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Bellflower, CA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*** Specialties ***
My emphasis was voice (Tenor) at Vanguard University. I am classically trained and trained in Rock/Pop. Violin was my first instrument, then I learned guitar and piano in college. I've done many professional recordings and performances throughout my career.
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Ilee K. March 2, 2018
· Piano · In home
Joe is clear, organized, and very encouraging. I enjoyed our first piano lesson. I am looking forward to future lessons with him.
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VIRGIL M. October 19, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
My first guitar lesson with Joe was so relaxing. I like his method of teaching beginners like me. So cool!!!
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Cassandra-Jadel M. March 22, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Jadel was very excited about her lesson. She is looking forward to going back.
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Joe M.

Joe M.

Bellflower, CA 90706
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Thousand Oaks, CA

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Another forte of mine, and the subject in which I have a degree. Composition is an incredible art form; easy to learn but difficult to master, logical and emotional, it is the thinking person's approach to music. I highly recommend pursuing it to anyone who would learn more about themselves and being a creative artist.

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My name is Christopher, or Chris for short. I am a composer, arranger, pianist, vocalist, and private tutor. I have taught private lessons in classical and contemporary piano performance, vocal performance, guitar performance, music theory, and musicianship to local students for the past 10 years. I currently have 36 weekly students all over Ventura County. I attended CSUN'€™s school of music where I received my Bachelor'€™s of Music in Music Composition. My other experience includes teaching at 2 different music studios (Perry Music Studios and Brookyln's Conservatory of Music), teaching Confirmation classes to teenagers at St. Jude'€™s Catholic Church, and teaching English to Japanese high school students through the Rotary Youth Exchange Program.

IMPORTANT NOTE: My availability is very limited right now due to t
he amount of students I have, however please don't hesitate to message me requesting specific times that are currently unavailable -- I can often shuffle things around to accommodate different scheduling needs.

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My philosophy when it comes to doing anything with music is that it should be fun! Whether you're practicing a piece, playing with a band, writing something new, or even learning music theory, music is primarily about enjoying yourself and the others around you.

The best way to ensure that you enjoy yourself is to learn what you want to learn and play what you want to play. In addition to a standard curriculum, I want you to tell me what kind of music you're interested in and what kind of pieces you want to play! Do you love classic rock? Do you love pop? Blues? Jazz? Folk tunes? Opera? Or maybe you're a fan of the classical masters? Whatever the case may be, my number one goal is to make sure you're having fun while you develop your new talents.

I'm comfortable teaching students as young as 7 years of age, although I can teach even younger if they are especially well-behaved.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Blues, Jazz, Improv, Composition, Theory
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Divya S. July 31, 2018
· Piano · In home
Chris is fantastic, first lesson with our 5 yo, showed a lot of patience!
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Ryan October 17, 2017
· Piano · In home
Great with kids as young as 5!
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Teresa April 4, 2017
· Piano · In home
I really like working with Chris a lot for several reasons. First he is a very kind & enthusiastic teacher who is always very cheerful and always brings his best to the lessons. As an adult student, I'm not very confident about myself. He has helped to bring that confidence back. He was able to help me tackle the speed problem for a piece of music that I was having trouble with for a long time. And with just a few words of advice, he was able to help me fix the problem right away. Chris is truly a fantastic teacher! I'm glad to be his student.
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Christopher C.

Christopher C.

Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
(10)
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About Ray R.

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Van Nuys, CA
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My name is Ray, I'm 30 years old, and was born in Queens, NY. I studied classical music for many years as a youngster at the Aaron Copeland School of Music college preparatory program. During this program I was introduced to Jazz, and around the same time began experimenting with synthesizers. I went on to study Electronic Production & Design at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and quickly became a very sought after studio musician and performer.

I've been successfully teaching many instruments and proficiency levels for 16+ years now, and can say with pride that teaching is my passion, and I anticipate it being a very important part of the rest of my life.

