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About Sarah B.

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Los Angeles, CA
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About Sarah
I am always excited to meet and work with dedicated, aspiring singers, regardless of age or level!

As a professional singer I have sung with opera companies and orchestras throughout the world. I continue to pursue my singing career, but I also love teaching lessons so I can pass on my passion to my students! I am currently on the voice faculty at MusA Academy and also maintain a private studio.

I love teaching musicians, whether they are beginners or advanced. One of my greatest joys is watching the student improve and grow in their love for music. For the beginner, I believe it is important to spend time learning to read music and understanding music theory, so this will be a part of our early lessons.

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

Singing is a deeply personal experience, therefore each lesson is tailored specifically to the student'
s needs and wants. I specialize in the classical Bel Canto technique and teach this to all my students. This will create a solid technical foundation so then the student is free to explore any genre that interests them. Even though I am an opera singer, I enjoy working with my students on musical theater, pop, jazz, and much more! What is most important is that my students find joy in singing, and I will guide you to do that in a way that is healthy for your voice.

As a teacher, I think it is valuable to develop the complete musician, not only the voice. In lessons, we will also discuss music theory, diction, interpretation, phrasing, music history, etc.

A lesson might include:
- exercises that develop skills in posture, breathing, vocal support, tone production and resonance
- learning songs and choosing audition repertoire that best suits your voice and showcases your unique talent
- the design of a warm-up routine to use before a performance
- special attention targeting trouble spots in music, issues with vocal range or transitions between vocal registers
- coaching in diction (English, Italian, French, German, Latin), articulation, and projection
- music reading skills and ear training
- audition preparation and help learning music
- other areas of focus inspired by the singer’s strengths and challenges

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a portable electric keyboard, but it would be best if the student had a piano/keyboard so they can practice at home.

*** Specialties ***
I am a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music with a degree in Vocal Performance.
I am classically trained in voice, violin, flute and piano. I began the Suzuki method on the violin at age 3. I am a professional opera and choral singer, but also have experience in musical theater.
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Paolina September 7, 2017
· Singing · In studio
My daughter is developing confidence and skill. Love this opportunity for her.
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Allie June 10, 2017
· Opera Voice · In studio
Sarah is an amazing person, teacher, and vocal coach. She is extremely experienced and well prepared. She is pacient and motivating. Words arents enough to describe how great sarah is! Best instructor ever to be honest. You'll notice change in the very first class and every other class after that!
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Ruth May 11, 2016
· Vocal Training · In home
Sarah is great teacher , she knows how to inspire student to work on their works hardly. My 10 years old daughter has been with her 2 years now for vocal and flute training , she is not only teach her skills but also cultivate great passion and interests on music, and her teaching style also make children feel fun and enjoyable. We are lucky to have Sarah to work on my daughter. She is great teacher who knows how to work on kids.
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Sarah B.

Sarah B.

Los Angeles, CA 90027
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About Timur D.

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About Timur
I began playing guitar in my early teens at one of children's music schools in Russia. Later I continued my education at Tel Aviv Music Acsdemy in Israel where my family moved in 1995. I moved to California in 2003 and have been actively teaching and performing since then.

I teach classical (aka Spanish or nylon string ) and and acoustic (aka steel string) guitar. I specialize in finger picking, but also teach chords, pick. I teach how to read music and tabs, learn your favorite songs, but you will start learning from one of my preferred guitar method books .

I am a very knowledgeable, experienced and patient teacher, most of my students stay with me for years. I teach all ages -kids, working professionals, retirees.
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Timur D.

Timur D.

Irvine, CA 92612
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About Seth D.

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Inglewood, CA
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About Seth
Seth is available for one on one lessons on Saxophone, Clarinet, Piano, Guitar, Vocals and Music Theory. Available to all styles, ages and levels in your home or mine in Los Angeles, CA. Lessons are tailored to the individual styles and goals. Seth has been teaching for over sixteen years primarily working with children. He has worked with Grammy winning producers, touring musicians, helping them hone up on there music theory, and piano chops.

