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Agoura Hills, CA
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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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Jennifer January 5, 2019
· Bass Guitar · In home
Matt was great! Made the experience enjoyable and applicable.
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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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Matt B.

Agoura Hills, CA 91301
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About Gregory V.

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I've been teaching [subject] for [#] years and my students have gone on to [student accomplishments]. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to [beginning goal] and as time goes on you'll be able to [intermediate goal]. I specialize in [specialty, style], typically use [book names] books, and have the following tools available for your lessons: [equipment list]. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About Gregory
The shortest and most direct methods to unveiling one's musical dreams.

Voice, Guitar, Keyboard & Bass Private & Group Coaching independently and with TakeLessons.com and worldwide via Skype. Composer, Arranger, Guitarist, Pianist, Organist, Gospel Choral Director, Session Musician, Producer, Actor, Songwriter.

29 years experience eternally blessed to work with such artists & group members of The Supremes, Prince, P-Funk, Motown, Scott Weiland, Alice in Chains, Beck, The Black Crowes, Stylistics, Blue Magic, Anthony Janflone, Sr., Tom Petty, Sylvia Massy, David Tickle, The Travel Channel, Sigma Sound Studios-Phily, personal music instructor to: Rod Stewart's son, Casey Kasem's grandchildren, Don Gehman's (John Cougar, Pat Benetar..), Marko Babineau (Aerosmith/ G&R...) and vocal & music director for daughters of original for Earth
Wind & Fire member & various black church choirs.

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To connect with, meet you halfway on the path with, teach & direct from a sound & experienced mind the shortest and most direct methods to unveiling one's musical dreams coupled with on-going personal support, guidance, empowerment training, accompaniment and honest advice.

*** Specialties ***
Pop, Rock, R&B, Soul, Funk, Hip Hop, Music Theatre, Blues, Hard Rock, Gospel, Psychadelia, Acid Jazz, Metal, Country, Comedy, Free Jazz, Spoken Word...(everything other than serious classical music.)
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Stéphane B. December 3, 2018
· Ukulele · Online
Great first class! Thanks Gregory
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Jondren H. July 16, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Gregory is an awesome guy who's very good at making you feel comfortable as he teaches. You can definitely see his passion for music!
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Ben W. June 12, 2018
· Singing · In studio
After studying singing off and on for more than 30 years, i won't be surprised if anyone calls him the best singing teacher in Los Angeles. He has the best sets of vocal exercise which can relax your voice, build your resonance, and help you hit your notes accurately in your range. Very very happy to have him teaching me.
--ben wang
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Gregory V.

Los Angeles, CA 90012
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About Vir M.

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Over the years I have studied the art of songwriting in the pop music world and other styles. In addition I have written hundreds of songs and can get you writing to your hearts content.

About Vir
I am a graduate of U.C. Berkeley.;I have been teaching and performing music for over 15 years. I have toured the United States and other countries playing many types of music. I play Guitar and Bass and Sing   I teach in a fun style that emphasizes the students creativity.  Styles range from Rock, Folk, Electronic, Jazz,  African, World, Hip Hop to Country.  I can give you the skills to go to the next level.  From 5-99 years old!

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A typical lesson would look like this:  Depending on your level we would first work on some new chords and/or a new scale and how to play them.  We "jam" a little to get the feel.  I have a really great way of teaching theory that will get you playing what you want.  The second half we usually focus on learning a song of your choice or working on an original of yours. I am very personable
and easygoing.

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Have guitars and amps, basses and amps, drum set, microphones and recording equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Have equipment

*** Specialties ***
Rock, World, Hip Hop, Folk, Electronica, Classical, Jazz
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Karen T. March 31, 2016
· Acting · In studio
Although I only had 1 lesson with him so far, I can say he's a very good teacher and I had fun.
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caroline S. April 23, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Vir is a gifted teacher. He has taught my son guitar for more than a year. He meets my son where ever he's at in his practice, attention and interests with calm, skilled focus and intention . Vir's background as performing musician infuses his teaching with an enthusiasm and creativity of practicing his teaching. We are truly grateful for Vir.
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Alexander S. March 6, 2014
· Singing ·
A Guru

Vir is beyond your typical vocal coach. He was a huge help on things like pitch accuracy and phrasing, but more than anything, his focus on getting me to tap into and harness my inner power has already paid huge dividends in my recordings and performances. Further, Vir is an amazing person to know and his home-studio in Berkeley is magnificent!
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Vir M.

