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About Rachelle G.

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About Rachelle
Hello! My name is Rachelle and I'm a professional singer, songwriter and pianist from Victoria, BC, Canada. My background in music is a blend of Pop, Rock, Jazz Classical, Blues and R&B. I was featured in Keyboard Magazine’s November 2012 Issue as one of the 6 Best Keyboard Heroes to watch out for.
Some of my performance highlights have been opening up for Nelly Furtado in 2001 in our hometown Victoria BC, and again on her "Loose" tour in 2007 at Roger's Arena in Vancouver, BC for an audience of 15,000. I've taught for six years helping foster my student’s talents and reach their musical goals. Past students have attained lead roles in high school musicals, toured in professional
bands locally and internationally.
When it comes to teaching music a “cookie cutter" approach is never used. I understand everyone has a unique learning s
tyle and I try my best to cater my lessons around each student's individual needs and goals. I was fortunate enough to grow up in an incredibly musical household. My dad toured with Bryan Adams as his guitarist and my mom’s worked with heavy weights such as David Foster as a professional vocalist. I was mentored by some of the best in the music business since childhood. I started learning piano at the age of four and started recording vocals for radio commercials at the age of six. The experience I've acquired over the years from recording in world class studios and touring internationally I believe has given me invaluable insight to impart with my students. I’m very passionate about teaching. Whether you want to learn how to play your favorite song on the piano or polish your vocal skills to sing professionally on a big stage in front of a large crowd, I’m your gal!

*** Lesson Details ***
I understand that starting lessons can feel a bit scary and outside of ones comfort zone. It takes courage to try something new! I take pride in creating a fun, stress free learning environment, as I know it's incredibly important. I like to encourage having the best of both worlds when it comes to learning voice and piano. That means introducing some sight-reading as well as how to play freestyle, or without sheet music. What to expect upon your first lesson would be an easygoing assessment as well as something to take home and practice. I want to find out what your music tastes and background are and your personal goals, what you would like to get out of lessons. I tailor lessons around each student and their personal learning style.
Piano students: The following is an example of what students can expect to learn, proper technique, sight reading, chords and popular song progressions, how to develop a piece of music, rhythmic training, ear training, how to play their favorite song(s). I use a combo of music books, Alfred Series, Bastien and Dozen a Day for technique and finger exercises as well write out music for students too on the song they would like to learn. I make a list of songs you would like to learn and also suggest some too that I think you would like and can also further develop your piano playing skills.

Voice Lessons: I’m a firm believer that we can learn a lot from hearing ourselves back on recordings. We are our own toughest critic. Recording ourselves singing helps us hear where our strengths and weaknesses are. It might seem a little uncomfortable at first listening back, I know! However, it offers fresh perspective for us to able to take our voices to the next level. I record using an app on my iPhone or iPad and encourage my students to record as well. If they do not have a recording device I email the recording to them to study along with the notes and exercises they are given to work on. This enables the students to witness their personal progress from lesson to lesson! It’s a great learning tool!
The following is an example of what voice students can expect to learn: proper breathing techniques, how improve tone and extend their range, how to develop agility, pop riffs, and dynamic control, how to prepare for auditions, live shows and studio recording and much more!

What I expect from my students: To come to lessons with an open mind, a readiness to learn, to try new things and to apply what they learn each lesson to continue making weekly steady progress ☺ We only get out of something what we put into it right?

I like to be as flexible as possible, I understand that often times students have many other things going on in their lives whether it be sports, school or work etc. We go at a pace you feel comfortable with but enough where you feel you are getting a bit of a challenge each week to be growing. Let’s make some beautiful music together!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha Mox8 (88 weighted keys). Acoustic Guitar, Sound System, Allen & Heath Mixing board, SM58 Mic, Mic Stand, Music Stand, Shecter Electric Guitar, Pro Tools 9, Duet Apogee

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect my student to provide a keyboard at least 77-88keys or piano. i can provide a powered speaker, sm58 mic, mic stand for practicing voice and performance.

