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Learn the basics of chord progressions and melody to create your own original music.

About Richard
I have studied, performed and taught music for over 30 years. Accordion was my first instrument at age 7 which was a great introduction to the keyboard, melody and harmony. That was followed by guitar and other stringed instruments (Banjo, Ukulele) as well as drums. I studied with great teachers in the past as well as at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. I have also performed at the Cape Cod Jazz Festival, The Bakersfield Jazz Festival and numerous club dates and private functions throughout New York, New England and California.

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Students will experience an "original" lesson based on how they learn. Some students benefit most from a visual standpoint reading music or tab while others learn best by an auditory or hearing approach. We will explore what works best for you. Whether its blues, rock jazz o
r other styles, we will find the best avenue to progress toward your goals. At the same time I believe it should always be a fun thing to do!

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Guitars - Drums - Banjo - Amplifiers - Piano - Accordion - Ukes and other assorted instruments

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Depending on student interest, I teach numerous styles (Rock, Blues Jazz improvisation) by reading music or by ear. Some students are more visual while others are auditory learners. Whichever is best for the student.
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Russell M. November 23, 2018
· Flamenco Guitar · In studio
Great first lesson!! Lots to learn.. Rich is very patient and knowledgeable. Looking forward to our next lesson.
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Mike O. November 20, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Just two lessons down, with 8 to go. Richard makes learning fun. His approach to teaching makes learning notes and chords easy. I can't wait until the next class.
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Jade X. July 18, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Excellent first lesson!
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Richard C.

Irvine, CA 92612
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Tarzana, CA
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learning how to write down those tunes and songs that you have in your head! If student has some basic music theory knowledge, it is helpful.

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student should have piano or keyboard instrument. I can provide or obtain instruction materials as needed depending on student.

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all styles and levels of music including classical, pop, rock, very elementary jazz, fusion etc.
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Brandon B. November 1, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Neil is a great piano teacher. I took many years of lessons growing up and then stopped playing the piano for 10 years. I picked it up a year ago learning new pieces and hit a "wall" where I wasn't able to improve myself, so I wanted to find a teacher that could help. Neil has been great - proactively pointing out areas where I tense up or could use a different fingering, suggesting helpful sight reading pieces, and even helping me find a better keyboard for my own practice at home. He has a lot of experience and good advice.
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Bill June 4, 2016
· Classical Piano · In home
I have the highest praise for Neil. I am an adult, and I studied for nine years as a child and started studying again about ten years ago and have studied with several teachers during that time. I work on some difficult pieces, and Neil can always explain to me how to play the passages I am having trouble with and make it seem easy. Also, he can demonstrate for me how something should be played because he is such an excellent pianist. I am so happy I found Neil, and highly recommend him.
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Dr. Neil G.

Tarzana, CA 91356
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About Carl B.

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Seal Beach, CA

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I've been studying and teaching songwriting for 7 years, and my students and I get excited when we develop a melody or lyric that rolls around in our head for days. The most important elements of a successful song are melody and lyric hooks that are remembered the very first time they are heard by an audience.. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to explore your song ideas, and as time goes on you'll be able to create your own original songs. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels, and I can't wait to meet you!

About Carl
I am very high level, but I also love working with beginners.
I have studied all the major singing teachers of the last 250 years, and my book, "Sing Batter Fast", includes everything I have learned from them, plus my own singing and teaching experience.

During your first lesson I will do a computer analysis of your voice. I find out what your goals are in singing, what your favorite kinds of music are, and I take you in the direction you want to go and show you how to get there in the shortest possible time.

Think you're the only one who feels that terrifying nervousness? Most everyone does, including the biggest stars. The four books I've written on singing are entitled, "SING BETTER FAST", complete vocal technique in brief, "HOW TO CONQUER NERVOUSNESS FOR SINGERS" in which I'll teach you to not only handle, but direct extrem
e nervousness into your singing, making your performance soar. I've also written, "HOW TO GET STANDING OVATIONS FOR SINGERS" to teach you to drive your audience to their feet for a standing ovation, and "ADVANCED SINGING", all available on Amazon.

I always record my students so that they know how they sound to others. I can make a CD of them singing to background music if they wish, included in the cost of the lessons for no additional charge.

