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About Glynis D.

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Long Beach, CA

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I have been playing classical piano since age 3 and teaching for 10 years. I believe it is very important to understand the theory that goes along with what you are playing, so I include some theory in all of my lessons. I love teaching piano and I hope to share the joy of music with others.

About Glynis
Glynis has been reading music since before she knew how to read words. Her mother started teaching her piano lessons at age 3, and she started taking voice lessons at age 7. She learned from an early age to practice every day. She has taught all levels and ages of piano and voice for many years. Glynis specializes in jazz voice, but has a very strong classical and musical theatre background. She is an arranger, composer, educator, and singer. She received her AA in Professional Music from SWCC (school for music vocations), her BA in Jazz Studies: Vocal Performance at CSU Sacramento, and her Masters in Jazz Studies: Vocal Performance at the Bob Cole Conservatory at CSU Long Beach. She teaches college and high school vocal jazz ensembles as well as many private students in many areas of music.
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My teaching philosoph
y is to have a safe, positive, fun, and effective learning environment for all of my students. I believe it is important to be a well rounded musician, therefore I love my students to have a solid understanding of what they are doing. I strongly encourage all of my students to learn theory along with piano or voice, so they understand what they are doing. Each student is unique, therefore each student has a different lesson plan. I do expect that my students will practice during the week in order to grow, since this helps them reach their goals. I do let students pick most their own repertoire, since it is very important for them to be motivated and enjoy their assignments during the week. I can teach from early Baroque music to modern day and everything in between. Music is expression, therefore I believe it is very important for my students to love what they are working on.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons are in my house with my upright Yamaha piano.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring a keyboard, but it is necessary to have a piano or keyboard at home to pracitce on if you are a piano student.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in jazz voice, with a strong background in classical and musical theatre. I also specialize in piano, music theory, songwriting and arranging.
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Joanne October 30, 2018
· Piano · In home
Glynis is a wonderful teacher! Encouraging, knowledgeable, fun!
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James G. October 18, 2018
· Piano · In home
Glynis is very nice and patient for a 74 year old seniors. My husband has no music sense at all . Now, he practice everyday , seems enjoy it .
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James September 29, 2018
· Singing · In home
Glynis is a wonderful young lady and a wonderful voice helper. I have to stop for health reasons. I am having surgery and just a few hours after our first lesson I had taken a hard fall and at 60yrs young they are all hard falls. I am hurt and not doing well. Glynis is a special young lady you and anyone from 6 to 76 will enjoy spending time with.
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Glynis D.

Glynis D.

Long Beach, CA 90805
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About Emma M.

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Cypress, CA

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I am enthusiastic, caring, classically trained piano teacher with over 30 years of experience who believes that all students can thrive in a learning environment that is stimulating, comforting and appropriate to their abilities. I am looking forward to build a successful, long lasting teacher student relationship with you.

About Emma
I am a piano teacher, classically trained. I started my music education at the age of 7, at the Odessa College of Music in Ukraine. At age 16 I was accepted to the highly prestigious Odessa University of Music, where later I received my BA degree in Piano Pedagogy and Performance, Summa Cum Laude. I then decided to further my education and take a 2 year Piano Performance course at the Odessa Conservatory. For over 30 years thereafter, I am teaching students of all ages. I look to develop problem solving, multitasking and other intangible life skills for my younger students through the power of music. For my adult students, I look to reduce stress and keep their brains working like new. Regardless of age, I work very hard to improve all of my student's memory, brain function, coordination and most importantly teach them how to simply have
fun!
I believe that all students can thrive in a learning environment that is stimulating, comforting and appropriate to their abilities.

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My lessons are designed based on famous methods of teaching to meet the individual needs and desires of each student.
I am always very patient and will take it as slow as each of my students needs to make sure that he or she understands everything of what is being presented.
I am growing up with the students, building a proper relationship with them and helping them develop life skills through music. I hope for all my students that they will indeed develop skills and attributes through the music experience they have with me.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright Piano, Baby Grand Kawaii for Recitals

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student must provide piano in their home for piano lessons. Must have parking available

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I am using Alfred's Music for Little Mozarts, Alfred Piano, Bastien Piano, Piano Adventures by Nancy and Randall Faber, Thompson Modern course for beginners. I provide my student with a variety of music styles: classical, jazz, musicals/movie. Also, I introduce them to piano duets. These duets are very useful as supplementary material in a piano program, musically rewarding, and very motivational. I offer preparation to the ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) examinations.
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Angela L. September 15, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
I love Ms.Emma. She is such a wonderful piano teacher.
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Ritam M. July 12, 2018
· Piano · In studio
My son got a great teacher. My son now feels motivated, loves playing piano, enjoys the lessons very much! We had other piano instructors before , but she is the best!
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Mikayla April 30, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Mrs. Emma is an amazing piano teacher. She is passionate and caring. She knows her craft inside and out. I would recommend her to anyone who wants to learn piano.
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Emma M.

