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About Paul T.

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About Paul
I am a firm believer in the power of music to heal, entertain, and teach. It is our first and most vital universal human language and as such, I believe we all have the ability to learn how to communicate beautifully with music to express our deepest feelings. As a teacher it is my privilege and pleasure to help you develop.

From classical violin to jazz piano my early musical education not only spanned genres and instruments but also geographically from Austin Texas to Madison Wisconsin and finally brought me to Los Angeles where I currently reside and produce and teach music professionally.

Helping you or your child reach your musical dreams in a friendly-nurturing environment is my sincere desire and obligation as your teacher. Discipline is required and to be expected, however, an overly rigid or demanding routine can do mo
re harm than good. I believe attention must be paid to individual learning styles. Therefore, as a teacher I have learned to observe carefully at first and custom tailor a practice routine with each student aimed at achieving their goals. I believe the study of music helps foster a deep level of self-confidence and self realization, which eventually leads the student to discover a portion of himself he would otherwise never know. My goal is to inspire others with this joy, which is everyone's birthright and an important key in finding happiness.

A gifted singer-songwriter of Pop, Rock, World and Reggae songs that possess that timeless quality. He has recorded with 2 time Grammy nominated producer Barry Goldberg (Eagles, Robbie Robertson, Verve Pipe, Marilyn Manson). He has released three CDs, had songs featured in compilations and in feature length film, toured North America, and taught guitar, piano, and voice both privately and in an all ages Montessori school in Santa Monica. He consistently played in a variety of bands while earning an A.A. in music from SMC and later a B.A. in Ethnomusicology from UCLA, where he earned distinction as an excellent student both academically and in musical performance. He brought passion to his performances with legends, Fransisco Aguabellas Afro Cuban ensemble, Brazilian Batucada ensemble, African-American gospel choir, music and dance of Ghana, and the Balinese Gamelan ensemble. As a member of several original LA bands, (Las Manchas, Samson Simpson, Toussaint, Mentone, Cloth and Spicy Fernandez) he has performed at world famous venues and toured North America. He co-wrote and co-produced the first EP records by Samson Simson with Ronen Navah, and also co-produced Mentone's first full-length record, "Empire" with Ronen Navah and Aki Ehara" Currently he is developing his new band, Spicy Fernandez, which has released a few singles on the internet and is getting a good buzz from Industry heavy weights.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe in custom tailoring a curriculum to fit the students needs, while still providing them with the same basic tools all musicians need to develop in order to play well (both with themselves and with others). Obviously, some students require more structure and discipline, while others have a stronger work ethic. Some may even need a teacher that is more laid back to balance them out, but more so my job is to facilitate learning and guide. A student studying with me can expect to receive a general assessment of their skill level in musicianship, theory, and on their instrument within the first couple of lessons (or once I feel that I have experienced enough of their abilities). Based on that assessment, I will work with the student to develop a plan of small goals to work toward. Progress will be monitored weekly and larger goals will unfold naturally in accord with the students own dreams and musical ambitions. Within 3 to 6 months of study with me students will learn to play a range of simple songs, basic scales, exercises, finger positions, and have a solid foundation for listening to, and playing to rhythm.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Full acoustic upright, Wurlizter electric piano, and keyboard synths, a computer based digital audio workstation...guitars...percussion...in the front room of my house. Has a full set-up for a band.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide copies of some sheet music, a library of music books, percussion instruments, digital recordings of lessons.
I expect that they provide their own instrument, pencil, notebook, 3-ring binder for sheet music, stereo/mp3 player, CD player, etc.

*** Specialties ***
I excel at popular music genres such as pop, blues, R&B, rock, and jazz. I am also trained classically and enjoy the challenges of standard repertoire from Bach to Chopin.
I began studying music as a student of the Suzuki method. However, today I find that my own practice resembles most closely, the Kodály, Dalcroze, and Orff-Schulwerk methodologies in philosophy and application.
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Shiva A. August 25, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Paul is very talented and, a very good and patient teacher. He is prepared for the class even before you arrive at his place, and communicates his thoughts very clearly. He is ready for a challenge if you give him a random song which you wanted to practice, and he begins to play the song on the guitar without any tabs or notes, instead just by listening to it a couple of times.

