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Piano technique, practice strategies, and performance practice.

About Steven
The piano has always been my greatest passion; I have never been able to imagine life without it. I was very fortunate to have had the benefit of a great education in music starting at an early age. My goal as pianist and teacher is to pass on the wisdom of my own teachers, as well as my enthusiasm for this great instrument and the rich repertoire of music written for it.

I received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California, where I was a student of Daniel Pollack for 12 years. In order to become the best teacher possible, I minored in Music Education, gaining experience in the major theories of music pedagogy and teaching techniques. In teaching, I strive to create an optimal blend of old and new by combining the great and time-honored traditions of piano playing, as instilled in me through my pi
ano studies, with recent discoveries and advents in the field of music pedagogy.

My performing experiences have taken me across great distances in time and space, with performances in major halls across the globe, featuring music of over five centuries. I have commissioned new works and performed numerous premieres, and have also played music of the Renaissance and early Baroque on the Harpsichord. I have also accompanied singers and played chamber music extensively.

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Playing the piano is a journey of discovery and joy that lasts a lifetime. The rewards of playing extend far beyond the piano, bearing dividends in all areas of music, as well as outside of music. Such important basic skills as concentration, tenacity, and delaying of gratification, are promoted from the outset of piano lessons, and are readily adaptable to other fields and challenges. At the same time, students of all levels, from 6 months of lessons to several years of experience, can develop and maintain a repertoire of pieces to present to family and friends, and to play for their own gratification and self-esteem.

My guiding philosophy in teaching is that everyone can learn to play the piano with hard work and good training. Talent is neither necessary, nor sufficient in itself to produce great pianists. What will promote excellence in piano playing is a thorough and well-rounded grounding in the various aspects of music, including music theory, piano technique, music history, and repertoire-building. I teach these and many other components of music in all my lessons. I use method books with earlier level students and gradually incorporate works from the classical repertoire. I assign enjoyable, beneficial music theory projects, rhythmic exercises, and teach pieces of differing genres, styles, and demands to keep lessons varied and interesting. Several times a year, our hard work is shared with others at student recitals, where family and strangers alike join students in the joy of music and the piano.

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The teacher's home studio includes a large studio space with 2 grand pianos side by side so the student learn by example where applicable. Seating is also available for family and guests. There is also a warm up studio room for students that arrive early and are waiting to start their lesson.

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Students will need access to a piano or keyboard for regular practicing.

*** Specialties ***
Piano technique, classical piano repertoire, music theory and aural skills, musicology, accompanying and chamber music.
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Lucas April 20, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Steven is a really nice and friendly teacher. He not only has excellent piano skills, but also very patient to his student. Lucas likes his class.
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Dr.Bonnie B. September 21, 2015
· Music Performance · In home
I came to sing and have Steven accompany me. I really wasn't asking for voice lessons so it was not a good fit.
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Mark P. July 15, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Brilliant teacher, knows more about music than I'll ever know about anything, and shares exactly the right amount with me each session. He is incredibly patient, upbeat, encouraging, and helpful. When I make mistakes he's constantly patiently encouraging and helping me with various approaches to piano technique. I am a completely new student who could not read notes. Steven is sensitive to how to pace me and shows me new ways of learning that fit my personality and level. I could not imagine a better piano instructor/mentor than Steven. If you're within range of his studio and you're planning to take piano lessons at ANY level, I would strongly urge you to work with Steven. You will learn and thoroughly enjoy the experience!
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Steven N.

Steven N.

Pasadena, CA 91107
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About Soo C.

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Buena Park, CA

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About Soo
[Recently relocated to Buena Park, CA, and very looking forward to explore what this side of the country has to offer]

A native Korean, Soo Yeon is an active solo and chamber musician.

 Soo Yeon is an honor graduate of the Peabody Conservatory in 2003. During her years at Peabody, she was the winner of many auditions and given opportunities to perform at various venues at the institution and other venues in the Washington D.C region. In the year 2003, she won the Concerto Competition and performed Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3, celebrating the grand opening of the Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall. Upon her graduation with many scholarships and prizes, she was the fourth prize winner in the Missouri Southern International Piano Competition and first prize winner in the two-piano ensemble category in the New York Piano Competition. In
2009 she was named the 3rd prize winner of the Kingsville Young Performers Competition. Soo Yeon has a wide range of violin-piano repertoire and performs with numerous violinists in the states.

 Yeon has participated in the Aspen Music Festival and Banff Piano Masterclass, where she studied with Yoheved Kaplinsky, Ann Schien, Marc Durand, Julian Martin, and Angela Chang.

