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About Matt B.

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Want to write songs with interesting melodies and chord changes?

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.

*** Lesson Details ***
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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Los Angeles, CA 90045
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About Jonah R.

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Nothing is quite as rewarding as writing your own material, however, it's easy to feel stuck with an idea if you don't know how to fully develop it. I will help you take that one lick/chord change/vocal melody you've been working on and turn it into a fully fleshed out song. We'll take the time to learn the individual roles and functions of certain song sections, and pretty soon you'll be writing your best material with much more focus and confidence!

About Jonah
If you're going to hire a guitar teacher, your lessons should be something you look forward to every week. The majority of instructors use a one-size-fits-all approach, and as a result, their students can quickly become frustrated and lose interest. I've always found this unfortunate because playing the guitar can be such an incredibly enjoyable and rewarding experience.

With each one of my students, I take into account how much time they are willing to practice, what playing styles interest them, and what teaching approach works best. I then come up with a lesson plan that is specifically catered to their needs.
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Scott Lindenbaum November 15, 2016
· Guitar ·
Jonah is a great teacher. He's patient and easy going. I immediately got the feeling that he loves playing the guitar and that spirit is motivating.
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Lorena Lopez June 21, 2016
· Guitar ·
Jonah is kind and patient. He makes the lessons fun and enjoyable! I'll be back for sure!
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Shauna Bellante February 3, 2016
· Guitar ·
Jonah has been teaching our 5 year old daughter for a few months now. We are always impressed with his professionalism and his patient and gentle nature. He is very positive and encouraging with our daughter and he has very realistic expectations. She just loves him and so do we.
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Jonah R.

Jonah R.

Los Angeles, CA 90066
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About Alex V.

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Learn how to write, arrange and record your songs. Make CD's or YouTube videos. All styles and levels.

About Alex
~ COMPLETE VOICE TRAINING ~ EASY PIANO & SONG-WRITING ~

30 yrs of teaching experience - Europe/USA: Cal State LA, LACHSA, private. All styles & levels. Hi-tech studio: tracks, vocal demos, YouTube videos, CD's, more.
Clients include: Miss Universe, Star Search winners, America's Got Talent, professional Jazz, Broadway, Pop, R&B, Gospel, Opera, Rock, Country singers and song-writers.

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Hollywood, California. The very name is magic. For a century Hollywood has attracted the greatest talent in the world. Great talent attracts great teachers. In 1992 European-trained Maestro Alex V. opened his private music school and began accepting students.

Maestro Alex received a Master of Arts from the State Academy of Music of Latvia (former USSR). For many years he has taught music at the LA County High-School of Arts and Cal State Un
iversity of Los Angeles.

If your dream is to be the best singer, pianist or song-writer you could possibly be, then you have found the right teacher. Many of Alex's students have gone onto exciting careers in the entertainment industry.

LESSON DETAILS:

The wide diversity of music styles in existence today means that every performer must develop his own niche in the musical world. Maestro Alex's teaching method is very effective and easy to understand. And it can be applied to all musical styles and levels.

Your lessons will begin with warm-up exercises: musical aerobics that help to develop great technical skills, and are fun to do. The balance of your lesson is dedicated to learning the music you naturally love and want to learn.

All programs include music book, learning material, instr. tracks, recordings, arrangements, YouTube videos, and everything you possibly need to become a great singer, pianist and song-writer.

Step by step you will learn musical basics that create a beautiful sound as you sing or play piano. You will gain technique, knowledge, artistic confidence, and eventually become the singer, pianist or song-writer you always wanted to be.

The key to success will be: practice, patience and persistence. With that plus your musical skills and talent you will amaze your friends and loved ones, and create many beautiful memories and successes in your life.

STUDIO EQUIPMENT:

Alex's V. Music School is located in West Hollywood. Big green umbrella on the porch with white table and chairs overlooks white rose garden.

Piano Studio with baby grand piano, big sofa, fire place, big-screen TV, paintings and plants create professional yet cozy atmosphere.

Vocal Studio: Kurzweil Grand Piano, big iMac, hi-tech recording studio, Tyros work-station, great sound system, big music library, copy machine, water fountain and healthy snacks.

SPECIALTIES:

All styles and levels: Pop, Jazz, Classical, R&B, to Rock, Country, Broadway, Opera, New Age, and more.

Alex can make great song arrangements, instrumental tracks, vocal recordings, YouTube videos, cool CDs, transcribe sheet music, etc.