*** Specialties ***
Pop, Rock, Blues, Jazz, R&B, Classical
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James E. May 26, 2015
· Singing · In studio
Rachelle is extremely personable, knowledgeble, and communicative in her technique training. She is really helping me to unlearn all the bad habits that have naturally developed over the years, and I'm already more cognitive of my vocal projection. She's at the top of her game. Would highly recommend her to ANYONE in search of the best instructor.
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Emmanuel M. February 15, 2013
· Singing ·
A fantastic teacher

In just my first few lessons with Rachelle, I learned more about the anatomical aspect of singing than I had in 10 years of choir/singing. She put great emphasis on the technique and skill aspects, while still balancing it with emotional connection. Perhaps my favorite thing about Rachelle is that instead of giving you songs to practice or telling you exactly what kind of songs you need to be doing, she allows you to bring in any music that you like and allows you to pick the focus of your lessons (whether you want to work more on breath support or volume or tone quality etc.). She maintains a flexible, laid-back and supportive attitude and has been a wonderful help for me.
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Taliya S. February 15, 2013
· Singing ·
Rachelle is a great teacher!

I took lessons with Rachelle for about 2 years and I'm so glad I did. I have improved so much vocally as well as performance-wise. It was a lot of fun to be able to work on my own favorite songs instead of purely classical. I would definitely recommend taking lessons with Rachelle!
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Rachelle G.

Rachelle G.

Valley Village, CA 91607
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About Kimberly K.

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I've been playing the flute for over 25 years and teaching for 15. I teach beginning to advanced - age 5 to 99!

About Kimberly
Kimberly was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. After starting the flute and piano at the age of 8, she knew she had found something she loved and wanted in her life forever. At age 12, she added the saxophone and clarinet to her repertoire of instruments. After completing her Bachelors degree in Flute Performance at the University of Arizona she moved to Los Angeles to work on her Masters degree at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). There was where she fell in love with contemporary music and has devoted her life to sharing her love for it with others. After completing her Masters degree in Flute Performance at CalArts, she went on to pursue a Doctorate in Contemporary Flute Performance at the University of California, San Diego. Kimberly now resides in Los Angeles and plays with many groups throughout the city.

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All lessons are tailored to the students needs and goals. I like for all students to have serious music/etudes to work on as well as something fun that you enjoy playing. I teach everything from classical to pop music, beginner to advanced, age 4 to 99. Whatever your goals are, I can help you achieve them!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music stand and chair

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide nothing, students must have instrument, books and music stand.

*** Specialties ***
Contemporary flute techniques and performance.
Early childhood music and movement for young children.
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Mary October 22, 2017
· Saxophone · Online
Kim is a pleasure to work with. My 10 year old looks forward to seeing her each week for her saxophone lesson.
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Dale September 13, 2017
· Flute · Online
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· Flute · Online
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Kimberly K.

Kimberly K.

Glendale, CA 91202
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About Brian S.

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Through decades of performance, I am able to share with students how to develop your technique on the guitar and understanding of the guitar. This level of comfort will help with live performance.
Having strong parts and rhythms worked out in advance will also help with confidence in live playing situations.

About Brian
I have been playing guitar for over 30 years and teaching for 25 years.
I've been featured in Guitar Player magazine (see attached pic). and my live experience includes concerts and tours with various bands (Champagne Francis, Scout), theater (Jersey Boys, Movin' Out, Josh Gad (Book of Mormon) and TV performances (Jay Leno, The Today Show).
I enjoy teaching both children and adults. I recommend children under 10 start on a fender squire mini electric guitar ($99)
For adults,
I am able to bring beginner and intermediate guitarists to an advanced level of playing and understanding songwriting, soloing and playing songs with good technique.

I look forward to hearing from you and helping you along your path of learning music and guitar.
Thanks!