Emma M.

Cypress, CA 90630
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About Christopher C.

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Thousand Oaks, CA

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Piano is my main instrument and the one I enjoy teaching the most. I think it is approachable, versatile, and immensely rewarding. I recommend piano lessons to anyone with an interest in music, as it is an amazing tool and perfect foundation for studying music.

About Christopher
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My name is Christopher, or Chris for short. I am a composer, arranger, pianist, vocalist, and private tutor. I have taught private lessons in classical and contemporary piano performance, vocal performance, guitar performance, music theory, and musicianship to local students for the past 10 years. I currently have nearly 40 weekly students all over Ventura County. I attended CSUN's school of music where I received my Bachelor's of Music in Music Composition. My other experience includes teaching at 2 different music studios (Perry Music Studios and Brookyln's Conservatory of Music), teaching Confirmation classes to teenagers at St. Jude's Catholic Church, and teaching English to Japanese high school students through the Rotary Youth Exchange Program.

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My philosophy when it comes to doing anythi
ng with music is that it should be fun! Whether you're practicing a piece, playing with a band, writing something new, or even learning music theory, music is primarily about enjoying yourself and the others around you.

The best way to ensure that you enjoy yourself is to learn what you want to learn and play what you want to play. In addition to a standard curriculum, I want you to tell me what kind of music you're interested in and what kind of pieces you want to play! Do you love classic rock? Do you love pop? Blues? Jazz? Folk tunes? Opera? Or maybe you're a fan of the classical masters? Whatever the case may be, my number one goal is to make sure you're having fun while you develop your new talents.

I'm comfortable teaching students as young as 7 years of age, although I can teach even younger if they are especially well-behaved.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Blues, Jazz, Improv, Composition, Theory
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Divya S. July 31, 2018
· Piano · In home
Chris is fantastic, first lesson with our 5 yo, showed a lot of patience!
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Ryan October 17, 2017
· Piano · In home
Great with kids as young as 5!
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Teresa April 4, 2017
· Piano · In home
I really like working with Chris a lot for several reasons. First he is a very kind & enthusiastic teacher who is always very cheerful and always brings his best to the lessons. As an adult student, I'm not very confident about myself. He has helped to bring that confidence back. He was able to help me tackle the speed problem for a piece of music that I was having trouble with for a long time. And with just a few words of advice, he was able to help me fix the problem right away. Chris is truly a fantastic teacher! I'm glad to be his student.
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Christopher C.

Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
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About Tanisha H.

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Los Angeles, CA

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We will learn the great composers while also learning how to understand how this amazing music was created.

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.

*** Specialties ***
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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Jennifer C. December 4, 2018
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Christina November 29, 2018
· Singing · Online
Love your vibe, energy, and realness. Can't wait for more and for you to put me to work :)

See you next week!
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Debra G. November 27, 2018
· Piano · Online
From my 7 year old daughter, "First lesson was sooo easy to understand. And, I had a blast."
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Tanisha H.

Tanisha H.

Los Angeles, CA 90043
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About Michelle V.

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Downey, CA

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I will develop and strengthen rhythm, music pitch, melodic and harmonic sight reading, articulation, and proper piano technique.

About Michelle
I am Certified Beginning Piano teacher as well as an intermediate level teacher. I studied piano at Cerritos College of Norwalk, CA with an emphasis in piano and completed my Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with a focus in percussion from CSU Long Beach. I currently teach private and have taught classroom lessons for piano. I have consistently taught piano since 2002 to students ages 5 and above.

I have traveled the world to perform and teach music. I have been to Brazil to study samba and its many different styles with the World Percussion Program of CSU Long Beach in 2006 and 2007. In 2012, I traveled to Colombia and Venezuela to perform with the band of Terratour, a humanitarian group. My close friend and I performed his inspirational and encouraging music. We collaborated with local musicians in local venues. I have always
admired traveling and performing live, and Terratour was the best opportunity to do so.