Los Angeles, CA 90066
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About Andrew R.

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Everybody can write a song, right? Well mainly, yes, with some musical background, a song can be written.
When you're pushing for a certain level though, it can really help to have some tools to analyze both your composition and performance to hone the piece, the style, and the arrangement.
I have written or produced dozens of songs, many of which have been featured in major motion pictures or released in their own right putting me in a perfect position to help you with your work and share all my secrets!!

About Andrew
British born and Educated at London's prestigious Trinity College of Music and The Royal Academy of Music, my professional musical career has spanned over two decades to date. I have performed with world renowned acts such as Sia, Dave Stewart and Horace Andy, and have been a featured recording artist on many of the worlds most famous film scores while myself having authored or co-authored over 30 movie scores.
A Suzuki violin student since the age of 3, I added piano, guitar, singing and composition during my teenage years. The Suzuki method encourages advanced aural development from very early on and this has turned out to be my strongest suit. With my ear, I have impressed some of the most notable orchestrators, composers, directors and producers in London, Hollywood and the world over. In fact, it was these on the spot aural magic tr
icks that allowed me to impress the Hollywood composer that first invited me to Los Angeles to work on my first blockbuster. That opportunity led to many years of success in the industry and some notoriety.
I have always had a passion for teaching, sharing my knowledge with others and watching other people take immense pleasure in their own achievements. I have been told time and time again that I have a very special gift for teaching and I would very much like to share it with you, whether you want to learn an instrument, musicianship, ear training, composition, hone your vocal or mic skills or learn how to arrange an orchestral piece in just a few hours!
I look forward to talking to you about your specific needs and goals and having the opportunity to help you realize them in a fun friendly and authentic atmosphere.
Andrew
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nicolas October 17, 2017
· Music Recording · In studio
Best instructor ever
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Evan May 23, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Andrew was great at getting started back in piano and working on new pieces right away. He's got a great style and has me playing right away.
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Aron February 12, 2017
· Singing · In studio
He is the one, do not search for any other teacher!
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Santa Monica, CA 90404
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About Moa M.

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Learn how to structure a song and how melody and chords work together and how to write killer lyrics!
I am signed myself as a songwriter with BMG and will give you my best tips and tricks (#1: do it every day).

We will analyze a few of your favorite tunes and figure out how to recreate those elements and put your own flavor on it.

About Moa
Short version:
I sing my heart out. I slam the guitar. I turn my feelings into songs. I help other people make music.
Lover of the beach.
Swedish native in California.

Long version:
My story began in my neighbors’ backyard in the deep woods of southern Sweden where we would lip sync to Spice Girls in the late 90s. I would kick my foot in the air, as the true Sporty Spice I was. Or was trying to be.

A few years later, when I was 12, I discovered a worn out, leather hard case covered with stickers laying around in my house. I opened it and discovered this big chunk of wood with four strings on it.
Disappointment arose when I tried strumming it and it didn’t really make any noise. However, turned out we had a similar looking thing at my school and my teacher showed me how to plug it in to a speaker. Noise: check. Since then
I told everyone that I was gonna be a rockstar when I grow up.

I spent my teenage years playing in bands and eventually moved on to the guitar. I played actively all over Sweden but told everyone that I was gonna move to LA to further my career. And in 2012 that dream became reality.

Since then I’ve been fortunate enough in this rollercoaster called the music industry/life to combine my two biggest passions; music and traveling. I have toured all over the US, the UK, played Warped Tour, US Air Force Bases in the Middle East and Japan and even cruise ships in the Caribbean (my favorite place on earth), all with several different bands. Somewhere along the way I also started passing on my knowledge and teaching music, with a contemporary pop/rock approach and focus on getting more girls into music.

When I’m not performing or teaching, I write as much music as I possibly can. I am signed to BMG's music library both as an artist and songwriter.

Endorsed by:
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I am looking forward to rocking with you! :)
- Moa M
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Kelly B. May 24, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Moa is a great teacher. She really understands how to bring out the best in people.
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Paige February 12, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I've been talking lessons with Moa for the past month and I've already learned a lot and can tell my voice is getting stronger. She's a great instructor.
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Bob February 3, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Great first lesson! Moa is very cool and patient! Can't wait for the next one.
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Los Angeles, CA 90036
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About Anthony S.

