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About Fernando P.

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La Habra, CA
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All ages, all levels, various styles including: Jazz, classical, contemporary/commercial music

About Fernando
Hello there! My name is Fernando, and I bring lots of profession playing and teaching experience to the table. I am an active musician in several local bands of various styles and genres, including jazz bands, Latin jazz bands, sax quartets, church groups, and musicals. I have played across southern California, several other states including Nevada (Reno Jazz Festival), Portugal, and Mexico.

I have a Master of Music in Conducting from Messiah College, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education, from CSUF. I also hold a valid California Teaching Credential, which I completed through CSUF. I also hold an Associate of Arts degree in Music from Fullerton College.

I am currently the director of bands at Savanna High School in Anaheim, CA. I teach 3 concert band groups, Jazz band, and marching band. Previously, I was the I
nstrumental and Choral Music Teacher at Buena Park Jr. High School, in the city of Buena Park, where I taught band, orchestra, percussion, and choir.

I have also taught woodwinds for various high schools across southern California, as well as a marching/visual coach for marching bands.

I front and lead my own Christian Contemporary Band. We've recorded two albums, of which I have composed the original music/lyrics, and produced both albums. We are currently working on our third album.

I can teach everything from jazz, to classical, rock, blues, Latin genres (salsa, merengue, bolero, mambo, etc.), and even contemporary Christian music in both English and Spanish.

I mix all of these experiences and knowledge into a big melting pot, and apply it very efficiently and wisely so that my students can positively benefit from a wonderful and exciting real-world musical journey!

*** Lesson Details ***
I base my lessons around the student's needs for musical growth, and their own likes and dislikes. If there is something specific that the student wants to learn, as far as a style/genre or piece of music, I foster that and I help encourage musical growth and enjoyment around that.
I am constantly encouraging my students to listen to as much music as possible, or better yet, to watch and listen to as much live music as possible. I strongly believe that this nurtures musical growth and serves as a role model.
I am very patient and laid back, but I do expect the student to have fun while staying constant with individual practice. There is no substitution for perseverance, consistency, and hard work, but it doesn't mean that we will not have fun while we make music!

*** Studio Equipment ***
An upright Yamaha acoustic piano is available, along with a Korg and Kurzweil digital keyboards, music stands, computer music software for studying repertoire (music), a large collection/library of books containing scales, exercises, music, etc. I also can make copies or print something for you if necessary. A sound system is available for listening to something is necessary. Flute, saxophone, and clarinet students must provide their own instrument, but I can point you in the right direction in terms of acquiring an instrument either for purchase or rental from a local music retail store.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students must provide their own instrument, except piano if student comes to my home for lessons. Student must also provide books (as assigned), and metronome for practicing at home. I can carry with me things such as: saxophone, clarinet, flute, a portable music stand, metronome/tunes, pencil, paper, and any other book(s) or materials as needed.  

*** Specialties ***
I can teach classical, jazz/contemporary, funk, latin, blues, contemporary Christian, improvisation and music theory at very advanced levels.
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Evan, Brian, and Esperanza A. September 14, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Fernando, is a very good piano instructor, he has the patience that students need.
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Michael S. May 18, 2017
· Saxophone · In home
every lesson i learn a lot more about techniques and i can hear a differene in the sound i make and it is staritng to sound like music.
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Ethan August 16, 2016
· Piano · In studio
My boys love learning from Fernando. He is very patient and explains things in an easy to understand way. They can't wait for their piano lesson next week.
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Fernando P.

La Habra, CA 90631
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$35 / 30-min

About Joe M.

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Bellflower, CA

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Learn how to do scales, chords, arpeggios, sight-reading, and improvisation! Classical, pop, and rock will be mastered quickly!

About Joe
I am currently the piano and guitar teacher at Oakwood Academy Schools of Long Beach, and the Music Director for the non-profit organization Arts Aloud Theater Group. I have a BA in Music Education with an emphasis in voice. I've been teaching for 17 years in classroom and one-on-one settings. Other places where I have taught are: Calvary Chapel Downey School, Dexter Music Academy, and ABC Unified School District. I've been complimented on my ability to teach in a way that makes my students learn very quickly. I was trained in the classical and pop/rock genres. I've toured with choirs throughout China, and the United States (including Carnegie Hall), and I have also toured with rock/pop bands in Spain, Mexico, Central America, Peru, and throughout the U.S.A.

I've worked with various vocal coaches including Grammy-nominated Ilene
Graff, and Maxayn Lewis (who has worked with Celine Dion and Britney Spears).