MAESTRO ALEX V. (M.A.)

Alex was born in Riga, Latvia (former USSR). His musical career started at early age of 4 with performances on State TV. His musical training of 16 years culminated in Master of Arts.

In Latvia Alex worked at the State University of Latvia, State Musical Theater and Riga Film Studios.

Alex emigrated to United States in 1982, and for many years worked as a pianist, vocal coach and musical director at the LACHSA and Cal State University of Los Angeles.

Now he works at his home in W Hollywood. He composes and arranges music, and maintains a select list of privately tutored students, including Miss Universe, Star Search winners, professional singers, actors and song-writers.

Working directly w prof. Alex V. your natural talent will be groomed for success.
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Emma M. September 5, 2017
· Singing · In studio
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Berit May 9, 2017
· Singing · In home
Maestro Alex = it's more than just learning to sing and use your voice. It's a soul sanctuary, each time. I so so so enjoy it! And it makes me relaxed and happy at the same time. WOW. highly recommended
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Berit January 18, 2017
· Singing · In home
Such a great soul & I learned more than just a song! Can't wait for my next lesson !
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Los Angeles, CA 90046
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About Matthew M.

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Long Beach, CA
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About Matthew
Music has been a part of my life since I was 5 years old, when my father would record my brother and I singing. I always loved singing and learned many of my favorite songs as a child.

I started playing the trumpet in the 4th grade, which has led me all the way to receiving my degrees in Trumpet Performance and Music Education! I was lucky enough to attend one of the nation's top music schools, The Peabody Institute, and I now work toward my Master's degree at California State University, Long Beach. I have enjoyed performing in everything from big-band-lead to principal trumpet in the orchestra, leading brass quintets and brass ensembles, and much more! The trumpet has been a huge passion for as long as I can remember now!

While I was learning songs as a child, I decided I wanted to join a band! Now here we are 10 years later and
I've have the fortune of performing as a lead singer in bands across the country, and let me tell you there is no bigger thrill than getting in-front of a crowd full of cheering fans, performing music you love.

I've also been playing the guitar for just under 10 years. Playing the guitar has been both a complete joy, but also a fantastic learning experience. I have been learning songs of my favorite artists and even written my own material,and having the opportunity to immerse myself in my favorite music and create music of my own has taught me so much more about music and being a musician. I hope to impart this experience onto all of my students.

Whether it's trumpet, voice, or guitar, I love all things music and my #1 objective is to for my students to learn how it feels to experience what music REALLY has to offer, so to you reading this, let's make some noise!

*** Lesson Details ***
For starters, understand that you're going to have a blast! Within months of working together, I'll have you playing your favorite songs, or feeling prepared for that upcoming audition. I remember what it was like to have second thoughts about auditioning and performance, and I'll make sure those thoughts are a thing of the past for you!

During our lessons, I enjoy addressing the material you have to work on, whether in school or just for your own enjoyment. At the same time, I will present music and materials of my own, and I encourage you to do the same!

I have always enjoyed learning from my students as they have learned from myself, and I could only hope to express how rewarding it is when I see a student of mine progress from week to week and achieve their own goals.

Whether you are a beginner or an advanced player, you can be guaranteed we'll make steady progress and we will achieve your goals. Get ready to wow your friends and family!

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Metronome
Post-it Notes
Music Stand(s)
Chairs
Computer/Internet
Keyboard
Guitar(s)

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would provide utilities including music stand, metronome, some external source of pitch.

I expect the student to bring any and all assigned music/material they wish to work on. The student will also begin the lesson prepared with basic necessities, including a pencil (please, no pens) and all music assigned from prior lesson (if this is a first-lesson, bring any/all music you currently have and/or are working on). Vocal students will bring a bottle of water. Trumpet students will have their own valve oil and mouthpiece (if not originally included with your horn).

*** Specialties ***
Trumpet methods include (not limited to) Arban's, Clarke, Sachs, Rubank, Getchell, Adam, Schlossberg, Colin, Bai Lin.

For instruments outside the trumpet, methods will address school curriculum, unless student has advanced beyond provided materials.

I strongly encourage students of voice, guitar, and piano to pick material of their choosing.