He's great to work with, and I'd choose him as my guitar teacher again if I ever live in the surrounding area.
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Beatriz B. April 23, 2014
· Piano ·
Have learned so much and more to learn

Paul is very passionate about music and teaching in general. He does a fantastic job when it comes to instructing and I'm excited to see future progress within my skills. I Definitely recommend him for great music taste and for creating a good atmosphere with his students.
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Paul is an attentive, intelligent and multi talented instructor - highly recommended.
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Paul T.

Inglewood, CA 90302
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About Dr. Norman L.

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Los Angeles, CA

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About Dr. Norman
I am a professional bass player who has worked on hundreds of recordings and has performed with many symphony orchestras worldwide.

I have a Doctorate in Composition and have taught many students in both orchestration and composition.

Please read my reviews for student feedback.
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Dennis Z. August 3, 2016
· Upright Bass · Online
I just finished a series of online upright bass lessons with Dr. Norman. It's wonderful to have a lesson without toting the bass around town. Dr. Norman is impressive in skill and knowledge. There was nothing musically he didn't know, couldn't explain, or demonstrate on the bass. He has a keyboard at hand to play chords or emphasize a particular key, and he is proficient on that too. Dr. Norman is A++.
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Caleb G. January 14, 2016
· Upright Bass · Online
Dr. Norman is a great teacher. He works well with my 14 year old son. I would highly recommend him.
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Tomas October 14, 2015
· Upright Bass · Online
Tomas loved his first lesson with Dr. Norman. Dr. Norman provides a structured environment, something Tomas needs to thrive.
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Dr. Norman L.

Dr. Norman L.

Los Angeles, CA 90065
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About Andrew R.

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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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Andrew R.

Andrew R.

Santa Monica, CA 90404
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About Tasha M.

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Foothill Ranch, CA

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EDUCATION
Began playing violin at the age of 11, in 5th grade with my school orchestra.
Was quickly told to seek private instruction due to aptitude.
Played at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp for 2 summers.
Played at Interlochen Summer Camp for 2 summers, concertmaster in 2004.
Played in the Symphony, Chamber, and Contemporary String Ensembles in High School.
Concertmaster 2003-2004. Otherwise a section leader.
Often featured as a soloist.
Mentored the freshman Concert Orchestra in High School.
Began studying Music Theory in high school.
Also sang in choirs at church and school.
Completed coursework for Music Education degree simultaneously with the Music Performance degree.
Graduated with my Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance in 2008, double majored in Music Education.
Graduated with my Master's Degree in Music Performance, ha
ving also studied viola, in 2010.

TEACHING
Mainari Music Studio - Violin & Viola private lessons. 2002-Present
Violin Coach & Assistant Conductor for the Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California (CYOSC) 2010-Present
TakeLessons.com teacher. 2015-Present
Musika teacher. 2010-2016
Assistant Orchestra Director to St. Margaret's Episcopal School. 2012-2013 school year
McCourt's School of Music in Waterford, MI. 2006-2010
Eastern Michigan University - Orchestra Graduate Assistant. 2008-2010
Schaeffer's House of Music in Howell, MI. 2007-2009
Director of Beginning and Intermediate Orchestras for Oakland Homeschool Music, Inc. (OHMI) in Waterford, MI. 2005-2006
Orchestra mentor in high school.

