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Long Beach, CA

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I love to write and arrange music. It can be really fun if you have a few more tools.

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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John January 8, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Very good instructor. Quickly understood where I was at in experience and worked with me to improve.
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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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Glynis D.

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Long Beach, CA 90805
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About Milton J.

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Corona, CA

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I have been teaching songwriting for over four years. These lessons are wholly rewarding as I love to conduct it as a "jam session" of sorts, helping my students frame their ideas into versus-chorus form, as well as helping them with basic music theory and sheet music transferring digitally with Sibelius 7 or in paper form.

About Milton
Hey there, everyone!

My name is Milton Carl Jackson II and I teach vocal, guitar, piano, and musical theatre lessons in the Inland Empire area.

I help those young, middle-aged, and not-as-young tap into their own soul through music so that they may help others find theirs as well. I believe that in order to entertain others with your voice or your instrument, one must first be able to entertain oneself - all the while having fun doing it! As a recent graduate of the University of California, Davis with a double major in Music History & Ethnomusicology and African-American & African Studies; a former co-host of the popular hip-hop radio show ATF Radio: All Things Fresh on KDVS 90.3 FM; a former Music Director of The Afterglow of UC Davis; and a recent graduate of American University with a Master's of Education in Business Education
, I have come in contact and learned from a vast amount of different musicians and educators. A classically-trained bass-baritone with roots in R&B, Soul, Rock, Pop, and Jazz, I have aspirations to help each and every student realize their full musical potential.

If you're looking for a teacher who will motivate and inspire you not only to learn your instrument of choice, but also how to perform it (whether on the big stage or in your living room for the family) and record it as well, I'm the perfect teacher for you. Learning to sing, play, and act beautifully doesn't have to be difficult -- we'll work on finding your voice or your style, all while having fun along the way!

I teach in-studio, in-home, and online lessons, so we can be flexible with the lesson type and schedule!

This is a perfect chance for you or your child who can't stop singing around the house or has dreams of shredding on the guitar or twinkling on the ivories to learn the fundamentals of music, start something new that keeps them or you focused, and have fun while doing it!

Feel free to contact me at show contact info for any questions and check out my student reviews and qualifications.

I look forward to meeting you and accompanying you or your child on your musical journey!!
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River December 12, 2018
· Piano · In home
Milton is great with kids!
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Levi-Drake B. September 28, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Amazing teacher and can give insight on just about anything music related.
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Ray I. August 17, 2018
· Speaking Voice · In studio
He's the best!
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Milton J.

Milton J.

Corona, CA 92879
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About Joe M.

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Bellflower, CA

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I consider myself a singer-songwriter at heart. learn how to express your thoughts poetically through music. Discover the importance of music theory in the realm of songwriting.

About Joe
I am currently the piano and guitar teacher at Oakwood Academy Schools of Long Beach, and the Music Director for the non-profit organization Arts Aloud Theater Group. I have a BA in Music Education with an emphasis in voice. I've been teaching for 17 years in classroom and one-on-one settings. Other places where I have taught are: Calvary Chapel Downey School, Dexter Music Academy, and ABC Unified School District. I've been complimented on my ability to teach in a way that makes my students learn very quickly. I was trained in the classical and pop/rock genres. I've toured with choirs throughout China, and the United States (including Carnegie Hall), and I have also toured with rock/pop bands in Spain, Mexico, Central America, Peru, and throughout the U.S.A.

I've worked with various vocal coaches including Grammy-nominated Ilene
Graff, and Maxayn Lewis (who has worked with Celine Dion and Britney Spears).

I am also currently the lead singer (also playing guitar & piano) for the band Hello Human. I've worked with amazing musicians including Michael Thompson (guitarist for Michael Jackson, Christina Aguilera), and John Robinson (drummer for Quincy Jones, Elton John). I've also had the honor of working with Wyn Davis (producer of No Doubt, Sublime).

My vocal recordings/original songs are on television show The Young & The Restless (“Dreamers” June 11th episode 11449, “High Tops” June 6th episode 11447).

My vocal recordings/original songs are currently on KWAVE 107.9 and have been on Alcoa Tennessee'™s Love 89.1, Refuge, CSN, WCTL, and on hundreds of other radio stations.

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I divide my class into 4 parts: 1.Scales/Chords/Arpeggios/Warm-ups 2.Sight-Reading 3.Theory 4.Improvisation. Depending on the instrument of your choice, and also what your specific goals are, each of these parts are customized. You will learn quickly.

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A weighted 88 keyboard is used. Free parking on street and lot.