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lessons builds upon the previous. The first half of the
lesson is a review of material the student has covered; a "warm up"
The second half of the lesson is for learning a new song or guitar solo as well as chord theory (learning and understanding new songs / songwriting) and scale theory (learning and understanding how melodies and solos fit over chord progressions).
I recommend setting a baseline intention of practicing 15 minutes a day. If you stick to that every day you will improve on the guitar and be playing music very soon!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fender guitar mini for ages 5-9.
Fender guitar (standard) 9-adult.
Fender Pro Reverb amp.
Chairs, Music Stand, Blank Sheet music, Books
Cables, picks etc.
No need to bring an instrument to the lesson!

*** Specialties ***
Electric and Acoustic guitar
Rock / Pop / Alternative / Blues / Folk / Heavy Metal / Jazz / Fusion / R&B

Learn anything on request!
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Bill Eichman November 8, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Brian is a very good guitar teacher.
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Daniel October 30, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Brian is both a great guitar player and an awesome instructor! Since starting with him my playing abilities and understanding of music theory have grown dramatically. In addition, he's a really cool guy that's truly interested in your growth as a guitar player. I recommend him without reservation.
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Melanie February 21, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Brian is a great teacher. He's very knowledgable and I'm learning a lot with each lesson.
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Brian S.

Los Angeles, CA 90016
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About Mike T.

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Valley Village, CA
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About Mike
I attended the Berklee School of Music in Boston, and I have a BA in Music. I am a working pro musician, regularly playing all different kinds of gigs with different bands, as well as solo, and regular gigs on TV. I have taught music lessons, and guitar in particular, for 18 years. I play all styles, but my favorites are Rock, R&B, Country, Rockabilly, and Blues (I also enjoy playing jazz, classical, and other styles as well). My main instruments are guitar (electric and acoustic) and voice, but I play keyboards, bass, mandolin, and drums also.

*** Lesson Details ***
I focus on a comprehensive approach, incorporating each student's natural abilities as well as musical interests - whether you want to learn how to play your favorite songs, learn all the skills to play with a band, or study music theory and advanced songwriting te
chniques, I can teach you! From playing as a hobby or to entertain friends and family to advanced college-level topics, we can cover whatever your specific goals are. Also, with student interest, I like to focus on music theory, and a deeper understanding of how songs/music work - in other words, rather than just teaching a student a song and being done with it, I like to focus on how and why the music works as it does, to enable students to put their own spin/style on it, play it in different keys, etc. I teach all skill levels, from brand-new beginners to advanced players.

Several of many possible topics of study include:

• Lead and rhythm styles and techniques -- both are essential to learn!
• How to play solos and how to improvise
• Styles and techniques of your favorite musicians/songwriters
• Playing by ear and how to learn songs just by listening to them
• Playing to accompany yourself or someone else singing
• Developing parts and techniques to play with other musicians
• Songwriting, and how to create riffs, hooks, and chord progressions
• Reading chord charts
• Music reading -- Optional, not at all essential to playing music, but a good skill to have

My teaching style is friendly and good-natured, I believe in positive encouragement and feedback, and don't believe in "guilt-tripping" or any other negativity toward students - playing music should be fun! I also love when students ask questions - I operate under the old saying that "there are no stupid questions!"

*** Studio Equipment ***
Amplifier, music stand, computer with internet connection (for playback of songs from the internet or CDs)

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide blank manuscript/chord chart/tab paper. I expect the student to provide their own instrument (along with any related things such as amplifiers, guitar picks, strings, etc.) and to provide study books that we agree upon (if necessary). I am able to supply books if the student reimburses me at the time they receive them.

*** Specialties ***
I tailor my teaching style to each student's aptitudes and interests. All music students learn differently, and it's my challenge as a music teacher to figure out what works best for each individual student to inspire them and to keep them excited and motivated about learning an instrument.
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Kameron B. July 10, 2015
· Singing · In studio
Mr. Mike T is very patient. He was very welcoming and made my son feel very comfortable at our first lesson. I appreciate his kindness and understanding in dealing with beginners. Can't wait for the next lesson! Thank you Mr. Mike 😉
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Jon B. April 1, 2013
· Guitar ·
Highly recommended: Amazing teacher!

