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Canoga Park, CA
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I trained in theory at UCLA with Paul Reale and continued my studies throughout my years in graduate school. I am well versed in analyzing music and know a lot of repertoire. I have skill in the Sibelius music writing program and used Finale for years so I can help budding and more advanced composers as well.

About Claire
I've been teaching piano, cello, voice and theory in Los Angeles for over thirty years, helping students develop their particular interests in music and to encourage them to reach their personal goals. I love the classics and many of my students want to play popular music, contemporary sounds and jazz and that is fine too. I received my BA in music at UCLA and a Master's at Cal State Northridge. I conduct vocal and bell choirs, run a concert series, play chamber music, sing in a band and teach in the Community College District in addition to running my private studio.

*** Lesson Details ***
My students work on technical skills such as playing scales and chords at the beginning of each lesson since these are the building blocks of the music we wish to play. I expect students to practice but I understand that life is complicated and som
e days that may mean you only have ten minutes. I try to explain that a little bit every day will help you become a better player rather than working for two hours the day before a lesson. I have lots of good books that I assign that have fun materials with strong melodies. I design everyone's program according to their desires. After a half year, a beginning piano student might expect to be able to play the three essential chords ( the ones that harmonize so many songs) while playing the melody in the other hand. Cellists can expect to be able to play at least four scales, some in two octaves, and understand the notes in the first position within six months.

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Room for parents to wait, dedicated music space, Yamaha piano, great acoustics for singing

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Popular, Contemporary, Christian
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Mai N. March 12, 2016
· Cello · In studio
I am 43 years old and was scared to take on such a difficult instrument but I really wanted to learn how to play the beautiful cello. I had my first lesson and am very happy with Claire. She is friendly, accommodating, patient, and explains her lesson in a clear and easy manner (as easy as you can get with the cello). I had a lot of questions and she was very open in answering all of them. Although I am still at the very very beginnings of my journey, I am very excited to continue with the cello lessons, thanks to Claire.
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Leslie Mattesich October 30, 2015
· Cello · In studio
The first lesson was excellent. I completed my first private cello lesson since playing about 44 years ago. It was wonderful. The teacher is very organized and very nice. I thought maybe the lesson would be a lesson of remembering what I had forgotten from so long ago, but I actually learned new things. I'm excited to attend the next lesson.
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Mike H. February 11, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Claire works at your pace, but expects you to progress at a steady rate. It's the perfect balance between understanding the student's ability and reasonable expectations for advancement.
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Claire R.

Claire R.

Canoga Park, CA 91303
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About Robert S.

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Santa Monica, CA
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About Robert
It is my experience that no matter what kind of music you end up playing a solid classical piano background is invaluable. I was privately trained in classical piano from the ages 5 - 17 in Los Angeles, California. My teachers were Mary Brady, Mae Gilbert Reese and Jeane Weiss. I graduated from Harvard High School and then graduated from UCLA with BA in art. I am a Los Angeles based artist and composer. Recently I was nominated Best Music Director of the year by the L.A. Weekly for my work on 'Head the Musical' at the Met Theater Los Angeles in 2010. I am currently mounting an opera I wrote at the Met Theater. I have been teaching private piano lessons to students ages 8 to adult for the last six years.

My experience as a musical director has honed my skills as a good communicator and teacher. I know how to get people trained an
d motivated to perform on stage with confidence no matter what their skill level.

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My lessons focus on reading, technique and basic music theory. I always start my lessons with scales and exercises. This develops good technique and primes the student for music theory. The rest of the lesson is focused on reading and performance. I expose students to different classical composers like Bach, Mozart and Beethoven. Once they have mastered a few pieces, students are then encouraged to study the composers they enjoy the most. It is important for students to enjoy the music that they are learning as I expect them to practice everyday.

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They must have a piano

*** Specialties ***
Classical Piano
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Tennessee O. September 8, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Really enjoyable lesson. Very pleased.
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Moriya B. June 26, 2013
· Piano ·
Stop wasting your time - take Robert.

I only had the pleasure of taking piano lessons with Robert for two months since I got into Harvard and had to move to the East Coast, but I can confidently attest that he is a phenomenal teacher. To begin with, Robert brings to the table not only his classical training but also an open, creative, out-of-the-box approach. He is extremely knowledgeable and seasons lessons with fantastic facts about composers and pieces which makes everything a lot more interesting and memorable. lessons are versatile and designed to develop several key skills simultaneously. I never really played the piano before but after only two months with Robert I could read notes, develop my technique and actually play two beautiful pieces! If you are looking for a well-rounded, brilliant, cool teacher - search no more.
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Robert S.

Santa Monica, CA 90403
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About Mike S.

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Sherman Oaks, CA
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I teach chord and scale theory! How to apply it to your instrument or use it to make your songwriting better!

