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About Megan C.

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North Hollywood, CA

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I am a violinist, composer, and general music nerd who would love to share my nerdiness with others! I compose and produce music for film and video games and have been playing violin since I was 9 years old.
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Art P. September 25, 2014
· Violin · In studio
This review is for both VIOLIN lessons and ARRANGEMENT & COMPOSITION, as I'm taking BOTH types of lessons from Megan.

I don't find ANYTHING wrong with Megan as a teacher of music lessons.

But I've only just started taking the lessons (have just had my third lesson), so not sure I can totally judge in so short a time.

I actually wrote a more-detailed and longer review a few days ago, but the system indicated I had taken too much time and so it wanted me to log in again. --By then all that I had typed had disappeared.

So I'm rating Megan FIVE STARS. But I'm rating TakeLessons' review-writing system only ONE STAR. --Hey gimme time to go into DETAIL, Man!
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Bill N. September 5, 2014
· Violin · In home
Next to the five star rating there is a little blurb meant to clarify what a "5 star rating" really means. It says "best instructor ever" and I can say, without hesitation, that this is true for Megan.

I was extremely nervous about learning the violin for a few reasons.

First, I'm a folk guitarist and I worried that my learning style would not jive with structured lessons. I couldn't have been more wrong. Megan quickly sized up my current ability and somehow sussed out that I was not the "Play Twinkle 100 times by next week" type.

Secondly, and this may go against the first point, I went to college for music. I didn't finish, but I got far enough to think I know a bit about Theory. It has been a while of not using that part of my brain, though, and I worried about returning to it. I thought that Megan would either underestimate my knowledge and bore me or overestimate my knowledge and leave me embarrassed to ask for help. Again, I was quite wrong. Megan made it crystal clear what I needed to know without dragging me along.

Our first lesson was largely technical: how to hold the violin, tuning, bow arm posture and where the fingers go (a mystery to me who was used to fretted instruments).

Megan is a master composer and an inspiration to be in the same room with. She is as jovial and down to earth as any folk musician I've met but has the quiet dignity of a symphony's first chair.

I couldn't recommend her more.
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Megan C.

Megan C.

North Hollywood, CA 91606
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About Patricia M.

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As a child I watched from the doorway as my older sister took her piano lessons. From that experience I taught myself to play the piano. My formal training came in college where I received my BA in Applied Music in piano and voice. I studied classical music and opera from a visiting professor from Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore MD. I graduated with honors and gave my Town Hall performance in the Spring of my Senior year. I had a passionate desire to be involved in music, to hear it and to perform it. I spent several years singing with the San Diego Opera Company, performing lead roles in Musical Theater and soloing in concerts from Monterrey to San Diego, CA. While still a student in college, I taught piano to children from the local community, so I have accumulated decades of teaching experience. Nothing brings me greater pleasure than
to see individuals "blossom" into their creative selves. Whether it is for a student's own enjoyment, audition preparation, recital performance or ongoing piano or voice development, I am committed to engaging you in an experience of learning and fun. It may be the biggest thrill of your lifetime!

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I love to have fun. For me, learning is a great source of fun. My goal is to make the process of your learning music fun while effective. I do have high standards for participation. I do not ask anything of you that I haven't done myself. I know, from many years of experience in performing and teaching, what it takes to make progress in a learning curve, Are you excited? Are you dedicated? Are you willing to jump in and get busy? I will give you the foundation of theory and technique to support your performance. I will expand your understanding and appreciation for music in its many styles and formats. No every other week or schedule as you go lessons, please. 

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Living room - Steinway piano, cathedral ceilings ... good acoustics.

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Must have piano or quality keyboard. I definitely prefer piano.

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I was trained classically in both piano and voice, but spent many years in musical theater and singing in supper clubs, as well. I am capable of teaching most styles of piano and voice except rock and rap.
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Megan D. June 30, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Patricia is the best instructor ever! Her love for and knowledge about piano is so inspiring! I learned so much and got so much out of each lesson. She is a joy to be with and I'm truely lucky to have had her as my instructor!
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Cj R. February 12, 2015
· Broadway Singing · In studio
i recently came out of an audition and I sang my musical pieces better than I've ever done them before! The auditioner sat me down at the end and said he loves my voice. He said, based on how much he liked my pieces and how well I did that he would like to extend an early invitation for callbacks for the program! I really have Patricia to thank for that. She has helped me improve my voice by leaps and bounds in the time that i have been working with her and its amazing to get such immediate and rewarding results. I CAN NOT THANK PATRICIA ENOUGH! SHE COULD NOT HAVE PREPARED ME ANY BETTER AND IM SO GRATEFUL THAT I GET TO WORK WITH HER!!
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Narumi N. November 24, 2014
· Vocal Training · In studio
She is great! It will be my 5th lesson with her tomorrow, but she has already gave me confidence in singing (at least I can get my voice out more than before without shame), being patient with me, very informative, and gives great advises.
I originally took her lesson because I had an audition for Christmas Carol, and I wanted to at least go over the song I was going to use. Instead, she gave me another song to sing for the audition. I have never been able to get in a show where singing is the main dish; however, after her advise with the new song, I was thrilled to see an email from the casting director when I was chosen to be in the show! I can never thank enough her for this. :D
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Patricia M.

