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About Rachelle G.

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Valley Village, CA
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About Rachelle
Hello! My name is Rachelle and I'm a professional singer, songwriter and pianist from Victoria, BC, Canada. My background in music is a blend of Pop, Rock, Jazz Classical, Blues and R&B. I was featured in Keyboard Magazine’s November 2012 Issue as one of the 6 Best Keyboard Heroes to watch out for.
Some of my performance highlights have been opening up for Nelly Furtado in 2001 in our hometown Victoria BC, and again on her "Loose" tour in 2007 at Roger's Arena in Vancouver, BC for an audience of 15,000. I've taught for six years helping foster my student’s talents and reach their musical goals. Past students have attained lead roles in high school musicals, toured in professional
bands locally and internationally.
When it comes to teaching music a “cookie cutter" approach is never used. I understand everyone has a unique learning s
tyle and I try my best to cater my lessons around each student's individual needs and goals. I was fortunate enough to grow up in an incredibly musical household. My dad toured with Bryan Adams as his guitarist and my mom’s worked with heavy weights such as David Foster as a professional vocalist. I was mentored by some of the best in the music business since childhood. I started learning piano at the age of four and started recording vocals for radio commercials at the age of six. The experience I've acquired over the years from recording in world class studios and touring internationally I believe has given me invaluable insight to impart with my students. I’m very passionate about teaching. Whether you want to learn how to play your favorite song on the piano or polish your vocal skills to sing professionally on a big stage in front of a large crowd, I’m your gal!

*** Lesson Details ***
I understand that starting lessons can feel a bit scary and outside of ones comfort zone. It takes courage to try something new! I take pride in creating a fun, stress free learning environment, as I know it's incredibly important. I like to encourage having the best of both worlds when it comes to learning voice and piano. That means introducing some sight-reading as well as how to play freestyle, or without sheet music. What to expect upon your first lesson would be an easygoing assessment as well as something to take home and practice. I want to find out what your music tastes and background are and your personal goals, what you would like to get out of lessons. I tailor lessons around each student and their personal learning style.
Piano students: The following is an example of what students can expect to learn, proper technique, sight reading, chords and popular song progressions, how to develop a piece of music, rhythmic training, ear training, how to play their favorite song(s). I use a combo of music books, Alfred Series, Bastien and Dozen a Day for technique and finger exercises as well write out music for students too on the song they would like to learn. I make a list of songs you would like to learn and also suggest some too that I think you would like and can also further develop your piano playing skills.

Voice Lessons: I’m a firm believer that we can learn a lot from hearing ourselves back on recordings. We are our own toughest critic. Recording ourselves singing helps us hear where our strengths and weaknesses are. It might seem a little uncomfortable at first listening back, I know! However, it offers fresh perspective for us to able to take our voices to the next level. I record using an app on my iPhone or iPad and encourage my students to record as well. If they do not have a recording device I email the recording to them to study along with the notes and exercises they are given to work on. This enables the students to witness their personal progress from lesson to lesson! It’s a great learning tool!
The following is an example of what voice students can expect to learn: proper breathing techniques, how improve tone and extend their range, how to develop agility, pop riffs, and dynamic control, how to prepare for auditions, live shows and studio recording and much more!

What I expect from my students: To come to lessons with an open mind, a readiness to learn, to try new things and to apply what they learn each lesson to continue making weekly steady progress ☺ We only get out of something what we put into it right?

I like to be as flexible as possible, I understand that often times students have many other things going on in their lives whether it be sports, school or work etc. We go at a pace you feel comfortable with but enough where you feel you are getting a bit of a challenge each week to be growing. Let’s make some beautiful music together!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha Mox8 (88 weighted keys). Acoustic Guitar, Sound System, Allen & Heath Mixing board, SM58 Mic, Mic Stand, Music Stand, Shecter Electric Guitar, Pro Tools 9, Duet Apogee

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect my student to provide a keyboard at least 77-88keys or piano. i can provide a powered speaker, sm58 mic, mic stand for practicing voice and performance.

*** Specialties ***
Pop, Rock, Blues, Jazz, R&B, Classical
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James E. May 26, 2015
· Singing · In studio
Rachelle is extremely personable, knowledgeble, and communicative in her technique training. She is really helping me to unlearn all the bad habits that have naturally developed over the years, and I'm already more cognitive of my vocal projection. She's at the top of her game. Would highly recommend her to ANYONE in search of the best instructor.
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Emmanuel M. February 15, 2013
· Singing ·
A fantastic teacher

In just my first few lessons with Rachelle, I learned more about the anatomical aspect of singing than I had in 10 years of choir/singing. She put great emphasis on the technique and skill aspects, while still balancing it with emotional connection. Perhaps my favorite thing about Rachelle is that instead of giving you songs to practice or telling you exactly what kind of songs you need to be doing, she allows you to bring in any music that you like and allows you to pick the focus of your lessons (whether you want to work more on breath support or volume or tone quality etc.). She maintains a flexible, laid-back and supportive attitude and has been a wonderful help for me.
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Taliya S. February 15, 2013
· Singing ·
Rachelle is a great teacher!