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About Anthony
I believe that anyone can reach their musical goals if they have motivation to learn and an amazing teacher to facilitate the learning process! I pride myself in making sure all of my students have a great time during our session while learning the songs you want to!

I have a Bachelors Degree in Performing Arts Degree from Cal State San Marcos. I've been playing music for over 18 years and have spent 14 years playing professionally. I have a wide variety of curriculum to apply and custom tailor for you specific wants and needs. I have experience teaching all ages and skill levels. I have played in many bands throughout my career and even managed to get signed to a major label! I truly love teaching as much as I do playing which I have come to realize is rare in this line of work. I will always go the extra mile to make sure you succee
d in your studies.

My main focus is to make sure my students continue to reach and surpass their musical goals. Hopefully I can't help you to do the same!

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Each lesson is custom tailored to your individual needs! I want teach you valuable music techniques through songs that you want to learn and play!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have practice amplifiers and several guitars to chose from should you not have your own quite yet!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have an acoustic and or electric guitar/electric bass I travel with as well as a portable amplifier.

*** Specialties ***
I have a talent for music direction in a band setting so I also can help coach bands to achieve their full potential!
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Christian September 20, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Anthony's the man. He knows his stuff and is a great teacher
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Kingston July 22, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
My 7 year was rocking Smoke on the Water two days after his first lesson. He cant wait for the next one!
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Danny June 7, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Anthony is the man. He taught me the guitar at my own pace and got me playing some of my favorite songs. Now I'm comfortable on my guitar and I'm starting my own cover band.
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Anthony S.

Los Angeles, CA 90065
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$25 / 30-min

About Mike H.

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With my music lessons you can expect a full education and fun time learning a variety of: songs, genres, techniques, improvising, harmony, music theory and how to craft your very own songs!

About Mike
Hello!

My Name is Mike, I'm a touring/session musician and music teacher from LA that specializes in teaching (but not limited to): Guitar, Bass, Piano, Songwriting, Improvising, Arranging, Song Production, Audition Prep, Sight Reading, Composing & Music Theory. I'm a graduate of Berklee College Of Music where I earned my BA in Film Scoring & Guitar Performance. Whether you want to follow a hobby or a passion in music, my lesson plans are tailored to fit the goals of each individual student so they can receive a personalized comprehensive musical education that includes necessary musical skills combined with their specific interests. Look forward to meeting you and getting started!

Best,

Mike
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Erica January 7, 2019
· Piano · In home
Mike is a fantastic teacher who is knowledgable, kind and patient with my sons. He has a very easy-going teaching style which allows them to feel at ease and more ready to learn. I highly recommend him as a piano teacher, and I have also heard from friends that he is an excellent guitar teacher.
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Steve December 27, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Mike tailors every lesson to my skill level and needs on any given day. He always leaves me with something new to work on. He is sensitive to my musical tastes and often suggests songs and chord progressions he thinks I will enjoy practicing.
Mike is a talented player and teacher, with a deep appreciation for the many styles and genres of guitar playing. A lesson with him feels like jamming with a friend. I highly recommend him as a teacher.
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Mike H.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
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About Andrew P.

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Songwriting is my specialty, truthfully. I can help you in your writer's block or chordal dilemmas. I have helped many students of mine write their own songs and iron out all the mistakes young songwriters make.

About Andrew
Hello! I've been teaching music full-time for the past 10 years. I graduated music school in 2008, holding a Bachelors in music from Columbia College Chicago, a thriving arts school in the heart of downtown Chicago. There, I primarily concentrated on music composition and guitar, while also studying piano and drums. My parents were musicians and school teachers, so music teaching is very much in my blood. I've been playing and writing songs in bands since I was 12 years old. I recorded 3 original albums in high school, which is a very unique thing. I played shows everywhere in Chicago through college and upon graduating started a successful band called Minor Characters. We worked on albums with Beau Sorenson (Death Cab for Cutie, Superchunk, Bob Mould) at April Base Studios (Bon Iver), toured extensively, and was featured at South By Sout
hwest Music Festival in 2012 and 2013. This past year I spent recording a number of online guitar courses that are available through my business Make Some Noise, Inc.

