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About Paul V.

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Lake Arrowhead, CA
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About Paul
First off, my hope for you is that for whatever reason you're on this site looking for a drum teacher is something I can help you fulfill, whether you would like to play in a band, learn better technique to help you play what you want to (but maybe aren't able to yet), record your drums, create beats, learn to read music, or understand and play different styles of music.

With over 20 years of teaching experience, I will help you reach your musical goals, now matter how big or small. We'll work together on uncovering your talents and use them to your advantage while improving on areas that might be holding you back - all while having fun, because let's face it, playing music, and especially the drums, is fun!

About Paul:

Paul V., originally from St. Louis , Missouri, studied drums for several years before becoming interested in cl
assical percussion and piano in college, eventually becoming Principal Timpanist for the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra and also Guest Artist with the nationally acclaimed St. Louis Brass Band. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2002, Paul has played/recorded with WAL (formerly the Jacob and Matthew Band), Jane Lui, Danielle Rose, Warren Charles, Scott Detweiler, Hunter Parrish (from Showtime'€™s Weeds and Godspell on Broadway), Brendan James, Billy Mitchell, Bill Purdy, Don Kirkpatrick (Rod Stewart, Joe Cocker), Jeff Littleton (Herbie Hancock, Stanley Turrentine), John Thomas (Bruce Hornsby), Pete Anderson (Roy Orbison, Dwight Yoakam), and has opened for acts including The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Wailing Souls, Clint Black, Junior Brown, Rodney Crowell, and has also played for members of the Library of Congress. He has performed at numerous venues ranging from Lucas Oil Stadium, the Verizon Center (Washington, DC), and Cowboy Stadium to the Cerritos Performing Arts Center, Hotel Café, the Roxy, and many others. Paul is an active educator and has taught at the Los Angeles College of Music and Music Performance Academy and has also studied with Steve Ferrone, Peter Erskine, Joe Porcaro, and Ralph Humphrey.

*** Studio Equipment ***

Yamaha DTX electronic drums in personal home studio and Pro Tools for recording lesson progress.
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Ara D. May 10, 2015
· Drum · In studio
Paul does a great job of balancing the theoretical and applied. He focuses on developing strong fundamentals and good habits but also delves into songs that apply new skills learned along the way at the appropriate pace. As a beginner, Paul has helped me get off to a good start where I'm learning a lot but also having a lot of fun.

A big plus is that he's got a real down-to-earth personality that makes the lessons even more enjoyable and really interesting to talk to about all things drums and otherwise.
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cindi G. November 9, 2014
· Drum · In home
My son has taken lessons with Paul for over 5 years. Not only is Paul an accomplished musician, he's a great teacher. His teaching style is positive and supportive. He has modified my son's lessons through the years, as his goals and needs have changed. Paul has always been professional, reliable and enthusiastic. He genuinely seems to enjoy what he does, and as a bonus, Paul is also a really nice guy, who has had a positive influence on my teenage son's life.
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Alex D. September 18, 2014
· Drum · In home
Paul is an awesome teacher! He is super positive, friendly, joyful, and professional. He was always on time and always adequately prepared for the lesson. He is not only a fantastic musician, but also very supportive in helping you accomplish whatever your goals are as he cares about you as a person. I highly recommend Paul!
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About Lucas W.

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San Diego, CA
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About Lucas
Hi, my name is Lucas, and I'm excited to be a part of the Take Lessons team.

I've been teaching Music and Meditation since 2004, and have developed tools and techniques that make learning easy and fun.

Whether you are a complete beginner or seasoned pro, I am here to help you reach new levels in your practice, and to assist you in growing to your full potential.

I graduated from Musician's Institute of Hollywood CA, and earned a degree in Percussion in 2007. I'm an experienced and drive person and my teaching style is adaptable and effective.

I studied Meditation and Nutrition at the Optimum Health Institute San Diego, am Krya Yoga Certified, and Have taught workshops and events privately as well as for groups.

I am the #1 Best Selling author "Drum and Grow Rich", and "Lucid Meditation - Your Guide To Gaining Freedom, Foc
us, & Fulfillment". I wrote, played and produced a full length musical meditation album in the style of EDM, and am happy to help you create your own album too!

