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About Nicolas R.

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Sherman Oaks, CA
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Rudimentary music theory through advanced technique will help students learn the following:

1. Rudiments of music
2. Voice leading
3. Melody
4. Harmony
5. Styles (baroque, classical, romantic, modern)

About Nicolas
Hello there!

I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and raised in Miami, FL. I started my musical career at the age of 8, singing in chorus, playing the recorder, and shortly afterwards moving to the guitar, and the violin.

When I was 15, I was nominated for a James L. Knight Award in Music, and I performed as a violin soloist with the Miami Beach Symphony Orchestra, and the Greater Miami Youth Symphony playing Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major. One of my most memorable experiences when I was a kid! In high school, I formed my own string quartet and we would perform all over the South Florida community especially at hospitals and for the elderly. At 16 years old, I was also given an internship with the New World Symphony, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, for about 2 years. During this time, I was able to take lesso
ns from master violinists such as Marc Thayer and Glen Cherry. During this time, I was given the opportunity to perform with the New World Symphony at 17 years old for pops concert conducted and performed by Chuck Mangione in El Doral, FL.

I later on accepted a scholarship for violin performance at the University of Miami for my Bachelor of Music, and earned my Master of Music from Florida State University. I also taught string orchestras for 10 years at Ruth K. Broad Bay Harbor K-8 Center, South Florida Youth Symphony as conductor (and now composer!), and conductor of the Greater Miami Youth Symphony. I was appointed Assistant Conductor of the Alhambra Orchestra for two seasons under the guidance of my high school orchestra teacher, Mr. Reginald Nicholson (1947-2011). It was here where I was able to work on my compositions, orchestrations, and conduct a fine group of musicians.

I now live in sunny Los Angeles, in the Sherman Oaks area, and I'm loving the new change. I am eager to share my knowledge with new students on various subjects such as learning a string instrument to learning a different language. Please feel free to ask me any questions.

I am looking forward to getting to know you and your goals for learning!
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I have been teaching music as an adult, certified teacher since I was in college, but have done teaching as early as 15 years old.

I will help you create a fantastic technical base so you will be able to play with ease as your skill level develops, all while keeping the lessons fun and engaging.

MUSIC STUDIO
Piano, Violin, Guitar, Music Stand, General Teaching Aids, Recording Equipment.

TRAVEL EQUIPMENT
I can provide a music stand and basic materials but the student is expected to have their own instruments and to buy the music I recommend. I can recommend various vendors/shops where you can buy the ideal instrument for your lessons.

EXPERTISE
I am classically-trained musician that also specializes in Tango performance, Latin/Jazz, Rock, and a variety of other styles. I believe that training in the classical aesthetic will create a firm, solid foundation to crossover into other areas listed above. With a good dose of technical exercises, scales, and a variety of repertoire, my students always turn out well-rounded, ready to tackle almost any kind of music they wish to learn.

Thank you for stopping by and let me know what you would like to learn!
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Josef August 25, 2017
· Violin · In studio
I have to admit, starting violin lessons as an adult is really weird, but it's something I've always wanted to try. I tried another teacher on here and she was a bit impatient and short with me (how does she teach children??!), so I tried Nick due to his location from my home. He's been fantastic! He's a great combo of being patient, caring, and encouraging, but also stern enough to get me to do what I need to get better. I'm sure it's not easy working with an adult that can "talk back" haha. He clearly knows what he's doing and he helps motivate me to keep learning. And he's very understanding when I run a tad late sometimes. I imagine he'd be great with kids too if he's great with a difficult adult like me.
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Richard August 25, 2017
· Violin · In studio
We've had our daughters learning violin for several years in a number of cities (Paris, Copenhagen, Stockholm and now Los Angeles). Nicks ranks among the best instructors we have had. From our experience, it is clear that he is a highly talented musician with strong leadership experience. He has high expectations but importantly, he combines this with patience and empathy which is perfect for working with our youngest who is an intermediate beginner as well as our oldest who is a bit more advanced and has been been playing in an orchestra for a number of years. We highly recommend Nick as an instructor for students of all ages and skill levels.
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Elizabeth August 22, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Nick taught orchestra at my child's school and was across the board disliked. He was sarcastic, condescending, and unfriendly in manner. Communicating with him was very unpleasant. So much so that the administration had to step in. Two years of him was enough to sour my child on the violin.
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Nicolas R.