PERFORMING
Saddleback Master Chorale
Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California
Orchestra of St. Margaret's
Eastern Michigan University's Symphony Orchestra, concertmaster 2007-2008.
Eastern Michigan University's Collegium Musicum (chamber music)
Various chamber groups for weddings and other gigs since high school
All division 1 ratings for Solo & Ensemble performances as a soloist from middle through high school
First student from my school district accepted to the Michigan Youth Arts Festival (MYAF)
Studied violin with Myra Drean, Martha Windscheif, Prof. Daniel Foster, and Gabe Bolkosky
Studied viola with Prof. Eva Stern
Began playing violin in 5th grade, first generation of string players in my school district at that grade
Have studied Violin with Myra Drean, Martha Windscheif, Prof. Daniel Foster, and Gabriel Bolkosky; Viola with Prof. Eva Stern; and Music Theory with Dr. Marilyn Saker and Dr. Anthony Iannaccone.

Lessons with me...

I'm passionate about music and its many benefits, both academically, emotionally, and physically. I love to share my joy with my students in a fun, collaborative way that is professional and enjoyable. The pace is determined by the goals of the student, and materials are tailor-made to suit your preferences. Classical instruction is essential for proper technique, but branching out to Celtic fiddle or movie soundtracks is a definite option!

I recommend weekly lessons, and a minimum daily practice plan is required. Younger students should do 30-minute lessons, but around 10-years old, I require 45-60 minute lessons. Serious students preferred.

*** Lesson Details ***
Typical 30-minute lesson:
10 minutes - Scales & Arpeggios
20 minutes - Solo Repertoire

Typical 45-minute lesson:
10 minutes - Scales & Arpeggios
15 minutes - Etude, Music Theory, or Orchestra Music
20 minutes - Solo Repertoire

Typical 60-minute lesson:
10 minutes - Scales & Arpeggios
20 minutes - Etude, Music Theory, or Orchestra Music
30 minutes - Solo Repertoire

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music stand, tuner, metronome, pencil

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will bring my own instrument and accessories, as well as some extra music.

Students are expected to have their own music stand, tuner/metronome, instrument and accessories, and all lesson materials/music. Online students must be able to tune their own instrument, or have a parent present who can tune their instrument for them.

*** Specialties ***
Solo performance preparation
Chamber music performance preparation
College auditions
Orchestra auditions
Chamber music coaching
Recital performances
Note reading tutoring
Music theory tutoring
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Lafayette S. July 22, 2017
· Violin · Online
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Valecia R. May 23, 2017
· Violin · Online
Tasha is a very good instructor! She has been very flexible with her schedule to accommodate us. My daughter enjoys learning with her.


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Hamdy March 27, 2017
· Violin · Online
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Tasha M.

Tasha M.

Foothill Ranch, CA 92610
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About Stepher E.

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About Stepher
I am an Oboe and English Horn teacher in the Los Angeles area. I have a Master of Music in Oboe Performance from Northern Illinois University. I have been teaching for the past eight years from private lessons to group chamber lessons. In addition to oboe technique and repertoire I also teach reed making and basic instrument repair.
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Patrick T. October 3, 2015
· Oboe · In studio
My son said he learned a lot of knowledge about oboe today. She's very patience and nice. Now I know how pretty an oboe can sound! :)
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selamu S. May 20, 2015
· Oboe · In studio
Stepher is a wonderful guide and teacher for improving your sound production, timing and articulation.
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selamu S. March 30, 2015
· Oboe · In studio
Fantastic teacher all around. I'm enjoying my lessons with Stepher and taking advantage of her knowledge of theory, technique, guidance, evaluation and assignments.
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Stepher E.

Stepher E.

Los Angeles, CA 90065
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About Cheong K.

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Professional musician, with a BA of Contemporary Writing & Production from Berklee College of Music. I can teach jazz/classical piano, basic to advanced music theory, composition, arranging, production in any styles and purposes (TV, radio, film, live performance, studio recording, accompanying)
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Cheong K.

Cheong K.

Van Nuys, CA 91411
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$40 / 30-min

About Michelle R.