You may have noticed from my photos and videos that I'm a Carpenters fan. I sing, play piano and drums. The Carpenters are my musical inspirations and that's exactly how I perform- with passion, tender, love, and care (TLC). I was once the other musical half of a Carpenters tribute band, Close To You. My friend and I learned many of the Carpenters tunes and collaborated with vocals, piano, steel drums, drums and other percussion. We have disbanded, but even before forming the band, I was always singing and playing drums/piano simultaneously on my own and still continue to.

My teaching is focused on reading the notes (pitch), proper technique and rhythm. All are a part of music and should be equally strong.

I am available for online, in-home, or in-studio lessons. If your child younger than 5 can count to 10 and knows the alphabet, then I would be happy to add him/her to my roster or if you want to develop your talent, I can help. When signing up a child for the first time, it is best to make a one year commitment so the child can really learn to work alone and develop self-discipline. Also, when a child has never worked alone or is very young, parental guidance is necessary for success. For adults, commitment to practicing is key.

You have all the ability and power to learn and be great- I'm just going to guide you all the way to your goal.!

Please notify me of the special need prior to booking lessons so I can accommodate. Also, if there is a day and time you need that is not available, please message me so we can work something out prior to booking lessons.
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Patty October 22, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Michelle is a great teacher. She is patient, kind, and enthusiastic about music. My child loves going to class and hates missing a class (only when she's sick). She makes learning music fun but it also firm if the child doesn't meet the expectation. It's been a year since we started lessons and we couldn't be more happier.
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Izabel M. June 15, 2018
· Piano · In home
Michelle has been very good at keeping my 8 year old engaged and interested in learning to read music. We are looking forward to many more lessons.
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Dan October 18, 2017
· Piano · In studio
So far so good
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Michelle V.

Michelle V.

Downey, CA 90241
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About Melody H.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Want to learn piano without breaking your bank? Start your lesson with me and I'll help you to enjoy playing piano, and also be able to sing and play at the same time.

Whether you want to learn how to play classical piano, or learn more contemporary styles I will be able to help you. I took private piano lessons for almost 12 year since the age of 5. And went to Musicians Institute, Hollywood, one of the top contemporary colleges in the world and learned how to play in contemporary styles. My piano lesson includes(but not limited to): Sight Reading, Theory, Ear Training, Scale Practice, Learning Chords, and Playing from music books of my choice or students' preference. The lesson is always fun, interactive, and encouraging. Currently my youngest student is 5, eldest is 72. It's never too early or too late to start playing piano!

About Melody
Music Genres:
Pop, Jazz, Modern Rock, Broadway/Musical, Contemporary Christian

Specialized in:
Vocal Warm Ups
Vocal Range Development
Troubleshoot Problem Areas
Mask Resonance
Vocal Interpretation
Stage Performance
Microphone Techniques

Lesson Details:
A step-by-step instruction to developing vocal technique, geared towards contemporary styles. Exercising, developing, strengthening, and troubleshooting vocal registers. During the 1st lesson there will be an in-depth vocal assessment being conducted to determine the student's strength and trouble areas regarding vocal ranges, vocal tonality, breathing, and posture. Will discuss with the student for his/her goals in terms of singing, then design a personalized training plan to help the student reaching his/her goals.

The exercises listed below will be included(but not limi
ted) in a normal class session.
*Simple body exercises
*Vocal warm ups
*Vocal range development exercises
*Practice songs of student's choice(or suggested by the instructor)
*Develop vocal interpretation through practicing songs

Languages:
English
Mandarin Chinese
(Both fluent)

Education:
Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music - Hollywood, CA
Professional Certificate: Music(Vocal Performance)

Cal State Fullerton - Fullerton, CA
Bachelor of Arts: Communications/Advertising

*** Studio Equipment ***
88-Key Digital Piano
Microphone Set
Vocal Booth & Ambient Reflection Filter
Amplifier
Recording Interface
Music Stand
Sofa
Chair
Mirror
TV/DVD
wifi

*I do have a cat at home. If you are allergic to cats it's better to book In-Home lessons(I'll drive to your place for lessons).

*** Travel Equipment ***
I do have a 88-key digital piano at the studio. Piano students need to have at least a 54-key keyboard at home.