Learn to sing beautifully, and most important, emotionally. Learn the parts of your vocal instrument, How each works, How they work together. Develop Breath support (80% of singing). Learn "The Singer's Formant", that "ringing" sound of professionals. Learn learn about Resonance, Overtones, Vibrato, How to sing high notes, Learn the "singing vowels", and more.

I would rather teach singing than eat chocolate, and if you knew how much I like chocolate, you'd know my passion for teaching singing. I've been studying voice since third grade, and singing and teaching singing for eighteen years.

I've had nine singing teachers myself, so I know just how you feel. I get you comfortable, and I listen closely to what you want to do and where you want to go with your singing voice.

My students learn all the important aspects of singing right away, rather than drawing them out over time.

I teach beginner, intermediate, advanced, and professional students of all ages.

I teach all styles of singing, including pop, blues, gospel, classical voice, rock, jazz, scat singing, belting, country and western, and rap.

I teach singing in English, Italian, Spanish, and German.

My Bachelor's and Master's Degrees are from California State University Dominguez Hills.

Put your singing voice in my hands. You'll love what happens.

*** Lesson Details ***
My introductory class includes a computer analysis of your singing voice, then describes the main parts of your vocal instrument, how each works, and how they work together. It teaches you what a song is, and how to sing a song well right away.

During the first lesson I record every student and play it back, both for computer analysis, and also so the student can hear how they sound to others. Remember the first time you heard yourself in a recording and said, "That's not me!" I'll explain that to you, and why it's so important to record yourself and listen to your recordings.

Your lessons are designed toward YOUR goals and desires in singing, and include specific guides for your between lessons practice sessions.

I also teach how to sing karaoke and impress an audience. I've been studying audience psychology for more than 15 years, and MY ENTIRE ORIENTATION IN SINGING IS TO, "DRIVE YOUR AUDIENCE TO THEIR FEET FOR A STANDING OVATION!"

I record CD's with custom labels for students, with their picture, included in the price of the lessons. You can have a CD of yourself singing for you to to play, to give to your family and friends, or perhaps to sell.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons are in my home studio, with recording equipment which we use to record you in lessons and on CD's, high quality studio monitor speakers that let you sound exactly the way you sound to others, high quality recording microphones, computer, control panel, keyboard, and music stands.

*** Travel Equipment ***
When I come to your location for lessons I bring portable equipment to do a computer analysis of the student's voice, and to record and play back my student's progress for analysis and discussion.

*** Specialties ***
I teach singing in English, Italian, Spanish, & German, in all styles, including Pop, Blues, Gospel, Classical, Rock, Jazz, Scat Singing, Belting, Country and Western, and Rap.
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Anne M. December 22, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Carl took the time to get to know me, and began to feel so comfortable with him. It was perhaps the best experience I have ever had with a teacher for singing. I received great information and techniques.
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Paul M. September 6, 2018
· Singing ·
Unbelievable. I realized how little I knew. I think you should just send everyone to him.
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Toby S. April 26, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Carl helped prepare my son for an upcoming audition and it made a big difference in his ability and confidence in just one lesson!
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Carl B.

Seal Beach, CA 90740
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About Tanisha H.

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Song form, lyric construction, melody formation, writing lyric and melody to a track vs 100% songwriting including music (chord) construction.

About Tanisha
Tanisha is a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music's Vocal and Music Business programs. Since arriving to Los Angeles, Tanisha has built a solid career providing artist development services to professional entertainers, recording artists and actors. Her services include vocal coaching, piano lessons, music theory, songwriting, performance development, media and stage training. Tanisha is also an accomplished songwriter. She is a regular co-writer with platinum selling recording artist Shanice Wilson of "Flex and Shanice" on OWN. Tanisha also works closely with casting and producers of the major network talent competitions The Voice, America's Got Talent and American Idol. Additionally, many of our clients can been seen and heard

In addition to teaching music, Tanisha has enjoyed a successful career in the entertainment
industry working with top tier performers such as Chaka Khan, The Black Eyed Peas, Montell Jordan and Babyface to name a few. Accompanying her is a staff of accomplished performers and teachers who have credits throughout the entertainment industry. At the WHAA, her performing arts academy, she offers a conservatory-level curriculum focusing on the fundamental skills of technique, composition, artistry and performance in music, dance, drama and visual arts.

