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About Jennifer
Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Jen T. was 13 years old when she picked up her first guitar, rescuing her mom’s dusty old acoustic from the family’s attic. Quickly developing a love for the instrument, Jen headed west to sharpen her craft at LA’s esteemed Musicians Institute, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in music performance.
While studying at MI, Jen formed the folk-pop duo Jen & Abby with vocalist Abby Miller. With their quirky style and catchy tunes, the band soon gained a devoted following through gigs at many renowned LA venues, including The Key Club, House of Blues, and Hotel Café. Following the release of their 2008 debut album Cannot Rearrange, the band’s music was featured in multiple films and television commercials.
Jen has been sought out by many other artists seeking her particular blend of expertise and p
erformance savvy.
She relishes the chance to put her skills to the test in a wide variety of musical genres. In addition to writing and performing, Jen keeps busy as a private instructor to dozens of aspiring guitarists. She also has done over 1000 online instructional videos totaling up to more than 40 million views for YouTube and Mahalo website. Her various Mahalo website "Learn Guitar" apps have over 300,000 downloads and has had an itunes #1 ibook on how to play guitar.

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Students can expect a very patient supportive atmosphere. Lessons are catered to each students individual needs. The lessons are laid back but also with the understanding that if you work hard you can accomplish any goal that is set.

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Apartment extra guitars, computers, music stands

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I expect that the student has his/her own guitar. Any other specifics can be decided on after the first lesson.

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I specialize in teaching blues, rock, and folk.
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Rik K. August 25, 2016
· Bass Guitar · In studio
just what the doctor ordered; if the doctor is -
dr. john or dr. wu or doctor doctor give me the news. treatment with melodic bed side manners. jennifer cures the funk & the blues!
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Keira M. January 7, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Awesome lesson! Jennifer is very patient and organized. Can't wait for the next lesson.
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Avery G. September 30, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Jen is great! She's very supportive and encouraging which works really well for my daughter.
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Jennifer T.

Jennifer T.

Valley Village, CA 91607
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About Brian R.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Highly focused on drum & rhythmic theory...specializing in odd meters

About Brian
I'm a 30 year old professional musician who has been playing drums and percussion for the last 16 years. I've taught for a respected music studio in Connecticut and I continue to teach here in Los Angeles. I have played in numerous bands and toured the United States, Europe and Central America. The styles I teach are Rock, Jazz, Latin, R&B/Hip-Hop, Funk/Soul, Reggae, Folk/Indie, Metal/Hardcore and World Rhythms.

I teach drum-set and various types of hand percussion such as bongos, djembe, darbuka/doumbek and congas.

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I've always thought that learning should be fun. I consistently try to bring a creative and laid-back approach to teaching drums. After the first lesson most students realize that I don't take myself too seriously. Sometimes certain techniques or exercises can be tiresome or even boring. When this
occurs, I switch gears and move on to something else. In my opinion, if a student is getting very frustrated it is generally best to relax and try a different exercise or beat. If we can't enjoy ourselves then what is the point?!

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I expect a student to have at least a pair of sticks and a pad. Eventually they will need a metronome for practicing and if they are serious a drum-set at some point. If you'd like to learn hand percussion I recommend having a hand drum of some kind.

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The styles I teach are Rock, Jazz, Latin, R&B/Hip-Hop, Funk/Soul, Reggae, Folk/Indie, Metal/Hardcore and World Rhythms. I teach from the heart and develop a natural feel for my students. I also use multiple books mixed into my teaching.
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Luther October 24, 2017
· Percussion · In studio
This dude can play! Brian is a great teacher.. we did some hand drums and drum set for the few lessons we had together. I was new to learning music and glad I came across Brian because he is a chill guy with positive light. I felt as if I could take drums as far as I wanted with Brian as my teacher. I will be back for some more lessons when my wife lets me lol.
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Jessie July 19, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Quality drum teacher. I took lessons with Brian for about a year and his teaching style is relaxed compared to other drummers I studied with. I never felt rushed with the exercises, we always went at my pace. I recommend this teacher.
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Hector June 22, 2017
· Bongo · In home
Cool down to earth teacher, amazing on drums / bongos. I'm a beginner and just bought some bongos so I wanted a few lessons to get myself started. Our first lesson was a blast and I'm gonna continue to take more lessons with Brian when I am able to.
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Brian R.