Classical and rock are the genres to which I am most attracted
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Declan S. November 5, 2015
· Trumpet · In home
Matt is a wonderful teacher.
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Sam B. January 31, 2013
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Vocal Lessons

I've been taking lessons with Matt for about 2 months now. Right away it was a very comfortable environment and vibe, which is important, especially as a beginning, aspiring singer. Takes the lessons slow and easy going at first, then jumps into exercises and focuses on directly what style the student is interested in. Very awesome dude, would definitely recommend! Thanks Matt!
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CJB July 1, 2012
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singing is my life.. :)

Matthew makes a wonderful vocal coach becomes he makes you feel comfortable right away... he also is very passionate about music... and he is very educated in the field of music as well... he is a perfect teacher to give you the right tools and tricks to help you with all your music needs... and that is why he is still my vocal coach!
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Matthew M.

Long Beach, CA 90814
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About Dorothea G.

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Songwriting can be made simple. I'm both an independent songwriter (Thea) and film composer. My experience over 20 years ranges from classical (American College of Music President's Award for original classical piano piece) to pop (IMDB credits include indie film theme song and full film score with DreamWorks Director). I've been writing songs for years with DAW's and in professional recording studio environments, including my own. My program Rockstar For A Day™ will help develop you as an artist and get your songs out into the world!

About Dorothea
LATEST NEWS!
Not only am I am coach, but I also am a recording artist, singer/songwriter and composer. I just released my first EP, Beautiful Warrior, recorded at my own studio as well as throughout Greater Los Angeles studios.

EDUCATION
I started piano at age 4 and continued study for decades under top talent. I perform solo and in bands and keep up to date on techniques in the music industry through seminars, showcases and conferences. My own compositions blend classical piano with pop elements, which I have created throughout various local professional recording studios, including my own.

EXPERIENCE
I lend over 20 years of music and academic excellence to helping you realize your musical dreams: coaching, accompanying, performing (solo, ensembles, bands and rock bands), competing, arranging, composing, singing, songwriting an
d directing. I have experience working with singers, songwriters, live performers, DJ’s, producers, recording artists, stars and celebrities. From beginners to pros, I teach piano and songwriting in many styles: classical, contemporary, pop and rock. I specialize in classical and electronic pop.

I maintain professional association with ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), IMDB (Internet Movie Database), LAWIM (Los Angeles Women In Music), NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International), the CCC (California Copyright Conference), and Phi Theta Kappa Honorary Society Alumni.

SPECIALIZATION
My unique journey as a musician/artist has led me to deeply understand what it takes to break away from the traditional grind of work and life to pursue professional musicianship and greatness as an artist. Although I train musicians of any age or skill level, I focus on those who are either professionals or who are motivated and committed to becoming professionals. I specifically teach (i) piano (with classical emphasis) (ii) the craft of songwriting, which has many multi-faceted components and (iii) composition. With extensive experience in classical and contemporary (pop, ambient, down tempo) music, I put equal focus on technique and fostering a musician’s personal style and passion for music.

PHILOSOPHY
I want you to achieve your greatest musical abilities. Moreover, I want to help you discover who you are as an ARTIST. So, to pull the very best out of you as your coach, I consider it my job to be requiring of you. To challenge you. To assign homework when needed (most often theory-related), but to balance it with fun. To encourage technique which will allow you the ability to play, or even write music, free form. To set realistic goals with you that you can be accountable for, and to dream beyond those initial goals.

I will provide you access to materials and opportunities unique to your interests, in and outside of lesson times. But I will let you determine your own pace. I will encourage and inspire you to move beyond any misconceptions; that notions of age or talent have nothing to do with achieving the success you desire. But I will respect the level of success you wish to achieve.

LESSON DETAILS
Basically, what you need to start is motivation and commitment! I will then spend the first lesson discussing your materials needs based on what method/keyboard you currently use or prefer to use (if you have one), allowing you to make requests for information before proceeding further. Otherwise, I will provide you with informed recommendations. Equally important, at your first lesson I will work with you to determine what specific goals you have so we can track them, together, and meet them, one by one!

I make special efforts to invest in each student’s particular needs to help them move beyond blocks and weaknesses, utilizing a variety of tools such as flash cards and supplemental workbooks, e.g. ear training, sight reading, note spelling, etc. as necessary.

Set your own pace with flexible teaching times--Suggested reading materials--Suggested mobile downloads to complement learning--Opportunities throughout L.A. county to practice, perform and/or learn musically--MIDI training with Logic Studio

UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES!
2011 marked the successful launch of Rockstar For A Day, a trademarked artistic development program and production I developed to help give music students a taste of rock stardom. You’re invited to participate!