I am also currently the lead singer (also playing guitar & piano) for the band Hello Human. I've worked with amazing musicians including Michael Thompson (guitarist for Michael Jackson, Christina Aguilera), and John Robinson (drummer for Quincy Jones, Elton John). I've also had the honor of working with Wyn Davis (producer of No Doubt, Sublime).

My vocal recordings/original songs are on television show The Young & The Restless (“Dreamers” June 11th episode 11449, “High Tops” June 6th episode 11447).

My vocal recordings/original songs are currently on KWAVE 107.9 and have been on Alcoa Tennessee'™s Love 89.1, Refuge, CSN, WCTL, and on hundreds of other radio stations.

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I divide my class into 4 parts: 1.Scales/Chords/Arpeggios/Warm-ups 2.Sight-Reading 3.Theory 4.Improvisation. Depending on the instrument of your choice, and also what your specific goals are, each of these parts are customized. You will learn quickly.

*** Studio Equipment ***
A weighted 88 keyboard is used. Free parking on street and lot.

*** Specialties ***
My emphasis was voice (Tenor) at Vanguard University. I am classically trained and trained in Rock/Pop. Violin was my first instrument, then I learned guitar and piano in college. I've done many professional recordings and performances throughout my career.
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Alexander March 15, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
My first guitar session went great and learned so much! Very easy going guy and explains everything so well!
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Matthew October 18, 2018
· Singing · Online
Joe is the best pop singing instructor out there! He is experienced, friendly, cooperative with schedule, very cool, and does super knowledgeable! Looking forward to future classes.
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Ilee K. March 2, 2018
· Piano · In home
Joe is clear, organized, and very encouraging. I enjoyed our first piano lesson. I am looking forward to future lessons with him.
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Joe M.

Bellflower, CA 90706
(17)
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About Jill Z.

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Huntington Beach, CA

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I adjust to the student's needs and we find what music they would like to play. I have them try different styles of music and also help them with solos they want to learn and familiar music like Mario Brothers, movie music, and popular music. I teach through Suzuki Piano Book 6. They also learn classical music, rag time, jazz, and other styles. Music should be fun. Lessons combine various musical activities to keep the student stimulated and focused.

About Jill
Please check Jill's Takelesson's calendar for lesson availability. If you sign up for lessons, they are weekly lessons and you are reserving the same time per week. Weekly time changes are not possible at this time, so please select a Recurring Plan and lesson time when you sign up and no Schedule as You Go plans. Thank you

Jill has been teaching music privately since 2002. Some of her students have won concerto competitions and music awards, music scholarships and participate in local youth orchestras. She teaches violin, viola, and piano.

Jill graduated with her Bachelor's of Music Degree in Performance Violin and Viola from the Cole Conservatory of Music at the California State University, Long Beach as a music scholarship student and on honor roll. She also studied piano at university and privately and studied jazz improv on vio
lin and jazz theory at Saddleback College. Jill had private violin lessons with 12 different teachers and has been playing the violin since the age of 9.

Jill has performed at the Segerstrom Concert Hall, Walt Disney concert Hall and Soka Performing Arts Center.

Jill also attended the Montecito Summer Music Festival and Soka's Chamber Arts Festival to study and perform string quartets and piano quintets.

Jill also is classically trained and performed professionally with the Dana Point Symphony, Montage Civic Orchestra, Brentwood/Westwood Symphony, Laguna Niguel Presbyterian Church orchestra, Vanguard Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Irvine. She also worked as a violinist for Irvine Valley College.

She performs classical, pop music, and jazz and plays reggae music, top hits, movie music, and rock for professional violin events as a solist and with a violin and cello duo.

Jill is patient and has a variety of students and able to adjust to each student's personality and needs.

Jill has performed as a solo violinist at the Orange County Fair in 2007 and 2008 with a Bluegrass band and was a concerto competition winner in 2004 performing Haydn's Violin Concerto No. 2 with the South Orange County Chamber Orchestra as a soloist.

Method books used:

Piano students learn from the Faber & Faber books, classical piano collection books, Bastien method books, Snell, Hanon exercises, and scale books by Bastien.

Violin and viola students use Suzuki method books along with reading music and playing all standard violin and viola literature outside of the Suzuki method. Students learn vibrato and shifting to other positions and learn from etude exercise books, scale studies using Carl Flesch books or Essentials for Strings books, and Early Start on violin, a fun method book for young violin students.

Etude books used: Wolfahrt, Kreutzer, Rode, Dont, Fiorillo, Gavines, and exercises from Schradiek and Sevcik. Composers and literature taught: Standard repertoire ie. concertos by Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Hoffmeister, Stamitz, Mendelssohn, Wieniawski, and Kabalevsky to name a few. Bach Sonatas and Partitas and Bach cello suites for viola. Sonatas by Beethoven, LeClair, Vivaldi, Frank, Brahms, and more!