About Mike
I have taught private guitar, piano, bass and drum lessons since the late 70s in Salt Lake City, where I majored in jazz guitar performance, and since 1980 in Los Angeles. I make the lessons fun. Some of my students have received college scholarships and won cash prizes for music contests. All of them had fun while learning and improving on their instruments.

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I am very enthusiastic and can teach students how to read. If they do not want to read music, they can learn to play by ear. I can also show them where to put their fingers. During piano lessons, I often accompany students on guitar and suggest a scale for improvisation, so they can play the blues. During drum lessons, I often play bass so they can learn to groove.

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They should have their own instrument and a music stand.

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I specialize in jazz improvisation on piano and guitar.
I also teach recreational guitar and piano for adults, including classical and blues styles.
I coach bass players and drummers in playing stylistically correct grooves for jazz, rock and latin music.
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Chad June 30, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Great instructor!
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Meher May 2, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Most excellent first guitar lesson to where we actually played a song together. I'm blown away. What fun! I only hope I can remember the chords when I practice on my own, and I look forward to my next lesson with Mike. I can already tell I'll be signing up for more lessons. Great teacher, and I can say that because I tried to learn some years ago with another instructor, and he made me feel like I'd just never get it and may as well give up. Mike erased all that negativity for me in 30 minutes. Thanks, Mike!
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Herve D. January 10, 2017
· Piano · In home
Awesome instructor and guy! Great energy
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Mike S.

Mike S.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
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About Jan L.

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Woodland Hills, CA
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Jan has a Master's degree in composition. She studied with Romeo Cascarino in Philadelphia at Combs College of music. Jan can teach from beginning level to advanced.

About Jan
Take charge of Your Career as a Singer or Songwriter

Who's guiding you in writing, producing & performing your songs?

“Jan is one of the music industry’s best-kept secrets. She has an uncanny ability to put her finger on exactly what the issue is that keeps good artists from being great, and then
helping them to overcome or remove whatever roadblocks stand in their way.

Jan is an expert at fine-tuning and bringing out the best performances in artists and musicians.

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Jan L. is a Grammy nominated award winning singer/songwriter, producer, actress, and artist developer. Her studio, Angel Diva Music, is designed to improve artist abilities on and off the stage as well as giving the clientele first-hand knowledge of the industry while increasing thei
r creativity.

Backed by an extensive musical background debuting with the Philadelphia Orchestra and continuing her career singing with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic, Jan L. went on to receive a Bachelor’s of Education in Opera at Temple University and two Master’s Degrees from Combs College of Music in Theatre Arts and Composition.

Jan is the author of the performance book called "Once More With Feeling."

There is exciting news with Jan. Jan has been teaching online on Zoom.us. It's like Skype but better because you can record the whole lesson. For those of you who want a world class teacher, you can learn from Jan who has 20 Grammy winners. No driving, Just sit yourself in front of your computer screen. You will love the intimacy without leaving your home. Give it a try.

Jan teaches vocal technique that connects the chest middle head voice with a gospel belt. Jan covers proper breathing, vocal technique, performance coaching and recording in her protools studio.

"Jan L. is an award winning songwriter, producer, actress, and artist developer. Her studio, Angel Diva Music, is designed to improve artist abilities on and off the stage as well as giving the clientele first-hand knowledge of the industry while increasing their creativity."

Writer of performance book called "Once More With Feeling:
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Ryan March 24, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Jan is a fun and dynamic instructor whose patience and attention to the needs of her students has been instrumental in helping my daughter enjoy and thrive in her voice and piano lessons. While some instructors, in our experience, have been excellent musicians but poor teachers, Jan's style and flexibility make her an ideal person for passing on her knowledge to students, so that they in turn develop their own musical talents and shine. Many thanks, Jan, for your gifts!
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Michael H. January 27, 2017
· Music Recording · In home
What I love about Jan is she tells it how it is and is always looking out for her students. I just started with her and she has already reached out to help my dream become a reality. Looking forward to continue working with her and excited to see what's in store for the future.
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Cyrene Y. June 9, 2016
· Piano · In home
Jan is very patient and knows what I need, not to mention funny and very pleasant. I am looking forward to the next session.
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Woodland Hills, CA 91367
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About Teri D.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Music theory for vocalists, students and songwriters

About Teri
I teach students of all ages in a relaxed, encouraging, and fun way- but with the structure many beginners need to reach their goals and with the background of a professional singer! Students will see themselves making progress and reaching set goals! This encourages them to continue on their musical journey - becoming the very best they can be! We will also learn fun popular songs and look for opportunities to sing them. We will also learn many styles of pop singing as well -- from pop to rock to R&B to country & more! From beginners and just-for-fun singers to singer/songwriters to pros, each student will be able to learn the skills they need to sing from their heart and find their own true voice.