TESTIMONIALS:
"I started to learn to play piano at the age of 31. Dorothea introduced me to the world of piano. She was very patient with me and tailored the class toward my pace and interests. She is a fun and enthusiastic person. I felt really sad when she told me that she had to move." ~Duoli, PhD, Tucson, Arizona

"Dorothea's teaching style and level of comprehension from a students viewpoint is unprecedented. Her ability to naturally sync with my learning style has left me with an absolute understanding of my musical abilities, ones I never thought I possessed. She has a seamless ability to progress from musical theory to practical application, and it continues to feel as if she knows the right direction to continue that progression. I drive from San Diego to Los Angeles to attend her classes, probably passing at least 50 other instructors along the way. I would, without a doubt, recommend Dorothea to beginner, intermediate, or advanced students of all ages and backgrounds. With her you will succeed." - Jesse, radio broadcast DJ, San Diego, California
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Andrew April 16, 2017
· Piano · In home
Thea is organized and pushes our son to learn the foundation of playing piano. She's a great teacher.
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Grace S. July 31, 2013
· Piano ·
Amazing Lessons

Dora is the best piano teacher I've ever had. Her methods are so solid and she is so great at communicating. Without her knowledge, she motivates me to practice at home :) She's seriously awesome. So take lessons with her :D
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Bill S. April 9, 2013
· Piano ·
Broad background muscially, interesting, and effective communicator

I’m an adult who has played the piano for years on and off. Because of my prior experience I often ask questions that a beginner would not think about. Such as, is this a better scale fingering than the traditional one? Or what is a common key to use to accompany a sing-a-along group on a piano? Dorothea consistently provides intelligent and sometimes surprising answers to my questions.

She also is very focused on what you want to accomplish. Unlike past piano teachers, and I loved them all, who seemed intent on my learning the full classical literature, Dorothea asks what your main interest is. Is it composition, or playing, or arranging? Then she drives the lessons in that direction. Very customized lessons.

Another interesting example is scales. What’s new in that area, I thought? So she pulls out a book that has clearly defined levels of accomplishment. For example, if you can play the C major scale, quarter note = 80, with your left hand, you get one “point”. If you can do the same with your right, that’s another point. Playing with both hands together is yet another point. Playing both hands together but in contrary motion is another point. This pattern is repeated at increasing tempos and the number of points accumulated indicates your skill level. With that approach it’s not a matter of how long one practices but one practices long enough to reach a desired, measurable, skill level. I think that approach is novel and I had never seen it used before meeting Dorothea. In short, she is an interesting teacher with interesting ideas, methods, and very student focused. I don't think you will find a better teacher.
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Los Angeles, CA 90017
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About Francesca V.

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Parking Lots and Poetry, Francesca's award winning album was received in 2010 to rave reviews. “Francesca’s songs have great musicality and the lyrical quality of a real poet. We come across countless artists and Francesca’s music genuinely cuts through.” -Joe Cuello, Vice President of Creative Music Integration for MTV

About Francesca
Alumnae of CSULAs music department with an emphasis in classical voice and guitar, Francesca's skills cover a vast ocean of information. With a background and formal education in opera and "the classics", Francesca is equally comfortable on stage at The House of Blues as she is at Disney Hall.

Francesca started teaching music at the early age of 16 with great success. She has honed her skills both in the private studio and in the classroom. Having served as musical faculty the California Music Academy, Cornelia Connelly High School, Pasadena Saturday Music Conservatory, and East Los Angeles College, having led choirs of 70+ high school girls and sung before sold out audiences of thousands of screaming fans, having toured 4 continents singing both classical repertoire and performing in commercial rock bands, having sung for president
s and princes, Francesca has high expectations and is skilled in helping her students reach their goals.

Now performing in the Donald Brinager Singers, a studio choir for-hire, Francesca can often be seen performing with orchestras throughout Southern California. While mentoring through her award-winning teaching studio, Francesca also manages to perform several showcases featuring her original music with her amazing back-up ensemble.

With a constant effort to maintain a professional studio learning environment and with a focus on reading skills and solid technique, Francesca's students enjoy lessons packed with information and light-heartedness. The one on one experience you will have the moment you walk thru the door promises to be unmatched. Francesca's students can be seen on major television networks, radio stations and performing around town in various projects. With a passion to give back, Francesca reserves a small number of spots in her schedule for the youngsters and seniors of her community. She teaches beginning through advanced guitar, piano, and voice.

