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About Kimberly A.

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I teach popular music theory.

Subjects include:
harmonic analysis
re-harmonization
improv
scale and chord theory

I have been teaching these for 15 years.
I am very patient and adjust areas of study to fit my students goals.

About Kimberly
I started playing music around the Kansas City area twenty five years ago. I graduated from The University of Southern California with a degree in studio/jazz guitar (cum laude). While at USC, I received a merit scholarship and an award for professional leadership and service within her department. I also graduated with honors from Musicians Institute (GIT), of Hollywood, CA.

I have toured the U.S. and Canada playing venues such as The Portland Rose Festival, The Playboy Jazz Festival, The Santa Monica Twilight Concert Series, Irvine Lake Blues Festival,The Burnaby British Columbia Blues Festival and the Long Beach Blues Festival. The headliners at these events included Robben Ford, The Neville Brothers, and Johnny Winter.

I have released two solo CD's that have received first-rate reviews, as well as international airplay. Af
ter the second CD, I was biographied for AMG (All Music Guide) the internet's first source for music information. Here are excerpts from the AMG bio:

... there are also elements of Jimi Hendrix (arguably the first true heavy metal/hard rock artist), Jeff Beck and Stevie Ray Vaughan in her playing, and she clearly has a strong appreciation of jazz--not only jazz-rock fusion improvisers like John Scofield, Larry Coryell and Mahavishnu Orchestra founder John McLaughlin, but also, straight-ahead bop favorites such as Kenny Burrell, Grant Green, Wes Montgomery and Joe Pass.......eclectic outlook is one of her strong points; her ability to move from a tough, aggressive blues-rock groove to a more cerebral, fusion-minded approach to the occasional soul-jazz/hard bop number has made for some very unpredictable albums.

I have been teaching full-time for the past 15years. I have taught all ages and popular styles. In 2008, my blues guitar method was published and distributed through Amazon.

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I incorporate a tailored curriculum to help people achieve their personal goals. Learning music is not a "one-size fits all" proposition. I can show you the songs that you want to play. I can also teach you music theory, technique, improvisation, reading and more. I adjust your course of study according to your areas of interest. If you are dying to learn a Led Zeppelin tune, or are planning on auditioning for a college level jazz guitar program, I can help you achieve these goals. I have taught hundreds of beginners along side more advanced students. My students have gone one to study music at GIT, Fullerton College, Pasadena City College, Berklee, Cal State LA, and USC.

Most of all, I am extremely patient. The ability to playing a musical instrument is measure on a calendar, not on a watch. I often work at a slow, systematic pace. I am generally very laid-back. On the other hand, if you learn very quickly, I can readily show you the skills you need to meet your goal. I have fast-tracked many individuals that were seeking admittance to an academic program.

My teaching studio is computer equipped. This allows me to incorporate computer software that enhances learning. One such program, Band in a Box, generates accompaniment for students so that they can work on their soloing skills. Another program can slow recorded music down so that the student can practice slowly with it. Also, I often give out play-along practice CDs for improved learning.

The aspect of performance is often not addressed by many. I am able to work with my guitar students while accompanying by performing live bass or drum parts, or work with bass students while playing the guitar or drum parts. This allows the student to understand his or her roll in an live band.

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Dedicated music room room w/ guitars, bass, drum set, pa system, and seating for parents

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I teach all popular guitar and bass styles.
I am a expert in Jazz, Blues, and R&B. (degree in Studio/Jazz guitar)
Great with theory, technique and reading.
Have given recording lessons with CUBASE.
Now teaching drum kit to beginners
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Cary March 1, 2018
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Mitch October 24, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
After a few classes with Kimberly I wrote review which went like this “I have been taking lessons from Kimberly for the last few weeks. As a comparison, I have taken lessons a number of times in the distant past. Kimberly is by far the very best guitar instructor I have had. Kimberly is extremely knowledgeable, highly skilled and very personable”.
In the end I took about 2+ years of classes with Kimberly, one class per week. Further, that was about three years ago. Whereas the only reason I stopped was I moved from the area. I know I could have continued with Skype or some other remote technology. I keep thinking I will. As the complications of life continue to get in the way.
The real story is with Kimberly skill, attention and personable nature, my guitar playing advanced more under her ‘wings’ then at any other time. Thank you Kimberly!
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Alan August 27, 2016
· Drum · In home
Kimberly is knowledgable, organized, patient and helpful. I am grateful.
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Monrovia, CA 91016
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About Alex T.