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I am a very fun loving person and believe in creating a positive environment where students feel comfortable to be themselves. At the same time I am a stickler for details and do not allow laziness. I believe a balance of fun with excellence has allowed my students to excel far beyond their own expectations. Good results takes HARD WORK! Please do not come to lessons with the expectation to sing like Beyoncé or play piano at Carnegie Hall after 4 lessons. Mastering your voice and instrument takes equal parts of time, hard work, dedication and patience.

My teaching style is individually based.
For vocal clients, I asses their strengths and weaknesses and develop a plan to build up their weak areas while helping them find "their own voice". I focus on breathing, intonation and control which I believe are the foundation of great singing ability. I use a classical Italian based program along with pop, R&B, jazz, and rock. I have vocal coached in many languages including Spanish, Japanese and Chinese.

For piano clients I focus on strength, dexterity and precision in fingering. I also help students learn to feel the music and bring their personality and touch to each piece they are performing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Tanisha currently teaches at her performing arts academy the White H Arts Academy. There are private instruction rooms and a lobby waiting area for parents and guests. Parents may also sit in the lesson room if desired. Private lesson rooms include a piano, speakers, and a music stand.

The White H Arts Academy also has two state of the art mirrored dance rooms with sound systems and wireless microphones for practicing stage performances or rehearsing for a big show.

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Vocals: beg to adv
Piano: beg to inter

Vocal genres are classical (opera), pop, R&B, gospel, rock, jazz, blues and musical theater. I studied voice at Berklee College of Music. Have also studied Seth Riggs SLS (Speech Level Singing) method independently, however, I am not certified. I also teach in languages other than English including Spanish, Japanese and Chinese.

Piano instruction levels I teach are basic to intermediary focusing on classical, and general accompaniment abilities.
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Sarah Enstad February 18, 2019
· Singing · In studio
She’s the best! She is very good at picking up on what you’re strong at, and helping with what you need to continue to work on! Love her!!
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Mamie February 1, 2019
· Piano · Online
She is a great teacher!
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Na'Talyah C. January 26, 2019
· Piano · Online
Tanisha was positive and encouraging. My grand-daughter was pleased with the sessions.
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Tanisha H.

Los Angeles, CA 90047
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About Benjamin S.

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Basic songwriting techniques. Students will develop a strong sense of form, melody, harmony, bass line development, and rhythm. Introduction to lyric considerations.

About Benjamin
Ben S. graduated from California Institute of the Arts with a BFA in Music and an emphasis in composition/songwriting. He is an active musician in Los Angeles as a composer doing music scoring for Film and Television as well as the lead guitarist/songwriter/vocalist for the band “Golden Days”. He is a dynamic musical artist with emphasis in guitar, piano, harmonica, mandolin, music theory, songwriting, and recording.

He has 5 years of teaching experience in private lessons and has worked as a T.A under great teachers such as Susie Allen(Director of Cal Arts MAP program) and Mark Lowenstein(Conductor/Composer/Skills teacher of Cal Arts).
He likes to integrate music theory and songwriting into his lessons with students and encourages the student to develop their own musical voice.

With Ben as your teacher, you will learn Music Theory
, Aural Skills, Note Reading, and Rhythm. He will develop creative lesson plans that are fun while catering to the students musical goals.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room: chairs, music stands, 1 guitar for teacher, amp, no piano lessons at this studio location. Additional seating for parents available.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect my students to have their own instrument. I will take care of the rest.

*** Specialties ***
I come from a folk/rock and blues background with a bit of classical experience. I am more familiar and comfortable teaching in these styles.
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Joe G. July 14, 2014
· Harmonica · In home
Ben is great, knows his stuff, great communicator, finds what I need, gets me going on it. I am feeling much more comfortable with my music after a few lessons with Ben. And I now feel I can go much further.
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Benjamin S.

Los Angeles, CA 90026
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About Mauricio O.

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I'm a experienced studio musician and performer/songwriter looking to share my experience with anyone motivated to learn.