*24 hour advance cancellation notice is required to change or reschedule lessons.
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Eun February 26, 2018
· Vocal Training · In home
she is very through and teach very well, and patient
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Orlie August 8, 2017
· Singing · Online
I was inspired to start lessons from watching the last season of American Idol. I started with a 12 pack of online lessons. I was so nervous to sing out load (even in the privacy of my home) but Melody was always positive and encouraging. Even though I didn't practice as much as I should, to my surprise I've gotten better at hitting notes. It's helped even at work (female engineer) for me to easily speak louder and lower when needed. I've been taking lessongs for over a year now and it's still challenging but I always feel awesome afterwards (just like a great workout!) When I listen to singers now I have a whole level of of appreciation. It's like Melody introduced a new language. She's an awesome singer herself and I aspire to sing like her!
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Madelyn R. July 4, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Really great with kids..she has so much patience with my daughter and love how she takes time with her to explain everything..highly recommend her to anyone..
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Melody H.

Los Angeles, CA 90015
(15)
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$30 / 30-min

About Anahit S.

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Van Nuys, CA
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Making music an important part of life

About Anahit
Anahit is accomplished pianist and highly experienced piano teacher. She has over 30 years of successful teaching experience with children and adults and over 40 years of performing experience in classical music. This includes numerous solo piano performances in Russia, Armenia, Poland and USA. She has also collaborated with many other instrumentalists and singers throughout her many years of performing and teaching. In addition, she assisted at various venues as a guest pianist.

Anahit is trained in the classical Russian method. She studied with famous musicians and teachers in the former Soviet Union. She started her studies at Professional Music School at the age of seven. Anahit graduated with honors and earned:

-Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from State Music College, Russia.
-Master of Music Degrees in
Piano Performance, Collaborated Art from Yerevan State Conservatory.
-Master of Education in Piano Pedagogy from Yerevan State Conservatory.

Upon graduation, she qualified as a soloist, concertmaster, and piano instructor.

She has served as a piano instructor, Chair of the piano department, Co-director at the music school, and Chief music specialist of the Department of Culture in Armenia. She taught piano at Yerevan State Conservatory, State Pedagogical Institute, State Music College and Academy of Music in Russia. She has also worked as a music assistant at Los Angeles Valley College and Moscow Music Center in California.

Anahit has received wide recognition as a musician and teacher. As a teacher, Anahit is patient, creative, innovative and confident. She is deeply committed to a high standard and excellent quality of musical education. She received the highest honor award, "Certificate of Honor for Excellence in Teaching", from the Department of Education of Russia in recognition of her dedication and hard work. Her students have been major prize winners in different competitions at the local, state, and national level. They have also been selected to play at the annual MTAC Convention. She is on the Board of Directors for MTAC (Music Teachers Association of California), San Fernando East Valley Branch and active member or MTNA and SYMF associations.
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Michael November 5, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
Excellent teacher who has been training my daughter in classical piano for the past 3 years. Anahit has an incredibly vast knowledge of piano repertoire, technique and performance. She has gotten my daughter active in the Certificate of Merit program of California and understands how to properly prepare students to achieve high marks in all aspects of piano study. Highly recommended!
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Hovik July 3, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
I have been taking piano lessons with Anahit for 2,5 years. I was recommended by an acquaintance, whose technique I admired and I also saw the improvement immediately after she started taking classes with Anahit. I am so glad I made the decision to commit full time and let Anahit work her magic. She has certainly taken me to new levels of knowledge, skill and technique. If anyone is serious about playing the piano, especially as a career, look no further. Aside being a master of her craft, she is kind, professional and polite. I highly recommend her!
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jessica June 24, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
Anahit is an amazing piano instructor. She instills a felling of confidence in students. She also has a very extensive repertoire that almost seems endless. I would recommend her to anyone of any age that wants to learn how to play the piano. She teaches from the basics to very advanced levels. She is also very committed to her job, and rarely misses lessons. Her lessons are very professional and private.
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Anahit S.

Van Nuys, CA 91405
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About Keira M.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I am a piano-driven singer/songwriter that has performed all over the country and I would love to share my expertise with you. 18 years experience performing and 5 years experience teaching. Before moving to Los Angeles I taught at the award-winning Area Stage Company in Miami, FL. I have studied classical piano since the age of four and more recently studied jazz and pop/rock playing under award-winning performer/educator Daniel Strange at the Frost School of Music. I want to cater to whatever you are passionate about because I believe the best way to learn is to be excited about music!

