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About Connie E.

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Lakewood, CA
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I'm passionate about music and have over 20 years experience teaching the violin. I accept students from beginner to advanced levels and will help you achieve your goals whether you are wanting to learn the violin as a hobby, for school or pursue music as a professional career!

About Connie
I love teaching, and enjoy passing on that joy, knowledge, and experience to my students! I tailor lessons according to the student's goals, abilities, and preference in musical styles. Whether you're wanting to learn the violin to be a virtuoso or just as a personal hobby, I believe you should enjoy the learning process!

I am passionate about music and enjoy teaching aspiring students! I am active as a violin teacher, performer, chamber and studio recording musician in the greater Los Angeles area. I hold a Masters of Music Degree in Violin Performance from California State University, Long Beach and have been playing the violin since the age of four. I've enjoyed teaching private lessons for the past 20 years and have experience in teaching group and private lessons to students of all ages, coaching string orchestras and string ensem
bles. I have a broad education in music with knowledge of classical, modern, and world music, as well as advanced training in music theory which I incorporate in private lessons. I have also studied conducting, music analysis, music history, voice, and advanced piano.

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While I specialize in classical music, I help my students discover what genre of music they're passionate about learning, including classical, jazz, pop, and fiddle. Lessons include scales, technique, ear training, sight reading, music theory, solos, duets, music performance and the option to prepare for auditions and orchestras. I tailor the curriculum I use depending on the need of each individual student. Please contact me for up to date lesson availabilities!
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Jeanne February 8, 2018
· Violin · In home
She's very good. Very patient and clear. She'll tailor the lessons to your level of understanding. I'm an older adult learner with no musical knowledge at all and am learning fast thanks to her. I look forward to continuing my lessons.
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Cecy January 7, 2018
· Violin · In home
I’m not a young student, therefore It takes me longer to learn, Connie is a true professional. She uses methods that work for me and so far I’m enjoying it very much. I highly recommend her. Thanks Connie!
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Patricia September 29, 2016
· Violin · In home
Connie was great! Looking forward to continuing lessons.
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Connie E.

Lakewood, CA 90713
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About Sarah H.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Curriculum - I will primarily be using the books in the Suzuki Violin School: Violin Part, Vol. 1 - Vol. 4, A Tune A Day: String Method, and A Tune and Day: Beginning Scales. For theory, I use Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory. For children, expect lots of interactive learning games, fun theory riddles and worksheets!

After students have advanced past basic violin skills, I may bring in supplemental material - pieces from pop culture or Disney tunes that the students are interested in. Theory will be taught in class as it relates to the piece we are working on, and I will supply additional worksheets when necessary.

After students have advanced past the Suzuki Violin School, Violin Part, Volume 10, I may introduce violin concertos by Mendelssohn and Mozart. Because performance is an integral part to the Suzuki method, I encourage my students to perform once a year at our annual recital. Shy students, never fear! I will work with you extensively to make your piece beautiful. ...

About Sarah
I am fluent in Mandarin Chinese and English and can speak some Taiwanese, and enjoy teaching students of all ages. With over 10 years of teaching experience, I am able to tailor the speed, curriculum and style of each lesson to the individual. By default, I will teach music in the Suzuki Violin series, but I am more than happy to arrange or find violin parts for songs you are interested in!

I like to make my classes fun, and I am constantly thinking of new ways to engage young musicians. I help my students fall in love with the music using the Suzuki method - emphasizing constant immersion in music, regular performances, music theory, posture and artistic expression. Learning music is like learning a language; you must immerse yourself in it by listening to it daily and practicing. With younger children, I am very nurturing and adept
at incorporating learning games to make performance fun. Music theory can be boring, so I tie in music theory as it relates to the pieces we are currently learning, and make learning it a game. I have over 10 years of experience teaching kids Pre-K – 6th grade, so I am very patient, nurturing and kind, but strict when I need to be.

My family moved around a lot during my childhood, but music remained the one constant in my life. Playing the violin gives me a lot of joy and I hope to pass on the joy of music to my students!

*** Lesson Details ***
Curriculum - I will primarily be using the books in the. Suzuki Violin School: Violin Part, Vol. 1 - Vol. 4, A Tune A Day: String Method, and A Tune and Day: Beginning Scales. For theory, I use Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory. It is the students responsibility to purchase and bring their music to class. After students have advanced past basic violin skills, I may bring in supplemental material - pieces from pop culture or Disney tunes that students are interested in. Theory will be taught in class as it relates to the piece we are working on, and I will supply additional worksheets when necessary.