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Guitar instructor, producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with more of 10 years of experience in variety of musical genres. Completed studies at Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, CA. With record of success in teaching private guitar lessons as well some group lessons, composition, performance and recording. Creative and artistic with excellent and friendly communication skills. Also knowledgeable in digital audio production. Instruments taught include acoustic & electric guitar, nylon spanish guitar as well bass guitar and piano. I have taught students from the age of five to over sixty. Styles taught include rock, blues, jazz, pop rock, latin, metal, funk, and classical. Effective and friendly communicator with well-developed instructional and presentation skills. Able to relate a student of all types with various goals and cre
ate long term constructive relationships. Worked as a Music coach with kids in the spectrum (Asperger Syndrome).
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Jack May 4, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
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Maria May 1, 2017
· Piano · In studio
We purchased a 12-lesson package for my daughter as a Christmas Gift. My daughter is 14 years old, and after completing these lessons her love for music has grown. She had only taken a beginner's level course in piano and guitar prior to working with Mauricio. My daughter looked forward to every lesson, and would come home to keep practicing and improving her skills. We plan to work with Mauricio again in the near future and would highly recommend him!
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Maria February 4, 2017
· Piano · In studio
3rd lesson so far, and my daughter has learned so much!! She enjoys her classes with Mauricio and looks forward to each class. Mauricio has a small home studio with various musical instruments. His experience and skill in teaching music is quite apparent and much appreciated!
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Mauricio O.

Gardena, CA 90249
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About Eric C.

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For about five years now, I have been actually completing playable music. The past couple years, my school's jazz combo has even taken a couple of my songs to compete with at different jazz festivals. I have studied under the fantastic composer, guitarist, and teacher, Tom Hynes the past couple years. Prior to my studies, I was self taught, as a way of expanding my improvisation. I write primarily for Chamber ensembles, Jazz small ensembles, and even some pop music.

I use Handwritten, Finale and Logic pro for notation, so whichever is most convenient, I'll use. In lessons, I will ask students to bring in material they have written each week, which we will review together. I'll add some suggestions, but will not change the integrity of the music, just refine it. We shall look at composing in different styles, as well as expanding upon the styles in which the student is most interesting in pursuing.

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, Hotel Café, The Study, Avalon, The Mint, the Baked Potato, and more.

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 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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Jeff P. November 15, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
Eric shows concern for helping you work on where you want to go in my music journey
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Zac M. September 26, 2018
· Clarinet · In home
Eric is an excellent teacher. He is very knowledgeable and very thorough when he is teaching his students. He is very talented and player numerous instruments. I would recommend him to anyone for lessons.
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Sandi September 17, 2018
· Clarinet · In studio
Eric is an excellent teacher. I signed up for classes to help my grandson improve his skills. I would recommend Eric to anyone needing lessons.
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Upland, CA 91786
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I am a professional recording artist/singer-songwriter. I have received honors such as 2016 GRAMMY Amplifier Finalist and 2014 International Songwriting Competition Semifinalist.

In our first lesson, we will begin with where you are in your songwriting and what instruction you are looking for, so that I know how to best help and equip you. Throughout, we will do exercises to work on song structure, harmony, melody, rhythm and lyric writing, all to hone, shape and sharpen in on your individual voice.

As we progress, we can also get into music production and recording demos of your songs!

About Emilie
Hello! I'm Mesmi, owner of VATOCA Studios, a boutique multimedia house that provides music/audio services, visual work and individual artist consultation. Specialties include all types of writing (songwriting, branding, etc.), vocal production and independent music strategy.

As a professional musician, artist and voice over actress, I have won awards, performed my original music at venues & festivals and booked national TV commercials. I have 12+ years background in classical piano, 6+ years as a gigging musician in Los Angeles and 4+ years in recording & production. I also have years of practice in a number of visual mediums, from oil painting to Adobe Photoshop to the newest mobile apps.

With ample experience in both the creative and business sides of being an artist, one of my great joys is equipping others using all that I hav
e learned, and I believe in taking a specialized individual approach for each person and project.

Whether you need help with crafting your work, navigating social media or learning an instrument, I'm here to help you figure out the best of what will benefit you.

I love all the ways there are to communicate -- through language, sound and visuals -- and am so blessed to share the gift of these arts with others!
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Emilie C.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
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$50 / 30-min

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I have been songwriting for many years, and continued to study the art of songwriting formally in college. My understanding of music theory enables me to share with others the primary methods many famous songwriters use to construct their songs. We will analyze that process together, and use those tools to help you write your very own songs!

