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About Steven N.

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Piano technique, practice strategies, and performance practice.

About Steven
The piano has always been my greatest passion; I have never been able to imagine life without it. I was very fortunate to have had the benefit of a great education in music starting at an early age. My goal as pianist and teacher is to pass on the wisdom of my own teachers, as well as my enthusiasm for this great instrument and the rich repertoire of music written for it.

I received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California, where I was a student of Daniel Pollack for 12 years. In order to become the best teacher possible, I minored in Music Education, gaining experience in the major theories of music pedagogy and teaching techniques. In teaching, I strive to create an optimal blend of old and new by combining the great and time-honored traditions of piano playing, as instilled in me through my pi
ano studies, with recent discoveries and advents in the field of music pedagogy.

My performing experiences have taken me across great distances in time and space, with performances in major halls across the globe, featuring music of over five centuries. I have commissioned new works and performed numerous premieres, and have also played music of the Renaissance and early Baroque on the Harpsichord. I have also accompanied singers and played chamber music extensively.

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Playing the piano is a journey of discovery and joy that lasts a lifetime. The rewards of playing extend far beyond the piano, bearing dividends in all areas of music, as well as outside of music. Such important basic skills as concentration, tenacity, and delaying of gratification, are promoted from the outset of piano lessons, and are readily adaptable to other fields and challenges. At the same time, students of all levels, from 6 months of lessons to several years of experience, can develop and maintain a repertoire of pieces to present to family and friends, and to play for their own gratification and self-esteem.

My guiding philosophy in teaching is that everyone can learn to play the piano with hard work and good training. Talent is neither necessary, nor sufficient in itself to produce great pianists. What will promote excellence in piano playing is a thorough and well-rounded grounding in the various aspects of music, including music theory, piano technique, music history, and repertoire-building. I teach these and many other components of music in all my lessons. I use method books with earlier level students and gradually incorporate works from the classical repertoire. I assign enjoyable, beneficial music theory projects, rhythmic exercises, and teach pieces of differing genres, styles, and demands to keep lessons varied and interesting. Several times a year, our hard work is shared with others at student recitals, where family and strangers alike join students in the joy of music and the piano.

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The teacher's home studio includes a large studio space with 2 grand pianos side by side so the student learn by example where applicable. Seating is also available for family and guests. There is also a warm up studio room for students that arrive early and are waiting to start their lesson.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students will need access to a piano or keyboard for regular practicing.

*** Specialties ***
Piano technique, classical piano repertoire, music theory and aural skills, musicology, accompanying and chamber music.
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Lucas April 20, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Steven is a really nice and friendly teacher. He not only has excellent piano skills, but also very patient to his student. Lucas likes his class.
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Dr.Bonnie B. September 21, 2015
· Music Performance · In home
I came to sing and have Steven accompany me. I really wasn't asking for voice lessons so it was not a good fit.
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Mark P. July 15, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Brilliant teacher, knows more about music than I'll ever know about anything, and shares exactly the right amount with me each session. He is incredibly patient, upbeat, encouraging, and helpful. When I make mistakes he's constantly patiently encouraging and helping me with various approaches to piano technique. I am a completely new student who could not read notes. Steven is sensitive to how to pace me and shows me new ways of learning that fit my personality and level. I could not imagine a better piano instructor/mentor than Steven. If you're within range of his studio and you're planning to take piano lessons at ANY level, I would strongly urge you to work with Steven. You will learn and thoroughly enjoy the experience!
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Steven N.

Steven N.

Pasadena, CA 91107
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$55 / 60-min

About Weslie B.

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Los Angeles, CA
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I help budding pianists learn scales, chords, sight-reading and songs that match your skill level and interest. I integrate some music theory and ear training so that execution of every note and rhythm makes sense in your hands, your ears and your mind.