*** Lesson Details ***
Voice and Instrument Coaching

~Develop skills and techniques for top notch practice and performance
~Study theory, composition, ear training, arranging, improvisation
~Discover music technology and performance techniques
~Study melody, harmony, song form and lyric writing

Artist Development

~Voice and Instrument Coaching
~Song Writing and Selection
~Demo Recording
~Image / Art / Photography Consulting
~Finding your signature sound and style
~Live Performance 101
~Branding / Career Planning and Strategy
~Song Analysis and Consulting
~Booking gigs

A Note From Francesca:

My official bio is listed below, but perhaps more important than the things I have done are the things that I am doing. I am now approaching my 15th year of teaching. I love to teach! I carry a minimum of 30 students, but have carried more then 80 at one time, and have never once complained. My waiting list cycles based on my performance schedule and recording schedule. If you don't see a time that works for you, feel free to reach out and see if we can find something that works, as an artist, my schedule can be quite full but also quite flexible. I love my students, I get to do what I love all day and I am sure it shows. I have a blast discovering new ways to experience music with "my kids." I call all of my students kids even though most of my studio consists of young adults. I try to have a young air in my classes at all times as it just makes the process so much more fun for everyone.

I've seen it all in through years: kids, adults, beginners and advanced students. I am personally very interested in being the most versatile musician possible and I love being able to share my knowledge with my students. We can study anything and everything from Classical Guitar to Electric Guitar Shredding; from Opera to Kelly Clarkson; from Tchaikovsky to Little Richard! I love getting students to dabble in little bits of all genres, often getting even the most skeptical student singing and playing comfortably in a matter of just a few weeks. My students will be able to read music for their favorite tunes and understand how to improvise from the start. Once you come in, you'll be hooked. You will have fun because I am having fun!

I encourage all of my students to share their favorite music with me. It affords me the opportunity to learn more about what they desire to learn and what types of music they enjoy. We will learn with your music often. After all, isn't that why you are coming to see me? I will introduce you to new sounds and styles, but will foster your love for music, and do my best to never force my music on students. I feel I learn as much from my students when I truly listen to them and their music as they do from me.

On site lessons are available for artists recording demos, rehearsing bands and setting up their own studios.

On a side note, I love seeing students at my shows! I am a full time musician and can be seen playing with my band, in my own solo project and in various choral settings. Check out my website and see what I do outside of the classroom. My students get a kick out of the idea that they can buy a CD with their teachers face on it, and to be honest, so do I. Many of my students have their own music out on iTunes and YouTube. Many more can be seen performing around town in solo projects and professional ensembles.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Pianos, Guitars, Basses, Amps, Computer, Monitors, Music, Recording Software, Drum Kit, Studio and Performance Mics, everything we need! Its like Disneyland for musicians!

*** Travel Equipment ***
Varies

*** Specialties ***
Francesca on Artist Development:

I feel obligated to share my joys and experiences-

Not many people have been blessed to sing alongside as many renowned musicians as I have - I've been lucky to be welcomed in both the commercial and classical worlds and they have both afforded me venues to use my voice and express the most vital corners of my soul. To find your purpose through art is one of the greatest gifts you can receive. And to be able to do that in front of thousands of music lovers live or over the airwaves is a surreal experience.

It'€™s funny, my classical cronies are impressed to hear my stories of packed rock gigs at the House Blues and national touring festivals like Warped Tour and my rock buddies ask to hear my stories of Disney Hall performances with the LA Phil. To be honest, Iâ'm impressed to be there too. Sometimes, I look around and think, how did I get here? How did I get lucky enough to live the dream, to find a home in music?

I've been luckier than most. I've had GREAT mentors who have always pushed me forward and shared their wisdom freely with me. Part of the classical musician's central goal is to educate. That'€™s a value I carry into my rock projects and production studio. Work smarter, not harder. Take the needed skills, create art, teach others how to do the same thing, move forward together to live happier, more productive lives filled with purpose.

I have come to be known as one of the top Musical Mentors & Artist Development Experts on the west coast. A behind the scenes- diva of dream building with the skills to push artists to the next level- the ace up the sleeve of many of today working talents. In my award winning studio, I spend time coaching the young voices and faces of today hottest TV shows seen on ABC, Nickelodeon, and the Disney Channel, but I still have a soft spot for up and comers in the indie music world. Having written and performed my own music for decades, I not only lived the collegiate experience of the elite classical performer singing for presidents and world leaders, but also the dingy road of the rock musician who'€™s showed one night to a packed stadium full of fans and showed up another, thousands of miles from home to play to a coffee shop of 5 people. Music has brought me to nearly every continent and introduced me to some of the most talented and diverse people you can imagine. I feel compelled to share these experiences with those around me so that they my develop the vision, the salt and the skills to persevere.