Patricia M.

San Pedro, CA 90732
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About Lance G.

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About Lance
Lance is available for in studio lessons, ready to help you conquer all of your singing goals. Lance has been singing for the last 17 years and teaching since 2013.

Besides teaching, Lance works as an actor and songwriter in OC and LA. He has been featured in productions such as Les Miserables, Bonnie and Clyde, Pirates of Penzance and many others. He is also currently working on his EP, slated to be released by the end of the year.

Although having a classical background in his vocal study, Lance comes at each student with a fresh slate and tailors every aspect of the lesson to the students needs. Everything from warm ups and exercises to song selection. Every student has their own plan that they can work at their own pace.

Lance attended Fullerton College and received his AA in Theatre Arts. While he was receiving his educati
on, he worked closely with the schools music department and performed with their Chamber Chorale, and with the "Cabana Boys" a full band with brass section that specialized in jazz, island, and rock music, performing at venues such as the opening ceremonies for the NAMN trade show.

After graduation, he continues to pursue learning to hone his craft, attending seminar with groups such as the Institute of Vocal Advancement and taking classes at The Songwriters School of Los Angeles.

No matter your prior training and experience level, Lance will bring all of his knowledge and tools to bear to help you reach your singing goals.
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D April 11, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Im not an avid "yelper" or things like that, but I do look for quality. Being a teacher myself, I value a teacher with professional knowledge/experience and a clear gift and passion for what they teach. Lance is all that and more! You won't be disappointed, I have already heard results in my voice. Thumbs up.
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Keri April 11, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Lance is an amazing vocal teacher. He is passionate about his craft and extremely talented in music, both vocally and instrumentally. He brings a fresh, yet technically skilled style of teaching that my daughter looks forward to each week. She had her first performance recently and got rave reviews. We highly recommend Lance to anyone looking for vocal lessons. He also has an ease about him that makes him easy to work with. In our opinion, "The best."
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Ramona April 11, 2017
· Musical Theater · In studio
Lance is patient and understanding of the student. He coached my son with his music for the musical theater that he participates in. Lance did a really great job with my son's audition for Annie. My son Quintin got the part he wanted as Rooster in Annie. Thank you so much Lance!
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Lance G.

Lance G.

Brea, CA 92821
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About William A.

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William is a versatile and energetic musician, having shared the stage and recorded with numerous popular artists. Other performances with: John Mayer, toured with Teena Marie for 5 years,Stevie Wonder, accompanied Mariah Carey at the 2006 Grammy’s, Ludacris on the Jay Leno Show, India Arie, Nine Inch Nails,Mos Def, Rick Ross, Lloyd, Snoop Dogg, Sinbad & The Stank Nasty Band, Macy Gray, Blu Cantrell,Richard Wright, Roy Hargrove, Earth Wind & Fire, Miles Mosely (Playboy jazz fest, 2017), Prince, Sebastian Bach, Eric Benet, Lupe Fiasco( Lolapalooza (2008), Dakah Hip Hop Orchestra, and as a regular Guest with NBC’s Late Night with Carson Daly house-band. William has also performed on American Idol and The Voice, as well as appereances on HBO's "Criminal Minds",july 4th ABC and CMA Christmas T.V. Specials with Lady Antebellum. William regular
ly tours with Capital cities and had the pleasure of performing at "lalapalooza," "life is beautiful," "firefly, "coachella" and many other music festivals with CC. William recently toured with Lady Antebellum for their 'You look good tour' in the summer of 2017 which included among many venues, the legendary "Hollywood Bowl."
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Jett B. July 15, 2018
· Trumpet · In studio
William was extremely patient, and very attentive!
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Rania G. May 6, 2018
· Trumpet · In home
William Is Great teacher!
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Brian C. April 18, 2018
· Trumpet · In studio
Will is a really excellent teacher! I started with absolutely ZERO experience and he was kind, patient, and a really excellent start for any new student. We worked mainly on fundamentals, breathing exercises, and embouchure technique the first few weeks before jumping right into learning basic songs and music theory. He tailored the lessons to my ability and gave me pointers throughout to make sure I was staying consistent.