About Weslie
Well-versed in voice, music theory, popular song styles and poetic writing, I have helped many singers and songwriters to sing and/or compose with skill and confidence in a style that is natural and unique to them. I teach voice at AMDA (Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts) to singers, dancers actors. I studied voice and jazz arranging at Berklee College of Music, and then earned my Master's of Music degree in music composition from Cal State LA. I have sung pop, jazz and theatre music in Los Angeles, New York, and across the US and Canada. I've appeared on the Jay Leno Show, and have sung in many local music venues, such as the Troubadour and Luna Park, and have won multiple awards for my songs in internationally acclaimed "I HATE MUSICALS" - a short film musical (now on iTunes). My musical theatre works has been been presented in Los
Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago. I am a proud member of CMASH, a composer collective in San Francisco, and I collaborate with Ann Moss, Liam Wade, and Arnold Margolin. My song Practice Your Flamenco was recently recorded at George Lucas' Skywalker Sound, and will be featured on Ann Moss's new CD, Currents.

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I like to think of my teaching style as 'serious fun'. As a teacher and coach, I want to inspire you to learn skills and songs that help to develop your authentic musical identity. My lessons always include a warm-up, song study and performance. I will, if you prefer, help you choose songs, as well as transpose any song to fit your voice type and range. If you are inquisitive about songwriting, or music theory, I can definitely be a guide in those areas as well.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, Keyboard, Guitar, Finale

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar, keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
Musical Theatre, Folk, Indie-Rock, Jazz; Belting, developing passagio.
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JENNA B. December 19, 2013
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Weslie is great!

Weslie has helped me tremendously with music theory. She is really good at listening and figuring out specific areas that I needed help with. She even took time on the side outside of our lessons to listen to music examples I sent her and analyzed them for me. Weslie is patient and makes learning fun. Her teaching environment is comfortable and she's flexible with her schedule. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a teacher!
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Henrique G. November 2, 2012
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Weslie is a great mentor and teacher

Weslie has been able to open my eyes to what my voice really sounds like into the "musical world" in terms of technicality. While also been able to make me a better singer already. We have been working on one of my favorite songs, and there's so much I've learned from her in terms of playing the guitar and understanding how the chords are built and interfere into the overall senses of the song. I would recommend Welsie to any person that has passion in music and is willing to take the classes seriously in terms of a good learning pace and content, because I believe that she is one of the best out there in LA.
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KayW July 30, 2009
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I just wanted to let you know how pleased I am with having Weslie as my teacher. She was exactly how I hoped she would be and I look forward to the next lesson.Best,Kay W
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Weslie B.

Weslie B.

Los Angeles, CA 90068
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About Yolande W.

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Learning and understanding music is first and foremost a part of our journey of self-discovery. Students receive either 45 or 30 minute piano lessons to be structured around recommended & personal choices of all music styles including classical, jazz, blues, rock and pop. My focus is to create a unique and inspiring experience for everyone by offering a fun and relaxed approach to piano study.

About Yolande
My given mame is Yolande but most people know me as Yoly.
I was born in London, England where I began my first years of intense piano study with the Royal College of Music.

Growing up immersed in a family of the fine arts, a passionate path to encompass all creative outlets has been inevitable. In 1986 I emigrated to the United States, where my love for the piano in particular led me to pursue and complete a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in piano studies at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. In 2000 I moved to Californa and began my full time piano teaching career.

I currently reside in Burbank, California, where I offer lessons to all ages and levels at my private studio. I am a member of the California Association of Professional Music Teachers, Music Teachers National Association of California and National Guild of
Piano Teachers. Through these associations, I am able to offer my students the opportunity to participate in the Certificate of Merit program and/or the National Guild of Piano Teachers Auditions as well as to perform in competitions, concerts and at my own private group recitals. I feel truly blessed to be able to use my gift of creating and teaching music to help enrich the lives of others. During my 15 years of teaching I have had a wide variety of students that continuously inspire me to keep growing on all levels. Alongside my full time teaching career, I continue to follow my passion and love for my own artistic development through song writing, musical composition, poetry, writing and art.