After students have advanced past the Suzuki Violin School, Violin Part, Volume 10, I may introduce violin concertos by Mendelssohn and Mozart.

Because performance is an integral part to the Suzuki method, I encourage my students to perform once a year at our annual recital. Shy students, never fear! I will work with you extensively to make your piece beautiful. If any students are not comfortable with performing publicly, they can decide to opt out of the annual recital.

*** Studio Equipment ***
In studio lessons will be held at my home in the living room, with adequate seating for parents. I provide a music stand, and a keyboard and tuner for tuning.

I encourage parents to bring a video or audio recorder to record lessons, so that students may review them during the week. Of course, students should bring their violin, bow, rosin, and assigned pieces to class.

*** Travel Equipment ***
When traveling to your home, I will bring my own violin, bow, rosin, and books. I expect the student to provide music stands, their assigned pieces, and a well lit area for lessons.

I am willing to travel up to a five mile radius from my home studio for an additional fee.

*** Specialties ***
-Violin: Suzuki Method
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Angel O. March 6, 2014
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Excellent Teacher!

Sarah has been a great teacher since the beginning. She is super friendly and patient when it comes to teaching and always makes each lesson fun and exciting whether it's learning proper instrument positioning or learning more advanced techniques. I would definitely recommend Sarah to anyone looking to learn to play violin or trying to improved their violin skills.
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Will T. March 6, 2014
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excellent!

Sarah is a wonderful teacher. She really helped me to understand and respect the art of playing Violin.
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Kyle P. February 14, 2013
· Violin ·
An outstanding teacher for both adults and children

The Short Version: I totally and wholeheartedly recommend Sara for anybody at any age considering studying Violin.

The Long Version: As a beginner adult student and a child care provider, I feel I have a very unique perspective into Sara's teaching style.

Studying under Sara has been absolutely wonderful and has really fueled my progress with the violin. Within five minutes of the first lesson you can tell how excited she is to be teaching you something she is so clearly passionate about. She's positive and patient in her instruction and in learning from her, you get the feeling she wants you to be your best so that one day you could even play alongside her. That, along with her professionalism, sincerity and respect makes her truly valuable as a teacher.

However, as good as she is with adults, I think she's even better with children. I provide private child care for a living (which is just a fancy way of saying I'm a nanny). I work with children ranging from 20 months to 14 years old and I'm very good at my job. In my experience, I've found that you can tell that some people, for some reason, are just good with kids. It requires a certain balance of patience, enthusiasm and authority and it all has to seem easy. Sara possesses these qualities in abundance. The violin can seem like a complicated instrument to a beginner and it can be frustrating (believe me, I know), but Sara has a knack for breaking things down in a way your child will understand and, more importantly, have fun doing it.

So why are you still reading this? Go and sign up already! :)
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Sarah H.

Los Angeles, CA 90066
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$60 / 30-min

About Jill Z.

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Huntington Beach, CA

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Students can start with me as a beginner or as an advanced student looking to learn new practice skills, new technique, skills, and bow strokes. Students work on scales, exercises for tone and coordination, vibrato, solos, sight reading, rhythm, audition music, and orchestral music. They get 2-6 opportunities to perform per year. I can teach a variety of music styles such as jazz, classical, romantic period music, 20th Century music, contemporary music, bluegrass, Celtic, Irish Fiddle, Scottish Fiddle, movie music, and popular music. I recommend many youth orchestras in the area that I encourage my students to join. Some of my students go to Italy in the summer with their orchestra. I can help you work on audition music for All Southern Youth Orchestra and All State Youth Orchestras and other Youth Orchestras. I go at the student's pace and also start out many beginners that have reached Suzuki Book 10 level.

About Jill
Please check Jill's Takelesson's calendar for lesson availability. If you sign up for lessons, they are weekly lessons and you are reserving the same time per week. Weekly time changes are not possible at this time, so please select a Recurring Plan and lesson time when you sign up and no Schedule as You Go plans. Thank you

Jill has been teaching music privately for over 15 years. Some of her students have won concerto competitions and music awards, music scholarships and participate in local youth orchestras. She teaches violin, viola, and piano.

