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Irvine, CA

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Our lessons will be both encouraging and productive, but most importantly, will foster a love and understanding of music. Curriculum is individualized based on the student’s musical interests. Students will learn songs they love to play while also developing proper technique and important musical skills like sight-reading, a solid understanding of rhythm, music theory, and ear training. We will work together to help you achieve your goals and gain a well-rounded music education, regardless of age or musical background.

About Summer
I believe that the most important aspect of teaching music is creating a positive and individualized learning environment while simultaneously teaching the necessary technique and knowledge to play your instrument both successfully and confidently.
 
Above all, our lessons will focus on reaching your musical potential. Curriculum for our lessons will draw from variety of methods and aspects of music education. These include music theory, ear training, sight-reading, body mapping, technique, improvisation skills, arranging, and composition. I place a great emphasis on learning repertoire from a variety of genres of music.
 
Students will have the opportunity to share what they learn at spring and winter recitals and to participate in group lessons on a regular basis.



I have 9 years of experience teaching piano, guitar, music th
eory, and ear training to students of all ages, levels, and musical backgrounds, including students with special needs. 
 
I am currently completing my Masters degree at University of California, Irvine. Prior to my graduate studies, I was based in New York City, where I ran a private music studio, performed throughout the city with my jazz quintet, and worked as an accompanist and musical director. I graduated with honors from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA with degrees in Performance and Audio Engineering.



Feel free to send me a message if you have any questions about lessons or scheduling!
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Nicole H. September 20, 2018
· Piano · Online
Summer is fantastic. We first had her as an in-home instructor in Manhattan, and now that she has moved to California, we have her online. She is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about music, has introduced the kids to different genres, music theory and online music practice apps to keep them engaged and learning. She gives them homework "listening assignments" to help develop their ear for music. The kids have grown so much in their love of music and their ability to sight-read, play and understand music theory.
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Bibiane (with Anna and Anselm) September 10, 2018
· Piano · In home
Summer is the best! She has taught my children throughout their middle childhood into their teens and during this time has introduced them to many different genres of music, which they have particularly enjoyed. In that way, she has not only taught them to play the piano excellently but has instilled in them an appreciation for music. In addition to being super-nice, patient, open-minded and very well organized, she challenges her students ceaselessly and pushes them to reach their potential. She employs a variety of different teaching methods and adjusts her style to the learner in front of her. My children related to her extremely well and they loved her.
Highly recommend
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Irma August 19, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Summer is one of the best piano teachers I ever had. She makes learning piano really fun and is extremely patient with her students. It was sometimes a challenge taking lessons on a consistent basis due to my work schedule but we always managed to get around it somehow. I really enjoyed my lessons and feel that they have helped improve my skills tremendously. Thanks Summer!!
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Summer L.

Summer L.

Irvine, CA 92612
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About Janice T.

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Montclair, CA
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Students can expect to learn to play classical piano from an experienced teacher.

About Janice
After graduating with a BA from UC Berkeley, I have always worked with students, whether tutoring privately, teaching piano, or teaching in a classroom. I am very patient, positive and motivating. I have taken private piano lessons since I was 6 years old and have had 5 wonderful piano teachers throughout the years.

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Classical Piano
Certificate of Merit through state Music teachers association
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Gina B. November 9, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Very good
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Nancy August 24, 2017
· Piano · In home
Janice is a sweetheart.
She has a lot of patience and gives you the confidence that you need so you don"t get discouraged.
She is just the type of instructor that I was looking for!
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Meya March 7, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
We love her
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Janice T.

Janice T.

Montclair, CA 91763
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About George F.

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Lake Forest, CA
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Classical music is art music produced or rooted in the traditions of Western music. I teach music from the great classical composers such as: Antonio Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven and others.

About George
I am so glad you’re here!

The music lessons for young children are full of fun, interactive activities with iPads apps and traditional methods that not only help develop a strong musical foundation and build essential life skills, but offer a unique bonding experience for you and your child.

Discover for yourself why families love my innovative music lessons for kids.

YES! Music Matters!

The curriculum is built on research that proves MUSIC MATTERS. Music affects virtually every aspect of development and when young children are consistently engaged by music during the “musical window” they benefit at many levels.

