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Want to Make it as a Musician in L.A.? Try Piano!

By Dorothea G. - Los Angeles Piano Teacher

So you want to be an awesome musician. Do you believe you will? Because that’s half of the effort right there – believing it. If you already do, then skip to the last paragraph of this article. But if you’re unsure, keep reading…

When you take piano lessons in Los Angeles, your success is within “Arm’s Reach.” I composed a song with that title on my piano recently, and licensed it to a feature film. I never forget how amazing it is that what pours out of my mind and my heart (and all over my piano) might actually be heard in a movie or TV show, or on someone else’s DVD player. I used to think that was all dreaming. That it was impossible. But why did I ever think that way?

My only enemy was the idea of “impossible.” But it’s NOT impossible - it’s a reality for me. So when I reflected on where that idea came from, I traced it back to loving friends and family who thought they were protecting me from delusions of grandeur. They told me, in so many words, not to set myself up for failure.

Let’s just clear this up here and now. There is no failure. There are only course corrections. I know this from years of practice and from teaching piano lessons. If my students thought of every wrong note as a failure, they would quit after the first two minutes of trying. So I help them to correct their course - note by note, chord by chord. It’s no different with our thinking – or with our life journey for that matter. We choose a song to learn. We make a thousand course corrections in the learning process. And then…we PLAY IT! If we believe we can, we will.

I chose piano because it was my passion, and it became my way of overcoming the impossible. Like no other instrument, you can hear an entire symphony on a piano! That’s why the genius composers of old were pianists. Do you hear simple melodies in your mind? Or do you hear multi-layered symphonic brilliance? In either case, you can make it real on a piano.

Okay, so you’re an awesome musician now - even if only in your mind. Now it’s time to find an instructor who can show you how to make that awesomeness live in the world, starting local piano lessons. Remember, once it’s locked into your mind, nothing is impossible.

About Corinne D.

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I've been teaching piano for three years. I specialize in beginning to intermediate pianists and love using games to learn notes, written activities, duets, and pop songs to enrich students' learning experience. I use the Music Tree series for children ages 5-9, and for older children and adults, I use Alfred's Piano Library curriculum.

About Corinne
Corinne is a friendly, caring, instructor and provides a stress-free learning environment. All styles, levels and ages are welcome. She teaches pop, musical theatre, classical, and jazz.

Corinne holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Vocal Studies from Michigan State University and enjoys teaching children and adults how to sing. All levels, styles, and ages are welcome. :)

Corinne was a vocal director for Rock and Ridicule, a rock and roll musical performed at the Acme Comedy Theatre in Hollywood. She also was the music director for Act I Children's Theatre in Sherman Oaks. Currently, Corinne is music directing an after school musical theatre class at Wilbur Elementary School in Tarzana.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons with me are fairly laid-back. I use the Alfred's book series for piano students. For voice students, I tend to st
ick to genres the students are interested in learning and choose songs based on the student's abilities and levels and work up from there.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, music stands, music

*** Travel Equipment ***
None. I expect piano students to have a keyboard or piano at home. Voice students will not need any special equipment.

*** Specialties ***
I hold a degree in Jazz Vocal Studies and I also specialize in musical theatre.
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Vanessa August 14, 2017
· Piano · In home
I have been wanting to play an instrument for such a long time, but never had the motivation to try it, until recently. Wanting to play Piano was a spur of the moment decision for me. I googled piano teachers in my area and Corinne was one of the first people to pop up. After reading all her rave reviews, I decided to give it a go. I was so nervous for my first lesson, but she made me feel comfortable and at ease the minute I walked through the door. She is educated and passionate about music. Also, she is extremely patient. I have been going to her for Piano Lessons now once a week for almost 6 months and I couldn't be happier with my decision. I absolutely, without a doubt, recommend Corinne. She's amazing!
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Ashleigh August 10, 2017
· Piano · In studio
We love Corinne!! My daughter started taking piano with Corinne when she was 5 and she absolutely loves her! Corinne is so patient and kind with the kids and goes at exactly the right pace for each child. My daughter has learned so much and is reading music as she plays - amazing!! Highly recommend Corinne, she's the best!
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Lexy April 6, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Corinne is a fantastically fun teacher! I love that she records the lesson, it makes it much easier to practice at home. I felt comfortable as an adult student and we had a great time together. I'm very happy with my decision to take lessons from her and you will be too!
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Valley Village, CA 91607
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About Joshua S.