Teri has taught voice for over 15 years to all ages and all levels, led and trained various bands and groups for over 17 years. Named a
s a Top Vocal Coach by Backstage Magazine 2015, she is a club hit recording artist and premier LA vocal coach. Her vocals have graced full length CD's, cuts on various records, performances on TV and radio, and gained her a nomination for Best Female Vocalist, All Access Music Awards. She is the author of Vocal Essentials for the Pop Singer: Take Your Singing from Good to Great, from Hal Leonard Publishing. Teri has a Master's Degree in Education and a Bachelors Degree in Speech Pathology. She studied music at Blue Bear School of Music in San Francisco including music theory, vocal technique and vocal performance, guitar and stage performance. She had a dance club hit in the 90's which garnered success on mix shows and dance charts across the country.

She specializes in getting the best out of her students -- giving them a solid vocal technique to let their natural ability shine. Her students will attest to her positive, relaxed and encouraging teaching style.

In addition to learning the basics, Teri can help students get their voice in shape for events, school projects/plays, auditions (American Idol etc...), a solo or band project, and more!

Teri offers flexibility with scheduling to accommodate students various needs including day/eves and weekends. Studio is in a convenient Westside LA location.

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Students can expect a fun lesson with vocal warm-up exercises, and lots of singing, in a supportive environment. Teri works out of her home studio and online. so students can work with microphones and instruments.

Children
Voice lessons build confidence and enthusiasm, and help prepare children for performing in front of others. Singing at a young age develops vocal abilities, but more importantly develops a child's aural abilities (recognizing melodies, harmonies, etc.) as well as the ability to focus, take direction and be creative.

Performing / Recording / Vocal Health
Recording. performing and touring presents unique challenges to singers. By concentrating on breathing, vocal production and tension reduction, warm-up exercises, and range building exercises, these lessons help increase stamina, build vocal tone, and reduce the effects of vocal fatigue for those who sing long hours at a time.

Church / Worship Leading
Singing on praise/worship teams is an art form all of it's own. Lessons centered around this kind of singing focus on the areas of blending, tone, hearing harmonies, and keeping your part in a group. For the soloist / worship leader, lessons help in the areas of projection, tone, range, runs, and breathing.

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I have recording equipment and microphones, piano, guitar.

*** Specialties ***
voice, voice lessons, voice singing lessons, voice coaching, vocal technique, voice training, speaking (speakers), auditions, broadway singing (pop technique only), music theory, musical theatre, singing, speaking acting voice, acting, theatrical singing, adults, all levels, audition prep, beginner to advanced, breathing technique, children's basics, pro vocal technique, rock pop styling, stamina based breathing, theatre singing, voice actors, voice over artists, using your body as an instrument, getting students to record quality, building vocal tone, and assisting students in finding their own voice.
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Jason H. July 29, 2015
· Singing · In studio
Teri was extremely helpful in teaching my 10 year old son vocal development. She is an enthusiastic teacher and I highly recommend her to people looking to improve their singing.
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Paula A. June 4, 2015
· Broadway Singing · In studio
Teri is very enthusiastic and encouraging in her lessons.
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Karla H. May 27, 2015
· Singing · In studio
I've been taking lessons with Teri for about a month now and things are working out great!
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Los Angeles, CA 90064
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About Jonah R.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Music theory can be extremely intimidating, but it doesn't have to be! We'll take the time to learn how melodies are constructed, why certain scales sound great over a chord change and other don't, and countless other subjects that will take your musical abilities to a whole new level you didn't think possible.

About Jonah
If you're going to hire a guitar teacher, your lessons should be something you look forward to every week. The majority of instructors use a one-size-fits-all approach, and as a result, their students can quickly become frustrated and lose interest. I've always found this unfortunate because playing the guitar can be such an incredibly enjoyable and rewarding experience.

With each one of my students, I take into account how much time they are willing to practice, what playing styles interest them, and what teaching approach works best. I then come up with a lesson plan that is specifically catered to their needs.
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Scott Lindenbaum November 15, 2016
· Guitar ·
Jonah is a great teacher. He's patient and easy going. I immediately got the feeling that he loves playing the guitar and that spirit is motivating.
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Lorena Lopez June 21, 2016
· Guitar ·
Jonah is kind and patient. He makes the lessons fun and enjoyable! I'll be back for sure!
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Shauna Bellante February 3, 2016
· Guitar ·
Jonah has been teaching our 5 year old daughter for a few months now. We are always impressed with his professionalism and his patient and gentle nature. He is very positive and encouraging with our daughter and he has very realistic expectations. She just loves him and so do we.
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Jonah R.

Jonah R.

Los Angeles, CA 90066
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About John C.

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Santa Clarita, CA
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Training in traditional (tertian) harmony, from basic chord structure to more advanced concepts (like theory of tensions).