What about private lessons?

Do I believe in private lessons? You bet! But I know from experience that private lessons are most valuable for older kids who have the ability to concentrate in a one-to-one setti
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With this Private setting you will have a solid foundation in keyboard skills and music theory and typically excel quickly in their continued music education and when learning other instruments. The education and experiences a child has in my music program sets them up for success with private instruction.

Music Program

Builds spatial-temporal reasoning skills critical for greater success in math and science studies.

Music students out-perform non-music students on achievement tests in reading and math.

Music students receive more academic honors and awards than non-music students.

Develops social and emotional skills including the ability to relate to others and better express ideas, and less likely to have behavior/discipline problems.

I offer up to 2 recitals a year so that you can perform everything you know.

Feel free to reach out and let's setup some lessons.

Thank you, George F.
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Gilbert .. December 15, 2017
· Guitar · In home
George explained things very simply.
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Alexander J. September 12, 2016
· Piano · In home
George, was very patient, kind, and seem very knowledgeable. He seems to understand the pedagogy of teaching to kids and realize they all learn differently. I personally think he went above and beyond for my Son first class and for our first introduction. He offered a more modern approach method of teaching music and Piano to my son who so far seem more receptive in learning and practicing. Will se where that take us but I am very please so far.
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Tracie S. February 3, 2016
· Piano · In home
George is totally passionate about teaching. He encourages the kids to practice and do their best. He has great knowledge and understanding of music theory. He is pleasant, easy going and works really well with kids. Overall really good teacher. Recommend!
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George F.

Lake Forest, CA 92630
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About Thomas K.

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Glendale, CA

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Strong instrumental playing begins with a solid understanding of the fundamentals of music and the simple act of making a sound from the instrument. Students learn to play music by ear first, and are later introduced to music notation. More advanced lessons emphasize sight-reading, expression, and improvisation.

Thomas has studied piano for 15 years, and continues to play regularly. His education has included courses specifically on musical instruction methodologies, and he has been trained as a pianist at the collegiate level.

About Thomas
Piano, woodwinds, trumpet, composition
Chords, sight-reading, theory, jazz, classical, and pop

No one ever regrets learning an instrument… yet many grow old wishing they had taken music lessons! A talent they’ll be able to develop their entire life, your children will thank you for giving them the chance to learn music. And bonus points for you: after just a couple years, you’ll have free entertainment every Christmas!

Or maybe YOU’RE the one that wishes to learn! It is never too late to begin learning an instrument. Everybody has the ability, and if you’re determined and interested, there’s nothing stopping us from achieving this very special goal. (Interested in learning to compose? Scroll to the bottom to learn more.)

Everybody learns differently, and everybody likes different things. Whether it’s improvising or singing alon
gside a song you love or reading through a classical concerto, I’ll help prepare you or your child to tackle a wide variety of styles, without missing out on any of the basics that turn good players into phenomenal musicians. We all know it’s not about being the best. It’s about having fun, and playing music well is definitely fun. Music lessons include:

1. Building a really strong foundation so it's easy to interpret or understand any part, and to play it with the right amount of practice.

2. Learning to sight-read music, so you can play it well as soon as possible.

3. Learning how to improvise (make-up) music, learn music by ear, and to understand and create chords, which lets you play music in different ways.

4. Play different styles from classical to jazz to popular music.

5. Learning how to practice efficiently so you can learn music as fast as possible.

6. Composing our own original music.

Practice makes perfect! Learning an instrument helps build self-confidence and discipline. If your child’s bored, distracted, or just needs a constructive hobby, music is a great place to get them interested in something that will help them feel better about themselves, and the effects will be felt across everything else they do, through better studying habits to a more patient, diligent work ethic.

It’s also relaxing! Stressed about work? Need an escape? Everybody has the power to learn an instrument. Seriously, there’s no such thing as “talent.” Just start lessons and get practicing! It really is that simple, and I’ll guide you through every step of the way.