*** Specialties ***
My emphasis was voice (Tenor) at Vanguard University. I am classically trained and trained in Rock/Pop. Violin was my first instrument, then I learned guitar and piano in college. I've done many professional recordings and performances throughout my career.
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Matthew October 18, 2018
· Singing · Online
Joe is the best pop singing instructor out there! He is experienced, friendly, cooperative with schedule, very cool, and does super knowledgeable! Looking forward to future classes.
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Ilee K. March 2, 2018
· Piano · In home
Joe is clear, organized, and very encouraging. I enjoyed our first piano lesson. I am looking forward to future lessons with him.
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VIRGIL M. October 19, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
My first guitar lesson with Joe was so relaxing. I like his method of teaching beginners like me. So cool!!!
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Joe M.

Joe M.

Bellflower, CA 90706
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About Richard C.

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Irvine, CA

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Learn the basics of chord progressions and melody to create your own original music.

About Richard
I have studied, performed and taught music for over 30 years. Accordion was my first instrument at age 7 which was a great introduction to the keyboard, melody and harmony. That was followed by guitar and other stringed instruments (Banjo, Ukulele) as well as drums. I studied with great teachers in the past as well as at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. I have also performed at the Cape Cod Jazz Festival, The Bakersfield Jazz Festival and numerous club dates and private functions throughout New York, New England and California.

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Students will experience an "original" lesson based on how they learn. Some students benefit most from a visual standpoint reading music or tab while others learn best by an auditory or hearing approach. We will explore what works best for you. Whether its blues, rock jazz o
r other styles, we will find the best avenue to progress toward your goals. At the same time I believe it should always be a fun thing to do!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitars - Drums - Banjo - Amplifiers - Piano - Accordion - Ukes and other assorted instruments

*** Specialties ***
Depending on student interest, I teach numerous styles (Rock, Blues Jazz improvisation) by reading music or by ear. Some students are more visual while others are auditory learners. Whichever is best for the student.
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Russell M. November 23, 2018
· Flamenco Guitar · In studio
Great first lesson!! Lots to learn.. Rich is very patient and knowledgeable. Looking forward to our next lesson.
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Mike O. November 20, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Just two lessons down, with 8 to go. Richard makes learning fun. His approach to teaching makes learning notes and chords easy. I can't wait until the next class.
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Jade X. July 18, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Excellent first lesson!
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Richard C.

Irvine, CA 92612
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About Glenn S.

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Long Beach, CA
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Arranging, theory, chord progressions, song form, lyric development

About Glenn
Hi, I'm Glenn. Thank you for viewing my profile. I've been teaching students for over 20 years, playing all styles and levels of music, from day-one beginners to seasoned pros seeking to sharpen their playing skills. I teach both traditional notation and tablature, writing my own teaching methods in both formats. I can transcribe any song or solo for you, and can arrange the music to fit your particular level of skill.

I earned a B.A. in Music Composition and an A.A. in music theory, and have worked as a professional musician since graduation. I play in a variety of bands that cover rock, jazz, surf, oldies, and country, and also write and arrange music for those bands as well as writing my own music that can be heard on my own YouTube channel.

The first song I learned to play was "Pipeline." I own and play several acoustic an
d electric guitars, as well as ukuleles, mandolins, bass guitars, and lap steel guitars. I'm personable and patient, and my lessons include songs, techniques, and instruction for improving your musical skills. I look forward to meeting you and having fun learning and playing music together.

-Glenn

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I'm big on teaching songs and techniques learned through scales and chords, which will enable you to improvise, solo, and write your own music. I can teach either traditional note reading or tablature, and can transcribe your favorite songs and solos. The lessons are fun, with new material to learn and play every week. I hope every time you pick up a guitar, it will be a creative experience!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home studio: front room turned into music studio. recording gear, all instruments listed, additional seating for parents.

Morey's Music: Music store setting, small practice room, additional seating for parents.

*** Specialties ***
I've done it all-like theory, all styles of music.
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Jon January 10, 2019
· Ukulele · In studio
Great learning experience!
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Gary C. January 10, 2019
· Banjo · Online
This is the only lesson I've ever had but Glenn is a receptive and nice person who got me started on basics in spite of my computer camera problems. I'm looking forward to my next lesson and hopefully no computer issues on my part.
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Laura R. February 11, 2018
· Banjo · Online
Our daughter has really enjoyed learning to play the banjo with Glenn. He is patient and fun, and very talented!
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Glenn S.

Lakewood, CA 90713
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About Pablo S.