Students also learn to read music (Sight reading) and learn rhythm.

2 optional recitals per year for students and also optional community service recitals at the local senior center retirement homes.

Jill can help students with orchestra auditions for local youth orchestras.

She has helped students get into All State and All Southern Youth Orchestras, Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, and audition for the Orange County School of the Arts and college auditions and helped students audition for college scholarships.

She has taught at various music studios and coached music at high schools and middle schools in orange county.

Studio Equipment:
Large, open living room space with Kimball upright piano and 88 key Yamaha weighted keyboard Seating for parents. Foot stool for shorter piano students. Music stand light.
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Samantha May 30, 2018
· Piano · In home
My 6 year-old daughter had her first piano lesson with Jill and loved it! She is so kind and made the learning experience really fun.
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Michelle H. June 20, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Jill is very thorough with the basic technique and patient, she made the lesson easy
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Billie C. January 27, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Very knowledgeable and patience, we are lucky to have picked her.
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Jill Z.

Huntington Beach, CA 92647
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$35 / 30-min

About Matthew S.

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Long Beach, CA
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Piano needs to be fun especially for beginners. Matthew teaches with the "Piano Adventures" series. These books (available on amazon) give the student a comprehensive look at learning piano. In these books you learn how to read music, and you will be playing songs on your first lesson! As for older students I offer a review of music theory that can help you play/hear some of your favorite songs and most of all have fun! Matthew's method is based on each students individual goals and their level of proficiency on the instrument.

About Matthew
HELLO!

My name is Matthew Smith and I love music and I love to teach it even more. Although my upbringing is in jazz and classical music, I am very fluent in latin, hiphop, rock, pop and more world music as well.
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Matthew S.

Long Beach, CA 90802
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$50 / 30-min

About David E.

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Oceanside, CA

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I actually have been playing and performing on the Piano longer than the Guitar- since I was 10 years old. I have a lot of knowledge that will help you to understand the instrument better and sharpen your Piano skills. I will assist in your sight reading, song creativity, building up a solid repertoire, technique, comprehending music theory, etc. We will strengthen any area any area you are looking to develop.

About David
A fun, friendly, and professional Music Instructor at your service for Voice, Guitar, Piano, Bass, Drums, & Ukulele! I have a BA degree from Florida Atlantic University in Music Performance for Classical/Flamenco/Jazz/Blues guitar and I've also performed on the Piano/Keyboards for a couple different bands too. Love to play & teach pretty much all styles of music! It is always a pure joy & truly rewarding to see my music students grow and flourish in their musical abilities. I have been enjoying doing this now for 20+ years- all ages & levels. I am also in a multi-dimensional rock project and a recording artist with my band Vision.

I believe it's important to learn the rudiments of music to build a good foundation (scales, chord vocabulary, theory, song-composition, performing techniques), but I also base the lessons on whatever th
e interests and strengths are for the student. For example, if you enjoy jazz more than classical we'll focus more on what you are particularly passionate about. I have also been a part of School of Rock Programs in which we provided performances for the students a la Jack Black. Please contact Takelessons to let the musical journey begin...
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Leila C. June 9, 2019
· Piano · In home
Nice teacher.
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Alex May 3, 2019
· Guitar · In home
First lesson was awesome! David let my son take the lead and was able to quickly change focus and use his vast knowledge to teach relevant skills. He learned so many new things this first lesson and can't wait for the next one. David was so patient and kind with my teen, who is on the spectrum. We highly recommend him.
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John F. March 3, 2019
· Guitar · In home
John, my husband, is enjoying his classes with David. He's had a guitar that used to sit in the corner of the office, but now he practices on it almost everyday! Thank you David!!
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David E.

Oceanside, CA 92056
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$25 / 30-min
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About Tomoko O.

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Irvine, CA
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I can give you tips that I gained from my own experience to acquire techniques and understand the music. I am also able to help you find a comfortable posture to play with ease. We can discuss your interest whether classical, jazz or pop, and I will walk you through to achieve your goals and most importantly to enjoy playing music.

About Tomoko
Tomoko has been teaching private lessons in piano, music theory and ear training since 2011, and is currently available to teach lessons at her home studio in Irvine, CA or at your home. Tomoko has helped students find joy and confidence in playing music. She is also able to guide you to play in a healthy manner. She has experience in helping students with learning difficulties and special needs.

