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

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

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

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

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

Tess Taylor President, NARIP (National Assn. of Record Industry
Professionals)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Woodland Hills, CA 91367
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About Brian S.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Learn how to easily analyze any song and understand how the chords relate to a song key. Be able to solo using the entire fretboard in any key. Understand when a song is changing keys, for a modulation or a "key of the moment".
I have an easy to understand system to teach mastery in all of these skills.

About Brian
I have been playing guitar for over 30 years and teaching for 25 years.
I've been featured in Guitar Player magazine (see attached pic). and my live experience includes concerts and tours with various bands (Champagne Francis, Scout), theater (Jersey Boys, Movin' Out, Josh Gad (Book of Mormon) and TV performances (Jay Leno, The Today Show).
I enjoy teaching both children and adults. I recommend children under 10 start on a fender squire mini electric guitar ($99)
For adults,
I am able to bring beginner and intermediate guitarists to an advanced level of playing and understanding songwriting, soloing and playing songs with good technique.

I look forward to hearing from you and helping you along your path of learning music and guitar.
Thanks!

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lessons builds upon the previous. The first half of the
lesson is a review of material the student has covered; a "warm up"
The second half of the lesson is for learning a new song or guitar solo as well as chord theory (learning and understanding new songs / songwriting) and scale theory (learning and understanding how melodies and solos fit over chord progressions).
I recommend setting a baseline intention of practicing 15 minutes a day. If you stick to that every day you will improve on the guitar and be playing music very soon!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fender guitar mini for ages 5-9.
Fender guitar (standard) 9-adult.
Fender Pro Reverb amp.
Chairs, Music Stand, Blank Sheet music, Books
Cables, picks etc.
No need to bring an instrument to the lesson!

*** Specialties ***
Electric and Acoustic guitar
Rock / Pop / Alternative / Blues / Folk / Heavy Metal / Jazz / Fusion / R&B

Learn anything on request!
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Daniel October 30, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Brian is both a great guitar player and an awesome instructor! Since starting with him my playing abilities and understanding of music theory have grown dramatically. In addition, he's a really cool guy that's truly interested in your growth as a guitar player. I recommend him without reservation.
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Melanie February 21, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Brian is a great teacher. He's very knowledgable and I'm learning a lot with each lesson.
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IRIS September 28, 2015
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Brian is professional, considerate and kind, could get you play any songs you pick super fast and complement lessons with necessary basic trainings. Has a variety of gears in his studio so no need for you to bring your own all the way there. Yes the charge is higher than many other tutors but for a smooth & enjoyable learning process it's always worth it. P.S. Brian could write down the music for guitar part accurately just by listening to the songs and immediately teach it to you! Highly recommend.
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Brian S.

Los Angeles, CA 90016
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About Shine H.

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Students learn the basic music theory and apply to creating and composing music.

About Shine
I am a passionate, energetic, and motivated piano instructor. In 2011, I graduated from City University of New York at Queens College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education. I am currently pursuing master degree in Music Education at CSU Long Beach.

***Teaching experiences***
I have taught in a private school in NYC as a general music teacher for K-8.
I am teaching at two elementary schools in West LA as a Orff music teacher for K-2.
I am lecturing at California State University at Long Beach (CSULB) for non-music major undergraduate students.
I am giving 1-on-1 piano lessons in the comfort of students' homes.

*** Lesson Details ***
I design appropriate lessons for different levels and ages of students in order to keep the lessons fun! We sing, play, and improvise during the piano lesson! My students are also enco
uraged to have recitals in the end of the year.

*** Specialties ***
Piano, music theory, sight-singing

***Learn More***
Facebook @SunShineMusicStudio

Website https://shineshwang.wixsite.com/sunshinemusicstudio/special-promotions
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Lili J. September 5, 2015
· Piano · In home
Shine is very soft spoken. My girls loves her and they got very excited when Friday comes.
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Shine H.

Cerritos, CA 90703
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About Fawn A.

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Los Angeles, CA

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'Make one stop at the vocal shop!" We work on whatever is needed to meet your goals, whether it be Basic Theory, Chords, Scales, Knowledge of Composers, Reading, Note Spelling & more!