After finishing her Bachelor of Arts, in the year of 2010 she finished her Masters degree at The Juilliard School under the direction of Robert McDonald

I'm ready to take the greatest music journey with all of you! just follow the flow with me :)

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Soo loves teaching her students of all ages. She's now been teaching almost for 10 years with the greatest passion. Not only does she love music, she also loves interacting with people and sharing her passion about music with everybody! She has a set of curriculum for beginners but for more advanced students she comes up with new ways that fit each individuals.
For 6 years, she's been studying with Robert McDonald, who's now world-renowned pianist/teacher, at The Juilliard School. Under the theory of Dorothy Taulman, she's very well trained with this particular technique which helped her a lot as a professional pianist. This technique is based on how our body works and helps to prevent from injuring our hands which happens quiet often to many of musicians these days.
Soo Yeon is very friendly and has a outgoing personality that people can approach her with comfort. She also makes sure that every one of her students gets a chance to perform regardless of the level of their playing. Occasionally she offers her livingroom in her house as one of the performing venues for her students, so all of the music-lovers get to experience what it feels like to be a performing artist!

*** Studio Equipment ***
A beautiful Steinway Grand Piano in a spacious livingroom

*** Specialties ***
building up fundamental knowledge
technique improvement
learn to love music
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Christy V. March 6, 2014
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I must say I was hesitant at first to enroll my daughter and browse through many piano teachers here without specific recommendations. My hesitations was at eased when I met Ms. Cho for few sessions and I consider my daughter lucky to have a piano teacher like her. She is very considerate, patient, talented, and understanding in all aspects especially dealing with a 5 year old. We saw Ms. Cho at her element and she is truly one amazing and gifted pianist. If you are around her area and is looking for a piano teacher, without any hesitations, I definitely and highly recommend Ms. Cho. Good luck!
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Paul B. February 20, 2013
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Competent and gifted pianist.

My daughter is absorbing what is taught and looks forward learning something new.
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Soo C.

Soo C.

Buena Park, CA 90621
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About Simona L.

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Los Angeles, CA
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I teach all levels and all styles including classical. Jazz, pop and new age.

About Simona
I am a graduate of Conservatory of Music in Iran. I have been playing piano since I was 6 years old. My background and training is in classical music but I am very comfortable working with students who are interested in popular, jazz, broadway or new age music.
I am also a kindermusick educator which gave me the opportunity to work with babies and moms introducing the notion of music and rhythm to them with singing and introduction of instruments.

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I am classically trained and I start by introducing some theory and notes to students. We will start playing songs from the first lesson. My goal is to keep the lessons fun and exciting. I am very laid back and love to have fun with the students. My background is in music and I have worked with toddlers as well as older children. I am very patient and flex
ible with my students. I would like them to play what interests them. I do offer
annual recitals which is a good motivation for the kids to work hard and earn trophies and medals. Students can expect to have great sight reading as well as be able to play basic songs after 3 months.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons are held in my private studio or in students' homes

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Piano or Keyboard

*** Specialties ***
I use the classical approach to teaching. I start by introducing notes and familiarizing students with notations and dynamics as well as theory of music and proceed by teaching them songs
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isla K. April 8, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Yesterday was my daughter's first lesson, and I was a little worry if she would able to follow the instructions since she is only 4 years old. Teacher Simona was great my daughter. Her instructions were concise. My daughter did great and importantly she really enjoyed it.
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Stuart February 26, 2016
· Piano · In home
Simona is a fantastic teacher. She is very patient and effective instructor. I can not believe the progress I have made with her. I feel extremely lucky to have her as my teacher. Highly recommend her.
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Kayla February 23, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Simona is an amazing piano teacher. She is very patient and loves to teach all of her students. She makes all the lessons really fun and is very calm while teaching. I have been playing the piano for several years with her and highly recommend lessons with her.
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Simona L.

Simona L.

Los Angeles, CA 90025
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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
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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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Linda January 30, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Matt is very patient and willing to adapt lessons to your specific needs and areas of focus. Also a great guy 🙂. Fun lessons.
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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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Matthew M.

Van Nuys, CA 91411
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$35 / 30-min

About Jessie S.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I have been teaching beginning to intermediate piano for the past three years, and love helping my students achieve their musical goals!

I received my Master’s in Voice from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and although I specialize in opera and classical vocal technique, I enjoy and teach a variety of other genres of music, and encourage a healthy technique with minimal tension for all styles. No matter your experience level, I am available to teach in-home lessons to fit your needs!