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My name is Michelle Ranalli and I am an Opera student at Azusa Pacific University. I am a Soprano, and have been singing classically for five years. I previously studied at East Los Angeles College, where I received my AA degree in Music.

If you take lessons with me, we will go over technique fundamentals, IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) for singers, and classical repertoire. Additionally, I offer lessons in theory, musicianship, and Spanish. I am eager to begin working with you!
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Gloria June 18, 2017
· Classical Voice · In studio
Michelle is a tutor who cares about her students. She is honest, musically educated and is very knowledgeable. She helped me with my voice and piano. I enjoyed taking lessons from her because she was flexable with my type of music.
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Adam June 13, 2017
· Spanish · In studio
Michelle is a very polite, fun, and knowledgable. She was always patient when helping me practice my Spanish, and now I am able to hold a reasonable conversation with fluent Spanish speakers in Mexico! Couldn't have done it without her help.
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Beatriz Tasha June 13, 2017
· Ear Training · In studio
I immediately knew she was trained in this area. She made it simple to understand and enjoyable. I appreciated her patience too. Looking forward in continuing my lessons.
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Michelle R.

Michelle R.

Azusa, CA 91702
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About Ryland S.

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Los Angeles, CA

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About Ryland
Hi, I'm Ryland and I'm a professional vocal coach. You're on this site because you want to improve your craft, and I'm on this site because I can help!

I work with singer-songwriters, pop artists, and theater performers not only to craft a sustainable approach to singing, but to connect with your voice and your material in a way that makes your performance unforgettable.

I have coached dozens of artists like you, seeking to develop their instrument - be that for a gig, for an audition or to develop as a singer and as an artist.

I received formal education for Vocal Performance from New York University. Since then, I have worked in nearly every angle of the entertainment industry from backup singing in a divey pub to vocal coaching and music directing a major motion picture, you name it. Understanding and coaching the artist at
any particular juncture in their journey is one of the beautiful things about my job.

So let's get to work, what do you say. Let's reach your peak performance.
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Shannon October 25, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Ryland and his teachings go far beyond what I expected. He listens and communicates incredibly. A fantastic learning experience. I would be more then happy to work with him in all aspects of my vocal work from basic training to studio technique and stage performance. Thank you thank you!!
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Ms. Lavella October 25, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Ryland has a literal and metaphysical grasp on what it takes to develop the human voice. He is dedicated, open-minded, forward thinking and articulate in ways that most vocalists and teachers can only dream about. He will go above and beyond to make sure you get what you need.
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Danette October 25, 2017
· Audition Prep · In home
I really enjoyed my sessions with Ryland! He's such a nice, sweet and professional guy. Very welcoming and fun to work with. He made me feel at ease like I was just working with a friend. He really knows how to get your voice to a place much stronger than when you came in. I'm looking forward to working with him again soon. Highly recommended.
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Ryland S.

Ryland S.

Los Angeles, CA 90057
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$75 / 60-min

About Alex C.

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Hello prospective students!
I am a kind, reliable and patient person as well as an accomplished musician, teacher and producer. My experience singing and teaching covers virtually any style including pop, jazz, rock, rnb, musical theater and more. I’ve been very lucky to have amazing teachers in my life from Berklee to Julliard who not only have empowered me with the skillset to succeed in music but also the freedom to be myself. My aim is to continue this tradition by enriching the lives of my students with knowledge and a role model as well as having fun in the process. Thank you for your consideration.

ABOUT ME:
I have over twenty years experience singing. My background in music performance is very rich. I started when I was four in church choir then moved on to starring in the school musicals then to having my own rock band that wo
n a statewide rock band competition and played a major festival.

Following High School, I got accepted in the prestigious Berklee College of Music as a voice principal. There I was able to study with some of the top teachers in the world from Janice Pendarvis to Donna McElroy and others. In addition to taking lessons on voice, I also studied music production and ultimately graduated in 2014 with a degree in Contemporary Writing and Production. Now with Berklee under my belt, I was able to sing, write, and produce professional quality songs.

