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About Chloé P.

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About Chloé
I am a Loyola Marymount University graduate with a B.A. in Music (Violin, Ethnomusicology). I studied the Kodaly Method at New York University and the Colourstrings Method at the Kodaly Institute in Kecskemet, Hungary. In addition to teaching violin, I am an avid traveler and active performer. I wish to inspire my students and expand their souls with the power of music. Music has the power to connect us, and now more than ever do we need that. By teaching different styles of music we are also developing understanding and transporting to different places and musical cultures, much like learning a foreign language. The early stages of learning violin can be discouraging both on a mental and physical level, so it is my job to keep the vitality between the instrument and the student! The violin is an impressive instrument with a huge history
and design that has not changed in 500 years! Be a part of that beautiful history!

*** Lesson Details ***
As my student, you will fall in love with music and with your instrument! It will create a whole new meaning to your life and you will learn so much about the world through music. Our lessons will begin with Alexander Technique - a system of "body-awareness," which is designed to promote well-being by ensuring minimum effort in maintaining postures and carrying out movements - in this case, holding a violin for a long time. My responsibility to my students is to ensure that no discomforting habits are created or prolonged through the playing of the instrument. Our lessons will follow the course of quality vs. quantity. My students learn to create a clean sound on the instrument before jumping into music. Practice is expected, but lessons will be fun and free-spirited to tailor the lesson to the child rather than the child to the lesson. I will play violin with students and when the student is ready, duets! I allow and promote lots of creativity on the student's part, and of course, singing! Using the voice improves inner-hearing and pitch, two things no violin can do without.

*** Travel Equipment ***
The student should have his or her own instrument, bow, shoulder rest, and rosin. If he or she does not have a music stand, I can provide. I will make copies of sheet music for students, though it would be excellent for student to purchase his/her own music.

*** Specialties ***
I use a combination of different methods and styles to keep the vitality for the instrument and the music. Each student has his or her own reason for playing an instrument, so I try to bring out the confidence and purpose in their playing by assimilating to the student's musical interests. With beginners, I start with a combination of Suzuki, Essentials for Strings, and Strictly Strings, as well as my own book of Russian melodies and tunes, and melodies I have written. I studied classical music in college but also ethnomusicology, so I incorporate a wide range of styles in lessons. Students need to constantly be excited and interested in what they are doing.
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Jakob B. January 27, 2013
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Chloé is Great

Chloé is one of the best musicians I know (and I know quite a few), so I was honored to have the chance to be one of her first students. Teaching was basically as new for her as violin was for me, which I found surprising; she was good at gaging my proficiency level and working at a pace that suited my needs. Some scheduling issues came up on my end, and she was readily adaptable, and always understanding. I have no doubt that her prowess as an instructor shall only increase. I would recommend her to anyone.
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Los Angeles, CA 90024
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About Matt B.

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Los Angeles, CA
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About Matt
I have been teaching guitar to students on the East and West Coasts of the United States for over 20 years. I was always interested in music and made my first “recording” at the age of 2 and a half. I got serious about playing the guitar when I was 10 years old after hearing the legendary Randy Rhoads for the first time.
I begged my parents for a guitar, which I received at Christmas, along with a parental demand that I take classical guitar lessons, and a warning that if I did not practice, my parents would sell the guitar. Six months later, I still had the guitar, and a brand new electric guitar. I never stopped practicing, and spent summers at the National Guitar Summer Workshop, where I even built a guitar at age 15.
By the time I was in high school, I was regularly playing in bands, recording in professional studios, and studying M
usic Theory. I credit my early development to my teachers, Ron Bluen, and Steve Famiglietti. I aspire to offer my students the same positive influence I received during my formative years.
After high school, I attended the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California, where I honed my chops. From there, I played with various bands, including Hollywood Rose (the precursor to Guns N’ Roses) and with Bruce Bouillet (Racer X, The Scream, Epidemic) and Tommy Chong.
In 2006, I released my solo record, Contributions For An Atom Bomb. The Album has garnered a cult following and the respect of some of my all-time heroes.
Today, I continue to play live shows, teach, study, write, record and jam. Nothing makes me prouder than jamming with my students and watching them grow as musicians.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to focus on three things every lesson.
1. Technical Exercises- to get your fingers moving and build strength and coordination
2. Music Theory - the fingerboard and the way music works seem complicated, but I have a great methodical and simple way to break it down so it all makes sense.
3. Tunes - I like to work with the music you like. We take songs and break them down to understand the techniques and theory behind them. You won't just play the song like the recording, you'll understand the chords and scales and why your favorite artist chose them.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have guitars, a bass, pedals, cables, metronome, practice amps, etc. All you need to bring is your guitar.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide my own equipment and materials, students must provide their own guitar, amp, etc.