I did all of this while maintaining a full schedule of music students, where I put on recitals at cool music venues and had kids and adults play together in duos, trios, or bands. I'd love to do the same thing here in Los Angeles!
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Lisa February 9, 2019
· Piano · In home
Andrew is so good and patient with my children. He has a firm understanding of music and how to implement that into a kid’s life. He’s so positive and understanding of our needs. The kids have so much fun with learning piano, we’re so glad we found him!
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Donna February 8, 2019
· Piano · In home
Andrew is wonderful! He taught my son piano in our home for several years. Andrew taught all aspects of music, including theory, and gave my son a better base to grow. Besides being a talented artist and great teacher, he's simply a wonderful person.
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Dan February 8, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Andrew is an extremely talented teacher. He's very patient and he doesn't just hear my daughter, he listens. Not only to what she plays but to what she says; I think this is why she has made such tremendous progress. I was not sure how the online lessons would work but they have not skipped a beat and if anything the online sessions are more productive. If you want a talented instructor that actually cares and will take you to the next level, look no further than Andrew!
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Los Angeles, CA 90042
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About Deanna C.

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Together we will build a strong lyric and melody. We will learn object writing, concept and title, structure, song form, rhyme schemes, etc. Students will then take that lyric and melody and add the chords themselves or I can bring in a 3rd party to accompany our arrangement.

About Deanna
A full scholarship recipient and graduated of the prestigious, Berklee College of Music Boston, Deanna has made a full career in the entertainment business. She was a Semi finalist on Season 8 of America's Got Talent, Spokes singer and actress for retail giant BIG LOTS national holiday commercials and has sung background vocals for Nick Jonas, Justin Bieber, and Celine Dion, to name a few. Her voice can be heard on countless radio & tv commercials as well as in film, tv and radio.

My method is the rib cage expansion method which covers all styles of music. There is a study guide you will be required to purchase from me at a rate of $100. It includes the study guide book & 4 CDS which will be your home study guide & is so worth it because you will use it for the rest of your life! It’s a great investment you will use for years to come!
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Elizabeth May 9, 2018
· Gospel Singing · In studio
Deanna is FANTASTIC....I feel honored to be one of her student ......she is AMAZING !!!!♡♡♡♡♡
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Elizabeth May 2, 2018
· Classical Voice · In studio
Deanna is FANTASTIC !!!♡♡♡.....she has all qualities of teachings and has incredible voice...I feel comfortable learning from her......she is AMAZING !!!♡♡♡♡♡♡♡
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Michael March 27, 2018
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Great voice teacher! Tough on her students because she really cares and aimes to see them thrive! I’ve been taking lessons with her for 6 months.
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Simi Valley, CA 93065
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About Naimah M.

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Experienced Billboard-recognized singer and songwriter specializing in pop, r&b, and folk music. All ages welcome! Lessons are customized and catered to the needs & goals of each student, whether just beginning your journey as a songwriter, or looking to sharpen your skills to advance your career. Explore the role of rhythm, harmony, and vidid story-telling in crafting songs that stick and resonate with your listener. For those who don't play an instrument, you'll also gain the tools you need to play guitar or piano (your choice) to craft your songs and provide support to perform your songs. Let's get started!

About Naimah
Naimah Muhammad is a SESAC-affiliated singer and songwriter blending pop, r&b, folk, and soul. While being recognized as an emerging artist by Billboard in 2013 following the release of her first single "Wolf and I", Naimah was collaborating with two-time Grammy-nominated American music producer, musician, and songwriter Travis Cherry in Atlanta, recording at Quad Studios in New York City. She is currently songwriting and recording in Los Angeles with two-time Grammy and seven-time American Music Award winners, Kool & the Gang, and working with developing artists and songwriters.

With a passion for vivid songwriting across genres, Naimah is focused on writing and recording material for film, TV, and commercials. She's had placements in independent films, including her song "Lava" co-written and performed by Danni Baylor, which was a wi
nner in the International Songwriting Competition.

Naimah is a graduate from the University of Southern California and is currently based in Los Angeles, CA.
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Kevin January 1, 2019
· Songwriting · In home
Naimah was great! She helped me take a concept I had for a song and bring it to life. Me being new to songwriting, her patience, knowledge, and spirit helped me feel comfortable and confident. I'd recommend her to anyone! And if I ever need another nudge to get me on track, I'll be sure to hire her again. Thanks Naimah!!
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Naimah M.

Los Angeles, CA 90004
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