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About Mike S.

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Sherman Oaks, CA
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I teach chord and scale theory! How to apply it to your instrument or use it to make your songwriting better!

About Mike
I have taught private guitar, piano, bass and drum lessons since the late 70s in Salt Lake City, where I majored in jazz guitar performance, and since 1980 in Los Angeles. I make the lessons fun. Some of my students have received college scholarships and won cash prizes for music contests. All of them had fun while learning and improving on their instruments.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am very enthusiastic and can teach students how to read. If they do not want to read music, they can learn to play by ear. I can also show them where to put their fingers. During piano lessons, I often accompany students on guitar and suggest a scale for improvisation, so they can play the blues. During drum lessons, I often play bass so they can learn to groove.

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They should have their own instrument and a music stand.

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I specialize in jazz improvisation on piano and guitar.
I also teach recreational guitar and piano for adults, including classical and blues styles.
I coach bass players and drummers in playing stylistically correct grooves for jazz, rock and latin music.
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Chad June 30, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Great instructor!
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Meher May 2, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Most excellent first guitar lesson to where we actually played a song together. I'm blown away. What fun! I only hope I can remember the chords when I practice on my own, and I look forward to my next lesson with Mike. I can already tell I'll be signing up for more lessons. Great teacher, and I can say that because I tried to learn some years ago with another instructor, and he made me feel like I'd just never get it and may as well give up. Mike erased all that negativity for me in 30 minutes. Thanks, Mike!
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Herve D. January 10, 2017
· Piano · In home
Awesome instructor and guy! Great energy
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Mike S.

Mike S.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
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About John E.

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Classical harmony/notation, counterpoint, 20th/21st century theory, alternative notation/experimental practices, harmonic analysis, etc.

About John
I've been playing music for over twenty years as a brass player, pianist, guitarist, composer, and electronic musician. I've studied and performed across the country—starting in Seattle, then New York and the northeast, and finally here in Los Angeles.

As a performer, I have trained and play extensively on the French horn, piano, and guitar. I perform in a variety of styles—from classical to jazz, pop/rock styles, and modern and experimental music.

As a composer and sound designer, I work in a variety of settings, from composing for orchestra, string quartet, percussion, and groups of all shapes and sizes, to designing sound for theater and film.

I earned my Bachelor's degree at Bennington College in Vermont and my Master's degree at CalArts. I play all around LA as a freelance orchestral musician, in my brass quartet, a studio h
ornist (recorded on will.i.am's last album, The Grasshopper Lies Heavy, and with Horse's Mouth, to name a few), and in various other groups. I have taught at Bennington College, Summer Sonatina Piano School, Sage City Symphony's Young Composers Project, CalArts, Barnsdall Park's Junior Art Center, and Santa Monica Music Center. I have been teaching privately since high school and love working with students to meet their individual goals in music.

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I provide my own instrument for demonstration and group playing when applicable. I provide sheet music and method books for use in lessons or temporary loan. I expect students to have their own instrument and music stand for use during lessons. If using electric guitar, they should have their own amplifier. In theory or songwriting lessons, they should have their own staff paper. I ask students to purchase their own method books and music when needed.
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Matthew A. December 28, 2015
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John is very patient and works well with children. He is always prepared for the lessons. Recommend!
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Brandon A. May 12, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
John is a great teacher! He's open to working with many styles and he's talented in more than one instrument.
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Christoffer S. August 19, 2014
· Composition · In studio
John is a brilliant composer and instrumentalist. I worked with him extensively while studying at CalArts. His musicianship and knowledge of music theory is in depth, and he is easily able to pass this information on to students. I highly recommend him as a teacher to any level of musician.
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John E.

Los Angeles, CA 90025
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About Sheila M.

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It is incredibly important for students to have a general understanding of music theory, regardless of their instrument. Music theory is the core of the music that we play and listen to, and it is a vital part of every student's music education. The point of music theory is to show students how music works, and for that reason, every music student should be exposed to it at some level.

Having started piano at the age of 7, I was taught music theory at a very beginning of my music education. I studied it throughout my childhood and into my collegiate years. I can teach this subject in detail and help the student develop a clear understanding of the music that they read and play.

About Sheila
Sheila's interest in music began at the age of seven when she began private instruction in classical piano, and by the age of ten, she began playing the flute. Sheila received her Bachelor of Music with a degree in Music Education from the University of Redlands, where she studied flute with Sara Andon. There, she performed in the university's Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and Orchestra. During her third year at university, she studied abroad at the Zoltan Kodaly Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kecskemet, Hungary.