*** Specialties ***
I teach students to understand theory and the fingerboard. All styles and genres are acceptable but I specialize in rock.
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Marilyn F. March 6, 2014
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Great teacher!

Matt has been friendly and encouraging, has considerable knowledge of his instrument, and has even inspired us to practice every day! He's a great teacher for younger children, has a passion for music, and is a source of inspiration.
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Peter S. March 26, 2013
· Guitar ·
An excellent teacher

I started taking lessons with Matt when I was 16 and when we started up again this year (I'm now 31) we were able to pick right back up where we left off. That should tell you all you need to know about how much he cares about his students.

He's an especially excellent teacher because he's so passionate about music and his instrument. You'll never run out of new things to learn because he's always learning new things himself.

Nobody will teach you to love the guitar like this dude!
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Tyler M. March 13, 2013
· Guitar ·
Incredible Guitar Teacher

The most inspiring, challenging, caring and charismatic guitar teacher you will ever have. He will take your playing to the next level and beyond. Matt's playing ceases to amaze and he is constantly producing pearls of guitar wisdom, along with some killer licks.
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Matt B.

Los Angeles, CA 90045
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About Paul T.

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I am a firm believer in the power of music to heal, entertain, and teach. It is our first and most vital universal human language and as such, I believe we all have the ability to learn how to communicate beautifully with music to express our deepest feelings. As a teacher it is my privilege and pleasure to help you develop.

From classical violin to jazz piano my early musical education not only spanned genres and instruments but also geographically from Austin Texas to Madison Wisconsin and finally brought me to Los Angeles where I currently reside and produce and teach music professionally.

Helping you or your child reach your musical dreams in a friendly-nurturing environment is my sincere desire and obligation as your teacher. Discipline is required and to be expected, however, an overly rigid or demanding routine can do mo
re harm than good. I believe attention must be paid to individual learning styles. Therefore, as a teacher I have learned to observe carefully at first and custom tailor a practice routine with each student aimed at achieving their goals. I believe the study of music helps foster a deep level of self-confidence and self realization, which eventually leads the student to discover a portion of himself he would otherwise never know. My goal is to inspire others with this joy, which is everyone's birthright and an important key in finding happiness.

A gifted singer-songwriter of Pop, Rock, World and Reggae songs that possess that timeless quality. He has recorded with 2 time Grammy nominated producer Barry Goldberg (Eagles, Robbie Robertson, Verve Pipe, Marilyn Manson). He has released three CDs, had songs featured in compilations and in feature length film, toured North America, and taught guitar, piano, and voice both privately and in an all ages Montessori school in Santa Monica. He consistently played in a variety of bands while earning an A.A. in music from SMC and later a B.A. in Ethnomusicology from UCLA, where he earned distinction as an excellent student both academically and in musical performance. He brought passion to his performances with legends, Fransisco Aguabellas Afro Cuban ensemble, Brazilian Batucada ensemble, African-American gospel choir, music and dance of Ghana, and the Balinese Gamelan ensemble. As a member of several original LA bands, (Las Manchas, Samson Simpson, Toussaint, Mentone, Cloth and Spicy Fernandez) he has performed at world famous venues and toured North America. He co-wrote and co-produced the first EP records by Samson Simson with Ronen Navah, and also co-produced Mentone's first full-length record, "Empire" with Ronen Navah and Aki Ehara" Currently he is developing his new band, Spicy Fernandez, which has released a few singles on the internet and is getting a good buzz from Industry heavy weights.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe in custom tailoring a curriculum to fit the students needs, while still providing them with the same basic tools all musicians need to develop in order to play well (both with themselves and with others). Obviously, some students require more structure and discipline, while others have a stronger work ethic. Some may even need a teacher that is more laid back to balance them out, but more so my job is to facilitate learning and guide. A student studying with me can expect to receive a general assessment of their skill level in musicianship, theory, and on their instrument within the first couple of lessons (or once I feel that I have experienced enough of their abilities). Based on that assessment, I will work with the student to develop a plan of small goals to work toward. Progress will be monitored weekly and larger goals will unfold naturally in accord with the students own dreams and musical ambitions. Within 3 to 6 months of study with me students will learn to play a range of simple songs, basic scales, exercises, finger positions, and have a solid foundation for listening to, and playing to rhythm.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Full acoustic upright, Wurlizter electric piano, and keyboard synths, a computer based digital audio workstation...guitars...percussion...in the front room of my house. Has a full set-up for a band.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide copies of some sheet music, a library of music books, percussion instruments, digital recordings of lessons.
I expect that they provide their own instrument, pencil, notebook, 3-ring binder for sheet music, stereo/mp3 player, CD player, etc.