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Lessons are structured specifically to cater the needs and desires of each individual student. I always create a positive environment in which the student feels comfortable enough to ask questions. Mistakes are all part of the learning process and it is important that my students do not feel pressured or embarrassed about not being perfect. As individuals we are free to learn at our own unique pace.

I recommend a 30 minute lesson for the younger student who is not involved in an examination process. Even 30 minutes can be overwhelming for some children and especially beginners, but our time is divided equally among technical, practical and theoretical exercises. For the older and more advanced players 45 to 60 minute lesson are suggested.

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I have a beautiful conservatory grand Estonia piano as well as a Korg Triton 88 key weighted electronic keyboard.
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Zohreh M. January 8, 2016
· Piano · In home
Yolanda is so great. Her patience and her easy-going style during lessons has motivated me to keep learning. She loves her job and she is a gifted piano instructor.
Thank you Yolanda
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Zohreh M. December 28, 2015
· Piano · In home
wonderful person and great teacher.
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Marisol M. March 17, 2015
· Piano · In studio
I am 38 and started taking lessons from Yoly in 2012. I’m not sure if I can adequately summarize why taking lessons from Yoly is an overall uplifting experience but I will try.

Yoly’s teaching style or teaching method is not the typical one-size-fits-all approach. Instead, her style/method is personalized to the needs and desires of each individual student. Because she takes the time to listen and understand what it is you want to achieve with piano, she is able to tailor your lesson time so it will be of most value to you. One attribute important to me that she encompasses and reflects throughout her personalized teaching style is her patience. She instructs and guides with persistence but also with kind patience. She encourages without being pushy and she has the unique ability to motivate you just by her being present. It is obvious Yoly enjoys sharing her gift because she uses her knowledge to teach with enthusiasm and encouragement.

I was lucky to also learn a bit of piano theory from Yoly, which I found to be extremely helpful by instilling a balanced understanding of the piano, piano playing and music which in turn lead to an understanding of why it is necessary to practice scales!

I currently live in San Diego but if I am ever scheduled to be in the LA area, I am sure to schedule a lesson with her. Basically, the bottom line is - Yoly is an inspiration. Anyone who begins to take lessons from Yoly will quickly find out just how fortunate they have become.
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Yolande W.

Yolande W.

Burbank, CA 91505
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About James T.

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Van Nuys, CA

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-Piano lessons at my home studio take place on a concert grand steinway-

My very first instrument was the Piano. I started at age two, learning from my mother who is a concert Pianist from London.

I played seriously all the way up until college, competing in many competitions. I still play piano at a professional level. After years of watching, and being taught daily by my mother at a young age, I have an extensive knowledge of how to play the piano and how to teach it with the best techniques. This ensures my students don't learn bad habits.

I have even taught music producers how to use the piano as a controller to produce tracks.

My music has taken me all around the world, from Australia, to Europe and now the US. Recently the US government granted me an extraordinary ability visa in music, recognizing me as one of the best performers from my home country, this allows me to teach and perform music in America.

I look forward to helping you on your music journey, ...

About James
I started my musical career at the age of 2, on the piano, shortly afterwards moving to the violin, and the viola. Earning the music scholarship at school for best classical musician, and later on the scholarship for best orchestral instrumentalist at the world renowned music conservatoire WAAPA (West Australia Academy of Performing Arts). Earning my first diploma (A.Mus.A) at age 14, my music has taken me all around the world. I've played such places as the Australian High Commission, Rheingoldhalle in Mannhein, Dvorak hall in Prague, Australian embassy in London, Disneyland in Paris, and the opening the Australian embassy in Berlin, all before the age of 18.

Most recently through my many musical endeavors, I have been granted a visa of extraordinary ability as musician to enter the United States.

Since then I have lead the LADSO
viola section, played with the West LA Symphony Orchestra, played alongside Laryn Hill, a show presented by Quincy Jones, played in movie orchestras, recorded for studio sessions, performed electronic violin for private parties and nightclubs across the US.

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I have been teaching music since age 11. My mother is a concert pianist and I started off by teaching her students the violin. I have taught ever since and I love it. I have studied in Australia, Europe and the US.

