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Riverside, CA

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chord concepts and changes, melody, helping with existing ideas

About Frank
ABOUT MYSELF
I started late on the guitar in a family of musicians. I picked up the guitar when I was 18 years old when I found an old acoustic at my grandfather’s house. From then I was self taught listening to Punk Rock, New Wave, and learning from friends. My love for the instrument and music drove me to really apply myself to really learning how to play. I would sit and just be creative, writing my own songs and putting little back yard bands together with my cousin and friends. Then, it was time for college and had to make a decision on what to study. Music was my passion and I never really taken a lesson before. I prepared myself by studying with Stephan Ferrara-Grand in San Clemente,CA for a short time to audition into the music program. I passed! I graduated with a Bachelor's degree from the San Diego State University School of M
usic and Dance in 1999, and I studied jazz guitar with international guitarist/violinist Art Johnson and theory with David Ward-Steinman. From the time I graduated, I have been playing professionally and recorded five releases of my own as well as made appearances on others and have toured the country several times playing my own original music. My bands have opened and/or toured with the likes of Dee Dee Ramone, Blink 182, Green Day, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Jimmy Eat World, Ten Foot Pole, Big Drill Car, and Leeland. I also play for Day 7 and Revival Christian Fellowship where I shared a stage with Greg Laurie, Franklin Graham, Raul Reis, and Jon Courson.

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I have been teaching music for over 10 years. I love my lessons to be laid back, light, yet focused. The lessons are tailored for the students needs/levels. For the beginning student we start from the basics. for example, tuning, vocabulary on the parts of the guitar, to basic chord shapes and strum patterns. Almost from the beginning, I introduce music theory to the student. I believe it is important to the musician, because music is a language that is spoken through the instrument and also read by the musician. Not just piano or band instruments, but guitar too! Guitarist always seem to get left behind in this. I teach it hand in hand with the guitar and it comes naturally while learning. Some students want to learn songs and/or to write songs. This is what I have been doing for many years and enjoy it! As the student progresses, I love to pull the creativity out of the students. Music is also art and a passage for the individual to express him/herself. It is a joy to see and help a musician to mature on the instrument!

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amps, cables, tuner.

*** Specialties ***
Songwriting, Music Theory, Performance, Technique, Learning Songs
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Michael W. January 27, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
I just had my 1st lesson and I can tell I'm going to learn a lot from Frank. He's really nice and easy going, and he really knows his stuff.
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Bella W. December 14, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Nice teacher
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Jim Juengel October 17, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
My first lesson was more of a meet and greet. Frank and I went over where I am and where I would like to go with my guitar playing. Frank was very nice and easy to be with. I think he will be a fine instructor.
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Frank V.

Frank V.

Riverside, CA 92503
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About Matthew M.

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Long Beach, CA
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About Matthew
Music has been a part of my life since I was 5 years old, when my father would record my brother and I singing. I always loved singing and learned many of my favorite songs as a child.

I started playing the trumpet in the 4th grade, which has led me all the way to receiving my degrees in Trumpet Performance and Music Education! I was lucky enough to attend one of the nation's top music schools, The Peabody Institute, and I now work toward my Master's degree at California State University, Long Beach. I have enjoyed performing in everything from big-band-lead to principal trumpet in the orchestra, leading brass quintets and brass ensembles, and much more! The trumpet has been a huge passion for as long as I can remember now!

While I was learning songs as a child, I decided I wanted to join a band! Now here we are 10 years later and
I've have the fortune of performing as a lead singer in bands across the country, and let me tell you there is no bigger thrill than getting in-front of a crowd full of cheering fans, performing music you love.

I've also been playing the guitar for just under 10 years. Playing the guitar has been both a complete joy, but also a fantastic learning experience. I have been learning songs of my favorite artists and even written my own material,and having the opportunity to immerse myself in my favorite music and create music of my own has taught me so much more about music and being a musician. I hope to impart this experience onto all of my students.

