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About Kay B.

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Cypress, CA
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I have been teaching Piano for 16 years now. I have taught students from age 2 1/2 - Adult. I was self-taught when I was a kid and begun taking formal lessons as a very young adult in my early twenties. I graduated from CSULB with my BA in Music with a concentration on Voice. As a Music major you spend a lot of time at the Piano. I became a member of MTAC in 2004 and a member of Sigma Alpha Iota in 1998. I have a great passion for Music and a bigger passion for the Piano and sharing the wonders of how beautiful the Piano really is.

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In my opinion, piano is the hardest instrument to learn but the most rewarding. If you can play piano you can pretty much play any instrument. I believe that a piano lesson should be fun. I'm a strict teacher with a smile and a giggle. I push my students to greatness while helping the
m love the piano through the good times and the bad. I'm a very encouraging but honest teacher. I compliment when warranted and I assess not so good performances in an honest but encouraging manner. I always let a student know that though their performance was not their best, they can and will improve. It's always only a matter of time. I use the Schaum and Nevin series depending on the student's personality. I teach Classical and Pop Music. It's important for a student to learn the Classics just as important as it is for them to play things they like. I find the happy balance between the two. I teach Beginning to Intermediate levels. I also like to incorporate Music theory into the lessons because understanding the mechanics of Music helps make playing and creating Music much easier to accomplish. A typical lesson will start off with a hand drill warm up. We then will move on to the lesson book and repertoire. Theory will be assigned as homework. I look it over at the beginning of the lesson and discuss it and answer any questions in the last five minutes of class. Baby lessons go as followed: 15 mins. of play time and 15 mins of Music theory. I like to keep structure in my lessons but sprinkle a little joy and laughter to keep the atmosphere light. It makes for a much more attentive Piano student.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to have a Piano or Keyboard of some sort. I may provide music on occasion.

*** Specialties ***
Classic and Pop
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Kay B.

Kay B.

Cypress, CA 90630
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$40 / 30-min

About Mike S.

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Sherman Oaks, CA
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I have taught private guitar, piano, bass and drum lessons since the late 70s in Salt Lake City, where I majored in jazz guitar performance, and since 1980 in Los Angeles. I make the lessons fun. Some of my students have received college scholarships and won cash prizes for music contests. All of them had fun while learning and improving on their instruments.

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I am very enthusiastic and can teach students how to read. If they do not want to read music, they can learn to play by ear. I can also show them where to put their fingers. During piano lessons, I often accompany students on guitar and suggest a scale for improvisation, so they can play the blues. During drum lessons, I often play bass so they can learn to groove.

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They should have their own instrument and a music stand.

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I specialize in jazz improvisation on piano and guitar.
I also teach recreational guitar and piano for adults, including classical and blues styles.
I coach bass players and drummers in playing stylistically correct grooves for jazz, rock and latin music.
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frank April 4, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Easy going, intuitive, patient and he plays along with enthusiasm. Could not ask for a better guide!
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Bill S. February 8, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Excellent lesson. Only 30 minutes but by the end I was playing simple improvisations (on the piano) over a blues-pattern bass. I didn't believe I had it in me ("improvisation") but he definitely brought it out! He accompanied me on his guitar and we alternated playing the melody\bass on the piano\guitar several times. Quite a trip and I enjoyed it. Looking forward to my next lesson.
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Archer February 3, 2018
· Piano · In home
Mike is awesome. He taught my daughter piano, guitar, and ukelele. He's very supportive and encouraging, yet he also is quick to correct mistakes.

Mike makes learning music so much fun. My daughter enjoyed the lessons and enjoyed the pieces he taught her. She is now pretty good at improv as well.

I actually took guitar lessons from Mike too, and I learned so much in a very short time.

When Mike is giving lessons, there's no time wasted. My daughter was always playing something during the lesson.

So Mike's enthusiasm for music is infectious. The kids will enjoy him, the lesson, and the music.

Thanks, Mike!
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Mike S.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
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About Maximilian R.

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Sherman Oaks, CA
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About Maximilian
I have been playing for over 20 years and teaching for the last 12. Growing up as a student of Steve Vai, I was enthralled by the technicality of the guitar and used my abilities to receive a Bachelor's of Music degree from Cal State Northridge, in classical guitar and later studied jazz in the Master's Program at the prestigious Conservatory of Cologne, Germany. Currently I perform with various touring pop artists and local musicians in genres ranging from R&B and soul to country, rock and blues.