About Fawn
"Make one stop at the music shop!"
Fawn is not your typical music coach. As a recent Billboard hit recording artist & coaching 21 years, Fawn immediately gets to your goals & together you reach them. What you learn becomes part of you & that's the key to success. Whether you're beginner, advanced, special needs, have a short term issue, long term issue or even damaged vocal chords, whatever your situation, Fawn can handle it all successfully :) Not just in voice, but also in any difficult musical area including songwriting, performance, recording, piano & more.

In Los Angeles, Fawn is the music and entertainment industry's coach known as the one who "gets the job done." Clients have included Grammy and Oscar winners as well as vocalists and actors from The Voice, American Idol, Disney, America's Got Talent, Nickelodeon, X-Factor an
d many others. She has been producing music and vocals in the recording studio, coaching voice, piano, songwriting, rap writing, performance, studio, jazz, blues, classical, pop and artist development for the past 20 years. She was operatically trained by Juilliard instructor Sylvia Bagley, trained as a jazz singer at world re-known Berklee College of Music, where she won several songwriting awards, and was R & B/Pop trained by Vocal Coach To The Stars, Seth Riggs. In 2010 she had a #6 Billboard hit dance song, which she wrote and sang and 2 top 10 hits in 2016. She has written, recorded and performed songs in several different languages for a variety of films, television shows, and commercials such as Nickelodeon's Hollywood Heights, The Natalee Holloway Story, Spike Lee Productions, Barbie, Ponds, Target, Ford, Mazda, Pontiac, The Guiding Light, The Young and The Restless. MTV and several others. Fawn has also sung, written and played in many different styles from Jazz/Blues to Classical to Pop to children's to Opera.

Fawn is a very fun, yet honest and straight-forward coach. She loves working with adults and children, and considers lessons a 'team effort to reach her students' goals. Being that music and the entertainment business are her career and life, she is current and relevant, yet has plenty of old school training to be well rounded and help students build a strong foundation. Music and the entertainment business are her life, and she loves helping people reach their goals and meet their dreams. She has released 5 albums, several singles, won numerous awards and worked with such talents as Grammy winners Lalah Hathaway and Paula Cole, Meredith Brooks, Vampire Diaries Kat Grahm, BT, Jeff Goldblum, Right Said Fred, Ed Townsend, QD3, Club Nuveau's Val Watson, Robbie Benson and shared the stage with Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Carol Channing, Kevin Sorbo, Pink, Joss Stone, David Guetta, Katy Perry, Moby, Dionne Warwick, James Torme', David Foster, Thelma Houston, David Pomeranz, War and countless others. She has also worked with Kevin Costner, Alexandra Paul, David Marshall Grant, Florence Henderson, Jay Leno, Hulk Hogan, Darryl Hannah, Tommy Lee, Martin Lawrence, Magic Johnson, Pamela Anderson, Jermaine Dupri, Rae Dawn Chong, Eva Longoria, Joan Rivers, Erik Estrada, John Amos, and others appearing with them in film, TV and benefits for worthy causes.

Over the years, Fawn has been known to bring students into her inner circle, so they can gain more experience and exposure, taking them to red carpets, events and even putting them up onstage to perform. She remembers having piano, voice and songwriting coaches, and being frustrated in voice because instructors were not addressing issues that needed to be addressed. This is why she creates a positive and comfortable, safe environment so students can open up and progress quickly. Fawn moves straight to the heart of the matter and gets whatever needs work figured out, so students can move on to what their goals and dreams are. She has helped actors be able to sing parts for their TV shows, helped popular bands be able to have good stage performances and presence with precision dancing and singing and has helped vocalists find their true voice. She is able to get piano students as young as 5 to a high-level Concerto level of playing with in 3 years, completely reading the pieces on their own. The youngest person she has ever taught was 3 years old and blind. The oldest person she has ever taught so far taught was 89 years old, after suffering a stroke. She was able to help her get her voice back within 20 minutes of her first lesson. Fawn also does vocal rehabilitation, vocal therapy, and music therapy. She has worked with special needs children with Downs Syndrome, ADHD, ADD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Pit Hopkins Disease and more. As far as being a songwriter, Fawn generally writes words and music at the same time but she has also written lyrics and music separately, as well as composed instrumental pieces. Fawn trained with Pat Pattison and Grammy winning Lyricist Marty Panzer in lyric writing and she is a master at producing, recording and editing vocals, and is happy to help you with your recording projects, as she owns Terrace Recording Studios in Los Angeles, CA.