Sheila has performed in many different venues around the world such as Tivoli Gardens in Denmark, the Edinburgh Trade Center in Scotland, the Sydney Opera House in Australia, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the Greek Theater in Los Angeles and the Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge, CA.

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3, Sheila graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Masters degree in Flute Performance where she studied flute with Sandra Kipp. At CSUN, she performed in the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Northridge Flute Quartet, and various chamber ensembles. She currently resides in Irvine and teaches private lessons in flute and piano.

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My goal as a music educator is to foster excellence in the art of music through private instruction. I have worked with students of all ages ranging from 5 to older adults.

In my studio, students will learn to read music and have a well rounded music education. This means that we will work on a variety of things such as music theory, music history, and a wide range of repertoire (from Beethoven to the Beatles!) While I have high expectations for my students, I do my best to keep the lessons relaxed and lighthearted. My hope is that the student is always engaged and interested during lessons.

My three expectations:

1. Come prepared both mentally and physically (this is especially important for flutists-- make sure to warm up prior to the lesson!)

2. Don't be afraid to ask questions and make mistakes. This is non-threatening territory, I'm here to guide you and help you. Remember that mistakes happen, we're human. Just make sure that you learn from those mistakes so as not to make the same ones and grow from each experience.

3. For parents-- BE INVOLVED! I can't tell you how often I've seen younger students excel when their parents were proactive in the experience. This means encouraging them to practice, coming up with a rewards system, and sometimes sitting in on the lesson to take notes so that you can work on what we did during the lesson at home together. It's difficult for music teachers to compete with iPads, Playstations and television, so let's get creative together!

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Flute students must own a well maintained flute, as an instrument that is out of adjustment causes frustration and can initiate bad habits. In addition, the student must also have a metronome and tuner, a music stand, flute repertoire, and an assignment book for me to write down each week's assignments.

Piano students must have a working acoustic piano or digital piano in their home for piano lessons. The student must also have a metronome, piano repertoire, and an assignment book for each week's assignments.
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Daphne L. September 7, 2017
· Flute · In home
Sheila is a great teacher, very knowledge and patient. We absolutely like her lessons.
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Isabel August 22, 2017
· Flute · In studio
Sheila is very patient and knowledgeable. My daughter is brand new to the flute and plans to play in her elementary school orchestra. We purchased 5 classes to get her started. Sheila really helped get her set up so she will be more confident when she starts music at school. We hope to take more classed from Sheila in the future.
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Lucy H. June 29, 2017
· Piano · In home
Kind, patient and knowledgable! Great fit for our family!
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Sheila M.

Sheila M.

Irvine, CA 92614
(16)
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About Amy G.

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Sight reading and a basic knowledge of music theory is essential to all singers! We will incorporate many exercises into our lessons to help with ear training, as well as how to read music!

About Amy
Hello!! My name is Amy G. and I have been singing professionally for over 20 years, and a vocal instructor for over 10 years. I teach all styles/genres of singing and am passionate about finding the gold and strengths in my students and bringing out their FULL POTENTIAL!!

Vocal Goals:
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Develop free, uninhibited singing.
Enhance quality of tone for a desired sound.
Familiarize students with the piano.
Match pitch.

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Full, strong, breath & body support.
Clear diction.
Vowel dexterity.
Facial agility & upper-torso relaxation.

Performance/Musical Goals:
Develop boldness & energy.
Look & sound professional.
Expand the student's musical knowledge & repertoire.
Embrace & comprehend the musicality of vocal lines &
phrases approp
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Social Goals:
Create a polite & kindly atmosphere.
Dissolve the STRESS, allowing singing to be FUN.
Keep the student motivated.

Accompaniment options:
Melody line only/basic chords (when learning repertoire & vocal techniques.)
Pre-recorded tracks. (CD/Tape for practice & performance.)
Hire an accompanist. (For applicable lessons & performance.)

Practicing Goals: (Monthly Practice Schedule Handout)
Encourage consistency rather than length.

We will study proper breathing, placement, stretching your vocal range, posture, poise, vowels, stage presence, communicating the lyric of a song, connecting with your audience, song selection, voice type, ear training, confidence, mic technique, how to read music, music resources, building your repertoire, pitch, rhythm, how to choose a song, vocal exercises, proper technique, mouth placement, tone, and facial expressions amongst many others! The following is a current biography, but I will provide a teaching and performing resume upon request. I am also happy to provide samples of me singing! I do not have a website at this time, but I am working on having it set up very soon! I look forward to hearing from you!