Whether it's trumpet, voice, or guitar, I love all things music and my #1 objective is to for my students to learn how it feels to experience what music REALLY has to offer, so to you reading this, let's make some noise!

*** Lesson Details ***
For starters, understand that you're going to have a blast! Within months of working together, I'll have you playing your favorite songs, or feeling prepared for that upcoming audition. I remember what it was like to have second thoughts about auditioning and performance, and I'll make sure those thoughts are a thing of the past for you!

During our lessons, I enjoy addressing the material you have to work on, whether in school or just for your own enjoyment. At the same time, I will present music and materials of my own, and I encourage you to do the same!

I have always enjoyed learning from my students as they have learned from myself, and I could only hope to express how rewarding it is when I see a student of mine progress from week to week and achieve their own goals.

Whether you are a beginner or an advanced player, you can be guaranteed we'll make steady progress and we will achieve your goals. Get ready to wow your friends and family!

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Metronome
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Music Stand(s)
Chairs
Computer/Internet
Keyboard
Guitar(s)

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would provide utilities including music stand, metronome, some external source of pitch.

I expect the student to bring any and all assigned music/material they wish to work on. The student will also begin the lesson prepared with basic necessities, including a pencil (please, no pens) and all music assigned from prior lesson (if this is a first-lesson, bring any/all music you currently have and/or are working on). Vocal students will bring a bottle of water. Trumpet students will have their own valve oil and mouthpiece (if not originally included with your horn).

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Trumpet methods include (not limited to) Arban's, Clarke, Sachs, Rubank, Getchell, Adam, Schlossberg, Colin, Bai Lin.

For instruments outside the trumpet, methods will address school curriculum, unless student has advanced beyond provided materials.

I strongly encourage students of voice, guitar, and piano to pick material of their choosing.

Classical and rock are the genres to which I am most attracted
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Declan S. November 5, 2015
· Trumpet · In home
Matt is a wonderful teacher.
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Sam B. January 31, 2013
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Vocal Lessons

I've been taking lessons with Matt for about 2 months now. Right away it was a very comfortable environment and vibe, which is important, especially as a beginning, aspiring singer. Takes the lessons slow and easy going at first, then jumps into exercises and focuses on directly what style the student is interested in. Very awesome dude, would definitely recommend! Thanks Matt!
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CJB July 1, 2012
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singing is my life.. :)

Matthew makes a wonderful vocal coach becomes he makes you feel comfortable right away... he also is very passionate about music... and he is very educated in the field of music as well... he is a perfect teacher to give you the right tools and tricks to help you with all your music needs... and that is why he is still my vocal coach!
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Matthew M.

Long Beach, CA 90814
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About Charlotte L.

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Fallbrook, CA

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I teach beginning to advanced songwriting. Learn to express yourself!

We will focus on both the lyrics and melody (including phrasing and cadence), as well as basic arrangements.

Please be aware that I may have required reading for this lesson, and I will alert you of what that is when you first sign up.

About Charlotte
**Please note: My studio is based in Fallbrook. For in-home lessons, I have a 5 mile travel radius (schedule permitting)**

Hello! My name is Charlotte, and I am a San Diego vocalist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. I hold a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where I honed my vocal jazz chops before branching out into the East Coast folk, blues and indie rock scene. I moved to Southern California in 2011, when I took a brief hiatus from performing to focus on commercial songwriting and composition and teaching voice, piano and guitar privately. I am currently once again performing in multiple groups in the San Diego area.

My areas of expertise are contemporary styles and genres. I put a strong emphasis on developing healthy technique alongside strong musicianship skills in a fun
environment! With over 10 years experience working with kids and teenagers, I am passionate about teaching all ages (adults, too!).