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Corona, CA

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About Alex
I was trained abroad & has performed to a variety of audiences of different cultures. My experiences helped me understand music as a passion & as a genre. It has inspired me to share those skills & experiences to students, musicians, actors and music enthusiasts to professional artists. Some of my students have joined competitions, talent shows and reality shows; performed on tours as a professional; and entertained in front of family gatherings and in the shower! If you are preparing for a performance, an audition or you just want to learn music and have fun, then I may be able to help you...

*** Lesson Details ***
The most important lesson is to enjoy and have fun. I am a product oriented person, I use techniques and drills to achieve your goals. In 3 to 6 months you should already be seeing improvements that will make you skilled
and eager to learn more.

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Living room with an upright piano and seating for parents or companions

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*** Specialties ***
Pop Music, Broadway, Classical, Rock, Jazz, Gospel, Contemporary to World Music
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Angie July 11, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Alex is very passionate about music and other art forms. He quickly evaluated my strengths and weaknesses. He seems to detect a certain talent that I possess and wants to help me reach my potential. I was very impressed.
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Elliott K. June 30, 2016
· Singing · In studio
He's Good.
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Anthony S. September 19, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Great with my kid very patient ...and fun!
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Alex T.

Corona, CA 92880
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About Brian R.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Highly focused on drum & rhythmic theory...specializing in odd meters

About Brian
I'm a 31 year old professional musician who has been playing drums and percussion for the last 17 years. I've taught for a respected music studio in Connecticut and I continue to teach here in Los Angeles. I have played in numerous bands and toured the United States, Europe and Central America. The styles I teach are Rock, Jazz, Latin, R&B/Hip-Hop, Funk/Soul, Reggae, Folk/Indie, Metal/Hardcore and World Rhythms.

I teach drum-set and various types of hand percussion such as bongos, djembe, darbuka/doumbek and congas.

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I've always thought that learning should be fun. I consistently try to bring a creative and laid-back approach to teaching drums. After the first lesson most students realize that I don't take myself too seriously. Sometimes certain techniques or exercises can be tiresome or even boring. When this
occurs, I switch gears and move on to something else. In my opinion, if a student is getting very frustrated it is generally best to relax and try a different exercise or beat. If we can't enjoy ourselves then what is the point?!

*** Equipment ***
I expect a student to have at least a pair of sticks and a pad. Eventually they will need a metronome for practicing and if they are serious a drum-set at some point. If you'd like to learn hand percussion I recommend having a hand drum of some kind.

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The styles I teach are Rock, Jazz, Latin, R&B/Hip-Hop, Funk/Soul, Reggae, Folk/Indie, Metal/Hardcore and World Rhythms. I teach from the heart and develop a natural feel for my students. I also use multiple books mixed into my teaching.
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Sam February 25, 2018
· Hand Drums · In studio
sooooooo much fun taking hand drum lessons from Brian! Ultra beginner student is me (shhh I'm getting better!). I decided to learn bongos plus the djembe ( I don't own either drum BUT he has them at his studio so it was cool )......He is very supportive when I try the exercises he shows me and no pressure to be a pro right away lol. I will keep coming to learn more and more I like the salsa stuff he showed me at lessons.......and don't worry Brian I am about to buy a set of bongos to practice at home! Cool guy - recommended!!!
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Luther October 24, 2017
· Percussion · In studio
This dude can play! Brian is a great teacher.. we did some hand drums and drum set for the few lessons we had together. I was new to learning music and glad I came across Brian because he is a chill guy with positive light. I felt as if I could take drums as far as I wanted with Brian as my teacher. I will be back for some more lessons when my wife lets me lol.
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Jessie July 19, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Quality drum teacher. I took lessons with Brian for about a year and his teaching style is relaxed compared to other drummers I studied with. I never felt rushed with the exercises, we always went at my pace. I recommend this teacher.
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Brian R.

Los Angeles, CA 90023
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About Marianna G.