Mike is a patient, supportive and incredibly talented teacher. From music theory to practical application, he's got all the answers... And he makes learning fun!

I took guitar lessons more than ten years ago and found it frustrating and I was terribly uninspired. Recently I took my old guitar out of mothballs and was determined to make some progress on the dang thing. A good friend recommended Mike and I've been taking lessons for nine months with him.

What's great about Mike is that he customizes my lessons. I'm not learning out of a book (which, I could if wanted) but I'm learning the songs that I love and learning the theory behind the chords, too. Then he keeps building on what we just learned. I go home from my hour lessons and play for another two hours because I'm so inspired.

I can't recommend Mike highly enough. He's a gem of a music instructor in the concrete jungle of Los Angeles.
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Mike T.

Valley Village, CA 91607
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About Alex P.

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I have been playing music since I was 7, and now play the guitar, bass, violin, piano, and I also sing. By the time I entered the University of Southern California, I had released my first album of original music, toured the west coast with my own band, toured internationally to China, Canada, France, England, Hungary, Ukraine, and Austria, and performed with The Vienna Boys Choir among other notable musical ensembles.

Since receiving my Bachelor's degree in Guitar Performance (with a minor in Music Recording) from USC, I have released three more albums of original music, produced four albums for other artists, and have toured nationally with my own band. I currently play in three Los Angeles area bands and am the live sound engineer for another. I have taught guitar at West Coast Music Academy 18 months, and have taught private lesso
ns for the last 6 years.

With all of this experience and knowledge, I offer a student a very rich understanding of many styles of music. I can ensure that a student gets on the right track towards a bright musical future, whether they want to become a professional musician or whether they want guitar as a lifelong hobby.

*** Lesson Details ***
When you take lessons from me, you will be taking the fastest route to success: playing a lot of guitar! We will cover everything from music theory to technique to soloing to playing your favorite songs, but we won't be spending the lesson time talking. Everything you learn will be quickly put into a playable, practical context, so that you learn the most, and have the most fun!

I have high expectations for my students, and practicing every day is a requirement. But because my curriculum is personally tailored to each individual student, and involves a lot of the music that the student is most passionate about, I find my students often love to practice! I also use a variety of musical texts to enrich the students learning (including, but not limited to, Practical Theory for Guitar by Don Latarski, Effortless Mastery by Kenny Werner, the Real Book series, and various Mel Bay books).

After about 6 months, a new student will have learned most basic chords and scales, the building blocks of playing solos, and a good handful of their favorite songs! More experienced students will have enriched their understanding of guitar and how it relates to the music they love, and music that is new to them!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons will happen in a studio room at the guest house, electric/acoustic guitars, bass and amps are available, it has instruments on the wall, computer with recording equipment, free street parking. In the event that a student in allergic to cats/dogs, the lessons can occur on the backyard at a roofed area.

*** Travel Equipment ***
guitar, amp, any effects if necessary. student must provide guitar (any kind)

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in rock, pop, folk, and jazz guitar styles. I focus on material that the individual student is excited about and wants to learn, and incorporate fundamentals and other pertinent skills necessary to maximize the students ability.

For bass guitar I specialize in rock and pop.

Contemporary songwriting technique is not genre-specific and I can teach any type of songwriting, from hip hop to country to rock. I have been a songwriter for 7 years, and have released 3 full length albums and one EP of my original material. I was also a student in the pilot classes which later became USC's Popular Music degree program. These classes focused on songwriting and were taught by industry veterans Chris Sampson and Richard Smith.

I was trained in advanced music theory as part of my degree from USC. I integrate theory into my other lessons but I can also teach theory alone.