Jill graduated with her Bachelor's of Music Degree in Performance Violin and Viola from the Cole Conservatory of Music at the California State University, Long Beach as a music scholarship student and on honor roll. She also studied piano at university and privately and studied jazz improv
on violin and jazz theory at Saddleback College. Jill had private violin lessons with 12 different teachers and has been playing the violin for almost 25 years.

Jill has performed at the Segerstrom Concert Hall, Walt Disney concert Hall and Soka Performing Arts Center.

Jill also attended the Montecito Summer Music Festival and Soka's Chamber Arts Festival to study and perform string quartets and piano quintets.

Jill also is classically trained and performed professionally with the Dana Point Symphony, Montage Civic Orchestra, Brentwood/Westwood Symphony, Laguna Niguel Presbyterian Church orchestra, Vanguard Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Irvine. She also worked as a violinist for Irvine Valley College.

She performs classical, pop music, and jazz and plays reggae music, top hits, movie music, and rock for professional violin events as a solist and with a violin and cello duo.

Jill is patient and has a variety of students and able to adjust to each student's personality and needs.

Jill has performed as a solo violinist at the Orange County Fair in 2007 and 2008 with a Bluegrass band and was a concerto competition winner in 2004 performing Haydn's Violin Concerto No. 2 with the South Orange County Chamber Orchestra as a soloist.

Method books used:

Piano students learn from the Faber & Faber books, classical piano collection books, Bastien method books, Snell, Hanon exercises, and scale books by Bastien.

Violin and viola students use Suzuki method books along with reading music and playing all standard violin and viola literature outside of the Suzuki method. Students learn vibrato and shifting to other positions and learn from etude exercise books, scale studies using Carl Flesch books or Essentials for Strings books, and Sassmanshaus Early Start on violin, a fun method book for young violin students.

Etude books used: Wolfahrt, Kreutzer, Rode, Dont, Fiorillo, Gavines, and exercises from Schradiek and Sevcik. Composers and literature taught: concertos by Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Hoffmeister, Stamitz, Mendelssohn, Wieniawski, and Kabalevsky to name a few. Bach Sonatas and Partitas and Bach cello suites for viola. Sonatas by Beethoven, LeClair, Vivaldi, Frank, Brahms, and more! Jill can also teach pop, fiddle, and has studied jazz improv and jazz theory.

Private violin students can participate in the Certificate of Merit program testing in Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach.

Students also learn to read music (Sight reading) and learn rhythm.

2 optional recitals per year for students.

Jill can help students with orchestra auditions for local youth orchestras.

She has helped students get into All State and All Southern Youth Orchestras, join youth orchestras that summer tour Europe, helped students with Certificate of Merit, and auditions and acceptance into the Orange County High School of the Arts and college auditions.

She has taught at various music studios and coached music at high schools and middle schools in orange county.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Large, open living room space with an 88 key weighted upright keyboard. Seating for parents in couches and chairs. Foot stool for shorter piano students. Music stand light. Music Stand for Violin & Viola Students.
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Samantha May 30, 2018
· Piano · In home
My 6 year-old daughter had her first piano lesson with Jill and loved it! She is so kind and made the learning experience really fun.
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Michelle H. June 20, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Jill is very thorough with the basic technique and patient, she made the lesson easy
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Billie C. January 27, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Very knowledgeable and patience, we are lucky to have picked her.
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Jill Z.

Huntington Beach, CA 92647
(8)
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$35 / 30-min

About Patrick K.

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Orange, CA

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I am trained a trained music educator from csuf and I have over 5 years of individual teaching experience. I specialize in catering my approach to each students specific needs and learning style.

About Patrick
Hello and welcome to my profile! My name is Patrick and I look forward to working with you soon. I have been working with students of all age ranges, learning styles, and ambitions for over 5 years and I specialize in individualizing my teaching approach based on YOUR specific needs and desires. My ultimate goal as a teacher is to change peoples lives profoundly through music.