I have crafted a guitar method that encompasses all aspects of learning the guitar, from technique to reading music, in a fun way that is efficient and easily understood. With a focus on quick results and performance, I've had many students who have gone on to professional music careers.

Not only will you receive a personalized lesson pla
n geared toward you and your goals, but I can also offer other music instruction such as songwriting, ear training, & production/recording. I'll can even help you record your demos at my studio using top quality gear!
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AaronA June 12, 2012
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Max is a great teacher. He knows many different styles of playing (classical, rock, flamenco), music theory and focuses on technique as well. Working with Max will allow you to reach your goals on the guitar whether you are playing an electric, acoustic, classical or even ukulele!
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Maximilian R.

Maximilian R.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
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About Jill Z.

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Huntington Beach, CA

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Please check Jill's Takelesson's calendar for lesson availability. If you sign up for lessons, they are weekly lessons and you are reserving the same time per week. Weekly time changes are not possible at this time, so please select a Recurring Plan and lesson time when you sign up and no Schedule as You Go plans. Thank you

Jill Zor has been teaching music privately for over 15 years. Some of her students have won concerto competitions and music awards, music scholarships and participate in local youth orchestras. She teaches violin, viola, and piano.

Jill graduated with her Bachelor's of Music Degree in Performance Violin and Viola from the Cole Conservatory of Music at the California State University, Long Beach as a music scholarship student and on honor roll. She also studied piano at university and privately and studied jazz im
prov on violin and jazz theory at Saddleback College. Jill had private violin lessons with 12 different teachers and has been playing the violin for almost 25 years.

Jill has performed at the Segerstrom Concert Hall, Walt Disney concert Hall and Soka Performing Arts Center.

Jill also attended the Montecito Summer Music Festival and Soka's Chamber Arts Festival to study and perform string quartets and piano quintets.

Jill also is classically trained and performed professionally with the Dana Point Symphony, Montage Civic Orchestra, Brentwood/Westwood Symphony, Laguna Niguel Presbyterian Church orchestra, Vanguard Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Irvine. She also worked as a violinist for Irvine Valley College.

She performs classical, pop music, and jazz and plays reggae music, top hits, movie music, and rock for professional violin events as a solist and with a violin and cello duo.

Jill is patient and has a variety of students and able to adjust to each student's personality and needs.

Jill has performed as a solo violinist at the Orange County Fair in 2007 and 2008 with a Bluegrass band and was a concerto competition winner in 2004 performing Haydn's Violin Concerto No. 2 with the South Orange County Chamber Orchestra as a soloist.

Method books used:

Piano students learn from the Faber & Faber books, classical piano collection books, Bastien method books, Snell, Hanon exercises, and scale books by Bastien.

Violin and viola students use Suzuki method books along with reading music and playing all standard violin and viola literature outside of the Suzuki method. Students learn vibrato and shifting to other positions and learn from etude exercise books, scale studies using Carl Flesch books or Essentials for Strings books, and Sassmanshaus Early Start on violin, a fun method book for young violin students.

Etude books used: Wolfahrt, Kreutzer, Rode, Dont, Fiorillo, Gavines, and exercises from Schradiek and Sevcik. Composers and literature taught: concertos by Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Hoffmeister, Stamitz, Mendelssohn, Wieniawski, and Kabalevsky to name a few. Bach Sonatas and Partitas and Bach cello suites for viola. Sonatas by Beethoven, LeClair, Vivaldi, Frank, Brahms, and more! Jill can also teach pop, fiddle, and has studied jazz improv and jazz theory.

Private violin students can participate in the Certificate of Merit program testing in Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach.

Students also learn to read music (Sight reading) and learn rhythm.

2 optional recitals per year for students.

Jill can help students with orchestra auditions for local youth orchestras.

She has helped students get into All State and All Southern Youth Orchestras, join youth orchestras that summer tour Europe, helped students with Certificate of Merit, and auditions and acceptance into the Orange County High School of the Arts and college auditions.

She has taught at various music studios and coached music at high schools and middle schools in orange county.

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Large, open living room space with an 88 key weighted upright keyboard. Seating for parents in couches and chairs. Foot stool for shorter piano students. Music stand light. Music Stand for Violin & Viola Students.
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Samantha May 30, 2018
· Piano · In home
My 6 year-old daughter had her first piano lesson with Jill and loved it! She is so kind and made the learning experience really fun.
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Michelle H. June 20, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Jill is very thorough with the basic technique and patient, she made the lesson easy
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Billie C. January 27, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Very knowledgeable and patience, we are lucky to have picked her.
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Jill Z.