After having trained classically in Tokyo and London, Tomoko relocated to Boston in 2011, to study jazz composition and performance at Berklee College of Music where she received a diploma in Professional Music in 2014. As an expert in her field, Tomoko always tries to keep student's learning experience fun and motivating, and looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. She has earned master's degree in performance from Longy S
chool of Music of Bard College, and is currently a Ph.D candidate in ICIT (Integrated Composition, Improvisation and Technology) at UC Irvine.
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Holly W. April 27, 2018
· Piano · In home
My first lesson went well. Tomoko is very patient. Even in one lesson, I felt I learned a lot. She finds out what level you're at to save time and plays to your interests. I look forward to more lessons.
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mosh N. June 28, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Tomoko is a not only a perfassional teacher, but also a talented improvisor! She has extensive knowledge of lots of kinds of music (ballet, Jazz, classic) and excellent skill of improvising. I observed her accompany class for ballet, she was very patient and helpful which are also very important qualities of being a teacher. it was a great experience!
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Don June 13, 2016
· Piano · In home
I am just starting to learn how to play the piano, and have had no past experience with other music teachers. Tomoko has a very pleasant and encouraging teaching style. Her approach is informal and she does not rely on a rigid "lesson plan". I would highly recommend her for those wanting a relaxed learning experience.
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Tomoko O.

Irvine, CA 92617
(10)
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$80 / 60-min

About Brian N.

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Long Beach, CA

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Everyone has creative and musical abilities within, and it is the responsibility of the private instructor to bring those out in each student. For some people, learning an instrument comes very easily, and for others it is more of a challenge. Everyone learns differently, which is why private musical instruction is so crucial, no matter what the age of the student. A private instructor can customize learning opportunities so that the student can learn at his or her own pace, allowing the instructor to focus on each student's individual interests and passions. A private instructor can also provide customizedl feedback so that the student can improve upon weaker areas of playing and build upon strengths.

Becoming a musician invites a lifetime of learning into one’s life. For children, it allows them to participate in musical groups and organizations where they learn to work toward common goals. It reinforces mathematical concepts when we talk about rhythm. It invites learning ...

About Brian
Everyone has creative and musical abilities within, and it is the responsibility of the private instructor to bring those out in each student. For some people, learning an instrument comes very easily, and for others it is more of a challenge. Everyone learns differently, which is why private musical instruction is so crucial, no matter what the age of the student. A private instructor can customize learning opportunities so that the student can learn at his or her own pace, allowing the instructor to focus on each student's individual interests and passions. A private instructor can also provide customizedl feedback so that the student can improve upon weaker areas of playing and build upon strengths.

Becoming a musician invites a lifetime of learning into one’s life. For children, it allows them to participate in musical groups and o
rganizations where they learn to work toward common goals. It reinforces mathematical concepts when we talk about rhythm. It invites learning about history when we discuss famous composers, and physics when the way sound is produced is demonstrated. For adults, it keeps their minds active and always learning. No one is too old to learn to play an instrument! Adults learn quickly, and can have great progress in a relatively short amount of time.

Instruction Faculty:
Irvine Valley College
St. Mary's School (Aliso Viejo)

Professional Affiliations:
American Harp Society (Former Chapter President Orange County Chapter)
National Flute Association

Performance Organizations:
Rio Hondo Symphony
United States Military Academy Band
Musical Theatre West
Orange County Women's Chorus
South Coast Symphony
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Brian N.

Long Beach, CA 90814
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$42 / 30-min

About Belinda C.

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Riverside, CA
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During lessons I will provide constant feedback and adjust lessons depending on your needs and level of understanding. Students have different learning styles so I will teach lessons that incorporate visual, verbal, and written teaching methods. Students can expect a professional, enthusiastic, and patient teacher that is serious about students learning the subject’s material and also makes learning fun.

About Belinda
I am a professional working artist and I am also a site coordinator for an Expanded Learning program here in Riverside. I obtained a degree in Art Practice from UC Berkeley where I specialized in multimedia installations that included large scale paintings, sculptures, and original music/audio. Due to the versatility in my own work from large to very small scale paintings I have acquired techniques and skills for every scale in between.
I am a strong believer in self expression and visual literacy which gets stronger with the formulation of concepts one builds through inspiration for each painting. I enjoy teaching and learning what my students' interests are and what motivates them. I can help you learn specific skills for abstract paintings to detailed portraits.
Through research I have also learned that individua
ls benefit greatly from creative freedom thus performing better in other academic subjects, learning healthy ways of expression, and mentality feel fulfilled through the therapeutic effects of painting.
If you are looking to work with someone who loves what they do, who is patient, motivational, and can teach you basic to advanced skills in painting, drawing, music, and Spanish send me a message and we start your learning journey!
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jaymin August 15, 2018
· Piano · In home
She was wonderful
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Yun-Yun July 29, 2018
· Drawing · In home
The first lesson went very well with my daughter. Belinda was methodical in her teaching and approached the lesson with my daughter’s interest in mind. During the lesson, Belinda was able to actively engage my daughter the whole time, and more importantly, her teaching revived my daughter’s interest in drawing. She has already devised future plans to have my daughter practice sketching noses, eyes, and ears so that my daughter may draw the human face later with more realistic details.
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Belinda C.