I will help you create a fantastic technical base so you will be able to play with ease as your skill level develops, all while keeping the lessons fun and engaging.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, Violin, Viola, Music Stand, General Teaching Aids, Recording Equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a music stand and basic materials but the student is expected to have their own instruments and to buy the music I recommend. I will help source and instruments and materials.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical music. I also teach other styles of music including improv, how to play pop music and can help you reach any musical goal. In Australia I used the AMEB syllabus. Which is the Australian examination system for music. I also teach Suzuki method and similar methods. I like creating a great foundation with a lot of exercises and scale patterns to really build up a solid base.
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Katrina B. April 12, 2017
· Piano · In studio
James is a great teacher. I haven't practiced piano in years and James made it enjoyable and easy to get back into it.
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Naum Y. January 26, 2017
· Violin · In studio
After several lessons I should say we are very pleased with the teacher and his instructions style. My 12 year old is enthusiastic and waiting for his lessons every week.
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Victoria November 10, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Great first lesson!
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James T.

James T.

Van Nuys, CA 91401
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About Barry Michael W.

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Valley Village, CA
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W. Publications and Music Studio offers innovative piano teaching materials, private piano lessons and a variety of composition, recording and performance services. Founder and instructor, Barry W., has over 20 years of experience in one-on-one piano and keyboard lessons and performance as well as music production. At the W. Publications Music Studio, located in Valley Village, California, students of all ages and skill levels are invited to enrich their life with the gift of music. Meet Barry at his studio to learn the specifics of his teaching methods, policies and qualifications.

About Barry Michael
My diverse musical background brings experience and wisdom to the choices made in a student's development at the piano or keyboard. I work toward making the student self-sufficient, reducing dependency on the teacher over time. Music touches the soul. When a person truly connects with music, you can see the reaction, inside and out. I enjoy facilitating that reaction!
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Barry Michael W.

Barry Michael W.

Valley Village, CA 91607
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Glendale, CA
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I've studied with some of the greats, such as Tigran Hamasyan, Vardan Ovsepian, Adam Benjamin, Josh Nelson, and Gary Fukushima. My band recently won the 2015 International Downbeat Student Music Awards for the small combo division. I have a very nice U3 piano at my home that I use to teach lessons. I've been teaching for about 4 years now.

About Mesrop
My musical journey began when I was about 10 years old, when my parents decided to enroll me into a music school. There I studied classical music till I was about 18. When I was 19, I decided to go to school for jazz. After spending a lot of time deliberating schools, I decided to go to CSUN. While there, I studied with some of the best teachers in LA, and some of the best in the world. I studied with musicians like Tigran Hamasyan, Ari Hoenig, Josh Nelson, Ben Wendel, Adam Benjamin, and Vardan Ovsepian. After graduating, I decided to broaden my musical knowledge and began studying all types of music. Because of that, I'm able to teach almost any style. Here is a list of subjects that I offer:

- Jazz
- Classical
- Hip Hop
- R&B
- Pop
- Rock
- Funk
- Music Theory
- Sight Singing
- Harmony
- Counterpoint
- Composition

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lieve in designing lessons around each student's goals and needs, so every student gets a personally tailored lesson plan that will help excel them into being an amazing musician. I believe that great music teachers leave lasting impressions on their students. I wish to impart on my students the same lessons and experiences that have influenced me throughout my journey.
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Daniel August 18, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I have been wanting to learn piano for some time, and was recommended to Mesrop by a friend. He has been very patient with my pace of learning, which isn't always the fastest, and introduced concepts in a really logical and digestible way. Great guy and teacher, highly recommend!
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Arsen August 15, 2017
· Piano · In home
I've always enjoyed playing guitar and bass, but the added element of piano was something that seemed so daunting I convinced myself to let it go. Mesrop was able to break it down so simply for me from the start, and I'm extremely thankful for his patience and focus throughout lessons. Along the way, I picked up more on theory and am now more comfortably able to transcribe as well. I think he's a tremendous musician but an equally excellent teacher.
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Ken August 7, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
I was struggling with my Music Appreciation class and I really needed extra practice. Mesrop was really patient with me, and helped me throughout the semester- even at inconvenient times of the day. Passed with flying colors! Thank you!
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Mesrop S.