"Amy most recently performed with Musical Theatre West's productions of the highly acclaimed, Sweeney Todd, directed by Calvin Remsburg, and Annie with Tony Award winner Andrea McArdle. She came straight from starring in a beautiful production of Godspell at the Candlelight Pavilion, and as Mabel in Performance Riverside's production of Pirates of Penzance. She had the pleasure of playing Josie Cohan in the world premiere of Academy Award winner Richard Sherman's new musical, Pazzazz! at the El Capitan theatre in Hollywood. She'™s traveled around the world performing with Norwegian Cruise Lines and Vox Lumiere, and locally with Orange County Opera and Enrichment Works Productions. Regional theatre: Mary in the Glory of Christmas (Crystal Cathedral), Johanna in Sweeney Todd(Starlight Bowl), Jenny in Company(Performance Riverside), Cinderella in Into the Woods(Candlelight Pavilion), Rosina in Barber of Seville (Orange County Opera), Belle in Beauty and the Beast (ITL Award), Sarah in Guys and Dolls (Candlelight Pavilion)."
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Jasmine June 7, 2017
· Singing · In home
My lesson with Amy was awesome :) Looking forward to the next!
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Diane S. March 22, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I think we're off to a good start.
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Moniq S. March 14, 2017
· Singing · In studio
My daughter enjoyed her first lesson and is looking forward to the next one!
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Amy G.

Amy G.

Glendora, CA 91741
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About Stephen O.

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Los Angeles, CA

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With over 4 years of composing, 6 years of gigging and playing the guitar for 14 years, I have cultivated a unique approach to Music. My style is rooted in Music Theory knowledge and my personality. From this, and going to college for Music, I have a very good understanding of Music Theory and have over 4 years of experience with teaching.

About Stephen
Hi there! My name is Steve and I have my Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Performance for guitar. I have been playing the guitar for over 13 years now and have been teaching for over 4 years. I can play Jazz, Bluegrass, Rock, Pop, Fusion, Funk, Jam and Singer/Songwriter. Any of these genres I'm able to teach and give insight about playing and performing. I've worked with students who are absolute beginners to professional musicians who want to further their knowledge, all ages too. I've been gigging for over 6 years as well and I utilize my experiences to give my students the best music education in a holistic way that they can understand. I am motivated, flexible and eager to teach! Take a listen to some of my music!

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Juan August 5, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Our 10y.o. son has been taking lessons from Steve and really likes learning the guitar. He has improved much in a short period and is very enthused to keep learning. We highly recommend Steve for the guitar. He is a patient tutor and proficient in teaching.
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Kevin June 19, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I've had three lessons with Steve and I'm really impressed with his knowledge and patience. Steve and I are working on keeping me focused and having me learn how to read music. I do know how to play the guitar already I just lack certain foundational things that I believe will help my playing. I feel like I have a great guide to teach me not only how to play more efficiently but also the why behind it i.e. Music Theory.
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Matt June 19, 2017
· Music Theory · Online
Awesome teacher! Patient and knowledgeable. Highly recommended
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Stephen O.

Stephen O.

Los Angeles, CA 90031
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About Laurel S.

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Pacific Palisades, CA

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I can teach students with any level of skill in singing or playing an instrument how to read music, write down music notation, identify intervals and chords by ear, and understand the chord structure of music. My students in piano and singing receive instruction in music theory as part of their lessons, but I also teach theory-only lessons for students who sing or play any instrument.

About Laurel
Hello! I'm Laurel, and I would love to help you or your child unlock your musical abilities! Complete beginners, intermediate or advanced students, even working professional performers - no matter where you are on your musical journey, I will work with you to develop and hone your skills.

I believe in a personalized approach to teaching, based on building a relationship with each student. I place equal emphasis on achieving your long-term goals and enjoying the process of learning and making progress. With my expertise and your hard work, we’ll set goals that you’ll be excited about, and we’ll work towards them together.

Questions? To learn more, please click the “Ask a Question” button on my profile to send me a message!

Who should take lessons with me?