I have a diverse background teaching students of all ages, from 3-year-olds to retirees alike, customizing what we learn to the individual student. We’ll learn how to read music just as easily as you read words; improvise and compose music of our own; and feel good playing any style: classical, jazz, rock, and all. My experience as a working musician in films, musical theater, and pop music, as well as classical concert music, allows me to appreciate and teach styles that many other instructors overlook, and I know full well that learning an instrument is not about becoming a professional; it’s about being able to connect to others or oneself through music… and also to just have fun! There’s no need to learn music we don’t like! It’s not about stuffing Beethoven into your kids’ ears… we just want to make music, be that Beethoven or Billy Joel.

Learning an instrument is one of those few skills that will genuinely last you your whole life. I don’t want to sugarcoat it: it takes time to learn an instrument. It takes practice, and sometimes it’s frustrating. But the results are well worth it.

Now get out there and make some music! But start by signing up for lessons. I can’t wait to get started!

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“What’s that chord?” “Why does all my music sound the same?” “How do I fix this voicing?” “I just can’t get it out of my head!” …sound familiar? You’ve probably hit a rut. Or maybe you’re just starting out. Either way, you want your music to sound new, exciting, and to come out exactly how you hear it in your head. Yes… you CAN learn to compose music, you CAN learn to be more creative, and you CAN learn to share your sound with the world.

Film music, classical, jazz… whatever your interest, all music comes from the same place, and by learning a handful of basic concepts, you can apply these to whatever style you’re trying to write. Learning to emulate another musician involves knowing what they’re doing. Learning to create a groundbreaking sound requires that you know what’s already been done, and how to achieve it. Step by step, we’ll work our way there.

We’ll learn how to write cool, interesting chord progressions, how to write beautiful melodies, and how to voice chords. We’ll learn how to control the mood of our music, from making it sound relaxed to adding tension wherever we want. Maybe you’re trying to write for an orchestra, or just a small band. By learning the basics, you can then easily break away from what’s been done and come up with something truly new… the goal of any aspiring composer!
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Armen T. September 24, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Excellent teacher!
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Sally P. September 7, 2018
· Piano · In studio
My first piano lesson with Thomas was great! I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to my next one...hopefully I'll be a little bit better by then ;)
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Sylvie K. May 8, 2018
· Clarinet · In studio
Thomas was very patient
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Thomas K.

Glendale, CA 91204
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Torrance, CA
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BEST QUALITY LESSONS GUARANTEED. I incorporate good technique and challenging repertoire, while keeping it enjoyable for students of all ages! My fun and frank teaching style will keep students engaged, and I always adjust my method of teaching to each student’s special needs. Also, I host free bi-yearly recitals to give students the opportunity to show off what they have learned. What I give to my students extends beyond the piano by giving them self confidence, building their self-esteem, and inspiring a life long passion for music.

About Natsha
Natsha Siri is a piano instructor who is based in Torrance, CA.

Throughout her college career, Natsha performed extensively with various western and world music ensembles at UCLA, such as the Video Game Orchestra, Chinese music ensemble, the Irish music ensemble, the Middle Eastern Music ensemble, and the Balinese Gamelan Orchestra. After graduating from UCLA with a B.A. in Ethnomusicology (World Music Emphasis), Natsha moved to Northern Illinois and taught music lessons to over 50 private students throughout the Lake County area. Her students ranged in age from 4 to 90 years old, and she enjoyed teaching each and every one of them. Over the last 4 years, her interest turned towards piano pedagogy, the study of the teaching of piano playing. Natsha believes that the fundamental basics of piano playing and the western theory that accompan
ies it help to accelerate students’ progress with their other musical activities, whether they are picking up an additional instrument to piano, or singing in their school musical or church choir.

In June 2018, Natsha moved back to Los Angeles area to be closer to her family and start her own independent business as a piano instructor. She is currently pursuing an active membership with the Music Teachers’ Association of California, while building her roster of students in the Santa Monica and South Bay area. Natsha is excited to teach enthusiastic children and adults who have a genuine love for music.
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Natsha S.

Torrance, CA 90504
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About Spurgeon R.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I have been teaching piano for a year, and have played piano for 6 years. I travel to student's homes in Santa Clarita, and the San Fernando Valley. My goal is to share music with my students and to spark an interest in them so that they can express themselves through music.

Student must have access to a keyboard instrument for daily practice.