Los Angeles, CA 90023
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About Matthew I

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Traditional and modern studies of music theory will help to understand how songs are created through chord analysis and study of correlating scales and keys.

About Matthew J
I have been playing guitar for 14 years and teaching guitar and bass for 9 years. I have worked as a private and group guitar instructor at several music education establishments in the Chicago, Los Angeles and in Eugene, Oregon as well. I have also worked as a band coach for youth groups, where I taught them cover songs, helped them write their own songs and prepared them for live performances.
I studied at Columbia College Chicago majoring in Classical Guitar, Latin Music and Music Theory.
I started taking private guitar lessons as a teenager for several years and played in my high school jazz band along with original rock bands. While in high school, I was able to study with popular Chicago rock virtuoso guitarist Kevin M. Buck, where I first learned music theory and was inspired to be more studious with the guitar.

I hav
e performed in rock/modern bands for 12 years as an electric guitarist and also for 4 years as a solo acoustic guitarist mixing Bossa Nova, Classical Guitar and original compositions into my performance repertoire.

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For Music Software Lessons - Logic Pro X , Ableton Live, Garageband, Pro Tools and Reason-

Topics I like to cover - capturing correct recording levels.....editing, adding effects/basic mixing, automation .....creating drum grooves with loops and midi drums..........songwriting and music theory.........Live capabilities using Ableton (for backing tracks and live performance)........Quick commands to easily navigate through software.....

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I'm a patient teacher that's passionate about guitar and helping students reach their musical goals whether they are casual players or serious musicians. For beginners, I use Hal Leonard instructional guitar books along with paper handouts and sheet music. I believe it's important for everyone to learn the fundamentals of music to create a strong base of skills in order to continue playing and learning music throughout one's life. For more experienced players, I like to teach various modern rock/pop songs, classical guitar songs, picking patterns, finger picking patters, improvisation, scales and music theory. I teach nylon string acoustic, steel string acoustic guitar and electric guitar and bass
I believe the most basic goal for a guitar student is to be able to play a song in it's entirety, whether it's by themselves or with other musicians/music students. I believe that some of the most important music skills are learned while actually playing with other musicians. It is crucial when learning an instrument to be able to play in 'real time'; playing music with a steady sense of rhythm.

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I teach Classical Guitar, Brazilian Jazz, bass guitar, rock, pop, blues, funk and folk guitar using method books, sheet music and guitar tablature.
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Fiona M. March 2, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Absolute joy to be taught by Matt, knowledgeable, encouraging and enthusiastic. (Timely as well if that's important to you!), i learnt an awful lot from Matt and felt fortunate to have chosen him as my teacher.
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Matthew has been a wonderful instructor. I feel that i have learned a lot and also enjoyed the process. He has also been very accomodating about special teaching requests that have helped me develop my skills in genres I enjoy.
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Los Angeles, CA 90028
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About Andrew R.

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As a teenager, I learned to play figured bass on a harpsichord in baroque ensembles for many years. My knowledge is classically informed and branches out into every modern style.
Harmony and music theory should be fun and enlightening at every level. It opens the doors to what are sometimes mysteries to our ears. It has enabled me to enjoy being able to play any piece I like by ear after only one or two listens. Understanding how music really works is very satisfying and I very much enjoy sharing that knowledge with my students and watching them become proficient in each discipline

About Andrew
British born and Educated at London's prestigious Trinity College of Music and The Royal Academy of Music, my professional musical career has spanned over two decades to date. I have performed with world renowned acts such as Sia, Dave Stewart and Horace Andy, and have been a featured recording artist on many of the worlds most famous film scores while myself having authored or co-authored over 30 movie scores.
A Suzuki violin student since the age of 3, I added piano, guitar, singing and composition during my teenage years. The Suzuki method encourages advanced aural development from very early on and this has turned out to be my strongest suit. With my ear, I have impressed some of the most notable orchestrators, composers, directors and producers in London, Hollywood and the world over. In fact, it was these on the spot aural magic tr
icks that allowed me to impress the Hollywood composer that first invited me to Los Angeles to work on my first blockbuster. That opportunity led to many years of success in the industry and some notoriety.
I have always had a passion for teaching, sharing my knowledge with others and watching other people take immense pleasure in their own achievements. I have been told time and time again that I have a very special gift for teaching and I would very much like to share it with you, whether you want to learn an instrument, musicianship, ear training, composition, hone your vocal or mic skills or learn how to arrange an orchestral piece in just a few hours!
I look forward to talking to you about your specific needs and goals and having the opportunity to help you realize them in a fun friendly and authentic atmosphere.
Andrew
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nicolas October 17, 2017
· Music Recording · In studio
Best instructor ever
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Evan May 23, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Andrew was great at getting started back in piano and working on new pieces right away. He's got a great style and has me playing right away.
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Aron February 12, 2017
· Singing · In studio
He is the one, do not search for any other teacher!
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Santa Monica, CA 90404
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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

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*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.