I enjoy reading nonfiction books on science, math, and philosophy, and am building a career as a pop music producer.

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are unique for three main reasons:

1. I have a very deep understanding of music, sound, and theory, and feel music to be one of my native languages.

2. I have devoted considerable amounts of time and energy studying neuroscience, which has greatly improved my understanding of the learning process.

3. I have been blessed with the tremendous amount of patience necessary to guide a student through the necessary steps it takes to learn at whatever pace is optimal, in order to maximize the efficiency of the learning process for each individual.

*** Equipment ***
Students must have their own instrument, and purchase their own materials (books, etc). From time to time I make my way to a local music shop, and am happy to purchase materials for reimbursement.

*** Specialties ***
Classical music is my background, and what I believe to be the most cognitively and emotionally fulfilling style of music to study and play. That said, I'm also a big fan of pop music (as well as other genres), and encourage students to enjoy learning their favorite songs from the radio.

My understanding of music theory is extremely thorough, and I'm happy to incorporate as much or as little of it as the student's interest dictates, nevertheless maintaining the minimal amount of theory necessary to get the most out of learning music and the instrument.

Thanks for checking out my profile! Please contact me with any additional questions you may have, as well as to inquire about day/time availability. I'll do my best to get back to you right away (usually within a few hours).
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Maximus May 31, 2016
· Violin · In home
Awesome!!!!!!!! So sweet! Cool hair : ))
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Eden H. December 21, 2015
· Piano · In home
My daughter is loving her cello lessons with Ray even more than she expected. She feels she is really improving.
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Kelly B. March 28, 2014
· Piano ·
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My son and daughter both take from Ray and they love him!!! My daughter started with him after she had had 2 other teachers and she improved immediately. She loves going to Ray because he teaches her to play the songs that she likes. Now she plays so many songs for memory!! My son loves going to piano and is always excited to see Ray.
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Ray R.

Van Nuys, CA 91401
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About Samantha A.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Let's compose your heart in song

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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.

Los Angeles, CA 90034
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About Price S.

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Lomita, CA

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About Price
Hi there! My name is Price- I'm a 27-year-old drummer and music producer. For the past six years, touring and producing music professionally has been my life. My experience includes drumming and producing for major label acts, playing festival circuits, and touring. My most recent work was producing and touring with a band called ARIZONA for their album "Gallery". Feel free to check it out on Spotify :).
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Price S.

Lomita, CA 90717
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$40 / 30-min
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About Knox S.

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Culver City, CA

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Learn how to craft great lyrics to go with your melody. I teach from the book "Writing Better Lyrics" by Pat Pattison.

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Ear Training, Sightreading, Music Theory, and Harmony are all essential parts of mastering any musical endeavor. Your instrument is merely the voice by which you express your musicianship. HURRY - I only have room for 8 to 10 students!

I've performed on THE VOICE, AMERICAN IDOL, GREASE LIVE! & others. My music has been featured on NBC, ABC, CBS, and domestic & international films. I've coproduced KRISTIN BELL, JEFF DUNHAM, WANG LEEHOM, & LINYU CHUN.

I received undergraduate training at BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC (BM) in Boston where I studied with Tiger Okoshi, Charles Lewis, John Bavicchi, Richard Davis, & Gregory Fritze, and was a Graduate Assistant at the HODGSON SCHOOL OF MUSIC at UGA (MM) where I was a protege of the late Fred Mills (1935-2009), founding member of the Canadian Brass.
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Matt February 12, 2018
· Arrangement and Composition · In home
Knox is an incredible person and teacher. In addition to his education, he has a lot of real-world experience. His lessons are fun and full of informative, practical knowledge. Highly recommend!
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Evan February 11, 2018
· Arrangement and Composition · In studio
Knox is a great musician, great teacher and all-around great guy! Knowledgeable and friendly. Highly recommended!
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Lee February 6, 2018
· Trumpet · Online
I got better with just one lesson!
He opened my eyes! I studied with other trumpet teachers for years and didn't learn as much!
Try a lesson with him!
Thank you Mr. Knox!
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Knox S.