He graduated from the prestigious Lamont School Of Music with a Bachelor’s of Music in music composition.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are tailored to the individuals styles and goals!
I teach all styles with focus on having fun.
Theory, Reading Music, Ear Training, Chords etc.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I don't provide equipment, I expect the student to have there own equipment.
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Bob G. April 13, 2016
· Saxophone · In studio
First lesson. Lots to learn!
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Alex B. December 17, 2015
· Saxophone · In studio
Seth is a good dude. I came across his profile with Take Lessons a month ago, after browsing through other instructors in my area and other schools in my area. He's got the experience and knowledge, so I connected with him for an initial lesson. It was a quick one to get introductions out of the way and a good idea of goals/direction. From there we further honed our plans for my instruction in an hour lesson and are directing our sights on my upcoming auditions. Seth has shown me through simple explanations of theory that his teaching style is very approachable, and additionally, was able to show me good technical skills on working my way around the horn, which is especially useful for someone like me in my twenties who already has a few bad habits (haha). Like I said, he's a good dude, good sense of humor so I feel at ease practicing with him and his knowledge is insane! Not only for saxophone but in so many other areas of music! You'd be doing yourself a favor to take at least an hour lesson from him and see how you go.
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Alyssa B. August 2, 2015
· Clarinet · In home
Seth and I had a great first lesson. I haven't played in a long time and he gave me helpful pointers on how to improve my embouchure. He gave me positive feedback on my rhythm and constructive feedback on my tone. We worked through some songs together. Next time I will probably ask him to play some more for me so I can hear what I need to improve for a particular song. I highly recommend him.
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Seth D.

Seth D.

Inglewood, CA 90303
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About Danny B.

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Culver City, CA

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About Danny
I have been playing and performing the drums for the past 10 years.

In a teaching situation I try and provide a relaxed and friendly environment in order to learn a students strengths and weaknesses. I want students to be able to learn at their own pace, and not to worry if they think they are not learning quickly enough.

I generally work as a for hire musician playing for various acts in the styles of rock, funk, blues, jazz, and even movie scores.

I have toured throughout California and have had the privilege to open for such artists as A Flock of Seagulls, Jennifer Leitham, Daniel Glass, and Jack Sheldon.
I have recorded drums for movies including Stomp the Yard, and Obsessed; played with acts such as Big Dave LIttle, Brett Copeland, and Kenji Igus. I have played with such jazz musicians including Richard Simon and Roger
Neumann.

I attended the AVPA from 2006 to 2009 and have a degree in Psychology.

*** Lesson Details ***
In the lesson setting I want the student to become as comfortable with the drums as possible. I like to maintain a relaxed environment, allowing the student to move at his or her own pace. This in mind, I believe the fundamentals are the most important to learn.

Students will first learn the basic hand techniques needed for accomplished drum playing, before moving on to more complex ideas behind groove, and feel. Reading music and keeping effective time will be emphasized in early lessons.

I also like to teach students that drums are a musical instrument that is typically played with other musicians. A student will learn how to play and interact well with other musicians in a variety of musical settings.

I use a combination of books for teaching including:
Syncopation by Ted Reed
The All-American Drummer by Charley Wilcoxon
The Drummer's Bible by Mick Berry and Jason Gianni
Stick Control by George Lawrence Stone
I will also use various drum charts and exercises as well as the use of videos and recordings.

After 3 to 6 months a student will be able to read drum notation and rhythms at a competent level and will be able to play basic drum beats on the drum kit as well as have a basic understanding of how to play with other musicians in various styles of music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Equipment includes two drumsets, drum pads, sticks, and instructional material.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Can bring drums if necessary, would prefer to bring a drum pad.
Expect the student to have drums.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Jazz, Funk, Blues
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Meghan April 19, 2017
· Drum · In home
Danny is a great teacher - he's really patient and encouraging and my son adores his lessons and looks forward to them every week. Danny has a way of making him both take it seriously and also think he's having the most fun and is a natural. I high;y recommend him.
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Danny B.

Danny B.

Culver City, CA 90230
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About Carmen S.

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About Carmen
Carmen has been teaching music for 10 years to children and adults, from age 4 to 50. She is able to teach many genres of music to all levels of musicianship, whether beginner or advanced, whether they want to learn Mozart or Coldplay, Aretha Franklin or Joni Mitchell . Her style of teaching utilizes the classical approach of theory and sight reading, but MOST IMPORTANTLY allows the student to explore the instrument freely while also achieving good musicianship. Having fun while honing the craft is the way to an enduring love of playing and is a principle she always uses in her lessons.

Carmen has a special gift with very young children; she is able to keep children interested, engaged, inspired and challenged. She has a patience with children that is extraordinary because she believes strongly in the ability of music to enrich child
ren's lives in all areas and seeks to cultivate that within the child.