I have advanced skills with ProTools and have extensive experience (5 years) in recording, from professional studios to personal home setups.
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ROCHELLE October 16, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Excellent teacher. Clear and focused on challenging and encouraging.
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Christeen May 14, 2014
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DID A GOOD JOB TEACHING THE BASICS.
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Audra May 14, 2014
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I just had my first composition lesson and it was extremely helpful.

We started at my music knowledge and what type of music I liked and wanted to compose. He was able to very easily assess what I needed to know and taught me a lot of theory and gave me concepts that I could learn more about once we were nearing the end of the lesson. After learning what I needed to know for what I trying to do, we discussed how I could apply it to a sample piece and how it applied to the style of music that I wanted to write, and he gave me some pointers of how to learn even more.

Overall he was extremely helpful and really nice and personable as well as professional.
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Alex P.

Los Angeles, CA 90038
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About Melody H.

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Over 5+ years of experience in teaching contemporary vocals. Specialized in Vocal Technique, Vocal Interpretation, Trouble Shoot Bad Singing Habits, and Stage Performance.

Have taught many professional actors before auditioning or recording for music albums. Students also including aspiring actors/performers who are preparing themselves to thrive in the entertainment industry, or anyone who simply just wants to sing better and looks confident on stage.

There are many different genres in music: Pop, Rock, Jazz, Musical, R&B, Funk, etc...And each of them has different styles when performing on stage. I have years of performing and touring for different type of music, and have been trained professionally in one of the top contemporary colleges in the world-Musicians Institute, Hollywood. Let me work with you and help you to become a greater singer and performer.

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

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 limited) 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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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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Cole M. May 23, 2016
· Piano · In home
It's only our first lesson but she was UH-MAY-ZING! Both my kids loved her and my son HATES piano lessons. And she can teach singing and piano...gold mine.
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Los Angeles, CA 90015
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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.

*** Lesson Details ***
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

*** Specialties ***
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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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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Synnove T. September 21, 2015
· Piano · In home
Josh was right on time and created an instant rapport with my daughter. She is looking forward to continuing work with him.
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Joshua S.

North Hollywood, CA 91605
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About Davy
I am a full time percussionist, composer, installation artist, and recording engineer in Los Angeles and Eau Claire, WI!

I have an MFA in Music Composition/Experimental Sound Practices from CalArts in Los Angeles, and a BFA in Percussion and Music Composition from the university of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

I have worked with Grammy-winning artists Justin Vernon, Sean Carey, and Rob Moose, have performed at REDCAT (LA), the Milwaukee Sculpture Garden (WI), The Cedar Cultural Center (MN), and have played for composers Michael Pisaro, Amy Knoles, and more!

In addition to my work as a freelance music teacher and musician, I am the Lead Fellow for the CalArts AmeriCorps Saturday program at CalArts in Valencia. I oversee 10 CalArts Student instructors, teach music theory, composition, and electronic music, and work with students and paren
ts to culminate our academic year with a massive outdoor concert in CalArts' Wild Beast Concert Hall!

Please visit davysumner.com to check out more of my original work and collaborations with other artists!
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Johanna December 15, 2016
· Piano · In home
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Lisa P. May 6, 2016
· Piano · In home
Davy is a exceptional teacher and very patience and understanding with me.
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Bailey D. March 2, 2016
· Piano · In home
Great teacher. Davy is patient and easy-going. Absolutely fabulous. My daughter is looking forward to more lessons.
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Davy S.

Pasadena, CA 91104
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If you have fears about performing, I can help you with this. I taught monthly workshops for 2 years, coaching pianists on performance anxiety.

About Howard
I enjoy working with complete beginners as well as seasoned professionals. I teach classical and popular styles. I specialize in teaching learning how to learn, sight-reading, technique, improvisation, chord-reading, songwriting. One of my specialties is to help you break through your most stubborn blocks. These might be the strangest things that you think no one would ever understand -- fear of playing in public, feeling like your left hand is uncoordinated, practice procrastination, pain when playing, pain when reading notation, memory issues, musical dyslexia... ANYTHING. I can help you and I will never make you feel embarrassed.