Brief Synopsis of Professional Experience:

- Platinum and Gold Award Winning Vocal Coach
- Began in the Entertainment Industry at age 6 months, starring in several National TV Commercials
- Recording Artist and songwriter of Billboard Top 10 Hit song "Wish U Love"
- Recording Artist and songwriter of Top 10 Hit song "Solitude"
- Recording Artist and songwriter of Top 10 Hit song "Where Has Your Love Gone"
- Award Winning Songwriter/Lyricist
- Grammy Winning Vocal and Songwriting Clientele
- Berklee College Of Music
-Seasoned Jazz, Pop, Blues and Commercial vocalist
I can get them to Concerto level in 3 years, completely reading music on their own and self sufficient. I teach all of the important fundamentals for a strong foundation, but to the PERSONALITY of the person, because each of us has different styles, different points of view, different things that block us, different things that inspire us. I teach the same, important fundamentals necessary for a strong foundation, but tailor make it to each individual. I teach all styles of music.

I love working with individuals and groups who want to meet their musical dreams, achieve success in their entertainment careers and/or take their abilities and talents to a higher quality level. I have been known to take some of my students on red carpets with me as well as get them performing opportunities and put them in high level networking situations as well.

- Patient
- All ages (have taught 3-89 so far!)
- Great with kids (of all ages!)
- Studio Session Vocal Coaching
- I teach children and adults with special needs
- Injured Chords/Vocal Therapy/Voice Rehabilitation
- Live Performance and Stage Presence
- Music Therapy for special needs

SONGWRITING
Learn song form, tighten lyrics and melodies, get inspired when you don't "feel" like writing, good prosody, copyright, legalities, how to place songs in film and TV, record your finished song in the studio.

PIANO LESSONS
Emphasis on reading music, classical training, music theory, fingering, improv, chords and ear training. All styles of music are taught-Classical/Jazz/Ragtime/Pop/Broadway/R&B-Chord Charts, How to Accompany a Singer, Compose Music, Write songs and Play Piano while Singing. Learn about the origin of music, composers, how styles of music evolved.

VOICE LESSONS
"Make A Stop at the Vocal Shop"
Learn correct breathing, how to put emotion in your voice, how to connect with your fan base and audience, how to expand your vocal range, style a song, address pitch problems, microphone technique, ear training, how to change your voice for different styles of singing, Opera/R & B/Pop/Jazz/Gospel/Broadway/Jingle singing - Studio singing vs. Live singing, performance, songwriting, lyric writing, stage presence, recording artist packaging, preparation and auditions, recording studio vocal coaching for studio sessions. I have also studied with Seth Riggs and teach his methods. For people who are tone def, or completely off pitch, I can get you on pitch with in 3 lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Recording Studio:
Complete professional home studio with vocal both. Equipment confidential, but includes piano, guitars, microphones, vocal booth, music stands, step master and much more.
Billboard Hit Song, Best Dance Album of the Year and Best Dance Single of The Year Recorded there, as well as many other songs for film and TV.

Kitchen and Bathroom. 400 square feet. Seating for additional guests, parents. Lighting and Disco ball! :)

*** Travel Equipment ***
Amp, Microphone, Teaching Materials, Video Camera, iPad, recorder, other

*** Specialties ***
*Voice-I specialize in Body Programming, Vocal Rehabilitation, Music Therapy, as well as Seth Riggs's technique. I combine those two techniques, plus my own experience of being in the entertainment industry since the age of 6 months old. Some of the things I cover are range, singing correctly, finding your mix, finding your middle, strengthening your head voice, strengthening your chest voice, vocal placement, correct breathing, singing with feeling, singing in different languages, opera, jazz, pop, Broadway, jingle singing, scat singing, blues, rock, hip hop, r and b, children's, and more.
*Piano-all genres are covered with an emphasis on classical, but I also cover-jazz, pop, songwriting, ragtime etc. Theory, technique, ear training and more
*Songwriting- good prosody, melody, lyrical meter, chords and more.
*I teach what is needed, and tailor the lesson to the personality and individual goals. All students have are given a strong foundation to build on.
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Ingrid F. August 16, 2017
· Classical Piano · Online
Having a strong musical background (20+ years), I was stoked when my boyfriend told me he wanted to improve his piano playing. Let me rephrase that--LEARN how to play piano. He had bought a piano three years earlier and never played it.