Nicolas R.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
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About Rob S.

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Camarillo, CA

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Having been a music major in college, I am well versed in every aspect of music theory and notation, and how it relates to performance.

About Rob
Originally from Chicago, I attended Chicago Musical College for 2 years before moving to Calif. and receiving my B.A. in music from Cal. State Northridge. I also have an M.A. in Education from there. I have been a band director in public schools for over 40 years. My bands have won over 50 1st place awards in music competitions. I have been playing keyboard professionally since the age of 14. I truly enjoy working with both kids and adults on a one on one basis, and provide a relaxed and friendly, yet goal-oriented experience.

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In each lesson,students will work on technique, music theory, and learn pieces (both from the method book and from supplementary material). I choose material for each student to use based on age, ability, and interest. I don't use a "one size fits all" curriculum. Although lessons are r
elaxed, I do expect students to do their part and work on the assigned materials at home. In addition,I enjoy playing along with students as soon as possible.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music Room: upright piano, chair, sports memorabilia, room for parents to sit in on lesson

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect students to provide instrument (except piano) and music (which I would select)

*** Specialties ***
Can teach any school band instrument and keyboard
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Brian August 16, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Great instructor. Always a pleasure to go to class.
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Brian July 6, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I appreciate that Rob will teach me at my own pace. This is very helpful because I work full time and I'm not able to spend hours each day practicing.
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Lola May 24, 2017
· Piano · In studio
It's too early to review. So far, I am satisfied.
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Rob S.

Rob S.

Camarillo, CA 93010
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$30 / 30-min

About Bram G.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Music Theory, Jazz Harmony, Reading Music, Composition, Improvisation

About Bram
Bram, hoding a bachelor of music from the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Fine arts from the California Institute of the Arts, is an experienced performer and instructor of woodwinds. He is a well respected and accomplished musician both in Los Angeles and abroad, specializing on saxophones, flute and clarinet. Bram is an accomplished musician and a dedicated teacher. His own music is diverse, and he has the ability to fit into almost any musical genre, whether it be jazz, classical, hip-hop, or various types of world music. Of course all of his well rounded experiences as a musican has led to his ability to be a skilled, inspiring, and motivating teacher.

Currently based in the Los Angeles area, Bram keeps busy as a teacher and performer in various ensembles and projects. Some notable credits include: Playing on Carly S
imon's Moonlight Serenade DVD, Playing on Jimmy Kimmel Live with Mayer Hawthorne, and playing with Bobby Caldwell. Also, he performed with "The Hollabacks", a 7 piece rock band which won the Slurpee Battle of the Bands Competition 2010. For the last three years in a row,2012-2015, he has traveled to Indonesia with the Ron King band, playing at the Java Jazz Festival, one of the worlds largest jazz festivals.
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Swati S. May 1, 2014
· Saxophone ·
In So Many Words

Bram, is a Fantastic Music Teacher, my Daughter Swati is taking Tenor Saxophone lessons with Bram since she was 10 and at 11 she has learn so much from him. She has learn Technics from Bram on the Tenor Saxophone where later it comes up in her music class at her Elementary School Music Orchestra. Swati is planning to be with Bram thru her Baritone Teaching and Soprano Saxophone Teachings, when my Daughter transforms over to the other two Saxophones. From a score from 1 to 10...I give Bram a 10+ without even blinking.
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Irene M. July 15, 2013
· Clarinet ·
Bram is inspiring me to continue playing the clarinet.