You will get huge take always from every lesson, because I really figure out what will help you progress the fastest towards your goals. I look forward to connecting, and helping guide you on your journey!
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Patrick February 5, 2016
· Drum · Online
Hi Meagan!
This is a great lesson with tips for reading charts. Congratulations!
I've been performing for over fifty years (wow!) and I learned something from you today. Great job.
Thank you!
Keep playing!
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Lucas W.

Lucas W.

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About Liam M.

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Woodside, NY
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Liam is a certified Tai Chi instructor by Master Jesse Tsao (12th Generation Chen style lineage) of Tai Chi HealthWays, San Diego CA. Liam is a certified Qi Gong instructor by Master Tina Zhang of Wu Tang Physical Culture Association. He is also a certified Yoga instructor and author of the book Qigong for Beginners: Three Full Workouts for Strength and Balance, New York: Create Space, 2017.
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Bernie L. November 16, 2017
· Tai Chi Chuan · Online
Liam is very good
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rick August 30, 2016
· Tai Chi Chuan · Online
Did an excellent job explaining the movements. Made sure not to exceed the student's capabilities.
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Michelle April 15, 2016
· Tai Chi Chuan · In studio
I have been taking Liam's Tai Chi/ Qi Gong class for nearly two years now. He is a dynamic teacher that is sensitive to different types of learning paces and styles (both eastern and western) and employs both in his classes. His explanations are simple and he always relates the movement back to its origin as a martial arts defense/offensive move which helps one establish the intention behind the movement. I have learned yang short form and chen style short form from him. I would highly recommend that you take his class if you are interested in beginning or continuing a tai chi practice. Through my practice I have found a healthy way to manage stress and anxiety.
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About Howard R.

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West Hills, CA
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About Howard
I enjoy working with complete beginners as well as seasoned professionals. I teach classical and popular styles. I specialize in teaching learning how to learn, sight-reading, technique, improvisation, chord-reading, songwriting. One of my specialties is to help you break through your most stubborn blocks. These might be the strangest things that you think no one would ever understand -- fear of playing in public, feeling like your left hand is uncoordinated, practice procrastination, pain when playing, pain when reading notation, memory issues, musical dyslexia... ANYTHING. I can help you and I will never make you feel embarrassed.

*** All Levels, All Styles ***
-Classical
-Pop
-Country
-Gospel
-Blues
-R&B
-Rock
-Reggae
-Hip Hop
-Worship
-Church
-Hymns
-Techno
-50s
-Jazz
-New Age
-Folk
-Broadway
-Pop Ballad
-etc.

*** In Studio or Online ***
Of course it is more enjoyable if you can have lessons in person. But with modern technology, live online lessons come in a close second. I've been teaching for 40 years and I've been doing online lessons for about 7 years. I'm located in West Hills, which is a suburb of Los Angeles. If you are not local, using skype with a webcam works out surprisingly well. I have students in Sydney, London, Hong Kong and many cities throughout the US.

*** Use a Piano or a Keyboard for Practicing ***
I am not fussy if you use a keyboard but it needs to be a "weighted action" keyboard, so that it feels similar to a real piano. Ideally, you should also have a pedal and a stand if you are using an electronic keyboard.

*** Unconventional Approach ***
Each student is taught with a customized approach. You get to tell me what areas you want to focus on. Sometimes there may be a block or something that is a weakness that you need to bolster. Sometimes it is a narrow niche within music that you want to give your attention to. One way that I'm unconventional is that I actually have found that it is NOT better if you practice every day. I recommend that you build in about three days of rest per week. Just like people who work out at the gym learn that the off days are when the muscles regenerate, the same is true for your brain. This allows your subconscious mind to do its job and your progress will actually be faster, not slower. Another example of my unique approach is how I treat beginners. Even though you may not yet read music very well or at all, it doesn't mean that you can't start working concurrently on a more advanced piece. This is because READING notation is a comparatively slow process, but why should we restrict your ability to play something that you love to your rate of reading music? Usually, our FINGER TECHNIQUE develops much faster than our READING so I'm happy to guide you on one or two more difficult pieces and help spoon-feed it to you, bit by bit, "by rote."