I am, above all, an artist & creator- living the dream, helping people- like you find their voice and write their songs. Turning raw emotion into art.

Each one of us has a story, our truth. Being an artist is about finding ourselves, our song and expressing it publicly so that we may heal, so that we may grow.

It doesn't take a ton of experience to write a hit song. It doesn't take a fancy education or a family line of talent (though it can help). We can all find our voice, our place in the spotlight, what it takes is the courage to take the next step forward.

You've already had the genius to be in the right place at the right time. Here. If you've made it this far, chances are you are smart enough, hungry enough and ready to take the plunge.

Inside my studio you will find the help you seek. I can impart you with proven techniques to strengthen your sound, develop your tone through strong technique, develop strategies to share your art and develop a plan to turn pipe dreams into reality. Some desire to sing on the worlds brightest stages, others strive to lead others through teaching themselves, and some wish for nothing more than to experience music in a confident manner among friends. All can be lead on this personal journey of the artistic soul and all can make their offering to the musical gods. There is a place at the table for anyone seeking an answer.
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Patti November 3, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Francesca is fantastic!! By the end of our first lesson I already had a basic grasp on so many elements and was able to work my way through a couple songs! I didn’t expect that at all. Francesca is patient and intuitive, meaning that she seems to understand just what you need in a lesson and leads you right to it. I am looking forward to learning so much more!!
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Marci October 31, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Francesca is absolutely AMAZING!!! Having our sessions is always the highlight of my week. She has such a positive energy and strong enthusiasm for what she does and makes learning such a joy. Music has brought so much meaning to my life and Francesca's encouragement and guidance I am confident I am learning from the best. I would highly recommend her as a teacher, you'll love her!!
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Debi September 26, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
She is amazing!! My kids love her! She teaches my son guitar & voice, my daughter piano & voice. They look forward to the lessons each week & feel so comfortable to express themselves in her studio. Such a great artistic environment, glad we found her!!!!
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About Scott
I've been Teaching piano, and music, and developing my own revolutionary method for 25 years.
I taught classes, and privately for 8 years at "Colton Piano" Superstores, several locations, all ages.
Then my performing career took me around the world, playing keyboards in world famous rock bands.
I have continued to teach, a select few students during that time, but now I'm opening my doors again to be available to teach YOU, and your family the wonderful world of Music!
I teach all styles, in the process. Starting with YOUR favorite songs!
Your skills and ability to play will grow as your interest grows, by having fun realizing that yes, you CAN make music, and even "play-by-ear"!

*** Lesson Details ***
Depending on student level.
If you're a beginner, then we start with just getting acquainted with the keyboard. And then sett
ing a goal, towards music "YOU" like, and learning to play it.
If you've already had lessons, I always ask, questions like "Do you already know this"? Then we'll move on past it.
And, questions like "If I'm using a word or 'term' that you're not sure you understand, then stop me, and we'll learn it.
I'm very empathetic, to the process of learning music! I think it's exciting, and I enjoy teaching it because of that!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Downloadable Lesson Method Materials. Webcam.
Pianos / keyboards / Synthesizers / Computer based Keyboards

*** Specialties ***
1) Piano/Keyboard-"Play by Ear"/ while learning Music Theory.
"I believe in the concept that we could get milk out of the refrigerator, before we could spell it. And we could say "refrigerator", before we could spell it. And Based on that understanding, eventually learned to spell it, and for some, even repair it." I've proven that music can be taught this way, in a gratifying way, without ignoring "Training" that traditionally has intimidated so many.

2)Synthesizer fundamentals.
Whether it's a keyboard, or a computer. If you want to know what all those knobs do, ask me. Sure you can experiment. But There are a handful of knobs and buttons (ADSR/ Filter/ Envelope/LFO etc.) that are the same, across the gamut. That fundamental knowledge makes it possible to control every sound, and create them from scratch, into anything you imagine! If you don't understand what "MIDI" means, or "ADSR", I can teach you in a few short lessons. Knowledge is power.
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Scott W.

North Hollywood, CA 91602
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Song writing is, as the saying goes, 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration.