Bram is very patient and helped me to re-start playing the clarinet within only a couple of months. He addresses my weaknesses in playing nicely and with professionalism, is following my expectations about the lessons pointed out at the beginning and is inspiring and motivating me to play my instrument.
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DebbieA1 December 12, 2011
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Bram has been a great teacher. He has patience and has been able to get my son quite far along in a few short weeks.
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Bram G.

Bram G.

Los Angeles, CA 90045
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About Michelle A.

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Sherman Oaks, CA

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Michelle feels it is incredibly important that all vocal/singing students have at least a basic understanding of music theory, reading music and ear training. This greatly assists them as they mature as a singer and as a performer, giving them the confidence, skills and knowledge to thrive in their musical endeavors. Michelle designs a specific curriculum for each student’s goals and needs so that these important music skills can be fun and accessible to anyone.

About Michelle
I believe that everyone can sing, it is just a matter of learning how to use your own unique instrument. From a very young age, as a performer, I was sharing my love of the arts with others. I grew up with an immense appreciation for the self-expression and creativity that result from all forms of art and music, to me, felt like my ideal way to express myself. Music inspires me and I always knew I wanted to help others connect with their inner musical ability as well.

*** Lesson Details ***
Michelle’s intention for each student is to support him or her, to the best of her ability, in finding and cultivating their voice, as well as their musical and performance abilities. As a teacher, she keeps a healthy balance between professionalism and making learning fun, inspiring and experiential. She designs a specific curriculum for each stud
ent based on their specific goals and intentions regarding their voice so that each lesson focuses on them and their unique needs. It is extremely important to her that students of all ages have a positive experience of music in their lives and she provides fun and encouraging performance opportunities for those students who wish to participate. Michelle’s goal is to recognize and support each student's potential, helping to give them confidence, direction and motivation on their unique musical journey.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, music stand, microphone, mic stand, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, guitar and mic amplifier, recording equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Portable Keyboard

*** Specialties ***
Musical theater, Jazz, Classical, Contemporary, R & B, Folk, Alternative, Contemporary Christian and Popular Music.
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Manuel Z. September 18, 2017
· Broadway Singing · In home
An amazing first session, Michelle is patient and listens to all your needs. Definitely want more!
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David N. August 9, 2017
· Stage Performance · In studio
Very specific and guided to your particular needs.
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Alex June 1, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Michelle is great! She is very professional and patient, but a couple things that truly make her stand out.

One, she is always willing to record an accompaniment for the song of your choice so that you can easily work on your own. Sometimes she even does a couple versions. Better still, when I was really struggling she tailor made exercises for me so that I could improve.

Two, she explains things very well. For example, I struggled with visualizing how the physical parts of my voice interact with each other and what physically happens when I sing. Her explanation combined with the diagrams from her singing books allowed me to finally make the connection.

You can’t go wrong with Michelle!
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Michelle A.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
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About John E.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Classical harmony/notation, counterpoint, 20th/21st century theory, alternative notation/experimental practices, harmonic analysis, etc.

About John
I've been playing music for over twenty years as a brass player, pianist, guitarist, composer, and electronic musician. I've studied and performed across the country—starting in Seattle, then New York and the northeast, and finally here in Los Angeles.

As a performer, I have trained and play extensively on the French horn, piano, and guitar. I perform in a variety of styles—from classical to jazz, pop/rock styles, and modern and experimental music.

As a composer and sound designer, I work in a variety of settings, from composing for orchestra, string quartet, percussion, and groups of all shapes and sizes, to designing sound for theater and film.

I earned my Bachelor's degree at Bennington College in Vermont and my Master's degree at CalArts. I play all around LA as a freelance orchestral musician, in my brass quartet, a studio h
ornist (recorded on will.i.am's last album, The Grasshopper Lies Heavy, and with Horse's Mouth, to name a few), and in various other groups. I have taught at Bennington College, Summer Sonatina Piano School, Sage City Symphony's Young Composers Project, CalArts, Barnsdall Park's Junior Art Center, and Santa Monica Music Center. I have been teaching privately since high school and love working with students to meet their individual goals in music.