About Keira
I am a singer/songwriter and recording artist who has toured Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C., Miami, and more. Over the years I have studied classical/jazz/pop piano, musical theater/jazz/pop/rock singing, and contemporary songwriting. I am proud to be winner of the 2011 International Smashtune Songwriting Contest, finalist in the Kauai Music Festival Songwriting Contest, winner of the "18 in America" Songwriting Contest, and finalist of the 2013 GrammyU Amplifier Center Stage Contest. Recently I have worked with seven-time Grammy nominee and "ASCAP Songwriter of the Year" Graham Edwards. Currently I work with Grammy-winning songwriter/producer/artist RedOne, who is best known for writing hits for Lady Gaga.

I have a Bachelor's of Music from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. Before moving to Los Angeles,
I taught at the award-winning Area Stage Company in Miami. As a certified ASCAP songwriter, my songs have garnered international radio play. I would love to share my musical expertise with you! Let me know if you think we would be a good match.
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Kaia P. November 18, 2018
· Piano · In home
Kiera was on time, patient and Excellent
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Nala E. November 9, 2018
· Piano · In home
Wonderful teacher!
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Jaavion March 25, 2018
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Keira M.

Los Angeles, CA 90025
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About Sophia T.

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My students get so much more than just piano lessons! They will have a resource full of experience, knowledge, and patience from a professional pianist and composer and music mentor working in the music industry today. Besides learning a relaxed and fun piano technique that will allow you to start playing right away, I also teach students how to build more advanced technical skills, play with emotion and finesse, develop very accurate musical ears, find new and challenging repertoire, learn to accompany a soloist or a band, learn different styles of music, perform in front of audiences, understand music theory, and also how to write music. I would love to work with you so that you can develop your musical ability and your skills on the piano!

Depending on your level, I can help you learn how to really play the piano as a means of self expression, so that you can enjoy starting to learn music from day one!
If you are a complete beginner, it's never too soon or too late to build up

About Sophia
On top of being a professional musician and educator, I am a fun, easy-going, and inspirational person. I love helping people learn music, and I feel so inspired and humbled when I see students grow and progress in music over time. I emphasize achieving the student’s long-term goals, while always making sure the lessons are a pleasant and fun experience!

This excerpt is taken from Sophia's website:

      Sophia is an uprising pianist, composer, film composer, educator and bandleader based in Los Angeles California, specializing in a diverse musical style and eclectic range of repertoire that combines the colors of jazz, classical, orchestral and contemporary music. In her latest upcoming project, her ensemble features a punchy rhythm section and a melodic horn section that delivers a raw and compelling sound which invites listeners
of all audiences to groove to and connect with on a deeper and instinctual level. 

           She has performed at major venues such as the Valley Performing Arts Center, where she conducted a full orchestra for the premiere of her orchestral piece “A Path Unfolds,” and sang with the CSUN Jazz A Band. She has also performed at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, the Colts Stadium in Indianapolis, the Alamodome, the Georgia Dome, the Hall of Liberty and at Los Angeles Community College where she premiered her latest piece “Emerge” with a jazz combo, which featured legendary drummer Gene Coye, and a six-piece horn section.

        Active as a collaborative artist, Sophia performs as a pianist with different ensembles professionally, including the Westlake Village Symphony Orchestra, and the New Valley Symphony Orchestra. In 2014 she was a featured soloist and won the Fred Sanford Gold Medal in Percussion with the world famous Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps, and was a featured soloist in the Winter Drumline group POW Percussion. 

            While mastering her craft in classical music, jazz, film scoring and composing original music, Ms. Sophia is going to graduate from Cal State Northridge with a Bachelor’s of Music in Media Compostion this May 2018. She is a recognized student at Cal State Northridge and received the Igor Paltsev Memorial Composition Scholarship in 2015 for three of her original works entitled Forward Motion, Drifting, and Contemplation. Since then she has been studying with the phenomenal jazz pianists Matt Harris, and Gary Fukishima, and the renown Dr. Elizabeth Sellers, who is the head and founder of the Film and Commercial Writing department. 

            Sophia has been playing the piano since the age of three, and acquired her Grade 8 Certificate in Piano from the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music (ABRSM) when she was 14.  Upon graduating high school, she was awarded the United States Marine Corps “Semper Fidelis” Award for Music Excellence, and under the instruction of acclaimed pianist Lou Touman, she auditioned and was accepted as a Piano Performance major at CSUN, at that time studying with the world renowned pianist and CSUN faculty member, Dr. Salas. 