COMPLETE BEGINNERS - KIDS AND ADULTS
It’s never too soon or too late to
build up your musical abilities. If you have zero experience but want to learn, I can teach you how to use your voice or play the piano.
- Match pitch and carry a tune
- Keep a steady beat
- Play melodies and chords on the piano
- Understand how your instrument works
- Read music
- Learn to play or sing a song by ear
- Get comfortable performing in front of others

PIANISTS WITH 3+ YEARS OF EXPERIENCE
Have you been studying with another teacher who taught you the basics and you’re ready to advance to a higher level? Are you self-taught and interested in refining your skills? I will help you take your piano playing to the next level.
- Build more advanced technical skills
- Play with emotion and finesse
- Find new and challenging repertoire
- Learn to accompany a soloist
- Perform in front of audiences
- Understand music theory
- Write your own music

EXPERIENCED SOLO SINGERS
Are you ready to audition for a high school or community musical or opera? Have you performed covers or your own music at an open mic? Would you like to major in vocal performance in college or possibly become an opera singer? Do you really rock at karaoke? Are you already proficient on an instrument and want to branch out into singing? I can help you build on the foundation you’ve already developed.
- Stretch your vocal range
- Improve your tone and projection
- Develop advanced technical skills
- Work on challenging songs
- Explore a variety of genres and styles
- Develop a strong stage presence and charismatic performing style
*- Learn classical/Bel Canto technique - I specialize in classical singing, although I work with singers in many genres

CHORAL SINGERS
Are you, or would you like to be, a choir member at your school, church, temple, or community choir? I’ve been singing in choirs for almost thirty years! I can teach you any skill you need to know, from basic skills for beginners, to advanced skills for aspiring or working professionals.
- Expand your vocal range
- Learn controlled vocal technique and how to “blend” your sound
- Read music
- Practice basic to advanced sight-singing
- Sing harmony
- Understand conductor’s directions
- Learn techniques for different styles of music

ABOUT ME:
I'm college educated in both classical music performance and English literature. In addition to teaching, I perform as a singer, organist, and pianist with musical groups all over the greater L.A. area, including the Pacific Chorale, the Charles Dickens Carolers, Nova Vocal Ensemble, and many others.

I'm happy to meet my students at any location near either Pacific Palisades or North Hollywood - I can teach music at any location with a piano. Contact me for more information. I look forward to meeting you!

If you’re ready to start, click the green “Book With Me” button on my profile!

*A note about availability - I keep this updated as accurately as possible, but because I travel over a wide area, your preferred time slot may not be possible for me, depending on the location of the lesson. Please contact me to discuss scheduling before you request a specific time slot.

If you choose to take lessons at my home location, please be aware that I have cats. If you have a phobia or allergy, this location won't be suitable for you.
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Tiana April 28, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Thank you Laurel so much for helping me learn a song for a last minute audition!!! Laurel is the best. Not only did she teach me a song in an hour she also whipped my voice into shape. I don't read music so learning a new song in 1 lesson was a challenge, but after one hour with Laurel I walked out of there like a pro.
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Kian S. March 24, 2017
· Piano · In home
Great teacher, Works great with my son. Has built a great respect and relationship with my 11 year old son.
Definably recommend to everyone.
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Ella R. February 19, 2017
· Classical Voice · In studio
In working professionally with Laurel, I can vouch for her dedication and her understanding of music theory and vocal technique. It is a joy to work with her!
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Laurel S.

Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
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$40 / 30-min

About Keith J.

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I have been professionally taught the structure of music. If you allow me to teach you, you will be able to understand any and all types of music. You will understand scales, chords, intervals, and most of all reach your goals. I will make sure you are confident in music. Let's start today!!