Following music school, I moved to LA to further my music career. Since being here, I made it to the judges round of America’s Got Talent where I sang in front of 4,000 people including Simon Cowell. I also linked up with Warner Brothers Entertainment as a writer and producer and have finished three contracts for them. One of my originals songs was recently featured on “The Real” on BET four times.
I also had the privilege of traveling the world as a singer with Carnival Cruise Lines singing all genres of music from Motown to rock to the music of today.
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Joseph November 21, 2017
· Singing · In home
Never have I felt more certain about a teacher than with Alex. Not only are his voice skills amazing, but his teaching style is friendly and encouraging, and I felt very comfortable pushing myself to try new techniques in front of him. I really recommend him as a teacher to any new students or anyone trying to improve, because you’re learning from one of the best.
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Alex C.

North Hollywood, CA 91606
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About Trevor S.

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Los Angeles, CA

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About Trevor
I am a professional keyboardist with over 25 years’ experience, with training from both Berklee College of Music and Musician’s Institute. Living, playing and teaching professionally in Los Angeles for 10+ years, I have had the privilege of traveling all over the world performing with artists of many different genres, playing everything from intimate jazz clubs to arena pop shows in front of tens of thousands.

Currently, I am the touring organ player for the world-renowned punk rock band Social Distortion and am an endorsed Hammond artist. I am also the founder/keyboardist of a well-known instrumental funk trio, and have released two albums and toured across the U.S. as an original artist. Working with symphonies across the country such as the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Anchorage Symphony, and many
others while backing up special guest singers such as John Elefante of Kansas and Mickey Thomas of Jefferson Starship. I have also made several TV appearances as a guest performer on shows such as Glee and NCIS.

I teach lessons both online and in-person out of my home in Santa Monica. I own a wide array of instruments including a piano, a Hammond B3, a Rhodes Mark II Suitcase, a Hohner D6 Clavinet and a Moog Little Phatty, so we can focus on techniques that apply to any or all of those classic keyboards. I work with students of all ages and skill levels with a variety of musical goals.

I regularly play and teach in styles including rock, pop, blues, R&B, jazz, funk and classical. Having a deep background in classical piano, I competed nationally in the US Open Music Competition throughout my childhood and won multiple medals (including some gold). In addition to topics specific to the piano, I also teach synth programming/digital music creation, patch creation, MIDI programming, recording techniques, vocal coaching, performance coaching, songwriting, and composition.
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Diana December 8, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I have taken lessons here and there throughout my entire life, but never really advanced much further than learning scales. With his enthusiastic and attentive teaching style, Trevor’s guidance helped me to advance really quickly! Before we even started lessons, he asked me to send him music that I liked and wanted to learn how to play, because he said I it would make me want to practice instead of feeling forced. What a great way to get your students to practice! It was so much fun! Trevor had great lesson plans and focused on music theory to truly get me to understand the instrument. Trevor really took the time to invest in me—he even went so far as to go with me to Guitar Center to help me purchase the right piano. His teaching style is straightforward and encouraging. I recommend him all the time to friends looking to learn piano and I recommend him to you, too!!
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Emily December 5, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I used to play piano for 12+ years as a child. Now as an adult, I was nervous to book a lesson as it felt like a rather heavy-lift to start from scratch again. I had tried working with teachers in the past and although they were decent teachers, I never felt motivated to continue my practice/passion. Trevor, on the other hand, made it easy for me to stay committed to my goal of re-learning music; making it fun, enjoyable and something to look forward to on a regular basis. His knowledge of music theory, technique, and communicative teaching style made it effortless for me to dive right back in! Whether you're new to music, trying to re-start, or are looking to become a professional musician, I have no hesitations in recommending Trevor! My love of music has only grown since starting to work with him and I continue to follow this for years to come. Can't thank him enough!
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Trevor S.

Los Angeles, CA 90064
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