*** Lesson Details ***
Fun atmosphere, individualized lesson plans, no experience necessary!

*** Travel Equipment ***
For in-home lessons, students must have a piano or keyboard available

*** Specialties ***
Piano, sight-reading, ear-training, classical repertoire, pop songs, Disney songs, music theory

Please feel free to contact me with any questions!

About Jessie
Hi! I'm Jessie, and I'm a freelance singer and teacher in the Los Angeles area. I earned a Masters degree in Voice from the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) at the University of Cincinnati, and my Bachelors degree in Opera Performance from CSU Long Beach.

I have been teaching beginning-advanced voice and beginning-intermediate piano for the past four years now, and I absolutely love helping my students achieve their musical goals! Although I specialize in opera and classical vocal technique, I enjoy and teach a variety of genres of music, and encourage a healthy technique with minimal tension.

Currently I'm a full-time member of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, where I perform at Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. I'm a session singer for movies and TV here in LA, and I have also sung with the Chicago Symphony Chorus
, Music of the Baroque, and Cincinnati Opera.

I teach private lessons in the Los Angeles area, and am available to teach both piano and voice, no matter your experience level! My approach is to focus on healthy, easy singing and/or playing. Correct posture, breath, and technique are fundamentals of a healthy instrument. I also have experience with the Alexander Technique, and incorporate its many benefits into my teaching. I am comfortable teaching various styles; whether it's pop, rock, classical, or musical theater, I would love to help you achieve your singing and piano playing goals! Please feel free to contact me with any questions, and I will happily answer them!

*** Lesson Details ***
Fun atmosphere, individualized lesson plans, no experience necessary!

*** Travel Equipment ***
For in-home lessons, students must have a piano or keyboard available

*** Specialties ***
Opera and classical voice technique, piano, sight-reading, ear-training, classical repertoire, German diction, Italian diction, French diction
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Shayna W. August 6, 2016
· Singing · In home
she is great!
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Mary F. January 24, 2016
· Singing · In home
Jessie has been great! The kids love her teaching style and look forward to their lessons.
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Jessie S.

Jessie S.

Los Angeles, CA 90041
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About Patrick K.

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Orange, CA

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Whatever your goal is, I can help you get there! I have taught piano to people of all ages and learning styles over the past 5 years. I can help you or your loved one achieve their goals, I guarantee!

About Patrick
Hello and welcome to my profile! My name is Patrick and I look forward to working with you soon. I have been working with students of all age ranges, learning styles, and ambitions for over 5 years and I specialize in individualizing my teaching approach based on YOUR specific needs and desires. My ultimate goal as a teacher is to change peoples lives profoundly through music.

A little bit about me:
I am a classically trained musician who has studied at CSUF and performs Classical, Jazz, Popular, Musical theater, and Opera. I have performed in venues like the Hollywood Bowl, Segerstrom hall, Walt Disney concert hall and many more with artists like Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, John Williams, the LA philharmonic orchestra, and the Pacific Symphony, among others.
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Diane April 18, 2018
· Piano · In home
We are so thankful we found Patrick! Patrick is a very effective teacher who’s able to relate and motivate students. Our daughter was loosing interest in playing piano due to her former teacher’s approach. Now she’s back to practicing because she wants to and is so excited to see Patrick each week. We are very greatful that she’s back to loving piano and continuing to learn.
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Eric March 14, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Patrick is a great teacher, and very patient. I've never learned how to sing or read music before, and he teaches at a pace that's good for me. I highly recommend him whether you're an adult or you're considering enrolling your child.
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John February 16, 2018
· Violin · In home
Patrick is friendly and very knowledgeable.
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Patrick K.

Orange, CA 92866
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Long Beach, CA
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Daniel Ramos has over 6 years experience teaching both in the classroom and 1 on 1. Knowledgeable in piano, music technology, composing methods, and formal and unconventional styles, Daniel is a versatile teacher that is excited to unlock the full potential of his students.

About Daniel
With 20 years experience behind the ivories and 7 years teaching experience, I strive to not only make my students pianists, but make them well-rounded musicians. I have experience teaching students from ages 5 - 19 years old both in the classroom, and 1 on 1.

Every student learns different, which is why I start everyone with the Faber book series, and decide a direction from there. Accommodating for the different learning styles is important no matter what one is learning.
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Daniel R.

Daniel R.

Long Beach, CA 90815
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$34 / 30-min

About Rees F.

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Sierra Madre, CA

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What makes piano lessons with me unique is my wide interests,experiences, and passions within music. I've studied classical and jazz and have a degree in pop music which enables me to teach in any genre. I also work hard to personalize each lesson and really get to know my students learning styles.

