express your musicianship. HURRY - I only have room for 8 to 10 students!

I've performed on THE VOICE, AMERICAN IDOL, GREASE LIVE! & others. My music has been featured on NBC, ABC, CBS, and domestic & international films. I've coproduced KRISTIN BELL, JEFF DUNHAM, WANG LEEHOM, & LINYU CHUN.

I received undergraduate training at BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC (BM) in Boston where I studied with Tiger Okoshi, Charles Lewis, John Bavicchi, Richard Davis, & Gregory Fritze, and was a Graduate Assistant at the HODGSON SCHOOL OF MUSIC at UGA (MM) where I was a protege of the late Fred Mills (1935-2009), founding member of the Canadian Brass.
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Matt February 12, 2018
· Arrangement and Composition · In home
Knox is an incredible person and teacher. In addition to his education, he has a lot of real-world experience. His lessons are fun and full of informative, practical knowledge. Highly recommend!
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Evan February 11, 2018
· Arrangement and Composition · In studio
Knox is a great musician, great teacher and all-around great guy! Knowledgeable and friendly. Highly recommended!
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Lee February 6, 2018
· Trumpet · Online
I got better with just one lesson!
He opened my eyes! I studied with other trumpet teachers for years and didn't learn as much!
Try a lesson with him!
Thank you Mr. Knox!
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Knox S.

Culver City, CA 90230
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About Paul N.

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Trained by one of the top composers and teachers of music theory in Los Angeles, my music theory teaching skills have long been sought after by classmates, former classmates and tutoring centers on University campuses. Need help analyzing Bach, Beethoven, Brahms or Bartok? Look no further!

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

Reseda, CA 91335
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About Steven G.

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Winnetka, CA
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Private study of music theory with me is highly individualized. For beginners, we will start with the basics of tonality, intervallic relationships, rhythm, and ear training. We will then progress into a study of harmony, musical modes, mixed meter, etc. Lessons can be done in conjunction with piano instruction if possible. I always like to use audio recordings and sheet music of recognizable compositions, both contemporary and classical, to augment a student's understanding of concepts.

About Steven
I consider myself dedicated to two passions in life: the art of musical creation, and the joy of kindling that spark in others. I've been teaching private music lessons for the past five years, and have worked with students of many different ages and proficiency levels. I am always on the lookout to work with new people who are just as excited about creating music as I am! My musical career began fifteen years ago as a classically-trained pianist, and soon after began to expand to more contemporary styles such as rock, pop, jazz, and electronic. I spent four years at the University of Miami studying under Academy Award nominee Chris Boardman, and graduated with a degree in Music Composition & Production and a double minor in Music Business and Creative American Music. I currently reside in Los Angeles, where I write and produce music for
films, TV shows, and video games. I look forward to meeting you and starting our musical journey together!
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Ina and Nathan K. July 13, 2017
· Piano · In home
Steve is a pleasure having around. He is patient, he inspired my kids and managed them well during the lesson. Steve's knowledge and love for music is motivational.
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Kaden K. November 7, 2016
· Piano · In home
Although today was my son's first lesson with Steven, I gave him 5 stars because my son really enjoyed the lesson and also liked him a lot. From the start, Steven was calm and very very patient. He made my son comfortable and worked around his pace and level.
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London B. May 7, 2016
· Piano · In home
Steven was wonderful, my granddaughter was so happy that he is her teacher. She is looking forward to her next lesson on Saturday.
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Steven G.

Winnetka, CA 91306
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About Rich J.

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10+ years of music theory experience in NYC and LA!

About Rich
Rich has been teaching private lessons since 2010 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home and online. Rich has helped students from beginners to advanced improve their musical abilities and perform with confidence.

Rich received his training at NYU in 2011where he received a degree in Music Education and Technology. As an expert in his field, Rich looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Rich's teaching style is inspiring, challenging, and fun.
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Dedee April 2, 2018
· Piano · In home
He's great!
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Braxten & Maximus P. March 29, 2018
· Piano · In home
AWESOME!
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Paula February 23, 2018
· Clarinet · In studio
Rich has been a wonderful and patient teacher for my 3rd grader as she begins clarinet. His encouragement helps keep her going!
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Rich J.