Los Angeles, CA 90034
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About Megan W.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I've been teaching music theory for 10 years now. I LOVE music theory and incorporate it into all of my instrumental lessons with my students. I am really passionate about teaching others to understand how and why music works. Theory is also really important to study if you're interested in composing your own music. I teach beginner through college level 3.

About Megan
I grew up in a music store, and learned a love for music at an early age. I started piano at age 3, and just kept adding instruments from there. I majored in music at MidAmerica Nazarene University, where I was on scholarship for Piano, Trumpet and French Horn. I have taught General Music, Beginning Band, and Beginning Orchestra in four LA area private and charter schools, as well as teaching music classes for home-school co-op groups in the Hollywood area. I've been teaching private lessons for nearly 10 years, taking students from ages 4-adult, from beginner to intermediate skill levels.

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Music should be fun, and my lessons are geared towards keeping students engaged and excited. I've developed a very out-of-the-box teaching style that takes into account the student's learning style, interests, and goals. It
's important for students to feel successful from day 1, and it's my goal to have each student playing a song by the end of the first lesson. We sing, move, and play our way through music!

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Casio PX-800 digital 88 weighted key piano
personal instruments
metronome
tuner
music stand

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Personal instruments
metronome
tuner
music stand

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Improvisation, Composition, Music Theory.

2nd (3rd, 4th) instrument training

Early readers, young students

Non-traditional learners
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Olivia S. November 13, 2017
· Ukulele · Online
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Linda V. May 5, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
I love the fact that Megan manages to balance exercises that are really fun and easy for me as well as some which are harder and which I need to work on. She adjusts the pace to my abilities and I always feel I have accomplished something after our lessons, which is great.
She lets me chose songs, but always has suggestions, if I don't.
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Lili W. May 2, 2016
· Clarinet · In home
Megan is wonderful. She is punctual and thorough, very kind and very patient. She has a mastery of her instruments and a fun and patient style of teaching.
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Megan W.

Los Angeles, CA 90031
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Pasadena, CA

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I am a full time percussionist, composer, installation artist, and recording engineer in Los Angeles and Eau Claire, WI!

I have an MFA in Music Composition/Experimental Sound Practices from CalArts in Los Angeles, and a BFA in Percussion and Music Composition from the university of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

I have worked with Grammy-winning artists Justin Vernon, Sean Carey, and Rob Moose, have performed at REDCAT (LA), the Milwaukee Sculpture Garden (WI), The Cedar Cultural Center (MN), and have played for composers Michael Pisaro, Amy Knoles, and more!

In addition to my work as a freelance music teacher and musician, I am the Lead Fellow for the CalArts AmeriCorps Saturday program at CalArts in Valencia. I oversee 10 CalArts Student instructors, teach music theory, composition, and electronic music, and work with students and paren
ts to culminate our academic year with a massive outdoor concert in CalArts' Wild Beast Concert Hall!

Please visit davysumner.com to check out more of my original work and collaborations with other artists!
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Johanna December 15, 2016
· Piano · In home
👍🏼🎼🎹
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Lisa P. May 6, 2016
· Piano · In home
Davy is a exceptional teacher and very patience and understanding with me.
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Bailey D. March 2, 2016
· Piano · In home
Great teacher. Davy is patient and easy-going. Absolutely fabulous. My daughter is looking forward to more lessons.
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Davy S.

Pasadena, CA 91104
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I specialize in working with beginners of all ages and with students at any level who know the style or styles of music they want to explore and master. My passion is working with my students in ways that prepare them to pursue their musical interests armed with what I call the "building blocks" of music: knowledge of functional music theory and how to use it.

"Functional music theory" can sound daunting, but in fact it is fascinating, at least the way I teach it, using analogies appropriate to the age of the student, from chords like different types of sandwiches (yum!) to chord progressions like the materials and equipment used to build a house.