*** Specialties ***
I excel at popular music genres such as pop, blues, R&B, rock, and jazz. I am also trained classically and enjoy the challenges of standard repertoire from Bach to Chopin.
I began studying music as a student of the Suzuki method. However, today I find that my own practice resembles most closely, the Kodály, Dalcroze, and Orff-Schulwerk methodologies in philosophy and application.
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Shiva A. August 25, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Paul is very talented and, a very good and patient teacher. He is prepared for the class even before you arrive at his place, and communicates his thoughts very clearly. He is ready for a challenge if you give him a random song which you wanted to practice, and he begins to play the song on the guitar without any tabs or notes, instead just by listening to it a couple of times.

He's great to work with, and I'd choose him as my guitar teacher again if I ever live in the surrounding area.
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Beatriz B. April 23, 2014
· Piano ·
Have learned so much and more to learn

Paul is very passionate about music and teaching in general. He does a fantastic job when it comes to instructing and I'm excited to see future progress within my skills. I Definitely recommend him for great music taste and for creating a good atmosphere with his students.
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MichaelK1 October 19, 2011
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GREAT TEACHER

Paul is an attentive, intelligent and multi talented instructor - highly recommended.
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Paul T.

Los Angeles, CA 90066
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About Danny B.

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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.

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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.

Culver City, CA 90230
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About Virginia F.

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Thousand Oaks, CA

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Hello! I'm a professional violinist in the Thousand Oaks, CA area. I have played the violin for over 20 years and have 14 years of teaching experience, both in the classroom and as a private violin and viola teacher. I have a Bachelors in Music from Bowling Green State University and a Masters in Music Education from the University of South Carolina. I greatly enjoy working with students of all ages and ability levels and have experience teaching students ages 5 through 65. I enjoy sharing my love of music with my students!

*** Lesson Details ***
My goal as a violin and viola teacher is to help students experience and enjoy music to the fullest level in a safe environment. I challenge my students to reach their full potential while keeping lessons fun and engaging.

I'm a flexible teacher who will work with each student to find the
right method for his or her learning needs. Parents are welcome to sit in on lessons!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I offer private violin and viola lessons from my home studio in Thousand Oaks, CA. Parking is plentiful with guest parking spots and street parking available. I have plenty of music stands and comfortable seating for parents and siblings who may wish to sit in on lessons.