About John
With a pedigree going back to Beethoven, a bachelor's in music and a certificate in theory, harmony, and ear training from Berklee College of Music online, I have a broad and versatile musical background. My training began when I was in 6th grade and started taking piano lessons. By 9th grade I began competing in national private school fine arts competitions, and aside from my solo performance background I have had extensive experience accompanying, writing, and arranging music.
I also come from a family of school teachers (both my parents, two aunts, and one uncle), and have extensive experience dealing with and teaching children (like tutoring, substitute teaching, coaching, and teaching in a church setting).
Because of all this background, I feel well-prepared to not only bring a strong knowledge-base and skill-set to the lessons I
provide, but also to helpfully convey that knowledge-base and skill-set to my students.
My lessons are catered to the student and aim to develop the whole musician, technically and artistically, incorporating a broad musical understanding with the goals of the parent and/or student in mind. Let's make some true musicians!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I do not provide any travel equipment. The student should provide a piano/keyboard for lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Along with teaching traditional piano technique, I specialize in improvisation, arranging, songwriting, and composition.
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jiale W. January 16, 2017
· Piano · In home
Very good
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Mia S. August 16, 2016
· Piano · In home
John has been really patient with my daughter. Thanks to John she is now really interested in playing and goes to practice the piano on her own with out any prompting from me, which is wonderful!
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Ava S. August 16, 2016
· Piano · In home
John is really patient with my daughters. They have only had a few lessons, but they really look forward to them.
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John C.

Santa Clarita, CA 91350
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About Charlie C.

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Beginner to graduate level theory I can help you

About Charlie
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I teach Violin, Cello, and Ukulele for Children's Music Workshop
and have also taught beginner guitar

My primary instruments are double bass and electric bass

Here is my bio-
An experienced classical and contemporary musician, Charlie has performed at events such as the West Coast Premiere of Sila by John Luther Adams (Ojai Festival), and with ensembles including the Center Stage Opera, Santa Monica Symphony, and Symphonia Pasadena.

His formal education started at Interlochen Arts Academy at age 13 and continued at the University of North Texas, during which time he began to play professionally with the Shreveport Symphony, Sherman Symphony, and the East Texas Symphony. He then relocated to Los Angeles to earn his MFA at California Institute of Arts, under instruction from Peter Rofe (Los Angeles Philharmonic), Darek
Oles (Brad Mehldau), and Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick.

He is a frequent performer of new music and has premiered works for solo double bass by contemporary composers including Sean Hayward and Chuck Gloria. His own music explores his influences of folk and the blues and has included collaborations with electronic, avant garde, bluegrass, and jazz musicians.
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Brent July 2, 2017
· Upright Bass · In home
Charlie has a colossal amount of knowledge about double bass, is very patient, and is very willing and able to tailor his teaching to your needs. Just what I needed.
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John Q. November 26, 2016
· Upright Bass · In home
Great first lesson! Thanks Charlie.
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Newhall, CA 91321
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About Liza W.

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As a composer and arranger, I have a deep understanding of music theory and enjoy teaching the intricate ways in which music works to my students. Depending on the needs of each student, I can cover such topics as Classical harmony, voice-leading, and musical analysis, Jazz theory, harmony, and composition, sight-singing, ear-training, and arranging. I look forward to exploring in-depth musical concepts with each of my students!

About Liza
Liza W. is a professional singer, harpist, and composer. As a soloist and ensemble musician, Liza brings a new dimension to the harp’s role in contemporary music, striving to expand the possibilities for this unique instrument in Jazz, Classical, Folk, Latin, and World music. She grew up immersed in the vibrant musical culture of the San Francisco Bay Area and now is based in Los Angeles. Liza began teaching in high school and loves to share her passion for music with her students. She teaches voice, harp, music theory and history, music composition and arranging, and world music genres including Celtic and Latin music. Liza hold a Master's in Music from USC Thornton School of Music and a Bachelor's in Music from IU Jacobs School of Music.
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· Harp · In home
Liza is a wonderful and dedicated teacher. She his young, smart, patient and it is abvious to us that she cares and loves teaching harp. In the last few years, my daughter have had several teachers through out her piano and harp lessons, and I never seen her so excited before and after the her music lesson. She has been inspired and highly motivated from the first moment that she met Liza.
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Liza W.

Van Nuys, CA 91406
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About Jonathan G.

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Everything from scales to chords to modal change. Harmony content, construction, substitutions. Inside and outside playing. improvisation skills, ear training and chord construction.

About Jonathan
16 years of experience, 6 years producing, and over 8 years teaching, writing, recording, performing and Touring. I Was raised in a family of instructors. Teaching has always been something I'm passionate about. I developed my music studies in Italy, graduated and move back to the states to work after 5 years of preparation.
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Jonathan G.

Studio City, CA 91604
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