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Learn fundamental technique in a variety of different styles with an emphasis on the underlying theories that make up the musical world.

About Joshua
I have been studying music for 16 years, I graduated with a Bachelor's in vocal performance from the prestigious Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA. Eight years of recording and live performance experience in a various disciplines including pop, rock, reggae, folk, indie/alternative, opera, musical theatre, and jazz.
I am a proficient group and private music instructor teaching voice, piano, ukulele, electric bass, flute, cello, music theory and composition. Experience focused on working with children in a therapy music program.

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My desire to share my passion for music is what drives me to teach it. My hope is to share the love and joy of music with people of all ages, and to instill an appreciation for music that will last a lifetime. I'm committed to the success of each of my students, and creating lesson pl
ans that are designed to meet the specific needs and desires of each individual student. My teaching style ensures that my students not only learn the musicality of the instrument, but have fun while playing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Mac computer with Logic and Sibelius.
MBox recording interface.
Scarlet 2i2 recording interface
Audio Technica condenser microphone.
Sennheiser dynamic microphone.
MXL condenser microphones
MAudio midi controller
Various Basses, Guitars, Ukuleles, Banjos, Mandolins, Flutes, and Harmonicas

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My personal performance specialties are singing and playing in pop, rock, reggae, folk and indie/alternative. I have recording and live performance experience in various disciplines and I am also proficient in opera, musical theatre, and jazz. I am an experienced group and private music instructor teaching voice, piano, ukulele, electric bass, flute, cello, music theory and composition.
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Marie L. December 17, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
The best teacher ever! Been helping me out so much and is always very kind. Definitely recommend his teaching.
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Shannon Crowther March 20, 2016
· Singing · In home
Great teacher! Very knowledgable, helpful and fun. Welles is really enjoying her lessons and we are glad we found Joshua.
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Kylie R. September 28, 2015
· Ukulele · In home
Joshua is making ukulele lessons very enjoyable for my 12 year old daughter. She took piano somewhere else before this and is really enjoying this new experience. She just keeps saying how fun it is!
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Joshua S.

North Hollywood, CA 91605
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About Brianna P.

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Irvine, CA
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I have been teaching classical piano and music theory for last 7 years. As a student, I deeply understand the struggles, amount of patience, and constant hard work that comes with learning music. Learning piano will allow you to strengthen not only their ability to play, but also their patience. You can remain music lovers even without music lessons! As a teacher, most rewarding aspect of teaching is witnessing your reactions when you reach where they doubted.

About Brianna
Hello..! I have been pursuing music for the last 20 years and I've taught toddlers, teenagers, and adults. As a student, I deeply understand the struggles, amount of patience, and constant hard work that comes with learning music. This holistic process will allow students to strengthen not only their ability to play, but also their patience. Learning music is a lifelong journey--students can remain music lovers even without music lessons! As a teacher, most rewarding aspect of teaching is witnessing their reactions when they reach where they doubted; Fundamentally, I am able to provide exciting experiences that will allow students to grow and perform in a enjoyable, curiosity-driven, invigorating environment!
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Brianna P.

Brianna P.

Irvine, CA 92620
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$35 / 30-min

About Ronnie B.

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Redondo Beach, CA

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I’ve once heard that a Piano is a musicians work desk and I couldn’t agree more. Piano is a beautiful instrument and not only is it great use for composition, but an even better accompaniment while singing. If you’re interested in either, I would enjoy helping you on you’re journey!