With all instruments, the student will learn (please click on specific Subjects for more details on the way each instrument is taught):

-Musicianship/ear training
-Reading music & sight singing
-Proper technique
-Building repertoire
-Performance techniques
-Music Theory

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, rock, folk, pop, and musical theater. Songwriting (lyric and musical composition), learning to sing while playing an instrument.
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Ramon I Valdivia July 5, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
First lesson was great very friendly instructor
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Ej F. April 13, 2017
· Piano · In home
Charlotte is an excellent teacher I have really learned a lot in a short. Of time look forward to continuing my lessons
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Hannah C. March 17, 2017
· Singing · In home
Somehow in amazing alignment of the stars this teacher is perfect for my daughter. She sang similar songs I have sung to her and was a match professionally and at a personal level.looking forward to fun classes.
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Charlotte L.

Fallbrook, CA 92028
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About Calvin A.

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Costa Mesa, CA

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Songwriting is often made out to be difficult, it's not! We will write several songs in your first lesson. The trick to it is finding inspiration and bridging that inspiration with your knowledge of music. Chord progression, melody, literature, the spoken word and studying how other songs are written are some of the things we'd work on. Whether you already play an instrument and want to learn to write songs or would like to integrate songwriting with your current instrumental studies, it is worthwhile regardless and can actually help you better understand your instrument as well as music as a whole.

About Calvin
As a teacher, I have worked with of many ages and backgrounds. One of my students, Skylar Stecker, has gone on to become a successful major label recording artist recently becoming the youngest artist to receive a number 1 on the dance billboard charts. I recently had the opportunity to tour with her as her guitarist and pianist.

I have studied, performed and taught music for over 10 years. I hold a B.A. in music from USC. My professional experience as a musician and teacher has led me to many areas of the music business. I've worked as an apprentice to several established film composers and arrangers and have had the opportunity work with Lionel Hampton New York Big Band, Metropole Orchestra, Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Clayton Brothers, Rachelle Farrell, Michael Buble, and Charles Aznavour. I play guitar, piano, bass, ukulel
e, banjo as well as write music.

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I am extremely patient and firmly believe that anybody can learn to play music.

I try to keep my teaching philosophy simple. We figure out your musical goals and aspirations and carve out a path to achieving them. Along the way I will try to illuminate how the path to attaining your goals and aspirations is best taken at an enjoyable, relaxed pace and with a strong work ethic.

I always prepare for your lessons based on your interests, integrating relevant books and videos, creating handouts tailored to what we are studying in order to maintain clarity.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitars, Keyboards, Ukuleles, Microphones, Amplifiers, Recording Equipment

*** Specialties ***
Any style you prefer (Rock, Pop, Folk, Country, Jazz, Bluegrass, etc.)
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Camryn September 20, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Listened to my daughter's interests and musical style and then chose things to learn that really interested her.
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Jason F. September 16, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Great Instructor!
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Antawn B. September 13, 2017
· Songwriting · Online
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Calvin A.

Calvin A.

Costa Mesa, CA 92627
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About Danielle N.

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Diamond Bar, CA

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Songwriting is one of my passions that I have been doing for many years.

With instruction from a well known producer John Boylan who produced Boston's first album, formed the Eagles, and has done many other projects, I teach the basics of songwriting by helping the student understand the forms to songs and chordal structures.

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

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

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Grand Piano.

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Resources to books.

*** Specialties ***
I teach beginning/intermediate piano, voice, ukulele, and music theory from ages 4 and older.
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Lupe B. September 22, 2015
· Piano · In home
Danielle is a great teacher! She is very flexible and patient for every lessons and I am happy to have her as my teacher!
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Alyce-Suzanne K. November 4, 2014
· Piano · In home
I am a complete beginner at any sort of musical instrument and Danielle has made it simple and fun. With her techniques of identifying my problems areas and pushing me through them, to her history back story to what she teaches the experience has been incredible.
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albert dominguez D. June 10, 2014
· Piano · In home
Danielle has been a pleasure as teacher for my two daughters. She's patient and has a delightful persona. I am very happy with Danielle. She has great energy and passion for teaching and playing music. Very talented.
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Danielle N.