I took lessons with Rachelle for about 2 years and I'm so glad I did. I have improved so much vocally as well as performance-wise. It was a lot of fun to be able to work on my own favorite songs instead of purely classical. I would definitely recommend taking lessons with Rachelle!
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Rachelle G.

Rachelle G.

Valley Village, CA 91607
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About Celine V.

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Whether you want to learn the basics so you can play your favorite songs or you are serious to become the next "Lang Lang", you've found the right teacher to help you achieve that goal. I'm specialized in my unique integrated Suzuki method so that you will develop both strong ears and fingers. Any levels and ages are welcome!

About Celine
I hold a MA in Piano Performance from Azusa Pacific University. I have been teaching piano for all ages and all levels since 2002. I had formal training in Suzuki pedagogy method from the Suzuki certified trainer. Over the last ten years, I have been integrating Suzuki method with various modern piano pedagogies to teach beginners and received positive feedback from students and parents. I believe that students under my integrated method usually progress much faster than the ones under traditional Suzuki method.

In addition to piano teaching, I also teach all levels of accordion and violin (Suzuki Method).

I am patient, friendly, cheerful and good at customizing my lessons to meet individual student's needs. I believe all students have potential to master skills as long as they have strong self-discipline, perseverance and supporti
ve family and good teachers.

I welcome all of students and parents to contact me to start a joyful learning journey with me. You will get your time and money worth!

*** Lesson Details ***

Beginner: Within a month, you will learn how to count the beat, and how to read music notes (treble clef). There is a great emphasis on the ear training and music theory throughout the course of the lessons.

Intermediate and advanced students: I will help you get rid of incorrect or unhealthy habits such as postures, hand positions, etc; and further build you strength in sight-reading and music theory. I customize your study repertoire based on your own personality, interest and musical goals so that you always feel motivated to study musical instruments with me.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
I'm willing to travel to the student's house for private lessons if it is at an hour lesson. Additional $5 will apply.

*** Specialties ***
Music
-Suzuki and traditional method for piano
- Accordion
- Music theory, ear training, music history
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Celine V.

Celine V.

Claremont, CA 91711
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$30 / 30-min

About Jiye H.

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Encino, CA
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About Jiye
(Teaching Experience)
Piano Instructor, Seoul Music Academy, Granada Hills, CA, 2009­~current
Piano Instructor, La Canada Music Studio, La Canada, CA, 2008~­2010
• Teach classical/pop piano repertoire to students, all ages, beginners to advanced
• Incorporate music theory, history, and ear training in lessons
• Prepare students for performance in studio recitals
Private Piano Instructor, Northridge, CA, 2007~­present
• Prepare students for the MTAC Certificate Exams
Piano Instructor, Seoul Music Academy, Valencia, CA, 2009~­2010
Piano Instructor, Sea Han Piano Institute, Seoul, Korea, 2002­~2003

(Education)

Ewha Woman’s University, Seoul, Korea Professional Piano Teaching Certificate, 2002
California State University, Northridge, Bachelor of Music in
Piano Performance, 2010
California Stare University, Northridge,
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vocal performance , 2018
(Honors & Awards)

Merit Scholarship, California State University, Northridge, 2007­2009 William Richards Memorial Endowment, CSUN, May, 2008

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm strict and laid back at the same time. My main goal in teaching is helping students not lose their interest in piano and encourage them to reach whatever level they are pursuing for. Music is supposed to be joyful and fun, not boring. I want my students to have a lot of fun during lesson time, and most of my students actually do. I usually run a recital once a year, so all of my students get to perform in front of crowd. It's really important opportunity for students to perform, and they learn a lot from it.

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Piano

*** Specialties ***
• Teach classical/pop piano repertoire to students, all ages, beginners to advanced
• Incorporate music theory, history, and ear training in lessons
• Methods Books-Faber, Alfred basic piano courses, Bastien and Suzuki. Any other methods can be used upon requests.
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Omid D. August 31, 2015
· Piano · In studio
She is great.
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Mark H. August 17, 2014
· Piano · In home
My 9 years old daughter has been studying with Jiye for 2 years now.
Jiye is very encouraging and motivates my daughter each lesson. My daughter's been blessed studying with her, and I couldn't be happier.
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Jiye H.