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Irvine, CA

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I am a dedicated actress, singer, vocal technician and acting coach. My claim to fame is that I get results very quickly!!! I have been performing and teaching since I left the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and Juilliard to pursue a career in Opera. Because of my training, I also branched out into musical theater and jazz. I have sung before such distinguished individuals as Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Stewart, Mr. and Mrs. Charlton Heston and President Ronald Reagan and his wife. I have sung with Opera Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Cypress Symphony Orchestra, Capistrano Valley Symphony and was honored to sing in concert with Broadway legend John Raitt, father of Bonnie Raitt. I have written, produced, directed and performed as a soloist in concert versions of Kern and Company, Broadway Show Stoppers, Jewish Composers on Broadway and a Christmas show entitled Sing the Season. I have performed in many Operas and Broadways musicals too numerous to mention because we are only allowed 2500 ...

About Marianna
I am a dedicated actress, singer, vocal technician and acting coach. My claim to fame is that I get results very quickly!!! I have been performing and teaching since I left the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and Juilliard to pursue a career in Opera. Because of my training, I also branched out into musical theater and jazz. I have sung before such distinguished individuals as Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Stewart, Mr. and Mrs. Charlton Heston and President Ronald Reagan and his wife. I have sung with Opera Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Cypress Symphony Orchestra, Capistrano Valley Symphony and was honored to sing in concert with Broadway legend John Raitt, father of Bonnie Raitt. I have written, produced, directed and performed as a soloist in concert versions of Kern and Company, Broadway Show Stoppers, Jewish Composers on Broadway and a Christmas
show entitled Sing the Season. I have performed in many Operas and Broadways musicals too numerous to mention because we are only allowed 2500 characters!!! I am director of my own vocal studio in Orange County and Beverly Hills. I have been teaching since 1979 helping aspiring performers refine their vocal techniques for greater success in auditions and performances. I helped Amanda Seyfried secure her role in the movie Les Miserables. Recognizing that is critical for singers to be comfortable in front of an audience, I offer many types of classes and performance opportunities. Hope to hear from you soon!!
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Daniel May July 22, 2017
· Broadway Singing · In home
I first heard about Marianna while I was attending The Orange County High School of the Arts through a fellow student, Heidi Dean, who had this incredible voice and I knew I wanted to train with her. Marianna came to our school to see ‘Into the Woods’ and I met her after the show. Immediately her whole energy and aura was different than anyone I had ever met and we decided to train together. I would meet with Marianna every week and she would teach me these crazy voice exercises and really taught me how to shape and strengthen my voice. But Marianna taught me something and gives something to her students and the people in her life that goes beyond technique and vocal range. She gave me a confidence and connection to the artist in me, the professional in me, and the spirit that exists in all true artists. That is her true gift. I credit Marianna to my being cast in my first Broadway show, the revival of ‘Flower Drum Song’ starring Lea Salonga and still look to her for inspiration and direction. Let’s give and support Marianna back into the space where she can best share her gifts with the singers and artists who are waiting for her lesson.
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Krysta Rodriguez July 22, 2017
· Broadway Singing · In home
Hi everyone this is Krysta Rodriguez and I am writing this from my home in New York City on behalf of my mentor, Marianna Giordano. I just love you Marianna so much. You have been a mentor, a teacher and a friend and just the most amazing support system I could ever have asked for. Thank you so much Marianna, I just cannot express my appreciation enough. You are beautiful and wonderful and have been so helpful to so many and we all love you and we know you love us and we would do anything for you as you have done for us.
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Brenda Hamilton July 22, 2017
· Broadway Singing · In home
Marianna was my voice teacher as I transitioned from teenager to young woman. Not only was she an amazing voice teacher, but she instilled me with the confidence and inspiration necessary for the professional career that I have today. I will be forever grateful for her guidance and support. Love you Marianna!
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Marianna G.

Irvine, CA 92620
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About Minoo M.

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piano lesson in your home. I have been teaching piano more than 18 years. Your love of music will grow as I help you develop your piano skills.

About Minoo
My teaching philosophy is based in the belief that learning music should be fun and exciting! I always encourage my students to pursue the kind of music that they find most appealing, rather than using the same curriculum and method book. I teach private lessons and have had the experience of working with hundreds of students ranging from beginners with no experience to advanced players.
I go to my students In all over Orange county and Corona.