Glendale, CA 91202
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About Christine E.

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teaching piano my special time to create such a wonderful feeling inside children, I run a course with a student in which he/she will be able to move their fingers on the piano smoothly and flexible, to read notes and to play with feelings.
Students also expect to know the expressions while playing and enjoy the music going up and down.

About Christine
I am a 3 in one teacher, Science and Maths are my major since I am a Science graduate and Piano since I am a certified in Solo piano.I have been a teacher for 10 years in the 3 subjects. Teaching children is my fun part, I like dealing with this age and most of them like me too.
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Christine E.

Christine E.

Pasadena, CA 91106
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$40 / 30-min

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Dear Students and Parents,
Music has always been an inspiration for me, and I consider it to be my life's greatest blessing. Within more then 15 years of teaching experience, I have been fortunate to share the blessing with all my students. I hold Professional Piano Diploma and formally trained in Classical music. I love teaching and welcome all levels and ages! In a very short period of time, you will be able to understand theory, rhythm, you will learn to read the notes and play different melodies including classical, jazz, and 21th century. My desire is see my students reaching their goals by learning to play on the piano and perform in our seasonal recitals. Hope to hear from you soon.

About Yeghisapet (Elizabeth)
Dear Students and Parents,
Ms. Elizabeth has been teaching piano since 2002. She is the owner/co-founder of private piano studio in Palmdale, CA. She has been independently teaching students both in the studio and in student’s houses. Besides working with beginner intermediate and advanced students starting from four years old, she also teaches group theory and aural skills, engaging her students in learning musical literature.
Ms Elizabeth understands her students’ capabilities and needs, and arranges the class accordingly. She helps her students overcome stage fear and identify their full potential in order to succeed. Ms Elizabeth believes that recitals and concerts help students to grow, thus she arranges annual performances for her students to celebrate their achievements. Students learn piano compositions based on different eras
(Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th century, Contemporary) and genres (Jazz) in addition to solo and duet performances.
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Palmdale, CA 93550
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About Diego C.

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Van Nuys, CA
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Want to play your favorite songs?
Interested on playing in a band or acomplish a new skill? I will help you build a solid foundation of technique and music theory while tailoring to your personal tastes and goals. Part of my lesson plan involves me arranging your favorite song so you can play it in a short period of time. Shoot me a message to see if we area good match

About Diego
As an active musician, I am the current Guitar Ensemble conductor from the Van Nuys United Methodist Church. Current students perform for an audience as a soloist whenever they are ready, and have the chance to play with the Guitar Ensemble too. We play songs from popular artist and bands such as Ed sheeran, Imagine dragons, Hillsong United, The Chainsmokers, 21 pilots, Charlie Puth, and many more!!. Our Guitar Ensemble is compose by beginner, intermediate, and advance students, which means that you will play notes according to your level. I look forward to helping you be a better guitarist and be part of our ensemble too. ( SCROLL DOWN TO CHECK OUT OUR VIDEOS )
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Diego C.

Van Nuys, CA 91401
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About Kyle R.

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I love teaching piano because it was my first instrument at 2 years old. I have been playing since before I could talk so it is my best form of expression. The most important thing about teaching is remembering that the student wants to enjoy what they're playing, and they are learning because they ENJOY MUSIC.

I would love to help you play, write and perform your own music!

About Kyle
Hello!
I began learning piano at 2 years old and started teaching at the beginning of high school. During high school, I picked up percussion and guitar and started writing and singing my own music. In 2012 I joined a world class indoor drumline and played keyboard, placing 11th in the world. The beginning of last year, I was given the opportunity to teach a group piano class to adults with developmental disabilities.
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Kyle R.

Ontario, CA 91764
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