About Keith
Hi my name is Keith. I am a 3x Grammy nominated platinum selling music producer and professional touring musician. I have more than 20 years of experience playing the piano, synthesizers, and work stations under my belt. I am formally trained in Classical and Jazz piano techniques and application. I am fluent in music theory and can play by ear as well. I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Arts Management from Long Island University - CW Post Campus in New York. In addition to classical and Jazz I am able to teach Gospel music as well. I have had the pleasure of musically Directing bands and/or producing for many known artist including: John Legend, Miguel, and Neyo. Teaching music is my passion and I am offering piano lessons to kids and adults, all styles, all levels, in your home or online. My Lesson Schedule is Flexible. I am v
ery patient with students and want to see you reach your goals. Let's start today!!!
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Lisa G. September 2, 2017
· Piano · Online
My son just had his first lesson with Keith. Right away he help my son feel confident at beginning to learn piano. After the lesson I went through with my son what he learned, and he certainly learned a lot! We look forward to further lessons with Keith. He was amazed at Keith's knowledge of music and his actual ear reading ability!
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Eileen R. May 8, 2017
· Music Theory · Online
Keith is a an awesome teacher! I learned so much from him in the span of a few weeks. Every lesson is packed full of information and he makes sure you totally get and understand the lesson before moving onto the next chapter. I really appreciate that he corrects me whenever I make mistakes especially when it comes to staying on beat while playing the piano with the metronome. Lessons are also never boring with him. I feel that he truly cares for the musical growth of his students. Although, I'm taking a break from Take Lessons when I enroll again I will choose Keith for Piano/Music Theory.
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Cornelius R. B. January 6, 2017
· Piano · In home
This was my 1st lesson ever and my Instructor, Keith, was very patient and thorough. I need that. So far so good.
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Van Nuys, CA 91405
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About Eric C.

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Music Theory, is the building blocks of understanding music. Depending on where the student is at with their understanding of the subject, I will focus on different aspects of the subject. Beginners will be taught how to read music, with skills such as note recognition. Intermediate students will start looking at chords, and analyzing the melodies and harmonies of music. Advanced students will be focusing on higher level analysis of chordal structures as well as composing. All students will be required to bring staff paper, and a pencil to lessons. Homework will be given, but it will not be an overwhelming amount at any time. The goal is to get my students to understand, and become comfortable with music theory, to optimize their musical experience regardless of their instrument, or composing styles.

About Eric
Hi! I'm Eric, a Saxophonist, Composer, Singer, and Teacher that was born and raised in Southern California. I've been playing the saxophone for over ten years now, writing music for as long as I can remember, and singing since I was in elementary school. I play for a variety of groups in Los Angeles, and sometimes perform in L.A. and surrounding areas at venues such as the LightHouse, Saint Rocke, Avalon, and the Baked Potato.

I keep my lessons fun, efficient, and applicable. I give students assignments to work on, not only so they don't forget what we talk about, but also so they can also expand upon the concepts given in lessons, (which familiarizes them more with the information). I look forward to helping you unlock your potential!
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Keith Lee May 15, 2017
· Saxophone · In home
He listens to me and teaches the way that I like. He seems like a good person as well. I recommend him for a saxophone teacher.
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Gavin October 12, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
Friendly, respectful made learning fun for our son.
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Waleed K. October 10, 2016
· Saxophone · Online
It was totally awesome! He teaches so great
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Eric C.

Upland, CA 91786
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About Adam T.

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My goal in music theory lessons is to help make Music Theory practical and palatable. I always will try to relate what we are covering to real-life musical examples, and I hope to instill a passion for musical discovery and analysis in all of my students. Whether you're wanting to get an edge-up for your AP Music Theory or college course, or if you finally wanted to understand how chords work together to create beautiful music, I'm the instructor for you!

About Adam
Adam T. has been teaching and tutoring in various subjects since 2011, and is currently available to teach lessons at home or at your location of choice. Adam has helped students overcome common bad habits among guitarists, comprehend complicated music theory concepts, master Logic Pro X, and even hone their writing and mathematics skills.

Adam is currently a Commercial Music – Composing/Arranging major at Azusa Pacific University in his senior year, where he works as a Music Theory Tutor, TA, and MIDI Lab technician. Proficient in all aspects of the study of music, Adam looks forward to help students develop solid fundamental techniques and understanding. Adam's teaching style encourages students to ask important questions, understand ideas at a conceptual level, and never to settle for "good enough" in place of "best."
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Mary Mercurio Santos August 4, 2017
· Music Theory · In studio
My name is Mary Mercurio Santos, and I am the Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction Coordinator for Azusa Pacific University. Adam worked under my direct supervision as a Tutor and Supplemental Instruction Leader for approximately three years while he was an undergrad at APU.
Adam's knowledge of music, and Music Theory is extensive and comprehensive, and yet he has the ability to break down these complicated theoretical concepts and make them easy to understand for even the most basic learner. I have seen him successfully tutor students at all levels of musical knowledge and experience. If you need to know ANYTHING about music, I strongly recommend you reach out to Adam for services.
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Brianna R. July 24, 2017
· Logic Pro Software · In studio
Adam is a passionate and knowledgeable teacher. He has tutored me on logic pro software and helped me understand concepts using my own exploring. He is very good at explaining things in a way that is appropriate for every skill level. He also has a great sense of humor and makes learning fun. Excellent at helping with setting goals and accountability with practice. Definitely take lessons with Adam if you want to become a better musician or student!!
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Gilbert July 24, 2017
· Music Theory · In studio
I was a music student at Azusa Pacific University and Adam Tune helped me with Music Theory for two semesters. He is very knowledgeable of the subject, and has a clear, friendly, and logical teaching approach that makes the experience fun. He can explain topics and concepts in a way that is easy to understand.
He is also very knowledgeable in music composition, arranging, and in the use of Logic Pro software that he could use while teaching theory.
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Adam T.