Adults also find it easy to learn from Carmen's teaching approach. Her ability to approach a students challenges with a multitude of learning techniques has been useful in helping students succeed. She teaches skills and techniques for practicing that are useful for musicians through out their lifetime. Carmen also knows exactly what it takes to make a student a professional who is ready for studio session work, live band performances, live improvisations, auditions or creating their own music. She understands the desire and drive behind wanting to create with music and emphasizes certain key aspects that can make musicians proficient in any genre when practiced

Education

Carmen comes from a long family lineage of musicians and artists. Always being exposed to classical music and opera since birth, Carmen was in awe of the power of the human voice through opera. At 8 she began to study the art form and teach herself music. She started studying with teachers at age 11. After learning voice, piano and cello followed. While studying classical techniques, she also taught herself other genres of music which enabled her to play, record and perform with musicians of almost every genre by 19.

Carmen has been taught and trained by many professional working musicians of impressive musical carrer heights Her former opera/ vocal coach Shonie Lebie attended The Julliard School on a full scholarship before going on to The Metropolitan Opera House. Piano teacher Shoshana Ben Horin, a graduate of Prague Conservatory of Music and concert pianist, toured all of Europe before instructing Carmen in piano. Carmen has learned cello and other string instruments from professional working musicians here in Los Angeles.

Experience

Carmen is a current working session musician, songwriter and performer in Los Angeles. She has performed and recorded with musicians from The Gap Band, Guns n' Roses, Whitney Houston, Vanessa Hudgens, Hayden Panettiere, etc. She was born and raised in Los Angeles.

*** Lesson Details ***
I customize EVERY lesson for EVERY student (Beginner or Advanced) whether playing in for fun, preparing for a show or wanting to become a professional musician, I can help you reach it.

For piano I can teach you the classical method, Suzuki or methods toward the genre you enjoy playing. You'll learn Ear Training, Rhythm, Theory/ Chords, Sight Reading, Improvisation, Repertoire and a little songwriting.

For strings I focus mostly using the Suzuki Method/ Classical Repertoire or Hal Leonard curriculum. If you seek to learn rock, jazz or blues I have customized learning technique depending on your level. You'll learn bowing techniques, Ear training, Sigh Reading for multiple Clefs, Orchestration, and of course theory and repertoire

For singing I customize the lesson toward Genre Performance preference of the student to maximize your time and productivity. Covering Breath/Phrasing, Projection, Tone Improvement, Diction, Microphone technique, Sight Reading, Proper vocal warm-ups/ Maintenance and Repertoire

*** Specialties ***
Opera, pop, rock, r&b, blue, jazz, alternative rock, string instrument improvisation, free form, variations of short hand lead sheets (how to play along with a band at gig nights), piano chord structures & progressions, singing with band accompaniment, children's music
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Kate M. November 9, 2017
· Violin · In home
My daughter is very happy with her .
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Ivan G. October 20, 2017
· Piano · In home
My son loved it!!!! Very much excited
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Alexandra P. August 18, 2017
· Cello · In home
Carmen is lovely and a great teacher!
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Carmen S.

Santa Monica, CA 90401
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About Tanya A.

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Los Angeles, CA
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I have taught all ages, K-12 as well as adults into their 80's.
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Maria Corrigan September 25, 2017
· Dance · In home
Tanya was so incredible and made me really feel comfortable!
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Maria May 24, 2017
· Hip Hop Dance · In studio
I've never had a dance lesson before and was pretty nervous about this but Tanya made me feel comfortable and I eventually relaxed and enjoyed myself!

Thanks again!!
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Michelle B. May 1, 2017
· Dance · In home
Excellent teacher! Great motivator, patient and kind!
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Tanya A.

Tanya A.

Los Angeles, CA 90036
(10)
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$35 / 30-min

About Grace M.

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Stanton, CA

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About Grace
Grace has extensive experience teaching private and group lessons, including lessons in Piano, English Horn and reed making. Her students have gone on to win scholarships and place in honor orchestras. Currently, her students hold the top spots in nTyme's (North Torrance Youth Musicians Ensemble) Chamber Orchestra.

Locally, Grace has performed with the Dana Point Symphony, Symphony Irvine, as well as other groups around Southern California. Previously, she was a long time member of the Cheshire Symphony.