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You will learn to master the composition tools you need for your music creations. From basic songwriting to complex orchestral writing.

About Pablo
In 2005 Pablo started his piano studies and also enrolled the “Faculty of Arts and Musical Sciences” at UCA University towards a Music Composition degree.

The following year Pablo started working as a composer for different purposes and media, mostly for the advertising industry, this happened to be his dawn as a music producer.

A year later in 2010, he released his first production “Piezas Meridionales”, a solo project with compositions for classical guitar.

After composing in many varieties of styles, from classical to contemporary and for many different organics; solo instrument works, full orchestras, and more, in 2011 after 5 years at UCA University, Pablo obtained his degree in Music Composition.

Since out of the music school, Pablo has been continuously teaching, composing, recording and producing projects of his o
wn and other music for different purposes. This led him to the creation of his own music production studio “Nautilus Leaf Music”
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Ethan April 21, 2016
· Piano · In studio
The kids loved the lesson. Very nice and knowledgable.
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Pablo S.

Pablo S.

Oceanside, CA 92056
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About Joe S.

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Aliso Viejo, CA

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I try to help each songwriter become the best writer they can be through their own sound and language. During the lessons, I do quite a bit of analysis of a student's favorite pieces, as well as my own...then incorporate that into their own songwriting process.

About Joe
I absolutely love teaching music! After over 20 years of teaching, performing, writing, and recording in all styles/genres, it continues to be a great adventure. It is a joy to pass this on to others...especially seeing my students that never touched the instrument going on to be very proficient players.

I take teaching seriously, but definitely try to make it enjoyable for the student. I studied classical guitar in college, but was playing everything from Van Halen to Jazz to Country & Blues before that. Currently, I'd consider myself a flat out musical mutt...enjoying anything and everything. The love of guitar has also expanded to a multitude of instruments that I record, gig, & teach with.
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Grant July 30, 2018
· Ukulele · In home
Terrific instructor...just what i was looking for.
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Beth January 4, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Joe is a great teacher for my son - patient, enthusiastic and adapts the music for learning to my son's interest. Can't recommend enough - great!
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Laurie September 13, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Great first lesson. Very professional and impressed with Joe's knowledge and teaching skills.
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Joe S.

Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
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About Emo A.

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Santa Ana, CA

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I'm a multiple songwriting award winner on www.songoftheyear.com with my songs "Maya", "Angel &I", and "Told You So"

I've also had my music featured on MTV Arabia such as "Sunshine" and "World for Two"

I will teach you how to write quality melodies with thought-provoking lyrics and even delve into how certain rhythms can change the entire feel of a song

I've written over 200 songs and have 4 albums on iTunes and Spotify and about to release my newest album this month.

About Emo
I've been a professional vocalist and guitarist for 15 years and have been teaching voice for half that duration. I own a music school and recording studio in Santa Ana called Granted Records. I have been trained by the best vocal coach in the business Ron Anderson and I'm excited to carry on his teachings as well as other teachings including guitar song writing and music production. I have written recorded mixed and mastered 8 albums and have amassed a great following in Europe and the Middle East in addition to my fans in the U.S.
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Enver W. May 10, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I saw a huge improvement with the 5 voice lessons that i took with Emo. He had a way of opening up my voice and expanding it and pushing me to get there. Even on days when i felt like my voice felt worn or hoarse and i though would not get anywhere with the lesson together we found a range that would allow me to push through it! Every time i leave his lesson my voice feels clear, more crisp and powerful even when speaking. I highly reccomend Emo, he is intuitive, kind and genuinely interested in helping you improve. cant wait to book more lessons with him!
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Addison February 22, 2018
· Singing · Online
Emo is wonderful! He’s incredibly knowledgeable, supportive, encouraging, and most definitely makes you better in all aspects. I wouldn’t recommend anyone but him!
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Seshu February 18, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Emo is one of the best guitar teachers I seen around. He is very patient and great positive attitude working with kids. He is also flexible with our pace and teaching us our favorite songs. I highly recommend Emo!
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Emo A.

Emo A.

Santa Ana, CA 92701
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About Alec W.

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Greetings! Alec is the Piano Teacher for Kids in Orange County. Along with tutoring piano, he is also a music composer for film, video-games, and multi-media. With over 15 years of piano-playing experience, and 5 years of teaching, Alec is happy and excited to achieve whatever your child's goals are in playing the piano.