Altadena, CA 91001
(15)
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About Lucas M.

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I love teaching music theory to any student interested in studying the subject! I focus on music theory and its application in performance settings and on the guitar. This includes classically oriented music theory and jazz harmony.

About Lucas
I have a deep passion for music making and music education. I take pride in watching my students progress, develop and excel. I have helped all level of students, from early beginners getting over the beginner lessons hump, to students preparing to enter college and hobbyists or professionals trying to sharpen their skills. I am proud of the work that I have done and love to share my knowledge and experience with others!
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Brian November 30, 2016
· Pro Tools Software · In home
Lucas has always shown patience and a great attitude when it comes to teaching. he makes learning fun and even the more complicated ideas and lessons are engaging and free of frustration. highly recommended
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Alexis November 30, 2016
· Ukulele · In studio
Lucas is an awesome teacher! He taught me ukulele and my son guitar. He is a pro and really cares.
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Lucas M.

Altadena, CA 91001
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$35 / 30-min

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Subdivision: The Easy Trick for Reading Rhythms Right

Subdivision: The Easy Trick for Reading Rhythms Right

As you're learning to read music, you'll come across complex rhythms at some point. Here, Saint Augustine, FL music teacher Heather L. offers some helpful tips to help you get through the tricky parts...   Have you ever found yourself sitting in a big concert hall, or in your room, listening to a soloist play a practically perfect rhythm? Almost all of us have, and almost all of us have asked ourselves, "How do they do that?" Their secret is subdivision. You might be just begin … Read More

Subdivision: The Easy Trick for Reading Rhythms Right
As you're learning to read music, you'll come across complex rhythms at some point. Here, Saint Augustine, FL music teacher Heather L. offers some helpful tips to help you get through the tricky parts...   Have you ever found yourself sitting in a big concert hall, or in your room, listening to a soloist play a practically perfect rhythm? Almost all of us have, and almost all of us have asked ourselves, "How do they do that?" Their secret is subdivision. You might be just begin
All in Order: Tricks for Identifying Key Signatures
What are the "keys" to identifying different key signatures? Read on for some great tips from Tucson, AZ teacher Lourdes C... In reading music, there are a few things that give musicians the biggest headaches. One major migraine-maker is determining keys from the key signature and then remembering the order of sharps and flats. This chart gives musicians a quick way to help with identifying key signatures. Key Signatures at a Glance Major sharps: the name of the key can be fou
4 Painless Steps to Help You Learn Music Theory
Sure, music theory is complex -- but there's no need to fear it! Here, Jamaica Plain, MA teacher Noaa R. shares four steps to get you started...   Many students tend to avoid studying music theory and harmony. This can stem from a fear of compromising one’s creativity with rules and numbers, a failure to connect concepts with application, or from feeling overwhelmed by the perceived volume of material to be learned. However, when you approach theory as an exploratory process that help
6 Fun and Unique Ways to Learn Music Theory
Staring at the Circle of Fifths and memorizing key signatures isn't the only way to learn music theory! Here, Brooklyn, NY teacher Liz T. shares some creative ideas to revive your learning...   Music theory is a very important part of your musicianship, whether it be mastering ear training, harmony, or sight reading. No matter what instrument you play or what styles you enjoy, those who learn music theory grow further as musicians. A solid knowledge can help you improve your perform
How to Prepare for Sight Reading at an Audition | 3 Helpful Tips
Nervous about the sight reading portion of an upcoming audition? Find out how to work sight reading practice into your routine in this guest post by Saddle Brook, NJ teacher Christian D...   “Be prepared to sight read.” That dreaded requirement on all auditions that makes us all nervous. But the fact is, you shouldn’t be! Sight reading is a learned skill, just like everything else in music. Think of it as sight reading a passage from a book in front of an audience. With so many

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