*** All Levels, All Styles ***
-Classical
-Pop
-Country
-Gospel
-Blues
-R&B
-Rock
-Reggae
-Hip Hop
-Worship
-Church
-Hymns
-Techno
-50s
-Jazz
-New Age
-Folk
-Broadway
-Pop Ballad
-etc.

*** In Studio or Online ***
Of course it is more enjoyable if you can have lessons in person. But with modern technology, live online lessons come in a close second. I've been teaching for 40 years and I've been doing online lessons for about 7 years. I'm located in West Hills, which is a suburb of Los Angeles. If you are not local, using skype with a webcam works out surprisingly well. I have students in Sydney, London, Hong Kong and many cities throughout the US.

*** Use a Piano or a Keyboard for Practicing ***
I am not fussy if you use a keyboard but it needs to be a "weighted action" keyboard, so that it feels similar to a real piano. Ideally, you should also have a pedal and a stand if you are using an electronic keyboard.

*** Unconventional Approach ***
Each student is taught with a customized approach. You get to tell me what areas you want to focus on. Sometimes there may be a block or something that is a weakness that you need to bolster. Sometimes it is a narrow niche within music that you want to give your attention to. One way that I'm unconventional is that I actually have found that it is NOT better if you practice every day. I recommend that you build in about three days of rest per week. Just like people who work out at the gym learn that the off days are when the muscles regenerate, the same is true for your brain. This allows your subconscious mind to do its job and your progress will actually be faster, not slower. Another example of my unique approach is how I treat beginners. Even though you may not yet read music very well or at all, it doesn't mean that you can't start working concurrently on a more advanced piece. This is because READING notation is a comparatively slow process, but why should we restrict your ability to play something that you love to your rate of reading music? Usually, our FINGER TECHNIQUE develops much faster than our READING so I'm happy to guide you on one or two more difficult pieces and help spoon-feed it to you, bit by bit, "by rote."

*** Areas of Focus ***
-Finger Technique. How to play fast with ultimate control.
-Sight-Reading How to Read Music at Sight
-Rhythm Training
-Music Theory
-Interpretation
-Injury-Retraining
-Relaxation, Removing Unnecessary Tension
-Pain-Reduction
-Practice-Optimization - How to learn more in less time. -How to memorize music.
-Biomechanical Efficiency - Maximum power with minimum effort.
-Time-Management
-Improvisation and creativity development techniques
-Composition & Songwriting.
-How to create melodies for your poems and lyrics.
-How to put chords on your melodies.
-How to create “song sheets,” lead sheets and how to write music down on paper.
-How to notate your song so others can play it, without knowing how to read music!
-Chord-Reading and How to Play Lead Sheets & Fake Book
-Musical Styles and Piano Arrangements (Pop, Country, Gospel, Blues, R&B, Rock, Reggae, Hip Hop, Worship, Church, Hymns, Techno, 50s, Jazz, New Age, Folk, Broadway, Pop Ballade, etc.)
-Ear-Training (How to Play by Ear, Playing by Ear)
-Singers’ Tools
-Pitch Control Training
-Self-Accompanying
-How to Sing Harmony
-Sight-Singing (How to Hear the Notes in Your Mind)
-Self-Accompanying techniques in every style - Learn how to accompany yourself or learn how to accompany singers. (see “Musical Styles” above.)
-Audition Preparation - I will record the melody of the song for you so you can learn it.
-How to put melody to lyrics
-College Preparation
-Performance Anxiety, Stage Fright, Fear
-Releasing Emotional Obstacles to Playing Emotional Blocks, Healing Piano Trauma and Previous Performance Disasters, Piano Therapy
-Learning Disabilities including ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, Dyscalculea, Sensory Integration Disorder
-Motiviation Issues - Solving your procrastination and avoidance of your musical growth issues.
-How to Look Like You’ve Played Piano for Years (for Actors, Singers and Celebrities Who Have A Role Deadline and Need a Crash Course.)