I would recommend Will to anyone that is interested in tackling the trumpet, from beginner (me) to advanced. Thanks Will!
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William A.

Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
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About Mike B.

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Los Angeles, CA

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About Mike
I've studied piano and other instruments for 30 years, have been teaching music for 20, and have been a full time professional musician and music teacher for 11 years.

As a musician who was raised on classical piano but has also spent his life playing in bands, jamming, and composing in several genres, I believe that a well-rounded musical education is not only practical, but that it brings out the most enjoyment in music.

I also believe in teaching students whatever they love whether it's classical, rock, pop, jazz, world music, or a mix of everything! The more they love it, the more they will practice, and in turn the more they will love how they have improved - a circle of awesomeness!

As a professional musician, I play over 130 shows a year throughout North America as lead singer-guitarist for Celtic Rock group The Whiskeydicks, a
s the touring pianist for classical crossover group Vivace, as a solo singer-guitarist-pianist, and as the lead singer-guitarist-pianist-composer for my own symphonic-rock-fusion group, The Living. I've also toured extensively in Europe as keyboardist and backing vocalist for singer-songwriter Melanie Dekker.

My compositions have been performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, The Plastic Acid Orchestra, Turning Point Ensemble, Ad Mare Wind Quintet, Vivace, The Living, The Whiskeydicks and cellist-singer-songwriter Cris Derksen.

I have a B.Mus in Piano and Music Composition from The University of British Columbia. I'm an IVA Certified Level I Voice Instructor and have studied Vocals with John Henny, Jeffrey Skouson, Guy Babusek, and Spencer Welch; piano with Terence Dawson, David Vandereyk, and Ross Taggart; composition with Dorothy Chang, Keith Hamel, and Armanini; drums with Jay Deachman and Morgan Childs; bass with David Spidel; and accordion with Jelena Milojevic.

I've just moved to LA from Vancouver where I had about 40 students, so this is the time to sign up as I have room for new students for the first time in years!
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Sarah May 11, 2018
· Accordion · Online
Mike is really fun!
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Joan C. March 8, 2018
· Ukulele · Online
great lesson
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Luke February 23, 2018
· Accordion · Online
Very patient with our first time in online lessons and first real go at the accordion. Looking forward to more lessons!
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Mike B.

Mike B.

Los Angeles, CA 90016
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About Claire B.

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Los Angeles, CA
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I am a professional singer, actress, writer and producer hailing originally from the emerald isle of Ireland. I have performed internationally on various musical tours and shows (Grease, West Side Story, Chicago, Mario Lanza Anniversary Concerts, Normandy Nights, High School Musical, A Star is Born, Fame) gracing the renowned stages of my home country, Europe and the United States.

I am currently based in Los Angeles where I sings as lead vocalist for vintage jazz cabaret group The Beauties enjoying residencies in Beverly Hills and Hollywood as well as guest performances at some of the cities hottest events and locations (Sofitel, 424 Beverly Hills, WeHo Halloween Carnavale, French Tuesdays, Le Petit Paris, Andaz, Dirty Laundry, Spaghettini)

I am the current voice instructor of Barbizon, Hollywood teaching at LA Center Studios for
5+ years. I am also the head vocal coach for Hollywood Performers Academy at LA Center Studios, a K-12 program for gifted students working in the entertainment industry while simultaneously completing academic requirements.

In 2016 I founded the Prep Performs program at Prep Academy, a renowned after-school program in beautiful Hancock Park. Here I teach students age 6-18 in voice, acting, public speaking, personal development and debate.

I can't wait to share my skills with you enabling you to tap into your talent and share it with the world!!!
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Manon February 2, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Love Claire! I am a dancer by profession but was looking to learn to sing on the side. Claire has been wonderful! I have really enjoyed all of my lessons with her & am looking forward to continuing with singing! I would highly recommend. :)
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Debbie January 19, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Claire's the best! She's always upbeat and encouraging. She's great at explaining things and is super patient with a beginner like myself. You couldn't ask for a better teacher. Our sessions are always so fun and I'm sad when they end.
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Danielle January 18, 2018
· Singing · In home
claire was very personable and creates a very comfortable atmosphere. Also she is able to give me great practical lessons that I can easily apply to my singing. I always look forward to our sessions as they are so much fun and I can hear the improvement with each passing week!!
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Claire B.