Diamond Bar, CA 91765
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About Burt G.

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Long Beach, CA
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Song writing is, as the saying goes, 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration.

A songwriter is a craftsman who not only can create an interesting beat or think up a lyric or a write a melody, but who knows how a song is put together.

The "perspiration" part can be as creative as the "inspiration" part when you are in control, looking at the whole picture.

About Burt
Pianist/Composer/Arranger. Burt lives and works out of Long Beach California. He studied music composition and piano performance, western and eastern music theory, ethnic music, choral music and electronic music at Cal State San Bernardino, Golden West College, and Long Beach City College.

Burt performs as both soloist and as accompanist in rock and jazz ensembles and with choirs. He has also sung with various choral groups and recorded commercially with the group Meritage ("50 most loved Christmas Carols"). But was the choral director/arranger for the church Teaching of the Inner Christ in Long Beach, California for ten years.

Burt has a steady output of musical composition, from instrumental music, pop music and songs to compositions for full choir. Burt's music is a combination of live and digital instruments that can be heard on
the CD's "Meditation" volumes 1 and 2, and "Atalanta Fugiens: Fifty Alchemical Fugues".

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are always tailored to the needs of the student. If you are a beginner, you will learn how to play the piano and read music. If you already play and wish to take your playing to another level, you can learn how to play in a particular style of music. Or, if you are an aspiring composer or song writer, you can learn to develop your own ideas with Burt's help.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Kawai MP4 digital stage piano, Motu Digital Performer sequencing/arranging/recording software, Native Instruments Kontakt Sample Library, EMU Mps + Orchestral keyboard, Peavey keyboard amplifier.

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Besides teaching piano performance, basic musicianship, and theory, Burt's specializes in composition and will help you develop your own musical ideas.
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Carole R. February 24, 2014
· Piano ·
Excellent piano teacher!

Burt has been teaching my son (age 11) piano for over two years. He is an excellent teacher -- very knowledgeable, patient, keeps things light and fun, but at the same time is appropriately demanding.
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Burt G.

Long Beach, CA 90803
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About Matt S.

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A certain degree of music theory is recommended for this subject, but not required based on student preference. I have over 20 years experience and professional training that tailors the instruction to the weaknesses and strengths of each student.

About Matt
With most of my music students, we focus on several key areas to ensure success of overall technique and knowledge: WARM-UPs, SCALES, MUSIC THEORY, SIGHT-READING, and PREPARED SONGS. I tailor my approach and style to each student. Although I'm very detail-oriented with lessons and followup, I'm constantly in search of finding FUN ways to make sure the student is enjoying the journey. I also prefer to work on a song that the STUDENT wants to learn. It's music, and it should be fun!

Please review the rest of my profile and send me any questions or concerns you may have. If I don't think I can be the best teacher for you, I will gladly refer you to someone else on Takelessons or elsewhere.

I've been a lifelong musician, and love finding unique and fun ways to motivate my students. I've worked with most styles of music before,
and arranged music for many as well, so I'm very comfortable helping students with a variety of disciplines and interests. My professional experience in both the civilian and military music communities has given me an open-minded yet direct approach to WHAT you should learn, and HOW to develop each student's individual skills. I'm able to teach most students to an advanced level.
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Megan K. September 21, 2017
· Piano · In studio
He is very talented person. He has alot of patience and makes the lesson enjoyable.
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Ira L. February 18, 2017
· Drum · In home
Matt is a wonderful instructor! My son loves him & has improved so much In just 3 lessons! I highly recommend him!
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David January 12, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Matt is an intuitive teacher who is able to read the student and meet him at his level. He is clearly highly proficient as a musician himself and has a clear talent in sharing his expertise in a clear and practical way to the student.
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Oceanside, CA 92058
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Mission Viejo, CA