He had NO natural musically ability, barely being able to hold a beat let alone understand time and key.

He started lessons in Berkeley for three months and didn't seem to improve, then we found Fawn and signed up for lessons, even though I was skeptical about it being online. Within a month of playing, he was understanding the foundation of music, improv, ect., and Fawn REALLY pushed him. 15 months later he has a solid playing and reading ability, even though his work only allows him 1-2 hours a week of practice. Fawn is teaching both the fundamentals plus improve, scales, etc. that really push him to be a better piano player. She encourages him to chose pieces he loves as well. Soon they will start songwriting. I am thoroughly impressed.
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Top Six Vocalist The Voice August 13, 2017
· Singing · Online
Smart, witty, talented and fun. Fawn's truly gifted at helping people grow their talent and their own brand. I'm so lucky to have found her. Fawn is dedicated to making you be the best you there is. Because of all her hand's on care and hard work helping me, I was able to audition for The Voice and make it into the top 6. Now I'm recording my first album, and Fawn is teaching me how to produce my own vocals and songs as I work with top industry producers. I will be forever grateful for her.
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Aleric August 12, 2017
· Jazz Voice · In studio
Fawn is a pleasure to work with, I learn something new and grow after each lesson. I am very impressed with her. After 3 years of piano, voice and songwriting, I can compete with the best now. Fawn has been instrumental in helping me get heard and get paid. Not only is she an incredible talent, she's a great business woman of integrity. I look forward to continuing my journey of growth with her.
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Fawn A.

Los Angeles, CA 90068
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About Joseph R.

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Downey, CA

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4-Part Voicing, Analyzing, Harmonization

About Joseph
Joseph R. has 5 years of experience teaching students elementary, middle school-aged children and adults on to how to play keyboard, guitar, flute and saxophone while sharing his learning experience with them as a self-taught saxophone and flute player and his more conventional education on piano and guitar.

Joe started developing his musical talent through piano lessons at the age of 7. After only a year of formal study, he began to experiment with other instruments such as the bamboo flute, the guitar and the drums. When he moved to the United States at the age of 13, he was introduced to the school’s band where he chose to hone his skills with the flute. Since then, he has been exposed to classical and symphonic repertoire. During high school, he joined the marching band and at the same time, found interest in jazz and alto saxoph
one. He decided to pursue a career in music by majoring in Jazz Studies and Performance at the University of California in Irvine where he has received his Bachelors degree in Music. He is currently performing at local jazz clubs, formal events and concerts. He would like to continue to inspire his students while nurturing his passion.

*** Lesson Details ***
Scale Mastery
Instrumental Technique
Note Reading/Sight-Reading
Ear Training (!)
Live Performance
Music in the real world

*** Studio Equipment ***
Wurlitzer upright piano
Roland D20
BX5a monitors
BX8a monitors
Shure, MXL mic's
M-Audio Profire 610
Yamaha YAS-82ZII

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide manuscript paper. Student provides instrument and have the option to purchase my music books.

*** Specialties ***
I train my students the classical approach for their beginning and intermediate stages, and specialize in Jazz and Pop music.
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Jeff P. August 5, 2015
· Saxophone · In studio
Joe is a great instructor. He has done a fantastic job explaining concepts in an understandable way, and utilizes a lot of computer tools to help the lessons, such as backing tracks. I would definitely recommend him as a teacher.
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Darian C. July 2, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Couldn't be happier with my piano lessons. Joseph has really catered the lessons towards me and my needs. He's a great teacher, very patient, and encouraging.
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Jeff P. June 2, 2014
· Saxophone · In home
I am happy with Joseph teaching. He knows his stuff. I like the fact that he plays a lot of different instruments and has electronics to boot.
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Joseph R.