A little bit about me:
I am a classically trained musician who has studied at CSUF and performs Classical, Jazz, Popular, Musical theater, and Opera. I have performed in venues like the Hollywood Bowl, Segerstrom hall, Walt Disney concert hall and many more with artists like Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, John Williams, the LA philharmonic orchestra, and the Pacific Symphony, among others.
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Diane April 18, 2018
· Piano · In home
We are so thankful we found Patrick! Patrick is a very effective teacher who’s able to relate and motivate students. Our daughter was loosing interest in playing piano due to her former teacher’s approach. Now she’s back to practicing because she wants to and is so excited to see Patrick each week. We are very greatful that she’s back to loving piano and continuing to learn.
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Eric March 14, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Patrick is a great teacher, and very patient. I've never learned how to sing or read music before, and he teaches at a pace that's good for me. I highly recommend him whether you're an adult or you're considering enrolling your child.
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John February 16, 2018
· Violin · In home
Patrick is friendly and very knowledgeable.
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Patrick K.

Orange, CA 92866
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$40 / 30-min

About Anna K.

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Irvine, CA

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I want to provide students with the opportunity to do and achieve anything they desire with music and become well-rounded musicians. My goal is to enable students to make music independently and become self-sufficient learners. As a result, students can enjoy music for their own playing and/or choose to become professional musicians.

About Anna
I have over 20 years of experience in teaching viola and violin students of all ages and levels. And I have knowledge of Piano and Music Theory as well. I have been a member of MTAC (Music Teachers’ Association of California) since 2005, and I currently serve as string chair as well as first vice president of South Coast Branch - MTAC. I am also a member of SYMF (Southwestern Youth Music Festival), so I enter many talented students pursuing music into the CM (Certificate of Merit) test, violin or viola competitions and auditions every year.

Anna's Bio:

Anna K. performs extensively as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. Ms K. has served as a director of the Orange County Chamber Ensemble from 2003 to 2012, and has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras in Korea, Europe, Japan, and more recently in US. She has pe
rformed as a principal violist with Seoul National Symphony Orchestra, Orange County Chamber Ensemble, and Southern California Chamber Orchestra. She has also appeared as guest principal violist with Los Angeles Korean Philharmonic Orchestra and California Central Philharmonic Orchestra. In September of 2002, Anna performed for the Concert called “Synergy” with Los Angeles Philharmonic directed by Esa-Pekka Salonen. In addition to being an active performer, Ms K. has established herself as an educator. Since 1992, she has been teaching students, and has served for 7 years as the string instructor of Amateur Orchestra at Seoul Women’s University in Korea. Besides her teaching career, she has served as chair of “Contemporary Flare Festival” from 2010 to 2012 and the SWV (Strings/Winds/Voice) Competition from 2012 to 2015 in South Coast Branch, MTAC (Music Teachers’ Association of California). Currently, she serves as string chair as well as vice president of South Coast Branch, MTAC (Music Teachers’ Association of California). Anna K. received her Master’s degree in music from University of Southern California (USC) . She has studied with Haeyoung Baik, Seongryong Choi, Chan-Ju Wee, Pamela Goldsmith, and Donald McInnes.
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Daniel April 12, 2019
· Violin · In studio
Anna is a very knowledgeable and experienced teacher. She is always very well organized for each lesson. And of course she is always pleasant and happy to see you every week. She is a fantastic teacher.
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LAN December 12, 2018
· Violin · In studio
My 12 year-old son has attended Anna's violin lessons since Sep. 2018. He likes going to her studio, enjoys the sessions, and improves his skills. Anna seems be experiencing in teaching. She keeps my son be interested while learning new skills. I'm glad I found her as a violin teacher for my son. Highly recommend.
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Naomi September 30, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I have been playing piano for about 9 years now, but I have moved around a lot during that time, so I haven't really had a consistent teacher. For the most part, I have had pretty good teachers but as I started off pretty young, I wasn't really pushed and challenged until I grew older. When I moved to Irvine a little over a year ago for high school, my dad was in search of a teacher and as soon as we found Anna, I was interested. Ever since then, I have grown so much as a piano player and she has taught me so much on my finger posture and techniques. My rhythm is something that I have always struggled with, but through her teaching and correction, I was able to develop and improve so much. I am so thankful for how flexible, understanding, and patient she is with me, but also that she continues to challenge and push me through every piece. If you really want to grow in your skills and techniques as a piano player, I would really recommend checking Anna out! I am so glad that I have been able to improve so much, even in 1 year :)
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Anna K.

Irvine, CA 92602
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About Allison P.

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Lawndale, CA

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Individualized lessons with a hands on approach to help with technique, style and accuracy.