*** Areas of Focus ***
-Finger Technique. How to play fast with ultimate control.
-Sight-Reading How to Read Music at Sight
-Rhythm Training
-Music Theory
-Interpretation
-Injury-Retraining
-Relaxation, Removing Unnecessary Tension
-Pain-Reduction
-Practice-Optimization - How to learn more in less time. -How to memorize music.
-Biomechanical Efficiency - Maximum power with minimum effort.
-Time-Management
-Improvisation and creativity development techniques
-Composition & Songwriting.
-How to create melodies for your poems and lyrics.
-How to put chords on your melodies.
-How to create “song sheets,” lead sheets and how to write music down on paper.
-How to notate your song so others can play it, without knowing how to read music!
-Chord-Reading and How to Play Lead Sheets & Fake Book
-Musical Styles and Piano Arrangements (Pop, Country, Gospel, Blues, R&B, Rock, Reggae, Hip Hop, Worship, Church, Hymns, Techno, 50s, Jazz, New Age, Folk, Broadway, Pop Ballade, etc.)
-Ear-Training (How to Play by Ear, Playing by Ear)
-Singers’ Tools
-Pitch Control Training
-Self-Accompanying
-How to Sing Harmony
-Sight-Singing (How to Hear the Notes in Your Mind)
-Self-Accompanying techniques in every style - Learn how to accompany yourself or learn how to accompany singers. (see “Musical Styles” above.)
-Audition Preparation - I will record the melody of the song for you so you can learn it.
-How to put melody to lyrics
-College Preparation
-Performance Anxiety, Stage Fright, Fear
-Releasing Emotional Obstacles to Playing Emotional Blocks, Healing Piano Trauma and Previous Performance Disasters, Piano Therapy
-Learning Disabilities including ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, Dyscalculea, Sensory Integration Disorder
-Motiviation Issues - Solving your procrastination and avoidance of your musical growth issues.
-How to Look Like You’ve Played Piano for Years (for Actors, Singers and Celebrities Who Have A Role Deadline and Need a Crash Course.)

*** Celebrity Piano Teacher ***
Over the years, I've taught many pro musicians and celebrities. These include: Vonda Shepard, David E. Kelley, Dick Gautier, Michelle Pfeiffer, Pray Harper, Peter Horton, Michael Goodrich, Brianna Haynes, Starr Parodi, Briana Evigan, Stuart Ross, Roger Burnley, Chris Hardin, Stu Simone and Ben Bram.

*** Howard's Teachers Go Back To Beethoven ***
I feel grateful that my own training included top teachers of both the “German School” and “Russian School” of piano technique. Generally, the German School teaches how to play with close-to-the-key hand placement preparation and fingering efficiency, and is known for great speed and accuracy. The Russian School teaches how to play with gravity and relaxation and is known for beautiful tone production. Each approach has its strengths and weaknesses. In my own playing and teaching, I have incorporated the good aspects of each and have discarded the bad. The result is a blueprint for biomechanical efficiency and beautiful sound, making it the best of both worlds. Please see the photo of the "piano lineage chart."
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Oz B. May 16, 2016
· Piano · In home
Howard is very caring and detailed oriented. He really knows how to inspire and encourage children to learn piano. He makes it challenging and fun!
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Edward April 12, 2016
· Piano · Online
Howard's approach is patient while at the same time he actually leads my son forward - not just listening to what he practiced that week. Howard does not make the weekly lesson a "test" but rather a session to work together and my son enjoys the lessons instead of worrying if he prepared enough.

We moved from Los Angeles so we chose to transition from lessons in Howard's house to weekly lessons online - it continues to work beautifully.

Howard can accommodate any style of student - I know because I took lessons from Howard myself until my work built up too much to continue.

I recommend Howard without any reservation.
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Rusty Tinder October 12, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Folks, I'm excited to write this review for a true master in piano pedagogy and so many other skills! Howard is worthy of the title! In all my years that I have taken lessons from teacher at universities and privately, I've never come across someone with the genius and in-depth philosophy that Howard has. You may think this may be some fluff to help a guy out but my words will still not be enough to quantify the abilities of this man! I went from having severe arthritis in my wrists from playing with terrible technique to never having problems again and experiencing a huge leap in my playing abilities!