About Spurgeon
Hi, I'm Spurgeon! I have been immersed in music since 8 years ago when I first started playing the piano. It has been my passion and about four years ago I started to teach piano. I have a lot of experience in the Classical Piano world. I was a finalist in the 2014 Southern California Junior Bach Festival and I performed in 2015 in Europe at the Bratislava 1st International Piano Week and again in 2017 at ConcertoFest Europa. I'm just now getting back on takelessons.com after leaving for the last couple years.
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Jennifer Dunlap January 26, 2016
· Piano · In home
My 10 year old son has been taking piano lessons from Spurgeon for a few months and we are very happy with the experience. He is a personable, encouraging, and patient teacher and he relates well to my son. My son is very comfortable with him and is progressing nicely with his music. I recommend Spurgeon highly!
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Isi E. January 16, 2016
· Piano · In home
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Spurgeon R.

Los Angeles, CA 90032
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About Connor C.

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Los Angeles, CA
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I've played piano since I was 5 years old. Playing piano has greatly influenced my life, as I went to college for piano and composition. I love the piano and I love teaching piano. I teach all levels of piano with an emphasis on performance technique, practice technique, theory, and creativity. I encourage students to explore their own musical feelings and voice. I teach all genres of piano- not only Classical. If a student wants to learn to accompany or write their own music, I can help! If a student is interested in traditional Irish piano accompaniment, I can teach that!

About Connor
I'm a film composer by trade, but I love teaching as well. I love sharing my passion for music with others. I have a BM from Appalachian State University in piano performance and music theory/composition. I also have an MFA in music composition for the screen from Columbia College Chicago. I studied abroad in Ireland for a summer and learned traditional Irish music. I've been playing piano and composing since I was a young child, and picked up folk instruments along the way. Folk music has been a constant source of joy in my life, and I am continually learning more about it. Music is what gets me out of bed in the morning!
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Mike D. October 16, 2018
· Accordion · In studio
Very pleasant person and extremely effective as my instructor. She is very knowledgeable and patient, and makes the lesson fun. I'm really looking forward her making me into a capable accordionist.
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Meredith W. April 22, 2018
· Accordion · Online
Connor is so amazing with my 14 year Old daughter! She taught my daughter to play a full song after one lesson! Great instruction, great attitude, great communication!
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Joe March 26, 2018
· Mandolin · In studio
It was a perfect lesson! I highly recommend Connor as an instructor
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Connor C.

Los Angeles, CA 90039
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Greetings music adventurers! My name is Douglas. I'm an unapologetic music nerd with an insatiable appetite to teach and play music. I've been a piano and music instructor for almost 10 years, both privately and in classroom settings around LA, NYC, and Orange county.

I hold a Master's Degree in Music Composition for Film & Game Scoring from New York University, and a Bachelor's Degree in Music Composition and Theory from Chapman University. I've performed in several ensembles including rock bands, university orchestras, and small ensembles.

Regardless of your age and background, I will teach you everything you need to know about music theory, orchestration, composition, piano practice, and the basics of music production. So what are you waiting for? Let's go!

About Douglas
Greetings music adventurers! My name is Douglas. I'm an unapologetic music nerd with an insatiable appetite to teach and play music. I've been a piano and music instructor for almost 10 years, both privately and in classroom settings around LA, NYC, and Orange county.

I hold a Master's Degree in Music Composition for Film & Game Scoring from New York University, and a Bachelor's Degree in Music Composition and Theory from Chapman University. I've performed in several ensembles including rock bands, university orchestras, and small ensembles.

Regardless of your age and background, I will teach you everything you need to know about music theory, orchestration, composition, piano practice, and the basics of music production. So what are you waiting for? Let's go!
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Douglas B.

Huntington Beach, CA 92647
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About Dorothy R.

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Study with an accomplished teacher with a passion for piano, performance, and education! I have 8 years of teaching experience and 20 years of playing experience as well as a B.M. and M.M. in piano performance. In lessons I create individualized plans for students focusing on technique, note reading, rhythm, theory, performance practice and interpretation. I have studied piano pedagogy in college as well as on my own to help evaluate students on their strengths and weaknesses as well as their preferred learning modalities to find the best possible methods for them to meet their creative goals. My education and experience allow me to provide a very high level of instruction and am able to serve students of various backgrounds, abilities, and ages. I can also help guide interested students through competitions and college auditions. With me as your instructor you will not only develop skills for piano, but gain a deeper and more personal understanding of music in general.