Huntington Beach, CA 92647
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About Kory I.

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Granada Hills, CA

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About Kory
Hi, my name is Kory, and I am currently an under graduate at Cal Poly Pomona studying Music and Business.

I have been playing guitar for over 10 years, and have taught guitar to dozens of students over the last 4-5 years. I also study recording and production, and have played in Cal Poly's Jazz Combo, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and Concert Choir (For more specific info, you can check out the "experience" section of my page).

In addition, I song-write and record music with my band, "Search For Delicious," a group of close friends from High School. You can check us out on Facebook and Bandcamp, and in the videos below.

My personal philosophy to teaching is that every student is a unique individual. I always start by connecting with the student, and figuring out what interests/goals they have in mind. Then I craft a lesson plan that wil
l help them achieve their goals, and work with their strengths and weaknesses. I practice patience and friendliness, and always do my best to inspire, motivate, and teach hard work/perseverance.

Teaching and music are both passions that I put my all into. I have experience teaching many individuals of a wide range of ages, sexes, backgrounds, and musical experience, and I can guarantee, whether you're a beginner, or a very experienced player, you will see results

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I can provide an acoustic guitar, picks, a chord, and an amp. I expect the student to have either an acoustic or electric guitar to be able to practice with, but if they don't I can cover him/her.

*** Specialties ***
Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Singing, Songwriting, Recording, Music Theory, Ear Training, Logic Pro X

Genres: Indie, Alternative, Pop, Punk, Acoustic, Rock, Surf, Metal, Jazz, Electronic, Psychedelic
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Maria June 30, 2017
· Guitar · Online
Great instructor.
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Paige C. May 3, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Wow! Kory is more than we expected. He is truely​ a professional. My daughter really liked him and looks forward to learning guitar. She said he has energy and is amazing. He is very easy to talk to and follow his instructions. Thank you for referring Kory to our family. We could not have found a better teacher.

Sincerely, The Clark's
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Lia April 26, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Kory was really nice and knowledgeable and made my daughter feel comfortable when he was teaching. He is a skilled musician and a good teacher.
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Kory I.

Northridge, CA 91324
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About Charissa S.

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Los Angeles, CA
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NOTE: This is about you not me!!!!! DJ techniques including Turntables, CDJ’s, and everything you need to know about DJ'ing, from harmonic mixing to creating a real journey, what tracks to start/end with, how to beat match. What to expect and how to get booking...agents/managers. Now some of this can be done on-line but I normally teach DJ'ing privately, so lets have a discussion and see how I can help you.
All Ableton course are on-Line or you can choose private using go to meeting which is the platform I utilize to teach.

Charissa S. aka DJRAP has 25 years of experience in the entertainment industry. She began as a trailblazer in what is called today's 'EDM' in 1988 to become the worlds number one female DJ/Producer and label owner of two record labels: Propa Talent & Impropa Talent Alongside with Goldie,Roni Size and other bass le
gends she helped pioneer a style of music called Drum and Bass.
Skills:
Owner of Music Tech Collective Ableton DJ /Instructor Los Angeles.
Ableton levels 1-6 (beginner to advance)
DJ techniques including Turntables, CDJ’s, and Serrato Level 1-4 (beginner to advance).
One on one music instruction.
Full spectrum music production and performance.
Business course outlining label management, event design, artist and brand development.

OTHER MEDIA/MUSIC IN FILM
DJ Rap appeared in the video for BT's hit "Never Gonna Come Back Down", which featured lyrics about her, as well as the video for "Simply Being Loved".
The song "Drummin" & Bassin" appeared on the soundtrack for the video game, Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights.
The song "Good To Be Alive" appeared on the soundtrack for the 1999 movie Go.
"Good To Be Alive" appeared on the soundtrack for Rogue Trader.
"Bad Girl" appeared on the soundtrack for Jennifers Lopez's film Enough.
"F--k With Your Head" appeared on the soundtrack for Run Lola Run".
LMFAO Remix "Sine Language" appeared on the soundtrack for Skyline.
"Bad Girl" appeared in the movie Enough in 2002.
DJ Rap track on The Hills – "I Just Wanna Feel Good".
"I'm Ready" appeared on the soundtrack for Teenage Mums.
"Party Like A Rockstar" appeared on the commercials for American Idol.
Partially scored soundtrack with Hans Zimmer on "Mission Impossible".
DJ Rap's remix of The Crystal Method (feat. LMFAO) – "Side Chain The Bass" appeared on the soundtrack for Skyline.
"I'm Ready" appeared on the soundtrack for The Secret Life Of The American Teenager.