Encino, CA 91316
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About Benjamin S.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I will provide a basic hands-on introduction to Piano musicianship and proficiency. We will cover things such as:
-An introduction to music reading
-basic technique
-Scales, Chords
-Music Theory applied to the piano

About Benjamin
Ben S. graduated from California Institute of the Arts with a BFA in Music and an emphasis in composition/songwriting. He is an active musician in Los Angeles as a composer doing music scoring for Film and Television as well as the lead guitarist/songwriter/vocalist for the band “Golden Days”. He is a dynamic musical artist with emphasis in guitar, piano, harmonica, mandolin, music theory, songwriting, and recording.

He has 5 years of teaching experience in private lessons and has worked as a T.A under great teachers such as Susie Allen(Director of Cal Arts MAP program) and Mark Lowenstein(Conductor/Composer/Skills teacher of Cal Arts).
He likes to integrate music theory and songwriting into his lessons with students and encourages the student to develop their own musical voice.

With Ben as your teacher, you will learn Music Theory
, Aural Skills, Note Reading, and Rhythm. He will develop creative lesson plans that are fun while catering to the students musical goals.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room: chairs, music stands, 1 guitar for teacher, amp, no piano lessons at this studio location. Additional seating for parents available.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect my students to have their own instrument. I will take care of the rest.

*** Specialties ***
I come from a folk/rock and blues background with a bit of classical experience. I am more familiar and comfortable teaching in these styles.
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Joe G. July 14, 2014
· Harmonica · In home
Ben is great, knows his stuff, great communicator, finds what I need, gets me going on it. I am feeling much more comfortable with my music after a few lessons with Ben. And I now feel I can go much further.
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Benjamin S.

Benjamin S.

Los Angeles, CA 90026
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$23 / 30-min

About Janis V.

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Woodland Hills, CA
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Thompson's method. Emphasis on making lessons fun

About Janis
LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA Hi, I teach local lessons at my home in Southern California, travel to you within a 7 mile radius or succesfully teach on-line lessons via Facetime. I teach all ages of students and have experience with ADHD children.
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· Piano · Online
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keith September 17, 2015
· Algebra · In studio
She's awesome! would love her to help all my kids.
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Audie L. May 10, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Amazing. After only five lessons, my son not only loves the guitar, but is playing songs....and LOVES Janis! Couldn't be happier.
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Janis V.

Woodland Hills, CA 91367
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About Tamara P.

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North Hollywood, CA
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I like to begin with warm-ups, then jump into learning something new, be it a time signature, key, technique, or composer. I like to incorporate music theory and ear training, but still keep the lesson fun, relaxed, and let the student ask questions and "play around" as well. I learned using the Alfred Basics books, and I think having a variety of music books - technique, recital, fun, and theory - gives the student a balanced approach without being overwhelming. I'm a sweet and funny lady. :)

About Tamara
Hello! My name is Tamara. I grew up in Minnesota and started taking piano and violin lessons when I was ten years old. I played in orchestra, in pits, sang in choir, acted in plays, and competed in speech competitions. After graduating from high school I went to the American Musical & Dramatic Academy in New York City to study musical theatre. I completed my BFA in Musical Theatre from Millikin University and have been acting and singing in professional productions in Chicago and Minneapolis ever since. I've also taught piano, violin, and voice lessons to private students for the past five years. I moved to LA last May with my Yorkshire terrier, Teddy. I love music and interacting with young people, and while I will encourage you in your practice and progress, I believe the most important thing is to enjoy learning and creating music.
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Tae Heon January 13, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Tamara was very professional and courteous. As a beginner, she helped me feel at ease and was very patient with me. Looking forward to my next lesson.
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Saki Y. September 8, 2016
· Musical Theater · In studio
It was awesome.
I enjoyed a lot also she did things that I wanted so She was really great teacher !!
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Mickey August 10, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Great! Tamara is very patient and clear with instructions.
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Tamara P.

Tamara P.

North Hollywood, CA 91602
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$25 / 30-min

About Kimberley E.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I achieved Grade 8 Distinction Piano when I was 14 years old, with one of the highest marks in my country (I'm from the UK), with a score of 142 out of 150. I went on to develop my own theatre show with live piano and have toured internationally as a vocalist and pianist.

I'm great with beginners and intermediate players, I love building confidence and really helping to develop great technique and methods. I love classical music!

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My name is Kimberley, and I'm a British singer/songwriter, and I love teaching young people about this amazing industry! I offer songwriting, singing and piano lessons, as well as writing and composition. My first rule is that there isn't any! Each student is unique and different, and my goal is to teach in a way that's fun and interesting and keeps people engaged.

I teach all ages, young and old, novice to experienced, and take great joy in meeting new people and getting to know them and helping them learn.

Coaching can take place at your home or we can sit outside in my apartment by the pool, we can even go to a park and sit in the sunshine! I'm really flexible and want this to work for you at your own pace to help you reach your own goals.