About Ronnie
Hi,My Name is Ronnie. I have been playing music for eight years and I am currently Leader of "Blonde", my Rock N' Roll, Rhythm N' Swing Band. I Live in Redondo Beach and have Lived in the Southbay for most of my life.I was blessed to grow up around the local music scene! I've had the pleasure of performing with a variety of bands, and Artists, Styles ranging from Christian, Gospel, Doo-Wop, Soul, Rock N' Roll ,Pop, Blues, Jazz, Country, Blue Grass, Singer Song Writer, World, Alternative, African, Reggae, Folk, Punk,Ska and have even opened for the Likes of Dick Dale!(Pulp Fiction, Miserlou) Ive been singing in church as long as I can remembered, fiddled with piano at a talent show when I was seven, played saxophone in elementary and middle school, played bass for my first stringed instrument, but fell in love with guitar at thirteen, Harm
onica at fourteen, bands at fifteen, playing and listening to music all my life and Ive been learning new tricks since then, so Wether you just want to learn how to play your favorite songs, learn to sing, learn a new instrument, or get up on that stage, I am the kinda cat who will help guide your way, to get you where you want to go:)
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Rea January 13, 2018
· Piano · In home
So far, very good with kids!
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Mike B. August 28, 2017
· Harmonica · In studio
I finished my first lesson with Ronnie today I was impressed by his technical knowledge as well as his teaching ability so far I have to give Ronnie five stars for our first lesson I believe all are further lessons will go as well as our first one
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Jon April 26, 2017
· Harmonica · In home
Lots of info on the the blues harp , Jamed out on the 3-4 , took it on a journey, went whaling and brought it back home. Great intro to a new instrument placement breath and intent
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Ronnie B.

Redondo Beach, CA 90278
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About Maritza O.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I've been teaching piano for 10 years and my students have gone on to learn and appreciate different styles of music. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to learn the basics and as time goes on you'll be able to play different songs. I specialize in providing you with the guide, tools and knowledge that you will need to succeed. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About Maritza
Professional Musician with over 25 years experienced teaching children and adults. Learn how to play piano, violin, viola, cello or guitar.
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jacob S. November 28, 2017
· Violin · In home
Thank you!
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Adam September 19, 2016
· Violin · In home
Awesome Lesson! Practicing hard and looking forward to taking more!
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Giovanna September 9, 2016
· Piano · In home
Very polite and respectful
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Maritza O.

Los Angeles, CA 90038
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About Josh M.

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Monrovia, CA

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Students will learn basic piano techniques in both classical and contemporary styles.

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Hello, my name is Josh. I am a professional vocal coach, vocal arranger and singer. I teach contemporary and classical voice and basic-intermediate piano. I have a Bachelors of Music in Commercial Music from Azusa Pacific University. I have taught students as young as 5 all the way up to 65. My goal is to challenge my students to grow and improve in their musical excellence and enjoy the music along the way! I am patient, positive and encouraging with my students!
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Joyce V. December 12, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Josh is very patient and focused on the lesson, managed to direct me to the mistakes I make with my voice in a few minutes, I found it very cool and I feel that I will learn a lot from him with each class.
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Deborah December 7, 2017
· Broadway Singing · In studio
I needed some help prepping for an audition and Josh was such a phenomenal teacher! He gives great instruction and also creates a comfortable environment to practice stage presence. I felt very prepared for those auditions and will be taking more lessons from him in the future!
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Cynthia August 25, 2017
· Music Theory · In home
Josh is great! Knowledgeable, patient, and flexible. He took the time and energy to create lesson plans and methods that fit my needs and level of understanding. I'd recommend him wholeheartedly to anyone looking to improve their musical knowledge and skills.
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Josh M.

Monrovia, CA 91016
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About Anna K.

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Irvine, CA

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I started playing piano when I was 5 years old, and my musical basics were built up through learning piano. I minored in piano at undergraduate School, Han-Yang university in Korea.

I have been teaching piano students of level between beginner and Intermediate. In order to make better progress learning piano, I focus on what students need because each student has different learning style and goal.

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.

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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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Brigette P. April 25, 2017
· Viola · In home
My daughter had a very good experience with Anna. She is a knowledgeable and skilled instructor. Highly recommend!
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Tim April 17, 2017
· Violin · In studio
As a brand new adult student, I had concerns that I could find an instructor who could work with my sometimes-busy schedule. Anna enthusiastically agreed to teach me though, and after almost a year of taking lessons with her I've seen great progress! Anna shares her wealth of knowledge in a friendly and encouraging manner, and has happily tailored my curriculum to fit my interests. I'd highly recommend her to any student, without hesitation!
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Bola Malek October 28, 2016
· Violin ·
Anna is very patient and caring. She takes the time to correct the small mistakes that I pick up over the week before moving on to new material. Looking forward to continue learning from her.
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Irvine, CA 92602
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About Cynthia F.