Los Angeles, CA 90023
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Musical concepts to understand your sheet music.
Modern Tonal Harmony

About Rodrigo
With an associates degree from El Camino, and lots of musical studies in Mexico, I have been fortunate to tour through the States and through my country. My lessons include real working tips for the real life, keeping it fun as the material is created for your specific needs. I am a multi-instrumentalist that will pass as much knowledge as you can practice...
Let's work together...

*** Lesson Details ***
We'll cover music basic theory and the most part of your lesson will be the music you want to learn, saving a small portion of the time to repertoire that I consider will help you grow musically.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Sibelius, Logic, apple, Kala ukes, U-bass, vihuela, charango, piano, keyboard, accordion, acoustic and electric guitars, panflutes, boss fx, amps, mics, and more.

*** Travel Equipment ***
instruments and books needed
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*** Specialties ***
mariachi, Catholic music, Andean music, Latin rhythms
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Miguel July 24, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Great introductory class, covering the basic fundamentals of singing the right way with confidence.
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Warren Croft September 16, 2016
· Accordion · In studio
Rodrigo is very thoughtful and methodical in his teaching. He taught me just the right amount to keep me busy without being overwhelmed. Can't wait for the next lesson!
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Earnest G. February 3, 2016
· Accordion · Online
Very knowledgeable about music theory and very likeable.
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Long Beach, CA 90805
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About Brianna S.

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Music Theory spans so many different sub categories, and I'm here to help you with all of them: Basic theory, Advanced,Chord Analysis, Notation, Chord Progression, Note Identification, etc.

About Brianna
Hi, I'm Bri! I'm a graduate of North Central College with a BA in Music (Emphasis in Composition and Percussion) and a minor in History. I absolutely love music, every single aspect of it. I love to make music a part of everybody's lives who want and need it. I want to help you with your musical needs. I have been playing percussion for 17 years, singing for 23, and playing piano for 19 years. I was a member of a recording and performing Chicago band, Oblio and Arrow, where I provided backing vocals and helped with the song arrangements. I also record vocals for different artists hooks, jingles, choruses, and entire songs (covers and originals).

History has always fascinated me. They way our world has developed and changed, and continues to evolve is amazing. Everything can be tied back to the past, and I feel it's important to take
a look back, put yourself in that time, and really study how things were to help understand why things are the way they are now.

Crocheting and knitting are a couple of good habits/hobbies I picked up about 8 years ago. I sell scarves online and I'm always working on some sort of project. I will have you knitting and pearling with the best of them!

Music, history, crochet, and knitting....I'm your girl!
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Glory June 27, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Brianna was a great teacher for my child.
She was encouraging and positive. She
tailored lessons to fit the range, talent and
interest of the student.
I would recommend her strongly.
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Jill April 26, 2017
· Crocheting · Online
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Brianna L. January 17, 2017
· Singing · Online
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Los Angeles, CA 90038
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About Ariel M.

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I have been working as a music theory tutor for many years and am happy to help any student in topics ranging from simple intervals to complex four-part writing. I have taken numerous theory classes and have also taken the AP theory exam in which I received a 5.

About Ariel
ARIEL MIZUMOTO was born and raised in sunny southern California where she relished the musical arts playing the piano and cello throughout her childhood. However, not until an unexpected chance “run-into,” and becoming friends with the legendary pianist, Mr. Van Cliburn, did she become inspired to commit and dedicate her life to a career in classical piano and music education. In 2016, under the tutelage of Professor Norman Krieger, Ariel graduated from the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music graduating with honors with a master’s degree in piano performance, and was inducted into the Pi Kappa Lambda National Honor Society for music.

During Ariel’s young musical career, she has had to opportunity to perform in many renown local venues, including the Hollywood Ford Amphitheater, the Orange County Performing Art
s Center Segerstrom Hall, Irvine Barclay Theater, and in Pasadena playing two seasons with Pasadena Pops Orchestra. She has also contributed to various charities playing for benefit concerts such as for childhood cancer survivors at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles’ “Celebrate Life with Hope” at the Paramount Motion Picture Studios, the Anya Foundation promoting childhood safety, and the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief benefit concert, to name a few.

Being a dual talent in both the piano and cello, Ariel has enjoyed international travel in solo piano, and chamber music as a pianist and cellist. Some of these include piano performance in China, Poland, and in various venues in Japan. As a chamber musician, she has toured internationally performing both piano or cello in countries including Germany, Austria, Russia, Estonia, and Finland.