Riverside, CA 92506
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$39 / 30-min

About Maryna K.

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Fullerton, CA
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Maryna K.
Pianist

Pianist Maryna K.started her piano studies at the age of five and graduated
from the music high school in Kharkov in 2010. At the age of eight , she won the
first of 10 awards at international piano competitions for young pianists in
Moscow, Uzhgorod, Feodosiya, Donetsk, Dnepropetrovsk and Kiev from 2001
through 2008. In 2002, as winner of the Ludmila Knezkova-Hussey International
Competition, she performed with the WKO Symphony Orchestra in New
Brunswick, Canada.
Also, she has performed in Germany, Spain, Japan and Belgium. Ms. K. has
performed in numerous summer music festivals, including Kiev , Moscow meets
friends by V. Spivakov and the Musica Mundi in Belgium. In addition to that,
performed as a soloist with Brussel Chamber Music orchestra under the
leadership of Maxim Vengerov , with American Symphony and Lee University
Symphony Orchestra . Frequently, she appeared as a soloist with the Kharkov
Philharmonic Orchestra. Mrs. K. also took part at ...

About Maryna
Maryna K.
Pianist

Pianist Maryna K. started her piano studies at the age of five and graduated
from the music high school in Kharkov in 2010. At the age of eight , she won the
first of 10 awards at international piano competitions for young pianists in
Moscow, Uzhgorod, Feodosiya, Donetsk, Dnepropetrovsk and Kiev from 2001
through 2008. In 2002, as winner of the Ludmila Knezkova-Hussey International
Competition, she performed with the WKO Symphony Orchestra in New
Brunswick, Canada.
Also, she has performed in Germany, Spain, Japan and Belgium. Ms. K. has
performed in numerous summer music festivals, including Kiev , Moscow meets
friends by V. Spivakov and the Musica Mundi in Belgium. In addition to that,
performed as a soloist with Brussel Chamber Music orchestra under the
leadership of Maxim Vengerov , with American Sympho
ny and Lee University
Symphony Orchestra . Frequently, she appeared as a soloist with the Kharkov
Philharmonic Orchestra. Mrs K. also took part at the PianoFest at Hamptons last
summer.
In 2010 she entered the Bard College Conservatory, where she studied with Peter
Serkin, Melvin Chen , Jeffrey Kahane, Matti Raekallio and Benjamin Hochman.
There she became one of the winners of The Bard College Conservatory of Music
Concerto Competition in 2014.
Maryna earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in two major areas: Music and
Russian and Eurasian Studies. Currently, she is enrolled in the Master Degree
program for Piano Performance at California State University, Fullerton studying
under professor Ning An.
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Jason C. May 9, 2019
· Piano · In studio
Amazing pianist and knowledgeable teacher!
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Darcy February 18, 2019
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Maryna is very kind & patient with my learning process.

Her extensive years of classical training, knowledge and virtuoso skills

second to none.
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Maryna K.

Fullerton, CA 92831
(2)
starting at
$50 / 30-min

About Yoon O.

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Irvine, CA

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I've been teaching as a private piano instructor with over 20 years of experience. I'm a member of the Music Teacher's Association of California and worked as an accompanist of musical theater at Orange County School of the Arts for many years. I offer lessons for classical, jazz, pop and music theory to anyone over the age of 5 from the beginner to advanced level.

About Yoon
I'm a professional pianist with over 20 years of experience in teaching and collaborative piano. I have received music diplomas for both performers and teachers from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. As a piano instructor, my goal is to offer students with the motivation to enjoy studying piano and to help them be inspired to have music as their lifelong company.

" The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." -William Arthur Ward-
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Yoon O.

Irvine, CA 92620
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$50 / 30-min

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The piano is, by nature, unethical, discuss. For students in music programs or conservatories, this is a common essay prompt you'll come across. But academic thoughts aside, it's an issue worth thinking about for any piano player. Pianos pre-dating the 1950s are inexorably linked with the universally distasteful business of hunting for the purposes of obtaining ivory, whether legally or illegally. Read on to learn more about the history of instrument-making to see where the vogue for making p

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