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Learn to write pop songs that convey the message you wish for your audience to hear. Lyrics and melody! Learn how to free the mind and let your imagination take over while pouring your heart into music! I have learned how to write pop songs from the great Debbie Gibson and I have won many awards for my songwriting. (ex. USA Songwriting competition, LA Music Awards, and the Bilboard World Song Contest)

About Sarah
I am a Vocal performance graduate from California State University Fullerton and my whole music academic life has really made me passionate about helping young singers and performers.
I have sung around the world, most notably; Paris, Trossingen, Rome, and St. Petersburg. I am on the grammy committee and have won many awards for my Vocal and Songwriting abilities including; the USA Songwriting Competition and the Los Angeles Music Awards. My years of Classical, Musical Theatre, and Pop technique can help me tailor my teaching style to what ever the students wish their voices to become. While at CSUF, I was in the top Chamber ensemble, The University Singers. I am currently employed with the Pacific Chorale under the baton of Maestro Carl st. Clair and Dr. Robert Istad.

I would also be available to teach music theory as well.
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Sarah L.

Mission Viejo, CA 92691
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$50 / 30-min

About Kate F.

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I like to create a nurturing and inspiring space for my students that combines a knowledge base in theory and analysis with the poetry and creativity of compelling song making. Whether at a beginner level, or someone who has always wanted to master the craft of songwriting, I can provide a solid foundation based on a lifetime of experience.

About Kate
Greetings! My name is Kate and I began writing songs before I could write words! At a young age, I started singing in local choirs and taking piano lessons in order to expand my musical horizons. I began taking voices lessons at the age of fourteen and released my first solo album at the age of sixteen. I performed in musicals and plays, and decided to pursue my degree at University of the Arts in Philadelphia. I graduated in 2011 with a BA in Vocal Performance and have been touring, performing, writing, and teaching ever since. I have over five years experience teaching private voice and piano lessons. My teaching approach relies on communication, creativity, and accountability. Seeing my students succeed brings me joy! You can expect a lesson with me to be filled with smiles and positivity, all the while imparting knowledge and te
chnique to build a strong foundation. Thank you for perusing my profile- I hope to hear from you soon!
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Justin February 23, 2017
· Vocal Training · In home
Superb, ethereal, and incredibly altruistic are just a few words to describe Kate. I have been taking lessons from her since September of 2016 !and she's been nothing but encouraging and patient. She is open to all styles of music and has pushed me to express my most natural voice. We've worked on songs I've written in the rock and roll format as well as soulful expressions by way of the Four Tops. Recently we've started on a Brazilian song called "Águas de Março". After all these months I've felt improvement in my voice.

Additionally her schedule is flexible as well if you need to make last minute changes. On another note she is a beautifully magnificent and compassionate person worth giving a chance to unleash the beauty within you!

Thank you as always Kate you are da bomb diggity!
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Emily January 3, 2017
· Vocal Training · In home
Excellent teacher, wonderful human, always super flexible with scheduling, very supportive and I have learned a lot from her in the past few months. Thank you Kate for giving me not only the techniques but the courage to sing my heart out!
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Los Angeles, CA 90023
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Whether you want support working on projects and music of your own, or want to learn songwriting form and theory we will have a tremendous amount of fun. The neurological development from songwriting is the best form of nourishment and exercise for the human brain!

About Andrew
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My name is Andrew, and I am a passionate music producer and teacher living in beautiful San Clemente, CA. I have been living in, and teaching in this city for the past three years. In December 2014, I graduated from Musician's Institute with an Audio Engineering degree and Music Composition Certification; after completing these educational qualifications, I moved to San Clemente and began my own business, Custom Audio Solutions. Through this business I offer audio consultation and live sound services, and well as fully comprehensive music production and post production services.
I also offer private lessons on these subjects: Audio Engineering, Music Production, Guitar performance, Music Theory and composition and fundamental to intermediate piano skills & synthesis.
I have over 15 years of experience playing Guitar, Piano
and writing music. I was also an exemplary Product Specialist for Guitar Center for nearly 5 years while I completed school.
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Andrew F.

Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
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