ARTISTS/COLLABORATIONS
DJ Rap has also written songs and performed her own vocals for several artists, including:

BT – "Giving Up The Ghost"
Art of Trance – "Madagascar - Domi Nation Remix"
DJ Hyper – "Dancing With The Lights Out" (awaiting release)
Erick Morrillo – "Happy"
Static Revenger – "Do It Again"
Steve Laroni – "OK Today", "Turn Around", "Sweet Surrender", "Return To Me", "Shattered", "This Is Me"
Fast Eddie – "Drummin" & Bassin"
Stan Walker – "Light It Up" (Sony Records About To Be Released - Australian Idol Winner)
DJ Tydi – "Talking To Myself"
Shelley Harland – "Only Human"
The Matrix – "Give It All Away", "Turning Me On", "Breathe"
Matthew Gerard – "Without You"
Starkillers – "Party Like A Rockstar"
Junior Sanchez – "Superstar"
Brain Matrix – "Lift Me Up", "Back To You"
Chevy Bhorntus – "Synthesis" (co-wrote album)
Ryu And Scoopdeville – "Party Like A DJ"
DJ Eve Falcon – "Good Times"
System 22 – "Good To Be Alive 2011 (Dubstep Mix)"
Aston Harvey And The Freestylers – "Spiritual Aura"
MC Navigator – "Good To Be Alive 2011"
Kenny Ken/G Squad – "Brave New World"

REMIXES
Katy Perry – "Teenage Dream" *
Metasyn – "Back To Life"
Erick Morillo – "Dancin'"
Top Cat – "Ruffest Gunark"
Sharon Forester – "Love Inside"
Da Boss (feat. Blu) – "I'm So"
Amazon 2 – "Deep In The Jungle"
Ferry Cortsen – "Indigo"
Posion Chang – "Love The Woman"
Dub War – "Million Dollar Love"
Dizzy Rascal – "Dance Wit Me" *
Tommy Lee – "Everyone Takes So Long" *
Filter – "Drink it, Snort it, Smoke it" *
Andy Caldwell – "Warrior" *
Blake Lewis – "Binary Love" *
Queen – "Bohemian Rap-sody" *
Nirvana – "Smells Like Teen Spirit" *
Crystal Method (feat. LMFAO) – "Side Chain The Bass" *
Olive – "You're Not Alone" *
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Nicole Schmitt February 18, 2016
· DJing · Online
super down to earth & genuinely interested in her students and the time she spends with them... I would highly recommend her :)
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sara November 16, 2015
· DJing · In studio
Charissa is an amazing one on one teacher. She goes at your own pace and makes sure you really know what's going on. I'm a slow learner so I love that I can ask her as many questions as I want and when I want! Not to mention, she is one of the coolest down to earth people I've ever met!
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Jenn November 13, 2015
· Ableton · In studio
Such a great teacher, and you can be sure that she knows her stuff. But what I appreciated the most was the fact that she always made sure that I understood the lesson before we moved on to the next. Teachers this great, that truly care about helping their students reach their dreams, are hard to come by these days!
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Charissa S.

Charissa S.

Los Angeles, CA 90038
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About Moriah L.

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Arcadia, CA

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I am a vocalist, songwriter, pianist, and recording artist, currently tracking the debut EP for my synth-pop project Steel Maggie. I graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a Bachelors of Arts in Music, emphasis in Music Industry Studies, including voice and performance training. I have studied with/been coached by Martin Green from Citrus College, Dr. Susan Ali and Kendra Vuk from Cal Poly Pomona, and Aretha Scruggs.

I specialize in singing and teaching commercial styles, particularly pop, rock, and soul, but my approach to all commercial vocal practice is derived from classical traditions, mainly from the Swedish-Italian school of vocal production. No matter your skill level or background, you can be assured that you will receive a solid foundation in theory and technical skill through our lessons. Our sessions will take place in my
home studio.

While I primarily teach voice, I have had extensive piano training, so if you are interested in playing the piano while singing, I will gladly help you develop that skill. As an avid songwriter, I can guide you through the songwriting process, show you how to write melodies that fit your range and vocal timbre, and give you tips to improve your songs.

in addition to helping you strengthen your voice and reach your vocal goals, I will teach you how to maintain your progress and prime yourself for continuous growth. You will never feel judged or put down in your lessons with me. I make it my mission to foster an environment of encouragement, self-esteem, and fun. However, like a personal trainer, I will hold you accountable, because I want to see you excel and stand out in your singing endeavors. I want you to thrive as a vocalist. I look forward to our first session together!
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Rhonda November 9, 2017
· Singing · In home
Hands down Moriah is an excellent teacher. She really helped me to understand the difference between singing from my throat and from my core. She reminded me to enjoy the process of learning a new song and to embrace my originality. I’ve studied with her for awhile and she’s shown me how to push myself and appreciate all the work that I’ve done, learning to trust myself.
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Moriah L.