About Brayden
I began my musical journey at the age of 7, when I received my first drum kit and was enrolled in drum lessons by my parents. Though they themselves were not musicians, they were supportive of my interest and eventual obsession with music from the very beginning, which is something I will always be thankful for.

As you may have guessed, I continued to make music and even went on to learn more instruments, including the guitar, bass, piano, and vocals. I didn't know it at the time, but learning all these instruments and understanding how they interact with one another in a band setting was ultimately setting me up to become a proficient musical arranger and songwriter.

During my college years, I was frontman for a band called 'The Skariginals,' which was a family-friendly ska band that ended up being the outlet for a lot of my son
gwriting efforts. In 2014, we were lucky enough to make it on the Vans Warped Tour and play for crowds of thousands of people.

In 2016, I graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a B.A. in Music Industry Studies, a program which not only emphasized an understanding of recording technology and the music business, but also focused highly on promoting musicianship and music theory comprehension.

Following graduation, I have continued to work in live audio, namely as Audio Visual Coordinator of Associated Students Inc. at Cal Poly Pomona. In this position, I supervise a team of 6 student audio visual technicians, which has allowed me to realize my potential as a mentor and educator as I help to develop my student's skills in audio and visual technology.

I am looking forward to prospect of dedicating more of my time toward helping others begin or continue their own musical journeys. I can proficiently teach drums, guitar, and bass (though we may use the piano to discuss music theory).
I have all the necessary gear to teach these instruments in my home, so in some cases you may not even need to bring anything to your lesson! I am also open to commuting to your own home if this is more comfortable for you or your child.

Thank you so much for taking the time to look at my profile, and I hope you will consider taking your next drum, guitar, or bass lesson with me!
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Dani July 12, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Brayden is such a great instructor. I took drum lessons with him and he was very patience in teaching me how to use my limbs independently. He is a very passionate individual which aids in inspiring another to learn.
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Pomona, CA 91766
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Writing is all about telling a story, making people feel something once they hear those lyrics and melody. Music is all about being able to make people believe what you are saying, what you are singing. This class will teach you different techniques for writing lyrics and melodies. Let's see your song as a rollercoaster, goes up and down and once it's done, you wanna go back at it again, you wanna listen to it again.

About Ariadni
Ariadni Kidonis is a singer songwriter, producer and certified Audio Engineer who currently counts with over 70,000 followers on her fan page and over 40K followers on her IG.

In 2015, she moved to Los Angeles, CA and enrolled in Musicians Institute (Hollywood, CA) where she studied Vocal Performance and Audio Engineering. She's worked with Sebastian Krys (18 times Grammy Winner) Andres Torres (Latin Grammy Winner), Francci Richards (Grammy Nominated Songwriter), Brad Marrapodi (Sony BMG).
She has also worked on a full record for Sony BMG, producing, singing and writing with Alexei Misoul (BMI Award winner) at Sunset Sound Studios.

In 2018, she graduated in Audio Engineering at Musicians Institute. She is currently located in Los Angeles, California teaching, writing, producing and engineering for various artists.
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David February 12, 2019
· Vocal Training · In studio
I’m a musician and producer and I needed to improve my singing skills for writing and doing backgrounds and Ariadni got me where I wanted to get really quick.
Awesome teacher, great at shaping the classes around the student.
I recommend her to anyone who would like to get to the next level!
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Sean December 16, 2018
· Singing · Online
Ariandi is one of the best vocalists I’ve worked with! Very talented and hardworking. Definitely would recommend taking lessons with her 🙌🏻
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Jimena December 15, 2018
· Vocal Training · In home
Ariadni is one of the best instructors I've ever met. She adapts the lessons to the student and explains everything carefully to understand all the techniques. She has a lot of talent. Also, has patience for beginners.
You enjoy your lesson and time flies with everything you practice meanwhile! I recommend her a lot!
You'll see results!
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Ariadni K.

Los Angeles, CA 90028
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Are You Really Ready To Record Your Song Or Book A Vocal Session?
Think you're ready to write your own song and record it? Songwriting can be an arduous process - but seeing the final product is an amazing feeling. Read on for a helpful pre-recording checklist from Perth Amboy, NJ teacher Jeff S...   Whether you're singing your own song or hiring a vocalist to sing on your demo or master, there are many layers of preparation needed to ensure optimum results. Some songwriters like to wing it and hope that things will magically work out because th

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