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Chino, CA

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Learning piano should be fun! Take piano lessons with me and you get to:

-Pick the songs YOU want to learn!
-Play music games to learn theory, note reading and ear training!
-Learn at your individual pace!

I have 4 years of experience working with kids and adults from 3-28 years of age. My main objective is to cater to the needs and goals of my students.

About Cynthia
Cynthia Ford is a 24 year old piano teacher and a senior at Loyola Marymount University. She has 4 years of experience teaching group and private piano lessons. She teaches students at all age levels but most of her experience is working with kids between 4-13 years of age.

Cynthia's main objective as a teacher is to keep students motivated, create a fun learning environment, and push students to reach their highest potential.

At least 80% of Cynthia's private students have taken lessons with her for more than 1 year.
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Tania December 2, 2017
· Piano · In home
Miss Cynthia was patient and kind with my boys. She always had a positive attitude, and made their lessons a fun learning experience!
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Cynthia F.

Arcadia, CA 91006
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About Jane K.

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I have served as the Church pianist for over 10 years. I teach classical and gospel music. I have lots of experience teaching children between the ages of 4-13. Piano has always been a life long hobby for me and I cannot wait to spread the joy of playing music to younger generations.

About Jane
Learning piano is fun. I started playing at a very young age and when I mean young, I mean really young. I started playing the piano when I was 3 1/2 and I had no idea what I was doing back then but my Mom persistently sent me to music school. Today, I am so thankful that because of her persistence and patience, I was able to become a great pianist. There were a lot of rough patches when the music got really difficult to play and I wanted to quit multiple times but despite the challenges, my Mom was my #1 fan and kept encouraging me through the process. Likewise, Parents, I'm sure you are reading my profile, playing the piano requires not just your child to learn the piano but your role truly determines their success in playing this instrument.
It is not easy but I promise, in the end, it is truly worth it. The times you put in to pract
icing, there truly is a reward at the end of it all. Your hard work will pay off. So shall we give this a try? :)
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Jane K.

Buena Park, CA 90620
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Experienced performer & player, specializing in the beginner/intermediate piano student! All ages welcome. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. Not only will you be playing songs in no time, but you will be building a strong foundation of note reading, music theory, ear training, sight reading, technique, and more. Let's get started!

About Sabrina
Growing up in an artistic family in Southern California, performing artist Madlyn Hall began to train her powerful vocals with a wide range of influences including Barbara Streisand, Whitney Houston, and Ella Fitzgerald. After deferring her acceptance into the Berklee College of Music in Boston to study songwriting, Madlyn was cast in her first feature film, "Elena Undone," which premiered at Outfest in 2010. In addition to playing a supporting character in the movie, Madlyn wrote and recorded "Suddenly," an original song that was featured in the film and on its soundtrack. Years of developing her craft have now led Madlyn to writing songs for other artists, including European pop sensation, Suzanna Lubrano, recording the title track for the film "Wheels," writing and recording the title track for the short "Opposite Actions," performing
on Jimmy Kimmel Live with Youngblood Hawke & Thirty Seconds to Mars, recording vocals on the Thirty Seconds to Mars album, “LOVE LUST FAITH + DREAMS,” and co-writing with legendary songwriters, Billy Steinberg and Ken Hirsch. Recently, she has won the runner up prize for the 2017 13th annual International Acoustic Music Awards for her summer single, "Will You Take Me Home," and has newly signed with boutique music supervision company, "Tzviah Music." She is also the official 2018 voice-over artist for Peter Piper Pizza, singing and acting on camera in a new national commercial for Gap with Janelle Monáe, and can be seen singing on James Corden's, The Late Late Show, performing the song from the Gap commercial.

In addition to performing, Madlyn is passionate about sharing her experiences with others, and teaching the craft she knows and loves. She has a wide age range of piano, singing, and songwriting students, she teaches privately throughout Los Angeles.
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Sabrina F.

Torrance, CA 90503
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