*** Celebrity Piano Teacher ***
Over the years, I've taught many pro musicians and celebrities. These include: Vonda Shepard, David E. Kelley, Dick Gautier, Michelle Pfeiffer, Pray Harper, Peter Horton, Michael Goodrich, Brianna Haynes, Starr Parodi, Briana Evigan, Stuart Ross, Roger Burnley, Chris Hardin, Stu Simone and Ben Bram.

*** Howard's Teachers Go Back To Beethoven ***
I feel grateful that my own training included top teachers of both the “German School” and “Russian School” of piano technique. Generally, the German School teaches how to play with close-to-the-key hand placement preparation and fingering efficiency, and is known for great speed and accuracy. The Russian School teaches how to play with gravity and relaxation and is known for beautiful tone production. Each approach has its strengths and weaknesses. In my own playing and teaching, I have incorporated the good aspects of each and have discarded the bad. The result is a blueprint for biomechanical efficiency and beautiful sound, making it the best of both worlds. Please see the photo of the "piano lineage chart."
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Oz B. May 16, 2016
· Piano · In home
Howard is very caring and detailed oriented. He really knows how to inspire and encourage children to learn piano. He makes it challenging and fun!
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Edward April 12, 2016
· Piano · Online
Howard's approach is patient while at the same time he actually leads my son forward - not just listening to what he practiced that week. Howard does not make the weekly lesson a "test" but rather a session to work together and my son enjoys the lessons instead of worrying if he prepared enough.

We moved from Los Angeles so we chose to transition from lessons in Howard's house to weekly lessons online - it continues to work beautifully.

Howard can accommodate any style of student - I know because I took lessons from Howard myself until my work built up too much to continue.

I recommend Howard without any reservation.
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Rusty Tinder October 12, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Folks, I'm excited to write this review for a true master in piano pedagogy and so many other skills! Howard is worthy of the title! In all my years that I have taken lessons from teacher at universities and privately, I've never come across someone with the genius and in-depth philosophy that Howard has. You may think this may be some fluff to help a guy out but my words will still not be enough to quantify the abilities of this man! I went from having severe arthritis in my wrists from playing with terrible technique to never having problems again and experiencing a huge leap in my playing abilities!

If you want to experience a paradigm shift in your playing, get ready to open yourself to a new way of thinking and playing that will lift you up! If your attitude to learn matches Howard's abilities to teach you will not believe the progress you will make. Its true what they say, when you are ready the master will come! I hope you are ready because Howard is the real deal!!!

Enjoy your paradigm shift!!!
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I will make it a priority to get to know you on a personal level and to become familiar with your personal musical needs and goals. I have a warm personality, am extremely friendly, and will strive to get to know you.

I will show you the fundamentals of sight reading, technique and theory and can also incorporate your favourite songs into your lessons (if there's any in particular that you would like to learn).

About Osvaldo
I've been playing clarinet for 16 years and have not stopped ever since. Music lessons was first introduced to me at the age of 8 by my godfather. He taught me basic music theory with the piano and trumpet. I gave up the trumpet at age 12 and moved on to the clarinet and played it in a community band named "Banda Juvenil Solaga, USA, Oaxaca."

By the time I made it to the university (CSULA), I began getting lessons from Helen G. Castro (She has and still is one of the best mentors I've ever gotten). I've performed 5 years with the Cal State LA Wind Ensemble under the conducting of Dr. Emily Moss (Another great mentor. She's one of the reasons why I decided to pursue a career in music education).

I've graduated in 2015, BM in the field of Music Education. Am still planning to pursue a Masters in Music Performance. But first, I still
have to save up.

I'm currently teaching in the Saturday Conservatory of Music and the New Life Vision Church. I'm private teaching as well; giving clarinet, saxophone, and oboe lessons.
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