Within the first few lessons, you or your child will be able to:
(1) Understand the Foundations of the Piano
(2) Effectively Read Notes
(3) Recognize Patterns in Music
(4) Use Both Hands Fluidly Within a Song

Alec's foremost philosophy in teaching piano is following the student's goals and dreams, not his own. While curriculum work is certainly vital, it is far more important that his students receive help they need in accomplishing their biggest aspirations in music. Whether your child wants to be a music composer, rock-star, or just playing for their loved ones, Alec can bring them closer to that goal.

Alec's promise to you is to ...

About Alec
Alec specializes in personalized piano tutoring for kids. He has instructed children from ages 5-17 and also teaches adult beginners as well.

As a piano instructor and music composer based in South Orange County, Alec has accumulated a wealth of knowledge in both classical and contemporary music and how it's constructed. For over 15 years, he has been an accomplished pianist and music composer.

Alec's promise to you is to deliver lessons that are of exceptional quality and student focused!

- 1-Hour Lessons include ear training! In ear training, we develop our inner ear, the ability to accurately hear and identify musical elements in our head while reading, listening to, and thinking about music. This form of training is guaranteed to help your child learn music faster and anticipate various musical elements.

- You ha
ve the choice of receiving in-home piano lessons, or at Alec's home studio. Should you chose Alec's studio, students will have the opportunity to utilize Alec's hardware and software he uses to compose professional music. His students can easily record themselves playing and in real-time, analyze any mistakes they made

- Learn all the styles of piano; from classical, to jazz, to contemporary and beyond!

- An adult beginner and want to learn? Feel free to join in too!

- Alec combines both the Suzuki Method, and the Faber Method in his teaching. The Suzuki Method focuses on memory, repetition, and ear training while the Faber Method uses helpful visuals to promote learning.

Need your child to start piano lessons soon? Contact Alec for more information and he will get back to you within 24 hours.
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Vern September 7, 2018
· Piano · In home
From the first time Alec met my grandson he was understanding, encouraging, extremely patient and knowledgeable. The next lesson assignments were clearly written out with the expectation that time would be allowed for daily practice.

Thank you, Alec
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Sarah Jones April 10, 2018
· Songwriting · In home
I got so much value for my daughter's piano lessons. I was surprised when she played her own songs to me. On top of that, Alec was very on top of things when it came to lesson planning, homework, and attendance. If you are new to piano, I would recommend signing up with Alec.
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David April 10, 2018
· Piano · In home
As the parent of my child who took lessons, Alec is by far one of the most organized tutors around. My daughter got through her first book at lightening pace and we are excited to continue taking lessons.
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Alec W.

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
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About Taylor M.

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Irvine, CA

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I am a professional songwriter with a passion for teaching the songwriting craft! My specialty is custom music, meaning that the majority of the songs that I am hired for professionally are tailored to something specific, meaning they tell me the style, and lyrical theme they are looking for, and I make it happen. I like to make my songwriting lessons just as customized, so that my students can learn what will be most valuable to them. We will analyze and utilize techniques that are being used in songs that speak to you, so that the original songs you write can measure up to the music that you love.

About Taylor
I started writing songs when I was 8 years old and never stopped! I attended the Academy of the Performing Arts Huntington Beach High School, and from there studied Commercial Music and Writing at Brigham Young University. I have written and produced 3 personal pop EPs, and have released several singles as lead songwriter and vocalist for the band TREN in the unique category of cinematic pop. My niche has been writing custom music and my experience includes writing film end-credit songs, company anthems, theme songs and video game music.

I have taken several college courses specifically on songwriting and have learned so much from my schooling and professional experience! Studying and breaking down the craft opened my perspective and allowed me to be more intentional with my writing techniques, and I love passing on what I now know!
I have a core curriculum that I adapt according to level and style so that the student can have as many tools as possible to create great music that they’re proud of.

I really believe that listening to some of my work is probably the best way to “size me up.” I can’t include links here…but you can find me if you type a “. com” after my name or if you search “TREN Live or Survive.”
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Jamie July 23, 2018
· Songwriting · In studio
The Music, Media and Entertainment Technology Department (MMET) which is part of The Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts.(APA)
MMET is an Apple Distinguished Program and has been selected as a California Model School by the 
CA Department of Education in the Arts, Media and Entertainment industry sector.

Taylor taught a master class in Songwriting for our
Songwriting Master Class Series in May 2018.
She was outstanding and kept all 60 teenagers engaged.
Taylor has a very calm and relatable style that worked for my students.
I highly recommend Taylor as a teacher!!!
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Lincoln July 19, 2018
· Songwriting · In studio
Taylor gave me some great tips about writing songs. She’s really good at relating to people. I give her my best 😊
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Taylor M.

Irvine, CA 92614
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