*** Specialties ***
My specialties in teaching violin and viola range from beginners with no experience in music to advanced students preparing for college or other important auditions. I have experience teaching students as young as 5 and as old as 65 and will adjust my teaching as needed for a student's age and ability level.
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Michelle H. April 30, 2017
· Violin · In home
Virginia is a great teacher. She is very patient with me and very knowledgeable about the violin. I look forward to our lesson each week!
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Wanming S. April 13, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Virginia is excellent teacher. She knows how to encourage the student. She is patient and very professional.
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Mimi P. March 9, 2014
· Violin ·
Best investment for my music education

I started playing the violin in fifth grade and started learning from Mrs. Forbrizzio through our school orchestra in Middle School and continued with private lessons from her throughout High School. I saw major improvement throughout my time with Mrs. Forbrizzio and with her help I was able to achieve so much as a member of the South Carolina District Orchestra and the South Carolina Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. I learned a lot from Mrs. Forbrizzio and through her encouragement and dedication I was able to gain skills beyond the basics that really made learning and playing the violin challenging in the best of ways. I learned to appreciate different styles of music and even how to find my own niche when it came to playing. The one on one time I spent learning from her was truly the best monetary investment as well as investment of time I ever made for my music education.
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Virginia F.

Virginia F.

Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
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About Jonathan H.

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I am a professional Saxophonist and Composer with over 25 years of professional experience as a performer and educator in New York City and Los Angeles.

All experience levels and musical styles are welcome; I am looking for students with serious ambition and drive to learn how to play

Some of the subject I teach:
Saxophone, Jazz, Improvisation, Composition, Music Sequencing (Cubase, Digital Performer), Music Theory & Ear Training

I tailor my lessons for each individual. The goal is to get you playing GREAT. If you can HEAR it you can PLAY it!

For experienced students, we can cover advanced topics, like learning jazz & pop songs. Learning how to improvise, basic music theory and harmony, all the way to modern playing techniques, if the student wishes.

For in-home lessons, I teach anywhere on the WESTSIDE of L
os Angeles. (Santa Monica, Venice, Brentwood, West LA, Culver, Westwood, Palisades, etc)

EDUCATION BACKGROUND
MA Music Composition, New York University
BM Music Performance, Saxophone

I've studied privately with many of the world's greatest jazz musicians, including James Moody, Clark Terry, Joe Lovano, Gary Smuylan, Harold Mabern, Steve Wilson, Wessell "Warmdaddy" Anderson, and more.
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Megumi K September 18, 2015
· Saxophone · In studio
First lesson was great! I'm a beginner and he was very patient with me. Thank you. Look forward to the next lesson!
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Allison B. March 24, 2015
· Music Performance · In home
Jon has been an excellent instructor to my 11-year-old boy. Aside from his personal passion in Saxophone, he is also an distinguished performer. As a parent, and especially for a beginner student, Jon's passion and patience will only foster if not inspire a young and curious saxophone learner.
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Pat C. March 20, 2015
· Saxophone · In home
Super knowledgeable and easy going.
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Jonathan H.

Santa Monica, CA 90401
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About Evita W.

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Santa Monica, CA

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Hi there!
Welcome to my TakeLessons profile. If you or someone you know wish to learn Piano, German, HTML or Microsoft Excel, you've come to the right place!

I've played piano since I was 5 and have recently graduated from UCLA Extension's Certificate program in Film Scoring.

I'm also a native speaker of German with almost 10 years of experience as a translator and QA analyst.

Part of my job as a QA analyst was structuring data using Excel and I would be happy to teach you the ins and outs of data entry, filtering, formulas and even VBA for automating tasks while focussing on your needs or we can work from my lesson plan.

Finally, I have completed many credit units in computer science and I'm a published app developer and would like to offer help with your HTML skills including language features, free editors and, if you're i
nterested, some fundamentals of advanced web technology such as CSS, JavaScript, PHP and mySQL if required.
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Evita W.

Santa Monica, CA 90403
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About Briana V.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Hello! I am a senior at UCLA, studying oboe performance. I have been playing the oboe for almost 7 years now! I am very passionate about music, the oboe, and reed making. I have played with numerous musical groups in San Diego and Los Angeles. I look forward to any future students!
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Meredith May 30, 2017
· Oboe · In studio
Briana is an amazing musician and a fantastic teacher! She has the experience to teach all levels and is a great reed maker. Lessons are always fun and I always learn something new. Thanks Briana! :)
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Briana V.

Los Angeles, CA 90025
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About Deanna D.