About Dorothy
Greetings! As a classical pianist, I have been playing and performing for 20 years and have been teaching for 8 years. I have received a conservatory style education and possess a Bachelor's of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Redlands and Master's of Music in Piano Performance from Bob Cole Conservatory at CSULB. I currently serve on the board of director's for the University of Redlands Summer Piano Camp where I teach classes on art, sight reading, and coach advanced ensembles. I also am a staff accompanist at the University of Redlands and am also a freelance accompanist for vocalists and instrumentalists.
I graduated from the prestigious Idyllwild Arts Academy for high school and first attended their summer program at 15. I received an invitation and played in the Oberlin International Youth Piano Competition
at age 16. I won awards through MTAC and MTNA as a student. At the University of Redlands I was a recipient of the Mary E. Lehigh Endowed Music Grant and a winner of the highly competitive University of Redlands Concerto Competition. I performed as a soloist with the University of Redlands Symphony twice, the first being MacDowell's 2nd Piano Concerto in D Minor Op. 31 and Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals.
While pursuing my Master's of Music degree I was selected to perform as a soloist and collaborator in numerous concerts on and off campus. I also received a Graduate Research Grant and published my Master's thesis while in attendance.
My primary teachers have been Louanne Long and Dr. Shun-Lin Chou.
As a teacher I work towards the individual's needs, identifying strengths and weakness and learning modalities to create a specialized lesson plan to help the student excel and meet all their artistic goals. I focus on a holistic approach to education and not only teach playing and note reading but also rhythm, ear training, theory, performance practice and interpretation. It is only through a well rounded approach that one may truly master this craft. I have high expectations for my students and I know they have high expectations of me as well.
I teach out of my teaching studio in my quiet and private home where I have both a Schumann 6'3 grand piano and a Baldwin upright. Both pianos are very well taken care of and in excellent condition.

"I wish you music to help with the burdens of life and to help you release your happiness to others"-Beethoven
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Dorothy R.

Temple City, CA 91780
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Los Angeles, CA

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Hi, I’m Sarah Langley, and I’m a music teacher and coach working in Los Angeles. I’ve studied music my whole life, and my greatest passion is sharing it with others. As a singer and multiinstrumentalist, I’ve taught students of all ages, abilities, and interests. I’ve helped pro musicians brush up on music theory fundamentals. I’ve helped comics find their full vocal range, and seen them get big laughs on stage as a result. I’ve gotten to work with A-list actors in preparation for upcoming roles, and I’ve been privileged enough to help kids with special needs feel a sense of pride in their music.

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I am a professional teacher, singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. I graduated from Furman University with a Bachelor of Music Performance in trombone and voice. I also earned a Master of Music Education from Belmont University.

My students can expect improvement each day with my guidance. I pride myself in taking a very tailored approach to teaching private music; the one-on-one medium of private lessons provides the perfect opportunity to address the particular strengths and weaknesses of each student. Everyone has strengths that should be built upon, and I teach around each student’s innate gifts. I teach with the goals of musical fluency and joy In mind. My purpose is for each of my students to be able to sing and play whatever they want, whenever they want! It’s that simple.

I teach students of all ages and exper
ience levels, but I specialize in beginners. As someone who has played at all levels and has recovered from a lot of musical baggage, I realize how the beginning stage of music study is crucial to lifelong enjoyment. I began playing piano at the age of 5, taught myself drums at 10, played trombone in band starting at age 11, learned other brass instruments along the way, picked up a guitar at 14, and began studying voice at 18. I’ve performed in the Grand Ol’ Opry, the greatest cathedrals of Europe, and Carnegie Hall, twice. I have also learned to cope with my ADHD and I’ve taught students with special needs. I know how to learn and I can see the obstacles we all have to learning what we want. I simply see the potential in every single student. This is my unique gift as a teacher.
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Sarah L.

Los Angeles, CA 90027
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