Encino, CA 91316
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Santa Ana, CA

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I been playing guitar for 30 years and I've learned a lot on the way. I Studied under some great teachers at Musicians Institute as well as taking private lessons with some amazing Jazz guitarist. I like to break down theory in a way that makes it easy to understand. I've boughten books and watched videos that ( in my opinion ) over complicates things, so I've developed a method that simplifies things.

About Dan
I'm a lead and rhythm guitarist. I went to Musicians Institute and graduated the Professional Guitar Program. I am currently a teacher at a school where I teach a classroom of 60 t0 70 students and private lessons as well. I have also managed and ran a recording studio for over 10 years. I'm Proficient at Logic Pro and Garage Band. If recording and producing your own music is something you would like to learn as well I can definitely help you achieve that goal.

I developed a curriculum and method of teaching guitar that simplifies theory and the learning process. I go out of my way to explain things that makes playing enjoyable and easy to understand. My goal is to get my students playing music and to enjoy the process. I teach students of all ages and levels.

My styles range from Blues,Rock, the styles of Jimi Hendrix, Funk, Soul, P
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Erica February 27, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Dan has been my Guitar instructor for over a year. He has the ability to know my way of learning and because of that I'm able to learn the songs faster, of course we all know you have to practice. I would highly recommend Dan for his patience, knowledge, skills, experience and his love of teaching.
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Nemo February 9, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Dan is an amazing teacher. When I came to him first, I barely knew how to hold a guitar. He took me under his wings, and almost ten months later, he transformed my playing where I now actually sound like I'm playing a real song.

He is extremely talented, very gifted, and really really good at teaching. He excels in breaking down a concept, or helping me figure out the right way to play a chord, or a lick. He has also proved that he has an amazing ear, helping me learn a song (that he's never heard before), by breaking it down, and de-constructing it.

I am very happy with him being my teacher, and I look forward to learning a lot from him.
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Kaleese February 8, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Mr. Salas is one of the best guitar teachers I ever had. He's very patient and very encouraging. He's makes me strive to be a better player. He takes the time to invest in his students and is always available for questions when you need him. I have learned so much from him being his student for a year now. I highly recommend his services to anyone looking to improve in guitar.
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Santa Ana, CA 92701
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Greetings Take Lessons Music Theory Students:

I teach all aspects of Music Theory and composition out of my home studio in Long Beach, CA as well as online.

Subject areas include: basic music theory/ear training, jazz theory, improv, 4 part choral, form and analysis, 20th c techniques, counterpoint, arranging, orchestration, commercial songwriting and much more.

I also offer accredited music composition grades through portfolio submission with London College of Music.

Advanced theorists may move into my artist development program where they work on preparing for careers in the arts.

I teach all levels of music theory to students ages 12 and older. Thanks!

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Good day TakeLessons Students:

This is James located in Belmont Shore, California. I have had the pleasure of teaching privately since 1984 and I have also taught at CSUF, Orange Coast College/Coastline Community College, Orange County High School of the Arts and Huntington Beach Academy of the Performing Arts. I'm also currently on faculty at University of West London: London College of Music as a US representative coach for their music grade programs and advanced diploma/degrees.

Out of my studio in Long Beach I currently coach students ages 12 and older in the following areas: piano, digital keyboards, voice, musical theatre, acting, voiceover, violin/viola, music theory/ear, music composition/songwriting, music history, music therapy, breath and meditation.

I also offer several subjects to Take Lessons students online.


I enjoy being an artist developer and i work with advanced artists preparing for careers in the arts. Many of my current students are in the movie/tv industry, perform in musical theatre and for cruise ships and Disneyland.

I look forward to helping you reach your music goals. Thanks.
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Serafino May 7, 2018
· Stage Performance · In studio
I've been doing General artist development. Including vocal training, stage performance and creating a professional industry standard website that you will need to have a serious career in entertainment.
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Proud Mom May 6, 2018
· Voice Acting · In studio
My son had never had vocal or acting lessons as a child. After getting his first role in a musical, my son fell in love with this art form. He started with James in middle school. My son has had a leading role in every musical at his high school since starting with James.
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Rob May 6, 2018
· Classical Voice · In studio
exceptionally well versed and great communicator
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James S.

Long Beach, CA 90803
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