Knox S.

Culver City, CA 90230
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About Chris B.

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Woodland Hills, CA
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I create structured lesson plans tailored specifically to each individual student’s skill level and musical aspirations. Students are instructed in proper technique so as to avoid injury and develop finesse, dexterity and muscle memory. Not all students are interested in theory, but those who are will learn triads, basic scales, modes, chord extensions and superimposition, as well as substitutions etc. Students are also taught to develop a practice routine. I strive to help students bridge the gap between their imaginations and their fingers, turning the music they hear in their heads into a reality. Most importantly, I provide my students a fun, positive experience and help them to realize the fulfillment of their own creativity, something they may not have previously had access to.
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Roberta Hikes December 22, 2016
· Arrangement and Composition · In home
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Jillian G. July 16, 2014
· Guitar · In home
I absolutely love Ariel's guitar lessons! He is SO knowledgeable and passionate about music, his enthusiasm is contagious. I had tried learning guitar in the past with other teachers but had never gotten the hang of it and was feeling pretty discouraged. Thankfully Ariel laid everything out so clearly and simply, put together such an easily-followable practice routine for me and made learning guitar seem totally doable. His rates are also super affordable, especially considering he seems to know way more about guitar and music in general than anyone I've ever met. Give him a try!
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Chris B.

Woodland Hills, CA 91367
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About Stephanie H.

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Los Angeles, CA

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You'll learn the components of what makes a good song work. From structure, to chord progressions as well as guidance on lyric writing.

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Stephanie speaks both english and spanish fluently from having grown up in a multi cultural family, as well as having lived in seven different countries throughout her life. From a very early age, she studied and took lessons both in school and privately, for many different forms of dance, visual arts, & music (voice & piano). In 2012, Stephanie graduated with honors (Cum Laude), from the renown Berklee College of Music in Boston. She currently resides in the Los Angeles area and works both corporately and independently with the skills that she possesses.
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Stephanie is a vocal performance and songwriting graduate from the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston. Having taken workshops and classes from artists such as John Mayer, James & Livingston Taylor, as wel
l as Amy Heidemann (lead singer from Karmin), Stephanie is a well-coached vocalist and songwriter. She has performed for the president of Costa Rica, the ambassador & Deputy Chief of Mission of the Unites States Embassy, as well as sung back up for the Grammy award winning Latin American band Maná. She has been giving voice lessons and songwriting workshops for around 5 years since she graduated. She teaches a full range of subjects, including ear training, music theory, beginning keyboarding & accompanying skills, vocal health, vocal technique, the Alexander Technique, choreography for performance, relaxation techniques, developing proporioception/interoception as well as an emotional and energetic awareness for a better interpretation of songs and optimal vocal quality. She also gives songwriting workshops and mentors/co-writes with her students so that they are able to master their songwriting skills and develop them as artists.
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Bridger September 19, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Stephanie is an excellent teacher and a wonderful person you can connect with. Whether you're a beginner or already vocally trained, she will be a great teacher for you. She will make you feel comfortable when you're feeling self conscious about your voice, which we all do. I am also a Berklee College of Music graduate who took a couple semesters of beginner vocal lessons, but feel like I've understood singing more with her. She's grown up in a musical family, with a mother who works in speech therapy, so she is excellent at understanding and teaching singing from a physical perspective, which is very important. Teachers I've worked with before would assume more that you would connect with these things naturally. She is very talented, professional, funny, and kind. Fantastic vocal teacher!
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Chris T. September 10, 2018
· Spanish · Online
Stephanie is a fantastic teacher! Very encouraging, enthusiatic & knows her stuff. Would definitely recommend!
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Aaron September 9, 2018
· Piano · In studio
She was incredible. I could have stayed for hours.
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Stephanie H.

Los Angeles, CA 90045
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About Dan B.