A songwriter is a craftsman who not only can create an interesting beat or think up a lyric or a write a melody, but who knows how a song is put together.

The "perspiration" part can be as creative as the "inspiration" part when you are in control, looking at the whole picture.

About Burt
Pianist/Composer/Arranger Burt Griswold lives and works out of Long Beach California. He studied music composition and piano performance, western and eastern music theory, ethnic music, choral music and electronic music at Cal State San Bernardino, Golden West College, and Long Beach City College.

Burt performs as both soloist and as accompanist in rock and jazz ensembles and with choirs. He has also sung with various choral groups and recorded commercially with the group Meritage ("50 most loved Christmas Carols"). But was the choral director/arranger for the church Teaching of the Inner Christ in Long Beach, California for ten years.

Burt has a steady output of musical composition, from instrumental music, pop music and songs to compositions for full choir. Burt's music is a combination of live and digital instruments that can be
heard on the CD's "Meditation" volumes 1 and 2, and "Atalanta Fugiens: Fifty Alchemical Fugues".

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are always tailored to the needs of the student. If you are a beginner, you will learn how to play the piano and read music. If you already play and wish to take your playing to another level, you can learn how to play in a particular style of music. Or, if you are an aspiring composer or song writer, you can learn to develop your own ideas with Burt's help.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Kawai MP4 digital stage piano, Motu Digital Performer sequencing/arranging/recording software, Native Instruments Kontakt Sample Library, EMU Mps + Orchestral keyboard, Peavey keyboard amplifier.

*** Specialties ***
Besides teaching piano performance, basic musicianship, and theory, Burt's specializes in composition and will help you develop your own musical ideas.
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Carole R. February 24, 2014
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Excellent piano teacher!

Burt has been teaching my son (age 11) piano for over two years. He is an excellent teacher -- very knowledgeable, patient, keeps things light and fun, but at the same time is appropriately demanding.
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Long Beach, CA 90803
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I am first and foremost a singer/songwriter. I can help you discover all the possible song structures and song parts, sure, I have studied it deeply and earned a songwriting certificate from UCLA. But mostly I can help you dig deeper and find what you really want to talk about, what the story you want to talk about really is. By doing that I will then be able to show you different technical ways to tell that story, to build the melody that will help tell that story and also help you with chord progressions and music harmony.

About ELENA
Hello!
Music is my life and my biggest passion. I've been a working musician and a teacher for several years and there's nothing more rewarding than sharing all I've learned so far with my students, to nurture their goals and aspirations and to make them aware of the great instrument they already possess. Every year I plan and host two wonderful recitals for my students, so that they can experience and share their progress with family and friends.

Here's more about me and my education:
I was born and raised in Italy and have been singing since I was a child but started a formal training during my teenage years with a private coach. During college, while studying Psychology at the University of Florence, I attended 2 different private music schools in Florence and Bologna, since it was not possible at the time to study music in Colleg
e. There I kept studying vocal technique, solfege, classical guitar and music harmony.
I moved to LA 11 years ago and attended Musician's Institute earning a diploma in Vocal Studies and Vocal Performance and then I attended a Composition & Songwriting Program at UCLA for 2 years. I refined my vocal technique studying at Berkley College of Music for a summertime in a special program for Jazz Vocalists and I have been an Alexander Technique's student for now 10+ years.
I am a performing artist, I sing and teach privately for a living and, on the side, I help an Opera Touring company promote their tours. I have performed all over the country in some beautiful venues such as the Getty Center and Pantages Theater to name a few. Guitar is my second instrument but I accompany students with my piano during vocal exercises. My personal style of singing is modern, not operatic, I love many kinds of music but especially pop, jazz, and musical theater.

***Lessons Details***

**Singing: Teaching Adults**
There are two sides of singing that I like to work on with my students.
The first is vocal technique, which is first and foremost the study of how to use our instrument, our whole body, in the best and most useful way to avoid strain ad create beautiful sounds. I believe that when we relax and use the right posture, meaning the most natural one, then our bodies and our breathing mechanisms act as they are supposed to, and singing magically happens at its best. When we learn to use our bodies without strain, the right "singing" muscles are automatically engaged and exercised and we feel at ease. So I try to encourage a non-forceful way to use diaphragmatic breathing, which I have learned by studying Alexander Technique, which is a technique that teaches people how to stop using unnecessary levels of muscular and mental tension during any activity, especially during an artistic performance of any kind.
I try to notice bad singing habits the student may have formed throughout his/her life, (hopefully none!), and gently help them correct them. The vocal exercises I use are drawn from the Bel Canto tradition, a classical tradition, but I mix them with more modern vocal exercises to develop popular techniques like "belting" for example.
The second side of singing is simply to pay attention to song interpretation, to convey the message we would like to convey. I encourage the student to choose songs to work on they truly love, and I welcome any style of music. I give the students vocal exercises CDs to help them practice at home.