Moriah L.

Arcadia, CA 91006
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$34 / 30-min

About David D.

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Studio City, CA

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David is a multi-instrumentalist, music producer, and mix engineer who works with artists at varying levels developing their skills, creativity, and music. Over the course of nearly 2 decades playing in bands and working in music production, David knows the skillset and mindset necessary to perform at a professional level.

In 2015, David was nominated for a Pensado Award for "Most Unique Project Studio" and followed that up in 2016 sharing the stage with Jimmy Eat World and Neon Trees.

David's passion for creativity, performing, and connecting with people are what drives him.
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James Zidell April 3, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
David is terrific. Much better than any of my other teachers. He is professional, knowledgeable and practical. I always leave feeling I have learned something I can take home with me and improve.
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Mackenzie January 15, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
David has a depth of musical knowledge and knows how to communicate it well. With students as young as 6, he has shown patience while challenging them to improve. He is a fun and effective teacher.
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konnie October 15, 2017
· Guitar · In home
David puts me at ease with taking lessons from a human because, not only is he very skilled and knowledgeable, but he is also flexible in his teaching style, in that he is responsive to my learning style and thoroughly addresses all my questions and concerns, all while being attentive to my progress. I highly recommend!
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David D.

Studio City, CA 91604
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About Jordan L.

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Northridge, CA

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On top of being a professional musician and educator, I am a fun, easy-going, and inspirational person. I come from a family of 6 and used to work as a camp counselor in the summers, so working with kids is my strong suit, I really do enjoy it! I have found in my years of teaching a nice balance of making sure my students stay focused while also making sure they are having a pleasant experience during their lessons.

Here is a little bit more about me taken from jordanleicht.com:

"Jordan is a Los Angeles-based saxophonist, composer, and bandleader from Thousand Oaks, CA. He has a number of private students and plays regularly with his group and others in the L.A. area.

Jordan has played with many accomplished artists, some of them being Alan Ferber, Eric Marienthal, Elliot Mason, John Daversa, Mark Ferber, Gordon Goodwin, and Th
e Lane 29 Jazz Orchestra among others. He has also performed at venues including the Monterey Jazz Festival, The Blue Whale, The Reno Jazz Festival, L.A.’s Catalina Jazz Club, and various performances with Anthony Strong including a tour of England and the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl"
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Tonya March 20, 2018
· Saxophone · Online
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Marc March 15, 2018
· Saxophone · In home
I used to play saxophone in high school but hadn't picked it up in over a decade and a few lessons with Jordan gave me my chops back along with a renewed appreciation for the instrument. I look forward to continued growth under Jordan's tutelage. He's a great teacher and inspiration as a musician.
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Coley F. February 2, 2018
· Saxophone · In home
My son is on his fifth lesson on the Sax with Jordan, and his progress has been AMAZING!!! In my son’s own words “Jordan is the best teacher I have ever, ever had”!!!! We would give Jordan the highest recommendation possible!!!! He ROCKS!!!!!
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Jordan L.

Northridge, CA 91325
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Greetings music adventurers! My name is Douglas. I'm an unapologetic music nerd with an insatiable appetite to teach and play music. I've been a piano and music instructor for almost 10 years, both privately and in classroom settings around LA, NYC, and Orange county.

I hold a Master's Degree in Music Composition for Film & Game Scoring from New York University, and a Bachelor's Degree in Music Composition and Theory from Chapman University. I've performed in several ensembles including rock bands, university orchestras, and small ensembles.

Regardless of your age and background, I will teach you everything you need to know about music theory, orchestration, composition, piano practice, and the basics of music production. So what are you waiting for? Let's go!
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Douglas B.

Huntington Beach, CA 92647
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What are the "keys" to identifying different key signatures? Read on for some great tips from Tucson, AZ teacher Lourdes C... In reading music, there are a few things that give musicians the biggest headaches. One major migraine-maker is determining keys from the key signature and then remembering the order of sharps and flats. This chart gives musicians a quick way to help with identifying key signatures. Key Signatures at a Glance Major sharps: the name of the key can be fou

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