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I provide my own instrument for demonstration and group playing when applicable. I provide sheet music and method books for use in lessons or temporary loan. I expect students to have their own instrument and music stand for use during lessons. If using electric guitar, they should have their own amplifier. In theory or songwriting lessons, they should have their own staff paper. I ask students to purchase their own method books and music when needed.
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Matthew A. December 28, 2015
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John is very patient and works well with children. He is always prepared for the lessons. Recommend!
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Brandon A. May 12, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
John is a great teacher! He's open to working with many styles and he's talented in more than one instrument.
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Christoffer S. August 19, 2014
· Composition · In studio
John is a brilliant composer and instrumentalist. I worked with him extensively while studying at CalArts. His musicianship and knowledge of music theory is in depth, and he is easily able to pass this information on to students. I highly recommend him as a teacher to any level of musician.
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John E.

John E.

Los Angeles, CA 90025
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About Samantha A.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Theory is the language of music. Understanding this base will help you thrive quickly in all areas of instrumentation and composition.

About Samantha
Grammy Nominated Samantha A. is a "big voice in a tiny body." With a Bachelors in Jazz Vocal Performance from the University of the Arts, Samantha has been actively singing and performing for over 10 years. Now, a 20-something, this singer/songwriter has released her first (self titled) EP, her newly released Stepping Stones EP (THESE WALLS VIDEO AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE) and snagged a Grammy Nomination for her work on Blue Note Records artist Joey DeFrancesco's album, Never Can Say Goodbye, in 2011. Learn anything from breath control to songwriting to piano.

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Keyboard, ukulele, microphone, recording equipment

*** Travel Equipment ***
*Piano/keyboard required

-has travel keyboard available if necessary
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Fernando A. March 17, 2017
· Singing · In studio
EXCELENT
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Nicole January 19, 2017
· Piano · In home
The lesson was informative and fun and my daughter thoroughly enjoyed it!
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brittany December 1, 2016
· Ukulele · In home
lessons are always fun and my boyfriend and I have learned a lot :)
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Samantha A.

Samantha A.

Beverly Hills, CA 90210
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$55 / 30-min

About Zach R.

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Los Angeles, CA
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All levels of music theory: chords, scales, analysis, etc.

About Zach
I have been teaching trumpet, music theory, jazz harmony, jazz piano, and music composition to students of all ages since late 2008. I work very well with young, beginning students as well, and can teach all levels.

I am a touring trumpet player currently working with SAINT MOTEL, and have experiences performing and touring all over the world. In addition to excellent musical education, I apply lessons I have learned from travel that I find truly help as an educational supplement.

Working at UCLA for my degree in music performance has taught me what it takes to be a good teacher, and I am patient, understanding, and believe there's no greater feeling than watching my students flourish. I like to take the time to get to know my students, and plan lessons around their individual needs, rather than plug them into a system set in ston
e. I have a routine I do, that I will start students with, but am very open to modification based on student needs/desires.

I perform jazz professionally in Los Angeles, and have spent time touring in playing in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Macedonia, Canada, and have performed or led groups internationally at the Umbria Jazz Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Tuscia Jazz Festival, the Angel City Jazz Festival and the Monterey Jazz Festival. You can hear my original compositions and playing on bandcamp or soundcloud.
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FA March 13, 2016
· Piano · In home
Perfect. My daughter is so happy. This teacher is very nice. He teaches very well.
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ali January 26, 2016
· Trumpet · In home
Prompt. Courteous. Extremely friendly and knowledgeable. Thrilled to have found him and eager for more lessons.
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Luke J. September 23, 2015
· Trumpet · In home
He was great
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Zach R.

Zach R.

Los Angeles, CA 90024
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$40 / 30-min

About Paul N.