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Fun and patient piano teacher with more than 15 years of experience.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music staff paper
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Tim H. March 19, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Awesome teacher. Really cares and takes the time to teach
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Luz March 15, 2018
· Piano · In home
She has very festive time when I need change my schedule I don’t have problems
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Katharine February 13, 2018
· Piano · In home
Minoo is a wonderful instructor--II did not begin lessons until nearly 60 and was apprehensive about starting so late, but she has been extremely patient, professional, and encouraging. She is passionate about teaching and is dedicated to her students. I highly recommend her!
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Minoo M.

Corona, CA 92879
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About Danielle N.

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Not a lot of people know what Music Theory is or have trouble understanding the concept behind it.

I break down even the most difficult concepts for any age to understand!

About Danielle
My name is Danielle. I have been playing the piano since I was 5 years of age. I may be young but I am very passionate about music and would like to teach anyone who is interested in learning. I teach classical, pop, funk, and even a little jazz. I work with all ages and all levels. I am a very patient individual when it comes to teaching. I like to build a relationship with my students to enhance the learning experience. Hope to teach you soon.

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Whether its piano or ukulele I like to involve basic music theory, technique and fun games! If you're 4 or 65 I like to make music a fun learning experience. Many of my students have come to me after taking lessons with a previous teacher who has either completely abandoned them, was very mean, or never fully explained to them basic music skills. I love to go int
o detail but I'm very passionate about music so no matter what I can make it interesting.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Grand Piano.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Resources to books.

*** Specialties ***
I teach beginning/intermediate piano, voice, ukulele, and music theory from ages 4 and older.
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Jacob J. December 5, 2017
· Music Performance · In studio
Danielle is super kind, patient, enthusiastic, and prepared. These qualities make her a great teacher!
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Lupe B. September 22, 2015
· Piano · In home
Danielle is a great teacher! She is very flexible and patient for every lessons and I am happy to have her as my teacher!
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Alyce-Suzanne K. November 4, 2014
· Piano · In home
I am a complete beginner at any sort of musical instrument and Danielle has made it simple and fun. With her techniques of identifying my problems areas and pushing me through them, to her history back story to what she teaches the experience has been incredible.
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Danielle N.

Diamond Bar, CA 91765
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$35 / 30-min

About Xiaole L.

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Irvine, CA
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Beginner students can learn counting rhythm with toy-like percussion instruments, such as castanet, shaker, and piano key tapping.
Charts of keyboard and notation help students recognize keys and read notes easily and efficiently. Students apply theory concepts to play piano and in improvisation in lively ways, closely applying theory to piano playing and in creating their music.

Direct students to take different certification program, such as Certificate of Merit and Certification of Distinguished Achievement.
Help college students complete their school music classes' assignments and learn in analytical approaches.

Connect students to music communities and organizations,
help high school students earn public service hours and recommendations from the program advisors.

About Xiaole
Xiaole, (Shirley) an active pianist, music teacher, and composer, is a member of MTAC-Music Teachers Association California. A member of Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Society, she holds a PhD in Music with many awards for academic excellence from the University of Hawaii. She has more than 30 years teaching experience and has taught piano, music theory and history from beginner to advanced levels.

She studied at Shanghai Conservatory of Music and at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, where she polished her artistic spectrum in piano, musicology, and composition. Her teaching uses various sources, including Western classical repertoire, folk, popular music, world music, and Chinese music. She performed piano solo and chamber music in China when she was a pianist in Liaoning Provincial Opera House and on the piano faculty at Sichuan
Conservatory of Music, China. She taught piano major students and played accompaniment for voice, dance and various instruments.

Currently she teaches piano and composition in her studios in Irvine, CA and serves as Chair of Senior Graduation Recital in MTAC South Coast Branch. Her students have been prizewinners in MTAC branch festivals, honor recitals, and have performed in Composers Today recitals. She has helped students develop interest and much enjoyment in music. She also can help students enter prestigious universities and become professional musicians.

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Lessons are designed for individual needs and goals. Each lesson can be in flexible ways to meet the student's needs.

For example, for a beginner student, a lesson introduces the basic ideas of hand position, body posture, game-like rhythm drills and simple song-like pieces.

For elementary and intermediate students, lessons start from warm up techniques. Then they play carefully selected pieces according to the student's interest. The favorite pieces may be Christmas Carols, Kuhlau's Sonatinas and Beethoven's Fur Elise. Advanced students learn to play Mozart and Beethoven Sonatas, and Chopin's Waltz and Polonaises. Some students learn to compose their music while applying music theory elements.
Some students like to learn pieces for their school events or community events (church hymns) or download pieces from internet. The teacher is willing to help students play many pieces to enrich their music life.