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A full scholarship recipient and graduated of the prestigious, Berklee College of Music Boston, Deanna has made a full career in the entertainment business. She was a Semi finalist on Season 8 of America's Got Talent, Spokes singer and actress for retail giant BIG LOTS national holiday commercials and has sung background vocals for Nick Jonas, Justin Bieber, and Celine Dion, to name a few. Her voice can be heard on countless radio & tv commercials as well as in film, tv and radio.
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Matthew June 17, 2017
· Singing · In studio
*Gasp*

Where do I begin?...

I am a musician of 15 years – with a background in composition, vocal performance, piano technic, percussion, production, etc. I have worked with several different vocal instructors throughout my lifetime. I have been a solo artist for 2 years at Pledge Empire Records while studying at McNally Smith College of Music for 2+ years before moving to Los Angeles, CA.

To say the least,
the day I started working with Deanna is the day I became a REAL musician.

Looking back at my previous experiences as a musician, pianist and especially a vocalist; I am disappointed that I didn't know Deanna sooner!

I've taken lessons from so many teachers over the years but Deanna was the only one that worked for me. She will tell you the truth, she will motivate you and guide you through it all. Being a performer for years, I have always struggled understanding my voice. Deanna explained the technicalities to me so I could understand what I was doing wrong.
She is simply wonderful! I can’t emphasize enough on how much she has helped me develop my skills in singing and as a musician. She’s not only a great teacher, but she is incredibly knowledgeable, talented and humble given the incredible accomplishments she has achieved in the past! Given her experiences, she does so much more than teach you vocal lessons; she shows interest in the type of musician YOU want to become so she can help you reach your own personal goals as an artist. I have never had a teacher (vocal, piano, percussion, etc.) that has ever executed that type of behavior. That alone makes her different from the rest.

What I love (and I mean LOVE) the most about Deanna is that she really listens. She can hear problems so well that her corrections help you get better quickly but also make it very clear for you. She is the most gifted vocal coach I have every had the pleasure working with. I have never met anyone who blends expertise, sensitivity, instinct, and compassion into her students as well as Deanna. It is safe to say, without a teacher like Deanna – I would’ve probably given up my singer career and headed back to my hometown in Minnesota.

Deanna is much more than a vocal teacher… She has been a motivation to me as a musician, such an amazing mentor and I am incredibly proud to say that I have a fantastic relationship with her.

She is flat out, the best vocal coach I’ve ever worked with!

Thank you for everything, Deanna!!

- Matthew
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Shahab Qadir April 9, 2017
· Vocal Training ·
Very knowledgeable and inspiring
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Hannah Zavesky November 25, 2016
· Vocal Training ·
I have been working with Deanna for four weeks now. It took only 1 day to realize just how much of a positive impact she was going to make on not only my voice but also myself as a person. She is so motivational and makes me want to constantly keep pushing to get better. Unfortunately due to having two jobs my schedule will no longer allow me to have any more classes right now with her but once I get the chance I will be going right back to Deanna. So glad that I have had the chance to work with such a humble, considerate, and passionate artist like herself.
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Deanna D.

Simi Valley, CA 93065
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Music is easy as 1-2-3. Call me, and lets set your inner musician free!
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Liv July 3, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Francis is such a talented guitar instructor. He is very knowledgeable and very patient. He taught me how to play guitar in a way that suits my personal learning style.
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Francis M.

Santa Monica, CA 90405
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Preparing for the ABRSM piano exam? Check out these helpful tips from New York, NY teacher Nadia B...   Piano exams can be an excellent way to challenge your musicianship, set and reach clear musical goals, and improve all facets of your playing. There are many different types of examinations, but one of the most well-established and thorough is the ARBSM piano exam, administered by the exam board of the Royal Schools of Music. It is a comprehensive examination with eight levels, al
2 Simple Tricks to Play Country Guitar
When you're taking guitar lessons, you may find it challenging to play different styles of music. Here, guitar teacher Samuel B. shares his tips to help you learn country guitar... Compared to other music styles like jazz and bluegrass, country is a structurally simple genre. It usually shares the same three-chord structure as blues, soul, and rock 'n' roll.  When playing country music, you will use playful, open-handed picking to play chords, versus the flat-picking of individual notes o

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