            While currently working on composing for her ensemble which she is the pianist for, performing with several groups professionally, securing an internship, and teaching lessons, she says that being so involved with Music "is only possible because I am passionate about everything about Music, and I plan to be a part of Music and share this fondness with others for the rest of my life."

Please feel welcome to ask me questions and visit sophiatrevordotcom!
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William W. February 19, 2018
· Piano · In home
Sophia is absolutely the best piano teacher ever! She's punctual, kind, and patient. She genuinely cares that I understand not just how to play the piano, but also the theoretical apparatus behind the music that I'm learning to play. I will take lessons from her until I'm taking a dirt nap.
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Doug R. December 20, 2017
· Piano · In home
As an adult trying to get back into playing piano it was hard for me to find the right fit with a piano teacher. Sophia displays a perfect balance of encouragement, intelligence, and professionalism in our lessons. Her hours are flexible, and she has so much to offer and talk about with whatever is I want to learn. Thank you Sophia!
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Alex December 13, 2017
· Piano · In home
Sophia was so kind and helpful. I wanted to get my 7 year old Josh involved in music and figured piano would be a good instrument to learn the basics on, especially since I already have a keyboard at home. Sophia arrived for his first lesson on time and was very polite. I sat in on the lesson and Josh was comfortable for usually being shy around girls. Sophia introduced him to basic technique and showed him some of the cool things a pianist can do. She even asked him what he liked to listen to and what he would want to play in the future, giving him a personal reason to practice. I hope he continues as long time and Sophia definitely makes that seem like a possibility. I cannot recommend her enough!!
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Sophia T.

Canoga Park, CA 91304
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Study with an accomplished teacher with a passion for piano, performance, and education! I have 8 years of teaching experience and 20 years of playing experience as well as a B.M. and M.M. in piano performance. In lessons I create individualized plans for students focusing on technique, note reading, rhythm, theory, performance practice and interpretation. I have studied piano pedagogy in college as well as on my own to help evaluate students on their strengths and weaknesses as well as their preferred learning modalities to find the best possible methods for them to meet their creative goals. My education and experience allow me to provide a very high level of instruction and am able to serve students of various backgrounds, abilities, and ages. I can also help guide interested students through competitions and college auditions. With me as your instructor you will not only develop skills for piano, but gain a deeper and more personal understanding of music in general.

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Greetings! As a classical pianist, I have been playing and performing for 20 years and have been teaching for 8 years. I have received a conservatory style education and possess a Bachelor's of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Redlands and Master's of Music in Piano Performance from Bob Cole Conservatory at CSULB. I currently serve on the board of director's for the University of Redlands Summer Piano Camp where I teach classes on art, sight reading, and coach advanced ensembles. I also am a staff accompanist at the University of Redlands and am also a freelance accompanist for vocalists and instrumentalists.
I graduated from the prestigious Idyllwild Arts Academy for high school and first attended their summer program at 15. I received an invitation and played in the Oberlin International Youth Piano Competition
at age 16. I won awards through MTAC and MTNA as a student. At the University of Redlands I was a recipient of the Mary E. Lehigh Endowed Music Grant and a winner of the highly competitive University of Redlands Concerto Competition. I performed as a soloist with the University of Redlands Symphony twice, the first being MacDowell's 2nd Piano Concerto in D Minor Op. 31 and Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals.
While pursuing my Master's of Music degree I was selected to perform as a soloist and collaborator in numerous concerts on and off campus. I also received a Graduate Research Grant and published my Master's thesis while in attendance.
My primary teachers have been Louanne Long and Dr. Shun-Lin Chou.
As a teacher I work towards the individual's needs, identifying strengths and weakness and learning modalities to create a specialized lesson plan to help the student excel and meet all their artistic goals. I focus on a holistic approach to education and not only teach playing and note reading but also rhythm, ear training, theory, performance practice and interpretation. It is only through a well rounded approach that one may truly master this craft. I have high expectations for my students and I know they have high expectations of me as well.
I teach out of my teaching studio in my quiet and private home where I have both a Schumann 6'3 grand piano and a Baldwin upright. Both pianos are very well taken care of and in excellent condition.

"I wish you music to help with the burdens of life and to help you release your happiness to others"-Beethoven
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Dorothy R.

Dorothy R.

Temple City, CA 91780
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