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Trained by one of the top composers and teachers of music theory in Los Angeles, my music theory teaching skills have long been sought after by classmates, former classmates and tutoring centers on University campuses. Need help analyzing Bach, Beethoven, Brahms or Bartok? Look no further!

About Paul
Graduate of California State University Northridge's illustrious Jazz Studies program, Paul has studied various styles of guitar for many years. He has taught in and around the Los Angeles area while simultaneously remaining active as a performer.
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May A. January 18, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Paul is an excellent teacher ,very professional and know how to deal with youth and let them love music and guitar ,my granddaughter enjoyed his lessons and I ll not hesitate to recommend him to my friends and family .
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Jacob September 21, 2016
· Guitar · In home
My son really loved his lesson with Paul.
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Paul N.

Reseda, CA 91335
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$20 / 30-min

About Cheong K.

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You can learn about either or both classical and jazz theory.
From there you will understand how music works, which can help you compose one as well.

With jazz theory, you can also learn how to transcribe so that you
can apply your transcription skills to your performance.

Also, there are different scales and modes in jazz, which create different harmonies, chords, and tensions.

About Cheong
Professional musician, with a BA of Contemporary Writing & Production from Berklee College of Music. I can teach jazz/classical piano, basic to advanced music theory, composition, arranging, production in any styles and purposes (TV, radio, film, live performance, studio recording, accompanying)
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Cheong K.

Cheong K.

Van Nuys, CA 91411
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$40 / 30-min

About Laura Leighe S.

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Santa Monica, CA

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I teach a simple, and broken down system of music theory, that is ideal for the vocalist, songwriter, and beginner or intermediate pianist to quickly grasp and apply to their practice! Taught along with piano lessons, it is the perfect way for the vocalist/ songwriter to be able to accompany themselves with basic piano chords within the first few lessons!
I use my own system, plus the Alfred's Piano books for children and adults if desired by client.

About Laura Leighe
International Billboard hit singer/ songwriter - Laura L.'s hit single "Boys Just Wanna Have Fun" hit #5 on the UK Music Week Pop/ Dance Charts, and #27 on the US Billboard Dance charts in the same week!

Laura Leighe is also a finalist in the 2017 Unsigned Only International Music & Songwriting Competition, with 2 of her songs making the top 12 of their genres out of 6,000 submitted.

For 11 years, Laura has been a private vocal instructor in Los Angeles, OKC, and Skype. Certified in the "Singing with Ease" (Seth Riggs S.L.S) method and teaches from the perspective of someone who's voice and life has been changed, strengthened, and brought to it’s full healthiness, range, and ability through the holy grail of techniques. Degree in Vocal Music Edu. from Oklahoma University.

As a piano instructor and songwriter, she has devel
oped a simple system of teaching music theory and chording to her clients, which is ideal for vocalists and songwriters to learn to accompany themselves, as well as for the beginner or intermediate pianist to learn a combination of traditional sight-reading and reading / composing chords on their own. Laura and her husband, Trent own and operate a Recording Studio & Writing Room in Santa Monica, CA.
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Lee Roy K. August 30, 2017
· Singing · In home
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Julianna S. May 10, 2017
· Piano · In home
Laura is super friendly and helpful! She is an amazing teacher & very accommodating. I definitely recommend her! I've been taking piano lessons with her for a little over a month & can see my skills improving!
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Aspen June 20, 2016
· Singing · In studio
I have been one of Laura's students for many years and she is honestly the best teacher a student could have! She is very knowledgable about all aspects of piano, voice, and performing techniques and is very qualified to be a teacher. She is so down to earth and cares about all of her students. I was very shy growing up, but she helped my confidence grow and encouraged me every lesson we had. She even offered me performing opportunities to gain more experience and feel more comfortable on stage. She is beyond talented and is a great role model to all young musicians. I am beyond thankful to have worked with her for so many years and have nothing but good things to say about her!
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Laura Leighe S.

Santa Monica, CA 90405
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