**Singing: Teaching Children**
What I described above is also true for teaching children, however I like to teach them "by ear" with simple vocal exercises and vocal games at the beginning of the lesson and try to ease them into the sound they naturally make. I like to create a positive environment in which the student can feel successful about even small achievements, whether it is standing in a relaxed way or having practiced the beginning of an exercise or part of a song. To help the student practice at home and keep the motivation alive without feeling overwhelmed I record each lesson (or let them record it) and give them the accompaniment for the song of their choice so they can have fun at home.

*** GUITAR ***
I teach young children using fun songs, games and classical guitar technique. I also teach adults and specialize in contemporary guitar. I welcome many styles of music, pop, rock as well as folk genres of Latin America. I emphasize good posture, tone and musicality, and always a high level of enjoyment with the process!

*** RECITALS ***
I plan and host 2 wonderful Recitals a year, one in January and one in June. I encourage all my students to participate, no matter how they may feel about their instrument level and preparation. Working towards a performance is one of the most effective ways to solidify your ever growing skill!

*** Studio Equipment ***
For students who come to my home studio, there is private guest parking right outside my building, in a gated complex of buildings and in a safe neighborhood just north of the 101. My studio is conveniently located just a few blocks from the freeway entrance. I have a comfortable sofa for parents and siblings to attend the lessons and a keyboard to use for accompaniment. Also, I periodically offer my students the chance to record one song in my studio, equipped with nice microphones and a professional recording system.

*** Travel Equipment ***
For singing lessons I bring my small and light master-keyboard and laptop or I can use the student piano/keyboard. For children's lesson I ask my students to bring a notebook to keep track of practice assignments.

*** Specialties ***
Music theory and Songwriting. Stage performance and how to feel comfortable on stage. Additionally I teach vocal jazz improvisation, Broadway singing and Italian song repertoire.
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Steve A. October 3, 2017
· Singing · In home
Elena is a gifted teacher. She is patient, enthusiastic, and flexible with her lesson plans. She is amenable to tailoring the sessions to the student's needs and interests. And she provides the whole package; singing, songwriting and guitar instruction. Most importantly, she makes the sessions fun and interesting. I would highly recommend Elena for singer/songwriters who want to improve their performance skills.
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Presley S. July 5, 2017
· Singing · In home
I asked my daughter today after her first lessons how it went and she seemed really happy👍🌻
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Lihi S. May 5, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Great personality, very good teacher
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I'm a experienced studio musician and performer/songwriter looking to share my experience with anyone motivated to learn.

About Mauricio
Guitar instructor, producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with more of 10 years of experience in variety of musical genres. Completed studies at Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, CA. With record of success in teaching private guitar lessons as well some group lessons, composition, performance and recording. Creative and artistic with excellent and friendly communication skills. Also knowledgeable in digital audio production. Instruments taught include acoustic & electric guitar, nylon spanish guitar as well bass guitar and piano. I have taught students from the age of five to over sixty. Styles taught include rock, blues, jazz, pop rock, latin, metal, funk, and classical. Effective and friendly communicator with well-developed instructional and presentation skills. Able to relate a student of all types with various goals and cre
ate long term constructive relationships. Worked as a Music coach with kids in the spectrum (Asperger Syndrome).
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Jack May 4, 2017
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Maria May 1, 2017
· Piano · In studio
We purchased a 12-lesson package for my daughter as a Christmas Gift. My daughter is 14 years old, and after completing these lessons her love for music has grown. She had only taken a beginner's level course in piano and guitar prior to working with Mauricio. My daughter looked forward to every lesson, and would come home to keep practicing and improving her skills. We plan to work with Mauricio again in the near future and would highly recommend him!
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Maria February 4, 2017
· Piano · In studio
3rd lesson so far, and my daughter has learned so much!! She enjoys her classes with Mauricio and looks forward to each class. Mauricio has a small home studio with various musical instruments. His experience and skill in teaching music is quite apparent and much appreciated!
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