Whether you choose to take lessons online, in my home studio, or in your home, I strive to make each lesson engaging, informative, and fun! Students are expected to practice in-between lessons and come to lessons prepared with their instrument and music. I also encourage students to bring any music that they're interested in learni
ng to their lessons.

**In-studio Lessons**
In-studio lessons take place in my home studio in Stanton, CA. Availability is limited, so please use the Ask-A-Question feature if a time you'd like isn't currently available.

**In-home Lessons**
Currently, I'm traveling to the Southbay area on Tuesdays and Thursdays only. If you reside within that area and the time you'd like isn't in my availability, please let me know, as I may be able to make it work (depending on location). If you have any scheduling questions, please contact me before booking lessons.

**Group Lessons**
I don't offer traditional group lessons, as I've found they slow down the progress of both students and therefore aren't cost effective. Arrangements can be made for back to back lessons instead. Please contact me before booking lessons.

Please feel free to ask me any questions you may have, and I can't wait to meet you!
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Peggy November 2, 2017
· Oboe · Online
Grace is an insightful teacher who communicates well and gives constructive feedback. I like that she devotes part of the lesson to reed-making.
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Peggy October 13, 2017
· Oboe · Online
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Peggy October 1, 2017
· Oboe · Online
Grace was on-the-dot punctual, and had me play what I could for her. Right away she locked in on my intonation, which I have been having problems with. She asked several questions, which was a good thing. She followed up with a printed list of things for me to work on. All this was done with a pleasant gentleness which has me looking forward to the next lesson.
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Grace M.

Stanton, CA 90680
(15)
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About Max B.

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Los Angeles, CA

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What's up, my name's Max and I'm glad you stumbled on my profile! The first thing you should know is that I'm absolutely in love with music and its teaching process.

I started playing when I was just three years old. I asked my parents to start me up on this journey. It has been an amazing, self-fulfilling process. I attended the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and earned a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Piano. I'm patient and adaptable as a teacher and will always listen to my students' needs.

If you've got any questions at all, please don't hesitate to ask me!
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April V. September 9, 2017
· Piano · In home
For my first lesson, me & Max made great progress! I have so much enthusiasm for what I think I can accomplish in the next few weeks w/Max! Looking forward to future classes! Thanks Max
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Hamid R. March 14, 2017
· Piano · Online
Max is a great teacher. He has brought enthusiasm and fund of music and we are grateful that he helped Maggie in her path. Thanks Max!
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Naama K. November 7, 2016
· Piano · In home
My 6 years old daughter loved him!
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Max B.

Max B.

Los Angeles, CA 90004
(14)
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About Josh F.

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Ontario, CA

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Josh Ferrer is a musician based out of the Los Angeles area. He is commonly referred to as "the workhorse" amongst his colleagues because of his versatility and flexibility to be able to play any style of music under any situation. Because of his versatility, Josh has become a successful and sought out trumpet player on the West Coast.
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Sarah April 12, 2017
· Ear Training · In home
Josh was able to give me practical steps to improve my ear training skills, along with the information I needed to practice on my own at home. My knowledge of theory and improvising has improved greatly. He is also very patient and breaks things down so they are easy to understand.
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Josh F.

Ontario, CA 91762
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About John G.

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My name is John. I am a graduate of the music performance program at The University of California at Riverside. There I studied under several talented teachers including Dr. Tim Labor and Dr. Barbara Bennett, as well as Trumpeters Don Clarke, Richard Chasin, and Joshua Welchez. Since graduating I have been engaging in some freelance work both as a one on one private instructor, as well as a technician for Azusa High School's Jazz Ensemble.

In general I have always prized the value of personal instruction. Having come from a family of primarily educators I am well aware that the value a single teacher can have on a student is immeasurable. This appreciation has only been compounded since I have begun to teach myself. Though it takes time in music, visible progress is the one of the more profound feelings of accomplishment that can be fe
lt. More than anything, that progress and achievement is my goal in teaching.
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Robert S. November 30, 2017
· Trumpet · In home
Great teacher my grandson is learning alot😊
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Kayla B. August 12, 2017
· Trumpet · In home
We'v been very happy with John. He comes to our house and teaches and motivates my daughter.
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Deaven May 23, 2017
· Trumpet · In home
John is a great instructor, having his own background in trumpet playing and a high understanding of how to play the instrument. Having received lessons from him for a year now, I can say I have really improved alot thanks to him. John is very patient, and very accommodating.
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John G.

Fullerton, CA 92831
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