*** Studio Equipment ***
A Grand Piano in a large room, that can seat 20 more people for
a studio recital or masterclass.

An upright piano for young children or students who like to play in
a comfortable setting.

A board posting studio news and music festival winners' photos.

Chairs and tables for students doing their theory worksheets or
sofas for parents to observe the lesson.

Learning tools, such as writing board for music notes, flash cards, and metronome for counting rhythm. Students like to use the toy-like percussion instruments, such as castanet and shaker to clap and count beats.

Children Piano pedal.

*** Specialties ***
Early childhood piano lessons for 4 to 7 year old children.

Preparing piano performance for recitals, music festivals, Classical/ Romantic Showcases, competitions for intermediate and advanced students.

Teaching composition for MTAC ‘s Composers Today Recital.

Using technology, notation software, iMovie and iTune software, and the internet.
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TaleenK August 1, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Ms. Shirley has been teaching my two kids (daughter 9 & son 7) for almost 2 years now. She is very dedicated and passionate about music. She challenges my children to try hard and learn good habits. She is flexible in how she approaches both of their lessons given my daughter applies more focus and discipline to her piano than my son. She tries to find ways to keep my son encouraged and interested in learning. She is very accommodating at her home and gives my children space to do their homework. I am very pleased with Ms. Shirley's knowledge, capability and dedication to teaching piano. She is a wonderful teacher.
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Kathryn S. October 27, 2014
· Piano · In studio
Ms. Shirley is fantastic. She is very understanding and a combinations. My son LOVES going to his piano lesson every week. She requires he work hard and pay attention. She really works hard to find good things he does and really reinforces the positive. She is always accommodating to schedule changes as well. We love having her as a teacher.
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Joyce L. October 11, 2014
· Piano · In studio
I have taken lessons with Xiaole for over 5 years now. She helps me to plan long term goals and to strive to play the best I can in performances and competitions. Also, she stresses forming good habits for studying for theory and practicing at home. One thing to note is that she is pretty strict. Overall, I would recommend Xiaole to anyone looking for a productive teacher.
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Irvine, CA 92614
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About Cheyne F.

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Students will learn the common practice music theory of any genre of music. Students will study music to develop their understanding of the functionality of melody, harmony, rhythm, form, and other aspects of what makes up music.

About Cheyne
Cheyne Forgerson is the Dean of Music and Audio Supervisor at San Jacinto Valley Academy. He has over four years of experience developing and teaching in a successful music program in San Jacinto, CA, and eight years of teaching private lessons in the Inland Empire. As a Dean Cheyne has developed a music program that serves over 300 students in a K-12 setting. He has personally taught classes in Guitar, Elementary Music, Songwriting and Sound Recording, and oversees classes in Strings, Piano, Choir, Musical Theater, and Dance. Cheyne custom tailors his individual lesson curriculum to each student’s interests, and focuses on developing life-long learners through a love of music. Cheyne strives to make learning music fun and educational for all of his students.

As an Audio Engineer, Cheyne runs a fully functioning home recording studio.
Cheyne believes in providing his in studio students with recordings of their progress to motivate and inspire them.

Cheyne recieved a Bachelors of Music in Guitar Performance from the University of Redlands in 2013,
and a Masters of Music in Composition in 2016. He is currently a candidate for a Masters of Education.

Cheyne lives in Menifee, CA with his wife Jocelyn.
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Cheyne F.

Murrieta, CA 92562
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Hello..! I have been pursuing music for the last 20 years and I've taught toddlers, teenagers, and adults. As a student, I deeply understand the struggles, amount of patience, and constant hard work that comes with learning music. This holistic process will allow students to strengthen not only their ability to play, but also their patience. Learning music is a lifelong journey--students can remain music lovers even without music lessons! As a teacher, most rewarding aspect of teaching is witnessing their reactions when they reach where they doubted; Fundamentally, I am able to provide exciting experiences that will allow students to grow and perform in a enjoyable, curiosity-driven, invigorating environment!
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Brianna P.