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My approach to songwriting is through a process called Kaizen. Kaizen is a philosophy of constant improvement, one step at a time.

I believe that to write their best songs one must live their best life.

My lessons are very catered to the student's needs. I can teach the theory and techniques of song structure, lyric, melody, harmony, rhythm, groove, sound selection, music production, vocal intonation, audio recording, and music production. I can also speak conceptually to help deepen concept, improve cohesiveness, or simply advise on inspiration and creativity.

I specialize in Pop, Electronic, Indie, and Hip-Hop.

About Dan
I am a songwriter of 10 years and a music producer of 5.

I value honest art of all types. Music holds the highest place in my heart for its ability to conjure emotion and to express the inexpressible.

I graduated from Chapman University with a degree in Public Relations and Advertising and a minor in Entrepreneurship and am currently a student at Icon Collective.
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Edward J. February 12, 2018
· Ableton · Online
Dan is a really insightful instructor. He really knows Ableton in-and-out with his eyes closed. He also has a good ear and is able to help you get the sound that you want. He gives really good feedback on projects that you might be working on. He is really well-versed in all aspects of music production - not only in sound design and mixing but also in songwriting and also can talk about difficult topics like inspiration and creativity in a unique way. If you're serious about music production, I would certainly recommend taking lessons with Dan.
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Dan B.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
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About Carlos C.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I am a composer and have taught professionally for over 20 years. I taught at Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, Musicians Institute, the Cornel School of Music and the California College of Music.

I worked in New York, Boston and later in Los Angeles with many songwriters, producers and vocalists.
With my songwriting students, I work on their melodic development, chord progressions, song forms and how to create music drawing from the best contemporary resources. As a pianist, composer and producer, I am able to assist in giving shape to the songs and ideas of songwriters.

My classes are always fun, stress free but with a strong curriculum, organized and dynamic.
Onsite, I teach music at my studio in Los Angeles. My studio is located in the historical Village Green.
Online, I teach music via Skype or Zoom using different cameras to enhance the music lesson experience.

I would love to work with you!
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About Carlos
My name is Carlos.

I am a music teacher and have taught professionally for over 20 years. I taught at Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, Musicians Institute, The Cornel School of Music and the California College of Music.

I teach music at my studio in Los Angeles. My studio is located in the historical Village Green. I also teach Online to students worldwide. I use several cameras to enhance the online music lesson experience. Online students will receive a video recording of their lesson. My classes are always fun, stress free but with a strong curriculum, organized and dynamic.

- Piano: I teach contemporary, pop and jazz piano styles. I also teach sight-reading, technique, improvisation, piano repertoire and jazz voicings.

- Vocal Coach: I work with my vocal students on their intonation, Repertoire, Ear Tra
ining and Solfege. Since I am a pianist, I accompany my vocal students on their chosen repertoire and technical warm ups.

- Guitar/Bass: I'm a pianist but I work with my Guitar and Bass students in the areas of Jazz Improvisation, Music Theory, Ear Training, Solfege, Sight-Reading, Groove development and contemporary repertoire.

- Songwriters/Producers: Over the years I worked on giving shape to the songs and ideas of many songwriters and producers. With my songwriting and production students, I work with their melodic development, chord progressions, Hit-Song deconstruction and modeling, and how to create your own music drawing from the best contemporary resources.

I would love to work with you!
Please send me a message to talk about your musical goals and needs.
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Lorna May 4, 2018
· Ear Training · Online
Such a privilege to have Carlos as my teacher! Through his unique method I improved so much my musicianship! he’s the best teacher you can get for sure!
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Santiago April 19, 2018
· Ear Training · In studio
Carlos is an Amazing teacher, he was a wonderful method.
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Ein Ein April 15, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Carlos is a GREAT teacher. He not only teaches music but also a good healthy mindset and philosophy of being a musician. I'm so grateful I get to take lessons from him. Strongly recommended!
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Los Angeles, CA 90016
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