Claire B.

Los Angeles, CA 90004
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About Zack R.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Hi everyone! My name is Zack and I'm a guitar and violin instructor hailing from Chicago, IL, and currently residing in Los Angeles, CA. I’ve been playing violin since age 9 and guitar since age 10, gaining experience ever since playing live and in the studio, in bands and as a freelance artist. I graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2015 with a Bachelors Degree in Music Performance and now play in a metal band and pursue a freelance career. As a young student, I spent many years as a member of Midwest Young Artists, performing and studying classical music with Dr. Allen Dennis and jazz guitar with the renowned Frank Portelese, playing venues such as the Harris Theater in Chicago. I toured Greece and Peru playing violin, and studied classical performance with Vadim Mazo of Illinois Wesleyan University in Prague at Ameropa ’06. I was
a violin student of Gail Lilja-Kirkeeng from a young age, and was taught guitar by Rex Carroll of christian heavy metal band, Whitecross, and later when on to study rock and metal guitar with Joe Stump and Jon Finn at Berklee College of Music. I have opened for acts such as Five Finger Death Punch and Rob Zombie, and even accompanied Dream Theater onstage as the principal second violinist for their live DVD release, Breaking the Fourth Wall. My musical background is mostly based in classical music on violin, and rock music on guitar, although I consider myself very well versed in many different styles. Topics I generally like to begin new students with are scales and modes and how to apply them, basic posture and correct pick/bow technique and left hand placement, and the note names as they apply to the instrument and basic sight reading. I firmly believe that every student is unique with different styles, voices, and goals and that any lesson plan should reflect that. Whatever you want to learn, I’m here to help!
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Ethan July 11, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Great teacher
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· Guitar · In studio
Great teacher
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Katherine July 11, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Zack is awesome!! Really knowledgable about guitar and music theory, and really helpful whenever I got stuck. Thanks Zack!
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Zack R.

Zack R.

Los Angeles, CA 90028
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$34 / 30-min

About Christina O.

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North Hollywood, CA
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I am a professional singer/songwriter. Graduating from Musicians Institute Vocal Program and UCLA Music Business. I have been professionally writing and singing for the past 5 years, having written with numerous indie acts on their projects as well as my own band NÉONHÈART. We have released music with EDM artists including 3LAU, Seven Lions, Xan Griffin, and have over 20M streams on spotify alone. Our songs have been featured in spotify playlists including New Music Friday, and been in the US Viral Top 50 charts multiple times. Our song "Fire" on 3LAU's album Ultraviolet peaked at #7 electronic charts, and have received multiple Billboard write-ups on our songs. I'm fortunate that I get to be in studio sessions everyday with some of the most talented people in the industry, where I am constantly learning and growing as a musician. I hope
that I can help share some of the knowledge I've acquired with you and help you grow your songwriting craft.
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Christina O.

Christina O.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
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About Rachel S.

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Long Beach, CA
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I am a freelance horn player with a passion for teaching both horn and piano. I have a Bachelor's of Music from The University of Arizona and a Master's of Music from California State University Long Beach.

I have been teaching privately and in group settings for over 5 years and really enjoy getting to pass on the knowledge and musicianship that I have received from my teachers on to the next generation.
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Rachel S.

Rachel S.

Long Beach, CA 90814
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About Danny B.

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My name is Danny. I am a high school teacher, college tutor, and professional song writer. I graduated with a BA from the University of California. I also passed the CBEST and CSET exams. I have taught and tutored many subjects. I also have had great success teaching many students.
I enjoy working with students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia and ADHD. I love teaching all ages and levels.
Academic subjects: English 101, Essay Composition, ESL , TOEFL, Sat English, music theory, art , biology, US, world and European History.
I also currently do freelance work in the music industry as a lyricist and a song writer. In addition, I also teach beginners in music engineering on the following DAWS: Protools and Logic. My rates are reasonable.
My students love me & I love to teach. I am very patient an
d personable. I have over 20 yrs of experience and excellent references.
As I mentioned before, music and lyrics are my passion. Guitar is my primary instrument.
I enjoy rhythm and lead guitar work. I am the guitar player and lyricist for a professional alternative rock band.
I also really enjoy teaching the basics of song writing. I focus on lyrics and song structure.
This includes basic music theory, recording, and engineering. . I love producing demos on Protools.
Beginners are my favorite students. I can teach anyone to read music.I have many connections in the music industry. I took college classes on music business also. My rates are reasonable.
Thank you. God bless. Danny
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Danny B.

Culver City, CA 90230
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