Irvine, CA 92620
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Learn the fundamentals of sight reading, scales, modes, chord relationships, ear training, chord extensions, jazz soloing, etc

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Hi! My name is Nick De La O, and I am a bassist living in Los Angeles. I graduated from as a Jazz major from Cal State Northridge, but my passion lies in all many forms of music; jazz, funk, soul, rock'n'roll, and anything with a great bass line. Music and the bass are my passions, and I love learning from my students just as much as teaching them.
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Athan G. November 15, 2016
· Bass Guitar · In home
Nick is a fantastic teacher, and highly recommended! I have had the fortune of studying bass guitar with Nick for the last year, and have learned immensely, both about playing techniques and music theory. Nick has a fun and encouraging way of making lessons a blast, while covering lots of great material.Nick is an incredible bass player, and makes every lesson awesome!
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Amanda October 25, 2016
· Bass Guitar · In home
Nick is an amazing instructor! I started off knowing nothing but the simple fact that I wanted to learn bass. He's helped so much to further my love for the instrument and has helped me through each step, every doubt, and all the sore fingers. Not only have I mastered some of my favorite songs because of him, but he's also shown me so much love and appreciation for music itself. You can really see his passion when he plays and when he teaches. I definitely recommend him as an instructor. You won't be disappointed!
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Paul S. March 1, 2015
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Slap the bass boy! Nick has so much experience and valuable knowledge of the bass that after just a few lessons I could actually feel myself getting better. He really values all genres of music and is not lying when he says he is experienced in all of them. Through various listening sessions we had, he turned me on to so many great bass players of all genres. Nick is the youngest, but by far the best and most engaging bass teacher I have had so far!
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Nick D.

Los Angeles, CA 90023
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Average Cost of Music Theory Lessons in Irvine, CA

The average cost of 60-minute music theory lessons in Irvine is $65. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $65 and $65 per hour.

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For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute music theory lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute music theory lessons are 16% less expensive at $55, and 30-minute lessons cost 39% less at $40.

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Subdivision: The Easy Trick for Reading Rhythms Right

Subdivision: The Easy Trick for Reading Rhythms Right

As you're learning to read music, you'll come across complex rhythms at some point. Here, Saint Augustine, FL music teacher Heather L. offers some helpful tips to help you get through the tricky parts...   Have you ever found yourself sitting in a big concert hall, or in your room, listening to a soloist play a practically perfect rhythm? Almost all of us have, and almost all of us have asked ourselves, "How do they do that?" Their secret is subdivision. You might be just begin … Read More

Subdivision: The Easy Trick for Reading Rhythms Right
As you're learning to read music, you'll come across complex rhythms at some point. Here, Saint Augustine, FL music teacher Heather L. offers some helpful tips to help you get through the tricky parts...   Have you ever found yourself sitting in a big concert hall, or in your room, listening to a soloist play a practically perfect rhythm? Almost all of us have, and almost all of us have asked ourselves, "How do they do that?" Their secret is subdivision. You might be just begin
How to Transition from Classical Pianist to Jazz Pianist
Piano music doesn't have to be all classical, all the time! Here's what you need to know about getting started with jazz piano chord progressions, courtesy of St. Augustine, FL teacher Heather L...   Thelonius Monk, Herbie Hancock, and Duke Ellington are just a few of the great jazz piano players. What beautiful and fascinating sounds fill our ears when their names come to mind! The seemingly illusive progressions and spontaneous elements, like syncopation and improvisation, sound
All in Order: Tricks for Identifying Key Signatures
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
4 Painless Steps to Help You Learn Music Theory
Sure, music theory is complex -- but there's no need to fear it! Here, Jamaica Plain, MA teacher Noaa R. shares four steps to get you started...   Many students tend to avoid studying music theory and harmony. This can stem from a fear of compromising one’s creativity with rules and numbers, a failure to connect concepts with application, or from feeling overwhelmed by the perceived volume of material to be learned. However, when you approach theory as an exploratory process that help
How to Prepare for Sight Reading at an Audition | 3 Helpful Tips
Nervous about the sight reading portion of an upcoming audition? Find out how to work sight reading practice into your routine in this guest post by Saddle Brook, NJ teacher Christian D...   “Be prepared to sight read.” That dreaded requirement on all auditions that makes us all nervous. But the fact is, you shouldn’t be! Sight reading is a learned skill, just like everything else in music. Think of it as sight reading a passage from a book in front of an audience. With so many

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