Ariel has had film experience being featured as a musician for a major Paramount Studio’s motion picture film, as well as being part of a documentary film on the American composer, Benjamin Lees, called “The Musical Life of Benjamin Lees” by Joel Hochberg. During the premier of this documentary, Ariel was invited to perform for Mr. Lees as a VIP guest for the premier’s after-party.

Having received top recognition in a variety of competitions and scholarships, Ariel has given many performances both solo and with orchestral including twice by the Los Angeles Doctors Symphony under the baton of Dr. Ivan Shulman.

Ariel’s magnetic personality attracting the admiration of many children has been a huge asset in her teaching experience. From organizing and conducting summer music camps, to individual private instruction, Ariel has an effective communication ability making learning music a positive experience for both the students and their parents. Ariel is skilled at coaching collaborative groups, teaching music theory, music history, ear training, and solfege. Her students have scored top marks in both the Certificate of Merit and the Royal Conservatory of Music exam programs, and in AP music theory examinations.

“Cooking good food on a weekend evening and sight-reading chamber music for hours and hours with friends is my definition of a great time!” says Ariel when asked how she likes to spend her free time. In addition to Professor Norman Krieger, Ariel has studied piano with Dr. Elvin Rodriguez, Dr. Anna Grinberg, Dr. Vadim Serebryany, and Mr. Ethan Dong, and has studied cello with Wendy Liu, Julie Jung and FangFang Xu.
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Niko S. October 11, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Nico likes her teacher.
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Maddie July 26, 2015
· Piano · In studio
So glad we found Ariel. Our daughter seems to be comfortable with her and will learn a lot.Ariel seseems patient and skilled to work with kids. Looking forward to a long relationship.
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Sheila S. May 9, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Great with children!
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Ariel M.

Gardena, CA 90247
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About Charlie C.

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Beginner to graduate level theory I can help you

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

My primary instruments are double bass and electric bass

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

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

He is a frequent performer of new music and has premiered works for solo double bass by contemporary composers including Sean Hayward and Chuck Gloria. His own music explores his influences of folk and the blues and has included collaborations with electronic, avant garde, bluegrass, and jazz musicians.
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Brent July 2, 2017
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Charlie has a colossal amount of knowledge about double bass, is very patient, and is very willing and able to tailor his teaching to your needs. Just what I needed.
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John Q. November 26, 2016
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Great first lesson! Thanks Charlie.
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I have taught aural skills at a college level and can help you review and prepare for theory exams (including AP theory), hone your aural skills, and incorporate it into your musical analysis and performance.

About Lydia
I started studying piano at the age of three. After moving to the United States at the age of seven, I continued my studies in New York City in the studio of Mr. Shou- Ping Chiu. By the age of seventeen, I gave many solo performances, including Silver Bay Festival and Cornell University in New York, and Chinese Young Artist Competition in Washington D.C.. I also studied with Maria Asteriadou, Xak Bjerken, and Jian Tian, and received master classes with Christine Dahl, Constance Keene, Graham Scott, Misha Dichter, Lydia Boguslavsky, and Barry Douglas.

I received my bachelor and master's degrees in piano performance at the University of Georgia, under the tutelage of Russian pianist Evgeny Rivkin. In 1999 I was a winner of the UGA Concerto Competition and Atlanta Steinway Society Scholarship. A member of Pi Kappa Lambda, I receiv
ed the Athon-Hughes-Cook Piano Pedagogy Scholarship Award in 2002. I was a member of Contemporary Chamber Ensemble at the University of Georgia. In 2005, I was winner of the Franz Liszt Award, and Outstanding Performer at GMTA Senior College Division.

Since then I have appeared in many solo and chamber recitals throughout the United States. My most recent appearances include the Herald Mission Center in Flushing, New York, PepsiCo Concert Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, Bonneville Chamber Music Festival in Ogden, Utah, and Franz Liszt Festival in Athens, Georgia. I currently live in Los Angeles, California where I am a Music Teacher at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA) and the Music Director at Village Presbyterian Church. A member of the Music Teachers' Association of California (MTAC) and Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), I continue to teach and perform solo and in collaboration.
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Lydia W.

Lydia W.

Alhambra, CA 91803
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