I received one of the hig
hest marks ever in the country for Grade 8 piano when I was 14 years old and I haven't looked back! I've performed all over the world as a singer, and have always incorporated my piano as much as I can. I have had a joint number one in the UK, as well as other singles in the charts and have done arena tours throughout the UK and Europe. I have masses of performance experience and a lot of industry contacts as well.

Get in touch and we'll go from there! I'm excited to meet you and chat about what you want to achieve.
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sonia July 2, 2017
· Singing · In home
Kimberly is great and came in of disappointment...she is a great
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Alli June 20, 2017
· Singing · Online
Was a fantastic teacher and very easy to talk to and learn from!
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Conrad June 19, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I am so happy to have gained a better mastery of my own voice. I cant thank you enough for your positive attitude and insight on how I can become a better musician.
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Kimberley E.

Kimberley E.

Los Angeles, CA 90046
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$45 / 30-min

About Keith S.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I employ a holistic approach to piano, teaching students both rudiments and site reading, as well as music theory and improvisation.

About Keith
Hello! My name is Keith and I am an Academic and Music Tutor as well as a Film Score Composer. I graduated from Grinnell College (2015) with degrees in physics and music composition. I have tutored students for past couple years in high school math and physics, as well as in the SAT and ACT. I work as a tutor for three well-known tutoring companies (one of which won the Eddie Award for 'best national test-prep company').
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Keith S.

Los Angeles, CA 90048
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$22 / 30-min

About Sean K.

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Learning to play the piano requires practice. Often you hear, "Practice makes Perfect." Wrong! Practice makes permanent. In your lesson, I will teach you how to practice the right way to get the best result in the least amount of time. I want your technique to advance rapidly, so you can play the music you've always wanted to play!

About Sean
Master of Fine Arts Piano Performance, Tulane University

I love life, and piano is a huge part of my life. I teach students of all ages and levels, and I'm looking forward to finding talented, passionate, and hard-working students here. I am very proud of receiving my Master of Fine Arts in Piano Performance under world renowned concert and recording artist, Faina Lushtak (Moscow Conservatory).

In their lessons, students are taught how to approach every piece of music confidently, economically, and artistically. I help my students reach the highest level of taste and musicianship, and my teaching methods propel students to learn more difficult repertoire in less time. My Master’s Thesis focused on the dynamic, interdependent relationship between movement and sound. Deconstructing piano technique into simple choreographic units
helps students learn faster and play more expressively. I also teach the fundamentals of music theory through electronic music composition, if the student is interested.

Ultimately I want this to be fun, but I require dedication, consistent practice, and a positive attitude. Parents, don't worry! Every student has a unique way of balancing hard work and having fun. Students of all ages will be encouraged to participate in competitions and the year end recital.

Let me tell you more about me! I am crazy about traveling! Some of my favorite places around the world are Siem Reape in Cambodia, Gotland in Sweden, and Kalymnos in Greece. One of my favorite things about traveling is seeing all the inspiring artwork made by the amazing, diverse people living on this planet.

Schedule your first lesson today! I can't wait to meet you!
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Diana July 26, 2017
· Classical Piano ·
Sean is an extremely talented pianist and teacher, with very effective teaching methods. What I really like about Sean is he is extremely patient and encouraging. He doesn't make you feel bad about your mistakes and is really there to help you and support you. He is always challenging me to be better and knows the steps it takes to become an excellent piano player. I have learned so much from him and am truly grateful for all the time he has spent teaching me to become a better player! Sean is truly the best Piano Teacher!
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Zoey July 23, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
Sean is a world class instructor. Sean was patient and attentive ensuring I mastered a skill or song before we moved on. His knowledge of playing shines through as he is teaching, while infusing joy with the practice. My confidence in playing has grown tremendously since taking lessons with Sean and I highly recommend him for your future lessons! Sean is a wonderful instructor, pianist, and friend.
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Sudan July 22, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
Fantastic experience. Sean was incredibly atuned to my goals. I'll definitely be working with him again.
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Sean K.

Los Angeles, CA 90026
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About Eric P.

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Begginer Piano lessons are about scales, technique, chords, and song form.

About Eric
MUSIC!
I think music is the most beautiful thing in the world, so lets take time to learn and play music together.
I have been playing the drums for over sixteen years, and been in over fifteen bands in the course of that time. I have a degree in Music from the Berklee College of Music were I studied music theory and focused on Music Production and Engineering. I have been playing Piano, Bass, and Guitar for about ten years in addition to the drums, and have been recorded in sessions on each. I have a deep passion for synthesizers and electronic music, so lets make some bleeps and bloops together.

I am extremely kind, friendly, and funny so lessons with me are very relaxed and have an easy to learn environment. However I am very passionate about teaching to fit student needs; so if a student likes deadlines and homework, if that is w
hat will help them learn the best, then that is how I will teach.
Lets make some sweet music together!!
~Eric
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Eric P.

Los Angeles, CA 90039
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