If you want to experience a paradigm shift in your playing, get ready to open yourself to a new way of thinking and playing that will lift you up! If your attitude to learn matches Howard's abilities to teach you will not believe the progress you will make. Its true what they say, when you are ready the master will come! I hope you are ready because Howard is the real deal!!!

Enjoy your paradigm shift!!!
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About Victoria L.

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Menlo Park, CA
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Hello, my name is Victoria!

I am a ballet teacher for professional ballet dancer. I teached many students and they entered many famous Ballet school and dance company in Europe. I have three ballet school in South Korea.

I wanna make new branch studio here. Before start my new studio I wanna teach many Potential student. If you want to go to the best ballet school or ballet company. Or Adult ballet lesson( l love it.) Please let me know. Let's start with me.
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Victoria L.

Victoria L.

Menlo Park, CA 94025
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About Anna B.

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Albuquerque, NM
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Aloha!
I am Anna. I am here to offer ASL (Sign Language) and ESL lessons!
A little about me on the ASL side. I have grown up using ASL and loved it so much I took it in high school and then in college to earn my Deaf Studies Degree! ASL is a beautiful language and the culture is so unique. As a teacher I love to teach both to help you succeed in the Deaf community and use your skills!
On the ESL side, English is my first language and I would love to help share it with you!
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Britni December 28, 2017
· American Sign Language · In studio
Anna was an amazing teacher! She was extremely kind and patient. When I struggled with some signs she took the extra time to make sure I got it.
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Noel December 28, 2017
· American Sign Language · Online
Anna is super helpful, kind and hard working I couldn’t ask for a better person to teach me asl !
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Emily December 28, 2017
· Sign Language · Online
I have worked with Anna in person and online! She is such a fun spirit and makes learning a second language so much fun! I would recommend her to anyone wanting to learn or in my Caden practice they ASL skills!
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About Kitha L.

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Bowling Green, KY
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About Kitha
My purpose is to help you be a better you. Have a goal big or small I can help you along the way so that you can celebrate your achievements. Having trouble and need a boost of confidence I can help you love the person that you see in the mirror everyday. Lets journey together .

All sessions will either be done online, at the home of the client or in a public location
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Kitha L.

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About Angelica L.

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Chicago, IL

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I have always believed that the earth provides us with what we need at the right time. After building my own practice in Chicago I decided to complete my 200 Hour teacher training at Core Power Yoga. Yoga teaches me how to breathe through the difficult times, how to listen to my body, yoga reminds me to surrender, forgive, and encourages me to accept change. Yoga transformed my life and constantly reminds me to be kind to myself, but most importantly to be bold and brave. Yoga is the reason Curvy Chick Yoga is no longer a dream, but a reality.
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Ryan February 17, 2018
· Yoga · In home
Wow!! It was my first time doing yoga (my fiancee made me do it, LOL). I really enjoyed this class with Angelica. She made me feel very comfortable. She was supportive and helped me get into positions when I struggled. I would definitely take another class with her.
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Candace February 17, 2018
· Yoga · In home
She is patient and attentive to your needs. She is flexible and will modify moves if needed. I am a plus size woman and I had never done yoga before. I wanted something that could help me continue healing after a severe back injury and Angelica at CurvyChick Yoga designed a workout that was sensitive to my needs and still challenged me. I will definitely be a repeat client.
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Jerrell February 10, 2018
· Yoga · In studio
I really enjoyed my session with Angelica! She reminds you to be kind to yourself at the perfect moments. I love the way she cues to the body and support with hands on assistance. I'm definitely one of her followers and I'm excited to see what she has in store for the spring and summer!
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About Makiko N.

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Los Gatos, CA
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Hi, my name is Makiko. I've been teaching private and semi private lessons since 2015 and have loved helping my students. I completed Yoga Alliance teacher training 200hr certification in Tokyo in 2015 and Yin yoga immersion in CA in 2018. My passion for yoga is toward integrating ancient yoga wisdom into daily life. I love to share my love of yoga with youths and adults and in international settings. Instruction is available both in English and Japanese. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Los Gatos, CA 95032
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