About Allison
I have a BA in Music Theory and Violin Performance from the University of Vermont and have been playing in professional orchestras for over a decade. I'm extremely passionate about music and playing the violin and love sharing that with students of all ages and abilities.

My teaching style is focused in the Suzuki method. I love the use of ear training and the structure of the books. I'm very flexible though, if there is a certain piece you'd like to learn or a different style you'd like to play I'm happy to accommodate.
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Allison P.

Lawndale, CA 90260
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About Chen C.

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Chino Hills, CA

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I have 15+ years of teaching experience and committed to building a lasting relationship between my students and their love of music.

My philosophy for violin lessons is to prepare students to play in a group by developing their technique, musicality, and ear-training skills. In my experience, students are more engaged and have more fun playing with others.

I will be your first duet partner! Contact me now to setup a lesson.

About Chen
Chen is a music teacher, violinist/violist, and conductor with over 15 years of experience. While attending New York University (NYU), he majored in music education and studied with Mark Steinberg of the Brentano String Quartet. As a firm believer that music changes lives, Chen thinks private lessons is the best way to establishing a solid foundation on which one can further pursue great music making, be it in a solo or group setting. Learning a musical instrument can definitely be a challenge, however, Chen has developed a knack for turns it into a fun experience that is rewarding for both teacher and student. As a teacher, he has conducted several youth orchestras in NYC and LA. A sought after chamber music coach, he also maintains a private studio of violin and viola students. As a performer, he has played at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fishe
r Hall, and Alice Tully Hall on many occasions with world renowned artists including Lukas Foss, Leon Botstein, Quincy Jones, Michael Kamen, Clark Terry, David Sanborn, Shawn Stockman, and Richard Drefuss. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking and traveling with his wife.
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William February 23, 2019
· Violin · In studio
Great teacher! Very patient and has great knowledge of music.
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YANNIE July 11, 2018
· Viola · In studio
Mr. Chen is very patient and professional.
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Chen C.

Chino Hills, CA 91709
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About Ryan C.

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Azusa, CA

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I am a creative thinker and problem solver with empathetic, reliable listening and communication skills, great passion and patience in teaching. I received the recital Diploma ‘Associate Trinity College London’ (ATCL) in violin with distinction in the age of 15. I am currently pursuing my bachelor degree in Violin Performance and Music Education in Azusa Pacific University.

About Ryan
Ryan Cheung is a classical violinist from Hong Kong and currently pursuing his bachelor degree in Violin Performance and Music Education at Azusa Pacific University.

Ryan began studying piano at the age of five and started receiving violin lessons at the age of six. In 2012, Ryan received the recital Diploma ‘Associate Trinity College London’ (ATCL) in violin with distinction. He was active in the Hong Kong School Music Festival while he was growing up in Hong Kong, and he received a 2nd place and a 3rd place in separated years. He joined various ensembles back in Secondary school, such the string orchestra, symphony orchestra, multiple choral groups and had the honor to represent the school and Hong Kong to compete in the World choir games in 2014 and received a third place in the open competition.

Ryan is currently in the studio o
f Alex Russell. He has been playing in the Azusa Pacific Symphony Orchestra since 2015 and played for the University Choir and Orchestra for two years. Ryan is currently active in the studio orchestra and serving as the assistant section leader in APU Chamber Singers. Ryan plays in different occasions, such as weddings, APU school events, or recitals, and collaborate with different musicians, such asL.A. based pianist J. Michael O’Neal.
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Bradley November 19, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Uh Ryan is great. Been doing it on my own for 3 months and can scale and vibrato but knew I needed hands on help. Within just the first two classes he made wonderful critique adjustemnts that caused immediate results. Excited for more.
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Michel C. July 28, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Today was my third lesson with Ryan. He's easy to follow, and he's patient with me which is great. He's allowing me to go at my own speed, and we are moving right along. He doesn't push, and he's encouraging which helps keep me motivated. He's funny and we get along just great. He played a little for me at my last session at my request, and it brought me to tears. He plays beautifully! I look forward to my sessions.
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Rosemary July 13, 2018
· Violin · In studio
My teacher Ryan was very patient. He cared about me and about the speed at which I can learn. Ryan was thorough in his instruction and gave me homework. I am so happy to feel I can learn the violin. Thank you Ryan!
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Ryan C.