About Teresa
A musician since age 4, Teresa's dad took her early passion for music seriously. So she respects the power that parents have to foster their children's musical lives! She notes the many stories she has heard over the years: "If someone had just supported my interest"... "If my teacher had listened to what I wanted to learn."

These stories and her own passion for music-making inform her approach. A degreed music educator and multi-instrumentalist, she celebrates and uses the musical interests of her students to move them forward. She has three grown sons, including two touring musicians. Their musical lives also influence her work with children, young people, and adults. The point is to celebrate and develop each student's unique, interest-based musical self-expression.

In her home teaching studio in Sherwood Forest, CA, 30 minutes
is the perfect lesson time for most purposes. Options include piano, voice, ukulele, beginning guitar, music reading/theory, and preparation for auditions. Teresa also conducts early childhood music sessions for 3 to 5 year-olds and is available to do group sessions.

45-minute and 60-minute sessions are also available as needed. Teresa recommends 45 minutes to an hour for audition preparation.
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Anna September 23, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Teresa really takes the time to help her students learn and develop in music. I've made a good amount of progress vocally in the past year and a lot of it is thanks to her coaching. I hope to learn more as I take more lessons with her.
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Stephen September 21, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Great start!
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Eric August 24, 2017
· Singing · In studio
She's an absolutely incredible instructor! She has helped me through many of my problem areas & brought out a better & more confident singer in me. Whatever you do, DON'T LOSE HER!!! She's truly amazing!!!
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Northridge, CA 91325
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About Judi D.

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Music Theory can be tough to grasp at first. We will show you how fun music theory can be once you figure it out. We will go over whatever you want to learn, if you have specific concerns, or we can start fresh and just move forward from there!

About Judi
Hi everyone! I've been teaching in a variety of areas for many years in many different respects. I teach voice lessons, and audition coaching. I've been doing that for a long time! During my "day-job" years, I was an analyst, and I'm especially skilled with Microsoft Excel. And I LOVE teaching people how to make magic on that program. I have done projects that included creating databases, training departments on the use of said databases, taught entire departments at Jet Propulsion Laboratory how to migrate to Microsoft Outlook from (the archaic) Eudora.

My musical talents run parallel with my affinity for numbers. In my life, it has manifested in music composition, arranging, and musical direction. And, of course, PERFORMANCE! I've performed in and around the Los Angeles area for many years. I own a professional Christmas Caroling co
mpany that I direct and sing in as well. So I'm a performer, and a small business owner! So come see what I can offer!
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Gabrielle June 13, 2016
· Microsoft Excel · Online
I thought I was pretty good at excel! Well, Judi was able to show me that I was only using 10% of my Excel brain. I had NO idea what I could do with Excel to make my life easier until I learned from Judi. I'm sure I will be using her again! Thanks!!!
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Hillz June 6, 2016
· Singing · In studio
I hadn't had a voice lesson in more than 15 years, but in one session Judi got me prepped for an audition by helping me to determine range, song selection & presentation. Who says you can't circle back on a dream? Judi gave me the confidence to do just that.
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Burbank, CA 91505
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I love teaching music theory to any student interested in studying the subject! I focus on music theory and its application in performance settings and on the guitar. This includes classically oriented music theory and jazz harmony.

About Lucas
I have a deep passion for music making and music education. I take pride in watching my students progress, develop and excel. I have helped all level of students, from early beginners getting over the beginner lessons hump, to students preparing to enter college and hobbyists or professionals trying to sharpen their skills. I am proud of the work that I have done and love to share my knowledge and experience with others!
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Brian November 30, 2016
· Pro Tools Software · In home
Lucas has always shown patience and a great attitude when it comes to teaching. he makes learning fun and even the more complicated ideas and lessons are engaging and free of frustration. highly recommended
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Alexis November 30, 2016
· Ukulele · In studio
Lucas is an awesome teacher! He taught me ukulele and my son guitar. He is a pro and really cares.
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Altadena, CA 91001
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Staring at the Circle of Fifths and memorizing key signatures isn't the only way to learn music theory! Here, Brooklyn, NY teacher Liz T. shares some creative ideas to revive your learning...   Music theory is a very important part of your musicianship, whether it be mastering ear training, harmony, or sight reading. No matter what instrument you play or what styles you enjoy, those who learn music theory grow further as musicians. A solid knowledge can help you improve your perform
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