About Rees
I am a professional multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and producer. I graduated from USC Thornton School of Music with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance, specifically within Popular Music. Students can expect their lessons to be highly personalized based on their interests and learning styles. Having operated in so many facets musically, I know how much depth is involved in being a complete musician and I encourage my students to be lifelong music lovers. I've performed alongside wide ranging acts such as John Fogerty, Glenn Frey, The Beach Boys, X-Ambassadors, and Diplo, and I've been mentored by greats such as Patrice Rushen and Glen Ballard. Knowing the value that mentorship has played in my musical journey encourages me to pay-it-forward. I love working with students who are as curious and passionate as I am.
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Erin October 26, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Rees was AMAZING with my boys, at the time they were 8 and 10. They are very different in the way they learn and he was able to adapt to teach them each in an individual way that they loved. I only wish he still lived in town.
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Katie October 23, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Rees was a phenomenal instructor for my two children. He tailored instruction to meet their individual needs and interests. He also kept them engaged and motivated. A great piano instructor!
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Andrea October 22, 2017
· Piano · In home
Rees inspired a love of music in my daughter that has lasted for the past 7 years when she first started with him. He has an attention to detail and music composition which he's able to incorporate into a fun learning environment. He's since moved from our area but his impression has lived on in my daughters love of music. Consider yourself incredibly fortunate if you have the opportunity to bring him into your child's musical instruction. We've yet to be able to recreate the Rees experience but our fortunate that the base he provided has carried us even now that he has moved on.
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Rees F.

Sierra Madre, CA 91024
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About Marissa H.

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I have been studying music at USC for the past three years and before that, I used to take and teach lessons growing up in San Diego. I enjoy making personal relationships with my students while teaching them piano and fun theory games. I hope to help your child love music just as much as I do and learn fast at the same time!

About Marissa
I have been a student at USC for three years where I have been studying music. I love to sing and perform around campus, and play piano on my own time. I teach voice and piano camps in San Diego over the summer. Last years camp was 20 kids ranging from 4 - 12 years. I was able to help each and everyone learn something new while spending the last day performing for their parents. I have always loved to play and teach music, following in my mother's footsteps who owners her own music school in San Diego.
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Cammy January 29, 2018
· Piano · In home
I’ve enjoyed lessons with Marissa for about a year now. I have learned so much as a beginner student and we laugh and play music the entire lesson. Never once I was made to feel like I was unteachable- as I personally felt many times. Marissa is kind, patient and explains things in a new way every week. I say try something new you wish you had, learn to play piano and Take Lessons from Marissa
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Marissa H.

Los Angeles, CA 90007
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About Ana C.

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I will show you the easiest way to learn the hand position, that is the most important thing for playing from simple to advanced. I will teach you basic techniques and will help you play the music of your choice. I will pick you up from any level you are, with any issues you got from previous teacher, everything is possible to correct and make your fingers fly above the keys like a pro.
I am playing piano since I was 6 years old and I have a BA in Vocal Arts.

About Ana
I am very passionate about music in general, Piano was my first instrument. I studied piano since I was 6 years old, with some best teachers. I earned a BA in Voice Arts. I love teaching music to students of any age, have 10 years of experience in private lessons, singing and piano. I will always be teaching the right approach to music and musicality, and the technical basics, exercises and tricks to learn faster.
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Ana C.

Ana C.

Redondo Beach, CA 90278
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Thinking about making some New Year's resolutions? If you're new to the piano, we challenge you to make some specific to your lessons! Here, St. Augustine, FL teacher Heather L. shares a few suggestions...   The beginning of a new year is fast approaching, and the one thing that comes to the minds of most of us this season is that formidable word "resolution." We can choose to think of the word with dread and annoyance, reminded of all the times that we've tried to stick to our resolu
Taming the Piece Beast: An Easy Tip to Memorize Piano Music
No matter how many times you practice a piano piece, committing it to memory is a totally different beast! Luckily, there is actually an easy trick for how to memorize piano music. Read on as Hampton, VA teacher Rachel G. explains her method...    All pianists have heard it at one point or another -- the dreaded onus for every student: "This piece needs to be memorized." You know what that means --playing it over and over and over until every drop of joy has been squeezed fr
How to Read Sheet Music for Piano: A Visual Tour
As you learn how to read piano sheet music, a whole new world opens up! Instead of just black dots on a page, you'll see beautiful melody and chords right before you. Here, piano teacher Nadia B. takes you on a helpful visual tour...    One of the most interesting things about learning piano is that it’s truly like learning a new language – just as you learn how to decode words on a page to read them aloud, you are learning to unlock the symbols on the page to play music. It’s a w

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