Azusa, CA 91702
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$20 / 30-min

About Gary H.

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Santa Ana, CA

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INSTRUMENTAL INSTRUCTION FOR THE BEGINNING MUSICIAN
Music instruction tailored for the individual student

Does your student love music and want to learn to play the violin? I can help them. My professional career encompasses more than 35 years of elementary level music instruction. I have successfully launched hundreds of students into a growing love of music and a working knowledge of the fundamentals of music and instrumental technique.

Learning music should be fun. I will develop a curriculum that matches desires, your child's desires, goals and individual learning style. And we will have fun along the way.

Contact me today to get your child started on the road to musical success.

Gary Halverson

About Gary
I have been serving the young people of my community for the last 36+ years as an elementary school music teacher. I graduated from Cal State University Fullerton with a BA in Music Education and a K-12 teaching credential in music. I have taught a wide range of music classes including general music, choir, piano, orchestra and band. My classroom experience includes early childhood (K-5th grade), english learners and special needs students.

I enjoy working with students who have had limited musical knowledge or experience. I love bringing them to a level of proficiency where they can be confident performers on their chosen instrument. Some of my students have continued their music education through college and others have brought their love of music into their careers as adults.

I realize that I not only teach music, but I teach ind
ividuals. So I tailor and fit my music instruction to the unique aptitudes and needs of each child. I want to communicate the fun of creating music as well as the technical aspects of playing an instrument. You can expect your student to gain a solid foundation in the fundamentals of music and instrumental technique. I offer private instruction for students who wish to learn the trombone or the violin. I also advise and assist parents in choosing a serviceable instrument for their student to rent or own. This has been a real help to several parents and families over the years. Contact me for more information. I’d love to be of help.
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Tatsuya January 28, 2019
· Trombone · In studio
Mr. Gary has been teaching our son trombone for a few months now and we have been delighted with his teaching.
Mr. Gary is very patient with our son, and has ignited a real love of the instrument and given our son confidence. He never gets short and is always calm and encouraging, even when our son is not into it at all.
He teaches the fundamentals of breath, playing musically and how to take care of the instrument.
Mr. Gary is always encouraging and positive, and that helps to encourage a love for the music and instrument. Our son has definitely taken to the trombone and a lot of that is due to Mr. Gary's great teaching.
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Gary H.

Santa Ana, CA 92707
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About Lara F.

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Woodland Hills, CA
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I have trained in violin since the age of three. I began at age three through learning the Suzuki method and have performed at renowned venues at different places in the world. I can teach beginner through advanced. I strive to encourage my students to reach their full potential.

About Lara
I have a Bachelor's Degree (Hons.) in Music performance, history and composition from the University of Southampton, in England. I have played the violin since the age of three and am adept to teach all levels in this instrument. I have played the piano and voice from aged 10. I am patient, calm and strive to help my students reach their full potential. I have taught in three different music school settings over the last several years. I teach primarily beginners and intermediates in piano and vocals, and have prepared students for ABRSM Examinations and recitals.
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Lara F.

Woodland Hills, CA 91367
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$39 / 30-min

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  Ready to pick up a guitar and start learning to play? Great! Get ready to start your musical journey with this sound advice from guitar teacher Jerry W.... Learning an instrument takes more than desire alone. Many people excitedly begin learning guitar, but before long the guitar is packed away in the closet and forgotten. What can you do to make sure this doesn't happen to you? How can you stay motivated as you learn to play guitar? What is the fastest way to learn guitar? Set
Japanese Writing Systems for Beginners: Learn Hiragana
With three different writing systems, learning Japanese can be confusing for beginners. It's much easier to break the systems down, and focus on one at a time. Here, Japanese teacher Kaoru N. shares his tips to help you learn hiragana...  There are three types of letters in the Japanese language: hiragana, katakana, and kanji. Hiragana and katakana are based on sounds and pronunciation. In kanji, each character has its own meaning. Hiragana characters are the most fundamental and basic chara
How to Start Singing Professionally: 3 Tips for Networking
When you’re an aspiring singer, sometimes it feels like getting your foot in the door is an impossible task. Understanding how to start singing professionally can take some time to figure out. But in reality, if you have the skills, information, and knowledge, you can make your way into the music industry more easily than you think! You might not start at the top, but like any profession, you can work your way up. One of the key elements to landing any job is networking. You’ll often hear thing

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